Thursday, 23 April 2015

Win Tickets to the Geronimo Festival

The eagle eyed among you will have spotted the Geronimo Festival Ambassador badge which has taken residence in my sidebar. We're super excited about the brand new festival which is coming to Tatton Park in May.

Win Tickets to the Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park in May

As part of my ambassador role I have a family ticket to give away to one of my lucky readers. Keep reading to find out how you can go.

Brand new to the festival scene for 2015 comes Geronimo, a weekend of organised mayhem at Tatton Park in Cheshire from May 23rd to 25th.

Expect a line-up jam packed with some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, including CBeebies favourites Mr Bloom, Katy Ashworth, Alex Winters and Cook & Line from Swashbuckle. Geronomites will also be able to enjoy den making, zip wires, donkey rides, circus shows, baby ballet, cooking workshops, storytelling, a petting farm, tree climbing, craft workshops and much more.

Win Tickets to the Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park in May

Famous for it’s beautiful gardens and woodlands, Tatton Park has excellent motorway links and extensive on site parking.  The whole programme is fornthe under 12s and tickets are on sale now priced £20.00pp.  Children under the age of two go free.

Check out the Geronimo Festival website for full details and all the latest line up additions.

We've got one family pass (up to four people) to give away to one lucky family. To enter, please complete the Gleam widget below. The blog post comment is compulsory and will unlock a range of additional entries.

Family Pass for the Geronimo Festival 
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Paper Plate Rock Pool Toddler Craft

A lot of our crafts are done at home with just me and LM. Bud has never been much of a crafter and, while he enjoys the odd project, and loves painting, most of our projects have to be suitable for a two year old.

When this month's Bostik Bloggers box of craft supplies arrived we quickly realised it had a distinct underwater theme so LM and I had to get our thinking caps on to work out what to made. We love a paper plate craft in our house so decided to turn one into a rock pool!

Paper Plate Rock Pool Toddler Craft

You will need:
A Paper Plate (preferably blue but not essential as you can cover it)
Blue and Green cellophane
Bostik Blu Stick
Fish themed stickers
Piece of sponge
Blue glitter
Sand

Paper Plate Rock Pool Toddler Craft

Cover your paper plate in Bostik Blu Stic glue and then stick on a sheet of blue cellophane. Trim off the excess, it doesn't have to super neat as it's meant to be a rock pool.

Paper Plate Rock Pool Toddler Craft

Decorate the plate using the fish stickers.

Cut fronds of seaweed from the green cellophane and stick these to your rock pool to look like sea weed.

Apply more Bostik Blu Stick to your plate then sprinkle on sand and blue glitter. Shake off any excess.

Paper Plate Rock Pool Toddler Craft

LM really loved this craft, it gave us the chance to talk about sea creatures and 'putting them in the water'. She always enjoys crafts which include stickers and, apart from help with the sticking and cutting up she was able to make her on rock pool. It was a fun activity for toddlers.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Bostik Craft Bloggers Network and was supplied with a box of craft materials for this post.

Monday, 20 April 2015

A Mouse's Tale on DVD - Review and Giveaway

We were sent A Mouse's Tale this weekend and it arrived just in time for our regular Saturday family movie night. Brand new from Lionsgate A Mouse's Tale will be released on DVD on May 25th 2015.

A Mouse's Tale on DVD - Review and Giveaway

A Mouse's Tale stars the vocal talents of Carey Elwes (The Princess Bride), Jon Heder(Napoleon Dynamite) and Tom Arnold.
In order to save their kingdom from evil rodents, Samantha and Sebastian are sent on a quest by the King of Rodencia and the wise Wizard Dalliwog to obtain a legendary magic crystal that has the power to defeat the rodents.  With the help of two trustworthy knights, they venture deep into the forest and enter a forbidden world of giants in order to accomplish their mission and restore order to the kingdom.
We watched the movie as a family and Bud, especially really enjoyed it. There are scenes of mild peril which I thought might scare Bud (he's quite easily scared) but he wasn't phased. I think he's learning that children's films usually have a happy ending! He's asked to watch it again since the first viewing so I think he liked it.

You can view the trailer for the film here:



I've teamed up with Lionsgate to give away a copy of the film on DVD. To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below. The blog post comment is compulsory and will unlock a range of additional entries. Please read the terms and conditions.

A Mouse's Tale on DVD
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Sunday, 19 April 2015

New Baby Lotto from Orchard Toys

We're huge fans of the wide range of puzzles from Orchard Toys and Bud and, now LM, play with our collection on a daily basis. With Red Rose Baby due to arrive next month I've been looking for ways to prepare the children for having a new little one around so when we were offered the chance to review Orchard Toys' New Baby Lotto it couldn't have come at a better time.

New Baby Lotto from Orchard Toys

New Baby Lotto is part of Orchard Toys' range of 'Very First Games'aimed at the youngest children, from around age two upwards. It's a simple matching game, suitable for four players. Each player receives a game board and the game board pieces are spread out face down on the playing surface. Players then take it in turns to pick up a piece and check if it matches any of the images on their board. You then place any matching piece over the square on your board, if it doesn't match you show it to the rest of the players then return it to the playing surface.

