The Favourite Christmas Advert of 2017

As voted for by Parent Bloggers.

We recently asked parent bloggers what their favourite Christmas Advert of 2017 was.

The choice was between any Christmas advert for a company that has aired this year be it for the first, like the new John Lewis one, a continuation of a story as in Kevin the Carrot who features in the Aldi ads or an old classic in the form of Holidays Are Coming (Coca Cola).

To be honest the results did surprise us a bit, however that’s what makes this countdown interesting.

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Our First Star Trek Memory!

I have written pretty extensively about my love of Star Trek and now last night and today in the UK the  new series launched on TV. I have decided to write about my first memory of Star Trek, I’ve also asked some fellow bloggers their first memories as well.

My own first memory of Star Trek was when I was still a little boy around 6 or 7 and one evening my Mum sat myself and my brother down and said that as a treat we would be allowed to stay up and watch this new TV program that was on that evening. That program was Star Trek The Next Generation. I was hooked from the moment the credits first ran and I saw the majestic USS Enterprise D move across the screen I felt that this is a reality that I wanted to explore. As the years past I watched and really enjoyed the series that followed, exploring the worlds of Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise as well as going back and enjoying the Original Series and The Animated Series as well. Then in 2005 Enterprise was cancelled due to lack of ratings and I honestly thought that was the end of Star Trek as we knew it and in a sense I was right because in 2009 the new Star Trek Movies appeared in Cinemas and I loved them from the first scene right up until Star Trek Beyond last year.  Fast forward a year and I am now in suspense in anticipation of the next journey through this universe with the starships Discovery and Shenzhou.

As I said at the start of this post I also asked fellow bloggers about their first memories of Star Trek and the response was great.

Sophie who blogs at Tattooed Tealady said: My step-dad was really into Star Trek so it’s something that all the family would watch when it was on. I’d always remember the ‘Captains Log’ and I used to like the idea that they’d write diaries like I did (or record, in this instance!) 

Becka who blogs at Mummy Est 2014 said: I love Star Trek. I started getting into it when Deep Space 9 came out and I loved Worf and Jadzias characters. Star Trek was always on around dinner times so me and Dad would watch together whilst Mum and sister complained, haha. I have watched all the series and films now and intend to share with my little man when he’s older. 

Kim who blogs at Raising A Ragamuffin said: My grandfather was hugely into sci-fi, everytime we visited Star Trek would be on in the background. As a kid I remember being really surprised that Whoopi Goldberg appeared in it, because the awesome nun from Sister Act couldn’t possibly appear in something like Star Trek! 

Holly who blogs at Little Pickles Mom said: I grew up watching Star Trek TNG, and I absolutely loved it. I think I definitely inherited a love for all things geeky from my Dad and I’m so grateful. I wouldn’t be able to remember episodes in detail if you asked me about them now, but we’ve been watching again on Netflix and they all come back to me as I watch! 

Pete who blogs at Household Money Saving said: Look at those poor guys dressed in red beaming down to the planet. They’ll both be dead before the first adverts. 

Donna who blogs at Bobsy’s Mum said: I used to watch Star Trek voyager with my dad at tea time when I was a teenager. My mum had left, and this became our thing that we did together every day without fail! I still love it now. 

Sinead who blogs at Sinead Latham said: It was something we used to watch with my dad on a Sunday afternoon. I have memories of us picking holes in the plot and asking why they keep getting into such pickles.

