Kids Costume T-shirts – Review

Kid’s T-shirts are a t-shirt printing company that produce a vast array of designs under many different themes from animals to sports, halloween to world book day.  We were asked to choose a t-shirt from their costume section which includes a range of designs that children aspire to be when they grown up.

t shirts 3 Kids Costume T shirts   ReviewSome of the designs include an astronaut, policeman, chef, knight, wizard, doctor, firefighter and nurse.  I asked my children to have a look through and see what they wanted to be.  Mister B who is 3 would love to win a gold medal, we are not sure what in yet but it’s something he aspires to own so he picked the gold medal t-shirt.  Miss M on the other hand aspires to be a policeman like her daddy although she wasn’t so keen on a black/yellow t-shirt so decided she wants to be a princess for now.

t shirts 1 Kids Costume T shirts   ReviewThe t-shirts are generously sized with plenty of room to move around and play in.  I thought the choice was good and depending on the design of the t-shirt you could choose what colour background you wanted.  Both my children loved them and happily wanted to wear them again and again.

I think it’s good for children to start thinking about all the roles and opportunities available to them when they are older, even if it’s just for a bit of fun.  These t-shirts are great to wear everyday but also can be used as part of a dress up outfit.  It also encourages conversation on the topic of the t-shirt.  For Mister B we discussed medals and the different colours, which one is first, second, third and the sorts of events you can win them in.

t shirts 2 Kids Costume T shirts   ReviewWhy not check out the Kid’s T-shirts website and find a fun t-shirt for your child to wear?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the t-shirts in order to write the review.

42 days of Summer fun with BN biscuits

Six weeks of school summer holidays means 42 days to have fun with the children, days out, days at home, some in the garden having fun, others inside playing games, baking and making crafty pictures.  So much to do, so much fun to have, where do we start.

If it’s sunny and you want to get out but not go to far, why not try out a local park that you’ve never been too.  We discovered one the other week that ended up being fabulous, the children loved it, lots of new things to do and we ended up spending a good few hours there walking around and playing.

They loved the zip wire, in fact we didn’t know we had one so close to home.  They are now eager to return!

devonport park 1 42 days of Summer fun with BN biscuitsThis big hammock like swing was a huge hit and my two lay on it for ages relaxing while mummy gently pushed them.

devonport park 2 42 days of Summer fun with BN biscuitsThere was also a huge wooden structure to climb on, which Miss M was eager to try out.  Mister B wasn’t so keen but gave it a go.

devonport park 3 42 days of Summer fun with BN biscuitsIf it’s a dry day why not get the children out on their bikes and scooters for a ride.  Mister B has just mastered his scooter after many months of insisting he couldn’t ride it.  The summer is a great time to teach them how to ride things.

scooter 42 days of Summer fun with BN biscuitsIf you need to get on with some household chores, then get the children to help.  They love it more than you think.  Here they are helping me to clear some of the plants and weeds from their grandparents garden.

gardening 42 days of Summer fun with BN biscuitsIf it’s raining, there are plenty of things to keep children occupied with indoors, board games, cooking, crafting or how about face painting?  Miss M made her first attempt at face painting the last week when she painted Mister B’s face with Spiderman.  I was very impressed and we had lots of fun for the afternoon decorating each other’s faces!

Spiderman face 225x300 42 days of Summer fun with BN biscuitsSo no matter what you do, whatever the weather, you always tend to feel a little peckish and tired in the afternoon.  This is a great time to sit down and have a little snack.  As it’s the summer holidays then why not make it a fun snack, such as a McVitie’s BN biscuit!

bn 1 1024x634 42 days of Summer fun with BN biscuitsThese crispy sandwich biscuits come in Chocolate and Raspberry flavours, with a fun smiley face on the top.  Miss M and Mister B loved these particularly the chocolate flavour and I have to agree they did taste rather good!

bn 2 42 days of Summer fun with BN biscuitsMcVities BN biscuits are perfect to bring a smile to hungry children and are not too heavy so make a great snack.  Why not try some to bring a smile to your summer?

