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Win A Family Ticket To See Paw Patrol Live At The SSE Arena, Wembley

Win A Family Ticket To See Paw Patrol Live At The SSE Arena, Wembley

Today we arrived back from holiday and the boys had an amazing surprise waiting for them in the kitchen. In a Paw Patrol decorated box was a VIP Invite to see Paw Patrol Live at The SSE Arena, Wembley on the 4th of August and lots of Paw Patrol Goodies.

The PAW Patrol pups are coming to an arena near you for their first ever UK and Ireland Live tour and Oscar and Archie are very excited! When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. Families can join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye, and Everest for an action-packed adventure that shows no job is too big and no pup is too small! Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon produced by Spin Master, PAW Patrol Live! brings everybody’s favourite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. We can’t wait!

Tour dates 2017

02 Apollo, Manchester – July 29th and 30th

The SSE Arena, Wembley – August 4th and 5th

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham – August 9th

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham – August 12th and 13th

Echo Arena, Liverpool – August 16th and 17th

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle – August 19th

First Direct Arena, Leeds – August 23rd

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff – August 26th and 27th

Win!

Paw Patrol Live have kindly given me a family ticket (5 x A–Reserve tickets) worth £150 for the 10.00am show at Wembley Arena on the 6th of August for one of my lucky readers to win! Tickets can be used by either an adult or a child and children under 12 months of age do not require a paid ticket, provided they are seated on the lap of a ticket holder and do not occupy a seat.

The winners will receive a ticket voucher via email which they will need to bring on the day of the show in order to redeem the tickets from the box office. Good Luck and enter below!

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The New Quinny ZAPP X – One Pushchair, Endless Possibilities

Last week Archie and I headed into Covent Garden, London to check out the new Quinny ZAPP X – One Pushchair, Endless Possibilities. We arrived at the ‘pop up’ shop which was amazing and inside was an array of the ZAPP’s in lots of different colours and combinations.


My first impressions on giving the ZAPP X the once over was how light it was yet still really sturdy and just how practical it is from using it with a newborn right up until your little one is three. The whole stroller changes with one simple click and the combination possibilities are endless. With a newborn you can click on the max-cosi car seat, use a snug cocoon or the carrycot and then for the toddler stage there is a two-way toddler seat and the one click system makes it easy if you want to change the direction of the toddler seat. Even the wheel-configuration and push bar can be altered to suit you too.


I absolutely love the new customisation tool at www.quinny.com which means you can create the perfect stroller for you and your baby’s style. For instance I love the ZAPP X in the two shades of blue which is perfect for me as a mum of boys. Although I love the grey and pink combination if I had a little girl.

The ZAPP X is available in three different configurations, so there will always be one to suit everyone. There is the ZAPP Felex Plus, the ZAPP Flex and the ZAPP Express. Overall the ZAPP X really means that you can ‘Walk Your Way’.


The ZAPP Flex Plus is their ‘deluxe’ model with an RRP of £335 which for the high end stroller that it is, it is a fantastic price. It is perfect from birth with the lightweight Lux Carrycot and has four large puncture proof tyres to ensure your baby gets the smoothest of rides. The Flex toddler seat reclines both ways and the fold of the stroller is so compact making it perfect for travelling as well.


The ZAPP Flex is a super easy to steer stroller and so lightweight. Once again the fold is so compact, taking up minimal boot space and great for travelling. On this middle there are three medium wheels which makes it easy to steer through small spaces, perfect for using it in the city! It has an RRP of £295 and can be used from birth with the Lux Carrycot, a maxi cosi pebble car seat and the from birth cocoon.


The ZAPP XPRESS has an RRP of £195 and to be honest I couldn’t  believe how cheap it is considering the quality if the stroller is so high. It can be used from birth with the Lux Carrycot, a maxi cosi pebble car seat and the from birth cocoon. It has three medium wheels and the unique XPRESS seat with relax mode and once again folds so small.
The ZAPP range also has lots of fantastic accessories available from cup holders, to footmuffs to winter liners to make being out and about with your ZAPP X an easy experience.


