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Little Live Pets Swimstar Turtle Digi 17/11/2017

Turtle Power

Little Live Pets Swimstar Turtle Digi My eight year old daughter has a number of toys from the Little Live Pets range, including some owls and birds complete with cages. She received one of these Little Live Pets Turtles from Santa for the Christmas just gone and so I thought I would review it today. Little Live Pets Swimstar Turtles There are a variety of different turtles available and I guess the idea is that kids can try to collect all the different characters and designs. The selling point is that all these turtles have a unique shell. There are also special packs which contain a grown up turtle and a little baby one too, which is bound to pull on the heart strings of any child and so parents will find themselves putting their hand in their pocket once again. Of course, these turtles will also need a habitat to live in, so Little Live Pets have kindly produced a tank for your turtles, as well as playpens and play trails too. Sheesh, this Little Live Pets malarkey is beginning to look more expensive than keeping an actually real pet. There is huge choice of different turtles so perhaps your child would prefer the rainbow design called 'Sunshine', the strawberry design called 'Pinky the strawberry', the star design imaginatively called 'Star' or the blocky green one shown in Ciao's picture. The list is endless and there's something there too suit all tastes. Ours easily fits in the palm of my hand and feels comfortable there as its quite light too, so perfect for little hands. We have the character Pearly ...

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt 15/11/2017

Moisturising Yogurt

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt Nicole Scherzinger always seems to end up with yogurt on the tip of her nose on those Muller adverts, but Aveeno have gone one step further here and released a yogurt moisturiser for the entire body. I received a sample of this Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt and decided to try the product out myself, here are my findings. What does it look like I received a 10ml sachet sample directly from Aveeno so mine is presented a little differently compared to the actual packaging. I've seen it in the shops and on line though and it looks just like Ciaos picture above, a rather simple understated tub I am sure you will agree. There are currently two varieties of the yogurt available, but no doubt they will add to this if the product is popular. The choice is either Apricot & Honey or Vanillan & Oat, I have the latter. The moisturiser itself is white in colour and has a thin creamy consistency. My Experience I apply a moisturiser to my body everyday after showering, I do have my favourite brands which I tend to stick with but I will deviate from this is I spot something new and interesting or if there a bargain to be had. I've used body lotions from the Aveeno brand before and thoroughly enjoyed them, but found them a little too pricey for my meagre budget. I had saw this body yogurt in store and really wanted to try it so I was over the moon to receive this sample. Aveeno is a relatively new brand to me and it may have passed me by completely if I had not seen the adverts ...

Cif Power & Shine Bathroom Spray 14/11/2017

Power & Shine

Cif Power & Shine Bathroom Spray We are very lucky to have two bathrooms in our rented house, there is a family bathroom upstairs predominantly used by the kids and a wet room downstairs which my partner and I tend to use. As great as this is for family life, it also means I have two bathrooms to clean which isn't the best as this chore is probably my least favourite. I generally go through a lot of household cleaning products especially those bathroom cleaners. My most recent purchase was this Cif Bathroom spray which I have bought numerous times over the years, so I thought I would review it here today. What does it look like? This Bathroom Cleaner is part of the 'Power & Shine' range produced by Cif, it should not be confused with Cif's 'regular' bathroom cleaner spray as they are two separate products. Cif's Power & Shine bathroom spray comes presented in a 700ml curved plastic bottle, although I am aware that a smaller version is available. The brand logo and product name are clearly displayed on the front along with a picture of some bubbles along the side. The design is well suited to the bathroom with its clean, simple blue and white colour scheme. On the top we have a powerful trigger spray, the nozzle can be rotated into two positions - on and off - although I rarely remember to return the nozzle to the off position after use. On the reverse we have plenty of information including a product blurb, warnings and usage guide. All of this should be read thoroughly before use. What are the ...

Comfort Concentrated Fabric Conditioner Blue 13/11/2017

Dreaming Of Blue Skies

Comfort Concentrated Fabric Conditioner Blue I have purchased Comfort Fabric Conditioner for many years now, with my most recent purchase being the 'Blue Skies' variety which I am reviewing today. What does it look like? The product comes presented in a plastic curved container which is clear so the blue liquid can be seen inside. On the front we have a sticker showing the brand logo, product name and a picture of a beautiful blooming blue flower. The packaging looks fresh and evokes visions of washing drying outside on the line on a sunny day. On the top we have a screw off lid which doubles as the dosing device. Screwing this off reveals a large hole thought which the product can be dispensed. On the reverse we have plenty of information including a product blurb, usage guide and warnings. All of this should be read thoroughly before use. The liquid itself is a beautiful blue colour and it has a watery consistency. What are the claims? Comfort claim that this conditioner will leave clothes with 100% more long lasting freshness. Clothes will be left feeling 'super soft'. This new formula also includes an added odour defence. The product will help to maintains colour and prevent fading. Comfort is made by the Unilever brand and is part of the voluntary sustainability initiative The product should not be poured directly onto fabrics, instead it should be dosed straight into the washing machine draw. If hand washing the product should be well diluted as stated on the bottle and it is advisable to wash hands ...

