Pilot Ollie & Pilot Polly's Amazing Adventures Book Giveaway

Plane Characters Limited was established in 2015 to publish the books of commercial airline pilot Rob Johnson. The Pilot Ollie & Pilot Polly books have been written in a clear style and are both entertaining and educational. Rob Johnson hopes they will satisfy the growing interest in young people about travel and airports. The books feature lots of different destinations and each has a different story line. They are really easy to read and have lovely bright illustrations. I have been sent 3 of the books in the range to giveaway to one of my lucky readers.
For your chance to win these 3 books you can enter via the gleam widget below. Do read the terms and conditions before entering. Good Luck!
Pilot Ollie
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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 Sunday 26th March 2017
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Imaginext DC Super Friends Arkham Asylum

It was Mr. C's birthday last week and on his birthday we got a very special delivery from Fisher Price/Imaginext. The lucky boy was sent the fab Arkham Asylum playset to review and tell us all what he thinks about it! He loves all things superhero based, so this is right up his street!
The Imaginext DC Super Friends Arkham Asylum is part of the Imaginext range that enables your little superheroes to re-enact scenes from their favourite DC Super Friends adventures, it's perfect for some imaginative play and it is extremely well built. The set is available to buy from Smyths, it is suitable for ages 3+ and retails at £36.99.
The playset comes with a Batman figure so the fun can begin straight away and he fits through all of the doorways and it just the right size for play. He slots into the 2 power pads on the playset, one on the first floor and the other on the second floor, both of which perform different actions with the help of Batman of course.
The power pad on the top floor is used to activate the projectile launcher, the set comes wth 3 projectiles, load them into the launcher and get Batman to open the doors. You do this my turning him round to the side whilst he is stood in the power pad. The doors open and the launcher emerges, your child can then press the button on the launcher and the projectile shoots out, perfect for defeating enemies!
If you put Batman on the power pad on the middle floor and turn him he opens and closes the jail doors on the bottom and middle floors. The ideal place to lock away all of the baddies the children catch on their imaginative adventures. The whole set is well made and should withstand a bit of rough and tumble, all parts of the set are fixed apart from Batman, so no danger of losing any of the parts.
As I predicted Mr. C loved this playset, it is aimed at 3 years and up so he had no problem operating all the bits and pieces. It's a great size for small hands. It can be a bit tricky to get Batman into the top power pad as you have to slip his feet under the plinth, Mr C managed but a younger child may struggle and need help. Mr.C loved the projectile launcher and said its great for aiming at baddies! He already wants to extend his collection, he is adamant he wants more figures so he can create more stories! 
He really enjoyed all the moving parts and loading Batman into the power pad to make things happen, it's a great cause and effect toy. He busied himself making a story about Batman defending his city and practising how he would capture his enemies! The Arkham Asylum gets a big thumbs up from both of us.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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Slimming World Week One Weigh In

So I'm back! I promised myself I am here to stay too, I have my brothers wedding this year and I want to look good for the pictures! I rejoined my original group last week and went to my first weigh in this week. Watch the video to see how I did on my first week.

I hope to see you next week
Thanks For Watching
Mandy
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Win a Star Wars Bundle!

I've teamed up with Paladone this month to give one lucky reader the chance to win an awesome Star Wars themed bundle. This fab prize worth nearly £40 could be yours in a few simple steps, read on for details of this fab prize and how to win.
Even the Galaxy's hardest working troopers deserve a break now and again, and whether you're a new rebel recruit or just a hard working Stormtrooper facing the daily grind, this keyring bottle opener means when the time comes for a bit of light refreshment, you'll always have the right tools on hand to get the party started.Smartly designed in the shape of the legendary Death Star and with a detailed, etched surface, the base of this nifty little gadget twists out to reveal a convenient hidden bottle opener. 
Looking for some great Rogue One memorabilia? Problem solved. With these Rogue One Gadget Decals you can make anything and everything into great Star Wars memorabilia instantly! A brilliant gift for any Star Wars fan, this set of gadget decals contains 4 A5 sheets of waterproof and removable vinyl stickers, perfect for laptops, tablets and mobile phones. The set features the main characters and ships from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, including Darth Vader, K-2S0, and of course the ultimate superweapon, the formidable Death Star.
Lead the resistance against coffee stains with a set of 8 Rogue One themed drink coasters. Based around the latest film in the franchise, each coaster in the set features a different design with characters and scenes from the movie. So avoid the wrath of the Empire (or whoever it is that does the cleaning in your household) and protect your tables and desktop surfaces with the help of these 3D Rogue One Coasters.
Raise a glass to the Galactic Empire with this impressive Death Trooper Colour Change Glass. Inspired by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Death Trooper Colour Change Glass uses the Force (and a cold drink) to magically change colour from white to green, adding even more menace to Death Trooper's intimidating appearance. As well as the Death Trooper's image, the glass also features the DT logo featured in Rogue On on the reverse, which again will change colour from white to green whenever a cold drink is added.
Securing a Death Star is thirsty work, but even planet-sized superweapons have a staff room, so why not take five and relax with a well-deserved cuppa in this stylish Rogue One Death Trooper Mug. A standard sized drinking mug in eye-catching green and black, this is the perfect way to show your allegiance to the Galactic Empire. The mug features a Death Trooper helmet design and even has an image of the iconic Death Star itself on the inner base.The fearsome Death Trooper is the latest addition to the Stormtrooper army. 
Carry the power of the Force with you wherever you go with a Rogue One Keyring light. A great little pocket light with convenient keyring attachment, you'll have the power of red light at your fingertips, direct from the Dark Side! This nifty portable gadget is the perfect gift for any Star Wars fan, and a great piece of pocket memorabilia from the hit film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 
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Star Wars
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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 Sunday 26th February 2017.
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Where Have I Been?

