Monday, 12 November 2012

Pop party 10 review

An opportunity to review "Pop Party 10" came up and when I saw the track listings - I new I had to do it!

Both my little people loooove music and dancing (I proudly teach them all my moves! Blake at 3 can already moon walk!). One of Blake's current favourite songs is Psy Gangnam style which luckily is the opening track!

I expose my children to lots of music - from classical to rock we love it all!

This CD is targeted at age 6+ and is full of all the happy pop sounds of the year, you can't help but bop along and the kids just love this CD for dancing.

The CD also comes with a DVD packed full of music videos and behind the scenes clips. While Maegan (16months) does her own groovy moves - Blake age 3 loves to try and copy what he can see as well as mixing it up with his own special style so they both loved watching and copying the DVD too!

Pop Party 10 CD
http://zaphod.uk.vvhp.net/v-v/121017161448

The album is 1CD plus a bonus DVD featuring all of the best music videos, and some extra special behind the scenes footage!

Tracklisting
CD

01. Psy – Gangnam Style
02. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
03. Maroon 5 – Payphone
04. Tulisa – Young
05. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
06. Justin Bieber – Boyfriend
07. Cheryl – Call My Name
08. Ne-Yo – Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
09. Jessie J – Domino
10. will.i.am Feat. Eva Simons – This Is Love
11. Fun Feat. Janelle MonĂ¡e – We Are Young
12. The Wanted – Chasing The Sun
13. Rihanna – Where Have You Been
14. Cover Drive – Twilight
15. Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight
16. Katy Perry – Part Of Me
17. Stooshe – Black Heart
18. Conor maynard – Cant say no
19. Alyssa ReidAlone – Again
20. Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump
21. JLS – Proud
22. The Saturdays – 30 Days

DVD

01. Psy – Gangnam Style
02. Tulisa – Young
03. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
04. Justin Bieber – Boyfriend
05. Cheryl – Call My Name
06. Jessie J – Domino
07. The Wanted – Chasing The Sun
08. Cover Drive – Twilight
09. Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight
10. Stooshe – Black Heart
11. Alyssa Reid – Alone Again
12. JLS – Proud
13. The Saturdays – 30 Days
14. Justin Bieber – Behind The Scenes “Boyfriend” Video
15. The Saturdays – 30 Days – Behind The Scenes [Music Video]

rrp £10.99
#PopParty10

Emma in Bromley x

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Remembrance Day in Bromley 2012


During the morning of Sunday 11 November, Remembrance Day Services will be held throughout the Borough.

Listed below are those at which the council will be represented.

BROMLEY
The Mayor, Councillor Michael Turner, the Mayoress, Mrs Janet Turner, the Chief Executive, Bob Neill MP and the Representative Deputy Lieutenant, will attend the Service in Bromley Parish Church . Those attending the service are asked to arrive by 10.45am. After the service, the Civic party will proceed to the War Memorial for the wreath laying ceremony.

BECKENHAM WAR MEMORIAL
Councillor Stephen Wells will represent the Borough at this service. At 10.50am the re will be a service and wreath laying ceremony at Beckenham War Memorial in High Street Beckenham, lasting about 45 minutes and a parade will follow the service. Those attending this service are asked to arrive at the War Memorial by 10.30am.

BICKLEY
Councillor Catherine Rideout will represent the Borough, read a lesson and lay a wreath at St. George's Parish Church, Bickley at the service at 10.30 a.m.

BIGGIN HILL
Councillor Benington will represent the Borough at a service at St Mark's Church at 10.30am.

Councillor Norrie will represent the Borough at service at St George's Chapel at 10.30am. A wreath will be laid at St George's Chapel. At Noon the congregations from both services will meet at the War Memorial where wreaths will be laid.

BROMLEY COMMON and KESTON
Councillor Ruth Bennett will represent the Borough at the service at Holy Trinity Church at 10.00 a.m. followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial in the churchyard at 11.00am.

Councillor Stephen Carr will represent the Borough and read a lesson at Keston Parish Church at 10.30 a.m. followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Heathfield Road .

CHELSFIELD and PRATTS BOTTOM
A councillor will represent the Borough and do a reading at the service at St Martin of Tours at 11.00 a.m. (to arrive at 10.45 am) during which a wreath will be laid.


CRAY VALLEY EAST
Councillor David McBride will represent the Borough at a service in St Mary Cray Parish Church at 10.00am. followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial at 11.00am.


