Big Boy’s Bar

Big Boy came to see me the other day, he asked if I would create a few bottles of juice for him and he handed me a stack of paper. After a moment of two I worked out what he had in mind, and set about drawing, cutting and colouring. He had a plan, a plan that would require the skill of an excellent artist (me and did I mention how modest I am?) and the skills of an excellent entrepreneur (him). After I had created these bottles for him, he disappeared with the instructions I was to follow him to his bedroom in ten minutes.

Daddy and I arrived exactly ten minutes later to find out that Big Boy had set up a bar in his bedroom.

Big Boy and his Bar

Big Boy was hilarious, he set up the bar showing the various drinks that he sold, he made sure he had a bar rag to mop up any spills, he wrote out a price list and he even decided that he needed to serve food if he was going to make a profit!

Big Boy behind his bar

The best part was that he came up with this on his own. There are times when I worry that Big Boy doesn’t have the same amount of imagination that I used to have as a child (or still have for that matter) and wonder if the things which I make sure are available to my children, because I didn’t have them growing up, are actually causing more problems than they solve.

Big Boy made money with his bar

And yet with just one idea, a whole new game was sparked and I realised that Big Boy has a brilliant imagination and apparently me wrapped round his little finger.

Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser #Review

There are a few things in life more precious to Big Boy than his soft toy collection. In particular his large Mario soft pal (who faithfully follows Big Boy everywhere and as such gets covered in everything too) who has recently been looking a little worse for wear and is starting to have a certain odour normally associated with the inside of my dustbin just before it gets washed out.
I knew that Mario needed a bath, but with what? How about the new bottle of Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser that I was sent to review?
Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser and Mario

So Mario had a bath and I used the Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser. Why? Well, I figured that this soft toy was covered in bacteria and as he sleeps in bed with Big Boy, sits with him when he eats his food and has his cannula changes it was possibly a good thing that I did a bit to get rid of the bacteria that could cause some problems for him!

Mario came out nice and clean and hopefully bacteria free!

Mario drying off

If you look carefully you can see that I also washed Big Boys Insulin pump bag with the Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser too and it makes me feel a little bit better knowing that something so important is being given a bit of extra care and attention.

I was sent a bottle of Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser to review. I thought it might have been chocolate so was disappointed, but now I love the stuff!

Play The Hero with Philips #PlayTheHero

There is a great competition running over on the Philips Facebook page at the moment, one which Top Ender was lucky enough to be involved in from the start and with me being completely and absolutely useless I forgot to tell you all about until now.

You’re not mad are you?!

No? Phew.

So the competition is a really easy one, all the children have to do is decide what Super Hero Powers they have and get you to tell the Philips team what their superhero powers are! Top Ender did just that and wrote a story and they created this fantastic piece of art for Tops!

Top Ender the Superhero

Right. So what can you win? If you win First Prize, then you win a brilliant superhero bedroom party and an animation from Marvel based on their entry such as the picture that Top Ender won.

Second Prize is for twenty winners and they will receive a Philips Marvel Spider-Man light (which look totally cool!) which will look fantastic in the winners bedrooms.

Third prize winners will win a Spider-Man bedroom poster, which will action up any bedroom!

Share your children stories on the facebook wall using the hashtag #PlayTheHero or go to Twitter.com/PhillipsLightUK to upload your child’s entry along with the hashtag #PlayTheHero before June 9th (yeah I know sorry it’s so late!).

Have fun entering now!

We received Top Ender’s story in comic format and Big Boy has been offered a Spider Man Light 🙂

Big Boy’s Adventures In Independence

Daddy and I have talked a lot about Big Boy and how we want him to have independence. Being a Type 1 Diabetic shouldn’t change this, but it does a little because neither Daddy or I can be too far away from him at any time because of his medical needs. For example, say Big Boy goes to a birthday party, one of us goes and stays too. We need to be there to give him insulin for any food that he might consume (and we need to work out how much insulin), we need to check his blood sugar levels and make sure that he doesn’t run low or high and in some cases we need to help him remove his pump to ensure that it doesn’t get in the way when he’s bouncing on a bouncy castle for example.

Big Boy on a Swing

So. How can we allow Big Boy the independence that he craves and all of his friends are getting?

His friends can come round to our house for playdates, but he can’t go to theirs (I can’t ask a parent to take responsibility for blood tests and insulin giving and if BB and I go then Tops kind of has to come too and that’s a bit too much for some Mums). His friends can go to birthday parties and their parents can leave them and pick them up at the end of the party. Even when Big Boy went to an after School Sports Club, I had to be near by to make sure that if there was a problem I could deal with it.

Big Boy with a Cannula

This week Big Boy started his first real adventures in independence.

It started with Neighbour Mum’s boys asking if BB and Tops wanted to play at their house (they had been to our house the night before) and me saying that it was okay. They were just next door and I knew that if there was a problem I could be there in three seconds flat. I don’t think Neighbour Mum realises how grateful I am for her giving BB this first piece of independence.

The second foray into independence, came when after having been on a waiting list for what seems like forever Big Boy was given a place at a local Beavers group. I had put down on his application that he was a Type 1 Diabetic, and I mentioned it again when I spoke to the Beaver ‘Scout Leader and again when we dropped him off. The leaders were fantastic, they understood that even though I was just going to be outside in the car (with Top Ender doing her homework) that it was important that Big Boy did this one on his own. Sure, BB was having a low when he came out of the session, but that probably has more to do with the fact that the Beavers group is held next door to a park on which the boys were allowed to burn off some steam at the end of the session and that he insisted on climbing over a fence in order to get to our car.