I absolutely love the range and its easy to see that the range of the ZAPP’s are going to be extremely popular!

Archie’s Christening 02.04.2017

On Sunday the 2nd of April it was Archie’s Christening Day. This post is a bit delayed due to the house move and half term but never the less better late than never!

I dressed both Oscar and Archie in matching blue suits and brown leather brogues from Next and they both looked so cute. Without realising they ended up matching Daddy’s suit that he had had made. I looked around on the internet for a dress for ages and nothing I saw was quite right. Finally only a couple of weeks before I saw my dress on the Ted Baker website and fell in love with it, it was the perfect dress!


Archie was christened at our local church where we go to toddlers every week and the service was lovely. The Vicar was so nice and the service was fun and she had the godparents and children joining in!  We chose three godparents for Archie. Steve who is Daddy’s best friend and over the years he has become like a brother to me. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met and I am so excited that he and his lovely wife Cheryl are due to have their baby any minute. He was the obvious choice as he is a Uncle to the boys in every sense of the word and Oscar even says their new baby will be his cousin and the boys love him so much. For Archie’s Godmothers we chose Bianca who is also Oscar’s godmother is now Archie’s too. I met Bianca 11 years ago as she is married to another one of Greg’s best friends, Leo who is Oscar’s godfather. Over the years B and I have been through so much but she has always been by my side and she is one of the most loyal best friends I could ask for and loves the boys to bits. Last but not least is Zoe who is also married to another one of  Greg’s best friends, Matthew who is also Oscar’s godfather. Zoe is so caring and thoughtful and has two boys of her own and makes parenting look so easy. She is always the voice of reason and is full of good advice so I know Archie is in safe hands and is loved to the moon and back.


After the service we had a few photos and then we all headed to Moor Park Mansion where the reception was held. I had arranged afternoon tea for the adults and sit down food for the children. I went to Moor Park and met with the events team the week before and we decided to set two large tables for the children and small tables for the adults. I ordered personalised colouring books to keep the kids entertained on Ebay which went down a treat.




I also hired a sweet cart that the kids and adults both loved from Creative Decorations who also decorated the room with blue confetti balloons and a giant personalised balloon by the cake table.


I ordered my cake from Katie’s Bakery. Kirsty there always makes my cakes and whatever image I send her to copy she outdoes every time. Archie’s cake looked and tasted amazing!


I had a table when you walked into the main room with a fingerprint tree for everyone to put their fingerprint on which I will have framed which was from Not On The High Street, a cute Winnie The Pooh framed quote which I love, a personalised guest book for everyone to sign and leave a message for Archie to read when hes older, wooden personalised hearts were scattered on the tables and everyone took one home and a wicker hamper full of personalised seed packets for everyone to take home and grow which were from Etsy. They were all cute little extra touches that everybody loved.


The weather was gorgeous and we had such a fantastic day with all our family and close friends. Archie is one lucky boy to be surrounded by such amazing people!

The Lego Batman Movie Premiere

Last Saturday Oscar and I were lucky enough to be invited to The Lego Batman Movie Premiere at the Imax cinema in Leicester Square. I brought Oscar a Lego Batman T-shirt and a special torch figure and surprised him with where we were going. He was SO excited and the whole way in to London was smiling from ear to ear.

We parked in London and walked around to Leicester Square and got our special VIP ticket and Oscar met some of the Lego Batman characters; Batman himself and Batgirl. When we got inside we had an hour of Lego themed fun in the foyer and the excitement in the room was immense, not only from the children but us adults too.


Oscar and I had a photo together on the green screen, built lego models, snacked on lego themed biscuits and had the most amazing Batman and Batgirl caricatures drawn of us which are fantastic and have pride of place in Oscar’s bedroom.


We were then told to take our seats. As we walked into the cinema I have never seen a screen so big, it is absolutely huge! We met Emma (www.methemanandthebaby.co.uk) and Jim (www.onedadoneblog.com) in the foyer who were very excited as they are Lego fanatics and we all sat together. I also met Danielle (blogbybaby.com) and her lovely son who knows more about Lego than anyone I have ever met!

