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Glitz It Glitter Glue 23/03/2017

Glitter Galore

Glitz It Glitter Glue My little girl started school in September and I am really lucky as she seems to have fully embraced the whole ‘process’ of going to school. She loves being there and loves any work that she is sent home with. Her school do not actually send too much ‘homework’ home with her. So far, since she started in September, she has only been asked to do two projects. Her most recent project requires her to write about all the pets we have at home. I thought it would be nice for her to design the project in whichever way she wished so we popped out together to buy her some art and craft supplies. The next town from where we live has the shop ‘The Range’ and it was in here that we discovered ‘Glitz It Glitter Glue’. Glitz It Glitter Glue The bottles of Glitz It Glitter Glue I bought all contain 120ml. The bottles are made of hard plastic and are see through which is useful as you are able to see the colour of the glitter inside the bottle. The bottle has a re-closable cap with a nozzle. The glitter glue is completely non-toxic. Price I bought my Glitz It Glitter Glue from The Range where it cost me £1.99 for each 120ml bottle. I thought this was a reasonable price considering the bottles are fairly large and a little goes a long way. To Use Molly actually used this glue in two different ways. She can either hold the bottle of glitter in her hand and squeeze the middle of the bottle to dispense the glue out of the little nozzle and then apply the glue to wherever she intends on ...

Samba Football Fun Goal 18/03/2017

Football Fun

Samba Football Fun Goal I always try to do as much as possible to encourage my children to play outside. I really dislike the fact that children seem to spend more time cooped up indoors stuck in front of a computer or television rather than outside playing in mud. For Christmas a couple of years ago, I was trying to find an item that my children would be able to share and that would also encourage them to play outside. I found that in the form of a Samba football fun goal. Samba Samba Sports have been manufacturing football goals for over 18 years and they are now the number one supplier of portable football goals in Europe. They sell over half a million football goals a year. Samba goals are apparently used in many Premier League academies including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton. Samba football goals have virtually indestructible frames and nets and are made in the UK. All Samba goals are fully portable and can be used on any surface. They are virtually maintenance free and can be left out in all weathers. Samba Football Match Goal The Samba football fun goal that I eventually decided to buy is 6ft x 4ft. There are varying sizes available but I opted for this size as I felt it would be best suited to the size of our garden. The goal is made from high impact uPVC and the frame is very light and easy to assemble. So much so in fact that no tools are required to assemble it which was an added bonus for me. Price I opted to buy our Samba football goal from Tesco's where it cost ...

Mars Greenies Dental Care Dog Chews 17/03/2017

Go Green!

Mars Greenies Dental Care Dog Chews I love to treat my dogs. As they have gotten older (they are 12 and 9 mow) I tend to look for treats that also have other health benefits. It was Dax’s 12th birthday last month and while I was walking around Pets At Home looking for a treat for his birthday, I came across the a packet of Greenie’s Dental Treats on special offer so decided to get a pack. About Greenies As any dog owner will know, dogs absolutely hate having their teeth brushed but it is very important to look after their teeth and help them to remove any build up of plaque on them as this can lead to all sorts of illnesses, some quite serious. Greenies claim to help remove any plaque. The Greenies chew is shaped like a toothbrush and apparently it has been specially designed like this because all the grooves and different shapes on the chew, means that the dog will have to chew it more and their teeth get cleaned better. The chew also has a soft, slightly bendy texture to it which means that your dog's teeth will sink into the chew and get cleaned at the same time. Finally, Greenies have green tea extract as one of the ingredients and this helps to freshen their breath. According to the Greenies website, tests on this product show that if you feed your dog one of these, once a day it will show a 69% reduction in calcium build-up and a 10.5% reduction in plaque build-up. Price I opted to buy a pack containing 10 chews. I always go for even numbers of chews as it means my dogs will both get a treat every time. ...

VTech My First Toolbox 12/03/2017

Baby Builder

VTech My First Toolbox 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 ...

