Win a Family Ticket to Octonauts Live

Octonauts is one program that both of my children love and watch every morning before school.  They love all the characters from Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, Peso, Shellington and many more that keep them entertained as they go down in their Octopods for deep sea adventures.

I’m rather excited to be surprising my two with tickets to the show in the New Year and can’t wait to see their happy little faces.

OctonautsYou can see a full list of UK tour dates including venues and performance times here:

153Top-selling children’s stage show producers Fiery Light will tour a brand new full-length theatre adventure for children, Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure. Based on the popular CBeebies’ TV show, Octonauts, this exciting new production opened on Thursday 16 October and tours into 2015.

081In Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure the entire crew of the Octonauts, led by intrepid ex-plorer Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, embark on an exciting new underwater quest and visit amazing underwater worlds full of adventure, with surprises around every corner. This action-packed interactive show features new music (from BAFTA-award winning composer Mani Svavarsson) and all the Octonauts live on stage for the very first time.

111Richard Lewis adapts and directs this new production for the stage. He also adapted and directed the hugely popular three Peppa Pig stage shows and last year’s Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom tour. Matt Lewis is lyricist, Simon Scullion is designer, Matt Haskins is lighting designer and Ian Horrocks Taylor is sound de-signer.

Octonauts 2For one lucky reader I have a family ticket to giveaway to a venue of your choice subject to availability – just fill in the gleam widget below and you and your children could be off to see the Octonauts Live Show!


T &Cs: A family ticket is for four people, minimum one adult. The tickets are non-transferable. There are no cash alternatives. Accommodation or travel are not included in this prize.

Win a Canvas with photo of your choice!

Have you ever wanted your favourite photo turned into a canvas?  Well here’s your chance to get that done.  Canvasdesign are offering one of my readers the opportunity to turn a photo of their choice into a canvas of any size, ranging from 6×6 inches up to 40×40 inches!

CanvasThese sound amazing!  I’ve always wanted to try a canvas but never actually had one done.  The Canvasdesign website makes it simple to order and you can get a bespoke canvas the size and finish you want.  I’ve had a look at the order process and it looks really fresh and modern and easy to get the look that you want.  Why not take a look?

If you fancy ordering a canvas, I can offer you 15% discount off any canvas including free delivery.  Just use code BLOG15 as the discount code.

To win a canvas of your choice, just enter the rafflecopter form below:
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Winners will be emailed and will need to reply within 28 days or a new winner will be drawn
Winners will be required to email me the photo they require, their address and mobile number and I will forward them to Canvasdesign for fulfillment of the prize.


#WIN – The Anagranimals and the Wishing Tree – Children’s Book

Following on from our review of The Anagranimals and the Wishing Tree earlier in the week, I’m delighted to offer you a signed first edition of this delightful book featuring six very ordinary animals – Heidi the Hippo, Pedro the Pig, Lancelot the Lion, Ebenezer the Elephant, George the Giraffe and Rocky the Rhino.

WP_003116Their amazing adventure takes them on a journey that ends up with them exchanging parts of their body for their favourite animals body parts, transforming them into weird and wonderful new creatures.

To win your own signed copy, simply fill in the form below:

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WIN a 12 Week Healthy Eating Plan with Porridge on Tuesday

Porridge on Tuesday is the exciting new diet and exercise plan that encourages healthy eating along with sensible weight loss at a slow and steady pace  – so there’s no piling on the pounds when you finish.

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I’m loving the new found meals that are now regularly included as part of my weekly menu.  They are tasty, wholesome and really do fill me up unlike a lot of the pre-prepared food I ate a lot of before.  To date I have lost 10lb which I’m so pleased about and look forward to losing a few more in the coming months.

If you’d like to try a Porridge on Tuesday meal plan to see the benefits for you then check out the giveaway below.

5 people will each win a 12 week Porridge on Tuesday plan

Porridge on Tuesday also have a special offer of an 8 week plan for £14.95 and a 15 week plan for £24.95.  These both offer a great saving on the usual £2.50 a week so why not give it a try?  Just email to be sent an access link to these great offers!

You can read about how I found my first week on the plan here, and 4 weeks on here.

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WIN Mister Maker: Watch & Make Vol. 5 DVD – 5 copies up for grabs!!

Anyone that watches CBeebies will know and love Mister Maker – my 2 children are huge fans as they love to make things, get their fingers in gloopy glue and stick googly eyes on things!  So if you have some aspiring little artists then this is definitely the new Mister Maker: Watch & Make Vol. 5 DVD to watch.

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Join in the fun with Mister Maker and his friends in his magical art studio.  Watch and make along as he transforms everyday objects into fun pieces of art!

The new Mister Maker: Watch & Make Vol. 5 DVD contains over 20 fun makes including:

A splattered space picture, noisy coin clackers & hilarious worms in a can!
Splattered stencils, an incredible ice cream cone game and wobbly eggs!
Bubbles, a fabulous fish with shiny paper & space skittles that are out of this world!
Brilliant bubble wrap picture, a straw powered rocket & crazy carnival shakers!
Transform everyday objects into incredible insects, torn paper & a space age city!

