Secret Garden Adventures

We spent the weekend having a secret garden adventure with Energizer and the Secret Life of Pets. Energizer have teamed up with the film Secret Life of Pets which comes out on DVD in December, with your chance to win your very own soft toy. Duke from the film came with us on our outdoor adventure, and here is what we got up too.

We started in our own secret garden popping on our Energizer head torches, we set out into the dark to hunt for some of our prickly residents. The boy loves hedgehogs, so we decided to see if we could find evidence of any night-time visitors. We have a hedgehog house cited at the back of the garden under the trampoline. We couldn’t find any evidence of our secret garden friend, so we left his home alone in the hope he would return soon.

secret-garden-adventure

There are lots of other smaller creatures in the garden that like to come out at night. We saw spiders, some moths and a few daddy-long-legs who were attracted by the lights. Energizer has a great range of torches. We took our Energizer Impact rubber torch, perfect for those night-time adventures. We listened out for the sounds of nocturnal animals. The only activity we heard was the rustle of bushes as our cat Magic ran out to find out what we were up too.

At the weekend there were plenty of bonfire and firework parties happening around us. We turned off Energizer Lantern and enjoyed watching the fireworks for a while before the night sky came back into view. I love looking up at the stars, and the boy was telling us all the new things he has been learning at school. His topic this term is planets and he loves to share his knowledge with us.

secret-garden-fun

Finally the boy wanted to check out the local park, we have spent lots of time there in the summer hunting virtual reality creatures, this time we were looking for the real thing. Our Energizer headlight means that we can light our way and still have our hands free. We wrapped up warm and set off to see what we could find. Duke came with us, and he certainly had enough fur to keep him warm, as it turned a bit chilly. The boy set of looking, while Dad and I brought up the rear. The park is near the sea so we could hear the sound of the water lapping on the stones, and the odd noise from a seagull. We spotted a lone jogger in the darkness complete with head torch, before setting off home. Time to warm up with a hot chocolate, and a real fire.

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The clocks may have gone back and the evenings are dark. We had fun getting out in the fresh air, which meant we all slept well. The boy wants us to make more hedgehog hotels so that we can help his favourite secret garden creatures and maybe even invest in a night vision camera so we can film our night-time visitors.

You can win your very own Secret Life of Pets character ,when you buy Energizer batteries, enter online for your chance to win Max, Duke, Gidget or Snowball. You can also go out this weekend and see if you can find any secret garden surprises in your local area.

Disclaimer Thanks to Energizer for sending us a selection of goodies to promote our secret garden adventure. All words remain our own and have not been altered.

Zoingo Boingo – Review

Zoingo Boingo is a great fun toy for children age 8+, RRP £24.99 and available now from Flair.

We were sent Zoingo Boingo to give it a try, and find out if we could have some outdoor fun with this great alternative to a regular pogo stick. The first thing we needed to do after unpacking our Zoingo Boingo was to set it up. You are supplied with the ball and handle unit as one piece. There is a plastic foot plate, and also a inflation pin included in the box. Taped Inside the box there is a cardboard template as an inflation guide and this will help you to inflate the ball to the correct diameter.

zoingo boingo

You will need a good quality foot pump (not supplied) to inflate the Zoingo Boingo, as it is made from tough plastic. Before you inflate make sure that you have the footplate correctly sitting over the top of the ring on the bouncy ball. You don’t want the footplate to come of while bouncing. Once inflated you are ready to give bouncing a try. The Zoingo Boingo does come with a warning that the elastic between the handle and ball could ping back like elastic but we didn’t have any problems with this.

The boy found the first few times on the Zoingo Boingo were all about getting his balance. I think it has been about a week of practicing getting on and off before he was confident enough to have a go outside. The boy has been waiting for the warmer weather to get outside and give the Zoingo Boingo a proper test. It needs plenty of space and thankfully bounces well on all our garden surfaces. As you can see from the video below, the boy is now pretty confident in getting anywhere he wants to go, and even tried some tricks.

The boy has thoroughly enjoyed bouncing on the Zoingo Boingo, and we think it makes the perfect outside fun activity for kids like the boy who love to bounce. I think that given the chance the boy would be bouncing all day!

