Win a Child's Nightlight with Story Wall Stickers

October 5, 2015 at 10:30 PMCoombeMill

A night light with a difference

The wonderful people at Prezzybox have done it again, a unique idea to transform your child’s bedroom into a Disney dream land with unique night lights that come with enchanting wall stickers; perfect for drifting off to sleep in a contented world of balloon bubbles or animal tales.

Win a Night Light with a Difference

Imagination is core to kid’s creativity and when they are having trouble sleeping then developing their own imaginary stories whilst watching these fun images shining out from the darkness can be comforting whilst helping them sink into the restful sleep they need. Choose from the comforting and calming Balloon night light with a silhouette of a child with teddies drifting into the distance holding tight to their balloons and the Sunshine and Animal Night Light which also makes for a great reading light as they grow up with bedtime stories.


Stock Photos of the night lights

Creating your dreamland.

The charming designs will look stunning on a plain wall in a child’s room or nursery and include hidden LEDs that make it a funky light feature too with a pull string to turn on and off. It is battery operated (3xAA) which are not included so remember to buy these too if you plan to use it as a light and not just a decoration. There is also a nail provided that just needs tapping into the wall with a hammer to put it up. However we felt in our holiday properties this was probably not going to be strong enough with repeated use from different visitors each week, so we replaced this with a more sturdy screw from Farmer Nick's collection. In a bedroom where it is just the parent operating the light pull then the fixing provided would probably be sufficient.

Fitting the lights

I recommend putting the light up first and checking with the photo on the box first to ensure you have left enough room around it on the wall for the wall stickers. If your space is limited then the animal theme uses less height. For the balloon option I would say you will need 1.5m in height to have the full effect. The wall stickers are simple to apply but go lightly at first in case you need to pull back and re-stick, I did this a couple of times trying to space my sun rays evenly. Once you are happy smooth them down firmly easing out any air bubbles, I didn't find this an issue but don't do it in a rush as you need a little patience especially unfolding the balloon girl and her toys. There are helpful picture instructions on the back of the box.

Sticking on the stickers

Our animal print compliments the canvas on the adjacent wall of our toddler bedroom in Heligan lodge perfectly and with a pirate toddler bed in there too I can see children happily in their own land of imagination.

Animal Night LIght

The Balloon print looks perfect in the children's quad bedroom at Tree Roots cottage where the pink compliments the modern funky furniture and fun canvas prints.

Balloon Night Light in Tree Roots

Win your Night Light with Coombe Mill and Prezzybox

For a chance to win an Animal or Balloon night light for your child's bedroom worth £19.95 from Prezzybox just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Night light with a difference



We were given our night lights for the bedrooms in Coombe Mill for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Trash 2 Treasure - October

October 4, 2015 at 11:00 PMCoombeMill

How to make a Halloween Ghost or Dementor

Autumn is truly with us now, the trees are turning a beautiful shade and catching a falling leaf here on the farm couldn't be easier. With autumn my attention turns to the fun and games we have here in the half term week for Halloween.  With so many children to entertain all day I try to make our crafts as fun yet as thrifty as possible and something that all ages can enjoy as we have from toddlers up to secondary school age all keen to participate in the days events.  Every year we have our favourite crafts to which I add new games and activities so that those returning year after year have something familiar and something new to look forward to. Throughout the month I hope to share some of my Halloween crafts in tutorial format, they are all easy and made from throw away items, do join me and see how easy a Halloween makeover could be for your Garden this year. For my lead Trash 2 Treasure post this week I'm sharing some easy-peasy Ghosts and Dementors.   

