The BFG by Roald Dahl ~ review and giveaway

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Welcome to ‘The BFG’ review and giveaway!

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If you’re looking for a heart-warming story that feeds the imagination of children and adults, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) by Roald Dahl is the book you need.

Why?

Well, where do I begin or I should say where to we begin, because our little girl aged 6 loved this book and read it page by page, slowly but surely all by herself.

I admit to being a little concerned about the weird and wonderful words that the BFG uses.  Our little girl was a little confused by them but when I explained the reason for these words, she simply said, “Doesn’t he [Dahl] know anything?”  There’s no answer to that!

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I had never before known the background behind The BFG and the foreword by Lucy Dahl (Roald Dahl’s daughter) gives us a beautiful, cherished insight into how Giant Country came to be.

A lovely touch in the book is an interactive section at the end, where you can learn how to draw the BFG and also draw your very own dream in your dream jar. Here is our little girl’s, which turned out to be a clown pouring water over a cat’s head… she was very proud of it!

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Now on to the story:  If you’d rather not know too much detail, keep scrolling to the film trailor and giveaway at the bottom.

We begin at the orphanage where Sophie is wide awake at The Witching Hour (when giants snatch and eat human ‘beans’ (beings!).  She sees the BFG, who also sees her and promptly pops his huge hand through the open window and takes her from her bed.  He takes her to Giant Country to stop her telling everyone that giants really do exist.  The rational being (if giants have rational…) that if human beans find out about giants, they would be hunted down and Giant Country would be no more…

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The story unfolds and Sophie learns all sorts of weird and wonderful facts about the nasty giants.

It’s not too long until the BFG tells Sophie about the dreams he catches in his dream jars.  And Sophie has a wonderful idea.

To stop the giants snatching even more human beans, they decide to re-construct the giants snatching children from the orphanage that Sophie lived before meeting the BFG.

We are taken on an enthralling trip to London and Buckingham Palace, where the BFG ‘plants’ the dream that they hope will help them, into the Queen’s bedroom.  Then Sophie finds herself perched on the Queen’s windowsill until Her ‘Majester’ wakes up.

After realising that her dream of the children being snatched and the giants was in fact real, the Queen meets the BFG in an hilarious yet touching moment and they discuss the way forward over breakfast.

Helicopters are rounded up and follow the BFG and Sophie (tucked inside his ear) to Giant Country where the giants are all in a deep sleep… except one.  When the her ‘Majester’s’ Armed Forces attempt to tie a rope around one of the giant’s arms, he wakes and an unlikely weapon is used to stun him!

The BFG and Sophie are branded heroes and The Witching Hour ends forever….

Hurray!

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There are so many lovely moments in the story but here are our favourites:

One of my favourite parts was the chapter ‘The Author’ which I found so very clever and just perfect.  I won’t go into it any more here, but will let you enjoy the moment for yourself.

Our little girl enjoyed when the BFG meets the Queen:

Will it be repulsant snozzcumbers, Majester?, the BFG asked. [when The Queen asks him if he would like some breakfast]

We’re both looking forward to seeing this part in the film.

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Other favourite parts were:

Enjoying a beautiful friendship blossom between the BFG and Sophie.

BFG’s protection of Sophie.

Sophie sitting in the BFG’s ear when travelling around.

It’s endearing how The Queen is kept ‘regal’ in the story.

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In summary: Quite simply a perfect story which is everything a story for children should be ~ full of occurrences that are not explained because our imagination ‘explains’ them for us.  Like when the giants don’t wake up even when one giant is ‘stunned’ by a secret weapon.

In all honesty, I’m not sure who’s more excited about seeing the film adaptation more – me or our little girl.  But one things for sure – the film of The BFG offers the perfect solution for those inevitable cries of, “I’m boooored” in the Summer holidays (and beyond…)  and the perfect chance for family time.  Because children and adults alike will love the book and the film! 🙂

I just hope they’re not serving up ‘snozzcumbers’ at the cinema!…

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Here’s a trailer for the film…

And don’t forget to go and download your Roald Dahl party pack now, ready for 13th September! 🙂
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Now onto the giveaway, which is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 22nd August 2016. Good luck to you 😉

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #3

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It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

Bad things come in 3’s

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it (you know how I love to turn a negative into a positive!)

