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Peter Rabbit Treehouse Review

Peter Rabbit has always been popular in our house but interest was raised when the TV series hit CBeebies.  Back at Easter Vivid sent Joseph a gorgeous Peter Rabbit plush toy and it’s still a massive favourite of his.  Last week Vivid treated Imogen and Joseph to an early Christmas, a Peter Rabbit Treehouse Playset!

Peter Rabbit Treehouse

The Treehouse comes with an exclusive Peter Rabbit figure who is carrying his trademark satchel and clutching a book in his paw.  The treehouse has lots of lovely features including a working lift, secret slide, telescope and bucket pulley.

Peter Rabbit Treehouse

 

There is also a planning table which flips over to reveal a secret map!  Joseph loves taking Peter on a whole host of adventures, keeping lookout on the hunt for radishes from the to floor with his telescope, zooming down the slide and fetching and carrying supplies with the bucket.

Peter Rabbit Treehouse

My favourite thing about the treehouse is that it doesn’t need batteries and therefore doesn’t light up or make a sound, because of this the kiddywinks have had to rely on their imaginations to create their own stories whilst playing with it, awesome!

Peter Rabbit Treehouse

The treehouse is well made and has already withstood an awful lot of play, the trap door has been opened and closed literally thousands of times!  At the moment the Peter Rabbit Treehouse Playset is priced at £19.99 on Amazon which i think is great value for money, however the RR is £29.99 and for that I would really have liked to have seen at least one more figure included.  They are available to purchase separately at around £3.99 each.

 

Joseph’s #HalfShellHeroes Christmas Surprise

Joseph had an awesome surprise in the post yesterday, his very own Christmas card from the Half Shell Heroes and a bauble filled with a Splinter figure from Flair’s awesome new TMNT range.

#HalfShellHeroes

Flair’s new range is a little different as it’s aimed at the younger audience (between 2 and 5) and you’ve no idea how much is excites my little “Ninja Tortoise” fan, especially as the recently released movie he was desperate to see came with a 12 certificate!

Half Shell Heroes

The collection is already extensive but I predict that it will grow rapidly.  All of the figures are brightly coloured and chunky, ideal for smaller hands.  There are a multitude of vehicles including the larger Shell Raisers, an awesome Super Sewer playset as well as mega, talking and standard figures in a twin pack.

Half Shell Heroes Super Sewer

Prices vary between £7.99 and £59.99 and UKMums.TV are a Half-Shell Heroes Advent competition where they’ll be giving away a fabulous prize every day during December, Turtle Power!

Staying in really is the new going out

November has been a cold month and with the expense of Christmas just around the corner we’ve been doing an awful lot of staying in and saving those all important pennies.  The latest issue of Glamour magazine told their readers to get cosy with home comforts and curl up in their favourite dressing gown with a cuppa and most importantly watch Netflix!  Even Supermodel Claudia Schiffer admits to enjoying a family night in watching TV box sets and even sneaks in a couple of episodes of Breaking Bad once the kids have gone to bed, just like me!

With cinema ticket prices increased by more than house prices (an amazing 2333% over fourty years) cosying up with a Netflix subscription and a homemade snack like a pizza topped to your liking or freshly popped popcorn could save you a small fortune!

Over the past few weeks we’ve mainly been watching a LOT of Christmas films.  Imogen tells me it’s so that Joseph can learn the “true meaning of Christmas, although I’m not quite sure he’ll get that from Disney’s the Search for Santa Paws!

Santa Paws

As well as the commencement of the re watching of Breaking Bad, Tony and I both watched and enjoyed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher and whilst it’s not really my thing, Tony indulged in the second part in the Hunger Games film series Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Jack ReacherCatching Fire

 

Ravensburger Santa’s Rooftop Scramble Review

At six Imogen is starting to get into board games in a big way and loves nothing more than our family Friday nights with a game or two followed by a good film.  With Christmas creeping up upon us quickly Ravensburger treated us to Santa’s Rooftop Scramble to full a festive family night.  Santa’s Rooftops Scramble is suitable for everyone aged 5 and over and for between 2 and 6 players.

Santa's Rooftop Scramble

Setting up the game for the first time does take a little time as there are present counters to push out, a spinner to assemble as well as rooftops and cards to put into place.  I would also recommend sitting down to read the instructions for a couple of minutes before you sit down to play with your children.

Santa's Rooftop Scramble

The aim of the game is to have your Santa deliver all of his presents first and the game begins which each player being dealt 5 letter to Santa cards.  Each of these cards has a picture and name of the child, their house number and the toy they want for Christmas.  Firstly your Santa will need to collect all of the present for the children on his list.  This is done with the spinner, if you land on one of the toys you need collect a toy token.  Once all of your toys are safely in your Santa’s sack you can head to the board.

Santa's Rooftop Scramble

Once on the board you need to land on the house number that matches those on your list to be able to deliver your present.  There are various obstacles along the way which may hinder your progress but it’s not all bad as some will help you out a lot!  Both Imogen and Joseph loves this as it adds a real element of surprise and means that really anyone can get ahead and ultimately win.

