BIC® KIDS launches competition to celebrate kids’ creativity

Have the holidays begun for your children? Are you wondering how to keep them occupied for the next 6 weeks? And more importantly how to keep them off devices for at least a few hours a day?

I think the perfect solution is to get them to reach into their creativity and get drawing. And I think I’m in tandem with BIC® KIDS who have launched this awesome competition –


Priceless opportunity for children to have their drawings displayed on billboards across the country

London, 17th July 2017: This summer, proud parents across the UK and Republic of Ireland will have the opportunity to see their child’s drawings displayed for all to see. In partnership with Mumsnet, BIC® KIDS is launching an amazing competition celebrating kids’ creativity by taking their fabulous drawings beyond the fridge door, putting 10 lucky winners’ works of art on billboards across the nation.

Running from 17th July – 6th August, the nationwide competition is open to all 5-11 year old kids. To enter, parents simply need to take a photo of their child’s drawing and upload it to the native discussion page on the Mumsnet website by Sunday 6th August. Entries will then be judged by an expert panel of creatives from the marketing, publishing and illustration industries, before winners are notified and the billboards launched in September.

Kate Williams, Mumsnet Editor, said: “Despite the lure of online games and a plethora of gadgets, sitting down to a good old-fashioned drawing session is still a staple childhood activity. It’s a rare parent who doesn’t have a junior masterpiece plastered on their fridge, but not many can say that that drawing has been displayed on an actual billboard, so we’re anticipating some really amazing submissions.”

Illustrator and judge, Phil Corbett, has written some top drawing tips for kids looking to enter this year’s competition:


  1. Enjoy it! When you’re drawing it’s important that you don’t stress. Just have fun and don’t worry about making mistakes – it’s all part of the experience!
  2. Draw what you want to, not what you feel you should. Who says the sky needs to be blue? Colour it red, green or even purple with orange spots. You don’t have to be realistic – the most important thing is getting creative, finding your own style and running with it.
  3. Don’t ever worry about not being good enough. Everyone is different, and sees the world in their own way. The important thing is to grab a pen, follow your heart and draw whatever you want.


As well as the priceless opportunity to have their drawings published, the 10 lucky winners will win a hamper full of BIC® KIDS drawing and colouring instruments. Specifically designed to help children to hone their artistic talent, the hampers will include an array of exciting stationery products including the BIC® Kids Evolution® Ecolutions® colouring pencils, Kid Couleur felt pens and Plastidecor® crayons, to name just a few.

For more information about the competition and full terms and conditions visit Mumsnet. Alternatively, search @MyBICPen on Twitter.

Philadelphia Flip and Dip – Are You a Double Dipper?

We all love Philadelphia soft cream cheese right? We use it as spreads and dips and may even dip a spoon into it and eat it neat. But the one question I have for you is – are you a double dipper?

If you aren’t – you may just turn into one after tasting the new Philadelphia Flip and Dip.

Philadelphia Flip and Dip is the brand new dip perfect for sharing at summer parties. Lightly whipped Philadelphia cream cheese, topped with one of three mouth-watering sauces, including Sweet Chili, Mexican Salsa and Caramelised Onion.  

Simply flip on a plate, watch the sauce top the lightly whipped cheese as you and your guests get stuck into something delightfully different. But, be warned, it’s so flipping delicious, food etiquette could quickly be forgotten and you might be caught in the act of double dipping as your party guests go flipping crazy for this deliciously tempting dip. They may even disregard the crudités, bread sticks and crisps, and uncontrollably tuck in with a spoon…or even their fingers!

And in case you don’t know what double dipping is –

*Double dipping is the act of putting a food item, for example a vegetable or tortilla chip, into a dip, taking a bite and then putting the item back in again.*

We tried ours out with the tortilla chips and I *just about* managed not to double dips. I mean these dips are seriously ‘double dippable’

The children of course had no qualms and double dipped to their hearts content.

We loved all the flavours but our personal favourite was unanimously the Mexican Salsa.

