Win a 3 Months Subscription to Smartick

Maths is one of those subjects that just doesn’t come easy to some kids. It can be challenging and can really knock a child’s confidence when they continually ‘don’t get it’. If we’re not careful, as parents and teachers, and help our children as much as we can, they could slip into that downward spiral of assuming they’re simply not good at maths and therefore not try. We need to encourage them to believe that they CAN do it, even if they have to practice that little bit more.

I recently read some research that found ALL children can succeed at Maths… but they all learn in different ways and these differences need tapping into. There’s far too much emphasis on speed and calculation, whereas some children have deeper thought processes which too much testing and a lack of that personal feel can make maths become lifeless and boring. But with a bit of creativity, children can be much more engaged.

That’s why we are loving the Smartick Method which we have been using at home for the past few months. Read my previous post about how my young 7 year old son was struggling and how I thought Smartick was helping. It’s a great resource for kids maths, unlike anything else out there, and I can honestly say it’s really boosted my son’s confidence in his abilities.

smartick method maths kids education

Here at Mummy Endeavours. I’m giving away a three month subscription to Smartick so you can try it at home with your child…. I absolutely know he/she will enjoy it and reap the rewards at school!

To enter, please fill in the Gleam widget below…..

Mummy Endeavours – Win 3 Months Subscription to Smartick

 

Best of luck.

WIN a Deluxe Gourmet Escape Smartbox with BuyaGift

Do you love a weekend away?

Who doesn’t? I really must make the effort to do it more often as it’s such a treat. Just escaping for the night and getting away from the everyday can do absolute wonders for your wellbeing. It can be expensive though, admittedly, but the vast selection of breaks offered at Buyagift.com are so reasonably priced, that you really have no excuse!

Buyagift.com is the leading provider of gift experiences in the UK and with over 5,000 options to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect gift for either yourself (go on treat yourself) or for someone special! Buyagift.com provide something for everyone, including once in a lifetime experiences such as bungee jumping and skydiving, adrenaline fuelled activities such as driving supercars and flying, to more relaxing experiences such as spa days, hotel breaks and gourmet meals.

I have teamed up with the lovely people at Buyagift to bring you a fantastic competition!

buyagift competition

You can win this Deluxe Gourmet Escape which is the perfect treat for you and your loved one thanks to a winning combination of 4-Star hotels, UK and Europe wide locations and decadent cuisine. Whatever location you choose you’ll be staying in a luxurious venue where you will be treated to a delicious three course dinner to excite your taste buds and satisfy your cravings.

buyagift competition

To top off your deluxe experience you can enjoy a wonderful breakfast the morning after your stay. You could take things easy and relax with a night on the Norfolk coast or enjoy a little more excitement and head for the bright lights of Newcastle, the choice is yours!

buyagift competition hotels

How wonderful does that sound? To be in with a chance of winning, please enter via the Gleam widget below and make sure you enter with as many options as you can to be in with a better chance! Competition closes on 20th June 2017 – Best of Luck!

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Mummy Endeavours – Win a Deluxe Gourmet Escape with Buyagift

My First Ballet – Cinderella

My First Ballet Cinderella English National Ballet

The English National Ballet and English National Ballet School are back this year with their ever so popular My First Ballet shows! I took my daughter along last year to their production of Sleeping Beauty and it was absolutely brilliant, we loved it.

The idea behind the My First Ballet shows are that they are performed by second year students of the English National Ballet school, and they are aimed and a younger audience, i.e children. Adapted to an hour in length and with a narrator to help their young audiences follow the story, it’s the perfect way to introduce children as young as three to the magic of ballet.

This year the My First Ballet will be of classic fairy tale Cinderella and will kick off it’s UK tour next month in Dartford, before finishing in Manchester in July.

This production tells the story of Cinderella, who is tormented by her stepsisters and not allowed to attend the Prince’s ball. Left behind to an evening of chores, she is visited by her Fairy Godmother who transforms her into a Princess who shall go to the ball.

