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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Our Post-Party #Zelicious #Zelfs Thoughts.

Our Post-Party #Zelicious #Zelfs Thoughts.

Yesterday was our Zelfs Party day. We invited 8 little people to our home for a whole load of Zelfs fun, we got to meet and play with ,lots of new Zelf friends. 
They were a big hit with both the kids and the adults, everyone loved them. 

As well as lots of new Medium Zelfs we were also introduced to the new Scented Zelfs which were weirdly nice. We had great fun sniffing them to find our own favourites. The Bubblegum and Strawberry were the most popular, lots of children loved the sweeter smelling ones. Each child was given their very own Medium Zelf to take away with them which they were so happy about. For many of them this is the beginning of their Zelf collection journeys.

During the party we played lots of games but one of the most exciting was the hair styling game which was a huge hit with the kids. There was lots of colourful hair clips and bobbles for them to use. They had great fun doing their own and each others hair.

Again I shared the hair clips and accessories out amongst the children so that they could carry on their creative hair styling fun at home. Next up was cupcake decorating which was my favourite activity of the day. It did get a bit messy but it was so much fun. We had a pack of plain cupcakes, pots of coloured butter icing, sweetie hearts and sprinkles. We didn't have an icing bag so I had to improvise and use one of the plastic bags their sweets had came in. We simply cut off a corner and used that as our homemade icing bag which worked well.

The cupcakes were delicious and great fun to make, I think all of the children loved this activity. Whilst all this was going on I was busy tweeting away on Twitter too. There was lots of lovely prizes being given away and I got to share all of the fun that was happening here.

Our Zelfs party was a huge success and we think we did a great job of introducing the Zelfs to the kids who had never seen them before. We were already Zelf fans but after yesterday we're very happy to say there's now at least 8 more little fans out there.

We hope you've enjoyed all our Zelf party and news, if you have any questions about the Zelf toys please do feel free to ask me and I'll do my best to help.

Disclosure: Our Zelf party was sponsored by UKMumsTV.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

We're All Excited For The #Zelfs Twitter Party Tomorrow.

We're All Excited For The #Zelfs 
Twitter Party Tomorrow.

Today we are busy with are final party preparations as the big day is almost here. 
Whilst we're busy here packing party bags and setting out games and toys to play with, have you saved the date and time? We do hope that you will be joining us online tomorrow, make sure you follow @UKMumsTV on Twitter as they will be giving away lots of Zelfs prizes between 2:00pm - 4:00pm. I know we're excited, are you?

Before the madness of the actual party begins tomorrow I thought I'd give you all a sneak peek of what we got in our party box so you can get an idea of the sorts of prizes you might be able to win tomorrow. We're already huge fans of Zelfs here so we're super happy.

Our box was filled with colourful and crazy Zelfs, there was one for each of our guests to take home, plus three more which will be given away as prizes. There was lots of fun and games like colouring sheets and crossword puzzles and even sweets and fun hair accessories too.

Meet my ultimate favourite Bubblegum Scented Zelf - Bubblee. This bubbly bubble blower blows away all the other zelfs with her chewy-gooey cheer. 
She’s always hanging’ in her gumdrop tree trying’to blow a bubble as big as the zelf twilight Moon and she smells absolutely divine!

There's also Chocolate Chocolaa, Strawberry Vampula, Berry Buttershy and Mint Spelinda in the new Scented Zelfs range. Individually they all smell rather nice but together they can get a bit whiffy and a little overwhelming. One at a time is just divine!

Mermalade is Ryan's favourite mainly because she is blue, his favourite colour. She has a blue body, blue hair and a blue hairbrush which Ryan loves. He's going through a hair brushing phase at the moment so this is just perfect for him and his big sisters are pleased as he's now leaving their hair alone (even if it's just for now).

Lady B is Lily's favourite because she loves ladybirds and Lady B had cute little ladybird antlers and a pretty ladybird printed on her chest. She's a rather sweet little Zelf this one.

There are so many different Zelfs to choose from, they all come in different colours and styles with their own cute little accessories and stories behind them. The costs range between £5.99 and £7.99 depending on which one that you choose but each is definitely worth every penny and if you're children are anything like mine. Once they have one Zelf they will be hooked and want an entire army of them to collect and play with.

