As a Mum of two boys I’ve had a lot of gift ideas mentioned to me. If you are a last minute shopper I might be able to help you avoid buying the dreaded socks, or worse still, petrol station purchases. Star Wars Lego. We were recently sent some Lego by George at Asda* and the lads do rather like it. Dee (age 13) chose the TIE fighter, whilst Jen (age 7) chose a couple of smaller sets. The TIE fighter took a while to build which is great for an older boy, or even a childish adult. With the size of the box and the RRP of £59.99 I was honestly expecting more, something bigger or with a smaller ship or droid in the box. Dee said he likes the set but that he also felt the price was too high, and he’s an avid Lego collector. I’d recommend […]
If you are looking for some cute little stocking fillers for children this Christmas then Lego Mixels might be a good choice. Jen loves making Mixels, then taking them apart and mixing the sets up too. Mixels are basically brightly coloured little monsters made from the quirkier Lego bricks and pieces. There is a cartoon that goes with these models, and gives the characters a bit of a back story and Jen loves this. Dee, not so much! He’s happier to build them in to bizarre new creations of his own choosing. It really does suit both of the lads, even though one is at Primary school and the other in big school. Mixels come in series (currently on series 6) and each has 3 sets (tribes) of 3 models. So in the current series there is a green, a yellow and a purple tribe. On their own they make […]
My sons were set a challenge to make a “dream house” from Lego so they’ve been busy rummaging their toy box for cool bits. Here’s what Jen and D came up with. This single person accommodation comprises a sizeable open plan living area, a private post box, stone pathways, a long garage, and a garden with fountain, a mature tree and well kept flowers.
After a little Christmas break WinningWeekends is back. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas? Did santa bring you or your family anything unusual or interesting? For my lads it was all about the Lego, they love the stuff. Then enough toiletries to swim in, more chocolate than we should have consumed and the classic slippers and pjs. For me by far the best surprise of the last month was finding Doris dog, that adorable little face! I am against pets as gifts, but Doris is here as family – not a possession. Or as the Dogs Trust say, a dog is for life not just for Christmas.
A couple of years ago we made the mistake of putting our boys in a bunk bed in the box room. Our home isn’t huge and it seemed a great idea to have both Jen and D sleep in the box room, and share D’s older room as a playroom. Sadly as neither truly has their own space they argue like cat and dog over territory! If you’re considering doing similar, don’t. It might be one of the worse home making decisions we ever made. They need their own space, even if one of them gets a box room.
Earlier this week a dear blogger buddy wrote on social media she had forgotten to buy her son his normal advent calendar. This wouldn’t sound a problem to most parents but I realised my friend was rather upset and I was determined to get a Lego Star Wars advent calendar to her son somehow! View image | gettyimages.com I had been trying every website I knew, both for instore and online stocks. All sold out. I wanted to give up as I felt I might not be able to sort this…. But I am far too stubborn to quit. I phoned my local radio station and explained that Lynn’s son was really upset, and I really wanted their help. My plan was to ask the local people to hand one in – maybe there was one in a small independent toy shop that I had never heard of? Maybe there […]
My eldest son D has been test driving the Argos My Wishlist app on his Android tablet. It is a good idea, it is like asking the children to write a list but this app is linked to real Argos items and can be emailed to Santa (okay okay, via the parents) when they are done adding to their wishlist.
For the last few years I have been preparing thoughtful advent calendars after deciding chocolate advent calendars are a bit dull and predictable. So I make prepare lovely felt calendars placing little toys and gifts in the pockets. I try to spend less than 25/35p per pocket but make an exception for Lego. When the local or national newspapers have “free Lego” I will pay about 60p for it. The paper just goes in the recycling pile or will be used as chicken bedding. Lego goes in weekend pockets, these take time to build. Little gifts like snap cards, miniature colouring pencil sets, wooden toys and tiny teddies go in the weekdays. These little beauties are mostly bought in pound shops and Wilko.
We’ve got two nights childfree. Although I love my boys I love being able to get rid of them now and then. So what do you reckon I found Blokey doing when I woke up? Making brunch maybe? Nope. Baking cakes? Also a nope. He’s making Benny’s Spaceship Lego. Of course. Linking to #MySundayPhoto.
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