Cif Ocean Floor Cleaner 07/11/2017

Ocean Fresh Floors

Cif Ocean Floor Cleaner For the past few weeks I have been potty training my son, things seem to be going well and he has really started to get the hang of things. With potty training comes lots of extra housework, my washing machine seems to be in constant use and I seem to constantly have a mop in my hand to clean up any accidents. I sure have been going through the floor cleaner, so when I saw these Cif Floor Cleaners on a 2 for £2 offer I took full advantage. I chose two different fragrances with Ocean being the subject of my review today. What does it look like? Cif Ocean Floor Cleaner comes presented in a large plastic bottle with a mounded handle. The bottle is clear, so the blue liquid can be seen inside. The brand and product name are clearly shown on the front along with a picture of a shiny white tiled floor. On the top we have a screw on lid, which doubles as the dosing device. Screwing the cap of reveals a large hole through which the product can be dispensed. On the reverse we have a little blurb about the product, usage guide, ingredients and warnings. All this information should be read thoroughly before use. What are the claims? Cif claim that this product will leave floors shiny, clean and streak free. The cleaner will leave behind a fresh 'ocean' scent. There is no need to rinse after use. There is no mention of any antibacterial properties, so I am assuming it has none. The product can be used on linoleum, vinyl, ceramic tiles making it a great all rounder for all the ...

Cartamundi Royal Flush Playing Cards 04/11/2017

How do these playing cards stack up?

Cartamundi Royal Flush Playing Cards My boyfriend bought a pack of these Cartamundi Royal Flush Playing Cards back in June for us to take away on holiday. He thought they might come in handy on the 4 hour flight or during the evenings when we were in our rented apartment and the kids had gone to sleep. They turned out to be a good buy as we have played with them on a regular basis over the past 5 months. What do they look like The cards come presented in a standard cardboard pack, which is strong and resilient enough to keep the playing cards safely inside. The cards have been removed and placed back in the box multiple times but remains perfectly intact with no scuffing or splitting. There are two different pack colours available - blue like Ciao's picture or red like mine. Other than the different coloured packs, there is no other difference between these two options. The box clearly shows the brand name and has a picture of some cards spread out on the front. Like all English standard decks of cards, these contain 52 cards consist of four suits (diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs) with 13 cards in each suit (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace & Joker). These Cartamundi Playing Cards have a Linen finish and I have noted I can see the grains on each card if I look hard. To be honest I've never been overly bothered by any particular finish to playing cards and would not purposely seek out a particular type, however my boyfriend informs me that he does prefer the linen finish as he finds them more ...

The Big Bang Theory Complete 1-5 (DVD) 02/11/2017

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory Complete 1-5 (DVD) My teenage daughter is a massive fan of the US sitcom 'The Big Band Theory' and enjoys watching the repeats of E4, I on the other hand have began to tire of watching the same episodes over and over again and so I decided to purchase her the box set for her birthday so that she could enjoy the show in her bedroom. I ended up purchasing this particular set which includes all the episodes from season one to season five, I was lucky enough to snag a bargain with this one paying just £4 for a second hand copy in our local British Heart Foundation charity shop. What does it look like? This is a nicely presented box set we have here which is surprisingly slim for a set containing so many seasons. The DVDs come housed in a cardboard slip which is bright orange in colour and has the iconic Big Bang Theory logo along with photo of the cast all in various poses. On the side we have 5 different pictures each showing the original cover of each seasons DVD release. The reverse gives a general blurb about the show along with screen captures. There are two DVD cases slotted inside the box which are double the size of regular DVD cases, the cover of both DVDs are identical to the box with the reverse giving blurbs about each individual season and information on the special features included. The inner cover gives a complete guide to all the episodes included on that particular disc. The box set contains a total of 16 discs, with each of the discs clearly showing the disc number along with ...

