My Top 5 Mel Gibson Action Films (includes ones I want to watch & a Competition!)

I have always loved action movies and used to watch Mel Gibson’s films when I was younger and thought they were great.  It’s nice to snuggle up on the sofa with some ice cream or chocolate and wine and watch a good action movie as they can keep you focused on the movie eyes glued to the screen so you don’t miss anything.  The fast pace stops them becoming boring in many cases and keep your attention on what is happening, ready for the next action filled scene.  I still enjoy watching action movies and do try to squeeze in a few here and there when I get a chance but time now is scarce so it’s a rarity.  Mel starred in a number of action films and these are my top 5:

Bird on a Wire

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I loved this movie and won’t guesstimate at approximately how many times I have seen it in case I embarrass myself.  This combined action with a bit of romance and comedy and who doesn’t love that especially when Goldie Hawn is the leading lady.  Isn’t she fabulous!  Goldie did do some great movies.  Rick Jarmin (Mel Gibson) is a federal witness who goes on the run with his ex-girlfriend, Marianne Graves (Goldie Hawn).  This is one that I do still enjoy watching and comes highly recommended.

Lethal Weapon (there were 4)

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If these were not on the list there would be something something seriously wrong.  These action filled movies were very popular when they first came out and I am sure that they were on each Christmas just like the Die Hard movies.  Mel’s character in the Lethal Weapon movies was fantastic.  You couldn’t help love the comical, daredevil character and Danny Glover was also good as his long suffering sidekick.  I loved that they used the same actors for all four movies as otherwise I think it would have lost its appeal and I think both Mel and Danny were irreplaceable.  The story line follows a pair of good cops that come up against all sorts throughout the movies beginning with Mel being a bit of a loner at the start when his wife dies to being an important part of Glover’s extended family by the end.  They come up against a drug lord, dirty cops and many more bad guys and make it through thankfully.  Watch out for Joe Pesci who as I recall was in the 3rd and 4th movie and adds even more humour to the mix.

Mad Max Anthology

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I remember watching Mel Gibson in Mad Max years ago and thinking what a great movie it was.  There were more movies that followed; Mad Max 2, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and more recently Mad Max Fury Road which starred Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.  These too were pretty action packed and faced paced as I recall.  I think I might need to catch up on these again as it has been a while.  These films follow Max (Mel Gibson) and is set sometime after an apocalyptic war where police are fighting roving motorcycle gangs.  Mel’s wife and son are are murdered by one of these gangs he sets out to get revenge.  The story then develops from there developing into the other movies.

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I vaguely recall having seen the first of these a while back but can’t remember it so really must watch all three.  The cast alone sounds great and as I can get all three movies on one Blu-Ray (I found it on the HMV site for anyone else that wants one) it looks like I have at least one to two evenings worth of movies to snuggle up with hubby on the sofa to watch always a good idea now it’s too cold to venture even near the front door.  The films feature the adventures of a group of professional killers fighting bad guys.  Mel Gibson is a bad guy in the 3rd movie which I am looking forward to watching.

Ransom

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This is a thriller / action movie where Mel – Tom Mullins’ son is kidnapped and he tries to get him back by paying the ransom initially but then realising he may still not have his son returned he changes the plan by offering the money as a reward to anyone able to get his son back.  By doing so he puts the life of both his son and wife at risk.  I need to watch this again as it’s been a while and I did think this was a great movie.

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Top 5 Gift Ideas for Batman Fans

I grew up watching Batman.  I used to watch the tv series with my brother as a child and watched all the movies too.  I wouldn’t say I am a hardcore fan but I have enjoyed watching the range of movies and think I have probably seen them all to date from Batman and Robin featuring various characters like Poison Ivy and Bat girl to the most recent Dark Knight Trilogy.

batman1One of the items that I have seen and actually bought for a mini fan before is this great clock which has moveable arms and legs.  You can find these in John Lewis priced at £19.99.

This Batman mug is great and I think any fan would be delighted to have one of these.  It’s not too pricey either as it is on offer for £6.99 at The Gift and Gadget Store.

