A Day at the Digikids show #DigiKids

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This event was held on the 18th-19th November 2017 at Event City Manchester, and with You-tubers such as Oli White, Ethan Gamer, Ali A and Amy lee attending, this HAD to be the event of the year, for my daughter Belle. I booked tickets for my family to attend on the Saturday, and to be honest I really didn’t know what to expect.

We arrived at Event City at around 9:30 and joined the rather large queue to get in. My little ones quickly made friends with a group of children who were also queing so this helped eleviate any boredom of having to wait. Once we did get inside it was just WOW! The first thing my boys saw on entering was the Minion display, they are absolutely bananas over the Minions so this was a BIG deal.

 

 

 

Throughout the day there was so many opportunities to gather autographs and pictures with your favourite online stars. But for weeks before our visit we heard nothing but, how Belle wanted to meet Amy Lee, so that was our first mission, to find Amy Lee.

Myself, Belle and the twins joined the back of a loooooong queue for Amy Lee, whilst my husband Rob went off to find a copy of her new book for signing. He was gone moments when he quick ran back ushering us to follow him. We did so grudgingly as we had now lost our place in the queue. But … as we turned the corner to the book stand, who was behind the counter? AMY LEE!!!! Mission accomplished.

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After all that excitement it was now time to explore the rest of the show. The show give us the opportunity to check out the latest tech through their Watch it, Play it, Make it, and Move it zones

Watch it

This zone offered live Shows from You-Tube stars, who gave great advice on making your own videos, Q&A sessions and just generally having lots of fun onstage.

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The amazing dance group Diversity were also present over the 2 days and during the show they performed an amazing routine that got everyone watching involved, even my boys who won’t usually get involved were dancing around by the end.

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Play it

In the play zone we found the 100 player Minecraft Hub, which was basically a vast sprawl of computers and consoles all with Minecraft at various stages of play. Because there was so much to see and do at the event we decided to leave this until later on in the day.

Also in this area was the Gamer bus, chances to try out Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality toys such as the Anki Overdrive.

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Make it

In the Make It zone we had the opportunity to try out tech toys that encouraged coding for kids such as the awesome robot, Cosmo, design our own Hexabugs, and even just sit and play with Mechano and wooden train sets.

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Move it

Crazy Carts, Ice Skating, Pakour, and a Scooter Disco where just some of the amazing things for the children to enjoy in the Move it zone. The scooter disco was a big hit with my boys who spent around half an hour just zooming around chasing one another.

As well as lots to do for the children there was also stands that offered sound advice to parents and carers on how to keep children safe online. We came away with a better understanding on the things we could put in to place to make sure our children could enjoy the internet, whilst also giving us peace of mind knowing they were safe.

The show was well organised, not overcrowded and great fun, I would definitely attend again with my family.

So if your children are into gaming, crazy about Minecraft, or mad on You-Tubers make sure you check out this year’s event that will be held on the 10-11 November 2018 at Event City Manchester. For more information click here

 

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Competition wins October – December 2017

The last few months of the year are always hectic in our house and this year perhaps even more so, a holiday in Cornwall, 3 children’s birthdays, my birthday, husbands birthday, wedding anniversary, Halloween and Christmas just to name a few of the events, so entering competitions was really as and when I got the chance. Saying that, during October and December I did have some amazing wins, unlimited Cineworld passes, £300 of L’Oreal makeup and a huge Sylvanian families bundle just to name a few.

October wins

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Bunchems #RT2Win with @OhMyMeTV

£10 Amazon voucher #RT2Win with @RealTVRevisited

Cheestrings emoji bag online promotion

Thunderbirds bundle web entry with HeyUGuys

Herbal Essence collection blog win with Honest Mum, 7 shampoos and 7 conditioners

250g pouch of Brewtal Coffee #RT2Win with @brewtalcoffeeco

Carrs Silver Cutlery set #RT2Win with @carrssilver

Nutritab online entry from Moneymagpie.

