Saturday, 29 August 2015

Join us for the Bob the Builder Twitter Frenzy on 1st September

On Tuesday 1st September the new look Bob the Builder TV series will be  starting on Milkshake! on channel 5! To celebrate the new CGI incarnation of the popular character will be hosting a 75 minute Twitter Frenzy from 6:30am – 7:45am, Mysel and a few other bloggers will be hosting our own breakfast parties and  tweeting along from home to let you know all about the new programme.

You can join in too by heading over to @UKMumstv  and @mymummyspennies Twitter. Don’t forget to tweet and use the hashtag of #Bobthebuilderon5 as there will be lots of prizes to be won including some amazing tickets to KidZania!

If you can’t wait until Tuesday then pop over to to download a fun Bob the Builder colouring activity sheet.

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

What's Happened? What's Happening? #WHWH 27/08/15

With the Summer holidays drawing to a close our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram timelines have been jammed with bloggers and their families getting out and about together both in the UK and abroad. It was great to see so many of you link up again last time and we're looking forward to seeing your further adventures this week. I apologize that I'm a little behind with commenting as I've spent a significant part of the last two weeks in a tent without internet access but I will be catching up this week, I promise!

There were so many lovely posts last time and we've chosen a holiday theme for this round up. Both The Brunette Says and Mummys Little Stars chose to holiday in the UK this Summer and their posts were a great recommendation for staying at home.

Mummy's Little Stars holidayed at Perran Sands in Cornwall with Haven. I'm a big fan of this site, having stayed there twice and highly rate it so it's good to see  another blogger who feels the same way. The week on the beach and being entertained around the site looked wonderful for the whole family. We can't wait to return next Easter!

What's Happened? What's Happening? 27/08/15 #WHWH
Photo Credit: Mummy's Little Stars

Our second UK Summer holiday feature was shared by Lianne at The Brunette Says. With eleven years between her children it's important that their holiday destinations really keep the whole family entertained, They chose Butlins in Skegness this year and the lovely photos show that a great time was had by all. This is another UK holiday park that we have stayed at and enjoyed.

What's Happened? What's Happening? 27/08/15 #WHWH
Photo Credit: The Brunette Says

What's Happening saw a few lists of ideas for things to do, pleasingly (for us anyway) they all had a Northern England bias and there are some top tips for getting out and about in there. We loved Helpful Mum's '16 Things to Do in North Yorkshire this Summer', with everything from ice cream to soft play and castles to butterflies covered, Sian gives a great local's view of her particular part of the world. We've visited a fair few of them already but there are some intriguing ideas that we weren't familiar with and they are suitable for a range of budgets too.

What's Happened? What's Happening? 27/08/15 #WHWH
Photo Credit: Helpful Mum

What have you been up to? What are you planning?

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

How to Survive Legoland on a Rainy Day

How to Survive Legoland WWindsor on a Rainy Day

You'd be forgiven for thinking it was currently October rather than August considering the weather we've had recently. At the weekend we camped through a thunderstorm at a festival and today during a long anticipated and carefully panned trip to LEGOLAND Windsor we were treated to torrential rain for most of the day.

I noticed that many families left earlier than I expected and there were even people in guest services demanding refunds due to the weather. Maybe it's because we live in Manchester, known as being one of the wettest cities in the UK, but we are of the firm view that rain shouldn't stop play!

Despite it being a very soggy day we still had a fantastic time at LEGOLAND Windsor and are wholeheartedly looking forward to returning tomorrow. So I thought I'd share with you my top tips for surviving LEGOLAND Windsor on a rainy day....

Yellow Legoland Windsor ponchos on a rainy day

Buy The Big Yellow Legoland Ponchos

This is a tip that was given to me by The Boy and Me who visited the theme park earlier this week, they may not be any thicker than a carrier bag and make you look like you're wearing a shiny yellow bin bag but these branded plastic ponchos really are worth the £3.50 each, As TBAM says, 'Everyone is wearing them and they're big enough that they go down to your knees, easily covers a rucksack (and a camera case) and when you sit down your rear is covered so you don't get a wet bottom!'

S.Q.U.I.D. Surfer water ride at Legoland windsor

Go on ALL the Water Rides

Well you're wet anyway so why not? As soon as we got to the park we headed straight for the Viking's River Splash ( Rapids ) and walked right on to the ride without having to queue. we followed this up with the Pirate Falls: Treasure Quest ( Log Flume) and the S.Q.U.I.D Surfer. Many people were walking straight past these rides but as we were so wet anyway we thought we may as well enjoy the rides!

LASER Raiders at LEGOLAND Windsor

Queue for an Indoor Ride to Dry Off

LEGOLAND Windsor has a good proportion of indoor rides ad although you will find that these have longer queues in wet weather, many of the queues have activities or videos to entertain the children while you are waiting and this can give you a chance to dry off. We queued for Laser Raiders for around an hour but the children were entertained throughout and we were glad of the shelter.

Fun on the water rapids at LEGOLAND Windsor

Find Out Which Rides are Closed Due to the Weather

For health and safety reasons, LEGOLAND Windsor do have to close certain rides when the weather gets bad, so it's a good idea to pop by guest services and find out which ones are closed so you are not making a journey across the park towards a particular ride that ends up being closed.

All you can eat Pizza and pasta at LEGOLAND Windsor

Consider Eating in one of the All You Can Eat Restaurants 

I am usually an advocate of taking picnics on days out rather than paying the inflated resort prices for food that often has limited choice. However if you are sopping wet, an hours sit don in a restaurant to warm up and dry off can be worth the price, especially when the alternative is sitting on a wet bench eating soggy butties!  

smiles and funny faces on the carousel at legoland

And most of all, have fun and remember there's no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing!

I'll be sharing more pictures and fun from our LEGOLAND trip soon!


Monday, 24 August 2015

Building a dream house from LEGO

As you may be aware our whole family are big LEGO fans so when the lovey folks at Think Money got in touch to see if we wanted to take part in a very special LEGO challenge we couldn't resist.

The challenge was for a child to build their dream house out of LEGO. Our almost eight year old Ben, took on the challenge and was sent a LEGO Classic 10695 set to get creative with and build his dream home.

He's an imaginative child so I really wasn't sure whether we'd end up with a futuristic spaceship or a huge skyscraper! What he did end up creating was more traditional looking but had some very interesting features:

At the front of the house we have traditional front door with an interesting coloured glass pane above not dissimilar to our own front door, to the right of this we have a window and if we peep inside we see a dining table with four colourful chairs.

We also see an interesting object with two eyes which Ben informs me is an oven in the kitchen! I wonder if it does the cooking for you? In another room we see  a comfortable looking sofa with a side table on which there are two 'books'.

Other features of Ben's dream house include a set of blue stairs up to the second floor and some eco friendly additions including a wind turbine and a large solar panel on the roof. Ben also created a car to park outside his house.

I have to say that i'm impressed to find that the features of Ben's 'dream house', although abstract in it's creation, are not far away from my own ideal home. The solar panel and wind turbine, the books on the table next to the sofa and maybe even the idea of an oven that will cook dinner for me!

What would your child include in their own dream house?

This post is an entry for the LEGO Dream House competition from Think Money. contains affiliate link.