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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre

*This is a collaborative post

Metroland closed in April 2008 and sadly I never had the chance to visit with my own children. We are frequent visitors to intu Metrocentre but I don't think I've even mentioned to H, H and J that it was once home to Europe's largest indoor amusement park. We visited the centre's newly refurbished Pizza Express last week which pays tribute to the much-loved rollercoasters and rides and this provided the perfect opportunity for Steve and I to re-live our memories of what had to be the best day out in the North East for older kids and teens in the 90's and 00's.

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre

My memories of Metroland are all very happy ones. I remember being dropped off by my parents on many a weekend and nothing would beat the excitement of going up the escalators towards Metroland with my friends. We'd queue up at the ticket arch with our money to buy unlimited ride wristbands that would allow us access to ride in the park all day. My favourite ride was definitely the swings and you really did feel as if you were flying and the views of the fountains and across Metroland were fantastic. At the time, the Metroland rollercoaster was the scariest ride I'd ever been on and I remember racing other kids to get the front or back seat and then as soon as the ride had finished we'd jump off, run around Metroland and join the queue to ride over and over again. 

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - Metroland exterior

Other favourites included the iconic balloons, the castle-themed adventure play area, a pirate ship boat and of course the dodgems too. There were often special weekend roadshows there too and I remember the one time we decided to join in with karaoke very clearly - it was one of the most embarrassing times of my life! We picked 'Calendar Girl' naively (and stupidly) thinking it would be 'Girl for all seasons' from our all time favourite movie Grease 2. Of course, when we took to the stage it was Calendar Girl by Neil Sedaka which at aged 10, we had never heard of before. Oh I still remember mumbling along to the words in embarrassment in front of a packed Metroland audience now! All character-building stuff. 

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - Metroland rollercoaster
Credit | Denise Elliot-Armstrong 
As Steve and I recalled our memories of Metroland over pizza, H, H and J honestly did not believe us that there was once a rollercoaster in the exact place we were sitting. I had to google some pictures to prove we weren't twisting their arm! 

Family Dining at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre


Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre

The newly refurbished Pizza Express can be found in the Qube (next to Odeon) area of intu Metrocentre. The restaurant's new look draws inspiration from the famous Metroland rollercoaster with a patterned tiled floor, laser cut screens and rollercoaster-themed artwork on the walls.

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - refurbished interior

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - refurbished interior

The restaurant was super busy on the evening of our visit (a Friday night after school) but the staff were all super attentive and service was speedy which is always a top priority for me when dining with kids. The whole place was packed with families and it was fairly noisy so I probably wouldn't recommend 5pm on a Friday as a good time to visit for a date - you might want to save that for a little later in the evening. If you are dining with kids though, early evenings here are perfect. 

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - kids menu

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre

The children's menu at Pizza Express is £6.95 for 3 courses which isn't a bad price - sometimes we do find it better value to use our Taste Cards and order 2 for 1 pizzas from the main menu between the three of them. You can also find a range of Pizza Express offers here.

H, H and J adore dough balls and they were quickly devoured.

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - dough balls

Steve and I decided to share the new Cod Croquettes which were excellent value at £5.95. As part of the new Spring Specials at Pizza Express these were nice and creamy with a bit of a kick.

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - cod croquettes

What I love about Pizza Express is that there are options for everyone. They have a fantastic Gluten-free menu and cater well for Vegans and those who are dairy free (check out Canny Food's review here). I am trying to lose a few pounds at the moment so decided to order the Leggera American Hot which is a pizza with under 600 calories. Those extra calories are partly lost because the middle of the pizza is removed.  I decided to add a superfood salad to my dish and I have to say, it was all very fulfilling and tasty. I added the hottest chilli's to my pizza and it certainly tickled my tastebuds. If you're watching your weight but still crave pizza, I recommend giving this combination at Pizza Express a try.

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - American hot Leggera Pizza with superfood salad

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - children's pizza

Steve ordered the Pollo Forza. The servings certainly aren't shy at Pizza Express and Steve's pizza was huge. Featuring chicken in smoked garlic and chilli oil, peppers, mozzarella and tomato, it was certainly satisfying and a lovely Friday night treat.

