Thursday, 29 November 2012
Looking For Christmas Snacks?
Check out Wonderful Pistachios.
Wonderful® Pistachios from California are perfectly seasoned for a delicious flavour with a satisfying crunch. Sun-ripened and 100% naturally opened, we only offer the largest available nuts that are equally roasted - without added oil - thanks to our unique rotary roasting technique.
Wonderful Pistachios not only taste delicious, they are also a great all-natural, healthy snack alternative to fully enjoy while relaxing with friends and family or just by yourself. And above all, they are great fun to crack open!
First off I tried the Wonderful Pistachios Salt & Pepper ones, they're perfectly seasoned & deliciously different to any others that I have tried before. They have a delicate pepper flavour which is just right and not overpowering at all. I really enjoyed these and would buy them again.
Next up I tried the Wonderful Pistachios Sweet Chilli nuts. They are a perfect mix of sweetness, crunch and tangy chilli peppers which creates a slightly spicy and irresistible sweet chilli pistachio flavour. These were my favourite out of the two. I love chilli and I love nuts so these were perfect for me. I'd never seen chilli nuts like these before but I will definitely be buying more of these. I enjoyed them so much that I ate the whole bag in one night, oops.
Mummy Of 3 Diaries gave the Wonderful range a yummy 4/5. I think I've found a new favourite nut. We were sent 1 of each of the 2 bags mentioned above to sample the nuts for the purpose of this review. I was not paid in any way and all the opinions expressed are entirely my own and unbiased in every way.
Just Dance 4
The world’s #1 dance game brand is back with Just Dance 4! The latest edition of the record-breaking franchise takes the party to a whole new level of fun, with over 40 all-new hits, the coolest dances and brand new features.
Just Dance 4 is your ticket to the best new music with over 40 tracks from a variety of top artists, popular genres and hot billboard songs like “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida, and “Moves Like Jagger“ by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera. The tracklist also features legendary artists such as Barry White and The B-52’s to get the whole family up and moving.
Just Dance 4 is the perfect catalyst for the best parties, no matter what the occasion, thanks to innovative modes like the all-new Battle mode, an upgraded Just Sweat mode, and even more fun, alternative dances. Everything you know and love about Just Dance gets even better with Just Dance 4—hot new tracks, fun irreverent dances, and more.
With Just Dance 4, the party never ends! Have a blast dancing, laughing, and breaking a sweat with friends and family all night long. I know we had a great time with this game!
It's such a fun, energetic game which really is great for all the family. From young to old there was songs to suit all and get everyone moving. My girls had a fantastic time dancing away to some of their favourite pop songs. There was a good selection of songs, both new and old classics. I only got a little go myself as my girls and my dad kind of took over. I had a great time just watching them though. Smiles and laughter filled our home last night. I have to say I didn't realise how much fun a computer game could be. I would definitely recommend Just Dance 4, it's a great laugh and also great exercise. I know I was exhausted after just a few dances. I don't know how my kids did so many songs. They slept well last night though.
Mummy Of 3 Diaries gives Just Dance 4 a well deserved 5/5. Great Family Fun for all!
I was sent a promotional copy of the game for the purpose of the review. I was not paid, therefore the opinions expressed are 100% honest and all my own.
I would like to introduce you to Liquid Pixels.
Check out this cool new video! It's pretty epic!
It's a short film documenting a piece of interactive water art, controlled solely using the Galaxy Note II and its S Pen technology. The concept was created by Daniel Kupfer, and took 10 days to create and used over 3,000 connections, which were all fitted individually.
What Do You Think? I think I want a Galaxy Note 2 :)
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Top Gadgets For Christmas
If you’re looking for cool and quirky gadgets, then look no further than Find Me A Gift. From boys’ toys to the latest watches, lighting and gizmos, this leading online retailer has got it covered.
