The Top Tech Toys this Christmas

Unsurprisingly tech toys have some of the top spots on what’s predicted to be the biggest selling toys this Christmas, whether it’s wearable technology, virtual pets or the latest games console here’s my top picks of the newest tech toys on the market this year.

Xeno is a cute interactive baby monster with amazing animatronics that really bring him to life!  With over 50 different expressions he will interact with you, other Xenos and will his dedicated free app!

Xeno

Xeno has an RRP of £79.99 and you can read our full review here.

Teksta have a lovely range of robotic pets and the Teksta T-Rex is hotly tipped to be a favourite in Christmas stockings this year.  He’ll respond to your voice, and you can control him with your hand movements.  Feed T-Rex his bone, watch him crunch, munch and spit it out followed by an almighty burp!

Teskta T-Rex

There are also various puppies and a kitten available in the Teksta range and they are priced at £59.99.

The Kurio has the be ultimate table for children and new for 2014 are the Kurio Phone, Kurio Tab, Kurio XL and Kurio Pocket.

Kurio XL

Kurio XL

With a whole host of parental as well as time management controls they have to be the safest tablets on the market for children.  With a range of sizes from the 4″ pocket to the family sized 10″ XL the Kurio has a tablet suitable for everyone!  The new Kurio Phone is first Smartphone especially made with children in mind, it’s stacked with safety features such as Geofencing, Ichaper Mobile Chaperone technology allowing parents to remotely manage the phone’s usage and amazing In Case of Emergency features.

Kurio Pocket                                                            Kurio Phone

Kurio Pocket                                                                                               Kurio Phone

Kurio Tab

 Kurio Tab

Prices range from £79.99 for the Kurio Pocket to £169.99 for the Kurio XL and they are available from Toys R Us and Argos as well as other online retailers.  You can find out more about the range and find the right Kurio for you on their website www.kurioworld.com

Another of my favourite tech toys is the SparkUp Magical Book Reader.  With SparkUp you can record your voice reading ANY book a camera will scan the pages of the book as you do this.  Then when your child wishes to hear you read the book, they just clip SparkUp to the book and press play.  If they skip a page then SparkUp will cleverly do so too!

SparkUp Magical Book Reader

The RRP of The SparkUp Magical Book Reader is £39.99, however it currently has an amazing 58% off at the bargain price of £16.99 on Amazon.

November’s New Blue Nose Friends

Imogen has built up a fair collection of the cute and cuddly Blue Nose Friends and is determined to collect them all so she was ecstatic when the new characters released for November arrived for her to review.

The new Blue Nose Friends are Scamp the Gerbil, Sasha the Silk Moth, Blanche the White Stoat and Hugo the Killer Whale and they bring the total collection up to an impressive 143! Each of the friends is ultra soft and cuddly with their trademark blue nose and patchwork detail but each has their own personality.

November 2014 Blue Nose Friends

Scamp is a daredevil gerbil who leaps into the unknown… but when evening comes he prefers to snuggle with friends.

Scamp

Sasha… the beautiful silk moth who weaves mystery wherever she goes… follow her and you’ll soon be in a spin.

Sasha

Blanche…the pure white stoat who loves to keep things clean… but she always has time for friends.

Blanche

Hugo… the happy orca who loves to leap and laugh, make him smile and he’ll create a big splash for you.

Hugo

Imogen’s favourite of the four is Sasha the Silk Moth who is special edition and has beautiful pearly wings and Joseph, who has a slight sea creature obsession, has claimed Hugo as his own.  At just £5.00 each the Blue Nose Friends make great stocking fillers and are available from the Carte Blanche shop online.

Playmobil Advent Calendars

There are now only 11 sleeps until the 1st of December and the start of advent.  Imogen and Joseph are already counting down the days until they can officially start their Christmas countdown and this year they’ll be doing it with Playmobil.

Playmobil have sent them one of their new for 2014 advent calendars “Santa’s Workshop” and they can’t wait to get stuck in!

