Perfect family time in Thailand…

Planning a family holiday, a proper, get on a plane and go somewhere different and amazing, can be fun and challenging. Our first adventure as a family was to Thailand and we spent a glorious two weeks there, over Christmas.

Christmas in Thailand, Colourful, exciting and amazing!

We chose Thailand, and Bangkok, for several reasons. 

My family lived there when I was a child, and my father has now retired there, so having him there to look after us a bit and show us round, being a bit of a local, and to make sure we got the most of our trip was a real bonus. We also chose Thailand because it’s warm and we needed sunshine. I had some really fond memories of growing up there and wanted to take my children somewhere different but also familiar. 

Thailand is a beautiful, multi faceted country with a lot to offer for visitors. There is so much to see and do, and if you plan carefully and do your research, you can make it a perfect spot for a family holiday. 

Accomodation can vary from hotel style to self catering, and we opted for self catering in a hotel/apartment set up, which meant we could come and go as we wanted but the room was cleaned for us daily, and we had access to a basic kitchen if we needed it. In terms of budget it was very reasonable, and works well for a family. 

Flights are something you need to look into when travelling with children. You can do a day flight if you think your children will cope with being awake and manage a long journey, or you can do an overnight flight and try and get some sleep. The way we timed it meant we left in the evening UK time and arrived evening Thai time so we landed, had some food, went to our hotel, and went to bed, slept in and then were able to start our holiday feeling vaguely human and not too jetlagged. 

We wanted a relaxed holiday but to be able to see and do as much as possible and for the children to come away with some amazing memories. Thailand is known for it’s culture and famous monuments and temples as well as being a friendly place and it’s worth making a list of places you want to see and visit, and looking at costs, how to get there, time you need to spend there to really absorb the things around you and also factor in things like eating, weather and crowds. It can get pretty hot in the middle of the day, and some of the more popular spots can be very busy and crowded. Well worth visiting but just plan ahead. 

Getting around Bangkok itself is easy, the SkyTrain is incredibly efficient, air conditioned and takes you pretty much anywhere you want to get to. It’s cheap when compared to other similar systems and it works really well. We also used taxis here and there too. As a child I remember the terrible traffic in Bangkok and riding in Tuk Tuks to get to a lot of places, and although the traffic is still heavy, the SkyTrain does make getting around simpler. 

We did a mix of tourist and cultural visits, during our stay, trying to work around the children and what they would enjoy but also visiting childhood haunts of mine, and new places for the husband, who had never been to Thailand before. There are many temples, palaces and beautiful spots to visit and they are easy to access. Do plan though and make sure you have read up before you go, and that you are aware of simple things like clothing requirements (some places will not allow shorts to be worn, except for small children for example, but will help you if you need, and offer you a sarong so you are dressed appropriately and respectfully) and timings and also that in Thailand places like temples are very important to the people of Thailand, and part of their lives, so whilst you are welcome to visit and admire and learn, you also need to remember you are in a sacred and special place and respect that. It’s a good thing for children to learn, I think. You can enjoy spending time in beautiful palaces or exciting floating markets, or keep cool in some of the fabulous shopping centres all over Bangkok…

The beautiful and iconic Grand Palace. A must for any visitor to Thailand.

One of the famous floating markets, smells, sights and sounds galore…

The iconic Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun.

Eating out is amazing. I have to say it was one of the highlights of our trip, both for us, loving Thai food and also for the children experiencing a whole range of things they had never tried before. You can pretty much find any kind of food you want to eat, and your tastes catered for. We did try to stick to eating Thai or local food, because for us, that seemed the most obvious thing, coming to a country, you eat the food they have but there is a wide variety ranging from food halls and stalls (cheap but delicious) and restaurants and cafes as well as finer dining. You can budget and feed a family very easily or splurge and go and eat but still not break the bank. 

Some of the amazing food…

Trying new things

You can go beyond Bangkok and explore Thailand further, and visit resort islands like Phuket, (I think everyone knows that James Bond may have been there too)  and other scenic and beautiful places and really soak up all that the country has to offer. Places like Chang Mai with it’s temples and fascinating history or Koh Samui with it’s dazzling beaches and warm sea, so you can broaden your visit away from just being a city break. We are already planning our next visit and hope to spend some time outside Bangkok enjoying some family time on the beach and showing the children some of the amazing sights and experiences. Thailand truly is a place we would go to again and again, not just for the sunshine, but becasue it really does offer so much more for that perfect family holiday as well as making memories to treasure…

*this is a collaborative post. All images are owned or used with permission*

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Cold be gone with Coldzyme

It’s the season for colds and coughs. The weather has changed and germs abound. Winter is coming and so are those nasty lurgies that send us rushing to get tissues and throat sweets. 

