Friday, 14 April 2017

Ballerina - out on DVD and Blu-Ray this Easter

This Easter families can enjoy the fun-filled animated adventure that follows the story of Félicie, a young orphan who tries to make her wildest dream of becoming a dancer come true. BALLERINA is out on Digital Download from 14th April and Blu-ray™ and DVD from 17th April, courtesy of Entertainment One.

BALLERINA follows Félicie's moving and magical journey and features en pointe performances from; Elle Fanning as the aspiring young dancer; Dane DeHaan as Félicie’s best friend and aspiring inventor, Victor; Carly Rae Jepsen as former prima ballerina, Odette; and Maddie Ziegler as a snobby trained ballerina, Camille Le Haut.

Félicie is a young orphan who has a great passion - ballet. With her best friend Victor, they come up with a madcap scheme to escape their orphanage and head to Paris where she plans to fulfil her dreams. Through cunning plans, hard work and a little trickery, Félicie lands a spot at a top dance school. She has to take on the talented, driven but mean spirited Camille and prove herself to make her dreams come true. Camille's evil, pushy mother is determined that her daughter will win the starring role in The Nutcracker and Félicie has to try and beat the bullies and show them that she is more than the 'nothing' they see her as.

Ballerina is an emotional adventure that makes you root for Félicie and celebrate her triumphs. The film's message of never giving up on your dreams, even when you suffer set-backs, makes you believe anything is possible. There are some beautiful relationships within the story of the film that are genuinely heartwarming. Félicie learns lessons and comes to see what really matters and who she really is as she pursues her dream. Love, friendship, passion, dedication and refusing to give up are what can make dreams come true. It is a lovely family movie, perfect for the Easter holidays.


Digital Download Date: 14th April 2017
Blu-ray™ & DVD Date: 17th April 2017
Certificate: U
Genre: Animated / Family
Format: Blu-ray™ and DVD
Run time: 87 minutes

BALLERINA is available on Digital Download from 14th April and on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 17th April, courtesy of Entertainment One.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Perfectly Pink Pinot Grigio and Just Flapjacks

Barefoot Wine's Perfectly Crisp Pink Pinot Grigio

As the weather starts to improve, my thoughts are turning to the joys of sunnier days and al fresco dining. The perfect tipple for sipping this spring is a glass of perfect Pink Pinot Grigio from Barefoot Wine. This drier style rose wine features notes of tart apple, peach and raspberry. It's refreshing, crisp and fruity.

Barefoot Wines

At just £6.99 a bottle it is a great choice when relaxing and sitting out in the sunshine. Barefoot Wine Pink Pinot Grigio is available from Sainsbury's.

Just Flapjack

For a sweet treat, gift, favour or just because...Just Flapjack is a mail order company, selling incredibly delicious, home-baked to order flapjacks. Made using wholesome, natural ingredients, they come in Just Flapjack, Seed & Sultana, Big Softy and Chocolate Drizzle Big Softy varieties in various sizes up to a big family size package.

Just Flapjack

UK postage and packing is included in the price with a six piece treat size package delivered for just £3.50. The flapjacks are wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string (no plastic is used in the packaging). They look traditional and taste delicious! They make a lovely little gift to send to a loved one, perfect for birthdays or special occasions. For Easter, Just Flapjack has decorated egg shaped flapjacks delivered for £3.50, a super yummy, healthier alternative to chocolate!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Word Has It! - building the tallest word against the clock

We really enjoy playing family games, especially the ones that make you use your brain but are still a lot of fun to play. Word Has It! from University Games definitely meets this criteria. It is a quick paced game where players scramble to create the tallest word, using the stacking letters, against the clock.

University Games

The game includes an electronic timer (AAA batteries required) that counts down and builds the tension as players try to come up with a word that fits the criteria of the round. The criteria is decided using a category card and a spinner which picks the starting letter. From there it is a free for all, as you try to think up a word, find the letters you need on the three sided pieces and stack them up to create the tallest word you can think of. It's not that easy when you are under pressure and against the clock.

University Games

Each round is quick to play so you can play for as long as you like by playing as many rounds as you want. If you are like us you will always be wanting to play just one more round, hoping to beat your tallest word! It's great fun for wordsmiths and helps children practice their spelling in a really entertaining way.

university games

Word Has It! is suitable for children aged 7+. Younger children might get a bit frustrated playing against competitive adults, but Freddy enjoyed playing with is as we gave him a bit of help to ensure he could keep up and make his words. Anything that encourages a love of words is worth making some concessions for.  When playing with the older children though it was every man for himself!!

You can play with 2 - 4 players so it is great for couples or families to play together. The RRP is £19.99 and it is available from Argos and Amazon.

Board games such as Word Has It! make a great alternative Easter gift and will keep families entertained over the school holidays. University Games also make the Pointless and 5 Second Rule board games, also excellent choices!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Free £5 Disney Store Voucher with every pack of Persil

With the new live action Beauty and the Beast film showing in cinemas nationwide, our love for all things Disney has once again been rekindled. From films to merchandise, we can't get enough of the Disney brand!

To celebrate Disney's latest remake of the treasured classic Beauty and the Beast, Persil are offering shoppers a free £5 Disney Store voucher with every pack of capsules purchased – making shopping for laundry detergent a whole lot more magical! Look out for the promotional packs in stores now.

Persil, Disney

Persil Capsules offer all-in-one triple action cleaning, in just one dose, providing you with the ultimate fuss-free, convenient way to clean and care for clothes. 

