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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Drayton Manor Hotel’s got a Brand New Child Concierge!

Drayton Manor Hotel’s got a Brand 
New Child Concierge! 

I'm very excited to tell you that we are now Official Drayton Manor Ambassadors which means we'll be bringing you all the latest news and updates from the park. Our first post of news is a fun one and we're happy to be telling you all about what's going on.

As Drayton Manor Hotel gears up ready for next week’s half term holidays, it's very excited about welcoming it's latest addition to the team – the UK’s first child hotel concierge! 

9 year old Noah Reeves-Walters, from Kidderminster, will don his mini concierge uniform and take up residence in the four-star hotel’s reception on selected dates throughout the Whit week half-term (25th – 29th May). He'll be on hand to answer questions and assist any younger guests with their visit and day out at the theme park to make it the best experience ever. Any fun facts or unusual questions your children may have, Noah will help give them the answers. Whether it's 'where to get the best ice cream in the park' or 'what to eat to stop feeling sick on rides' or even 'where to sit on Stormforce 10 for the best soaking' – Noah will be the boy with all the answers to set them straight! 

Noah said: “I love Drayton Manor Theme Park, but it’s always the adults who give out the advice, so I thought it should be the kids who get to ask their questions for a change."

"I’m prepared and ready to give my expert kid opinion!”

So how did this all come about? - Well Martin Wright, the General Manager of the Drayton Manor Hotel, said: “When Noah and his family contacted us with the idea of him being our child hotel concierge, we jumped at the chance! The Drayton Manor Theme Park brand is synonymous with family fun and trips out for the young and young at heart, so it makes perfect sense for us to have someone like Noah offering his help and advice to our younger guests and listening to the issues that are important to them.” 

It looks like Noah’s going to be rushed off his feet this half-term. 

For further information about Drayton Manor Theme Park or to pre-book discounted entry tickets visit or call 0844 472 1960. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Theme Park you can Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information about the hotel or to book your stay, you can visit or call 01827 285551.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

It's a Toy and a Neck Pillow - Necknapperz #Review

It's a Toy and a Neck Pillow - Necknapperz

Meet Dotty the Ladybird. She's a toy that changes into a neck pillow and right back again. Dotty is just one of the Necknapperz in their collection and she's come to stay with us.

Necknapperz are the brand new huggable friends that can be changed from cuddly characters into comfy neck pillows and right back again. They're simply perfect for travelling or long car journeys. Dotty the Ladybird is just one of the four Necknapperz that are available, there's also a Twinkle the Unicorn and Waddle the Penguin. 

My little man who's 4 is always falling asleep when we're out and about in the car and I do often find myself worrying about his neck as he sleeps in some funny positions. I'd previously thought about buying him a neck pillow but I wasn't sure if he would use it. Necknapperz are bright and cute and great fun to play with. They make a cute and cuddly friend for bedtime or anytime and also make a really comfy neck pillow too.

It literally takes a few seconds to transform them from the toy into the pillow. You simply open the zip and push everything inside out. It's really easy to do, even my boy can do it all by himself which he loves as now he's constantly changing it back and forth.

Ryan's been trying it out around the house for now but he's very excited to try it out on our next car journey. Whilst he's been sleeping and forgotten to take it to bed with him, even I had a quick try of it around my neck whilst I was resting and have to say it's lovely and soft to touch. It's really comfortable to rest your neck on, I think I might have to get one of these for myself seeing as they're just so cute. Ryan and Dotty have become real good friends over the past week or so though so there's no chance of me sharing this one.

Necknapperz are cute, cuddly and great for resting your tired head on. They make great toys for playing with, cute companions for sleeping with and a comfy pillow for resting on.

Disclosure: We received our sample in return for an honest review.

Monday, 18 May 2015

#WIN The full selection of 7 Cadbury Dairy Milk bars from the New TV advert

WIN The full selection of 7 Cadbury Dairy 
Milk bars from the New TV advert

Would YOU like to WIN The full selection of 7 Cadbury Dairy 
Milk bars from the New TV advert? Well, today I'm feeling very generous and am offering one of you my lovely readers the chance to win them all. Yes me, no sponsors, no help, just me - I'm paying for it. I'm going to make it really simple to enter through the RaffleCopter Form and although there are lots of entry options, it's really up to you how many of them that you want to do. The only entry that I ask you all to do is leave me a nice comment.

T&C's - This giveaway is only open to the UK. 1 winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries and contacted by email. Good Luck x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

My day out at the Birmingham Baby Show.

My day out at the Birmingham Baby Show.

Although I don't have a baby anymore ( my youngest is now 4 ) I spent most of today at the Baby Show at the NEC Birmingham with some close friends of mine. It's been a few years since I've been and have to say things had changed quite a bit. There was the usual freebies and quirky competitions but the products on the stands had changed a lot. There seemed to be a theme of 'Saving Time' on lots of the products but to me most of them although cool were unnecessary and a waste of money. I mean, a machine to warm up your baby's bottles - what ever happened to boiling the kettle and filling a pan? I must be getting old as all the younger Mums to Be were buying these items, in fact they were very popular but just not for me. I guess I like to do things the old fashioned 'slow' way.

The usual BIG brands were there with all their beautiful pushchairs, cots and accessories but today I was interested in finding out about the little ones. The simple products that were simply trying to make us Mums lives easier. One of my fave products today was the Snugglebundl baby lifting wrap which swaddled your baby in a brightly coloured blanket that had handles so that you could lift your sleeping baby out of a car seat or a trolley seat with ease and comfort without having to disturb them. It was a simple idea but I liked it.

