Back To School


September is almost upon us, which can only mean on thing. Back to School. It's been a great summer and we have all had a lovely time, but it's now time to get prepared for school and get ready to be back into the daily routine of school and work. So we wanted to share our top tips for getting ready to go back to school. Thank you for Disney for this cool stationery survival hamper to get us started, We love Mickey so we were super pleased with this cool set, Disney have a host of cool Disney character stationary, so not only are you prepared for school, but you can go back to school in style with your favorite Disney characters. Check out Disney's Back To School range here www.disneystore.co.uk/back-to-school.


Our Top Tips for getting ready to go back to school!

 

* Make a list- it's much easier to remember things when you have them written down, a quick checklist will help you remember all of your to-dos.


*Sort out you stationary - we are currently adding to our stationery collection, We love the cool Mickey Mouse pencil case  above. My eldest starts secondary school next week we need to make sure we have all the equipmet needed or he could get a detention.

*Start going bed slightly earlier- We have all been enjoying those late nights, so it's important for you (the parents) as well as the kids to start getting used to getting into bed that bit earlier each night.


*Get your uniform/bag ready the night before - by having your clothes and bag packed and ready to go will save you time, and help you feel prepared for the day ahead.


* Carry with you some healthy snacks - A great way to stay fueled during your first day, we tend to opt for these delicious dry fruits, especially the dried mango as the boys love it, curtesy of Forest Feast & Acti-Snack which are available from leading retailers nationwide. check them out online forestfeast.com & acti-snack.com.

  

We are ready, the uniform has been purchased, the pencil cases are filled and shoes are polished and snacks are packed.


Summer Time and Sand Free Toes


Like most, we have been making the most of the summer sun, and there's nothing quite like heading down to the beach, the only problem that we all face is sandy feet, But thanks to the launch of Ambre Solaire Easy Peasy -Anti-Sand Spray this will soon be a thing of the past.


Last week Garnier Ambre Solaire Anti-Sand Service on one of Britain’s busiest sandy beaches, Margate. The Anti-Sand Service provides kids with some seaside pampering; a pre-beach application of anti-sand sun protection spray, and for those who haven’t had the spray applied, a post-beach dusting, washing off and cleaning up of sand covered tootsies to eliminate the pesky problem of sandy toes on the way home.


The Anti-Sand Service is part of a wider summer Garnier Ambre Solaire campaign to guarantee fun in the sun whilst helping protect from the damaging effects of the sun.  As part of the summer campaign, the brand conducted research with parents of 3-10-year-olds, and found that:

*60% of parents want more information on sun protection and how to look after their children’s skin in the sun
*33% of parents find applying sunscreen to their children difficult
*38% of parents admit to not applying sun protection lotion often enough to their children as they get so irritable and uncomfortable
*21% say they believe they sometimes don’t put enough sunscreen on their children.

I can 100% recommend the Garnier Ambre Solaire Anti-Sand Spray, it's easy to apply and soaks well into the skin, it also contains a special sand repelling agent which allows the sunscreen to be absorbed and helps prevent sand sticking to the skin. It also Offers SPF 50+ which is great for these hot summer days.

Wileyfox: Spark+


We were delighted to attend a lunch meeting in central London to learn more about Wileyfox mobiles, Wileyfox is a British mobile phone manufacturer who are making cool, customisable mobiles phones suitable for everyone's budget.

  

My son is on the verge of starting secondary school so the discussion of mobiles has been a big one, as important for us all to stay in touch and communicate. We were both really keen to see how Wileyfox compared in comparison to the average smartphone.

Unboxing.
We loved the design of the sleek orange packaging, inside the box was a removable battery, USB cable and the Wileyfox black mobile phone.Wileyfox Spark feels very tactile to hold and had soft to touch back complete with the Wileyfox logo, the screen is quite large which is really important for gaming and videos. We initially were asked to set up a Cyanogen account, at first we declined as we wanted to investigate the phone, but it soon became clear that we could not access some of the customisation features without setting up the account.


We were delighted with the array of features and customisation options available, my son has downloaded sevearl themes and games, and ringtones. We love the security feature especially the pin lock scramble, which  means that each time you unlock your phone with your pin code the numbers re-scramble each use which means that prying eyes will never have the opportunity to guess the sequence of your pin.


My son has loved the gaming aspects and is more than impressed with the varied range of games he can access along with the quick response of the mobile touch screen, and to be honest my son's not the only one who has been left impressed by the Wileyfox features.

Picture was taken with my iPhone.
Taking pictures is always important, so I wanted to put the camera to the test, I have used many smartphones over the years so picture quality is a must, I wanted to compare the quality of the picture in comparison to my iPhone, You can see that I didn't do such a good job of zooming in, but both images are equally good.
Picture was taken with the Wileyfox.
We love that this phone has removable storage which is something I really miss with most smartphones so this has been a huge bonus, My son is also really happy as he knows he can make as many videos as he wants and not have a problem with storage.

