Joe Browns Review and £50 Voucher Giveaway

As the weather has been getting warmer and summer is nearing I have been on the look out for some lovely cool summer dresses that I can wear for the school run and for work, as I work in a school they obviously need to appropriate wear….not too short, no bare shoulders and a big thing is comfort.

Joe Browns have gorgeous unusual clothes and a huge selection of different types of dresses to suit all, most of them have big and bold prints on them, some are cute little summer dresses to suit daytime or evening. I’m not really a print type of girl but I definitely don’t like boring, as I was scanning through the dress page on their webpage I found the perfect dress for me, the Luscious Linen costing £39.95

With a loose fitting style it was perfect for my job at school, it looked cool and with the embroidery at the front, very cute.

I quickly ordered the dress and within a couple of days it had arrived, wrapped in tissue paper i ripped it open and couldn’t wait to try it on. I had ordered a size 8, my size ranges from 6-8, I have a 26.5″ waist and a 30″ bust, I normally find it hard buying clothes that fit me perfectly. The dress was very loose and didn’t flatter ma at all, with my skinny frame it just hung on me, I made a big mistake when ordering the dress as I didn’t look at the measurements in the description. It looked really cute on the model but then again she probably wasn’t short with no bust! lol

I took the dress in at the sides from under the arm down the the hem, by about an inch either side and found that it was an ideal loose fit now.

The material is soft making the dress very comfortable and with the loose fitting it is ideal for those hot sticky days.

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I absolutely adore the detail at the front of the dress, the embroidered lace yolk and the cute little wooden buttons (which are just for the design and not usable) The dress is beautifully made and the little added embroidered lace around the bottom of the dress makes it just that extra special. The yolk on the top back of the dress has some pin tucks in it which gives it extra gathering when the belt is tied.

20140708-062544.jpgEven with the little belt tied up it still feels very loose and has lots of movement in it

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I teamed the dress up with a pair of golden jellies and a 3/4 sleeve lace cardigan for work and not once did i feel restricted whilst working, not only does it look comfortable it IS comfortable to wear. The length is perfect as it reaches just at knee level (i’m 3′ 4″) especially if your a very active person, It’s ideal clothing for my work as I am up an down on the carpet, running around with children and bending down at tables.

I was asked to choose an outfit to review but have also been given a £50 voucher to give away to one of my lucky follower/readers. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning the voucher to spend on line at Joe Browns then follow all of the options on the rafflecopter form below.

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Postman Pat Movie Release: Win a Postman Pat Goody Bag

In the village of Greendale lives everyone’s favourite friendly Postman and he is about to become famous!

Postman Pat: The Movie is an upcoming British computer-animated comedy film featuring Postman Pat, star of a long-running BBC children’s series. The Movie is set to land in Cinemas May 23rd, 2014

“Postman Pat: The Movie finds Pat, coming face-to-face with the temptations of money, status and a shiny new suit when he enters a national TV talent show competition, “you’re the one”, that threatens to tear him away from his hometown of Greendale and the friends he loves. What happens when kindness meets selfishness? When local fame meets global notoriety? A nice cup of tea is kicked aside by a frappacappucino? Pat is set to find out as he falls for the age old temptation of the grass being greener…”

“With Pat required to be away from Greendale whilst participating in the contest, various Patbot 3000 robots are deployed to take Pat’s postal duties. This soon turns out to be an evil plot to take over the world, which Pat must now stop”

Stephen Mangan voices Postman Pat himself, with Ronan Keating lending his voice as Pat’s singing voice, while David Tennant, Rupert Grint and Jim Broadbent add their voices to the cast.

To celebrate the release of the new Postman Pat Movie we have been given a Goody bag to giveaway to one of our readers.

The Goody bag includes:

  • 1 x Pat Doll
  • 1 x Jess Doll
  • 1 x Soundtrack
  • 1 x Set of figurines
  • 1 x poster

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To be in with a chance of winning the goody bag please enter on the rafflecopter below, Competition is only open to residents of the UK (sorry, due to postage) Ends 23/05/2014 (movie release day)

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How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers Review and giveaway

Catch a falling star and put in your pocket, Never let it fade away,

Catch a falling star and put in your pocket, Save it for a rainy day.

Could you catch a falling star?

