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The all new Robinson Crusoe - Merchandise Giveaway!

The all new Robinson Crusoe film by Studiocanal is released on May 6th promising to transport families into a fun-filled adventure they won’t forget! As you can see from the poster below, it’s going to be quite a ride!   
Fun and adventure awaits. The film depicts the story quite differently compared to the original book. You have to see just how for yourself! A completely new take on the beloved classic tale from Daniel Defoe. Why not take a sneak peek at the trailer here! We cannot wait to see it. Do you remember the original?

Studiocanal have some great merchandise to celebrate the release of the film and we've got a bundle you can win! 
Including masks, a poster, previous releases on DVD, stickers and more this bundle will make great entertainment for children during the up and coming half term holiday! Just complete the rafflecopter form below by Midnight May 8th 2016. T&C's apply. Open to UK residents only. Good luck and enjoy the film if you go to see it! 
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Your 5-step home improvement strategy

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I thought it made for interesting reading that although the trend is moving downwards in recent years, the home production economy in the UK is worth more than £1 trillion a year. This includes things like cleaning, gardening, DIY and home improvements, and it’s a staggeringly high number to wrap your head around.

We’re undoubtedly a nation of home improvers, and although the housing crisis leaves many ordinary people unable to get onto the housing ladder, it makes sense for those of us who are fortunate enough to own to optimise our abodes as much as possible. Whether it’s significant renovations and remodelling, or small odd jobs, home improvements really can add significant value. The key, of course, is to do them right. So, if you’re considering doing something along these lines, here’s a little step-by-step process that should hopefully set you on your way…

Plan, plan, plan!

First things first, make sure that you have a clear idea about what you want to do. What needs to be done exactly? What materials do you need? How much will it cost you? Is it DIY, or will you need a contractor? Have you got planning permission for any extensions? These are all things you should be absolutely clear on before so much as picking up a screwdriver, because the last thing you want is to have to change course on a project midway through.

Be conscious of adding value

Not all improvements have value adding as their main objective, and if you’re planning on staying where you are for a long time, it might matter more that the improvements are for your own benefit, or be aesthetically pleasing for you. But it makes sense to at least ensure that the whole exercise is worth your while financially. So whether it’s fitting double glazing, giving your garden a facelift, doing a loft conversion, adding a wood burner, redoing a bathroom or anything else, be sure to do a cost-benefit analysis so that the investment will, at the very least, wash its face.

After surveying your home from top to bottom, you’ll probably have a wish list as long as your arm, and everything may suddenly seem of pressing importance. But keep your wits about you, and compile a list that prioritises things. What is most urgent, and needs fixing? Is there a long-term job that you want finished before next winter? Which jobs are going to add the most or least value? How much budget is currently available? And which improvements, when completed, will bring you and your family the most joy? Once you have this all figured out, the list should then write itself.

Get hands on
Time is always going to be the biggest hurdle, and often it may be tempting to just get someone in. However, even if your current DIY skillset is pretty limited, you’ll be amazed at what you can learn just from watching explainer videos on YouTube. Alternatively, there are plenty of blogs out there which can help you out if you’re a DIY newbie, or you could get in touch with a not-for-profit home improvement agency for advice. And you might just find that by mucking in yourself, you start to really enjoy it and find it to be a rewarding experience in the end.

Be savvy with finance
Chances are that despite best efforts to cut costs, not everyone will be able to fund home improvements with money in the bank, particularly if it’s a big undertaking and/or if you’re a new homeowner who has just coughed up for the deposit, and all the fees that come with it. Many people instinctively assume that adding finance onto their mortgage is the best way to go. Yet the market for personal loans has become increasingly competitive, and, aside from being more convenient, chances are you might be able to get a better rate of interest elsewhere with an online lender

Don’t spend a penny more on debt than you need to!
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Peter Rabbit - DVD & Book Giveaway!

We are delighted to offer you the chance to win a DVD collection and Board Book from the fab Peter Rabbit Collection.


More magical tales are set to enchant Beatrix Potter fans everywhere as Peter Rabbit and friends return in their fourth DVD collection, released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 2nd May.

When Mr McGregor captures the whole squirrel tribe in his garden, Peter must stage a mass break out to save his friends. Follow our hero Peter and his friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail on their adventures and quest to save the day, overcoming obstacles and outsmarting predators, all the while finding fun and excitement in the most unexpected places.

With a taste for radishes and a thirst for adventure Peter Rabbit is the lovable and extraordinary friend you longed to hang out with when you were a kid. But when the chips are down and danger lurks, there’s no better friend to have around than Peter and his boundless courage will always see him through. Peter has an infectious enthusiasm for life and is also an irrepressible optimist. He is cool under pressure and his quick-witted mind is as nimble as his super-fast legs.

Peter Rabbit – The Tale of the Great Breakout includes 6 exciting episodes: The Tale of The Great Breakout, The Tale of the Mystery Plum Thief, The tale of Benjamin’s Strawberry Raid, The Tale of the Downhill Escape, The Tale of the Unguarded Garden, and The Tale of the Cat and the Rat. This lovely collection also comes with a free height chart.


Based on the world-famous animal characters created by Beatrix Potter, join Peter, Lily and Benjamin in this charming board book tale.

Peter and co are very excited to hear about Mr Bouncer's most amazing invention ever – a flying machine that was crash-landed in Mr McGregor's garden by Peter's father. Peter is determined to find it! But the garden is a dangerous place. Can the friends find the machine and make their escape before Mr McGregor catches them?

Told with humour, pace and relevance to bring the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter to a whole new generation. RRP £4.99.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is complete the rafflecopter form below! Just make sure you enter before Midnight Sun 8th May 2016 and are a resident of the UK. T&C's apply. Good Luck! 
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Project 366 - Week 16

A gorgeous start to the week out and about with the family but little monkey said he felt unwell as Sunday progressed. He was asleep in bed before 6pm. I've ended up having lots of time off this week which means no earnings! Nothing to do with little monkey, he was fine to go to school each day! Lovely having the time off but the bills won't pay themselves. Here's our week 16 photo's.
Day 108. A gorgeous day. The afternoon was spent at our local RHS gardens.
Day 109. We've been meaning to get little monkey a night light for a while and surprised him with this one!
Day 110. Another lovely Spring day. There seems to be less blossom this year though.
Day 111. Sorry, mirror selfie! All set for a training walk for the Moonwalk today.
Day 112. This months Degustabox ready to tuck into.
Day 113. Hubby is out and the monkeys are in bed, so it's time for wine and chocolate!
Day 114. I practically put my head into the hutch to get a photo of the guinea pigs when feeding them this morning! Too cute not to grab a pic! 

We hope you've had a great week!

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