Friday, 3 December 2021

The Very Merry Christmas Game - Review

Christmas is sernominous with playing board games and it is I am sure that is some sort of law at Christmas that you must play some type of board game  and there is none more fun than The Very Merry Christmas game. I love traditional games and I don't think at times traditional games are plated enough it has to be a very special game to tear the youth of today away from thrift electronic devices. I played so many board games with my family growing up and it was a happy time doing so even though I didn't always win.Creating memories is what board games do and the love of them is based on from generation to generation.

This year I have the Very Merry Christmas Game to review and as they say a board game is for life not just for Christmas ! The box itself is very eye catching and you might think it is going to be of a novelty and flash in the pan. As with any game the more you play it the easier it gets , I have played Monopoly for years and I am still surprised when I win first prize in the beauty contest.

Essentially The Very Merry Christmas Game is for a minimum of two players but to make the most of it I do suggest playing with at least four players or double up into teams. What happens I hear you ask well , each person or team picks a coloured playing piece before locating the relevant fireplace on the board. Each player has a stocking ( how Christmasy is that ! ) the stocking needs to be filled with high valued Christmas presents in order to win the game and they start off with two mystery cards placed in the stocking.

By rolling the dice, each player progresses around the board where they will find a host of squares offering different activities and interactions. You can sneak a peek in your stocking (or the stocking of someone else), collect presents to place in your own stocking or that of another player, or pull a cracker with a player of your choosing in the hoping of stealing away or exchanging one of their high value presents with one of your low value ones.

A very nice touch I think  is that players can land on a carol-singing square and when they do they have to sing a Christmas song and no song can be performed twice during the course of one game , and the catch is if your  singing doesn’t please the other players, you can lose one of your presents. For those that don’t like singing in public, make it your mission to land on the party hat square so you can wear the Christmas part hat and be immune from having to sing.

Once all of the stockings are full, each player can turn over their present cards and find out what’s in their stocking. If someone has a single sprout card, they automatically lose and are out of the game but if someone has two sprout cards they automatically win. If there are no sprout cards, or no one has two, the rest of the players add up the stars denoted on each present card and the one with the highest number of stars wins.

The Very Merry Christmas Game might be a simple game but it is fun and as a family enjoyed playing it so much and played it again and again. We  laughed so much when playing it and it’s perfect to play with the family, as it’s very family friendly. This is the perfect game to be playing over the festive season and I  can't recommend it highly enough , it is perfect for that sparkle of Christmas fun this Christmas

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Walking Is The Best Kindness to Yourself

Kindess is kindness 

Kindness is not a fashion hashtag

People spout on about kindness but don't practise it themselves ,I was once some years ago told I should not be takin pictures when I was off with depression and that people might get the wrong idea when I was out and about in the one air taking pictures . People are so quick to jump on the #BeKind hashtag when say a celebrity sadly dies but they quick enough in another swipe of social media to critisce someone for something else when all someone is trying to do is to protect their mental health .I love my photography and getting out about , the other day with my husband we climbed a mountain ... ok it was a really really big hill but it felt like a mountain and the sense of achievement in climbing it gets back down again without falling down on my bottom was huge. ( PS my bottom is not huge ! ) . I have really got into walking and hiking and nature and the outside are breath therapy partners.

I love the rolling hills , the green and then when it changes with the season it is magical to come back and look , it is truly like an artists picture because you never know what you're going to get.Walking is brilliant for mental health and it is not a hidden secret and anyone can do it even if you need some kind of support.Walking can be free but the costs you can occur can be decent walking shows and walking gear, I have some Mountain Warehouse walking boots and I have already got my money out of them as they've enabled me to go places I previously couldn't go with my old walking boots. The next item I need I think is a new walking coat and of course it would have to be yellow, and no walk is complete without myself wearing a bobble hat!

Monday, 15 November 2021

Christmas Present Heaven With Voucher Express


We went fetch Mr T some joggers from M & S we are armed with a gift card , gift cards are they ideal gift for letting other people choose what they want . Mr T choose his gift card through VEX (Voucher Express ) because it can be changed for so many different type of gift vouchers including M & S . Fed up of shopping on line Mr T wanted to spent his voucher in a physical location though you can choose to have an online voucher .We choose to have a jaunt out to Fosse Park and their M & S there and it is huge so there is so much choice and it is a nice spread out store as is the whole of Fosse Park , the only niggle for Fosse Park is actually the parking getting in and out but choose your times to go there  I would say.

You choose the amount to have as a gift card or Voucher Express then it gets sent to the recipient and from there they can choose from over 150 places to have their voucher with ! spoilt for choice.

Disclosure We were provided with a £50 voucher for the purposes of review , all thoughts and words are our own 

Friday, 12 November 2021

Being Kind Of Heart Always

I headed into town yesterday for a few bits and bobs from good old Marks and Spencer and whilst just pursuing the chilled items I happened to be spoken to by a old gentleman. He told me about his he could believe the costs of items and how people could afford to feed their children especially with some of the prices of food . He also told me about himself and how he’d been a bricklayer since the age of 16 long before the age of health and safety , he was now 83.

He told me he’d list his wife some years back , Ed exchanged words s d he was happy I think for the warmth of human words . It really doesn’t take much to be kind of heart , kind of hearing and just a good Al round egg .

Bolstered by being good of heart and good of soul , I thought I’d get down to some gold old leaf kicking .

Wednesday, 10 November 2021



There is nothing like being the King or Queen of your own castle and you can have this opportunity with Cadburys by building your own , yes I know you've got to put in a bit of hard work but the rewards are oh so sweet. And while Rome wasn't build in a day you can build your castle in less than a day in fact less than half a day less then half a half a day , you get the message don't you  its quick .

The kit contains everything you need to construct your own castle containing airy Milk bars, Caramilk bars and Cadbury Dairy milk with caramel bars full instructions are included to construct your own circle.

Priced at £14 pop over to Cadburys Gifts to grab yourself one or as a gift for someone ! Perfect for any occasion 

Disclose I was sent one of these for review