Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Review: Pom Pom WOW! Deluxe dip and create station


"Pom Pom WOW! is the new way to beautify your world by placing pom-poms on anything and everything! Create scenes, imagery, unique and complex shapes, messages and even custom pom-poms!"

As soon as the info landed in my inbox about the PomPomWOW! Deluxe dio and create station I new that it was right up 6 year old LLs street and jumped at the chance to review.

LL totally takes after me, in fact they all do, for creativity and a love of anything crafty.

I remember as a child myself sitting for hours upon hours making pom-poms to sew onto jumpers or hang from anything. I even made bags full of them for the schools bring and buy sale one year!

Nothing has changed over the years, and pom-poms are still as cool (kids so don't use that word anymore do they? Meaning I totally just made them uncool by saying that....) AWESOME as they ever were and kids still love them as much as I did! 

This pom-pom set is brilliant because you get all the fun of making and customising your pom-poms without the agonising hours wrapping wool around a couple of cardboard hoops!


The box contains a carry case and a bag of pieces to fit into it to make it a complete work station, with everything in one place. 

The parts were very easy to push in and the instructions were very clear on where each part should go. LL managed to do this by herself.


There are water colours, pens, sticky pads, glitter glue, pom-pom holders, stamps, a pipette, paintbrush and a colour mixing tray all ready to use to create and customise your pom-poms.

The set also includes enough pom-pom pellets to make a whopping 75 pom-poms!


And the best part of all is that it all folds up again into a little case to carry and store away.

I was surprised how compact it all is and how well it folds up without the need to take parts out or move things around. Literally fold up and go. Everything still in its place.



In terms of making your pom-poms - it really couldn't be easier....

1. Choose your colour pom-pom pellet.

2. Decorate it as you wish.

3. Add an adhesive glue dot to you pellet.

4. Choose whether you would like to place your pom-pom stick, stick down and gently lift off the outer plastic cover to reveal an awesome coloured pom-pom.


To decorate you can use the inks or dampened watercolours by sliding your pellet holder (the pink squares) into the purple holder above the water colours and inks, sliding the base along to which ever colour you want and plunging the purple holder down, pushing the pellet into the paint.


You can then pop your pink pellet holder back into the station to leave your pop-pom to dry.


You could also try mixing your colours by using the paintbrush to put some of the watercolours into the mixing tray, mixing with some water and using the pipette to suck the colour up and squeeze into the pom-pom using the pipette holder.


Once dried, you can attach your glue dots and get sticking where ever you can think of!


LL decided she would like to make some hair accessories so we started with a headband...


which turned out amazing and almost like a big fluffy crown!


And some hair clips to match.



She then decided she could add a pom-pom to her sandals where the flower that was originally on them had fallen off....



We went on to do stationery.


Pretty pom-pom pencils.


A pencil holder upcycled from a tin can, made pretty with a pom-pom 'P' for pens.


And of course, a pom-pom pencil is nothing without a pom-pom notebook to write in!


A phone case



And a photo frame.




You get the idea right?

I mean literally, the world is your pom-pom with this kit.

Me & LL got very carried away one rainy afternoon and quite honestly, if the kittens had stayed still long enough, they probably would have been pom-pom-ified too!

The joy is that each pom-pom turns out completely different and unique and that you can personalise anything, anyway you like - adding a subtle one or two pom-poms to enhance an item or going full on pom-pom crazy, completely covering an object in pom-poms.

Which incidentally is something the fun people at Pom Pom WOW! have gone and done.... on a HUGE scale, having covered an actual car entirely with pom-poms which will be touring the UK soon!
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The Pom Pom Wow! Deluxe dip and create station is available from all large toyshops like The entertainer, Toys R Us & Smyths or online at www.character-online.com for £29.99.

For more information you can find Pom Pom Wow! on Facebook, Twitter & instagram.

Pom Pom Wow! will also be taking over UKMums.tv on on 28th May so keep your eyes peeled for that!





*Disclosure - this item was gifted to me for the purposes of a review but all opinions stated above are my own and true*

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Recipe: Blue Hawaiian cocktail cupcake


The Pina Colada tray bake and Amaretto sour cocktail cupcakes were SO delicious I have set myself the challenge of 'cupcaking' as many yummy cocktails as I possibly can and my next cocktail to try was a firm favourite of mine - the Blue Hawaiian.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Free printable: Summer bucket list

I am a huge fan of children's seasonal bucket lists after starting with our Autumn one last year.

My heart will always be with Autumn but I do love summer too - everyone seems so much happier and positive when the sun is shining and it is great to be able to get out and about more.

These little check lists are a perfect way of remembering everything you want to do, which the children will love ticking off one by one as you complete them.

They really help when stuck for ideas on what to do too, so the kids will never be bored.

