Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sylvanian Families Dressing Area Set

Easter isn't far away and if your kids are anything like mine then they'll be receiving an abundance of chocolate which will fill our cupboards for months. With this in mind I like to look at other options for gifts at Easter and something I found that would make the perfect gift is the Sylvanian Families Dressing Area Set.

This adorable set includes a chocolate rabbit girl in a special dress, a dress shelf, a full length mirror, two dress hangers and two dresses. My daughter loves to dress up her Sylvanian characters in different clothes so I know she would love this and it will look so cute set up in her Beechwood Hall.

The Sylvanian sets make lovely gifts and they're not just for girls, there are lots of different sets that would suit both girls and boys, the quality is always great and the prices are reasonable. If you're looking for an alternative gift to chocolate this Easter pop to your local toy store and take a look at the Sylvanian section.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Half Term Fun At The Big Top Bonanza

If you're a regular reader of my blog then you may have seen me mention Hatton Adventure World in Warwickshire before as we've been a few times at different times of the year and always thoroughly enjoyed ourselves so we were super excited to be invited back for their half term Big Top Bonanza which is running from the 18th-26th of February.

The 40 minute non animal circus show is performed by a host of international professional artistes including clowns, jugglers, acrobats and more. It's suitable for all ages and kept my 3 and 6 year olds captivated the whole time. 

As well as the circus Hatton have lots of other circus themed activities to entertain your kids this half term, there's a flea circus as well as magic and puppet shows.

As always there is the amazing soft play area inside Snorty's restaurant which my kids love, there's the guinea pig village which is another of my kids favourites, pony rides and lots more animals to see.

All in all it's a great day out for kids up to the age of 13 and a great way to entertain your kids this half term so if you're looking for something fun and you live in the Midlands you should definitely go and take a look.

You can find them on Facebook and Twitter as well as their website.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Family travelling essentials for winter day trips

Your family days out shouldn’t stop just because of a little rain or snow. In fact, my kids love this type of messy weather even more than summer, so our road trips and excursions are an absolute must during these winter months. However, because roads can be icier and there are generally more hazards around, there are a few travelling essentials you should always take with you. Whether it’s a full-on camping holiday, or just a day out to a national park, as long as you have these items in your car you should have every eventuality covered.


1.      Boots and extra footwear

I make sure that our family wear their best walking shoes whenever we go on an adventure, but this is even more important during winter. You need to make sure you have boots with a fixed outside structure to them to prevent the feet sliding around, and a good tread to cover different terrain in icy conditions. However, for when it’s wet and muddy, I always make sure I have a spare pair of wellington boots and long socks for each member of the family in the car.


2.      Raincoats and macs

Now that you have the best footwear, you’re also going to need some high-quality waterproof coats. Opt for the heavier, all-weather coats, as living in the UK, we deal with wet weather pretty much all year-round, so you’ll get a huge amount of use out of them. My top tip here though is to also take along a light-weight mac in the car; if you’re hot and bothered after all that walking, or the sun decides to shine, you’ve still catered for the whole family and they can easily be stored in the car.


3.      Your emergency kit

As you’ll be dealing with more adverse weather conditions, it’s more likely that one or more of your family could take a tumble in the snow or slip in the mud. Always keep a simple medical kit in the car, and take a few key items with you in a rucksack when you park up – just enough to help the situation until you can get back to a safe place, such as plasters, anti-bacterial wipes and bandages. You should also aim to keep a blanket, extra water and a torch in the boot of the car, in case of any breakdowns.


4.      Life-saving gadgets

Technology these days can get us out of some pretty sticky situations, and a lot of it is inexpensive as well as reassuring to keep with you. These products range from a USB port for the cigarette lighter in the car (in case you have a breakdown but run out of battery), to Smart padlocks so you don’t need to worry about losing your luggage key. For more gadgets, click here.


I hope this quick guide for winter packing has been helpful – is there anything that you never leave the house without? Let me know in the comments section below.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Win A Blinky Bill The Movie DVD & Plush Toy

Blinky Bill is a koala with a big imagination. An adventurer at heart, he dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his explorer father’s footsteps. Mr. Bill went missing in the Outback sometime ago and Blinky is the only one who believes his father is still alive.

This new CGI update of this popular character was released theatrically in the UK and boasts a host of top voice talent including Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Rufus Sewell (The Man in High Castle), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), David Wenham (Lord of the Rings), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, Maya the Bee Movie), Robin McLeavy (Hell on Wheels), Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby) and the inimitable Barry Humphries (Finding Nemo).

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the DVD and a Blinky Bill plush toy all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter form below, open to UK residents only.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Win A Milton Silver Mini Portable Soother Steriliser

If your child uses a dummy then these are an absolute must have, I lost track of the amount of times my son would drop his dummy on the floor when he had one and which meant I had to carry several dummies around at a time so that he always got a clean one so this product would have been super useful to me.
Simply pour cold water upto the fill line and add one Milton Mini Sterilising Tablet. Insert the soother teat into the hole in the top sponge, press the soother down and twist to clean the teat. Replace the watertight lid and after 15 minutes the soother is sterilised and ready to use straight away with no need to rinse.

The Mini is 100% watertight, cleans and sterilisers soothers everywhere and is BPA free. Along with the new pearly grey colour, the Mini comes in three other existing colours (purple, blue and green).

The Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser is available to buy from Boots, John Lewis, Mothercare, Ocado, Superdrug and Tesco but if you would like to be in with a chance of winning one all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter form below, giveaway is open to UK residents only.

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