Rocket Balloons

Science Experiment

A fun activity that can be done with children of any age.

You will need:

2 balloons

2 paper clips

2 straws


sticky tape/masking tape


And plenty of Space



Measure out two long pieces of string, make sure they are of equal lengths. Thread on a straw on each piece. We taped our string from one end of the room to the other but you can use be more precise in your measurements and use 2 chairs measuring out a specific length.


Blow up the balloons and twist the ends and attach a paper clip to stop the air from escaping. Attach the balloons to the straws by using some sticky tape.


Carefully remove the paper clips and let the balloons go together. Watch how far they travel.


Get ready for take off!

By using different shaped and sized balloons, you will be able to rate what balloons travels the furthest and quickest. The air inside the balloon in under pressure causing the balloon to expel it and pushing the balloon the other way, like a rocket!




New Years Resolution! Face My Fear Of Driving

There could be only one main New Years resolution for me and that would be to face my fear of driving! Although i have had my driving licence now for 3 years now i have probably only driven the car about 20 times, im not kidding i really do not go out in the car unless I’m a passenger! I blogged about my fear back in May 2012 and received some fabulous feedback, some words of encouragement and some from people who also suffer from the same as me. I thought it was just me that feared me hands on the steering wheel but it seems that there are many people out there that feel the same as me and go through hell as well when it comes to sitting in a driver’s seat. I look at other drivers whilst out walking or as a passenger in a car and watch them zipping in and out of traffic like they are on a racing track oozing with confidence. I don’t feel at ease with my car and definitely don’t feel like she is my best friend or that i would be lost without he, yes i call her ‘she’ but that’s not because i am close to her but probably because she emptied by bank account and cost a small fortune. People tell me that i shall become more comfortable in time once driving around a bit more and my confidence will grow but it seems to have gone the other way! I haven’t driven the car for about 3 months now and since buying the new car back in May I think i have only been in the driver’s seat a handful of times. I feel that the car is way too big for me and fear driving such a huge strong vehicle, you see we used to have a Peugeot estate but now we have a Ford Galaxy 7 seater and my fear is not only other drivers and having an accident but it is now that i may scratch it! My legs shake uncontrollably when i know i have to drive into a car park, the thought of finding a space big enough for me to manoeuvre the car in to haunts me. My throat becomes dry and my heart beats in a rapid tempo when i see traffic lights up ahead, i think about stalling the car so much that my leg shakes and it results in me stalling the car more than once and as i have been threatened before by some horrible men in a car for not pulling away quick enough i fear that my lack of acceleration may cause trouble.

I do want to drive and make my family proud of me, i want to pull up at football and let the eldest out and sit in comfort whilst watching him run around the pitch instead of getting wet in the rain, standing in the wind and shivering in the cold for an hour and a half, i want to visit my Mummy who lives 34 miles away (longest 34 miles of my life when im driving!) when i have a day off work with the children, i want to be able to go shopping and buy anything i want no matter the size or weight as i don’t have to think about how I’m going to get it home, I don’t want to sit in an over packed, smelly, rickety bus no more! I want to visit friends and family without thinking about my journey and working it out in my head how i’m going to get there without going over a hill, round a roundabout or hitting too many traffic lights!

Above all and the most important one is i want to be proud of myself for facing my fear and beating it, so this year 2013 i promise i will take more trips in the car even if they are small ones or just a drive around the block they will be done and hopefully by the summer i will be zipping around in my huge MPV oozing confidence and taking my family out on day trips (maybe i shouldn’t push it that far! lol) So if you see me on the road piddling along at a comfortable speed please don’t beep me for being too slow or call me names for not pulling away quick enough or threaten me for sitting at a junction waiting for a big enough space for me to pull out in, please think about what it has taken for me to get into the car and take my children out for a drive! It may be a slow process but it’s one i feel that it’s one that needs to be addressed!

What’s your New Years Resolution?

