Playmobil The Movie


Playmobil The Movie is a fun animated comedy movie inspired by the fabulous role play Playmobil toys. The adventure follows Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) who dreams of adventures travelling around the world.



But that all comes to an abrupt end when Marla and her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) have to deal with some devastating life-changing news. As time passes Charlie becomes fed up with his situation and set off for a mini-adventure, Marla follows Charlie and soon they both find themselves on an unexpected adventure of a lifetime, but the pair soon become separated.



Marla finds herself journeying across new and strange worlds to locate her lost brother, on her journey  Marla makes some unlikely friends who help her on her quest, from food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan) and the cool charisma of secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), but just when Marla is about to give up hope a fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) give Marla some advice that will help her save the day.



The Playmobil movie is filled with humour and fun characters that you will love, the perfect movie that the whole family not only will love but will relate too, a story sharing an important message that you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself. Playmobil The Movie is out across UK cinemas on the 9th August.


Ugly Dolls


Unconventionality rules in UGLYDOLLS, the new animated family adventure based on the beloved toy brand. In the adorably different town of Uglyville, the free-spirited Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) and
her UglyDolls friends confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.



Directed by Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet, Shrek 2), UGLYDOLLS features original songs by Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas and Pitbull.
In a recent interview with USA today Kelly Clarkson said "Moxy could not be more perfect for me.
Because I’m not really that (princess) girl. I’m really this girl,"
"UglyDolls is a giant metaphor on life," she says. "We all come in different shapes, sizes and personalities, but with our own individuality."

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Created as a plush toy line by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, the UglyDoll brand quickly gained a cult following around the world. Beloved by children, teenagers and adults alike, UglyDoll characters are distinct for their endearing “ugliness,” in a wonderful “uglyverse” where differences are celebrated and embraced. Whilst waiting for the movie why not check out these Ugly Dolls Downloadable Activities.

UGLYDOLLS is out in UK cinemas from 16th August 2019


London Transport Museum Depot Open Weekend In Acton


We had great day at the Family Fun Museum Depot Weekend at Acton in addition to the fantastic collection in the museum in Covent Garden, London Transport also have a museum Depot in Acton which contains over 320,000 exhibits and three times a year they open their doors to let you in to explore the stunning treasure trove of transport memorabilia.



The event is on this Saturday 13th July and on Sunday the 14th July and is perfect for the whole family, with so much to see and do its a great family day out. 


On arrival we were given a programme of events which included a puppet show a bouncy bus and soft play,as wells as family crafts and fun activities.


Best of all we also had the chance to explore the treasures of the Depot.


We had an amazing day, it was fascinating to see so much of London Transport under one roof, and with the additional activities available it certainly was an amazing family day out. If you cant make It down to this Open Weekend why not head down to their next one on the 28th and 29th September, You can find out more on the Transport For London website: www.ltmuseum.co.uk/open-weekends/family-fun

Exploring London Bridge


I love living in London as there is so much to see do and explore. London offers the best in transport links, we can jump on the tube and be anywhere in Central London within 20 minutes. Last weekend we decided to visit one of our family favourite locations in London, London Bridge and Tower Bridge, to get the most out of our day we headed to Westminster Bridge Pier to catch a riverboat cruise along the Thames, this gave us the chance to view London from the river, its also a great way to travel and very relaxing.

 

We arrived at our designation London Bridge and took a nice stroll along the river bank passing the large moored HMS Belfast which is an old WWII warship-turned museum with naval guns, its the perfect place to explore if you want to know what life was like living at war and at sea, close by is Hays Galleria a small shopping area which was buzzing with visitors and tourists, it has a small array of eateries and shops which makes it a nice place to visit and grab a quick coffee.

  

We headed onto London Bridge which is the picture perfect place to capture London life, its also home to London's tallest Buildings in the UK the Shard, the Shard is a 95-storey supertall skyscraper where you can experience the best views of London, I really wanted to visit but the boys are a little reluctant due to its height, so I'll defiantly be heading back again soon to experience the views for myself.


