Monday, 15 December 2014

TalkTalk Box Office

The dreaded sickness bug caught up with me again on Friday & Saturday and while hubby was out ferrying Charlie to and from his panto rehearsals I had to somehow occupy Molly and Harry. It seemed like the perfect time to try out the Box Office on our TalkTalk tv!

It's really easy to navigate and the children soon agreed on a film to watch. As well as recent film releases there are older films available too; Elf, Hop, Coraline, The Simpsons, Turner & Hooch and many, many more.

Some new films are even available on the same day as being released on DVD. Hubby & I rarely get to the cinema and we're eagerly awaiting the opportunity to watch Hunger Games Mockingjay.

You can search for a particular film or browse the categories. There are so many to choose from that you can't fail to find something to watch.

Categories include Family, Christmas, Films from £1 and Recently Added
Once you've made your selection you just enter your pin (we'd forgotten ours but it was quickly found within the My Account section on the TalkTalk website) and the film will start within seconds. Films are available to rent for 48 hours from the time of purchase and they can be watched as many times as you want during that period.

We have dozens of DVDs but the children have watched each one so many times it's great to watch something different and it's so handy to have our own Box Office at home instead of needing to traipse down to the library-which has a poor selection anyway and isn't always open when we need it.

I can see that this is going to be used a lot, especially on those cold winter nights when we want to snuggle up on the sofa and the tv is full of repeats.

*This post was written as part of our Ambassadorship with TalkTalk. All opinion is honest nd based upon our own experiences.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Ravensburger 3D Tower Bridge Puzzle review

As regular readers will know, we're all big fans of Ravensburger puzzles so we jumped at the chance of reviewing the 3D Tower Bridge puzzle

Consisting of 216 puzzle pieces and plastic trims and details it makes an impressive 3D display. Once completed it measures a huge 117cm in length. 

There are two ways of making the puzzle; by following the numbers and directions on the back of each piece or by making it by eye. I chose the easier of the two options as I was making it with Charlie.

The instructions for the plastic trimmings were easy to follow and they slotted together well. Charlie was able to do it all by himself.  

The towers were a little more fiddly for him but we worked together and they soon took shape. The unique Easy Click pieces fit together well and make a sturdy structure.

We were very pleased with the end result and it has taken pride of place in our dining room. We recently had a dinner party and our guests were very impressed with it!

Harry enjoys pushing his cars along the bridge and he loves that the bridge opens up.

3D Tower Bridge is suitable for ages 12+, although I think younger children will also enjoy putting this together with adults and is available in a range of shops. 

With Christmas just around the corner this would make a great present for puzzle lovers.

*We received the puzzle for the purposes of a review. All opinion is honest and based upon our own experiences of the product.

Dispatches from the Dating Zone Giveaway

As promised in the Ten On Tuesday post this week I am hosting a giveaway for a signed copy of KT Valentine's debut rom-com novel Dispatches from the Dating Zone.

It's the perfect read for those winter nights when you're cosy and warm snuggled up on the sofa.

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Terms & conditions:

Competition ends on Saturday 20th December  2014 at midnight.

The prize is one signed copy of Dispatches From The Dating Zone. 
Prize cannot be exchanged. 

Incomplete or incorrect entries will be disqualified from the draw.

UK residents only.

The winner will need to supply me with contact details within 72 hours of being notified or I will re-draw a winner.If you are the prizewinner you give permission for your contact details to be passed on to KT Valentine so that she can arrange for your prize to be mailed out. 

Him, Me & Three takes no responsibility for prize being lost or damaged in transit.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Have a Half-Shell Heroes Christmas!

Flair have released a new range of Half Shell Hero products aimed at children aged 2-5 years so that they can join in the ninja fun with the Turtles.

This is great news for Harry as he loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as much as his older brother does.

The range includes action figures, playlets and vehicles. 

I was contacted to see if Harry would like to receive a Christmas card and small gift from the Half-Shell Heroes. I kept it quiet from him so he was very surprised and excited when he opened the box and found a figure within a bauble for our Christmas tree. He's now nagging me daily to get the tree down from the loft!

