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My Family

Monday, 29 September 2014

Join us for a Doc McStuffins Twitter Party This #Doctober with @DisneyJuniorUK & @UKMumstv

Join us for a Doc McStuffins Twitter Party 
This #Doctober

We're getting very excited now, there's only 3 days to go! Will you be joining us on Twitter this Thursday? There's going to be a fantastic Twitter party hosted by @DisneyJuniorUK & @UKMumstv. You will be able to join in the fun and tweet to win prizes.

Our Party Box has arrived and I can't wait to show you what's inside. There's lots of gorgeous Doc McStuffins toys for the kids to play with, cute party decorations and yummy cake! Every guest will get to take home a goody bag which will include a Doc McStuffins toy, poster as well as other treats, how exciting is that. We can't wait.

When : Thursday October 2nd - 4 to 6pm
Were : Follow @UKMumsTV on Twitter with the hashtag #Doctober

We do hope you will join us, it's going to be lots of fun and there's prizes to be won.

Tom & Jerry Tricky Trap House #Review

Tom & Jerry Tricky Trap House

Tom & Jerrys Tricky Trap House from Flair is a crazy house with lots of mechanical traps including the cartoon staples of the falling piano, fake floors and a burst-through wall. 
It costs around £27.99 and comes complete with two Tom and Jerry figures.

I used to love watching Tom & Jerry on the TV when I was little so I've always encouraged my children to watch it too. My youngest two, Lily and Ryan love it. They were very excited when the Tom & Jerry Tricky Trap House arrived last week. It;s a crazy toy perfect for my two crazy children. There's lots of little tricks and traps dotted around all over the house, from broken swing panels to trap doors and so much more.

There's a safe that bursts open at the touch of a button. A piano that falls over when played and a moving sofa. Ryan's favourite part is the roof rocket which is big enough to fit Jerry inside before it blasts off into space, or across the living room in our case.

The Tom & Jerry Tricky Trap House is lots of fun to play with. There's lots of little adventures to be enjoyed with it so we scored it a fun filled 3/5. If your kids love Tom & Jerry or just love toys that are full of traps and tricks the this could be one for you.

Disclosure: We were sent a sample for the purpose of this review but all the opinions expressed are 100% honest and all our own.

Friday, 26 September 2014

#Win a selection of Rebel Kitchen’s nourishing and naturally dairy free drinks!

Win a selection of Rebel Kitchen’s nourishing and naturally dairy free drinks!

Rebel Kitchen is an exciting new positive snacking food brand with a cause: to make tasty, nourishing snacks available to everyone, everyday, everywhere. If you're tired of feeling that healthy eating is a chore, or bored of having to source niche, artisan produce at a high price, you need to join the rebellion! Rebel Kitchen encourages the whole family to rebel against junk food and snacks with kids’ and adult ranges of dairy free “mylks”, made simply with hydrating coconut milk, pure Somerset spring water and a touch of organic date nectar for 
sweetness – no refined sugar, additives or preservatives. All Rebel Kitchen drinks are lactose-free and suitable for vegans, vegetarians or those on a dairy-free diet. 

In summer 2014 Rebel Kitchen expanded the range with the launch of new dairy-free “mylk” drinks in grown-up sized 330ml cartons (RRP £1.89), available in Chocolate, Matcha Green Tea and Chai varieties. Rebel Kitchen’s rebellious edge is clear to see on the funky cartons, which are adorned with images inspired by punky tattoos and surf culture.

Rebel Kitchen is on a mission to make tasty, nourishing snacks available to everyone, everyday, everywhere. The range launched earlier this year and includes three delicious varieties of grown-up drinks (Chocolate, Matcha Green Tea and Chai) and three varieties of kids’ drinks (Choco, Banana and Orange Choc). All of Rebel Kitchen’s drinks are made with a base of coconut milk blended with pure spring water from Somerset. They are free from dairy, lactose and refined sugar and contain absolutely no additives, no preservatives.

Tempted? Enter the giveaway to win a goody bag of Rebel Kitchen Mylks delivered to your door. Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to enter (Please wait for it to load).

This giveaway is open to the UK only. 1 winner will be drawn at random from all the correctly made entries on Friday October 10th.

Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset #Review

Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset

The Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset from Character is the perfect addition to any childs Fireman Sam collection. Why not help Fireman Sam with his 'Ocean Rescues' on the fantastic Ocean Rescue Centre. You can literally fire Juno (at the press of a button) with the Jet Ski Launcher, there's also a Helipad with cool light and sound features. There's a  working lift, fireman pole plus much more - you'll have lots of action-packed hours of fun! 

It's aimed at children aged 3+ and costs around £34.99. 

My little man Ryan is a huge Fireman Sam fan so he was delighted when this arrived last week, his little face lit up with excitement. He's already got the Fireman Sam Vehicle and Accessory Set - Titan but he was really pleased when he saw he had a whole centre to play with. Now Fireman Sam can go on some real sea adventures.

The toy itself is one whole piece so there's no assembly required. You can take it straight out of the box and play with it. You do have to add batteries if you want the lights and sounds features to work though as they're not included.

There's lots of little things that Fireman Sam can do like going down the Firemans Pole and Jetting off on his Jet Ski from the launch pad which is lots of fun. When you press the button the Jet Ski fires off into the ocean. There's a working lift, a flashing Helipad and lots of other little places to stand on, sit in or visit. Ryan's been having lots of fun.

