He went to the cinema to see the film, has watched it several times on DVD and now Joseph has his very own My Scare Pal Sulley
Sulley is around 30cm in height, has a lovely soft coat of fur and three different modes of play Tickle, Sleep or Scare! Although there is no button to change Sulley’s mode/mood it can easily be changed with a quick shake, which is ultimately easier for little hands to do.
There are two different activation points on Sulley’s tummy which will each give a different sound depending on which mode he’s in and also give different facial expressions. Press both of these together and Sulley will make another sound and pull a another different face. For example in sleep mode, Sulley will yawn when either side of his tummy is pressed but when both are pressed together he’ll let out a great big snore!
Although Sulley is suitable for ages 3+ both Joseph (very nearly 3) and Imogen (5 3/4) did have a lot of trouble squeezing Sulley to get him to roar, snore or giggle which did lead to Joseph getting a bit frustrated, especially when he was trying to chase and scare his sister with him. Despite this, Joseph loves Sulley and the funny phrases he says, giving him a good shake to make him laugh and cuddling up to him.
Sulley is now Joseph’s new best friend, the two of them are inseparable and are always up to mischief! My Scare Pal Sulley is priced at £39.99 and just on of the great and always highly popular Disney Toys available at ASDA Direct.
Joseph is just getting to grips with technology and can often be found on my iPhone playing the latest app or on his sister’s Kurio playing Angry Birds! This week he was given the exclusive opportunity to check out the NEW Woolley and Tig App pre launch!
The app has two different modes of play, free or structured. Free play allows you to interact with Woolly by tickling, stroking, hugging and Joseph favourite making Woolly doing roly polys, which he of course joins in with!
Structured play sees you help Woolly with real life, day to day activities such as getting dressed, brushing teeth as well as other fun activities like getting Woolly ready for fun in the sun and snowman building!
Joseph and Woolly make a Snowman
There is also a vey clever parent scheduler, which is hidden from children, and allows parents to schedule a message from Woolly to remind your child to do a certain activity. Joseph is a real pain in the backside when it comes to getting dressed after his bath so I’ve set up a gentle reminder for him to get dressed and after he’s dressed he’s allowed to get Woolley dressed, so far it’s working!
Priced at £2.99 the Woolly and Tig has been a great help and also lots of fun for Joseph and Imogen (if she gets a look in). It will be available to download from iTunes very soon!
This week is the last in our adoption #AdoptanAniMagic diary and it has seen Imogen adopt Bonny and her Babies bringing the total of our adopted pets up to an impressive collection of five dogs and a rabbit!
Bonny is a highly cute off white Mummy dog with two teeny tiny little puppies to look after, who Imogen decided to call Bingo and Bella. Bonny takes 3 AAA batteries and has a long, rigid lead which can also cleverly accommodate Bingo and Bella making walkies a little bit easier. Just like Fluffy and Holly Goes Walkies Bonny’s lead will light up and she and her pups also has wheels on each paw which aid their walking.
It was quite apparent that Bonny had her paws full with Bingo and Bella so Imogen was very happy to lend her a helping hand with these two naughty little puppies. She made the three of them a little bed in the corner of her room and filled it with some plastic balls from her ball pit for them to play with and pair of her old slippers that she’d outgrown to discourage them from chewing her new ones.
This week has been pretty much the same as last week with yet MORE ballet practise, which Imogen seems to bringing home with her.
Things got a lot more exciting though when we were invited to spend the weekend at Merlin Farm in Cornwall. Bonnie, Bingo and Bella came with us, of course, and sat in the back of the car with Imogen and Joseph for the journey. They had a wonderful time on the Cornish beaches and snuggling by the fire.
Bonny and her Babies Goes Walkies (RRP £29.99) is part of the AniMagic range available from Vivid Toys and Games and one of the pets we’ve adopted as part of #AdoptanAniMagic month. There are plenty of competitions and very cute photos on Twitter just follow @VividToyGroup and the hashtag #AdoptanAniMagic on Twitter.
Imogen has a mountain of Barbies of every sort, there are ballerinas, fairies, doctors, princesses and even mermaids. One of Imogen’s Christmas wishes this year was to put a roof over their heads, the folks over at ASDA made her wish come true earlier than expected when they sent over the Glamour Manor Fashion Doll’s House over to review. This is what we made of it.
