Gift Away

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I am completely in love with my Merci Maman personalised necklace. We have teamed up with this fabulous brand to give you one just like this – personalised by you!

All you need to do to be the lucky winner is:
1.  LIKE this photo
2. FOLLOW Brook Green Mums and Merci Maman – Personalised Gifts
3. COMMENT by tagging at least two friends 🙌🏼💕

This competition ends on Sunday 24th June. The winner will be picked at random and announced here.

Good luck everyone! 🤗

#brookgreenmums #mummyblogger #mommyblogger #instagiveaway #competition

 maria

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Rewarding with a Twist

gruffaloSo the end of the academic year is upon us and the kids aren’t as motivated as back in September, nothing like rewarding their reading habits with fun activities for all the family before packing up for summer holidays. So here are some suggestions (for all ages) that worked well with my girls:

– Read any Paddington book – even, for younger readers, there is the Little Library collection – and in return buy both DVDs to have a relaxed movie night in with the kids or even enjoy a family-friendly itinerary through London based on the famous character;

Peppa Pig stories are always a hit with the little ones, so do take them on a fun day out at Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park (see previous post). You can also wait until end September 2018 and attend the new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure, which will take place at the Beck Theatre, in Hayes (a 30min drive from West london);

– After reading The Gruffalo, why not venture out to Horsenden Hill Trail, in Perivale (UB6 7PQ), with your mini explorers and track down the famous gruffalo and his friends Mouse, Fox, Snake and Owl while exploring this historic woodland and its playground;

– For free readers, I highly recommend reading Roald Dahl’s awarding winning Matilda and then taking the kids to watch it at the West End. The musical is an amazing adaptation of the book and a must see. We loved it! And talking about incredible musicals, be sure not to miss The Lion King on stage. I promised to take Laura now that we (and by we I mean me!) have finished reading the story.

Don’t forget that you can now finally buy tickets for the Kids Week when children aged 16 and under can go free (when accompanied by a paying adult) to a wide selection of theatres performances throughout the month of August. Shows include the two above, as well as Disney’s AladdinWe’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Tiger who Came to Tea, Wicked, School of Rock and many others… So book your tickets today!

 

English Muffin Pizza Time

pizzaNow that the Half Term is here, you might be planning a sleep over for the kids. But if, like me, you really don’t want to cook for lots of children, here is the easiest kids friendly “English Muffin Pizza” recipe. It is also a fun activity to keep them entertained and there are so many options of pizza toppings to choose from… They can truly be their own little chef geniuses.

Preparation Time 10 minutes; Cooking Time 10 minutes = Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package of English Muffins (depending on number of kids)
  • 1 cup of pizza sauce
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of mini pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup of chopped ham
  • 1/2 cup of chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup of black olives (no pits)

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 190 C;
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil;
  3. Open all English Muffins and lay them flat on the foil;
  4. Spread a spoonful of pizza sauce on each English Muffin;
  5. Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on each muffin;
  6. Add your desired toppings (pepperoni, mushrooms, ham; olives, etc…);
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the edges are crisp.

GiveAway Time ✨

 

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Aren’t the girls’ clothes just gorgeous in this photo?

To celebrate the #royalwedding we have teamed up with the amazing Alice a Paris, winner of the 2018 Babyccino Awards, to offer you a £35 voucher to spend on their new exclusive collection.

And all you need to do to be the lucky winner is:
1. Like this photo
2.Follow @brookgreenmums and @aliceaparis_kidscreations
3. Comment and Tag at least two friends who would also love to shop Alice a Paris (for boys/girls aged 3 months to 12 years).

Winner will be randomly selected and will be announced on Saturday 19th May.

Good luck 🙌🏼 🤗
#brookgreenmums

Out and About

BGMWith another (hopefully as sunny) May bank holiday and a Half Term just around the corner, Brook Green Mums wanted to give you some (well known and other less) suggestions of family themed parks, zoos and other fun places to take your kids for a little trip in the U.K.

Drusillas Zoo Park and its cute Hello Kitty rides: An absolute favourite in our house. Located in East Sussex (2h drive from London), it has a small adorable zoo, an adventure play area, an indoor soft play area, some safari themed rides, water fun and the very first Hello Kitty park attraction in Europe;

Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park: With its 70 rides and attractions, it’s impossible not to cater for all ages and tastes. The younger ones will love their Peppa Pig themed rides.  We did two days there to get the most out of our visit. It’s 1h30 drive from London and conveniently located close to Southampton;

odds

What a fabulous day we spent at Odds Farm Park and it’s less than an hour away from London! A child-friendly farm with animal petting and feeding – which was a big hit with the girls – indoor play area & outdoor adventures, plus tones of fun activities from karting to golf. The farm also has numerous picnic benches and further seating areas for those who wish to make the most of their day there;

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo: if like us you have visited the ZSL London Zoo, in Regent’s Park, and wondered where all the big animals had gone, here’s your answer 🙂 An hour away from the capital, you will find U.K.’s largest zoo and safari park near Dunstable. Due to its immense size, visitors may walk, use the bus service and Jumbo Express provided or drive their own cars between the various animal enclosures;

Woburn Safari Park is another wildlife location I would recommend in Bedfordshire (1h20 drive from London). The park lets various animals, like rhinos, zebras, elephants and lions, roam freely while visitors drive through their enclosures and it also features a foot safari. You can find a nice leisure area presenting animal talks, petting zones, a soft play area, a gift shop, a restaurant as well as a Go Ape! treetop rope course;

lego

Legoland in Windsor (40min from London) is always a hit with the family! The children-oriented – kids between the age of 3 and 12 – park’s attractions consists of a mixture of Lego-themed rides (6 water ones) and roller coasters, various models and building workshops. Always worth revisiting…

And finally, if you venture yourself to a longer car journey, you will find the huge LongLeat Estate in Wiltshire (2h15 from London), which includes a Center Parcs holiday village, as well as the drive-through Longleat Safari Park, home to over 500 animals. There you can also find the Longleat House, a stunning example of high Elizabethan architecture with beautiful landscaped grounds, along with the world’s longest hedge maze.