My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Live for Less and Save as you Shop!

Only one shopping day left until tomorrow ...!

I love to shop. Shopping makes me feel good. Whoever created the phrase 'Retail Therapy' understands exactly what I am saying right now! There is something, however, I will admit to loving more than shopping and that is (aside from the obvious!) hunting down a bargain! Now that makes me feel fantastic! I'm a sucker for a sale and I'll delve for the discounts!

It's even more satisfying when I can find the same, or even better, big deals online. Bargain Hunting ... from the sofa ... Oh go on then!! Then I discovered a place where you can find vouchers and discount codes for some of the most popular (and some of my favourite) online stores. All of the stores I would normally shop at anyway! Discount vouchers from netvouchercodes.co.uk are a quick and easy way to find the vouchers that suit the way you shop and the products you buy. 

From the most popular High Street names ...

To all the well known online stores ...

... There is sure to be something there for everyone!

This Christmas has been full of wishes (as well as some gentle demands!!) from Munchkin. She is 3 years old now, and therefore is very aware of the things that she wants and the toys that she likes. NetVoucherCodes.co.uk has been an amazingly helpful (and profitable) site to use! With so many of the stores listed being child friendly, I have been able to save money online, meaning I can grab my beloved bargains without being caught up in the panic buying in the High Street! Bliss!!

NetVoucherCodes.co.uk is extremely simple to use, giving you the facility to save your favourite stores so you never miss a deal, offering 'How To' guides, and their own blog sharing news and tips relating to all things for us Discount lovers! While you're there, you can even find a few amazing competitions to enter for free too!

NetVoucherCodes.co.uk doesn't stop at toys, clothes and goods for the home. You can also shop for holiday discounts, savings on Experience Days and vouchers for the essentials in your food shop! And as you are using vouchers for the shops you already love and for goods that you would be purchasing anyway, surely everyone's a winner ...? Try it for yourself. Register for free and see if you can save yourself some money!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Bumps to Babies ...

... Cherish the time!

When we fell pregnant with Munchkin, we were flooded with a complete mix of emotions. The anxiety of what was coming during the next 9 months. The uncertainty of our ability to be 'good enough' parents. The sudden feeling of inescapable responsibility, yet the overwhelming sensation of never wanting to escape it! Above all, the pride and bubbling excitement that would continue to grow throughout the pregnancy and beyond. We were about to be 1st time parents and knew that we needed to consider every bit of advice and support that was offered to us.

One of the very important pieces of information that I looked for, especially early on in my first pregnancy, was what to expect from each trimester. I tried to keep a diary each week, recording how I felt, the questions I had, any concerns I wanted to put to the midwife. I found it kept me focused during a time when confusion was high and when tomorrow held nothing but uncertainty. I feel it is a wonderful thing knowing that there are people and organisations out there that will help and support you through your pregnancy week by week, whether it is your first time as parents or you are adding to your existing brood!

One online community that I discovered back in 2009 was the pregnancy site Bounty. Every expectant mum is introduced to Bounty during the first 'booking in' appointment with the midwife, as part of this session is the issuing of the Bounty Pack! That first pack that will stay with you throughout your pregnancy, right up until you have given birth. It holds your maternity notes as well as all important information you will need to keep with you regarding appointments, blood tests and further support that is available. By the time your baby is a few months old, you should have received/collected a total of 5 packs, each one stuffed full of useful information, contacts, vouchers, special offers and free samples.

Please Note - this is an example of the contents of one of the packs. Products and information contained will often change in order to stay current!
Bounty offers a huge range of services and support, and best of all, it's completely FREE to register. You can track your baby's development from the first trimester of pregnancy right through to beyond toddlerhood, and there is also support for those TTC (Trying to Conceive) You can find advice regarding the ever important baby names, as well as honest product reviews covering many of the popular items used by parents. There are also sections on the website for information about health & well-being, money & work, food & nutrition, lifestyle, relationships and travel. You can also enjoy and participate in some great competitions and involve yourself in friendly debates and discussions. Most importantly, you can meet other parents at the same stage as you by joining in with the chat and banter on the Bounty Forums! There really is so much to do on the site!