Anoushka who blogs at Spitting-Yarn said: Possibly the first time I saw something from the Star Trek franchise (certainly the most memorable), was seeing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in 1987. My family was on a ferry to Zeebrugge from some UK port – I forget which. Critical detail: it was the last ferry permitted to leave port before the ’87 hurricane kicked in. My god, it was rough. In fact “rough” doesn’t cover it. The ferry was rolling, rolling, rolling, interminably, from one side to the other. Everyone was crowding in the middle of the ship where it was supposedly more stable. Perhaps because I was only 9 or 10 (lower centre of gravity), I wasn’t troubled by the motion of the ship and was keen to settle down in the ferry’s cinema to watch Star Trek IV, which I did. I managed to follow and enjoy the movie (I love whales!), however, the viewing was soundtracked by groans and vomiting noises as the people around me contended with extreme sea-sickness. I particularly remember a terribly well-spoken man coming up to us and saying “Please excuse me. Are you using that [points to sick bag in front of us]?”. We hurriedly assured him it was all his, and he proceeded to hurl copiously into it, in front of us. I love a bit of Star Trek these days, but it does also make think of violent upchucking(!)

Janet who blogs at Falcon Dale Life said: That’s such exciting news! I loved the Next Generation and Voyager but there were some good characters on Deep Space 9 too. The first episode that I remember is from the original series “The Trouble With Tribbles”. They were cute little balls of fluff that bred so fast they filled the ship. It was quite a lighthearted episode. It was hard for Spock to be serious as usual. Recently I’ve found myself in daft discussions with my daughter about whether Pygmy Puffs from Harry Potter are actually a breed of Tribble. Daft, I know! 

 

What is your first memory of Star Trek? Are you a fan and are looking forward to Discovery Premiering? we would love to hear from you.

Our Favourite Disney Movies! 

We have just been to Disneyland Paris and what am time we had, however on the build up to our trip it got me thinking about what my favourite Disney film is and why its my favourite.

Now I can tell you Olivers and Leos favourites because I get driven mad by them on DisneyLife on a daily occurrence. Olivers are without a doubt Cars, as well as Toy Story and Lion King. Leo loves the Lion King and will watch 1, 2 and 3 all in a row and then on repeat if I let him. His love of these films is so great that he also watches Lion Guard a lot as well.

When it comes to my favourite I had a tough pick because there are a few that I like and there’s a few that I love, these include Toy Story, The Lion King and The Jungle Book. However when I really put my thinking cap on a thought about which film for me is my absolute favourite that I would choose time after time, if I had the time to do that, it came down to one film and one film only and that film is The Incredibles!

Now for many The Incredibles is one of those films that they can take or leave and it certainly isn’t as memorable as Snow White, The Lion King or Frozen however for me it has it all. I has a great storyline, memorable characters, action and of course superheroes and who doesn’t like a superhero?

I love the way that you get the whole story of these characters from when Mr Incredible and Elastagirl got married to the superheroes having to go into hiding due to lawsuits against them, through to the rise of the superhero family in the form of The Incredibles. I wish they would make a sequel of it and I feel it certainly deserves one.

Whilst thinking about classic Disney films I thought it would be cool to ask other parent bloggers what their favourites are and why? or is it a case of what they sit through again and again with their kids???

TOY STORY

Beth who blogs at Twinderelmo said: I love Toy Story. It has something for everyone and despite being 20 years old, it’s not dated in any capacity and has so many brilliant characters 

Vicki who blogs at Mumma and her Monsters said: My absolute favourite is Toy Story… without a doubt and my kids love it too so that’s a Huge bonus haha

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Sarah who blogs at Boo Roo and Tigger Too says that it shows children (and adults) that they shouldn’t judge people on how they look but on what their personality is like 

Louise who blogs at Pink Pear Bear said: Beauty and the beast for me. The original and the new version. I’m not sure exactly what it is about it that I adore so much but I wore out my video of the original as a child! 

Becka who blogs at Mummy EST 2014 said:  I love Beauty and the Beast. It was the first film I ever saw in the cinema so it will always have special memories for me. I love the strong female characters Disney uses and lets face it, who doesn’t love the unlikely romance 

Nat who blogs at Awaybies said: Difficult decision! I love so many of them, perhaps my favourite would have to be the animated beauty and the beast, for the songs and music. 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Emma who blogs at Emma Reed said: As a child I loved the little mermaid because it was the first one to look more modern- compared to Snow White and sleeping beauty- and the songs were (and still are) amazing!! 

