School’s Out for Summer!

Well, that’s it the long six weeks of the school holidays is finally upon us.  Imogen will return in September to her last year of the infants and Joseph will start pre school three days a week.  Imogen is already missing school and is very keen to continue her learning over the holidays so I’ve set her up with lots of fun learning activities and “homework” to keep her mind busy during the break.

I’m proud to say that the first thing on her “Summer Holiday Bucket List” was joining the library.  So she now has a stack of books to read and hopes to complete the Mythical Maze and get her gold medal soon.

To improve her writing over the summer break we’ve also been trying out this fun Story Starter idea from Netflix.

Story Starter

She’s already created some wonderful stories with colourful characters and in depth story lines.  You can find out how to make your own here.

For those raining days, it’s bound to happen at some point, Netflix has a range of educational programmes for all ages.   The Magic School Bus is a favourite of both Imogen and Joseph’s.  Ms Frizzle and her students are always off on an adventure which takes them to some weird and wonderful places including outer space, haunted houses and inside the human body!

The Magic School Bus

Another favourite here is Monster Math Squad, starring Max, Lily and Goo who put their minds together and use their mathematical skills to find solutions to overcome obstacles.

Monster Math Squad

Sea Creature and Octonaut crazy Joseph simply loves the Blue Planet, which certainly makes a welcome change from cartoons and with stunning photography and interesting facts it’s something the whole family can watch together.

The Blue Planet

How do you keep your little one’s mind active during the holidays?

Peppa Pig Muddle Puddles Deluxe Playhouse Review

Joseph still very much loves Peppa Pig, let’s face it who doesn’t?  So he was jumping for joy when a delivery arrived from Character containing their brand new Muddle Puddles Deluxe Playhouse!

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Deluxe Playhouse

The playhouse has four rooms, lounge, kitchen, bathroom and Peppa and George’s bedroom, and is fully furnished with moveable pieces of furniture as well as some that are moulded into the house. Peppa Pig Muddle Puddles Deluxe Playhouse

The house is nicely decorated with stickers that, much to my delight, are already stuck on!  The playset also comes with Peppa and George (complete with Mr Dinosaur) figures who are stood on little bases making it easier for them to stand up.  They also have jointed legs so that they can sit down.

Peppa Pig Muddle Puddles Deluxe Playhouse

On one of the foldup sides of the house is the garden, complete with muddy puddles, this is Joseph’s favourite area of the house and he’ll spend ages bouncing Peppa and George up and down in them! Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Playhouse

But who hasn’t taken off their muddy boots and left muddy footprints all over the house?

Peppa Pig Muddle Puddles PlayhousePeppa Pig Muddy Puddles Playhouse

Through the kitchen, up the stairs and in the bathroom there are little muddy footprints, clearly evidence of some jumping in muddy puddles action, there’s even a big muddy splodge on the side of the bath!

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Playhouse

The Muddy Puddles Playhouse is foldable, so at the end of the day it can be packed away at the end of the day by folding but the stairs do have to be removed and neither Imogen or Joseph can do this by themselves and to be honest I find it fairly tricky myself without removing the floors.

Once folded though it’s a lovely size (about 30cm tall) and a great, true likeness to Peppa’s house on the TV.  It has a twistable closure and because all of the furniture, stairs and figures fit inside there is no chance of pieces getting lost.

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Playhouse

As with all of the Peppa Pig range from Character, it’s well made and all of the figures and accessories are compatible.  Joseph and Imogen (even though she has declared herself too old for Peppa Pig) have thoroughly enjoyed playing with the Muddy Puddles Playhouse at priced at £29.99 I think it’s great value for money seeing the hours of enjoyment it’s given them.

Win £50 PayPal Cash with Voucherbin!

I do a massive percentage of my shopping online, personally I find it a lot easier to find shop around and get the best price for things and then there’s always the advantage of cashback and voucher codes.

