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VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Deluxe Track Set 21/05/2017

Toot Toot Track

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Deluxe Track Set My little boy loves anything to do with vehicles and over the last few years he has built up quite a collection of toys involving vehicles. One set of toys that he still 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. For Christmas a few years ago, my brother bought Jacob the Toot Toot Drivers Deluxe Track Set. 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’ ...

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden 20/05/2017

Simply Magical

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden I am a massive animal lover and I hope that my children grow up sharing my passion for nature. As much as possible I try to encourage an interest in nature. While I was on the hunt for Christmas presents a couple of years ago, I came across the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden and promptly ordered one for my daughter who was four at the time and had been showing a keen interest in butterflies. Butterfly Kit Once the kit arrived, before wrapping it up for Christmas, I decided to have a look at what it contained. Inside there is a circular shaped, netted ‘butterfly house’ which has a material bottom. The top is made from see through plastic, allowing easy viewing of what is inside. There is a zip which runs around the outside at the top. Last of all there is a handle which is fastened with velcro, allowing you to hang the butterfly house somewhere if you wish to do so. The butterfly house is completely collapsible, meaning it can be squished down for storage inside the box. Also inside the kit are instructions for use, a drop dispenser and an order form. So all in all, everything you need to grow your own butterflies. Price I ordered my Butterfly Kit from Find Me A Gift where it cost me £11.99. I thought this was a really reasonable price. Ordering The Caterpillars As I mentioned above, the kit contains an order form. Of course, you need to grow your butterflies when the weather is warmer so I have had a rather impatient four year old since Christmas who didn’t understand ...

Lego City 4433: Dirt Bike Transporter 09/05/2017

Brilliant Bike Transporter

Lego City 4433: Dirt Bike Transporter I love a bargain, and both my children love Lego. So I managed to combine these two loves when I spotted five big tubs of Lego for sale on a local selling group on Facebook. They were only looking for £40 for all the boxes so I quickly snapped it up. As you can imagine, there were literally thousands of pieces of Lego. My parents very kindly took the Lego to their house where they spent the next three weeks sorting through it and seeing what they could build. One of the pieces that they managed to find all the pieces for was the Lego City Dirt Bike Transporter. 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 harbour to name a few. I am not entirely sure where the dirt bike transporter fits into the City theme but that’s where they have decided to place it. Price As I mentioned earlier, this Lego set was bought as part of a huge bundle where I bought five large boxes full of Lego for just £40. I have had a quick look online and this set currently retails at varying prices depending on where you buy it from. For example, it is currently selling on Amazon for £54.99 (!!) but if you are prepared to buy second hand then you can grab it on eBay for around £14. Lego City Dirt Bike Transporter ...

Gardman Jute Twine Ball 07/05/2017

Terrific Twine

Gardman Jute Twine Ball Last year, after the breakdown of the relationship between myself and my children’s father, I had no choice but to drop to part time working to be in a position to provide the childcare for my children. One massive advantage to this, is that I get much more time at home with my children. This is the first year in my last 17 years of working that I regularly have between 5 and 7 days off on the bounce. This has meant that I have had plenty of time to spend with the children in the garden, helping it to hopefully look beautiful come Spring/Summer. Last year I went to a bootfair and came across a stall selling a variety of gardening items. It was here that I purchased a 250g ball of Gardman Jute Twine. Gardman Jute Twine Gardman Jute twine is a completely natural product which is made using fibres from the Jute plant which is grown in India. The Jute twine is created by twisting the fibres from the Jute plant together to make one long thread. This twine comes in two different colours – a natural beige colour and a green colour. The one I bought was beige in colour. The twine itself is quite rough in texture with little frayed bits of the twine sticking out all over the place, giving the impression that the twine looks hairy! This Gardman Jute twine comes in three different sizes, 100g, 250g and 500g. All three sizes come tightly wrapped in a ball, in a very similar manner to a ball of wool. The main reason for me buying this product was that it is completely biodegradable which ...

