WIN Peter Rabbit Great Rabbit and Squirrel Adventure DVD

For little fans of Peter Rabbit, the new DVD released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 24th October, The Great Rabbit and Squirrel Adventure is packed full of fun episodes around friendship and adventure.  My children love watching Peter Rabbit, he never fails to entertain, so get your entries in below to win a copy of the DVD, the perfect stocking filler this Christmas.

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Join our hero, Peter Rabbit, in this fifth installment of his animated adventures. Peter tells a curious Cotton-tail how he and Squirrel Nutkin became friends and how Nutkin’s lost his tail. Soon Peter is on an adventure to retrieve Nutkin’s tail, even though it means going to Owl Island! This charming DVD collection features over seventy minutes full of fun, mischief and adventure, in 6 action packed adventures. Let’s hop to it!

With a taste for radishes and a thirst for adventure Peter Rabbit is the lovable and extraordinary friend you longed to hang out with when you were a kid. But when the chips are down and danger lurks, there’s no better friend to have around than Peter and his boundless courage will always see him through.

Peter Rabbit – The Tale of the Great Rabbit and Squirrel Adventure features the following episodes: – The Tale of The Rabbit and Squirrel Great Adventure; The Tale of Old Brown’s Feather; The Tale of The Wiggly Worms; The Tale of Two Enemies; The Tale of Fierce Bad Rabbit; The Tale of Mr Tod’s Trap

For your chance to win a copy of the new DVD, just enter the Gleam form below:

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Win The Secret Life of Pets Duvet Set

The Secret Life of Pets is a film that both of my children have watched and thoroughly enjoyed.  The tale is about a dog Max who isn’t very happy when his owner takes in a stray called Duke who makes Max feel a bit left out.  If you haven’t seen it, then you must do as the kids found it to be a great afternoon of entertainment.  To celebrate the success of the film is this fabulous The Secret Life of Pets bedding set and cushion from Character World.  As you can see my little boy was absolutely delighted with it and couldn’t wait for me to put it on his bed for him to sleep in.

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We also received a double sided cushion which proved to be a huge hit with Mister B.  He is forever cuddling it and uses it downstairs when he watches tv as well as on his bed at night time.  It is soft and smooth and really comfortable.

secret-life-of-pets-duvet-3The duvet cover itself is double sided.  One side showing all the main characters of The Secret Life of Pets and the other side has smaller images and phrases written across it.  The pillow is mostly plain white but in the corner is a large image of Sweet Pea the bird.

secret-life-of-pets-duvet-4My little boy loved his new duvet set and couldn’t wait to go to bed as soon as I changed his sheets which is always a good sign at night time.  It is a great way to encourage children to go to bed when they have a duvet cover they love and can’t wait to snuggle up in, so I’ve got a great opportunity for one of my readers below to win a duvet set for themselves!

For a chance to win The Secret Life of Pets duvet set then simply fill in the Gleam form below:

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The Secret Life of Pets duvet set giveaway

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

 

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Water Play Toys from the Entertainer

When the days are hot and the sun is blasting on the garden, there is nothing kids love more than playing with water, whether it be in a paddling pool, water guns or another form of water, the children just love getting wet and cooling off in the heat.  Addo toys have come up with a fabulous range of Storm Blasters water guns covering various sizes and price points all available from The Entertainer.

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We tried out the Hurricane Warrior, the largest water gun at £10 which can fire up to 10m and holds 2000ml.  We also had the mid range Tornado Trooper  at £6 which fires up to 7m and holds 1000ml and then the smaller Jet Stream which retails for just £2!

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The children were so excited to try these out and spent the evening soaking each other and informed me that “These are the best water guns ever mummy!”.

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They certainly did blast out a lot of water and were quite powerful but in the hot weather the kids love it and they are being active with plenty of running around.

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Something completely new and different for us is the Zuru Bunch O Balloons which are basically water bombs.  There are 100 balloons split into three bunches.  To blow up each bunch you simply attach a hosepipe to the top, turn it on and the balloons instantly inflate and as the weight of them drops down you do a sharp tug of the hose and the balloons release from the sticks and self seal with the bands around them.

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This is such a clever idea which the kids loved.  They couldn’t wait to get started and they were giggling throughout their water fight.  The balloons are a fun idea and just adds a bit of extra excitement into an afternoon of water play.

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As you can see my two children just love water play in the garden and it’s a great way to get kids outdoors and cool off in the Summer months.

