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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.

Ballerina


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!

www.justflapjack.co.uk

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 www.persil.co.uk 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 www.facebook.com/cadburyUK 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!

Find out more at www.character-online.co.uk

Monday, 27 March 2017

Tonka Tinys - Tonka Trucks in Miniature!

Tonka is a brand that has been around for ages. My 28 year old son played with Tonka toys when he was younger. He had a big yellow, tipper truck, which he loved. It is still going strong today and has been played with by his younger siblings over the years.

Tonka now has a brand new way for kids to enjoy their products, with the Tonka Tinys range. Tonka Tinys are collectable miniature scale vehicles, which come in 20 designs including police pick-ups, quarry dump trucks and helicopters.

Tonka, cars, collectable


They are available in a three pack (with two vehicles on display in the blister pack and one hidden surprise) and in blind garage packs, making collecting them fun. The little grey plastic garages have a yellow lift up door and can be used to store the vehicles in. They also slot together, keeping them attached to each other, making a neat row of garages.

Tonka, toy cars


Each vehicle is made with great attention to detail including working wheels and some have tiny moveable parts. They are well made and built to last. Kids will love collecting them all. Which vehicles will your kids find?

Tonka,


The three packs (which are new for this year) cost £5.99 and the blind garage packs are £2.49 each. New playsets and new waves of vehicles will be added for autumn. They are suitable for ages 5 and up. Find out more at: http://funrise.com/tonka-micro-site/index.html

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Midweek Meals with Dolmio #ThankGoodness

When it comes to feeding my family, I like to make sure they have a wholesome diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. I enjoy using natural ingredients, but still appreciate the convenience of using jar sauces, especially when it comes to midweek meals. Dolmio sauces are made using 100% natural ingredients so are a real asset when I need to make a quick and easy meal. The Dolmio Bolognese Sauce contains the same ingredients as I would use at home, so using Dolmio saves me time and effort when it comes to preparation, without compromising on the goodness.

thank goodness, dolmio


Dolmio sent me a delicious delivery of ingredients including their bolognese sauce, so I could create a meal for my family. We love Italian food so were very happy to get creative in the kitchen using some lovely fresh produce and a jar of Dolmio sauce. 


natural ingredients


I made a super colourful, chunky tomato, vegetable and vegetarian chicken pasta sauce and served it with spiralised carrot and courgette as a healthier, lighter alternative to spaghetti. It's comforting, hearty and tasty and packed full of goodness.

It was quick and easy to make using the Dolmio sauce as a base to the recipe, and it was super healthy too. This is exactly what I need when making a midweek family meal.


Recipe, vegetarian



Chunky Tomato, Vegetable and Veggie 'Chicken' Pasta Sauce 

(serves 4)

1 onion sliced
3 small carrots chopped
1 half red pepper chopped
1 half yellow pepper chopped
1 courgette diced
5 blocks frozen spinach
6 - 8 mushrooms sliced
1 jar Dolmio Bolognese Sauce
1 packet veggie chicken style pieces

Fry the onion and carrot gently in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes.
Add the chopped peppers, courgette and mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Pour in the jar of Dolmio and a third of the jar of water.
Add spinach and veggie chicken style pieces.
Simmer for about 15 minutes until the carrot feels softened.
Serve with wholewheat spaghetti or spriralised vegetables (spiralise carrots and courgettes and quickly fry in a little coconut oil for about 4 minutes to heat through) for a healthy, delicious meal.


spiralised veg, courgetti, zoodles


Everyone enjoyed their midweek meal thanks to Dolmio. My teenager said it was "delish" (high praise indeed) and my husband was delighted that we were getting so many veggies in one meal and that all the flavours worked together so well with the herbs and spices in the Dolmio sauce. Our dinner was packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and it tasted absolutely delicious. Just what I want when feeding my family.

Dolmio Bolognese Original 500g sauce is 100% natural. In each jar, you’ll find at least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, a dollop of tomato puree, half an onion, a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a couple of cloves of garlic, a handful of herbs including basil, a teaspoon of cornflour, a teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, two teaspoons of added beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and nothing more. In fact, a jar provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each and that’s before you add any further veg to the meal! 


tomato sauce, pasta sauce



“This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness.”