There's going to be party food, hair accessories fun and cupcake decorating to keep the kids entertained. With less than 24 hours to go now, we can't wait.

With 8 guests + 8 goody bags + Just 1 host  =  Wish me luck.

Join us tomorrow on Twitter where we'll be using the #Zelfs hashtags so you can find us. 

@UKMumsTV is going to be the place to be between 2:00pm - 4:00pm

There's going to be lots of prizes to be won so do come along and join in.

Disclosure: We are hosting a Zelfs Twitter Party on behalf of UKMumsTV. They are providing the party supplies in return for our honest opinions on their toys.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

#Win A Selection Of Joyville Dairy Milk Bars!

Win A Selection Of Joyville Dairy Milk Bars!

Summer is finally here and I'm feeling happy so I thought what better way to share my happiness with all of you than with a chocolate Joyville giveaway. 

Roll up, roll up Marvellous Creations are now in town. Delicious chocolate bars filled with jellies, popping candy and candy shells . Combining cookie, crunchie caramel and caramalised nuts covered with delicious Dairy Milk. They sound amazing - I'm very jealous.

One of you my lovely readers is going to win all these yummy treats. If you would like to win, you can enter using the Rafflecopter Form below. Please wait a few seconds for it to load if you can't see it straight away, it can be temperamental at busy times.

This giveaway is open to the UK only and 1 winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries made using the Rafflecopter Form on Sunday August 17th.

Disclosure: This giveaway is NOT sponsored by anyone. I am paying for this prize myself.

#SilentSunday 27/07/2014

Silent Sunday

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Cool Create One Direction Swap Watch Kit #Review

Cool Create One Direction Swap Watch Kit

Flair's new Cool Create range, One Direction Swap Watch kit lets you create your own One Direction watch! You can mix & match the different bands and elements to create the perfect One Direction's watch to wear in as many different styles you can think of.

There are over 70 accessories to choose from! When it's time for a change you can use the coloured beads and cord to bead and braid your very own styles and customize your watch to match your favourite outfit. It's suitable for ages 7 and above and contains: 1 watch face, 5 watch face trims, 5 watch surrounds, 5 watch straps, 3 coloured cord, 1 elasticated cord, 9 Square beads, 13 tube beads, 26 round beads, 8 connector pieces, 1 instruction sheet.

My Lily who's 7, was so excited when she saw this. She's a huge One Direction fan, she practically jumped up and down with delight. There was lots of pieces in this kit making the design options endless but for now we decided not to use the beads and cords as they were for more complicated straps. Lily was happy to pick a strap from the 5 provided which she then matched with a watch face to create her very own One Direction watch.

The watch she made is pretty cool, she's very happy with it. I'm not sure how long she will keep it like this but that's okay as it literally only takes a few seconds to change them over. This kit is great, everything is easy to piece together and the end results look amazing.

Lily is so pleased with her new watch, she can't wait to show it off to all her friends. This kit is brought to us by Flair but it's not yet available to buy from their website, I'm sure once it is it will be very popular. It's sure to be a big success with all One Direction fans.

Here at Mummy Of 3 Diaries, we've happily scored the Cool Create One Direction Swap Watch Kit a 4/5. The contents look good, are easy to use and make watch making fun.

Disclosure: We were sent a free sample for the purpose of this review but that doesn't influence us. Our reviews are 100% honest and all opinions expressed are our own.

Moshi Monsters are Hiding at SEA LIFE Birmingham - 19 July to 31 August 2014

Moshi Monsters are Hiding at SEA LIFE SEA LIFE Birmingham - 19 July to 31 August 2014

The Moshi Monsters splash down at SEA LIFE and the Moshi Marine Force wants you!

Join Katsuma, Poppet and Monstro City's number one Moshling conservationist, Buster Bumblechops, on a mission to save our amazing marine creatures!

We went along last week to check it all out, we love visiting our local Sea Life Centre in Birmingham so we love it when theres something new going on as it's a great excuse to visit again. With the Summer holidays upon us, this is a great day out to add to your lists.

