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Halloween Crafts: Get Your Spook On

It is Halloween week and the boys are very excited about it.  I am currently trying to track down some…

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The Joker – Book Review

The Joker – Book Review

Just who is The Joker?

A few months ago I reviewed a fabulous book, Twisted Tales by a wonderful blogger Deborah Stansil.  To read the review click here.

At the time she mentioned that she had another book on the horizon.  So, when I heard that her new book was available from Amazon, I popped over and bought it.

The Joker, is Deborah’s latest offering and it doesn’t disappoint.

Premise of The Joker

I don’t want to give much away, as this book is designed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Also the timing of this book being reviewed is no mistake, there is a reason this spooky book is being reviewed the week leading up to halloween…..

To ensure I don’t ruin it for everyone about to read this book, I am going to leave it to the author to tell you the premise:

“When Kayleigh and her friends do a Ouija board one drunken night, they have no idea the horror they are inviting into their lives. When two of her best friends die in mysterious circumstances, and her boyfriend becomes possessed by a seductive demon, Kayleigh starts seeking answers.
What she learns fills her with dread, and after finding little help from a local priest, she takes matters into her own hands.
Kayleigh must choose between love and morality or power and her deepest desires in this twisted tale that shows that sometimes, the unknown is best left unknown…”

My Thoughts

This book is a lot scarier than my usual favourite reads.  However, once again Deborah had me hooked from the beginning.

It has lots of twists and turns.  I loved that about Deborah’s short stories and the flash fiction she has on her blog.  She manages to transfer the same idea to a full size book.  It works just as well.  I found myself unable to put it down as I wanted to know what happened next.  She has a real talent for this kind of writing.

I am sure you will have guessed that as the story starts with a Ouija board, that it dabbles in the supernatural.  It certainly has a different take on this than most supernatural stories.

Just don’t do what I did.  I read it on my kindle in the dark (I know its bad for my eyes hubby tells me off all the time). I did then manage to spook myself just a little!  Whoops!

So if you are looking for your next book, then I would definitely recommend this one.  I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read what she does next.  For those looking for a little insight into Debbie’s work.  Check out her Halloween Flash Fiction story, “The Invitation” which was on her blog this week, find it here.

If you want to purchase The Joker, you can do so through Amazon, click here.

The Joker front cover. An orange ouija board.

Here is how you can keep up to speed with what Debbie releases in the future.  Please pop by and say hello, she is super nice!


On the blog today we review The Joker, the new book by Deborah Stansil




I am loving all the Autumn / Pumpkin photos this week, what a talented lot you all are.  So lovely to see all these seasonal photos!

This week I decided that the boys and I were feeling a little left out of the pumpkin trend.  So, on Friday I dragged the kids to the pumpkin farm, in the rain.  Thankfully, they didn’t care that it was a horrible day and had a lovely time anyway.

#capturingtheday is going from strength to strength and we are so chuffed at all you lovely people tagging us every week.

To join in keep tagging us.  Everyone is welcome.  Every kind of photo is welcome from kiddies, to your latest stab at the Great British Bake Off, we want to see anything that you feel captures your day.


All four of these photos capture the Autumn feeling beautifully! From halloween outfits and pumpkin farms to walks and rides in the woods.  They all capture the mood of October beautifully.

Week 7 #capturing the day. Four photos - two girls are dressed up for halloween one as a devil and one as a witch. a little boy clutches a heavy pumpkin as he stands in the middle of a pumpkin farm. A little boy on an orange bike and helmet, in the woods. A little boy - arms outstretched - walks into the woods.


 From top left (clockwise):

  1. Five Little Doves: Blog & Instagram
  2. Chocolate and Wine and I’ll Be Fine: BlogInstagram
  3. Battlemum: Blog & Instagram
  4. Dilan and Me: Blog & Instagram


Pop over to Gemma’s blog to find out more about her week.

Four Photos: A little girl peeking over the top of a sand dune next to a STUNNING beach hut, a drawing wall with a very creative little Super-girl having a go on it, a cheeky little chap playing and a lad playing in the woods with a gorgeous shadow being cast on a tree. He looks like a mini Harry Potter.

From top left (clockwise):

  1. Miss Betty and me: BlogInstagram
  2. All about a mini norris: BlogInstagram
  3. Babies Biscuits and Booze: Blog Instagram
  4. The Mummy Sylist: Blog & Instagram

Thanks so much to everyone that tagged us.  It was very hard to pick the favourites of the week.


Like Gemma, I am a bit of a sucker when it comes to a rainbow.  However this is no ordinary rainbow, it is a double one!  Very cool to catch this beauty on camera:


If you are discovering this hashtag for the first time, it is easy to take part.

We want to see a selection of photos, regardless of the topic! So tag #capturingtheday – we want to see variety!

We didn’t want a hashtag that just represented one niche because we want to see them all!  You don’t have to be a blogger to take part, everyone is welcome!

It is so easy to join, next time you post a photo tag us using: #capturingtheday.


