Saturday, 21 August 2021

A family trip to London. The Zoo, rainforest cafe, Fortnum & Mason’s sundaes & empty wallets!!



We had a fabulous couple of days in London to kickstart the summer holidays. Although if those few days are anything to go by then I’m declaring bankruptcy by the end of August 😂 


When you put your super plans into action you then need to pay for it all and days out don’t always happen cheaply. 


Keeping the children entertained over the six week holidays isn’t easy especially at the moment with the unpredictable weather.


We spent 3 days in London and it was fab. The children wanted to visit London Zoo again which was a lovely day out. The weather was kind to us that day too which helped massively. 


When we arrived on the Sunday we went straight to the hotel to ditch the suitcases and go and explore. Within seconds of stepping into the hotel the heavens opened and we had no choice but to sit in the hotel bar, wait for our room and watch the Olympics! It wasn’t a great start and I did start panicking about the weather for the days ahead. 


That evening we managed to get out for a walk along the South Bank. It was still drizzling with rain but warm so we stayed out for about half an hour. Not a great start to the couple of days we had planned but we did what we could. 


The next day we woke up to a lovely warm day (thank goodness). It was zoo day. The children love the zoo and there is so much to see. We arrived at 10am and started on one of the many routes around the zoo. Each child had a different animal that they were desperate to see (or also avoid in some cases). Thing 5 loves the sloths, Thing 2 loves the lemurs. They all love the gift shop!! 








We spent four hours wandering around the zoo and saw every animal. We love walking through the sections that are ‘in with the’ like the lemurs and monkeys. There is also in with the butterflies which Thing 2 hates and in with the spiders which didn’t appeal to some either. The spiders are on the large side and if you don’t look carefully you can get a little closer than you wanted to 😬 


We had booked the rainforest cafe restaurant for our evening meal. The Things wanted to go last year when we visited London but it never happened so thought it was perfect for after a day at the zoo. 


I was slightly unimpressed with the rainforest cafe. We had all been looking forward to it for so long. Our starters arrived with our mains and although we tried explaining to the waiter that we didn’t want it all together he didn’t understand what we were saying so in the end I just let him put it all on the table. I gave up trying to get my point across and by this point we were all hungry! 


Afterwards we walked down to Hamleys and the children had a good look around the shop across all floors. Be careful though! Hamleys prices are slightly more than other shops and the Nerf fun that Thing 5 spotted for £75 I found on Amazon for £20 😱 I’m all for letting the children choose a treat in the toy shop and we didn’t leave empty handed but I also refuse to pay £55 over the odds for something. Needless to say it was ordered on Amazon ready for his birthday the next week. 





On our last day I had booked a treat at Fortnum and Mason. I love going to look around their store and myself and Dadof5 have enjoyed their afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee tearoom which we thoroughly enjoyed so I booked The Parlour for ice cream sundaes. Again this was something I was really looking forward to and looking forward to treating the children to. 








You can build your own super sundae with a choice of ice creams, sorbets, sauces, toppings and finishing touches. So many flavour combinations to choose from. 


We were 10 minutes late which I was so annoyed about, I hate being late. We walked across from our hotel to the store and I had underestimated how slow Thing 5 would be on our journey. Anyway once seated we were served drinks relatively promptly and were asked if we were ready to order, I asked for a few more minutes. 20 minutes later we still hadn’t been asked if we were now ready. Thing 3 was sat under a very cold air conditioning vent and was freezing 🥶 and Thing 5 was having a meltdown. I was slowly losing it 😂 


We managed to get the waiters attention and placed all of our orders for sundaes. Lots of different flavour combinations were chosen by everyone and the sundaes arrived fairly promptly. They were delicious. So much choice when it comes to creating your sundae and we all enjoyed and finished our sundae (apart from Thing 5 who didn’t like his 🙄). 


I really liked the sundaes but was definitely underwhelmed with the experience. Thing 4’s sundae wasn’t as impressive as I thought for the price and I was slightly disappointed compared to the experience and attentiveness of staff elsewhere in the store and restaurants within Fortnum and Mason. 


Travelling to London from our home town takes just 38 mins on the fastest train which is a real bonus for me. I love travelling into London even just for a day trip and love staying there too. 


There is so much more we can see and do too. The children want to visit the London Dungeons and the London Eye. Thing 5 wants to go on an open top bus around the city too which we’ve never done before. We also need to try different hotels too. We stayed in the Premier Inn County Hall which is right by the South Bank near the London Eye. It’s always served us well and only used as a quick base for sleeping and maybe a pit stop between activities etc… but we do need to try more hotels that London has to offer, there are so many to choose from. 


We will definitely be back in London soon. We love visiting the city and can always find lots to do when we are there. It’s always worth trying new restaurant experiences and finding new activities to do too. 


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Review; Cutetitoes Pizzaitos Series 5 surprise Pizza wrapped collectible cuddly toys.



 These Cutetitos Pizza Series 5 cuddly toys are just the sweetest. With a surprise cuddly toy wrapped in each Cutetiti pizza base, which will you get? 




Cutetitos are now even cheesier with the new Pizzaitos Series 2 range. Collect 12 new animalitos in new prints and fun new pizza wraps. Super soft animals wrapped in pizza printed blankets, ready to be unwrapped and discovered. 

Is your Cutetitos personality cheesy, so cheesy, extra cheesy or super cheesy? Check out it’s hot spot to find out- a pizza slice shaped spot embroidered on its hip. 






You will also get 1 of 4 pizza wrap blankets. Either cheese, pepperoni, spicy or even ham and pineapple. With 12 different Cutetitos to find will you find a Poodlito, Ladybugito or even a SUPER RARE Cutetito. 

