Ravensburger Despicable Me 3 3D puzzles

Ravensburger Despicable Me 3, 3D puzzles can’t fail to be a hit with minion fans.  Not only are they puzzles, they are covered in minions and also can be used as storage containers once built!

The Despicable Me 3 Storage Box 3D Puzzle comes with 216 pieces and along with a base, top frame, tray and yellow paper inserts.  With a 7yr old minion fan and a 9yr old who loves 3D puzzles I left the two of them to get on with this.  They had a production line on the go with Miss M finding the correctly numbered pieces and Mister B piecing them together.  What I like about Ravensburger 3D  puzzles are that each piece is numbered with a little arrow alongside to show you where to place to the following piece. Within just a short amount of time the puzzles started taking shape and the children were impressed with their structures.

Once each puzzle is complete they each have a base and top frame that turns them into sturdy storage units.  A great bonus of the storage box is a tray that slides across the box and can hold little items but can easily be lifted out.

The Despicable Me 3 3D Pen pot was equally a pleasure to make and came together easily.  Once constructed there is a thin sheet of yellow card to insert inside to finish the look as well as the plastic base and top frame.  Mister B was absolutely thrilled with his pen pot and I think it looks great too!

Overall we are really impressed with both of the Despicable Me 3 3D storage puzzles.  Not only are they fun to do, they are useful and look great.  We’ve found with 3D puzzles in the past they normally stay up for a while then we have to pack them away as they take up too much room but these are fully functional and look great in Mister B’s bedroom.

These would make brilliant gifts at any time of the year but with Christmas on it’s way I’d definitely think about wrapping some of these to go under the tree!

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

 

K’NEX Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set

K’NEX Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set is a 430 piece building set including an air propelled motorised coaster car.  Aimed at ages 9+, my 9yr old couldn’t wait to get stuck in with the building and check this K’nex kit out.

The set comes with a large, colourful easy to follow instruction booklet which my daughter followed and I was keen to see how she got on alone so left her to build it herself.  The building of the set aids the growth of key developmental abilities like fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and dexterity so I prefer to give her the challenge and just assist when she asks.

She sat engrossed in the build which is always a good start showing that the toy is engaging and of the right age to build.  Miss M managed to piece this altogether practically by herself just requiring a little assistance adjusting the track on the outside to ensure the coaster car didn’t touch the inner structure.  The coaster car comes with a usb charger which I hooked up to my laptop for a short while to charge – we were then ready to see it in action.

The finished coaster stands at over 76cm tall and is quite impressive. What I like is that the structure is designed so that you can easily turn it over to stand either vertically or horizontally and once the pieces are together they stay fairly well.  My daughter started the coaster car on the track and wow – it’s incredibly speedy, shooting it’s way around the track, propelling it’s way up to the top and then flying it’s way back down.

You can see it in action in this short video clip below:

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

BioCare’s Immunity Boosting Supplements

BioCare have added some new supplements to their range to make sure that your body is prepared for the colder months and help prevent Winter colds and runny noses.  Usually probiotics have to be kept in the fridge but the new Everyday BioAcidophilus comes in a very convenient capsule form which makes it easier for people with busy lives to take.

Being great for your gut and an additional source of friendly bacteria naturally found in your digestive system, this is a great way to boost your immune system in addition to a healthy eating and balanced lifestyle.  I like the way there are 7 capsules to each strip in the box.  That way I can easily tell if I’ve had each days supplement as by taking the first one in a strip on a Monday and then you can tell which day of the week you are due to take.

In addition to the adult’s version there is a tasty children’s supplement, the Red Berry BioMelts containing a unique live bacteria with added vitamin D . The innovative product is a no mess, no fuss supplement makes giving your kid’s their daily dose of vitamins a whole more fun. The delicious berry flavoured sachet dissolves on the tongue, designed to give children the essentials they need for immunity support. I tried this with 9yr old Miss M who actually though this was quite nice and has been happily taking one each day in the morning.  I find children’s supplements can be hit and miss as to whether my children will like them and finish the packet but so far so good with this one.

