MAKE THE WORLD BETTER WITH A SWEATER
Friday 13th December 2013 sees the return of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day with a raft of celebrity support and lots of ways to get involved; from knitting workshops to live gigs and record breaking attempts – Save the Children has it sewn up
Christmas Jumper Day | 13 December 2013
“On Friday 13th December 2013 Save the Children is calling on people across the UK to help make the world better with a sweater and take part in the tradition of wearing a kitsch Christmas jumper in exchange for a £1 donation to raise money for its life saving work with children the world over. Support for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day has already started in earnest, with celebrities posing in their festive woollies. Myleene Klass, Julie Walters, Lorraine Kelly, Gok Wan, Rochelle Humes, Erin O’Connor, Lauren Laverne, Alex Jones, Bruno Tonioli, Ashleigh & Pudsey, Arlene Philips, Nate James, Simon Rimmer, Jay Rayner, Daniel Roche, Kate Thornton, Jack Topping, Natasha Kaplinsky and Dom Joly have all dug out their finest Christmas knitwear, ready to wear in support of Save the Children’s Christmas campaign”
We attended an event at Westfield Shopping centre on Wednesday night, where we got to try out a bit of sewing ourselves in the Wooly Wonderland Jumper workshop. We was greeted with some light refreshments and a friendly face, after a little introduction we sat down at the table all ready to create our Christmas Jumper masterpiece. After picking a jumper, we then chose our preferred design to applique on to the sweater and the colour and design of the felt that we wanted to applique onto the sweater, we then we had to draw around the template onto the felt and cut it out. I took along the two eldest boys to join in with the jumper making but Joseph was just a bit too young to start sewing so i took over on his behalf. After being shown by the professional ladies of the Wooly Gang on how to thread a needle properly and what type of stitch to use, we got started.
We could choose from a penguin design, a star or a reindeer.
I was really impressed with Jak’s attempt at sewing, he did make a few mistakes where he sewed the jumper together a couple of times but this was probably his second time he had ever used a needle!
He done so well but didn’t manage to finish it in the hour that we was there so he brought it home to finish, I am sure he will be wearing it with pride on the 13th and every other day on the run up to Christmas Day. I believe he wants to finish it off with sequins on each point.
Joseph chose the penguin design
I had to first sew on the white heart bellies using a blanket stitch and then stitch on the sequin eye, I have yet to finish stitching it onto the jumper; but when i do i promise i will share it with you all.
We shown all the right techniques to use when stitching and tying up our thread when finished and enjoyed our evening thoroughly.
You can even have your photo taken wearing your finest festive finery in the photobooth there, Jospeh had fun with this
If you would like to take part in the workshop you can book a slot here
Activity Schedule at Westfield is:
- John Lewis Jumper Customaisation – Fri 6 December 6-7pm, Wed 11 December 6-7pm, Fri 13 December 12-1 pm
- Gruffalo Reading and activities – Running from Saturday 7 December to Wednesday 11 December
- Elmer in the snow reading and activities – Friday 6 December 12-1 pm, Friday 12 December 12-1pm
- Debbli Bliss Knitting – Tuesday 9 December 7-7pm, Tuesday 10 December 12-1
- Sue Stratford Knitting – Tuesday 10 December 3-4pm
Dom Jolly and Mary Portas will be hosting the storytelling sessions alongside The Gruffalo and Elmer in the Snow to help the whole family get into the festive spirit there will be giveaways and fun activities.
Winter Wooly Land can be found on the first floor of Westfield Shopping Centre outside of the John Lewis store
Wear your jumper on Christmas Jumper Day on 13 December and donate £1 to Save the Children at www.christmasjumperday.org .You can buy your Christmas jumper from John Lewis, official retail partner of Christmas Jumper Day. £25 from the sale of every jumper in the Save the Children range goes to the charity.
We was invited along to the event to share the news of the workshop
Ever used Primula Cheese in your baking?
Want to give your family something scrummy to eat over christmas?
Why not try making these cute little Santa cheese cakes made with Primula spreadable cheese, they are easy to make and will look fabulous on the tray when handing out to family and friends when they visit.
