Back “Tu” School with Sainsbury’s

Boys White 3pk Short Sleeved Shirt

Tu at Sainsbury’s are committed to making Back to School season easier for everyone.  They’re well aware that most school uniform is worn for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week and for 39 weeks of the year, so they’ve created durable, high quality uniform at incredible prices available in sizes 2-16 years.

To prove their durability they’ve put them to the test ensuring garments will withstand the daily wear and tear of school life. All have been wash tested making sure that colours stay true and bright and the cotton rich fabrics ensure that they keep their shape up to 100 washes.  Trousers, skirts and pinafores have been rub-tested up to 100,000 times to withstand hours of playground antics.  Tu’s Advanced Technology Cardigan also uses a special cotton rich blend knitwear, meaning reduced bobbling and shrinkage.

Unisex red sweater 2pack Unisex Sweatshirts from £4.00 for a two pack

Boys’ trousers are finished with a resin on the centrefold and pleats on woven skirts and pinafores are heat set to ensure creases look sharp after washing and wearing.  Packed shirts, including the new Bionic Shirt are all also non iron, which certainly will shrink my Sunday night ironing pile by at least half!

Boys Black 2 pack trousers  Boys Trousers from £6.00 for two pairs.

The new Bionic Shirts and Polo Shirts are made from 100% cotton making them breathable but they are also water and stain repellent, perfect for Joe’s start at nursery this year.  Talking of Joe’s start in nursery, the Tu range starts at age 2 which really has saved me a huge headache.  Although Joe is 3 and a half, he’s a little on the dinky side and wears size 2-3 or in some brands 18-24 months!  Sainsbury’s Back to School range also features button and zip free trousers and increased zip length on pinafores, making it easier for children to dress and undress themselves, saving precious time trying to get children out of the door in the morning rush.

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In the past I’ve bought all of Imogen’s school uniform from Sainsbury’s and I’ve never been disappointed. It’s a major purchase and is worn considerably more than any other item of clothing, even after numerous wears and washes there’s no bobbling or a single button or hem is out of place. School uniform that gets grown out of rather than worn out saves me a fortune and makes me one happy mum!

Back to School 2013

Back to School September 2013

The Tu Back to School range is available in over 500 stores nationwide now in sizes ranging from age 2 to 16 years. Packs of two uniforms start from as little as £13.50 and include a 2-pack of sweatshirts (from £4), a 2-pack of skirts/trousers (from £6) and a 3-pack of polo shirts (from £3.50). Sainsbury’s also have a huge range of Back to School stationery, lunch boxes and school bags that will suit every taste. Top of Imogen’s Back to School list is this Pink Satchel that she eyes up every time on the weekly shop!

Pink Satchel

To view the full Back to School range from Sainsburys as well as some pretty awesome packed lunches ideas check out www.sainsburys.co.uk/BackToSchool

Cool Bandz Review

I’ve forgotten just how many loom bands I’ve picked off the floor and out of my hoover and the hours that I have spent trying to teach Imogen the latest designs that she’s seen on Youtube so I was really relieved when she was sent a Cool Bandz kit from our friends at Flair.

Cool Bandz

Cool Bandz are laminated bands a lot like the wrist bands that you get at concerts and festivals so Imogen declared them as super cool even after a quick glance at the box!  Inside the box is the Cool Bandz unit, 24 pre cut wrist band strips, 12 clips, a sheet of stickers and a sheet of gems and a roll of adhesive tape. Cool Bandz

It’s simple to set up with the tape needing putting into the dispenser and then the dispenser popping onto the unit.  Once assembled the unit has a lift up lid at the front with a long slot for the bands and two large compartments for clips, stickers and gems.  In a house as chaotic as ours this is great for keeping everything in one place.

Cool Bandz

To make a Cool Bandz all you need to do is select a band, there are plenty to chose from, and decorate it with stickers and or gems.  Then simply push the band through the tape dispenser from the left hand side as far as you can then pull on the tape at the right hand side until all of your band has been laminated.

