Our “Roar Adventure”! Visiting Jurassic Kingdom-Manchester

Little E, who’s 17 months already, has started not too long ago, to make the animals sounds. He loves roaring to every one of them. It doesn’t matter if it’s a giraffe, an elephant or a dog, he just roars! So when the team behind Jurassic Kingdom invited us to visit on their opening day we were quite excited. Finally, an animal that actually will roar back at him! Our little girl was super enthusiastic about this visit too. She kept counting days…

For those of you who haven’t heard about them yet Jurassic Kingdom, as they state on their website:

is a spectacular outdoor dinosaur experience aimed at family audiences with over 30 impressive installations of animated dinosaurs with electronic moving parts. Animatronics include arms moving up and down, tails swaying side-to-side, heads moving up and down, eyes blinking and jaws opening wide with roaring sound effects. Making for a truly awesome educational and entertaining Jurassic experience!” 

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They are in Manchester from 8th to 23rd July at Philips Park, near the Etihad Stadium.

We got there on Saturday around 12pm and the traffic was quite slow in the area and even though parking seemed almost impossible we eventually found a place nearby the park. Get ready if you drive there to spend 10-15 minutes looking for a parking spot.

Then we just had to follow the signs to the entrance. The little ones were already super excited and started running towards the doors. We showed them our printed tickets and that was all. We were inside our “roar adventure”!

Everything was all well signed and you could see the toilets right at the entrance, which is good to know when you go with little ones. You can take the tour at your own pace, which in our case, was either quite slow or quite quick…depending on the children.

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Who can roar louder, mummy or the T-Rex?! 😉

They really liked watching the dinosaurs. They were quite impressed but, since their attention time is short, after 20 minutes walking around they were no longer bother that much and were actually playing with sticks they could find on the ground! -Seriously?, we thought Sam and I- You’ve got 3 metres tall prehistoric animals roaring at you and you’re playing with rocks and sticks?! haha

Anyway, I think the organisers kinda knew this about children, and when you get to half point of the tour you have like a valley area where there’s a sand pit, where the children can find fossils, a slide, a small dinosaur that they can ride for 2 pounds and other places where they can run and play and have some food in between from one of the lovely stalls around.

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Interaction is what gets the children involved and that’s why we really enjoyed this “roar adventure”. The park where it’s located is great, dinosaurs seemed very realistic and there were some activities for the children where they could move and play around. Like the last one on the tour, where they get to ride a small dinosaur with wheels for free. Our 5-year-old wanted to do it by herself but since she couldn’t reach the ground, Sam had to push her around. And obviously, little E had to join them too. It seemed like a lot of fun! I wanted to give it a go too…but I thought that being on my 30’s and a bit clumsy it wouldn’t be a good idea…haha

We were given tickets for the purpose of this review but our opinions have been honest and our own.

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I must admit because I’m always counting pennies, I would probably look for a good deal on price tickets if I had to buy them. On their website, you can find full prices. I think it’s Online,  Adults 11.50 and Child 9.50 and then on the door, they’re a bit more expensive. Sites like Groupon or Wowcher are currently offering some discounts, I believe.

So, our recommendation? Pack a nice lunch and head over to your own “roar adventure” at Jurassic Kingdom. It will be a good way to start the Summer break! 🙂

**Pop by to our Instagram account and you will be able to see more pictures of this and many other of our family adventures!

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The Best 10 tips for a family road trip from Manchester to Paris

You would think we are a bit crazy wanting to drive over 9 hours from Manchester to Paris with 2 children and just 1 driver. But we survived our first ever family road trip and we are going to tell you how:

So what do you need if you’re planning to cross the country by car?

1st. PATIENCE.

Hahaha…well, we suppose you already knew that! Travelling with children can be quite exhausting, especially if they’re still young, as is in our case, who are 5 and 1 year old.

Ok, but for real now…

#1 Plan ahead but keep your mind open for the unexpected

Our family road trip implied taking the ferry from Dover to Calais. For that, we chose the Aferry website that gave us a good deal if you bought the ticket quite in advance.  We didn’t choose the Channel Tunnel (by the way, every time I say that I think of Channing Tatum! lol) because we thought it would actually be more convenient to have an hour and a half break to stretch our legs and maybe take a little nap.

