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Vtech Baby Toot-Toot Drivers Remote Control Racer 18/01/2017

Remote Controlled Racer

Vtech Baby Toot-Toot Drivers Remote Control Racer For any of you that have read my other reviews, you will know that my little boy Jacob adores anything care related. He has had the VTech toot toot range in our house since he was about a year old and he has been systematically adding to his collection ever since. For Christmas, two years ago, he was lucky enough to receive the VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Remote Control Car. Toot Toot Drivers Toot toot drivers are produced by Vtech and are aimed at children age 1-5. There are many sets available and these include buildings as well as vehicles to accompany them. Some of the buildings include an airport, a construction site, a garage, a safari zoo and a police station to name a few. Generally each set comes with a car that accompanies it, for example, the police station comes with the police car. You can also buy the vehicles individually. The building sets and vehicles all make their own individual sounds relevant to whatever theme they are based on. The vehicles all sing and flash and have their own sets of songs. Last of all you can just buy packs of the toot toot track which connects all the different buildings together. When all put together, Jacob's collection of toot too can take up the whole living room floor. The Vtech toot toot range are all designed to interconnect with one another through the ‘Smartpoint’ system so there are various points within the Garage (for example) where you can connect a vehicle and it will make different sounds relevant to the area it is ...

Kenzo Flower in the Air Eau de Parfum 17/01/2017

Flower In The Air...

Kenzo Flower in the Air Eau de Parfum I am finally starting to make my way through reviewing the various Christmas presents that entered my house throughout the Christmas period. Today, I opted to review another of my own Christmas presents. I was lucky enough to receive one of my favourite things – perfume. My best friend bought me a bottle of Kenzo Flower In The Air. Packaging Kenzo Flower in the air comes in a really beautiful bottle which is typical of the Kenzo perfumes. The bottle is made from clear glass. The lid of the bottle is what makes it so pretty. The lid is also made from glass and the section which fits over the gap creates a gap between the bottle and the lid. The rest of the lid is basically a flat piece of glass which sits parallel to the bottle. Inside the clear glass lid there is a picture of a poppy. This bottle really is beautiful. Price I was lucky enough to receive this perfume for Christmas but a quick look online has informed me that this perfume is available on many websites. At All Beauty, it is currently priced at £38.25 for a 100ml bottle. What Does It Smell Like? According to the website, this fragrance features top notes of raspberry and pink pepper. It also contains heart notes of dazzling rose, magnolia and gardenia and base notes of white musk. When I first spray this perfume, initially it smells quite light and fresh which I guess is the scent of the raspberry and magnolia. coming through. Once the perfume has dried on my skin, the more subtle notes start to come through ...

VTech My First Tool Box 16/01/2017

My Baby Builder

VTech My First Tool Box My son is a very playful child and I think it’s safe to say he definitely has the lion’s share of all the toys in our household. He has a particular interest in all things car related and Paw Patrol but his third favourite ‘theme’ would have to be building sets. For Christmas two years ago, he was lucky enough to receive the Vtech My First Toolbox from his Godmother. vTech My First Toolbox The vTech My First Toolbox contains everything your child will need to start out on the tool journey. First up you have the tools themselves which are a drill, a hammer, a spanner and nails and screws. Your child can use the toolbox and tools to learn about colours, numbers and of course fixing things with their tools. All of the tools fit neatly inside the tool box for storage and the tool box can also be incorporated into play. It is aimed at children aged 18 months to four years. Price As I mentioned earlier, Jacob was lucky enough to receive this as a Christmas present but a quick search online has informed me that this is currently available at Argos for £22.99 Play Value I must admit, I was surprised at just how much this little set has to offer. First of all the tool box has three settings, one for off, one for tools and one for learning. The features contained within the tool box all have different sounds depending on which setting you have the toolbox on. The tool box itself has a yellow lid with two blue clips which can be used to fasten it shut. These clips are very easy to ...