Laura who blogs at Mama, Eden & Me said: The Little Mermaid. I watched it so many times when I was little that I wore out the tape! My aunt still shudders when I mention the mermaid because she had to watch it with me. I still love it 💖💖

WALL-E

Sarah who blogs at The Parenting Trials said: WALL-E … i think it’s so magical the fact they don’t speak for the first 20 mins or so. There isn’t a single word said, yet the effect and story is still so moving. 

WALT BEFORE MICKEY

This is one I will be checking out as I’ve never heard of it before.

Jade who blogs at Mummies Waiting said: I love ‘Walt Before Mickey’. It’s amazing to learn all about Walt’s life and how he struggled and the challenges he had to overcome to get Disney where it is today, it makes me appreciate the parks and movies that little bit more.

TANGLED

Faye who blogs at Glossy Tots said:  I love Tangled! Humourous, princesses and villains! What more could you need from Disney?! 

PETES DRAGON

Melanie who blogs at Cossins Music School said: The original Pete’s Dragon! 

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Kirsty who blogs at Winnettes said: When I was little it was always Sleeping Beauty. I loved everything about it. Now I love it even more that I can watch it with my daughters and my eldest calls Maleficent ‘Lettuce’ due to her green magic 

ALADDIN

Lynne who blogs at New Mummy Blog said: I absolutely loved Aladdin – I just loved the music, the story, the make believe I guess. I also loved making up dances to the music. Like many others Beauty and the beast was a very close second! 

THE LION KING

Hannah who blogs at Planes Trains and Meltdowns said: It has to be The Lion King for me, gets me every time “I killed Mufasssssa” 

and

Jen who blogs at Just Average Jen said: Lion king is my favourite I could watch it again and again and cry every time but also sing along lol 

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Lianne who blogs at Ankle Biters Adventures said: Jungle book just love all of the songs and the animals 

FROZEN

Vicki who blogs at Tippy Tupps said: Frozen here for us as it was my daughters first thing she ever properly watched so it has real sentimental value for us. At 15 months old she would stand in front of the TV, wiggle her butt single “et it goooowww”. Too cute.

BRAVE

Helen who blogs at Witty Hoots said:  Brave here for us, strong female characters. I love Billy Connelly’s character & the witch/whittler of wood…. “Oh my that’s lovely, that is”.

WRECK IT RALPH

Louise who blogs at A Strong Coffee To Go said: Wreck it Ralph. It is great for adults as well as children. It makes me laugh and I love seeing the retro games. Ralph is such a loveable character and just wants to fit in. I can’t wait for the sequel next year.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Lauren who blogs at Mummy is a Gadget Geek said: Guardians of the Galaxy – it’s totally my sense of humour, laughs all the way through 

MOANA

Nicole who blogs at The Littlest Darlings said: I have become obsessed with Moana. I love that there is no love story and the music is just so good! I can even do the Maui rap!

CINDERELLA

Renee who blogs at Close Enough To Kiss said: Mine is Cinderella, I always felt like her growing up in my foster family. I did the lion share of the household chores, whilst the other adults did considerably less. I almost felt like I had been fostered for the money and used as a slave. I am sure that’s not how it was, but Cinderella gave me hope my prince would come and rescue me.

and then there were those bloggers who really couldn’t narrow it down to just one and who can blame them.

Amy who blogs at Mama Mighalls said: Disney classic favourites would have to be beauty and the beast and lady and the tramp. Disney Pixar, my absolute fave is cars! Can’t wait for the new one to come out.

Nikki who blogs at the very Disney themed Just Around The River Bend said: For me, it’s a tough call between Fantasia, Lilo & Stitch and Moana! 