So we were thinking on doing frequent short stops for the kids, but in the end, they slept through the afternoon and woke up when we were an hour away from the port. But see, the unexpected. We just had to adapt ourselves on the go.

#2 Short breaks better than long ones unless you need them.

Depending on how long is the whole trip but for us it worked really well 15-30 minutes breaks. Time enough for a wee and some fresh air. On our way to France, we only did 1 stop before taking the ferry.  However, on our way back to Manchester, we did 4! Everyone was quite tired so on this occasion that worked well for us.

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Bye Bye UK!

#3 Drive overnight only if you can, if not enjoy every step of the way.

If you are a good night driver I would totally suggest to do the family road trip by night, at least one of the ways. That way, the kids can sleep while you do as many miles as possible. It’s got its pros and cons. You will be shuttered on the next day when everyone will be perfect! but you will avoid the usual traffic jams.

On the other hand, driving throughout the day gives you the chance to enjoy the adventure altogether, which is something nice too. Until the kids get fed up and you wish they would sleep ALL the way. 😉

#4 When stopping for fuel in France be smart.

Petrol stations close to Calais will be more expensive. We filled the tank before heading back to Manchester at a petrol station next to our hotel and it saved us a few euros. Stations like Esso or Carrefour are more economic than the rest.

#5 How many tanks of fuel did we need to drive from Manchester to Paris?

Well, we have a Hyundai Matrix with a capacity of 40L. approx. so with that in mind, with 1 tank we were able to get to the Ferry in Dover. We had to refill in Calais though; we still had enough but when you are in a different country you don’t want to risk anything so we filled it back up again. So in total, it will have been 1.5 tanks from Manchester to Paris.  (500 miles approx.) We stayed 1 day in Paris city so we used another half of tank there. Then the same amount to drive back to Manchester.

#6 The Dartford cross toll is REAL

We have heard of it but we didn’t know what it really was or how to pay it but then all of a sudden we saw a sign when we were getting closer to Dover that said: “Go online, you have time to pay until tonight.” We kinda freaked out and thought -wait a minute, who is watching?! where is the toll? is it talking to us?- Oh well, it turned out that yes, it was talking to us and to all the rest of the cars that go through that way. It is cheap, but you can’t forget to pay it. Here’s the website, people, I’m not telling you tales! Dartford Cross Charge THEY are watching us.

#7 Where should I stay overnight?

That will depend on your budget and circumstances. Our trip from Manchester to Paris consisted on 3 days. 1 travelling, 1 visiting the city and the third day to travel back. Because I am the only one who drives at home, for now :), we decided it would be better to be able to have a couple of good night sleeps. So we got to Paris around 3 am in the morning and then we stayed for another full night where we could really rest well. No paid links or sponsored posts here but we must really recommend Ibis Budget. The family room was nice and clean. The duvets, the bed, everything was of good quality. It had their own TV, bathroom and Wi-Fi. So for an overnight stay was perfect. Plus the one we chose, 20 minutes drive from Paris centre, was great and with very friendly staff.

#8 Sightseeing by car

It is true you want to enjoy the city to the fullest and visit as many places as possible but we were quite shuttered and we didn’t have enough time or energy to do that. So instead, we drove around Paris not parking anywhere, just pulling over in a couple of quiet streets to take some pictures. We got to see the Eiffel Tower, Arc du Triomphe, and other monuments from our comfortable car. The driver, in this case, myself, couldn’t take out the sight from the road too much of course, but I had been to Paris before, so it was alright. Hubby was excited to see all the amazing architecture and the children just enjoyed the ride.

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At the LDS Paris Temple Open House

By the way, we did that because in the morning we had been to the LDS Paris Temple open house, our main reason to visit Paris. I don’t want you to think we spent the whole trip inside the car! lol it wasn’t like that. 😉

#9 Save some money and buy locally

Because we come from Barcelona, Spain, there were a few things that seemed familiar, apart from the point we were driving on the right side of the road, of course. For example, restaurants can be quite expensive, actually, the whole city of Paris is super expensive! but if you go to SuperMarkets like Carrefour, which is like your kind of Asda, you will find good food at affordable prices. We enjoyed some really nice french bread along with some ham and cheese and other treats.