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

Gears! Gears! Gears! is a fabulous range of creative, building sets using tactile gears and cranks to wind the pieces round, creating a magical moving scene.  We received the Movin’ Monkeys set from Learning Resources to play with.

movin monkeys Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin Monkeys Building Set   ReviewThe Movin’ Monkeys set comprises of 136 pieces which includes base plates, coloured gears, cranks, tree parts, monkeys and a sticker sheet to decorate some of the gears.  There is also a very easy to follow instruction booklet which allows you to build the entire scene as shown on the box.  The instructions are clear and broken down into manageable sections.

movin monkeys 5 Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin Monkeys Building Set   Review Miss M immediately got to work building the first tree and added the gears.  This gave her a little bit of a challenge to follow the build instructions and construct the pieces correctly.  To build the whole set is quite a challenge for a young person and although this set is aimed at age 4+, I’d definitely suggest a slightly older age would be better.  Miss M is 6 and I feel this is a great construction set for her and something very different to the normal construction toys you see.  She did require some guidance and assistance but I’m sure she’ll improve each time she plays.

movin monkeys 2 Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin Monkeys Building Set   ReviewMister B decided to take it upon himself to build the palm trees.  He gathered all the necessary pieces and within a few minutes he proudly showed off his bit of construction work!  He was so pleased with his trees and carefully held onto them until the rest was built so he could put them in their correct places.

movin monkeys 3 Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin Monkeys Building Set   ReviewThe pieces slot together quite easily although quite firmly so the set is quite durable and doesn’t fall apart easily once built.  Once we had constructed the full build, it looked like a brightly coloured jungle scene and both children were eager to see what happened next.  The next step was to add the monkeys which can be hung from numerous trees and branches either by the hooks on their hands or tails.  Then it was time for the magic – would it work?  Miss M slowly turned the handle on one of the gears and very cleverly all the cogs starting turning at the same time, the monkeys starting moving, spinning and swinging around the trees and my two children looked upon their Movin’ Monkeys jungle scene in amazement!

movin monkeys 7 Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin Monkeys Building Set   ReviewBoth were keen to take turns in turning the gears and have fun moving the monkeys around to hang from different places, the Movin’ Monkeys construction set certainly gave good play value for a while once it was built.

movin monkeys 6 Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin Monkeys Building Set   ReviewWhat I like about Movin’ Monkeys is that it is both a construction set and then can be played with as well.  You can be creative and build any design you like out of the set, however big or small.  On her own Miss M likes to build just a small tree structure that she can get turning and is quite fascinated watching it move.  This allows her to be creative independently and as she gets older she’ll become more confident in building bigger jungle scenes.

You can watch Movin’ Monkeys in action here:

Overall I think Movin’ Monkeys is an interesting, fun construction set that a child aged 6+ would get the most value out of.  It’s made from brightly coloured, durable plastic pieces and has lots of fun features for the monkeys to play on.  Being a large set with a lot of pieces, this enables you to be versatile with the building and use your imagination to create a different design every time.

movin monkeys 4 Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin Monkeys Building Set   ReviewA great bonus of this set is that it is compatible with any other Gears! Gears! Gears! sets so you can join them up and make a huge moving scene!  Why not try a set today and see how creative you can be with moving gears?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and Movin’ Monkeys was sent to us in order to write the review.

Looking Back – First Day at School

Almost two years ago, I was busily preparing for my daughter, Miss M’s first day at school.  I was a mixture of nerves, excitement and anxiousness as I awaited the day that my daughter took a new step in her life and met a group of people who she will spend the next few years learning with, gaining experiences with and building friendships with.

first day  Looking Back   First Day at SchoolWe had only visiting the school briefly before the summer break for a welcome afternoon, so there was a lot of new things ahead, new faces, a new environment and getting used to the school routine.  Miss M was really eager to start somewhere new, learn more things and build on her existing skills after spending three and a half years at a very small nursery looking at the same four walls each day.

In the weeks beforehand we went shopping together and picked out various pieces of uniform, a P.E. bag and a lunch box to take to school.  On her first morning she proudly got dressed in her uniform, I plaited her hair and we walked the short journey around to the school.  Her younger brother Mister B came with us and they walked ahead together, Miss M holding on to Mister B’s reins, a proud big sister embarking on a new journey in her life!

first day 2 Looking Back   First Day at SchoolI’m pleased to say the first day went well and although we had a few wobbly days in those early weeks where she felt a little unsure of things, she has progressed really well over her first two years in school and we are looking forward to starting Year 2 in September.

With the start of the new school term nearly upon us, one thing we all need to think about is school uniform.  We all want something that’s durable and lasting and George at Asda have come up with theAsda George at Asda 100 day money back guarantee where you can return any item you are not satisfied with within 100 days along with a proof of purchase for an exchange or refund!

Why not check out the uniform ranges at George at Asda, they have a great choice available  including some rather cute Hello Kitty designs which I’m sure Miss M would love.

