Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Snowman and The Dog Grotto at intu The Trafford Centre

I recently saw an advert on TV that there was a Snowman and The Snowdog grotto in intu Trafford Centre. When I went online I was gutted that it was pretty much sold out, obviously very popular. We were going to the Trafford Centre last weekend but there was no times available. I double checked the night before to see if any times had become available and I was so please that one time slot was showing green instead of the sold out red. 

I quickly whizzed through the booking form and secured our placed in the grotto. There was an option to book and pay for your photographs and other souvenirs online but I decided to wait until we got there.

The Snowman and The Snowdog is situated in Barton Square amongst lots of festive stalls and a lovely Victorian Carousel.

We arrived 10 minutes earlier than are booking time and joined the queue. Only 45 people can go through at any one time so even though are timed slot had past by the time we got to the front of the queue we had to wait a further 15 minutes to go through as it had reached full capacity. 

We left our buggy by the entrance and when it was our time to go through we were taken into a room that was set out as Billys living room and we were greeted by Billy's Mum. We took a seat on the benches provided and the children were invited to sit on the floor at the front.

Billy's mum told us all about the Snowman and The Snowdog and what had happened on one Christmas Eve when Billy had made them both and at the magic hour 12:00am they both came alive. 

There was a large TV screen and we got to watch snippets of The Snowman and The Snowdog. It really put us in the Christmassy mood both the Snowman and The Snowman and the Snowdog are our favourite christmas movies.

Once we had finished in Billy's living room (approx 15 minutes) we walked past all the snowmen until we cam to a place were we could write a letter to Santa.

We were actually first in the queue to walk through the magical walkway to see Santa but little J kept running back and forth and looking at all the snowman so we were actually last in the end.

Towards the end there is a huge display with the snowman and the snowdog. 

We managed to get little J to sit down for two minutes while big J wrote him out a list so we could post it in the big red postbox.

Once we had done that it was time to see Father Christmas. He was lovely and gave both big and little J a gift. 

The overall experience was lovely and it was well worth the wait and I can see just why it is so popular. We were inside for approx 30-40 minutes in total and it was truly magical.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Mummy Takes The Reins

Last month I posted that little J had finally took his first steps. It's took a long time to get him up on his feet and now that he is he doesn't want to stop. He is walking everywhere and he is just so quick. When we are out and about he just wants to be out the pram all the time. When we try and get him in the pram he arches his back or goes as stiff as a board and its impossible to get him in. I can understand why he doesn't want to go in the pram now, he has this new skill and he just wants to show it off. I am so glad Trunki sent us a Toddlepak to review recently, it was perfect timing.

The Toddlepak has been just what we needed when out and about. We were sent the orange Toddlepak which has a cute monkey design. 

On a recent visit to very busy and crowded shopping centre we decided to try it out.
Its design fits from the front. Its very easy to adjust the shoulder and waist by using the clip. It fitted securely around little J both with and without his thick winter coat.

Once we were up and running we just grabbed on to the rein and let little J wander around. There are two adjustments on the reins. It can be used as a training rein or a leading rein. 

We went to try the training rein but decided not. As you can see from above you have more control but we just left it the way it was set up and it was fine as a leading rein. 

Little J always tries to let go of my hand when we are put and about so I think he just loved the independence the Toddlepak gave him. I obviously didn't need to hold his hand whilst he was wearing it so he had complete freedom - or so he thought!!!

There are a seven colours available in the Toddlepak range and each colour is represented by an different animal. To view the collection please visit Trunki 

*we were sent a trunk Toddlepak to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own*

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Disneyland Paris Christmas 2014 - Everything Else

You may have already read my other posts about our trip to Disneyland Paris this year. I have already covered getting there, Hotel New York and the characters, this post is just about everything else.

We have been to Disneyland Paris many times and its nice to have the knowledge of the parks, the restaurants and just know what there is to see and do. In the past we have spent more time in the Disneyland Park than Studios but this year with Toy Story Land and the new Ratatouille ride I was looking forward to checking it out.

On the first day we arrived in the park early in the afternoon so we headed to Disneyland Park because that stays open a hour or two later than studios. Just as we walked through the main gates it was obvious a parade was about to start so we found an empty spot and waited.

 It started quite quickly and was really christmassy. Father Christmas was last in the parade and was being pulled along by his reindeers.

There are so many rides to go on in Disney and we went on pretty much everything more than once. Some lots of times. Little J just loved all the rides we put him on, he wasn't bothered whether it was fast, slow, in the air, on a boat he just enjoyed it. Big J has a few favourites including Autopia were you get to drive a classic car around a track.

Everywhere was Frozen crazy so because big J isn't interested in dolls or dresses he decided to just buy a Frozen hot chocolate and cake pop. They looked lovely but the price wasn't. Somehow they thought they could add a couple of euros on to the price just because it was Frozen when in fact the hot chocolate was just the same as normal hot chocolate but with blue sprinkles on the top.

Little J had a sleep at the same time every day and would sleep for a few hours so it was a good time to go on the bigger rides that he couldn't. He spent most of the time walking so it must have worn him out.

Disney at night is my favourite. I love it when all the lights come on and everything twinkles. The castle looks absolutely amazing at night.

So that's our trip to Disneyland Paris done for another year. I always say that we should visit during the year to experience it in the heat rather than cold, it will be a completely different experience.

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