HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND: THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE

THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE

We love visiting Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park London, its the must visit attraction to go to this time of year, full of Christmas spirit and festive-themed activities, stalls and attractions from Zippos Circus to The Magical Ice Kingdom, along with ariel views in the Giant Observation Wheel, whats more its free to enter into Hyde Park Winter Wonderland which gives you a great opportunity to explore and soak up the festivities and decide which attractions you would like to visit, the vibe inside is amazing and we quickly forgot that it was damp and wet as we explored the Christmas Market and sang along to the jolly Christmas tunes which echoed throughout.

Hyde Park Winder Wonderland

This year we were in for a real treat as the first time there was an amazing new attraction to explore, The Winter Palace Theatre, and until Monday 2nd January 2017, it will be home to the amazing production of The Nutcracker On Ice, featuring The Imperial Ice Stars.

Hyde Park Winder Wonderland Logo

Whilst we excitedly waited for the show to start and had a delicious soft drink in by the bar, before long it was time for the show to start, as we entered the arena we were greeted by an amazing starry sky scene of tiny twinkling lights which filled the walls and ceiling, inside the palace there are around 950 seats giving The Winter Palace Theatre a very intimate and cosy feel, which also means that all of  the seats have an excellent view of the ice rink stage.

Hyde Park Winder Wonderland Nutcracker On Ice

We sat in awe as the show started, and a dusting of snow  filled the ice rink stage and the projected scenery screen changed, then the Tchaikovsky music began, out came the stars of the show who graced the stage with their outstanding skating skills, we were treated to an hour of astounding lifts spins, stunts and illusions, all which told the scenes from the classic tale, each lift and spin and dance was perfectly choreographed to the music, it was simply breathtaking to watch

Mesmerising entertainment for all the family, a must see at Winter Wonderland.  Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is open now until Monday 2nd January 2017. For tickets and information on The Nutcracker and all other attractions check out hydeparkwinterwonderland.com and see more of the Nutcracker Here: podcats.co.uk/nutcracker. Winter Wonderland is located ar Hyde Park, London, W2 2HU, and is open from now until the 2nd of January from 10am - 10pm everyday.




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Disney: Moana - movie Review

Moana

Moana (Auliʻi Cravalho) is an adventurous and inquisitive young women, who has a calling to explore the sea, but has been forbidden to do so by her father the Motunui chief. Moana suppresses her feelings and settles her heart to follow in her father's footsteps and becoming the leader of her people.

Moana image

But despite these attempts, Moana still finds herself drawn to the ocean. Moana and her people realise that the island fruit and fish stocks are on the decline.

Maui (Dwayne Johnson)

Moana's grandma shares a hidden secret that her ancestors before she was, in fact, voyagers, with this knowledge Moana finally follows her heart to fulfil the ancient quest to save her people, and sets of to find the all-powerful demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) who can hep she save her island. But the journey ahead is dangerous, but Moana is determined to prove herself and save her people.

Osnat Shurer and  Auli'i Cravalho
An amazing introduction to the movie courtesy of the Producer Osnat Shurer and the voice of Moana Auli'i Cravalho.
Disney Moana Logo

We absolutely loved every minute of this action adventure, another amazing movie from Disney. Moana's adventure is an inspiring one, of following your dreams and finding out who you are and what you want, with a good helping of courage and strength, Moana has a couple of tear jerking moments along with some very light-hearted and funny scenes, an adventurous and exciting journey. Moana is an amazing family movie.


Moana will be in cinemas nationwide from December the 2nd.

Family Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Trees

With Christmas just around the corner, like most, you will be thinking of the perfect gift for your loved ones, so we wanted to share some of our favourite family products that we love.

Presents

Gaming - Buying gift that the whole family can enjoy is great fun as it means it something everyone can enjoy together.

Pokémon Sun Pokémon Moon

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon arrive on Nintendo 3DS family systems just in time for Christmas, Get ready to head to the Alola region to discover a whole new world, new Pokémon, and new adventures, The story begins just after the main character moves to the lush islands of the tropical Alola region – an area full of never-before-seen Pokémon, including some new takes on classic creatures. No sooner have they arrived than their adventures begin to unfold, and they meet many fascinating people and Pokémon on their travels.

Fifa 17  gamplay

Fifa 17 - Watch the story unfold and on and off the pitch where you follow the journey of Alex Hunter choose Alex's reactions and help him make decisions, which contributed to the story mode to ultimately get Alex into the Premier league. for more information check out PlayStation-family event.

