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Review: Flair’s Cool Create Frozen Range

Imogen’s been getting her craft on during the Summer holidays with an awesome selection of goodies from Flair’s Cool Create range.  The selection, much to Imogen’s excitement, was all Frozen related and included Cool Cardz, a Fun Tiles Night Light and Fairy Lights.

Frozen Cool Create

Imogen decided that she’d tackle the Frozen Cool Cardz first and make some Secret Club membership cards for her and her brother.  The Cool Cardz design studio is handbag shaped with 15 cards ready to be personalised with the included stickers and stampers. There’s even a co-ordinating purple felt tip pen so you can add your own message.

Frozen Cool Cardz    Frozen Cool Cardz

Once finished you can laminate your card using the mess free laminating pouches and the laminating tool on the design studio.  There’s even a handy drawer to keep everything safe and tidy.Frozen Cool Cardz

Next up was the Frozen Fun Tiles Night Light. The fun set contains everything (apart from the batteries) needed to make your own night light featuring your favourite Frozen characters including the light box, push button night light and over 800 self adhesive mosaic tiles and gems.

Frozen Fun Tiles Night Light
The light box features pictures of Anna, Elsa Olaf and Kristoff all specially marked with letters which refer to the key on the box showing where each of the 800 tiles and gems need to be placed.  As these are both self adhesive there is no mess and there’s quite a few spares which allow for mistakes.  Imogen really enjoyed sticking them on and watching her light come to life completing it all by herself.

Frozen Fun Tiles night Light

She’s thrilled to bits with it and it now takes pride of place on her bedside table.   The soft light is just enough for her to drift off to sleep to and it makes a beautiful addition to her bedroom.

Frozen Fun Tiles Night Light

Last, but by no means least, is Imogen’s favourite from her goodies the Frozen Fairy Lights. This kit contains a string of 7 battery operated fairy lights as well as 12 different paper shades to fit them and stickers, gems and a felt tip pen to customise them.

Frozen Fairy Lights

There are three different types of shades all which can be decorate as you wish with stickers, gems or your own design.

Frozen Fairy Lights Frozen Fairy Lights Frozen Fairy Lights

Imogen had a great amount of fun designing her lights but the process can be a little messy as to create the lanterns you’ll need to push small pieces of paper out from them.  She was again thrilled to be adding them to her room.

Frozen Fairy Lights

There’s a huge Cool Create range available from Flair and from the glimpse we’ve seen it’s pretty cool!  You can join the Cool Create club at www.coolcreateclub.co.uk where you can win prizes, be kept up to date with the latest products and even join the tester panel!  They can also be found on Twitter @CoolCreateClub and on Facebook.

Twirlywoos Soft Toy Review

The Twirlywoos is the latest Cbeebies series to grabbed Joseph’s attention, launched back in February and created by Anne Wood of In the Night Garden and Teletubbies fame the Twirlywoos is an awesome, humorous show engaging pre-schoolers everywhere.  After a day at nursery Joseph and I have been known to cuddle up and watch all of the Twirlywoos episodes that the BBC iPlayer has to offer, so understandably he was overjoyed that Golden Bear asked him to take a look at their new toy range.

Twirlywoos

The impressive range contains Fun Sounds Chickedy and Chick, the smallest of the Twirlywoos family who when their trademark plump tummies are pressed will say phrases from the show. There is also Talking Toodloo and Talking GreatBigHoo who do they same.  They’re super soft and lovely and cuddly and just like their screen counterparts they’re brightly coloured and ridiculously cute!

Twirlywoos

Also in the soft toy range is Joseph’s favourite character Peekaboo who is reversible and turns inside out to hide inside his shell.  He has a fun squeaker inside and has also been used rather a lot as a hand puppet.

Twirlywoos

Peekaboo!

Twirlywoos

Joseph is thrilled to bits with his new friends who are obviously the perfect companions to watch the Twirlywoos with and are already ready for snuggles at bedtime.  Imogen is quite taken with them as well, not that she gets a look in!

There’s a lot more Twirlywoo fun to come from Golden Bear in the not to distant future as well with the Twirlywoo Big Red Boat now available on pre order as well as Twirlytop Toodloo and a bath time Big Red Boat. The range starts from as little as £4.99 and is available from Golden Bear.

