BullGuard - Software Review

Online safety and security is very important in our home,most of my daily transactions and shopping is online as this is a quickest and most convenient way for me to shop.
So I was delighted to try Bullguard identity protection software an awesome software package that offers complete identity and social media protection as it safeguards my personal and financial details from the risk of fraud and identity theft....Bullguard is the first identity and social media protection that safeguards you and your children which is absolutely perfect for us as a family.
The great thing about Bullguard is that works across all devices and operating systems PC,iPads,smartphones.

Bullguard is a perfect choice for parents as it monitors messages,posts and friends lists on Facebook. And what's great is that parent's can receive message alerts whenever inappropriate content or strangers are detected on their child's Facebook page.

One in five parents shocked by content on their children's email, text or Facebook account

London, 24th October 2013: One in five parents have been 'shocked' by content they have discovered on their children's email, text or Facebook account, a study by internet and mobile security firm Bullguard has revealed.

The alarmingly high figure emerged amid a study of 2,000 parents of kids aged 10-17, which showed 61 per cent regularly snoop on their kids. 

It also emerged that one in five mums and dads are convinced their offspring lie about their age to gain access to social networking sites.

More than one in ten parents have had to deal with their child being bullied online and a whopping 17 per cent have had to intervene after their child was threatened.

What’s more concerning is that 23 per cent of parents said their child didn’t know the perpetrator.

It’s no wonder then that one in four parents have confessed their snooping to their children because they were so concerned about what they found.

The worrying stats also revealed the average child doesn’t actually know 40 per cent of the people they are friends with on Facebook.

Alex Balan, Head of Product Management at BullGuard said: ''Parents do face a real moral dilemma as to whether they should check what their children are doing online. It's understandable to want to keep tabs on the sites that they are visiting but whether to read private emails, texts and messages poses a real quandary for parents. Whilst you want to look out for your child and ensure they are safe you also want them to be technologically savvy and have their own independence.’’

The study also found around 38 per cent of parents believe they would lose their child's trust completely if they confessed to snooping.

A more discreet 37 per cent had brought up the issues they were concerned about but hadn't let on they had seen private content on their child's computer or phone.

Researchers also found 30 per cent of concerned parents admit that although they were aware they were invading their child's privacy they felt it was necessary in order to keep tabs on who they were talking to online.

Reading emails, texts and messages were the most popular way for parents to spy on their kids as well as checking recent call lists and monitoring their internet browsing history.

But nearly a third were wracked with guilt after hacking into their child's email or Facebook account.

Of the parents who took part, one in ten said they knew the passwords to their kids' smartphone or computer despite their son or daughter trying to keep it private.

And 34 per cent of parents of kids aged 10-17 said they have no idea what the passwords are to their kids’ gadgets.

The main areas of concerns for parents were who their kids were talking to online, how much time they spend on the internet and the type of sites they are visiting.

Half of parents said their biggest concerns when it came to social networking sites were that their children could be talking to complete strangers.

In fact 16 per cent said their offspring had signed up to social networking sites behind their back, despite the fact they knew their parents would object.

And 40 per cent fretted that Facebook and Twitter distracted their kids from school work.

Posting suggestive pictures, declaring the family is on holiday and leaving the house empty and coming across as boastful were other concerns for parents.

One in five parents said their kids weren’t aware of ‘stranger danger’ whilst online but 30 per cent of parents admitted they had no idea how to safeguard their kids by keeping their gadgets safe.

Alex Balan, Head of Product Management at BullGuard added: ''It's a minefield for parents, whilst you want your children to have freedom and make friends you want to ensure they are safe when they are online. And this is where BullGuard Identity Protection can help. It’s hard enough watching your children 24/7 in the real world, but keeping tabs on their movements online is the real challenge. Bullguard identity protection offers Facebook protection for parents concerned about what their children are being exposed to such as cyber bullying, social predators or inappropriate content. It provides unobtrusive parental controls that permit parents to keep a discreet eye on their kid’s Facebook activities, so they can go back to just worrying about them in the real world.”
1.            Reading messages on social networking sites
2.            Checking their internet history
3.            Reading their text messages
4.            Monitoring their list of friends on social networking sites
5.            Checking their pictures on social networking sites
6.            Reading their emails
7.            Checking their call list
8.            Finding out their passwords
9.            Asking teachers to keep an eye on their internet use
10.          Getting a sibling to help to snoop

Bullguard is a quick easy to use software which will protect yourself and your children....As well as alerting you to inappropriate content, your child will have their own personalised dashboard in Facebook which also helps them to become more responsible for their online safety....The minute Bullguard detect that your details have been stolen or compromised you will get instant email or sms notification....giving you and your children the opportunity to enjoy online brosing safly.

School Trip

I had an amazing time on my son's school trip last Friday......although I haven't been feeling very well, it was still nice to get out and about with him and spend some time together.

