9 September 2017

7 Top Tips for a Fabulous Disney Party

I'd just like to confess that I'm no expert at organising kids parties but I've held a few over the years. I've done the whole do it yourself and also the pay someone else to do it for you so I like to think I've learnt a thing or two from my experiences. Sometimes though I really like the do it yourself parties but wish I had a little helping hand along the way.

That's why I was delighted to hear that the Disney Store have now launched their very own Disney Party website to help with planning, ideas and of course the all important Disney accessories for an awesome birthday bash! So to celebrate we had our own little Disney party and I thought I'd share my top tips for having a fabulous kids party of your own.

Planning Ahead
Making sure you know what you're doing in this party business is key so planning ahead can make all the difference. On the Disney Store website there is now a Disney Party Planner just for you to help ease the stress of throwing an amazing party bash. Having this planner means everything is kept in one place and you can even order up some personalised invites as well for FREE!! The invites can then either be printed or emailed to the guests. It's honestly amazing and I actually love it. I'll definitely be using this when I come to organise the kids parties at the end of this year.

Have a budget and stick to it. Parties can get way out of hand when it comes to the pennies so honestly decide what you want and what you can afford then keep it at that. Kids are honestly happy with a few balloons, cake and games so there's something out there to suit every budget. You'll be pleased to hear that the Disney Store party accessories are quite reasonable in price and definitely competitive.

You'll need to think about the number of guests you'll want to invite to your kids party as this can of course affect everything from budget, food, size of venue to what particular games you're going to play. Definitely worth thinking about as soon as you start planning.

I love love love a themed party! For my son's 4th Birthday we had a brilliant pirate theme with the cake, balloons, food, decor, bouncy castle etc all coming under the pirate look and feel. It was fantastic and my son really enjoyed it. There's just something so lovely and cool about a themed party where everything matches. The Disney Party store of course have all your themed needs met with tons of Disney characters and all the accessories you'll need to host an amazing party.

You've got your number so now you just have to decide what sort of food to go for. I like to keep it easy with things like ham or cheese sandwiches, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, crisp selection, strawberries and grapes or fruit skewers, selection of sweets, cupcakes etc. Or you could go fancy as I once had a super hero themed party for my son and did a fab Captain America Shield Platter, it went down a storm. So the world is your oyster when it comes to food ideas and the Disney party planner has plenty.

Sometimes you just need a little bit of inspiration for the games don't you. At what age do you have which games, how many should you have, how should I do pass the parcel! The choices are endless and you want to make your kids party amazing so why not check out the Disney Party Planning ideas section to figuring out what games you want at the party.

Party Bags
Last but not least the all important party bags. I've actually seen kids keep their eyes peeled for party bags and no one likes to leave without getting their hands on them. A good party bag usually has a few toys in them along with a slice of cake and some sweeties or chocolates. I like to keep it in theme normally if doing a themed party but last year wasn't a theme so I just had a random assortment of party bag fillers.

So there you go, my 7 top tips for having a fabulous Disney party. I'd love to hear if you've had any Disney parties recently and please do check out the Disney Party Planner as it's honestly amazing.

I was sent Disney party accessories from the Disney Store UK. All opinions are my own.


7 September 2017

This Month's My Pocket Money Toy Subscription Box

Another month has whizzed by and another My Pocket Money Toy subscription box has landed on our door step. Last month was a fabulous space themed box and this month was more of a mixture with fun educational toys. I tried my hardest to get an unboxing video but the kids were literally fighting over the box and it's contents so didn't look too good haha. I'm sure it's not just my kids that fight over everything! Thankfully they were both completely thrilled once again with their subscription box from My Pocket Money Toy.

So what did the kids get? First out of the box was a really cool educational jigsaw called My Body. This jigsaw is a fun shape full of interesting facts which captured Logan's attention immediately. It's recommended for ages 4-7 and suited my son well, he has a massive thirst for knowledge of any kind so putting the pieces together and reading about the body had him captivated.

Next up out of the box were two Unicorn Eggs. Yes you read that right and I know you secretly want one now. I was always fascinated with these types of toys as a child and remembered my Mum and Dad putting a pretend crocodile in the pool when we went to America, it was great. Anyway back to the unicorn eggs. The idea behind these toys is that you put them in water and they magically grow. It's also a good way to test your child patience and something you can come back to day after day for a good week or so.

The next surprise was a lovely Galt Wordsearch Pad which has 40 wordsearch puzzles to try and solve. This is perfect for doing on a rainy day or worth saving for when going on holiday. I can see Logan using this in the car on long drives down South or opened up on the tray table of an aeroplane. It's sturdy and good quality so won't fall to bits when using it.

For some time now Harlow's been asking to paint her nails like Mummy so when she saw a cute bottle of Snails child friendly nail polish she was over the moon. She received a gorgeous baby pink shade and couldn't get it open fast enough to paint on her nails. I really like the fact it's safe for little nails, is parabens free and can be washed off.

Last but not least there were of course some nice little colouring in sheets for the kids to complete. Again great for a rainy day and Harlow enjoyed colouring in hers last month so definitely handy to have.

If you haven't already subscribed to this fab subscription box for kids then you really must do it. It would make an excellent birthday or Christmas present and it's simple and easy to subscribe. You can either order a one of box or you can get a subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months. The boxes are split into age groups of 3-5, 6-7 and 8-10 years. You can also choose whether you want a boy or girl box or gender neutral which is a really nice touch.

