DAISY & OLLIE’S CHRISTMAS SHOW DEBUTS AT WINTER WONDERLAND MANCHESTER

Winter Wonderland Manchester officially open its doors to the public today, Saturday 9 December, and organisers Kingpin Events are excited to today announce the addition of another live show, ‘Daisy and Ollie’.

Come and meet the characters of the all new hit children’s TV show at EventCity from Saturday 9th December – Monday 1st January 2018.

‘Daisy & Ollie’ is a recently launched pre-school TV Series, airing daily on Cartoonito. Based on an original idea by Helen Brown and developed by CHF Entertainment, ‘Daisy & Ollie’ encourages young children to be curious and question the world around them. All the while they are helped along by Daisy’s Daddy, voiced by comedian Jason Manford, who not only adds an extra helping of humour, but normally ends up getting involved in the adventure himself!

Christmas is a time of year that’s full of wonder and magic, capturing Children’s imaginations. The Live Show is no exception as we see Daisy & Ollie exploring Christmas traditions and how they came about whilst Daddy is busy in the shed preparing a very special surprise for them, but what could it be?! With the help of Whizzy the Robot, Boo the Monkey and Santa’s very special helper, Merry Winterbell the Elf, the children have fun decorating the Christmas tree and creating some new traditions all of their own.

Helen Brown, creator of ‘Daisy & Ollie’ says: “Bringing the elements of ‘Daisy & Ollie’ to a live event is very exciting. We’ve received such a wonderful response to the series and It’s a fantastic opportunity for the characters to really come to life and engage with their fans. ‘Daisy & Ollie’s Christmas Surprise,’ is packed full of festive cheer and interaction that will keep the audience entertained with plenty of singing and dancing to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!”

Daisy & Ollie are so excited to be a part of Winter Wonderland Manchester and look forward to seeing you there and making new friends! In the meantime, you can watch them every day on Cartoonito or follow us on facebook for the opportunity to win one of our amazing competitions, including a family pass to Winter Wonderland or an Amazon tablet!

Other highlights at this year’s event include Rainbow’s irrepressible duo Zippy and George; the brilliant Christmas Circus; and Pip Ahoy! who returns to Winter Wonderland for 2017. Plus, take a visit to Santa’s house which has been transported from the North Pole to the city, where visitors will be able to explore the hallway, lounge, dining room, kitchen and bedroom. There will also be real reindeer, as well as elves and fairies – who will be ready to have s-elfies taken with youngsters.

The Winter Wonderland event transforms 22,000sqm of EventCity, next to Intu Trafford Centre, into a 'sparkling seasonal extravaganza' featuring more than 70 family rides and attractions - with everything included in the one ticket price (excluding games and food stalls). Sessions last for four hours and run at different times on different days with afternoon and evening slots available.

Visitors are being asked to leave a little extra time this season due to security checks on site.
To book tickets visit www.winterwonderlandmanchester.com 
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Christmas Gifts From The Poppy Shop

Poppy Shop is the online store for the Royal British Legion and all purchases made from the Poppy Shop help to fund the work of the Legion. They provide practical support and advice to service personnel, past and present, and their families. The Legion spends nearly £1.4 million a week delivering health and welfare support so every penny helps. More information about The Royal British Legion and its work can be found on the Legions Website and in the video below.

The lovely team from the Legion got in touch and wanted to send me a few items from the fab range to have a look at. They have gifts suitable for all the family, including your pets! The added bonus being when you buy you are also giving to a fabulous cause.

Everybody needs a Christmas jumper, and this one is sure to be a festive favourite with the whole family! Made from 100% acrylic, this blue knitted jumper features a fun Poppy design with reindeers, trees and snowflakes. For an adult, the sizes start in a small and go up to 3xl and retail at £34.99.
This fun, super soft 50% cotton, 50% polyester onesie are the perfect winter gift for kids. This vibrant blue onesie is covered in the printed Poppy logo. Its super soft and super comfy and Miss S loves it, she likes the pockets too, perfect for stashing her Christmas chocolates in. The onesie is £39.99 and available for kids in size ages 3 up to age 13 and also adults size small to XXL. The whole family can get in on the onesie action, everyone knows twinning is winning at Christmas!
How adorable are these pet bowls? I was on the lookout for some new bowls for Lola & Honey as their old ones were a bit bashed! I love the paw and poppy print on these melamine bowls, they are a great size too at 700ml. These would be a fab gift for your furry family members this year at just £9.99.
Now I saved what I think is the best till last! How super cool is this pet blanket? My girls love to snuggle up on the sofa with me, but I'm not a huge fan of their dog hairs! This pet blanket is the perfect solution. It's made from soft thermal polyester and is machine washable! The blanket is available in 3 different sizes with prices starting at £19.99.

