Hot Dots® BrainBox® Let’s Learn! About Our World

Hot Dots® BrainBox® Let’s Learn! About Our World is a great way for children to learn about other countries using an interactive pen and books that they can work through independently.
Hot_Dots_Lets_Learn_About_Our_World_SetThe set consists of an interactive Hot Dots pen, which requires two AA batteries, it can then be used with any books from the series.  This set contains three books about countries around the world:
  • Flags
  • Capitals and Currencies
  • Places
hotdotsMiss M who is 7, often asks inquisitive questions about countries, such as “What flag is that?” or “What country is this in?”, so I knew she would enjoy learning from this interactive experience that is both fun and educational and can also be done independently.
The books are of a great quality, having highly laminated thick pages that easily turn and sit flat due to their spiral binding at the edge.  All pages are brightly coloured with plenty to look at and help maintain interest.
I think the books have been well thought out giving children a great insight into other countries.  I particularly like the “Places” book which teaches the children about famous landmarks that belong to each country as well as typical animals, foods and items that come from each one.  It really is a fun little book that will build a good cultural knowledge in children without them realising that they are learning.
hotdots2Although Miss M could sit working through these books herself, it did encourage her to ask me questions about things and gave us talking points which was really nice and showed she was genuinely interested in what she was learning.
Due to the compact size of this set, it is not only ideal to do at home, but great for car journeys and keeping children occupied out and about.
hotdots3Miss M’s really enjoyed the Hot Dots® BrainBox® Let’s Learn! About Our World set and it is something she has done again and again, sometimes remembering facts, and other times having to think what the answer might me.
There is a lot of information to take in, therefore these books will last and can be looked at many times.  A great value learning resource that’s both fun and educational.  We love Hot Dots!

All reviews are my own opinions and I received the products in order to write the review.

Easter Fun at Saltram House National Trust

For us as a family, Easter wouldn’t be the same without a visit to one of our favourite national trust properties to follow an Easter trail.  The children love them, it’s great to be out in the fresh air and there is always a pleasant atmosphere at the national trust properties.  We visited Saltram House in Plymouth last weekend for the children to follow their Easter trail.

saltram 1Once the children had their maps they were off, running along the paths looking for the clues.  It didn’t take long for Miss M to spot the explorer hat hanging from a bush and Mister B found the magnifying glass hanging from a tree on the lawn.

saltram 4On the lawn we spotted a small marquee tent and ventured inside to find a couple of sand pits arranged as an “archaeological dig”.  Each sand pit had the pieces of a puzzle which we needed to find and then complete the puzzle.  My two couldn’t wait to start digging and were soon passing me pieces of puzzle – a really fun activity!

saltram 3Back onto the Easter trail and Mister B was the first one to spot the spade stuck in the ground.  He loved looking for the objects and carefully marked them off as he found them on his trail map.

saltram 5I just love the beautiful plants and flowers that can be found in National Trust gardens and here are just a few that I saw here today.

saltram 2And this tree was simply stunning!

saltram 6We had a wonderful day wandering round and the children loved the trail, especially at the end when they collected their chocolate eggs!

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Tommy Tucker Popcorn – Review

I’d never heard of Tommy Tucker popcorn when I was sent some to review, but little did I know what I was missing out on.  Everything from the packaging to the taste has completely hit the spot with me and without doubt I would recommend

tommy tuckerThe packaging stood out for me as soon as I saw it, very classy looking, definitely one I’d pick up if I saw it.  The choice of flavours is quite vast and we received a selection, Luxury Toffee, Sweet ‘n’ Salt, Coconut Toffee and Fruits of the Forest.

I have to say immediately the Luxury Toffee appealed to me and it didn’t disappoint, it just melted in the mouth, a luxury taste of buttery popcorn – I could go on eating this one, in fact the family didn’t get much of a look in! lol

The children were keen on the Sweet ‘n’ Salt as well as the Luxury Toffee and enjoyed it as the perfect Saturday night tv snack.  They were bickering over the last few balls in the bowl and kept asking for more which is a good sign and confirms that they really did enjoy them.

Not being a fan of coconut myself, but knowing the husband is, I saved the Coconut Toffee for him to try and without telling him what it was, I gave him a bowlful.  He took a few pieces and immediately said “Oh wow, that’s nice!”  so I can assure you if you are a fan of coconut then this will be a hit!

Fruits of the Forest is an unusual flavour of popcorn and although it was quite pleasant and we all enjoyed it, we had other favourites that we preferred, but definitely worth a try for a different taste sensation.

tommy popcornAll in all, our overall opinion of Tommy Tucker popcorn is that it is excellent.  Fabulous quality, taste and something for everyone.  We all recommend it and think it’s an excellent snack that we thoroughly enjoyed!

All reviews are my own opinions and I received the popcorn in order to write the review.

