My First MAD Blog Awards

I was lucky enough to win a last minute ticket to the MAD Blog Awards Dinner last Friday, so I jumped at the chance of going to meet and celebrate the success of some of the countries best Mummy and Daddy bloggers.

Even though it was all a bit of a rush to collect the pickles from school, drop them with Grandma and shoot along the M4 into London, I knew it would be worth it.

Once I arrived and managed to park the pickles bus in the worlds tightest car park, I heading into the drinks reception feeling pretty nervous being a newbie, but the buzz was infectious as soon as I entered the room, I got chatting and felt at ease even though I didn’t really know anyone.

After drinks and chatter, we headed to our seats for a very scrummy dinner, then it was onto the important stuff The Awards.


This year for the second year running the awards was hosted by the very beautiful and charming Dr Ranj from Cbeebies and This Morning. He certainly did not disappoint with his witty humour and genuine excitement for the finalists.

There was lots of giggles and plenty of wine consumed (not by me unfortunately as I was driving, maybe next year!). As well as laughter there was many tears too, as some very inspirational bloggers that won awards shared their personal stories of ups and downs.

The evening was fantastic and definitely worth the travel, over the last few days I have been checking out lots of the great blogs that were finalists and now have plenty of bedtime reading.

So I would like to congratulate all of the winners especially The Future’s Rosie who won MAD Blog of the Year, well done everyone xx

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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Tale of The Brave Movie Giveaway

I love spending quality one on one time with my pickles, so when the opportunity came up for a Boys Day Out to Thomas Land with my one and only son Faryl (F), I jumped at the chance.

We had a long drive, just over 2 hours from Wiltshire to Tamworth, but F kept me entertained with his constant questions.

It was a complete surprise for F as he had no idea we would be visiting Thomas Land and plus we would also be attending a screening of the new Thomas and Friends Movie, Tale of The Brave.

When we arrived he couldn’t wait to go and see all of the familiar engines especially Percy, he’s the green one right?!?! But we headed straight to the 4D cinema to see the film, we were greeted by the Fat Controller, no we don’t have a picture of F and him as he was a little bit weary. There was also lots of fab Thomas toys to play with, F favourite was the Roaring Dino Take And Play Set, so there’s an idea for his Christmas pressie. We also picked up drinks and yummy popcorn.


Then the Fat Controller announced that we could enter the cinema, our last trip to the cinema earlier in the summer wasn’t a great success with F being very fidgety and requesting at the top of his voice he wanted a wee wee every ten minutes. But I was thinking positively and the positive thinking worked as F was glued to the hour long film from start to finish.

The film was great, definitely worth a watch, especially for any of those train mad Little Pickles out there.

After the viewing we headed to Thomas Land and I have to admit I was plenty surprised with the range of rides for little ones, F bounded from one ride to another as he giggled and smiled his way through the day. As the schools had just gone back to school Drayton Manor was very quiet so that meant no queuing, bliss.

As I was a bit lazy I didn’t pack a pack lunch, we had burger and chips for lunch, it wasn’t cheap but the burgers were good quality and very yummy.

After lunch we chilled or shall I say I chilled in Emily’s indoor Adventure Play while F ran off his lunch. Then we went for a wander around the zoo area and found some dinosaurs and a fantastic outdoor adventure play ground.


Then before we headed home we jumped on the Polperro Express to see what else the park had to offer, which was lots. So definitely need to return to Drayton manor with the bigger pickles to conquer the big rides. Plus Thomas Land is getting bigger in 2015 so we would love to visit again to see the improvements.

So Faryl’s verdict of the day ‘I had fun fun, can we go again tomorrow and take Jolie too’

If you have would like to checkout the new Thomas and Friends, Tale of the Brave Movie then enter our competition to Win a Thomas goody bag including a copy of the DVD.

Good Luck


Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets


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T&Cs The competition will end at midnight on 8th October, the winner will be picked at random and Little Pickles Markets decision is final, no cash alternative is available. This competition is no way associated with Thomas Land or HIT Entertainment

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