Diggerland Devon – Review

Diggerland Devon is somewhere I’ve been thinking about taking the children for a while so when the opportunity came up to visit I didn’t hesitate.  I never told the children where we were going so after an hour long car trip that morning they were eager to see where we ended up.  And what a warm welcome we got as we drove into the carpark!

diggerMister B was a little shy and stayed in the car but Miss M was keen to jump out and meet Duggy and Dotty, Diggerland’s own mascots that wandered round the theme park all day saying hello and posing for pictures

The park is very well laid out with a simple path to follow round to each of the activities.  It is very clean and tidy and you won’t get muddy (as I thought we might), the only mud is on the tracks you drive the diggers through.  When the children saw the real JCB diggers lined up in a row their eyes lit up and they couldn’t wait to have a go, to be honest I was incredibly impressed and hadn’t realised that they would actually be able to operate these themselves unaccompanied being only 7 and 4 years old.

digger 4The mini diggers were great fun, with three different activities available, digging for gold, dippy ducks where you had to hook the ducks out of the pool and skittles.  My children went on these constantly rotating between which activity they did.  I have to say the bonus of visiting just after the half term holiday did mean it was pretty quiet meaning we didn’t have to queue for anything!

Miss M was an expert on the skittles as you can see here:

When I saw these giant JCB’s, I never thought Miss M would be able to control one, but she did and she was amazing!!  What a fabulous opportunity to be able do this, one of the unique things about this theme park is that most people will never operate a JCB like this in their life, and here is my 7 year old having the time of her life digging up mud!

digger 1As an alternative to digging, there are several driving activities that proved a big hit with my two, particularly 4 yr old Mister B who can be shy and has never really attempted driving before (he won’t even ride a bike!).  I was a little nervous about him trying a go-kart alone, but I have to say he took to it like a duck to water and was absolutely brilliant.  In fact he went on it numerous times over and over, in his words “I loved them”.

There were also mini Landrovers to drive around in a lovely setting which Mister B also loved.  Miss M thought they were a little slow and was eager to get back to driving her diggers! lol

digger 2The highlight of driving for Miss M was the JCB bobcats!  I have to say I went round the thick, deep, muddy track with Mister B on my lap and they weren’t the easiest to control.  Miss M however drove one as if she did it everyday.  I was honestly stunned at a) a 7yr old controlling one alone and b) how well she managed it!   She thoroughly enjoyed herself and it gave her a great introduction to controlling a vehicle by alone (I can see her passing her driving test first time in 10 years time, although I’d expect her too, following in the footsteps of her mummy! Ha Ha!!)

digger 5Not only did she drive bobcats, but also dumper trucks and mini tractors.  What a fabulous experience for a 7yr old!

In total there were quite a lot of rides and activities  to occupy your day including the Ground Shuttle, a ride for multiple people that did figures of eight across the dirt throwing you from side to side.  Also a giant JCB which you could ride with supervision and a Landrover which took you on a “Safari” of dirt mountains and “wooden animal” spotting.

digger 3The digger swings and Diggerland train also proved a lot of fun!

digger 9The Skyshuttle looks a little scary but raises it’s height really steadily and slowly with you being totally secure inside.  It does go exceptionally high but the view is quite fascinating and doesn’t feel half as scary as it looks.

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The biggest, scariest ride has to be Spin Dizzy!  Miss M braved this multiple times with daddy although did drag me on once, which involves sitting in the scoop of a large digger and being spun round in the sky.

I must give a mention to the kids play area which is fabulous, four zipwires to play on plus a super high wooden construction with various slides and shutes coming off to play in.  My children loved it and being a grassy area we used this area to have our picnic at lunchtime, leaving the kids to play for a while before heading back to the main digger area.

digger 6For us as a family, I have to say we had a super day out, the weather was glorious, and the children went on what they wanted numerous times from 10am when Diggerland opened until 5pm when it shut!!  The children were rather pleased with their certificates they received on leaving the site and left with huge smiles on their faces.  We certainly made the most of the day out and it proved a bigger hit than we expected!