*I was not paid for this post. Harry received a card & gift in return for a post about the products.

Ten on Tuesday with KT Valentine

I was delighted to be offered the chance to read KT Valentine's debut novel 'Dispatches From The Dating Zone' earlier this year. Although I don't get as much time as I'd like for it I do love reading and can't resist the lure of a good book. 

KT's book is about Fleur Summers, a divorced single Mum, and her quest in finding the perfect man. She has explored all the usual ways of meeting Mr Right but has now turned to her friends and family for help. 

It is described as a British racy rom-com and that's exactly what it is. Some elements of the story can be a tad crude but don't let that put you off. It's a fun read and I could relate to a lot of it after a few dating disasters of my own (many, many years ago I'm happy to say!) 

I loved the short chapters, a downside for some, but for me it worked well to read a few pages when I had 5 minutes spare while waiting to pick the children up from school and easily pick up again where I left off. At other times I whizzed through chapter after chapter, desperate to find out what happened next.

KT has a signed copy of her book for one lucky reader to win. A competition post will go live shortly so watch this space! 

I put 10 questions to KT to find out more about her:

1.  Who are you and what do you do?
My name is KT Valentine and I’m a PA by trade. I actually started out in the Royal Air Force, spent time as an air hostess, moved into recruitment, then banking, before finally settling in PA work about 5 years ago. I really enjoy being a PA and think that as a ‘real job’ it’s the job for me, but my dream job has always been to write.

2. How did you get started?
A friend once told me that some of the best writers are the ones that write about what they know. Whether that was the case or not, it got me thinking about everything I’d been through over the years and how I could draw on it for inspiration. After a traumatic divorce, I found myself on the rocky road as a single mum trying to find love again. You name it, I’ve done it with regards to finding that elusive ‘Mr Right’ and it’s not exactly been plain sailing.

Then, one evening while I was deleting yet another potential ‘shirtless’ match on yet another dating website, I started to wonder what it would be like it I put my love life into the hands of my nearest and dearest and that’s when the idea for ‘Dispatches from the Dating Zone’ was born.

3. What is the most inspiring piece of advice you've ever been given?
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and don’t stop trying. I’ve been living by that mantra most of my life!

4. What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

1.      To be a published author

2.      To write a screenplay

3.      To visit Machu Picchu in Peru

5. What was the first record/cd that you owned?
It was actually New Kids on the Block’s debut record (yes I’m showing my age – my son’s never even seen a record!)

6. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?    
That’s a really hard question to answer as I don’t tend to look to far into the future anymore. However if pressed, I’d love to have another book published or be making a living from writing in some form or another. I’d also love to have re-married, travelled the world and start to grow older disgracefully.

7. Describe yourself in five words.
Mischievous. Creative. Loyal. Passionate. Mother.

8. What is the worst gift you've ever received?
A box of Matchsticks chocolates wrapped in tin foil. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE chocolate, but my brother went through a phase of buying his sisters a box of cheap chocolates  for Christmas ever year for at least five years, whilst his girlfriend of the moment got gorgeous jewellery etc.. By the third year we were so over the Matchsticks and to this day I’ve never eaten one since. However nothing beats the birthday present my brother bought my son when he was six years old – an adult sized boxing bag that was bigger and weighed more than my son! Mmm there’s a bit of a theme beginning to emerge here…

9. Which four people, dead or alive, would you most like to have round for dinner?
Marilyn Monroe, JK Rowling, Nigella Lawson and Adele.  Glamour, intellectual conversation, great food and the perfect sound track for the perfect evening. #GirlPower

10. Any embarrassing moments you'd care to tell us about?  My debut book isn’t my first 15 minutes of fame. I was actually on BBC Newsround when I was 15! I won a journalist competition and flew to Canada to make some news reports on seal culling. I was on Newsround three times, which was really exciting. What wasn’t exciting was the fact my mother had nicked the only scarf we’d taken on the trip and each of my reports featured me wearing a white hotel towel round my neck!! CRINGE!

You can follow KT on twitter and her book is available from Amazon

*I was not paid for this post. I was offered a copy of the book for the purposes of a review. All opinion is honest and based upon my own experience of the product.

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