About Me

About me

My name is Nik and I am Mum to two small boys called Sam and Oliver and partner to the long suffering Ali and we are based in Devon, England.

My blog is about my journey though life, the highs, the lows and all the fun and messy bits in-between.

It is a personal blog that is written by me and only features my opinions. I do work on behalf of businesses and companies, writing posts and reviews but I will only give you my honest thoughts, if I love it or hate it I will tell you.

If you would like to get in touch with me or my mini monsters please contact me at
themummymonster1@gmail.com





Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The Night-Lighters Book Review



Recently we were invited to review a new book, The Night-Lighters and as we love a bedtime story we jumped at the chance.

The Night-Lighters has been written and created by L.A Andrews and V.K James and we loved it!!

Sam and I snuggled up on his bed and I started to read. Sam is at the point of starting to recognise words within books and often stops me to tell me the next word and he loved the fact that the moon and star were obviously sleeping as he could see "zzz" next to them.





 The idea of the book is to meet The Night-Lighters, who are magical people who live in Yew Tree Woods. At night they head off to work in search of children who are having bad dreams. They work hard to add a magical ball of light into the child's own night light which in turn offers comfort and allowing them to sleep soundly until the morning.

The characters in this book are fab. Sam and I both loved the fact that the pictures were photographs of real characters rather than drawn pictures and if you look closely you will find a mouse hiding on most of the pages.

To check out Sam's review of The Night-Lighters please visit: https://t.co/4f55S6u903 (https://twitter.com/mummymonster2/status/1075502369268477959?s=09)

If you want a book to calm your child before they go off to sleep, then this is definitely the book for you.

The book can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Night-Lighters/dp/1916434401/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545255049&sr=8-1&keywords=the+night-lighters

You can also find The Nightlighters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thenightlighters18/ and instagram www.instagram.com/thenightlighters or their own website www.thenight-lighters.com 

On these websites you can also find pictures to colour, puzzles and scavenger hunts. Sam has already asked me to print off the word search for him :)

#bookreview #thenightlighters #themummymonster #bedtimestory #sweetdreams #sleepthroughthenight

Disclosure: For the purpose of this review I was gifted on copy of The Night-Lighters book. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Train of Lights Review

Review of the Train of Lights



On Saturday evening, Ali and I made Sam's day by taking him and Oliver on the Train of Lights which was run by Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company.

Ever since Sam spotted the advert, which features an ariel video of the train with all its lights, he has been desperate to go and he had no idea that I actually booked it.



See the advert below:

https://youtu.be/VxphJGlTaCY

Now who wouldn't want to go on that?

We didn't tell Sam where we were going until we turned up at the station. His face was brilliant when the penny dropped. It was totally worth it and we hadn't even stepped on the train yet!!

So, we collected our tickets and headed out onto the platform. The platform was incredibly busy. There didn't seem to be any reason where people were stood. We headed down the platform and stood next to the rope and watched as the train filled up with water. The boys level of excitement was high.

A countdown was started and the lights were switched on. Again the boys faces were brilliant.

A member of staff then opened the train doors and there was a rush for the door. I picked up Oliver as I was worried he may be stepped on.



Ali and Sam were ahead and managed to get onboard and save us some decent chairs.

Once onboard, we immediately relaxed. The boys were looking out of the window and then looking around the carriage at all the baubles and more lights. It definitely was christmasy!!

The conductor explained all the lights would have to be switched off until after Goodrington Station as they were too close to the main line

We set off and true to their word, the lights came on and the magic started.

As well as the train being covered in lights. There were changing lights mounted under the carriage which projected lights outside.



There were lots of things to look for on both sides of the train including  gnomes, reindeer and polar bears. There is even a snow machine to look out for.




Once you have headed into Kingswear, the train is pulled into the station by a diesel giving you time to swap sides of the carriage and ready for the journey home.

The highlight for me excluding seeing my boys faces was going through the tunnel. The lights lit up the tunnel and gave an experience I had never seen before.




Overall the train ride was great and it would have been amazing if the rush for train at the start hadn't been so frightening being pushed around.