I hate getting colds. You aren’t quite sick enough to take time off work, but you feel pretty much like death warmed up and as a busy working mum, there isn’t really grace for me to take a day or two off to curl up with a warm drink and recover so I look for anything that might help keep me on my feet, make the sneezing and sniffing stop and help me carry on with normal life. 

When this ColdZyme product arrived I was a little skeptical, because there are lots of products out there that claim to help shorten the life of a cold and make you feel better but I am willing to try most things, if I think they will help! A mum’s got to do what she has to do…

They say…

ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is unique in that it fights the cause of the common cold – the cold virus. ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is easy to use and works by forming a protective barrier on the mucous membrane of the throat, making it more difficult for the cold virus to cause illness. ColdZyme® Mouth Spray, used protectively, can help shorten the duration of a cold, by acting on the cold virus itself instead of just helping to relieve the symptoms.

So I waited for a cold to arrive to give it a try. 

I have to say, I have had two colds that have appeared to start taking hold and both times when I have used this product as instructed on the packet, it really does seem to have shortened the life of my cold and I have felt better faster. 

ColdZyme is not a medicine, but more of a sort of barrier to stop your cold taking hold. Clever and simple. 

ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is a CE-marked medical device that works by creating a temporary, local, protective barrier on the surface of the mucous membrane in the oral cavity and throat. Unlike medicines, it has no pharmacological, metabolic or immunological effect.

I have to say, I am impressed and it usually takes a lot to impress me. I now keep a bottle of ColdZyme handy for when I feel those annoying first cold like symptoms appearing and it’s part of our basic health kit, I have at home. It can be safely and easily and popped into a purse or bag. 

Another weapon to add to my arsenal to keep this mum going, because mums don’t get sick days and can’t sit around waiting for coughs and colds to go…

*As with all medical issues, consult a qualified medical practitioner before using this product. This is not medical advice, simply a review based on my own use of the product which was sent to me to try*

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Creating animations with Zu3D

It’s not often that something makes me feel REALLY old, but we recently tried out the fabulous animation kit and software from Zu3D and when I see what we can now create with technology, and remember back to my own days at school with a very old computer and a Daisy Wheel printer (who remembers those?) and basic programming that made a square move across a screen and flash, and playing Castle Quest (which was considered the big thing when we got our first computer at home, we had an old BBC one, it was my Dad’s pride and joy) and I do feel pretty ancient and like a dinosaur and I am amazed at what children have access to now, in terms of being able to use computers and technology to create and learn. 

 

What is Zu3D

Zu3D has been developed to give children (and adults) of all ages the freedom to create magical mini movies quickly and easily, in school and at home. 

Combining an intuitive interface with stunningly powerful features, Zu3D unlocks the film-making and storytelling potential of everyone!

FEATURES

Complete stop-motion animation package

Automatic green-screening/chroma key

Create drawn animations & draw onto captured frames

Rig-removal

Copy, edit, move & delete frames or clips

Instantly zoom in and out of indivdual frame view or clip view

Onion skinning (overlay the previous frame to making animating easy)

Import sound effects and music or record your own

Import images & video

Powerful video editor – combine imported video files with your animations

Import animated gifs/special effects

Unlimited audio & video tracks

Add titles, credits & speech bubbles with exciting styles.

Time-lapse

Instantly change the framerate of your whole film or indivdual clips

Add fade transitions between scenes of your film

Change the transparency of individual clips or whole video tracks

Export as MP4 and upload to YouTube or the Zu3D Gallery

Capture images from webcam

Use phone or tablet as a wireless camera

I will confess to you that I knew NOTHING about any of the technical stuff they talk about on their site and in the information that you get with the kit so I was a little nervous, but of course, my small son wasn’t phased at all, and after we read the instructions (me, several times) we managed to set up the laptop, download the software and get the camera in place (I may be a techno dinosaur but even I managed that bit) and Matthew set about getting his little scene set up. He had a lot of fun making his characters and thinking of a story line and then with some help (and Dad, who IS a techno geek) got involved too and they thoroughly enjoyed making and creating a little animated skit and letting his imagination run wild creating. 

