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Star Wars Lego 75091 Flash Speeder Our Newest Set

I can’t even pretend I got a look in with the Star Wars Lego 75091 set. My son had made it before breakfast this week. He proudly presented the finished article.

Lego set 75091 Disney Star Wars

Star Wars Lego 75091 comes with 5 minifigures: Naboo security officer, Captain Tarpals, a slightly different Naboo security guard and 2 battle droids. The 2 battle droids feel quite thin and a lot more flimsy than the usual minifigures design, but I suppose with how they are in the film Lego had no choice. It consists of 312 Lego pieces, most of them grey and green.

Star Wars Lego 75091

My son is 8, he built this easily himself in one session. My only criticism is it has shooting bits. But that’s purely from a boring Mum point of view knowing the complaining when he eventually does lose them. Mind you I will confess now I don’t know how you shoot them because I can’t work it out…..

There isn’t a lot of detail on the finished speeder. Star Wars Lego 75091 has no stickers to apply apart from two small details in the cockpit. The moveable gun on the back is easy to knock off, especially if your younger sister gets too close to it (or your Mum when she is trying to take photos!)

Whatever I think is irrelevant. He loves it. It is a nice size set for independent Lego building, especially for children of between 8-9 like my son.

Lego set 75091

Star Wars Lego 75091 is available at Amazon UK for Lego Star Wars 75091 (price correct Feb 2017). I think this price point makes it an affordable set for children to save for unlike some of the bigger, more impressive sets.

What Do We Think?

Another good build from Lego and another highly played with Lego Star Wars set in our house.


Lego Star Wars 75091

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Baking With Children: Easy Valentine’s Cake.

The best part about baking is the eating. But baking with children is a different experience to baking on your own. I make it about easy steps and cheats shortcuts. These help build their confidence because they did it all by themselves. Here is my easy Valentine’s cake. Honestly it is easy!

All oven activity should always be done by an adult. I recommend adult supervision at all times, if only to minimise cake mix spillage.

What you will need

Three packets of sponge mix.

Red food colouring or gel paste.

A loaf tin

An 8″ round tin

Buttercream (bought or homemade).

A heart shaped cutter

What do you do?

Mix up one packet of the sponge mix following the instructions.

Add a few drops of red food colouring until you get the red you want.

Pour the batter into a greased tin and bake for about 20 minutes.

Leave it to cool in the tin before trying to turn it out.

Once the red sponge is cool use your heart shaped cutter to cut out your hearts.

Make up the next packet of sponge mix. This one you will not colour.

Pour enough to cover the bottom of your greased tin.

Put your red hearts standing upright in a circle around the tin.

Cover them with the next layer of sponge mix.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Leave the cake to cool in the tin before turning out.


If you want to cover the cake with the buttercream. Warning! It is not easy to colour buttercream red as I learnt at my cost. You will end up with a nice pink cake.

If you prefer leave out the buttercream and just add a sprinkle of icing sugar on the top.

Other ideas

You can do this for any celebration. Just change the cutter shape and colour of your sponge. The principle of how to bake it remains the same.

A layer of jam and desiccated coconut on the top is delicious.

When you cut into this easy Velentine’s cake you will see all the heart shapes through the centre. It looks amazing but doesn’t have to be complicated. My children couldn’t wait to show off their cake after they made it. Using this method they don’t get the benefit of weighing out ingredients. They had to concentrate on closely cutting out the hearts. No sponge wastage here!

Have fun baking!


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Parenting Karma Activities When Your Children Are Doing Your Head In

Parenting Karma Activities

Not very eloquent but I know most of you know what I mean. From I’m bored to endless ridiculous questions, surely there must be some activities that distract your children from annoying you. Otherwise known as annoying activities I get them to do to get my own back. I consider it my parenting karma. A little bit of retaliation. Sometimes it back fires on me and they’re even worse but sometimes, just sometimes it works. You get a few minutes of solitude. I’m fairly child-focused generally, but especially as they get older, I think they need to learn how to amuse themselves. Let’s face it a toddler on their own creates merry mayhem but an older child should be able to spend quality time doing solo.

Parenting Karma and Monkeys

Toys to Annoy

Remember Frustration? Get all those pieces in before the timer throws them all out. It raised your blood pressure every time you played it. Right kids, you can’t ask another question until you have successfully completed it. This is one of my favourites. It usually ends in the game being chucked back in the box in frustration lol.

Lego sorting into colours / shapes / whatever. It doesn’t matter what, just give them enough to do so they don’t finish too quickly. Or those sets that got mixed up? Make them and put them back separately. The last one isn’t so successful I must admit. All those instruction books you keep shoving in drawers? Match them up with their box. This is sneaky parenting karma. They enjoy it so don’t think you’re annoying them but in reality they’re doing probably the worst toy sorting job ever.

All those small Sylvanian Families pieces or other small bits just chucked in the man tin? Put them all back where they should go. Massive bonus to this one because you don’t have to do it.

Activities to Annoy

Pencil sharpening / working out which felt pens have run out. Takes the argumentative side out of them pretty quickly.

All those broken crayons. Tear all the paper off and cut them into small pieces to make them into entirely new crayons.

Sorting through the pile of colouring books. Which are finished? Recycle them! Any that aren’t finished but you don’t want anymore put them in a pile to give to someone else. Another child’s trash is another child’s treasure after all. (As seen by the bloody bear bingo stall at the school fete).

Dusting. Give them a wet wipe and let them loose. Damp dusting means they won’t spray the dust around while they do it. Another favourite is cleaning the kitchen cupboard doors.

Sock pairing. The best parenting karma of all. Who doesn’t hate that job?

Electronic Activities

Now I’m not totally mean. I mean parenting karma is knowing they’re not doing something entirely fun. You want the iPad? Ok, write me a story. Use a phonics or maths app and show me what you’ve done.

Read your younger sibling a story. Use an app if you must or the Leap Reader pen but you must read something to them. Bonus is they all get entertained at once.


So there are a couple of my go-to activities for those times they need occupying, I can guarantee that after 10 minutes of one of these they remember how to amuse themselves.