Union Jack Sneaker 3D Puzzle from Ravensburger

Union Jack Sneaker 3D Puzzle from Ravensburger is a fantastic creation that doubles up as a pen pot once built.  The 108 piece puzzle is made from plastic pieces and also has a few plastic templates to help hold the shoe in place.

As soon as I showed the 10yr old, she was straight onto building this.  The style and theme appealed to her and she loved the idea she could keep it on her desk afterward full of her pens and pencils.

The pieces slotted together with ease and she was able to assemble this without any assistance.  In fact it didn’t take long at all,  I left her to it whilst I did some housework, came back to take some photos and she was just putting the final pieces in.

We are really impressed with the look of this and it stands really well and sturdily.  We’ve had admiring comments from those that have visited too.  As with other Ravensburger products we have tried, the standard is great and it looks good.  I really love the fact that it is useable too.  My boy tried some other puzzles from Ravensburger previously that have turned into useful storage items to so if you know any minion fans, then check out these 3D Minion puzzles too.

Back to the Union Jack sneaker puzzle and I’ll finish off by saying that we love it and would recommend it to anyone that loves their puzzles, loves the Union Jack image and loves a sneaker (my girl lives in them!).

This is a puzzle that can if you want to take apart and build again but for us, it’s found a new home on my daughters desk and is now crammed full of her favourite pens!

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

Organic Shop Haircare from Tesco

Organic Shop haircare is available exclusively in Tesco and also online at Organic Shop online.  With a demand for natural beauty higher than ever this range of fruity haircare has been exclusively developed for Tesco stores with each item retailing at just £2.50

There are five different ingredient combinations to try out depending on your preferences and hair needs:

Coconut and Shea – moisturising, softness and revival

Argan and Amia – nourishing strength and striking lustre

Honey and Avocado – repairing, softness and vitality

Raspberry and Acai – volumising, strength and thickness

Pomegranate and Patchouli – invigorating, smoothness and perfection

I tried out Pomegranate and Patchouli to see what I thought. With a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask in the range it covers all aspects of hair cleanliness and moisturising.  The products all smelt really fresh and natural due them being packed with essential oils giving hair extra strength and vitality which is what I need with long hair that I regularly blow dry and straighten.  The pomegranate adds shine whilst the patchouli oil gives an intense boost of hydration which leaves hair soft.

I’ve been really happy using this bargain priced organic range which leaves my hair perfect for everyday, be it on the school run, at work or out at the weekend.  The Organic Shop products are simple to use – I love the pump bottles for ease of use in the shower – smell great and leave hair clean and fresh.

Knowing that there’s no harmful microbeads, no parabens, no SLS, no mineral oils and no GMO’s is a great bonus and of course completely free of testing on animals.  The packaging is recyclable and the price is great value for money – what more could you want?

Overall the Organic Shop range of haircare fits perfectly in with supermarket shop at Tesco and is something I’ll happily grab whilst I’m there.

An added bonus is that Organic Shop are running a fantastic competition at the moment to win an amazing 7 night holiday to Aruba in the Caribbean – check HERE to find out how to enter!

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

 

Tech Deck Finger Skateboards – Review

Tech Deck is back and celebrating its 20th anniversary as a champion of the Skateboarding community featuring a miniature replica line of action sports toys and collectibles, featuring real graphics from the world’s biggest and most coveted skateboarding brands including: Primitive, Element, Plan B, Enjoi, Toy Machine, Baker, and many more!

The 96mm Tech Deck fingerboards are great to collect with an eye catching array of designs from real companies.  They are fully customisable with various colour wheels and trucks but note that some pieces are tiny so it’s best to find a little box to store your accessories away in.  My 7yr old did require some assistance in changing these at first although fortunately had his older sister at hand to adapt them for him.

With the enclosed poster showing many of the available designs my children enjoyed ticking off the ones they have so far and were delighted to find they had an ultra rare one in their collection.

