Your chance to win a LeapReader Junior with Sophia the First

We love Sophia the First  and Aeryn loves her more than anyone else. In fact for her upcoming birthday, she wants a “Phia First” (as she calls it) cake, a doll, a castle and dressing up clothes!

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LeapFrog has just launched their LeapReader Junior Sophia the First book and you have a great chance to win the book and a brand new LeapReader Junior too. Isn’t that exciting?

And the competition is even more exciting as it is quite different to other ones. LeapFrog is asking you to make up a Sophia the First story.



What do you need to do?

Tomorrow the 24th of April, my daughter Aeryn and myself will be tweeting the beginning of our own Sophia the First story. There may be more than one as Aeryn does have quite a few ideas already.

I will then tag one of my followers to continue the story and then that follower in turn will have to tag someone else. Whoever tweets will need to use the hashtag #Sophiathefirst.

So, for example, I would tweet “Once upon a time #SophiatheFirst met a beautiful lady in the forest @username”

The best story will win a LeapReader Junior and a Sophia the First book.


Its going to be a whole lot of fun as we don’t know where our story will take us so follow the hashtag #SophiatheFirst to take part.




Staying active with Y-Volution

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A while ago I reviewed the Yvolution scooters and I must say that I like them more than ever for my children. They have withstood all the scrapes and falls and look as good as new.

The children love their scooters and I have found that besides the healthy benefits of going outside to play and wanting to get out more, they seem to have more confidence with other things too.

My children are not sporty and are a bit fearful of falling for some strange reason. However, the three wheeled scooter has made them feel comfortable with scooting and their have gotten pretty good at it.

In fact when they had a special scooter week at school, they took great pride at getting on their scooters to school everyday. The scooters look stylish and are durable and we have been using them for the past 4 months now.

Y-volution has a great range of scooters which start from the age range of 9 months. Yes you read right – 9 months. Of course these are not scooters per se but more like walkers and ride ons.


You can then upgrade to the Y-Glider 3-in-1 suitable from ages 1 – 5 which acts as a ride on or a scooter where the height of the handle bar can be adjusted to grow with the child.


Their Glider series has a range of scooters to suit ages 3+ and we have reviewed the Glider XL as mentioned earlier. Scooter-Cat-300x300 It is a lovely scooter, trendy to look at and hardwearing too.

The Y-Flikr is an innovative self propelling scooter. It has great sporty looks and is ideal for children who want a faster ride.


For even more of a rush, there is the Y-Flikr Carver, suitable from age 7 to adult. You can carve, drift and even do a 360.


YVolution even has a range of balance bikes for children aged 18 – 48 months and they have the same durable, tough material like the other Y-Volution products.


With YVolution, there is something for everyone in the family. I love the bright colours more neon-like and the prices are quite affordable. As a mother, I would definitely recommend their products. Besides with summer around the bend, it may be nice to get one for each family member. :)

Here is a video showing the Y-Flikr in action. It does look quite amazing, doesn’t it?

Disclaimer: I was not obliged to write this post. I just think that the Y-Volution products are really lovely.

Brunch with Weetabix

So two Saturdays ago, we found ourselves up early and ready to go to central London for an exclusive brunch with Tania Farah and the Weetabix team. Sigh…Early mornings on a Saturday!!

It was all worth it though as everyone had a great time.
We were invited to The Orange, a lovely restaurant for the event and there were promises of the children being entertained which meant that I could enjoy a meal without spooning food into my little one’s mouth or mopping up spilled juice!

On entering, the children were immediately captivated by Ben who made them laugh and created very fancy balloon hats which the children were thrilled to wear. I fancy my little one felt quite ‘queenly’ with her hat at the head of the table.

I had a chat with Tania as we discussed what all Mums who get together discuss – their kids! She is lovely.

We had a scrumptious breakfast (I had Eggs Benedict and Hubs had a full English) and we were given a little introduction to Weetabix and its ingredients and the importance of breakfast by Sian Porter, Weetabix’s consultant dietician. I was quite surprised to know how little sugar it actually contains as I always thought cereals are quite high in sugar.

As Sian mentioned – Weetabix is a low fat, low sugar, high fibre, wholegrain food fortified with B vitamins (thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid) and iron. Although it is not labelled low salt, two Weetabix contains only 0.25g salt which given a level teaspoon weighs 4g is 1/16th of a level teaspoon in two (or 1/32th for one) well within children’s recommendations. The amounts of sugar and salt added are the minimum needed for the recipe to keep the wholewheat flakes together in their iconic shape.

