Interplay Fairy Garden Review

Imogen loves all things fairy, she has a growing collection of figurines at home and her favourite book is The Complete Book of Flower Fairies which permanently lives underneath her pillow.  In the midst of rubbish week with Imogen suffering with an ear infection a surprise arrived from Interplay for her.  Her very own fairy garden, it was as if the fairies knew she needed a boost!

Interplay Fairy Garden

This lovely craft kit contains almost everything (you’ll need to add your own compost or soil) needed to create your very own fairy garden at home including:

• Fairy Garden Bowl
• Fairy figurine
• Oyster shell (water feature)
• Sparkly Fairy Cottage
• Clothes Line with posts & pegs
• Fairy sized blanket
• Grass seed
• Coloured gravel
• Fairy mushrooms
• Fairy flowers
• Fairy dust (glitter)
• Fairy stars

Interplay Fairy Garden

The kit also contains full colour instructions which are really easy to follow, even for non readers.   Imogen was very keen to get her fairy garden ready for it’s occupants and once the compost was added she slotted together the pre cut glittery fairy house.

Interplay Fairy Garden

Once the house is assembled there’s a pearly oyster shell water feature, multi coloured fairy path, miniature toadstools and a washing line with dinky pegs and fairy sized blanket to put in place.

Interplay Fairy Gadren

The finishing touches are twinkling stars for the water feature and the path as well as flowers to dot around the garden and a sprinkle of grass seed.

Interplay Fairy Garden
Ta da!  Your fairy garden is now ready for your fairy or fairies in our case!

The kit is beautiful and Imogen and Joseph spent a lot of time creating the perfect garden for their fairies and it’s been played with and perfected ever since.  Our grass is growing rapidly thanks to it’s sunny position in Imogen’s room but she takes great care of it with a small pair of scissors.  It’s available to purchase from Interplay here priced at £12.99, we’ve already brought another one as a present for one of Imogen’s friends.

Win One of Two Diecast “Jackman” Chuggington Trains

Jackman is the chief of the Chug Patrol working along side Asher, Calley.  Strong and brave he’s always in control and the bravest chugger on the tracks! With a twinkle in his eyes and great leadership skills he makes the perfect mentor for trainee Wilson who dreams of following Jackman in his tracks.

See him in action here….

In our latest competition we’re giving two lucky winners the chance to win their very own Die-Cast Jackman Engine, compatible with both the Die-Cast and StackTrack playsets.

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For your chance to win please enter via Rafflecopter below.  Good luck.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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?

Doc McStuffins Junior Mandala Designer Review

This Wednesday I’ll be joining with Ravensburger on Twitter for a Twitter Frenzy, between 1pm and 2.40pm we’ll be chatting about craft and there’ll be a chance to win some fabulous prizes, there’ll be one given away every ten minutes!

Ahead of the frenzy Imogen received one of Ravensburger’s range of 23 Mandala-Designers, the Doc McStuffins Junior Mandala Designer.

Ravensburger Junior Mandala Designer

Inside the box in a design station, mandala, 10 pieces of paper, a black marker, 3 coloured pencils and instructions with design ideas.

Ravensburger Doc McStuffins Junior Designer

It’s really easy to set up, simply slot the paper in-between the design station and the mandala making sure that the arrow on the design station is aligned with one on the sixteen on the mandala.  Inside the instruction booklet there are a number of designs that can be copied or you can, of course, create your own.

Ravensburger Doc McStuffins Junior Mandala Designer

When you have decided upon your design simply draw around the shapes with the marker pen turning the stencil as you go using the arrows as a guide.

Ravensburger Doc McStuffins Junior Mandala Designer
The idea is to create a circular, symmetrical design and although Imogen’s are very beautiful they aren’t quite symmetrical but she’s still learning.

Ravensburger Doc McStuffins Junior Mandala DesignerThe marker pen has a flexible nib which is great for getting around the stencil with ease.  It’s also nice and chunky meaning that Joseph (3 and a half) also has a really good go at one too developing his fine motor skills at the same time.  The design station has space on the side for both the marker pen and the coloured pencils which Imogen loved, apparently it’s just like an artist’s desk!  Ideally I would have liked to have seen a few more pencils included, three just don’t give enough colour variety for Imogen’s liking.

The Doc McStuffins Junior Mandala designer is available from Amazon priced at £9.99 and don’t forget the Twitter frenzy this Wednesday (28th May) between 1pm and 2.40pm, you’ll need to be following @RavensburgerPC and the hastag #GetCrafty on Twitter.  See you there.

 

 

I’m a #CrayolaBlogger !

I am absolutely delighted to be sharing the fabulous news that this year I’ll be joining four other great bloggers and am officially a #CrayolaBlogger!  Early last week the kiddywinks had a huge delivery from Crayola welcoming us as part of the team.