CRAY VALLEY WEST
Councillor John Ince will represent the Borough at a service at St Barnabas Church at 10.30am.

CHISLEHURST
Councillor Eric Bosshard will lay the wreath at this Service. The service will be at St Nicholas Church at 9.30am and will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at 11.00 a.m. at the War Memorial.


FARNBOROUGH and CROFTON
Councillor Charles Joel will lay the wreath and Councillor Tim Stevens will do the reading on behalf of the Borough. Those attending should assemble at the Lych Gate of St Giles the Abbot Church at 10.40am to join the procession down to the War Memorial.

Councillor Bob Evans will represent the Borough and lay a wreath at St Paul 's Church Crofton at 10.15am.

HAYES and CONEY HALL
Councillor Graham Arthur will represent the Borough. There will be a service at St Mary the Virgin at 10.30am followed by a short ceremony at the War Memorial in the church grounds.


MOTTINGHAM and CHISLEHURST NORTH
Councillor Charles Rideout will represent the Borough at the service at Mottingham War Memorial which commences at 10.45 a.m. in the car park of the Porcupine Public House, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial.

Councillor Roger Charsley will represent the Borough at a service at St. Edward's Church, St. Keverne Road , which commences at 10.00 a.m.

ORPINGTON
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ian Payne will attend. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at Orpington War Memorial at 10.00am followed by a Service at All Saints Parish Church at 10.50am. Afterwards the re will be a further wreath laying ceremony at Canadian Corner.


PENGE and CATOR
Councillor Bance will represent the Borough. A service will be held at St John's Church at 10.30am followed by a wreath laying ceremony and service at the Memorial opposite the Church.

Councillor Fookes will represent the Borough at Holy Trinity Church , Lennard Road . The service will commence at 10.30 a.m. followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial.

PETTS WOOD and KNOLL
Councillor Tony Owen will represent the Borough and do a reading. There will be a Service at St Francis Church at 9.55 a.m. This will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Petts Wood Memorial, which is expected to take place at approximately 11.00 a.m.

PLAISTOW and SUNDRIDGE
Councillor Ellie Harmer will represent the Borough at a service at St Andrew's Church at 10.00am.

SHORTLANDS
Councillors Jefferys and Noad will lay the wreath and do the reading on behalf of the Borough. There will be a service at St Mary's Church at 10.15am. During the service the congregation will go to the War Memorial at approximately 10.45am to observe the silence and lay wreaths.

WEST WICKHAM
Councillor Jane Beckley will represent the Borough at the service and wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial at Corkscrew Hill at 10.45am.

Normandy Veterans Association Planned Pilgrimage
The Normandy Veterans Association (South Eastern Branch) is trying to raise funds to help Veterans make their last pilgrimage to Normandy in 2014 to pay respect to the comrades they left behind on the battlefields. There are currently four Veterans living in Bromley who would like to attend this event and the Association is raising funds to enable them to relive some of the events that took place and they were part of.

If you would like to make a donation or would like some further information, please contact Mrs Frances Stone, Branch Secretary, tel. no. 020 8462 4591 or e-mail francesstone39@btinternet.com

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The groupon review

I think we all like a bit of a bargain or deal and there's a plethora of discount shopping websites to chose from.

I'm a fan of a few other shopping websites already but was approached by groupon to review for them.

To do the review they offered me a £20 token and I was intrigued by the claim of deals on toys!
http://www.groupon.co.uk/vouchers/shopping/toys


This was a time sensitive review and I clung to my token eagerly awaiting a good toy deal but in the time period the only toy deals I came across were a climbing frame, trampoline or an Olympic 2012 edition train set - all good deals but much more than £20 or the sort of deals I had imagined.

In the end I decided to use groupon for a set of frying pans! I know, hardly toys right!

Groupon is tailored to suit cities and areas so the deals I get are for the London area.

Unlike other deal sites, groupon act like a third party which I hadn't realised at first. I bought my groupon for my ceramic coated frying pans and sat back and waited for delivery - only when I was checking some details on what I'd passed off as an order confirmation email did I realise that what I'd actually bought from groupon was a voucher code - after giving groupon my details to open an account, my card details to pay for my purchase, I then had to go to another website and open account with them as well and buy my items again using the groupon code to pay for them and then also pay an additional fee for postage ontop of what I'd already paid so that meant giving my card details to this other company too!
Blimey it was quite a cuffufle and a lot of repeating and sharing of my data!

