My Pocket Money Toy Christmas Eve Box

We’ve reviewed some amazing My Pocket Money Toy boxes before here , here and here and this time we’re delighted to be trying out the Christmas Eve version of it. If your kids are anything like mine Xmas lists are already starting to be written and you’ve threatened them with being put on the naughty list unless they start to behave.

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The box comes with very festive green tissue paper and red frilly card with a letter from Santa Claus letting them know they’re on the nice list!

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Onto the box contents which the kids couldn’t wait to get their hands on:

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Contents in no particular order:

  • The Puppet Company Gingerbread Man Puppet
  • Keycraft Santa Wind Up
  • Choc O Lait Chocolate Dissolve
  • Little Blue House Crew Socks
  • The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co Christmas Chocolate Pizza
  • Gibsons Christmas Snooze Puzzle
  • Melissa & Doug Stained Glass Santa
  • Hodder Childrens Books How To Catch Santa
  • Rachel Ellen Christmas Colouring Book
  • Bag of reindeer food complete with tinkly bell

As you can see there are loads of things to keep them amused whilst waiting for Santa to visit. We all know how excited they get just before the Big Man comes so anything that can divert their attention is a good thing!

Excitingly there’s even a mini version of the Christmas Eve box for Mums/Dads/Grandparents or anyone else you think would like one!

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This one also comes with the festive green tissue paper and contains some fab items to get you in the mood for the excitement of Christmas Day.

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Contents of mini box:

  • Little Blue House Christmas Light Socks
  • Choc O Lait Chocolate Dissolve
  • The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co Christmas Chocolate Pizza
  • Shaggy Stag Christmas Tree Ornament

I really liked the ornament as it’s handmade in Scotland and something just a little bit different to the normal baubles etc that I buy.

Our favourites were the chocolate pizzas, they didn’t last long and the puzzle as we could all get involved in that. I think these boxes are a brilliant idea for Christmas Eve, as Christmas Eve boxes are really popular at the moment – I’d have loved this as a kid I’m sure and my children loved it!

The Christmas box we received is priced at £30 and the mini box at £15 which I’d say is well worth the money as it takes away the hassle of looking for the individual items yourself , which I’m terrible for leaving til the last minute! As well as the brilliant Christmas boxes there are options for monthly subscription boxes and one off boxes:

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*We were gifted the boxes for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Monday Stumble Linky

 

My Babies

For day 2 of Blogtober 17 with HexMum the prompt is ‘babies’. I don’t have any little babies anymore but the kids will always be my babies. Cor, can you imagine how disgusted the teen would be reading that? He’s upstairs pretending he hates me but I know the elbow nudges as he goes past means he loves me really. Either that or I’m just in his bloody way.

I have 3 ‘babies’ aged 19, 8 and 5. I had my 1st at 20, god I was young. Too young, certainly according to the disapproving looks from some nosey gits. I should have gone out in a school uniform just for the fun of it, that would give them something to tut about, wouldn’t it! I ended up as a single parent  and it was bloody hard working and bringing up a kid by yourself. I wouldn’t change it though. He might be a knobhead teenager at times but most of the time he’s quite sweet and has bagged himself the loveliest girlfriend. He loves free running, which most of the time makes me cringe but he does have a good talent for it and it keeps him out of trouble. Apart from the odd falling asleep on the loo drunk incident I can’t say he’s ever brought trouble to my door.

Baby number 2 came along when I was 31. Big gap, huh? As I mentioned in Day 1 I hated giving birth, it was one (actually 3) of the worst things I’ve ever done. I love my kids with all my heart but shiiiiiiiit I wish someone told you without lying how bad it is BEFORE you go and get yourself up the duff. All I got was “oh it’s like a big poo” or “it’s a bit sore but not so bad” LYING BASTARDS. This Little Man hated sleeping anywhere other than with me and has grown to be a very mild mannered, thoughtful and kind boy who loves maths (doesn’t get that from me!) and Pokemon cards.

My last baby at 34 turned out to be a girl which we were very happy with as we felt she completed our family. I had Hyperemesis with all my children but this was by far the worst, I spent endless weeks in bed being sick. She was a much wanted baby but god I hated that pregnancy. Bad pregnancy should = nice easy labour shouldn’t it? Well it bloody didn’t. I had an emergency section after 3 years in labour. She turned out to be a good sleeper though, she’s the only one of the three who even entertained the idea of a Moses basket. She loves gymnastics, mothering her ‘baba’s’ and nagging for a puppy.

So that’s my three babies, I’m all done having them now and look forward to Grandchildren at some point in the future (looooonnnngggg into the future I hope!) I wouldn’t change any of them for the world, well maybe I’d make my daughter a little less grumpy when she gets out of bed and my teen a little quieter at night but they all have their little quirks that makes them who they are.

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A Letter To My Kids Now I’m Working Full Time

I had a sense of Déjà vu as we sat down to talk. Remembering my Mum (Nana) doing the same thing to Uncle Justin and I. She said “do you want Mummy to be home all the time or do you want treats, holidays and days out?” We went for the latter. We always had holidays to Tenby, days out to Oakwood and much more. Mum worked hard (still does). She was a single parent for a while and it must have been exhausting for her, working all day and coming home to meet our demands too.

