Sunday, 4 April 2021

Meeting up with family at Easter time. One year after lockdown.

Wow what a year of highs and lows it has been.   

What with COVID lockdown and my Mums cancer diagnosis the past year has been one we have been glad to see the back of! 

Easter Sunday marked the day when we were finally going to go to my parents house. 

Sunday’s, pre COVID, were usually spent visiting parents. Having a cuppa or lunch. Chatting, laughing and enjoying the weather. However this past year we haven’t been able to and it’s been horrible.   

These past few weeks we’ve been looking forward to going to see them. Once we were told that groups of six or two households were allowed to meet up outside we had planned to spend the day with them and prayed for good weather. Nan and Grandadof5 had planned all of the food we were going to eat and having to sit outdoors they had set up the gazebo incase of bad weather. 

What a fantastic day we’ve had and we’ve waited so long for too. We spent the day in the garden, cooked food, played boules & cricket, enjoyed an Easter egg hunt, had a laugh and a fabulous time. Nanof5 was soooo pleased to see the grandchildren. 

The children have so many yummy Easter eggs and treats to eat too. The Easter holidays will be fuelled by chocolate eggs for sure!

Here’s to many more days where we can all meet up with family and friends as the weeks and months go on. It’s very much overdue and very much needed too. 

Have you met up with family or friends over the Easter weekend or do you have plans to meet over the next few weeks? 

I hope you have all had a wonderful Easter weekend, ate lots of chocolate and had a fab time. 

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Review; Peppa Pig shopping centre playset.

 Peppa pig shopping centre review 

The Peppa Pig shopping centre is full of interactive role play fun. 

From the shops changing with the flip of the background and shop sign to the moving lift and the sounds from the tannoy and buttons. 

Grandbaby1 loves Peppa Pig and she has had so much fun pretending to fill the shopping trolleys while visiting the different shops like the bakery, pizza restaurant, ice cream parlour and more. 

The small Peppa figure has used the lift quite a lot! Just push it down to the bottom and then press the release button for it to travel up to the second floor. 

The tannoy system which fits on to the top of the shopping centre (with working microphone) is great fun. With shouts of ‘Mrs Rabbit to aisle 5 please’ and ‘special offer on 2 for 1 pizzas’ we’ve had great fun role playing so many different ideas. 

Even the small table that sits in the pizza/ice cream area changes what’s on the plates to suit each shop and the changes that can be made. 

Suitable for ages 3 and up with six different shop fronts in total including toy store, pizzeria, cake store, fruit & veg store, bakery and ice cream parlour and 12 accessory pieces it provides endless different play options. 

This was a definite hit in our house and kept Grandbaby1 playing for ages. She loved the different shop options and would change the shop fronts regularly, which was so easy to do and all the pieces can be used for any of the shops. 

The Peppa Pig shopping centre playset can be bought from Argos here; and is priced at £40. 

Disclaimer; we were sent the Peppa Pig shopping centre playset for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Thursday, 5 November 2020

REVIEW; Pensilly, the silly drawing game. Fun for all the family

Pensilly, the silly fun drawing game for all the family. 

We were sent a new game to try this week and what great fun we’ve had with it! 

Pensilly is a drawing description game with the added difficulty of the pen vibrating while you try and draw. 

Team up with friends or family to try and draw what’s written on the cards so your team mates can guess it correctly. 

With description and object cards you have to pick one of each on your go. Then draw what the cards say. For example I picked a lazy ice cream! 

The children thought some of the card combinations were hilarious and with the added difficulty of the vibrating pen it made for some very funny looking pictures and done even funnier guesses! 

The two cards together really make the game fun, exciting and sometimes you get some very interesting images drawn with no clue what it’s meant to be but that’s all part of the fun! 

The super silly drawing and guessing game for all the family! Take a Description card, take a Subject card and try your best to draw them for your team to guess and win points. With the timer running you do feel the pressure and with 2 levels of play and over 5,500 drawing combinations, how fast can you work the pen?

For ages 6+ which meant the whole family could get involved. We had great fun taking it in turns to be the person doing the drawing for the other team members to guess. 

The younger ones especially liked the fact that there was the option to score points when if only one card had been guessed correctly. Each card has different points which are stated on the cards when drawn from the pile. 

Will you be drawing a drum volcano, a windmill in the bath or even a flying Christmas tree?! With varying points displayed on the cards, the first team to 20 points wins. 

This  is a fun, fast paced, drawing game that gets the whole family involved. We loved it and would highly recommend it. 

Pensilly is available from Smyths Toys here;

Disclaimer; We were sent the Pensilly game for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are our own. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Tonka Steel Classics Mighty Dump truck and Tonka Bulldozer toy review


When we received these amazing Tonka toys through the post I was so excited. I was immediately taken back to my childhood when my Nan had one of my Dads old Tonka toys in the shed. It was amazing and myself and my siblings would always fight over who was going to play with it first, we had hours of fun. 

The Tonka Steel Classics range is back to the roots of the company and built to last, built on the notion that 'a toy shouldn't break just because a child plays with it'.

We received the Mighty Dump Truck and a bulldozer. The Tonka yellow immediately made me all nostalgic as we opened the packaging to get to the toys inside. The mighty dump truck was the first to be played with. It’s huge! The children had great fun pushing it around the garden, filling it with toys, shifting sand in the sandpit and so much more. Their imaginations went wild and they used it in so many different play scenarios. 

The bulldozer is smaller in size than the dump truck but still a very decent size for play either indoors or outdoors. With a scoop bucket at the front and caterpillar running tracks. Again this was used outdoors, there were races between the two toys, sand play and more. 

Both products are suitable for ages 3+ and are fab robust toys that will last for so many years. With the classic steel yellow body and black wheels, caterpillars and detailing. The Mighty Dump truck as a yellow bed that raises and lowers for hours of fun, scooping up sand from the sand pit, or mud for messy play. Also great for transporting toys around the house too with it's large size yet stable enough to be pushed without toppling over too.

The mighty dump truck retails at around £59.99 and the bulldozer retails at around £23.99.

The mighty bulldozer measures an impressive 27.9 x 48.3 x 29.2 centimetres and we were so impressed with the build and quality of the product. It was played with by a 3 year old as well as the teens (although they won’t want me mentioning that!) even I enjoyed not only watching the children play but joining in too, they created so many fun games with the Tonka toys. 

Disclaimer; We were gifted these toys for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and comments mage are our own. 

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Collectible fun with Character Toys Heroes of Goo Jit Zu series 2 Aqua Blast toys

The Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Series 2 collection from Character Toys has landed and my children love them. 

With 7 new figures in the series these include; 






Ultra Rare hydra


The three we have to show you are Blazagon, Thrash and Pantero. 

Each Goo Jit Zu Series 2 figure is super stretchy and reaches up to three times it’s size and then goes straight back to normal size. They also each are super squishy and each has its own filling too. 

Give your Goo Jit Zu figure a big squeeze and you can see what’s inside. Blazagon has a super glittery filling while Pantero has little white star shaped pieces. These are great for sensory play and the children love squishing and stretching the figures. 

The figures also have a super cool new water blaster feature. You can fill the head with water and squeeze to spray the water. This feature was great and the children had great fun shooting water at each other in the garden and also means they can play indoors or outdoors with their toys and have fun wherever they are.

The Goo Jit Zu range is fab squidgy, squashy and now water fun too with a good range of characters for great fun imaginative play too. The children loved them and can build on their collection with more from the range at just £9.99 and available at Amazon, Smyths Toys & more. 

Disclaimer; {ad} these toys were sent for the purpose of review, all thoughts expressed and comments are our own.