We also had some breakfast from a local patisserie around the hotel instead of having breakfast there. They were absolutely delicious!

#10 The must-not-forget things

If you are driving in France:

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  • The Standing warning triangle. You don’t need it in the UK but in France and other European countries is mandatory, in case you need to stop for an emergency.
  • The Reflective vest: one for the driver and one for the co-pilot.
  • The GB sticker. We got a magnetic one so we only used while in France.

You can get them easily online on Amazon or eBay. You will find better prices than not if you have to buy them in France.

If you are driving with kids:

  • Entertainment: we downloaded 3 films for our 5-year-old on the mobile phone. (our iPad is broken T_T) and also made sure she had the right games that didn’t need any internet connection.
  • Snacks, obviously for everyone too. And DRINKS, quite important. The less messy they get the better but again, not something you can control 100%. On the first half-an-hour drive our 1-year-old was already with his face full of banana and spread all over his seat.!
  • Blankets and a couple of pillows. They worked well for us. They just helped them feel cosier.
  • NEVER let them go. All parents are probably aware of this but resting areas can be so dangerous. You are tired, so are the kids and they want to run free, but the moment you turn around you have lost them and who knows where they could be or even worse with who! So we told them beforehand -always holding hands, everywhere you go-.
  • Be patient. They can get stressed, they don’t mean to “ruin” your trip, but just be patient one with another and enjoy even the unexpected.

For the driver:

  • Get all the music ready beforehand. At some point, your partner might abandon you on the quest and take a little nap. Be ready to stay by yourself, just you and the road. Some music can help.
  • Get some energetic drinks if you need to. I personally don’t like them but when it was 1 in the morning and we still had other 2 hours to the hotel they saved me from falling asleep.
  • One step at a time. Every mile driven is one step closer to your destination.
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Having a good time 🙂 and..oh yeah, that thing behind is the Eiffel Tower 😉

We hope you make the most of your next family road trip, wherever that may be. And remember is the journey and not the destination that matters. Put a good face to all the tears and the “are we there yet?” You are building memories. Your kids won’t remember the Eiffel tower, they will remember the joke that you told in the car, the song you all sang and laughed about… so make every moment count. 🙂

** Head over to our Instagram profile and you will see many more pictures of this adventure!

 

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Pasta for the whole family! with #PrezzoLaFamiglia

You know how much you really love your family when you’re willing to share one big bowl of pasta with all of them. Only if you are pasta fanatics as we are, of course. So are you ready for the challenge? We were! 1 bowl of pasta, 4 people, including a starving after school 5-year-old little girl and a bottomless tummy 1-year-old baby boy. May the hunger games begin…

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OK, yeah, that’s a bit too dramatic, but last Friday we had a really good time being able to try the new #PrezzoLaFamiglia dishes. Basically, you’ve got 4 options to choose from: Penne Arrabiata, Spaghetti Bolognese, Spaghetti Carbonara or Penne Alla Rusticana. I always like to try new things but every time I do my expectations are not met.

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Here we are! Ready for the challenge 😀

So on this occasion, we thought we would go for a safe option, especially since we were with the kids, and choose a Bolognese or a Carbonara. But then we decided to check with the waitress, who we must say was very friendly throughout the whole night, and asked for the Rusticana. We hadn’t tried that one before.

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We definitely picked right this time! Everyone loved it. Our little J was amazed by the size of the bowl and we actually got a few looks from other people in the Restaurant. They probably thought we were quite hungry or quite stingy…lol -a bit of both maybe!-

It worked out really well cause choosing a kids meal for each one of our children is usually a waste of money, and making them share one sometimes it doesn’t fit right; so with #PrezzoLaFamiglia we were able to fill us up, grown-ups and little ones.

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Two happy toddlers loving their pasta!

For a second I thought we would all make a mess sharing 1 big bowl of pasta but luckily for us, only our 1-year-old was responsible for any food waste. We love when you can eat out with the kids at a pleasantly and child-friendly environment. We’re happy we visited the Prezzo Restaurant at Manchester Media City. Right just outside the restaurant area, you’ve got those lovely views and gardens where our little ones had a lovely time running up and down, burning that big bowl of pasta. And obviously, us, chasing them after, burning a few calories too.

