2018 Recap

Its the last day of 2018, wow it went quickly this year and it has been the usual rollercoaster that we know and love in the RTR house. I thought I would share the most viewed post from each month of the year in a little 2018 recap. Stay tuned for some great 2019 content, it's going to be a great year and I have some exciting things to share!

January 2018 - 14 Years

A post dedicated to Mr L on his 14th birthday the first born and the one we have learnt the most from. We still do learn from him every single day, the one who made us Mum and Dad.

February 2018 - Completing The Quartet

A post all about Mr C and how when he came along he completed our family. He is the one who tests our patience the most and a cheeky little monkey!

March 2018 - 16 Years Down The Line

A bit of a dedication to Mr RTR on our 16 anniversary. We have lived together since day 1 and only spent about 5 weeks apart in 16 years.

April 2018 - Autism Facts & Myths

Breaking down the cold hard facts about autism during autism awareness month. As a Mum of 3 on the spectrum, I see the differences in all 3 of my children. If you have met one person on the spectrum, you have met just one, each one is so wonderfully different.

Things got a bit hectic towards the end of April/May and I took a 3-month hiatus from the blog. We all need time to regroup and regather! I came back in August rejuvenated and raring to go.

August 2018 - Life Update

Where had I been for almost 4 months, a little update of how life had been for the time I was away and an explanation of why I took a break.

September 2018 - Searching Smyths

A post all about searching for an ideal gift for my niece. I think as it was only 3 months till Christmas this post flew in September. Smyths is always a popular choice for shopping.

October 2018 - Cozmo The Little Robot With A Big Personality

This is a review that proved very popular and the kids are still loving Cozmo. He is a clever little robot and hours of fun, he's like a member of the family now.

November 2018 - Kids Christmas Gift Guide

All the gift guides launch in November, but the kid's guide is always the one that proves the most popular. With gifts featured from stocking fillers to main gifts, there was something for everyone.

December 2018 - The Leaky Bowel Puzzle

A post detailing the issue we are having with Miss S's bowels. Its still ongoing but I am hoping that 2019 will bring us some much-needed answers for our girl.

That was our year I love these posts for looking back on, we have so much planned for the year ahead and I hope you stick around for the rollercoaster journey that is set to be 2019!

Happy New Year

Christmas Crafting With Gel-a-Peel

Now you have probably heard of Gel-a-Peel, the kids love the stuff and its the perfect crafting material. We have been sent a bundle of products from the team to have a go at using Gel a Peel for Christmas crafts. My gang were up for the challenge and it got them into the festive spirit.
The Gel-a-Peel deluxe rainbow set was the main part of our kit along with some decoration stencils and Christmas crackers to design on. The Gel-a-Peel mega rainbow kit has 10 different colours to make over 150 one-of-a-kind accessories to wear or share with your friends. It includes 50+ design templates to follow along, or design your own. So after we have had some Christmas fun we can use the kit again and again to make some fun accessories, you can even purchase Gel-a-Peel refill pens.
Mr C donned the Santa hat and was right in there designing his own Santa hat. The Gel-a-Peel pens all have stoppers on to stop them flowing out when you take off the lids. There is a choice of nozzles for the pens, dependant on how thick of a design you want. You place the clear plastic sheet over the design you want and just trace and fill the outline of the design. 
Next, he opted for the holly template, he decided to stick with the more traditional colours this time (unlike his orange and pink Santa hat!) Once you have finished your design you need to leave it for a fair few hours to completely dry. We left it overnight to be safe, you then use the pink slider in the box to slide the design off the clear sheet.
The designs are so simple and easy to do and you can be as simple or complex as you want them to be. A good tip for Gel-a-Peel would be to reinforce your joints, our holly broke a little bit as it wasn't strong enough at the join. Mr C was really pleased with his design and they looked really at home on our brightly decorated Christmas tree.
We had lots of fun designing the Christmas cracker, he went for a really bright and funky design. He tried a few different nozzles this time with his design. He even added in some of his own designs in there for further effect. This design was straight onto the cardboard, so we also left this overnight to really harden up before we rolled the cracker. 
I love his purple hat! I need to get some new ribbon to tie the cracker up as our pesky dog ate the ribbon out of the pack! Mr C loved this activity and has even made some decorations for some of his friends in school. Its really got us into the Christmas spirit, you can buy Gel-a-Peel sets from Amazon, Argos and Debenhams with sets available to suit most budgets.
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Take the quiz to find out which Christmas film you should watch

