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Sunday, 29 March 2015

New for 2015 - #SeaStars! Opens Easter 2015 at the Birmingham Sea Life Centre #Review #DaysOut

New for 2015 - Sea Stars! Opens Easter 2015 
at the Birmingham Sea Life Centre


There's a brand new Sea Stars feature at the Birmingham Sea Life Centre this Easter. This new exhibition lets you get up close and personal with their newest friends. Discover their Pop Up bubbles and peek-a-boo holes which let you marvel at the variety of shapes, sizes and colours of the world's largest Sea Stars. It's all very new and exciting.

We went along to check out the new Sea Stars for ourselves yesterday and I have to say, the kids had a wonderful time. The new exhibition features Pop Up bubbles which let you get inside to get a different view of the Sea Stars. From inside the bubbles you could see them from underneath, showing you their incredible details like never before.


There's lots of Peek a Boo holes which let you look inside their tanks to see them from lots of different angles. Inside their largest tank was a giant male star who had been rather excited on his first day. You can see him above in his somewhat 'cloudy' tank which he had made that way by himself when he released his fluids in hopes of attracting a female. The lovely man we spoke to, told us all about it. It was really interesting and great to see as apparently they don't do it very often. He just so happened to do it on that day - I think he was feeling a little shy and trying to hide on his first day. Either way he was great!

Also at the Birmingham Sea Life Centre this Easter Half Term you can join the SpongeBob Hunt which will be running from March 27th - April 19th. Help SpongeBob find his friends who are hidden throughout the Sea Life centre so that they can go on their most super-heroic adventure yet to find the missing Krabby Patty formula. There's also a Sponge painting activity room where the little ones can create their very own sponge painting masterpieces. My youngest two loved painting with sponges, it was great fun.


There really is lots to see and do at the Birmingham Sea Life Centre this Easter. With the new Sea Stars and the SpongeBob Hunt, there's lots to keep the children entertained. As well as the new features there's still the old favourites to enjoy too. We always stop by to say Hello to Big Bad Barry (The fish from Ben and Holly) who's in the large tank. The Rays and other Fishes are always getting up to mischief that we love to watch.


Last but not least is our favourite part of the Birmingham Sea Life Centre, the Gentoo Penguins. My little ones and I love watching the Penguins, they're always happy to entertain the crowds with their silly antics and super swimming techniques. WE could happily watch them for hours which we often do as they're just such super characters.


If you're in Birmingham or even just outside, the Birmingham Sea Life Centre is definitely worth a visit. There's lots of wonderful creatures to be seen and lots of family fun to be had. There's something for everyone and suitable for all ages. We love our local Sea Life Centre and are so lucky that it's so close to our home. The magic of the Sea is never far away!


Out of all the wonderful Sea creatures we have to say, we loved the new Sea Stars. They were so pretty and it was really great to get up close and personal with them. We can't wait to go back and see them again soon. What's your favourite Sea creature?

Monday, 23 March 2015

Make Bath Time Fun with the New kids bathing range available now at Tesco #Review

Make Bath Time Fun with the New kids bathing 
range available now at Tesco

There's a brand new kids bathing range available now at Tesco. They're sure to make bath times fun for your little ones. With all your children's favourite characters on offer, there's something to please everyone. From Frozen to Big Hero 6, to Minions plus more. 


For the Frozen fans there's the Disney Frozen Bath and Shower Bubbles which costs just £2.00. It's hypoallergenic and designed specifically for children’s delicate skin. For added fun value it's got a hint of glitter. Perfect for any little Frozen fan.

For the Big Hero 6 fans (like me) There's a Big Hero 6 Bath & Shower Bubbles which again costs £2.00 and has also been designed with children in mind. It's hypoallergenic, mild and kind to skin. It's sure to make bath times much more fun or at least it has here.

We've been using both of the new Bath and Shower Bubbles over the past week and have to say they've both been a huge hit with the children. Lily loves the glittery Frozen one whilst Ryan adores the Big Hero 6 one. Bath times have been a bubbly blast of fun.

The new kids range doesn't just include bath bubbles but it also has a new range of cute hand washes to help you get your little ones to wash their hands when you need them to.

