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The CBBC Summer Social – Review

The CBBC Summer Social – Review

*We were provided with a family ticket for the purpose of this review, as always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

After being invited to the CBBC Summer Social this year, I was a little dubious as to whether it would suit our girls at their young ages. Festivals are something that we have wanted to try out since having children, but doing it at the right age so everyone enjoyed themselves was a must for us. After speaking with the CBBC Summer Social team though, I was assured that there would be plenty for our girls to enjoy. It was clear that they were going to have a blast and so we prepared ourselves for our first ever family festival!

This years Summer Social was held at Croxteth Hall, Liverpool. A beautiful old building with amazing grounds, ideal for this kind of event. As I’d never been to Liverpool before and because I’m a bit of a Beatles fan, we decided to book ourselves into a hotel and make a mini break out of it. The first day saw us visit Paul McCartney’s childhood home and we had a walk down Penny Lane, I was in my element!

 

The CBBC Summer Social –

When we arrived at the CBBC Summer Social, the gathering crowds were a clear indicator that we were in for a good day. Right from the word go, there was something for the girls to see and do. From fairground rides, to story time and street bands. Entertainment literally was all around us and the girls just didn’t know where to look first!

 

 

Attractions we loved;

The Clangers Garden – This was huge hit with both of our children. Inside the walled garden there were life-sized Clangers hiding around every corner. There were crafts for the girls to get involved in and there was also the chance for them to water some of the pretty flowers planted in the garden. This was great full for all!

 

 

The Main Stage – the highlight of our day was by far the chance the girls had to see Mr Tumble, on the main stage. They loved every second of his performance and I take my hat of to the guy because he never faltered, even though we were in the middle of the heat wave of 2018!

Hubs and I were very impressed with The Philharmonic Orchestra too, they were amazing to see live!

The CBeebies Village – this part of the festival was a great addition for the younger fans. Our girls loved seeing Mr Bloom in real life and his set was very entertaining for them. They also loved seeing the Go Jetters, which is a firm favourite in our house at breakfast time!

The Fairground – as this was the first time our girls had been to a fair, they were very excited! We took them on the ‘cranky horses’ and the smiles on their faces just said it all! The only downside to this was that there were extra charges for the rides, which for a family of four could make the day extra expensive considering the original ticket cost to attend the festival.

 

 

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners – these guys were an incredible marching and dancing band! They walked around the festival performing at regular intervals throughout the day and they attracted a huge crowd each time! Hubs, the kids and I were so impressed with their performances!

Overall, we had a great day out at the CBBC Summer Social. With the exception of the cost of the fairground rides, the day was perfect and we all left with huge smiles on our faces! Thankyou at CBBC for the best, first festival!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Festival Fun – The CBBC Summer Social!

Festival Fun – The CBBC Summer Social!

*We have kindly been provided with a family ticket to the CBBC Summer Social. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

 

This year is the first year that we’ve had to work around school holidays. With the biggest in state nursery, it’s all about half term breaks and summer holiday plans! We want to make the summer holidays as special as we can, so that our girls know that if they work hard in school all year then they can have a total blast at the end of it. That’s why we are so excited to have been invited to the CBBC Summer Social this year! There’s so much on the agenda and we can’t wait for our girls to get involved in everything they have organised!

 

What’s on –

This year, the CBBC Summer Social is being held between 3rd – 5th August at Croxteth Hall in Liverpool! It’s the BBC’s biggest kids event and has a really great line-up that your littles will love! There’s Union J, Matt Terry, Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler! Shrek the Musical will also be performing, as well as the New Hope Club!

If like me you have children younger than 6, then there’s an allocated CBeebies Village just for them! There’ll be sporting events, workshops and art activities all suitable for children from reception age. Also performing in the CBeebies Village are Andy Day and the Odd Socks, Mr Bloom, Swashbuckle’s Cook & Line and my girls’ favourite, Mr Tumble!

 

 

The CBBC Summer Social is set to be such an incredible event. We can’t wait to head to Liverpool and to see our girls enjoy their first summer holiday festival!

 

 

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How to Use Credit Cards Smartly for Traveling

How to Use Credit Cards Smartly for Traveling

*This is a collaborative post.

 

Credit cards are popularly used for traveling abroad or making an international trip. One may be traveling for a business trip or a vacation, having a credit card assures one of always having access to funds. The credit card is equally essential documents just like your boarding pass or passport. Having a credit card makes life easier, especially when one is traveling.  You can use to buy groceries, pay food bills or fill your gas tank.

However, one must do their homework ahead of time so that they make good use of the credit cards. It is indeed smarter to make smart use of the credit card.   Here is some advice on how to use your card and money wisely when you travel.

