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Easter at Poundland

Poundland really is your one stop shop for Easter this year with everything from chocolate eggs to baking and crafts all at a pound!  As Poundland ambassadors we were given £20 to spend at Poundland to see just how far it would go.

Firstly, everyone loves an Easter egg hunt and at Poundland it need not cost a fortune.  There’s a great selection of chocolate Easter eggs with your children’s favourite characters such as Shopkins and Star Wars as well as mini eggs from Cadbury and chocolate figures from Kinder.  There are also plastic fillable eggs to hide clues and treats and little buckets to collect your stash in.

Easter at Poundland

They also have an Easter egg hunt kit containing pointers, baskets and tokens which is suitable for up to 4 children, great value for only £1.

Easter at Poundland

Let’s face it the Easter holidays can be long especially if the weather is poor but at Poundland there is a great range of Easter craft activities to amuse even the boredest of children.

Easter Crafts at Poundland

If you’re making an Easter bonnet this year then head to Poundland they have bonnets and trilbys and everything you could possibly imagine to festoon your bonnet, even light up eggs!  There are decorations to paint, books to colour and puppets to make.  I love the paint your own egg kits which include paints, a paintbrush, accessories and a ceramic egg all inside an egg box.  They make a great alternative Easter gift too.

Easter at Poundland     Easter at Poundland

If baking is your thing then Poundland is certainly not to be overlooked.  The Jane Asher range has some great bakeware, accessories as well as cake mixes, icing and decorations.  We found a lovely 24 piece set which includes cases and decorations and some Easter themed presentation bags.  Together with the Jane Asher cupcake kit, which comes complete with icing and decorations, and a little baking magic they’ll make great Easter presents.

Easter at Poundland

Take a peek at the entire Easter range available at Poundland at www.poundland.co.uk/easter where you can now buy online, delivery is free on orders over £50 otherwise it’s just £4 or find your nearest store here.

Zoingo Boingo Review

When Flair asked Imogen if she’d like to review the Zoingo Boingo she jumped at the chance!!  It’s a fantastic flexible freestyle pogo that looks very similar to the pogo ball I had as a child but this has a soft, flexible pogo cord and handle.

Zoingo Boingo

It comes boxed and the ball is not inflated but all you’ll need is a bicycle pup to do so.  Assembly is fairly straight forward and took us less than five minutes, then you’re ready to bounce!  The Zoingo Boingo is suitable for use on grass or on the pavement and we took ours out in the garden to enjoy the sunshine.

You’ll need a wide, flat space and a helmet as it can be a little tricky to master at first and some help getting on and finding balance is key to a good bounce.  Imogen played outside with it for a good hour before she managed her first bounce.

Zoingo Boingo

I’m told the trick is to grip the ball with your feet as hard as you can and pull up on the handle so that your body is straight.  Tony was a natural pro and got the hang of it first time!

Zoingo Boingo

Imogen practiced and practiced, determined never to give up and she did it!  Now she has the hang of it she’s almost never off it, rushing home from school to get out in the garden and bounce around.

Zoingo Boingo

The Zoingo Boingo is recommended for ages 8 and up and it’s a fair guide, Imogen will be 8 in a matter of days and Joseph at 5 simply doesn’t have the co-ordination or body strength to do anything other than fall off it.

We’ve had loads of fun with the Zoingo Boingo and I’m sure that it will continue throughout the Summer.  It’s great to see Imogen out in the fresh air and getting some exercise as well as having great fun!

Our #NickJrBlaze Twitter Party

On Wednesday we took part in a Blaze and The Monster Machines party Twitter party along with UKMumsTV and other bloggers from around the country.  The party was held to celebrate fabulous new additions to the Fisher Price Blaze and the Monster Machines toy range and coincided with two brand new episodes of Blaze on Nick Jr.

We went sent everything we needed to make sure that out party went with a Blaze including a selection of the toys, goody bags and activities to keep the children busy.

#NickJrBlaze

The activities were based around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and playing with the great new toys!