Bring the Bay home on Spotify with the Brand New Turtle Bay Channel

If you’ve visited a Turtle Bay restaurant, you may have found yourself remembering the music long after you’ve left. Did you also sometimes, think how lovely it would be to get that beat going in your own home? Well, the good news is…now you can.

Turtle Bay now has it’s own brand new official Spotify channel. Here’s what you can expect –

● Exclusive Spotify playlists available from the likes of Rohan Marley

● Listen to Turtle Bay’s famous in-restaurant playlists

● Turtle Bay is renowned for its authentic reggae soundtrack

● Includes legendary artist playlists from the likes of Rohan Marley, with playlists from reggae icons and top international artists to come

● Listen to your favourite tracks in the restaurant and then add them to own personal Spotify library

● Bring The Bay Home!

Turtle Bay Caribbean Restaurant and Bar is giving everyone access to its famous laid back, Caribbean tunes with the launch of three exclusive internal lists on Spotify – The Baylis, Dancehall & Soca and Fresh Vibes.

The blissful atmosphere of the Caribbean is now available through these hot Turtle Bay mixes alongside exclusive playlists from Rohan Marley and other international artists to come.

Hear what they are listening to with themed playlists such as ‘favourite reggae tracks ever’, ‘new artists they love’ and ‘weekend vibes’ featuring amongst others Dawn Penn, Toots & The Maytals, Max Romeo, Sister Nancy, Gregory Isaacs, Yellowman, and the king of reggae himself, Bob Marley.

Turtle Bay is famed for its sound systems and the detail and attention it pays to compiling its own in-house music. And the Spotify lists are set to become legends in

their own right as new artist mixes will become available over the coming weeks and months. Fans on Spotify will be able to listen to them in their entirety and then add to their own personal lists, so wherever they are and whatever they are doing they’ll be able to transport themselves straight to the heart of the Caribbean social and bask in the tunes that go to make up one of the most talked about music launches this year.

Investing In Kid’s Bedroom Furniture That Will Last

We live in a throwaway society. Everything from plastic bags to disposable coffee cups and water bottles are part of our lives. Finally, society is waking up to how bad this is for the planet and we are starting to search for ways to reuse and recycle.

It is the same for kid’s bedroom furniture. Do you really have to buy tiny furniture and baby things that will only be suitable for a few months or can you invest in some classic pieces that will suit them until they leave home?

Cut down on redecorating costs

Try to avoid the classic baby look in the nursery. Choose neutral colours for the walls and the ceiling and then it is easy to patch it up if it gets stained or worn. You can make the room look pretty for your baby by choosing curtains and fabrics with appropriate designs. These are easy and cheap to replace as your little one grows up.

It is important that you choose a floor covering that will last as this is both expensive and disruptive to replace. Why not go with a hard-wearing laminate from B&Q or with a carpet in a neutral colour. Classic white gloss is always best for skirting boards and door frames. You can finish the look off with details such as lampshades and prints.

Choose second-hand furniture

You can save a fortune by buying second-hand furniture. It costs a fraction of the new items and is usually in excellent condition. Many pieces have hardly been used. However, you need to choose quality items that will last so you need to look out for:

  • Furniture made from natural products such as wood. They age well and look good even if they have a few bumps and chips.
  • Well-constructed pieces. It needs to have well-built joints. The legs need to be well attached and nothing should be hanging off!
  • Drawers that do what they are meant to do. Cheap furniture often has flimsy drawers. As soon as you put clothes in them, the bottom falls out and once you start using them for toys they will collapse.

Avoid plastic furniture or anything that looks like it will stain or mark easily.

Where to find the best furniture

You shouldn’t have to travel very far to find what you are looking for. Ask your friends and family if they are looking to get rid of any furniture. Is there anything that you like the look of lurking in your grandmother’s attic? You can use shiply to organise transporting large furniture to your home. All you have to do is fill in one simple form and a quote is delivered to you by email.

You can have great fun renovating old items and they will mean a lot more to you when you have finished.