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Friday, 13 April 2018

Aged 16-17? Sign up with NCS this Summer. Let's bring Young people Together!

Aged 16-17? Sign up with NCS this Summer. 
Let's bring Young people Together! 

If you're 16 or 17 years-old? National Citizen Service (NCS) is a 3-4 week experience to help build your confidence and self belief so that you can take on anything in life. Get to stay away from home, have fun, develop skills and meet amazing new friends. You could have a Summer to remember, including all your food, accommodation and activities, all in for up to £50. That sounds like it's too good to be true but I can assure you, it's not.

I can hear you saying, what's NCS? So let me tell you all about it. NCS is a government backed programme that was established back in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. It works by bringing together young people from all different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens. NCS is open to 16 and 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

This year more than 100,000 teenagers from different backgrounds and walks of life will come together in common purpose on NCS. That means one in six of the cohort of 16 year olds will live together, develop skills together and build community projects together.

At a time of huge political uncertainty, where division is more evident than togetherness.

NCS is a powerful tool to ensure our next generation see more in their similarities than differences. In a nutshell, the programme:

●Puts young people through a series of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zones and develop their strength of character.
●Provides a progressive journey that hands over more responsibility to young people as the programme progresses and develops leadership skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.
●Enables young people to connect with their communities through social action. 

You may be worried about plans you've already made for Summer but don't worry NCS wants to include everyone so make sure you register for further information as no matter what your commitments or summer holiday plans, they'll  endeavour to get your teen a spot on programme at a time that suits. My daughter Chloe just misses out this year as she's not 16 until December but it's definitely something she'd love to take part in. She loves staying away from home and taking part in challenges with the chance to do something great and make some amazing new friends along the way. I kinda wish I was 16 again so I could go.

There are still places available for Year 11s to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity this summer. To sign up now, go to the NCS website. Even if you're still undecided, still register your interest and who knows what amazing adventures this Summer could hold.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Competition Time - Win a Cadbury Treasure Box

Competition Time - Win a Cadbury Treasure Box 

Yes, Easter is over but that doesn't mean that our love for chocolate has to be too. I'm in a good mood today the sun is shining and life is good so I've decided to run a little competition for you. I'm giving away a delicious Cadbury Treasure Box to one lucky winner, it could be you! Inside you'll find a wide range of Cadbury's popular chocolate bars, a nice all year round selection. I spy lots of my favourite in there, I love Curly Wurly's and Flakes - yum!

To WIN: Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to complete as many or as few of the entries as you like. It's completely up to you but remember, the more entries you do, the more chances you have to win. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday April 30th.

Terms and Conditions: One winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter App. This Giveaway is only open to the UK. The giveaways ends on Monday April 30th - Good Luck.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Project Mc2 A.D.I.S.N. Journal - Where Smart is the New Cool #Review

Project Mc2 A.D.I.S.N. Journal 
Where Smart is the New Cool

Today's Lily's 11th Birthday, she's growing up so fast. Lily's always been the smart one of the family, she loves to read and write stories, her imagination is always full to the brim. She doesn't play with a lot of toys but she loves her games, dolls and pretty much anything that she can write with, so when the A.D.I.S.N. Journal from Project Mc2 arrived this morning, she was over the moon. She thought it was a Birthday present, one of the best ones she'd opened today, so who was I to say otherwise. It was a gift but not from me even though it did score me the biggest 'Best Mummy' hugs ever so I may not even say anything, oops.

The A.D.I.S.N. Journal costs around £24.99 and is aimed at children aged 6 years and over.

 Your child can become a secret NOV8 agent just like McKeyla and the gang. 

Using their Advanced Digital Intelligence Spy Notebook, which is A.D.I.S.N for short. There's lots of secret, fun stuff inside! Inside the box, you'll find a magic bracelet which you'll need to unlock your journal. Several recorded messages which talk to you. An invisible ink pen to write your secret messages and a hidden UV light tool to read anything written in invisible ink. There's also a little NOV8 missions book and 3 cute little sticker sheets to decorate your journal. It's the perfect gift for Lily who's always trying to hide things from her nosy little brother. It's tough keeping things from him, but now it's so much easier.