Matthew has enjoyed using the kit so much, and it provides huge creative opportunities and learning skills. Our photos are pretty much real life and not polished or edited, because he has been using the kit whilst normal life has been going on around him, so they are not Pinterest perfect but show you how easily it can be set up and used and how kids can enjoy working with the kit at home. 

Getting things set up. He needed a little help to download the software to my laptop and set the camera up but once that was done, he was able to get on and start creating, whilst I kept an eye on him, and if he needed any help!

He created his own characters then a storyline and then used the camera and the laptop to film each movement and scene. I have to say once I had read the instructions and set it up it was really easy to use and any small problems were easy to trouble shoot. 

This is not only perfect for learning and creativity at home, but also for school as children learn and can be used as part of any curriculum work to enhance learning and improve and gain new skills. It’s something that we have found really captures imagination and helps encourage kids to learn and practice what they are learning. Also, they can produce fabulous animated results, to keep and share. You can see a brief little bit of what Matthew made, in the video here. He will be sharing more of his creations on our YouTube channel over half term too, as he grows even more confident in his producing skills. 

This would make a fabulous gift for a child, or even an adult, to encourage them to step into learning animation and it’s something that can be used again and again, for endless hours of fun and creations. 

So, I still feel like a technological dinosaur, but slightly less of one, now my seven year old has shown me what do to… 😉

 

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My Sunday Photo

Anyone else feel like the weather is totally confused and autumn hasn’t quite properly done it’s thing yet??

Photalife
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Gluten free cheese scones.

I love scones, they are SO easy to make and as long as you stick to a few simple rules, like keeping your butter or fat cold and  not playing too much with the dough, I don’t think you can go wrong. 

I recently made a big batch of scones for a tea party I hosted but there were wails of protest from my boys, because they couldn’t eat them, due to my using a traditional scone recipe requiring cows milk and a gluten based flour. 

So, I made up a batch of my gluten free, cows milk free scones for them, which went a long way to cheering them up!

It’s a pretty easy recipe and the principals of scone making still apply. Cold fat, cold liquid, don’t over handle the dough and try not to eat them too fast once they come out of the oven… These are savory so we don’t add sugar to them, like you would for a sweet scone. 

You will need

225g of self raising gluten free flour (I used Dove’s Farm for this batch but there are some good brands out there, so use what you prefer) 

pinch of salt

55g of your preferred fat. If butter is safe you can use that, if not, I opt for Pure spread, or you can use vegetable fat if you are making this a vegan/vegetarian recipe.

30g of cheese. Because my boys can tolerate non cows milk cheeses like goat and sheep, I use those but you can use a vegan cheese, I have before, and it does work. Grated. 

150ml of your preferred milk. We use soya milk or goats milk. I don’t find almond milk or oat work, personally. 

The fat you use has to be cold and cut into chunks or cubes. Add the salt to the flour. You will need a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper and your oven set at 180 degrees, fan ovens need to be adjusted for your oven’s ability. 

This recipe makes approx 8-12 scones depending on your cutter size. 

Using your fingertips to lightly break up the fat into the flour. Don’t use your whole hand. The whole point of scones is the small lumps of cold fat that help to make the scones light, and puffed up and glorious, when they hit the heat of your oven. You want the texture to be small crumbs and the fat mixed in evenly with the flour. 

When you are happy your fat is mixed in, you can add your grated cheese, then add your liquid and your egg and mix them into the flour, until you have a dough. It will be slightly sticky, but that’s ok. 

Plop your dough out onto a lightly floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll it out to about one and half inches in thickness. (I am old, I work in old measurements) and then using your cutter, cut out your scones and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. 

You can re roll your dough, to make more, but be careful not to overwork it. 

When you have all your scones ready you can either sprinkle some grated cheese or a pinch of dried herbs of your choice, or if egg isn’t an allergen issue, you can use a lightly beaten egg to give them a nice glaze. 

Bake in the oven for 12-15 mins until risen and golden. 

They really are fluffy and delicious, and don’t last long in our house, and you cannot tell they are gluten free. I literally have to stop my crew from eating them whilst they are still too hot, and my kids love them in their lunchboxes. 

Le Coin de Mel
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Meet Batman & Robin…

You may have read our sad news about the death of our beloved hamster Scruffy, over the summer. We were gutted to loose him and we missed him a lot. The children kept nagging me to get another hamster, but I wasn’t ready. He was mine, and I was very fond of him, and wasn’t looking to replace him any time soon. 