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

Yummy Nummies Mini Magic Pizza & Cookies

Yummy Nummies  from Character Options are the latest craze from Japan, where kids get to create mini food treats that taste and look just like the real thing!

Yummy NWe received the mini Pizza and Cookie sets to try out.  Each pack consists of sachets of powder constitute, a plastic mould, and the relevant miniature utensils that are required.  All you need to add are scissors to open the sachets and cold water to add to the powders.

yummyEach kit is simple to put together and just requires the powders to be mixed with water and placed in the appropriate moulds which are then microwaved for anything between 10 and 30 seconds.  Various toppings are added to complete the foods made.

yummy 2What is really unusual about this craft is that it is edible, and not only can you eat it, but each part of the food, tastes like it actually should.  My children loved creating these and with each pack making up to ten items, meant they could both have a go at creating the miniature foods.

yummy 3Once we’d finished, the children couldn’t wait to try them.  I think their faces in the picture above shows how much they enjoyed them, the cookies in particular were their favourite.  I did taste them myself and although they are edible, they are just a bit of fun and a craft that the children enjoyed.

Here is a video of us making the Yummy Nummies:

Yummy Nummies are sure to be the latest craze to hit the UK and I’m sure children will be keen to have a go too when they see it advertised.  There are lots of different things to make such as chicken nuggets, cupcakes, doughnuts and even chocolate bars.  Why not check them out, available from Toys R Us as well as other retailers.

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

Bugs in the Kitchen Game from Ravensburger

Bugs in the Kitchen from Ravensburger is a fun, exciting, fast paced game where the momentum never stops until the Hexbug is caught in one of the four traps at the edge of the board.

bugsThe game is aimed at ages 6+ and can have from 2 to 4 players.  Inside the box is the game board and a couple of bags of pieces which require assembly to complete the board ready for play, but it’s simple and once done, fits back in the box fully assembled ready for the next time you play.

The board consists of the main part where the action happens, which has moveable cutlery pieces and four traps at the edges, a chocolate, fish, bread and cheese trap.  There is a wooden dice and the highlight of the game, a Hexbug cockroach!!

bugs 1The Hexbug comes with battery included and my children were both eager to take it out of it’s tube and watch it scuttle, but being a mean mum I made them wait until we were ready to begin.  There were also a sheet of high quality cardboard cockroach token’s that needed punching out and these are the reward if the cockroach landed in your trap.

hexbugSo as you’ve gathered by now, the object of the game is for the Hexbug cockroach to land in your trap, which results in you getting a token, and after you have won five of these tokens you are declared the winner.  The board is set up as a maze with three suggested patterns to start as shown below by simply turning the cutlery accordingly.

bugs 2The game play is for players to take turns to roll the dice.  The dice is wooden and a lovely chunky size with symbols on the sides to include a knife, fork, spoon and question marks.  If you roll a piece of cutlery you must turn the relevant piece, although if you roll a question mark you can turn any piece of cutlery of your choice.  The idea is to turn pieces of cutlery to allow the Hexbug to reach your trap by turning the necessary pieces of cutlery to allow it through!

It’s like a Hexbug maze and the noise of the Hexbug scuttling around just drives the children crazy with excitement!!  Just check out this video clip of the game in action:

They are so eager to get the Hexbug in to their trap that this game is fast paced and causes a frenzy of excitement.  It is perfect for family fun and we’ve all sat and played it which has proved great entertainment for us all at any age.  Obviously there is some strategy needed to turn the correct cutlery to open the maze up for the Hexbug to go in the direction you want, but my youngest who’s four and a half managed this quite well and loved playing just as much as my seven year old.

bugs kidsThis game has proved a great hit with us, and one they love to show their friends, and even got the grandparents playing!  For some energetic, interactive board game fun, then Bugs in the Kitchen is the game to get!