We are now lucky enough to have the two most beautiful girls, and I can still engage with Bounty.com to keep up with all the latest baby & toddler news as well as tracking those all important developmental milestones! Becoming a parent, especially for the first time can be an exciting but worrying time. So register with Bounty.com and let them take some of the unnecessary stress away, allowing you to spend a bit more time and energy enjoying your pregnancy instead. Just remember, it's all over very quickly, so make the most of what you can!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Video Review - Getting Festive with Scotch!

Getting Creative in The Munchkin Patch

Recently, we were set an exciting challenge by Scotch® which would be sure to get us and our readers into the spirit of Christmas. We were sent a selection of lovely Scotch products along with a choice of challenges to pick from. Munchkin and I decided that we would choose to make a simple, fun and effective way to 'wrap' gift vouchers. 

The products we have chosen to use in our video are the Scotch Magic Tape, the Scotch Double Sided Tape and the Scotch Precision Scissors. I wanted to make something that would be simple enough for Munchkin to join in with, although as you will see from the video, she is more interested in having a little chat than actually helping!

We decided to make a simple little creation to hold Gift Cards, seeing as these are more commonly used these days than the paper vouchers. However, you will see from our video, that the design can be easily adapted to any size in order to suit the size of the voucher. Take a look and see what you think ...?

This was our very first video review, so please go easy on me! As you can see, our Scotch products made this challenge simple and mess free. The Double Sided Tape was a perfect substitute to the glue I would have normally used for a project like this, but there was no mess or drying time to consider, which is especially handy when you have an excited 3 year old who wants to wave her creation around immediately after finishing it so she can proudly show it off to anyone who'll listen! And the Magic Tape, although (obviously) not seamless in a project like this, was again mess free, and the results were much more robust, meaning your Gift Card should stay put without the worry of the glue failing!

We had great fun making our Gift Card Holders, and our Scotch products made the whole experience easier and more hassle-free!

Find out more about Scotch's products on their website, and keep up to date with all their latest news by following them on Facebook.

Disclaimer: We were sent the products for the purpose of this review and will be compensated for our time. ALL thoughts and opinions are 100% our own!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Dinner Ideas ...

... Get the Best for the Best Price!

Choosing to cook a Christmas dinner for you and your family can be a very stressful choice and one that you’ll surely regret straight after agreeing to it. You’ll think back to all the past Christmas dinners you've made and wonder why you've decided to put yourself through that again and why you didn't just suggest that you all went out for Christmas dinner instead. But, this year, it doesn't have to be that way - you can make your Christmas dinner stress free – and without breaking the bank too.


Opting to buy your Christmas turkey from somewhere such as Sainsbury's will often see the festive bird sold with suggestions and directions on how to cook it – perfect for those worried about ruining this crucial component. Sainsbury's offer recipe cards to help guide you through the process and there may even be some new taste suggestions for those wanting to try something new. This means you have guidance with this tricky and daunting task and, because it’s from the supermarket, you know it will be good quality meat sold at a good price.


When buying vegetables, go early to ensure you get the pick of the crop. This means getting to the supermarket first thing in the morning when you will be able to select the best vegetables as soon as they’re put out on display.


With regards to things such as stuffing, sausages and anything else that can be frozen, you may be better off getting it early to avoid disappointment. This means you are guaranteed to get whatever you want, meaning you don’t have to compromise and won’t have to worry about prices going up either.


When you’re planning your Christmas dinner, remember to look around before you buy. Find out where deals are being offered to ensure you get the best ingredients you can for a price that you can afford to pay.

Remember that the whole experience doesn't have to be stressful and that preparation is key. If you’re prepared, your dinner is bound to go perfectly and you’ll be able to enjoy the festivities without the usual stress associated with cooking the roast. Make a plan of when you need to start cooking everything on the day and, if you really want to get a head start, then prepare some of the accompaniments such as the gravy the day before. These can be stored in the fridge or freezer and then re-heated on the day – giving you one less thing to worry about.

We hope, above all else, that you all have a happy, safe and stress free Christmas and enjoy your time with those closest to you ...

... And TUCK IN!!!!!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Postcards from Santa

Munchkin is very excited about Christmas, and this year we have really been able to get into the spirit of it and involve her in all of the preparations! There have been lists for Santa ... (very lengthy lists, which still seem to be growing!) there has been the excitement of decorating the Christmas tree and we have been making salt dough Santas and trees. She really can't wait for the big day to arrive!

