This Easter, Disney on Ice will return to Echo Arena Liverpool to perform Worlds of Enchantment featuring high-speed stunts from the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars, underwater fun with The Little Mermaid, a daring escape by the Toy Story gang and of course Frozen sisters, Anna & Elsa who were practically made for Disney on Ice!
Having seen Disney on Ice a number of times now I’m really looking forward to this show offering some variety with a number of characters we’ve not seen on the ice before – I have a personal soft spot for Toy Story so am really excited about seeing that played out on the ice!
Frankie Bridge (you might remember from The Saturdays) is to become the first ever celebrity to take part in a Disney on Ice performance in the UK – she will be performing just two nights and one of those is to be at Liverpool Echo Arena on Wednesday 11th April!
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The start of the second half of the spring term at school signals a countdown to an array of statutory testing for many children – be it the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1, or SATs in Years 2 and 6. The validity and benefit of each of these tests is of course a post in itself but if you have children preparing for tests later this year it stands to reason that you will want them to feel prepared and able to do their best.
This year, Chloe will take her Year 2 SATs – and I don’t expect this to phase her at all if I’m honest – her school don’t put huge amounts of pressure on their six and seven year olds and the tests are simply treated as “jobs” to do. And, whilst I do want her to do her very best and will be pleased if this is rewarded with high scores, in reality I know that the results of the tests mean very little to the individual child.
Essentially “revising” for the Key Stage 1 SATs test isn’t something I would particularly advocate, however there is nothing wrong with doing extra work at home to reinforce what is being taught at school! I know I loved a good workbook when I was younger and Chloe is much the same. She was genuinely excited when I presented her with the Letts KS1 SATS Success Revision Guides for Maths and English.
The books are very much ‘revision’ guides, giving you a brief overview of the different topics your child is expected to know by the end of Key Stage 1. The books are filled with tips and tricks to help your child to understand and remember the important bits of each topic alongside helpful suggestions of ways in which you can further reinforce this as a parent. Each page also features key word definitions which as well as being helpful for your child, could be a complete lifesaver for you as a parent – things in education are so different now compared to when we were at school and the technical language our children learn can be a bit mind-blowing at times.
All the information is clear and concise and laid out in a child-friendly way so that, left to their own devices, your child could probably manage to work their way through a good chunk of the revision guides by themselves. Of course, they would get far more out of them if you sat down together and did it though as this means that you can check their understanding and address any misconceptions as they arise.
Throughout the books there are opportunities for your child to practice and test their knowledge as well as practice SATs style questions to work on too meaning that you can both ensure your child is confident and prepared when May arrives so that the tests just feel like any other school job, nothing to get stressed about or panicked over.
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Ben hates writing. He always has. There’s so many things he would rather do than pick up a pen. Even as a three year old, he saw no fun in mark-making or trying to write his name. Of course this wasn’t such an issue when he was little but as he gets older and the expectations to write more increase, it’s something we need to address. I’ve never quite been able to decide whether he doesn’t have great handwriting because he doesn’t like writing and can’t be bothered to practice, or whether he doesn’t like writing because he has poor handwriting – either way, he’s full of words and great ideas but putting them down on paper just isn’t his thing.
We all know the difference that new stationery can make when it comes to getting us organised or inspiring us to get on with our work and it would seem that Ben is no different. When we received a bundle of Star Wars stationery from BIC, his eyes lit up and he was keen to get his hands on it all and start writing – although, in the interests of honesty the first sentence he wrote was “I have no idea what to write” before asking me if he could draw instead. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
The BIC Star Wars stationery collection features instantly recognisable characters from the famous Star Wars saga – even as someone who has never actually watched a Star Wars film (I know!) I could still tell you who all of the characters were on Ben’s new pens! And of course, the BIC Star Wars stationery collection isn’t just for kids – we all know someone whose day would be brightened by a Yoda ball ben . . .
I don’t know about you, but when things are quiet and the bank balance is low in January I find myself making lots of plans for the year ahead so that we’ve got plenty to look forward to. The first half of our year already looks pretty packed for one reason or another but I’m determined to squeeze in plenty of days out and weekend adventures in where I can. One thing which is featuring pretty highly on our list for the first half of the year is a trip to THORPE PARK after we had to cancel our plans for last summer when Chloe injured her leg. Although THORPE PARK doesn’t reopen until the end of March (just in time for the Easter holidays) you can plan ahead and purchase your THORPEPARK Resort Annual Pass now.
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Prices for the THORPE PARK Resort Annual Pass start at just £53.50 and can be bought here however, to celebrate the new year, I’m giving away four THORPE PARK Resort Annual Passes to one lucky winner! Just complete the Rafflecopter below, ensuring to do this accurately to avoid disqualification.