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

Casmara Balancing Algae Peel Off Mask – Review

Casmara Balancing Algae Peel Off Mask is a high quality face mask that helps to combat the signs of ageing as well as giving you a relaxing treatment.  The mask is formulated with Tibetan Goji Berries, Betaine and Honey, which are active ingredients to help protect the skin and combat the appearance of ageing.

CasmaraThe face mask comes in a bottle shaped container where the cup shaped lid is used as a mixing bowl for the mask.  You also get two sachets, a spatula and a mini tube of balancing cream to be applied before and after the treatment.  You then add the two sachets to the cup, one is a serum like liquid, the other is a powder and mix together thoroughly.

casmara 1Once you have mixed completely, use the spatula to make long sweeps across the face.  The mixture does stick to the face although did take several swipes of the spatula to stay put and it needs to be applied quite quickly before it starts to set.  The mask is even applied over the lips and eyes to help nourish them which meant taking a selfie of the mask on the face proved a little tricky.  With about 20 attempts the one below is the most centred!

casmara 2It is then time to lay back and relax for about 20 minutes.  What I can say about this mask is that it is truly relaxing and felt like a salon treatment.  It was cooling on the face but with my eyes shut felt so calming and and the ultimate 20 minutes of relaxation.

After the 20 minutes, the mask simply peels off the face in one complete piece, leaving not a trace of product on your skin.  Instead your skin feels totally relaxed, hydrated, moisturised and looks more radiant.  The above right photo shows me immediately after the mask and I think you can I look relaxed and my skin is glowing!

The Casmara Balancing Algae Peel Off Mask really is a top face mask with salon quality that would be great to use before a special occasion.  Priced at £9.99 per mask, it is available from Boots along with the other three masks in the range.

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

Great Gizmos NICI Stationery for Kids – Review

Great Gizmos sell a wide range of children’s toys and gifts, and have a lovely selection from the brand NICI, of which we were sent a few items to try out.  I could immediately tell all the items are of a high quality, well made and look good so I was keen to get the children to try them out.

niciWe received a Timmy the sheep backpack, sloth pencil case, coloured pencil tin and child size scissors.

timmy - Copy timmy 2 - CopyThe Timmy backpack has been a huge success in both it’s softness and likeness to a cuddly toy as well as it’s usefulness as a bag.  Both my children loved this and decided to take turns each day in using it.  Miss M above is modelling it and you can see it’s a medium size bag and Timmy’s head lifts up to get inside.  It fastens with a strong magnetic button that keeps everything secure inside.  The straps are adjustable and are a lovely bright lime green colour.  The bag itself is exceptionally soft and my children loved cuddling it when they were out and about in place of a cuddly they would use at home.  This bag has been a hit with my two and has even been on it’s first trip to France and was great to carry a few useful items in.

nici 2The Sloth pencil case is lovely, one of the most luxurious pencil cases around.  It feels so soft to the touch and has a really cute sloth on the outsdie.  Inside the lid unrolls to reveal storage for a number of pens or pencils.  You then have the main zipped compartment with plenty of storage inside for all your other stationery items.

The scissors are cute with a wild animal theme and are sharp enough to cut well, but perfect for little fingers.  My little boy has made good use of these as he loves to cut his pictures out when he draws them.

nici 3I just love the coloured pencils in the Kangaroo tin, how I would have loved these as a child!  The ideal of them being double ended with two different colours in each pencil is fabulous and means you only have to carry half the amount of pencils around with you but still have all the colours!

I think the NICI range of stationery from Great Gizmos is lovely and made to a high standard.  They are a little pricier than other brands, but to be honest, you get what you pay for.  I’ll definitely keep an eye out for other NICI products as I’ve been really pleased with what we’ve tried out here.

