For all Masha and the Bear fans comes the new DVD Holiday on Ice. Released by Abbey Media on 31st October this DVD is packed full of fun seasonal episodes that little ones will love. If you want to win the DVD, which would make a great stocking filler this Christmas, just scroll down and enter the form below.
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 toguidehis friend and keep her from harm, often ending up the unintended victim of her misadventures. Together with a loveable group of friendly animals that have made the forest theirhome, Masha and the Bear entertains adults and children alike, teaching viewers about creativity, loyalty and true friendship.
In this special, seasonal collection, eager to learn how to skate like a pro, Masha gets Bear to teach her. With a bit of effort, Masha gets Bear down to the frozen lake where Lady Bear is already. Hopefully Bear and Lady Bear can help Masha learn the steps.
This special, seasonal collection features the following episodes:- Holiday on Ice, One, Two, Three! Light the Christmas Tree, Picture Perfect, Tracks of Unknown Animals, Watch Out!,
First Day of School, No Tresspassing, The Snow Maiden and The Wolf and the Fox.
For your chance to win a copy of the new DVD, just enter the Gleam form below:
After visiting Perran Sands in Cornwall for the first time last summer, we were quite impressed. We had glorious weather, spent everyday on the beach and I have to say the Haven caravan impressed me. I’ll be honest and say I was sceptical not having holidayed in a caravan for years, but it was almost brand new, modern decor, en suite toilet etc.
So as soon as we got back, we booked again for this year without hesitation. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite as sunny this year, but we did manage most days on the beach and the caravan surpassed itself. We believe we were probably in an upgrade to the level we booked and I reckon we had the best view on the whole site as we had a full on sea view and our caravan jutted further onto the cliff then any others so it felt very private. We had a decking balcony with table and chairs, not to mention a bath with shower over, as well as an en suite shower room off the main bedroom and washing machine in the kitchen.
Here’s the view from standing on our decking outside the lounge of our caravan:
So aside from my amazing caravan, the children couldn’t wait to get exploring. Not knowing that their cousins were due to arrive in another caravan, we headed to the central area where they had a play before we surprised them with my brother and his family.
Most days where then spent on the beach. Both my children just adore the sand, although Miss M has become a total water babe, she spent most of her time body boarding in the sea with daddy whilst Mister B and I played in the sand.
Mister B’s beach dumper truck was a big hit as usual, creating all sorts of imaginative play, it kept him occupied for hours!
Miss M opted for some beach gymnastics, to practice her cartwheels and handstands and I can definitely say she’s improved.
There is a steep cliff face coming down to the beach and with some water trickling though which made a river right across the beach. The children loved this and collected water there as well as making dams out of sand across the river, and having “sandball” fights against the cliff!
What I like about the beach at Perran Sands is that it is vast, so much room that you don’t feel cramped and they children had plenty of room to play. I’m pleased we had some good weather days where the sky was blue and the beach was sheltered, so the children could run around to their hearts content.
One day we went down quite late in the afternoon, not realising that the tide was on it’s way in, but that just provided extra entertainment with the children digging holes to sit in, and wait for them to fill up with water, before running inland a bit more and starting again!
When we weren’t on the beach, we made good use of the indoor pool, with Miss M enjoying one of the junior pool parties. She also had an archery lesson which she really enjoyed although I was surprised to see the bow was almost as tall as her!
The bungee trampoline was a big hit with Miss M where she could bounce up as high as the sky! She also successfully attempted some backflips which were amazing to see her twirling round in the air.
It was soon time for our holiday to come to an end, and typically we woke up to an exceptionally sunny day when we were due to leave, so once we had packed the car up and handed in the key, we walked down to the dunes overlooking the cliff and finished our ice lollies, threw some whistling foam javelins between us and played in the sand bunker behind a huge dune. It was so peaceful, warm and sunny I could have stayed there all day, but it was time to say goodbye to another wonderful family beach holiday at Perran Sands…
Holiday packing is always a nightmare! I spend weeks thinking about what to take, then try and pack as much as I can into every nook and cranny in the suitcase ,and can barely lift it. Holiday Extrashave challenged me to see how quick I could pack my suitcase so I took them on and packed my holiday essentials along with some goodies that Holiday Extras sent us that are great for family holidays.
Some top tips I would suggest for packing if I had a bit more time would be:
Fill beach buckets with items then they take up practically no room themselves
Leave socks until last, you will always find gaps to put them in
Roll up clothes to fit around the edges, they also stay less creased that way
Lay beach towels flat across the top to help protect things inside
Put sun cream bottles in zip lock plastic bags in case of any leaks
Here’s my video of me attempting the Holiday Extra’s packing challenge:
As you can see I managed to pack our family suitcase in 1 minute 1 second!!
Yay, all ready for my holiday at the end of July, although I may go back and squeeze a few more items in over the next few weeks. Do you have any top packing tips that you’d like to share?
This post is for Holiday Extra’s speed packing challenge and we received some of the goods seen below in return for this post
Our family summer holiday finally started last night when we arrived in Pembrokeshire, Wales. My parents had kindly rented a holiday house right on the beach with it’s own infinity swimming pool, hot tub and huge balcony literally a stones throw down to the beach. As well as my parents, my brother and his family joined us with my 3yr old niece and 12 week old nephew.
We woke up this morning to the sun beaming and the children eager to get down to the beach. I was surprised to find the beach virtually empty and the minute we stepped onto the sand the children were digging away, excited beyond words, looked for buried treasure.
Nanny and Grandad kindly bought Mister B and sand truck which he was thrilled with and kept him occupied for hours. It just shows how such a simple thing can keep little ones happy – he played with it for hours loving filling it and emptying it across the sand.
After playing around on the sand for a while, Miss M decided she wanted a go at body boarding after finding a board in the shed of the house we are in. She loves the outdoors and is willing to have a go at anything so off she went to try her luck on the waves.
Time for lunch so we all headed back to the house for a filled wrap and salad. We decided to spend the afternoon in the pool and hot tub, although I have to be honest at this point and confess to never having been in a swimming pool since 2004 when I was in the Maldives on honeymoon. I have never been swimming with my children and today wore a tankini that I brought after my 5yr old Miss M was born and finally pulled the price tags off today and made the plunge. Although I still feel really uncomfortable with my weight I have lost 12lb through the Porridge on Tuesday diet in the last six weeks and that has really given me more confidence in how I feel. And the honest truth is I really enjoyed it – I think being in a private pool really helped but it was great to get back in the water and the hot tub was utterly divine!!
We have had so much fun today – a completely action packed day – I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week aholds and hope the sunshine stays with us!
Last week we had our long awaited family summer holiday. We set off for the small town of Selsey in West Sussex where our beach side bungalow awaited. The unique aspect of the bungalow was that it was built around a luxury turn of the century railway carriage that has been restored and incorporated into the build of the seafront holiday house.
The big draw for this particular holiday house was the fact that it sits right on the edge of beach and although full of pebbles, we did manage to find some sand at low tide to keep the children occupied, along with collecting shells and playing in the fully equipped child friendly back garden. The children loved being in the fresh air all day and it was great to see them running around freely enjoying each other’s company and exploring new things.
Fortunately we were incredibly lucky with the weather and had one of the sunniest weeks of the year which makes a big change to other summer holidays we’ve had in recent years – umbrellas, raincoats, wellies have been the usual attire!!
So after a fabulous week relaxing, eating ice creams and spending time with other family who joined us we are finally home sweet home. xx