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Friday, 21 August 2015

Clangers Lullaby Starlight Tiny #Review

Clangers Lullaby Starlight Tiny

The Clangers are back! You may have seen my post back in June letting you all know the Clangers were back in stores from July 1st. If not you can check it out here. They've been back for several weeks now and I'm excited to now show you another one of them.

I'm pleased to introduce you to the Clangers Lullaby Starlight Tiny. This musical Starlight Tiny Clanger will help your children relax and send them to sleep. It's simple to use, you simply press Tiny's tummy and she will play you a lullaby. She will also create a gentle starlight effect in her tummy that will reflect on the ceiling and gently fade away.

She's a really sweet toy that doubles as a nightlight. She is brought to you by Character Options and will costs you around £24.99. I loved the Clangers when I was little and am happy to now introduce them to my children, hoping that they will love them too.

Our Clangers Lullaby Starlight Tiny is currently lying in my bed having a snooze. Yes, you heard me right, she's in my bed, well at least for tonight anyway. My girls and I have come to an agreement that we'd share her and have her for one night each so that we could all have a cuddle and enjoy her company at night time, she's just so squishy.

We love our Clangers Lullaby Starlight Tiny. She's soft, cuddly and really cute. Her lullaby is  soothing and not too loud and her little light up tummy is bright and pretty. We love her and hope all the other Changers fans out there will love her just as much as we do.

Disclosure: We received our Clangers Lullaby Starlight Tiny in return for an honest review.

There's No better Picnic than a Krispy Kreme Doughnut Picnic ..

There's No better Picnic than a 
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Picnic .. 

So, yesterday my kids and I met up with some friends in our local park. The weather wasn't great but it was dry so we were happy. With 2 Mums and 5 kids between us, it was really nice to get out into the open and let them run free for a while giving us a break. It's been a long Summer so far but not a bad one in any way. I love the Summer Holidays but just wish we could do more at times. Our typical rainy British weather often keeps us in.

I'm a HUGE lover of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, I buy them ALL the time! So, when I heard they were doing an online only Doughnut Picnic box, I just had to try one naturally.
The Doughnut Picnic includes;  2 pairs of Krispy Kreme sunglasses, a Krispy Kreme frisbee and 2 boxes of Assorted Dozens. What more could your picnic need, right.

Loaded with our picnic box and a blanket we headed off to the park to play. The kids ran around the park, playing nicely together whilst us Mummys got to relax and chat for a while. We had a wonderful afternoon, two hours of pure bliss. The kids got on really well and there was no accidents - life was good. Together we managed to eat around 13 of our 24 doughnuts, the kids were loving them and it's not often they get to eat so many.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts are our favourite. They're always so fresh and tasty, we just can't get enough. With 24 delicious doughnuts in this hamper, there's more than enough to go around. We shared ours with everyone who wanted to join us and still had some left over.

You can purchase your very own doughnut picnic for a limited time only for just £24.95 which is a great price for what you get inside. This picnic box wasn't just about doughnuts to us, it was about bringing people together and sharing a little of what we love.

My friend and her children were Krispy Kreme virgins who'd never tried them before so I was well happy to share my Krispy Kreme knowledge and love with them. I'm happy to say that they are all now happy Krispy Kreme lovers too, yippee.

Our Picnic was lovely and everyone involved had a great time. With smiley faces and full tummies, we headed home very happy. I'm glad our picnic went so well yesterday and hope to do it all again soon. Parks and picnics with friends are always good fun but with doughnuts included, the fun just gets even better (Yes that is possible).

Disclosure: We received our doughnut picnic in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Flair's New Cool Create Frozen Range .. #Review

Flair's New Cool Create Frozen Range

My little Frozen fans have been having great fun this week with some new Cool Create products from Flair. Anna and Else took over our home last year and have been here ever since. We have the toys, the bedding, the dinner plates and bottles and so much more. 

If it has Anna, Elsa or Olaf on the front - My kids want it!

This week we've been trying out two new products from Flair's Cool Create range. First up we had the Frozen Fairy Lights set which allows your children to create their very own fairy lights to light up their rooms with Elsa's magical, glam style. They can choose the themed shapes and designs that they like and use the pen and stickers to decorate them. They then fit each light into a hand made shade and switch them on to see their paper sculptures magically light up their nights. Every girl loves magical fairy lights and my Frozen fans really loved these Frozen themed ones. You get everything you need inside the box to make one set of fairy lights perfect for hanging around a mirror or across the side of the top bunk like mine have. Where ever they decide to hang them, they will be loved and enjoyed by all.

