Spring has Sprung with Baker Ross Kids Crafts

After dull Winter days it’s nice to see the colours of Spring coming out in the garden and these craft kits from Baker Ross are perfect for kids to make and brighten up the inside of the house too!  From flowers to bugs, everything is bright and colourful and they are all so simple to make, that I find they have a wide appeal which both my 9 and 6 year olds love to get stuck into.

Without any hesitation, the children sat down and started making, colouring and sticking, they love these kits and it’s always a joy to see them engrossed in creating something we can enjoy to look at for the next few months.

I thought the Flower Suncatcher Decorations looked stunning strung across the kitchen windows catching the sun as it beams through.  Everyone that has visited has admired these and they really brighten up the view.

These Creative Colouring Flower Wreaths are so simple but look so effective, the children are working their way through colouring the whole set so I can hang them up somewhere.  They love dipping in and out of colouring these after school, at breakfast time etc.

How cute are these Bug Pom Pom Decorations?  A simple pom pom ball with a few sticky accessories that makes them come alive.  Making the pom pom is best suited to slightly older children so Mister B left these to Miss M to make.  She’s finished this little ladybird and is currently working on a bee.  I can’t wait to see the trio of finished bugs altogether, so cute!

One of the children’s favourite to make were these Peacock Crinkle Decorations,  so simple by just fanning some crepe paper for the feathers and then just sticking extra details on.  These look lovely on my kitchen wall and I think it’s great for the children to see and admire all the beautiful things they make everyday.

As you can see, Spring really has sprung inside my house with all these beautifully coloured crafts the children have made for me using the fun kits from Baker Ross.  These make a great anytime activity, which children enjoy and love seeing the finished results!

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

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Meet the Zomlings Series 5

The latest range of pocket size toys from Magic Box Toys are Series 5 of the Zomlings.  This pocket money range of toys seem to have mass appeal especially my little boy who was excited to check out the new range.

The range comes in various size packets, ideal for pocket money to be spent on or a as a small treat.  We recevied a selection which once opened out gave us the selection of Zomlings shown below.  The series consists of not only characters but city towers (buildings) and big zom-mobiles (vehicles). Everything is bright and colourful and attractive to children to play with.

There is a also a big town guide map which is double sided, one side lists all the characters which my little boy loved matching his figures onto and picking out others he’d like to own.  The other side consists of a play map with places to house each of the buildings and vehicle stations.

Each building has a sign saying what it is that folds out.  The door also opens so that you can put Zomlings inside and the buildings cleverly stack upon each other to save space.

My little boy loved the play map, it encouraged lots of ideas and fun and he loved moving the Zomlings around in their vehicles across it.  The vehicles have a fold up roof and then you can fit the figures inside.  There are two notches on the base of each vehicle which a figure will sit on so that they are upright.

There are many other fun packs to buy in the Zomlings range, there is so much to collect, you can create a whole Zomlings world.  Why not check them out today – I’m sure your kids will love them as much as my little boy does!

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

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Fred’s Box Minifigure Subscription Box for Kids

Fred’s Box is a new monthly subscription box aimed at kids and filled with a mystery selection of minifigures to play with and enjoy.  The figures are of a standard size and compatable with other similar figures.  Each month is a surprise but you can be sure to expect to recognise some figures from the box whether that be superheroes, tv characters or even someone such as Santa around Christmas time.

The figures arrive in a small enough box that if fits through your letterbox and when you open it up the figures are presented across some shredded tissue.  It looks good and the figures are protected.

We received a mixed selection of minifigures, but all of which I thought would appeal to my little boy as he just loves little figures and toys like this.  As you can see a number of them come with accessories such as a skateboard, guns, lightsaber to add to the play value and look of the character.

So it was time to give them to Mister B to see what he thought.  His grin said it all when he opened the box and then proceeded to jump up and down saying thank you mummy!  He absolutely adored the minifigures in Fred’s Box and couldn’t wait to take each one out and check them out before playing with them in his own little world.  Being very imaginative these fit into play easily for him and little figures and characters really appeal to him more than big toys do.

We’ve enjoyed trying out Fred’s Box and as you can see it’s been a hit in this house.  I think lots of children would enjoy receiving one of these through the post every month, an exciting and fun delivery.  There are different options available to suit different budgets which vary in the amount of figures you received.  Why not check them out today – I’m sure they’ll bring a smile to someone little that you know!

