Party time with Num Noms and Bella Italia

My boys are proof that Num Noms are not just for girls.

When the email landed into my inbox, inviting us along to a Num Noms pizza party at Bella Italia, I firstly asked the boys if they were interested in attending. Having three boys, I have never heard of NumNoms. I had seen them in the shop but not paid much attention to them as my boys had not shown an interest in them. At first they were a little apprehensive about them event being a little girly, but I have always encouraged them to be a bit different and not shy away from playing or trying new things. Plus, I think the fact that there was Pizza making involved helped make their mind up.

Num Noms are little mini scented stackable collectables. To create your own fusion flavour, you mix a Num with a Nom. Num Noms are the cutest little squashy things that smell real good too. With over 5,000 mix and match combinations, children can play chef and create wacky combos. How about a blueberry, banana, pancake – yum! Or some Wasabi ice cream – yuck!

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Uniquely scented, each Num and Nom character is full of surprises. Nums are the outer, soft squishy, hollow characters that nestle on top of Noms, which are either fun scented stamps, motorized, lovely lip glosses or a funky eraser.

The event was to be held at Bella Italia, Bluewater. We made our way there by train, arriving a little late we had missed the group pizza making. As we arrived at the restaurant we didn’t have to look far to see where we was going. A section of the restaurant had been set aside for the Num Noms party. We was immediately greeted by the event holders and shown to a table where the boys was all given a huge deep pan pizza base and a good selection of toppings to create their own pizza masterpiece.

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The boys couldn’t have been any happier, they was only expecting to make a pizza between them, not each one each to themselves.

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With smiles on their faces, they got creating. The eldest went for a vegetable pizza, the middle boy decided on a ham and mushroom and the youngest added the italian touch and chose olives and meatballs. I think encouraging children to make their own foods helps with their culinary skills but also widens their taste buds. Children will often experience more with food if they make it themselves.

Once the pizza was taken off to be baked in the oven, the boys had a little look around at the other activities for them to try.

Take the Num Nom stacking challenge – On the floor was hundreds of lovely smelling num noms to stack as high as you could.

Design your own Num Nom – There were colouring sheets with an outline of a num nom and all you had to do was colour and decorate them to your choice

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This was the youngest favourite activity, he loves to colour in and really enjoyed designing a ninja num nom.

Guess the flavour – This was a fun game where, once blindfolded, you had to guess what the item of food hiding beneath the plates were just by smelling it.

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Funny how your sense of smell can play tricks with your mind. The middle boy got most correctly but got a little confused with the orange thinking that it was lemon. He knew straight away the chips and chocolate.

Num Nom face painting station – The eldest kept clear of this activity, funnily enough, but the youngest one couldn’t wait to get a num nom painted on his arms. Once he chose the design he wanted from a piece of paper, the artist then got drawing on him

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Look at my num noms

Look at my num noms

And last of all

Build your own ice cream sundae – A favourite of all the boys. Well who doesn’t like ice cream. With a great selection to choose from, they picked out two flavours each to mix them together

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yum yum

yum yum

Once they had tried out the activities the boys were called over to the table where their pizza creations were waiting for them to be eaten

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Don’t they look good?

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I think they did well. I now know that the boys are mini little chefs in the kitchen and will be encouraging them to make more pizzas at home.

The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the event and even got themselves some Num Noms to enjoy at home. They may have passed over the lip gloss Nom to me though. The staff were friendly and there were plenty activities going on to keep the children happy and entertained.

Fans of Num Noms can now add to their collections with savory flavours inspired by brunch dishes, such as Becca Bacon, delicious pizza flavours including Mozza Rella, sophisticated sushi snacks and yummy dinner foods. Plus, there are even more tasty sweet flavours inspired by fairground foods, freezie pops cupcakes and ice creams!

We was invited along to the event for the purpose of this post

 

 

 

 

Put some wobble into your children’s lunch boxes with Hartley’s Jelly Pots

It’s that time of year where you are back to rummaging through your food cupboards attempting to put together some healthy, nutritious snacks ready to put into your children’s lunch box. Yes it’s back to school for the little ones and back to the shops for us.

If your children are like mine then they would like a variety of different types of food.

I always try to keep the lunch box filled with a balanced type of food, a sandwich, item of fruit, raisins, yoghurt / jelly and a snack. I don’t think the items of food have to be a work of art just as long the children eat it, that’s all that matters. Keeping it fun for them is a good idea but there is no need to go overboard.