There's a rather cute Despicable Me Hand Wash which again costs £2.00. This cute little hand wash has been designed for children aged three years and over and features pictures of their favourite minion characters on the bottle. The best bit about this hand wash is that it giggles every time they press it so the kids won't want to stop washing their hands.

Last but not least there's the Squid soap as featured on their new advert which costs £1.99. The Squid Soap is suitable for children of all ages so it's great for young and old. When you press the soap dispenser, a small dot of ‘squid ink’ is squirted out onto their hands. To remove the ink, the children have to wash their hands for at least 30 seconds. Once the ink has disappeared they are left with squeaky clean hands, ready for their next adventure. It's a really cute idea as it lets the children see the soap and know when it's all been washed off. Both Ryan (aged 4) and Lily (aged 7) loved this one, the added use of colour made washing their hands so much more enjoyable. Getting them to wash their hands has never been so easy. I used to have to ask them 3 times before they would go but now they do it first time. To me that's a great result so I am very happy with both  of the hand washes.

The new kids bathing range is not just fun but it's also very reasonably priced so it might be worth checking it out. I know where we'll be going when we need some more.

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

Thursday, 19 March 2015

#Letitgo With the New #MagicSnowSleeve from Flair #Review

Let it go With the New Magic Snow Sleeve from Flair 


Frozen Fever has taken over my home once again this week as my 8 year old Lily has been trying out a very exciting new toy from Flair called the Magic Snow Sleeve. It's basically a magic sleeve that attaches to their arm to give them the powers of Queen Elsa herself. Shooting snow is the one thing that every little Frozen fan out there wants to do and now they can. At first I was a bit worried about the 'mess' factor but after seeing the joy it brought to my daughter. I am happy to say, the mess just didn't matter at all and in fact it was much easier to clean up than I had imagined it to be. The snow is like a form of white foam silly string which is easy to pick up when cleaning it away. It's not wet or sticky or messy at all.


As well as the new Magic Snow Sleeve Lily was sent a gorgeous Frozen dress from Rubies' to enhance her Frozen play pleasure. Together with her new dress and her snow shooting powers, she was in absolute Frozen heaven! I have one very happy little girl.


The Magic Snow Sleeve is really simple to put together. Inside the box you get your material snow sleeve to wear on your arm. You get a plastic sleeve which then straps around your arm using it's velcro strap to keep it in place. You get one can of Snow spray and also a water bottle which gives you the choice of either spraying snow or water. You can only use one at a time but it's a great idea that means you can still use this toy to spray water if your snow runs out. We went for the snow spray to start with as you can imagine. You simply remove the lid and then click the can into place on the plastic sleeves frame. Once on your arm you set of the spraying action by pushing up on the lever. It's very easy to do and lots of fun. Lily took a few seconds to get the hand movement right but once she had mastered it, she was off and loved every minute of her snow spraying spree.


My little Frozen fan Lily loves her new Magic Snow Sleeve and Elsa dress, who knew spraying snow could be so much fun. Lily is now looking forward to the Frozen sequel even though it could be a while before that gets made and released. The next movie may be a good while away but the new Frozen Fever short film is out from the 27 th March. I know we are very excited about this, like every other Frozen fan out there is too.

The Magic Snow Sleeve costs around £30 which is quite a lot but then again this is an official Frozen toy so I can imagine that these are going to be very popular. The idea behind the toy may be very simple but for every Frozen fan out there that wishes they could make snow like Queen Elsa does, it's the perfect toy solution. Lily loves it!


A video posted by christine taylor (@v82chris) on
Disclosure: I was sent my samples in return for an honest review. 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Make this Mothers Day Perfect with the Roberts Bakery Perfect Breakfast in Bed Guide

Make this Mothers Day Perfect with the 
Roberts Bakery Perfect Breakfast in Bed Guide

Just incase you've forgotten, It's Mothers Day tomorrow. What will you be doing to celebrate your Mum? I've bought my Mum a 'useful' gift of a new handbag which I know she will love.I  don't like to go overboard with all the commercialism, there's no need for fancy gifts or spending money that you don't have. Mothers Day is about showing our Mums just how much we love them and just how grateful we are for everything they've done for us.

For me, making breakfast in bed is the perfect way for younger children who maybe can't afford to buy their Mum a gift, to show her just how much they care. Anyone can do it, it's quick and easy and nice and simple for even the youngest of children to have a go at.

