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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Toy Story themed Movie Night with Thinkway Toys + B&M

Movie nights are a weekly occurrence in our house. Every Friday evening, as a special treat, the girls get to stay up an hour later than usual and we all watch a family film together. Its such a lovely way to end a busy week - plus we always eat takeaway pizza, with sweets and popcorn for pudding! - so I get out of cooking and washing up ;)

Over the course of the last couple of years we've watched pretty much all the old classics (and I mean ooooolllld classics.... some favourites have been The Neverending Story, Splash, The Goonies, Labyrinth, Big, Little Shop of Horrors etc etc). It wasn't deliberate but we seem to have chronologically worked our way through the eighties and are now half way through the nineties. The kids LOVE watching the films that I watched when I was younger, and I love getting to relive my youth by watching them again too.

Last week we watched the original Toy Story which is one of my all time favourite films. It may have been the first EVER computer animated full length film, but the imagery and effects are still utterly brilliant 22 years later - and the storyline is as amazing and relevant as it was when it was first released. No wonder it constantly tops the charts! It's a classic, timeless film for sure.

Now I may have seen it a million times but, despite knowing and loving all the characters, this was the very first time the girls actually sat down to watch the film. Thanks to Thinkway Toys and B&M it was an extra special affair as they got to snuggle up under a cosy new blanket and share the experience with brand new Buzz and Woody toys of their very own - plus they were sent a brilliant selection of popcorn and retro sweets to enjoy while they were watching it too.

Karate action Buzz Lightyear, £24.99 from B&M
Everyone's favourite - Woody, £24.99 from B&M
Movie Night cinema snack box, £4.99 from B&M

Needless to say, the girls absolutely adored the film. What's not to love about it? Evie in particularly was mesmerised - she was literally blown away at the idea of her toys having a secret life when she's not around and has been constantly asking me whether I've seen them getting up to mischief at all while she's at nursery or asleep! This is exactly why I think this film is such a brilliant one for children to watch - not only does it encourage kindness and bravery, and contain an important message about friendships -  it also stimulates children to use their imagination when playing at home.

We're all seriously excited about Toy Story 4, which is due for release in 2019. It may be a long time off but we still have the first three films to re-watch over and over again, plus the girls have their new favourite toys from Thinkway to play with too!

Snuggled under their luxurious heritage check blanket, £9.99 from B&M

It's party time!

Everybody has a Toy Story story - and we'd love to hear yours!

Join me and a group of other UK parenting bloggers for a Twitter party from 1-2:30pm on Tuesday 27th June. It'll be a chance to talk about all things Buzz and Woody related and we have 6x £25 B&M vouchers up for grabs! Make sure you follow Thinkway Toys and B&M on Twitter and use the hashtag #ImAThinkingToy.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Win a pair of Moheda Linda Clogs!

Those of you that watched my Instagram stories at the end of last week will have witnessed my excitement when these brand spanking new clogs landed on my doorstep!

I love, love, love clogs - and clog makers, Moheda, are my absolute favourites. Their prices are incredibly reasonable compared to other brands and despite being based in Sweden, their shipping is always super speedy!

The reason I like clogs so much is because they really are the perfect shoe when you're a busy, high heel loving mum like me. I'm on my feet all day every day so need something comfortable, but I'm not prepared to swap stylish for frumpy just yet. Clogs can also be worn with pretty much anything; my current favourite school run outfit is a pair of skinny jeans, an oversized tee and super high Moheda clogs - it's a combo that's easy to throw on when you're in a rush in the morning but still looks great.

I love Mohedas so much that I have built up a collection of no less than nine pairs over the last few years - and my new cognac Lindas are my favourite yet! With those classic clog block heels (slightly higher than the norm at 8.5cm!) and beautiful soft leather, this design has a real vintage vibe to it - I'm so excited about wearing them to festivals over the course of the summer!

And on that note, I'm even more excited to be able to share the clog love today. Moheda and I have teamed up to offer one lucky reader a pair of cognac Lindas of their own!

Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway closes at midnight on 20th June 2017 and the winner will be contacted by email shortly after. The giveaway is open to UK residents only and the prize will be sent directly from Moheda Toffeln. Good luck!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 9 June 2017

All Hail the Todenham Manor Farm Weekend Box!

Is there anything better than sitting down to a delicious Sunday roast with your family? I don't think so. Eating together is so important to me; week day dinners always seem a bit rushed, what with after school clubs, homework, and play dates to revolve around - so I like to try and keep our Sundays as low key and relaxed as possible. The only things I like to do is to nip out to get coffee and the papers, prepare a big late lunch, and then go for a stroll somewhere pretty while it's doing it's stuff in the oven. Then it's home to eat, chat, drink red wine and collapse in a heap on the sofa for the rest of the day - complete with a Sunday afternoon movie and full bellies!

I'm a big fan of eating well and always ensure I buy high quality meat. It's important to me that the animals we eat have been well looked after and, of course, that the meat tastes good - and I'm prepared to pay a premium for that. I am also always keen to make my life easier whenever I can, especially when it comes to cooking which, until recently, was something I was not particularly fond of or good at. I get weekly recipe boxes from Hello Fresh to help me with weekday meals - and last weekend I was sent a meat box from the very kind people at Todenham Manor Farm. Full of enough delicious cuts of meat to see the whole family through the weekend (and beyond!), this was a total godsend after a stressful and busy working week!

The Todenham Manor Farm Weekend Box contains everything you need to feed a hungry family. We received the box for 6 which retails at £84.99 and includes 1.5kg of sausages, 250g of home cured streaky bacon, a 2kg gammon joint, a 2kg 28 day aged topside joint of beef, 12 sage and onion stuffing balls and 12 of THE BEST pigs in blankets I have ever tasted. A box for 12 is also available and contains twice as much of everything for £169.98. As well as a cooked breakfast, a substantial brunch and a huge (and I mean HUGE) roast dinner, we also had enough leftover meat for two further main meals (traditional bubble and squeak and ham, egg and chips!) and cold meat sandwiches for the girls lunch boxes on Monday, making this box very good value indeed.

Todenham Manor Farm was founded by ex-Londoner, Irayne Paikin, and produces high-welfare rare-breed pork and beef. It's situated in 800 acres of lush green farmland in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, and has an on site butchery complete with it's own team of master butchers, and use of a fantastic local abattoir - which means customers are able to trace the whole food chain.

Todenham picked up nine awards and 13 stars at last year's Great Taste Awards - and after sampling their goods, it's easy to see why!

What better way to start the weekend than with a wholesome breakfast of smashed avocado, poached eggs and crispy bacon?

Good old fashioned sausage sandwiches with real butter, ketchup and mustard - the perfect hangover cure weekend late lunch!

As well as Weekend Boxes, Todenham Manor Farm sells BBQ boxes, a Cave Man box and a sausage selection box - plus you can get joints and packets of meat individually. Their award winning pork and beef is available to buy online, over the phone on 01608 654341 or at their shop (postcode GL56 9PQ).

Thanks so much to Todenham Manor Farm for sending us a sample of their Weekend Box - we will most certainly shop with you again! 
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