I have one of the Storm Blasters water guns from Addo to giveaway (model will vary dependent on stock availability) so enter below for the chance to win:

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Chrono Bomb Game Review & Giveaway

Chrono Bomb is an exciting game from IMC Toys that creates excitement and fun for children as they weave their way through the unique combination of strings that you set up in order to reach the end before the bomb goes off.  With numerous set ups possible it really is down to your imagination on creating a mission ready for the game to begin.

chrono bomb imageThe box contains a bomb unit with timer, six clamps, of which one attachs to the sensor and another has the reel of string on.  There are also 8 object cards and two special cards which are used to pick up as you make your way through the course, although there is also an app that can be downloaded with a couple of further variations of the game on it for extended play.  The bomb unit does require 3 AAA batteries to play.

chrono bomb 1Each clamp needs to be set in place and although they are fairly flexible to move around, you do need to find the right thickness of furniture to attach them too.  We didn’t really have anywhere suitable so set up in the garden using garden chairs and this worked just fine.  The first two clamps have to be level in order to balance the sensor but after that you can zig zag the string up and down to create a varied course.  It does require an older person or parent to assist with this although my 8yr old soon got the hang of setting up a course.

chrono bomb 2There are two variations of the game plus the ones on the app, but my children occupied themselves in many ways with their own variations and it managed to keep them entertained for most of the afternoon trying to trick each other out!

Here’s our video of the game in action:

For you chance to win a Chrono Bomb game, just fill in the Gleam form below:

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Win a set of pillows with Silentnight & Dream Holiday promotion

There’s nothing better than sleeping in your own bed at night, so when you are away from home it can be hard to feel comfortable and get a good nights sleep.  In fact a surprisingly high number of people really do miss their bed whilst on holiday, according to a survey compiled by Silentnight.

“Six out of 10 Brits agree that they miss their bed more than their FAMILY, when away on holiday.”

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With the holiday season arriving and a good nights sleep on our minds, Silentnight have launched a Dream Holiday competition where you can win the holiday of your dreams along with a multitude of runners up prizes including iPads, bikes, experience days and fitness equipment.

For a chance of winning one of these amazing prizes, all you need to do is purchase a Silentnight product, can be pillows, duvet etc that has the Dream holiday promotional sticker on.  This will give you a special code to enter online HERE for a chance to win.

Nick Booth from Silentnight comments: “With increasingly busy lives, it’s understandable that UK consumers are looking to get away just to unwind, relax and sleep! And good bedding is of course key to a good night’s rest.

I totally agree with this statement and find a decent pillow to be really important at night otherwise I do struggle to sleep through the night.  With that in mind I have a set of Silentnight pillows up for grabs for one of my readers to ensure they get a really good nights sleep at home!

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All you need to do to win is fill out the Gleam widget below, and don’t forget to look out for the stickered packs in the shops to win the amazing prize of a Dream Holiday along with some amazing other prizes.

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Cetraben Dry Skin Cream Review & Giveaway

Cetraben is an emollient cream which can be used to help treat dry and sensitive skin.  It used to be prescription only but now is available to buy whenever you or your child’s skin needs something a bit richer whether it’s due to dry patches or eczema related issues.

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Both my children have suffered with dry and sensitive skin in different ways since they were born and I also have a particularly dry itchy patch of skin on my leg that ordinary moisturisers don’t really help with.  We’ve been prescribed creams in the past but it’s great to know you can buy one when you need it.

Cetraben has created two different formulas, a cream and a lotion with the lotion being a lot lighter in texture than the cream which is great when you don’t want to be rubbing heavy creams in to your skin.

Both the cream and lotion contain three key ingredients:

  • Light Liquid Paraffin – replaces lost skin oils
  • White Soft Paraffin – forms a protective barrier on the skin surface
  • Glycerin – brings moisture up from deep down in the skin

I’ve tried out both textures and find they both absorb really quickly and easily leaving little greasy residue.  They are pleasant to use and have really helped with the dry patches on my leg and my little boys patches on his back.

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The product comes in large style pump bottles (200ml) as well as handy smaller (50ml) bottles which are ideal for travel or keeping in your handbag.

I have two full sets of both the lotion and cream in both sizes available to giveaway to two lucky readers.

Just fill in the Gleam widget below:

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Hello Kitty Party Pack Review and Giveaway

A Hello Kitty themed party is suitable for any age and this handy party pack from Party bags & Supplies contains all your tableware along with pre filled party bags for up to eight children.  My daughter, 8yr old Miss M is already well into the planning for her next birthday party and she wants it at home so this kit is perfect and she is very happy with the design.

Hello kitty partyI’m really pleased with everything you get as all I need to add is food and activities but the tableware is all included.  You get a tablecloth, 8 plates, 8 cups and a pack of serviettes which will be enough for one each at the party, and another one to wrap a piece of cake in.

Hello kitty party 2The party bags are pre filled which is brilliant, I don’t have to worry about them and I think they are really well suited to Miss M’s age group.

They each contain a Hello Kitty notepad, a multicoloured pencil, Hello Kitty keyring, fluffy zipped purse with attached hair elastics and a really lovely charm bracelet. The bracelets are corded with a silver coloured charm and look really grown up, Miss M is really looking forward to handing them out to her friends.

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I think these Hello Kitty party packs are great and save you having to think about too much especially the party bags, just add a piece of cake in and they are aready to go!  There are many themes available from the website as well as separate items, a great choice is available.

