November 21, 2017

How to make slime

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Making slime is a craze that is still going on after months and months. I decided it was time for me and Joseph to give it a bash and see if it was as easy as people where saying.

For the slime, we used PVA Glue, water,  a jar, bicarbonate soda, Contact lens solution from Boots as it contained boric acid which you need to make the slime work in a slimy manner. We also had some paint to give it some colour. 

Joseph was very excited to have a go at this. The below instructions we used are taken from Hobbcrafts website and you can find them here.

1. Begin by filling your jar approximately 1/4 full of PVA glue.

2. Top up with about 1/8 jar of water (you want half as much water as glue, or slightly less).

3. Use a lollipop stick to mix until the water is completely incorporated into the glue.

4. Add your colours and embellishments! Squeeze in some paint, and mix until you reach your desired colour – it doesn’t matter how much paint you add. At this point, you can also mix in any embellishments you want to add such as glitter or sequins.

5. Take your contact lense solution and add approximately 2 tablespoons to your glue mix, stirring thoroughly. You should feel the mixture thicken ever so slightly at this point as you mix, but it will look quite runny still.

6. Now for the magic! Add approximately 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, and mix quickly and thoroughly! After a few minutes, it will start to thicken and begin coming away from the sides of the jar. When it starts to come away cleanly from the sides of the top half of the jar, it’s time to get your hands in there…

7. Pour the slime out into your hands or on a wipe-clean work surface. Use your hands to manipulate and massage the slime – the more you work it, the less sticky it becomes and more it sticks to itself. It is ready when it no longer sticks all over your fingers. 

The slime didn't turn out exactly as we planned and it wasn't very stretchy but we will definitely try it again as the ingredients are very easy to use.

Have you had any success making slime?

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November 14, 2017

Parenting made easier with a tablet

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Technology impacts almost every part of our life. Can you remember a time when there wasn't a smartphone or a tablet in someone's hand? Children that were born in the last ten years (at least) will never remember a time like that.

There are many arguments as to whether all this technology is good or bad for us. Technology for me is a very good thing. It has made my life easier, especially being a parent. I first got a tablet about 4 years ago. We didn't have a laptop back then and I wanted something easy to use and very portable, so I went with a Samsung Tablet. I have had a few different tablets since then, especially with the introduction of children into my life. These were great for helping Joseph with his phonics when he first started school. He also loved learning on them as it was like watching a tiny TV.

If you haven't got a tablet but are thinking of getting one then take a look at why I think a tablet can help make a parents life that little bit easier.

Home management

Whether you're a stay at home parent or you go to work, you can use a tablet for a variety of things. Are you run ragged with all the different jobs that come with being a parent? Then you can easily create to-do lists. If your children are at that special age where they like to scream blue murder everytime you go anywhere in public then shopping etc can feel like a slog. I use my tablet to do my shopping, you can then even get your food delivered to your door. You can buy your clothes online and either get them delivered or click and collect at your nearest store (if you're brave enough to venture out that is). Toy shopping for your children at Christmas is always hard due to the fact that they are generally always hanging off one of your legs, shopping on my tablet is made easy, and I can do it with a cuppa when the kids have gone to bed. Trips to the bank are one of the things I hate to do the most, not much need to if you've set up internet banking, you can transfer money etc all from the comfort of your destroyed living room (thanks, kids).


Encarta 99 (who remembers this?) was the encyclopedia of choice back when I was in school. Now you don't have to search high and low for that floppy disk, you can just turn on the wifi and you have all of the information you need at your fingertips with sites such as Wikipedia. There was a time when, if you wanted further education, you had to go to college, university or a night school. You can still do all that of course but you can also do courses online, I have done a few courses on my tablet in the last few years as I could study them at my own pace and I didn't have to leave the house. Now, you might think that as a parent why would I not want to leave the house alone if I had the choice? After a hard day parenting, I'm sure the stay at home parents would agree that once the kids are in bed the last thing you would want to do is go to a night school? Get the tablet out and study at home!

There is also the fact that your children can use the tablets, Joseph uses Ipads at his school so it helps that he can use mine for his school work. Kids also tend to love watching YouTube, I recently just found out that "Daddy finger" was a thing. If you have no idea what I'm talking about here, congratulations! DO NOT SEARCH FOR THIS! it is the most annoying thing you will ever watch/hear. My son also loves to watch people unwrap kinder eggs, I have no idea why but these videos have millions of views! It makes me want to grab my tablet, record Joseph opening some stuff and sit back and watch the money roll in.