Santa's Rooftop Scramble

On occasion we’ve adapted the game to make it slightly shorter or a easier either by reducing the amount of letters each Santa has or starting with each Santa’s present already in place.  We’ve played Santa’s Rooftop Scramble a lot recently and I think it’s safe to say that it’s one of both Imogen and Joseph’s favourites.  Imogen has quickly become a true professional Santa and more often than not will win hands down!  We’ll definitely be playing the game more in the run up to Christmas as well as introducing the rest of the family to it after a spot of Christmas day lunch.

Santa’s Rooftop Scramble is available from Amazon and other toy retailers priced between £15 and £20.

 

Christmas at Poundland

It’s been over two years since I became an ambassador for Poundland and it’s no secret that I love the place especially at the most expensive time of year, Christmas. This Christmas Poundland have set me three challenges.  To create one look from there Christmas ranges, get crafty and creative something festive and stock up of stocking fillers and to do it all for under £30!

This year most of the kiddywinks stocking fillers have come from Poundland that I have stashed away during the year, complete bargains including Disney Cars Squinkies for Joseph and Polly Pocket blind bags for Imogen.  My most recent haul included this impressive bundle of Disney Frozen goodies which includes a hair wrap, shimmer lip balm, a 5 ring set, Anna and Elsa bath sponges and a colouring pencil set all for a pound each!

Poundland Disney Frozen Range

In Joseph’s stocking this year will be a Disney Toy Story 3 hardback book and two Microblox festive characters, Santa and a Snowman.

Poundland Stocking Fillers

They’ll also have one each of these lovely Nestle festive figures, both a pound each a massive 50% saving compared to the supermarket’s price of £1.50.

Milkybar Snowy OwlSmarties Robin

My second challenge was to get decorating using one of the many different Christmas themes available from Poundland.  I decided to decorate our hall as it always seems get neglected at Christmas and lacks a little sparkle.  I chose the Cosy Christmas range as the base colours of blue, cream and read with a splash of grey fitted in well with the colour scheme.

Poundland Cosy Christmas

I picked our the Merry Christmas felt banner, wood and felt Noel letter decoration, star lanterns and hanging felt decorations as well pack of 10 baubles.  I filled an old glass jar with the baubles and a set of LED battery operated lights and I think it makes a really nice feature.

Poundland Cosy Christmas

I also decided to have a little bit of fun with some soft toys, a snow blanket, a couple of icicle drapes and some more LED batteries operated lights……

Poundland Sliding Penguins

…. and created a wintery slide for our new plush friends!

Penguin Banister Slide

The last of my challenges wasn’t the easiest as I’m not a particularly crafty person.  After some time spend on Pinterest I decided that I’d attempt to make a photo frame wreath.  Armed with a white ornate photo frame, some pretty ribbon baubles (again from the Cosy Christmas range), a spool of festive trim and a couple of left over baubles from my bauble jam jar I got to it.

Poundland ChristmasAfter removing the glass and the back from the photo frame I simply threaded the baubles with the ribbon and blu tacked them into the position, trimmed off the excess ribbon and added a large bow to finish.

Photo Frame WreathI spent a total of £28 topping up the kiddywinks stockings and fully decorating my hall leaving me a couple of pounds to get a chocolate mould from the infamous Jane Asher baking range and to try out Poundland’s new Make Up gallery range, the Gorgeous Flawless foundation is awesome and a steal at just a pound!

If you’re searching for Christmas inspiration then there’s some great, easy to make gift ideas on the Poundland Youtube channel.

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.

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.

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

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Jumbo Jet Review

Joseph has a steadily growing collection of Peppa Pig toys and they’re some of his favourite so he was really pleased with his new addition the Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Jumbo Jet.

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Jumbo Jet

Like most children his age he’s obbessed with any form of transport so the Jumbo Jet instantly appealed to him.  The yellow and red colours are bright, bold and very gender neutral.  The playset comes with the jumbo jet as well an exclusive Peppa Pig figure with a jumbo jet on her dress and two red suitcases.

Peppa PIg Muddy Puddles Jumbo Jet

The side of the jumbo jet opens and there’s seats for three characters and the Peppa figure included is just like the others in the Peppa Pig series, with articulated arms and legs, so that she can fit nice and comfortably in the seat.  Joseph likes to sit Peppa in the front seat so that he can pretend she’s Pilot Peppa and is flying her friends off somewhere exciting, asked where he’ll normally reply Toys R Us!

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Jumbo Jet

At the back of the jumbo jet is the luggage hold which is opened by squeezing both sides together, at first Joseph found this really tricky but slowly he’s got the hang of it.  The hold is large enough to carry to two suitcases as well a stow away if there isn’t enough room up front.  The cabin and hold are separated so there’s no chance of luggage flying around the cabin no matter how bumpy the flight and believe me there’ve been some bumpy ones!  The jumbo jet free-wheeling wheels underneath as well as a pivoting front wheels enabling it go around corners with ease.

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Jumbo JetJoseph loves the jumbo jet and it’s been a really welcome addition to the rest of his Peppa Pig collection.  As with the rest of the range it’s well built and sturdy and designed for small hands to play with with ease.  Ideally I think he’d like to see it with a few more seats but I think that would make it far too big for him to handle and George seems more than happy to travel in the hold on the odd occasion when Air Peppa finds itself overbooked!

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Jumbo JetPeppa Pig Muddy Puddles Jumbo Jet

 

The Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Jumbo Jet is just one of the new range of Peppa Pig toys available from Character and is priced at £19.99.

 

 

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