All New Bob the Builder Twitter Frenzy on 1st September

Bob the Builder is back with a brand new look. All new Bob the Builder will premiere on Milkshake, this Tuesday, 1st of September at 7:20am and UK Mums TV are getting in on the excitement and hosting a Twitter Frenzy to celebrate!

All New Bob the Builder Twitter Frenzy on 1st September

Bob will have a brand new CGI look, with new voices too, including those of Lee Ingleby (Harry Potter) as Bob, Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) as Wendy, Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) as Scoop and Jacob Scipio (cBeebies) as new character Leo. The new series will see Bob the Builder continue it's tradition of fun and interesting stories through positivity and teanwork with exciting characters, relatable locations and an aspirational hero.

All New Bob the Builder Twitter Frenzy on 1st September

UK Mums TV are hosting a 75 minute Twitter Frenzy to coincide with the premiere on Tuesday. To join in the fun simply follow the hashtag #BobtheBuilderon5 and follow me (@RedRoseMummy), @ukmumstv and @milkshaketv. There will be lots of prizes to be won, including tickets to Kidzania, remember to watch the brand new episode closely as there will be questions about it to answer. 

All New Bob the Builder Twitter Frenzy on 1st September

The fun starts on Twitter at 6:30am ready for the show to start at 7:20am. Head on over to UK Mums TV to download your own colouring sheet. See you there!

All New Bob the Builder Twitter Frenzy on 1st September

Choosing Holidays: Beach or City Break?

Choosing holidays can be tricky. You have to keep everyone in your party happy and entertained and this can be even more difficult with children too. The holidays of your pre-parent days don't always work as well when you have demanding little ones to consider.

Pre-baby days my favourite holidays were city breaks. Exploring a new city, finding restaurants and bars to savour the local delicacies and whiling away the hours touring the sites, museums and art galleries was my idea of heaven. We're hoping to plan a few city breaks once the children are a bit older and our pushchair days are behind us and I'll be delighted if they share my passion for exploring.

Krakow Poland

The easy option with a family is usually a beach holiday. Bud and LM were lucky enough to spend a week in Portugal with their Grandparents Aunt, Uncle and Cousins at the start of the Summer holidays and they had a wonderful time. Sadly we've not been able to get away as a family this year but, if we were going abroad I think I'd love to take them all to Majorca or the Costa Brava. I love Spain and speak Spanish passably and both of these locations offer good options for exploring the area as well as relaxing by the sea.

Majorca, Spain

If you're struggling to decide on holiday options then why not take a look at Holiday Gems' Beach Vs City Holiday Hub. It's so easy to use, simply choose which of the two options you prefer then explore their wide range of suggestions for beach and city destinations. I've had a real potter around the City breaks side of the hub and I think I'm adding Lisbon and Krakow to my mental 'to visit' list. I've visited Prague, Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris from their suggestions and reading their entries offered the chance for some happy reminiscing.

For sun seekers the destinations offered extend out of Europe as far as the Dominican Republic, Dubai and Mexico! I was pleased to see Majorca and the Algarve featuring too.

I know lots of people have already started to think about next year's holidays already, I can definitely recommend Holiday Gems as a good starting point.

Do you prefer beach  or city holidays? Where is next on your 'to visit' list?

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What's Happened? What's Happening? 27/08/15 #WHWH

With the Summer holidays drawing to a close our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram timelines have been jammed with bloggers and their families getting out and about together both in the UK and abroad. It was great to see so many of you link up again last time and we're looking forward to seeing your further adventures this week.

There were so many lovely posts last time and we've chosen a holiday theme for this round up. Both The Brunette Says and Mummys Little Stars chose to holiday in the UK this Summer and their posts were a great recommendation for staying at home.

Mummy's Little Stars holidayed at Perran Sands in Cornwall with Haven. Jen, my co-host is a big fan of this site and highly rates it so it's good to see another blogger who's opinion I value feels the same way. The week on the beach and being entertained around the site looked wonderful for the whole family.

What's Happened? What's Happening? 27/08/15 #WHWH
Photo Credit: Mummy's Little Stars

Our second UK Summer holiday feature was shared by Lianne at The Brunette Says, with eleven years between her children it's important that their holiday destination really keeps the whole family entertained, They chose Butlins in Skegness this year and the lovely photos show that a great time was had by all.

What's Happened? What's Happening? 27/08/15 #WHWH
Photo Credit: The Brunette Says

What's Happening saw a few lists of ideas for things to do, pleasingly (for us anyway) they all had a Northern England bias and there are some top tips for getting out and about in there. We loved Helpful Mum's '16 Things to Do in North Yorkshire this Summer', with everything from ice cream to soft play and castles to butterflies covered, Sian gives a great local's view of her particular part of the world. We've visited a fair few of them already but there are some intriguing ideas that we weren't familiar with and they are suitable for a range of budgets too.

What's Happened? What's Happening? 27/08/15 #WHWH
Photo Credit: Helpful Mum

What have you been up to? What are you planning?

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Scooby-Doo Crazy Legs

We love Scooby-Doo and it's something that Ian and I can share with the children from our own childhoods. We've never had any Scooby-Doo toys though so when the chance came to have our very own Scooby-Doo arrived I knew that we'd all enjoy playing with him. Scooby-Doo Crazy Legs is a brand new toy which brings Scooby Doo to life.

Scooby-Doo Crazy Legs

Scooby-Doo Crazy Legs is a large, plastic toy with a range of features. He's quite heavy with legs which move when he's turned on and the large spot on his shoulder is pressed. The legs give the impression of going in all different directions and he moves across the floor quickly. As he moves you hear lots of his trademark phrases. You can see him in action here.

