Wednesday, November 30, 2011

An awesome game review

Christmas isn't too far away.
And like most years I am not ready for it.

But the kind people at Mattel emailed me a list of some of their top boys and girls toys.
Then they offered me to review something from the list.
Fair to say I squealed with delight at the thought of picking something from the list.
It was a hard pick
I wanted something that we would all enjoy

And I found it

It is called Blokus  
The box says ages 5+ but Mr Magoo 5 and The Princess had no problems at all in understanding how it worked.

Mid game

Its a puzzle like  game  where you try to get all your  pieces down while also limiting the other players of where they can go.
Towards the end of a game the kids (mainly The Princess) would need help But most of the game they could play independently.
The game is best played with 4 players. If playing with 2 players they use two colours. We also play with 3

It is a quick game too which I love. As it can be done in that spare half an hour of an afternoon when the kids need calming down..

Warning it may cause a few fights if some family member gang up together against one particular player (hehehe)

It got 2 thumbs up from the kids

We just loved this game and have played it many times.

So if you would like a copy of the game
Get to the shops and buy one. I have seen it in a few of the big chain stores. So it is out there!

And if you want to see what other toys are out there this year go to the Mattel

I was not paid for this review but given a copy of the game.

Sarah xx

Friday, November 25, 2011

Things I know- a new pup

This week we are learning about life with a new pup

I know

cold  frezzing very wild weather change makes toilet training really hard

puppies like shoes, they even like them with feet in them

choosing a name causes many arguments
currently this pups name is
Billi- Licka

The adults of the family wanted Billi
Mr Magoo was pushing Licka
The Princess suggested some verrrrry looooong name
So I combined the two, knowing I could get away with just calling her Billi.
On the fact it took us 3 days to name The Princess, Mr Magoo tells me we still have time to come up with another name.  So who knows what she will be called today

Also discovered crayons are really tasty for pups as are little red dinosaurs. But the results of eating such food items is not good at all

Other 4 legged creatures may not think too much of this new creature

Poor old Molly isnt sure what to make of this bouncy new thing

But most of all I know the kids love her so much
Though not sure how The Princess feels this morning after her new thongs were chewed up.

For more things others know go over and see Shae at Yay for Home!

Sarah xx

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday - paper towel

Billi- Licka
This week I am thankful for paper towel.

As you can see above we have a new puppy

And if you look below I have a roll of paper towel.

This new addition to the family seems to be just a bundle of wee and poo
I seem to be using a lot of the paper stuff.
Usually I dont use much of the stuff and use cloths that get chucked in the wash.
But this little pup, like any baby just is constantly doing something on the floor and usually the smell is something so unheard of. Seriously could clear a room.

So yes this week I am thankful for just plain old paper towel

I think later on today I will be thankful for my mop (not a fancy one) as this floor will be getting a super clean

For some more meaningful Thankful Thursdays go over and see Kate Says Stuff

Sarah xx

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A little Home of Happiness

Have you heard of  1000 Homes of Happiness

It is a fantastic project all about origami homes and their placement all around the world.
It really is worth checking it out. Such a simple project yet gives so much happiness.

6 months ago on the 10th of May 2011,  I released my own little home.
I left it on a bench at Goulburn Lawn Cemetery NSW.

It was the 1st anniversary of my mum's passing.
I chose the word History for my little house for a few reasons.

After my mum passed I realised that there was so many stories and so much history that I hadn't heard from her. Or things I hadn't recorded from her. As you always think there will be a tomorrow.
But then there is no tomorrow and you realise there is so much history just gone.
So many questions but no-one to answer them

The second reason why I chose the word History was because in a cemetery there is just so much History to be found.
When we go out to visit mum we spend a lot of time at the cemetery.
Poor mum often only gets 10-20 minutes of our time (sorry mum, but I know you understand). Then we go off exploring mainly into the old section. To see the old gravestones and read the history that is there. We find it so interesting and yes at times very sad.

I find a Cemetery to be a place of the celebration of life, a fantastic recording through the times and a place to discover a lot of History especially in your local area.

Plus this cemetery is a great hang out place for Kangaroos. So the kids get a good run around chasing and spotting them.
My kids know to not stand on the graves and should The Princess stand on one, you will hear the screams from Mr Magoo "Get off, you are standing on someone"

For more information on these fantastic little homes go here
You could even release one yourself!

And go check out your local cemetery and see how interesting they are.

Sarah xx

Thankful for childcare

This Thursday I am thankful for childcare

My children attend childcare 2 days a week.

On weeks like this week when the kids are unable to go (due to getting Hand Foot and Mouth disease)
(for those who havent had the joy of experiencing this. The kids get blisters on their hands feet and it thier mouth, its a bit like chicken pox)
I realise how much I need those days

For those who read my blog will know my kids have special needs.
Mr Magoo who is 5 has Aspergers
and The Princess has Autism

We have good days and we have bad days.
On a good day:
We only have a few meltdowns
The kids will play nicely together
We will have fun

One a bad day:
I will have to break up many physical fights
(seriously how many households have the rule if you are going to kick your sister dont kick her in the throat)
The Princess will lay on the floor saying mumma mumma over and over or she will just scream all day
It will be hard the get Mr Magoo to settle to do any activity
He will demand to do art and craft all day (his thing) and that I make
Choc chip biscuits NOW

Having my kids attend childcare gives me a break so those bad days are not so hard to face.
These days are my respite days.
I need the break

For my kids it gives them a chance to learn and practice their social skills. And different types of play.
This  is an area that is a huge challenge for children on the spectrum.

So on this Thursday I am so Thankful for Childcare

To see what others are Thankful for go over and check out kate says stuff

Sarah xx

My Creative Space

This is my creative space for the week.

Next week we are going to my aunts 80th birthday. And I had no idea what to give her. So thought I would try and do a stitchery for her.
I wont be doing it the same as the pattern as I just wanted the owl shape and a few bits. And I will just make it up as I go along.
I made a start on it last night. Not sure of what my chances are of getting it finished but I will try.
Will post a pic next week.
Oh notice my new light box. Our craft shop had 50% of everything so I just had to buy it.

For more creative spaces go over to our creative spaces.

Sarah xx

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday new life

Love this time of year at our place

Joining in with Wordless Wednesday. Go over to My Little Drummer Boys

Sarah xx

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Mumma duck and her babies
(though not sure if they were both her eggs)
(maybe an egg mix up)

Joining in with Trish for Wordless Wednesday

Sarah  xx

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Race

I have my cranky-pants on today

This is me with my cranky-pants on!

The race that stops the nation.
The Melbourne Cup

What is the hype? I just dont get it?

For starters I don't like horse racing.
I find it offensive to use animals to race and to try and make financial gain from.

I hate how at this time of year you are encouraged to place a bet and try your luck.

Last time I heard many people were having trouble making ends meet
But yet we are encouraged to have a flutter

And if you are going to a race day event you need the dress, shoes and a hat.
So more money spent on things we dont really need.

Also in Australia there are so many people who have a gambling problem
Yet at this time of year, all you hear about is who will be the winner and placing a bet on it.
So for those who have a problem, they seriously dont need it in their face.

I also dont like how we get our children involved in it all.
I understand people see it just as a bit of fun.
But what is the message we are sending to our kids

Am I the only person who has a problem with this

just some of my random cranky-pants thoughts

Sarah xx

Zhu zhu winner!

And the winner of the Zhu Zhu DVD is

NEW winner!!
Jess from Diary of a SAHM


Email  me your details asap and your dvd will be on its way.

Sarah xx