Reviews


Win a Personalised Sweet Shop Box from I Just Love It!

Recently the lovely folks over at I Just Love It got in touch asking me to have a browse of their shop and choose a few things to review. Choosing was tricky, as they have a large range of products on offer, many of which I see as being great gift or treats ideas. They offer breaks and experiences, adult and children’s gifts and personalised products across the shop, such as original newspapers, engraved jewellery and personalised books. Oh, and so much more! I can see them being just perfect for upcoming Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. It’s an easy website Read more >

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What the Ladybird Heard Live!

Yesterday we were fortunate to be invited along to Birmingham Town Hall to see What the Ladybird Heard Live! We are big Julia Donaldson fans here and I have so many happy memories of reading this one to Boo over and over and over again so we were all very excited about the show. Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own! Read more >


Gruffalo: Puzzles – A Fun New App!

Now I don’t normally share apps, but when Magic Light Pictures got in touch about their new Gruffalo: Puzzles app, I could not resist – we all adore The Gruffalo here! It was one that I suspected the kids would enjoy and one that I suspected would be beautifully animated and it turns out I was right on both counts. Gruffalo: Puzzles App Based on ‘The Gruffalo’, the classic children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the app includes six different puzzle games to play. You can play with all the characters from ‘The Gruffalo’, Read more >


5 Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier

5 Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier

A few weeks ago we were sent a Vax Power Extract 20L Dehumidifier to test out. As we’d never had a dehumidifier before, I was keen to see how they worked and what difference they made. I did a little bit of searching about to find out what benefits it was likely to bring, so for those of you wondering the same, here are just a few things that they can do: Reduce allergies. Many of the most common allergy triggers, especially dust mites, mould, and mildew, thrive in humid environments. Preserve food and furnishings. With less moisture in the air, Read more >


Meeting Santa at The National Sea Life Centre

Over the weekend we took the kids to the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham to meet the man himself, Santa Claus! It’s fair to say that they were really, really looking forward to it. We had a brilliant time at the Sea Life Centre last time that we visited, for their Finding Dory event over the summer, and then to top it off, they were getting to have a little chat with Santa. Now going into Birmingham in December can be a little chaotic, but we had no problems. I’d suggest going early, if possible, to avoid too much traffic Read more >


The Great Christmas Present Game Review & Giveaway

When The Present Finder got in touch offering us the chance to review and give away a copy of their brand new gift giving game The Great Christmas Present Game I was intrigued…. Christmas is time for fun, feasts, family, and board games. So what could be better this year, than unwrapping the new and exclusive, The Great Christmas Present Game! Unlike anything you’ve seen before this thrilling gift giving game has plenty of wicked surprises! Are you on Santa’s nice list this year, or will you be paid a visit by the Naughty Elf? This simple game involves plenty Read more >


Magic Tooth Fairy Game Review & Giveaway

From time to time the kids see a game that they really, really want, and the latest game they’ve been pleading for is the Magic Tooth Fairy game. So it is with great delight that we have received one here to review, and you’ll be pleased to know that I also have 2 up for grabs for 2 of my lucky readers. A wobbly tooth… is it time to pull it out..? It is..?!? Then slip it under the pillow and snuggle down to bed. A spin of the arrow and a tap of the wand, and a sparkling gold Read more >


British History Timeline Review & Giveaway

We have a new game in our house and it’s one that I have been eagerly awaiting. We’ve been playing British History Timeline….. Gameplay As the name suggests, this is a Timeline game. There are several different Timeline titles, including Inventions, General Interest, Music and Cinema, Star Wars and more. The British History version is the latest addition to the range and with my love of history, I was keen to give this one a try. The game is all within a tin that comes with a big stack of photo cards and a playing instructions leaflet. There are events and Read more >


Kidzania Is Not To Be Missed!

