Luca is 6!

At the start of July, this little poop face turned 6.  I mean, bloody six, that means we are creeping closer to double figures now.  I’m not sure I can deal with this.  I want him to stay my gorgeous, loving, cuddly little boy forever.  Not turn into a grotty teenager.

This last year, in all honesty, has been a tough one.  He went through a phase of really not listening to what was being asked of him and both myself and Ant have shouted a lot more than we would like to at him.  He also started to backchat, developed a HUGE attitude and a temper to match it.  But over the past few months, this seems to have slowly sorted itself out and as I type this we are back to affectionate, funny, cheeky Luca.  The best version of him. Continue reading

There’s a party in the woods.

Luca turned six at the start of July and for months beforehand we spent hours searching for birthday party ideas.

I hate soft play and we go to enough soft play parties that I knew I didn’t want to add our own into the mix.  Some of the other ideas we had turned out to be ridiculously expensive for what you got and so we got a bit stuck.  Being pregnant I didn’t really want to host a party at our house this year either.

Then a friend of a friend suggested Greenman Learning.

Greenman Learning is a forest school local to us who hold all sorts of classes for both children and adults, and holiday schemes, but they also host parties too. It sounded perfect as we love being outdoors and for a summer party where better to be than in the woods?

We invited 15 of Luca’s friends to come and join us on the Sunday before his birthday and the weather was absolutely glorious for it. Continue reading

Summer Fun in the Woods at Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory is about half an hour from our house yet it’s somewhere we have never visited. Until now.

We saw that over the summer holidays they had loads and loads of activities on offer to keep the kids entertained. Most of them were activities from the National Trust list of 50 Things to do Before You’re 11 3/4. We’ve been working our way through the list slowly but surely so having somewhere close by that makes ticking some of them off without having to plan them yourself is always a bonus.

In fact, we had so much fun we visited twice.

The first visit was for the geocaching event.  We took Luca and his friend Kieran.  After a quick briefing from the geocaching expert, we were handed our GPS device and sent on our way.  The boys absolutely loved following the compass and watching the metres count down to the geocaches before searching around to find the hidden container. Continue reading

Driving Diggers at Diggerland Yorkshire

Diggerland has been on our list of places to visit for ages. It’s so close to where we live and we’ve said we would take Luca a few times. We finally got to tick Diggerland off our list a few weeks ago.

The first thing we commented on when we arrived at Diggerland was how close the parking was to the entrance. It’s perfect for leaving bits in the car, like a picnic, if you wanted to. You can easily nip out to grab it as long as you get a stamp on your way out so you don’t have to pay on your way back in again.

As we walked through the doors we were greeted by our first digger to sit in for a photo.  Once we had been through the main entrance you walk out into the park itself.  Luca was astounded by all the diggers that greeted us.  Whilst Luca got his head around all the rides to choose from we nipped into the café to grab a coffee. As I ordered coffee’s Luca & Ant jumped on the coin operated, indoor go-karts. I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. Continue reading

The Gruffalo at West Yorkshire Playhouse

We all know and love The Gruffalo (and if you don’t where have you been for the past 18 years), so when we heard it was coming to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go.

The Gruffalo has pretty much been part of Luca’s life since he was tiny. He even has a few of the characters in teddy form. We have both the book and the film and no matter how many times we read or watch it, it never grows old.

It really is an iconic book of childhood now so we were really intrigued to see what the adaptation by Tall Stories would be like. As we sat and waited for the performance to begin Luca could barely contain his excitement.

The Gruffalo West Yorkshire Playhouse

It’s safe to say it really didn’t disappoint. It was lively throughout and the characters did a great job of drawing the audience in. There was lots of audience participation too, with the children having to help by roaring as loud as they could and filling in the infamous lines from the book. Continue reading

Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord

One of Ant’s favourite things about being a dad is that he gets to immerse Luca in all the things he loved about his own childhood.  First it was superhero’s.  Luca knows so much about DC and Marvel he could probably give Stan Lee a run for his money.  Then we had Star Wars, followed closely by Pokémon.

Now its Power Rangers.  I think Ant really loves that he can sit and watch Power Rangers still without everyone thinking he’s a total nerd.  He just uses Luca as his excuse.  They quite often sit and watch it together and then pretend they are Power Rangers running amok around our flat. It doesn’t drive me mad at all!!

So when asked if we would like to review the Fisher Price Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord, I didn’t really get a choice in the matter.  They obviously said yes. Continue reading

Simple Kid Made Santa Hat Christmas Card

As you can probably tell by the last few posts I’m trying my hardest to get organised well in advance for Christmas this year.  We always make Christmas cards to send to Grandma’s and other special people, and this year will be no different.  We usually go for some good old handprints or footprints but this year we will more than likely be making them after school.  With a very tired four year old I wanted something really simple that he could do without very much effort on his part.  With that said I thought I would share with you a really easy, quick, minimal mess, simple kid made christmas card idea. Continue reading

#fdMiniCritic Review of Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears

On Friday 28th October we were invited to the Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears.  Luca was asked by First Direct to attend as a mini critic and they sent him a pack to help him with his important role.  This included a good old fashioned disposable camera, which he never put down, and a personalised notepad and pencil.  It also included lots of goodies to throw a teddy bear picnic for his new teddy to help get him in the mood for the ballet. Continue reading

In a Nutshell – October 2016

Well didn’t October fly by in the blink of an eye?

Our October has been pretty full on.  There has been so much going on, both in the way of family fun and proper grown up stuff too.  I much prefer the fun but some of the grown up stuff has been pretty exciting.

So here is our October in a nutshell. Continue reading

Our super easy, no carve pumpkin idea.

Halloween is just around the corner and I wanted to share with you a super easy, no carve pumpkin idea. This is literally the easiest way to decorate your pumpkin without the mess and hassle of carving it.

We found this method especially good for smaller children too.  At just four, Luca gets bored quite quickly with carving a pumpkin as he can’t really do much to help.  This one literally took us 15 minutes to decorate plus drying time and Luca did a lot of it himself.

Here is what you will need; Continue reading