The Movie

The Lego Batman Movie is absolutely fantastic. As well as entertaining the kids it had jokes throughout for the adults and was funny from start to finish. The story of the film was great too. It is great fun and tells the story of how Batman doesn’t do relationships after his parents died when he was a child and he has been brought up by Alfred the butler. Joker wants to be his most hated villain but when Batman announces he isn’t bothered by him in their first battle Joker seems upset that ‘there is no him and Batman’ and conjures a plan on how to get Batman’s attention.

On top of this the new police commissioner is appointed, Barbara Gordon and she announces her new plans to work with Batman as he’s not really needed or actually that successful at defeating crime as Gotham City is still the most crime-ridden city in the World. A stunned Batman cannot believe his ears and inadvertently adopted a orphan called Dick when he wasn’t paying any attention to what he was talking to him about.

Dick then arrives at Wayne Manor who at first is a hinderance to Batman and tells Alfred to send him back but when he needs to go and steal the phantom gun from Superman’s Ice Palace to send the Joker to the Phantom Zone, where criminals are locked away in the sky outside of the Gotham City Law he realises the Dick can help him as he is much smaller and nimble.

Dick chooses his very own superhero outfit and suddenly Robin is born! Batman sends Joker to the Phantom Zone but it was Joker’s plan all along who then released all the the criminals back down to Gotham City to prove to Batman he is the greatest and most feared villain. Barbara Gordon the police commissioner becomes Batgirl, with Dick as Robin and even Alfred in full superhero attire they begin to fight back together, proving that Batman can have relationships and doesn’t have to work alone.


Batman tricks them all and tries to go back to fight alone but ends up in the Phantom Zone himself. He comes back to Gotham City on the promise to return all of the criminals back to the Phantom Zone. He works in a team, not alone and saves Gotham City! At the end of the film he admits to the Joker, that he hates him and they have a ‘moment’ between them which is funny!

The film is really good and has something in it for the whole family. There is humour throughout and both Oscar and I really enjoyed it. In fact he is going again so Daddy can watch it with him too.

After the movie we went to Planet Hollywood for a Lego themed lunch where the kids had great fun building their new minifigures and they were each given a huge goodie bag. We had a lovely time and Norton PR put on a fantastic lunch for us!

With the release of the new film there are some fantastic new Lego Batman sets available as well as other great merchandise.

The Lego Batman Movie is released in UK cinemas on 10 February.

We attended the Lego Batman Movie Premiere as a VIP guest and were given tickets and Oscar was given a goodie bag. All opinions of the film are honest and my own and it is fantastic. Don’t miss it!

Our Super Yummies Adventure & Competition

Last week Archie was sent some fabulous adventure goodies from The Super Yummies so we could go on an adventure of our own over the weekend. We had the ultimate discovery pack when keeping both Oscar and Archie entertained when out and about.

As well as The Super Yummies snacks we had a LittleLife rabbit rucksack and reins, a Hello Nature art book and a nature art activity book. Both the boys were thrilled, Archie loves his LittleLife rucksack and Oscar loves art and craft and thought the books were fantastic. His exact phrase was “epic”.


So on Saturday we went to the farm and had a fantastic day exploring and having fun. We stopped mid-morning for a snack and the Pear and Berries rice cakes went down a treat and are great for a quick and easy refuel snack and on when we went. The rice cakes are suitable for 12 months plus. They are the perfect size for little hands and taste really fruity and without sounding cliché are super yummy! Oscar pinched a few too and loved them. It is great when you find a snack that both boys will love and comes in convenient sized packs to always carry around with you!


Archie loves being out of the pushchair now and free to run around when we are out, although sometimes I lose count of how many times he runs around at a hundred miles an hour and falls over. Today he wore his adorable little rabbit LittleLife backpack and reins that carried his snacks and water beaker inside and then as we walked around I held onto the reins and he managed to stay on his feet. The backpacks are a fantastic idea, in fact years ago we had a shark one with Oscar. We took it everywhere with us as it easily fits under the pushchair or I used to attach it to my changing bag. It is really one of those ‘wow’ products that makes your life so much easier and you can’t live without. No more panicking that Archie is getting too close to the water when feeding the ducks and him refusing to hold my hand (he is Mr Independent). A lot of people also commented on how cute his backpack was with the little rabbit ears.


