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Teen Beach Movie Soundtrack: A Review

| July 24, 2013 | 4 Comments
Teen Beach Movie Soundtrack: A Review

teen beach movie

We were given the opportunity at The Ana Mum Diary, to review the Teen Beach Movie soundtrack before the movie came out.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to welcome Miss N my eldest daughter (aged 10) to guest post on the blog, with what she thinks.

Time for a Miss N takeover! ;)

Today I’m going to be doing a review of the new Teen Beach Movie soundtrack. I’ll start by saying I thoroughly enjoyed the Teen Beach Movie premier on Friday (19th July) I’ve already watched it again, and will be watching it even more throughout the summer holiday’s.

All the songs in the album were great, and I definitely have them all stuck in my head, they are so catchy!   All the songs in the album made me want to get up and dance, as they were all so up beat. The film starts in the modern day world, until Brady and Mack surf a strangely big wave and are transported into an old movie. That explains why most of the songs are quite retro and 50’s sounding, and make you want to do the Jitterbug!

I’m going to write about some of my favourite songs.

The first one is ‘Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ This one really got me exited. I was watching it with a friend and we straight away got up and danced around. It’s really upbeat and exiting and is a must have song for the summer.

Another one of my favourites is ‘Can’t Stop Singing’. Because Brady and Mack have been in the movie so long they suddenly start singing everything, as the characters in the movie do.  Brady loves it, and tries to enjoy all the singing and dancing but all Mack wants is for it to stop so she can get home.  This song is really one to sing along to and has a really nice melody and I like the different selection of melodies put into the one song.

This soundtrack is just full of must have summer songs and is definitely worth every penny you pay. Each of the songs has originality and vibe and I will definitely be using this soundtrack at my birthday party in the summer! Surprisingly, it’s good for all ages. In fact, I did a little test on some of my family members on what they thought on the album.

First up is Miss A(4) who has always loved Disney Movies, and is extremely exited about talking about it on the blog. Miss A’s favourite song is ‘Can’t Stop Singing’ She likes the choreography (dance moves) in it. Her favourite characters are Mack, Brady and Giggles. She likes singing to the album and coming up with dance moves to the different songs.

Next up is Amanda (my mum). She thought the songs(and the whole movie) reminded her of  a mix between Greece and West Side Story. Her favourite song was ‘Falling For Ya’ (also one of my favourites’. In fact, some of the songs made her get up and do the Charleston. #embarrassingmum

And finally, ME!  The songs in this movie get me really exited, and are a great selection of songs. They all contain originality and all make me smile. I really don’t have a favourite, they all are incredible songs with lots of personality.

Thank you for reading and check this space and my blog ‘Me and The Big World‘ for more posts over the holidays!


Miss N xox


The Snowman 30th Anniversary Edition : Review and a Giveaway

| November 1, 2012 | 79 Comments
The Snowman 30th Anniversary Edition : Review and a Giveaway

Snowman 2012


Did you know that this year marks the 30th anniversary of The Snowman? It seems incredible that it was 30 years ago and I have very fond memories this story.

Well, a special edition in HD is released on Blu-ray and DVD, coming out on November 5th, so we can all relive it again.

We were sent a copy to review, I was surprised that we didn’t have it already to be honest. Snuggled up last Sunday evening, we lit a fire and drank hot chocolate and marshmallows and watched it all together. Everyone enjoyed it, even Miss A at only 3 years old.  It’s really magical from start to finish, and has become a tradition to watch it, with lots of families, at the festive season.  And what a storyteller Raymond Briggs is!  This enchanting tale takes you on a journey with James and the friendly snowman.  I don’t want to spoil it, but its a journey James will never forget.

The special features are also really good fun with an audio commentary and Aled Jones and Peter Auty talking about the misconceptions surrounding the original recording of ‘Walking in the Air’. The DVD will be available at all major retailers, including Amazon.

Would you like to relive this journey again? Or perhaps, your children were too young to have ever seen The Snowman film before.

Well, I have three copies of the DVD to give-away, but that is not all.  The first prize winner will also win a special set, that combines a magical story book, illustrated with pictures from the film and an audio CD with readings by Andrew Sachs and music by Howard Blake and featuring the famous Christmas song ‘Walking in the Air’ sung by Peter Auty.

All you need to do is :

1. Follow The Ana Mum Diary : You can do so by clicking on the ‘To receive email updates CLICK HERE  Any queries then tweet me! @gidders1.

Please also let me know you have done this, in a comment.

2. Tell me, what traditions you have at Christmas, from the weird to the wonderful, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading


Terms and Conditions:

  • This prize draw is open to UK residents aged 16 or over.
  • One entry per person.
  • The Ana Mum Diary and Universal retain the right to change the competition if necessary.
  • The prize will be sent to you directly from Universal and Penguin.
  • 1st prize will be the DVD, book and CD, 2nd and 3rd Prize will be a DVD.
  • If the winner does not contact me within one week, I will re draw another winner at random.
  • Entries must be received by email before midnight on 25th November 2012.
  • A winner will be chosen at random and notified by 26November 2012.



Holiday : Orlando, Florida

| September 11, 2012 | 14 Comments
Holiday : Orlando, Florida

(I was singing Holiday, as I wrote the title for this post in my best Madonna-esk voice)

We have had a fantastic summer, I really feel like we have crammed lots of things in. We only got back from our family holiday on Saturday, so I though I would share it Instagram style.

First up, who came…

Orlando The Ana Mum Diary

Tall Dad, Miss N who is now the grand old age of 10! Miss A, her first trip on a plane and Gidders….me!

I plan on writing up lots of hints and tips for anyone wanting to travel to Orlando Florida, especially as a family and visiting the Parks. We have been 5 times now, so we’ve picked up a few things along the way.

The food:

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You are spoilt for choice with places to eat in Orlando, they cater for so many tastes and wallets. I am going to give recommendations of our family favourites. New places we have tried, and places we go back to time and time again!

Where we stayed

Orlando stay

I became a little obsessed about the tree-lined avenues where we stayed, there was something so magical about them. However again there are so many options available in Orlando, from Hotels, condo’s and Villas.  We have done a few of those now, so I can’t wait to share those with you.

The Theme Parks:

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I am going to cover as many hints and tips as I can, so hopefully anyone going to Orlando, and visiting either Disney or Universal with small children will feel more confident about the trip. I can’t claim to know everything, but we love it so much and are undeniably passionate!  I hope that it will be useful especially to first timers.  I really would welcome people to leave their own hints and tips on the posts too.

Thank you for reading

Disclaimer: I have not been paid for this post in any way.