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Monday, July 16, 2018

I can't remember the last time we had such an amazing Summer and what better way is there to enjoy the sunshine than socialising outdoors with friends and family. We have been enjoying a selection of different wines from Marques de Caceres over the past few weeks and have been sharing them with friends and family on various occasions. We have been having BBQ's most weekends since we moved into our new house and everybody loves a refreshing glass of wine on a summer evening with tasty food. Everybody has their own taste when it comes to wine so I have been sure to see what others think as well as myself. I personally love sweet fruity wines and found the Rose was more to my taste than the others so was the first to be finished during our BBQ's. It had a very floral taste to it and wasn't as sweet as I would usually pick but it was full of flavour and had a nice fresh taste. The Blanco White was also popular amongst guests. It was very rich and dry so not really to my taste but I am in the minority when it comes to most of our family and friends as they prefer dry wines and tend to give me any that are too sweet for them. It worked out perfectly having a mix of wines to suit everybody.


Exploring Our New Area

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

We have been in our new house about 5 weeks now. The first few weeks flew by as we were so busy unpacking and decorating the boys bedroom but things have calmed down a bit now and we are finding time to explore our new area. We are so lucky to be surrounded by so much greenery now and everywhere you turn there are forests and fields. Towards the back of our house is a small forest area which is great for dog walkers and we have taken Dolly and Toby to play over there which the kids loved! Further down the road from our house is a park and nature reserve which is probably one of my favourite places to visit locally.

Scaddows Farm

Strawberry Picking At Scaddow's Farm (South Derbyshire)

Thursday, July 05, 2018

I have always wanted to go strawberry picking and have never got around to actually doing so. Despite the fact that we now have lots of other berries growing in our garden, I still wanted to experience a family outing to pick our own strawberries. Gracie is the only one of the kids who had done it before, the day that I went into hospital to have my C-section with Elsie, my auntie and cousin took Gracie out for the day for me and so she was excited to go and do it again. As we have moved, I did a bit of research on local places to pick your own fruit and came across Scaddows Farm in South Derbyshire where you can go to pick strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants. 


Review: Colt Express

Monday, July 02, 2018

Our latest review for the blogger board game club is Colt Express. It's 1899 and the Union Pacific Express is headed north to deliver its payroll and forty-seven passengers. Suddenly the train is attacked by a host of thieving bandits aiming to become the richest outlaw of the Old West. In this game, players take on the role of the outlaws battling against each other to collect the most loot from the 3D train. Each turn, players plan ahead by playing action cards to steal loot, shoot their opponents, move around the train, and elude the marshal's bullets.

It is a game of both tactics and luck. If you have been shot too many times by your opponents you can end up with a hand full of useless bullets lowering your amount of action cards. The game can be played with between 2-6 players and is recommended for ages 10+. I'm not sure why that is the age guideline as we actually managed to play with both Gracie (7) and Zach (5). Gracie managed to play with no assistance and Zach needed a little assistance but we managed to have a few really fun games together as a family. I would definitely recommend it as a family game. 

It does take quite a while to set up the first time you play. You have to put together the 3D train with carriages and we did have the wheels on one of the carriages break which was a shame. The box is set up so that you can store it built up though so the next time you play it doesn't require the whole set up again. Once it is built you can add the money bags, gems and characters to the train ready to play. There are a few different rounds and each round a different person starts. The instructions are quite straight forward and there are advanced ways to play too to add a little more excitement to the game. 

Overall we really enjoyed this game. It is definitely one we will play regularly. Any game that has all of the family laughing and enjoying time together is a win for me. 

Me and Mine

Me and Mine (June 2018)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

At the end of May we moved into our lovely new home. This month we have spent a lot of time working on the house or enjoying time in the garden. The kids love playing out in their new big garden and have been out there most days since we moved in. They have also had the whole of June off school as there were no places available in our local school but Gracie will be starting in her new class at the start of next month.

We have had a few BBQ's this month. It has been nice being able to eat alfresco together. We also invested in a big paddling pool to enjoy with the nice weather and have made an effort to explore our local area including the local park and nature reserve.

It has been a great month for us and we can't wait to see what July has in store.