Ok, I'm lying a little, if your kids are anything like mine as soon as the activity is done they'll be bored again - but it's a good start.


Kids in the garden: DIY vertical wall pallet planter

You may have seen my last Kids in the garden post with a tutorial for origami newspaper pots?

If you did, then you'll know that me and the kids love getting stuck in with all things gardening.

Last year we were lucky enough to be given a ton of wooden pallets.

I say we were lucky, because it seems that something that was once  freely available are now sought after and can fetch a fair bit on eBay.

Pinterest is absolutely full of creative ways to use pallets in both your garden and home and I suspect opportunists have caught on to this.

P had already made me pallet seating towards the end of last summer (which I still need to add cushioning to) but we still had come left and I wanted some prettiness.

I had a browse on pinterest and decided I wanted a wall planter overflowing with colourful flowers.

How pretty are these ones?

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Recipe: Clotted cream ice-cream cone cupcakes


When I think of summer - I immediately think of ice-cream!

But seen as though I am all about the cupcakes, I thought I'd mix it up a little and make some summery ice-cream cupcakes.

And my favourite type of ice-cream?

Clotted cream, of course.

And obviously, they have to have raspberry sauce and a flake.

Review: Carlton kids build your one HUGE T-Rex book


You may already know, but LB is OBSESSED by Dinosaurs!

He has just completed a dinosaur topic at school and was in awe of the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum on a recent trip.

He has also been lucky enough to try out Carlton kids press out and play dinosaurs book and creativity on the go dinosaur book - both of which he absolutely loved!

This week we had the opportunity to try out the Carlton kids Build you own T-Rex by Scott Forbes.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Kids in the garden: Biodegradable seed pots


When I heard that LarabeeUK was holding a Kids in the garden blog hop, I new instantly I wanted to be involved.

We all love being in the garden and I take great pride in making it look nice throughout the summer months. 

My love has clearly rubbed off on the children as they take a real active roll with planting and growing and get the same amount of pride as I do when their little seedlings turn into beautiful flowers or delicious fruit & vegetables.

Last year we did all sorts from planting up wellies, watering cans and hanging jars to upcycling CDs into sun catchers and an old TV unit into a garden planter/ storage unit.



We planted runner beans, pumpkins, sunflowers & wild flowers seeds amongst lots of other plants.



I cannot wait until the garden is in full bloom and looking lovely again.


But of course, we can't run before we can walk. All flowers/ fruit/ vegetables need to start somewhere. From tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow and all that jazz.

So, to get us started, we need to get planting those seeds.

This year we have chosen runner beans again (you cannot beat home grown runners!), peas, sweet peas (mmm, that smell!), corn and sunflowers (it has become an annual competition between the children now!)


We recently went to the local parks 'Seed Sunday' where they showed us how to make these newspaper seed pots and I just love them so much I thought I'd share them with you too.

There are a few little gadgets on the market from around £10 upwards that you can use to make newspaper pots (we used one at a local farm a few years back) but doing it this way, absolutely no gadgets are needed. Just a bit of clever folding and bobs your uncle!

The great thing about these is that not only are they cheap, using up old newspapers you have lying around, they are also biodegradable meaning you can germinate your seeds in them and then plant the whole thing into the ground, pot and all, when they are ready to go into the garden - the pot will simply decompose into the soil and means the little delicate roots don't get disturbed.

Initially, these may be a little tricky to make, but once you've done one you'll have the hang of it and the rest will be super easy. My two children, 4 and 6, easily followed my instruction to make their own.


The best way to learn to make them is to watch it being done so I have made a little tutorial video. Please excuse the dirty nails - they are gardeners nails! - I had been busy planting in the garden before doing to video. 


For reference, there is also a step-by-step picture guide below.















Once you have made your pots, simply fill with soil and your seeds and water your soil enough to moisten it but not saturate. 

The children are a little heavy handed with the watering part and we have previously ended up with rotten seeds that do not germinate so I have found using a little spray bottle works much better!


Handy tip: If you put the filled, watered pots into a sealed sandwich bag and pop onto a sunny windowsill, the bag will hold in the heat and help the seed germinate quicker. Once a shoot begins to appear, take out of the sandwich bag and water regularly.

If all of this seems like a lot of hard work or you have younger children that maybe wouldn't manage to make the origami pots, there is an alternative. 


Miracle gro gro-ables are biodegradable pots that go straight into the ground in the same way as the newspaper ones. 

They are obviously a more expensive way than the newspaper pots but are a little less effort and come complete with the soil and feed needed to get them going. 


With the instructions literally being to push into loose soil or compost and water daily, these couldn't be easier and were a job for 15 month LB! 


Gro-ables are available in a huge variety of herbs, fruit and vegetables and are available from most garden centres for around £1.99. 

For more info please visit www.miraclegro.com
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