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My next suggestion is pretty useful.  It’s a Batman Multi Tool for £6.50.  This bat shaped key ring is also a bottle opener and has crosshead and flathead screwdrivers in the wings.  If you want one make sure you check out The Gift Experience .co.uk.

batman3The Dark Knight Trilogy Box Set is a must for any Batman fan and can be found at HMV for just £14.99.  Forgot to buy your Batman fan one at Christmas ont worry grab it as a Birthday Gift, they will love it!

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Last but not least is this super cool projection torch that no Batman fan will want to be without I know i’d love this it’s great.  Available from The Gift and Gadget Store for just £4.99.

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Now I am sure many of you know at least one Batman fan, you might even be one yourself and with that in mind I am going to giveaway one Dark Knight Trilogy Box Set (check this) to one lucky reader to help you have one less gift to buy this year and as it’s January Blues time and I like to make people happy.  One lucky entrant will have their frown turned upside down when they win this great boxset.

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Love Ginger Beer? Here’s Your Chance to Win a Case of Fentimans New Spiced Ginger Beer!

I do love ginger beer as I love the taste of the ginger combined with the bubbles that make a gorgeously refreshing and thirst quenching drink.  Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to get the chance to try the Original Ginger Beer from Fentimans which was yummy so of course I was very excited when I heard they had a Spiced Ginger Beer!  The spiced ginger beer is infused with Eastern spices to create a delicious warming drink for the winter and a tasty and refreshing drink for the summer.

I was curious to see how much spice Fentimans had included but it isn’t too strong for the British palette to handle.  Great chilled, this delicious drink is gluten free and not too heavy on the alcohol at 4%.  Although great on it’s own this ginger beer is also great combined with other flavours.  I decided to have a little play with creating a recipe using ginger beer that used the flavour as it’s core instead of masking it and one that was easy make too.

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 These jellies are simple to make and are a fabulous light adult dessert that isn’t too calorific and perfect for anyone that loves ginger beer.  My recipe uses alcoholic ginger beer but Fentimans also has a non alcoholic ginger beer (traditional) should you prefer or in case you are making this for children.

Not so keen on cinnamon no problem don’t add it in, recipes are not set in stone so get creative and adjust them to your taste.

This particular recipe can be made with or without the creamy vanilla and cinnamon topping.  The creamy topping can be kept runny or you can add gelatin to make it thicker, again you choose.

I made these in disposable plastic cups as it was much easier and help reduce washing after but you can use pretty glasses if you have any.

Ginger Beer, Vanilla and Cinnamon Jellies

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Serves 8

Ingredients

For the Ginger Beer Jellies

1 330ml bottle of Fentimans Spiced Ginger Beer

150ml water

Water for soaking the gelatin

4.5 gelatin leaves

For the Topping

180ml double cream

a pinch of cinnamon powder

1tsp vanilla essence (preferably a good quality one with seeds)

1 gelatin leaf

Water for soaking the gelatin

Method

For the Ginger Beer Jellies

Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water for about 10 minutes.

While the gelatin is soaking gently pour the ginger beer into a jug as we don’t want this frothing.

Warm the water and once it starts to bubble a little remove it from the heat and set aside for two minutes.

Squeeze the water out of the gelatin and add this to the heated water and stir in, it takes seconds to dissolve.

Add the water to the jug of ginger beer, stir gently then pour evenly into your glasses / cups.

Place in the fridge for about 5-6 hours to set. I left mine overnight to be sure.

You need this part to set before starting the next.

For the Topping

Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water for about 10 minutes.

Warm the cream and once it starts to bubble a little remove it from the heat add in the vanilla essence and cinnamon, stir and set aside for two minutes.

Squeeze the water out of the gelatin and add this to the heated cream and stir.

Pour this over the set ginger beer jellies and place in the fridge to set.  The amount is far less than with the ginger beer so it won’t take as long to set.

Place in the fridge for about 3 hours to set.

When this has set you can grate over a little chocolate and add any garnishes before serving.

What a slightly different version?

