Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Bottersnikes & Grumbles

On Saturday Noah and myself were invited up to London to watch the premier of Bottersnikes & Grumbles.
As soon as I told Noah he was coming to an event with me he was over the moon a day out in London and no crazy brothers getting in the way.

He didn't even care he had no idea what Bottersnikes & Grumbles was all about.

To be honest neither did I, but trusty google came to my rescue and I liked what I saw and knew instantly it would be right up all the boys street, even though the twins are 4 I still think they would enjoy it.

If you're a bit like Noah and have no idea what I'm going on about, let me fill you in!

Funny, endearing, award-winning: new kids’ series launches on CBBC, 25 July 2016

The series brings to screen the much-loved 1970s classic children’s books by Australian author S.A. Wakefield and illustrated by Desmond Digby.
Each episode features the charming adventures of the loveable Gumbles as they endure timeless battles against the evil Bottersnikes in a forgotten valley of abandoned junk.
Full of action, suspense and laughs, Bottersnikes & Gumblesis set to thrill the imaginations of kids aged 6+ years. 

Harry Potter star and BAFTA winning Miriam Margolyesvoices ‘Weathersnike’, one of the nasty Bottersnikes – whilst fellow Harry Potter and Hollyoaks actor, Jeff Rawle, voices Happi, a wise old Gumble.
Proving this is no ordinary CGI show, Bottersnikes & Gumbles has already picked up this year’s Pulcinella Award for Best Kids TV Series at the prestigious international animation festival ‘Cartoons on the Bay’ in Venice.

Programme Synopsis:
In a far away forgotten valley, heaped with long abandoned junk, a timeless battle rages between good and evil… and also between squashy and scaly, happy and grumpy, clever and wily… cute and plain old ugly. 
This is the land of Bottersnikes and Gumbles.

Follow the adventures of our three Gumble heroes: Tink, Bounce and Willi, who love nothing better than to ‘gumble’ all day long, which means crazy, stretchy capers around their junk valley, while carefully avoiding getting tin-canned by the Bottersnikes who are led by the foul tempered and vain Bottersnikes King. Bottersnikes are the stinkiest, ugliest, laziest and most mean spirited creatures. They eat mattress stuffing and rusty nails and like to put the Gumbles to work whenever they can lay their claws on them. “Oh Crumbleguts, that’s Womp!”…a bad thing in Gumble-speak!
Endless battles ensue involving plenty of stealth, trickery, daring rescues and narrow escapes as the Gumbles try to outwit the Bottersnikes in every episode.  

Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC said: I adored the Bottersnikes & Gumbles books as a child, and am delighted that we are now bringing these original and engaging storiesto CBBC. Gumbles are bouncy and bright, Bottersnikes are lumpen and uptight, and both creatures work really well in thenew magnificent and colourful animation. I’m sure that a whole new generation of children will fall in love with this brilliant new series.”

David Webster, B&G Series Director, Cheeky Little Media said: “This is an incredible collaboration between inspired partners who are all highly motivated by the original source material to produce something very special. The world we are privileged to be creating here is truly original and is going to blow kids minds.”

Patrick Egerton, B&G Executive Producer, Cheeky Little Media said: “The books contain such a rich, distinctive world and made an indelible mark on my mind as a kid. With the CG tools and skills now available, we knew the timing was right to develop the property for TV and really do it justice.”

Darren Price, B&G Series Director, Mighty Nice said: “When I met Sam Wakefield back in 1996 and I enthusiastically shared my love of his books, never would I have believed I’d later be directing an international TV series based on his charactersWe can’t wait to bounce, roll and stretch through these adventures!”

Tom van Waveren, CEO and Creative Director, CAKE said: “Every element of this series permeates the passion that the core creative team have had for this universe from a young age. Such a passion is infectious and makes this project feel very special indeed.
Bottersnikes & Gumbles is produced by CAKE, Cheeky Little Media and Mighty Nice for CBBC, Seven Network Australia and Netflix. The 52-episode series comprises 11-minute episodes. 
You can also watch the show on BBC iPlayer.

We had a blast at the preview, it was lovely to have the opportunity to meet the cast and talk with them.
Noah was all up for interviewing them but when it came to it, he got a little shell shocked, so it was left to me to ask the questions.

 When Akiya Henry asked Noah who his favourite character was, to which he replied 'Willi' she jumped up and said 'that's me!!!' he got ridiculously confused as Willi is a boy and its quite obvious that Akiya is not.

You could literally see his mind blow up.

We spoke to Akiya and Kathryn Drysdale both of whom were lovely and both said how much fun it was to be part of the Bottersnikes & Grumbles team.

Not only did Noah get to watch the show before all his friends and meet the lovely cast he got to have a go at making his very own animation!

It was very clever, even I wanted to have a go.
He was first in line to get a tattoo or two.
He had some more in his goodie bag, which went straight on him and his brothers as soon as we were home.

Noah also got a chance to have a go on the game, which will be out soon and he was very impressed with it.

