Sunday, 27 July 2014

Nintendo Family Bloggers: Mario Kart 8 Challenge #3

We've completed all 4 Mario Kart 8 challenges set by Nintendo to celebrate the release of Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U (#4 will be on the blog tomorrow). We feel a little sad because it's been so much fun designing our own karts and using our imaginations to think up clever twists and fun-packed turns on our pretend Mario Kart track.

Today's post is finding out which Mario Character we are by taking a fun quiz!

Can you guess who I am? 

I am fierce and powerful (apparently). My favourite accessory of choice would be spiky wrists and armbands and I like to live in a fiery castle surrounded by lava.

Yep, I am BOWSER

The kids each took the quiz and here are their results.


He's brave and helpful, he has a thick mustache and he rather likes The Mushroom Kingdom.

Grown Boy is MARIO!


She's pretty in pink, classy and adventurous with golden hair.

Middle Miss is PRINCESS PEACH!


She looks beautiful in her blue dress. She's a wise, thoughtful and kind friend of Mario & Luigi.

Little One is ROSALINA!

This was so much fun! The children have put a Mario based activity in our summer holiday activity jar where they will be designing their character a new costume!

Watch this space!                                                                                                                  

Hey kids, have you seen the Cat Mario Show?

I have some exciting news for those of you who own a Nintendo console!
The first episode in a new series of kid-friendly video content called The Cat Mario Show is now freely available to watch on Nintendo eShop on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and 2DS!
The bite-sized presentation delivers a puppet show hosted by Cat Mario and Cat Peach and is peppered with fun facts, tips and quizzes for Nintendo’s youngest fans. In the first video, the two hand-puppet hosts reveal insider secrets on becoming a Mario Expert and challenge kids to spot the hidden Luigi  in SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD, while the show also delivers some top tips on becoming super powerful in the Kirby Fighters battle mode of Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
 With new episodes to be released over time, kids can now get their paws on the first episode by visiting Nintendo eShop on their Nintendo console* and loading up The Cat Mario Show – a purr-fect slice of Nintendo-style fun for kids and parents alike.
 *Broadband Internet connection required.
 My children are so excited about this! Have you watched yet? 
Images © Nintendo.

A Tiger Feet Doc McStuffins party!

When I wrote my review on the fantastic Tiger Feet Party ware we'd received, I promised that I'd update you with photos of the products in use once the parties were over. Well, we had Baby Girl's Doc McStuffins party and it was AMAZING!

Amazing because she is.

Amazing because my family are.

But also amazing because of the fantastic Doc McStuffins party ware that Tiger Feet had kindly sent to us. They helped make it a little more special; a little more magical.

Baby Girl's face was a picture when she saw the party table, decorations and of course, her Doc McStuffins birthday cake. The day was full of fun, laughter and lots of love as my beautiful little girl celebrated turning two; Doc style.

Here is a list of all the items: 
  • Doc McStuffins Bonus Party Pack for 8-10 guests - £9.99 (8 Doc McStuffins plastic cups, 8 Doc McStuffins 9" paper plates, Doc McStuffins plastic tablecover, 20 Doc McStuffins napkins and 10 Turquoise 12" latex balloons worth £3.50 which are included free of charge.)  
  • 18pk of assorted cutlery (£1.65) which helped with the washing up - they were used for cake, jelly, ice cream.... you name it!
    'The Doc is in' Doc McStuffins Card Door Signs - 6pk (£3.29) I had one of these on the party room door and they were a huge hit with the little ones. A lovely idea for party bags as they can be put on playhouses or bedroom doors too - instant toy clinics!
  • Doc McStuffins Stick The Plaster party game (£2.49) was a little difficult for toddlers, but the older kids enjoyed (hilariously) trying to stick the plaster on Stuffy. We loved the Lambie 'blindfold' mask and with a little adjustment to make eye holes, it was kept for dress-up time the next day using a sheep dressing up outfit that had been a little redundant since the Christmas plays.
  • Doc McStuffins Cake Stand (£4.29) 
  • Doc McStuffins Table Decoration (£3.29) - these were both the stars of the show! They looked fantastic with the cake. I was worried that the cake stand would be flimsy and not able hold the weight of a cake, but I was wrong! It was absolutely perfect! The table decoration drove me to distraction as I am not great with building anything made of card, but once it was finally put together, I was very happy with how it looked.
  • Doc McStuffins Plastic Headbands (£3.29 for 4) - a big hit with the girls which was no surprise. Baby Girl was delighted to wear hers with the Doc McStuffins dressing-up outfit! They are great for party bags or for dressing-up play!
  • The Inflate-A-Balloons were brilliant! They were easily inflated in seconds and they made lovely gifts for the children to take home.
 I couldn't have asked for better decorations or party ware - they were fabulous in every way from the designs to the quality. 

If you are planning a party, do check out Tiger Feet - you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

"A must-see family adventure" - The House of Magic + FREE colouring pages

If your bank balance can stretch to taking the kids to the cinema this summer, then why not give The House of magic a go?

The House of Magic is a must-see family movie brought to life in eye-popping 3D from the creators of A Turtles Tale: Sammy’s Adventures and Sammy’s Great Escape, is released in cinemas nationwide from tomorrow (25th July 2014). 


