Tuesday, 24 April 2018

#nationalstationeryweek #competition Win a Cross Century Fountain pen

Technology and social media make it less likely these days to actually set pen to paper so this week as it is national stationary week I have committed to making more effort to put pen to paper.

I still hold a memory box full of letters i received when I used to write to friends and family during my teenage years and it is really good to pull them out and take a trip down memory lane now and then.
This week I have been busy getting organised for  a full month of birthdays during May, so for those that I would usually just send a card too I decided I would take the time and write a little letter with some family news and updates, as well as a few pics of the kids, somewhat more personal I think and I felt it would be well received as it shows more thought went into it than just a quickly signed card.
I always remember the excitement of receiving a letter through the post from a pen friend or relative, and eagerly taking the time to respond, sadly something we do not do much of or encourage our children to do these days as it much easier to Facetime/ Skype call.

To get the kids on board I have also started to get the eldest to write a daily diary, something that has actually proven to help him off load at the end of the day and work towards improving his hand writing skills at the same time. The youngest is quite creative so she happily sits and draws and enjoys creating her own story books so this is something I shall definitely keep encouraging.

What would your changes be to bring back more use of the good old pen and paper?

Love notes in your partner's lunch box?
Acknowledgement of good deeds with a simple thank you card instead of text?

Add your ideas in the comments when you enter the competition to win a Cross Century ii fountain pen and leather case to celebrate #nationalstationeryweek

Cross century ii fountain pen

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Is The Canada The Perfect Family Holiday Spot?


If you are looking for the perfect spot for your next holiday, one place you should certainly consider is Canada. Choosing a good family vacation spot can be difficult, as you need to make sure the area is safe and that it caters to all ages. Canada is somewhere that certainly ticks all of the boxes. Read on to discover everything you need to know about visiting this location…

Safety in Canada – Whenever you are visiting somewhere with children, safety is going to be one of your main priorities. This is where Canada excels when compared with a lot of other popular tourist destinations. Violent crime in Canada is exceptionally low. In fact, it is virtually non-existent in the popular ski resorts and holiday spots. The only thing you do need to be mindful of is pickpockets, which is the case for most places today!

Accommodation to suit all requirements – Finding a good hotel for families can be a challenge. There are lots of hotels that only accommodate two people per room – three at a push. You are likely to need a family room or connecting rooms, and this can be difficult to find. Luckily, there are so many amazing accommodation options in Canada, so you won’t have any trouble finding something for your family and your budget. Quebec City Marriott Downtown is a good choice, as this is situated in an amazing location. Old Quebec City is truly majestic – and a spot that your children will love. Plus, you won’t be far from Montreal, meaning you will have lots more to explore.

Family attractions – Finally, and most importantly, let’s take a look at some of the best family attractions in Canada. One of the great things about this country is the sheer diversity of things to do and see. This includes everything from sporting events to seeing polar bears migrate. It is a wonderful place to say the very least. Some of the best places to visit as a family are as follows…

-        Science World in Vancouver

-        Splashdown Park in Greater Vancouver. This is the only waterslide park in the area. It offers attractions such as the Rampslide, The Black Hole Tube Slides, Big Jim’s River Run, and much more. You will also find a giant hot tub, a pool, volleyball courts, and a park for little tykes.

-        Playland, which is a 15-acre amusement park, also in Vancouver.

-        La Ronde, an amusement park with over 40 attractions in Montreal.

-        Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.

-        Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.

-        Ontario Science Center in North York.

-        Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan. This is a place with shows, games, rides, roller coasts, concerts, cultural festivals, and more.

-        Ontario Place, which is a seasonal entertainment complex in Toronto.

-        Santa’s Village Family Entertainment Park in Toronto.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding what Canada has to offer families, as well as some useful tips you can make the most of when booking your next holiday. One thing is for sure; you and your little ones are bound to have an amazing time.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Alvin and the Chipmunks puzzle review

The first time we went to the cinema with the youngest was to watch Alvin and the Chipmunks  - The Roadchip with our friends as a birthday outing. I wondered how she would be as didn't want her to ruin the day for the birthday boy but she loved it, I think the choice of film and tub full of sweets was the winning combination. 

Sine then we have been Alvin and the Chipmunks fans, and of course with constant access through Netflix of the film it is a firm favourite for every movie night. Netflix have also released a new series so we can have some variety of the talented trio!
When we offered to review the Alvin and Chipmunks 100 piece puzzle I wouldn't be forgiven if I had said no. We are going through a stage with both kids at the moment where they are enjoying doing puzzles more than playing games which is great for them developing their problem solving skills.
The puzzle is aimed at age 6+ and the size of the pieces are a perfect size for this age, the pieces are strong and will withstand plenty of use as I am sure this will be pulled out to make up over and over. We sat and made the puzzle up together but the youngest at 6 was capable and managed without too much help. 

I think taking time to sit and do things like this is really beneficial for both the kids and us as parents, often we have such busy lives we are pre-occupied with a list of jobs or places to go so the kids fall into the habit of turning to screen time. It is surprising what comes up in conversation when you are sat doing puzzles or playing games with the kids as we giving our attention 100%, often we can be present but 'absent' when talking over the TV, games consoles, or just doing every day jobs.