Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Monday, 28 October 2013
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Anagranimals (ANA-GRA-NIMALS) is a brand new company, which has just launched. The Anagranimals and the Wishing Tree as their first book aimed primarily at children aged 5-9. They have two more books in the pipeline AND a range of interchangeable cuddly toys that will be hitting the shops very soon!
The book Anagranimals and the Wishing Tree is about a group of every day animals that want to be anything BUT ordinary! So when a magical wishing tree grants them a special wish, they each wish for the best parts of their favourite animals!
When our copy arrived in the post Chester was at School and Millie was taking a nap. So I had a quick flick through the book in peace. Before I knew it I had read half of the book! It is a very captivating story with fantastic illustrations!
Since then Craig and I have read the book to the children several times. It is quite a lengthy book, but it is very easy to read. Chester is 5 and he has really understood the story and gets excited every time we read it. Millie at 21 months is of course under the suggested age range. However, I think its worth me mentioning that when we read it she is so captivated by the illustrations that she sits very still and listens! A massive achievement for Millie!
If you like the sound of this book then I have something very exciting to tell you.....
I have got 1 x Signed, First Edition copy of the Anagranimals & the Wishing Tree to giveaway! All you need to do to enter is answer the questions on the rafflecopter form below! The giveaway will run from 28th October - 11th November 2013. Terms and conditions can be found on the rafflecopter form.
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Friday, 25 October 2013
Yes yes yes, I know you have heard it a thousand times before. But we are Disney MAD in this house! With less than 2 weeks now until our Walt Disney World holiday you can just imagine the excitement in our house!
When we came out of the cinema Craig and I discussed the voices of the Planes. Adults are sure to recognise some of them, including Val Kilmer, the voice of Echo, Teri Hatcher, the voice of Dottie and John Cleese, the voice of Bulldog. I remember also discussing the music in the film. As with Disney Cars it is very upbeat and totally fitting with the film.
The soundtrack to this fun adventure features the original score composed by Mark Mancina, plus 4 original songs and one bonus track. It has 29 tracks in total....
1. Nothing Can Stop Me Now Performed by Mark Holman
2. You Don't Stop (NYC) Performed by Chris Classic and Alana D
3. Fly Performed by Jon Stevens of The Dead Daisies
4. Planes Score
5. Crop Duster Score
6. Last Contestant Score
7. Hello Lincoln/Sixth Place Score
8. Show Me What You Got Score
9. Dusty Steps Into History Score
10. Start Your Engines Score
11. Leg 2/Bulldog Thanks Dusty Score
12. Skipper Tries to Fly Score
13. Dusty & Ishani Score
14. The Tunnel Score
15. Running on Fumes Score
16. Get Above the Storm Score
17. Dusty Has to Ditch Score
18. Skipper’s Story Score
19. You’re a Racer Score
20. Leg 7 Score
21. Skipper to the Rescue Score
22. Dusty Soars Score
23. 1st Place Score
24. A True Victory Score
25. Honorary Jolly Wrench Score
26. Skipper’s Theme (Volo Pro Veritas) Score
27. Love Machine Performed by Carlos Alazraqui and Antonio Sol
28. Ein Crop Duster Can Race Performed by Carlos Alazraqui and Antonio Sol (Bonus Song)
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Friday, 18 October 2013
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
To officially mark the virtual twinning, a couple of very exciting things have happened!
An inaugural visit to the Isle of Skye by Wash Buckler, one of the new Skylanders SWAP Force characters. Wash Buckler toured some of the island’s most famous landmarks....
A magical takeover of the Isle of Skye website www.skye.co.uk. Just pay them a visit, and type SWAP anywhere on the homepage to see what happens. I wont spoil it for you, you need to go see for yourself. But let me tell you that Chester was literally bouncing off the walls with excitement at 7.30am this morning!
As you may (or may not) already know Skylanders SWAP Force is being developed by Vicarious Visions and is set to release on Friday October 18. Developed for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the Wii U and Wii systems from Nintendo and Nintendo 3DS.
Skylanders SWAP Force is delivering a whole new world of innovation and introduces the groundbreaking new feature —swapability. The pioneers of the toys-to-life genre are presenting kids and gamers with unprecedented levels of choice in how they explore Skylands and battle Kaos by swapping the top and bottom halves of the inter-action figures to transform 16 SWAP ForceTM characters into more than 250 unique combinations.
Set in a richly detailed next generation world, Skylanders SWAP Force takes kids on an all-new adventure with 32 brand new heroic characters that each offer unique powers and personalities. The game also features new abilities – such as flying, climbing, and teleporting – which can be used in special areas of Skylands. Additionally, fans can play with their entire collection of more than 100, forward-compatible toys from both Skylanders Spyro’s AdventureTM and Skylanders Giants™.
Chester is so excited I fear he may burst! He has been waiting for Friday 18th October to come around for MONTHS! He can not wait to see what swapabilities work best!
Keep an eye on my blog and my social media channels as I will be keeping you updated on all things SWAP Force as soon as information comes my way!
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
With the academic year back in full swing, it’s time to give some thought as to what your kids will be wearing as the temperatures begin to drop. Make sure they’re dressed to impress this season with the latest looks for fall/winter 2013-2014. Here’s what’s trending in kid’s fashion this season:
Out of This World Print
This season, boys’ fashion has some extraordinary inspiration. Thanks to designers like John Galliano andKickle, comic book prints are a hot trend this fall, so make sure to buy your own little superhero a graphic print tee that pays homage to his favourite crime fighter. Another trend in boys’ graphic tees made popular by Paul Smith Junior and Kickle this season is astronomy, especially planets, astronauts, clouds, and stars. Paired with a stylish bomber jacket and denim jeans, your son’s style will skyrocket to new levels.
These are just the kind of t shirts that Chester likes to wear...
Thanks to the eclectic influences of designers like Stella McCartney and Paul Smith Junior, your daughter will have fun wearing new textures and patterns all season long. From jeweled-jersey dresses to tutu skirts and button-printed leggings, the most stylish little girls this season will be the ones who dare to think outside the box. Pale pink is the hottest hue for little girls this season, and looks especially great when paired with winter whites or used to add a soft contrast to dark cardigans and blazers.
I could just see Millie in this!
Kid trendsetters like Jayden and Willow Smith are surely the inspiration for designer collections ranging from Junior Gaultier and Marni to Tommy Hilfiger and Diesel this season. We’re seeing the return of ‘90s plaid and tartan checks this fall, though little fashionistas will surely be too young to remember the original inspirationfor this trend. The look has been updated for the new generation by juxtaposing bright hues against neutral ones: burnt oranges set against navy blues, bright red trousers paired with powder blue sweatshirts, etc. Puffajacket and faux fur jackets are trending for kids as well.Take the look prep with a pair of Doc Martens or Kiltie fringe shoes, or keep it cool with a pair of boots or high top trainers.
Why Buy Designer?
While you may be tempted to buy from discounted retailers since kids tend to grow out of clothes so quickly, it’s wise to invest in at least a few designer pieces for their wardrobe. Children’s designer clothing is moredurable than mid-range or budget clothing, meaning that you’re less likely to have to repare or replace it. The fabric used in designer clothing is better quality as well, which ultimately makes the clothes more comfortable for your kids to wear. Send them out in style and comfort this fall with the latest trends in kids’ fashion. You won’t regret it.