Thank you for reading my post, i shall update you all on my progress throughout the year


Kiddicare Opens in Lakeside

Europe’s biggest baby store opened its doors last months in Lakeside Retail Park, Essex stocking more than 3800 products, the store has appx 350 prams on display and around about 150 car seats to choose from, covering 50,000 sq ft. It is one of ten new Kiddicare stores to open this year. The shop features cutting edge technology such as electronic shelf labels to keep up with the changing prices and also tells you how many of the products are in stock.


The main aim of the new superstore is to offer parents and families everything under one roof, Kiddicare is all about offering great range, incredible value and brilliant service, community will be a key focus for the store. Among the many services that they have to offer there is an event room which can be booked free of charge for children’s parties or parent and toddler groups. To make the shopping experience easy and fun Kiddicare offer a whole host of family friendly features-

  • Pushchair servicing area
  • Try before you buy ‘Walk in the Park’ testing track
  • children’s play area which is in the centre of the cafe
  • KiddiCafe which has big community tables and supplies lovely healthy tasty food (tried and tested)
  • Private breast feeding area
  • Free car seat fitting and safety checking
  • Parent and me toilets, which includes toilets that are big enough to fit buggies inside (big gripe for me) and toilets small enough for the little ones that are being toilet trained
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • VIB (Very Important Baby) free personal shopping area
  • Touch screen browse and order screens around the store
  • Baby gift list service
  • Free gift wrapping service
  • Kiddi Clothes with family appropriate changing rooms
  • Let’s play area

The store officially opened on 12th December 2012 and we was invited along to see for ourself what the store has to offer on the 21st December. We was not disappointed, the store is big and spacious with banners made from bibs that the store employees decorated themself.


Upon arriving we found a seat in the Kiddicafe just next to the Children’s play area, which is full of lovely toys to play with and very safe with soft flooring and a gate that has the lock on the outside and little peep windows around the walls so that you can see through and spot your children playing.


Once the boys had a little play we went off to the event room so the boys could have fun and join in with Jo Jingles a Music, singing and movement class where they got to experience musical instruments and dance and sing along to action songs.


The event room big and bright with lots of natural light, the room is big enough for a small party for the little ones with lots of soft seating and event board placed on the wall to tell you when the room is free to use and what is on and when!

After dancing around the boys worked up an appetite and we all sat down in the Cafe for a light lunch and something to drink, the tables are nice and big and we didn’t feel squashed in at all! Oliver sat in one of the many highchairs available to use and enjoyed his kiddies meal. Once we was all full up we went off on a tour of the store starting at the front where all the car seats are and with so many to choose from there is help at hand from the staff. I found that the aisles were big and spacious and didn’t feel closed in whilst browsing the products. Everything can be tried and tested before buying, next to the car seat area is the safety area where stairgates are out and set up where you can try them out opening and closing finding one to suit your needs perfectly. The store offers a selection of baby and maternity clothes and even a fitting room which has a special entrance for the little people, what a brilliant idea! and fun for the children too! The room is spacious and big enough to fit the whole family in.


The boys had lots of fun using the ‘Walk in The Park’ testing area as running track, running up and down giggling away to each other and when they found the ‘Let’s Play’ area i couldn’t get them away, they loved playing with all the toys and i got to see what type of toys and ride ons that they enjoyed playing with. I like to see items out of the boxes as you get to see the quality of what you are buying and how it looks when fitted together.

Oiliver testing out the Car
Look at all the toys and walkers to choose from!

The store has so much to offer and is very family friendly, the staff are always on hand to help with any questions about the products, brilliant range of products with unbeatable prices and offers a high tech retail shopping experience which is truly a fabulous place to visit. It is a perfect place to meet friends, drink coffee and shop!

Kiddicare currently are offering up to 80% off hundreds of products! in their new year sale. I took advantage of this offer and ordered a Kiddicouture highchair which was reduced from £149.99 to £27.00 thats a massive 81% off! We ordered our high chair on friday and it was delivered on the following monday morning, we was kept up to date with the delivery by text and email, i couldn’t fault their service one bit!


Visit Kiddicare on line at or why not try out the store for yourself! We will definitely be visiting again.

Thank you for reading my post! All pictures and words are of my own and we received no payment for this post. Thank you Jennie for inviting us along and for Oliver’s little goody bag