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.

Saturday 14 October 2017

Monster Island

Last weekend we looked after my younger niece and nephews whilst their Mum, Dad, sister and brother went to an early Halloween event. They all enjoy watching films so we decided to have a film night, normally they chose a film from our vast selection of DVD's but as I had just received a copy of Monster Island it seemed the perfect opportunity to watch it. 

Monster Island is an animated film about a boy called Lucas who finds out he’s not really a human and the news changes his whole world, especially since his first monster transformation happens in front of the most popular kids at school! After unreasonably blaming his dad for keeping his identity a secret, the angry and embarrassed Lucas runs away from home. His search for Monster Island and his real roots take him on a fabulously scary journey that puts him face-to-face with more tentacles, fangs and far-out situations than he can shake one of his new wings at. Ultimately Lucas learns that being a freak, isn’t freaky - it means you’re a member of a brand new type of family, you can proudly call your own.

All the children loved the film, they sat transfixed throughout and the only sound was their laughter which is always lovely to hear. It is a fun, entertaining film with a few good witty lines that is perfect for the whole family. 

With a PG rating, Monster Island is an animated film from the producer of Top Cat Begins, and the writer of box office hits Madagascar and The Jungle Book. The film features voice talent from Despicable Me and Khumba: A Zebra's Tale.

Half term and Halloween are fast approaching so if you are looking for activities to keep your children occupied in the school holidays why not make some popcorn and have your own film day with Monster Island which is available to buy on DVD from the 16 October 2017.

We received a copy of Monster Island for the purpose of this post.

Sunday 8 October 2017

#ChileanEasyPeelers Challenge with BritMums

When I was a child we always loved autumn because Mum started buying tangerines. We used to get through so many she ended up buying them by the box and they always kept well in our pantry, much better than they do these days where you can guarantee that at least one fruit in the bag will be mouldy after only a couple of days. I was quite impressed that none of the Chilean Easy Peelers went mouldy so I will certainly be looking out for these in the shops as I hate wasting food. These days tangerines are available all year round but I find they can be quite tasteless out of season so I only tend to buy them at this time of year. 

My children have always enjoyed eating fruit and vegetables and they both enjoyed eating the Chilean Easy Peelers. The demand for Chilean easy peelers is growing in the UK as the convenient, seedless fruits are sweet in flavor and a hydrating snack, perfect for families. With year on year growth of 32% in tonnes sold in the UK, the amount of Chilean mandarins sold last season reached over 2,000 tonnes. The predictions for this year’s crop are even greater. Available in supermarket shelves from September to November, the delicious fruits are the ideal snack for back to school season.

Both boys take a packed lunch and the Chilean Easy Peelers are great to include in their lunch boxes. Luke also had one with his breakfast so the box we were sent to try didn't last long! I find they are great to take to work and stop me reaching for the chocolate when I hit the mid afternoon munchies!

Chilean Easy Peelers are great for children for as well as being low in calories, fat and a good provider of vitamins and minerals they help to provide children with fibre, folate, vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium. They are also a great source of water being  about 87 per cent water and eating foods with a high water content may help to keep them hydrated too. 

This post is an entry for the BritMums #ChileanEasyPeelers Challenge, sponsored by Chilean Citrus Committee