A Bing Bunny themed Halloween Pumpkin!

CBeebies was on my TV every single day when my son was little and I actually remember him watching the first ever episode of Bing being broadcast just before he turned two. He instantly fell in love and when his sister was born a few months later, she was basically introduced to the show right away.

Fast forward three years, my children are five and three and even now my eldest will ask, "Mummy, can we watch Bing on BBC iPlayer?" It's one of those shows that they never get sick of. With Halloween around the corner we decided to give carving a pumpkin a go. I have never carved a pumpkin in my life but I was willing to give it a try as I knew C and E would love getting their hands dirty and who better to carve than Bing himself? I liked the idea of doing a familar character for them rather than a traditional scary one.

As I'm such a beginner, I watched Bing's 'How To' Pumpkin Tutorial and it seemed easy enough even for me. I started off by printing a Bing pumpkin template and taping it to the front of our pumpkin. I then followed black outlines of Bing's face, eyes and mouth and pushed a pin along so that when I removed the template sheet, I had a dot-to-dot image of Bing's face. 

Now for the fun bit! We scooped out all of the insides and cleaned it out, then I did the tricky bit of doing the actual carving and making holes at the mouth and sides of the eyes. I honestly couldn't believe how easy it was! The template was a massive help and it's hard to go wrong when you use it.

If you want to give carving a Bing pumpkin a go, check out the Bing website for inspiration and you can view some other cool Bing pumpkins on the Bing Facebook page!

(This is a sponsored post.) 

Men's Occasionwear with Dobell

My partner Chris has a thing for suits. He doesn't wear one for his job but whenever we are out shopping and he spots one out of the corner of his eye, he'll be straight over checking it out. I often joke that it's the male equivalent of a girl seeing a nice bag or a gorgeous pair of shoes.

Dobell are home to stylish, affordable and great quality menswear and they pride themselves on three things; their products, value and service. They supply everything from men's suits and tailored fit wedding suits to complementary accessories. Chris was offered a suit from Dobell and was, naturally, excited to choose.

He opted for the Blue Check Slim Fit Suit which did surprise me as he isn't usually the type to wear slim fit. I also was eager to see how he would cope with getting a suit online as usually he likes to try a suit on in store before purchasing it. Dobell have an online size guide so you can be sure that you are choosing the right size.

I cannot fault Dobell's packaging at all. It arrived packed in a sturdy box which meant that the suit itself was not damaged in transit. I definitely think that it added a bit of a luxury feel. It was ready to wear straight from the box with no creases or a need to iron.

The fit was perfect, Chris instantly felt comfortable wearing it (which is a massive plus as he's usually quite fussy and can always find something that he doesn't quite like). I'm not usually fan of anything other than plain or pinstriped suits but this suit totally won me over. The check design is lovely and really goes well with the shade of blue.

The detailing is fantastic and it has everything that you'd want in a suit; including belt loops and pockets on both the inside and outside of the jacket as well as on the trousers. I especially loved the little Dobell label that was embroidered on the inside of the jacket.

Now that Chris has experienced suit buying online rather than instore, I definitely think that he's been converted and it's not as daunting as it may seem. It's so easy to order the correct size but even if you do need a change made, you can get an exchange within 28 days of purchase.

The Blue Check Slim Fit Suit retails at £109.99 for the jacket and trouser set and you can view the entire range at the Dobell website. You can also keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

(We received this item for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Win a copy of 'Milkshake! Brand New Besties' on DVD

My children love watching Milkshake! on Channel 5 every morning before school, it's become a routine. I actually remember watching it myself and my mum sending a birthday card in for me way back 20-odd years ago! Both C and E have taken a shine to all the shows and characters so I'm really excited that Abbey Home Media are releasing a brand new, over two hour long, DVD collection of Milkshake! favourites on Monday 23rd October.

Whether it's keeping a secret, learning to compromise, solving a problem, searching for clues or planning the best sleepover ever, our heroes put their friends firmly first!

This special compilation of the very best pre-school shows from long-running Channel 5 pre-school brand Milkshake! features some of their best-loved characters including PAW Patrol, Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom, Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Poppy Cat, Noddy, Toyland Detective and Bob the Builder.

In this new collection, you will find:

PAW Patrol in 'Pups Save the Paw Patroller'
Mayor Humdinger has swiped the Paw Patroller! The pups need to get it back and save that meddling mayor too.

Digby Dragon in 'Disappearing Spell'
Digby's friend Sprite comes to visit and Fizzy casts a disappearing spell on her. When Grizel and Mungo take Spellbook it seems impossible to magic Sprite back again.

Bob the Builder in 'Where's Pilchard?'
When Muck has to shoo Pilchard out of his way, she suddenly vanishes. Leo and his machines run around trying to find her before Bob realises she's disappeared.

Peppa Pig in 'Playing Pretend'
When Peppa's bike gets a flat tyre and needs fixing, Peppa and her friends have fun riding their imaginary bikes and jumping in muddy puddles.

