This is our latest book to review. It’s a love fairytale story with a modern day twist.
Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in town and is also best friends with mermaid Coral. The mermaid has a beautiful singing voice but longs to be human and one day goes to see the wicked sea witch who gives her legs but takes both her voice and tail. Coral becomes unhappy being a human who cannot sing or speak and longs for her tail and voice back. With the help of friend Kittie they go to steal back Corals voice. Of course with any fairytale there is even a happy ever after love story too.
The book is by author Abie Longstaff and the beautiful illustrations by Lauren Beard. Each page is full of modern day images and colour.
It’s a lovely little story and Izebella seems to have claimed this book for herself despite not being able to read yet, tho not a problem when she can ask mummy to read it over and over all day.
The book is published by Random House Children’s publishers and will be in the shops on May 7th for approximately £6.99. It’s available for pre order on Amazon now for £5.24.
There is one copy of this fantastic little book up for grabs. The entry rules are simple. Just make sure you live in the UK.
Ends May 11th 2015
Annie is released in stores today by Sony Pictures on both DVD and Blu-Ray.
A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.
We were sent over a copy of the movie on DVD along with an Annie goody bag.
The movie is a modern take on the old 80s Classic. A movie which I loved as a little girl.
The prize on offer is Annie’s loveable pooch Sandy who comes as a cuddly plush toy. It’s a Twitter competition and all you have to do is Retweet. Ends tomorrow 28/04.
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May 25th will see the release of “The Mouses Tale” on DVD and Blu-ray. The movie is released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment and stars the vocal talents of Carey Elwes (The Princess Bride), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Tom Arnold, A MOUSE’S TALE is a magical animation little pests will love!
In order to save their kingdom from evil rodents, Samantha and Sebastian are sent on a quest by the King of Rodencia and the wise Wizard Dalliwog to obtain a legendary magic crystal that has the power to defeat the rodents. With the help of two trustworthy knights, they venture deep into the forest and enter a forbidden world of giants in order to accomplish their mission and restore order to the kingdom.
Lionsgate have sent us over a pre release movie disc so we cab have the pleasure of watching the movie before its official release.
It’s suitable for all the family but comes with a PG rating rather than a U. My children have happily sat watching and I didn’t spot any parts which I thought would be unsuitable for a 2 year old, so I would say it’s fine for all. There’s a bit of sword fighting and axe chucking plus a big fire breathing dragon and many chases but all in animation and it certainly kept my kids transfixed for a while. It has an 87 minute running time so nothing too long either.
Here’s a trailer to give you an idea what it’s all about
The prize on offer is a DVD copy of this brand new animated movie. As the movie is not released until May 25th then it’s likely the winners copy will arrive after this date rather than before.
There will be one winner chosen at random. Winner must reside in the UK and must reply to their winning email within one week. Check my winners page and blog posts for announcements.
This competition will end May 15th.
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I am really enjoying working with Bernard Matthews and especially so the wide selection of delicious poultry products I am getting to sample. We eat a lot of poultry in our house and it’s one thing that we will all eat:
Bernard Matthews latest activity was to come up with any recipe or meal using their fresh breaded product. These include a selection of both chicken and turkey escalopes and steaks. On the Bernard Matthews website there is a big choice of these products, but sadly at my local supermarkets the choice was more limited. However here is what I managed to get.
I got breaded Turkey escalopes and the chicken (ham & cheese) escalopes. At Asda it’s 3 packets for £5 currently. These escalopes come in packs of 2. Ideally it would of been much better to buy a bigger (family) pack with perhaps 4 or 5 escalopes inside.
The packaging is very minimal on these with a disposable tray and cling film. The escalopes themselves are really big and just one of these is more than enough.
As I have fussy eaters I kept my meal idea really simple. If I make nice complicated dishes then I find it does not get eaten and especially so with Ryan. My Bernard Matthews meal therefore consists of the turkey & chicken escalopes, air fryed chips, spicy rice and a little bit of salad.
The escalopes can either be grilled or oven cooked. I chose to grill them on high heat which takes about 15 minutes turning half way.
Once done they turn a crispy golden colour and I found they still retained their big size rather than shrinking with the heat. Jordanna was quick to exclaim “they are huge”.
This lovely family meal only took me 20 minutes to make in total and was enjoyed by all.
Its been a while since I posted about foodie pals and the reason being is simply just down to time.
I have now actually been a member of foodie pals for just over a year and as well as their link up site they also now have a Facebook page so everyone can share what they got this month.
