Schleich Braided Horse Figurines – Review

We received six braided horse figurines from the ‘World of Nature’ range by Schleich new to the collection in 2013.  These horses have been created with realistic attention to detail and all come positioned in a dynamic pose.

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                                           They are aimed at girls aged between 5 and 8, so with Miss M being 5 she was the perfect age to try them out.  My first impression was the beauty of the intricate detailing and likeness to real life.  They are made to an exceptionally high quality making them very durable and definitely toys that stand the test of time.  They range in size from 9-12cm tall.

The detail on them is amazing and I sat with Miss M and we looked at each one picking out the little intricacies, like the red roses on the tail of one, the little plaits and pink ribbon on another to the silver horse shoes detail on another one.  They are all beautifully designed with gorgeous braided detail.

Miss M found these a joy to play with and they easily integrated into play with other toys and even joined us at the dinner table!!  Two year old Mister B even showed an interest and commandeered the small black foal as his own to carry around.

Overall these are high quality animals that would give a lot of play value in a variety of situations.  A durable product with lasting play value over a good range of ages.

RRP: Stallion: £5.99; Mare: £5.99; Foal: £3.99

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Woolly and Tig – First Day DVD – 5 to Giveaway!!

Woolly and Tig is an entertaining little programme shown on CBeebies that my two children absolutely adore.  At first it didn’t catch my eye but it certainly caught my children’s and they love watching it whenever it comes on and always ask me to be quiet!!

Join three-year-old Tig and her cuddly toy spider Woolly as they share new and exciting days together. From a first day at nursery school to meeting a man with a beard, uncertainty and worry are replaced with fun and laughter when Woolly is magically animated to life.

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The TV series explores the feelings that many children have when faced with new experiences in a simple, fun and positive way.
This DVD also includes a FREE Woolly and Tig reward chart and stickers!  A perfect way to help encourage and acknowledge your little ones daily achievements!

Features 15 episodes

First Day                                                 Swing Park
Changing my Room                             The Funfair
Hair Wash Day                                      Eating New Foods
Baby Ben                                               Choosing
Granny No No                                        Fire Alarm
Sharing                                                   The Beard
Losing Things                                        Hair Cut
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A Week of Highs and Lows!

A week ago Saturday I was really excited to have my mum coming to visit and stay for a whole week.  With my family living 250 miles away, we don’t get many opportunities to see each other and when we do it’s usually only for a couple of days.  I picked her up off the train with Miss M and Mister B who were really excited to see their Nanny and greeted her little basket of flowers.

The next day being Mother’s day, we visited our local Prezzo restaurant for lunch – always a favourite with us, where Mum and I were given a complimentary glass of Prosecco on top of the bottle of wine we had just ordered – not that I’m complaining of course!!  We also managed a quick photo opportunity – the perfect shot for Mother’s day with three generations together.

Mother's DayMiss M couldn’t wait for dessert to get her bambinocino – the little teacup full of frothy milk, sprinkled with chocolate and Mister B couldn’t wait to get stuck into his chocolate ice cream.  We went for a short walk outside after but the wind became very bitter and icy that we soon headed home to relax.

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The next day was my birthday and having taken the day off work, I got to spend a relaxing day with my mum, meeting a friend for lunch and then off home to spend the evening with my children.  My dear Miss M had sneaked to the shops with Nanny the day before and chosen me a gorgeous sparkly fairy birthday cake – bless her!!  And for my work colleagues I baked some chocolate cupcakes with some pink swirly icing, plus a few extra for us – yummy!

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That evening while sat on the sofa our cat Twinkle curled up beside us and as she rolled on her back we noticed a large opening on her stomach – almost like a large ulcerated patch which looked very sore and weepy.  The next morning I took her straight to the vets only to be given the dreaded news that she has a large tumour and required surgery the next day!!!  Arghh – my poor baby!!  I left her in the capable hands of the vets and waited patiently until the following day.

