The Tale Of The Easter Bunny With Frankie Bridge

Singer-songwriter and mum of two, Frankie Bridge, is getting ready to launch her debut storybook, ‘The Tale of The Great Easter Bunny,’ in partnership with Cadbury this Easter. The downloadable book, a re-adaptation of The Tale of the Great Bunny created by Cadbury 20 years ago, celebrates The Easter Bunny and encourages families across the nation to take part in their own magical Easter Egg Hunts together over the Easter season.
The story, available to download free from the Cadbury website from Tuesday 13th March, follows siblings Jack and Molly as they discover a series of mysterious clues and embark on an enchanting Easter Egg Hunt alongside their parents, Tom and Sarah. The tale takes place within the family home but what the family don’t know, is that there is a secret, hidden rabbit-hole at the bottom of their garden… where The Easter Bunny lives.   
Speaking on the launch of The Tale of the Great Easter Bunny, Frankie said: “It’s actually a little bit of a secret but Easter is my favourite holiday!  We used to have Easter Egg Hunts every year and now I love to do the same for my own children.  Creating a book is also something I have always wanted to do and in many ways, it’s not so different to writing songs.  I really do hope families will love the book and it will inspire them to go on their very own magical Easter Egg Hunts.”
The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts National Trust are also back for 2018 and there are over 300 hunts to choose from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, guaranteeing a fun-filled Easter for everyone.  To discover the nearest hunt to you, visit cadbury.co.uk/Easter.
We have just finished for the school holidays today and we received a copy of the book and these lovely Easter treats from Cadbury to enjoy. Mr C and Miss S will love the book and I'm sure they will make short work of the eggs! I'm hiding the Daim one from me and Mr RTR though!
Happy Easter
Mandy
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Ready Player One Movie Merchandise

You all know Paladone is one of my favourite companies, their ever expanding range is amazing! Its been a while, but I'm back with a new Paladone bundle and its a goody! Released tomorrow, Ready Player One is the film adaptation of a science fiction novel, written by an American Author, Ernest Cline. It is a contemporary sci-fi story set in a dystopian future, but most of the narrative takes place in a virtual reality game called OASIS. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Warner Bros. In celebration of this new epic movie, Paladone has got all the merchandise you will NEED after you have watched the movie and they have sent it to me to show you!
Protect your table with these stylish Ready Player One Coasters featuring some of the films most loved characters. These coasters are perfect for fans of the original novel or the film, and feature fantastic characters including Parzival, Art3mis and Aech. These stylish coasters have black backgrounds and bright, eye-catching designs. This pack contains a set of eight double-sided card coasters and are priced at just £2.99. Mr L has already nabbed these for his computer table in his bedroom
In my line of work you can never have too many notebooks, so this one has been securely sneaked into my office draw! Plot your next victory inside the OASIS with this super-cool Ready Player One IOI Notebook. This hardback notebook, which has 200 lined pages, features the famous Innovative Online Industries logo on its cover, along with the Standard Issue Laser Rifle design drawings and some other sketches taken from the fantastic Ready Player One movie. This notebook is great for use at home, at work, or at school and is the perfect gift for any organised Ready Player One fan! I'm really impressed with the quality of this notebook, the paper is really thick and good quality, retail price is £6.99.
As much as I would have liekd this, Mr RTR has swiped this from me! He does the school run and goes out to work, so I thought it was only fair he was allowed the travel mug, I rarely travel, so he will definitely get more use of it! Enjoy a hot beverage on-the-go during your next adventure inside the OASIS with this super-slick, stylish Ready Player One Gunter Travel Mug. This stainless steel travel mug is perfect for commutes, long journeys, and short walks to the office and allows you to keep your hot beverage warm whilst out and about. The mug features the slogan 'Gunter Life'™ on one side and the official Ready Player One logo on the other, both in bright, vibrant neon colours. The mug is double-walled for extra insulation and also comes with a plastic lid making it easy to drink from wherever you are! The travel mug retails at £11.99.
Now I have saved the best of the collection for last! I LOVE this infinity light and its now got pride of place in the boy's bedroom. They are huge gamers, so the Ready Player One slogan is right up their street! Escape the crazy dystopia that surrounds you and dive headfirst into virtual reality with this stylish Ready Player One Infinity Light. The design features the words 'Ready Player One'™ in bright colours on the shiny, mirrored background, which works to create an optical illusion when the light is switched on. Gaze into the light and escape to the OASIS. This infinity light is dual powered either by USB or batteries and creates a nice optical illusion disappearing off into the distance. It can be wall-mounted or free-standing and is 31.5cm tall. It takes three AA batteries, which aren't included. However, a USB cable can also be used to power the light, which is included. The boys have it on the bedside table so we use the USB option, but I love the battery option too. Its a fab looking light and looks great in the boy's room, the infinity light retails at £34.99.

