Archive | March, 2013

Mamas and papas new Leeds store

24 Mar

It was great to be invited down to the grand opening of the new Mamas and Papas store in Leeds new shopping centre, Trinity.
To say impressive is an understatement, the complex is magnificent and the buzz around the place was great, it really made me feel very proud to call this my city.

We were greeted at the door by a huge smile that belonged to shop assistant Becky, welcomes like this put you at ease and make your first step into the store a positive one and Mamas and Papas have certainly made a great first impression.

We were then introduced to one of the PR girls, Holly, who had organised for myself and another blogger to come and write about our experience of shopping in the new store.

We were given a tour by assistant manager Holly and I was very impressed with the facilities they had on offer. There has been so much thought put into the target markets needs and this was reflected by the services they had to offer. There is a feeding area, a bottle warming area, the isles are wide enough for pushchairs to fit through, its these simple things that enhance your experience, make it memorable and make you want to go back time and time again. As an added extra, the girls from Mint nail salon were giving shoppers free manicures, obviously I had to indulge!

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Also at the store were some of my favourite kids TV presenters that I grew up watching, Sarah Cawood, Michael Underwood and his beautiful wife Angelica Bell.
I found it very interesting that they specifically choose these people to represent their brand as they too have young children and therefor appeal to the brand and are relatable to other shoppers, it was so nice to meet and chat to them and seeing them interact with staff and customers gave the store an extra buzz.

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Top:Sarah Cawood, honest mim blogger,Danny, me, Eivissa, Michael Underwood and Angelica Bell
Bottom left; me, Eivissa and Michael Underwood
Bottom right; my perfect little family

Once the tour and chin wagging ended it was time to shop, and I was ready! We were kindly given some vouchers and I couldn’t wait to get started.
I opted for some beautiful brown leather moccasins, a cream, pleated sheer shift dress that I can’t wait for Eivissa to wear, a Sophie the giraffe teether, some baby grows and a potty! My shopping experience was great and all this for under £70! If i had to find one fault it would be that there is too many nice things to buy, oh well, it’s a perfect excuse to go back.

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I fell in love with this rocking horse and Eivissa loved it, it’s definitely going to be one of my next purchases.

I’ve shopped at mamas and papas several times and time and time again, staff have been impressive and attentive to my needs, I’ve never met a member of staff that is having an ‘off day’.
It really does make a difference when staff are good at their jobs and offer service with a smile. The store at Trinity Leeds is living up to the hype that Mamas and Papas have built their reputation on. I would recommend going down to see for yourself.

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Some of the great facilities and my purchases.

Photo shoot with Epic love photography

14 Mar

We have a great friend called Rob, who we’ve known for over 10 years, he was best man at our wedding and we have shared many great times together. He is a wonderful guy and also a fab photographer. He was visiting this month as he was shooting a wedding near by, he popped over for a cuppa and offered to take some family pictures of us. I wanted to post the pictures as I LOVE them, so natural and portray me and Danny really well. Take a look at the Epic Love site Thank you Rob.

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Once again thanks Rob for the great photos.

Disney on Ice

4 Mar

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We were so excited to take Eivissa to see Disney on ice- lets party! But I’d have to say, I was just as excited to see it myself! Disney was a huge part of my childhood, I knew all the words to the Aladdin film, so the thought of seeing it up close was very appealing to me.

The show was at the Liverpool Echo Arena which is a great venue set on the docks overlooking the Mersey, its surrounded by great restaurants and has ample parking in and around the venue.

Upon entering the arena, we were told we could park our pushchairs in a secured area which was a big help. We then headed to our seats which were positioned 3 rows from the ice, the view was great and as the lights dimmed we knew we were about to witness a great show.

A 1 minute notice was given that show was about to start so we sat in anticipation waiting for the arrival of the Disney characters. Micky, Minnie, Donald and Goofy.

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Outside the arena

It was so lovely to see all the children dressed in Disney costumes, the girls dressed as princesses and the boys were head to toe in toy story outfits, my only regret is that I didn’t dress up.
There was plenty of merchandise to purchase too, toys, plastic Micky and Minnie ears and themed disney food were on offer.

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The theme of the show was ‘let’s party.’ Micky and Minnie lead the way through the scenes and other characters old and new pop up throughout the show, there was visuals on a screen and plenty of lights and sing along songs for the kids.
With Eivissa being 18 months, I wondered if if she would watch, but as soon as it started she couldn’t take her eyes off the show, her friend Austin (12 months) sat through the whole thing bopping away to the music. Eivissa did get a bit restless and wanted to walk to the front and sit on the steps and do a bit of dancing, but other than that she was hooked.

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Eivissa and Austin enjoyed the first half of the show.

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Eivissa sat as near as she could get!

The show had lots of highlights, my favourite was the Disney princess part with Aladdin, Jasmine and the Little Mermaid. The Halloween party was very good including all the Disney baddies and the skating was excellent, lots of lifts and spins.

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To my amazement, Danny enjoyed it too! He has never been a big fan of Disney but I did see him clapping along and humming the songs, although he denied this afterwards. By far the best part has to be hearing all the kids go wild when the toy story cast come out onto the ice, they absolutely loved it.

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The show was just the right length of time and was action packed. It had a small break half way through and each half was filled with everything you could imagine to keep your child entertained, I would recommended taking your children to see it, il definitely be taking Eivissa to see it again.

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The finale!

If you are looking to go then I highly recommend DB promotions to book your tickets, very friendly, efficient and a great service throughout.
Here’s their website http://www.dbpromotions.co.uk