The offer features on all Non Bio, Bio and Colour Capsule packs and you can redeem the limited edition £5 Disney Store vouchers online at by entering the unique code printed on every pack. Vouchers must be claimed by July 31st 2017 and redeemed by September 30th 2017. There is no minimum spend in-store and a maximum of ten vouchers can be claimed per email address, although only one voucher can be used per transaction. Perfect to treat the kids to a little something for free!

Persil understands that ‘Dirt is Good’, and as parents we can happily let our little Belles and Beasts play outside, get muddy, enjoy messy adventures and explore the great outdoors, knowing that Persil will wash away the dirt  from their clothing.

Persil Capsules 22 wash pack RRP £8.00
Persil Capsules 38 wash pack RRP £11.00

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Eye Care with Artelac Rebalance Drops and Nighttime Gel

We care for our skin when it’s dry, tired and dehydrated, protecting it from the stresses of daily life and the effects of ageing, but we often don’t realise our eyes need attention too. They are often completely neglected when it comes to our daily health and beauty rituals, but there are products that we can use to help keep our eyes healthy and hydrated.

Like a day and night cream for the skin, Artelac Rebalance Drops and Artelac Nighttime Gel have been clinically proven to provide long-lasting hydration to dry eyes and soothe irritation and discomfort. 

Artelac Rebalance drops are designed for day use and can be used when experiencing recurrent dry, tired or irritated eyes, providing long lasting, sustained hydration and protection. Apply a drop of Artelac Rebalance after your skincare routine and before applying any makeup to hydrate and protect the eye throughout the day. It is also compatible with contact lenses, giving long lasting relief for irritated, dry, tired eyes.

dry eyes

Artelac Nighttime Gel, designed for night time use contains a unique combination of ingredients, designed to seal in moisture overnight, when the symptoms of dry eye are worse. Before bed, apply Artelac Nighttime gel to provide overnight comfort and hydration, leaving your eyes feeling refreshed for the new day ahead. No more waking up with that sensation of having gritty eyes!

dry eyes, tired eyes

In this world where so much of our day is spent staring at screens for hours on end, our eyes can really suffer. My teenager suffers with dry eyes, so much so that they actually make little squeaking sounds when she blinks! The Artelac products have really helped and have now become a part of her daily routine. It is like having a moisturiser for your eyes keeping them feeling well hydrated and preventing the irritation and discomfort that comes with dryness.

Artelac Rebalance and Artelac Nighttime Gel are available from independent pharmacies. Artelac Rebalance is £6.95 RRP and Artelac Nighttime Gel is £4.99 RRP.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Peanut Caramel Crisp - coming soon!

I think I have discovered my favourite ever Cadbury chocolate bar! This is a very serious claim given my love for Cadbury Dairy Milk Whole Nut, Mini Eggs and Cadbury Caramel bars. But I honestly believe the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Peanut Caramel Crisp is THE most delicious chocolate concoction that I have ever tried.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Peanut Caramel Crisp

Combining thick Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate with a peanut filling containing pieces of nut and crunchy crispies, topped with gooey caramel and peanut halves, this chunky bar is a delightful mix of flavours and textures that is simply divine. Each chunky piece displays an embossed shelled peanut image on the top layer of chocolate, adding to the multi-sensory nutty experience. I think that nuts and chocolate are the perfect combination and this bar takes that to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Peanut Caramel Crisp

The bar is a massive 278g, which is a perfect size for sharing (if you can bear giving any away to anyone else). It costs £3.49 RRP and will be available in all major supermarkets from April - just in time for Easter!

To keep up to date on exciting news about Cadbury, visit or tweet @CadburyUK.

Chillfactor Pull Pops Review

Kids love ice lollies and ones that they make themselves seem to be even more appealing. So the Chillfactor Pull Pops are a great addition to the kitchen cupboard, allowing kids to create popsicles using a variety of ingredients and their imagination.

Chillfactor Pull Pops

The set includes two of the pull pop makers as well as a small bowl for dipping and mixing, a squeezy bottle for flavourings and a flavour spacer injector with lid. An illustrated instruction leaflet is included.

Chillfactor Pull Pops

You can use fruit juice, fresh fruit, drinkable yogurt or squash to create flavour combinations. You can fill ice pops with added syrup or melted chocolate using the flavour spacer to make a hollow during the freezing process or top them with sprinkles by dipping into your favourite toppings using the bowl. The possibilities are endless. Freddy and Kezia used Pepsi Max to make theirs.

Chillfactor Pull Pops

The process is easy and mess free. Simply insert the nozzle into a cup or jug of the liquid and pull the plunger to suck up the liquid into the tube.  Alternatively use the end of the tube to cut circles of fruit to push into the tube. When the tube is full (be sure not to overfill), you twist off the end of the plunger to make a free standing popsicle mould.

Chillfactor Pull Pops

Pop into the freezer upright and freeze for around 2-3 hours.  The plunger handle can then be re-attached and used to gently push the popsicle up the tube to be eaten. (A little warm water poured over the tube makes this a lot easier to do.)

Chillfactor Pull Pops

The real appeal of the DIY ice pop makers is that you can make them using whatever you want and you will know exactly what is in them. You can make healthier options using fresh fruit or juice or smoothies, for a more nutritious treat. Or use sugar free drinks or squash if you are cutting back on sugar consumption. Or opt for an indulgent popsicle using some chocolate angel delight made from a packet, filling it with melted chocolate and dipping in chocolate sprinkles. The choice is yours and there are hundreds of possibilities to pick from. I really like the pulling method of making the Pull Pops, not only is it fun, it's mess free.

The Chillfactor Pull Pops cost £4.99 and the set makes two pull pops. Perfect for when the weather gets warmer!

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