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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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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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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 UKMums.tv 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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Pancakes and Netflix

February 25, 2017

We’re huge fans of Netflix and with the help our now six year old, we’re collating a list of must sees for kids. POD adores Netflix Originals like Veggie Tales, Beat Bugs (with music from the Beatles) and Dawn of the Croods although she loves the likes of Harry and a Bucket full of Dinosaurs, Norm on the North and the Book of Life too.

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PJ Masks Toys Review

February 23, 2017

POD is a huge fan of the animated series PJ Masks which is on the Disney Junior channel. These wonderful superheroes have now been brought to life as part of an exciting range of toys. If you’re not familiar with the characters, there are three friends (Connor, Amaya and Greg) who turn into the Catboy, Owlette and Gekko superheroes  when they put their pyjamas on. Each has superpowers. Catboy for example has Super Cat Speed, Cat Ears (for super hearing) and a Super Cat Leap. Owlette has Super Owl Wings, Owl Eyes and Owl Wing Wind while Gekko has a Super Lizard Grip, Super Gekko Camouflage and Super Gekko Muscles.

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Are you a Netflix cheater?

February 13, 2017

According to a new study published by Netflix today, nearly half of streaming couples around the world have “cheated” on their significant other. By that I mean watching a TV show on Netflix ahead of your partner. This new research shows there’s been a huge increase over the past four years with cheating becoming common behaviour. The UK is a nation of serial cheaters with 81% doing it multiple times. A third of those have done it more than four times too. Although if you’re going to cheat, you’re going to cheat right?

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