So I told you I was going to be at work Monday to Friday from now on because the other lady I work with was leaving and the opportunity was there. Daddy and I had talked about it and decided it was a good idea because we bumble along at the moment but this would make life easier. You looked sad for a little while as I went on to explain that I was doing it for us to have more money, for a better life. A chance to have holidays and more fun days out. “Could we have a holiday?” you piped up Little Man. “Where would you like to go?” I asked. “A caravan in Porthcawl” you answered and I gave you the biggest hug because when you’re little a caravan holiday to a seaside town with a fair, arcades and icecreams of all colours is beyond your wildest dreams.

I promise I will still be there to get you ready for school, to kiss you goodbye and tell you I love you before you start the walk to school with Daddy, I may not be there to pick you up from the gate but I will still take you to gymnastics Little Lady and tut at all the other parents who, despite being British don’t understand the concept of a queue. I will make it to all your concerts and parents evenings as I always have because I love to see your little faces light up when the teacher is saying all those lovely things about you. Even though in your case Little Lady I sometimes sit there with my mouth hanging open in disbelief as they tell me how quiet you are and they barely hear a peep out of you.

I reminded myself of Nana (in a good way, not in stern get your elbows off the table way) when I set about ironing a huge pile of your uniforms in a bid to be totally organised, I would usually wing it but I’m determined to start as I mean to go on and not rush around in a panic because I can’t find anything. So far we have got ourselves in a routine that works. I still get the best cuddles when I walk through the door, play board games on the bedroom floor and get our weekends all to ourselves. I hope that as you grow up you will see that working hard is good not only to keep your head above water financially but that it gives you good self esteem too as your older brother has found now he too has a full time job. I don’t claim to be the perfect Mum by any stretch of the imagination but I have and always will, try my best. Because I love the bones of you, my little monkeys.

Mum

Monday Stumble Linky

 

Yeti In My Spaghetti Review

Yeti in my Spaghetti from University Games is a great game for kids that we were sent to have some fun with. It comes in a brightly coloured box with the Yeti itself through a plastic covered hole to the front.

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The best part about this game is that there is literally no messing about to set up. There are only 3 parts to it, all made from plastic:

  • Spaghetti Bowl
  • Spaghetti
  • Yeti

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The only other thing in the box is the instructions. No bored whinging while you set up a million pieces and no tiny bits to lose that render the game unplayable if lost.

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All you need to do is criss cross the spaghetti across the top of the bowl and balance the Yeti on top. Then the idea of the game is to take it in  turns to carefully pull away the squiggly spaghetti sticks from the bowl being careful not to let the yeti balancing on top fall into the bowl. The player who makes the yeti fall is the loser!

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My children – aged 8 & 5 really enjoyed playing it, it was good fun to watch them try not to pick that one stick that would make the Yeti drop or see them take a risky move and get away with it! It’s a great game for keeping the kids busy for a while during the holidays, especially on rainy days. It’s not hugely involved game so it doesn’t last ages, which I felt is a good thing as there’s less chance for arguments and sulking!

  • Ages 4+.
  • For 2+ players.
  • RRP: £19.99 available from Amazon

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*We were gifted the game for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Appy Kids Co Drinks Review & Giveaway

Having the kids off school means that every other minute they’re asking for something to eat or drink! We were delighted to be sent some yummy drinks from Appy Kids Co  for them to try out. Appy Kids Co make wholesome and low sugar drinks without compromising on the taste. Their packaging is earth friendly by using recyclable materials and they also give back by replanting trees. What’s not to like? Stick around for the chance to win some for yourself at the end of this post!

We received a mixed box of:

Paw Patrol Juice Drinks in Orange & Apple 

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These are 200 ml juice packs with a plastic wrapped straw to the back. Featuring characters from the Nickleodeon cartoon Paw Patrol. We tried both orange and apple flavours which went down a treat, with the apple being the winner. The sweetness of the drinks comes from the fruit & Stevia (a healthy sweet leaf replacement for sugar or artificial sweeteners). The apple version has red/green & golden apples plus Stevia and the orange version has apples, oranges and Stevia. Just the right amount to quench a thirst, the children really enjoyed them.

Peppa Pig Tropical Juice Drinks

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These are 200ml juice boxes with a plastic wrapped straw attached to the back featuring characters from the Peppa Pig cartoon.  We got the tropical flavour which contains Apple, orange, passion fruit, mango, apricot, pineapple and Stevia. Again these were well received and I’m reliably informed that the technical term is “Yummy”.

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Some other great points:

  • Vegetarian Society Approved
  • Great for lunchboxes or days out
  • There is an app that can be downloaded from the App store or Play store then the packs can be scanned to get props to use within the app to customise pictures.
  • No worries about sugar overload – all good stuff in these!
  • There are Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Gruffalo, Minions, Dora & Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles variations available.

For a list of stockists click here.

For your chance to win an awesome bundle for yourself which includes:

Appy prize hamper

  • 3 x 5-pack of Paw Patrol Juice Drink Pouches
  • 3 x 3-pack of Peppa Pig Fruit Drink Cartons
  • 1 x Peppa Pig 9in1 Puzzle Pack by Jumbo Games

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*We were gifted the drinks in return for the purposes of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*