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Warburton tells you their Krazy Kitchen secrets

Remember when I told you about Warburton’s Krazy Kitchen challenge last week? Well, this week you get an exclusive look behind the scenes and get to know both families a little better. Check out the video below to see what the McDermots and Griffiths got up to during the last couple of weeks, who won the overall challenge and even how Warburton’s made their Krazy Kitchen wobble:

If you could create a Krazy Kitchen challenge what would it look like? Think fun, disruptive and a little cheeky and don’t forget to tell me about it in the comments below.

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5 Dangers of Letting Kids Go Online Unsupervised

5 Dangers of letting kids go online unsupervisedThe internet is not called the World Wide Web for nothing. It allows us to gain access to a vast amount of information with the simple click of a mouse button. With social media taking the world by storm and making connections online all part of today’s generation, it has also made the internet an incredibly scary place, what with the amount of real life information we now store online, including credit card information as well as our addresses.

This has opened children up to a new kind of threat in many regards, and without supervision, children can uncover some ghastly things as well as leave themselves open to threats. Below are 5 Dangers of Letting Kids Go Online Unsupervised

1. Bullying

Facebook, Twitter, text message and email are the standard ways of communication for children nowadays. With this comes instantaneous gratification regarding being able to be in touch with someone.

Sadly it also allows for instant virtual bullying, as culprits of online bullying can be just one friend request or follow away from virtually abusing your child. It has made it a lot easier now for this to be done, so the best bet is to ensure your child doesn’t spend too much time on social networks, and only find and add their real friends; certainly not little Johnnie, who they don’t really like for the promise of a free chocolate, cause that is probably going to end in little Johnnie making that offer for the wrong reasons – and could end up with a tirade of unnecessary and unwarranted bullying.

2. Stalking

Sadly the internet has also become a stomping ground for predators, so ensuring your child isn’t surfing the internet and engaging with complete strangers will allow for them to be safe.

As mentioned it is very easy for people to find your information online depending on your privacy settings, so make sure you and your family are protected and privacy settings are on as high a possible level when your child is surfing. It is not a sure fire way of stopping these kind of people, but it should offer you some breather from worry about your child’s every click.

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3. Viruses

Accessing the deepest and darkest corners of the internet may also bring on the threat of viruses and Trojans on your computer, which you should take steps to guard against. We as adults know clicking on the very dubious ad that says “You have a friend request on Facebook” is a bad idea, however your child may not feel the same way. So ensure you are protected to the hilt, as getting Trojans which may track your every keystroke and mouse click would not be ideal.

At the end of the day, spending time with your child whilst they use the internet can be a good bonding experience, as you can learn common interests and help educate them on the ways of the WWW. But should you wish to offer them some independence, and ensuring your computer has fail safes to ensure they don’t come across unwanted content is certainly the way to go.

You will never be able to protect your child from seeing or doing things online that they shouldn’t, but teaching them from an early age what they should and shouldn’t be doing will definitely help with their usage, and also help to keep them that little bit safer.

4. Mature content

The world wide web is full of content meant for a mature audience, from movie trailers which are banned in cinemas for their adult nature (being violent, strong language and nudity) to music, which has crude and non-PC lyrics, to pornography.

With highly graphic content only being a Google search away, it is incredibly easy for your child to stumble onto content of an adult nature. Helping your child with their homework or surfing is a good way to help monitor what they are looking for, and safety tools should be implemented on your computer, just to ensure that there aren’t any unwanted surprises awaiting your child when they do search for something online.

5. Crime

As most adults now shop online and mostly store their credit card details with their favourite suppliers, this leaves your money in the hands of your child. Should they log in to a site you frequent which has your details stored, don’t be surprised when a new 50 inch plasma TV rocks up on your doorstep. This also could open the door for scammers who send mail requests for personal information to get to your child as they spam just about everyone.

Sadly applications like Twitter as well as Foursquare could leave your house under threat, what with children feeling the urge to write things such as “Home alone for the next few hours as the parents are watching a movie”, and then checking in to “My House” on Foursquare could leave anyone interested online from finding your home and possibly invading it.

Highly improbable, maybe, but stranger things have happened especially if your child has been approached on Foursquare by someone they don’t know (or someone they think they may know).

