Introducing the Fujifilm X-A3 digital camera

March 25, 2017

I’ve loved photography ever since I can remember. While those pre-digital days waiting for negatives to be developed didn’t always produce the desired result, the best of the bunch were lovingly stuck into albums. Labelled of course with where I was and the date so I could look back on them years later. Much has changed since although my passion for photography has remained strong. I relish capturing our family adventures which feature in blog posts, are framed on a wall or displayed in photobooks.

My go to camera is an SLR and it’s with me much of the time. I find the quality of the images from my smartphone fairly poor so it’s certainly not something I can rely on. It’s not an ideal scenario lugging an SLR around but I’m hopeful the Fujifilm X-A3 mirrorless compact digital camera could be that missing link. Created for budding photographers looking to take their photographic skills to the next level I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

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Center Parcs with Blacks #BerghausKids

March 17, 2017

We recently escaped to Center Parcs for a weekend at Longleat with friends. As if being in the forest wasn’t exciting enough, six year old POD was thrilled to have one of her chums and his brother to play with too. Her new Berghaus jacket arrived from Blacks just before the trip which was great timing given she’s outgrown her waterproofs. What a great location for its first outing – not that we aren’t spoilt for choice in Surrey of course!

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Where to find the best street art in London

March 17, 2017

One of the things I love about the street art in East London is that it’s diverse and continually changes. It keeps the area fresh and means fans of street art the world over will continue to return. That said it’s always a relief to see the most well known or largest pieces stand the test of time. Work by artists such as Banksy, ROA and Stik for example have remained intact for years.

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When a treetop adventure doesn’t go to plan

March 12, 2017

POD has always been a climber. If memory served me right, she climbed before she learnt to walk. I’ll never forget the time she scaled a chair and pulled herself onto the kitchen table all ready to launch herself off it. She’s always been a fan of climbing trees and she asks if she can do Go Ape at the Alice Holt Forest every time we go there. Last weekend we were at Center Parcs in Longleat with some friends, a prime opportunity we thought for a treetop adventure.

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The Smurf House from Schleich

March 11, 2017

Shleich has come up with the perfect way to recreate Sony Pictures’ Smurfs: The Lost Village movie. The Smurf House, complete with Papa Smurf and Gargamel and Azrael, is a great way to relive favourite scenes from the film and create your own. POD always enjoys watching our little blue friends so she couldn’t wait to put this set together and have a play. We’ve reviewed a few products from Schleich before and the quality is excellent which is always reassuring.

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The Casdon Hetty Mop & Bucket

March 9, 2017

We saw a neighbour with a Hetty vacuum cleaner the other day. This pleased POD greatly as she’d received her own Hetty, albeit the mop variety. Such was her excitement, she insisted on helping with the housework as soon as we returned from school. She’s not embarked on any mopping before which totally explains her choice of clothing!

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Puppy In My Pocket Dog Carrier & Accessories

March 7, 2017

Miniature playsets and accessories always make great collectables. Six year old POD always enjoys toys that are portable, often packing a bag if we’re heading off somewhere. The Puppy In My Pocket Dog Carrier and Accessory Pack are ideal for exactly that reason. She’s been able to take them everywhere with her from school to classes to around the house. Founded in the nineties, there are now 100 puppies in the Puppy In My Pocket range with Kitty In My Pocket and Jungle In My Pocket coming this year too.

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Our PJ Masks Toys Party

March 2, 2017

If you read this post you will have heard about the exciting new PJ Masks toy range from Flair. It brings to life the brilliant animated series on the Disney Junior channel. POD is a huge fan of Connor, Amaya and Greg who transform into the Catboy, Owlette and Gekko superheroes when they put their pyjamas on! We were one of the #PJMasksToys Twitter party hosts with this week. There were some amazing prizes won and we tweeted about our very own PJ Masks party. POD got to try out the new PJ Masks Toys, play some games and have a whole lot of fun with her friends.

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Doc McStuffins Accessory & Role Play Set

March 1, 2017

Doc McStuffins is an animated television series on Disney Junior about a girl that can fix toys with the help of her friends. POD’s already a fan and always enjoys imaginative play in whatever guise it may be. She was very excited when the Doc Accessory Set and Doc McStuffins Role Play Set arrived as it meant she could dress up like Doc from Toy Hospital.

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