Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Explore the outdoors this spring with new arrivals from Little Tikes including the Princess horse and carriage. Plus up to 20% off playhouses and sand and water tables.


Little Tikes have recently released a few new products into their Spring collection including the very popular Princess horse and Carriage ride on. 


Princess horse and carriage for ages 1-5 years approx. (RRP £109.99)


As the weather slowly changes and the children can go outdoors for longer to play it's time to look at outdoor toys. 

Thing 5 absolutely loves his Spinning Seas water table from Little Tikes and they have a lovely range on offer on their website. From water tables to sand and water tables there is something for everyone. Some also come with their own parasol too. 




The Spinning Seas water table (RRP £49.99) and the Builders Bay sand and water table (RRP £129.99)

Also new for the Spring season is the Go Green playhouse. With key features including;

 Solar panels power interior LED lights. 
 Working pump sink is fed by rain barrel. 
 Recycling centre with dual removable bins. 
 Planting box and water reservoir. 
 Roof garden planter. 
 Eight accessories. 
 Printed packaging with patterns to re-purpose as a birdhouse and recycling in. 
 Booklet for kids explaining all the eco-friendly features.

With an RRP of £249.99 this looks great and will entertain the children for ages. 


Go Green Playhouse



Finally for those warm sunnier days is the Wet and Dry first slide (RRP £49.99). The slide can be used with or without water and comes with a 10 foot vinyl mat for water play. 


Wet and Dry first slide


As the weather warms up and we can enjoy outdoors even more than usual these products would be fab for outdoor play in the spring time and all throughout the year. 


Monday, 27 February 2017

Where can I buy children's rainbow clothing? Taking a look at the great selection of rainbow clothing from Frugi, Little Bird, Stella McCartney, Gucci and more

RAINBOW INSPIRED CHILDREN'S CLOTHING

There are so many wonderful children's clothing brands out there now that it's sometimes overwhelming to choose from all of the nice pieces on offer. 

I'm also very guilty of sometimes getting stuck in my ways and sticking to only a couple of brands I know instead of maybe looking around at other brands and mixing and matching outfits from different stockists rather than sticking to what I know. 

Rainbow coloured and inspired clothing is becoming increasingly popular and I've noticed more and more brands introducing rainbow inspired styles into their new seasons range. 

As well as the ever popular Little Bird range by Jools Oliver at Mothercare I've spied items from Molo, Frugi, stella McCartney, Boden and many more besides this season and I've decided to show some of my favourites from these brands. 


Mothercare 

Each season brings new styles and a bigger and better range from Little Bird and this season sees the introduction of new cot bedding to go alongside the popular clothing range. My picks from this season are below. 




Just a small selection of what is available in the Little Bird range this season. 





The Little Bird collection also features this 'My Rainbow Baby' vest with £1 from every sale going straight to the Tommy's charity. 


Frugi

Frugi launched in 2004 under the name Cut4Cloth after a couple struggled to find clothes to fit a cloth nappy baby. in 2006 it expanded to include kids clothes and a range for breastfeeding Mums. In 2008 it was rebranded to Frugi and the company has grown ever since. The brand now caters for babies and children from 0-10 years as well as clothes for Mum and bedding too. 





Just a selection from the current Frugi range. I love their Parnsip trousers and snuggle crawlers. 


Stella McCartney

The new Stella McCartney season is full of rainbow clothing. Included in the range are jeans, shorts, t-shirts, jumpers, dresses and more. I have chosen 3 items below and the full range can be found at any Stella McCartney stockist. 




Stella McCartney jumper, denim jacket and t-shirt. I love the detail on all 3 items. The embroidery on the denim jacket is lovely. 


Gucci


I found these 2 gorgeous pieces from Gucci and had to feature them. Thing 3 would absolutely love the rainbow glitter shoes. I also love the knitted romper suit too. Definitely investment pieces but worth it. 


Boden






Boden have a great selection of rainbow clothing too. I love the striped towelling robe with rainbow detailing and the fun rainbow mary jane shoes. More items can be found on the Boden website.


Marks and Spencer





Marks and Spencer have some lovely rainbow inspired pieces at the moment. The pyjamas have proved very popular as well as the raincoat. 


