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I have been using Warburtons Toastie Thick Sliced White bread for years now and absolutely love it, in fact I blame Warburtons for me being addicted to toast! Warburtons have been making bread since 1876 so they must be doing something right.
Warburtons Toastie bread isn't just for toast, their bread is great for sandwiches too. As it is so thick it is great for filling you up when you are hungry. I believe it is the softest bread ever.
At £1.29 it is expensive for a loaf of bread and recently with the credit crunch I decided to try out different lower priced brands of bread. I discovered that no other bread came close to matching the soft, thickness and freshness of Warbutons. Other breads to me were smaller slices, dry and not as long lasting. Even my 5yr old and 8yr old children noticed the difference. They kept complaining they didn't like the bread I was giving them for toast and sandwiches. Some breads I tried would be ok for sandwiches but were useless for toast and others good for toast but not sandwiches. Warburtons is great for both. After a couple of months of trying out other breads I have reverted back to Warburtons and I have two happy children again.
The slices are bigger than the average size you would get in other loaves. They are rectangular in shape. One thing I find is that not all Warburtons loaves have the same size of slices, some are slightly more square, others are a bit narrower but longer. The longer ones don't quite fit in my toaster and I sometimes have to cut the crust off along the top of the bread to fit the slice in, a bit annoying as I love the bread so much I don't want to waste even the slightest part of it.
Although I feel this bread is very expensive I am still going to give it a 5 star rating as it is a case of you get what you pay for and in this case you are paying for top quality bread that keeps fresh for longer. It is suitable for home freezing which I do every week so I always have some in the house. Suitable for Vegetarians too. Warburtons Toastie loaf is easy to spot on the shelf at the supermarket, just look out for the orange and white packaging.
I am going to finish of with a quote from Jonathan Warburton:
"The ingredients that make this loaf special are - over 130 years of tradition, five generations of heritage, tonnes of quality and a touch of Warburtons magic."
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (what a wonderful name!) is where little girls are turned into beautiful princesses.
I wanted to plan something special for my daughter for when we were going to Florida last April. I came across Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and couldn't resist booking my daughter in. It was a truly magical experience that I will always remember and hope my daughter who was 4 ½ at the time will remember it too.
There are two boutiques in Disneyworld, one is situated in the Disney Store, Downtown Disney the other at Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom. The one my daughter went to was in Downtown Disney. We booked a morning appointment to really make the most of the day, it meant my daughter would have the full day to be a princess.
There are three packages to choose from for girls aged 3yrs and over -
Coach Package starts from $49.95 + Tax, this includes hair style and shimmering make-up, you would need to bring your own princess costume for this one.
Crown Package starts from $54.95 + Tax, same as Coach Package but includes nails.
Castle Package starts from $189.95 + Tax, includes the Crown Package as well as a photo package and complete disney costume of your choice with accessories.
There are three hair styles to choose from, Fairytale Princess, Disney Diva and Pop Princess.
My daughter had the Castle package and opted for the Fairytale Princess hair style. On arrival we took my daughter round all the princess dresses in the Disney Store so she should pick what princess she wanted to be, there was so much to choose from, every Disney princess outfit you could imagine was there, she would see one dress and say "I want that one" then would move along to the next and say she wanted that one so it is a tough choice for a little girl. I made a point of looking at the shoes that went with each costume as I knew she would be wearing them all day and wanted her to be comfortable and this helped in deciding what costume to pick. My daughter decided she wanted to be transformed into Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). I took a mental note of what size of shoe and costume she would need. The shoes were a slipper type shoe with an elasticated strap so I was happy with that. I strongly recommend you arrive at least half an hour before your appointment to allow yourself time to choose a costume as it is the first thing they ask you when you go to the desk to let them know you are there.