We was recently sent a 10th anniversary edition of Oliver Jeffers How to catch a falling star in a presentation box, enclosed was not only one but two copies of the hard back book and also a selection of items that we could use to celebrate the 10th edition being published.

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Enclosed within the presentation box was a set of printed activity sheets for the children to colour in, a maze to complete, spot the difference, join the dots, make puppets and hanging mobiles. These sheets are drawn with the same illustrations as the book so that children will be able to relate to the character and story whilst enjoying the activities.

We sat down to read the book and discussed about the title, I asked the children if it would be possible to catch, they replied with Yes but only if you had the imagination to do so!

The story of the book came about when the Author Oliver Jeffers was sitting on the pier of a fish market, counting the starfish around the poles. He caught the reflection of an early evening star in the water below him, which immediately made him think of a Brer Rabbit story. The moon in the mill pond, and there on the spot, Oliver made a single drawing of someone trying to catch a star in his sketchbook. As he thought of different ways of attempting to catch a star, his collection of drawings began to grow, and beofre long he realised he had the bones of a picture book.

The story is about a little boy who loved stars and every night he watched the stars from his bedroom window and wished that he had one of his very own

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The illustrations are bright and colourful and the story is one that can make children really believe. My boys loved the story, especially listening to the story using the puppets. Each page only has a couple of sentences so the story is easy to read and follow for the younger children.

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Using the puppets that we made from the activity sheet, Oliver enjoys following the story he has memorised most of the story by looking at the pictures and he goes through the book playing with the puppets and saying the story. Oliver is now fascinated with stars and wants to watch them at night from the window just like the boy in the story.

Not only have my boys enjoyed the story but they have also enjoyed filling out the activity sheets and making things to go along with the book

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You can print out the very same activity sheets to have of your own by clicking on the link below:

How To Catch A Star Activity Sheets

How to catch a star is a lovely story book that can be read again and again and enjoyed by all ages.

10th Anniversary of Oliver Jeffers’ How to Catch a Star

Hardback gift edition

Out on 27 March 2014

For ages 2 to 7 years

£12.99 available from Amazon

If you would like to win your own hard back copy of the book, please fill in the rafflecopter form below

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CAT ELIZABETH WILLIAMS YOU HAVE BEEN DRAWN BY RAFFLECOPTER AS THE WINNER OF THIS GIVEAWAY

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Win a Tommee Tippee Animal Antics Sports Bottle 12+

Tommee Tippee have launched a new collection of decorated cups to make drink time even more fun! The Animal Antics range consists of nine new characters each with a unique skill from podium balancing to tightrope walking!

The range of cups from the UK mums’ number one choice, tommee tippeee, is carefully designed to help baby develop drinking skills without the spills. The cups have the same patented non-spill easiflow valve for easy drinking and unique soft-flex spouts to protect gums. The Animal Antics cups are part of the tommee tippee explora range, which caters from 4 months to 3 years and includes cups, spoons, tableware and bibs.

The new characters are available across 6 cup types including 4m+ 1st transition cup, 7m+ beaker, 12m+ Sporty and 12m+Sports Bottle.

20131120-064400.jpgThe characters are:

NAME: Rory  TALENT: Podium Balancing  ABOUT: Rory has been balancing his whole life and takes pride is his performance. Rory likes to make lots of noise during his act, displaying his strength by roaring fiercely and shaking his mane. Rory.

NAME: The Tempo’s  TALENT: Singing   ABOUT: The Tempo’s are a bird and hippo musical double act. These two have been singing together for many years with birdies sweet voice complementing hippo’s dulcet tone to provide jazzy songs for the crowds to enjoy. The Tempo's.

NAME: Theodore  TALENT: Ball dancer   ABOUT: Theodore is the Master of Ceremonies and has the very prestigious task of introducing all of the acts. He is also a very talented dancer using a special star ball as part of his act and he always finishes with a loud and clear ‘TA DAH!’. Theodore.

NAME: Sarah  TALENT: Podium Balancing   ABOUT: Like Rory, Sarah is an expert balancer. She can take a run up and push herself up to jump and land gracefully on top of her podium. She is known for her elegance when performing and when the crowd applauds her she enjoys clapping her fins together. Sarah.