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The only survivor…haha

When we got home that night J was saying her prayer before going to bed and said how grateful she was for going out and playing with mummy and daddy. At the end, for me, that’s all that really matters. 🙂

*This post is an entry for the Britmums #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge, sponsored by Prezzo *

2 Activities for a perfect bank holiday on a budget

With Spring bank holiday just around the corner we thought we would share with you two of our favourite family activities that will help you fill the day with some fun and keep yourselves on a budget.

To be honest, money doesn’t equal good times. If you think about your best family memories you will probably realise that it didn’t have much to do with the things you bought or how much you spent. It is more about the laughter, the running up and down, the team work, doing something together and enjoying each other’s company.

So here you have, our OUTDOOR activity for a perfect bank holiday on a budget, IF the weather is nice. (you can’t always count on that, can you?!)

VISITING YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY FARM AND PARK

The main difference with other farms is that community farms, even though might be a bit smaller won’t charge you any entrance fee or it will be quite symbolic. One that we like going every once in a while is on the south of Manchester, at Wythenshawe Park.

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You’ve got beautiful green areas where kids can ride their bikes or play the ball. There’s also a small cottage where you can have lunch, if you haven’t packed it before. That’s what we usually do. 🙂 and also the community farm with cows, pigs, chicken, donkeys and a few more animals.

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You can plan games, a treasure hunt or a minibeasts exploration, always a good fun. You can finish the day with a nice ice cream from the ice cream van. Who doesn’t love ice cream?! Whatever you’re doing, just finish the day with an ice cream, they will LOVE you! haha

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So you get home all worn out, but hey it’s bank holiday, you’ve got another day to fill out, this time it’s raining therefore, here our INDOOR activity for a perfect bank holiday on a budget:

HOME CINEMA WITH HOME MADE POPCORN

Pick one of the movies you and the kids would like to watch. Set up your lights, a blanket and in our case, daddy is in charge of the home made popcorn. (I get scared heating up the oil! lol) We love watching movies at home, so for us this is quite an entertaining and chilling activity for the whole family. Oh! Don’t forget, turn off your phones or put them away, otherwise you will miss the movie and won’t enjoy the time with your little ones to the fullest. I’ll tell you more about it on another post. 😉

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For now, here’s our Recipe for Home made popcorn:

  • You will need: corn kernels, a deep pan, vegetable oil and salt
  • Preparation: Add 3-4 spoons of oil into the pan and heat it on. Add the corn kernels (approx. 80gr will give you enough popcorn for 2 adults and 1 children) Cover the pan. Now the fun part starts…they will start to pop and the trick here is to take the pan out of the heat when you hear that they have stopped popping. If you leave it too long they’ll burnt, but practice makes the difference 😉 Then just add salt to the taste and enjoy the movie!

Remember, TV apps like Netflix, NOW TV, Apple TV, Amazon TV or even if you’ve got a smart TV and you can access YouTube, it will give you a good variety of options to watch on a budget. And if not, you can always turn to your laptop and download a movie from the Internet.

We are so old school that my brother has a good laugh every time he sees our TV appliance, cause it’s one of those big SONY. It was given away to us when we just arrived to UK and it’s still working fine, so let me tell you, I have no intention of replacing it yet! As I said to my brother, one day it will be considered a luxurious antiquity that will be worth millions. 😀

*This is a collaborative post with Provident who asked us to share a few ideas on what we like doing on a bank holiday on a budget*

You can find ours and many other suggestions from other bloggers here.

Enjoy the family time! xx

 

A family visit to Dogsy Ma Bone at Touchstones Rochdale

Our family blog has given us many opportunities so far that would have been unnoticed to us otherwise. This post is a great example of this. Even though we are not that far away from Rochdale we had never planned a visit to that city before, until we were approached by the Liverpool Biennial team. This time we were kindly invited to attend the launch of the exhibition of Dogsy Ma Bone, the production from Marvin Gaye Chetwynd.

We were quite surprised and in all honesty I had to google the artist and the show, but we are always opened to new family experiences that help us get closer to different activities.