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The next day I found out the tumour was malignant and the cancer was worse than expected but they had removed as much as they could and we can only wait and see what the future holds.  At the same time we also took the opportunity to have her thyroid removed as she was currently on medication for this that we were finding hard to administer.  I went and visited Twinkle and she looked well considering although it was heartbreaking to see an enormous scar down the entire length of her stomach.  Due to a drain being attached to remove fluid she needed to be kept in a cage so we felt it best to leave her at the vets until the drain was removed especially with us being away from home at the weekend.

On Friday Miss M came home from school with the Head Teacher’s Award certificate for “Excellent reading and writing”.  We were so proud of her and she was so thrilled to be given it.  I’m sure all the phonics e-books we’ve been practising at home have helped!

On Sunday we had to travel the 250 mile trip back to my hometown for the sad event of my Nanna’s funeral.  Having lost all four grandparents in the last 3 and half years, it has been pretty tough going and with this being the last it really is the end of an era and I can see the dynamics of the wider family changing.  It’s poor Miss M’s 4th funeral and she only turned 5 in January although I have to say that both Miss M and Mister B were impeccably behaved during the service and Miss M even shed a few tears – bless her!!

NanOn returning home late Monday night having travelling straight from the wake, we were all very tired.  Poor Miss M woke in the night having been quite ill in her bed – poor thing.  I put it down to the constantly snacking throughout the journey and she seems ok since.

Tuesday morning I had just dropped Miss M at school when my mobile rang.  It was the vet, who explained that although he has removed the drain, poor Twinkle is still weeping a fair bit from her wound so it is best to leave her with them for a couple more days.

I hope to visit and bring Twinkle home again tomorrow, I’ve missed her and look forward to giving her lots of cuddles for the forseeable future. xx

Gelli Baff – Swamp like goo for fun at bathtimes!! – Review

Bathtime can often be a challenge with Miss M who frequently insists she doesn’t need to wash and consequently it’s a battle to get her in the bath.  But we usually succeed in having a fun and exciting bathtime by using extra bubbles, foam soap or some other novelty idea for children’s bathtimes.  So when we were offered to try Gelli Baff for Izziwizzi, how could I refuse?

We received a box containing four sachets, enough for 2 baths of Gelli Baff and 2 dissolver sachets in a Swamp Green colour.  It was very easy to mix up – simply sprinkle a sachet over a 6cm of bath water and mix with your hand until it turns to jelly!!  We found the mixture to be quite thick so added quite a bit more water until we got a gooey consistency that Miss M loved and couldn’t wait to swish around in.

jellyFive year old Miss M couldn’t wait to get in but unfortunately two year old Mister B looked at it in utter dismay and asked for water in his bath – bless him.  But that didn’t deter Miss M who then spent the next 90 minutes squirming around in the Gelli Baff having so much fun – from pouring it in little pots and making potions, to laying flat in the bath relaxing in the jelly, to filling her swim top up with a huge amount of jelly and telling us she had a baby in her tummy!!!

The colour was a lot more vibrant than the pictures show and I did have concerns about the colour dying Miss M’s swimwear or the bath but the reality is that there is no colour residue whatsoever and it all washes away extremely easily.  The dissolver sachet, which is just table salt worked very well and with added water the bath soon turned back to liquid.  I have no concerns about using this product at all and provided the jelly stays within the bath then there really isn’t any mess at all.

Gelli Baff has definitely been a great source of entertainment for Miss M, she thoroughly enjoyed playing in it and has been asking for a jelly bath ever since.  I think this is something that would be great to buy as an occasional treat and would recommend it.

Please watch our video of Miss M below to see Gelli Baff in action:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Vosene Kids Hair and Bath products – Review

When Mummy News offered me the chance to try some of the products from Vosene Kids, I was very keen to try, particularly as their hair products contain natural head lice repellents.  Unfortunately since Miss M started school in September we receive the dreaded letter home from school every couple of months to say a number of cases have been noticed in the class.

We did find some on poor Miss M about a month ago and it is a nightmare to try to comb them out of her thick, curly hair so to have a repellent in her daily shampoo sounds like a dream product to me.