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre

Between courses, the kids were happy to complete the puzzles and wordsearches provided by the restaurant. I had one of those moments where I noticed Jack was sitting without any parent helpers next to him and he just sat independently completing his puzzles by himself. When did he get so grown up? It doesn't seem like 2 minutes ago he would have simply scribbled on the paper provided.

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre

Onto dessert and again our order was taken straight away which I always appreciate. Warm chocolate brownies for the boys and a strawberry ice cream sundae for Heidi. Perfect! Steve and I ordered a mini dessert and espresso each which was a nice way to end our meal without feeling guilty about the calories.

Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - strawberry sundae


Remembering Metroland with Family Dining and the Kid's Menu at Pizza Express intu Metrocentre - cheesecake and espresso


You can't beat a Friday family night trip out for pizza as a treat and for us, the newly refurbished Pizza Express at intu Metrocentre ticks all of our boxes and it was nice to take a trip down memory lane and remember spending time at Metroland as a child. Next time you visit, look out for the artwork and perhaps have a chat with your own children about your own memories of Metroland. They'll probably not believe you, so make sure you save this post to show them the photographic evidence. 

Let me know if you have any favourite memories of Metroland. 



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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents

*This is a collaborative post

Did you know that May is National Walking Month? The sun has started to shine a lot more brightly in the sky and I think this time of year is perfect for getting back outside and enjoying some fresh air and the great outdoors. I have teamed up with Westfield Health's #WalkingLunch campaign again this year and I've been enjoying a daily lunchtime walk of at least 20 minutes. If you fancy finding out more about how you can join in and for your chance to win some fantastic prizes too, you can sign up to #WalkingLunch here (it's free and they don't spam you). 

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents


If you're looking for ways to incorporate walks into your lunch hour, I can highly recommend downloading the FREE Crumbs app - it features fun walking trails around lots of UK cities and is a fantastic way to get out and about and exploring your city with colleagues. Alternatively, if you work or hold meetings in Newcastle, check out this post featuring 5 walks in Newcastle that you can squeeze into your lunch hour

Back to today though and as it's half term next week I know that a lot of us will be at home with the kids so I thought I'd put together a few of the best pushchair-friendly walks around the North East. Now there will be no excuse for not joining in with #WalkingLunch - even during the school holidays! Let me know if you'd add any to my list and if you are inspired to get out and try one of these walks yourself, please share a photo using #WalkingLunch over on Twitter and check out others doing the same too.


13 pushchair-friendly walks to try in North East England



1 - Hardwick Park as recommended by Eden Markl

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - Hardwick park
Credit | Eden Markl

"Hardwick Park in County Durham is a Visit England accredited attraction and perfect for a stroll at any time of the year. The main park walk is accessible to all visitors and it's all flat with no steps so perfect for a pushchair. As well as historic parkland, a lake, woodland and wildlife, there's a visitor centre, popular cafe and full events programme including Toddler Trails and Tales." Find out more here. 

2 - South Shields Marine Park as recommended by Here Come The Hoopers

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - south shields marine park
Credit |  Katie Jane Online 

"You can have a walk up Ocean road to North and South Marine Park then onto the promenade. Plenty of play things in the park for babies and birds to watch in the lake. The Marsden rattler is lovely for a cuppa or Minchellas for ice cream." Find out more here. 

3 - Druridge Bay Country Park as recommended by Big Stevie Cool 

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - druridge bay

"It's free to park at Druridge Bay and the walk around Ladyburn Lake is around 1.3 miles long. It is all flat and suitable for pushchairs. There are stepping stones across the lake but if you need an accessible route, continue walking past them around the perimeter of the lake and you'll manage fine with wheels. There's a visitor centre, small park and you're right by the beach too." Find out more here.

4 - Durham River as recommended by Supermummy Secrets

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - durham river
Credit | Supermummy Secrets

"Durham river is the perfect place for a stroll with toddlers and pushchairs. You can stop and watch the various boats and ducks." 

