Bob the Builder has been entertaining preschoolers for the past 16 years with his antics in the seaside town of Fixham, bringing the world of construction to life in an inspiring way. I grew up with two younger brothers who were obsessed with the lovable character and insisted on watching him all day every day, so i would like to think i know a thing or too when it comes to the show.

Tuesday 1st September 2016 sees the new CGI-animated series launching on Channel 5’s Milkshake! at 7.20am – perfect breakfast entertainment.

Everyone’s favourite construction hero is back with a brand new fun-filled series featuring an all new look. His dungarees have been replaced with a hi-viz jacket but his chunky boots, yellow hard hat and checked shirt all remain, ensuring TV’s best loved builder is just as recognisable as ever. The voice cast has also been renewed with Lee Ingleby (Harry Potter) taking on the voice of Bob, Joanne Froggart (Downton Abbey) the voice of Wendy, Blake Harrison (Inbetweeners) the voice of Scoop and Jacob Scipio (CBeebies) the voice of new character Leo.

The new series will see Bob the Builder continuing its long tradition of telling fun and interesting stories through positivity and teamwork with exciting characters, relatable locations and an aspirational hero.

Bob the Builder Twitter Frenzy

To celebrate the new series coming to Milkshake! next week, we will be taking part in a Bob the Builder Twitter Frenzy from 6.30-7.45am on Tuesday 1st September 2016.

You can join in too by heading over to @UKMumstv Twitter. Don’t forget to tweet using the hashtag #Bobthebuilderon5 as they’ll be giving away lots of prizes, including some cool tickets to KidZania.

Find out more about the Bob the Builder #Bobthebuilderon5 Twitter frenzy here and make sure you’re following us @lovefrommummy to keep up to date with our Bob the Builder breakfast morning.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The summer holidays are coming to an end and like most parents across Britain, my thoughts are now turning to ‘Back to School’, well…… ‘Back to Preschool’ in my case. This is such an important time of year for children and as parents, naturally we want to do everything we can to alleviate tensions or worries and help them ease gently back into a new school year.

With that in mind, for back to school 2015, Collins have produced a guide that includes practical information for parents about each stage of their child’s education, as well as product recommendations for key stage. This is a FREE guide that parents can download at www.collins.co.uk/parents. The site also offers plenty of resources to help parents support their child’s learning at home, including an overview of the national curriculum, homework help for children aged 3-11 years, as well as fun games and activities that can be completed with children to practice dictionary skills, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Collins is one of the nation’s leading publishers of reference and education resources that support children at school. Best known by parents for dictionaries and textbooks, they publish a range of affordable and high quality books that are tailored to the curriculum and age-appropriate.

They understand how important the role of a parent is when it comes to supporting a child through their school years, so they are also offering a 25% discount plus free P&P on the Collins Back to School range of books until 30 September 2015 using promo code SCHOOL25 which can be used on the colllins.co.uk website.

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To make life a little easier this back to school, Collins is giving away £100 worth of dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases and revision guides, tailored to your child’s school year. For your chance to win, simply answer the following question by filling out the rafflecopter entry form below: (Hint – this is a KS2 question for 10-11 year olds)

Which of these types of writing is informal?

A) school report B) an email to a friend   C) a newspaper report

Giveaway will close on Friday 18th September 2015 at midnight.

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If you’re a regular reader to Love From Mummy you will know that the boys and i are working as Huggies Wipes Brand Ambassadors this year, which is exciting enough in itself, but the REALLY exciting news is that we have recently been joined on the team by the super lovely Fearne Cotton **Squeals**. Yes you did hear me right…….Fearne Cotton – presenter, designer and busy mum.

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Fearne is helping with the launch of Huggies Style On the Go wipes pouches (i’ll be blogging in more detail about these very soon!), which are available in three gorgeous designs and come with a handy strap to clip on a pushchair, bag or anywhere a busy parent needs wipes close to hand. Because let’s be honest, wherever babies and toddlers go, mess tends to follow.