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Win a Toddlers Wooden Bead Maze Cube

I absolutely adore wooden toys, so when the lovely people from Wooden Toys Direct got in touch and asked, if I would like to host a competition and therewith give you the chance to win one of their toys, I jumped at the chance to get involved.

The Toddlers Wooden Bead Maze Cube has dozens of fun features and will keep little ones entertained for hours. Amy has a similar toy and it was great for her shape sorting and problem solving skills. She can sort shapes like no other and enjoyed lining up the colourful beads and leading them through the maze.

The Toddlers Wooden Bead Maze Cube has an adorable farm theme, complete with tractors, trees and a big farmhouse, which give you even more opportunities to explore and have fun. Copy animal sounds when, learn about colours and look at the things that grow on the farm.

The Bead maze allows little fingers to practise their motor skills and the shape sorter toy will be great to help children with their spacial awareness. Other fun and educational features are the colourful rotating gears and the movable tiles with numbers on one side and colourful shapes on the other. Check out the video below to find out more about all the features:

If you want to be in with a chance to win this Toddlers Wooden Bead Maze Cube from Wooden Toys Direct, fill in the Rafflecopter below and make sure to follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete and faulty entries won’t be counted and entered into the prize draw. Good luck! 

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Win a range cooker for perfect GBBO cakes

Great British Bake Off win a range cooker for perfect baking results

The Great British Bake Off is back on our TV screens and two of my favourite bloggers, Mummy Mishaps and The Crazy Kitchen or Jenny Berry and Helen Hollywood, are setting us a little challenge. Every week, they’ll be hosting the Great Bloggers Bake Off, inviting us to link up recipes that go along with the theme shown the evening before.

I can’t wait to get involved. I know I’m not the best baker in the world, in fact I wouldn’t even get as far as saying that I’m a baker, but I will give it a shot. As the famous Helen Hollywood says: ‘I believe that if you can follow instructions and you have the right equipment, you can bake a cake.’

There are baking tins, scales, electric whisks and hundreds of different gadget that can make the job easier, but something that is just as important as a well-greased baking tin is a good range cooker with an oven that provides an even level of temperature. If you want to get involved and need a new cooker or think that your old oven needs to be replaced, check out the fantastic selection of range cookers from Argos.

You will find something for every budget and if you would rather let fate decide, then why not enter the competition below. You can win a fabulous Flavel FSBG51K Single Gas Cooker in black – worth £309. How amazing is that?

All you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below, but make sure to follow the instructions correctly as faulty and and incomplete entrants won’t be counted and entered into the prize draw. Good luck!

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Five Ways to Get Your Kids to Keep Their Bedrooms Tidy

Five Ways to Get Your Kids to Keep Their Bedrooms Tidy

One of the biggest problems parents come across is trying to get their children to keep their bedrooms tidy. Hectic social lives, after school clubs and a variety of homework assignments can make this task one that is overlooked all too easily.

However, a busy calendar shouldn’t be a constant excuse for an untidy bedroom and there are numerous solutions to consider.

1. Schedule a time

Children will often use other activities as an excuse for not tidying-up after themselves. They may say they have an assignment to finish, a friend to meet or an unmissable sporting event to attend. This may well be true, but it shouldn’t mean half an hour per week can’t be put aside for this task.

Scheduling a time in which your son or daughter is to tidy his or her room is a good way to make this activity a priority. Making it the same time every week will allow them to develop a routine.

2. Put items away as and when you are finished with them

We are all guilty of forgetting to put certain items away when we’ve finished using them. The end result is usually a mountain of clothes, books and toys, which can look like an impossible task to tackle.

Getting into the rhythm of putting things away when they are finished with is a great way to avoid a pile-up. Investing in bedroom storage, such as boxes, labelled drawers and cabinets, is a good way to encourage kids to put their toys, clothes and books away after they’ve used them.

3. Let your child know their room is a mess

Your children may not understand the concept of ‘messy’ and it’s therefore important to let them know when certain rooms in the household are looking a little out of sorts.

You may wish to take a photo to illustrate the difference between the two and pin this to their bedroom door, to act as a constant reminder of what their rooms should look like.

