Soreen Disney Mini Loaves in Toffee and Chocolate

Soreen a household name in malt loaf products have brought out Disney themed mini loaves in both Toffee and Chocolate flavours.  How could they not be a winner with kids?  With Pixar images on the chocolate flavour and Frozen images on the toffee flavour I couldn’t wait to share these with my children for a full verdict!

Soreen is a popular snack in our household, the larger loaves with the adults and the mini loaves with the kids as they are absolutely ideal for snacks, especially when out and about.  Not only do they come individually wrapped, they aren’t messy, can’t melt and provide a fairly healthy bite to eat.

We kind of knew what the Chocolate flavour would taste like as we’ve had the large Chocolate loaves before and we all love them.  The Toffee flavour was new to us but proved to be a hit and was enjoyed by both children.  I have to say that the Disney packaging didn’t go unnoticed either and they loved picking out which character they were going to have before eating one.

I love Soreen products, not only do they taste great, they are low in fat.  The mini loaves all come in at 100 calories or less, are individually wrapped and loved by both children and adults.  Great for days out or snacks on the go – I know I use them for a multitude of occasions such as after school trips to the park, a snack after swimming/sports lessons, family days out, picnics etc  Also watch out for special edition Soreen flavours in various sizes such as the Winter Spice edition large loaf that is available over the festive season – with every new flavour that Soreen release, be it chocolate, toffee or Winter Spice, they’ve never failed the taste test with us!

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

i-SPY Books for Kids

i-SPY books for kids from Collins are a great way to entertain children especially when out and about, on long journeys or visiting new places. Pocket sized and packed with over sixty colour pages of things to spot along with useful facts, they are sure to keep children entertained.

With a lot of long journeys for us at this time of year I knew the children would love to try out the i-SPY On a car journey and i-SPY On a road trip books.  We will also be going on a ferry in a couple of months so I knew that the i-SPY On a ferry would be a hit with them then and keep them occupied.  They already been checking out the pages and seeing what they remember from the ferry last time and can’t wait to take it with them on our trip.

The books come with true to life photos of things to spot relevant to the theme of each book so it’s really easy to tell what you are looking for and tick it off once you’ve found it.   There’s even a points system where by each picture is worth a certain number of points which you can add up and apply online for a certificate when you reach 1000 points.  They’ll also send you a badge through the post – a nice little touch that gives that added bit of motivation to keep finding things!

My two children were excited when they caught sight of the new i-SPY books having been fans after using them several times previously and before we had even left the house they were flicking through deciding which things they really wanted to spot when we were out and about.  Just a few days later we embarked on a 260 mile round journey to visit their cousins so this was the perfect road trip to check the books out on.  One had On a car journey, the other had On a road trip and it proved great fun listening to them spotting things and helping each other out along with describing signs for me to look out for in order to help them.

The i-SPY range of books have always been popular with us and we’ve had a combination of both travel and nature themed books which always create a buzz with the children that not only encourages them to learn but they have great fun at the same time.

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

Turning Tears into Smiles with Elastoplast #tearsintosmiles

Kids love to play, and like most my two prefer to play outside, so as long as the weather is dry they can be found in the garden either bouncing on the trampoline, shooting some basketball goals, playing tennis, skipping, football – you name it, they play it!  Our garden shed has become home to an array of garden games and it’s great to see them play, get them outdoors and encourage any kind of active activity whenever possible.

Unfortunately though, it’s inevitable that from time to time, minor accidents will happen and the kids will come running in full of tears with scrapes, bumps, grazes and cuts to show me, hoping that I can make it all better again.  Turning tears into smiles isn’t always easy but a few simple steps can help the tears go away and the smiles appear again.

  1. Give them a big cuddle – there’s nothing more they like than to feel hugged by their parents arms wrapped around them.
  2. Check them over for damage and apply cold packs where necessary (we keep a small supply ready in the fridge)
  3. Apply antiseptic creams or Elastoplast  strips as necessary (especially some rather cool Frozen or Star Wars ones which is half way to generating a little smile on their faces!)
  4. Give them a drink and small snack to enjoy while they take 5/10 minutes to recuperate and distract them from any mild pain they may be feeling.
  5. Talk to them throughout, the sound of your voice is calming and distracting and before long, despite their little injuries, they’ll be bounding out of the back door again to play!

