You’ve Got a Friend in Me #Thinkwayfriends

It’s all back to school now within the next week and I have to say I’m gutted. I love having my kids off and spending all our time together! I love the leisurely mornings we can have and hate the early routines of school runs… waking up the kids, rushing them out of the door! This next term too sees the return of the dark mornings which are the worst!

My twins always struggle with back to school after summer holidays. They have been known to cry at the classroom door… not because they hate school, they don’t, it’s just they want to stay with me. Last year though, we tuned a corner and I think (hope) this will be the case this year.

The reason for this change is because they know they will be seeing all their friends again! They’ve got to the age where they realise the importance of friendships and how much joy they bring. They love their little ‘gang’ of boys and getting together again at school after the long break will be lots of fun!

This motley crew is made up of my twins and their school friends at a party just before the end of term in July!

Friends are THE best thing about school, I think most people would agree. When you think back as an adult to your own school days, it’s the laughs you had with the friends you made that will probably stick out the most in your memory!

This week we were sent some brand new Toy Story Buzz and Woody toys from Smyths to celebrate all things friendships! We’ve had Woody and Buzz before in our toy collection. In fact, we have quite a lot of the characters from the film as all four of my children have been into them over the years and they’ve popped up frequently under the Christmas tree! Teen (19) even had the original ones from way back when! But these, made by Thinkway Toys are definitely the most true to life ones we’ve seen! At 12″ tall they’re nice and sturdy, with Buzz being able to stand up on his own!

They’re stunning aren’t they?

toy story buzz and woody thinkway toys

Buzz and Woody were definitely the best of friends in the Toy Story films. Yes they disagreed and had their fall outs, but that’s completely normal for best buddies isn’t it? Children can relate to these two favourites as they learn all about friendships themselves. Buzz and Woody are great role models too as they stick together through thick and thin and don’t give up on each other when times are difficult! Buzz has rescued Woody and Woody has rescued Buzz throughout the 3 Toy Story films!

Now we’re on countdown for the release of the brand new Toy Story movie coming out next year in June 2019! Toy Story 4… how exciting! I can’t wait to see what all the toys get up to this time… the last time we saw them, which was way back in 2010.. can you believe it was THAT long ago? Andy went off to college and ended up giving his beloved toys to the little girl round the corner! I wonder if we’ll get to see Andy again? I hope to see lots more Buzz and Woody adventures…. and there’s bound to be some new characters as there always has been with each new film release!

Great friendships come in all forms and aren’t just for school… even siblings can be the best of friends and nowhere is this more true than in my home with my twins…. they are the epitome of best friends and are always happiest playing together! They are kind and supportive of each other, yes they have their moments when they argue, but they are fiercely protective and I hope this is what they find in school friendships they make too.

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I decided to take the two sets of best friends out for an afternoon play at the park…. Woody and Buzz and my twins! They had lots of fun!

toy story friendsEnjoying the see-saw together!

toy story BuzzBuzz Lightyear liked the play house

toy story woodyWoody liked the slide

toy story buzz and woodyEnjoying the rope climbing frame

toy story buzz lightyearLucky Buzz even got to share some ice cream

My twins have played lots with Buzz and Woody since we’ve had them and now I’m giving you the chance to buy some of your favourite Toy Story Characters with my new competition!

There’s a £50 Smyths voucher to be won here on the blog and all you have to do to win is fill out the Gleam widget below!

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£50 Smyths Voucher #ThinkwayFriends

Best of luck!

If you have a child starting school this September… here’s to them making lots of new wonderful friends! For those that are returning…. here’s to lots more fun with the great friends they already have and for the new ones that might come along!

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Win Thunderbirds Are Go Season 2 on DVD

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ITV’s Thunderbirds Are Go are back for a brand new THIRD season this Spring with the first episode being screened on CITV and ITV from 31st March at 8.30am!

To celebrate this exciting news, I’m giving away 3 DVD’s of the whole SECOND series for 3 of my readers to enjoy all over again!

5,4,3,2,1 …The hotly anticipated, iconic British TV series, promises more family favourite rescue efforts from the Tracy Family. Produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in association with Weta Workshop, this season will introduce two brand new characters: a villainous coalition, The Chaos Crew – Havoc (a master thief and pilot) and Fuse (a hulking demolition expert).

