Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Gotrovo Treasure Hunt Game Review & Giveaway #GotrovoFun

The Gotrovo Treasure Hunt Game was extremely good fun, my boys loved reading the clues and searching for the golden coins.  They were so excited they even dug out some pirate dressing up accessories in preparation for the hunt!

It was simple to play with minimal set up involved.

Perfect for when you want something to keep a group of children occupied and know they will quickly lose patience if you have lots to do to get the game ready!  We just put the adhesive dots on the map and then hubbie left his trail of clues for them to follow also leaving a gold coin at each location.  As it was raining outside we limited the hunt indoors but in finer weather we have the scope to send our children further – hopefully wearing them out in the process!!!  This is an ideal game to encourage active play because let’s be honest children have so much energy.

At the moment the Gotrovo Treasure Hunt Game is only £19.95 (reduced from £22.95) on their website and that even includes free shipping.  If you are planning a birthday and need something entertaining for the children you can’t go wrong with this game (especially at that price!). 

Gotrovo have thought of everything, down to the handy little purse to hold the gold coins you retrieve and the grand finale golden bar, which is big enough to store a prize of your own choosing inside - the boys were delighted to find a couple of sweets each!  You don’t need anything fancy just a token gift or treat at the end.

They have made the game accessible for a wide age range.  My youngest is seven and the game is pitched for children 3-8 years, he could read the clues quite happily but for younger children you could use the picture clues instead.  My eldest will be 10 this year but he liked the game too, so I think that cap can be stretched so you can get even more use and enjoyment out of this game.

I can totally completely see why this Treasure Hunt Game won the myfamilyfavourite award (2015) as the best party game and Gold in the MumiiUK product awards (2017) for best family game.  As someone who in the past has spent a fortune on party entertainers this game would have been my preference, plus my two would have loved pirate themed parties!

I have a Gotrovo Treasure Hunt Game to giveaway, if you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 20th of March.

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Painting Tips As We Decorate Our Dining Room

Our dinning room is still a disappointment and I can’t turn my back on it any longer, this year it needs to be decorated.  We have the gorgeous oak dining table looking forlorn amongst the chaos, we even have the pictures to hang on the walls when they are finally plastered and freshly painted.  But for now its shabby minus the chic and it’s a bit embarrassing when children come on playdates and look at you rather startled saying “what happened here?” – yes we started DIY half heartedly and then lost momentum.  So it’s at the messy in-between stage.

So yes painting will be on the agenda and soon, a job I usually volunteer my husband for.  To sweeten the deal I will buy him some new overalls so he doesn’t ruin his clothes.  

Engelbert Strauss’s website has plenty of choice, so I might even spoil him and let him pick!  Buying overalls is a sensible investment as they are heavy duty and cope with all the strains of DIY projects. You can even get them with tool compartments so you don’t have to worry anymore that you will put something down and then can’t find it!

Preparation is key when getting ready to paint.  Hubbie is a stickler with this luckily and does take the time to wash down the walls to get rid of any grime and dirt before he gets cracking.  Make sure you leave time for the wall to dry.  If they are newly plastered it might be worth giving them a quick dust.  Plastered walls can take up to four weeks to dry so patience is key before resuming your project.

Also I insist my husband covers everything because although he does a good job painting he has the occasional splash – and there is no chance I want our dining table in the firing line.

We buy Dulux paint; the Easycare washable is a good option with kids and their mucky handprints!  It is 20 times tougher than normal Dulux paint.  So depending on your needs do your research when it comes to picking your paint, its not just about picking a colour.  If you are in a hurry to decorate you can even get Microporous Paints that can go on the plastered walls just to make them look nicer before you finish off with a coat of emulsion.

I think it makes more sense to wait though, seeing as I have been waiting almost three years what are another few weeks!

Are you starting any DIY projects in 2017?

#MiddleSchoolMovie is released on Netflix

My eldest was already familiar with the Middle School books so was absolutely delighted that the Middle School film was now available on Netflix.  We were sent the books and some tasty popcorn to celebrate the release.

Eldest has read Middle School The Worst Years Of My Life already and its one story he is quite keen on.

But the fact its on Netflix will probably make him even more eager to get stuck into the other books in the series.

The boys were laughing out loud throughout the film; it was hilarious and very easy for them to follow.  Much like the book you have lots of jokes and silly drawings coming to life, Rafe has such a big imagination.

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You quickly start to feel sorry for Rafe dealing with his mum’s mean boyfriend at home, who prefers his car to Rafe and his sister and is constantly calling him a loser.  His main aim is to try and ship Rafe off to a military school!

Then he has all the issues of adjusting to a new school (his last chance after being expelled from the last two!) with a strict principal who thinks art should be locked in a museum for old people to enjoy – that’s difficult for Rafe to stomach given his creativeness!  Then it’s all the never-ending rules “sucking the fun out of childhood” and seeing his beloved notebook destroyed in a bucket of acid (and with it so many special memories!).  On top of that you have the class bully offering to give Rafe a wedgie so hard he would taste his underwear!!!  Given all of this starting in his new school is hardly a bundle of laughs, dealing with all of this whilst still trying to come to terms with his brothers death.  It’s hardly surprising a poo emote sums up his day.

Rafe decides to get pay back and shred the principal’s rulebook.  We all liked watching his pranks.  You warm to Rafe despite his mischievous behaviour, the principal deserves everything he gets.  He only wants the children to be taught to the test, so he gets better results.  He has no interest in their individuality he just wants them to pass the BLAAR assessment at all costs!

The film is very entertaining even us grownups had a few giggles.  “Its gone bacterial” – instead of viral being one of them.  The story has a sad undercurrent with the story of Rafe’s brother who died from cancer.  I don’t want to give everything away but watch Rafe interacting with his best friend Leo early on in the film (I missed that completely, hubbie picked up on it though!).

My eldest thought they included everything and more in the translation of book to film, although he did say that the mum hurt her wrist in the book because of the nasty boyfriend.  He pushed her and she fell badly.  So there are some variations but both are enjoyable in their own right and the essence of the book is cleverly captured.

So the boys final verdict of the Middle School Movie:

Eldest (9) said “super good film”
Youngest (7) said “ultimately good” (which is apparently a bigger compliment than EPIC!).

The books “Get Me Out of Here!” and “My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar” mean our time with Rafe isn’t yet over thankfully.  Hopefully these will also be made into films, they really are great books.

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