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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Bob The Builder™ Hits UK Screens and Joins Forces with The Mega Machines to Tackle His Biggest Build Ever in The Brand New ‘Bob The Builder: Mega Machines – The Movie’

Showing at UK Cinema Screens on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th May 





  
Grab your little builders and get ready to experience an epic Bob the Builderadventure on the big screen, as Bob and his team call on some enormous new machines to help them tackle their biggest build ever in Bob the Builder: Mega Machines – The Movie, showing at selected UK screens onSaturday 27th & Sunday 28th May only.

The new movie brings an exciting cinematic feel to the popular Channel 5: Milkshake and Cartoonito TV show.  With an action-packed plotline featuring twists and turns, Scoop, Muck and Lofty are eager to help Bob with his biggest build yet, constructing a dam and transforming an old quarry into a reservoir to provide Spring City with fresh water.

Bob has also enlisted the help of another builder, Conrad, to help clear the quarry, along with his three enormous Mega Machines, Thud, Crunch and former TV star Ace. However, it soon becomes clear that Conrad, secretly resentful that he lost out on the dam-building contract to Bob, is plotting to undermine his rival’s reputation and sabotages the dam. Soon Bob realises that things are not as they should be and that it’s up to him and his team to save Spring City!



The exciting new release combines entertainment with real and practical learning values, together with lessons in social and emotional development from its lovable characters, with an emphasis on friendship. The STEM curriculum has been built into the plotline, seamlessly underpinning the action, whilst Bob and the crew demonstrate the power of positive-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and follow-through.

The movie includes regulars Lee Ingleby (Line of Duty, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Inspector George Gently), who voices Bob, Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) as the voice of Wendy, and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) who voices Scoop. Also joining the voice cast on this movieis acting legend Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart, Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

Conrad, actor Brian Cox says: "Both generations of my kids watched Bob the Builder because he’s been around for a very long time. I think the thing about Bob is it’s a very simple concept and it’s not too complicated for children. They link on to it because of the machines, because of all of the accoutrement that goes with Bob. It’s his simplicity that’s really at the heart of it and that’s what makes it last, and has made it last through generation to generation. The history of animation is all about the history of developing images; images that become much more CGI and less cartoony and less drawn. I think Bob is part of that heritage and part of that whole development."

Find your local screening and purchase tickets at:http://showtimes.bob-megamachinesmovie.co.uk/

Monday, 1 May 2017

Ru Bear Turned 3!!

Last Tuesday saw my littlest little turn 3.
It only seems like yesterday that I was pregnant with him.


We had cake and presents on the Sunday before his birthday, as on Tuesday's he's at nursery all day.
Nana & Gramps came round and I did a little party lunch of pizza, and some party food.


He loved blowing out his candles, but got a bit shy when we all sang to him.
He's not a massive cake fan, so he didn't actually have any of his big cake. Which meant me and the others were left to eat it all!



He got some lovely presents, and he's played with all of them.
He also has some money, which Im thinking of using to get him some new Little Bird By Jools Oliver tops!

Most of his presents were cars, and those of you who follow my Instagram you'll know he loves his cars.
He also got a Joules outfit from his favourite person .... Auntie Jenni, and a Gruffalo outfit from Nana & Gramps.


From us & my parents he got a balance bike.
He saw a little girl on one at school and pointed towards it, so I thought it would make a good birthday present.
We clubbed together as I didn't really know what else to say for them to buy him.

He loved it.
He's still getting the hang of it, and I think in no time he'll be whizzing all over the place.


Nana bought him a helmet for the bike and that arrived on Tuesday.
We all joked that he would probably wear that more than being on the bike and so far its true.
He loves running round the house with it on.


Ru loves getting new clothes, so as soon as he opened his present from Jenni, he wanted it on.



On Tuesday I bought some mini cupcakes for pudding, wishfully thinking Ru might actually like it but when giving him a cake this was his response........


Far from impressed lol!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Great Things To Do With The Kids This Spring For Free

Whenever spring rolls around, parents will start to look for different things to do that will get their kids outdoors. You could take advantage of the nicer weather by planning out a day trip as a family, or you could have the kids out in the garden simply burning off some extra energy.
However, there can be times when it may get a big pricey to occupy the kids.



With the average cost of raising a child from age 13 through age 19 being thousands of pounds, it is easy to understand that the top ares for spending will circulate around the holidays and different recreational travel activities. There is even more spent on this area than there is on personal tech items.

