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My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 7 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, 29 April 2016

Living in a Smart Home

Every home can be a Smart Home ...


Being a mum of 3, life can get pretty crazy! And as for leaving the house to complete 'simple' everyday tasks, well, many could plan and pack for a fortnight's holiday with less stress! And I know that there are many parents out there that will be able to relate. Just when I think we're ready to walk out of the door, there is always something that stops us ...

"Mummy, I need a wee ..."
"I need my drink topped up ..."
"I put my bag down somewhere and can't find it ..."
"Mummy, I just broke the zip on my coat ..."

The list could go on. Then, when we're finally out of the door, the same worries will always run through my mind ... like clockwork:

"Did I switch all the lights off ... lock the back door ... close all the windows ... turn off the television ...?"

Honestly, sometimes, I wonder how we ever leave the house! And that is for general short outings. Can you imagine if we really did want to go on holiday?!

Then I heard about Panasonic's new Smart Home System. The Smart Home from Panasonic is the modern wireless home security system giving you ultimate peace of mind with easy installation and operation. Whether you want to keep an eye on your home while you are away, or simply switch your appliances on and off, with the Smart Home you can do so from the comfort and convenience of your smartphone or tablet! Call it a guard dog in a box!


The system has a whole range of optional accessories too, and has no monthly charges, so once installed, it can put an end to all of those 'niggly' questions that plague my mind every time I step foot out of the door.

This short video introduces the heart of Panasonic's new system, the Smart Hub, which can connect wirelessly to any one (or indeed all) of the optional extra devices that you choose to add to your home.

With such a number of combinations and possibilities, it seems the Smart Home system is perfect for many. From the solo living professional who wishes to protect the home whilst away on holiday, the busy family who wants peace of mind that they haven't left the power on whilst out for the day, to the safety conscious parents who would like to keep an eye on their sleeping children.

In this day and age, especially since the boom in social media sharing, home security has to be of great importance to anyone looking to go on holiday. Everyone loves to share their excitement about upcoming breaks, as well as posting photos and regular updates whilst away, allowing friends and family to keep up with their adventures. However, most of us are also aware of the dangers that this kind of sharing can pose. It is all too easy for the information to fall into the wrong hands (or onto the wrong computer!) making it simple for potential intruders to keep tabs on your unoccupied home, knowing exactly when you are going away and how long for. The Panasonic Smart Home System could be your answer to home security, ensuring your home is safe and secure in your absence, giving you peace of mind to enjoy your holiday.

As holidays are off the agenda for us right now (until the little ones are a little bigger and slightly less of a handful, anyway), I like the fact that I could leave the house knowing that windows and doors are secure and armed with volume controlled alarms, that I can control appliances and lights from my smart phone and that I can keep an eye on the kids whilst they are sleeping (or playing) in their bedrooms.

With so many combinations and options, Panasonic's Smart Home System has a feature to suit everyone!



Disclaimer: This post has been written by me, but in association with Panasonic
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Dear Munch ... From Six to Twenty Six

Dearest six year old Munch ...



Last week, you received your gold pin and a special certificate as a reward for achieving 100% attendance for the whole of the Spring term. You missed out on it in the Autumn term because of one day of sickness and were determined that you were going to push yourself a little harder to get it next time, and you did. There were days you were tired, waking up (and being woken up) on those cold, dark, miserable mornings, to be lifted from the comfort of your warm bed and coaxed into your uniform, when you would have much rather stay in your jammies.

But you did it ...

Days when you peered out of the window at the rain lashing down on the pavement, knowing that you'd have to pull on your welly boots and winter coat to drag yourself out into the vicious elements to brave the 5 minute walk to the classroom, when the comfy sofa and cuddly blanket seems so much more welcoming!

But you did it ...

Days when following a regimental routine of washing, dressing and eating breakfast with limited room for delay seem much less appealing than mixing up the routine, eating breakfast in front of the television whilst still in pyjamas, at your own slow pace and playing with your sister and brother ahead of a day of very few plans and relaxed rules.

But you did it ...

Days when you'd rather read indoors, write stories and draw pictures, as and when you choose to, instead of following a strict classroom curriculum and rather rigid routine at school. When you would prefer to choose lunch from the kitchen at home instead of from the school menu and generally do everything at your usual, relaxed pace rather than keep to a pace with 29 other 6 year olds.

But you did it ...!

And do you know why you did it?
Not because I tell you that you have to.
Not because you have no choice.
You did it because even when you didn't know it, you wanted to do it.
You wanted to make me proud. You wanted to make your teacher proud. You wanted to make YOURSELF proud. And you did ... every single day!


Dearest sixteen year old Munch ...

Whether you are still studying at school, at college or have left full time education in favour of employment, I like to think that your determination and positive work ethic is still strong. Just as strong as it was when you were six years old and in Year One.

Last night, you stayed up late, watching television and chatting to friends via whichever social media channels that you are using now, eventually settling in to bed hours after I've originally suggested it, because you had important messages to send or an addictive box set to exhaust.

This has flattened your motivation to do anything this morning.
You'd rather stay in bed until your clock has passed the midday mark, when you might choose to drag yourself downstairs, raid the fridge for anything that is quick and simple, requiring minimal preparation. It would be so easy to bury your head from all you are meant to be doing today.


But you can do it ...

Today, you have an assignment that is due in that isn't quite finished, or a commitment you are not quite ready for. Things that you have put off until tomorrow. Reading magazines, listening to music and watching television seemed like a much better idea at the time, but you're regretting that a little now. Just remember, things like this can be fixed, and it may not seem like it now,

But you can do it ...

