Mother’s day with Moonpig #LoveStartsWithMum

My Mum just isn’t my Mum, she is my friend too. I took the love my Mum gave me for granted when I was younger and it wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I realised my mum was also my friend. 

I have always been close with my Mum but we became a lot closer when I came back from University. She has always been there for me when I needed her – she taught me how to be strong and showed me what unconditional love is.

My Mum was by my side when I gave birth to my first born and she held my hand when I received my Cancer diagnosis. One with tears of joy and one with tears of pain.

I am the  Mother who I am today because of the guidance I have received from my Mum, I wish i could show her just how much I appreciate everything that she has done for me.

Last weekend I was invited along to a Mother’s day even run by Moonpig, where they were to showcase their #LoveStartsWithMum campaign. My invite was extended to bring along my Mum or Mother figure. Mum doesn’t live near to me so we don’t really get to spend any special time alone, whenever we do see each other it is either on school holidays or when she is visiting the whole family. So I was really looking forward to spending some quality time with her and Moonpigs promise of afternoon tea along with some creative crafts and pampering looked like the ideal time for that.

I have previously used Moonpig on quite a few occasions, but I know that my Mum uses them often as she doesn’t live close to her family and she likes to personalise cards to send to us. So I was looking forward to visiting Moonpigs headquarters and getting a sneak peak as to what they are all about and what else they have on offer.

Mum and I arrived to a lovely warm welcome, not only from the Moonpig team but also the friendly security guard who was there on the door to greet us. we made our way down stairs to where the other invitees were mingling with each other and was treated to a gin cocktail.

We took a seat on one of the many comfy couches and sat down to enjoy our refreshing drink. They also had mocktails for us ladies who don’t drink. Once we had our seat it was time to look around the room and take it all in. There were flowers all over the place, who knew Moonpig had such a variety to choose from?

Once seated and glass in hand we were then introduced to the members of their team where we was told a little bit more about Moonpig and who they are. We also got a little sneak peek into their new Mother’s day advert.

Who are Moonpig?

  • Uk’s No1 online cards, flowers and gifts retailer
  • 1 in 3 people in the UK have used Moonpig
  • Serving over 100 million brilliant moments since they launched in 2000
  • They create 16 million cards a year
  • They receive 300 orders a minute
  • They have a range of over 10000 cards with infinite ways to customise them, uplifting gifts and award winning flowers
  • Everything is designed by their in house team of designers
  • Cards are created from paper in the Lake District and Italian Lakes

Moonpig believe that we are all, as humans, born to care for one another, hungry for love and that we long for meaningful connection. But, in our fast paced life our caring nature has got lost. They want to reignite our passion for caring and sharing by unleashing our caring instinct. Moonpigs cards are embodied with care. They serve their purpose with their unique selling point of personal giving a card that, not only, tells a story but is also uplifting.

Their range and quality is important to them.

So what is Love Starts With Mum

  • The poet Robert Browning once wrote “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there”
  • When you think of your first experience of love the first person that pops into your head is your Mum or Mother figure
  • So if love starts with Mum, Mother’s Day starts with Moonpig
  • Creating cards with Moonpig means you can pick the perfect card, from their extensive range, that represents your relationship and express your gratitude by filling that card with the most beautiful written story building note inside and then adding a gorgeous bouquet of flowers with her favourite stems and you can even add on a gift that you know she will love.
  • With Moonpig, it isn’t the end of a story. It’s just the beginning of a new chapter.
  • #Tellher – Tell your Mum that you Love everyday

When the speech was over we was then split into three groups and sent off to either make our own personalised card for our Mum, flower arranging and a cocktail making class.

The first activity we did was to make our own card. First off we had to get creative in the photo booth so that we could have a photo to upload to the Moonpig website when creating our Mother’s Day Cards

Taken by the Elouisa the photographer on the day. Inside the photo booth

Once we had our fun in the booth we made our way over to the laptops that were already set up for us on the Moonpig Website and we chose our card to personalise. This was hard as there were so many to choose from, I could have sat there all day just browsing through the vast selection that they have on offer.

In the end, as our photo was funny, I went for a comedy card. Something that I wouldn’t normally do, but I thought it was quite apt for the card.

I found the whole process of creating a card, from the start to payment, to be easy. Even though the card was for my Mum for Mother’s Day and she chose the design with me she does not know what it says inside. I chose for the card to be delivered on Saturday 30th which is the day before Mother’s Day. Although, we could have gone for next day delivery as you can order a card up to 9pm the day before.