 

Sooty ABC : Learn the Alphabet DVD – Review

Sooty ABC : Learn the Alphabet DVD is the latest release from Sooty and friends but also a little bit different.  Rather than being jam packed full of fun episodes, this DVD introduces the alphabet to viewers in a fun and exciting way.

sootyThe main adventure sees friends, Sooty, Sweep and Soo visit Wookey Hole in Somerset discovering items beginning with each letter of the alphabet.  I love the way the story guides you through the letters looking for objects for each letter.  There is a poster included with the DVD which reiterates the same objects found as on the DVD, a useful guide for little ones to look at and practice their letters and objects.

sooty poster4yr old Mister B loves Sooty, and although knows his letters, is only just learning to read, so associating words with their starting letter is a great game for him.  He has the poster in his bedroom and loves going through the letters and telling me the word that goes with them.

Aside from the main episode on the DVD there are three other episodes and also some extras.  There is a short video through the alphabet showing an object for each letter.  There is also a song about it which little ones love, my boy loves to get up and dance to the music, any excuse for a wiggle and he’s there!

The Sooty ABC DVD has been a hit with us and is a great way for little ones to learn without realising, whilst watching something they enjoy.  This DVD is definitely something different from the usual Sooty DVD’s and one they my 4yr old enjoyed.

All reviews are my own opinions and I received the DVD in order to write the review.

Time Bomb Skincare – Review

Although I’ve always tried to look after my skin, hitting 40 means I want to try a bit harder to protect my skin from ageing, so I was keen to try Time Bomb skincare.  They have a simple but focused approach targeting key areas to fight the signs of ageing.

A collection of powerhouse formulas and breakthrough innovations developed to help women of all ages “stop the clock!”

 

WP_010446Time Bomb is a stylish but functional range of skincare that looks good on the dressing table but how does it work on the skin?

Powerball Intensive Moisturiser aims to:

– Defeats acute and chronic skin dehydration
– Super surge loads and locks parched skin with critical water
– Restores soft, smooth, moist texture to dry, crinkled skin

I found the Powerball Intensive Moisturiser to be thick, rich but very lightweight and just melted onto the skin.  It felt exceptionally hydrating and a welcome boost to my skin each day.  I have been using this product for the past month and my skin definitely feels more supple, hydrated, softer and firmer, resulting in a more youthful feel.

Youth Juice Secret Oil aims to:

– Mimics skin’s natural sebum to replace oils no longer produced by ageing skin
– Absorbs instantly for non-greasy feel
– Plumps, protects and helps seal in natural moisture

I love the heavenly scent of Youth Juice, the blend of oils hits you as you open the bottle.  Containing olive, kukui, avocado, jojoba and more along with vitamins C and E, this really does enrich your skin and leaves it feeling velvety soft.  This should be applied under moisturiser in both morning and evening and really gives skin that added boost and glow it needs as it gets older.

The Time Bomb combination that I have been using has been perfect for my normal type of skin leaving it exceptionally soft, richly hydrated and maintaining a youthful glow!

 

All reviews are my own opinions and I received the products in order to write the review.

 

WIN Chuggington Turbo Charged Chugger DVD

The latest action packed DVD from Chuggington is Turbo Charged Chugger, featuring six episodes plus bonus features giving you over an hour of entertainment, perfect for little ones to watch.

chugThe DVD has a running time of over 60 minutes, featuring 6 exciting episodes from the most recent series plus bonus features, including Character Sneak Peeks for Chug Patroller Calley and brand new characters – Payce – the high speed tunnel runner from Tootington and Fire Chugger Asher.  In the new turbo charged adventures, the Chuggers compete in the ‘track dash fun run’ and Hanzo teaches Koko to control her new engine booster and how to brake at high speed!  When Koko’s speed booster malfunctions and she speeds out of control, can Wilson and Brewster think on their wheels and save the day?  The brand new DVD comes with a free Story CD for bed-time listening. ‘Turbo Charged Chugger’ DVD is available from all good retailers with a RRP of £7.99

Mister B who is 4, loves Chuggington, he has a good selection of track and loves to play and act out with his favourite characters.  Two new characters appear in this dvd Payce and Fire Chugger Asher who Mister B loved.  What’s really good about this dvd set is that a story cd is also included, absolutely perfect to play to little ones at bedtime.  I still read Mister B a bedtime story but when I am gone he can listen to this and enjoy the Chuggington adventures for a little while longer.

The episodes on the dvd are:

Stop Koko Stop – Koko learns to master her new speed booster.
Brewster Leads the Way – Brewster and his team transport a massive tunnel boring machine
Runaway Koko – Koko’s speed booster malfunctions and she speeds around Chuggington out of contro
Explorer Koko– Koko gives the Mayor an amazing tour around Chuggington
Blazin Wilson – When he runs out of water, Wilson has to think on his wheels during a special fire-training exercise
Team Trainee – Speed Fleet, Chug Patrol and the Chuggineers compete in the Track Dash fun race

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All reviews are my own and my families opinions and I received a Chuggington dvd in order to write the review.

Peter Rabbit DVD Review & Giveaway

Peter Rabbit Tales of the Start of Spring due to be released by Abbey Media on 30th March brings together 8 fabulous episode of the hit tv series including a special 22 minute episode of The Tale of the Start of Spring.  Altogether 108 minutes of entertainment that your little ones will love.