Disclaimer we were sent Zoingo Boingo to review, the words remain ours and have not been altered.

Open Goaaal – Review, and Giveaway

Open Goaaal! is a great new outdoor football goal, with a difference. No more lost balls, or trips round to next door to beg for your ball back. Yes that’s right, the people at Open Goaaal have found a solution, a net that spans your whole garden. Available from the Open Goaaal website a standard goal costs RRP £134.99, or the large is available for £149.99.

Open Goaaal

I have been very surprised at what a brilliant invention Open Goaaal is, I have frinds who have goals in their gardens and get fed up or having to retrieve balls. The boy likes nothing better than a good kick about with Dad Dragon in the back garden at weekends, and it turns out after playing for two hours last weekend isn’t too bad as a goalie!

The Open Goaaal is not suitable for all gardens so before you all rush off to buy one some measuring is required. The minimum size for the standard Open Goaaal is 6.3m, with a maximum of 8.3m. Now I have to say I had measured our garden twice, and after reading the instructions realised the goal is actually 4.75m wide, so if you do have a rectangle garden and can secure the posts of the Open Goaaal to existing fence posts then you might be able to fit the Open Goal neatly across a garden. ( Check out the website as they have pictures in their assembly video)

The Open Goal comes in one very neatly packed box, with very comprehensive instructions which go into great detail on how to install the goal. The box also comes with all the tools you will need, a heavy duty mallet, and a rather unique spirit level( you will need to use your own tape measure) I would advise that you read the instructions thoroughly and check out the video too. there is even a helpline number if you get stuck, luckily our Open Goaaal went up smoothly with no problems.

Have a look at our fun time-lapse video which shows us putting up our Open Goaaal!

I was always told to “measure twice and cut once” and this could be the open goal motto, as making accurate measurements on the ground and double checking meant we had no problems installing the Open Goaaal in less that the two hours recommended in the manual. I would go into detail, but basically the system has two very tall poles, which need marking out then with a system of bungees, and ropes you install the Open Goaaal net which cleverly has a football goal mounted in the middle of a finer net. This gives the appearance of a goal with no posts.

There are trouble shooting sections in the manual which cleverly detail each example of a problem and tells you which bungee or rope to adjust. I found that by taking each step slowly none of these were needed and in total I think our goal took around an hour for two adults and one child to construct.

What is super cleaver about the Open Goaaal is that at the end of a football session you can simply unclip the four bottom pegs of the goal and the whole thing neatly slides to one side so that you can have you garden back. We have installed our goal across the bottom of the garden and once pulled back it is hardly visible from the house. For the purpose of mowing you just lift the net and the Open Goal simply hooks up out of the way, this is also useful to stop foxes from nibbling the Open Goal!

open goaaal

I have been surprised already how much use the boy has got from his Open Goaaal, and I think that every football mad, or boy filled household should have one. The Open Goaaal has been a super addition to our outside activities and the boy enjoyed running around inventing timed activities and pretending he is taking part in world record breaking footballing events.

For more information on where to buy your Open Goaaal, instillation or just a huge list of other people who agree that Open Goaaal is fantastic visit the website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Now for the exciting part, as I have the chance for one lucky reader to win an Open Goaaal to install in their garden. This is my best and most exciting prize to date, with a RRP of £134.99, this summer you could be enjoying peaceful days in the garden without the constant apologies to next door for flying balls! Simply follow the instructions on the Gleam app below, and don’t forget to check the the T&C’s.

Win an Open Goaaal! RRP £135

Disclaimer: we were sent an Open Goaaal! for the purpose of review, our oppinions are our own and have not been altered.

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Delphinium Cottage Ravensburger – Review

This month I have been completing a different Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle. Delphinium Cottage is number nine in the cottage collection of 1,000 piece puzzles, available for RRP £11.99.

delphinium cottage

Delphinium cottage like all the other Ravensburger puzzles that I have completed, features the softclick interlocking puzzle pieces which lock together to form a seamless picture, with great colours and amazing details. The picture for the Delphinium cottage is made up of a mixture of photographic images and some hand drawn parts, with sweet birds and colourful flowers as well as the cottage and its cheeky family of Labrador dogs.

