Anovia Head On Range for Kids – Review

Anovia Head On is a range of haircare containing head lice repellents suitable for everyday use by the whole family.  We received a 3 in 1 conditioning shampoo and a 3 in 1 conditioning spray to try out.

anovia Anovia Head On Range for Kids   ReviewWith both children attending nursery/school, the last thing I want is for them to catch head lice, as with having long hair myself I know it is something that can be passed on easily and I really don’t want to experience it myself.

Anovia Head On uses 97% natural ingredients and contains a blend of three essential oils to help prevent, treat and repel head lice.  These are Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Neem Oil.  I do think the products do smell quite strongly of these oils which is fine by me especially if I know head lice are rife, although Miss M did find it a bit strong at first.

The shampoo is rich and creamy, very easy to lather up and leaves hair clean.  You can definitely tell it has conditioning properties and it leaves the hair soft.  For Miss M’s curls, she definitely needs the conditioning spray as well, which is easily sprayed onto damp hair enabling me to gently detangle her hair before it’s fully dry.

I found the Anovia haircare products simple to use and left hair soft and clean.  Due to the essential oils used in this product the head lice repellent isn’t harsh, but leaves a gentle pleasant smell in the hair.

Even if you choose not to use these everyday, I always keep them in the bathroom cupboard for those times when a head lice warning letter comes home from school and then use this shampoo for a few weeks while the outbreak is going around to prevent my children from catching the lice.

Fingers crossed we have all been head lice free since September, even though I know they’ve been around the school already this term.  Let’s hope it stays that way!

For more information on Anovia find them on Facebook or twitter @Anovia_Bodycare

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received Anovia Head On in order to write the review.

 

Find out how to win 1 of 20 sets of Rescue Bots Books!

Autumn Publishing are challenging readers to create their very own creative Rescue Bot figurine using a template provided in Titan’s official Transformers: Age of Extinction Comic Issue #4, on sale October 16th.
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All you need to do is get your child to cut out and make a model or the Roll and Rescue figurine, then upload a photo of their creations to Autumn’s Facebook or Twitter pages.
The top 20 winning designs will then win a full set of Rescue Bots books so plenty of chances to win!!
The Transformers: Age of Extinction Comic costs £3.99, and comes free with one of two collectable mini Transformers and comes out today 16th October 2014 so get your copy today!
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Primula Squeezy Cheese for Kids – Review

Primula Squeezy Cheese for Kids comes in handy, easy to squeeze tubes that make it simple to add to sandwiches, meals or even used as a simple dip.  With added calcium, reduced salt and no nasty additives this is great for children however young.

primula 1 225x300 Primula Squeezy Cheese for Kids   ReviewMiss M was intrigued when she saw them and wanted to have a “squeeze” herself so she set about making her own sandwiches using some squeezy Primula instead of butter then adding some ham.  She found it very easy to squeeze and spread herself which is great, allowing her to be independent in making her own lunches.

For Mister B I added some Primula to hot cooked pasta and allowed it to melt around the pasta giving it a soft, creamy cheese sauce.  I then added some ham and served and I have to say it was a resounding success.  Perfect for a quick after school meal.  I would also add some vegetables to it in future such as some frozen peas and sweetcorn or a little fresh brocolli.

primula 2 Primula Squeezy Cheese for Kids   Review

Both children also enjoyed using the Primula cheese as a dip for carrot sticks, cucumber and breadsticks!!   A very versatile cheese that kids enjoy!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the Primula in order to write the review.

Mornings with Belvita

Mornings for me consist of chaos, being a mad rush getting ready for work in the morning and get the children ready for nursery and school.  Even leaving the children’s things laid out for nursery/school or on my days off, it still seems a mad dash to get the children up and out the door.  So I’ve really tried my hardest to be more organised recently, which comes mostly down to being prepared the night before.

That means clothes laid out for all of us, pack lunches made, school bags ready, my handbag by the door with everything I want in it!  If I’m working, it’s usually my husband that takes them to school due to his shift work, but that means I need to be up quick and out the door often not having time for breakfast.  An essential I keep in my bag are a healthy cereal bar or a pack of the new Crunchy belVita Breakfast biscuits!

belvita Mornings with BelvitaAt work I find them a handy snack on my desk that I can nibble at during the morning.  There are three quite chunky biscuits that do fill you up and are rather tasty.  Coming in hazelnut, choc chip and apricot flavours, I can actually say I recommend all three!!