How fab are these items, were off to the cinema during half term to check out the movie as its right up Mr RTR street! You can see these and more Ready Player One merchandise over on the Paladone website.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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World Autism Awareness Week 2018


No matter what the condition or illness there seems to be weeks or days popping up all throughout the year in celebration or to raise awareness of these things, Autism awareness week, national stress day, ovarian cancer month etc, the list is endless. There is even a website dedicated to listing all these awareness days. I am all for celebrating and raising awareness for conditions and illnesses, but why are they only shouted about during these specified times? What about the rest of the time when us people who go through our daily lives with these conditions & illnesses. 

You then have the people who like to bandwagon jump, they will share the shit out of something and have very little clue why, or even bother to research why, but they are sheep and just share it because everyone else it. This then ends up with lots of misguided people sharing stuff they know NOTHING about! The most common one I am going to talk about is people sharing the 'LIGHT IT UP BLUE' slogan for Autism Awareness. 

Autism is a much talked about condition, when my 14-year-old was diagnosed there was very little known about autism, aside from the good old vaccine debate, but we won't get into that, that's a WHOLE other post!! As a Mum of 3 children on the spectrum, I think its great that people want to speak about it, share their stories and get more awareness out there, but only if it the right kind of awareness. The slogan 'Light It Up Blue' was penned by the organisation Autism Speaks, who on the face of things offer up support to families in the spectrum. But when you do a little digging only 4% of their annual profits fund family support, the rest goes into finding a 'cure' for Autism!! It's not an illness or a disease, it's a neurological condition. I am all for therapy, but that's not what Autism Speaks means by a cure. The largest funded project of theirs is to run prenatal testing to rule out Autism, they want all Mothers to be offered the chance to terminate their pregnancy. Autism speaks want Autism to be eradicated from society, in one of their reports they go as far as saying Autism has no place in our society. They are also behind some awful anti-autism videos floating around the internet. Basically, they are nobbers and they make my blood boil. Sorry, I don't normally swear here but I am 1000% against this crackpot organisation. In October 2016 an apparent vote of the trustees was taken and it was decided that part of their funding that goes into finding a cure will be cut! But they still want to research for prevention and therapy, so they still believe autism is a condition that needs 'fixing'. 

I am very much the stance of a leopard can't change its spots and I'm pretty sure in my opinion that they are just as shady now as they have always been. So do what you want to do this autism awareness week, but don't light it up blue, not for my children! Don't get me wrong awareness is great when the person spreading the awareness knows what they are talking about! 

The main thing most of us parents want is not awareness, its acceptance! Our children want acceptance and understanding to go hand in hand with all this supposed awareness.

Keep an eye out for my post next week on 10 facts and 10 myths about autism!
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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eZee Beads Giveaway


I know you all love a good giveaway so I have teamed up with John Adams to give one lucky readest the chance to win these fab 2 prizes from the eZee beads range. The range is perfect for the crafty kid amongst your brood and if you're a clean freak like me, they are low mess! 
The eZee Beads 3D Mini Scenes set lets you create charming 3D scenes using just beads and water – no ironing required! It comes with 4 pretty design cards to make, as well as some handy storage for your eZee Beads.
The eZee Beads Refill Pack includes 640 beads in 10 colours! Use the extra beads to make more amazing eZee Beads creations. It includes a handy tray to sort your beads into colours order and make your creations easier!

