*Giveaway* Brownie Lottie Doll

So you may have read recently that we’re part of the Lottie Brownie Blogger Pack – and with that comes the opportunity to give a Brownie Lottie Doll away!
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The Brownie Lottie Doll has been travelling with us. We’re back from Cornwall where she had a great time. She came with us to a few places, though there were some times it was best to leave her at home.

What can I say about the Brownie Lottie Doll? She’s pocket-sized, (although on more than one occasion we’d hear “is this your daughter’s dolly?” when she had fallen out) so maybe front pouch sized!

Brownie Lottie outdoors

She comes with a hoody, a scarf and elasticated woggle and there’s a load of accessories available too which we don’t yet have. One thing I really like is that Lottie’s shoes stay on. Brownie Lottie’s shoes don’t come off easily too, which is definitely worth pointing out.

The Brownie Lottie has a cool trefoil print on her t-shirt too. Lottie has knees that bend and arms that can be posed. If you’re good at balance you can get her to stand on her own too, which H enjoys doing. She also has hair you can plait!

Brownie Lottie box WAGGGS

Brownie Lottie is a Branksea Island Brownie, and is Girl Guide Association approved.

Here are some of the adventures she has been having…

Our holiday was at Coombe Mill. We decided it was probably for the best that Brownie Lottie didn’t help feed the animals!

Brownie Lottie at Coombe Mill

We did some exploring outside. She was pretty good at that.

Brownie Lottie Map reading

You can see her tucked into H’s pocket as she practises flying at Dyrham Park. Amazingly, this is one of the times she didn’t fall out! (I would insist your child holds on to Lottie at all times because of this)

Lottie in pocket

Doing some of the trails at Dyrham Park as well – you can see beautiful carved wood trees that you had to find. We also took her to Hidden Valley.

Brownie Lottie Sherlock Holmes Trail at Hidden Valley

So after sharing all these adventures Lottie has had (she is now safely back at home and hanging out with our football Lottie again), we thought you’d like to try and win one for yourself. So here’s our first giveaway in a while. We love Lottie Dolls. We love there is now a Brownie Lottie doll.

You can buy the Brownie Lottie Doll here.

The winner will receive a Brownie Lottie Doll.  The giveaway finishes on the 28th August. Good luck!

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Miffy’s Adventures Come to Tiny Pop!

This Friday, Miffy is going to be on Tiny Pop – a new programme Miffy’s Adventures – Big and Small starts! We’ve got some information about it plus a lovely giveaway for you.

Miffy's Adventures Big and Small on Tiny Pop

Miffy’s Adventures – Big and Small comes to Tiny Pop on the 2nd October 2015 at 7pm which consists of fifty two episodes, all of them seven minutes long. This series is an animated sequel to Miffy and Friends which was on tv from 2003 onwards.

Tiny Pop is a digital channel, which has a fine selection of kids programmes. We’ve spent many afternoons watching Meg and Mog on there – and now Miffy is the latest to join the channel.

Miffy's Adventures Big and Small on Tiny Pop

Miffy’s Adventures – Big and Small features Miffy (of course) as well as her friends Snuffy, Grunty and Melanie who all feature in Dick Bruna’s books. This new series also marks the first time Miffy has been seen in CGI.

Miffy’s Adventures – Big and Small features simple dialogue, and consists of stories about the world around her, designed to keep even the smallest children engaged.

Miffy's Adventures Big and Small on Tiny Pop

The episodes keep the bright primary colours that Dick Bruna uses in the books, bringing the characters to life and bringing a new generation of youngsters into the world of Miffy.

Quite frankly, I think the more children that grow up loving Miffy, the better!

Miffy’s Adventures – Big and Small will become a key part of Tiny Pop’s evening block, Cuddle Time, which features gentle programming allowing kids, mums and dads to enjoy calmer, quieter time around bedtime. Tiny Pop has the strongest evening viewing figures in the kids’ category, from 7pm-midnight and will broadcast Mike the Knight, My Little Pony and Miffy from October as part of their autumn schedule.

