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; https://tinyurl.com/y6zxt2c5 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; https://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/toys/games-puzzles-and-books/board-games/family-board-games/pensilly-game/p/190041


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; 


Gigatusk

Blazagon

Thrash 

Pantaro

Redback 

Ultra Rare hydra

Reptaur 


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. 



 


Thursday, 18 June 2020

Family fun at home with Funko Pop Vinyl and Funkoverse game








All of my children love the funky range of Pop Vinyl collectible figures and accompanying toys and collectibles. 

When we received the amazing Funko products I didn't even know there was a Funkoverse; Jurassic Park game so we dove straight into that to find out more and how to play. 

Being at home a lot recently has brought us together as a family and games are one of the things we are trying to do more of so this was perfect timing for us. 


Funko family at home began with the Funkoverse; Jurassic Park game. 

Bring the magic of Jurassic Park to life with this exciting Funkoverse Strategy Game.

Containing two Funko Pop! characters, with this cool strategy game players go head-to-head in exciting scenarios, using each character's unique abilities to gain points and achieve victory!

Each pack contains two exclusive Funko Pop! figures (not available anywhere else), a double-sided board, tokens, cards, dice, plus a special item.

For between 2 - 4 players, Playing Time: 20-60 minutes and suitable for children aged 10 years and over. 

We loved this and it's great to have a new game to all get around the table and play especially while we are all at home and able to spend time together learning and playing. 


                                                   



The Funko pop vinyl figures were a great addition to an already growing collection with the children too. There are so many to collect and we received Vincent Van Gogh, Hello Kitty, Harley Quinn and Batman as well as a Harry Potter plush, Harry Potter mini collectible and a pen. 

                                                  



The Things all chose a pop vinyl each to add to their collections. Pop vinyl figures are great as collectible and at a good price point it means they can ask for them as gifts on birthdays or at Christmas and even use their pocket money towards them too. 



   



The Funko soda can collection features some great characters from Batman to The Flintstones and Batfink to Masters of the Universe. The Batman figure is 1 0f 10,000 with a gold figure that can be found too with a 1 of 1600 figures to be found and collected. 




There are also these fab mini collectible blind box figures which are at a great price point and fun to find and collect. This was from the Harry Potter collection and there are 14 to collect in total. 

As a family we didn't realise how much choice there was from the Funko range. Being on week 13-14 of staying at home we really were on the look out for new things to do and new games to play and the Jurassic Park strategy game was something different from what we would usually buy but we all really enjoyed it. The children have also been busy sorting their Pop Vinyl collections and making space for more! 

Disclaimer; We were sent these products for the purpose of this write up and review. all thoughts and comments are our own. 
 



Thursday, 7 May 2020

Review {AD} Hey Duggee interactive flip and learn toy phone

Review {AD} Hey duggee flip n learn phone 


Toddlers love a phone to play with. Toy phone or real one if there’s one nearby they just what to push all the buttons and make lots of noise.

That’s why this Hey Duggee flip and learn phone from Trends UK is a perfect toy for toddlers. With a flip phone style and lots of wonderful buttons to press with lots of different sounds and Hey Duggee’s voice.





Includes skills to learn such as colour and number recognition, basic communication and fine motor skills.

Interact with Hey Duggee and the squirrels and have fun learning about colours, numbers and fun facts.

Hey Duggee is a very popular character at the moment and this colourful, fun interactive toy is a delight for toddlers age 18 months plus.

A small sized toy for inquisitive hands and an ideal size to carry anywhere for play time and fun.




It has a backlit screen and asks the child to find colours & numbers, listen to greetings and pretend to take pictures.

Grandbaby1 absolutely loves this. She’s a big Hey Duggee fan so the character choice is great and it means she plays with it a lot. The learning element is great too. It's not a flimsy phone so great for small hands but feels like it can withstand the demands of a toddler in play! 

With a price point of £10.99 and available at John Lewis it’s a great price for an interactive learning toy.

Disclaimer; We were gifted this toy for review purposes. All thoughts and comments are our own.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Our walking water 'stay at home' rainbow experiment. Fun & easy home school idea for the children.





A few days ago I decided to show the children the 'walking water' experiment. A very simple yet effective lesson and fun for everyone. With a very quick and easy set up time too, it's great as a quick experiment with fun results. 

First it's great to get the children to predict what may happen once the experiment starts. Get them to write down their predictions. 


