Thursday, 2 July 2015

Warner Brothers, The Making Of Harry Potter Studio Tour #SweetsAndTreats

On Thursday after school Oscar had a real treat as we were invited to the preview of the new 'Sweets and Treats' feature for the Summer at Warner Brothers studio tour in Watford. Oscar has watched one of the Harry Potter films in preparation for our visit and loved it. One of his friends at school is really in to Harry Potter and Oscar has been asking for a magic wand since he saw his friends one at his house a few weeks ago.




I have read all the Harry Potter books and going to see the making of the films brought me right back to my childhood when the books were first realised. When we arrived we went into the gift store which is amazing, it is full if great memorabilia and Oscar got his Harry Potter wand he had been asking for for weeks. The wand cost £25 but is a replica in a display box and he absolutely loves it.



We went into the tour where you watch a short film about how the books became the films and then we went through to the cinema where we again watched Daniel Radcliffe tell us about what exactly went into making these incredible films. At the end he walks through the door to the great hall and the screen rises and the door to the great hall is in front of us. Oscar couldn't believe his eyes, it was magical. We went into the great hall which was quite a surreal experience and we were shown how the talented ladies made all of the Sweets and Treats that are props in the film. You wouldn't believe that they weren't edible they looked good enough to eat! From Monday 20th July until Sunday 6th September you will be able to see this for yourselves. Butterbeer ice-cream will be available to purchase from their new baklot cafe and that is not to be missed as it tasted amazing! We had some nibbles and Oscar enjoyed his cake pop and ice-cream and we continued around the rest of the tour.



Even if you haven't read the books or watched the films it is absolutely amazing to learn exactly how much went into making the films. It is absolutely incredible! Amazingly during production graphic designers had the task to design over 120 different sweet treats for the Weasley twins shop and some of the original sketches can be seen in the art department section  of the tour. The tables in the great hall will be lined with props from the Hogwart's feasts. Chocolate desserts of all kinds were on the tables and nearly all of them are made out of intricately painted resin. Although some edible pieces were baked such as the chocolate phoenix cake that you can see in the Goblet of Fire film and the exact cake has survived over seven years in storage and is out on display for you to see.


We had a fantastic time and enjoyed a cup of butterbeer and went on the Hogwart's express. It is an amazing day out, so magical and exciting not only for the children but the adult's too.

Oscar also flew on a broomstick and we brought the USB of the video for £25 which you can see below.



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Disclaimer: We were given free entry into the making of Harry Potter for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own!



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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My Alternative Aldi Challenge Vlog #AlternativeAldiChallenge

A few weeks ago I was asked to take part in the #AlternativeAldiChallenge which was to make a fun video of me trying to see if I can beat the cashier and fill My Buddy Box before I was asked to pay. If you haven't seen the My Buddy Boxes before they are a fantastic and convenient way of packing your shopping in a handy box that you can then put straight into the boot of your car. The My Buddy Boxes are clever foldable strong storage boxes that can be used for shopping or they are stackable to use as storage.

This is my debut into the vlogging World and I asked my good friend Rachel to help me make the video as she has worked in TV for the last 15 years. So we went to Aldi in Hemel Hempstead where I stocked up on loads of goodies. Here is my video of me taking on the Aldi Alternative Challenge. 

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Also My Buddy Box have kindly given one of my readers the chance to win a My Buddy Box of their own. You can enter below, good luck.




Rachel has worked in TV for over 15 years and if want any filming/editing or promotional films made then I can't recommend her higher. You can contact her by email at rachelmannes1@gmail.com.

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Digital Cordless Home Phones From Panasonic


Panasonic

Home phones have defiantly moved on leaps and bounds over the past few years. I remember when I lived with my parents I used to accidentally pull the phone cord out of the wall as I would walk around chatting on the phone and you couldn't use the home phone and the internet at the same time, now you have digital cordless phones with so many different functions to suit your everyday life. How times have changed! Panasonic digital phones are high quality phones with so many different styles and functions to suit all tastes and needs.

Panasonic have a large range of digital cordless phones from basic cordless handsets to handsets with answering machines, email, smart phone technology, one even has a baby monitor function which I think is great! Before we had children I didn't have a home phone plugged in in our house but after having Oscar I felt it was really important to have a home phone, sometimes my mobile looses signal in our house so we brought a digital cordless handset so in emergencies there is always a phone to hand. Having a home phone is always important to teach your children about ringing 999 in emergencies. We taught Oscar this when he was about three years old and if he ever needed to call 999 if their was something wrong with me for instance and I couldn't get to the phone he doesn't have to hunt for my mobile phone as he knows exactly where our cordless home phone is and can either use it or as it is cordless, bring it to me.

Having the video calling option on some of their handsets is great as if your friends and especially family have the same handsets it makes the phone call much more personal. Oscar loves video calling his Nanny and Grandad's during the week and also spends much more time chatting to them as he gets bored or easily distracted when on a normal basic phone call.

