Sunday, 24 May 2015

Geronimo Family Festival - Tatton Park

We were very lucky to be invited to attend the massive Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park this weekend. Geronimo Festival is a huge family festival held this Bank Holiday weekend with lots of family fun activities and entertainment for children of all ages.

We were so excited to go - the kids are massive CBeebies fans and we knew that there would be lots of things for them to get giddy about!



Here are just a few of the attractions at Geronimo, most of which we got involved in, as you can tell from the photographs!

* Zip Line
* Circus
* BMX Display
* Petting Zoo
* High Wires
* Main Stage with performances by characters including Mr. Bloom and Swashbuckle
* Bouncy Castles
* Donkey Rides

Tatton park is huge - we had never been before and we really had great weather the whole day - we even caught a bit of sun! First of all we went to the main stage and watched Mr. Bloom entertaining everyone. He sang all the familiar tunes from his CBeebies show - the kids loved it. Then we decided to go for a bit of a walk round. Geronimo is huge - we were there all day and didn't do the same thing twice.



We had a walk round in the sunshine and stopped to watch the BMX show. They truly were amazing - the kids were hooked watching them balance the bikes on one wheel and jumping from platform to platform. We then headed to the bouncy castle area - we must have stayed here for about twenty minutes - the kids love bouncy castles and when they get on they don't want to get off - especially seeing as though at Geronimo there was no limit on the amount of time they could spend on there.



Next we had a wander to the petting farm. This was no ordinary petting farm - inside the tent were iguanas and huge snails, tarantulas and tortoises. The kids were allowed to touch and pet the animals and the staff were really helpful - teaching the children about the animals and their natural habitats and eating habits. Alice was amazed. Rosie is a bit squeamish about flies and ants, but Alice got stuck in, holding any animal that we was allowed to - crickets, snail - even the tarantula.

Next the girls went on a short donkey ride. They loved the animals and Alice said she was "a real cowgirl" now. Rosie was shouting "giddy up.".

After that we decided on a little lunch break. I had packed a picnic (slimming world friendly, of course.) So we sat on the grass and had our lunch and then sat on a bench and bought a drink each and Emily bought herself some food. There were plenty of food options to choose from; street food, pizzas, Indian or just plain chunky chips - all of it was reasonably priced. Emily decided on sweet and sour chicken with noodles, and we just sat in the sun and enjoyed our day.



Later we browsed some of the small businesses who were exhibiting there. Lovely hand-made gifts and clothes, cupcakes and popcorn. There is so much to do - when we were walking around we bumped into a few Disney Princesses - the girls absolutely loved them, so we had a quick picture!



All in all we had an absolutely wonderful day. I would definitely recommend this as a fabulous day out. Geronimo started on Saturday and is also on this Monday. You can purchase tickets from the box office on the day. Under 2s are free and a family of four ticket is £86. Once you are inside, all activities are free - you only pay for your food or extras like balloons (or ice-cream!) I think that the day is excellent value for money and a great way to spend your Bank Holiday. What I also loved was the organisation - the day was structured so you wouldn't miss out on anything. There were plenty of toilets and so much to do that the queues were never too big. On the way out the girls were given a little toy each to keep them amused in the car on the way home.

We loved our day - I think this picture sums it up for us.



We are official Geronimo Festival Bloggers and were given free entry to the event in exchange for this review. All words and views are our own.






Thursday, 21 May 2015

Review: Promise Pets from Build-A-Bear Liverpool One

We were delighted to be asked to go to the Build-A-Bear Workshop in Liverpool One a couple of weeks ago. We were going to try out their new range of adorable Promise Pets. Like most children, ours are always asking for a real cat or a real dog, and seeing as though that is not on the cards for a long time - these Promise Pets look like the next best thing!

We had never visited Build-A-Bear Workshop before so we were so excited to go. The kids' faces were just priceless throughout the whole visit - they loved every minute. First off, we entered the shop and were greeted by friendly and very helpful staff. As we have never been before they explained the process and how it works. Basically, we were going to build our children their own furry friend - each member of staff had their own station and would help us along the way. We couldn't wait to get started.

The first task was to pick the skin for our animals. We let the girls pick their own pets themselves. Emily picked the golden Labrador, Alice picked a white cat, and Rosie picked the black Labrador. Next we had the option of sound effects - we chose to pass on this as the girls like to make their own noises for their toys - however, they had all different sounds to choose from and we had fun playing and listening to them all!

Next, we had to stuff the toys. Build-A-Bear staff were great - they were so encouraging and enthusiastic . Each girl was passed a small heart for their new pets and told to rub it on their heads to give their pet brains and to kiss the heart to give it love. Our girls really enjoyed it. Next the pets were stuffed and expertly sewn - all while we watched!


Once we had our stuffed pets we were free to pick and choose our accessories. I am not kidding when I say that the store has EVERYTHING that you could possibly need for your pet. I love the idea of keeping a pet forever, and then adding new accessories and outfits each birthday or Christmas. They even sold skates and football kits! 




