Spooky kids films!

With halloween around the corner, not everyone wants to go trick or treating so what can you do with the kids this halloween to get them involved. Watching a scary film is a great way to get children excited with halloween goodies such as spooky pasta, apple bobbing games, halloween sweets and popcorn.

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'Coraline'

While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.

Ghost busters

'Ghostbusters'

Paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.

Hocus Pocus

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

Hotel Translvania

'Hotel Transylvania'

When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) Hotel Transylvania, a lavish resort where they can be themselves without humans around to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites creatures like the Invisible Man, the Mummy and others to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez). However, an unforeseen complication unfolds when an ordinary human unwittingly crashes the party and falls in love with Mavis.

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Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has opened the Hotel Transylvania’s doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But things really get batty when Drac’s cantankerous, old-school dad (Mel Brooks) pays an unexpected visit.

Monster House

No adults believe three youths’ (Mitchel Musso, Spencer Locke, Sam Lerner) assertion that a neighboring residence is a living creature that means them harm. With Halloween approaching, the trio must find a way to destroy the structure before innocent trick-or-treaters meet ghastly ends.

Mosters Inc

Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world, and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) is one of its top scarers. Sullivan is a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns. His scare assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster. Visiting from the human world is Boo (Mary Gibbs), a tiny girl who goes where no human has ever gone before.

Monsters University

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The Witches 

While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother, Helga (Mai Zetterling), young Luke (Jasen Fisher) inadvertently spies on a convention of witches. The Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) reveals a plan to turn all children into mice through a magical formula. When they find that Luke has overheard, the witches test the formula on him. Now, with the help of Helga and the hotel manager, Mr. Stringer (Rowan Atkinson), Luke the mouse must fight back against the witches.

Goosebumps

Upset about moving from the big city to a small town, young Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets his beautiful neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush). The teen is surprised to learn that Hannah’s mysterious father is R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the famous author of the best-selling “Goosebumps” series. When Zach accidentally unleashes the monsters from the fantastic tales, it’s up to Stine, his daughter and Cooper to return the beasts back to the books where they belong.

Casper

Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics.

 

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Children indoors!

Why are children spending all their time indoors and is this the best way to be a parent?

Today most children spend all their time indoors, which results in them spending hours in front of a screen or being bored!

My son is always asking to go on the computer or to watch something, I as a modern parent allow it but I have a cut off point where enough is enough. Yes I am guilty of actually letting him on the computer for a little longer than maybe I should, why? because I am scared to let him out of my site.

When I was a child I played on my street for hours and was not seen until I was hungry. This was some of the best days of my childhood. At the age of 4 me and my friend spent hours learning to ride a bike without an adult in sight. I could not imagine my child spending hours outdoors with this much determination, at the age of 6 he cannot ride a bike without stabilisers and this is not without trying but due to lack of time as being a full time working mum is hard.

So why are we as a society so afraid to let our children out of our sight? I for one think social media and the media is to blame. Every day we log in to Facebook, twitter, watch the news, read a paper and so on. Years ago we had the news at set times and one paper a day, now we have 24 hour access to the news on tv, the internet and it is paraded in front of us on our new feeds we can not escape.

Therefore, the fact that we see stories of abuse and kidnap, keeps the fear of harm to the front of our minds. More and more stories are seeping out about children becoming hurt but is abuse worse now than years ago? In fact no it is not, the crime rates are in fact very similar now to 50 years ago. Are people believed more about abuse now, yes I think they are. There is also a lot more traffic now than years ago and the fact that you don’t see children playing out means that if you allow your child they are on their own.

Are we allowing our children the best future though? By keeping our children indoors how are they supposed to manage their own risks. Managing their own risks is a massive part of their development, therefore it is important to allow them some freedom. I propose mimi steps and know your child. How sensible are they, can they be trusted to walk to shop on their own. Have they got danger awareness? If not it is our jobs to teach them.

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Vorfreude – Floor Mop with Integrated spray – Lifetime Guarantee – Capacity 700Ml

The mop arrived well packaged and in pieces. The mop was easy to assemble. The last piece that attaches to mop head was a little stiff to pop in but just needs a firm push to click in.

On first use I filled the mop with a little floor cleaner and water which was easy to fill and then connected the bottle to the mop.

The spray is easy to use and sprays out quite wide but only a small amount of water dispenses meaning the floor is not to wet when the floor is moped leaving the floor semi dry.

The mop is light in weight and glides along the floor, leaving the floor with a shine!

All in all this is a very good mop and for the price I would give this mop 10 out of 10.

 

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Greatest achievements in life so far!

This post is all about me and what I am most proud of in my life, some may laugh and think thats nothing but its my list and sometimes the little achievements are the ones that mean the most to us.

