Life With Pink Princesses http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk A personal blog from the heart of a young Mum Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:36:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 98180168 Siblings 2018 – July http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/siblings-2018-july/ http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/siblings-2018-july/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=29298 I’m going to dare to say it… Did you realise we are now closer to next Christmas than last Christmas? I know scary!! This month we have been blessed with amazing weather. The weather my little tribe was made for. It has allowed us to be so much more free with our adventures.  As my three …

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I’m going to dare to say it… Did you realise we are now closer to next Christmas than last Christmas? I know scary!! This month we have been blessed with amazing weather. The weather my little tribe was made for. It has allowed us to be so much more free with our adventures. 

As my three girls grow older they are becoming easier. More fun. I know that may sound a little mean but the independence they are each growing is making the way we interact as a family much smoother. We can negotiate better with them, we can plan bigger and exciting days out.

I am probably like most other parents at the moment and counting down the days until the summer holidays begin. P3 is actually now officially on her holidays so the next week will be quite tough for us as she becomes super demanding and needy when she’s on her own. She is really loving the company of P2 specifically but much prefers to play by herself which totally contradicts what I’ve just said about her demands when alone. She’s going through a phase of being a cat at the moment, she’s been Mittens the cat for over a week now. I wonder when that will end?

Over the past month we had a few rough patches with P2. She seemed to be testing us and herself majorly. It was tough to watch her so frustrated at life in general but we’ve made it out of the other side of that phase and she’s back to her usual cheeky self. Actually recently I’ve noticed how kind she is to other children even receiving a few certificates at school for being a great friend to a new girl in her class who speaks no English. She’s been a great friend to P3 recently too, choosing to do things with her more and more. She’s also been so understanding of P1’s hypermobility, holding her hand when we need to walk faster to steady her big sister. It’s adorable and I’m so proud!

P1 has had a good month. There’s times when she is a real struggle and I feel like my mind is going insane. She’s been really sweet with both her sisters. I have started to notice that when plan days out or is about to do something she’s not sure of, then she becomes dizzy and a bit pale. I have to keep reminding myself to explain every little detail to her to make sure she’s prepared. She’s desperate to start watching the Star Wars movies and is loving singing all of the Greatest Showman songs over and over.

Overall we’ve had a good month since the last Siblings post. I am so looking forward to a slow pace month ahead with lots of family time. Are you?

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Creative Fun With Hama Beads & Giveaway http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/creative-fun-with-hama-beads-giveaway/ http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/creative-fun-with-hama-beads-giveaway/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=29161 “Mummy can we do an activity?” Are the words that come out of my darling middle daughters mouth every single day. We once had a pretty extensive crafting/activity cupboard around Christmas time but with P2’s relentless requests that supply has gone down rapidly. We are working with DKL over the next few months to showcase …

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“Mummy can we do an activity?” Are the words that come out of my darling middle daughters mouth every single day. We once had a pretty extensive crafting/activity cupboard around Christmas time but with P2’s relentless requests that supply has gone down rapidly.

We are working with DKL over the next few months to showcase some of their amazing toy brands. The first to arrive was from Hama. Hama beads are a craft toy available in many different sizes and packs. They are designed to promote creativity so absolutely great for P2’s need for an activity.

We had been sent a bucket of 10,000 Beads which also included 2 pegboards, two packs of ironing paper and a spare 2 pegboards kit. If you’ve never heard of Hama beads then they are basically small tube like beads that you place intricately down on a pegboard to create a design. You then iron the beads to slightly melt them and secure them together. The kit came with a design sheet to follow but you can be as creative and imaginative as you like with Hama.

There’s a lot of concentration required for Hama Beads. My 9 year old loved creating her own design and my 5 year old followed one of the suggested designs. I ended up getting involved with helping P2 whilst P3, who is 3 years old, decided to tip them out everywhere. That was definitely not fun tidying them up!

Once you’ve come up with some fun ideas, it’s time to seal them together. This is obviously a grown up task as irons are extremely hot. You simply lay the ironing paper over the create and gentle rub for around a minute. I find the longer you do it the better the seal but obviously you don’t want to totally melt the whole creation. Let it cool before gently pealing it off of the pegboard. You can also add key-ring or a piece of string if you are getting super creative.

Hama Beads are definitely a great boredom buster or activity for a rainy day even. It’s brand new fun each time as you come up with creative ideas. I’m thrilled to be able to offer exactly what’s in the above photo for one lucky reader. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is fill in the giveaway form below. I wish you all the luck and creative adventures!! 

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Revamping The McDonald’s Happy Meal http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/revamping-the-mcdonalds-happy-meal/ http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/revamping-the-mcdonalds-happy-meal/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0000 http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=28884 I am definitely not ashamed to admit that my family love a McDonald’s. We don’t go often but I think it’s a great treat for the girls and have always loved the food. I was lucky enough to work with McDonald’s to go behind the scenes in one of their restaurants, hear about future plans …

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I am definitely not ashamed to admit that my family love a McDonald’s. We don’t go often but I think it’s a great treat for the girls and have always loved the food.

