5 Second Rule Spintensity Family Game – Review & Giveaway

5 Second Rule Spintensity is the all-new, spinfully intense electronic version of the original 5 Second Rule game – one of my kids favourites.  So I knew that this new version of the game by Interplay would be a hit with them and I certainly wasn’t wrong.  With a 5-second electronic timer to keep the game’s momentum going, this really keeps everyone on their toes, shouting crazy, funny answers that everyone finds hilarious.  With so much fun to be had this is perfect with friends, family or simply just the two of you.

Contents:

  • 400 questions (on 200 double sided cards)
  • 6 pawns
  • Electronic timer (3x AAA batteries required)
  • Start/Finish markers

The game is aimed at ages 12+ although we also included my 10 year old in the game and he came out with some fabulous answers alongside my older daughter and us adults.

With a simple set you are ready to play almost straightaway.  You can choose to use either the blue or green sides of the cards.  Great to flick over between games so as to get a different variety of cards as you do move through them pretty fast.

They really do cover a wide choice of topics with something for everyone.  Most subjects will suit all players but there are a few topics that if you don’t know, then you really don’t (more so when they ask you to name songs from an artist or certain groups of celebrities).  We found it easier to allow players to pass on cards like this and simply move on.  This led to swifter game play and more fun for everyone.

The bonus to the Spintensity version of 5 second rule is the Electronic timer which is central to this game and keeps the momentum going. It limits how long you have to answer questions and determines your next move.

Each turn in the game requires you to name 3 things in 5 seconds then press the timer to see what the spinner wants you to do next: name 3 more, 2 more, draw a new card or move on to the next player… or will the timer turn Red and sound you out!

If you successfully answer your question you keep the card.  Then at the end of each round you move around the board according to the number of cards you have. The winner is the first to reach the finish point.

Spintensity Fun for all the Family

We found this game really simple to play and ultimately great fun.  The kids just love the freedom of answers they can give to the questions.  We allow most but do disallow any that really don’t fit the bill.

I just love the constant laughs we have and upbeat atmosphere that this game creates for our family.  Also it’s not too long so can be played anytime, we’ve certainly squeezed quite a few rounds of this in over the last couple of weeks!

If you’d like to see the game in action then check out some clips of us playing below:

5 Second Rule Spintensity is available from most good toy retailers including Argos, Smyths Toys and John Lewis, this is certainly a great game to be had this Christmas and beyond.

For your chance to win a copy of 5 Second Rule Spintensity just fill in the gleam form below:

5 Second Rule Spintensity game

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews. Although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Moonpig – the One Stop Online Birthday Cards & Gift Shop – Review

Moonpig is known for it’s celebration cards, particulary the ability to personalise them online.  You can even send them straight to the recipient in time for their special day.  A very handy service in normal times but even more so during the Covid pandemic where we’ve been stuck at home.  Going back to high street shopping just isn’t the same anymore.

Who wants to queue outside shops waiting to go inside?  Then be sent on a one way system that rushes you around not being able to browse.  Not forgetting wearing a mask the whole time which I certainly don’t enjoy for more than a few minutes!

This is where Moonpig comes in super handy for all your celebration needs.  They sell not only cards, which can of course be personalised, but flowers, chocolates, sweets, balloons and a vast array of gifts to suit all ages.  In fact I was pleasantly surprised at the choice.  Thinking it would be just the usual box of chocolates or flower gifts but they actually do so much more besides that.  I was particually impressed with how well they catered for younger giftees.  It’s fantastic that you can order a card and present fromjust one website and have it delivered to someone just in time for their special day.

Moonpig kindly sent me over a selection of gifts suitable for my 10 year old who celebrated his first “double digits” year last week!  I do love personalised cards and both myself and my daughter had fun online creating some.  These rather fantastic Large size glossy cards come complete with name, age and photo’s incorporated into the design.

No birthday is complete without balloons and you can either choose various options.  We receive these rather fabulous ‘Let’s Party’ air filled balloons that you blow up yourself with the included straw.  It was actually really simple and far less effort then blowing up traditional balloons with the bonus of thembeingreusable.

