We're nearing the end of October already and what an exciting time of year.
I have to admit this is my favourite time of the year for many reasons, one of which is the Frightful Halloween events and those dark , cold nights meaning more time for home comforts .
Now I have to admit , I'm not a great fan of Breakfast , I really do not know why , but for as long as I can remember , I've never been able to enjoy breakfast such as flakes or Rice based cereals . The thought of soggy breakfast really does not bring any desire to eat it in any form . I can however eat Ready Brek and for someone who as struggled to eat a daily routine breakfast for years this has become some what of an achievement at now 33 years old.
My children have always enjoyed the Oatey smoothness and it is only recently I've started to join in on sitting with them for our start to the day which in my opinion and many others is the most important meal of the day .
Over the years I have woken up feeling tired and groggy and not eating any breakfast has not helped my metabolism and so I have found I also put on a lot of weight due to missing my main meal.
For the past few weeks I've decided to take drastic action and give the nutritional morning meal a regular routine and so now I wake up to Ready Brek and really enjoy it.
Ready Brek is made with Wholegrain oats and is packed full of goodness, meaning it is the go to healthy meal to get you ready for any day .
My son who is just 7 years old says that Ready Brek is his all time favourite breakfast meal. He eats it not just as a breakfast but also for his supper and what is more he knows exactly how to make it , perfectly , himself.
My son uses a small teacup to make his mix, then adds double the amount of milk, places it in the microwave for just 1 minute and this ensures it is not too hot for him to then remove and devour in seconds because he loves it much.
Sometimes he will add a small amount of Chocolate or jam spread but most times he eats it on its own .
Ready Brek comes in a variety of flavours set aside from the Original such as Chocolate, honey, Seriously Oatey and if your lucky enough to find any , Gingerbread flavour is also available, back in the 70's a Butterscotch flavour was also released which my husband would have loved to have given a try, unfortunately it is no longer in production.
Instructions on the box say 30g of Ready Brek to 150ml of either milk or water if you prefer.
It really is that easy and you can eat it in so many other different ways to .
On the back of our box , we were given a recipe for Protein packed Bear Hunt Bites which meant adding grated carrot ,dates, apples and even pumpkin seeds to the Ready Brek with a small amount of water to combine all together meaning you could roll them into balls and eat as a healthy snack .
Being that it is Halloween this next week , we are currently decorating our home in all sorts of wonderful and scary pieces but I also love to let the children enjoy incorporating their events with their food so we always like to make a Halloween themed tea party which we are holding this weekend as well as some other meals and in this case we made our Vampire Ready Breakfast using some strawberry Jam and some Bananas to decorate . Simple and fun and of course very tasty .
Ready Brek is so affordable at only £2 from most leading supermarkets and food stores , your sure to get that warming feeling to wake you up and give you that healthy start to any day .
Do you like Ready Brek, have you tried any recipes lately using the nutritional oats? Let me know in the comments below .
My soon to be teenage daughter has been amazed at the 3D puzzles from Ravensburger this past year especially and has done quite a few now ranging from a few vase, storage box's, pencil holders, Jewelry A huge Disney Castle and now a sneaker.
I absolutely love the fact that not only is it something that keeps their mind entertained for a few hours or days m (depending on the size and complication ability) but the 3D puzzles make fun for ornamental purposes too and some even make use for holding items such as jewelry or stationary.
Despicable me are such a huge craze in our home aimed at all ages from our 2 year old son to our daddy of the family who likes to imitate the characters every so often when he's feeling rather funny.
We were very excited to see that the new movie was released this year and once again Ravensburger were there with a new line already and waiting for us within their 3D range including the wonderful Sneaker which holds stationary , ideal for our home education desk .
This sneaker is 108 pieces and features those cute load of Minions , covering the whole boot which measures 21cm x 12cm so perfect size to add on to a workplace desk or shelf.
The Puzzle of course comes with some very helpful and easy to follow instructions which the children followed with no help needed and of course some larger base pieces to keep the whole puzzle that little more realistic as well as helping wit the stability of the build.
The puzzle is all numbered and so on the back of each piece you will find a number , if your feeling more challenging then why not try to do the puzzle without using them and use your eye for finding that perfect piece.
For my daughter she still likes to use the numbers , especially giving this one had pretty much the whole troop of minions on the sneaker and to us they all look the same , so it was a little more difficult .
Using the numbers meant we were basically counting from 1 -108 and that was as hard as it got , the pieces fit together perfectly and being made form a plastic it meant there was no worry of tearing pieces .
The whole thing is finished of by one last piece which holds it all together adding a little more sturdiness to it .
There are quite a few other 3D puzzles by Ravensburger already available along side this sneaker and t be fare they all look great fun .
The puzzle did not take a long time to build , I find sometimes puzzles take so long that the boredom kicks in quickly sometimes but this only took around half an hour so she thoroughly enjoyed her experience .
Have you tried any of the 3D puzzles, do you like Despicable Me ?
Let me know in the comments below .
*We were not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and based upon our own experiences and thoughts.
My son has just turned two and what better present for a little boy who is growing than a colouring book to teach him how to read and count .
