Bloody killer clowns can do one!

No longer is the clown craze just in the US but now it seems to have travelled across the water, and slowly infected the people of England. What eejits think this is acceptable behaviour? Scaring adults or children, both can have disastrous consequences and leave their victims traumatised for a long time. My eldest is a sensitive soul and worries about things; safety talk at Brownies by the police, led to weeks worrying about burglars; learning about the Great Fire of London, led to sleepless nights about the house burning down! At least those worries don’t stem from something so ridiculous as bloody clowns,up I don’t blame her. They are pretty scary! The film IT was a firm favourite when I was growing up, for getting scared with your friends, but there wasa choice involved in this, I was the idiot that watched the film and scared Myself witless! But with this, there is no choice! It is all over the media and despite trying to keep her shielded from it, as I knew it would worry her, children talk. A coach trip,with school, to swimming  lessons is all it took for her to freak out. Lots of the children were talking about ‘killer clowns’ and it has really really freaked her out! She couldn’t sleep last night and was beside herself with worry about killer clowns either jumping out on us, or breaking into our house. In the end she sneaked into her younger brothers bed for reassurance and comfort. I have been into school and her friends and the teacher are going to try and alleviate some of her worries, whether it will work is a different story! She isn’t the only one, another friend of mine sat on the landing last night until her 8 year old fell asleep so she could keep the killer clowns away! The world has gone bloody potty and my husband for one, will not react lightly if he sees one of these idiots dressed as clowns! Enough already, stop closing around, it’s not funny and quite frankly bloody unacceptable. I for one hope this is a very short lived craze!

Shhhh… it’s a secret!

We must be blinking mad! We have only gone and reserved a puppy! A gorgeous white and brown sprocker. 

We have contemplated getting a dog for years, but have never been able to due to both working full time with long hours. Not to mention three young children. A dog sadly didn’t fit in with our lifestyle. The eldest, is dog mad, and happily accompanies my sister and her dog on walks. To be fair, she is actually quite obsessed, and I am pretty sure she will be an absolute nightmare when the puppy arrives. Something tells me she will get more than a tad possessive, and I sense lots of tearful outbursts when the puppy needs a break from cuddles, or worse still a sibling is having quality puppy time!

With work circumstances changing, it now means the majority of the time, someone will be home with the dog; certainly while he is very young and being trained. Moving house, has also meant we now walk to and from school everyday. In theory, as long as he is well trained, he will accompany us, meaning a guarantee 40 minute exercise, and there are lots of lovely local walks to do morning/evening, long and short. I know it will be a challenge juggling 3 children, 1 dog, 2 cats, 3 rats and lots of fish, but life certainly won’t be boring haha

Three weeks on Sunday (not that I am excited or anything). So any top tips, things to buy/not to buy are more than welcome!

Now to think of a name- Cosmo, Marley, Murphy, Bentley, Rambo, Otis….

Zoobug treats for the kiddiewinks

We have always stuck with what we know works for our children, glasses wise. My two kiddiewinks in glasses, have very strong prescriptions so the lenses are heavy  and thick; can’t afford or justify the expense of thinning them at the moment. Thin wire/metal frames are a no no and we have stuck to Tomato glasses and centrostyle. The lovely people at Zoobug sent us some of their fabulous and quirky glasses to try, not only did they send specs for my two glasses wearing kiddiewinks, they also sent a pair of beautifully sunglasses for my eldest so she didn’t feel left out!

Little man’s were perfect and his pals call them his owl glasses, as they think he looks like an owl! The opticians and hospital we both impressed with the fit, style and durability!

Little ladies glasses weren’t the right style for her, and the thick lenses wouldn’t work, she looked over the top with the, being a smaller frame! So eldest has claimed them as her glasses, they really suit her, despite having Zoobug etched into the clear glass.



As for the sunglasses, they are a huge hit! Gorgeous! I am still slightly perturbed that her glasses are worth more than mine .

Hi-Tec Hiking Boots Review

A while ago we were sent a pair of hiking boots for review. Stupidly, I ordered then for the hubby, who was a nightmare to pin down to do the photos. It didn’t help that we had kiddiewinks with uti’s, chicken pox and crazily busy schedules! Note to self- never order for the hubby again, as fitting things in, all five of us, is a challenge these days. Hubby has size 12 feet but they are very wide, and he has always had trouble getting comfy shoes, especially walking boots. We were both very impressed with the quality and simple look of the boots and he can’t get over how comfy they are. Not too heavy cumbersome. They look pretty smart and are completely neutral both are always a bonus.


When walking through puddles, the rain and mud just seem to slide seemlessly off the boots, leaving them clean and dry, even now after several uses, they are not cakes in mud, like my old boots. Even I can vouch for them now as I wo a pair of the woman’s (brand new) while working with a group of teenagers in July, the outward bounds centre had just bought in a batch of hi tech hiking boots, comfortable does not come close. Without any wearing in, I managed  to walk up Snowdon in them and they stayed waterproof and comfortable right up to the end, when my right one started to get soggy, pretty impressive considering I had had them on all day in torrential rain! I for one, will definitely be buying a pair for myself and am pretty gutted I got a pair for my hubby to try out not me. Simple, well priced and highly effective is how I would sum them up! 