Outdoor play is such an important part of a child’s life and should always be encouraged.  Fortunately with my children they’d rather be out than in, but that means we have more chances of slips, trips, knocks and falls than some.  But following my tips above, means we always turn our tears into smiles within a few minutes and always remind them to be a bit more careful when running about, looking where they are going and watch when someone is throwing a ball at them!

Within the last few days we’ve already had a couple of incidents.  Poor Mister B fell over in the park grazing both knees and his elbow, but fortunately R2D2 came to the rescue and covered up the worst cut which did eventually bring a smile back to his face even though it did continue to hurt him.  Miss M managed to cut the end of her finger so we carefully wrapped a Frozen plaster around the top to protect the cut from dust and dirt.

Elastoplast are great for helping to save the day with fun designs that kids will love!

A worldwide brand that you and your whole family can rely on – we offer you modern and high-quality solutions to the demands and small inconveniences of everyday life.

This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast. http://campaigns.elastoplast.net/plastermoments/uk

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Blow & Go Nuts 2400W Dryer

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Blow & Go Nuts 2400W Dryer is a sleek designed, lightweight hairdryer in a pretty pale pink and rose gold casing.  Featuring 3 heat settings and 2 speeds this is perfect for everyday use at home, giving salon quality results. Coming with a sleek concentrator nozzle and ample length of cord I was keen to give this a try in my morning routine.

The first thing I loved about this hair dryer, other than it’s pretty colour of course, is how lightweight it is.  This makes drying so much easier and effortless when you haven’t got that weight on your arm.  The 2400W also helps dry your hair really fast which is exactly what I need in the morning before going to work.  Not only did it give a super quick dry but left my hair feeling really soft with a freshly blow dried look.  It comes with 3 heat settings including a cold shot and 2 speeds so you can really adjust it to suit your needs.

The added bonus with the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Blow & Go Nuts Dryer is that the grille is infused with coconut oil to heal your hair with essential oils and nourishing proteins.  This helps smooth your hair and add shine along with  preventing damage from the heat.  I could smell this vaguely but more noticeably is the softness of my hair once dried which did feel better than other dryers I’ve used.

Overall I really enjoyed using this hair dryer and is perfect for drying my long hair quickly and efficiently whilst maintaining the hair’s condition.  I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week depending on time available but this fits perfectly into my hair care routine and will become a regular tool that I’ll continue using.

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

 

Forest Animals from Schleich

Schleich figures are always a winner with us being of high quality and very durable for play for many years.  With such a variety of ranges available there is always something that is great to add to your collection and boost your little one’s imagination though play.  We received the European Forest Dweller set to try out with my little boy age 6.

The set consists of a Wild Boar, Red Deer and a Fox that are all inhabitants of forests across Europe.  The three figures are a good size and feel exceptionally durable which is perfect for play with little fingers.  They are well detailed  and beautifully hand painted to allow children to learn as you play.

We are really impressed with these animals and they make a lovely addition to any collection or can easily be incorporated into play with other existing toys.  They are also very sturdy and you can’t fail to stand them up on four legs first time which is great for children.  Children can ask questions about the animals, learning facts about them which is great for engaging parents and children at the same time.  Play can and should be fun which is something we always encourage at home.

Once 6yr old Mister B caught sight of the European Forest Dweller set from Schleich he couldn’t wait to get them out to play. He used his magnifying glass to inspect their detail and was catching them in his bug net.  He has an amazing imagination and came up with multiple scenarios to play with the animals in.  He’s also excited to introduce them to his other figures from Schleich which form all sorts of his daily play.

Overall we’d highly recommend the European Forest Dweller figures.  Great quality, well made and a toy that will last for years of imaginative and fun play.

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

Gousto – Delicious Recipe Boxes Delivered to your Door

Gousto, if you haven’t already heard of them are an amazing concept in recipe boxes delivered to your door.  Containing up to four meals for either 2 or 4 people in each box, you receive a host of fresh ingredients along with recipe cards containing everything you need to cook delicious tasting meals.

Being vegetarian, I opted for a box of meat free meals and was a little sceptical as to what options would be available.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only could I pick which meals I wanted in each box, but also the choice available all sounded really tasty and I actually really fancied eating most of the recipes on offer although had to pick just two for the box that I tried.

I went for the following two choices:

  • Harissa Halloumi Sandwich & Carrot Slaw
  • Cheesy Risotto & Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Halloumi is one of my favourite cheeses and I cook with it on a weekly basis.  I couldn’t wait to try out the Harissa Halloumi Sandwich & Carrot Slaw, it looked utterly delicious on the recipe card and I hoped it would taste just as good when I made it.  I found the recipe cards very simple to follow with pictures at each stage and the meal was really easy to prepare as I had all of the ingredients in front of me, measured out in the correct portions – that certainly helped with a lot of time saving.