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As they explain it very well on their website “In 2016, Chetwynd worked with 78 young people from Liverpool to create a new film and performance, using the city as a backdrop to the action. Originally commissioned for Liverpool Biennial 2016, the work is inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera (1928) and Betty Boop’s A Song A Day (1936).”

Well, we explained to our little ones a bit more about it and told them we were going to see a little show made by kids and for kids. Our 5 year old’s first reaction was “I want to be part too!” haha, as usual, she likes being the star of the show everywhere we go. 😉 Anyway, she finally understood.

When we got there we still had a bit of time to walk around the museum and see other galleries. It is quite well thought for families, since facilities, access for prams and children area are in to easy access. Staff were quite friendly too, must say.

So before the performance started, the organisers explained to us the hows and the why. They said it was definitely a great opportunity for Rochdale to boost youth’s creativity and talent. Then we met Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, the creator of this production, Dogsy Ma Bone.

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Finally a group of youth came out all dressed up in very peculiar fancy clothes. It has a purpose behind all, and if you watch the screening you will learn why they dress like that. They tell the story through the songs. All of them were sung live. Their voices and talent were amazing. Even our 1 year old was paying attention to them, which is really hard to happen.

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For kids, it is something they can enjoy since the rhythm of the music keeps them entertained and there are some props there too. For adults, you can read between the lines and understand a bit more of today’s society’s biggest issues since there is a clear message that comes across with the story of Dogsy Ma Bone.

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Anyway, Touchstones is a great museum, Dogsy Ma Bone is a good family activity and we were greatly surprised by Rochdale town centre and surroundings, which it seemed beautiful to us. So you might want to take advantage of the coming bank holidays or another day and plan a visit there. Dogsy Ma Bone will be there until July, so you’ve got plenty of time!

Our first ever experience getting kids into golf

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to the “Get Kids into Golf” event organised by OnlineGolf, the online golf shop for all golf products and news. We were quite excited to attend since our only experience with golf was crazy golf, and even that we haven’t played it very often!

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The activity was aimed to all children 3 years and above so our little J, who’s 5 years old, took full advantage of it. For our little boy, who is one year old was more just about chasing the balls around.

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We got there on time and met with other families. The place had been set up quite nicely and it was indoors, so the bad weather didn’t affect us at all. They organised us all into groups so the little ones could walk around every station and try a different exercise, guided by professional golf players and instructors.

In the beginning it was a bit tricky cause J is left handed so having to turn around and hold the club properly was a whole new thing -yep, we learnt that word at the event! we used to call it “stick” lol-

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In a fun and entertaining way they used every opportunity to teach the children the right terminology. So we also learnt that an “ace” was a hole in one or a “hook” when the ball curves to the left (they called it “captain hook” so the children would remember it) but it has actually helped me to remember it myself! haha and a “slice” (called it “pizza-slice”) when the ball curves to the right.

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By the way, position is so important! At the end, after enjoying a nice lunch, they gave us some free time to play all the games again, this time, grown-ups could participate too. I thought I would be able to do it, cause, honestly in my mind seemed quite easy…but apparently my body and the club don’t get along too well! I was terrible!!

One of the instructors performed a nice trick show, that all children loved. I would say that that was one of our little one’s favourite part.

You can watch the video of the event created by OnlineGolf here.

So why you should get kids into golf? Here’s one of the main top 5 reasons:

“Your kid will learn important life lessons! Playing golf your kid will experience highs and lows, from the first hole-in-one or birdie to a misplaced shot in a bunker. Golf will teach your kid that though we can’t always win, we always have another shot in life and skill comes with practice.”

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Our children are such a great example of this, with perseverance and a good attitude they can achieve whatever they want, and as in golf, we can’t always win, but we will always have another shot.

 

Reading with Fonics – App #Review and #Giveaway

Moving to a new country is a fascinating experience. Moving to a new country with your kids is a whole new world. Our 5 year old started this year what they call in UK “Reception”, the first year of her Primary adventure. Behind we left all those fears from the very first day of school, those tears from not only hers but mummy’s also… She is embracing every day and developing in all areas so well. We couldn’t feel happier for her, to be honest.