They bring an array of exciting destructive skills, weapons and vehicles including Spolier (Havoc’s car), Basher (Fuse’s ATV) and their combined aerial jet known as The Chaos Cruiser!

Fun for the whole family, fans old and new, or those looking for an introduction to the world of International Rescue, this is one not to be missed!

For your chance of winning a copy of the DVD with the whole second series… please enter via the easy to use widget below!

Good luck!

Mummy Endeavours Win 1 of 3 Thunderbirds DVD’s

Win Tickets to The Baby Show

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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, with MadeForMums, will be taking place from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th March at the ExCeL London.

Find everything you need for bump, baby and you – with amazing offers, for three days only! The Show features over 200 exhibitors offering an unrivalled choice of top baby brands and products – including the UK’s widest range of buggies, pushchairs and car seats – all under one roof. There will also be innovative product launches and boutique, not-on-the-high-street brands.

Take advantage of one-to-one specialist advice, hundreds of discounts, plus the opportunity to try before you buy. It really is a must-attend event for those shopping for their new arrival – especially for first time parents! For those shopping for one of their biggest baby purchases – the trusty buggy, there’ll be some harder to find brands like Mutsy and Dubatti. Don’t forget to give them a test drive on the popular MadeForMums Buggy Testing Track so you can see what they feel like on different surfaces!

Get hands-on with each product and meet product experts from top brands where you can ask questions on how a product works so you can really check that it’s right for you and your family’s lifestyle. The show will have an enormous amount of exclusive show discounts, competitions and freebies to ensure you have your baby essentials shopping list all ticked off in no time!

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Again there will be a wonderful line up of speakers on The Baby Show Stage including experts from the world of breastfeeding, sleep and nutrition. Infant researcher and founder of the Your Baby Can Learn series, Dr Bob Titzer, author and baby food expert, Annabel Karmel, breastfeeding expert, Vanessa Christie and sleeps specialists, Lucy Shrimpton and Chireal Shallow, along with a number of other top experts will be sharing their parenting know-how to make each visitor’s journey into parenthood just that bit easier!

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.

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 car full!

The Show will be joining forces with the NCT again to raise awareness of the help they provide to new and expectant parents. The NCT has become a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of parents over the past 60 years. They will have practitioners on hand throughout the show to offer information and raise awareness of the fantastic courses on offer and visitors can try out short taster sessions at the show!

It really is a must-attend event for those shopping for their new arrival – especially for first time parents!

We’ve teamed up with The Baby Show to give away two pairs of tickets, to two lucky winners, worth £40 each pair!

The Baby Show at London ExCeL is open from Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th March from 9:30am until 5.30pm each day. Standard on the door tickets are £20 and children under 14 go free! For more information please visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk.

To enter please follow the instructions on the Gleam widget below…

Good luck!

Mummy Endeavours – Win 2 pairs of tickets to The Baby Show

WIN a Family Sized Annual Pass for Thorpe Park

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Even though Thorpe Park isn’t opening for the season for another couple of months, (boo), we are already thinking about Annual Passes for this year!

The Thorpe Park Resort Annual Pass is brilliant value for money…. you can literally pay for a day then go back for a year! As many times as you like! How good is that?

We love Thorpe Park, as you know if you read my blog regularly, and always make the most out of own annual passes. Especially having a teenager in the household… he’s old enough to go on his own now with friends, which he does quite often, as well as going with us and his younger siblings. Even though it’s aimed at the older child and adults with it’s huge array of big thrill rides, there’s still lots on offer for children of any age at Thorpe Park.

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Stealth, rollercoasters, thorpe park

Getting your hands on a Thorpe Park Annual Pass not only gets you through the doors as many times as you want, it has lots of other benefits too, including:

  • Invites to Exclusive Events
  • 20% Off Food and Beverages
  • 20% Off Retail
  • Up to 20% Off THORPE SHARK Hotel Stays
  • Discounts to bring friends throughout the year

But please note: Special Events (e.g. FRIGHT NIGHTS) will incur an extra charge.

For your chance to WIN a family sized annual pass to Thorpe Park which includes up to 5 passes, enter my fantastic competition now! Simply fill in the widget below…..

Good luck!

