Tuesday, 30 October 2012

5 New Fantastically Gruesome Boys Halloween Costumes For 2012

Halloween is upon us again and so is the need to get the kids kitted out with new and gruesome Halloween costumes. I've taken a look through various new product lines that have been launched since last October and have compiled below, 5 of my favourite costumes for boys that will be big sellers this Halloween.

Child Lab Rat Costume
Now, if it is your goal to find a Halloween costume that is gruesome, this may well be your first port of call. The Lab Rat costume creates visions of lab experiments gone wrong in The Fly kind of way. Featuring a realistic looking mask, I would be surprised if this costume is not a big seller this October.

The Lab Rat costume is available in 3 sizes and comprises of a biohazard lab coat with green markings, sleeves with part fur and an attached furry top. The mask is very cool looking and has complete overhead coverage. It is made from vinyl and has attached fur just like the top.

Heartless Ninja Costume

This outfit is a little different, the idea is the ninja character has become embroiled in a battle so treacherous that his still beating heart has been ripped from his chest. I like this one, it is a step away from typical vampires and the like.

The heartless Ninja costume is available in 2 sizes and includes a black top, a green and gold coloured vest with section to show the heart has been ripped from the chest, a pair of black trousers, shoe covers, leg and arm cuffs and a ninja mask. You'll need to add a pair of black gloves to complete the desired look.

Zombie Doctor Costume

If you are looking for the most dramatic zombie costume for your little one, you'll struggle to find a more startling looking outfit than this. One of the most blood curdling costumes for a kid on the market today, this ensemble will be the spotlight of any party.

The Zombie Doctor costume comes in 2 different sizes and is deliciously gory for this Hallowen season. The costume comes in six parts, the surgical hat being the only standard item. Also included are the tattered blood spattered top, ripped open to expose the dramatically moulded vinyl chest piece, with exposed ribs and intestines; the trousers with another moulded piece, exposing the muscles and knee joint, a blood drenched lab coat, pair of surgical gloves and finally the terrifying overhead zombie mask of the undead.

Spina Tap Costume
The Spinal Tap costume has certainly come a long way since the days where you painted yourself green and threw on your tattiest, old clothing. The Spinal Tap costume sets itself apart from any other kids Frankenstein costumes on the market with it's gory and gruesome nature which is brought to life with glowing lights protruding from within the deep and dark cavity of the gaping chest wound. Rest assured your kids will think this is a cool costume.

The Spinal Tap costume is available in 3 different sizes and is a unique looking children’s outfit. It comes with a scary looking jacket with attached shirt front revealing a rib cage and boasts a moulded chest piece with a fully-functioning light up heart, a pair of contrasting coloured trousers and a terrifying Frankenstein face mask.

Werewolf Costume

This Werewolf costume is a great modern take on the traditional werewolf outfit. In the short time that we have stocked it at Jokers' Masquerade it has proven to be very popular. We recommend adding a little black face paint around the eyes to help the eyes blend in with the mask.

The werewolf costume comes in 3 different sizes. It features an excellent vinyl chinless mask, which makes this outfit so much better than other werewolf costumes on the market today. It offers great attention to detail from the bloodied wolf teeth and realistic fur. A shirt with realistic werewolf chest splitting through the fabric design offers a 3 dimensional effect and reveals a very believable wolf under belly. The costume also includes a pair of fingerless gloves. Whoever is wearing the costume will need to wear their own trousers as they are not included. This actually saves all the hassle and worry of wondering if the trousers will be too long or too short or will adequately fit around the waist. They can wear their own pair of favourite jeans or trousers making this a very comfortable and fangtastic looking outfit that will be admired by all their friends.


What do you think about my selection? What are you going to get your boys wearing to go trick-or-treating? Add your comments below.


This boys Halloween costumes guest post was written by Ian Tomkins from Jokers' Masquerade . The above costumes do not fit him even though, in one ear ripping instance, he did try.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Coombe Mill - part 2

One of the best bits of staying at Coombe Mill was the feed run every morning which my boys thoroughly enjoyed.  But the is more to Coombe Mill than the animals.