Playmobil Santa's Workshop

Behind each of the 24 doors is a different Playmobil surprise which will ultimately create an awesome Santa’s Workshop scene complete with Santa, elves, a reindeer, sleigh, lots of gifts and other accessories.

Santa's Workshop Advent Calander

There’s also the added bonus of a memory game once all of the doors have been opened and pieces revealed!

Other new Playmobil advents this year are Unicorn Fairyland and Dragon’s Treasure as well as the classic Police and Pony Farm.

Playmobil Unicorn Fairyland AdventPlaymobil Dragon's Treasure

 

The entire range is available from Playmobil priced at £18.99.

Festive Fashion Round Up

We have a tradition in our house that involves the whole family gathered on Christmas day in their most festive attire, be it fancy dress, garish, flashing jewellery or the more traditional Christmas jumper.  It started on Imogen’s first Christmas back in 2008 and has quickly turned fairly competitive.  Here’s a little round up of what our family will be “rocking” around the Christmas tree this year.

Mamas and Papas have a great range for the youngest members of the family.

Girl's Two Piece Snowman Outfit

Girl’s Two Piece Snowman Outfit – £24.00 – Sizes Newborn – 18 mths-2 years

Snowflake Knitted Romper

Unisex Snowflake Knitted Romper – £24.00 – Sizes newborn – 9-12 months

Both of the Kiddywink’s Christmas jumpers were sorted quickly with just one trip to Next this year.  Imogen has chosen this red gingerbread jumper whilst Joseph opted for a light up number!

Gingerbread Jumper

Gingerbread Jumper – from £18 – Sizes 3 months to 6 years

Light Up Reindeer Jumper

Light Up Reindeer Jumper – from £15 – Sizes 3 months – 6 years

Tony and we both be sporting Tipsy Elves this year, they’re the biggest retailer of the “ugly Christmas Jumper” and their selection had Tony and I crying with laughter as we selected these beauties.

Happy Birthday Jesus

Happy Birthday Jesus men’s Jumper – £38 – Sizes S – XXL

Santa Jumper Dress

Santa Jumper Dress – £38.00 – Sizes XS – XL

There’s a huge range to chose from, from traditional fairisle with a comic twist to the well, eyebrow raising and whilst their jumpers aren’t what I would class as “cheap” they’re quality made and a proportion of each sale goes to Stand Up To Cancer to help children in their fight against cancer.  What’s more for every new like on their Facebook page they’re donating $1 of warm clothing and kid-friendly merchandise to Children in Need, click here to do your bit.

Just because I couldn’t resist, here’s a picture of my very own “tipsy” elf!

My Tipsy Elf

Sponsored Video: Toca Ink

As a child I loved temporary tattoos, we weren’t allowed them to wear them at school so every school holiday and sometimes at the weekend my sister and I would be treated to a couple.  I have very vivid memories of my mother scrubbing my arm to remove a particularly stubborn, glittery one before a ballet exam as she muttered under her breath.  I don’t have tattoos now and don’t want one but see absolutely no harm in my children enjoying the simple pleasure of a temporary one from time to time, in fact Joseph is sporting a rather fetching Spiderman one on his right arm at the moment!

Another thing that my kids adore, that I quite simply was born in the wrong generation for, is their tablets.  They both have their own with carefully selected apps for both educational and relaxation purposes.  During the Summer holidays we discovered Toca Boca, a Swedish children’s digital gaming company with a huge range of fun apps to simulate imagination.  Joseph is a massive fan of free app Toca Kitchen Monsters and Imogen loves Toca Tailor Fairy Tales.  They adore the bold, colourful characters and I relish in the knowledge that all of Toca Boca’s apps are free from advertising and in app purchasing.