They were also pleased to see different shaped boards available reflecting the styles of real boards.  My 7yr old also liked the trainer guards that can be put on any of the boards to keep your fingers in place when practicing new tricks.

Aimed at ages 6+, Tech Deck certainly had my 7yr old interested.  He’s always had a thing for skateboards owning two real life ones of his own although he only uses them on the driveway outside the house at the moment.  With the fingerboards he’s been busy learning his technique of holding two fingers on the board and depending where they are, determines the tricks you can perform.  The ollie is a good one to get started with as it can be used as part of many others.

As much as my boy loved admiring the designs on the 96mm fingerboards it was the Tech Deck Transforming Container Ramp that really allowed him to put his finger tricks into action and set the scene for hours of play.  At £29.99 it is a great place to allow all elements of play with your fingerboards whether you are alone or with friends.  Looking like a simple shipping container from the outside, the sides and top literally unfold to create the ultimate skatepark and you can create numerous different configurations from it.  There is also an extending rail that can be added into play to do boardslides along.  There’s also a little board rack to store boards that aren’t currently being used.  The container is well made and sturdy and I love that it has little rubber feet on the bottom to stop it sliding along a hard floor during play.

If you are looking for a smaller ramp set, then the Starter Kit is ideal and retails at just £14.99 and features an assortment of slopes and a staircase that can be configured in various ways.  Together with the Container Ramp, you really in skateboard heaven and it’s time to get your friends over to play.

With both YouTube and Instagram channels alonside the Teck Deck website, there are videos aplenty to view and learn how to perfect your fingerboard techniques and pick up new tricks.  I’m sure in a few weeks my kids will be performing a full on skate show to demonstrate to me what they’ve learnt!

 

The Tech Deck range by Spinmaster toys is available at all good retailers

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

 

Manuka Doctor Facial Oils – Review

Manuka Doctor has a new range of facial oils containing a complex blend to suit all skin types containing a vast array of essential oils in their ingredients list to combat anti ageing amongst other skin concerns.  Manuka oil is an ingredient native to New Zealand and is extracted from the leaves and branches of the Manuka tree.  Having recently been confirmed as being up to 20-30 times stronger than tea tree oil for protecting against bacteria (such as those associated with acne and eczema) I was keen to try some of this for myself and see what all the fuss is about.

With three different blends of facial oils in the Manuka Doctor’s range, I decided to try the Replenishing Facial Oil (£19.99, 30ml) due to it’s strong anti ageing formula – just what I need for my 40+ years skin!  Also in the range is a Normalising Facial Oil and a Brightening Facial Oil.

The Replenishing Oil is designed to revitalise and restore radiance, using omega rich oils to regain suppleness and elasticity.  Being an oil, it helps to protect the moisture levels of you skin so they don’t dry out thus helping to prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Upon application I can honestly say the oil felt totally nourishing and rich on my face without being greasy.  I did have a sheen on my face but that soon soaked away leaving my skin feeling supple and really luminous.  You can then apply moisturiser on top before make up.  This can be used day and night, so I like to add a rich layer at bedtime and let it soak in whilst I sleep.

My thoughts on the Manuka Doctor facial oil are that I really enjoy using it and it feels like the total nourishment that my skin needs.  It feels like it’s packed full of benefits and with the rich hydration it adds to my skin will hopefully keep those fine line at bay for a little longer!

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

Happy Days at Work – The Hairdresser 500 Piece Ravensburger Puzzle

The Hairdresser 500 piece puzzle from Ravensburger is part of the Happy Days at Work series with each puzzle featuring a different career.  With a retro vibe this scene at the hairdresser was fun to do and had lots of key items in to pick out as you go along to aid completion and help you achieve the finished puzzle.

I always like to start with the edges and corners although my 10yr old daughter was eager to complete this alongside me so was picking out bits she found on the inside such as the hair spray cans and the red car outside the window.  The pieces are a good size with and with a shiny upper surface they were easy to sift through and find what you needed.

