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Monday, 15 September 2014

My #CBB 2014 Final Experience.

My CBB 2014 Final Experience.

On Friday the 12th September 2014 I finally got to fulfill my long time Big Brother dream and visit the house. Yes, I was there at the Celebrity Big Brother Final. 

I was lucky enough to win a competition from the sponsors of Big Brother 'Super Casino' giving me access to their Channel 5 Hospitality Bar and entrance to the Live audience. For me it was a dream come true, getting to watch the show was amazing and I loved every minute. I brought a good friend with me, who just happened to be a good friend of one of the CBB contestants who was still in the house. We were both very excited to be there to welcome her out when her time came, she came a whopping 5th. We were so proud!

In the bar we got to sit in an old Big Brother chair and enjoy free drinks from the bar as well as some delicious canapes too. We had a lovely hour or so in there before we were escorted out onto the set for the show. I was expecting to be down with the audience but instead we were up in the stands, standing right across from the Big Brother door. We had such an amazing view from up there, the whole show was just spectacular.

The show was very loud but also very surreal to watch. We cheered and screamed and booed and clapped. It was an emotional two hours. The show ended with an out of this world fireworks display which shot into the air right above our heads. As the audience below us were showered with pretty gold glittery bits of foil we found ourselves being showered with cardboard fireworks leftovers which was a bit scary but worth it. We wasn't allowed to take any pictures on the set which was a bit disappointing but completely understandable and it wasn't just us who that rule applied to, the celebrities sitting opposite us on the red row were told the exactly same. I am so glad that I got to go, I had an amazing time!

As we were being escorted back to our bar there was a bit of confusion and we ended up outside the 'Friends and Family' Bar which for us turned out to be the best part of our night. Right across from where we standing stood Dee being interviewed. My friend I was with ran across to see her and when Dee saw who she was she was screaming and crying (happy tears of course) and hugging her so tight. She was so happy to see her friend. It was a very emotional moment to watch but I was so happy for both of them. Dee was being rushed off into another room but she insisted that we were to join her and her family in their bar. The team fetched us some new wrist bands which allowed us access to the room.

We entered the 'Celebrity' Bar at around 11.15pm and waited for the celebrities to pour in. For the first hour I stood there in complete awe of what was happening around me. There was me, a completely normal person surrounded by all these famous faces. When Dee arrived at the bar she was so lovely, everyone was so happy to see her. They sure did love their 'Momma Dee' it was very clear to see that and thanks to her kindness I had the most amazing night of my life. I couldn't thank her enough, what a lovely lady.

 The next few hours went by in a quick blur of laughter, jokes and tears of happiness. Everyone was so welcoming and so lovely, I couldn't have hoped for a better night! I had my picture taken with almost everyone, they didn't mind at all.

Who could have possibly known that our trip to the Celebrity Big Brother 2014 Final would turn out like this. I got to chat to people who I wouldn't have otherwise met in my wildest dreams. I got to hear conversations that even I couldn't have made up. I took lots more photos but they're for my private viewing only as I'd like to respect their privacy.

If you ever get a chance to go to the CBB Final, you should go! It's an amazing experience and for me and my friend, it will definitely be one that we will never forget!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Shopkins Supermarket Playset & Shopkins 5 Pack #Review

Shopkins Supermarket Playset 
& Shopkins 5 Pack

Flair have brought out a new toy range; Shopkins. They are super cute, fun, SMALL characters that live in a BIG shopping world! There's over 100 different Shopkins characters per series brought to life as the cutest collectible characters! You will find your Shopkins inside adorable little shopping bags! Aisles of fun shopping themes to collect! 

Look out for the special finish Ultra Rare characters! All playsets have movable, interactive features and connect together to create one large supermarket.

The Shopkins Small mart Supermarket Playset can be used for display and storage. The playset has a delivery chute slide, check out treadmill display,1 shopping trolley, 2 exclusive characters and a collectors guide, suitable for ages 5 and above.

My daughters are so excited about the Shopkins range, They're already asking me for more. My eldest daughter Chloe who's 11 and now at Secondary School was ranting about how all her friends are collecting them and she wants to start too. She's already been checking her list for which ones she wants next whilst marking off the ones she now has.