I have to say Moonpig have a particularly impressive choice of sweet treats. Catering for all ages from retro sweet jars to posh chocolate boxes there is something for everyone.  My boy was very happy with this rather cool hamper of sweets and a particually impressive looking chocolate pizza.

Perfect for younger audiences are some of the game and activity gifts you can choose from.  My 10 year old loves playing Minecraft online so this Minecraft Builders & Biomes board game is fantastic and great for all the family to join in with.  I feel like I’ll become an expert in Minecraft after just one game!! lol  Endermen or Creepers anyone?

Any fan of Harry Potter will surely love the Harry Potter version of the classic game Cluedo.  We’ve played the original version many times, but this one certainly added interest to my kids who are big fans.  The Kitchen Science kit from KidzLabs looks like great fun too, you just need to add a few basic items and then have some kitchen science fun.

Overall I can’t fault Moonpig in any aspect of it’s service.  Personalised cards ordered late afternoon – arrived the next day.  We had balloons, sweet treats and birthday gifts, all perfect for my 10 year old.  All from one website and can be ordered altogether.  So if you are stuck at home, or don’t want to venture out in this during these difficult times – you know where to shop!!  Moonpig.com!!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews. Although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Harry Potter Magical Capsules – Review

Harry Potter Magical Capsules are the newest collectable in the Wizarding World from Kap Toys.  Each bronze Hogwart’s Crest contains one characters from the Harry Potter series along with a number of accessories that also act as clues as to which figure you will receive. With 10 characters to collect in Series one, lets get on and open our’s to see who we receive!

contents of harry potter magical capsule

Each Harry Potter Magical Capsule is a good size with three different compartments to open containing clues and accessories along with the figure.  This is also perfect for storage of the parts when not being played with or displayed.

The first compartment contains a Hogwart’s crest which is the first clue.  To find out more you simply have to turn over the crest and rub your finger on it until it turns a colour and this tells you which house your character will be from. We got green so we knew our character would be from Slytherin.

Clue two is found behind the second door and contains a spell.  At first it appears blank but when you dip it into water the spell appears.  My boy thought this was really exciting and loved revealing this clue.

Then it’s time to open the biggest door on the back of the Harry Potter Magical Capsule where you will find five bags to open up along with a checklist showing all of the available characters to collect in series 1.

The packages look really cool and my boy was excited to discover what was inside. We saved the biggest one until last knowing that it would contain the main figure.

So here are our contents of our clues and accessories – my boy absolutely loved opening these and trying to guess his character from them.  He was indeed correct with who we got – have you worked out who it will be yet?

We found Snape in our final packet – although I think we’d already guessed that a few clues in. He’s a fairly sturdy character that easily stands up and goes perfectly with the accessories.

Overall we love the concept of the Harry Potter Magical Capsules – my boy thoroughly enjoyed opening them and loved the little clues, in particular the spell that you uncover after dipping in water. He’s also a big fan of little figures and accessories so this Harry Potter collectable is right up his street. His favourite accessory from this bronze chest is the snake and he loves playing with them all.

Why not check them out now and let me know what you think!

Available from all major toy shops and Tesco from July 2020. R.R.P. £9.99

 

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

 

 

Keeping my floors fresh and clean with the Flash Powermop – Review

The Flash Powermop using the latest technology and modern advances to help dissolve, absorb and lock away dirt for a deep clean leaving floors shiny and fresh.  I received a Flash Powermop starter pack to try out containing the mop, cleaning pads, 4 AA batteries and a bottle of cleaning solution.  With hard floors in my large kitchen area, and two bathrooms I couldn’t wait to check it out as currently I use an old fashioned mop and bucket and quite frankly it’s a pain to get out and use.

The mop is really easy to assemble with the pole parts simply clicking sturdily together. The pads attach easily and securely to the bottom of the mop and don’t come away at all until you take them off.  The batteries purpose are for the spray mechanism which works really well and no water is needed –  just spray the area in front of you that you wish to mop, then wipe the mop head over it.

I love the colour of the Flash Powermop – always been a fan of purple – and it’s ergonomic handle is not only comfortable to hold but hangs handily on the inside of the laundry cupboard door when not in use.

