Friday, 28 November 2014

When Do You Start Feeling Festive??

When do you put your Christmas decorations up??

Do you get in the festive spirit and put them up in November, or do you wait till nearer the day??

Last year`s tree x
This Sunday 30th November, we plan to put our decorations and tree up. We have decided to put it up on the last day of November because if we wait till the following weekend it will be just over a week into December. Both the boys are so excited about Christmas this year, Jacob especially. I think that he is finally old enough to understand what is going on and has had a roughly written letter to Santa ready for weeks!!!!

The Wood household is planning to make a day of putting the tree and decorations up. Decorating the tree, making the obligatory miles and miles of paper chains, making cookies and doing Christmas crafts, all whilst listening to Christmas music. I can`t wait let alone the boys!!!!

I know some people think we are mad to be putting our decorations up early but that`s what we do, its our family tradition. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and do what they want; our family LOVE Christmas and intend to make it last!!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Pets need treating too!!

So then, tomorrow is `Black Friday` and Monday is `Cyber Monday`

Who has a list of items that you would love to grab at a bargain price??

I have never really got the whole `Black Friday` thing but this year everywhere seems to have jumped on the band wagon by offering us consumers some amazing pre Christmas bargains.

`Black Friday` isn`t just about nabbing bargains for us though; hands up who had included their pets on the gift list?? Initially I hadn`t included my pets but then thought well they are part of the family so why not treat them too?? is the one stop shop for all your pets needs and they have some amazing `Black Friday and `Cyber Monday` deals for your pets, all of which go live at midnight tonight and last the weekend.

Check out all of their amazing offers HERE.

Monday, 17 November 2014

The end of an era

Last night we decided to try Benjamin in his cot-bed for the first time and it hit me....I no longer have a baby...I have a toddler!

Maybe it`s because Ben is almost certainly our last baby but I am so emotional about every little step he takes or milestone that he reaches, with the other boys I loved the fact that they were growing up. But this time I don`t want Ben to grow up.

At 18 months old we thought he was ready to try the change as he has never tried to climb out of his bed and he is usually in the same position in the morning that I put him in at bedtime.

As usual Benjamin took the move completely in his stride.

When I put him to bed after his bottle noticed straight away that something was different and kept pointing to his new bed saying "oooh da?" as if asking me what was wrong with the bed!!! It took me a few attempts to put him down and for him to stay down plus about an hour of crying and moaning but in the end he gave up and crawled into bed and fell asleep.

Tonight I put him down and walked out as normal and as I write this he is asleep!!

I cannot believe that it has been this easy to change to a bed; from previous experience with the 2 older boys I had visions of him running around his room playing with his toys and screaming and kicking at his bedroom door, but as of yet, nothing!! I know that saying that I have jinxed it and will probably be up all night with him now.

The next big milestone I am dreading, sorry, looking forward to is his first clear sentence or request.

How old were your little ones when they went into a cot-bed??

Ben`s new big boy bed!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

He shoots, he scores!!! Open Goaaal Review

Hands up who is fed up of their kids kicking balls over the neighbours gardens and then having to go and ask for them back very nicely??

Having no nice looking flowers or plants in their garden due to everything being smashed to smithereens by a ball??

Who is fed up with trying to move the enormous white framed football net around the garden, or trying to hide it when guests are around??

I know I am; my garden looks so bleak and boring with no colour or greenery.

My poor neighbours on all 3 sides of the garden must be absolutely fed up with our balls rocketing over the fences all the time.

Our neighbours to the left of us have a Jack Russell terrier who has a penchant for footballs so the boys many a time have gone knocking on their door to find a popped or shredded ball!! The boys keep getting upset about it and the neighbours very kindly keep saying that they will replace them but I have told them that its the boys fault and they need to learn to not kick the ball so high.

Open Goaaal have invented a solution to all my problems!! The main selling point of the Open Goaaal is that it stops any wide or over shot balls from going over fences or crushing your greenery.

It is essentially like a pair of curtains that, when the goal is needed, you draw across your garden between two fixed poles and peg out. But instead of curtains you have sports netting to include a goal area and an outer area to rebound your stray balls. When you are finished with it you just draw it back leaving the garden open again, so no more moving the giant white framed goal net around when trying to cut the grass!!!

I loved the sound of this product and was delighted when the boys were offered to give Open Goaal a try.

When the box arrived and I was astounded as to how compact it all was, I was expecting a gigantic box with loads of netting and hundreds of poles. Upon opening the box we found 4 poles, the netting very neatly and tightly packed, a lump hammer, a three way spirit level and all the connectors and bungee ropes required to set it up.

The instructions say that it is a 2 person job and can take up to 2 hours to put up. I definitely agree with the 2 person bit but it did take us only 1 hour to do.

We measured out exactly where the two poles where going to be in the garden, if your garden is quite narrow then Open Goaaal may not be for you as there is a minimum distance needed between the two poles to ensure that the net is installed correctly. Check here to see if it would fit in your garden.

One thing that I must say is that you could tell that this was a good quality product straight away as all the pieces felt sturdy and they had included everything you would need to install the goal netting. A quality lump hammer and three way spirit level was included so you need nothing else other than a few hours spare and some energy!!!

As with any husband and wife reading instructions an little argument did ensue but I personally found the instructions very clear and easy to follow, shame about hubby!!!!

The boys absolutely love the Open Goaal and I have to say it is one of the best ideas that have been invented for the sports in the garden. Yes it takes a few minutes to pull across and peg out each time but it gives you the freedom to have a sports area and a nice garden at the same time. Next summer my garden is going to be full of flowers!!!!

The goal comes in two sizes, standard and large and with a RRP of £149 and £169 respectively so isn`t the cheapest of garden products but I certainly agree that it is going to be worth the saved money on plants and the cost of balls alone!

Below is a little video I made of a goalkeeping training session Alfie had once the Open Goaal was set up, as you can see the netting caught all the balls and since we have had it set up not one ball has escaped the garden!!

Open Goaaal has scored an own goal with the Wood boys!!!

We were supplied the Open Goaal free of charge in return for a true and honest review of the product.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

I cut Ben`s hair!!!

What have I done??

I very reluctantly cut Ben`s hair today, its needed to be done for a while as I haven`t had the heart to take him to a hairdressers again after his last experience. He hated it and came out with what can only be described as a bowl cut.

Now I am no hairdresser but I do cut hubby and Alfie`s hair, and I have been told I make a good job of it. Saying that I really didn`t want to muck up Ben`s hair as he is so little and it doesn`t grow very quickly, so if I made a mistake it would show for ages!!

Anyway hubby got everything ready and I found myself with the scissors in my hands. My hands were shaking as I made the first cut, but the nerves fell away like all of his lovely white blonde hair to the floor. We did have to bribe him to sit still with marshmallows, so the picture below of the after shot is with a mouthful of marshmallows!!

I have to say I dont really like the outcome as I can see bits that I haven`t cut properly and I wish I hadn`t gone so short on the front as he looks a tad monk like now with a rather high fringe!!!

How do you think it turned out?? Do you cut your kids hair or do you leave it to the professionals??

The before shot
The after shot, with a mouthful of marshmallows!!
The aftermath!!