Friday, 9 September 2016

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with a £5 Build-A-Bear!

Did you know that today, September 9th, is national Teddy Bear day?

To celebrate the occasion, customers of Build-A-Bear Workshop stores can make their own limited-edition National Teddy Bear Day bear for just £5 in U.K. stores on Friday, Sept. 9.If you're children are familiar with  Build-A-Bear Workshop, you'll know this is an absolute bargain! It's the first time Build-A-Bear Workshop has created a commemorative bear for National Teddy Bear Day. They also have two other teddy bears available for at the offer price of £5 each if your little ones prefer to have a choice, Lil’ Vanilla Bean Cub and Lil’ Hazelnut Cub. Each customer can purchase a maximum of five £5 bears, while supplies last so don't delay, head down to your nearest store now! In the spirit of the brand’s mission to “add a little more heart to life,” for every £5 bear purchased today, Build-A-Bear will donate a furry friend to Childhood First, along with other children’s charities, up to 6,000 furry friends.

 “We celebrate teddy bears every day, but Build-A-Bear Workshop is commemorating National Teddy Bear Day with exclusive £5 furry friends and a heart-felt opportunity to share the hug of a teddy bear with kids in need,” said Gina Collins, chief marketing officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “With the support of our charitable partners around the world, we hope to help as many children as possible experience the joy of a new furry friend during this fun, in-store event.”

 Why not follow Build-A-Bear Workshop on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share a favorite teddy bear or Build-A-Bear Workshop memory with hashtag #NationalTeddyBearDay and @BuildABear. 

The brand will celebrate its 20th birthday in 2017, and 2016’s National Teddy Bear Day marks the kick-off of more than a year of celebrations so watch out for more great offers and promotions!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Celebrate Roald Dahl Day in Manchester this Weekend

'A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.' Roald Dahl
I loved reading as a child, and although he wasn't my favourite author, Roald Dahl was definitely in my top five. His books filled part of my childhood bookshelves and have always stayed with me. My favourites were George's Marvelous Medicine and Danny, Champion of the World!

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of one of the greatest Children's authors and 13th September was his birthday. There are events happening all over the world to celebrate and plenty happening in Manchester over the weekend. My children will be dressing up as their favourite characters for school on Tuesday to mark the occasion (Fantastic Mr Fox and either Matilda or a witch - she's not decided yet!) before before that we'll be heading in to Manchester City Centre on Sunday to have some fantastic fun!

Glittering Eyes pop up cinema

On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th there will be a fantastical  Glittering Eyes pop up cinema at New Bailey near Spinningfields. There will be showings of James and the Giant Peach,  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,  Matilda and The Witches. It's not just about the movie showings though as there will be a wonderland of Dahl themed activities from a walk through Willy Wonka's garden to a giant peach pop-up library and loads of Children’s entertainment as well as lots of tasty street food traders to tempt your tastebuds! 
New Bailey Street, Salford, M3 5AX (tickets from £7.50 available at  

Roald Dahl Big Picnic Day at Tatton Park

To celebrate this special birthday Tatton Park are opening their Gardens to picnickers for the first time on Sunday 11th September 2016, so you can bring a picnic and settle down in their gorgeous formal Gardens! And what's more, they will be free to enter for everyone! During your picnic enjoy exploring the 50-acre garden. There’s a fabulous Danny the Champion of the World Trail to follow full-of-fun obstacles. James and the Giant Peach and the Twits provide further fun! A great afternoon entertainment programme includes a mini disco, Roald Dahl inspired performances and the young ones can settle down and listen in to storytelling. On the day you’ll be able to give a little by treating yourself to a slice of the most humungous, yummy birthday cake baked by our very own baker …..the proceeds go to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity caring for seriously ill children. Go dressed up as your favourite Roald Dahl character and you could win a superlicious surprise! Gardens open from 10am. Activities take place between 12pm and 3pm. Ice cream, beers and hot and cold refreshments are available to purchase. Car parking is £6 per car. Find out more here

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Serenz Hayfever Treatment Review #Serenz

 I've suffered with hayfever (Allergic rhinitis) since childhood, some years are better that others but I've become used to warm, sunny days meaning a streaming nose and red, puffy eyes. I've grown accustomed to carrying round a minimum of two packets of tissues in my handbag and regularly having to reapply my make up.

There are plenty of products out there that claim to help with the symptoms of hayfever and I'm sure I've tried most of them over the years! Some do help to ease the symptoms but often have other side effects such as drowsiness, or take a good while to kick in and have to be taken well in advance of symptoms appearing, which isn't great when I start work at 8am and need to be able to concentrate without constantly blowing my nose and tears streaming down my face.

I was recently offered the chance to try out a new hayfever relief treatment that is different to others on the market.

This is what Serenz has to say about their product:

Serenz is a natural allergy relief product, clinically proven to start working in minutes. As the first allergy product to use carbon dioxide for drip-free relief from nasal allergy symptoms, Serenz works quickly without causing drowsiness.

How does it work?

Serenz is a hand held device that uses pressurised carbon dioxide (CO2) to cleanse the nasal passages. this can relief the nasal symptoms of allergies without causing drowsiness or the need for steroids. It doesn't require a prescription and comes with clear instructions that are simple to follow. It is only recommended for use by adults age 18 plus.

