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Sol Katmandu Park & Resort, Magaluf 08/09/2017

Katman... Must...Do!

Sol Katmandu Park & Resort, Magaluf I started planning my annual summer holiday back in January this year. It was going to be my first holiday abroad with my children since becoming a single parent and I had a short list of things I needed before I was willing to book. I needed the destination to be fairly short haul as I didn’t want the children having too much time to get bored (and play up) on the flight and I also needed to hotel to be fairly close to the airport so the transfer time wasn’t going to be too long. Last of all I wanted lots of things to keep us entertained in the resort so I didn’t need to take the kids out every day if I wasn’t feeling brave enough to do so. I appeared to find the perfect hotel when I came across Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Magaluf. Location Sol Katmandu Park & Resort is basically located right on the main nightlife ‘strip’ in Magaluf. The back of the hotel backs onto the popular nightclub in Magaluf, BCM. It is a half hour drive from the nearest airport in Palma and is 250m from the nearest beach. Sol Katmandu Park & Resort Sol Katmandu is a 4 star hotel and it is the first hotel of its kind in Mallorca. It is designed to be a ‘fun-inclusive’ hotel aimed at families. Every guest receives a ‘play pass’ for exclusive resort benefits and free entry into Katmandu Park every day of your stay. Included within the grounds of the hotel is Katmandu Park, Katlantis (the water park) and the soft play area. The hotel has three swimming pools, a buffet restaurant, a pool bar, a kids ...

Flip Out, Ashford 06/09/2017

Time To Flip Out

Flip Out, Ashford Faced with the task of having to keep my five year old daughter and three year old son occupied during the summer holidays, I decided that I needed to plan my weeks well, ensuring that they had something exciting to do every week to break up the days where we wouldn’t be doing very much. I found out about Flip Out in Ashford from a Facebook post that one of my daughter’s friends Mums put on facebook as they too had spent the day here. Thinking that it looked like fun, I decided to plan a visit. Flip Out For those of you who are not familiar with Flip Out they are one of the UK’s leading trampoline parks and have 65 centres across 7 different countries. Their aim is to help to encourage people to have ‘massive amounts of healthy, awesome fun’. Inside each of their trampoline parks you will find huge trampolines, foam pits, stunt box zones and ball games. They also hold special events such as nights with resident DJ’s, parties and fitness classes. Getting There The Flip Out Trampoline Park I visited is in the town of Ashford. It is located on the Henwood Industrial estate and is fairly easy to find with Google maps. I was surprised to see that there were not any sign posts for the park but this is probably due to the fact that it had only opened a few weeks before I visited. There is a large car park about the back of the park and parking is free. Admission Costs There are basically two separate admission costs and this depends on the age of the person jumping. Standard ...

Sharples N Grant Summer Lodge Double Hutch 18/08/2017

Pig Paradise

Sharples N Grant Summer Lodge Double Hutch We have had our guinea pigs, Ralph and Rupert for coming up two years. When I first bought them in October 2015 they were super small with only being 8 weeks old. Also, with it being October and the weather not being particularly warm outside, I opted to keep them in an indoor hutch for the first winter we had them. I also felt this would give the children chance to get used to handling the guinea pigs. Come the following Spring, once the weather had improved and they had nearly tripled in size, I felt that they were more the ready to make their trip to an outdoor hutch in the garden. I decided to try and source a hutch second hand and luckily I found one on a local Facebook selling page in the form of this Sharpies N Grant Summer Lodge Double Hutch. Sharples And Grant Sharples and Grant have over 50 years combined experience of working in the pet trade. The company was established in 2005 and today they have a product range of nearly 1000 products. Their products cater for dogs, cats, small animals, caged birds, wild birds, poultry and aquatics. They are also the sole UK distributors of the Petkin branded range of pet hygiene products. Price As I mentioned, I managed to get this hutch second hand where it cost me just £40. I have since seem them at various other places including Pets At Home for £99. The Hutch One thing I loved about this hutch was how much space it offered to my guinea pigs. The hutch is classed as a double hutch which is basically two hutches stacked on ...