Monday, 20 March 2017

Nothing says Easter like Cadbury

Easter will soon be upon us. I love Easter because it means we have yet another excuse to do some fun things together as a family. Every year I plan an elaborate Easter Egg Hunt for the kids (I say kids but most of them are now officially adults - but they still love my hunts with cryptic clues, physical challenges and puzzles to solve!) We have a big vegetarian roast dinner and eat lots of chocolate. Perfect!

I like to stock up on plenty of chocolate treats in the run up to Easter. This year, Cadbury have a great range of  chocolatey goodies, which the Easter Bunny will be proud to deliver. From favourites such as Mini Eggs to the eggscellent Egg Hunt Pack to popping candy chocolate bunnies, there is something for everyone. Large individual Easter Eggs are available in lots of different varieties from Cadbury Buttons to Creme Egg. I love the mini filled eggs that come in a range of flavours including my favourites Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo and Daim. The Cadbury Dairy Milk Spring Edition is a lovely seasonal twist on the classic bar. With prices to suit all budgets and varieties to suit most tastes, Cadbury have Easter covered. 

You can come up with some lovely activities for the family such as a simple Easter Egg hunt for younger children, where you hide the eggs around the garden for them to find and pop in a basket. Or use them as prizes in an Easter quiz or rewards for completing a more complicated challenge! However you celebrate Easter, I hope you have a lot of fun and enjoy indulging in some yummy treats!

Some Fun Easter Facts from Cadbury

  • 255,000 Cadbury Easter Eggs are made at the Bournville factory every day
  • That is 10,625 Cadbury Easter Eggs made per hour or 177 per minute!
  • If you stacked every Cadbury Easter Egg made at Bournville every day on top of each other you’d have a tower of Cadbury Eggs as high as 305 Big Bens!
  • Over 83 million Easter Eggs are sold in the UK over the Easter season, with the Cadbury Creme Egg being the most popular.
  • Over 300 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are made every year, with about two thirds of that number being enjoyed in the UK – that is 3.5 Cadbury Creme Eggs for every man, woman and child in the country to enjoy!


Cadbury, Easter


This year, the Cadbury Easter Bunny is inviting families to come together and take part in some eggsciting egg hunts across the country.  Cadbury is teaming up with the National Trust to offer families the ultimate day out with more than 300 Cadbury Easter Egg hunts being activated across various sites in the lead up to Easter. With over 300 egg hunts to choose from across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, Cadbury will be sure to help families have a fun-filled Easter. 

To find out more and discover a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at a National Trust property near you, visit: www.cadbury.co.uk/easter


Friday, 17 March 2017

Celebrating 50 Yearz of Beanz Meanz Heinz

The iconic "Beanz Meanz Heinz" slogan was first used back in 1967 and even today 50 years later, it remains one of the more recognisable and memorable advertising slogans of our times. With a can being sold every 17 seconds, Heinz Beanz are a big part of family life here in the UK.

To celebrate, Heinz is launching over 6000 limited edition cans, commemorating this momentous half century milestone. They feature some modern twists on the original slogan that reflect what Heinz Beanz mean to us today, such as "Beanz Meanz  Yummz" and "Beanz Meanz Spudz". These will go on sale exclusively at Selfridges foodhalls in London, Birmingham and Manchester priced at £2 each.

Heinz Beanz


In addition to this, 50 super collectable numbered cans signed by Maurice Drake, the man who penned the "Beanz Meanz Heinz" slogan, will go on sale in the London store and online  on April 5th for £10 a can. Monies raised will be donated to The Ideas Foundation, a charity for nurturing creatively gifted young people that also works towards increasing diversity in creative industries.

slogan


Baked bean fans can also go to a pop-up bar in Selfridges London, where they can enjoy dishes such as Beanz with scrambled egg for £3. A real breakfast classic! This will be running from March 27th to April 23rd, no need to book.

On the success of his advertising slogan for Heinz, Maurice Drake says "...I still find it incredible that, over  50 years later, the seemingly timeless ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ slogan continues to have relevance and brand power, still appealing to different generations in an ever-changing world. This is in part due to a great product which is still as loved as it was then, but also due to the enduring love of content which places food and meal times at the heart of the home.”

Friday, 10 March 2017

Nixplay Seed Wi-Fi Cloud Frame Review - Perfect Mother's Day gift idea

The future of the humble photo frame is changing. With the advancements in internet technology, no longer are photo frames limited to displaying a single hard copy of a favourite photograph. Instead we can enjoy a digital Cloud frame that displays a continuous slide show of images accessed from any device or platform with instant sharing capabilities. Photographs can be shared with family and friends around the world and displayed in high resolution with clear and vivid colour reproduction. A perfect way of sharing precious memories with loved ones, bringing new life to your photographs.