You will need; 

7 plastic cups/glasses
3 food colourings; Red, blue & yellow
Water
Kitchen towel






Set the 7 glasses out in a row and fill every other cup with water. You should have 4 with water and 3 without water. Next add the same amount of food colouring to each cup. As you can see we had red in each of the end glasses and blue and yellow in the other two. 

Next you need to fold the kitchen towel (and trim if needed) and put kitchen towel between each full glass and the empty glasses. Six pieces in total. 






Now watch as the coloured water starts 'walking' towards the top of the glass and over into the empty glass. What is going to happen? Two colours are going into one empty glass so what colours do you predict will be in the empty glasses?

It didn't take the colours long to start moving and we checked back on the experiment every couple of hours to see what was happening. By the next morning we could do our final check to see what new colours had appeared in the empty glasses and which two colours had mixed to make the new colour. 




Why not give it a try as a stay at home school activity and record your results as part of your school work. 

The children loved this experiment,  it was so quick and easy to set up and has great results. 




Tuesday, 25 February 2020

A Celebration of Slytherin At Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. 3rd April to 6th September 2020






 Fans are invited to discover the Slytherin common room for the first time ever. Known throughout the eight films for its ambition and links to dark magic, Slytherin house is home to some of the greatest wizards of all time. From April, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will discover the secrets behind some of the iconic costumes and props belonging to their favourite, cunning Slytherin characters.




Visitors won’t have to be under the guise of Polyjuice potion to discover the secrets of the Slytherin common room up close, as for the first time ever, fans are invited to gather around the imposing fireplace and sofas where Ron’s magical transformation began to wear off, revealing his ginger hair. During this special feature, a 25-foot high section of this iconic set will be on display, furnished and dressed with authentic props. 




When envisioning the Slytherin common room, Production Designer Stuart Craig wanted a very different atmosphere to the warm colours of Gryffindor so designed the set to look like a dungeon carved out of solid rock. The hand-designed wall tapestries visitors will see had red tones completely taken out of the colour palette to add to the austere atmosphere and further highlight the iconic Slytherin colours, green and silver.




Entering through the Great Hall doors, visitors will be greeted by a sea of green as the Slytherin house banners from the film series are suspended from the enchanted ceiling, denoting a Slytherin victory of the House Cup. Over the teacher’s table, Gryffindor banners will be displayed in reference to the final scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in which Dumbledore awards last-minute house points resulting in a Gryffindor triumph.

Paying homage to some of Slytherin’s most esteemed witches and wizards, a number of original costumes belonging to the Malfoy family will be on display allowing visitors to see how the designs changed to depict their rise and fall in power and status alongside Lord Voldemort. Also showcased will be the evolution of Voldemort’s costumes showing his growth from orphan, Tom Riddle, to young Hogwarts student and finally to prolific villain.




Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s Celebration of Slytherin feature will run from Friday 3rd April – Sunday 6th September 2020 and all additions are included in the ticket price.


Thursday, 20 February 2020

Why all of the 'hate' recently? Spread the love.



Why do we find it so easy to hate on each other? Not so much face to face but online and on social media, hidden behind a screen we let the hate flow freely through the keyboard. 

So many people think that it’s ok. It’s not said to someone’s face so maybe it won’t hurt as much? 






Some things I’ve seen and read online recently are just awful. Would you really go up to someone in the street and say that to their face? Maybe some people are cruel enough to? 

Is it ok to comment because you think someone spends too much. ‘Oh I would never spend that much money on my child’ or ‘That’s a ridiculous amount of money to spend on an item of clothing’.  Well maybe you wouldn’t spend that but that doesn’t give you the right to dictate what others spend their money on. 

Or what about ‘What do they think they are wearing?’ or 'What do they think they look like?' Just because it’s not your taste in clothing or style doesn’t mean it doesn’t look nice or feel right for that person. The world would be a pretty boring place if we all had the same taste or style. 

On Instagram last year one of my child’s so called ‘friends’ put a poll to vote for the ugliest girl in their year and there was a vote for my child before the post was removed. Why would that child even put up something like that and then why would another child vote? Why the hatred? Why the dislike for others? What was the point? 

Just because you don’t agree with what others are doing doesn’t mean you can comment on it in a negative way. If someone followed you around and scrutinised every part of your day, each and every day, can you imagine how much that would drag you down to the point of being completely depressing. Even when you in yourself think you are doing the right thing someone else is there to make you think you aren’t. 