The fairy lights are really easy to decorate and put together, Lily (aged 8) did most of ours all by herself. The recommended age is 6 years and over which I think is about right. Pushing out the paper cutouts got a little fiddly but with a little help from Mum we managed.

There's lots of different sheets with different designs to choose from, there's also some blank ones incase they want to decorate their own from scratch. There's lots of little gemstones to stick on and a whole sheet of pretty Frozen stickers they can add on too.

Lily enjoyed making her fairy lights, I'm glad they were easy to do as it's much more rewarding for her when she can complete a project like this on her own. Our Frozen fairy lights now hang wrapped around the wood on their top bunk and do look rather pretty.

It's a nice simple set that will please any Frozen fan. It doesn't take long to complete and can only really be used once but you do get a lovely set of fairy lights to keep and use forever. Lily and I had fun making them and Lily loves them now that they twinkle over her.

The second set we've been trying is the Frozen Shaker Maker (Elsa & Anna). 

We'd seen these on the TV before, the Shaker Maker sets but not this one in particular and they have looked like good fun. Shake it, make it, paint it - they say. So today, that's what we did. The Frozen Shaker Maker is a creative sculpture kit to make and paint amazing detailed statuettes of Elsa and Anna. Again, a big hit with my little Frozen fans here.

The first thing I have to say about this set is how amazed I was at the ease of use and total lack of mess that I had been expecting. In fact, this set produced two amazing sculptures in very little time with very little effort and practically no mess at all - I was well happy.

You simply pour some warm water into one half and then tip the power into it. Pop the ball together and shake for 30 seconds and leave for 90 minutes. That was it - wow.

Once the 90 minutes wait was up, you simply squeezed the mould and out popped the sculpture all pretty and detailed and ready to paint. Having two sculptures was great as I have two girls who were both very eager to paint one - so one each was perfect.

The paints were of a good quality and the brush was perfect for the job at hand. Paining them was much harder than making them. My girls did their best which was good enough for me. They may not quite look like the ones shown on the box but we were happy.

Out of the two sets I think the Frozen Shaker Maker one was our favourite the experience lasted a little longer than with the first one. The only downside is, you only get enough stuff inside the box to make two and we now want to make lots, lots more. I think we're going to have to buy ourselves a few more of these sets as they really were very good.

Both sets were fun to make and we did enjoy doing them all. The Cool Create range is great for the crafters and the makers of the family. Whilst keeping them entertained and busy for a while, they also made some nice little keepsakes for them to hold onto afterwards.

The Cool Create range includes so many more characters other than Frozen within the range but as Frozen fans both the sets we tried got a firm thumbs up from all of us here.

Disclosure: We received our samples in return for an honest review.

Arrgghhh! It's Pirate Festival Time at Hatton Adventure World - 10th August - 6th September 2015

Arrgghhh! It's Pirate Festival Time at Hatton Adventure World - 10th August - 6th September 2015

From Monday 10th August 2015 until Sunday 6th September 2015 Hatton Adventure World are hosting their very own Pirate Festival so we popped along this weekend to check it out. Brand NEW for 2015, Hatton are hosting a Pirate Festival. They're inviting children to dress up in their best pirate outfits and come on down for lots of swashbuckling fun for the whole family. There's Treasure Hunts and sword fighting. Water fights and Raft making, there's lots of Pirate themed activities going on in their very own 'Pirate Cove' but be warned - anyone not on their best behavior may find themselves 'walking the plank'!! 

We joined in one of the Treasure Hunts and have to say that the Pirates were fantastic. They really engaged with the children and made the Treasure Hunt as fun as could be. The Treasure Hunt involved lots of walking ( so be warned) as we walked the grounds in search for clues to find the lost treasure chests code. Once we'd cracked the code we popped it down onto our sheets and saved them for the big show later on in the day where the children were invited along to come and claim their share of the Pirates Treasure which of course was some lovely sweeties. There was lots going on throughout the day in the Pirate Cove, there was lots of staff all dressed up as Pirates helping children make crafts and play games and generally having fun. If you're children like Pirates then they'll love this.

As well as all the new Pirate festival fun happening, there's still all the usual fun of the outdoor and indoor activity play areas that will also be operating along with 3 different bouncy castles, funfair rides, tractor rides and masses of animals to feed and handle.

My three love the animal handling at Hatton, the guinea pigs are always our first stop whenever we visit. Holding the guinea pigs and feeding the goats is always a must.

We've been to Hatton many times but with the ever changing routines and events there's always lots to do. We never get bored at Hatton, there's just so much to see and do.