5 - Derwent Reservoir as recommended by Sofa Stories

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - derwent reservoir
Credit | Sofa Stories

"Derwent Reservoir is lovely. Picnic and play areas on your walk. Also good area for jogging with a buggy." Find out more here. 

6 - The Coastal Route between Blyth and Seaton Sluice as recommended by Family Times UK

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - blyth beach

"The coastal route between blyth/Seaton sluice is lovely and there's a park at both ends to stop and have a play. The path is flat and perfect for pushchairs. You can stop for Fish and chips along the way too."

7 - Whitley Bay to St Mary's Lighthouse as recommended by North East Family Fun

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - st mary's lighthouse

"It's around a 4 mile round trip from Whitley Bay town centre in North Tyneside to the lighthouse and back. It's a straight path that again is perfect for pushchairs and you'll be rewarded with lovely views. If you plan a walk when the tide is out, you can cross the causeway to St Mary's Island with a pushchair too and you're lucky, you might spot some seals." Check out our blog review featuring this walk here. 

8 - Marden Quarry/Park as recommended by Babyfoote 

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - Marden Quarry
Credit | Babyfoote

"Marden Park is lovely too, and there are ducklings and goslings at the moment. The walk is around a lake from Marden Quarry. Nice little place for a toddle, or balance bike. There are ponies in the stables at the top. If you see the balloons out on the roadside then you know the stables are open and you can go for a pony ride (about £3 for twice round the yard, and help brush the ponies too)."

9 - Jesmond Dene as recommended by My Boys Club

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - Jesmond Dene

"I loved Jesmond Dene when the boys were little - a lovely, leafy walk, parking / public transport, a river for playing pooh sticks, play area, ice-cream good food and plenty of space for a picnic - not to mention the animals. It's fab." Find out more here

10 - Carlisle Park in Morpeth, Northumberland as recommended by Newcastle Family Life


13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - Carlisle Park


"We go to Carlisle park which is pushchair friendly and walk along the river path feeding the ducks. It always wore my two out and they would fall asleep in the buggy so I could go for lunch or a look around the shops in peace while they slept in the buggy." Find out more here.

11 - North Shields Fish Quay to Tynemouth as recommended by Babyfoote

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - Tynemouth
Credit | Babyfoote

"We really love North Shields Fish quay to Tynemouth and back. It's a lovely flat walk until right at the end when you've got two hills to get your heart beating and earning that coffee in Mr Woods or Dil and the Bear. Along the way you can go and see Collingwood, who was a very good human. Worth talking about with little ones."

12 - Newburn to Wylam as recommended by Sprog on the Tyne


13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - wylam park
Credit | Sprog On The Tyne
"It's a long one, but I really like the circle route starting at Newburn along to Wylam then back over the other side of the water. There is a playground at both Newburn and Wylam so the kids can run stretch their legs as well as being in the buggy, pretty much the whole 8 miles (!) loop is car-free so great for dogs too, and my toddlers love stopping at the little river beach at Wylam to throw in stones."

13 - Belsay Hall Gardens as recommended by North East Family Fun

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - belsay hall

I think Belsay's gardens are the prettiest in the North East. It's a beautiful 1.5 mile circular walk to Belsay Castle and back. The paths are pushchair friendly and you'll spot lots of exotic looking plants and flowers as you walk through the walled garden, woodland and quarry. There are picnic tables at the castle if you fancy packing some sandwiches and making the most of the countryside views.  Find out more here. 


So there you have 13 different pushchair-friendly walks to try with the kids this May. All of them have been tried & tested and are recommended by local mums. Don't forget to sign up to #WalkingLunch and use the hashtag online to find others who are doing the same. Let me know if there are any other walks you would add to my list.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Why I Love Steve's Sensitive Side - A Collaboration with Braun Series 3 ProSkin

*This is a collaborative post and contains affiliate links

The new Braun Series 3 ProSkin is a real hero for sensitive skin, and launching just in time for Father’s Day it’s the perfect gift for sensitive dads. I’ve partnered with Braun to tell you about some of the times when Steve has shown his sensitive side.

