Friday, 28 November 2014

Win Chicco Musical Tales Singing Bear

To celebrate Chicco's great new Facebook competition, I'm giving away a Chicco prize of my own!

Chicco's Facebook competition gives you the chance to be a Christmas elf and fill Santa's sleigh with Chicco toys.  You can win £50 of toys every week in the run up to Christmas, and one lucky winner will receive a whole bundle of toys plus a Merlin annual family pass at the end of the competition. Great!

I'm giving away this brilliant Chicco Musical Tales Singing Bear to one lucky reader.  It's a wonderfully soft, interactive, teddy bear that's bilingual and shares stories in both English and French.  The bear comes with five story cards in his backpack, to help kids learn the alphabet, numbers, parts of the body, shapes, colours, animals and all about travelling in both languages.

With four songs and melodies by pressing his hands and feet and three different buttons to push, your little one will be entertained for hours!  This great toyis suitable from 12m+ and is available in Boots and Toys R Us this Christmas for a price of £40.

To try and win this fab bilingual bear, just complete the Rafflecopter below.  Don't forget to tweet every day for even more entries.

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  • You must be resident in the UK to enter. Prize will be shipped to a UK address.
  • Competition runs from 28th November 2014 until 23:59 on 3rd December 2014.
  • Entry is via one and/or more of the methods in Rafflecopter widget.
  • Winner(s) will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.  Winning entries will be checked and must be current at time of checking.
  • There is one prize.  The prize is one Chicco Musical Tales Singing Bear.  Chicco may substitute for product of equal or greater value in the very unlikely event the prize is unavailable.  There is no cash alternative.
  • The winner(s) will be contacted by email or on Twitter (if appropriate) by 8th December 2014 and asked to confirm their delivery address within 48 hours.  If no reply is received, a new winner may be chosen.
  • Winner's details will be passed to Chicco's marketing and PR team, so the prize can be shipped.
  • We'll do our utmost to get the prize to the winner within 14 days, but can’t guarantee it.
  • The winner's name, as registered when logged into Rafflecopter will be displayed after the end of the competition.
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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Christmas countdown - four weeks to go

Welcome along to Christmas Countdown, it's the place to link up any Christmas themed posts, competitions, tweets or Instagram pics. The link up opens every Thursday evening, and closes again the following Wednesday. Please join in - any old or new posts are very welcome.

I have been thinking about Christmas for a while now, but I can't believe there are only four weeks to go until Christmas day.  How are you doing with your shopping? 

Last week I loved reading all the #ChristmasCountdown posts, and my very favourite was a really simple but totally effective paper star home made garland from Playing Parent.  This is such a simple but effective idea, I love it!

What festive things are you up to this week?  I'd love to know.  Please grab the badge if you'd like to, and don't forget to comment on another post or two while you're here.  Merry Christmas!

Me add three

Family life is...

A never ending washing and laundry basket.

This is a small amount of ironing in our house.  It has been known for me to outsource it when I'm overwhelmed by it (regularly!).

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A day at the NEC Classic Car show

We all spent an enjoyable day at the NEC Classic Car show a week or two ago.  It's difficult to fully describe how much our son comes alive around cars.  He loves everything about them, and stands and looks over every detail.

A particular highlight for him was seeing Edd China and Mike Brewer from Wheeler Dealers.  WD is a show on Discovery where Mike buys old but classic cars, Edd restores them and they're re-sold hopefully at a profit.  Forget CBeebies, our son LOVES this programme and will happily watch it for hours.

The picture shows him on his Dad's shoulders, listening intently to Mike announce the car of the show.

If you'd asked me a few years ago, a day looking at cars wouldn't have been top of my list of things to do, but I enjoyed it too, especially because our son loved it so much.

I'd love to know if your kids are fascinated by anything in particular.. how do you encourage it?

Monday, 24 November 2014

All the details - Chicco Urban travel system review

Buying a travel system can be a boggling experience for new or expectant parents.  There are so many around and with no experience of what you will need, it can be really hard to choose.

The Chicco Urban travel system is a great all-rounder, with details that show the design and practicalities have really been thought about.  I saw this travel system and its new features at the recent Chicco 2015 collection launch event.  I hadn't realised before that Urban easily converts to a travel system with the addition of a Auto-Fix Gr0+ car seat.

Urban is versatile, lightweight and ideal for city and town life with a little one.  I love love love the fact that the seat converts to a cot with no extra bulky attachment needed.  When in seat mode it can be forward or parent facing, and has different reclining positions.  This makes it so versatile and compact.

