22/08/2014

Lollibop 2014

Last weekend we attended the long awaited and highly anticipated LolliBop Festival at Hatfield House. Being ambassadors for the first time this year, we have been privy to all the insider information prior to the big weekend, so were keen to attend and see for ourselves just how cool the 2014 kids festival would be. We were not disappointed!
We drove to the venue, about an hour from us, up the A1 M to Hatfiled. Yellow AA roadsigns directed us right to the car park, where we parked in the main car park before moving just a little way, over to the VIP carpark, for which we had been given tickets. Situated right by the entrance to LolliBop, the parking was perfect. 
As you may already know from my previous posts, the venue is new to LolliBop and I think it was just perfect. Lots more space, plenty of grass to sit and picnic, stalls, food outlets and stages spaced out more and it just had a good feel about it.
We decided not to have a plan to the day, just to take it as it came and be led by what the monkeys wanted to do. Our first stop, we collected our Brandon Wagon which we were kindly lent for the day. Then we wandered to the main stage to catch Alex Winters and Poppy Cat.
We then had a mooch around, and still early, so quiet, the monkeys got to have a play with the wagon and take turns sitting in it then pulling it along. It proved invaluable using it to carry our picnic and bits and bobs around all day!
We were given samples of Haribo sweets, Pom Bears, and Vita Coco drinks, plus there were numerous places to get all sorts of different food. I can't comment on that, as we only bought ice creams all day! 
Little monkey was very keen to see Thomas and Friends, so we headed over. Unfortunately, once we got there the heavens opened! Luckily though, we were able to shelter under one of the Thomas tents, where the monkeys played in the ball pools and stayed as dry as we could until the clouds past over. Soon after we met friends, Liz and girls from Hart of the Munckin Patch, Clare and family from Emmy's Mummy and AK and family from My Buggy Junction. We spotted other well known bloggers too during the day, which was lovely. 
The VIP and press area was awesome. An area designated for people who had upgraded to VIP tickets, bloggers and press, it had a disco bar and tent, outside seating, face painting, sand pit, toilets, food outlet and meet and greet area. Plus the press tent, where press and (bloggers) could sit and use wifi, have a tea or coffee and general chit chat. 
We queued very briefly for meet and greets three times, met and had our photo's taken with Andy Day, Mr Bloom and The Fat Controller. This was met with much excitement by non other than Mr monkey (mostly) and little monkey too! A great perk of being an ambassador, rather than queuing in the main area with the general public.
Mr monkey spent a fair amount of time at the Kia stand lusting over the Kia Sportage. This meant the boys were happy using the Kia bouncy castle and putting their painting skills to good use at the tables and easels at the stand too. 
After that we headed to the main stage with the intention of seeing Justin, but having sat right near the front on the grass for quite some time, waiting for him to come on at 3pm, the monkeys got fidgety and it was getting crowded, so we headed away to make use of the Vita Coco Kids beach area and the Skylanders area. I have to say the Skylanders area was the most disappointing area of the day for us, as big monkey had no idea what to do in there and couldn't get the game he was trying to play to work. Maybe that was just us though, having not played it before!
Later we met up with Clare and Liz again, over in the Pom Bears picnic area, where the monkeys and the other kiddies played in the colourful sheds amongst the trees and had fun running around. Then it was back to the VIP area for our final meet and greet of the day.
Finally right near to the end of the day, after arranging to keep our Brandon Wagon, we took the monkeys to the Little Tikes play area, where they most enjoyed using the Cosy Coupes around the track.
We left very tired but very happy after a fab day at LolliBop, and really hope to be there again next year. The venue was just right in my opinion. We had no issues getting out of the car park and found our way back to the main roads with no problems either. If you've never taken your children to LolliBop, you really should! There is so much more to see then we did and perhaps more than one day is needed to cover it all.  
See you all there next year! We can't wait! 

*As a LolliBop Ambassador we were given family tickets for the day. All thoughts and opinions are my own*.
 