Moshling swapBring along your Moshling collectable figures and exchange them for favourites and rarities in the Moshling Swap Zone! The Swap Zone is open every day but please check the posters on site for precise Swap Session times.

We didn't have any Moshlings to swap but we did pop into the Swap Zone to take a look. There was so many cuties to see, it kinda made us wish we were there to swap some. If your child collects Moshi Monster figures and has lots of the same, this is a great way to swap some and maybe complete their collections and even better is, it's free to do.

Moshling Find UsCan you find the missing marine Moshlings hiding at SEA LIFE? We had fun searching the tanks on our way round to find the whole gang and unlock Lubber the Whimsical Whale – the brand new Moshling, exclusive to SEA LIFE – yours to keep the next time you visit Even though the Moshlings are very small they're very easy to find, there's easy to find look out stickers to point you in the right direction.

 Moshi Hero award Complete the interactive quiz trail and earn your exclusive Buster Sea Life Conservationist Hero Award, plus on-line virtual goodies from

You might even meet a Moshi Monster or two while you're there. Look who we found:

We had a wonderful morning at the Birmingham Sea Life Centre, finding all the Moshi Monsters was fun and meeting them was amazing, the kids loved it. We took the opportunity to visit our favourite penguin friends whilst we were there too, they really are amazing creatures. We could have stayed watching them and their silly antics for hours but we didn't as there was so many friendly fishes and other sea life creatures to see too.

This event is only at SEA LIFE Birmingham from 19 July to 31 August 2014 but it is also traveling around to lots of other Sea Life Centres across the UK. For more information about where they are or to buy tickets, check out VisitSeaLife.Com.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Little Live Pets Birds - Cool Cookie #Review

Little Live Pets Birds - Cool Cookie

The Little Live Pets Bird Single Pack is the perfect way to have your very own pet bird! 

Your bird will respond to your touch, sing, chirp and tweet just for you! The more you play with your bird the happier it becomes! Cool Cookie is just one of the new Little Live Pets Birds collection from Character, there are 6 different characters to choose from in total. 

My Lily has been bugging me for ages for a new pet so when I saw these, I jumped at the chance to try one out. I wanted to give Lily her wish for a new pet without the responsibilities of looking after a real one. I was intrigued to see what would happen when I showed her.

As you can see from this picture, Lily was pleasantly surprised. She loved her new Birdie friend. She sat stroking him and talking to him for ages. She loved that he could fit on the back of her hand just like a real bird but without the worry of it biting her. She loved the way she could record her own voice even if she did make it say "Mummy has a big big" to me.

Her new friend was easy to set up, I simply added two AAA batteries into the bottom and turned it on. There's a sensor on it's back which activates it's tweets and songs when you touch it's back. You can make the bird record your voice by pressing a button, you can then play it back over and over again which was lots of fun, Lily loved that feature. 

These Little Live Pets Birds cost £9.99 each and are aimed at children aged 5 and over. Lily who's 7 has enjoyed playing with it this week. I'm not sure how long it will be before she gets bored of him but for now she's happy which is all that matters to me. Lily scored her new friend a fun 3/5. She liked his colours and features but still wants a 'real' pet.

Disclosure: We were sent our Cool Cookie Bird for the purpose of this review but that doesn't effect our review. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

Vimto launches New Fruity Water Enhancers #Review

Vimto launches New Fruity Water Enhancers

Vimto, the multi-fruit soft drink, is making a splash with a brand new range of ‘water enhancers’ called 'Vimto Squeezy'. Unlike regular squash, or other products in the Vimto range, Vimto Squeezy comes in a small and portable squeezy bottle, which means it can be used anytime, anyplace, anywhere, transforming ordinary water into a delicious tasting drink with just a couple of drops of flavour - simply flip, squeeze and drink.

The fun-to-use, mini bottles are small in size but big on servings (making approximately 25 drinks), which means Vimto Squeezy is the ideal on-the-go hydration solution for the whole family, offering a convenient, taste-twisting alternative to unflavoured water and an exciting thirst-quenching experience for everyone.

Vimto Squeezy suggests adding 0.8ml to a 100ml glass of water, equating to just under a quarter teaspoon[2] (in reality a couple of squirts of flavour), and the small 50ml bottle (RRP £2.49) will typically provide as many as 25 servings. However, you can add more or less to suit your own personal taste, giving you full control to enhance the flavour of the water as you wish.

