National S.T.E.M/S.T.E.A.M Day with Project MC2 H2O car

National S.T.E.M/S.T.E.A.M Day is today (8th November). It is a great day that is to help inspire children into getting involved and interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths

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Most people who know me will tell you that I love Science, Art, technology and sometimes even Maths (unless it in algebra). I have attended 2 colleges in my life, the first one I attended when I was 16 and I studied art with the dreams of becoming and fashion designer. Sadly that all got put on hold when T arrived a Shortly after I finished my first year.

Then when I was a little older I went back to college to redo my GCSE’s, it was then that I fell in love with Science and even went on to do Chemistry and Biology at A level.

So as you can guess I am an avid science lover and a little bit of a nerd myself, because of this I can really relate to the character from Project MC2 series that is shown on Netflix. The S.T.E.A.M based franchise is all bout four young girls who are teenage girls making their way through high school. As well as being a group of super secret spies and for an organisation NOV8

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If you can’t tell already these girls aren’t your typical teenagers but are strong, smart and super sassy girls who help save the world on a regular basis, with ingenious experiments and awesome quick thinking and gadgets.

In the series, the girls have to invent a car that runs on just H2O (water) as part of a bet for a science competition. And because of this, they have brought on a fun remote control car that actually runs on water. Which I honestly think is amazing.

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My girls thought so too. My boys were that interested as they don’t really get Project MC2, although they did enjoy playing with and trying to drive the remote control car. A is a massive MC2 fan and has been asking for all the different merchandise, so this car was right up her street. What I really enjoyed about it was the fact that we could have conversations as explained how the steam was made and how it helped power the car.

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The car comes with a remote control and a fuel/water bottle to help you pour the water into the fuel tank. there is space to fit 2 Project MC2 dolls into the car so they can cruise around, once you connect the 2 wires into the engine, which uses AA batteries (which aren’t included).

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All my kids have enjoyed playing with this car and it has helped us broach loads of fun and educational topics such as science, what makes cars run, fossil fuels and the environment. My girls think all cars should run on just water because it would be better for the environment.

I just hope that they will grow up to have the same love for science as I do but I know this car and the show has already set us on to that path.

 x Nikki x

*We were sent this product for the purpose of this post. All thought and opinions are my own.

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Minnie Mouse Kitchen Review and Comp

All children love playing, it’s how they learn, grow and develop new skills. They copy their parents and use their imaginations to create fun games, that sometimes only they understand.

That is why I think it is important to give kids a range of different toys from fancy dress, creative toys and puzzles to creating their very own home corner.

And of course, every home corner needs a bright plastic pink and purple Minnie Mouse kitchen, or at least mine does.

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The Disney Minnie Mouse Kitchen from IMC Toys is a light weight a fun addition to any kids toy collection. It comes with:

  • An oven (to bake all those calorie free imaginary cakes)
  • A fridge (with a pretend ice water dispenser)
  • Sink
  • Mixer
  • 2 hobs
  • Drying rack
  • Cutlery holder
  • 40 pieces of cutlery, plates, pans, salt and paper shakers

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When the box arrived the girl were extremely excited, the hubby not so much as he knew he would have to assemble it and he doesn’t do very well with DIY.

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I think he thought it would be lots screws and bolts because he got his tool kit out. Only to find he didn’t need it because the pieces all clicked and slotted together easily. The whole kitchen was put together in a matter of minutes. The most time-consuming part was placing all the stickers on it, as my perfectionist side came out and I had to make sure everything was lined up.

Luckily the children were all at school and nursery, so we were able to put it together and have it all ready for when they got home.

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Because of its bright colours, the kids noticed it straight away. E and LM didn’t wait very long before they started cooking up an imaginary storm. LM even tried to give her dolls a bath in the tiny little sink.

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The kitchen stands at 800mm tall and 710mm wide. This means it is the perfect height for LM but E has to crouch down or go on her knees when she wanted to play with it.

Because it is made of plastic and cardboard it doesn’t withstand rough play very well and comes apart easily. This can be easily solved by super glueing all the kitchen pieces together when you assemble it.

On a positive note, the fact that it is made of plastic means that the kitchen is easy to move around and wiped clean. As we found out when LM decided to pour her chocolate milkshake in the sink and “wash up”.

My kids have really enjoyed the new addition to our home corner. It has become LM’s favourite toy.

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She loves to spend the day cooking up crayons and feeding them to her babies. She likes to bake pretend muffins and do the washing up like daddy.

Which is really helping her develop more life skills and some fine motor skills because she keeps practising turning the tiny taps on and spinning the little switch to lower the mixer.