I was massively surprised at the size of the box when it arrived, for the price (currently £37.50- half price in the big toy sale) I didn’t expect it to be huge but looking at all the pieces I knew it was going to be! It’s wooden and flat packed so it does need assembly. This doesn’t take long, the instruction are really clear and you’ll only need a Philips head screwdriver, it took me about an hour to do alone but with Joseph’s “help”. It’s certainly not one to do on Christmas morning but could defiantly be managed on Christmas Eve half full of Christmas cheer!
There are also twelve pieces of furniture including an armchair, a bed a table and chairs and a very sweet standard lamp with an elasticated pull cord. These are also wooden, take little assembly and sized just right for 12″ fashion dolls. The house itself stands over a metre tall has an open front for ease of play, 3 storeys with two staircases and two small roof top patios. Each of the five rooms has different flooring and wallpaper to define each space . The backgrounds are amazing with things like entertainment suites, four poster beds and deluxe showers emblazoned on the walls.
The quality of the house is amazing, really solid and will hopefully last for years. Imogen has already had hours and hours of enjoyment out of it, sparking some really imaginative role play games with her dolls, which is lovely to watch. This is an absolute snip in the half price toy sale at £37.50 to be honest I would very happily pay full priced as it’s still cheaper than the branded alternative and of far superior quality. If the fashion doll’s house isn’t for you then there are more traditional dolls houses half price as well as some other fantastic deals that are defiantly worth a look.
Temperatures may be lowering outside but things are really hotting up in time for Christmas at ALDI with some fabulous deals on presents and stocking fillers for the whole family. This Thursday (28th November) sees the start of some great Winter Warmer deals for adults.
For the men there are soft fleece dressing gowns in Grey, Black, Blue or Burgundy and luxury leather gloves both excellently priced at £9.99.
For a luxurious gift there are also pure lambswool men’s jumpers in a range of styles, colours and in sizes M-XL, these are a real snip at £18.99.
Others specials include men’s pyjamas at £8.99, wool socks from £2.99 and character slippers at just £5.99.
For the ladies there are special offers on knitwear, character socks (£2.59 for two pairs) and fleece boot slippers!
There are loads of great offers coming up at ALDI so the website www.aldi.co.uk is defiantly work checking out. You can find your nearest store here.
Laundry is the biggest, most hated chore in my house. With two very messy children, and an equally messy husband I easily do around 12 loads of washing a week. Washing isn’t the trickiest part though it’s the drying and the ironing that I especially hate! Luckily for me John Lewis sent me some goodies to give me a little helping hand.
I have a tumble dryer but with energy prices the way they are at the moment, I resent putting it on unless it’s an emergency. At this time of year though it’s impossible to avoid so I was delighted to see included in my goodies a Brabantia Indoor Clothes Airer. This bad boy has a massive 20 metres of drying space, adjustable wings that offer a flat drying space for delicate items (great for Winter woollies), feet with protective covers to protect floors and it folds flat for easy storage.
It’s been an utter godsend over the past couple of weeks, when it’s easier been too wet to dry outside or my laundry simply freezes on the line!
My parcel also contained a stunning ironing board, simple called “Lunch” this ironing board from Brabantia looks more like the Mad Hatter’s tea party, decorated with lots of gorgeous pictures of food and drink.
It’s an extra large ironing board with a height adjustability of 61-102cm so you can even iron sitting down! It also features a child safety lock which prevents little fingers from folding the board accidently, it’s a simple little rubber ball that pops onto the folding handle but genius.
My favourite feature is the iron stand, this is a red, teapot shaped heat resistant rubber mat that can be moved to any position on the ironing board you like. This means that you can use the larger end of the ironing board for items such as shirts and t-shirts.
I’m as pleased as punch with my new laundry goodies and they’ve certainly my life in my utility room a lot more pleasant, that is until the novelty wears off!
This week Imogen has very proudly adopted a brand new AniMagic friend who goes by the name of Holly. Holly is a highly cute white fluffy rabbit who is very close friends with Fluffy (who Imogen took under her wing last week). Holly has a lovely purple colour decorated with little carrots and a light up purple lead. When Holly is connected to her lead a quick flick of a switch will have her hopping around and making munching, sniffing and crunching sounds.