There are so many rainbow print and inspired clothes from many brands this season. Have you found something that you love this season? Which brand is your favourite for children's clothes? 







The Lego Batman movie and the 'create your own' Lego Batman character creator, TRY IT HERE! Are you a villain or a hero?

Lego Batman character creator 

With the launch of the Lego Batman movie in cinemas across the country a couple of weeks ago Thing 4 and 5 have gone Lego crazy (even more so than usual!) 

They have been looking at all of the new Lego sets out in the toy shops featuring many Batman creations from the huge Arkham Asylum set to the smaller vehicles such as Joker's car or Penguin's Arctic Roller. 

As well as the new Lego sets released there is also a 'creat your own' Lego Batman character creator  where you can make your own Lego Batman character and place it in scenes from the movie. 

Are you a hero or a villain? You can choose everything from legs and body, hair and eyes and even accessories for your Lego Batman character. 

Why not give it a go here and see what Lego Batman character you can make? Let me know what character you make and enjoy! 


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Warner Brothers Studio Tour London, The making of Harry Potter announces a permanent new expansion to the tour. Introducing the Forbidden Forest at the Harry Potter studio tour opening March 31st 2017.

STEP INTO THE FORBIDDEN FOREST 


WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER OPENS NEW EXPANSION 




On 31st March, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil an exciting, permanent expansion dedicated to the Forbidden Forest. 


The Forbidden Forest may be strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students, but for the first time this March, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter are invited to defy Professor Dumbledore’s orders and follow the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione deep into the grounds of the Forbidden Forest. 






Home to an abundance of creatures, the Forbidden Forest offers shelter and protection to Hippogriffs and Acromantula among many others. It is also well known to beloved half-giant Hagrid in his role as Care of Magical Creatures professor. One of Rubeus Hagrid’s original costumes will be on display, lantern in hand, to welcome visitors through the Hogwarts Gates deep into the forest. Filled with 19 trees each with a diameter of over 12 feet, visitors will walk beneath the giant entwined roots on their journey and will even be able to control the weather using the same techniques created by filmmakers. 


Amongst the imposing trees, visitors will encounter a full size model of Buckbeak, which is new to the tour, and have the opportunity to bow to the majestic creature. They will see up close the incredible detail and craftsmanship that went into creating the magnificent Hippogriff. Each feather had to be individually inserted and glued by the Creature Effects team who were busy adding feathers right up until the final moment Buckbeak was needed on set for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 



As visitors venture deeper into the depths of the forest, they will come face-to-face with Aragog, the Acromantula. Emerging from his dark lair, the enormous spider will appear before visitors along with spiderlings from his family. Created by Nick Dudman, Creature and Make-Up Effects Designer, with help from Production Designer Stuart Craig, Aragog had a leg span of over 18 feet and was even able to crawl out of a hole and deliver dialogue in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 


Officially opening on Friday 31st March, the new, must-see expansion has been designed and built by many of the crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series including Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes, BAFTA winning Creature and Makeup Effects Designer Nick Dudman and BAFTA winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson. 

Sarah Roots, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Tours commented: “We are so excited to launch the Forbidden Forest expansion of the Studio Tour, especially on the fifth anniversary of our grand opening. It’s great to be working with so many of the original filmmakers who know so much about the wizarding world. There will be an opportunity to take control of the weather and discover the techniques used to create a realistic forest within a film. We can’t wait to let visitors step into this mysterious set and discover all this amazing detail for themselves.” 


Stuart Craig, Production Designer on all eight Harry Potter films, added: “Over the course of the eight films, the Forbidden Forest has played a key role and I think it’s an exciting addition to the Studio Tour. The Forbidden Forest is full of mysterious, fascinating and sometimes threatening forces. It represents the great unknown compared to the comfort and safety of Hogwarts and the Gryffindor Common Room which makes it so interesting and important to the development of the story.” 


The Forbidden Forest will open on Friday 31st March 2017 and entrance will be included in the ticket price. Standard ticket prices are £39 per adult, £31 per child age 5-15 years (must be accompanied by an adult), under 4's go free, Family ticket 126 (either 2 adults 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children), carers go are with proof of entitlement with group and complete studio tour package ticket prices available too.