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I enjoyed this months puzzle challenge, and found it took me between 3 and 4 hours to complete. I thought from my first look at the puzzle pieces that it would be difficult to finish, as there seemed to be vast amounts of grey and white pieces. It was easy to pick out the bright colours of the flowers to complete first, and once the outside words and border was complete the rest of the puzzle fitted swiftly together.

delphinium cottage ravensburger

There are 8 other cottage collection puzzles available from Ravensburger and feature bright pretty country cottages with roses, birds and butterfly’s. The boy enjoyed helping me with a few pieces and at age 9 was pretty good at finding the right places. The Delphinium cottage would make a perfect gift, and certainly brightened up my rainy Sunday afternoon. I only wish my cottage garden looked this good!

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Disclaimer: I was sent the Delphinium cottage to review, the opinions remain my own and have not been altered.

Karcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer from Homebase

It’s at this time of year that I start to think about all the jobs that need doing on the outside of the house, and especially cleaning. I have never been a fan of washing cars, windows and walls so had often wondered if a pressure washer might be the answer.

The Karcher K2 Compact Home Pressure Washer is available from Homebase RRP £99.99 and currently £10 off making it great value at £89.99. We decided to buy the car brush too so that we could use the washer on my soft top car roof. I was surprised at the range of different types of pressure washers at Homebase with everything from value models at less than £30 right up to industrial petrol models at £500. We chose Karcher as I had read some great reviews on their products and knew they would be up to the job. We soon found the model we wanted at our local Homebase, and were pleased that there were plenty in stock. We were even offered an extended warranty at the till which would have meant that Homebase would automatically replace the Karcher Pressure washer if anything went wrong. The boy and Dragon Dad were both far to excited about our purchase so it was straight home to try it out.

karcher K2 compact pressure washer

I was impressed with the Karcher K2 Compact Home Pressure Washer from the minute we opened the box, the instructions were easy, and very minimal assembly was needed. The hose and handle were easy to attach, and with all the bits you need it took less than 5 minutes and we were ready to go. We headed outside to check that I had the right hose attachments, and once the extension cable had been run out from the garage we were set to go.

The boy of course wanted first try, I showed him which order to turn everything on. Water first then the Karcher Pressure Washer, then the trigger. This pressure washer was so easy to use, and the boy soon got the hang practicing on the algae around the side of the house. The Karcher K2 Compact Pressure washer comes with different attachments one for walls, a Lance, and dirt-blaster. We found the standard lance was ideal for a range of jobs, it made an easy job of my front window. This is the one that seems to get the most of the salty sea air, and cobwebs.

using the karcher compact pressure washer

The Karcher K2 Compact Pressure washer was powerful enough for cleaning the soffits, and facia’s across the house, and the boy enjoyed blasting the concrete and weeds. Dad Dragons car was finished in minutes, and looked lovely and clean even the wheels. I love that the washer turns off when not in use so it doesn’t end up deafening you by being on constantly. I didn’t have a problem moving the unit as its so light, and with a cable length of 5m and hose length of 4m, found it didn’t need much moving about. Another great feature of the Karcher Compact Pressure washer is that you can run it off a water-butt, this would be a very useful way to save water and keep costs down.

The compact design means it fits away in the corner of the garage, and my only thought would be that it would have been good to have somewhere to wrap the electric cable round the unit when not in use. Overall I’m very pleased with the Karcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer as it will come in useful for cleaning the conservatory which has got very green over the winter, and hopefully will make our patios sparkle again!

Product details

  • The Karcher K2 Compact Home Pressure Washer is small and lightweight for occasional light tasks and comes complete with patio cleaner and a detergent package.
  • Length of cable: 5m.
  • Length of hose: 4m.
  • Features: Cable and hose hook, water inlet filter, lance and trigger storage facility, and detergent suction tube.
  • Safety details: Automatic safety cut off.
  • Usage: Ideal for cleaning small patios and decking as well as garden furniture, bicycles, cars and motorbikes.
  • Wattage: 1400W.
  • Portability: Portable.
  • Maximum water pressure: 110 bar.
  • Rated flow: 360.
  • Includes: One way lance, dirtblaster, T50 T-racer patio cleaner, patio and deck detergent pouch.
  • Guarantee: 2 years.