At lunch Archie had some of the tomato and herb breadsticks. I love that they are flat which is easier for him to hold and actually he manages to eat all of it rather than crumbling everywhere like breadsticks usually do. They also come in a resealable packet which is great, rather than having to put them in a bulky container in my bag to keep them fresh. Once again they are full of flavour and taste lovely, even Daddy liked them!


The fruit pouches are perfect for an after lunch treat/pudding and have rescrewable lids so can be eaten on the go. Archie loves to feed himself with these and sucks all the yumminess out. Archie loves yoghurts and often gets in a right mess when trying to use a spoon, although this is great fun at home it’s not ideal if you are out and about and the pouches just save the day!



The apple and orange rice cakes were definitely Archie’s favourite and by the time we left Willows Farm the packet was empty. He literally walked around with them eating one after the other. I managed to prise one off him so I could try it too but nobody else got a look in. They do taste really good, I can see myself eating them as a snack, just don’t tell Archie.

Here is the full Super Yummies range:

Breadsticks: spinach breadsticks, tomato & herb breadsticks which are 12 months +

Rice cakes: pear & berries rice cakes, apple & orange rice cakes which are 12 months +

Pouches:  apple & forest fruits yoghurt, strawberry, kiwi & banana squeeze, mixed berries & coconut squeeze which are 12 months +

Slices and pieces: beetroot & parsnip slices, strawberry & yoghurt pieces, banana & yoghurt pieces which Archie hasn’t tried yet as they are 36 months +

Both flavours of rice cakes, the two flavours of breadsticks, the fruit pouches and the slices and pieces follow The Super Yummies promise:

With our little discovery pack we also have a sheet full of fun mini adventure ideas. Check out my Instagram to see lots of The Super Yummies mini adventures over the Winter! I would love to see your photos too, so don’t forget to tag me in them.

The Super Yummies and LittleLife have kindly given me one discovery pack to give away to one lucky reader. So enter below and good luck!

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Disclaimer: We were sent the above mentioned Super Yummies snacks and adventure kit for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions are honest and my own.

Review: The Magic Of Lapland UK

Yesterday we went to Lapland UK in Ascot. When I was asked to do a review for them last month I was so excited for the boys as I had seen a lot of reviews and photos last year and it looked absolutely magical! I love Christmas and try to make it as special as possible for Oscar and Archie every year like my parents did for me.

Oscar and Archie’s personalised invites from Father Christmas arrived in the post and we surprised them with them the night before, on Saturday night. Their elves delivered them and Oscar couldn’t believe he had been invited to Lapland by Father Christmas as Daddy read their letters to them. He was bouncing up and down with excitement!

Lapland UK opened on Saturday the 19th of November and closes on Christmas Eve 2016. The tours run from 9am-5pm. Tickets start at £65.50 per person and included in your ticket price is a personalised invitation to every child from Father Christmas by post, a child elf passport, all activities including ice skating, a personalised meeting with Father Christmas, a luxury gift from Father Christmas for every child over 12 months of age, a souvenir photograph with Father Christmas for each family and a Thank you card from Father Christmas for each child on Christmas morning. Tickets have sold like hot cakes so that avoid disappointment book quickly HERE.


We were booked on the 9am tour so left home after breakfast and as we were the first tour it was lovely and easy to park. We walked through the enchanted forest to the Elf check in where Oscar and Archie received their elf passports. The tour takes three and a half hours and on the back of your passport is the time that Father Christmas will be ready to see you. Oscar and Archie’s passports said 12.00 and Oscar kept asking me throughout the morning how long he had left until he would meet the big man himself.