Nothing beats watching Christmas movies around this time of year. Being snuggled up on the sofa in front of the TV – tucking into a mince pie (or three) whilst the fire’s roaring and the Christmas tree lights are glowing – is the best way to spend a cold winter night.

But with so many Christmas movies on Netflix, Sky and Amazon Prime right now, it can be difficult deciding which films you should watch.

You’ve got feel-good rom coms like Love Actually, as well as animated hits like Arthur Christmas and The Polar Express. There’s festive chick flicks like The Holiday, as well as laugh-out-loud comedies like Elf. And that’s not to mention all the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone.

There’s so many – some might say too many – Christmas films to choose from, picking seems like an impossible task.

But don’t panic. To celebrate the release of their new Jingle Spin slot game, we’re teamed up with the guys from the online casino bgo.com to bring you a quick quiz. Just answer the 10 quiz questions and we’ll tell you which Christmas movie you should watch this year.

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Vax Blade 2 Max Review

A few weeks ago we were sent the Vax Blade Max 2 for review, I've been giving it a good try out and am reporting back what I think of it. I've given all the elements of the cordless vacuum the once over and I have to say I love it. The fact its cordless is a massive bonus or me and I can run around the house with it and not worry about tripping over the wires. The vacuum when fully charged has a run time of 45 minutes, which is plenty of time to do my whole 3-bed house, with time to spare.
As well as the vacuum, Vax kindly sent us the cordless pro kit to complement the vacuum and give us all round cleaning action. With 1 husband, 4 kids and a dog to clean up after I need all of the help, I can possibly get. I unboxed this on my Youtube channel so you can get a closer look and see a demo of the machine in action.

The Vax Blade 2 Max has almost 3 times more suction power than any cordless vacuum Vax have ever produced, the Vax Blade 2 Max 40V is proven to clean carpets better than the UK’s top 10 cordless vacuums! A bold claim, but after testing it out I have to agree!! It offers the cleaning performance of the best-corded uprights but in a sleek, lightweight design. The specially designed floorhead complements the powerful brushless motor, ensuring optimal pick up on all floor surfaces. It literally glides from hard floor to carpeted surfaces. 
The unique twin helix brushbar technology is optimised and designed to work at 4200RPM to maximise pick up performance. This is paired with the Vax core processor that monitors power up to 1000 times a second, helping to give you the best performance possible on both carpet and hard floor. You can feel the power as soon as you switch it on when you use the boost function it's on another level! I use the boost on my rug, as it gives me real deep down cleaning, it looked brand new once vacuumed. If you watch the video above you will see the dirt and dust it picked up.
The Vax Blade 2 Max's new Brushless DC Motor is designed to maximise cleaning efficiency and performance. The 40V maintains constant high pick-up performance even when the battery is low. Most vacuums lose power as the battery is low, this gives you power and performance right till the end. You would think with all the power and performance it would be heavy but in actual fact, it's really comfortable to hold. Its a really versatile vacuum, you can use it with the included stick attachment or remove that and use with just the brush head, which is perfect for cleaning the stairs.
The pro toolkit is the perfect addition for all around cleaning, the kit costs £50 but if you buy the Blade direct with Vax at the moment you get it free. The attachments all click onto the blade unit, you can combine the flexi and stretch as one and use to clean up high. My favourite is the textile tool, its perfect for cleaning my fabric sofa, my Mum loves the dust tool for doing the skirting boards!! 