Disclaimer, in collaboration with Homebase.

Please note that the Karcher Pressure washer is not a toy, and that the boy who is aged 9 was supervised at all times while using the washer. It is advisable to consider wearing safety goggles while using a pressure washer as it can kick up stones and dirt towards your eyes.

Bug hunting

Did you know its National Insect week? the perfect time to go out for a bug hunt with the Bug Safari from my Living world.My Living World Bug Safari

The set contains, all the tools for a trainee bug hunter or entomologist.

Field lens also known as a loupe you can get close and admire the insects without disturbing them, this little magnification lens is perfect for looking closely at your subjects.

Bug Tongs, these look a little like a large pair of scissors, but have a pot on the end, perfect for capturing your bugs for closer examination.

Magnifying pot, as the name suggests this great little pot means you can look close up at the insects you find.

Tweezers, these can be used for larger insects like beetles, but be careful  not to hurt them or pick them up by the wings.

Paint Brush, and this indeed looks a little odd in the kit. The accompanying book explains that instead of using it for painting, you can use it to sweep delicate insects into your magnifying pot or bug tongs.

Finally the set includes a guide on insects, what to look for, how to use each item in your bug safari kit, and even some useful websites for you to find more information.

Bug Safari Tool Kit

So with our Safari Kit, camera, the boy and I set off round the garden to see what we could find. I had spotted some small black beetles earlier in the day sunning themselves on the roses so we decided that was a good place to start.

We struck gold with our first insect. We found a tiny cricket sitting just waiting to be caught in our bug tongs. Once safely transferred to the Magnifying pot we were able to see this fascinating little creature in great detail. The boy was very excited about using the field lens, as he said it worked extra well for him as a glasses wearer. He could move it to the right distance for him to see the cricket in great detail. We looked at the bands on the crickets antenna, his mouth parts and even his eye colour, before returning him safely to finish sunning himself on the flowers.

looking for crickets

Next the strawberry patch where you can guarantee to find woodlice, and ants. the boy was able to look at these easily without disturbing the frantic movements. The boy has already put the lens on a lanyard so he can explore the garden for insects without having to carry it. He loved the tongs although they did need a bit of getting used to, and the magnification pot is perfect for having a 360 degree view of your bugs.

entomologist

The boy said he enjoys this set, and I am sure the little field lens will get plenty of use. The boy also said he enjoyed hunting for bugs, and looking at them in detail. While I think the Bug Safari is a little expensive for the contents at RRP £9.99, I think the tools are well made and will be useful for school projects in the future.

If you want to find out more about National Insect week have a look online at this website, and don’t forget to pop your insects safely back where you found them!

Disclaimer were sent this set for the purpose of review the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

E is for… Eco

E is for… Eco

I am trying desperately to reduce, reuse and recycle and one of our recycling Eco successes is reusing the pallets that our roof tiles arrived on. I hate throwing anything away, and am a terrible hoarder, but with some great sites like freecycle and ragging all our old textiles through the cubs I do think it is getting easier to be a little more Eco.

eco recycling

So this week I wanted to share with you our pallet recycling, runner bean growing, raised bed. Simply disassemble the pallet and then using the pieces cut to size my other half made this great raised bed. With the addition of a liner, some packaging to add drainage, compost, canes, and plants I am pleased with the patio sized veg garden.

recycle pallet bean planter

If you have been inspired by the letter E, why not join in with PODcast alphabet photo challenge or have a look at our photos so far:

 

Getting out in the Garden

The half term was the perfect excuse to get out in the garden and check on the progress of our fruit and veg. I had hoped that we would be planting a few more vegetables but once again my seed growing skills have failed me.