What I do like to do is add in little messages or stickers for the children to read and use, a little surprise for them. They love to receive little messages amongst their wrap and fruit. Little words of wisdom, good luck messages if they have a test that day or just a little note to say how much I love them. I love seeing their little faces at the end of the day when i pick them up and they tell me that they got their message. Sometimes they reply back on the message so that i get to read it when I’m emptying their lunch box.

 

My boys are more snackers during the day rather than eating one meal. I think I most probably go over the top and add in too much for them but I like to know that they have a variety to eat from.

What I like to put into their lunch boxes:

Sandwich or a wrap – These are normally ham or cheese salad

Egg or pasta – I found these cute little egg moulders. They are shaped little cases that you place the boiled egg into and close it up to mould into the shape.

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Fruit – I normally put in a fresh piece of fruit and some dried fruit too. If I put in berries then i use a tupperware tub to put them in.

Snack – A packet of crisps, a pot of dried cereal or some rice cakes

Yoghurt/ Jelly – My boys love these in their lunch boxes, it is probably the first thing that they eat from it. I like to put both in for them, the small pots are ideal. Fruit in a jelly is an ideal way to introduce fruit into every day eating.

Fruit bars – Although my boys would rather eat a peanut bar they are not allowed them in school. I add in the raw bars, mostly made by myself from dates and coconut.

I also like to keep the added sugar in their lunches to a minimum. As a family we are keen on eating food with little refined sugar added in to them. Not only is it good for their health but good on the teeth too.

Hartley’s is a jam and jelly brand that has been feeding the nation from breakfast to after dinner snack for over 140 years, they offer Standard & No Added Sugar jelly pots which provide a quick and convenient snack. The Hartley’s No Added Sugar jelly pots have no artificial colours and flavours and are fat and gluten free. Stocked in all major retailers from only 49p, they are a tasty treat that will be sure to raise a smile.

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Get ‘Back to School’ ready with Hartley’s No Added Sugar jelly pots and put some fun into your kids’ lunchbox. There are five flavours to choose from including Strawberry, Raspberry, Orange, Tropical, Apple and Blackcurrant. They contain only naturally occuring sugars.

The No Added Sugar blackcurrant and tropical pots are vegetarian and vegan. They are the perfect size to add into lunch boxes or even into a bag for that little snack when out and about. My children find them very tasty and say that they taste like jelly made from home. They are strong in flavour and not watery like some pots you can get. I think they are ideal to add onto a party table too. I find that they are best kept in the fridge for keeping that fresh cold taste.

Hartley’s are gearing up for the Back to School season with an on pack collector scheme offer for our consumers. By collecting 12 promotional Hartley’s Jelly Pot lids, consumers can redeem a special edition Hartley’s lunchbox along with an assortment of fabulously fun stickers.

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The lunch box is a good size and as you can see from the photographs you can fit in quite a bit to fill those hungry little stomachs. Once you’ve collected the lids, claim your lunchbox here

I was provided with the lunch box and jelly pots for the purpose of this post.

We took on the Wondroid challenge and went on a scavenger hunt in London

On 12th October 2016, all eyes will turn to Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery opening at the Science Museum in London. To celebrate its launch, families in London are invited to embark on an exciting geo-location scavenger hunt, where they will be in with a chance of winning an exclusive private view of Wonderlab. The new gallery is designed to ignite interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) while enjoying a fun day out. With more than 50 spectacular cutting edge exhibits, such as a giant interactive orrery, live shows and immersive experiences, Wonderlab is set to wow the whole family.

Wondroid is a delightful robot that was designed by the engineers at the energy provider, Statoil. Unfortunately Wondroid has lost some parts of his body and the challenge is by using the app, traces, you will help restore the robot by finding the clues.

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As a family we love a challenge, anything that gets us out and about and especially one that involves us using our brains (or google sometimes).

We downloaded the app prior to leaving our home and made sure that our phone was fully charged ready for our day of creating, discovering and catching memories.

Once we downloaded the app we was guided through page by page.

It was simple and easy to follow.

The first clue is given to you on the wondroid website the second two are on the traces app.

