Too Old To Trick Or Treat?

I love Halloween. I know it’s not for everyone and there is much talk about it being an unwelcome American import but that’s not how I see it.

Granted, there are certain rules which I believe must be observed to make it fun for everyone but when that happens. Well, when that happens Halloween is an opportunity to make the street where you live feel like a community. How can that be a bad thing?

I really enjoy helping my children to get dressed up and go trick or treating. We are very strict on 2 things when we are trick or treating

  • No decorations or lit pumpkin means no knocking.
  • You must always remember your manners.

Something I have become increasingly aware of though as the children have grown older is that people have very differing views on the age at which it is considered okay for kids to trick or treat.

I was standing in the queue at the supermarket yesterday while picking up a few bits and some people were chatting about this. I say chatting, they were having a good old moan.

“Well I think primary school age is the only ok age to trick or treat at” one lady said. The other agreed “I don’t want great big teenagers at my door”.

I silently took their point and considered where I stood on the matter. I was undecided.

As it happens I was forced into hopping off my Halloween fence when my daughter asked me this morning whether she would still be allowed to trick or treat tonight.

Bess is 12. My middle child. 12 (I have decided) is an awkward age. 1 year younger and you are in definite child territory in terms of gift buying and 1 year older and BAM, she is a bona fide teenager.

I thought carefully before replying to my daughter’s question but this is where I have decided I stand on the matter.

There is no “too old” for trick or treating

As I said previously, the rules must be obeyed of course but in a society where we are forever bemoaning the fact that our children are not staying children for long, how can we take this away?

Until Bess tells me that she doesn’t want to take part in Halloween (or any) activities then she will be included. I don’t want to have to tell her she is too old for anything, especially something fun!

If a teenager wants to knock on my door to trick or treat then he or she (as long as they observe the rules) will always be welcome.

I think we should encourage our teens to embrace their youth and get involved in events rather than viewing them as potential troublemakers.  What do you think?

Happy Halloween!

Smashers S2 GROSS Review

Recently we received a parcel for Moose. When he opened the parcel he let out an audible squeal. Inside the box he found a Smashers series 2 GROSS Sludge bus playset and a set of 8 Smashers.

The series one ZURU Smashers were red balls, this time around they are eyeballs! With Halloween and Half term just around the corner I felt like this change was very fitting.

What is a Sludge Bus?

Glad you asked. The Sludge Bus is a bus with space up top for storing up to 50 of your Smashers collectible figures. It folds out into a pretty gross bathroom playset featuring a springboard from which you can launch your figures into a toilet. Yes, a toilet. It also comes with a (plastic) poo which you can press to reveal 2 worms. Moose found this part hilarious.

As soon as he had finished guffawing at the toilet playset and plastic poo, Moose was very keen to get smashing. In case you have never owned or seen Smashers before, you just smash the smashball to release one of the characters inside. There are more than 100 to collect!

In this series, there are ‘Ooze Dudes’, ‘Icky Insects’, ‘Odd Bodies’ and so many more and like many collectables, there are rare, ultra-rare, exclusive and see-thru characters to collect. Moose was very excited to find that he had a slime covered one!

I really like that the Sludge bus playset doubles as a way to store the collectible figures and Moose loves how disgusting the little characters are!

The characters seem to be really well thought out and I like that you are able to reassemble the eyeball smashers so they can be used again and again!

 

Be sure to check them out over on the Zuru.com and you can also find them in stores, such as; Argos, Smyths Toys, Entertainer & Tesco.

Half Term – The Ordinary Moments

Half term seemed to creep up really quickly and then be over just as fast! I mean, ok Moose didn’t actually start school until the third week of September so it was a really short half term for him but still!

I made absolutely zero plans for this half term holiday and usually I hate that because it leaves me often feeling guilty for not providing much entertainment for the children. Bored children (as any parent knows) doth not a happy half term house make.

Luckily my sister, Jo from The Knight Tribe did the same thing. This meant that our children got to catch up with some of their cousins!

We didn’t go very far afield. The beauty of having cousins to play is that they basically entertain themselves. We spent days playing at Jo’s house, we ventured to soft play on one day and we took them all to our local country park on the last day.

We brought along our Beagle, Fudge and Jo brought their Labrador, Rosie. Despite Fudge usually being a very grumpy old lady (she is 13) she seems to get along really well with Rosie and we had a lovely day!

It’s so important to me that my children grow up with a good relationship with their cousins. My siblings are all people who I love dearly and watching our children play together is one of my absolute favourite things to do.

My sister and I managed to have 2 sets of babies quite close to each other

Bess and Leo were born 9 days apart and Moose and Emily were 18 days apart. Both pairs have always been really close. During that first half term of school Moose really missed Emily so he was really excited to spend lots of time together over the holiday.