Our first activity was the Blaze Sink and Float test where we filled plastic eggs with anything we could find.  Corks, polystyrene balls, buttons and even rocks from the garden were added to the eggs whilst we made our prediction on whether they would sink or float.  Then with a bucket of water we put them to the test!

#NickJrBlaze

The second activity saw us create an assault course suitable for the Blaze and the Monster Machines toys.  Using cardboard tubes, lollipop sticks, string, gum drops and cocktail sticks we used our engineering know how to create an assault course fit for Blaze and his Monster Machine friends.

#NickJrBlaze   #NickJrBlze

Our next activity involved a bit of maths teaching the children all about measurements and momentum.  We used the Blaze Launcher and set up start and finish flags and launched Blaze across the living room using a tap measure to see how far he traveled.  This was the children’s favourite activity and they all got very competitive!

#NickJrBlaze

Our final STEM activity was a peaceful one with the children testing their Blaze and the Monster Machines knowledge and using their colouring in sheets to reflect their answers.

#NickJrBlaze

Fun was had all round and with the children learning as well the party was a hit with the parents as well!  The children all went home with a goody bag full with their very own Blaze and the Monster Machine die-cast car from the new Fisher Price range as well as other Blaze treats and tasty, healthy treats from Kiddylicious.

#NickJrBlaze

The full Blaze and the Monster Machines range can be found on the Fisher Price website here and there’s plenty of Blaze and the Monster Machines activities on Nick Jr.

Your Invitation to Our Blaze and the Monster Machine Party!

This Wednesday, 16th March, the kiddywinks and I will joining in with UKMumsTV and other blogger families nationwide for an awesome afternoon as we host a Blaze and the Monster Machines Twitter party and you’ll all invited! BMM_LK_Bloggers_Button_300x250

Blaze and the Monster Machines in a pre-school series starring Blaze and his driver and friend eight year old AJ.  Their adventures take place in Axle city which is populated by the Monster Machines.  Blaze is the city’s biggest hero and champion of the racetrack because he can do things that no other truck can.  As well as his Blazing Speed he also has extensive engineering knowledge which he uses to add new parts to himself and transform into anything!!

Our party box contains some fabulous new Blaze and the Monster Machines toys from Fisher Price, goody bags and four games and activities which have all been designed around STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) learning.

#NickJrBlaze

Joseph is itching to get his hands on the new toy range from Fisher Price which include Transforming Jet Blaze, Transforming Turbo Launch, Slam and Go Crusher and a selection of die-cast vehicles.  The range is available from Argos and Smyths Toy Superstores and prices start from just £4.99.

The party takes place between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday to coincide with a special hour long Blaze and the Monster Machines episode over on Nick Jr starting at 2pm.  There will be spot prizes throughout the party so make sure you’re following @UKMumsTV and the #NickJrBlaze hashtag but in the meantime there’s lots of Blaze and the Monster Machines fun to be had at nickjr.co.uk.

Win a self-watering Lechuza Cubico 22 planter, worth £39.99, to plant with your little ones!

We all know kids love the great outdoors in the summer months, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get green-fingered in winter too. Planting indoors with your children is not only educational but great fun for all of the family to get involved in too! We’re offering one lucky winner a stylish Lechuza CUBICO 22 All-in-One Set to get your little ones growing exciting plants or edibles and add some greenery to your home in the run-up to spring.

Lechuza planters (widely used by professional landscapers and the green fingered enthusiasts) are famed for their sub-irrigation system, which provides plants with the exact amount of water they need for optimum growth for up to 12 weeks.

The CUBICO combines elegance with the most convenient use and care – perfect for introducing the little ones to planting!

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Little Live Pets – Birds Series 4 Review

Both Imogen and Joseph adore the Little Live Pets range from Character and we’ve built up quite a collection of Butterflies, Mice and Birds over time.  Their favourites though have to be the birds!  Character have recently added to the range of birds with series 4 and the kiddywinks were sent one to try out.