The meal was simple to put together,with everything you need included.  The only things you might have to add to a meal are very basic store cupboard ingredients such as oil, salt and pepper.  Any flavoured oils, herbs, spices, garlic etc are all included in small packets.  As I was cooking the food I could smell the flavours and couldn’t wait for the meal to be ready and it wasn’t long before I could put my taste buds into action.

A couple of days later we tried the Cheesy Risotto & Slow Roasted Tomatoes.  Again simple to make and just required a bit of stirring, this was a hearty meal with a very decent portion size per person. The ingredients for this were certainly indulgent with a cute little pot of Rodda’s clotted cream to add to the final cooking stages of the risotto.  Along with fresh leeks, vegetable stock, garlic, turmeric, Shaoxing wine and Dijon mustard (all of which are included) this meal was packed full of flavour and the roasted tomatoes on top were the perfect accompaniment.

The finished dish looked like it had been lifted straight off of the recipe card, which is exactly what you want from a recipe box such as Gousto.  I have to say I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the ingredients, so fresh and perfectly packed. The portion sizes on both meals were very good, generous even and certainly wouldn’t leave me or my husband hungry.

The choice and variation of meals from week to week is excellent and if you are looking for a helping hand in the kitchen, whether for convenience, to save time or just to try out new meal ideas, then I’d definitely recommend trying out the Gousto box.  It’s definitely won me over on being able to sit down for a quality, tasty meal that doesn’t take hours of preparation (thank to Gousto for doing half the work) and is something I’d use for a relaxed night with the husband where minimal cooking is involved but a lot tastier and healthier than a takeaway!

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

Emojito Party Game from Tactic Games – Family Fun

Emojito party game from Tactic is a fun family game where you imitate emotions whilst the other players guess which one you are trying to be.  With a game board, set of full colour emotion cards and player pieces, it’s a fun, fast paced game that certainly brought smiles, giggles and lots of “Can we play again?” comments to our house.

Recommended for ages 7+ I knew my two children would enjoy Emojito.  My daughter is 9 and my son is 6 but he is very humourous, funny and enjoys things such as making faces so I knew he’d be able to join in and we could accommodate the game around him.  The children were eager to set the game up which consists of a game board, player pieces, a dial for each player to mark their guess on (this stops any cheating or people changing their mind) and a good sized deck of emotion cards.  The cards are really bright and colourful using animals to demonstrate each emotion. 

The idea of the game is to pick a card and that is the one the player has to try and imitate, and then you place that along with a further six cards around the board.  The other players then have to guess which of the seven cards you are trying to be and put the relevant number on to their dial.  Everyone then shows each other the number they have chosen and anyone that guesses correctly gets to move around the board.  Each time you pass the chequered line you collect a ‘trophy’ card (any card that is in play on that round) and the eventual winner is the first person to collect five trophy cards.

Once we got into play mode, the kids loved it.  Making and imitating faces was so funny and the other players were giggling away trying to guess which card they were trying to be.  We had lots of fun and ended up playing this many times over consecutive days and it’s now a regular game that comes out to play several times a week.

We found the Emojito game to be really fun, creating great interactions with each other and caused lots of laughter and enjoyment.  Both children loved creating different emotions and it was certainly a bit different from other games we already own which maintained interest and kept them engaged in the game play!

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

What If? Escape to the Seaside – Puzzle by Ravensburger

The What If? puzzles by Ravensburger come with a twist in that the picture on the front of the box isn’t all that it seems.  With ‘Escape to the Seaside’, No. 17 in the series, it may look like an idyllic holiday home but the puzzle inside isn’t quiet as perfect as it let’s you think.  It’s then up to you to work out what’s going on and piece the bits together accordingly.  What a great way to get the family around the table by competing to find the next piece in a jigsaw puzzle and it gets us glued every time, the addiction in finding a piece that fits, the one to work out where each section goes right up until you get to put the final piece in place.

The popular WHAT IF? puzzle series is created by West Midlands based artist Geoff Tristram and consists of high quality 1000 piece cardboard jigsaw puzzles.  A good size once complete they are 70 x 50cm.  Being a twist on a traditional puzzle they are recommended for ages 12+.