The inhaler comes with a small blue paddle which you insert into the bottom of the unit before use and turn 180 degrees. You then insert the top of the Serenz into your nostril forming a vacuum, press and hold the blue button for ten seconds and then repeat with the other nostril. It's important that you don't breathe through your nose while using it so you can either hold your breath or breathe through your mouth.

I've been trying out Serenz for just under a week now and I'm impressed with the rapidness of the relief it brings. I do find that that I get an uncomfortable sensation and watering eyes while using it but it's bearable and I can certainly see a improvement in my nasal symptoms immediately after use. 

There are a number of benefits to Serenz, it's easy to carry round with you, can be used as and when without needing to plan ahead and provides rapid relief. I did experience a reduction in my nasal symptoms for a period of time and although they came back later in the day I was able to use it again as it is natural and does not contain medication.

Serenz is available from Weldricks Pharmacy priced at £19.90, which will provide 40 x ten second treatments. This isn't a budget option but I find that most effective allergy relief treatments are expensive, and I would rather spend money on a product that works that end up spending more buying several cheaper options that are ineffective.

You can find out more about Serenz at

I was sent this product and asked to provide an honest review.  All thoughts and images are my own.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Becky Adlington encourages families in Manchester to ‘just keep moving’ this summer

Finding Dory swim sessions in Manchester

On Monday 18th July, double Olympic gold medal winning swimmer, mum and Stockport resident Becky Adlington will be at the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre swimming pool in Manchester to encourage local families to ‘just keep moving’ this summer. Becky is teaming up with Disney, Change4Life and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) to launch nationwide interactive family swim sessions and a brand new 10 Minute Shake Up campaign – all inspired by the new Disney·Pixar blockbuster, Finding Dory.

The event will marks the upcoming launch of Finding Dory swim sessions.

The joint campaign launches family swim sessions at hundreds of pools across the UK, including a number in Manchester and the local area, as well as new 10 Minute Shake Up activities, in a bid to make exercise fun and help children get the 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity they need each day. 

Becky Adlington encourages families in Manchester to ‘just keep moving’ this summer

Double Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer and mum Becky Adlington is teaming up with Disney, Change4Life and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) to encourage families in Manchester to ‘just keep moving’ this summer, with the launch of nationwide interactive family swim sessions and a brand new 10 Minute Shake Up campaign – all inspired by the new Disney·Pixar blockbuster, Finding Dory.

The joint campaign launches family swim sessions at hundreds of pools across the UK, as well as new 10 Minute Shake Up activities, in a bid to make exercise fun and help  children get the 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity they need each day.
Becky Adlington is taking part in a Finding Dory inspired swim session at the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre in Manchester on Monday 18 July, showing local children how keeping active this summer can be fun and easy.

Campaign ambassador Becky Adlington, comments:

Since I stopped competitive swimming a few years ago, I understand how tricky it can be to fit exercise into a busy routine – and also make it fun. As a mum, it’s even harder. But I’m passionate about inspiring the future generation to get active and that’s why I’m in Manchester today supporting this summer’s campaign from Disney, Change4Life and the ASA. The summer holidays can seem really long but there are loads of great ideas to get kids up and about with new 10 Minute Shake Ups, and what better way to spend time together than enjoying a family swim session where you’re learning key skills.”
just keep moving change4life

The swim sessions, which are co-created with the ASA and run from 22nd July until 4th September, will provide an hour of in-water storytelling for the whole family, teaching children key swimming skills as they are taken on a journey with Dory and friends, led by trained instructors. They will be taking place nationwide, including 30 pools in the North West region. Booking for the swimming sessions is now available at the following locations:

·       Active Copley, Manchester
·       Active Hyde, Manchester
·       All Seasons Leisure Centre, Chorley
·       Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre, Manchester
·       Ashton Leisure Centre, Wigan
·       Bootle Leisure Centre, Bootle
·       Broughton Leisure Centre, Salford
·       Castle Leisure Centre, Bury
·       Clarendon Leisure Centre, Salford
·       Cockermouth Sports Centre, Cockermouth
·       Dunes Splashworld, Southport
·       Eccles Leisure Centre, Salford
·       Fleetwood Leisure Centre, Fleetwood
·       Hetton Community Pool, Sunderland
·       Howe Bridge Leisure Centre, Atherton
·       Irlam and Cadishead Leisure Centre, Salford
·       Leigh Leisure Centre, Wigan
·       Manchester Aquatics Centre, Manchester
·       Meadows Leisure Centre, Liverpool
·       Moor Park Health & Leisure Centre, Blackpool
·       Palatine Leisure Centre, Blackpool
·       Pendle Wavelengths & Inside Spa, Lancashire
·       Raich Carter Sports Centre, Sunderland
·       Ramsbottom Pool, Ramsbottom
·       Silksworth Community Pool, Sunderland
·       St Peters, Burnley
·       Swinton and Pendlebury Leisure Centre, Salford
·       The Neptune, Middlesborough
·       The Pools, Carlisle
·       Wigan Life Centre, Manchester
·       Worsley Leisure Centre, Salford

Search Change4Life online for Disney and Finding Dory inspired 10 Minute Shake Ups and don’t forget to book your swim session today at