Win a copy of The Dragons Creativity Book

AD/Gifted. Dragons are enjoying something of a surge in popularity in recent years. From Game of Thrones to Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, dragons are everywhere. The Dragons Creativity Book is an activity book entirely devoted to all things dragon.

Beware of creatures with glistening scales, with fire on their breath and poisonous tails. Many such creatures can be found in this book, so be brave, open up and take a look!

The Dragons Creativity Book

The Dragons Creativity Book by Andrea Pinnington is suitable for ages 6+, costs £9.99 and is 80 pages of dragon fun. Plus two pages of stickers. There is a brilliant glossy gatefold cover where you can create your own dragon sticker scenes with some of the 150 stickers included.

The book is  packed full of fun things to do; make a knight’s sword, decorate some dragon eggs and create a potion to make dragons friendlier. There are dragon model pieces to put together, pull-out decorated dragon scale art paper and all kinds of great ideas for craft projects; plus colouring pages and puzzles.

The Dragons Creativity Book

There are so many things to do in this book, my 8 year old loved every page. He loves a good puzzle and a maze, he really liked drawing in the castle windows and decorating the dragon eggs. There’s lots to go at here and it’s ideal for taking out and about and keeping them entertained during meals out of on holiday, as well as at home. The Dragons Creativity Book is a must for brave dragon hunters!

There are three other books in the series from Carlton Books; The Space Creativity Book, The Unicorn Creativity Book and The Princess Creativity Book.

The Dragons Creativity Book

The Dragons Creativity Book is published by Carlton Books and costs £9.99. It is available online and from good bookshops.

WIN A COPY OF THE Dragons Creativity Book

To be in with a chance to win a copy of The Dragons Creativity Book, simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: We were sent a copy of The Dragons Creativity Book for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Colour My Wall – wipe-clean vinyl posters to colour in

AD/Gifted. A few years ago we transformed the nursery into a proper bedroom for the boy. We painted a wall blue and covered it in glow in the dark stars and planets. Ever since we have been adding space themed accessories. It’s a lovely room and when it’s tidy, it’s a really inviting, fun place to hang out. Over the weekend we’ve added a new, out of this world decoration; we put up a wipe clean, vinyl colour in poster from Colour My Wall.

Colour My Wall are an independent family owned business based in Ottershaw Surrey. They have created a range of vinyl prints which you can colour in and wipe clean. It is designed to inspire children’s creativity and save your walls from being drawn on too much.

Colour My Wall - wipe-clean vinyl posters to colour in

There are a whole range of themes to choose from; from jungle, to fairy-tales; cats to under the sea; space and much, much more. Each design is hand drawn and lovely, there’s lots of detail and lots of fun things to colour in. Prices start at £49.

The Colour My Wall vinyl posters come with easy instructions on how to put it on the wall. They don’t come with pens, and you will need to use dry wipe markers which can be rubbed off. We picked up a set of pens from Tesco for a couple of pounds. The pens wipe off really well and leave no residue.

Colour My Wall - wipe-clean vinyl posters to colour in

The poster was really easy to put up, it did take two pairs of hands and if you don’t get it right, or you need to move it to another wall, it just peels off and is easily reapplied elsewhere.

It took us minutes to put the poster up. When my son saw it, it was instant love. He busily got to work colouring it in and then rubbing it out again, refining his work. It’s such a brilliant idea and as long as you use the dry wipe markers, you can colour it in forever. What’s also great, is that when the kids grow, you can peel the poster off the wall and stick it back on, just a bit higher up.

The Colour My Wall vinyl posters are also really good for –
  • Helps develop children’s fine motor skills
  • Helps develop hand eye co-ordination
  • Can help increase attention span and concentration levels
  • Aids children passion for colouring and art
  • Helps children identify objects and animals
  • Helps inspire children’s imagination
  • Offers hours of fun and enjoyment.

I just think these posters are such a great idea. I’ve had years of scrubbing at walls which have been scrawled on. I think had he had one of these he might have channelled his inner artist away from the hallway and onto the poster in his room. I also think the space themed poster is fabulous. There’s so much detail to colour in and enjoy and it looks so good in his room.