On Saturday we got the train down to London for the day. We had been invited by the team over at Kidzania to go along for a visit and I have to say, all four of us were intrigued to see what it was all about.     If you’ve never heard of Kidzania, they explain the concept as… Imagine a 75,000 sq.ft. child-size City where kids are in charge! KidZania has landed in Westfield London. Have your kids ever dreamt of becoming a pilot, a firefighter, or the next award-winning singer? Watch the excitement on their faces as they try Read more >


Electronic Dictionary Bookmark Review & Giveaway

Christmas is fast approaching so I have no doubt that like me, your thoughts are turning to kids gifts ideas. My two seem to go from wanting every single item that they see on the TV to then not being able to think of anything that they want when asked! So today I’m offering up an idea that is that little bit different, a fun and educational idea, and I also have one up for grabs… We have received Electronic Dictionary Bookmarks from BrightMinds, one for each of the children to try out. Now I have to say first up Read more >


Spotlight Stationery Box Revealed

I have received a new stationery subscription box, from the lovely folks over at Spotlight Stationery, so today I’ll be sharing all about it with you. “Every month we curate a selection of contemporary stationery for our subscribers. We choose only premium brands and artisan products, including items you won’t commonly find on the high street. We make a donation to the National Star College for every sale that we make.” You can opt for Monthly or bi-monthly subscriptions as well as one-off purchases of past boxes, all for £25 a box. The box arrives in a handy letterbox sized Read more >


Star Wars Dobble Review & Giveaway

We have been playing Star Wars Dobble game, so today I’ll share more about it with you, along with giving one of you the chance to win it…. Star Wars Dobble is a speedy observation game where players race to match the identical Star Wars themed symbol between cards. Reliant on a sharp eye and quick reflexes, Star Wars Dobble creates excitement for children and adults alike while keeping every player involved in the action. In Star Wars Dobble, players compete with each other to find the matching Star Wars themed symbol between one card and another. Every card is unique Read more >


Playmags Review

We have a new toy, and it’s proving to be a big hit here. Playmags! Playmags shapes and patterns are great for imaginative and creative play, as well as developing maths, geometry and motor skills. As the name suggests, all pieces are magnetic, allowing easy connections, great for little hands. They are available in a range of sizes and themes and the box that we have received is a 60 piece box, which includes: 1 x Connecting Car 2 x Large Square (6″ x 6″) 31 x Small Square (3″ x 3″) 4 x Window (3″ x 3″) 10 x Read more >


Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin’ Monkeys Building Set Review

We’ve been playing with a fun new STEM toy from Learning Resources, the Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin’ Monkeys Building Set… These tactile gears will get your children monkeying around for hours! Little monkeys won’t be able to keep their hands off this 136-piece jungle themed building set. Crank-operated set features monkeys that twist and turn, palm trees and enough colourful gears to create a lively gears jungle. Ages 4-8, RRP £41 This set really appealed to me when I saw it because it’s quite unlike anything that the kids have and encourages problem solving and critical thinking. On opening the Read more >


Gardeco Toledo Cast Iron Chiminea Review

As autumn rolls in, one of the things that I’m always a bit sad about is that I feel I’m abandoning the garden until spring and I lose that entire space. We all love being out there throughout the summer and spend hours in the garden, so it would be nice to spend a little more time there through the colder months. That’s where our new chiminea comes in, so I wanted to share more about it today. We’ve been sent the Gardeco Toledo Cast Iron Chiminea to warm us up this season and it was great timing as the Read more >


Rory’s Story Cubes Batman Review & Giveaway

We have been playing with Rory’s Story Cubes Batman, so today I’ll share our thoughts on them with a review, along with offering one of you the chance to win a set… The storytelling possibilities with Rory’s Story Cubes Batman are endless. There is one rule: there are no wrong answers. The ‘chandelier’ icon could be just a chandelier; it could also represent light, wealth, a socialite gathering or Wayne Manor. When playing with family and friends, take turns to be the narrator. The objective is to tell a Batman-themed story that links together all 9 face-up images. Roll all Read more >

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