I absolutely love the Panasonic premium design series KX-PRX120EW as it is a multifunctional handset that has video calling, email, the internet, social media, music and your home phone with answering system. It looks really smart and is perfect for the modern family. 
Premium Design series KX-PRX120
Take a look at Panasonic's full range HERE.


Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with Panasonic.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Review: The Sun Mousse Children's 30SPF

With the weather warming up I never leave the house without a bottle of sun cream for Oscar and Archie and with the weather this week meant to be stifling keeping their delicate skin protected is a must. When we were sent The Sun Mousse for kids I was intrigued to how it would be as I have never used a mousse before as I have always used the sprays. The bottle design is fun and certainly reminds you of being on holiday. It is for children over 1 years old and when I applied it on Oscar I couldn't believe how light and fluffy the mousse was and it didn't leave my hands or Oscar's skin feeling sticky. Oscar is pretty good when it comes to letting me apply his sun cream but if you have a little one that isn't a fan using the mousse could make it quicker and easier as I found it so easy to apply and sunk into the skin instantly.



As well as being a high protection to your child's skin it is also very water resistant and lasts for 6 hours. Lasting that long is great for apply on Oscar before he goes to school and I then know he is protected for the whole day when out in the playground. The Sun Mousse also has no paraben's, perfume or colouring so it is perfect for delicate and sensitive skin. The Sun Mousse comes in a handy sized 150ml can with a nozzle that actually works and doesn't spray cream everywhere. The mousse is £19.99 for the 150ml can which is quite pricey compared to some sun creams but I feel you are getting a high quality product that will protect your child's skin and for me you can't put a price on that! I will be taking it with us to Tenerife next week.



The Sun Mousse also comes in:

The Sun Mousse 150ml 50SPF for kids
The Sun Mousse SPF30, SPF20 and SPF50 for adults.



Eating his cake, playing in the Sun. 

Disclaimer: We were sent the Sun Mousse for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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Monday, 29 June 2015

My Entry To Become A Pink Lining Ambassador #ItsInTheBagBaby

On Friday we are off on holiday, our first holiday abroad with two children. I always make list after list to make sure I never forget anything for the boys and always end up forgetting bits I needed. I thought as part of my entry to become a Pink Lining Ambassador I would share with you what I will be taking in my changing bag with us on the flight. The flight to Tenerife is around five hours so I need quite a few different bits and pieces. I was lucky enough to do a review for Pink Lining a few months ago and have one of their iconic 'Yummy Mummy' changing bags. So in my bag for the jounrney I will have:

For Archie

Two packets of baby wipes, I don't actually need two for the journey but it takes some weight out of our suitcases.
10 nappies.
2 bottles of milk in each end pocket.
1 Ella's Kitchen pouch and spoon for his breakfast.
1 pack of disposable bibs as they take up less room than his big plastic bib.
2 sets of spare clothes, one of which I will change Archie in to in the plane as he will have his sleep suit on as our flight is at 7am.
A couple of teething toys to keep him entertained.
2 spare dummies.
Muslins and fabric milk bibs.



For Oscar

His shorts and T-shirt to change in to. I find if you roll the clothes they take up much less space inside the bag.
A pack of sweets so Oscar can suck them when the plane takes off so his ears don't pop.
A magazine for him to read.
Ipad.
Colouring book and pencils.

Our passports and money and travel documents.

Believe it or not all of the above fits in to my Pink Lining changing bag which fits easily in the hand luggage measurement guide and is easy to carry. I then don't have to take two pieces of hand luggage as everything I need for the boy's fits into the one bag. I love my Yummy Mummy bag and it has loads of pockets to keep everything you need organised. It is also cute and girly which is hard to squeeze in sometimes having two boys.

This is my entry into the Pink Lining Ambassador Search  http://pinklining.com/uk. Good luck to everyone else who has entered.

                                                                                  Pink Lining


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Review: Don't Rock The Boat From University Games

You may have seen last week that I posted a blog post that we are now an official blogger for University Games. Obviously Oscar was over the moon about this as he was allowed to pick some games for us to play and review. He chose two games one of which was Rock The Boat. Rock The Boat is a game for children aged 5+ for 2-4 players. You simply set up the boat and balance it on the iceberg and then the youngest player goes first and you take it in turns to balance your penguins on the boat, but don't rock it if you tip the boat you loose.

The instructions are really easy for a five year old like Oscar to follow and we played the game for ages. He also likes to play with the boat and the penguins as a toy too.


I found this game really taught Oscar to concentrate and be patient and I was impressed at how much time and care he look at balancing out the boat. When we were playing before each move we also asked him why he thought the penguin he was using would balance it out which really got him thinking. Oscar loves this game and it will be a game that will last for a long time and can be used as a toy in between which is great value for money. At only £12.65 at Tesco Direct it would also make a great present for a friend.

Take a look at the University Games website for their full range of fun family games.


I Am A University Games Ambassador

Disclaimer: We were sent this game for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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