Check out this Christmas’ top 10 gadgets:
1. Attacknid – The Remote Control Spider, £69.99
Attacknid is taking the world by storm, literally! Its armour-plated legs and attachable weapons means it is ready to do battle, and never has a battle between spiders been more ferocious. These Combat Creatures are remote-controlled and will fight each other even when their opponent is down.
2. Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote, £59.99
Time travel might be out of reach for most of us but the Sonic Screwdriver remote control means you can still feel like a timelord. Simply program the Dr Who-inspired gadget from your existing remote and with a swish, rotation or tap, control your television and other infra-red devices.
3. Tetris Light, £29.99
reate a different lamp for every day of the week with these colourful Tetris-like pieces. 7 moveable blocks are included so the game can be recreated in real-time. The lights will automatically switch off when removed from the stack.
4. Angry Birds Air Swimmer, £49.99
Can’t get enough of those battling birds and pigs? Then watch Angry Birds take to the sky! Assemble and inflate this helium-filled balloon for an Angry Birds experience like no other. The balloon is remote-controlled and glides through the air at your direction. Suitable for indoor use only.
5. Mathmos Bump Lantern, £64.99
As the name suggests, the Bump Lantern has a unique ‘bump’ activation meaning it will turn on or off with a tap to the top or bottom. The stylish lantern has three light settings; white, 50% white and colour phasing and makes a striking feature indoors and out.
6. Doctor Who Tardis Smart Safe, £29.99
Keep valuables out of reach of Autons, Axons and Ice Warriors thanks to the new Smart Safe. This Tardis-shaped money box has a secret 4 digit code to lock the door and makes realistic Dr Who sound and light effects. Download the free app on iPhone to get the most out of your Tardis money bank!
7. Aqua Mood Light, £15.99
Make a splash with this funky waterproof light. It can be placed to a depth of 1 metre and has 13 colour tones and 3 light settings. Simply use the remote control included to set the perfect mood.
8. Remote Control UFO Message Writer, £24.99
Send a message through the sky! This remote control UFO displays a message up to 7 characters long; perfect for short messages or when you need a cup of tea!
9. R2D2 Interactive Money Bank, £29.99
Delight a sci-fi fan with this interactive R2D2 money box. To keep valuables safe, the only way of getting inside is with a secret 4 digit passcode. The money box has realistic R2D2 sound effects and is compatible with iPhones for more sci-fi fun.
10. Vega Watch, £69.99
Thanks to Neoluxs® technology, these glow in the dark watches make a real statement piece. This type of illumination is only usually found in luxury watches, meaning Vega glows brighter for longer. The watches are available in a choice of bright colours, including; aqua, black, white and purple.
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Is Drayton Manor's Christmas really as Magical as it says?
Yesterday, my family and I visited Drayton Manor Theme Park for our second time this year but this wasn't any old visit. This was an extra special, magical Christmas visit!
We arrived around 1pm and were nicely surprised to see an open entrance, there was no queues at all. Although the weather wasn't very nice we were so excited that we didn't really care. The rain wasn't going to ruin our family day out, oh no it wasn't! Our first stop was of course Thomas Land, our favourite place to visit ever. All the rides in Thomas Land were running and again there was hardly an queues at all. There was lots of people around but with so many different things going on I found everyone was nicely spread out making it easier to get on the rides over and over again. I think we rode the Crazy Bertie Bus three times in a row. Whilst in Thomas Land we saw the Fat Controller and his friends who put on a very sweet musical show for us all. There was lots of musical fun, laughter and best of all .. snow! Yes, there was snow (OK It was fake snow) but that didn't matter. It was beautiful.
Here's us on some of the Thomas Land Rides: We really enjoyed all of the rides, there was something for everyone. Flying helicopters, aeroplanes, trains, buses and more! I must admit, I quite enjoyed the rides myself. It was nice to be able to share the kids experiences and join in the fun (Adults are allowed on the kids rides too) It was like being a kid all over again.