VTech My Friend Alfie 11/03/2017

"Hi, I'm Alfie"

VTech My Friend Alfie When my son Jacob was a baby, one of the many gifts I received for him was the VTech My Friend Alfie Bear. This went on to become one of his favoured toys throughout his early years. I had almost forgotten about this bear until I decided to have a clear-out of some of my children’s toys that they do not play with as much now they are a little older. Before passing him on to a new home, I thought I would write a review about Alfie… My Friend Alfie Bear This bear is suitable for children aged between six months and two years. Alfie is a rather cute looking brown bear with a big smile on his face. He is quite large, standing at roughly 30cm tall and 15 cm wide. The main part of Alfie’s body is made up of yellow coloured dungarees. In the centre of his dungarees there is a little heart shaped button which can be pressed to operate him. His dungarees also come complete with a pocket each side, the blue right hand pocket contains a teddy and the red left hand pocket contains a little handkerchief. His right foot is orange and his left foot is green. His right hand is covered by a blue glove and he holds a storybook in his left hand. As well as the button on the centre of Alfie’s chest, you also have buttons located on both hands and both feet. He requires 2 x AA batteries to work. Price As I mentioned earlier, this was bought for Jacob as a gift but a quick look online has told me that you can purchase this bear at Tesco Direct for £12.91. He is available in many shops but the ...

Crayola Supertips Washable Markers Pack of 24 08/03/2017

Super Supertips

Crayola Supertips Washable Markers Pack of 24 My daughter Molly started school in September last year. She never seemed to settle all the years she went to nursery and when we talked about her starting school, she seems very anxious about it so to try and encourage her that going to school was a good thing, I took her out shopping to buy some art and craft bits and told her she would need them all to be able to do her homework. One of the items I bought was a packet of 24 Crayola washable markers. Crayola Supertip Washable Markers Crayola Supertip markers are suitable for making thin or thick lines and are perfect for being used for the finer details of art projects due to the fact that these pens give a smooth intense colour laydown. The pens are designed so that they do not squeak or drag while they are being used. As with most Crayola products, these pens are washable and can easily be removed from both skin and clothing. These pens are suitable for children aged 3 and upwards. The packet of Supertip washable markers that I bought for Molly contains 24 pens. Price I purchased our packet of crayons from Tesco’s where they cost me £4.50 as part of their ‘return to school’ promotion. I thought this was quite a reasonable price to pay for 24 pens from a well known brand. Packaging The pens come housed in a plastic wallet complete with cardboard sleeve. On the sleeve you have the brand name, the fact they are supertip pens and how many pens are in the pack. It also states that the pens are not suitable for children ...

Lego Juniors 10727 Emma's Ice Cream Truck 06/03/2017

Anyone For Ice-Cream?

Lego Juniors 10727 Emma's Ice Cream Truck It was my little girls fifth birthday last month and she has recently started to have an interest in ‘grown up’ Lego rather than the Lego Duplo. Needless to say, for her birthday she was inundated with lots of new Lego sets. One of these sets was the Lego Juniors Emma’s Ice Cream Truck. Lego Juniors Lego Junior sets use normal Lego bricks in their sets, ie they are the same size as normal Lego bricks. However, the Lego Junior sets are specifically designed for younger children (age 4-7) and they often have large single-use pieces ie walls or frames and are generally fairly simple to construct. Lego Juniors is a great ‘entry level’ to Lego and your child can run free with their creativity and imagination. Price Molly was lucky enough to receive this set for her birthday from my parents. However a quick look online has told me that this set costs £13.99 at tesco Direct. Lego Juniors Emma’s Ice Cream Truck Lego Juniors Emma’s Ice Cream Truck is aimed at children age 4-7. Emma’s Ice Cream Truck set contains all the pieces to make an ice cream truck with an open roof and side. Inside the ice cream van there is room for a till, bottles of toppings, ice cream cone holder and a freezer. Outside of the ice cream van there is a table with a parasol and seats. Also included in the set are the mini-figures of Andrea and Emma and a puppy. There are also plenty of accessories included in this set which include ice cream and cones, ice pops, basket, ice cream sign, ice cream display, ...

