31 May 2016

Card Roll Fairy Homes

I've been putting a few kitchen and wrapping paper rolls to one side, especially for half term, as they are always come in handy for rainy day crafts and keeping the kids entertained for free. There are so many things you can create with them from animals and vehicles to these cute little houses that will go well in your gardens for outdoor play! 

When plastic tealights are added they look really magical in the summer evenings but your little ones could always leave their teeth inside ready for the tooth fairy to collect from their rooms too.




Equipment

Card tubes
Coloured paper
Scissors
Pen
Glue
Tealights (battery powered, optional)

30 May 2016

Tween Entertainment - Goosebumps DVD Release

Goosebumps is arriving on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray Steelbook & DVD on 30th May, and to celebrate we have some goodies to give away!




After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper (Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets next-door neighbour Hannah (Rush), the daughter of best-selling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine (Black). Stine is very mysterious and a prisoner of his own imagination - the monsters that his books made famous are real, and he protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their manuscripts. When the monsters are accidentally unleashed and begin to terrorize the town, it’s up to Stine, Zach and Hannah to get them back in their books where they belong!


29 May 2016

27 May 2016

London's Nickelodeon Store Turns One


Nickelodeon’s flagship store turns one on Monday 30th May and to celebrate their first anniversary customers are invited to enjoy special birthday themed activities taking place on Saturday 28th May from 10am!




Located at One Leicester Square, the Nickelodeon Store has welcomed an estimated 650,000 visitors over the last year and has introduced over 2,500 new items since it opened. The Store has sold over 170,000 items with the SpongeBob London Guard, an exclusive to the store, proving to be the most popular soft toy.


Activities planned for the birthday celebrations include:

  • a balloon artist for visitors
  • a colouring competition
  • an appearance from SpongeBob SquarePants

23 May 2016

Picnic Ideas - Mini Frittatas

With 100 days of sunshine expected you might be planning a few picnics in the park or tea times on the terrace and therefore seeking some tasty recipe ideas. Quiche Lorraine is a classic French dish, traditionally made from a savoury custard, which can be served hot or and cold and is perfect for parties or as a light lunch. This crustless version, or frittata in bite size pieces, is equally as delicious but minus the pastry and lower in calories. The mini portions are great for popping into your picnic basket to serve on paper plates in the sunshine and leftovers, if there are any, can go into lunch boxes the following day or into the fridge to be eaten as breakfast on the go.




Ingredients

(Makes 24)
8 medium eggs
200ml milk
60g strong grated cheddar
6 rashers of bacon
6 cherry tomatoes

Top Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

With plenty of sunshine on the way it's time to prepare, not only for our children's sake but for our furry friends too - the pets! The warmer weather can affect them considerably but my 5 tips should help to ensure your dog stays healthy and happy all summer long.




Now is the ideal time to take your four legged chum for a trim at the groomer's. Their coats can be thick and heavy so reducing the fur will not only keep them cooler but make them look smarter too. Make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations and provide flea prevention drops or pills, as they, along with ticks and mosquitoes, are far more prevalent in the warmer months.


If you're heading out, even for a short time, it's better to leave your dog at home where there is access to fresh fluids and shade. Don't leave them in the car where temperatures can rocket as this can cause heatstroke which can be fatal. Parking in shaded areas or leaving the window open isn't sufficient - temperatures within vehicles can be 20 degrees hotter, if not more, than it is outside in direct sunlight which is very unsafe for your hounds. Also avoid keeping them in conservatories and if they are left in the garden get them a kennel for shelter from the sun.

18 May 2016

Families Framed from This is Nessie

I've always loved displaying my favourite moments captured on canvas around my home as a constant reminder of the fun times we share as a family. I think it gives guests a little look into our lives too and allows them to see some of the adventures we have enjoyed over the years together.

I actually have a wall in the lounge which is purely dedicated to bespoke artwork and when This is Nessie got in touch to add to my collection I was pleased to accept their offer.




Launched in 2002 they began their business by providing stationery, but after some success, they now create illustrations, commissioned pieces and prints, including the lovely classic wellies version we received. As a family that loves the great outdoors and spending afternoons walking the poochie in the woods getting muddy, this really captured my attention, especially as I could really personalise it in so many ways and with such ease.

It would also make an unusual yet sentimental gift for someone special and there is a Mother's Day version available.