Nixplay


Nixplay is the leading brand in Digital Photo Frames globally with seven years experience in the field. They offer a complete photo management and display solution, allowing you to access images and create playlists of photos that can instantly be viewed on a frame anywhere in the world. We were sent a 10" Nixplay Seed frame in black to try out.

cloud photo frame


The frame has a simple set up process. Simply connect to the wi-fi, create a Nixplay account and follow the instructions to activate the frame. You can access pictures wirelessly from social media platforms and create playlists of  favourite shots. The frame comes with 10GB of free Cloud storage, keeping all your images safely and securely in one place.

Using the Nixplay Seed frame is incredibly easy and user friendly. The online Nixplay app is a really great way of accessing all your photos and managing them. You can make 1000 image playlists and these can be edited easily to get them just right. You can add other frames to your account, which can then be used to also show your images. Friends can send pictures to you via the frame too. It is a very social way of sharing photographs within the home.

digital photo frame


The Seed comes with a remote control to navigate and control the frame, pausing or skipping images. It also comes with Hu-Motion sensors to turn the frame on and off when you enter or leave the room for power saving. The Nixplay smartphone app allows you to snap, manage and share pictures directly and instantly to any frame. It's a great way to stay connected in real time.

         


The frames come in a variety of colours and designs and can be displayed in portrait or landscape, with the power cable doubling up as a stand. It looks stylish and will be a real talking point in any home.

I think that a Nixplay Cloud frame would make a wonderful gift for grandparents, giving them an ever changing and continuously updated display of pictures of the grandchildren. This can keep loved ones connected even if they are miles away. They would be a lovely choice for a Mother's Day present for the children's Nana. I showed my mum the Nixplay Seed and she absolutely loved it and thought it was an incredible way of viewing photos and said it was "better than watching the TV!"

cloud frame, wifi frame


We are very impressed with the Cloud frame from Nixplay. It is user friendly, it looks good and it displays images in high resolution with great clarity. It unleashes photographs from your social media  and other devices directly into the home to be enjoyed by all.

For a limited time, Nixplay are offering a 20% discount with an exclusive voucher code to use at the checkout. Perfect timing for a special Mother's Day gift your your mum!

Find out more and order your own Nixplay Seed frame with an exclusive 20% discount here.


Global Science Challenge with Wild! Science #win

The Wild! Science Global Science Challenge is an exciting opportunity for one budding young scientist to win an amazing family holiday to Orlando! The prize includes a 7 day stay at a 5-star resort with car hire and entry to Disney World and to the Kennedy Space Centre to meet a real astronaut. The prize also includes a full set of Wild! Science products for the lucky winner.

To enter, all you need to do is buy any Wild! Science Kit and send a copy of the receipt along with your online application.

This is the fun bit! Applicants are being asked to design an awesome new Wild! Science Kit and to write and illustrate a basic instruction book to demonstrate how to use it. You can be as creative as you like, using drawings to make your entry stand out from the crowd. There is a printable 'My Idea' form online to help you present your original idea to the judges.

win, competition
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Wild! Science Kits give kids aged 8 and over everything they need to create some wonderful things and do some exciting experiments, showcasing the power of science in a fun and educational way. The instruction books contain plenty of fascinating scientific facts alongside comprehensive illustrated instructions and safety information. It's great to see products that make the STEM subjects so exciting and accessible to children.

We received a Lava Lamp and Glitter Tube Factory to try out. Kids can create dazzling, optical effects by reflecting light from glitter and bubbling water. The glitter tube suspends glitter in glycerine, each tiny piece acting as a mirror, reflecting and scattering the light emitted from a colourful LED. The lava lamp uses a fizzy chemical reaction between an acid and a base to produce carbon dioxide gas that bubbles between two layers of liquids (water and oil) which have different densities. Children are learning about physical and chemical properties through creative and fun experiments and producing lovely end products.

Kezia, aided by little brother and budding scientist Freddy, enjoyed making the lava lamp and glitter tube. The instructions are very clear and they learned lots of scientific facts in a hands on and engaging way.

STEM


At £14.99 they are great value sets and with the added incentive of the global challenge, there has never been a better time to buy one.