On arrival at the desk just outside the boutique you are greeted by the Fairy Godmother who takes your details. My daughter's name is Abbie and as soon as the Fairy Godmother had her name she was immediately known as Princess Abbie and the experience really began. We were taken inside the boutique where there were lots of Fairy Godmothers working away turning little girls into princesses. We were shown into a changing room where I got Abbie changed into her costume. A Fairy Godmother brings everything you need - costume, shoes, wand and tiara. Once dressed Abbie was taken to a chair, more of a pink throne than a chair. Two Fairy Godmothers began fussing over Abbie, They put a pink apron over her like the ones you get in hairdressers and started doing her hair. They used gel in her hair and combed her hair back into something similar to a bun but it wasn't a bun, it was much nicer and wish I knew what it was called to explain it better. The bun-like feature was quite high up at the back of her head and they secured a little tiara in front of it. The tiara itself was beautiful, silver, crown shaped with little sparkly pink and diamond looking stones. The gel they used had glitter through it, therefore Abbie was really beginning to sparkle. Abbie's hair was hard to the touch from the gel they used, it was more like a glue than a gel but at least I knew it would last all day. Please note that you have to provide your own brush and comb.
Next Abbie had her make-up done - lip-gloss, eye-shadow and blusher. The whole time the Fairy Godmothers were fussing over her and calling her Princess Abbie. She got to choose what colours of make-up she wanted and chose a sparkly flower shaped face decoration which they placed on her cheek. Abbie chose her nail-varnish too, pink of course, do little girls like any other colour?
The whole time Abbie was being transformed she was facing away from the huge mirror behind her. When the Fairy Godmothers were finished they removed the apron from Abbie and turned the chair round to reveal the mirror to Abbie and let her see what she looked like. If you ever experience this it might just bring a tear to your eye. Abbie looked like and felt like a princess and was extremely happy with how she looked, she really did believe she was a real princess. She did look beautiful. Oh, they also placed a pink bibbidi bobbidi boutique sash over her shoulder, like the ones the winner of Miss World would wear.
You are allowed to take your own photographs and use a camcorder during the whole experience which is great given that so many places are very strict and wouldn't allow this. The Boutique is very noisy as there are a lot of excited little girls getting make-overs. I even witnessed an adult getting a makeover too! As you leave you are given a little bag with 2 cute glass bottles of nail varnish, a make up pallate, lip gloss and pretty stick-on face decorations.
As we had booked the castle package the next stop was the photography. We were given directions where to go and headed over. After the photographer has taken the photos you look at them on a computer screen. This is the hard part trying to choose which ones. You are allowed to pick three different ones and you are given your favourite one in a princess themed cardboard photo holder, the photo is 6 inches by 8 inches. You also get two each of the other two you have picked, 4 inches by 6 inches.
We decided to go to Magic Kingdom Park as we felt it would complete the whole Princess day. The cast (what they call their workers) made a fuss of Abbie by saying things like "a real princess", "good afternoon ma'am" and curtseying in front of her. I think it is a good idea to plan what you are going to do to keep the full day special for your little one.
If your little princess has a brother they can have a cool dude package which includes colourful hair gel and confetti (no idea what they do with the confetti) for $7.50 + tax.
They also do a Hannah Montanna makeover for older girls but I have to say is no where near as impressive as the Princess ones.
I reserved the experience with the boutique a couple of months before I went as was worried that it would be fully booked. I phoned this number 4079397895 to book. It was very busy so am glad I did. You give them credit card details to secure your booking then pay on the day. I was lucky that the exchange rate was really good, the package cost me around £100. You can book a cheaper package and bring your own costume and accessories to save money and have an equally great day.
It was such a special day that I wish all little girls could experience.
The Trunki is a suitcase designed for children. There are many different styles and colours each with their own name and features. The one my daughter has is the green one called Towgo.
The Towgo is fantastic. I wanted something to help keep my daughter entertained whilst travelling to Florida. It is really meant for hand luggage and meets the current hand luggage restrictions for the UK. It's made of very strong plastic and is lighter than you would think.
The Trunki is suitable for age 3-6yrs. It has wheels on the bottom so a child can use it as a sit and ride toy, the child can hold on to the sticky up ears at the front. It has a long strap that can be used to put it over your shoulder or unclip it at one end and you can pull your child along. There is also a small carry handle.
There is loads of room inside the Trunki to store all your items you need to entertain your child on the plane. The Towgo has internal straps to keep everything in place and a pouch to store smaller items. Not all Trunki's have these features but to me they were essential and worth paying extra for.
I paid about £35 for mine, however I think you can get them for about £30 now. My daughter absolutely loves her Trunki and I have to say I love it too!
It made our journey to Florida so much easier. There were no moans and groans from my daughter at the airport while we were queueing at check-in. She was happy whizzing around us on her Trunki and she made friends with two other children who were in the queue who also had Trunki's. It made everyone in the queue smile as they watched them. I have lost count of the number of people who asked me where I got the Trunki. My son who was almost 8yrs at the time played with it too.
