Pocket Money Halloween & Giveaway

Pocket Money Halloween by Clare Beaton

As you all know, I am a thrifty so and so. I do love a good kids craft and homemade Christmas gift. I love to bake our own goodies and decorate the house with things the kids an d I have made. And Halloween is no exception. Though of course you can find lots of Halloween Ideas over on Red Ted Art, it is always nice to have a little book with crafts, activities and recipes for more inspiration. Along comes the thrifty Pocket Money Halloween. The title alone is appealing to me, as being crafty with kids, should never ever cost a fortune. All the ideas in this book, are cute, simple and inexpensive. Hooray. I love all upcycled elements of it. And there are a number of things, I can’t wait to have a go at.

Would you like to win a copy?

Simple, leave a comment below telling me your favourite Halloween CRAFT of all times.

(You will find future Book Reviews on my new site Theatre, Books and Movies)


1) Open to the UK only

2) One entry per person

3) Winners will be picked at random and decisions will be final

4) Closes on 15th Oct 2012 at 11pm

5) Delivery of the prize is the responsibility of b small publishing and not Life At The Zoo/ Red Ted Art

Giveaway: When it Snows

Aaah here is a lovely book just in time for Christmas and Winter: When it Snows by Richard Collingridge.

A magical story about snow, snow queens and elves. A little boy doesn’t let the snow get the better of his day and goes off on an adventure.

A lovely ending to the story reveals all – by a cosy fire a small boy is lost in his own little world.

With a call to action at the very end – where do your favourite books send you on a cold winters day?!

Like the sound of this book, I have FIVE books to giveaway.

All you have to do, is leave a comment below telling us, which children’s picture book you would like to escape into this winter!

(You will find future Book Reviews on my new site Theatre, Books and Movies)


1) Open to the UK only

2) One entry per person

3) Winners will be picked at random and decisions will be final

4) Closes on 15th Oct 2012 at 11pm

5) Delivery of the prize is the responsibility of Random House publishing and not Life At The Zoo/ Red Ted Art

Getting Ready for Back to School

Well.. it really is getting frantic here… The Boy is STARTING SCHOOL in less than a month. My little baby is all grown up and going in with the big boys (aka Reception… ok, so he is still quite little). But school uniforms are being bought. Pencils cases sorted. Desk tidies made. Lunchboxes pondered and and and and.

Well. To give a little lending (and financial hand), there is always eBay (and check out the info below to see eBay’s latest Facebook competition!).

I love eBay and use it as much as I use amazon. Want a good price? Go to eBay!

I get the majority of my craft stash via our local craft store or eBay. They both are brilliant! And as we prepare for school.. eBay comes to the rescue again.

My top eBay finds:

Boys Navy Trousers

Can you believe it… we are the ONLY school in our area that have NAVY trousers as part of their uniform. All the others are black or grey. This also means that ALL our local shops (And we have plenty) predominately carry the black trouser stock. And if we are lucky enough to find a navy pair, they are the wrong size. As a busy mum, I turn to the internet. And hurray! eBay has some navy trousers! Tick. Sorted.


Let’s Get Mobile

Next up is our “mobility”. We really cannot be doing with “being late”. Not now we are going to the “big school”. And the lateness factor in our equation is The Girl, i.e. The Boy’s little sister. So we need to get her some wheels. We love the idea of balancing bikes – great for little people. And The Girl would feel SO grown up having her very own bike! Imagine. I like the look of this balance bike from eBay.


As some of you may know, we are a half Austrian and half English family. In Austria (and Germany) school starters get a “Schultuete” – a bag of goodies to sweeten their first school day. Living in the UK, means these are hard to get hold of… rock on eBay, it has one!!! HOORAY! I like this Schultuete.

Now we have the Schultuete we need some cool bits and pieces to put in it. The Boy LOVES drawing and writing, so I reckon he will be rather tickled by a multi coloured biro pen – even better if it comes with Angry birds.



Lunch Box

And whilst on the topic of Angry Birds, this lunchbox looks as if The Boy will LOVE it!!!  Angry Birds are his favourite right now. (We even made some Angry Bird Easter Eggs over on Red Ted Art last year!!!). I bet he will love finding some of our Chocolate Brownies inside!


Are you ready for Back To School? If not.. why not check out this great competition from eBay, launching tomorrow!”:

eBay is helping parents to get ready for the back to school rush, while making those final weeks of the summer holidays fun. They are challenging families to show their creative flair to be in with a chance of winning up to £200 PayPal credit. From August 16th to August 30th, they’re sharing fun, creative and crafty activity ideas for parents to do with their kids. To bag one of their ten £60 PayPal credit prizes or one of four £200 Paypal credit grand prizes, parents will simply need to upload a picture of their kids’ crafty creation into their Facebook competition app. 

What are you waiting for… Get Crafty and win!

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