The DVD is out now and can be purchased from all good DVD stockists

For more information can be found on the Abbey Home Media webite or their Facebook and Twitter pages.

To win 1 of 5 copies of the new Mister Maker: Watch & Make Vol. 5 DVD simply fill in the form below.


No Mess Play Foam from Learning Resources – Review and win

When I was sent No Mess Play Foam to review from Learning Resources, I was very intrigued.  Would it really be no mess?  How well would it stick together?  Would there be little balls of foam all over the floor?

1906 PF Combo 8 PkMiss M who is 5 was very keen to try the Play Foam – she loves anything crafty and was eager to get her fingers on this new and exciting looking texture.  The first thing I noticed was how pliable the balls of foam were and you can literally mould them into shapes, pull it apart and stick it back together.  In fact it seemed incredibly sticky but the bizarre things was there was no stickiness on your fingers or to anything else.  Wow – quite amazing, I was definitely impressed, the “No Mess” quality of this product really is true.

Foam 1Mister B absolutely adored testing his fingers in the Play Foam and together they had sausage rolling races and really helped them interact and have fun.  The colours will merge if you mix the individual colours together which did eventually happen to ours, but this didn’t phase my little ones in the slightest and they continued to play with this day after day.

Foam 2A few days later I came home to find daddy playing with the Play Foam, creating different shapes such as a pear, turtle, duck, rowing boat!!  The children were fascinated by his creations and it really spurred them on to have a go at trying different ideas for themselves.

Foam 3We’ve had lots of fun with No Mess Play Foam as it really is different to anything else we’ve tried.  We’d highly recommend everyone to give it a go – lots of sticky fun with no mess – what more could you ask for!!

If you fancy trying a pack for free then why not enter the Learning Resources competition to WIN 1 of 5 packs on their Facebook page.  Entries close on Friday 7th June 2013.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.



Magic Moves Electronic Wand – Review

The first thing Miss M said when she saw the Magic Moves Electronic Wand, was “Wow a microphone – can I have a go please mummy?”.   And how appropriate that when she switched it on, after a couple of presses of the button it asked her to Sing like a rock star, so that is exactly what she did.


The Magic Moves Wand captured both 5 yr old Miss M’s and 2 yr old Mister B’s attention right away with it’s easy to hold, brightly coloured design that lights up and flashes as you use it.  With each press of the button you are asked to carry out command such as Stomp like a dinosaur, Swoop like an eagle, Hop like a frog, Leap like a lion, Zoom like a jet etc.

The idea of the wand is to promote activity in children and it certainly did that – my two never sat down the whole time they were playing with it and it is a toy that has come out each day.  With 90 different commands it keeps them engaged and occupied while I can sit back and watch them having fun and giggles and also the odd battle as to who is going to control the wand!

Promoting creative movement, gross motor skills, and physical activity in children, I think the Magic Moves Wand is an excellent toy that young children love and will keep them entertained.  It’s great to just pick it up each day when they are feeling sluggish and get them jumping and dancing around.

To win your own Magic Moves Wand, check out the Learning Resources Facebook page as they have a competition to win one.  Closes on 1st March 2013 so get your entry in now!!

To see Miss M and Mister B in action with the wand – check out the video below:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Robinsons Fruit Shoot Smencils – Review

I think nearly all children love to draw, write and colour so Smencils – the new gourmet scented pencils from Learning Resources were sure to be a hit with Miss M when we received a pack to try.  The amazing thing with these pencils is not only their scent but the fact that they are made from 100% recycled newspaper!!

We received a pack of the new Robinson’s Fruit Shoot Smencils which contained 5 graphite pencils in the 5 popular Fruit Shoot flavours – Orange, Tropical Fruit, Apple, Summer Fruits and Blackcurrant & Apple.  They each come individually cased in a plastic tube to preserve the scent but this also adds to the appeal for children as they love things in little containers to open and close.

When I gave the Smencils to Miss M to try her eyes lit up.  She carefully opened each tube and had a sniff, then tried to guess the flavour – in fact she found it quite fascinating that each pencil smelt differently.  After opening each tube and sniffing each pencil about three times and getting mummy and daddy to have a sniff she proceeded to do some drawing.  What fascinated me whilst watching her was that although each pencil had the same graphite lead in it, she would draw a little then put the pencil back in the tube, open another tube, have a sniff then draw bit more and so on.

We’ve loved trying Smencils and Miss M loves trying to get people to guess the different scents.  A great novelty pencil idea but eco-friendly being made with 100% recycled newspaper.

If you fancy trying some then why not join the Learning Resources Facebook page where you can enter a competition for your chance to win a pack of Robinson’s Fruit shoot Smencils.  The competition ends on Friday 7th September so get your entries in now!!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.