For your chance to win just enter via the widget below, do take some time to read the terms and conditions of entry as all incorrect entire will be disqualified.

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Easter Gift Guide

These gift guides seem to be flying around this year and I can't believe its time for the Easter guide already! Be Christmas again before we know it. I've been busy sourcing everything you could possibly want or need this Easter, whether you have a chocolate lover or a chocolate hater!
You can make your own delicious, bite-sized treats with the Chocolate Sprinkle Stix from John Adams toys. Children can safely and easily melt their chocolate, dip their breadsticks, pour in their sprinkles then turn on the sprinkle blast to create their own unique sweet treat! The Chocolate Sprinkle Stix unit is easy to clean and dishwasher safe too. All you need to get started is some chocolate, sprinkles and breadsticks, this is a fab Easter gift idea.
Ideal for an Easter egg hunt, Guylian’s Mini Filled chocolate eggs are a mouth-watering treat. They come individually wrapped in an assortment of three flavours; milk chocolate truffle, milk chocolate praline and dark chocolate praline, rrp £3.49. The delightful egg-shaped box features a window design and is filled with Temptations chocolates in six delectable flavours, rrp £3. 
Mini Hornit helmets are a bit, no a LOT, cooler than most kids’ bike helmets! Painstakingly designed to look stylish & fun (or quiet understated in the case of Stealth!), they are fully adjustable, comfortable, lightweight and actually, something children will want to wear. They will also love the integrated LED which is an added safety feature, useful for riding home after school in winter. They are available in 2 sizes, small and medium and will fit most children. The LED light has 3 modes and the battery will last between 10-20 hours dependant on what modes it's in. I know Mr C will just love this hammerhead design, it perfectly matches the bike he is getting for his birthday! 
How about a personalised book from Its Your Story? This lovely personalised booked tells a story all about the child and their favourite person taking a Zoo adventure. It can be personalised with the child's name, their favourite person's name, 2 friends names and other personal details such as their special person favourite colour. You can choose a picture to upload and it is used throughout the story. The story is lovely as are the bright and colourful illustration inside.
The Chocolate Lolly Maker includes everything you need to have a ‘Hoppy’ Easter – just melt, mould, wrap and before you know it you’ve got lots of scrumptious chocolate lollies to share with your friends and family! The set includes four different moulds a flower, heart, horse, and most importantly at this time of year - a rabbit! Perfect for creating your own chocolate Easter bunny lollies to give to friends and family.
We have been trying out a yummy snack that is perfect for people who like chocolate, but not a chocolate overload. Knoppers are a crisp baked wafer with milky hazelnut layers and a chocolate coating. They are perfect with a glass of milk after school or a mid-morning cup of tea. The multiple layers and textures are delicious and they are a really enjoyable snack that the whole family will love. They can be purchased individually for on the go snacking or in a pack of 4 for the treat cupboard. I have kept some of these aside for my neice for Easter, she isn't a massive chocolate fan and these are perfect for her.
 