His cage sat in the corner looking empty and folorn, and I couldn’t bear to put it away. 

About three weeks ago, I decided the time was right and we needed to bring a new little hamster into our life. 

So, off I went, with the tweenager to our local and usually very reputable pet shop. (I say this, becasue our branch of this chain has never caused us any issues, and they have also been very helpful to us and the animals in their store are well cared for, vet checked and also they take rescue pets and encourage people to home them) 

I wanted one Russian Dwarf hamster. Wasn’t too fussed about age or sex, and would have been happy to take a rescue if there was one that was suitable. 

Meet Batman and Robin…

They are very sweet and so far are good cage mates and spend a lot of time snuggling up together. They do squabble, mostly over who gets the sweetcorn in their food bowl, but they play together and we think (we are pretty sure) they are both boys so no baby hamsters here (much to the children’s disappointment, because clearly I don’t have enough on my hands!) The dark one with the stripe is Batman, and the lighter one with no stripes is Robin. If you watch the video below, you will see their names are very apt!

Yup, I went to get one hamster and came home with two 6 week old male Russian Dwarf hamsters…

I blame the tweenager. 

We couldn’t choose one, and these two were snuggled up in their cage together and she persuaded me two was better than one (actually, for this breed, that’s true and they are quite sociable and like being with companions) and she’s terribly persuasive. 

They are incredibly entertaining and funny, and frankly, behave more like bats, than hamsters and spend a lot of their nights hanging upside down. 

Yes, we have a HamsterCam, and we spy on them to see what they get up to! We may make it a regular feature on our social media…

They are much more sociable than Scruffy, and I have handled them both and they come out to say hello, usually when we are eating breakfast and dinner and they both are quite vocal and chatty. 

So, welcome to the mad house boys. We think you will fit in well round here… 😉

ANIMALTALES

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A little sunshine in lunchboxes with Chilean Easy Peelers

Ah, school lunchboxes, and what to put in them? Anyone else struggle sometimes to fill them with food you know your kids will eat but that is also good for them, and that they will enjoy?

My children both like fruit, I jokingly call my small boy a fruit bat, for his well known ability to consume fruit in any quantity he can get his hands on, we go through A LOT of fruit in a week. So putting a little sunshine in their lunchboxes makes me feel good knowing they are getting some fruit that is good for them.As winter looms, I like to try and put things in my children’s lunchboxes that are nutritious but also a bit fun, and help to ward off the winter blues a bit and give them the vitamins they need to help keep them as healthy as I can.

Chilean Easy Peelers are a handy way to do this…

Easy peel clementines and mandarins are a delicious treat full of vitamin C and a great source of water to keep you hydrated throughout the busy back-to-school period.

Sweet tasting and seedless, Chilean easy peeler clementines and mandarins are now in season, and best in class, providing a rich source of fibre, calcium and magnesium. And they are, of course, a fantastically convenient, easily peeled and nutritious snack for children and parents alike, perfect for packed lunched, after-school snacks or delicious juiciness anytime.

I wish the internet could do scratch and sniff, I honestly don’t think there is a nicer smell than a freshly peeled clementine or mandarin….

My kids love them, so I do too (actually, I also love them, they really are sweet and delicious) and they are so convenient for lunchboxes, as part of a healthy lunch, for school. We also like them for post a post dance class sweet treat. Both children attend a dance class after school and are hungry afterwards, so I like to pack them a proper meal and the easy peelers are convenient, because they don’t need any prep, washing, chopping or pre peeling to pack them ready to go. This saves me so much time, and effort, especially when I know they will get eaten, and it’s so much less fuss. As a busy working  mum, being able to have things to hand that I can grab and pack, for lunches, snacks or for after school meals, is handy, and makes my life easier. Of course, the bonus is the kids are getting part of their five a day without me having to bribe them to eat them. That’s not a bad thing either!

Post dance class dinner, packed and ready to go, with some easy peelers for dessert. No fuss or faff!

They are really easy to peel (and I am useless at peeling fruit, normally) but these are perfect for little hands (and bigger ones) and can be eaten on the go, as a healthy snack, or as part of a balanced meal.

You can’t really go wrong, until you realize you have run out, and need to get some more of course… 😉

This post is an entry for the #ChileanEasyPeelers Challenge, sponsored by Chilean Citrus Committee.

