Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday Night Game - Banagrams

This week we decided to play Banagrams, usually we play as two teams but as William was out we all played separately.  

The game starts with one player shouting "SPLIT" and everyone turns over their tiles and tries to make words in a crossword style, very similar to Scrabble but without a board. Everyone plays at the same time so there is no waiting for your turn. Whenever a player has used up all their tiles they shout "PEEL" and everyone collects another tile. You can re arrange your tiles as much as you like to use all the letters. If you have a handful of tricky letters like "Q" "X" or "Z" you can choose to swap them by saying "DUMP" and putting them back in the bunch - you have to take three tiles for each one you dump. I find this can be quite helpful at the start of the game.

When the bunch has fewer tiles than there are players when you put the last letter in your grid you say "BANANAS" instead of "PEEL." Your grid is checked by the other players and if any grids have misspelled words or unacceptable words then the others shout out "ROTTEN BANANA" and you are out of the game. The tiles are returned to the bunch and play continues until "BANANAS" is called again. The winner is the person who uses all their tiles first and has a grid full of acceptable words. 

Mark is notoriously bad at word games and rarely wins however he was on a lucky streak tonight and won the first game and third (after a slight dictionary adjustment!!)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Prestige Flowers Review

I was recently asked by Prestige Flowers if I would like to review one of their Christmas bouquets. Of course I love flowers, (who doesn't?),  so I was thrilled when the beautiful Noel bouquet arrived. 

Prestige Flowers are an online florist who deliver flowers to every corner of the UK. They have a huge range of bouquets to choose from, and with Christmas bouquets starting from £19.99 there should be one to suit most budgets. They know how important it is that the recipient is delighted with their flower arrangement so all orders come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

The flowers were very well packaged in a sturdy cardboard box and came via royal Mail, I wasn't in when they were delivered so the postman left them next door. The flowers were well packed and there was a wet cloth around the flowers to keep them fresh whilst in transit. The flowers looked fresh and you wouldn't have guessed that they had come through the post.

The Noel bouquet costs £24.99 and comes with a free box of chocolates. You can also add extras to your order, a vase costs £5.99, Christmas candle £8.99 or even a cuddly bear for £5.99 making it the perfect Christmas gift for a friend or family member. The bouquet looks gorgeous with snow white roses, white chrysanthemums and blue eryngium together with silver pine cones and palm leaves. The addition of a couple of glittery purple stars and glistening purple berries gives it a real festive feel. 

There are 4 roses in the bouquet, they were all open when they arrived 6 days ago and I am quite impressed that three of them are still looking good after almost a week. One started drooping yesterday but all the other flowers in the bouquet still look great and I have received many compliments about my flowers.

The chocolates tasted amazing and were coated in thick chocolate. I wasn't expecting much as they were free with the bouquet but they were surprisingly good. There was a nice selection of flavours and they didn't last long in our house!

I would certainly use Prestige Flowers flowers again as I was very impressed with the delivery and the beautiful flowers, the flowers are in the lounge and I have enjoyed looking at them every day.   

I received these flowers in return for a review. All words and images are my own

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday Night Games Night - Upwords

This week for our family game night we played Upwords, the game is a bit like Scrabble but you can build words upwards, scoring more points. Luke proved to be quite adept at this game and put us all to shame! William was a well deserved second.

Friday, 1 December 2017


Mum bought me this beautiful orchid about three weeks ago, it is absolutely full of flowers and looks amazing. 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Games Night

We enjoy playing board games and now the nights are cold and dark we have decided to start our Sunday night board games night again.

This week Luke chose Blockbusters, this is a game I had as a child based on the TV quiz show presented by Bob Holness that was popular in the 80's. The boys had never heard of it but that didn't matter.

We adapted the rules a little as the original game didn't have a question master. Mark took on the role of question master and we used our answer buzzers to make the game more like the TV show. We even suggested Luke got his teddy as the teams on TV always had a mascot! 

The boys were the blue team and I was the white. We played a few games and as my general knowledge was better than the boys I was the overall winner!

Sunday, 19 November 2017 £5 Christmas Challenge

With Christmas only 5 weeks away I think I am reasonably organised for once and have a good idea what to buy everyone. One of my favourite parts of Christmas shopping is finding nice gifts for the boys stockings so when I was asked if I wanted to take part in the #SDFiverChallenge with and BritMums it was an easy decision but once I had accepted the challenge I then had the difficult task of choosing gifts for £5 or less from Sports Direct. I only say difficult because when I looked online there is such a huge range available that it was difficult only choosing a few! is not somewhere I had really considered for stocking fillers as we only tend to buy outdoor gear, walking shoes and footwear from them but having taken part in the challenge I will definitely be using them much more!

We are an active family and spend a lot of time outdoors so when I saw these Karrimor hiking socks I knew they would be perfect for William. I have always found Karrimor socks to be very good quality and 3 pairs for £4.50 was a real bargain. With our Snowdon trip planned for next year I think I will be placing another order for other family members. 

Luke keeps borrowing William's small dry bag so I thought the Karrimor XXS dry bag would be a good stocking filler for Luke. As you can see from the label the bag was half price and was perfect for the challenge

It was very easy to place an order and I was very impressed with the regular progress updates. I placed my order late on a Thursday night and the parcel was delivered first thing Saturday morning which was very fast! 

This post is an entry for BritMums Christmas #sdfiverchallenge, sponsored by Sportsdirect.com

We received a Sports Direct voucher in exchange for this post, however all opinions are my own.

Friday, 27 October 2017

The sheep have arrived!

Luke was very excited on Tuesday night because when he came home from school he spotted the sheep in the field. We have overwintered sheep for many years now, these sheep have come from a farm on the fells and they usually arrive at the end of October and stay until March. Since Dad has been ill Luke has taken over looking after them and goes down the field on the quad to count them every other night. He also checks that they are all ok and none are stuck in the hedge. He really enjoys looking after them and we all like seeing them in the field.