Once all of the groups had finished, we were invited to take a seat at one of the many beautifully laid out tables for a spot of afternoon tea.

There were sandwiches, cream scones, cakes, tea and coffee all for us to dig in to and a chance for us all to have a little natter about how our day was going

All refreshed and we was ready for our next activity of the day, Flower arranging. Led by the inhouse flower expert, Roxanne, we were taught how to take our bouquet of flowers from the box that they arrive in, how to cut and are for them. We were given tips and advice on how to to make the flowers that we receive to last longer.

I love Lilies but Mum doesn’t as she doesn’t like that they leave a stain from the stamen. Roxanne told us that if you remove the stamen early on then pollen will not fall off and leave a stain.

I personally like the distinctive fragrance that you get from lilies, so i was very happy that my bouquet included them.

I also learnt that you should trim the stems every few days and replace the water when it gets cloudy as this will help your flowers to keep fresh for longer. If any of the flowers are wilting, then remove them from the bunch so that the rest of the flowers can keep in bloom. Also, some flowers have petals that look imperfect, you can just remove these and it will not harm the flower.

Moonpig offer a 5 day freshness guarantee. If you follow the care tips then your flowers should stay fresh for at least 5 days or you get your money back! Well, I can honestly say that the flowers that i received on the day have stayed fresh for up to 9 days! As i write this, it is the 11th day, I still have the bouquet in my dining room with just the lilies and roses that have wilted.

It’s never been easier to order flowers for Mother’s Day with Moonpig. They have a brilliant range of flowers and plants online to send to your Mum for next day delivery in the UK

Once we reboxed the flowers back up and labelled them up with our names we had a little look around at what else Moonpig had to offer for Mother’s Day gifts.

From afternoon tea gift experiences to soft toys and hampers. You can even personalise bottles of prosecco and canvas bags.

The last activity of the day was a cocktail making class, but unfortunately we didn’t get to take part as we had to leave early in order for us to get home. From what I saw though it looked like lots of fun. We saw the other ladies mixing their own drinks up led by a cocktail expert.

Both myself and Mum had a lovely afternoon, where not only did we get to spend some quality time together doing a variety of fun things but we also spent time socialising with other ladies and we met some lovely ladies.

The Moonpig and PR team are lovely hosts and the event was well organised, it really was a welcoming event (and probably one of the best that I’ve attended). Not only was we gifted the bouquet of flowers that we had unboxed but also was given a gorgeous goody bag full of Moonpig gifts.

Unicorn Bath Crumble, a mug and a cocktail book

I would like to thank Moonpig for a splendid afternoon and to my Mum, Happy Mother’s Day

Mum and I

I was invited along to the event for the purpose of this post. No payment has been received.

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BBC ANNOUNCE MORE TOP NAMES FOR ITS FIRST EVER FAMILY FESTIVAL

Taking place on August 3 to 5 at Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool, CBBC Summer Social is the biggest ever kids event, and the only festival to give 6-12year old’s and their families a unique lineup of CBBC favourites, alongside a host of international music acts including Union J, Johnny Orlando, Matt Terry and Mackenzie Ziegler.

CBBC Summer Social is being organised in partnership with Liverpool City Council and forms part of Liverpool 2018 – a year of projects marking a decade since Liverpool was European Capital of Culture.

Max and Harvey, Sophia Grace, KIDZ BOP and more were recently added to the line up.  Having previously announced a range of international music acts including Union J, Johnny Orlando, Mackenzie Ziegler and Matt Terry alongside CBBC favourites Mr Tumble, Swashbuckle’s Cook and Line, Andy Day, and Sam and Mark, to name a few, brand new festival CBBC Summer Social has added a second wave of incredible artists to an already jam-packed line-up.

Needing no introduction, teen music sensations Max and Harvey, who’s refreshingly fun and authentic sound has connected with listeners across the globe racking up over four million followers on social media, have been announced for the festival. Having previously been nominated for “Muser of the Year” at the 2017 Shorty Awards which garnered over 6million total views, the singer songwriter duo’s performance is guaranteed to be a festival highlight.

Speaking about their appearance at the event, Max and Harvey said: “We are so excited to announce we’ll be heading to Liverpool this summer with CBBC!! The line-up this year is crazy; Johnny Orlando, Sophia Grace, plus so many more, and we can’t wait to see our fans. It’s going to be a legendary weekend!”