Kimberly who blogs at Odd Hogg said: Oh the classics it’s got to be 101 Dalmations 😍 I can remember watching it over and over again as a kid. Of the more modern ones Tangled comes out on top! My sons favourite is The Jungle Book. He has loved it from around 7 months old, and still does now at 16 months 

Emma who blogs at Our Fairy Tale Adventure said: There are actually too many to choose from! My two love Cars, Planes and Rio! I think with Rio it is all the music because we always start dancing around during the songs. They both love cars and planes so naturally they love those. For me I love ones with strong female leads that highlight equality, ones like Beauty and Beast, Moana and Frozen. Then again we also love Zootropolis and Inside Out. Me because of the messages behind them and the boys love them because they are so bright and colourful. 

and finally

Michelle who blogs at The Purple Pumpkin Blog really couldn’t decide so she shared her top ten Disney films which is available here

As you can see with the amount of Disney films available peoples favourites vary widely, with that in mind what’s your favourite? We would love to know.

 

 

Word of the Week Wednesday # 3: Disney!

This past week in our house the word has most definitely been Disney.

As we prepare for our trip to Disneyland Paris we have obviously been saying Disney a lot. We had a reveal of our trip in the Disneystore recently where Oliver found out that we were going and he went nuts, he is so excited it's amazing and stressful all rolled into one.

Disney has become very much a way of life in our household recently with the build up so it's not surprising we've reached a point where it is the most said word in our household. If I'm honest I am loving it a bit as I am a huge Disney fan anyway and will quite happily dig out the same Christmas DVDs year after year so the fact that the boys are now getting into it as well is great.

Star Trek Discovery

Over the last weekend CBS revealed a new trailer of their new Star Trek series, Discovery. In fact over the last week there have been little snippets released here and there helping to raise the profile of the much slated new series.

Yep, I said much slated, unfortunately like I the recent Doctor Who conflict following the revelation that the next Doctor was going to be female. The latest series to bear the Star Trek name has come under fire pretty much since it was announced way back in 2015, granted their have been delays and other problems but if this were any other series being launched we wouldn’t have heard about it until the first teaser trailer aired however because of the such a long lead up time and then the departure of the shows Co-Creator Bryan Fuller left, the so called fans have been slating the yet to air show. Their complaints range from the fact that in the US it will air on CBS All Access, a subscription service like Netflix who will air it worldwide. To the fact that the ships don’t look like the original, the Klingons aren’t right etc  etc…

It has gone on and on for months, however I am really excited about this new series and I can’t wait until September when it finally, after two years of waiting gets to premier around the world. I have been a Star Trek fan for pretty much all my life and I love each previous series for their own differences from each other and I know, going on who has been working to create this, it will have the same values at its core as the previous incarnations.

I will leave you with the trailer that came out this weekend to enjoy.

Airfix Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf109E-3: Review

One of those things I will remember from childhood is the Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons spent making various Airfix models, so when the lovely people from Airfix got in contact and asked if you would like to review some of their kits to mark the release of the new movie Dunkirk, which is out today, I jumped at the chance.

We were sent four kits in total,  a Spitfire and a Messerschmitt starter set and also two of their quickbuild kits of the same planes, which are aimed at aged 5 plus. The starter sets we have reviewed and the quickbuild kits we have recorded vlogs for which show us building them.

In this post I will be reviewing a Spitfire Starter Set and a Messerschmitt Bf109E-3 Starter Set.

The sets themselves are in the classic Airfix Red box with a picture of the plane on the front and above are the paints, brush and glue to complete the build of this iconic plane.

Within the box is the traditional plastic flat pack kit that everyone who has ever built a kit will be familiar with, also in the box are the decals to finish off the plane once painted.

The instructions are almost identical to what I remember from childhood which meant that I was soon in the building stage and well within my element.

Although I have done a number of these kits over the years, I was amazed at how quickly the plane took shape from this flat pack kit to a full Spitfire shaped plane. All ready to paint in the familiar Royal Airforce Spitfire Colours.

As for the Messerschmitt I found it slightly more complicated however it wasn’t anything that wasn’t easily over come with a re-read of the instructions.

The decals simple to attach, although I did learn that less water is better then too much after I flooded the table I was working on.