My parcel this month has gone to Lena over in Germany and my parcel has come from Kim who lives down in Warwickshire.
My parcel was beautifully wrapped in a box with wrapping paper, and here is what was inside.
The box was packed with lovely goodies including some sweet waffles, popcorn, Pringles, tea, sweets, chocolate bar and Nandos goodies, all of which I’ll be making use of.
Foodie pals is similar to pens pals but rather than a letter and photographs you send a box of edible goods instead and change penpl each month.
Foodie pals can be joined Here and joining is totally free.
The Play book is wrote by Dr Amanda Gummer and is a book filled with useful tips, advice and practical fun inspiring ideas to help you child reach full potential.
The book is aimed at parents with a child from birth to five years. I was quite undecided when I first heard about it as to whether it would really be suitable for us, Izebella is now 2 and usually with many types of books such as this it always seems to be majority newborn to 1 year based with the odd page here and there for older toddlers.
I went ahead anyway and decided to get a copy to review. The book has approximately 200 reading pages and the first 115 are from birth to 2 years. I have had a brief glance through the first section just so I have an idea of what it’s all about.
The newborn chapter (and first few months) is pretty much what you would expect which is lots of information on things such as reflexes, communication, development, and there is a section on play activity with a very your baby as of course even the very young ones enjoy play. There is also information on signs to spot that something may be wrong.
As the baby stage of the book goes on, new toys and activities can be introduced and chapter 3 also talks about weaning and fun with food from 6 months.
Chapter 6 is pretty much Izebellas stage now (2-3 years)
It begins with language and how many words a child of this age should be saying and putting together (Izebella is advanced). It also mentions food & drink and eating habits as well as development and again what to look out rid and do if something is wrong.
The book is mainly about focusing on play and the 2-3 years section offers up ideas for play such as matching, role play, ball games, memory. All the play activities are of course designed to enhance learning and development.
After each chapter there is a page to make notes and at the back of the book pages full of nursery rhymes and resources.
It’s quite a good read and offers some useful tips and ideas. I think it would be really good for first time mums.
This book is due for public release on the 7th May, so not quite in the books hope just yet. However it can be pre ordered via AMAZON for £10.99.
Playing footy in the park is a great way to spend an afternoon, and this nostalgic scene captures all the drama and excitement of those childhood days. Set in the heady days of 1966, these lads have transported themselves to an imaginary Wembley Stadium, with nothing more than jumpers for goalposts and an old football. The boy in the red and white kit has just dashed past the defence, fooled the goalkeeper and scored a goal!
This is my latest puzzle challenge from the guys over at Ravensburger. It’s quite a strange one for me really as I have absolute zero interest in football at all. However I would say it’s more of a park scene full of young boys kicking a ball around rather than overpaid idiots on a pitch.
It’s a big difficult 1000 piece with the toughest bit being the green grass as it’s all the same. There’s lots of detail, as always the case with Ravensburger puzzles. The facial features are really well illustrated with very fund accurate detail.
The artist is Trevor Mitchell who is a freelance illustrator and painter.
The Wembley Dreams jigsaw is available for purchase via AMAZON for £11.99.
I have two little girls in my house who love both dolls and crazy hair do’s. They also both happen to be big fans of Lalaloopsy dolls of which they already own a fair few. Last week the latest doll in the Lalaloopsy collection arrived.
This is one of the Lalaloopsy Crazy Hair dolls. It is a similar size to most fashion dolls out there. As with most Lalaloopsy dolls it also comes with a pretty crazy name – Cinderella Slippers, and there are 3 other crazy hair dolls to collect.
She comes dressed in a funky pink Cinderella disco dress and big chunky pink wedge party shoes.
Her main feature is of course the “crazy hair” which is very crazy and wild indeed. It’s a strange combination of wool and wax. Some strands just wool and the majority wax, a little like yellow dreadlocks.
Her accessories are clips, glitter, hair twirler and a pack of extra hair. Again all pink, very girly.
I was a little baffled about how I would go about getting this extra wax hair onto the dolls head, but it just needs attaching onto the hair already there by twisting it. The pack contains 3 colours of wax hair (including more yellow) the hair can also be curled and twisted using the plastic hair curler to create a variety of crazy styles.
The extra hair simply untwists and comes out just as easily as it went in. The wax hair can even be cut (with supervision) and new wax strands added to grow again.
The glitter is an added touch to make the hair sparkly.
This doll needs no batteries and very little in way of instructions. These are great dolls for girls who love hair styling. The recommended age guide is 3 and over. Buy for £20.00 fromAmazon.