Some of the rides outside of Thomas Land were also open, we enjoyed many a ride on the Bumper Cars and the good old family Carousel. The park was very different without the usual hustle and bustle of the crowds but I wasn't complaining as we could just walk straight onto the rides without having to wait at all. After our sixth go on the Bumper Cars I must admit I was ready to see something else. I'm not a huge fan of all that bumping but my son Ryan was loving every minute of it. He just couldn't get enough. Once we'd had our fill of the rides we went off too visit the animals in the Zoo and had a snack in the Cartoon Network Cafe. It was hot chocolate's all round and very yummy they were. One thing I really liked was outside every restaurant or food stall they had put up large marques with free standing heaters to keep everyone nice and warm. It was great to get in from the rain and warm up every now and then.
Later on in the afternoon we got to enjoy a 15 minute Polar Express Experience in the 4D Cinema which was lots of fun. There was a great show filled with real water splashes, bubbles and snow. The kids enjoyed it very much, the story was very short but also very sweet. It was a clip from the film with added extra's too enjoy, I'm a huge fan of the original film so I more than enjoyed watching this. Great fun for all the family!
One of the main reasons for visiting Drayton Manor's Magical Christmas though is to visit the enchanted castle and see the big man himself, yep Santa. We were booked in too see Santa at 5.30 PM after the Believe firework show which was really clever as all the fireworks were extra quiet ones so that the animals in the nearby Zoo wasn't startled or scared.
I had noticed that throughout the day the queue for Santa was very long so I would advise if you can try to get a time for later on in the day like we did. Having a 5.30PM slot was great as we got to go straight in after the fireworks, no waiting at all. We walked along the castle's paths which were nicely decorated with lights, trees and reindeer's until we got to the doors. Once inside we were shown into a gorgeous room where we got to talk to Santa who was so lovely. He talked to the kids for a good ten minutes, not just the usual "What do you want for Christmas?" He was very nice. WE had our picture taken which we could then buy outside. I took one myself so that I could share it with you too which he didn't mind me doing (Bonus) If I'm honest I would have liked to see a little more, maybe some moving characters or something. The line must have been so long for those waiting in it earlier and I find it hard to see how they would have kept their children entertained and happy whilst waiting. Santa himself though was one of the best Santa's we've ever seen though. So jolly and friendly and very well dressed.
So overall we did have a magical day! We enjoyed all the rides and the 4D Polar Express Experience was awesome. The fireworks were very nice and Santa was lovely.
It did rain all day long so we did return home very soggy but also very happy which made it all worth while. Once the darkness had fell, Drayton Manor was lit up with some beautiful lights and lots of lovely trees. We did grab a few photos as we were leaving, the decorations were just too nice to walk on past. If you're thinking of taking your kids to the Drayton Manor Magical Christmas, I would recommend you do but please wrap up warm and be prepared for rain. It's a good job us British don't let our weather spoil our fun. I had a wonderful day and would do it all over again next weekend if I could. I'll leave you with a few of our pics.
Celebrate a more Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor
Drayton Manor Theme Park, near Tamworth, Staffordshire is set to open for its Magical Christmas on Friday 16th November, and promises to be more magical than ever before.
This year’s festive theme is the Knight Before Christmas which will see the existing Excalibur ride become the home of Father Christmas, where there will be a fireworks display suitable for young children, over the enchanted castle together with water and light fountains each night.
Adorned with icicles and snow-capped turrets and covered in twinkle lights inside and out, Excalibur is the setting for a mystical tale about St Nicholas who was made a knight and asked to look after a magical dragon egg. At the park, children will be met by playful elves and taken on a journey of the story through the grotto until they arrive at Father Christmas’ lodge.
Good boys and girls will be given a free gift of a story book telling the tale of the Knight Before Christmas by Father Christmas himself, amid a festive atmosphere which promises to add to children’s enjoyment of their special day out. The Knight Before Christmas theme is further bought to life as children leave Father Christmas’ lodge and arrive at a Medieval show are and themed shop, which will see animatronic dragons and knights perform a show, live jesters and festive entertainment, making it a truly magical experience for children and families.