#CrayolaBlogger

Our first job as Crayola Bloggers is to tell you about a great competition and equally fabulous promotion that Crayola are running with ODEON cinemas and Aardman Animations giving your kids the chance to see their doodles turned into mini films. The winner will have their very own movie premiered at their local ODEON cinema!  The lucky winner will also receive a family ODEON ticket, Crayola goodies worth over £200 plus a family ticket for 4 to go and visit the fantastic Animate It! exhibition at At-Bristol.

The #MyCrayolaMovie are also giving away ODEON kids go free vouchers on promotional packs of coloured pencils and markers.  Simply look out for the packs with the My Crayola Movie flash, cut out your voucher on the back of the pack and you’ll get on child’s cinema ticket absolutely free when purchasing an adult ticket!

My Crayola Movie

Kids Go Free tickets are valid until 31st December 2014 and the #MyCrayolaMovie competition closes on 10th September 2014, so will make a great project for the Summer holidays.  Check out www.mycrayolamovie.com for full terms & conditions.

Fisher Price Octonauts Gup R Review

Joseph was given the Octonauts Build-a-Gup for Christmas from his fabulous auntie, since then he’s played with it daily and has expanded his Octonauts collection dramatically.  It’s safe to say that they’re his favourite toys.  Fisher Price recently sent lucky Joseph the Octonauts Gup R Sailfish to review.

The Gup R playset also includes a Kwazii figure with his trademark eye patch, removable helmet and a sailfish.

Octonauts Gup R

Gup R is shaped just like a Sailfish, who happens to be the fastest fish in the ocean and has a rescue buoy at the front which can be deployed when needed by pressing down on the windscreen.

Octonauts Gup ROctonauts Gup R

Like most of the Octonauts toys, Gup R can be used in or out of water. It has wheels on the base to move it quickly along the floor and a dorsal fin sail that is popped up by lowering the wings to put Gup R into hydroplane mode.

Octonauts Gup R

As with all of the Octonauts toy range Gup R is well made, sturdy and it’s easy for small hands to operate the moving parts.  Kwazii’s helmet is a little bit too big for him though and much to Joseph’s frustration does keep falling off.  We have found, however, that it does seem to stay on Tweak a lot better (possibly because of her long ears).  This is another great thing about the Octonauts toys, they are all compatible, meaning that any of the crew can take charge of any gup!

Octonauts Gup R

Priced at around £18.99, I personally think that Gup R is great value for money given the fact that it can double as a bath/paddling pool toy and the amount of fun that Joseph has had with it.  You can view the full Octonauts toy range available from Fisher Price here.

Family Funspiration from Flora

Half term (and inevitably the Summer holidays) are fast approaching and to help try and eliminate those “I’m bored” moments Flora Buttery have teamed up with Tanith Carey to bring you their Funspiration Activity Guide.  The guide is designed to give inspiration for those moments we all have when it’s pouring down with rain outside and the kids are climbing the walls!

The guide contains 15 fun activities that you need no more than 15 minutes to prepare and no more than 5 things that you’re likely to have at home. There are some great ideas we’d never thought of before such as making your our lava lamp and creating a home disco.  There are also a number of great recipes including white chocolate chip and raspberry blondies and chocolate brownie cupcakes.  We decided to make crunchy peanut butter cupcakes, yum! Baking

The kiddywinks and I are keen bakers but despite our love of peanut butter had never used it in cakes.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Along with a little peanut butter added to the buttercream and a drizzle of melted chocolate on top the results were delicious!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cupcakes

If you find yourself worryingly close to pulling out your hair this half term, make sure you check out the guide. I guarantee there is something to please and entertain the most difficult of children!

Interplay Super Loop Bands Review

Recently Imogen has been quite taken with the craze of these bracelets made from bands and constructed on a loom but I’ve had to veto the idea because I think she’s far too young and I would honestly have no idea how to help her!  Interplay recently asked Imogen if she’d like to try out their Super Loop Bands kit and after a bit of research I was delighted to see that it evolved no loom and looked fairly easy, so we jumped at the chance.

Interplay Super Loop Bands

The kit contains 125 bands in 5 different coloured bands (pink, purple, orange, turquoise and yellow) made from thick silicone, 5 metal “S” clasps and a colour instruction manual.

Interplay Super Loop Bands

The process is really simple and the instructions are really clear with lots of full size pictures to use as a guide.

Interplay SUper Loop Bands

The kit is aimed at ages 8+ and Imogen did find it a little fiddly but then she’s only just 6!  With a little bit of help from me she managed to create a beautiful pink and blue bracelet for herself and an orange and blue one for her brother.

Interplay Super Loop Bands

The kits contains every needed to make 5 bracelets and because there are 5 different coloured bands there’s a huge variety of colour combinations to be made.  The bands are reusable as well, so once you’re bored with your bracelet you can take it apart easily and remake it which ever way you like!  Priced at just £9.99 I think the Super Loop Bands is great value for money and would make a lovely present for any girl.

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