Zoo Med Bearded Dragon Food 17/08/2017

Undecided On This Dragon Food

Zoo Med Bearded Dragon Food I have kept reptiles for over ten years now and I think it’s safe to say I have learnt a lot about them in that time. I initially bought this Bearded Dragon food when my Beardie was suffering from a vitamin deficiency. Zoo Med Bearded Dragon Food This bearded dragon food contains he correct ratios of protein, calcium and fibre. There are two different types of this food; the juvenile formula which has been specially formulated for growing bearded dragons and the adult formula which has been designed for the long term health of adult Bearded Dragons. This food contains no artificial colouring, flavouring or preservatives. The pellets are flavours with Dandelion green and other nutritional plants. Price I bought this food at my local reptile shop where it cost me £3.50 for a tub containing 283 grams. It is also available in a larger sized tub which costs £6 for 567 grams. Packaging This food comes packaged in a plastic tub with a crew on/screw off lid. The tub itself is see through so you are easily able to see inside the tub. On the front there is a label complete with product information and a nice photo of a bearded dragon. The fact that the lid screws on and off is very useful as it means that the container also acts as a storage point for the food, and enable you to keep the food fresh. The Food The food itself comes in pellet form and is a yellow/green/brown colour. Each pellet is probably only about 1cm long so they are the perfect size for your beardie to eat. As ...

Bob Martin Cage Disinfectant 15/08/2017

Safe Spray

Bob Martin Cage Disinfectant Back in February this year, my daughter got her first ever pet. Well, we actually have many animals but this was to be her pet, that we went to the shop and she could pick herself. So we set off to Pet’s At Home and returned home 30 minutes later with Sammy the Syrian hamster. I explained to Molly that it would be her responsibility to make sure Sammy always had food and water and that her home was cleaned out regularly. I had a pet hamster when I was little and had forgotten a lot about them in all the years it has been since I last had one as a pet. The main thing I had forgotten was the fact that they wee in the same spot of their cage. As a result, when it comes to cleaning her out, just using water doesn’t really seem to get the smell of wee off her cage. While walking around my local B&M Bargains store I came across this Bob Martin disinfectant spray and decided it would be worth trying. Bob Martin Cage Disinfectant This cage disinfectant is a mild but effective disinfectant which kills all germs, viruses and bacteria. More importantly it is completely safe to use around your animals and can be used to clean their home, feeding equipment and accessories. Price I found this at my local B&M Bargains where it cost me £1.50 for a 500ml bottle. The Bottle The bottle itself is clear and you are able to see the liquid inside which is also clear. The liquid is dispensed with a spray nozzle. The neck of the bottle and the spray lever are both dark blue on colour. On the front ...

Baylis & Harding Anti-Bacterial Luxury Hand Wash 15/08/2017

Wonderful Hand Wash

Baylis & Harding Anti-Bacterial Luxury Hand Wash I must admit until recently I have always bene aware of Baylis and Harding products but I had never actually tried them. This year, I had my bathroom completely refurbished and it was my birthday shortly afterwards. As one of my birthday presents, my Mum kindly bought me the Baylis & Harding Jasmine & Apple Blossom Antibacterial hand wash. Baylis & Harding Baylis & Harding was founded in 1969 and it is still an independently run family business. The company is a UK based manufacturer and distributor of bath and body products is located in Redditch in Worcestershire. The company was founded by David Slater and Marcia Simmons and was formally known as Midlands Cosmetic Sales. The name Baylis and Harding was taken from their grandmothers. The Hand Wash The hand wash I was bought was the Jasmine and Apple Blossom variety. The hand wash is also antibacterial. The hand wash is a deep white colour. It may sound strange calling it ‘deep white’ but what I mean is that the hand wash itself looks thick and luxurious and kind of silky. It has a slight pearlescent sheen to it and is nice and thick. Price As I mentioned earlier, this was bought for me as a gift but a quick look online has informed me that this currently retails at £2.19 for a 500ml bottle. I was surprised to discover this as I always thought Baylis & Harding products were expensive but this doesn’t appear to be the case at all. Packaging This hand wash comes packaged in a 500ml bottle which is dome shaped. The bottle ...