Geddes and Grosset books kindly sent us a few of their new samples and I was so pleased when my son found them and wanted to immediately tell me what the pictures were from which he was colouring in .
The books are all A4 size and are filled with beautiful illustrations of many different things from animals to toys , to vehicles and even outdoor items you would find your child playing eye spy to when out and about.
Each book encourages fun in learning and learning the alphabet or your numbers while colouring in calmly is in my opinion a wonderful way to learn.
Now days , colouring is not just for children, us adults can join in to and while I am trying to educate my son , this gives us a great chance at our bonding while he does so .
We as a family love to colour , it is a wonderful way to relax so either when just waking and your coming out of your sleepy head mode or wanting to settle down for the night , colouring is a great way to slow your mind down and give yourself some you time .
The reality of things is the that any child will enjoy a colouring book and some pencils and you do not have to go out spending loads of money to keep a child happy and content , it costs just a few pennies only, usually just £1 or £2.
It is always nice to open a book and not know what your are going to find and that is something I also love about these colouring books.
A lot of educational colouring books I have seen do the alphabet in order so you know or feel you know what you may expect on the next page of the book but here the numbers and words are mixed up for a real surprise. Learning does not always mean order , it sometimes just means looking at an item or picture and memorizing that that picture resembles a letter or number .
The pictures are bold and with the thick outside line of the picture , it makes it easier for little ones not to go over them if they are at the stage of learning their hand motor skills making them feel more confident in their colouring .
These books have a lovely variety of illustrations in their 64 page insert and there are 4 to collect on two books for each category. So you have 2 word books and 2 number books and are priced at £5.99 from Geddesandgrosset.com site.
So when your little ones is stressed. upset or can not seem to settle, pull out your colouring book, it does wonders for anxiety and gives a calming feeling .
Being Home educator to all my children means that I depend on Twinkl.co.uk for all their educational needs when it comes to teaching all aged between 1 and 15 years.
It really has been my number one platform to help my children grow and learn with as little hassle and as much information as I could possibly need in just one place so when a new section in their Site opened named Book club , I got so very excited.
As some of you already know, we live in a tiny little village and it is not always easy to get to the nearest village to a library so having the new book club at my fingertips is an absolute godsend for anyone who loves to encourage books and reading into their children's learning.
Twinkl book club is a new service which actually delivers more than just reading and it comes straight to your door for just a small added fee to the smaller subscriptions for just an extra £2 per month , although if you subscribe to the full Ultimate bundle for just £8.49 per month , this is already going to be included meaning you get not only everything on their site helping you to use all the educational resources but now with the book club you will also get actual books through your door every half term , real books for real reading.
I know not many people would be so excited but believe me when you have a 7 year old who does nothing for the past year but sit and watch Youtube or Netflix before bed and refuses to settle early , the joy I seen when my son turned of his T.V and sat in his bed reading to himself after we had already read it together 6 times already that day was the best feeling ever.
You see the New Twinkl books are not just a book to read but they're also a learning tool and whats more is that the book actually comes to life with their new special App that is available for free .
Book Club is currently only ideal for EYFS and KS1 teaching but More books for different key stages will be made available shortly.
Let me start at the very beginning on how our experience ended up when it first came through our door.
So I opened the envelope to find a wonderfully illustrated cover of a book titled Ronald The Rhino.
Having a quick flick through I could see it was filled with plenty of useful information which would trigger a lesson plan for the day so we took a closer look at the book to find there was to be more activities, work and other fun pieces which we could add to the story.
At the back of the book it told us there were teachers support materials available on the site so of course we went straight over and printed of a variety of work and activities for them to complete .
Not only was there added work but there was also an added feature that was fun and brought the book to life , Twinkl's new AR App available at Apple store or Android store , both completely free to download on either Phone or Tablet.
We proceeded to print of work and activities and to get us started we had a role play story-time breakfast where the children loved making their own masks and theatre puppets.
It was nice to see them so interested in the story and we learned quite a few things I never knew before about real life Rhinos .
Did you know they are very rare species and also only 5 different types still exist?
On certain pages , there is a blue symbol which is where the fun really starts.
If you download the Twinkl AR App , all you will need to then do is hold your tablet or mobile device over the blue logo on the book page and will instantly see a 3D image of Ronald and later on his friends.
The children all found it absolutely fascinating that the characters came to life in a 3D image through the screen of their devices and so we then proceeded to do some very interested work relating to the book .
There was quite a large scale of work to go alongside the book and so we had plenty to do and in fact spent two whole days enjoying Ronalds sums, Rhyming words, Talking about food chains and habitats and they were loving it so much they never actually realized they were learning , it was fun and they were instantly interested .
My 7 year old son tends to be more interested in the computers than anything else so it is usually a task to get him involved but he loved reading the book so much that he took himself to bed and read it alone to himself over 6 times more, when we went to bed we could still hear him and his imagination talking away to himself, it was so rewarding to hear.