Paw Patrol Paw Patroller 14/01/2017

Pretty Perfect Paw Patroller

Paw Patrol Paw Patroller My little boy celebrated his third birthday in September last year. He has been mad on a TV show called Paw Patrol for about the last year now. As any of you who have read other reviews of mine will know, my parents are boot-fair fanatics and two months ago, they made a very excited phone call to me to inform me that they had found a Paw Patroller along with various other vehicles and characters featured in Paw Patrol at a boot-fair for £50. I asked them to get it for me and Jacob’s birthday present was decided! Included in this huge bundle was the vehicle used in Paw Patrol, The Paw Patroller. Paw Patrol For anyone who doesn’t have a young child, Paw Patrol is a TV show which is based in a place called Adventure Bay. The Paw Patrol are a group of pups who all have special skills. They are called upon by their ‘leader’ who is a human called Ryder. If any problems arise in Adventure Bay then Ryder calls the Paw Patrol and they can all help to save the day with their special skills. The Paw Patrol live in the Lookout which is linked directly to Ryder by something called a Pup Pad so Ryder is able to instantly call the Paw Patrol when he needs their help. Ryder drives an ATV and each of the pups have their own vehicle which is linked to their own individual skill set. When all the pups are travelling to their destination together, they travel in the Paw Patroller. Price I was lucky enough to buy this Paw Patroller second hand as part of a massive bundle. I paid £50 for the ...

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Parking Tower 12/01/2017

The Only Place You Can Park For Free!

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Parking Tower Of course, Christmas couldn’t pass without my little boy getting a new addition to his toot toot set. This year, he was lucky enough to receive the vTech toot toot Parking Tower from his godmother. Toot Toot Drivers Toot toot drivers are produced by Vtech and are aimed at children age 1-5. There are many sets available and these include buildings as well as vehicles to accompany them. Some of the buildings include a garage, a construction site, an airport, a safari zoo and a police station to name a few. Generally each set comes with a car that accompanies it, for example, the police station comes with the police car. You can also buy the vehicles individually. The building sets and vehicles all make their own individual sounds relevant to whatever theme they are based on. The vehicles all sing and flash and have their own sets of songs. Last of all you can just buy packs of the toot toot-track which connects all the different buildings together. When all put together, Jacob's collection of toot-toot can take up the whole living room floor! Smart Point System One of the features included of the toot-toot sets is the smart point system so it’s best if I explain exactly what that is. The Vtech toot-toot range are all designed to interconnect with one another through the ‘Smartpoint’ system so there are various points within the Garage (for example) where you can connect a vehicle and it will make different sounds relevant to the area it is in. Many of the vehicles also ...

Calvin Klein CK One Gold Eau de Toilette 11/01/2017

You Are Gold...!

Calvin Klein CK One Gold Eau de Toilette Lately it seems that all I have reviewed are children’s toys! So I thought it might be time to review something of my own, one of my favourite things – perfume! I have been a big lover of perfume for around the last 15 years and have had hundreds over the years. The newest addition, which I received as a Christmas present this year, is CK One Gold which is made by Calvin Klein. This is one of Calvin Klein’s unisex fragrances. Packaging CK One Gold comes in a standard perfume bottle which is quite square-ish at the bottom and tapers up to a more curved top. The shape of bottle reminds me of the smaller sized bottles of whisky you can buy. For anyone who is a fan of the CK One fragrances, this bottle is shaped exactly the same as the CK one Original bottle, the only difference being the design. The bottle for CK One Gold is clear at the very bottom (about the bottom third) and then the remainder of the bottle is gold and it has been designed to look like the gold is dripping down the bottle. Overall the bottle is quite sophisticated and classic. Price I was lucky enough to receive this perfume for Christmas but a quick look online has informed me that this perfume is available on many websites. At Boots, it is currently priced at £36 for 100ml. What Does It Smell Like? According to the website, this fragrance features top notes of Bergamot, Fig, and Sage. It also contains heart notes of Jasmine, Neroli and Violet and base notes of Vetiver, Patchouli, Guaiac Wood. When I ...

