There ain’t no party like an In The Night Garden party

On Sunday we were invited to attend a party to celebrate the first birthday of the In The Night Garden boat ride at CBeebies Land, Alton Towers. We were really looking forward to the party and spending the afternoon with Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy and friends.

Little Mr is a big In The Night Garden fan and we’ve spent many an evening before bedtime watching Iggle Piggle and friends on television. I won’t claim to understand the plot of most of the episodes but Little Mr loves it and even learnt to blow a kiss by copying Upsy Daisy so it’s educational at least.

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The party started and there was plenty to do; colouring in, decorating pebbles just like Makka Pakka’s, making a sensory shaker / bauble and decorating party hats as well as story time, dancing and party games.

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Of course, no In The Night Garden party is complete without meeting a couple of the main characters. Little Mr got to meet both Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy and he loved it. He gave them both a lovely hug and the smile on his face was priceless.

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Not only was Iggle Piggle celebrating the first birthday of the In The Night Garden boat ride but he was also celebrating the fact that he is now a Guinness World Record holder. On Sunday before the party, Iggle Piggle unveiled the worlds largest polar fleece blanket and set himself a world record. The famous red polar fleece blanket measured 98.8m sq. Wow, that’s one huge blanket. Congratulations Iggle Piggle!

A spokesperson for DHX Brands said “We know that In the Night Garden is an integral part of little ones’ bedtime routines so we felt  creating the world’s  largest and brightest snuggly polar fleece blanket – as verified by Guinness World Records – was a fitting way to mark the first anniversary of the In the Night Garden ride at Alton Towers.  The ride has been a huge success since it  launched and has been visited by thousands of parents and children over the last 12 months.”  

Little Mr really enjoyed the party and it was a dream come true for him to meet two of his favourite In The Night Garden characters.

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After the party we enjoyed an afternoon in CBeebies Land with rides on the In The Night Garden boat ride, Postman Pat’s Parcel Post ride and the Numtums merry go round. Little Mr would have enjoyed the new Octo-Nauts ride but tiredness got the better of him and we had to call it a day. You can see more pics from our day over in the Living Arrows post from Monday.

Huge thanks to Iggle Piggle and friends for the invitation and also thanks to the team for Little Mr’s birthday party goody bag. We had a really lovely afternoon.

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Disclaimer: We received free entrance tickets and an invitation to the party as well as receiving a top goody bag full of ITNG products. There was no obligation to blog about our day out but we had lots of fun and the photographs hopefully show that. 

Review: Florrisant Womens Waterproof Jacket from Trespass

We all know how unpredictable the Great British Summer can be and this Summer I’m full prepared to embrace the sunshine and showers with a new Florrisant womens waterproof jacket from Trespass.

I love spending time outdoors with my little family and would happily spend a weekend away in our tent sleeping in a big field in the middle of nowhere under the stars.  I’m always ready for whatever the weather throws at us and will usually take far too many items of clothing for just in case it’s raining, just in case it’s hot and sunny and just in case I get cold at 2 o’clock in the morning.

This Summer I’ll be taking my new waterproof jacket with me to keep the rain out on our days out. The Florrisant womens waterproof jacket is really stylish; it’s not dull and boring with its Black Iris colourway (which I cannot decide if it’s navy or dark purple) and flashes of hot pink. There’s minimal branding and it’s a really lovely fit.

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I ordered a size XXL which would fit women sized 18-20 and it’s really comfortable. The jacket comes down just above my hips and fits really well every where else. I can move in the jacket and don’t feel restricted which is great.

The Florrisant womens waterproof jacket is made from Tres-tex fabric and has taped seams which makes it breathable yet waterproof.

The jacket has an adjustable hood which is perfect for all the Summer showers that we seem to be experiencing and this can be adjusted to suit the needs of the weather. There’s adjustable tabs on the cuffs and a useful drawcord in the hem to make the jacket fit your needs. I love the zipped pockets which are great for keeping essentials, such as a mobile phone safe and there’s even an inner pocket for keeping a key or even money concealed on you for when you want the freedom to go out without a bag.

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I wore my jacket during our day out to Alton Towers at the weekend and it was brilliant. I felt really comfortable in it and it was hugely practical for the showers of rain that blessed us during the afternoon. I might look a bit silly with the hood up but at least my hair was dry!