By the time we had finished the work , was so surprised how much they had learned that I tested them sneakily , out of the blue with no warning , just a quick test so much so I forgot the words myself at one point but it showed me enough to see they really did learn quite a lot about Ronald The Rhino and his species and of course we made a pie to celebrate which finished the work of nicely .
Do you have a book subscription or like to incorporate learning through reading, what book would you like to see added to the site if your already a member ?
Let me know in the comments below , I can not wait to share more with you .
Croco Jungle Research Station from Schleich is aimed at Age 3 + and is priced at RRP £99.99.
We are absolute fans of Schleich Products and have been for a while now since discovering them after my son was gifted some of the animals which he never put down and took everywhere with him.
The realistic looking animals in the sets they have available are made with the most explicit detail and precision of the products are what makes Schleich stand out from the crowd in my opinion.
Our latest product we would like to share with you is the Croco Jungle Research Station which is by far the best one so far , they just keep getting better which I thought impossible.
Every time I find a collection I love, it expands just that little bit more to keep the play alive and our imaginations running free.
The Croco station is definitely one to enjoy .
On receiving the Station , I realized how big the box was for starters, the perfect size for a large gift if you needed one for any child who loves animals, Safari's or explorers etc .
The box was heavy, I expected a fare size but not as big as what we found.
As I opened the box , I could see that there would be a few things needing building but there was a very easy step by step instruction manual which I left the children to follow and within less than half an hour they had put it all together , no problems at all.
There is a lot to discover in this set.
First of all the main part for me would be the Station itself.
The building which resembles a man made cabin is at a height away from the wild animals to be expected below. Although the animals such as the Orangutan and the Panther are very well known for their climbing ability so luckily there is a hidden trapdoor in case of any sneakers.
The whole building shows us the smallest unmissed details such as a set of shelves inside which have a few plates, a cup and of course the little survival knife which would naturally be used to cut and eat his meals with .
A small window sporting a small hook on the outside where he can hang his binoculars to take his morning gaze at the animals he cares for is not just a hook but also looks somewhat of a horn from an animal such as a Warthog or antelope that maybe would have been roaming the safari or maybe fed to the Panther which is now captured and locked safely in his cage after his small injury during his chase.
Ranger Tom has more than enough on his hands to keep him busy in his little campsite set and if the day gets too much , there is a hammock for him to rest his little head .
Below the shelter, you will not just find the cage with that beautiful looking Panther but you also have a large enclosure to keep any other animals such as the crocodile or baby elephant separated . The Orangutan likes to hang on around the Station out the way and I am sure he is trying to take a peak at the treasure map that Tom has hidden away.
Feeding the animals and sending other items such as the trunk with all of his belongings in down to the surface is not so hard when there is a hoist all there ready to use with its expanding net attached and if anything was to go wrong , there is a rather large Satalite all ready to send for any emergency services.
It is a very busy little set , there is nothing missing from here that I can think of other than a Vet at work which is also available for an extra price of just £12.99 , she reminds me of Jane from the film Tarzan with her baby Orangutan hanging from her arm, his trusted partner I feel is all that would be the perfect accompany to this wild living quarter style set.
The children of all ages in our home loved to sit and play with this from 1 year to 15 years.
You are probably wondering why the set is called the Croco research station?
Well not only is there a wandering Crocodile surrounding Ranger Tom in the area of his workplace but there is also a mysterious cave that looks distinctively like a crocs head , and a large one at at that.
This exciting adventure lets you discover the wild insides of the croco cave and there is nothing boring or normal about this little mystery.
Inside the cave is held up with just a trunk from the forest trees which can be opened or closed depending on your daring mood and if you dare to take your torch and take a look inside , you may just be lucky enough to find the case of hidden treasure with the skulls or even discover the hidden compartment under one of the crocs teeth where there are even more coins waiting to be found.
This is one of the most wonderful sets I have been lucky enough to enjoy , there are hidden joys or exciting play in every corner of the set and even a few trapdoors and secret passages leading to the treasure chamber.
This is set directly to the left hand side of the Station as it clips on to the side and all the wonderful combinations of mystery, realistic animals and discovery options , your children are to be instantly inspired to combine their own toys with this set.
My younger son aged 8 years old brought his dinosaur rangers and creatures into the set and they worked perfectly together, he even brought the army in at one point.
One thing I found was that the croc cave is rather heavy , I like that in a product but it also means it needs to be able to be set up somewhere so not to drop on anyone's toes and injure themselves . My boys have had many hours of fun making their play come to life with this wonderful and realistic set and I am so excited to expand it with the other pieces which can be used to add to the play set .
I would love to buy the Advent Calender of 2017 , it features a new piece to add each day leading up to Christmas and ensures they would get something that would add to their wild life experience.
I love that this encourages all aspects of play not only in fun and good motor skills but also educational too where we can sit and talk about each animal and its habitat.
It enabled the children to ask questions without been prompted to about what the animals were, how they became to be captivated, what they ate, how they were cared for and if they would be released into the wild again safely at a later date after ranger Tom was finished getting them healthy .
What do you think of the new addition to the wild life collection, would it be on your list?
Let me know in the comments below and tell me what animal you would be scared to cross in the Jungle