Choreographed by George Williamson, award-winning former student of English National Ballet School, My First Ballet: Cinderella is part of the My First Ballet series which enters its sixth year in 2017. Since its inception in 2012, over 200,000 people have enjoyed the series which has included the hugely successful My First Ballet: Swan Lake, Coppélia and Sleeping Beauty. George Williamson, said: “Cinderella was the first production I created in the series, and I’m thrilled to be revisiting the choreography and reworking it for a brand new audience. I’m proud to be working with English National Ballet and the School to lead the way in creating tailor made productions for children, offering what for many will be their first experience of a ballet performance.”

My First Ballet Cinderella

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English National Ballet School's: My First Cinderella promotional images

English National Ballet School's: My First Cinderella promotional images

My First Ballet: Cinderella will be amazing if it’s anything like the one we watched last year and we absolutely can’t wait to see it in London. It will be at The Peacock Theatre twice… first in April then back again in July!

If you want to catch one of the shows in an area near you, here are the tour listings…

Orchard Theatre, Dartford – 6 – 8 April 2017
Box Office: 01322 220000. Tickets: £15 – £20

The Peacock, London – 11 April – 22 April 2017
Box Office: 020 7863 8000. Tickets: £10 – £25

New Theatre, Oxford – 28 April – 29 April 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 3020. Tickets: £11.50 – £29.40

Liverpool Empire – 5 May – 6 May 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 3017. Tickets: £11.50 – £29.40

New Wimbledon Theatre – 13 May – 14 May 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 7646. Tickets: £11.50 – £29.40

The Bristol Hippodrome – 20 – 21 May 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 3012. Tickets: £11.50 – £29.40

New Victoria Theatre, Woking – 26 – 27 May 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £11.50 – £29.40

The Peacock, London – 18 – 23 July 2017
Box Office: 020 7863 8000. Tickets: £10 – £25

Manchester Opera House – 26 – 30 July 2017

All tickets on sale now!

As an extra bonus I’m giving away a pair of tickets to a show of your choosing right here on Mummy Endeavours! Please enter my competition by filling in the widget below… it’s very easy, and the more sections you complete, the better your chance of winning!

Good luck x

Mummy Endeavours WIN Two Tickets to My First Ballet: Cinderella

For more information and book tickets see: www.ballet.org.uk/myfirstballet

Please note performance details are subject to change.

WIN Tickets to The Baby Show

This March, get ready to enjoy a fantastic shopping experience at the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event of the year!

the baby show london 2017

 The Baby Show with MadeForMums will be taking place on the new date of Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th March, at the ExCeL London. Find everything you need for bump, baby and you – with amazing offers all in one place, for three days only!

There will be over 200 exhibitors showcasing a huge array of essential baby products from trusted brands as well as the latest innovations. All the major baby retailers will be there, alongside market leading brands such as, iCandy, Stokke, UppaBaby, Philips Avent, Chicco, MAM, Nuby and high end Italian brand Peg Perego who will be launching in the UK at the show!  There will also be independent brands that you won’t find on the high street.

There will be a wonderful line up of speakers on The Baby Show Stage with MadeForMums including experts from the world of breastfeeding, sleep and nutrition as well as real parents giving their first-hand stories and advice including authors Giovanna Fletcher and Clemmie Hooper.

If you are looking for more personal and tailored advice, you can benefit from private 15 minute appointments with The Baby Show Experts at the One To One With The Experts Area – you just need to book your appointment on the day. And once you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, don’t worry about all the carrying as you can take advantage of the free Emma’s Diary Collect-By-Car service where you can drop off all your purchases and continue until you’ve got a carful!

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It really is a must-attend show for mums and dads to be, parents, friends and family members.

Here at Mummy Endeavours, I’ve teamed up with The Baby Show to give away a pair of tickets worth £20 each!

Please enter via the Gleam widget below filling out as many of the options as possible to give you a better chance of winning!

