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Friday, 25 November 2016

Introducing Thinkway Toys + Win a Star Wars™ R2D2

Until this year, I'd never watched a Star Wars film. Yes really! People are gobsmacked when I tell them that I made it to the ripe old age of 35 without seeing one and, to be honest, I was pretty gobsmacked that I'd made it that far too.

I'd wanted to start watching them for a looooooooong time before I eventually got round to it, but was given conflicting advice from my Star Wars obsessed friends so held off. Some said to watch them in the order they were released, others said to watch them in chronological order - and it turns out this is a topic that is highly debated by fans everywhere!

In the end, the girls and I watched our first film together, and we opted for The Empire Strikes back which was the second in the series and the one that came most highly recommended. I knew that I'd recognise some of the characters but was pretty surprised that the girls (who are only four and seven) recognised them too. Their cousins and their two best friends are all Star Wars mad, so they had already played Star Wars games with them, but once they watched the film for themselves, they girl crushed over Princess Leia (as did I), they fell in love with R2D2, Yoda and Chewbacca and the rest, as they say, is history: I now have two Star Wars obsessed daughters and am a pretty big fan myself!

There have been plenty of toys released over the years, but none quite as awesome as the new BB8 and R2D2 from Thinkway Toys, if you ask me.

Daisy and Evie's lucky friends have both of these toys and, since playing with them, they are beyond desperate to get their very own. I have to admit, I wouldn't mind if Father Christmas were to bring them as presents this year either; they really are seriously cool and would look right at home in our living room ;)

Daisy took a particular shine to the U-Command interactive BB8. Although we haven't watched The Force Awakens yet there really is something pretty cute about him! He is huge (40cm!), and comes with a dual-joystick infrared remote control so you can command him to move in all directions. He also speaks (he has a voice activated feature that allows you to interact with him via a built in microphone) and has different moods!

And, just as she fell for the character in the film, Evie rather liked her friends R2D2 - an awesome remote controlled droid that responds to pre-programmed instructions, has original movie sound effects, a special projection facility and over 1000 action combos!

And that leads me nicely onto my giveaway. Yes, I'm super excited to announce that I have an interactive R2-D2 to give away to one lucky reader!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to UK residents only, it closes on 2nd December, and the winner will be announced and contacted shortly after.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Lastly, but by no means least, together with Thinkway Toys and some other brilliant bloggers, I'll be hosting a Twitter party on Wednesday 30th November, from 1-2.30pm.

Check out this advert beforehand, and then join in the chat by following the #ImAThinkingToy hashtag for a chance to win Toys R Us vouchers (which will come in pretty handy at his time of year!).

See you all there!


Thursday, 24 November 2016

*NEWSFLASH* Camp Bestival 2017 Theme Announced!

And it's a GOOD'UN!

The theme for Camp Bestival 2017 is....... drumroll please......


This year is Camp Bestival's tenth anniversary, which means the party is going to be bigger and better than ever before! As always it will be set in the beautiful grounds of Lulworth Castle and this year it will run from 27th to 30th July.

Rob da Bank's quote to the press literally cracked me up:

“Who hasn’t dreamed about busting a move like James Brown, getting into spandex like Kylie, glittering up like Ziggy Stardust or going a bit more sensible like Blur? Well, its time to get into the dressing up box, be a bit brave and get ready for Camp Bestival 2017… now where’s my meat dress?!”

It's the perfect chance to celebrate your musical heroes and I literally CANNOT WAIT to dress those poor kids of mine up next Summer! (and myself, of course).

Read all about our past Camp Bestivals here, here, here and here - and you can book your tickets for 2017 here!


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Festive Treats from Biscuiteers

Last year I was introduced to the wonderful London based biscuit makers and icers, Biscuiteers.

I can honestly tell you that Biscuiteers are purveyors of THE FINEST BISCUITS IN ALL THE LAND. I have no idea what their secret ingredient is (there must be one) but even the fanciest of other fancy biscuits don't come close to being as tasty as these, plus they are utterly beautiful to look at and they're presented so perfectly too.

Not only do they make delicious biscuits (and chocolates, and cakes, and edible Christmas cards and tree decorations), they are also an incredibly lovely bunch of people as they very kindly sent me my first Christmas present of 2017 - their Vintage Christmas tin of biscuits.

This is a brand new collection that has been added to their Christmas range for this year, and the biscuits are inspired by gorgeous vintage toys, decorations and presents. I'm in love with the gold, blue and red theme!

You get sixteen generously sized biscuits in a tin so these really would make a lovely shared gift for a family.... or you could buy them for yourself, offer your kids one each and then, if you're me, hide the rest in the larder and eat them sneakily on your own!

Evie knew that she wanted the sparkly gold Christmas tree biscuit as soon as we opened the box, so was straight in there as soon as we'd finished photographing them! (I was a bit more tactical and went for the Christmas tree decoration as it was the biggest ;))

Thanks to Biscuiteers for sending us this tin! You can buy a tin of your own here for £42.50 (plus if you sign up for their newsletter you can get £5 off your first order!).

Wishing you all the happiest of happy Christmases xx

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