When it comes to mobile phones like most I'm a creature of habit, but after seeing all of the features that the Wileyfox Spark offers its certainly opened up my eyes to something new, and with so many fantastic reviews to support its technology, its not surprising that Wileyfox has loads of fans, the price point is a huge bonus for me, as I wouldnt even contemplate paying out loads of money for a smart phone especially for the kids, and as the Wileyfox Spark+ is only £119,99 it makes it the perfect choice for those who want cool technology and fun features but at the fraction of the price.


Overall we have given Wileyfox a 10/10, My son can't put this mobile down, its defainly changed the way we think about smartphones in terms of price and brands. Here are some thoughts from my son
"It's very good and super quick its the best phone ever" We are so impressed with Wileyfox and adore the features of the Wileyfox Spark+. Wileyfox mobiles are made from globally sourced components from some of the well-known name brands on the market and advanced customisation options along with quality performance and security features, all built on the latest Android platform
For more information, visit www.wileyfox.com

WIN TOMY’s brand new Greedy Granny Game


We are delighted to partner with TOMY and give Five lucky readers the chance to WIN TOMY’s brand new Greedy Granny Game to celebrate the launch of the game including a special event at Hamleys Toy Store on Regent Street on Saturday 3rd September, where the magic of the game will come to life . Play the real Greedy Granny game, have your face painted Granny style and take part in the Greedy Granny photo booth.



Granny loves biscuits! So much so that she has fallen asleep with the entire tray on her lap. No wonder shes's called Greedy Granny! Your mission is to take a biscuit of each type from Grannys tray, but one wrong move with startle poor Granny and it will send her biscuits and teeth flying through the air

Greedy Granny is a fun new and mischievous game from TOMY. Perfect for all the family. Don't forget to look out for social media giveaways on the day on both TOMY and Hamleys Social media channels. Become a fan at Facebook.com/tomy.toy.uk or follow @TomyToysUK and  https://www.facebook.com/Hamleyslondon or follow @HamleysToys

Now its chance to get your hand on very own Greedy Granny, Simply follow the instructions below.

WIN TOMY’s Greedy Granny Game

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Nestlé GO FREE - Coco Rice Polenta Cake


Phil Vickery has recently teamed up with Nestlé GoFree to create three tasty gluten-free recipes using Nestlé GoFree Rice Pops and Nestlé GoFree Coco Rice. I'm delighted to share one of these recipes as l love the great taste of these delicious Go Free cereal's. The great thing about Go Free Cereals and recipes is that are great if you have an allergy or an intolerance to gluten of for those living a gluten-free lifestyle.


PHIL VICKERY’S COCO RICE POLENTA CAKE.




Serves 12
Preparation time: 15 minutes. 
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes.

Ingredients
For the cake 
175g Nestlé GoFree  Coco Rice
120g very fine polenta (the finer the better)
2 level tsp gluten-free baking powder
1 level tsp xanthan gum
Finely grated zest 2 lemons
3 medium eggs at room temperature
100ml skimmed milk
175g very soft block margarine
175g caster sugar
For the topping
250g quark
100g plain, low-fat fromage frais
200g fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
100g fresh blueberries

Method
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas mark 4. Line a 21cm x 28cm x 5cm deep baking tray with baking parchment
Blitz the Nestlé GoFree Coco Rice in a food processor for 1 minute. Tip into a bowl and add the polenta, baking powder, xanthan gum, and lemon zest and mix well

Meanwhile, mix the eggs and milk with a fork
In a food processer or using a hand mixer, cream the margarine and sugar for 3 minutes until it is nice and fluffy. After 3 minutes, add half the flour mix and all the egg and milk mixture, and beat together for 30 seconds. Add the rest of the dry mix and beat together for a few seconds. Spoon into the prepared tin and pop in the oven
Cook for 20-25 minutes or until nicely risen and spongy to the touch. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack. Remove the baking parchment and leave to cool
Make the topping: Meanwhile, beat the quark and fromage frais together well and spoon onto the cooled cake. Spread to the edge, top with the fruit and cut into squares to serve.



Nestlé GoFree Rice Pops and Coco Rice are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid, and iron, and are available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Ocado, RRP: £2.49. Visit facebook.com/nestlegofree/ for the latest news from Nestlé GoFree, and to find out more about other varieties in the range. 

Indulge In Magnum Doubles


There is nothing quite like the delicious taste of Magnum especially during this hot weather, we were delighted to try Magnums indulgent range especially as Magnum launches the new Magnum Double Peanut Butter

                                                                                                                           
Each delicious flavour is very moreish and will give you those moments of pure luxury, the tasty combination of textures and flavours will have you enjoying each mouthful.

  

 We loved the stunning animal print packaging which adds a touch of elegance to this tasty range.