Colour My Wall - wipe-clean vinyl posters to colour in

If you want to try a Colour My Wall poster for yourself, I have a discount code which is valid until 31st July 2019. Grab 25% off all purchases from Colour My Wall by entering Hodgepodge25 at the checkout.

Disclosure: We were sent a poster from Colour My Wall for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

National Feet Week – Putting your best foot forward

AD/Gifted. Over the last few months I’ve increased the amount of exercise I’m doing in a bid to shift a few pounds. I’m making an effort to walk a lot more and I’m also going to a few dance classes a week. As a result, one of the things I’ve found myself doing is looking after my feet a bit more, without happy feet I can’t dance my socks off! This week (13th-20th May) is the first National Feet Week, so I’m taking a look at what that’s all about.

National Feet Week is a new initiative to draw attention to the importance of looking after our feet. Most of us take our feet for granted and only really start to notice them when problems start. A couple of years ago I realised that I had a fungal nail infection, and it was at that point looking after my feet became more of a priority for me.

National Feet Week - Putting your best foot forward

My husband is a runner and regularly sees a Podiatrist to have his feet cared for properly. The running has taken its toll on his toenails and he gets thick skin on his heels. His feet always look so much better when he’s been to the Podiatrist and he’s always much more comfortable.

A Podiatrist can treat or advise on –
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Blisters
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Footwear
  • Gout
  • Heel Pain
  • Insoles
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Sweaty Feet
  • Toenail Cutting
  • Verrucas

So it’s well worth booking an appointment if you have any concerns at all and definitely worth seeing a Podiatrist if you’re a runner like my husband.

Neatly trimmed nails, smooth heels and moisturised feet are essential if you want to wear sandals this summer. I try my best to look after one of the hardest working parts of my body and keep my feet looking good all year round. During this first National Feet Week I’ll be making sure I take extra special care of my own feet, and my son’s feet too, because his little feet work just as hard as mine.

There are a few things happening during National Feet Week which you might want to take part in. There’s a Twitter party on Monday 13th at 7pm, look out for the #NationalFeetWeek hashtag. You can also join in the #LaceRace where you race to get the fastest time for tying your shoelaces.

I hope you too can find time to pamper your feet during this National Feet Week!

Find your local Podiatrist at www.podsfixfeet.co.uk.

Disclosure: I was sent a box of pampering feet treats in exchange for this blog post. I have not been otherwise compensated for my time.

Win Lego Movie 2 Benny’s Space Squad Lego Set

AD/Gifted. The release of Lego Movie 2 in February was hotly anticipated and swiftly followed by the release of a whole raft of Lego sets. My son quickly went wild for them all and we’ve now bought, built and collected nearly all of the Lego Movie 2 Lego sets.

This month we’ve teamed up with Giddy Goat Toys in Didsbury and we are giving away a Lego Movie 2 Benny’s Space Squad set worth £10.99. Giddy Goat Toys is an independent toy shop based in South Manchester. Specialising in traditional and quirky toys, games, books and puzzles. Giddy Goat Toys have a whole range of Lego, including the fantastic Lego Movie 2 sets.

Win Lego Movie 2 Benny's Space Squad Lego Set

The set I am giving away this month is Benny’s Space Squad. This action-packed building set features a spaceship toy with a minifigure seat and a lunar buggy with 2 minifigure seats. Role-play scenes from The Lego Movie 2 with this space toy for kids including 4 LEGO astronaut minifigures with assorted accessories. This set which is worth £10.99 is recommended for ages 5+.

Giddy Goat Toys are offering 20% off all Lego Movie 2 sets, including Lego Movie 2 Minifigures. The code to use is Legomovie2. Check out the full range of Lego Movie 2 sets available from Giddy Goat Toys here!

Win Lego Movie 2 Benny's Space Squad Lego Set

Win Lego Movie 2 Benny’s Space Squad Lego Set

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How To Make a Puffy Paint I Love You To The Moon and Back Card

Over Easter I’ve been playing about with puffy paint. You can buy puffy paint, but you can easily make your own by mixing PVA glue and shaving foam, and that’s what I did. I played about making a few things with it, but by far my favourite was this I Love You To The Moon and Back Card.