Beautiful slippers, Instagram win

Mind the Gap tents, Facebook win with Monster Factory

Star Wars lamp #RT2Win with @PBC_online

Nintendo switch case and powerbank, youtube win

Hexabugs space station #RTtoWin with @digikids

2x Boxes of Gourmet brownies #RTtoWin with @Sgftv

20 M&S voucher, a #RTtoWin with @insurance2go

Childrens book won via Toppsta

 

November wins

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ITNG bundle won from an online entry with Mumii

Beatrix Potter 50p, facebook win

3D pen, a #RTtoWin with @RedBusCartridge

Sylvanian Families bundle (£120), magazine win

2x Cineworld year unlimited passes, judged Instagram win

Circus sticker book #RTtoWin with @kitsbookcorner

Paw Patrol art set, magazine win

Box of Chocolates, facebook caption competition

Animal Atlas book, #RTtoWin with @bouncemarketing

Aquabeads Cinderella set #RTtoWin with @aquabeadsuk

£25 Wilko voucher, #RTtoWin with @lovewilko

3 x 3d puzzles, magazine win

Box of Haribo frogs, #RTtoWin with @thetwistedfrog

Egypt book, #RTtoWin with @thesalariya

 

December wins

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Minecraft Lego set, won through Kelloggs Advent calendar

Childrens book

Liv Oliver Jewellery, online win with Brand Alley

Wooden Tildo Kitchen, web entry

ITNG fridge magnets, online entry

Italian Food hamper, online entry with

Case of mixed Rioja wines, Instagram win

Star Wars R2D2 keychain, facebook entry

£300 of L’oreal makeup, blog win

Blaze and monster machines playset, magazine win

Minecraft t-shirt and book, Instagram win

Kidz bop CD, online entry

Alive vitamins, #RTtoWin with @feelaliveuk

Chocolate hamper, #RTtoWin with @tokyolaundry68

Paddington merchandise, magazine win

4 roses bourbon, blog win

A Break in Cornwall

 

Cornwall has been on my ‘to visit’ list for quiet sometime now and a super win in January 2017 give us the perfect opportunity for that visit.

The prize I won was a 5* Luxury Family Break with St Mawes Retreats, Cornwall. I spoke to a lovely lady called Amanda who arranged everything for us. We had a choice of apartments and dates, and after a little consideration we choose to visit Sunseekers in Fowey during the October half-term.

We arrived in Fowey after a 7 hour journey and we were very happy with our choice of accomadation. The apartment was very spacious and the views over the harbor were just gorgeous, even on a wet October afternoon.

The day of our arrival we spent exploring the town, with its many bakeries selling freshly made pasties and the homemade fudge shops, I knew any hopes of sticking to my healthy eating regime had just gone out of the window.

 

During our stay we visited many of the local attractions…

Fowey Aquarium

Lovely little aquarium that has on display sea creatures that have all been caught locally.

Readymoney Beach and St Catherines Castle

This hidden cove was just a 5 minutes away from our apartment and is over looked by St Catherine’s Castle.

Eden Project

Eden project was just a short 20 minute drive from Fowey. There is so much see and do at the Eden Project and we were lucky enough to visit during one of their special events, Roald Dahl week.

Polruan Via the Fowey Ferry

Cornucopia

This is a great place to spend time with little ones on a chilly October afternoon. There is a soft play centre, trampolines, dodgems and a large outdoor activity area.

 

Falmouth

-National Maritime Museum

-Pendennis Castle

 

We all really enjoyed our visit, although the 13 hour drive back (due to accidents and traffic jams) was somewhat of a drag. Would I visit again? Most definitely. There is so much to see and experience regardless of the weather and it is so family friendly, I definitely would love a second visit.

The Big One Buckle Up

The Big One Buckle up is a game from Pointvoucher, and is available on IOS and Android.

The game is basically a roller coaster simulator and by playing you can earn voucher points to use in the shop. In the shop you can purchase Pleasure Beach wristbands (1,2 or 4), or vouchers for soft drinks or doughnuts that are redeemable in the park.

I became aware of this app around middle of August and by the end of August I had earned enough points (350,000) to purchase four wristbands. By the next week I had another 100,000 points for the extra wristband we would need so we could all go for free. So earning the points isn’t difficult at all.

