Blog On Mosi 2016

Earlier this month I attended Blog On Mosi, Manchester. Held at the Museum of Industry and Science, this was my second Blog On conference. The first I attended last October in Winchester. It's been mad since that weekend at the begining of the month with big monkeys 8th birthday celebrations, work ,work and more work plus a bug that went around the family, hence why I'm only just posting about it now! 
Blog On Mosi is held at a great venue and one I'd never been to before. Even the monkeys were able to hang around downstairs in the museum whilst I was on the top floor at the conference. Daddy was with them of course!
There were various seesions for bloggers but to be honest I only attended the opening speech, one session and the keynote right at the end of the day. The technical photography session I went to was really useful and interesting. I just hope I can put some of what I learned into practice! I found chatting to brands and catching up with friends and other bloggers just as important as heading into the sessions. 
There was food a plenty and always something to eat and drink. We were really well looked after! The whole event was fun and the three goody bags at the end were amazing! For the second time running I won the Sambro toy giveaway. How cool is that! Would I go again? Of course! It's only £35 for the day but being so far from home for me I'd need to pay out for travel and hotel accomodation. I had a great time and came home full of great samples, contacts, memories of the day and some fab pics of me playing in the Swizzles giant ball pool! 
Thanks to Laura for organising it and to everyone who helped put the day together. Maybe see you there next time! 


Women's Hi-Tec Walking Boots - Review

You may or may not know that I'm a bit obsessed with shoes! Any shoes to be precise! I love them all. Imagine how pleased I was to be asked to review Hi-Tec Walking Boots recently. Ideal for outings to the park with the family and for general rambling around in I was excited to get a new pair of walking boots, seeing as the other pair I have are over 10 years old! I hasten to say, still in pretty good nick though, considering. 
These Womens Hi-Tec Altitude V I Waterproof Hiking Boots retail for £74.99. Dark chocolate brown in colour with contrasting purple lining. I ordered a size UK 5 (my usual size). 
The perfect ladies lightweight hiking boot. They are fully waterproof walking boots that have a durable leather upper, which is coated with exclusive i-shield conditioning and protecting treatment. Making them water, dirt and oil repellent. The OrthoLite insole keeps feet comfortable with it’s long-lasting cushioning, anti-odour and anti-microbial benefits. The moulded impact absorbing midsole adds further comfort and support. Most importantly they have a great grip. Hard wearing and durable I can see these lasting 10 years also!
We've been out and about enjoying the weather recently and I've been putting the boots to the test!
We took a walk throught the park which is mainly grass but on uneven land with small hills. Then along the River path on the River Crouch the other weekend. The monkeys ran ahead whilst hubby and I were admiring the view across the River and I was getting to grips with my new footwear. Very comfy, I was initially worried the ankles might be a bit stiff (but they were'nt). The laces are very long but I didn't actually have them done up right to the top, using all the cleats.
The boots also faired really well at the woods. We'd gone there to see the Bluebells but sadly most had gone (makes a mental note to go and see them earlier next year). This time the ground was once again hilly but generally dry with soil, twigs, mud and grass again under foot. 

The size and fit of these walking boots are perfect for me. I love the purple lining. My favourite colour! They are very comfy and ideal for me to wear, especially when I'm stood on a muddy field watching big monkey play football! The mud there can be awful, but I'm rest assured that these will keep my feet dry, warm and comfortable. 

Anything I don't like about them? Not that I can think of! Oh, except I almost tripped over the laces the other day when I accidently trode on one which was dragging! Whoops! I must tie them all the way to the top of the boot.

In conclusion, these Hi-Tec boots are great! I'm delighted with them. I have a great discount code for my readers. Use discount code BLOG20. Offer: 20% Off Outdoor and Sports Footwear, Clothing & Accessories at www.hi-tec.co.uk

Terms & Conditions: Excludes sale items. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code, cashback offer or promotional offer. Discount code must be entered on basket page prior to checkout. Expires 31st December 2016.

Thanks H-Tec.

All thoughts and opinions are my own.




