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Posted by OneProudMomma at Tuesday, March 01, 2011 1:12 PM

Summer Holiday Activities


The summer holiday is nearly here and for those of us with school children you may find yourself wondering what to do with them during the holiday that won't cost the earth. If you're lucky enough to live near a beach or a park it is a little easier, as on a dry day you can take a picnic and make a day of it, but if you don't or if it's raining it can be a little harder to come up with things to do. This is especially true if you have a large family or are just generally impoverished!

Help is at hand though, there are a number of free activities that take place around the country during the summer holidays. One of my families favourites is Bookworm Wednesdays held at Showcase Cinemas.

Children over 6 fill in a book review form and that is their entrance ticket to the cinema, one accompanying adult per child gets in free and children under 6 do not have to fill in a book review or pay. For us it means that our entire family of 5 children and 2 adults get into the movies for nothing.

The movies are shown once a week on a Wednesday morning, and although you don't usually get to see a new release (we did once by accident when they forgot to change the movie in the player) the whole experience of going to the movies when you don't usually get to go is an exciting experience for the children.

This years movies are Alvin and The Chipmunks, Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief, Tooth Fairy, Alvin and The Chipmunks The Squeakquel, Fantastic Mr Fox and Ice Age 3.

For more details and to print off the book report form please visit 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:19 PM

Free Energy Saving Plug


Yesterday the postman delivered a package for me. I was quite excited because I didn't have a clue what it was. When I opened the package I discovered it was a Lime Energy Saving Plug, then I remembered filling in a form online and requesting my "Free Plug".

It's a neat little gadget, a plug with a infra red sensor. You plug it into the wall socket and then plug your TV into the Energy Saving Plug Socket. When you first turn it on you have to tune it in to your existing remote control (the instructions are in the box). Then in future when you use your remote to turn your TV to standby, it actually gets turned off at the plug socket.

You can get one plug free if you are over 70 or if you are in receipt of certain benefits. 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:05 AM