Friday 25 November 2022

Freddie you are Seven!

 Freddie Bear how can you be seven already!

It really feels like yesterday you were born, yet you are Seven years old!

You have grown up so much in the last year and learned so much all thanks to Beavers!

Last week you even went skiing and snow tubing!

You are still definitely a mamas boy! You love Minecraft and playing on the switch. You live school and have so much fun with your friends!

You are going to miss your big brother when he moves school next year so much.

Happy birthday gorgeous boy!

Friday 26 August 2022

James you are TEN!

 James today you turn ten years old. I really cannot believe that you have turned ten already! It does not seem five minutes since we were celebrating your first birthday and now all of a sudden you are celebrating your tenth!

We are so proud of the young man you have grown into.

This year you have completed your Chief Scout Silver Award at Cubs and we are so proud of you for all the hard work you have put into gaining this. We are so looking forward to seeing you get your certificate on 17th September at the County Top Awards Ceremony.

You have also met all the Scouts who you will be joining with in just a couple of weeks.

You start your last year of primary school in just a couple of weeks and I know you will be so sad to leave next summer for secondary school, but the day after is when you travel to Spain with Scout’s and I know you will have the best time.

Happy 10th Birthday James! 

We love you so much xx

Thursday 25 November 2021

Freddi you are Six

Our little cheeky chops. How can my tiny baby be six! 

You are now in year was one one at school and you have joined James in scouting by joining beavers! 

Have the best day sweetheart 

Thursday 26 August 2021

James you are nine!

 Jamesy Bug today you are nine years old! Only one more year and its double digets!

This last year hasn't been the easiest for you especially with the covid pandemic, the lock downs and of course missing so much school, and Cubs being on zoom. But you have taken it all I you stride and come out the other side. 

You are an awesome little dude and we all love you so much! Freddie absolutely worships the ground you walk on even if you do get a little annoyed with him!

You will be in year five when you go back to school in a few weeks and it's crazy to think you only have two years left in primary school,

Have the best day our little spiderman

Mummy xxx

Monday 28 June 2021

Victoria Mae Designs Gift Set

I love tea! Yep I love a good cup of Tea and normally have at least three before I take the kids to school on a morning. So when Victoria Mae Designs were looking for brand ambassadors I applied! 

This is the first review out of three for the gift sets I was sent in my first Brand Ambassador box! The second and third will be coming over the next few weeks!

The first set I am going to review is the Teacher tea set. This set is the eight tea bag set and is priced at £7.70, with no gift wrap. However you can add either a paper gift bag or a little box making the price £8.10 and £8.50. 

I love the way this comes presented in the tissue paper, so it wouldn't really need anything added to it when gifting it to your child's teacher.

As it is getting near to the end of the summer term, this would be an ideal gift for your child's teacher or teachers! I know that most mornings I see the teachers on our school doors holding a cuppa while welcoming the children in for the day. 

I love all the teacher quotes on the little tea packets! I know that my own sons teachers would love something like this! 

These are some of my favourites of the bags we received. I know that both my sons will love picking out some of these to gift to their teachers!

I have a fantastic 10% discount code for you. Simply enter victoriahockley at checkout for 10% off each product!

**I am part of the Brand Ambassador Team, so was sent this set free of charge to review. Links are affiliated**

Monday 31 May 2021

The Great K'nex

The Great K'nex 

James is one of those boys that loves to build models, no matter what it is out of! So when we got the chance to take part in the Great K'nex event we jumped at the chance!

For this review James was sent K'nex Rad Rides £13 and K'nex Battle Bow £24.99. He was thrilled when he saw the Battle Bow set as he had recently done an archery session with his Cubs and he had been asking for an archery set for his birthday (its not till August!)

The first set we built was the Rad Rides. Mummy had wanted to do the Battle Bow, but James wanted to do that one when he had his teacher training day from school! The Rad Rides set contains over 200 pieces and the pieces and be mixed to make up to 12 different vehicles. 

First thing we did was decide which of the cars we were going to build. The kit consists of two bags of parts and a instruction booklet. This kit is aimed at 7 to 12 year olds, James is almost 9, so he is in middle of the age bracket!

You are given instructions for one of the twelve models, with a code to log onto the K'nex website for instructions for other eleven. After looking at the designs, James decided he wanted to build the three wheeler car from the website. 

The first thing we need to do was open the packand separate all the parts. James delegated this job to mummy while he had an after school snack! When ever we are building any models we use a white tea towel to place all the parts on, as we have quite a dark carpet and we didn't want to loose any of the small parts, especially the black ones! 

At first we thought we were going okay as we got the first bit built, we then realised that the instructions had some bits coloured wrong, so we had to look at the shape instead of the colour.

The next bit that we found a bit tricky, was attaching the little orange bits that were clipped onto the yellow bits, James had tonshout for daddy at this point as mummy was getting a bit annoyed with it. Luckily once we had a fresh set of eyes look at it, we knew what we were doing and we got it all clipped into the right place!

Even thought we had a few issues with the build it was so much fun! It was nice to spend some one on one time with James doing something that he enjoyed without Freddie trying to help!
K'nex Battle Bow 
Next it was onto the Battle Bow set. We decided to do this on the day James has a teacher training day from school, as it would give us more time to make it and for James to enjoy it, rather than rushing because we had other stuff on.

This set was so much fun to build and we actually found it much easier than the Rad Ride! We literally had this built in around half an hour.

Again like the Rad Rides, the first thing we did was separate all of the parts and checked against the instructions to make sure everything was there! 

Once we had all the parts sorted out, the instructions were pretty easy to follow. There was a couple of instances where the colour was marked wrong, ie parts were green but instructions said they were black, but over all that didn't really make a difference it was still really easy and quick to build!

As you can see from the pictures below, the bow took shape pretty quickly. It really did take us less than half an hour to build, even with Freddie sat on the sofa offering his opinion on how we should build it every few minutes!

**We were sent these kits free of charge in exchange for this review, all words and pictures are our own**

Wednesday 26 May 2021

Siblings March-May

 Wow I didn't realise how behind I had got in my blogging thanks to lockdown and then Easter holidays! So here are my siblings pictures of James and Freddie from March to May!

This picture was taken when we went to South Marine Park in South Shields. 

This was taken one morning before school 

This was taken on mummy's birthday while waiting for nana and gaga to arrive! 

Hopefully I won't get behind again!