Jump on it!

Who remembers space hoppers?! (It’s OK; you don’t have to admit it if you don’t want to.) 

The good news for those of us who do – whether we’ll admit it or not – is that they seem to be making a comeback!

And for those who don’t – read on! (Hint: they’re great.)

I was delighted to receive from the fine people at confused.com not 1 but 2 great space hoppers – complete with natty pumps –  as part of their #Jumponit campaign.

Jake and Ellie were very excited about this, and also were determined, as ever, to do as much as they could themselves.

So, first step: Pump it up!

It was fun! but then we had a bit of a surprise:

Even so, we were pumped and ready to go, so there was nothing else for it but to head out & test-drive our new bouncy toys!
Fair warning: some of this was filmed by a 5-year-old boy. He did his best…)

I love how Jake tried to make his hopper smaller by trying to let some air out! And I’d forgotten just how much fun a good bounce in a space-hopper is!

Also: I’d like to point out, please, that there was a storm here the night before. My garden is messier than usual, honest…

As you can see we had a lot of fun, thanks to confused.com: Jump on it!


Before and After

I’ve been unhappy for some time with the way Jake & Ellie’s toys are stored in the small space I have available. My solution was to buy some IKEA shelves & boxes; then I saw how a friend, a childminder, stored her many toys & games.

She mostly used shelves, that way nearly everything was visible & available.

As with most things in their lives I don’t like to dictate what they do; I like to give them as much choice as I can. It also helps me to be able to find toys when I need to.

So I had a tidy up!
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How to Get Through a Car Breakdown With Young Children

I’m speaking from experience here! I had the great misfortune of breaking down 3x in 2 weeks at Christmas, each time having to be rescued by the AA.

The 3rd time was the most concerning as I had Jake & Ellie with me. We were heading off to soft play in the Astra, & it just didn’t feel right: its usual acceleration just wasn’t there. It felt suspiciously like the little car did before its clutch failed (breakdown #1). Unfortunately I was right.

They’d fallen asleep anyway, & I decided to turn around & go back home. There was a hill though;  a long one. Try as we might the car just wouldn’t make it! The best I could do was to stop on the hard shoulder of a dual carriageway, just past the slip road. Hazard lights on, of course.

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The gift that keeps on giving

My in-laws were here last week & as usual they came bearing gifts.

They gave Jake a remote-controlled robot.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a human being so utterly excited & happy.

Apologies for the poor picture quality – lightbulbs & fuseboxes gave out at the same time in the new house & my ‘phone’s camera isn’t great in low light

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Doggie Don’t!

We were talking about a new game that Jake & Ellie got for Christmas: Doggie Doo.

Basically it involves feeding pretend doggie food to a pretend doggie then rolling a (real) dice which gives you the chance to get pretend doggie to do a pretend doggie poo. Whoever has the most pretend doggie poo at the end of the game wins.


1-DSC_0441Just what is it about poo that young children find so hilarious anyway?

Ellie however wasn’t convinced.

“I don’t want to play Doggie Doo because it’s too smelly.”

Us: “It’s not real poo, it’s just plastic.”

Ellie: “Oh. Well I think that’s just silly. And quite odd.”

It’s amazing how grown up she can be sometimes!

The game however is actually quite fun, as long as you understand that with 3-year-olds any rules are entirely optional & can be ignored at any time – usually when 1 of them isn’t winning.

And it’s not at all smelly, but definitely very silly!

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You Can’t Resist the Call of the Nerf!

This is a guest post in collaboration with one of our partners, toy expert James Stanley

Children and toys go together like eggs and ham. Each child always has his or her favorite plaything that goes everywhere with them and for a time becomes their whole world.

This close attachment to a toy means that the child will often take it to bed with them, or play with it while parents are busy and this is why it’s vital for a toy to be safe. We’re not just talking about hidden spikes, or loose buttons that can present a choking hazard, but about the actual operation of the toy too. Most children’s toys are safe for unsupervised play, but there are also some that will need adult supervision.

A good example of a toy for your little boy that is relatively safe but would still be better with adult supervision is a Nerf gun. With the Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion Blaster you’ll need to make sure your children don’t fire darts at each other’s eyes, or at Granny’s priceless thimble collection. You’ll also be teaching them how to take aim properly and hit targets!

This gun takes fake shootouts up a notch or two, as the Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion Blaster can fire its darts up to 100 feet away, which will help your boy to hone his sharpshooting skills. It’s designed for outdoor use, as you might imagine, and you really should be on hand to make sure your children aim at sensible targets and start to develop a respect for guns.

People often complain that children don’t spend enough time outdoors these days, and that they’re cosseted and over-protected from everyday thrills and spills. This is one good reason to get a trampoline set up at the bottom of the garden. Not only are trampolines amazingly good fun, but bouncing up and down on them teaches a variety of balancing and coordination skills, as well as building muscle and improving circulation. There are lots of reports about broken wrists, however, and many people won’t consider having a trampoline because of this, but if you have a safety net around it, and make sure the children don’t overcrowd the trampoline and start body slamming, everyone should have fun.

Last of the Summer Berries: Yummy Child Friendly Recipes

For a parenting blog there’s been a bit of an absence here of posts about cooking & food, something which I’ve often regretted.

Food is such an important part of raising healthy children, but – at present anyway – I’m not much of a cook. In the demarcation of roles here that’s the Mummy’s area of expertise, & she does a great job of it.

That is why I’m really pleased to be able to at last present a really good cooking post. It’s not written by me, you may not be surprised to hear, but was written for this blog by Layla Grant. You can read more about her at the end.

So, without further ado, here’s Layla:

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Saturday is Caption Day: Honk!

1-DSC00258Got a witty, profound or just plain silly caption for this picture? Then leave it in the comments below!

Then click on the little boy’s head here & you will be magically transported to the funsome Mammasaurus’ blog for many more pictures crying out for a witty / pithy #satcap caption.

Saturday is Caption Day!


Got a witty, profound or just plain silly caption for this picture? Then leave it in the comments below!

Then click on the little boy’s head here & you will be magically transported to the funsome Mammasaurus’ blog for many more pictures crying out for a witty / pithy #satcap caption.