You don’t need to set the cream, instead you can skip the heating and the gelatin, add in the vanilla and cinnamon and pour over the top of the jellies.

Again add on any garnishes and serve.

Just a note, not all gelatin is animal based so you can still make this whether you are vegetarian or vegan, obviously minus the cream.

Enjoy!!!

We all love a great giveaway so here is my first of the year.

One lucky winner will win a case of the Spiced Ginger Beer which you can either keep all to yourself or enjoy with friends.  Drink it straight up or try one of my ginger beer recipes the choice is yours.  Just a little heads up I have a Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipe coming up soon and it’s loooooovely!

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Num Noms Series 3 Lunch Box Deluxe Pack and Introducing Num Noms Lights #UnBoxingDay

Num Noms #UnBoxingDay

Num Noms have some NEW products hitting the shelves and we were lucky enough to get our hands on these great new additions.  You may have already seen their recent addition to the toy range the Series 3 Lunch Box Deluxe Pack (Style 1) well brace yourselves as the Series 1 mystery packs from the new Lights series will be coming to the UK soon.  We were sent these to get a feel for the toys and take a video of the little ones unboxing them but were asked not to post anything before today #UnBoxingDay.  It was all super exciting and hush hush!!!

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The Lunchbox has been cleverly designed so that if opened carefully it can be used as a storage case.  Within the case you have various types of Num Noms including Marshmallows, Donuts, Candy, Fruits and Veggies.  In the pack you will find ten scented Nums in a variety of flavours and food groups. Includes one mystery Num, two scented Nom erasers, a stamp and a mystery pot.

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The Mystery Light Packs Series 1

These include a scented Num and Nom and the Noms actually light up in two colours!!!  I know how great do they sound?   These cute guys come packaged in a juice carton which is a great touch and feature Freezie Pops, Snow Cones and Glitter Gummies.

Here is how we got on with our #UnBoxingDay review.

How great do these look?  Don’t you just love the lunchbox and also those cute light up Noms!!!

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Introducing EvoShave

Shaving isn’t always a fun or easy part of any man’s or woman’s beauty regime but unfortunately for many it is a necessity.  There are numerous types of razors on the market many are large and bulky others are dainty and easily broken.  For those that shave regularly I am sure you would appreciate the latest product that I have discovered.

Have you heard of the award winning and innovative shaving system EvoShave that makes shaving easier and gives a lovely smooth finish?

I will admit I hadn’t until recently but I have just been introduced to EvoShave who have a handy new razor system that can give great shaving results.  The system allows for a very close shave as you can control it at very close contact directly with your fingers.

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The razors are nice and sharp so make sure on your first few shaves you don’t press too hard!  This is extremely easy to use and comes with one razor blade.  To use it simply glide (shave), rinse and repeat.  The results speak for themselves leaving the skin exceptionally smooth and very importantly hair doesn’t get stuck in the razor blade clogging it up.  My husbands face is kissably smooth after using one and I thankfully don’t get stabbed by stubble.

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Made using the latest blade technology in the UK and Germany this razor comes in 3 different colours; blue green and black and is targeted as an item for men although ladies you will want one too as it’s great for shave legs, it’s far better than your average razor that’s for sure.

The product itself is relatively inexpensive with the handle costing only £4.99 and comes with a blade.  A pack of four blades costs £5.99 and a pack of eight blades will set you back £9.99.  Great news for us as we tend to like to buy in bulk in our household.

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Doesn’t the razor look great!

I’m sure you would all love to get your hands on one and just like your Fairy Godmother I am about to make one lucky readers wish come true and give away one of these fab razors in my latest competition.  In addition the winner will also get a pack of four blades and a Luxury Hotel Chocolate Gift Box.

So what are you waiting for get entering!!!

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Please make sure you read the terms and conditions before entering:

T’s & C’s

  • Entrants must be 18 years +

One winner will receive a EvoShave razor, one pack of four blades & one Luxury Hotel Chocolate Gift Box.

UK entry only.

The winner must be following @MelanieMse and @EvoShave on twitter and must have retweeted the competition tweet.