Best of luck x

Mummy Endeavours – Win a Pair of Tickets to The Baby Show London

The Baby Show is taking place on Friday 3rd March – Sunday 5th March inclusive, open from 9.30am to 5.30pm each day.  Standard on the door tickets are £20.  For more information please visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk.

Merlin Annual Pass Sale & Thorpe Park Giveaway

Yes it’s that time of year folks when one of the best sales deals ever is on offer! A deal you really can’t afford to miss out on if you love family days out at one of the many UK’s amazing theme parks!

The Merlin Annual Pass is SUCH good value for money anyway, even without the sale discount. But WITH the discount it’s simply too good to miss.

Merlin annual pass sale

Just in case you didn’t know, Merlin have 32 different attractions all across the UK and the Annual Pass will grant you free entry into ALL of them!

There’s literally SO much fun to be had with an Annual Pass and once the initial outlay is paid, it gives you peace of mind knowing that, when ever you want, you can just pick up on the spur of the moment and head off to somewhere amazing. Giving the kids a brilliant day out, without having to think about how much all the tickets will cost.

We had Thorpe Park Annual Passes for all the family last year which we put to very good use. We saved an absolute fortune because we visited at LEAST six times! But imagine being able to visit some of the other parks too? Like Alton Towers, Chessington, Legoland, Warwick Castle, Shrek’s Adventure, London Dungeons, Blackpool Tower…. the list of fabulous attractions really is endless, and the savings are massive. Especially when you remember that entry into these attractions per person can be as much as £50 EACH!

Thorpe Park is still one of our favourites because it’s the closest to us and has some of our favourite, big rides! It’s great for adults and teenagers (although still plenty to do for youngsters) so I visit a lot with just with my Teen, so we can hit all the roller coasters in quick succession!

Thorpe Park is situated just outside London, it’s in a great location with easy access from the motorways, making it the number one choice for Londoners! The Park is closed throughout the Winter months but this year they’re opening the ticket office on each and every Saturday now from 10am – 4pm, leading up to their opening date of March 23rd 2017, so you can pop down and pick up your Merlin Annual Pass from there, nice and early!

There are two different types of passes – the Premium one, which includes quite a few extras to the Standard Pass, and these are things such as no restricted access, priority entry and free parking. The Standard Pass does have restricted access to the main parks during high season and at some special events so be sure check those out before purchasing. If they don’t affect when and where you go then that one will be totally fine.

For more details on restrictions and all other information, as well as booking, please visit the Merlin Annual Pass Website.

Below is a table of the savings you can make by buying your Annual Pass in the January sale!

 Prices per person
January Price    Full Price       Saving

New Premium Family £129 £179 £50
New Premium Individual £159 £219 £60
New Standard Family £109 £139 £30
New Standard Individual £129 £179 £50
Renewal Premium Family £119 £139 £20
Renewal Premium Individual £149 £169 £20
Renewal Standard Family £99 £109 £10
Renewal Standard Individual £119 £139 £20

THE BIG NEW YEAR SALE ENDS ON 13TH FEBRUARY 2017

12 MONTHS OF FUN EXPLORING MAGICAL WORLDS.

Just to make things even more exciting here on Mummy Endeavours, I’m giving away FOUR tickets for the 2017 season of Thorpe Park!

Enter via the Gleam widget below!

Mummy Endeavours – Win FOUR Tickets to Thorpe Park

There is 1 prize to be won and there will be 1 individual winner selected. The winner will receive:

  • Four tickets to THORPE PARK Resort

GOOD LUCK

Ballerina – Review and Giveaway

ballerina movie review

A while ago we went to a special screening of new animated movie Ballerina!

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of it before the invite arrived. There hasn’t been much hype surrounding it and even now with the movie due to be released nationwide in a few weeks time, there still isn’t much in the way of a big media push. Maybe it will start soon.

But in the mean time, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you that the film is BRILLIANT!

I took my daughter along as she loves ballet, as do I, so I knew the pair of us would probably love it!