We’ve seen some preview episodes, and they’re lovely – and very much in keeping with the spirit of Dick Bruna’s books. They’re definitely set to be a favourite for children!

Sensory Miffy Giveaway

As well as this, we’ve got a giveaway! How do you fancy winning a Sensory Miffy Toy? Suitable for children aged 6 months and up, this toy has several areas which it can identify on the body, and is a great fun toy for little ones. We’ve got one to give away, and all I need you to do is answer a simple question. Who is your favourite Miffy character?

Terms & conditions – UK entrants only please. This giveaway finishes on the 9th October 2015. The prize will be sent direct from Miffy’s PR company in the UK. Good luck!

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Win The Higgidy Cookbook and a Higgidy Apron!

It has been a long time since we’ve had a giveaway on here – a very long time. But we have a few lined up, which time nicely with Mum Friendly being about to turn four. Here’s the first one – a fabulous Higgidy giveaway, and you can win a copy of the Higgidy Cookbook and a Higgidy Apron. Read on to find out more!

higgidy giveawayTo help you celebrate Pie Week this year, fabulous West Sussex based piemakers Higgidy are giving away some exciting prizes to help you make delicious pies in your very own kitchen. All you need to do is enter below for a chance to win a copy of The Higgidy Cookbook, featuring 100 recipes for pies and more, and a Higgidy apron. What better excuse is there to cook up a storm in the kitchen and impress your friends and family with your pie baking skills? And, in case you don’t feel like cooking, they’ve also popped in some vouchers, so you can pick up some of their delicious pies from the supermarket to enjoy at home.

Higgidy believe there is nothing better than homemade, which is why they bake their pies in small batches, fill them with ingredients just like you would use in your kitchen at home and finish every one by hand.

Oh, and did you know there’s a new Higgidy Pie in stores now? The new Hand Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato Pie. We were sent four to try, and I nobly passed them on to Shaun and H (being vegetarian for over 30 years meant I wasn’t going to try them!) who both found them most enjoyable. So maybe if you win you’d fancy trying out those ones? Just enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends on the 8th March 2015.

Terms and Conditions
By taking part in this competition all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these terms and conditions:

  • This prize draw is only open to residents of the UK.
  • Each winner will receive a pack containing a copy of The Higgidy Cookbook, an apron and four Higgidy pie vouchers. Higgidy accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize.
  • The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  • Higgidy retains the right to substitute the prize, or any of its contents, with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available.
  • The winners names may be promoted on Higgidy’s website or social media websites.
  • No purchase necessary.

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Fancy Winning a Higgidy Picnic?

We’ve got a fabulous giveaway with Higgidy – and oh how we love our Higgidy pies – do you fancy winning a picnic bag with some coupons which can be redeemed against Higgidy picnic essentials? Then read on for more!

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What could be better than a picnic in the park on a summer’s day? To celebrate picnic season Higgidy are giving you a chance to win a special picnic bag filled with coupons that can be redeemed against picnic essentials such as Higgidy’s sausage roll range! To be in with a chance, just enter your details below.

Higgidy, maker of award-winning pies and quiches, have launched a range of three mouth-watering sausage roll recipes just in time for picnic season. Packaged in picnic basket open-style box, Higgidy’s sausage roll range comes in three flavours: Herby Pork & Pancetta, Roasted Tomato & Pork, and Feta & Red Pepper. They can be enjoyed hot or cold and make perfect picnic food.

Higgidy picnic pack

If you aren’t successful this time, there is still a chance to win instantly by playing ‘Catch a Quiche’ at catchaquiche.higgidy.co.uk. Prizes include quiches, salad, yoghurt, crisps, fruit snacks and ginger beer and high scorers can also win a Higgidy Picnic Pack!

I’ve been playing Catch A Quiche and it isn’t easy. You can have five turns a day as well, so there’s no excuse to not give it a go.

