Ravensburger Cinderella Carriage 3D Puzzle

Ravensburger Cinderella Carriage 3D Puzzle is a really beautiful puzzle when finished and would take pride of place in any little girls bedroom on the shelf once complete.  With 72 pieces and aimed at 6-10 year old’s this puzzle is a delight to do and a pleasure to look at once finished in it’s 3D glory.

The puzzle comes with the really sturdy 3D pieces, some cardboard pieces to build the carriage and a guide in case you haven’t attempted a 3D puzzle before.

The puzzle pieces are cleverly numbered on the back and you need to find each piece in number order in order to assemble easily and enable the curves to form simply as you build.  Both my children age 6 and 9 are fascinated by 3D puzzles and eagerly worked together searching for the pieces and helped each other build the finished creation.

With a bit of teamwork it wasn’t long before the entire puzzle came together and a complete spherical ball shape had formed.  It looks fabulous and is really sturdy as the pieces are plastic and strong.  The whole structure stays together perfectly and looks lovely sitting upon the carriage.  The ball can be turned around with Cinderella on one side and the fairy godmother on the other.

The Ravensburger Cinderella Carriage 3D Puzzle is a beautiful 3D puzzle that the children loved building and one that looks lovely and can be kept as a decorative piece to admire on a shelf or broken up and done time and time again.  We love Ravensburger puzzles in general and the 3D ones give an extra dimension that brings them to life so if you have a Disney Cinderella fan in your house, this is well worth checking out as it’s sure to be loved by all!

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

Creating a #brightFuture for the children

I’ve always inspired my children to look to the future and encourage them that the small things they do now can make a big difference to life as they get older.  From what they learn themselves either from school or tv programmes, they are quite aware of recycling and helping to protect the environment.

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We have two bins in the kitchen and they are always asking which bin to put their rubbish in, the normal waste bin or the recycling bin.  They also like to have a rummage too from time to time and turn our rubbish into a fabulous creation!

Here is Mister B’s wonderful junk model volcano!

blakes-volcano-march-2015We also try to be helpful to the environment in other ways such as turning lights off when we can, keeping heating to a minimum and trying to avoid running taps when unnecessary! (I’m a terrible one for that when cleaning my teeth!)

We recently moved house and now have a large garden which is really lovely and within that we see a lot of wildlife such as birds and squirrels.  We also have a large compost bin at the end which we try and fill with scraps with melt down and we can then use to feed the garden with.  We also try to grow our own vegetables which has only been on a small scale this year as we’ve just moved in, but we had our own tomatoes and herbs which is really lovely for the children to help water and harvest.

We’d like to be more self sufficient in future years and aim to grow courgettes, beans, potatoes and several other vegetables which not only the children enjoy helping with but leads us to a better future eating home grown produce and relying on pesticide free goods.

Watch this space for our growing adventures over the next year to see what we achieve!

This post is an entry for BritMums #brightFuture Challenge, sponsored by Unilever

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Autumn Fashion with Lyst

For a great mix of the latest styles and designer fashion, Lyst really do have it all in one place.  One website where you can browse all of your favourite pieces from a multitude of brands and create a shopping list.  I’ve been taking a look and picking some of my favourite pieces for the season ahead.

With the end of Summer looming, I’m always on the look out for a new pair of boots and being particularly fond of grey, I like these Grey Nubuck Platform Boots by River Island.

Lyst 1I’d also be looking for a warm jacket for the colder months and this Diana Parka Jacket by Oasis would keep me really warm and cosy throughout the Winter months.  With a furry collar and nice long length, you know you’ll stay dry and keep away the chills when venturing out and about.

Lyst 2For more formal occasions I like to wear a dress, be it a lunch date with the girls or a sit down meal at a function so I like to have a few to choose from to fit the event.  The Multicolour Colorblock Pleated Lace Midi Dress by Topshop is pretty and with a bit of colour is nice for lunches or evening drinks.

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A longer dress is great for evening wear and I love the pretty sparkles and beading on the Women’s Black Embellished Mesh Gown by Pisarro Nights which is really elegant and would look great at a Christmas function.   The Women’s Black Lace Strap Gathered Chiffon Gown by Hayley Paige Occasions is simple but elegant with lace detailing for the straps going delicately across the shoulders.  A good black dress is always great to have a will suit most evening events so a great staple to have.

Some great pieces found from Lyst to see you through the next few months and it was great to be able to browse for them under one website making all my shopping needs simple!

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Happy by Pharrell Williams – Book Review

Happy by Pharrell Williams is a song most people will know, it’s definitely been one that’s been very familiar to me over the last year or two.  Even my children know the song’s familiar tune from school disco’s and my daughter knows many of the words.

A book has now been released aimed at children and basically consists of the words of the song.  It has a happy feel to it with pictures of children dancing around.

happy pharrell williams 2The book is hard back and of a lovely quality.  The children love singing through to the words and dancing around the room, especially if you put the song on for them to listen to as well!

happy pharrell williamsThis book has a feel good vibe, just like the song, it gets kids active as they interact with the book by singing and dancing.  If your kids love the song, then get the book for some added fun!

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

Magazine.co.uk subscriptions – great gift ideas!

Magazine.co.uk is the UK’s leading magazine subscription website and it’s easy to see why.  They have a huge range of magazines available full of celebrity gossip, health, fitness, cooking, lifestyle, kids interests and much more.  There really is something for everyone as I found out when browsing the website.

WP_20150902_18_05_37_ProI’ve been lucky to try out a few annual subscriptions for me and my family and you can catch up with my posts on the magazine.co.uk blog.

For me I love a bit of celebrity gossip and OK! magazine is just the thing that I can pick up and down inbetween dealing with the children.  I’m also a fan of Red magazine, with real life stories, fashion and beauty, something I can enjoy when I’m on my own and can relax and read.

With an imminent house move I also love to read home magazines such as House Beautiful, Period Living and Ideal Home, in fact you are spoilt for choice with the selection of interior magazines.

There are some fun looking magazines for children, I know Miss M would love Animals &  You and Mister B would enjoy Adventure Time or Batman.

Not forgetting the husband, I’m sure he’d love a subscription to something like Top Gear or Men’s Fitness.

What I like about magazine.co.uk is that you can get a whole year’s subscription to a magazine for cheaper than buying the magazines individually and also they get delivered direct to your door!

Why not check out the great selection today and take out a subscription – they make great gift ideas especially for birthday or Christmas, but also why not treat yourself?

Check out Magazine.co.uk

 

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