Win an iPod Shuffle with Otovent Glue Ear Treatment

Parents get used to dealing with a range of ailments in children, but problems with a child’s hearing can be one of the most distressing conditions to deal with, as it can cause everything from pain and trouble sleeping, to a delay in learning development and social engagement.

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One of the main causes of hearing loss in children is glue ear – a common condition that’s caused when a sticky, glue-like fluid fills the middle ear and causes the child to develop hearing difficulties.

Fortunately this is not something I have come across with my children so far, so was surprised to read that approximately 80% of children in the UK suffer with glue ear, with the majority of those being under the age of ten.

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Otovent from Kestrel Medical, offers a simple and non-invasive alternative to antibiotics and surgery in treating Glue Ear by using pressure from a balloon to help drain fluid that gets trapped in the ear and causes hearing problems.

Paediatrician Dr Ranj Singh said:

‘Glue ear can be problematic and frustrating for children and their parents.  Despite the potentially significant consequences on development, there has traditionally been little in the way of treatment, other than surgery.  Now for the first time, there is a real alternative that has clinically-proven results.

By using an auto-inflation device, parents have a relatively non-invasive and low-cost option for helping to treat their child’s glue ear before thinking about surgery, potentially avoiding antibiotics.  Such an easy-to-use and effective treatment has been long overdue!’

With such an easy and effective treatment available, I think that’s great news for parents of affected children, there’s nothing worse that losing your hearing, think of never hearing conversation, sounds around you and music.  Music was a large part of my growing up years, whether at home, to occupy yourself on transport, nights out and nowadays I love listening to music whilst doing the housework and DIY etc.

In collaboration with Otovent, to celebrate the joy of hearing, I’m pleased to offer one lucky winner an Apple iPod shuffle to be delivered in time for Christmas.

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Just fill in the gleam widget below:

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This is a collaborative post with Otovent

Win Chuggington Series 5 on DVD

Chuggington has always been one of my 4yr olds favourite programmes, he loves watching it in the mornings over breakfast before heading to nursery.  With the Series 5 currently airing, it’s soon to be released on DVD and with two new characters being introduced, Dock Master Skipper Stu and Daley this series is sure to be a lot of fun!

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“New and existing young fans can watch their favourite Trainees face more challenges, learn new skills and discover a sense of achievement through teamwork, courage and determination. Along the way, they will be able to explore the brand new freight and delivery hub – the Chuggington Docks – and meet exciting new characters such as Dock Master Skipper Stu who organises the loading and unloading of the freight containers from the ship and Daley – the High Speed delivery courier. Pre-schoolers can also ride the rails with the likes of Hamish and Harry, the mighty haulers, as they transport heavy, long and wide loads around Chuggington.”

We’ve had a sneak preview of Series 5 and it was thoroughly enjoyed by my little boy.  He loved seeing a new episode and meeting the new engines and can’t wait to see the rest of the Series when the new DVD is released!

I am pleased to be able to offer one of my readers a copy of the new  Chuggington Series 5 DVD, so if you know any little chuggers fans, then just fill in the Gleam form below:

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received a preview sample dvd in order to write the review.

WIN Chuggington Turbo Charged Chugger DVD

The latest action packed DVD from Chuggington is Turbo Charged Chugger, featuring six episodes plus bonus features giving you over an hour of entertainment, perfect for little ones to watch.

chugThe DVD has a running time of over 60 minutes, featuring 6 exciting episodes from the most recent series plus bonus features, including Character Sneak Peeks for Chug Patroller Calley and brand new characters – Payce – the high speed tunnel runner from Tootington and Fire Chugger Asher.  In the new turbo charged adventures, the Chuggers compete in the ‘track dash fun run’ and Hanzo teaches Koko to control her new engine booster and how to brake at high speed!  When Koko’s speed booster malfunctions and she speeds out of control, can Wilson and Brewster think on their wheels and save the day?  The brand new DVD comes with a free Story CD for bed-time listening. ‘Turbo Charged Chugger’ DVD is available from all good retailers with a RRP of £7.99

Mister B who is 4, loves Chuggington, he has a good selection of track and loves to play and act out with his favourite characters.  Two new characters appear in this dvd Payce and Fire Chugger Asher who Mister B loved.  What’s really good about this dvd set is that a story cd is also included, absolutely perfect to play to little ones at bedtime.  I still read Mister B a bedtime story but when I am gone he can listen to this and enjoy the Chuggington adventures for a little while longer.

The episodes on the dvd are:

Stop Koko Stop – Koko learns to master her new speed booster.
Brewster Leads the Way – Brewster and his team transport a massive tunnel boring machine
Runaway Koko – Koko’s speed booster malfunctions and she speeds around Chuggington out of contro
Explorer Koko– Koko gives the Mayor an amazing tour around Chuggington
Blazin Wilson – When he runs out of water, Wilson has to think on his wheels during a special fire-training exercise
Team Trainee – Speed Fleet, Chug Patrol and the Chuggineers compete in the Track Dash fun race

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All reviews are my own and my families opinions and I received a Chuggington dvd in order to write the review.