CAT Caterpillar Mini Machines 09/01/2017

Marvellous Mini Machines

CAT Caterpillar Mini Machines If you read any of my other reviews, you have probably figured by now that my little boy Jacob is obsessed with vehicles of any type. He isn’t fussy when it comes to vehicle and will play with pretty much anything with four wheels. However, he has always had a massive thing for constructions vehicles and has known the subtle differences between them for quite a while now (which amazes me as I still struggle!). So as you can imagine, for Christmas and birthdays, vehicles such as this are always received. My best friend and his wife bought Jacob the Caterpillar Mini Machines set for his birthday last year. Caterpillar Mini Machines The set of Caterpillar mini machines contain five different construction vehicles which are all yellow and black. The vehicles contained within the set are a wheel loader, an excavator, a bulldozer, a backhoe and a dumper truck. This set is aimed at children aged 3 and over. Price This was given to Jacob as a gift but a quick look online has told me that this set will cost you £5.99 on Amazon. I think this is excellent value for money for five construction vehicles. The Construction Vehicles Each vehicle is a small but perfectly formed construction vehicle. They are made from hard plastic. Each one measures roughly 9 x 4 x 4 cm. Despite the fact that the vehicles are relatively small, there is plenty of attention to detail on each of them. They are all yellow and black (just like the real life diggers!) and feature all the relevant parts for each ...

Letterbox Tap Tap Art 08/01/2017

Tip Top Tap Tap

Letterbox Tap Tap Art A work colleague of mine has three daughters who are much older than my children. He recently moved house and before he moved he was sorting through all his daughter’s old toys and getting rid of anything they no longer played with. He offered some of their old toys to me which I gratefully took. One of these toys was the Tap Tap Art Set. I love doing art and crafts with my children but this is a set I have never come across before. Tap Tap Art The Tap Tap art set basically combines creativity and construction. Inside, you will find a cork board which measures roughly 24cm x 18cm, over 100 colourful wooden pieces of various shapes and sizes, tacks and two mini hammers. The idea is that your child can arrange the coloured wooden pieces onto the cork board and secure them with the tacks, using the mini hammer. Obviously you can arrange the wooden pieces however you wish but there is also a pack of cards which help to give your child design ideas. Price As I mentioned above, this set was kindly given to me by someone I work with but a quick look online has informed me that this set can be purchased on Amazon for £9.23 which I actually think is quite reasonable for an art and craft kit that can be used again and again. To Use The cork board included in the set is nice and thick and has a fair amount of flexibility to it which is great because it means it can be moved around a fair bit without the worry that it will snap. In total there are 126 wooden pieces which come in ...

Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll 07/01/2017

Snow Glow Doll

Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll Luckily (for me anyway) my daughter was only two and a half when Frozen-mania hit! However, Molly has a cousin who is three years older than her and she was completely obsessed with all things Frozen. As a result Molly went through a phrase of loving all things Frozen too but I think compared to some other parents I had it pretty easy and she didn’t quite hit the obsession stage. However, due to the fact that Christmas followed her interest in Frozen, her main Christmas present for Christmas 2014 was the Snow Glow Elsa Doll. Price This Snow Glow Elsa Doll cost a whopping £35 when I bought it back in 2014. I must admit I was pretty gob-smacked at the price but knew that Molly would be thrilled on Christmas morning. Getting hold of the doll was particularly hard as it was the ‘toy of the moment’ that year and I actually only managed to get hold of it as one of my Mum’s friends works for Toys r Us in Birmingham and she put one aside for me and posted it down to us. I am surprised to see that three years later, the price hasn’t come down a great deal and this currently retails for £27 on Amazon. Snow Glow Elsa Snow Glow Elsa is roughly 14 inches tall and it made from hard plastic. She is solid all over and doesn’t have a soft cuddly tummy as some dolls do. It is easy to see that the doll is Elsa from Frozen but her looks do differ somewhat to the character in the film. Her face is slightly chubbier and she looks like a baby version of the character but this is certainly ...