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


19/08/2014

Jumbo Games Giant Eva Foam Floor Puzzle - Review

We've been reviewing the latest Giant eva foam floor puzzle from Jumbo Games. They have added new Giant Foam Floor Puzzles to their pre-school range, including Disney’s Doc McStuffins and Planes. The Giant Foam Floor Puzzles are made up of nine giant puzzle pieces that are brightly coloured and highly durable so they can be enjoyed and pieced together inside and outside. What’s also fab is that you can combine the different pieces from Jumbo’s Giant Foam Floor Puzzles together to create an enormous floor puzzle. Choosing from Jumbo’s Disney Jake and The Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Minnie Mouse and Fisher-Price.
The appealing puzzles are suitable for children aged 3yrs+ and measure 90x90cm when finished. All the jigsaw pieces have been produced using high quality EVA to ensure they maintain their original shape to be played with again and again, and that's just what we've been doing!
We were sent the Disney Planes one which both monkeys were delighted to open and piece together. They were really excited and have since used the giant floor puzzle as a mat, running their cars across it and also using it for 'exercises'. The pieces are lovely and strong, making them easy for the monkeys to handle and take apart and put back together. We've not yet used them outside. When finished with they just stack or can of course be left complete.
I feel these are great for young children looking to learn to piece together jigsaw pieces, with the added bonus of a play surface too. Nice, bright and colorful.
They have a RRP of £14.99 and are available from Amazon.co.uk
Jumbo Games can be found on twitter too.

All thoughts and opinions are my own.



16/08/2014

Week 33 Round Up - Project 365

Week 33 and we've had a quieter one! I've done three shifts at work, so Daddy has been entertaining the monkeys. Weather permitting, they've mainly been to the park. We're preparing to spent time on Nanny and Grandads boat, so some organising has been done this week too. Hope you like my pick of photo's for days 222- 228
Day 222. Before I left for work I caught all my boys watching something they were obviously engrossed in!

Day 223. Playing together nicely with a new Thomas Megabloks set we got for little monkey.

Day 224. Enjoying a homemade scone at the coffee morning whilst the monkeys were off playing.

Day 225. The monkeys caught the end of the first taste of Glee on TV and were glued to it. Both love singing and dancing!

Day 226. Big bro giving little bro a piggyback.

Day 227. Nana's 70th and the monkeys just had to blow out the candle on her cake with her.

Day 228. I recently won these shoes Hotter on Twitter and they arrived today. Just in time for Nana's 70th birthday meal tonight! I'm pleased to say they fit perfectly too.

Next week is all about our time with Nanny and Grandad. I hope you can join me again for my round up!



TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky




15/08/2014

July Degustabox Review

As you may remember we are reviewing the food subscription box Degustabox. July's Degustaboxbox arrived and I opened it with anticipation! What would be inside? Let's take a look. I love the phrase on this sticker as you open up the box!
These Hornsby's Blueberry Cider's went down a treat with hubby. A fruity cider, best served chilled. They are £1.25 each.
Zeo drinks are a refreshing, crisp dry soft drink with a tingling taste sensation. Each of the three flavours was tasty..Burst, Zest and Crush.
Portlebay kracklecorn from Devon is just my thing! Available from Tesco, it's rather delicious.
This Green and Blacks Lemon bar isn't to my own personal taste sadly but I'm guessing it would be loved by lots! 60% dark chocolate infused with a zesty lemon flavour.
The Berry company produce a range range of juices and fruit flavoured tea's. This one is Elderflower Black Tea.
This Frank snack bar is made with 100% natural ingredients. Ours is Blueberry but it comes in five flavours in total.
Dr. Oetker Eton Mess and Violet Crystals sprinkles are perfect for decorating those cakes you make with kiddies, or any home baking.
Maggi So Baked and So Juicy cooking 'sauces' containing delicious herbs and spices to perk up an evening meal. Contains no artificial colours, no added MSG and hydrogenated vegetable oil. Our box had six sachets in it.  
July's box would no doubt suit most tastes, and I'd would have loved to have found time to use some of the goodies in a recipe or two. Alas with the monkeys off school, this will have to wait! We've yet to try all the items, but they won't be going to waste. I'm planning on taking the Maggi sachets to my parents, for my dad to use and the Frank bar will be a handy snack at work. I'm already wondering what will be in our next box?
 
If you would like to subscribe to Degusta Box I have a money off code for £3 off the usual £12.99 fee. Just code T857K. Enjoy! Why not take a look at the Facebook page and Degusta Box on Twitter.




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