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The Brick Castle: Scrawl Grown Up Party Game Review for Big Potato Games (age 17+)

Scrawl Grown Up Party Game Review for Big Potato Games (age 17+)

Our latest big kid adult game review for Big Potato Games is brilliant. It's called Scrawl and it's a grown up game (recommended age 17+) because it can all turn out a little risque or NotSafeForWork, in fact it's pretty much guaranteed. The game suits 4-8 players, but you can have as many as you want if you play teams. It's hilarious and makes an excellent party game, ideal for young people or when friends are round and the kids are in bed. Inside the box is everything you need, including 8…

The Brick Castle: A Date With My Cat with Whiskas Cat Casseroles and Vegetarian Beefy Pie Exploding Kittens, Purple Cat, Big Photo, Festival Wedding, Good Cause, The Conjuring, Go Outside, Cat Lady, Snuggles

A Date With My Cat with Whiskas Cat Casseroles and Vegetarian Beefy Pie

Okay, a friend date with my cat is not something I'd ever have anticipated writing about and the people who have known me longest are entitled to laugh loudest. Go on, enjoy yourselves. Cats really weren't my thing until Gary landed at our door and forced us to care about him by being ill and cute. I've headed with his best model shot, you can see the cute... I'm not made of stone, I tried to resist, but even I relented and it's taken a mere 2 years to get to this point... Cats will rule the…

Over the past few days suicide has barely been out of the headlines. Chester Bennington has been discussed a lot in our house and always wit. Let It Out, Losing A Child, Losing Someone, Chester Bennington, Child Actors, Ask For Help, December 2014, Finding Peace, Best Day Ever

Why we should talk about suicide #WorldSuicidePreventionDay

In the UK today, if you are aged 5-34 you are more likely to die from suicide than anything else. It is the biggest killer of our younger population. Just think about that for a minute. More people die by their own hand than for any other reason. It takes away our children, our parents, our siblings, our friends. But we don't talk about suicide. No-one talks about suicide. It's really hard to talk about suicide. It's really hard for me to write about suicide. When our 16 year old died all of…

Minecraft: The Crash: An Official Minecraft Novel Minecraft Banner Designs, Minecraft Banners, Minecraft Stuff, Find A Book, This Book, Mojang Minecraft, Woodworking Shop Layout, The Secret Book, Penguin Random House

Minecraft: The Crash by Tracey Baptiste children's fiction book review (9+)

I know you are thinking 'A Minecraft novel?' and maybe think it's just been churned out because it'll sell on the back of that, but you'd be...

I'm writing this month's Smiles post a day early because tomorrow we'll be delivering the second of our Freshers off to uni. Crazy Cat Lady, Crazy Cats, Exploding Kittens, University Place, Cheer Up, Your Smile, Little Babies, Brick, Finding Yourself

TBC Smiles...49 Months

I'm writing this month's Smiles post a day early because tomorrow we'll be delivering the second of our Freshers off to uni. It's been a more emotional time than I anticipated, I think I might even miss having to come downstairs at 2am to tell them to be quiet. We gathered 6 of us together for a 'goodbye meal' of Veggie Tacos which my daughter made with me. It was lovely to spend the time with her before she went. I'm definitely going to suggest to our other two uni students that we cook…

The Brick Castle: Minecraft STEM Challenge Books Review (age 6+) For Carlton Books

Minecraft STEM Challenge Books Review (age 6+) For Carlton Books

This month's review for Carlton Books is a pair of books unlike any we've ever covered before - and they are a real hit! We've been sent 2 n...

The Young Explorer Kit from Trends UK is an excellent and well-working science set for children aged around It's not as 'young' as you m.

Discovery Young Explorer Kit (age 8+) Review. Sent by Trends UK.

The Young Explorer Kit from Trends UK is an excellent and well-working science set for children aged around 8+. It's not as 'young' as you might believe, with an impressive and useful Pocket Field Microscope, Binoculars, Compass and Notebook & Pencil. This is for intermediate explorers! Everything is inside the box in a plastic insert, which can be used for storage afterwards, although realistically it's a big box and these are handy pocket-sized items which my son has instead stored in his…

The Brick Castle: GB Posters - Posters, Frames, Mugs, Keyrings and Gifts Reviewed

GB Posters - Posters, Frames, Mugs, Keyrings and Gifts Reviewed

A couple of weeks ago we received a parcel that equated to an early Christmas for us. A huge box full of products to review for GB Posters. My grown up kids and young boys all had a chance to add something to the wishlist, and we had a real mixed bag including Fallout, Skyrim and Playstation, Star Wars, the Periodic Table and the human skeleton... I'll cover the posters later (most of them cost a mere fiver), first the branded or licensed products. GB Posters have literally hundreds to…

Tomorrow is Jeans For Genes day and up and down the land people will have an extra dress-down day, when they can come to work or school wear.

