Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Join Us For Nickelodeon's Dora & Friends Twitter Party

If you have little fans of Nick Jr, you will no doubt have spotted the very catchy advert for the new Dora and Friends TV show which starts on Monday 3 November; Dora and Friends: Into The City.

Dora and Friends: Into The City sees Dora a few years older and living in the city of Playa Verde. She has a new group of friends: Alana, Kate, Emma, Pablo and Naiya who join Dora as she not only explores her new city but also as she is transported to various magical worlds to face different challenges. In this show Dora is armed with an ancient magical charm bracelet and a handy Map App to help guide her and her new friends on their adventures.

We are very excited to be hosting a Twitter party on Monday 3 November at 4pm-6pm to celebrate the release of the show and Eli has also invited a number of his friends to come over to join in the fun with food and games, and of course, to watch the first episode of the show which will air at 5pm.

During the Twitter party there will be competitions and lots of fun and games so make sure you join us, and keep an eye out for the #doraandfriends hashtag. 

 We'd love to see you there!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Halloween Fun With Pets At Home

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There is an issue which divides our family greatly.  It is often brought up around the holiday season and evokes strong reactions in all those present.  On one side we have myself and the children and on the other, fighting his corner strongly, my husband.  What could this be you ask?  Well this year it was the issue of Halloween Dog Costumes.

I love the idea of dressing Pepper up.  She is regularly adorned with accessories and trinkets, forming part of the children's games but we've never branched out into actually buying something from a store, such as Pets At Home.

This is mainly because my Other Half abhors the idea and can't think of anything worse.  But this year, we were determined!

We laid out our plan for some truly spooky Halloween fun for Pepper.  First we would visit Pets At Home and purchase an outfit for Pep and then we would treat her to some delicious homemade Halloween treats.

And there was nothing Daddy could do about it!

We almost missed the cut-off for the outfits, which were already on sale the week we went, even though it isn't Halloween for quite some time yet.  I suppose this is to make way for their Christmas stock which is already dominating quite a large percentage of the store.

I spotted a HUGE hide bone which would be perfect for a Christmas treat, mostly because I'd like to see Pepper attempt to carry it outside and bury it in our garden as she likes to do with every other treat she is given.

Unfortunately, there wasn't much choice, perhaps because Pepper is a large dog.  There were plenty of cute outfits for little dogs but for her size we had to choose the skull body warmer and cap.

This was fine though, after much discussion we decided that she would be a pirate dog, which is perfect as the kids have plenty of pirate accessories to be her shipmates.

No trip to Pets At Home is complete without visiting the fish.

All dressed up and looking fierce, the next part of our day was to create some yummy special treats.

For this, we chose pumpkin and peanut butter biscuits.

It's the first time we have attempted to make our own treats but I have to say, it was so simple that we will definitely be doing it again in the future.

Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Treats

What you need:-
*Peanut Butter
*Wholemeal flour

It is really so simple to do.

Scoop out the pumpkin and mush it up.

Add in the flour and the peanut butter.

Mix it all up until it binds together, almost like a dough.  Then roll it out, and use cutters or create your own shapes, like we did.

It's probably not the nicest for human consumption though, nice try Eli.

Easy peasy, delicious treats for doggies.

Have you been up to any pet-related Halloween fun this year?