If you work/Live in London you may know many of the historical/landmarks to visit. We thought we would be fine, but in fact we had to use the hint link on all 3.  We kind of knew who the clue was about but had no idea in which part of London where to find them.

We found the first one pretty quickly and was hoping that the second one wouldn’t need much travelling to. Once you know that you are in the right location you need to turn on your traces app and by holding your phone up and scanning around you will be able to catch the trace. It works similar to taking a photograph, once the trace is within the circle you simply press catch.

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After a little pose in front of a statue we was ready to move on to our next location.

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Once we worked out the answer to the second clue we made our way by train to get there. It was only a short journey away.

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Each time you catch a trace you are rewarded with wondroid being given a part of his body back

The children really enjoyed their little adventure through the streets of London, visiting places that we wouldn’t normally go to. Going on the Scavenger hunt searching for Wondroid body parts helped them learn navigation skills and they even learned how to map read, navigating us from one place to another.

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We found ourselves googling more information on the historical icons. Not only did we have fun but the day was positivity educational.

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We worked together to solve the clues and it was the ideal opportunity to explore London and the science themed landmarks that we wouldn’t have normally known of.  The app was simple to download and easy to follow.

Everyone who helps put Wondroid back together again are entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the Science Museum wonderlab which opens in october.

The whole geo scavenger hunt took us about 1 1/2 hours in total. Clues 2 & 3 are pretty close by, within walking distance. The furthest distance to travel was between clue 1 & 2, you could walk it was easier to travel by tube.

For more information on the Statoil Wondroid read my post here

Post in partnership with Statoil Womderlab

Who Is this I see in the mirror?

I look in to the mirror and I don’t like what I see…

I see a mind that is confused and muddled up. It’s being dangled over the hedge by thin thread. Waiting. Waiting to be saved or to be dropped to the unknown below. The mind is lost, It needs to find itself again but there are so many obstacles, brick walls, oceans and elements in its way it has no idea where to turn. It’s in a maze not knowing what is round the corner or up ahead.

I see loneliness. I see a scared little girl needing some company. A little girl who needs comforting. A little girl who just wants to play and be carefree. Emptiness. Stillness

I look in to the mirror and I don’t like what I see…

I see someone who I no longer recognise. I know that the real me is beyond the image but it’s hard to see. I see pain in the eyes. I see sadness.

The body has changed. I see bones. I see weakness. I see age.

I don’t like what is looking back at me

I do not recognise this person looking back me, she has changed so much in the past few months. The person looking back at me looks withdrawn and beaten.

I stand and stare and look beyond the unrecognisable image. It’s hard. It takes a while.

If I look deep enough, far enough I can see a light. I can see the person who I was before. Fighting. A strong person. A person who wants to be victorious.

Even though I am weak I know that I am becoming stronger each day. We need bad days in order to realise what a good day is.

I may have tears but I am also able to smile.

Being strong is the only choice I have.

 

Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder Event comes to Holmbush Estate

Does a little adventure filled with obstacles and Mud sound like Fun?

Tough Mudder invites you to the season ending event at the new venue of Holmbush Estate  to tackle overgrown woodlands, gruelling trails and gritty mud with an event to test the hardiest of Mudders

Tough Mudder is a team-oriented 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course challenge designed not only to test physical strength but also mental grit. With an innovative course that has inspired more than two and a half million participants worldwide, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. In 2016, Tough Mudder events across the UK and around the world feature new and world class obstacles. More than 95% of participants are expected to register as part of a team; to encourage teamwork and camaraderie over competition, the events remain untimed.

An outdoor event for the whole family. Enjoy cheering each other on and be a part of a fabulous event. Making memories as a family.

What’s New for 2016?

