Wicked Uncle Christmas Gift Guide

Hey readers,

Have you heard of Wicked Uncle , well it is a fantastic website for all things quirky and a little but different.

I have select a few items from the website that I feel are a great present for Christmas for children.

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Mood Cube (£5.50)

I think this is a great present for any children or adult that enjoy soft lighting to have them relax. My son has autistic tendencies and this mood light really helps him to calm down, especially when he is feeling really angry. I also think that the cube is a great way in creating a chilled ambience to a room because it changes different colours when it is switched on. It is battery operated but it lasts a long time and it is something that I enjoy as well so it’s always an added bonus.

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Stikbots  (£9.95)  

StikBots are poseable figurines that are easy to manipulate and put into easy positions to create films. They are great tool for animation films for adults and children. You don’t even have to use them as a animated objects you can just play with them randomly like my son does. He has used this toy the most this week and I think it is going to be a firm favourite of his. He has enjoyed playing with them and creating imaginative play with them and they are really stickable on smooth clean work surfaces.

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They come as a pack on two StikBots and you can also download the free app to record animated videos on iOS and Android.

Arctic adventure 4 piece set. (£12.95)

This lovely little set is great for imagination and role play for children. It comes with a Slide and cave, one polar bear (with adjustable head) and two seals. Both my boys but more so my four year old loved playing it especially letting the animals slide down the slide. I think it is a lovely little set that is ideal in taking it away if you’re travelling with a child.

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Paint glow in the dark face and body paint kit (£10.95)

The paint is neon, glow in the dark. What child doesn’t like having their face painted and it is super cool for them as they can play in the dark especially now that we have the darker nights. It is super fun and my boys loved playing together in the room (result five minutes peace me, whoop!). I was attracted to it as it is a bit different and I like to have as many different forms of entertainment as possible, as we all know that children get bored very, very quickly!

The paints themselves are kind and gentle on the skin. You don’t need to use any water.  I found it really easy to apply and the brush was really good quality to use. It is really super fast in drying out and long lasting. I found it really easy to wash off with soap and water. It does say on the packet that it paints up to 100 faces.

The contents include 6 (13 ml) colours, pro paint brush, sponge, UV light, mixing palettes and tutorial guide.

I hope that has inspired you.

Cheers for reading X

I was gifted the items from Wicked Uncle but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Paw Patrol at the cinema

Hey readers,

On Saturday me and the hubby took the boys (4 &6) to our local Showcase Cinema De Lux to watch Paw Patrol:Big Screen Tails, 60 minute special. During the week Showcase hosted 25 unique events and films celebrating art, film and music.

I normally don’t have the funds for this type of activity but due to getting free tickets and it being half term who could resist anything to entertain your little darlings.
I like this cinema (I have wrote about the cinema before here) because it is quiet due to it  being further away from the city centre.

The cinema is really clean and modern with the design. It also was not crowded or loud which helps as my eldest and myself struggle with these types of issues.
There was free face paint on the day, which my children loved.  There was no ques which makes the experience a lot more pleasant. This was a big hit for both boys and added to the enjoyment of the event.

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The screening itself was really comfortable. The film was just over an hour so having reclined seats helped settle my boys. There was plenty of room space and because it is a kid screening I think parents like myself you don’t feel self-conscious or worry about the noise.

Husband noted that the leather seats could do with a wipe with proprietary  leather treatment where the  back and seat meet because you could hear some crazy creaking from leather on leather as people adjusted their seats mid film – not a problem with family films but may be a bit off putting with a thriller.

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I liked the fact that the screening was a shorter film as both my boys struggle a bit with concentration, so that was a really positive and no arguments again added to a good time.

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The lightening of the auditorium I loved as it was not overpowering and the subtle blue lights at the side of the walls was excellent in the design aspect of the experience. Also, I found the volume of the film perfect. Normally when going to the cinema it is super loud, which worried me a bit as my eldest is really sensitive to hearing and could potentially cause a meltdown (autism).

The boys loved the experience and felt very comfortable. I definitely recommend going to go to the cinema with young children.

Cheers for reading X

I was given tickets in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

Getting children out of the door

Hey readers,

Why are children super fast when they  want to be but as soon as a parent is desperate to get someone urgent they go to  slough mode!

Here are some thoughts and conversationset I have when trying to get kids ready and out the sodding door.

1) Please get ready, we need to get to school.

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2) I hate you hubby for giving me the task of getting the boys ready, you absolute tool.

3) If I you don’t get ready then I am going to turn off the TV but at the same time promising to turn the tv on because you need to sit still because you need to do their hair.

4) If you don’t get ready I will phone your dad and you will be in serious trouble. (Let’s face it no one wants to hear your daddy yell at you, even mummy gets scared with the decibels used).

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5) When it gets close to birthday/Christmas or any special event that is important to your little darlings, it is the ultimate blackmail to get them ready and out the door promote. If parenting gets so bad it will be threatening every single day.

6) Shall I ask your teacher if you are like this at school? seems my son fears this one because he is so angelic he doesn’t want the illusion to vanish from the teachers eyes. Works a treat to kick his bottom into gear.

7) Threats about no pudding go down a treat (yes pun intended).

8) If in doubt and you desperate bribes can be used to keep your own sanity in tact. If ANYONE disagrees then they could bloody well come round at 7am and deal with the problem for me, no problem with that I tell you.

9) Stare at your child, if gives them the willies that the arguments must stop or mummy is going to lose her sh*t big time. This normally occurs when on a Friday because we all tired and about had enough of having to go through this drama for the fifth time this week.

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10) If your child loves school as much as mine threaten that if they don’t get dressed won’t go to school that day and do nothing all day at home. Amazing how effective that is and they comply to your need of them getting their socks on.

Cheers for reading X

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Five activities that won’t break the bank 

Hey readers,

Today I want to talk about things to do when you’re skint because that’s my situation right now.  I thought this may be of use to parents who struggle to find cheap entertainment when you have lack of funds.

1. The first thing that I would suggest is the most obvious thing and that is just to take a ball, frisbee or anything that is suitable for the park It can be just the local Apr down the road  but it is still fun. Not to mention getting some fresh air and a break from the four walls of your home.

2. If you are bored, skint and at home then pick film. You can even find a ton of free films on YouTube. Such a easy activity  to kill a couple of hours especially when it is rainy or to stop the never ending.

3. If you are desperately needing to escape the Doom of mummy prison then I suggest get your wellies on and go out. Even if it is to just simply collect leaves, sticks and stones. All I can be fantastic material to paint with at home. It is free and a real winner in my home.

4. I love my library, it is such a fabulous service within the community. It is  free to loan books and children’s audio books. There is free activities such as rhythmtime and story time – in the latter they provide  free activities with all their materials such as paper and colouring in pens. It  is a great day out for everyone and you’re learning, what more could you want?!

5. A classic activity to do when you’re skint is to get the board games out or jigsaws. You will be amazed at how much it can kill an hour or two and it us great bonding time. plus, it helps teach children patience and to share!

Is there anything I have not mentioned that is a real winner in your home that doesn’t break the bank?
Hope you have found this helpful and whatever you do I hope you have lots of fun.

Cheers for reading X