Twirlywoos

Our Netflix Summer Holiday Saviours

The Summer holidays are in full swing and we seem to have had our fair share of wet, miserable days here in Devon.  So much so that I ran out of rainy day activities a while back and have called in help from Netflix for entertainment!  This August sees a whole host of new shows the first of which had Imogen severely hooked only half way through the first episode!

Project Mc2

Project Mc2 follows teenage spy and new kid in school McKeyla team up with three other super-smart (and super sassy) girls to become secret agents.  The team use S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and girl-power to save the day, proving that Smart is the New Cool™.

Project Mc2

Netflix very kindly sent Imogen her very own McKeyla doll, which she is over the moon with and she’s invited her bestest buddy Amber over to watch the show with her later this week.

Also coming soon to Netflix is the new Dreamworks series Dino Trucks which premiers this Friday 14th August and Joseph is just going to love it!

Dino Trux

Half dinosaur! Half truck! All amazing! Prepare for an adventure of prehistoric proportion as DreamWorks Animation’s action-packed DINOTRUX premieres only on Netflix.  The all-new series follows the larger-than-life adventures of Ty Rux, a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his tiny friend Revvit, a razor-smart Reptool.  Together, the Dinotrux and Reptools unite to defend their new community against D-Structs, the biggest and baddest Dinotrux of them all, who threatens to destroy everything they’ve built.

Also starting on the 14th is Ever After High: Spring Unsprung, can’t wait?  You can watch the trailer here.

 

Crystal Zelfs Review

Just a couple of weeks ago I told you all about the new fifth series of Imogen’s favourite friends the Zelfs.  You may recall that this exciting series also includes a limited number of Crystal Zelfs, Zelfs with added bling!  Thanks to Character Imogen added to her expanding collection with Moona the Crystal Zelf.

Moona Crystal Zelf

There are six to collect Angelala, So-Anne, Moonicorn, Starkle, Sugar-Bunny and Moona.  They are slightly more expensive that their similarly sized counterparts but come with a cute magical crystal accessory.  Moona, who is a Snadman Zelf, comes with her own MoonBeam bench as well as her very own comb and hair accessories.

Moona The Crystal Zelf

The Crystal Zelfs help create wonderful dreams using their Crystal Powers so Imogen takes Moona to bed with her every night and can confirm that they do indeed aid a restful and dream filled night!

The Crystal Zelfs are available now from Character-online.com and are just a small part of a huge Zelf range that starts from as little as £1.99.

 

The Furchester Hotel Magazine Review

Today sees the launch of the first ever CBeebies Furchester Hotel magazine, based around the popular CBeebies series you’ll see all of your favourite Furchester characters inside including Elmo, Cookie Monster and new friends Phoebe, Funella and Furgus. The kiddywinks were very lucky to get an early sneak peek of the magazine so they could share their thoughts on it.

Furchester Hotel Magazine

As with most children’s magazine The Furchester Hotel magazine comes with a free gift, this issue has a portrait kit and contains everything needed to make your own portraits of the characters from the show.  There is furry fabric, googly eyes, an assortments of backgrounds and frames as well as accessories.  Joseph really enjoyed this mixing and matching to create his own fun, brightly coloured characters.

The Furchester Hotel Magazine

Inside the magazine there are stories, plenty of colouring pages, puzzles and lots and lots of stickers that need placing on pretty much every page.  Joseph most enjoyed the stickers, solving problems and answering questions with them particularly in Cookie Monster’s 6 page activity book which is found in the middle of the magazine.

The Furchester Hotel MagazineThere are lots of opportunities to practice a little bit of writing and pencil control as well with mazes, answers to circle and lines to trace.  Joseph needs a little help controlling his pencil so we found these very useful as rather than copying letters from a book he was following the trail across the magazine and helping his Furchester friends.

The Furchester Hotel Magazine

The Furchester Hotel magazine is a four weekly magazine priced at £2.75 and the first issue is available now.

 

Easy Nails Nail Spa Review

Imogen loves nothing more than a little pamper and so was thrilled to be asked to review the Easy Nails Nail Spa from Character.

Easy Nails Nail Spa

Suitable for children aged 5 and over the Nail Spa comes with two pots of peel off nail polish in pink and purple, three interchangeable brush heads, gem stones and glitter.  The Nail Spa does need 3AAA batteries and these aren’t included.

