Family Day Out With 365 Tickets

Last Sunday we were fortunate enough to have a family day out in London thanks to 365tickets. We had the great pleasure of choosing the (gifted) tickets to The London Eye and The London Aquarium. We have wanted to take the monkeys to those two visitor attractions for a while. We're so grateful to have been given the chance! 

We were sent an email from 365tickets (who provide global attraction tickets, with local expertise), which had to be printed and then exchanged for the attraction tickets at each venue. This process went without hitch and was also quick. We were also able to turn up at any time during the day our tickets were booked for so we had the freedom to arrive in London at our leisure and choose which attraction to experience first.

The London Eye it was! Despite being a beautiful sunny day and appearing to be busy we only queued for about 25 minutes to get on out 'flight'. I was a little worried little monkey would choose not to go on the London Eye but he didn't hesitate to walk on and seemed to enjoy the experience like the rest of us. The view was amazing! 
The team of staff running the London Eye that day were attentive and helpful whilst maintaining professionalism and keeping everything moving swiftly. We all loved it! From 14th November until 3rd January 365tickets are selling London Eye & Frostival tickets so that you can eye-skate right next to the Eye. We didn't go for this option as the monkeys aren't keen ice-skaters but I'd give it a whirl! 

After a quick bite to eat we then moved onto the London Sea Life Aquarium. Spread over three floors, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium houses 500 species of global aquatic life. Explore Shark Reef Encounter, a major new feature of SEA LIFE London Aquarium, from the glass tunnel walkway. Quick and easy to access we were directed into the correct entry and off we went. The floors are accessible via stairs and lifts. There are several different experiences, all in different zones. The monkeys were intrigued to see the Shark Zone but were also a little weary. We all loved the Penguins! Next time we go hopefully we can stay longer but little monkey was keen to get back to the trains home and time was cracking on. There is so much to see and do.
We loved the Aquarium and would definitely go again and book tickets for both attractions or others through 365tickets! A hitch free experience which we all enjoyed very much. 

With huge thanks to the 365ticket team for the complimentary tickets in return for this post.

Match Magazine (For The Football Crazy!)

As a Magazine.co.uk approved blogger we get to choose subscriptions to their magazines. I knew instantly that I would subscribe (for free in return for this post) to a football magazine for big monkey as little monkey gets a few kiddie magazines through the post each week. 
We started getting Match magazine a few weeks ago. Match magazine gives you all the football news, interviews, gossip and stats every week, plus all the info on your favourite team. Each issue of Match magazine also gives you the results, scorers and stats for every Premier and Nationwide Leagues. Plus, all the latest funny pictures, crazy cartoons, awesome competitions and loads, loads more!

As you can probably tell from this photo above of the monkeys with big monkeys match attax cards he is a HUGE football fan! He belongs to a football club, supports Liverpool but loves any of the teams to be honest and recently had the fantastic opportunity of being a Mascot at the Emirates Stadium (home of Arsenal) during a Champions League game. Overall an all round footy fan, so Match is right up his street!
Get 25 issues for £40.50. Since he has been getting Match big monkey has turned one of his bedroom walls into a fan zone! He and his brother have pulled out posters, stuck them on the wall and he has excitedly read through the magazine from cover to cover almost as soon as it has hit the door mat! Seen above big monkey is taking a look at the X FACTOR look alike football players in one of his Match issues. The X FACTOR is another love of his (along with Strictly Come Dancing), so he could relate to the pictures and agree or disagree with the look alikes!

We've just had the latest issue of Match and big monkey has already put the posters on his wall. I'm pretty certain he'll want to continue to get the magazine once our subscription runs out. 

I am sure this magazine subscription will make a great Christmas gift for any other football crazy person out there! 

In The Night Garden Gift Bundle - Giveaway

Every little In The Night Garden fan will adore these gorgeous gifts this Christmas! Big monkey used to love watching ITNG each evening during bedtime hour! We had books, cuddly characters, PJ's and all sorts! The range below incorporates all the characters and lets little ones use their imaginations to bring the magic to life in their own homes! These charming gifts are bound to make Christmas complete for fans of Igglepiggle and friends everywhere. 