We've been trying the new Vimto Squeezy range this week. They arrived just in time for the heat wave we've been having. The bottles are small but they make lots of lovely juice. On one trip to the park we took a bottle of our Vimto Squeezy along with us. I got to still enjoy my usual water whilst the kids got to enjoy a cup of juice by adding just a few drops into theirs.

My kids liked their new Vimto Squeezy flavours, it tasted sweet and juicy just like other juices and there's no added sugar too which meant I was happy to give it to them. There's 3 flavours to choose from, Original, Cherry or Strawberry. There's no added sugar and the taste is great.

We've been really impressed with the new Vimto Squeezy range, the bottle size is just perfect for taking on long journeys or even short ones, you just pop it into your bag and go. You no longer have to carry around a whole bottle of juice, which can get really heavy at times. WE now just take our tiny Vimto Squeezy and grab a bottle of water when we need one to mix together to get a refreshing juice drink. We will definitely be buying more of these soon.

Disclosure: We were sent samples of Vimto Squeezy for free for the purpose of this review but that doesn't influence our review. All opinions expressed are 100% and my own.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

We're Having A Party - A Zelfs Zelicious party!

We're Having A Party - A Zelfs Zelicious party!

The Party Date: 30th July 2014
The Party Time: 2.00 – 6.00pm 

We are so excited to announce that there's going to be a huge Zelfs Twitter Party extravaganza and we're going to be involved. On Wednesday 30th July we will be hosting our very own Zelfs Party alongside lots of other lovely bloggers. Whilst we are busy partying at home there will also be an online party happening at the same time for you to join in. 

Make sure you are following @UKmumstv on Twitter to take part. During the party there will be  lots of online spot competitions and more fun and games to take part in, so make sure your laptop or PC is ready to go as the party starts. I will be tweeting along using the #Zelicious and #Zelfs hashtags so I'll be easier to spot, we'd love you to join us on the day.

Watch out for our pre-party update which will be coming as soon as our party box arrived, I can't wait to see what's in it and as soon as I know you will know too.

Add the date to your diary and be sure to join in, there will be lots of prizes to be won, lots of friendly Zelfs chat and as always lots of fun to be had by all.

#SilentSunday 20/07/2014

Silent Sunday

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Wyld Wood - Premium Organic Cider #Review

Wyld Wood - Premium Organic Cider

This weekend here in the Mummy Of 3 Household, we've been testing out Wyld Wood Cider. It's been a tough job but someone had to do it, it was my pleasure really.

Wyld Wood, formerly known as Premium Organic is a traditional premium cider produced from fruit sourced in Herefordshire’s organic orchards. Fully matured in old oak vats, Westons Wyld Wood cider has a truly apply, fresh and full-bodied taste with a ripe aroma – a true celebration of nature in a glass.

Westons has produced organic cider for over 15 years and Wyld Wood is a brand that comes straight from the heart of their values. It illustrates their deep and ongoing passion for good quality cider and respect for nature and wildlife.

It was re-branded Wyld Wood back in September 2011 to emphasise its organic and rural origin. They wanted to refresh the brand so consumers felt more connected with the simple, natural beauty of its origin.

If you're feeling really Wyld, you can even cook with their cider – it’s a delicious and great addition to any meal! Have a look here for Recipes.

Wyld Wood is available nationwide and you are able to buy it in a variety of supermarket and independent stores across the country, including Waitrose, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsburys. Or of course, you are able to order all the range from the comfort of your own home at their online shop.

They are delighted to be the official cider of Jamie Oliver and Alex James’ Big Feastival this year, the family-friendly foodie and musical festival for 15,000 in the Cotswolds, for the second year running (29th – 31st August). The Wyld Wood Cider Bar is located within a cool tepee which will once again be centrally located. I so wish we were going but it's just a bit too far from home for us being based in Birmingham. If you're local or maybe even just fancy a road trip then the Big Festival sounds like one to check out, it could be fun!