Dymchurch Amusement Park, Dymchurch 12/08/2017

Delightful Dymchurch

Dymchurch Amusement Park, Dymchurch Dymchurch Amusements are located in the little seaside village on the South East coast of Kent. The amusements themselves are somewhere I have fond memories of from visiting myself when I was a child. About two years ago, I decided to take my own children back to these amusements to re-live them again as an adult. Dymchurch Amusements Dymchurch Amusements are located right on the sea front in the little sea side town of Dymchurch. Inside the amusements you will find rides to suit everyone such as the long flume and the ghost train to name a few as well as two amusement arcades. There is also a café that has its own soft ball play area and a snack bar which serves hot and cold food items, ice cream and candy floss. Parking There isn’t actually a designated car park for the amusements which is a bit of a shame. Having said that, there is ‘Martello car park’, which is located about a five minute walk up the road from the amusements. Car parking charges are actually fairly reasonable in this car park too. I normally park for 3 hours which costs me £3.60 paying with the Ringo app which is slightly more expensive. Opening Times The arcades, café and play area are open daily from 10am. The rides become operational at 11am. Prices Entrance to the amusements is actually free and you can get in and have a walk around, or use the amusements without having to pay an entrance fee. When it comes to the rides, these are operated with a token system. Each ride requires 1 token per ...

Pukka Pads Assorted Coloured Paper - plain paper - 250 sheet(s) (ABCPAPA4) 09/08/2017

Pretty Paper

Pukka Pads Assorted Coloured Paper - plain paper - 250 sheet(s) (ABCPAPA4) About halfway through her first year at school, my daughter’s favouite teacher started a colouring club which takes place during her lunch break. Molly was very keep to start attending and so I booked her in and she has been going ever since. It is safe to say that since she started ‘colouring club’ she has become almost obsessed with drawing and colouring. My house is literally covered with pieces of paper that she has drawn her newest creation on. Up until recently I only really had standard white paper in our art and craft supplies so I decided it was time to head out and by her some coloured paper so she could be more creative and I knew she would love having different coloured paper to draw on. Pukka Pads The Pukka Pads Group was founded in 1999 and is a leading manufacturer and supplier of branded and own label paper and notebooks. They also produce items for filing such as the files and dividers as well as post and packaging items and art and activity products. . Pukka Pad Assorted Coloured Paper I ended up purchasing a Pukka Pad containing 250 sheets of assorted coloured A4 sized paper. There are five different colours include in the pack, each having 50 sheets. The colours included are blue, orange, red, green and yellow. Price This set cost me £8.60 which I actually thought was pretty reasonable, making each sheet of paper just 3p. I found this in my local Morrison’s store. The Paper The paper itself if A4 sized and it 80gsm which pretty much means nothing for ...

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 1+: Songbirds: Top Cat - Julia Donaldson 08/08/2017

Top Cat!

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 1+: Songbirds: Top Cat - Julia Donaldson My little girl Molly has now completed her first year at school (which just doesn't seem possible!). From the beginning of her school life she has been sent home with a new book to read every day. Luckily, both my children love books and getting her to read these books every night certainly isn’t a chore and she regularly asks me if we can sit down and read her book which I love. Many of the books she comes home with are from the Oxford Reading Tree collection. Oxford Reading Tree Oxford Reading Tree books are part of a reading programme which is used in over 80% of primary schools and the programme has helped to inspire a love of reading in over 30 million children. There are several stages to the reading programme, starting at stage 1 and finishing at stage 11. Songbirds Phonics The Songbirds Phonics range of books are written by Julia Donaldson (same author as the Gruffalo) and they are used to support children who are learning to read. They are used in schools to teach phonics to children. The level 1+ Songbirds collection contains 12 phonics stories. The Songbirds series offers a clear phonics development with gradual progression to help children gain reading confidence. One of the books from the level 1+ collection is Top Cat. Price Top Cat was bought home from Molly’s school so didn’t actually cost us anything. I have had a quick look online and you can buy the book on its own for £3.40 from Waterstones. As I mentioned above, this book comes from a set and it is ...

