Living Arrows Week 45 2019

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Each week I like to (try and) link up to a series called Living arrows which is about celebrating childhood. You can find out more here

 

 

The first photo this week was found on my camera after our trip to London. Bess must have taken this selfie in Kings Cross station while we were waiting for our train. I loved the huge poppy that had been put up for remembrance day. We had a brilliant time in London watching the musical, Dear Evan Hansen. The subject matter (teen suicide and the aftermath) is hard going in places but it is very well written and she wanted to see it so badly. 

Our second photo this week is of Moose making himself a sandwich. He is my baby and it’s so hard for me to admit that he is getting bigger whether I like it or not. He asked if he could make himself lunch, and I thought, why not. Note to self, we need more jam.

 

 

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WOW! Stuff Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak Review

[Ad Gifted] We were sent this product for the purpose of this post

The whole Harry Potter mania passed me by a little bit. I had a couple of friends who adored the books but I never really saw the appeal. Obviously when the movies came out I was familiar with the premise but again, I wasn’t really “into” it. 

However. When my eldest, Col, started becoming interested in the franchise I did start to pay attention. We rewatched the movies together and it was through his eyes – as it so often is when you have children around – that the magic felt a bit more real. 

For his birthday one year I booked for us to go to the Harry Potter Warner Bros studio tour. Even at this point I was a bit nonplussed. That all changed over the course of that visit. Fast forward to a few hours later when we emerged from our tour filled with Butterbeer and a new found love of all things Potter. 

Since then I have read the books, seen the movies and even worn the t-shirt. I have been sorted into my house (Ravenclaw, since you asked) and can recite most of the spells. 

The cloak of invisibility

When we were asked recently whether we would like to have a play with an invisibility cloak, it wasn’t a tough decision! 

Fans of the books will know that the invisibility cloak was given to Harry in The Philosophers Stone. Previously owned by his father, and crafted from the cloak of Death himself, the invisibility cloak was used many times throughout the Harry Potter series. 

wow! stuff invisibility cloak

What’s in the box?

Well, not a lot to be honest. Inside the box you will find a set of instructions, a phone stand and a cloak. The cloak has been made to look like the cloak in the movies with a grey and silver design on a velvet material. The other side of the cloak is a bright green material. The cloak is definitely long enough for most children and teens (and even adults) to be able to play around with it to great effect! 

wow! stuff harry potter cloak

How to play?

The first thing you need to do is to download the free WOW Stuff app (available on Apple and Android) and enter the unique code on the instructions to link the two together. 

The green lining of the cloak acts in the same way as a green screen. Used in conjunction with the app, you will disappear when wearing the cloak on the outside. 

What did we think?

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this was to set up.

You have to be really careful not to move the phone while recording otherwise it will fail and you will need to have another go. It is simple to set up. Simple to use too. The cloak itself is great quality and a good size. Definitely a winner for any Potter fan! 

The RRP of the cloak is £59.99 but it is currently on sale at Smyths and many other retailers!

 

Goo Goo Galaxy Slurp ‘n’ Slime Goo Drop – Bowie Beamheart Review

We were sent this product for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own

If there is anything that I have learned from being the Mother of 3, it is this; Toy companies love a bandwagon and children are drawn to slime and gloop. Basically if a toy looks like it will take longer to clean than to play with, kids are IN!

We were recently sent a new slime/gloop themed toy. For the reasons given previously I was pretty sure Moose would like it but me? The jury was definitely out on that. 

Goo Goo Galaxy Slurp ‘n’ Slime Goo Drop is quite the name isn’t it? Full marks to whoever decided not to go catchy but to go long. I think 3 Goo’s is a good number to be honest. You wouldn’t want anymore, would you? 

I have to admit though, Bowie Beamhart is cute. She (we are going with she) comes packaged in a box that looks like a flying saucer spaceship. 

What’s in the (spaceship shaped) box?

Inside the box you will find;

  • A large Goo Drop Doll
  • 1 x Candy Comet
  • A Goo Drop stand
  • 1 x bowl
  • A whisk
  • 1 x Regoovintaor
  • 5 x glitter fills
  • 2 x slime sachets
  • 1 x passport
  • 1 x glitter seal sheet

How does it work?

The idea is that your child is able to make their own slime. By adding just water (up to the handy fill line) they can stir their way to thick, gloopy delight. Then they can add the glitter bits to customise their very own galaxy slime. 

Each glitter fill packet can be resealed which means they can be used more than once. I quite liked that. 

Once your child has made their slime it is time to move on to part 2. That is, you have to “feed” the slime to Bowie Beamhart. This is done by using the reegoovinator (it’s a syringe)

You are supposed to hold the reegoovinator in the slime and pull the plunger up to fill it. You can but it is a bit slow going – we ended up just spooning it into the syringe. Much faster.

When your reegoovinator is full, you pop it into Bowie’s mouth and fill her up! 

Because Bowie Beamhart has a see through body you can see the slime sloshing about in her tummy. Moose thought this was utterly hilarious. Once this starts wearing a bit thin it’s time to get the slime out. This means taking the Candy Comet out of her mouth and pressing her tummy to make her do a “comet vomit”. 