Other acts announced include online star, Sophia Grace who has three million followers on YouTube, kids’ music phenomena, KIDZ BOP, and popular Britain’s Got Talent dance act, Merseygirls, who’s energetic stage show will certainly not be one to miss.

Also joining the bill is the world famous BBC Philharmonic who will be bringing a full orchestra to the event, introducing a young audience to classical pieces in a family friendly setting.

West End and Broadway hit, Shrek the Musical, has also been added to the bill.  The theatre adaption with a feisty Princess, a lovestruck Dragon and all the charm of an Ogre. Preformances are sure to bring the magic of the big screen.

Set against the historic backdrop of the Grade II listed Croxteth Country Park, revelers can expect the very best of CBBC programming including immersive activity zones, theatre shows, interactive and inspiring art workshops, top class musical experiences, cool outdoor and sporting activates, junior discos, themed treasure hunts, gaming areas, character walkabouts, vlogger meet and greets, live appearances from the most popular children’s authors and much, much more.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale priced from £28*. To purchase tickets and for more information visit bbc.co.uk/cbbcsummersocial

*Please note, all ticket prices are per day. Booking & Transaction fees apply.

Line-up

Friday 3rd August

Featuring: Andy Day, Art Ninja, Bars & Melody, BBC Music Introducing in BBC Merseyside, Ben Shires, Clangers, Everton in the Community, Go Jetters Disco, Got What It Takes, Hacker T Dog, Johnny Orlando, Liverpool Football Club Foundation, Liverpool LIMF, Mackenzie Ziegler, Mr Tumble, Naomi Wilkinson, Opera North, The Pets Factor, Sam & Mark, Saturday Mash-Up!, The Next Step, Worst Witch. Yolanda Brown and more to be announced.

Saturday 4th August

Featuring: Andy Day, Art Ninja, Bars & Melody, BBC Music Introducing in BBC Merseyside, Ben Shires, Clangers, Everton in the Community, Go Jetters Disco, Got What It Takes, Hacker T Dog, Johnny Orlando, Liverpool Football Club Foundation, Liverpool LIMF, Mackenzie Ziegler, Mr Tumble, Naomi Wilkinson, Opera North, The Pets Factor, Royal Albert Hall, Sam & Mark, Saturday Mash-Up!, Swashbuckle, The Next Step, Union J, Worst Witch, Yolanda Brown and more to be announced.

Sunday 5th August

Featuring: Andy Day, Art Ninja, Bars & Melody, BBC Music Introducing in BBC Merseyside, Ben Shires, Clangers, Everton in the Community, Go Jetters Disco, Got What It Takes, Hacker T Dog, Johnny Orlando, Liverpool Football Club Foundation, Liverpool LIMF, Mackenzie Ziegler, Matt Terry, Mr Tumble, Naomi Wilkinson, Opera North, The Pets Factor, Sam & Mark, Saturday Mash-Up!, Swashbuckle, The Next Step, Worst Witch, Yolanda Brown and more to be ann

 

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An Epic Day At Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder

Are you looking for something to get your children out of the house and away from technology?

Let the children loose ready for an adventure on the ultimate obstacle course

Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder is a 1 mile obstacle fun mud run especially designed for children aged between 7 and 12. Mini Mudder gives children a chance to work as a team, get muddy, experience the thrill of adventure and explore their adventurous side. Each Mudder course features 8-10 obstacles that will encourage children to work and support each other.

What makes a Mini Mudder

  • Not scared of getting wet and covered in mud
  • Tough and Strong as some of those obstacles are hard work
  • Working together and helping others
  • Up for an Adventure. Mini Mudder promises to be epic
  • Agility is needed on some of the obstacles
  • Not be a whinger as only babies whine
  • Speed – running between the obstacles
  • Adventurous and ready to explore
  • Challenging – Looking at how to attempt the obstacles
  • Up for anything – Not afraid of getting stuck in

The Mini Mudder course consists of 8-10 obstacles along with lots of mud and water

  • Get tangled in Tumble Weed
  • Sprint up Mini Everest
  • Scale Mount Mud
  • Brave the Tunnel of Terror
  • Teamwork at Got Your Back
  • Conquer the Crazy Climb
  • Plunge into Mud Miles deep pit of thick sludge
  • Let the monkey in you come alive at Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out
  • Slip through the cracks at Secret Agent Squeeze

Each Mini Mudder event is held alongside Tough Mudder. Each challenge starts on the hour every hour from 9 – 4. We was lucky enough to be invited along to the South London event held at Holmbush Estate.