  1. Being a Mum

So im a mum, and its hard work. I cry, I Laugh and I sometimes I even have lazy days. Ive not done anything extra ordinary with my son but I make an effort to do his home work, listen to him read and I try my best to make him happy. Even though some days all I want to do is say will you just leave me alone for a bit, every day I am prouder and prouder as I look at my son and think he is the kind, loving boy because I made him that way and that in its self is a big acievment.

2.  Sacrificing everything to save

The last few years have been all about saving for a deposit, every penny we have had has been for the house and that has meant sacrificing things I want. Saving has enabled number 3 to happen

3. Nearly owning a house

Nearly owning means, we have put an offer in on a house, the mortgage has been accepted and its that long wait for everything to be finalised but yay we will soon own our own home.

4. Returning to adult education

After my son was born, I realised I was in a dead end job in retail with long hours and weekends were part of the job. I knew it was not possible to work every weekend so I decided to return to adult education. I started right at the bottom on a level 2 teaching assistant course then on to level 3. I then made the decision to go further and completed a HND for the following two years. I am now in a secure job working with children in nursery providing speech support.

5. Learning to drive!

I am not the most confident driver but I have been on the road for a whopping 7 years now and have managed so far. I didn’t think I would ever drive but I only managed to pass first time.

6. Always being true to my self

This is actually a positive and a negative quality that I possess, it can often be seen to others as I think I know best and although I don’t want to be the person who thinks she knows it all others may deem this quality as that. I see it as I say what I believe and I am not rude with this but I am true to my opinions and would rather just say it how it is than go and tell someone else how it is. You will always know where you are with me.

7. My Family

Never did I think I would be in a 10 year relationship with a child and a dog. Yes every day is not easy as we have our dos and downs and life worries get in the way but at the end of a hard day at work the best feeling is coming home to your family.

8. Being me

Being me and being happy, many are not happy in life and yes it is a struggle at times but I love my life including the downs.

9. Growing in confidence

When I was younger I was somewhat shy and found speaking out a difficult task, to speak to a group of people overwhelmed me with fear. when I started college I was put into a situation where I had to complete presentations and it wasn’t without the odd breakdown but the end of the 2 years proved that actually its not as scary as I first though.

10. Resisting my English GCSE

After only achieving a D in school I reset my GCSe and came out with an A. Go me!!!

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Its the little things in life!

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Sometimes life is hard and every other person wants your money but as a parent we try our best to make our children happy and make memories for them that we can cherish for the rest of our lives.

Knowing what will make your children happy is not always a simple task though!

I have spent a lovey evening in McDonalds with my son spending a total of £6 and we managed to spend nearly 2 hours in there.

We arrived and he decided to have a play in the play area, I ordered food and we sat down to eat. We enjoyed our classic Mcdonald’s food that we love.

Olie returned for another play and then asked me for some change for a donation to have his face painted. He returned as Captain America, with a balloon and a big smile from ear to ear.

On the way home he told me he had a fab time at McDonalds tonight.

This made me laugh as many of times I have spent a fortune on a day out somewhere which has ended up a disaster with me moaning, Olie moaning and the other half in a grump. Leaving me feeling deflated and thinking why do I bother.

I remember taking Olie to St Helens for the day, he had a donkey ride, went on the bouncy castle, made a sandcastle on the trampolines and he just moaned all the way round. Enjoying an ice cream was even a task as we walked from counter to counter to make him happy and this ended up in me shouting he can’t have an ice cream now and him crying.

It just proves that sometimes the little things in life are just as enjoyable and somewhat less stressful. I might just wrap a cardboard box up for him this xmas then?

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Max Cordless 32v Pro Cordless Stick

I decided to pay a little more for the 32 v than the 24v at the time of purchase I paid £169.99 for this hoover and I can say its worth the money. This has saved me so much time in my day to day routine,no more lugging my henry around the house and needing super muscles.

The product has a range of features

  • 32 volts.
  • Charge time: 4 hours.
  • 20 to 45 mins running time.
  • Low battery indicator.
  • Pet tool included.
  • Power boost.
  • Dust capacity 0.6 litre.
  • Includes crevice nozzle, dusting brush, .
  • Suitable for all surfaces.
  • Size H109, W24, D26cm.
  • Weight 3kg.
  • Manufacturer’s 2 year guarantee.
  • EAN: 5012512162461.

Pros:

  • Boost Mode

Opening the box all the parts were easy to get out of the box and the hoover was easy to attach together. I used the main hoover head, the hoover turns on with the boost mode already which is a great feature but not needed for hard floors, so I tend to turn it off to save battery and use the boost for carpets and rugs.

  • Brush Bar

The hoover also has a brush bar button which if great for carpets as the bar at the bottom spins really fast allowing the hoover to pick up any tricky bits.

  • Power

The power is sufficient and I don’t feel I will need to use my other hoover.

  • Convenience 

The tax cordless allows me to hoover my living room in 5 minutes, it is so light and easy to grab and go that by the time i grab, I am quickly putting the hoover back on to the hook. I find hoovering quicker now than grabbing the brush, which allows my home to be less dusty.