Movies


Pete's Dragon

Petes Dragon - A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, Pete’s Dragon is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.

 Zootropolis

Zootropolis -  Judy Hopps is a determined rabbit from Bunnyburrow, Her dreams are finally coming true as she heads for Zootropolis to become the first ever rabbit police officer, Judy soon finds herself on traffic patrol rather than catching the real criminals, Judy is determined to prove her worth and eventually finds an opportunity to embark on her first big case teams up with  sly hustler fox Nick Wilde.

Food

Thorntons Continental Chocolate

At Christmas, as there are always so many more amazing treats available. so if you love Thorntons Chocolates then this advent calendar is for you, each day until on the countdown to Christmas you will get a tasty Thorntons Continental Chocolate treat.

Thorntons Continental Chocolate Advent Calender

Behind each door, you will find a delicious Thornton's Cholacate from Expresso, Sicilian Lemon, Salted Caramel Praline, Chocolate Milano, Apricot Danish, Hazelnut Slice, Alpini Praline, Seville Caramel, Vanille Truffle, Viennese Truffle.



Thornton's Advent Calendar is only £ and can be found at Thorntons £12.50 in store and online via www.thorntons.co.uk.

  Grand Ferrero Rocher   Grand Ferrero Rocher inside

My Husband is a huge Ferrero Rocher fan, so to receive any of these Ferrero Rocher will make his day. Ferrero Rocher Grand is a huge palm sized Ferrero Rocher chocolate shell and inside is two delicious Ferrero Rocher's.

Ferrero Rocher collection

Ferrero Rocher collection consists of all-time classic Ferrero Rocher -  layers of crispy wafer and hazelnut, covered in milk chocolate. Raffaello - an almond surrounded by a soft creamy praline wrapped in a coconut wafer shell and coated in coconut flakes. Ferrero Rondnoir -  delicate wafer with a smooth chocolate cream, surrounded in dark chocolate and almond pearl hidden inside.

Ferrero Rocher

Ferrero Rocher makes the perfect gift for chocolate lovers, available from all major supermarkets, The Grand Ferrero Rocher RRP £5.24 and the Ferrero Rocher collection box at £13.64.


Toys


Supersize Thunderbird 3

We love this cool Supersize Thunderbird 3 with live action smoke technology, at the push of a button you can watch as the Thunderbird 3 blasts off leaving behind a trail of smoke. RRP £49.99. For more information check out Supersize Thunderbird 3.

Thunderbirds Are Go Action Figure  The Mechanic

Thunderbirds Are Go Action Figure - The Mechanic, a cool looking villain who is unpredictable, the movable figure comes with an attachable ion hammer and neuron driver. Perfect stocking filler for Christmas. RRP £9.99.

Oddbod Fuse

This Oddbod Fuse is a voice interactive soft toy, which has two fun modes walking mode and super sounds mode. Talk, clap and make a noise and listen to your Oddbod responded by chatting away in their fun Oddbod language. RRP £29.99 For more information walking, talking, voice activated Oddbods.


Real Construction - Review

 Real Construction

We love getting crafting, so we were delighted to get our hands on these cool Jakks Pacific Real Construction sets, The Real Construction Set Starter Set is £9.99 and is perfect for beginners, the Real Construction Deluxe Workshop Set os £24.99 and has a bigger variety of tools and materials, we opted to use the deluxe set in this review as we wanted to build something big.

Building Real Construction  Building Real Construction

The Real Construction Deluxe Set comes with over 125 pieces and a cool set of tools,screws,bolts all that you could possibly need to get crafting and building. Inside the box, you get a step by step guide to help you build specific items, but we semi opted to follow the treasure chest option but added our own twist.

Real Construction Tools

The Real Construction wood is made from a foam-like material, and the tools are made of a strong durable plastic, which means that your children can explore, screw and saw safely. We were really impressed how easy the set was to use, we could saw and bang nails into the wood material to create our design, it's such a cool way for older children to craft, although some children may need help if they are following the instructions to build one of the more intricate items.

Real Construction Box   Real Construction Inside  Box 

We boys really pleased with the mini storage box, we had lots of fun building and was amazed by the end result, defiantly the most awesome construction set ever perfect for children 6 years upwards.

Beano    Beano inside magazine

Also in this Octobers edition of Beano, you can find a step by step Real Construction guide to building a Speedboat, there is also a chance to enter a competition to win your very own Real Construction Set. For more information check out realconstructiontoys.com.

