LolliBop announces River Island’s Design Den



River Island is pleased to announce that they are the official fashion partner for this year’s Lollibop festival, taking place at Hatfield House from 15-­‐17 August. The three-­‐day event is the UKs only festival where all the entertainment is for children aged up to 12 years old.

Due to the huge success last year, River Island is hosting the fun and fashionable ‘Design Den’ for the second time round where festival goers will have the chance to transfom into designers for the day and customise their very own t-­‐shirt!
How does it work?  The ‘Design Den’ will host craft stations for various age groups and the little ones have an allocated time slot to create their masterpiece! Afterwards, they can take to the River Island runway to strike a pose and show off their designs on the catwalk.

The youngster need to make sure they have those cheeky grins at the ready, as each child will receive a photo of the fabulous moment to take home too. Visitors will also be able to shop the latest kidswear and accessories range from the River Island Summer collection at an exclusive pop up shop.

The River Island baby and kidswear range, for ages 0-­‐12 years is available at and in selected stores in both the UK, and Internationally.

We hit the River Island Den last year but unfortunately was too late to join in with the designing part, so I would advise to book early in the day so not too miss put on a brilliant creative activity. We may have missed the Design Den but we did pick up some fabulous shorts for the boys to wear, which was on sale in the Den. I love River Island clothes as they are not only fashionable but also top quality at affordable prices.

This information was brought to you as part of the blog being LolliBop Ambassadors.


Vita Coco Kids Beach Club at LolliBop 2014

 Vita Coco Kids is bringing the beach to Lollibop with the Vita Coco Kids Beach Club  


Vita Coco Kids is inviting festival loving families at Lollibop 2014 to take part in some games on the sand at their pop up beach club.  Kids and parents alike are invited to join in the fun at the hourly sandcastle building contests, or try their hand at the coconut shy for a chance to win some nutty prizes.

If chilling out on the beach is more your style there’s also a colouring and activity area to let your creativity flow and plenty of deck chairs for parents and kiddies to put their feet up beneath the palm trees and enjoy a moment of calm. The Vita Coco Kids bike will also be on hand giving festival goers a helping hand with healthy hydration, for big and little monkeys alike.


Vita Coco Kids is made from young coconut water blended with natural fruit flavourings and spring water with no added colourings or preservatives, making it a natural source of hydration for children. With around 20 percent less sugar and less calories than other leading UK chilled kids’ drinks, it is the healthier beverage option for your children when you’re at a festival. Available in two mouth-watering flavours, classic Apple & Blackcurrant and tropical Mango & Pineapple, these little cartons of goodness are also bursting with naturally occurring potassium that helps keep your little ones energised and hydrated on hot summer days.

  • Vita Coco Kids is available in two flavours – Apple & Blackcurrant and Mango & Pineapple
  • Vita Coco Kids RRP is from £2.99 for a 4 x 180ml pack

For activities that are shore to please, make sure you stop by the Vita Coco Kids Beach Club…just no monkey business!

This information is brought to you as part of mumofthreemusketeers being LolliBop ambassadors 


Yesterday was an extremely emotional day for the family as it marked the end of an Era for the eldest boy, of whom it was his last day as a junior school child as in September he goes up to year 7 in senior school. Most children enter their new senior school with fellow friends that they have known for  8 years as they have gone through Nursery, Reception, Infants and Juniors with, but Jak is going to a school that is out of his borough and he will have to build new friendships with the fellow year 7 children.

Yesterday Jak waved goodbye not only to his friends but also to the Teachers and Teaching Assistants who he had gone through school with, as he entered the school for the last time as a year 6 pupil, carrying with him presents for the staff, he held his head up took a big gulp and walked in through the doors. 6 hours later he exits through the same doors with wet cheeks as he cried tears of happiness and sadness. He has made some fabulous friends and I am sure that they will keep in touch.