Although there is one thing we thought it would be our stumbling block, not being native English speakers ourselves, and that is PHONICS. In our languages, Spanish and Portuguese, kids learn to read and write using different methods, not by sounding the letters out; so we knew that we had to share that pathway with her and learn how to read the phonics along with her.

One of our many attempts has been through play scenarios, like the one we created on this video where she pretends to be the teacher and we are the students.

It works great for us cause she has fun at the same time she reviews the sounds.

But now that she is getting to another level and needs to recognise also consonant and vowel digraphs…you know, those two letters that make one sound… (I looked that up in Google! 😛 haha) things get harder and you need more resources. Luckily for us not too long ago we were approached by the people behind the app Read with Fonics.

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As they state on their website “Readwithfonics.com is a website based online reading program designed by a teacher to help children learn to read in a more fun and engaging way. Play fun phonics games and systematically learn the 44 phonetic sounds of the English language. By turning phonics lessons into phonics games, students stay engaged longer with a higher level of concentration than traditional resources.”

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This translated into the words of our 5 year old is ” I love the green little monster! it’s so cute!”green alien

So this green little alien helps the child to go through the different stages. I was quite surprised when she first tried it out cause I thought it would be more simple but she really needs to pay attention, which is good because it helps her to be focused on what she is doing.

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I like it when a kids app is educational at the same time than entertaining. It can be quite hard sometimes to find a safe “screen option” for your little one but I think Read with Fonics will be one of our resources to turn to specially during this Easter break. We cannot allow 2 weeks full of YouTube Videos! so we better fill out her time with the good stuff.

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Read with Fonics also gave us the opportunity to offer our readers a giveaway with 2 winners that will have full access to all the stages. So don’t miss it out and enter the competition. It’s quite easy and you will have many chances to win!

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*We were given full access to the app for the purpose of this review but opinions have been honest and our own.

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Our special Frullato di Frutta recipe

Summer is just around the corner! Ok, not really, we still need to go through all the showers that Spring will bring with it but hey, the moment you see the sunshine coming up through your window all these summer fresh recipes come to your mind. So we thought what a better way to start your day than with a Frullato di Frutta?

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On this occasion we are collaborating with Inghams Lakes and Mountains for their “Ingham’s Foddie Finds” Campaign. We are going to show you this special recipe for Frullato di Frutta, a very yummy easy Italian milkshake. The kids love it! Everyone at home does actually and you’ll find out very soon why. Just keep reading… 😉

What do you need for our special frullato di frutta recipe?

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  • 2 bananas
  • 300gr strawberries
  • 400ml full fat milk (or skimmed milk)
  • ice
  • and our little secret ingredient: 2 spoons of Nutella
    (* the typical frullato di frutta will have either sugar, syrup or nothing at all since the fruit has its own sweetness. We just like making it extra yummy and Italian! what else more Italian than Nutella?! ) 😉

How do you prepare frullato di frutta?

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It’s actually quite simple to make. The riper the fruit the tastier it will be. We have chosen these ones cause we know they’re a safe option for our children’s palate but you can try any other fruit that you please. You cut it all in chunks. Add everything to the blender, except for the ice. We will add it last. Blend it for a couple of minutes and voila! or should we say “pronto!” 🙂

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The good thing about this recipe apart from how delicious it is, is that you can save some for later, freeze it using an ice tray or any other ice lollies recipients and your children will be able to enjoy them later on as a healthy ice cream for a warm afternoon.


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Find our recipe, along with many other creative and delicious ones from other bloggers on the Inghams Foodie Finds website. You can even download the cookbook if you want to!

Let us know how it went if you decide to give it a go! 🙂

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We are going to the Circus! – The Moscow State Circus #Review

What a great start of our half term holidays we had on Saturday visiting the Moscow State Circus at Event City in Manchester. We were kindly invited to review the show. It was a fun family experience indeed.

It had been ages since I went to the circus. Actually, my mum who is visiting us from Barcelona, told me that the first time they took me I was only one year old, just the same age as our little boy now. On Saturday morning we went to the box office to collect the tickets.  We were assigned the Grandstand area, which gave us a good view of the stage. But I would say, if possible, get the VIP ringside seats, you will be just in front and have more chances to engage with the artists.

