Saturday, 4 July 2015

Shrek Comes To London! Plus your chance to WIN tickets!

Shrek’s Adventure! London is a unique experience developed by Merlin Entertainments in conjunction with DreamWorks Animation, bringing to life the hilarious world of Shrek and his DreamWork pals!

The fully immersive walk-and-ride indoor attraction will take guests on a fantastical DreamWorks ‘tour’, combining ten laugh-out-loud fairytale themed live shows with captivating storytelling, an amazing 4D ride, dramatic special effects and extraordinary DreamWorks animation.

At Shrek’s Adventure! London you’re invited to STAR next to Shrek, Donkey and his pals from Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda! This one of a kind, kinda crazy, lots of fun, misadventure of a lifetime!

From 1st September, Premium Merlin Annual Pass holders can access Shrek’s Adventure! London. Simply turn up – and if the swamp attraction is full, you’ll get a ticket for the next available time-slot. You shouldn’t have to wait too long, but you never know, so it’s best to arrive early. 

If you can’t get a time-slot you like, we’ll book you into a day/time of your choice. 

Alternatively, avoid the uncertainty by pre-reserving a time-slot (there’s a £1pp reservation fee). 

Either way, don’t miss this exciting, unique DreamWorks Tours adventure – embrace your inner ogre, grab a friendly dragon, and HAVE FUN!

For Standard Merlin Annual Pass holders: Shrek’s Adventure! London isn’t officially included this year, but we’ve found a way for you to jump into the action and help to save the day. From 1st September there will be limited number of timeslots available to pre-book. You’ll need to pre-reserve your time-slots (we’ll send you full details nearer the time).

Shrek’s Adventure! Is located at County Hall on London's South Bank close to Merlin's other leading attractions in the area: the London Eye, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and the London Dungeon. 

Tickets for adults from £23.40, children from £18.72. 

To purchase tickets or to find out more visit:



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Friday, 3 July 2015

Super Quick Gluten Free Nutella Cornflake Cakes!

These have been my go-to snack lately and so I thought I'd share them!

They are SO simple and quick to make that they barely warrant being called a "recipe" - it's more a case of throwing a few ingredients into a bowl, bunging them into the microwave and then putting them in the fridge for a bit!

It could not be simpler, but they are SO MOREISH!

Jon has become pretty obsessed with these and requests that I make them most days, and because we use Gluten Free cornflakes to make them they're an ideal little chocolate hit for me too!

Here's a quick video showing how to make them, or alternatively read below:

Thursday, 2 July 2015

My Top 3 Summer Holiday Must Haves For Kids

Here are my Top 3 Items for Summer Holidays With Children!


Literally the MOST important thing to have with you on any summer trip, no matter where you're going.

This year our holidays are all in the UK but the weather can still get pretty hot at times, and its essential to always have decent sun protection with us at all times - especially with children & babies.

We've been using Eucerin Suncare range this year as we love the fact that there are such a wide range of products on offer meaning that you can really tailor your suncare choices to suit yourself and your families needs.

We use the Kids Sun Spray Factor 50+ which is so much nicer than standard lotions as its lighter to apply, and is water resistant too which is obviously ideal for use on holidays.

We also love the Extra Light Lotion which gives a high level of sun protection but soaks in quickly to the skin so leaves none of the greasy residue that other lotions do - I use the Factor 50 as my very pale skin burns so easily, but Jon is fine with the SPF 30.

Eucerin's range of suncare includes products especially for those who suffer with eczema or dry skin, allergy prone skin and acne-prone or oily skin.

I also always make sure to have a bottle of Eucerin After Sun Lotion with me on holiday!

To find out more about the range and about sun protection for children, please click HERE

Or to WIN your own suncare personalised to your skintype just read the competition details below!

2) Safe Swimwear

Whenever we travel, we always like to make the post of the pool facilities as Tyne just loves being in the water and I have to admit I'm a big fan myself - and of course safety and comfort while swimming is a big concern.

We always use Konfidence products as their range is vast and covers everything you could possibly need, everything is of such high quality and I can rest assured that my children are as protected as can be.

The Konfidence float suits are perfect for children just getting to grips with swimming as they contain 8 removable floats for buoyancy, and the lycra also had SPF 50+ protection.