If you have an older child, 8 Years plus, that has a love of all things plane then I would thoroughly recommend these kits as a great easy kit to get started with! 

Pros:

  • Kit includes everything you need.
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Nice starter plane to build.

Cons:

  • Although the kit includes a paint brush, when it comes to painting the details and also the pilot you could do with a finer brush if you don’t want to loose the details
  • I found that the glue had a tendency to flow too fast and therefore, leak all over the plane when put together. A different nozzle would solve this. 

I personally love the Spitfire design and look, over the Messerschmitts however when you place them side by side you can seriously imagine them flying through the sky in a dogfight over who was in control. You can also image just how brave those pilots were on both sides.

As Airfix sent these kits to us to mark the release of the new movie Dunkirk it only seems right that when you make these kits you also take a minute to not only marvel at the design feats that they were but also to those many, many young men who gave their lives on both sides.

A Revelation!

Anyone who reads the blog regularly will know that I am a huge Star Trek fan and have been for a long, long time. What a lot of people might not know, unless you know me in real life is that I am also a huge Doctor Who fan.

Now you will have to had been in a cave since yesterday afternoon if you haven’t heard the news that the new Doctor has been revealed. That’s right after months and months of speculation, ever since Peter Capaldi announced he was leaving the iconic role, the BBC have announced the next Doctor.

Well I’m going to be honest I don’t have a clue who this person is as I have never watched the program that this person is most famous for, Broadchurch. The next Doctor is Jodie Whittaker.

Now as I said I do not have a clue who she is and apart from being told numerous times on Facebook that she is in ITVs Broadchurch, which also stars previous Doctor David Tennant, so on her acting ability I can not judge her, however I have faith in those behind the scenes to pick the best person for this huge responsibility.

That faith in those same people is also what is making me hold my judgement on the now reality of having a female Doctor on a show that has for the last 54 years been a male role. Now this is not me saying I am against having a female Doctor but I am hoping that they have done this because it is the right thing to do and not because of the pressure that has been building in recent years amongst some groups of fans.

As I have stated I do not know Whittakers acting ability, although Id have to guess to star in something like Broadchurch which was a huge hit and then be picked for such an iconic role as Doctor Who, she has to be good. I just hope that they give her the scripts and storylines that she deserves and don’t fail her as they have Capaldi on pretty much every series since he took over the reigns from Matt Smith.

The other thing that is going through my mind is that this is likely to be Olivers first Doctor and where I grew up watching firstly new Sylvester McCoy episodes and then reruns of the classics and therefore have an entrenched view that the Doctor is a man, Oliver is going to have a very different view and a very different feeling of what Doctor Who is. That isn’t a bad thing and one that I support, just as the new stuff from 2005 onwards has been a huge departure from those Classic episodes I have a feeling this will also be a huge departure from what has been before, and being a Star Trek  I know this needs to happen from time to time and can be extremely good for a show, its franchise and its fandom and this is how I will be viewing the next series of Doctor Who whenever it airs.

The one question that is on everyones lips though is this, Is the world ready for a female Doctor?

The answer?

Well we are about to find out.

A Very Disney Easter

Our Easter break in this household lasted three whole weeks, three weeks I hear you say!!! Yep three weeks. My wife works in a private school and they have longer and different holidays from state schools. As Oliver attends their Pre-Prep he also got three weeks off. 

As you can imagine keeping the kids entertained for three weeks was difficult but we decided to take advantage of this and aside from the days out and doing lots of crafts we also decided to educate the boys in some Disney Classics. 


Both of our boys love Toy Story, Cars and anything Mickey Mouse but beyond that they know very little. We have a family trip to Disneyland Paris coming up later this year and both myself and my wife have become worried that they won’t know any of the characters that appear in Disneyland. 