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Then you simply need to punch a hole in each end of the band using the punch at the back of the unit and snap a clip on to keep it in place.

Cool Bandz  Cool Bandz

The clips included are re-useable so once you tire of one band or it doesn’t match an outfit you can simply store the band in the box and use the clip on another.  Imogen loves the Cool Bandz and quickly used up all of the band strips that were included in the box but we’ve since been using wrapping paper, magazines and Imogen’s original artwork in the Cool Bandz maker.  It’s a lovely set that she’s been back to again and again so far over the Summer holidays making Cool Bandz for everyone!

Cool Bandz

Cool Create Cool Bandz are available from Flair priced at £19.99 and if you haven’t yet signed up then joint the Cool Create Club now, there are competitions and the chance to have your child’s craft showcased on the Cool Create wall.

Barbie and the Secret Door Princess Alexa Doll Review

On the 1st September a brand new Barbie movie is released on DVD, Barbie and the Secret Door.  In this film Barbie stars as Princess Alexa, a shy princess who discovers a secret door.  She steps through the door and enters a neon-bright land filled with magical creatures and surprises.  Here she meets Romy and Nori, a mermaid and a fairy, who explain that their ruler Malucia is taking all of the magic away from their land.  Princess Alexa soon discovers that in this magical land she has magical powers and works to restore magic to their land.

To celebrate the imminent arrival of this new movie, Mattel sent Imogen the feature doll from the movie, Princess Alexa herself.

Barbie and the Secret Door princess Alexa Doll

Princess Alexa is dressed just as she is in the finale of the movie in a full length, brightly coloured neon skirt covered with matching vinyl flowers.  The bodice of her dress is a shimmery pink and decorated with bright orange flowers, she is holding a long wand, wearing a tiara in her hair and has a rather fabulous pair of shoes, of course!

Barbie and the Secret Door Princess Alexa Doll

When you wave Princess Alexa’s wand (by pulling down on her arm) the bodice of her dress lights up and flashes with colour changing lights along with two short song snippets from the film.  Imogen was quite simply amazed by this.  She has singing Barbies and ones with colour changing hair but nothing as cool as a Barbie with a light up dress!

Barbie and the Secret Door Princess Alexa Doll

Princess Alexa has been welcomed with open arms into Imogen’s vast collection of Barbie dolls and she’s really enjoyed playing with her and making her interact with the others and the one solitary, very happy Ken.  There have been sleep overs and karaoke competitions, which of course Princess Alexa always wins!

Barbie and the Secret Door Princess Alexa Doll

Princess Alexa has an RRP of £24.99 which is slightly higher than the cost of the average Barbie doll, however with her light up dress and vocals she’s far from the average doll so I think it’s great value for money. She’s currently priced at £17.99 at Amazon and the DVD Barbie and the Secret Door  is also available for pre-order at £8.00.

Imogen’s Dream House #TigerCubHideout

It’s the Summer holidays and that means a certain amount of rainy days, it’s a given.  Today was one of those days.  Having grown tired of baking, reading and writing letters to her friends at school who she misses terribly Imogen hit the “I’m bored” wall, hard!  After offering various activities that were all met with a glum face I remembered an Email that I had a few weeks ago from Tiger Sheds.

Tiger Sheds are challenging bloggers and their children to design their “dream house” and share it with their readers in turn giving them the chance to win their very own TigerCub Hideout House. Imogen, well up for the challenge, decided that rather than drawing her house she’d rather create a model of her dream house and set about making what can only be described as a jolly great big mess of my kitchen! Imogen's Dream House in the Making Hours (and a shredded copy of Ideal Home later) this is the result…

Imogen's Dream House

…and a little video she’s made to show it off!

Didn’t she do well?

If you’re a blogger and fancy winning a pretty cool Tigercub Hideout House like this

Tigercub Hideout

then have a look at the Tiger Sheds Summer Competition for details of how to enter.

 

Our #Zelicious #Zelfs Party

Last Wednesday the kiddywinks bestest friends joined us for our Zelicious Zelfs Twitter party as hosted by UKMumsTV and plenty of other blogging families across the country.  The party was held to celebrate the new range of Zelfs recently launched by Character, the Zelicious Zelfs! We were provided with plenty of goodies to make our party go with a bang including party games, goodies for party bags, a selection of Zelicious Zelfs and cake, because without cake there is simply no party! Zelicious Zelfs

During our party we played “Guess the Zelicous Zelf” where the children were blindfolded and used their noses to sniff out which Zelf was which…

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We decorated cupcakes to look like our favourite Zelfs…

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and then ate them! Zelicious Zelfs

Other games included “Name that Zelf” and my favourite of the day the game I called “Zelf yourself” which involved an awful lot of multi coloured hair extensions and a lot of laughter!  There are lots more Zelicious hairstyles over on the UKMumsTV Zelicious wall.

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Zelicious Zelfs Party

All of the children had a great time and despite being completely over excited were remarkably behaved if not a little bit messy. Huge thanks go to UKMumsTV and Character for having us, we had a blast!

The Zelicous Zelfs are just part of the Zelf range available from Character and prices start from at little as £1.99.  UKMumsTV are also giving you the chance to win the Zelfs Bee Sweet Treehouse here.

School’s Out for Summer!

Well, that’s it the long six weeks of the school holidays is finally upon us.  Imogen will return in September to her last year of the infants and Joseph will start pre school three days a week.  Imogen is already missing school and is very keen to continue her learning over the holidays so I’ve set her up with lots of fun learning activities and “homework” to keep her mind busy during the break.

I’m proud to say that the first thing on her “Summer Holiday Bucket List” was joining the library.  So she now has a stack of books to read and hopes to complete the Mythical Maze and get her gold medal soon.

To improve her writing over the summer break we’ve also been trying out this fun Story Starter idea from Netflix.

Story Starter

She’s already created some wonderful stories with colourful characters and in depth story lines.  You can find out how to make your own here.

For those raining days, it’s bound to happen at some point, Netflix has a range of educational programmes for all ages.   The Magic School Bus is a favourite of both Imogen and Joseph’s.  Ms Frizzle and her students are always off on an adventure which takes them to some weird and wonderful places including outer space, haunted houses and inside the human body!

The Magic School Bus

Another favourite here is Monster Math Squad, starring Max, Lily and Goo who put their minds together and use their mathematical skills to find solutions to overcome obstacles.

Monster Math Squad

Sea Creature and Octonaut crazy Joseph simply loves the Blue Planet, which certainly makes a welcome change from cartoons and with stunning photography and interesting facts it’s something the whole family can watch together.

The Blue Planet

How do you keep your little one’s mind active during the holidays?

Peppa Pig Muddle Puddles Deluxe Playhouse Review

Joseph still very much loves Peppa Pig, let’s face it who doesn’t?  So he was jumping for joy when a delivery arrived from Character containing their brand new Muddle Puddles Deluxe Playhouse!

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Deluxe Playhouse

The playhouse has four rooms, lounge, kitchen, bathroom and Peppa and George’s bedroom, and is fully furnished with moveable pieces of furniture as well as some that are moulded into the house. Peppa Pig Muddle Puddles Deluxe Playhouse

The house is nicely decorated with stickers that, much to my delight, are already stuck on!  The playset also comes with Peppa and George (complete with Mr Dinosaur) figures who are stood on little bases making it easier for them to stand up.  They also have jointed legs so that they can sit down.

Peppa Pig Muddle Puddles Deluxe Playhouse

On one of the foldup sides of the house is the garden, complete with muddy puddles, this is Joseph’s favourite area of the house and he’ll spend ages bouncing Peppa and George up and down in them! Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Playhouse

But who hasn’t taken off their muddy boots and left muddy footprints all over the house?