Tyne was recently sent the Octonauts Konfidence jacket to try out which also uses the 8 float system, and offers sun protection - the jacket is bright yellow which gives maximum visibility in the pool (I find this to give me such peace of mind, particularly if Tyne is in the pool with his Daddy and I'm watching from the sidelines with can be hard to keep an eye on your child if the pool is crowded but this bright yellow jacket makes him so easy to spot!). The jacket is so easily removable, with just a simple zipper and you can tailor the buoyancy to your childs need as each of the 8 floats is removable.

The Octonauts jacket is available HERE for £21.99 and do check out the rest of the range at www,

3) Lots Of Luggage Space!

Travelling children makes it pretty impossible to travel light, and so I need to have as much luggage as I can fit into the car!

We were recently sent this very cute Constellation Monaco Flight Bag (£19.99) from Sainsburys luggage range and it's been great for the short journeys we've recently been taking.

Although we have yet to fly with the kids I can tell that this would be just ideal as a carry on bag, and it is the perfect size for an overnight bag too.

Alternatively I have been using it as a beach bag as it holds two large beach towels, as well as a change of clothes for the children, sunglasses and juice cups etc with no trouble at all and is wipe clean so need to worry about the sand!

To check out the rest of the range, just visit


The lovely people at Eucerin are giving one lucky reader the chance to win suncare personalised to their skin type - to be in with a chance of winning just comment below with your skin concerns and email address/twitter details

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

How does your credit rate?

How does your credit rate?
Whether it’s new or pre-loved clothes, I’m a big fan of shopping online. And I’m sure I’m not alone! Whenever I can afford it, I love scouring the net for something to add to my ever-growing wardrobe, and I love it when I come across fabulous finds.
Until recently, I’d never been too worried about identity fraud, or felt unsecure when shopping online. But when a friend of mine became a victim of identity fraud after her card details were stolen online, it really made me think.
When someone steals your identity, it can cause all sorts of problems, and you might not even notice until you’re applying for a loan or mortgage and something unexpected pops up on your credit score.
I’m now much more careful when shopping online and, on the advice of my friend, have started checking my credit report regularly to ensure that there is nothing untoward.
This got me to thinking about all the other things that, unbeknown to me, might be impacting on my credit score.
Partner’s credit
If your partner has a less than perfect credit history, this might also impact upon your results, especially if you share a bank account, credit card, mortgage or loan. If in doubt, get them to check theirs and work out together how you can fix any issues – this should impact positively on both of you.
The electoral register
If you’ve moved house recently (or maybe quite a while a go!) and haven’t yet got round to adding yourself to the electoral register, then your credit score could be affected. You don’t even have to vote, if you don’t want to, you just need to register so that companies such as Experian CreditExpert can confirm your identity when they are asked to carry out a credit check.
Something I wasn’t aware of is that if you make lots of applications for credit in quick concession, this will count against you on your credit report. If you make an application and are turned down, you should wait 4-6 months to apply again. Also, try and check your report before you apply, this will prevent you from making any unnecessary applications that might jeopardise your chances further down the line.
Frequent mover
If you frequently move house, this may impact on your score. When you apply for credit, you’ll usually be asked to list all the properties you’ve lived in over the past three years - some lenders tend to place less trust in applicants that keep moving house.

Whether it’s a library fine, a parking ticket, or a gym payment from that membership you’ve forgotten all about (hey, it happens to us all!), make sure you pay all fines and debts promptly and in full. Although it may seem small and insignificant, more and more organisations are reporting missed or late payments to credit agencies. So forgetting to pay that library fine could well impact on your credit score.

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Introducing Chicco Dry Fit Nappies!

Chicco is a much loved and trusted name in the world of baby & childrens products.

We ourselves are big fans of Chicco's products - we used the Chicco Stroller for Tyne and we are currently using the fabulous Chicco Next 2 Me co-sleeper for Noah.

But one thing you don't associate with Chicco is nappies...until now!

This week Chicco have launched its new Dry Fit nappy line - the nappies offer a comfortable fit, are slim & light, and allow baby maximum freedom of movement whilst also being extra absorbent.

The outer lining is breathable which keeps babies skin dry and helps to prevent sweating and and reduce heat to avoid rashes and irritation.

We were given the chance to test the nappies prior to their launch, and they certainly do exactly what they promise to!

We have had no issues of leaks with them, Noah seems to be perfectly comfortable wearing them and we would be more than happy to switch to this brand from our usual.

Chicco Dry Fit nappies are available exclusively from Boots stores, and from June 14th will be on a Buy One Get One Free promotion!

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