Leo and Riley’s Sunday Night Takeover

The boys are back and they want to introduce the newest members of our family!

Meet Dumbledore (left) and Severus (right) our new guinea pigs. The boys are in love and I must admit, they are super lovely and I may be a little bit too! Leo picked the name Dumbledore and Riley liked the name Gingerbread but as he was black decided to change to it to Severus to match! They are now almost 14 weeks old and have been with us for almost two weeks. They are settling really well. We have been handling them quite a bit so they get used to us and Dumbledore is getting much more confident now. Severus is a little more timid but enjoys a really good cuddle!

The boys have a few top tips if you are thinking of getting guinea pigs as they make great pets for little ones –

1) They don’t like being on their own so you want to get at least two (note from Mum – matching sexes or a female with a neutered male to prevent unwanted babies!) And make sure the cage or hutch you get is big enough for them both as they grow

2) They can’t produce vitamin C so we have drops to put in their water

3) You have to give them a good supply of straw to eat so their tummies don’t get poorly

4) They like cuddles and to make them feel safe you put your hand under their bum and one hand around their tummy under their arms. Then you hold them close to you

5) They like to run in tunnels and play games. Then they can have treats

6) We have got claw clippers so their nails don’t get too long

7) They like to run around outside so you should get them a run so they can play

8) Cats don’t like guinea pigs so you shouldn’t get them if you have a cat

9) They can live inside or outside but you should bring them inside when it’s really cold

10) They are the best pets ever and ours are the cutest!

So that’s their advice for if you are looking at getting a pet for your children. The boys will be back with updates on how Dumbledore and Severus are getting on I’m sure so keep your eyes peeled!


Leo And Riley’s Sunday Night Takeover

So this evening me and the boys have been talking about our favourite movies and thought that we would share them with you! We decided on our top 10 and they are:

First up is Guardians of the Galaxy 2. We went to see this when it came out and it’s now Leo’s favourite of all! He described it as ‘awesome’ and says Gamora is his favourite character as she’s cool and the best girl warrior in the universe. Riley said he ‘liked it in the cinema’ and that Baby Groot was his favourite as ‘he is little’. He also made us laugh when he called Drax ‘Steve from October’ meaning the lovely Steve Cartmail who is Mr October in the Purple Wings Calender! Me and Ste both loved it too so definitely one for all the family.


What do you think?


Next up is Boss Baby. Leo said it was ‘real’ good – both funny and sad’ and Riley said ‘he watched it with Daddy’. I haven’t watched it all the way through yet but the trailer looked funny and the bit I saw was very good.

boss baby high chair

The third pick was Diary Of A Wimpy Kid – Long Haul. We went to see this at the cinema during the holidays and I have to agree with the boys – it was very funny! Leo has also read some of the books, including this one, and has really liked those too. Riley said it was ‘cool’ and his favourite part was ‘when the pig pooed in the potty in the car’. Leo thought the funniest part was when Roderick thought he had been shot. The funniest bit by far for me was not exactly a part of the film. There was a part where some birds dive-bombed the family car, and Ste, being scared of birds jumped out of his seat and ten foot in the air. I know I sound like the world’s worst girlfriend in the world but I could not stop laughing while he buried his head in my shoulder. I laughed so much I had tears rolling down my face! We both really enjoyed the film aswell as the kids though. Riley sat still through the entire thing and stood up at the end and announced ‘i loved that film’s which made us all smile!

I’ve probably seen this movie a hundred times this year but the kids next choice is Trolls. They both enjoy this movie and have learnt all the songs. I filmed them both a few weeks ago and thought I would share one with you!

I have videos of them doing all the songs and they are excellent and so funny! We had so much fun that night!

Last week the boy’s watched the new Ghostbusters. Leo was a little worried at first but then soon got into it. He said it was ‘funny and very cool’ while Riley said ‘its scary and funny’. It was the first movie me and Ste went to see at the cinema so will always be a bit special.


The next film we watched a few weeks ago before bed and I enjoyed it as much as the boys. Leo actually wanted to watch it again the next night too. Riley said ‘I love it’ and Leo said he ‘really liked it’. The message of the film is lovely too, about not giving up on your dreams. Another big hit!


Another one we have probably watched over a hundred times is The Secret Life Of Pets. I took the boys to the cinema when it came out and since then Riley has been obsessed with it! He loves animals, especially dogs so it’s perfect for him! Here he is talking about it!