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

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The Brightside Gifts from Really Good

Finding gifts that are a little bit different is always a challenge but The Brightside are a funky range of modern gifts with fun slogans that are available from Really Good, a small boutique online retailer.  They sell a mix of gifts and homeware accessories and use in house designers alongside individual artists to continually create and evolve the ever growing ranges.   A lot of The Brightside range centres around storage tins, always useful to keep various bits and pieces in, but these tins also look great and have fun words on the front.  The range is vast and there really is a tin to suit every person or occasion so we were excited to try out some of the items aimed at children and they arrived beautifully wrapped ready for us to try them out.

Some of the tins have a small padlock and key on the front which is a fun idea that kids will enjoy especially with the “Secret stuff to hide from parents” tin.  Although they may not be so keen on the “Screen time is suspended until further notice” tin but this one is a great size and perfect for locking away phones and tablets in.  Some general storage tins include the “Boy Stuff” and “Girl Treasures” which are both beautifully decorated and are great to keep bits and bobs in.  I like the way they use metallic colours on the tins to keep them bright and fresh looking.

There’s also a really fun, modern height chart with quirky sayings as they reach different heights.  One of my little boys favourite items is the handy torch shown above, a credit card size light with LED bulbs that very cleverly lights up as you click the button on it.  It also only stays on when you hold it in, so as soon as you let go it turns off – a revelation for me and my little boy who loves torches!  No more endless battery supplies needed with this one and it’s also very bright so my little boy loves to use it in the den under his bed and when looking for little things around the house.

Miss M just adores the bunny rabbit Pyjama Bag, a very cute drawstring bag, perfect for taking to sleepovers to pack her pj’s in.  It’s simple but has an effective silver bunny rabbit design all over that girls love and has already been to two sleepovers this year!!

Mister B loves the wooden door sign which immediately made it’s way onto his bedroom door.  The money tin is perfect for all those pennies he keeps finding out and about and the super hero plasters are just the coolest thing he has seen for cuts and grazes. Each plaster has a slogan such as “Dinosaur Bite” or “Dragon Burn”.

Being away at New Year saw this back pack get it’s first outing as Mister B carefully packed it with his toys and pyjama’s and put it on his back ready to go out.  He looked so cute and I just love the fun design on this bag, so different to anything you see on the high street, you can be sure he won’t get his bag mixed up with anyone elses.

One of my favourite products is the behaviour book.  It’s a high quality A4 chart where you can list both good and naughty things the child has done on each day of the week.  There’s a few sheets of stickers for you to use too to help encourage children to improve and brighten up the chart.  Each page can be ripped off at the end of the week ready for a fresh week ahead. This will be brilliant for my children and I’ve decided to keep the sheets we use to look back on in future months to see how well they’ve done (or not!).

They also have a range of celebration cards which do not disappoint.  I love all of them!! The age designs are all quirky but cute and look really lovely.  Being unisex too, they can be given to anyone on their birthdays.

The top line of cards are from a different range, Showtime – How fabulous are these cards?  Each come with an individual letter on the front and by pressing the button in the bottom corner, they light up!  I just love these cards and think they are perfect for celebrating with and will look amazing on someone’s mantlepiece both during their birthday and as a keepsake afterwards.  I’ll certainly be keeping our ones as we were lucky to be sent our initials which are just perfect!

All in all, I think The Brightside range of goods are really lovely.  They have their own unique style and fun words that will appeal to everyone and you could really pick a gift out for someone of any age.  Available from Really Good, I would highly recommend a visit as there are many other The Brightside gifts aimed at adults along with many other exciting ranges.  You’ll be sure to find something, if not many things that catch your eye from this fresh thinking, unique retailer!

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

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WILF Books Subscription – Review & Win

WILF Books are a monthly subscription service which sends children a box of books (minimum of three) to enjoy, love and encourage their reading skills with.  The box can be tailored to your child’s age and tastes, so if there are any themes they don’t like you can excluded them.  The books can be fiction or non-fiction and are uniquely chosen for each child.

wp_20161124_12_36_42_pro The books come well presented and individually wrapped up with a cute note and sticker.  This all adds to the excitement when the child opens it up and they are eager to see what books are inside.  Also included is a freepost envelope where you can return any books that have been read or any from your child’s own collection that they no longer want.  As long as they are in good condition they will be recycled in other boxes so that more children can get enjoyment from them. The more you do this, the more likely that extra books will be included in your future boxes.

