Ravensburger 3D puzzle

I was quite excited when I received a 3D puzzle to review, my step dad has one and he really enjoyed putting it together and it now takes pride of place on a shelf in his living room.
We received the Eiffel Tower but there are others, Big Ben and The Empire state building.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pieces are made of plastic and some have hinges, this is a fab idea. All the pieces are numbered and there is a board that you can fit your completed model to so as to keep it for display.
We havent yet completed The Eiffel Tower , the age range is from age 10-99 years but my 12-year-old is struggling a bit on his own, even so, he is enjoying building the puzzle and does a bit each night.
Ravensburger 3D puzzles are on sale now and their RRP is £19.99



An afternoon at Beeston Castle

What a beautiful afternoon it was last sunday, we decided to make the most of it and took the kids to Beeston Castle, Its an English Heritage site and is simply stunning.

The views across Cheshire are truly breathtaking.

Looks like LittleMiss is standing in an ancient fireplace.


It was a bit of a treck, but well worth it.

Xia Xia – Interactive Hermit Crabs

There is a new collectible doing the rounds, it’s called XiaXia and it is an interactive hermit crab, there are 4 different ones available and we were sent a gorgeous pink one named Turks.These adorable little crabs have interchangeable shells and hiding inside is a cute little friend. Lightly press the pincers and your crab will scuttle about, if she bumps into something she will change direction.

Along with the crabs there is a little play set you can collect, we were sent the Confetti cottage. The cottage doubles up as a handy storage case where you can transport your Xia Xia safely.These gorgeous little characters retail at £9.99 and are available from http://www.character-online.com.

LittleMiss is 5 and she absolutely adores her Xia Xia, she even carried it inside the cottage up to her Aunts house. In my honest opinion, I think they are a little bit pricey but they have excellent play value, especially if you have more than one.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

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A bit of a moany one!

I havent written a post on this blog since August last year, I havent felt the need to be honest.

As my About me page states though, this blog is my hidey hole, my place to escape, I need to escape right now!

I thought I was doing the right thing when I left my ex, my kids were un happy, I was unhappy, something needed to give.

8 months on and what has changed?

I thought I was stronger but I feel so weak and I feel like I have let my kids down , I’ve always tried to do the best I can for them but somehow I feel like I am failing them, The boys are getting into trouble at school and out of school, don’t know if this is just an age thing or if its my fault in some way.

Arghhh, stop moaning woman! Lol

Just needed to get some thoughts down, I don’t mean to depress, It’s not all doom and gloom, I have things to be grateful for, I will always be grateful for my children and wouldn’t be without them, wish it wasnt so damn hard, this parenting lark!

Promise the next post will be a happy one xx

Starting over!

4 months ago, I walked out on the Little ones’ dad, the kids and me only had the clothes on our back, the older boys dad, my ex husband, rescued us from a very controlling and volatile place, I didnt really see it at the time, but now looking back and after various people pointing it out to me, I was the victim of emotional abuse and my poor boys were the victims of a controlling bully.
I’m not going to go into details over what happened, all you need to know is that we are ok, I am fighting back and I am stronger and more confident and that I will never ever let a man push me around and grind me down again, My children from now on will always come first!!

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday