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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!

Back to School ~ Matalan School Uniform Review

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. Back to School 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. Matalan School Uniform 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! Matalan School Uniform For the start in September Imogen can create two different looks with the skirt and pinafore, both equally as smart.

Matalan School UniformMatalan school Uniform

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. Matalan School Unifaorm 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. Matalan School Uniform 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

 

New Blue Nose Friends Characters

Imogen has managed to build up quite a collection of Blue Nose Friends and was overjoyed to see the latest four friends arrive for her to review.

Blue Nose Friends

The newest friends on the Blue Nose block are Soprano, Denzil, Tatty Puppy and Pandora and they bring the total collection up to an impressive 135! Each of the friends is ultra soft and cuddly with their trademark blue nose and patchwork detail but each has their own personality.

Soprano is the pint-sized Shetland Pony who loves to sing with friends… because everything’s better in harmony!

SopranoDenzil is the chilled Komodo Dragon who’s calm in any crisis … when the heat is on, Denzil always stays cool.

Denzil

Tatty Puppy is the loveable pup who’s on a mission to make you laugh… watch out for those cheeky pranks!

Tatty Puppy

Pandora is the beautiful pearl oyster who loves to hide… if you can find her, she’ll dazzle you with surprises.

Pandora1

Imogen quickly announced the very pretty Pandora as her favourite and Joseph has claimed super cool Denzil for himself.  The new Blue Nose Friends are adorable and prefect for adding or even starting your own collection.  They are priced at £5.00 each and available from www.carteblanchegreetings.com.

Watchbot 3.0 Video Review and Giveaway

I’ve spoken on this blog many a time before about how I’d love to transform our overstuffed attic into a playroom for the kiddywinks and now I am thrilled to be able to say that we’ve done it!  Well to a certain degree there are still things to be sorted, storage being a major issue. But for now they have somewhere to play independently, watch what they want to on TV or play on the Wii.

One of the things I didn’t think about though was keeping an eye on them two floors up. Most of the time I sit up stairs and join in the fun and games but there are times when they don’t want me around or there are simply other things that need to be done. We had recently been discussing baby monitoring cameras so that I could watch what they were doing and then the opportunity arose to review the Watchbot 3.0 camera.

Here’s our video review….

The Watchbot is a great camera with a huge range of uses from anything from home or holiday home security, baby monitoring or even as a nanny cam!  With motion detection, night vision and email alerts it has everything that an expensive CCTV system has at a fraction of the cost.  The Watchbot 3.0 is available in black or white at the amazing price of just £149.95.

Watchbot are also giving you the chance to win £600 of their products is this competition.  To enter simply do so via Rafflecopter below, good luck!

Animal Adventures with Netflix

The subject for this Netflix #StreamTeam post is animals and this couldn’t have come at a better time for Imogen as this half term she’s learning all about them at school.  This kicked off yesterday with her dressed as her favourite animal for her first day back and will end with an exciting day out at the zoo! DIY Peacock Costume All over half term we’ve been watching an awful lot of Netflix, thanks to the poor weather, on our new Smart TV and here are just a couple of our animal based favourites on Netflix at the moment.

RangoUp

As well as animation we’ve also be learning with some fantastic David Attenborough programmes.  Imogen has learned so much from these and is now full of useful facts so that she can show off her knowledge at school.

The Life of MammalsPlanet Earth

As well as entertainment suggestions, Netflix have also provided us with some creative lunch ideas, especially appropriate seeing as the Bento craze seems to have hit our shores recently! Here’s a couple of great animal themed sandwich ideas perfect for lunch!

How to make a Dog sandwich

You will need
2 x slices of wholemeal bread
1 x wholemeal pita or 1 x slice of wholemeal crust
Your favourite sandwich filling
Cucumber
Cheese
Cream cheese (optional)

Method
1. Make a sandwich using two slices of wholemeal bread and your favourite filling

2. Using a sharp knife, cut out a shape that resembles a pear or light bulb (wide and round at one end and narrower and rounded at the other)

3. Using either pitta bread or the slice of a crust, cut two teardrop shapes and then tuck these inside the sandwich so that the rounded section is at the top and the point is downwards

4. To make the nose, cut a slice of cucumber skin and then shape it into a round edged triangle and put it in place

5. For the eyes, take a slice of cheese and using a circular cutter (small cookie cutter), cut two oval eye shapes. Cut some more cucumber skin and using an apple corer or very small circle cutter, make two pupils from the cucumber skin and place on top of the cheese ovals

6. To finish, cut some small curves of cucumber skin using a round cutter and place above the eyes. To give the eyes and nose a more lifelike appearance, use a tiny dot of cream cheese to highlight these.

Dog Sandwhich

How to make a Rabbit sandwich

You will need
3 x slices of 50/50 white bread
½ a slice of wholemeal bread
Sandwich filling
Slice of ham
Cucumber
Black grapes
Red pepper or cherry tomato
6x pieces of dry spaghetti

Method
1. Make a sandwich using two slices of bread and your favourite filling

2. Cut the shape of the Rabbit head as shown in the picture (rounded at the top, with a wider section for the cheeks, narrowing to a thin neck)

3. To make the ears, cut the third slice of white bread into two long oval shapes pointed at one end, and top these with two ovals of ham slightly smaller than the ears, leaving an edge around the outside

4. Using the wholemeal bread cut two small oval shapes slightly pointed at one end and place these together on top of the bread so that the tips touch. Top this with a small circle of either red pepper or cherry tomato for the nose, cut using a small circle cutter

5. For the eyes, cut a slice of cucumber lengthways and remove the skin. Using the cucumber flesh, cut two long oval shapes and top these with half a black grape for the pupils

6. Finish your Rabbit with some teeth made from a rectangle of cucumber with a v-shape cut up the middle. Using the spaghetti poke it into the wholemeal bread nose and snap off to your desired length. Don’t forget to remove the spaghetti before eating the sandwich

Rabbit Sandwich

Top tips

1. Instead of cucumber flesh for the eyes and teeth, you could use a slice of cheese cut into the same shapes?
2. Why not swap the dry spaghetti whiskers for some chives or thin strands of spring onion?

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