Shimmer and Shine in 'Flying Flour'
The girls bake magical flying cookies, but Zeta and Nazboo sneak in to steal the flying flour.

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom in 'Lucy's Elf & Fairy Party'
Lucy celebrates her birthday with an Elf and Fairy party. Lucy's dad does a magic show but things get a bit out of hand when Princess Holly and her friends join in...

Fireman Sam in 'Best Sleepover Ever'
Norman, Mandy, Sarah and James are having a sleepover at Mandy's house. Norman is determined that it will be the best sleepover ever.

Simon in 'The Secret'
It's Gaspard's birthday and Simon has found out where Mummy has hidden his brother's present. But Simon has sworn he'll keep it a secret!

Poppy Cat in 'Underwater Picnic'
When Zuzu and Alma both arrive with plans for the group, Poppy teaches them the art of compromise. They set off in the submarine for Seaweed Sea to look for the speedy turtle and have an underwater picnic.

Floogals in 'Project Caterpillar'
Boomer has become very fond of the 3 stripy caterpillars that the kids are keeping in the shed. When one vanishes, the Floogals stake out the container they are in to see if they can solve the mystery.

Olly the Little White Van in 'Bad Luck Olly'
Olly is going through a run of terrible luck. The more he tries to help people, the more things go wrong. Help comes from the most unlikely place as Bazza helps him relax and do what comes naturally - helping!

Puffin Rock in 'Mossy Impossible
Oona is in danger. She's tangled up in fishing twine near Seagull Cliff and the seagulls will be back soon! Mossy and Bernie try to free her, but they need help from Mama and Papa Puffin.

Noddy, Toyland Detective in 'Broken Crystal Memory'
Noddy needs to find out who broke the Crystal Memory Game before the start of the Daredale Challenge Obstacle Race!

Thomas & Friends in 'Toby's New Friend'
Philip spots Toby and assumes that he is a diesel boxcab just like him. Convinced that they will become best friends, Philip rushes up and introduces himself, but Toby finds him rather overwhelming.

Milkshake! Brand New Besties will be available to buy from all good DVD stockists from Monday 23rd October. Want to win a copy for your little one? Just enter via the Gleam widget below. Good luck!

  • The giveaway will run from October 17th until October 31st
  • One winner will win one copy of  'Milkshake! Brand New Besties' on DVD
  • Open to entrants aged 18+
  • UK residents only 
  • One entry per person
  • No automated entries
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My First Scalextric - Review & Giveaway

Scalextric is one of those ranges of toys that I'm sure that everyone is familiar with. They have been around since the 1950s and my partner Chris actually had some of the Scalextric car range when he was younger.

Scalextric have recently brought out a My First Scalextric set as a great way to introduce younger children from 3 years old to the world of Scalextric. My children are three and five and have never owned any Scalextric before so I was really excited to see their reactions to it.

When it comes to children's toys that actually do something, I always have a mini panic about batteries. Luckily, My First Scalextric is all mains operated which is a massive plus in my book. 

The track itself is so easy to click together. It's in a standard figure of eight shape and made of plastic with their Magnatraction technology in the middle to help keep the cars on the track. Each car has a braid underneath that magnetically attracts to this. Once you have the track built, there are three things to connect into the power box; the mains plug, a red controller and a yellow controller.

The red and yellow controllers are colour coordinated to the cars that the set is supplied with and they also match the chevrons on the circuit. Both kids luckily didn't fight over which colour car they wanted - E was happy with yellow and C opted for red. They were raring to go!

Each controller only has one button which makes it perfect for younger children as they don't have to remember what loads of different buttons do to their car. How fast your car goes depends on how tight you squeeze the button. 

The kids really loved placing their cars at the starting line and having me count down from three then racing to see who won. The My First Scalextric set has a range of benefits with hand eye coordination being a great one. They have to keep an eye on their car, especially when going around the corner, and drop their speed so that the car doesn't come flying off the track. Having to remember when to speed up and go a bit slower really helps with risk-reward thinking - if they suss that out, they are more likely to win!

My children, like most others, are prone to the odd Playstation game or YouTube video on the tablet. I love that this set got my children excited to be away from that world and had them playing nicely together for quite a long time. They both got very competitive and it was an absolute joy to watch. I think their favourite thing was seeing how fast their cars could go and I won't lie, I may have been stealing a few goes on them too as it's just so good! They have been having so much fun with their My First Scalextric set.

The set retails at £39.99 and is available to buy from the Scalextric website. You can also keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Want to win a My First Scalextric for your little one in time for Christmas? I'm giving a set away on my Twitter page. You can enter via the embedded tweet below or visiting my Twitter account where the tweet is pinned to the top. Don't forget to read the terms and conditions below.

  • Open to UK participants only
  • 1 (one) winner will receive 1 (one) My First Scalextric
  • The prize will be delivered to the winner upon receipt of their email contact details
  • The Editor's decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner.
  • Giveaway will run from October 16th until 23:59 on October 29th 
(We received a My First Scalextric for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 
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