We chose our accessories: leads, mats and feeding bowls. Once we had picked out what we wanted for each pet we got to write them a birth certifcate using the computers. We asked each girl to pick a name for their pet. Emily picked Buddy for her dog. Alice was quick in deciding that her cat would be called Lola, and Rosie being the youngest needed a little bit of help - Emily helped her choose the name Milo.




At the end the pets were given a little box and their birth certificate to keep. We were over the moon with our Promise Pets.

I bet Warren purchases some kind of Everton paraphernalia for them at some point
Our Build-A-Bear experience was brilliant. The kids absolutely loved it. Staff were so helpful and friendly making a fuss over the kids and explaining all about the process and showing them the various accessories. We were there around thirty minutes and left with our very own personalised pets. I am sure that we will be returning at some point for more accessories and outfits for them!

Meet Buddy, Lola and Milo!

We are so glad that we were invited to Build-A-Bear. The children were absolutely a joy to watch. Thanks so much Build-A-Bear!

If you would like your own Build-A-Bear Promise Pet do visit their website for your nearest store or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news!

We were given the Promise Pets free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are my own.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Review: The Lighting Store Lava Lamp

On a Friday (and Saturday) night me and Warren like to just sit in and chill the FLIP out. Gone are our mad party days (mostly) - we just want to unwind, listen to some music or watch Game of Thrones and drink red wine. Probably too much red wine, but I digress...

We light candles and lower the lighting and try to unwind from the week. This is why we were over the moon to be sent a lava lamp from The Lighting Store. Lava lamps originated from the 60s and are a cool way to add some light and atmosphere to your room. We did contemplate putting it in one of the kid's rooms but then decided against it as we thought it would go with our candle on the fireplace when the kids are in bed - and we were not wrong.




This lava lamp stands at twelve inches high and is filled with orange wax. It doesn't take very long to heat up and in minutes the wax is slowly moving, glowing orange, my candle flickering away next to it.



It has a metal base where the halogen lamp that heats the wax is and there is an on-off switch on the cable. It just plus in like a normal lamp, you don't have to assemble it or anything and it also comes in pink or green.

So, in honour of our lovely new addition to our relaxing Friday night, here are our top 5  albums to go with a lava lamp. Warren has compiled this from his vinyl collection.

The Doors - Strange Days
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Lady Land
The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band
The Who - Tommy
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon

Warren had a big massive list of albums. I told him that no-one would know hardly any of them so just picked out the best and the ones that I have also listened to - we recommend them. :)



We were sent the lava lamp free of charge for the purpose of this review, all words and views are our own.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Giveaway! Google Chromecast

I am useless with technology. There. I've said it. I can't use our remote control for the TV, I am not the best on social media, I get hashtags wrong and I am a bit silly because I just can't learn either. Call me old fashioned but I just liked it when telly was numbered channels one to four. OK, five...at a push!

Anyway - something has changed because we now have use of a Google Chromecast and guess what - even a fool like me can use it. It is a brilliant little device that allows you stream whatever you are watching on your laptop, phone, ipad - straight to your TV. It's brill - especially if you have children that like to watch videos on Youtube of people opening egg surprises - or if you are like me and never get to sit down and watch something when it is actually on - I am always watching things on catch up!





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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Keeping Fire Safe with #MoreThanFireSafety

Safety in the home is something that we are always concerned about. Having the three children around makes it even more important. I like to think that we do have the bases covered when it comes to safety in the home and especially with the kids. However, we can never be too careful and accidents do happen. More Than have created a little video showing you how you can be safe by preventing fire in the home. This is something that we are quite vigilant with - we do check our smoke alarm regularly, and we do have a "in case of fire" family plan.

Below are some of my safety tips. These are just what we are aware of - do check out More Than's video for some good safety tips and further information. You never can be too careful.

Candles

We LOVE candles. However, we like to stay safe and we actually never light them around the kids. We make sure that the candles are in holders, and that we blow them out safely before we go to bed. I suppose it's something that you wouldn't really pay too much attention to - it is only a candle, but naked flames are an obvious fire-safety issue.

Cooking

I cook using a gas hob with naked flames - it is very important that I am on the ball with this. Of course there have been occasions when my pans have bubbled over and I have ruined many meals by being a bit shall I say...distracted! However, I have always managed to catch this in time, and really it is no laughing matter. As the kids get older it is easier for me to switch off when I need to as the kids are less demanding. This is something that I am getting better at, and I ALWAYS make sure that the gas is off after I have finished cooking,

All four on the go at times!


Emergency Plan

We do have a family plan. I depends on where the fire is, but our plan is that we would grab one baby each and then make our way to Emily's room, smash the window and jump onto the ledge underneath. I know this sounds a bit over the top and a bit Jack Bauer, but I really think making a plan helps - we know our escape routes and have an idea just in case the worst does happen.

Checking Smoke Alarms

Every Sunday. It takes three seconds, and is very annoying. Just do it.

Turning Things Off

We are pretty good for making sure our plugs are switched off. This also saves energy and money too - something that we are quite keen on.


So - I hope these tips have helped. Staying safe with our kids is really important - the devastation that a fire in the home can cause is awful - if we all take just a few minutes to make some simple checks, test the smoke alarm, we can minimise the risk and help to keep our loved ones safe.

This post was written in collaboration with More Than. All words and views are my own.



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