Friday, 24 June 2016

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

On Monday I talked about Alvin and the chipmunks DVD release of the computer animated Nick Jr TV series Alvinnn!!! And The Chipmunks. Volume 1, Summer Of Sport. 

Today I am telling you about  the new Alvin and the chipmunks film which was released on Monday (June 20th)  Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. 

Ride along with Alvin, Simon and Theodore as they race to Miami on a wild road trip, with the trip taking a nutty detour leading to hilarious hijinks and music packed adventures. This is the fourth film in the series after the first one, the Squeakuel and Chipwrecked. 

This time round the film is about the chipmunks trying to figure out how to stop Dave from proposing to his girlfriend Samantha because they don't like the new "Mums" son. Instead they learn important life lessens along the way plus they learn how to become better friends. 

It's a great family friendly film especially if you and your children have watched the other three films. I'd recommend it to those that love the chipmunks or want to introduce their little ones into the chipmunks.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Baby Classes and Groups

Back when Blake was three months old I started going to baby groups and classes with him as a way to get out of the house, meet other mum's and for Blake to be around other babies.

I've never been one for liking big groups of people and the idea at first filled me with dread. 
I remember the first group I went to was a new mum's group for new parents with non mobile babies. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting and i got talking to two ladies who also had boys and we are still touch over a year a later. The first time going I admit can be scary especially if like me you are introvert but I'm glad I got out of my comfort zone and just  went. 

These sorts of groups have so many great benefits too and I still go to at least one a week. 
Blake currently goes to a Baby Beeps sensory class on a Thursday morning and we also are attempting to get out and go to one at a local church on a Tuesday afternoon or Friday morning. Another thing we chose to do with Blake is swimming lessons which have been so beneficial. First of all it's given us something to do as a family every Saturday afternoon but also Blake loves splashing around in the pool and is definitely a water baby. 

One of the things that got me to start going to groups  was lets be honest when you are a stay at home mum it can be lonely.  Not only that but being stuck indoors at home with your baby can be suffocating and can also be quite boring after awhile. Going to groups/classes has given us the much needed change of environment. The great thing is that these types of groups are either free or don't cost the earth to go to. 

Another reason is you get to meet other Mum's/Dad's and your little one gets to interact with other children of the same age and/or different age groups. 
Some groups also have the added bonus of free coffee and cake for us parents and if your child is old enough healthy snacks and drinks for them too. 

Now over to you Do you take your little ones to groups/classes?

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Celebrating my 26th birthday!

On Friday (June 17th) I turned 26, I wanted to share with you a few photos from my day. 
I had a lovely birthday full of cake and food just as it should be. 

The evening before my birthday Stuart and I went out for a lovely meal at a place called Mama Rosas which is a lovely Italian restaurant in Leighton Buzzard. The food was amazing and the portions were huge so a lot of food was left over. We both went for pasta dishes and mine was just amazing. The pasta dish I went for was filled with salmon and cod with cheese and is definitely the best pasta dish I've ever had.

My birthday  morning started with opening cards and presents which I am very thankful for.  
My sister got me some new books two from Giovanna Fletcher which I can't wait to get stuck into. I got some DVDs I had wanted for awhile from Blake (with Daddy's help) so I'm also looking forward to getting the chance to watch them. The rest of my presents were money and a voucher. 

Once we had breakfast we headed out to Milton Keynes to look around the shops. I've been wanting to get one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes for ages and picked up the naked2 with some of my birthday money. It was very hard to choose which one I went for as I love the look of the other 3 naked palettes in the range too. I also popped into Cath Kidston and picked up a cute Pomegranate and Cassis candle which was in the sale £20 down to £12. 
It smells very similar to the Jo Malone Pomegranate Nior candle I own which was why I went for it. 

Once we had finished looking around the shops we headed home and grabbed one of the Indian takeaway bags from Morrison's for dinner and then enjoyed a slice or two of birthday cake. So that was my day i still have a bit of birthday money left to spend as well as the voucher I've got so when I find a moment I'll be doing a bit of online shopping. 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Alvin and the chipmunks:Summer of sport

I can vaguely remember as a child watching Alvin and the Chipmunks on tv and they are still going strong today and have changed since they first started out even before I was born. 
Even though Blake is only 18 months I was excited as it means as he gets a bit older he will be able to enjoy Alvin and the chipmunks too. 

I was more than happy to have a look at the preview of the upcoming DVD release of their computer animated Nick Jr TV series Alvinnn!!! And The Chipmunks. Volume 1, Summer Of Sport,  which was released on DVD on June 13th and contains the first 14 episodes from the show.

The new animated series Alvinnn!!! and the chipmunks takes us on a roller coaster of a ride with music, laughter and stories. Featuring all of the regular characters, including the guys - Alvin, Simon and Theodore, the Chipettes - Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor, and their long-suffering carer David Seville. Like most parents David's patience will be pushed to the limit forcing him to end most sentances with "Alvinnn!!!" 

The DVD has 14 episodes  which overall is 2 hours and 36 mins

The episodes are: 
What a Gem
Family Spirit
Reality or Not
Safety Third
Mister Manners
A Room of One’s Own
Carts and Crafts
Kiss Conspiracy
House Guest
Mystic Mountain
Candy Confessions
Alvin’s Got a Brand New Bag

On watching the DVD the first thing I noticed was how different the chipmunks look and how more human and less animal they are. With the change of how the chipmunks look it places David as a single parent in charge of their care. The story lines are easy to follow and will be enjoyable for older children from about 5 years and over. Blake has no interest yet but I'll definitely be keeping the copy until he is at the right age. 


Now why not check out how far the chipmunks have come over the years with this infographic below. 

Friday, 17 June 2016

Bookworm 2016 #4

Dream a little Dream is by the lovely Giovanna Fletcher wife of Tom Fletcher from the band Mcfly. I was gifted this book for Christmas and only just got around to reading it and am glad I did as I have now found a new author that I love. 

The story is of Sarah who has been single for the past two years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex and his perfect new girl friend as well as with their mutual friends. She is a PA in London which is mind numbling tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mum. 

Then Sarah starts dreaming of about a handsome stranger and begins to look forward to sleeping at night. Reality has been nowhere near exciting, until that dream stranger makes a real life appearance leaving Sarah questioning the things she wants. 

The story line captured me instantly and it was a book that I could have finished in one sitting if it wasn't for being a busy mum. The story flowed easily and the characters were likable and realistic. The dreams feature heavily in the first half of the book they fade out more as the story progresses and dream is replaced by reality. I think the dreams add a bit of humor to the story.  I liked how Sarah compares dream Brett to real Brett as I know sometimes that people in dreams can be far from reality. 

I will certainly will have to get Giovanna's other three books to my collection.