Silent Sunday

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Project Mc2 Experiments with Dolls

Project Mc2 is only available to watch on Netflix. The series is set in a fictional city called Maywood Glen, California, it revolves around the fields of STEAM, and the adventures of McKeyla McAlister and her best friends, who work for a government organization called NOV8 (pronounced “innovate”), a highly secretive group of teenage female government operatives who are trying to protect the world.

Sound good right? And with all great shows, there is of course the great merchandise. We were recently sent a doll from the series, we got McKeyla’s Glue Tattoo Doll. I originally had it for Harry but he’s never watched the show so it wasn’t something he was interested in (apart from the glitter tattoos) but I discovered that my 7 year old niece loves the show so I will be sending this to her instead.

The Doll features

  • Fully articulated doll (knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck) features premium saran hair, glass eyes and eyelashes.
  • Premium fashions and experiments.
  • MAKE YOUR OWN GLUE TATTOOS: Mix white school glue and food coloring in paint can. Use brush to paint mixture onto your skin, and let it dry.
  • Includes paint can for mixing, brush, and stencil. Also comes with mask, unicorn headband and comb for doll.
  • Suitable from Age 6

So if you have a Project Mc2, unicorn, doll or glitter tattoo fan, then I recommend this doll. It would make a lovely Christmas Gift this year.

The dolls have an RRP of £24.99

 

*We were sent this doll for the purposes of review but all opinions are honest and my own.

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Gel-a-Peel Fashion Maker Review

Feature

  • 5 Gel-a-Peel colour tubes – Pearly Lilac, Pure Gold, Pearly Plum, Sparkle Light Pink, Pearly Black
  • Accessory hardware for 3 clutches and two pairs of earrings
  • Make t-shirts, patches, accessories, and jewellery!
  • Additional colours available in other Gel-a-Peel kits (sold separately)
  • Contents: 5 Gel-a-Peel colour tubes, Fashion Station with gel tube stand, 40+ design stencils and templates, 2 gel trays to make gel clutches, 7 designer tips (round, rake, and star), accessory hardware, 2 squeegee tools, and cleaning tool
  • Batteries not required

Create gel fashions, patches, accessories, and jewellery using the Gel-a-Peel Fashion Maker. It’s so easy and fun! Just pick your stencil design, gel, squeegee, and peel! The Fashion Maker comes with 5 gel colour tubes and has a gel tube stand and storage for your tools and accessories. It also has an exclusive gel tube colour – Pearly Black!

This item is for ages 8+ so with Harry only being 5, I wasn’t sure how he would take to it but with a little supervision he was fine with it. I just gave him a few instructions and it didn’t take him long to pick it up.

Also sometimes he has moments of moaning about something being a ‘girl’ toy but he didn’t with this at all, he just loved playing with it!

If you have a crafty child then I would highly recommend this for Christmas. RRP is £29.99.

*We were sent this for the purposes of review but all opinions are honest and my own.

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My Top Family Christmas Films

I love Christmas! I love everything about it but I especially love how it brings families closer together. having two teenagers, a 5 year old and a 1 year old, we don’t often spend time together because the kids are doing homework, out with friends, playing on gadgets etc but come December we make an extra effort because 1) we’re all excited and 2) the kids are making an effort to get on the nice list 🙂

One of the things that bring us closer is snuggling on the sofa in our pj’s with hot chocolate and popcorn watching a Christmas film so I thought I would share our favourites with you.

 

I have lots more favourites but these are the ones all of us can watch together. Which ones are your favourites?

 

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Young drivers experience with my teenagers

As a parent of teenagers one thing I worry over is when they start driving/having lessons. I know it’s great for their independence but the roads are not always the safest, even with an instructor.

Recently I was introduced to Young Driver’s which is basically driving lessons for children aged 10-17 year old’s. The YOUNG DRIVER™ training programme mirrors what you would learn when driving on the road. The only difference is you will learn to drive in a safe environment on a specially constructed road course.

Whether you have a 30 or 60 minute junior driving lesson, you’ll spend the whole time in the car. Your first lesson will deal with starting and stopping the car, moving away, changing gears and steering. In further lessons you’ll progress to other activities such as:

• Driving in two-way traffic

• Dealing with junctions

• Turning / slalom

• Dealing with roundabouts (at selected venues)

• Dealing with traffic lights (at selected venues)

• Bay parking and reverse parking

When we arrived the first thing we did was to check in. The kids were given a booklet. The booklet is a record of their achievements. Every time they go out in the car, the instructor marks their progress until it is completed.