What are some of the best things that you can do with your children each spring without having to spend any money?

Look For Free Kids Day Out Events In Your Area

Wherever you live, you will find that there are plenty of great, free things that you can do with your kids if you are able to search carefully. The internet will always be your friend and a quick search like looking for 'free activities in' and your area will bring up a wealth of great resources that you can use. For example, a quick search on some of the free things that there are to do in Yorkshire brought up a great guide on the different free kids days out all around Yorkshire. This is a very handy tool that you can use to find stuff to do for free where you life.

Museums That Are Free And Family Friendly

A museum is always a nice way of educating both yourself and your children, while also being entertained. You will find some incredible free museums all around the UK that are well worth investigating. As a matter of fact, some of these are the best free attractions for families anywhere around. If you are lucky enough, you may find one or more free museums that are near you where you can take a full day to make plenty of memories with your children that will last for a lifetime. If you have not taken the time to visit these, you simply must plan a day out. The different museums that we recommend include:

·       Natural History Museum, London
·       The Science Museum, London
·       Tate Modern, London
·       National Portrait Gallery, London
·       The Royal Armouries, Leeds
·       The National Media Museum, Bradford
·       Victoria & Albert Museum, London
·       The National Railway Museum, York
·       The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

There are a number of smaller museums all throughout the UK that may be free, especially those that are taken care of by a local authority. Many museums like these will have activities that are child-friendly during the school holidays. It will be worth it to keep an eye on the websites for the museums to see what events are scheduled. The free museums and the different free things that you can do with the kids will make for a wonderful option on any rainy spring day.

Another smart tip for getting a good deal of value from the family budget is to enjoy a picnic whenever you can. Many of the free family attractions will make money by selling food and drinks to customers. However, if you are allowed to take your own food items, you should. The food and drinks available in family attractions can be very expensive, so even just bringing your own drinks and a couple of snacks can save you money.

Freebie Sites For Crafts

There are many free stuff sites on the internet like http://www.wowfreestuff.co.uk/ that offer kids freebies including arts & crafts like the Toucon box which will entertain your kids for hours.

Hit The Garden

Spring can be a wonderful time to show your children all about gardening. Even younger children will be able to help with watering, repotting different plants, and weeding. Older kids can prune plants or dig over some of the vegetable and flower beds.

Gardening is a great way to show your kids the link between land and what will go on the dinner plate, making for a wonderful activity that may not be completely free, but could pay for itself in what you end up producing. You will also see that the child who may not eat greens now, could find a bit of an appetite for the items that they were able to help grow in the garden.

To save money, you could be able to get some free seeds and plants in a number of places. Signing up for newsletters from different gardening companies will give you news on deals that you can really take advantage of. You could look for groups for seed swaps that take place in your local area, with Facebook being a nice place to start.

Visit The Park

Nicer weather will mean getting out and getting reacquainted with your local parks.
The more awareness that there is around the different benefits that come from outdoor exercise brings about more investments to develop and grow the parks. Improved playing areas, better playgrounds and new equipment for outdoor recreation are all available that you can enjoy with your children for free.

You can easily find a lot of wonderful things to do with children in your local parks. Think about padding in a pool, feeding the dugs, kicking a ball around or cycling for a while on the paths. There are even downloads that you can use to check off the different free nature trails, or look for nature scavenger hunts to tackle with the kids.

Are you looking to do something that is high energy?
 If so, think about checking out Parkrun. This is a timed, free 5k run that takes place on Saturday mornings all around the UK in public parks. Many of the races will welcome juniors for either the main run or with a junior version.
Remember, these are completely free!

When you have budding team players sprouting up in your family, think about going with Tennis For Free, which is a community based organization running free tennis sessions for families all throughout the UK in different parks.

Be Active At Home

You never have to go very far to find great things to do with your kids in spring. Free fun to enjoy at home may include:

·       Stargazing with a blanket at night
·       Camping with a tent in the yard
·       Tackling different science experiments, with ideas available on The Royal Institution
·       Having a teddy bear picnic in your garden
·       Having your kids create their own pizzas for lunch
·       Picking up recyclables and making a space rocket

You will see that there are a number of free things that you can do in the spring, you simply have to look. Some of these free events may not be promoted all too heavily, so it will be worth signing up for different newsletters and email alerts 


*This is a guest post.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Keeping The Worries At Bay With A Little Help From The Fairies.


