Have you heard of Moshi Monsters – it is basically a virtual game for children between the ages of 5-12 years old. You have a pet and customise your pet then you can go on the game and complete tasks and get rewards. You can personalise area and communicate with other players.
Moshi Monsters have brought out a mystery box that you receive in the post. I am trying it out with my five year old.
Well first and foremost you can personalised letter sent to your home outlining that you are on a secret mission and that in the coming week you will get send a personalised box that you need to complete the task.
When receiving the Moshi mystery box there is a enclosed letter with a Moshi monster stamp making it very realistic and fun for the child. It is an introductory letter outlining what the child has to do and also details about codes and the Moshi monster app. Also a special code on the bottom of the letter to get your next Moshi mystery box. On the other side there is fun activities for the child to do, a word search with all words relating to Moshi Monster. Then the second activity is to spot ten differences between two pictures. PICTURE OF MOSHI LETTER / BLUR OUT PICTURE
This is what the box looks like below.
A few days latter a lovely designed box with my son’s name on arrived in the post, which made him super excited because he doesn’t normally get post for him so it makes him feel super special and all grown up.
I love all the charters and the playful design. When you open it is a small letter and then the main section is a map of Moshi city which is another genius idea.
In the box contains several activities, which is such a cool idea to keep children entertained (perfect for rainy days or the summer holiday). It is a subscription box and it all links together. There are codes that I believe you need to collect or open up online in order to get more boxes. You have to visit the Moshi Monsters site here.
One of the items is a comic of story which is continued in the next month’s box. It is called The Poached Egg (so it is great for practising your reading skills). The story is left open until you get the next subscription box.
There are two fun activities you can do with your child. I like the fact all the materials are provided and that they are in a yellow or green envelope which is associated with the same colour instruction leaflet. For someone like me who gets in a mess easily this is a top idea. On the instruction also it indicates how much time it takes, how much mess and how difficult it is so you can plan around what works for you.
One of the activities is an arty type theme activity called monsterific moshling egg. You can get creative and allows the child to help cut, glue and paint (all things my child loves) cue best mummy ever!!! It is really easy to follow and not as stressful as originally thought. Step by step guide with pictures is a lifesaver, making it less stressful for me. It allowed quality time with my child and he really enjoyed working together as a team.
The other activity is the the frozen moshling eggs which is a fun way to learn about science and the different properties of water. My son was really excited and enthusiastic with this one, as he loves learning and seeing how things worked out. We got a balloon put each Moshi monster into a balloon. Then filled it up with water and tied a knot in the balloon. Really straight forward and fun. We had to then put the ‘eggs’ into the freezer and wait three hours so they got frozen. Then the fun really began for my boy when he snipped the balloons and released the frozen egg. He then put the sachet of salt onto the egg and also with the pipette but warm water on top of the egg. Both my five year and three year old enjoyed watched the frozen water turn to liquid water. The best bit for them was getting the frozen water shall, AKA the egg and smashing it up. Nothing beats playing with water for my boys. The loved finding the Moshlings and this was such a fun and different way to do something with your child.
We also had to put a sticker on completion of activities which was a great way to praise a child.
Inside the actual physical box is a A4 certificate where you can write your child’s name in to say that they have completed the tasks set out by Buster BumbleChops – one of the characters in Moshi Monsters. This is a fantastic way to encourage and praise your child, making them feel really good.
There is also two pictures on one piece on either side of Moshi monster related stuff to colour in. So there is an element of creative and imagination for the child.
There is a sheet with pictures of all the Moshi Monsters and a brief overview of what each character is like.
There is a sheet with jokes on based around Moshi Monsters (probably more advanged for the older child) but still an element of fun for the younger child.
It such a fun and creative way to do something with a child. If you struggle with thinking for ideas then the proscription gives you all the ideas/instructions plus materials so there is less stress.
The only thing that I would say and this depends on your child as well is the online game and some of the material like the jokes were not really age appropriate for my son. I think he found it quite difficult to understand. But this is a wide age range from 5 to 12 and definitely the online game is more marketed towards the older end of the age range. Some of the basic games my son can play and enjoyed. He also liked creating a personalised chatrater, giving it a name (poppy) and designing hte room.
Also there were trading cards, where you can scan the code, found on the app and you can get special characters, diamonds or other type of rewards. The trading cards also game in the box and you had to scratch the box to find the code, which is something my son really loved doing.
Overall, it is a fun way to play with your child and get them excited because it is personal to them, making them feel extra special.
Cheers for reading X
I was given a Moshi mystery box. However, all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.