You can find Wild! Science kits at Smyths.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Helping children to #DreamBig with Primula and the NSPCC

Primula believes that every child should have the freedom to Dream Big about their future, so they will be donating 20% of the profits from their new, limited edition green tubes directly to the NSPCC.

Buying a limited edition tube of Primula Cheese will help support the NSPCC to help children across the UK grow up free from abuse, fear, anxiety or loneliness.  Every child should have the chance to dream about their future with confidence, positivity and optimism. The NSPCC is helping children to do this, replacing their fears with hopes and dreams.

Look out for the new green coloured Primula tube design in stores and join in the fight for every childhood by raising funds to help some of the most vulnerable children in the UK. 

Pick up your limited edition tube in Asda, Morrison’s, Tesco and Sainsbury’s now.

We can all help spread the word by sharing our own childhood dreams, big or small, with Primula on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #DreamBig. So whether you dreamed of becoming a rock star, an astronaut, a scientist or a footballer share those dreams and join in the conversation to help raise awareness of the Primula campaign to support the NSPCC.

Primula NSPCC #DreamBig campaign

The Amazing Alphabet from Tinyme

The Amazing Alphabet, is an amazing new picture book now available from Tinyme.  Each unique book is fully personalised, custom made and makes a wonderful keepsake for any child.
Not only is it a colourful, educational book, it also features the exciting addition of Augmented Reality. Simply download the free AR app (iOs or Android) to unlock the fun. By hovering over the pages with the app, the characters jump out of the page, coming to life with music and sound effects, allowing children to engage with the printed page in a whole new way. The app also has a 'read to me' function so even non-readers can immerse themselves in the story.

The Amazing Alphabet from Tinyme


In the story of The Amazing Alphabet your child sets off on an adventure to help 'Little z' find his perfect friend. Along the way they will meet all the colorful characters of the alphabet. Children can learn the alphabet and discover words beginning with each of the letters. It's fun for kids who will enjoy the old school pleasures of a picture book combined with the cool addition of modern tech.

The Amazing Alphabet from Tinyme


The book is lovely and the AR is impressive and engaging. Your child's name is used throughout the book making them a big part of the story of 'Little z' on his quest too find his perfect friend. It's fun and really quite unique. Below is a screenshot of the app in action so you can see just how cute it is.

The Amazing Alphabet from Tinyme


This is a great gift idea for young children (and a great alternative to chocolate for an Easter gift for a special child) and costs £20.  Find out more at:  www.tinyme.com/the-amazing-alphabet-book.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

New from Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo - Peanut Butter and Mint

If you love Cadbury Dairy Milk and you love Peanut Butter or Mint flavour Oreos, than you are in for some serious confectionery pleasure. 

Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo have two new options, Peanut Butter and Mint, to add to the range. Each bar contains a creamy flavoursome filling studded with chunks of crunchy Oreo biscuit, and covered with creamy Dairy Milk chocolate.

Dairy Milk Oreo


I received some to try out and they are really delicious and extremely, dangerously moreish! The bars are brand new to supermarkets this month and are £1.49 RRP for a 120g bar.

Dairy Milk Oreo

With Mother's Day and Easter fast approaching, these new Dairy Milk Oreo bars will definitely be featuring in my shopping lists, to treat the family. I love the classic combination of mint and chocolate, and peanut butter flavoured chocolate bars are a personal favourite of mine.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Space Wars Aerovane Target Blaster Review

The Space Wars Aerovane Target Blaster from Maps Toys is a really cool toy that turns kids into real space cowboys! Using the chunky space-inspired foam dart gun, children can take aim and shoot at the magnetised aliens that move around the motorised rotation target. (The motor hub takes 2 AA batteries.)

Space Wars Aerovane Target Blaster


The set includes a lightweight, air pistol gun that you prime by pulling back the top, then use the trigger to fire the foam darts. It is surprisingly powerful! There is a belt clip for storing the twelve darts in. The aerovane is easy to assemble and comes with magnetic attachments to secure the targets to. You need to stick the alien stickers to the target plates to complete the set-up.

Space Wars Aerovane Target Blaster


Once assembled, the game is ready to play. Attach the magnets and switch on the motorised Aerovane target and use the gun to shoot at the aliens. It moves smoothly, quietly and slowly, making it good for target practice. It's not as easy to get the aliens as it looks - you really need to practice your alien sharp-shooting skills to knock them all off.