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

 

Vanish Stain Removal Review & Giveaway

Vanish is my number one go to for stain removal.  Since having children, the vast array of stains they produce is unbelievable but with a little helping hand,  I can usually vanish most of them away!  We received some of the latest Vanish products to try out and you can win a set too, just see below.

vanishIt didn’t take long to find a stain to test them out on, 4yr old Mister B came home from nursery last week and was delighted in telling me about the new “mud kitchen” they have at nursery to play with.  A “real” sink, saucepans, pots, wooden spoons and a unused flowerbed for them to dig in to their hearts delight!

vanish 2Not only was his top covered in mud, but underneath his white vest looked dreadful.  Wet mud is never a good idea (not that I want to spoil his fun) but trying to get rid of the stains is a nightmare so before washing I applied some Vanish Gold Powergel quite liberally over the marks and left if for 5 minutes before putting in the wash.

And this was the result:

vanish 1I’m quite pleased with it and it was simple and easy to do.  A few squirts of the gel and it really helps with the stain removal.  I’m sure if I hadn’t used it I would have ended up with a vest still covered in mud stains.

Vanish have products to attack stains in all areas from clothes to carpets so it’s well worth giving them a try to get rid of those nasty spills and marks.

If you’d like to win a set of Vanish products then just fill in the Gleam widget below:

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

 

Father’s Day Cards from Made With Love

With Father’s Day on it’s way, Sunday 21st June to be exact, it’s time to think about cards, a small token to give your dad to say thank you for being there and showing your appreciation for his support over the years.

Made With Love have some unique and different designs from anywhere else I’ve seen, all made to a high standard on excellent quality card.

fathers day cardsWe received the Bedazzled Luxury Boxed Father’s Day Card, which comes in a choice of coloured ribbon of which we chose black.  This fabulous high quality card comes in it’s own box lined with tissue rather than an envelope and comes with a ready tied bow to add to the outside of the box once you have written the card.

f cardThe card contains a luxury satin ribbon down the side and a certified genuine Swarovski crystal heart thread onto 24k gold wire in the centre of the card.  The card has a simplistic but classy design to it.

f card 2We also received a card perfect for a child to give to their dad.  “When I grow up I want to be as cool as my dad” card features a pair of cool shades along with a simple message.  The card is simple in design but conveys a fun message and is printed on quality card.

fathers day card 1We like all the designs from Made With Love, they really are a little bit different from other Father’s Day cards I’ve seen and definitely have a great feel and quality about them.  They have a number of different designs to suit everyone so why not take a look, they may just have the one for your dad!

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

iWhite Instant Tooth Whitening Treatment – Review

iWhite Instant is a home teeth whitening treatment that gives instant results.  I have to say my immediate thoughts are a little sceptical as to will it work, but I was eager to give it a try.  With five sets of trays to be used over five days, the kit looked simple to use but would it be worth it?

whiteEach set of trays contains a tray for the top and bottom set of teeth.  You simply peel of the foil lid and place in your mouth.  Then leave for 20 minutes before removing and rinsing any excess gel off of the teeth.  I found this really simple to do and best done in the evening when the children were in bed.

iwhite 2The first day I used this I wasn’t expected to notice any change at all, but was rather pleasantly surprised.  My teeth were visibly whiter, better than they have looked in ages, not that they were ever really yellow, but clearly a few shades whiter than normal.  Being so impressed with the initial results I showed the husband who immediately agreed with me, he could see a difference too!!  I was very pleased and couldn’t wait to get to day 5.

iwhite 3As you can see my teeth are noticeably a few shades whiter which I am really happy with.  The product is easy to use, only takes 20 minutes a day with no effort required and definitely gives results, a great way to pep up your teeth before a big event or suchlike.  I think iWhite Instant does what it says on the box and would recommend!

