|HOME|8 Gas safety tips for your home

 
Today I'm working with Mains Gas from Flogas to bring you 8 gas safety tips for using gas at home.

When I moved into our house about 8 years ago, it was the first time I had ever used gas for cooking, I must admit I felt incredibly intimidated by the lovely range standing in my new kitchen and would do anything to avoid using it at first!  Now, some years later, and many family changes I wouldn’t use anything else and absolutely love the flexibility and control that a gas hob can bring you.

So here are my 8 top safety tips for making sure that your family and home are safe when using gas.

1. Make sure that you have any gas appliances correctly installed by a regulated engineer.
2. Install a carbon monoxide detector, ones with an audible alarm are best and make sure that it’s nice and high as carbon monoxide is lighter than air!
3. Use the correct sized pans for your burners, not only will this be more efficient, it would also be obvious if the gas unexpectedly goes out.
4. This one I hope is obvious, but just in case… make sure that children and pets cannot switch on your gas oven and that children are taught the importance of not touching the cooker.
5. Make sure that you have regular services and gas checks with a trained, regulated engineer.
6. Do not leave gas burners unattended.
7. Be aware if you smell gas in your home, take preventative actions like not turning on a light switch and contact your gas supplier for more advice.
8. Don’t use gas burners to heat your home, not only is this super inefficient, but it’s also really dangerous to leave burners on in this manner.

Do you have any safety tips that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments if I have ;)

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post with Mains Gas from Flogas

|FUN|store the nuts game

 

Last week I set up this simple store the nuts game for T to play after school, it's super simple and you need very few items you've probably already got around the house. 

You will need
Loo rolls (one for each player)
Paint (optional)
A bag of nuts
A dice
I also add a picture of a squirrel to the tuff spot to initiate a discussion about why squirrels store nuts


1. First I painted the loo rolls brown, you don't have to do this or you could get your children to do this instead.

 

2. I printed out a picture of a squirrel and stuck it to the tuff spot, I added a bag of nuts the loo rolls and a dice.

 

3. The rules of the game are simple, roll the dice and add the relevant amount of nuts to the tree trunks.  After the first couple of goes, we added some new rules, 1 = miss a turn and 3 = you had to remove 3 nuts, this added a new  dimension to the game for T who relished in telling me to remove my nuts when I had a run of 3's 😂

The beauty of this game is that it is suitable for most ages, small children can develop their fine motor skills by dropping the nuts into the 'tree trunk' pre-schoolers can learn how to use a dice and count and for KS1 children you could associate different sized nuts to each number or use 2 dice and get the child to work out a sum or times table to earn a nut.  It's a fun and simple family game too, great for after dinner.

 

|KIDS MAKE AND BAKE CLUB|Thomas's fruity flapjacks



This week over at the kids make and bake club, we are having a little challenge! We have each made a snack perfect for after school, pop by to the channel to see them all!

For Thomas's Fruity flapjacks

Ingredients:-
225g porridge oats
60g mixed fruit (we used a berry and raisin mix)
60g mixed seeds (we used a pumpkin, sunflower and pinenut mix)
60g honey
60g golden syrup
110g sugar
120g butter

1. Gently heat the honey, golden syrup, sugar and butter in a pan until the sugar and butter have melted.

2. Remove from heat and add in the oats, fruit and seed and mix well.

3. Pour into a lined dish and bake at 180oC for 30 mins.

4. Leave to cool then cut into bars.

And here's the video:-


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*Disclaimer!  Thomas didn't touch or cut up the flapjacks after holding his feet ;) ;)

|FUN|learning fun with bananagrams

 

We love a good game and are always on the lookout for games that we can all play for family games nights, I have to admit to never hearing about Bananagrams though, although when I posted a photo on Instagram, so many people commented on how good it was, I couldn't believe it had passed us by.

The best way I can describe bananagrams is like a simple version of scrabble, linking words but without using the board!

This version is aimed at children aged 4+ basically from school age when they are just starting to read and write, and is called 'My First Bananagrams'.