Gone are the day of boring vegan diets, shoppers can now enjoy a plant-based diet without comprising on quality or flavour. Aldi’s vegan range has been carefully curated by their expert wine buying team, and brings together a mix of everything from award winning reds to eco-friendly prosecco. With everything from eco-friendly prosecco and sumptuous red wine to fresh, crisp whites and roses on offer, the supermarket has something for everyone, starting from only £3.89. The perfect Easter gift or accompaniment to Easter lunch this year!
A modern take on the classic game of hopscotch, the Jump ‘N Fit is an electronic mat where play coincides with the activation of lights and sounds. It features two game modes; hopscotch or fitness. For classic hopscotch mode, toss the coin to jump into the game and enjoy a timeless classic. If you want the latter, throw the dice and depending on which side it lands, do a certain task, which aids your little one in enhancing their motor ability. Whichever mode you opt for, both are guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours until they can jump no more! The Jumo& Fit playmat from Chicco retails at £19.99.
Fletter, the fast-paced word game for all the family is sure to test even the quickest of thinkers! Being pocket-sized, Fletter can be played on-the-go with a minimum of 2 players. It ticks the box for a perfect present for kids 8 and over and also makes a great impulse purchase. The game is super simple to pick up and play right out of the box and will soon be the perfect addition to every household.  Fletter can be used as a teaching tool to help children learn spelling and words in a fun, low-pressure way to assist in developing key skills. Brought to you by Binca games, Fletter retails at just £7.99.
If its fancy alcohol you are after the 31 Dover have you covered this Easter, from flavoured vodkas, chocolate wine and liqueurs they have it all. I can't wait to try this rhubarb vodka from JJ Whitely. J.J. Whitley, born of eight generations of distillers grew up scouring his family’s hedgerows and surrounding countryside for new flavours and his range reflects that. This rhubarb vodka is flavoured with natural rhubarb, resulting in a tangy and sweet liquid that has hints of fresh basil. This 70cl bottle will set you back just £19.99, perfect for an after dinner Easter tipple.
A new addition to the ever-popular Fit N’ Fun range is Mr. Ring, a colourful hedgehog which will test your little one’s co-ordination, precision and patience. Based on top of a rotating base, with five large spines protruding from his back, the aim is to throw one of 12 plastic rings onto his spikes. Bright and cheerful, Mr Ring plays out music as he rotates. Teaching any child the value of patience and perseverance can sometimes be a bit demanding, but Mr Ring is able to tackle this in a fun and playful way. Mister Ring from Chicco retails at £19.99.
We absolutely love the Itty Bittys range from Hallmark, we have a nice little collection building now. I am in love with the new The Muppets Collection. I think I may have to hide the Miss Piggy and Kermit for myself. You can check out the full range out on the Hallmark website.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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16 Years Down The Line

I've never really believed in love at first sight, I was hugely inexperienced when it came to boys. I was a quiet teenager and only had 1 serious boyfriend before I met you at 21. A skinny waif and a friend of a friend the attraction was instant. But being a quiet girl I kept my feelings to myself, but every time I saw you my stomach flipped. I didn't for a minute think you would be interested in me, I was under-confident, inexperienced in the whole dating thing. So when my friend told me you were interested, I was still to chicken to do anything about it. So where you it seems, it took half a bottle of Aftershock for you to make your move. From that night we were inseparable and have been apart for a total of 12 weeks in the past 16 years. Yes! I do mean we lived with each other from the very first night we got together. Sometimes in life, you have to be reckless and do what feels right. I was young, no kids, what did I have to lose? As it turns out I had absolutely nothing to lose, I gained a man who loves me unconditionally, tells me I'm beautiful, gave me 4 beautiful babies, is a pretty good housewife and an amazing Dad.

We've had our ups and downs in the past 16 years, it's not been plain sailing, people trying to break us up, we've lost family members, friends. It's not been a bed of roses, but that's life, it's not supposed to be perfect. My family initially didn't like you, you were no angel, but then neither was I. I was the good to your bad and you were the bad to my good, we just fitted. In 2004 we became a family when our beautiful boy was born. Little did we know how much he would flip our life upside down. Just before his brother was born in 2007 we found out he had autism. We have never heard of it and wondered what it meant for our little boy. I suppose we always knew he was different, but he was our first born and we had nothing to compare him to, so to us he was perfect. Until I met you I didn't want children, I was happy to coo and hand them back. After Mr L was born I knew I was born to be a Mum and we have 4 amazing kids. They are the perfect mix of us both, it's not been easy, 3 of them have autism, we don't let it define us as a family. We do things differently, it's not easy to do things all together as a 6, but we get on, we do things our way like we always have. In the past 16 years people have tried to advise us, tell us we should be doing things a certain way, they had good intentions. But we always do things our way, they might not be perfect but in our house, it works! Not always but on the whole, we can't complain.

We often get asked if we are married, when we say no we are asked why and when are we going to get married. Our answer is always the same, it's not for us. We are both from split families, we have seen families fall apart. We have a strong unit, we built it that way, strong support and good foundations. What difference would a piece of paper saying we are married make to that? NONE! If it ain't broke don't fix it. 