Giveaway Rules – This Giveaway ends on the 1st August 2014. Please respond ASAP if you’re the winner so I can pass your information on to Higgidy’s PR company to arrange delivery – and good luck!

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Win a Family Ticket to see The Octonauts Live!

Fancy winning a family ticket to see the Octonauts live? 

The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is based on the popular CBeebies’ TV show, Octonauts, and opens at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on Thursday 16 October, touring into 2015.

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

In Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure the entire crew of the Octonauts, led by intrepid explorer Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, embark on an exciting new underwater quest and visit amazing underwater worlds full of adventure, with surprises around every corner.

This action-packed interactive show features new music (from BAFTA-award winning composer Mani Svavarsson) and all the Octonauts live on stage for the very first time. Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is produced by live children’s show supremos Fiery Light (joint venture by Fiery Angel and Limelight Productions), the team also behind the recent tours of the three successful Peppa Pig stage shows.

Their most recent – Peppa Pig’s Big Splash – is currently on tour. It has broken box office records for a pre-school show and will return to the West End for fifth consecutive Christmas season at the Criterion Theatre this year.

Other Fiery Light productions include the recent tour of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, LazyTown Live! and Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Director/adapter Richard Lewis said: ‘Octonauts is all about adventure and exploration which offers up a whole host of possibilities in a live environment. From the colourful characters and fantasticunderwater setting to the amazing octopod where the Octonauts live, there’s great scope for a really unique, interactive theatre experience. We can’t wait to take fans on an adventure like never before.’

For tour information please go to www.octonautslive.co.uk

The prize is one family ticket for up to four members. Please note, this is subject to availablility, and travel isn’t included. Ends on the 23rd July 2014. Good Luck!

*if you are having problems entering, you can see the Widget via the Mum Friendly Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/MumFriendlyPage/app_152351391599356 or direct in your browserOctonauts Live Family Ticket

My Local Drugstore – A Family-Friendly Giveaway

Warm weather may well be here, but I like to be well stocked with my vitamins, spring colds seem to love visiting me! Our next giveaway is with My Local Drugstore, an online store started by professionals who have been in the healthcare industry for over 30 years.

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My Local Drugstore source all your regular vitamins and healthcare products and offer free shipping with a £30 order – as well as sourcing the best price possible.

Today we’re able to offer a fantastic giveaway with My Local Drugstore – a family supply of Centrum Vitamins – one pack per family member. The two types on offer are Centrum Kids Chewables and Centrum Advance, both of which we’ve been trying out. H loves the kids one and was the one reminding us every morning when they needed taking. Shaun has taken the adult ones and has definitely felt a difference too… I feel an order coming on!

Centrum Kids Chewables

Running around, getting up to mischief, learning new skills or just growing; kids bones and brains never rest! Centrum Kids Chewables has been developed with a unique combination of balanced nutrients to give them the nutritional support they need to stay healthy.

Why Choose Centrum Kids Chewables?

  • Contains 16 key nutrients, including Vitamin D, important for the normal growth and development of your children’s bones.
  • Supports energy release, cognitive development and the bone health of children aged 4 to 10
  • The world’s no.1 multivitamin
  • Backed by 30 years of nutritional expertise and proven science

Centrum Advance

A busy social life, work or family commitments don’t always make it easy to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Centrum Advance Multivitamin is designed to help you fulfil your nutritional needs and support your everyday health and wellbeing.

Why Choose Centrum Advance?

  • Complete multivitamin: Centrum Advance contains 25 key nutrients including all 13 essential vitamins.
  • Supports energy release, immunity and contributes to healthy skin & metabolism
  • The world’s no.1 multivitamin
  • Backed by 30 years of nutritional expertise and proven science

The giveaway starts now and runs until the 6th May 2014. The Rafflecopter widget will select a random entry. If you do the mandatory entries, you’ll find a special one-off Mum Friendly code offering free delivery with My Local Drugstore too!

