Keep The Kids Busy (Crafting)

The monkeys were sent a fab selection of craft bits and pieces from the popular Wilko to help keep the kids busy this summer and boy are we pleased they did! The weather has not been kind at times! How wet has August been?
We've coloured and taken the colouring books on holiday with us! That was a good idea on my part as it rained a lot there too. Big monkey has painted and little monkey has had too much fun with glitter! He wanted a cat (which I drew with glue). The whole glitter tub was used (and salvaged) again!
Little monkey also chose to make a tree from the glitter paints and lolly pop sticks!
He was very proud of his creation!
We even managed to get red paint on our lounge carpet. Whoops! Have the kids been keep busy though? Of course they have.
The biggest kid of the house (aka daddy) got in on the action too and made an elephant from one of the kits sent. I never knew he could sew. Like little monkey he was also proud! 

Wilko have a huge selection of activities to keep the kids busy and the arts and craft bits have really helped to keep the boredom at bay when we've been indoors sheltering from the rain! We've still got stuff left to while away those autumn weekends that are drawing in! 

Thanks Wilko.


Cbeebies All Stars Special Bumper Collection DVD - Giveaway

We have a great giveaway for you! The all new Cbeebies All Stars DVD - Join CBeebies favourites including the Twirlywoos, Peter Rabbit, Octonauts and Clangers for 2 hours of fantastic fun!

CBeebies’ favourite characters have joined forces to star in a special bumper collection of episodes in this brand new fun-filled DVD collection, CBeebies All Stars, to be released on Monday 7th September by Abbey Home Media.
The DVD collection of CBeebies ‘All Stars’ is a great way of entertaining and educating young children.

The collection features a host of CBeebies’ best loved characters, including: OctonautsTM, Peter RabbitTM, In the Night GardenTM, Mike the KnightTM, ChuggingtonTM, FurchesterTM, DipdapTM, CloudbabiesTM, Topsy & TimTM, TwirlywoosTM and for the first time on DVD the return of children’s classic ClangersTM.

Currently both monkeys love watching Topsy & Tim. Your little ones can enjoy watching their favourite shows too.

To enter this giveaway complete the rafflecopter form below before the closing date (Midnight 6/9/15) and be sure to check the T&C's on the form. One winner will be chosen at random. Open to UK residents only. Good Luck! Win more prizes at The Prize Finder.com

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A Photo A Day! Project 365

Its' been another mixed week weather wise so we've done what we can when we can! No work for me this week as hubby and I were away for a few nights last weekend. It was lovely. Here's our week in photo's.

Day 235. Lovely morning in Cambridge so after a walk along the river hubby and I went on a Punt tour.
Day 236. Monday was not so good! Wet and half the temperature of just two days before! Yuck!
Day 237. A visit to see friends from My Buggy Junction, they were all clued to something on TV!
Day 238. Woken up far too early so I sneaked back off to bed with a coffee and dozed whilst the monkeys played.
Day 239. At last some blue sky! Yipee.
Day 240. Exploring (and hiding) and RHS Hyde Hall as newly enrolled members.
Day 241. The new skywalk at a fab country park close to us. Too high and scary without daddy to help so we'll go back and do it another day! 


Bob The Builder Twitter Breakfast Party!

Next Tuesday September 1st sees the all new CGI series of Bob the Builder launching on Channel 5's Milkshake at 7.20am and we shall be hosting a twitter frenzy breakfast party.
Bob the Builder has been entertaining pre-school children for the past 16 years and everyone's favourite construction hero is back with a brand new fun filled series and a whole new look! 

The voice cast of the new series is new too with Lee Ingeby (Harry Potter) taking on the voice of Bob, Joanne Froggatt (Downtown Abbey) the voice of Wendy, Blake Harrison (Inbetweeners) the voice of Scoop and Jacob Scipio (Cbeebies) the voice of a new character Leo!

Tune in Tuesday morning to watch the new series at 7.20am and be sure to follow us @sitstillmonkeys tagging @UKmumstv and using the hash tag #Bobthebuilderon5 to win prizes and join in the fun! There will be fun and games and of course the new show!
We hope you can join us!


Bostik Bloggers Challenge - Outdoors

The July #Bostikbloggers challenge was to create an outdoors themed craft. The monkeys were given free rein on this and big monkey had a great idea to incorporate the sunset! Little monkey decided to go off topic and use the craft bits sent to do his own thing! I suppose being 4 means you can!
We were sent a selection of craft bits and bobs including the Bostik glu pen and foam pads and set about our work!
Between us led by big monkey who knew exactly what he wanted to do we created these outdoor scenes which are bright and colourful and depict wildlife, flowers and more.
I was loathe to set a specific task for the monkeys as I feel they are more creative and interested if they can create their own thing! The pink sky here is the sunset. We used the glu and the foam pads to help secure the buttons, petals and other outdoorsy bits and most of all had fun for an hour or so on a miserable wet summers day! 