What did we think?

As predicted Moose liked the slime mixing. He especially liked that he could add the glitter fills. Bowie is pretty cute and Moose loved being able to see the slime inside her. 

The comet vomit was a great touch and much appreciated by my 5 year old who currently loves anything vomit or poo related. I found her surprisingly easy to clean. Just remove her head and wash her out with water. Because she is so easy to clean I think this considerably increases how much play time Moose will get with Bowie. 

Goo Goo Galaxy Slurp ‘n’ Slime Goo Drop is available from Smyths as well as other retailers and is priced at around £29.99 

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Personalised videos from Santa with Portable North Pole

[AD] We were gifted a Portable North Pole Magic Pass for the purpose of this review

Portable North Pole is part of our Christmas tradition. I love the magic of Christmas. The mix of yummy food and drink, the shopping, the twinkly lights. I loved it as a child but it might be even slightly better when you have little ones for whom you can help provide that Christmas sparkle. 

If you are in this position this Christmas you really need to check out Portable North Pole. It’s hands down the best app ever. Strong words I know but it honestly is. As you know from this post here, I try not to go too crazy at Christmas. But this is different! This is part of the magic for us. 

The idea is that you input your child’s info into the app/website and at the end you get a video message from Santa at the North Pole personalised just for them! 

How much is it?

This year there are 3 options but I definitely think that the magic pass offers excellent value. For just £12.99 you will receive

  • Unlimited access to all Premium videos and calls for unlimited kids

    Includes all Premium videos and calls

  • The reaction recorder

    with the mobile app and web browser (Chrome)

  • NewEnhanced videos

    All-new multi-device scenarios

  • NewFamily options

    Create a message for more than one child (available in 2 scenarios)

  • 1080 HD downloads

    of all your videos

  • Video calls from Santa

    You can see and hear Santa on a face-to-face video call

  • BonusFirst name guaranteed

    If requested before November 15th

  • BonusPrintable nice list certificate

The Magic Pass is especially great value if you happen to have more than 1 child (or adult, there is an option for Santa to send a message to grown ups too!) as the Magic Pass entitles you to create unlimited videos for an unlimited number of children! 

pnp prices

The message from Santa can be as full of info as you decide to make it. You can add photos of your child and on some videos you can even add friends and siblings names as well as pets. On some video messages you can add their interests or what they have excelled at this year for Santa to mention. 

When your child sits down to watch their personalised message you can also choose to watch their reaction which is captured for you to watch back later! I love this aspect. 

Moose is absolutely going to freak out with excitement when he sees his personalised video from Santa – my only problem is trying to decide which video message to create first! 

Find out more about Portable North Pole on their website here or use this link to get a 15% discount on your order. 

 

 

 

4 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Your Upcoming Nuptials

The wedding is near, huh? Congratulations on finding someone that wants to be with you until the end! When you’re single and looking for love, actually finding someone can feel like climbing a mountain for most, so well done on securing a delight. You’ve been together for a while, and you’re certain that they’re the one, so keeping them chained to you by law is probably the right thing to do! So, again, congratulations on reaching that feat!

 

When it comes to the wedding itself, you’ll plan absolutely every part of it – no stone will be left unturned. It will be the most perfect day and evening, and it’ll be completely tailored to your wants and needs. Everything in that regard is completely sewn up. But what about you, personally? The big day and the proceedings are obviously important, but you need to be in the right shape as you head into it. You’re one half of the dynamic duo involved, remember? Everybody is coming to see you. 

 

How can you possibly prepare yourself for your upcoming wedding, then? Well, there are loads of different things you can do to maximize your mentality, happiness, calmness, and looks going into it. Here are a few ideas for you right now:  

Soak Up Every Bit Of Knowledge

 

You should probably be doing this in your everyday life anyway, but be sure to take in as much info about the big day as possible. There may be certain bits and pieces that you have no idea about. Whether it’s little gems from articles online or small pieces of advice from family members, you’re going to want to keep that data stored in your mind – you might need it later on down the line. 

 

Work On Your Looks!

 

You’re going to be looked at a lot during the day. Now, that doesn’t mean you should crank up the pressure on yourself because you look amazing as you are. Shaking things up and spoiling yourself in terms of your appearance should be a mandatory thing, however! Go nuts, and make yourself the real center of attention – there will be photos of this that are viewed for years and years; do your best!

 

Don’t Overthink It 

 

When something this large and significant crops up in one’s life, it’s easy for them to panic and begin worrying about every little thing. While it’s a big day, you have to treat it as though it’s something pretty straightforward – otherwise, you’ll go through the entire wedding on edge. It’s normal if you’re going through a list of wedding superstitions and possible problems in your head right now, but make sure you’re aware that the bad things in your mind will never actually happen!

 

Continue Working Hard At Your Job!

 

Yes, this is an important event in your life, but you should also recognize that you have other things going on. When you have lots of your mind elsewhere, it can become easy to get distracted in terms of your professional life. Keeping your head down at work will help you out professionally, but it will also help to take your mind away from any stress or anxiety you may harbor.