Polly Locket

The series 4 birds are called Dazzle Wings because they have just that!  We received Polly Locket but there are 6 others to collect Molly Moonbeam, Strawberry Belle, Cupcake Katie, Lucky Lee and Goldie.  Polly Locket is purple with pink wings with a silver locket design which Imogen thinks she’s beautiful.

Little Live Pets Dazzle Wings

Just like the other Little Live Pets birds they will respond to your touch and sing, tweet and chirp to you with over 30 different birdcalls and songs as well as an occasional “Hey good looking!”.  You can also record 10 seconds of your own voice by pressing the button on your bird’s chest which will be repeated back to you followed by a chirp.

Little Live Pets Polly Locket

Imogen is understandably quite taken with Polly and will spend hours playing with her making her repeat things for her brother or asking her maths questions for her to answer, funnily enough she gets them ALL right!

At just £9.99 I think they’re great value for money and perfect for saving pocket money for or for birthday party presents.  As well as the Dazzle Wings birds Character have also extended the Little Live Pets range with the Sweet Talkin’ Friends which include puppies, kittens, rabbits and ducks!  The entire Little Live Pets range can be seen here.

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Magazine Review

Since being handed down his Dad’s and Uncle’s precious LEGO collections Joseph very quickly became a LEGO addict.  His toy boxes are now slowly filling with the colourful bricks and his pocket money wisely spent on the latest minifigures, but not without giving the bag a good feel before hand!  He’s already been extremely lucky to get his paws on some of the new NEXO KNIGHTS range earlier this year but was thrilled to get an early look at the NEXO KNIGHTS magazine which is released tomorrow!

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS MagazineLike most children’s magazine the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS magazine comes with a free toy but being LEGO this is one toy that will guarantee to be more than a five minute wonder!  Every issue comes with a NEXO KNIGHTS toy, perfect for building up your collection.  The first issue comes with a  limited edition Lance minifigure!

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Magazine    LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Magazine

Inside the magazine are a wide range of features including character profiles, puzzles, competitions, posters and comics.  Joseph’s reading has come on leaps and bounds and he loves to read but I’m sure they’d encourage a less reluctant reader.

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Magazine

The magazine also gives you the opportunity to scan and unlock new powers in the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: MERLOCK 2.0 app, which is free to download from the App Store or Google Play.

The LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS magazine is available from all good newsagents from tomorrow with a new issue available every four weeks.  Joseph and I have read his cover to cover and he still goes back to it to look up the Knighton Villains or ogle at the awesome toys he could win in the competitions.  At just £3.25 (only a little more than a LEGO minifigure) I think it’s great value for money and we can’t wait until the next issue.

Playmobil Easter Eggs Review #PlaymobilPlayologist

It may only seem like five minutes ago that we were opening the first door on our Playmobil advent calendars but it’s already time to talk about Easter!  As Playmobil Playologists the kiddywinks look forward to their seasonal treats from their Playmobil friends every year.

Playmobil Easter Eggs

This year Imogen received a pinky purple coloured egg named Mermaid with Seahorses.  This contained a base, coral, 3 seahorses, a starfish, seashells and a mermaid figure as well as a gemstone for her necklace.

Playmobil Mermaid Easter Egg

Imogen loves this little set and the little mermaid figure quickly became her favourite, apparently her name is Michele and she loves splashing in the bath!  There are a fair few very small parts to this set but the plastic egg has been used as storage and to keep them all together.

Playmobil Mermaid Easter EggLucky Joseph a bright red egg called Soccer Player with Goal and it contains just that.  A goal, football and a sports and action soccer player.  There are even numbered stickers to give your figure the number jersey of your choice.

Playmobil Soccer Egg

The only assembly needed is popping the bottom on the goal and your soccer player onto his base which was perfect for Joseph who can find small parts challenging.  When on its’ base the soccer player has a real kick action operated with a lever at the back, perfect for practising penalties.