We then went through the magical wooden doors into the most magical room where we were greeted by Sage the elf who really got the children’s imaginations going and then Echo the elf of nature. It was great that they managed to get across to the children how important nature is and how they must help to look after it. We were in the Husky group so after saying the Elves magical pass rhyme we were let through the magic door into Lapland.

Behind the door we were greeted by beautiful fir trees covered in snow and we followed the path all the way to the Toy factory. We met Whittle and Conker the elves and Wish the elf who watch over the small folk to make sure their wishes come true. The toy factory is amazing, it reminded me of the toy factory in the 1985 classic ‘Santa Claus The Movie’ which is my favourite Christmas film ever! With wooden toys spinning around on the ceiling, to the ornate furniture and elf tools it blew me away at the attention to detail and hugely surpassed my expectations. Oscar and Archie sat at the work benches and stuffed the cuddly reindeer and built wooden teddies. When they had finished Whittle the elf stamped their elf passports and we sung The Elf Song.



On we went through the enchanted forest to Mother Christmas’ kitchen where we met her elf cooks and the children got to decorate their own gingerbread man with icing and sweets. When they were finished all the children gathered around whilst Mother Christmas read them all a story. Again the room was decorated beautifully and all the children looked amazed. After the story it was 10.30 so we were given an hour and a half to explore the Elf Village before Father Christmas was ready to meet us.



We walked to the Elf Village and when we arrived there was so much to see and do. It was hard to believe we were actually in the UK, it looked exactly how I imagined Lapland would look. As a child it must be the most magical experience! The Elf Village has a restaurant, a cafe where we sat and had a cup of tea and a salt beef sandwich sitting on benches covered in furs to keep us warm. We then went to the Elf post office, Oscar wrote his letter to Father Christmas with Elva the postmistress who stamped their passports and changed up some money to elf jingles for Oscar to spend in Pixie Mixie’s elf sweet shop. The sweet shop was full of pick ‘n’ mix and Archie loved the smarties, which the elf behind the counter kindly gave him a few.


The Elf Emporium is full of beautiful decorations and gifts. I was surprised at how reasonably priced everything in there was. Usually when you go on a day out with a gift shop the prices are extortionate. I spotted a lovely Christmas plate and when I took it to the till I expected them to say it was £20 but it was only £9 and I love it!

Greg and Oscar went on the village pond ice rink. They both like ice skating and each Christmas we go to somewhere fun so they can skate. The scene was picturesque, everyone skating on the ice rink, snow falling off the snow covered trees and the log cabins in the village buzzing with excited children. A lot of children’s Christmas’ were made yesterday. After 20 minutes or so of skating we went and met the beautiful Husky dogs.


At 12.00 we met one of the Husky trainers by the bauble shop where you can make your own baubles and walked through the enchanted forest until we got to Father Christmas’ reindeer and his sleigh. Oscar couldn’t believe that all the presents can magically fit on one sleigh! Oscar then prepared his own magic reindeer food to keep and leave out on Christmas Eve.

Finally we made it to a wooden lodge where we told the Elf at the desk who we were then sat and waited for a few minutes until we were collected by another Elf to walk to Father Christmas’ lodge. We met other elves and children along the way and finally made it to the lodge. The Elf went inside and we could here Father Christmas talking about Oscar and Archie through the door. Oscar was bursting with excitement and the look on his little face made my day. Both Oscar and Archie then knocked on the big wooden door and in we went.


Father Christmas was sitting in his chair with his giant good list book. A fire was burning behind him and a beautiful Christmas tree stood in the corner. Before your visit you fill in information online so Father Christmas knows things about your children. He said to Oscar that he heard he had been busy playing the piano and Archie had been watching Teletubbies and that Oscar’s best friend Oliver was also on the good list. Oscar looked at him in utter amazement that he knew so much about them. We had a photo taken with Father Christmas and one photo is included in your ticket price, others you can buy at an extra charge.