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Your Eggselency Hotel Chocolat Giveaway!

Mum Friendly is like a bus right now. You wait forever for a giveaway and then I launch FOUR in a week. The rest will follow soon…. for this second one we have a rather marvellous prize. I’m a long-standing Hotel Chocolate customer, I can’t even remember when I placed my first order with them it was that long ago, so I’m delighted to bring this one to you.

Hotel Chocolat have an amazing Easter Egg range in store right now, and I’m able to offer you a Your Eggselency Extra Thick Chocolate Easter Egg – look at it! It’s amazing!!!!

Your Eggselency Hotel Chocolat


Allow me to copy and paste the product details from the website :

When we first started making our eggs 13 years ago, we were advised by experts to make them as thin as possible and put the chocolates on the outside. We did the opposite!

Our extremely distinguished extra thick egg has one 40% milk shell and one 70% dark shell, filled with 12 of our finest real cream truffles with Champagne, port, Amaretto and other delights.

So yes, quite a choc-feast. Oh my. The full menu is here.

In order for the egg to make it in time for Easter, this giveaway is running now, and finishing on April 5th which should leave enough time! UK entrants only please, and good luck!

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Go! Go! Go! Show Giveaway!

Last year at Lollibop we must have seen the Go! Go! Go! Show several times in one day, and funnily enough it was Shaun who knew most of the songs…. must’ve been all those mornings he spent doing the ironing before work while watching Nick Jr, right? I also know he’s not the only dad to do this….

Go! Go! Go! Show

Go! Go! Go! Show is a fun five minute segment in the morning on Nick Jr, perfect for young ones (and dads) with simple pop songs and dance routines; and they’re releasing a new CD/DVD album on April 7th 2014, Radio Go! Go! Go!. Join Gemma, Carl, Jade, Steve and Holly plus the permanently confused Mr Baffled and his sock guzzling side-kick the Fluffalope as they take over the Radio and TV airwaves of the Islands of Baffadopolis for a wild and exciting fun-filled pop music extravaganza.

It just so happens I have three copies to give away. Before we get to that bit, let me tell you a few bits I know… they’re heading out on tour next month.

Go! Go! Go! Show at Lollibop 2013

Tour Dates:

12/4 Sheffield University
13/4 Leeds City Varieties
14/4 Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre Newcastle
15/4 Palace Theatre Manchester
16/4 Town Hall Birmingham
17/4 Leamington Spa Assembly
18/4 Ipswich Regent Theatre
21/4 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Radio Go! Go! Go!

The album is a CD/DVD package, and features all the Go! Go! Go! songs you know and love – ‘Wake Up Smiling’ of course, ‘This is the Life’ and ‘Lay the Rhythm Down’ to name just three. Here’s the tracklist –

CD Contents
1  Wake Up Smiling
2  This Is The Life
3  Lay The Rhythm Down
4  Blue Sky Sunshine Day
5  My Picture Of The World
6  Choices
7  The Get Along Song
8  Questions Questions
9  It’s Your Birthday
10  Holiday Bay
11  Let Him Go
12  Hey There Sleepy Head

DVD Contents
13 Wake Up Smiling (Karaoke)
14 It’s Your Birthday (Karaoke)
15 Wake Up Smiling (Music Video with Intro)
16 This Is The Life (Music Video with Intro)
17 Lay The Rhythm Down (Music Video with Intro)
18 Choices (Music Video with Intro)
19 The Get Along Song (Music Video with Intro)
20 Questions Questions (Music Video with Intro)
21 Hey There Sleepy Head (Music Video with Intro)
22 Wake Up Smiling (Learn The Dance Moves)
23 Questions Questions (Learn The Dance Moves)
24 Go!Go!Go! At Work and Play

Have a little video taken at Lollibop last year

So yes, we have three copies of Radio Go! Go! Go! to give away! So that’s three winners – fancy your luck? Here goes… Ends on the 3rd April 2014 at midnight – so not long!

