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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Two Boys in a Boat - #WIN a Year's Supply of Duracell Batteries

These two amazing blokes, Luke and Jamie recently rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean and raised £300,000 for Breast Cancer Care, the single biggest donation that the charity has ever received.

Wow, what an inspiring feat of mental and physical endurance. In the video below, Luke and Jamie the boys show an extraordinary commitment to never giving up – despite meeting sharks, crossing 40ft waves, and narrowly avoiding being crushed by a container ship during their 54-day adventure. The boys, both only 21, earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in the process. The Duracell Bunny also joined the boys on this epic journey - can you spot him?

You may remember that last year Duracell helped 'power me' to go and fulfil one of my own goals. It may not be quite such a feat of mental and physical endurance but, believe me, cake-making can be epic too. Duracell also sponsored the boys on their epic voyage across the Atlantic. Duracell: The power to go further.

To be in with a chance of winning a year;s supply of Duracell batteries to power your life (OK, let's admit power all of your children's toys) just leave me a comment below with the answer to the following question before the 7th May.

How many strokes did it take the boys to row across the Atlantic Ocean?

  1. A year's supply of batteries is defined as 8 packs of Duracell Ultra Power AA batteries (4 pack)
  2. There is no cash alternative.
  3. The competition is open to UK and Ireland residents only.
  4. Only one comment entry per person. Multiple, automated or bulk entries will result in immediate disqualification
  5. The winners will be contacted by email.
  6. Entries will only be deemed valid if a valid email address is provided when commenting - people who just log into intensedebate with their facebook account will not qualify for entry because it is too difficult for me to contact the winners
  7. The winners will be selected at random from all valid comments received by 11:59pm on 7th May 2014.
  8. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  9. The winner's names will be published on this site

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Magic Belles - Magic Music for Little Girls

My daughters first discovered the little musical fairies - the Magic Belles - when the fairies released their first iOS app.  It became such a firm favourite that Holly would rush into my room each morning and ask to "play".  The Magic Belles have just released a number of jingly merry tunes available for download and my girls were some of the first to test them for their magical, twinkly danciness and their general jingliness.

The Magic Belles are a set of 6 fairies, each with their own character.  You can find out more about each of them at where there are fun activities too; quite often I find inspiration for cookery activities on the Flutterbud club website where Cupcake Belle has been cooking up sweet treats that my girls can reproduce at home!

The new Magic Music EP features six songs that feature some of the different bells - There is the Bake it, shake it song for Cupcake Belle, the Twinkle Twinkle song for Star Belle and the Rainbow Song for Rainbow Belle.  Lara loved the fact that the music was clearly linked to the characters she already knew.

The music is aimed at little girls aged 3-7 years old.  I've definitely noticed a gap in the market here - little girls love to dance and sing but once they go to school they don't really want to be dancing to nursery rhymes  or TV show theme tunes any more.  Lara hears a lot of pop music at after school club but doesn't really understand who or what she is listening to and to be honest, I don't think she is quite ready for 1D yet so, to find a set of tracks which appeal to this age range is wonderful.

Both of my girls seem very taken with the music - this has a lot to do with the feeling that this is "their" music; normally when we listen to music it is Mummy and Daddy's music!  All of the tracks are very upbeat and have positive, fun lyrics (something you definitely don't get in chart pop music) so perfect for little people and I think they will be brilliant for Lara's forthcoming birthday party.

The Magic Music tracks by the Magic Belles are all very jingly and twinkly - not something I'd really want to listen to in the car but they are more thank welcome to bop to it at home!  To give you a taste of the Magic Belles music, take a look at this video of the Twinkle Twinkle track.

Magic Music by the Magic Belles is available to download (tracks can be downloaded individually) from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Spotify.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Leappad Game Review - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

Increasingly Lara, who is nearly 5, is choosing to play with her own Leappad Ultra over my IPad. Result! I think this is largely due to her having a few games and apps on the Leappad which are really engaging and which is really does want to play. Current favourites are Minnie Mouse Bowtique and this new game, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.

This My Little Pony game is available for Leappad Ultra, Leappad and Leapster Explorer.  It costs £20 which is quite a sum of money but Lara does love it and has already played with it more than any other game she has ever owned on any play system.

The game features six different challenges which need to be completed. Each challenge is broadly based on a mathematical theme.  I have been pleasantly surprised how much this game does actually exercise her maths skills - there are balancing apps where you have to choose equal values; sums where you have to group things and estimation skills as well.

Lara really enjoys the My Little Pony theme (it is a 'thing' of hers right now) and the characters talk and interact a lot - there is a good story of a challenge that brings the ponies together.  Lara most enjoys the flying parts of the game where you have to tilt the Leappad to help the pony fly; I think this is a great use of the Leappad.

I would recommend this My Little Pony game for children aged 4-7 years old. It is available for download directly from Leapfrog or as a cartridge for Leappad or Leapster.

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