A phone can do this too

Yes, of course it can, but tablets are bigger than phones which makes them easier to view. In my opinion, they are not as easily damaged as mobile phones. You can still get tablets that can fit a ladies bag or even a coat pocket, depending on the size you want. With most tablets you can also buy Bluetooth keyboards, this is especially handy if you do a lot of typing, say if you're a blogger!

I wouldn't be without my tablet

I'm so glad I bought a tablet 4 years ago, we have two in our house and they have made things just that little bit easier. They also keep the kids quiet when you want just a couple of minutes peace! My son loves it and not just for the YouTube videos, he loves his learning apps also! Most tablets nowadays have a child safety option which will stop them from gaining access to things they shouldn't or spending all your money on apps you don't need!

This post has been created in collaboration with KCOM (who sent me a free tablet) to showcase the benefits of a home tablet for parents and kids alike. They currently have an incentive to receive a free tablet with their broadband packages – more information can be found on their website here

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November 12, 2017

Hornsea Garden Centre

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Hornsea Garden centre is situated in Sigglesthorne, it is a part of the British garden centre group. Last week we decided to go and see their Christmas stock. We love going to garden centres to see all the Christmas displays and this garden centre has to be one of the best.

This garden centre has had a pretty big renovation in the last year and has grown drastically from what it was like two years when we first took the trip after Alice was born.

As you walk in the entrance you are greeted with service desk and a display of some kind. This time there was a Christmas tree and an outside scene with a deer, birdhouse a fence with some Christmas decorations on amongst many other things. The display was well set up and I couldn't wait to see the rest of the centre.

This centre sells everything you would expect from a garden centre, garden tools, buildings, plants etc. It also has an aquatic area, the kids love this area. Alice loves shouting "Big" at all the larger fishes and "yellow" at anything and everything yellow. We first went into the area with all the plants. They're hundreds to choose from. There's also a mahoosive gorilla statue that would look bitchin in my garden. Instead of buying it this time we decided to settle for a photo of the kids next to it.

We were also treated to a band singing, this wasn't your typical band. Unless your typical bands nowadays are polar bears. They were belting out all the classic Christmas hits (I don't really want to get into the fact that it is far too early for Christmas songs). They did play my favourite Christmas song "Rockin around the Christmas tree so I'll let them off. Joseph had a little dance with Alice in front of the stage. Laughter and fun times were had by all.

We got to the Christmas section and were greeted with lots of Christmas lights and lots of inspiration. There were different colour themes as you moved around the store which I think is great if you are after a specific colour scheme. You can check out the photos in the gallery at the bottom of the post.
My favourite product has to be the fake fires that were in some of the displays, they were a bit out of my price range though as I saw one for £300. All the decorations seemed very reasonably priced for the detail that they had on them. One bauble I saw was priced at £2.50 which I didn't think was bad considering the size of it. It wasn't the type of bauble where you would have twenty on your tree so the price is fine.

The place was bustling, the whole atmosphere was very Christmassy. I think that's a word. We even stumbled upon an outside area we hadn't seen before which had some plants and huge dinosaur statues that you could buy! I'm not sure who would have a giant T-Rex statue in their garden but if you are that person, please send me a photo as I'd love to see it!

There were plenty of staff around if you needed them for anything. We didn't need anything as we just went for a look around ao I can't really comment on the service this time. All the colleagues that I saw interacting with other customers were polite and helpful.

Once we'd done the Christmas area we moved into the furniture area. Some of the furniture in this area is a bit pricey for me but it is very nice. As we were walking through I noticed a mirror and a settee, these we made with denim jeans (again there is a photo in the gallery). I'm not sure why I liked this but I really did. I don't think the Mrs was impressed so it won't be something I will be purchasing in this lifetime.

After this area came the toys, cakes and other garden equipment. There is also a cafe and toilets which include a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities. Thumbs up! The kids loved the toy section, obviously. All the toys were reasonably priced. They had a good selection of Lego, wrestling figures and many other toys for boys. They also had plenty of toys for girls and toddlers. Alice was particularly impressed with the plastic kitchen they had on display. She was busy cooking me something, or if she's anything like the wife, burning something.

Once we prised the kids away from the toy section we made our way to the exit. We had picked up some Disney pot sticks for £1 each which were the dwarfs from Snow White and the seven dwarfs. This Mrs was uber happy as she loves Disney and so was I because I'm a tight arse and spending only £4 on a shopping visit to anywhere with the wife and kids is a good day for me! The girl at the checkout was polite and served me quickly and efficiently. We will definitely be going back before Christmas. If you live around the area and haven't been, you really should give Hornsea garden centre a visit.

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 I was not asked to review this garden centre, all opinions are my own

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