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Through the kitchen, up the stairs and in the bathroom there are little muddy footprints, clearly evidence of some jumping in muddy puddles action, there’s even a big muddy splodge on the side of the bath!

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Playhouse

The Muddy Puddles Playhouse is foldable, so at the end of the day it can be packed away at the end of the day by folding but the stairs do have to be removed and neither Imogen or Joseph can do this by themselves and to be honest I find it fairly tricky myself without removing the floors.

Once folded though it’s a lovely size (about 30cm tall) and a great, true likeness to Peppa’s house on the TV.  It has a twistable closure and because all of the furniture, stairs and figures fit inside there is no chance of pieces getting lost.

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Playhouse

As with all of the Peppa Pig range from Character, it’s well made and all of the figures and accessories are compatible.  Joseph and Imogen (even though she has declared herself too old for Peppa Pig) have thoroughly enjoyed playing with the Muddy Puddles Playhouse at priced at £29.99 I think it’s great value for money seeing the hours of enjoyment it’s given them.

Win £50 PayPal Cash with Voucherbin!

I do a massive percentage of my shopping online, personally I find it a lot easier to find shop around and get the best price for things and then there’s always the advantage of cashback and voucher codes.

Once upon a time I used to put at awful lot of time and effort into finding the “holy grail” of promo codes that would grant me free delivery or a percentage off my order but now sites like Voucherbin.co.uk have taken the legwork out of the internet trawl with deals and discounts in one place!Voucherbin

The site is really easy to use with the options to search by store name, if you are looking for a particular retailer, or you can browse by category which is sometimes the best options if you’re looking for a bargain.  You can also clearly see the deal or voucher code expiry date and the success rate that other users have had. Voucherbin has already saved me almost £12 on a car seat for Joseph and the added bonus of 1000 extra Advantage Cards points at Boots.com to stash away for their infamous January sales.

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Voucherbin are giving Me and My Kiddywinks readers the chance to win £50 cash in their PayPal account to spend as they wish.  To enter simply follow the instruction on Rafflecopter below.  Good luck.

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Your Invitation to our #Zelicious #Zelfs Twitter Party

This Wednesday (30th June) between 2pm and 4pm Imogen, Joseph and their best friends will be partying Zelf style with the brand new range of Zelicious Zelfs that have just hit the shelves!

There are six Zelicious Zelfs, which are just part of the third series of Zelfs, and each comes with it’s own scent and accessory.

Zelicious ZelfsBack row, left to right we have Chocola who is chocolate scented, comes with her own chocolate fountain and who’s Zelf power is Bliss.  Buttershy (also a series 2 Masquerade Zelf) who is berry scented has her very own berry seat.  Bubblee smells of bubble gum, has a bubble gum tree to sit in and her special Zelf power is her bubbliness!

Front row, left to right are Vampula (another series 2 Masquerade Zelf) she’s strawberry scented and has her own strawberry wishing well.  Frostette is cupcake scented and has a cupcake umbrella, her Zelf power is sugary goodness!  Lasty Spellinda (who was also a series 2 Masquerade Zelf) has a minty scent and has a matching wheelbarrow.

Imogen, who’s already an avid Zelf collector, obviously adores all of them with Frostette marginally a favourite.  Their little accessories are great and add a whole new dimension to her play with them, we’ve had lil Zelfs in wheelbarrows, wishing wells and all sorts!

Zelicious Zelfs

During our party, here at home, we’ll be playing Zelf themed party games such as name the Zelf, decorating cupcakes and giving ourselves crazy Zelf hair, I’m seriously excited about that one! I’ll also be Tweeting along with UKMumsTV and lots of other fellow blogger hosts.  As always they’ll be loads of prizes up for grabs along the way so get following @UKMumsTV and the hashtags #Zelfs and #Zelicious for all the party fun and games.  We hope to see you there! Zelfs

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.

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