We have decided to add to the magic even more by entering the Postcards from Santa competition with www.travelsupermarket.com. When I told Munchkin we had some drawing to do, she didn't hesitate to get her felt pens out! Then we started talking about what we would draw. This was the objective behind our challenge ...

"We all know that Santa Claus works very hard over the festive period. But what does he do when all the presents have been delivered and Rudolph and his pals are safely back at home? Well he goes on holiday of course!"

Munchkin's experiences of going on holiday are very limited. The only holiday she has ever been on was when she was 7 months old, when we joined my mum and dad on a boat holiday on the Norfolk Broads. Although she doesn't remember the holiday, we talk to her about it lots and show her photos that were taken at the time. She decided that on her postcard, Santa was going to be on a boat! This is what she came up with. She talked to me all the way through her drawing and had very little guidance. The marks on the paper are all her own ideas and the drawing itself is 99% her own. She just needed help with the writing, but then she is only 3 years old ...

Santa on his boat on the water. The 'arch' shape over his head is his hat, the yellow under his chin is his beard (obviously!?!) and the brown shape next to him is his Toy Sack. The yellow shapes in the background are (worryingly large) snowflakes, because she said it always snows where Santa is!

In her drawing, Santa is on a boat, and you can see his Toy Sack on his right because apparently he has to take that with him wherever he goes. I asked her where Santa was going to on his boat, and she answered (I quote):

"Santa is going to lots of places to get the parts he needs to make all the presents for Christmas like the pedals for my new bike and things like that".

When I pointed out that this didn't sound like a very relaxing holiday, she replied:

"He is on a holiday, mummy. Look, he's on a boat!"

There was nothing more to say! 

Munchkin had a lot of fun creating her Postcard from Santa and she is very excited about it being made into a Christmas card! This will definitely be something she'll keep forever! Here are some photos showing Munchkin hard at work, giving me a running commentary all the way through!

I'm inviting 5 lovely bloggers to join in the family festive fun and to get creating their own Postcard from Santa. Why don't you give it a go too ...?

Saturday, 15 December 2012

The Christmas Tag Meme

We've been tagged by Clare at Emmy's Mummy and Harry's Too to take part in The Christmas Tag Meme. Munchkin and I will answer the questions listed together. Here goes ...

1)   What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
Well, since being a mummy, it's all about the build up of excitement in the weeks leading up to the big day. The tree, the decorations, the lists for Santa, and of course seeing Munchkin's little face when she sees that Santa has been, eaten the mince pie, drank the milk, taken the reindeer food and left presents! Then spending the day sharing those moments with the rest of the family!

Munchkin answers ... "Presents, and Santa is making my bike!"

2)   What is your favourite make-up look for Christmas?
For me, as it has to be one of the few days in the year that I actually make the time to put make-up on, it will be whatever colours go with whatever I decide to wear, or something quite neutral. Whichever I choose, I tend to concentrate on my eye make-up as it's the main area that reveals how sleep deprived I am right now!

Munchkin answers ... "Make-up ... (laughs) Don't be silly mummy!"

3)   Real or fake tree?
I love a real Christmas tree, but since introducing Munchkin and Beastie Boo into the home, an artificial tree is much more practical. And that is without considering the destruction our four-legged boy would cause with a needle shedding real tree!

Munchkin answers ... "Real trees just like our Christmas tree!" (as I said, our's is artificial, so it would seem there is definitely no need for a living tree for her benefit just yet!) She then goes on to ask ... "What's fake mummy?" Hmmm, I could be some time with this one! We all know how one question leads to a million more!

4)   Giving presents or receiving them?
Giving them, every time!

Munchkin answers ... C'mon, she's 3 years old, what do you think she said?!

5)   Do you open presents on Christmas morning or evening?
We have some Christmas presents at home on Christmas morning, then some more when visiting family in the afternoon. We like to hold a few back for the evening and Boxing Day morning too.

Munchkin answers ... "Both please!"

6)   Handmade Christmas cards or shop bought?
As I was growing up (in fact until the kids restricted my time) I handmade my Christmas cards, so I can't wait until I start to receive handmade cards from Munchkin as she starts making them at Pre-School!

Munchkin answers ... "Can we make cards NOW mummy?"