Primula Spreadable cheese is packed with goodness, it is a natural source of calcium and dairy protein and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Five facts on Primula:
- Primula contains half the fat of hard cheese
- Primula Original is suitable for vegetarians and it is pasteurised, making it suitable for pregnant women
- Primula Cheese is gluten free
- 15 million tubes of Primula are sold in the UK each year
- Primula Cheese was created in Norway by Olav Kavli and named after the first flowers of spring.
The recipe for Primula’s famous spreadable cheese is a closely guarded secret but they have shared with us some recipes that we, at home can make with the cheese spread. One of these recipes is:
Primula Santa’s Cheese Cakes
1 tube of Primula Original Cheese
4 ginger biscuits
3 digestive biscuits
60g icing sugar
150ml double cream
3 gelatine leaves
1 tsp vanilla extract
12 cupcake liners (5cm diameter)
- Melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds
- Put the biscuits into a bag and bash them with a rolling pin until they are all crumbly
- Mix the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter until it starts to join together
- Spoon the biscuit mixture into the base of each cupcake and press down firmly, each base should be roughly 1cm thick. Place in the fridge to set.
- Squeeze Primula Original Cheese into a mixing bowl and add the icing sugar and vanilla extract, mix to a smooth consistency
- Whip up 150ml of double cream in another bowl until it forms stiff peaks. Fold the cream into the cheese mixture
- Follow the gelatine mix instructions as per the packaging and stir through the cheese
- Take the bases from the fridge and spoon on the cheese mixture on top, place back in the fridge to set over night
- Take the cheesecakes out of the fridge and remove the cupcake liners
- Cut off the top of the strawberries and place onto the cheese upside down so that they look a santa hat
- Squirt the whipped cream around the edge of the strawberries and a little ball on top. You could use double cream if you wish and pipe it on.
- Serve and enjoy!
These little bundles of creaminess cheesy scrummy cakes are very tasty, they are ideal treats for over the festive holidays. They are easy to make, my son made them with me, we found that the instructions were easy to follow and as there was no baking it was safe for him to make them on his own.
We made about 9 as we used bigger cupcake liners and they didn’t last long, the boys scoffed them down asking for more. You can just about taste the cheese and ginger but it is there, just at the back of the tongue. My middle boy doesn’t normally eat cheese but he ate 3 of these cheescakes, saying that they were yummy! The tubes are the perfect size to fit into the side door of the fridge so they don’t take up too much room on the shelves.
Primula also have Cheese spreads of other flavours; Cheese and Chives, Ham and Prawn.
We use our Cheese and Chive spread in our sandwiches with lettuce, only a little squirt is needed as it is easy to spread and is very tasty. The cheese is thick and creamy and would make a perfect complement to some herby bread.
If you want to find out more about Primula please visit there website Primula is available in all major supermarkets.
We was sent a tube of Primula to try for the purpose of this review
Do you have a Moshi Monster fan in your family?
Why not make them this IGGY cushion, It’s simple and easy and your fan will be very happy with it.
You will need:
Purple fleece fabric about 1m
Cotton and needle / sewing machine
Polyester Stuffing ( i bought about 500g and still have lots left)
White, black and Purple felt
Extra Strong Glue
- Draw an outline of IGGY on to the purple fabric, however big you want the cushion to be, draw another outline about an inch and a half away from the first one.
- Making sure that you have doubled the fabric, cut around the outer outline
- Pin the two pieces together and stitch around the inner outline, remember to leave a gap so you can put the stuffing in
- Remove the pins and now stuff in the stuffing, using your hands to push it into the shape, once done stitch up the gap.
- Using the white and purple felt, draw big two circle for IGGYS eyes (The purple circle should be just a little bit bigger than the white one) stick the white circle on top of the purple felt circle and then glue into place on the pillow
- Using the black and purple felt, make the inner of the cutting out a cresent shape. Stick them into place on the White circle
- Cut out a small tick shape for the mouth from the red felt and stick on the cushion
- Snip the fringe at about 2cm apart, be careful not to snip into your stitching
Please make sure you are handling the glue extra carefully as strong glue does stick anything together, I should know! Silly me, got my two fingers stuck together and had to run them under the tap to release them.
I hope you enjoy making this IGGY Moshling
Young upstarts Dick and Dom to play King Arthur and Patsy in Spamalot And they want you to star in their video!
CBBC’s Dick and Dom will star together on stage in Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre, where they will play the roles of King Arthur and Patsy from 2nd December for six weeks over the Christmas and New Year festive period.