  • The attachments

There are 4 attachments with the hoover, the main one with the brush bar, the small attachment to allow you to get in to corners, a pet hair attachment and a small brush attachment which is great for the sofa and walls.

 

Cons

  • The Brush Bar

Hair tends to table around the bar and you have to chop the hair away with scissors to ensure the bar does not get jammed.

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Working mums struggle!

 

I have been off work for 6 weeks, during the holidays, I found cleaning and general tasks a doddle, I got in to a really good routine and the house was always tidy. I made lovely meals for dinner.

Week 1 back in work and I am exhausted, the house is a mess again, the washing has piled up, I am struggling to get the dinner on the table for a reasonable time.

So how do you manage a work life balance? Being a working parent is hard work, when you get home from a long day at work, its hard enough sorting yourself out without worrying about home work, dinner, bath time, bedtime stories, uniforms on top of cooking, washing, cleaning and making lunches by this point its 10pm and the house is still not tidy tidy but you are now ready for bed.

 

 

 

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An autumn bucket list!

After a long and somewhat miserable summer, summer has come to an end.

For many the thought of Winter/ Autumn is a little depressing, its the end of our not so great summer. Autumn has so much to offer though and this is often forgotten.

Just think of all the fun you can have and the learning opportunities autumn brings.

What to do this autumn!

  1. Leaves

The leaves will be falling and the colours are just simply beautiful. Go leaf kicking, leaf picking. then make pictures with your leaves, use them for prints and for colleagues.

2. Conker picking

Conkers usually fall from the trees at the end of September and kids love them.

3. Pumpkins

Pumpkin picking is great fun near halloween and then you can take the pumpkins home and carve them. You can usually go to cafe at a pumpkin farm too, so you could make it in to day trip.

4.Wellies

Kids love splashing in puddles and putting their wellies on. Put their warm water proofs on and let them have fun and get dirty and wet.

5. Go for a walk

Walking is autumn is beautiful. Summer, is busy hot and smelly. The smell is autumn is so fresh.

6. Go for a bike ride

7. Lots of halloween fun

Theres lots of fun to have at halloween, crafts, dressing up, baking and if you allow your child trick or treating

8. Roast marshmallows

9. Diy door wreath

10. Make a game of raking leaves

You may as well get the children busy raking the leave up

11. Have an autumn photo shoot

12. Fly a kite

13. Have a film night

Early nights mean pyjamas earlier and snuggled up under a blanket is acceptable

14. Make hot chocolate – with marshmallows

15. Make autumn seated play dough

 

 

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Dear Child, do you Know?

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I can’t express how proud I am of you! I can’t express how scared I am for you! I can’t express how excited I am for you!

My dear child, you are starting year two!

I am so sorry I forgot to sit down and ask you how you are feeling. You are on a journey through school and with out realising the years of play have vanished before my eyes.

School is serious, school can be cruel, school can be fun. How did you become so clever? How did you become so brave? How did you become so funny?

Did you play with your friends today? Did you learn anything new? Did you have fun today? Please, oh please, I would like to know.

I listen to your stories and a little piece of my heart grows, a little piece of my happiness grows and a little piece of my love grows.

I watch as I leave you with the childminder each morning, I wonder how your day will be. Will anyone be mean to you? Will anyone be kind to you? Will anyone help you with your work?

You have learnt so much this year, now you can read, now you can write, and now you can tie you shoe laces. You don’t need mummy’s help anymore, you are doing  this alone.

You walk alone on this journey, you are brave, you are my soldier and you are my star. Will anyone else see what I see? Will the teacher know when you are sad but most of all will you know that I love you!

Love always

Mummy

x

 

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Why is reading so important?

 

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Reading is an enjoyable task for many, I myself love to sit down with a book, a mug of tea and escape for an hour inside a book. I find reading extremely relaxing but unfortunately due to the busy fast paced life we live in now a days I have somewhat lost myself and reading has become something from the past.

Reading is not only relaxing for adults but for children too, there are many times I have sat and read a book to the nursery children I work with and one or two  of them have sat at the back snoring away by the end.

Ok, so reading will help my child relax and go to sleep at night? Reading a book before bed each nights also puts children in a good routine. Not only are you allowing your child relax time but it is a way to bond with your child.

Yes, you can bond with children in many ways, a day trip, watching a movie, drawing or being creative. This is all great however, reading is an excellent learning tool.

A child who is read to before school age is exposed to thousands of more words than a child who is not read to. Just think, when we speak to our children, we most likely use the same boring words, how often do we actually have time to sit down and feed lots of word to our children as they play.

Words in books are often descriptive, not only are they being exposed to some fantastic language in books but they are also seeing the letters in print. They are learning great habits and respect for books from a young age.

So you can’t be bothered reading the words tonight, well don’t, talk about the pictures, get your child t use their imagination and make the story up by looking at the pictures.

So reading is significant for children!

 

 

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