So to use you simply apply a clean pad, press the button to spray the solution and off you go.  The mop glides really easily acoss the floor picking up dirt and spills along it’s way.  The pads are very absorbent and easily hold on to the moisture picked up from the cleaning solution and messy spots on the floors.  Also I must add that although the pads aren’t washable, they are recyclable at your local Terracycle centre.  The head of the mop has really good swivvel action to help you get around all of the edges and by turning 90 degrees it allows it to go up narrow gaps with ease – I found this perfect for the gap between my shower and bath.

So what’s my verdict on the Flash Powermop?

Well I find it very easy to use, love that I don’t have to fill my mop bucket on each use and you can just pop it out of the cupboard to use whether you are doing a full clean or just want to clean a small area.  The cleaning solution smells great and leaves the floors shiny and fresh.  It’s lightweight and is easy to carry up both flights of stairs in my house to clean the bathrooms as well as the kitchen floor.

Here is the the finished mop pad after a full clean of my house across all the hard floors – ewww!!!  Well at least it’s all fresh and clean now and didn’t take long at all using the the super convenient, hard working Flash Powermop!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Keeping Memories with National Stationery Week

With the current climate most of us are stuck at home, whether that be working from home, homeschooling with the kids or using our time creatively to remember the tough times we are going through.   In these times stationery is an essential regardless of whether you are young or old, working in the office or at home so #NationalStationeryWeek has come along just when we all need it.

Essentials from Staples are great for home schooling or work.  Whether it be writing out a history essay, writing a poem or taking notes from the work online conference – a simple gel pen and lined pad are just perfect for the job in hand!

Whilst we are in Coronavirus lockdown we are finding ourselves writing by hand a lot more and there are many things you can use your stationery for to keep you occupied and make memories during this unprecedented time in our lives.

How about trying some of these:

  • Keeping a diary of days at home during lockdown, your thoughts, feelings and things you have done
  • Create a time capsule
  • Write down and cut out activities to fill a jar with and pull one out whenever you can’t decide what to do
  • Write down a list of things you want to cook or bake and plan to try a new recipe every day

If you fancy something a little more stylish to make your memories with then how about this multi tasking pen Tech3+ Brushed Black Multifunction Pen from Cross. It looks and feels premium and amazingly carries a multitude of tools in it’s standard sized pen casing.

 

The features include:

  • Classic design with three writing tips inside: a black ballpoint, red ballpoint and pencil
  • Continuous twist technology for easy tip selection
  • Wide 8MM stylus that also unscrews to reveal an eraser
  • Compatibility with most capacitive touchscreen devices
  • Lifetime mechanical guarantee
  • Premium Gift Box

I love the way the pen smoothly twists around to access each of the pen/pencil functions. It’s clearly been well designed and it’s solid exterior is incredibly durable.  This is a pen built to last for many years and being refillable is one that is sure to give you many hours of writing pleasure.

 

I can’t wait to use the Cross pen to fill my diary entries during this 2020 lockdown and it will certainly will provide some interesting reading in the future – who knows how life will change, although fingers crossed this pen will also still be around and functioning to live to tell the tale of the 2020 Coronavirus diaries!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Having an Easter Egg hunt with Ultra Dash game from Interplay

Looking for a fun idea for your kids Easter Egg hunt this year?  Then how about using the family fun game Ultra Dash from Interplay to add to the fun.  You can add chocolate treats to the targets for children to collect as they dash about following the flashing colours adding to their fun.  Also a great game during this stay at home isolation spell that we are having

The Ultra Dash game comes with five multicoloured targets that are bright and easy to see. This game is ideal for either indoors or outside in the garden if the weather is pleasant enough.  You simply place them on a flat surface either on the ground or on an easily reachable surface.

The Tagger is an ergonomic shaped stick that you hold and requires 3 AA batteries.  It then acts as your main tool in the game as from here you can control the number of players, timed countdowns and which game mode you wish to play.

It’s also is your main game controller that you hold during play and the top flashes various colours, each matching the colours of the targets and determines where you need to place the tagger.  It also records your score on how accurate you are in placing the tagger into the correct target.

