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Tea and Biscuits Bingo giveaway

Did you know that this month over 100 years ago the Oreo biscuit went on sale in American shops. In the USA the Oreo is the no.1 biscuit and it is rapidly becoming more popular in the UK. Our all time UK favourites, according to biscuit studies, are the bourbon, the chocolate digestive and the custard cream. Those are 3 of the favourites in our household, so we were very pleased to receive a large free box of Family Circle Biscuits including all three, along with 4 boxes of Twinings English Breakfast tea and a Family Bingo game.

tea, biscuits and bingo

It’s always nice to take some time out for tea and biscuits in this rainy, cold British weather. And we had great fun playing bingo, with son2 being the overall winner.

tea, biscuits and bingo

tea, biscuits and bingo

I’m hosting a giveaway to win a vintage inspired prize bundle which consists of:

· A box of Traditional English Breakfast tea from Twinings
· A large box of the nation’s favourite biscuits from Family Circle
· A family game of bingo

tea, biscuits and bingo giveaway

These prizes are supplied by http://bingo.paddypower.com
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I’d love to hear what you like to do indoors on a cold rainy day or your favourite type of biscuit?

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Capture the Flag

We had great fun last weekend playing “Capture The Flag”. This is an outdoor team game based on the game played at Camp Half-Blood in “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief “by Rick Riordan. Son1 has played this game at school previously although with different rules. However it was totally new to son2, so before we started, he read out what we needed to do.

Capture The Flag

Ideally you need 8 or people divided into two teams. We had to make do with the 4 of us, topped up with cuddly toys. You also need 2 flags and a big open space divided into 2 territories. The object of the game is to capture the opposing team’s flag, but if you are tagged in the opposition’s territory, you get put in their prison and can only be freed by a teammate tagging you. Quite challenging with our limited numbers.

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Capture The Flag

Son2 came up with the additional idea of team names so the boys team was the Awesome Ozzies and mum and dad’s team was the Poseidon Pirates.

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We positioned our flags in secret locations within our territory and then the game began. Dad was quickly captured and sent to the boys’ trampoline prison. Mum did manage to rescue him once but he soon ended up back there again and this time son2 was on patrol.

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Meanwhile mum had guessed that son1 was guarding the area where their flag was hidden, but every time she tried to sneak up for a look, she was foiled by the gravel crunching underfoot. The boys were more concerned with guarding Dad and their own flag than coming to search our territory apart from tiny border taunts. This was looking like stalemate with Mum getting exhausted from running back and forth numerous times between the front garden where son1 was and the back garden where son2 and an imprisoned Dad were.

Capture The Flag
So Mum valiantly succeeded in rescuing Dad, then drawing son2 to tag her instead leaving Dad free to run. Actually a very welcome rest for a tired Mum. Within 2 minutes, Dad had done a deal and son1 returned triumphantly with both flags.

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The Percy Jackson series of books are written by Rick Riordan and published by Puffin. The latest book in the series is The Hidden Oracle which is book1 of The Trials of Apollo and it is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.49 in hardback compared to an RRP of £12.99. It is also available in Kindle format. Son1 is looking forward to receiving a free copy of this Percy Jackson book.

How about trying out a game of Capture The Flag yourself or some of the fun activities on the website of the author Rick Riordan.

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I’d love to hear about your child’s favourite books or outdoor games.

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Cooking Fever including hamper giveaway

Regular readers of my blog may already be aware how much my boys love playing on their iPods and the WiiU. I was recently offered the chance to review the game Cooking Fever, so I mentioned it to my boys. Naturally I found that they were both aware of the game, and son1 was particularly interested in giving it a try, and hoping to cook a pizza. So I downloaded a copy to my phone.

Cooking Fever

The game is free to download for a wide range of devices here. But I was also given an extra 100 free gems and 10,000 free coins to spend in the game. You do also earn these as you go along.

The aim of the game is to cook delicious meals and desserts within the time expectations of your customers. There are 15 locations, more than 400 dishes to cook using 100 ingredients and more than 500 levels to complete with 100’s of upgrades for your kitchen.

