Monday, 3 August 2015

Littlest Pet Shop - Little Pet, Big Adventures - Review & Giveaway

Miss C loves animals and has a small collection of Littlest Pet Shop animals. She loves collectible toys so she was very excited to receive the new Littlest Pet Shop DVD in the post and a new toy to add to her collection.

The Littlest Pet Shop, I'm sure, has been around since I was a little girl but it has changed over the years and become more updated and funky. There are also lots more pets to collect!

The DVD, Little Pet, Big Adventures, makes its debut on Digital Download and DVD on 3rd of August. The DVD is rated U meaning it is suitable for all audiences. We sat down to watch it on a particularly rainy day. The theme tune was soon stuck in my head in that annoyingly catchy way kids' TV show theme tunes always do. There are 7 episodes on the DVD and the running time is around 2 and a half hours.

The main star of the series is a girl called Blythe Baxter who has moved, with her dad, to a flat above The Littlest Pet Shop. It is there that she finds out she can actually talk to all the animals and together, they try to work out how they can keep the pet shop open. Blythe sets up a fashion show featuring the animals, who model Blythe's original designs.

If you have a child who loves animals then this is a really fun DVD to watch.

I have a copy of the DVD available to give away to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning, simply fill in the rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Beach in the Rain

On Friday, my Mother in Law picked the kids up and took them to her house for a sleepover. She stays on a farm and the kids love it there. There are fields surrounding them and they are free to run around and explore. They are also really close to a beach. 

My MIL posted this picture of the kids on Facebook. She had taken them down to the park at the beach. It wasn't a great day weather wise but just look at their beaming faces! It just goes to show that things like the weather don't spoil a child's ability to have fun and enjoy playing.  

My MIL isn't Husband's mother; she's his stepmum and even though she is no longer married to his Dad, he still has a very close relationship with her and so do we. I think of her as my second Mum especially as my Mum lives so far away. She was with me on the day I chose my wedding dress and spoke to my Mum on the phone to tell her what it was like. My MIL, like my own Stepdad, has been in Husband's life since he was 6 or 7. People think it's a bit strange, given that she has separated from his Dad, just like my Stepdad and Mum have divorced, that we still keep in contact. I think it's strange that anyone would think that was strange! Why wouldn't we? They have been a huge part of our lives and, what I think is so amazing about step parents is, they choose to be in your life. 

So whilst they aren't actually related by blood, my MIL is Gran to my children and they adore her. They know she isn't Husband's Mum but they've never met his real Mum and they never will. They don't think of her any differently from my Mum, their Bella. They love spending time at their Gran's with her husband. Miss C adores him and loves going out on his tractor in the fields. 

At the beach park, they went on the swings and the slides and Miss C came off with a soaking wet bum. My MIL told me Miss C said, "it's OK Gran, when I get home I'll just get my jammies on!" That's my girl.

They had ice cream at a little cafe near the beach and then headed back to the farm to warm up and have pizza and chips for dinner. They had sweets after dinner too. Nothing like going to Gran's to be filled with sugar! I guess that's a grandparent's prerogative.

The Black and White Photo Project #55

My Sunday Photo 2015 #31


The Week That Was #31

Last Sunday, it was a pretty miserable day. It rained and it rained some more. We decided to stay indoors and enjoy a day of sorting (me) and playing (Daddy and kids). They emptied the full Lego box and had a great time creating and building. We decided to order Chinese food for dinner and we had a little picnic on the carpet in the living room. We also enjoyed some ice cream for dessert.

On Monday, it was another miserable day. We were going to go swimming but it was so wet and dreary, we decided to stay home. The kids played with the Lego again pretty much all day, breaking for lunch and dinner. After a shower, we cuddled up in my bed to watch some TV before bedtime. We also read a book together about a little white cat who reminds us of Casper.

On Tuesday, after a workout and a shower, the kids and I headed to the library to kill some time before my Doctor's appointment. We hadn't been to the library in such a long time. The kids each chose 5 books. Z was super excited to find some new books to read especially since he is running low on new books to read from his cupboard. We also ran in to his best friend so they spent some time catching up. We had baked potatoes for dinner and then headed to bed with the new books to read.

On Wednesday, we decided we'd go for a bike ride after lunch as it was a lovely morning. However, the heavens opened around 12.30 and it didn't stop until after 3pm! The kids enjoyed watching a DVD and when it eventually stopped raining, they headed outside to ride their bikes.

On Thursday, it was a lovely morning again and thankfully, this time, the rain held off all day. We decided to go to the swimming pool and we walked there and back. It's such good exercise for the kids and I. They had a great time playing in the pool and going down the slide. After dinner, I let them play a little bit of Minecraft before they went to bed.

On Friday, the kids headed to my MIL's house for a sleepover. She picked them up at 10.30 which meant Husband and I had the full day to ourselves. We spent it watching TV. Sometimes you just need to not do anything and it was great. We watched a bit of The Big Bang Theory, caught up on Hollyoaks and watched a film. We had lots of junk to eat too.

On Saturday, the kids came home from my MIL's at 12pm. They told us all about their trip to the beach and having pizza and ice cream for dinner. It rained for most of the day but when it dried up, Husband took the kids for a bike ride. I made steak pie for dinner which was yummy and we watched a film together afterwards.