The Vax Blade 2 Max is an impressive vacuum, combined with the pro toolkit I can clean every nook and cranny of my house. You can buy it directly from the Vax Website priced at £249, it comes with the pro toolkit at the moment too.
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The Leaky Bowel Puzzle

The issues with Miss S's bowel have been long-running, even as a baby she had trouble. We have been through every type of medication possible to quick or slow down the process. At the age of 10 Miss S still, has to wear nappies due to the constant flow that comes out of her, she can and will go to the toilet for a wee and can hold it really well. This is massively frustrating for her and us and she so wants to go to the toilet independently.

Our doctors have tried everything they can think of and the last part of this puzzle was for  Miss S to go into hospital for a manual clear out. The doctors have always maintained that Miss S's issue was down to constipation and overflow, I have always disagreed with this. But as part of a treatment plan, they wanted us to go down this route to eliminate the possible cause.
We were admitted to the hospital and told we would be there for up to 2 weeks and she would be given clean-prep every day till we saw some action. They initially wanted to give her the clean prep via a nasal gastric tube. Again I knew this wouldn't happen, shes is too sensory to allow anyone close enough to thread a tube down her nose. The staff were amazing with her though but the nasal tube failed. This meant that she would have to drink 2 litres of clean prep each day. She isn't a big drinker so drinking 2 litres in a day for her is a challenge, when you factor in that clean prep smells like cat wee, we had a dilemma. We watered it down with blackcurrant and amazingly she drank it! We took in her cup from home which has a straw, this held 400ml so that broke the 2 litres down into 5 cups a day. The play specialist who worked with lots during our 10-day stay made her a sticker chart. Every time she finished a cup she got a sticker, every time she got 5 stickers she got to have a dig around un the play specialists prize cupboard. The carrot and stick approach works wonders with Miss S, she loves a prize.
During our 10 day stay and 2 litres of clean-prep every day we saw little success, we had one big explosion the whole time. So not the result her doctors hoped for, but the result I was adamant we would get! Following this, we were sent back to the Children's Hospital for a bowel transit study, where she will take some tablets and then have X-rays to see where they end up! I'm a bit behind in sharing this story, we were in hospital in August!! We have now also done the transit study and find out the results on December 19th so I will share an update soon.

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Getting Ready For Winter With Regatta

