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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Blackpool Tower Ballroom Family Ticket Giveaway

Blackpool Tower have planned some fun filled activities days during August with vists from some character favourites.

Families can get to spend a day in the Tower Ballroom and meet some of their favourites characters including, Katsuma & Poppet from Moshi Monsters, Ben 10 Aliens’ Shocksquatch & Water Hazard, Bob the Builder and Sid and Scrat from Ice Age.

Each event includes character appearances at intervals, dancing, party games and a giant tea party with children’s lunch boxes included. Tickets also include entry will also include a Blackpool Tower Circus performance valid for one visit within 90 days and entry to the evening’s Family Party Night .

The events are planned for each Thursday in August from 10am until 4pm and include appearances from a different children’s character each week:

8th August – Moshi Monsters’ Katsuma & Poppet
15th August – Ben 10 Aliens’ Shocksquatch & Water Hazard
22nd August – Bob the Builder
29th August – Sid & Scrat from Ice Age

Tickets cost from £9.95 and can be purchased from

I have got together with Blackpool  Tower to offer my readers family tickets for these events throughout August. To get your hands on family tickets for the Moshi Monsters event  on the 8th August complete the Rafflecopter below:

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Little Learners Peek a Boo Rainbow Book Review

Tiny is currently loving playing Peek so when he got his little mitts on this Peek a Book Rainbow board book he was straight into it, pushing his fingers through the peek holes which are cleverly  placed throughout the book.

The way the book has been designed shows the Rainbow above the pages of the book and creates a neat little carry handle.

The book introduces the first five colours of the rainbow with cute pictures and animals, the pages link together really well with the peeking colours on each page.

Tiny loved:

Pointing out the little animals on each page.
Wiggling his fingers through the peek holes.
Turning to the last page to see the rainbow.

Mummy loved:

Watching Tiny exploring each page
The clever design of the book
The cute illustrations and the sturdiness of the book.

Publisher: Parragon Books

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of review, all opinions are our own.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Project 365 Days 188-194

 188- Where you are....Cheering on Murray to win!
189- Path, down to the park, we love this walk
190 Three things, strawberries, banana and cream

 191- Smooth, little man smoothing over his painting
192 Despite the many picture i took today none where what i wore so i picked
my favourite little man pushing tiny man round the garden.
193 Bad habit, the box gets emptied everytime the tracks come out

194 4 O' Clock time for a story in garden with Tiny

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Our Big Night In with Money Supermarket

When Money Supermarket set us the Big Night in Challenge i wondered how we should spend it but with the sun definitely putting on his hat and coming out to play i decided that an  impromptu garden party was the way forward. So i set out to the shops with tiny man in tow and came back with two nephews, Grandma , Grandad and a couple of bags full of shopping.

So as the boys got busy out in the garden i began preparing some snacks and putting together some fun ideas for the boys to burn up some energy. First up was setting up the water table and tent for little man and tiny man to play in, and the older nephews were easily amused with a football and goalposts. It wasn't long before the games began, we had the 'crossbar challenge' and 'hitting a target'.

After a while my nephews were asking for more games, so whilst tiny nipped off for a little nap I quickly put together our very own Sports Day challenge. Not being aware that we would be hosting such a prolific event, i  had to think on my feet and the old classic egg and spoon race was recreated as the mushroom and baby spoon race, whilst the obstacle race incorporated the newly purchased water table and the polystyrene packaging from the new hob we had fitted a week ago.

Refreshments and snacks were consumed, so we then moved on to hiding tiny dinosaurs in the garden and throwing the ball into the bucket. As we were all running out of steam the Ice Cream van played his merry tune and it was time to nip out onto the street for a cooler treat. By this time it was time for the visitors to head home and after five more minutes out in the garden the boys were ready for a bath.

When the boys were tucked up in bed it was time for strawberries and cream to toast Murray's Wimbledon success and to reflect on a lovely family fun day.

Our tips for a sucessful (Sporting) Night in with children

Don't over prepare (I made some of the games up as i went involved)
Get the children involved.
Be creative, do things you have not done before, invent, make new rules (Who new the mushroom and spoonn race could be such fun! You saw it here first!)
Have plenty of drinks on standby
Relax and have fun
Make memories, be silly and laugh.

Disclaimer: A big thumbs up and plastic gold medal to Money Supermarket who sent us £50 to enjoy our big night in.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Project 365 days 181-187

  181- This always makes me smile how Tiny sleeps
182-Happiness is watching TV
183- Little man's well loved first shoes
184- Little man playing out with daddy in just his vest despite the cold
185-Spotted this huge Thomas engine, little man loves the blue engine
186- Just love watching these two play together

187- New oven- time to get baking one of my favourite smells

July' pictures

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Friday, 5 July 2013

Blackpool Tower Tickets Giveaway

Blackpool Tower is possibly one of the most well known attractions in the UK. With access to four different attractions there is something to occupy all the Family.

The Blackpool Tower Circus
Jungle Jims indoor play area
Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Blackpool Tower Eye

To enter simply complete the Rafflecopter below:

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Messy Play- Vegetable painting

Having a few random vegetables lurking in the fridge that had seen fresher days i decided to set the boys up a vegetable painting session. I tried to find vegetables that would create interesting print and would also provide tiny with some different textures to feel.

I covered the Tuff Spot in a roll of white paper and prepared a palette of different coloured paints.

So armed with celery, broccoli, carrots, potatoes mushrooms and a well washed onion i let the boys begin. Both boys picked up the celery stick first, tiny exploring the texture and little man straight to dipping it in the paint. I imagined that they would roll the celery through the paint, but both the boys had a great deal of fun dipping and banging the celery onto the paper.

Little man soon got into the swing of the printing using the remaining vegetables to create different prints and was quick to help tiny showing him how it was done. Tiny was keen to try by himself and enjoyed pressing the vegetables down onto the paper. Little man liked to say the name and colours of the vegetables as he made his prints. Tiny was eager to make his footprints in the paint.

Although our finished prints didn't really show the different textures that were created it was interesting to see how the boys used the vegetables to create their prints and watching them interact together. Next time we set up this activity we will  try using some different vegetables and fruits too.

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