I think you will agree its a fab selection of gifts and there is so much more to chose from. If you are still on the lookout for that special something do check out the Poppy Shop.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy

Christmas Giveaway Winners

The 17 Christmas giveaways are now over and I had a busy few hours drawing the winners. I am pleased to announce all of the winners here. There are still 3 giveaways live that end soon, so keep entering. I will be personally emailing the winners soon, so keep your eyes on your inbox/spam box soon.
 The winner of the chocolate making kit is Debbie Winstanley
 The Winner of The Naughtiest Girl book is Ashleigh Allen
 The winner of the 1 year Azomee subscription is Emma C Wolski
 The winner of the Grit Atom Scooter is Lesley Bradley
 The winner of the Nivea Set is Rebecca Brown
 The winner of the bath bomb kit is Rebecca Randall
 The winner of the Letterbox cake is Paul Jackson
 The winner of Whos The Dude is Stevie Fairburn
 The winner of Bang On is Helen Booth
 The winner of the water bottle is Tee Simpson
 The winner of the My golden ticket book is Leanne Dempsey
 The winner of the Hengja Headphone hanger is Mark Hampson
 The winner of the Kneelo Knee Pads is Allan Smith
 The winner of the Trowel Set is Cheryl Hadfield
 The winner of the Laundry basket is Lynne Durkin
 The winner of the child's meditation book is Robert Sharman
The winner of the Omega 3 capsules is Melanie Stirling

Christmas Gifts From Baylis & Harding

I love the Baylis & Harding range and no matter what the occasion there is always something from the range to suit your needs. The lovely team over at Baylis & Harding sent me over a fab box of goodies from their Christmas range. The range is available some high street stores including Asda, Amazon and from the Baylis & Harding website.
Baylis & Harding’s Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Bath Time Treats gift set makes a delightful stocking filler or secret Santa gift this Christmas. The cute, fun set comprises a gold miniature vintage roll-top bath containing Baylis & Harding’s most popular bathing treats. A 50ml Shower Crème leaves skin feeling gently cleansed whilst an indulgent 30ml Body Butter locks in moisture and nourishes skin. Both products are beautifully fragranced in Baylis & Harding’s most popular scent, Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit, which is a refreshing and balancing perfume with spicy and zesty notes.
This fabulous festive candle makes a Christmas Gift that will appeal to all ages. The luxury fragranced single wick candle has an impressive 38 hours burning time and comes in Baylis & Harding's wonderful Limited Edition fragrance of Winter Spruce and Berries. The stunning candle is encased in a forest green-embossed jar with stunning mini Christmas tree decorative lid.
The Beauticology Carnival 2 Piece Set from Baylis & Harding will bring a touch of sweet-smelling luxury to your bathroom routine. The set contains Candy Apple Body Wash (300ml) and Sweet Caramel Popcorn Body Butter (250ml), presented in a red and white funfair-inspired gift box. 
Baylis & Harding's La Maison Creme Brulee and Cocoa Luxury Gift Basket makes an ideal gift that is bound to be a favourite this Christmas. The beautiful lined wicker basket contains a trio of Baylis & Harding's most popular pampering essentials. The 300 ml Body Cleanser and Body Polisher gently cleanse skin and give an exfoliating boost, whilst the 350 ml Body Butter locks in moisture to nourish and fragrance the skin. Fragranced with Creme Brulee and Cocoa, a deliciously smooth scent of warm vanilla and cocoa notes which is truly irresistible.
Keeping in the spirit of the season Baylis & Harding have produced some gold, frankincense and myrrh luxury hand wash. Delivered in a stunning gold bottle it looks really Christmassy! This item out of the selection has already been stashed in my bathroom cabinet! 
Baylis & Harding’s Citrus Lime & Mint Wash Bag Duo Set makes a great stocking filler or secret Santa gift. The stylish denim wash bag with distressed design detailing, contains a 100ml Hair & Body Wash to gently cleanse and keep him feeling fresh all day. The 50ml Aftershave Balm soothes and nourishes the skin. Both products are fragranced with Citrus, Lime and Mint, a truly refreshing fragrance of expertly blended woody base notes and energetic aromas of lime and bergamot. The perfect gift for the active man to keep in his sports bag.
Baylis & Harding’s Midnight Fig & Pomegranate Luxury Body Wash comes in a stunning ruby-red pyramid gift box with Christmas tree window, through which you can see the 500ml Luxury Body Wash contained within. An excellent value gift suitable for all the family the Body Wash gently cleanses skin leaving it soft and beautifully fragranced in an exquisite scent of rich dark fruits, berries and pomegranates. A fantastic festive gift which makes a great stocking filler or secret Santa this Christmas.