It’s a heartwarming story about a young, poor French girl called Felicie who lives in an orphanage. She dreams of becoming a ballerina and devises a plan to escape with her good friend from the orphanage, Victor! They head to Paris where Felicie tries to find the world famous ballet school that she has always wanted to go, and Victor tries his hand at being an inventor… something HE has always dreamed of!

Cue lots of obstacles in her way and the realisation that achieving her dream won’t be as straightforward as she thought, Felicie must strive as hard as she can to win a place at the ballet school.

Ballerina film review

ballerina film review

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ballerina

Lots of colourful characters throughout, some kind, some downright nasty, which gives the movie lots of light and shade. I liked the underlining message that it sends children that you shouldn’t give up on your dreams. It shows that through sheer determination and a strong belief in yourself, even when it looks as though there is no hope…. things will start to go your way.

The animation is beautiful. I loved the Paris scenery set in 1879! There were laugh out loud moments and I think I actually shed a little tear too in one scene!

My daughter absolutely loved this film! We would thoroughly recommend, especially if you have a budding little ballerina in your house. Little girls are going to go crazy over it! But it’s a great film for all the family too!

Ballerina is out on 19th December so do try and make it. Have a little watch of the trailer here….

If you want to win some of this gorgeous merchandise that accompanies the film…

ballerina competition merchandise

Enter my competition using the Gleam widget below which gives your more ways to win!

Mummy Endeavours Win Ballerina Merchandise

Trolls Review and Competition

trolls review

To celebrate the cinematic release of TROLLS, the happiest and most joyous adventure from DreamWorks Animation featuring the vocal talents of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, I’m offering YOU the chance to WIN 1 of 3 Trolls Goody Bags!

Three lucky winners will receive magnets, a keychain, an activity pack, a yo-yo, a stationary set and more!

trolls goody bag

But first of all, what did we think of Dreamworks’ Trolls?

We attended a preview of the movie at the Imax cinema in Leicester Square. There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding the release… I know my children have been talking about it for a while. It seems to have been a long wait!

In the foyer of the Imax, the characters from the film were out in force!

trolls premiere

My boys love the Imax cinema and couldn’t wait for the film to start!

So the first thing I have to say about the film is COLOUR! The film is spectacularly bright and amazingly colouful! It’s an animated, musical, magical adventure as the happiest creatures ever must embark on a rescue mission. A mission that will take them far beyond their world of rainbows and cupcakes, to rescue some of their friends who have been kidnapped by the miserable Bergens!

Lots of big stars in the cast including Anna Kendrix and Justin Timberlake, who’s number 1 smash hit “Can’t Stop The Feeling” is taken from this movie! Others include James Corden, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand and Zoey Deschanel.

There are lots of fab disco singalong songs peppered throughout which we all loved, as well as being packed with jokes.

Trolls is a definite feel good movie…. I felt like I was sitting there with a big grin on my face most of the time! A great family movie that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside :)

trolls review

To be in with a chance of winning one of my 3 Trolls merchandise Goody Bags… Watch the trailer and then answer the question below in the Gleam widget…

 

Mummy Endeavours – Win 1 of 3 Trolls Goody Bags

 

See it in cinemas Friday!

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Competition will open at 12am 18th October 2016. Competition will close at Midnight on 17th November 2016 and entries sent after the closing date will not be considered. Entrants must be over the age of 13. Competition is open to UK residents only.
Prize for THREE (3) winners is 1x magnets, 1x lenticular cards, 1x keychain, 1x activity pack, 1x yo-yo, 1x stationary set, 1x mini globe, 1x T-Shirt (size – children’s medium)
Winners will be notified via email and their full postal address requested for prize fulfilment. Winners will be picked at random for all entrants. The prize will be delivered to the winners within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address. Failure to reply to notification of winning within 1 week renders the competition void. In the unlikely event the prize style has discontinued a similar model to the same value will be provided. There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions. Winner’s name, address and contact details will be requested for prize fulfilment. Winner’s name, address and contact details may be passed to a third party provider for prize fulfilment. The Editor’s decision is final and binding on the entrants – no correspondence will be entered into.
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