Sunday, December 14, 2014

Review: toucanBox - Kids crafts in a box




The fun people over at toucanBox.com have sent my boys one of their crafty boxes to sample. Jack got the honour of getting to open the box after his brothers went to bed. We didn't quite grasp what was going on to start with.... but the further into the box Jack explored the more excited he (and me, too) got excited!



We have two projects in our box, it's a Grande Box worth £16.95. The Super Boxes have 4 projects and cost £19.95. Two projects was just right for us, as Jack & Tom are both in the suggested age range. Georgie is a bit young - and although he did join in he's too little to claim a project for him self.

Our first project: Building a catapult! Perfect for my boys!


How much fun....!?

We saved the castle till last. It looked like so much fun! And I figured that once the castle was made, and all the characters were coloured in and decorated with glitter glue they would want to just get on and play. I was right!


So when I asked the kids what they thought of toucanBox this is what they had to say:
  • I love it!
  • It's awesome!
  • Best review we've had in AGES
  • The best bit is PLAYING WITH IT coz we MADE IT!
  • Can we have another one??

And I think it's great because it's a lot of fun with minimal mess and fuss. The kit came with everything but scissors - and who hasn't got scissors of their own? It's a great boredom buster, ideal for wet weekends and long winter evenings. We managed to stretch out the construction for the better part of a week, doing a bit after school each night and then went mad with the playing! Jack loves the story book that came with it - an unexpected bonus that I haven't had in other craft boxes.

It's a great gift idea, with options from small kits to annual subscriptions. There are even party ideas! It's well worth checking out. Santa might well be bringing my lot a box or two to help see us through the rest of winter!

If you would like to try toucanBox FOR FREE then redeem this code to get a Petite Box from their website: MUMMAWALKER1014

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Tom's 1st Jujitsu Grading




It's that time of year again! Jack and Tom have been preparing for their grading since September. Jack is used to the whole process now, but for Tom it was the first time. This time we were taking Jack's friend Rory with us - he goes to a different school but does jujitsu with the same club.

Tom was trying for his first belt which is white. Rory was going for orange, and Jack was going for blue.

As usual parents can't stay to watch, so after dropping the three of them off I went for a wander to get some steps in for my own fitness (and a coffee and mince pie) with Freddie. In the freezing cold and bitter wind of Morecambe in December! Lucky old Hubby and Georgie stayed at home in the warm! Freddie didn't rate it at all - if he wasn't still 100% a boobie baby I wouldn't have dragged him out in it and left him home in the warm too.

When I got back to the school and queued up to get in and watch the belts be awarded I wound up chatting with another mum. We got on really well, and it turns out that her hubby is one of the leaders at Jack's Beavers colony! Small world!

Typically, when we were allowed in, I found that the three lads were placed as far away from each other as possible! The sports hall / dojo is split into 3 sets of mats with 2 different belt gradings happening on each set. And they were each on a different set of mats! Still, I managed to get a quick photo of them all, and since I could only be in one place at once I managed to get a wee video of Tom being awarded his first belt.


They were high as kites from the excitement of it all so I bundled them all in the car and set of back for Lancaster. We'd planned to go the McDonalds drive through on the way home, but I think every other family had the exact same idea and the queue was horrific! So I treated them all to a (some what late) lunch as Subway instead.

It was a great day - but I'm very glad it's only twice a year, and veryVERY glad there's only one winter grading! Brrrr!




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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Review: I Am Lost - Wrist bands and lables

I think most parents have a "lost toy" story to share. I know I have! And I also know that the more kids you have the more stuff you have to lose. My lot seem to be especially good at losing things. Only a few weeks ago Jack went on a camp with Beavers and managed to lose an entire days worth of clothes without having even worn them! With my boys taking up so many clubs and activities that require changing clothes and carrying various things around with them the probability of losing things is ramped up almost daily!

It doesn't help that my kids have all wound up with names that are very common popular at the moment. So simply scrawling their names on labels is rarely enough, even our surname is pretty commonplace!

So what can be done? 

The creators of "I Am Lost" seem to have hit the nail on the head here. Their system allows people who find a lost item to key in a number on the "I A Lost" app or directly on their website. You are given a number when you sign up and there are a range of ways to label your things from stamps to sewn on labels to detachable tags. From there they can send a message to the owner to let them know it's been found. Both parties can then message each other through "I Am Lost" (so no one has anyone else's personal details) and arrange to get the lost property back to it's owner!

There are a nice selection of packages available to buy so you can label up what ever you need.

There's also a brilliant "I Am Lost" Child package, which works in a similar way for for LOST CHILDREN! Again, all you would need to do if you found a child with the special "I Am Lost" bracelet is key in the number (in the plastic strip inside the bracelet) and the app or website will give you the contact numbers of the parents/guardians of the child. It even allows you to call them directly from your PC!

It's a brilliant idea. Our older two children know my mobile number now, and our littlest man is generally fastened to me in his sling, so if any of our kids were likely to get lost and not be able to find his way back to me it would be Georgie - at 2 years old he's too young to remember my number and too old to be tied to me like Baby Freddie - so he wears the "I Am Lost" bracelet when we go some where he's not familiar with. And we're busy stamping, sewing, and labelling toys, school uniforms, sports kits, and scouting gear pretty much all the time!

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