I also love the wheels which are no-puncture plastic/rubber (like a classic stroller).  Not only do they make this system really portable, but they're quiet and perfect for on or off-road.  No inner tubes repairs needed - ever.

The shopping basket is a great size too, and would easily hold a change bag, plus all the other extras you need an buy when out and about.  This is a lovely detail - so many shopping baskets are an unrealistic size.

New for 2015 are fabulous colour packs and a brilliant hand muff that can be used by parent or baby.  This shows Chicco has really thought about the extras that will make parents love this travel system.

The colours packs all feature a padded seat cover which the harness neatly fits around a pram 'apron' to keep baby ultra snuggly, and harness safety pads.  Not forgetting that brilliant hand muff.

The summer pack comes in neutral colours 'Summer Nature' (sage green) and 'Summer Sahara' (light beige), and I love the vibrant winter colour packs 'Winter Night' (electric blue) and 'Winter Sunset' (electric pink) pictured in this post.

The travel system has an RRP of £399, and the colour pack £59.99.  Well worth it for such a versatile and great looking travel system.  Don't you think?

Disclaimer: toddler girl and I are proud to be Chicco Happiness Testers, but I was not asked to write this post and all thoughts as ever are my own.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

My Sunday Photo

Our son loves to ride his scooter to school, and even takes it when it's raining.  Here he is trying to line up and stop his scooter on one of the grids near our house.  He was determined to get it in the middle!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas countdown - five weeks to go

Welcome along to Christmas Countdown, it's the place to link up any Christmas themed posts, competitions, tweets or Instagram pics. The link up opens every Thursday evening, and closes again the following Wednesday. Please join in - any old or new posts are very welcome!

Can you believe there are only five weeks to go until Christmas day? Eep! We've been getting festive round here, and as I type I have some no-alcohol Christmas mincemeat merrily cooking in my slow cooker and making my house smell delicious! I'm also feeling inspired by Pinterest - check out my Christmas Inspiration board.

What Christmassy things have you been up to?  Last week I loved reading about Ellie Bear Babi's crafty candy cane Christmas decorations - they are so easy to make and look fab! You can read about them over on her blog.

Please grab the badge and link up, not forgetting to comment on another post or two while you're here.  If you do link up, enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a fantastic Paperchase Christmas Countdown sticker book. 

Have a great festive week!

Me add three

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Fill your Xmas stockings for free - some great competitions

Christmas can be such an expensive time, any help with cheap or even free presents for the kids is always welome in my house.  Entering (and hopefully winning) competitions is a great way of receiving wonderful parcels and treats for family and friends that you wouldn't normally buy yourself.  It earns you loads of brownie points at Christmas too!

There are some great pre-Christmas toy competitions around at the moment, here are three of my favourite which are perfect if you have children to buy for:

Win Chicco toys weekly, and an overall bundle of toys and Merlin pass with Chicco Sleigh 

There are two great chances to win in this great Facebook competition where you become a Chicco elf and choose the toys to be added to Santa's sleigh.

You can win £50 of Chicco toys every week in the run up to Christmas, and one lucky winner will receive all the toys voted to go into Santa's sleigh plus a Merlin annual family pass at the end of the competition.  Great! We're currently on week three, and the prize is a fantastic Quattro 4 in 1 ride on toy.

Vote for the toy to go into Santa's sleigh from every Tuesday from 4th November to enter, and the overall prize is drawn on 15th December.  Enter via Chicco's Facebook page.

Waltons win a playhouse

Waltons Garden Buildings often run great competitions, and in the latest one you can win a fantastic kids' wooden playhouse.  Waltons asked 5 of the UK's top family bloggers to decorate and transform a Walton's 6'5 x 5'6 Honeypot Honeysuckle Playhouse with a maximum budget of £50.

Vote for your favourite on the Facebook site before 8th December 2014 and (hopefully) win.  Simples.

Win a Tesco Hudl tablet with Jaffa Fruit

I'm sure loads of older kids and adults would love a Hudl tablet.  And if you're feeling creative Jaffa Fruit has a great competition to win one.  Recreate a film scene using oranges on Vine (it only has to be six seconds long) and tag #LoveJaffaCitrus.  Creative competitions like this usually only get a handful of entries, so you have a great chance of winning!  Find out more at Jaffa Fruit's Facebook feed, and make sure you enter before 30th November.

Let me know if you enter any of these, and definitely let me know if you win!