Having found fame as presenters of double BAFTA Award winning BBC1 weekend show, Dick and Dom In Da House, Dick and Dom have presented a wide range of TV and radio show including CBBC’s Splatalot, BBC Radio 1’s The Sunday Morning Show, Sky1’s Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old and Challenge TV’s Takeshi’s Castle. They even starred on the big screen when they appeared in Horrid Henry: The Movie, but appearing together in Spamalot will be the pair’s West End musical debut.
-Dick (Richard McCourt) said; “I’ve always been a huge fan of all things Monty Python and so am very excited about the fact that I’m getting the chance to prove myself as King Arthur and take hold of the mighty Excalibur.”
-Dom (Dominic Wood) said; “Everyone knows the legendary Always Look On The Bright Side and so I can’t wait to get started as Patsy and to be able to perform the song on stage each night.”
Spamalot wants you in their video:
We’re looking for children aged 6 – 13 to star in a short video on 7th December. We will be meeting at Embankment station, London at 1.30pm and walking to the theatre with placards, chanting “Dick and Dom” who you may well get to meet! The first 50 people to confirm they would like to be involved will be given a pair of tickets to see the show on the same day at either the 2.30pm or 8pm performance.
No cash payment is offered for an appearance and the video will be used for publicity purposes. If you would like to be part of the Spamalot team for the day, simply email email@example.com with your name and child’s (children’s) name and numbers and we will confirm participation. Note, you must be available on Saturday 7th December and able to meet at 1.30pm.
Showings are, Monday – Thursday at 8.00pm, Friday at 6pm and 9pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and 8.00pm (no Wednesday matinee). Running time: 2 hours – this one doesn’t drag on!
THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE Tickets: £15 – £65. ON SALE NOW
Box Office: 0844 871 7627 | www.spamalotwestend.co.uk
This is not a sponsored post, my boys are taking part in the video and i want to share the brilliant news of the casting!
Christmas is arguably the most magical time of the year and as Christmas is fast approaching I have been seriously thinking about what to buy for the boys and it is beginning to get very stressful. They do not need any more toys clogging up our tiny house, plus they pretty much have everything anyway and as they are getting older they are growing out of wanting toys to play with, especially the oldest one. I always like to buy something that is educational for them too, we have one console in our house, the PS3 and probably about 8 games to play on it. Not all games are educational, like Lego Batman but it is definitely fun.
So as the days fly by, I need to get my thinking cap on pretty fast! Although help is at hand from Playstation3 as they launch two new exciting additions to the Wonderbook series – Walking with Dinosaurs and Book of Potions
Wonderbook is a virtual story book that comes to life in front of the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Eye camera. So far their are four child friendly games in the series – Book of Spells, Diggs Nightcrawler, Book of Potions and Walking with Dinosaurs, all brought to life in one physical book peripheral filled with thousands of adventures and experiences to explore. The stories feed little ones’ imaginations by putting them at the heart of the action, using augmented reality technology to transform the world around them, bringing mystery and discovery into the heart of the living room. Guaranteed to bring out the big kid in all ages. What is great about the Wonderbook series is that you only need one Wonderbook to play all four games and is the perfect way to keep the whole family entertained over the festive period.
“Book of Potions is set in the world of the Harry Potter stories and enables children to see if they have what it takes to become potions champion as they get the chance to enjoy an entirely new creation from the imagination of J.K. Rowling. The magical journey takes children through a mysterious, enchanted garden, guided by Zygmunt Budge – an accomplished potioneer, as they compete for the elusive Golden Cauldron with the PlayStation Move motion controller to chop, crush and grind ingredients for your magical concoctions. The game also allows children tointegrate Hogwarts™ house and use their very own wand when they link to their account on Pottermore.com – the free, immersive and interactive website from J.K. Rowling.”
“Walking with Dinosaurs encourages children to take a walk on the wild side by digging up 150 million year old secrets to uncover dinosaur fossils, as they then stand back and watch the prehistoric giants come to life right before their eyes. The adventure takes them on a fun, interactive and educational adventure through prehistoric worlds as they walk among giant herbivores such as Triceratops and Stegosaurus, and come face-to-face with deadly predators including Mapusaurus and Tyrannosaurus. Children will also get to catch-up with Patchi and Juniper, stars of Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie, as well as a whole cast of new characters.”