Easy Nails Nail Spa

The Nail Spa is essentially a robotic arm that will dip it’s brush into the polish and then paint your nails for you which is fabulous as Imogen and I are both quite uncoordinated and as a result our nails are always a mess!

It’s really easy to use simply set it up by switching it to set up mode at the back and fully lower the nail polish bottle holder by turning the dial.  Then place an open bottle of polish into the bottle holder and press the pink button on the side of the nail spa.  If the brush doesn’t dip into the bottle simply raise the height of it by turning the dial.  Switch the Nail Spa back into Play mode and you’re ready to go.

To paint your nails with the Easy Nails Nail Spa firstly place your finger on the rest and press the pink button, this will dip the brush into the polish.  Then press the purple button and this will move the brush above your nail.  Pivot your finger on the adjustable nail rest until your nail is painted pressing the purple button again if need be.

East Nails Nail Spa

Find the right position is tricky but once Imogen and finished one hand she had the hang of it and her left hand was beautifully painted, far better than she could have done herself.

Easy Nails Nail Spa

Imogen adores the Easy Nails Nail Spa and has used it time and time again either with friends, by herself or with her brother!  It’s really easy for her to use with the dip and paint buttons being positioned on both sides of the Nail Spa and the size adjustable bottle holder means that it will accommodate pretty much any pot of polish.  It’s fairly compact so easy to store but I’d love to have seen a little drawer somewhere to stash the extra brushes and other small accessories.

The Easy Nails Nail Spa is available now from Character priced at £29.99.

Minion Madness with Crayola and Top Trumps

With this Summer’s hottest movie now in cinemas Minion madness has most definitely taken over in our house with the happy yellow fellas appearing all over our house including in the form of yogurt in our fridge!  Over the past couple of weeks we’ve also been sent some awesome new Minion themed products from Crayola and Top Trumps in order to share our thoughts.

First up is Minion Colour ALive from Crayola.  Imogen and Joseph were lucky enough to review the first wave of Colour Alive products and still play with them to this day so they were thrilled when this arrived.

Minion Colour Alive

 

Crayola seem to have made some changes to make the process more user friendly and there is no need to scan in your special effects markers and there are more effects available on the app but we did have trouble scanning in a couple of pages despite several attempts.

Crayola Colour Alive Crayola Colur Alive

That said they’ve still had an enormous amount of fun with it and it’s bound to keep them amused during the rainy days we’re bound to have over the Summer holidays.

Crayola Colour Alive Crayola Colour Alive

 

The Kiddywinks also received Minion Top Trumps, 60 glossy, good quality thick cards which feature their favourite Minions as well as other characters and missions from the movie.

Minions Top Trumps

There are five different scoring categories to choice from including cleverness, bravery, leadership, mischievous and the classic Top Trump rating.  Imogen is a Top Trumps pro and has really enjoyed teaching her little brother how to play although normally beating him hands down!

Minion Top Trumps

They were a god send during a family trip to the optician’s for our annual eye tests and I’m sure they’ll save the day on long journeys for plenty of time to come.

Little Live Pets Lil’ Mouse House Trail Review

The kiddywinks have been hankering after a new pet for ages, trying to convince me that the summer holidays would be an ideal time to introduce a new furry friend into our home because they’d have more time to get to know it.  They knew I was having none of it but it didn’t stop the nagging and constant requests to visit the pet shop, obviously hoping that we’d all fall hopelessly in love with something there and bring it back with us.  So imagine their surprise when I told them to hurry home from school because they had something small and furry waiting for them!

However, what was waiting for them was a delivery from Character, the latest from their Little Live Pets range the Lil’ Mouse House Trail complete with Crumbs a little brown mouse.  I was wrong in thinking they’d be slightly miffed with the trick I’d played, they were thrilled with their new “pet”.

Little Live Pets Lil' Mouse House Trail

The Lil’ Mouse House Trail doesn’t include a mouse but that’s reflected in it’s price of £14.99.  There are currently six mice available to buy separately at £9.99 or you can purchase the Mouse House as addition to the playset for £19.99 and this comes one of two exclusive mice, Snippy or Blossom.

ChatterSmooch Crumbs

The little mice are very cute with soft, bodies, felt ears and come with the batteries they need already installed.  They make over 25 different noises, most of which are realistic squeaks but they also have an infectious giggle!

