*Promotional Giveaway* Win Paw Patrol Sea Patroller

Calling all Paw Patrol fans…

Nick Jr.Uk have released a new PAW Patrol Pawsome Missions game where children can embark on adventures with their favourite PAW Patrol characters. In the game, children can create their own avatar as themselves as they look in the real world and get to work alongside Ryder, choosing their physical appearance and outfits. Children explore Adventure Bay by walking around, completing missions, meeting characters, collecting paw points and roleplaying a day in the life of PAW Patrol. The gamers also use the Pup Pad just like Ryder in an immersive 3D digital world, collaborating with different pups for specific quests.

Children  can develop their problem-solving skills in an exciting and playful manner while exploring Adventure Bay Nickjr.co.uk/PAWsome

Nick Jr.Uk is also airing a new PAW Patrol Festive Special on 11th December at 5pm. In the must-see festive special titled “The Pups Winter Wonder Show”, Cap’n Turbot’s performing penguins are set to star in the Adventure Bay Snow Show until Mayor Humdinger penguin-naps them! Now Tracker and the PAW Patrol must make sure the show goes on.PAW_Patrol_322_Scene_17

To celebrate this brand new PAW Patrol festive special AND recently released adventure game, Nick Jr.UK is offering one of my readers a chance to win A PAWsome Paw Patrol Sea Patroller, which has been voted as one of the 12 ‘must-have’ toys for Christmas by a range of UK newspapers.


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The Sea Patroller uses drop-down wheels to transform from ship to land vehicle, to take pups on new and exciting missions!

  • Moveable crane and attachable cage
  • Use flashing lights and sounds to keep the Adventure Beach safe, and the life ring launcher to rescue anyone in distress!
  • There’s room for all Sea Patrol Light Up Pups aboard the Sea Patroller (additional figures sold separately)
  • For compatible Sea Patrol Pups and vehicles search 160948 (Each sold separately)
  • Contents: Sea Patroller, Ryder’s Rescue ATV Vehicle, Ryder Figure, Exploration Platform, Octopus, 2 Life Rings, Anchor.
  • Batteries required: 3 x LR44

To be able to win this PAWsome prize enter the rafflecopter below

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Terms and Conditions

  • UK entries only
  • Winner will be drawn at random from Rafflecopter
  • Entrants must be 18 or over at time of entry
  • There will be one winner who will receive a PAW Patrol Sea Patroller worth £55.99
  • The winner will be contacted via email
  • Winners are required to make contact within 28 days, if a winner fails to respond a new winner will be selected
  • There is no cash alternative to the prize stated, the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions
  • Contact details will be passed on to PR
  • The giveaway will close at midnight on Monday 11th December 2017
  • Invalid or incomplete entries will be disqualified
  • Mumofthreemusketeers accepts no responsibility for the delivery of this prize
  • Prize will be delivered within 30 days following notification of win

Visit www.nickjr.co.uk to play the PAWsome game.

This is a promotional giveaway. No payment has been received

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Tescos Kind Special Delivery for the Children

Sometimes in life people do very thoughtful and kind gestures towards others and it makes you realise that there are people out there that care about you whether they know you not and life isn’t that bad. Sometimes people go out of their way to help others without expecting any thanks in return

I recently spent up to 7 weeks in hospital after having 2 major operations on my bowel. Towards the end of my stay it really got me down, I cried at everything. Tears just rolled down my cheeks for no reason. I was depressed with the situation and it didn’t help with it being the Christmas holidays. Knowing that my three boys were at home without there Mummy around for them really cut me up. Even thinking about it now, saddens me.

I tried my best to make it a special Christmas for them. Well as special as it could be without Mummy around. I tried to order their gifts online but as I hadn’t spent much time with them I had no idea what they wanted. I know that the first thing on top of their lists was to have Mummy home with them, I was secretly hoping for a day discharge but it didn’t happen. Every time I saw them I saw the pain in their eyes, they were struggling with seeing Mummy so helpless and in pain. Seeing this was the worst pain I have been through.

