Sunday, 19 October 2014

My Sunday Photo 19/10/2014

I had a lovely day at Blog Camp Birmingham yesterday thanks to TOTS100 and really enjoyed the hands on photography sessions with Becky and Tom from AR Blog. Here is my favourite photo from the day.


Friday, 17 October 2014

Win a Spooky Halloween kid's DVD!

Keep your terrors happy this Howl-loween with ALPHA AND OMEGA: THE LEGEND OF THE SAW TOOTH CAVE on DVD!

With spooky surprises and suspense galore, everyone’s favourite Alpha and Omegas are back with a family friendly adventure especially for Halloween! 

It’s story time by the moonlight and the wolf pack elder gathers the young cubs around to share his precautionary tale about the saw-toothed cave. The cubs sit wide-eyed as the elder tells the story of a cave inhabited by a terrifying creature; no wolf that has entered the cave has come out alive. 

Despite the warnings, the young cubs dare each other to be brave enough to venture out to see this mystery cave for themselves … but are they really as brave as they thought?
Alpha & Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave was released by Lionsgate UK on DVD on 6th October and you can Win a copy to entertain your little monsters this Halloween!

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The Ideal Home Show at Christmas - Win Tickets!

I love Christmas! As you know I do my shopping all year round to get the best deals but I get really excited once everywhere gets all festive and love planning my Christmas baking and decorations!

So I'm thrilled that the Ideal Home Show at Christmas is coming to Manchester this year!

Following the success of its spring debut, the Ideal Home Show is set to return to EventCity, Manchester (just near the Trafford Centre) but with a festive twist. A northern version of of the multi-award winning London show, Ideal Home Show at Christmas, sponsored by will run from Friday 14th November until Sunday 16th November.

It will feature an impressive 300 exhibitors, across 7 sections including: Interiors & Home Accessories, Food & Drink sponsored by Regina, Home Improvements & Outdoor Living sponsored by Hydropool, Fashion & Beauty, Technology & Gadgets, Gifts and Christmas Decorations; the winter wonderland will provide everything you could possibly need for the run up to the yuletide season.

I'll be attending the show of the Friday with my Mum and we're really excited about these celebrity experts at the show offering their tips including the rather handsome chef Gino D'Acampo, the lovely Lisa Faulkner, and my Mum's favourite Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen! Well known TV personality, wine expert, columnist and author Olly Smith will also be there.

Highlights from the Show

·         The Christmas Theatre sponsored by This festive theatre will host talks and workshops from a range of experts to advise on how to create the perfect homemade Christmas. The hourly sessions will focus on making Christmas cards, festive wreaths, decorations, table settings and much more!

·         The Christmas Champagne Bar sponsored by Hydropool – Treat yourself to a glass of bubbly and relax after all that shopping!
·         The Christmas Food & Drink Theatre sponsored by Regina – The Food & Drink Theatre will feature top celebrity chefs including Gino D'Acampo giving you handy hints and tips for your Christmas culinary creation. With live cook along demonstrations, foodies are able to learn from the experts in how to cook up a storm in the kitchen this Christmas.
·         The Gregg Wallace Christmas Restaurant - Hosted by friend of the show Gregg Wallace, the restaurant will provide a traditional Christmas lunch with a twist.

·         The Christmas Bandstand – The bandstand will be filled with a host of talent who will perform a range of musical styles and genres throughout the show. From gospel and children's choirs, to bands and solo artists, they are guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit.

·         The Christmas Room Sets in association with intu Trafford Centre - Working with top brands from the iconic intu Trafford centre, these 8 room sets will fill you with ideas for your own home.
Plus, with over 300 top brands and exhibitors offering innovative products that you won’t find on the high street, it’s the ultimate destination for all of your Christmas shopping.

Doors open to the first ever Ideal Home Show at Christmas EventCity, Manchester Friday 14th November at 10am.  To book tickets visit or call 0844 209 7366.  For Group bookings call: 0844 412 4650

Prices for Ideal Home Show at Christmas EventCity, Manchester:

Advance Tickets
On The Door
Children (Under 16)

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Prepare your Children for the Clocks Going Back

The nights are getting longer and it will be soon be time for the clocks to go back. On Sunday the 26th October 2014 lots of people will be making the most of an extra hour in bed. However if like me you have young children, rather than relishing the extra time you may be worrying about how the change will affect your child's sleeping pattern.

Getting children to bed is hard enough without having to cope with the clocks changing twice a year. Often they don’t understand why it gets light earlier in the morning and why they have to go to bed at a different time.

Below s a video that discusses bedtime routine research findings, conducted on behalf of

Sleep expert and founder of Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic, Mandy Gurney will talk about the importance of wind down time and bedtime routines and the simple changes you can implement in the run up to the clocks changing so your children

How do you prepare your children for the clocks changing? Do you have any tips to share?