Being honest I do think the hard crunchy texture tastes best dipped in a hot drink which is something I only achieve on the days I don’t work.  E.g. on a Thursday I’m at home with my youngest, we walk my eldest round to school, then come home again.  I don’t normally eat breakfast myself before the school run so when I come back I make myself a cup of Twinings detox tea (the only kind I drink!) and enjoy it with a pack of Belvita.  I honestly enjoy all three crunchy flavours, choc chip is moreish, hazelnut has a lush nutty taste and apricot has a fruity bite – they are all really tasty!!

What I really find great with Belvita, is that they are handy to keep in my bag as a a breakfast snack or as a mid morning snack at home with a hot drink.  The best bit is they come in a pack of three biscuits #MorningWin, great portion control which I love – if it was a an endless pack I wouldn’t know where to stop!

Belvita for me are a great snack that is versatile and tasty, take it with you, on the go, or have a home – a win win for me!!

This post is an entry for #MorningWin Linky Challenge sponsored by belVita Breakfast. Learn more at http://bit.ly/belVitaUK

 

Lelli Kelly Shoes from Charles Clinkard – Review

Lelli Kelly shoes come in shiny, sparkly designs that young girls desire to own and Miss M is no exception.  Having seen the adverts on television she’s often aspired to wear a pair and now she’s had a chance to try them out.  Available from Charles Clinkard who offer a wide range of high quality branded shoes, including the Lelli Kelly brand.

It didn’t take Miss M long to spot a rather sparkly pair of Lelli Kelly Glitter Olivia Mid Boots and her eyes lit up.  She really wanted them so I agreed they would be our choice to try out.

Lelli Kelli 1 Lelli Kelly Shoes from Charles Clinkard   ReviewI ordered the shoes online through the Charles Clinkard website and I have so say navigation was simple, the payment process was easy and delivery is free!  Delivery was a really simple process with update emails on dispatch, delivery date and even a text with the exact delivery hour – I love it when a company uses a good courier service.

The shoes arrived in a beautiful floral shoebox and came with an added make up accessory from Lelli Kelly, a make up palette in a tablet like case.  Miss M’s face lit up at the idea that she had her own eyeshadow like mummy, but I’m sure a bit of dressing up fun when her friends are round will do no harm!

lelli kelli 3 Lelli Kelly Shoes from Charles Clinkard   ReviewThe boots themselves immediately stood out to be of a really high quality, well made and looked good.  You certainly get what you pay for with Lelli Kelly shoes and these being £59.99 aren’t cheap but the quality is of a really high standard and the shoes have a lot of detail with the beads and a really solid, durable sole made to last!

lelli kelli 4 Lelli Kelly Shoes from Charles Clinkard   ReviewI love that the boots have a zip on the inside so no need to fuss around with laces every time you take them on and off.  There is a lot of pretty, detailed beadwork on the boot which really sets these apart from any other similar type of boots out there.  Miss M certainly loves them and can’t wait to wear them out and about – they are so sparkly and look glamorous for a high top boot!

lelli kelli 2 Lelli Kelly Shoes from Charles Clinkard   ReviewMiss M is by no means a girly girl but I like the fact that Lelli Kelly high top boots bring the best of both worlds with a sturdy rubber soled boot that she can run around in and scoot along in, but also have a purple sparkly finish that she loves making them more feminine than a lot of similar style shoes.

lelli kelli 5 Lelli Kelly Shoes from Charles Clinkard   ReviewWe love the Lelli Kelly Glitter Olivia Mid Boots and would highly recommend them along with the excellent website ordering service and delivery from Charles Clinkard.  Why not take a browse of the website today – they offer a wide variety of brands for both children and adults and you are sure to find a shoe that takes your fancy?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the shoes in order to write the review.

Win a Frozen Princess Elsa Dress Up Costume

I think nearly all young girls out there are fans of the Disney film Frozen so I was really excited when I heard that Fancy Dress Queen have added a selection of children’s Frozen costumes to their website.

With the Anna Coronation costume or the Princess Elsa costume available in ages 2-10 years, one of them is sure to be a little girls dream outfit!

So you’ll be pleased to know I have one Princess Elsa costume up for grabs in the size of your choice, see the beautiful outfit below and just fill out the form below for a chance to win!

I’ll also have a review of the costume coming soon so keep an eye out for that, Miss M is eagerly awaiting an Elsa costume to dress up in, one of the few dresses that she actually wants to wear!

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Elsa costume

Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House – Review

Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House from Flair is a calamity filled house of traps and jokes that keep Tom and Jerry on the tails of each other as they frantically chase each other around.  Tom and Jerry are one of my childhood cartoon memories, always on for five minutes in between other things that always captured and en-tranced both me and my younger brother.

The Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House is a fold out playset house with 10 mechanical traps along with 2 character figures, Tom and Jerry.

tom jerry Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House   ReviewUpon hearing about this house I thought it’d be right up Mister B’s street, being the little joker that he is and I wasn’t wrong.  His eyes lit up when he saw it and being only vaguely aware of Tom and Jerry beforehand, he soon grasped the idea and had poor Jerry being chased around the house by Tom!!

tom jerry 1 Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House   ReviewThe house opens up to reveal two floors on each side with numerous traps awaiting our two friends Tom and Jerry.  I guided Mister B around the various traps available which he found really exciting and couldn’t wait to begin play.  I had to be Jerry and he was Tom as he chased me round the house, his favourite was trapping me under the drop down chandelier!

tom jerry 2 Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House   ReviewThere are various traps across the house such as the drop down chandelier, a drop floor shower, a smash through door, a drop leg piano, a pop out fridge, a hidey hole in the roof with drop through floor, a flip up bed, a hide behind sofa and a blast off rocket.  Outside there is also a swing seat that once you sit on, it snaps in half!!

tom jerry 3 Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House   ReviewMister B loved the blast off rocket and that led to hours of fun, putting either Tom or Jerry inside and flying it across the front room.  He particularly thought it was hilarious blasting Jerry into space when mummy was being Tom and laughing at me as the rocket flew through the sky as he escaped and poor Tom was stuck on the ground!

tom jerry 5 Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House   ReviewThe quality of the playset is a little less than I was expecting and does look at bit plasticy and cheap.  We also had the shower wall fall off which I luckily mended as Mister B is rather fond of letting someone fall through the floor of the shower!

Saying that, the quality didn’t bother Mister B who did actually have endless fun with this and has thoroughly enjoyed playing with it as I thought he would.  He had a constant grin on his face whilst playing and found it hilarious every time he trapped someone, declaring himself the winner!!

tom jerry 2 Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House   ReviewThe Tom and Jerry playset has proved to be lots of fun and kept Mister B entertained, I like the way it folds up and it isn’t overly big so doesn’t take up too much room.  Make sure you put both Tom and Jerry inside when packing away so they are always there when you want to play.  Jerry is quite small so can easily get mislaid amongst other toys.

Retailing around the £24.99 mark, I guess it’s a fair price for what you get.

tom jerry 4 1024x1024 Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House   ReviewWe’ve had lots of fun with the Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House, more than I expected so for me it’s a been a good value toy that has encouraged a lot of imaginative play.  I think any little Tom and Jerry fan would be happy to receive this if they enjoy the antics they get up to and want to replicate them.  Mister B certainly gives this a big thumbs up!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the playset in order to write the review.

Disney Wall Vinyls Light and Clock Review

Disney is always a hit in our house and Worlds Apart have a fabulous range of wall vinyls to decorate children’s bedrooms including clocks, night lights, doorbells, wall hooks and light switch stickers.  My children were lucky to get to try out the Disney Planes Lumiglow and the Disney Princess Tick Tock clock.

planes princess Disney Wall Vinyls Light and Clock ReviewMister B has recently been asking for a light on at night and the Disney Planes Lumiglow seemed like the perfect option.  A light that he could make come on by himself and give a soft glow in his bedroom, but goes off again after two minutes.

The Disney Planes light comes with 50 wall stickers to create a scene around the light.  There is a large background sticker to use as the backdrop for the light and other smaller stickers to decorate as you wish.  The light requires 3 AA batteries to work which are easily put in the back of the nightlight.  The light also cleverly sticks to the wall using velcro sticky pads, meaning you can easily take the light off to change the batteries.

planes1 Disney Wall Vinyls Light and Clock ReviewThe stickers are of a good quality and stick easily and well to to the wall, although you can peel off and re stick should you need to.  Mister B decided he only wanted a few plane stickers around the light and the others have been dotted across his bedroom!  The light is very easy to activate requiring a simple clap, loud voice or other noise.  You can also touch it lightly and it comes on.

planes 2 Disney Wall Vinyls Light and Clock ReviewMister B loves his new night light and has shown every visitor to our house his special light.  He loves being able to switch it on like magic and it’s been a great incentive to get him up to bed at night.  It gives a really soft, gentle glow which is great as it allows him to drop off to sleep with the knowledge that it will switch itself off after two minutes!

