My Top 10 Family Halloween Films

We love Halloween in our house but one thing we love the most is watching Halloween films and snuggling under blankets with some snacks. These 10 films below are not my favourite films, they’re ones both boys (7 & 3) have actually sat and watched and enjoyed.

Which Halloween films do your children enjoy?

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My Sunday Snapshot

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Saturday is Caption Day

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Drayton Manor with Teens and Toddlers

Having teenagers and a 7 and 3 year old I do find days out a struggle because it’s so hard to find a place where they all enjoy. Mostly we just take the 7 & 3 year old out and the teenagers do their own thing but sometimes I like us all to be together. One place I’ve found is perfect for everyone is a theme park, especially Drayton Manor. They have Thomas Land for the little ones (even the teenagers liked some rides in there like the troublesome trucks) and the big rides in the main park for the thrill seeking teenagers and then there are a few family rides which we can all go on together. We went in the summer holidays (paid for by myself) but it was chucking it down for hours so it wasn’t very successful and we had to leave.

However Drayton Manor have a rainy day today guarantee so we went back again at the beginning of September for free. Everyone enjoyed it and I’d like to try and make it a yearly place to visit.

Here are some photos from our none rainy visit…

*This is not a sponsored post, we purchased the tickets ourselves.

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Slap Ninja Review

You know when you get a toy and it ends up actually being loved by all the family? That’s what we’ve found with Slap Ninja that we have been sent to review.

The boys absolutely loved it and have not stopped playing it since we got it.

The aim of the game is that two players both hold onto a side each, one side controls the slap, the other has to avoid the slap and try and press the coin in the middle 3 times. If you manage to press it 3 times, the whole thing vibrates and the loser gets zapped which had the boys in fits of laughter.

Features

  • Includes 1 Slap Ninja game
  • Test your reflexes! Who is faster? The Student or the Master?
  • Choose to be the Ninja Master protecting his coin by using his huge Karate Chop SLAP against the sneaky opponent or be the student trying to tap the coin before getting slapped
  • Defeat your opponent 3 times and they get zapped!
  • Batteries required: 3 x AAA (included)

So easy to set up (basically no set up) and really easy to understand. We read the instructions in 4 easy steps which took 2 minutes to read and we were off.

Highly recommend this game!

*We were gifted this game in exchange for a review but all opinions are honest and my own.

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Dough Nab Game Review

Do you love doughnuts? I know silly question, I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love a good doughnut. Well I’ve found something that’s even better (well maybe second best, nothing beats food) and that is this this fun Dough Nab game from Ginger Fox Uk.

Firstly I have to be honest and say it took us a couple of reads of the instructions to understand the game but that could just be us being thick.

But when we started to play, we soon picked it up and it was actually really fun! Our competitive sides soon crept out.

It’s a berserk bakery-themed blitz in which you’ll need to keep a keen eye on the cards and race to grab the corresponding doughnut if you see a match.

With action cards to shake up play and a stylish head baker’s hat for the winner, this freshly-baked family game comes in tempting doughnut-box style packaging.

Simply see it, match it, nab it!

Contents: 60 cards, 3 doughnut playing pieces, turn tracker, head baker winner’s hat, rules. From ages 8+.

I can see this being a popular game this Christmas.

*We were gifted this game in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own.

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Sock Shop Review

It’s nearly autumn and it’s just starting to get a little cooler in the evenings so that only means one thing…..cosy socks! I love nothing more than some cosy socks and snuggling on the sofa with a good film or book.

Recently Sock Shop got in touch asking if we would like to sample some of their gorgeous socks and of course I would say yes (have you seen my overflowing sock draw) I LOVE a good pair of socks! And sock shop have the loveliest socks and such a great selection, there is literally a sock for everyone!

We were sent a few from their bamboo range. They are the softest socks I’ve ever felt and the colours are beautiful!