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Our 5 year old was super excited! We didn’t know what to expect since we had never been in a circus in UK before, but it definitely exceeded our expectations. We got there 45 minutes before the show since our seats weren’t numbered. Our day had been full of things from very early in the morning so we kind of had to rush a bit to get to Event City. Luckily for us this is quite local and we had no problem finding it. They also have parking available, if not right next to it, at intu Trafford Centre, the Barton Square area. We decided to leave the pushchair inside the car, but we could have actually taken it with us since they have a space where you can leave them.

Before the show starts you have some time to hang out at the cafeteria and get some snacks.  We had some popcorn and a couple of drinks for 8 pounds. J wanted us to buy some cotton candy but we thought that was going to be too much “excitement” for her! You know the show is soon to start cause it gets crowded and people start to line up. When they let you in you feel like sardines in a can but once you go inside it clears out and you are able to get the most convenient seats for you.

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Finally we got them! at the top, right in front of the stage. Our little J had a crisis of “OMG I Ccircus quoteAN’T SEE ANYTHING!!” she started crying and we had to change seats with her I can’t recall how many times… the truth is that she could see the stage perfectly but for some reason she just panicked. All that went away when the clown entered the stage. She loved it! Definitely her favourite one of all the artists.  She loved it so much that at the end of the show she told us she wanted to marry him. Oh well, another one to add to her long list of candidates! haha…

 

The performances were outstanding. All of us, adults and children, were amazed at all the things they could do. They challenged gravity in the most creative ways. It was all well thought and organised cause in between you would always have little acts with the clown who would make sure that everyone had a good laugh. The best parts were when he would be looking for volunteers to go up to the stage with him and do something. So get ready, if you go, you could be the next one playing clowns! lol

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We had a 20 minutes break in the middle of the show, which is good for the little ones cause the show lasts for about a couple of hours. Little E needed to have a nappy change so Sam took him to the baby changing area, which was right outside in some facilities they had arranged for families. They were clean and well looked after, so that’s a plus if you go with children.

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The second half of the show will leave you with the mouths opened for sure. Everyone was in awe and we can definitely say the artists deserved the final big applause they received from all the audience. My favourite part was the woman who did all sorts of acrobatics inside a sphere representing like she was up in the moon, with “Hijo de la Luna” (Son of the Moon) a Mecano’s song, playing in the background. I love that Spanish group from the 90’s and that’s a beautiful song. As soon as J heard it she turned around and said to me “Mum! That’s Spanish! Probably that girl (the artist) speaks Spanish!” haha…so cute. I was happy she could recognise one of the 3 languages she speaks.

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We can definitely say that the Moscow State Circus was a great family experience. Everyone enjoyed themselves. My recommendation if you have young children is to get the early session so they don’t feel that tired at the end. But even our 1 year old loved it! He clapped along with everyone and danced on his seat with the music. Our 5 year old wanted to meet the clown, but we had to leave that for another occasion. As for us, adults, can say that we were quite surprised and astonished with the show. You enjoy 2 hours of performances but if you think about it -can you imagine how many hours of training they must go through?!- That is just a prove to me that nothing is impossible if we work hard enough to achieve it. Just like they did! The Moscow State Circus.

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“Moscow, Moscow Join us for a casatchok, We’ll be dancing ’round the clock, Ha ha ha ha ha Hey!”

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You are still on time to see them! They will be at Event City, Manchester, until Sunday 26th February. Visit their website to choose the best option to buy the tickets.

**Tickets were given to us for the purpose of this review but all our opinions are genuine and our own.

 

#WordlessWednesday – Who’s behind us?!

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Who’s behind us? 3 men riding a camel on the beach…it could only be, The Wise Men! 😀

This is my entry to the Spanish Version of #WW (Wordless Wednesday) Linky called #MiércolesMudo created by Naturalmente Mama. Just as it says in the name, it’s a post with only a picture/s with a short caption, not too many words needed.

It’ s easy to participate, you only need to publish a picture/s without writing anything to explain it. (that’s where “wordless” comes from) Then don’t forget to join the linky below and leave a comment in every blog you decide to visit. To understand how “MiercolesMudo” was born and its rules, you can click here. (*if you click remember everything will be written in Spanish) 😉

Happy Wednesday !!