  • Tough Mudder Half: Debuting in 2016 is the newest addition to the Tough Mudder family of brands, Tough Mudder Half, a five-mile event format featuring over a dozen signature obstacles – but excluding the fire, ice and electricity elements of the original Tough Mudder events. Debuting at six locations across the UK this season, this new team-oriented event requires less training, making it an accessible yet rewarding challenge for people of all athletic abilities.
  • Brand new obstacles: Participants at the Tough Mudder London South event will take on new obstacles, including “The Block Ness Monster”, where Mudders have to hoist each other over a number of rotating blocks all in waist-deep water. The event will also debut the revamped Pyramid Scheme, back by popular demand, which requires teamwork from friends and strangers, as a human pyramid is the only way up.
  • Legionnaire-Exclusive obstacles: Returning Mudders, known as Legionnaires, get exclusive access to more challenging new upgrades of selected obstacles, including “Rain Man,” a twist on classic water obstacle Cage Crawl, and “Backstabber,” a more demanding and technical version of The Liberator. In addition, Legionnaires will have the option to bypass Electroshock Therapy and instead attempt a high-octane new finish obstacle, Frequent Flyers’ Club, culminating with a leap onto a crash mat from a 15-foot height.
  • Merrell finisher shirts: As global presenting partner for Tough Mudder and Tough Mudder Half events, renowned outdoor footwear and apparel brand Merrell will provide performance finisher t-shirts for all participants.
  • Additionally, all UK events will once again host Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder, a one-mile obstacle course jointly developed by Tough Mudder and Fruit Shoot, the delicious fruit soft drinks brand owned by Britvic PLC. Designed for ages 7-12, Mini Mudder gives kids the opportunity to get muddy, work as a team and experience the thrill of adventure.

To Register:

  • Sign up Those interested in registering for London South and future events before they sell out can check out ToughMudder.co.uk to sign up. Spectator passes and Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder entries are also available for purchase.
  • Do it together 90% of people take part as a team, so get your mates signed up now. There are also corporate event packages for companies and larger organisations.
  • See it for yourself Media participant and spectator passes are available for individuals and teams who wish to experience the event first-hand. Please email mediarequests_uk@toughmudder.com.

Are you ready to get muddy?


 

Wonderlab Gallery Scavenger Hunt in London Competition

Can you take on the Statoil Wondroid Challenge?

A One-off competition invites children in London to build a robot on a virtual scavenger hunt, and discover the world of science this summer

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On 12th October 2016, all eyes will turn to Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery opening at the Science Museum in London. To celebrate its launch, families in London are invited to embark on an exciting geo-location scavenger hunt, where they will be in with a chance of winning an exclusive private view of Wonderlab. The new gallery is designed to ignite interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) while enjoying a fun day out. With more than 50 spectacular cutting edge exhibits, such as a giant interactive orrery, live shows and immersive experiences, Wonderlab is set to wow the whole family.

Curious at heart and on a mission to teach children the wonders of science, Wondroid is a friendly robot built by engineers at energy provider, Statoil. Unfortunately, Wondroid has lost some of his robot body parts. To enter the competition, families in locations where Statoil’s offices are based, these are London, Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, should simply visit the Statoil webpage  where they can download a free app to their mobile device and watch the story unfold with Wondroid in any one of the three Statoil based locations.

With the school holidays in full swing, keeping the kids entertained can be a full time job. By following the App’s simple instructions, families can work together to solve three clues provided by Wondroid. Providing a perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors, families will need to visit three science-themed landmarks in London. In retracing Wondroid’s steps, children will enjoy moving from one landmark to another in a scavenger hunt for the modern age. Everyone who helps piece Wondroid back together again will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to a private view in opening week of the gallery, as well as a host of other wonderful Wonderlab prizes. The competition closes on Monday 19th September 2016 and the winners will be announced on Friday 23rd September 2016.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery is dedicated to STEM learning, a curriculum designed to effortlessly integrate four disciplines; science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Built on the belief that the future will be shaped through innovation and curiosity, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery is the ultimate space to help encourage engagement and show the exciting possibilities offered by STEM. The gallery has been designed to help encourage children and adults alike to be more curious and ignite passion for the science.

“Our industry’s future depends on advances in science, engineering, technology and maths so that we can provide affordable, sustainable energy for generations to come. So we are very excited to be supporting Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery. The gallery will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to see the world differently through show-stopping, creative and rewarding science-related experiences. We hope as many families as possible take up the Statoil Wondroid Challenge with a chance to win a visit to Wonderlab and experience the greatest interactive science gallery in the world before anyone else.” said Dominic Martin, VP Communication, Statoil.

Unlike any exhibition of its kind, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery allows children to interact with scientific phenomena; a rare opportunity that is destined to enthral visitors of all ages. This exclusive Wondroid competition gives families the chance to experience the interactive gallery before it opens to the public, an opportunity to be remembered for a lifetime.

It’s a truly wonderful experience. A chance to to get as a family and have fun, learn and even win some prizes.

Are you ready to hunt?