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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters DVD Giveaway


Exciting news for any transformers fans, TRANSFORMERS BEASTHUNTERS, BATTLE FOR DARKMOUNT  blasts on to shelves 27th April! 

This explosive season begins immediately following the shocking cliffhanger of the monstrous war on earth between the Autobots and Decepticons. An heroic Optimus Prime sacrificed his own safety to ensure the escape of his army, but the Autobot base has been thrown into ruin, with its inhabitants forced into hiding as the Decepticons begin to take control of their new fortress; Darkmount. However, following years of isolation on Cybertron, Shockwave arrives on earth in an attempt to hunt down the remaining Autobots who have been scattered across the globe and establish an overarching Deception dominion. Now the only chance of survival is for the Autobots and humans to work together to defeat a common foe, protect their homelands and overthrow Megatron’s tyrannous regime once and for all. 

While their future hangs in the balance, our protectors have yet to determine if their fearless leader Optimus Prime managed to survive the blast!  

Transformers Prime: Beasthunters – The Battle for Darkmount can be pre-ordered from Amazon now. I also have a copy of the DVD to giveaway. Just complete the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Introducing Bluey from KLM

Bluey from KLM

I am pleased to say that travel has changed a lot since I was young. Anything to make the experience more comfortable and entertaining for young travelers gets my support. The Dutch airline KLM has a new plane called Bluey that should keep little ones entertained. Bluey The Movie will be shown on the special KLM You Tube channel on-board all intercontinental KLM flights from June 2015.

Bluey The Movie is the first in a series of animation films about the little aircraft. In the first film, Bluey, his father and his friend Windy have a fun and exciting adventure at the annual Zundert flower parade and you can watch it here.

The character Bluey was launched by KLM last November especially for young children travelling. Since then, the little plane has become extremely popular. You can purchase several Bluey products, ranging from keycords, trolleys and card games, to a fun Bluey meal box for children on international flights. We have found that breaking up the flight with a meal is always a good idea with our boys and I am sure that little man would love this themed box if he had been watching the film onboard.

KLM also have a newly renovated Junior Jet Lounge at Schipol airport in Holland. This is for children travelling unaccompanied. The play area in lounge 2 will soon be incorporating the lovable plane Bluey.

Bluey aims to make travelling with KLM a pleasant experience for both parents and children. What do you think of this new character? Do you have little ones that would like this?

Sponsored by KLM

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Hilton Jumeirah Residences Dubai

On our recent stay in Dubai we stayed at the Hilton Jumeirah residences. We had a large 2 bedroomed suite that was pretty much the same size as our 4 bedroomed house at home. There were two bedrooms and a rollaway bed was put in the lounge for little man.

It had a large kitchen with everything you could need. We however chose to go half board. With small children this was a good idea as the restaurants in Dubai are similar to London prices so eating out a lot would have been very expensive.

Lounge and Towel Art

main bedroom
main bedroom

second bedroom
second bedroom
It has its own small pool which gets the afternoon sun, but you can cross the small walkway to the main Hilton hotel and use all the facilities there too. Here there is a large pool and a children's pool. Life jackets are free and life guards are on duty.

childrens pool

Breakfast had everything you could want. The boys liked their freshly cooked crepes, my husband liked the omelettes and I liked the variety. 

The evening meal was even better. An array of starters, a different themes main every night and the most gorgeous desserts. The adults loved the chocolate fondue as much as the kids. Eating out in Dubai is expensive and we definately saved money by going half board.

restaurant hilton residensces

The housekeeping was good. We enjoyed their towel art and they left a gorgeous chocolate cake on my husbands Birthday.

The best thing about the hotel was the customer service. From the waitresses to the life guards, nothing was too much trouble. They continually exceeded my expectations and I would certainly recommend a stay here.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Shaun the Sheep Trail, The Monument and some Time Travel

On Easter Sunday we headed to London for the day with the boys. Wow what a difference it makes no longer having a buggy! 
We started by heading to Pudding Lane to see where the Great Fire started. Big Man has been learning about it at school and my does he know a lot! We then decided to climb The Monument

The monument

It is the tallest free standing pillar. It consists of 311 steps in a rather claustrophobic staircase. We all made it to the top and took in the view before braving the climb down. 

the stairs the monument

This made me dizzy to say the least!

