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, 13 February 2015

Make sweet music with Ted Baker!

What is it they say about music being the food of love ...?

Whatever it is, we all know that music is a popular addition to Valentine's Day for the romantic couples among us. Whether you're dedicating that special song to that special someone on the radio or simply having that meaningful track playing softly in the background during a meal for two at home, the right music can set the perfect mood.

Ted Baker have decided to offer some beautifully stylish and wonderfully elegant products that will let you set the mood with an extra bit of 'wow' this Valentine's Day, and these beauties would make excellent alternative gifts to your loved one, or as a special 'just because you're worth it' gift to yourself!

Ted is proud to present Ted Baker Audio: a bespoke new collection of beautifully stylish audio products, crafted to appeal to all the senses and embracing all the fashionable advances that modern technology has to offer. Integrating the sharpest mix of design originality, uncompromising engineering and rich, superior sound that will transport you to another place, Ted Baker Audio sounds 

as good as it looks.

Introducing FINISTERRE from the Ted Baker Audio Collection


In June this year Ted Baker unveiled a bespoke new collection of beautifully stylish audio products, crafted to embrace all the fashionable advances that modern technology has to offer.

Now, having provided the sartorial soundtrack to his legendary travels around the world, Ted’s tailored the humble wireless to create the newest addition to the range: FINISTERRE – a smart yet timeless DAB/ DAB+/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker.

Designed to ensure all senses are tuned to the same wavelength, FINISTERRE combines luxury materials, including brushed aluminium and genuine leather, with Ted’s unswerving attention to detail and a three-way speaker system that produces a warm acoustic sound, reminiscent of a good old-fashioned valve table radio.

Elegantly crafted, Ted Baker Audio’s £199.99 FINISTERRE is available in Brushed Silver and Black leather and Brushed Silver and Tan leather.

FINISTERRE’S understated design packs a surprising punch when it comes to delivering exceptional hi-fidelity sound quality. Equipped to receive DAB and DAB+ broadcasts as well as traditional FM with RDS, FINISTERRE allows you to effortlessly tune into radio stations from around the world, or to stream tunes from your digital device via wireless Bluetooth transmission. Other audio sources can be connected via a 3.5mm stereo line-in cable… and if that’s not enough, it also comes complete with a 3.5mm stereo headphone out, a USB for firmware updates, a clock/alarm with snooze, and a sleep function to boot.

Ted’s mixed the craft and artisanship of yesteryear with modern technology and dynamic hi-fi acoustics to deliver FINISTERRE: a radio that’s in tune with the times.

Introducing FASTNET from the new Ted Baker Audio Collection


With electronics designed in unison with aesthetics, Ted Baker has created FASTNET: a beautiful folding Bluetooth speaker with integrated microphone. FASTNET is part of a fresh new collection of beautiful and sonically superior audio products from Ted Baker.

The £199.99 FASTNET design benefits from Ted’s eye for detail and unrivalled expertise in premium fabrics with its beautiful yet rugged brushed aluminium and tactile, genuine leather exterior. The model allows you to stream words and music from your digital device with no strings (or wires) attached. Designed from the outside in and engineered from the inside out, FASTNET features a 
unique folding portable design which protects the speaker whilst travelling and acts as a stable and convenient stand for instant tunes.

Its advanced design optimises sound reproduction and audio clarity, offers a simple Bluetooth pairing button to wirelessly connect your device and control the speaker and an integrated microphone for crystal clear, hands-free calls. The sealed enclosure audio design creates tighter and more accurate sound reproduction, while its high quality 5cm full-range driver delivers premium acoustics and a natural, detailed sound.

FASTNET pairs to your phone, laptop or any Bluetooth-enabled device, implementing version 3.0 with aptX lossless transfer for the finest audio performance. It keeps two pairings in memory for fast connection to commonly used devices. You can change tracks from your music source and adjust the  volume via FASTNET or your Bluetooth device. If you want to connect a device that does not have Bluetooth connectivity you can simply connect with a 3.5mm stereo line-in cable.

Offering true portability, FASTNET features a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery (lasting around six hours between charges), an LED indicator for added convenience and can be connected via stereo line-in, if required. And, if that’s not enough, FASTNET also comes with a splendid travel case and power adaptor for wherever you lay your hat...


Beautiful to hold and behold, FASTNET is Ted’s bespoke speaker.

Introducing ROCKALL from the new Ted Baker Audio Collection


Applying his eye for detail and ear for precision, Ted Baker has created ROCKALL: stylish, high performance over-ear headphones with a smart foldable construction to achieve the perfect harmony between rich, dynamic sound and distinctive design.

Elegantly crafted with Ted’s unrivalled expertise in high quality materials and attention to every element, Ted Baker Audio’s £179.99 ROCKALL is composed of brushed stainless steel, soft padding and supple, deluxe materials in the headband and ear cups to minimise external noise and ensure exceptional comfort.

As you’d expect from Ted, ROCKALL offers the perfect fit with a smooth slide mechanism allowing for flexible size adjustment and the perfect listening experience. It’s smart folding design minimises its size for when you’re on the move and a soft travel case is also included.

Minimising ambient background noise and maximising the warm yet crisp response delivered by the Ted Baker Audio collection, ROCKALL’S closed-back over-ear design delivers exceptional sound quality and a richly balanced bass response. ROCKALL comes with a textured tangle-resistant and fully detachable cable with handy smartphone remote and mic, allowing call and control functions for your Apple iOS device.

ROCKALL is available in Brushed Silver with Black or Tan headband/ear cup cushions, or Brushed Champagne Gold with White headband/ear cup cushion.