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Much as I love that my girls have lovely long thick hair (well one of them does, the other would if she’d stop tying knots in it and pulling them out but that’s another post altogether) I don’t love washing it. Chloe’s hair, like mine, is very thick and takes quite a bit of washing and drying. I tend to do it just once a week after swimming at this time of year (more often in the summer when she’s likely to have been sweaty or dipped it in ice cream . . .) Thankfully I think we’ve found a routine that means we can get her hair washed quickly and with no tears now but it’s still a bit of a pain.
In order to make hair washing as easy as possible we like to use products which are kid friendly – ones which will make the girls hair lovely and clean and shiny but which they also like the smell of. All too often products which are designed for kids are way too sickly sweet for my tastes but the Vosene Kids 2 in 1 Fruity Goodness Shampoos are lovely – they’re fruity and fresh and leave the girls’ hair smelling lovely and clean.
The Fruity Goodness range is dermatologically tested, tear-free, paraben & MIT Free and perfect for a stress-free bath time every day. If you’d like you try the Vosene Kids 2 in 1 Fruity Goodness Shampoos yourself – then enter this giveaway for your chance to win a bottle of each. (As ever, please ensure you do this accurately to avoid disqualification!)
How prepared are you for the wind and rain this winter? I don’t mind it being cold but I can’t be doing with being wet so a proper waterproof jacket is key for me on the school runs and for our outdoor adventures. It’s easy to add layers to keep warm but when it comes to staying dry you really need to make sure you’ve got the proper kit. I remember my Grandad was always fully prepared for the rain with his Peter Storm jacket and waterproof trousers – in fact my Mum still has his trousers and uses them for walking Tilly.
There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing
This winter I’ve teamed up with Millets and I’m offering you the chance to get prepared for the inevitable downpours by winning a women’s Berghaus waterproof jacket. The lucky winner will get to choose their jacket from subject to availability (if product selected is not available, a suitable alternative will be selected).
Complete the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win your choice of women’s Berghaus waterprooof jacket from Millets – Good luck!
And if you need to stock up on waterproof gear for the rest of the family then check out what Millets & Berghaus have got to offer here – all three of mine have Berghaus waterpoof jackets and they’re fab!
Petit-Fernand, makers of name labels and other such personalised delights have expanded their range recently to include personalised lunch boxes, water bottles and mugs. All of which I think would make great stocking fillers!
I do love a bit of personalisation. I think it stems from having a bit of an unusual name so that as a child I hardly even found anything with my name on in a souvenir shop. Of course Ben, Chloe and Amy have much more common names and so we never struggle to find anything with their name on but Petit-Fernand go one step further making their items fully customisable so not only can you have your name printed onto your chosen product but you can also choose a colour scheme and pattern.
When ordering your customised mug from Petit-Fernand, you can choose the colour of the handle & inside of the ceramic mug, the font colour and style, and finally the pattern (in fact there are 26 different themes to choose from).
The print quality of the chosen patterns is spot on though I have noticed a slight shadow around the names on each of the mugs – however, this is so faint that I only noticed it when I had photographed them!
Of course the mugs are aimed at children but there’s nothing to say you can’t buy them for adults too – I know my friend Lauren would love a mug covered in flamingos & cactuses! You don’t even have to have your name on them, there’s up to 22 characters available for you to personalise your mug.
I’m confident that the kids are going to love having their very own mugs to drink their hot chocolate in this winter!
If you’d like to win a personalised mug from Petit-Fernand this Christmas (which will hopefully be delivered in time for the big day!) then crack on and complete the rafflecopter below, ensuring to this accurately to avoid disqualification! There will be two winners of one mug each.
As soon as I saw Karen’s girls sporting coordinating rainbow hoodies from St Bert’s over on her instagram, I knew I had to have them. I’ve always co-ordinated the kids’ outfits to a point – sometimes outright twinning and other times just making sure what they’re wearing goes with one another. It’s not like I make sure they match every day but when we’re going out somewhere I tend to make sure that at least look like they belong together.
Both of my girls love a dress but they’re not always practical are they – sometimes you just need to wear jeans and a hoodie. What I particularly loved about the St Bert’s hoodies is that they are completely unisex – in fact the whole range is. Yes there’s a little pink in there but there’s nothing saying the boys can’t wear it or that the girls shouldn’t be wearing blue – none of the motifs are aimed at one gender or another and the website isn’t organised into boys’ or girls’ clothes. The only time you’ll see gender mentioned on the St Bert’s website is in relation to the adult hoodies where it says “men’s” and “women’s” but that relates more to sizing than anything else – point proven by the fact that I ordered the men’s one for myself just because I preferred the colour.
It’s worth bearing in mind that the sizing on the hoodies can be a little small so I sized up in each of them to the cosy, slouchy look we were going for (and also just for the sake of growing room – nobody wants to spend £35 on a hoodie for it only to be worn for two months!)