Barbie in Princess Power Book & Jigsaw Giveaway x3

Barbie in Princess Power is the latest guise of Barbie and one that has been hugely successful with my daughter.  Princess Kara acquires a magical power after being kissed by a butterfly that gives her the power to turn into a superhero allowing her to prevent disasters and save the day!

The Barbie in Princess Power Jigsaw and Book set from Autumn Publishing is perfect for young Barbie fans to read about the adventures of Princess Kara using her superhero powers to save the town.

barbie princess powerThe book is written in comic book style, with full colour pages and lots of illustrations to help guide you through the story.  Miss M who is 7 and and able reader, enjoying reading this herself especially at bedtime.

barbie powerA 60 piece jigsaw is included in the set which is an exceptionally high quality puzzle, the best I have ever seen.  The pieces are incredibly glossy and strong and Miss M couldn’t wait to get started.

barbie princess power 1The jigsaw is a brightly coloured image of Barbies Kara and Corinne in their superhero costumes flying through the sky.  Miss M thoroughly enjoyed completing this and did it herself.  On the back is a equally glossy black and white picture which is designed to be coloured in and wiped clean so you can keep redoing it in any colours of your choice.  Miss M just enjoyed the challenge of doing the puzzle of the picture on the back.

barbie princess power 2We loved this Barbie in Princess Power Jigsaw and Book set and are pleased to offer our readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies in a giveaway!

Just enter through the gleam widget below:

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All reviews are my own opinions and I received a Barbie box set in order to write the review.

WIN! Barbie™ in Princess Power on DVD

To celebrate the release of the brand new hero adventure Barbie™ In Princess Power, we have a copy to give away on DVD.

barbieBarbie™ stars as Kara™, a modern-day princess with an everyday life. One day, after being kissed by a magical butterfly, Kara™ soon discovers she has amazing super powers allowing her to transform into Super Sparkle, her secret alter ego who flies around the kingdom ready to save the day as they discover that there’s no greater power than the power of friendship! You can play out the adventures of Kara with the Super Sparkle Doll which transforms from a princess to a hero!

Don’t miss this brand new hero adventure, Barbie™ In Princess Power, available on DVD, and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD from 16th February 2015 and available to pre-order now!

For fun activities to print, create and colour in visit Barbie.com/PrincessPowerUK

To be in with a chance of winning Barbie™ In Princess Power on DVD, just answer the following question…

What creature is Barbie™ kissed by when she transforms into Super Sparkle?

a) Bee

b) Butterfly

c) Bird

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BARBIE™ and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by Mattel, Inc.

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Win a Family Ticket to the Eden Project

One of the great tourist attractions in Cornwall is the Eden Project, of which the main sight is the world’s largest rainforest under captivity full of exotic plants and trees.  There is even a rainforest canopy walkway where you can walk among the treetops.  This is just some of what the Eden Project has to offer along with stunning garden displays, sculptures, educational centres, demonstrations and a restaurant serving fairly traded food.

biomes-reflecting-sky-eden-projectThe Eden Project provides a full day out suitable for all the family with plenty of activities for little ones and I’m pleased to say that Parkdean holidays have arranged for me to give away a family ticket worth £68 for one of my readers to enjoy a day out at the Eden Project.

Parkdean offer holidays across the UK and have 8 holiday parks within Cornwall – a perfect place to stay for visiting the Eden Project!

If you’d like a chance of winning, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below:

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Wallcreate Canvas Review and Giveaway

Everyone loves turning their photos into canvasses to adorn their walls, so when Wallcreate contacted me to try out one of their canvas prints, I was keen to see what they were like.  Having spent the previous weekend at our local National Trust property, I knew I had a picture of the children looking over the estuary that would be good to turn into a canvas for my wall.

canvasThe canvas is 40x30cm printed onto high quality canvas cotton with a 2cm wooden frame.  What I like about Wallcreate is the variety of options they offer you during the ordering service, from the different sizes of canvas, choice of 2 frame depths, choice of colour of the edge of the frame and various effects you can add to your picture.

I’m really pleased with my canvas, it was hard to get a good photo to show you with all these dark days we are having but the picture is clear, just as in the original photograph.  These canvasses are great if you have a photo you want to treasure and have on display or they also make a great gift to give to someone.

Wallcreate have kindly offered one of my readers the chance of winning their own 40x30cm canvas – simply enter my giveaway below:

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

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:

http://www.octonautslive.co.uk/

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!

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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 Case of Bahlsen Pick Up! Biscuits

Pick Up! are an exciting new biscuit from Bahlsen, consisting of a slab of chocolate sandwiched between two crisp biscuits.  I know my two children would be eager to get their hands on these and they come in handy individually wrapped packets – perfect for snacks on the go!

pick upWith a pack containing 5 wrapped biscuits and a case containing 14 packs, that means I’m offering you the chance to win 70 of these rather scrummy looking biscuits, great for pack lunches, days out, morning snack at work or simply a treat whilst at home.

Why not check out the Ninja Chihuahua TV advert for Pick Up! biscuits:

So if you’d like a chance to win, just fill in the rafflecopter form below:

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Winner will be contacted within 24 hours of giveaway end

I have received some packs of Pick Up! biscuits in return for running this giveaway.

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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Open to UK entrants only
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.