We received a crafting box from Bostik as part of the Tots100/Bostik craft bloggers club.
Tots100/Bostick Craft Bloggers Club



July Degustabox - Food Box

The July Degustabox arrived around my birthday so I was keen to see what treats were inside! The Lambrini and Say Yes to No chips looked paparticularly appealing.
Db's Discoveries - Quinola Mothergrain, a new range of kids ready meals. Ready in just 30 seconds they offer slow release carbs and complex protein.
So strawberry Lambrini, this wine style drink is just my kind of drink! Sweet and pink. I love it!
Weetabix on the go! Hubby has drank this and found it good. Ideal for him as always on the go! Made with fresh milk.
A deliciously refreshing drink made from sparkling water and apple juice. Newton's Appl Fizzics.
These are very moreish I warn you! Yes, they are delicious chips. Shared with girlfriends on a girly night in they went down a treat. Say Yes to no!
Fru Snax, freeze dried fruit and yogurt pieces. Less than 50 calories per bag.
Taking the Pea, flavoured peas foil wrapped and high in fibre.
Tasty Little Numbers, meals to suit the busy, these come in 100 and 200 calorie portion sizes.
A fruity pouch for the family to enjoy with only 45 calories.
The box had 9 different food brands in it totalling over £21. July's Degustabox had something for us all and as usual you can get £3 off when registering! Just use the code T857K.
I'm looking forward to the August box, due anytime now!


Getting ready for Back to School

In conjunction with Silentnight Beds.

WOW, how quickly have to school holidays flown? Just a week or so left and big monkey goes into year 3 and little monkey starts foundation stage! My babies are growing too fast! 
I was very good (and organised) and got their uniforms sorted before the end of the summer term. Only now am I thinking about 'back to schoo'l and 'back to sleep' and getting their school shoes, labelling their clothes and of course getting them back into some sort of normal bedtime routine! 
Silentnight Beds have been working with a sleep expert about the importance of getting children back into a routine after the holidays. Luckily the monkeys have always slept well and lack of sleep (on their part) has never been an issue! However they have been going to bed later and we are keen to get them back into bed at a good time so they are rested and ready to learn learn learn! It's a huge thing for little monkey starting school and we know once he goes full time, he is going to be very tired!

Dr Nerina, a physiologist, sleep therapist, author and consultant for more than 20 years, has listed her top sleep tips to help your child ease back into their school-time sleep routines.

1. Start to introduce technology-free time in the evenings

Research has shown that by having a constant stream of light enter our eyes before we go to sleep, we are actually telling our brains that we want to be awake. An hour or so before children go to bed, rule out any blue light. This means no TV, tablets or mobile phones. The bedroom should be a technology free environment.

2. Gradually reintroduce earlier bedtimes

An ideal bedtime for pre-teens would be no later than 8.30pm, gradually shift bedtime earlier over the course of a few days to allow children to adjust.

3. A calming pre-sleep routine
The few hours before bed can be just as important as actual bedtime. Relaxing baths with lavender, a milky drink or reading are great ways to help children wind down and feel ready for bed.

4. Have a chat

Heading back to school or starting a new one, can be worrying for some children, and leave them feeling anxious. Talk to your child about any concerns they may have before bedtime, and encourage simple yoga or meditation by repeating a calming word or by helping them with their breathing techniques, including breathing deeply from the stomach.

5. Create a sleep friendly bedroom
Bedrooms need to be sleep friendly and this means a cool environment. Freshly laundered bedding, possibly lavender fragranced, can make the room feel very calming and relaxing. Again, technology free bedrooms are a must!

6. Exercise is key

It is scientifically proven that exercise can help you get a better night’s sleep. Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways of reducing stress hormone levels (mainly adrenaline) thus enabling you to sleep more deeply. A short walk with children after the evening meal would be the perfect exercise to help them wind down.

7. Good nutritional habits 

To help us sleep we need a good balance of the hormones serotonin and melatonin in our system. Sending children off to school with a balanced lunchbox will help to promote a healthy hormone balance. Things such as chicken, cheese, tuna, eggs, nuts and milk are all high in serotonin and are lunchbox friendly.
I'm pleased to say the monkeys are already never allowed iPads after teatime (usually around 5pm). They do watch a bit of TV but this is restricted before bedtime too. Their usual bedtimes are 7pm and 8pm, as they wake early regardless of what time they go to bed and they are both very active! So active, we cannot keep up with them! We always try to read with and to them and talk about their day! This is done here via a 'one day' type of discussion. Reflecting on what we did that day. I'd say they both monkeys have lovely sleep friendly rooms and really our only failing where sleep is concerned is their diet! Both could do with eating more fruit and veg! Especially little monkey but they do eat some serotonin inducing foods.
I'm pleased to say I'm happy with the number of hours sleep they both get each night (about 11) and am pleased we are on the right track. I just wish as parents we got 11hrs a night!

Thanks to Silentnight Beds and Dr Nerina for the great tips. We hope they help you too. For more information and sleep tips visit Silentnight.

Silentnight is the UK’s number one bed brand, producing a wide range of beds and mattresses for people of all shapes and sizes, manufactured in Britain.


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