Trampoline for a Small Garden

8 ft Plum Trampoline by Asda

I don’t know what possessed me to agree to an 8ft Trampoline from Asda.  Our garden is tiny, at most measuring approximately 20 x 30 feet.  The look on my husband’s face when the trampoline arrived said it all really as I hadn’t told him it was coming.  It took a bit of persuading to get him to help put it together as he wasn’t convinced.

However, with Summer looming and no prospect of a big trip this year, I really need stuff to entertain her and she’s always wanted one.  Our garden isn’t that enticing and she rarely plays out there.  We did try a small Wendy House but she has outgrown that now.


It really wasn’t that difficult to put together.  It came in two boxes, with all the pieces, including a tool to stretch the springs and a set of instructions.  Like with any instructions for self-assembly, they could have been a bit clearer but we managed.

I’d read a lot of the reviews beforehand and was prepared for it to take about 3 hours.  It took us about 2.5 hours and very few domestics.  We did have to improvise on a few occasions as a few of the punched holes didn’t line up but nothing a hammer wouldn’t sort.  We did end up with 6 random plastic disks left over, but they don’t seem to be an integral part.


Trampolines for Small Gardens

I opted for the 8 foot design so it wouldn’t dominate the garden, but if I’m honest it does a bit, but we still have enough space to shift it around so the grass underneath survives.  I love the fishbowl design of the netting as it gives kids more space, on a smaller trampoline, to wave their arms about.  It’s low enough to the ground so you don’t really need a ladder.  The black looks more stylish/contemporary than the usual green or pink ones.  But most of all the springs are on the outside of the netting so no danger of trapped fingers or toes.  A few reviews mentioned issues with the zipper but we haven’t experience that yet.


According to the literature, it’s designed for one child up to a maximum weight of 50kg.  But as you can see, which I wouldn’t recommend, my husband had a bit of a play on it as well.  As a parent, I’d be happy for her and one other 7 year old child to play on it.

Value for money

The 8 Ft Plum Trampoline comes in at just under £200, you can get cheaper 8 ft trampolines, but I’d rather spend a bit more for the safety features and quality.  It’s a bit heavier which means it’s not going to blow away the next time the wind kicks up but still light enough to move around the garden.

Our Verdict

It’s one of the best things we have done, we have had to sacrifice a part of our garden, but our daughter is hysterical with happiness.

She spent most of the weekend on it and we had to drag her off it this morning before school.  She can’t wait to have a friend over to play soon.

Could you give a REAL Fairy a Home?

My Own Fairy Door – Review

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Picasso

My Own Fairy Door Review

I absolutely love these Fairy Doors, put them inside our outside and invite a fairy to come and live with you.  I’m all up for anything that stimulates imagination, encourages creative play and promotes writing.

I’ve just survived the school holidays and was nearly broken by the repeated pleas asking ‘what are we doing today? Who are we going to visit?’  My 7 year old daughter, an only child, has never been brilliant at playing on her own and a simple ‘go and play’ doesn’t work.

However, the morning after our ‘Own Fairy Door’ arrived she set upon opening and became totally immersed in creating a home for her Fairy.  She spent a good two to three hours playing independently with very little input from us.


She made her a house

Bumble Bee Fairy Door

Decorated her room

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And named her

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Landscaped her garden

(excuse the cat hair in the photo, you know what it’s like if you leave a box unattended with cats around.)

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Now we just need to wait for her to move in.  Apparently, once the key is gone and there’s fairy dust on the doorstep we will know she’s arrived.

We will then need to go online and print off her a naming certificate for her.

These would make excellent gifts for some of her school friends and reasonable priced at £19.99.

Truly Magical.


Card Games for the whole family – Giveaway

Dobble is Brilliant!

Family Card Games

As a family we really should play games more often.  We have a sideboard full of games from Kerplunk to Kerfuffle plus a few traditional ones like The Game of Life.  We do play cards on occasion and daughter a dab hand at Snap, Go Fish and War.

However, I had never played Dobble and had no idea how brilliant it is.  I would describe it as super-charged snap.  It’s both simplistic and challenging at the same time.  The first time we took it out we played 8 games back to back.  There are 55 card with 8 symbols on each card  and there is one identical symbol in common with each card.  I have no idea how they did this.  There 5 mini games to choose from; Towering Inferno. The Well, The Hot Potato, Gotta Catch ‘Em All and The Poisoned Gift.  We’ve only played two so far and are hooked.

It comes in its own storage tin and is very portable so we will definitely be taking it on car journeys, plane trips and camping.


Win Dobble for your Family

To enter simply use the Rafflecopter form below.  In short it’s open to UK residents 18+ years of age.  Full Terms and Conditions can be found at the bottom of the form.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!

If you don’t manage to win it, I’d suggest popping out and buying yourself one, Argos and WHSmith are currently offering 20% off.

This competition is listed on Loquax, Prize Finder and Competition Hunter.

Do you let your kids stay up till Midnight on New Year’s Eve?

Celebrating New Years Eve with Kids

I have absolutely no problem with people allowing their kids to stay up till Big Ben tolls.  In fact, I’m jealous of those that can keep their kids up and then they sleep in the following morning.  This would be a win win.

The Dilemma

However, this is not the case with my 7 year old daughter.  If I keep her up late she still gets up at the same time.  Then I have to deal with a tired grumpy child whilst nursing my own hangover.

So how could we ring in the New Year and avoid a disastrous New Year’s Day?

And the answer popped into my FB timeline.

Things to do with Kids on New Years


I personally think it’s a genius idea, so I nicked it and this year we celebrated a Thai New Year which is at 5pm our time.  It wasn’t particularly authentic but good fun.

Celebrating a Thai New Year

What you will need to celebrate a Thai New Year

  • Invite a couple friends around
  • Pre-order a Thai Take-away
  • Find a Countdown Clock Online for Bangkok
  • Check out YouTube for video of previous years fireworks in Bangkok
  • Download a version of Auld Lang Syne from iTunes
  • Scour the house for things that are vaguely Thai, no one will notice that your elephant candle holders are actually African Elephants and not Asian ones and your table runner is from South America.
  • Order silly little miniature Buddha figurines from Amazon, then research the meaning of the different ones with your kids.
  • Slightly naughty but order a few Eco Friendly Chinese Lanterns and set them off with the kids and get them to make a wish for the coming year or to remember those who are no longer with us.

The beauty was, we did everything you would normally do on New Years but we all crashed by 10pm and we had a lovely New Years Day.

Next year I reckon we head to India.

Happy New Year and all the best in 2015





Child-friendly Radio Stations

Radio for Kids

Radio for KidsI was on the hunt for a children’s radio station to have on in the background while my daughter was playing.  I don’t want to shelter her from the rest of the world but find some of the current news is a bit graphic for a 7 year old and many topics I’m not quite ready to discuss.  You just have to look at a few of the current Headlines ‘8 Dead in Florida House Shooting’, ‘Islamic State Plots to Behead’ and ‘Suspect Murdered his Wife’ to see what I mean.

I don’t tend to pay attention to a lot of lyrics in songs and happily sing along not having a clue what it’s about and I’m sure my daughter is the same, but I’d rather not have her singing things like  “stay up all night to get lucky”  and “I know you want it”.  Call me old fashioned!

After a quick Google search I came across Fun Kids, which seems perfect, good selection of tunes old and new and slightly censored news.  They have iphone and ipad apps but as I have a Sonos Stereo I simply searched for it using the Sonos Software and then added it to my favourites, so my daughter can easily access it via an iPad.

Child-friendly Radio Station UK


Happy Listening!