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In every stage of our life we must ask ourselves a series of important questions – most notably, whether certain decisions were worth it.

This is especially true in the world of finance where any expenditure we make needs to be justified to ensure that we’re not needlessly wasting money and this great bingo video highlights the question in a really unique way:

The video is actually documenting one of our favourite bingo calls: number 56 – was she worth it. The end result is a great little clip that gives the question an interesting take … after all, who hasn’t looked at their favourite family pet and decided that they’re worth all the expense and looking after?

The videos themselves are all being uploaded on YouTube by Costa Bingo who are behind the campaign. They didn’t film the videos though, that was all done by people like you and me which gives them a really authentic feel.

In total, 90 videos will be put online to provide a definitive list of all the bingo calls used in the popular game. There are still a few weeks of the campaign to go as it recently hit its half-way point so it’s important you stay tuned and keep on top of the latest videos as they’re uploaded.

 

Are you the UK’s most outgoing family who has fun and deserves a holiday? Choice Hotels is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to star in its new promotional video and get to stay for four nights in Blackpool for free!

We recently reviewed the Cliffs hotel, and had an amazing time.  You can read about it here.  If you want to visit for your self, read on to see how you can win a trip and become a star!

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Taking place at the renowned Cliffs Hotel on Blackpool’s promenade, Choice Hotels will be producing its latest marketing video, where you and your family could be the stars! In one of Britain’s well-loved and longest running tourist destinations, you will become actors and directors, capturing your family, the hotel and its facilities.

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In addition to the four night stay the winning family will be provided a video camera, delivered prior to the stay, to record the preparations and excitement for the holiday. You will film yourselves packing suitcases, the journey to Blackpool, including games, snacks and maybe even dad having a nap. Once in Blackpool you will give a first-hand account of your first impression of the hotel, your accommodation, the pool and spa facilities as well as the kids club. kids kept entertained at dinner

Included in this incredible opportunity is four nights accommodation in a sea view room at The Cliffs Hotel. The hotel offers a number of facilities, including indoor swimming pool and spa; air conditioned gym and weights room; café bar and free wifi internet access. Evenings will be spent enjoying a three course meal in the recently refurbished, contemporary buffet-style restaurant. Once you’ve dined you can enjoy a night of live entertainment with fantastic compere, singers and dancers.

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In addition, a professional film crew will accompany you to the excursions and activities undertaken, giving your family their five minutes of fame.

If you are a superstar family create a 60 second audition video for the nationwide campaign and upload it onto YouTube, emailing a link to rachel@writeanglepr.co.uk, showing your family’s shining personalities, showcasing why you want to holiday in Blackpool and why you should become the new faces of Choice Hotels. You have until 13 July to enter, make it count!

Terms and conditions apply, please see the Choice Hotels website for further details:http://www.choicehotels.co.uk/

We have visited Stratford Upon Avon twice this year already and it is swiftly becoming a favourite place of mine.

This weekend the whole family gathered together to celebrate my older siblings fortieth birthday, so seven adults and five children took to Shakespeare’s land to celebrate in style.

The fact that Britain was bathed in a heatwave certainly meant the weekend would have been wonderful anyway. However Stratford is a glorious place to travel to with a party of all ages. StratfordOur top tips

Stay central, cars are not needed in Stratford.  We stayed at the Holiday Inn which was a stones throw from the bustling waterway and Shakespeare tower.

Explore in trainers

Sunday morning saw half of our party don running shoes and tread the paths alongside the Avon.  Monument, gloriously old buildings grab your attention, distracting you from the pain of the run and you can see so much more when moving faster. P1060996
Set sail on the Avon

One of the best things we did on our weekend away was go on a boat cruise with Bancroft cruises. P1060947 Our tour guide, Romeo, was funny, interesting and kept the whole family entertained as we sailed down the Avon, a simply beautiful way to see Stratford. P1060963 P1060968 P1060979 P1060981 The market in Stratford is amazing, check out this super range of fudge! P1060998Whatever your age or family size, we can really recommend Stratford upon Avon as a great place to spend a weekend. We need to go back to check out much, much more Shakespeare!

We work hard all year, so of course we deserve a little luxury from our well deserved holiday. So if you’re looking for a luxury break, why not consider a few of these destinations:

The Caribbean

The Caribbean comprises more than 700 islands, reefs and cays. Surrounded by crystal clear sea and with fine white sandy beaches and coves backed by palm trees, you’re sure to find your very own tropical paradise here. With so many islands to choose from, although not all 700 are inhabited of course, there is bound to be a perfect island for you and your tastes. There are amazing watersports facilities at some resorts –  you can try your hand at everything from snorkelling to windsurfing! Add to that the fantastic golf courses and a wealth of other sporting, shopping and spa facilities and you have the perfect combination of activities for a wonderful luxury holiday.

