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Lego Duplo 10594 Sofia the First Royal Stable 26/09/2016

A Stable Fit For A Princess

Lego Duplo 10594 Sofia the First Royal Stable Lego Duplo has been in existence in my household for about the last two years now! Over those two years my children have been given various sets which they love to get out and play with (and then generally leave it all over the front room floor!). I bought my daughter the Lego Duplo Sofia The First Royal Castle for Christmas last year and because it was such a hit, I decided to buy her the Lego Duplo Sofia The First Royal Stable for her birthday in February. 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 I bought this set from Argos where it cost me £16.99. It is available from many different websites but the prices don’t seem to vary much between them. Sophia The First Royal Stable Duplo Set This Sophia The First Royal Stable Duplo set is aimed at children ages 2-5 years so this was perfect for Molly at the time of buying as she was three. Considering the price of this set, I was actually quite impressed at what was included in the box. First of all you have a Lego Duplo figure of Sophia The First along with a separate figure of her horse Minimus ...

LEGO Duplo 6760: Let's Go! Vroom! 24/09/2016

Lets Go Vroom

LEGO Duplo 6760: Let's Go! Vroom! I was a big fan of Lego when I was growing up and I remember spending many happy hours creating all sorts of things with my older brother. So it only seemed right that when I had children of my own, I encouraged them to be creative with Lego. My children are still relatively young at only four and three but they are already well and truly into Lego. A Christmas present for my little boy last year introduced us to the Lego Duplo Lets Go Vroom set. 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. Read & Build Sets Lego Duplo also create read and build sets. These are basically sets of Duplo that come with a selection of bricks as well as a storybook. You can read the story to your children and while you are reading the story you will notice that there are simple, easy to follow instructions for building the characters contained within the story. The idea is that as you read the story and meet the various characters, you can build them out of the Duplo bricks which are contained in the pack. The read and build sets are aimed at ages one and a half to four. ...

Paw Patrol Skye Basic Vehicle 23/09/2016

Lets Take To The Skye!

Paw Patrol Skye Basic Vehicle My little boy celebrated his third birthday this month. He is very much into Paw Patrol at the moment so when my parents (who are boot fair fanatics) called me two months ago to inform me that they had found a Paw Patrol bundle at a bootfair, I snapped it up and put it away for his special day. Included in this rather large Paw Patrol bundle was a figure of Paw Patrol pup Skye and her helicopter. 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. There are six main characters in Paw Patrol and another character that only really appears for the wintery themed shows. The characters are Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Zuma, Skye, Rubble and Everest (who only features in snowy episodes) Skye Skye is a cockapoo and is one of two female member of the Paw Patrol. Skye’s vehicle of choice is a helicopter or she uses the wings from her pup pack to fly too. Her job is ...

Paw Patrol Chase Rocky & Zuma 21/09/2016

Paw Patrol, Paw Patrol, We'll Be There On The Double!

Paw Patrol Chase Rocky & Zuma My little boy celebrated his third birthday this month. He is a very easy child to buy present for because he loves lots of things so I was really undecided on what to get him this year. As any of you who have read other reviews of mine will know, my parents are bootfair 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 bootfair for £50. I asked them to get it for me and Jacob’s birthday present was decided! Included in this huge bundle were the figures of Chase, Rocky and Zuma. Paw Patrol I feel like I need to first need to explain about the 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. There are six main characters in Paw Patrol and another character who only really appears for the wintery themed ...

Juwel Rio 240, Fish Aquarium 20/09/2016

Fish House Heaven

Juwel Rio 240, Fish Aquarium I have had a fish tank on the go since I was about fourteen years old and still living at home with my parents. Since then I have had countless fish tanks and at one point, in my very first house, I actually had three different tanks on the go at once. So needless to say I have pretty much tried every variety of fish tank, in all shapes and sizes. The tank that I currently have set up in my daughters bedroom is a Juwel Rio 240 tank. Juwel Aquarium Juwel Aquarium have been producing aquarium systems for the last 45 years and they are a very well known name when dealing with aquatics. From the very beginning their idea was to produce aquariums and components that are all perfectly designed to work together. They are a German company, so the build quality of their tanks are brilliant and you can certainly say they are made to last. Juwel products are stocked in nearly all aquatic stores so picking and buying a tank is relatively easy, as is buying accessories and spare parts. Price I bought my Juwel Rio 340 fish tank from my local pet shop where I got a package deal for the whole set up. I paid £480 for the tank which measures 121cm x 41cm x 55cm, the cabinet which measures 121cm x 41cm x 73cm, a 200 Watt heater, High-Lite T5 light unit and a bio standard filter and pump. Juwel Rio 240 Tank The Jewel Rio 240 tank can be used for coldwater, tropical or marine fish. The tank is rectangular in shape and measures 121cm x 41cm x 55cm. The tank itself has a trim around it which ...

