We have tons of mini Lego figure characters all over the house. There isn’t a day that goes by where I am going round the house picking up the damn little blighter’s from the floor in the bid to save my precious little tootsies from stepping on them during the night.
My middle boy absolutely loves Lego and has been recently collecting the Harry Potter versions. He doesn’t have the full set yet as he is desperately
wasting his money trying his best to get just two of them; Tina Goldstein and Percival Graves.
We are rapidly running out of sides to display his Lego sets and characters on. A few years ago I did make a hanging storage for his Lego mini figures but that is now full. Cabinets and shelves in his room are full to the brim too. So, for Christmas I made him a special little gift, A Lego mini-figure frame.
It was easy to make and didn’t take long at all. I took a look online before making one and saw that companies were charging a small fortune for the frames. I had all of the craft things in my cupboard, all i needed to do was put it all together.
To make the storage frame you will need:
- A box frame deep enough to fit in the characters. The size depends on how many figures you want to put on show. I used a 7″x 7″
- Strong glue or a glue gun
- Ruler and a pencil
- Plain paper for the background
- Mini Lego display bases
- Lettered wooden tiles
Cut a piece of paper down to fit on the back of the frame. You can decorate this any way that you please. I did a simple picture of Hogwarts.
Make marks where you want the bases for the figures to be and measure out equal distances between them.
Once all the marks are on the background, stick it down into the frame
Using strong glue or a glue gun, stick down the mini figure base plates. I used two for each one, just to ensure that it was securely stuck to the background
All you have to do now is personalise it with a name using the wooden tiles. The tiles I used had a self adhesive dot on the back so it was easy to stick on the frame.
The frame is now ready to place the mini figures in
It really is such a cute way to display your favourite Lego Mini Figures and makes a brilliant gift to a huge Lego fan. I loved how it turned out and am already thinking about doing something similar on a larger scale for him.
Roughly half of the world’s population of grey seals are found around Britain.
Grey seals come ashore to breed – the breeding site is known as a rookery. The females arrive at the rookery and will usually give birth a day later. They feed their pups for the first 3 weeks. After the pup is weaned, the mother will leave. Over the next few weeks the pup will moult its soft white coat for a mottled waterproof one. Within 3 weeks the pup will have its adult fur and when it starts to feel hunger it will make its way to the sea where it will learn to swim and to feed for itself.
We visited a rookery on the beach between Winterton and Horsey Gap in Norfolk.
We arrived at Winterton and walked along the sand dunes for about 20 minutes until we found a good spot to watch the seals.
The seals had made their way up from the sand onto the grassy dunes and were sleeping in between them.
It was such a beautiful sight to see and witness but also sad to see that there were a few pups that had not made it past the first few weeks of their lives. This may have been because the Cow (Mum) had been disturbed and she abandoned her pup to get away.
We sat and watched in awe at the beauty surrounding us.
We listened to the waves crashing against the shore line and to the screaming sound of the Cow and pup communicating with each other.
You are advised to keep a safe distance from the seal as they can have nasty bite but it is hard to see them when walking with in the dunes. We stumbled across a few who were sleeping and only noticed them at the last minute.
When they move they can move pretty fast.
They are such beautiful creatures, with cute little faces. they almost remind me of fat dogs with no legs.
After over an hour of walking along the beach we made our way back to the car. Winterton is a popular destination for dog walkers because of the long sandy stretch of beach. We visited the same beach in the summer and stayed close by at Hermanus Holiday Site, read about it here
These hot chocolate stirrers are ideal to give away as a festive treat or even just to enjoy at home in front of the TV.
They are super easy to make and cheaper than buying from the shops. I made up a batch of 30 for the children at school and they didn’t take long to make at all. You can made endless variations too, to suit any taste
- Dark chocolate
- A mix of white and milk chocolate
- Skip the marshmallows
- Add in edible glitter or honeycomb
They make the creamiest and smoothest hot chocolate with added little surprise of mini marshmallows inside that make an appearance once the chocolate has melted in the hot milk.
- Chocolate (i used a large bar of galaxy, but you can use whatever you want)
- Marshmallows – mini or big
- Stirrers, lolly sticks or spoons
- Square shaped silicone molds or even small plastic yoghurt pots
- Cocoa powder to sprinkle
- Chocolate dazzles to decorate
- Melt your chosen chocolate in the microwave or in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water
- Sprinkle cocoa powder into the molds
- Place a spoonful of melted chocolate into the base of your mold
- Add in some marshmallows
- Top with another spoonful of chocolate
- Place the stick into the middle of the chocolate in the mold
- Top with dazzles or any cake decorations
- Place into the freezer for about 30 minutes to set
- Remove from molds gently
- Wrap in cellophane and store in the fridge
You can also stick your stick into a larger marshmallow and then place that into the mould and pour in the chocolate.
