What:  Illustrator Rose Blake hosts life drawing class where families can meet Buttons the Cadbury animatronic cow and learn how to sketch her

Where: Level 4, Frobisher Rooms, Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS

When: 22nd and 23rd July, 2017

Open to: Families with children aged 4+

Calling all families wanting to unleash their creative side! CadburyDairy Milk Buttons is hosting ‘Little Pi-Cow-So Sessions’ this summer. Held at the Barbican Centre on 22nd and 23rd July these ultimate drawing classes will give families the chance to meet Buttons, the impressive eight foot animatronic Cadbury cow.

Led by renowned artist Rose Blake, attendees will learn how to sketch Buttons during a life drawing class and pose for pictures with the friendly cow. Families will also get to sample delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons and leave with a fun-filled goodie bag so they can continue to channel their artists within at home.

The Little Pi-Cow-So Sessions are set to be an activity the whole family can enjoy. For full information and to book your free tickets, visit the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cadbury-little-pi-cow-so-masterclasses-tickets-35734143786 Hurry spaces are limited!

The animatronic cow was created to mark Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Adopt a Cow campaign and comes in response to research, which revealed that city children are a bit confused when it comes to cows and what they look like. One in 10 believes that a cow is the size of a double decker bus whilst over 10 per cent think that they’re as small as cats. Cadbury is therefore giving city children the chance to get up close and personal with this animatronic cow to find out what these animals actually look like.

Controlled through a mixture of robotics and two highly skilled puppeteers inside a realistic construction of the body of a cow, Buttons took a team of 20 prop specialists over 500 hours to create. Ensuring that it was as authentic as possible, the highly skilled performers studied the moo-vements of real cows for over 300 hours to capture the true likeness for this one-of-a-kind build.

The Cadbury Adopt a Cow campaign is an exciting new initiative from Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons, which gives families the opportunity to adopt a cow via an on-pack promotion and 20 lucky families the chance to win an overnight trip to meet their cow at its farm. Special promotion packs can be found in stores now with the competition closing on 31stAugust 2017. For more information about the Adopt a Cow campaign go to https://adoptacow.cadbury.co.uk/.

To keep up to date on other exciting news about Cadbury, visit www.facebook.com/cadburyUK or tweet @CadburyUK

Mix It Magazine Review

We have been lucky to review a number of age relevant magazines for the kids and the latest Mix It magazine has been a huge hit in the house.

This one is especially relevant as it deal with reviews and unboxing the latest toys.  It exclusively features key influencers and box-openers from the vlogging community, Emily Tube and Creative Celeste.

Featuring all the hottest new brands such as Shopkins, DC Superhero Girls, Lego Friends and other much loved classics, this interactive and fun-packed magazine includes stories, quizzes, cartoons, things to make, bake and do, collectable posters, games and more! Plus FREE branded cover gifts and branded stickers with every issue!

What we thought –

Aeryn loved both the issues – we were sent issue one and two to review.

Both the magazines were packed with activities – word search, mazes and stories that are easy to read for any 5 – 6 year old on their own.

The first issue also came with a cute nail set that Aeryn just loves. The second issue had a dance wand and accessories. She loved this too. I think she was quite happy that they didn’t have the usual toys as it made her feel a little more grown up.

The magazines are also packed with competitions and we are going to get ours out today. Fingers crossed as there are some lovely prizes to be won. 


I think these magazines are perfect for the summer holidays as they have quite a lot to keep the children occupied. There are even games and nail art tips which we shall also be trying later. Aeryn also loved the quiz to check which LOL club she belonged to. Apparently she belongs to the Glitterati.

Issue 2 went on sale on the 20th of July and Issue 3 will be out on 10th August.

The magazine is priced at £3.65 and is good value for money.


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.