The Lil’ Mouse House Trail does need assembly but it’s simply a case of clipping together parts of the trail and takes less than five minutes but does need a little force so is best done by an adult.  

Little Live Pets Lil' Mouse House Trail

It has some cool features including a see-saw, two scamper domes, bubble track and plenty of twists and turns for your mouse to explore.  There is the option of putting ramps or stoppers on the sides of the scamper domes which will allow your pet to run free or not, whichever you decide.

Little Live Pets Lil' Mouse House Trail

Once let loose inside the trail our mouse Scamp scurried all around, exploring the whole track and turning back on herself when she hit an obstacle.  Occasionally she will get a little over excited and turn onto her back but as soon as she’s back on her wheels she’ll scoot off again, usually giggling in delight!

Little Live Pets Lil' Mouse House Trail

Both Imogen and Joseph have had no end of fun with Scamp and the Lil’ Mouse House Trail and there are plans to expand the mouse family and add a Mouse House very, very soon.

The entire range of Little Live Pets Mice can be seen here.

Zelfs Series 5 Review

Imogen is still a massive Zelfs fan and so was delighted to hear of the release of the eagerly awaited series 5 of her crazy-haired friends and even more excited when Character asked her to take a look at them.

Series 5 Zelfs

Lucky Imogen received two Series 5 Zelfs Daisy-May the Daisy Zelf and Koolah the Koala Zelf.  Just like the other Zelfs from previous series each Zelf comes with it’s own comb, hair accessories and collectors leaflet.

Series 5 Zelfs

As always Imogen loves her little bios on the back on the box, learning all about her new friends and marking their birthdays on her calendar.

Series 5 Zelfs

Imogen’s favourite is Daisy-May as she has glorious patterned hair, which is new to the latest series.

Series 5 Zelfs

Also new to series 5 are a cute range of Crystal Zelfs and an extremely cool Light Up Zelf, Princess Crystella who is a huge 24cm tall and comes complete with light up wing and hair.

Light Up Zelf

The Series 5 Zelfs will be available shortly from www.character-online.com with prices starting from £1.99.

White Rock Beefeater Review

Last week we were very kindly invited to try out our local Beefeater restaurant to try out their new Spring/Summer menu and admire their new decor.  We decided to start our weekend off in style and visited on Friday night and booked a table at Beefeater White Rock for 6.30pm.

Beefeater White Rock

Upon arrival I was quite surprised to see that the restaurant was already quite full but we were shown to our table and presented with menus very quickly.  Our waitress was soon with us to take our drinks orders and the children were given Mr Men and Little Miss activity books and crayons to keep them amused.

Beefeater White Rock

Browsing through the menu took some time as it’s huge and Tony, who loves a steak, had a very difficult job choosing his preferred choice.  He eventually opted for the 10oz Rump with a side order of Bearnaise sauce.  Being a vegetarian there wasn’t a great deal of choice for me but then Beefeater is a steak restaurant so it’s to be expected, I decided on the Veg-Out burger.  We were asked by our waitress if we wanted to swap any of our sides and given the option of skinny or chunky chips and then to have them plain or spicy.

The children were determined to whole the whole hog and have three courses with Joseph starting with Garlic and Herb Breaded Mushrooms before this 3oz Steak Burger.  Imogen started with Cheesy Nachos and followed with Mr Noisy’s Bangers and Mash.

Beefeater White Rock

The children’s started arrived quickly but afterwards there was a quite substantial delay for our main courses.  Imogen and Joseph were otherwise occupied chatting with us about their week and what they wanted to do that weekend and busy with their activity books so they didn’t notice, Tony and I however began to get very hungry.  When our meals did arrive though they didn’t disappoint, they were nicely presented, hot and very, very tasty!

Beefeater White Rock  Beefeater White Rock

 

Beefeater White Rock

With full tummies and empty plates all round we decided to skip dessert but have booked a table to go back this Friday  and take more of an appetite with us.  Imogen and Joseph are very keen to try out the Mini Chocolate Challenge whilst I’d like to give one of their famous sundaes a go!

Our meal for four including drinks cost us a little over £50 which I think is very reasonable.  The children’s menu at £4.49 for one course, £5.49 for two and £5.99 for three including squash is great value for money and one of the reasons, apart from that missed pudding, that we’ll be returning.

To find your local Beefeater restaurant and check out it’s menu take a look at www.beefeater.co.uk

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