Yesterday reminded me of his first ever day in Nursery….we had walked into the nursery after being greeted by the teacher and nursery nurse,  he walked away from me and over to the kitchen area as he thought that he had seen a child that he had met in Pre-school. He tapped the boy on the shoulder and as the boy turned round, they both screamed and began hugging each other. I knew then that My first born was going to settle in well at the school and what i saw was the beginning of a very close friendship. Yes they have their moments, they argue, they fight, they don’t talk for days but One thing is for sure is that I know they will miss each other in their new schools.

Yesterday I cried as i watched my boy walk down the street, all grown up yet still looking like my baby boy. He has become such a handsome, clever young chap of whom i am very proud of. As he walked away from me into school I suddenly realised how life can go by so quickly if you let it!

The teachers in the school have taught him so much, he has achieved only what you would dream of….not the impossible as he has rightly proved! Without the persistence and and encouragement from his teachers he would never be as confident as he is, they have backed him in his acting and helped him to achieve level 6 in both teaching assessments and SATs.

Yesterday my first born cried as for 8 years of his life all he has known is Roding Primary and its surroundings, it’s an old school and the children are all quite close together. He said farewell to an important part of his life and now awaits a new and exciting part to arrive.

To My Son Jak, you are amazing and I am truly blessed to have you as my son… Yesterday wasn’t goodbye It was see you soon, Yesterday was the start of a New Era!


Win a Family pass To children’s festival LolliBop at Hatfield House

Build it, paint it, climb it…. LolliBop, the UK’s biggest kids festival is back!
And this year it promises to be bigger and better than last year
We have been to LolliBop for the past 2 years now and this year will be our third time, we have always enjoyed ourselves and the children come home with so many happy memories of the day. This year it will be our second time being invited along as official LolliBop ambassadors and we are even more excited than before about it all, LolliBop really is the event of the Summer and definitely one not to be missed.
Taking place at Hatfield House, August 15-17, the all star line-up – aimed at children under the age of 10 – combines some of the hottest names in kids entertainment, as well as hundreds of activities and interactive areas. The programme includes: Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom, Mister Maker, Lazy Town and Sam & Mark on the main stage, plus live shows from Chris & Pui, Postman Pat, Scooby-Doo, Swashbuckle & many more. Creative kids will love the new  ’Join In with Southbank Centre’ area with plenty of dress up, make and take and workshops. We also have a brand new active zone with footballing from Tottenham Hotspur, baby ballet, an old fashioned sports day and martial arts. Other highlights include Bear Grylls Survival Academy, LolliKitchen, LolliBooks and special areas featuring Thomas & Friends, a Disney Silent Disco & Skylanders Trap Team. 
Hatfield House is easily accessible by road, or rail, just 20 mins from London Kings Cross and has ample parking on site.  The whole programme is for the under 10s and tickets are on sale now priced £20.00pp

We’ve got one family pass (four tickets) to give away to this brilliant festival. To enter, answer the question below:

Q: Where is the location of LolliBop 2014?

            A: Hatfield House    

B: Hyde Park

      C: Central Park 

Comment below with your answer

Please tweet “I would like to win family tickets to the children’s festival LolliBop with @angoewright78″

Terms & Conditions
·      The competition closes 31/07/2014 midnight
·      We have one family pass to giveaway. Each pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be aged over 18 (NB children under the age of 12 months do not require a ticket)
·      The winning family can attend on the day of their choice, either August 15, or August 16 or August 17. The date must be specified at time of confirming the prize
·      Travel and accommodation are not included
·      The prize is non-refundable and cash alternative will be offered
-     The prize is non transferable and ID will be required at time of collecting the ticket wristband upon arrival
-    The prize includes all events and activities at LolliBop but not food and drink from any stalls or bar

The winner will be drawn using


Crafty Fun for the Kids this Summer with Yellow Moon

Yellow Moon have an exciting range of themed crafts available on-line to suit every one of all ages, whether it be a birthday party, a child’s gift or just to keep the children busy during the summer holidays, they can supply you with anything.