Wyld Wood comes in 500ml glass bottle which are a great size, they're much bigger than I had thought they would be. One bottle serves around two glasses which is perfect for sharing with a partner or a friend or simply enjoying as an afternoon treat like I did. I'm not a cider drinker really but I was happy to try something new. I served my cider chilled which is recommended, the colours are clear, golden and very refreshing looking. The taste is smooth and very balanced, it wasn't very dry but then again it wasn't very sweet either. It has a real natural taste, which is what I guess they were aiming for. It's a real refreshing drink which won't break the bank. A case of 12 x 500ml bottles will cost you £26.00 from their online store which equals around £2.16 a bottle which for a bottle that size is pretty good.

If you don't want a bottle Wyld Wood is also available in bags which come in easy to dispense boxes. These have a 12 months shelf life from filling and a maximum 6 weeks shelf life from when opened which is a pretty long life. 4 x 3L bags in a box would cost you £32.00 from their online shop working out at £8.00 for 3 Litres which is a great price.

The bags in a box were really easy to use and worked really well. I took a box to my mums house this weekend and we all enjoyed a glass together with our Sunday dinner. It was a cheeky Sunday treat which we all enjoyed, my mum and dad loved it. It made a really refreshing change to our usual glass of wine or juice. It's fresh taste went down really well with our meal. My brother enjoyed his glass of Wyld Wood so much that he had a second one later in the garden. The 3 Litre box was great as it had enough in it for my whole family.

It's been a really refreshing change to try something new and I learnt a lot in doing so this weekend. Cider is not just for men but for women too, it's a fresh tasting treat which can be enjoyed by all. I'm happy I tried it and will be drinking it again in the future I think.

Disclosure: We were sent samples of Wyld Wood Cider for the purpose of this review but that doesn't influence our reviews. All the opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

#SilentSunday 13/07/2014

Silent Sunday

Love LEGO? Check out the Brand New LEGO Friends Magazine! #Review

Love LEGO? Check out the Brand New 
LEGO Friends Magazine!

Based on the hugely popular toy franchise, the LEGO Friends magazine is a brand new title aimed at girls aged 7-11 years. It features lots of characters from the toy range and comes packed with puzzles, quizzes, posters and competitions. 

Every issue of the magazine will feature an exclusive LEGO Friends toy – Issue One which  went on sale July 2nd included an adorable Charlie the Puppy gift! 

Lily loved her free gift, her cute pooch now lives happily beside her bed where she plays with it and pets it every day. Lily who's aged 7 loves her new LEGO Friends magazine, we've been looking for a new magazine for her to subscribe to since her older sister Chloe started getting her Girl Talk magazine. Lily is delighted now that she gets her very own magazine delivery every fortnight through the door just for her. She's been enjoying the cartoon comic strips and loves doing the fun puzzles and colouring in activities.

The magazine is bright and colourful with lots of fun things to read, write and do. It's a great way of encouraging my Lily to read different formats of writing, the comic strip stories are great. Lily was a fan of LEGO Friends before now but since reading all about the LEGO Friends characters in more detail, she now loves them even more.

If you're looking for a fun filled magazine that isn't aimed at older girls like I was then the LEGO Friends magazine could be just the thing you are looking for. Not only do you get a great magazine but you also get a free gift of a new LEGO Friend every time.

Mummy Of 3 Diaries would happily recommend the LEGO Friends magazine to all it's readers, it's a fun read and a great way to add to your LEGO Friends collection.

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of the new LEGO Friends magazine for the purpose of this review but that doesn't not influence us. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and our own.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Get Oinking To Celebrate 10 Years Of Peppa & #Win a Goody Bag Right Here!

Get Oinking To Celebrate 10 Years Of Peppa & Win a Goody Bag Right Here!

June 5th will mark 10 years since the nation's favourite pig was first broadcast on Nick Jr. and to commemorate, Nick Jr. are giving fans the chance to join in the fun with the Nick Jr. Peppa Pig's Oinkestra. As of this week, fans can upload videos of their own oinks online to join the Nick Jr. Peppa Pig Oinkestra or  through the Nick Jr. Uk Facebook page to receive a Peppa Pig activity pack. Little oinkers may even see themselves on the channel, oinking along to the much-loved Peppa Pig theme tune.