The scene is set:

Henry Knightsbridge has always dreamt of Finding a little hideaway by the sea. He thinks he has found the ideal place in pen draw in, Cornwall. He can’t believe the estate agents (fleasum and bowlte) accepted his offer – it was such a bargain! but what if Henry has been swept away by the beauty of the location? and what if the view from Seaview cottage wasn’t quite what Henry expected? the picture on the puzzle box shows Henry, Chloe, Tarquin and tabatha’s arrival at Seaview cottage, whilst the puzzle actually shows their introduction to life by the seaside.

I really enjoyed starting this off by finding all of the edge pieces, they went together quite easily even though I wasn’t sure what colours were on each side to start with.  It got a lot trickier trying to complete the inside as even if you are able to piece together certain parts, you don’t know where to lay them on the puzzle so after making lots of different sections I then had to drag them around the puzzle trying to find out what part of the scene they fitted into.  I really enjoyed doing this puzzle and it kept me busy over a couple of days in the evenings.

Here are some small glimpses of the finished puzzle and the full picture is underneath, so stop scrolling now if you don’t want to see the finished design.

With a bit of help from some family that visited, we were all really excited to see the puzzle come together and see what the finished picture looked like.  It was definitely fun to do, unlike any other puzzle I’ve tried and a challenge that I’d like to try again in the future!

Below is our finished puzzle:

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

Term Roll Top Wellies for Kids

Term Roll Top Wellies for children are the toughest and sturdiest looking wellies that I have seen for a while, whilst appearing of a really high quality that looks to be exceptionally durable and lasting.  They come in a variety of colours with contrasting trim on the soles and a fleecy lined sock that is hand washable.

The bonus of the washable sock is that you can actually use this boot over two sizes.  So buy the wellie in the size that your child currently is and it will last through to the next size too.  Hence the higher price for these wellies is easily combated in the dual sizing along with the amazing quality.  Just looking across the boot and the sole you can see you are getting value for money and a seriously well made wellington boot.  On the back there is a little reflective strip which helps them appear noticeable if walking at dusk or night time.

We tried a pair in Navy blue with a dark green trim on the bottom for my 6yr old.  Although the weather has been quite warm and sunny recently, he didn’t hesitate to try them on and proceeded to keep them on all day long!  I asked him what he thought of them and the reply I got was “I love them, they are the best wellies ever!”.  Well you can’t ask for more than that can you.

They look comfortable, stylish and very sturdy.  Being a keen helper Mister B was eager to help us with the gardening and the boots were perfect for him being near the edge of a muddy flower bed.  He even sat and did his yoga in them at the end of the day (don’t ask – it’s the latest thing my kids do, sitting with their legs crossed humming away – if it keeps them quiet for a few minutes, then why not?).

I think the proof of how comfortable they are is in the fact that he kept them on all day and wants to keep wearing them. These are going to be fabulous in the cold Winter months as I know they’ll keep his feet dry and warm – perfect for jumping in all of those muddy puddles and Autumn walks through trails of leaves.

If you are on the look out for a new pair of children’s wellies (which we all seem to be regularly as their feet are constantly growing) then I’d highly recommend checking out Term wellies as so far they are one of the best pairs we’ve had!

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

Join in to Win with National Board Games Week (May 8th-14th)

With National Board Games week coming up during 8th to 14th May 2017, it’s time to get all your family favourite games out of the cupboard and enjoy some fun, quality time together.  I know my children are fond of board games and it really is something that all ages and generations can enjoy together.  We’ve been trying out Boggle recently which the children have loved and made me giggle at some of the words they find!

If you are really into competing then The National Board Games Championships are being run by Pork Farms, in association with the Micropub Association and games supplied by Hasbro. You can get involved by attending heats at your nearest participating micropub, with winners moving through to semi-finals and grand finale during National Board Games Week (May 8th-14th) along with travel and accommodation provided by Pork Farms. You can find out more at HERE.

You can also join in the fun from your own home by hosting a board games night, using whatever board games you have in the cupboard . Just sign up HERE and Pork Farms will email you a free games night pack nearer the time, which contains things like printable winners certificates. Then for a chance to win a stack of board games and a year’s supply of pork pies just share photos of your board games night with Pork Farms through social media and their website.

Boggle from Hasbro was a bit hit with us and I loved the way the children were learning words and spellings but having immense fun at the same time.  Board games are always a hit with every member of a family no matter what the ages and really brings people together for some quality time.  Dig out all your games, have some fun and join in with National Board Games Week!

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