Let’s find 3 things to be happy and grateful for!

(or even more… I mean, why not?!)

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In my new weekly feature, I will look back over my gratitude journal and bring to you my #HighlightsofHappy , which is great because it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂

I will then round it off with one word that sums up my happy.

So, what am I happy and grateful for this week?

  • For time to do some reiki self-treatment ~ I manage yoga most mornings but to do some proper meditation with reiki was just what I needed to ‘keep the home fires burning’!
  • For some time with my little family at the local coffee shop, chatting over some yummy food and drink.
  • That our little girl was delighted when we went summer clothes shopping for her (she’s grown again!) and found a My Little Pony top in her size.  AND it’s reversible!  Seriously, this was ground-breaking fo her!
  • For happening upon a box of free teddies ~ on a quick walk round the corner to the shop, someone had left a little basket on the pavement full of teddies with a note saying ‘please help yourself’.  So I grabbed a teddy for our daughter called Ollie the Owl!
  • For seeing our daughter with her grandparents.  Nothing quite compares to those moments when you hear your child telling them about something in their own little way 🙂
  • For air-conditioning in my car ~ enough said!
  • For our daughter’s amazing school report which states she is ‘exceeding’ and is clearly thriving.  As a parent, all you truly want is for your child to be happy and healthy – if they do well academically, it’s a bonus.  And this was a bonus after all we’ve been through.
  • For missing major tailbacks in a traffic jam which meant that I got home in good time, when there were reports of people taking 6 hours to travel 2 miles!
  • For hearing the words, “Thank you Mummy.  You’re the best Mummy ever!”. ~ This was after walking our little girl’s friend home after a play date after school, popping into the shop and she asked very politely for chocolate.  Yes I know it’s cupboard love but still…

Wow, that’s a mega lot of happiness this week!

My word of the week is ‘simple’ because most of these things came about from doing, seeing, saying or hearing something quite simple  🙂

I’d love to hear about your ‘happy’ in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere using #HighlightsofHappy

Share your happy with me!

Thanks 🙂

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Win a gem necklace from DeeBee jewellery ~ giveaway

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Hello and welcome to another very exciting giveaway!

Yes, you can win this pretty gem necklace from deebee jewellery.

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I’m very proud to be a brand ambassador for deebee jewellery and am very excited to be giving away this pretty gem necklace to one lucky reader!  I’ve expressed before on here how much I love the look of their products in a review of a buddha bracelet.  And this gem necklace is no exception.

Don’t you just love it?!

But don’t take my word for it… you can visit deebee jewellery here and you can also find deebee on Twitter and Facebook .

Go and say hello! 🙂
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Now, onto how you can win this gem necklace from DeeBee!  Just enter by using the rafflecopter (below).  The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 17th August 2016. Good luck to you 😉

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One good reason for the lousy British Summer !…

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As I write this where I am in the UK, it’s Summer and the clouds are, well, cloudy.  But not just cloudy, they are storm cloudy!  And I may have had a hand in this!

Why?

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I got prepared and stocked up on sun cream for our little girl.  Not from a special offer on the High Street.  Nope, from an online store.  Amazon to be precise.

Because our little girl is allergic to ‘regular’ sun cream.  I wanted to be prepared.

Oops!!

Rewind 2 years ago – our little girl’s skin started to come out in small raised bumps, very similar to heat rash.  The bumps were itchy and disappeared within a day or 2 of the last application of sun cream.

Last year was the same.  So we went back to our trusted brand of sun cream.

And then this year, we had a weekend of glorious sunshine.  I suddenly realised we had just about enough Sunsense sun cream for a day’s application!

So I ordered a couple more bottles on Amazon Prime to keep us going.

A couple of days in the week that followed were still glorious sunshine.  But since then we’ve had scattered showers – some of them thundery…

Sorry about that!

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Have you been prepared, only for it to backfire?  Does your little one have a skin allergy, particularly with sun cream.  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #2

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It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

Bad things come in 3’s

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it (you know how I love to turn a negative into a positive!)

Let’s find 3 things to be happy and grateful for!

(or even more… I mean, why not?!)

3 is it your magic number highlights of happy 1 gratitude journal grateful happiness positivity positive thinking friendship

In my new weekly feature, I will look back over my gratitude journal and bring to you my #HighlightsofHappy , which is great because it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂

I will then round it off with one word that sums up my happy.