The puffy paint is really fun to play around with and as long as you give it ample time to dry, it’s a really versatile thing to craft with. This, I Love You To The Moon and Back Card I made with the puffy paint, is probably one of my favourite things that I’ve made in a while. It’s a lovely card to give to a loved one.

How To Make a Puffy Paint I Love You To The Moon and Back Card

How to make an I Love You To The Moon and Back Card

You will need:

PVA Glue
Shaving Foam
Black card, two pieces
White card
Glittery paper
White paper
Letter stamps and ink (or neat writing)

How To Make a Puffy Paint Love You To The Moon and Back Card

First of all you’ll need to mix up a batch of puffy paint. In a large bowl mix 1 part glue and 3 parts shaving foam together. If you want to colour your puffy paint you can add a few drops of coloured paint, but for the moon we need a nice white puffy paint.

How To Make a Puffy Paint I Love You To The Moon and Back Card

Draw a circle using a pencil on your one piece of black card and dollop some of the puffy paint on it, spread the paint about so it covers the circle. Try and make it a bit more textural; the surface of the moon isn’t smooth, so your puffy paint replica shouldn’t be either. Leave the puffy paint to dry, preferably overnight.

Once it is dry, cut out the circle of the moon and put to one side.

Take a piece of white paper and draw a circle a little bit wider than your moon shape. Using the letter stamps and ink, stamp your message around the circle. I stamped “I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK XXX”

Take your glittery card and cut it to the same size as your circle and stick it on there. I then carefully tore the paper around the ink stamped letters. Fold your A4 piece of black card in half and glue the torn paper square onto the front of the card. Then take your moon circle and glue it to the middle of the glittery circle.

Carefully press it down, making sure not to squash the puffy paint. Leave it alone so that the glue can dry. Once it is dry, you can either write your message inside with a nice silver pen, or glue some white paper inside to write on.

It’s such a lovely card to give to someone. It’s really unusual and despite the number of steps, it’s actually really simple.

If you enjoyed this, you might also like to try making these cards…

How To Make a Puffy Paint I Love You To The Moon and Back Card

Children’s Books: Six of the Best Pokémon Books

It would be an understatement to say my son likes Pokémon. It’s not a thing I even pretend to understand, but he spends most of his free time watching Pokémon on TV and reading books all about it. I’m firmly of the opinion that all reading is good reading and I’m just happy that he’s happy to spend a few happy hours reading all about his latest obsession. I’ve picked out six of the best Pokémon books in his collection.

Children's Books: Six of the Best Pokémon Books

Six of the Best Pokémon Books

The Pokémon Encyclopedia is the official guide to all things Pokémon. You can become a real Pokémon expert with this guide to the animated series. It is jam-packed with Pokémon stories, lessons, facts and figures. The Pokémon Encyclopedia is the definitive reference for key characters, battles and places. It’s an absolute must-have for all Pokémon fans.

The Official Pokémon Ultimate Creative Colouring Book – This brilliant colouring book contains 30 Pokémon landscapes and patterns for you to colour in. The ultimate gift for any Pokémon fan. 

How to Draw Pokémon: 50 Pokémon to Learn to Draw is the best book for Pokémon fans to learn how to draw Pokémon characters. It contains 50 Pokémon, including all your favourite characters.

The Ultimate Pokémon Trainer’s Guide by Ned Hartley is a 64 page softback book packed with everything you need to know about Pokémon including reviews, facts, stats and tips. This is a really comprehensive book about Pokémon. It’s absolutely the kind of book kids like my son adore. Every page is packed with facts and stats and it’s perfect for dipping in and out of. You can read our full review of this book here.

The Official Pokémon 1001 Sticker Book is jam-packed with over 1001 stickers featuring Pokémon old and new from across the seven regions. Explore the city in Kanto, the mountaintops in Johto, the beach in Alola – and lots more! Re-create epic battles and use your stickers to complete the scenes in the ultimate Pokémon sticker book.