The prize will be delivered to the winner within approximately 28 days of confirmation of their delivery address.

There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner.

The competition will close on Sunday the 22nd of January at midnight.

The winner will have to respond within a week of being contacted to claim their prize.

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Glowing Musical Thomas The Tank Engine Review and Giveaway

Mr Squishy loves Thomas the Tank Engine and has been enjoying watching Thomas go on his various adventures on the tv.  Having seen this I did attempt to take him on the tube once thinking he would love it but boy was I wrong.  He started screaming hysterically but then he is still quite young and had never been on public transport except when he was still in my tummy.  For now we will have to make do with him playing with toy trains for a little while longer as I am not sure he is quite so ready to try again just yet and neither am I.  Instead he is happy watching trains whizz by on the tracks from a safe distance and also watching them on tv and of course his favourite of all, playing with them.  Until recently Mr Squishy only had one Thomas toy and a book that plays the theme tune but recently this lucky little chap was sent a Glowing Musical Thomas toy from Golden Bear Toys to review.

 Once my little man saw what was in the box when the package arrived he was extremely excited and grabbed it out himself.  He is getting to know the routine now so he ran off into the room we often do the children’s reviews, sat down and started saying deeeeee (his version of cheese) with the most enormous grin on his face.  Now from past experience I know the best way to show others how much a child really likes / loves a toy is to video them with the item.  Anyone can pose for photos with a product and smile saying the kids like it and move on, well I simply can’t do that as I like to be thorough as you may have realised by now so naturally we did a video just to show how much this toy is loved.

Watch Mr Squishy in action:

As you can see this is a great toy for any Thomas fan.  The funnel at the top (black) plays various phrases when pressed and the dome (blue) plays the Thomas the Tank Engine theme tune.  The cheeks light up and change colour and the toy itself is very cuddly and soft.  The music can be turned off so that this toy can be taken to bed without the fear of it waking the little one at night.  There is also a James and Percy option too which is handy to know as many little ones would love to have the whole set.  This is a great toy for encouraging imaginative play in little ones and my little man loves singing along to the song each time he presses the button.

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Doesn’t this look like a great toy for all little ones that love Thomas?  It makes a great gift for a toddler at any time of year.  Mr Squishy is loving it and would love one of you guys to win one for your own little Squishy so we are holding a competition for one lucky reader to win one.

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Mr Squishy was sent one of these to play with and his expressions say it all really you can’t get any more honest than that opinion wise x

Cocoba: An Introduction Plus a Giveaway!

I love chocolate what can I say it’s fabulous, but I don’t like all chocolate.  I know, crazy right!  Let me explain.  When you purchase some types of chocolate the quality of the ingredients are not always to the level they should be.  Some companies attempt to cut costs by substituting what should be good quality ingredients which would make a fabulously delicious chocolate for cheaper inferior ingredients thus increasing their profits but creating a product which is in some instances not fit for consumption in my opinion.  Yes I am a harsh critic in some respects but good quality products should be enjoyed by all so when I find good quality products the foodie in me can’t help but tell everyone.  I appreciate some might not agree but then we are all unique and have different tastes and have also experienced different quality products.  In many an instance I am finding that some of the most fabulously delicious chocolates are best purchased online.  One such chocolate is that which you will find over at the Cocoba website.  They believe in creating great quality chocolate products and search the globe for the highest quality cocoa beans and best tasting chocolate (how amazing does that sound!!!!).

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Cocoba opened their first cafe in Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent in 2014 and there you can enjoy their own Cocoba coffee blend, loose leaf teas, and iced drinks, along with their selection of freshly made baguettes, sandwiches, soups, paninis and salads, delicious pastries, cakes, slices, or one of their 100 chocolate products including chocolate bars (all made in store), truffles, pralines and more.  Is your mouth watering yet?

Cocoba’s hot chocolates are made from real Belgian chocolate that is slowly melted.  For those that can’t get to their store fear not, you can also recreate the experience at home, using their Signature Hot Chocolate flakes, or Hot Chocolate Spoons.

