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Friday, 29 August 2014

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Finale and Giveaway!

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I can't believe the countdown has gone by so quickly but today is our series 11 finale. Please meet Weegul the Wobbly Dobbly.


Spoilt, demanding, persuasive, I'm sure we have all met someone like Weegel.

Wobbly Dobblies are fangtastically cute but goopendously demanding, especially if they don’t get their way. When they are not asking passers-by to plop glacĂ© gooberries on their wafery horns, they are insisting on having their cushions plumped up and their backs scratched.

Wobbly Dobblies like waddling around Crystal Grotto but they can also be found collecting candied fruit in Pawberry Fields. They like everything and anything. Well except walking and choc chips.

So which is your favourite Moshling of the series. I like Darwin whilst middle man (our Moshi Monster expert) really took a shining to Doyle. If you are a fan or know one then why not enter our giveaway to win a set of the series 11 for yourself. Just complete the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Nick Jr Leap

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It is safe to say that our summer holidays aren't exactly going to plan. Rubbish weather and me being ill whilst trying to look after three little rascals was not on my agenda. But hey that is life and sometimes you just need to find something that will keep your children entertained for a bit so that you can rest. So when an e mail popped in my inbox about the Nick Jr Leap website, it really couldn't have come at a better time. Middle man is a lover of all things Nick Jr so getting him to play some educational games was a winner. As a parent you log your child(ren's) name and age and then they can start playing games with their favourite characters (Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, Dora the Explorer) tailored to their age range.

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Middle man was happy playing with his Team Umizoomi friends helping them count flowers in a gardening game. I was happy as he was learning at the same time as playing as it has been developed with the Early Years Curriculum in mind. I would definately recommend having a look at the site if you have little ones (up to 7) that need something to entertain them before the schools go back.

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Nick Jr are sending us a bordem busting kit to say thank you for sharing this information, but as always all opinions are my own.

Moshi Mosters Series 11 Countdown Day 15: Freddy

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Wow it is day 15 already and today we meet Freddie the Seb-Swaddling Guzzler This Moshling is protective, boisterous but devoted.

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If you need a letter sending then Royal Mail might be a better option. Seb-Swaddling Guzzlers are meant to deliver the mail, but they can’t fit many letters in their bulging beaks because they are always finding strange little critters called Sebs to take care of. If you spot a Guzzler without a Seb in its beak, look under its cap and you’re sure to find one snuggling underneath.

Seb-Swaddling Guzzlers live on the cliffs of the TakiTaki Islands but they often release their Sebs on Clickenham Green. They like fish heads and sand sculptures but dislike ghost pirates and disposable diapers.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see the last Moshling of series 11 plus a chance to win your own series 11 set in our giveaway!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Moshi Mosters Series 11 Countdown Day 14: Casey

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Move aside Gordon Ramsey, this moshling makes you look like a happy chef in the kitchen. Casey the Croaky Cook is pretentious, talented but very nitpicky.

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Croaky Cooks spend so much time shouting they can barely speak, let alone croak. But yelling is essential when you’re in charge of a bustling kitchen, and these masterful Moshlings create some of the finest meals in Monstro City, including the legendary Casserole au Croak, topped with a single strand of the finest Oobla Doobla in the land!

When they are not preparing feasts in places like the Sandy Drain Hotel, Croaky Cooks compare recipes in Lillypad Lake and Croak Creek. They like moshlings that shout "Yes Chef!" but really don't like dirty surfaces or frozen food.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Books About Town: Riverside Trail

You know me, I love spotting Wenlocks and Gromits so was excited to hear that this year in London there are trails of book benches. On Sunday we got the train to South Bank to do their Riverside trail. Be warned it is a long walk from Waterloo to the first bench at the Globe. Then there are a few spaced out until you have a whole bunch together. The boys enjoyed it and I was really impressed with the amount of walking that middle man did. He is not usually one for walking too much. If you go to the books about town website you can download the trail map as well as a quiz sheet. To be honest I think my other half was more interested in the quiz than my children.

I was worried that the boys would lose interest as only a few of the benches are children's books, but they were happy enough looking for any colorful bench they could find.

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We also found a bonus one at Waterloo Station just as we were heading home. A lovely way to spend the day and walk along the beautiful South Bank.

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Moshi Mosters Series 11 Countdown Day 13: Popov

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Today it is time to meet the Ultra Rare Popov Dancing Dinkinov.

Surly, silly, musical, I think that middle man would get on well with this moshling. Prepare to be astounded because Dancing Dinkinovs can boogie like there’s no tomorrow. When they are not backflipping over haystacks, juggling toy hammers or performing traditional Dinkinov dances they love feasting on giant bowls of goo-lash washed down with neat vobble-ade. Just be sure you don’t touch their huge, hat-shaped hairdos!
Most Dancing Dinkinovs tour with the Moshikov Circus but some can still be found folding their arms at high speed in Choppemov Square.

They like Battyfish eggs and fiddling on the roof but dislike happy statues and decadence.


Monday, 25 August 2014

Trunki Paddlepak Review and Giveaway

You may already know that we are big fans of the Trunki cases and have ended up purchasing 3. I had seen their PaddlePak's and loved the designs but as they looked on the small side, never purchased one. Recently, however, little man was sent a paddle Pak filled with Ella's kitchen treats to review in a day out, and I have totally changed my opinion on them.  

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Little man chose the Blow Fish bag and was excited from the moment it arrived. He took it down to the swimming pool on our recent holiday in Vendee, packed full of essentials. It amazed me at how much fitted within it and I really like the way you fold it over to close it and give it a mouth.

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Le Clarys Plage has a fantastic pool complex filled with water slides and rapids. Little man is adventurous and loved every second. Big man managed to get the PaddlePak absolutely soaked, however, everything inside stayed dry. 

waterslides at Le Clarys Plage

Little man absolutely loves "My Puffa fish bag" and there are many designs to choose from. Personally I quite like the shark. They are surprisingly spacious and can easily hold a child's towel, goggles, swimming costume and snack if you are going to use it as a swim bag as I planning on. 

The lovely people at Trunki have also offered me a second PaddlePak to giveaway to one of my readers. (You get to chose which design you would like.) Just complete the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck! Don't forget you can follow Trunki on Facebook.

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