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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

We're Having a DesignaFriend Party - Save the Date - 12th November #DesignaFriend

We're Having a DesignaFriend Party - 
Save the Date - 12th November.

Save the date, we're having a party and you're all invited. On November 12th I will be joining 14 other lovely bloggers to celebrate and have a fun party. We're getting very good at these Twitter parties, they're just so much fun to take part in to pass up.

On November 12 you will be able to join us on Twitter with @UkMumsTV by following the #DesignaFriend hashtag. There's going to be lots of spot prizes to be won, great games to play and lots of fun to be enjoyed by all. I do hope you will join us.

We will be getting a Party Box full of DesignaFriend  goodies and games so watch this space. As soon as the box arrives you will be the first to know what's inside.

#Win a year’s subscription to Beverly Hills Vapour's ‘£1 Vape Club’ worth £360

Win a year’s subscription to Beverly Hills Vapour's
 ‘£1 Vape Club’ worth £360.

Beverly Hills Vapour are offering one of my readers a whole years subscription to their Beverly Hills Vapour ‘£1 Vape Club’ worth £360. 

 Beverly Hills Vapor’s discounted ‘£1 Vape Club’ means that for less than £1.00 per day you can subscribe at a special rate and receive 8 bottles of 10ml Juice in the flavour and strength you select. That’s the equivalent of 100 cigarettes per bottle and effectively saves the average 20 a day smoker around £218.00 each month. Each new subscriber receives a luxury starter kit free or for less frequent smokers why not share a subscription with family members or friends so they can all save money as well. 

More than 2m people in the UK already ‘vape’ (i.e. use e-cigs) to help them escape the 4,000 poisonous chemicals that come from tobacco smoke. As well as tar, those chemicals include poisonous arsenic, benzene, cadmium, carbon monoxide and cyanide! Immediately after you quit smoking, your lungs and other smoke-damaged organs start to repair themselves. A study of smokers by UCL, and funded by Cancer Research UK, discovered that people attempting to quit without professional help are 60 per cent more like likely to succeed using e-cigarettes. “E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking,” says Professor Robert West of UCL’s Department of Epidemiology & Public Health.

If you would like to WIN this prize and are OVER 18 (I will be asking for ID from the winner to check) Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to enter. Please wait a few seconds for it to load - It can be slow at busy times. This giveaway is open to the UK only and 1 lucky winner will be drawn at random on Sunday November 16th.

Disclosure: I am not for or against smoking and am not gaining anything from hosting this giveaway. I am running it purely for you, my readers who may like it.

Picking Pumpkins at Hatton Country World #DaysOut

Picking Pumpkins at Hatton Country World 

Yesterday we spent the day picking pumpkins at one of our favourite places to visit, Hatton Country World. This half term is Pumpking Week but there's so much more to do than just picking pumpkins. As well as all the usual fun there's also some extra Halloween fun too.

There's always so much to do at Hatton, we have to spread our time out wisely to try and fit everything in. I wrote all about our last visit back in April, you can read the full review here. The animals are just too cute to resist so we had to stop by and have a hold. The kids love the Tails and Scales sessions too, this time we held a snake and a lizard.

We were on a mission to spend our day getting the most out of all the Pumpkin and Halloween activities that had been laid on especially for Pumpkin Week. There was a fun 'Back in Time' Tractor Ride which was so much fun, whilst riding around the fields on a magical journey back through the years we found ourselves being chased twice by scary costumed men. A Freddy Kruger type man popped out from behind a saloon bar and tried to grab us, the kids screamed in fright but it was all in good fun. Near the end of the trip a Zombie appeared from out of a broken down car and chased us all the way home.

Over at the Pumpkin Patch there was 100's of pumpkins to choose from. Who knew choosing the right pumpkin would be so much fun. Every child gets a voucher to exchange for a free pumpkin from the patch. The hard part is choosing the one you want. Chloe my eldest insisted on finding the biggest she could whilst Lily went for the biggest she could carry. Ryan went for a large one too although he had Daddy to help carry it. Upon entering the filed I had told them all, pick one you can carry! Well that rule went out the window.