Lego Friends 41124 Heartlake Puppy Daycare 27/02/2017

Perfect Puppy Daycare

Lego Friends 41124 Heartlake Puppy Daycare I think it is safe to say that Lego is well and truly taking over my house now! My little boy was bought a set for Christmas and to my surprise, my little girl also showed a massive amount of interest in his Lego sets. Up until recently both my children have been happy playing with Lego Duplo but after seeing how interested both of my children were in the smaller Lego sets, I thought it might be time for them to start moving on to proper Lego. It was my daughters fifth birthday at the beginning of this month and she was lucky enough to receive lots of Lego sets for her birthday. One of these sets was the Heartlake Puppy Day Care set. Lego Friends Lego Friends is designed primarily for girls and when it was introduced in 2012, it took over from the Lego Belville range which has been around since 1994 and was female orientated. Lego Friends sets contain ‘mini-doll’ figures which are roughly the same size as Lego mini figures but have more detail and are more realistic. The Lego Friends sets contains lots of pink and purple colour schemes and are based on scenes from suburban life which are set in the fictional town of Heartlake City. Price Molly was lucky enough to receive this set for her birthday from my best friend and her godmother. However a quick look online has told me that this set costs £18.99 at Tesco’s. Heartlake Puppy Day Care Heartlake Puppy Day Care set is aimed at children aged 6-12 years. The Heartlake Puppy Day Care set contains all the pieces to make the ...

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Stage 1+: Top Cat and Other Stories - Julia Donaldson 10/02/2017

Top Cat

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Stage 1+: Top Cat and Other Stories   - Julia Donaldson My little girl Molly started school in September last year and she is 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 much better value to buy the entire set which contains 12 books. The whole set costs ...

Flair Melissa & Doug - Stack and Sort Board 02/02/2017

Stack And Sort

Flair Melissa & Doug - Stack and Sort Board Since having children I think it is safe to say that I certainly seem to have my favourite brands when it comes to children’s toys are products. A brand that I have always swayed towards are Melissa and Doug. The first Melissa and Doug product I came across was the Stack And Sort Board which we still have in the house even now. Melissa & Doug The company Melissa & Doug are an American husband and wife team. The company was founded in 1988 and they are well known for their wooden puzzles and art and craft items. Melissa & Doug believe that through imaginary play kids explore, create, take risks, and discover who they really are. Price This was actually handed down to my children from my niece but a quick look online has informed me that this is currently available at Amazon where it retails at £6.99. Stack & Sort Board This stack and sort board starts with a fairly thick wooden base which measures roughly 30 cm long by 6cm wide. The base is made from pine coloured wood and remains looking natural as it has not been painted. Attached to the board are five poles of ascending heights and different colours. Underneath each of the coloured poles, the numbers one to five are printed. Each of the numbers are contained within a coloured shape. The board comes with 15 wooden pieces which are different shapes and colours. The idea is that the relevant coloured shape is placed onto the pole of the same colour. So first up, the shortest pole is green in colour and there is a green ...

Chill Factor Cup 30/01/2017

Ice Ice Baby

Chill Factor Cup My kids love slushies! Any time we are out anywhere they may be selling slushy drinks, they always beg me for one. So when I was trying to decide on presents for the children for Christmas last year and I came across these Chill Factor Slushy Maker cups I knew they would love them. Chill Factor Slushy Maker These Chill Factor Slushy Makers are exactly that – slushy makers. The added bonus is that all you need to make your slushy is this cup! The cup itself comes packaged in a cardboard box with all the usual information on it. Inside you will find the cup which essentially comes in two sections, the cup itself and a screw on/screw off lid. Also inside you will find a straw/spoon. This can be used as a straw to drink the liquid and the bottom of the straw has a little spoon section (which actually looks more like a shovel) which can be used for scooping up the ice from the slushy. The cups comes in a variety of colours which are red, blue, pink and green. My children both have a red cup. Price I bought my slushy cups from Argos where they cost me £9.99 per cup. They are widely available online and don’t really differ that much in price. The Cup The cup itself is fairly large at around 7 inches tall and it is wider at the top than the bottom. The cup is made from a bendy silicone type of material and to be honest, it doesn’t feel very stable and is quite ‘squishy’. Inside the cup there is a lining which is white in colour and contains liquid – this is what gives the cup that ...

Yankee Candle Christmas Memories Wax Tart 28/01/2017

The Smell Of Christmas...