4. Make tidying-up into a game

Very few (if any) children enjoy tidying-up. Making the process into a game is a great way to encourage your little ones to keep their environment in order. Try setting a time limit for them to find each toy a home and offer a reward on completion.

5. De-clutter

If your child’s bedroom is looking a little on the cluttered side, it may be time for a clear out. Clearing out drawers, boxes and bags will allow for more space, which will make the tidying-up process a lot easier.

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Warburton’s Krazy Kitchen

I love a cookery show with a twist, so when I was asked to share this video with you, I just knew that I had to oblige. Warburton’s have opened their Krazy Kitchen for two families and this week it’s the kids turn to battle each other. Their task is to create a delicious lunchtime snack using Warburton’s Sandwich Thins, but not without the Krazy Kitchen showing it’s true colours.

The table wobbles, a crazy chicken is running around the table and a feather storm threatens to ruin the kids’ sandwich. Will the little chefs succeed and be able to complete their challenge? Check out the video below:

Warburtons have families at heart and with five generations of expertise, they regularly bring out products that allow us to have a healthy and balanced diet without compromising on taste and convenience.

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5 Things Cohabitation Couples Should Consider Before Having A Baby

things that couples in a cohabiting relationship should consider before having a babyWe live in a world where we no longer have to be constrained or made to feel bad if we choose not to marry before having children. It’s one of the wonderful aspects of the freedom of our loves that we can choose whether marrying really is integral to making our family complete. However, even the most compact of couples with the best intensions should be aware of what having children can mean for your relationship and for your legal rights if you are living in cohabitation, so take the time do to a spot of research before you take the biggest, most important plunge of your life.

The Legal Issues

It’s important to assess the legal issues before having children because these can be life changing nuggets of knowledge if something bad happens or if you do decide to separate. It may not be the most romantic thing to do to sit down and discuss worst case scenarios, but for the benefit of your future children it’s essential you both understand the rights you have as parents.

Wills and Finances

The first thing you should do as future parents is to make a will and write into it the provisions for custody, this is because if something does happen to  the father of your children, he may not be automatically entitled to custody or even to see the children should they fall ill. Ensuring the father’s name is on the birth certificate is also integral; it fills the gap that marriage would normally assume in this situation.

Being financially responsible for children is always the responsibility of both parents and should you separate the father will have to pay child support even if you are not married.

Work Leave

Know your legal rights; mothers are entitled to start their maternity leave up to 11 weeks before the baby is due, although you can take the time whenever suits you. Statutory maternity leave is 52 weeks and you get 90% of your average weekly pay for the first six weeks. For fathers, whether cohabiting or married and for fathers it is 2 weeks of ordinary paid leave.

Changes to Your Relationship

As with any relationship, having children will change how you are as a couple and how you spend your time and money. Being married doesn’t necessarily prepare you any more for  what lies ahead, and similarly a cohabiting couple is probably going to need as much help and advice so don’t be afraid to ask friends and family; that’s what they’re there for.

Making Time for Each Other

Be very aware that time needs to be managed when children come along, and that includes time for each other. If you are in a cohabiting relationship then you’ll be used to having time to yourselves whenever you need it, and having children might be a shock to your normal system. Create date nights by getting your family involved in the child support or even making more of an effort to make each other dinner and watch a film together or play a game while the baby sleeps is as important to a cohabiting couple as it is any other.

Whether it’s finances or making time for each other there is really no difference when it comes to being married or in a cohabiting relationship, so take stock and do your research before the little one comes along.

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Saturday is caption day- Amy meets the penguins

Saturday is caption day - Amy meets the penguins

When we went to Peppa Pig World on Thursday and to keep Amy entertained while waiting in the queue, we visited the penguins. She absolutely loved them and got rather protective over the big penguin when some teenagers walked towards her – she looks like a little activist, haha! What I really love about this photos however is that it reminds me of a picture that my dad took when I was little. It shows me next to a huge bin that is shaped like a penguin and I absolutely loved them when I was little. They bins were a feature at our local beach and seeing Amy with this penguin reminds me of my own childhood – I will try and dig my photo out for you!

Now it’s your turn, what is Amy thinking or saying. Leave me a caption and then hop over to Annie’s blog for more fun pics from the last week!