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We received three books all well suited to my 8yr old Miss M:

  • Atticus Claw Goes Ashore – Jennifer Gray
  • Darcy Burdock – Laura Dockrill
  • Gilbert the Great – Jane Clarke & Charles Fuge

Miss M was happy with all of her books and soon got down to reading them at bedtime.  They are all books she could enjoy and read at her leisure and she really enjoyed receiving the bundle of books. The idea of a subscription is a great idea for a gift for a child and something they can look forward to each month.

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For one lucky reader I can offer a one month subscription box from WILF Books, just fill in the Gleam form below:

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

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Finding Dory – Book of the Film

Disney Pixar Finding Dory Book of the Film from Parragon books tells the sequel story to the Finding Nemo film that was a big hit a few years ago.  We haven’t seen the film Finding Dory but the children were exciting to receive the book and get reading.  My 8yr old read it herself over a a couple of weeks and really enjoyed it.  She then passed it to her younger brother age 6 who was really keen to listen to the story and we happily read him a couple of chapters each night before bed.

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Forgetful Dory is very happy living in the ocean with her friends, Marlin and Nemo. But one day, memories of her long-lost parents come flooding back to her. With the help of old friends and new, including Hank the septopus, can Dory finally discover her past?

The story follows Dory on her adventures where she meets old friends such as Destiny the whale who recognises her and helps tell her about her past.  She finds many friendly faces along the way in this exciting adventure.

In the centre of the book are 8 full colour picture pages which really help bring the story to life.  Mister B, my 6 year old really enjoyed looking at these to remind him what the characters looked like and retell the story in his own words.  The chapters are short meaning you can easily pick the book up and just read a few pages or a few chapters if you have more time.

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

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Real Construction Toys

Real Construction from Jakks toys gives kids a fantastic insight into woodwork, but in a child friendly way using foam pieces to replicate the wood and plastic tools that won’t harm or cut you in any way.  You can build anything you like, but there are a number of ideas included with more detailed instructions available online.

wp_20161120_14_30_09_pro-2The kits contain everything you need to get started and we tried out both the starter set and the larger deluxe kit.  We had a variety of tools, different screws/nails and a selection of foam shapes to use.  We found it definitely worth using the instructions online so found it best to have a tablet in front of us with these on to guide us through.

wp_20161120_14_35_04_pro-2Both of my children were very eager to try this out.  They had seen in advertised on tv and always love to do things that make them feel grown up.   Tools in hand they couldn’t wait to get started and granddad who loves his woodwork gave them a helping hand.  I have to say though that to construct a design as per the instructions then children will almost certainly require an adults assistance.  We found cutting the foam to maximise the amount of pieces you could cut out of each sheet was a little tricky and we had to make sure the children didn’t saw through sheets without pre planning what they were going to make and where they needed to cut. real-construction-2 That said, they were so keen to create something that they were happy to listen to our guidelines and learn the best way to do things.  Mister B wanted to make the speedboat that appeared with instructions in the Beano magazine, whilst Miss M was keen to make a sailing boat as one of her current favourite hobbies is sailing!real-construction-3The children loved making their various boats and the sets really do give them an insight into the basics of woodwork, the action of using the tools etc.  There are endless possibilities with what you can make and the material itself is easy to work with, it’s just following set instructions that is tricky for younger ones.   wp_20161120_15_29_01_pro-2My children are both proud of what they have made and their boats take pride of place on their shelves in each of their bedrooms. wp_20161120_15_54_56_pro-2Real Construction kits are a great chance to try out your potential woodworking skills and a child friendly craft that’s safe and fun!

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

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Vosene Kids Haircare

My kids are at the stage where they like to try and wash their own hair in the shower now, although do need a bit of encouragement and the Vosene kids range is one that always keeps them happy and they love to use it.  They have a good variety of fruity fragrances and the kids loved the trolls on the recent packaging!

wp_20161207_14_53_44_proMiss M adores strawberries so was drawn to the 2 in 1 Shampoo with super strawberry fragrance.  It was so easy to use and left her hair clean and soft with a bit of added shine.

Mister B liked using the green bottle which was the 2 in 1 Shampoo with a fresh melon scent, his favourite fruit is currently melons so it was rather apt and again this left his hair clean and soft.