Thing 5 loved unwrapping his toys to see what animalitos he got and which pizza blankets too, here’s a little video we made. You can then mix and match and wrap them in the different blankets from each packet. 




These are fab little cuddly toys and great to collect. Thing 5 loves tucking them into their blankets each night and is already building up a bit of a collection. 

Disclaimer; we were sent these toys for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and comments on the products are our own




Review; Ben 10 Omnitrix and Omni Armour Ben 10 & Heatwave toy figures





We’ve been reviewing the fab Ben 10 Omnitrix and Omni-naut space armour Ben & Heatwave figures. With 100+ combinations on the Omnitrix and poseable character figures there are endless play opportunities with these Ben 10 toys. 



Thing 5 was so excited when these arrived. The Ben 10 Omnitrix Creator Kit is so much fun. With the Omnitrix Creator, you can mix and match parts to create your own custom Omnitrix or Antitrix! 100+ combinations. 





With three dials to choose from each dial activates different lights and sound effects just press the button to activate. Also with an adjustable strap. 




The multitude of combinations that can be made was a real draw for Thing 5. He loved making different combinations with the pieces available to custom the Omnitrix to how he liked it. 

He loved the Ben 10 figures too. The Omni Naut armour Ben & Heatwave figures were great for endless hero imaginative play and he used them alongside using the Omnitrix too to become fully immersed in a Ben 10 world fighting off the bad guys to become the hero.  

Space Armour Ben 

As if turning into awesome aliens wasn’t enough, Ben’s new Omni-Naut Armor gives him what every ten-year-old dreams of: the power to rocket into the depths of space! Ben is like no other kid in his new interstellar suit, speeding through the universe on his way to become the greatest hero in the galaxy!

Space Armour Heatblast

It’s an intergalactic inferno with Heatblasts new Omni-Naut armor! This sizzling space Armor enhances Heatblasts fire powers and allows him to fly deep into space. And his flaming fist now packs a powerful, new fireblaster that’ll charbroil any alien enemy! If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the galaxy!



“Head on over to www.evolutioncomps.co.uk/Ben10 for your chance to win a fab Ben 10 Prize, find out more about the cool toys as well as more info on Ben himself!”

Thing 5 had such fun with these toys. Ben 10 has been a firm favourite with so many children or many years and will continue to be so for many years to come. 

Disclaimer; We were sent these toys for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and comments expressed about the products are our own.

Review; Jump It lap counter from Character Toys. Active fun with Character.


The Jump It lap counter skipping rope style toy landed in our house this week and it was so fun to use. 




Having had one of these when I was younger I was keen to show the children how to use it. 


I love to see toys that I had when I was younger making a comeback and I can show the children the fun we had when we were playing with our toys. 


Just put the solid hoop around your ankle and then use a spinning motion to make it spin around and then hop over the counter with your other foot. Just a skip and a jump! 


The Jump It is so easy to assemble and took just a few seconds so there’s no waiting to get stuck into using it almost straight away. 


Some of the children took to it straight away and others took a little time to get the momento going with the Jump It and to get co ordinated too! It became great fun to see who could get the highest jump count in one go or who could get to 100 in the quickest time. 


This is great to keep everyone active and the jump counter is great to see your progress from day to day or to challenge your friends and family to see who can do the most jumps or even a timed challenge. It counts up to 999 lap counts, who can reach 999 first? 


It’s great fun for young (and older like me!) and we’ve used it both outdoors and indoors, just make sure you’ve given yourself plenty of room for the Jump It to spin around in an open area once you spin it around your feet. It’s really been great fun and we can use it any time to have fun and also keep fit and active too. 


At a fantastic price point of £12.99 and available from Smyths Toys. It’s ideal to keep everyone active and an ideal price point as a birthday gift for friends too. Have a Jump It each and challenge each other. 


Disclaimer; We were sent these toys for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and comments expressed about the products are our own.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Review; Moon shoes are back for ‘gravity defying’ moon walking, bouncy nostalgic fun!

 Moon shoes nostalgia. Space walking is back with retro toy fun. 


Oh gosh I can’t tell you how much I wanted a pair of moon shoes when I was younger. 

 

My school bestie had some and I badgered my parents so much about them. 


Alas it was never meant to be. I would play with my besties pair of moon shoes when I could but I never got a pair of my own. 






NOW THEY ARE BACK! Retro toy fun is always great and I love seeing a fab toy return. 


Moon shoes are bouncy, space walking fun on your feet. Suitable for up to shoe size UK 7.5 with double Velcro fastening and various amounts of rubber bands for different weight for maximum bounce effect. 


Made of quality, high-density plastic, with adjustable VELCRO brand nylon closure straps, Moon Shoes feature a self-centering shoe platform with non-skid grip surface for sure-footed, high-bouncing thrills.


Thing 5 was the first to try them out and he had such a fun time out in the garden pretending to be a spaceman on the moon. 


For ages 7 years plus these were ideal for all of my children to try, although that’s if they were willing or give them up to let someone else have a go!! 


Even I waited (im)patiently! for my turn. I had to have a go after all these years of wishing I had got a pair of moon shoes when I was younger. It didn’t disappoint although I could have been a better spaceman than I was, the children weren’t impressed with my moon walking skills! 





Mum it’s like having my own trampolines on my feet’ he said as he jumped up and down with a big smile on his face. 


Thing 4’s turn next, he was a bit dubious at first but once he set off on his ‘moon walk’ there was no stopping him! 


These are great for indoor or outdoor fun. We used them outside when the weather was nice and the children had great fun with them. The grips around the bottom edge of the black plastic base makes them great for smoother floor surfaces. 




 

Feel like you are a space man walking on the moon in your very own moon shoes from Character Toys. Available now from Argos at £29.99. 


Disclaimer; We were sent these toys for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and comments expressed about the products are our own.