We was sent a copy of the new Wonderbook games to review.
The boys couldn’t wait to play ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’, the game is A guide to how giant reptiles walked, lived and fought 65 millions years ago.
To start you are talked through how to set up the wonderbook and camera, once ready, you are ready to go walking with dinosaurs.
The first chapter is Digging up the past
Here you have to hammer away at a piece of rock with a hammer to reveal dirt, you then change the tool to a brush so that you can eventually reveal bones of a dinosaur.
Pick up the bones one at a time and fit them into place.
Joseph revealed a Gorgon, a deadly predator who targets the weak and the sick and by building the dinosaur we collected our first fact card.
The next page is 75 million years ago:
Here you have to use the controller to move around the page, as you move the controller around a magnifying glass appears over hidden creatures you click on them to reveal detailed information on them. Here you meet Patchi and Juniper.
Joseph then went onto the prehistoric page where he played with Juniper, a character from the Movie
The story feeds the children’s imaginations by putting them into the heart of the action, bringing mystery and discovery into the heart of the living room.
Life in the herd is Jaks favourite part of the game, and after watching the boys play i could see why.
It is A very noisy interactive part of the game with lots of roaring, you have to roar really loudly to help the dinosaurs find a mate.
We meet juniper and patchi again, now they are old enough to mix in with the herd.
Uh oh there’s a fight with mating rivals, watch help the dinosaurs to knock over trees to prove their strength.
Through out the game you get to Take A quiz where you get tested on your knowledge and find out what you have learnt so far. The more correct answers and chapters finished, the more fact cards you win along the way
The next chapter that both the boys enjoyed was Warring giants:
Here Patchi fights with another dinosaur, using the controller and following the signs on the screen, you help Patchi fight.
Gorgon turns up, both dinosaurs are exhausted from their fight but Patchi manages to escape unlike his rival who gets eaten by Gorgon.
Another chapter in the game is Life on the floodplain:
This is the part where Dinosaurs move on to trek inland, the boys took a quiz in this chapter and unlocked the next part of the book.
Walking with Dinosaurs is a fabulous, fun and interactive game for the whole family although i must stress that it is aimed at children above the age of 7. The children love seeing themselves on the TV along with the characters from the game, It makes the game all the more exciting! Not only is the game interesting but it is also educational, as the boys took the quiz’s, I could see the delight in their faces when they answered correctly and won a fact card.
The game is an ideal gift for Christmas, I know that as a family we will be enjoying the game on Christmas Day, as it is a game that we can all play.
Book of Potions and Walking with Dinosaurs will be available from 15th November on PlayStation 3. Both will retail within selected retailers, including Amazon. More information about PlayStation products can be found at www.playstation.com
We was sent a promotional game to play for the purpose of this review
Winter is here! But that isn’t going to stop us from getting out and enjoying the facilities in the park. The sun was shining but it was bitterly cold so we wrapped up warm and headed off to the local park which has a lovely big lake and a small adventure play area. We made sure that we packed some bread to feed the ducks as this is a favourite outdoor activity for Oliver to do.
Oliver had fallen asleep in the buggy on the way there but i knew he would be happy for me to wake him as soon as he saw the ducks by the lake, he loves walking to the edge and throwing in his bread for the ducks to eat.
As we was feeding the ducks a swan came swimming over to get in on the action too, Oliver got a bit too close and the swan waddled up to him to grab the bread from his hands, lucky for Oliver, Mummy was close at hand to pick him up and shoo away the greedy swan lol
Joseph enjoyed feeding the ducks too, but he throws in a whole piece of bread at a time unike his little brother who picks the tiniest pieces of his slice to throw in.
After all of our bread was gone, we said goodbye to the ducks and went for a walk through the park.
As we followed the path we came across a wooden statue, which is of a local marathon runner, it was carved into a tree trunk by a chain saw artist
The boys had fun on a part of the trim trail which is spotted around the park, these are made from wood and are a brilliant way of keeping fit in the outdoors and also a lot of fun for the little ones. Joseph practiced his balancing on the poles
We finished off our trip with a visit to the play area where they have a zip wire, It was Oliver’s first go on it and he loved it!
He came off giggling away and shouting for more
I’m linking up this post with Coombemill’s CountryKids