The celebrations will culminate with the ultimate Oink-a-thon, where fans can tune in to watch the Top 20 Peppa Pig episodes, as voted by fans, on the Nick Jr. anniversary 5-6th July 10:30am - 5:00pm. I know we will be tuning in, will you?

Here at the Mummy Of 3 Diaries household we've been getting in the Peppa Pig spirit with the help of Peppa Pig and Nick Jr. We were sent a fabulous box of goodies to help get us in the mood for a good old sing song and a Peppa Pig play along right here at home.

We had lots of craft goodies, Peppa Pig instruments and even a fantastic goody bag which you will be able to win. We've been busy making Peppa Pig noses which has been lots of fun, we cut out pieces from old egg boxes and painted them pink like Peppa. 

The lovely Nick Jr. have given me THREE amazing goody bags full of fantastic Nick Jr. goodies to give away to my lovely readers to help celebrate Peppa Pig's tenth anniversary. Make sure you get to the end of this post to find out how.

After making our Peppa Pig noses we made our very own Peppa Pig Oinkestra using a selection of Peppa Pig instruments, which the kids loved so much. Check out our little video:

We've had lots of fun oinking along with Peppa Pig this week and we hope that you will be joining in too! It's lots of fun and anyone can do it - go on, you might like it.

I have three great goody bags to give away - the items inside may vary but each of them will be fantastic just like the one I received above. There's colouring book and crayons, fun activities and a soft toy. Each goody bag comes in a super cute canvas Nick Jr bag. If you would like to win one of these lovely goody bags you can enter using the RaffleCopter Form below. 

Three winners will be drawn at random from all the correct entries on Thursday July 24th.

QVC - Watch Them Grow Gardening Kits #Review

QVC - Watch Them Grow Gardening Kits 

My little one's love to watch things grow, there's nothing more enjoyable than watching something you planted with your own hands bloom into something beautiful. Over the past three weeks we have been doing just that. We were sent a lovely Unwins Little Grower Propagator Flower Variety Kit from the QVC Watch Them Grow range to have a play with. I've been taking lots of photographs along the way to show you how we all got on.

The Little Growers Flowers Kit has been specially selected by the Unwins team for kids, and includes four exciting flower varieties; Sunshine Giant sunflowers, Striped Caterpillars, Mexican Hats, and Asclepias Hedgehogs. Everything comes neatly packed in a large box which contains everything that will possibly need and more. The kit contains:

  • 1 x Little Growers Sunflower Sunshine giant seeds.
  • 1 x Little Growers Striped Caterpillars seeds packet.
  • 1 x Little Growers Mexican Hats seeds packet.
  • 1 x Little Growers Asclepias Hedgehog seeds packet.
  • 1 x propagator lid
  • 1 x set of cell trays
  • 1 x bag of seed compost

Three weeks ago Granddad, Lily and Ryan filled the pots provided with compost and planted lots of lovely seeds. There was three different varieties so they all planted a few of each in their own little pots. They all had lots of fun planting their seeds and getting all dirty too. It was nice to see them doing something so hands on and loving every moment. 

Grandad's garden is much sunnier than ours so we decided to leave them there to grow. We visit Nanny and Grandad's every week so it was a great way for them to 'have a chance to grow' without the kids messing with them all the time. Grandad had the job of watering them for us and the kids had the job of checking how much they'd grown when we visited.

After just one week some of the seeds had started to grow, some much more than others as you can see in the picture above. We could see lots of lovely green leaves starting to bloom. The kids were very excited, in just one week their little pots of dirt as they called them had changed so much. New life was starting to form and grow.

After two weeks they were getting pretty big so we had to move them into some bigger pots. We've all really enjoyed watching them grow and will continue to do so for months to come. These kits are such a fab idea and so worth the money as they really do have everything you will need in them. Lily and Ryan (and grandad) have loved watching their seeds grow. We haven't seen any pretty flowers yet but we're very excited for when we will.

We happily score the QVC Watch Them Grow Flowers Kit a fun filled 4/5. They're very reasonably priced, lots of fun and great for getting the kids involved with the great outdoors.

Disclosure: We were sent our kit for free for the purpose of this review but that doesn't affect it as all the thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.