Why I Love Steve's Sensitive Side - A Collaboration with Braun Series 3 ProSkin

It's a running joke in our family that I apparently have a heart of stone - I didn't feel at all close to tears on my Wedding Day and did not feel overwhelmed with emotion after the birth of any of my children either. I was just pleased it was all over to be honest. Steve, on the other hand is the complete opposite to me and I'll often catch him with a little tear in his eye and it seems to be happening more often now he's getting older. Steve is a hard-working geordie man who loves nothing more than drinking a pint in the pub but I love that he also has a sensitive side to his personality. It was only this week we were watching Loose Women over lunch when they featured this video of a 10 year old asking his stepdad to officially adopt him and Steve started rolling his eyes at yet another 'viral video'. By the end of it though we had a little giggle as he couldn't help but shed a tear or as he likes to say 'had something in his eye'.  

Why I Love Steve's Sensitive Side - A Collaboration with Braun Series 3 ProSkin

Our wedding day at Linden Hall over 10 years ago was a day that I'll never forget. I was just 22 years old and Steve was 25 - he was very much your typical lad from Wallsend and enjoyed nothing more than going out to the Bigg Market with his mates every weekend. I don't think I'd ever actually seen him cry before this point. So imagine when my surprise as I walked up the aisle and watched as welled up and couldn't stop the tears. From this point on, there was no stopping him.

Why I Love Steve's Sensitive Side - A Collaboration with Braun Series 3 ProSkin

I love that Steve has a sensitive side and isn't afraid to show it and I think it doesn't matter what your gender is, if you need to cry, just let it out. It does you good! 

We're huge fans of the TV show Gogglebox and usually watch every Friday with a glass of wine or two. It's part of our weekly routine that we'll have a little bet now - who will cry first? Steve or one of the cast. 

Why I Love Steve's Sensitive Side - A Collaboration with Braun Series 3 ProSkin

Over the years Steve's sensitivity has definitely worked in my favour. He can sense when I'm feeling emotional and will often surprise me with random bunches of flowers (or bottles of wine) as he's thoughtful like that and I wouldn't have him any other way. I'm proud that Steve's a #SensitiveDad and feel that fathers can absolutely be sensitive too, just like their skin.
  

The New Braun Series 3 ProSkin 


The new S3 ProSkin has advanced MicroComb technology which guides beard hairs into the cutting element of the trimmer reducing overall shaving time and thus skin irritation. To offer a comfortable shave three independently floating cutting elements and two SensoFoils adapts to every facial contour to offer a comfortable shave.

Why I Love Steve's Sensitive Side - A Collaboration with Braun Series 3 ProSkin
  • The ProSkin offers men with sensitive skin efficiency and comfort
  • The advanced MicroComb technology guides beard hairs into the cutting element of the trimmer reducing overall shaving time and thus skin irritation
  • To offer a comfortable shave three independently floating cutting elements and two SensoFoils adapts to every facial contour to offer a comfortable shave
  • The ProSkin is perfect for time-poor dads who want fuss-free results from their shave. Over 50% of men across the globe are being held back by sensitive skin
  • Men (30%) hate 3 things most when it comes to their skin: spots, dryness and redness
  • Two-thirds of men have delayed shaving because of their skin being sensitive. What they don’t realise is that a key element to maintain smooth skin is a shaver! 

It's not long until Father's Day and I think the ProSkin will make a perfect gift for a sensitive man in your life. Let me know if you have any stories of a time when a man in your life showed his sensitive side.

Disclosure: I’m working in a paid relationship with Braun and BritMums on their #SensitiveDads campaign. Fathers can be sensitive too, just like their skin. The new S3 ProSkin has advanced MicroComb technology which reduces overall shaving time and thus skin irritation
 
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Celebrating #TheBestofTimes with long summer nights and Kettler + Win a Heston Barbecue worth £599

*This is a collaborative post

Steve works every other weekend from 8am-6pm on both the Saturday and Sunday and when he gets home from work on those days we all practically dive on him as we all really miss him.  Especially me -  the days feel extra long when it's just me and the kids at home. So when Kettler asked us to join in with their #TheBestofTimes campaign which celebrates those people in our lives who are responsible for our best times, we decided to try and see if we could squeeze some extra family time into those weekends and create some extra quality time with Steve.