The delivery certainly wasn't speedy but I can't complain as the pans really are great.

I think it's important to realise in advance that you are not actually buying your item from groupon and are only buying a voucher code so you will still have to go to another website to buy your purchase and you might have to pay extra for postage too although that would be declared in the groupon small print when you click the link to read more about the deal.

Groupon seemed to have a lot of really good offers for beauty treatments, theatre, photography courses and restaurant deals for my area as opposed to toys but each area gets different offers.

I've also since used groupon to buy a cupcake decorating kit which was a good offer but I'm not entirely keen on this third party system where I then also have to remember to go onto another website too especially when it comes to sharing my data and credit card details.

Good deals and bargain hunting but not very convenient and I didn't find the groupon website particularly easy to use to search for something specific - every time I searched for toys I seemed to go round in circles to a sign up to the newsletter page randomly for Northampton?!

As I've already used Groupon again out of my own pocket since using my review voucher - I would say "yes" I'll use it again if the deal was particularly extraordinary.

Emma in Bromley x

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Bromley Christmas Parade and Father Christmas Santa Dash 2012

Bromley Christmas Parade and Santa Dash

2 December 2012

Christmas Parade and Santa Dash in Bromley town centre with entertainment.

Location: High Street and Market Square, Bromley

Time: 12:00 - 17:00

Cost: Free

Stars of the Peter Pan Pantomime will open the event at 12 noon followed by entertainment on stage in Market Square all day.

The Santa Dash will commence at 2pm followed by school Christmas carols at 3:30pm.

The traditional Christmas Parade will start at 4:30pm with Father Christmas, sleigh, two real reindeers and elves with the Christmas lights switch-on and fireworks finale at 5pm.

Registration for the Santa dash began on 1 November. http://www.mytimeactive.co.uk/leisure/events/santa-dash-2012/default.aspx

The Bromley Christmas celebration event is sponsored by local businesses and residents and the Mayor's Outer London Fund.

Emma in Bromley xx

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Cherry Blossom Real Lambskin Insole review

Wow - I was lucky enough to be sent some real Lambskin insoles by Cherry Blossom Premium to review.

"the warming real Lambskin insole. 100% real, fleecy Lambskin. The woolly fleece keeps your feet cosy and warm. The texon - stiffened underside is breathable and prevents the insole from slipping inside the shoe. The seam band stops unravelling at the edge."

Cherry Blossom Premium Lambskin Sheepskin Insoles
These are so snuggly and warm, they made my boots feel like slippers! And because the texon backing makes them non-slip it means you don't have to stick them down and you can put them in other shoes if needed - I swapped them from my winter boots to my wellies for bonfire night last night. My feet are always like blocks of ice in the winter - I have quite poor circulation! but these cozy warm sheepskin insoles kept my toes warm! Because lambskin in natural, these don't make your feet feel sweaty like synthetic sheepskin can.

Because they are real Lambskin they feel luxurious and special so either indulge for yourself or treat someone to something extra cosy for Christmas!

Cherry Blossom Premium Lambskin insoles come in a range of sizes for children, ladies and men.

Cherry Blossom Premium have some lovely shoe care items and their Valet box is stunning!

"Have your Christmas all wrapped up with Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom Premium Valet Box - The perfect christmas gift for men
For the man that has everything this Christmas, Cherry Blossom, the iconic shoe care brand, have launched an elegant shoe care box for all his shoe care needs. This practical yet strylish gift will ensure that your man keeps his shoes in tip top condition for the new year ahead. Made out of elegant and durable pine, this deluxe valet box comes with two draws offering plenty of room to store all your shoe care accessories and polishes. Equipped with a footrest for effortless shoe polishing, your dad, brother or other half will never have an excuse not to polish his shoes again!

The deluxe valet box retails at £69.95 and is available nationwide. For stockists go to www.cherryblossom.co.uk"

Cherry Blossom is the original, and now, the only shoecare brand manufactured in Great Britain.

Emma in Bromley xx



Saturday, 3 November 2012

Waterstones in Bromley Story Time Club 2012

I recently discovered that most Saturday mornings, Waterstones in The Glades holds a story time (saturday storytime club) in the children's department at 11.30am which is worth checking out!

Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants
Saturday, 3 November 2012, 11:30AM - 12:00PM
All aspiring Knights should come along and read Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants, in order to find out if his underpants really are Gold.


