Problem Solving Activities – Myra Makes: Journey To Cloud City

We received a problem solving activity book for children aged 6-10 – Myra Makes: Journey to Cloud City. You can buy this fun packed activity book for £11.50 on Amazon or on their website for $25 where a copy is donated to an underfunded educational program). This creative learning adventure book is full of fun activities to develop a love for empathy and critical thinking.

Problem Solving Activity Book

Myra Makes A Creative Learning Adventure

Joining Myra Makes on her journey to cloud city your child will encounter a variety of activities. From math and maze pages to open-ended creative problem solving challenges with unlimited possible solutions. This fun activity book encourages your child to be creative as they draw, colour, craft and solve problems.

Problem Solving Activities

One of the first pages in this problem solving activity book is to draw one or more characters to cut out and join Myra on her journey through the book. Your child can describe their characters interests on the back too. Eva really enjoyed this activity coming up with names and descriptions.

Character Drawing Activity

Through out the activity book there are several animals to cut out who join Myra in her journey too. Each one has information about them on the back to help with some of the activities. Eva really liked these and thought they were fun because she can use them again to make up other stories too.

Cut out animals

Word searches that can be coloured in throughout the book were another highlight for Eva as she really enjoys them. Labelling and describing things throughout the book kept her amused for hours too. She really enjoyed repeating facts to us as she read them.

Monthly Subscription

I love that children can learn so much from this fun activity book without it feeling like dull homework. This is one of the best problem solving activity books we have had so far. Myra Makes are currently offering 3 months free subscription commitment free too which I think is well worth trying.

Myra Makes Monthly Subscription

What do you think of Myra Makes? Will you be trying out the 3 months commitment free monthly subscription?

If you are looking for other fun activity books and reading books for kids like this don’t forget to check out my other Book Reviews!

 

Christmas Jumper Giveaway – Not For Ponies

We have a fantastic Christmas Jumper Giveaway thanks to Not For Ponies who also sent us some to review! We also have a matching adult & child Christmas jumper to giveaway in time for Christmas. I’m not a fan of most Christmas jumpers in all honesty but I do love the ones we were sent by Not For Ponies, festive but not ridiculous.

Not For Ponies is all about fun quirky graphics and playful prints. All items are designed and made in the UK!

Izzy received a super cute polar bear Christmas jumper – £16 and a pink unicorn top – £9 for Eva (naturally). I chose the men’s blue reindeer Christmas jumper – £28 for myself as I preferred the design haha! I really like the designs available and Eva’s t-shirt is definitely perfect for her.

Christmas Jumper Giveaway - Izzy is wearing a red polar bear jumper, Eva is wearing a pink unicorn top & I am wearing a blue reindeer jumper

The jumpers are soft and warm with generous sizing, I’m wearing a small in the photo’s above with plenty of room. Izzy is wearing 3-4 years which I was surprised to find fits her as she is currently wearing 4-5 years. Eva’s unicorn t-shirt is a size 7-8 and definitely has plenty of room. Good job as she has already begged the Mr to hurry up and wash it so she can wear it again!

Christmas Jumpers and top

We love NotForPonies.com and will definitely be buying from them in future knowing their products are great quality and sizes. Not having to wear a garish Christmas jumper is always a win for me. Getting Christmassy with the girls for our photo’s (even if I do have bags under my eyes!) was fun too.

Christmas Jumper Giveaway

Do you have a Christmas jumper yet? Would you like the chance to win 1x adult & 1x child matching Christmas jumpers of your choice? Enter our fab Christmas jumper giveaway below to win and don’t forget to sign up to find out about future giveaways!

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What do you think of the designs?

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The night before Christmas – Mustard’s Christmas Wish

We received a copy of The night before Christmas – Mustard’s Christmas Wish available exclusively on Amazon. Written and Illustrated by Sophie Scribble this book is a perfect Christmas eve gift. You can buy a copy of the eBook for £2.99 and a paperback copy for £6.99.

The night before Christmas - Mustard's Christmas Wish

The night before Christmas – Mustard’s Christmas Wish

The story reimagines the classic ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ with Mustard, the lovable dachshund, embarking on a Christmas Eve adventure he’ll never forget. Mustard has cards to deliver before Christmas day, but with such little legs it seems a long way! Mustard bravely goes off to deliver his cards to all his friends.

Mustard deliving letters

This lovely rhyming tale of friendship and hope is a heart warming story. Mustard the sausage dog is an ambitious little underdog who transforms into a super sausage dog! The night before Christmas – Mustard’s Christmas Wish would be great for reading on Christmas eve snuggled up together. The girls loved this book as they think Mustard is really cute and cool too!