Ghosts and Dementors Halloween Tutorial

What you'll need

  • Black Bin bags, White Bin bags
  • Sticks a little longer than the bin bags
  • Felt Pen or Googly Eyes
  • A real of Duck Tape colours 
  • String or wool
  • Floristry ribbon or material Ribbon - optional

What You'll Need Ghosts & Dementors


Dementors Tutorial
  1. Scrunch up a small throwaway bag. We used the ones our laundry is returned in but a supermarket lightweight bag or another bin bag would be just as good.
  2. Place your scrunched up bag in the corner of a bin bag to form the head
  3. Secure the head with a piece of colourful duck tape to separate the head from the body, be careful not to wrap too tight as you need enough space to fit a stick through.
  4. Push a stick up through the cloak into the head to give structure and a way to stand in the ground when finished
  5. Use felt tip or googly eyes to make your ghostly eyes
  6. Add a felt tip mouth or milk bottle cap.
  7. Add string round the neck to hang from the trees or push the stick into the ground and admire your finished ghost or dementor. 
Ghosts step by step Tutorial




A few additions you could try

  1. Place glow sticks inside them and crack them when it's dark to make them light up

  2. Make them from different sized bags to create a ghostly family

  3. Use different coloured ribbons with big floaty bows and smiley faces to make them less scary for little ones

  4. Place them in a circle guarding a 'potion' for witches and wizards


Making Ghosts at Halloween


Make up a game

Last year we made up a game whilst waiting for darkness to fall and the ghost train to run. We stuck lots of our ghosts and dementors in the cottage lawn as an obstacle course between two ropes and asked the children to line up at one end. They then had to try to cross the ghostly field without being caught by my triplets or knocking the obstacles down when I shouted "Go". This was great fun and, along with apple bobbing and pin the arm on the skeleton, the hour of dusk soon passed.

Ghost & Dementor Game


Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Post can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new. 


A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours


Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.


Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas.

Thank you for all the wonderful posts again last month and congratulations to Kippers and Curtains who have won the Duck Tape Colours with this delightful Fairy garden door from lolly sticks.  

Fairy door from lolly sticks by Kippers & curtains

I also really enjoyed

Spooky pencil toppers from Crafty Journal

Bark plant pots from Craft Invaders

Salt & Pepper shakers by Champagne DIY


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Finally just in case you haven't already spotted it I have a great opportunity running until 29th of October to WIN your family Christmas holiday here with us at Coombe Mill. Just click on the badge below to see how.




Weekly Farm Photo

October 3, 2015 at 9:30 PMCoombeMill

This week has been simply beautiful here at Coombe Mill and I have taken every excuse to saunter around the farm. I had my long lens on my camera for any 'just in case' photo moments and stopped to capture Priscilla our Peahen about to take off,  having just spotted something in the sheep field.   



Peahen on the fence at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays



I kept the camera as steady as I could manage with my finger on the trigger in anticipation. I wish I'd had time to change to a faster shutter speed but I knew I would miss the moment if I did, I was right, it has a little blur from her speed but over all I'm happy to have captured the beauty of her take off.  


Peahen in flight at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays


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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

October 2, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Ahoy Captain there are pirates about!

The imagination of children never ceases to amaze me.  This has been brought home to me these past few weeks when we have been covering pirates as our theme at Activity Hour.  Empower little ones with a homemade cardboard cutlass and eye patch and a whole pirate role play story unfolds in front of your eyes! I have to say if you are looking for inspiration for a home birthday party for 4 - 7 year olds our activities here will keep them fully occupied for  a good 2 hours with a pirate tea, as it was we struggled to finish in an hour and a half.

Ahoy Captain

I began by setting the scene as I have found it helps the children to have an overview of how the afternoon will run. They had a variety of pirate crafts to make from simple templates before going on a treasure hunt to find the hoard of treasure I showed them in my big treasure box.  On one of the weeks there were so many girls we gave the option of pirate crafts or fairy crafts with everyone joining in the treasure hunt.    

We have been unlucky with the weather on our Friday afternoons but thankfully the big tent means we can create in the dry. The children take so much time over their work, I hate to rush them but sometimes it is a job to fit everything in.