Rosebud House Kitchen Set 06/01/2017

My Perfect Country Kitchen

Rosebud House Kitchen Set I have two children, a son and a daughter and surprisingly enough, it is my son who has an interest in dolls houses. He had a little set which was bought some time ago but it didn’t have a great deal of furniture or dolls to go with it. A few months ago, when I started asking my children what they wanted for Christmas, Jacob was insistent that he wanted a dolls house with lots of dolls and furniture. Well it seemed like it was meant to be when I came across the Rosebud House dolls house, complete with loads of furniture and loads of dolls for just £30. One of the furniture sets included was the Rosebud Kitchen Set. Price As I already mentioned above, I bought this kitchen set as part of a bundle and the whole lot cost me just £30. However, a quick look online has informed me that this kitchen set is currently available at The Early Learning Centre where it is being sold for £15. Rosebud House Kitchen Set The Rosebud Kitchen Set consists of a cooker, sink, fridge, kettle, pot, pan, spatula, spoon, rolling pin, chopping board and holder. It is recommended for children aged 3 years and older. The cooker is a nice pink colour with the hood and door being white. There are knobs in the cooker and also on the door and these are dark pink in colour. The hob section of the cooker is purple and the hob rings are pink. There are two hobs rings printed on the top which allows you to have up to two pots or pans on the stove at once. The door to the cooker can actually be opened and ...

Lego City 60107 Fire Ladder Truck 05/01/2017

Fetch The Fire Truck

Lego City 60107 Fire Ladder Truck My little boy Jacob turned three in September and up until recently he has always been a massive fan of Lego Duplo. Both my parents and my brother decided they were going to buy him a Lego City set for Christmas. My parents bought him the Garbage Truck and my brother bought him the Fire Truck. Jacob is a big lover of all vehicles so we thought these sort of sets would be a good introduction to Lego City. Lego City Lego City is a theme under which Lego building sets are released. As the name would suggest, Lego City sets are based on city life. All of the models are designed to replicate the City and emergency services (such as Police, Coastguard and Fire Engines). The buildings include an Airport, a train station, constructions site and harbours to name a few. Price As I mentioned above, this was bought for Jacob as a present for Christmas but after a quick look online at Tesco's for £17.09 which I think is quite reasonably priced for a complete set of Lego. The Fire Truck Set The Lego City Fire Truck set is aimed at children aged 5-12 years. This set contains all the pieces to make the fire truck, 2 x sets of flames, a saw, a fire extinguisher and 6 water studs. There are two Lego minifigure fire-fighters, one male and one female. There are also accessories for the Lego minifigures such as a radio and a breathing apparatus pack. The Fire Engine itself features a ladder which elevates and rotates 360 degrees. The Fire Truck When fully assembled the Fire Truck measures ...

Rosebud Cottage 03/01/2017

Cute Little Cottage

Rosebud Cottage My little boy is obsessed with all ‘boyish’ things such as cars, trains and construction sets. Having said that, one of his other favourite toys is a dolls house. I managed to pick up a second hand Rosebud Cottage on a local facebook selling group for just £10. Rosebud Cottage Rosebud Cottage is a wooden dolls house which is designed to look more like a cottage. The cottage has a ground floor as well as a section contained within the roof. The doll’s house itself is quite pretty and is mostly white in colour. There are pink flowers printed on the front of the house. One thing that makes this cottage quite unique is that the entire back section of the house (excluding the roof) pulls down and can then lay flat on the floor. There is a garden scene printed on the top of this, complete with pond. This section can then be used as a back garden for the cottage. Rosebud Cottage is aimed at children aged 3 onwards. Price As I mentioned earlier, I was lucky enough to buy this cottage second hand on a local Facebook selling page. I managed to buy the house and all accessories for just £10 which was an absolute bargain. I have had a quick look online and Rosebud Cottage is currently being sold for £50 on the Early Learning Centre website. This price is for just the doll’s house with all the furniture and one wooden doll. Assembling The House When I bought this cottage, it came ready assembled but obviously I had to store it for a couple of months before giving it to Jacob for ...

