Every now and then an email arrives that has my kids whooping with delight. Today was one of those....
We were sitting enjoying dinner when the email inviting us to join the Oreo Double Stuff Lick Race landed and before I'd finished reading the kids had filled me in on the finer points of the said challenge.
We promptly replied with a 'count us in'.
We love Oreo's and we love a challenge - so it was a bit of a no brainer actually.
The challenge, to celebrate the launch of the new Double Stuff Oreo biscuits is based on the ritual of twisting an Oreo, licking off the creme and dunking the remaining biscuits in milk in a fun and entertaining way.
They have loads of prizes up for grabs including Nintendo wii's and a family VIP holiday to Florida. All you have to do to enter is film your Lick Race and upload it to www.oreolickrace.co.uk
We have a bit of a strange relationship with dolls in our house - my Blythe / Japanese Pose doll addiction is no secret and I was firmly in Sindy's camp as a child but most other dolls really creep me out. This bizarre quirk is something that I've unwittingly managed to project onto my girls and I'm very happy that we have thus far managed to remain a Bratz / Barbie free zone.
We like our dolls to be fresh, original, different even. So it was with slight nervousness that I accepted the offer to review the new Design a Friend Doll.
I was swayed by the fact that the Design a Friend Doll comes from Chad Valley, as my mum worked at their Wrekin factory for most of my childhood and I have fond memories of putting many of their now classic toys through a stringent home testing process.
Straight out of her beautiful presentation box Design a friend is breaking the modern doll mould. Towering over her contemporaries at a statuesque 46cm she is head and shoulders above the other dolls battling it out in the tween girl marketplace.
I had my own battle as my girls fought over who was going to be chief tester (Biba won as Betty was in charge of the last product we reviewed) and all electronic toys were cast aside as she became their primary source of fun - testament indeed to her desirability.
She comes ready to rock with one complete look and there will be 12 additional outfits and 5 accessory packs available at launch so that your little ones can start to emulated their own overflowing wardrobes!
Launch price is not yet confirmed but it will be around £20 for a Design a Friend Doll complete with outfit and charm bracelet. There will be multi-buy money saving offers and I'll update this post as soon as they go live.
So if you are looking for something to keep your girls entertained over the summer, or if you are stuck for a pressie idea for the little one in your life - you can't go wrong with one of these fab dolls.
Chad Valley Design a Friend Dolls will be available from Argos from the end of July. There are 4 dolls in the collection.
Nearly a full week of our holiday has already sped by. Until yesterday we hadn't done anything except sleep, eat, swim and relax. Despite this being a 5* hotel there's only cabled Internet available in our rooms and I hadn't noticed that my uber travel friendly MacBook air doesn't have a wired connection port until I needed to use it. So here I am on an almost total social detox and I actually quite like it. The sun is shining and a gin fizz is only a nod to the waiter away, which has to be the best possible Internet replacement I could think of. The kids are having a great time and there first taste of freedom as we loosen the reigns a little to let them venture to the kids club or to buy an ice cream without us holding their hands.
It feels great to not be constantly on call yet slightly unsettling to think that those baby days are well and truly behind us.
Sonny is looking more and more like his big brother.
Biba is rocketing towards teenagedom...
But Betty at least is still happy to be the baby...
Not quite sure how this happened but I'm happy to take praise when it's given.
I think that I'm supposed to hustle votes but if I'm honest, making the shortlist just blows me away anyway.
I've crammed so much into the last twelve months, and I'm really proud to have been a part of it all. I've made some amazing new friends... the ones that don't come along with great regularity, they know who they are.
And there was CyberMummy10, BlogHer10 with @Cosmicgirlie, #Blogladesh, #UNsummitNYC, meeting my real life hero @nickkristof, winning the BMB Brilliance in Blogging 2010, Make A Difference Blogger award, seeing my beautiful daughters make their TV debut on Annabel's Kitchen on CITV, winning the Bloganthropy blogger of the month, Yan's first collection going into Harrods, going to Downing Street with Save the Children and of course CyberMummy11.
See, it's been a pretty amazing year. If you do feel inclined, click on the picture below to get to the Loved By Parents voting page.
Thanks for all your amazing support, Blogladesh and CyberMummy wouldn't be the successes that they are without you people behind me.
I've always had more than a natural interest in pushchairs and I absolutely love this quirky addition to Maclaren's 'Objects of Design' Collection.
This funky new buggy is a collaboration with Dylan's Candy Bar Founder (and Ralph Lauren's daughter), Dylan Lauren and is just perfect for summer.
Fun, bright and whimsical, it's just like Dylan's signature US candy stores, it looks good enough to eat!
Based on Maclaren's gold standard Volo frame, this simple, practical, lightweight (4kg) buggy is perfect for travelling.
It's not available in the UK until August 1st - but I have one to give away. Enter using the subscribe button below. For an additional chance to win, leave a comment stating the weight of the Volo frame.
Competition terms and conditions. Entry closes at midnight on 31/7/11.
The Maclaren Dylan's Candy Bar Buggy can be pre ordered by calling Maclaren direct on 01327 841310. RRP: £125
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The competition is now closed : @petitmew is the winner!
Now that I've booked our holiday I'm all over the rather fab Your Shape: Fitness Evolved Xbox game as I'd really like to shift a few extra inches before I subject my pasty body on the Thai masses, and now that CyberMummy is behind me I have no excuse to hit the hardcore exercise trail.
My biggest problem is that because I live off the beaten track I have limited 'spare time' in my day, so I hate having to waste precious exercise time in the car travelling to classes.
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved really is the answer for me and I have a copy to give away!!!
All you have to do to enter is watch the short vid below and then leave a comment on this post (with means of contact) with the answer to this question;
What colour trainers is the girl with the pink top and green shorts wearing?