In keeping with the Christmas theme, the iconic Polar Express film, featuring the voice of Tom Hanks as the conductor, will also be showing in the 4D cinema where it will snow as part of the screening – a truly enchanting experience for all the family and something sure to get everyone in the festive spirit.
The food stands will bring festive cheer, selling tasty bratwurst and doughnuts, as well as hot chocolate and gluhwein to keep customers warm. Visitors can also try pie, mash, peas and gravy at Humble Pies for eat in or take away.
As in previous years, Thomas Land™ will be transformed into Drayton’s Magical Christmas, complete with festive music, live shows, spectacular decorations and snow machines where it will snow three times a day.
Thomas Land™ is home to 20 rides and attractions based on the ever-popular Thomas & Friends™ series, including Cranky’s Drop Tower and the Troublesome Trucks Coaster and the new Blue Mountain Engines ride.
In addition, Drayton Manor’s Ben 10: Ultimate Mission roller coaster will be open during the festive season*. Based on the Ben 10 TV series, produced by Cartoon Network, the exciting roller coaster launches riders forwards on their first tour of the 180m track, hitting speeds of 55kph and a g-force of 3, before returning travelling backwards along the same route.
Open throughout Drayton’s Magical Christmas will be the park’s zoo, Carousel and the Jolly Buccaneer.
Drayton’s Magical Christmas will start on Friday 16th November 2012 and runs every weekend (Fri - Mon) in the run up to Christmas. It will be closed on 24th, 25th and 26th December, before opening daily on Thursday 27th December until Monday 7th January 2013. Currently, online prices are £15 for adults, £10 for children and free for under 4s.
Tickets can be purchased online at Drayton Manor or by calling 0844 472 1960. Drayton Manor Theme Park is also on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates and news.
*Ben 10 closes when the weather is 5 degrees Celsius or lower
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Find Me A Gift For My Hubby...
Now, we all know men are hard to buy for especially when it comes to Christmas time. They never know what they want or they just say "I don't mind" which is not very helpful. This year I wanted something a little different, a little bit quirky and a whole lot of fun. This is what I came up with: The Find Me A Gift T-Qualiser T Shirt . It's definitely all of the above!
The T-Qualizer version 2 two is the all new version of your favourite sound sensitive T Shirt. Not only is thirty percent brighter than the original, but it is also much more sensitive and has a much more comfortable panel! So crank up that music and watch the equalizer light up and flash with that funky beat! Whether clubbing, pubbing or at a party, it will get you your well deserved attention!
About The Product:
- Sound activated and will light up to the beat of music!
- Made from soft black cotton
- Can be hand washed and hung dry (just remember to unplug the battery pack and front panel!)
- Comes in Medium (97 cm - 102 cm chest), Large (104 cm - 109 cm chest) and X Large (112 cm - 117). Please make your selection from the options above
- It takes 2 x AAA Batteries (not included) which can be found above.
- Makes a fantastic personalised gift for all ages
I gave this to my Mr a few weeks ago and was very excited to find out what he thought. From the very first moment he saw it, you could just see his eyes light up. He was like a big kid at Christmas, well he would have been if I had waited that long but If I'd done that then I wouldn't be able to review it and share my findings with all of you. He was very pleased with his new and exciting T shirt, he couldn't wait to sort a lads night out just so that he could wear it and show it off to all of his mates. Unfortunately he forgot to take pictures on this mentioned night out so I've had to take my own picture minus him as he's a little camera shy. The T shirt is very easy to set up, you just insert 4 AAA batteries into the little box which is concealed on the inside of the T shirt near the bottom so it's out of sight, you then turn it on with a little on/off switch located on the side of the box. It literally takes a few seconds and you're all ready to light up your night.