Big Boy, Top Ender and Kyle climbing a fence

The third piece of independence is that right now, at this very second, Big Boy is playing out in the street with Neighbour Mum’s boys and Top Ender. Playing in the street was a huge deal for me when I was young, all the neighbourhood kids did it, but that might have been something to do with the fact that we lived in a cul-de-sac!

I’ve even let Big Boy play out in his choice of outfit. Yes, that is a tie he is wearing with shorts and T-Shirt, apparently he wants to look smart.

Big Boy's outfit of choice

This is an adventure that I’m really excited for Big Boy to be doing alone… now if someone could just teach me how to let go that would be good!

The Internet is made for pictures of Cats!

As we all know the internet is actually a directory of Cats and I think it would be remiss of me if I didn’t contribute some cute pictures of cute little Kittens. So here are a few of my favourite pictures of Mario and Peach.
This was taken after the kittens had had a bath. They were feeling a bit cold, and Mario accidentally slipped into my top (he likes to sleep on my chest) and I didn’t have the heart to wake him up by moving him. It was made even cuter when Peach decided to snuggle up next to him.
Mario and Peach sleeping inside a T-shirt

This next picture is a picture of Mario and Peach snuggled together. They love each other so much that I love to see them all snuggled up!

Mario and Peach The Kittens sleeping

Peach also loves to snuggle up on her own, the furry cushions make a great bed.

Peach The Kitten sleeping

Mario likes to make himself camouflaged against the cushions when he has a snooze.

Mario The Kitten sleeping

If you want to see more cute kitten pictures, then follow my instagram feed, I’ll try and remember to post at least one a day!

Big Boy’s Build A Bear Birthday Party

I’d been asked if I’d like to host a party for Big Boy’s sixth birthday at the Build a Bear Workshop, so that I could blog about it, and as they were paying and I spend half my life in the shop with the children I figured it was a win win!
Build A Bear

We’ve had a party at the Build a Bear Workshop before, for Top Enders birthday a few years ago, and so I was fairly confident that I knew what I was doing when I used the website to book the party. Even if I hadn’t have had previous experience of the website, the whole process is really easy as it takes you through step by step and I managed to book the party without any hassle.

Build a Bear Unleash The Bear Making Fun
If you’ve ever spent any time in a Build a Bear Workshop, then it’s highly likely that you’ve seen a party taking place. If you haven’t imagine this. A group of at least six rambunctious children clutching Teddy Bears as if their lives depended on it, all whilst following a store employee around the store chanting or singing various songs and generally looking like they are having a whale of a time. They are normally trailed by a group of parents looking on fondly, and at least one of these parents is thanking her lucky stars that she doesn’t have to clear up after a party in her living room and that the parties start at £12 per guest.

The Children invited to Big Boy’s party were all introduced to our party leader, who set about giving them name stickers so that she’d be able to remember who they were and whilst they were given the hard task of choosing which teddy they would like to stuff. Our Party Leader mentioned, if we had wanted to set a price limit to each child she would have helped them to chose a Teddy that they loved within their price range, so that they could have an accessory.
Big Boy at the Build a Bear WorkshopBig Boy at the Build a Bear Workshop

The children loved the party, and I loved that there was no clearing up to do, not that much organising (I had to book the party, arrange invited and remember to attend myself!) and that each child got to take home a gift that would last longer than the twenty minutes the things in party bags normally last!

The Party Guests and their Teddies

If you want to book a party before the 30th June and hold it before July 31st this year then use this fantastic coupon to get yourself a free £20 Cub Cash Gift Card.

£20 Cub Cash Gift Card if you book a party before 30th June

We were given a gift card to pay for the party and even though I didn’t get a Teddy Bear I still love the store!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toy Review

Big Boy absolutely loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so much so that he refuses to believe that they could have ever been popular before he knew about them and that there was no way that they were popular before he was born and when I was a child. Luckily, I don’t mind pretending that I don’t know all about the Turtles, what their weapon of choice is, what they love the most or any other of the hundred titbits of information that he relates to me on an almost daily basis. On his birthday, a special parcel arrived for Big Boy. It was a parcel of toys for review and those toys were TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE TOYS!

Big Boy Showing his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle SkillsBig Boy Showing his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Skills

Honestly, when Big Boy opened these gifts he thought that the team that sent it to him were the best ever and I was elevated to being the most fantastic mother in the world. He said so, many, many times that evening.

Big Boy loved the shell, and I have to admit that it was better than the one that goes with his costume, for a start the shell is hard, which is how a turtle shell should be right?! It is also great because it has space for the Turtles weapons on the back, which means a whole lot of swishing goes one with Big Boy pulling his sword from his back and attacking!

The foam sword looks impressive. It makes a good thwacking noise when it hits the floor or anything in its path, but thankfully when it accidentally hits me it actually doesn’t hurt that much. It also make a good chew toy for two naughty kittens…
Donatello Practice Pal
The last toy that Big Boy got was a Donatello Practice Pal, which is a soft 16″ figurine that you can practice your Ninja skills on. The great thing about it is that it makes a noise when you hit it, or sit on it, or throw it to the other end of the living room. It also makes a noise in the middle of the night when you’re fast asleep and roll on to it!
The toys are suitable for children aged 4+, but quite honestly I’m in my thirties and I love playing with them!
We were sent the toys to review.