We was recently sent a Summer package to try out a review

  • Crystal Glitter Stick on Stars (pack of 280)                   £2.99
  • Felt Butterfly Stickers (pack of 40)                                  £2.99
  • Beach Hut Coin Banks (box of 4)                                       £5.99
  • Safari Animal Card Shapes (pack of 10)                          £2.45
  • Lip Whistles (pack of 10)                                                      £1.99
  • Football Foam Bookmarks (pack of 4)                            £3.95
  • Tropical Fish Suncatcher Decorations (pack of 6)     £2.99
  • Design a Finger Skateboards (pack of 12)                      £2.99

The boys set to crafting with the Skateboards, using the stick on stars and some sparkly Deco pens, they designed their very own mini finger skateboard. Each skateboard comes individually wrapped which is ideal if you want to place in a party bag or give away as gifts. My eldest designed a couple for his friends, personalising them with their initials and sticking on the foam stars, he then placed them bag in the little bag that it came in so that he could give them away as a leaving gift at school.



The youngest enjoyed drawing and colouring in the card Safari Animal Shapes With 10 different types of animals to choose from, Oliver and his cousin sat down with the craft box and had lots of fun together. They decided to use some googly eyes, the butterfly shaped stickers and some felt tip pens to make some very colourful animals, I love what my niece did with the Horse shaped card, she even added on a feather for the horse’s mane.



Oliver enjoyed decorating the monkey, I think he may have had a little help from his big cousin in placing the stickers on in the correct places, but I love that he sat down and spent time with her to craft together. He puts a lot of concentration in when he is colouring or making things and really thinks about what colours and stickers to use.



The sun was shining so the boys decided to do some painting outdoors in the garden, they painted the ceramic coin beach huts and although they got a bit messy, they had lots of fun. The money banks are now on their sides in their bedroom collecting up their money ready to spend in the summer holidays.


I thought that the beach huts were very cute and couldn’t wait myself to get designing, I used a selection of sparkly Deco pens to decorate it with, what do you think?



I think they would make great gifts to their friends to save up their pennies in.

We’ve received similar bookmarks before from Yellow Moon, last time the boys made up Olympic designed ones, this time Joseph was very excited to see that they were football related. He has never really been a football fan but with the recent hype about the world cup he has shown a lot more interest in the sport. He chose his design and got to peeling away the backing from the pre-cut foam stickers to stick them in place, which even with his little fingers he found quite easy.  Never one to follow instructions he just decided to stick the stickers wherever he felt like lol



The Lip Whistles are brilliant if your child is having a party this summer, they can be added to a party bag as a little gift to the party goers or like us why not take them away with you on holiday and drive everyone mad with the noise ;-)  They come in four bright colours Green, yellow, orange and pink, each wrapped in its own little bag, they would be ideal for a lucky dip. Place the whistles between your lips and blow, they make a fabulous little whirling noise keeping the children amused for hours.



The last thing we received in our craft box was the sun catchers in the shape of fish, they come with a silver cord that you attach to the finished decorated fish ready to hang in the window and for the colours to reflect into the room once the sun catches them. We didn’t have any glass pens or paint so we used our deco pens to colour them in with, they come in three assorted designs and look so colourful up against a window


Why not make your own coral reef display in the window


Why not get on over to and check out what other crafts that have on offer!

We were provided with these crafts for the purpose of this review as a part of the Yellow Moon bloggers network.

Bust my Buffers! Thomas & Friends Steam into LolliBop



Calling all Thomas and Friends fans out there, I have some exciting news!  For the first time ever, Thomas & Friends™ will be making tracks to LolliBop. My youngest is ever so excited about having the chance to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and The Fat Controller, he is a huge fan. I know he is going to have a blast on the day.


The whole family is invited to experience the world of Thomas & Friends like never before as a new interactive themed play zone, the ‘Sodor Summer Fete’, is launched at the big bash for little people.


Families are invited to roll up and take photos with their favourite blue engine, get creative at the colouring and games stations and meet The Fat Controller. Packed with fun-filled activities and games for your little engineers to enjoy, as well as special guest appearances, there will be heaps of happenings for children to enjoy.