Mummy Endeavours – Win a Family Annual Pass for Thorpe Park

Win a Family Ticket to Christmas at Willows Farm

Visiting The Santa Spectacular at Willows Farm at Christmas time has become a bit of a tradition in our household! We absolutely love it. It’s so Christmassy and just so lovely!

The effort they put in really pays off… there’s so much to do and it’s like a whole Christmas World for the kids and adults alike to become immersed in!

Highlights last year were the 3D Cinema where they showed a cute Christmas film about Santa and his Elves; the Create a Cuddle workshop where kids can stuff a soft toy to take home; the Elf Academy show; the ice skating and meeting the Reindeer!

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willows farm santa spectacular christmas

willows farm ice skating christmas

We absolutely love the indoor soft play area where we can thaw out if it’s cold, grab some of the great food on offer and relax for a while! Well, us parents can anyway… the kids usually run riot!

The Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground which is absolutely brilliant, is open every day during Santa Spectacular and is not to be missed! Kids can also meet and greet Peter Rabbit at selected times throughout the day.

A trip to Willows isn’t complete either without a ride on Tristan the Tractor, which takes us on a magical musical journey through the festive woods!

Of course, the main event is meeting Father Christmas himself! The Santa’s Grotto at Willows Farm is the best we’ve been to. It’s visually stunning as you walk through a Winter Wonderland before arriving in Santa’s big log cabin. Once the kids have met him and told him their Christmas wishes, they’re given a golden key to access his toy shop where they get to CHOOSE any gift they want from hundreds of amazing toys!

willows father christmas

For the last few years we’ve arranged to meet my very lovely friend Ruth from Rocknrollerbaby and her brood, to spend the day together! We plan to do the same this year and honestly now, I don’t think it would be the same without them! Love this photo of all our kiddies with Father Christmas last year…. all looking very happy indeed!

There’s lots more to see too and it’s all included in the entry price… even the cuddly toys to take home!

This festive season, Santa Spectacular at Willows Activity Farm is the only event for families looking for a truly magical day out. Starting from 22 November – 24 December, visitors can enjoy the ultimate festive experience in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

For your chance to WIN a family ticket for up to four people, simply fill out the widget below and enter as many options as you can to be in with more chances!

Best of luck!

Mummy Endeavours – Win a Family Ticket to Santa’s Spectacular at Willows Farm

#CanestenConversations & Win a £50 Amazon Voucher

When you become a parent you know that one day you will probably have to go through those awkward conversations with your child about growing up and body changes, the birds and the bees and of course with girls, periods and intimate health.

With my eldest, we have always had a close relationship and he seemed to know about everything early on, before high school, and he was quite vocal about it! Happily shouting things out and chatting to me openly! I really liked this as it made it much easier for me to bring up serious issues later on with him like his sexual health and contraception etc.

I was determined that I would have the same open relationship with my daughter but she’s very different. Much quieter and was no where near as knowing as he was. So it’s been a little trickier. I had to be open about things myself in a casual manner, in the hope that when she felt ready, she would be the same. I’m happy to say that now we can talk about anything and she’s comfortable. She’s 12.

It’s so important that she can ask me any embarrassing questions without feeling embarrassed or awkward in any way. I want to be here for her and for her to know that I’m the best person to ask!

I know schools are better these days at educating children on puberty and babies and relationships, but as far as I’m aware, the subject of intimate health still isn’t a big part of the curriculum. I certainly didn’t learn about it at school, or had any conversations with my Mum about it. I probably found out about things like thrush, cystitis and BV in bits and pieces from either magazines or friends!

That’s why I’ve teamed up with the number 1 women’s health brand, Canesten, to join them on their constant mission to find new ways of educating women to lead healthy lives. The Canesten® Campaign promotes female intimate health through better knowledge, so women can self-diagnose and self-treat knowledgeably and with confidence. Canesten® believes that if you feel more comfortable with your own body you are more likely to reach your full potential and that’s why they want to empower women to feel more comfortable when they discuss intimate health with their children.

This is fantastic because even though we can be open with our daughters, do we even think about discussing intimate health? Maybe not, but the more we hear about it, the more likely it is that we will talk openly about it.

For your chance to win our £50 Amazon Voucher…. fill in the Gleam widget and tell me in the comments section of this post what you wish you’d known about intimate health when you were younger! Competition will close on 30th August!

Best of luck!

Mummy Endeavours Win a £50 Amazon Voucher

 

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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.

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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.

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