Big Bloggers Christmas Giveaway!

The countdown to Christmas is on! Whether that fills you with excitement or fear I think we can all agree that Christmas costs money!! If your wallet is weeping with dismay then look no further and enter my brand new competition.amazon1

This Christmas I have teamed up with a wonderful collection of bloggers to giveaway an amazing prize just in time for Christmas. One lucky winner will be walking away with a fantastic £150 worth of Amazon vouchers while two runners up get £30 each (if the winner is from a country other than the UK the prize will be delivered via PayPal cash).

Before we get down to business lets meet the blogging team:Amazon-Giveaway-1

Sally Akins | The Gingerbread Hous | Mummy Lala | Bubbablue and Me | You Baby Me Mummy | Madam Gourmand | Missing Sleep | Wishful Wonderings | Trials & Tribulations Of A Brummie Mummy | Hello Beautiful Bear | Cookies and Cwtches | Odd Socks & Lollipops | Futures | Don’t Cramp My Style | Ickle Pickle’s Life and Travels | Bark TimeCollage-2


Rambling Through Parenthood | Life at 139a | Julie’s Notebook | Spanish Mummy | Hex Mum | Garden, Tea , Cakes and Me | Mummy’s Little Monkey | A Testing Time | Bump And Beyond | Emmy’s Mummy | Angel Eden Blog | Precious Little Worlds | All The Beautiful Things | Hubby Helps | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers | One Frazzled Mum

To enter all you need to do is answer the following question:
What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

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Good Luck.
*Please note all other entries after answering the question are optional, however they do get you extra entries into the final draw and help support all the bloggers who are helping to provide this wonderful prize.

There is 1 prize of £150 Amazon Vouchers and 2 Runners up of £30. (If the winner resides outside of the UK the prize will be offered via PayPal Cash)
Open worldwide to people aged 18 and over.
Closing date for entries is 00.01 GMT on 6 December 2015
Only one entry is permitted per person
To enter, log in via Rafflecoper and complete any of the given options.
The winning entry will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter
Winners will be informed by email within 14 days of the closing date and will need to confirm their details within 28 days to claim the prize.
Delivery of the prize will be made by promoter of this competition UK Bloggers.

Happy from Fairy Tail custom birthday cake

Hapy Fairy Tail CakeWe recently had a birthday in the Angel Eden household and if there’s one thing that birthdays mean it’s cake! I always check if there’s any particular theme that my kids want for their cake but I usually regret it when they request something complicated and seemingly impossible! This year the request was to have a Happy from Fairy Tail cake.Happy_Anime

For those unfamiliar with Fairy Tail it’s a Japanese Anime series following a group of wizards who face various magical challenges and threats. One of the main characters ‘Natsu’ has a flying blue cat (or Exceed to be precise) called Happy who joins the team as they battle foes and grow in magical ability.happycake1

So we need a flying blue cat cake!! Not the easiest thing to attempt, particularly as Happy (in true Anime/Manga style) has a head larger than his body. So I took a little creative licence and made Happy after a large meal, complete with round belly and his favourite food (fish!)happycake2

I felt quite anxious about the cake as I wasn’t really sure if it captured Happy successfully enough or not, but when my son saw it (early in the morning, he was too excited to sleep) he was over the moon! So if the customer is happy then I guess I should be too :)happycake3

He was made of a basic Chocolate cake and covered in buttercream and fondant, even his wings were edible. As you might imagine he took quite a long time to make and plenty of concentration, so I can see why so many parents buy their cakes instead! If you aren’t brave enough to attempt your own custom cake or you’d rather just leave the stress to the experts (I don’t blame you) then there are plenty of great cake bakers out there who’d be happy to take your ideas and turn them into reality. Most have wonderful websites full of amazing pics too, my favourite at the moment is NYC Birthday Cakes ,I’m completely in awe of their skills! Just check out this ice-cream theme!NYCcakes

I really want this crochet/knitting ball cake just for me!


You could customise this one for Christmas and have a Little Drummer Boy theme :)drumcake

What would your dream cake look like? Or have you ever attempted a custom theme only to fail miserably (I certainly have)?

Drayton Manor’s War of the Worlds Fireworks Spectacular Review


Last night I took my family along to the best firework display I’ve ever seen! Full of atmosphere, drama and sparkle it’s an event you really shouldn’t miss. But if that isn’t enough to convince you then read on for sneak peaks in today’s Drayton Manor’s War of the Worlds Fireworks Spectacular review.


We arrived shortly before 4pm and delighted at the Halloween decorations strewn around the park (nothing overtly scary for the little ones either :) ).firework9+


As the sun went down, the lights came on and a wonderful sense of atmosphere flowed thoughout. Some areas (like the zoo) shut at 5pm, but most of the rides have been covered with lights and can be enjoyed right up until 9pm. The carousel is always a firm favourite and creates a magical blur of lights and sounds in the evening.


Shortly after 7pm we made our way to the lake to wait for the firework display. The show started at 8pm but if you want a front place view you have to get there reasonably early. Although I should add that the fireworks are huge so you can actually see them from most of the park. There’s also a screen provided from one of the lawns which is great if you’re taking smaller children.


At 8pm Liam Neeson’s voice came over the speaker and we knew that the Fireworks were about to start. For those unfamiliar with the War of the Worlds musical, Liam provided the narration.

firework5+The fireworks began in stunning style as they shot high above the lake. All perfectly timed to the music it made for a truly breath-taking display.


Complementing this was a kind of smoke cloud set upon the lake showing images from the critically acclaimed musical, plus an alien spaceship to one side which was shooting lasers!


I’ve seen many fireworks over the years and certainly some very impressive displays but never such a perfectly choreographed event that utilises images, lasers, music and the most stunning and gigantic fireworks! I would wholeheartedly recommend a visit if you can get there.


The fireworks close out the 65th Anniversary season at Drayton in epic style and they continue tonight and tomorrow (31st Oct, 1st Nov, but fireworks at 7pm) so there’s still time to get tickets and book a visit to the event.


firework8+For more information and to book your tickets (you know you want too!) then pop over to Drayton Manor’s website here.



Finally a short video showing the amazing fountain that rested on the lake playing images from the War of the Worlds musical.