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

The Shed Inc Gifts – Review

The Shed Inc is a homeware website selling a wonderful array of items for around the home, featuring gorgeous high quality fabrics and unique designs.  We received a selection to try out in the Moggy and Pink Daisy designs.

shedBeing a cat lover the Moggy design products immediately appealed to me.  In a very neutral taupe and off white colour they will suit any kitchen or room.  The first thing I noticed about The Shed Inc’s products is the quality.  Immediately you can see these are well made using strong, durable fabrics that feel thick and being 100% cotton are machine washable.

shed 2The tea towel is really thick and absorbent and looks lovely hanging over my kitchen radiator. The oven gloves are equally thick with great padding to ensure your fingers don’t get burnt when using the oven.  They are well made with thick, well stitched binding that will last.  I also love the cute Moggy design and they look great in the kitchen.

shed 3shed 4I also tried this large wash bag which is tall, perfect for items such as deodorant, hairspray etc.  It comes in the same Moggy design but has is a wipeable coated fabric, perfect for sitting in steamy areas.  The inside is cotton, but ideal for dry items as mentioned above.  There is also a really sturdy, heavy duty zip across the top, which is brilliant although I did find the opening slightly on the narrow side, it felt like it needed to be a little bit wider.

shed 5I just love the Pink Daisy items we received for Miss M and her eyes lit up when she saw them which is a good sign.  The cotton tote bag is a nice size and can have many uses but perfect for Miss M to put her book and a couple of Barbie dolls in when she goes out.

The apron was an immediate hit too and before I knew it she had it on along with her chef’s hat ready to bake!!

Again with these products they are made with incredibly thick, durable cotton and finished beautifully with thorough stitching.  The apron has a lovely thick binding around the edge which adds to the look and design as well.

shed 6I love all the products we have tried from The Shed Inc and feel that they are all made to an excellent standard.  Not only are would they be a lovely treat to buy for yourself, but they are perfect for gifts.  With other prints and products available, why not take a look at The Shed Inc and you may just find yourself wanting to treat yourself to one of their lovely products.

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

2 Week SlimFast Challenge – The Results

As you may have seen here a couple of weeks ago, I started out on the SlimFast 321 plan for 2 weeks.  It’s a really easy to follow plan which comprises of 3 snacks a day, 2 meal replacement and 1 600 calorie evening meal.

slimfastSo was it easy to stick to?

Yes!  I was surprised by how well I stuck to this diet which I believe to be a combination of a large healthy dinner along with lots of snacks throughout the day.  I loved keeping one of my 3 snacks for late in the evening when I started feeling peckish especially if I had an early dinner with the children.  Also I think that the snacks are appealing and being similar to crisps and chocolate is always a bonus!

Did I enjoy the taste of the SlimFast snacks and shakes?

I have to say I’m very happy with all of the SlimFast based food that I ate, obviously there are some flavours I prefer over others but for me the chocolate shake is heavenly although I also enjoy vanilla and caramel temptation.  The snacks are all very tasty particularly the Cheddar flavour bites and the Heavenly Chocolate Delight snack bar.  The meal replacement bars were all good.

slimfast 2Did I feel hungry at all?

No!  Quite simply I think due to the amount of daily snacks, I didn’t have to go more than a few hours between eating something.  I know on other diets where you only get one snack a day it can leave you longing for food between meals.  I found the evening meal of 600 calories generous and would often have a meal of 300-400 calories then also add in a yoghurt and fruit for dessert.

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The all important bit – did I lose weight?

Yes!!  A grand total of 8lbs!!!!

I’m so happy with this and it’s really given me a boost to losing more still.  I feel so much better, my eating is much more regulated and my clothes are a little looser.  I feel really inspired to carry on with SlimFast, although have just taken a few days off, enjoying a drop of wine and a pizza!  I’ve already bought some powder shakes for breakfast and just need to get some other bits and I’m ready to go again in a bid to lose some more weight in time for the summer.  Ideally I’d like to drop a couple of dress sizes but I’d rather take it slowly in order to be able to maintain the weight loss after.

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SlimFast has definitely been a success for me and is a diet that suits me, my lifestyle and eating habits.  It also helps that I enjoy the products and having to only prepare one meal a day means it’s easy to stick to and breakfast, lunch and snacks are easy to grab and go – perfect for my busy, hectic lifestyle of work and looking after two young children.

I’d recommend SlimFast and will be using it again now to continue my weight loss and again in the future whenever I want to drop a few lbs!

Why not give it a try and you too can loose some weight before the summer weather finally appears!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the products were sent to me in order to write the review.