Giant Pass The Pigs

As a family we love a good board game. Pass the pigs is a great game for the family and even better it takes up no space at all. When we were told about Giant Pass The Pigs I was excited to see that it’s the equivalent of a board game but for the garden and therefore on a giant scale.

Giant Pass The Pigs
The kids were so excited they could barely wait for us to open Giant Pass The Pigs and set it up. It comes with a storage bag, the game pad and a pencil for recording the all important scores. It only takes a couple of minutes to blow The Pigs up and you’re good to go.

The rules are simple; Hold The Pigs by the ears, they must go above your shoulders and then you just follow the handy score sheet. Cue, much hilarity and arguments about the valid scores!

Giant Pass The Pigs

Giant Pass The PigsGiant Pass The Pigs


We absolutely love Giant Pass The Pigs and highly recommend it. The kids will love it ( and the grown ups did too!) – I think it will be a perfect game to play in a group with friends too!

At around £13 it’s an utter bargain when you consider our kids normally play for at least 1 hr at a time – perfect for lazy summer evenings, parents kick back with a gin and tonic and watch your kids wear themselves out – perfect!

Legoland Discovery Centre and SeaLife Aquarium Manchester

We first went to SeaLife in Manchester before it opened. But we haven’t made it back since for one reason or another and even though we have one of the biggest LEGO fans on the planet in our son, C, we had never visited the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre either.

What better time to visit both attractions when they both have great events on especially for the summer holidays? With tickets for both attractions costing approximately £85 for 2 adults and 2 children we were glad to find out that it takes a full day to get around both places and if you stretch a bit further then for £176 you can get an annual pass for both attractions and then go back as many times as you want. Great if you live anywhere near!

We started our day out at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. We enjoyed the initial factory themed segment and the kids were thrilled to receive a special brick from the machines too.


We then moved through to the first ride. There was a short queue, sadly we were a little disappointed and felt it could have been much better with an update.

On the way in we had a few family photos taken and straight after the ride was a desk to view the photos along with one from the ride. We chose to buy one of the shots which is printed straight away. Sadly, this meant we had to carry the photo around for the rest of the visit, which was annoying. The most annoying part of this was that there is another photo desk on the way out and we would have waited if we had known.

The main floor contains loads of LEGO themed games, activities and fun! Our favourites were the LEGO 4D film for the whole family and the amazing LEGO Ninjago play frame for the kids. We spent around 2.5hours but you could definitely make it last longer than that by buying lunch or taking a picnic. We had a coffee and a snack and headed into the Trafford Centre for lunch.
After lunch we headed to SeaLife. As I said last time we went was before it opened so we were viewing it with new eyes. We loved exploring the different creatures, finding Nemo and Dory and touching starfish in the shallow pools. For the summer holidays you can also find clues to The Octonauts and collect stamps as you explore. We even met one of the characters during our visit! 

The kids also liked the play frame but the shortage of seating meant we didn’t let them play for long.

We spent a further 1.5 hours here so it turned into a nice day out. You could do one of them and shopping in The Trafford Centre to make it a day out each time you visit if you chose the annual pass.

Overall we preferred LEGOLAND, I think due to the ages of our children and their love of LEGO. Younger children may prefer SeaLife. 

We received tickets to both attractions in exchange for this review.

Unique Home Decor Pieces

love shopping for things for our home. Especially unique home decor pieces that you won’t see in every front room across the UK. I was recently discovered UncommonGoods, a small online retailer based in Brooklyn, New York who stock unique home decor pieces straight from the designer.

UncommonGoods is on a mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers, at the core of their business is great respect for the integrity of creative individuals and the belief that it is their responsibility to use their business to have a positive impact on the world.

The UncommonGoods website is full of interesting and unique home decor pieces. From the unusual to the incredible there is such a wide range of truly inspiring items that your question won’t be will there be something for me but more how will I narrow down my choices to what I can buy!

My favourite of the many decorative accents is this stunning candle holder. I love the beautiful shadows it creates and the almost magical look.

Unique Home Decor

I absolutely love this cool door mat, a really fun place to stop and take your wellies off. The kids will love it too because you can personalise it with your surname!

Unique Home Decor Pieces

I wrote recently about home improvements and making the outdoors an extension of the home. The wide range of stunning garden items made me want to shop! The hubby would love the hammock having got rid of his last one when we moved last year and I’m really loving the Rattan Solar Lanterns which will look perfect around the deck.

Unique Home Decor Pieces Unique Home Decor Pieces

You can find more unique home decor and garden pieces over at UncommonGoods, here.

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