Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Christmas Fayre at Yorke Mead Saturday - 6th December #Croxley, WE NEED YOU!



To make this a successful event, we need YOUR HELP! We are looking for RAFFLE PRIZES, can you or your business donate?

Even better still, would you like to be part of our events, host a stall?
Outside stalls are great, It is £10 for small table, £15 for large and a donation to the raffle.
If you are having a Pre-Christmas clear out, we also need clean Teddies.
(they must have CE labels)

Also Bric-a-brac and toys will be great too.

Please contact Mrs. Southin.

All money raised goes back into the School! 


Don't be share say Hi!

If you are local to Croxley please do not hesitate, pop-in on the 7th and see us make Croxley a wonderful place to live, for our children and families alike!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Huge eBay clearance! My favourite seller. Christmas is coming get Bidding!

My closest friend is having a huge Sale, selling all sorts of fantastic items.

I said I would add a page to my to blog for her.  So please have a look, share if you can on your social media sites, that would greatly be appreciated.

Christmas is coming and I am sure you can grab a magnificent bargain!

 eBay Rave2hard


Something for everyone and lots more great items to be added.

Thank you for looking!
Don't be shy, say hi!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Skylanders Universe Magazine Review and Trap Team Starter Tablet Pack Giveaway

A few weeks ago I was invited a superb coffee morning to meet with Immediate Media Co at the their offices in Hammersmith, my old stomping ground. Me and my boys were going to meet with the some of the main members behind the new Skylanders Universe Magazine.  Thats right the NEW... and OFFICAL Skyklanders Magazine.

Much to James and Liam's surprise I didn't tell them what we were up too until we set off.  They spent the entire tube journey into London extremely excited.  We were all very lucky to attend, only 5 family bloggers in total took part, this was very much a personal event.

On arrival we met Natasha, our host for the afternoon.
She introduced us to Editor Craig Donaghy and Senior Art Editor Nikki Davies.  I have to say they have the best jobs in the world, creating a magazine for children, designing the pages with storylines, puzzles, interesting facts and making it all come together must be an awesome feeling! Ace job!

These offices have magical giant steps that took us to a rather fun basement. Its was like walking into Santas Grotto for a Skylanders fans! Posters, Magazines, Trap Team figures all around, even I got very excited.  Big kid in a candy shop, springs to mind.    

Craig, wanted to hear our childrens thoughts, did they like the general look, what changes should be made, what would they like to see inside. Well, no complaints from us, everyone agreed its an awesome layout.  

My boys would make up the younger Skylanders audience, Liam is 4 he is just starting to read, James is 6 and we read together.

James enjoys the entire magazine, he loved the Skylanders Search page, with its hundreds of Chompies, we are still looking for the scroll.  He likes the Battle Arena, covering the facts of battling Skylanders its awesome.  There is a list of competitions, I have been told 'WE' need to enter them all.

Liam is my little artist, with colouring pens in hand, he colours-in his magazine and asks me to reread the story, facts... actually the entire magazine over and over again.           

The best news is that SKYLANDERS UNIVERSE will be issued every 4 weeks at £2.99.  Every issue is packed with great extras.   Issue one had collecting cards, Trigger Happy's Gun and posters.

Featured: Fun Storyline, Competitions, Special offers, Letters, Puzzles, Facts. Amazing Art work and so much more.  I am already looking forward to this months issue being published in 2 weeks time.

We had a lovely day, we even got to design our own magazine covers.  It was fantastic way being creative with our favourite Skylanders.   Liam came 3rd and won a Magical Trap for our Traptanium Portal.  Awesome!

We were totally spoilt rotten, Christmas came early as the boys were given some new Skylanders Trap Team characters.

I was very fortunate to be given the New Skylanders Trap Team Starter pack game for the tablet! Retails from £50
As I love you guys so much, I am going to give this away on my blog.  It will make someone very happy, hopefully just in time for Christmas!

We have the game already and its the bees knees.
What to expect for Skylanders Trap Team

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Thank you, I hope you have enjoyed my review, please look out for this months issue and tell me your thoughts.

Disclaimer: This is an unsponsored post: I was given a Tablet Starter Pack to giveaway.

Thank you kindly for stopping by, dont be shy say hi!


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Trunki, Get Set. go! Fin the Shark PaddlePak Review - Swimming with the best!

I have been luckily enough to review the PaddlePak
Backpacks designed for kids.  

Trunki is renowned for their super funky Ride-on Suit Cases for Globe Trotting Tots. Do you remember them on Dragon Den?  Well Trunki have come a long way since then.  Trunki have been developing and extending their brand with exciting cool products for our little people, AKA the kids!

The PaddlePak has been on the market for about a year now.  They are adorable, great to look at, waterproof backpacks, these are not just any string backpacks/racksacks either. They have been designed to catch a child's imagination, with bright colours, pretty detail so the PaddlePak can easily be identified. 

So many great Sea Creatures 
Let me introduce you to the family

Last year James chose The Frog PaddlePak, cute Ribbit the Frog, Ribbit has been taken everywhere with him, school days, day trips, family days out, to the park.

Liam had been very fond of Ribbit and was super excited to chose his own one for this review.  He decided Fin the Shark was for him.

Fin is one the original designs, this is slightly larger then some of the other PaddlePaks.  He has been loved by Liam and used as often as possible, mostly for school this last term.

I used grab one of my bags and send Liam to football practice as he had so much stuff. Now everything fits securely in Fin.

Football Boots, shin pads, long socks, tracksuit bottoms, top, also his waterproofs - jacket and trousers. His kit fits perfectly in his PaddlePak with lots of room to spare.

This is just an example of what this PaddlePak is used for.  Liam mostly takes Fin to school and has his reading book inside, with a pencil case and a few cheeky toys.  Now its getting colder, I have asked him to keep his hat, scarf inside too.  He is always losing his belongings.  He really needs to be accountable for his things when he is at school.  Having his own school bag is making him independent too.         

The PaddlePak has 2 thick adjustable straps, with a reflector stripe, the straps can easily be worn. One of the straps has the Trunki Grip; great for clipping key-rings, charms, little blankets or looping headphones.

The back of the PaddlePak, behind the straps has a thick padded woven mesh, its soft, keeping its wearer comfortable at all times.  There is eye catching detail on the outside of the PaddlePak too, gills on either side.  A large Dorsal Fin sticking out, two little blue pectoral fins either side and a little tail fin with a zip, great for keeping money inside.  When Fin is closed, he is smiling with his visible teeth showing.  There is a clear mesh pocket on the side, a large pocket on the inside too.

I personally like the way to close the PaddlePak, once packet and almost ready to go, the top needs to be folded down 3 times, there is an arrow indicating which side needs to be folded downwards. Then clipped together.  The clip does become loose easily, this is not a default. I had to tell my boys to carry their PaddlePaks from the straps (if not wearing them) as the clip is not a handle.  This feature gives children easy access to their belongings.  If you could imagine a young child wouldn't have the strength to undo their PaddlePaks otherwise.

The PaddlePaks are made from 80% Polyester & 20% Neoprene. The martial is tough, hard wearing, waterproof, washable.  The material has raised hexgon pattern, given the PaddlePak a Hi-Viz effect.

The Large PaddlePak retail at £24.99.  Its a good price, considering all of its features.  The other are priced at £19.99.  They PaddlePak are unisex.

Overall a great bag, fun and very desirable. Kids love them and so do parents!  

If you want to see more and enter lots of great competitions please have a look at their Facebook page.

Keep up the great work Trunki!

Thank you reading and dont be shy, come and say hi!

I was sent Fin, the Shark to review. All words are my own.