We are huge Regatta fans here and we have been buying their products for years. Not only are they great quality at the online store there are always lots of great savings. I was over the moon when Regatta contacted me last week with the offer of getting the whole family ready for winter. The weather has been shocking of late and some of the family would benefit from a good windproof/waterproof coat. I went on the hunt on the Regatta website and handpicked an item for each of us, so I'm going to share them with you now.
Mr C is in Beavers and is soon to go up to Cubs after Christmas so a good pair of walking boots is essential. The Grimshaw Mid Walking boot fit the bill perfectly at £35.95 and are available in 3 colours and size uk9 to uk6. They are tough wearing, weatherproof winter boots and made of rich suede with water repellent Hydropel technology and a waterproof/breathable Isotex membrane to keep feet dry inside and out. The collar and tongue feature deep, supportive padding and the lightweight carbon outsole has a slip-resistant tread for excellent grip on wet ground. Complete with a d-hook flat lace fastening for a secure fit, this classic hiker-inspired pair is ideal for the trails or day-to-day wear. The Stabilising shank technology for underfoot protection and reducing foot fatigue are going to be essential for those long hikes he's going to be doing. The chunky laces are great for helping him to learn to tie his laces.
Mr RTR was like a kid in a candy shop when I told him he could pick whatever he wanted on the Regatta website. He works evenings and rides his bike to work, so his criteria for options was lightweight but warm, waterproof and a well-covered hood. He went for the Highspace Insulated Jacket, rrp £62.45, available in black also and in size small all the way up to 5xl.  It has waterproof and breathable Isotex 10000 textured polyester fabric which provides a water-repellent finish. The thermoguard insulation, taped seams, detachable hood and adjustable cuffs make it a good riding jacket. It also has 3 pockets, one either side and one on the chest which is handy for his door keys. He's pretty pleased with his choice and I have to agree, it's stylish and practical.
Now I already own a Regatta parker, very similar to Miss S's below in red and I love it, so I decided to treat myself to a pair of Regatta boots as I have never tried their footwear personally. I opted for the Argyle Boots rrp £71.95, available in sizes UK3 to UK8 and in black or Aztec brown. They are winter ready and packed with weather-proofing technologies keep your feet warm and dry on woodland walks or the day-to-day commute. The rich, suede uppers are grounded on a lightweight rubber sole with a chunky tread for superb grip. A seam-sealed waterproof/breathable ISOTEX membrane and HYDROPEL upper treatment deliver reliable protection. Inside a soft, knitted lining keeps feet feeling cosy while the breathable Ortholite® footbed ensures they stay feeling fresh. Complete with a knitted collar, side zip fastening and buckle adjust front for a secure fit. I loved them as soon as I saw them and thought they would be heavy to walk in as they are so robust, but they actually only weigh 500 grams. They are so comforatble and your feet feel so comfortable in them, I can't wait for some dog walks now!
Miss S is growing really quickly so the Regatta coat I bought for her in September is starting to get too small. This time I dipped into the ladies range rather than the kid's range, a size 8 is a really good fit on her. I went for the Schima Parker, currently £49.95, available in black too and in size ladies 8-22. The women's Schima is made of soft-touch waterproof fabric with an additional DWR (Durable Water Repellent) and sealed seams to protect in wet or snowy conditions. Cut mid-thigh length with a front zip fastening and sleek poppered stormflap. The inner is lightly wadded with quick-drying Thermo-Guard insulation and features warming fleece panels around the core. With fine quality faux-fur trims, a 2-way adjust cord to nip the waist and our 1981 heritage badge on the left sleeve. The fur on the hood is removable, but Miss S really seems to like it! It's a great fit and a good length considering she is 10 and it's a ladies coat, I thought it maybe a tad long. There is plenty of room and it looks stylish and comfortable.
Mr L has autism and he struggles to control his body temperature, so he's hot one minute and cold the next. So the Wentwood 3 in 1 jacket is the ideal choice for him and gives him some more options that just a normal jacket.  The Wentwood shell delivers waterproof and breathable protection and mobility across a range of activities. Taped seams, a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish and fully adjustable hood make light work of wet weather. Two-way zip fastenings to the centre and underarms provide maximum airflow on tough ascents. The toggle hem and hook and loop cuffs hold heat close. Inside, the snap-out baffle jacket utilises Thermoguard insulation with fleece around the sides and arms for exceptional warmth without the bulk. The Isotex material is waterproof and breathable so he won't feel stifled when wearing it. The zip can be a bit tricky to take the inner jacket off, but once you've got the knack its fine. Mr L got the knack quicker than I did! Currently, the Wentwood is £95.95, it is available in sizes small right the way to 5xl, which is a great range and is also available in black and blue.
For Mr D I was looking for a jacket that was long enough to cover his blazer and keep him dry. I found the Salinger Waterproof Insulated Jacket rrp £71.95. This jacket is available in 5 different colours, I LOVE yellow, but Mr D would no way wear it, so I went for the safe black option. It's a great insulated winter parka that protects from the elements with ISOTEX 5,000 performance fabric. The outer uses soft-touch waterproof/breathable ISOTEX fabric with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish and sealed seams to protect in wet, snowy weather. The inner is padded with quick-drying Thermoguard insulation for exceptional warmth. The coat takes inspiration from classic military styles with a faux-fur trimmed detachable hood, zip and stormflap fastening and four pocket design. Further details include a check print lining, handwarmer pockets and the Regatta Outdoors badge on the left sleeve. Its a great thick coat for winter and will keep him toasty on his walk to school.