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The 3 in 1 conditioning shampoo has a fresh, clean smell due to its natural ingredients Tea Tree Oil and Lemon Eucalyptus – the added repellents to keep those lice at bay.  We found theat the shampoo lathered nicely and cleaned the hair.  With Miss M’s unruly thick curls we found the conditioning bounce spray a godsend when trying to comb the hair through.  This also contains the head lice repellents so her hair was left fresh and soft with the hope that we won’t be seeing an appearance of the dreaded lice anytime again soon.

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The Afterswim Hair & Body Wash has proved useful as Miss M went on an intensive swimming course last week, having lessons everyday.  I liked the tube that this came in, easy to throw in your swimming bag, handy to use in the showers and great that it is a 2 in 1 product.  We found this really easy to use and the perfect for a quick wash after swimming.

Lastly we tried the Moisturising Bubble Bath & Body Wash.  We used it as a bubble bath and were impressed with all the bubbles – a quality Miss M and Mister B always look out for at bathtimes!  For washing, we used some on their bath sponges and found it lathered nicely into a rich, soft foam, that left their skin clean and soft.  I really liked this and would be more than happy to use it again.

Overall I have to say I was quite impressed with the Vosene Kids range, one I may not have thought about buying before, but having tried a number of products from the Vosene range they are all of a good quality I will definitely consider them next time I need to purchase kids hair and bath products.  The head lice repellent shampoos I think will be an essential – I’d much rather prevent Miss M from getting them, than go through the hassle of getting rid of them.

Vosene Kids products are available from a variety of supermarkets and all good chemists.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

A prize for Fifi and the Flowertots at School for World Book Day

When Miss M came home from school a few weeks ago with a letter about dressing up for World Book Day, I suggested she just wear her princess dress.  But Miss M didn’t want to, so we sat down at her bookshelf looking for a suitable character from one of her books (and one that I felt didn’t require too much effort to put together!!).

After several suggestions, we came across Miss M’s Fifi and the Flowertots book, and looking at the picture of Fifi I thought actually this is kind of simple – a pair of wellies, pink T-shirt, denim shorts and just need to make a headband.  So decision made, we set to work – a cereal box for the headress and some rolls of crepe paper to decorate.  Miss M loved the cutting and glueing – one of her favourite hobbies!!  I cut a template for the flower shape which she drew around.  We used these to stick over the Minnie Mouse on her wellies and on the sides of the watering can.  And not forgetting a wooden spoon in her pocket just like Fifi always has.

FifiI thought she looked great and she was really excited on her way to school.  I was quite pleased when we got there that she hadn’t just worn her princess dress as it seemed that was the choice for most of the girls in her class.  And how thrilled was I when I picked her up at the end of the day to find out she had come 2nd for best dressed costume across the Early Years Unit at her school.  Well done Miss M!!

A Family walk through the woods – Saltram

Last week, we decided to go out for a family walk and to give Miss M a chance to have a little bike ride.  We drove out to a local National Trust property that is set within a large area of parkland/woods and began to explore the woodland, collecting some twigs and leaves along the way to use for a crafty activity on a day we are stuck indoors.

The children couldn’t wait to get their wellies on and loved going off the track to explore amongst the trees.  And we even found a few muddy puddles along the way that they insisted in sloshing their way through.

Saltram3-001Half way around the walk we came across the estuary which of course Miss M and Mister B couldn’t resist a paddle in!!

Saltram2-001It was great to spend the afternoon outdoors as a family, and although a little chilly we were sheltered by trees for the most part.  We found a great set of trees on the grass by the car park that had all grown into each other at the bottom giving a great climbing platform for Miss M until she spotted the monkey bars!  I was totally amazed to see her dangle herself quite high from the ground and actually make her way the entire length of the bars – how she had the strength I don’t know – I have never been able to cross a whole set of monkey bars!!

Saltram1-001We finished off with a lovely warming cup of hot chocolate in the cafe and shared a slice of cake before heading back home with our bag full of woodland goodies ready for a crafty session in the near future.

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