The monkeys love watching new DVD's and they also like finding ants and bugs! They are going to LOVE this Bug Safari and new DVD MINUSCULE: VALLEY OF THE LOST ANTS! I'm not so sure I'll love the little creatures in my house but I'm sure the DVD will be great fun! We're off on a adventure in the garden later after school!
In a peaceful little clearing in the heart of the woods, an abandoned picnic has become the site of a fearsome frenzy. The tiniest critters of the undergrowth are going antennae to antennae to win the spoils, until the plucky black ant, Mandible, discovers the ultimate treasure – a box of sugar! Little does he know of the little ladybug already hiding inside.

Suddenly, the bold young ladybug finds herself caught in the middle of the battle between two tribes of ants, when the box of sugar sparks the attention of the formidable red ants! Together, Mandible and his ladybug friend must protect the anthill from the red ant warriors in this tale of teamwork, friendship and fun!

A fantastic tale taking place at ground level, MINUSCULE: VALLEY OF THE LOST ANTS is the perfect after-school treat for all the family. Based on the popular CBBC TV show, MINUSCULE: VALLEY OF THE LOST ANTS blends stunning CGI animation with live action backdrops to really transport little ones to the undergrowth where they’ll embark on a huge adventure with the tiniest heroes.

Available on Digital download and DVD now! Certificate U, running time approximately 85 minutes.


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Winning Tickets to the MADS for a Second Time!

How cool to have won a ticket to the Mad Blog Awards for a second time! The last time was back in 2013 just 6 months after I'd started blogging and then again last week! How things have changed! I'm no longer a newbie but rather an oldie, much smaller than I was and even more in awe of fellow bloggers and friends I've made during the last 3 and a half years of blogging!

Held at the Royal Garden Hotel, High Street Kensington like the last time 3 years ago, I knew the food would be just as good as last time and it was!

Like before attendees could have their hair and make up done for free at the venue. However I did not. My friend did my hair and I did my own make up before travelling by train to London. I chose my outfit just the afternoon before, so was frantically ordering underwear, shoes and accessories the night before online!

With a drinks reception starting at 18.30, everyone started to arrive, mingle and chat to friends and acquaint themselves with the seating plan! I was delighted to see I was seated with some bloggers I consider friends.

For entertainment we were handed a bank note which gave us reign to play Black Jack or Roulette. I decided not to have a go as have absolutely no idea whatsoever on the rules, how to play or the object of the game! There was to be a prize at the end for the overall winner!

The three course meal was super tasty - Bread rolls, followed by Montgomery cheese & apple fritters, glazed butternut squash, spinach & hazelnut cream to start. Braised Jacobs ladder of English beef, celeriac chips, onion soubise, peas & beans, oaked wine jus for the main and Hot limoncello soufflé, minted creme fraiche for desert. All followed with Tea, coffee and Petit fours. A truly scrumptious meal, washed down with red or white wine for those that wanted it.

The awards took place at the end of the meal. Comedien Helen Leaderer hosted them and was such fun. She had the room in raptures more than once! It was great to see so many new and 'old' bloggers receiving their awards on stage.

You can see a full list of winners here! I was thrilled for Emma from Brummy Mummy of 2 who won two awards including Blog of the Year. She was so shocked yet thrilled. Such a funny lady.

I left the awards evening feeling all warm and fuzzy (not from alcohol) and delighted to have been able to share such a fab night with so many amazing bloggers!

Thanks again Tots 100 and Mad Blog Awards.


Rieker Boots Review - Brantano!

The weather is slowly changing (down South) which only means one thing! The winter clobber must come out soon! Winter is not by any means my favourite month but I do love a great winter coat, a warm knitted jumper or two and of course winter boots! 

You know me, I need no excuse for new footwear. Recently I was asked by Brantano if I'd like to review their ankle boots and of course how could I refuse! 
I chose a pair of Rieker Diamond Ankle Boots.
With a retail price of £62 at Brantano they are described as Grey but I would say they are more of a stone colour. I ordered a size 5 which fit me perfectly. They are super comfy and very easy to get on and off! 
Inside the zip up ankle boots there is super soft fur. I love them! The 'diamond' detail on the strap, the sole (which is super cool), everything is rather fabulous.
With the weather having been so warm of late (but on the turn) I've not yet had chance to wear them as much as I'd like yet but they will get lots of wear! I'm almost willing the sun away so that I can wear my jeans with my boots and a good old woolly jumper! I'm super chuffed with these boots and the delivery from Brantano.
Brantano offers next day delivery for £3.99, free super saver delivery when spending over £35 and free returns on all UK orders.  

I was sent these boots from Brantano for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Costcutter - Independent Confectionery Range!

How many times do you do a big shop and forget something? Or run out of some essential ingredient after the major stores have closed on a Sunday? We do it ALL of the time! Rubbish hey! Not if you have a Costcutter shop nearby. 

We have one such shop fairly close to us and use it for just the sort of 'emergency' above. Selling every day essentials (and non essentials too) it's convenience shopping right on 'the door step'.

Independent, the brand owned by Costcutter, offers a range of quality, affordable products across all categories including fresh meats and vegetables through to household items and confectionery, all on your doorstep. 

The award winning brand is available from Costcutter, Mace, Kwiksave, SuperShop and SimplyFresh stores across the UK. 
We've been munching our way through the new Independent confectionery range! Yum! 
With prices from as little as two packs for £1 and British favourites at £1 a bag they are both tasty and affordable.

The Chewy Chocolate Eclairs, Soft Clotted Cream Fudge, Jolly Jelly Babies, Pencil Bites, Fizzy Cola Bottles and Fizzy Rainbow Belts are all rather delicious! 
Now, with all those sweets and more available in the range, there's even more reason to pop along to our nearest shop when we forget something, want to buy the Lotto or just want sweets! 



Visiting Vue Cinemas at The Brewery, Romford

A few weeks ago my best friend and I were talking about wanting to go and see Bridget Jones Baby when it came out. A must see girly film in our eyes, one not to be missed! So a few days later when I was invited along to The Brewery, Romford to see that very film with a plus one, I shrieked out loud and knew she and I would love to go along. Why wouldn't we! 

The Vue Cinema there is amongst the eating plaza above a well known supermarket and close to a huge kids indoor soft play park. It's family friendly and very easy to access.
We arranged to go to the 8pm showing on a school night (Sunday) and were both shocked that parking is free on a Sunday at The Brewery. Both easily pleased, this was a bonus to our already exciting evening head.

The cinema is up an escalator and covers the entire floor once up there. With many screens and lots of tills to purchase tickets and get snacks and drinks, it clearly caters for many visitors. Yesterday evening was pretty quiet though which surprised us yet again.
The cashier wasn't expecting us but a quick call to the manager, he came and introduced himself with our complementary tickets and served us our popcorn and drinks combo.
He told us they hoped the seats they had chosen for us were suitable and to let them know if not. 
They were indeed perfect! Right in the middle of the screen and far enough back to watch comfortably without getting crocked necks! 
Very quiet (I assume because people had already been to see the film when it opened on the 16th Sept) we sat back to enjoy the film. 
I won't give anything away but it's bloody brilliant! Lots of familiar faces, well written as a continuation from the previous Bridget Jones movies and just awesome! Very funny too. My friend and I just loved it. A great film at a great venue. We will definitely be visiting again. We've been to the kids soft play park before as a family but my friend hasn't been. I'm sure this will be on the cards at half term! 

Thanks The Brewery, Romford, we had a blast! 

We were given tickets and refreshments in return for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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