On the days running up to Christmas it made me think about how I could make the children try to forget about Mummy being in hospital and at least have an ordinary family day. I wanted them to be busy and to try to enjoy the magic of Christmas again. With the help of family, especially my Mum and Sister-in-law, Christmas Eve boxes were made up for them and a visit to Santa was organised. I was sent photographs of their time but I just wished I was there to take them. It was always me that took them to see Santa and always me that kept the magic of father Christmas alive.

The night before Christmas Eve I was laying in my hospital bed scrolling through my Facebook feed and up came a post from Tesco about the special deliveries they were doing for people around the country. Over the Christmas period Tesco were helping people be reunited with their loved ones. Many people spend Christmas without their friends and family around them but this year Tesco their customers with surprise deliveries.

I decided to private message them and tell them my story. I really wasn’t expecting a response, especially as quick as I got one. The next morning my inboxed pinged, I had a reply from their customer care team asking me where we live and telling me that they would pass on my details to my local Tesco store Community Champion. As it being so close to Christmas they couldn’t promise anything. Within an hour they had got back to me informing me that they pop out to my house to visit the boys.

Luckily the eldest was indoors whilst his brothers were out doing some food shopping with Dad.

Although he was very embarrassed, he was over the moon with what they had delivered and totally unexpected.

Large gift bags filled up with goodies
Large gift bags filled up with goodies

 

I really wasn’t expecting what they had sent. They were very generous and, like me, wanted the boys to enjoy Christmas. They stayed and talked about the situation with him a few minutes and then handed over the gifts. He was completely overwhelmed, as was I once he sent me the pictures.

They must have a six sense as Joseph absolutely loves Lego and he received two sets, which he couldn’t wait to build them

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As you can see by his little face how happy he is with them. They are now displayed on the livingroom side board.

The boys also received some Starwars figures, which are huge!

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There was also something very special in the package for the eldest boy, who couldn’t wait to get using them. As gifts for teenagers go this must be the most ideal present for them. He is mad about his music and has always got a set of ear/head phones attached to him.20170106_115154

Unfortunately I was reunited with my boys for Christmas Day but I was sent all of the photos and videos of their day and it looked like they had a lovely day even though Mummy wasn’t with them.

I am now back home with my beautiful family, taking each day slowly and gaining my energy and appetite back. We even managed to play one of the games that was given to the children on New Years Eve. A good old favourite of ours, Monopoly.

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Thank you Tesco for being so kind and generous to my boys. I will never forget. It was nice to see that the pain had gone from their eyes, maybe for a few seconds, but you helped with easing their sadness of not having Mummy around for Christmas.

Never underestimate the power of generosity. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.

 

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Scattering our Christmas Wishes

It’s Christmas Eve and it won’t be long until the big, friendly guy visits everyone’s house loaded down with gifts for all the family. My boys are aged between 4 and 13, the oldest two know that it’s Mummy and Daddy that deliver the present’s as soon as they go to bed, but the youngest still believes that Santa delivers gifts to him. In our house, it’s only the gifts inside of the stocking that Santa gives them. The others are the ones that we buy them.

Even though the oldest two are not believers anymore they still like to participate in the Christmas Eve traditions. The scattering of the reindeer food and throwing their Christmas Wishes out into the night air.

Christmas Wishes can be whatever they desire. It could be a present they are hoping for themselves or for someone else, a prayer for someone, an intellectual aspiration or a goal that they strongly desire.

Christmas wishes grow in the children’s hands as water is added to them. Once they have expanded in size then they are scattered outside for them to come true.

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Add a little glitter to the snow for that added festive magic
Add a little glitter to the snow for that added festive magic

The boys scattered their wishes outside the front of the house, I overheard my middle boy asking for happiness on Christmas Day. He is so thoughtful.

Up high in the sky, my wishes go
Up high in the sky, my wishes go
This one scatters his down low
This one scatters his down low

I hope my boys wishes come true. And I hope that all of your aspirations and dreams come true too!

Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

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The day a real life Santas Elf visited the boys

December is here and we are just getting into the festive season; putting up the Christmas decorations, booking trips to see Santa and opening the doors of our advent calendars.

The boys are getting excited, writing up their christmas wish lists and sending letters to Santa Claus. The lists are no longer made up of cute little wooden gifts, they are now full of technology and expensive gadgets. My boys are getting older now but we still like to keep the magic alive by believing in the Christmas spirit.

My friend recently booked a little surprise for her child and my boys, a visit from one of Santas elves!

Could you imagine the children’s little faces when a real life elf walked through the door? It was priceless! They wasn’t expecting it and it took them completely by surprise.

They had spent the previous hour running around the house, playing with cars and enjoying each others company. When they heard a knock on the door, they could hear that someone was coming down the hall way but they had no idea that it would be an elf. As she entered the room, they jumped about in delight

The face of one child has been blurred out, hope this doesn’t ruin the pictures!

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The children were in complete shock and all sat down on the floor as the elf introduced herself to them. Minty the Elf explained that she had been given the day off of working in the toy workshop, so that she could visit them and bring them a little gift from Santa.

sketch-1449427267066_optThey talked about how many sleeps it was till Christmas day and what they were hoping for from Santa. Minty was even introduced to the house elf ‘mouse’ who was sitting behind the living room door keeping an eye on all of them. Minty asked all of the children if they had been good, they all agreed (Oliver looking at me as he shook his head, waiting for agreement)

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Minty had a look through her little hessian bag and gave the children all a gift. They couldn’t believe that they could open it there and then. Paper was ripped and thrown everywhere, as they opened up their gifts. Two children received a book and the other two got a plastic design your own mug with reindeer food and hot chocolate inside.

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Joseph received the book and I think he had his little eye on the mug so he mentioned that the book was a little too easy for him, Minty then said that she would read it for them as it was a lovely story. They all shuffled forward and listened to the story

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After the story, Minty asked them what their Christmas wishes were. They all told them to her and then she reached inside of her sack and pulled out a bottle of special water and some Christmas wishes (magic snow) She asked all of the children to hold out their hands and she dropped a sprinkle of the christmas wishes on to them

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Minty then said that when the water is added if the Christmas wishes grow then Santa will know if they have been good. They watched in amazement as the snow grew in their little hands.

DSC_3010_opt (1)We placed the Christmas wishes into a cup so that the children could throw it on to the floor on Christmas eve.

I have never seen my little one Oliver so mesmerised before, he was well-behaved and just sat still the whole time.

It was time for Minty to go so we got one last shot of them all in front of the tree

 

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We said our goodbyes and our thank-yous and promised Minty that we will behave. The children had a magical evening full of Christmas cheer and it really got them into the festive mood. They are now really looking forward to Christmas day.

I would definitely recommend a visit from an Elf, our experience was booked through Littlebird.

This is not a sponsored post, we had a lovely experience so I thought I would share it.

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Primula Santa’s Cheese Cakes hats

Ever used Primula Cheese in your baking?

Want to give your family something scrummy to eat over christmas?

Why not try making these cute little Santa cheese cakes made with Primula spreadable cheese, they are easy to make and will look fabulous on the tray when handing out to family and friends when they visit.

Primula Spreadable cheese is packed with goodness, it is a natural source of calcium and dairy protein and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

Five facts on Primula:

  • Primula contains half the fat of hard cheese
  • Primula Original is suitable for vegetarians and it is pasteurised, making it suitable for pregnant women
  • Primula Cheese is gluten free
  • 15 million tubes of Primula are sold in the UK each year
  • Primula Cheese was created in Norway by Olav Kavli and named after the first flowers of spring.