Overall I’m pleased with the BioCare range of supplements keeping our immune systems boosted, they are simple to use and so far we are all feeling well and in good health!

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

Gingersnap Lightbox & Extra Letter Packs

Gingersnap lightboxes are one of the fun, new trends in interiors this year and sure to be a hit at Christmas as they would make the ideal gifts for many.  Being able to customise and change the lettering, gives them a vast array of uses, from a simple slogan or quote to a fun message for friends and family.

With various styles of Gingersnap lightboxes available I received the A4 black lightbox to check out and review along with two extra letter packs.  The lightbox is simple to use with a easy on/off switch on the side.  You do need to add either 6AA batteries or you can use an adaptor (not included).  I opted for batteries and it’s lasting well so far.  The unit has three lines which you can slot in the transparent backed letter, numbers and symbols to create your unique message or quote.  This lightbox comes with 85 black pieces to slot in and create a retro cinematic feel sign.

The extra letter packs that are available are in my opinion just brilliant!  They really add to the variations and fun of the messages and quotes that you can write adding personality and colourful fun.  I received the coloured letters, numbers and  symbols pack as well as the emoji pack which each contain 120 pieces.  I absolutely love them and there are so many that I can’t show you them all here but there really is something for everyone and every occasion.  I couldn’t wait to start using them and enjoying seeing the messages around my house.

We’ve found lots of occasions to use the lightbox so far and try to change the message every few days.  My little boy has even got stuck in and asked to put a message on the lightbox when I wasn’t looking.  He then showed me and it said ‘I love you’ followed by all the emoji’s he felt represented that – so sweet.

Overall I love the lightbox, it looks on trend and modern around the house and adds a bit of light which attracts attention to it from guests.  I love being able to change the message and can see it getting lots of use throughout the year.  If you haven’t already got one then they would be a great little purchase but with Christmas coming up they would also make great gifts so check out Gingersnap to see which is your favourite and which you might buy as gifts this year!

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

WIN Milkshake! Brand New Besties DVD

Milkshake! Brand New Besties DVD is the latest release from Abbey Home Media available from Monday 23rd October with over two hours of fabulous fun, magical mischief and awesome adventure.  Whether it’s keeping a secret, learning to compromise, solving a problem, searching for clues or planning the best sleepover ever, our heroes put their friends firmly first!

Featuring in this new collection are:-

PAW Patrol – In ‘Pups Save the Paw Patroller’, Mayor Humdinger has swiped the PAW Patroller! The pups need to get it back and save that meddling mayor too.

Digby Dragon – In ‘Disappearing Spell’, Digby’s friend Sprite comes to visit, and Fizzy casts a disappearing spell on her. When Grizel and Mungo take Spellbook it seems impossible to magic Sprite back again.

Bob The Builder – In ‘Where’s Pilchard?’, when Muck has to shoo Pilchard out of his way, she suddenly vanishes. Leo and the machines run around trying to find her before Bob realises she’s disappeared.

Peppa Pig – In ‘Playing Pretend’, when Peppa’s bike gets a flat tyre and needs fixing, Peppa and her friends have fun riding their imaginary bikes and jumping in pretend muddy puddles./

Shimmer and Shine – In ‘Flying Flour’, the girls bake magical flying cookies, but Zeta and Nazboo sneak in to steal the flying flour.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom – In ‘Lucy’s Elf & Fairy Party’, Lucy celebrates her birthday with an Elf and Fairy party. Lucy’s Dad does a magic show but things get a bit out of hand when Princess Holly and her friends join in…

Fireman Sam – In ‘Best Sleepover Ever’, Norman, Mandy, Sarah and James are having a sleepover at Mandy’s house. Norman is determined that it will be the ‘Best Sleepover Ever’.

Simon – In ‘The Secret’, it’s Gaspard’s birthday. Simon has found out where Mummy has hidden his brother’s present. But Simon has sworn he’ll keep it a secret!

Poppy Cat – In ‘Underwater Picnic’, when Zuzu and Alma both arrive with plans for the group, Poppy teaches them the art of compromise. They set off in the submarine for Seaweed Sea to look for the speedy turtle and have an underwater picnic.