On the plane the Trunki easily fitted into the overhead compartments. We were able to access it easily each time we had to get it down to get things for my daughter. Thankfully I didn't hit anyone on the head with it as the plastic is hard and it would've hurt.
On arrival at Florida again the Trunki was put to good use by my kids. I think it helped keep their minds off how tired they really were. It was useful for something for them just to sit on when they needed a rest.
The Trunki is not restricted to just use as hand luggage. You can take it absolutely anywhere. We found it came in really handy when we went to Water Parks as we could store all the wet towels inside. My daughter loved all the attention she got from people passing us, they just couldn't help but watch in amazement.
Tip - I got my daughter to decorate her Trunki with stickers so we new it was hers in case anyone else had the same one as her and we could identify it easily.
Just updating to add that you can now buy the Trunki from Argos, I spotted it in their new catalogue.
My 5yr old daughter has had the Disney Princess Kitchen for almost 3yrs and still plays with it.
This has got to be the best value toy my daughter owns. I paid £29.99 for the kitchen in Toys R Us. This was a half price offer but I have noticed they seem to reduce it to this price every Christmas.
Everything about this kitchen is completely girly and very pretty including the 18 accessories that come with it. Accessories include frying pan, cups, saucers, teapot, cooking pot, phone, salt and pepper pots and other kitchen tools.
The kitchen has talking features and cooking sounds but to be honest we took the batteries out as the kitchen was in our lounge and we didn't want to listen to it all day. The sound features are not needed for your child to get full enjoyment out this toy anyway. The sounds include talking oven, water sounds from the tap and you can hear the princesses talking when you turn the pages of the little recipe book at the front of the kitchen.
The kitchen features a working cupboard you can store your bits in, easy to open and close oven, knobs that you can turn and a clock with movable hands. The kitchen itself is compact but a great size and sturdy. After almost 3 years and lots of play it is still in one piece and has loads of life left in it! I have recommended this kitchen to friends so many times and no-one has ever been disappointed with it.
The only down side to this toy is that it doesn't come assembled. It took 2 of us to assemble it as it can be a bit fiddly and awkward at times but once it is assembled you will have this toy for years.
My daughter aged 5 was given Suds and Surprise Dora for her birthday a couple of months ago and she loves it.
Basically it is a doll styling head that you can play with in the bath. There is a base with suckers which you attach to the wall at the side of your bath. The Dora body fits on to the base securely and can be easily removed if a child wants to take Dora into the bath or even for play outwith bath time. Dora comes with hair clips and a seahorse comb as well as what looks like a little make-up applicator. The make-up applicator is quite chunky so good for little hands. You get a little shell shaped soap dish which is handy to keep the fiddly bits in and a see horse shaped pouring device, a bit like a watering can. The watering can doesn't hold much water; my daughter prefers to use a jug.
My daughter loves to shampoo and comb Dora's hair when she is in the bath. Dora also has a colour changing feature on her swimsuit and hair and has secret make-up designs on her face. To get the make-up to appear on Dora's face you have to use cold water either with the applicator or by pouring cold water over Dora. My daughter prefers to use a jug or the shower hose. This works best if you use really cold water, the colder the better, preferably icy cold! The same goes for changing the colour of the pattern on the swimsuit and streaks on Dora's hair. Change the colours back again by using warm water. My daughter is more interested in the styling side of play with this toy than the colour changing features. The novelty of the colour change wore off fairly quickly.
Suds and Surprise Dora is priced around £24.99, I feel this is expensive for a bath toy but on the other hand my daughter plays with it every time she is in the bath so it has been worth it for her. It is suitable for children aged 3+.
I watched The Game Plan with my two children, my teenage niece and her friend a couple of nights ago. The Game Plan is a Disney film starring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson. The Rock plays a character called Joe Kingman, Joe is a famous Football Player who enjoys the good life, what more does a man want, he's got it all - money, fame and friends.
Joe is preparing for a championship game when the unthinkable happens and he discovers he has an 8yr old daughter named Peyton. Now he has to juggle his football career, his partying and being a father.
Peyton played by young actress Madisson Pettis is adorable, when she first turns up at her fathers' door unannounced the comedy really begins.