Insect Lore Big Bug Magnifier 02/05/2017

Big Bug

Insect Lore Big Bug Magnifier Last year, my children and I hatched out butterflies from an Insect Lore kit. We all really enjoyed the entire process so when I was looking for presents for my children at Christmas, I visited the Insect Lore website. It was here that I found the Insect Lore Big Bug Magnifier. Insect Lore Insect Lore specialises in educational products for young children. Their goal is to give children a friendly, hands on introduction into the lifecycle of insects. Their main focus is butterfly related kits as well as educational kits but they have also expanded their range to include ladybird, ant, stick insect and silkworm kits. They also sell items such as bug catchers, keepers, viewers and magnifiers. Price As I mentioned above I purchased this item from the Insect Lore website which can be found at I bought my children one of these magnifier’s each and each one cost £7 which I didn’t think was too unreasonable. Big Bug Magnifier Well this item is certainly what it says it is - a big bug magnifier. The magnifier itself is around 25 cm long by about 15cm wide at the widest part. It is aimed at children aged 4 and over. The entire magnifier is designed to look like a grasshopper, complete with six legs and a yellow/orange coloured abdomen and main part of the body. Between the two front legs of the grasshopper there is the actual magnifying glass section which is around 7cm in diameter. The circular magnifier section can be swivelled around in all different ...

Bannatyne Spa Day for Two 25/04/2017

Brilliant Bannatyne's

Bannatyne Spa Day for Two I love a bargain and occasionally I like to treat myself to a day of relaxation by visiting a Spa. My friends and I like to take advantage of any vouchers we find online and book our spa days in this way. My friend recently spotted a 2 for 1 voucher offer for Bannatyne’s Spa so swiftly purchased one and booked our spa day. Location The voucher we bought is valid at 32 locations across the country. You can also add several other locations by paying an extra £4.99. We have two Bannatyne’s within a half hour drive of where we live, one of them being in Ashford so we opted to book this location. Price We paid £55 for a voucher which was valid for two people, making the cost of the day £27.50 each. We found this particular voucher on but I have found the Bannatyne vouchers on many of the voucher websites such as wowcher and groupon. What’s Included? As stated above the voucher is valid for two people. The voucher means that each person is able to pick a spa treatment each. The spa treatments include Swedish back massage, scalp massage, touch facial, file and paint, Bamboo leg massage and Bamboo mini back massage. You also get access to all the spa facilities which at the location we visited included a swimming pool, a sauna, stream room, gym and a relaxation room. The voucher is valid for 10 months from date of purchase so you have plenty of time to use it. The voucher is valid to be used any day of the week which is useful for people who are only free at ...

ChillFactor Squeeze Cup Slushy 21/04/2017

Ice Ice Baby

ChillFactor Squeeze Cup Slushy 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 ...

VTech Kidicreative Kidipet Watch 16/04/2017

Dog Time!

VTech Kidicreative Kidipet Watch My little girl is obsessed with Dalmatians! I was surprised to find that there actually isn’t that many Dalmatian themed things available. However, I was thrilled to find this VTech Kidicreative Kidipet Watch when looking for a birthday present for my little girl in February this year. VTech Kidicreative Kidipet Watch This watch includes an alarm clock, stopwatch, timer and a game which involves caring for a pet. The screen is touch screen so is very easy to use for young children. The clock face can be either analogue or digital and there are lots of different faces to pick between. For me, the main feature of this watch is the fact that your child can have their very own pet to play with, feed and teach hobbies and tricks to. Last of all, there is a settings screen where you have options to change the screen brightness, language and to re-set the watch. This watch is aimed at children age four to eight. Price I bought this watch on Amazon where it cost me £19.93 and included free postage. This was available at a cheaper price but it looks like it has been discontinued on lots of websites. The Watch This watch actually comes in two different themes - a dog and a cat. Obviously the watch I opted for was the dog one which comes in Dalmatian colours. The cat one comes in bright pink. The watch strap is completely white except for a black dot at one end. The outside of the clock face is printed with black spots and has been designed to look like the face of a Dalmatian with ...