My youngest daughter Lily who's 7 is so happy to have her very own Shopkins Supermarket Playset, she's been jumping up and down with excitement for days. She's not too happy about the fact she has to share it with her big sister but she'll get used to it.

The Supermarket Playset will cost you £24.99 but you'll have to keep an eye on their website for when new stock comes in as they're currently sold out. The new Shopkins range are proving to be very popular already. I can see these being on a lot of Christmas Lists this year. I know both my girls are now saving their pocket money to collect more of the smaller packs and talking of smaller packs, there's a 5 Pack available to buy too.

The Shopkins 5 Pack will cost you £5.99. There's also a 2 Pack and a 12 Pack available. The Shopkins 5 pack contains 5 characters in total, 4 that you can see and 1 which is hidden so you get a nice surprise when you open it. You also get 5 shopping bags and a collectors guide too. Look out for the special rare characters because they could be hiding in your secret bag. We didn't get a rare one in ours but there's always next time!

The Shopkins have sure taken over our house this week, they're all I'm hearing about. My girls are so excited to have the Supermarket Playset and lots of new Shopkins friends to play with. I'm sure I'll be adding some more to their collection real soon. 

The Shopkins are very cute and each has it's own little character name. Some of the names are so sweet, they're definitely a pleasure to play with and collect. Now that my girls are completely hooked on Shopkins they're a great bargaining tool for me. Everytime they are good or behave well they can have a new Shopkins pack as a reward.

The Shopkins Supermarket Playset and Shopkins 5 Pack have scored a fantastic 5/5 from us here at the Mummy Of 3 Diaries household. They're small and cute, colourful and fun. They're a great pocket money priced toy that the kids are going crazy for right now.

Disclosure: We were sent our Shopkins for the purpose of this review but that doesn't affect our review. All the opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

The Slumberdown Big Value Bed Set #Review

 The Slumberdown Big Value Bed Set

Starting a new chapter in your life? Then you'll be needing a good night’s sleep.
All big adventures start with a good night's sleep & you can be sure that with Slumberdown that's exactly what you or your kids will get when the time comes for them to fly the nest.

The Slumberdown Big Value Bed Set is all you will need to dress a new or pre-used bed. The double, king and super king sets include: 2 pillows, a duvet, 2 pillow protectors and a mattress protector. Whilst the single set includes: a duvet, pillow, pillow protector and a mattress protector. What more could your bed possibly need?

Features include:

A 10.5 tog duvet perfect for use all year round.
A Polycotton cover which provides the warmth and comfort needed for a good night’s sleep.
It's Machine washable at 40° and can be tumble dried at a low temperature.
Available in single, double, king and super king size. 
(All duvets, pillows and protectors are UK standard sizes)
Prices start from £30.00 (SRP) for a double duvet.

Slumberdowns big value bed sets are available from Argos and Tesco.

I love this set, it has everything you need to set up your bed in one place. There's no need to shop around for all the different bits and pieces, with this set Slumberdown have done all the hard work for you. You simply open the packet and make your bed. It's that easy!

We've been using Slumberdown Duvets for several years now and love them. They're long lasting, hard wearing and oh so comfy to sleep under. If my little ones were flying the nest this is one gift to them I would definitely consider. What better gift to give than the gift of sleep. I know I love my sleep so if my kids are anything like me they will too.

The Slumberdown Big Value Bed Set is great value for money and a real pleasure on the eye. Everything looks great and feels great, what more could we ask for.

I've using my Slumberdown Big Value Bed Set for the past month and have to say I love it. It's a nice weighted duvet that still breathes allowing my body to stay at a nice temperature. I don't get cold under it ever and if I get too hot I simply poke my feet out the end for some air or take a bit of it off. The pillows are nice and fluffy, not too big but not too thin either. I like two pillows anyway so these were just about right for me.

I've been more than happy with my Slumberdown Big Value Bed Set and scored it a loving 4/5. I won't be swapping it for another anytime soon.

