Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Review; Drumond Park Games Barbecue Party, pop up fun for all of the family. Who will become the master chef??



We were recently sent the game Barbecue Party from Drumond Park Games. The older children have plenty of games to play so it was nice to get a game that all of the children could play, even the younger ones.

Barbecue Party comprises of a barbecue with pop up action, a set of cards, various different barbecue foods and a set of tongs. There are two of each food including broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken drumsticks, fish, corn on the cob and hot dogs.




The aim of the game is to be the first person to collect three foods off of the barbecue, four food items for the older children.

You start the game with all of the foods set aside from the barbecue and the pile of cards face down. each player in turn picks a card and whatever food is shown on that card is placed, carefully, on the barbecue. if a player picks a card that has a particular food on that is already on the barbecue they can carefully remove it and keep that card and the food. They need to do this 3 times to be the winner.

However, the barbecue has a popping action and if a food is placed on the barbecue or removed without care it could pop and send the food jumping into the air. If this happens all the food has to go back off of the barbecue and you start over again.

There is a Joker card that is in the pack of cards, if this is picked up the player can choose which item of food to either place on, or remove from the barbecue. If a card is picked and both food items have already been claimed by other players that player misses a go.

To set the grill on top of the barbecue there is a small switch that you set to 0 for placing the grill on then set it to 1 and it is ready to pop during the game play.

My children absolutely love this game. When we first played it we could play as a whole family, once we had played it a few times the younger ones picked up the rules so easily and now they will happily and unbox it and play it together without needing any help. Sometimes we do have a cheat game where we don't have the barbecue in popping mode!

I would highly recommend this game to everyone. It's so easy to play and follow for the younger children yet still fun for the older ones. We love playing it as a family but I also like how it is so easy to play that the younger ones can play it together if need be.

When it arrived there was also very minimal assembly required to get started. The box includes a sheet of eye stickers for the food but apart from that you could get started straight away with game play.

For 2-4 players age 4 years and upwards. Thing 5 who is 3 years old loved playing this too though and it was so easy for him to follow and play. RRP £19.99

Disclaimer; We were sent the game for the purpose of this review, all views are our own. 

Monday, 14 September 2015

Our wonderful experience at The View from The Shard. Spectacular views of London.



Myself and Dadof5StaySane recently traveled to London for a couple of days away for tenth wedding anniversary. I had everything planned and lots of places for us to visit whilst we were in the capital. 

One of the places we visited was The Shard. Standing at 1016 feet tall and The View from The Shard occupies the highest habitable floors in The Shard at Levels 69 and 72. 

Level 69 is a triple height, light filled main viewing gallery where 360 degree views for up to 40 miles of London are revealed. 

As we walked towards The Shard it looked spectacular. It was a gloriously sunny day so perfect for looking across London. I still hadn't fully appreciated what the views would be like once we got up there though. To access the viewing gallery you ride in one of the lifts that takes you up to Level 69 at a rate of 6 floors per second. 

Guests also have the opportunity to have their picture taken in front of ‘green screens’ which capture them in front of the perfect view over London. They can also have their faces projected onto the bodies of famous explorers as they and their fellow travellers prepare to travel skywards towards the view. The ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts feature video screens and mirrors to create the effect of soaring through iconic ceilings and roofs of London. As they travel towards the pinnacle of The Shard so they pass through the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Rubens ceiling at the Banqueting House in Whitehall, the spiral staircase at Monument, and the British Museum’s Great Court glass roof.

Level 33 is Transfer zone where guests transfer lifts, they go through an all-enveloping graffiti word map of London. Guests follow an image of the River Thames curving along the floor and see the capital mapped geographically around them in 200 sentences scrawled on the walls and floor, each describing a different part of the city. Guests can test their knowledge of London as they walk through to the next set of lifts.


The Tower of London and the London Eye




Following the curve of the River Thames down towards Canary Wharf and the view upwards from the open air Level 72.



It was glorious weather which made for fabulous views. This church caught my eye from down below.




