Our In the Night Garden Picnic Party to raise funds for the NSPCC

We had a wonderful Sunday especially as we had our Picnic Party in support of the NSPCC.

We had been sent a fundraising kit and a few extras and we had a lovely time. Our guests were quite excited too.

Since the weather was not looking very promising, we held our picnic indoors. They are quite the best kind as it allows you to play all the games too.

Our picnic blanket was laid out on the floor and we had lots of yummy treats – sandwiches and Knoppers (we’ll talk about these in another post) and Pinkyponk juice and sausage rolls and grapes – to name a few.

There were colouring in sheets for those who wished to do so.

And there were also games.

First of all, we made our own Pontypines – which was great fun. We used wooden clothes pegs and red paper. It would be nice to make them out of felt if you have some though.

Then, we played something similar to pin the tail but we played it with Iggle-Piggle and his blanket.

Of course the main aim of the picnic was to raise money for the NSPCC. I would love it if you donate to my just giving page – (I’ve kept it open for just a bit longer)

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or you could donate directly to the NSPCC here – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/make-a-donation/

So far – I’ve collected only £10 so I’ll be receiving thank you notes for them.

Celebrating National Allotment Week with Kenwood Blend Xtract Sport

With it being National Allotment Week, it’s all about growing your own vegetables, fruits and flowers. I would love to have an allotment and grow my own veggies and fruits and be able to make meals and smoothies with them.

In fact, I do try and grow some at home  – chillies, basil and  strawberries.

Anyway, to make my own smoothies, I was sent this great Kenwood Blend Xtract Sport and I’ve been enjoying making healthy drinks all weekend.


The Blend Xtract includes 2 x 0.6l bottles that are perfect for taking to work and getting the benefits of that healthy smoothie. It has a great wide spout too – ideal for smoothies.

It has a 300W power motor that great not only for smoothies but also for soups and batters.

I like the 2 speed pulse that allows one to blend rough or smooth. You can use the ‘low’ function to break up the ingredients especially if you are using frozen ingredients and then turn it on ‘high’.

There is no particular ice blend function but you can crush ice.

It’s really easy to use and since it has a smoothie ready in no time, it’s a great kitchen gadget to have at home.

I tried the Very Berry Smoothie and it was delicious – it was a combination of raspberries, cranberry juice, apple juice and blackberries. I do want to try the Salsa smoothie as it sounds delicious.

The Kenwood Blend Xtract Sport is priced at £34.98 and is good value for money. There are loads of recipes to try out in the instruction manual and more on the Kenwood website

I was sent the Kenwood Blend Xtract Sport for a review. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

Horrible Histories : More Best of Barmy Britain Review

Two weeks back, we headed into London to the Garrick Theatre to watch Horrible Histories:More Best of Barmy Britain.

To be honest, the children were not too interested about going for it when I told them what we were going to see. They told me they didn’t want a history lesson during the summer holidays. Of course, being the good mum that I am, I insisted that learning during the holidays is important and got them out of the house to attend.

You see, I had read the reviews and the show looked like so much fun that I knew the kids would enjoy it. I wasn’t wrong. At the end of it, they asked why it was so short!

Here’s a little bit about the show –

Find out why the Romans were revolting! Could you survive the vicious Vikings? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Would you party with the Puritans? Clap along with crazy King Charles! Dare you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Vomit with the vile Victorians and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War!

The cast included Ashley Bowden as Rex and Laura Dalfleish as Queen  – that’s all. And they were all the show needed. Quick costume changes, great stage presence and interaction with the young audience made them a bit hit with everyone in the audience.

The show was witty and hilarious and the children laughed their way through it.

It also did teach a little about the history of Britain – some things that I didn’t know of as well.

We came to know the history behind the way towns are named with this song –

“Chester and Leicester are Roman, Scarborough and Peterborough are Saxon, Derby and Grimsby are Viking, we know our way around!”

And a whole lot more, as the two actors took us down the ages in History.

My youngest, aged 6, may not have got some of the references but she enjoyed it all the same. Jadyn was familiar with a few of the names as they are periods in History that she studied about in the past year.

The show is presented by The Birmingham Stage Company and is written by Terry Dreary and Neal Foster.

We thoroughly enjoyed the show and my day was made when the kids told me how glad they were that I took them to see the show because they had a great time.

It’s one for the whole family and if you want more information or to book tickets visit – www.barmybritain.com


The Emoji Movie Light Up Figures

We all express ourselves with emoticons these days. In fact I sometimes see that my daughter uses more emoticons than words in her messages. In keeping with this trend, The Emoji Movie has been released and stars different emoticons.

We received these figures from The Emoji Movie to review and the children were quite taken with them.

The figures are light up figures and are perfect for a desk or a shelf in the kids’ room. In fact, I probably could do with a Gene on my work desk.

We were sent Jailbreak and Gene.

Jailbreak is one of the characters from The Emoji Movie. She used to be a princess but she ran away from Textopolis. Her goal is to break free, past the firewall so she can live in the cloud with no worries.

Gene lives in Textopolis and has a range of emotions. He lives in a boy called Alex’s phone and is almost about to be deleted. He has to outwit the bot and finally learns to embrace himself for what he is.

The Jailbreak action figure has purple hair that lights up when you lift her left arm. She has big eyes and a slight smirk. She wears a beanie.

Gene is obviously yellow in colour much like the emoticons we use so often. His mouth lights up when you lift his left arm.

The figures are great for imaginative play but more so for adding to a collection. The come with a base so they can stand with ease.  They are 8 inches tall.

The children enjoyed trying them out and making them light up. They have kept them as part of their toy collection.

Also available is Poop from the film.

The Emoji Movie Light Up Figures are aimed at children 3+. Priced at £14.99, they are available at all major toy retailers.