Win a Family pass To children’s festival LolliBop at Hatfield House

Build it, paint it, climb it…. LolliBop, the UK’s biggest kids festival is back!
And this year it promises to be bigger and better than last year
We have been to LolliBop for the past 2 years now and this year will be our third time, we have always enjoyed ourselves and the children come home with so many happy memories of the day. This year it will be our second time being invited along as official LolliBop ambassadors and we are even more excited than before about it all, LolliBop really is the event of the Summer and definitely one not to be missed.
Taking place at Hatfield House, August 15-17, the all star line-up – aimed at children under the age of 10 – combines some of the hottest names in kids entertainment, as well as hundreds of activities and interactive areas. The programme includes: Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom, Mister Maker, Lazy Town and Sam & Mark on the main stage, plus live shows from Chris & Pui, Postman Pat, Scooby-Doo, Swashbuckle & many more. Creative kids will love the new  ’Join In with Southbank Centre’ area with plenty of dress up, make and take and workshops. We also have a brand new active zone with footballing from Tottenham Hotspur, baby ballet, an old fashioned sports day and martial arts. Other highlights include Bear Grylls Survival Academy, LolliKitchen, LolliBooks and special areas featuring Thomas & Friends, a Disney Silent Disco & Skylanders Trap Team. 
Hatfield House is easily accessible by road, or rail, just 20 mins from London Kings Cross and has ample parking on site.  The whole programme is for the under 10s and tickets are on sale now priced £20.00pp

We’ve got one family pass (four tickets) to give away to this brilliant festival. To enter, answer the question below:

Q: Where is the location of LolliBop 2014?

            A: Hatfield House    

B: Hyde Park

      C: Central Park 

Comment below with your answer

Please tweet “I would like to win family tickets to the children’s festival LolliBop with @angoewright78″

Terms & Conditions
·      The competition closes 31/07/2014 midnight
·      We have one family pass to giveaway. Each pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be aged over 18 (NB children under the age of 12 months do not require a ticket)
·      The winning family can attend on the day of their choice, either August 15, or August 16 or August 17. The date must be specified at time of confirming the prize
·      Travel and accommodation are not included
·      The prize is non-refundable and cash alternative will be offered
-     The prize is non transferable and ID will be required at time of collecting the ticket wristband upon arrival
-    The prize includes all events and activities at LolliBop but not food and drink from any stalls or bar

The winner will be drawn using


Crafty Fun for the Kids this Summer with Yellow Moon

Yellow Moon have an exciting range of themed crafts available on-line to suit every one of all ages, whether it be a birthday party, a child’s gift or just to keep the children busy during the summer holidays, they can supply you with anything.

We was recently sent a Summer package to try out a review

  • Crystal Glitter Stick on Stars (pack of 280)                   £2.99
  • Felt Butterfly Stickers (pack of 40)                                  £2.99
  • Beach Hut Coin Banks (box of 4)                                       £5.99
  • Safari Animal Card Shapes (pack of 10)                          £2.45
  • Lip Whistles (pack of 10)                                                      £1.99
  • Football Foam Bookmarks (pack of 4)                            £3.95
  • Tropical Fish Suncatcher Decorations (pack of 6)     £2.99
  • Design a Finger Skateboards (pack of 12)                      £2.99

The boys set to crafting with the Skateboards, using the stick on stars and some sparkly Deco pens, they designed their very own mini finger skateboard. Each skateboard comes individually wrapped which is ideal if you want to place in a party bag or give away as gifts. My eldest designed a couple for his friends, personalising them with their initials and sticking on the foam stars, he then placed them bag in the little bag that it came in so that he could give them away as a leaving gift at school.



The youngest enjoyed drawing and colouring in the card Safari Animal Shapes With 10 different types of animals to choose from, Oliver and his cousin sat down with the craft box and had lots of fun together. They decided to use some googly eyes, the butterfly shaped stickers and some felt tip pens to make some very colourful animals, I love what my niece did with the Horse shaped card, she even added on a feather for the horse’s mane.



Oliver enjoyed decorating the monkey, I think he may have had a little help from his big cousin in placing the stickers on in the correct places, but I love that he sat down and spent time with her to craft together. He puts a lot of concentration in when he is colouring or making things and really thinks about what colours and stickers to use.



The sun was shining so the boys decided to do some painting outdoors in the garden, they painted the ceramic coin beach huts and although they got a bit messy, they had lots of fun. The money banks are now on their sides in their bedroom collecting up their money ready to spend in the summer holidays.


I thought that the beach huts were very cute and couldn’t wait myself to get designing, I used a selection of sparkly Deco pens to decorate it with, what do you think?



I think they would make great gifts to their friends to save up their pennies in.

