Yesterday we visited the Maker Faire at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle. The event was held over two days -(Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 April 2016) and brought together over 300 inventors, crafters, DIYers and coders from around the world who wanted to wow the general public with their futuristic gadgets, ingenious designs and fancy robots.Makers-Faire-Life-Science-Centre-Newcastle-front

Makers-Faire-DroneOnce we’d collected our wrist bands from the main entrance we headed outside to the front of the Life Science Centre. We were greeted by low flying drones buzzing round our heads and a bubble master creating absolutely huge bubbles.  The little man was instantly impressed, as was his Daddy who was just as keen to create his own bubble masterpiece. Maker-Faire-Life-Science-Centre-Newcastle-bubbles



Maker-Faire-Lords-of-LightningOne of my favourite parts of the event was the electrifying display from The Lords of Lightning. Two men dressed in chain mail suits who dueled whilst allowing millions of volts of electricity pass between them – an absolutely epic display, which I imagine would have looked even better at dusk. Maker-Faire-giant-drawing-machinesThe stalls inside were just as impressive. There was a great range of things to look at, gasp at and things to get involved in and make, even for our toddler. Maker-Faire-making-feltWe made felt from individual wool strands that we sprayed and rubbed together and a badge that the little man colored in himself and made by pulling down a lever. It was great that kids could get involved and touch things without the fear of being told off. Maker-Faire-making-badges

Maker-Faire-coloured-carMaker-Faire-coloured-blocksThere were displays and exhibits all over the Life Science Centre. Everywhere you turned there were machines, gadgets and brightly coloured ‘things’. Maker-Faire-robotAfter some initial hesitation,  little man loved this Edward Scissorhands -esque robot with his detailed costume and huge gun. Maker-Faire-exhibitions

Maker-Faire-propsWe found each  maker we spoke too, keen to talk and explain their story and the ideas behind their work. It was really interesting to hear more about their thought process as well as being able to see the finished product. Maker-Faire-taxidermyThere were so many different things too see, from wooden crafts, to tiny computers created using Raspberry Pi to the rather unexpected, but very busy taxidermy station. There was something for all ages to explore and enjoy.

I thought it was a fantastic way of engaging and inspiring the younger generation to get involved with technology and science and encouraging them to be brave and creative.

We had a fantastic day and we’ll definitely be back when Maker Faire UK returns to Newcastle.

You can check out some of our favourite parts of the day by watching the YouTube video below.

*I was provided with entry tickets in return for a review*


Kids fashion from The Fableists

I expanding the little mans wardrobe and finding new brands to create fun and unique outfits. One of my recent discoveries is The Fableists, an online company selling a fab range of funky clothes for little people. Not only are the designs unique and unusual, they’re very well made and completely sustainable.

The Fableists designs are based on old school utilitarian work-wear and classic vintage clothing, and come with their own passport which can be passed on to their new owner – they’re that confident of their quality!

The little man was recently sent the Gregori Saavedra I don’t want to be like you t shirt to try out. Made from 100% organic cotton from Southern India, the t shirt feels thick and robust but still soft against the little mans skin. 
I really like the design on the t shirt, it moves away from childish designs of cartoon characters and makes little people look more edgy and trendy. 
The t shirt washes well and dries without any creases. There’s been no fading and the t shirt looks as new as it did when it arrived. 
The ‘I don’t want to be like you’ t shirt usually costs £16 directly from the Fableists website but it’s currently on offer for £10 – you’ll need to be quick, the discount won’t last forever!
I really like the t shirt that the little man was sent, the quality is great and the designs are so different to what you’d find on the highstreet. 

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BakedIn Snowflake brownie kit review
The little man loves being in the kitchen and helping Mammy to bake but it’s not always easy to find simple recipes that we can make together. I was recently contacted by Gousto to ask whether we’d like to try out their BakedIn Snowflake brownie kit, a nice simple baking kit that children can help make. 

The recipe for the brownie was created by two star Michelin chef, Michel Roux and contains a simple kit with each ingredient weighed out into a little bag. The only additional items the snowflake brownies requires is an egg and 60g of butter, it even comes with it’s own disposable baking tray and grease proof paper. It’s such a great idea and meant my stress levels were dramatically reduced!