I desperately tried to take photos but my phone didn't do it justice so thankfully Ali was on hand to take some decent ones.





The train of lights is running until 13th December and tickets can be booked online at http://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/


Monday, 19 November 2018

Review of Lapland Letters - a letter from Father Christmas

 Lapland Letters - a personalised letter from Father Christmas



Christmas is coming, I know it’s only November but the magic has already started!! So, I was absolutely thrilled to be accepted to review Letters from Santa from Lapland Letters.

I simply completed the form on the website https://www.laplandletters.co.uk and choose from the different letters that were available. I decided to give the boys a different letter each so it seemed to them that each letter had been written individually. 

The letters are written in such a way where I was able to include my son's name, the town we live in, his age, what he would like for Christmas, the name of his best friend  and what he left out for Father Christmas and his reindeer to eat and drink last Christmas Eve.

I was also able to add a special note which for Sam mentioned trying again to ride his bike again and for Oliver to stay in his own bed all night!! It was worth a try!! lol

So I submitted the form and waited for the magic to arrive.

The letters arrived in a plain white envelope addressed to me so I could place them on the door mat before the children could come down stairs. 




Sam spotted them first and shot down the stairs to find an envelope addressed to him. He picked it up and started to feel the package. Oliver then joined him and shouted "Ho Ho Ho" as he saw Father Christmas on the stamp.

The boys eagerly opened their envelopes and emptied their contents onto the table. The first thing Sam saw was a chocolate bar wrapped in gold wrapping and his name written across the top. It almost broke my heart when he shouted "Father Christmas must know that I am allowed chocolate now!" 



Included in the boys envelope was: 
  • a personalised letter
  • Santa please stop here sign
  • two wishing stars
  • a colour in picture
  • a door hanger
  • a secret Santa map
  • a good child certificate
  • a named chocolate bar


After I read the boys their personalised letters, they were so excited, Sam couldnt get over how much information Father Christmas knew about him, but it was time for School.



Sam told anyone and everyone who would listen that Father Christmas had written to him. He saw his best friend and couldn’t wait to tell him what Santa had said.



I think the magic has well and truly hit our house. The excitement levels were through the roof for the rest of day!! So much so, that Sam asked to make Christmas paper chains that evening :)

If you would like you child to receive their own letter and package from Santa or Father Christmas then please go to https://www.laplandletters.co.uk/ and complete the form, but please note that the from must be sent before midnight 20th December 2018 to guarantee arrival before the big day.

Disclosure: We received two packs from Lapland Letters for free in return for an honest review.

#christmas #laplandletters #magicisreal #themummymonster

Friday, 21 September 2018

Long Term Feuds




I fell out with one of my teenage best friend years ago and I still, to this day, hold a grudge, however I suspect she doesn’t even know about it or care!! So why do I?

I grew up in a fairly small village where you only mixed with other people from the village, none of us were old enough to drive, the bus would arrive once a day but not always come back so we were stuck. We all went to school together and all spent our spare time together.

As a teenager, my parents were really aware of how bored we were in the village so they set up a scout group for us and we all loved it. It gave us experiences and memories that we would have never not got anywhere else, but to offer us this group it took my parents time. They devoted time to us, they would pick us all up and take us off to do things like den building, archery and shooting amongst a whole load of other things.

So when one of my best friends, slagged off and was really rude about my parents, I instantly took it to heart. I couldn’t forgive her. At the time, it broke my heart and I actually cut her from my life. I felt I didn’t need that. My parents had done everything for me and my brother and the fact they weren’t appreciated for their efforts was devastating.  

She often tried to make contact when our lives would cross but I kept myself away her. I didn’t need her; however she always smiled and waved and made an effort.

Over the years, my life moved on and I moved out of the village, I grew up but whenever I see her I remember that I can’t forgive her, however I can’t actually remember what was said!! Lol It is ridiculous!! Why can I not get over it?

I recently mentioned it to some friends whilst out for a few drinks and they laughed at me and I felt even more ridiculous but I thought about it when I got home and I still don’t think I can get over it, I just can’t forgive her.

Surely I can’t be the only one who has held a long term grudge and still can’t actually remember what was said!!