We’ve received similar bookmarks before from Yellow Moon, last time the boys made up Olympic designed ones, this time Joseph was very excited to see that they were football related. He has never really been a football fan but with the recent hype about the world cup he has shown a lot more interest in the sport. He chose his design and got to peeling away the backing from the pre-cut foam stickers to stick them in place, which even with his little fingers he found quite easy.  Never one to follow instructions he just decided to stick the stickers wherever he felt like lol



The Lip Whistles are brilliant if your child is having a party this summer, they can be added to a party bag as a little gift to the party goers or like us why not take them away with you on holiday and drive everyone mad with the noise ;-)  They come in four bright colours Green, yellow, orange and pink, each wrapped in its own little bag, they would be ideal for a lucky dip. Place the whistles between your lips and blow, they make a fabulous little whirling noise keeping the children amused for hours.



The last thing we received in our craft box was the sun catchers in the shape of fish, they come with a silver cord that you attach to the finished decorated fish ready to hang in the window and for the colours to reflect into the room once the sun catches them. We didn’t have any glass pens or paint so we used our deco pens to colour them in with, they come in three assorted designs and look so colourful up against a window


Why not make your own coral reef display in the window


Why not get on over to and check out what other crafts that have on offer!

We were provided with these crafts for the purpose of this review as a part of the Yellow Moon bloggers network.

Bust my Buffers! Thomas & Friends Steam into LolliBop



Calling all Thomas and Friends fans out there, I have some exciting news!  For the first time ever, Thomas & Friends™ will be making tracks to LolliBop. My youngest is ever so excited about having the chance to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and The Fat Controller, he is a huge fan. I know he is going to have a blast on the day.


The whole family is invited to experience the world of Thomas & Friends like never before as a new interactive themed play zone, the ‘Sodor Summer Fete’, is launched at the big bash for little people.


Families are invited to roll up and take photos with their favourite blue engine, get creative at the colouring and games stations and meet The Fat Controller. Packed with fun-filled activities and games for your little engineers to enjoy, as well as special guest appearances, there will be heaps of happenings for children to enjoy.


Whether you are planning a special birthday outing, weekend surprise or school holiday treat, a trip to LolliBop is the ultimate family experience for Thomas & Friends fans this summer.


With Thomas & Friends on-board, it’s full steam ahead for fun!

LolliBop takes place August 15-17 at Hatfield House.  All of the programme is aimed at children up to the age of 10. The line up includes Justin Fletcher, Mister Maker, Mr Bloom, Sam & Mark, Michaela Strachan, Lazy Town, Postman Pat, Chris & Pui, Scooby-Doo, Andy Day and Cook and Line from Swashbuckle.  Other activities and interactive areas, include the Skylanders arena, ‘Join In with Southbank Centre’, Science Museum Live and Tottenham Hotspur Global Coaching Team.  For the full line up and ticket details see


Planning a Children’s Lego Party

Planning a themed party is never easy and can be quite time consuming especially if you have children and other commitments, we all want our children to have the best day ever at their party but finding time to prepare for it is hard. Preparation and research is the key!

My son just turned 7 and for his party he asked for it to be lego themed, ‘ok darling’ I said smiling, trying to hide the fact that I had no idea what to do for it. I sat down at the laptop and googled lego party and was surprised to see that their were plenty of websites full of information and fun ideas to make a lego theme party run smoothly, Pinterest is brilliant for looking into quirky fun party ideas. I’m not the best of party planners and I don’t have much spare time on my hands, So i was looking for stuff that was quick and simple but effective.

  • The first thing I did was design a lego party invite for my son to give out to his friends, I used Microsoft word and found an image of lego bricks to use as the background, i then inserted some text boxes changing the colour infill and size of text. I tried to keep it nice and bright



I added the party information into the boxes, like his age, name, date and time of the party and the address.

  • Next was to organise a lego themed cake, Lucky for Joseph his Auntie is a very talented cake maker and Nanny asked her to make one for him. She made him a cake that  looked like Emmet from The Lego Movie, not only did he look impressive he tasted fabulous.



  • The eldest made some chocolate fudge brownies and added mini marshmallows to them to look like lego bricks



  • I bought some wafer cake toppers from a seller on EBay, which were personalised with wording of my choice, we added them to some home made fairy cakes



  • We made up some small lego brick pizzas, using the square kingsmill thins, speading tomato puree over them and then using soft cheese to add the little brick details to them. I placed them under the grill for a few minutes and cut them in half. They went down really well as little treats.



  • The eldest added some detail to some Rich Tea biscuits, round and finger types, using icing pens. He used the round biscuits to make some lego faces with and the fingers made perfect bricks. He also wrote the word LEGO on them and out a 7 for Joseph’s age.