Once upon a time I used to put at awful lot of time and effort into finding the “holy grail” of promo codes that would grant me free delivery or a percentage off my order but now sites like Voucherbin.co.uk have taken the legwork out of the internet trawl with deals and discounts in one place!Voucherbin

The site is really easy to use with the options to search by store name, if you are looking for a particular retailer, or you can browse by category which is sometimes the best options if you’re looking for a bargain.  You can also clearly see the deal or voucher code expiry date and the success rate that other users have had. Voucherbin has already saved me almost £12 on a car seat for Joseph and the added bonus of 1000 extra Advantage Cards points at Boots.com to stash away for their infamous January sales.

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Voucherbin are giving Me and My Kiddywinks readers the chance to win £50 cash in their PayPal account to spend as they wish.  To enter simply follow the instruction on Rafflecopter below.  Good luck.

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Your Invitation to our #Zelicious #Zelfs Twitter Party

This Wednesday (30th June) between 2pm and 4pm Imogen, Joseph and their best friends will be partying Zelf style with the brand new range of Zelicious Zelfs that have just hit the shelves!

There are six Zelicious Zelfs, which are just part of the third series of Zelfs, and each comes with it’s own scent and accessory.

Zelicious ZelfsBack row, left to right we have Chocola who is chocolate scented, comes with her own chocolate fountain and who’s Zelf power is Bliss.  Buttershy (also a series 2 Masquerade Zelf) who is berry scented has her very own berry seat.  Bubblee smells of bubble gum, has a bubble gum tree to sit in and her special Zelf power is her bubbliness!

Front row, left to right are Vampula (another series 2 Masquerade Zelf) she’s strawberry scented and has her own strawberry wishing well.  Frostette is cupcake scented and has a cupcake umbrella, her Zelf power is sugary goodness!  Lasty Spellinda (who was also a series 2 Masquerade Zelf) has a minty scent and has a matching wheelbarrow.

Imogen, who’s already an avid Zelf collector, obviously adores all of them with Frostette marginally a favourite.  Their little accessories are great and add a whole new dimension to her play with them, we’ve had lil Zelfs in wheelbarrows, wishing wells and all sorts!

Zelicious Zelfs

During our party, here at home, we’ll be playing Zelf themed party games such as name the Zelf, decorating cupcakes and giving ourselves crazy Zelf hair, I’m seriously excited about that one! I’ll also be Tweeting along with UKMumsTV and lots of other fellow blogger hosts.  As always they’ll be loads of prizes up for grabs along the way so get following @UKMumsTV and the hashtags #Zelfs and #Zelicious for all the party fun and games.  We hope to see you there! Zelfs

Get Creative with Crayola at Zizzi

If you’ve been to your local Zizzi in the past few weeks you may have noticed something different.  Not only is there an exciting new Bambini Kids Menu but every child will find Crayola Twistable Crayons served up with it!  As Crayola Bloggers we were invited along to our local Zizzi restaurant to try out the new menu and get creative with Crayola Twistables, it’s such a hard life! We were greeted at the restaurant, on a busy Friday night, by friendly staff who showed us to our table and presented the kiddywinks with their menus and activity packs which include chef hats, stickers and of course Crayola Twistables. Imogen and Joseph got straight into decorating their hats as they tucked into their starter of carrot, cucumber and dough sticks. Crayola and ZizzisCrayols and Zizzi Whilst waiting to decorate their own pizzas, they got busy colouring in the Mona Lisa and getting creative with their stickers on their menus. Crayola and Zizzi 1 Time to decorate pizzas with ham, baby plum tomatoes and olives! Crayola and Zizzi 2 For dessert the kiddywinks had Zizzi Bambini Cones, a selection of very delicious ice cream with miniature cones to fill and chocolate covered popping candy to decorate. Crayola and Zizzi 3 All of this was finished off with a Chocacino. Crayola and ZizziWe all had an amazing time at Zizzi, it’s never easy eating out with children but both Imogen and Joseph were well behaved (because they were kept busy), well fed and we were all incredibly well looked after. Each and every Zizzi restaurant is also giving your little one the chance to win a family meal AND a bundle of Crayola goodies every month.  Just let them get creative on their menu with their Crayola Twistables for a chance to win!  Full details and the new Zizzi Bambini Menu is online here.