Just a bit of slow motion footage, which will hopefully show how the mud and water just glides off them…

Although we were sent the boots for the purpose of the review, all opinions are my own!

Wyevale Garden centre Spring Week


 We were recently invited to take part in Spring week at our local Wyevale garden Centre (Altrincham). It was a lovely session but not enough time had been planned. I don’t think the garden centre had anticipated it taking quite so long to paint a gnome- we had been allocated fifteen minutes, but we were still at it forty-five minutes later, luckily it was quiet so we weren’t rushed. The only downside, was it took us awhile to locate the workshop, staff didn’t seem to know it was even going on. However, It is definitely worth popping in for one of their workshops if you live locally to a Wyevale Garden Centre- they over lots of different themed workshops during school holidays. Over Easter, we had the choice of Enchanted Gardens, tomato plants, or gnomes, we went for painting a gnome as it fit in with our calendar. We didn’t get an activity sheet though but the kid’s still loved it.

We also got to sample the cafe while there, the little man said the cheese sandwich was the best he had ever had, not sure why, but he enjoyed it! There was also a good choice of other items to add to their lunch bags. I had a cheese and spring onion which was yummy (although a tad overpriced).

Well worth trying one of their workshops as a bargain at £2.50 per child.

Have a look at their website to see what they are offering in the future

Excuse the short post with no photos, the camera ran out of juice!

Secret Spy Mission… An interview with the Author


Welcome to Doodle…where you draw the story. Help finish characters, build up the town and design a GIANT ICE CREAM POWERED robot to fight off…the SUPER villains that you doodle! Doodles get into LOTS of trouble. Watch out, it is up to you to doodle them out of it!

Information about the Book
Title: Create Your Own Spy Mission
Author: Andrew and Chris Judge
Release Date: 7th April 2016
Genre: Create Your Own Doodle – MG
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Paperback
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Book Website:
Author Information
Chris Judge is an award winning picture book author/illustrator (THE LONELY BEAST, TIN) and co-author, with comedian David O’Doherty, of DANGER IS EVERYWHERE. Chris’s work continues to feature in advertising, newspapers, magazines and exhibitions in the UK and Ireland.


Andrew Judge has written and illustrated countless short stories and comics with his brother Chris, including regular features for arts and culture magazines Mongrel and Totally Dublin. Andrew lives and works as an architect in Ireland.


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At ‘All things kiddiewink’, we were very excited to be asked to take part in the blog tour and were really interested in finding out how the Author come up with the idea and inspiration for the ‘Create your own spy mission’. We were lucky enough  to have the authors answering our question.

We asked… ” What inspired you to create a book involving the reader?”

A: Well, we’re brothers for starters, so we’ve always been doing stuff together.

C: Andrew is the eldest in the family, so our other brother Simon and I would copy what he was doing, and that’s basically how I learned to draw.
A: Our dad is a great cartoonist and our mum is an artist to, so there was always something to draw with at home.
C: Andrew used to buy 2000AD …
A: I still do!
C: … and we’d all sit around the kitchen table in the evenings in the eighties copying Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper by these amazing artists. Also the Asterix books. I loved copying stuff from them.
A: Then we grew up and got proper jobs, but we kept on making comics together in our spare time. We had a series in a free-sheet called Totally Dublin in our hometown for about a year and a half, which was set in a depressing, futuristic city.
C: We also did another one about a team of goofy aliens stuck on Earth for another magazine, which we eventually collected into a comic.
A: So when Scholastic, our publisher, asked Chris to come up with some ideas for a story book that kids could also draw in, Chris asked me to help out over a weekend. And that’s were the idea for Create Your Own Alien Adventure came to life.
C: We wanted to make something that kid’s could mess around with, draw on, fold, rip, and basically play with.
A: I just wanted to impress my seven year old son!
C: Scholastic asked us to come up with more ideas for a second book, so we gave our editor, David Maybury, a long list of other books we’d like to make, and he suggested “Spies.”
A: Which was the answer we wanted to hear, because we love spy movies and spy books. The KnowHow Book of Spycraft by Falcon Travis was one of my favourite books as a kid.
C: We’ve a hundred other ideas for the Create Your Own series. We can’t wait to get them into readers hands.
A: Yeah, the feedback from our readers about Alien Adventure has been brilliant. I can’t wait to hear what they think about Spy Mission!

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What did All things kiddiewink think about the book?

My daughter hasn’t read it all yet (we only received it yesterday) but for a girl that is not keen on reading, she seems pretty hooked, and has been seen walking around the house reading it- unheard of for her! She is not a big fiction fan, but this creates a more ‘real’ element and the fact she gets to do things throughout the book, really excites her. She came to ask me if she could rip out the pages, as it it told her to, she couldn’t believe she would actually be allowed. I think the spying theme is awesome, as my two bigger kiddiewinks are big into everything ‘spy’ at the moment!

Here is my eldest kiddiewink’s first vlog; she is quite shy so this is a big achievement for her!IMG_3268