Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Importance of Outdoor Play for Children

I was shocked recently to find out that there are more than 1,000 children being referred to hospital due to obesity. According to playground equipment supplier ESP, one in three children between 2-10 years old are overweight.

Further research by Liverpool John Moores University found that the average amount of exercise a child does during school PE lessons was low, and 68% of the lesson is spent with the child being stationary.

My son is in his first year at primary school so to see these results is a worry for me. I was always overweight at school because I preferred exercising my brain to my body, and I do regret this to an extent. I want my son to have a good balance of physical and mental exercise, to keep him healthy and hopefully to keep any possible hereditary depression at bay.

I'm currently the Chair of a voluntary group who are trying to improve our local park, because in the area I live it's the only park we have and all the equipment is rotten or broken. I have to take my son out of area to go to another park which means we don't go as often as I would like.

Our Rundown Park

Monday, 5 June 2017

I'm Back... It's Been A Busy Few Months!

It's been a manic few months of both great and really difficult times, and it's sadly meant that I've neglected this blog.

It's been good to have a break from it in some ways, as I now feel refreshed and able to bore you with my rants, ideas and parenting highs and lows.

Here's a round-up of just some of what's been keeping me busy lately...


The week before May half term I took Chunk to Spain and it was lovely. It went far too quickly, but it was just the relaxation I needed. We went to the same place as last year because the hotel was fabulous and there was lots to do if we got bored of lounging by the pool.

Chunk got to practice some of his Spanish that he's learning in Reception and I got to block out a lot of my current stress which sadly returned the second we landed back in the UK.

Very tempted to try save up for a September break though before year one starts!

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Exercise is down, weight is up... but I thought about this a lot during my holiday and I'm determined to get back into a healthier way of life.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Toy Review: Scooby and Puzzle

During the holidays we managed to have a lot of days out, but now he's back at school I've been looking at ways to entertain him in the late afternoons when we want to chill at home.

He was sent a couple of great toys this week which have thankfully been great for after school, so thought I would share them...

Scooby Madness

Scooby Doo Mystery Mini Vehicle and Mini Figures by Character are great little toys that don't cost a packet. The vehicle set is part of a range of three vehicles, the Monster Trawler, Monster Catcher and Monster Motorbike. They each come with an action figure and are aimed at children aged three and above.

We got a Mystery Minis figure pack to go with the vehicle, which contained two figures. These packs contain a mixture of the good guys and baddies, and we managed to get Scooby himself alongside a zombie figure.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

A Review of Birthday Parties at Funplex

Chunk turned five last week (where has the time gone?!) and after a successful party at Brighton Funplex three years ago, I decided to have it there again this time.

A lot seems to have changed for the better with the Funplex parties since our last party, because this time we had our very own party host!
Jake greeted me and showed me to our party room which was already laid out with plates and cutlery for lunch.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Toy Review: Half-Shell Heroes Mutant Loader Vehicle

At the moment whenever the TV is on whilst Chunk is awake, he wants the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on. I don't mind, because I watched the original series during my childhood and I love how they haven't changed it in so many ways.

The Half-Shell Heroes are the same characters, but is a toy range that is suited to younger children, and we got to test one of the new toys this week.

The Half-Shell Heroes Mutant Loader Vehicle comes with Mikey (Michelangelo) and it features a forklift to lift anything from the baddies to other cars and trucks, or in Chunk's case, dinosaurs.

Half-Shell Heroes Mutant Loader Vehicle

Once you have captured something on the forklift you can flip them into the capture cage.

Chunk was VERY excited to get this in the post to test out, and he asked me to quote him because after all he is the expert.

He said: "I love the forklift because I can chuck the bad guy Shredder in the air and into Mikey's cage. I like that Mikey has a special seat when he's driving and it fits all my turtles if they want to explore".

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