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Princess Alexa Barbie Doll – Review

Princess Alexa is a newly released Barbie doll along with a range of other Barbie toys, especially for the soon to be released film, Barbie and the Secret Door.  The film follows Princess Alexa, a shy princess but during the film she discovers a whole new fairy tale world and along with two magical friends helps to save the kingdom.  Other characters include a magical unicorn, mermaid and a fairy.

Barbie Alexa doll 4 Princess Alexa Barbie Doll   ReviewMiss M’s face lit up when she saw Princess Alexa, she thought the Barbie doll looked beautiful and when I told her about the new film, she can’t wait to go and see it.  Princess Alexa is a standard size Barbie with the additional feature that she sings!  The dress on her bodice is solid and this flashes coloured lights as she sings.  Her skirt is satin like and can be removed.  It has some large flexible flowers on it which really help it stand out and look pretty.

Barbie Alexa doll 21 Princess Alexa Barbie Doll   ReviewThe highlight of this Barbie doll for Miss M is most definitely Princess Alexa’s songs.  To play the songs you simply press gently down on her arm and a song plays.  There are clips of two songs, both of which become quite addictive and we all know the words now after hearing them endlessly each day.  Even Miss M’s little brother Mister B joins in, singing along.

See Miss M and Princess Alexa’s songs here:

Miss M has loved playing with the Princess Alexa Barbie doll.  She is a beautiful doll with great added features in the songs and lights.  We are looking forward to the film Barbie and the Secret door which is released on DVD on 1st September 2014 and it’ll also be screened exclusively in Vue cinemas.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the Barbie was sent to us in order to write the review.

Back to School with Sainsbury’s Arts and Crafts

With the summer holidays underway and two children to keep entertained, I’m also on the look out for things to do, whether it be days out, trips to the local park, or activities to keep the children occupied at home.  When Sainsbury’s offered to send us a selection of their Back to School stationary range including lots of art and craft goodies, I knew that would the perfect way to entertain my two when we are stuck at home or when it’s raining.

sainsburys 2 Back to School with Sainsburys Arts and CraftsWith a selection of coloured card, tissue paper, wiggly eyes, glitters, sequins, glue, stickers and pens, they couldn’t wait to get started.

sainsburys 1 Back to School with Sainsburys Arts and CraftsMiss M decided to create a picture inspired by our holiday with a beach scene at night with a dark sky and stars.  She also added a lighthouse and a little googly eyed person.

sainsburys 4 Back to School with Sainsburys Arts and CraftsMister B decided to recreate the huge blue and purple jellyfish that we saw lying on the beach.  He drew a blue outline and stuck on some googly eyes.  Then I helped him add some sparkly purple glitter to make it shine and then he drew some wiggly jellyfish legs!

sainsburys 3 Back to School with Sainsburys Arts and CraftsMiss M then got really creative and wanted to draw one her favourite activities – rock climbing!!  She’s only had a go on the man made indoor rock climbing places but would love to one day take part in some outdoor rock climbing.  She cut out a purple tissue paper rock and stuck it to the paper.  She then created a sparkly purple sun in the corner of the  paper.  She then drew three little rock climbers, one each side of the cliff and one on top with all bundles of ropes.  She gave each person a shiny coloured star sticker for their hard work and to say well done for their excellent rock climbing!

sainsburys 5 Back to School with Sainsburys Arts and CraftsA bundle of craft materials is a great way to get the children to be creative and also to get them sitting down concentrating just like they have to when they go back to school.  They also really enjoy it and love showing everyone their finished pieces of art.

sainsburys 6 Back to School with Sainsburys Arts and CraftsWith the new school term starting in just a few weeks, there are lots of things to thing about from uniform, stationery to getting your child focussed and ready for the new academic year.

Being organised in the mornings is a great way to start the day and keep things calm and smooth running.  Sainsbury’s have put together a Back to School list of 9 igenious ways to streamline the kids mornings routine – why not check it out?

We were sent some Sainsburys craft goodies and voucher in return for this post.