The Official Pokémon 365 Days of Pokémon: An Activity for Every Day of the Year. This bumper activity book has 365 Pokémon-packed activities – one for every day of the year. Search for elusive Dark-type Pokémon, colour First Partner Pokémon, draw Fire-type Pokémon and much more.

So those are our six favourite Pokémon books which are available at the moment. Have we missed any really good ones? If so, please comment below.

If you enjoyed this, you might also like to check out our Pokémon reading log, just the thing to motivate Pokémon fans with their reading.

Children's Books: Six of the Best Pokémon Books

Review: Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set

AD/Gifted. Over Easter my lovely friend Rachel from The Marvellous Mrs P and her daughter Dottie have been playing with the Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set. It’s a complete set of kitchen appliances with contemporary styling consisting of a fillable coffee maker; kettle with level gauge indicator, toaster with ‘pop-up’ toast and an extensive range of colourful crockery, cutlery and even play food. Here’s what Rachel and Dottie thought of it…

Of all the things that children learn through pretend play, surely the art of making a cuppa is the most important? I’ll never forget the first real cup of tea Beth made. She was so proud as she carried this milky, lukewarm offering towards me. Two hands – careful Mummy it’s hot.

Review: Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set

Beth’s brew making skills have improved massively since then, but now we have a new apprentice. Dorothy is a little (feeder) hostess in the making.

She’s had a great time playing with this realistic looking Morphy Richards set from Casdon. The set comprises a kettle, toaster and coffee maker in her favourite colour, complete with plates, cups and even breakfast food. The pieces are nicely made and sturdy, which they have to be to withstand our little tearaway!

We pushed down the lever on the toaster, watched patiently as our bread ‘cooked’ and Dottie was thrilled when the toast popped up. She wanted to do it again and again, trying to catch the toast in the air.

Review: Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set

In fact the only thing that distracted her from the toaster was the kettle, because – hold on tight – I had filled it with water!

I can’t tell you how excited Dottie was when she realised there was real water in her kettle but what came next was even better. We poured it into the top of the coffee maker and watched it slowly ‘percolate’ into the coffee pot below. This meant that Mummy could have her nice cup of tea with ‘alund milk’ (almond milk) and Daddy his coffee with ‘moo milk’ (cow’s milk) and we could both tuck in to a well deserved fry up.

All in, this is a great set for children aged from as young as two year upwards. Because children enjoy pretend play for a long time, especially when water is involved. The pieces are nicely made and very realistic; you could use them to create a play kitchen or a cafe. All three of the main toys have working elements so that groups of friends can play together without squabbling over one toy!

Dorothy really enjoying making drinks, laying a table and practicing saying please, thank you and you’re welcome. All important skills to learn!

Review: Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set

The Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set has an RRP of £17 but is currently available on Amazon for £12.99. 

Disclaimer: Rachel received the Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this post.

Toy Review: Wonder Park Toy Collection #WonderParkToys

AD/Gifted. If you’ve got kids, you can’t fail to have heard about the release of the latest film from Nickelodeon Movies – Wonder Park. Released in the UK on 8th April, Wonder Park has been THE movie to see over Easter. Following the success of the film, the Wonder Park Toy Collection has been launched and today we take a look at some of the toys in the range.

Wonder Park is the story of a magnificent amusement park run by animals where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. In the Wonder Park Toy Collection there are a number of toys available to suit a range of budgets.

Toy Review: Wonder Park Toy Collection #WonderParkToys

At the top of the range is the Wonder Park Ferris Wheel Playset. This costs £19.99 from John Lewis and is suitable for ages 3+. You can light up the Ferris Wheel at a push of a button and spin it to take the Greta and Wonder Chimp figures which are included on a wonderful ride. The set includes one Ferris Wheel, one exclusive Greta, and one exclusive Wonder Chimp. It’s solidly built and a toy which would not be easily broken. The ferris wheel is easy to put together and the flashing lights are really lovely. It’s not a noisy toy and I appreciate that.