I really need to get myself to their store sometime because they also have a selection of Cocoba signature desserts, including a chocolate pizza, a brand new Chocolate Waffle menu, and warm chocolate cookie dough with ice-cream, plus an ice-cream and frozen yoghurt station with over 16 toppings to choose from!

It really does sound like my idea of heaven.  But again not everyone will get the chance to try these if they are not located close enough to get there but fear not these guys also make some of the most deliciously divine chocolate you could ever try and these and many more products can be found over on their site https://www.cocobachocolate.com/ . There you will find products including drinking chocolate, chocolate spoons, chocolate bars, truffles, tea, flavoured syrup and more.  There is even a Chocolate Collection Box monthly subscription that costs £19.95 for a month, less then many of us chocoholics spend on chocolate and containing some scrummy treats.

The Chocolate Collection box monthly subscription contains:

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A selection of truffles and pralines

Handmade chocolate bars

Decadent drinking chocolate

There are 3 of these boxes available at the moment; the Cocoba collection box, milk chocolate collection box and the dark chocolate collection box.  There is also a hot chocolate spoon subscription box which is going to help see many of us through the winter months and I am sure it is amazing.

Subscriptions are available for 1,3,6 or 12 months.

I was sent one of the chocolate box subscriptions to try and here is how I got on.

What was in my box:

A guide clearly labelling each type of chocolate.

Assorted Truffles & Pralines x 2 different types

Pack 1 (contains 3 types)

Caramel Truffle

A lovely milk chocolate with a gorgeous smooth caramel centre.

Cappuccino Truffle

A yummy thick melt in the mouth dark chocolate ganache encased in a gorgeous rich dark chocolate.  Coffee lovers beware one bite and you’ll be hooked.

Tipsy Run Truffle

Chocolate, cream and rum are combined to create a divine ganache which is enrobed in dark chocolate.  I do love adding rum to alcohol as it works very well and this is a great example of how it should be done.

Pack 2 (contains 3 types)

Grenoble Praline

This comprises of a delicious walnut praline in a lovely thick milk chocolate coating.  Not a chocolate that you will come across often but one that you will simply adore.

The Marzipan

What can I say I do love marzipan and these guys really do it justice.  The addition of the chocolate is the cherry on the cake, yum!

White Nougatine

There were two of these in the pack but interestingly the both vanished.  I suspect my girls may have had something to do with that when I went to answer the phone.  The moral of the story, don’t leave chocolate unattended at my house there are lots of little and also big hands that will snatch it up before you realise its gone.

Extra Smooth Milk Chocolate (small bar)

Mr Squishy got wind that there was chocolate and found that this bar was just the right size for him, he grabbed it and hid under the table and didn’t come out until it had gone.  The only tale tale signs were that his hands, face and top had a good coating of chocolate, somehow it even made it into his hair too.  Anyone for a chocolate coated toddler?

Salted Toffee Truffles

Dusted with cocoa for a touch more flavour and because it looks pretty, these smooth, thick, creamy, velvety truffles melt slowly on the tongue.  You will be in heaven when you eat these with the contrasting texture of crunchy toffee pieces and the addition of the sea salt.  It is hardly surprising this is their best selling product, the truffles are wonderful.

Milk Chocolate Spoon

This has been hidden for me to enjoy over Christmas, ssssshhhhh don’t tell anyone or my little troop of chocoholics will hunt it down and eat it off the wooden spoon.

Mint Crunch Dark Chocolate (bar)

This is a 71% dark chocolate (nice and rich) which has been infused with organic peppermint oil and also has a sprinkling of mint crunch.  If you love good dark chocolate and mint you will love this bar, it’s simply exquisite.

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Caramel Sea Salt Milk Chocolate (bar)

This yummy silky smooth caramel is sprinkled with sea salt to give a delicious contrast between salty and sweet.  I was lucky to get a piece of this.  I am strongly considering hiding my chocolate review products in someone else’s house although I’m not sure who I can trust to look after it and not eat it lol.