Father Christmas then gave the boys a beautiful Husky soft toy each that has Lapland Uk embossed on his foot. This is a soft toy that can be kept for years to come to remind them of their magical adventure. They were also given a copy of the Lapland book, ‘The Untold Story Of Father Christmas’. This is a magical extra and only costs £10 (RRP £18.99) and Father Christmas will then give it to your child/children. It is a beautiful book, with lovely pictures and is a heart-warming tale to be enjoyed as a tradition each Christmas.

Other magical extras that you can purchase before your visit is the wooden construction Teddy Bear kit that they built in the toy factory and the reindeer that you can pick up at the end. Both of these are £25. You can also purchase the Elf Jingles which is the currency at Lapland UK but if you don’t you can pick some up at Elf check in and the Elf post office.

After we left Father Christmas we walked back through the enchanted forest and collected our photograph and there is also a shop where you can purchase different outfits for your new Husky and also pick up anything you may have ordered.

Overall Lapland UK was the most amazing day and has made this Christmas the best yet. The magic of Lapland UK is absolutely fantastic and exceeded all expectations. Just seeing the boys faces has made my Christmas already. Oscar can’t believe how lucky he is to have been. We will going back next year! So book your tickets today and experience the real magic of Christmas. Here is a video of our amazing and magical day!

 

Disclaimer: We were given tickets for the four of us to go to Lapland UK for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own and it is just so amazing!

Experiencing The Real Magic Of Christmas At LaplandUk

Yesterday I danced around the kitchen as we got our booking confirmation that we were off to LaplandUK. I absolutely love Christmas and love to make it as special as possible for the boys. I had the best Christmas’ as a child and love watching the boys faces light up when the ‘fairy’ brings the Christmas tree and the look of amazement on their little faces when they meet Father Christmas. This year will be the best yet as we have been invited along to LaplandUK for the day which will be full of Christmas magic!

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LaplandUK began in 2007, when husband and wife team Mike and Alison Battle frustrated with the UK Christmas offering available to their 4 young sons, developed the original and innovative idea of recreating Father Christmas’ mythical Arctic homeland here in the UK. I have looked at trips to Lapland before and the cost is eye watering but now there really is no need to fly all that way when LaplandUK which is only in Ascot offers the most magical Christmas experience for children (and adults), one that they will never forget.

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Elf Passports are waiting for children personally invited by Father Christmas to be stamped along a 3.5 hour mystical immersive journey where small folk make toys, decorate gingerbread with Mother Christmas, go ice skating, meet huskies and reindeer, write letters at the Elves post office and finally enjoy a personalised meeting with Father Christmas in his snowy woodland home. I cannot wait to see the boys faces! I think if I had gone somewhere like this as a child I would have burst with excitement.

Tickets start at £65.50 each and your ticket price includes a personalised invitation to your child from Father Christmas by post, a child elf passport, all activities including ice skating, a personalised meeting with Father Christmas, a luxury gift from Father Christmas for every child over 12 months of age, a souvenir photograph with Father Christmas for each family and a Thank you card from Father Christmas for each child on Christmas morning.

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I am absolutely buzzing and I am counting down the days until we go!

LaplandUK is already open it opened on Saturday 19th November and closes on Christmas Eve 2016. Tours will depart from 9.00am – 5.00pm. Book online now to avoid disappointment! The tickets are selling out fast!

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Our Morning At The Vosene Kids Meet!

A couple of weeks ago during half term Oscar Archie and I went into London to the Dreamworks Shrek’s adventure on the south bank to the Vosene kids meet and trolls event. Vosene have a new collaboration with the brand new and super popular Trolls film. There range of children’s shampoos and detanglers have had a Troll makeover and with each bottle your little one could be in with a chance of winning their very own Troll toy.

When we arrived we went around the Shrek’s adventure experience which we had never been to before. I knew Oscar wild absolutely love it as he loves the Shrek films and also over films by Dreamworks, How to Train a Dragon being one of his favourite films ever! He was so excited in the car on the way. The Shrek’s adventure is absolutely fantastic. You are taken through the tour in groups and to start with me went on a bus to get to ‘far, far away’ which is an amazing 4D experience but we accidentally killed Rumple Stiltskins favourite witch. We then went to visit different characters from the Shrek films to get a potion together so we can get home safely. Honestly it was absolutely brilliant! Archie enjoyed it too although being only 22 months I had to carry him round as you can’t take pushchairs inside.