We are all really happy with our Regatta items, make sure you check out our Youtube Video for a closer look at them. All are available on the Regatta Website now.
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Christmas Giveaway Winners

Thank you for all the entries to our Christmas giveaways. I apologise for the delay in announcing the winners, my laptop went to computer heaven yesterday!! I am borrowing my Mums to do this while I wait for my new one to be delivered. If you see your name here, or you have been tagged on Facebook or twitter do check your inbox and you will have a winning email by midnight.
 The winners of the 2 Ace cleaning bundles are
Jo Welsh and Laura Todd
 The winner of their choice of 3 Valley Mill candles is
Emma Holness
 The winner of the organic chocolate making kit is
Debra Winfield
 The winner of the limited edition Mach 3 razor is
Rhiannon Alwen
 The winner of the Milton bundle is
Diana Semionova
 The winners of the box of 6 luxury Konditor & Cook mince pies are
Lucy Irving, Simone Griffin and Rebecca Courtney
 The winners of the Cheeky Chompers prize are
Marie Rungapadiachy and Zoe Brown
 The winner of Super Skijump from Drumond Park is
Sheri Darby
 The winner of the Sudocrem Skin Recovery Cream is
Micheala O'Sullivan
The winner of the Infacare bubble baths is
Katy Hacket

If you are one of the lucky winners do answer to your winning emails ASAP
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Playmobil City Life Childrens Playground Set

Playmobil is a brand we all know and love and I can even remember my little brother and sister having loads of it when they were little. Even now 20 years later is just as popular with families. With Christmas just around the corner, I have just received the fab Playmobil children's playground set from Smyths for review. We are big Playmobil fans and Mr C who is 7 still loves Playmobil. This set retails at £39.99 and includes two slides, a swing, skateboard ramp, chair carousel, loads of accessories and 9 Playmobil figures.
Fully set up this looks impressive and gives lots of imaginative play opportunities. I love that all the bits and pieces are removable and can all be played with. There are lots of accessories with this set from burgers for the bbq, to flowers and birds for the trees. There is a lot of attention to detail.
Each piece of the set is incredible quality and life like for a children's toy. The mini bbq is fab they can actually take the burgers off the bbq and serve them onto the tray. All the little pieces like the basket can be held by the figures. They simply click into the figures open hands, the figures can even hold onto the handles on the bike and scooter.
The carousel is fab and you can safely strap your figures in before you spin them into a frenzy. Its so bright and colourful and will be really eye-catching for your little ones, it's actually suitable for ages 4 and up due to some of the smaller pieces in the set.
The largest part of the playset has a sand pit area, slide, picnic table and ramp. The table is great for putting the bbq next too. My boy loved the ramp he used to run the scooter, skateboard and bike up and down. I loved the tiny bucket and spade set, again they can all be held by the figures so they can be as interactive as they want with the accessories.
It did take me some time to build the set, it's not hard just some bits are fiddly and I have sausage fingers!! Thankfully I built it while the kids where at school, so I didn't have them breathing down my neck! As predicted they love the set and gave it a good playing with when they got in. Mr C even wanted to make a little video to tell you about this set.

This Playmobil City Life Childrens playground set is available exclusively to Smyths toys priced at £39.99, the ideal selection for your Playmobil collector this Christmas.
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Weekly Weigh In 18

Hello and welcome back to the weekly weight loss posts, Its actually a video this week as November and December are extremely busy, so I found it quicker to film. 

It feels great to be back on track and I'm hoping to get close to that 1 and half stone next week.
Weight Loss This Week - 3.5 lbs
Weight Loss So Far - 1 stone 3lb
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The Little Monkey Box From Cancer Care Parcel

Thinking of what to get people for Christmas is always stressful, you never really know what to get for people. Think about having to add in the fact that they may be sick and even in the hospital. The team over at Cancer Care Parcel got in touch and asked to send us a box to feature in our gift guides. Here is a little info on who they are:
After Dr Shara Cohen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 she found there was very little time to just relax, take it all in and give herself ‘me’ time. With all the appointments, liaising with work, telling the people who needed to be told…… there was little time to digest what was happening, research the practicalities or to just relax.. So she set up Cancer Care Parcel, to enable children and adults with cancer to take some of the worries away and bring some calm back into their lives. A Cancer Care Parcel is an ideal gift, to let people with cancer know that you are thinking of them. Shara has gone through treatment and understands some needs of people with cancer, however, they also consult those receiving the parcels and their advisory board, which consists of cancer patients and survivors.  This means that their gifts are well thought out and cover many aspects of what is needed.

