Monday, 25 July 2016

Summer Round Up - Things To Make Your Summer Go More Smoothly.

This Summer I've been sent a selection of bits and pieces which can make my Summer easier and more fun, and they can do the same for yours too. For the garden, pool, beach, and even the travel to wherever you are going...

Stabilo Cappi Fibre Tipped Pens are a genius idea for preventing children from dropping or losing all of their colouring pens - and the all-important pen lids! The lids snap onto the pens tightly, and have a loop at the top so that they can thread onto the enclosed plastic ring.

Urban Armor Gear Phone Case Review.

My phone has a hard life. Not only is it constantly on, in use and out of memory, but it gets dropped, banged and bashed a lot.

Urban Armor Gear make rugged, lightweight cases which are drop-tested to military standards. Designed to protect your precious equipment from all that life, and your 6 year old, can throw at it.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Alpha And Omega: Family Vacation DVD review and giveaway.

Alpha And Omega features the friendliest wolves you can encounter, and they are back on Monday 25th July with their 4th adventure. Alpha And Omega: Family Vacation pretty much gives away the storyline in the title, but what Kate, Humphrey and their pups don't know as they head off on their first family holiday, is that trappers are on their trail...

Alpha And Omega: Family Vacation is a brand new animated adventure which is action-packed, but has a lot of humorous moments, as well as a few emotional scenes. It's suitable for very young children, and the peril is incredibly mild.

Friday, 22 July 2016

What to do during the Summer holidays in and around Manchester!

There are literally about a million things you and your children can get up to in Manchester and the rest of the North West UK this Summer! Most public parks, libraries and museums will have events and activities for families, and lots of it is incredibly cheap or even free.

Here are a few of the things going on within Manchester or no more than 1 hour's drive away. I've tried to keep the cost below £10 per person at maximum...

Thursday, 21 July 2016

HARIBO Frenzy Mini Carnival Kit Giveaway!

Summer is well and truly here, and the holidays are upon us. To help with the fiesta feel, and get us ready for the Summer Olympics this year in Rio, for a limited time only HARIBO have released 2 new Frenzy Carnival sweet bags featuring the iconic shaped sweets from Starmix and Tangfastics, but in a frenzy of exotic flavours and bright colours.

We were sent a very special HARIBO Mini Carnival Kit to celebrate, and one of my readers can win their own too!

New Bop It! 2016 Family Game Review (age 8+)

Bop It! first appeared in our house around 17 years ago and since then they've regularly added to the range, changed the design and developed new features. We've had several different Bop It! versions, most recently a White Bop It! Extreme. The Extreme model is no longer available, and this Autumn sees a brand new updated Bop It! 2016 release which is action orientated and uses motion technology to full effect.

You can play competitively against yourself or others, trying to complete as many moves as possible correctly when directed by Bop It! The new version features 10 different moves including whip it, drink it, selfie it, hammer it, answer it, cradle it, saw it, sing it, golf it and comb it, and has 3 solo and social play options - Classic, Beat Box and Pass It.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Young Honey Tree Post Box Stationery Subscription Review And Giveaway

Young Honey Tree is a postal subscription service whereby your child is sent a very carefully crafted box of beautiful stationery each month. The emphasis is on quality and care, with each box contents costing £30 or more if you were to buy the items individually.

This is bespoke stationery, and each monthly shipment will contain fun, beautifully designed exclusive items from the UK’s leading illustrated bespoke stationers. The post box contents include items such as greeting cards, postcards, notecards, gift tags and stickers, and is designed to fit through your letterbox, so you don't need to be home to accept delivery.

In my box we have a theme of wild birds, in a variety of styles to suit different tastes and occasions, but all fairly delicate and well matched, and excellent quality thick papers and cards with beautiful printing.

Finding Dory at Sealife Manchester this Summer

This Summer Sealife Manchester at intu Trafford Centre is offering visitors a chance to spot a few very famous marine celebrities as the characters from the Disney Pixar movie Finding Dory pay a visit....

Hank the Octopus from the Disney Pixar movie Finding Dory is hiding in some of the tanks along with a secret letter and visitors who spot him, take note of the letters and solve the anagram puzzle can take home a small reward.

Friday, 15 July 2016

23 Months...

This isn't a blog post I wanted to write and it isn't one you were hoping to read. 23 months after losing Elspeth and one of our children is back in hospital long term. Finally they are beginning to discuss their sister's death truthfully, and admit how much they miss her and need her. And finally, when they have truly reached rock bottom, is everyone hopeful that they can see the way through to climb out.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Fishtales Family Movie Review and DVD Giveaway

The latest family movie from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is Fishtales. Released on Monday 11th July on Digital Download and from Monday 18th July on DVD. Main characters Ollie, Cleo and Puffer are animated against a backdrop of real underwater footage, and it's actually a lot better than that makes it sound. Think David Attenborough meets Bedknobs And Broomsticks and you get the idea.

When their best friend Ollie the octopus is chased by sharks, Cleo the angler fish and Puffer the pufferfish enlist the help of the fun-loving, worldly manta ray, Crash. Crash and Cleo especially know a lot about the undersea world, and explain everything they see as they go a journey of discovery and wonder exploring coral reefs, the open ocean and freshwater lakes in order to find their lost friend. The group encounter and learn about many fascinating creatures including jellyfish, moray eels and sea turtles.