If you are looking for another boat to explore then close to London Bridge is The Golden Hinde I was fortunate to take the boys a few years ago, an immersive history experience exploring the fascinating stories behind Sir Francis Drake's historic circumnavigation of the globe, I highly recommend visiting we had a great time, or if you like things a little scarier then why not pay a visit to The London Bridge Experience where you will step back in time and experience the gruesome history of London.


We headed onto Borough High Street which is home the world famous Borough Market which is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London and is well knows for its British and International produce. 


We had already planned where we wanted to eat, so we made our way to a delicious Indian Curry House called Est India in Union Square, which was only a 10 minute walk from London Bridge the small square has a few restaurants and bars neatly tucked away, which is great if your looking to escape the hustle and bustle, the food was absolutely delicious.

 

We finished our day with a stroll back along the river heading towards Tower Bridge it was really really busy but the vibe was great as there were lots of pop up food and drinks stalls by Tower Bridge, I was hoping to get inside the Tower Bridge Museum but unfortunately we had just missed the last admission, another good reason to return for another mini family adventure.




 “The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.” 

Gatorade


I love drinking Gatorade and have been drinking it for many years. Gatorade is a delicious sports drink that is designed to help replenish the body after physical activity which is great for me after I exercise each day, it contains sugar and electrolytes like sodium and potassium which can help replace what we lose during longer durations of exercise, it is designed to maintain and enhance your performance. Gatorade is the perfect way to help with sports endurance especially in the heat.


The drink was developed in 1965 by University of Florida researchers and is now owned by PepsiCo and is now the number one global leader sports drink in the world, and is used by all athletes across the globe. Gatorade and now boasts an innovative range of ready-to-drink sports drinks and sports drink powders, along with cool Gatorade equipment, so there is something available to suit everyone's endurance ability and taste. Gatorade not only is a useful sports drink  that will replenish and replace and fuel you through your workouts but it also tastes extremely good and comes in different flavours from

Gatorade Sports Drink Lemon
Gatorade Sport Drik orange
Gatorade Sport Drink Blue
Gatorade Sports Drink Red Orange


Each drink comes in a squeezable plastic lidded bottle for ease of use during exercise to maximise use. Gatorade can be purchased across the UK online and in store, Amazon also stocks Gatorade which is great if you want it delivered to your door check oit out here www.amazon.co.uk/Gatorade, they stock a range of variety packs which is great if you are looking for a mix of flavours and accessories.




Carters Steam Fair


There’s something quite special about going to the fair, over the weekend we had the opportunity to visit a one of a kind unique fair, Carters Steam Fair.



Carters Steam Fair is a traditional English travelling funfair with rides dating from the 1890s to the 1960s, the vintage fairground rides and attractions have been restored to the former glory and they taking touring all around London and the South East for everyone to enjoy.  


We were very privileged to get the opportunity to experience Carters Steam Fair as it travelled through London, We were in awe when we arrived it was like stepping back in time, the hand-painted rides looked amazing the attention to detail was beautiful, the atmosphere was filled with the fun sounds of a traditional fair, the rides played old much-loved tunes of the past, it was a nostalgic experience that I have only ever seen in the movies.

  

The rides were fantastic, the boys particularly loved the Dodgems, whilst my favourite had to be the Whirl A Round ride, I laughed and screamed it was such an amazing experience, the rides were reasonably priced as was the food. There was something really special about Carters Steam Fair, unlike other fairs that I have visited which are loud and in your face, Carters Steam Fair has a much more relaxed, fun and nostalgic, the atmosphere was is perfect for a family day out and for those that want to experience an authentic traditional fairground.


One of the features which makes Carters Steam Fair so unique is the decoration of its engines, rides and transport with its superb signwriting and traditional fairground decoration created by Joby Carter and his team. Joby is a leading expert on the traditional craft of signwriting and fairground art and hosts training courses at the Carters Yard throughout the year, as well as Fairground Art Heritage Tours. Online they also have some fun printable activities for younger children www.carterssteamfair.co.uk/learning.


