Postman Pat’s 30th Birthday Party!

Written by Lauren. Posted in Days Out & Events, Reviews

Today we were lucky enough to be invited to Vue Cinemas in  Westfield to help Postman Pat celebrate his 30th Birthday!  I have never been to Westfield before so was probably as excited as Spud was about seeing Postman Pat.

Lollibop 2011

Written by Lauren. Posted in Days Out & Events, General, Reviews

After spending a week sulking about not going to Lollibop I read the Tweets and Facebook comments last night about the first day of the festival and decided that I was definitely going!

This morning Spud and I set off on our adventure.  I have never done the train and the tube with a toddler before so was a bit apprehensive.  I decided to take the cheap cruddy pushchair that gave me tantrums last week because it is super lightweight and I was uncomfortable about leaving my proper pushchairs alone in the Buggy Park all day.  It made travelling easy peasy.  I simply carried it whilst holding Spud’s hand for the entire train and tube journey.  I didn’t actually put it up until we got outside Regents Park tube station.  We were both getting very excited and made our way towards the park to find a suitable spot to meet up with Alice and her family from Life with my 2 Boys.

Spud was a little bit overwhelmed when we first got there.  There was a lot going on and a huge crowd as we entered trying to get I.D wrist bands on to their children.  I got him out of his pram and he met Elliott and bonded over Cars 2 stickers.  We headed over to the “Under 3 foot” section and straight into the WOW Toys tent where we were greeted by a lot of toys.  The boys were incredibly excited and got to work putting them all through their paces.  Spud especially liked the Rocket that vibrates as if it is taking off.  He was given a little toy to take home with him and he reluctantly chose a “Dinosaur and Caveman” gift set.

We set off to explore a bit more and saw Rastamouse on the main stage.  Both boys really wanted to go on the trampolines but the queue was massive so Spud and I headed off to get his face painted.  We went to the Herotopia tent where they turned him into a Superhero and took his photo.

After some more exploring we discovered the Bubblemania tent which sent Spud into a hyperactive spin.  He loves bubbles and there were hundreds of them.  We came away from there having purchased a bubble gun and touchable bubbles which I managed to sneak into the bag to try out another day.  We decided to have some lunch which was the only downside of my day.  We queued for well over an hour and Spud was getting very angry by the end of it.  The worst thing is we were both still hungry after eating a whole pizza between us.  I decided to go back for the pushchair at this point as Spud was asking to be carried a lot and it was really hurting my back.  By now it was time for the Zing Zillas on the main stage so we went over to try and get a good spot.  We were quite far back but could see everything and he was so excited that he was dancing and laughing away.  He saw Kerry from CBeebies and was a bit confused but also really happy that she was there!  He was fine with the life sized characters walking around the park until they got too close and then he became very wary and quite upset!  Even Bob the Builder who he was extremely excited to meet (he even sang the theme tune) changed him into a shy, grumpy boy when he got up close.

We spent a lot of time at the Fruit Shoot My-5 Lolliskills area where they gave us a lunch box and a lot of bottles of juice which Ben loved.  He ran around the field playing with the toys that they had out for the challenges and spent a lot of time flirting with little girls and chasing Elliott’s bubbles.

 

One of my favourite parts of the whole day was the entertainment that was walking around.  We saw kangeroos, Ben 10, men on a boat and even life sized gorillas.  Ben wasn’t sure of the gorillas especially when one kept undoing his shoe.

We decided to leave at about 5.30pm to avoid the rush that would occur when the gates closed at 7pm and everybody left.  We had a stress free journey home (Spud’s love of trains certainly helped) and met Nana, Pops and Spike in town where they were having their dinner.

After initial worries about the sheer cost of the day (tickets, train fares, food etc) I am so glad that I went and think it was worth every penny.  There were a lot more going on that I haven’t written about and a lot that we missed because we ran out of time.  Next year we will definately take a picnic with us because the wait was ridiculous when trying to deal with a hungry toddler.  There was plenty of choices and it wasn’t too pricey but  almost every food stall had really long queues.  I loved my day out with Spud and I’m sure we are both going to sleep well tonight as we are both really tired.  I did pick these up at the festival from Legend Pro which I absolutely love!

I was not asked by Lollibop to write a review. I purchased the ticket myself. This post is my own honest opinion. For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.

Hitachi Touro Pro – The ET Event!

Written by Lauren. Posted in Days Out & Events, General, Reviews

On Thursday 28th July Hitachi launched the Touro Pro . To celebrate Hitachi invited us to The Soho Hotel for a cinema screening of the classic film E.T and an “out of this world” buffet. They put on a huge spread of radioactive beefburgers, E.T cupcakes and Flying Saucers. For children they invited The Science Boffins and a face painter from Bedazzled Parties. I had chosen not to take Spud and Spike as I decided that E.T probably wasn’t suitable for them and quite fancied enjoying it myself!  I was fortunate enough to meet Katy, another mummy blogger who writes Modern Mummy, and her gorgeous daughter.  After an hour of watching Science experiments and hovering over the food table we were invited into the huge cinema screening room that had the comfiest chairs that I have ever sat on!

I haven’t seen E.T since I was a child and even though I remember watching it and I know the plot it was a whole new experience for me watching it as a 24 year old. There was a lot of minor things that made the film amazing that I hadn’t even realised had happened when I was a naive 8 year old!

After the film had finished (yes I cried…..a lot!) we went back to the main room to be greeted with a goody bag including our very own Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro.  As an extra touch the professional photographer that had been in attendance had put all of the photos of the day onto it for us to take home.

The Touro Pro is an external memory drive that offers two layers of data protection. Every time you upload data it automatically uploads it to the Cloud as well. You can then access this data anywhere, anytime with an Internet connection. You can also give a web link to friends and family for them to be able to view the data available.  The Touro Pro comes in a mobile and a desk version ranging from 500GB to 3TB of space.  You also receive 3GB of Cloud space for free with each product which can be upgraded up to 250GB with a paid account

This is an absolutely fab product for me because I am constantly switching between computers and often end up with copies of the same files on every one  and it drives the Hubby crazy.  It is extremly easy to use and the Cloud aspect gives extra piece of mind that your data is safe even if something were to happen to the drive.  Thank you Hitachi for a great day and a brilliant product!

I did not receive any financial reward for writing this review. However, we did receive the product for review purposes. This post is my own honest opinion. For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.