Watch out girls then is a returning trend that is coming this summer – underbun! If you have not heard of an underbun it is basically where you have such short shorts that your bottom slips out. Now I don’t care about flesh sharing but sometimes girls can show far too much for the eyes to see.
Nude leggings are just a no no for me, sorry. They are not attractive and tell everyone the truth, no one wants to see them stretched over your backside, unless your stick thin it is revolting. They are also in a disgusting colour and they just not flattering at all, if you own a pair do us all a favour and bin them!
What is it with glitter in your roots, seriously it looks like someone has sneezed on your head or you have a really bad case of coloured dandruff. Whoever thought this was cool, it is not, so please just die off!
A recent trend that is growing in popularity is fur slides. To me they look like something that resembles a middle class lady of leisure that struts about in her silk dressing gown. They just look cheap and tacky, seriously if Rihanna fell of the cliff would everyone else jump off too?! I am glad I am so old that I just don’t care anymore (not that did when I was younger) to care about being hip and fashionable.
Tracksuit bottoms with the word juicy plastered on the bottom, just looks awful. I thought they had there day but they seem to be reappearing in my local area, please just stop, I don’t want to be forced to look at your bottom.
Fake tan just looks horrific, streaky and unnatural. Why do this, it is just not right, are they blind, do women not see this. Ok, some can get it right but a majority go overboard or can not blend it in correctly causing it to have that lovely streaky marking. I have done it once myself, never again. I looked like the angry orange and wasted money when I could of just brought a bar of chocolate and have been happy as Larry.
Is there trends that you wish to fizzle out promto?
Cheers for reading X
Sometimes I feel that on my blog I should not discuss depression as I am so ashamed, because that is what society makes me feel like at times. I have always been embarrassed to say that I take anti-depressants and that in-turn makes me feel weak. But deep down I know that my depression is genetic and chemical reaction, it doesn’t make me a bad person because of it.
Truth be told as a parent with depression there days when I hardly do anything, the only thing I attempt is to the the bear minimum for my children. Once the children have gone to bed it allows me time to cry from all the build up sadness and frustration from the day.
Some days are better then others, but now again I get dips and need that extra hand from my husband. For instance, I struggle to deal with the social side of taking my children to nursery or school. It is not always just the socialising but the physical environment is so hard for me to manage. I literally feel so suffocated and overwhelmed by the sensory stimulation that is happening in the room. I am autistic on top of all this and usually I can find that it interacts with the depression.
Therefore heightened social situations can make me feel rubbish and can contribute towards me beating myself up for not being a good enough at being a parent because I am not like all the parents. It tends to result in me coming home and breaking down. I feel rubbish and tend to just want to sleep in order to escape the reminder of my shortfalls as a parent and person.
Other times, I struggle with dealing with the temperament of my children or talking about topics such as death, as this can trigger my OCD. No one teaches you how to communicate to your child and some days I just have to admit to defeat as it is too tough for me to deal with and hubby would have to take over.
When I am going through a dip in my mood I can spend the whole day dragging myself down, I physically feel on edge and know that after all this there is going to be a massive panic attack. I hide away from my husband, as I am not good at communicating in that moment, I don’t instantly have the words to say. I feel therefore this risks the changes of irritability between me and my husband. I don’t like being touched for a cuddle, I just need the time for me to mope and allow the emotions to pass. I don’t want solutions, I try lots of things but in that moment I just need to be. I don’t run form it anymore, at the end of it I kind of feel better getting it out of my system. It helps me feel calmer and my body feels like it is being heard.
Sometimes, the best thing is to accept it at that moment, don’t find solutions because at the end of the day it is something that you can deal with at a later date when your mind is in a clearer state. I have learnt when you are that emotional, nothing makes sense and I tend to make the wrong decisions so it is better for me to not make any decisions at all during my ‘meltdowns’. I feel now that I have learnt how I react and what is best for me is less painful and it allows me to feel more in control ironically.
Cheers for reading X
Kids are funny creatures aren’t they, you think you sussed them but then something happens and you what!!!! Here are some classic examples where you really wish you could understand but just leaves you even more confused.
Now I have two children which causes some lovely moments but other times hell over really silly things such as why has he got his bed over their on the left side and they so badly want it.
When you don’t give your child that colour plate they so desperately need or else there whole life will fall a part in that instance.
Major suck in having to hold hands with you because they so are grown up when walking home from school and feel they may look like a baby in front of their friends.
The emotional breakdown lasting two weeks after Christmas and having the difficulty to understand that boxing day it ends, haha!