This kitchen is a great toy and would make an awesome gift for any little one’s this Christmas. That is why I am giving one of my readers the chance to win a Minnie Mouse Kitchen of their own.

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Good Luck.

x Nikki x

 

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Being a Stepparent isn’t easy

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Being a Stepparent isn’t easy, of this, I am completely sure.

Instead of loving just one person, it could be two or three or more.

The family is ready built, for you to be a part of,

but first, you must respect, where the family started off.

This family use to be whole before it split in two,

And even though it wasn’t your fault the kids will still blame you.

They will paint you as the worse person to ever walk the earth,

But this is because deep down they carry a lot of hurt.

Being a stepparent isn’t easy, of this, I am completely sure.

There will be plenty of times you will want to run for the door.

But if you want to earn their trust, they have to know your there.

So be prepared for your parenting to be met with an icy glare.

They’ll say “You’re not my parent, you can’t tell me what to do!”

When this happen stand your ground because they should respect you.

You may not be their parent, but you open up your heart to them,

And it not ok for them to throw that out in every silly argument.

Being a stepparent isn’t easy, of this, I am completely sure.

But the reward of them accepting you is worth so much more.

It won’t happen overnight, so don’t be in a rush.

Because they will resist, the more you try to push.

Just give them time and let them know you will always be there,

Play games with them, engage with them and show them you care.

Don’t try to replace their parent, instead just be their friend,

Because that’s all they will really want in the end.

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Joules Shark Lunchbox Review

Back to school is a time where parents are all looking around for the best quality stuff at the best price.

But we end up buying low price products that we believe are decent, only to find out after a week or so that they’re ruined or lost and the kids need new t-shirts or shoes or lunchbox.

It almost brings me to tears to think about the amount of money I have wasted on the uniform that just falls apart or lunch boxes that disappeared because they’re 6 kids with the same one.

That why I have started choosing quality over price and shopping around for the best products. I would make it my mission find something different, yet still stylish enough to keep my kids happy.

That’s why this year P is sporting this fab Shark lunchbox from Joules.

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It is a dark blue lunch box, which is perfect for my messy whirlwind. It is made of 100% polyester and has a cute slogan “Let’s Do Lunch” printed inside the shark’s mouth.

In the past, P has destroyed many of the plastic fronted lunch boxes by pulling off the front or stabbing pencils through the cover. This lunchbox is made with a woven material outside which is harder to destroy. So I have the peace of mind to know it will stand up to the onslaught P is going to put it through.

The design on the front is both appealing and fun for my 8-year-old, who thinks sharks are cool.

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The lunchbox comes with a plastic container for the sandwiches or fruit. Which is something you don’t get with the cheaper options. So I know long had to buy sandwich bags or go out and spend extra money of the separate containers.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much room the bag contained. It is bigger than most typical lunch boxes.  But I like that because it means I don’t need to worry about squashed sandwiches.

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P totally adores this lunch box and so far it has stood up to being thrown, dropped and stood on. Even the plastic container didn’t break. Although I wouldn’t advise trying this because I think we were just lucky.

They also have it in a Pink Floral with a Guinea pig cover for girls on the House of Fraser website.

Both lunch boxes cost £16.95 each. But if you add up how much a normal lunchbox and container costs you are looking at paying a similar price.

In my honest opinion, the quality of this product far out ways the price compared to the cheaper lunch boxes. So you get great value for money.

x Nikki x

* I received this product in exchange for this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Officially a Tween!

This week T turn 12!

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When did that happen?

It still doesn’t feel right that I have a child in high school and it really feels wrong saying he is a Tween!

While I do love watching my children grow up and turn into awesome people. Recently when I look at T, I start to feel old and worry about what the future has in store for him. 

Then comes the realisation that for T the future is not that far off. He is no longer my little baby but instead he is growing up and starting to become a young man.

And that scares the crap out of me!

I keep thinking about what I was like at his age and I get scared about the fact that soon he will be out on a night with friends. I believe he already has a girlfriend, even though he says their “just friend”. Who he walks home from school every day.

The thought that next year he will be a teenager, terrifies me and I find myself hoping he doesn’t follow in my footsteps and mistakes like I did or become a parent at 16.

I want so much for my son because I know he will do great things. He just needs to navigate the minefield that is the teenage years to come and everything will be fine.

I just hope that he will let me help him and see me as an ally and not the enemy.

While I come to terms with the fact that my cheeky faced little boy is soon going to be all grown up.

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And is no longer a baby.

Nikki x

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