Monday, 2 May 2016

Geronimo Harewood House review 2016

We were eagerly awaiting Geronimo 2016 after attending the launch last year in Manchester (you can read about it here). However, I'm due to run my half marathon the weekend it comes back to Manchester and with a planned child-free weekend it wasn't ideal. Therefore we decided to visit Geronimo at Harewood House and book a hotel the night before to enjoy the day without a long drive beforehand; that is how much we LOVED Geronimo last year. We ranted and raved about our experience and from that we have friends that have paid to visit when it returns to Manchester later in May.

This year, our experience was completely different. I'm not going to mention the difference in weather at this point as we were prepared for that with wellies and waterproofs. However, the experience before even reaching Geronimo put our backs up. After peeling off a main road 6 miles away we reached traffic jams. This would lead us all the way to the main gates taking an extra hour. Geronimo had at this point opened another gate allowing cars in from a different direction which I think helped the situation and we weren't charged to park the car like the website had previously mentioned. I am presuming they got rid of the parking charges to help alleviate the traffic in the surrounding roads. I really felt for the locals that were stuck in the queues.

When we were in the grounds we were greeted by the queue to get into the park. This left Daddy to say, "If we have to stand in that queue as well, we are going home!"


Monday, 25 April 2016

Fluffimals Fluffy Factory Review and Giveaway

 If you watch children's TV you would have probably heard of Fluffimals. My girls would scream "I want that" when the advert comes on and then an argument over which one would get it...whoah... where did that attitude come from? I think having two winter babies (October and January) and Christmas within a few months they forget the draught of new toys for spring and summer. Thankfully for them the kind people over at Mookie toys asked us if they would like to review the new Fluffimals with a teddy for each girl so there was no more arguments.

The main set for Fluffimals come with the machine to stuff the new teddies, tweezers personality cards and instructions, a teddy bear, coloured "personality" stuffing and plain stuffing, a magic heart and a brush.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Num Noms review and GIVEAWAY

We have officially entered the 'collectors phase' with the girls. They are now officially collecting the new Num Noms. What are Num Noms do I hear you say? Well, Num Noms are super cute, colourful soft collectable and scented scoops of ice cream (obviously not real ice cream, a toy ice cream) . To start our collection we were gifted a motorised starter Nom set and two surprise packs.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Easter at National Forest Adventure Farm

The girls adore most animals which makes it very easy to LOVE the National Forest Adventure Farm in Staffordshire. We have been almost every season for the past year and know we will walk away having a great day out. Last years Easter visit can be seen here. This year they have made some changes and it is an even better day out for it. We visited Good Friday this year and it was VERY busy. The queue was half way around the car park!! Daddy doesn't do crowds and was tempted to go home before even going in, however the girls persuaded him to stay knowing what was inside the gates.
The staff managed to get the queue moving by letting people in the side entrance who had pre-booked, which included us too, yeay! Once inside the crowds quickly dispersed so it didn't feel over crowded. After all there is so much to do.

Our first port of call was to the animal barn for the lamb feeding. This is one of the areas they have invested in, add it has paid off. Its a first come first served basis now, compared to the push to the front to try and get a bottle. In the queue you are now given a number between 1-8, each number is given out 8-10(?) times and when the numbers have gone, its full. (They have many sessions throughout the day) They also provide seats. Two numbers are called at once and the children come and sit on hay bails. All the ones on one side, all the twos on the other. Its then a race to see what lamb drinks the milk the quickest. The bottle is still passed along the line but there is no pushing and shoving and every child gets a go.  

Thursday, 24 March 2016

WIN Tickets to GERONIMO - The Biggest Children’s Festival in the UK

Geronimo is back, and we are ambassadors again! You can read about our experience last year here. And this year it’s going to be bigger and better. Seeing a return to Tatton Park in 2016 from May 29th – 30th and a new venue at Harewood House from May 1st – 2nd, expect a line-up jam packed with some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, including TV favourites Justin Fletcher*, Mr Bloom, Andy Day, Alex Winters and Cook & Line from Swashbuckle.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Exploring our local countryside

S was in an outdoor mood. Kept asking to go outside to play. In and out the back door that was to be kept shut to keep the cats in, making me worry about trapped fingers or escaped cats. It was too cold to keep the doors open like the day before. The sun had hid behind the clouds and the temperature had dropped. J was at school and daddy at work, so it was just S and myself. My step counting watch was beeping at me telling me I've not moved enough. That's it, we were going off to explore by foot. We have lived here almost 2 years now but we are still finding little gems. With my running routes getting longer, I need to find new routes. I've made mistakes before looking at footpaths online, then getting there and they are not runnable. This time we are going to go and have a look first. Scooter in tow to pull S along when she gets tired. (We have to come up with other ideas other then pushchairs after she refused to get in one once she turned 2). 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Nickelodeon Blaze and the monster machine Twitter party

EEk! The girls are so excited! We have been asked to host a Blaze and the monster Machine Twitter party. This means we get to have a little party here at home with games that other hosts are also doing in their homes too, and then on Wednesday 16th March between 1-3pm we showcase our party games along with UKMums.TV. so we come together for one big giant party. There will also be fun games and activities for you to join in with at home too. Throughout the two hour party there will also be plenty of chances to win some fab prizes and see items from the new Fisher-Price toy range in action! These toys are fab, we've had a sneak peek and can not wait to review them.


One of the new toys, the Blaze Turbo Launcher, we will be using in the maths themed party game.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Fairy Flowerpot Giveaway worth £9.99

We have loved testing out the Fairy Flowerpot and bringing it to life which you can read all about here.


If you would like to create your own very special fairy flowerpot you can either purchase it here for £9.99 or enter the rafflecopter competition below for your chance to win your very own pot, courtesy of Interplay.
 
 
 
The pot can be used inside or outside and helps bring imagination alive along side nature. Aimed for children aged 4 and up, this would make a lovely activity perfect for spring and summer.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

•This giveaway is open to all UK residents only.
•ONE winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and announced on this page.
•The winner will be contacted by e-mail within 3 days of competition ends. If they do not respond within 28 days another winner may be chosen.
•The prize will be sent directly to the winner from Interplay UK Ltd.
•Mummy M's Memories will not be responsible for delivery and the item may take some time to arrive.
•Any damage to the prize is not Mummy M's Memories responsibility.
•The company reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of a similar type/value if the prize above is not available.

•Your details will be passed to My Fairy Range, but will not be passed onto any third parties by Mummy Ms Memories.
•Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will be disqualified.
•Competition starts on 11/03/2016 12 am – 01/04/2016 11.59pm.


Good luck!

Fairy Flowerpot Review

The girls are fairy mad, just yesterday J came home from school with a fairy in her hand! We have been very luky to be able to keep the imagination alive with several fairy related products. Have you seen our fairy garden review, and our fairy door review from Interplay???
Well to the girls joy there is more fairy products being launched now too. We were able to grab the fairy flowerpot to review and put to the test. This time S was testing it out...
 

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Paint and Play Dinosaurs

S loves dinosaurs. When I say love, I mean besotted. When we had the opportunity to review something dinosaur based I knew she would be thrilled. Little did I know J would be too. Paint and play Dinosaurs by Interplay arrived at the perfect time. Both girls were off school and nursery but had started to perk up. Resting was no longer an option, however I was exhausted as I had been up and down all night soothing them. It needed to be something easy to clean and tidy up, didn't take much effort but entertain them both.
 
The box contains everything you may need, paints, a paint brush, 3 dinosaurs to paint, two small cavemen to play along side the painted dinosaurs and instructions. The instructions pretty much said go with your imagination as we don't actually know what colours the dinosaurs were...