So, what am I happy and grateful for this week?

  • Our little girl getting a party invitation from one of her best friends at school ~ no big deal, you might think… 6 year olds tend to get lots of party invites.  Perhaps.  But when I look back at how our daughter has settled into her new school and made new friends, it makes me very happy.
  • For meeting up with friends that we haven’t seen for a while ~ our girls were excited to see each other, they played together and we had a good chin-wag.  And the weather held off for us while they ran amock at an open day too!
  • For a nice hot shower after swimming with our little girl ~ there’s something amazingly amazing about a nice, hot shower in your own shower after a pool session. (Sometimes you have to ignore bad grammar to get the point across!)  🙂
  • For a lovely smoothie made by our little girl and hubby ~ while I watched the men’s singles final at Wimbledon… well not actually at Wimbledon.  But I had my feet up and was cheering our man Murray on!  And the smoothie was delish.
  • For hearing our daughter sing a goodbye song that she’s been learning at school ~ the Head teacher is leaving the school for pastures new this year and the school have learnt a song to sing.  She’s made quite an impression on our lives.
  • Hearing a good friend’s positive news on the health front ~ more often than not, we really don’t have anything to moan about do we?
  • That our daughter got a commemorative coin for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations ~ our community held an event which most of the school ended up attending.  It was wonderful to hear them all sing along to the National Anthem.  Look out for a blog post to follow about the coin 🙂

What a lovely lot of happiness this week!

My word of the week is ‘friendship’ because it seems to feature twice here.  Just lovely 🙂

I’d love to hear about your ‘happy’ in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere using #HighlightsofHappy

Share your happy with me!

Thanks 🙂

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When a teacher leaves a good impression

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Life is ever-changing isn’t it? It’s full of events that leave an impression on our lives.

Even if your own life is chugging along with little change, chances are that something running parallel to it will affect it in some way and influence it.  This is what makes the world go round after all.

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At the beginning of our rollercoaster ride, we moved house and our little girl subsequently started a new school.  The transition generally was incredibly smooth and we are very grateful for the Headteacher working so hard to accommodate us while we were going through a family bereavement.

It was with sadness, excitement and ultimately surprise that we were told of the Head moving on to pastures new.  We’ve been very fortunate that our little girl loves her new teacher and also the Head.

She’s forever making little cards for her teacher.  And after school one day she told me that, along with a friend, they had picked a bunch of ‘flowers’ (likely a limp handful of weeds from the school field!) and taken them to the Head as a leaving present!  (She’s currently penning a poem for the Head and I reckon that if it wasn’t child labour, I could use her skills for my Bespoke Rhymes!)

The positive effect our little girl’s school has had on this new chapter of our lives has been profound and we will certainly never, ever forget the time and attention that the Head (and supporting staff, no doubt) have given us.

So thank you, particularly to the Head who gives new meaning to the phrase ‘leaving a good impression’, the emphasis being on ‘leaving’ of course! 🙂

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Have you had any events (school related or otherwise) that have left a good impression recently?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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No one knew when it was going to happen… #FlashFiction

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Originally published in May 2014, this picture has come round again in Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields’ ‘Friday Fictioneers’.

It’s time for a second airing…  enjoy!

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No one knew when it was going to happen.  There was no warning.

The locals accepted ‘it’ as a part of village life which happened randomly twice a year;  although it was an inconvenience.  Most of them saw the funny side though… except those that got stuck on the only bridge into and out of the village.

No one knew when ‘The Curse of the Herder’ would strike and open the gates for the herds to escape… and run amok.  It was a game that the ghostly herder relished!

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Main picture source: via FridayFictioneers

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with Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt

Please do feel free to comment but likewise, please do note that I would prefer not to

receive constructive criticism.  

(This time anyway…)

Thanks in advance…

Carol Cameleon

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How to use hashtags to promote yourself

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A few years ago I was a complete twitter novice.  I mean, I didn’t even see why people used twitter!  Let alone understand how to use hashtags to promote myself…

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My tweets consisted of just text – no hashtags, no ‘direct tweets’… just plain old, boring, useless tweets…

And now?  Well, I’m hash-tagging with the best of them!

I use them to promote my blog posts.

I use them to promote linkys when I’ve linked up.