New Baby Lotto from Orchard Toys Blog Review

The game boards are really bright and colourful and each depicts a scene of life with a new baby. Bud and LM were keen to talk about what the babies were doing as they chose their boards. Each game piece shows an item of new baby equipment and Bud, especially, enjoyed naming the item and talking about if we would have one for the new baby, and how we would use it. It was a really good way for them both to learn about the more practical side of having a new baby.

New Baby Lotto from Orchard Toys Blog Review

To win the game a player has to match all of their six baby equipment pieces and then the bigger baby piece, which matches the baby in the picture at the top of the board.

New Baby Lotto from Orchard Toys Blog Review

Both LM and Bud really enjoyed playing, although LM needed a little help with turn taking. She is just starting to play games like this and loved the chance to try out a new one. Bud really enjoyed the game. I was slightly worried he would find it too simple but the added element of being able to discuss the new baby made it really interesting to him and he wanted to play again straight away after winning the first game.

New Baby Lotto from Orchard Toys Blog Review

New Baby Lotto is a great addition to the Orchard Toys range and I'd recommend it for any two to five years olds who are expecting a new addition to the family, whether a sibling or cousin. It's pitched at a young level but really interesting for those who want to learn about caring for a newborn. It's priced at £9:50 so an inexpensive way to help older children prepare, just don't sit on the floor to play a couple of games when you are due in five weeks, my hips are still protesting!

Disclosure: We received the game for review purposes.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Zippy Swaddle Blankets and Muslin Squares - Review and Giveaway

Is there anything more useful to a new mum than a muslin cloth? Before I had children I was only dimly aware of them but, ever since Bud's first day in the world they've been an ever present in our home. Even now LM is two and a half there's always one around although they don't get used quite as often anymore. When Bud was born there seemed to be a choice of white, white or white but in recent years I've seen a range of coloured and patterned muslins become available which are a great way to brighten up your changing bag. Recently I was offered the opportunity to review the new range of Zippy patterned muslin squares and swaddle blankets and I've been taking a look at them as part of my preparation for Red Rose Baby's arrival.

Zippy Swaddle Blankets and Muslin Squares - Review and Giveaway

Zippy are a company that I became aware of about twelve months ago. They are most known for their innovative range of sleepsuits which fasten with a single zip instead of a series of poppers, available for babies up to 18 months old. In addition the Zippy range includes hats, bibs and bandanas and I love their bright and colourful pattern choices. New to the range is their muslin squares and swaddle blankets and I've been trying out a set of each.

Zippy Swaddle Blankets and Muslin Squares - Review and Giveaway

The muslin squares are available in sets of three, across four different colourways. Two in shades of blue and two in shades of pink. We were sent the Stylish Blue squares which include a bright blue square with white stars on it, a white one printed with blue and red sailing boats, and a white muslin printed with zoo animals in various shades of blue and green. The muslins are presented in a funky cardboard box which makes it a lovely gift for a new mum and her newborn.

Zippy Swaddle Blankets and Muslin Squares - Review and Giveaway

Obviously, Red Rose Baby hasn't arrived yet but I've washed the muslins, ready to pack into my hospital bag and I'm so pleased with the softness of them. They are a generously sized square and I know I'll be making a lot of use of them, whether as burp clothes. changing mat liners or impromptu bibs, amongst the myriad uses for a muslin!

The second box in our parcel contained a set of two Bamboo Swaddle Blankets. I received the Navy and White Star set. In a similar bright box to those containing the muslin squares you will find a blue blanket with white stars and a white blanket with blue stars. Although Zippy describe it as Navy it's more of a French Navy than a classic Navy blue. If you're looking for a more girly set then the alternative is a pretty pastel pink and white set. I couldn't love these any more if I tried! Red Rose Baby will spend their first few months in the Summer heat (hopefully) so thick, woolly blankets won't be needed, instead I'll be layering thin blankets to keep them warm but ensure that they don't overheat. These blankets will be completely perfect for this.

Zippy Swaddle Blankets and Muslin Squares - Review and Giveaway

I've never really swaddled my two, neither of them were overly keen on feeling restrained in any way but I'll try, yet again, with Red Rose Baby and I think that these blankets will be the perfect size for this. I can also see me using them in much the same way as a muslin square, the large rectangular size will be perfect for using as an impromptu sun shade, car seat or pushchair liner, or on a changing mat. The design is gorgeous, it taps into the current trend for stars and the blue is bright and eye catching too. Again these have been washed ready to use with our new arrival and just one wash has made them feel so soft and snuggly. I can't wait to use them with Red Rose Baby. Bamboo is renowned for being soft against a little one's skin and Zippy have also been careful to use a light, open weave for safe swaddling.

Zippy Swaddle Blankets and Muslin Squares - Review and Giveaway

Keep an eye on my Instagram feed to see lots of photos of the swaddle blankets and muslin squares in use following Red Rose Baby's arrival!

The muslin squares are £14 for three, while the swaddle blankets are £20 for two. Either set would make a wonderful gift for any new parents .

I've teamed up with Zippy to give away a set of their new swaddle blankets. To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below. The blog post comment is compulsory and will unlock a range of additional entries. Please read the terms and conditions.

Zippy Muslin Squares

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Disclosure: I received both sets for review purposes. 
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