Since Ru has started to go to sleep in his room, he has developed a slight fear of the dark and having his door shut, so when asked if I wanted to review some the new arrival items from the The Irish Fairy Door Company I was instantly drawn to the 3-D toadstool nightlight!


This beautiful Night Light provides a warm and reassuring glow which helps children fall asleep. 
The Night Light operates on a timer and switches itself off after 30 minutes, making it easy for everyone - nobody needs to remember to turn it off.
A gentle touch of the fairy door illuminates the light beautifully, helping little ones have a peaceful slumber. 
Banish any fear of the dark with this magical, glowing companion for your child


I love that you can attach the light to the wall, and it fits perfectly in with his room theme.
Ru was in love with the light the moment he saw it.
It lights up his room just the right amount and gives off a nice warm glow.

He can turn the light on himself if he needs too and he often does.
I leave it on whilst we do our bedtime singing and then he's usually asleep before it turns it's self off.


The Worry Plaque

Give your worries to the fairies with this interactive Worry Plaque! 
Fairy magic can take your worries from you with just one touch, leaving you worry-free.

The plaque glows red when you place your hand on it and think of your worry. When the fairies have heard it, the plaque glows green, signifying your worries have transferred to the fairies successfully.
Did you know fairies use human worries to grant wishes? 
The energy in worries is ground down to make perfect wish-granting dust!


I love love love loooove the idea behind the Worry Plaque, unfortunately Jon's anxieties have rubbed off on the boys and they worry about everything and anything.
So with this I'm hoping they will let their worries drift off to fairy land and be a little more care free.

After watching the BFG Oscar no longer wants to have dreams as he's positive the BFG is going to come to his window and that terrifies him.
So each night I have to say "No Dreams For Oscar Mr BFG" and that often works until the morning and he remembers he had a dream.

So with the worry plaque Oscar has been using it just before bedtime to rid himself of his worry about the BFG.

Even Noah has been using it, he's always been a worrier and it's nice to see him letting them go.
All the boys come away looking happier!


You can buy both the 3-D Toadstool Light and Worry Plaque from The Irish Fairy Door Company's website


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Baby Annabell's Brother Proving Dolls Aren't Just For Girls


Recently Ru has been taking a keen interest in all the babies that he sees when we're out and about, so when asked if we wanted to review Baby Annabell's Brother, I thought it could be the perfect cure for his baby obsession.


Baby Annabell – the UK’s number one nurturing doll – is an authentic, lifelike baby doll which enables realistic nurturing role play, building a bridge to the real baby world allowing girls to be like their own Mother, this creates a social emotional bond and encourages social skills. 
       Baby Annabell has several exciting new additions to its popular range of dolls and accessories this spring to keep generations of little doll mummies and daddies playing from morning through to night.

Baby Annabell Brother (RRP £54.99)
  Just like his sister, Baby Annabell Brother has lots of realistic functions – and now he wets his nappy too! Love and care for him just like a real baby. 
For ages 3 years and over


Ru took to caring for his new baby straight away, and wanted to give him his bottle and shut his blind so that it was nice and dark for him.
It was lovely to see his kind side shine out for all to see, what I wasn't expecting was all the other boys to take a liking to him.
Oscar was desperate for cuddles, so desperate that he sat right next to Ru and waited patiently.
Something that would never happen normally.


Baby Annabell's brother comes with;
A dummy,
a bottle,
a bib,
a nappy,
a cute silver pendant,
one outfit.

Key Features,
 babbles, giggles, sleeps, burps and wets, has lifelike facial movements.



Ru has named his baby George, after one of his other obsessions .... Peppa Pig.


He loves his baby George and takes him out in the garden and drives him about in his car.
He's stopped sharing him with the others, as its his baby and no one is allowed to touch.
He loves feeding him his bottle and giving him cuddles when he cries.

Ru found one of Alex's first baby-grows in my drawers and insisted he put it on his baby.
It's very strange to think Alex was far too small for that outfit when I first put it on his, but the doll fits it perfectly!


If you are unsure about buying a doll for your little boy, just let toys be toys and let your kid have fun!

You can buy Baby Annabell's Brother from Toys R Us for £54.99

For more information, visit www.baby-annabell.co.uk
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