We both enjoyed ourselves and Noah was more than eager to get to school on Monday morning to tell his friends all about it.

Make sure you catch Bottersnikes & Grumbles on CBBC on the 25th July, I promise you will love it just as much as your kids will!!


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Ru's Favourite Things

I thought id share some of Ru's favourite things, some things I like.....others not so much.

Ill start with the good,
Ru has a new obsession with Disney's Tsum Tsum.
An obsession started by me, I'm a sucker for cute Japanese things and when Disney and Japanese meet I'm in there like a shot!
Ru is very possessive over his Tsum Tsum and wont let any of the other boys touch them.
His newest one is his big Nemo.

Ru loooooves lining up his Disney Cars, he usually does this when he's a bit upset or needs some quiet time.
When times have been a bit hectic or when things get a bit to much for him.
I love watching him line them up in neat little lines.
He's also started to line up cutlery, and has been known to line up the mugs from the cupboard.

Ru also loves to go and visit the trees over at the meadow.
He's very happy when he's out in the woods, he loves listening to the birds and pointing at the different trees.

A love that is still as strong as ever is his love for Mr Tumble.

He has also developed a love for the very annoying nursery rhyme
Daddy finger song
Oh my god he plays it over and over and oooooover again.

I hate it, it makes me want to cry

Other things I hate that Ru loves -
Waking up at 4am,
Not eating and meals.
Loving milk far to much.

Ru's eating not eating habits is really starting to worry me.
He will sit at the table with everyone and just completely ignore the food that's in front of him, occasionally he will nibble on one little thing then go back to ignoring it.

I'm hoping having lunch at nursery will hopefully make him see that eating is ok.
He used to be so good when it came to food and would eat everything and anything.

Is your child a non eater?
How do you combat it?
Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.


Monday, 11 July 2016

Touchnote Print Box Review & Giveaway

So whilst I was at Britmums Live I signed up to the Touchnote ambassador list, to be honest I didn't think I would hear from them again.

So imagine my surprise when I get an email letting me know I was one of the lucky ones who had got the role!

As an ambassador I get to review their postcard service and their brand new product the Print Box.

My first hurdle came when I told Caren I haven't been on holiday or that I wasn't planning any holidays away this year but fortunately for my lovely parents they were actually in Italy.

So we both decided it would be a great idea for them to review the Print Box and we could get a 'grandparents perspective' of the box.

So the following review was done by my mum Maria.

When my Hannah first suggested using Touchnote, I have to admit I couldn't really see the point - after all these years of sharing photos easily on Facebook the idea of sending postcards snail mail seemed dated and unnecessary.  

The app was easy to use and really only a matter of minutes to set up our Print Box.
However, a few days later when I picked up the post from the mat and saw a gorgeous postcard of our lovely little grandson, Rupert, throwing stones into the sea, I was a convert! 

 It was such a lovely surprise to see something so personal amongst all the junk mail and brown envelopes that it actually made my day.   

My husband and I are of the generation who grew up accustomed to waiting for our photos to be developed but over the last decade or so we've moved with the times and joined social media, mainly to keep up with our family and friends and especially to keep connected to our grandchildren, but having something tangible arriving through the post is actually so much more satisfying and a real bonus for the generation above us who might not be on social media at all.  

A great retro innovation!

How does it work?

Touchnote has created a smart algorithm based on how people take photos.
It uses your phone’s geo-location technology to identify where in the world you are when your pictures are taken.
The algorithm recognises the quality and quantity of your pictures. Then it cleverly pre-selects 36 of the best ones and places them in a Print Box on your iPhone or iPad.
If you have snapped away multiple times at the same thing it will cleverly pre-select just the best one, if any photos are pixelated or out of focus it will leave those out.
You can browse through the Print Box, make changes if you wish, and then order a real version to be printed and posted to you in a choice of 4 beautifully designed boxes.

Making holiday memories last longer this summer

Win a Touchnote Print Box

You’ve charged your gadgets, packed your suitcase and posted a witty humblebrag on Facebook……..  it’s time to depart on the big summer holiday.

This year don’t let the only record of your getaway abroad be a series of snaps that never see the light of day – preserve your precious moments with a Print Box from Touchnote.

Print Box creates a box of up to 36 your best holiday memories in under 30 seconds on your iPhone or iPad, which you can then order as high quality prints in a choice of 4 beautifully designed boxes.

Creating holiday memories to last a lifetime.

Even if you’ve already been away you can still access Print Box.
When you download the Touchnote app if the pictures are still on your iPhone or iPad then a Picture Box for each trip will be waiting for you.

Touchnote are giving one lucky reader a Print Box worth £9.95

Terms: Prize draw open to UK readers aged 18/over. Closes at midnight on Friday 22 July 2016.  One winner selected at random after closing date and notified by email. Winner must be contactable within 7 days of draw. Touchnote Account will be opened in winner’s name and prize awarded as 5 credits for winner to redeem Print Box at their leisure. Prize not transferable, no cash alternative. Promoter: Touchnote Limited, 72-74 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NA

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