The whole class headed to The London Aquarium via London Underground...We have been to the London aquarium before as a family, but never the less I was looking forward to the trip with my son....As expected It was a wonderful yet very tiring day as we encouraged the children to look for different species of fish on their list and describe and draw them, it was great fun watching all of the children get so enthusiastic, they really all had a great time ......At the end of the day I was totally exhausted...but it was worth it.


Touching the starfish.

A great day at The London Aquarium.

Linking in with Oliver's mad House #Magicmoments

Disney Frozen - Movie Review

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

In “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. 

We were delighted to be invited to the first ever UK screening of Frozen. 
We were very excited as we had previously seen the trailer on the Monsters University DVD the previous week...... and we knew instantly that we wanted to watch this awesome movie...

We were very excited as we arrived at screening and couldn't wait for the movie to start.... and we certainly wasn't disappointed.
We sat in amazement throughout the movie as we were taken on the breathtaking journey of Anna and Elsa, A totally awesome movie....amazingly heartwarming and magical story of love. The array of songs were breathtakingly amazing.... and we sat in awe throughout, along with the fabulous 3D graphics brought the movie to life.

We loved watching Elsa's amazing icy powers and of course our favorite character has to be Olaf so funny yet cute.....another truly amazing magical Disney movie which we cannot wait to watch again.

Lily Charmed - A Little Bird Told Me

We’re branching out into the wish granting business...
Is there a Lily Charmed piece you've been pining over for months but never quite allowed yourself to buy??

We would like to help. Does your significant other buy you tea towels and the Jeremy Clarkson DVD that he wants?? We CAN help! Would your OH appreciate a hand picking pressies for mummy from the kids?? We are that hand!

We've set up an email address: alittlebirdtoldme@lilycharmed.com
Here’s how it works:
Send us an email with the piece you've been wishing for....Visit our website to view your favorite Lily Charmed piece.

Let us know the email address of a partner, family member, friend or very generous neighbour who you think might need some help with his/her present purchases.

We will ‘secretly’ email a link to your wish piece to your nominated recipient along with a special little bird discount code (ALITTLEBIRD) for their purchase.

All they’ll need to do is follow the link and ho ho ho you go!
Please feel free to share the address and our plan. We want to make as many wishes come true as possible!
With love from,
Some little Lily Charmed birds x

Please note :It goes without saying that NO email addresses will be added to our database or lists without permission.



 Exclusive Moshi Movie road shows across the UK 

November 7th 2013 – World famous toy store Hamleys, are hosting an exclusive Moshi Monsters™: The Movie road show across their four stores: London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Dundrum (Dublin). Each store will have the much loved characters Poppet and Katsuma making an appearance. Kids will also get the egg-citing chance to have a special photo with the mysterious Great Moshling Egg, which is central to the upcoming movie story line.

Not only can Moshi fans have the chance to meet and greet the popular characters, the toy store will also be hosting a competition on the Hamleys website. Running until December 20th, four lucky Moshi Monsters™ fans will win an annual pass for Cineworld, in conjunction with Universal Pictures.

Each store will also be handing out stickers and offering prize giveaways throughout the activity as well as showcasing the trailer for the movie. The official soundtrack for Moshi Monsters™: The Movie will also be aired for the first time, tagged on local radio stations.

If that’s not roar-some enough, Scottish fans are in for a treat as the Glasgow store will feature all six Moshi Monsters™  characters together for the first time on Sunday 17th November as part of the stores ‘bringing toys to life’ campaign this Christmas.

For more information on the competition please click here 

For more information on the road show Click here

Sharing this post as a Moshi Monster official blogger.

Nintendo 2DS & Animal Crossing New Leaf - Review

We a huge gaming fans and my boys are totally game crazy, they love nothing more then some gaming fun....So we were were delighted to test the New Nintendo 2DS and the amazing Nintendo Game Animal Crossing New Leaf. 
Animal Crossing New Leaf is an amazing game where you are the mayor of your own town, you can make all the decisions and choose how you want to create and design your town, you can build and shape your ideal environment...with so many activities to do, from designing your own home to having fun enjoying the endless activities on offer, the ability to shape your experiences and desires in real time is awesome....my boys love this game they enjoyed the fact they didn't have to try and achieve any level building or set goals...its all about having fun in the virtual world doing exactly what you want.

To play Animal Crossing New Leaf on the New Nintendo 2DS was absolutely fantastic....the buttons were easy to reach and the graphics are amazing...We really loved design and the cool looking two tone colour design blue/black also available in white/red.

The Nintendo 2DS fitted snugly into my adult hands as well as my boy's making the console very easy to hold and view... which made game play easy and fun. We really really like new design as it feel very solid and sturdy which is fantastic for children.