Carters Steam Fair is a must visit and is on tour around London and the South East, entrance is free and at most locations, they host a free firework event in the evening. It's best to book in advance to make the most of the ride deals available for more information check out www.carterssteamfair.co.uk. Thank you Carters Steam Fair I will be visiting you again when you are in Town.

Lucky Fortune Bracelets


I was really excited to get my hands on these cute Lucky Fortune collectable bracelets. Inside each pack, you get a colourful fortune cookie which also doubles up as a key chain for those little keepsakes along with a collector’s guide.

 

Once you open up your lucky fortune not only will you see what your fortune holds and wear your luck on your wrist, but you also get a cool collectable bracelet. The lucky fortune bracelets are beautiful and easy to wear, I loved that they are adjustable using a cool gold fortune cookie clasp.


Lucky Fortunes can be collected or traded with your friends or even given as beautiful gifts. There are 100 different bracelets to collect, with four levels of rarity, as well as a coveted Lucky real gold-dipped four-leaf clover. Lucky Fortune will retail at £4.99rrp each for more information check out https://luckyfortune.wowwee.com

Celebrating World Tetris Day


It's World Tetris Day on Thursday the 6th June marking the 35th birthday of Tetris, so what better way to celebrate than by playing a fun family game of Tetris Dual and Tetris Speed from John Adams.


Tetris Dual is a fast-paced head-to-head, tabletop strategy game based upon the original Tetris game and is one of the most popular electronic games of all time. The object of the game is to create the Tetrimino shapes displayed on the LCD screen, by dropping them into the play grid, Score points by placing your shape next to one of your own colour and score more points by completing a full row blocking your opponents along the way. But be sure not to leave any holes or you will lose points.


We had the most amazing time competing against each other, this fast-paced fun game is super fun and entertaining perfect for the whole family to enjoy. It was Tetris Dual (RRP £22.99).


Why not test your speed and reaction with Tetris Speed (RRP £5.99), Tetris Speed is a fast-paced game of Tetris Speed. Each card shows the next Tetrimino shape to be played. Race to play a matching card from your hand, play all your Tetriminos to win the game. For more information on Tetris check out www.johnadams.co.uk/tetris.


Ion8 Leakproof Bottle


Having a bottle of water with me at all times is a must, but like most I have suffered a few mishaps over the years with leaky bottles and soggy wet belongs in my bag, so its long been a quest of mine to find a reusable bottle that doesn't actually leak and I'm happy to say I have finally found one.

This beautiful reusable Ion8 Leakproof Bottle BPA free reusable refillable its made from stainless steel with a double-walled thermal vacuum & insulated shield which keeps drinks hot for 12 hours, or cold drinks ice cold for 24 hours, but the best thing of all is that these bottles are really leakproof so it no more spillages in your bag.


This designer flask is painted with a trendy range of fashionable colours with powder paint, I have the Navy gloss which holds 280ml, but I'm defiantly going to invest in a pink one in the near future. The Ion8 Leakproof Bottle has a grippy textured finish and the elegant ridged cap opens with just one twist, and the wide mouth provides a smooth, rapid flow on liquid. The bottle width will fit in standard-sized cup holders, backpacks and school lunch boxes.

The Ion8 Leakproof Bottle stays sweat and condensation free which means no more wet patches and soggy belongings in my bag, the bottle is extremely durable and is guaranteed not to corrode or degrade, even with years of refilling. I'm really impressed with this Leakproof Bottle and will certainly be purchasing a couple more for the kids.

For more information on the Ion8 Leakproof Bottle and the Leakproof range check out www.leakproof.co.uk

London's Family Festival ONBLACKHEATH Returns On The 13th -14th JULY 2019


ONBlackheath returns for 2019, taking place in the height of summer on the 13th and 14th of July, A fun-filled two-day event for all the family, with the very best of family entertainment revealed for this year. London’s must-attend music, food and family festival, ONBlackheath is the ultimate summer weekend to enjoy fun-filled activities for the whole family, mouth-watering food and world-class live music.