Yankee Candle Christmas Memories Wax Tart I became an instant fan of Yankee candles when I was bought one as a Christmas present around five years ago. Not long after that I was bought an electric wax tart burner and so my addiction to wax tarts began! I usually tend to get wax tarts for presents at Christmas and birthdays. One of the scents I received for Christmas last year was the Christmas Memories scent. The Christmas memories wax tart is a bright red colour and comes wrapped tightly in cellophane. On the front of the cellophane, Yankee provide the name of the scent of the candle, along with a picture. The picture shown next to Christmas memories is a picture of a gingerbread man and a bowl of (what I assume) is mulled wine and some sticks of cinnamon. Yankee use the following description for this candle; ‘From the heart of the kitchen, unforgettable moments are brought home again with this comforting recipe of spices and sweets. As I mentioned earlier, this was bought for me as a gift but I have had a quick look online and this wax tart s currently being sold on the Yankee website for £1.12 per tart. Upon lighting the wax tart in my burner, I watched it melt very speedily, leaving a nice deep pool of red wax in the burner. In the case of this wax tart, it didn't take very long at all for the smell to filter out into the room, probably around three minutes. Initially the scent smells quite spicy and you can certainly smell the cinnamon which I love as it always reminds me of Christmas. Once the scent has ...

Early Learning Centre Rosebud House Bathroom Set 26/01/2017

Rub A Dub Dub With Rosebud

Early Learning Centre Rosebud House Bathroom Set My little boy was desperate for a dolls house for Christmas and I managed to bag a complete bargain when I spotted the Early Learning Centre Rosebud House complete with all furniture for just £30 on a local selling page. One of the furniture sets included was the Rosebud Bathroom 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 bathroom set is currently available at The Early Learning Centre where it is being sold for £15. Rosebud House Bathroom Set The Rosebud Bathroom Set consists of a bath, shower, toilet, sink, mirror, bath mat, towel rack and towel. The set is recommended for children aged three and older. The bath is pink with lilac coloured taps. The bath is the perfect size for fitting the wooden dolls into. The bath mat is made from fabric and is a light blue colour. The shower is pink and white, with the top and bottom being pink and the main body of the shower is white. Inside the shower, there is a little shelf which is lilac in colour. Above the shelf in the shower head for the shower, again this is lilac. The shower is the perfect size for the wooden dolls to fit inside and there is actually a little insert inside the shower on the floor which helps to stand the dolls up once they are inside which I thought was a nice touch. The toilet is white and has a light blue toilet seat. The toilet seat can be lifted up and down. The ...

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 1+: Songbirds: Zak and the Vet - Julia Donaldson 25/01/2017

Phonics Fun!

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 1+: Songbirds: Zak and the Vet - Julia Donaldson My little girl Molly started school in September last year and she is 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 Zak and the Vet. Price Zak and the Vet 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 much better value to buy the entire set which contains 12 books. The ...

Early Learning Centre Rosebud House 24/01/2017

Our Happy House

Early Learning Centre Rosebud House When I started asking my children what they wanted for Christmas round about October time last year, my little boy was insistant that he wanted a dolls house, with dolls and furniture. My son is obsessed with all vehicles so I was a little surprised at his request. However, my parents have a dolls house at their house and he does play with it regularly. Over the next few weeks I kept checking with him as to what he would like Santa to bring him and his reply was always a dolls house. I was looking through the local selling pages on Facebook and noticed that someone in the next town from where I live was selling the Early Learning Centre Rosebud House for £30. This was for Rosebud Cottage itself as well as a family of dolls and furniture and accesories for each room. Rosebud House Rosebud House is a wooden dolls house which measures 63cm high x 46cm wide x 20cm deep. The house cover three storey's, ground floor, first floor and there is also a floor within the roof section of the house. The dolls house itself is very pretty and girly with lots of pink detail on the front. There are bay windows at the front of the house and pretty pictures of birds and flowers printed on the front of the house. Rosebud Cottage is aimed at children aged 3 onwards. Price As I mentioned earlier, I was lucky enough to buy this house second hand on a local Facebook selling page. I managed to buy the house and all accessories for just £30 which was an absolute bagain. I have had a quick look online ...
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