The strawberry’s are looking pretty good, and if I can get to them before the woodlice then we will be having a bumper crop. The fruit on the red currant, blackcurrant and blackberry bushes are also looking good, and now I will need to start thinking about making room in the freezer for a bumper harvest.

gardening

I have planted out our latest delivery of plants from Potter and Rest who sent us some lovely herbs and an unusual plant called a Stevia. This is a new plant for me and although I had heard of the name I hadn’t realised that the plant could be grown in the UK. Now confession time! I re-potted the stevia and it was looking very happy, but then Dad M decided it needed watering and I think he drowned it! I will have to go out and replace it now as I had planned to try and make a sugar syrup with the leaves, it is supposed to make a good substitute for sugar.

potter and rest herbs

The flowers in the garden are looking quite magical, my rhododendrons are just finishing and the poppy’s and lilies’ are about to start flowering. The garlic and onions that the boy planed earlier in the year with his new Twigz tools are looking very healthy and we will be trying out some recipe’s soon.

twigz gardening

The boy enjoyed bouncing on the trampoline which we have pulled out to clear and mend as the trees around it were getting a bit overgrown. As usual the trampoline will get a lot of use in the coming months, and the boy loves to make up new games, now the holes in the net will need mending, but this garden toy has been by far our best investment.

It was great getting out in the fresh air, and I hope the weather lasts so we can enjoy our green garden space more over the coming months.

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

DIY for kids

Have you ever encouraged your kids to help you with the DIY? I am always getting the boy involved, as Dad M is not that practical when it comes to the decorating it is nice to have the boy on hand to help. OK! I know it’s not every ones idea of fun, but from early on the boy has been interested in building whether its Lego, train sets or just wooden building blocks. The boy is great at sorting out the different screws when we build ikea furniture, he can fit the dowels and tap them in. He has built wardrobes with me before, and is always on hand to pass me a tool.

When I first found that B&Q do kids workshops and that they were free I was surprised at the quality of the objects the boy was making, now 8 months on the projects get better and better. The boys latest project was a trinket box, it didn’t sound that exciting, and possibly a bit girly but how wrong was I!

B&Q kids can do it

This has to be my favourite make yet. The trinket box involves 4 sides fitted to form an oblong, then a base which had been loving machined by Dean our B&Q carpenter. There is a lid with an insert so that the lid fits beautifully, and a knob to top the box. But what I think finishes the box beautifully is the addition of wallpaper. Yes we used a small amount of sample wallpaper from the store to great effect. The boy chose some classic cars, and it makes the trinket box looks so professional.

Now I would recommend that if you have a child aged 7-11 then you should give these workshops a go and you can find all the booking details here on the B&Q website. Not all stores take part, and we have to drive 20 minutes to Havant, but it is worth the petrol and time. I will add that each store is different, while they may be making the same project the finished article will depend on the staff running the workshop. Dean and Robert who run the Havant store workshops are brilliant, and go far beyond the call of duty to make sure the kids not only finish the projects but that they also have something at the end to treasure.

DIY

If you can’t make it to the store, then there are a number of handy project sheets so you can make your own bird house, feeder and boats. For fathers day we will be making toolboxes and boats, although I do think that Dad might not get given them if the boy decides they are too nice to give away. Have a look at the sledge we made in Jan, now we need some snow this year to try it out. The boy also made a Christmas tree advent calendar and a spooky bat.

I find you asking why is this a magic moment? Well inspired by a weekend of making pom poms and crafting paper aeroplanes I thought that the boy should take his projects into cubs and see if he could get his DIY badge. Now I am proud to say that he passed and now has his official DIY cub badge ready for me to sew on!.

I have included pictures of just some of the fantastic things he has made, and I hope it inspires you to let you kids have a go at DIY with you very soon.

B is for…

B is for…

I spotted a fun linky last week over at PODcast and missed out on the letter A, yes this is an #alphabetphoto linky, and it looked like everyone was having so much fun finding pictures, not all of which were obvious that I thought I would have a go.

So here are my pictures for the letter B

B is for

B is for Box, I am rather pleased with how my little box chicken has turned out this year. After a little hair cut with my Fiskars multi tool he is looking a little bit like a chicken, and there are plenty of other B’s in the garden, with bud’s and Bugs.

Thanks to PODcast for a fun linky, hopefully see you next week.