Win: Lego Movie DVD

We love film in the Newhouse Family household, and so, today, I’ve got a copy of the New Lego Movie DVD to give away to one lucky winner.


This was the last film I went to see at the cinema – and the first film I’d been to see since well before my first daughter was born.

Since then, we moved our 2000+ dvd collection into storage (it’s amazing how quickly dvd’s can accumulate when you buy second hand films from Cash Generator or similar stores) and kept out just a handful of the kids favourites.

Anyway, if you’d like to be in with a chance to win a new copy of the Lego Movie on DVD, all you have to do is leave a comment below saying what you have always wanted to see released as an official Lego set.

Don’t forget that Lego have already released The Simpsons, Back to the Future, Lord of the Rings and Ninja Turtles, so you’ll have to get your thinking caps on. Jay always wished they’d made official Lego Transformers.

Leave your comment below to enter – The Newhouse Family will vote for their favourite. The closing date is Monday 4th August (2014) and the winner will be notified directly.

Hazel x


Thermal Wear In Summer

Oooh yes, you read that correctly! How weird does that sound?

We love a good picnic and we love a good BBQ and whats better than to cook up some delicious grub on the barbie, and please the kids with a picnic all at once?! Not much actually.

The kids are always begging for a picnic. Anything which involves eating food outside on a comfy blanket is classed as a picnic to our Willow, She loves it! We all have to sit in a circle and watch her eat every thing in sight, normally the food off of our plates as well. Olive, on the other hand likes to just get it everywhere, sit on anything edible, climb all over us with sticky hands and then finally eat it all.

So, we fire up the BBQ, butter a shed load of rolls, whack as much meat on to the grill as we can, chop up the lettuce and I make my signature garlic bread and then we fill our bellies silly!

Unfortunately, even in the summer my circulation can suffer. I have a condition that means if my legs are bare and the temperature drops suddenly, my circulation can really struggle leaving my legs black, mottled and numb and me wincing in pain and if I am really unlucky, a trip to A&E is on the cards. So, on a lovely summers evening, as the sun sets I often find myself going a funny colour. I have relied on Heat Holders for a long while now to help me keep warm (even on hot summer nights!) and their socks are just perfect for my cold sensitive feet and ankles. My girls often moan that their feet are cold also so the children’s socks keep them happy also, Willow loves the fluffy inside of the socks and keeps quoting Monsters Inc’ “ITS SOOO FLUFFFY!”, keeps her happy eh!?

Now, back to the picnic… what keeps your bottom warm when all you have to sit on is your boring hard ‘grass’? Heat Holder’s super fluffy blanket! Oh my, I can actually promise you that I have never actually felt a blanket so snuggly in my whole life as this baby! We only sat on it for a while, then I swapped it over and wrapped myself up in the blanket for the rest of the BBQ! I swear, I could have been naked up Mt.Everest, but if I was wrapped in that divine blanked of yumminess I would have been safe and happy.

So we munched and we munched, and I kept warm. No blue toes or sore numbness all evening… oooh and we even finished of the picnic with strawberries and cream! Yummmmmmmmy!!

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…7 Years Bad Luck!?

Agh…… Bollocks!

a broken mirror equals seven years bad luck

Technically I didn’t break it, the wind blew my mirror over… So does it still count?

Do you have any superstitions?

I always nod to a single Magpie, whilst saying quiely “Hello Mr. Magpie, how’s your wife” …. Because one for sorrow, two for joy, right?

Never stand on a crack in the pavement? (Nightmare if you have crazy paving though!) Say ‘White Rabbits’ first thing in the morning on the first day of the month?

How do you throw your salt?

Or do you know any unusual superstitions?

For The Curios

There is a shop tucked away somewhere in the deep murky depths of Milton Keynes. A shop in a loft  to be precise, and the area of MK is Little Brickhill. The 2 year old shop is one of mystery and wonder. A celebration of freaks, death and the bizarre. The shop is Crystal Curios Emporium and it is the only one of its kind around these parts. You certainly wont find any glass eyeballs or eerie photographs of dead Victorians any where else in MK, well none that you can buy anyway.

weird shop MK

This blog never really gives much of an insight into my freaky interests. I am always seen as ‘just mum’ on here, But those of you who know me in person, know that I like my things a little bit creepy. My pretty little bookshelf is decorated with various skulls and dead stuffed things… along side pictures of my kids and little cute ornaments. Yup… I like things a little bit strange….


As you head up the stairs into the shop, you are welcomed by strange oddities hung from the walls and stair bannister… just to give you a little warm up for things to come. When you step into the shop, prepare yourself for a little squeal (of delight from me and listen out for the squeal from my daddy’s wallet) before your eyes, is just every surface and wall space covered in the beautifully bizarre.


The shop specialises in amazingly prepared taxidermy, but not just your usual owls, deer and buffalo heads. As you can see above you can grab a unique piece of stuffed art! When you have a look around the shop, you will notice rare stuffed magical creatures such as flying Crabbits (crow/rabbits) and Crazy Squirrelpie’s (squirrel/magpie) you get my drift….

funny taxidermy to buy

stuffed duckling

There are always plenty of duckling’s too for you to take home at just a cheeeep (cheap! Geddit!?) £9.99, I think a small army of cute looking ducklings would look Quackers on the mantle piece…. OK I’ll stop now with the crap jokes. Here is my litte Quackmire (sorry I couldn’t resist. I promise, no more) sat in his tea cup on my book shelf.

human skull to buy

If you don’t fancy dead stuffed things, you can pick up some incredible Momento Mori, including some coffin plaques and even some amazing Victorian photographs on the dead aka post-mortem photography… taken in hope that the soul of the dead would live on through the image.

gimp mask to buy

Or maybe pick up a pretty dress from the wardrobe to buy for your Xmas party! Or perhaps if a dress isn’t your thing… a gimp mask, again for that party, your boss will LOVE it! But then again, if you are struggling to think of that perfect gift for the virgin in your life, get them something that will REALLY turn them into a pussy magnet….. yup, that’s a magnet, and ‘that’s’ not mine. I swear.

vagina magnet mould

Ooh, I will add… If you see this driving around the town…. it’s only Ian doing is deliveries or collecting something new for his shop! Give him a friendly wave, but don’t forget to remove your hat!

hearse in MKIf you are interested in seeing what else Crystal Curios has to offer you, don’t forget to visit their Facebook page here.

The shop is ran by the lovely Ian, and is open Every weekend from 10am- 5pm and can open at other times by special request. If the shop does not stock what you are looking for they can also try their hardest to locate an item for you.

tel- 01525 261583 /   07921771719

George Farm, Little Brickhill, Milton Keynes, MK17 9LT