I signed up to Audible!

Since being diagnosed last year with a dodgy eye aka Punctate Inner Choroidopathy, it has been near on possible for me to read a book. 

My love affair with books and reading began at an early age. I fondly remember escaping into the far off lands between those crinkled pages of well worn copies of Enid Blyton’s stories. 

It was rare that as a child you would find me without a book in my hand. A trend that continued into my teens. I used my library card weekly. I remember going on bike rides to the library every week with my Dad. My siblings and I would spill out into the building and find our respective favourite sections from which to select our reading materials for the week ahead and then lug them home. 

Books were my escape

I loved finding new worlds to explore. I remember how absorbed I was when I found a book I liked. It was rare that  I didn’t like a book.  Not only did I enjoy the stories but later, as a teenager I remember admiring how skillful the writer must have been to weave something so beautiful, so tangible using only words. I thought it was an amazing gift to have. 

The PIC issue

Punctate Inner Choroidopathy means double vision for me. Double vision means that reading a book is currently a no go. So I have had to find a new way forward. I’m not sure why I didn’t consider Audible before now really but better late than never, right? 

Now that I have joined up I thought I would put together a wishlist. Listening to audiobooks is going to be so good for me! It is something I will be able to do when working, when I am upping my step count for the day and then when I go to bed to help me to wind down. I can hardly wait to get started! 

My list

The first thing I feel like I ought to do is to curate a list of what I would like to listen to. I do love a list after all! So here is mine in no particular order, and, please if you have a recommendation I would love for you to leave it in the comments!   

The Testaments

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Doctor Sleep

 

 

 

 

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise review

We were sent this product for the purpose of writing this post.

Hatchimals have long been a favourite of Moose. He loves the blind bag element and collecting the cute little characters. We were really pleased when we were recently asked to take a look at the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise and be a part of Spin Master toy’s WEEK OF WOW! 

What is it?

The Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise is presented as an egg, approximately 12cm tall. It has the hearts to rub (as with all of the Hatchimal range) to reveal your first surprise but this one has 3 hearts. 3 hearts means 3 characters. Moose was very pleased with this fact.

Releasing our characters from their eggy confines revealed that we had been sent the Rhythm Rainbow set. There are 6 to hatch and collect!

Mason was quite pleased with his little characters and I thought they were cute too. He was happy enough to play with just them. I will admit that I did think that you didn’t get much considering the size of the egg but Moose was happy so.. 

Oops moment

Then my sister (Jo from The Knight Tribe – yes, she blogs too) happened to visit. 

She asked why we hadn’t finished unpacking the contents of the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise. I had no idea what she meant. It turned out that actually what I thought was a very short 3 step instruction sheet was in fact folded and there was more to the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise. Oops. Face palm moment or what! 

Moose excitedly got to work to find the rest of the surprises and was overjoyed to see that as well as his little characters the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise also had 3 more compartments with accessories as well as a a scene to build! Once built the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise can be kept as a keepsake by popping the clear plastic dome on top.

What did we think?

Moose really loved this set and thought it was very exciting to put together. He has already said that it is a toy that he would consider spending his birthday money on. Strong praise indeed considering that he has had said birthday money for 3 months now.

The main beef I have with most blind bags is that they end up lost. They are usually tiny items inside so its hard to keep collections together. The Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise is good because of the display element. It is pricier than other collectables but the quality is good and I really like that (if you follow the instructions properly) it’s easy to pop together and there is an element of creativity to it. Moose had great fun using the stickers (included) to decorate it. I wish there was a little less waste plastic but that’s something that maybe could be improved on in the future. 

All in all Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise is one which will definitely make our Christmas list this year. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise are priced at around £13. They are available from all good toy shops and of course, Amazon.

 

 

Have you seen Ricky Zoom?

This is a collaborative post. We received payment and products for the purpose of this post.

Moose, just like most 5 yr olds, loves cartoons. He especially likes anything with ninjas, battles, vehicles or problem solving. As well as cartoons he loves drawing pictures and colouring in. Imagine his delight then when we were recently sent a bag of goodies to celebrate the Ricky Zoom series from Nick jnr currently being shown on Saturday and Sunday morning.

I’ll be honest, I am not usually a fan of talking vehicles. Cars is my least favourite Disney movie. Moose however is a different kettle of fish. I sat him in front of one of the episodes we were sent to watch and within 2 minutes (and I mean this literally) he was absolutely hooked.

What is it about?

Ricky Zoom is a little red bike whose parents are rescue bikes. He lives in Wheelford, a small town with a tight knit community who all help Ricky to be the best he can be and make sure he can stand on his own two wheels.

Ricky’s friends are Loop, Scootio and DJ. They call themselves the Bike Buddies and they go around trying to help as much as they can.

The show opens with the theme song which is a nice little introduction to the characters of Wheelford. Each episode features brightly coloured characters and lots of stunts and action but at its heart the show is about friendship. There are of course morals and a certain amount of sending a message about having good values and caring for others. 

What did we think?

Moose was quickly drawn into the show. He loved the theme and the bright colours. The characters really appealed to him and he watching a couple of episodes from start to finish and was really engaged with Ricky Zoom. 

After he had watched the episodes he wanted to colour his Ricky Zoom pictures from his backpack and make up new adventures for Ricky and his friends. 

I liked that the show was vibrant and fun but even though the little bikes did get support from the rest of their community they were able to solve problems by themselves. Perfect for its 3-5yr old audience who themselves are just finding their feet! 

I will definitely encourage Moose to watch Ricky Zoom in future. He found it inspiring and I thought the messages it laid out were positive.

Check out the Ricky Zoom website for fun activities and to find out more!

Living Arrows week 44 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

Both of this weeks photos were taken at a family wedding. No sign of Bess this week as she couldn’t go due to school. Now that she has started her GCSE’s I don’t want her to miss a moment unless absolutely necessary.

The first photo was taken at the wedding reception and I just wanted proof that Moose is capable of looking smart! He was so excited to wear his outfit for the wedding and chose it himself, I hope he will get the chance to wear it more than once.

The second photo is of Moose and his cousins R & S who were bridesmaids. Their Mum was the bride so it was all very exciting. This photo made me laugh because I love how grumpy they all looked. The bear being held by R was the same one I bought her to hold when I got married 7 years ago. Wedding bear is his name and I love that he still has wedding duties.

 

 

Living Arrows

Win a Beanbag – Beanbag Bazaar

We were sent this beanbag for the purposes of this post

When we were asked to road test a beautiful faux fur beanbag from Beanbag Bazaar the idea was to pop it in Bess’ room. She is getting a much needed bedroom refresh. She is after all a teenager now and a teen needs a different space to that of a little girl. Anyway, to cut a long story short, Moose has (temporarily) nicked the bean bag. 

From the minute we got it out of the box Moose was in love. He is quite a tactile child. He responds well to soft fabrics and has lots of blankets and cushions that he loves to snuggle with. Moose saw the snow leopard fabric on the bean bag and his eyes lit up. 

The beanbag we chose is the ICON® Siberia Faux Fur Bean Bag in Snow Leopard print. This is an adult size bean bag measuring in at 85cm deep and 50cm high but Beanbag Bazaar have loads of shapes and sizes to choose from. I am fairly sure that this one will end up in Bess’ bedroom eventually but for now Moose wants to keep in the lounge. Its lovely and light so will be easy enough to move when we need to.

Moose adores how comfortable the thick faux fur is. He likes to snuggle on the beanbag while he reads a book or watches his cartoons. I love how the beanbag looks. Not only does it look great in our living room, it will look super stylish in a teen bedroom too

 

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