I really enjoyed completing this and with 500 pieces it’s not too challenging and you feel like you are achieving pieces in place fairly quickly. It wasn’t long before my 7yr old son joined in too and the three of us eagerly worked together to find the pieces.  At first we were busy finding different parts but it soon got competitive as to who was going to put the final piece into place.  It turned out they both put one of the last two pieces in each as they had secretly hidden one piece each under their legs!!! Cheeky!  But it was great seeing their determination at completing the puzzle and we all had a lot of fun doing it.

In the Happy Days At Work series from Ravensburger there is something for everyone, so if you don’t fancy The Hairdresser, then maybe try The Teacher, The Coalman, The Farmer, The Mechanic or The Baker – these just being a small selection that is available.

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

UNTAMED Raptors by Fingerlings

UNTAMED Raptors are the latest toy creation from the makers of Fingerlings.  Coming in four different characters each with it’s own unique name and personality, they have snapping jaws and gripping claws.  With Stealth, Blaze, Fury and Razor we were lucky to get Blaze to try out and see what we thought of him.

Just like Fingerlings, these UNTAMED Raptor creatures simply wrap their claws around your finger, and are the perfect size for little hands which my 7yr old was delighted about.  There’s a simple on of switch on the back and with batteries included, your character is ready to play straightaway.

With a sturdy structure, the creature has moveable head, neck, mouth, eyes and tail although depending where you touch it, depends on how he reacts.  Using various strokes, taps, sounds, cradling or even hanging them upside down, they’ll roar, hiss, snore or make whatever noise they fancy but treat them with care and they’ll be your friend, be unkind and they’ll display their anger with ferocious roars!!

With an impressive 40 plus sounds achievable, we are just learning the possibilities, but my 7yr old is definitely having fun exploring how Blaze works.

Not too loud and a toy that’s portable for out and about, these are great for keeping kids entertained although of course all your friends what a go when they see them!  UNTAMED will definitely be a hit after the success of Fingerlings and one my boy is certainly interested in.

Available for £16.99, these UNTAMED Raptors are available from all leading toy retailers now and are sure to be popular with their young fans.  Which one will you choose or will you collect them all?

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

The Tale Of The Great Easter Bunny with Frankie Bridges & Cadbury

Frankie Bridge (former member of The Saturdays) has collaborated with Cadbury to release her debut book, a fun Easter tale perfect for little ones at this time of year.  The re-adaptation of The Tale of the Great Bunny created by Cadbury 20 years ago follows siblings Jack and Molly as they discover a series of mysterious clues and embark on an enchanting Easter Egg Hunt alongside their parents, Tom and Sarah.  It takes place within the family home but what the family don’t know, is that there is a secret, hidden rabbit-hole at the bottom of their garden… where The Easter Bunny lives.

The book is downloadable now from the Cadbury website which would make a perfect read for Easter Sunday.  My little boy has been enjoying it already and loves the concept of the Easter Bunny bringing the children all the chocolate goodies.

Cadbury’s also sponsor lots of egg hunts at National Trust sites so be sure that once you’ve downloaded the book, to do a search for your local egg hunt.  We participate in one every year and can’t wait to do one this year (just fingers crossed for a dry day!).  What I can confirm is that you always walk away with a delicious Cadbury’s chocolate treat so it’s definitely one not to miss.

Do you have any plans this Easter?  We’ll be joining a Cadbury’s hunt as well as doing our own mini hunt in the garden, then spending the rest of the day at home consuming chocolate and reading Frankie Bridges fun storybook to help bring the Easter magic alive!

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

Alvin & the Chipmunks 100 Piece Ravensburger Puzzle

Alvin & the Chipmunks 100 piece puzzle by Ravensburger is a great size for young children and depending on their age its one they can do by themselves.  My 7yr old is a massive Alvin fan and I set the task of him completing this by himself as I knew he was able and I think puzzles are a great stimulation for the brain and take children away from screen time.