Imogen and Holly quickly became the best of friends with Holly helping Imogen with her homework and reading and, just like Fluffy, has attended an awful lot of ballet classes for Imogen’s looming ballet exam. Imogen had a school friend over for tea on Tuesday, so Imogen took Holly and her friend up to her room to “hop” around to some music. Holly has been the perfect house guest but Imogen likes to play tricks on me and I’ve found poor Holly surrounded by small pile of raisins on more than one occasion. Holly also got into trouble hopping around my vegetable patch and nibbling on the leaves of the butternut squash! Imogen was quick to shoo her off though.
Holly’s lead can be connected to Fluffy goes Walkies and Tessie goes Trotting (on Imogen’s Christmas list) so that you can walk up to three pets at the same time.
Holly goes Hopping (RRP £22.99) is part of the AniMagic range available from Vivid Toys and Games and one of the pets we’ve adopted as part of #AdoptanAniMagic month. There are plenty of competitions and very cute photos on Twitter just follow @VividToyGroup and the hashtag#AdoptanAniMagic on Twitter.
At parent’s evening last year I was told that Imogen (then 4) needed to have regular use of a computer at home to help aid her learning. It wasn’t something I was keen on but now 12 months later she has her own PC set up in the dining room (to try and keep her off my laptop), her own tablet and is regularly on my iPhone or the family iPad. They are mainly used for educational purposes and her time is monitored, well no one likes a little girl with square eyes now do they?
We’ve recently started downloading e-books for her to aid her reading skills and it’s working, she’s coming on with leaps and bounds! Recently we were asked by Blue Ocean Studios to test out their first interactive i-Fairytale, The Frog Prince.
It’s a re-telling of the Grimm Brothers tale which is wonderfully animated, easy to navigate and narrated gently by an English narrator. You have the option to have the story read to you or to read it yourself, if you chose the first option and get stuck on a word simply press on that word and the narration will pause to give your child time with that word. A great touch.
Imogen loves the story and now, after only a few days, pretty much knows it off by heart. It’s lovely to see her enjoying such a traditional story, even if it is in a modern format but surely anyway a child reads is a good way?
The Frog Prince is available to download for the iPad from iTunes here priced at £2.49 and there’s more fun to be had on the iFairtales website here.
Last week you may have read how we’re adopting a new pet every week in November from Vivid’s AniMagic range. Last week Imogen wasn’t well and Night Night Puppy proved to be girl’s best friend as he helped nurse her back to health but this week she’s been having some great adventures with Fluffy Goes Walkies.
This week started off as the last ended with Imogen feeling a little under the weather but by Tuesday she was back to school and her usual bright and happy self. Fluffy has waited patiently for Imogen to return home from school everyday, helped her with her spellings and accompanied Imogen to the multitude of mid week ballet lessons she’s been having due to an up coming exam. All pretty boring stuff for a dog but she’s been well behaved and hasn’t whined once!
The fun really happened this weekend when we took Fluffy for a lovely long walk around the local country park in the cool, crisp air. We had a stroll, fed the ducks, played in the park and took in the view. Fluffy is exactly that with a great coat of white fur, ours has a pink bow with matching lead but other colours are available. She can be easily attached to her glowing lead and will walk along with you and bark, all at the touch of a button. You can also connect up to three Fluffies together with the special handle at the end of her lead, this may just come in handy for next weeks adoption!
Fluffy goes Walkies (RRP £22.99) is part of the AniMagic range available from Vivid Toys and Games and one of the pets we’ve adopted as part of #AdoptanAniMagic month. There are plenty of competitions and very cute photos on Twitter just follow @VividToyGroup and the hashtag #AdoptanAniMagic on Twitter.
Christmas has some wonderful smells, Christmas trees, open fires, mulled wine, Christmas pudding and scented candles all fill the house with wonderful scents that arouse the senses at this time of year.
This Christmas Comfort have released a limited edition festive pack scented with Vanilla & Gold Iris and designed by fragrance experts to give you 100% more fragrance in every drop.
The bottle itself is highly seasonal with it’s gold colour and festive decorations and the scent is wonderful, I love the smell of vanilla but the gold iris also gives a floral note which makes a divine combination. The magic, however, happens inside the washing machine. Upon opening the machine I could almost smell Christmas and of course because it’s Comfort it made my laundry incredibly soft and easier to iron with the scent lingering all day!
Comfort limited edition Vanilla and Gold Iris is on sale now in most major