I took these pictures in a dark room so that you could see some of the cool patterns it makes. I must admit it was lots of fun. I didn't have any music on so just gently tapped the side of the box to generate the beat, cheating I know. The lights are nice and bright and really quite cool. I wish they made a fitted women's T shirt so that I could wear one too. I bet my Mr looked well cute in this T shirt, It's just a shame I didn't actually get to see him in it. Boooooo!
Find Me A Gift have a wonderful range of gifts suitable for everyone this Christmas. For just £19.99 you can get your Mr one of these fun filled T-Qualiser T Shirts, they come in Medium, Large and Xtra Large. There's so much fun to be had with these! I couldn't fault them at all. The price is fab, they comes wrapped in a cool little box and best of all, they really do light up the night with the funky patterns. Mummy Of 3 Diaries scores them a fantastic 5 out of 5!
Disclosure: I received my T shirt for free but I was not paid to write this review. My opinions are all my own and 100% honest,
Christmas In November Day 20 - The Final Day
Well, It's Day 20 of my Christmas In November and I'm a little sad to say that this is the last day as I couldn't get enough prize donations too fill the full 30 days of November. I'm so sorry about that, I promise I tried my best. I managed to get 19 prizes donated by some lovely companies but 19 is an odd number so Day 20 is being run and paid for by me. I hope you've enjoyed the giveaway, I know I've really enjoyed all your company over these past few weeks. There will always be prizes here to be won so please do pop back every now and again to check me out.
OK so Day 20's Prize has got to be one of your favourites! I just had to add one more Chocolate Prize. I hope you like it :) There's a yummy Christmas Super Fun Pack to be won!
If you would like to win the final prize please enter using the RaffleCopter Form below:
Good Luck & Merry Christmas From Mummy Of 3 Diaries xxx
Monday, 19 November 2012
Christmas In November Day 19
Welcome to Day 19 of my Christmas In November. Today I have a lovely Dr Beckmann's Hamper for one of you.
Dr. Beckmann is dedicated towards caring about and solving the most difficult problems associated with laundry, textiles and household cleaning. The need for a range of products that are easy to use, high performing and effective, is what has motivated the desire to constantly develop the very best specialist cleaners available. The Dr. Beckmann brand itself has now been in the market for over 30 years, and not only is it the No 1 specialist Stain Remover in Europe, but the name appears in many continents around the world.
It is very simple… if it says Dr. Beckmann on the pack, then you know it works, because we care about cleaning. They're currently running another Competition over on their Facebook Page where you can win a Kindle Fire and more Hampers! Pop on over and enter that too.
The prize is a lovely hamper of their lovely goodies.
If you would like to enter today's prize please do so using the Rafflecopter Form below:
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Christmas In November Day 18
Whoop It's Day 18 already, where has the last two weeks gone. I hope you're all enjoying the prizes so far. Today I have a lovely winter warming prize just for you.
WIN A DESIGNER HAT AND SCARF
Children's sale boutique, Half-Pint Chic, is offering one lucky person the chance to win this set of Alpaca fleece lined Mouse Hat and matching mittens so your little one can stay stylish all winter long. Half-Pint Chic runs weekly sales offering designer children’s clothes at up to 70% off RRP.
By browsing Half-Pint Chic's weekly sales you can start the colder season in style with a selection of coats from Caramel Baby and Child, cosy knits from Bonnie Baby and chic dresses from British classic Nicki Macfarlane.
The website also offers a dedicated partywear boutique for special outfits to prepare for party season. Famous brand names include Caramel Baby, Darcy Brown, Marie Chantal and Their Nibs.
Half- Pint Chic offers quality service making aiming for next day despatch as well as ensuring that every item is beautifully packaged and presented.
Members can also choose to have items gift-wrapped for those extra special occasions like Christmas, birthdays and new arrivals.
To win today's prize you can enter below using the Rafflecopter Form, Good Luck.