When they are overly tired and you look at them, the filthy look they give you thinking how very dare you look in my direction!
The million and one question where has the hand wash gone (even though it is right at the end) they still have to question you and interrogate you on the new hand wash. Why, it is just bloody hand wash brought from Poundland, it is even the same make for God sake.
Having a breakdown that school is not on a Saturday because they so desperately want to go on that specific climbing frame even though you offered a visit to a better one at the park. It is just simply not good enough.
Having an almighty challenge of getting them into the bath and then later having to battle the tears and tantrums of not wanting to get out ever.
What kind of things baffle you as a parent?
Cheers for reading X
The other day me and the family went on a venture for the day to London town. I be honest the thought terrifies me but we did it and had blast. The weather was a mix bag but to be fair most of the time it was fine for us. We drove down I don’t think I could manage the train which means we could take it easy without having to worry about getting to places on time and take a more relaxed approach to the day.
As we were driving into London we saw the beautiful Saint Paul’s Cathedral.
We did venture on to the tube, I am glad hubby was with me because it is a bit mind blowing with all these zones etc! I also have to mention the tube assistant was so helpful with making sure we got the cheapest and suitable tickets for us. Also we were on the bus slightly confused where the stop we wanted and a lovely women helped us, so belief it or not people are friendly and helpful in London.
Whilst walking through London we stumbled upon a piece of art with this tube of paint with flowers coming out of it, can’t be a bit of quirkiness to brighten up the area.
Stunning Tower of London.
Me and the boys. I like to point out that it was amazing the amount of urban parks outside at least two tube stations I passed, which I think is just brilliant for families.
awww the iconic shard, the tallest building in United Kingdom.
The Carnay Wharf the hub of business for London.
As tourists we had to stop at every famous building and take pictures. This is one is where the Mayor of London hangs out (City Hall).
Beautiful London bridge, we got there in time for the bridge rising.
The boys enjoying the walk across the glass floor, I however, was a little dubious with it being so high 42 metres above the River Thames to be precise.
My hubby was obsessed with the Walkie Talkie building (AKA 20 Fenchurch).
awww the manic mother smile 😉
My boy has been pestering me for months to go on the London Eye. Today was the day his dreams came true.
The views on the London Eye were breathtaking, I definitely recommend this attraction.
London at night is so beautiful or lit up and chaotic.
Le Shard in the evening.
The Gerkin (AKA 30 St Mary Axe).
The Royal Exchange.
Cheers for reading X
Have you got family and friends coming to stay for a special occasion? renting out your spare room to holiday makers? Either way, it’s time to start creating the ultimate space for them to sleep and relax in. For most homeowners, the guest room is a dumping ground that goes unnoticed and unused for the majority of the year. It’s a place to store those items you want to keep but don’t use often. It’s also a room that doesn’t get decorated as often as the other rooms in your home. When you invite guests to stay, particularly those who are paying, you want them to have a fantastic experience in this room. It doesn’t have to be spacious or overly fancy. It just needs to be clean, tidy and comfortable. So to help you create an incredible guest room that your visitors never want to leave, follow these steps.
Replace old with new
If your guest room has not been used for a while, it will undoubtedly need updating. So before you do anything else you need to access what needs replacing. This depends greatly on how much time you have before your guests arrive. Starting large renovations the day before is of course not a good idea. So try to plan ahead as best you can.
One element of a guest room that many homeowners forget to replace is the mattress. A worn or damaged mattress won’t give your guests a peaceful night’s sleep. So check the condition and assess whether it needs replacing. If it does, look online at latex or pocket spring mattresses from John Ryan by Design. Another part of your spare room that you need to check is your bedding. Does the bed look and smell clean? If not, give all of your bedding a thorough clean and make sure it’s dry and ironed before putting it back on. If you find that some stains cannot be removed, or there are rips, start looking for new and beautiful bedding online. You can’t go wrong with white, but don’t be afraid of colour either. Also, make sure you replace your pillows and ensure you have a variety of sizes on offer.
Another aspect of your guest room that might need updating is the decor. It’s likely this room needs sprucing up to make it look brand new. You can replace tired looking wallpaper with sophisticated styles by Harlequin wallpaper designers . Or just use a fresh lick of paint to bring vibrancy and interest back into the space. In addition to this, you could replace your window treatments, light fittings and carpets. This will provide you with an enhanced overall look and could allow you to charge more when you rent the room out.