They also have some character socks which were also kindly sent. Marvel for the boys and Harry Potter for me. I love them!

Such shop offer

  • More than 70 brands in their huge online store
  • Round-the-clock service from their historic Bolton mill
  • They deliver to over 240 countries worldwide

Now that is impressive! They have been running since 1983 (a year after I was born) so they know their stuff!

What’s your favourite pair from the site?

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My favourite autumn/winter clothes for women from Matalan

Before I start I am going to say this is not a sponsored post (I wish) I just always like loads in Matalan every year this time of year. I’m not a huge fan of their summer items but that’s maybe because I’m not a summer fan but they always have some gorgeous items in around autumn/winter so I thought this year I would share my favourites with you.

Aren’t they just lovely? I like so many more items too but can only add so many here so has to pick my favourites. What’s your favourite item?

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Days out in the midlands this October

I love a good day out with the kids but especially in the autumn. I find it’s not as busy or hot (which can make everyone a little grumpy) I have a list of places we love visiting and I thought why not share them with you in case you’re struggling for something to do. All these days out I think are reasonably priced because we all need low cost days out this close to Christmas.

I’ve chosen days out in the midlands as that where I live so have either heard good things, or been myself.

Gruffalo Orienteering

There are lots of places that do this up and down the country but I have linked the one we went to. Car parking was around £4 and the Gruffalo map was £1.50 and we spent hours there. L

Zog Trail

This is also in lots of places up and down the country. The trail is £3 per kit and parking charge is around £4 again.

Mini Meadows Farm 

This is a lovely day out, I recently went with Jack and his preschool. They have lots of animals to feed, pet and cuddle, a great outdoor and indoor play area and a cafe and only £5 per person.

Ryton Pools Country Park

I recently visited this place with Jack for a birthday party and it was so much fun! So many things to do. I will definitely be visiting again with the whole family soon.

Hatton Adventure World

Now we’ve never actually been here but we’ve always wanted to as we’ve only heard good things. Hopefully we can this half term.

St Nicholas Park

We’ve been here many times because there is something to do no matter your budget. We’ve been when we’ve had money and we’ve been low on funds and each time has been fun.

Anne Hathaways Cottage

Again it’s another place I haven’t visited yet but really want to. It’s something I am really interested in. Also I like places that give the kids some culture. Will definitely visit soon. You can actually buy tickets to just this one place or buy tickets that are for Anne Hathaways Cottage plus

  • Shakespeare’s birthplace
  • Mary Arden’s Farm
  • Shakespeare’s New Place
  • Hall’s Croft

Which is excellent value for money. I think I’d like to do this option.

Dudley Zoo

This is somewhere we have been before and I think it’s one of the best zoo’s we’ve been to. They have added more items since we’ve been so we’re looking forward to seeing them soon.

Do you have any favourite days out in the midlands? I would love to add some more days out to our to see list.

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Autumn Bucket list

I love autumn, it is my favourite season by far. I love the cosy clothes (tights, jumpers and cardigans here I come) , the warming foods (my favourite is stew, the colours (everywhere just looks so beautiful) and of course Halloween and bonfire night. And I love a good bucket list so why not combine the two together? So here we go 🙂

  • Go pumpkin picking (this may just be in a supermarket)
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Have a cosy family film night (with popcorn)
  • Go on an autumn nature walk
  • Collect conkers
  • Make hot chocolate with marshmallows
  • Go blackberry picking
  • Bake a pie (maybe banoffee)
  • Watch Hocus Pocus
  • Watch The Witches
  • Light some sparklers
  • Take some family outdoor photos
  • Do some autumn crafts
  • Go puddle jumping
  • Dress up for Halloween
  • Make cookies
  • Have a Harry Potter Film Marathon
  • Decorate the house for Halloween

That’s all I can think of at the moment and obviously I can’t add too much because I wouldn’t be able to achieve it. I think this seems achievable. Is there anything you would add? What is your favourite season?

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