With half term and Halloween both happening this week Cash Generator served the kiddywinks up with a real treat with Disney’s latest DVD release Maleficent.
“Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it.” is the opening line of Disney’s Maleificent, a re-telling of the classic tale “Sleeping Beauty” told from the standpoint of the villain. The film starts with Maleficent as a young, horned fairy who is basically good. She lives in the moors as their protector, meets a young human boy named Stefan and the pair become the best of friends. Love soon blossoms as they grow older and Stefan gifts her with true love’s first kiss on her sixteenth birthday.
Shortly after Stefan stops seeing Maleficent as he pursues his desire for the crown. Eventually, hungry for power, Stefan goes back to the moors and betrays Maleficent and she becomes the scorned woman who curses a young baby with a sleeping spell that we know from the animated Disney tale. So as not to spoil anything I’ll leave the story there but rest assured that it’s an awesome film that had the whole family gripped. This trailer should give you a nice taster.
Cash Generator are giving you the chance to win your very own copy of Maleficent on DVD in our latest competition. For your chance to win enter via Rafflecopter below, good luck. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Maya the Bee buzzed onto UK screens in January this year being shown on Tiny Pop three times a day during the week and twice at the weekend. This is a remake of the classic TV series Maya the Bee which was first aired in 1975 and is based on the 1912 book by Waldemar Bonsels ‘Maya and her adventures’. Maya is a young bee who has left her hive to discover the beauty and mysteries of nature. As she explores the meadow where she lives, she meets other insects living there, plays to her heart’s content and shares her joy with her friends! Her friends include her sidesick Willy (cue sniggers from kiddywinks), Flip the grasshopper, The Queen, Ben the dung beetle, Miss Cassandra (Maya’s teacher), Barry the fly and Imogen’s favourite Beatrice the butterfly.
Maya the Bee is a beautifully animated series that Joseph has become quite hooked on. It is shown on Tiny Pop (Sky 617, Virgin 737 and Freesat 605) at 8.15am, 1.30pm and 6pm weekdays and 10.30am and 6pm. There are plenty of printable activity sheets over on the Maya the Bee Facebook page as well.
We’re giving Me and My Kiddywinks readers the chance to win one of three May the Bee Plush toys in our latest competition! To enter simply do so via Rafflecopter below, good luck!
I’ve spoken on this blog many a time before about how I’d love to transform our overstuffed attic into a playroom for the kiddywinks and now I am thrilled to be able to say that we’ve done it! Well to a certain degree there are still things to be sorted, storage being a major issue. But for now they have somewhere to play independently, watch what they want to on TV or play on the Wii.
One of the things I didn’t think about though was keeping an eye on them two floors up. Most of the time I sit up stairs and join in the fun and games but there are times when they don’t want me around or there are simply other things that need to be done. We had recently been discussing baby monitoring cameras so that I could watch what they were doing and then the opportunity arose to review the Watchbot 3.0 camera.
Here’s our video review….
The Watchbot is a great camera with a huge range of uses from anything from home or holiday home security, baby monitoring or even as a nanny cam! With motion detection, night vision and email alerts it has everything that an expensive CCTV system has at a fraction of the cost. The Watchbot 3.0 is available in black or white at the amazing price of just £149.95.
Watchbot are also giving you the chance to win £600 of their products is this competition. To enter simply do so via Rafflecopter below, good luck!
For our latest giveaway we have teamed up with Rockabye-Baby to give you the chance to win £50 of vouchers to spend on their site!
Rockabye-Baby has a refreshing attitude and a motto to match – don’t give into mainstream cute. Scrap those stereotypes; crush those clichés and let your kids be as individual as their thoughts. Their clothes stand for “Fun, Fashion and Attitude” and Rockaby Baby believe that kids were born to rock!
This bright and funky range of luxury cotton clothes for children up to the age of eight look fantastic, have a musical theme and are even packed in 10-inch record sleeves.
With such a fresh and welcomed approach to dressing kids, it’s no wonder Rockabye-Baby has been selected to showcase its clothes at House of Fraser’s POP at HOF – a pop-up at the flagship Oxford Street store. Following a competition organised by The Great Retail Revival Foundation, Rockabye-Baby was one of just ten small businesses selected from nearly 200 of the UK’s hottest new retailers in a sales event offering the winner a year’s concession at the store. Tattinger is sponsoring the event and people who buy any POP at HOF brands get a free glass of champagne!
Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win a £50 Rockabye-Baby voucher but read on for a chance to win one of two £100 vouchers!
Over on the Rockabye-Baby Facebook page they’re giving their fans the chance to win two £100 vouchers each week! It’s simple to enter, just head to The House of Fraser Store on Oxford Street, London to try on a Rockabye-Baby Item of Clothing then send a pic via a private message on their Facebook page along with your little rockers name and your Email address. Good luck!
The new two-player Bubble Buster Kazoo Game (rrp £9.99, age 4+) brings the magic of bubble-bursting to a thrilling new level! Its clever kazoo bubble blower and a ‘pinging’ electronic wand which counts how many bubbles the children have burst, will have little ones jumping for joy amid squeals of excitement and laughter!
