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Friday, 8 September 2017

PJ Masks Deluxe Figures | A Review

Both Jack and Isla absolutely love PJ Masks. Jack has been watching it a lot more of recent and Isla has just become obsessed too. They both know all the character names and can often be found reenacting the scenes. 

So, when we received the PJ Masks deluxe figures toys I knew they would go down well and I couldn't be far from the truth. Isla was so excited and Jack couldn't wait to open them. 

The set includes 16 pieces, including 'goodies', 'baddies' and stackable 'NinjaLinos' along with tools too. 

The figures allowed them to reenact there favourite scenes with the figures rather than themselves meaning it was easier for Isla to play too. They used their favourite PJ Masks, along with baddies matching each scene and would change the scene and baddies accordingly. 

Each figure is around 7.5cm tall with poseable arms and legs enabling more imaginative play.

For such smallish figures there is a lot of detail into each character, with the textures and paintings on the body. 

The NinjaLinos easily stack together with a small part sticking out and a hole in the base. The accessories for each character also simply fit into the hands of the characters and stay secure. 

The set is priced at £34.99 and is aimed for children three years and over. Its new this Autumn and I feel its great value for money especially for any PJ Masks fan. 

Please Note: We received these toys in exchange for an honest and open review. All words and opinions are our own.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Twirlywoos Fun Sounds Big Red Boat + Great BigHoo | A Review

Isla absolutely loves Twirlywoos, its one of her favourite programmes, so when we were offered some of the new Fun Sounds toys to review from Golden Bear Toys I knew they would be a big hit. When they arrived her little face was amazing. 

We were sent the Fun Sounds Great Bighoo along with the Fun Sounds Big Red Boat.
She was immediately drawn to the boat, pressing the horn to make the sounds and pushing it along the floor on an adventure. 

The boat has three fun sounds and is the perfect size for little hands suitable from 18 months. It was easy enough to be played with by both Isla and Jack, and is built to last. 

Next up was the Fun Sounds Great Bighoo, which is a super soft and cuddly soft toy, which has the individual sounds too. the fabrics are very soft and bright to the eye so easy to draw attention. 

Both the toys would make a great present for any Twirlywoo's fan, and are reasonably priced at £10.99 for Great Bighoo and £14.99 for the Big Red Boat. They were not as large as I would have imagined for the boat, but equally there has been hours of fun had, and the smaller size makes it easier to store. 

Isla has had lots of time cuddling her Great Bighoo and can often be found taking it to bed with it too. 

Please Note: We received these toys in exchange for an honest review, all views and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Giggling with Tiddlytubbies | A Review

When I was younger, I loved watching the Teletubbies. My cousin and I would watch at my Nan's and then recreate. As I got older I realised that actually it was annoying and vowed I would never let my children watch, but here I am with two children of my own who both love to watch Teletubbies - although they don't do the reenactment of every episode. What I realised when I watched the episodes with the children is the new additions of the Tiddlytubbies, the cute smaller versions of the Teletubbies. 

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Teletubbies, so there is lots of exciting things happening to celebrate. Part of these are some new toys including the Shuffle and Giggle Tiddlytubbies and 8" Giggling Tiddlytubbies plush; these are adorable and I'm sure any fans would love them. 

Like the Teletubbies, the Tiddlytubbies have their own individual characteristics, Isla's favourite is Ping, who is a little on the noisy side - similar to Isla. 

We received two of the giggling Tiddlytubbies plushes, Ping and Mi-Mi so you can imagine who she immediately was attached too. The plushes are 8" in size and are in bright colours made from soft fabrics making them perfect for cuddles. When you press the tummies, they do a cute giggle. Isla absolutely loves these, and several times throughout the day will fetch them for cuddles. 

There are four different characters to collect in the plushes - Umby Pumby, Mi Mi, Ping and Nin. Each are priced at £9.99 and available from all good retailers. 

Please Note: I received these toys in exchange for a post, all views and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The latest craze - the MOKURU - your chance to win one

Move over fidgit spinners, the Mokuru is here to take over. Japan has supplied us with the latest in this craze with the Mokuru.
This was originally designed to test an individual's balance and focus - now its testing the dexterity of fast fingered flippers.