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Our day at Peppa Pig World – win a family ticket

Peppa Pig World at Paulton Park

Last week, we were kindly invited to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park and yesterday we finally made the journey down to Southampton. It took us a little longer than planned, but luckily we made it just in time to find out all about the exciting Peppa Pig products that you can pay in Peppa’s Toy Store or exclusively online on the Peppa Pig World Website.
Peppa Pig World Merchandise

While the mums had a chance to catch up over some coffee and biscuits, the children could get an overview over the Peppa Pig range and try out toys, accessories and adorable little outfits such as the cuddly Dinosaur robe, which Amy absolutely loved.Peppa Pig Characters Peppa Pig World Peppa Pig Merchandise

Recently, Amy has really started to get into cuddly toys, so this adorable range of Peppa Pig characters is something that I will definitely keep in mind for Christmas. They all come in different outfits and sizes with prices ranging from £6.99 for the version pictured here up to £21.99 for the biggest size.Suzi Sheep Mascot Peppa Pig World Paulton Park

The kids’ highlight of the coffee morning was definitely meeting Suzie Sheep up close. The mascot visited us in the event’s room and had plenty of time for photos and cuddles with mummies and children – well, all children apart from Amy. She seems to have taken a dislike to mascots since she met a talking horse at Ascot last weekendAmy enjoying soft play at Peppa Pig World Paulton Park

After testing the entire range and doing some colouring in, the kids went down to George’s Spaceship, a brightly coloured soft play area with play opportunities for children of all age groups. There is plenty of space to climb, jump, discover musical instruments and of course to woosh down slides and Amy really enjoyed herself. Peppa Pig merchandise at Peppa Pig Park new exclusive range

While the kids were getting rid of excessive energy in the soft play area, Peppa Pig World’s retail manager gave us a little overview of what to expect for the coming season and the latest developments within the Peppa Pig merchandise range. Think Peppa Pig for all the family, great quality and family-friendly prices. I will really have to get Ben a Daddy Pig t-shirt, don’t you think?Peppa Pig's garden at Peppa Pig WorldAfter a little snack, we headed into the heart of Peppa Pig World and discovered the different attractions. You can visit Peppa Pig’s house, the library, Daddy Pig’s house and much much more, such as Mr Potato’s Playground and the Muddy Puddles water park.peppa pig world rides Peppa's Big Balloon Ride

Altogether, there are seven different rides at Peppa Pig World: The Windy Castle Ride, George’s Dinosaur Adventure, Daddy Pig’s Car Ride, Grandpa Pig’s Little Train, Grandpa Pig’s Boat Trip, Peppa Pig’s Big Balloon Ride and Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight.

Amy patiently waiting in the queues at Peppa Pig World

The first ride we queued for was Mrs Rabbit’s Helicopter flight and I have to really admire Amy for her patience. We queued for over an hour and she was good as gold. We distracted her by paying the penguins a visit and Ben and I took turns walking around the park with her while the other one waited in the queue, but wow, 75 minutes of waiting for a one minute ride was long. Amy’s smile was worth it though.

Peppa Pig World character

After our helicopter ride and some lunch, we took a stroll around the park and waved at some of Peppa’s friends who we met along the way. The park is laid out beautifully and sign posts help you to find the different attractions. There are also plenty of green areas for picnics or just a little break.

duck race game at Paulton Park

Traditional fair ground games provided entertainment in between rides and Amy especially loved the duck race and the pirate ship that you could attack with a water cannon – she kept going back to it to shoot the measly pirates. Amy checking out the Peppa Pig toy store at Peppa Pig World Paulton ParkAt the end of the day, (I will cover our adventure in Paultons Park in a separate post) we went back to Peppa’s Toy Store. Amy had been such a good girl all day that she definitely deserved a treat and of course she had to examine every single item in the toy shop to make up her mind.Amy models Peppa Pig clothes at Peppa Pig World at Paulton Park

There were clothes, accessories, books, toys and lots of other exciting items from the exclusive Peppa Pig Range available in store, but despite Amy absolutely loving this baseball cap, we went home with a big Peppa Pig cuddly toy to keep her Muddy Puddle Peppa company. She still looks super cute, don’t you think? I might have to have a little snoop in the online store before Christmas as there will be some real gems coming up.

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