 

The Disney Princess Wall Clock from Worlds Apart has been a huge hit with Miss M who is currently learning how to tell the time.  It comes with 50 accessory stickers to decorate the wall, creating a pretty fairytale scene.  The main sticker is a fairytale castle tower with princesses at the bottom that forms the backdrop to the clock.

princess 1 1024x627 Disney Wall Vinyls Light and Clock ReviewThe clock requires 1 AA battery and can then be stuck to the tower using velcro sticky pads for easy removal.  The scene stickers include clouds, hearts, flowers, trees, butterflies and more.  There are also the 12 number stickers that enable you to tell the time, these even glow in the dark which Miss M loves.  The size of this clock on the wall along with all the stickers really does make this a feature on the wall rather than just a clock, brightening up any young girls room.

princess 2 Disney Wall Vinyls Light and Clock ReviewMiss M has this clock on the wall to the side of her bed and loves being able to look up at the time in the morning, she just about knows her half and quarter pasts, so we are now trying to learn the rest.

I think both of these vinyl wall products from Worlds Apart are lovely, being both wall decoration but also functional with the clock and the light.  They look good, the children love them, and so I definitely recommend them!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the wall sets in order to write the review.

 

 

Shapes Don’t Bug Me Geometry Set – Review

Shapes Don’t Bug Me from Learning Resources is a fabulous little educational activity set aimed at children aged 5-9 although both my children ages 3 and 6 have loved playing with this and had lots of fun learning about shapes and how they fit together.

shapes dont bug me 1 1024x1024 Shapes Dont Bug Me Geometry Set   ReviewThe set comprises of 20 double sided activity cards ranging in difficulty from 1 up to 20.  There are also 136 translucent plastic shapes included in 14 different variants including 5 different triangles, 2 different squares, hexagon, trapezoid, rhombus, circle, half circle and quarter circle.  They also come in different colours helping to distinguish between the different shapes.

shapes dont bug me 2 1024x1024 Shapes Dont Bug Me Geometry Set   ReviewMy two children were immediately eager to have a go and grabbed an activity card and got stuck in building the pictures with the shapes.  I thought this was brilliant for Mister B, as he loved the easier bug pictures and had such a great sense of achievement when he had finished one.  It was also a fun way for him to learn new shapes like a rhombus and trapezium.  I was also trying to teach him a semi circle and it was great to do this with two halves and put them together to build a circle.

shapes dont bug me 3 1024x1024 Shapes Dont Bug Me Geometry Set   ReviewAlthough initial impressions may seem like this is quite easy, Miss M tackled some of the harder activity cards and they certainly challenged her.  It was great to see her tackling some of the more mathematical ones, using smaller triangles to make larger triangles and again helping her get to grips with the make up of a circle, talking about halves, quarters and how many of each are needed to make a circle.

shapes dont bug me 4 1024x1024 Shapes Dont Bug Me Geometry Set   ReviewThe trickiest cards contained just one large outline of a shape such as a triangle or a rhombus and you had to fill the inside completely with smaller shapes to make the larger one.  Miss M had some really good attempts but they weren’t quite sitting accurately on the lines so I set about trying them with her.  I have to say it took me a few attempts to fill them so there is definitely plenty of challenge in this set.

shapes dont bug me 5 1024x1024 Shapes Dont Bug Me Geometry Set   ReviewWe’ve really enjoyed trying out the Shapes Don’t Bug Me geometry set, it is something that a good age range of children will enjoy and learn from and is bright, colourful and attracts children to sit and play.  It’s also trickier than it looks so has plenty of learning potential and I think it’s brilliant that the activity cards are numbered in difficulty levels.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the set in order to write the review.

Miss M’s Dream Home

Miss M loves art and craft and was thrilled when a box of craft goodies dropped through the letterbox for her to create her dream home.  With coloured papers, glitters, pom poms and pens she couldn’t wait to get started.

dream house 1 300x225 Miss Ms Dream HomeDeciding on a purple front to her house, she added pink sparkly windows.  Miss M said her dream house would be all sparkly on the inside with a giant playroom and in the playroom would be a big play house.  She wouldn’t let me assist and sat happily creating her picture on her own.

dream house 2 1024x1024 Miss Ms Dream HomeIn the orange play room she added lots of pom poms, which are all the toys – as you can see she wants lots of toys inside there!  Miss M loved making her picture and couldn’t wait to show me the finished result.

dream house 3 300x225 Miss Ms Dream Homedream house 4 225x300 Miss Ms Dream HomeOne thing she also wants that she didn’t draw is a large garden which she described to me as having a trampline, swings and a tree that they can climb.  We all have ideas of what our dream house would be like and who knows, one day we may be lucky enough to live in it!

 In collaboration with Principality Building Society