Britains Cheapest School Uniform at Aldi

Starting tomorrow (Thursday 24th July) Aldi’s amazing priced £4 school uniform is back.  Yes, that’s right just £4 will get you a two pack of polo shirts (£1.25), a sweater (£1.25) and either a pair of trousers or a skirt (£1.50), but are they any good?  Aldi sent Imogen a full get up ready for September so we could test it for ourselves. Aldi School Uniform Her bundle included two girl’s polo shirts in white (also available in blue), a pinafore dress (£2.99), a sweater and a pleated skirt. The polo shirts are, surprisingly, 100% cotton and have a lovely, girly scalloped collar.  I have to admit that for just over 60p each I did expect to see my hand through them but they’re a nice thick, good quality fabric. Aldi School Uniform Both the skirt and pinafore (£2.99) are available in navy, grey or black, have permanent pleats, can machine washed and tumble dried and are Teflon coated to repel stains.  The skirt also has an adjustable waist band.  Again both are of fabulous quality and well made without a stitch out of place. Aldi School Uniform The sweater is available in red or blue and 100% cotton and lovely and soft with a fleecy inside, perfect for chilly mornings. Aldi School Uniform The one thing that impressed me the most were the scuff resistant shoes priced at only £6.99.  These include a space for the wearers name and class, easy Velcro fastenings and pretty embroidered detailing.  Whilst they aren’t leather, you can’t expect that at £6.99 a pair, they are polyurethane coated to protect from playground scuffs!

Aldi School Uniform
Whilst none of this uniform has been washed or worn for any great period of time, I simply can’t see any of it falling apart.  The quality for the price is amazing and definitely worth checking out.  When it’s gone it’s gone though so make sure you don’t leave it too late!

Ravensburger Disney Planes Puzzles Review

Joseph, like many three year old boys, is mad about anything Disney Cars or Disney Planes so he was ecstatic when a delivery from Ravensburger arrived with two awesome Disney Planes jigsaws for him.

Imogen has always been a jigsaw whizz but Joseph has never really shown that much interest, that is until now! He received two puzzles the first being a 35 piece featuring characters from the new Disney’s Planes Fire and Rescue film.  In this puzzle Dusty, Windlifter, Blad Runner, Cabbie and Lil Dipper coming to the rescue of Piston Peak National Park which is threatened by a raging wildfire. Ravensburger Disney Planes The second was a 4 in a box set which has a 12, 16, 12 and 24 piece puzzle included.  Each puzzle features Dusty, Lil Dipper, Cabbie and Windlifter individually. Disney Planes Ravenesburger PuzzlesJoseph’s really enjoyed seeing the new characters from Disney Planes & Rescue and now can not wait to see the film.  He loves the puzzles and has taken his time to complete all of them all by himself, without any frustration I may add!  The puzzles are really good quality with bright colours and nice details . Just like all Ravensburger puzzles the pieces are made from thick, recycled board with a matte finish to avoid glare.

Ravensburger Disney Planes Puzzles Ravensburger Disney Planes Puzzles

Both of these puzzles as well as others are available from Amazon with prices starting from just £3.99.

Win One of Three Maya the Bee Plush Toys

Maya the Bee buzzed onto UK screens in January this year being shown on Tiny Pop three times a day during the week and twice at the weekend.  This is a remake of the classic TV series Maya the Bee which was first aired in 1975 and is based on the 1912 book by Waldemar Bonsels ‘Maya and her adventures’. Maya the Bee Maya is a young bee who has left her hive to discover the beauty and mysteries of nature. As she explores the meadow where she lives, she meets other insects living there, plays to her heart’s content and shares her joy with her friends! Her friends include her sidesick Willy (cue sniggers from kiddywinks), Flip the grasshopper, The Queen, Ben the dung beetle, Miss Cassandra (Maya’s teacher), Barry the fly and Imogen’s favourite Beatrice the butterfly.