We had our photo taken at the start of the tour and we had it put into a Shrek journal.

Afterwards we had our photos taken with Shrek and met …. the Troll and then headed into the Vosene event.

Oscar and I had our hair ‘trolled’ which was great fun. Thank goodness it was the same week as Halloween as we did get some funny looks walking back to the car down the south bank with multicoloured hair.

Oscar had great fun taking part in Troll art and craft activities.


We came home with a lovely Troll goodie bag full of Troll toys, a Troll cup, badges, key rings and activity packs as well as the Vosene Troll products to try at home. The four products are the strawberry 2 in 1 shampoo for shiny hair, a conditioning defence spray with natural lice repellent, a 3 in 1 shampoo with lice repellent for super clean hair that smells of tea tree and lemon which I love and the 2 in 1 shampoo which smells of fresh melon. All of the hair products smell amazing, the 3 in 1 being my favourite and Oscar loves the Strawberry 2 in 1 shampoo smell. I have read a lot about the 3 in 1 shampoo and the conditioning defence spray as a lot of parents have raved about them as they both have a natural lice repellent in them which is fantastic. This is one thing I dread having long hair myself that Oscar will bring head lice home now I spray his hair every night in the bath with the conditioning defence spray. I also took it swimming with us when Archie and I go to his lesson on a Friday morning and I sprayed it in my hair and couldn’t believe how easy I managed to brush through my hair after going in the pool full of chlorine before washing my hair when I get home. When we got home from the event the 3 in 1 shampoo got used straight away to wash Oscar’s hair colour out and his hair smelt lovely. We had a great day out thanks to Vosene and Dreamworks and absolutely love all of the products!

I Am A Generation Graco Ambassador & Our Trip To London Zoo

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Last weekend we had the most fantastic day at London Zoo thanks to Graco. We arrived there early on the Saturday morning and had a lovely breakfast put on for us and then we were shown the different products in the ‘Generation Graco’ range. It was great to get hands on and be shown by the experts how all the products work and how great they really are. One thing that I came away from the day which really struck a cord it is that Graco products are high end products at affordable prices. Each product from the fantastic milestone car seat which I will have a full review of for you in the next few weeks to smaller products like the Swivi Seat Booster 3-In-1 Booster are all so well made and so durable but the prices truly surprised me, they are such amazing value.

The Milestone car seat for example has a RRP of only £179.99 and is the only car seat you will ever need, lasting from newborn until your highback booster that you would use roughly up until the age of 11 depending an weight. I tried Archie in the car seat and he seemed very comfortable!

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We then went outside and watched the Penguin show then had a lovely lunch where Oscar had his face painted as a Tiger. The Graco team and the lovely PR girls were so helpful and the boys loved playing with them. The Graco team also talked through every product with us and the amount of research that has gone into every car seat, stroller etc is astounding.

I then saw Oscar jumping up and down as the children’s animal surprise arrived which he had been so excited about all day, he even trird to get it out of the PR team what the surprise was. Two of the zoo keepers brought two Meerkat’s for the children to look at. We then went off around the zoo for the rest of the day which was really special as Archie is now old enough to get excited about the animals, where as when we had been to the zoo before with him he was only a few months old. His face pressed against the glass with the monkeys on the other side of it was priceless! I also loved seeing the baby Gorilla who was the same age as Archie and also born in December 2014 they were pretty much the same size.

We had such a fantastic day at the zoo and it was also great for me to learn more about Graco as a brand. I am so excited to have been picked as a Generation Graco ambassador and can’t wait to show you my reviews over the next few months and also show you how fantastic all of the Graco products really are!

Thank you Graco and Cohn and Wolfe for such a fantastic day!

Our Summer Holiday Round Up 2016

With Oscar returning to school on Thursday 🙁 I thought it would be nice to put together a Summer 2016 round up post of all that we have been up to. We have had a very long Summer as Oscar had nine weeks off as he broke up on the 8th of July. I absolutely love him being at home and we have had so much fun.