We then had a few hours to spare to do some Shaun the Sheep spotting. If you are a regular reader you will know that I love these walking trails and have found Paddingtons, book benches and Wenlocks. I must say I really liked the Shauns as they are a good size and easy to spot. 

shaun the sheep trail

golden shaun the sheep

If you are looking for them, there are a high concentration around St Paul's and it wasn't too busy.

We then headed to Trafalgar Square where we took a time tour bus to see the sites before ticking off one let Shaun.

We had a fantastic day out and I think I will be heading to Bristol in the Summer to spot some Shauns there!

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Atlantis The Palm Dubai

The Lost Chambers

As part of our Aqua Adventure ticket we pre purchased the combo ticket that allowed us into the lost chambers aquarium. We chose to do this after we had finished in the park at around 5pm. The aquarium isn't big and will only take you about 30mins to walk around.

Located opposite Aquaadventure it is a nicely themed aquarium with some fish I had not seen before.

The Lost Chambers

By the larger tanks there were cushions on the floor that you could sit on, relax and enjoy watching the fish. My Octonauts fans were very excited by it all. The whole area was well themed.

Diver Lost chambers

Even though we visited the Aquarium at 5.30pm as Aquaadventure was emptying out, it was not busy. It is not a large Aquarium and you can walk round it easily in 15 minutes. There is a small area where you can touch some star fish.

I particularly liked the eels and the large tanks.


If we were to visit Aquaadventure again, I wouldn't go to the lost chambers as I feel we have already done it, but I did enjoy it and think it made a lovely end to our day.

The Lost Chambers

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Star Wars Junior Ready Bed Review And Giveaway

Star Wars Ready Bed
ReadyBed have two new designs in their junior range, Star Wars and Cinderella. Having a spare bed to hand is always useful. The boys were excited to see that it was Star Wars and at 1.5m it can even fit my seven year old. The bed comes with a manual pump which is adequate.

inflating a ready bed
We actually tested the bed out on a visit to my Father in Laws. Little man got to sleep in it in our bedroom. He had a lovely nights sleep. My only negative comment is that it made quite a lot of noise when he wiggled around.

The outer covers can be removed from the blow up bed part so that they can be washed.

I was really pleased with the bed and will be testing it out with big man when we camp out in the garden in the summer.

The bed is currently on sale at ASDA Direct for £25 (RRP£29.99.)

I have been given a second Star Wars Ready Bed to giveaway to one of my readers. Just complete the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Five Ways The School Holidays Are Better With Cake

When it comes to the school holidays I love to treat the boys and what better than with cake! Mr Kipling have challenged bloggers to share how the holidays can be better with cake and it got me thinking about how cake can cheer us up on the school holidays.

Making Cake.

My boys love baking and as it has been Easter then we had to make some chocolate nests. We just melted some Easter eggs, added Rice Krispies and some chocolate eggs. Messy but fun!

making cakes

A Teddy Bears Picnic.

Even big man is happy to play along with this idea. Setting out an afternoon tea with the soft toys makes the boys happy especially as they know it is not just the teddies (or no necked giraffes) that will get to enjoy it.

soft toy picnic

Making a Pudding.

This is an activity that I used to do at Guides and my boys always enjoy this. Get some cake, jelly, squirty cream, custard and sprinkles and let the kids get creative and make their own desserts.

making pudding


Decorating Cakes.

Ok, this is bakewell tart, but big man enjoyed icing a face on it all the same. Buy some tubes of icing and decorations and the children will happily decorate themselves a treat.

clown bakewell tart

Go on a Picnic.

If the weather is bright then a picnic in the park is always fun. I love these individual packs to take on a day out. If the weather is rubbish we sometimes put the pop up tent in the garden and have it there instead.

Film and cake.

If all else fails then why not put on a film, enjoy the piece and quiet. If you are anything like me, enjoy a fondant fancy and a strong coffee!

coffee and cake

Do you find the school holidays are better with cake? What do you do?

This post is an entry for #betterwithcake Linky Challenge, sponsored by Mr Kipling. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/mrkiplingcakes.

We received some Mr Kipling products for the purpose of this post but also had some we had bought ourselves.