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Competition – Win a Twycross Zoo Family Ticket

How would you like to get your hands on a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for one of the days Santa is at Twycross, and a discounted family dinner in Himalaya on a Friday evening (the restaurant is open until 9pm)?

Santa at Twycross Zoo. Credit Twycross Zoo

From Friday 1 December, Santa himself will be at Twycross, enchanting visitors at his story-telling sessions, which will take place in the Explorer Café at 11:15-11:45am and 3-3:30pm. The stories, specially written for Twycross Zoo, will be about William the Donkey (who visitors can also meet), and wildlife conservation work in the countries Santa visits annually. There are also arts and crafts sessions and festive films in the Study Centre to be enjoyed by all.

New for 2017, Santa’s Key Tree will ensure that all children have their presents delivered on time – chimney or no chimney! Upon arrival, all boys and girls will be presented with a magical key to be placed on the Key Tree. Visitors can watch Santa collecting the keys live on Christmas Eve via Facebook Live.

All visitors will be able to spend time with Santa at multiple occasions throughout their visit, at their own leisure. From a magical photo opportunity on Santa’s sleigh to seeing him feed the penguins, there are many opportunities to capture that special moment. Twycross is also against the 2-minute Santa visit, allowing children to spend as much or a little time with Santa as they wish.

You can read about our visit to the zoo here

Although Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10.00 to 17.00 daily, the Christmas activities are only available on selected dates, given below. The zoo is closed on Christmas Day.

Twycross zoo

To enter the competition please answer the question below and fill in the Rafflecopter

Humboldt Penguin at Twycross Zoo, UK.

Q: What species of penguin does Twycross Zoo care for?


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Terms and conditions/how to collect your prize

Details of the prize winner will be sent to Twycross zoo who will make contact with the winner to arrange their visit to Twycross. 

 T&Cs – Participants must be aged 18+ and live in the UK.  Participants wishing to enter the competition on behalf of a minor must have permission from the minor’s parent or legal guardian. The winner of the competition will be picked at random via Rafflecopter and the winning participant will be contacted directly via email.  The winning participant will get one free family admission ticket (2 adults, 2 children) to visit Twycross Zoo on any day throughout December 2017. The tickets must be used by 31st December 2017, no travel or accommodation will be included. If the winning participant does not respond to the correspondence within 24 hours, Twycross Zoo reserves the right to select another winner. The prize is non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The prize will automatically be void if sold, offered for sale or if any attempt or offer is made to transfer the prize for value.

Closing date: 12th December 2017

Big Bloggers Christmas Giveaway

Today I have something incredibly exciting to share with you, I don’t usually do a lot of giveaways at Christmas time because the internet is usually full of them but this Christmas I have teamed up with a wonderful collection of bloggers to give away an amazing prize just in time for Christmas.


One lucky winner will be walking away with a fantastic £150 worth of Amazon vouchers while two runners up get £30 each (if the winner is from a country other than the UK the prize will be delivered via PayPal cash).

Before we get down to business lets meet the blogging team:

Sally Akins | The Gingerbread Hous | Mummy Lala | Bubbablue and Me | You Baby Me Mummy | Madam Gourmand | Missing Sleep | Wishful Wonderings | Trials & Tribulations Of A Brummie Mummy | Hello Beautiful Bear | Cookies and Cwtches | Odd Socks & Lollipops | Futures | Don’t Cramp My Style | Ickle Pickle’s Life and Travels | Bark Time


Rambling Through Parenthood | Life at 139a | Julie’s Notebook | Spanish Mummy | Hex Mum | Garden, Tea , Cakes and Me | Mummy’s Little Monkey | A Testing Time | Bump And Beyond | Emmy’s Mummy | Angel Eden Blog | Precious Little Worlds | All The Beautiful Things | Hubby Helps | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers | One Frazzled Mum

To enter all you need to do is answer the following question:
What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

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Good Luck.
*Please note all other entries after answering the question are optional, however they do get you extra entries into the final draw and help support all the bloggers who are helping to provide this wonderful prize.

Go Green

How green are you?  A few years ago I wasn’t green at all, I rarely recycled, was wasteful with food, didn’t turn appliances or lights off, left taps running and bought anything I needed for myself or my home from new.

Over the past 5 years my attitude towards green issues has changed considerably, regular readers may remember that I started an Environmental Management degree before I became pregnant with Arthur.  My decision to change from my goal of pursuing a career in medicine came about after a lecture during my Applied Science diploma where environmental issues were being discussed, we had to do a group presentation on how we thought the earth would look within the next 50 years based on scientific evidence and it really scared me to make a change.

Go Green

Intellicig are running the #gogreen campaign and they sent me the fabulous little window allotment kit pictured above.  I know I talk about my allotment a lot but you really don’t need to have acres of land or an allotment to grow your own.

