Friday, 28 August 2015

Things to do in Bournemouth #HiddenGems

 As many of my readers know, we live in the New Forest. We live in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK and we are lucky to have some lovely locations to visit on our door step. One of our favourite places to visit is Bournemouth. Bournemouth is not only a great tourist attraction, it has plenty to see and do. It is great for all ages and is perfect for families, couples and singles. There are plenty of tourist boards, plenty of places to eat and shop and some brilliant locations to visit. If you are thinking of visiting you are even able to book a hotel on the sea front with sea views!

If you are thinking of going to Bournemouth do not miss visiting:

The Oceanarium: We visited here on Maxwell's Birthday and we had a wonderful experience. There is plenty of parking near by and the Oceanarium can be found on the waterfront. The Oceanarium has plenty to see and do. It is full of all different types of marine and most recently they have added penguins and jellyfish. Inside the Oceanarium you will find a lovely gift shop as well as a cafe which serve delicious food. If you are wanting to visit, you are now able to swap Tesco clubcard vouchers which means the ticket price is great value for money. We spent the whole day here when we visited and were impressed with the talks as well as the feeds.

The Bournemouth Air Show: Every year we attend the Bournemouth Air Show. Although there is a small charge for parking if you choose to park in the park and ride or in a car park, the show itself is free to attend. There is plenty to see and do, you can stroll along the beach front and feel the sand between your toes or you can decide to watch the air displays in the air which feature amazing planes such as the red arrows, the typhoon and chinook helicopters. This is a great family day out and Maxwell has attended the show with us since he was a baby. There is plenty of places to visit along the sea front for a quick bite to eat but you are also able to bring your own picnic!

Canford Cliffs: This is a lovely place just a short drive away from Bournmouth beach sea front. Canford Cliffs is easy to get to and has a small little car park which is fairly cheap to park in. Past the car park you are able to find Pinecliff play sculpture trail which is amazing for children to visit. You are able to find large wooden sculptures that are fun to play on. You are also able to find a play park which is based around a shipwreck. Once you have finished playing you are able to go on a lovely walk down to the beach below which is the beach of Branksome Chine.

Bournemouth beach and pier: Bournemouth beach is a beautiful beach which hosts stunning views of the Isle of Wight and the Purbecks. The beach is made up of golden sand meaning it is perfect to take a lovely stroll on. There are plenty of restaurants and cafe's as well gardens for all to enjoy along the sea front. Bournemouth Pier offers a variety of attractions for the whole family. The attractions are fun and entertaining. Whilst you are here, why not seek fun and visit the Zip wire which see you make your way from the pier to the beach.

*In collaboration with the Travelodge

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Maxwell's Birthday Wishlist

Recently I have been searching the internet, I have been looking for toys that would be suitable for Maxwell's Birthday. Maxwell will be 4 years old this year and has a massive collection of toys. I have been looking for bits that would be a little different to gift him this year and have compiled this toy wishlist.

Maxwell's Birthday Wishlist

Playmobil 5973 Carrying Case Firemen
Maxwell is a massive Playmobil fan. He has an arrange of toys from the Playmobil collection however he is yet to have this fireman case set. We find these carry sets to be wonderful to use on days out. The case is tiny to carry and is packed full of fun.

Sooty & Sweep Soft Puppet Set
Maxwell adores Sooty & Sweep. He has watched many of there recent TV series and would adore this puppet set. I remember these characters from my childhood so they would be a welcome addition to our home. They would be great to use at story time.

Hamleys Hamleys Pam Penguin
Maxwell has an obsession with penguins and I thought this would be a great addition to his bedroom and his soft toy collection. This penguin toy is the perfect size to take places as well as the perfect size to carry around and play with around the home.

Hama 10,000 Beads Tub
As a child I adored Hama beads, I found them to be a fun wet weather day activity and I felt they allowed me to be creative. Maxwell is now at the age where I think he would enjoy using these. These Hama beads would be perfect to create personalised Christmas decorations with.

Orchard Tummy Ache
We are massive fans of Orchard Toy games. We have used many of their games in the past to improve Maxwell's speech. This is one of the games we do not have and we would love to add to Maxwell's collection.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Back To School With Bic & A Competition

With the new term around the corner, we were recently sent some BIC goodies to review. As a child, I always remember having new stationery at the start of the term and I always remembered how much I loved having new stationery. Maxwell is due to attend school next September however this year he is starting a new preschool although he does not require stationery to start the new year with, we use a lot of stationery at home and Maxwell was thrilled to get his hands on some BIC kids products.

BIC - Back To School

As we have had many wet days over the half term, Maxwell has spent a reasonable amount of time trying out his new BIC goodies and we have nothing but positive words to report back about the BIC products we were sent to review. 

Magic Felt Pens - This pack of pens comes with 10 colouring felt pens and 2 magic erasers. Maxwell adored using these as he could create fun pictures that stood out. He simply drew shapes and pictures with the magic erasers and then coloured over the picture scene with the felt pens. The shapes which he drew with the magic eraser stayed white and the area which he coloured was coloured vibrant, bright colours.  These are designed for children aged 3+. 

Turn And Colour Wax Crayons - I simply adore these pens. They are fantastic for children, last a long time and are very easy to use. When you want to use one of these crayons, all you simply need to do is twist the button at the end of the crayon and slowly the crayon will appear. The fantastic thing about these crayons is they do not need to be sharpened. They are perfect for small hands. These are designed for children aged 3+. You get 12 in a pack.

Triangle colouring pencils - The pencils are like regular pencils however they are shaped triangularly. The shape of these pencils teaches children the correct way to hold a pencil which prepares children for school. The pencils are jumbo sized and come in a great arrange of bright colours. The are perfect for tiny hands to grip. These are perfect for children aged 2 years +.  You get 12 in a pack.

Triangle Crayons - Maxwell adores using crayons and these are simply fantastic. The crayons are shaped triangularly. The crayons are large in size. The crayons are designed not to make a mess and do not get over hands and clothing. These are perfect for children to use at the age of 1+. You get 12 in a packet.

BIC - Back To SchoolBIC - Back To School

Bic have sent us 4 products to give away to 1 lucky reader. 1 lucky reader of Mummy To The Max will be in with the chance of winning: 1 pack of Mechanical grip pencils, 1 pack of Crystal Stylus pens designed for tablets/smartphones, 1 pack of tropicolours colouring pencils and a retractable mechanical pencil. 

To enter this competition all you simply need to do is enter the rafflecopter below. 

Good Luck!

*We were given 4 products of the BIC range to complete this review. All thoughts & opinions are my own.