Monopoly Junior 05/08/2017

Marvellous Monopoly

Monopoly Junior One of my colleagues at work very kindly gave me the game Junior Monopoly as her daughter had outgrown it and she thought my children might like it. My children are only three and five years old and until recently, we hadn’t really played many games as a family. The moment my children saw the game sat on the sofa, they literally begged me to play it. To be honest, I put it off for a few days as I didn’t really know how well we would get on playing it together. After three entire days of begging, I finally gave in and we sat down to play a game… Junior Monopoly I imagine that most people will be aware of the game Monopoly. Well this Junior version is basically a much simpler version of the original game. The board itself is much smaller than the board used in the original game which I quite like as it makes it easier for the children to move their counters around the board. Junior Monopoly is aimed at children aged five and over and is not suitable for children under three. Junior Monopoly can be played by with 2-4 players. The aim of the game is to be the player with the most money when the first player runs out of cash. In order to do this, you need to set up as many ‘Ticket Booths’ on as many of the Fun Fair Amusements as possible and collect entrance fees from the other players as they land on your ticket booth. In your box of Junior Monopoly you will find; 1 x Game board 25 x chance cards 48 ticket booths (4 sets of 12) Monopoly money 4 x car player pieces 1 x ...

Brio Viaduct Bridge 04/08/2017

Brio Bridge

Brio Viaduct Bridge I am a big fan of traditional toys so it going without saying that I was always going to be a fan of the brio train sets. My parents managed to buy a large bundle of Brio for £20 at a boot-fair which included loads of track, bridges, stations and trains. One of the pieces included in this set was the Brio Viaduct Bridge. Brio Brio is owned by Ravensburger, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of puzzles, games and activities. The company first started in 1884 in a small town in Sweden. Today the company state that they support your child’s development and play in a safe manner and also try to make life more enjoyable for the parents. Cost As I mentioned earlier, my parents got a real bargain with buying a bundle of Brio at a boot-fair but after having a quick look online, I can see that this Viaduct Bridge is available to buy at Tesco’s where it is currently retailing at £12.99. This really makes me realise what a bargain my parents got paying £20 for the entire bundle. Brio Viaduct Bridge All Brio is made from beech wood and the viaduct bride is certainly no exception. The viaduct bridge set actually consists of three separate pieces of Brio. There are two pieces of ramp which connect to either end of the bridge and also connects the other side to the rest of the Brio track. Then there is the actual bridge itself. Each of the parts connect together in the same way all the other Brio does, with a hole in one piece of track and a knob (kind of like the edge of a jigsaw ...

Lego Duplo 5543 Thomas & Friends Percy at the Sheds 01/07/2017

Perfect Percy Duplo

Lego Duplo 5543 Thomas & Friends Percy at the Sheds As anyone who has read my other reviews will know, my little boy is crazy for anything vehicle related. He adores cars, buses, trains – basically anything with wheels. He also really loves to build things. So it goes without saying that when my parents found a Thomas The Tank Engine Lego Duplo set at one of their many boot-fairs, they snapped it up for him. Lego Duplo Lego Duplo is basically the first stage of Lego for children. Lego Duplo are brightly coloured plastic bricks which can all be joined together to create pretty much anything your imagination (and the amount of bricks you have!) allows you to create. Lego Duplo is twice the size of standard Lego, making it easier for smaller hands. The Duplo brick first became available in 1969. Lego state that Duplo bricks are suitable for children aged 1 year and older. Price As I mentioned above, my parents managed to get this set at a boot-fair where they got the entire set, plus extra engines for the bargain price of £10. I don’t know if this set has now been discontinued or something as a quick search online has informed me that it is only really available on Amazon and eBay. It is currently being sold for £180 on Amazon which just seem ridiculous to me (but also quite smug that I got it for the bargain price of £10) Thomas & Friends Percy at the Sheds This Thomas & Friends Percy at the Sheds set consists of Percy, a signal light, a clock tower and the Shed itself. Instructions The instructions that come with this ...

