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


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:


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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:

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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!


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.


Bath Treats from The Bath Mama – Review

There’s nothing better than some me time and a bit of pampering in the bathtub, so receiving some treats form The Bath Mama on the run up to my 40th birthday was just what I needed.

bathmama 2The lavender bath petals come in a heart shaped box, consisting of three soap roses.  The petals can be broken off the rose and sprinkled on top of your bath water.  I found they dissolved quite quickly in the water leaving a soft creamy layer on top of the water and of course the aroma of lavender fills the bathroom.

bathmama 1These would be perfect to give as part of a gift of just for yourself if you want a little indulgence at bathtime.

As part of their gift soap range we received a coconut scented heart shaped soap.  It is a lovely, firm well made soap that is very rich and creamy giving plently of lather.  I’m not a huge fan of coconut fragrance in general but found this not too overpowering with just a gentle, natural scent.

bathmamaThe Bath Mama offer a range of bath products such as bath bombs, fizzes, salts, soaps, gift sets and more.  Why not take a look at what they offer and maybe indulge yourself in a little bathtime luxury?

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


Last week I turned 40!!

For the last few months I have been dreading turning 40.  It seems so old, a number I thought would take years to reach, yet I’m there, it’s happened.  Not that I feel that age at all, but it makes you realise how quickly life passes by and to make the most of each and every opportunity that comes along!

40My front room is now a shrine to all the cards, banners and balloons that were given to me over the past week, either on the day itself, or at surprise meals out, lunches with friends and the biggest surprise – a cocktail party at a swanky private lounge in town!

Unfortunately I don’t have many pictures to share, I tended to find a glass of bubbly in my hand for most part of the week rather than a camera.  It’s been fun, exciting, a little stressful but most importantly I feel great to be 40!

As readers of my blog will know I have spent the last couple of months trying to lose a bit of weight and get my skin and hair looking great in order to embrace looking 40.  I’m looking forward to the future, intend on making the most of life and really want to enjoy time with my little family.  My two children have been fantastic over the past week and as well as joining us on my surprise meal out, I also surprised them with a trip to see Octonauts, the stage show at Plymouth Pavillions which they thoroughly enjoyed.

I must mention the amazing cake my mum bought for my party – this is the best picture I’ve managed to locate but it really doesn’t do it justice.  It was HUGE!!!  It is all chocolate, three towering layers of chocolate sponge, layed with chocolate buttercream and encased in white chocolate icing!  It was simply magnificent and we must of had a good 50 large portions out of it, if not more!

40 xLet’s hope the future beholds lots of wonderful things and I look forward to sharing them with you!

Octonauts – Deep Sea Volcano Adventure – Review

Octonauts has consistently been a favourite programme of my two children ages 7 and 4.  It is one programme that they call each other for when one of them spots it on tv and they sit glued to it enjoying the adventures of Captain Barnacles and friends under the sea.

I knew that they would be super excited to see Octonauts live in their deep sea adventure on the live stage, so I kept it as a surprise and they didn’t know what they were going to see until the show began.


With Captain Barnacles leading the way, alongside Kwazii, Peso, Tweak, Shellington and a few others, they headed down through the ocean to the midnight zone to reach the volcano and save the day.

octonauts xI thought the characters were brilliant, the costumes fantastic and the music and scenery made the show utterly fantastic.  The children were glued to the show and I enjoyed every minute too.  With interactive moments such as getting the children to help steer the Octopod by turning to the left, then turning to the right, forward and back, really helped keep the children entertained along with asking the children were certain fish were.

The scenes changed from inside the Octopod, to in the deep sea ocean and by the volcano.  There was constant action going on, that I didn’t hear one peep out of 4yr old Mister B or 7yr old Miss M.  There was one scene where the curtain was pulled across and fish were swimming across the stage, and although I could tell they were puppets, the puppeteers were very well hidden in the dark and the children sat mesmerised!

I won’t spoil the storyline for you but the highlights for my children were the volcano and my little boy liked it when Peso bandaged up Kwazii’s tail after he got some plant spikes caught in it!

Oct_120x73_GenericWe thoroughly enjoyed the show and would definitely go to another one like this.  It gives the children a great introduction into the world of live shows but also brings to life one of their favourite tv shows in a realistic and lifelike way!

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




Gold Collagen Forte® – Review

Turning 40 this month makes me feel old, and in turn I know that my skin is ageing quicker than I’d like.  I don’t want to feel old and am keen to try out anything to make me feel and look younger.  I’ve tried a month’s supply of Gold Collagen Forte®, a peach and lychee flavoured nutritional drink

goldThe drink is full of powerful anti-oxidants that fight against the signs of ageing and help the renewal of collagen, the main benefits being:

  • Helps protect against oxidative stress
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Promotes skin suppleness and firmness
  • Improves skin hydration and radiance
  • Promotes healthy hair and nails

gold 2So what did it taste like?

It’s flavoured of peach and lychee, but has a very rich taste although is only 2-3 mouthfuls so is easy to take each morning with breakfast.

Did I notice any difference?

Well I have been trying hard with diet, exercise, less wine, more water on the run up to my 40th but I can honestly say my face does feel softer and more plumped.  My nails are definitely less brittle, more flexible which means less breakages (especially with two young children around).  My hair does feel shiny and bouncy at the moment.  Obviously it’s hard to tell after just a month’s use but I do feel that Gold Collagen Forte® has made some difference which is great news.  Anything to feel more fabulous at 40 is more than welcome!

How much does it cost?

Well it isn’t cheap.  A box of 10 bottles which is a 10 day supply is £40.00, but this is a high quality supplement and if you want the results then I believe this will work.

Final thoughts

I do think it’s hard to quote how much a supplement has worked over a month but I can honestly say that everything feels softer, hair, nails and skin.  A more supple feeling and if that would improve with further use of the supplement then I can genuinely say that this works and is definitely something to give you both a more youthful look and feeling.  Certainly the best product I’ve tried but then I guess you get what you pay for and if this product is in your budget then I would try it as I believe in it and think that it gives results.

All reviews are my own opinions and I received 30 days supply of Gold Collagen in order to write the review.



Disney Cinderella 100 piece Puzzle from Ravensburger

The Disney Cinderella puzzle from Ravensburger is a beautiful puzzle depicting the various outfits of Cinderella along with her fairy godmother and ugly sisters, aimed at children 6+.

cinderella puzzleMiss M’s eyes lit up when she saw the puzzle and couldn’t wait to give it a try.  Having turned 7yrs old at the start of the year I was keen to see how well she could do this puzzle herself.  She began and with a few prompts from me to search for the edges and corners first, I let her do the entire puzzle herself which gave her a great sense of achievement on completion.

cinderella 1The puzzle pieces are nicely cut and a good size for her age.  With different characters and outfits to look for, it helped make the puzzle a little easier to do.  She soon got into the swing of it and started finding the pieces she needed and getting excited when she recognised what area of the puzzle pieces came from.

cinderella 3The finished Cinderella puzzle looked beautiful and coincides perfectly with the film Cinderella that has just been released.  The puzzle has lots of detail but is perfectly suitable to the age group suggested.

Miss M really enjoyed sitting, completing the puzzle and with a little determination, did it all by herself!

cinderella 2All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the Cinderella puzzle in order to write the review.