The booklet covers 6 steps. Both teens completed step 1 and a little of step 2 (teen son even did a little in step 3). The kids can take their booklet home to see how they did and they can take it back each time until it’s completed.

They were both super excited to get started.  They both went into separate cars and sat for about 5 minutes with their instructor, getting to know the car a little.

I didn’t get a huge range of photo’s because they both got into a car in different places (and no one can be in two places at once) and I didn’t want to put them off in any way. they were both excited but also nervous and I didn’t want to make it worse.

After 5 minutes they both set off. I was lucky that teen daughter started and then just behind her was teen son so I got see both of them together. All of the cars are the same so I was worried I wouldn’t be able to see them but all cars have a number on so you just have to take a note of their numbered car and you can watch them.

One thing that surprised us was the amount of cars that went out together, I didn’t count but I would estimate around 20 cars. I think this is a great idea because it gives them a taste of being on a real road with lots of cars.

Because the track is so massive there is no way you can watch them the whole time, which I also think is a good idea. They do go past the area the parents stand about three times so we do get to watch them in action and see how much more confident they are the more you see them.

I asked both teens to tell me what they thought and this is what they said….

Teen daughter

This was such a good experience. I have been so nervous about starting my real driving lessons next year but now I’ve done this, I feel a lot more confident.

Teen son

I found this experience both fun and useful. I can’t wait to go again!

 

My daughter is 17 in January and were going to book her a birthday party here so they can both experience it again but with a few friends too.

YoungDriver have courses all over the county so you’re sure to have one near you.  Lessons start from £34.95 and you can choose to purchase an in car filming of your child on a USB stick for £14.99. I definitely recommend this course.

 

*We were given a 30 minute lesson each free of charge in exchange for a review but all words and opinions are honest and my own.

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Christmas gift ideas for teens

As soon as Christmas starts approaching I start getting the “What would *child’s name* like for Christmas” with the little ones you just have to mention their favourite show or character but as soon as they’re teenagers its so much harder because teenagers don’t say a lot. Getting what they would like for Christmas out of them is like getting blood from a stone! But I have found some items that will make even the moodiest of teens share a little smile.

  1. Food! Any kind of selection box or box of sweets will do but if its the only think you’re buying I would go with a hamper style. American Candy type ones are most popular.
  2. Gift vouchers. You can’t go wrong with a Amazon/Argos/New Look etc voucher because they can get what they would like themselves. Also if they have an Xbox or PlayStation you can get gift cards for them to spend on the online stores.
  3. A big bag of toiletries. This may seem like a boring one but they will use them and the parents will definitely be thankful. Teenagers go through so much toiletries in a month, you feel like buying them the shop wouldn’t be enough.
  4. Take a look in the shops and see what is popular right now I.e pugs, unicorns etc. Teenagers do tend to go with the trends.
  5. Check out their YouTube watch list and see who they watch. Most youtubers have merchandise to buy.
  6. Make an amazon wish list with their name on and ask them to add items to it so you can just pick and choose from the list.

That’s all I can think of now, do you have any suggestions?

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Catch Phrase board game and Giveaway!

As a family our favourite thing to do is play board games, especially if it involves all of us.

We were recently given Catch Phrase the Board Game. This excited us more than any other game we’ve received. Both myself and Tom grew up watching it on TV and now it’s come back on TV with Stephen Mulhern we’ve watched it as a family and really enjoyed it.

Game play is straightforward and follows the frenetic, fun-filled format of the show – but here, to add to the fun, everyone takes a turn to step into the hallowed shoes of the show’s host, Stephen Mulhern.  The ultimate aim is to accrue the most ‘money’ by guessing Catch Phrase puzzles over each of the rounds… with increasing amounts of ‘prize money’ on offer.

Each player keeps his or her accumulated winnings, as play passes from Host to Host – and the person with the most money after everyone has played Host is declared the winner. It’s a battle of wit and brainteasers – a veritable twirl of tongue twisters and picture puzzles that’ll have you shouting out with frustration or jumping for joy when the penny drops and you’re able to literally “Say what you see!”.

The game is for ages 8+ but Harry (5) enjoyed playing along too. He didn’t play as a contestant but he was in charge of the hourglass, he made a buzzer noise every time it got to the end. He also had fun having a guess at some of the catchphrases. surprisingly he actually did better than the teenagers. As a 5 year old he was, as you’re supposed to, saying what he saw but the teens were overthinking them.

We didn’t even use a quarter of the cards so we have many more games left to play. I think it is going to be a new favourite of ours.

The game is priced at £22.99 rrp. For more information and stockists visit www.drumondpark.com

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