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. Whilst waiting to decorate their own pizzas, they got busy colouring in the Mona Lisa and getting creative with their stickers on their menus. Time to decorate pizzas with ham, baby plum tomatoes and olives! 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. All of this was finished off with a Chocacino. We 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.
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. 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. 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. The sweater is available in red or blue and 100% cotton and lovely and soft with a fleecy inside, perfect for chilly mornings. 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!
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!
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. 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. Joseph’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.
Both of these puzzles as well as others are available from Amazon with prices starting from just £3.99.
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 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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Yes, I know the kids haven’t even finished for the Summer yet but having tried to purchase plimsolls in the last few days of August one year I do try and be as organised as possible for September. Usually most of my back to school shopping is done and dusted before August meaning that the rest of the Summer is ours to enjoy. In September Imogen will start her year last year as an infant in year 2 and Joseph will start at the school’s pre school 3 days a week. Having spent time with their new teachers and in their new classrooms both are very excited and looking forward to what the new school year brings. Matalan recently gave us the chance to test out their school uniform and whilst I buy a lot of the kids clothes from there (Imogen is very partial to their applique t-shirts) I’ve never bought any school uniform there, so I was intrigued to see if the quality and value for money matched our usual uniform haunt. I was sent a great selection of uniform for Imogen including short sleeve blouses, a pinafore, pleated skirt, a gingham summer dress, socks and shoes. Imogen was rather taken by the Summer dress which is described as a “Flippy Gingham Dress” (£7.00), it has some lovely girly details like puff sleeves, a bow detail at the waist and a wonderfully full skirt, perfect for twirling! For the start in September Imogen can create two different looks with the skirt and pinafore, both equally as smart.
Both are Teflon coated, to repel stains, and the box pleat skirt (£4.00) has an incredibly adjustable waist, ideal for Imogen as she’s tall and skinny. The pinafore is double breasted with an empire waist and button detail. They look great with the short sleeved blouses (£6-£8 for two) which, again, have some lovely details such as flower shaped buttons, scalloped collar and flower embroidery on the pocket. These are 65% and 35% cotton designed to keep your child cool and also minimise ironing, that has to be good! Joseph was sent a three pack of polo shirts and a pair of trousers ready for his start in pre school. The polo shirts are great value for money at just £4 for three! They’re 100% cotton and really soft and a great fit on Joe. Joe’s trousers (£5-£7) are pull on, so there are no zips or buttons to contend with, which will be really helpful when getting dressed and undressed for PE and taking himself to the toilet. They are also Telfon coated and have an adjustable waist. I got dinky three and a half year old Joe the smallest size available, age 3, and whilst they’re a little long at the moment I’m sure by September they’ll be a great fit. Whilst I haven’t repeatidly washed the kiddywinks uniforms, every item has been through the wash at least once and pleats have stayed in place, nothing has shrunk and it all needs minimal ironing. The quality is good with hard wearing fabric and some great little details. Price wise Matalan is slightly cheaper than the supermarket we usually buy our school uniform from and with them stocking everything from lunch boxes to shoes and underwear Matalan really will be our one stop back to school shop this year! The full Back to School range is available in store on online and can be viewed here www.matalan.co.uk/back-to-school
Finding time for yourself, as a busy parent, can be very tough but it’s really important to make sure that you do take some time out of your day to spend alone and doing exactly what you want! Personally, even if I just manage five minutes watering the garden when the kiddywinks are in bed that’s enough but the ultimate has to be a long soak in the bath and catching up on a spot of TV or watching a favourite film.
Ever since we got Netflix at the beginning of the year my TV viewing has broadened and I’m enjoying a lot of shows that I possibly wouldn’t normally have watched. The greatest thing about Netflix though is that it’s all there and ready when you are. There’s no rushing to get the kids into bed so you won’t miss the start of a programme or missing a cliff-hanger because the mother in law is on the phone!
