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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Gruffalo My First Memory Game | A Review

Recently, Jack has took a great interest into playing board games and jigsaws. Whilst he really enjoys them hes still not 100% on the rules of some games, the turn taking and the fact most of the time you need to sit still to play. 
When he started nursery last year he seemed to have calmed down a little, although the school holidays have sent him completely bonkers again. So when I was asked if we would like to review the Ravensburger My First Memory Game I thought it would be a great opportunity for Jack. A smaller game more aimed at his age range, and one with one of his favourite characters on, The Gruffalo. 

Gruffalo My First Memory Game | A Review

When he saw this game and saw the Gruffalo, he was so excited and followed with 'Can we play now please mummy? Please Please' so stage one was a big hit. Of course, who was I to disagree and we took to getting it from out of the box. The game cards are quite sturdy and fairly thick, both children helped get them from the packaging before placing them on the floor. 

Gruffalo My First Memory Game | A Review
The aim of the game is you place the cards face down turning 2 cards over on your turn to try and make a pair. However, no matter how many attempts at explaining this to Jack I apparently have the wrong rules and you lay them all out face up and just match them. Sometimes its easier to go along. 
Within the pack there are 24 different pictured cards all with Gruffalo characters on meaning 12 different images making 12 pairs. 

Gruffalo My First Memory Game | A Review

Jack had many different goes in which he paired the images the way in which he thought the game was played. Another day, we attempted the game again, Jack was still adamant how it was played so I made the game slightly easier. Removing some of the images, leaving just 4 pairs a total of 8 cards. We turned them face down and finally we managed to play the game the correct way. Once Jack was confident we added in more pairs until having the full set back. 

Gruffalo My First Memory Game | A Review


Whilst this is just a small game, so many key skills are learnt, encouraging turn taking, matching, memory, counting, recognition or colours and images along with concentration. I feel we have learnt a lot, and built up and learnt some new skills. We have incorporated other games in with these cards too, finding things on images, looking for colours and counting certain parts. 

This game has been a big hit here, and although it took some getting used to, we finally get there and its a perfect quiet time game when needed. 

Ravensburger have a whole range of the 'My First Memory' games with different characters including Thomas the Tank Engine and In The Night Garden. 

Please Note: I received a copy of this game, in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own and not influenced by this. 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

When we were chosen as to be part of the #WeanTeam for HiPP Organic at the end of last year, I never imagined I would get the opportunity to visit one of their actual farms, especially not one in another country. So when I was given the opportunity to visit one of the farms in Podagi, Poland I knew it was an opportunity to good to miss. 

I was keen to see how the food I've fed Jack years ago, and now feed Isla is produced, and find about more about the people behind the brand.

As much as I knew this would be a fantastic trip, and definitely one I wished to go on, I was very apprehensive about leaving the children behind, especially Isla, however she was fine. So when I found out someone I knew would be going, it eased some of the doubts I had, the lovely Tami from Mummy of 2+1 also made the journey.


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

The beginning of July saw the journey to Poland finally arrive, the three day informative trip was here. On the Tuesday morning it was time to go, heading to Gdansk airport and then onto a guided tour around Gdansk which is beautiful. Following this, we had another journey onto the HiPP farm in Podagi taking around an hour and a half. The farmhouse in which we stayed for the two nights was beautiful with amazing views. That evening we had our first meeting with Mr Stefan Hipp, who was so lovely.

The next morning we had an early start ready to have our fun packed day learning all about sustainability, organic farming and of course the HiPP brand along with viewing the farmlands. 
Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Following breakfast we had a talk with Mr HiPP who gave us some background information on organic farming and sustainability. I learnt so much from this short presentation and feel I've gained more knowledge into organic produce and the extent to farming behind it. However, not only do HiPP do organic farming, they go above and beyond the normal organic farming regulations, setting their own standards ensuring everything they product is extremely high standards. 


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

After our talk with Mr Hipp we headed onto the buggies and went a wonder around the farmland, which was a bit of an experience. The farm in which HiPP have in Podagi has been organically farmed since 2003 and is currently around 2000 Ha in size. HiPP have a 5 year crop rotation, meaning no same crop is planted within the five years. Rotating between clover, wheat, rye, spelt and oats not in that order, clover is used as its good for natural nitrogen helping the plants. Wheat follows the clover as it needs the most nitrogen, which naturally the clover leaves behind. 