Travel credit card offers
Travel credit card offers are always lucrative, but those offers are best for those who are debt-free.  Those offers can be redeemed for airfares or cold hard cash. Credit card companies are partnering with various travel brands to entice consumers. Take advantage of those loyalty points, exclusive discounts, and bonuses. However, do some research before buying any credit card and go for the most suitable for you. Just keep in mind that is no perfect card as each comes with its own benefits.

Earn miles and points
Travel credit cards offer points and miles and based on how much you spend, you get points or earn miles. This is your opportunity to earn free points and miles. However, one has to be a bit disciplined here, or it is tempting to spend those hard-earned miles or points. In order to make most out of a travel credit card, use it only for planned purchases and do not overspend.

Pay Bills on Time
When you never miss out on payments or travel cards, your payment history not only builds your reputation but enhances your credit score. Thus, once you sign up for a travel credit card, you should pay your bill in full and on time. That will help to keep away from any penalties on the risk of lowering your credit score. If you carry a low credit score, it is likely that you would not be offered any of those travel rewards.

Foreign transaction fees
The majority of credit cards will charge a fee of 3% fee when you use them abroad. Go for a card that offers you a reasonable exchange rate.  Avoid those cards were you have to pay a fee every time you use the card. One should avoid those overseas fees and save their hard earned money. So, make sure get the best possible exchange rate on your purchases overseas.

Look for special offers
Your credit card may provide some additional travel benefits, and a common perk is rental car insurance. Thus, you may be entitled to some form of travel insurance because of your card. Or, your travel card may offer you the facility of calling legal assistance or a referral to medical facilities.

 

 

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Five Things you Need to Know Before you Stay in a Hotel with Toddlers

Five Things you Need to Know Before you Stay in a Hotel with Toddlers

Earlier on this year, Hubs and I were invited to The Deep in Hull. We were so excited to take the kids on a day trip, so excited in fact that somewhere along the way we decided it would be a good idea to make a weekend out of it. It went something along the lines of ‘Hey let’s get a hotel and go to the beach too, the kids will love it’. Oh the naivety! OK, so it wasn’t all bad. The kids did love it and The Deep was amazing. The whole weekend was definitely a learning curve though, so much so that I won’t be staying in a hotel with toddlers again any time soon!

 

 

Here are five things you need to know, before you decide to stay in a hotel with toddlers;

 

It will only be novel for the first ten minutes –

We got in the car with smiles right across our faces. The weather was fine, we were going to seaside and we were going to eat fish and chips on the beach. I bought DVD players for the car, it was the easiest long car journey we’ve EVER had. Things were going good, we’d totally cracked this parenting thing. We had a really good day on the beach, the kids were so happy and completely tired themselves out. All we had to do now was head back to the hotel, grab some dinner and settle down for the night, simple!

My first mistake? Letting the kids have a 15 minute nap in the car on the way to the hotel. My second? Believing that the novelty of the hotel would surely keep them entertained for one whole evening. Well, after ten minutes we were well into the witching hour, the hotel stopped being fun and turned into a prison cell! The kids didn’t want to be cooped up in one room and whatever we did to try to settle them down failed miserably. Bedtime came and went, with no sign of any sleepers in the room.

Forget the idea that you’re going to get a good nights sleep –

When it got to one hour after their normal bedtime, we assumed that this wakefulness couldn’t go on for much longer. They must have been tired, they hadn’t stopped all day. Two hours over bedtime and they were still going strong. Three hours, you guessed it, we’d still not slept a wink. Finally, FIVE hours after their normal bedtime and they crashed! Who needs sleep anyway?

You need to be mindful of the snacks you give the kids –

We’d had fish and chips for lunch, so we decided that the best thing to get for dinner was a picnic. One that we could eat in the hotel room whilst watching the CBeebies Bedtime Hour. This one we really didn’t think through. Crisps, crackers, blackcurrant Fruit Shoots and cookies are not good hotel room food. We’d been there less than an hour and the floor looked like we’d been squatting there for weeks.

Don’t underestimate the power of electronic entertainment –

Our girls like a bit of TV, but they soon get bored. When they’re at home they can move on to the many toys we have dotted around or head out into the garden. When you’re in a hotel room, you don’t have the luxury of five cupboards jam-packed with toys. I realised that night that I’d made a vital mistake in not buying our girls iPads. Adamant that they’re too young for things like that, I’ve not given in to technology for them. I take it all back. iPads can be the best babysitters, I only wish I’d known it before!

Don’t spend a fortune on fancy toddler beds –

In my excitement on the run up to our trip, I decided it would make life much easier if we didn’t have to cart travel cots around. So I bought two ReadyBeds, which look fabulous for the littles and they are a great buy. However, unlike the travel cot they allow the kids to get out of bed whenever they like. It was a free for all, trying to get them into bed and to sleep was an impossible task. The moral of the story? Keep them sleeping in cots as long as you can!

 

 

 

 

 

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