Cool Create Cool Bandz – Review

Cool Bandz is one of the latest range of craft kits from the Cool Create brand allowing children to make, decorate and laminate fun paper bracelets to wear themselves or giveaway to friends.

cool bandz 1 Cool Create Cool Bandz   ReviewThe kit consists of:

  • 1 bracelet maker
  • 24 pre designed wrist band strips
  • 12 clips
  • 1 sticker sheet
  • 1 sticker sheet
  • 1 gem sheet
  • 1 roll of adhesive tape

cool bandz 2 Cool Create Cool Bandz   ReviewMiss M couldn’t wait to get started and began by separating the pre designed strips and picking out her favourites.  You can then add any of the stickers and gems to decorate them further.  Some even have a space to write on and she did one with her name, one for Mister B and one for Mummy!

cool bandz 3 Cool Create Cool Bandz   ReviewOnce you have decorated the strip, you place it in the laminator.  You can then easily pull the strip through and it gets cleverly covered by the roll of tape giving it a shiny, more durable finish.  You then pop each end in the little hole punch slot and press down on the purple button to make a hole in each end.  The ends then simply clip together with one of the plastic clips that just snap together.

cool bandz 4 Cool Create Cool Bandz   ReviewOnce Miss M had made the first band with my guidance, she was off making all different designs for each of us.  Mister B eagerly watched picking the strips and stickers he wanted Miss M to use for his band.  Miss M at 6 yrs old is the perfect age for this, she could create them independently and sat happily engrossed making bracelets with her little Cool Bandz machine for much of the morning.

This is a fun creative toy that young girls will love.  There are plenty of patterned strips to keep them occupied although I would have liked to have seen a few more clips and gems included in the kit.  You can also use any paper strips of your choice, so if you have some pretty paper, or fancy drawing your own design, you can and then place it in the sticky tape laminator to strengthen it and turn it into a bracelet.

cool bandz 5 Cool Create Cool Bandz   ReviewMy children had lots of fun creating with the Cool Create Cool Bandz, a great indoor crafting activity that’s fun, keeps them occupied and lets them make their own jewellery!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the Cool Bandz was sent to us in order to write the review.

Doc McStuffins Spotty Lambie – Review

Any young Doc McStuffins fans will be familiar with Lambie, the cute little lamb who loves to help her friend Dottie.  Unfortunately in this Spotty Lambie playset, she isn’t feeling very well and comes covered in red spots.  This set enables young children to act the part of the doctor and make poor Lambie better.

Lambie Doc McStuffins Spotty Lambie   ReviewThe playset consists of a good sized Lambie, perfect for cuddles and role play.  She has a soft rubberised body and limbs with a pretty net skirt.  Both her arms and legs move to enable play.  The set also contains a glittery magnifying glass, sponge, pot of cream (empty), plaster cast, plaster box and four removable plaster stickers.

The set is aimed and both boys and girls age 3+ and one thing both my children love is playing doctors.  They are always asking for anything medical related so I knew this is a toy they would enjoy.  Mister B who is 3yrs old was the first to examine Spotty Lambie to see what was wrong.

lambie 1 Doc McStuffins Spotty Lambie   ReviewSpotty Lambie comes covered in red dots to make her look poorly.  Being thermo sensitive ink, these just require a little rub with the magic sponge or a finger to make them disappear, therefore making Lambie all better again.  Mister B was fascinated by this and was also kept amused when they reappeared again requiring him to quickly grab the magic sponge again.

lambie 2 Doc McStuffins Spotty Lambie   ReviewMiss M enjoyed putting the plaster cast on Lambie’s leg and also showing Mister B how to care for her.  Mister B eagerly watched and took on board exactly how to care for a sick patient!  The little plasters included are cute and they loved to stick them to wherever they decided Lambie had hurt herself, in this case it was Lambie’s ear.  Mister B loves inspecting Lambie with the little magnifying glass and even hunts around the house looking for things through it.  They then decided to put Lambie to bed and Miss M carefully wrapped Lambie up in a blanket to go to sleep.  Get well soon Lambie!

lambie 3 Doc McStuffins Spotty Lambie   ReviewThe Spotty Lambie playset from Doc McStuffins is a great way to encourage children to care for others.  It builds up their role play skills and gives them an insight into how to treat people that are ill.  We thought this was a great value playset probably best suited to children aged 3-5 years.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the Spotty Lambie playset was sent to us in order to write the review.

