Thursday, 23 October 2014

A Ben and Holly takeover

Ben and Holly are celebrating the launch of their DVD 'Ben and Holly's little kingdom : planet bong in style' with a wide range of activities this autumn. As half term fast approaches Ben and Holly little kingdom DVD is a great way to keep little ones entertained, should the miserable weather not improve. Ben and Holly will also be taking over Channel 5s milkshake! Throughout October half term. Ben and Holly will be in the milkshake! Studio celebrating five whole days of magical adventures.

Between 27th October and 2nd November between 12pm-4pm Ben and Holly will be on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr carrying out stunts and you can also watch a variety of episodes. The girls have been sat watching their Ben and Holly DVD whilst the windy weather prevents them from playing outside.

Whilst we love watching the DVD I am hoping the weather calms down soon so we can go and make the most of one of the great Ben and Holly activities.  Ben and Holly will be going on a magical tour treasure hunts, meet and greets, story telling, and adventures in INTU shopping centres nationwide.  They also have a fantastic interactive activity program in Leaps and Bounds centres.  

Once all the excitement has finished, there can only be one last thing to do and that is a story before bed.  It has to be a Ben and Holly story of course

The new Ben and Holly book is a beautiful hard back picture book, that is just the perfect size for my 2 year old to hold.  The colours are in keeping with the TV show and the book features all familiar characters.  The story follows the delivery of presents for Christmas, and there may even be a surprise from Santa.  A beautiful Christmas book and perfect for any Ben and Holly fans.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Spooky magnetic paint for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching, I can't believe it is that time of year already. Last year the girls and I made our first Halloween decorations at our local ceramic paint shop. This year we got creative.

We took some items from our recycling bin and covered them in tissue paper. We used a 50:50 mix of PVA glue and water to stick the paper onto the items. My youngest got a little carried away and just covered everything in glue but at least she had fun. As well as covering some items in paper we also turned some into spooky mummies ready for Halloween.

After the glue had dried we next took out our glue gun and I wrote some words on our items. Spooky words such as eyeballs, newts and poison.  

We waited for the glue to dry and then came the fun part, painting. Using our magnetic chalk board paint from Rust-Oleum, we covered each item in 3 coats. The paint only took 2 hours to dry between coats and the sticky paint was fun to apply. It is worth stirring the paint very well before you start in order to achieve good coverage.

We struggled a little to get the paint from our hands. Grandad had to use WD40 on our hand to get the paint off, which luckily worked. We left everything to dry.

The next day we got some chalk and rubbed it over the items to create a weathered/ageing effect. Our spooky pots were ready for Halloween. 

I even made the girls a tub to keep their chalk in using an old margarine tub and used the same principals as above.

The girls loved their spooky Halloween craft activity.

Our Rust-Oleum paint was provided for a review.  All words and opinions are my own. 

A Santa Maria Fajita Film night

Sometimes during the week when I have picked the girls up from school I need a quick and simple solution to dinner. I just simply do not have the energy to cook and all I really want to do is sit and cuddle the girls on the sofa. With half term fast approaching I also want something quick and easy for dinner so I can spend as much time with the girls as possible. Lucky for me Santa Maria came to my rescue.

They sent me a rather lovely red box which contained everything I needed to make fajitas. A quick simple and tasty meal. We used the BBQ flavouring which contained just the right amount of spice for the girls, who loved their fajitas. Whilst I was cooking I opened the nachos and onion dip which the girls took great delight in scooping up onion dip into the middle of the nacho crisps. The onion dip wasn't too overpowering with onion and wasn't too sour. The girls and I loved it.

Fajita are really quick and simple to make and with Santa Maria providing everything I needed from wraps, to sauce all I had to do was provide the meat and cook. As dinner was easy to prepare and hadn't taken too much time there was time after dinner to have a cuddle on the sofa and watch the girls favourite film, Frozen.

What a perfect night thanks to Santa Maria. Quick and tasty food giving me time to have a snuggle with the girls before bed.