I thought it sounded like a  great idea and they sent me over the Little Monkey Box from their range to feature. They do all different kinds of boxes for men, women, children, boxes for people who have breast cancer, a chemotherapy box and a radiotherapy box. Which means you can select the box most suited to your recipient, they have boxes to suit all budgets too. They are delivered well-packaged and I have to say the Little Monkey box is packed and has all bases covered. Rather than photograph all 24 items, I made a video for our Youtube channel that shows you all the items. Just below the video on this post is a list of the items.

Practical & Fun
Monkey Back Pack - For storing all your hospital essentials in
Monkey Water Bottle - To stay hydrated during treatment
Battery operated Bedside Light - For when the ward lights go off
Cool Food Bag - To hid all your snacks

Monkey Pillow - Nobody likes hospital pillows
Supersoft Blanket - To snuggle up in
Handwarmer - Cold hands during chemo is common
Soft Gloves - As above

Something To Do
Jungle Card Game - To pass the time
Note Pad - Keep a diary or play noughts and crosses
Coluring Pencils - For your notebook
Picture Rub Art - To be a bit creative with

Just For Fun
Catchable Bubbles - Everyone loves bubbles
Glow Stick - Have your own party
Dragonfly 3D Bouncy Ball - Just to pass the time

For Nausea
Peppermint Herbal Teabags - Helps relieve nausea
Sea Band Anti Nausea Band - I use these for my travel sick son and they are amazing

Aloe Vera Lipbalm - Hospital air con dries your lips
Gold Earphones - For late night tv watching
Tissues - Always useful
Portable Powerbank - To keep your tech topped up
Wind Up Fan - To cool you down
USB Light - For when the ward lights go out and you want to read
Handy Wipes - Keeping your hands clean

So as you can see it has every aspect covered and would be a wonderful gift to give at a pretty tough time. The range is fab, check out them all on the Cancer Care Parcel Website.
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Stay Cosy This Winter With Aldi

I've had a lovely day out today doing a bit of retail therapy, I took my little jacket out instead of my big coat as it looked quite mild, boy was that a mistake! The weather has all of a sudden drawn in and the temperature has dropped right down, there is a proper winter chill in the air. While I was out I found myself buying some gloves and scarf to warm me up! I arrived home to a toasty warm house and a fab parcel from the Aldi special buys team which is just perfect for the sudden temperature change! There is a range instore right now from cosy socks to full on sherpa cuddly blankets and all at the same low Aldi priced we all know and love.  
There are lots of great things about the colder seasons, but having chilly feet isn't one of them! Make sure you never worry about cold feet again when you grab these Heat For Your Feet Socks. Featuring comfy brushed inners and cushioned soles for extra warmth and support, these lovely socks will see you through until Spring! These will be on my feet as soon as I've finished this post and an absolute bargain at just £1.99.
There is a whole host of Avenue pyjamas offer instore priced at just £8.99 in a range of sizes. I love the llama print on these ones. They are soft cotton and lightweight but cosy, I love the cuffed design on the sleeves and legs, it makes it more like a lounge suit than pyjamas.
There is no better way to get cosy in winter than with a lovely hot water bottle. With a cable knit design, this Kirkton House Cable Knit Hot Water Bottle will look great as well as keeping you warm. Treat yourself, or give it to someone special as a thoughtful stocking filler. Available instore priced at £4.99 in cream, grey or pink.
Perfect for wearing inside winter boots or just around the house when its cold, these cute Ladies' Panda Winter Boot Socks are perfect if your toes get a little chilly over the winter months. They are one size and fit 4-8 shoe size and retail at £4.99. If Pandas aren't your thing they have them in Bear design, ombre, pink and blue. They are super soft and make your feet feel super toasty.