I was lucky enough to work with McDonald’s to go behind the scenes in one of their restaurants, hear about future plans (one of which happened to be the introduction of the ordering machines and refurbishments of restaurants) and make my own Big Mac Burger. It was eye opening and allowed me to really see behind the scenes and appreciate McDonald’s in a whole new way.

You can only imagine my joy when I was invited by Mumsnet to work with McDonald’s once again. However, I wasn’t allowed to actually tell anyone until now. Trust me that was tricky! I’m so passionate about the brand that I love shouting about new changes, things that may make people more likely to dine there.

Last month I was invited into the McDonald’s London Headquarters. Yup! The actual headquarters. I had no idea what to expect and was so incredibly nervous I made myself feel a little queasy, the 12 stops on the underground might not have helped with that either seeing as I get travel sick.

It was so surreal. The headquarters is literally like walking into a McDonald’s restaurant, only it’s an office building with a reception and corridors. All with McDonald’s decor. We were lead through into an actual McDonald’s restaurant inside the office!! It was so weird.

For over a year now McDonald’s have been working with Mumsnet to revamp their Happy Meal menu. They’ve had real life mums giving their options on ideas, taste testing and much more. This is exactly what I was invited to help with back in May. It was the final taste test and approval for the new menu item for the Happy Meal.

As I’ve said early, I wasn’t allowed to tell anybody about this. It was tough. As a group we tried the new food item (the reveal is slightly lower in the post). Added different veggies to it and explored different tastes. McDonald’s has asked us all for our input in ideas, a brainstorming exercise I suppose. Mini McFlurries was something heavily discussed and we also talked about vegan and veggie options too.

I don’t think people truly realise how much goes on behind the scenes of McDonald’s. The strict rules they have to follow too. I was pleased to hear that they’ve been reducing the sugars in their ketchup and this was really evident. The ketchup has a very fruity, real taste now!

Just over a month of keeping the new menu option quiet, I was invited back to the official launch party in London. It was a kid friendly event but sadly the girls were already engaged with activities with their grandparents. So Hubby and I took ourselves to London and made a day of it.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the day, I even panicked whether I’d be able to get good photos without the kids as props. The event was taking place in the downstairs area of St Paul’s McDonald’s. I nearly missed the huge cathedral as we wandered past which is slightly embarrassing.

We found a seat and got to work colouring in and trying the provided melon fruit bags. We was definitely the only people there without children. Awkward!

I was really excited to show Hubby the new Happy meal option. I know that sounds pathetic. He is a huge lover of McDonald’s just like me. We was allowed to order our own food and whilst waiting they brought out boxes upon boxes of the new Happy Meal. Complete with gift. So are you ready?

Yup, it’s a Grilled Chicken Wrap!!! Over 1,000 Mumsnet community members were surveyed with nearly 8 in 10 (78%) wanting to see grilled chicken on the Happy Meal menu. So McDonald’s granted their wishes. The “core” meal is a wrap filled with grilled chicken, lettuce and the reduced sugar tomato sauce. However, it doesn’t stop there oh no! This new food item is the only Happy meal item that can be customised for preference.

At the kiosks (have you noticed them yet in your local McDonald’s?) you can edit and customised so many parts of any meal actually. Burgers without cheese, with cheese, with pickle, without etc etc, honestly the abilities is amazing. But on those kiosks you can opt to have cucumber, onion and pickle free of charge and for an extra 20p you can add tomato. Having this option makes it a much more filling meal for a larger appetite Happy Meal eater. As always you can switch your fries for a fruit bag.

I loved seeing everybody trying the new food and am so excited to get to our local restaurant to treat the girls to a Happy Meal wrap. They love wraps. Also it may be worth noting that you can change the core meal so that it was just chicken in a wrap with no extras or even the opposite way round with a wrap and just veggies for a vegetarian meal.

Not only was the excitement of a new Happy Meal enough, I also got to share my table with the lovely Emma from BrummyMummyOf2. Somebody I’ve admired for such a long time. I managed to keep my fan girl enthusiasm at bay, I hope, and enjoyed her company for the short event. If only I could spend more and have her as my bestie because she’s so naturally funny.

Then the McDonald’s team started bringing out ice creams. I know the best bit right? There they were. Mini McFlurries!!! They are the perfect size for children and even for a quick chilled snack for adults too. They are so cheap too so definitely watch out for those in your local McDonald’s restaurant.

I’m honestly so impressed at how far McDonald’s is coming. It’s definitely an exciting move for McDonald’s and I hope they continue to improve their menu options.

What’s your favourite meal at McDonald’s? Leave a comment below.