If you have a windowsill or balcony you can start to grow basic herbs and vegetables and I hope to show you some easy things that you can grow in a small space, once my herbs have grown I’ll show you some delicious dishes you can cook using your herbs over on my food blog Madame Gourmand.

I don’t have a favourite herb, I love fresh Oregano and Coriander so I imagine the dishes I’m going to make for you will contain at least one of them.  A simple pizza is one of the best ways to showcase a herb and I have fond memories of making a 6 herb Persian cabbage rice dish which was like a taste explosion in the mouth.

I would love for my readers to #GoGreen this spring and to help you on your green journey Intellicig will send one lucky winner their own window allotment kit like the one shown above.  Let me know what your favourite herb to grow on the window is?

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Win 3 Microgreens Windowsill Allotments


How would you like to win 3 microgreens windowsill allotments?  These were purchased by myself and not provided by a sponsor (I think it makes it more fun)

Each kit contains everything you need for 3 harvests each which means you will be eating a lot of delicious and nutritious salads over the coming weeks.

Up for grabs are Ruccola Ruffles which has an intense peppercorn taste, Aqua Asiana which tastes like watercress and Ruby Frills which has a sweet beetroot taste.

To win all 3 just enter below using the Gleam app.  There are lots of different ways to enter and the only mandatory option is to leave a comment telling me what the first thing you grew from seed was.  Good Luck!

Microgreens Windowsill Allotment x3


Reusable Nappy Challenge

Before Arthur was born I decided I wanted to try cloth nappies so I went out and bought some Little Lambs, Cotton Bottoms, Tots Bots, Bambino Mio and Mothercare Smart nappies.  Having a small baby and trying to keep up with the washing and numerous nappy changes was starting to really get to me so by the time Arthur was 3 months old we were using disposable nappies.

From the 28th April – 4th May 2014 is Real Nappy week or Cloth Nappy week as I prefer to call it.  I think we are extremely lucky in this country to have a huge choice of nappies available to us in both reusable and disposable form and in my opinion all nappies are real nappies just some are a better choice for the environment.

My original reason for wanting to go down the route of cloth nappies came about after reading a report at university about the growing volume of waste that our country produces.  It’s estimated that between 2 and 4% of our household waste is disposable nappies, no one knows how long they take to decompose but it’s thought to be hundreds of years which is something that just doesn’t sit right with me.  I’m also not particually comfortable with all of the chemicals used in disposable nappies, have you ever left a nappy on your child for too long and saw the gel crystals that have soaked up the urine? I read somewhere that this gel was linked to toxic shock syndrome in the 80’s yet we still use it in nappies.

My second reason for wanting to use cloth was a money saving reason, I tried a variety of disposable nappies over the first month of using them and found that the only ones that worked for us were Pampers or Naty nappies and since we started using disposable nappies until last week I had spent a whopping £447.70 and that’s before I even start talking about baby wipes.

reusable nappy challenge

When I was asked to take part in the Reusable Nappy Challenge I jumped at the chance to give cloth another try.  Arthur could potentially be in nappies for another 12 months yet and I don’t fancy wasting another £400 while adding to the landfill so I agreed to get on board and share my story with my readers.

Reusable nappies

Fill Your Pants and The Nappy Gurus sent me an amazing box of nappies and accessories to get me started including Smartipants pocket nappy, Charlie Banana pocket nappy, Little Lamb pocket nappy, Little Lamb cotton nappy, Little Lamb Wrap, Grovia Hybrid, Grovia All in one, Tots Bots Easyfit, Bambino Miosolo, wet wipes, liners, nappy bucket, nappy bag and washing powder.

I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts about the nappies and equipment I received throughout the week, I’ve also bought quite a few nappies to add to my collection this past week and I hope to share details about them too.

I’m not alone in this challenge, there are 8 other bloggers involved and with their support and the support of some of my close friends who already use cloth I know this challenge is going to be fun.

Tanya – www.crackednailsandsplitends.co.uk – testing with 1 year old grand daughter
Christina – www.preschoolmum.com – testing at night with Nieve who’s 2.5 years
Jeni – www.poolemamma.blogspot.co.uk – testing with 9 month old
Jayne – www.mumstheword.me – testing with 8 week old
Lauren – www.belledubrighton.co.uk – testing with 10 month old
Catriona – www.lovedbymummy.co.uk – testing with 6 month old
Emma – www.youtube.com/mamlina – baby due next week (expect a delay on any post there!)
Colette – www.goingonanadventure.co.uk – testing with 5 month old

 If you would like to purchase some nappies for yourself I have a discount code from The Nappy Gurus which you can access by clicking through here anyone clicking through and using that code during real nappy week will get 20% off. Orders must be in by midnight next Sunday, and the link will work for 10% off thereafter.  I’ll share this link throughout the week so you don’t forget to use it.

You can also enter a great competition below to win a voucher that you can spend on nappies or accessories.

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