Bud and LM really love Scooby, from him being put down on the floor they've enjoyed watching his antics and have enjoyed playing with him in other ways too. LM loves to carry him around and he's been on the receiving end of her veterinary skills from her Doc McStuffins bag.

Scooby-Doo Crazy Legs Blog Review

As I mentioned earlier, this is a heavy toy and has a really good build quality. He bangs into furniture and cupboards a fair amount but has so far suffered no ill effects. He takes six AA batteries which seems quite a lot but is obviously needed to power his movements. We put our batteries in about ten days ago and haven't had to replace them yet and I would say he's been played with every day in that period of time.

Scooby-Doo Crazy Legs is a really fun toy that has been enjoyed by all of us. He is available from all usual stockists including Amazon.

We received the toy for review purposes.

Join in With #RavensburgerPuzzles Twitter Party Fun!

We're huge jigsaw fans in our house and we all enjoy completing puzzles. Some of our favourites are from Ravensburger so, when we were invited to host our own Puzzle Party recently we jumped at the chance! We've received a huge box of puzzles, games and activities to enjoy.

Join in With #RavensburgerPuzzles Twitter Party Fun!

You can join in the fun too. Simply head over to Twitter and follow me (@RedRoseMummy), @RavensburgerPC and @UKMumsTV and follow #RavensburgerPuzzles for the chance to win puzzle prizes!

We're really looking forward to taking on the puzzle challenges. LM loves the Farmyard Fun puzzle while Bud loves Alphablocks and wants to complete that puzzle first. I think that the 3D Minion puzzle looks amazing and, as I'll be the only 7+ person at the party I think it's only fair that I get the chance to do that one.

Join in With #RavensburgerPuzzles Twitter Party Fun!

Mae sure you have your smartphone, tablet or laptop handy and join in the fun on Twitter, Tomorrow. Tuesday 18th August, 2-4pm. See you there!

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Bag

LM is a huge fan of Doc McStuffins and the adventures of the six year old doctor with her list of patients are often enjoyed in our house. We have a fair collection of Doc McStuffins toys already and I like that most of them include a role play element which allows LM to pretend to be Doc and care for her teddies and dollies in the same way she does. The most recent range of Doc McStuffins toys includes a Pet Vet Bag which is animal themed and allows Doc to take care of her furry friends.

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Bag Blog Review

The Pet Vet Bag is similar in style to the Doctor's Bag and Eye Doctor bag (LM has the latter already) in that it's a hard plastic bag which contains a range of different instruments for animal care, These include an otoscope, comb, tongue depressor, magnifying glass, brush, scissors and a very exciting bracelet (that you can also use as a collar on your toy pet). The pack also includes a sheet of stickers which feature little plasters for healing minor injuries.

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Bag Blog Review

The tools are the perfect size for little hands and LM got to work straight away with her toys, brushing their hair. looking into their eyes and ears and wearing the watch.

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Bag Blog Review

The set has a new colour scheme for Doc McsStuffins and features blue and green rather than pink and purple. The trademark sparkly glitter handles are present on some of the bigger instruments. LM loves pointing out the sparkle on these.  The bag itself has a mock zip around the outside with a cute little paw tag but, in fact, opens by simply clicking it apart. The bracelet keeps the same colour scheme going and lights up when you press the paw on it.

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Bag Blog Review

LM has been delighted with the arrival of the Pet Vet Bag and she has played with it daily, she's taken it everywhere with her, in case of pet emergencies! The set is the same good quality we have come to expect from the Doc McStuffins range and we'd really recommend it for children aged three plus.

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Bag Blog Review

The Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Bag has an RRP of £22:99 and is available from all usual toy stockists including Smyth's Toys.

Disclosure: We received the toy for review purposes.

Our Dream Home Improvements

There's so much I'd like to change about our home. While I love where we live - it's close to family and friends, Bud's school, LM's future nursery, our toddler group and local amenities -our house could do with significant improvement to make it into our real dream house though.

Firstly I would love an extension. We have a large back garden so, if we were to build out into it, we wouldn't lose too much space. Ideally we would be able to extend on two levels but we have a semi-detached house and I suspect that we wouldn't get planning permission for this. A single storey extension would still work though and I'd love the chance to open up a large kitchen-diner space with room to eat as a family, entertain and a play area for the children.

Photo Credit: Studio Urban Blu/Homify

If an extension wasn't possible then I definitely think we would consider a conservatory on the rear of our property. The rear of our home is south-facing so a glass conservatory would create extra space and somewhere for the children to play, while flooding the back of our ground floor with light on the rare sunny days we get up North!

I struggle to carve out space to work and keep all my bits and pieces organised and I've been looking at wooden Summerhouses for the garden. I love the idea of having a little corner all to myself and I'm sure I would be able to be more organised that way. Knowing my children they would find a way to colonise it quite easily though! My dream Summerhouse would be painted Duck Egg Blue and have a gorgeous desk and chair, alongside some storage to keep all my files exactly where they should be. I'd make it the centre or all of the Garden Ideas I have in mind for our outside space.

Garden Summerhouse
Photo Credit: Garden Affairs Ltd/Homify

Smaller jobs that we really need to think about sooner rather than later include new windows, ours have hideous fake leading on them and we still haven't got around to replacing them in the five years we have lived here. Our current windows are still sound so it's hard to justify the cost until they need replacing.

I'd love to have shelves built into the sides of our chimney breast at some point. Custom made shelving would utilise the space so much more efficiently and mean that we could add our television and media boxes to them, freeing up some space in our lounge. I love the idea of having shelves which exactly fit DVDs and books, it would look so neat! Storage is generally an issue in our home so I'm always on the look out for clever ways to deal with this. I think these shelves would be perfect.

What are your dream home improvements?