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CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge Review and Giveaway

In our house the CBeebies bedtime hour means just that, with baths normally already done 6pm-7pm means time to unwind, catch up with Iggle Piggle, do a spot of reading and of course enjoy the CBeebies bedtime story.  At the very end of this, right before it goes off air, the CBeebies Bedtime Song is played and the kiddywinks toddle off to bed.  I have long believed that the song has magical powers!  Now, thanks to Golden Bear, the kiddywinks have their very own Squidge (I’ve always wondered what his name was) ready and willing to sing them to sleep at the press of a button!

CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge

Sweet Dreams with Squidge is super soft and comes dressed in his nightcap ready for bed, he’s around 23cm so a lovely size to cuddle or even use as a pillow as Joseph likes to do.

CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge

With a simple press of the little star shaped button, Squidge will sing the CBeebies Bedtime Hour song and softly glow with different coloured lights to soothe your little one off to sleep.  Squidge is suitable for ages 10 months plus and takes 3AAA batteries which are included and can be replaced.

Joseph has quickly become very attached to Squidge and as well as taking him to bed every night he carries him around everywhere, usually swinging him from his nightcap.  It’s a great toy but sadly there is no volume control and I personally think it’s a little bit too loud to soothe anyone to sleep, although this doesn’t seem to actually be the case!  In an attempt to quieten Squidge down a little I have placed a small piece of tape over the speaker and this has done the trick.

CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge

CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge is available from Amazon priced at £19.99 and you can see him in action here.

Golden Bear are giving Me and My Kiddywinks readers the chance to win 1 of 3 Sweet Dreams with Squidge toys in our latest competition.  For your chance to win please enter via Rafflecopter below, good luck!

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Back to School Review Round Up

With less than two weeks until the kiddywinks head back to school are you prepared?  I’ve put together some of my best Back to School finds that should ease the last minute rush just a little.

Imogen and Joseph were each sent a rucksack from LamaLoLi.com, a website choc-a-bloc with branded and fully licensed clothing and accessories for the whole family, Imogen chose Disney Princess and Joseph Disney Planes.

LamaLoLi Rucksacks

Both of their chosen rucksacks have a 3D print effect on the front with Joseph’s featuring Dusty, Rochelle and Ripslinger and Imogen’s with Rapunzel and her Palace Pets horse Blondie.  From a practical point of view they have a grab handle and thick, padded straps to make even the heaviest load comfortable to carry.  At 28 x 23 x 10 cm they are the perfect size for lunch boxes leaving room for a waterproof too.

LamaLoLi Rucksack

There’s a great selection of bags of every style as well as pencil cases and some lovely stylish coats perfect for the Autumn and they can all be found on www.lamaloli.com

I was recently introduced to Smash’s Nude Food Movers on a trip to Sainsbury’s where I managed to bag a bargain with these Triple Snack Tubes at just 67p each!  I was amazed at the quality and genius design which are ideal for break time snacks as well as providing a solution to Imogen’s hummus problem.  Now she carries hummus in one, carrot and cucumber sticks in another and mini breadsticks in the third!

Nude Food Movers Triple Snack Pots

Being so impressed with the quality and design, I chose the Mini Rubbish Free Lunch Box for Joseph’s nursery lunch box.  It features two separate compartments, a sandwich “seatbelt” and two removable, leak proof pods.  We’ve been practising eating lunch from it this week and mightily impressed!

Nude Food Movers Mini Rubbish Free Lunch BoxNude Food Movers Mini Rubbish Free Lunch Box

You can see the entire Nude Food Movers online here www.nudefoodmovers.com.au/ and they are available in the bigger UK supermarkets.

Imogen is a lot like me and has always been obsessed with stationery, this year she has chosen the Butterfly range from Sainsbury’s to start the new school year with.  The matching range is huge and includes everything from calculators to notebooks.  Most of the Back to School stationery now has up to 70% off so make sure you check it out.