Crafted out of beech wood into an eye catching cool design, players can flip tip and spin one MOKURU or more. MOKURU is the new black or, as the Japanese say, Genbu. Also available in green (Matcha), orange, (Kirin) white (Byakko), red (Suzaku), blue (Seiryu) and yellow (Inazuma)!

Small enough to fit in a pocket or a purse, MOKURU is the go anywhere toy for all ages, a new game for kids to play in the playground, and for big kids to play in the bar, at a desk, or to be played against others in competition. Players can refine their techniques until they become a MOKURU master. Fidget spinners are so over.
Designer Masakazu Node has worked hard to ‘create the perfect size, shape and materials’ for MOKURU. Now the fast flipping toy will be distributed in the UK and Ireland exclusively by Peterkin.
Already a big hit in many markets around the world, including Japan and Hong Kong, beginners can simply tip over the toy, let it flip and catch it with their fingers or flip it to draw a triangle or square. MOKURU masters can use five MOKURU at once with one hand. Claimed to help focus and concentration, imagination and alleviate stress, MOKURU fits into your pocket.

We have three on offer to giveaway. 

Win one of 3 MOKURU

Competition is open to UK entrants only, colour of the Mokuru cannot be specified so you may receive any colour.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Back to School Essentials

It's almost that time of year again to send the kids back off to school. When I was younger, I loved getting to buy new things during the Summer for the new school year; the only downside being my birthday is the end of the holidays, so I would get plenty of school items for my birthday. Getting lots of new goodies was always an exciting times, some things you'd only use for a short space of time but they were still amazing right? So I've collated a little list of some of the little essential to help you prepare.

First up, you've got the essential school uniform. Ok everyone seems to remember this one. Theres plenty of choice around with basics starting quite cheaply, or of course costing more depending on the quality and build type. We tend to get our essentials from supermarkets as we have found no difference in them lasting if we buy more expensive. We tend to get reinforced knees too as we have a typical boy. Along with the clothing, you also have shoes to think about. For shoes we always tend to buy better quality, this is something we found that spending more means they last.
We have had these lovely Boat shoes from Dobell which are high quality standard school shoes. These look tough enough to withstand everything that Jack will throw at them - tree climbing and all. They come with a high quality velcro which seems to hold really well and support around the ankles which we've found to be needed. He wasn't too fussed that they didn't have a fancy footprint underneath either and I'm sure they will do the job just as well.

Next up we have lunchtime, now whether your little one will have school lunches or take their own lunch they are bound to need a water bottle. At Jack's school they are allowed water - either plain or flavoured on the desk with them all day. Jack always takes his water and chooses his own water bottle before hand. This year we've opted for a Brita Water Bottle. The BRITA fill&go bottle is an easy way to make sure your child is hydrated at school. It's great as it can be filled up at any tap and the filter disk (which lasts a month) will reduce the levels of impurities and chlorine, leaving you with fresh tasting water to power through your school day. Occasionally Jack will say the water tastes funny, so for us, this is a great way to ensure fresh tasting water all day.

Then of course for those who enjoy taking their own lunch, you of course need a lunchbox. We found this awesome 'Lunch Bot' - the robot lunch box at Findmeagift. Its made from a tin body which will ensure your sandwiches or even those pesky bananas don't all get squashed no matter how he gets thrown around. When seeing this Jack said its the coolest lunchbox hes ever seen so I think we scored some good points there.
Whilst looking on Findmeagift we also stumbled across these Lunch Bugs lunch bags, aren't they just the coolest thing ever? Perfect for those bug loving children or even for yourself if your lunch tends to get stolen at work. They will certainly brighten up any sandwich at lunchtime.

There is also what to put inside of a lunch bag when taking packed lunches, of course you've got the necessary sandwich, drink and a piece of fruit but what else should you add to comply with the 'healthy lunch' policies many schools now have. Del Monte have a new range of Squeezies which are perfect snacks full of vitamins and minerals all whilst bursting with flavours. Each pack counts as one of their five a day with no added sugar or artificial ingredients. Also, they don't need to be kept in a fridge or require a spoon so are perfect for in the lunch box without all the mess of a jelly.

Finally, there is always personal hygiene to keep an eye on and with the return to school generally sees a return in head lice too. In the return to school season you tend to see a lot more people buying head lice treatments - trust me I work in a chemist - so it seems like when most people get them. I am lucky in the respect of I've not had to deal with it with my own children but I remember the ordeal from when I was younger. Hedrin have a wide range of products available to help if you've caught head lice or even to prevent them. The Hedrin Protect and Go Spray is a great protection, simply spray on after every hair wash or at least twice a week to help protect. 