Maya the Bee

Maya the Bee is a beautifully animated series that Joseph has become quite hooked on.  It is shown on Tiny Pop (Sky 617, Virgin 737 and Freesat 605) at 8.15am, 1.30pm and 6pm weekdays and 10.30am and 6pm.  There are plenty of printable activity sheets over on the Maya the Bee Facebook page as well.

We’re giving Me and My Kiddywinks readers the chance to win one of three May the Bee Plush toys in our latest competition!  To enter simply do so via Rafflecopter below, good luck!

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Be My Bear – Make a Bear Anywhere Review

Back in March Imogen held a Be My Bear bear building party with her closest friends, it was an awesome 6th birthday party even if I do say so myself and all of the children went home with lovely new friends.

Be My Bear Party

Recently Imogen was given the chance to review a new kit from Be My Bear perfect for the Summer holidays, the Make a Bear Anywhere kit.

Make a Bear Anywhere

This lovely kit includes everything needed to make your very own bear friend including a pre-sewn bear skin, stuffing, a wish star, teddy passport and a lovely little suitcase for all of teddy’s essentials.

Make a Bear Anywhere

All Be My Bear bears are no sew bears, meaning that there is no sewing needed to create your special friend.  The bear making process is very simple, at the back of your bear is a Velcro opening and inside that is a one way zip.

Make a Bear Anywhere

Fill your bear with lots of the fluffy stuffing to make him super cuddly, make a wish on your wish star and pop inside the bear and then close the zip and trim off the thread to prevent opening.

Make a Bear Anywhere

Included in the kit is a birth certificate so you can record their name and date and place of birth, Imogen decided upon the name Emily for her bear.  There’s also a little teddy bear sized passport so that you can record your bear’s travels.  It also has fun games, a world map and section on history and world facts.

Make a Bear Anywhere

 

The super cute suitcase means that your bear can literally go anywhere with you, Emily’s suitcase is always packed so that she can dash off anywhere in a hurry, she’s a bit of a jetsetter don’t you know?!

The Make a Bear Anywhere kit is superb and guaranteed to occupy any child on a long journey, Imogen has had hours of fun with Emily and has taken her on lots of pretend holidays filling in her passport every time and she’ll definitely be coming with us on our Summer holidays. Sadly the catch on Emily’s suitcase broke quickly after it arrived but the Be My Bear team have been extremely helpful and are replacing this for her.

The Make a Bear Anywhere kit is available from www.bemybear.com priced at £19.99 or just £15 each if you buy two or more.  Make sure you have a look at their party kits as well with 8″ bears starting from just £6.00 each!

Fisher Price Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Soap n Suds Car Wash Review

Lucky Joseph had a lovely surprise in the post this week from his friends at Fisher Price in the form of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Soap n Suds Car Wash.

Mickey Mouse Soap n Suds Car Wash

This lovely little play set comes with a poseable Mickey Mouse figure, red car, petrol pump, sign post and car wash.  Just like the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse the whole playset is designed in true Mickey Mouse style from the bold, primary colours to the Mickey Mouse ears on the arches of the car wash.

Mickey Mouse Soap n Sud Car Wash

Firstly Mickey’s car needs to go the fabric curtain to get bubbly, then stand Mickey on the blue lever and slide it across to roll the car along and through the blue rollers to give it a proper scrub.

Mickey Mouse Soap n Sud Car Wash

Finally, give Mickey’s car a blow dry with the super silly car dryer, a wonderful red, oversized hair dryer held by a gloved Mickey hand!

Mickey Mouse Soap n Suds Car Wash

With a gleaming car all Mickey needs next is a full tank of petrol, luckily the playset also includes a petrol pump with a moveable arm so that he’s ready to go!

As with all Fisher Price toys the Soap n Suds Car Wash is quality made, has some lovely features and moving parts which amuse Joseph no end. It makes a great addition to the Slide n Fly Clubhouse, which Joseph reviewed at the end of last year.

The Fisher Price Mickey Mouse Soap n Suds Car Wash is suitable from ages 2+ and is currently half price at Asda at the moment at just £10.00!

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