Toca Boca has collaborated with Brooklyn based tattoo artist Virginia Elwood to create the first in their Artist Play Series, Toca Ink, which combines the fun of both temporary tattoos and the Toca Boca characters.  “As a tattoo artist for over 10 years now, I regularly see how tattoos spark kids’ curiosity,” said Virginia Elwood. “Kids always want to touch a tattoo, ask questions about them and even have one drawn on them. Creating the Artist Play Series temporary tattoos was a fun way of making Toca Boca tangible for kids in the real world. I spent a lot of time playing the apps to understand the character’s personalities to transfer them to a temporary tattoo design.”

In this video you can see Virginia at work on the creation of Toca Ink.

This post has been sponsored by Toca Boca

Our #DesignaFriend Party

Yesterday Imogen’s bestest friends joined us for our DesignaFriend party as hosted by UKMumsTV and lots of other blogging families across the country.  We were sent a whole host of DesignaFriend goodies from the popular Argos range and, of course, the party essentials including cake!

During our party we designed our own DesignaFriends…..

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decorated cakes…

DesignaFriend

and the girls all joined the DesignaFriend Secret Club by making their own club cards.

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Because a party just isn’t a party without games, we played pass the parcel too.

DesignaFriend

There was even time for a DesignaFriend fashion show!

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After all that fun and excitement it was time for Imogen and her new pal Daisy to relax.

DesignaFriend

The DesignaFriend dolls and their great array of outfits all went down a treat with Imogen and our guests who instantly fell in love with their new friends.  The dolls are stunning and at 46cm a really great size for girls their age.  Each comes with it’s own unique outfit and a charm bracelet for you to wear and with each outfit you collect you can also add a different charm to your bracelet.

Argos have some great offers on the DesignaFriend range at the moment with dolls starting from just £14.99 and there’s a heap of half price outfits too, you can see the whole range here.

 

Crayola Marker Maker Review ~ #CrayolaBloggers

As Crayola Bloggers we have the not so difficult task of trying out their latest, exciting products.  This time it was time to try our hand at making our very own marker pens with Crayola’s Marker Maker.

Crayola Marker Maker

 

The Marker Maker kit contains everything needed to make 16 markers of your own colour choice including three bottles of ink (red, blue and yellow), barrels, tips, plugs and caps for the markers, cores to fill with ink as well and stickers to label your markers and two boxes to decorate and store your markers.  The Marker Maker station looks a lot like a chemistry lab with test tubes to mix ink and tweezers to move ink filled cores and Imogen loved this making her feel like a proper alchemist.

Crayola Marker Maker

To make your own marker you’ll first need to pop the tip into the barrel of your marker and place into the centre of the station.  Then choose a colour from the colour mixing guide, this will tell you how much of each colour you’ll need to mix, next carefully squeeze the required ink into the test tube.

Crayola Marker Maker

When your ink is ready carefully and slowly, using the tweezers, place one of the marker cores into the test tube and wait for it to soak up all of the ink.  This doesn’t take too long and there are two test tubes so you have get a proper little production line going.

Crayola Marker Maker

With all the ink soaked into the core you’ll then need to use to tweezers again to place it into the marker barrel, then pop on the plug and press down on the lever and listen for it to click twice.  You need quite a lot of strength to do this so it was quite literally a case of all hands on deck!

Crayola Marker Maker

When your marker is ready all you need to do is label it!

Crayola Marker Maker

Imogen loved mixing the colours, watching the ink being soaked up and assembling her own markers.  She made a huge variety of different coloured markers and took great pride in colouring in her box to safely store them away.  Joseph joined in too and learnt an awful lot about colour mixing which he proudly shared with his nursery teachers and gained himself extra brownie points for!

Crayola Marker Maker

The Crayola Marker Maker is available from Amazon and other toy retailers priced at £19.99 and would make an awesome Christmas present for the any crafty, creative child.

What’s in the #DesignaFriend box?