Floogals – In ‘Project Caterpillar’, Boomer has become very fond of the 3 stripy caterpillars the kids are keeping in the shed. When one vanishes the Floogals stake out the container they are in to see if they can solve the mystery.

Olly the Little White Van – In ‘Bad Luck Olly’, Olly is going through a run of terrible luck. The more he tries to help people the more things go wrong. Help comes from the most unlikely place as Bazza helps him relax and do what comes naturally….Helping!

Puffin Rock – In ‘Mossy Impossible’, Oona is in danger. She’s tangled up in fishing twine near Seagull Cliff and the seagulls will be back soon! Mossy and Bernie try to free her, but they need help from Mama and Papa Puffin.

Noddy, Toyland Detective – In ‘Broken Crystal Memory Game’, Noddy needs to find out who broke the Crystal Memory Game before the start of the Daredale Challenge Obstacle Race!

Thomas & FriendsTM – In ‘Toby’s New Friend’, Philip spots Toby and assumes that he is a diesel boxcab just like him. Convinced that they will become best friends, Philip rushes up to introduce himself, but Toby finds him rather overwhelming.

For your chance to win a copy just fill in the Gleam form below:

Milkshake! Besties DVD

WIN a Teletubbies Big Hugs CD

Having two children who enjoyed the Teletubbies phenomena as toddlers a few years ago it’s amazing to see that 20 years from it’s beginning the Teletubbies are still going strong.  This week they have released a catchy new album called Big Hugs packed full of new songs from the current series of the iconic show alongside a selection of children’s classics with a Tubby twist.

Music and dance are integral to Teletubbies, so it’s a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary with a brand new album for young ones to sing and dance along with. Big Hugs will be available from HMV, Amazon.co.uk, iTunes and select other locations.   Tracks will also be available to download individually, with the title track “Big Hugs” available digitally on September 29th and can be streamed on Spotify.

The full track listing is:
 

  • Teletubbies Theme
  • Big Hugs
  • Tubby Car Song
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • Tubby Packing Dance
  • Tiddlytubbies Songtime
  • Bottom Bump Song
  • Tubby Phone Dance
  • Tiddlytubbies Playtime
  • Four Little Monkeys
  • Puddle Dance
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • Party Dance
  • The Custard Ride
  • Stomp Dance
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Five in the Bed
  • Tiddlytubbies Sleepybyes

A great gift of stocking filler, this CD is sure to be a hit with little ones so if you’d like to win a copy of the CD Big Hugs for either your child or a child you know then just enter via the Gleam form below:

Big Hugs CD

Aero Heavenly Mousse – Milk Chocolate or Salted Caramel

Aero Heavenly Mousse is exactly what is says on the pot – heavenly!  The new dessert comes in a large style pot, perfect for sharing for around three people or perhaps you’ll keep it all to yourself and spread it over a few days.  Available in Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel varieties I was more than keen to give these a try.

Both pots consist of a light, fluffy mousse topped with a generous swirl of caramel sauce and chopped nuts.  The Milk Chocolate mousse has caramel sauce with chopped hazelnuts whilst the Salted Caramel mousse has caramel sauce with chopped pecan nuts.  As you can see below they both look totally delectable.

Well it was time for the taste test and as I dug my spoon into each mousse I almost knew before I tried them that they were going to be winners.  I mean just look at the pics below, I had the whole family dribbling at the sight of these – who was going to get the first mouthful – me of course!  What I can confirm is that these didn’t disappoint, they were finished in one sitting between the four of us and everyone was eager for me to buy them again for dessert in the future.  Aero are on to a good thing here, luxury mousse desserts that are loved by the whole family –  how could you go wrong, I can definitely see these being our Saturday night treat!

Available from most leading supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and online at Ocado, with an RRP of £1.79, I’d suggest you add one or more to your trolley the next time you go shopping!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.  This is a sponsored post for Aero. 

KAYA Personalised & Hand Engraved Jewellery

KAYA jewellery is personalised and hand engraved in London to produce pieces that mean something between family or friends.  There are also lots of pieces for generations to share such as matching mother daughter jewellery such as bracelets and pendants.  Personalised jewellery for mums can hold a special birth month coloured gem of their child or names or initials.  With such a wide variety of items available there really is something special for everyone and they’d make particularly lovely gifts.

I chose the Silver Infinity Mum Bracelet to try out which comes with discs attached to the infinity sign, each engraved with your children’s initials.  Having two children, I have two discs to represent them.  I think this is a really lovely idea and is a piece I can wear everyday.  It came presented in a pretty box along with a cleaning cloth and is a generous size for my wrist.

I really like the bracelet and is something I can wear anytime.  Also every time I look down at it I have a reminder of my children by seeing their initials which I think is a  lovely touch to have on a piece of jewellery.  KAYA offers some really unusual and different pieces of personalised jewellery that you don’t see elsewhere such as the three generation sets and the mum rings are a particular favourite of mine with pretty gemstones in to reflect your children’s birth months.

With such a lot of pretty personalised jewellery available you are sure to find your favourite so I am pleased to be able to offer one lucky winner a £40 voucher to spend on jewellery at KAYA – any piece of their choice!

Just fill in the Gleam form below:

£40 KAYA jewellery voucher

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

Getting Kids to Eat More Fruit with #ChileanEasyPeelers

Although both my children are pretty good when it comes to getting their daily dose of fruit, they can be a bit fussy about taking it to school.  They like effortless things like a pot of grapes and would rather keep things like apples and oranges for at home when I can help prepare them etc.  This is where Chilean easy peelers come in as they are so simple to peel, meaning kids can do it themselves, quickly at any time.

Packed full of vitamin C and a great source of water, Chilean easy peelers are a great way to keep hydrated during the day.  Also providing a rich source of fibre, calcium and magnesium they are a nutritious snack for both children and adults to enjoy.

We tried these at home first and both my children got stuck in peeling one each and it was completely effortless and within a few minutes they both were eating their fruit.  Having a sweet, juicy taste, the segments disappeared quickly and both of them thoroughly enjoyed their snack.  With the knowledge that they were so easy to peel they were quite happy to have them in their school lunch boxes which is great as I know they are getting another one of their five a day during school hours and also it boosts their liquid intake which is important when trying to concentrate and learn new things.

Chilean easy peelers have gone down a treat with my two and will now be something I add to the weekly shopping list rather than just an occasional fruit that I buy.  It’s great that children can peel them so easily, meaning less work for me, and a juicy treat for them!

This post is an entry for the BritMums #ChileanEasyPeelers Challenge, sponsored by Chilean Citrus Committee

Bouquets for All Occasions by Prestige Flowers

Flowers from Prestige Flowers are a great gift that can be given for any occasion whether it be birthdays, to say thank, get well soon, sympathy or Christmas time.  As you can see there’s a multitude of opportunities to gift with flowers. Most people enjoy receiving them and at Prestige Flowers you can choose from a standard bouquet or upgrade to medium or large at an extra £5 and £10 respectively.

I received a Niagra bouquet which came well packed in a pretty box along with a glass vase (which can be added as an extra to any delivery).  The vase is a great shape to hold the perfect bouquet making it simple for me to transfer the flowers from the tied bouquet into the vase.

For me the flowers were a great colour combination for my tastes, large cream roses accented by purple freesias, irises and thistles although I wasn’t so keen on the daisies and thought it looked more elegant without so I kept those in a separate vase of water.

Once on display I really had time to enjoy the flowers and thought the cream roses opened out beautifully and looked stunning.  The irises were also quite amazing to look at, not a flower I normally receive in a bouquet, but I’m really glad I experienced them and their beauty.  The freesias opened up after a few days which added to the colour but lets not forget the thistles which gave it an added interest.  I did get several compliments from visitors to my house as they took in the beauty of these flowers that took pride of place in the centre of my kitchen table.

Don’t forget to check out Prestige Flowers next time you are ordering a bouquet, with the festive season on it’s way they have some rather gorgeous looking Christmas offerings, in particular the Monet Snow Scene which has caught my eye!

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