7)   What's your favourite Christmas film?
There are a number of films I love to watch at Christmas. But one that has a special place with me and that takes me back to my childhood every time I see it is Santa Claus the Movie (1985)

Munchkin answers ... "Ariel is my favourite!" (I did try explaining that The Little Mermaid was not actually a Christmas film, but to no avail!)

8)   What is your favourite Christmas food?
I haven't had Christmas if I haven't had my dad's bubble & squeak! That is all ...

Munchkin answers ... "Pasta and sausages!" (We had a similar conversation to that sparked by her answer to Question 7 ... I've given up now!)

I am now tagging Jen over at My Mummy's Pennies and Emma over at Crazy With Twins to join in the festive fun!

Fiat 500L features 'The Motherhood'

... It's Another Hood!

I was recently asked if I would share a short video on The Hart of the Munchkin Patch. Most requests of this nature are usually accompanied by a highly inappropriate video with totally unrelated content, but with the promise that my readers will love it. Ok, so the day that squirrels performing death defying stunts becomes a relevant topic in The Patch, I'll share your videos!

However, on second look, something seemed a little different with this one. This video was created to promote the Fiat 500L. Indeed, first impressions would lead me to assume that this too would be very unsuitable material for our family focused blog. But then I read on a little further ...

"The objective of this video was to create an engaging film that surprises and delights viewers with sharp humour that all young mothers can relate to. The heroine is depicted as a normal down to earth mum dealing with and rapping about the trials and tribulations of being a mother. The video was intended as a fun, cheeky and well observed focus on the trials of motherhood, discussed with a surprising frankness to make the target audience feel understood. The idea of the ’Motherhood’ repeated throughout the video was utilised to help create a sense of unity for all young mothers who can relate to the video. "

This new model is their new mini MPV and claims to be an ideal car for busy mums who are always on the go, between school runs, nursery drops, trips to the supermarket, and all other day-to-day responsibilities. Using phrases such as "I wear my nursing bra like a bulletproof vest" and "CBeebies' now my crew 'n' I'm tight with Postman Pat", are sure to be very familiar concepts to so many parents out there! 

These 'Parent rap' style videos are becoming more and more popular, but this one made me smile more than any others I have seen. Maybe the fact that it features a British mum makes it easier for me to relate to her lyrics ...? I'm not sure. All I know is, it made me smile. Take a look for yourself and tell me you made it all the way to the end without smiling or nodding to yourself?!

Enjoy ...!

Fly me to the Sunshine ...!

... All offers welcome ...!

We're not particularly well travelled here in The Munchkin Patch. Mr Munchkin and I have never been on holiday together in our 8 years of being together, and don't see the opportunity coming to us any time soon. Not now that we have a three year old Munchkin and a nearly 6 month old Beastie Boo to consider in our plans! It takes a week of planning just to get us all out of the door for one day out, goodness knows how we'd manage to organise ourselves enough for a week or two away! However, if the opportunity arose ... I'm sure I'd find a way!

The first time I ever stepped foot on a plane, I was 15 years old. I joined my mum, dad, younger brothers and my great auntie Pat for our first foreign holiday as a family together, as we flew the lengthy distance to Orlando, USA for a two week holiday of a lifetime. Two weeks of enjoying all of the world famous theme parks, trying to make sure we were able to fit everything in before we flew home again. It was a holiday that I will never forget and it has made me promise myself that, in a few years time, I want to be able to share these memories with Munchkin and Beastie Boo by taking them there to see it all for themselves. Now, as I said, this was when I was 15 years old, so quite a while ago! Since then, I have flown to Turkey twice, but that is it. See - not very well travelled at all! Believe me, I would LOVE a holiday right now! 

I know that, if we were lucky enough to come into lots of money, Mr Munchkin would surprise us with a lovely family holiday. We've often talked about it. I just know he would book something up and whisk us all away somewhere lovely, last minute ... (he doesn't like waiting for things!!) This would be lovely. It's been a tough year and a battery recharge would really sort me out right now! He's not a 'High Street Shopper' (he hates shopping!) so often looks around at the prices of little 'get aways' online, and as is often the case, it seems cheaper to book up as late as you possibly can. Literally last minute. Recently, I was posed the question by Cheapflights.co.uk: What would be your dream foreign holiday ...? Wow, where do I start?! There are so many countries I would love to see. So many landmarks I would like to visit. Not to mention so many beaches and pools I would love to lay by! 

