Tag Archives: Festivals

Look who’s Going To The Lollibop

9 Aug

The WotWots Zoom into Lollibop Festival
The Big Bash for Little People

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Date: August 16, 17 and 18 2013
Meet and Greet Times: The WotWots will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day
Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford

The WotWots will zoom into this year’s Lollibop Festival to meet and greet all their special little fans.

The WotWots have come from outer space in their steam-powered spaceship to explore and marvel at the extraordinary diverse life on Earth. In season one of the television series, SpottyWot and DottyWot arrive in the middle of a zoo and in the second season, they land on a farm and meet strange and friendly farm animals as well as travel to the seashore.

Also in August, Channel 5 will welcome the adorable SpottyWot and DottyWot back for Series 2, narrated by British broadcasting legend, Nicholas Parsons OBE.

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The WotWots is produced by Pukeko Pictures.

For tickets to this years event visit the official Lollibop site

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Holidays, festivals and Aspergers

14 Aug

As some may have noticed, this blogger has been a tad quiet these past few weeks. This I can only put down to the 6 week holidays.

The children have done well at keeping me on my toes since breaking up from school, there’s been all sorts of crazy family ups and downs (luckily nothing to explosive has happened)!

Little man struggles to get the most out of his holidays, what with the lack of a more structured routine, things can often get on top of him. However, this year his doing pretty well and I’m super impressed at how little man is adjusting himself and as a result his enjoying an easier, less stressful school break.

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Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if family life paints the picture that portrays that perfect family the “Walton’s” or even that of the “Little House on the Prairie”. There has been meltdowns, sibling rivalry, tears and of course a little cursing. But thankfully on the whole, it’s been OK and could have easily been worse!

I don’t think I ever imagined that I’d write something like that of the above, especially not during past school holidays which have seen me wondering around in a zombie induced state or that of a women sitting in a corner with her head in her hands, questioning out loud her ability to be a parent! I’ve now come to learn that its a combination of careful planning, self confidence & consistency that makes holidays relatively pleasurable for the whole family (especially for that of the parent and child on the spectrum)!

Little man may scream & curse when I’m requesting a new rule is followed but these rules actually make his holiday and every other day more predicable. He has a clear message surrounding my expectations towards him.

This is the same when applying new activities to a timetable/schedule, as by doing so he is aware of what we’re doing and where we’re doing it. The only problems with this are that of having to reschedule a planed activity or trip, cancellations are by far the worse! Little man like most children diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, doesn’t really grasp the whole unavoidable circumstances explanation and things can therefore become extremely heated and long winded.

This year we haven’t really been on any huge trips and certainly not holidays. Yes, we’ve done some days out to the zoo, park and that of the beach but not as many as I would have liked! Nonetheless, little man seems happy as he engages himself in his special interests or spreading time in the garden where he jumps on the trampoline for hours at a time.

Yet, like his siblings and any other child for that matter, Little man does get bored. Sadly his one true friend who happens to live next door, is off on his holidays where he’ll spend a long sunny 3 weeks in Florida. It’s apparent how much the Little man is missing the friendship and as a result I’m often finding myself having to contend with a snappy, moody 11year year old.

The above has left me needing to think outside the box. There’s been a need to create fun on a budget in-order to keep the little mans mind healthy and stimulated therefore reducing the chances of him getting over absorbed in his interest or annoyed, over stimulated or bored.

Garden sensory play, board games and back yard camping have all played a huge part of our life these last few weeks.

Other then being a parent to three children there has been other things keeping me busy (thankfully I wouldn’t call these chores)! Their are a few new projects I’ve embarked on and some awesome brands I’ve started working with. Actually if I’m honest, I’ve had some lovely surprises since the kids broke up! Discovering I had been chosen to become one of the new Butlins Ambassadors, was one of those surprises, one that caused big cheesy smiles from fellow members of the household.

Becoming a Butlins Ambassador means I can book a holiday with the children between now and next August, and then share my views on the resort by written review and video.

Most importantly, I can report on the little things that matter to those families who have children on the autism spectrum, those with SEN and other types of disability. A holiday camp such as Butlins, runs scheduled activities & events throughout the day which is most appealing to the child who needs structure and routine to feel safe and comfortable.

As well as the review, I’ll be able to share all the need to know Butlins news which includes anything from fantastic competitions to fabulous savings.

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If the above wasn’t enough for me to get all excited about, I’ve also met with Acer who invited me to check out their latest Tech releases while celebrating the Olympics 2012 games and its worldwide partnership, by sitting down for a spectacular 3 course lunch at the stunning Spencer House in London (blog post & images coming soon).

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Last week was the week I got myself a little ‘Me’ time. I’ve just returned from a the “Wilderness Festival” in Oxfordshire. I spent the entire weekend with a friend discovering what Wilderness had on offer for its second year… and it was bigger and better than its first year ( review coming soon).

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So now I’m home and enjoying being mum. Yes, it gets tough sometimes but there is no place I’d rather be.

Chocolate, sun and lots of fun

19 Jul

It’s hard work having family days out when one off your children is one the autism spectrum but it’s nice to know that regardless of the meltdowns and possible blow ups Little man is prone to, that have been so clearly described in my writing throughout many post on this very blog, there are still those out there willing to take a chance on us.

I love Cadbury’s and think the Spots VS. Stripes campaign is brilliant. Some may remember a post I wrote sometime ago relating to the campaigns latest games, ‘Race Season’ where myself and a friend went on an invite only event that see us trying to break world records and eat to much chocolate.

Well, It was a joy to receive a email from the lovely Sophia, a member of the PR team working on behalf of Cadburys who had invited me and the children down to the Sainsburys Pandemonium Festival as VIP guests. The Pandemonium Festival was a celebration of the launch of Kung-Fu Panda 2 Movie and Cadburys were there showcasing their latest games, ‘Cadbury Spots v Stripes Minute To Win It games’

Minute to Win it is a massive hit TV show from the US which is bashed around wacky game playing which Cadbury are sponsoring as part of their sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympic games.

The Cadbury games crew were inviting members of the public attending the event to try out the Cadbury Spot v Stripes Minute To Win It games which are made up off child friendly mini games which were fantastic. The public were certainly up for the challenge as the Cadbury stand was heaving! Knowing little man could possible freak out having to wait in the long line on this very hot day his sister took to the line instead allowing him to join her once she had made it all the way to the front bless her. The games team were great and Ben the guy in charge was great with my little man keeping him entertained while he waited and putting up with his millions of questions about the Spots Vs. Stripes van (transport crazy)

When it came to the games Little man let the side down by declaring he was a stripe, while my daughter knew her place when she proudly announced that she was a spot like mum! The children tried out a few mini games, this one being my best!

I thought Little man was gonna take this poor guys head off at one point.

This next game was a classic. Battling against one another it was the perfect game for these monsters. With their shoe half on, half off the aim was to flick the shoe into the air aiming it at the target. The one who was closest won.

Can you tell who that was? Yes, Little Man was on the verge of meltdown mode but he proudly held it together and coped pretty well with losing. Little Sis did however rub it in with her victory dance!

Lastly it was prize giving time. Thankfully both got awards.

To find out more or play one of the Spot v Stripes Minute To Win It games visit www.spotsvstripes.com

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