Space Wars Aerovane Target Blaster


It really is a lot of fun. 7 year old Freddy is really enjoying playing with it. He is working on his aim and enjoys blasting the aliens. He loves that they are moving targets, which makes it much more challenging. It is easy to disassemble the toy to pack away into its box, but until now we've been unable to do so, because Freddy loves playing with it too much!

Space Wars Aerovane Target Blaster


You can find the Space Wars Aerovane Target Blaster on Amazon. It is suitable for ages 4 and up. Follow Maps Toys on Facebook for more product news, fun and giveaways.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Electric Jukebox - a user friendly plug and play music streaming service

Independent research shows that only 8% of the UK subscribe to a music service, like Spotify or Apple Music. The reasons given for not subscribing include overly complicated technology, apps that are too much hassle and monthly credit card charges.

Music streaming services are great as they give us access to all the music in the world - but until now, no one has created something that the mass market, including the older, non-millenial generation can enjoy. So, Electric Jukebox was created, to provide a simple, easy-to-use service for everybody. 

Electric Jukebox


Electric Jukebox is an easy-to-use device that turns your TV into a jukebox - the ultimate music machine. With Electric Jukebox, you get an HDMI TV stick, and a 'point and click' controller with voice search. There is an easy 2-minute set-up - just plug in, connect to wifi, and play.

Electric Jukebox


You can search for music from the 30 million track catalogue including 'new and trending' music alongside old classics. There are no ads to interrupt the music and listening is unlimited.

In addition to searching for particular songs, albums or artists, Electric Jukebox has hundreds of curated mixtapes to suit every mood or activity so you can discover new artists and songs to suit how you are feeling or what you are doing. Electric Jukebox is suitable for the whole family - there is a parental lock feature, which blocks explicit content from being played if young children are present.

Electric Jukebox


Electric Jukebox costs £169 upfront, which includes a 1 year annual music pass. After the first year has passed, you can continue to listen to Electric Jukebox for free, with ads, or pay a further annual fee of £52 to continue using the unlimited premium music pass. (This ongoing annual cost is less than half the price of Spotify or Apple music - which both cost £120 for an annual music subscription.)

We have been very impressed with the Electric Jukebox. It is great for families who enjoy listening to music together and creates a party atmosphere in your living room. We have searched for all sorts of artists from current bands to eighties stars to classic rockers and so far we've found tracks from everyone we've looked for. The format is fun and easy to use. Paying for the Electric Jukebox upfront means that there are no monthly bills to worry about and the fact it plays on your TV means you don't need headphones or external speakers to enjoy the music. 

       


Find out more at www.electricjukebox.com.

Supersized Bubble Fun with Gazillion Giant Power Wand

Blowing bubbles is so much fun. I've yet to find a child who doesn't love running around to chase and pop bubbles. It's such a crowd pleaser at parties, and really quite magical and mesmerising.  I love the colours that shimmer off the surface, so pretty.

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Power Wand


We received the Gazillion Giant Bubble Power Wand to try out. It is a motorised, circular wand with a fan that blows air at the push of a button to create bubbles using the Gazillion Big Bubble solution. The wand needs 2 x AA batteries to operate, which fit into the handle.

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Power Wand


The Gazillion Giant Power Wand comes with a flat dish for the solution and an 8oz bottle of the big bubble mix so once the batteries are inserted it is ready to go!

Gazillion Bubble solution is a top quality formula, shown to create bigger, more plentiful bubbles. It is the perfect solution to use with the latest gadgets from Gazillion, which take bubble blowing to a whole new level.

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble


The wand creates huge bubbles with ease. Simply dip the wand into the solution and press the button. The air blows through the solution creating a stream of giant bubbles. We are so impressed to see the huge bubbles float off into the air. It was so much better than trying to blow them yourselves, as the air is blown gently, continuously and evenly across the film of solution, maximising the size and quantity of bubbles from each dip.

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble


Gazillion Bubbles are a premium bubble blowing brand. The solutions come in 8oz, 2l and 4l bottles in original and big bubble formulas for lots of bubbly fun.

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble


Gazillion Giant Power Wand is the perfect outdoor big bubble blowing toy, ideal for kids' parties. As the weather improves, I'll be outside making giant bubbles to impress my younger kids and grandkids! To be fair, I think I'll even impress the adults with the size of these giant bubbles!

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble


The Gazillion Giant Power Wand costs £12.99 and can be found online at Argos. It's great fun for all ages but recommended for kids age 3 to 7.

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