The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

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Review: Imaginext Jurassic World Collection

Friday, June 29, 2018

We were recently sent a selection of toys from the Imaginext Jurassic world collection. As you can see Zach was amazed by the contents. I made him close his eyes whilst I emptied the box and he couldn't believe his eyes when he opened them! I think he was also pleasantly surprised that it wasn't a live velociraptor in the box which I had been teasing since the box arrived with dinosaur print stickers on. Zach is a big Imaginext fan and a big Jurassic World fan but we hadn't seen the toys beforehand. I have to say we were super impressed from the get go and if you keep reading we will share what we thought of each item individually. 

Dinosaur Hauler
A hauler vehicle designed to transport dinosaurs. Turn the power pad midway to let the ramp down or turn it fully to eject the cage. Chase Blue and capture her using the net projectile ready to move her safely into the cage. This set also comes with an ACU (Asset Containment Unit) figure. It is job to safely contain the dinosaur. This is Zach's favourite from the collection. He loves the net projectile and Blue is his favourite of all the dinosaurs in the movies. I was impressed that he knew how to use this without me explaining. He must know now that playing around with the power pads on Imaginext toys will show him all that they can do. He hasn't stopped playing with this and has introduced the other dinos and character figures to play with it too.

Walking Indoraptor
This is by far my favourite item from the collection! You simply turn the power pad to activate the dinosaur. You then move the RTV away from the dinosaur to trigger the action and the dino will suddenly start to chase. The faster you move the RTV, the faster the dinosaur goes. I was really impressed by how well this works, in fact I wasn't sure if it would work outdoors, as many motorised toys struggle with this, but there was not a problem with getting it moving at all! This gave Zach a lot more room to move and play with the toy than he would usually have indoors. Me and Zach made a quick 30 second video to demonstrate this toy you can watch it below.

Stygimoloch & Owen
A hard-headed dinosaur. You certainly wouldn't want this one to headbutt you. This set comes with the dinosaur and container along with Owen on his motorbike. This is one of three feature character assortment sets. Each includes a dinosaur, character figure and accessories. Zach thought it was really cool that he got Owens super cool motorbike and he really likes the Stygimoloch.

ATV Quad
The ATV Quad set is part of the basic character assortment. Each set includes a character figure and a vehicle of some kind. This one includes an ATV Quad and ACU technician. Press the button to launch the pinchers to catch dino's on the loose. 

As you can see the sets together make a pretty impressive Jurassic World. Playing outdoors made it feel much more authentic. The dinosaurs are roaming free chasing vehicles with the ACU trying to capture as many as possible. The kids (and me) have thoroughly enjoyed playing with all of the Imaginext Jurassic World toys. 

The whole collection is available to buy at Smyths Toys and it is definitely worth having a look especially if you have any dinosaur fans. 


Review: Cobra Paw Game

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Cobra Paw is the game that requires ninja-like reflexes and sharp recognition skills. It is a quick paced tile snatching game. Players take turns rolling the dice (featuring six unique symbols), spotting the tile matching the pattern and grabbing it before their opponents. The first player to snatch up six tiles wins.

Our latest Blogger Board Game Club game is Cobra Paw and it is a new family favourite. Although the kids are not as fast as us 'adults', they completely understand the rules and there are a few modes of play including one where Gracie and Zach can challenge each other. Me and Sam are so competitive especially when against each other though as much as it pains me to say it, he does always beat me at this game. My reflexes are just not fast enough! That and he can always find a way to cheat his way through a game!!

Poor Elsie loved being involved but didn't quite understand what she was supposed to be doing so we did help her a fair bit and let her feel like she was winning!. I would definitely agree with the 5+ suggested age for the game as it was perfect for Zach who is 5. He just about understood the game and was a tough contender against Gracie who is 7. They have requested we play this game a lot since we opened it.

It is a quick game, you could finish a game in 5-10 minutes even with children but it is also fun enough to play a few times in one sitting. You need at leas two players with a recommended maximum of 6. It is a great one to take on holiday or keep in your games cupboard for a fun pastime. 

We would definitely recommend this game and have had lots of fun trying it out!