Toy Review: Wonder Park Toy Collection #WonderParkToys

Next up we have the Wonder Park Flying Fish Ferris Wheel Playset; which is £14.99 from John Lewis and suitable for ages 3+. The Flying Fish Carousel is a ride straight from the movie that turns and includes 3 detachable flying fish, an exclusive June figure and her Peanut doll. The set includes some instructions for putting it together, which are easy to follow. The flying fish just slot into the ferris wheel which just clips together. It’s a pretty little toy and one you can have lots of fun with.

At the more pocket money priced end of the range; the Wonder Park Gus and Cooper Figure Set comes with snack accessories, including a big box of popcorn and a drink, so you can have even more Wonder Park fun. Use your imagination and think of sweet scenes, or recreate your favourite moments from the film. The set costs £7 and is suitable for ages 3+.

Toy Review: Wonder Park Toy Collection #WonderParkToys

The last set we played with was the Wonder Chimp Surprise 3 pack. The pack includes a bright Wonder Park vehicle which you can roll around; plus three Wonder Chimps to fit inside it. One of your new Wonder Chimp figures is a mystery – you won’t know who you have until you pop open the packaging. There are 30 different Wonder Chimps to collect in Series 1. This pack costs £5 and is suitable for ages 3+.

Toy Review: Wonder Park Toy Collection #WonderParkToys

If your little ones are fans of the film, the Wonder Park Toy Collection is affordable and interesting; with collectibles too. Recreating all the fun of the film is easy with these versatile toys.

The Wonder Park Toy Collection by Funrise Toys also features some cuddly toys, you can see the full range of toys from the movie on the John Lewis website.

Disclosure: I was sent these toys for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

How to make a Pokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

For his birthday every year I bake my son a birthday cake. Each year he presents me with a set of grand plans for the cake, and each year I tone down his idea a little to something I can manage with my limited skills. Over the years I’ve learned how to bake pretty darn good cakes, but decorating them is where I fall down. I don’t like to disappoint, so when he asked for a Pokemon birthday cake, then rattled off an extensive list of characters I decided it would be best to make a simple Pokeball design with a colourful rainbow sponge inside.

It’s actually very simple and you don’t need loads of cake decorating skills to do it. If you can roll out icing and cut shapes out with a knife, you’ve got all the skills you need.

Pokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

The finish of my cake was not perfect, but I had already spent a lot of time faffing about with the rainbow layers, and no one cared really. He was thrilled with his birthday cake, which is all that matters really.

How to make a Pokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

You will need:

5 layers of sponge cake, rainbow coloured if you like
Vanilla buttercream, I used 2 tubs of Betty Crocker
1 packet of marzipan
2 packets of white ready to roll royal icing
Red ready to roll royal icing
Black ready to roll royal icing
Icing sugar
Water
A cake board

How to make a Pokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

To begin with I baked the rainbow layers. I made up a double batch of my victoria sponge recipe and using a set of scales divided it into equal portions. I then mixed through a few drops of the colouring from this set of 8 food paste colours. When you do this remember that the colour darkens in the oven, so mix it a shade or two lighter than you’d like. Once baked, leave them until they’re completely cool before assembling the cake.

To stack the cake, using a palette knife put a dab of the buttercream in the centre of the cake board. If you’re using rainbow cake, decide which order your rainbow layers will go and place the bottom layer on top of the blob of buttercream. This will help to anchor your cake in place and stop it sliding about.

Pokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

Spread a layer of buttercream on top of your first layer and top it with your next cake, cover that with buttercream and continue until all the layers are stacked.

Now it’s time to apply the crumb coat, which just means cover the whole of the cake in a thin layer of buttercream. This is so the cake crumbs stay where they should be and it will also help stick the marzipan to the cake. Once you’ve done this, put the cake to one side, somewhere cool.

Pokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

Now it’s time to roll the marzipan out. I used icing sugar to stop it sticking to my work surface and rolling pin. Roll it out as thin as you please. My marzipan was pretty thin, but not so thin it could easily tear; perhaps about the thickness of a pound coin. You’ll need to roll out quite a big piece of marzipan to cover the cake in one go, and it might be worth measuring how much area you need to cover with a piece of string.