On our first night there we went for a wander around the grounds and the children were delighted to find this fantastic play area.  There was a pirate ship and a trampoline and lots of muddy puddles for the little one to jump in (though these are weather dependant!)  It was hard to get the children out of there but as it was getting late, and we were all starving I bribed them with chocolate appealed to their better nature to get them to come back to out fabulous Scandinavian Lodge.

Ship Ahoy!
The Scandinavian Lodges are amazing.  The one we stayed in could sleep up to seven people so there was lots of room.    The living/kitchen/dining area was open plan and the full ceiling height made it even more spacious.  It was like a home from home as the kitchen was fully equipped with every appliance including a washing machine and tumble dryer, making those wet, muddy days so much easier and I could throw it all in the wash.  

The decking outside our lodge
Popping into reception was great as there were lots of things there to borrow or buy.  From bread and milk to homemade meals and desserts to buy.  Wellies, potties, games to borrow.  There's no need to pack your car with everything your little one needs as most of it is available to borrow on a first come first served basis.

I mentioned one of the play areas earlier; well that's not the only one.  There was another outdoor play area right next to our lodge.  The children would go racing off to it at any opportunity.  My oldest just loved the zip wire and the younger two loved the swings and climbing frame.  There's a baby swing here too which my little one thoroughly enjoyed.







If the weather is really bad there is an indoor play area.  We did have a look but never used it as, even though we stayed in October, the weather wasn't too bad, and even if it was raining the kids didn't care and would be outside playing with their waterproofs on.



We had lots of fun at Coombe Mill but we did spend some time exploring the surrounding areas.  It took us a while to get used to the narrow country lanes (though I do think that some of them could have been avoided if we hadn't followed our sat nav!), but we found some absolutely beautiful areas.  From Port Isaac on a drizzly day......














To the amazing Polzeath beach.  Who would have thought that it's October!!  The children adored it here.

 We also found a lovely little model railway museum and my train obsessed 2 year old can't believe his eyes.

We ended our week with a visit to Padstow for fish and chips, followed by ice-cream.  


Rain or shine, there is so much to do whether you stay on the farm, or go exploring.  This was my first visit to  Cornwall (and Coombe Mill) but it certainly won't be my last.
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Sunday, 21 October 2012

The perfect weather to ride a bike

Today it was son number two's turn to learn to ride his bike.  We taught my oldest to ride his back in the summer and it took a week of hard work before it really clicked and we're hoping that it's the same this time.

The weather was beautiful today so we packed the car with two bikes, a trike and three children and we set off for our local Country Park.  It's the perfect place to learn to ride a bike as there's lots of straight bits and it's mostly flat.

Firstly, a pep talk from dad.  Let's hope it works.
 And we're off!                                                                                                                                              
He's a bit wobbly, but he'll soon get the hang of it.


Oops! Daddy let go.
The other boys are having fun though.

No help needed here.
No pictures please!


My oldest and youngest boys were my responsibility today while hubby took on the back breaking task of holding on to that bike.  He wasn't allowed to let go as Ethan would panic so, for today, he held on to it.  We did have to take a few breaks from all that hard work.  


Watching the ducks
Can't break for too long though; must get back to the task in hand.  Ethan is doing really well too.  He just needs a bit more confidence and then he'll be off.


Time for another break before heading back, and who can blame him with that view?  I sometimes forget how beautiful my local area is.


 Finally, the best bit.  


Ice-cream!!

Do you think the children look a bit cold though?






There's just enough time for some fun in the park before we go home. 




Just pretend we're on a beach in the sun....
 It's going to take a bit more time and effort to finally crack it, but half term is coming up and I'm determined that Ethan will be riding his bike like a pro by the end of it.  Let's hope the weather holds out so he can learn.

I have heard a whisper about an Indian Summer..... Hmmm, I'll believe it when I see it!

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

I'm a DIY disaster

Tots 100 and RatedPeople.com are running an amazing competition and have challenged us to makeover a room of our choice. I've agonised over which room to choose as my heart wants to do the spare bedroom to turn it into the perfect sleeping and playing place for my two youngest boys, but my head tells me that it needs to be my en-suite bathroom.  This is the reason why.