Peter-Rabbit-TalesPeter Rabbit is fondly remembered from my childhood and I’m amazed how much my children love the series that is currently shown on tv, with no prompt from me, but one they will always sit down to watch.  One of the new characters Lily Bobtail is their favourite as she always manages to find something useful in her pocket.  This dvd didn’t disappoint and they have watched it several times over already!

Join Peter and his two bosom buddies; Benjamin and Lily, on their whimsical adventures through timeless Lake District.

Peter encounters real dangers, and he and his loyal friends and family must use their wits to outsmart incompetent villains whose barks are way worse than their bites.

Peter is a 6-year-old rabbit who lives with his mother underneath a huge fir tree in a hidden burrow. He misses his late father and desperately wants to grow up to be just like him. Armed with his father’s journal, which is basically a guide to everything one needs to become a truly wild rabbit, and aided and abetted by his two best friends, Benjamin and Lily, Peter sets off to make his own mark in life.

 

peter rabbitAlso included in the dvd is a little Hop Outside guide with lots of little fun activities to find, do and look out for in the great outdoors.

If you know someone who loves the tales of Peter Rabbit as much as my two children do, then why not enter my giveaway below to win a copy, just fill in the gleam widget below:

 

Peter Rabbit

All reviews are my own and my families opinions and I received a Peter Rabbit dvd in order to write the review.

Schleich Mini Dinosaurs – Review

Schleich mini dinosaurs are the latest collection of creatures from Schleich, the world renowned company for producing high quality, detailed figurine toys.

schleich 1 We received five of the Schleich mini dinosaurs including:

  • Velociraptor
  • Triceratops
  • Saichania
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Stegosaurus

schleich 2These figures are made of a high quality plastic with loads of attention to detail to give them a realistic look.  Mister B was thrilled with these dinosaurs and being a mini version they are perfect for little fingers.  His imagination went wild with this as he took them on little adventures around the house, climbing up furniture, taking them for drives in the back of toy trucks and they are even perfect sized to take out to a restaurant and keep him entertained while waiting for his meal which we did one day.

schleich 3These Schleich mini dinosaurs have been a big success with us and are a toy that I know will last, is durable and doesn’t ever seem to date.  Schleich have an excellent reputation already and I feel that these dinosaurs continue that standard and are an excellent addition to the range of products already on offer.  I particularly love the idea of mini creatures as these have been perfect for my 4 year old.  We would highly recommend them.

All reviews are my own opinions and I received the mini dinosaurs in order to write the review.

 

Barbie in Princess Power Book & Jigsaw Giveaway x3

Barbie in Princess Power is the latest guise of Barbie and one that has been hugely successful with my daughter.  Princess Kara acquires a magical power after being kissed by a butterfly that gives her the power to turn into a superhero allowing her to prevent disasters and save the day!

The Barbie in Princess Power Jigsaw and Book set from Autumn Publishing is perfect for young Barbie fans to read about the adventures of Princess Kara using her superhero powers to save the town.

barbie princess powerThe book is written in comic book style, with full colour pages and lots of illustrations to help guide you through the story.  Miss M who is 7 and and able reader, enjoying reading this herself especially at bedtime.

barbie powerA 60 piece jigsaw is included in the set which is an exceptionally high quality puzzle, the best I have ever seen.  The pieces are incredibly glossy and strong and Miss M couldn’t wait to get started.

barbie princess power 1The jigsaw is a brightly coloured image of Barbies Kara and Corinne in their superhero costumes flying through the sky.  Miss M thoroughly enjoyed completing this and did it herself.  On the back is a equally glossy black and white picture which is designed to be coloured in and wiped clean so you can keep redoing it in any colours of your choice.  Miss M just enjoyed the challenge of doing the puzzle of the picture on the back.

barbie princess power 2We loved this Barbie in Princess Power Jigsaw and Book set and are pleased to offer our readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies in a giveaway!

Just enter through the gleam widget below:

Barbie in Princess Power Jigsaw and book

All reviews are my own opinions and I received a Barbie box set in order to write the review.

Belo and Me Colour Me Placemats – Review

Belo and Me Colour Me Placemats are the perfect way to entertain children while they are waiting for their dinner either at home or out and about.  I was sent the Animal set to try out with my children.

P1000751Each pack consists of six A3 placemats to colour in along with one of those funky colouring pencils where you can change the colour by pushing the colours through the top until you get the one you want.  The pack also contained sticky dots to fix the colouring sheet to the table, which is a great idea for toddlers, although we didn’t use them.

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My children Miss M who is 7 and Mister B who is 4, were really excited by these when I put them on the dinner table.  They loved the idea of sitting to colour whilst they waited for their dinner.

beloI think being A3, they are quite large which really appealed to them.  I can honestly say both children got quite engrossed in their colouring and Miss M insisted on finishing colouring hers over a couple of dinner times to finish it!

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My children have found these place mats fun and asked what other designs there are, of which there are three other sets to choose from:

  • Robots and Aliens
  • Princess and Cats
  • Owl and Butterfly

If you are looking for ways to occupy your children before mealtimes, then why not give these a go?

All reviews are my own opinions and I received a set of placemats in order to write the review.