You just can't go wrong with a Baylis & Harding and with price starting from just a few pounds there is something for everyones budget.

Little Tikes Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Sports Zone Giveaway

Win! A Little Tikes Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Sports Zone Available exclusively at Argos!
Light the way to Active Play with Little Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Zone.  Dunk, kick and score with fun infant sport zone. Little ones will love playing basketball, while developing coordination and confidence! Future sports stars will develop motor skills, hand-eye-coordination and confidence while playing football! Little bowlers will have a ball knocking down and re-setting pins. This sports Zone grows as your baby does with three modes of play and adjustable height basketball hoop. It even folds for easy storage! It's a slam dunk! 
For further information on Little Tikes, please visit – www.littletikes.co.uk

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The Christmas Snowflake Review & Giveaway

Wonderbly stories spark both imagination and self-belief. And any grown-up in the whole world can create one, to show a child that the most amazing stories are the ones that belong to them. It’s in a child’s imagination where their earliest adventuring takes place. Which is why children’s stories are so important. It’s our job (all of us) to help them believe that anything they imagine, they could one day do. That any story they imagine could be their story. We have reviewed a few of the Wonderbly range and have now been sent The Christmas Snowflake book for the season.
The Christmas Snowflake is a heartwarming story about family and Christmas time. It includes a pull out ornament which you can hang on your Christmas tree at the end of the story.
Snowflake is looking for a place to call home this Christmas – but only you and your loved ones can help find that home. This is a charmingly personalised festive tale the whole family will adore. It would make a perfect addition to your Christmas Eve baskets.
You can add up to 9 different family members to help Snowflake on the journey. Their names will magically appear on Snowflake’s crystals, festive Christmas stockings, and even floating majestically on the wind.
The Christmas Snowflake is a visual and lyrical treat. It is illuminated with heartwarming characters, gorgeous illustrations and playful verse on every page.
As the final page is turned, you’ll find a charming pull-out-and-keep ornament. A beautiful snowflake that perfectly frames your family's names in the book beneath.Such a lovely keep sake and nice touch to end the book. The book costs £19.99 and you can add a personal message to the front page, making it the perfect Christmas gift. 
I have a copy of this book for one of you, for your chance to win enter via the Gleam widget below. Do read the terms and conditions before entering.
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Open to UK & Ireland residents over 18years. 1 prize for 1 winner, chosen at random via Gleam. All entry methods are optional. Make sure you complete each entry correctly or you will be disqualified. Come back each day for extra entries. Winner will be contacted within 3 days of the giveaway ending. If they do not respond within 28 days a new winner will be chosen. Your details will be passed to the PR/Company and nobody else. Delivery is the responsibility of the PR/Company. Raising the Rainbows is not responsible for any damaged or missing prizes. Please allow up to 28 days for the prize to arrive. The company reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of similar value if the original isn't available. Bulk or automated entries will be disqualified. Giveaway open until 11.59pm on December 10th 2017

Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends BatBot Xtreme

I had a very excited 6-year old on my hands when the Imaginext Batbot Xtreme arrived at our door! He looks impressive before he is even out of the box, standing at over 2 foot tall. The Imaginext label always excites Mr C as he knows he is getting a quality toy to try out.
The Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme is the ultimate toy for Batman fans. With extendable wings, multiple projectile launchers, a hidden Batcycle, a voice changer, and real punching fists, your young Super Hero will have a blast defending Gotham City from all sorts of evil Super-Villain attacks! 
At over two-feet tall, the Batbot Xtreme towers over the enemies of Gotham City. Cody was well impressed with his towering heights he's never seen a toy so big. With the turn of a Power Pad on the shoulders, you can send the robot into battle mode, extending its wings and arms and preparing for action. The wings are a HUGE 3ft wide. You can then squeeze the triggers on the back of the Batbot to give those bad guys a super-charged, one-two punch! I think this maybe Cody's favourite feature, he found the triggers a bit stiff, but they will loosen up with use.
Turn the Power Pad on the robot's left shoulder to open his chest to reveal the hidden elevator that will take Batman up to the cockpit, where he can launch a counterattack. The lift shaft slides up and down easily. The other power pad operates the missile projectors, for some real battle action.
Press the launch buttons on the robot's shoulders to fire projectiles. The missiles fly quite far and the combination of pointed missiles and round missiles is fab. The kids can add their unique voice to the Batbot Xtreme with the super cool voice changer. Activated when you press the button.
The Batbot xtreme is bound to be a must want this Christmas for all Imaginext fans. It goes alongside all the other Imaginext sets perfectly and you can even use your existing mini figures with the set. The retails at £124.99 but can be picked up for around £80 if you shop around. I do think this is a lot of money, but it's extremely well made. Cody loves it and hasn't put it down since it arrived. It great for imaginative play too, so you will get your monies worth. Go check out our Youtube video where you can see the toy in more detail.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy

Have a Harry Potter Christmas With Paladone

It just wouldn't be Christmas without a giveaway from Paladone would it. We have given the Star Wars giveaways a break and going for a Harry Potter themed giveaway! 
The ultimate gift for any Harry Potter fan – a stunning 12in piece of illuminating artwork featuring Harry Potter's iconic Patronus. Dual powered by either USB or battery, this Harry Potter artwork is a must-have piece of collectable fan memorabilia. Measuring 20cm x 30cm (approx 8x12in) the light-up canvas can be free-standing or wall-mounted depending on preference, and comes with a USB cable included. Alternatively, the light can be powered by 3 x AAA batteries (not included).
Whether off to Hogwarts, or back to school in the Muggle world, this Harry Potter Notebook is the perfect way to add a bit of magic to your studies. A great gift for fans of the famous boy wizard, the Harry Potter Notebook contains 100 lined pages and is the ideal way to spark the imagination and create your own fantastic stories. The hardcover of the notebook features the Hogwarts school crest and the iconic school motto - 'Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus' (Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon). A hardboard notebook with gold foil details, this is a great piece of fan memorabilia from one of the most popular and successful novel and movie franchises of all time. 
Carry the magic of Harry Potter with you wherever you go with this Harry Potter Light Up Keyring. A magically inspired keyring in the shape of a classic Hogwarts potion bottle, the keyring lights up, so you'll always have a bit of Potter magic in your pocket! A convenient keyring light as well as being the great piece of Harry Potter memorabilia, the potion bottle design features the iconic Hogwarts crest making it a perfect gift for fans of all things Potter.
Display the magic of Harry Potter on your favourite bags or clothing with these fantastic Harry Potter Iron-On Patches. A selection of 14 mixed nylon fabric patches featuring symbols, logos, crests and icons from the hit children's stories and films, the Harry Potter Iron On Patches are the perfect piece of Potter memorabilia and a great gift for fans of all things magical. Easy to iron on to bags or clothing, simply follow the instructions included (with adult help if under 16), to customize your belongings and create your own individual piece of Harry Potter themed attire
Raise a goblet to the world of witchcraft and wizardry, and toast a successful spell at Hogwarts with this beautifully designed Harry Potter drinking mug. Featuring the classic colours of Hogwarts, this purple and gold drinking mug is a great gift for fans of the famous boy wizard. The mug features the Hogwarts school crest, including the symbols of each of the four houses.
The perfect place to rest your goblet, this set of Hogwarts Crest Coasters includes four metal drinks coasters with cork backs to protect your tables and surfaces whilst celebrating the magical world of Harry Potter. Inspired by the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, this set of Hogwarts Crest Coasters features the crest designs of Gryffindor (lion), Hufflepuff (badger), Ravenclaw (eagle), and Slytherin (serpent), making this a fun gift for any fan of the famous boy wizard. 
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For your chance to win this incredible Harry Potter merchandise, enter via the Gleam widget below, so read the terms and conditions before entering.
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Open to UK & Ireland residents over 18years. 1 prize for 1 winner, chosen at random via Gleam. All entry methods are optional. Make sure you complete each entry correctly or you will be disqualified. Come back each day for extra entries. Winner will be contacted within 3 days of the giveaway ending. If they do not respond within 28 days a new winner will be chosen. Your details will be passed to the PR/Company and nobody else. Delivery is the responsibility of the PR/Company. Raising the Rainbows is not responsible for any damaged or missing prizes. Please allow up to 28 days for the prize to arrive. The company reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of similar value if the original isn't available. Bulk or automated entries will be disqualified. Giveaway open until 11.59pm on December 3rd 2017
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