I'm not sure where I would love to go the most. Unfortunately, as I haven't travelled very much, I have very few places to compare in order to decide what my likes and dislikes are with different destinations. However, I know I would choose somewhere warm, and somewhere peaceful with a lively side to it that wasn't right on the doorstep. Of course somewhere child friendly too. Let's face it ... I'd just love a holiday! Anywhere!

Now, I am hoping Mr Munchkin reads this and takes heed! A family holiday is very much needed! Maybe if I leave my laptop open enough boldly displaying Cheapflights.co.uk latest offers, he might take the hint and whisk me away somewhere unexpectedly at the last minute?! Hmmm, I can dream I suppose! But I'm just saying (in case he is still reading ...!) that Cheapflights’ last minute flights page have some awesome offers! Apparently, Spain, Greece, Portugal, France, India and Orlando are amongst the top 'last minute' destinations at the moment ... Any of these will do!

So as I said at the start of this post ...

All offers VERY welcome!!! 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Bambino Direct - Pampering babies and pleasing parents since 2010!

Buying for your babies never stops. The search for new prams, cots, tiny clothes, feeding essentials all sorts of other 'must have' items usually starts during the first trimester of pregnancy. When we found out we were expecting Munchkin late in 2008, I promised myself we would hold off buying for her until after our 12 week scan. Not wanting to tempt fate and all that. But it's impossible! Impossible I tell you! Everywhere I went, baby bits would literally jump off the shop shelves and fall into my basket! It was so so hard to resist! And that was aside from the fact that every time I saw my mum, there would be a gorgeous new tiny outfit handed to me. Seems as though I wasn't the only one who couldn't resist! Buying for a new arrival is so exciting!

However, purchasing all the items needed for this little person who has not yet arrived can also be a very stressful time. Every parent wants to make sure that they have everything they need (and usually more!) and all too often, just when you think you are fully stocked with everything you need for the first 6 months of your baby's life, someone will come along and say, 

"Oooh, have you got one of these for baby ...? We used one and couldn't get by without it now ...!"

Cue that last minute panic buy, and the feeling of dread, anxiety and self doubt when you realise maybe you're not as ready as you think! 

"Oh my goodness ... I'm going to be a terrible mother! I don't know what I'm doing! Must ... buy ... more ... stuff ...!"

Worry not! Enjoy the time and rest assured, if you have the essentials to aid baby's feeding, sleeping, travel and general comfort, you will be just fine. If you read every single guide listing all you need for a new baby, you will end up as we did when Munchkin arrived - far too much to store, and with too many things that never got used! Just remember, the buying never stops, so don't blow every penny you have before your little bundle is even born!

One of the biggest, and most expensive accessories that a parent will find themselves buying is baby's mode of transport! How hard could it be ...? Take a look at the models available and choose one ...? Well ...

There're prams, pushchairs, travel systems, forward facing, parent facing, two-in-ones, three-in-ones, double side-by-sides, double tandems, all terrain ... and that's just to start! Then you start to look at the suitability of the smaller details. Size of shopping basket, folded dimensions, one handed folding, height of handle bar, reclining or not, car seat compatibility, carrycot or no carrycot, weight, will it fit into the boot of the car ...? With shopping ...? 3 wheels or 4 ... the list goes on! And did I mention that this confusion is just for baby's ride? Shall we move onto where baby will sleep and the mattress decision?! No, ok!

All I can say is thank goodness for companies like Bambino Direct who aim to make the whole experience less stressful and more enjoyable! From prams to playpens, baby monitors to bottles, Bambino Direct are sure to have everything you will need at the click of a button! When we were expecting Beastie Boo, we knew we were having another little girl, which meant we already had enough clothes and toys to see her through for quite some time. My personal weakness, however, is prams and pushchairs! I love looking at new models and just have to try them all out - even if I'm not in the financial position to buy! Yep, I'll be the crazy mummy in the middle of the pram shop, disturbing their immaculate displays so that I can 'have a go' with every model that catches my eye! Well, I can still do that, and then come back to the prams at Bambino Direct, purchase the one that I like and have it delivered straight to my door!