The recipe for Primula’s famous spreadable cheese is a closely guarded secret but they have shared with us some recipes that we, at home can make with the cheese spread. One of these recipes is:

Primula Santa’s Cheese Cakes

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Ingredients:

1 tube of Primula Original Cheese

4 ginger biscuits

3 digestive biscuits

Strawberries

60g icing sugar

150ml double cream

50g butter

3 gelatine leaves

1 tsp vanilla extract

12 cupcake liners (5cm diameter)

Method:

  • Melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds
  • Put the biscuits into a bag and bash them with a rolling pin until they are all crumbly
  • Mix the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter until it starts to join together
  • Spoon the biscuit mixture into the base of each cupcake and press down firmly, each base should be roughly 1cm thick. Place in the fridge to set.
  • Squeeze Primula Original Cheese into a mixing bowl and add the icing sugar and vanilla extract, mix to a smooth consistency
  • Whip up 150ml of double cream in another bowl until it forms stiff peaks. Fold the cream into the cheese mixture
  • Follow the gelatine mix instructions as per the packaging and stir through the cheese
  • Take the bases from the fridge and spoon on the cheese mixture on top, place back in the fridge to set over night
  • Take the cheesecakes out of the fridge and remove the cupcake liners
  • Cut off the top of the strawberries and place onto the cheese upside down so that they look a santa hat
  • Squirt the whipped cream around the edge of the strawberries and a little ball on top. You could use double cream if you wish and pipe it on.
  • Serve and enjoy!

These little bundles of creaminess cheesy scrummy cakes are very tasty, they are ideal treats for over the festive holidays. They are easy to make, my son made them with me, we found that the instructions were easy to follow and as there was no baking it was safe for him to make them on his own.

We made about 9 as we used bigger cupcake liners and they didn’t last long, the boys scoffed them down asking for more. You can just about taste the cheese and ginger but it is there, just at the back of the tongue. My middle boy doesn’t normally eat cheese but he ate 3 of these cheescakes, saying that they were yummy! The tubes are the perfect size to fit into the side door of the fridge so they don’t take up too much room on the shelves.

Primula also have Cheese spreads of other flavours; Cheese and Chives, Ham and Prawn.

We use our Cheese and Chive spread in our sandwiches with lettuce, only  a little squirt is needed as it is easy to spread and is very tasty. The cheese is thick and creamy and would make a perfect complement to some herby bread.

If you want to find out more about Primula please visit there website  Primula is available in all major supermarkets.

We was sent  a tube of Primula to try for the purpose of this review

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DIY Moshi Monster Glitter Globe

If your mad about Moshi Monsters this is a fabulous little craft activity to do which is quick and easy and you have a product at the end that you can keep forever.

These snow globes make lovely little gifts for your children for the run up to Christmas.

Joseph recently saw the idea in a magazine of his and has been bugging me for ages to do it so we collected up the items that we would need and set to it.

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Items you will need:

  • 1 small jar with a screw on lid, we found that the perfect size was a baby food jar
  • 1 Moshi Moshling
  • Coloured glitter of your choice – white or silver would give the effect of snow
  • Extra strong glue (Only for adult use only)
  • A spare bottle lid ( water bottle) or some foam cut up small enough to fit onto the jar lid
  • Water

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Instructions:

  • First you will need to choose your moshling that you want to use, once you have decided on one from your many stashed away in your bedroom, you will need to get the foam or bottle lid and glue it to the lid from the jar, I found it hard to glue shiny plastic to plastic so i found that foam worked just as well. Cut you foam into small square shapes, just the right size to fit into the jar lid, making a little mountain out of them by stacking them together and glueing them all together. Once dried stick the foam onto the inside of the jar lid and them glue your moshling on to the foam. This will raise him up so you will be able to see him in the jar. Wait to dry. The sticking should only be done by a sensible adult as the glue is very strong and you can glue your fingers together (I am not a sensible adult nor is Daddy lol)

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  • Now fill your jar with water leaving a little gap about a centimeter at the top, add in your glitter. Keeping your jar upright screw on your lid with the moshling attached. Make sure it is nice and tight, you can secure the lid with a bit of glue if preferred
  • You now are ready to turn it upside down and shake away.

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This activity can be done with any small toy or object, children love them. Our one sits proudly on the livingroom side along with the snow globe that the boys got at christmas

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