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S is for sleep, T is for tonsils…

I have always said that Mum instinct is very rarely wrong and that if you feel that something is amiss with your kid(s) you should act on it. I have been proven right before, twice, with health issues with my children, once when I put my foot down and pushed past a whole host of professionals telling me there was nothing wrong with my small son, when he needed help with his hearing, and then his sensory issues. I also pushed back when I was told that my worries over my daughter having recurrent tonsillitis and sleep issues, were overreacting and yet I was proved right.

I still doubt myself though. I don’t know if it’s my anxiety, that makes me think that I am overreacting and looking for things that aren’t there, and talking myself down, or if I just haven’t learned to trust my own gut when it comes to knowing my kids best.

When we were on holiday in France, at the end of the summer, I slept in the same room as the kids, because one of them wasn’t feeling that well. I happened to notice that my boy was showing some signs that were familliar to me, from when his sister had the same issues, and because of that and also my previous experience as an ENT nurse, I had a funny feeling that the boy may need his tonsils and his adenoids removing.

The thing is, he’s not sick, and if you looked at him, you wouldn’t think anything was amiss and I was honestly prepared for our much loved (because he has looked after my kids since M was not quite three and needed grommets) ENT surgeon to say that I was imagining things and that there was nothing wrong with him.

He listened when I explained my thoughts and then examined my boy.

When he said the words “those tonsils are ENORMOUS, they need to come out”. I felt both anxiety and relief.

You see, “those tonsils” are big, abnormally so, and when he lies down to go to sleep, they are pressing together, and are obstructing his airway. Quite badly, it seems. He explained that normally, big tonsils alone don’t necessarily mean there is a need for surgery, but what he could see was enlarged tonsils, with flat sides. This is a clear sign they are pressing against each other and obstructing his airway. This means when my boy is sleeping, he is not getting enough oxygen, and producing too much carbon dioxide, which means his is not getting the deep and much needed sleep he needs, because his body won’t let him, kind of it’s own way of stopping him not breathing, and it’s waking him up a lot. His adenoids are also enlarged and need to be removed. The surgeon wants it done rather urgently, so things have moved fast, and next week, my small boy goes in for another operation, this time a slightly riskier one, to have his adenoids and tonsils removed.

How did I know?

He snores, loudly, almost every night when he is asleep. We’ve joked about it, but it isn’t actually funny. He also sleeps in a position called “hyper extended” where his neck and head are sort of flexed and slightly arched. It’s another way the body tries to keep his airway clear. He also breath holds and gasps when he’s asleep, and his body wakes him up, he also gets very sweaty and restless. His breath smells, and he is constantly tired. Even when he seems to have a “good stretch” of nights of sleep, he is tired, and this is because his body isn’t getting the sleep it needs due to the obstruction. This means he is tired, ALL the time and life seems much harder when you are tired and things he struggles to handle (like his sensory issues) are made much worse. We all know that when we are tired, it’s hard to manage life, that’s what he’s dealing with all the time.

These things as individual signs are not necessarily indicative of needing tonsils removed, but when you add them all together, they do make it a more likely option.

I am relieved. I knew something wasn’t right. I am glad we pushed and asked for help. I am also anxious. I am an ex nurse, I know all the “things that can go wrong” and also we did have a scare after Emily had her tonsils removed, where she had a bad bleed and had to be rushed back to hospital, to treat that. I am also anxious as to how he will cope, because his pain tolerance is quite low, due to his sensory issues. No mum willingly wants her child to struggle with pain and discomfort. I am also dreading that walk down the corridor to hand him over to strangers, kind, professional, compassionate strangers who will do their job and look after my child, but I can’t be there with him, and I have to watch him being put to sleep and then I need to walk away and leave him and wait whilst he has the operation that will hopefully bring him relief and better sleep. In the grand scheme of things, my nurse brain tells me it will be ok, and when I worked in surgical ENT we performed many of the same procedures sucessfully and with no issues. It’s still not easy though and I am him mum and it’s part and parcel of that to feel worried.

So, another notch in the wall that is our sleep journey, and perhaps yet another answer to why this past 18 months have been so awful for him sleep and behaviour wise. I know for his sister, having her tonsils out made the world of difference and she is so much healtheir and happier and sleeps well without them, and this has to be done, and it will benefit him.

Maybe one day, I’ll also start trusting my gut more like I tell other mum’s to do, frequently.

They don’t tell you about this stuff in the parenting books, do they?

