Jan #FunFinds

#FunFinds, January…

Wow, I can’t believe that’s January over already, I feel like I was just only just writing about ‘Blue Monday’ and getting through a month notorious from dragging and now in a blink of an eye it’s over! I didn’t have high expectations for it, I didn’t have high expectations for the whole year but January has surprised me and except for a few rocky patches it’s predominantly been a great start where we’ve made lots of exciting plans for the year!

What I have realised this month is that I need to set more realistic expectations especially on the amount I can do here on the blog. Older children bring an entirely new set of challenges and it feels almost impossible to keep up with the growing homework tasks alone, never mind their social events, outings, clubs and more. For this reason, I will be posting less often but hope this will allow me to really focus on posting the stuff I enjoy and one of those things is this monthly round-up. To make this a little more consistent and focused I’ve introduced these categories and as always would love to hear any fun things you’ve been doing or discovered each month too.

Fun to Read…

Each month I set myself the goal of reading at least one book and every month I fail but this blog isn’t just about me…

E read The Fox and the Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo, it’s a magical story about a fox family who are huge football fans even if their favourite team are always losing. Then one day Daddy fox discovers the ghost of a King in a carpark who promises to grant him a wish if he sets his spirit free. Could this mean the fate of his team is set to change? E loved this story which is an easy read so he completed it really fast and whilst it is great for appealing to boys who like football, it’s a story that can be enjoyed as much by non-football fans. Madam has read Wonder by RJ Palacio with her school reading group, I haven’t yet read it but really must! It was recommended to E by his friend and is now his favourite book, Madam loved it equally and they both say that the story of a boy born with a facial deformity is sad but has lots of happy moments and they were clearly inspired.

I can’t help but blame my lack of reading on the time I’ve spent studying on the children’s behalf; we’ve hosted the school’s ‘magic bus’, written an account of a Titanic Survivor and I’ve relearnt algebraic equations and how to multiply, divide and simplify fractions. I must be doing a good job too because E came home the other day and apologised for completing his maths homework at school because ‘I would’ve loved it’!

fun to read and watch

Fun to Watch…

It really doesn’t feel like there’s much on at all at the moment, we surely must be due some new series soon! In films The LEGO Batman Movie and Sing will be in the cinemas for children over half-term and Trolls will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD, I haven’t seen any yet but am thoroughly looking forward to Trolls and can’t imagine LEGO Batman won’t be a huge hit. Who knows, maybe one will knock Into the Woods off the top spot in our household where it is played by Fifi daily. It is a wonderful musical film and whilst I still find her nightly performances adorable, I’m not sure how much longer Cian will put up with playing Jack or Madam being told that she’s The Witch!?

Fun to Eat…

It’s January, so we’re saving and except for a sneaky Tesco Takeaway Pizza we’ve not ordered anything in or eaten out, instead we’ve twice entertained family and friends with hubby’s slow roasted pulled pork which really is a treat! What’s not a treat is making lunch boxes which I’ve had to do a couple of times for school outings. There’s not even the opportunity to get creative here because when they’re off on outings everything has to be disposable so they can’t take their pretty lunchboxes or fancy tupperware. I was delighted to discover these cute Little Bottles from Tropicana which come in 150ml Tetra packs which I prefer to give them than plastic bottles. The whole family thoroughly enjoy Tropicana juice so it’s perfect to have on hand for all kinds of outings. The little bottles come in multi-packs of apple or orange, one of their 5-a-day and a source of vitamin C so perfect for these miserable months!

tropicana little bottles

Fun to Wear…

Before Christmas, we were treated to a preview of Nutmeg at Morrisons, Spring/Summer collection. Nutmeg wasn’t a clothing line I was familiar with but the children really liked the clothes and I was really impressed at the level of thought that had gone into creating a child-friendly line. The materials are super soft and stretchy with adjustable waistbands so they are both comfortable to wear and gentle on the skin, they’ve even removed any neck labels so nothing can itch or irritate. The range is really affordable and reaches right from newborn to fourteen which is a relief for me, there are so many clothing lines that end at 12yrs, I was starting to worry where I’d get clothes for E! There was at least one item that each of the children fell for and considering the cost and quality of the range, I wouldn’t hesitate to treat them for the approach of the warmer months…

nutmeg

Fun to Play…

The two big boys were very lucky to be some of the first people in the UK have a look and play on the Nintendo Switch; this is the newest console from Nintendo which releases on the 3rd March and being huge Nintendo fans they were very excited! I’ll probably need to dedicate a whole post to explaining it thoroughly because it’s entirely new and unique and there’s a lot it can do. It is both a home console which you can play on your TV, portable and table top device. The Joy-Con controller senses movement, distance and shape using IR motion controllers and splits seamlessly from one to two player mode…

Fun to Do…

Like I said at the start, January really has been a surprising success; we hosted friends for dinners, enjoyed real quality family time, watched the outstanding Amaluna and made some really exciting plans for the rest of the year. I think the month’s highlight came right at the end when hubs and I went to Black Sabbath’s concert at the 02. We deliberated booking for ages, I eventually did as a Christmas present for him and am so glad I did, we had so much fun and it was utterly unforgettable…

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