How to Entertain School-Aged Boys

With two boys, 5 years between them, it is hard to keep them entertained but when those boys are opposite personalities, it becomes almost impossible.

Let me explain...

Yes, BP is outside but we're on holiday.
This is Big Prince (the one in the green hat, not the one holding the donut), he's 10 years old and likes to watch TV, play games and draw. He's the type who enjoys being indoors. He's not very sociable and likes his quiet time.

LP, outside as usual.
Little Prince is five (six in April) and likes playing football, video games and being outdoors. He is constantly active, from the moment he gets up in a morning to the second he falls asleep. He loves having friends over and running around the house.

They have very different personalities. My house is often filled with yells from BP telling LP to go away. Or shrieks from LP because BP won't play. This is why my house is filled with a plethora of toys, activities and crafts. There's golf caddies with clubs and balls, boxes filled to the brim with Lego and there are iPads.

Tablets are great but I refuse to let the boys use them all the time.

I bought a games table years ago and it has sat in our house, unused, for years. Recently the boys decided they wanted to use it. On the table they can play table tennis, table football, pool, air hockey and a whole load of other games. So far they've played table-tennis and pool.

It is great when I see them playing the games together. The games table is active enough that LP is happy but it's indoors and quiet (ish) which makes BP happy. They can play together nicely and enjoy themselves.

I never thought I would find any activity to keep them both happy but it turns out I was wrong.

How different are your children and how do you keep them entertained?

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Valentine's Gift Inspiration

Last year the Hubby and I spent Valentine's Day watching House of Cards series 2 on Netflix. We had a brilliant day spending time together and enjoying a great TV series. What more could you want?

Morgan's Milieu | Valentine's Day Plans: Pink Roses
Okay, maybe a bouquet of these beautiful things would be nice too!

So far this year we have no plans for Valentine's Day, but I'm thinking a relaxing bath, a good movie, popcorn and a snuggle on the sofa.

Nothing goes better with a relaxing bath than the perfect soap or shower gel. Compagnie de Provence Liquid Marseille Soap is scented with fresh verbena and smells lovely. It is invigorating and whenever I use it in my morning shower I am ready to take on the day. The soap doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight. It is available to buy from for £9.50.

After my shower or bath I moisturise and my hands need particular attention. This is when I use Compagnie de Provence Hand Cream, again scented with fresh verbena. The hand cream with shea butter, olive oil and vitamin E, is light and airy. It isn't too oily and keeps my hands soft and moisturised all day. I used to use L'occitane hand cream but I switched to this because I only need to use it once a day. I'm considering buying more just to make sure I have enough to last and at £13.00 for 300ml it is worth it.

The liquid soap and hand cream would make a great Valentine's gift and if your boyfriend/hubby needs a hint (or even you), look no further.

Morgan's Milieu | Valentine's Day Plans: Compagnie de Provence Gift Set

As you know the Hubby and I love movies and the classic accompaniment to a movie is popcorn. My boys are always asking for popcorn whenever they watch their movies and I can't keep buying the packaged toffee popcorn, it's just not good for them. I found a replacement though and it's perfect. 

Morgan's Milieu | Valentine's Day Plans: Heat n Eat Popcorn Maker

The Heat 'n' Eat Popcorn Maker from is great. Buy a bag of popcorn kernels, fill up the measuring cup and tip the kernels into the big red tub. Then all you need to do is pop the tub into the microwave and two minutes later you get hot, fresh popcorn. A bonus is you can choose which topping to add to your popcorn. You can buy the Heat n Eat Popcorn Maker from the iwoot website for £14.99.

This popcorn maker is so convenient, I love it!

Morgan's Milieu | Valentine's Day Plans: Popcorn Maker, worth the buy.

The movie hasn't been decided yet, maybe it'll be Gone Girl. I saw it available for rent on the Apple TV so that's a possibility. There's always our favourites but I'm thinking we should try something new.

What plans do you have for Valentine's Day?

I was sent the products in this post for the purpose of review, all opinions are my own.

Introducing Maxwell Scott Bags

Luxury handbags have always been a love of mine. In fact I own two Louis Vuitton bags that I adore. I’m always looking at their sites and lusting over the gorgeous bags hoping that the Hubby will one day buy me another. So, when I came across Maxwell Scott bags, I knew it would become another love of mine. That’s why I’m writing this post - to introduce you to Maxwell Scott Bags.

Introducing Maxwell Scott Bags | Have you seen the new handbags in town?

The best thing about Premium brands is the quality of the product. Yes, they're expensive, but you immediately tell they'll last. When you pay more for a product more often than not you know you’ll own it for years and get lots of enjoyment from it. 

Owning many handbags over the years I can tell which will last years and which will be worn out in a week. It’s always the premium bags that last longer.

Introducing Maxwell Scott Bags | My beloved Louis Vuitton handbag that I've owned for years.
My favourite Louis Vuitton bag, I've had it for years.

British Designer Handbags

When I think about designer handbags the brands that come to mind are Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Chanel. British designers include Anya Hindmarsh, Vivien Westwood, and Mulberry. 

Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it.

A company hoping to become one of those well-known names is Maxwell Scott. A Yorkshire based company founded in 2002 by William Foreshaw that began life supplying briefcases to corporate clients in London. 

About Maxwell Scott Bags

William noticed colleagues bringing plastic bags to work and saw a gap in the market for high quality, professional briefcases in the workplace.

After a family trip to Italy sparked an interest in the traditional craftmanship of Italian leather William began looking for the highest quality tannery to produce the leather for his bags. A highly esteemed factory in Tuscany was chosen, and the business took flight.

William Forshaw, Founder of Maxwell Scott Bags said, 

"Back in 2002 I had a tiny vision and a passion for leather, and the business hasn’t stopped growing since! With well over a decade of professional design and craftsmanship experience under our belts, I felt a re-brand was necessary to appeal to a new generation of leather lovers."

Introducing Maxwell Scott Bags | Which is your favourite handbag right now?

What I think about Maxwell Scott Handbags

I love the look of the leather handbags, they scream quality and you can tell just by looking that they’ll last. These days I like my bags to last, I fall in love with them so when they break or fall apart it is heartbreaking. Any bag that can last years is fantastic in my book. 

Introducing Maxwell Scott Bags | Handbags for every occasion.

My favourite on the Maxwell-Scott site at the moment is The Cento - a large leather tote bag with zip closing. It costs £620 and is big enough to fit a 15” laptop. A great work bag that will easily hold your laptop and your lunch! Win!

People will stare. Make it worth their while.

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The next time I’m looking for a premium handbag I’ll be heading to the Maxwell Scott website, why don’t you check them out too?

Oh, and be sure to check out their Early Bird offer this October - they're offering free personalisation and gift wrap!

If you could choose a designer handbag which would you choose?

Activities for 4-6 Year Olds - Weekend Box Review

Come the weekend I often struggle to find things for Little Prince to do. Being offered the chance to review the Weekend Box was just what I needed.

Morgan's Milieu | Activities for 4-6 Year Olds - Weekend Box Review

When I first heard of the Weekend Box I thought it was just a cooking/baking activity but as LP and I opened up the box on Saturday morning I was pleasantly surprised. Inside the box were four different coloured packs, each containing a different activity.