Jeans For Genes Day - Friday 21st September

Tomorrow is Jeans For Genes day and up and down the land people will have an extra dress-down day, when they can come to work or school wearing the world's most popular outfit, jeans and a t-shirt, and it's all in the name of charity. We've all heard of Jeans For Genes, but do you know where your donation goes? The money raised by our donations to Jeans For Genes goes to the Genetic Disorders UK charity, who work to improve the lives of children born in the UK with a genetic disorder. These…

Kate Wiseman - Gangster School: The Brotherhood of Brimstone Books New Releases, Great Books, Book Review, Cover Art, Thriller, Childrens Books, How To Find Out, Novels, How Are You Feeling

Gangster School 2 by Kate Wiseman Book Review for Zuntold Books (Age 8+)

We reviewed the first Gangster School novel and I'm very happy to be back with the sequel, Gangster School 2. Subtitled The Brotherhood Of Brimstone, the second book sees the main characters settled into their school and more settled into who they actually are, and what they stand for. Charlie and Millie aren't exactly cut out for a criminal life, but they are expected to take that path and this is their second year at Blaggard's School for Tomorrow's Tyrants. It doesn't take long before our…

The Field is an amazing toy product from Ireland that really is a game-changer.

The Field from Class Grass - Imaginative Toy Review (age 3+)

The Field is an amazing toy product from Ireland that really is a game-changer. Your figures, animals and vehicles can have a really impressive backdrop instantly, and that's incredibly satisfying - even to a grown up. Well-made and impressively realistic, I can honestly say this has been far more of a hit here than I expected. You're allowed to be sceptical, I was sceptical, but genuinely since I put The Compound and The Field out, our living room table has never seen so much use. When your…

The Brick Castle: intu Trafford Centre Stylist Live Event 2018 Living Proof Hair Products, Real Model, Trafford, Magical Christmas, Winter Trends, Live Events, Little Birds, Goodie Bags

intu Trafford Centre Stylist Live Event 2018

A couple of weekends ago we were guests of intu Trafford Centre to take at a look at the Stylist Live event. This was a free weekend long event with talks, catwalk shows and pop up stalls all throughout the main mall of the centre. We were invited along and so was Sim from Manchester Mummy, so we all jumped in her car bright and early on the Sunday morning. It's really weird being inside The Trafford Centre when nothing is open and it's almost empty... Being there early allowed us to check…

The Brick Castle: The Disney Range From Jumbo Games And Puzzles. 100 Piece Puzzles, Shape Puzzles, Disney Products, Finding Dory, Disney Films, Family Games, Puzzle Pieces, Great Pictures, Fine Motor Skills

The Disney Range From Jumbo Games And Puzzles.

A while ago I took part in a Twitter party for Jumbo Games And Puzzles, showcasing their new Disney products. I didn't receive my parcel bef...

In this hilarious card game, players race to get rid of their cards so they can avoid the blame of o Family Card Games, Card Games For Kids, Kids Cards, Orange Games, Warm Up Games, 10 Year Old Boy, Cat Cards, Small Cards, Family Game Night

Who Did It? Family Game Review for Blogger Boardgame Club (age 6+)

This review for the Blogger Boardgame Club is Who Did It?, a family card game from Blue Orange. Suitable for 3 to 6 players aged 6+, this is a game that really appealed to my 8 and 10 year old boys and has turned out to be excellent fun for everyone. The premise of the game is simple - get rid of your animal cards to pass the blame on and prove it wasn't your pet who pooped on the carpet. I've raised 5 boys, I'll be honest, I've heard all of the poop jokes many times over. I was worried I'd…

Tasty Yogurt Ideas with Lancashire Farm Dairies Bio Yogurt, Orange Syrup, Strawberry Syrup, Natural Yogurt, Just Eat It, Morrisons, Plain Yogurt, Chocolate Syrup, Sainsburys

Tasty Yogurt Ideas with Lancashire Farm Dairies

I've always understood how valuable yogurt is nutritionally and it's something all of my children have loved to eat. We've often bought the ...

The Brick Castle: The Grumpy Gnome's Garden by Della Jane Hales Chil. Book Reviews For Kids, Gnome Garden, Gnomes, Childrens Books, Brick, December, Castle, Posts, Blog

The Grumpy Gnome's Garden by Della Jane Hales Children's Book Review

The Grumpy Gnome's Garden by Dell's Jayne Hales is my latest review for Matador Books. A more traditional children's tale, it stars The Grumpy Gnome and his housemate, The Little Fairy. Although The Grumpy Gnome's Garden is suitable for independent readers aged around 6+, I actually think this book works better for reading together and is ideal for bedtime with younger children who enjoy fairy stories. The author wanted to encourage children to see the enjoyment and reward that comes with…