A.D.I.S.N. Journal Features: 

  • Use the bracelet to unlock the notebook for fun mystery mission game play
  • Hear 2 recordings (greeting and closing)
  • Compatibility: Works only with Apple devices. (Devices not included) App requires iOS 6.1 or later compatible with iPod Touch 4, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 or later versions
  • Includes Mc2 “NeRDy” bracelet, booklet filled with fun activities, invisible ink pen, UV light tool (hidden in secret compartment) to read clues written in invisible ink, and sticker sheet
  • Styles may vary
  • Suitability 6+
  • Batteries required: 3 x AA (not included) and 3 x AG13 (included)

 Thanks to the A.D.I.S.N. Journal, Lily's secrets are now safe. Ryan's not too happy about it but Lily sure is. She really loves her new journal, it's super easy to use and lots of fun at the same time. I really like the fact that there's only one page to write on, there's no paper so there's no waste which is great and no waste means no mess for Mummy to clean up.

The page inside is pre lined so you can write notes, short stories or even reminders or secrets easily. The page also wipes clean afterwards so you can use it over and over again. Lily's already off hiding somewhere writing away. She loves the fact that she can leave her journal under her pillow all day without having to worry about anyone trying to read it. 

She keeps her bracelet either on her wrist or hidden away out of site because without that, no one can get in. Lily's really enjoying her secret journal unlike Ryan who's desperate to see inside. I'm sure they'll work it out though, but I have a feeling, I may have to get him one of his own so that he'll finally stop chasing her around the house and leave hers alone.

The A.D.I.S.N. Journal from Project Mc2 gets a firm thumbs up from Lily and I.

Disclosure: We received our Journal for free in return for an honest review. All the photographs and opinions expressed are 100% honest and entirely our own.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Disney On Ice Worlds Of Enchantment #Review

Disney On Ice Worlds Of Enchantment 

Last Thursday we went along to the opening night of Disney On Ice Worlds Of Enchantment in Birmingham's Genting Arena. We love Disney and seeing it on ice is always exciting. We've been to see the show several times before so it's nice to see that the stories do change every so often bringing fresh excitement to all the fans, even the regulars like ourselves. The kids were so excited when they found out we were going. Just look at their happy faces when we got to meet Mickey Mouse himself before hand at the show.

This year Disney brings us 4 short stories filled with flashing lights, fireworks, bubbles and even snow. There's lots going on to see and four great family favourites to enjoy. This year, the Worlds of Enchantment took us on a journey with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the hosts.

First up was my favourite, Toy Story 3. Set in Andy's bedroom we got to see all our favourite characters come to life. Barbie and Ken were really funny and made everyone laugh out loud whilst that big old bear 'Lotsa' brought lots of hisses and boo's from the crowds.

Next up was a scene from Disney Pixars Cars where we saw full sized cars zooming around the ice. We had no idea how they'd done it but it was fabulous to watch and the fireworks and bangs made us all jump with joy. This section was short but sweet and lots of fun.

In the middle there's always a short interval to grab snacks, in our case popcorn and candy floss and then just enough time for a quick trip to the little boys room for Ryan as always.

Third up was a lovely story from the Little Mermaid with some beautiful skating from Ariel. The music was great and Sebastian was awesome, he's one of my faves ever! Lily loved this part and sat open mouthed throughout it all. It was nice to see her quiet for a while,

Last but not least was Frozen, the real star of the show. From the moment Elsa and Anna appeared on the ice everyone was singing and dancing and joining in. I had a family behind me who sand loudly throughout but it was lovely, the crowds were really enjoying the show.

Lily loved the 'Let it Go' song where as I'm more a fan of the 'Love is an Open Door' tune.

The whole show was fantastic and we all had a lovely time. I'm so glad they added Toy Story in this time as that was one of my favourite movies of the year last year. I mean what kid doesn't love to see their favourite toys coming to life? I know I sure would, how fab!

Disney On Ice Worlds Of Enchantment is a lovely family show which we'd happily recommend seeing if it's in your town this year. It's great family fun for all ages.

Disclosure: We were given complimentary tickets to see the show in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed within our review are 100% honest and our own.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Taking part in the Britmums #OreoCookieQuest Challenge.

Taking part in the Britmums 
#OreoCookieQuest Challenge.