This year the game runs up to November 5th which is the end of the season, after this time any points earned will no longer be valid and those items in the store will be removed until the beginning of the 2018 season. Now that I am aware of the game I will certainly be earning the points from the start of the next season to spread the required game play time over a longer period.

Because we had the free wristbands we decided to combine our annual Blackpool illuminations trip with a day at the Pleasure Beach. This excited my children as they have been wanting to visit Nickelodeon Land all year and with late night riding in the rest of the park we would have lots to see and do.

Nickelodeon land is based on the characters and shows from the world’s most popular kid’s network. Its 12 fantastic rides such as Dora’s World Voyage, Bikini Bottom Bus Tour, SpongeBob’s Splash Bash and The Blue Flyer are designed to thrill and entertain the whole family and they certainly did just that.

The rest of the Pleasure Beach does have quite a few rides we were able to enjoy as a family too, such as Wallace & Gromit’s Thrill-O-Matic, The Grand Prix and The Pleasure Beach Express.

Wristbands for the park start at £18 for under 12’s (off peak and booked in advance) up to £32 for an adult (on the gate, peak), so the Big One game can save you quite a bit of money if you plan on visiting as a family.

You can find out more about the game here

Download from the iTunes app store here or from the google play store here

Competition wins September 2017

One of my main hobbies is entering competitions and I do try to keep a record of anything that I win, here on the blog, as I think it’s a fabulous way of encouraging others to get entering too. With the children back at school I was able to get back in to the swing of entering and during September I won some amazing things. So ….. this is what I won in September…..

Sunglasses – twitter #RTtowin with competition through @withlove_jess

3x Emoji Lunchboxes, pack of stickers, eraser set and stationary set – won from the Cheestrings online promotion. For this competition you had to visit http://www.cheestrings.net/uk/emoji and upload an image of a fun expression. You could take a photo using some of the great props on The Emoji Movie special Cheestrings packs, do a drawing or even use the Express Yourselfie Creator available onsite to produce an image. Belle had a lot of fun using the props on the cheestring packets and won many times.

Llama united and Tidy space pirate books – Toppsta win

Timmy Failure Book – mag win

2 x Lottie Brownie dolls – One blog win and the other won through Twitter. My daughter absolutely adore these dolls and was so pleased she had ‘twins’ to play with.

£50 Dobell voucher – web win from UK Mums TV

Crayola Silly Scents bundle – twitter #RTtowin with competition through @Vividtoygroup. Great bundle and they smell absolutely amazing.

Facts book and postcard set – #RTtowin with competition won through Bloomsbury kids

Too Ghoul for school book – Toppsta win

Isla Fisher book – blog win

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Virginia Wolfe book – blog win

Fan screening tickets to the Kingsman 2 – twitter #RTtowin with competition through @20centuryfoxuk

Case of pasta (turned out to be 1 bag) – twitter #RTtowin with competition through Rizopia pasta

Anchor backpack – twitter #RTtowin with competition through @anchor

Finn vinyl figure – mag win

Print – Instagram win with cloud2prints. I was able to choose the design for my print and I chose one of my favourite Tolkien quotes, Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars

Awesome book of animals book – twitter #RTtowin with competition through @kidsbloomsbury

Huge homeware bundle – Amazing student bundle won for my daughter Chloe who is a university student

Children’s book – Toppsta win

£30 amazon voucher – twitter #RTtowin with competition through @ourlittlehelper

Mad Hatter tea gift set – twitter #RTtowin with competition through @Mad_hatter_tea

PS4 Dishonoured 2 – Instagram win with Sell to

Solid Oak sign – twitter #RTtowin with competition through @BrambleSigns

And last but not least my biggest prize of the month …..

Personal stylist day with £1000 to spend in Phase 8 – This was an online entry competition that I won with You Magazine

Hasbro’s Egged on

The Egged On game is Hasbro’s hilarious twist on the popular egg roulette challenge, in which 2 or more players take turns picking up plastic eggs and pressing them on to their heads. You have to pick the right egg or get wet as some of the eggs are filled with water and players never know which one they’ve got until they have “cracked” them on their heads. The last player left in the game wins!