This is my son stirring his chocolate on a stick making his hot chocolate (excuse the music playing in the background)
Looking for the right type of gift for your friends, family or work colleagues?
Take a look at paladone. They stock a wide range of products to suit all, young and old and at stocking prices. When looking for presents to place in stockings you don’t want to spend too much, but you want to make sure that what you do buy is good quality. At Paladone you won’t find typical gifts but quirky and fun ones instead.
Batman Egg Cup and Toast Cutter
Turn breakfast into an adventure with this egg cup set. Great for encouraging little future superheroes into eating breakfast by making it fun. This set is super cute and just the right gift for a any comic book fan. There will be no more boring square shaped toast with this set
What’s in the box?
- 1 Batman Egg Cup
- 1 Spoon
- 1 Batman Logo Toast Cutter
Fantastic Beasts Niffler Trinket Dish 3D
Nifflers are always nabbing shiny and glittery things. This cute little Niffler won’t need to burrow down deep into the earth looking for treasure as he will be keeping your jewellery safe in his dish ready for when you want to wear it. The trinket dish is a perfect gift for any wizarding fan. I think that it would make a lovely addition to any bedroom side with the added bonus of putting your jewellery somewhere safe.
My son loves Fantastic Beasts so he would be over the moon to receive this, even if it is a trinket dish, it would take pride of place on his desk as an ornament.
Smartphone Light Graffiti
Channel your inner artist with this cool pocket size gadget Smartphone Light Graffiti. With the use of a downloadable smartphone app + your phone’s camera, the Smartphone Light Graffiti allows you to take incredibly long exposure pictures! Create amazing light paintings in the air with the small aerosol can. The aerosol with a difference as this one will not spray out paint but light instead.
Change the exposure on your smartphone camera to long, turn your light off and your ready to create some arty pictures. With a click you turn it on and with a double click you can change the colour from white to red, green, blue, yellow, green or turquoise.
How cool is that?
I can see this being a fun little gadget for the boys to play with on Christmas Day.
We was sent these items for the purpose of this post.
Looking for a healthier take on millionaire bites?
These delicious little gooey pieces of deliciousness are made from raw ingredients and I promise you that you won’t want to go back once you’ve tasted these. With a smooth cashew base and a gooey date middle, topped with a rich dark chocolate, it’s like tasting raw gold.
These little treats really are just pure delight! They have everything you want from a sweet treat.
Thanks to them being made with all natural, whole ingredients such as nuts, dates and coconut oil they are also better for you.
This recipe requires no baking, just a lot of blending and freezing
Raw Millionaire Bites
Millionaire bites made from cashew, dates and cacao
- 150 grams whole rolled oats
- 125 grams raw cashews
- 225 grams medjool dates
- organic coconut oil
- 6 tbsp raw cacao powder heaped spoon
- 4 tbsp agave nectar/honey
Ground the oats and cashew together until fine and then mix in 3 tbsp of melted coconut oil.
Combine well until it is paste like.
Place into the bottom of a 9x9 tin/silicone.
Press down firmly and put into the freezer to set
Blend together the dates and 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil until it is a smooth caramel like texture. Add in a couple of tbsp of honey or agave nectar and mix well.
Take the base out of the freezer and add on the date mixture. Press down with the back of a spoon and smooth over.
Place back in the freezer for about half hour
In a saucepan on the hob place the cacao powder, 6 heaped tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp agave or honey.
Melt together until runny. Mix well.
Take the base back out of the freezer and top with the cacao mixture.
Add in some crushed cashew for that added crunch
Place back in the freezer
Once all set and the chocolate has hardened, take out of the freezer and cut into bite size pieces
Store them in the freezer or fridge and eat as and when. They can become quite sticky when left out and will melt quite quickly. Individually wrap them in clinfilm or tin foil
We visited Santa today at our Eastbury Manor House and I must say he is the best Santa I have ever met.
We believe in the magic on Christmas, Do you?
The Arcelormittal Orbit was designed by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond and was erected back in 2012 just in time for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture, 80m high above the Olympic Park and 60% made from recycled steel offers extraordinary 20- mile views of London skyline.
This fantastic piece of art is impressive and moving. It is part of the Olympic legacy that transformed East London. I remember back in 2012 when the Olympics changed the area and the people within it. The Olympic Park is now used every day by visitors from all over; people out cycling or going for walks, families picnicking on the grass, children running around and playing in the many parks and couples out for romantic walks along the canal.
Everytime I see this amazing structure it brings back memories of the unity we shared back in 2012 and how well our olympic teamed performed.