So why do it to others and even more so over social media or even in the media. Hidden behind a screen doesn’t mean you have the right to say what you like when you like. Hatred is spread far too easily recently and at the expense of others and their wellbeing and mental health. 

If we put as much effort into building each other up rather than tearing each other down the world would be a better place. Yet people can’t seem to do it. They can’t pass one nice comment on to someone no matter how small. That one comment could pick someone up for the rest of the day or even week. It could be that one comment that makes that person feel better about themselves just when they weren’t feeling at their best. 

So why can't we turn the hate into love. One small comment to someone who we wouldn't normally pass comment to. Leave a small note in a loved one's lunch letting them know how much they mean to you or you hope their day is going well. Leave a note on a colleagues desk thanking them for their help or input into work life. Drop a message to someone wishing them a good day or even offer 5 minutes of your time for a chat if needed. Spark up conversation to connect people together. 

All of this could make the world of difference to someone who may really need it and yet we don't always know it at the time. Be Kind.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Are they all yours?! An ode to the larger families out there and more of the silly questions that get asked on a daily basis!


My face when I get asked these questions!

After being asked these questions on a daily basis I thought I would put into writing what I felt like saying most of the time. I think it was the look of dread on the waiters face in Pizza Express over the weekend that said it all really but the children were well behaved and the waitress that ended up serving us was patient and attentive with the children which I thank her for. So many are quick to write you off as soon as you walk in the door and assume you are going to be a nightmare, sometimes they are! We only have five children, anyone would think we went around with a truck full. :-)

So here we go, one of the questions that gets asked a lot, along with 'Do you have a TV?'

'Are they all yours?' the old lady just asked
No, I stole him off that woman when she walked past

'Are they all yours?' said the man at the till
No, my Aunt left me a couple in her will

'Are they all yours?' asks a waitress in the cafe
No, they just seem to follow me they won't go away

'Are they all yours?' they say pointing at me
No but I'm selling them do you want one, only 50p

'Are they all yours?' the old man did shriek
No, one was delivered by courier only last week

'Are they all yours?' you must be brave
No, I just bought them to be my slaves

'Are they all yours?', is it true
No, they belong to the old lady who lives in a shoe

'Are they all yours?', are you insane,
Yes that's me, how did you know my name?!




Foraging in the local woods, how else are we meant to eat??!


I would like to point out that I've never said these responses to anyone although I would love to see their face if I did. Other questions include:

Where do you keep them all?. I was actually quite taken aback by this one. I mean come on, common sense would tell you that as long as they have a roof over their heads it doesn't matter how many children I have. 2, 3, 4 or more in one bedroom wouldn't be an issue. Or did they expect me to say in a zoo, or a cage?!




4 of the 5 Thing's in question!


How do you afford them all? Last time I looked it up I seem to remember that I didn't pay the midwife for any of my babies before leaving the hospital. Unless things have changed since Thing 5 was born, babies are still free. Apart from the usual baby/child paraphernalia which comes at a price but a price that you set, at a budget you can afford. Not what others tell you that you should or shouldn't be spending or buying.




I do feed them, these pictures show yoghurt and chocolate! 


Do you have a TV? Yes we do. We have a few actually. Some evenings I will be watching Corrie whilst the OH is somewhere else watching Sport or other such boring stuff. Our Sky signal may have gone down, about 5 times perhaps?! ;-)

How do you feed them all? I'm assuming people mean that my food shop must be horrendous rather than them wanting to know if they eat from a trough or at a table like 'normal' sized families. I mean it's not like you can't get tables bigger than a four seater! Food shopping isn't horrendous, well the cost of it isn't, shopping with all of the kids is though!. Thank heaven for the online shopping angels and I shop with offers and discount codes which makes it easier on the pennies. They just don't get caviar and lobster every day, only every other day.




One day's worth of clothes washing and three more lines were drying


Plus many more questions that make us feel like we shouldn't have 5 children. I don't think we are a larger family although according to statistics, online booking services when it comes to booking any family day out (COME ON PEOPLE, LARGER FAMILY TICKETS PLEASE!), the local restaurant when you book a table for 7 plus the grandparents and they ask if it's a party, plus all the above mentioned members of the public who think it's OK to question you then Yes we are classed as a larger family.

Oh and I don't live in a shoe.