You did it when you were six years old, and, to me, you're still that motivated little girl who is bubbling with positivity and the will to do well. Some days, you may just need a gentle reminder of this!



Dearest twenty six year old Munch ...

I hope you don't mind that I still call you Munch ...?!

Right now, I can't even imagine what you are doing today. All I do know is, whatever you are doing, whatever you have become, you will be doing it in the most awesome way. Some days may seem tough, but I hope that every single morning, you still feel a little of that six year old motivation.

Some days, you'll peer out of the window at the rain lashing down on the pavement, knowing that you'd have to pull on your welly boots and winter coat to drag yourself out into the vicious elements to brave the journey that your life requires you endure, when the comfy sofa and cuddly blanket seems so much more welcoming!

But you'll keep going ...

Some days, you'll frown at the thought of following a regimental routine of washing, dressing and eating breakfast with limited room for delay, as it seems much less appealing than mixing up the routine, eating breakfast in front of the television whilst still in pyjamas, at your own slow pace and catching up with friends, ahead of a day of very few plans and relaxed rules.

But you'll keep going ...

Some days, you'd rather read a book indoors, watch the television and complete the odd household chore as and when you choose to, instead of following a strict and rather rigid routine. When you would prefer to choose lunch from the kitchen at home instead of eating lunch on the go whilst joining the hustle and bustle of everyday life and generally do everything at your usual, relaxed pace rather than keep to a pace according to rules and society.

But you'll keep going ...


And do you know why you'll keep going?
Not because I tell you that you have to.
Not because you have no choice.
You'll keep going because even when you don't know it, you'll want to keep going.
You want to make me proud. You want to make your friends proud. You want to make YOURSELF proud. And you do ... every single day!

You're amazing, at six ... at sixteen ... at twenty six ... And beyond! And if I could give you a gold pin every single day of your life, you'll know you deserved every single one of them!



Friday, 8 April 2016

Protecting the Herd! A Disney Zootropolis Review


"Life's a little bit messy. We all make mistakes.
No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you!"
Officer Judy Hopps

Last month saw the UK release of Disney's latest creation, Zootropolis, and to celebrate this, we were sent some wonderful official merchandise, as well as tickets to go and see the film ourselves.


These are just a few of the lovely products The Disney Store has to offer at the moment, and these 3 little people were thrilled to receive them! Munch pulled the box open and, very generously, shared the contents out with her siblings!

One of the Zootropolis t-shirt designs for kids available at The Disney Store
The range of kids t-shirts available are lovely, and come with a variety of characters and slogans related to the film. Munch couldn't wait to wear hers for our cinema trip!


Plumlet is totally in love with his new Officer Judy Hopps Character Backpack. Ok, so it's nearly as big as him, but it's lightweight, and as the interior space is the size of Judy's head, it is the perfect size for Plumlet's comforter and a few of his toy cars!


Munch is having hour upon hour of fun with this Zootropolis sticky notes and pen set. With a bunch of sticky notes decorated with a number of characters from the film as well as a variety of quirky slogans, I am currently finding notes stuck to everything, from "Love you, mummy" notes on my laptop, to "Light the room" notes on the lamp! 


Beastie is the lucky one to get her hands on this fun Zootropolis carrot recorder pen. Just another of the fantastic Disney Store official products! With a button to press to hear lots of phrases in the voice of Officer Judy Hopps, it also has a 'record' button for her to document all of her secrets (aka: funny, crazy noises) and a playback button for us all to hear her efforts! The carrot pen is a working pen too!


Finally, we have this amazingly quirky Judy Hopps clip case with wrist strap for an iPhone 6. Made of a soft-to-the-touch, flexible material, this is a seriously cool looking case!

After the excitement of this lovely delivery, the day came for our cinema trip. It's been a while since we last went to the cinema, so Munch was extremely excited, watching trailer after trailer on YouTube and learning all of the characters' names in eager anticipation!


All ready for the cinema!
Munch decided to take one of her best friends with her for the day, and we made our way to our local Vue.


The film is truly fantastic! It is 108 minutes of emotion, humour and typical Disney fabulousness!!

Judy Hopps, our heroine, moves to the city of Zootopia as she grows up, after training as a Bunny Police Officer, against the advice of her doubting, yet supportive parents. Zootopia is the home of a whole host of creatures, from predators to prey, who all live in their own kind of harmony. When Judy Hopps has an encounter with a fox (Nick Wilde) who is on the run for a crime he didn't commit, they strike an unexpected friendship whilst embarking on a mission together to solve one of the biggest criminal mysteries the city has ever known. During their mission, it becomes apparent that the most unlikely partnerships can develop into the most productive and wonderful friendships!


The film is both heartwarming and hilarious, in true Disney style, and the girls went through every emotion, from fits of giggles, to shielding their eyes, and back to fits of giggles!

Munch and her bestie had so much fun! They were insisting on posing for a photo at every possible opportuity, and used the excuse that they were having such a brilliant day, they never want to forget it!

Posing with Pandas!
Kung-Fu Kicks!

It really was a day full of fun and laughter, and is definitely one the girls will remember for some time. And when I asked them if they think Zootropolis is a film they would tell others to go and see, their answer was a resounding "YES!!!!!"

Disclaimer: We were sent the box of Zootropolis goodies you see above and tickets to see the film for the purpose of gaining our opinions. However, our thoughts were not influenced by anyone, in any way, and all views you read above are 100% our own. No other payment was offered or received for the writing of this review.