The Girl Who Loved Wellies
Saturday, 10 November 2012, 11:30AM - 12:00PM
Come along and listen to the story of Molly and her wellies. However much people try to persuade Molly to take them off, the more she wants to keep them on.

Secret Agent Splat
Saturday, 17 November 2012, 11:30AM - 12:00PM
Come and enjoy the brilliant Secret Agent Splat, as he gathers together all his courage to try and uncover the mystery of the missing ducks.


The New Jumper - The Hueys
Saturday, 24 November 2012, 11:30AM - 12:00PM
Lets find out whether the one knitted jumper can change all of the Hueys in the kingdom.

Santa is Coming to London
Saturday, 1 December 2012, 11:30AM - 12:00PM
Santa is coming to town and he's coming to Waterstones. Come and find out about Santa and his stay in London, with our Christmas party.

Emma in Bromley xx

Friday, 2 November 2012

Bonfire Night and Firework Displays Bromley 2012

Here's a rundown of what I know for Bonfire Night 2012!

If you are looking for inspiration for bonfire food and crafts, please take a look at my pinterest board
http://pinterest.com/beachpebble/bonfire-fireworks-and-guy-fawkes/

Parish Primary School
Fri 2nd Nov
Gates open at 5.30pm

This year Fireworks night will be bigger and better. To top the huge success of 2011, we will be selling more tickets than last year. As well as a professional fireworks display we will have a wide variety of light-up toys, hot food, candy floss and a bar.

Norman Park
Bonfire, funfair and firework display.
Sat 3rd Nov.
Gates open from 5pm
Fireworks from 8pm
http://normanpark.webeden.co.uk/

Beckenham Round Table Fireworks and Funfair
3 November 2012
A fun event for all ages. Firework display and children's fun fair.

Location: Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Croydon Road, Beckenham

Time: 18:00 - 22:00
Fireworks start 8.00pm (20/25 minutes)


Chislehurst Fireworks and Funfair
3 November 2012

Fireworks, bonfire, fun fair, sideshows, and much more!

Location: Chislehurst Recreation Ground,off Empress Drive Chislehurst BR7

Time: 18:00 - 21:00

A fun event for all ages at Chislehurst Recreation Ground .
Gates open 6.00pm - bonfire 7.00pm, firework display 7.30pm (20/25 mins)

Danson Park
3rd Nov

One of the biggest firework events in South east England, set in beautiful grounds across a tranquil lake in Danson Park.

Gates open at 6pm

Display starts at 8pm



Knockholt Fireworks Spectacular
3 November 2012

Knockholt bonfire night and fireworks.

Location: Junction of Main Road and Blueberry Lane, Knockholt

Time: 18:00 - 20:10

The annual Knockholt Firework Display is unique in that spectators miss the crush of the big town displays for an easily accessible fun evening of fireworks, food and hot drinks around the massive bonfire. And on a clear Autumn night Knockholt, being over 700ft above sea level, provides the fantastic backdrop of the London night skyline - the sky often alight with many of the capital's other firework displays.

Enter at the Junction of Main Road and Blueberry Lane, Knockholt. A traditional firework display gates 6pm, Bonfire lit at 6.45, fireworks begin at 7.30.


Crystal Palace Park - Fireworks Display and Family Funfair
5 November 2012

Firework display and funfair. A fun event for all ages.

Location: Crystal Palace Park, Anerley Hill, Bromley, SE19 2AA

Time: 18:00 - 22:00

Childrens fireworks display will start at 7.00pm. The main firework display will start at 8.30pm.

Admission: Pay on the gate. Gates open at 6pm.

For further information visit http://www.crystalpalacefireworks.co.uk/


Southborough Primary School Bonfire Night Fireworks 2012
Bromley, Kent
05 Nov 2012
Date: 5th November 2012
Place: Southborough Primary School, Southborough Lane, Bromley, Kent BR2 8AA
Time: Gates open 6pm, Fireworks 6.45pm (all times approx)
Prices: £5 (adv £4), pre-schoolers FREE
The 2012 Southborough Primary School Bonfire Night Fireworks, Bromley will be on 5th November.
In addition to the fireworks and bonfire that will light up the skies over Southborough Primary School, there will be plenty of entertainment and refreshments!
For a great evening of fireworks and fun for the family, head to the 2012 Southborough Primary School Bonfire Night Fireworks, Bromley!

Please let me know if I've missed any - particularly the primary schools!

Enjoy, have fun and stay safe!

Emma in Bromley x