We really love the fact we can play our old Nintendo DS games on the console which is really cool as the Nintendo 2DS will play all previous games.
The Nintendo 2DS has very similar features as the 3DS apart from the 3D feature which we never really previously used....this model doesn't have hinges and therefore has a sleep mode button. overall we are extremely delighted the Nintendo 2DS is an amazing sturdy console..ideal for children and adults.

The Nintendo 2DS retails at £109.99 and can be purchased online via Nintendo Store at all good store 
Nintendo Animal Crossing New Leaf retails at £34.99 and can be purchased via Nintendo Store

We were given the Nintendo 2DS console & Animal Crossing New Leaf game to review - all thoughts are that of our own, and we share our honest thoughts and opinions.

Cricut Mini - Review

I'm not much of a crafter although I'm always willing to have a go....so we were delighted to try the Cricut Mini.
The Circuit Mini is a cool electronic machine which creates a varied array of craft items and cool designs,its simple and easy to use and comes with step by step instructions to help you get started...you can access over 500 free images and amazing project ideas, you can also purchase an array of digital images from the craft room.
The circuit machine can cut a variety of fabrics, card and vinyls.

We couldn't wait to get started and test out the Circuit Mini.We downloaded the software and were ready to get creative.
My son thought it would be a good idea to make a Birthday Card for their grandma whose birthday is coming soon...so with the boy's help we choose some cute flowers and a Happy Birthday logo, We sat back and let the Circuit Mini do all of the hard work...within no time at all, we had all that we needed to create a special Birthday Card...My son then began to get creative and design this awesome card and a small gift bag..which we will fill with some sweets.
We are delighted with the Circuit Mini..there are so many amazing craft ideas we cant wait to try.

Here are more amazing ideas you can create and design using the Cricut Mini and options are endless.

The Cricut Mini is available from £99.99 at Cricut UK

Firework Fun

We had an awesome time yesterday at out local Fireworks Display...We half ran out of excitement to the park...( my aching calf muscles can testify to this) we arrived quite early, but the park was already quite packed...we were lucky to find a space in the front row...

We laughed and joked the time away as we stood waiting for the display....and we wasn't disappointed it was great..so many beautiful colours filled the sky...amazing...we had the most awesome time.

Awesome Display.

My boys had noticed a stall selling light up toy's....so we headed over and purchased a couple...needless to say by the time we had finished looking at the stall, which took forever as the boy's couldn't decided which ones they wanted.... the park had almost emptied.....my legs were killing me and all I wanted was a cuppa...then the rain started to fall (ooooh nooo and I only had my woolly poncho on)......But it didn't matter we had an awesome time.

Great fun and memories.

We arrived home very wet..but happy...and that cuppa was great.

WIN : Personal Planner Or Notebook

We have teamed up with the lovely people at Personal Planner to give you the chance to win your very own personal plan or notebook.
Personal Planner is a totally unique way to plan your daily life and activities......each planner or notebook can be specifically designed to your personal preference, By using the easy to use Personal Planner website, you can select preferred option eg: personal planner or notebook and then set about to create your very own personal design.

I'm really impressed with the designs features on Personal Planner, as you can choose from the a varied array of pictures and designs or simply upload your own images from your computer or instagram.....How awesome, You can change the,text and colours of the planner front and back pages and custom the the layout of pages....Below is my Personal Planner in progress.....

I choose my favorite colours pinks/purples and used my flowers image from my Instagram page, I also added a to-do list and a note section, But you can choose which ever you prefer, Of course if a planner is not what your looking for then opt for a notebook which can also designed in a similar way.

Planners start form £14.95 whilst Notebooks start from £8.99,each planner/notebook is made using high quality paper in a robust cover with clever elastic closures,The Personal Planner also comes with a ruler.

As i always purchase a diary every year i opted for a personal planner, and I must say I'm delighted and can't wait to use it......its an amazingly cool way to plan my life events...and best of all its unique to me.

Personal planner is a great gift for yourself, but also would make fantastic Christmas gift for you loved one
Personal Planner also offer a gift wrap service and a gift card option.
But what could be better then receiving a Personal Planner or Notebook as a Christmas gift a great way to start the new year in style.

To WIN A Personal Planner Digital Gift Card
 Which will enable you to Create your very own Personlised Planner Or NoteBook (of any size) Then Enter Here.

WIN - Be.ez LA Cover Allure iPhone Case

Estival phone case.
We have teamed up with be.ez, a French brand that makes stylish accessories for the mobile lifestyle, to give away one La Cover Allure Case (Estival) for iPhone 4 or iPhone 5*  case is worth £22.95 each. 
(*Winner can choose the desired specification of the case)

The be.ez LA Cover Allure for iPhone 4/5 is feather-light with a weight of just 15.5g, but is still strong, providing maximum protection for the new smartphone.  Made with ABS  (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)  the sides improve handgrip while remaining transparent to maintain its thin appearance. The LA Cover Allure for iPhone 4/5 is also easy to snap on and off, so cases can be changed with ease.

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