The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter 18/09/2016

Mediocre Mango

The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter I have always liked products from The Body Shop and its pretty safe to say that I usually receive at least one of their products at Christmas time. last year, I received The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter from a family friend. Packaging This Mango lip butter comes in a 10ml pot which has a screw on/screw off lid. The entire pot is an orange colour with a picture of a mango printed across the top of the lid. An ingredients list is printed on the label on the bottom of the tub. Price This was bought for me as a gift but a quick Google search has informed me that this body butter costs £4 for a 10ml tub. To Use This is basically used in the same way as a lip balm. I get a small amount of the lip butter on my finger and apply it to my lips. The lip butter spreads onto my lips really easily and instantly makes them feel smooth and soft. Smell I think this is a massive selling point for this product – it smells delicious! Obviously it smells like mango but it also has an underlying sweet and sugary scent to it as well. My little girl likes using this products and always asks if she can eat it! Is It Effective? Well it certainly leaves my lips feeling smooth and soft so it certainly seems to work in keeping my lips moisturised. I work outdoors and am always going between and indoor and outdoor environment so my lips really tend to suffer but this product instantly makes them feel better and more hydrated. Having said that, I do find that I need to apply it quite regularly as it ...

Peppa Pig Bath Crayons 17/09/2016

Bath Time Mess!

Peppa Pig Bath Crayons As those of you who have read my other reviews will know, my children love bath time! So naturally I like to encourage them to continue to enjoy their bath times. They have a massive selection of toys to keep them entertained while they are in the bath. One of the first ever ‘toys’ I bought for them to use in the bath were the Peppa Pig Bath Crayons. Price I actually bought these of eBay where they cost for £4.99 for a pack which conatins four crayons. The Crayons The crayons come in a pack of four colours which are red, green, blue and yellow. The crayons themselves are fairly chunky and easy to hold for smaller hands and they are about 3 inches in length. Each crayon has a little sticker or pepper pig on them. Once the crayons have been used and are starting to wear away, there is a little device on the side which you can pull and this then lowers the next section of crayon down (kind of like those pencils we used to have years ago where you pushed a little button at the top to make the lead longer). The crayons have been specially designed so that they can be used in the bath, even under the water. They can be used on the bath, on tiles and even on the body. To Use These crayons are pretty simple to use and are basically used in the same way as any other crayon. I did wonder how on earth they were going to work once they were wet but somehow they do. The colours are bright and colourful, making them attractive to children and the colours certainly seemed to show up well ...

Aussie Miracle Shine Shampoo 15/09/2016

Shiny Shampoo

Aussie Miracle Shine Shampoo Up until a few years ago, Aussie had always been a brand that I had been aware but to be honest, I have never bought it because I always thought how expensive it was compared to all the others on the market. After having my second child, I found that my hair was in really bad condition. I lost lots of my hair in the first six months after he was born and my hair just seemed really brittle and damaged even though I had made a conscious effort to not straighten it as much. Seeing as my normal shampoo just didn’t seem to be cutting it anymore, I decided I would be prepared to spend a little more money on a product that might be able to help me. While I was browsing my local Boots store, I noticed that the Aussie range of products were on special offer and I could buy any of their three products for £10. I still thought this was very expensive compared to the others but I wanted to treat my hair so promptly bought three shampoos. Once of the shampoos was the Aussie Miracle Shine shampoo. The reason I purchased the Aussie Miracle Shine shampoo was because it states on the front of the bottle that it is suitable for 'dull, tired hair begging to shine'. The Aussie range is actually quite plain as far as packaging goes. The bottle of shampoo is a creamy white colour and the writing it a dark purple. All the usual information is written on the front and back of the bottle. The lid is a flip top lid which means it’s very easy to get the shampoo out and I also find it makes it ...