Once at Level 69 the views are breathtaking. You can look from every viewpoint and look out over London spotting many, many landmarks along the way. Examples of these are; 

 North: City buildings including ‘The Gherkin’ (St Mary’s Axe), ‘The Walkie Talkie’
(20 Fenchurch Street), Wembley Stadium, Alexandra Palace, BT Tower.

 East: The Olympic Stadium, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and the Thames Barrier.

South: Battersea Power Station, The Oval cricket ground, the Strata tower in Elephant and Castle, and the green of the South Downs.

West: St Paul’s Cathedral, The London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of
Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

London is brought to life on 12, free to use ‘Tell:scopes’ – high-tech digital telescopes that are being used in Europe for the first time. The Tell:scopes enable guests to explore the city around them in real time and also offer guests the chance to browse live, sunset, night-time and historic views of London dating as far back as Roman times. Fully interactive, they are able to identify over 200 famous landmarks and places of significant interest with information offered in 10 languages.





We spent a lot of time on Level 69, looking from every viewpoint and picking out all of the landmarks and taking pictures. I loved how you could see the River Thames wind its way along and out of view and looking at all of the different buildings that ran alongside it. After spending quite a bit of time taking in all of the views and taking lots of pictures we ventured further up to Level 72. 

This summer enjoy London’s highest garden space 800ft (244m) above the city at The View from The Shard.
The open-air skydeck has been transformed with over 2,000 plants and flowers. Taking months to prepare and over 350 man-hours to fully install,
national floral favorites including poppies, fox gloves, lavender, marigolds and birch trees have been planted in over 10,000 litres of soil, set amongst a further 750 metres of decorative foliage.
Continuing the quintessentially British experience, guests can also enjoy a Fortnum & Mason ice-cream whilst taking in the panoramic views.
The summer garden will be on display until 15 September.

Level 72 is the open air viewing gallery. Standing at 800 feet and exposed to the elements. Here, at the highest publicly accessible level of the building guests are surrounded by the giant shards of glass that form the sculptural top of The Shard and experience the sounds and atmosphere of the city below. It was lovely on Level 72, there is a small area where you can purchase drinks and snacks and it was a lovely day so ideal conditions to be up in the open air. From here you can look upwards into the very pinnacle of the building. 


Whilst on Level 72 my husband had a few questions about The Shard and asked one of the employees that was up on Level 72. We had a wonderfully informative chat for about 20 minutes with a employee called Craig who told us everything from the build process, to what is contained within the building, the views and with some very interesting and informative facts about The Shard too. 

We had a lovely time at The View from The Shard and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting London. Advanced tickets cost £25.95 for adults and £19.95 for children but you can also get on the day tickets too as well as family tickets, night time tickets and various other options are available. 

Disclaimer; We were given press tickets for The Shard, all opinions are our own. 





Monday, 7 September 2015

Power Rangers Dino Charge deluxe dino charge megazord toy, 3 dino zords into one megazord from Bandai UK. Catch the new series on POP kids tv channel & dino charge toys in the shops now.



NEW POWER RANGERS DINO CHARGE TV SERIES AND TOYS



Power Rangers has always been part of my life. My eldest is now 18 years old but even when he was growing up Power Rangers were a big thing. Power Ranger toys and the TV series has always had it's fans over the years and remains well loved by children around the world.

When we were sent some fab Power Ranger Dino Charge products from Bandai UK my five year old got very excited. The 22nd series of Power Rangers has just aired recently on POP kids TV. Starting on August 31st 2015 at 7.30am. 



Our Power Ranger Dino Charge delivery from Bandai UK.


Power Rangers Dino Charge is a new team of Power Rangers prior to the run of Power Rangers Super Megaforce. In Dino Charge, the Energems were given to ten dinosaurs for safe keeping by an alien, but they were lost when asteroids hit the Earth and wiped out the dinos. Now a team of Power Rangers forms to find the Energems and use their dinosaur spirit energy to charge up an arsenal of dino-fueled swords, blasters, Zords, and Megazords
to save the world.