 I was sent a Santa Maria box and a Frozen DVD for the purpose of review.  All words and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A warming announcement

Winter feels like it is well and truly on its way. The cold feel is in the air and with the unpredictable rain I can no longer rely on the fresh air to hang out my washing. It is a shame because the windy weather would have it dry in no time, though it may also end up getting blown into next doors garden. Our kitchen simply does not have the space for both a washing machine and a tumble dryer, so I have to make do with either a combination or use the radiators.

A few weeks ago, and perhaps with bad timing due to the weather, our washer dryer decided it no longer wanted to dry. I had to use the radiators and our new puppy took much delight in taking everything it could off the radiators. My washing started piling up as I was running out of room to dry clothes. I longed for a solution. As if by magic my prayers seemed to be answered and Servis sent me an amazing email. I had been chosen for their blogger program and they would be sending me a washer dryer. I was over the moon.

Servis have a great heritage and one I am very proud to be associated with.  Servis have been a household name since 1929.  

Servis relaunched in the UK in 2012 with a new look, but with the same values.  

I am really looking forward to receiving my washer dryer from Servis. They are a great family friendly brand with a strong heritage who I am proud to be associated with. I hope to be sharing with you over the next month how I am getting on with my new washer dryer and hopefully my washing pile will start to decrease.

My favourite Christmas Experience

 I'm going to be honest why I say I never really got Christmas.  I never really have.  Two years ago something changed and I realised what Christmas was all about.  We got up that morning and the girls came eagerly downstairs.  They opened the doors and saw their presents from Father Christmas.  

My eldest had just got the concept of Father Christmas and was excited that he had bought her presents.  It was my youngest first Christmas and she was so excited by all the bright paper and toys.  Our dog, J, was excited by everything going off. It was magical.

The air was full of magic and excitement.  My eldest was running around with excitement and my youngest was crawling.  She was in all the paper and the dog was chasing the paper too.  There was lots of laughing and giggling.  Everyone was having fun, including J.  Watching the girls and J have so much fun is the moment I realised what Christmas was all about.  It was this moment.  This was my favourite Christmas experience.

I would love to be able to take the girls to experience the magic of Lapland and am writing this post for a competition by Transun to be in with a chance of winning this amazing holiday.  You can see all the entries by following #TransunXmas on twitter.  Wish me luck.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Win tickets for Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic at the Motorpoint arena in Sheffield

Last year I took my girls to see Disney On Ice and they had an amazing time.  It was the first time my youngest daughter sat through a performance and to this day they still bring me the show program at bedtime.  I have to make it into a story for them for bed.

This year Disney On Ice presents 100 Years Of Magic produced by Feld entertainment.  The show is a One-of-a-kind skating spectacular and features more than 60 Disney characters, including Finding Nemo, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Toy Story.  The show spans the decades and has a score of award winning Disney music, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes and unforgettable sets.  The show tours the country and is in Sheffield for 11 performances between Wednesday 5th November until Friday 11th.  Tickets purchased online and through the ticket hotline are priced £15.40 - £42.90 including booking fee or purchased in person at the Arena Box Office are priced £14.70 - £40.95 including booking fee.

I am pleased to be able to offer family tickets [4 tickets] to the opening performance, 5th November at 6.30pm.  These tickets are only valid at the Motorpoint arena Sheffield on the performance mentioned and cannot be exchanged for any other performance.  In the event of the performance/show been cancelled no alternative prize can be offered.  Entry is via the Rafflecopter below and closes on 28th October at Midnight GMT.  Full t&c on rafflecopter widget

The adventures of Abney & Teal

We are fans of the cbeebies show Abney & Teal. The girls love Toby the dog. For those unfamiliar with the show Abney & Teal are two rag doll friends who live on an island on a lake in a park. They have lots of adventures with their friends bob, a river mammal, Toby, a dog and Neep, a turnip. The show centres around friendship.

My daughter was excited to receive one of the first Abney & Teal magazines, published by DJ Murphy, which go in sale on Thursday 23rd October. The magazine comes with some musical instrument which is in keeping with the show. Throughout the 36 pages children are introduced to the characters and there is a great sense of discovery, as well as creativity, music, literacy and activities.

The magazine is in keeping with the show and my daughter had no problem recognising the characters. She loved the activities and it kept her entertained. For £2.99 this is a lovely magazine that is paced with fun educational activities for children, as well as stories ad games. A must have for Abney & Teal fans.