Lift the marzipan with the rolling pin and drape it over the cake. Use your hands to smooth it down and all over the cake. You may need to trim some of the folds back so the finish is smoother. It doesn’t matter how this layer looks because it will be covered with the royal icing, but it does need to be pretty smooth and even all over. Take your time doing this.

Pokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

Now for the hardest bit. Take your white royal icing and put some to one side for later. Then roll out the rest of the icing, again using icing sugar to stop it sticking to the work top. When you’ve rolled out a piece as big as you need, brush the marzipan all over with water and carefully lift the icing onto the cake. Take as long as you need to gently smooth the icing over the cake. I find the warmth of my hands helps to smooth it out. This layer needs to be super smooth, so take your time to get it right.

After that you probably need to sit down with a cup of tea for a bit, so do that before you do the next bit.

Pokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

Now it the time to turn your plain white cake into a Pokeball. Just like before, roll out the red royal icing. Take one of your cake tins and use it to trace a semi circle the size of the cake. I then used a shot glass (don’t judge me) to cut out a small semi circle on the straight edge of the icing. Brush half of the top of your cake with a little bit of water, not too much as your colours may start to run and gently press on the red semi circle of icing.

Roll out the black icing and cut out a black circle the size of a shot glass. Using a knife cut out a circle so you have a black ring. Then cut out a long strip of the black icing the diameter of the cake. Have a look at the picture below and using a dab of water fix the icing where it should be.

Pokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

Finally cut out a circle of white royal icing to sit in the black ring. Stick it in place with a dab of water and your Pokeball birthday cake is done.

It’s a really straightforward design and frankly if I can do it, I’m sure you can too!

Pokemon Pokeball Birthday CakePokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

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How to make a Pokemon Pokeball Birthday Cake

Win a Milly & Flynn Paper Craft Pop Up 3D Monkey kit

AD/Gifted. Throughout the year I collect books, games, puzzles and all kinds of things to keep my boy occupied and entertained during the school holidays. He had two weeks off over Easter, so it was time to deploy some of the fun things I’d squirreled away. One of the things was a Paper Craft Pop Up 3D Monkey from Milly & Flynn.

Win a Milly & Flynn Paper Craft Pop Up 3D Monkey kit

Craft kits are great little portable packets of fun. This Paper Craft Pop Up 3D Monkey contains everything you need, except a pair of scissors. The pop up monkey is exactly that, a cardboard monkey you make, squash down, drop on the floor and he pops up again. It’s tremendous fun, especially if you’re 8!

The craft kit included a page of instructions, and most helpfully the link to a YouTube video of someone putting the kit together. We read the instructions and popped out all the parts, read the instructions again and then began building the monkey.

Win a Milly & Flynn Paper Craft Pop Up 3D Monkey kit

There were a few moments where we needed to watch the video to see what needed to be done, but it was a straightforward and clever build. It took around 45 minutes to put together, then it was time to test it out. We found the monkey wouldn’t pop up on a carpet and was better if he dropped it onto the slate kitchen floor while he was stood on a chair.

It brought him enormous fun. I was really very proud that we had managed to make up the monkey by ourselves (without asking my slightly more technically proficient husband). We did find that although the pop up monkey is pretty sturdy, if an 8 year old repeatedly hurls it at the floor some of the sections start to come apart, but this is easily fixed with a bit of sellotape.

Win a Milly & Flynn Paper Craft Pop Up 3D Monkey kit

We really liked the Paper Craft Pop Up 3D Monkey. I liked that everything we needed was in the pack, which made it really portable and great for taking away on our little holiday. The kit costs £10, which on the surface might seem a little pricey, but the quality of the craft is superb and the monkey will last for ages. It’s a brilliant design and we would absolutely try other Milly & Flynn craft kits in the range.

You can find the Paper Craft Pop Up 3D Monkey here on Amazon and you can find out more about Milly & Flynn on their website.

Win a Milly & Flynn Paper Craft Pop Up 3D Monkey kit

To be in with a chance to win a Milly & Flynn Paper Craft Pop Up 3D Monkey kit, simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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