I had so much fun planned for this weekend but then the Beast from the East (part 2) hit us quite hard and unfortunately those plans have had to change. I'd planned this exciting Oreo Cookie Quest styled Treasure Hunt down our local park to support The Great Oreo Cookie Quest but with all the snow and ice around it wasn't quite safe to do it outside any more. 

Don't worry though as the snow didn't ruin all our fun as I simply moved our Oreo Treasure Hunt inside and set it up at home. I took one packet of Oreo's and hid them one by one around the house. I then gave the kids helpful clues and let them loose to find them. 

See if you can follow my clues and find the Oreo's too:

1. 'Hiding in your room some where, he's made friends with a lonely bear.'

2. 'In the kitchen you will find, an Oreo resting on a towel of the drying kind.'

3. 'I'm in the living room but you better be quick, Garfield is gonna give me a lick.'

4. 'On a messy desk but in plain site, look in me, you'll get a fright.'

 5. 'Sitting on the top of a basket that's white. Also a room where Mummy sleeps at night.'

This challenge was all about spending time together as a family which is what we did. The kids had great fun searching for the missing Oreo's on our Cookie Treasure Hunt. There was 5 Oreo's to find in total but I did give them an extra 1 to make it two each which is the recommended serving as Oreo's are a fun and tasty occasional treat for the whole family. 

Oreo is celebrating The Great Oreo Cookie Quest promotion on-packs now, which means anyone can pick up a pack of Oreo's and have a chance to win some awesome prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime trip to California and the Googleplex! Wowzers!

This post is an entry for BritMums #OreoCookieQuest, sponsored by Oreo.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Jet2holidays “Ultimate School Trip” Competition - Check out the Shortlist and Vote now.

Jet2holidays “Ultimate School Trip” Competition - 
 Check out the Shortlist and Vote now.

Last month I told you all about the amazing 'Ultimate School Trip' Competition that was being run but Jet 2 Holidays. Schools from all over the country entered to win this fantastic prize for their school. The entries have now all be judged and a Shortlist of the top 45 now made. Every school in the top 45 list is a deserving winner but now it's up to you, the public, to vote and choose just one from each area. It's all very exciting but you have to be quick as you only have until 6pm on Friday 16th March 2018 which is just 3 days away from now.

Has your school made our Ultimate School Trip shortlist? Each shortlisted school will  receive £1,000 worth of school equipment vouchers after they were chosen by the celebrity judges - Emmerdale and Hollyoaks TV star Anthony Quinlan who's pictures above.

You can see all of the entries and Cast Your Vote Here.  

The Ultimate School Trip will see the nine winning classes and their teachers spend a long weekend (Friday 20th April – Sunday 22nd April 2018) at Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Majorca where they will all take part in fun educational workshops with celebrity hosts including Dick & Dom. The workshops will focus on science, history, drama and crafts, as well as giving pupils all the excitement you would expect from a school trip overseas.

Each regional winner will be announced on Monday 19th March.

It only takes a few seconds to vote (I've just done mine) and your vote could help to make so many school's dreams come true so pop over and have a look and vote for a school.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Competition Time! #Win a Cadbury Easter Treasure Box

Competition Time! #Win a Cadbury Easter Treasure Box.

Hip Hip Hip Hooray - Easter is on it's way!

Seeing as chocolate is for life, not just for Easter. I'm giving away a Cadbury Easter Treasure Box to one lucky winner. It might get to you just after Easter but I'm sure it'll be well worth the wait. The purple gift box comes filled with Cadbury Mini Eggs, Dairy Milk Oreo Mini Eggs, Creme Egg eggs and lots of your other favourite bars. It looks yummy.

To WIN: Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to complete as many or as few of the entries as you like. It's completely up to you but remember, the more entries you do, the more chances you have to win. One winner will be chosen on Saturday March 31st.

Terms and Conditions: One winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter App. This Giveaway is only open to the UK. The giveaways ends on Saturday March 31st. Good Luck.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Competition - #Win a £50 Voucher to Spend at Poundtoy.Com

Competition - #Win a £50 Voucher
 to Spend at Poundtoy.Com 

I have a lovely prize up for grabs today as 1 lucky reader will win a £50 Voucher to spend on The name suggests that the toys are all a pound but they're not. Lots are but there's also lots of other great branded toys like Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and Disney all at great low prices. They're well worth checking out if you're looking for children's toys online.