Introducing DOVER from the new Ted Baker Audio Collection


Allowing you to immerse yourself in a dynamic sound experience wherever you are, Ted Baker has created DOVER: the connoisseur’s choice when looking to achieve perfect harmony between immersive and dynamic Hi-Fi sound quality and distinctive design. Elegantly crafted with Ted’s unrivalled expertise in high quality materials and attention to detail at its heart, DOVER’S closed-back-in-ear design delivers exceptional sound quality and comes with three sizes of silicone ear adapters to help you get lost in music and ensure an impeccable fit.

Applying his eye for detail and ear for precision, Ted Baker Audio’s £59.99 DOVER is precise, accomplished, and with an astonishing level of finesse (much like Ted, in fact). DOVER also comes with a soft travel case and textured tangle-resistant cable with handy smartphone remote and microphone, allowing call and control functions for your Apple iOS device.

DOVER delivers exceptional comfort and re-calibrates expectations of the audio performance you’d expect from a pair of in-ear headphones. DOVER is available in four eye-catching colourways; Silver and Black Cable & Ear Inserts; Antique Brass and Black Cable & Ear Inserts; Champagne Gold and White Cable and Ear Inserts; Rose Gold and Nude Pink Cable & Ear Inserts.

I think you'll agree, these are truly wonderful looking, stylish and timeless additions to any audio, home entertainment system. I think they would compliment any collection! And as these products are available to you through John Lewis, there's little excuse to miss out and every excuse to treat yourself that special person!

So, to recap,

If music be the food of love ...

... Let Ted Baker play on and on and on!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Win with The Book of Life!

From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, The Book of Life features the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum, The Book of Life promises to provide fun and entertainment for the whole family!

To celebrate the release of the DVD/Blu-Ray/HD Digital Download on Monday, 16th February, 2015, we are getting into the party spirit, ready to have our own Book of Life viewing party in The Patch! 

And what kind of party would it be without a bit of dressing up ...?!

If you're up for a bit of fun, you could join us, and win an amazing prize for your efforts!

Want to know more? Read on ...

You could be one of three lucky winners of a wonderful Book of Life prize bundle which includes a Blu-Ray Player, £100 worth of family films and a £100 voucher for Chiquitos Restaurants. Sounds like an awesome family prize! And to be in with a chance of winning, you can choose from a selection of three tasks:


Download and complete the special colouring sheet and upload a photo of your child's masterpiece to the Book of Life Facebook page.


Download and print the costume templates and have a go at creating your own beautiful, ornate suit as worn by the film's hero, Manolo. Post your photo of your child modelling their designs onto the Facebook page.


Download your favourite quote sheet from the selection given and post your video of your child's character impression onto the Book of Life Facebook page.

Whichever you choose, you're sure to have a lot of fun as a family!

To download your chosen materials and to read all terms and conditions attached to the competition, visit https://winwithbookoflife.co.uk/ and start getting creative!

In the meantime, we will be busy preparing for our viewing party on Monday evening (16th February, 2015. 5pm-6.45pm) with our special Book of Life party box! Please do come and join in the fun on Twitter on Monday evening, using the hashtag #BookofLifeBluRay, and don't forget to post your photos and videos to the Book of Life Facebook page!

Good luck, and have fun!

We were sent a copy of The Book of Life on Blu-Ray and a party box as seen above and we will be writing about our personal viewing party and our thoughts about the film in due course. No other payment has been received for the writing of these posts.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Picture Perfect with Panasonic

We like taking photographs here in The Patch ...

I love to capture moments during the day whenever I can. Therefore, the majority of my offerings are pictures of the children. Whether they're playing or eating, being cute or just plain cheeky, even when they are sleeping ... I just love to record every moment that I possibly can. After all, one day, they won't be babies any more. One day, they will grimace or shy away from the camera lens that is pointing in their direction. One day, instead of cheesy grins and enthusiastic cries of "Cheese!", I am more likely to hear "NO mum! My hair is a mess!" So, I am determined that, before that day comes, I will seize every precious second that I possibly can with a camera (well, usually my iPad, but it does the job!)

Ok, so they're not of a high, professional standard, but they're mine and they hold memories that will never be replaced.

When I need high quality and professional standard, there are two men in my life that I have always turned to. My dad, who has been a professional photographer for the whole of my life, and The Man who has, over the years, taken his own love for photography and developed it to create beautiful art. Both offer some of the most breathtaking images that I have ever seen!

I have been truly inspired over the years to pick up a camera more often. Between seeing these beautiful shots and having 3 amazingly photogenic subjects in our babies, I have found myself taking more photographs and taking a deeper interest in the features offered by better cameras on the market. My phone, my iPad, my point-and-click ... they all get used and they all have their uses. They're always to hand, they're basic and they capture the moment within seconds. However, these basic devices take basic photographs. I want to be able to control certain things when I am taking photos. I have been talking to The Man about it and he has said that he will teach me some of the things I need to know in order to improve the quality of my shots. I am really looking forward to learning!

Now begins the task of deciding which camera to get. There are so many available. And so many brands too. Brands that have been around for several years, others that have entered the market more recently with some spectacular features. One of the bigger electronic brands that I have grown up with and which remains a popular household name now as it was then, is Panasonic. I remember there were a few Panasonic appliances in our family home when I was a child, and I remember being told that it was a brand that was "built to last". I've grown up witnessing this for myself! 

It seems they have gone and got things just right, once again, with their new offering ...

The Panasonic Lumix CM1:
The premium compact camera with smartphone technology.

Just take a look for yourself. With its sleek, classic but contemporary design and list of modern features, it just goes to prove that Panasonic still has what it takes to create a fantastic product with a wide appeal! Definitely on my list now!

Published in conjunction with Panasonic. All words are my own.