NAME: Ellie  TALENT: Tightrope walking   ABOUT: Ellie is the star of the show and the act the audience loves to see. When Ellie performs, she shows daring acrobatics as she tip toes across a tightrope that is suspended at a great height. Ellie.

NAME: Chuckles  TALENT: Juggling Unicycle   ABOUT: Chuckles is particularly clever as he is able to ride expertly on his unicycle and juggle at the same time. But because Chuckles enjoys having a good laugh he is always playing jokes that make him laugh so much he can fall off his unicycle. Chuckles.

NAME: Jazz  TALENT: Juggling   ABOUT: Because Jazz is a Panda, he has amazing climbing abilities and this has helped him become a great juggling artist. He is able to juggle more quickly than Chuckles and he also likes to juggle along to The Tempo’s lively music.Jazz.

NAME: Lulu  TALENT: Jumping hoops   ABOUT: Lulu is one of the great stars of the Animal Magic show. She is able to run fast and jump very high through hoops and is known for her lovely hair and costumes that she makes herself.Lulu.

NAME: The Tumblers  TALENT: Tumbling   ABOUT: The Tumbling family have been busy performing their remarkable pyramid for many years. The ants are able to build on top of each other to reach lofty heights then one by one they jump and flip and are caught by their fellow team-mates to safely land.The Tumblers.

We was sent two cups, one to review and one to giveaway to one of our readers. Oliver quickly chose the cup that he wanted, Theodore, the talented dancing dog. The cups are fun to look at, bright in colour and made to a high quality. Oliver loves his new cup and feels all grown up with it, just like his older brothers. His little hand fits just right around the bottle and after using it for a few weeks now I can definitely say that it is Spill Proof, we have had no spills from the spout and Oliver finds it easy to open and close it. It has witheld the odd drop to the floor and is easy to wash out using a bottle cleaner. He enjoys looking at the little character on the side and points to it saying ‘Doggy’. As the cups capacity is only 300ml it doesn’t get too heavy for the little ones when they are holding it.

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The tommee tippee® explora® Animal Antics cups are available at Asda priced £4.49 for the First Transition Cup, and £3.99 for all other cups, from 21st October 2013. They are dishwasher, microwave and steriliser safe and BPA-free. To find out more and download your colouring sheets for your chance to be in our 2014 Animal Antics calendar, please visit

www.tommeetippee.co.uk/animal-antics

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Scooby Doo Adventures DVD Review and giveaway

All new scooby doo Puppet movie!

Get ready to experience the worlds famous scooby doo  and the crew like never before , in an original movie with a brand new puppet format . Zoinks!

Scooby doo! Adventures The Mystery Map DVD sees new-look Scooby and the gang embark on a mad, pizza-fuelled dash to find pirate Gnarlybeards hidden treasure. Confronting more than a few chilling obstacles along the way, watch as the slobbering hound and his band of crime busting puppet pals sniff out clues , only to have the map stolen by the frightening phantom parrot! RUH-ROH!

The gang must track down the mysterious, frightening Phantom Parrot who has the map to pirate Gnarlybeards hidden treasure. Scooby sniffs out the map’s clues, which lead him right to the spooky pirate ship, but once on board , what will Gnarlybeard be willing to do to protect his booty?

Scooby doo Where Are You?!

 

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The following is written by Jak, 11 years old:

“Last week i watched ‘Scooby Doo Adventures: The Mystery Map’ with my best friend, Josh ( We had a sleep over 😉 ).  The DVD is suitable for ages 2-12 and is 45min long. We found the movie very funny and unique. This video has the authentic feel of the muppets and the animated series of the crime fighting, myth bustin’, and pizza eating gang.”

The film is one to watch with the whole family, the animations are great. The boys sat and watched as part of a sleepover and all i heard were giggles all the way through. As the film is only 43 minutes long it is ideal for the younger children especially if they find it hard to sit still for long periods of time.

As a child i loved watching the Muppets and Scooby Doo so i think that it is brilliant that the both of them have been combined to produce this fun filled family film that can be watched again and again. The DVD would make a fabulous Christmas stocking/present!

The new format DVD, Scooby doo! Adventures: ‘The mystery Map‘, is available from 21st October 2013.

We was sent a copy for the purpose of this review and was generously given another one to giveaway

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