  • I also done a plate full of fresh fruit, grapes, strawberries and water melon
  • Bowls of rainbow drops and starbursts
  • I made up some lego bricks cover for the orange and apple juice cartons, made from paper I made them to fit by wrapping them round the cartons and gluing it together




Coloured lemonade in glass bottles


  • We had games such as guessing how many lego bricks were in the jar, the children guessed a number and the winner that was closest won a prize.


  • Hunt the lego pieces, we hid some lego pieces in and around the garden and the children went out and hunted them out, each child that brought a lego brick back got a lollipop. I let the children play with lego on the floor out of a huge box and the children got the chance to build their own masterpieces.We also played a game that involved having 2 straws, 2 bowls of lego pieces, 2 cups and 2 willing people to compete against each other. the aim of the game is to suck up a lego brick using the straw and remove it from the bowl to the cup, the first person to empty the bowl is the winner



We played the lego themed music in the background ‘Everything is awesome’ and so it was!

The children was sent home with a lego brick goody bag

Not only did we have a Lego theme party but we also had a Pool party, the children had lots of fun and was kept very busy for the few hours that they were round our house, when all the snacks had gone we served up burgers and sausages from the BBQ.

Hope this post has helped or inspired others to have a Lego themed birthday party :-)



Make your own Lego Brick Party Bags

Are your children Lego fans?

Are you looking for an original but cheap party bag?

Well check out these little bad boys!


They were cheap to make and didn’t take long at all.

You will need:

-A variety of mixed coloured paper bags

-The same colour card/foam

-Glue/sticky foam dots


I bought the paper bags from Ebay costing me £1.93 for each pack, the blue came in a pack of 12 and the assorted bags came in a pack of 10.

Matching up the coloured card to the paper bags, I cut out circles of different sizes and then stuck them into place on the paper bags to look like a lego brick. I used coloured foam on some of them and used a glue foam dot which gave it a 3D look.


Once finished I filled them up some lego goodies

A Lego Necklace

A personalised lego sticker

Some sweets

A personalised Lego Chocolate bar

A mini lego man soap

Most of the above were bought from EBay at competitive prices, the lego necklace was made at home.

I bought some cotton necklace cords in assorted colours and then I glued a small lego piece onto the necklace, be careful when using the extra strong glue!

20140710-221329.jpgThe Children loved these little necklaces

Why not give them a go yourself :-)

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

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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.



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


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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The funny things they say and do ‘I’ve got a tlip’

Young children really do say the funniest things, they are learning new words everyday and often confuse them with others or even make their own words up that they think make sense.

These posts used to always be about Joseph but as Oliver is getting older and talking alot more, it is he who has had us laughing with the funny things that he has been saying or doing.

The older two boys go an athletics club twice a week and Oliver and i always go along to watch or use the time to go and play in the park which is close by. Last week Oliver and I ran around the track after the younger children had finished, Oliver was doing really well until he stopped, told me he was out of breathe and then said “I’ve got a tlip Mum, I can’t run anymore” Don’t you mean Stitch Oliver? “Yes Mum, that is what i said!”


Oliver also also confuses his lettering in the word athletics and calls it ‘thlecits’ and no matter how many times I have sat down with him and sounded it out correctly he still says that I am wrong and he is right.

When Oliver and I are running together and eh gets tired he will stop and flop his arms towards the ground, kind of in a sulking way and tell me he needs a rest and that he can’t go on anymore, I will obviously stop and start walking along with him only for him to speed up and run off ahead, laughing and shouting “I’m beating you up Mummy” Now i’m quiet sure that is not what he means and that he actually means that he is winning in the race LOL

Two weeks ago the whole family participated in a mile run in the city of London, run by Amba hotels, Oliver and I was entered into the family mile. There were lots of families of all different ages, some had little ones in buggies and other adults were carrying their children on their shoulders or in a baby carrying rucksack. Oliver and I started the race at the back end of the group as we didn’t want to crumpled by the faster adults and children, Oliver was one of the youngest runners there and couldn’t wait to run off in his first race with the other children. When the gun went off, with a very loud bang Oliver jumped and ran the other way. The starting gun was so loud it frightened him, I told him that it was the noise to say we can start running, “Oh!” he said and off he went following the others in the group. We must have got about 400 metres down the road and he stopped, so we began to walk a little, It wasn’t until some passers by shouted out “Come on little man” that he looked up at me and said “Have i finished now Mum?” No, Oliver we need to run a little more until we reach the finish line” “Oh, Ok!” He grabbed my hand and pulled me along to run with him. This must have happened about 5 times throughout the route, as someone cheered him on he through that he had finished until I told him we had to run some more. Seeing him run over the finish line and receive his medal made me so proud, I cried as we neared the finishing line as he was being cheered on by so many people. He had no idea what was happening, bless him!



What have your children been up to that has made you laugh or cry?