We really enjoyed all the Pirate Festival fun as well as doing our old favourites too. 
You can check out one of my older 'Days Out at Hatton' posts for more information of what's available in general. Each visit for us has had something special about it so it's always great to know that you can visit one place time and time again and still experience new things each time. We had a fantastic time this weekend at their Pirate Festival and do recommend if you're in the area to stop by and pay them a visit. 

Disclosure: We were given free access to the event in return for an honest review.

#Win a Sweet Selection Box packed Full of British sweets!

Win a Sweet Selection Box 
packed Full of British sweets!

It may always rain and the weather may be unpredictable but there are some good things about Britain, like it's creamy chocolate and sugary sweets. Britain is home to so many top brands that we all know and love like Cadburys, Maynards and Trebor. 

It's been raining a lot here over the past few weeks so I've decided to run this little giveaway to cheer you up. I mean what's more cheery than a box of chocolates and sweets - right!

This giveaway is not sponsored in any way - I am paying for this prize.

This awesome box of treats includes: 2 Cadbury Chocolate Eclairs, 1 Dairy Milk Bar, 1 Cadbury Freddo Bar, 1 Cadbury Freddo Caramel Bar, 1 White Chocolate Buttons, 1 Cadbury Chocolate Buttons, 1 Cadbury Fudge, 1 Cadbury Chomp, 1 Maynards wine gums Roll, 1 Maynards Sours Roll, 1 Maynards Wine Pastilles Roll, 1 Bassett's Mint Imperials 1 Trebor Extra Strong Mints, 1 Trebor Peppermint Softmints and 1 Trebor Soft Fruits.

If you would like the chance to win it all - Simply enter using the RaffleCopter Form below. It may take a few seconds to load but please be patient, it will load. 

Terms & Conditions - This giveaway is open to the UK only due to delivery costs. One winner will be picked at random on Sunday August 13th using the RaffleCopter App.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Have a Blast with the New Zombie Blast from Character #Review

Have a Blast with the New Zombie Blast from Character

Like most little boys, my little man (5) was intrigued when we heard about this new Zombie Blast toy from Character. We wasn't quite sure what to expect at first but I'm happy to say that we had great fun playing with him. He's more funny than scary.

With Zombie Blast you can be apart of your very own Zombie apocalypse! You have to shoot the Zombie Blast down before your time is up which is around 30 seconds. Using the pistol provided you can shoot the walking Zombie from up to 2.5m away. There's 3 stages to get through and each one becomes more difficult. Shoot him 3 times and one arm will blast off, shoot another 3 times and his other arm will detach, shoot him a further 3 times and he will die and fall over. It's actually really funny to watch and not gruesome in any way.

The whole game is controlled by the pistol which has a 'Start' button on the side to start each game. There's also an On/Off switch located on the top to switch off between games. The trigger is easy to use which is great for even the littlest of fingers. If you're not a fan of games that include guns in them then this toy maybe not be one for you but if you're like me and don't mind the odd game with one in, then you'll be okay. We were.

My little man thinks the Zombie Blast is so funny, he's been playing him over and over again for hours. He loves the part when his arms fall off and when he dies and falls backwards when you win. This toy requires 6 AAA batteries which are not included so be sure to stock up on them before hand. He's suitable for children over 3 years of age, my little man is 5 and loves him. He's really simple to use and easy to play with, he got a thumbs up from us.

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Disclosure: We received our sample in return for an honest review. 

He'll have You Laughing Out Loud - Scooby Doo Crazy Legs #Review

He'll have You Laughing Out Loud - 
Scooby Doo Crazy Legs

Scooby Doo Crazy Legs from Character is one toy that will have you laughing out loud every time. Scooby's legs have gone crazy! His paws spin independently to move him here there and everywhere. He moves forwards, backwards and spins 360 degrees! 

When you tap him on the head he goes crazy, moving forwards and backwards, going left and right. He spins completely out of control whilst shouting lots of random phrases like 'boing, boing, boing' and 'scooby doo he he he'. He's quite the loveable character.

My little man (5) loves him and the laughter that can be heard when he's playing with him is just too cute. Scooby Doo Crazy Legs is really fun as he moves in different ways every time you play with him. One time he might go off in one direction and then another time he may stay in one place trying to bump into you. His crazy legs really can take him anywhere.

A video posted by christine taylor (@v82chris) on

Scooby Doo Crazy Legs is around 30cm high in size and requires 6 x AA and is aimed at children aged 3 and over. We've loved playing with him, he's a real party animal.

Ryan has made a new friend and now loves tapping his head and running around laughing after him. Scooby Doo used to be on our TV but now he's right here in our living room and Ryan loves him, well we all do. What's not to love? He's completely adorable.

Disclosure: We received our sample in return for an honest review.