I use them when searching for linky posts to read and share.

I use them to promote my linkys.

I use them all the time.

The hashtag is powerful!

Never underestimate the power of the hashtag…

As well as promoting my posts using relevant and key-worded hashtags, I use various blog parties which ‘hinge’ on hashtags.  I schedule tweets to promote my top posts on a monthly basis.  Not only does this help to bring traffic to my blog and highlight my top posts, but it also helps with finding blog posts that I wouldn’t necessarily find ordinarily.  For me, this is one of the main ‘pulls’ of blogging.  Even for the blogs that I subscribe to, I often miss a post in the daily swamp that is my email inbox!

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I would highly recommend using these hashtag parties:

#ArchiveDay with @SingleMAhoy

#SundayBlogShare with Suzie @SundayBlogShare

#MondayBlogs with @MondayBlogs

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And these blog linkys that I love are also savvy in their use of hashtags.

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When you’ve finished browsing those, I would definitely recommend using hashtags in your twitter bio.  Here’s mine.  As you will see it’s to the point, relevant and tells you a little bit about me.

While you’re there, why not follow me? 😉

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Which hashtags do you find useful, particularly for blogging?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or of course tweet me @AllSortsHere

Maybe throw in #hashtag or #NovicetoPro to help me find you? After all a tweet about a post referring to using hashtags wouldn’t be complete without a hashtag or 2 would it?!… 😉

(but best not to swamp your tweet with too many)

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #1

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It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

Bad things come in 3’s

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it (you know how I love to turn a negative into a positive!)

Let’s find 3 things to be happy and grateful for!

(or even more… I mean, why not?!)

3 is it your magic number highlights of happy 1 gratitude journal grateful happiness positivity positive thinking

In my new weekly feature, I will look back over my gratitude journal and bring to you my #HighlightsofHappy , which is great because it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂

I will then round it off with one word that sums up my happy.

So, what am I happy and grateful for this week?

  • The sunshine ~ just beautiful.
  • Tissues and throat sweets ~ yes I’ve had bunged up ears and nose but I’ve dosed myself up and carried on regardless.  After all, it’s only a cold and there are plenty of people worse off than me.
  • Chocolate ~ just because 😉
  • Time for myself ~ our little girl had an after school play date this week and I finished work before hubby… much as I love them both, it was bliss!
  • Hearing our little girl read ~ but not just her normal reading; she read a poem out loud so proudly.  A poem that she had written all by herself 🙂

My word of the week is ‘poetry’ 🙂

I’d love to hear about your happy in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere using #HighlightsofHappy

Either way, I’d love you to share your happy with me!

Thanks 🙂

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My dinner party guest list with special guest…

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I do feel a bit like I’m casting for something like Big Brother by writing this post!

A good while ago Catherine over at NotDressedAsLamb posted up her fantasy dinner party guests…

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It’s been in my ‘posts to write’ for too long now, so here are my top fantasy dinner party guests.  I can’t remember if there are any rules but for the purpose of my posts, there are none!  Dead or alive, funny or serious, poet or singer, there’s no dress code…  Off the top of my head, I would invite:

  • Jane Austen – I’ve studied Austen, I love Pride and Prejudice.  I wrote my dissertation on the adaptation of P&P for the BBC (the Andrew Davis version).  She doesn’t even have to RSVP, I would just love her to be there!  She may be quite funny after a few drinks…
  • But not a funny as Alan Carr.  I haven’t seen many of his stand-up acts but recently saw the Great Ormond Street Comedy Gala which he hosted.  There are too many comedians to choose from and he sprang immediately to mind.
  • Russell Brand – for a bit of controversy!  He’d be good at filling the awkward gaps and he’d be good at creating them too!  Probably in equal measure.
  • Chris Evans – the broadcaster and radio 1 DJ.  I listen to his radio show most days and I’d like to see what he was like without his team around to compliment him.  (In the teamworking sense of the word.)
  • Terry Wogan – He’s a legend.  Everyone’s got to have a legend at their dinner party!
  • Dalai Lama – for his words of wisdom and his calmness…
  • and you, of course 😉

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That seems like a nice little crowd…

But who’s on your guest list Morgan , Mainie and Michelle ?

Aby , Amy and Franca ?…

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What questions would you ask and to whom?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

Thanks 🙂

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