Monday, 27 June 2016

How We Tried To #EnjoyMoreWater

In January, Robinsons launched their Enjoying Drinking More Water campaign as they wanted to get Brits to enjoy drinking more water. I know first hand that it can be a struggle to get My Three to drink enough water on a daily basis, they don't dislike it they just don't like it that much either. When I was told that two out three (64%) parents said they do not know how much water their children should be drinking each day, and 42% said their children find the taste of water ‘boring’, I wasn't surprised. 

We were recently asked to join in with the challenge by Britmums to show how we make drinking water more interesting. We were sent 6 different Robinson's juices to try. 

The boys liked them all but really liked the Citrus flavoured juice, I on the other hand love the Orange and Peach flavour.

As the weather has been nice recently we thought that we'd make our own slush to enjoy in the garden. Making Slush takes literally minutes if you have a juicer / blender - it tastes great and you can add any flavour you want. It's best to use ice that has been left out of the freezer for a little while as it makes better slush - yes there is such a thing. When Summer really arrives the boys will be making their own slush using their Mr Frosty. 

Other ways to get the kids drinking more water include:

  • Giving them their drink in a funky cup or with a straw - when My Three were toddlers they loved curly straws to drink their juice.
  • Add ice cubes to their juice - it will keep their juice cool and once melted give them a little extra water in their cup.
  • Make flavoured Ice Lollies - you can buy many different shaped moulds to make fun shaped lollies

How do you get your little ones to drink more water?

“This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons” 

Friday, 24 June 2016

Our Staycation Scrapbook

We really wanted to take the boys on holiday this year but we've not had the chance - we're saving for our wedding, paying off small debts and generally just getting by, but that doesn't mean we don't like taking the boys out and making the most of our free time together.

We were recently asked by Holiday Extras to create a scrapbook of an upcoming holiday that we were going on but as we weren't planning one we decided to make a scrapbook of a staycation instead. Matthew took a week off work and the boys were on half term from school so we decided that this was the perfect opportunity to capture some memories with the boys - it's always nice to have a memento of happy times you've shared together and it's lovely to be able to look back at them in the future.

We live in Yorkshire and it's a very beautiful county with lots to offer, because of this we decided that we didn't really need to go too far away from home as there's a little bit of everything / something for everyone to enjoy. Here are the places / attractions we visited.

  • We went to Reggie and Bollie from The X Factor at Flamingo Land with my best friend - we had an amazing night even if it was freezing cold and wet. 
  • We went to The Yorkshire Wildlife Park again - This was somewhere we loved visiting and all agreed it would be great to go back. My favourite animals are the lions and tigers, James, on the other hand, loved that you can walk in with the lemurs and wallabies and we all had a laugh at the nosey meercats. 
  • Matthew took the boys to visit The National Coal Mining Museum, near Wakefield. His grandad's both worked in the Pit industry and he wanted to take the boys to see their family history. They absolutely loved that they got to wear a hard hat and torch to see where they were going in the pit. What I love about the museum is that it's run by men who used to work in the coal mines - they know what they're talking about and add a lot of personal insight into the tour - something the boys really loved.
  • We had a very lazy day and we had a stroll around our local racecourse, which has a lake, we saw lots of baby ducks and geese and we even got to have a play at the playground and enjoy an ice cream.
  • It's been a while since I've had a day of shopping so we decided to pay a visit to Lakeside Village in Doncaster. The boys really didn't like this much but luckily for them, there's a lovely large lake nearby so our day was finished with a walk around it - it's a great place to skim stones and watch the world go by, there's lots of fish in the lake too and on a clear sunny day you can see them all topping the water trying to eat the bugs.

We all had a lovely week spending time together and exploring our local area/attractions and can't wait to explore more in the summer holidays. If you're thinking about holidaying in Yorkshire, I would highly recommend it. There's so much to see and do for the whole family, whether you stay for a day or a week. If you like the thought of a family holiday to Yorkshire but not the hassle that comes along with booking a holiday there's a solution to that. Holiday Extra will make your holiday as comfortable and enjoyable as possible by taking the hassle out of booking your holiday extras such as hotels, airport, car hire, parking and much more. Last year they helped over 1,000,000 customers across Yorkshire and the surrounding areas to take care of their holiday extras. Currently, within Yorkshire and surrounding areas they work with 28 hotels, 7 airport lounges and 25 parking facilities along with thousands of other partners and services. SO whether you're travelling by car, bus or plane Holiday Extras will help take the hassle out of the holiday preparations so you can sit back and relax.

We've never made a scrapbook before this challenge and it makes me a little bit sad if I'm honest, we had an amazing holiday to Devon a few years ago and it would've been lovely to have made something for the boys to look back on in the future and remember it. We're hopefully going on holiday next year so we will be sure to make a scrapbook of our time away so we can look back in years to come at our times together.

Flashback Friday

James celebrated his 7th birthday on Monday, where the time has gone I just don't know. We celebrated with presents, a McDonald's (James' choice) and birthday cake. I thought that this week's Flashback should be a picture of the birthday bot. I love this picture - he hadn't even opened the present yet and he was so excited.

Flashback Friday Rules:
  • Your Flashback can be an old photo (with or without words), an old post - anything you like
  • Link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog
  • You can post up to two links a week - one old post and one old photo post
  • Add my button to the bottom of the post / picture you're linking up so everyone can see where the linky originated (copy the code from the box below)
  • I will share my favourite link ups next Friday
  • Comment on my Flashback Friday post  and / or others who have already posted (this rule isn't mandatory but it's a nice thing to do)

My Three and Me

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip DVD Review

My Three love the Chipmunks and I don't mind admitting that I have a soft spot for them too - they're cute and very lovable - even when they're getting themselves into mischief. I love them because they were one of the cartoons I grew up watching and when the first movie was released a couple of years ago I couldn't wait to share one of my childhood favourites with my three. Three movies down and the boys are back for their fourth outing and getting themselves into trouble as only they can - anyone whose a Chipmunks fan know they get themselves into lots of mischief.

In the film we get to hit the road with the lovable fur balls in what is said to be the funniest Alvin and the Chipmunks ever! Alvin, Simon and Theodore race to Miami on a wild road trip, but their jaunt soon takes a nutty detour, leading to hilarious hijinks and a music-packed adventure across the country. 

DVD Special Features Include:

  •  Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Story So Far
  • Ultimate Playlist:
Music Machine:
  • “Juicy Wiggle”
  • “South Side”
  • “Iko Iko”
  • “When the Saints Go Marching In/Uptown Funk”
  • “Home”
  • “Funkytown”
  • “I Love Rock N Roll”
  • “Get You Goin’”
  • “Hot N Cold”
  • “Real Wild Child”
  • “Born This Way/Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now/Firework”
Music Videos (with optional Sing-Along):
  • “Shake Your Groove Thing”
  • “Vacation”
  • “Bad Romance”
Lyric Videos:
  • “Juicy Wiggle”
  • “Uptown Munk”
  • “Wreck the Halls”
  • “Pizza Toots”
  • “I Want Chipmunks for Christmas (a.k.a. Pester Song)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is out now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD