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This week: Free Adventurers pack for kids, toy catalogue ditches gender-bias pictures, the win win promise and a prize for the most festive house….

Add some adventure to your trip to the park

Park Adventurers activity
I don’t know about you but sometimes a trip to the park (you know the one you go to all the time) can seem a bit of a chore. How about jazzing it up with a free, downloadable fact-sheet/quiz that the kids will not only enjoy but learn something from? 1926 Park Adventurers has been produced by the wood flooring experts to help kids learn all about the lifespan of trees – from tiny seedling to full grown tree – to appearing in our homes as wooden items. When completed you can download a badge to show off all your hard work!

The win win Promise

This one really is a win win situation. Dettol (I love the smell of that stuff) is on a ‘mission’ with its family orientated ‘Simple Promises’ campaign. They are asking the public to make a promise to their family – anything that will keep them happy and healthy. Promises can be anything from going on bike rides to setting one night a week aside to sit down for a family meal together. With every promise made via the Simple Promises Facebook page, Dettol will donate 20p to Save the Children, with funds raised helping the poorest families in the UK and abroad.
My promise? To introduce a greater variety of healthy foods into our diet (we really need to branch out!) What will yours be?

Top Toys – a top idea
Top Toys Christmas catalogue
How refreshing to learn that a Swedish toy company have listened to their customers and decided to ditch stereotypical gender images in its catalogue. The Top Toys Christmas catalogue shows both genders playing with guns, dolls and football kits which, as Retail Marketing Director, Thomas Meng explains is reflective of “the way boys and girls play in real life.” Personally, I’d welcome far less blue for boys and pink for girls stereotyping as well – it drives me potty. Only yesterday I was shopping for some Christmas books and was faced with a choice of ‘Annual for Girls’ and ‘Annual for boys’ in the ‘appropriate colours’ with fluffy/fighty images to match. Take note UK Toy shops.

Home for Christmas competition…

Is your Ho Ho Home festooned with lights, tinsel and all the trimmings?  Anglican Homes are looking for the the best decorated window, conservatory or garden for its Home for Christmas competition. If you think you’ve got a winning picture just post it to your social media (details below) and you could be the lucky owner of a gorgeous and rather tasty festive food and drink hamper. The competition will be judged by  Philippa Forrester, David Domoney and Julia Goodwin – you have until the 17th December to enter. Click here for all the entry information.

20% off kids clothing at M&S
kids clothing at M&S
I started doing some serious Christmas shopping yesterday which included buying some clothes for the kids. In Marks and Spencer I saw this lovely dress for Ferne and thought it would be a winner for the Big Day. I also picked up a Where’s Wally jumper and a fun T-shirt for Noah. Imagine my delight when I went to the till and was told that all kids wear is 20% off until the 12th December. Kerching! Get in quick!

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  1. Am straight off to M&S now ….but not before I say what a great variety of stuff again. X

    • Oh, thanks Anya. Yes, off you go wonder woman. Grab yourself something while you’re at it (are you like me? I’ve seen so many things I’d like for Christmas whilst I’m supposed to be shopping for others!) x

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