The sculpture is a physical embodiment of the spirit of East London.
A few weeks we visited the Orbit not only for the incredible panoramic views across London but also to ride the world’s tallest and longest slide.
The visit starts at the bottom of the Arcelormittal Orbit where you get to stand directly underneath and look up at the twisting red lattice framed iconic structure. This in itself is a wow moment.
We took the lift up to the viewing platform where we spent some time looking out across at London’s skyline, pointing out buildings that we recognised. The youngest was pretty impressed with the Olympic Stadium where Westham were playing at home. We knew they had scored when the crowd erupted in a loud cheer.
When you book your tickets you have to hope for a clear day. Unfortunately we had previously visited the orbit on a rainy day and didn’t get to see half of what you can on a clear bright day
There are interactive touch screens on the viewing platform that tell the story of the Orbit and the park and they also give you information on the surrounding area. They tell the story of the Orbit. The polished concave mirrors that are on either side of the platform play with your perspective and turn the horizon on its head.
The level below the viewing platform is where you get to ride the slide.
Kitted out with a helmet and arm protectors you join the queue ready to watch a short video about how to ride the slide. Once inside the mat, you grab the sides of the chute and you push yourself down the slide.
From top to bottom descending 76 meters it takes just 40 seconds. Reaching up to 15 miles/hr (24 km/hr), the slide loops it’s way around the sculpture 12 times. At times you are in darkness and then you see a flash of daylight where the top of the slide is covered in plastic. Or, in complete darkness if you have your eyes closed for the whole 40 seconds it takes from top to bottom.
The slide ends with a straight drop and before you know it you’re seeing daylight again
You would expect to come out the bottom at speed but you slow right down as you exit.
Once down at the bottom you can go back up to the viewing platform again or if you are us, just to take the steps down.
Once finished on the viewing platform, you can take the lift back down the ground level or go down the 455 steps. Yes, we counted them! As you walk down the steel stairs you are treated to the sounds of London echoing around you coming from a specially designed soundscape soundtrack.
My boys give this experience a huge adrenaline pumped thumbs up
There is a height and age limit to the slide, you can find out all of the information on there website.
After being at the forefront of popular and celebrity culture for more than 250 years, Madame Tussauds London has launched a new programme to support and educate students about fake news.
The ‘Fake News and the Media’ school lesson is part of Merlin Entertainments new ‘Today’s Lesson Will Be…’ educational programme that is being rolled out across the company’s London attractions. Created in collaboration with education specialist SHAPES for Schools this new lesson is linked to PSHE and the English national curriculum and is targeted at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students aged between 9 – 13 years old.
Taking place inside the world famous attraction on Baker Street, which boasts A-list celebrity figures such as Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian, the ‘Fake News and the Media’ lesson has been created as a reaction to the current issues around the distortion and misuse of false information and the influence it is having on young people’s choices.
As the lines continue to blur between what is a real news story and what is false, the interactive lessons will provide teachers and their students with the essential skills to navigate the news agenda safely online and across social media.
‘Today’s Lesson will be…’
Delivered by Madame Tussauds performers, the ‘Fake News and the Media’ lesson will lead students through a critique of how the media presents news whilst also analysing the difference between rumour, spin, satire and false information.
Lessons will include
- Structured discussion around modern celebrity culture and the media, and how the two are linked.
- Working in groups to categories news stories according to different criteria, including: how the news was shared; who wrote it, text and images, and the emotive impact on the reader.
- A group-based definition of ‘fake news’ and other key terminology.
- A game in which pupils try to identify their classmates’ real stories from their fake ones.
Joanne Channon, Education Manager at Merlin Entertainments, said:
“The dissemination of false information through the media both online and across social media can be incredibly confusing and challenging for young people. Out of the classroom learning is proven to be highly effective in helping to stimulate young minds while boosting student’s social skills such as confidence, creativity and communication. We believe our new workshop will inspire students this academic year and we hope it will have a positive impact on how they interact with modern media in the future.”
The fake news workshop helps children to stretch their literacy skills. They will learn how to identify different types of media, it’s purpose and to understand the concept of ‘fake news and how it impacts on modern audiences. Children will analyse a variety of news stories and by picking out textual evidence to back up their decisions they will learn how to assess whether they think the story is real or fake.
Learning outside of the classroom can lead to a deeper understanding of the subjects being taught by bringing it to life. It can help to inspire and reignite enthusiasm for learning. Hands on learning will also enhance a child’s personal and social communication skills by encouraging communication and increases engagement with in the subject.
The new ‘Fake News and the Media’ lesson can be booked as part of Madame Tussauds London’s schools package. This includes such benefits as a 40% saving on tickets and free Teacher Resource Packs. For more information please visit