Obviously, everyone knows that we love our food so we decided we'd squeeze in a bedtime BBQ at 6:30pm as soon as Steve was home from work. We used our new Everdure by Heston BBQ which really helped to speed the process along. A combination of lighter nights, a huge cooking surface and no waiting for the grill to heat up meant that our barbecue feast was all cooked in under 20 minutes and we were sitting down and enjoying it together before 7pm.

Win an Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbeque worth £599 from Kettler with  #TheBestofTimes

Win an Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbeque worth £599 from Kettler with  #TheBestofTimes

Win an Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbeque worth £599 from Kettler with  #TheBestofTimes

A BBQ always feels like a bit of a treat I think and the kids were super excited that they could work as Steve's (fully supervised) helpers by fetching him plates ect...... from the kitchen. It wasn't quite warm enough to sit outside and eat this time but I know over the next few months we'll be making the most of our time with Steve over the weekend with many more BBQs outside after work - I've already started researching the best Sangria recipes for the next time.

Win an Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbeque worth £599 from Kettler with  #TheBestofTimes  - cooking skewers

Win an Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbeque worth £599 from Kettler with  #TheBestofTimes  - cooking chicken

BBQs have always taken a bit of planning in the past. We've always relied on disposable BBQs which we've needed to buy or bucket-type BBQs which we've needed to fill with charcoal and wait to get to the right temperature. It's all a bit of a faff! With our Everdure BBQ we just need to turn the gas on and we're good to go. I honestly can't wait for us to make the most of the summer nights with many more BBQs this year. Sometimes it's the little things like relaxing together as a family in the garden with good food after a long day at work that really do make the best of times.

Win an Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbeque worth £599 from Kettler with  #TheBestofTimes  - Heidi and Jack

Win an Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbeque worth £599 from Kettler with  #TheBestofTimes  - corn and chicken on BBQ

Win an Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbeque worth £599 from Kettler with  #TheBestofTimes


Win your own Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbecue worth £599 in our giveaway


To celebrate #TheBestofTimes , Kettler have provided us with one Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbecue worth £599 to giveaway to one lucky reader. Simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post. Good luck! 

Win an Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbeque worth £599 from Kettler with  #TheBestofTimes  - Heston and BBQ

Why we love our Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbecue:

  • Fast ignition, instant searing and variable heat means you are ready to cook in just a couple of minutes so your next BBQ is never far away
  • Sleek design that won't rust in a range of colours
  • Extra large cooking area
  • You can cook with the hood up or down
  • Super easy to clean
  • After cooking, the barbeque quickly cools

Enter our giveaway for your chance to win your own Everdure by Heston FORCE Barbecue here: 



  1. The promoter of this competition is Kettler (GB) Ltd, Merse Road, North Moons Moat, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 9HL.2 - To be entered into the prize draw, entrants must log into Rafflecopter with either their Facebook account or their name and email address. Once logged in, they will be shown the entry requirements of the giveaway. 3 - By entering into the competition, entrants agree to be subscribed to the Kettler (GB) Ltd mailing list. Entrants can opt out of this mailing list at any time. 4 - Kettler (GB) Ltd will accept entries for this competition from 00.00 on 22/05/2017 and will not accept entries sooner than this time. Kettler (GB) Ltd will close the competition at 23.59 on 04/06/2017. The prize draw will take place on or after this date. 5 - Entrants must be aged 18 or over and be residents of mainland United Kingdom. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the entrant agrees to abide by these rules. 6 - Entrants must enter the competition in their own name; you may not enter on behalf of another individual. Should you use a false name or email, or use an online user profile that is not linked to a real individual, or has been set up for the purpose of competition entry, you will be disqualified. 7 - Any person that is: (a) an employee of Kettler (GB) Ltd, (b) employed by any agency associated with Kettler (GB) Ltd or (b) an immediate family member of such employees is not eligible to enter the competition. 8 - One winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter on or after the closing date of the competition.9 - The winner will be contacted via email within 48 hours of the competition closing. Winners who fail to reply to Kettler (GB) Ltd within 7 days of notification will forfeit their prize and another winner will be drawn. 10 - The prize is 1 x Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE Barbeque worth £599(RRP). 11 - The prize includes a standard three year domestic use warranty as outlined on the Kettler (GB) Ltd website at the time of publishing. 12 - Delivery will be provided to mainland UK only as per Kettler (GB) Ltd standard delivery policy. Sprintshift couriers will contact the winner directly to arrange agreeable delivery. The winner will be given a 2 hour delivery slot on weekdays only, from Monday to Friday. 13 - The prize includes delivery within mainland UK, but not assembly or installation. The winning entrant will be required to provide proof of ID and sign for the prize on delivery. Delivery of prize will take place no more than 30 days from confirmation of winning entrant’s delivery details.14 - No cash alternative can be offered for prize.15 - The winner agrees to the use of his or her name and disclosure of county of residence relating to any post-winning publicity. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.16 - Kettler (GB) Ltd reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time or amend these terms and conditions without prior notice, for whatever reason, and without liability for doing so. 17 - Kettler (GB) Ltd will always use your data responsibly and only collect, store and process your data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy & Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2011. 18 - By opting in to receive marketing communications from us, you consent to receive communications by email. We will store your details securely and will only use them for our own purposes. You provide permission to receive communications from Kettler (GB) Ltd about our products and services, exclusive customer offers, events and promotions. If you wish to have your details removed from our database at any time, please email us at laura.r@kettler.co.uk or call our Customer Care team on 01527 591901.




