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  1. We had received a Media Request that the BBC were looking for a mum to come on their programme Money Watch that was being filmed for the BBC2, so we decided to give it a go!
     
    So yesterday, off I went to Birmingham on what was a lovely sunny day. I arrived feeling nervous and not knowing much about what was going to happen. I was told prior that it would include a lively debate on whether some proffessions are paid too much money and what they are really worth.
     
    When I arrived I walked into a handful of people sat around a table chatting. They has supplied us wth drinks, sandwiches and cakes and in the end everyone got chatting. We were told we needed to one by one have our photo taken and filiming would start in one hour.... still not knowing much about the format!
     
    After about an hour and a half, we were ushered into a beautiful studio overlooking Birmingham City Centre and I was told I was on the panel! I was sat next to a Bus Driver and a entrepreneur who owned his own business and withdrew a six figure salary for himself last year! We were the only three on the panel. We then had microphones put on and some wads of cash (unfortunately fake!) put on our table with a board for us to write notes.
     
    The lovely Sophie Raworth from BBC News was the presenter so she started her bit. The 8 other proffessions included a Solicitor, GP, Arcitect, Plumber (who owned his own business), Driving Instructor, Air Steward, Hopsital Cleaner and HGV Driver. They were each called forward to Sohpie and was interviewed. Each of us then on the panel had to ask our own questions which included things like 'why do you think you are worth more money?' After each one had been called forward they then left the room.
     
    Us on the panel then had photographs put in front of us of each person (X-Factor stylee!) and we had to be filmed whilst placing them in line on who should be paid the lowest, highest etc and why. The 8 proffessions wages added upto £330,000 in reality and we had to then divide this amount up into how we thought was right. We then had a big brown envelope with each proffessions names on and we had to write their salaries on each one that we had chosen. It was then time for them to come back into the room.
     
    It was then time for us to reveal one by one what we had given them. I was chosen to do this. I had to say 'Driving Instructer we give you.....' then pause for 5 dramatic seconds before turning the envelope around and announcing their amount... they then had to reveal the salary they really got. Some were pleased and some weren't! It was then there turn to ask qestions as to why we had maybe give them more or less which turned into a bit of a heated debate!
     
    It was such an amazing day, and six hours of filming will be turned into just 5-10 minutes so it was a long tiring, hot day but well worth it!
     
    I don't want to reveal too much so watch the programme! 'Money Watch' will be aired on BBC2 at 8pm on the 7th July 2010.
  2. Are you going on a long journey with the kids? We have some great printable activities as supplied from KidsTravel2 which include 'I Spy' and the 'Car Registration' game. You can view and download these on the front page of our website here.
     
    Free children's car activities supplied by KidsTravel2.com (www.kidstravel2.com), specialists in children's luggage, travel games for kids & other family travel accessories. Visit their site for more inspiring ideas to keep the children happy on your travels.
  3. We are now stocking the 'award winning' Snoozeshade within our shop under 'Accessories to buy'.
     
    snoozeshadeSnoozeShade® is a simple and secure alternative to draping coats and blankets over prams and pushchairs to help babies sleep wherever they are.  It's great for holidays, in restaurants or anytime when baby's naptime overlaps with being out.

    SnoozeShade® is the UK’s first blackout blind for baby prams, buggies and pushchairs, created by a British mother specifically to help babies get the sleep they need when they’re out and about.   

    Suitable for use from birth, it moves easily from pram to pushchair as your child grows from newborn to toddler. With UPF50+ it can be used year-round and a handy 'sneak-a-peek' front zip means you can quietly and easily check on baby at any time.

    SnoozeShade blocks out up to 94% of light and creates a shady, well-ventilated environment for babies to sleep comfortably and cuts out visual stimuli to encourage alert babies to nod off. This unique universal fit buggy blackout blind uses Velcro straps to fit most single seat 3- and 4-wheel prams, pushchairs, and buggies and rear-facing car seats with hoods. Its patent-pending design works with flat-lying pram or upright pushchair modes. It is not suitable for buggies with a double width hood.

    SnoozeShade is small and highly portable, folding into a small bag that can be popped in a handbag, in a pushchair's basket or hung off pram handles. 
     
    Price is £19.99 plus £4.50 postage (Sent 1st Class Recorded Delivery)