Butterfly metal tube pencil set alt £3.99Butterfly multi pocket pencil case

We’re also hoping to find stock of the obviously hugely popular pink satchel at Sainsbury’s before September because apparently the school’s green book bag simply just isn’t cool enough for school!

Pink Satchel

If you’re still on the hunt for school uniform then don’t forget to check out the TU range at Sainsbury’s and do it before 25th August as there’s is 25% ALL TU clothing and that’s a massive saving.  The full range of Sainsbury’s Back to School can be seen at www.sainsburys.co.uk/backtoschool

Back to School with Blacks

As well as the start of the new school year September also means the start of Autumn and that usually brings a downturn in the weather.  School runs become cold, wet and blustery and far less enjoyable.  Luckily Imogen will be prepared this year thanks to Blacks, the outdoor specialists, who sent her through a selection of goodies for the new school year.

Back to School with Blacks

Included in her package were a pair of Peter Storm Wellies, an Osprey Koby Daysack and a Peter Storm 3 in 1 Jacket. Imogen fell instantly in love with the wellies which are mainly purple with a pink trim and spots which apparently makes them very Disney Frozen and pleased her no end.  They have a nice tread on the outer sole to prevent from slipping and will be perfect for puddle jumping on the way home from school.

The Osprey Koby Daysack is just the right size for her and with it’s multitude of pockets, both inner and outer, it will be ideal for carrying her books and lunch to school.  It’s also waterproof with comfortable, padded straps and will be very handy for field trips where she has to be prepared for eventuality and that means a heavy bag!

Back to School with BlacksBack to School with Blacks

Lastly, the Peter Storm 3 in 1 Jacket has to be my favourite, currently on sale at just £25, it is every coat that your child will need for every season.  The jacket has a warm inner fleece with pockets that can either be worn by itself or zipped inside the waterproot outer shell.  The shell has a hood, which can be zipped away when not in use and can, of course, be used without the fleece.  It’s a great versatile jacket and worth every penny which is why I’ve already brought Joseph a blue one!

Back to School with BlacksBack to School with Blacks

To make sure your little one is prepared for all weathers this school year head over to www.blacks.co.uk.

Playmobil Fairy Island and Unicorn Carriage Review

As Playmobil Playologists, Imogen and Joseph came home to a VERY exciting delivery a few weeks ago.  Playmobil PlayologistsJoseph was the lucky recipient of some construction toys from the City Life range (the review of his toys will follow shortly) and Imogen had a fabulous bundle of new additions to the Playmobil Fairies range, the Unicorn Carriage with Butterfly Fairy and the Fairy Island with Jewel Fountain.

Naturally Imogen was keen to get started straight away and set up the playsets all by herself following the step by step instructions.

Playmobil Playologists

Firstly she put together the Unicorn Carriage which, of course, we all know is the ONLY way that fairies travel when they are tired of flying.  The carriage and the unicorn both have some beautiful details, like the flower design on the wheels and the stick on gems that decorate both.  There is also a gem that sticks onto the butterfly fairy’s dress and she also has a magical staff, detachable wings and a flower stand.

Playmobil Unicron Carriage

Next Imogen put together the Fairy Island, this is a little more complex to put together than the carriage but only took her about 15 minutes in total.  Fairy Island includes two fairy figures, a unicorn foal, swans and signets and birds.

Playmobil Fairy Island

The Fairy Island has lots of lovely features the two most prominent being the weeping willow tree and the light up jewel fountain.  The jewel fountain takes 3 AAA batteries, and these aren’t included, and will emit a colour changing glow through the jewel stones that are placed on top.  The petals that surround the fountain fold down so that the fairies can protect their best kept secret.

Playmobil Fairy Island

Other lovely features include the flower carousel, where the fairies can stand and spin, a glow in the dark lantern and a pendant that hangs beautifully from the flower trellis but can also be added to a necklace and worn as a pendant.