Here is some exciting news about an initiative by Weetabix and championed by Mo Farah.


London Olympics hero Mo Farah has been revealed as the face of Weetabix’s Ultimate Sports Day campaign, which offers youngsters the chance to create and take part in their dream school sports day.
Farah’s double-gold at London 2012, coupled with his now legendary “Mobot” celebration, installed the Londoner as a national treasure and cemented his position as one the best British track stars of all time. Farah has joined forces with the nation’s favourite breakfast cereal to back a campaign that aims to encourage UK kids to get excited about exercise.
Children are invited to design a unique and exciting obstacle they would like to see at their own sports day, with two winners then seeing their creations come to life at an exciting day of sport at the Olympic Park this summer. Weetabix has launched the Ultimate Sports Day campaign with the hope of encouraging children and parents across the UK to fuel future champions with Weetabix, and to inspire kids to get active by reigniting the passion for sport the nation felt during the 2012 Olympics.
Olympic gold medallist and Weetabix fan Mo Farah, commented: “I’m really looking forward to being part of the Weetabix Ultimate Sports Day campaign. As an athlete and, more importantly as a dad, I know how vital it is to inspire kids get active and a big part of that is making sure they get a nutritious start to the day.
“Being a champion isn’t just about being the best; it’s about looking after yourself and having the attitude to maintain that.”
On top of the Ultimate Sports Day, hundreds of kids across the UK are in with the chance to win a range of prizes, including sports equipment for their school and individual prizes such as top-of-the-range trainers.
Wendy French, Senior Brand Manager at Weetabix said; ” Through the Ultimate Sports Day campaign, we’re keen to remind mums and teachers that a bowl of Weetabix in the morning helps children with stamina, building muscle and bone strength.”
In order to enter the Ultimate Sports Day campaign, simply pick up a pack and visit, letting Weetabix know what a dream sports day obstacle would be: whether it’s a giant sack race or a one-of-a-kind relay – the more creative the concept, the better.
Two winners and their schools will be selected and invited to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Monday 14th July 2014, to take part in 2014′s most exciting day of sport under the watchful eye of Olympic legend Mo Farah and fuelled by Weetabix.
The campaign compliments official guidance from the NHS to encourage moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity for children three times a week. High in fibre, low in sugar and fat and fortified with vitamins and iron, a bowl of Weetabix with milk, eaten as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, provides the nutritious start to the day that healthy minds and bodies require.


Rising Star of the Equestrian World announced as Big Farm’s Ambassador


Last autumn saw three year old Harry Edwards Brady, from Hatherleigh Devon, make headlines all over the UK as Britain’s youngest competitor in the prestigious riding event, the Horse of the Year Show. Now Harry’s latest adventure sees him taking on every little boys dream job, as TOMY’s official ambassador and toy tester for the Britains Big Farm range. _DSC3100

Harry, who announced to the UK press back in October that his favourite toy was his John Deere Britains Big Farm tractor, will now be the face of the Britains Big Farm range. Harry will also be their official toy tester reviewing all the latest toys before they hit the shops. Fans should keep their eyes glued to the Britains Facebook page, for Harry’s expert reviews of all his favourite toys.

Emilia Lawes, senior sales and marketing manager across TOMY’s Farm ranges said:

‘‘I am delighted to have Harry on board for 2014, Harry is a super star horse rider in the making and we were thrilled to find out that he is such a fan. Harry is a perfect fit for the range and we are truly excited to have him as our ambassador’’.


_DSC3136Harry has been brought up on the family farm in Devon and his mum Emma had him riding horses from just a few weeks old. Harry is animal and farming mad, he has a peacock named Paulette as well as ducks and chickens uniquely named after his favourite chocolates, Milky Way and Kitkat. Harry’s ponies are Castlemead Andy Pandy, Gryngallt Page and Moortown Divine, his 11.2 hands high Dartmoor pony with whom he rode into the equestrian hall of fame, at the Horse of the Year Show. No doubt Harry will go from strength to strength in 2014 as he competes at many regional county shows where he hopes to qualify for the Horse of the Year Show 2014.


Harry’s mum Emma and dad Sean, former captain in The Rifles infantry regiment, could not be more proud that Harry is following in the family equestrian tradition and that Harry wears a Help for Heroes tie when he is competing. Harry’s mum, Emma Edwards Brady said:

‘’Harry is so excited and we are delighted that Britains got in touch and have chosen Harry to be their toy testing ambassador’’.

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