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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Disney’s Maleficent Review and DVD Giveaway

With half term and Halloween both happening this week Cash Generator served the kiddywinks up with a real treat with Disney’s latest DVD release Maleficent.

Maleficent

“Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it.” is the opening line of Disney’s Maleificent, a re-telling of the classic tale “Sleeping Beauty” told from the standpoint of the villain.  The film starts with Maleficent as a young, horned fairy who is basically good.  She lives in the moors as their protector, meets a young human boy named Stefan and the pair become the best of friends.  Love soon blossoms as they grow older and Stefan gifts her with true love’s first kiss on her sixteenth birthday.

Shortly after Stefan stops seeing Maleficent as he pursues his desire for the crown. Eventually, hungry for power, Stefan goes back to the moors and betrays Maleficent and she becomes the scorned woman who curses a young baby with a sleeping spell that we know from the animated Disney tale.  So as not to spoil anything I’ll leave the story there but rest assured that it’s an awesome film that had the whole family gripped.  This trailer should give you a nice taster.

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Netflix #StreamTeam – Forget your FoMo fears!

#FoMo or Fear Of Missing Out is apparently becoming the fright of the modern millennial.  Our parents probably called it “Keeping up with the Joneses” and it’s certainly something I have to say I experience at the school gate.  Eating out at the latest restaurant, making sure you wearing the right kind of footwear (Hunters on the school run – seriously?!) and keeping abreast of the school playground gossip.

One thing us mums like to talk about is the telly, what we’ve watched the night before and what we plan on watching that evening and with “Netflix’ing” being hailed by the Sunday Times Style barometer as officially “cool” I, as part of the Stream Team, can pat myself on the back for actually being cool for once.

The three most talked about shows on Netflix at the moment are Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black or OITNB and House of Cards and I’m very pleased to say that I have watched or am in the process of watching all of them.  With the latter two being Netflix originals the ONLY place you’ll be able to see them at the moment is Netflix – and that’s worth the subscription alone!

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Xeno – The Interactive Monster Review

This is Xeno, he’s an interactive baby monster who loves to play!

Xeno

Xeno has been hotly tipped by popular toy store Hamley’s as one of the top ten toys for Christmas 2014 and we were sent our very own for review.

Xeno Interactive Toy

Xeno comes in three different colourways, (all of which have the same play functions) Pacific Blue, Burnt Orange and Ultra Violet which is the one we were sent.  Quickly named by Joseph as “Dave” Xeno was welcomed into our family with open arms.  He’s made from a soft rubber, the kind that you find on sensory balls and has long floppy ears, big eyes and a little pot belly.

He has over ten different emotions (happy, moody, grumpy, upset, hungry, playful, unwell, thoughtful, disappointed, annoyed, bored and sleepy), forty plus different eye expressions with his clever LCD graphic eyes and will make over eighty different sounds.

Xeno has eight different sensors located around his body (head, mouth, tummy, right hand, left hand, left pawfoot, tail and snot) He has extremely ticklish feet, he likes to be fed, he’ll dance to music but only if he likes it and he also like to burp and trump a lot which the kiddywinks think is hysterical!

Xeno

If you hold both of his hands Xeno will ask if you “wanna play?” and he’ll play 5 games with you.  These include Beat-a-Burp where Xeno will burp a rhythm and you have to copy it by pressing one of his hands.  In Catcha-Catcha you simply have to try and put your finger into Xeno’s mouth before he closes it and the kiddywinks favourite Quikk-a-burp where you have to guess when Xeno is going to burp and press his hand at the same time he does, it’s not an easy one!

Just like most interactive toys Xeno has his own free App (available on iTunes and Google Play) which will let you bathe and cook for Xeno.  The app is great just by itself as is Xeno but put the two together and you have hours upon hours of fun.

Xeno

 

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Having had the pleasure of Xeno’s company for a couple of weeks I can see why he’s made it to the top ten Christmas toys list, he’s awesome.  Imogen and Joseph have played with him every day since he’s arrived with Imogen running home from school to make sure he’s OK and isn’t hungry.  My only advise would be to stock up on good quality batteries (Pound shop ones don’t last long) and a couple of rechargeable sets would probably be best.

There is more information on Xeno on his dedicated website www.xenotoy.co.uk and he’s available from Amazon priced at approximately £79.99.

Frozen Elsa Fancy Dress Review

Just like most girls her age Imogen is Frozen crazy, she’s slowly building up quite a collection of the dolls by saving her pocket money like crazy and her most of her Christmas list is based around the highly popular Disney film.  One of the most coveted items on her ever increasing list is an Elsa dress so she was elated when the very same arrived for her from the kind fellows at Otley Run Fancy Dress.

Elsa Dress

Imogen’s Elsa dress arrived very promptly a couple of days later and she was, of course, thrilled with it.  It has a beautifully sequined bodice in the trademark Elsa turquoise which is trimmed with silver and has a lovely little Elsa and Anna badge at the centre which can be removed if you should wish.  The sleeves of the dress are a very delicate see-through, sparkly tulle which comes to a point at the wrist, just like Queen Elsa’s infamous gown.

Elsa Dress

The dress also has a heavily netted underskirt which gives a lovely princessy flare to it and apparently making it great for spinning in too!

Elsa Dress

By far Imogen’s favourite feature of the dress is full the cape which is attached to the back of the dress.  It is made from a very pale tulle and covered in a multitude of glittery snowflakes.

Elsa Dress

At six and a half Imogen is probably just above average height at 125c m so I decided to order her the size 7-8 which is recommended for a child of 130 cm and the fit was perfect, it comes about mid calf on her which is great as it means she won’t trip over when dancing and prancing about in it.

The quality of the dress rivals those that we have brought Imogen from the Disney store but comes without the price tag.  This Elsa dress is a steal at just £18.99 with P&P of £3.75, there’s also a very pretty Anna coronation dress at the same price and both are available in sizes 2-3 right up to 8-9 years.  Have a look at the pair on their website here.

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