If you want to try out some of the party ware from Party bags & Supplies then please enter my giveaway below to win £30 to spend with them.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Peter Rabbit – The Tale of the Great Breakout DVD

Peter Rabbit – The Tale of the Great Breakout is the latest Peter Rabbit DVD to be released by Abbey Home Media.  With six episodes to watch lasting 70 minutes in total, there are plenty of adventures for little ones to watch.

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When Mr. McGregor captures the whole squirrel tribe in his garden, Peter must stage a mass break out to save his friends.  Follow our hero Peter and his friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail on their adventures and quest to save the day, overcoming obstacles and outsmarting predators, all the while finding fun and excitement in the most unexpected places.

With a taste for radishes and a thirst for adventure Peter Rabbit is the lovable and extraordinary friend you longed to hang out with when you were a kid. But when the chips are down and danger lurks, there’s no better friend to have around than Peter and his boundless courage will always see him through. Peter has an infectious enthusiasm for life and is also an irrepressible optimist. He is cool under pressure and his quick-witted mind is as nimble as his super-fast legs.

So what did we think of it?

Well my 5yr old just loves Peter Rabbit and sat there glued to the DVD!  His favourite scene was when Peter was stealing the radishes and his favourite character is Lily, because she always finds something in her pocket to help them out.

This is a lovely series that I know I would have watched when I was younger and brings back some of the Beatrix Potter memories I had reading her books.  The DVD is sure to be a hit with young ones as they watch the adventures of Peter Rabbit and friends which is full of excitement, fun and friendship.

To win a copy of the DVD, just fill in the Gleam form below:

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

WIN Masha and the Bear DVD

Masha and the Bear follows the cute story of a 3yr old girl Masha and her friend, a retired circus star, Bear.  This is their first DVD release by Abbey Home Media and sure to be a hit with pre school and young children who will love watching their antics and adventures.

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Join Masha, the Bear and all her woodland friends in the series that is currently taking the world by storm. A retired circus bear settles into the woods and prepares for a quiet new life surrounded by peace and tranquility until he is introduced to an adventurous little girl named Masha.

Masha is an energetic three-year-old who lives in an old train station in the forest. Precocious, silly, and friends with everyone she meets, this energetic girl can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble.

Bear is a warm, fatherly figure that does his best to guide his friend and keep her from harm, often ending up the unintended victim of her misadventures. Though he enjoys his quiet time alone, he misses those moments when Masha is not around.

For your chance to win a copy of the DVD just fill in the Gleam form below:

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Win a pair of tickets to BBC Good Food Show Summer 2016

If you enjoy food, (who doesn’t) then the BBC Good Food Show for Summer 2016 is the place to be.  With two major events in Birmingham and London I have a pair of tickets to be won by one lucky reader to a venue of their choice – see further down.

To whet your appetite a little I’m going to share this recipe for a rather cute Coconut Cake by James Martin who is due to make appearances at both shows.

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* Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

* Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

50g coconut cream
50g coconut oil
175g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
175g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
50g desiccated coconut

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM
125g butter, softened
40g coconut cream
250g icing sugar, sifted
50g–75g coconut shavings
3–4 sprigs lemon verbena

TOP TIP: For the filling and decoration, I would always use fresh coconut rather than dried, as the latter tends to dry out the buttercream, but you could toast the coconut shavings first, if you like.

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line two 17cm deep-sided cake tins.

2) Gently heat the coconut cream and oil together in a small saucepan until liquid, then set aside to cool slightly.

3) Put the butter and caster sugar into a kitchen mixer or large bowl and beat until lightened and fluffy. Add the eggs, one by one. Add the vanilla extract then sift in the flour and baking power and fold together. Add the desiccated coconut, cooled coconut cream and oil and mix well, then divide between the prepared cake tins.

4) Smooth the tops over and bake for about 20–25 minutes until golden brown and risen. A skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean – if it doesn’t, return the cakes to the oven for another 5 minutes and repeat.

5) Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before turning out of the tins and cooling completely.

6) Meanwhile, make the buttercream. Beat the softened butter, coconut cream and icing sugar together in a food mixer or a bowl with an electric whisk until really light, fluffy and almost white in colour.

7) Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a 13mm plain nozzle. Pipe swirls of coconut cream all over one sponge, then scatter some coconut shavings over the top, so that they stick out around the edge of the cake. Gently lay the second cake on top. Pipe small peaks of cream all over the top of the cake and finish with some more coconut shavings and small sprigs of lemon verbena.

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Both BBC Good Food Show events are jam packed with things to do, a food stage, shopping areas, celebrity chefs and much more.   This really is a great event to see live demonstrations, sample the latest foods and treat yourself to some tasty goodies!

If you’d like to win a pair of tickets to a venue of your choice, either Birmingham or London, just fill in the Gleam form below:

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