Les Fonts de l'Algar (Algar Waterfalls), Benidorm 09/09/2016

See The Real Benidorm

Les Fonts de l'Algar (Algar Waterfalls), Benidorm I visited Benidorm in June this year and one of the reasons I picked Benidorm as a destination was because there were plenty of things to see and do for my children. However, one attraction that caught my eye and would probably be more interesting to me then my children was the Les Fonts de l’algar waterfall. Location The Algar Waterfalls are located on the outskirts of a village called Callosa d'En Sarria, which is about 15 km from the main centre of Benidorm. I hired a car for our stay and we managed to find the waterfalls using a sat nav. The waterfall is located pretty much next door to the Dino Park, which is a dinosaur park and both attractions are quite well signposted once you get nearby. The drive to the waterfalls is actually a really beautiful drive, taking you up lots of tiny little winding roads on the side of a mountain and you certainly get some beautiful views along the way. Algar Waterfalls The entire area in which the Algar Waterfalls are located is declared as a wetland area is is actually protected by Valencian Government. The park which surrounds the waterfalls is a nature reserve and is filled with beautiful flowers. The waterfalls are visited by thousands of people every year, including tourists and local residents. Entry Price The entry price for the waterfalls seemed very reasonable to me at 4 euros for an adult and 2 euros for children (up to the age of 10). Visiting The Waterfall Once we arrived at the waterfall, you have to walk along a ...

Aqua Natura, Benidorm 06/09/2016

Awesome Aqua Natura

Aqua Natura, Benidorm I travelled to Benidorm is June this year. Now without sounding like a snob, Benidorm is not somewhere I would have travelled to before having my children. When I was looking for a destination that was fairly short haul (travelling with a four and a two year old can be stressful at times) and a had plenty of things for the kids to do Benidorm seemed to tick all the boxes. One of the attractions I visited while we were there was Aqua Natura Aqua Natura Aqua Natura is the sister part to Terra Mitica. Terra Mitica is the wildlife park/zoo, while Aqua Natura is the waterpark. Aqua Natura covers 40, 000 square metres so while it is quite large, it is not as large as some of the other water parks on offer in Benidorm and this is actually what attracted me to it even more as I was slightly cautious of taking two small children to an absolutely massive waterpark and I felt I would be better able to keep an eye on them here. Although Aqua Natura isn't as large as the other parks, it still has plenty to offer with a large wave pool complete with a waterfall, thrill slides such as the black hole and the kamikaze as well as racer slides and a slide where you can can experience zero gravity! There is also a designated children’s area aimed just at the little ones which was brilliant for my two. Added to this you also have a sea lion enclosure where a sea lion show is held twice daily. There is a spa area where you can treat yourself to a spa treatment if you wish. Last of all there is a ...

Armitage Good Boy Tripe Sticks Dog Treats 04/09/2016

Not For Those With A Weak Tummy!

Armitage Good Boy Tripe Sticks Dog Treats My two Border Collies are now 11 and 9 and ever since they were puppies, I have always been in the habit of giving them treats before we all go to bed. I have a little shelf in the kitchen which is full of various treats for them. One of their favourite treats (and my least favourite) are Tripe Sticks, made by Good Boy. Packaging These tripe sticks come in a blue bag made from the same sort of material as a plastic bag but a little bit thicker. Unfortunately the bag does not re-seal which can be fairly unpleasant because the tripe sticks really do smell awful. Once I have opened them, I fold the packaging over and pop a peg on it to ensure the tripe sticks stay fresh for my dogs and to make sure they don’t make the kitchen smell! The bag is probably about a foot long by half a foot wide so it’s a fairly big bag. On the front is a small cartoon picture of a dog along with the Good Boy logo at the top of the bag. On the back of the packaging there is a chart which tells you how many treats your dog can have according to their weight. Price I buy these treats from my local pet shop where they cost £5.69 for a 500 gram bag. I think this price is pretty reasonable as the tripe sticks do last quite a while and you get a good amount of them in the bag. The Tripe Stick These tripe sticks are actually quite good for your dog which makes a nice change from some of the other treats available. For starters they are made from 100% natural ingredients meaning they are as natural as dog ...