Disclosure: I was sent my bed set for the purpose of this review but that doesn't affect my review. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Green People Organic Children Berry Smoothie Shampoo/Conditioner #Review

Green People Organic Childrens Berry 
Smoothie Shampoo/Conditioner

Over the past few weeks my younger two children Lily and Ryan have been testing out the Green People Organic Childrens Berry Smoothie Shampoo/Conditioner from a company called BigGreenSmile.Com who sell everything from  make-up and beauty products to natural cleaners and baby food. They're one of the biggest online retailers of natural and organic products within the UK so we had to give them a try.

The Green People Organic Children Berry Smoothie Shampoo is a fun, fruity children's shampoo for tangle-free tresses that's suitable for children who may be prone to eczema or psoriasis. It contains Plant proteins which give the hair essential nutrients and leave it feeling super soft. It's fruity Raspberry, Apple and Vanilla aroma smells good enough to eat but please don't as this is not edible. It costs £8.95 for a 200ml squeezy tube.

The Green People Organic Children Berry Smoothie Conditioner is a super fruity children's conditioner for silky soft hair which is also suitable for children who may be prone to eczema or psoriasis. It's a natural 'no-tangle' conditioner with smoothing Plant proteins and it's strengthening complex strengthens strands and promotes silkiness. AGain it costs £8.95 for a 200ml tube but a little does go a long way with these.

First off, I love the smell of these. They're very fruity but in a good way, there's no overpowering perfume smells just gentle fruity aromas which are lovely. Secondly they're nice and thick so you really do only need to use a little bit which means the tube will last for quite a long time. I've been using both the shampoo and conditioner on my youngest children who are are 7 and 4. Lily has got shoulder length hair which used to get really tangled at bath times but not no more. Her hair has been so much more manageable since using these products and it now has a lovely shine to it too. Ryan only has short hair so he's only been using a tiny bit of each but again his hair is looking lovely and he adores the smell so I'm happy to say that we've all really enjoyed trying them out.

The Green People Organic Children Berry Smoothie Shampoo/Conditioner may be a little pricey for children's products but if they work well then I'd be happy to pay it.

We scored them both a smellingly good 3/5. We will continue to use them as we like the results they produce and the way they work when in use.

Disclosure: We were sent our samples for free for the purpose of this review but that doesn't affect our review. All the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Wild Science Kaleidoscope Studio #Review

Wild Science Kaleidoscope Studio

Have you looked through a kaleidoscope lately? It’s beautiful! You can now create your very own kaleidoscope with the Wild Science Kaleidoscope Studio from Interplay.  By simply following the the colour illustrated activity guide you can build your own optical wonder! 

Peer through the eyepiece and simply twist your creation to discover the colourful patterns.

The Kaleidoscope Studio costs £12.99 and is aimed at children aged 8 years and over. My eldest daughter Chloe who's 11 had a go at making this last week. The set has some fiddly parts and some small bits also but overall it was nice and straight forward to do.

You get everything you will need to make your own Kaleidoscope inside the box. There's two different eye pieces you can look through which create different effects and there's also two different bead containers to create even more crazy colour combinations.

Chloe enjoyed making her Kaleidoscope but loves playing with it even more now that it's finished. She never knew she could make her own is so proud that she did. It's sets like these that make learning Science fun. It teaches them some tips and tricks for getting the most out of the things they learn in class. You're never too old to play with a Kaleidoscope. Chloe has been trying out different colour combinations and all sorts. I took picture of the two different bead pots that came with the set so you could see the outcomes.

This one used the small round pot of small beads placed directly at the end of the tube. It produced lots of colourful patterns but it was hard to capture them all for you.

This one used the longer pot of beads mixed with some bigger charm items. Instead of going at the top of the tube it went across. It produced slightly different patterns to the other ones but they were just as pretty. Who knew it could be so much fun.

The ends were easy to change so you could go back and forth between the two different ends depending on which bead pot you wanted to look through. Chloe had lots of fun playing with and will continue to do so for a while to come too.

Chloe and I scored this set a fun filled 3/5. It was easy to make and fun to play with.

The Kaleidoscope Studio is just one set out of a whole range of other weird and wonderful Wild Science kits. There's lots of other fun stuff to choose from.

Disclosure: We were sent our Kaleidoscope Studio kit for free for the purpose of this review but that doesn't affect our review. All the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

#SilentSunday 07/09/2014

Silent Sunday