East Coast Anna Cot 25/10/2017

Sweet Dreams

East Coast Anna Cot Last night, I heard some bumping and banging coming from upstairs, so off I went to investigate. The culprit was my 2 year old son who was running around his bedroom playing, it seems he has leaned to climb out of his cot. Obviously it is now time for his cot to go and so I have spent this morning looking on line for his first bed, financially the timing couldn't be worse what with Christmas just around the corner, but safety must come first. I must admit to feeling a little melancholy as we move onto another stage in my sons life, they do grow up to fast! It feels just like yesterday when I first put his cot together but this actually took place more than 2 year ago. So, today I thought I would review our experience of the East Coast Anna Cot before it gets donated to the local charity shop. Making my Purchase I have three children and subsequently this East Coast Anna Cot was the third cot I have purchased, We've moved house quite a few times over the years so its never really been a viable option to keep hold of any furniture on a 'just in case' basis. So, I approached the purchasing of a new cot with some experience and a good idea of what I did and did not want or require. I wanted something mid priced but of a good quality and good customer reviews. It needed to be white to match the rest of the furniture in my sons room and I wanted it to have slats of wood running down all sides rather than circular poles. Last but not least, I wanted it to have an adjustable base ...

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment 23/10/2017

Helps Put Nappy Rash To Bed

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment I am a member of many product testing sites and have been sent many different items over the years to try out and review. One of the campaigns I am currently involved with is for Bepanthen Nappy Ointment Cream, I was sent a 30g tube of the product for free to try on my son and samples to pass on to my friends and family. Today I thought I would write a review detailing my experience of using this product. What does it look like? The packaging that Bepanthen sent to me is a little different to Ciao's picture above, I feel it is safe to assume that the product has been recently updated and that mine is the most recent incarnation. The overall look is still the same with the medical white and blue colour scheme but now we have the addition of a pink outline of a newborn baby. The brand ans product logo are clearly displayed so there is no mistaking this one. Opening up the box we are met with a 30g tube in a similar style, the tube is similar to a toothpaste tube but smaller and a little fatter. On top we have a flip top lid, when popped snapped open this reveals a small hole through which the product can be dispensed. Bepanthan claim that this is an 'easy to use' tube and I must agree with them here as the design is good and well thought out. I have bought Bepanthen cream before which came in a thick aluminium style tube which was such a pain to use and once half way through it was almost impossible to dispense the cream. I certainly prefer this design. There is plenty of ...

Ravensburger Paw Patrol 4 Shaped Puzzles 19/10/2017

Paw Patrol, Paw Patrol, Be There On The Double

Ravensburger Paw Patrol 4 Shaped Puzzles Last year my son had his developmental review, this is standard for all 2 year olds in England to ensure that they are meeting their important milestones. Our review took place at home with our local Health Visitor and she basically sat and played with him for around half an hour, using a variety of different toys and puzzles. Overall my son did well and the health visitor was happy with the results, however there was one area in which he struggled a little and that was completing some small jigsaws. It then struck me that he didn't actually own many jigsaws and so I decided to purchase a few new ones for him. Amazon is always my first port of call and it was here that I saw this Ravensburger Paw Patrol 4 Shaped Puzzle which I will be reviewing today. Packaging The product comes presented in a nice sturdy cardboard box which can be kept to store the jigsaw in, this helps to ensure that no pieces are misplaced at the bottom of the toy box. On the front we have the brand and product name as well as an illustrated picture of the jigsaws themselves. At the bottom we also have a cartoon picture of three of the Paw Patrol Characters. Age & Gender recommendation We are given an age recommendation of 3+ here. Whether this puzzle would be too difficult for toddlers under 3 would really depend on the child and their experiences, if they have experience with completing jigsaws then this one may prove to be a nice challenge. My son had just turned 2 when I purchased this for him so I ...

R/C Steam & Sound Thomas 16/10/2017

Full Steam Ahead

R/C Steam & Sound Thomas Thomas the Tank engine has always been a popular character in our house, with all three of my kids enjoying the antics of this cheeky train. My eldest daughter received this Remote Control Steam & Sounds Thomas as a gift when she was a toddler and it has been passed down to the younger two over the years. My two year old son has recently taken a liking to it, so I thought I would review it today. What does it look like? This toy is an excellent representation of Thomas, there no surprises here, he looks just as we would expect. Thomas has a nice friendly face and looks like the TV character, children familiar with the show will have no problems recognising who he is meant to be. Turning Thomas around we locate the on/off switch at the back and the battery compartment can be found underneath. In keeping with Thomas' colour scheme, the remote control is also blue and there are three yellow buttons which can be pressed to operate Thomas. The Thomas logo is also clearly displayed. Both Thomas and the remote require batteries. Thomas requires 4 AA and the remote requires 3 AAA. This is a rather large substantial toy and its got a bit of weight to it to, a few months back my son would struggle picking this one up himself and this is certainly something to bear in mind when it comes to younger tots. The toy is made out of very strong plastic and its resilience is evident in the fact that this toy is still going strong after 12 years of use by three boisterous ...

Rubies Supergirl Child 13/10/2017

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its Supergirl.