Featuring music and entertainment from:

Andy Day - Widely known for his antics tackling dinosaurs, baby animals and being on safari, much-loved children’s BBC TV presenter Andy Day will be playing the Family Playground stage. Andy has spent the last 18 months playing gigs, releasing music and championing the hugely successful and far-reaching ‘Odd Socks Day’ for Anti-Bullying Week with his brilliant band ‘Andy and the Odd Socks’.

Sooty and Mr Maker - The fantastic Mister Maker and his Shape sidekick Rectangle will also be putting on a fun packed show at ONBlackheath this year, perfect for kids of all ages and the grown-ups too. Full of laughter, music and prize giveaways, this interactive family show will entertain everyone with its creative chaos. As well as Mister Maker, everyone’s favourite teddy bear Sooty will be holding his very own Birthday Bake-Off on-site at ONBlackheath, presented by Bonnie Spencer.

Sam Coperland - Also at the Family Playground will be bestselling author Sam Copeland as well as the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize Jim Smith, both of whom will be reading a collection of wonderful tales to be enchanted by whilst basking in the sun on Blackheath Common. The very best of family comedy to entertain young and old alike will come from Comedy Club 4 Kids, as well as The Flying Seagull Project – a UK-based charity with an aim to spread love, light and laughter through engaging art workshops, music and dance lessons, circus shows and clown doctoring.

Boppin Bunnies - Based in South East London, musical geniuses Boppin’ Bunnies will be on-hand at ONBlackheath to help the young’uns develop a love of music through their engaging, magical classes. Their sessions will be a great chance to get your baby or toddler boppin’ along and in the ONBlackheath spirit!

Maynard’s Mini Zoo - Lurking around ONBlackheath will bw a range of extraordinary creepy crawlies waiting to be discovered, if you’re up to facing your fears. Maynard’s Mini Zoo can be found at the Family Playground, who’ll be showing off and educating families on their amazing reptiles, amphibians and mega bugs – from tarantulas to chameleons, and even snakes!

Science Experiments - From hands-on experiments to explosive stage performance, you can catch the greatest hits shows from the modern-day Einsteins from The Science Museum who will showcase some of their favourite demos – from creating instant ice-dream to earth-shaking bangs. There’ll also be the opportunity to get hands-on in the museum’s Slime Time workshop and make your very own slippery slime to take home.

There will be lots of other family activities at ONBlackheath including musical bingo fun with The Pop Bingo Disco, the most famous bubbleologist in the world SamSam Bubbleman’s Giant Bubble Show, interactive game zones with The Actual Reality Arcade and Albion Kids Show Soft Play and Pirate Ship, and arts and crafts workshops with Daemon or Doppelganger? and OTHERWORLD ARTS.


Live Music - Headlining the music bill at ONBlackheath 2019 will be Jamiroquai as a UK exclusive on Saturday 13 July, and Grace Jones performing on Sunday 14 July. Also on the line-up - prolific hip-hop group The Roots, soulful sensation Rag’n’Bone Man, multi-platinum singer James Morrison, one of Britain’s biggest reggae bands UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, R&B hit-makers Soul II Soul and many more.

Food - Street Feast, who run London’s greatest day and night street food markets, will be offering a dazzling array of food and drink at this year’s festival. All you need to do is bring your appetite…

 Tickets for ONBlackheath 2019 are on sale now via www.onblackheath.com

SIMPLE WAYS TO AVOID FEELING BURNT OUT



In today’s life, we never really get a chance to switch off and recharge ourselves as there are so many distractions around us, but it's important we try to relax every now and then or we run the risk of feeling increasingly more tired stressed and irritated which can lead to many health issues. UK’s Top Life Coaches, Carole Ann Rice knows how quickly everyday life can cause grief. So she is sharing her 8 simple ways you can avoid feeling burnt out.

8 SIMPLE WAYS TO AVOID FEELING BURNT OUT

1. Screen-free hours – put your phone down and get back in touch with reality. Human interaction isn’t that bad and it will give your eyes a rest.

2. Eat a good breakfast – it sounds cliché, but it’s the most important meal of the day and will help you to stay focused and fresh, as well as ensuring you get all the minerals and vitamins you need.