I love the little details on these jumpers – from the stylish contrasting tipping on the cuffs and hem, to the St Bert’s logo on the sleeve and of course the kids love a kangaroo pocket in their hoodies be it for keeping hands warm or filling with leaves and pine cones!
And the best thing? They wash beautifully. I was really worried that they might bobble quickly or that the fabulous rainbow print would crack and fade but my fears were unfounded. Every time I’ve washed the hoodies they come out looking like new – which considering they kids have been wearing them to tramp through the woods or spill their dinner on is something of a win in my book!
We’ve had so many compliments on these hoodies each time I’ve posted a picture of the kids wearing them on my social media feeds so it’s worth mentioning that they are selling fast. If you do want one, you might want to pop on over and get them in your basket now. I’ve got my eye on a couple of the sweatshirts for them next!
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It’s a couple of years now since Ben first asked Father Christmas for a remote control helicopter for Christmas – needless to say his wish was granted. We ended up keeping the helicopter at Granny & Grandad’s house as they have much higher ceilings than us so there was much more room for flying it! Needless to say it wasn’t long before it got crashed and the blades were damaged.
Aunty Nic has continued on a theme of remote control flying objects with a remote control flying robot for Christmas and a remote control heliball for his birthday this summer which causes much excitement with it’s brightly coloured flashing lights!
If flying objects are likely to be featuring on your children’s Christmas wishlists this year then you might want to enter this giveaway to win an Syma X5 Quadcopter Drone from Hawkin’s Bazaar! (And if you don’t win then it’s currently on offer at £39.99)
This X5 quadcopter drone from Syma, features 6-axis gyro stabilisation (yeah I don’t know what that means either but apparently it makes it one of the smoothest RC flying machines on the market). As well as all the usual forwards, backwards, up and down malarky you can even make the X5 roll and flip in the air which is sure to impress!
If you’d like to enter to win this Syma X5 Drone – then just complete the rafflecopter below ensuring to do this accurately to avoid disqualification.
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If you have a My Little Pony fan at home then it is unlikely to have escaped your notice that the My Little Pony: The Movie launches at cinemas on Friday 20th October, perfectly timed for a half term treat of course!
Now I don’t remember much about the My Little Ponies of the 80s – I don’t think I really watched it on TV and I definitely didn’t own any of them but I think perhaps my sister had a couple. In recent years My Little Pony has captured the hearts of a whole new generation of children with six little ponies each representing a key element of friendship – from honesty to laughter, kindness or loyalty and living in the fantastic world of Equestria.
My Little Pony: The Movie brings Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack, Rarity and Fluttershy to the big screen for their most exciting adventure yet. When the menacing Storm King invades Canterlot with plans to steal the magic from the ponies, the very future of Equestria is at stake! Armed with nothing but determination, loyalty, and a bottomless bag of cupcakes, the Mane Six embark on an action packed heroic journey that takes them beyond the borders of Equestria for the first time ever.
The ponies face their biggest friendship challenge yet as they search for help across magical mountains, undersea worlds, and even onboard a swashbuckling airship in a thrilling race to save their home. Along the way they learn that heroes come in all shapes and sizes, that challenges are best met with friends by your side, and that there really is no force stronger than the Magic of Friendship.
To coincide with the release of this special feature length movie there is of course a new range of toys to tell you about – and you know these are going to be right at the top of plenty of Christmas lists this year!
This Princess Twilight Sparkle and Spike the Dragon Friendship Duet set features Twilight and Spike figures that sing together! Amy’s eyes lit up when I gave it to her and she soon discovered that if she pressed the Cutie Mark button on the Princess Twilight Sparkle figure she would sing but the best bit is that if you hold the Spike the Dragon figure next to her while she sings then he joins in too! This is a really cute little set and one which Amy has played with loads since it arrived a couple of weeks ago – so much so that the whole family can now join in with the songs they’re very catchy!!
This 2 in 1 playset features two worlds; Canterlot and the underwater kingdom of Seaquestria and comes with Queen Novo and Spike the Pufferfish figures along with over 30 accessories for you to act out tales and adventures. Although the toy says age 3+ I do think the number of small pieces makes it more appropriate for slightly older children! As Sam from North East Family Fun says, this toy does take a bit of putting together and is fairly pricey but it does have plenty of potential play value!
Continuing with the underwater them, the Seashell Lagoon Playset features Pinkie Pie – a seapony figure with a pretty mermaid-like tail! This playset features opening and closing doors, 14 accessories and lights.
The My Magical Princess Twilight Sparkle toy is has Pegasus wings and a responsive unicorn horn! She moves her head and hoof, and can say over 90 phrases when you press the Star Button on her hoof. Chloe has a StarLily unicorn from a couple of years ago and with Princess Twilight Sparkle being of a similar size I can see the my girls are going to have lot of fun introducing these two to each other!
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a Princess Twighlight Sparkle worth £140 – just complete the Rafflecopter below, ensuring to do this accurately to avoid disqualification.