I won this game through a facebook competition run by Jeekeo. Launched in 2015, Jeekeo was founded to offer the best products at the best prices possible. You can check their products for sale here, and there is free delivery on everything.

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What’s in the box

  • plastic egg carton,
  • 10 refillable plastic eggs,
  • spinner (with plastic arrow and base),
  • Game guide which also includes alternative ways to play.

 

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Game rules are simple …..

  • Spin the spinner
  • Pick an egg
  • Don’t get wet.

 

 

Easy to play and hilarious. So much fun for all the family and we would certainly recommend it to anyone who loves a great laugh

Competition wins June – August 2017

With the school summer holidays and planning our holiday to France I didn’t really have much time between June and August to enter competitions, so during these months I mainly entered Twitter competitions because these are relatively quick and easy to enter.

June

A great month winning a total of 24 prizes

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Augmented reality book – Bugs, won from Toppsta

Dinosaur sticker book – mag win

Set of 3 children’s books – Twitter win

£20 M&S voucher – Twitter win

Two cushions – Twitter win

Sunflower seeds – twitter win

Colour freedom selection of hair dyes – twitter win

Gorgeous Blu Byblos bag – twitter win

Personalised plaque – twitter win

Worlds worst children 2 – twitter win

Selection of chocolate making kits – Blog win

Animalcolm book – twitter win

Popobo vinyls – Twitter win, more information on these can be seen in my blog post here

Implay 4×4 landrover – blog win

Personalised wooden memory box – twitter win

Lottie book – Toppsta

The Founder DVD – twitter win

Selection of Musk’s sausages – twitter win, review can be read here

Blu Ray movie Ballerina – Twitter win

Xupo key finder – blog win

12 month subscription to Galloneers children’s cooking box – twitter win

Aquabeads sparkling jewelbox – twitter win with @aquabeads

Jake and the Neverland pirates plush and magnet set – Disney jnr facebook win

Signed Lauren Child Print – twitter win

 

July

Awesome month winning 19 prizes, my favourite being the Jon Snow merchandise, as I am a huge Game of Throne fan.

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Martha Mayhem Book – Toppsta win

Boyband of the Apocalypse book – Toppsta win

Nail polish – twitter win

B-pay loop – twitter win

Wooden Farmyard clock – facebook win

Kaiser Baas Dashcam – Twitter win

Datashur 2 USB storage device – Twitter win

Voucher for Popobe – Won through competition ran via Popobe.co.uk site, but although announced as a winner I never actually received any prize.

Gather the Daughters book x 2 – twitter win

Prestige Blender and Muffin tray – twitter win

Robin Silver book – Toppsta win

Acacia tree – twitter win

Minion Tee – Youtube win

Skullduggery Pleasant book – twitter win

Jon Snow Merchandise, including signed framed photo and figure – facebook win

12 month coffee subscription – twitter win with the real coffee bag co

Selection of corn forks and accessories – twitter win

Zebra Trunki – blog win

Chicco Danny Drift and RoboChicco – facebook win with Chicco

 

August

Another awesome month with 16 prizes, my favourite was the Minion table, chair and parasol set I won for my boys as they just adore it.

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Egged on Game – facebook win with Jeekeo, our review of this game can be found here.

Diggerland family ticket – local magazine win, you can read about our adventure here

Tennis set – twitter win

Tonka Tinys bundle – mag win

Welcome to London book – blog win

2x childrens books – Toppsta win

A portable notebook BBQ – Molevalley Facebook win

Nut job 2 merchandise – twitter win

Outdoor table, chairs and parasol (minions) – twitter/facebook and insta win

Country Puddings hamper – twitter win

2x childrens books – Toppsta win

Sweet hamper – facebook win

2 books – mag wins

RC car – facebook win

Ravensburger 3D Disney princess puzzle – twitter win with @ravensburgerpc

Accuquilt machine – Won on twitter with @createcrafttv