Just in case you didn’t know… UKMumsTV are holding a DesignaFriend  Twitter party this Wednesday (12th November) between 4pm and 6pm and we’ll be hosting our very own here at home.  Imogen has invited her best friends to join in with all of the fun and we’ve been sent a whole host of goodies to make our party a huge success.  So, what’s in the box?

Design a Friend The box is packed choc-a-bloc with DesignaFriend goodies including two very beautiful dolls who come dressed in gorgeous outfits and their own charm bracelets.

Design a Friend

There are lots of Design a Friend games and activities including pass the parcel and everything we’ll need to create our own DesignaFriend and exclusive DesignaFriend club card.

DesignaFriend

Because a party is not a party without cake we’ll be decorating our very own and of course there are awesome DesignaFriend goodie boxes for each party to take home.  These are filled with stunning little DesignaFriend outfits, charms for their bracelets and sweet treats!

DesignaFriend

 

Make sure you join me (@fayerios) and @UKMumsTV on Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm over on Twitter with the #DesignaFriend hashtag as there’ll be lots of fun to be had and plenty of prizes to give away too.   There are downloadable DesignaFriend templates over on UKMumsTV as well as a competition to win your very own DesignaFriend.

We’re Having a #DesignAFriend Party!

Next Wednesday I’ll be hosting another Twitter party along with UKMumsTV and some other lovely fellow bloggers and this time it’s for the awesome range of Design a Friend dolls from Argos!

DesignaFriend

Imogen and her closest friends will partying, playing as well as designing their very own doll friends as we talk everything #DesignAFriend on Twitter.

DesignaFriend

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The party will take place over on Twitter between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday 12th November and as usual there’ll be lots of prizes up for grabs in spot competitions.  Make sure you’re following @UKMumsTV and the hashtag #DesignAfriend for your chance to win.  See you there!

Club Chic Fashion Dolls Review

Lucky Imogen had an awesome delivery from Vivid recently, the entire range of the Club Chic dolls!

Club Chic Dolls

Based in Bear Valley Hills, the Club Chic girls are totes the trendiest, coolest bears around! Each Club Chic doll has their own individual style and comes complete with personalised fabric outfits and a super-styling hand bag that you can use too! So who are these VIBs (Very Important Bears)?

Left to right they are:

Crystal a super famous movie actress, she loves shopping with her Club Chic friends for new clothes and accessories to add to her vast collection!  Crystal loves being glamorous and thinks that diamonds really are a bear’s best friend!

Violet likes to stand out in a crowd and her cool alternative fashion choices make this clear.  An amazing artist celebrated for her spooktacular art, she’s never shy of experimenting with edgy colours in both her art and her fashions!

Lil’ B has been a legendary hip hop dancer since her early teens! When she’s not down at the skate park you’ll most likely find her dancing to her favourite beats! It’s all about the music for this funky bear!

Candy is a bear who just loves to party!  As an international supermodel Candy travels around the world on a regular basis!  Her favourite colour is pink (duh…) and she loves having her photo taken.

Pippa is the youngest and the super-sweetest of the bunch! Her look is seriously cute, but behind those bashful pig-tails is a girl with some serious smarts! When she’s not playing with her latest gadget she’ll be most likely putting up the latest goss on the Club Chic girls on her blog! Making geek look totally chic!

The dolls are really well made with beautifully painted faces and each one comes with their own accessories as well as a handbag which closes with velcro and can be used as a purse.  They have hair just like any doll that can be brushed and styled and as they’re all the same shape they can all swap outfits.

Club Chic Dolls

Despite their oversized heads the Club Chic dolls can stand unaided and they have articulated arms and legs so that they can be positioned during play.

Club Chic Dolls

Although Imogen could identify with the personality traits and careers of all of the dolls her favourite is Candy, mainly because they both share a love of anything pink and love having their photograph taken.

Club Chic Candy

The Club Chic dolls are reasonably priced at around £16.99 and available from a number of toy retailers as well as larger supermarkets. For more information on them check out their very website www.clubchicdolls.com

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