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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.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Gandey’s Thrill Circus is coming to Merry Hill this October Half Term

Gandey’s Thrill Circus is coming to Merry Hill 
this October Half Term

A fabulous October treat for the Midlands schools this half term.  GANDEY’S – the country’s largest Big Top entertainment organisation is returning to the West Midlands with a super-charged action-packed, all human circus of THRILLS at the intu Merry Hill Shopping Centre, Brierley Hill. You'll be gripped by the electrifying excitement of the death defying aerialists high in the roof of the Big Top, left breathless by the boisterous high-octane acrobatics of African physical theatre, perched on the edge of your seats at the Wheel of Death, astounded by the acrobats who achieve the impossible by challenging the laws of gravity. You'll be delighted yet completely baffled by the stylish and graceful art of “quick change”and laugh out loud at the antics of the hilarious clowns in circus spectacular for all the family. It all sounds very exciting, I'm sure it will be a lovely day out.

Just some of the highlights include:

From Bulgaria – Sifolini and the Wheel of Death.  Duo Sifolini are the powerful masters of stunts that audiences could only watch through the “magic” of cinema or TV. Keep watching – don't blink - the unbelievable really is happening and like countless audiences throughout Europe you'll be on the very edge of your seat at their gold-medal daredevil performance high in the Big Top, as they leap some 25 feet above, below and onto the rotating wheel of death – it’s scary!!!!

From Africa - The African Boys - Boisterous, flamboyant, high-energy acrobatics as only the African Boys can deliver. It’s non-stop entertainment in the great tradition of African physical theatre - from limbo to group balancing.

From England – Masquerade - The art – or illusion - of quick change.  The tradition of the quick costume change dates back 500 years – yet it still baffles and amazes. Just how can someone change their complete outfit in a split second so many times in front of the eyes of the audience?  Prepare to be amazed!

From France, internationally acclaimed Ring Master, Robert Price.

Gandey’s Thrill Circus
intu Merry Hill Shopping Centre, Brierley Hill, DY5 1QX
Fri 24th October - Sun 2nd November (October Half Term)

Show Times and Dates: 

Friday 24th - 7.30 
Saturdays - 2.00 / 5.00 / 7.30
Sunday to Friday - 2.00 AND 5.00

Admission  Prices:

Adult:                                           Concession:
  Ringside               £26                                     £18
Grandstand         £22                                       £16
 Side View             £18                                     £12
     Rear View            £12                                       £ 8      

Family Ticket - Side tier - £40 – 2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 children

Onsite box office opens Tuesday 21st October
To book tickets call 0843 208 0500 or visit 

Twitter @GandeysCircus

Who knew 1 little cupcake could be so much fun!

Who knew 1 little cupcake could be so much fun! 

Meet my little cupcake, isn't he cute? He may not be perfectly dressed or glamorously presented but he was mine and I loved him. So what's the story?

Well we met last Saturday at Blog Camp Birmingham, which was run by the lovely people from Tots100.  Upon entering a room to take part in a Food Photography class, there he was. Sat in the middle of the table looking cold and bare, just begging me to rescue him.

When we first met, he didn't quite look like that. He was bare and dull, lifeless and unloved. It wasn't for long though as I took him up onto my napkin and smothered him in love. Well vanilla frosting anyway. I wanted to add character so I gave him some funky swirls, I wanted to give him a unique existence, so I sprinkled him with chocolate drops. He was looking amazing in now time, well to me anyway. I'm not sure others would agree.

Once he was dressed and looking good, we set off to explore the room. Together we visited lots of little work stations, set up to unleash of creative side. Lets see what we did:

 We went on a fun filled adventure of light, shapes, colours and shadows. Props, backgrounds and angles too. Who knew that 1 little cupcake could be so much fun! 

After an amazing hour sadly our journey had to come to an end. The class was over and it was time to move on. Sadly he didn't make it to my next class, well he did sort of but not in the way he would have liked. By the time I had reached my next class he had crumbled and broken and been washed down into my stomach with a cup of hot chocolate. 

All good things must come to an end at some point or so they say. My cupcake and I had a wonderful time and learnt so much about each other. Although he is no longer with us, I will always have these amazing photographs to remember him by. His time on this earth was not wasted, in fact it was time very well spent as without him I would never have been able to learn so much about taking good food pictures. So for that reason I end my post today by saying 'Thank You' to my beloved cupcakes, you will be missed.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Save the Date, We're having a #DoraAndFriends Party ..

Save the Date, We're having a #DoraAndFriends Party and you're all invited to join us.

On Monday November 3rd we're having a party, a brand new Dora and Friends party. We're very excited for the new series of Dora and Friends on Nick Jr. Dora has come along way since her programmes first started but it's been delightful to watch her growing up. Are you looking forward to the new series too?

There's going to be lots of fun and games going on here but that's not it. You can join the celebrations on Twitter by following @UkMumsTV and using the #doraandfriends hashtag. There's going to be lots of prizes to be won so please do join in if you are a fan.

The party will be taking place between 4-6pm - so save the date now.

We love joining in with Twitter parties, they're always lots of fun. There's still a few weeks to go before the big day yet but I'll be reminding you all again before it starts. 

We will be receiving a Party Box at some point over the next few weeks will be full of insights and goodies for the new show. We're very excited to see what's inside. As soon as it arrives, I will be sharing it's contents with all of you, so watch this space.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

#Win a Spooky Halloween Bundle from Mustard

Win a Spooky Halloween Bundle from Mustard

Halloween is upon us, costumes being made.
Sweets are stocking up, Decs are being laid.
Pumpkins being carved, cakes topped with webs.
Watch out for those toilet rolls and flying eggs.
Halloween's a fun time for families everywhere.
Making the house look scarey so visitors beware.
Who'll be knocking on your door? Who's looking for a treat? What will they be dressed as? Scary or pretty neat?
We love treating our callers, buckets of treats flowing over.
Halloween is coming, soon this October!

Mustard have got a wonderful range of spooky Halloween treats for everyone this year. There's treats for the adults like their Zombie action Stickers or their X-ray oven gloves. There's cool X-ray Pens and lots more for the kids. The prices are pretty spectacular too!

Thanks to the lovely people at Mustard, I have got an amazing Halloween bundle for you to win. One lucky winner will receive all five of the following gifts. There's 1 pair of Zombie bookends: RRP £15, 1 X-ray oven glove: RRP £10, 1 pack of Zombie action Stickers: RRP £5, 1 X-ray Pen: RRP £5 and 1 pack of Ink Shop Skulls: RRP £6. What a fantastic bundle worth over £40 and one of you lucky readers is going to win it all.

To enter simply use the Rafflecopter Form below. 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 Wednesday October 22nd. Good Luck x