We all can't wait to see what's in next month's box so keep you eyes peeled for our review.

I was sent a My Pocket Money Toy subscription box in return for an honest review.


5 September 2017

Our Caravan Holiday at Haggerston Castle

Last month during the school holidays I spotted an amazing deal for a weekend break to Haggerston Castle which was just too good to pass up. I literally saw the deal on Facebook Thursday afternoon, packed a suitcase and off we went Friday morning. Instead of £600 for the weekend I paid a third of this and it was well worth it. I hired the caravan through Lodge and Caravan Hire and choose The Winchester as our accommodation, and can I just say we weren't disappointed.

The Winchester is a platinum grade caravan that sleeps up to 6 (two bedrooms and a sofa bed) with lovely wrap around decking outside with table and chairs. You might think it's just like any other caravan then but it's not because this one is situated right in front of a small play park which is ideal for the kids. I'll go as far to say this totally made the holiday for the kids as Logan could make friends and Harlow could run around and play, all the while we could relax on the decking and keep an eye on them. It was perfect!

Haggerston Castle is quite a large site but it has plenty of activities and entertainment to keep you busy which means this holiday can be as cheap or as expensive as you make it. There's a bigger play park just round the corner from where we stayed in the Golf Village area which will keep the kids happy for hours. There is of course a swimming pool, entertainment bar, amusements, soft play and tons of outdoor activities. Some just to name a few are horse riding, pedal boats and pedal karts, trampolining, archery, shooting etc. So much to do and see. Our favourite part had to be the amusements though and Logan loved the special virtual reality area they had above it which he spent hours (and too much pennies) in.

The weather was very kind to us when we were away considering it was a downpour back home and we made the most of it by hiring a pedal boat and pedal kart. Note for the adults - pedaling is blooming hard work! There is also plenty of places to eat out such as a fish and chip shop, burger king and the bar or you can bring your own food to the caravan or purchase from the onsite supermarket and eat in.

All in all our weekend was a fast blur which everyone enjoyed and we couldn't quite believe it when it was time to come home. We'll definitely be back again next year.

This is not a sponsored post and I didn't receive anything for writing this. We genuinely had a fab holiday and I wanted to share.


3 September 2017

Review: PURE Pet Food

We're lucky enough to have two lovely dogs as part of our family, and I don't know about your dogs but mine often become less excited about their food the more they eat it. The only time I've ever really seen them get excited over their food was when I used to make them up a raw batch of chicken wings and other meats. I did this before the toddler arrived but I found myself with less and less time to make the actual food so I ended up switching to dry kibble. As you can imagine it's not all that exciting for my two pooches and they often got fed up with it. This is were PURE comes in.

PURE are a naturally dehydrated pet food brand whish is made with nothing but fresh and raw ingredients in a human grade food facility in the UK. It's prepared with a gentle method called dehydration and means the moisture is removed from the food, locking in the nutrients and goodness whilst preserving them. I'll let PURE explain further: "Our dehydrated meats are lightly heated at around 90c, just enough to remove any harmful pathogens whilst preserving the nutrients without the need for harsh cooking processes. They are then carefully dehydrated to remove the moisture, leaving the meat you find in Pure packed with almost 300% more protein than you would find in fresh meat."

My two dogs, Lexie and Tulli, were lucky enough to receive 2x tasty 4kg boxes of dog food. When you add water to each 4kg box it actually equates to 16kgs in fresh food which is amazing. I received the Turkey Terrific which has a super sensitive recipe, great for my Lexie who has major skin problems. I also received the Chicken Dinner which is perfect for picky and sensitive dogs. Excellent for Tulli then as she sometimes turns her nose up at food.

I started out with the Turkey Terrific and I can honestly say it went down a storm! It was like I was feeding the girls raw food again. I haven't seen them get that excited about food in a long time. Inside each box you get a food scoop and a bag clip to keep the dehydrated food fresh and moisture free when not using it. There's a big list of instructions on the back of each box which looks daunting at first but after making the food a handful of times it became second nature and I didn't even need to look at the instructions. You basically use the provided scoop to measure the amount of dog food you'll need (using the guide provided). Then you add warm water (as per the guide) and stir altogether before leaving 10-15 minutes to rehydrate. Waiting was the hardest part for my girls and if you've ever heard a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cry well that's all I got for 15 minutes solid. It's well worth the wait though.

After using the food for a month I felt that Lexie's skin looked a lot healthier and she had a bit of a glow about it. She definitely looked forward to every meal time and reminded me frequently when dinner time was drawing closer. Tulli never turned her nose up at her PURE dinner either and scoffed the lot. I've never seen a cleaner bowl, it was licked spotless every time.

The price for the Turkey Terrific flavour 4kg box of food is £59.99 and it's £49.99 for the 4kg box of Chicken Dinner. I think the pricing is very reasonable and totally competitive considering these boxes rehydrated to 16kgs worth of fresh food and a bag of 15kg dry food from some brands is between £40-£50 in the pet shops.

So would I recommend this dog food? I totally would, I didn't have any issues with the girls being on the food and they really enjoyed it. In fact they loved it!

I was sent 2x 4kg boxes of PURE dog food to try in return for an honest review.
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