We got to work straight away. The whole kit is very easy to use, everything is labelled well and the instructions are really simple to follow. 
As everything is pre measured, the little man was able to add everything to the mixing bowl himself, making him feel independent and grown up. 
Once everything was mix it was ready to go into the baking tray to be cooked. The baking tray comes with a piece of grease proof paper which needs to be rubbed with butter before the mixture goes in. 
The little man has to make sure it looked (and tasted) just right before he’d let me put it in the oven to cook. 
45 minutes in the oven and a cack handed/light sprinkle of icing sugar through the snowflake template and you’re ready to serve. 
The brownie is absolutely delicious, probably one of the tastiest I’ve every tried. It’s sticky and chewy and because it contains cranberries and pecans the flavour is delicious. I was also impressed that it wasn’t greasy, unlike other brownie making kits I’ve tried before. 
BakedIn sell monthly baking kits which are perfect for making with little people. You can try your first box for just £3.99 if you use code BAKINGHERO at checkout. I think they’re a great idea and a simple, fun way of baking with little people. 

NHM green striped Stegosaurus pyjamas for kids review

I love personalised clothes for the little man and Hubby loves dinosaurs so we knew these beautiful Stegosaurus pyjamas from the Natural History Museum shop  would be perfect for the little man.

Made from 100% cotton the pyjamas are soft and are available in sizes 18 months to 8 years. Theycan be customised with both the name, year of birth and a dinosaur name.They can be bought in green stripes like the ones above or a red striped design.

The pyjamas are really nice. They’re soft, cosy and have enough stretch to be comfortable for my wriggly little monster during the night. 
I love the ‘Elisaurus’ personalisation on the front. It’s sweet and ideal for the little mans age range. The pyjamas cost £26 from the NHM website and there is no extra charge for personalisation. 
I really like the pyjamas, the quality is great and they wash really well. They hold their shape and there’s been no bobbling despite being worn very regularly. They’d make a great gift for a child but I can tell hubby would really like an adult pair too!
The NHM Shop has a fab range of products and gifts, including a great selection of dinosaur goodies. It’s definitely worth a browse. 

*Sample product sent for review*


Scruffs Classic Thermo Parka review

The last couple of months have been a little chilly, especially for my hubby who catches the bus to work. A warm and cosy coat is an essential piece of clothing to start the day off well and helps make him less miserable!

Scruffs recently sent hubby their Red Classic Parka to try out during the colder months. Made from 100% polyester with a waterproof rating of 4500mm it’s a very cosy and heavy duty number! It’s great for those that have a chilly commute or anyone who works outdoors. 
Scruffs have sold a great range of safety footwear and work wear since 2003, their clothing offers comfort, protection and style so it’s suitable for anyone, not just those who require work clothes. 
The coat has Condura elbow and shoulder panels which means it can withstand even the toughest of use and is perfect for anyone working in an industrial setting. 

The coat has a detachable hood with removable fur so you can change the look of it in an instant. The drawstring neck means you can pull it tightly to keep your neck nice and warm, away from the cold wind. 
There are two large pockets to the front of the coat with ample room for a wallet, mobile phone and various other ‘man bits’. In addition to these there are another 9 pockets on the coat, making it an ideal coat to take if you’re travelling somewhere cold. Hubby has said on numerous occasions how he wishes he’d had this when we went to Iceland during their coldest Winter for 30 years. The lining is so cosy and warm. The lining is bubble quilted and it’s literally like crawling into a sleeping bag and snuggling up. It keeps out the drafts and really feels like you can hide away from the cold weather. 
The coat is impressive and hubby is very happy that he’s no longer cold on his way to and from work or on adventures with the little man. 
The Scruffs Classic Thermo Parka costs £79.95 and is available to buy in mens sizes Small to XX Large with free UK delivery. You can buy it in red like hubby’s or in dark lead. 
*We were set the coat for review purposes. Opinions are our own*