Trolley bags – Reusable shopping bags – Review

With us all trying to have a greener outlook to reusing shopping bags, Trolley Bags are are a great invention made specifically for use in a large supermarket shopping trolley.  I was sent a set to try out and couldn’t wait to give them a go.  As I tend to use shop & scan when I do my larger shop, I thought these would be ideal to for packing the shopping as I go around the store.

trolley 1The set of Trolley Bags consists of four differently coloured bags that are velcroed together and can be rolled up for storage in the car boot.  The bags range in size to fit with the slope of the trolley.  The smallest bag fits either just before the separate section at the end of the trolley or if you prefer to have the seat down as I do, it will sit in the end section allowing you to use the seat area for your handbag and other items or a small child.

trolley 2It is best to put bulkier, larger items such as cereal boxes, crisps etc in the larger bags otherwise they will be quite heavy to lift, and keep the smaller two bags for heavier items such as tins, jars and heavier vegetables.  I have found these really good for packing my trolley as I go around the shop using self scan leaving me with just four bags to put into the car.  The bags hang open making packing simple, it really does result in no hassle shopping.

trolley 3I do have one concern though, the bars that hang off the sides of the trolley are at a similar height to my four year old’s head.  I found when shopping with him in tow, he hovered all around the sides of the trolley eager to help and I found I had to be a little cautious to ensure I didn’t poke him in the face.  I therefore now save these trolley bags for when I do child free shopping, or they’d also be ideal if you have a little one that still sits in the trolley seat.

Overall, I think they are a great concept and definitely the way forward in shopping bags. I also like the way they velcro together making carrying them easier rather than a stash of smaller carrier bags.  I’d keep your eye out for these, especially with the carrier bag charges due in England later this year!

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

 

 

Happy 7th Birthday Miss M and Frozen party game ideas

New Year’s Day is my daughter Miss M’s birthday so we always start the New Year with birthday celebrations.  This year we had a quiet, relaxed day, spending time with family for lunch, birthday cake and Miss M opening her presents.  I really can’t believe where the last seven years have gone!

Maisy 2She was insistent on having a Frozen themed birthday party this year, in particular she wanted to wear the Frozen dress up costume that we reviewed a couple of months ago.

partyWe played the usual party games, pass the parcel, musical statues etc but I wanted to find a few different games and after having a google, I came up with these variations on games to which I put a frozen twist.

Musical Icebergs – I cut the edges off of sheets of white paper to make them look a bit more geometrically shaped and these were the icebergs.  When the music played the children had to dance around.  When the music stopped each child had to stand on one of the icebergs.  Then remove an iceberg so that in the next round one child is out until you get down to just one child left who is the winner.

Ice Jewels – For this I had a toy princess ring for each child which I froze in heart shaped silicon cake moulds to create ice shaped hearts with treasure trapped inside.  To rescue the treasure, each child had to melt the ice with their hands until they found their ring.  This could be variated and I put a little Squinkie car in one for my son.

Dress up as Olaf – I put the children into two teams and each team have to turn one member into Olaf.  I bought some value toilet roll which they used to wrap one team member up in, and also add a woolly hat and scarf to them.  You could judge one team to be the winner but I decided to let this just be a bit of fun which they loved and then turned the room into a snowball fight afterwards!

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Dressing up as Olaf was great fun, there were lots of giggles and excitement throughout.  Mister B has now asked to play this game at his next party!

The ice jewels also proved very popular, I wasn’t sure everyone would want to sit melting ice between their hands but they loved it, and it kept them quiet and occupied for a while.  I gave them trays to melt the ice over and handed towels out so they could dry their hands during it.  They got quite competitive towards the end as their blocks got smaller seeing who could finish first.  I’d definitely use this game again.

party 3Overall the party was a great success and all the children seemed to enjoy themselves.  I think the small effort in trying some games that were a bit different kept the girls occupied and they were intrigued to find out what we were playing next.

Miss M had a fabulous birthday and party and now it’s all over until next year.  She has become so grown up over the last year, I’ve really noticed a difference in her behaviour and mannerisms.  She’s also had an amazing year at school.  I hope 2015 is another fabulous year for her and she succeeds in all she wants to do!

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Finn a Boy Doll – Review

Finn is a boy doll made by Arklu, the same people who made the award winning Lottie doll for girls which promotes healthy and realistic body shapes and activities a child would typically do.