I got to spend £50 at myself and have to say that £50 goes a really long way on their website. There is lots to choose from and it take me a while to decide on what to order but with lots of fun outdoor toys, branded toys and even party supplies to choose from. You'll be sure to find lots of lovely bargains and treats that you're kids or adults will love.

There's a nice range of toys available on their website and prices range from £25 to 30p. I chose a nice selection of toys from each of the price brackets and picked up some lovely treats for my youngest two children who're going to be so excited when they get home from school today. was so easy to navigate around and very easy to use. I enjoyed using their website and enjoyed my shopping experience. Here's what I bought:

For my £50 I bought a total of 9 items. My most expensive item was the fantastic Star Wars Hero Mashers Multi pack which cost £25 but that's still just half of the recommended RRP so it was a bargain and my little Star Wars fan is going to love it. The next most expensive item I bought was the Flashlight Friends Unicorn Light Plushie which cost just £7 and looks so lovely and soft. I then picked two Finding Dory Swigglefish toys that were just £4 each and a nice selection of Dreamworks Trolls sets which were just £2 each and are now going to make great little gifts for my daughter's school friends when we need a last minute gift.  

We got all those for our £50 but now it's your chance to win your own little haul. 

Want to win a £50 voucher to spend on their site yourself? Simply enter your details into the RaffleCopter Form below. Please feel free to do as little or as many of the entries that you like but remember the more you do, the more chances to win you have. Good Luck.

Terms and Conditions: Open to the UK only. 1 Winner will be drawn at random on Sunday March 18th from all the correctly made entries into the RaffleCopter App. Good Luck.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

ZURU’s Shnooks Series 2 are Candy Scented. #Review and #Giveaway

ZURU’s Shnooks Series 2 are Candy Scented. 
Review and Giveaway

ZURU’s Shnooks Series 2 are Candy Scented and sweeter than ever! 

From Bubble to Best Friend, they're sweet little characters that grow to 8 times their size once you take them out of their bubble (packaging). They're priced at just £7.99 and are now available in all major retailers. The new range of Shnooks come in bright candy colors and have sweet-treat scented accessories inside. Each pack contains one of six collectible characters – Berri, Lolli, Bubbles, Mello, Lulu and Beanie along with a candy scented comb and best friend hairband, and styled hair ties. Love them and they’ll Shnook after you!

Three new fury friends turned up on our door step last week and were loved from the moment they were laid eyes on. My younger two, Lily and Ryan were so excited when they arrived. They come in fun bubbles which you have to rip open to set them free. Once out of their bubble you shake them and watch them grow. Once grown, you then style them.

They're very cute and smell delicious. They're lots of fun to play with and great to cuddle at bed time too. Lily and Ryan now both have one each, the third now lives with their cousin Evie who was delighted with hers too. All three Snooks are now very happy and well loved.

The Giveaway! 

I have two sweet Shnooks Series 2 to give away to one lucky winner. To enter, simply pop your details into the RaffleCopter Form below and remember, please do feel free to do as many or as few of the entries as you like. The more you do, the more chances you have to win though. The winner will received two Shnooks Series 2 toys from the range. Which ones you get, will be a surprise. It's all very exciting so get entering and good luck.

Terms and Conditions: This giveaway is open to the UK only. 1 winner will be drawn at random from all the correctly made entries in the app on Sunday March 11th.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Molly Brown London: Birthday Gifts for Girls #Review

Molly Brown London: Birthday Gifts for Girls 

As a Mum of two young girls, when looking for jewellery gifts for them, Molly Brown London seemed the perfect choice. Lily will be 11 soon whereas Chloe has not long turned 15. Both my girls love to dress up and are now developing an interest in more 'grown up' styled jewellery. Chloe has several pieces of Silver jewellery that she loves and wears daily. Lily is just starting to want 'proper' pieces to wear. I think she's finally outgrown her costume jewellery. Don't get me wrong, she loves her costume jewellery but she's now wanting some special pieces to wear for the more special occasions like family meals, outings and parties.