The Body Shop Vanilla Body Mist 02/09/2016

Subtly Sweet

The Body Shop Vanilla Body Mist I am a big fan of all things vanilla so every Christmas and birthday I tend to get a whole selection of vanilla scented cosmetics. Last Christmas, I was bought the Vanilla Body Mist which is from The Body Shop. Vanilla Body Mist The vanilla body mist comes in a glass spray bottle which contains 100ml. The bottle is tall and has a silver spray button at the top. The spray device is covered by a little silver plastic cap. On the front of the bottle there is a picture of a vanilla pod and flower and all the usual product information such as name of scent is written on the front. As I mentioned earlier, the bottle is made from glass so you can easily see the product inside which is useful as you can see when you are running low. The mist is designed to be used all over the body. The vanilla body mist is quite a light scent and just like most vanilla scented products it is quite a sweet scent. This product actually contains real vanilla extract so its not one of those products that smells synthetic. Price This was bought for me as a Christmas present but a quick search online has informed me that the vanilla body mist retails at £7.50 for a 100ml bottle. To Use I tend to wear this body mist to work as it leaves me smelling nice, without the expense of using one of my designer perfumes. I spray about four squirts on my work shirt and a further four squirts on my work fleece. Upon first dispensing this product, you are greeted with a lovely sweet vanilla scent. My first thought ...

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Connecting Tracks 31/08/2016

Toot Toot Track!

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Connecting Tracks My little boy loves anything to do with vehicles and over the last couple of years he has built up quite a collection of toys involving vehicles. One set of toys that he loves are the Toot Toot sets which are made by Vtech. One of the key pieces of these sets are the Toot Toot Drivers Connecting Tracks. 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 building 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. Smart Point System One of the features included on the track is the smart point system so its 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 ...

My First Gruffalo Little Library - Julia Donaldson 29/08/2016

Learn With The Gruffalo

My First Gruffalo Little Library - Julia Donaldson My children love the Gruffalo and have done for quite some time now. Over the years they have had every book, puzzle and toy with the Gruffalo theme. The Christmas before last, my childrens Grandmother on their fathers side bought them a little collection of Gruffalo books in the form of My First Gruffalo Little Library. My First Gruffalo Little Library The little set of Gruffalo books is a mini collection of books measuring only about 3 inches by 3 inches by an inch. All four books slot into an outer case which holds all the books in the set. The box set comes in a little canvas type bag which has a picture of the Gruffalo on it. The set contains four books which are animals actions, colours, numbers and opposites. The books are board books which are great for small hands as it means you child is able to flick through the books without the worry that they are going to tear pages. Price As I mentioned earlier this box set was bought for my children as a gift but I have had a quick look online and this set is available on Amazon for £3.99. Book Content The books are very simple and are perfect for very young children starting out on their journey into the world of reading. Each of the four books have their own theme and this is followed throughout the book. Animal Actions The ‘animal actions’ book has a page that says ‘flutter’ at the top of the page and ‘like a butterfly’ at the bottom of the page. In the middle of the page is a large picture of a butterfly that is ...

Lego Duplo 10595 Sofia the First Royal Castle 28/08/2016

Fit For A Princess!

Lego Duplo 10595 Sofia the First Royal Castle I was a big fan of Lego when I was growing up and I remember spending many happy hours creating all sorts of things with my older brother. So it only seemed right that when I had children of my own, I encouraged them to be creative with Lego. My children are still relatively young at only four and two but my parents decided to start them young and bought my daughter a Lego Duplo set for her second birthday. We have been adding to the collection ever since and last Christmas I bought her the Sofia The First Royal Castle Duplo Set. 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 I bought this set from Argos where it cost me £40. It is available from many different websites but the prices doesnt seem to vary much between them. Sophia The First Royal Castle Duplo Set This Sophia The First Royal Castle Duplo set is aimed at children ages 3-5 years so this was perfect for Molly at the time of buying as she was three. I was actually really impressed at what was included in the box of Duplo that arrived. First of all you have two Lego Duplo figures in the ...
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