Playmobil Soccer Easter Egg

There are five all new Easter Eggs from Playmobil for this Easter, all priced at £6.99 and available from the Playmobil shop online.

Say it with Steak this Valentine’s at Beefeater

With Valentine’s day looming we were recently invited to check out what our local Beefeater had to offer for this special day.  With babysitters depleted we visited White Rock on a busy Friday night after hectic days at work and school with the kiddywinks happily in tow.  With the restaurant already pretty chocca we were shown to our table and presented with menus promptly.

Imogen and Joseph were delighted with their Mr Men and Little Miss themed activity packs which kept them occupied whilst Tony and I browsed the menu.  The children’s menu is great value at between £4.49 and £5.99 for a one, two or three course meal with squash but with but of them having tiny appetites we opted for a two course, main and of course pudding!

Valentine's at Beefeater Valentine's at Beefeater

Tony and I also decided upon a two course affair, sadly skipping the starters which included lots ideal for sharing such as a whole baked Camembert, Potato Dippers with various delicious fillings and sharing platters.  The menu is huge and meat lover Tony was in heaven, eventually opting for an 8oz sirloin.  As a vegetarian I was thrilled to see the veggie options widened after our visit back in the Summer.  As well as a pasta and risotto there is also the option of Enchiladas and the Veg-Out Burger, I went for the latter.

Valentine's at Beefeater Valentine's at Beefeater

When ordering we were all given the option of swapping sides if we wanted and Tony and I were given the option of either skinny or triple cooked chips which can be plain or spicy.  We decided to go for one of each so that we could get the best of both worlds and pinch from each others plates.  We were also politely reminded when ordering that these were unlimited and if we wanted more all we had to do was ask!

Valentine's at Beefeater Valentine's at Beefeater

Tony declared his steak “one of the best he’d eaten” saying it was cooked to perfection.  My burger went down a treat as well but there certainly wasn’t room for any additional chips!  Imogen chose Macaroni Cheese and Joseph went for the Mini Steak Burger both thoroughly enjoyed their meals finishing with empty plates ready for dessert!

For pudding both of the kiddywinks chose the Funny Face Sundae, a fun option with ice cream, ice cream cone, strawberry laces marshmallows and chocolate beans so you can create your very own ice cream.  Joseph decided to turn his into Olaf with Imogen quickly following suit, it was a huge hit!

Valentine's at Beefeater

Still a little full from our main course, Tony and I decided to share one of Beefeater’s infamous ice cream sundaes.  Large enough to share it was a delicious combination of ice creams and rich chocolate brownie topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and a wafer.  A truly indulgent end to a wonderful meal.

We really enjoyed our meal at Beefeater and already can’t wait to go back.  There’s lots on offer over Valentine’s weekend too with three courses for just £19.99 including those unlimited chips!  Whether you manage to bag yourself a babysitter or not “Say it with Steak” this Valentine’s at Beefeater!

U Hugs Dolls Review

Lucky Imogen was treated to a couple of new friends last week, Starry Fairy and Screamy Queen from Flair’s new range of dolls – U Hugs!  There are six dolls in the series each with it’s own personality Sweety Rock, Starry Fairy, Screamy Queen, Scary Baby, Sassy Fashion and Scratchy DJ.

U Hugs Dolls

The things that makes the U Hugs dolls different is that they are fully customisable to suit your mood or even your outfit!  The doll’s bodies are made from a very soft rubber with 16 holes ready to be accessorised by one of the 12 different pins to make your U Hug doll unique.

U Hugs Dolls

At the back of each doll opens up to reveal a secret compartment, similar to that of Mr Potato Head, which is great for keeping their pins safe.

U Hugs Dolls

Cleverly, all of the U Hugs dolls accessories including their wigs and shoes are interchangeable so the more dolls you collect the more variations of looks you can create.  Imogen has fallen in love with the U Hugs dolls and spends hours accessorising them before their parties and shopping trips which appear to be endless!

U Hugs Dolls

The U Hugs Dolls are available from Amazon priced at £14.99.

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