Whether you are planning a special birthday outing, weekend surprise or school holiday treat, a trip to LolliBop is the ultimate family experience for Thomas & Friends fans this summer.


With Thomas & Friends on-board, it’s full steam ahead for fun!

LolliBop takes place August 15-17 at Hatfield House.  All of the programme is aimed at children up to the age of 10. The line up includes Justin Fletcher, Mister Maker, Mr Bloom, Sam & Mark, Michaela Strachan, Lazy Town, Postman Pat, Chris & Pui, Scooby-Doo, Andy Day and Cook and Line from Swashbuckle.  Other activities and interactive areas, include the Skylanders arena, ‘Join In with Southbank Centre’, Science Museum Live and Tottenham Hotspur Global Coaching Team.  For the full line up and ticket details see


Planning a Children’s Lego Party

Planning a themed party is never easy and can be quite time consuming especially if you have children and other commitments, we all want our children to have the best day ever at their party but finding time to prepare for it is hard. Preparation and research is the key!

My son just turned 7 and for his party he asked for it to be lego themed, ‘ok darling’ I said smiling, trying to hide the fact that I had no idea what to do for it. I sat down at the laptop and googled lego party and was surprised to see that their were plenty of websites full of information and fun ideas to make a lego theme party run smoothly, Pinterest is brilliant for looking into quirky fun party ideas. I’m not the best of party planners and I don’t have much spare time on my hands, So i was looking for stuff that was quick and simple but effective.

  • The first thing I did was design a lego party invite for my son to give out to his friends, I used Microsoft word and found an image of lego bricks to use as the background, i then inserted some text boxes changing the colour infill and size of text. I tried to keep it nice and bright



I added the party information into the boxes, like his age, name, date and time of the party and the address.

  • Next was to organise a lego themed cake, Lucky for Joseph his Auntie is a very talented cake maker and Nanny asked her to make one for him. She made him a cake that  looked like Emmet from The Lego Movie, not only did he look impressive he tasted fabulous.



  • The eldest made some chocolate fudge brownies and added mini marshmallows to them to look like lego bricks



  • I bought some wafer cake toppers from a seller on EBay, which were personalised with wording of my choice, we added them to some home made fairy cakes



  • We made up some small lego brick pizzas, using the square kingsmill thins, speading tomato puree over them and then using soft cheese to add the little brick details to them. I placed them under the grill for a few minutes and cut them in half. They went down really well as little treats.



  • The eldest added some detail to some Rich Tea biscuits, round and finger types, using icing pens. He used the round biscuits to make some lego faces with and the fingers made perfect bricks. He also wrote the word LEGO on them and out a 7 for Joseph’s age.



  • I also done a plate full of fresh fruit, grapes, strawberries and water melon
  • Bowls of rainbow drops and starbursts
  • I made up some lego bricks cover for the orange and apple juice cartons, made from paper I made them to fit by wrapping them round the cartons and gluing it together




Coloured lemonade in glass bottles


  • We had games such as guessing how many lego bricks were in the jar, the children guessed a number and the winner that was closest won a prize.


  • Hunt the lego pieces, we hid some lego pieces in and around the garden and the children went out and hunted them out, each child that brought a lego brick back got a lollipop. I let the children play with lego on the floor out of a huge box and the children got the chance to build their own masterpieces.We also played a game that involved having 2 straws, 2 bowls of lego pieces, 2 cups and 2 willing people to compete against each other. the aim of the game is to suck up a lego brick using the straw and remove it from the bowl to the cup, the first person to empty the bowl is the winner



We played the lego themed music in the background ‘Everything is awesome’ and so it was!

The children was sent home with a lego brick goody bag

Not only did we have a Lego theme party but we also had a Pool party, the children had lots of fun and was kept very busy for the few hours that they were round our house, when all the snacks had gone we served up burgers and sausages from the BBQ.

Hope this post has helped or inspired others to have a Lego themed birthday party :-)