Playmobil Fairy Island

These two sets work beautifully together, Imogen especially likes the fact that she has a Mummy and a baby unicorn and adores the light up jewel fountain.  She will happily sit and play with her Playmobil fairies for hours using her imagination to make up stories involving magic spells, evil queens and secret potions that the fairies brew in the fountain.

The Playmobil Fairies range is available to purchase and view in full on the Playmobil website www.playmobil.co.uk

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.

Cool Bandz Cool Bandz

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.

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?

Peppa Pig Muddle Puddles PlayhousePeppa Pig Muddy Puddles Playhouse

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.

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.

Ravensburger Disney Planes Puzzles Review

Joseph, like many three year old boys, is mad about anything Disney Cars or Disney Planes so he was ecstatic when a delivery from Ravensburger arrived with two awesome Disney Planes jigsaws for him.

Imogen has always been a jigsaw whizz but Joseph has never really shown that much interest, that is until now! He received two puzzles the first being a 35 piece featuring characters from the new Disney’s Planes Fire and Rescue film.  In this puzzle Dusty, Windlifter, Blad Runner, Cabbie and Lil Dipper coming to the rescue of Piston Peak National Park which is threatened by a raging wildfire. Ravensburger Disney Planes The second was a 4 in a box set which has a 12, 16, 12 and 24 piece puzzle included.  Each puzzle features Dusty, Lil Dipper, Cabbie and Windlifter individually. Disney Planes Ravenesburger PuzzlesJoseph’s really enjoyed seeing the new characters from Disney Planes & Rescue and now can not wait to see the film.  He loves the puzzles and has taken his time to complete all of them all by himself, without any frustration I may add!  The puzzles are really good quality with bright colours and nice details . Just like all Ravensburger puzzles the pieces are made from thick, recycled board with a matte finish to avoid glare.

Ravensburger Disney Planes Puzzles Ravensburger Disney Planes Puzzles

Both of these puzzles as well as others are available from Amazon with prices starting from just £3.99.

Be My Bear – Make a Bear Anywhere Review

Back in March Imogen held a Be My Bear bear building party with her closest friends, it was an awesome 6th birthday party even if I do say so myself and all of the children went home with lovely new friends.

Be My Bear Party

Recently Imogen was given the chance to review a new kit from Be My Bear perfect for the Summer holidays, the Make a Bear Anywhere kit.

Make a Bear Anywhere

This lovely kit includes everything needed to make your very own bear friend including a pre-sewn bear skin, stuffing, a wish star, teddy passport and a lovely little suitcase for all of teddy’s essentials.

Make a Bear Anywhere

All Be My Bear bears are no sew bears, meaning that there is no sewing needed to create your special friend.  The bear making process is very simple, at the back of your bear is a Velcro opening and inside that is a one way zip.

Make a Bear Anywhere

Fill your bear with lots of the fluffy stuffing to make him super cuddly, make a wish on your wish star and pop inside the bear and then close the zip and trim off the thread to prevent opening.

Make a Bear Anywhere

Included in the kit is a birth certificate so you can record their name and date and place of birth, Imogen decided upon the name Emily for her bear.  There’s also a little teddy bear sized passport so that you can record your bear’s travels.  It also has fun games, a world map and section on history and world facts.

Make a Bear Anywhere

 

The super cute suitcase means that your bear can literally go anywhere with you, Emily’s suitcase is always packed so that she can dash off anywhere in a hurry, she’s a bit of a jetsetter don’t you know?!

The Make a Bear Anywhere kit is superb and guaranteed to occupy any child on a long journey, Imogen has had hours of fun with Emily and has taken her on lots of pretend holidays filling in her passport every time and she’ll definitely be coming with us on our Summer holidays. Sadly the catch on Emily’s suitcase broke quickly after it arrived but the Be My Bear team have been extremely helpful and are replacing this for her.

The Make a Bear Anywhere kit is available from www.bemybear.com priced at £19.99 or just £15 each if you buy two or more.  Make sure you have a look at their party kits as well with 8″ bears starting from just £6.00 each!

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