Get yourself down to your local Aldi this weekend for your winter warmers as with all special buys they are only available whilst stocks last so be quick!
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Win A Cheeky Chompers Red Stars Chew Pack

You may have seen the Cheeky Chompers feature over in the Babies Christmas Gift Guide last week. Today I am launching a fab giveaway thanks to the team at Cheeky Chompers. They have given me not 1 but 2 Red Star Chew Packs to giveaway!
The red stars duo is the perfect combination for your teething bubbas this Christmas, they can get their dribble on and stay festive all at the same time! For your chance to win 1 of the festive Red Stars Chew packs just enter via the gleam widget below. DO read the terms and conditions before entering, all incorrect entries will be disqualified.
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1. 2 prizes for 2 winners.
2. Winners email will be sent to PR who will arrange delivery.
3. Competition ends Midnight 1/12/18.
4. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
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Super Ski Jump Giveaway

We LOVE Drumond Park games in this house and I know you all love them too. We have just featured the fab Super Ski Jump in our Christmas Gift Guide For Kids and the team over at Drumond Park have offered another copy of this fab tabletop game for one of you to win just in time for Christmas!
Fresh out of the box comes this brilliant, unique table-top game that’s set to race off the shelves this Autumn! Super Ski Jump (rrp £19.99, age 8+) is played by between 2 and 4 players over 3 thrilling rounds - and the ultimate aim of the game is to send your skiing character flying down the sizeable ski ramp and score the most points by doing tricks and nailing the perfect landing! Players take it in turns to jump once in each round, choosing which of the four characters and the playing piece (Sledge, Bath Tub, Snowboard, Skis) they would like to use. Once you’ve assembled and set up the ski jump ramp, you’re ready to go – and there’s no doubt that putting in a little time and effort to practise your jumps before you start competitively is well worth it.

For your chance to win this tabletop game just enter via the Gleam widget below, do read the terms and conditions before entering as all incorrect entries with be disqualified.

Terms & Conditions.         
1. 1 prize for 1 winner.
2. Winners email will be sent to PR who will arrange delivery.
3. Competition ends Midnight 1/12/18.
4. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
5. UK entries only.

Ready2Robot Review

The kids are all going crazy for surprise toy opening at the moment and Mr C is no different! He was chuffed to ribbons when we were sent some Ready2Robot goodies to unbox, test and try out on the blog. We also did a little Youtube video of Mr C opening some of the packs if you fancy a watch!
Kids can build, swap and battle with Ready 2 Robot. Build your robot, unleash your pilot from his slime pod and get ready for an epic robot battle. Kids will love collecting and battling these slimy warriors. At Smyths Toys, you can find Ready 2 Robot blind packs, battle packs and blasters to power up your battles. Collect them all to build the ultimate Ready 2 Robot showdown!
The battle pack rrp £19.99 comes with a fully assembled robot, rocket launcher and a mystery robot that you get to unpack and build. The egg has several layers inside and little pieces of the root wrapped in plastic to open, so the mystery is prolonged in each layer, which the kids love.
The pieces are split between 3 layers inside the pod and there is also a collectors guife for you to tick off your robots as you get them. Mr C loved this, he likes to know what he's got and what he still needs to get!
Right in the top of the pod is a chamber full of slime, you have to pop this out. This is a bit tricky and I had to help Mr C with this bit. He loved digging into the slime to get the little pilot out that sits in the top of the robot body.
The fully assembled robot that comes in the battle pack is fab, lovely bright colours and ready for immediate battle. The rocket launcher is a fab touch and it actually works (see our Youtube video link above).
The series 1 individual pods are priced at £9.99 and contain a full robot for you to unpack and build. What I liked about these collectables is you can actually play with them afterwards. They don't just get unboxed and discharged. Mr C had lots of fun mixing and matching all the parts and making all kinds of robots and making them battle each other. I have to agree with him that they are pretty fab. If you're looking to buy head over to Smyths now as they are currently on sale with a few £'s off the cost, ideal Christmas presents for your avid collector or surprise fan!
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