Monday, 25 May 2015

#TruprintDads Campaign

What I quickly realised when picking out some Father’s Day products from Truprint was how few pictures we actually have of the children and their dad.  We have lots of pictures of the boys together or individually but not many of all of us together.  It’s a shame really as it is great to have lots of pictures to document memories and we go to all these fantastic places with the boys but you wouldn’t think we were there most of the time as we fail to appear in any pictures!

So we are setting ourselves a challenge from this point on to take more pictures of dad!  I will let the boys get snapping, I will take pictures myself and we will ask nice people to do the same and get some of us all together.  Otherwise I am sure in the future we will regret having not taken enough pictures, the children are growing up so quickly and we should be keeping a record of our life together as a family.  The almost eight year old is getting so independent, he might be refusing pictures soon!  He is certainly refusing cuddles unless its bedtime or first thing in the morning and then he says I should be grateful as some of his friends don’t cuddle their parents at all… it’s heartbreaking, I am not prepared for this yet!!!

When the boys are older they will enjoy looking back at pictures seeing how we have all changed and to prove their parents weren’t always quite so old and crinkly looking!  If you have done better than us and have taken more pictures then you have a wonderful choice of Father’s Day Gifts on the Truprint website and if you use the code LOVEMYDAD you can save up to £30 (last order date June 15th).

So get creative, keep taking photos and display them all around the house.  Our photo wall is coming along nicely (partly thanks to Truprint but still minus a dad picture!) and the boys enjoy looking at it.  Just as I liked looking at my old family photographs and remembering my own childhood.

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You can make them more exciting if you wanted, if you search online you will get plenty of inspiration, pictures of hands and feet seem popular to remember how little they once were compared to mum and dad or you can add a big photo frame into the picture around your children.  But the most important thing is just to start getting behind a camera and preserving those memories.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Our Geronimo Festival Review

Being the first year of a new event you always wonder how it will turn out but I think the team behind Geronimo should be very proud.  We had a magical day on Saturday (23rd of May), we were all very relaxed and happy, we managed to fit in lots of new experiences and find something for everyone to enjoy.  It was handy having an event closer to home, Tatton Park was an excellent spot such a big open space and with a fabulous children’s playground just outside the event. 

We had a little difficulty initially finding the park but we went for the address postcode rather than the one recommended for SAT NAV (WA16 6SG), once we did that we found the Park much easier.  On arrival you pay £5 for your car parking then make your way following the signs to the Geronimo event.

They have tailored the event perfectly to capture the interest of children up to 12.  My almost 8 year old was determined not to enjoy himself (he is showing teenage tendencies already!) but he soon warmed up to the event, wanting to go on the hurly wurly (what he was calling the Helter Skelter!), try out the bike courses and watch the extreme mountain bike show.

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My 6-year old was keen about everything, he especially enjoyed handling a tarantula and having a little Gosling following him around (as it was imprinted on humans).  Ranger Rob was the most enthusiastic ranger we have ever had the pleasure to meet, he was wonderful with all the children and he even had the tiniest of children bravely handling the tarantula.  He had a great mix of creatures and was very encouraging when introducing them to everyone.

The children have created so many fond memories and you really cannot put a price on that. 

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I think the entrance price is excellent value when you realise just how much there is to see and do.  

You get to watch shows, try new things and meet your Cbeebies favourites all that for just £22.50 per member of your family (if you book in advance, under two's are free!).  We have been all over the country to different attractions and events and this one matches up favourably.

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I think part of the reason Geronimo was so stress free was the facilities; I never queued to go to the toilet, there were plenty dotted around the site, the food choices were excellent and well priced.  The venue had ample space for everyone to spread out so we did very little in the way of queuing.  We managed to miss a couple of the attractions like the zipline, I had heard that was one exception and very busy!  It would be nice to see Geronimo stay open an extra hour next year, with the sun shining I think everyone would have gladly stayed until 6pm.  It really was such a pleasant day out and we did not want it to end.

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You still have one more day of the event left, so I would recommend going tomorrow (25th of May) and embracing the Geronimo spirit!  You will pack in more in one day then you can do in some months!  We left exhausted but content, knowing we had given the boys a time of their lives.

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Friday, 22 May 2015

#MyMerlinSummer Merlin Annual Pass Competition

We are chomping at the bit to start using our Merlin annual passes; we have so many wonderful memories captured at Merlin attractions already.  Over the last few years the boys have been to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort three times, Chessington, THORPE PARK Resort, Alton Towers, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and to a few of the SEA LIFE centres.  But knowing we have passes this year we will be upping the stakes and doing so much more!  Half term will be a breeze having so much entertainment included in the price of the annual passes; we already have quite ambitious plans in place!  The boys will have wonderful memories and will be excited to tell their friends about all the rides they experienced when they get home. 

But it didn’t seem fair for us to be having all the fun, so I have ONE Standard Merlin Annual Pass to giveaway to celebrate the Merlin Annual Pass Summer Sale, which ends on the 1st of June.  To enter please fill out the form below by the 29th of May.

A Standard Merlin Annual Pass
A Merlin Annual Pass lets you access 31 Merlin Worlds across the UK, from the best theme parks - Alton Towers Resort, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort and THORPE PARK Resort. To top London attractions such as Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, the London Eye and the London Aquarium! It also includes access to 11 SEA LIFE centres across the country, plus landmarks such as the Blackpool Tower.

Here are some of our favourite pictures so far to entice you to make the most of the sale before it ends...

Merlin = SMILES (well when your not roaring of course!)

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