Bandai toys have launched a Power Rangers toy range to coincide with the new series of Power Rangers Dino Charge. Including the various sizes of articulated figures that come with battle accessories there is also the deluxe dino charge morpher, dino charger power packs, dino charge cycle, the dino charge Megazord and much, much more. 

We received the black Ranger with distinctive dino charge detailing and two battle gear items. Standing 12.5 cm tall it has a detailed design and 13 points of articulation for role play with other Power Ranger toys.


Our black Power Ranger figure and the Dino Charge chargers that are compatible with most of the Dino Charge toys


Thing 4 was particularly excited about the dino charge Megazord. With three ways to play with 3 different dino zords which then combine to make the impressive Megazord toy. It also came with 1 Dino Charger for extra morphing features and this can also be used in the dino power chargers and dino morpher. The smaller dino zords are ideal for multi game play and it also means that there are more toys for everyone to play together but it is very impressive when they all morph and combine to build a very big Megazord action figure.


 

The amazing Dino Charge Megazord






The Megazord complete and also in it's three smaller dino zord stages too.



Now showing on POP TV at 7.30am and 6pm every day, be sure to catch all episodes of the new Power Ranger Dino Force show. 

All Power Rangers dino charge toys can be found in Toys R Us, Argos, Smyths Toys, Amazon and more stockists too. On the run up to Christmas and with the new TV series well under way these toys are a must have for any Power Ranger fan. 

Disclaimer; We were sent the Power Rangers dino zord toys so we could write about the launch of the TV series and toys. All thoughts expressed are our own. 






Saturday, 5 September 2015

Save Syria's Children; It Could have been Us. #SaveSyriasChildren.

In the words I felt compelled to write on a post the other day and which I share again here. The images we have seen recently have shocked us all. What if it had been you? You would do everything in your power to keep your family safe. These journeys aren't made on a whim or for fun. These people are fleeing a country they called home to find safety yet many do not make the journey at all.



As I put my toddler to sleep for the night,
I kiss his head and hug him tight.
The same age as Aylan Kurdi,
In the same place where Aylan should be.
Being kissed by his mother and put to bed,
Instead his family go through hell instead.
The horrible terror that forced them to flee,
To find a better place for their family.
We will never know how that family feels,
The country they fled and the happiness it steals.
Seeking shelter, food and a home without war,
They still haven't found it and their hearts are now poor.
We cannot hide from the help that they need,
The perilous journeys where most don't succeed.
The loss of life and the crisis unfolding,
No clue at what their future is holding.
Don't hide away from the reality that we see,
What if it was your own family.
Would you stay in a country rife with war,
Or carry your family to safety on a distant shore.
In the warmth of our home with our family,
It's easy to hide from the horror we see.
Please don't ignore it or hide it from sight,
We need to act now, dear Aylan sleep tight.
‪#‎AylanJurdi‬ ‪#‎HumanityWashedAshore‬ ‪#‎KiyiyaVuranInsanlik‬

Save the Children’s #SaveSyriasChildren campaign. To donate £5 please text SYRIA to 70008 or any other charity helping Syria.

Please watch the Youtube video below and upload a picture of you child/children with the words 'It could have been Me'Us #SaveSyriasChildren' and spread the word across social media.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Don't hide from the suffering that others endure, they need help from us all so please don't ignore. RIP Aylan Kurdi.

As I put my toddler to sleep for the night,
I kiss his head and hug him tight.
The same age as Aylan Kurdi,
In the same place where Aylan should be.

Being kissed by his mother and put to bed,
Instead his family go through hell instead.
The horrible terror that forced them to flee,
To find a better place for their family.

We will never know how that family feels,
The country they fled and the happiness it steals.
Seeking shelter, food and a home without war,
They still haven't found it and their hearts are now poor.

We cannot hide from the help that they need,
The perilous journeys where most don't succeed.
The loss of life and the crisis unfolding,
No clue at what their future is holding.

Don't hide away from the reality that we see,
What if it was your own family.
Would you stay in a country rife with war,
Or carry your family to safety on a distant shore.

In the warmth of our home with our family,
It's easy to hide from the horror we see.
Please don't ignore it or hide it from sight,
We need to act now, dear Aylan sleep tight.