The good thing about The Game Plan is that there is something in it for everyone. Both my son and daughter enjoyed it. My 8yr old son liked the football side of things whereas my 5yr old daughter loved the character Peyton as she could really relate to her. Peyton likes girly sparkly things and ballet, just like my daughter. The film really made my children laugh out loud on many occasions and during a sad part my daughter actually cried. My niece aged 16 and her friend enjoyed seeing what being rich can get you, the modern apartment, the clothes and the gadgets, not forgetting Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson himself of course.
I would recommend this film when you are looking for something light to watch with the family, I rented The Game Plan using the Virgin On Demand service for only 99p so was good value.
I visited the Glasgow Science Centre today with my 16yr old niece, my 8yr old son and my 5yr old daughter. My children absolutely loved it.
We arrived about 11.30am, there was a long queue but it moved reasonably quickly, I am guessing I queued for about 10 to 15mins. Beside the queue there are tables and chairs where the children can sit and colour in or draw a picture, this was great as I am sure you will know how impatient children can get when having to queue. It is an unsupervised area so you will have to keep an eye on the kids, which is possible whilst queueing. The admission prices for adults are £7.95, children aged 3 up to 15yrs £5.95, under 3's go free. You can pre-book online or purchase there on the day. I opted to buy tickets there as I had Tesco Clubcard Days Out vouchers which can be used for the Science Mall. I should also mention the carparking costs £3, you buy a token at the exit of the Science Centre.
On arrival you are given a sheet with information on what's on at what time throughout the day. There was a good choice of events, some on a drop-in basis, others have limited places so you have to go to the floor of the event (the science mall has 3 floors) and put your name on list if it isn't full. We had chosen to do Nina and the Neurons Trail, DIY Detectives and egg drop. Unfortunately DIY detectives was full but we did manage to get our names down for the other two. It is worthwhile bypassing all the exhibits when you enter the mall to put your name down for events before they are full.
We headed up to the 3rd floor where a drop-in event had started called Jays Animal Encounters, we had missed the beginning of it but even at that this was the highlight of our day. Jay gave the children an informative talk about snakes, reptiles, skunks, hedgehogs and more in a fun way. The children and adults got to touch the animals I have mentioned, some of the children were even brave enough to let a lizard lick their noses!
After Jays Animal Encounter I let the children wonder round all the exhibits doing what they wanted. There was plenty interactive activities for the children to get involved in, the children were never bored. I don't want to tell you about them or I might spoil your fun, with 3 floors of hands-on exhibits there is plenty to do.
The Nina and the Neurons Trail is aimed at under 7's but my 8yr old was happy to get involved. The children were given a sheet with a list of the neuron characters from the Nina and the Neurons kids tv show, they had to go round the science centre finding pictures of the characters, once they had ticked them all off they could go back to the lady and she gave them a sticker. A simple activity the kids enjoyed.
We took a packed lunch so can't comment on the cafe in the Science Centre but I can tell you there are table and chairs set out for people to eat their own lunch.
We didn't manage to do the egg drop event as we had signed up for the 4pm one and decided to leave about then to avoid heavy traffic on the way home. We did watch a little of the earlier session, the children had made containers to protect their eggs in the event of a fall, then they dropped their eggs from the top of a set of stairs to see if their egg would crack, there was alot of laughter and cheers in this, you could see it was great fun, someone did actually manage to protect their egg.
The Science Centre is clean and well laid out with lifts and toilets. The toilets were a bit dark for my liking but were clean. I would recommend you visit and see for yourself. It's a full fun day out which is educational at the same time.
My 8yr old son bought Sports Island for the wii 2 weeks ago. It is a great game for his age.
Sports Island has 10 different sport games to play so you are bound to find something you like. My personal favourite is the figure skating where you use the nunchuk to move the skater round the ice and swing the remote to make the skater do fancy moves.
The other sports games are Badminton, Kart Racing, Curling, Snowboardcross, Archery, Supercross, Beach Volleyball, Basketball and Football. The football is very popular with my son and his friends.
Up to 4 people can play at the one time competing against each other or as a team.
It is a good game for the price (It cost £19.99 on it's own but was part of the 2 for £30 deal at Argos) and definately one for the kids, I would say aimed at under 12's. The controls during gameplay are quick to learn and simple to use for children.