Think like your guests
To give your guests the best experience possible, you need to start thinking like them. This will make it far easier to know what to include in your guest room. While the look of the room is important, it should also be practical and functional to use. So think about what you would want to be included if you were coming to stay in someone else’s house. Clean, fluffy towels in varying sizes is a top must-have for house guests. Buy the best quality you can afford as they are more likely to last longer. These should be neatly folded and placed on the bed or stored in the en-suite or bathroom. You should also provide other bathroom essentials such as toothbrushes, toilet paper and shower gel. These are things that many people forget to pack, and your guests will love that you’ve make the effort to provide them.
Storage is another thing that most of your visitors require. Especially if they are staying for a long time or have children with them. You don’t want them to be living out of a suitcase for the stay, do you? So start clearing the wardrobes and drawers within your spare room. You could buy some extra hangers and make more space on the surfaces too. This should give your visitors sufficient space to unpack their belongings which will make the room feel more welcoming. Pens, paper and water glasses will also be welcomed additions to your room.
While it’s good to provide space, try not to make the room feel too clinical and sparse. It’s doubtful that your guests will feel comfortable in a room that lacks personality of any kind. You could display books on the bedside table or on shelves within the room. Or use wall art, candles and flowers for decoration. This will make the space feel more homely and more enjoyable to spend time in.
Create an information sheet
While you are making the final touches to your guest room, take the time to create a fun information sheet. This is particularly important if you are having paying visitors, but family and friends might also find it useful too. This sheet should have useful information such as the wifi password, your address and contact information. If the room has an en suite, you could also include instructions on how to turn on the shower. For out of town guests, remember to include nearby attractions too. Restaurants, cinemas and shopping centres could all be places they want to visit during their stay.
Just make sure your information sheet doesn’t sound too much like you are setting rules and restrictions. This will be off-putting and may make your house guests feel uncomfortable. Keep it fun and stick to bullet points. The last thing your guests will want is a long essay to read just to find out your wifi password. Position it somewhere in the room where they will see it such as on a desk or on the bed.
You should now have a guest room that looks more loved and far more appealing for your guests. Whether it’s for renting visitors or family, they will no doubt want to return again and again. Just remember to keep it maintained with regular cleaning and tidying to keep it looking incredible at all times. You never know when an unexpected visitor might need a bed for the night.
Cheers for reading X
Stumbled on this beauty of a tag by The Frenchie Mummy all about the Daddy. Check it out below.
Are you a Stay at Home Daddy or a Working Daddy? My work is looking after my disabled wife and children at home.
Would you have it any other way?Yes…I look forward to when my wife or I can go out to work.
Do you co-change dirty nappies? Even the very smelly ones?Yes.
A little fairy gives you the possibility of breastfeeding? Are you going for it or do you run away?If it was an actual thing then I would do it.
What is the one must-have item for a daddy?YouTube for teaching toddlers.
How many kids do you plan on having?The two we already have got.
Lads’ nights? How often do you have them?Never.
Your children’s favourite achievement?The flowers that grow.
What is your best memory with your kid(s)?The eldest is only four and the best memory is when they cuddle up with each other.
Name one thing you miss since being a daddy?Time.
Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now? And we mean YOU DADDY, not the mummy!Gone down a bit.
Dream holiday with your kids?Sandy beaches and sunny fields.
Dream holiday without your kids or even without the other half? (You’re allowed to dream)Sunny beaches.
How has your life changed since having kids?Time has vanished and have to be extremely careful with what you say they never forget.
Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”I come home and they come running up to em shouting daddy, daddy!
Favourite beers brands and football team?Football team non. Brand De Dietrich. Beer Black Sheep.
Huggies or Pampers?Pampers.
Have you always wanted kids?Yes, ever since I was about five or six.
Best part of being a dad?Lots more things to be happy about.
- Are you a Stay at Home Daddy or a Working Daddy?
- Would you have it any other way?
- Do you co-change dirty nappies? Even the very smelly ones?
- A little fairy gives you the possibility of breastfeeding? Are you going for it or do you run away?
- What is the one must-have item for a daddy?
- How many kids do you plan on having?
- Lads’ nights? How often do you have them?
- Your children’s favourite achievement?
- What is your best memory with your kid(s)?
- Name one thing you miss since being a daddy?
- Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now? And we mean YOU DADDY, not the mummy!
- Dream holiday with your kids?
- Dream holiday without your kids or even without the other half? (You’re allowed to dream)
- How has your life changed since having kids?
- Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”
- Favourite beers brands and football team?
- Huggies or Pampers?
- Have you always wanted kids?
- Best part of being a dad?
Don’t forget to nominate three daddies to complete this so daring challenge!