Once we had our pumpkins we carried them over to the craving area where there was lots of picnic tables and seats along with spoons and knifes (for the adults to use only). We set to work carving our pumpkins into our Halloween lanterns, it was great fun. There was a 'Best Pumpkin' competition running so once you had finished carving your pumpkin you could choose to leave it behind to enter the competition or take it home with you. Lily chose to enter the competition so we placed it on a table outside along with her name tag. The rest of us wanted to keep our creations so we loaded them up into the car to take home.

We had a fantastic day out at hatton Country World yesterday, there's always so much to do and see. As well as all the pumpkin fun we had, we also enjoyed their spooky Haunted House, found gold and got a medal at the Gold Mine and bounced around on the bouncy castles and super slide. We played Welly Wanging and Frisbee Golf. We even played normally golf and draughts on a huge outside board. We had lots of fun doing the Pumpkin Treasure Hunt which earned us a spooky lollipop each for completing. The fun at Hatton is non stop from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

If you're looking for a fun filled day out this Half Term, Hatton Country World is one to visit.

We can't wait to go back, we really do love going to Hatton. We saw lots of adverts about their Enchanted Christmas week so hopefully we'll go check that out this year.

Disclosure: We were given free tickets to go this time to do an honest review on Hatton's Pumpkin Week. All the opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

#Win 1 of 2 SpookTacular HARIBO Halloween Bundles ..

Win 1 of 2 SpookTacular HARIBO Halloween Bundles 

Halloween is almost upon us, are you ready?

Just imagine all of these HARIBO sweets.

+ this Pumpkin Pinata.

What a SpookTacular Halloween it would be.

The lovely people over at HARIBO have given me two, yes not one but two of these fun filled Halloween bundles to give away. Are you excited? I sure am.

To win one of these HARIBO Halloween Bundles, simply enter using the Rafflecopter Form below. This giveaway is only open to the UK and two lucky winners will be drawn at random from all the correctly made entries on Tuesday October 28th. 

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This giveaway is running for one week only to ensure the winners receive their prizes in time for Halloween. Good Luck and Happy Halloween.

Christmas in New York .. What do I need to see?

Christmas in New York .. What do I need to see?

Anyone who knows me, should know that I love the sun and I hate the cold! So why am I going to New York at Christmas when it's going to be freezing? You tell me!

When I asked around my friends and family, the general consensus of the best time to spend 4 nights in New York would be at Christmas Time. There's some things that you can do there all year round but then there's some extra special stuff that you can only do and see and Christmas Time. I'm a huge lover of Christmas so I'm hoping to see lots of bright lights and over sized Christmas Trees, Snow scened Santas's grottos and toy shop displays. I've heard New York is a real life wonderland at Christmas.

I've looked online and tried to do my research but all of the sites say the same things. Go Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Centre, Check out the sites from the Statue of Liberty. 

What i'm looking for though is real life experiences, what people enjoyed and would go back to do again? What people hated and wished they had never bothered doing?

If you've been to New York in their Christmas season, I'd love to hear from you. A simple comment of any advice or tips or hints would be wonderful and greatly appreciated.

A trip to New York is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me so I intend to make the most of it. Life is too short to waste the magical opportunities like this.

So, what should I see? What must I do? 

Hallmark - Not just for Cute Cards but for Super Stationery too. #Review

Hallmark - Not just for Cute Cards but for 
Super Stationery too. 

Hallmark is well known for it's amazing selection of cards for all occassions but they don't just sell cards. They also have a lovely selection of gifts and stationery items too.

The stationary prices start from just £1.50 upwards and include a wide assortment of Notepads, Memo blocks, Pencil cases and so much more.

We were sent a small selection of notepads from their range to see for ourselves. These's big ones, small ones, cute ones, plain ones. There really is a notepad for everyone. Whether you want a pad for your pocket or a pretty pad for school, Hallmark have it all. There's animal prints, flowers, girly stuff and more. Which would you choose?

The pretty birds notepad shown above is mine, all mine. It was way too cute to share. Lily, my 7 year old claimed the Pug notebook whilst Chloe went for the pink lined papered Owl printed one. Ryan, my youngest had the small flower printed notebook as it's pages were blank and perfect for doodling on. The notebooks were on Hallmark!

Next time you are looking for some new stationery, either for yourself or for your family. Why not check out what Hallmark has on offer as after all, they sell much more than cards.

Disclosure: We were sent a small selection of samples for the purpose of this review. All the opinions expressed are 100% honest and all my own.