Writing this post has put me in a very dangerous position! "Keep the woman away from all things pram related" says Mr Munchkin! But honey ... it's for blog purposes ... HONEST! And besides, when you take a look at all the lovely prams and other baby accessories available, it's no wonder I'm hooked!! For now, I'll leave you all with a little favourite of mine, which is available from Bambino Direct. I didn't buy one ... REALLY I didn't!!!

BabyStyle Oyster Vogue
Colour Pack in Humbug

Isn't she lovely ...?!

Bambino Direct can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Beans, Beanstalks and Big Burly Giants!

Our night at the Panto!

On Monday, 3rd December, 2012, mummy, daddy and I were treated to a special night at The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch for their 2012-13 pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk! For the 13th year running, through his creative writing, Nicholas Pegg has delivered a wonderful festive treat, suitable for all the family!

We had been lucky enough to visit the Queens Theatre before for two of their other productions, Cinderella (2011) and Peter Pan (earlier this year) so we knew we were in for a magical evening! From the moment we stepped foot into the theatre foyer, once again we were met with excitable and smiling faces all round! We are always made to feel welcome at the Queens!

The performance itself was a festival of colour, fun and laughter from beginning to end. Once again, the principal roles were played by the theatre's resident company, Cut to the Chase, who, in our opinion, never fail to impress and entertain! Alongside the professionals, 24 local schoolchildren joined the stage, taking on the roles of villagers, goblins and dainty, light-footed rainbow sprites! 

Allison Harding as Mrs Thunderskull and Alison Thea-Skot as Jack
Photography by Nobby Clark
The show is exciting and captivating from the very beginning, as the story begins pretty much as we all know it. Until we are introduced to the eccentric Dame Trot and her many costume changes. To say that she brightens up the stage would not really do actor, Simon Jessop, justice. From the performances we have seen, this man makes the perfect dame! And judging by his Gangnam Style moves on stage this year, it would seem his talents don't stop there!

Simon Jessop as Dame Trot and Mark Newnham as Simple Simon
Photography by Nobby Clark
With other characters including Jack's sweet best friend, Jill (Natasha Moore), the sly Fleshcreep (James Earl Adair) the bumbling Mr Bumble (Sean Needham) and the loyal and loveable pets Buttercup the Cow (Billy Irving & Samuel Ward Smith) and Minerva the Chicken (Samuel Ward Smith), the story begins to unfold into a series of events that are sure to have you laughing and joining in with the familiar calls of "He's behind you!!!!" And to top it all off, Billy Irving also treats the audience to a delightfully large and loud Giant Thunderskull in a way I never expected! 

Alison Thea-Skot as Jack, Mark Newnham as Simple Simon, Simon Jessop as Dame Trot and Billy Irving & Samuel Ward-Smith as Buttercup the Cow
Photography by Nobby Clark
I laughed, I gasped, I sang, I shouted, I clapped, I booed and I cheered. Best of all, I followed Jack and his friends all the way up that beanstalk into the magical Land in the Clouds and was well and truly a part of their adventure throughout the performance. The music was expertly composed and wonderfully performed, the set was skilfully constructed and cleverly employed, the story was adapted brilliantly and the characters were cast perfectly. Everything about Jack and the Beanstalk at the Queens just worked!

Simon Jessop as Dame Trot
Photography by Nobby Clark
Jack and the Beanstalk will continue to run at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch until the 12th January, 2013 and we recommend the show to anyone who is able to go! You are guaranteed 2 full hours of pure entertainment. Every performance leaves me even more excited about their next creation!

Don't forget our COMPETITION to win a family ticket to see Jack and the Beanstalk at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch in January 2013 which ends soon!

For more information about the show and ticket availability, visit the theatre WEBSITE.
Keep up-to-date with all future news from the Queens Theatre by following them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

We received complimentary tickets to the performance for the purpose of the review, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Pimp a Post Sunday - PAPS

This week, I am joining in with the Blog Hop started by Super Amazing Mum in which we have the opportunity to share a post that we have read that has touched us in some way. You can read about the 'history' behind the Blog Hop HERE. The post can be heart warming, amusing, sad, or interesting in any way, but it should be a post that, for whatever reason, has affected me. As soon as I saw this blog hop, I knew exactly which post I would share!

