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New Thomas and Friends on DVD

We recently reviewed two new Thomas and Friends DVDs.

First was ‘Trouble on the Tracks’ – a 70 minute tale with all the characters the kids know and love. In this story The Troublesome Trucks cause problems for Thomas, as Annie, Clarabel and Toad encounter unexpected high-speed adventures. Diesel gives Paxton a fright, and Salty’s spooky story has the engines running scared. James runs into trouble with some slip coaches and Percy ends up scared and alone in an old mine.

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Next was the complete 16th series (on DVD for the first time). You get all 20 episodes together covering a variety of stories. We had Sodor filled with the sound of music when a famous composer visits the island. Thomas becomes a scarecrow for the day, Percy falls foul of one of Salty’s tales and Charlie combines his love for snow and jokes. The engines welcome Stafford to Sodor, celebrate The Fat Controller’s birthday and, when a photographer visits the island, a certain blue train tries to appear in as many photos as possible.

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Thomas and Friends is good clean fun for younger children and as we’re firm fans in this house (we have the books and lots of the trains) think they are money well spent.

Thomas and Friends: Trouble on the Tracks – £9/70 minutes. Available now
Thomas and Friends The Complete Series 16 – £12.99/200 minutes. Out May 25 2015

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Mia x Dom Skincare

Mia & Dom is an organic skincare line started by Ripon herbalist, Jennifer Feltham.

The company was born from her desire to use only natural products on her children Mia and Dominic. The range contains carefully selected combinations of herbs like Calendula combined with Lavender and Rose Hip – renowned for their soothing and relaxing properties – to calm the skin of mothers and babies.

Although the range is aimed primarily at pregnant mothers, new mothers and babies, they can of course be used by all ages; they’re great for anyone who wants to look after their skin naturally or treat conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

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The products, which feature 100% natural and organic ingredients, include: nappy rash balm; baby shampoo; morning sickness balm; stretch mark oil; nappy serum; calming baby massage oil; and soothing skin salve and lip balms.

My favourite product is the baby massage oil; my children aren’t babies anymore but I use it on damp skin when they get out of the bath as it helps relax and wind them down before bedtime.

Prices start at £3.99 and can be ordered from www.miadomskincare.com

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Movie Review: HOME

Unless your kids have been living under a rock they are, if they haven’t already, going to ask you to see Home or as Lily calls it, the Rihanna movie. Or as Kingston calls it, the Oh movie.

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Home tells the story of Tip (Rihanna) and Oh (Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet. Oh comes to Earth on the run from his own people, and forms an unlikely friendship with Tip who is on a mission of her own. Through a series of funny adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

HOME features an all-star voice cast including Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez.

I loved this movie, my kids loved this movie. The benchmark of all animation (for all time it seems) is Frozen as all other movies get compared to it. Both my kids say Home is better than Frozen so hopefully that gives you an idea of how good it is.

There were tears: theirs, mine and a hysterical child in the seat in front. There were laughs too, so many laughs. As a mother to brown skinned children it was so lovely to see a brown skinned heroine with natural hair, dressed like a child (looking at you awful Bratz dolls/movie) and there were great moral lessons/talking points on friendship, being different, fitting in and kindness.

In closing, go and see this movie. You will love it. If you have kids, take them too. 10/10.

HOME is in cinemas now.

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Disney Pixar INSIDE OUT

At the Cinderella screening last week I saw a trailer for Disney Pixar INSIDE OUT. Never mind the kids, my husband and I can’t wait to see it!

The movie features the voices of Amy Poehler (love her), Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling (love her more!) and Phyllis Smith.

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The movie tells the tale of Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) who live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Take a look at the trailer below and make a note in your diaries. The UK release date is July 24 2015 – just in time for the (long) six weeks break.

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The Convertible Tractor

I love a multi-purpose toy and this might be my favourite yet!

The Convertible Tractor is a 3-in-1-board book that is a story, a play mat and a fun sit-in vehicle. Think of it as educational transformers!

As soon as the Convertible Tractor arrived in the post I gave it to the kids to figure out; I told them it was a book, a play mat and a tractor but that they had to figure out how to get it into all three states.

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They ran upstairs and spent ten minutes or so putting it together. As a team they said! When it was done they called me to see their creation. Much time has been spent with in the Tractor position; it has been read once and they are too old for the play mat but it’s such a great idea and perfect for holidays when space is limited but toys are an absolute necessity!

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Convertible Tractor – RRP £17.00 or £13.49 at mileskelly.net.

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