The changing area this year was sponsored by a well know brand - Aldi who were supplying free nappies and wipes to Mums who needed to change their babies during their day at the show in a comfortable and clean changing area. They also had a fab Twitter competition running where Mums and Dads got the chance to win a fabulous Nappy Hamper. (Yes I did enter) Aldi were showing off the Award Winning (Mother & Baby) Mamia baby range which I have to say I was very impressed with and I actually learnt something new today as I didn't know that they did a pull up range for toddlers as well as nappies. 

Overall it was a lovely day spent with friends, checking out all the wonderful baby products on show. I'd kinda forget how much stuff one little baby needs, the products on display were endless. So even though I'm not planning on having anymore children myself any time soon it was lots of fun to see all the lovely products for future friends children or family.

If you're expecting or know someone who is then the Baby Show is a must visit. There are discounts a plenty as most of the stands were offering special Baby Show Prices of 10%, 20% and even 30% off on some. My friends got some great bargains today, a reduced changing bag from £49 to just £5 and at least 20% off her many other purchases.

So, that's it, The Baby Show in Birmingham is over for another year but it was fun whilst it lasted. My friends and I had a blast even if we did go home with very tired feet and our hands full. The only thing now that could make my day even better would be to win one of the wonderful competitions at the show that I entered today - I can dream.

#SilentSunday 17/05/2015

Silent Sunday ~ 17/05/2015

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Just Like Mummy! Henry Toy Vacuum Cleaner #Review

Just Like Mummy! Henry Toy Vacuum Cleaner

We've had a little visitor this week, Henry the Toy Vacuum Cleaner came to play. My youngest two were so excited when Henry arrived as I have a real grown up Hetty Vacuum Cleaner which they're always trying to get their mucky little hands on. Now they can have their very own mini version and clean along side me which is very cool.

Little ones love role play and pretending that they're doing jobs around the house – just like the grown-ups. It's one of the most popular games of all (well in my house anyway). Henry Vacuum Cleaner has been specially designed to be just like the real Henry, right down to the very last detail so your little helpers will get to feel just like a grown up as they help out.

Henry is adorable, he's so cute. He may be small but he's an identical copy of his big brother. There's a 3 part hose with clear tubing and real life like switches on the base. There's pretend On/Off switches in red and green just like a real Vacuum but they don't actually work, they're just for show as the real on/off switch is on the back. Henry is on wheels so he can move around just a real Vacuum Cleaner and he even has the inside compartments too. When you unclip the sides, the top comes off allowing you to store all his parts inside along with a rather cute dustpan and brush which comes included.

Henry makes real noises as if he was really sucking up the dirt but sadly (for me) he doesn't actually clean my carpets. I guess that would be a step too far, wouldn't it? Mums would never have to clean the house again, haha (Just Kidding, I'd NEVER make my children clean the house) That's Mummys job. So for now, they're just going to have to pretend to help. Ryan loves it, he's been pretending to clean my living room all week.

The kids have their own little rug in their play are so they're been giving that a good clean this week. Ryan's had to share with his big sister Lily (8) who'd been dying to get her hands on it. I can happily say, you're never to old to playing with Henry the Vacuum Cleaner.

Not only does Henry look great but he moves and sounds so real taking role play to a whole new level. My two have had so much fun playing with him this week, it's been a joy to watch.

If you're little ones love helping you when you Vacuum the house then Henry could be just what you need to get some peace and quiet or that extra bit of help. There's lots of other great toys in the Casdon Little Helper range, why not pop over and check them out.

Disclosure: We received our Henry sample in return for an honest review.

Pirate Mateys Ahoy! The New Cbeebies Swashbuckle Magazine is Out Today! #Review

Pirate Mateys Ahoy! The New Cbeebies 
Swashbuckle Magazine is Out Today!

" A band of naughty pirates, took some jewels from me. I hid onboard their pirate ship and sailed off out to sea. But they weren't watching where they went and shipwrecked on the sand. I want to win my treasure back, Will you give me a hand? " 

These are the opening lines of a song that I hear sung aloud every week in my house as we settle down to watch one of our favourite Cbeebies shows. Swashbuckle is like a modern day pirate version of our 80's Fun House which I absolutely loved as a child. It's a fast moving, fun show where 4 child contestants play a series of mini games to try and help Gem win back her jewels which were stolen by the naughty pirates; Cook, Line and Sinker.

As huge fans of the show we're very excited about this next Swashbuckle step. They've only gone and made a new Swashbuckle Magazine and it's out today! Hip Hip Hooray!

With a whopping 35 pages of fun, puzzles, games and stickers, there's so much to see and do. It's the perfect childrens  magazine for all the little pirate mateys and Swashbuckle fans out there, including mine. My little man Ryan loves watching Swashbuckle, it's one of his favourite shows that he loves to get up and sing along to. He loves the games and the silliness and of course seeing who has to 'Walk the Plank' into the slime at the end.

In the very exciting first edition of the new Swashbuckle magazine, you're introduced to the Crew and get to meet the Pirates. There's a whopping 77 stickers which always means fun, I mean what child doesn't love stickers? Mine love them and stick them everywhere. There's lots of free gifts also included; a Pirate Hat, Wheel Spinner, Treasure Chest and 5 Jewels.

Ryan was overjoyed with his free gifts, just look at how happy my little pirate is.

We've been so lucky to get an exclusive early look at the new Swashbuckle magazine. Ryan has loved doing all the activities and colouring in. He's become a little addicted to spinning his Wheel Spinner to decide who gets which Jewel from his little Pirate Chest. 

So from one family of Swashbuckle fans to another (hopefully you if you're reading this) we're saying 'Go get it'. If your little ones love Swashbuckle then they will love the Magazine. For £2.75 - It really is worth every penny, both Ryan and I agree.

Issue 1 of the Swashbuckle Magazine is out today! 

Disclosure: We received a sample in return for an honest review.