Holly's letter

We love books that rhyme and have lovely storylines and this book is definitely one we will be reading and enjoying again. Mustard delivers cards to all his friends on a cold Christmas eve.

Mustard curled up asleep in front of the fire with his friend Daniel

Looking for Robins throughout the book, counting them as we went made reading The night before Christmas – Mustard’s Christmas Wish even more fun. Children love getting involved in reading and even little ones Izzy’s age (3) can enjoy counting the robins.

We have quite a selection of Christmas books we have discovered, old & new and as always enjoy sharing them with our readers. The night before Christmas – Mustard’s Christmas Wish is definitely a lovely festive book to read at Christmas and a perfect gift too.

Have you read The night before Christmas – Mustard’s Christmas Wish? Does it sound like a book your little ones would enjoy too?

Christmas Gifts For Her 2017

I’ve put together a handy list of Christmas gifts for her this Christmas. A mixture of products I’ve been sent to review and those I know have fantastic reviews already and would love to receive myself or know someone who would! Having written gift guides for 3 year olds, 7 year olds & even 5 Christmas Gifts Under £5, I figured one for her would be great too!

Hunkemoller Textured Slippers £18

These gorgeous textured slippers from Hunkemöller are a perfect gift this Christmas. Comfortable, warm, soft and fluffy inside. Delivered in this lovely little box to make you smile. These slippers are perfect for those cold winter days and nights.

 

Bloomtown Limited Edition Luxury Beauty Baubles

Hand-Crafted, Reusable Decorative Baubles each containing a luxury bloomtown beauty product inside make lovely gifts. They come pre-assembled and ready to hang on the tree. You can buy an individual bauble for £9 or a set of 3 for £25.

Yankee Candle Christmas Advent Calendar 2017

Yankee Candle Christmas Advent Calendar 2017 £29

Almost every woman I know LOVES Yankee Candles making this Christmas Advent Calendar a fantastic gift idea. Contain one tea light per day and a Votive candle for Christmas eve. I would love one of these to make the flat smell more festive throughout December.

Christmas gifts for her - Mummy Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box For Mummy £15

Who says Christmas Eve boxes are just for kids? With a fantastic selection of gifts in each box My Pocket Money Toys have the adults covered too!

 Contains a chocolate pizza slice, a Belgian hot chocolate stick, cosy Christmas socks and a Shaggy Stag or Hairy Coo tree decoration.All I Want for Christmas Hamper, , hi-resHotel Chocolat All I Want For Christmas Hamper £35

We all love chocolate and having discovered Hotel Chocolat this year after receiving a lovely gift card, their chocolates will forever be on my wish list. I love this gorgeous little hamper full of chocolate goodies. Hotel Chocolat have a wide range of hampers from £20 upwards that any chocolate lover would love to receive.

 

What do you think of my Christmas gifts for her guide? Which gift is your favourite?

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3 Christmas Books To Snuggle Up With

Little Tiger sent us 3 Christmas Books to snuggle up with as thy are releasing new paperback editions of some of their much-loved Christmas titles. We enjoyed snuggling up on the sofa to read these 3 lovely Christmas books.

3 Christmas Books Perfect For Snuggling Up With

 

One Noisy Night

One Noisy Night

Written by M Christina Butler and Illustrated by Tina Macnaughton this gorgeous touch and feel book is perfect for snuggling up with on a cold wintery night. The gorgeous wintry scenes and soft touch & feel flocking throughout makes it lovely to read keeping your little one involved.

One Noisy Night inside

Little Hedgehog and his friends hear strange creaking sounds coming from the woods giving them a strange puzzle to solve. A wonderful story of friendship & bravery, One Noisy Night is the 10th book of the best-selling Little Hedgehog Series. We love this new release which is available for £6.99 on Amazon. Christmas books like these are lovely to read during the Christmas season and make lovely presents too.

The Perfect Present

Written By Stella J Jones and Illustrated by Caroline Pedler this beautiful Christmas tale is about giving, receiving and friendship. This is such a cosy Christmas story to cuddle up with.

The Perfect Present

Billy and Bella are the best of friends & they would do anything to make each other happy, even if it means giving up something they love. Full of beautifully festive illustrations this lovely Christmas book is a great one to snuggle up with giving you that festive feeling. We love Christmas books like this and think it’s great for £6.99 on Amazon.

 

Santa To The Rescue

Santa To The Rescue

The 3rd book on our list of Christmas books perfect for snuggling up with over Christmas is written by Barry Timms and Illustrated by Ag Jatkowska. This book is a fun and festive picture book with beautiful illustrations.