Dad and the eldest boy have participated in local mud events in previous years so they were looking forward to seeing if lived up to its name sake and if it really was as tough as it offered to be. The youngest two have only ever looked on in awe from the sidelines at such events.

When I told the boys about the Mini Mudder challenge they were ecstatic and couldn’t wait for the adventure to begin. My boys are very competitive, so they found it hard to understand that the event wasn’t a race and that it was just for fun.

We arrived at about 11 and was surprised to see how bloody busy the place was, hundreds and hundreds of mud searching, adrenaline pumping adults all around gearing themselves up for the Tough Mudder Run. The atmosphere was great, everyone was in good spirits including the boys.

After a quick look around we made our way to the mini mudder arena, which wasn’t far from the finishing line to Tough Mudder. Whilst the younger ones were getting ready for their little adventure, Dad and older brother were making their way to the Tough Mudder start line.

Each Mini Mudder wave starts on the hour just after a little fun warm up with the mudder organisers. They are all then walked towards the start line and then let loose on the course.

The boys along with all the other children that took part were quick to get as muddy as they could. I mean who wouldn’t! Children allowed to get in as much mess as they can with their adults consent, that doesn’t happen that often.

It was lovely to see my boys helping each other over the obstacles and giving each other a helping hand when needed. They normally fight and squabble, but for one hour in that day they actually got along. I even witnessed them holding hands at one point. For once there was no sibling rivalry only support and friendship. There was no stopping them, they whizzed around the course in record time, taking on the obstacles like a giant in a playground. They showed determination and took on the challenges set with ease.

 

A fun day was had by all at Tough and Mini Mudder, Mummy was a little tired watching her boys get very muddy but it was worth it seeing the smiles of achievement on their faces. Each adult and child that competed the course received a headband as a keepsake. The children were rewarded with a Fruit Shoot drink at the end, it was much needed as well.

There were showers to clean yourself up and wash away as much mud as possible but we heard that they were quite cold so decided on changing in one of the toilets into clean clothes and just wiping away the mud with some baby wipes.

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They truly did conquer and all that was left to do was wash all of the mud out of their clothes (which took a good soaking in the bath for a couple of days)

If taking part I would advice you to take along spare clothes and shoes, baby wipes, black bag to place dirty clothes in, a towel in case you use the showers and cover you car seats with plastic.

To find out when the next Mini Mudder is available check out their website

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

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Save the Children’s Christmas Wooly Wonderland Launches at Westfield

MAKE THE WORLD BETTER WITH A SWEATER

Friday 13th December 2013 sees the return of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day with a raft of celebrity support and lots of ways to get involved; from knitting workshops to live gigs and record breaking attempts – Save the Children has it sewn up

Christmas Jumper Day | 13 December 2013

“On Friday 13th December 2013 Save the Children is calling on people across the UK to help make the world better with a sweater and take part in the tradition of wearing a kitsch Christmas jumper in exchange for a £1 donation to raise money for its life saving work with children the world over. Support for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day has already started in earnest, with celebrities posing in their festive woollies.  Myleene KlassJulie Walters, Lorraine Kelly, Gok Wan, Rochelle Humes, Erin O’ConnorLauren Laverne, Alex Jones, Bruno Tonioli, Ashleigh & Pudsey, Arlene Philips, Nate James, Simon Rimmer, Jay Rayner, Daniel Roche, Kate Thornton, Jack Topping, Natasha Kaplinsky and Dom Joly have all dug out their finest Christmas knitwear, ready to wear in support of Save the Children’s Christmas campaign”

We attended an event at Westfield Shopping centre on Wednesday night, where we got to try out a bit of sewing ourselves in the Wooly Wonderland Jumper workshop. We was greeted with some light refreshments and a friendly face, after a little introduction we sat down at the table all ready to create our Christmas Jumper masterpiece. After picking a jumper, we then chose our preferred design to applique on to the sweater and the colour and design of the felt that we wanted to applique onto the sweater, we then we had to draw around the template onto the felt and cut it out. I took along the two eldest boys to join in with the jumper making but Joseph was just a bit too young to start sewing so i took over on his behalf. After being shown by the professional ladies of the Wooly Gang on how to thread a needle properly and what type of stitch to use, we got started.

We could choose from a penguin design, a star or a reindeer.

I was really impressed with Jak’s attempt at sewing, he did make a few mistakes where he sewed the jumper together a couple of times but this was probably his second time he had ever used a needle!