There are three modes of game play:

  • Beat the Clock – A race to hit all five targets as fast as you can which you can either play alone or compete against others by taking turns and checking your scores.
  • Target Tally – Choose the length of your game whether it be 30 seconds or a minute and see how many targets you can hit in that time
  • Relay Race – split into teams and take turns of hitting five targets each before passing to the next player in your team.

As a fun idea for Easter we put chocolate bunnies into each target for the children to collect as they played – off course this was a hit and encouraged them to keep playing for longer!  I also found that by playing in the garden, the children were clearly keeping active by running between the targets and being competitive as they are, beat me in the the time challenges.

You can see the game in action in this short video clip we’ve made:

If you are looking for a fun game to keep the kids active then this would be great especially in the current climate.  It could be a long Summer if school remains closed until September to Ultra Dash is the idea way to have fun and keep fit!

You can also check out Interplay on their social channels to see Ultra Dash and other great play ideas that they have. They are on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Homeware Essentials from The Towel Shop – Review

The Towel Shop is an all round one stop shop for all your household towel and linen needs. From Egyptian cotton towels, to goose down duvets and quilted mattress toppers they really have something for everyone to  suit all of our household needs. We were sent a selection of items to suit our family home and have happily been trying them out to let you know our thoughts.

Having a grey bathroom, these Grey Luxury Face Cloth Flannels are perfect for every day use.  They are a really good size and feel lovely and soft.  With 12 in a pack it means we can change them often (usually every few days) and just grab a new one out the cupboard when needed. They are perfect to use when showering and wash really well and have so far stayed perfectly soft.

Mattress Covers are an essential in our house as they help avoid a world of sins on the mattress itself whether it be a drink spill, sickness or other.  This one fits our king size bed and is fully elasticated for an easy fit and even reaches over our deep mattress. It helps add a softer layer to sleep on as well as protecting the bed.

I do like a good pillow and am rather partial to a lightweight feather one that your head just melts into. This set of Roma 2 pack Goose Feather & Down pillows are just perfect to lay your head onto at night. They have a strong outer cotton cover and are filled with light floaty feathers that allow the pillow to adapt easily to your head shape.

I’m delighted to be able to offer a giveaway prize of a pair of these Roma pillows – the perfect accessory to give you a good nights sleep!

Simply fill in the Gleam widget below:

The Towel Shop pillows

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

So Slime Glam DIY – Review

So Slime Glam DIY from Canal Toys is a fun, scented slime pack that you create and keep in cute little beauty shaped containers. Perfect for an afternoon of fun and then to get out and play with whenever you fancy a bit of slimy, stretchy fun – what kid doesn’t these days?

picture of so slime glam set

Contents of So Slime Glam DIY

  • 3 Shakers
  • 3 Scented Slime powders
  • 3 Bags of glittery decoration

contents of the so slime glam set

Slime is something my children are very fond of so this set put a smile on their faces straight away and they couldn’t wait to try it out.  It’s really simple to make and you simply add one sachet of scented slime powder into each of the shakers.  Then add water up to the marker line inside the container, put the lid on and give it a really good shake.  We did find you need to give them a thorough shake for a few minutes and then massage the slime through to ease out any lumps.  We also found the slime became a lot smoother by the next day which allowed for lots of stretching and playing with it.

showing the children making the slime

Once you have your ready made slime, it’s time to add some sparkle.  To do this simply pour the glitter onto the slime an knead it in until it’s all mixed around.  This really does leave your So Slime Glam DIY looking really pretty and glamourous.

adding glitter to the slime

Each coloured slime has matching glitter with it, as you can see the red one below had little red lips glitter which made it look bold and vibrant. You can see how stretchy it is as my daughter pulled it from one hand to the other.

adding glitter and stretching the slime

What we thought about So Slime Glam DIY

Each coloured slime is a great size and smell amazing.  We love that each have their own container for storage meaning you can put them away and get them out again another day for play.  They definitely improved over 24 hours as well, giving them really impressive stretch.  The other things we loved about this slime is that it is totally non sticky and doesn’t leave any mess – you can’t go wrong with that!