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All of the islands feature luxury hotels and resorts to tempt you to part with your well-earned cash. You could visit lively Jamaica, Antigua with its 365 beaches, St Lucia and its drive in volcano and rainforest canopy top tour, the beautiful Grenadines, or even combine a few and create your very own luxury tailormade tour of the Caribbean.

Greece

The ancient land of Greece is another wonderful destination to consider if you’re looking for a luxury holiday. With numerous islands and a huge mainland area, it’s packed with beautiful resorts, stunning countryside and amazing luxury hotels. There are so many destinations to choose from here, including the stunning volcano top island of Santorini, which offers amazing views and beautiful sunsets – or there’s the largest of all the Greek islands, Crete, which is packed full of facilities as you might expect. Perhaps enjoy a sunset cruise, eat breakfast on a deserted beach and indulge in a romantic horse ride through the countryside, taking in the pretty white washed traditional Greek villages as you go, before relaxing in one of the best hotels in the world. The choice of amazing things to do here is endless.

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Egypt

The home of the Pharaohs, Egypt is nothing but luxurious. From state of the art hotels to luxury tours and Nile cruises, you have everything needed to ensure that your trip to this amazing land is nothing but amazing. Visit the pyramids of Cairo and Giza and marvel at the tombs of Pharaohs past – take a lazy cruise down the River Nile on an amazing ship like the Oberoi Zahara from Luxor to Aswan, enjoying the sights as you go, while experiencing the fantastic on board facilities like the pool deck, spa rooms, gym, theatre, games room and boutiques, before chartering a private tour of the sites you’d like to see along the route. This has to be the best way to experience the history of this amazing country.

Other fantastic destinations to consider are Mauritius, The Maldives, The Seychelles, South Africa and Kerala in India. And don’t forget to book a room with Travelodge at your departure airport before you fly, so you arrive at the airport relaxed after a great nights sleep and ready to soak up every second of your luxury break away.

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We love Lollibop, and find it an incredible day out with fun for all the family.  We are counting down the days to August 15th in our house (till we see Justin and Mister Maker again), and we are very excited to announce that you can try and win a family ticket to join us on the day.

This year Lollibop has an all star line up!

Saturday and Sunday kick off with CBeebies Superstar Justin Fletcher headlining and Mister Maker take over the main stage on Friday.

The event has moved house again and this year takes place at Hatfield House, August 15-17,  welcoming stars of CBBC’s Big Friday Wind Up Sam & Mark to LolliBop for the first time.

Other LolliBop ‘newbies’ include Thomas & Friends with a bespoke interactive play experience created especially for LolliBop, Chris & Pui with their Mini Roadshow, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid, Cook and Line from Swashbuckle (Fri & Sat only) and Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures Show.

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LolliBop is delighted to announce it’s first ever Disney experience with the Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic present a Silent Disco!  My little one cannot wait to see what this is all about!

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There is so much to do at Lollibop  including music, dancing, fashion shows, DJs, Pirate school, den making and plenty of takeaway crafts

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The ever-popular Skylanders returns to LolliBop to launch the fourth installment of its award winning franchise – Skylanders Trap Team™. Kids can expect the opportunity to play the brand new game before it’s released later in the year.  My son is super excited about this!

Situated in Hertfordshire, just off the A1 with plenty of parking or a short 22 minute train journey from London Kings Cross, the stunning country house and gardens of Hatfield House offer an incredible array of spaces to host LolliBop’s vast activity and entertainment programme.

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Festival Director Gareth Cooper comments; “The 2014 lineup is jam packed with big names for the main stage, alongside an unprecedented number of live theatre performances; sporting activities; creative workshops; nature talks and brand new areas and acts, never before seen at LolliBop.”

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With good motorways links, extensive on site parking and just a five minute walk from Hatfield train station, LolliBop 2014 is more accessible than ever before.

Tickets are on sale now priced £17.50pp, all details can be found at: www.lollibopfestival.co.uk

Or you can win a family pass by entering this simple competition,

I have got one family pass (for four people) to give away to this brilliant festival. To enter, answer the question below:

Q: Where is the location of LolliBop 2014?
A: Hatfield House

B: Hyde Park

C: Central Park

– let me know in the comments, and you can go for additional entries by using the rafflecopter widget.

As always, please read the terms and conditions before entering.

Good luck!

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