One of the series that I have really enjoyed on Netflix is Orange is the New Black. Set in a women’s prison and a far cry from Prisoner: Cell Block H, it tells the story of Piper Chapman (played by the stunning Taylor Schilling) who is found guilty of a ten year old drug trafficking crime and sentenced to 15 months in a woman’s federal prison. The new series started at the beginning of this month and so far I’m really enjoying it!
Our friends at Interplay recently sent Imogen and Joseph their Butterfly World Kit from their My Living World range for review. This kit contains everything needed to rear and observe the amazing lifecycle of butterflies, including:
- Pop-Up Butterfly Rearing Cage
- Jar Cover
- Small Plastic Pot & lid
- Paint Brush
- Informative Guide written by Nick Baker
- Caterpillar Order Form
The plan was for us to collect our own caterpillar eggs or caterpillars using the equipment supplied and the knowledge in the guide book. Having just planted veggies in the vegetable patch at home, I honestly didn’t see this being a problem – they seem to like my broccoli! However the weather was not on our side and the local caterpillars were hiding! So we sent off for the live caterpillars from the supplier recommended by Interplay, Gribblybugs.
A couple of days later a small, well packaged box arrived containing a pot with five very small caterpillars. The pot contains everything the little caterpillars need until they turn into pupae.
Over the next 14 days we watched our caterpillars eat and wriggle around their pot. They got bigger and spikier everyday until hanging themselves upside down on the lid of the pot and the chrysalis were formed.
Then once all five caterpillars have turned into pupae, it’s time to move them (very carefully) into the butterfly rearing cage. Pop the plastic lid off the pot and carefully remove the special paper lid that the pupae are attached to and, using the double sided tape provided, stick to the roof of the cage.
The butterflies will normally emerge within 10-14 days, however we had a bit of a shock after only 5 days (it was incredibly hot which apparently helps) and found our first butterfly emerging as we came home from school.
Over the next couple of days we watched all five of our Painted Lady butterflies emerge, feeding them on a 10% honey solution as detailed in the booklet.
This weekend we released our butterflies in the garden, it was a lovely experience, they flew around our heads and perched themselves in the garden before heading off for pastures new.
The entire family has loved watching the caterpillars and the butterflies, it’s been amazing and has taught us all a lot. Imogen and Joseph were always aware that they’d have to set the butterflies free and so it didn’t upset them in the slightest, in fact they were delighted to see them happily flying around.
The booklet contained in the kit is really very informative and Imogen is still reading snippets of it now and again, learning about butterflies and their lifecycle. The Butterfly World kit is priced at £12.99 but can be reused (we’ll certainly be doing it again) and caterpillars from Gribblybugs are available at the discounted price of £9.50 using the code in your booklet. This is a great, educational kit that is bound to keep children entertained over the school holidays and will make a fantastic “holiday project” to write about and tell their friends. Imogen has taken pictures of her butterflies and one of the pupae to show her friends and teachers at school.
We’re massive fans of Woolly and Tig in this house so when the kiddywinks were offered a chance to review Woolly and Tig’s first musical CD Songs for Wobbly Moments I jumped at it! Songs for Wobbly Moments is due for release on 7th July and contains 20 fun songs from the increasing popular Cbeebies TV show.
- Big Stomps
- If There wasn’t a “No”
- The Thunder Bang Song
- Funky Dunky
- Rubba Dubba Rock
- I Like Monsters
- Counting Kisses
- I Love Woolly
- Elves & Shoemaker
- Give a Smile
- Weenie Worries
- I Love Mummy
- Mairi’s Wedding
- Cheeky Wee Echo
- One More Step
- Agree to Disagree
- Auld Lang Syne
- Counting Kisses Woolly’s Solo
Just like the programme, the songs relate to new and different experiences that nearly every child has to face helping them explore their feelings and deal with them. All of the songs are fun with great melodies and incredibly catchy lyrics that I guarantee will have you singing along in no time.
Imogen quickly declared “Bunches” as her favourite which is described as a pantomime song and is about haircuts. Joseph likes both Stomp and The Thunder Bang song, simply because he can make as much noise as he likes whilst siging along!