Play-Doh Sparkle Collection Compound 25/06/2017

Glittery Goo

Play-Doh Sparkle Collection Compound Both my children have always enjoyed playing with Play-doh. My daughter Molly had her first ever birthday party to which she invited all her school friends this year. I must admit I was a little unprepared for just how many presents she would receive at her party. One of her favourite presents was from her best friend who very kindly bought her a pack of Play-Doh Sparkle compound. Play-Doh Sparkle Compound Play-Doh sparkle is essentially the same as normal play-doh with the addition of glitter which is entwined within the play-doh. The set Molly received came in standard play-doh packaging, with 6 tubs of play-doh stacked on top of each other in stacks of two. Each of the tubs containing the play-doh are roughly 4cm high and 3cm wide so the tubs are much smaller than the standard tubs of play-doh. The tubs are the normal yellow colour that the standard pots are, with the lid of the tub being the same colour as the play-doh inside. The lids are also covered with glitter. The other difference to the packaging is the addition of sparkles behind the words ‘Play-doh’ on the front of the tub. As I mentioned earlier, the set that was bought for Molly contained 6 tubs of play-doh which are hot pink, yellow, blue, green, light pink and purple. Also included in the set are two cutters in the shape of a butterfly and a love heart. The butterfly cutter is hot pink and the heart shaped cutter is light pink. This set is suitable for children aged three and older. Price This was bought ...

Snazaroo Face Paints Rainbow Face Painting Kit 11/06/2017

Snazzy!

Snazaroo Face Paints Rainbow Face Painting Kit Last summer, myself and my children had just attended a dog show where they had both got their faces painted. As we were driving home, my daughter asked me if I could paint people’s faces and it occurred to me that I could actually go out and buy our own set of face paints. A quick search online later, and I found a pack of Snazaroo face paints at Argos for just £9.99. Snazaroo Snazaroo are one of the leading brands in face paints. The sell pretty much every colour you could imagine, including neon and glitter face paints. Snazaroo face paints are fragrance free and specially formulated to be gentle on skin. Their face paints are water based making them very easy to remove with just soap and warm water, so no need for any scrubbing at your child’s face! As well as selling face paints, Snazaroo also provide you with a wide range of easy to follow step-by-step guides to help you create beautiful masterpieces on your child’s face. Snazaroo sells the paints individually and also as larger kits with various coloured contained in each one depending on which set you opt to buy. Snazaroo Rainbow Paints As I mentioned above, Snazaroo sell pretty much every colour imaginable. As I have never really used face paints before I opted to just buy a basic set of paints as I didn’t want to spend loads of money to find that it was something I wouldn’t really use. In the end I opted for the ‘Rainbow’ set of paints. Inside you will find a pallet of paints which contains a large white paint ...

Kidz Planet, Folkestone 05/06/2017

Another Planet?

Kidz Planet, Folkestone I don’t remember there being many soft play areas around when I was a child but there certainly seems to be plenty around nowadays. Having said that, there isn’t actually a soft play in my town after it shut down when my youngest was only a few months old. Our nearest soft play centre is located in the next town of Folkestone and is called Kidz Planet. Opening Times Kidz Planet is open Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 18:00 and Sunday 10 – 18:00. They are also open most bank holidays from 10am til 5pm. Admission Costs Kidz Planet vary their admission costs depending on the age of the child and also the day of the week. They charge more for weekends and school holidays which personally I think is a little cheeky but I can see why they do it I suppose. During the week, under 2’s are charged at £3.50 and 3’s and over are charged at £4.50. During weekends and school holidays 2’s and under are charged at £3.50 and 3’s and over are charged at £5.50. One adult is admitted free of charge with a child. What Does Kidz Planet Have To Offer? Kidz Planet has been open for the last 13 years and is the only soft play in Folkestone. Inside, there is something to suit most age groups and I will outline the main attractions below. Also inside there is a cafe which serves hot and cold food and drinks at reasonable prices. There is also a nursery attached to the soft play but I have not personally used this facility so I am unable to comment on this. Area For Under 2’s There is a segregated area ...
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