What to do with the kids this half term if the weather isn't too kind? Maybe watch this new DVD, out May 30th. The monkeys are going to love it!

Join your family’s favourite furry friends in Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs, the brand new animated adventure of prehistoric proportions out this half term! In the fifth instalment of the Alpha & Omega franchise, Humphrey and Kate move to new grounds and discover Amy, an affable dinosaur who is unfamiliar with the new world.

After wolves Kate, Humphrey, and their three pups are forced to relocate their den, they discover Amy, a friendly raptor that magically came to life after being uncovered during a big dig! The pups and their forest friends show Amy the wonders of their new world, and must work together and try to stop the diggers from unearthing the dangerous T-Rex before it’s too late!

ALPHA AND OMEGA: DINO DIGS is the latest installment in the hugely successful animated series. 

Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release ALPHA AND OMEGA: DINO DIGS on DVD 30th May, 2016 

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101 Ideas for Having Fun With The Kids This Summer!

With the warmth of Summer luring just on the horizon, the recent heatwave acting as some serious inspiration and the kids pestering you about beach days and everything Legoland it’s that time of the year again to look outdoors and plan a summer of kid friendly (and budget friendly!) adventures.

If, like me, you’re struggling to compete with the ever-expensive submissions of your think-money-grows-on-trees children, check out this handy ebook created by over 101 of the Best British Bloggers. With hundreds of activities, destinations, and just general FUN each of the ideas has been tested by a blogger just like myself and is personal recommendation straight from the heart and hopefully won’t cost a pretty penny.

My suggestion for the book was JIMMY’S FARM, IPSWICH. I wrote…

"We love Jimmy’s Farm near Ipswich. Great family day out for around £18 for a family of four! There is just so much to do. First there are the animals which the children adore and the educational talks are really interesting. Lots to do and just all round good fun!"

No doubt we will be heading back to Jimmy’s Farm at some point this summer. The drive is only a short distance, the weather will be warm enough to see all of the animals and the price won’t be too devastating to our budget.

Let me know if you have a destination favourite from the ebook!

Disney Store Captain America: Civil War Deluxe Figurine Play Set!

The monkeys love a good action figure and were so delighted to be sent a fab Captain America: Civil War deluxe figurine play set recently. Launched by Disney for the Disney Store to celebrate the release of Captain America: Civil War, they are amongst a number of new toys, action figures, clothing and much more. 
Featuring 10 characters from Captain America: Civil War, the set comprises Black Panther, Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, Vision and Ant-Man.
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo and Martin Freeman, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

The monkeys are really enjoying the robust set which costs £22.95 from the Disney Store. They have a great selection of other great Captain America: Civil War merchandise, which can be found here.
Hubby is now looking forward to finding the time to see the film at the cinema. The monkeys are just happy to play with their new toys. Thanks Disney Store, you've made two monkeys very happy! 


Securing Your Home!

How do you protect your home when you go away?
Do you get someone to house sit? Use an alarm? Get a neighbour to pop in? Just hope for the best or something else?!

Maybe you set lights to come on when it gets dark or put the TV on timer?

Going away and leaving your home secure is always a worry but it doesn't have to be. With the holiday season fast approaching The Panasonic Smart home System could be the answer you are looking for. 
The Smart Home from Panasonic is the modern wireless home security system giving you ultimate peace of mind with easy installation and operation. Whether you want to keep an eye on your home while you are away, or simply switch your appliances on and off, with the Smart Home you can do so from the comfort and convenience of your smartphone or tablet! How cool is that! Call it a guard dog in a box. 

Leaving your home secure will help to give you peace of mind that when you arrive back fom that well deserved holiday, your home and your belongings in it should be exactly as you left them! With Smart Home you can even switch the lights on! Fancy arriving back from holiday to the comfort of your home, feeling welcomed!

You can see the video's of this smart piece of kit here. Would you get something like this to put your mind at rest or opt for something more conventional like house sitters? I'd go for the Smart home option everytime (least of all because I'd feel funny leaving my home in someone else's hands!).

What do you think to the Smart home? Take a look at the link then pop a comment below to let me know! 

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