I watched son1 playing. He was busy cooking orders from customers for burgers, hot-dogs and drinks plus I saw him buy a pan upgrade so he could cook more burgers and hot-dogs simultaneously. He also bought a TV for his customers to watch. He had already got to level 8 and was paying attention to how happy or unhappy his customers looked, as to who to serve first, so maximising his tips. He downgraded back to level 1, so I could have a try.

Cooking Fever

I wasn’t nearly as good as son1 managing to burn my first burger but it was fun and son1 gave it a huge thumbs up. He is eagerly waiting to cook his first pizza still. And once he looked at the locations, he is very keen to get to the FC Barcelona Sports Bar and serve the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suárez, Gerard Piqué and Andrés Iniesta. I definitely recommend you give this game a try.

Cooking Fever

Cooking Fever

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a gorgeous chocolate hamper courtesy of Cooking Fever to 1 lucky winner.

win a chocolate hamper

This beautiful chocolate hamper contains a mix of well-known and boutique chocolate treats. Dip into cappuccino chocolate sticks, or enjoy the white chocolate cookies, Swiss truffles, caramels, chocolate gingers and the unique chocolate stones. Although not just for chocoholics, this gift will certainly keep them happy! Also featuring an adorable baby teddy bear, this excellent hamper is crammed full of delicious items presented in an attractive basket & gift wrapped with ribbon.

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I’d love to hear your ideas of new dishes or restaurant venues for the game.

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Family Fever

Disclosure. This post is a review of a game that I was given extra coins and gems for free. All opinions are my own.

Having fun playing Randomise game plus giveaway

Now as I’m sure you can imagine, in a household with two young children, we enjoy playing games a great deal. So I was very pleased to be offered the chance to review newly launched game Randomise for free.

Randomise game

I was delighted to see when it arrived that it was a nice compact size. We are running out of shelf space for the boys, as some games come in huge boxes which are half empty, mainly due to board size. But Randomise is just cards, no board.

I had a quick read of the rules and found it nice and straight-forward. Basically before you get your cards, you declare whether you want an easy or a hard challenge and whether you will describe, act or draw it. You are permitted 30 seconds for describing, 60 for acting or 90 for drawing. The opposing players select three random numbers for you from 1 to 3. You then take a card from each pile – A (the descriptive cards e.g. Happy, Hairy, Vain), B (who you are e.g. Octopus, Astronaut, Lion) and C (what you are doing e.g. Eating spaghetti, Playing football, Baking a cake). So if the opposing players had selected 1,1,2 you would be a Happy octopus playing football in this example.

Playing Randomise

We then had great fun playing it with lots of laughs. We managed to get some right, but the title of the game Randomise is spot on. The very random nature of the game made it difficult to guess the correct answer, but some of our wild guesses just added to the hilarity.

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This is my favourite drawing although I didn’t manage to guess it. Son2 had drawn a greedy jellyfish chopping onions. I especially love how he has conveyed greedy with the cup cake and doughnut.

We also adapted the game to make it easier for son2 to join in, as it is really targeted at those age 8+ but by letting him choose the options from his cards and how he wanted to present it, permitting props too, made it fun for him.

You can watch him having fun acting one out here.

The Randomise game currently retails at £9.99 on Amazon. Great value in my opinion for all the fun it gives. I highly recommend this game. It would also work well for playing as large teams.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a Randomise game to one lucky winner. A fabulously fun prize.

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I’d love to hear your idea of a Randomise suggestion e.g. “fragile flea shelling peas”.

You can find Randomise on social media as follows:-
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Disclosure. This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

A fun night in

We love a great night in especially at this time of year when it is already getting dark by 4pm and feeling colder. So I was very pleased to receive a free mini party pack, courtesy of Primula.

Primula party pack

The party pack comprised of the following goodies.

– A Pass the Pud Christmas game
– A triple CD of Christmas hits
– A bottle of Advocaat
– A bottle of lemonade
– A packet of Cheddar & Cracked Black Pepper Ryvita Thins
– A packet of Mackies Sea Salt potato crisps

and five varieties of Primula dips
– Garlic and Herb
– Thai Sweet Chilli
– Spicy Nacho Cheese
– Sour Cream and Chive
– Spicy Salsa

Primula dips

The boys were very interested in the game when I told them it was a belching burping Xmas Pud. So I passed the game to son1 to set up. He pressed out the sixpences, shuffled the cards and then told me that the Pud wasn’t burping. Yes you guessed it. Batteries were needed, but luckily I always keep some spare, which reminds me I must add them to the shopping list, as the boys always seem to get some toys for Xmas which need them. I found it a little fiddly to open the battery compartment, but after a short delay, we were ready.