LEGO store London

Lester Logo store

We were really excited to head to an exclusive preview of the world's biggest LEGO store, located in London's Leicester Square, the two-floor store is filled with everything LEGO, including limited edition collection sets

Lego store  Lego Store London Sets

The store has cool areas where you can build and buy as well as play and explore, along with a Mosaic Maker where you can take your photo and print out a personalised portrait made of LEGO which you then have to assemble.

Building LEGO inside the LEGO Store  Big Ben LEGO Store 

Within the store, you will spot some of Londons most famous landmarks from a Tube Train to Willaim Shakspeare, as well as the iconic landmark Big Ben which is made from over 200,000 LEGO bricks and best of all it chimes just like the real thing.

LEGO STORE London  LEGO Store shelf display

We was in awe at the sheer scale of the store and the vast array of LEGO products all under one roof, we defiantly spotted so many amazing items that we would like.

LEGO Store Keyrings  LEGO Gingerbread Man 

And of course, we were not going to leave without some cool LEGO gifts in tow, I couldn't resist this cools Gingerbread Man keychain, it most defiantly was coming home with me.


LEGO Store London Leicester Square is now open to the public, I'm sure you will enjoy it as much as we did.

Stories Of Hope #WithOxfam


I'm delighted to collaborate with Oxfam and share Oxfam's Stories of Hope movement to help fight against poverty, Stories Of Hope shows us what regular donations can do for the lives of people all over the world. I'm humbled to share Buchumi Story, He managed to turn a bad situation into something positive and is now able to provide for his family.

Buchumi was born in Burundi. Buchumi moved into his first camp in Tanzania in 1999, meeting his now wife In 2010, he now living with his his wife and four children in a Nyarugusu refugee camp, Buchumi has been able to make himself a living working as a tailor. With the help of Oxfam, Buchumi now has hope for the future, Recently they moved to the camp they live in now, as there is a lack of food and very small portions are expected to last families up to a month, it was due to this reason that Buchumi decided to take up tailoring. Now with the extra income, he is able to buy food for his family.


Buchumi used to be a teacher, but many of the schools were closed down, so he decided to take up tailoring lessons to learn how to sew. Buchumi’s story is hopeful and positive. Looking towards the future, he hopes to be able to make improvements to his workshop in order to continue his success as a tailor. “I love tailoring, that’s why I am still doing it. For now, I would love to keep tailoring

Buchumi is proof that it’s possible to turn a bad situation into something positive and as the refugee crisis continues unrest in Burundi has meant that Tanzania is seeing an influx of refugees into areas that were previously only sparsely populated. This has meant the Nyarugusu refugee camp, that was originally set up for Congolese refugees, has quickly run out of space.

Oxfam is working in Nyarugusu and Nduta, one of the new camps, to provide water and sanitation facilities, emergency food, and support to access work. Providing a safe and sanitary environment is a major priority in the work Oxfam has carried out. Programmes  like theses help refugees create an income and gain stability in their lives.


The great thing is that you too can help people like Buchumi living in refugee camps all over the world. By giving a small monthly donation you can support Oxfam's work by helping to fight against poverty and provide a brighter future and stability for those in need

£2.50 can provide 25 water treatment sachets to a family in an emergency. This is enough to make around 500 litres of water safe; enough to last a family of four for a month.
£20 could give one person in an emergency camp or poor community access to a composting toilet, helping to prevent the spread of disease, and give people dignity.
£24 could provide a family with the tools, seeds and training to set up an allotment, helping them to feed

Donations are important to help Oxfam continue their work on long-term projects with as well as emergency situations that often occur, Oxfam is changing lives around the world allowing people to lead better lives and build stable, happy futures.For more information check out www.oxfam.org.uk or donate via donate online.


Fuel Your Dreams #SunPatDreams

Dream Logo

We all have dreams, some are big and others can be small and simple. I'm quite a simple dreamer and the most smallest things please me, anything from a day out with the family to a lie in bed on the weekend, The kid's dream of driving nice cars and being footballers.

Park

Sun-pat has long been a firm family favourite and certainly helps my boys sustain their energy whilst playing football.

Sunpat


Dreams are great and open your mind to endless possibilities, So we are delighted to share Sun-Pats fuel your dreams competition where you could have your dream come true as Sun-Pat is offering you the chance to realise your ultimate ambition and make your dreams come true for a day.

Sunpat on Rice Cake

The competition is open now check out www.sunpat.co.uk to enter the competition.