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He done so well but didn’t manage to finish it in the hour that we was there so he brought it home to finish, I am sure he will be wearing it with pride on the 13th and every other day on the run up to Christmas Day. I believe he wants to finish it off with sequins on each point.

Joseph chose the penguin design

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I had to first sew on the white heart bellies using a blanket stitch and then stitch on the sequin eye, I have yet to finish stitching it onto the jumper; but when i do i promise i will share it with you all.

We shown all the right techniques to use when stitching and tying up our thread when finished and enjoyed our evening thoroughly.

You can even have your photo taken wearing your finest festive finery in the photobooth there, Jospeh had fun with this

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If you would like to take part in the workshop you can book a slot here

Activity Schedule at Westfield is:

  • John Lewis Jumper Customaisation – Fri 6 December 6-7pm, Wed 11 December 6-7pm, Fri 13 December 12-1 pm
  • Gruffalo Reading and activities – Running from Saturday 7 December to Wednesday 11 December
  • Elmer in the snow reading and activities – Friday 6 December 12-1 pm, Friday 12 December 12-1pm
  • Debbli Bliss Knitting –  Tuesday 9 December 7-7pm, Tuesday 10 December 12-1
  • Sue Stratford Knitting –  Tuesday 10 December 3-4pm

Dom Jolly and Mary Portas will be hosting the storytelling sessions alongside The Gruffalo and Elmer in the Snow to help the whole family get into the festive spirit there will be giveaways and fun activities.

Winter Wooly Land can be found on the first floor of Westfield Shopping Centre outside of the John Lewis store

Wear your jumper on Christmas Jumper Day on 13 December and donate £1 to Save the Children at www.christmasjumperday.org .You can buy your Christmas jumper from John Lewis, official retail partner of Christmas Jumper Day. £25 from the sale of every jumper in the Save the Children range goes to the charity.

 

We was invited along to the event to share the news of the workshop 

 

 

 

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Lollibop 2013 moves to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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LolliBop The Big Bash for Little People has become bigger and this year on 16 – 18  August  2013 it will be held at the famous  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. LolliBop has gone from strength to strength since the first event in 2011 and the new location gives organisers the opportunity to create an even more exciting and dynamic family day out. This is fabulous news for myself as it means it has moved nearer to my home and travelling on the overground  to the event will only take 15 minutes.

Event Manager, Jenny Kane said: “We are really excited to be taking LolliBop to the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is the first children’s event to take place in what looks set to become one of the premier event locations in the UK.  It has so many benefits for our visitors, including great transport links and family friendly tube stations.

“LolliBop has gone from strength to strength since our first event in 2011 and Queen  Elizabeth Olympic Park gives us the opportunity to create an even more exciting and dynamic family day out. It’s an amazing opportunity for LolliBop to be part of such an important legacy ”

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park said: “This summer at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park there will be something for everyone. We are delighted to be welcoming LolliBop to join this year’s line-up. LolliBop encompasses some of the best loved names in children’s entertainment, as well as quality theatre, crafts and activities. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park begins to open from July 2013 and will be fully open from spring 2014.  LolliBop is one of a series of summer concerts and events taking place throughout the summer. We are on track to deliver a fantastic summer events series and a great legacy for east London.”

Returning LolliBoppers will see old favourites mixed with new attractions for 2013, including:

LolliBop Live – playing host to some of the biggest names in kids entertainment, with live music and performances from stars of stage and screen.  Headliners coming soon…!

Lollipalladiamis a live theatre tent showcasing performances from pioneering and internationally renowned companies and artists. 

The LolliBop Kitchen where creative little cooks will have the chance to learn new skills from live demonstrations and interactive workshops.

Tween Town will host a number of activities including street dance, hula-hoop, and beat-box workshops.

Imagination Stations – A hub of creativity with lots of mess and mayhem thrown in! From clay modeling, puppet making, customised fashion workshops, balloon modeling, graffiti painting, face painting and much more

Science Zone – Make a rocket, hold a dry ice cube, or get messy with gooey slime in the LolliBop lab – brimming with exploding experiments for pint sized guests to try!

Run wild and have fun in the LolliSports area.  With activities including retro favorites like swingball, hula-hoop and frisbee to football tournaments and sports day style races.

The pre-school 3ft & Under area is also returning, along with the Enchanted Forest and The Village Green with live music, craft stalls and street theatre, making it an ideal spot for a picnic.

Extensive covered buggy parks, baby changing and breast-feeding areas will be available.

For more tickets and more information: http://www.lollibopfestival.co.uk

 

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