Let the fun begin. Tasty snacks to munch on. The aim of the game was collect the most sixpences and not be the one holding the Xmas Pud when it burped. The boys found it hilarious.

Primula dips

Pass the Pud

Pass the Pud

Pass the Pud

Pass the Pud

Pass the Pud

Although I frequently buy Primula Cheese, I haven’t come across Primula Dips at the supermarket, so I shall have to keep my eye out for them as they were great. And a big plus point is they don’t need to be kept in the fridge until after they are opened, so fab to have in your store cupboard. Also if you don’t eat it all in one go, they do keep for upto 7 days once opened.

The dip flavours were all delicious although we couldn’t agree which was best. My personal favourite was the Thai Sweet Chilli.

We had a lovely evening. Thank you Primula. But I admit I didn’t try the Advocaat. It’s not a drink I like. Anybody want a bottle going spare?

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What would you invent?

Do you have a creative germ of an idea buzzing around in your head waiting to be set free? Do you watch Dragons Den thinking my idea is as good as theirs? I believe most of us have an invention inside us waiting to be made, but whether it will happen is another question.

My children spend hours drawing characters and cutting them out, then playing games with them. And I can remember doing the same as a child myself. This is probably similar to the first step from those people who went on to invent all our favourite top-selling board games.

Son1's Total Wipeout Game

Son1’s Total Wipeout Game

But there are so any things to consider, like funding, marketing and pitch. So for those of you who have a great idea for a toy or game, but can’t visualise how to get it onto the toyshop shelves, then let me tell you about the Inventors Workshop.

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This is being held on 22nd September at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire. It helps anyone with an idea for a new toy or game to get the advice they need from the big toy companies like Lego and Hasbro to make their idea a success. The price for the workshop is £129 for the day including lunch and refreshments, but I have a special offer for my readers of £99.

Just call Georgia on 01992 535646 and quote the code Charlie99 to book your discounted ticket.

Last year a mumpreneur called Gillian Logan got her idea signed up on the spot and is now selling her Skinny Sketcher drawing kit on Amazon and in gift shops all over the country.

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Mumpreneur, Gillian Logan, inventor of Skinny Sketcher

So i’d love to hear about your invention ideas. And watch out for a Skinny Sketcher giveaway next month!

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Beach holiday giveaway

Are you off on your summer holiday soon? Then read on for details of a great prize.

win a beach holiday prize bundle

I’m hosting a giveaway to win a beach holiday prize bundle which consists of:

· £10 to spend at Amazon online for books, ebooks, or essentials like suncream and bikinis.
· A Twister Picnic Blanket (in carry case and with playing board)
· Bar Bingo – bingo cards for you and your friends to play at the cocktail bar.

Bird and Bug Bingo

These prizes are supplied by http://bingo.paddypower.com
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I’d love to hear where you’re going on holiday or your holiday dream place to visit.

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Center Parcs February Challenge: Indoor Family Time

Tots100 and Center Parcs have challenged bloggers and their families to create a fun indoor game.  See this webpage for more details, where Center Parcs Games Guru, Lisa Brown has shared her top tips.  I am most inspired by Lisa’s tip number 3 which says Make your own version of ‘Happy Families’ by asking your children to draw your extended family – match up aunties and uncles, granny and granddad and you could even include family friends.

I suggested this to son1, but no he didn’t draw our extended family. Instead he drew the contestants for a Total Wipeout game. He then used Jenga blocks to create all the obstacles.

First all of his 24 contestants had to participate in individual qualifier rounds against the clock. These were Topple Towers, Sucker Punch, Big Red Balls and Rope Swing. The fastest 12 then went through to the second round – The Sweeper. Then the last 6 left standing went through to the Dizzy Dummies, where they had to spin round and round, get out and try to cross to the other side. And finally the first three to get to the other side were the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. All like the TV programme, but in miniature.

Here are some videos of our family game.

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 February challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Forest.