3. Mono-task – doing a thousand things at once can really leave your brain feeling frazzled. The best way to overcome this is to focus on one job or task and do it amazingly well! It will give you joy from knowing you are doing the best you can do.

4. Read a book – whether it’s in the garden or on the tube, reading a book will help you escape from
everyday life. As well as improving your concentration and vocabulary, you’ll also be reducing stress!

5. Take a proper lunch break – don’t eat lunch at your desk! You’re at work most of the day, so take at least 30 minutes to enjoy your lunch somewhere else or get some fresh air to help break up the day! You’d be surprised how stepping away from the office can distance you away from stresses – both literally and mentally.

6. Download Headspace – this free app provides quick 10-minute meditations. This is something you can do on your lunch break or during a stressful, busy day. You’ll be able to work much better afterwards!

7. Walk in nature – use walks as a chance to get some fresh air, clear your head, and reflect, but also to let go. If you want to make it even more enjoyable, add some slow, relaxing music.

8. Be unavailable – being at the beck and call 24/7 is horrible for your anxiety levels. Try to be unavailable now and then from phone calls, emails, texts and even the doorbell – everything. Give yourself a chance to recharge without being disturbed and to not feel the pressures of the world.


Mitch's Kitchen


As a busy working mother having the option of healthy good convenient food is very important,  so I was super excited to learn about Mitch's Kitchen range of healthy meals. Mitch's Kitchen is an environmentally friendly business founded by Husband and Wife team Mitch & Shirin, they designed and developed the Mitch's Kitchen range of meals for people living a fast-paced plant-based lifestyle looking for convenience without sacrificing health, taste or the environment.

All of their packaging is sustainably sourced and is non-toxic and made from either biodegradable or recyclable. The only plastic used in the packaging process is the 100% recyclable lidding film which is helping to eliminate single-use plastic. As well as being plant-based, all of Mitch's Kitchen meals are also free from gluten, nuts, palm oil, refined sugar and pesticides.


I was really excited to get my hands on these meals, I'm always looking for quick healthy meals on the go, and although I'm not vegan, I'm defiantly looking to increase my daily intake of vegetables, so for me, the Mitch's Kitchen meal range is perfect.

Each meal is deliciously unique which gives you the option to try a varied different style of tastes, textures and flavours, all meals are freshly cooked packed for convenience. I must say I'm really impressed by the range of delicious flavours and would purchase them. I particularly loved the Moroccan Tagine as it is filled with aromatic spices and slow roasted vegetables, chickpeas and lentils, served with tri-colour quinoa and goji berries.

Mitch's Kitchen meal range is available to buy online each meal costs from £6,75, but if you use the discount code  MUMMYBE10 you will get 10% off click the lin below


Paradise Wildlife Park



We were delighted to visit Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire over the weekend, we are fortunate to have previously visited when the boys were young so had very fond memories that we wanted to re-live.


 

Paradise Wildlife Park is home to an array of  animals, it also has a cool World Of Dinosaurs exhibit along with a cool children's play area for the younger children, On arrival we were given a map which gave al the details and animal inclosures along with the talks and feed time, it also has a list and location of all the amenities in the park.


We were really excited to visit the World Of Dinosaurs which homes some really cool life-size, animatronic roaring Dinosaurs they were really cool to watch we even took a few selfies on our way around, perfect for any Dinosaur fan young or old. 

 

We then headed into the Animal Park we had the most amazing afternoon exploring all of the animal inclosure from Lemurs, Penguins, gibbons and Tigers, my son really liked the small farm inclosure. We absolutely loved watching the Lions and got a marvellous view of them from the high walkway platform.


Paradise Wildlife Park is the perfect family day out, we had the most amazing day, I quite liked that we didn't have a huge trek to each enclosure, Paradise Park is the perfect size with plenty of picnic space, its also great if you have very young children as it has some amazing play areas. There is also a mini train ride around some of the park. It was great to re-visit Paradise Wildlife Park, I certainly wasn't disappointed and loved every minute of our day out, it brought back some great memories and gave us new ones, I would defiantly return again. 

For more information check out www.pwpark.com tickets prices start at £20.21 for adults and £17.86 with under two get in for free.