 

 

School Uniform Name Tags – Nametags4u Review

With the start of a new school year nearly upon us, one thing we all need to think about is labelling our children’s school uniform.  It’s one thing I dread and tend to leave to the last minute so finding easier and simpler ways of doing things is always handy.  For the first two year’s of Miss M’s time at school I have spent a lot of time using sew on tags so was keen to try something new and that’s were Nametags4u came in.  They sell a variety of different labels from stick on, to sew on and the one I was keen to try, Easyfix Clip.

name tags 1 School Uniform Name Tags   Nametags4u ReviewI received a selection of Nametags4u stick on labels and Easyfix Clip on labels.  The stick on labels are well made and perfect for things like books, pencil cases, lunchboxes etc.  I tried these on drinks bottle and a lunch box and they were simple to apply and looked good.  I like that you can choose a little picture logo to go alongside the name, I chose a butterfly for Miss M and a helicopter for Mister B.  You can also choose from various colours for the names to be printed in.

name tags 3 School Uniform Name Tags   Nametags4u ReviewThe Easyfix Clip system comes with thin fabric labels that you fold in half and place on to the item of clothing.  You then place a plastic pin underneath and press the clothing and label over the top to pierce a hole through which the pin comes.  Then press a flat plastic cap over the pin against the label.  Then using the tube of a biro pen (included in the label pack), you place this over the pin and bend to the side to snap off the outstanding bit of the pin to reveal a flat surface.  A clever little idea that does make labelling quicker than the sew on method and probably a little more durable than an iron on label.  I preferred to secure the Easyfix clips through the clothing label inside the uniform rather than the fabric itself but that was my personal choice.

name tags 2 School Uniform Name Tags   Nametags4u ReviewI found the Easyfix Clips easy to use and once I’d done the first few, could quickly add labels to items of uniform ready for September.  The quality of the labels and clips seem good and durable and have certainly made my life easier this year when it comes to naming the school uniform.

Why not check out Nametags4u?  They really do have a good range of types of labels as well as a bit of personalisation with the colour and logo.  Something for everyone!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and some Nametags4u labels were sent to us in order to write the review.

 

 

Cra-Z-loom Bracelet Maker – Review

With loom bands being very popular at the moment, 6yr old Miss M was thrilled to receive the Cra-Z-loom bracelet making set from Hobbycraft.  Previously she has only attempted basic loom bracelets on her fingers so we were keen to try some more intricate patterns using the loom board which comes with this set.

loom 11 Cra Z loom Bracelet Maker   ReviewThe kit includes 1 loom, 1 weaving hook, 600 assorted rubber bands, 25 ‘S’ clips and an instruction leaflet.  The instructions are simple to follow showing you how to make three different bands, a single loop bracelet, a waterfall and a bridge style.

Miss M was keen to have a try and started with the single loop bracelet.  After me starting off the pattern across the loom and showing her where to  place the bands, she was soon off doing them herself.

loom 2 Cra Z loom Bracelet Maker   ReviewThe loom seems like a good strong quality and was easy to hang the bands over.  Once all the bands are in place you then have to use the hook to loop certain bands ones over each other to complete the pattern and then the bracelet can be removed from the loom.

loom 3 Cra Z loom Bracelet Maker   ReviewWe then tried a four sided loom bracelet using just four of the pegs on the loom band.  Miss M really enjoyed this and was thrilled with the result, a lot thicker and more defined bracelet that looked much sturdier than the basic single loop bracelet.

loom 5 Cra Z loom Bracelet Maker   Review

Miss M then looked through the instructions and challenged me to make her the waterfall bracelet.  The instructions for the loom are quite clear and are illustrated to help you know where to place the bands and how to hook them over.  It took me a few tries to get the hang of where I was placing the bands for this one and hooked them over incorrectly at first, but once I got going, it is actually relatively easy.  Miss M would need guidance to make one of these but it’s definitely something she’s aspiring to make soon.

loom 4 Cra Z loom Bracelet Maker   Review

We thought the waterfall bracelet looked really effective and Miss M couldn’t wait to show it to her friends.

loom 7 Cra Z loom Bracelet Maker   Review

The quality of the contents of the Cra-Z-loom set are good and the instructions are a good starting point to make a few different designs of bracelets.  Miss M could follow the more simple designs on her own and with some guidance from me we are moving on to more complicated designs.  The loom and hook seem strong and durable, and with a big colourful bag of loom bands included, we’ll hopefully have many more delightful bracelets being made over the next few weeks.

Both Miss M and I have really enjoyed the Cra-Z-loom bracelet kit available from Hobbycraft.  The possiblities with loom bands is endless and we look forward to discovering other interesting designs and ideas to make with them now that we have a loom to work on.

loom 6 Cra Z loom Bracelet Maker   Review

Have you tried the new loom band craze yet?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the Cra-Z-loom was sent to us in order to write the review.