Santa To The Rescue

Perfect for sharing with little ones excited about Christmas, this story follows the bears of mistletoe mountain on Christmas eve. The bears get snowed in and the animals of Holly tree Forest Work together to help Santa save the day. We find Christmas books like this really get us into the spirit of Christmas. Available for £6.99 on Amazon.

Do you think these 3 Christmas books would be perfect for snuggling up with your little one too over Christmas?

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10 Craft Beers To Try 2017

If you love craft beer then here are 10 craft beers to try that the Mr has enjoyed over the last few months. We have been seeking out new and different craft beers for the last year or so for the Mr and have found a great range across M&S, Tesco, Morrison’s & Asda. A few months ago we shared a list of 10 beers the Mr had enjoyed this year and decided to share again. So if you are looking for new craft beers here are some more to keep an eye out and give a try.

10 Craft Beers To Try

Oakham Brewery (UK) – Green Devil IPA – 6.0% A.B.V

oakham ales - green devil ipa

Whitewater Brewery (N.I) – Hoppel Hammer – 6.0% A.B.V

Hoppel Hammer

Nøgne Ø (Norway) – Pale Ale – 6.0% A.B.V

Nøgne Ø Pale Ale

Tiny Rebel (Wales) – CWTCH – 4.6% A.B.V

 cwtch tiny rebel

Adnams & M&S – Southwold Winter IPA – 6.7% ABV

adnams southwold winter IPA

Windsor & Eton Brewery (UK) – Treason West Coast IPA – 5.8% A.B.V

Treason west coast IPA

Dark Star (UK) – Sunburst – 4.8% ABV

Dark Star - Sunburst

Redwell (UK) – Extra Pale Ale – 5.6% A.B.V

Redwell (UK) Extra pale ale

Brewdog (UK,Scotland) – Hop Fiction – 5.2%

Brewdog - Hop Fiction

Innis & Gunn (UK, Scotland) – Session IPA – 4.5% A.B.V

Session IPA

Sierra Nevada (USA) – Torpedo – 5.6% A.B.V

Sierra Nevada - Torpedo

Have you tried any of these 10 craft beers yet? If so which is your favourite?

 

Creating Simple Logo’s With LogoJoy

I’ve been creating simple logos with Logojoy who offer a logo designer with a range of packages available. Logojoy would have been perfect when I first started blogging! Trying to find a quick & simple way to create a logo for the blog was quite difficult. I wanted something that stood out whilst being simple & purple (of course!).

creating simple logos

Creating Simple Logos

Logojoy’s logo generator comes with plenty of fonts, colours, designs, layouts & logo’s. When you land on their homepage you asked for your company name to get started. You are then given a page of logos where you are asked to like at least 5 or more you like.

Pick 5 Logos

There’s several colours to pick from next followed by the option to add a slogan. You can then pick 5 appropriate symbols for your logo. Most are quite plain compared to a lot of the colourfully illustrated logo’s I’ve seen. Whilst the options are quite plain they are perfect for a first logo.

Once you have made all your selections LogoJoy then generate several logo options for you to browse with the option to browse more & favourite those you like. You can then edit the fonts, sizing, positionings & symbols before deciding if you want to keep & download the logo.

Generated Logos

The main thing I love about Logojoy is the fact that you can edit and create logo’s for free! Only paying once you are completely happy with your choices.

Packages

Packages start at $20 for a Low resoloution image.

The premium package which I chose costs $65. This includes:

High resoloution Logo

Vector EPS & SVG Files

Transparent Background

Black/White Versions

Lifetime Phone Support

Font Names & Colours

Full Copyright Ownerships

Make Changes & Re-download

Print Ready

Brand Guidelines

Social Media Kit (Extra)

They also offer an Enterprise package for $165

This includes:

One Hour Design Time

High resoloution Logo

Vector EPS & SVG Files

Transparent Background

Black/White Versions

Lifetime Phone Support

Font Names & Colours

Full Copyright Ownerships

Make Changes & Re-download

Print Ready

Brand Guidelines

Social Media Kit

 

Overall I think Logojoy is a great tool for bloggers starting out who need a simple logo generator that loads quickly. Being able to save your favourite logos and go back to them and edit them in future is a great feature.

What did you use to create your logo? Have you heard of Logojoy before?

Christmas Gifts For 7 Year Olds Under £40

I’ve put together a list of  Christmas gifts for 7 year olds covering everything. We have a fantastic advent calendar, Christmas Eve box, Toys, Crafts & more!