Lego City 60118 Garbage Truck 01/01/2017

Great Garbage Truck

Lego City 60118 Garbage Truck My baby is growing up! My youngest child Jacob turned three in September and up until recently he has always been a massive fan of Lego Duplo. My parents decided to buy him a Lego City set for Christmas - this is the first 'grown up' Lego set he has encountered. If you have read any of my other reviews, you will know that Jacob is obsessed with vehicles so it only seemed right that Jacob was bought the Lego City Garbage Truck. Lego City Lego City is a theme under which Lego building sets are released. As the name would suggest, Lego City sets are based on city life. All of the models are designed to replicate the City and emergency services (such as Police, Coastguard and Fire Engines). The buildings include an Airport, a train station, constructions site and harbours to name a few. Price As I mentioned above, this was bought for Jacob as a present for Christmas but after a quick look online at Argos for £17.99 which I think is quite reasonably priced for a complete set of Lego. The Garbage Truck Set The Lego City Garbage Truck set is aimed at children aged 5-12 years. The Lego City Garbage Truck set contains all the pieces to make the garbage truck, 2 x Lego minifigures (a driver and a garbage truck helper), a broom, a re-cycling container and ‘rubbish’ Lego pieces. The Garbage Truck itself features a functional lift which moves up and down and a container that tilts and opens to empty out the rubbish. The Garbage Truck When fully assembled the Garbage Truck measures ...

Travelodge London Kew Bridge, London 31/12/2016

Cheap & Cheerful

Travelodge London Kew Bridge, London In November this year, I had to attend a week long course at Kew Gardens in London. As it was a work trip, my employer paid for my accommodation for the duration of my stay. As part of my company policy I have to choose the cheapest available option for accommodation for my trip. I opted to book the Travelodge at Kew Bridge for my trip due to its cheap price and the fact it was situated a 10 minute walk from where my course was being held. Location As I mentioned above, I booked this hotel as it was conveniently located for me to travel to Kew Gardens. The hotel is only 0.8 miles away from the main entrance to Kew Gardens which equated to a 10 minute walk which worked perfectly for me. Finding the hotel was fairly easy. I got the train to Kew Bridge station and walked from there using my sat nav on my phone. Booking Booking the hotel was really easy and I did this online. I simply picked my dates and the amount of people staying and they gave me a list of options to choose from. After booking I received a confirmation email with a booking reference number. This email can then be used for checking into the hotel although I wasn’t actually asked for this upon checking in as they found my booking by asking for my surname. Cost As I mentioned above, one of the reasons for booking this hotel was the fact it was the cheapest option available. In total for a five night stay, I paid £187 which equates to £37.40 per night. However, I did use my work system for booking so I believe ...

Paw Patrol Lookout Playset 29/12/2016

"To The Lookout"

Paw Patrol Lookout Playset As anyone who has read any of my other reviews will know, both my children are crazy on Paw patrol, especially my little boy Jacob. A few months ago, I was looking through the ‘for sale’ groups on my local facebook page and saw someone was advertising the Paw Patrol Lookout Tower play set for the bargain price of £10. I bought it and put it away for Christmas for my little boy. Paw Patrol For anyone who doesn’t have a young child, Paw Patrol is a TV show which is based in a place called Adventure Bay. The Paw Patrol are a group of pups who all have special skills. They are called upon by their ‘leader’ who is a human called Ryder. If any problems arise in Adventure Bay then Ryder calls the Paw Patrol and they can all help to save the day with their special skills. The Paw Patrol live in the Lookout which is linked directly to Ryder by something called a Pup Pad so Ryder is able to instantly call the Paw Patrol when he needs their help. Price As I mentioned earlier, I was lucky enough to bag this play set for the bargain price of just £10 on a local selling group. A quick search online has informed me that this play-set would cost you £39.99 at Argos. This price includes The Lookout and a figure of Chase and his emergency vehicle. The Lookout As I mentioned above, the Paw Patrol pups live in the Lookout and this is where all their missions are planned. The Lookout is roughly 36cm tall by 26cm wide. The Lookout set looks exactly like it does it the TV series with a bright ...
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