Win a Bread and Jam Dress for Christmas


There's a famous photo in the Whittle Family Archives. You know how it is at Christmas - it's the time of year you put your children into their Christmas jumpers, line them up and say, "Cheese!" Back in the late 1970s, though, this was an annual challenge because I - even at two years old - knew that I did not want to wear a dress. My Mum loves to tell the story of how all my brothers were lined up, in their Christmas jumpers, while I stood at the top of the stairs screaming, "I HATE … [Read more...]

Win a Playmobil Advent Calendar

playmobil advent calendar competition

Once again, 2013 has seen us working with the lovely people at Playmobil to review some great toys. This year, Flea's wish-list for Christmas includes the new e-rangers turbo jet, and perhaps also the spy plane. But one of the things I love most about Playmobil is that while there are constantly new things, they're also timeless - and some of our most beloved Playmobil sets are those we've owned longest. Top of that list is our Playmobil Advent Calendar, which we bought when Flea wasn't … [Read more...]

Competition for Chocolate Lovers!


To celebrate the launch of the rather yummy new Cadbury's Pebbles, the nice people at Cadbury's gave me some chocolate. I'd show it to you, with an attractive photo, but we ate them. Here's one I managed to snap on my phone, right before my niece snarfed the last few. Sorry about that. So the nice people at Cadbury's gave me some more chocolate, plus a family ticket to visit Cadbury World for two adults and two children, worth £45. Cadbury World is the perfect place to get an … [Read more...]

Things I Have Forgotten


I have a theory about the human brain. I think it basically has a finite capacity, a bit like a laptop hard drive. And when your mental hard drive is full, what's left either gets punted to an external drive (phone, diary) or is simply discarded. In my case, a lot of stuff gets discarded. At the moment my head is stuffed with a new website that's almost ready to launch, an awards ceremony, a conference, a major new event, two websites that both have lots of clients, and members, and … [Read more...]

Win a Family Ticket to Magic Summer Live

competition win tickets magic summer live festival

So, I have a confession to make. When Flea was younger, I never bought any of those Baby-Einstein-plinky-plonk-make-your-toddler-clever-by-magic CDs. Nor did I buy any sing-along-the-wheels-on-the-bus-until-you-want-to-tear-off-your-own-ears-because-you-can't-listen-to-it-a-second-longer CDs. When one of my friends asked me why, I said it was because I didn't want to listen to them. Just like I never wanted to watch kids' TV. So we didn't watch it. Some people might call this selfish … [Read more...]

The One Where I Give Away a Pampering Pack (dammit).


How can it be only Tuesday? Already this week I've endured the kind of trauma that would reduce most adults to a quivering wreck, cowering in a corner with a towel over their heads. First up, I suffered the world's most ridiculous cat-related injury. I tried to avoid tripping over a hungry cat at the top of the stairs yesterday morning, wound up terrifying the cat, who promptly attached himself to my toes by his claws, almost severing one of my toes in the process. It's TWO DEGREES outside … [Read more...]

Win a Playmobil Advent Calendar

playmobil advent calendar competition

  It's no secret that we're big Playmobil fans round these parts. I've been lucky enough to meet one of the founders of the company on a visit to the Playmobil HQ in Germany, and Flea has been a Playmobil playologist for the last two years, which has involved trying out loads of Playmobil sets. Her top recommendations from 2012 can be found over on her blog, Flea Reads. This week, we were sent a Playmobil advent calendar. Now, as it happens, we bought our own Playmobil advent … [Read more...]

A Competition. And why I’ll never be a beauty blogger.

Eight Hour Cream FF - high res

Last month, a lovely PR person wanted me to try some Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream. Apparently, Elizabeth Arden cream is famous, and a classic because it’s been around since 1939. It moisturizes and protects your skin, and apparently it’s great for chapped lips, rough spots on your knees and elbows, and it softens tough cuticles. It sounds great, right? Well, unless I stopped to consider that now I'm supposed to worry about rough spots on my knees. I have approximately 55 billion things … [Read more...]

The one where I steal from old people.

Over the past few months, I've tested a few new products from Morphy Richards, and just before Christmas I got another email from their PR agency. Would my parents like to test a new product?  Apparently, Morphy Richards has put together a range of new and existing products designed to make life more comfortable and easier for older people. For example, the One Cup dispenser is great for people with arthritis as it's possible to make a hot drink without lifting a … [Read more...]

Win a Family Trip to Legoland with Boots Treat Street

Last summer, I visited Legoland with Flea, and it was one of our finest review trips EVER. Legoland is one of my favourite theme parks for children – Flea was big enough to go on most of the rides, there was a great choice of things to do, we both got soaking wet and there are human-being sized drying machines. What’s not to love?   This summer, I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Boots Treat Street and Legoland Holidays to offer one reader a family trip to Legoland. The prize is a … [Read more...]