stretching slime into big flat shapes

So Slime Glam DIY is available for £9.99 from all good toy retailers and would make the perfect party present – I think slime is one of those toys appreciated by most children at the moment no matter what age!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

The Comic Club – Kids Magazine Subscription – Review

Aimed at 7-11 year olds, The Comic Club offers children a chance to read a couple of fun but educational magazines each month, delivered straight to their door along with an activity sheet encompassing fun things to do from both magazines.  They can either read them alone or great to read as a family discovering things you didn’t know whether that be about wild species of animals or the latest environmental and eco news.  There are even fun recipes to bake and we found some delicious gooey brownies to make in one of this months magazines.

We received a National Geographic Kids and Brilliant Brainz magazines along with the activity sheet from The Comic Club.  Each child friendly activity refers you to the page in the relevant magazine to refresh your memory and give you some inspiration for things such as writing a short story, drawing ideas for things or for those who love a bit of Maths, how about practicing multiplying up the brownie recipe found in the Brilliant Brainz magazine?  My boy enjoyed putting his logical head on for this one but equally used his imagination in his short story about an animal.

The magazines are both packed full of interesting content that both my boy and I enjoyed reading through.  The National Geographic Kids issue featured several pages about wild cats and as soon as we came across Ocelots, my boy said “I know what they are”, “really?” I replied, “yes he said, I have them in Minecraft!”.  Well I never knew he’d of even heard of one but there you go, although it was great to read more about them although sad to see that their population is decreasing due to habitat loss. I thought the Real or Fake article was interesting and my boy surprised me with how much he new about all things eco when we read the pages that covered green issues.  They clearly are drumming recycling, reusing and beach cleaning etc into them at school these days.

The Brilliant Brainz magazine isn’t one we’d come across before but it has plenty of things to do and think about inside it.  The ‘Mind Blowing Brownies’ are on our list of bakes to make!  This magazine covers a wide range of topics such as music, science, art, health and the environment so all good subjects for children to be reading and learning about.  Most pages include activities to do whether it’s just thinking about something, telling jokes, making something crafty, trying an experiment etc so there is a lot to keep kids occupied.

Overall I think The Comic Club is a great idea and the fact that they are delivered to your door, saves you walking down the supermarket aisles with your kids allowing them to view the realm of kids magazines covered in plastic tat toys with little content inside.  By having a subscription also means they have something to look forward to each month from the postman.

Why not check out The Comic Club where you’ll find details of how to subscribe along with a free online Kids Zone with fun facts and activities that they can access at any time!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Sweets for your Sweetheart this Valentines with Swizzels

Swizzels are the perfect brand to find Sweets for you Sweetheart this Valentines with an array of fun hampers and of course the iconic Love Hearts that never fail to disappoint with their cute messages.  Also from now until 14th February 2020 you can use code V15 for a 15% discount!

Love Hearts are one of those sweets I’ll always remember from my childhood and enjoying turning each one over to read the message or logo although these have been updated over the years keeping them relevant and now include fun emoji’s.

You can even get a personalised tube with a name of your choice on for just £9.99 containing 25 mini rolls of Love Hearts – perfect for that special person in your life.

Or if you like pink, how about these cute limited edition pink coloured rolls, they come in a gift bag of 30 packs, tied with pink ribbon and the logo “For You” on the wrapper.

An alternative to Love Hearts are Swizzels rather fabulous range of hampers that cater for all budgets from small letterbox size ones at £2.99 up to £21.99 ones packed full of sweets in a little wicker hamper.  We had a 500g one that retails at £7.99 to try out and it’s safe to say it went down a treat with my family.

These are full of your favourites such as Double Dip, Drumsticks Rainbow drops, Squashies and Fruit pop lollies.  In fact the choice of hampers is actually really impressive and they are all reasonably priced so it’s well worth checking out as a surprise gift for someone close to you or a lovely treat for a loved one who can’t be with you as how fabulous would it be to receive one of these through the post!

If you think Swizzels could be the perfect choice for your loved one this year then don’t forget to check out the website and use code V15 by 14th February for your 15% discount!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.