Monday 30 September 2013

#Win One of 9 Digital Magazine Subscriptions from Zinio


Have you noticed how much room magazines take up? If you pop round to our house you’ll notice a fair few magazines neatly piled up under our coffee table most of which are unread.

Why? Well, as a busy Mum of 2, getting time to myself is rare these days and when I do have a moment to spare and fancy a read of one of these great magazines I never seem to have them with me. Annoying ! We’ve moved a couple of times in the past year and my lovely unread magazine collection has moved with me in the hope that one day I will read them all. Hubby says I have a magazine addiction and has actually threatened to throw most of them in the bin !

But this problem has finally been solved by the lovely people at Zinio. Zinio have thousands of top magazines from around the world all in one place and they can be used on your iPad, iPhone, Android mobile phone, tablets, laptops and desktops. You can even download their Kindle Fire app so you can read your favourite magazine here too. Fabulous. No piles of magazines cluttering up the house, and the latest edition of your favourite magazine accessible to you from your mobile device anytime, anywhere. Perfect.

And guess what? The lovely people at Zinio have kindly given me 9 digital magazine subscriptions to give away to you, my lovely readers. And seeing as I’ve been a touch absent over the past few weeks, it’s lovely to come back with such a great competition. You can choose from many categories; Art & Photography, Lifestyle and Travel to Sports, Entertainment, Parenting and Health. There really is something for everyone.

The competition is open to readers living anywhere in the world, and the 9 lucky winners will be able to choose any title offered by Zinio - *subscription length depends on which title you choose (they're all different - in the description of a particular title at you'll find how many issues comes in the subscription).

To be in with a chance of winning one of these digital magazine subscriptions, all you need to do is give me the title of the magazine you’d like to win and then each of the 9 winners will need to provide me with their full name and email address once the competition has ended.

Pop across to Zinio’s website and have a browse at all the lovely magazines on offer and then click the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions to be in with a chance of winning. 

And if you can’t wait that long then Zinio have a “Fresh Fall Design Trends” offer running until 8th October 2013 for up to 50% extra off home, design and garden magazines. Click here to see which magazines are included in this extra offer.

So what are you waiting for? Get browsing and enter this fabulous competition today. Good Luck.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclaimer: Please note that I have been compensated by Zinio with a magazine subscription for myself.

Saturday 7 September 2013

Paradise Park – Hayle’s Little Gem of Family Fun

So, the girls are back at school and nursery and the summer holidays are behind us for another year. It’s been a busy week since our return from Cornwall last weekend and it never ceases to amaze me the enormous amount of washing that seems to accumulate over a two week period on holiday despite your best efforts in trying to keep on top of it ! I seem to have had the washing machine on non stop since we got back. Thank goodness we've had such fabulous weather still to dry them all.

We took our trusty caravan with us down to Cornwall again this year and spent two happy weeks at The Beachside in Hayle. I will be sharing this great holiday park in another post but today I’d like to share one of our days out as a family to the Paradise Park in Hayle itself. We've visited the park with the girls for the past two years since holidaying in Cornwall and as we were sharing part of our holiday this year with my cousin and her family, we decided to go back once more and show them all the fun to be had.

The Park is family run by the Reynolds Family and they chose Glanmor House with its Victorian walled garden when they opened the Paradise Park in 1973. The mild Cornish weather and its sheltered location make it ideal for tropical wildlife and the right conditions for palms, tree ferns and exotic plants to grow. It is also the home of the World Parrot Trust.

We made sure we arrived in time to see the Otter and Penguin feeding which was interspersed with a ride on the little train that takes you around part of the park. The kids loved seeing the animals being fed and my cousin’s son was one of the lucky ones chosen to feed the penguins. Belle was disappointed not to have been chosen too but this was soon made up for when Tink and her were able to say “hi” to one of the penguins and have their photo taken with her.

The park has an array of different birds from flamingos and toucans to Scarlett Ibis’ and the Cornish Chough. We are led to believe that they also have Red Pandas but I have to say that we've never been lucky enough to see them on all three of our visits no matter how hard we try to find them.

The children enjoyed their time feeding the goats, sheep and donkeys at the Fun Farm where you can feed them carrots and parsnip. It’s worth noting that you can buy bags of animal feed to take with you when you arrive at the park at 50p a bag. The sheep particularly like these nuts.

Once we’d finished feeding the animals we watched the Free Flying Bird Show which showcased a bald eagle, an eagle owl, a Kookaburra among others. It was fabulous for the children to get so close to these majestic creatures as they swoop over your head. A real must see before lunch.

When tummies rumble ready for a well earned lunch, you’ll find plenty of pub table seating outside to picnic at. If you prefer not to take your own food with you, then there’s also a small cafe which sells decent food. We ate there the first time we visited and the food was good.

Once our tummies were full again we went and let the children run off some steam in the Jungle Barn which has multi level play zones, an astra slide, double drop slide, ballpool slide, toddler area, snack bar and party rooms. The slides are lots of fun and even little Tink went down by herself this time. What a little trooper !

From here we popped across to feed the little parakeets. Word of warning; get here early. It starts at 2.00pm but the queues form before this time. But it's worth the wait. I've included pictures from out very first trip as hubby had hands free to take piccies that time. Unfortunately we were so enthralled with it all this time we all completely forgot to take any pictures. The nectar costs 50p a pot and the parakeets are really rather friendly chaps. Another word of warning; you may get pooped on !

Finally we popped across to Paradise Island to explore the outdoor play area with towers to climb, rocking dolphins to ride, and climbing poles to master. 

After all this excitement it was about 3.00pm and we’d managed to kill five fun hours with the children. I think now we've been three times we've probably seen everything there is to see here, but I have to say that the girls always want to go back and talk so fondly of their visits here. As a family day out it comes highly recommended.


This week I’m linking this post up to Fiona’s #CountryKids and also Vicky’s #PoCoLo Linkys. Enjoy your Sunday everyone xx

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