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Wish You Were Here? Become a #MarkWarnerMum (or #MarkWarnerDad!) for 2016

Friday, 5 February 2016

Just over a year ago we were fortunate enough to be selected as Mark Warner Holiday ambassadors for 2015. It was an amazing opportunity and we had the most fantastic break at the wonderful Lakitira Beach Resort in Kos, Greece in the October half term last year. Now it's 2016 and while I am sad that our turn as a Mark Warner family has come to an end I am delighted to share details of their search for this year's lucky families - could YOU be a #MarkWarnerMum or #MarkWarnerDad for 2016?

Our holiday with Mark Warner was the best family holiday we have been on, it was truly a fully inclusive experience for the whole family with something for everyone to enjoy, we have come away with lots of wonderful memories, new skills and new friends.

Mark Warner have all of the application details on their website, there are just four simple steps to the process, firstly what type of blogger are you? The serious foodie, Crafting King or Queen, the style guru, adventure junkie, fab photographer, creative writer? Have fun and be creative, and once you have completed your questionnaire and blog please tweet a link to your post tagging @MWHolidays and using the hashtag #MarkWarnerMum or #MarkWarnerDad by Friday 19 February to complete your entry.

Good Luck!

Disney Marvel Kids Interactive Website | Review

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Having grown up with Disney myself it is wonderful to be able to share the magic with my own children, their stories and movies are well loved by us all and we have a sizeable DVD collection with the old favourites getting a regular outing on our family movie nights. The world of Disney is ever growing and now includes the Marvel Kids Interactive Website for fans of all things Marvel where you can find out more about favourite characters including Spider-Man and the Avengers, watch videos and even play games featuring your child's best loved Marvel hero. You can 'Bring the Thunder' with Thor, join the Avengers in 'Tower Rush' and even try out some web slinging with the amazing Spider-Man. The pages are divided into four sections - games, characters, activities, and videos, which allows your child to easily navigate where they want to go.

If you prefer to limit screen time or just want to keep something fun to hand for a rainy day or a long journey, there are several different Marvel themed printables available for free download in the activities sections including word searches, Sudoku, and mazes.

Internet safety is of course paramount and Disney also have a section dedicated to safety tips & information about how to help your child safely get the best from the net.

The Marvel Kids Interactive Website is a fun way to introduce superheroes to children in an age appropriate way, and allows them to learn about their favourite characters and really immerse themselves in the stories surrounding their special powers and abilities. As a fan of Hulk, H (10) enjoyed reading about how Bruce Banner came to become the 'Jade giant', and playing Gamma Storm Smash as his favourite cartoon hero.

Elsewhere on the website there are competitions as well as activities and games from all of your favourite shows and movies, and news about upcoming releases.

Review Post. All words and opinions are our own.

February Half Term Fun at Brewer's Fayre

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Half Term is fast approaching and with it comes the dilemma of how to keep the children entertained when the weather probably won't be that favourable, without blowing the budget. This February, Brewer's Fayre are offering a range of fun activities & value meals for all the family that will keep the kids and your wallet happy.

During your visit, the children can tire themselves out in the recently refurbished Beano themed soft play areas while they wait for their food (and to give us parents five minutes peace..!) or have a go at solving puzzles and colouring in their favourite Beano characters with the special half term activity sheets. For extra entertainment during Half Term, there will be fun discos on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February at selected Brewers Fayre restaurants nationwide. The Toddlers disco will run from 9.30am – 3pm while the Kids will be 3.30 – 7.30pm at a cost of £3 per child (though please do check your local site for half term details and a confirmed range of activities).

Brewer's Fayre menus are hard to beat with a great daytime value offer that runs Monday-Friday from 12-6pm. Guests can enjoy two starters for £2.50, two mains for just £10.99 and two desserts for £2.50, and there is something for everyone with a different themed menu every night of the week from 5–8pm at the Chef's Counter. We visited their Pizza Parlour on a Monday night - the teenagers enjoyed the Chicken Tikka pizza - or try their Burgers & Hotdogs on a Wednesday. On Tuesday you can experience a taste of Mexico, or come along for Curry Night on a Thursday. Our three youngest children all chose their meals from the extensive kids menu, which was £4.99 for three courses, enjoying the Menace Burger, Big Bad Dog, and some Poppin Chicken between them. They were also able to pick and choose their side dishes to suit their own preferences.

Find your local Brewer's Fayre restaurant this February half term & join the fun.

We were invited to visit Brewer's Fayre and supplied with a
voucher for the purpose of this post. All words and opinions are our own.

Meal Plan Monday 010216

Monday, 1 February 2016

Meal Plan 010216
Monday 1st
Spaghetti & Meatballs with garlic bread (courgetti for me)
Tuesday 2nd
Wednesday 3rd February Toad in the hole, mashed potato and mixed veg (sausages, sweet potato & veg for me)
Thursday 4th
Chicken Fajitas (in lettuce wraps with rice for me)
Friday 5th
We are celebrating J's 15th birthday today, with a meal out with a couple of his friends
Saturday 6th
Chicken & Chips
Sunday 7th
Roast Gammon

#MealPlanningMonday linked up with At Home with Mrs M.
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