So, although our half term didn’t really include any expensive activities or a lovely beach holiday (maybe next year, MrG?), we spent it doing something valuable. Taking time to reconnect with each other.

I am thankful for the family my children have around them and I am grateful that after such a lovely day we made it back to the car before the rain started to fall!

 

 

The Ordinary Moments

Meal Planning W/C 29/10/2018

A few weeks ago a chat about household spending with a few friends inspired me to add up the amount we spend on food per month for our family. I am not ready to tell you the exact amount yet but suffice to say that it would make us a firm candidate for that Greg Wallace show where they “surprise” a family in the supermarket and then force them to make their own baked beans and such.

Since MrG has zero interest in appearing on the BBC anytime soon, I have made it my mission to be more careful with our food budget by planning most of our meals each week. KatyKicker has a fabulous blog all about helping people to save money so from now on I will be following her lead and every Friday I will be planning out my meals for the following Monday to Friday. I might include weekends but to be honest it’s almost always Pizza on a Saturday and a Roast on Sunday.

So, that’s the plan. Katy will be my Greg Wallace (but with more hair) and hopefully sharing my meal plan with you will make me take notice of where our budget is going. I am also hoping it will help me not to veer away from eating healthily!

I would love for you to share your favourite family meals in the comments!

Meal Plan

Monday

Breakfast: Fruit and coffee.

Lunch: Chicken burger and chips

Dinner: Tandoori Chicken Skewers with salad (pictured)

Tuesday

Breakfast: Porridge with honey and raisins and coffee

Lunch: Jacket potato with beans

Dinner: Vegetable noodles with Aldi Pork Fillet (pictured)

Wednesday

Breakfast: Porridge with fruit (pictured)

Lunch: Slimming world Banquet rice

Dinner: Steak with roasted vegetables

Thursday

Breakfast: Breakfast wrap and coffee

Lunch: Soup and chicken skewers

Dinner: Mexican style hash with egg (pictured)

Friday

Breakfast: Porridge

Lunch: Tuna and veg pasta (pictured)

Dinner: Jerk Chicken leg with Jacket potato and salad

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RainboCorns Sequin Surprise Review

I don’t know about you but I cannot move for unicorns and sparkle at the moment. It’s everywhere! When we were asked to review a RainboCorn Sequin Surprise I suspected that Moose would love it!

What is a RainboCorn?

The RainboCorns are a very colourful, very cuddly collection of different magical characters. Each RainboCorn has their own personality and very fluffy mane.

There are 12 different RainboCorns based on six cuddly cute animals (Puppycorns, Kittycorns, Hamstercorns, Bunnycorns, Unicorns and Monkeycorns) and every animal comes in two fun, funky designs.

There is a great little series of webisodes to go with the toy which are available to watch on YouTube. We especially enjoyed episode two:

What’s in the box?

There is no box, your RainboCorn comes in an egg which is part of the play (I really liked this) which is then secured in clear plastic wrap. Moose found this a little tricky to get into by himself so I helped. On the front of the egg is a sequin heart. You brush the sequins to see what your RainboCorn loves. Our one loves cherries!

 

Once the wrapping was off the egg, Moose gave it a big hug and POP his RainboCorn was revealed.

Moose was thrilled to find a HamsterCorn inside his surprise egg. Pixelle is his name. He has rainbow coloured hair and little pink wings and Moose says he loves his new friend.

Moose was happy to see that the sequin heart from the egg fits onto the front of his RainboCorn. When he looked inside the egg after removing Pixelle he was really excited to find a second, much smaller surprise egg!

Each RainboCorn comes with a little Boo-Boocorn – a tiny collectable baby Rainbocorn hidden in a secret egg.

Moose loves how cuddly Pixelle the RainboCorn is and finds him a great choice to snuggle with while watching his cartoons. With 12 RainboCorns to collect I definitely think this will be on his Christmas list for Santa!

My thoughts on the RainboCorn

From a parental point of view I thought initially that £24.99 was perhaps a bit steep for a surprise toy. However, it is very high quality and will, I suspect take a good amount of play without any seams giving way. I really liked that there were 3 surprises in the opening of the toy and the fact that it is a lovely quiet toy which does not require assembly (well, aside from slotting a heart into place) or a volume switch makes a very viable candidate for an excellent gift choice! Encouraging imaginative play is great for children and you don’t get much more imaginary than a winged hamstercorn which loves cherries!

Is it for boys or girls?

I think you can see from Moose’s face that the RainboCorn was definitely a hit with him so based on that I would answer a solid BOTH.

Where can you get one?

Rainbocorns are priced at £24.99 and are available from Argos, Smyths, The Entertainer, Asda and B&M. Monkeycorns are sold exclusively in Argos. You can find out more about RainboCorns here: www.rainbocorns.com

 

We were given this product in exchange for a review but all opinions are honest and our own.