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Dinosaurs In The Wild Summer 2018 http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/dinosaurs-in-the-wild-summer-2018/ http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/dinosaurs-in-the-wild-summer-2018/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 19:55:01 +0000 http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=29159 Back in February I sent my girls with their Grandparents to the VIP Launch of Dinosaurs In The Wild. They had a brilliant time and even went again the following day. A few weeks ago we got an invite to head back to London to experience the Dinosaurs In The Wild for ourselves and to …

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Back in February I sent my girls with their Grandparents to the VIP Launch of Dinosaurs In The Wild. They had a brilliant time and even went again the following day. A few weeks ago we got an invite to head back to London to experience the Dinosaurs In The Wild for ourselves and to have a talk with a real life palaeontologist.

Hubby and I were really excited as we haven’t been before. We decided to drive to London and managed to park very close to the venue, right next to the Emirates Airline. During the entire car journey the girls were non-stop talking about the experience and what we would be seeing there. They were excited to say the least.

Dinosaurs In The Wild is located in the Greenwich Peninsula, very close to the O2 Arena and like I said super close to the Emirates Airline. The venue is handily sign posted and you’ll even find the odd rogue dino footprint as you get closer. A great touch to the experience. We had arrived early as usual so the girls had a little time to explore in the field/trees opposite. For London, it felt very peaceful.

After meeting with some of the other Mummy Bloggers invited for the event, a quick toilet stop and snack break, we headed behind the scenes for a little talk with palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish. If I’m completely honest the girls were not interested in the talk on dinosaurs however, I found it so interesting. I love all of that sort of thing and hearing him tell us that dinosaurs are actually not extinct at all was mind blowing. Birds are living relatives of dinosaurs and therefore dinosaurs cannot be extinct. Amazing!!

We then had a short time to wait in the departure lounge. The experience takes you time travelling and everything around you feels so authentic and exciting. There are toilet facilities in this area plus a small refreshments stall too which is great as you cannot go back to the toilet once you’ve time travelled. The whole experience takes about an hour and a half ish so it’s definitely worth taking your kiddos to the loo beforehand.

You get the chance to have a green screen photo done just before entering the experience. P2 was quite grumpy after the palaeontologist chat so this photo will remind us of that forever more. As a group you then move through to the Chronotex. Chronotex is the company that discovered time travel and built the TimeBase67 to study dinosaurs. The staff are really enthusiastic in setting the atmosphere, explaining safety procedures of the adventure and time travel. Everybody is given glasses that should be worn when instructed.

Dinosaurs In The Wild is a unique chance to time travel back to 67 million years ago where you are surrounded by prehistoric animals. You are escorted into a time capsule with your expert guide the chairs shake as you time travel back and it’s actually a little nerve wracking and so realistic. Then the shutters open and you are on a voyage across terrain seeing all of the prehistoric animals before you.

As you wander through from the time capsule vehicle every little detail is so realistic. You are now in the TimeBase67. The place where they study the dinosaurs and all the fun happens. The first room you enter is a research lab. You can see all of the cameras for the rest of TimeBase67.

In each room you are given a set amount of time to explore freely. It doesn’t matter where you stand so there’s no rush to be first or last, you can see and hear everything. This first room that you enter is a really fun and hands on one. You can see a life sized heart, fiddle with some dino poop and take a closer look at bones. There are viles of dino blood too.

I loved the next room. The autopsy area. We got to watch a scientist perform part of an autopsy on a dinosaur. P2 had a great question of “how did you get the dinosaur inside there?” and another child asked “did you kill it or was it already dead?” Kids are just so hilarious. There’s a little surprise thing that happens in this area that puts the guides into a panic so watch out for that.

The girls loved getting up close to dinosaur eggs. Each room has it’s own scientist to explain what’s going on so there’s so many opportunities to learn more about the prehistoric world. The girls even got to see a new baby hatching and it was named after P2!

P2 loves baby animals so really enjoyed being in the nursery part where you could see the newly hatched dinosaur eggs. The room is darkened and I’ve actually noticed from the photos my Mum took that the hatched dinosaurs are different this time around which I think is a brilliant way of keeping the adventure more lifelike. It was a little eery in this area but not scary at all.

The next bit of the tour around TimeBase67 is probably the most exciting. You are right on the ground level with all of the dinosaurs exploring around you. It is drilled in to you that if you can see them, they can see you. There are lots of different information boards and interactive screens to explore in this zone. The girls love this area as you can really get a feel for what life would have been like 67 million years ago.

I won’t be ruining the ending for anybody who hasn’t yet visited the attraction but quite quickly things turn dangerous and you have this real instinct for survival. Look at the girls expressions in the photos below. I think that tells you the story and sets the tone.


As always, you enter back to present day straight into a gift shop full of everything any dinosaur lover could imagine. We had a brilliant time and I would definitely head back. I was quite sad to hear that it was only going to be around until the end of July and then a few days later they announced that they’ve extended their London dates. You can still visit the Dinosaurs In The Wild experience up until the very beginning of September (so the school holidays) and I’d highly recommend you do!! It’s suitable for all ages and is very accessible too.

Here’s our video from the experience. It’s a real point of view walk through and I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if you’ve visited and what your favourite parts were?!

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