New Magnum Double Peanut Butter - A delicious taste combination of sweet and salty for a rich flavour laced with smooth peanut-butter flavour ice cream and dipped in a velvety chocolate flavour coating, smothered in tasty layer of peanut butter sauce and covered in delicious Magnum chocolate,


Magnum Double Chocolate - Smooth and tasty, chocolate ice cream covered in chocolate flavour coating, layered with a scrumptious chocolate sauce and wrapped with the famous cracking Magnum chocolate.


 Magnum Double Caramel - A delicious rich caramel sauce with smooth vanilla ice cream is dipped in a chocolatey coating and layered with caramel sauce, wrapped in the delicious premium cracking Magnum chocolate.


The Magnum Doubles range can be found in all major retailers from March onwards and purchased as either a single or multipack, and available also in Mini size. Available nationwide. RRP £3.35 for a multipack of three, or £1.90 individually


WIN Family Tickets To Camel Creek Adventure Park in Cornwall


We have teamed up with Camel Creek to offer our readers the exciting chance for One Lucky Winner to WIN Family Tickets To Camel Creek Adventure Park in Cornwall.

 

Camel Creek is a cool Adventure Park full of family friendly rides large play areas and animals, all situated in the beautiful location of Cornwall. Simply follow the instructions below to enter!!!
For more information on Camel Creek and its facilities visit www.camelcreek.co.uk.



WIN Family Tickets To Camel Creek Adventure Park in Cornwall
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Beat Bugs - Event London


We were delighted to attend a cool event in London in partnership with BT & Netflix. We had the opportunity to take part in lots of fun craft and activities and watch a few of the new cool episodes of Beat Bugs.

 

Beat Bugs is a cool animated series that is coming to Netflix, that shares the lives and adventures of five cute yet very cool bugs who live outside in a garden. We had a great time watching them on their first adventures, The Beat Bugs also features some of the well-known tunes of the Beatles, so every parent will enjoy this new series just as much as the kids.


Netflix is a great online streaming service which you can access though you BT Hub straight to your TV, it offers a cool selection of movies for adults along with a cool kids selection of animations and films. Thank you BT & NETFLIX for a such wonderful day.

Whitworths 7 Day Shots Challenge


I was really excited to take part in the Whitworths 7 Day Shot challenge, a cool and fun challenge where I simply swapped two snacks a day and replaced them with the Whitworth shot packs. Like most, I love to snack and often tend to reach for unhealthy options, so I was really looking forward to challenging my attitude towards snacking and replacing unhealthy snacks with healthier alternatives. I was given these cool Whitworth's shot packs to help get me started. I was really inspired so began my seven-day snack swap immediately.


Tropical Coconut -  A tasty mix of sultanas,apricots, and flaked coconut.



Apricot & Seed - A shot of chopped apricots,cranberries, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.



Blueberry & Seed - A scrumptious  mix of Blueberries, raisins, yogurt coated sunflower seed and sunflower seeds.




Berry & White Chocolate - A mix of cranberries white chocolate and raisins.



I loved all of the Whitworth shot packs are so quick and easy to take in my bag and I could eat them anywhere, I found that it was just the right quantity to eat and what is great about these cool little shot packs is that  each pack is under 100 calories. Whitworth's Shots contain 25g per shot pack and come in 10 different varieties of dried fruit,nuts and seed mixes. Check out Whitworths -Shots for more information.

Name That


We love playing family games, so we were really excited to play Name That, a cool game where you need to think fast and Name That, Simply shuffle the cards and decided who is going to be the dealer, then the dealer will  pick up a card, read the category and then you quickly think of a word that begins with the letter shown on the next card - the first player to call out a correct answer wins the card. The aim of the game is to try and win the most cards.


Name That is a quick thinking name game that provides hours of endless family fun.and is great for all ages as its really easy to play,

  

Name That is a great game for on the go travelling or on those rainy days at home. Name That is suitable for two or more players aged 6+ and comes complete with a cool metal tin and 50 cards and rules on how to play the game and at only £12.99) it will guarantee hours of fun. Name That is available to purchase from www.smythstoys.com/NameThat 

Scooby-Doo Live: Musical Mysteries


Scooby-Doo has come to the West End of London for the first time to share its musical mysteries with the London audience and we were delighted to be part of it. 


   
Scooby-Doo features well-known and much-loved characters Shaggy, Fred, Velma, Daphne and of course Scooby-Doo along with some fun new characters that you will love, we were in awe as we watched the gang set off in their mystery machine, disguised as a rock band "missing link" to enable them to solve the mysterious case of Mr Warner's haunted theatre. 


 

We were entertained throughout the show by the cool characters and stunning stage props. We found ourselves clapping along to the classic tune "Scooby-Doo where are you" as well as some cool new tunes ‘We’re Mystery Inc, ‘Round Every Corner’ and ‘A Musical Mystery.


  

Scooby-Doo is a fun-filled family musical full of mystery and entertainment. Scooby-Doo musical mysteries is perfect for Scooby-Doo fans young and old.


Scooby-Doo is live at the London Palladium for four days only! from 18th August until 21st August 2016. So book now to avoid disappointment, for more information check out  www.scoobydoolive.co.uk.