Do you need to buy a Christmas gift for someone who was glued to the Great British Bake Off? Someone who just adores baking, Mary Berry and giggles at the mere suggestion of a soggy bottom? What would that person love to unwrap on Christmas Day? From budget gifts to showstopper luxuries, I have found you the perfect bake off inspired gifts available at intu Milton Keynes so you don’t have to get your cooling rack in a tangle this Christmas.
Are you in a pickle trying to finish your Christmas shopping? Are you dreading another lap of your local shopping centre and still leaving empty handed? I’ve teamed up with intu Milton Keynes to help. Check out my top five stocking fillers that I would love to unwrap on Christmas morning and best of all they won’t break the bank as they are all under £20.
It may only be the 11th November but now that I’m a parent, I’m older and just ardently more organised (or try to be), you might understand why I’m all for getting the Christmas show on the road asap.
Today has been a good day.
It started off with going to Wellingborough for my Invisalign check-up with Dr Resh Diu at his practice Oradi.
Resh was happy with my progress. Next time I see him the whole Invisalign treatment will be finished! All that will be left is maintenance.
I am a shocking 30 weeks into my Invisalign teeth straightening treatment with the Invisalign removable aligners and I only have 14 left. The whole treatment has been simple and very fuss free.
Occasionally after switching to a new set of aligners I will get a slight teeth/jaw ache as my mouth gets accustomed to the new set but nothing unbearable and definitely nothing I can’t handle.
But YES! The end is nearly in sight. I am actually getting quite attached to the aligners. I don’t think they affect my talking at all anymore, which is something I was a bit conscious of when I first started (slight lisp… okay, a proper lisp) and as you know I am someone who loves their food so much, they haven’t interrupted my love of eating.
The thought of trying to clean my teeth numerous times a day with fixed braces is a horror I daren’t think about. Being able to just click these Invisalign out to eat, brush and replace has been a breeze and no doubt a great habit for my teeth care.
Speaking of food, after I got home from Wellingborough I was feeling particularly cheerful and hungry. So I took my son up to the centre:MK shopping centre in hunt of some tasty nourishment.
Maybe not fine dining or anything to stop the press about but Pizza Hut buffet was what we opted for. If you have a toddler you will know that food that can be put in front of your child fast is paramount for a last minute lunch choice. George loved his Pizza Hut pizza, pasta and salad buffet and I must admit, it wasn’t too hard for me to swallow too. Heavy on the carbs and something I couldn’t eat frequently but still. Warm, cheesy, doughy goodness that warms your stomach.
On walking back up the centre:MK towards where I had parked the car. I saw Giovanni’s Downtown Gelato. A pink ice cream van shaped stand in the middle of the mall by Clarks Shoes and Build A Bear Workshop.
With the temperatures quite high today and all that shopping mall walking and warm pizza in the tummy, how can you resist?
I shared a two scoop ice cream with my little one that was covered in rainbow sprinkles.
The flavours were Oreo and Mallow, a mini marshmallow and fruity sauce combo.
That was one tasty ice cream. I will definitely be back soon to try more of the dozen or more flavours they have proudly displayed in the window.
So today has been all about treats! What has your day been about?
Not many people know that Milton Keynes has played an important role in the UK’s space exploration efforts over the past few decades. Due to our town’s contributions to the space effort, we have been granted a very special opportunity to send something that represents Milton Keynes to the International Space Station (ISS). After countless council meetings, discussions in Parliament and general local consensus, councillors have nominated one of our concrete cows to become the first bovine and modern sculpture to take permanent residence in the ISS.
Following the sad news that the Midsummer Oak Tree has passed away and will be removed from the Intu shopping centre later this month, the concrete cows are set for an exciting move to a new home at the Milton Keynes Museum. Knowing that the cows were looking for a new home, Milton Keynes council drafted a proposal late in 2015 in partnership with the Open University to secure one of the concrete cows for a first-of-its-kind expedition into space.
The Open University, home to the department of Planetary and Space Sciences has a long standing past with making history in space. First under founding member, the late Colin Trevor Pillinger, the OU devised the famous “Beagle 2” landing spacecraft which was sent all the way to Mars in 2003.
In May 2016, works of art from around the world will be taking up home on the International Space Centre commissioned by astronaut in situ, Tim Peake.
One of our beloved concrete cows will be making the epic 250 mile journey off the surface of the planet and will match the velocity, altitude and inclination of the ISS before securely docking with the space station. There, a team of art enthusiastic astronauts will be waiting to unpack and display the concrete cow where it will remain in situ until the cows come home. Speaking with Sky news last week, Tim Peake who is in the middle of his six month stint on board the ISS said “We feel extremely privileged to become caretakers of some of the finest pieces of art our planet Earth has to offer. Being from the UK, I am especially looking forward to meeting one of Milton Keynes’ famous concrete cows. I hope whichever cow is selected, they go through their pre-flight medical and can handle a life without gravity (or grass)”.
So which cow is going to make this unforgettable journey? In the next week residents of Milton Keynes will be called to the polling stations but for a very different non-political type of vote, to decide which of the cows we are nominating to send to Space.
Will it be one of the adults or one of the calves?
Do you think the ISS deserves to take one of our precious concrete cows into Space?
Is this a waste of money to have art on the International Space Station?
Can cows survive in Space?
What do you think?
If you’re a parent then I’d say it’s quite a safe assumption that you’ve heard of the Julia Donaldson book, The Gruffalo. With its catchy rhymes, colourful characters and good humour it is no wonder that it has captured the hearts and imaginations of children around the world. It was one of the very first books I bought when I knew I was expecting my little boy and we all fell under the story’s spell. The kid loves it when I do the voices of the different animals and although he can’t read yet, I know he appreciates the vivid illustrations from Axel Scheffler.
Now The Gruffalo Experience has arrived in Milton Keynes and when I was asked if our family would like to steal a sneak peek before it opened to the public, we of course, couldn’t say no.
All that I knew prior to arriving was that it is in Middleton Hall in the centre:mk and The Gruffalo Experience promises a walk through and interactive journey into the deep dark wood.
From the outside the space looks like a giant white inflatable bouncy castle but once inside, you get transformed into the pages of the storybook. The way they have used the space and effects used to create the feeling of you being in the story are fab but all totally in keeping with the original book. There’s no interpretations or disappointment, thankfully.
The staff are friendly and energetic as they take on the role as your guide through the wood. I think they engaged really well with children of all ages. I was a little worried that my son was going to be too young to appreciate the experience. At only 20 months he was the youngest there but that didn’t stop him from being captivated by the characters and the storytelling, so even if you’ve got children under the age of three I think this is a lovely thing to experience as a family and you can take a pushchair inside too. For older children there is lots of opportunity for participation and learning what it’s like to be one of the characters from the book.
The Gruffalo Experience is open at the centre:mk from 19 March – 10 April 2016.
This is definitely the must-do event for the Easter 2016 hols. Tickets are £7.95 per attendee (adult or child) and under two’s are free of charge. Check out the centre:mk’s website to find out how to book tickets:
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