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Minion Fun With House of Fraser

We love shopping for bargains and House Of Fraser have a fair good selection of them at any given time! This time I was looking at kids toys and decided to theme my search when asked to feature toys. A Minions search ensued.
For a total of £30 I managed to get a whole lot them! 
Jigsaws for both monkeys, Top Trumps, A Bowling Set and a Book! I knew as soon as I saw the toys that both monkeys would love them all as ultimately they adore the minions and they enjoy doing jigsaws, playing top trumps and reading books. They have also loved going ten-pin bowling. So we set about playing with it all indoors.
Big monkey in particular loves playing top trumps with Daddy (mostly at bedtime) so we were onto a win win situation when I found all these online at House of Fraser. Like before delivery was quick and ordering straight forward!
The book at just £3.49 has been a hit with both monkeys who's favourite Minion is Bob!
The jigsaws are great. One for older kids (6yrs +) which I helped with and the other set of 4 jigsaws for children 3+ yrs. Those, little monkey needed little help with! This one above was £8.
The bowling set caused much fun and competition in the kitchen! The monkeys had a better aim than me! At £7.50 this would make a great stocking filler gift along with all the other featured toys above. A successful shop all round.
Thanks House of Fraser! 

My Sunday Photo



Project 365 - Week 48

Day 326. We had an awesome family day out in London and of course went on the London Eye! 

Day 327. This little lot arrived for me! Looking forward to having a girly night in with it.

Day 328. Big monkey won the chance to be a Mascot at the Champions League match between Arsenal & Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates...an awesome never to be forgotten opportunity!

Day 329. A day at work for me but stopped nearby to get this shot!

Day 330. Hubby got the ingredients to make his beloved cheesecake for friends coming Saturday.

Day 331. Housework and gym day. Feeling cleansed! 

Day 332. These two monkeys are showing off their new t-shirts from FG4 fashion! 

Where are the weeks flying? We're almost ready for Christmas now and I've had some exciting new this week relating to the blog! More news later! The monkeys are good and everyone is well! (Thank goodness). 

Say it With Bears - Review

Little monkey has been sent a new furry friend from Say it With Bears. The Fuddlewuddle Monkey by Jelly Cat. 
Say It With Bears offer an extensive range of personalised teddy bears with personalisation options on bears making a Say It With Bears teddy a very special gift. Each bear comes with a birth certificate and a greetings card. You can add a personalised jumper with your own custom message on it, a personalised ribbon and an engraved personalised tag or no personalisation.
This cute fella arrived with a plain jumper on his ultra soft fur which as you can see little monkey took an instant shine to! He comes costs £23.99 and has different options for personalising him. The Jellycat Fuddlewuddle soft and cuddly lion is a very friendly chap. He has a beautiful mane and a long bushy tail. He is 25cm tall. I think they are friends for life!
Say It With Bears stock many many different bears of all makes, shapes and sizes. I've spotted a microwavable minion cuddly toy (which I may have to purchase for this little monkey!) They sell lots of well known brands too including Blue Nose Friends, Steiff, Disney, Marvel and much more for all manner of occasions.
Little monkey now leaves his new friend in his bedroom where the lion keeps guard and looks over him whilst he sleeps at night. He has yet to name him! Leo gets my vote! He would certainly make a great gift this Christmas or for any special occasion.
We were sent this teddy for review. All thoughts are my own.


Slug In A Jug - Orchard Toys - Review

We love a good game we can all play here and also love Orchard Toys so when I was asked to become an ambassador I was delighted to accept. One of our roles is to review the Orchard Toys, so we have been sent Slug in a Jug to put to the test! 
Three fun rhyming word games. Play Slug in a Jug by collecting rhyming cards to make a silly sentence, or play Find the Rhyme or Rhyming Pairs. Suitable for ages 5-9yrs and for 2-4 players Slug in a Bug has a RRP of £7.50.

Ideal for both the monkeys who are both within the recommended age range, this seemed like a great game to encourage little monkey to play now that he is at school and learning his phonics!
I have to say at this point we've concentrated more on the silly sentence aspect of the game, which both monkeys found funny, though perhaps a little tricky at times for little monkey who needed help to make up sentences!
The game took about the right length of time to play before little monkey started to get bored (which was mainly due to him not finding cards that had the same sounds on as the one in front of him.
The quality of the game pieces are excellent and the pictures clear and bright. The monkeys love this sort of rhyming and matching game that we can all sit down together and play. This game helps with -

  • Develops Personal and Social Skills
  • Encourages Observational Skills
  • Promotes Language and Literacy 

The rhyming cards are colour coded. Meaning children who don't understand rhyming can still play and learn. We would recommend it to others with children of a similar age (Especially those learning to read). Along with many of the other Orchard Toys games we already own we think this one is great!


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