Aldi’s Mamia Nappies and Baby Wipes offer quality and reassurance for parents at a great price. With awards such as the Loved By Parents ‘Best Wipes’, Mother & Baby’s ‘Best Wipes’ and Prima Baby & Pregnancy’s 2013 Reader Awards for ‘6+ older baby nappy’, mums can be assured their little ones are getting the best possible care and guaranteed quality with Mamia.
Mamia New-Born Size 1 (24) £1.69
Aldi’s Mamia Nappy range is regularly tested against other leading brands and features an anti-leakage system to prevent accidents. With overlapping and resealable fasteners in a range of sizes, Aldi’s Mamia Nappies are ideal as your baby grows. The nappies are dermatologically tested as hypoallergenic and have an extra soft breathable cotton-like finish for extra comfort.
Mamia Ultra-Dry Maxi, Size 4, £4.49, 48 Nappies
Aldi are giving you the chance to try them for yourself in our latest competition to win a week’s supply! To enter all you need to do is enter via Rafflecopter below.
Imogen still watches and enjoys her Prima Princessa presents The Nutcracker DVD that she received at the end of last year, so she was highly excited when the latest UK release arrived from Prima Princessa “Sleeping Beauty”. Imogen loves the story of The Nutcracker but with two of her favourite things ballet and a princess and I knew we’d be on to a winner!
The DVD has the same format as The Nutcracker showing excerpts of Sleeping Beauty performed by The Royal Ballet with narration by Prima Princessa (an animated fairy). There are also lots of Prima Princessa Ballerinas that join in the fun, frilled up to the max in some fabulous girly costumes. There are also mini ballet demonstrations on different ballet steps by the students of the School of American Ballet, something Imogen finds very useful and follows very seriously.
She loves getting dressed up in her ballet shoes and sometimes a tiara and joining in usually making a grand entrance from the hall.
Both Prima Princessa DVD’s have really helped Imogen with her ballet and seeing as she has her first exam coming up in the Autumn she need all the help she can get!
Prima Princessa Presents Sleeping Beauty is also packed with loads of extras including lots of craft activities which Imogen was keen to do over the Easter holidays. At £5.99 (available from Amazon) it’s a lovely treat that is bound to thrill and entertain over and over again.
Prima Princessa are also giving one of our lucky readers the chance to win a copy in our latest completion, to enter do so via Rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
When we started our journey as Graco Ambassadors Joseph was a tiny 7 weeks old, 2 years later he’s a walking, sort of talking little boy. Alas, it is now time to hang up the Graco hat We’ve had lots of fun during our Graco journey and here are a few of the highlights.
We’re saying goodbye in style though with a fabulous giveaway as Graco are giving Me and My Kiddywinks the chance to win a Graco Sweetpeace.
The Sweetpeace uses innovative, patented motion technology to simulate a mother’s real soothing movements to help relax little ones. The motion moves little ones from side to side, as parents do, as opposed to just back and front making baby feel especially comforted. As well as featuring six speeds, the two speed vibrations tailor the movement to help with all moods over, from lively to sleepy.
Baby can be kept amused with an MP3 plug-in connection ready to play favourite songs, along with the pre-loaded high quality sounds, this unique audio experience promotes early learning, as well as a baby tray with mirror, teether and soft toy to help baby entertained.
The Sweetpeace is very flexible so can be used as a soother or standalone rocker. The stand can be used with Graco 0+ car seats (Logico S and Junior Baby) so parents can move baby easily without any hassle. It also features a handy timer to switch off the vibration and sounds so that’s one less thing to worry about during this busy period. The Sweetpeace has a comfortable fabric in relaxing colours with a removable, translucent canopy.
This competition has now closed. Our winner was drawn by Random.org and is….
Rachel McArthur. An Email is on it’s way Rachel. Congratulations!
Joseph has had great fun with his Bubble Bouncer and TP Toys are kindly giving your little one the chance to enjoy one too in our latest competition.
The Bubble Bouncer is perfect for any active little-un. The Bubble Bouncer features a robust handle providing support and confidence for exploring toddlers. It is perfect for developing strength, balance and co-ordination.
Available from all good retailers including www.TPToys.com and John Lewis with an RRP £39.95.
For your chance to win this fab prize visit www.tptoys.com and answer the following question via Rafflecopter. What age is the Bubble Bouncer suitable from?
There is nothing like snuggling up on a cold afternoon with the fire lit and a DVD to watch and this weekend we did just that with the DVD released today “Snowmen”.
The main character in the film is a ten year old boy named Billy, who is convinced is only has weeks to live. He and his misfit friends make a surprise discovery in the snow which leads them to try and set their own Guinness World Record, to ensure that Billy is remember forever. Their plan is to build more snowmen that anyone has ever done before. During this feet Billy and his friends encounter some bullies, bring their community together and learn important lessons about friendship. But will they make it into the record books??
Snowmen stars Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) as well as a whole host of up and coming new talent and has one four awards including Best Picture at the the Dallas Film Awards.
It’s a lovely, funny festive film that had Imogen and I glued to the screen from start to finish and it’s very hard to find a film that will amuse us both!
Arrow Films have kindly donated two copies of Snowmen on DVD to giveaway to two lucky readers, to be in with a chance of winning enter via Rafflecopter below.