My more eagle-eyed readers have noticed I haven't been around for a while, in fact it is almost 2 months since my last actual post. I would like to start by thanking each and every one of you who have sent me messages via the facebook page and dm'ed on twitter asking where I am, rather than reply individually I thought I would blog the explanation.

Life can be very hectic in our house and to be honest after the pre-Christmas post rush I wasn't really feeling it. I decided I wasn't going to write the blog anymore, I was too busy and with 2 college courses and a 2-day placement I just didn't have the time. On top of this I just hadn't been feeling myself, sine early December I had been suffering from awful headaches that were taking over my life and making me bed bound. I needed to rest, take stock and look after myself or a while.

So since December I have been studying, working placement and trying to get on with these debilitating headaches. I am not one for doctors surgeries and very rarely attend the Doctors, I'm not a great patient if I'm honest! But on January 9th I had another episode of headaches that knocked me off my feet and my family insisted I went to the doctors, being me I left it till after work on Wednesday to go as I was too busy.
I was sent straight from the doctors to the hospital as the doctors were adamant that I wasn't having migraines and I had a bleed on the brain. I was admitted straight from the assessment unit and was kept hostage for 5 days! 
During those 5 days, I was poked, prodded and scanned to within an inch of my life. I spent most of the time doped up on morphine and felt very sorry for myself. I had a CT scan, angiogram and a lumbar puncture all to rule out a bleed on my brain. The lumbar puncture was the final piece of the jigsaw to fully rule this out and that was a big fat fail! I had a failed epidural in 2011 during a c section and had to have a general anaesthetic, the anaesthetist couldn't get a needle into my spine. With this in mind, it was decided my lumbar puncture would take place in theatre with a radiologist, so constant images could be taken for guidance and give the best possible chance of success. I was down in theatre for 3 hours and they were unable to get the needle into where they needed to go, it tunes out I have a very narrow spinal space and also my spine is slightly curved! I was sent back up to the ward with 11 puncture wounds in my back from the multiple attempts and no further forward in going home!

I was then seen by a Consultant Neurologist from Salford hospital, he said they couldn't fully rule out a bleed on the brain and he was positive I had Reversible Cerebral Neuroconstriction Syndrome or RCVS for short. In short, it's a condition that affects the blood vessels in my brain and causes the pain. The treatment for a bleed and RCVS is the same, so I was started on a course of medication to prevent the vessels constricting. I had to stay in for another 36 hours to ensure the new medication works. I have to take it every 6 hours, including waking in the night to take it, I was relieved to have some sort of answer and on the route to being home. After the first dose, I slept for 2 hours and woke up for the first time in 6 weeks without a headache. I was made to stay another full day to ensure it wasn't a fluke and was finally allowed home. I'm still on medication, have a long lost of things I have to avoid such as caffeine, alcohol and any cold or flu remedies. I am due back to see my neurologist in March and will see what the long term plan is then. They currently can't tell me if when I come off the medication the RCVS will come back or it will be gone completely. So, for the time being, I am just taking some time to care for me. I am fully back at slimming world, I rejoined my old group last week and it feels like being home. I am looking forward to sharing my weekly weight losses with you again and there will be some fab reviews and giveaways coming your way if at a slightly slower pace.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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