Fearne says: ‘Since becoming a mum I’ve become a real fan of Huggies wipes. They are dotted all over our home and I take them with me everywhere I go as I’m always on the move. I need them close to hand for what I call those S.O.S. moments!

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‘The new HUGGIES® Style On the Go pouches are genius and look awesome.  I love the fact you can hang the pouches off your buggy or even your wrist, and the brightly coloured designs mean you can find them even in the untidiest handbag! I never thought something so practical as wipes would end up being so stylish.

‘It’s important to me that I’m using the kindest possible products to skin, and Huggies Style on The Go pouches and refills are ideal as they don’t contain any nasties.’

Huggies Wipes Fearne Cotton

Huggies Style on the Go refills are made with natural absorbent fibres for healthy skin and gentle cleaning on the go and are free from perfume, alcohol, parabens and phenoxyethanol.

For more information visit www.huggieswipes.co.uk.

The moment your child is born, life changes forever. It’s not a gradual process, it’s not something that happens overnight or further down the line…..in that split second that your baby comes crashing in to the world, everything changes. And it’s not just the day-to-day stuff that gets turned around, upside down and inside out, it’s the fundamental change that takes place within you as a person, the one that alters the course of life and takes you down a totally new path, one that’s considerably different to the one you walked as a childless young woman, free of responsibilities.

Motherhood in all its forms is quite simply a beautiful thing. It’s rewarding and fulfilling and one of the most incredible journeys i’ve ever encountered. I love my boys more than anything and i wouldn’t change my life for the world but there are times when i feel that becoming a mother has changed me so much that i’ve lost sight of the person i was before they came along. Everything i do is for them and i’m happy with that, i adore being their mummy, but i’m also ‘me’ and i’ve realised that i just don’t take time out for ‘me’ anymore.

To be honest, i’ve always been rubbish at making myself relax and switch off. Anyone who knows me will tell you that i’m permanently attached to my iPhone or iPad checking Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mr B works away all week so i spend all day running around after my crazy pair and even when they’re in bed for the night i can’t shut down – if i’m not doing normal mummy things like washing, ironing, tidying toys etc. i’m blogging/working away until the early hours of the morning. Personally i find blogging is a sense of release and kind of therapeutic to a certain extent but i still don’t take the time to completely shut myself off from everything. I think as mothers we constantly put pressure on ourselves and trick our brains in to thinking that we need to be constantly busy, otherwise we’re somehow failing at motherhood which of course is utter nonsense, but we all have moments of feeling that way. I do at least.

I think i need to re-educate my brain to accept that it’s ok to do nothing and take some ‘Me-Time’ to indulge my own needs, likes and interests.

Pre-motherhood, the family bathroom used to be my sanctuary. A space to retreat to after a long day at work for a well-earned soak or a quick pamper pick-me-up. I say ‘used to be’ as since having children, a long soak in the tub has become a thing of the past. I’ve grown accustomed to sharing the bath with some rubber duckies and having an audience of toys watching attentively as i attempt to relax. I recognise that ‘sinking feeling’ when i go to wash my hair and realise the contents of my shampoo bottle have been replaced with dirty bath water.  But it’s still my ‘happy place’ to sneak off to when i need a short break from motherhood and i’m not alone, a recent survey revealed that 83% of parents resort to the bathroom for a few minutes peace and quiet.

The team at ukBathrooms.com conducted the study as part of ongoing research in to how Britons interact with different rooms within their homes. All those who stated they love their bathroom as it allows peace and quiet were asked to expand on this. The most common responses were ‘no one disturbs you when you’re in the bathroom’ (32%) and ‘Having a bath is a luxury reserved for when the children are asleep and the house is quiet’ (31%).

I can totally relate to both of these responses and it’s made me realise that i need to reclaim the bathroom for myself and get back to those long, relaxing soaks in the bath. Get some much needed ‘me’ time. That room was my space long before the boys arrived and somewhere……SOMEWHERE……buried deep beneath a sea of plastic toys, sits a serene bathtub, some spa products, a couple of candles and memories of my life before children.

Here’s to a future of bubble baths (free from children, toys and dirt) and some much needed ‘me’ time!