Friday, 27 May 2016

Review: Wicked Uncle Awesome Gifts For Kids

A few weeks ago I was asked to review some products from I was given a £40 voucher to spend on the website to choose whatever we wanted. I was so impressed with the huge variety of products on their website but it did make it incredibly difficult to narrow it down and spend just £40!

Wicked Uncle specialise in cool toys and gifts for kids of all ages. You can search by gender, age or category to find the right gift for you. The gifts listed are from a large range of well known and loved brands as well as some you may not have heard of yet. One thing they all have in common is that they are pretty damn awesome!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Giveaway: My Living World; Butterfly World Kit

At the moment we are rearing our own caterpillars watching them as they evolve and learning all about the exiting life cycle that see's them become beautiful butterflies. We are only a few days in and our caterpillars are growing quick! It is such a fun activity to take part in with the kids and thanks to Interplay UK one of you lucky readers can win one kit of your own.

Butterfly World is a hands-on nature study kit containing all the equipment and information required to successfully raise butterflies from caterpillars. Nick's guide is full of fascinating information and tips on how to find caterpillars in the wild and care for them in the rearing cage.

The Butterfly World kit includes;
  • Pop-up butterfly rearing cage
  • Jar Cover
  • Small plastic pot & lid
  • Paintbrush
  • Informative Guide written by Nick Baker
  • Caterpillar order form
To enter the competition, simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. Please note that caterpillars are not included. There are instructions on how to find them in the wild or you can order them via the form included in the kit.

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to UK only. The competition will end 12/06/2016 at midnight. All entrants must complete the mandatory entry on the rafflecopter form. Those who don't will have all entries removed. All winning entries will be verified to ensure the entry has been completed correctly. The blog owner will choose the winner through the rafflecopter form (which uses The winner will be notified by email and displayed on the widget. One winner will receive one Butterfly world kit. Caterpillars not included. No alternative prize will be offered.  Allow up to 28 days for delivery.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

20% Off at Drayton Manor This Half Term (28th May-5th June 2016)

As Drayton Manor ambassadors we have a brilliant offer for you readers this Whitsun week (28th May-5th June). With the kids on half-term, it is a great chance to have a fun-packed family day out.

To get a spring in your step we are offering our partners a fantastic 20% saving off our 7 days in advance ticket price, so you can spend the day in the park for less! Why not come and explore Thomas Land with the Island of Sodor meeting Thomas and all of his Friends or for all you thrill seekers, Shockwave and Apocalypse is here waiting for you to face your fears. Also, don’t forget to meet the newest residents of our zoo in our NEW Tamarin Trail. The zoo has it all from reptiles to Meerkats to Sumatran Tigers; you won’t believe how close you are to these wild animals.


We have plenty to keep you entertained every day during Whitsun Week including:


·         Thomas Land Character Shows (Thomas Land Balcony, 11am, 12am, 2pm, 3pm).

·         Love your zoo week (Education centre: Whitsun Animal Arts and Crafts, including Balloon modelling and making animal treats 30th May - 3rd June 10am - 4pm)

·         Zoo feeding: 9.50am - 4.15pm (Sumatran Tiger, Parrot presents, Black Leopard, Tamarin's, Brazilian Tapir Feed, Ostrich and Kangaroo feed, Lemur and Gibbon, Meerkat and Snowy Owl).

·         Meet and Greet Rory, the Lion and Friends, around the park, Thomas Land and zoo.


Remember to book as early as possible to make a massive saving of 20%*


Please enter your code WHITB20 online when prompted for a discount code on the basket page, please click here to purchase


To find out more about all of our exciting plans this spring head to


Terms and Conditions apply.

20% discount on the less than 7 days in advance price based on our 12-59 age ticket, excluding tickets for 2-3 year olds. You can book from 23rd May 2016 for coming to the park during Whitsun week only 28th May -5th June 2016. Go to our website and enter your exclusive code. Voucher code can only be used once per transaction, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, subject to availability, this offer can be withdrawn at any time.



Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Zach's Wait For A Tonsillectomy

Last week we finally got the answer we were looking for. After 2 years of Zach suffering with croup/tonsillitis or whatever he has been getting, we saw a specialist who decided enough was enough. He agreed that being ill more than half a dozen times a year and losing numerous weeks of school will not do him any good long term. So Zach is now on the waiting list for a tonsillectomy.

Obviously deciding to let your child have an operation isn't a decision you take lightly. I suffered with Tonsillitis so many times when I was younger but home medicated and I now have to deal with damaged tonsils covered in holes from so many infections. As horrible as it will be for a week or two after the operation, surely it will be a small price to pay for his long term health and he will no longer have to miss out on school fun days or learning with his friends.

Of course I am scared. I am an anxious parent already and I will have to wait for him while he is in surgery whilst Andy stays at home with the girls. All he wants when he is poorly or sad is Mummy cuddles and it will break my heart to see him scared or in pain. It will be the first time any of my kids will have had an operation so it is quite scary!

So now we just have to wait for a date! I would love some advice if anyone has experienced this already? He is allergic to dairy so I can't even fill him up with ice cream post op!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Review: Casdon Mr Kipling Cake Stand

Everyone knows Mr Kipling makes exceedingly good cakes, now in a team up with Casdon they have an exceedingly good children's toy. We were sent this Mr Kipling Cake Stand by Casdon for the kids to review. The excitement when they saw it was indescribable. The two-tier cake stand includes 10 classic, and realistic looking, Mr Kipling cakes. Including, French Fancies, Battenberg, Angel Slice, Jam Tart, Cherry Bakewell and  some kind of pie.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Review: Thomas & Friends Start Your Engines DVD

The kids love Thomas & Friends and have been enjoying watching the DVD's over the last few months. We were sent a copy of 'Start your engines', one of the latest DVD's, to review. The DVD contains six different episodes all with a racing theme.

Thomas & Friends are racing on the rails! The clock is ticking for Thomas, Bertie and Spencer to get to the castle on time. As Philip shows Gordon how fast he can go, slow Stephen proves he can save the day. James and Thomas are on opposite tracks when the big game comes to Sodor, while Caitlin gives Emily an unexpected boost. Race down the tracks with Thomas and his friends

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Hotter Shoes Stratford-Upon-Avon #ShoesieTuesday

On Tuesday evening, I attended an event at Hotter Shoes store in Stratford-Upon-Avon. I was picked up by Hannah (A New Addition) and her Mum Angie (A Creative Life) so we could have a lovely girly night and enjoy the company of the lovely Hotter staff and some equally lovely local bloggers.