Ryan's favourite feature has got to be the Jet Ski launch pad. He just loves pressing that button and watching the Jet Ski fly off across the carpet and often poor Fireman Sam flying through the air as he wasn't holding on tight enough. He hasn't quite mastered how to connect the Jet Ski to the button yet though which means I am having to do it. I'm hoping he will figure out how to do it himself real soon so I can have a break. 

It's not only Ryan who has been having fun with the Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset, his big sister Lily has also been joining in. Even though she's 7 and doesn't really like Fireman Sam, she's still been fascinated with some of the functions.

Overall it seems well built and looks like fun to play with. I like the fact that it's one whole piece so that it won't be falling apart anytime soon. Ryan is happily playing with his Jet Ski launcher for now but I'm not sure if his poor Fireman Sam figure would agree.

We scored the Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset a funtastic 3/5/

Disclosure: We were sent a sample for the purpose of this review but all the opinions expressed in this post are 100% honest and all my own.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

John Lewis appoints Little Panel - Check out our #Review

John Lewis appoints Little Panel  
Check out our Review

John Lewis appoints a ‘Little Panel’ of child experts to help shape its Children’s Rooms homeware collection. On 2nd September 2014: John Lewis appointed a new set of product experts to help it appeal to an even wider range of customers: a ‘Little Panel’ of six 6 and 7 year-olds who helped to shape the department store’s Children’s Rooms homeware range. 

The panel, from East London’s  Maryland Primary School in Stratford, will name new product items as well as writing product descriptions which can be easily understood by children of the same age; a first for the retailer.

The initiative was launched at John Lewis’ Stratford department store, with the whole panel in attendance. On show is a duvet cover designed by the panelists, which will now go into production ahead of going on sale in September of this year. In addition, descriptions written by the panel will appear on product packaging and on John Lewis’ website from today. The children have also named four products, including “Mr Sharky” the Shark Bean Bag and “Tommy” the toy Monkey. Omar Kamran, aged 6, who named the Shark Bean Bag said, “I always go shopping with my mum and dad and now I am part of it as my opinions count.”

The initiative will be piloted at the John Lewis Stratford store. The new duvet cover designed by the children can be found online from September 2014.

This week my own 'little panel' of toy experts have been having a play with some of the new John Lewis Children’s Rooms homeware collection. We were sent two bean bags toys, a cute crab and a pretty parrot. An Owl night light and a set of cute animal wall stickers.

The bean bag toys were priced up at £10 each. They're both super bright, the colours and detailing really stands out and shows just what high quality they are. They're both super squishy which my younger two loved, they love a good toy to cuddle. Colin the Crab as he's now known is fast asleep on Ryan's bed whilst Polly Parrot is on Lily's. I think they're both very happy in their new homes, they get lots of cuddles every night and get to play lots of games every day. Although I'm not quite sure they like being thrown high up in the air.

They're great toys for being silly with as you can see from my pictures. They make great pillows to sleep on as they're squishy and soft enough to put under your head. They're fab for cuddling and also just sweet to look at. We loved them both very much.

The Owl nightlight is super cute and for the price of £20 he's also affordable. He can be plugged in and then sat on top of his charging base or taken off it to allow him to be moved anywhere you want. We've put ours on top of a radiator in the upstairs hallway to light up the way to the bathroom for those last minute bathroom trips. Ryan who's 4 is still learning to go to the toilet at night but we don't like to turn the main lights on as it wakes him up too much so a night light like this is just perfect for us right now.

The light itself is a colour changing one, it changes colour by itself every few seconds. The colours are great, there's a mixture of all the colours so it's suitable for both boys and girls. Ryan really likes his new Owl friend although he does turn himself off after a while which means Ryan is often poking him or moving him around to set him alight again.

All of the items were lovely, they're well made and well thought out. The bean bags were bright and eye catching whereas the Owl night light was sweet and practical. We haven't had a chance to try out our wall stickers just yet as Ryan is still sharing my room. One day when he gets his own room, I'm sure he will have fun using them.

Disclosure: We were sent our 'little panel' samples for the purpose of this review but that doesn't affect what we think. All the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Soreen Halloween limited edition Lunchbox Loaves #Review

Soreen Halloween limited edition Lunchbox Loaves

Soreen have launched 2 brand new products, Halloween limited edition Lunchbox Loaves. They've dubbed them ‘Scream’ instead of ‘Soreen’.

They come in two new flavours – chocolate and toffee apple, and they're perfect for packed lunches, handbags, gym kits and trick-or-treaters as they're individually wrapped!

The Toffee Apple Scream Loaf is a spooktacular Toffee Apple malt loaf with the same squidgy Soreen texture that we all know and love, just with added gooeyness from terrifyingly tasty toffee pieces. Each individual bar contains just 100 calories which is perfect for an adult afternoon or late night treat as well as a snack for the kids.

The Chocolate Scream, Loaf is a wicked chocolate twist on everyone's favourite malt loaf, loaded with chocolate chips which is bound to get your taste buds screaming. Each individual loaf contains 105 calories which is well worth it for the taste.

I was sent a small sample of each of the new flavours to try, me being me, I just couldn't say no but I have this thing about putting butter on my Soreen once it's sliced up into small pieces so I thought why not try it with these two new flavours too. I tried each one without butter as well as with so I could see which way I liked best. With butter was definitely my favourite, you could still enjoy all the flavours of the loaf but with that extra added yumminess. 
Of course if you add butter like I do, the calorie intake will rise.

Out of the two I have to say that I enjoyed the Chocolate one the best. The Toffee Apple was delicious but the Chocolate one just had that extra edge on flavour.

Which one do you think you'd like best?

Disclosure: I was sent a small sample for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and all my own.