Every Sunday we will do a blog post and every week we will feature our eight favourite photos – four each.

These featured images will also appear on our Instagram account with a tag back to your account.

So what are you waiting for?  Join us as we are #capturingtheday.  

Help us spread the word! We want everyone to join in!

I hope you all have a great week, we can’t wait to see what you have for us this week.




It is week 7 for the instagram hashtag #capturingtheday.  Pop over to the blog to find out who has been featured and how to take part.



Ultimate Spider-man Review

Ultimate Spider-man Review

SPIDER-MAN is chasing the creepy Rhino villain. Become a superhero and join his battle…

Superhero’s.  Kids love them.  Adults love them.

What I didn’t account for when I reviewed The Ultimate Spider-man game from Megableu is how much daddy monkey would like it.

In fact he liked it so much that the kids were begging him for a shot. However, he kept saying “just a minute”.  I had to remind him to share, which you don’t expect to do with a 21-year-old (ahem….)

The official box of the Ultimate Spiderman game. With a picture of the superhero on the from and the official Spiderman logo

Who are Megableu?

If you want to know more about this fabulous company, check out my post from earlier on in the week: Piggin’ Boogers.

Essentially they are a French company who make children’s toys and games.  There toys are original and inventive.

How do you play Spider-man?

Spiderman stands on a base. The laser gun, red and blue, sits next to it.

This is the fun part.  Spider-man sits on a base, when you press start he spins around and projects Rhino onto the walls and ceilings.  The projection changes every few seconds, high and low and all around the room.

Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to use the laser gun to make the Rhino disappear.  Each time you get a hit it is marked on your laser gun.  It is like laser quest in your very own living room!

There are a few different levels too, so when you get comfortable with the first level you can move up to the next.

The person with the most points win, of course that is if you share!

The laser beam hitting a grey kitchen cupboard, red and looks like a rhino. A close up of the laser gun

Our Thoughts

You have probably figured out what the hubby thinks of this, he loved it.  When the boys eventually got a shot they loved it too.  One thing about these megableu games is that they have the ability to create a lot of laughter where the kids are concerned which is a huge bonus as far as I am concerned.

It took a little while to connect the gun to the projections, mainly because we are terrible at reading instructions, but once connected it was easy and fun to use.

A top tip from us is if you have younger kids do it is a small room.  The monkeys said it as too difficult to do it in our living room, but took part with ease when we moved into the utility room.

We loved this fabulous game.  The boys have it constantly set up in the utility room now, and I know they are playing it because I can hear the giggling!

Close up picture of Spidermans face

Disclosure – we were provided with the game for free.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Over on the blog we review the Ultimate Spiderman laser gun game. Pop over to see what we thought.

Autumn Collage, Crafty!

Autumn Collage, Crafty!

I love Autumn.  The fabulous colours as the seasons change and the leaves start to fall.

I have loved spending time outdoors with the monkeys.  We have explored the great outdoors a few times lately and they have been asking lots of questions.

Some that are easy: “what is that mummy?”…. “an acorn darling”.

and some that are just a little bizarre: “Does that squirrel know Yoda?” … “eh, I truly have no idea hun”

An Autumn Collage

Want to try it out?  Here is what you need:

  • coloured card
  • glue stick
  • paint and brushes
  • a bag for collecting items

A little boy in a red jumper and a little boy in a purple collect leaves and twigs in little clear bags.

This week we decided to get a little crafty and make an autumn collage.  The boys collected whatever they wanted in little bags when we were out for a walk, then we made some fun pictures with them.  This has the added benefit of distracting them enough to not complain about having to go for a walk in the first place – win win!

When we got home they picked out some fun green card and stuck their items onto the sheet, using a glue stick.

Two little boys stick leaves to green card to make an autumn collage

Then they proceeded to add more colour to it using paints, sticking to Autumn colours, orange, reds and yellows.

It was good to chat with them about what colours they thought looked like Autumn.  It turns out they have a pretty good grasp of that even though it isn’t something I have pointed out before – that I can remember anyway.

Well I say that but they were pretty insistent that purple should be in there!  But I think that has more to do with D loving the colour purple more than anything else.

Two little boys in green coveralls, paint the stuck on leaves using autumn colours (brown, yellow, red, orange)


It kept the boys occupied for a good hour in total and was a really fun activity to do.  What I liked about it is that I could let them do whatever they wanted with the picture and just supervise, unlike some activities where they need me to help them out.  It was nice to just let them do whatever they wanted with the pictures.

We now have the pictures proudly displayed on the kitchen cabinet doors.

The finished collage - a little messy but 100% work of a four-year-old with no mummy help

A little messy! However, it is 100% the work of two four-year-olds.

Why not try it out at home?  Let me know how you get on.   If you want to know what other activities we have been up to check out our activities here.


On the blog today we embrace fall as we do an Autumn Collage. A perfect activity for preschool children and a perfect family activity for parents to organise.