Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Whirring half term thoughts

We're a couple of days into Half Term.

The girls have stopped the bickering they seem to do for the first couple of days when they just annoy each other and have settled into enjoying each others company.

Its in the holidays that I am racked with guilt that I can't currently take them places.

Facebook shows me the shiny snapshot of my friends lives that they want to share on social media.

The days out at castles, zoos, theme parks and the cinema.  Its not that we cannot afford to take them these places but suffering from panic disorder has meant that I find it really difficult to get too far from Ashford (and in all honesty sometimes even around Ashford).

It worries me that the children will miss out.

And then I try and remember what I used to do in half terms when I was their age......and (I'm sorry Mum) but I don't remember.  I'm fairly certain we didn't go out every day of the holidays as both my parents worked.  I probably spent a fair bit of time at my grandparents and they certainly didn't take me on outings.

I do remember spending time with people though.  I remember that my Mum used to take my Grandma to the supermarket every week (and it was weekly because Grandma couldn't/wouldn't plan a fortnightly menu) and I would sometimes go with them.

I remember helping (loose interpretation of the word) my Dad with whatever work he was doing on the house. I'm the daughter of a carpenter and I wanted to do whatever Dad did.

I remember Mum cooking Sunday lunch EVERY week - even when it was roasting outside with the Archers omnibus on the radio.

I'm sure there were plenty of outings and lots of money spent on trips out...but that is not what has built the memories.  Its the time with my family that I remember.

I remember feeling loved all the time.

So - if my girls don't have the outings like their friends perhaps they're not missing out on so much after all because they are loved beyond words and THAT is what I hope they remember as they grow up.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sylvanian Families Party Set Review

Look what arrived last week!

It's time to P-A-R-T-Y!

The set comes in a nice compact box (none of this excessive packaging malarkey!) - I was really pleased when I opened it up that it wasn't all settled into a plastic tray (they infuriate me!).

The detail on this set is AMAZING.

It comes with the following:

  • Table and 4 chairs
  • 4 x plates / glasses / cake forks
  • Jug of squash
  • Sandwich platter
  • Cake with 2 removable slices and a cake plate
  • Pizza and pizza plate
  • Trifle
  • Salad
  • Serving tongs
  • A table mat (paper)
  • 2 x party invites (paper)
  • 2 x party banners (paper)
  • 2 x party hats (paper)
  • 2 x presents (paper)

I just love the sandwich platter. Its so detailed (sorry for the slightly blurry photo - my phone just didn't want to do close up!)

First thoughts

The table itself is really big (for Sylvania!!) - it kind of has to be to fit the cake, pizza, sarnies and trifle on and allow room for plates etc).

First look at the table and accessories

Its a really versatile table that will look good in any of the larger family homes.

The girls set up in Beechwood Hall.  I just left them to it and before I knew it extra chairs had been drafted in ready for a game of Musical Chairs.

The kids decided to set up all the party food in the dining room and pressie in the lounge ...

The birthday banners are up and the pressie pile is accumulating.
 The set only comes with two boxes for pressies to the children used some from other sets and some we had crafted at home on a previous occasion.

The Sylvanian Families are ready for a game of "Duck Duck Goose" (I still have no idea what this game is!!)

What would we change?

For me the paper sheets that you make the present boxes and banners etc from was a bit flimsy.  Its not going to last.  HOWEVER - it has given the girls ideas to make decorations of their own.

The children were disappointed that there weren't teeny tiny items to go inside the presents - perhaps a mini doll or something.

They also thought the table needed a 'proper' material table cloth (I'm raising these kids well!!!)

The kids also thought that there should be balloons since its a party.  So our job for half term week is going to be to make a few teeny tiny balloons.

I love how the arrival of a new set inspires a new way of playing.  It sparks their imagination.

I never suggest ways for the children to set it up or how they should play with it.

I loved seeing them create a party with party games.

I'm slightly relieved they didn't ask me to make itty bitty party bags to give to guests ;)

There is so much included for the price but lots of it consists of tiny items so is perhaps better for the more experienced collector rather than those just starting out. 

Anyone else got this set?  I'd love to know your thoughts.

Beccy x

NB - I was not paid for my review although the set was sent to me to review.  These are my own opinions.
Saturday, 7 January 2017

Sylvanian Families Christmas Set

In December we were lucky to receive the beautiful Sylvanian Christmas set through the post to review.

In the mountains of all our Sylvanian items we didn't have any 'official' Christmas items, usually just making use of Christmas items from other toys...a Lego Christmas tree and snowman, an old HappyLand Santa so it was lovely to receive some 'proper' items for our sets.

The set arrives in the new style packaging, looking all vintage and lovely.

It includes Freya, the chocolate rabbit girl dressed in a beautiful red dress and hat.

There are some cardboard pop out wreaths and garlands for attaching to your Sylvanian house front door. It would have been nice to have a 'proper' wreath...the type you get as card toppers from craft shops but the cardboard ones were pretty enough.

There is a lovely free standing Christmas tree complete with little ornaments to attach and some little cardboard parcels to fold and put under the tree.

I LOVE that one of the little presents supplied is a Sylvanian Family toy sized Sylvanian house! A really diddy little miniature.

To finish off the set there is a snowman. Strike that. A snow rabbit! Life sized! (Well - life sized if you're a Sylvanian!)

This is what's included in the set

The children loved putting the Christmas items in their houses (the set seemed to move from house to house to prevent arguments).

It retails at £19.99 which to be honest I think is a bit too expensive.  If you can track it down for around the £14 mark I would say it's a good deal but I'm not sure it's worth £20.

Having said that it really is a lovely addition for any collector.

The Sylvanian Families Christmas set in use...this time in the dolls house.

I would love to get my hands on this set for next year....

....anyone off to Japan?! Just look at that sleigh!

NB - I was not paid for my review although the set was sent to me to review.  These are my own opinions.