Middlesbrough children encouraged to read with chance to win iPad mini. Confirmed open to home educators.

Children in Middlesbrough are being encouraged to explore the town’s most popular stories with new reading logs and the chance to win an iPad mini. Note, most of what follows is a press release, which is why it doesn’t read like one of my blog posts. However, I’m sharing it because when I followed it […]

Nectar Summer Picks

We’re halfway through the summer holidays here in England now, and I’m willing to bet a few parents are starting to feel the budget pressures mounting up, and the inspiration running out. Nectar has some suggestions to help your money go that little bit further and stave off the boredom, starting with this video. Their […]

Looking back and forward to Kentwell Hall.

Challenged to find a picture of my favourite holiday destination for this Al Fresco Holidays blog competition, I couldn’t resist the chance to wax lyrical about Kentwell Hall and reenactment once again. It’s an odd choice of holiday. It’s hard work for one, but I suppose it’s the change is as good as a rest […]

Growing green fingered children.

This post is an entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge (find the linky here) with Moneysupermarket I love gardening. No, really, I do. Or at least, I love the idea of it. The reality, with two small children, tends to be rather different. I imagine popping out into the garden, doing a spot of digging, sprinkling […]

I’m going to Latitude with Rowse Honey

And what’s more, you can too 😀 Rowse will be operating a Howse of Honey at this year’s Latitude festival in Southwold, and they are running a fantastic competition giving away five family passes to go along (and check out the Honey Howse 😉 ). All you need to do is tootle over to their […]

Babysitting Mama competition

We were watching TV the other day when an advert came on for the new Babysitting Mama game from the makers of Cooking Mama. Big was fascinated. And that even with a real live baby in the house to practise on. It really would be right up her street tbh, such a shame we don’t […]

All this review stuff

I’ve actually been keeping most of my reviews off this blog recently. That’s because I’ve joined the Great Toy guide review team, and you can find my thoughts on various stuff over there. One of the things we were sent to review recently was a Playmobil advent calendar, and you can read all about it, […]

Ben 10: Alien Swarm – review

Small is a big Ben 10 fan, as is obvious to anyone who knows him. He can discourse knowledgeably on the different sets of aliens in the different series and explain what each one of them does. He has several omnitrixes (what is the plural of that anyway?) and many alien toys. With this in […]

A few words about my sponsor.

As well as sponsoring me to attend cybermummy, are sponsoring the gallery competition/ posting I linked yesterday. It’s a rather fab competition, with some wonderful prizes, (drooling over the Ornate Framed Canvas not to mention a personalised photobook and a gorgeous photo teddy) just the sort of thing you’d expect from a company like Photobox. […]

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