When Molly Brown London asked me if I'd like to choose a piece from their Birthday Gifts for Girls section, I was so excited to choose something for Lily that she was sure to love. It was a tough choice as there's so many beautiful bracelets, necklaces and earrings to choose from. Lily doesn't have her ears pierced yet so that I didn't pick her a pair of earrings. After much deliberation, I decided to go for the gorgeous Personalised Hope Open Heart Necklace which was just too pretty to resist. It's a beautiful contemporary sterling silver chain with a cut out heart disc pendant attached which can be engraved with the name or word of your choice. It's a simple yet sophisticated design that can be loved and worn by girls of all ages and treasured forever. It's something that I'd wear myself.

I had the word 'Lily' put on our Personalised Hope Open Heart Necklace and it looks so lovely. I know I made the right choice and can't wait to see her face when she sees it now.

The Personalised Hope Open Heart Necklace costs £42 which I think is such an amazing price for this necklace. Everything is so lovely, from the gift bag, to the pretty pink tissue paper that's inside it. The gorgeous gift box and the pretty tied ribbons. The necklace comes packaged so well and comes wrapped in little bags so that the chain doesn't get tangled on the way. Molly Brown London make their gifts feel very special, their attention to detail is exquisite. It's the kind of gift that's going to make any little girl feel very special and loved when they open it. I haven't given Lily her beautiful gift just yet though as it's going to make her upcoming birthday extra special. I know she's going to love it and can't wait to see her face. The only problem I have is, when Chloe sees it, she's going to want one too. That's not really a problem though as for the price. I'd be happy to buy her one for her birthday too.

I must admit, I'd not heard of Molly Brown London before last week but am so glad that I know them now as their jewellery pieces are all so beautiful and so reasonably priced.

I'm so happy with the necklace, the quality is amazing. The chain is nice and chunky. It's not too thin that it's going to tangle easily when she puts it in the box or breaks easily when she wears it out and about. I'd be scared to let my children wear necklaces that look like they're going to break so I'm really pleased with this one. The necklace is lovely and the pendant is just delightful, engraved with her name at the bottom. I know she's going to love it just as much as I do. She's always trying to 'borrow' my jewellery so I know if I love it, she will too!

Disclosure: I received my Molly Brown London necklace in return for an honest review. 
The photographs used and opinions expressed are 100% my own and all entirely honest. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Chad Valley Be U Hair Beader and Braider Set #Review

Chad Valley Be U Hair Beader and Braider Set

It's been a sad week for us as we played with our final box of Chad Valley Play Panel toys.

 It's been such a pleasure being apart of this lovely group for the second year running and so much fun, the kids have had a blast. We've grown up playing with Chad Valley toys and will continue to do so no matter how old we get. Out of our toys this month, we wanted to talk about the Chad Valley Be U Hair Beader and Braider Set which Lily, who's 10, has been testing out. It retails at £19.99 and is suitable for children aged 5 years and over as there are lots of small beads. It all comes in quite a large box which is very appealing to children and includes a beading machine, a hair braider, 2 boxes of beads, two clips and a comb.

The Chad Valley Be U Hair Beader and Braider Set looked very good at first glance but we did find it a little tricky to use. Lily isn't very good at doing her own hair yet so she did struggle on her own. The hair braider seemed to twist her hair rather than braid it but we did try it a few times to check. It could be that we were doing it wrong but we did try to follow the instructions that were included. The hair beader was much easier to use and actually quite fun too as the simple tool made adding lots of pretty beads to your hair really easy to do. 

 Also included was a hair band, some coloured strips of hair and a ponytail tool which was Lily's favourite thing. She's had her hair in the twisted ponytail style (shown in the bottom picture) every day since we got the set as she loves it so much and it's so easy to do. We have had fun playing with the set to create some fun and pretty hairstyles for Lily but is it something that we'd buy ourselves? I don't think it is but that's only because I don't tend to buy toys that come with beads as they end up all over the house. I'm happy to say that the beads in this set though, comes nice and neat in sealed packs which I don't mind so much.

Lily loves trying out new hairstyles in her hair so she did like this set. Some of the parts are a little tricky for her to use on her own but I'm sure she'll get better in time with practice. 

The Be U Hair Beader and Braider Set gets 3/5 score from us here at Mummy Of 3 Diaries.

Disclosure:  This review is written as part of our Chad Valley Play Panel Reviews.