Seeking shelter from a storm, abandoned young cat Thunder sneaks into a mysterious mansion owned by retired magician Lawrence, aka “The Illustrious Lorenzo”.

Lawrence shares his fairy-tale world with many animals and a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos capable of whipping up breakfast while rolling out a spectacular song-and-dance routine.

He soon makes Thunder feel welcome, but Jack the rabbit and Maggie the mouse start plotting to get him kicked out. When Lawrence ends up in the hospital, his nephew tries to trick him into selling the house. But its ragtag inhabitants develop a spooky strategy to defend their home. They turn their house into a haunted mansion, using Thunder as their secret weapon...

Prepare to be enchanted by The House of Magic!

Have a peek at the trailer..

Certification: U

Run time: 85 minutes

Formats: 2D & 3D

Have more fun with Thunder and his friends with these fantastic colouring pages below. FREE for you to download :)


Click HERE to download

Click HERE to download

NB - I have not received anything for writing this post - I'm just sharing with my readers :)

Wyld Wood Cider at Jamie Oliver and Alex James’ Big Feastival


Both hubby and I are fans of good, refreshing cider during the summer months. There's something about the crisp, appley flavours that scream sunshine.... even if the rain can't stay away.

We have just been introduced to Wyld Wood; a traditional premium cider brand that I had not yet had the privilege of tasting.

This deliciously refreshing cider is produced from fruit sourced in Herefordshire’s organic orchards the brand's emphasis is very much on its organic and rural origin - which we like...a lot.

It's fully matured in old oak vats, giving the cider a fabulous appley aroma and full-body – it's been describes as, "a true celebration of nature in a glass", and I'd have to agree.

A spokeman said, "Westons has produced organic cider for over 15 years and Wyld Wood is a brand that comes straight from the heart of our values. It illustrates our deep and on-going passion for good quality cider and our respect for nature and wildlife."

Formally known as Premium Organic, Wyld Wood was re-branded in 2011. I love the Wyld Wood's values and I honestly enjoy something more when I feel connected with the brand. I must admit, I'd never seen cider as a particularly 'feminine' drink, but I have to say, Wyld Wood feels quite sophisticated to me.  We have been taste-testing Wyld Wood Still Cider in a box as well as some of  their gorgeous bottles of slightly sparkling cider. 

So far we have been enjoying the still cider with friends and family; on it's own as a refreshing, long ice-cold drink after a very hot and busy day but after seeing some amazing recipes on the Weston's website, I fully intend to cook with Wyld Wood very soon! (I will blog this, of course!)

The bottled variety feels a little more 'special' as it has a very subtle fizz - a lovely alternative to a glass of wine. It still has that beautifully crisp apple flavour but the bubbles gives it a different dimension to the still variety.

Wyld Wood is available nationwide and you are able to buy it in a variety of supermarkets and independent stores across the country, including Waitrose, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsburys. Or you can order all your Wyld Wood goodies from their online shop.

We really enjoy it and I can't wait to get cooking with the cider too. I can just imagine how delicious my kitchen is going to smell! Mmmmm!!

Go Wyld at Jamie Oliver and Alex James’ Big Feastival!

Wyld Wood are delighted to be the official cider of Jamie Oliver and Alex James’ Big Feastival, the family-friendly foodie and musical festival for 15,000 in the Cotswolds, for the second year running (29th – 31st August). Join them at the Wyld Wood Cider Bar, which will be located within a cool, centrally located tepee. 

How exciting!

The Cotswolds is a bit far for us, but it is absolutely my 'cuppa tea' so I will be finding out all the news and gossip after the big event! If you are lucky enough to attend, please do tell me all about it!

If you love social media, check out Wyld Wood's pages:

Monday, 21 July 2014

I did it!

This weekend saw me running 5K in the Race For Life! It was muggy and hard going but I did it! I am very proud of myself and I have already booked a place for next year.

I now have the running and fundraising bug so I'm on the look out for my next event! I absolutely loved it - the atmosphere was amazing - everyone joined together to kick Cancer's butt. It was incredibly emotional and I am so grateful to Brioche Pasquier for both their donation and for asking me to run as part of their team. 

Thank you to my dear friends and family who have also kindly sponsored me; helping me raise (almost) £100 for Cancer Research UK.

Very, very happy :)

Friday, 18 July 2014

I'm raising some dough for Cancer Research UK #BriochePasquierSuperteam

As I have mentioned a few times previously (ahem..) I am running the Race For Life to 'raise some dough' for Cancer Research UK and thanks to Brioche Pasquier and their generosity, I have already reached my target (although I'd love to raise some more ;))

I received a lovely package the other day with some Race For Life packs of yummy Brioche where Brioche Pasquier have been giving people the chance to win donations to their personal Race For Life fundraising pages.

I have also sent a very cool T-shirt to wear on the day - I am a mixture of emotions at the moment; nervous, excited, name, it...I feel it!

Wish me luck as the weather on my race day is going to be a scorcher. I know I'm not going to be fast because of this, but I know I will do it!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who has sponsored and supported me on my first charity run since I was a teenager!

If you would like to sponsor me, as little as £1 - I will be so very grateful! THANK YOU!

Thanks so much to Brioche Pasquier for everything too! You've been amazing!
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