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A meltdown free Christmas (well almost)!

28 Dec

We are a family that all too often experiences a set of problems when it comes to holidays, special events and more. Christmas isn’t usually exempt from the list.

Over the year I’ve demonstrated a number of occasions that provoke change, excitement & anxiety for little man, the latest being our trip to Butlin’s.

However, I’m pleased to inform the world that despite one or two minor problems, a few tears and a little swearing, Christmas was a joyful occasion in the household of ‘A boy with Asperger’s’

We remained home the entire day, one very close understanding friend joined us and family dropped gifts off, the day before, or popped in for a brief moment. Christmas was a blissful occasion!

There was one meltdown, however this was not displayed by the Little man! Was it his 8-year-old sister or maybe his brother (at 2 this would sound likely)! No it was neither, it was actually me that had the meltdown! In true Christmas fashion, I had a mummy paddy when I misplaced a gift I had wrapped for a family member!

You see, I did make that classic stupid mistake of staying up the entire night to wrap every single gift I had brought. The sad thing was, I had only had around 2 hours sleep the previous night meaning that come christmas morning, I sobbed and moaned about everything and anything!

Yes, I found the gift, of course this was typically in the first place that I had looked, but throughout Christmas day, I lost everything I touched and considered myself on the blink of madness!

Despite my own temper tantrum’s Christmas was a blast there was family games, a lavish dinner and pudding and plenty of smiling faces on Christmas morning (though I really did feel like someone had kicked me in the stomach as I watched my children rip of the wrapping paper, I’d spent my entire sleepless night wrapping)!


One of the loveliest things about Christmas, was my youngest and his reaction to his presents. On opening all his gifts, his eyes were wide and his smile light the room as he shouted “Wow, Mum… Wow” Which did make me chuckle as one of his gifts was “Motorbike Max” from WOW Toys (which I must add his crazy about).

Alice-Sara was of course pleased with all her Monsters high dolls and accessories that I had trolled the shops in search off, and the Little man was relieved to get all that he expected with no sudden surprise (just the way he likes it). The Little man’s gifts were mainly made up of Transport Memorabilia, LEGO and of course a string of different Nerf products.

There was one gift I continually asked myself “Was, this a good idea” The huge Nerf-N-Strick blaster that I continually found myself the target off! Umm, next year… maybe not!

There was even a little baking, not bad for a non domestic goddess wouldn’t you say!

What a beautiful way to end the year!

Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster the ultimate boy toy review!

25 Nov

As you all will know by now, we have all been very busy this November with the Santa’s Little Helpers feature, though it has been lots of fun its been non stop! So… Here is our latest review of another one of the top Christmas buys for 2011 and this time we are bringing it to you in association with the fabulous Debenhams

Little man has been on non-stop about the range of Nerf blasters, for a boy who was into nothing other than transport (and don’t get me wrong, his buses still come before anything else in this world) he isn’t doing to bad discovering new-found interest, which is really something given his limited interest, a characteristic of his Asperger’s syndrome.

I do feel that not only has our Santa’s Little Helpers feature played a massive part in this, but also the fact his now in school and around other children on a daily basis, which is a welcomed change from his days in mainstream that presented us with nothing but battles and weekly exclusion.

His new special school is where he first heard about the new Nerf range. So of course when Debenham’s joined our Christmas feature and offered me a choice from their top toy sellers to review, it had to be the new Nerf Vortex Nitron.

 Nerf is a collection of blasters (I tend not to like the word gun even if these are just toys) However these pretty much resemble water guns and come in a host of shapes and sizes, and of course prices!

The Nerf Vortex Nitron is one of the bigger blasters in it’s range and includes a 20 disc magazine, 20 disc and onboard storage for additional magazines to give you maximum firepower (additional magazines and disc can also be brought separately).

It is said that the Nerf Vortex Nitron is the ultimate innovation and technology. It has a really awesome feature which is it’s electronic scope that features targeting lights to help centre your aim. It also features XLR long-range disc technology to launch disc an extra long distance which little man was all so keen to demonstrate over and over again.

It would seem that all the boys want a piece of the Nerf and little man seems to be right on up there.

His eyes light up like balloons when he came home and found this large package on the desk. I don’t really like to alert him that these things are on the way otherwise like many kids do he has the tendency to drain away my brain with, “Has it come yet mum, has it?” So yes this made an awesome surprise at the end of a busy school day.

Little man waited for daddy and as soon as he stepped foot in the door little man put the Nerf Vortex Nitron right under his nose. It wasn’t that he wasn’t able to set this up alone, it was actually dead simple and he did this no problems at all (basically has one or two things to connect) he was just really excited and wanted to such this excitement with his father! This is when I see the big kid come out in his father though it was pretty awesome to watch father and son have some big kid fun!

Little man’s awarded score

I didn’t even get the chance to ask Little man what his overall score was because he beat me to it by stating, “Um, mum, before you ask… I give it a 5 star” Yes the top stars were award by the little man.

Parental perspective

I was happy for Little man to review the New Nerf blaster because like I’ve stated, his interest are rather limited so it’s nice to see them expanding a little. The Nerf did all that it claim to do, isn’t a noisy toy which is always a blessing in my book, and lastly it seems to appeal to the big boys as well as those younger ones (so be prepared to see the child return in your partners). Warning: This toy does require the use of 6x C batteries plus another 2 AAA batteries (I highly recommend the use of rechargeable batteries as that’s one hell of a lot of batteries for one toy). I also awarded the Nerf Vortex Nitron the full 5 ***** as it gave me a good few hours undisturbed soak in the bath so thank you Debenhams.

Once dispatched Debenhams provided super fast home delivery and throughout the customer service was Ace!

Nerf Vortex Nitron is available from Debenhams at
£45.00

So, there you have it, another great toy brought to you by Little man and Debenhams as part of the Santa’s Little helpers Christmas gift feature.

For more information or to order yours… Just click HERE

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