The Second Week of the Summer Holidays 2017

It’s great being invited to events during the summer. It keeps the kids busy and me even busier and none of us gets bored.

Last week saw us having a few quiet days as well as some full on days.

Monday was a rest day when we sat at home and caught up on reviews.


Tuesday was a full on day where we went to Biscuiteers Workshop to make some nutty biscuits to celebrate the new film – The Nut Job 2

From there we headed off to see The Grossery Gang Movie and that was loads of fun.

We obviously needed a rest on Wednesday.

Thursday was another rest day.

Friday saw us heading off to Pizza Express to check out their summer Piccolo menu. Just delicious.

We needed Saturday to recover and then had another exciting event – The Nut Job 2 screening at Warner Bros HQ.

Luckily the weather was kind to us when we were out and we managed to get to places without getting caught in the rain. Not so sure about the next week though.


Jacintaz3 at the DesignaFriend Fashion Show 2017

Last Tuesday we headed off early for an exciting DesignaFriend Fashion Show Party and Afternoon Tea at Weston Hall, Stafford.

It was quite a trek but the children say it was all worth it and you’ll soon know why.

Weston Hall is a beautiful venue and it was great to be travelling up north as it brought back memories of the times we lived there.

We were greeted and served a scrumptious afternoon tea – macarons, sandwiches, pastries and pink lemonade!

The girls were then treated to some pampering – hair and nails and they got to make bracelets too.

Of course the highlight was the fashion show with us being introduced to the latest AW17 collection. It was delightful to see the dolls and the lovely models who were ever so confident at walking the ramp. Beautiful outfits for every occasion and dolls that are gorgeous in every way.

Tiana from Toys and Me was a surprise guest and she was presented with her very own limited edition Tiana doll. And YAY! All the little guests got one each in their goody bags too.

The girls also got to meet Tiana and take a picture with her.

We returned home tired but happy and wanting one of each of the dolls we saw.

All the dolls are available at Argos and you can check them out here – DesignaFriend at Argos 

Here are some more images of the day –

The First Week of the Summer Holidays 2017…

It’s the summer holidays and though it’s been ONLY a week (in full), it sometimes feels like forever. The children are forever hungry or thirsty AND bored.

And I can’t see why, because we’ve had some amazing days out.

Last Monday, we headed out to Oxygen Freejumping for a morning of trampolining and having fun.


On Tuesday, we were off to Stafford for a Design A Friend Fashion Show Party and Afternoon Tea at Weston Hall that the kids loved. Well, the girls did. Ethan sat and played on his DS throughout.

Wednesday was a sort of rest day but Aeryn made her video reviews for her new You Tube Channel. More on this soon.


We were off to Great Missenden for an amazing event at the Roald Dahl Museum with Mr Kipling (yes the one with cakes)


Friday was a foraging day –


Saturday and Sunday were kind of rest days but we made time to go cycling and play some football in the park.


I don’t see why the kids were bored. We had more than a full week.


A Whoopsy-Wiffling Day at the Roald Dahl Museum with Mr Kipling

If you find this post effusive, it’s probably because books and cakes have that effect on me. It was a not-so-sunny day that we made the trip to the Roald Dahl Museum invited by none other than the team at Mr Kipling for their #SplendiferousSummer event.

We’d never visited the museum so we were quite excited – so excited that we arrived 45 minutes early.


The event room was filled with gloriumptious cake – something we were looking forward to but it was first time to be given an introduction to the Museum by the Director – Steve. I was surprised to know a few facts – that Sophie from The BFG was originally a boy called Jody. It was also lovely to be able to see the first handwritten manuscripts of the stories.

We toured the museum and got an insight into the life of Roald Dahl. I was glad we got to do this as the children learn about his stories in school and there’s always a Roald Dahl Dress-up Day too.

We were also given a tour of the little town of Great Missenden where the celebrated author picked up so much of his inspiration for his books.

It’s a lovely little town and a short walk from the centre saw us coming to the church, in the grounds of which Roald Dahl is buried.

Now you may be wondering what all this has to do with Mr Kipling Cakes. Well, firstly you don’t need any connection between anything to eat cake but in this case there is.

Mr Kipling is bringing you a Splendiferous Summer of prizes for all the family to enjoy. It all starts with the limited edition Roald Dahl packaging with images similar to the books. Of course, you then open the packaging and inside you’ll find a code that you can enter on the – Splendiferous Summer Website

Don’t forget to eat the cake, of course.

These limited edition packs are only available at Tesco.

There are some amazing prizes to be won including tickets to Matilda the musical, family tickets to the Roald Dahl Museum, a selection of Roald Dahl books and even if you don’t win first time round, you’ll be entered into the grand prize draw of the week which include a family trip to New York.

The packs are priced at an RRP of £1 – what’s not to like?

Back to our day and we were treated to a lovely lunch of sandwiches (yes, one can’t live on cake alone – or can you?) AND cake – lots of it.

We even got cake to take back in our goody bags as well as a super voucher to spend in the gift shop. How glad (and proud) was I when the children chose to buy books. They were rewarded with cake.

There are also some Phizz-Whizzing ideas to entertain your little ones this summer – including creating dream jars, levitating a ball and decorating an Oompa Loompa. For more information visit the website at

We shall probably have to go and replenish our stock of cake soon. We do want to visit New York and if can win with cake – why ever not?

What are you waiting for – go get a pack of whoopsy-splunkers Mr Kipling cake and enter the code to win.