Advent Calendar

Christmas Gifts for 7 year olds - Mad Beauty 12 days of christmas advent calendar

We discovered this gorgeous Mad beauty 12 days of Christmas advent calendar for just £9.99 whilst looking for Christmas gifts for 7 year olds. The 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar contains bath products, lip balms and body lotions, suitable from 3 years. Perfect for either of my girls but Eva will definitely appreciate it. She loves beauty products & is becoming very girly so this is a perfect alternative advent calendar for her.

Christmas Eve box

Christmas eve box from My Pocket Money Toys

You may have already seen the fantastic Christmas Eve boxes from My Pocket Money Toys for £30 which includes EVERYTHING you need for the perfect Christmas eve. We reviewed the 6-7 years Christmas Eve box last week and absolutely love it. This fantastically festive box contains a gourmet chocolate pizza slice, cuddly toy, a Christmas book, a festive craft, a puzzle, something cosy to wear, a toy, Belgian hot chocolate stick, bag of reindeer food and even a certificate from Santa!

A Craft

Amigami

I discovered the Amigami Large Figure for £5 when hunting for Christmas gifts £5 and under at Sports Direct. Eva loves to craft and this looks like a great gift that she can really get creative with. Suitable from 5+ this had to be added to our list of Christmas gifts for 7 year olds.

Colouring Pens

Magnetips

Colouring at Christmas is a bit of a tradition in most households, all children get a colouring book of some sort. These fantastic MAGNETIPS are the perfect companion for £39.99! We received a set of the MAGNETIPS, a colour refill sets & 10 chrome balls. MAGNETIPS are not your typical fine liners, they have 2 magnets inside allowing you to build fantastic creations. You can build all sorts of shapes with these fun magnetic pens and adding the chrome balls allow you to make fun structures too!

Magnetips

What do you think of my Christmas gifts for 7 year olds? Do you know a 7 year old who would love these too?

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My Sunday Photo – Chocolate Cake

I baked a delicious chocolate cake yesterday & had to share it for my Sunday photo. It is far from impressive compared to the food bloggers I follow but it is GOOD cake. Two weeks without a cooker over half term is not fun. Having a working cooker that actually cooks properly makes all the difference though! As soon as our new cooker arrived I decided I had to test it out properly.. by baking cake of course! Our old cooker decided to blow the day I chose to do some baking so it only seemed right.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

The cake is a devils food cake mix with vanilla icing mixed wit 60g of melted chocolate (from hotel chocolat) and 20g of cocoa powder. I have to say I had no confidence it would turn out right but it surprisingly turned out brilliantly! I split the mix between two tins & added a layer of icing between them too.. nom!

 

Chocolate cake sliced

The cake is amazingly fluffy and light and I’ve pleased myself with my icing, I thought it would be a disaster yet it tastes AMAZING!

Have you baked a cake recently? Do you have any tips?

 

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Christmas Eve Boxes From My Pocket Money Toy

We received Christmas Eve boxes From My Pocket Money Toys, filled with perfect Christmas themed gifts. My Pocket Money Toys offer a fantastic toy subscription for children and a great selection of Christmas boxes. There is a gift box for different ages, as well as different sized boxes & even boxes for adults too! We recently reviewed their fantastic Halloween Box which was full of awesome goodies and love these Christmas boxes too.

Christmas eve boxes

We received the 6-7 years Christmas Eve box which costs £30 and a Mummy Christmas eve box too which costs £15.

 

Christmas Eve box 6-7 years

Chocolate pizza slice

Cuddly toy

Christmas book

Festive craft

Puzzle

Something cosy to wear

A Toy

Belgian hot chocolate stick

Bag of reindeer food

Certificate from Santa!

 

Christmas eve box from My Pocket Money Toys

Eva was excited opening her Christmas eve box and loves everything that is included. She knows mummy usually gets her Christmas eve box & Santa brings her presents Christmas day so she was pleased to find she’d already made Santa’s nice list! (For helping mummy review these awesome products of course 😉 haha). Eva instantly removed the Robin from the parcel & hasn’t let go since as Robyn is her middle name.

Robin soft toy

The Mummy Christmas eve box can be for mum, dad or even grandparents! It’s a lovely little gift box to receive with everything you need for Christmas eve including the all important hot chocolate, Christmas socks, chocolate & a tree decoration.

Mummy Christmas eve box

The Mummy Box

Chocolate pizza slice

Belgian hot chocolate stick

Cosy Christmas socks

Shaggy Stag or Hairy Coo tree decoration

 

Mummy box from My pocket money toys

These Christmas eve boxes are great gifts for children & adults and such a reasonable price for what is included too.

Do you buy Christmas eve boxes? What do you think of the gifts included in these boxes from My Pocket Money Toy?

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