Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Review : Q-Pootle 5 DVD

Back in July last year we announced the launch of a new TV series Q-Pootle 5.  Since then Q-Pootle 5 has become a firm favourite of my girls.  Q-Pootle 5 has now been released on DVD.  Join Q-Pootle 5 and his friends Oopsy, Eddi, Stella, Ray, Groobie, Bud-D and Planet Dave for some fantastic space adventures.

The Q-Pootle 5 DVD features 13 fantastic episodes, interviews and also a smoothie recipe! There is also 'Okidoki Karaoke'.  With an RRP of £7.99 Q-Pootle 5 DVD would make a great addition for Christmas present for a Q-Pootle 5 fan.

To give you a taster of the DVD watch the short video

Alternatively if you fancy a sing along

The girls love Q-Pootle 5 and now they can enjoy Q-Pootle 5 without having to wait for it to come on TV.

Our travels with the Casual Play Q-Retraktor fix

We have now been using the Casual Play Q-Retraktor fix for a few months, you can read our initial thoughts here.  I have started to get pretty quick at installing and uninstalling, in fact taking it out the car now takes less than a minute and putting it back in less than 5 minutes.  

Recently I decided to take the Casual Play Q-Retraktor out to give it a good clean.  It is surprisingly easy to do.  The outer case can be removed meaning you can get to all the crumbs that fall through.  This is great if you have a messy toddler who makes a lot of mess in the car.  I could easily clean all parts of the seat.  

My daughter still loves the seat and still has not managed to take her arms out the straps.  I always take my girls out of their big winter coats before fastening them in the car seat.  I decided to see if the straps would fit over the coats, just for testing purposes, I noticed that the harness becomes quite tight as there is not much length to them, so if you had a larger child in a big thick coat you may struggle to fasten the harness.  However it is recommended that out door coats be removed before fastening a child in the car seat so this should not be an issue.

We have really loved our travels with the Casual Play Q-Retraktor fix.  My daughter has a clear view out the window and can see everything going past.  I know she is secure in the harness and she is comfortable.  She sat in it for the whole journey too and from Scotland, over 6 hours.  I have made a short video of some of our travels in the Casual Play Q-Retraktor fix.

#Welikegoingout and the Casual Play Q-Retraktor fix means we can go anywhere we want.  There really isn't much more I can say, I think the harness which acts like a retractable seat belt is such a great idea.  I love that this has made using a car seat safer, because there is less user error.

We have been testing the Casual Play Q retraktor fix for a few months, all words and opinions are my own. 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Doodle for dogs

I love trying new things, especially gadget things so I was very keen to try a Doodle for dogs.  I know from experience how frustrating it can be when your dog is off lead and you have to recall and attach the lead back on.  You spend ages and the dog gets fed up.  You are left carrying a lead around with you on your walk too.  Doodle for dogs frees up your hands and yet is also a secure lead.

Now I have two dogs, walking is even more complicated.  Our new puppy had her first walk recently.  Doodle made lead training easy.  She was already used to wearing Doodles, I got her used to this first.  I then would gradually remove the lead and slowly introduce her to walking.  She now walks lovely with no problems.

To illustrate Doodle a little better I put together a short video

Doodle for dogs is basically a collar with a lead built into it.  It is not a flexi long length lead and it is only suitable for dogs under 27Kg.  I would also suggest it is not suitable for very nervous dogs, as the noise of the ratchet inside the collar may spook them.

Doodle for dogs is really clever.  It is comfortable to hold and walk our dog on, even J who likes to pull.  J also finds it really comfortable to wear and has even fallen asleep in it

I pleased to be able to giveaway a Doodle for dogs, simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below Full t&c are on the widget. Good luck

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was provided with a Doodle for dogs for free for the purpose of the review. All words and opinions are my own

Review : Gruffalo Photo

Following on from the Gruffalo games app which my girls adore, we have now downloaded Gruffalo photo.  Gruffalo photo allows you to take photos with the Gruffalo and the characters from the book.  Now if your kids are like mine, they take hundreds of photos and then your memory and camera feed become full and you spend ages deleting them.  Mainly because most of them are photos of the floor/ceiling.

The Gruffalo photo app is different.  It stores the photos inside the app, freeing up your camera feed.  However if you wish to download the photo into your camera feed you can.  The button is cleverly hidden so you need to go back into the main iPad settings to enable it.  I like this rather smart feature.  You can turn it off again once you have downloaded your photos.

Not surprisingly my girls have a lot of fun with Gruffalo photos.  It is a nice app for when they are just a little tired and you need to keep them awake a bit longer.  A lovely app to share with friends and just have a giggle.  The girls love adding in stickers and the frames and have created some great pics.

The Gruffalo photo app also features some great educational pieces, encouraging more user interaction

If you have a Gruffalo fan then I would recommend the Gruffalo photo app.  The app retails at £2.99

I was provided with a code to download the app, all words and opinions are my own. 

A Gruffalo Hunt

It is no secret my girls love the Gruffalo, you only have to follow my Instagram feed to see that.  I saw online that the Forestry commission had opened up their Gruffalo trails and I knew I had to take the girls.  I searched online and discovered that some of the trails have a Gruffalo statue, there are 15 in total, and I wanted to find one near to us.

We chose Sherwood Pines and set off on our journey.  Having never been before we were not sure what to expect, we drove into the car park and parked our car.  There was a charge of £2 for parking but there were plenty of spaces.  I was amazed at how big it was.  It was clearly busy but yet it handled it very well.  The girls immediately began exploring.

We bought each girl an activity bag from the Rangers station and began our Gruffalo adventure.

The girls ran around the forest looking for Gruffalo, mouse, fox, owl and snake.  There were letters hidden on some of the signs and my eldest daughter wrote them down on the activity sheet.  They loved exploring and finding Gruffalo dens.

But then in the distance we spotted something,

He had terrible tusks and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws

He had knobbly knees and turned out toes

A poisonous wart at the end of his nose

His eyes were orange and his tongue black

and purple prickles all over his back

Oh help! Oh no! we found a Gruffalo 

But we were the scariest creatures in the woods and the Gruffalo was scared of us

We had a lovely time exploring Sherwood Pines and searching for a Gruffalo.  It made for a perfect Autumn day walking through the leaves and exploring the woods, best of all it was free to do so!  The girls had a really wonderful time and my daughter took the activity pack into school for show and tell.

The girls had so much fun Gruffalo hunting that when we came home they had the story for bed time, well we had to really.

This day I love A Gruffalo Hunt