#grumpy #unforgiven #feud #themummymonster #blogger

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Go Ape Junior Course - Haldon Forest


Go Ape Junior - Haldon Forest

 

Recently my boys and I were invited to have a go at the new Go Ape Junior course in Haldon Forest near Exeter. I was a bit nervous about booking it for Sam, who gets quite nervous but my goodness me, he did me proud and showed me just what he was capable of!

 

 So what is Go Ape Junior?

It is a high ropes course set up in the tree tops. It features zip wires and obstacles such as stepping stones, tightropes and rope bridges, enough to get your adrenaline flowing.

 

“Up in the forest canopy you can expect a variety of crossings, each offering a sense of reward and achievement before gliding along the grand zip wire finale. Brand new for summer 2018, Tree Top Junior at Haldon Forest makes for some unforgettable high ropes antics.”

 

We arrived with nervous in trepidation, I was really worried that Sam would see the course and back out at going up, I was also slightly worried that Ali might back out as he doesn’t do heights!!

 

I booked them both in before they could change their minds and we were given the rules to read. Once read, we signed the paperwork and given the wrist bands and told to head over to the harness area.

 
 
 


At the harness area, both boys were kitted up and they headed up to the example stage where they were shown how to clip themselves onto the wire. Sam was also encouraged to sit down in his harness to show that if he fell off what would happen. Sam seemed to get the hang of moving along the wire really quickly.

 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
They then headed off to the low level section to get an idea of what they would experience up in the trees. Oliver was desperate to have a go at this section but being less than one meter tall he wasn’t allowed.

  
 
 
 
Low section complete, Sam was desperate to head up into the trees; they waited at the bottom of the wooden stairs and told the member of staff it was their first time up. He then took the time to talk them through and gave them a few hints and tips before clipping them on. Sam was off and I had to shout to tell him to wait for his Dad several times.

  
 
Sam even managed how to use the clip and move it onto the next section on his own. He loved being able to shout down to us and gave us a wave or pull a funny face at us. He was having a great time. Ali’s face often told a different picture!! Sorry Ali, I do love you for doing it and if I could have gone, I would have done!! Xx

 

Sam started to get more and more confident and even started jumping across some of the stepping stones, my nervous little boy was gone. Once they completed the section, they then headed to the zip wire. Sam showed no fear and practically jumped off the ledge and headed down. I was incredibly jealous as I wanted to have a go!!
 

 

 
Once they unclipped themselves they then headed to the harder section two, again Sam was completely unfazed and off he went with Ali in tow.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 



Again I watched from the ground and marvelled as they were stepping over blocks, climbing over ropes and pulling themselves onto the next sections. They absolutely loved it. After each section they were able to do the zip wire. The boys headed up for the final section, they climbed the rope net and looked at the first set of ropes. One of the members of staff noticed they were unsure and came over to talk to them about how to complete it. Ali made the decision that it would be too hard for them and so the member of staff unclipped them and they went back to the first section again before finishing with the final zip wire.

 

At the end of the zip wire, their hour was up and it was time to give the harnesses back. Once they were given back, the boys were given a certificate of completion. Sam was chuffed to bits.

 


Ali commented just how friendly and polite all the staff were and the only concern was the wire that they were clipped onto. Ali is 6ft 2 and the wire had to sit underneath his arm throughout the whole course. This has left him with a nasty bruise on his arm. When he spoke to the staff they explained that the course is aimed at young people not adults so the height of the wire was set for them.

 

If you fancy giving the course a go, your child must be over one meter tall. There is also a weight limit of 20.5 stone/ 130kg. If the child is under six years old then an adult must accompany them on the course. If over six, an adult must supervise from the ground. For a one hour session on the junior course it is £18. For more information or to book check out goape.co.uk or call 0845 519 2727.

 

Disclosure: For the purpose of this review we were gifted two tickets for a one hour session on the Go Ape Junior Course at Haldon Forest. All the thoughts in this review are my completely my own.

The Night-Lighters Book Review

Recently we were invited to review a new book, The Night-Lighters and as we love a bedtime story we jumped at the chance. The Night-...