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

As we were going around, all of the fields were protected by numerous amounts of trees. Apparently this is good with organic farming as it acts as a natural windbreaker and for nature to live in to help the crops. As for nature, they let them do the work, enlisting the birds, insects and other wildlife to reduce the pests whilst producing other products too. The crops aren't cut at peak wildlife times to enable them to still get their food. It is thought on the Podagi farmland there are over 160 different species of birds along with deer, elks, foxes and wild boar among others. 


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Along with the crops HiPP also grow their own vegetables and have their own carrots and potatoes. The carrots are a lot sweeter than usual ones and unique to HiPP. The vegetables have the same care as the crops, the carrots need weeding and this is done by hand for the first six weeks otherwise the carrots will not grow. Of course, like any farm there are bugs around, potatoes need protecting from beetles and fungi disease, so using tree oil as a natural pesticide this helps protect them. As for the carrots, there is a problem with carrot flies eating the leaves, so every third row of carrots they plant onions as the flies dislike the scent. 
Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

The Podagi farmland is also home to a lot of farm animals, there are around 1000 Angus cattle and 600 black head sheep both of which we managed to get up close and personal with. 
Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Before this trip I had no idea about organic farming, to me it was simply that they didn't use pesticides. I had no idea of the hard work and dedication in which was behind the scenes with the farmers. The processes to check the soil I had no idea on, in Mr Hipp's words healthy soil = healthy plants = healthy animals = healthy people. HiPP have so much passion behind being organic, along with their own farms they work with an additional 8000 other organic farmers who each have to follow the strict guidelines in which HiPP have set out ensuring we have the best products in our baby foods. 


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

One thing in which really sticks with me with the HiPP brand is that it is a family business, starting out as a small family business back in 1899 and still to this day remaining a family business. Originally, they weren't an organic brand when starting out, there first product was made when Joseph Hipp's wife was struggling to breastfeed so was a gap between milk and food. The following 5 children were also fed the cereal and word soon got around. In 1932 it was starting to be sold door-to-door by Joseph's son Georg who opened his own company. In 1956 Georg converted his family farm to organic farming after a chance meeting with Dr Hans Muller, and the range has been organically farmed ever since. 
Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Since this Georg's sons Claus, Georg and Paulus followed into the business with Claus taking over in 1967. In Europe you will see the family face of Claus on packaging and everyone knows about the family name and brand. With the pressures of factory farming in the 1960's Hipp still remained committed to organic farming. Claus is still around within the business and his son Stefan is now co-owner of the family business. HiPP is now in its 4th generation and are as passionate as ever to the organic farming and sustainability. I love the idea that over 100 years later the company still remain as a predominately family run business sticking to the same ethics as originally set out. 

Although I had a small insight into the HiPP brand from being part of the #WeanTeam it was great to learn all about the highest care that goes into the food in which we feed our children. The HiPP Organic range has over 150 products included making them the biggest organic baby range within the UK. The range includes 63 jars, 33 pouches, 20 trays, 9 fruit pots, 5 cereals and 6 drinks - along with the many other products they are introducing. 

Please Note: I was provided with an all expenses paid trip to Podagi, Poland. However all views and opinions are my own and not influenced by this

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site | A Review

So yesterday, we brought you our review of the Bob the Builder™ RC Super Scoop and today, we bring you another review from the range, this time the Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site. 
Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

The Mash & Mold Construction Site is a unique play set allowing your budding builders to let their creativity flow. Upon your first play a small amount of assembly is required, honestly it's not a flat pack. The crane will need building and the four hexagonal tiles placing together then place the other parts where ever you wish. The play space can be changed around to suit your little builders each time. 

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

Included within the set are 5 different tools in which you can move around and use along with 35 molds to choose from each use. Every building can have a different bit of individuality. There is also a two-sided character included with Bob on one side and Wendy on the other. Also included is a crane inspired by Tiny, containing multiple molds and acts as a wrecking ball, a Dizzy sand vehicle, two mold trays, a mold-press garage which you can use to create bricks along with the iconic 'Bob's Yard' gate which can be used as a mold or a rake. More or less all of the tools can be stored upon the hexagonal bases to keep everything together which I like also. 

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

To create each individual piece, the set comes complete with 0.45 kilograms of Mash & Mold Play sand, which is an amazing material which never dries out, allowing your child to build, demolish and re-build all day. I love that the sand easily clumps together meaning it doesn't create a big mess when played with. 

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

Jack loved creating lots of different creations and using his imagination to create different pieces. He's had hours of fun with this and there is no sign of him loosing interest anytime soon which is great. 