We received Kite Flyer Finn along with the Gone Fishing accessory pack for 4yr old Mister B to try out.

finnMister B was thrilled with his new Finn doll.  At first he was a little confused that a doll could be a boy, but once he grasped that concept and saw the the removable clothes and little accessories, he couldn’t wait to start playing.  The doll itself and each outfit pack comes with a complete outfit, shoes and associated accessory.  The Kite Flyer set comes with a kite that you can attach the handle to Finn’s hand and the Gone Fishing set has a fishing rod.  Both of these accessories really added to the play value and kept Mister B occupied and happy, sending Finn on various adventures.

finn 2Finn is a really down to earth character who enjoys traditional activities, making him a perfect role model for young boys today.  He’s well made with clothes that are easy to take on and off.  It is even easy enough to balance Finn to stand upright on a flat surface.  His joints are all moveable allowing for full action play, posing him in various positions which Mister B really enjoyed.

finn 3Finn is really different from other boy dolls on the market, free from guns and violence and an ideal role model for little ones, encouraging them to engage in traditional activities.  Finn is the male counterpart of the Lottie doll, a girl doll that has a realistic body shape and enjoys child friendly activities.  Why not check them out today?

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

Disney Frozen Readybed from Worlds Apart – Review

The Disney Frozen Junior Readybed from World’s Apart has to be every little Frozen fan’s dream bed.  It certainly was Miss M’s when she saw it, in fact she wanted to sleep in it every night as opposed to her own bed!

disney frozen readybed 2The readybed is a fantastic idea, a sleeping bag, matress and pillow all rolled into one, perfect for nights away, sleepovers with friends, camping etc.  I love the way that it all folds up into it’s own bag, complete with carry handle and simple enough for my daugher Miss M to carry around.

disney frozen readybed 4The design on the the top is Disney Frozen and depicts the main characters, Princess Elsa, Anna and Olaf the Snowman.  With lilac and turquoise colourings for the base and inside, it is pretty and perfectly compliments the picture on top.

A simple plastic foot pump and tube is included to pump the bed up although this wasn’t great, we had a similar, slightly larger one at home that pumped the bed up in double the time!  But regardless it does only take 5 minutes to turn this bed into comfy matress ready to sleep on.

disney frozen readybedMiss M didn’t hesitate to get inside the second we had finished pumping the readybed up, in fact she didn’t want to get out!  She’s slept in it for the last couple of nights and has no complaints at all so I’m guessing it’s suitably comfortable.

It is suitable for ages 3+ and is 150cm long and with Miss M being a tall 6yr old she fitted very comfortably inside.

The Disney Frozen Junior Readybed has been a huge hit with my daughter and I can forsee lots of use out of it therefore I would definitely recommend it, just a shame the pump wasn’t a little better.

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

Horrid Henry’s Tricky Tricks – Book Review

Horrid Henry’s Tricky Tricks is a collection of ten Horrid Henry stories presented in a hard back book, with full colour illustrations on each page – perfect for any Horrid Henry fan.

Horrid HenryContaining the stories:

Horrid Henry Robs the Bank
Fluffy Struts Her Stuff
Horrid Henry Wakes the DeadMoody Margaret’s Sleepover
Horrid Henry’s Autobiography
Horrid Henry and the Nudie Foodie
Horrid Henry and the Mad Professor
Horrid Henry’s Horrid Weekend
Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman
Horrid Henry’s Grump Card

Miss M who is almost 7, loves Horrid Henry and I often find her reading Horrid Henry books at bedtime.  She couldn’t wait to get stuck into to this collection of stories and started with Horrid Henry Robs the Bank.  The story follows him playing the board game, Gotcha, with Perfect Peter and Moody Margaret who has won a number of times previously.  This time Horrid Henry is determined that he will be the winner and will go to any length to make sure that he does win.  His first idea was to be the banker, but Moody Margaret takes on that role so he has to resort to an alternative method of cheating… You’ll have to read it for yourself to find out what he did.

This a great set of stories for Horrid Henry fans, and would make a great gift.  There is plenty to read and with the colour illustrations on each page, it helps maintain interest and engagement with the story for children who are fairly new to reading independently.

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

H&A Kid’s Toiletries Stocking Filler Ideas – Review

H&A are known for their vast array of kids character toiletries and Christmas time is no exception, with their vast array of children’s gift sets available in a number of different ranges.

We received a selection for Miss M and Mister B to enjoy this Christmas time.

H&AFor boys I love the Thomas set with sponge, fizzers, crayons and stencils.  My two love drawing on the bath so the Thomas stencils should be lots of fun to use and keep them entertained.

Mister B loves pirates, so Jake and the Neverland bath treats will always be a hit with him.  The Tub Tints telescope is a fun idea, coloured bath salts that change the colour of the water and once the telecscope shaped bottle is empty, rinse it out for pirate fun in the bath with your own pretend telescope!  There’s also fun to be had with the walk the plank set which includes a suction plank for the side of the bath that you can walk your fingers or any little bath characters you have down until they land in the water.

For girls the Juicy Lucy range is really pretty and perfectly aimed at the almost 7 year old Miss M.  The cupcake bath fizzers are sure to be a massive hit with Miss M who will adore using one of these in her bath.  The fairy wash bag contains lots of goodies such as bath puff, hair bobbles, bubble bath, shimmer lotion and bath confetti – plenty of exciting things for a young girl.  The final set with fizzers and a magic flannel is a perfect extra, all children love to watch their flannel grow in the bath, and something that can be used again and again.