Firstly, I will admit that this is self inflicted.  Around six months ago I asked my father to rip out the shower in my en-suite as the lovely mosaic tiles that were fitted eight years ago were falling off the walls and causing water to leak through to the kitchen ceiling.  I was getting an increasingly large water stain on my kitchen ceiling and was worried about the shower ending up downstairs!  The problem was that we didn't have the money to replace it.  Needless to say, my husband was not best pleased with what I'd done.




Every morning I wake up and feel miserable at the empty space in my en-suite.  Every night my husband comes home from work and gives me 'that look' before running the bath.  Even my six year old son keeps asking when we'll have a shower again.  Though the spiders are loving it.  There's these lovely big, brown ones that keep coming out of the walls to find warmth in the house *shudder*  My five year old son refuses to go into the room any more though, but he managed it for a short time in order to tell you about the spiders.



It is my dream to surprise my husband and children with a lovely, shiny new room that no spiders can access.







Enough of the misery, onto the dream.


I want to create a sanctuary; something calming and gentle that will co-ordinate with my bedroom.  Neutral tones, contemporary lines and a splash of colour.  I'd love more storage, a basin that stands on a unit and posh taps.  Oh, and a heated towel rail.  I've always wanted one of those.  I quite like the shower boards instead of tiles.  No chance of any spiders getting through those!  Take a look at my Pinterest board to see more of my ideas and plans.  The only trouble is, the more I pin the more I want!

This would be the ultimate room, but unfortunately even a renovation wouldn't give me that.  I'd need a new house!

Image from Jenny Martin Design

A huge thank you to Tots 100 and RatedPeople.com for this competition.  Even if I don't win I've now got all my ideas ready for when we can afford to do the work.

ratedpeople.com painting and decorating

Monday, 15 October 2012

Our holiday at Coombe Mill - the animals

What seems like only weeks ago, I entered a competition over at Coombe Mill to win a weeks holiday with them and to my utter amazement, I won!  It couldn't have come at a better time as finances have been a bit tight this year and we'd decided not to have a family holiday.  Even more amazing was that this year I had really wanted to go to Cornwall as it's somewhere I've never been.

I had already chatted to Fiona, the lovely owner of Coombe Mill on Twitter and knew that my family would love it there.  I wasn't wrong.

We arrived late on the Saturday afternoon, and after a quick look around our fabulous Scandinavian lodge, we set off to find the animals.  We were greeted by some ducks who decided to accompany us on our walk, much to the delight of the children.  We then came across these fine fellows who are obviously used to being fed by visitors.  We felt very guilty at being empty handed and promised to return the following day, bearing gifts.


The next morning we were all up bright and early to go on the first feed run of the week.  I don't know who was more excited, me or the boys!  Farmer Ted arrived on the tractor and the boys couldn't believe it when he asked who wanted to drive!!.  Needless to say, Zac and Ethan couldn't wait to have a go.  We were very lucky that there were only a few children there and so every child got to have a go at driving each morning.

Here's some of my favourite photos from the feed runs


I took over 250 photos throughout the week and it is so hard to choose just a few, especially as the animals were so photogenic.


I enjoyed the feed runs just as much as the children, even with a wilful 2 year old to look after....
The pout
In the 90 minutes that we spent on the feed run, there would be numerous mini strops due to the little one not being able to do what his big brothers were doing.  He wanted to go in with the pigs, chase the ducks, feed the donkeys (he did try this but couldn't quite grasp the concept of keeping his hand flat).  He also tried to feed the chickens but the poor things ended up covered in food as he just threw it over them.  He loved it though, and started saying all the names of the animals, which is amazing as he hasn't said that much up to now.  His favourite word at the moment is 'duck'.

There was one other thing that the children loved to do every morning.  They were determined that they would be able to get the sword out of the stone!
The Sword in the Stone
I've decided that it's impossible to write about our fabulous stay at Combe Mill in one post, so watch out for the next instalment.  I've developed an innate love for this beautiful place and Cornwall as a whole and can't wait to go back.

I am linking up with Country Kids on the Coombe Mill blog

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