Anyway, that's quite enough of that, I don't normally do slop! But as today marks our 16th year anniversary I thought it only fair to tell everyone about Mr RTR, the man who taught me to love myself, care what no one says, be happy and live life the way you want to live. I probably don't tell him enough how much I love him, I think he knows I'm just as crazy about him now as I was 16 years ago. If you have someone who can still makes your heart skip a beat and your belly flip, grab them, build your foundations, make them strong and grow.
Love You David 
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Being A Mum Is Pretty Awesome

The team over at The Old Church have sent me a lovely Mothers Day box filled with goodies to make me smile this Mothers Day. I can't wait to indulge in these treats. A Mum is something I never planned to be, it was never really on my agenda. I suspect this is because I never really had a serious relationship till I was much older, 21 in fact. I guess once in a serious relationship, that's when the thought of children comes up. You find the one and the idea of a family comes up and you just know whether is for you or not. I had always loved babies, there was a lot in my family growing up and I always loved caring for them, but never really saw myself having one. When Dave and I met, we knew instantly we wanted a family and I ended up being a Mum of 4!! 
My firstborn came along in 2004 when I was 23 and I took to motherhood really easily. I loved every minute of it and knew I wanted to have more kiddies and by 2011 I had 4 of the rugrats in tow. Our family is pretty full and my youngest 'baby' is now 7 years old. It's pretty awesome being a Mum, you are never lonely, even when you want to be! I mean going to the toilet by yourself is a thing of the past, just as you step in the shower someone needs a poo! You rarely get to drink a hot cup of tea, eat a hot meal or pee in peace! But the positives outweigh the negatives LOL. I'm never short of a cuddle, I have boxes of handmade cards and school pictures, they are totally priceless and far outweigh any gifts I have ever been bought ever. But the most awesome thing is seeing little bits of myself in the kids. My daughter has my attitude! My Mum warned me having a girl would be a challenge after 2 boys and she was right, she's a cheeky monkey. My 3 boys are all so different and I love their personalities. I think I am pretty lucky, 3 of the kids have autism and that presents challenges, but at the moment we are going through a pretty good stage at the moment. Everyone is calm and happy, I cherish moment like this, as life can be pretty hectic here most times. I think overall I am pretty lucky, I have 4 healthy and happy kids and being a Mum is pretty awesome!
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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Little Live Bizzy Bubs

We are familiar with the Little Live brand and have previously tried the Little Live pets, a few years ago we even reviewed the Little Live Butterfly series 2 range. There is a new addition to the Little Live collection, the Little Live Bizzy Bubs, made by Moose toys and distributed by Character options as part of the growing Little Live collection.
Bizzy Bubs are on the go! These little bundles of joy are way too busy for bedtime! Full of life and personality they can’t wait to play and show you what they can do! The single pack babies are priced at £14.99 and the playsets £22.99. We received 2 of the babies to try out.
Bizzy Bubs crawling baby Poppy talks and cralws like a real baby, she makes some adorable baby sounds and she comes with a pacifier and a bottle. Bizzy Bubs walking baby Polly Petals walks and talks just like a real baby and also comes with her own colour coordinated bottle and pacifier.
You can turn the BUzzy Bubs on and off by the switch on their back or tummy and their play modes can be activated by pressing the special button. Each baby performs their own unique action when their button is pressed, they may even sing or dance for you! If you press their button 3 times quickly it tickles the baby and they will giggle for you. When you put the bottle in the baby's mouth you will hear the baby slurping and they may even give a cheeky burp or trump when they are done! The pacifier can be used to put your baby to sleep, once baby sucks on their pacifier they will be asleep until you take the pacifier out to wake her up.
The children really enjoyed playing with the Bizzy Bubs babies and it didn't take them long to figure out how to use them. They loved how interactive the babies were and they liked feeding them. Both of them decided to make Polly and Poppy have a  race to see who could get to the finish line quickest! Poppy was the winner!! We also like that the dolls babies have their own bio, this makes them collectable as each baby has their own personality. They 2 playsets available come with exclusive babies, so I can see these being added to our collection soon. Little Live Bizzy Bubs range are available to buy from Amazon, toy store and Character Options.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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