Sometimes, children can need a little encouragement along the way in their education - especially the early days or those which are a little tougher. So you could get some small worthwhile rewards in which they would like and enjoy to keep up the encouragement. We did this with Jack in Reception and will again this year. These itty bittys from Hallmark are perfect small toys for appreciation and I know Jack will love them. They do a wide range of designs too so you could reward different things and complete a set. 

Another thing I'm keen to try this year, is the new app TrustedParents Its a free community aiming to bring parents together to help support and encourage each other - more so to move things back offline. We know that starting a new nursery or school (and even just starting a new school year!) as well as returning to work can be a huge pressure to many parents and TrustedParents can help find a support network for these challenging situations. Whether it’s setting up a group within our site/app to organise school pick up swaps, an after-school meet up or arranging a playdate or a birthday party for your children and their friends, our site/app aims to help you grow that all important support network and gives you a safe platform to do so! I always struggle finding people to help out with Jack with us living in a different area to our families. With Ashley's shifts always changing I feel like this app will be super useful for us. 

There are of course other things depending on the child which will be needed but as Jack is only in his second full time year he doesn't require too much. 

What else would you recommend?

Please Note: I was provided sample products for majority of the features above. This post also contains affiliate links. 

Friday, 18 August 2017

Bloopies Bath Dolls | A Review

We are at that stage with Isla, where dolls are currently everything. She loves taking her 'babies' for walks around the house and taking them out in the car. She often wants them in the bath with her, but they never have been yet. So, when we received a Bloopies bath doll from IMC toys, I knew it would be a big hit. 

Bloopies Bath Dolls come in 6 different characters, all of which have their own unique swimsuit and flippers and a snorkel mask to match. They are designed to go into the bath - so perfect for us when Isla wants a doll in the bath. 

Although this is designed as a bath time toy its not like other toys you would consider for bath time. It can be used in and out of water and has lots of functions and perfect for role play. Although the flippers don't come off, Isla still made lots of use with our Bloopies doll in different scenarios. 

When she first saw the doll she immediately wanted it open and to play with, and even more so when I gave it her for bath time too. You see these are made from a durable rubber which is suitable from 18 months old and perfect for use in the bath. 

The Bloopies doll has many in the bath features too, as she is able to squirt water and blow bubbles. We found our doll to be a little stiff to push, especially for Isla. The outer side of the doll is firmer than the tummy area which is the area designed for you to push, it took some getting used to and positioning but we got there in the end. However we were easily able to watch her blow bubbles under the water. 

Both children had loads of fun playing with this and it kept them amused in the bath for a lot longer than usual, and with an RRP of £14.99, I would certainly say it is worth the money. These dolls are available from most toy retailers. 

Please Note: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Making Tracks With Brio | A Review

I've mentioned a few times how Jack absolutely loves trains in whatever form but especially his wooden railway, and from a few months old - Isla was clearly a fan too. As shes grown older her love for all things trains and wooden railways has become prominent. We have wooden track at home and at both grandparents houses so they always have some to play with. So when we were asked if we would like to review the BRIO Classic Figure of 8 train set, I knew it would be a big hit with both children. 

The BRIO Classic Figure of 8 set is a perfect beginning set for those younger ones, being an easy set to put together and not too much to make them loose interest - but enough to keep it there. It came within a smallish box complete with the train tracks, trains and accessories all neatly packed inside. 

To put it together you needn't have to look at the instructions as its simple, 7 individual curves each side, joining with the connector bridge. You then simply place the trees and station wherever you wish along the line. 

Both Isla and Jack loved how quick and simple it was to put together, Isla especially, as they have the shortest patience ever for anything they would like to do. As soon as it was built, Isla was pushing the three coaches around the track, stopping for the station and to look at the trees with her imagination running wild. 

As with all BRIO it is made to high quality and is compatible with other BRIO sets. The size of this set was perfect as it doesn't take too much space or time to put up and take apart so its a perfect toy for downstairs. Its a perfect starter train and certainly one I would recommend. It has a RRP of £37.99 and suitable from all good toy retailers. You can find more about the range on the BRIO website

Please Note: I received this set in exchange for an honest review, all words and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.