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Saturday, 20 May 2017

My childhood bedroom vs Heidi's childhood bedroom & My Little Pony Bedroom Giveaway

*This is a collaborative post

Today I have teamed up with Character World to bring you not one but two giveaways. The first giveaway is linked at the bottom of this post and is your chance win your own My Little Pony Bedding set featuring a duvet set, cushion and towel. The second giveaway is in association with Character World, IceLolly.com and Tesco. You can win a 7 night 4* all inclusive holiday to Majorca by simply sharing a photograph of your child's dream bedroom using Character World bedding - find out more details and enter here.



I thought I'd write a little light hearted post about how different my childhood bedroom was when compared with Heidi's. My own childhood bedroom was always immaculate (my mam was super strict about this whereas I am very laid back and Heidi's is therefore always messy) and there wasn't really such a thing as 'character bedding' back in 80s. I remember my bedroom was a fetching shade of peach with floral bedding in the early years and then as I turned into a teenager, I was suddenly inspired by an episode of changing rooms to create a bright pink, turquoise and black bedroom. What was I thinking?? Being an older child worked in my favour and I was allowed the biggest bedroom and it was huge with bunk beds, a desk and loads of space. I remember covering my bedroom mirror with stickers from my Smash Hits magazine and my walls were covered with Boyzone posters. 

Heidi's bedroom is tiny bless her. Due to there being a built-in wardrobe above the stairs, a full sized bed doesn't even fit in her current bedroom so she has to have a shorty bed. It's a good job she's little! It's a far cry from Heidi's first ever bedroom which she shared with Harry when we lived in an upstairs flat.....She'd love to have all of this space now. 

Heidi's bedroom may be small but she definitely makes the most of it. Character World bedding is so inexpensive and over the years she's had all sorts from Peppa Pig to Frozen, Shopkins to Monster High and now My Little Pony is her latest thing.

Heidi was keen to enter the IceLolly.com competition so styled her own pony-inspired bedroom using character bedding. She's made a My Little Pony reading corner with her books, My Little Pony toys and cushions. What do you think? 



Win your own My Little Pony Bedding Bundle here



You can win the My Little Pony Bedding Bundle pictured above by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Good luck!




Terms and Conditions: Prize is provided by Character World -  a My Little Pony Single Duvet Set, My Little Pony Cushion and My Little Pony Towel Poncho.<br />Prize may be changed to an alternative character/product of a similar value if those listed are not available. 
Item will be posted to any UK Mainland address within 30 days of the giveaway closing. UK Mainland Postage is included.  No refunds will be given. There is no cash alternative.  
Giveaway ends midnight 18/06/17. A winner will be selected at random from all valid entries and notified via email. 
Giveaway excludes employees and family members associated with Character World and North East Family Fun
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