Roberts Bakery have put together a nice little guide which I just had to share:


I can't wait for Mothers Day tomorrow, It's been a long time since I've had breakfast in bed. My idea of a perfect breakfast is a nice cup of tea with a runny boiled egg and soldiers. 

The lovely people from Roberts Bakery sent me a rather lovely little breakfast in bed set this week to help make all my Mothers Day dreams come true. I can't wait!


If my Mothers Day breakfast tomorrow looks anything like what I created above, then I will be one happy Mummy. My children are all aged 12 and under but I'm sure that together they can manage to create one breakfast. It may not be a the best tasting breakfast (last year they over loaded my toast with butter) but it will be the perfect breakfast and very much appreciated. A little time and effort goes a long way to showing your Mummy how much you care. It's not just men whose stomach is the way to their heart.


Whatever you're up to tomorrow to celebrate your Mum, I hope you have a wonderful day. 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

New Schleichs Novelty Mini Dinosaurs #Review

New Schleichs Novelty Mini Dinosaurs


 Schleichs have got a new range of novelty Mini Dinosaurs. There's 10 new Mini Dinosaurs to enjoy, there's everything from the huge Tyrannosaurus rex, vicious Velociraptor and slow Stegosaurus. Each one is a mini replica of the giant beasts we all know and love.


My little man was sent a small selection of the new Mini Dinosaurs to play with this week and I have to say, he's been one happy little boy indeed. He may be only 4 years old but he's already developed a small obsession for these four legged creatures. These little fellas may be small but their play potential is much bigger. Each one is very detailed and looks just the like the real thing. They're textured and painted really well, Ryan loves them.

I kind of knew that Ryan would love them but I was a little surprised when his big sister Lily took a liking to them too. The two of them have been playing their own games with their new mini friends for hours. They're great small toys for children with big imaginations.


If you have a little one who loves Dinosaurs then these are a must have. They're very sweet, size wise but great fun to play with. My two have been having a Roaringly good time!

Disclosure: We received a sample of these toys in return for an honest review.

Want to become Vue cinemas official Children’s/Family Movie Reviewer? #Competition

Want to become Vue cinemas official 
Children’s/Family Movie Reviewer?


Vue Cinemas are looking for their next People’s Pundit for Family: Could you be their next film critic? The search is now on and it's very easy to enter.

All the information you will need to know is right here online at VUE but let me explain a little about how it's all going to work. Vue are looking for someone who's maybe a big kid at heart or just really good with words. They want someone who's going to be able to tweet a film review in just 1 tweet, that's just 140 characters which is pretty tough.

If you'd like to be their People’s Pundit for Family, then all you need to do is head over to Twitter and tweet them ( @vuecinemas ) a review of your favourite family film using the hashtag #vuepeoplespundit. You'll need to be a super-sharp writer and make each and every word count as you'll of course only have 140 characters –  Do you think you can rise to the challenge?  I know that I am definitely going to have a go!

You have until Friday 20th March to dazzle them with your reviews, after which they will select their favourite 25 finalists who will then get to attend a screening of the forthcoming Disney epic Cinderella which in itself is a great prize for the final 25.

After the screening, the 25 finalists will submit their reviews of the film and then all go onto a new and improved social voting app where the person with the most votes will reign supreme. (I'm not a fan of voting competitions myself but I have been reassured that the voting process will be monitored very carefully to make sure vote buyers or cheats don't spoil it for others. I'm happy to take in part in which case).

The winner will not only receive a review spot on their blog, but a Gold Vue cinema pass which entitles the winner plus a lucky friend to see a limitless amount of films for 12 months.

The Terms and Conditions: Please do read them.
  1. Entrants must use #VuePeoplesPundit to enter with their review of their favourite family movie.
  2. The closing date for entries is 23:59 Wednesday 18th March.
  3. On Thursday the 19th March we will collect 25 of our favourite entries and invite them to their local screenings of Cinderella at Vue.
  4. After the screening, you can vote for your favourite review via the Vue website.
  5. Reviewers will then have until 23:59 Tuesday 21st April 2015 to collect as many votes as possible.
  6. The reviewer with the most votes will win and become Vue’s official Family film critic and be awarded with a 12 month Vue guest pass.  

If you are going to have a go and enter - Good Luck! x