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I really like the jacket and will most definitely be wearing it for our forest walks, days out and on our camping trips. I felt comfortable in the jacket and safe in the knowledge that I would be kept dry against the Great British weather. Perfect for walking the dog, family days out and more physical exercise such as hiking or mountaineering, the jacket gets a big thumbs up from me!

Price

The Florrisant Womens Waterproof Jacket is currently priced at £37.99 and is available to buy online.

Disclaimer: I was sent this jacket for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review.

Tried and Tested

Living Arrows 2015 – Week 21

Living Arrows – Week 21

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Life in our house this week has been very emotional. We said a sad goodbye to our lovable Westie on Monday and it’s been quite hard for us all. Telling our little boy that our dog Mikey has gone to sleep at the Vets for a very long time was really hard. He didn’t really understand as the following morning he asked where he was and if he was outside. Of course he won’t understand he’s only two years old and he’s never had to deal with death before so he’s not sure what it is or what it means. We’ve reassured Little Mr that Mikey isn’t in any pain now and he seems to be happy with that explanation for now.

After all the trauma in the week, we were determined to make the most of the weekend with hubby breaking up for half term and an invite to In The Night Garden Party at CBeebies Land to enjoy. Keep your eyes peeled for a full write up of the party coming up soon.

We had a lovely afternoon exploring CBeebies Land as we were pretty much led by what Little Mr wanted to do so we wandered from attraction to attraction at our leisure. We have been before but Little Mr was a lot younger so probably couldn’t remember visiting.

We took Little Mr on the Numtums ride first which is a merry go round ride with cars that little ones can sit on. He loved it. He wanted it to go faster which was funny as he’s not much of a dare devil.

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He loved seeing all his favourite TV characters dotted around the park. Aside from Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy, he loved seeing Postman Pat and the characters from the show.

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The ZingZillas went past on their bus which was great as the theme tune was sounding out loud and Little Mr recognised it and started waving at them. It really made him smile.

One of the good things that impressed me with CBeebies Land is the activities for children in the queues. We had to wait between 10-45 minutes to go on the rides and waiting with an impatient toddler is quite a chore. Dotted around the queue lines are different activities for the little ones to do and although you do feel like you’re queuing forever, they do help break up the time to keep them occupied for five minutes.

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Aside from the party, one of the highlights for Little Mr was driving Postman Pats van around the track with his Mummy and Daddy in the back. He was in charge and he loved it. We sat back and enjoyed the ride.

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We had a lovely day out together and it was nice to see the smiles after such a rubbish week.

It’s half term here this week so hubby will be spending some quality time with Little Mr whilst I’m at work in the week. Fingers crossed the weather improves so they can enjoy some sunshine out in the garden.

 Living Arrows

Meal Planning Monday 25th May 2015

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After a weekend full of unplanned treats I really need a Meal Planning Monday to get me back on track. I don’t know what came over me this weekend, I just wanted to eat rubbish. I’ve eaten chocolate orange, popcorn and all sorts of other foods that have been completely off plan.

This week we have the fantastic fresh produce of our Riverford recipe box to use up. We have been sent a ‘Quick’ box with 3 meals in to review and although the recipes aren’t particularly SW friendly, I’m planning on adapting them every so slightly so that they won’t be full of syns and I can attempt to stay on plan.

The meals we have to enjoy this week include;

Chicken Chow Mein and Vegetable Stir Fry
Harissa Lamb Leg Steaks
Broad Bean and Frittata
Ham Hock Chowder
SW style ‘KFC’ chicken, wedges and salad

I made a really tasty mushy pea curry in the slow cooker yesterday which is completely synfree and was really nice. I found the recipe on one of the Facebook groups and adjusted the ingredients to suit my taste (I added more curry powder, mushrooms and chick peas) and I really liked it. I’ll definitely be making it again and might even put some meat in it next time so that hubby might try it.

It’s half term here this week so hubby is home with Little Mr and I’m working mid-week. I can’t complain too much as I’m only working two days this week but I’d still rather be at home with my boys. I’ll be enjoying my usual salads for lunch and alternating between Fruit N Fibre or Weetabix for breakfast in a bid to stay on track with my diet. Fingers crossed the weekends damage isn’t too big a gain! Have a great week everyone.

I’m linking up with Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday, head on over for more foodie inspiration.

Meal Planning Monday

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