The first movie we decided to show them was The Lion King. This is probably my all time favourite Disney Movie. Oliver started off by saying it was going to be boring and that he wanted to watch Cars for the hundredth time. However once it started he was hooked from beginning to end, Leo on the other hand was hooked as soon as the Disney logo appeared on our TV screen. He loved it and even made a roaring sound whilst using his sign language to sign animal. A very proud Mummy and Daddy. 

The following day we decided to stick The Jungle Book on (we had a sort of unofficial theme going on that weekend). The boys both loved this. They loved the songs and the music and both went and got a Baloo the Bear soft toy we have from when we bought the DVD a few years ago. 

I toyed with the idea of the animated version of Beauty and the Beast but am worried it might be on the scary side for a four year old and a two year old. 

Following on from The Lion King and The Jungle Book we also watched the Toy Story Saga and both Cars movies during the course of the holidays. 

We also had Oliver’s class mascot stay with us for the three weeks who just so happens to be Minnie Mouse so we truly had a very Disney Easter. 

First Contact Day! 

The Phoenix (Star Trek First Contact)

Today is First Contact Day and is celebrated around the world by Star Trek fans everywhere. 

When Star Trek was first aired, over fifty years ago, no one had a clue as to the impact this science fiction show would have on the world. Fast forward to today and Star Trek is a series that has spawned four further live action TV series (soon to be five with the Star Trek Discovery soon to air on Netflix here in the U.K.) one animated series, thirteen movies (with a fourteenth in development) and numerous books, computer games, comics etc… it is hard to believe that a franchise that had such a faulty and struggling start is now one of the biggest in the world. 

What makes Star Trek so special and why is First Contact Day so important? 

Well for me there are a few special things about Star Trek that make it stand out from other programs that’s have been and gone. To me every time I watch a series I haven’t watched for a while it’s like going back for a family reunion with people I haven’t seen for a while. Even though I know their stories and the events in these characters lives I still feel for them everytime someone dies, falls in love, has a baby or just gets lost 70,000 light years from home. 

The other thing that makes Star Trek popular and also interesting to me is the fact it portrays a future where humanity has developed enough mentally that we’ve put the problems we face today such as racism, hate for others and greed. In Star Trek humanity and the Federation works to better itself not for the wealth of the individual as we do now. 

One thing that is certain we Star Trek Discovery due to air later this year it looks like that this version of future for humanity is going to be around for sometime to come. 

Happy First Contact Day to all our readers. 

Would you Live in Pontypandy? 


My youngest son has recently become a huge Fireman Sam fan, we’ve watched a lot of the more recent stuff and I’ve even found the originals from way back when on YouTube. 

Whilst watching it with him I got to thinking that it must be a lovely place to live, it seems like a lovely small town with beautiful rolling hills and mountains surrounding it, also the sea on one side. Sounds like a lovely place doesn’t it…. 


However when you actually stop and think about it there are multiple reasons why living in Pontypandy is an awful idea. 

Watching the episodes with Leo the first thing I noticed is obviously the amount of fires there are! No matter how many times the residents of Pontypandy are told about fire safety they never seem to learn, in fact in one episode one of the characters Mike Flood actually says ‘Hang on! That’s my house, again!’ When he finds out his house is on fire. 

Then there’s the Great Fire of Pontypandy, which is caused by Norman Price trying to cook sausages in the forest after being told that no fires are allowed due to how dry everything is. The fire services response to this is to evacuate the town and go out to sea as they can’t put it out. 

Fires don’t seem to be the only problem that Pontypandy suffer with though, there’s an extraordinary amount of floods, avalanches and other natural disasters that people have to be rescued from on regular occasions. Add to this the fact that the residents of Pontypandy seem to have no common sense when it comes to not getting into trouble, things like not following your satnav when it tells you to drive into the sea for example, it just strikes me as this place would drive you up the wall and a place that I personally could not live. 

I know it’s only a children’s TV program but sometimes you do have to think about what these places would be like in real life. Having been to the Welsh Valleys and seeing how beautiful and peaceful they are I can imagine that Pontypandy is like this, however for the reasons listed above it’s certainly a place I would not want to live.