Rubies Supergirl Child With Halloween on the horizon, I thought it would be a good time to sort thought the huge bag of fancy dress costumes we have been adding too over the years, I was sure some could be reused or altered for this year to save me a few pennies and the rest could be passed along to my niece. One of the items I discovered right at the bottom of the pile was this Rubies Supergirl Children's costume which I purchased for a superhero day at my daughters nursery a good few years ago. What does it look like? The outfit we have is exactly like Ciao's picture, looks wise it's great and it is clear what character the outfit is meant to resemble. This is an all in one costume with the top, bottoms and 'shoes' all attached, however the cape and belt can both be fully removed. The top half of the outfit is long sleeved and a lovely deep blue colour with the 'S' logo clearly displayed in the centre, the bottom half is completely red and consists of a skirt, leggings and booties. The booties can be tucked over a pair of shoes as they have holes underneath. On the back we have one very small piece of Velcro at the top, to secure the outfit closed, however it really should have Velcro all the way down the opening as it leaves a rather large gaping hole. The cloak is red and again we have the 'S' symbol, this has a Velcro fastening to secure it around the neck. Both the outfit and cloak are made from 100% polyester. The belt is foam and simply ties around the back. Once on, the outfit does look ...

Character Options Princess Peppa Royal Family Figure Set 10/10/2017

Royal Pigs

Character Options Princess Peppa Royal Family Figure Set Over the past few weeks we have been having a massive clean out, trying to get rid of as much clutter as possible before Christmas. My eight year old daughter and I decided to tackle her bedroom together, we started with all the vacuum packed containers stored on top of her fitted wardrobes which contained all of her old toys which she no longer plays with. We were sorting everything out into piles destined for eBay and the charity shop as well as those she wished to keep or pass onto her little brother. During our sort out we came across a number of toys from the TV show Peppa Pig, thankfully my daughter has long outgrown this little phase and she deemed it as babyish so I was able to get rid of most of it with exception to this Peppa Royal Family Figure set. I was surprised that all 6 figures were still present and so we decided to pass them down to our 2 year old, he has limited knowledge of the world of Peppe Pig but he loves any kind of figures and these have the added bonus of the royal theme which we thought he would enjoy. What do they look like? There are six figures included in the set and these are would be considered the main characters in the TV show, they are all a perfect representation and it is clear and easy to see who each one is meant to be. However, these figures have an added royal theme, for Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig and Peppa this really seems to have just been a case of popping a crown on their head which is a little uninspired really but we see that ...

LIFX Smart Light Bulb 09/10/2017

The future looks bright

LIFX Smart Light Bulb A few months back, I was very lucky to be selected to try and test the Google Home Smart Speaker. I was very excited to try out this new innovative product but I wasn't entirely sure how much we would actually use it in our day to day family life. However, it turned out to be a great success and we still continue to use it, so much so that we have began purchasing a few other bits of tech to compliment it and subsequently have began to turn our home 'smart'. One of products I purchased was the LIFX Smart Light Bulb which I am reviewing today. What is it? The light bulb reinvented This product is a light bulb with a difference, it would be described as being Smart as it has built in intelligence. The bulb connects to your home Wi-Fi and can be controlled with an app and/or compatible Smart Speakers. The bulb can be turned on and off via the app, the colour can be changed and it can be dimmed or brightened. What does it look like? The LIFX Smart Light Bulb came presented in spherical tube packaging which clearly showed the brand and product name on the front along with a real life photo of the bulb in action, brightening a beautiful apartment. On the reverse there is a full sized photo of the bulb, a blurb about the product and some general information such as an energy consumption guide. The packaging gives plenty of information and illustrations without feeling cluttered or messy. Its all very pleasing to the eye and I can imagine it would make a nice gift. Popping the ...

Postman Pat Takes A Message (DVD) 08/10/2017

Letters through your door

Postman Pat Takes A Message (DVD) My two year old son is a massive fan of Postman Pat, he usually watches them on the BBCi player app but as of late there has only been a small selection of episodes there to view so I decided to purchase him a few DVDs. I purchased a selection of different DVDs from second party sellers on Amazon, with them all arriving at different times. One of my selection was Postman Pat Takes A Message, I didn't realise it at the time but this DVD contained the very first episodes from the TV series from the early 80's, I was a little worried that it would be a little dated for my son who is used to watching the more updated version and was interested to see his response when it was popped in to play. What does it look like? The DVD comes in a standard plastic case. On the front we have a picture of Pat going about his duties posting letters through letter boxes and looking happy and cheerful as always, however there is no sign of his trusty side kick Jess the Cat. On the back we have a few screen stills and a little blurb but there is no episode listing here. The DVD itself shows the same picture as on the cover and once popped into a player it brings up a simple screen selection. The menu is very basic and simple and there is the option to either play all the episodes or choose them individually. There's no annoying music in the background, so no need to listen to the Postman Pat theme on a loop if it happens to be left on. The simplicity of the menu means younger children should ...
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