Week 1

We started off the holidays going straight from school at 12 o’clock to a hotel near us with Oscar’s school friends and went in the walled garden where they swam all day had hot dogs for tea and had a fantastic time! As the weather was nice we spent the rest of the week in the garden and got ready to go on holiday. We also went into London to a Finding Nemo event with Epson which was great fun! Archie had his first hair cut at Sharkey’s and he was so good sitting in the Lightning Mcqueen car.


Week 2 and 3

We flew to sunny Mallorca on the Saturday. We had an amazing time and the flight being only 2 hours was perfect for Archie who was a right fidget. We met up with one of Oscar’s school friends who was also in Mallorca which was lovely and went to see some close friends of ours that moved out there a few years ago. Our hotel was on the east of the island, the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel and Spa and it was really lovely. We went on an excursion to see the Pirates show which if you have kids is a must. The show is absolutely amazing, I have never seen anything like it. It was fantastic!


Oscar made lots of friends around the pool and both the boys loved the kids disco in the evening. We also hired a quad bike for Oscar which was so funny as Greg had to run behind him to make sure he didn’t bang in to anyone and we took a horse and carriage ride where the boys waved to everybody we went past.

Week 4

When we got home Oscar’s friend from outside his school had finished for the Summer so we went swimming with them and for a picnic. We went for our weekly fish and chips on a Tuesday with Great-Nanny which was lovely for Oscar as he is usually at school. It was great to go and check on our house build to see the progress. It was amazing to see what they had done in just 2 weeks! We had some lovely weather so I put the pool up in the garden and we also went to the local park a few times. Oscar also went to the cinema with Daddy.

Week 5

Daddy went on a stag do for a few days so I booked a few days in Norfolk with my best friend and her two children which was so amazing! Norfolk is home from home for me as as a child we went there 3 or 4 times a year staying in Brancaster. This time we stayed a few miles from there at a hotel called Briarfields and the kids loved being on the beach, building sand castles, eating ice cream and running around. We had such a fantastic time and we will try and do it every year now! We missed Daddy loads though!


Week 6

We met up with Oscar’s school friends at the walled garden for the day and the weather was amazing! I looked after my friends son for a couple of days and we went to the opening event of Gravity Force in St Albans that the boys loved. We went to visit Great-Nanny, went to the local aquadrome and went to see Scooby Doo Live at the London Palladium which was great. Even Archie sat in his own seat the whole time as he was transfixed on the singing and dancing.

Week 7

Daddy took a day off and we went bowling and for lunch with my Mum and Dad. The weather was amazing so we spent quite a lot of the time in the pool in the garden with Oscar’s friends over to play. We went to the Crayola Bus Tour event and Oscar got to do lots of art and crafts. On the weekend we went to Oxford for my Auntie’s 60th birthday and I got to see all my cousins and we even retook a photo that was taken 27 years ago!


Week 8

One of Oscar’s best friends had been away the whole Summer so we got to catch up with him and go for lunches and to the park and they played in the river. Oscar was so pleased to see him.

Week 9

This week has been a really special week! On Saturday Oscar and Archie were page boys at Greg’s best friends wedding. Greg was best man and I was asked to do a reading in the church. I won’t bore you to much but Steve has become one of my closest friends, hes more like a brother to me than a friend and we were so happy for him and Cheryl and it was an extremely emotional but amazing day. I almost crumbled in the church when I had to do my reading, I had never been so nervous! So congratulations Steve and Cheryl and thank you for a truly amazing day!


On the Sunday Greg was a little worse for ware and I was totally exhausted. We went to bed at 2am and Archie woke up at 6.30! Oscar stayed awake until 1am and partied all night long so he was a bit of a grump on the Sunday. So we decided to get some fresh air and went to the hills in Northolt, had a picnic and walked to the top of the hills and looked at the view of London.


We also went bowling with friends, went to see Great-Nanny and now we are ready for Oscar’s first day back tomorrow! Year 2 he we come….