Eager to start, I encouraged my boy to look for corners and edge pieces first, but you know what children are like.  He found bits of the drum right in the middle so decided to start there, but he was happy and completing on his own so I let him get on with it.  I checked on his progress every so often and encouraged him to keep him motivated.  He was actually really excited doing it and I had a full running commentary about Alvin and his friends and how they play in the band in the tv show……..

Before long the puzzle was complete!

Once he had finished we admired the finished puzzle.  At approximately 49x36cm its really good size and is brightly coloured to aid completion but also looks eye catching for the child to enjoy.  Alvin & The Chipmunks is well loved here and this puzzle was a hit too.  He thoroughly enjoyed doing it, loved the sense of achievement of finishing it by himself and it was a great way to spend an hour or two when at home.

We love Ravensburger puzzles, they never fail to disappoint being of good quality with easy to fit pieces.  They have a wide choice of pictures and designs to choose from so if you are looking for a new challenge then check them out – kids love them!

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

Personalised Tablet Case Review

My Personalised Case have a wide range of covers for your phones and tablets with the bonus of them being personalised and customised in what ever way you choose.  From colours to text and even photos there really is something for everyone.  They even have a great choice of styles of cover from hard cases, wrap around or smart covers so if you want to make your own phone case then this is the place to go.

With an iPad in our household in much need of a new cover I opted to try out one of the smart covers with it personalised using a photo of my beloved children.  I’ve not had any experience with a smart cover before so was intrigued to see what they were like.  Firstly I had to place my order through the website which I have to say was extremely simple and user friendly and although I could have customised the case in various ways I chose to simply just add a photograph.  It was easy to upload and then I could size it as I felt best to fit the cover.  Delivery was quick and efficient and arrived in just a few days.

Firstly I needed to attach the new cover to the iPad which is done by a magnetic hinge on the side of the cover.  I was really impressed with how well this gripped onto the tablet and just sat in place perfectly.  It really did fit like a glove!!

Next was to check out the various opening options, so apart from the obvious folding the whole cover open as a whole, you can fold the cover along the indented lines and create either a slightly slanted screen for working on or a more upright screen to use when viewing something.  Both of these hold really well and sit at great angles appropriate to what you are using it for.

Overall I’m impressed with the cover from My Personalised Case in both the quality of the product, the quality of the personalised image and the fit to the tablet.  These cases are a great way to protect your technology and can also be used as gift idea. So whether it’s a personalised phone case or something for your tablet then, why not check out the website and find the right cover for you!

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

Kersplatt! – The Fun Family Board Game

Kersplatt! is a fun new game release from Paul Lamond Games and one that has been thoroughly enjoyed here with the exciting aspect of splatting other players dough pieces!  The game consists of a brightly coloured playing board, a deck of cards and four coloured pots of dough.  Requiring 2-4 players and a suggested age of 6+, my two children aged 7 and 10 were keen to play along with mummy and daddy and see if they could splat our pieces and win.

The board for Kersplatt! is well made and folds into quarters for storing in the box.   Each player needs to choose a colour, red, blue, yellow or green and the idea is to make yourself some dough characters and move these around the board without being splatted.  Once you get two onto your home space you are declared the winner. To play you take turns in turning a card over and this determines your move to a space of either the colour or number you turn over.  Or you may turn a card that allows you to Kersplatt! another persons playing piece.  The kids loved this element of the game and thought it was hilarious splatting another player on the board.  All of the squashed pieces remain on the board and those squares are out of action which means it makes it quicker to get your pieces around to the home spaces as the game goes on.

With two kids ready to play, we got started.  With four of us playing it made it fun and competitive and was actually a game we all really enjoyed and would happily play again (well we already have a few times!).  The kids thought it was great to create your own pieces and we ended up with some fancy creations that they were sad to see get Kersplatted! but that’s the nature of the game.  A great family friendly game that is simple to play but fun and keeps kids entertained on rainy days, evenings or just when you are looking for something exciting to play!

For your chance to win a copy of the board game Kersplatt!, just fill in the entry form below:

Kersplatt! game

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