Leo wasn’t too sure about this next one being on list but relented as he said ‘I suppose Emma Watson is in it’. Riley wanted it on the list as he said it was ‘cool’. I have to agree with Riley but it’s my favourite Disney film of all time so I don’t think I could have disliked it!

Our number 8 made Leo remember some of his favourite films which we have watched over and over again and will probably continue to do so forever more – The Harry Potter series! Here he is chatting about it!


Last but not least is another recent watch. Leo’s favourite films used to be the Tim Burton ones. He loved Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline! I realised Riley hadn’t seen The Nightmare Before Christmas before so we watched it the other day. He was so excited and said it was ‘very funny’ to which Leo replied ‘it’ was basically scary’! How times have changed.


Well that’s their top ten, I hope you enjoyed it! What’s your family favourites? What do you think of our list? Let me know in the comments!

Leo and Riley’s Sunday Night Takeover

Well, I told you Leo had some exciting news to share with you and here it is!

Last year Leo and Riley completed a 10K walk in London for CCUK. I was so proud of them and the attitude they took to fundraising for a charity.

Leo really wanted to do something this year and picked out the two charities he wanted to help himself – the Sick But Invisible campaign and the Purple Wings Charity. He is an avid reader so when I suggested a reading challenge he jumped at the chance!

We decided on a target of reading 30 books (of at least 100 pages each) before he finishes school for Summer on July 26th 2017. We are using crowd funding on Just Giving to raise the money so we can split it equally between his two chosen charities. He has a target of £200 but would love to smash this and would appreciate all sponsors, big and small.

We also require your help in another way! We will be making use of the local library but if anyone has any books they would like to donate or lend him for him to complete his challenge we would love to hear from you! Any donated books we will pass onto the Children’s Hospital after Leo has completed his challenge in the spirit of ‘paying it forward’. Please message me if you are able to help with this!

The link to sponsor him is below. As I said, he will appreciate every single one as a form of encouragement to complete his challenge. I will keep you regularly updated on his progress and his fundraising efforts. Thankyou all in advance!



Leo And Riley’s Saturday Night Takeover Part 2


My Top 10 Pokémon by Leo

1 – The one that I like the most is TORCHIC. He was the first Pokémon I ever caught in my first Pokémon game.

2 – Got to say POOCHENA. He was the first Pokemon I ever battled and I beat him.

3 – Number three has to be PIKACHU because he is really strong and he is cute!

4 – Next is SQUIRTLE because he is really cool and his final evolution is a big tortoise with cannons on its back.

5 – RAYQUAZA is next because he is a really powerful dragon Pokémon.

6 – I’m going to say EEVEE because she is cute and can evolve into different forms including Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporean, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon and Glaceon.

7 – FROAKIE is next because he is a cute little frog.

8 – FENNIKEN because she is a fire Pokémon that looks like a fox and is cute.

9 – AIPOM because he is a cheeky little monkey!

10 – ZYGARDE is a giant snake and really cool! He has different collectibles and when you get them he will take different forms for you.

Here is a photo of me on a Pokémon hunt at Elvaston Castle with my family and my PIKACHU plushie!

Leo 💜


Leo And Riley’s Sunday Night Takeover


This week the boy’s school had a Science event after school. Parents were invited to bring their children in and participate in a range of different science related activities. Leo does football after school that day and decided he still wanted to go to it so just me and Riley went along.

We got the opportunity to play with magnets, make our own bouncy ball, plant some cress seeds, see which fruits/veggies made the best batteries, make slime and make a lava lamp!

Our bouncy ball making skills turned out to be pretty good and we got a relatively good bounce by the end of it! Unlike our slime making skills – we had to have a second try after our first lot failed! Riley still wasn’t overly impressed by the end of it either, he didn’t like how it felt! We discovered the lime made the best battery out of all the fruits and veggies we tried and enjoyed seeing which objects would stick to our magnets.

Riley’s favourite activity was making his lava lamp so we have decided to share what we did so you can have a go!

1 – Take an empty plastic bottle and add water till its about a third full
2 – Fill (not quite full…leave some space at the top) the rest of the bottle with oil
3 – Drop in 10-15 drops of your favourite colour food colouring
4 – Break an alka seltzer tablet in half and pop one half in the bottle
5 – After about 10 seconds put the other half of the alka seltzer in. Pop the lid on and watch it bubble away!

I think you could pop a spoon full of glitter in between the two halves of the alka seltzer tablet and this would give a great effect but we haven’t tried it out ourselves yet!

Here are some photos of Riley enjoying the activities. Leo will be along later as he didn’t want to miss out and will be sharing a top ten list with you!