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Canvas Design Giveaway!

Canvas Design were looking for bloggers to review their canvas prints, and I’m never one to turn down the chance to try a canvas!

Canvas Design are based in Darwen, Lancashire and after having emailed a photo to them, two days later Interlink Express had delivered it. The photo was taken back in October on my phone – a silhouette I love of Shaun and H standing in the wind at Chesil Beach near Weymouth.

Canvas Design

I was impressed with the quality – the canvas also includes everything you need to hang it on the wall. I received the 22×26 size which looks lovely on our wall – see?

That’s not all though – Canvas Design are offering a print as a giveaway at Mum Friendly! The giveaway is open to UK Residents only and you can choose from any size canvas from 6×6 to 40×40 inches, with any picture you’d like. Here’s what you get:

  • Your canvas prints will arrive at your home or workplace ready to hang.
  • A free hanging kit is supplied to ensure perfect positioning.
  • Your photo printed on pure 100% cotton canvas.
  • 38mm deep pine frames sourced from renewable European forests.
  • Canvas frames include corner wedges for tension.
  • Photos with Red Eye removed free of charge.
  • Free Shipping with 48 Hours Delivery.

So here’s your chance – good luck! I’ve been impressed with how quickly we received ours and the courier gives you an hourly slot so you know when to expect it.

As an additional entry I have a special discount code that can be used on their site – click the option on Rafflecopter below to access it! Canvas Design can be found here.

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The Higgidy Cookbook

Quercus Books have just published The Higgidy Cookbook by Camilla Stephens. I bought it the day it came out and have drooled over the pages since. Now you’ve got a chance to do the same as I have a copy to give away.

The Higgidy Cookbook is full of recipes – 100 to be precise – for pies and so much more.While a few of the pies and tarts don’t have visuals, there’s a lot of end pictures in there – and where I’ve loved previous cookbooks for breaking down each process, for this one all you truly need to know is how to make a good pastry and a good filling and have the right guidance. This book does all that.

The Higgidy Cookbook is broken into sections – Simple Suppers, Party Pies, Quirky Quiches and Tempting Tarts, Pudding Pies and Sweet Treats, and Easy Extras & Perfect Pastry. On the last chapter we may have mistaken some Sticky Onions for Portugese Custard Tarts – they look pretty similar! (though obviously taste different)

Being one who doesn’t like to wait, tonight I decided to try one of the pies – the Strawberry and Apricot Freeform Tart – which starts with the most tempting of sentences:  ‘This is a great recipe for novice bakers and enthusiasts alike’ – plus it looks pretty awesome too.

The Higgidy Cookbook

Being as weight-conscious (and cost-conscious) as I am, I bought Sainsburys Basics strawberries (two packs, £1.50 each), a tin of Apricots (£1ish?) and added some dried ones. I still didn’t have enough fruit to make up the 500g I needed, so added two pears which worked.

Essentially, you make your pastry, leave it to chill for thirty minutes then roll out and put into a dish, bake for 45-50 minutes and voila, you have your dish.

I found the instructions really clear and simple to follow. We were missing one ingredient (cornflour) and I didn’t substitute with anything else which left the tart oozing with juice but not ruined which was a relief. H says “it’s the best tart ever” and Shaun thinks “it’s pretty awesome”. Me? I’m quite pleased it wasn’t a disaster in any way! The pastry was crispy and well cooked, the fruit warm and tangy. The best bit? You can use fruit which is going a bit soft for this too!

I was offered a chance to review The Higgidy Cookbook, but as I intended to anyway and bought it, I am instead offering the copy as a giveaway. Answer one simple question, then there’s a few additional things you can do via Rafflecopter to gain some extra entries. UK residents only please, and the closing date is two weeks today, the 8th October 2013.

All entries will be checked to make sure the rules were followed, as it’s unfair to say you’ve commented and to not leave one, and one winner will be sent a copy of The Higgidy Cookbook from the PR company. Good luck!

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