Making Eye-Patches & Cutlasses

Those who finished first, usually the boys, drifted off out of the tent and enjoyed a little play ignoring the drizzle and calls from their parents to wear a coat. It was lovely to see the role play games emerge from such a simple craft and gave others time to catch up.


Pirate Role Play


With cutlasses and eye patches  or fairy crowns and wands  all made we set about creating old style treasure maps with a red X to mark where their treasure would be hidden, we even used tea to make them authentic.


Making the Pirate Maps

The buzz from the tent and outdoor play on periscope 



By this time everyone was ready to have a good look at the treasure I briefly showed them earlier.... but the box was empty! We had secretly hidden the treasure while the children were making their maps and now they all had to study my treasure map to work out where it was hidden! Despite my poor drawing skills they soon spotted the big red X inside the pirate boat and Den building zone and rushed off to see if they could find it.


Hunting for Treasure

Treasure hunt on Periscope


The drizzle had eased and the children relished the run around time finding the treasure and stopping for a little play on the pirate boat too. Everyone received a sweet in return for finding my treasure and kept their crafts to carry on playing together. 



For downloadable templates on making these crafts keep an eye out on my Trash2Treasure linky where I will follow up with a tutorial on pirate crafts. The Map was taken from a vlog tutorial on Trash2Treasure from LaraBee UK


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Joining in with Country Kids

I'd love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I'd be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I'd love you to join me: 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Autumn days outside for precious Mama and Monkey time by My Two Mums reminds me why time alone with our children is so important

If you are struggling for some autumn leaf play and crafts inspiration check out these ideas over at Right from the Start 

Imagination and nature come together on a country walk for The Joy of Five

Lots of pit stops make a road tip an adventure for Catching the Magic 

Dairy of the Evans Crittens shares a family birthday at a dinosaur park bring a smile to everyone's face.  


Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

Muddy Puddles October Giveaway 


I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   


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Win My Little Pony Spooktacular Pony Tales DVD

September 28, 2015 at 10:30 PMCoombeMill

Here on the farm with our own little cheeky Shetland ponies Skippy and Dinky we are big My Little Pony Fans. The wonderful Hasbro Studios has been releasing the popular Friendship is Magic series on DVD and we are proud to have reviewed these and have them available for our guests to borrow after a busy day on holiday with us. To add to our collection we now have the latest release: Spooktactular Pony Tales. This comes out on sale from 5th October in time for Halloween and Hasbro are offering Coombe Mill blog readers a chance to win a copy.


 Win My Little Pony Spooktacular Pony Tales 


About Spooktacular Pony Tales

Gather around the camp fire for six mysterious tales, as adventures unfold in this special new collection featuring series favourites Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. Equestria is aglow with all the fun that Nightmare Night brings, including pumpkins, costumes, candy and friends. With everything from a giant bear monster in the Everfree Forest to the mischievous Diamond Dogs up to no good, the herd has a lot to contend with. Even Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Spike come together for some ghostly escapades, but Princess Cadance gets into a spot of bother when Queen Chrysalis conjures up a devious plan.


 Spooktacular Ponies


Treat your little ones to this delightful Halloween series of six episodes and give them the magic of Halloween without scaring them. As with all My Little Pony DVD's Spooktacular Tales is certificate U and fit for general viewing, reassuring for parents.

6 Exciting Episodes

  1. Boast busters

  2. Stare Master

  3. Luna Eclipsed

  4. Dog and Pony Show

  5. The Mysterious Mare Do Well

  6. Canterlot Wedding Part 2
Teddies watching MLP


Win your copy of My Little Pony Spooktacular Pony Tales

To be in with a chance of winning your copy of the latest in the Friendship is Magic series, please complete some or all of the steps below. Good luck to all taking part and remember you can also buy or download your own copy from October 5th.

My Little Pony Spooktacular Pony Tales


We were given our copy of the DVD for our holiday guests to enjoy. 


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