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

The Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site has an RRP of £22.99 and you can also purchase additional Mash & Mold vehicles which are compatible too. 

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

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop | A Review

Bob the Builder has been a hit in our house for quite a while, Jack loved it when he was younger and had a range of the toys back then. They've since made there way onto new homes as they got played with less however he still enjoys to watch it. Last year Bob had a bit of a make over as did the crew, however you can still recognise him from the original character design. 

Fisher Price have created a range of toys to go alongside Bob's new look, and the RC Super Scoop is one of these. We were recently sent one along for review and Jack absolutely loved it. 
Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop

The RC Super Scoop is remote controlled and brings Scoop to life with many different phrases, sounds and a motorized action as well as the one-of-a-kind jaw-dropping stunt. RC Scoop can be played with in two different ways, one using the remote control and the alternative being just by pressing the button on the side.
Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop

Manually playing with RC Scoop you are able to use his exhaust to lift his front bucket, and press the 'B' symbol on the side to activate fun phrases, sounds and the lights. Alongside this is also a simple controller allowing the user to control Scoop forwards and backwards and also operate the back bucket. The controller has another trick though, have you ever seen a digging machine do a handstand? Well using the controller you are able to watch Scoop perform the amazing 'Scoop Stand'. This incredible stunt allows Scoop to use his back digger to push himself up and lift his body straight in the air.

Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop

To power the unit a total of 6 batteries, 4 AA in Scoop and 2 AAA in the remote. There are some demo batteries included within Scoop but the AAA will be required for the remote before use. 
Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop

In his short life Jack has had a small range of remote control cars and I can definitely say this has been his favourtie and the one hes most enjoyed.
This toy is very robust and both Isla and Jack have enjoyed playing with it, Jack properly and Isla carrying it around and so far, no breakages or anything. 


Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop

RC Super Scoop is available in all good toy shops with an RRP of £49.99. Although this may seem a little highly priced, for the quality of the toy and with it being licensed I feel this is a really reasonable price. 

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

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Britax Römer Celebrates 50 years of family freedom

This year Britax Römer is celebrating 50 years, thats double my age (well almost). We have worked alongside Britax for a couple of years now and its always a brand I look for when choosing to make a safety purchase such as a car seat. As the brand has been around for a while it's one I trust, they are always advancing with their creations and ensuring they meet the safety standards we expect for our little ones. They are also the choice of the Royals so what could be better?
Below is a brief overview into the Britax Römer


Britax Römer celebrates 50 years of family freedom

Britax Römer’s heritage is deeply rooted in the automotive industry. In the 1950’s, the brand, formerly known as Britax, was Europe’s leading OEM supplier of in-vehicle safety equipment, such as brakes, seatbelts, vehicle lighting accessories and helmets. Britax Römer built its reputation in post-war Europe, where the need for road vehicle occupant safety came to the forefront of people’s minds, thanks to the use of seatbelts in wartime aircrafts. Britax was one of the first companies to recognise the need for vehicle seatbelts and, by the 1960s, the company was major supplier to leading automotive brands across Europe, including Volkswagen, Opel and Audio, known for its leading-edge quality control and rigorous physical testing.

In 1966, the company extended its vehicle safety expertise to children in the car in both the UK and Germany. In the UK, Britax released its first child car seat, the stylish ‘Star Rider’, which featured a five-strap harness and could be used for children aged from 5-11 years old, to protect and restrain them in transit. The product proved so successful that in the 1970s, the Britax and Römer brands made the strategic decision to focus all efforts on child car seats, resulting in a merger early on in the decade, to become Britax Römer in regions such as Germany and France. This rebranding was carried out across the remaining EMEA regions in January 2016 to leverage the strength and heritage of the two strong European brands.

Despite the long road that Britax Römer has been on that led to its position as a leader in manufacturing child seats, passenger safety has always remained at the forefront of everything the company does. Britax Römer has applied its unique know-how to developing strong child car seat that work seamlessly with automotive vehicles. The company’s innovative technology, superior research, product-testing capability and long-term partnerships in the motor vehicle and racing industries show an impressive 50 years at the forefront of child safety, as the company continues to push boundaries, so that family life for everyone is boundary free.


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Dinosaur Hunting at National Forest Adventure Farm

Last Autumn we visited the National Forest Adventure Farm in Tattenhill for the first time, and honestly it was amazing. So when we were invited along to the current event 'Dinosaurs Awaken' I knew it would be great fun. It was a fun place to visit without the dinosaurs but somehow the dinosaurs made it more amazing!