44% Venezuela Origin Chocolate

This is a lovely simple chocolate button like no other, the rich creamy chocolate melts gently on the tongue.  This isn’t bulked up with rubbish instead it contains a whole 44% of cocoa solids unlike many inferior quality products.  Those that haven’t had the opportunity to experience this quality of chocolate before may mistake the flavour of this for dark chocolate.

Further information

The expiry dates on the items included in the box varied from 4 months 15 months although whether such a subscription box will last in my house for more than a few days is questionable with the number of chocoholics here.  It’s crazy I actually have to hide chocolate and hope no one finds it.  Even chocolate gifts for others are not safe which can at times be a nuisance.  My husband is the worst of all having eaten gifts I have bought and with me discovering last minute it can be very frustrating.  The chocolate as you saw was nicely presented with simple, clearly labelled packaging.  There is a fair amount of chocolate in the box that should keep most happy for a fair few weeks depending on their rate of chocolate consumption and of course the number of chocoholics living in the household.  As this chocolate is of a higher quality you might find that your craving is satisfied far quicker and you don’t need to consume quite so much I know I do.  That’s the beauty of having better quality items your weight increase is far less (yaaaaayyyy) and also the health benefit is greater.  Don’t forget chocolate contains antioxidants which as we all know causes ageing and various ailments, it also triggers the release of endorphins making you feel good.  There are numerous benefits of eating chocolate but of course the quality of the chocolate will influence this greatly, stick to good quality and you can’t go wrong.  The products are well priced, I did look at a leading competition and these guys charge less so keep that in mind next time you are looking to buy chocolate for yourself or as a gift.

So now for a really exciting announcement, the generous guys at Cocoba have said that I can giveaway one of their 1 month subscription boxes away to a lucky reader, it could be you!!!!

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The Little Boy or Girl Who Lost Their Name Personalised Book Review & Giveaway

There has been a growing rise in personalised products.  These range from items for adults to items for children and the scope is pretty varied.  Amongst the most popular personalised items for children is a book.  This can make a lovely keep sake and an item that they can grow up with and keep to show to their children when and if the time comes.  Recently I was contacted by the UK’s most popular personalise picture book company to do a review and having little ones of my own this sounded like a great opportunity.  These are suitable for children from birth up until around the age of 8 and the story characters vary depending on the letter in each child’s name although some of the letters have character choices too which is nice.

There are 2 different books available The Little Boy or Girl who lost Their Name and The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home Book.  Both come in you option of paperback or hardback.  There is also a Lost My Name Alphabet Poster and a Silly Snap Game that you can have the child’s name printed on.

When I went to place my order I was pleased that the whole process was easy and did not take too long to do and I could choose from a small range of characters for some of the letters.

The books arrived in no time at all and I excitedly presented them to the children.  I must say when we opened the books the children and I were impressed.  Each page was beautifully decorated and the little ones enjoyed flicking through and reading each page as it took them through the letters of their name on a fabulously fun adventure that meet new and lovely characters on the turn of each page.  These are lovely, well thought out books that really help encourage children to read as well as making them feel pretty special having a book that is based around them and their name.

The girls loved their books and wanted to read them in bed that evening.  They loved the beautifully illustrated pages and that their names appeared in their very own book.  The girls had great fun comparing the different pictures on the pages.

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Mr Squishy was also lucky enough to get a book and he loved it!  He now grabs the book at nap time, gets into mummy and daddy’s bed, gets cosy and waits for mummy to bring his bottle of milk and read the book to him.  When Mr Squishy isn’t preparing for a nap he finds looking at the book great fun and enjoys sitting and looking at the pictures on each page.   He loves his new book and he isn’t the only one as this company has sold over 1.7 million copies in 176 countries.

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The children’s faces say it all, they loved their books.  To spread and promote the joy of books and to help encourage one lucky child to read we are giving away one of these beautiful personalised books for a lucky boy or girl.