I love all these ranges from H&A, the perfect bathtime gifts for children.  There are plenty of other character giftsets available such as Frozen, Me to You, Disney Princess and Doc McStuffins, so something to suit everyone.  What gift range will you buy for your child this year?

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

Stocking Filler ideas – Review

Stocking Fillers is a great website full of all those small items, such as games, toys and fun things that are perfect for filling stockings this Christmas.  With a wide range to choose from, the site is easy to navigate as it’s broken down into different price points as well as boys, girls, adults etc.  There also is something for everyone making it the one stop shop for stocking fillers.

stocking fillersI chose a selection of items for my children that I don’t think will disappoint.  The quality on all the items seems good value for the price and it was easy being able to order a box full of goodies from one place.

There were plenty of branded items to choose from such as Corgi diecast cars and Crazy Soap which is always a hit in the bath!  I also picked up some coloured Bath Tint tablets to change the colour of the bath which sound like fun.

My daughter enjoys a game of noughts and crosses on paper and I spotted a little wooden set using hearts and flowers which looked quite sweet, games never disappoint my children so I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun for such a simple item.

For Mister B who’s 4, I think the dinosaur stick will be fun, by turning it over it makes a dinosaur “roar”.  The Secret Message Pen will be a hit for Miss M as she loves writing little notes and the fact that we can’t see them will turn it into a fun game for her.

I think the Stocking Fillers website is a great place to pick up all those last minute little bits and pieces that fill us with joy each Christmas morning.  Why not take a look yourself?

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

 

 

Half Shell Heroes wish Mister B a Happy Christmas!

Half Shell Heroes are a range of toys from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aimed at younger children, perfect for 4yr old Mister B!

So you can imagine how excited he was when he received a Christmas card from them wishing him a Happy Christmas!  Although now I have him asking when I can take him to visit the turtles so that he can say thank you, bless him!

turtlesIt came with a Christmas bauble to hang on the tree with a Half Shell Hero inside!  These are really cute little turtle figures perfect for little ones with no small parts.

There are a whole range of Half Shell Hero toys, great for younger turtles fans including figures and playsets, why not check them out for yourself?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the card and turtle to write the review.

 

Personalised Greeting Cards – Review

The Dog’s Doodahs is an online greeting card retailer, providing personalised cards delivered to your door.  They have a large range of humourous cards, but also some cute, animal and child friendly cards.  I was offered the chance to order a selection to see what I thought.

cardsWhen looking round the website I saw a lot of alcohol related cards, some amusing wine jokes which appeal to me and my friends.

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I ordered this one for my friend for Christmas which I knew would give us a laugh as neither of us know what Leftover Wine is!!  This is a large style card with a glossy finish.  You are able to personalise both at the top and the name at the bottom.  I was very pleased with this and we both had a giggle when she opened it!

 

 

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I also chose a cute personalised card for my daughter whose birthday is imminent and again on this card I could personalise both the name and the age.  The card is a nice size and one I hope she’ll enjoy when she opens.

 

 

I also selected a couple of the smaller non personalised cards to see what they were like.  I chose a few humourous ones that will be suitable for friends birthdays and am happy with all of them.

What I particularly like with ordering from The Dog’s Doodahs is that these cards are different, you won’t see similar ones elsewhere, giving them a more unique feel, rather than a lot of the more traditional high street cards that you immediately recognise.  The ordering process was simple and delivery was quick.

I am more than happy with the cards and online service received and would happily go back and order more cards from them.  Why not take a look for yourself?

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

Dentyl Active Mouthwash – Review

Dentyl Active mouthwash has been a firm favourite of mine for many years as part of my oral hygiene.  With it’s two phase formula it really leaves your mouth feeling fresh and super clean.

dentylAvailable in seven brightly coloured variants, I was sent the Plaque Fighter in Fresh Clove and Smooth Mint to try out.  I’m a huge fan of the Fresh Clove flavour, not to strong but leaves my mouth feeling really clean.  The Smooth Mint flavour is pleasant and does the same great job, although I think the flavour comes down to personal preference, my husband is a fan of the more minty varieties and leaves me to enjoy the Fresh Clove.

I love the two coloured phases, essential oils at the top and CPC (an antibacterial agent) at the bottom which need to be shaken together before using.  Then when you spit the mouthwash into the sink, along goes all the bits of debris and food too, allowing you to see the results of the mouthwash.  I find this a great incentive as it really feels like it’s working and gives even better results if used after flossing!

Dentyl Active is alcohol free which stops the mouth from drying out and along with the essential oils, keeps your mouth hydrated.  Being alcohol free also means this mouthwash is suitable for children over the age of 6.

I love this mouthwash and highly recommend it.  Although I don’t have time to use it every day Dentyl Active will continue to be part of my regular oral routine several times a week to keep my teeth and mouth both fresh and clean.

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