 

We weren't able to follow the full game with T as he's just starting on his reading journey, although we were still able to use the game to aide his learning whilst having fun at the same time, we've used it in the following ways:-

1. Letter recognition, playing the 'traditional' game but by jointly deciding a word and me spelling it out or writing it down for T to find the letters and make the word.
2. To spell words he already knows, like, Thomas, Mummy, Daddy, Bramham.
3. To talk about the difference between vowels and consonants.
4. Used the linked tiles and discussing letters which go together.
5. Making the alphabet.
6. Me using them to write a word and T sounding it out to read it
7. T making the words from his reading book

 

You could even use them for our letter recognition with game tiles activity.

 

Even without playing the full version of the game, they are so versatile and so convenient to pop in your handbag, I love how the game's rules differ depending on the ability of the child and that there are alternative mini-games to  play for each ability, the mini games are fantastic and really handy as a prompt for parents.

 

We are going to be taking ours away with us camping and have been using them in a restaurant, before school instead of TV and to unwind before bed.

 

Bananagrams retails at £14.99 and can be purchased from Amazon.

*Disclaimer, we were sent this game in exchange for our honest review.


|FUN|Cleaning chores for little ones and Henry Cleaning Set review

 

Do you have a budding domestic Goddess or God in your household?  What is it about kids that they absolutely love to clean!  Give T a cloth and sprayer full of water and he's happy as Larry!  And I often saw the children at nursery in the role play kitchen doing their chores.

I've seen a lot of social media posts recently about chores for small children and I'm not quite sure where I fit with them.  Some I've seen are complely crazy, like asking a 5 year old to clean a toilet or getting an 8 year old to do the washing!! Whilst I'm all for kids being given responsibilities I think there are some things that children just shouldn't be expected to do.  I also struggle with the concept of being rewarded for doing chores.

T isn't really given rewards for the chores that he's done, it's kind of expected of him, so we haven't really had the need to use rewards to get him to get the work done.   Ever since he was small, he's wanted to clean. At home. At nursery, heck, I'm sure he's probably asked at school by now! 

If he's not cleaning the sofa with baby wipes he can often be found with his sprayer and a cloth, cleaning something.  Or even when we are out, he'll get out the baby wipes and clean the table after he's used it!!

So when I was asked if I'd like to review a Henry Hoover cleaning set from Casdon of course, we were very happy to.

 

The set is of high quality and contains some really great components, including a dustpan and brush, broom, mop, sponge and role play cleansing products.

Whilst most of the products actually work, they are perfect for role play too, copying mummy - or daddy(!) whilst cleaning or just enhancing their every day play.

 

The set is aimed at children 3-6, and although T loved it, in my opinion, the mop and broom, were way too small to be practical, T is your average sized 4 year old and has to really bend over to use them, there's no way he would use something of this size in 2 years time.

 

T was thrilled to get his own sponge and cloth and has used them lots of times to pretend to clean, mostly his bike and scooter!  Again, personal opinion, but I do think that the makers missed a trick in making the spray bottle only a 'play' toy, I think a real working water spray would have really improved this product and transitioned it more from a role play toy into a more useful set. 

 

Priced at £10.00. I think this kits is reasonable value for money, I think you are paying for the name over the actual product, but it got huge thumbs up from T.  I love how there are 2 versions and that the makers haven't been sexist in just producing the Hetty, pink version.




You can find out more about Casdon on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

How do you feel about kids chores?  What chore do your children like doing the most?


*Disclaimer, we were sent this toy in exchange for our honest review.

|FAMILY|Autumn bucket list 2016

 

After December, I think September is my favourite month, the month that doesn't really know if it's Summer or Autumn, today we hit the highest recorded temperature in September for 150 years so it's difficult to start thinking about Autumn and the chill that it brings.  Most of the leaves ares till firmly attached to their branches and we are still harvesting outdoor tomatoes.  The pool has been put away for another year though, although I'm regretting this today! 

We are still working on our Summer Bucket List so for the next few weeks we'll continue to work on that but also tick off some of our Autumn items as the evenings draw in after the hazy days of Summer and we find ourselves experiencing both seasons in a day.

The Hubs has just ordered a Gas BBQ so we're hoping to still cook in the garden when we can and the firepit arrived last week which means that we can still sit out and enjoy the evenings.

We are hoping to head off camping next weekend if the weather is kind to us, apparently our tent wouldn't be too good in wind and rain so we need a nice dry weekend for that to happen.

I've not yet decided if we'll have a Halloween one for this year so I have included a couple of Halloween activities on here.