Sunday, 8 December 2013

The Croods DVD Review....

With these dark, and cold nights I like nothing better to do than getting our comfy pj's on, gathering some tasty snacks and settling down on the sofa to watch a good family friendly DVD. With this in mind it was lovely to cosy up with the children to watch DreamWorks Animations The Croods. The film was a blockbuster hit at the cinema and is written and directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps) and has been promoted as one of the must-see animated films of the year. We never got to see this at the cinema so there was much excitement from the children as we sat down, ready to press play!
The Croods, Ugga (mum), Grug (dad), Eep, Thunk and Sandy (children) and the mother law, Gran, are a cave family, who, when their cave is destroyed, set out to discover and explore a wonderful new landscape. This new land brings with it exciting adventures, amazing creatures and even strange surprises! Eep was a character we all fell in love with a little bit as the courageous, feisty teenager, looking for excitement and certainly reminded me of a certain someone I know ;)

We really enjoyed this pre-historic tale, which mimics many modern-day family issues, and it kept both my 7 and 12 year old entertained throughout. One of their favourite scenes was when Grug and Guy, the heroic, clever and inventive cave boy get stuck in the sticky tar, and with the help of Belt the three toed sloth, they get set free. The animated scenery, especially of the new world is stunning and definitely keeps you attracted to the colourful film.

The Croods is ultimately a story of 'change' and how to learn to adapt to new and different surroundings - we really liked the way the relationship between the (over protective) father and (wanting to be independent) daughter blossomed over time, it was really quite touching. The Croods would make a great family film to watch over Christams and is released on DVD and Blu-Ray tomorrow, 9th December, so a perfect treat just in time for Christmas. There are some great extra special features too, including 'Belts Cave Journal', 'Croods Cuts: Lost scenes' and more!

We'll definitely be getting the Christams chocolates out again for this one - the sign of a good watch, that the DVD doesn't just stay on the shelf gathering dust, but gets watched again, and again...

Disclosure: we were sent a DVD copy of The Croods (via Mumsnet) for the purposes of this blog post. All words and opinions my own. 

Friday, 6 December 2013

Matalan Xmas Tips!...

With Christmas fast approaching, I'm always on the look out for some handy Christmas tips to get me in the festive mood so I am very pleased to have teamed up with Matalan to get involved in their #MatalanXmasTips campaign! Various blogging peeps shall be sharing some of their top Christmas tips from Christmas fashion to gift ideas during this feastive season, and I was very keen to share my tips. Being a keen shopper, my ideas are around choosing gifts for friends and family they'll love and you can read my post here on the Matalan blog.

We all know keeping to a budget can sometimes be hard when choosing gifts, but definately worth the effort - especially when there are so many 3 for 2 offers to be had these days. There is a great post on the Matalan blog here too, which concentrates on decorating the home for Christmas. You can also catch up live at 1pm on Twitter next Wednesday (11th Dec) for one hour, where there shall be a little twitter party with many a tweeting tips and ideas all centred around Christmas. There's even some handy vouchers for Matalan to be won!
Look out for the hashtag #MatalanXmasTips :)
Also, through a friend who knows I love a bargain, I found out that it is Family Friendly Privilege Week at Matalan. So, up until the 10th December with this voucher you can get 20% off a no minimum spend and 30% off when you spend £50 or more. I got in contact with Matalan to confirm I could post about it here and they were more than happy for me to share the good news. If you can't print off these vouchers, I gather Matalan shall have spare vouchers in store if you show them the voucher image on your phone.     

Well, I know where I shall be off at the weekend ;) 
It would be lovely to cath up with you at the Matalan twitter party next week, I'm really looking forward to seeing what great tips people come up with!