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Preparing the kids for those colder months


Not only are the big six-week holidays now behind us, but children nationwide are now well into their new term at school and ready for Christmas. The problem now is that the nights are getting longer, days shorter; the temperature is dropping by the minute, and all you want to do is stay inside and wrap up warm. If only the kids felt the same…

Rather than enjoy the colder, cosier time of the year, kids are usually a bundle of energy. With Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, it’s easy to see why they’re filled with excitement, however, you need to prepare the kids for the colder months. Read on for ways to keep them warm and entertained this autumn and winter.

Alternative Trips out

As has always been the way with British weather, the beauty of the country is somewhat shrouded for the majority of the year, reinforcing the country’s reputation as a grey place to live. You’ve spent summer making the most of the great outdoors, so use the rest of the year to explore new places and look for indoor activities.

This doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to a museum every weekend, and it could be as simple as playing the 2p machines in Blackpool or New Brighton. The weather outside might be torrential, but it is a guarantee that regardless of age or generation, 2p machines have always been successful family fun – and they’re also one of the only remaining places in modern culture where giving your child £2 is enough to keep them totally amused for hours!

Keeping warm

You can’t stay inside all autumn and winter, as much as you’d love to, especially when your kids are eager to get outside for festive fun. These seasons do hold both Halloween and Bonfire Night on the calendar, and the build-up to Christmas is enough to excite adults, let alone children. Therefore, it is imperative that you keep your kids warm throughout this, so they can enjoy the festive season without shivering and wanting to go back inside after 30 seconds of fresh air. Nickis fashion for kids is a great place to shop for clothes they’ll love to wear while keeping them warm, reducing the fight between adult and child over style and practicality.

Inside the home, invest in a few throws and soft blankets. These are overall quite inexpensive items, that will help make your home look cosy for the winter, and will give you the chance to wrap up the way you keep dreaming of. Finally, make sure people are closing doors and windows. Nobody needs icicles on their toes while making a morning cup of tea.

Baking classes

As mentioned above, autumn and winter hold Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas within their seasonal changes. These are very sugar-high festivities, but ones that 99% of children nationwide partake in. Putting time aside and baking festive treats, for example, is something that will have significance for your children as they get older. You never forget baking with mum or dad, and at least you know that your kids are eating a little less sugar, and much fresher ingredients, in their treats.

*This is a collaborative post*
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Celebrating World Space week with Ora Home and a giveaway!

We are delighted to be able to join up with the team at Ora to bring rather a fab giveaway to our readers. We have shared about Ora before, and how much we love it, and they have a fab gift for one lucky reader on our blog to win. 

We have a pack of their special edition round paper towels which are fabulous for clean up jobs, wiping things, soaking up messes and also being creative and crafty, to give away, plus an audio-book version of the book Goodnight Spaceman, Michelle Robinson and Nick East. Inspired by Tim and his sons and featuring an introduction from the astronaut, Goodnight Spaceman is the perfect bedtime book, and this recording is the first bedtime story ever to be recorded in space!  It was recorded from the International Space Station.

About Ora:

Ora is the first product from British consumer goods company, Better All Round (BAR) an innovative, award winning, eco-friendly company. Ora is the household towel that is round instead of square. Its unique stacking design offers an easy one-hand grab. Ora is available in single, triple and handy packs. Also available are base holders in six-colourways.

Ora is on sale at Tesco, Asda and Ocado.com in the UK and Target.com in the US

About Goodnight Spaceman:

Inspired by Tim Peake and his sons, and featuring an introduction from the astronaut, this is the perfect bedtime book, and the first bedtime story ever to be recorded in space, from the International Space Station.

Two space-mad little boys get ready for bed and say goodnight to their toy rockets, launch pads and planet mobiles, before being whisked away into space on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams . . .

Tim Peake was the first official British ESA astronaut. He left Earth on 15th December 2015 to spend a six month long mission aboard the International Space Station. His time in space was watched by millions and he inspired a new generation of explorers, adventurers and questioners.

Goodnight Spaceman is the sixth book in Michelle Robinson and Nick East’s beloved series. Look out for Goodnight Digger, Goodnight Tractor, Goodnight Princess, Goodnight Pirate and Goodnight Santa too!

All you have to do is comment and tell us what one thing you would ask Tim Peake if you could, and then head on over to the Rafflecopter link to complete your entry. 

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1 winner will receive on pack of the special edition Ora paper towels and an audio-book download of Goodnight Spaceman.

No cash or alternative prize available. 

All entries must be completed as per Rafflecopter and any spam entries will be deleted. 

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Ends 24th October.

UK and US entrants. 

*this is a collaborative post*

 

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