I really like the Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 Shampoo and tried it out on the children a couple of times.  The fragrance is great and the results are good.  All in all the fruity combinations are a winner for children and 2 in 1 formulas are definitely the way to go for ease and speed, less messing about and the results are good.

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The 3 in 1 Shampoo is also really great to use for my children during term time at school as it contains natural lice repellents such as tea tree oil and lemon eucalyptus oil.  It lathers up well and leaves hair soft although my children aren’t as keen on the fragrance as the fruity shampoos but when the head lice letter comes through from school as it frequently does, then I try to get them to use this for the next week to ensure they don’t catch lice whilst it’s spreading around the classroom.

To go alongside this is the Conditioning Defence Spray which has a clinically proven formula to prevent lice as well as detangling and smoothing properties.  I also try to squirt this onto the kids heads after washing to ensure they stay lice free.  It’s so simple to use and worth it, compared to the rather unpleasant and time consuming task of removing lice from your child’s head (and I should know having had to deal with it several times over the last few years!).

Overall we are very happy with the Vosene Kids range, love using it and the kids love the fragrances.  I’m pleased with the cleanliness and softness of the hair so it’s a win all round!

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

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Christmas Crafts with Baker Ross

Christmas decorations made by the children are so lovely to see and they love making them, so what could be easier than some cute little festive kits from Baker Ross.   They have some really lovely ones to try out this year and my two children have spent the last week or so beavering away after school getting them ready to hang throughout the house.  With everything from scratch art, sewing, sticking and colouring available they really do get to try out different skills and produce some beautiful, fun pieces.

wp_20161126_10_28_58_pro-1Eager to start making decorations the children have been busy creating, loving every minute of putting these simple to use kits together.  The scratch art caught both their eyes and they were engrossed in scratching the black overlay to reveal rainbow colours underneath.

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The results of the scratch art are incredibly effective and we have these pinned up on our kitchen wall to brighten it up over the festive season.

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Miss enjoyed making the padded reindeers and I was really pleased at how she just got on with the sewing herself.  All I had to do was tie knot in the end of the wool for her.  I think these look absolutely fabulous and are decorations that we will treasure for many years bringing them out again as they look so cute and effective!

6tag_051216-200956The Santa and Elf foam sticky packs are really simple to assemble and kept the children occupied for ages creating all different combinations of glasses, hats, gloves etc. on the character templates.  Again they look fabulous and I can’t wait to string them along my front room to add to the festive feel!

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Again, more successful crafting with Baker Ross, the kids love the kits, they are minimal mess and the results are incredibly fantastic.  I know our house will look bright, colourful and festive this year!  Why don’t you get your kids crafting with Baker Ross kits for the festive season?

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

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Yvolution Y Flyer Scooter – Review

When the Yvolution Y Flyer Scooter dropped on our doorstep there has been nothing but excitement and eagerness to get outside in the cold breeze and ride away like it’s second nature, not that the Y Flyer is your regular scooter.  Far from it, this is a beast of a scooter, it is huge but fair enough as it’s aimed at 7-12 year olds and just looking at it you can see it’s substantial, well built and durable.

yvolution-y-flyer-scooterThe scooter comes boxed and requires minimal assembly to put it together, which took only 5 minutes to do. It is then ready to use and the handle can be folded down for storage purposes.

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It was then time to give it a try.  It works with a unique forward propelling motion that is operated by pushing the foot plates up and down.  It has a chain which I was quite surprised by and a handbrake making it easy to stop as you can pick up some speed with the Y Flyer. The scooter has a steel frame that is quite heavy but that does make it sturdy. It does take a bit of getting used to as it’s different, but my soon to be 9yr old took to it straightaway.  She’s very sporty and loves being outdoors so this was a good challenge for her to try out but one that she loved and enjoyed.
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So what did we think?

Well I can only say that we loved it because we did.  It is amazing, a head turner, incredibly well built and something Miss M absolutely adored and has had a lot of fun with.  It’s great for exercise as it makes you work, but the feeling of ‘flying’ down the road is exhilarating and worth the effort.  Whilst out and about in our local streets trying out the scooter, we did get a lot of admirers and people were intrigued as to what Miss M was riding – the Y Flyer from Yvolution will certainly get you noticed and why not?  It’s a clever, unique and different way to travel that we’d throughly recommend!

Here is a short clip of Miss M in action on the Yvolution Y Flyer scooter:

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

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