My best friend's little boy is obsessed with dinosaurs so they came along for the day too, the boys are best friends so seemed like a perfect opportunity. 

National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm

The day in which we visited was not the best weather wise, when we arrived it was dry so first of all, we headed to the outside animals, planning everything around what the weather was doing. We had purchased some food from the entrance and the boys couldn't wait to get feeding the animals. The boys loved looking at the different animals and getting to feed so many of them.

National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm

As it started to rain on our walk around, typical we next headed to the Fossil Panning activity which is located outside under a cover near the maize maze. Each of the boys had a go at the fossil panning activity in which is an additional £2 however you can keep your treasure. They were each given a bag which contained what they had to look in. Firstly they tipped the bag into a tray and swished it within the water to clean away the sand. Ensuring each was clean, next we headed to a table to sort our fossils and gemstones. On each table space there were some posters with what to look for along with some magnifying glasses to identify. The boys loved finding the treasure out from the stones and identifying them the best they could. 

Fossil Panning at National Forest Adventure Farm


Fossil Panning at National Forest Adventure Farm

Fossil Panning at National Forest Adventure Farm

Following this they were eager to go in the maze, there was a choice of two, the 'Dinosaurs Awaken Maize Maze' or the 'Dino-Babies Mini Maze'. The staff member told us the larger one can take upto 2 hours, and with the weather unpredictable and three children, we opted for the smaller one. They loved it, searching out each of the different dinosaur characters hidden around the maze and when they found one stamping it off on the sheet.  Within the larger maze they also do a 'Raptor Run' twice a day with limited spaces in which you have a limited amount of time to steal an egg without getting caught'. We didn't do this activity but it did sound great fun. 

Mini Maze at National Forest Adventure Farm

Mini Maze at National Forest Adventure Farm


Mini Maze at National Forest Adventure Farm

After this we took a walk back to the main area of the farm and went inside to the indoor animals. On our walk up we spotted the 'real' dinosaurs. Both children knew we were going to look for dinosaurs, but I don't think Jack expected to see large walking dinosaurs and he got scared and started crying. I think it was more of a shock as the tears soon disappeared and he was asking his many questions again. Within the barn we looked at the many different indoor animals and the pigs were the firm favourite along with the piglets. 
Dinosaurs Awaken at National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm

A fun activity which is included within the price is the barrel run and tractor ride, the tractor ride is done on the hour each hour, and the barrel ride every hour on the half hour. As we were coming out from the barn it was almost time for a barrel run so we headed along there for the boys to have a turn. On our last visit this was one of the highlights for Jack so I knew it was something we had to do. Needless to say it was a hit again for them both. Later on in the day they had a go on the tractor ride. I didn't go on this as Isla was sleeping however my friend took them both and they had great fun. 

Barrel Ride at National Forest Adventure Farm


Next we headed for some lunch, there are several places to eat at National Forest Adventure Farm, last time we ate in the Cafe which is reasonably priced and nice, but this time we took a picnic. We ate this at one of the many picnic areas which was clean and tidy. 
Next we let them burn some energy within the soft play area, whilst there was another rain storm. All the children had great fun. The boys had fun within the larger play area and the big slides, whilst Isla enjoyed her first soft play experience within a small toddler play area. We headed back to see the animals following this to finish off the tubs of food we had, emptying them before leaving.

National Forest Adventure Farm


Included within the entrance price are so many activities, many of them are free with a few additional things you can pay for such as the mechanical diggers and go-carts. As both boys were well behaved they had a go on the go-carts having a little race around the ring. After this we headed to the free play areas, both the outside one where they had loads of fun. The giant pillows are always a firm favourite, but the sand area was too this time. 

National Forest Adventure Farm

After this we managed to catch the final 'Dinosaur Training' of the day, Jack was still a little unsure of this but my friends boy loved it. Joining in with all the interactive activities, touching the dinosaurs and asking the trainer many a different question, all of which she was happy to answer.

Dinosaurs Awaken at National Forest Adventure Farm

The 'Dinosaurs Awaken' maze is currently on until the 4th September, perfect for the summer holidays.  

Overall we had an amazing day, we will definitely visit again. This was my friends first time visiting and she was amazed what was included. She said she is visiting again with her partner and also telling her family so her niece and nephew can experience too. 

Please Note: We were provided with complimentary entry to the event along with the panning of the fossils in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

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