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The Irish Fair Door Company Review and Competition

Childhood can be a great time for children full of fun, adventure and magic.  I want to make the magic in my children’s lives last as long as possible so naturally when I was asked to review a Fairy Door from the Irish Fairy Door Company I was very keen.  The door arrived very quickly and my girls were like jumping beans when I opened the box and showed them what was inside. “OMG a fairy door” they exclaimed loudly, “can we do it now mummy pleeeeeeeeeaaaaassssssseeeeee??????”

Well I could hardly say no but of course I bribed them to do their homework and interestingly enough it was completed very quickly and without complaint too.  Whilst the girls were doing their homework I did mine by popping over to the companies website and taking a look around.  There are a range of Fairy Doors available with different shapes and paint colours, accessories and miniature items to leave out for your fairy, books and more.

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There is so much choice and these make a great gift for children, they encourage creative / imaginative play and allow children to express themselves through the decorating of the door.  You don’t need to just use the items provided be creative and maybe add a few of your own.  Little girls and little boys love fairies as do many adults and it’s lovely to be able to keep the idea of these magical creatures alive in the minds of children.

Making your door is as simple as 1,2,3!

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The set comes with a plain wooden door, colouring pens, paints, a paintbrush, accessories to add on and put in front of the door, a booklet with further information as well as set up info., a key and a lease agreement.

Once the door is ready leave it against the wall with the key and lease.  Make sure you sign the bottom of your lease and when the fairy arrives they will take the key and sign the lease.  Then you have your very own fairy living with you, how exciting is that!

You can add any of the items shown in the collage above to this and many more items can be found on the site.  This is a lovely toy for little ones and it really is nice to see how excited they get when their fairy moves in.

My girls loved designing their fairy door and would do it again given the chance.  I loved that everything needed was included except the glue that is but let’s face it all parents have glue handy for arts and crafts projects.  It’s a great idea for a children’s and after the door is made it can be used after for play.

See how we got on when we made out fairy door:

The guys at the Irish Fairy Door Company have been very generous and said that I can give away one of these great Fairy Doors which make super gifts.

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Win a Mr Tumble’s Something Special Christmas Party Album

It’s coming up to Christmas and I am starting to encourage the children to get into the Christmas spirit.  It’s a fabulously magical time for little ones and one way of making everyone feel more Christmassy is by singing Christmas songs.  Now although embarrassing I will admit there are quite a few that I don’t know all the words to that’s fine as Mr Tumble has come to my rescue this year with his first ever Christmas Album, what amazing timing!

tumble1Clearly this was fate as this super Christmassy album has just about every child appropriate Christmas song you could possibly need.

The Album is titled Mr Tumble’s Something Special Christmas Party and contains 20 songs including:

Tracklist:

1             Here Comes Santa Claus

2             Do You Wanna Build a Snowman

3             Santa Claus is Coming to Town

4             Winter Wonderland

5             Frosty the Snowman

6             It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

7             A Sleigh Ride Together with You

8             White Christmas

9             I Can’t Wait for Christmas

10          Silent Night

11          Let it Snow

12          Jingle Bells

13          All I want for Christmas is My 2 Front Teeth

14          Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

15          Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

16          12 Days of Christmas

17          Little Drummer Boy

18          The Xmas Song

19          Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas Time

20          We Wish You a Merry Xmas

The album contains brand new studio recordings of 20 much-loved classic Christmas songs, with a Mr Tumble twist.  Tracks include Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and many more, including Do You Want To Build A Snowman from the kid’s favourite blockbuster hit film, Frozen (OMG that’s brilliant!).

CBeebies’ Mr Tumble (played by Justin Fletcher) is one of the biggest and most well-known celebrities for pre-school children. How appropriate then, that he joins his peers with an album of everyone’s favourite Christmas hits.

Not only does Mr Tumble have a great Christmas album, he also has some great toys available for little ones including the Mr Tumble Fun Sounds Musical Car available from Golden Bear Toys.

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If you would like to win a copy of this great Christmas CD mentioned in this post for yourself or your children make sure you enter the competition.

You can also buy a copy if you don’t want to leave it to chance from Amazon.

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Please be aware that this may not arrive before Christmas although we will try our best to make sure it does.