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Powerpuff Girls Story Makers, a review

Many children don’t get to do much imaginative play, trying to fit it in between school, homework and other activities. One of the many things I love about home education is that we have lots of time for imaginative play, creating stories and acting them out with toys. So when R was asked to review the Powerpuff Girls Dine&Dash Story Maker we jumped at the chance.

She was very excited when a big parcel arrived for her to open full of new toys. She loves watching the Powerpuff girls on TV. The ultimate crime fighting sisters Bubbles, Buttercup and Blossom made of sugar, spice and everything nice, plus some chemical X! The Dine&Dash set comes with a Buttercup action figure plus movable crime figures than you can knock down by shooting a burger at them.  R also got Bubbles and Donny the Unicorn in a separate pack.

You can create any story you like, even adding to it with other story maker sets. There is endless fun to be made with the Dine&Dash set. We’ve enjoyed playing with the Powerpuff Girls set, Bubbles wins as the favourite character. We recommend the Powerpuff Girls story maker sets to any fan who wants to create the ultimate crime fighting tale.

Blogtober – Who Am I?

So, I have decided to take part in Blogtober. The idea is to blog everyday during October, whether I manage everyday is yet to be determined!

wedding day
So my first topic is Who Am I? When I get to tell you a little bit more about me. Well for starters my name is Tanya and I am 31. I live on the Dorset/Wiltshire border surrounded by gorgeous countryside. I have been married to Steve for just over 10 years and together for 11. We were engaged after just 7 weeks together and married within a year! A year and a half later we welcomed our first baby, a little girl. Our family grew and in less than 5 years we had 3 more little ones, 1 boy and 2 more girls.

Growing up I was the eldest child, my younger brother and I always got on really well and still do now. I have very young parents (I made them grandparents at 38 years old) but I think great, my mum is one of my best friends. I knew all four of my grandparents, four of my great-grandparents and my great great grandmother. 3 of my grandparents are still here now, although life is so busy I don’t see them as often as I’d like to.
My great grandmother was honored when we named our first-born after her. We were very fortunate to manage a 5 generation photograph when R was born, just as my mother had when I was born.

I adore being a mother, it is the absolute best thing in the entire world. Being able to spend all my time with my 4 children is amazing albeit a little tiring at times. For those that aren’t regular readers and don’t know me, I home educate my children. For various reasons the older 2 just weren’t happy at school, so we took them out in January 2015. Shortly afterwards we took our third out of pre-school and chose to educate them at home.
Since then we have grown closer as a family, the children’s confidence has increased, and they are enjoying learning again and at a pace that suits them.
So I guess that’s me and my family. I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of my Blogtober posts.


I am linked up with #Blogtober16

Going self hosted

You may have noticed some changes to my blog recently especially those reading from a PC. The reason is I’ve recently gone self hosted, something I was really worried about doing as I’d looked into it and it all seemed so confusing.  Selecting a host, moving my old blog posts over, where was I even supposed to start? When I saw an advert offering free self hosting in return for a review I thought “excellent” and they offered to migrate everything for me.

I have to say going self hosted was all very simple, I filled in my details and the address of my WordPress blog, made them admin, temporarily, and they did the rest for me. I was sent easy to understand instructions for anything I needed to do, and if I came across a problem whilst moving (like not being able to get my password to work) they got back to me straight away. The migration process was so simple.

Since moving over I’ve had no problems at all and I feel confident that help is there should I need it. When my free hosting runs out the cost is very low and great value for money.

  • Bloggers package currently priced at £3.99 per month.
  • Get 2 months free when buying for a year at £49.90 saying 17% (equivalent to £3.33 per month).
  • Get 6 months free when you pay for 2 years at £71.82 saving 25% (equivalent to £2.99 per month)

self hosted

Some of the great features include

  • Easy and affordable web hosting
    • A package targeted and optimised for bloggers and another targeted at entrepreneurs and small businesses
  • Optimised for performance
    • Litespeed powered servers will have your blog flying. Also as a Cloudflare Optimised Partner you get to take advantage of CloudFlare’s global CDN including Railgun free of charge.
  • Hourly backups
    • Offsite backups on the hour every hour with with a 12 hour retention policy. They also do nightly backups with a 14 day retention policy meaning you can rest easy knowing your website is in safe hands.
  • Great support
    • They’re always on hand to help you maintain your blog and answer your questions. Simply open a support ticket or drop them a line on live chat.

I’m not the biggest fan of change, but what’s great I still have WordPress which is what I had become used to. With self hosted WordPress it’s the same layout that I am used to, so I don’t have to get used to a new way of writing my blogs.

For anyone looking at going self hosted with their blog I would definitely recommend their service. It took the stress out and I’ve been really happy with everything so far.