This week, I heard about a certain Christmas tradition for the first time. I was asked if I will be having an 'Elf on the Shelf' for Munchkin this year. I'll admit, I was unable to give an answer until I had consulted Google, but once I had, I was quite intrigued by the whole idea and thought it sounded like something that Munchkin would really enjoy.

Although there has been many mixed opinions about the tradition, I was still interested in finding out more. In my quest to do so, I came across a blog I had never read before. The controversially named 'People I want to Punch in the Throat' popped up. Again, I was intrigued, and glad I was, as her post titled 'Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies' made me spit out my cuppa!!

Take a look - I hope you chuckle too!!

Now, all you need to do is find and link up a post by another blogger that has moved you in some way so we can all go and share the love! 

There are a few small rules to follow if joining in with the linky:

1) No sponsored posts or reviews
2) Please write a brief post about who you have chosen and why with a link to their post in your blog that can be linked up below for us all to share, read and enjoy.
3) If you enjoy a post, then please do leave a comment to show your appreciation.


Join in ...

Friday, 30 November 2012

Interflora at Christmas - more than just flowers!

As a child, we would always have flowers in the family home at Christmas. Mum used to have a few vases placed around the lounge containing vibrant, red poinsettia plants. After all, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without the right festive florals! 

Interflora have always been home to beautiful flowers. They would be the ones to make people smile at their front door when they knock to deliver that unexpected bouquet, or the ones behind that eye catching basket arrangement that gets handed over to say 'Happy Birthday', 'Thank You' or 'Just Because ...'! The word 'Interflora' has always meant 'amazing flowers'!

However, flowers is no longer where their magic ends. Now you can treat someone to an Interflora Christmas Hamper, offering a selection of goodies for that special person, whatever their taste!

From the Traditional Christmas treats ...

Taste of Christmas Hamper

... To something to appeal to those with more of a 'sweet tooth' ...

Left - Giant Chocolate Cracker
Right - Sweet Nostalgia

... Or something completely different ...

Left - Heavenly Scents Happy Box
Right - A Little Lift Happy Box

With their wide selection of delights available, you're sure to find something to suit any one of your friends or family members. 

We love how festive this Biscuiteers Vintage Christmas Tin looks. It would make a perfect gift ... if it managed to stay intact for long enough ...!

Biscuiteers Vintage Christmas Tin

Interflora's Christmas Hampers range from £19.99 to £375.00, so there should be a price tag to suit anyone too! They are also guaranteeing Christmas delivery on their hampers on all orders placed and completed by 2pm on Friday, 21st December, so great for those last minute or forgotten gifts too! 

I think I'll be visiting Interflora this year to buy those gift for the 'people who have everything'! These are simply perfect, and I might even sneakily accidentally drop one into my online basket for my very own indulgence ... to share with Munchkin and Beastie Boo, of course ...?! (Apart from the fine wines ... they're ALL mine!!)

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Win a Panto Family Ticket!

Jack and the Beanstalk
A GIANT fun-packed family panto!

It's nearly Pantomime time at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch again!

Last year, we were lucky enough to attend their 2011 Pantomime, Cinderella, which was amazing! They delivered absolutely everything they promised, and more, and although Munchkin was only just 2 years old when we went, she absolutely loved it and still talks about it now. So I can't stress enough how they cater for ALL ages from the performance to their glowing hospitality! The resident company, Cut to the Chase, is wonderfully entertaining and their productions are always perfectly cast. Munchkin cannot wait to visit the theatre next week to see their latest creation!

You can read all about the upcoming performance in my earlier post, and also check further details and book tickets over at www.queens-theatre.co.uk

Left-Right: Simon Jessop, Alison Thea-Skot, James Earl Adair

Competition Time!!

The Munchkin Patch have been given a Family Ticket to Jack and the Beanstalk to give away to one of our lucky readers! This ticket is valid for the performance on Thursday, 3rd January, 2013 at 6.30pm. All you need to do is complete the simple Rafflecopter steps below!

Good Luck!

The Family Ticket is valid for the date shown ONLY and is not flexible. No cash value. Travel and accommodation are not covered in the prize. Entrants must be 18 years minimum. Family Ticket entitles bearer up to 4 seats - minimum of 1 adult! Winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and will be announced here shortly after the competition end time.

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