Gowi Toys 558-36 Sand Set Duck 08/04/2017

Spring Sand Time

Gowi Toys 558-36 Sand Set Duck Finally we have welcomed spring and with it some warm weather. I live in the South East of England and last week we had some beautiful weather. I also had a week off work during the same week which meant I had plenty of time to play in the garden with my children. My little boy Jacob turned three in September and one of his birthday present was a sand table. However, he didn’t actually get much chance to play with it last year and he has been desperate to get it out of the garage and into the garden so he can play with it. Last week we managed to do this. As well as getting his sand table out, I also got all the accompanying toys, one of which was the Gowi Sand Duck Set which he also received as a present for his birthday the year before last. Gowi Gowi is an Australian company and has been around since 1958. They produce children’s plastic toys such as sand and water based items as well as play houses. I have always found their toys to be child friendly, well designed and very durable. Gowi Sand Set Duck The Gowi Sand Duck Set consists of six pieces of play equipment, consisting of a watering can, a sieve, a rake, a fork, a bucket and a duck shaped mould. All the items are the perfect size for small hands to play with. The bucket is 16cm tall and the sieve is 18cm in diameter. The spade and shovel are both 22cm long. The duck shaped mould is 12cm at the largest point. All the items are made from hard durable plastic and are brightly coloured. This set is suitable for ...

Cat Caterpillar Dumper 31/03/2017

Delightful Dumper

Cat Caterpillar Dumper As anyone who has read any of my other reviews will know, my little boy Jacob is crazy for anything vehicle related. I am a big fan of the Facebook selling groups and tend to get all my children’s toys through this method. While I was browsing my local selling group I came across a ride on Dumper Truck for sale for the bargain price of £20 and snapped it up for him. This ride of Dumper Truck is made by Rolly toys and is designed to look exactly like a Caterpillar Dumper Truck. Rolly Toys Rolly toys is a well known manufacturing brand which is owned by the Franz Schneider family in Germany. They manufactor all types of tractors and accessories and actually base their vehicles on real models so all the styling, from the inside out is accurate. Rolly toys are Europe's number one in toy tractor manufacturer and the amount of accessories available is incredible, basically everything you can get for a real life tractor but in miniture form. Caterpillar Dumper Truck This Caterpillar Dumper Truck really is just a miniature version of the real thing! Except for the fact that it is operated with pedals rather than an actual motor. The pedals are anti-slip which is great for little feet. It is a Caterpillar licensed product. The dumper truck itself is pretty large at 93cm x 44cm x 52cm and is bright yellow just like a real dumper truck. It is labelled up with the CAT logo. The front section of the dumper truck, the actual dumper is fully working and can be tipped. This dumper truck is ...

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Customisable People Carrier 30/03/2017

Customisable Car

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Customisable People Carrier My little boy Jacob loves anything to do with vehicles. He has cars, trains, buses, literally any vehicle you can think of. One of his very first sets that probably got him into vehicles in the first place was the Vtech toot toot set. The Vtech toot toot range have a huge variety of cars included in their range and Jacob has pretty much every single one of them. Today I will be reviewing the customisable People Carrier. 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 vehciles 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 vehciles individually. The building sets and vehciles all make their own individual sounds relevant to whatever theme they are based on. The vehciles 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 ...

Joseph Joseph Index chopping boards 28/03/2017

Back To The Chopping Board?

Joseph Joseph Index chopping boards As I am getting older, I am finding it harder and harder to give people ideas of what I would like for presents for both Christmas and my birthday. I have made it my mission for the last couple of years to really try and improve my skills in the kitchen and with this in mind, my parents were kind enough to buy me these Joseph Joseph Index chopping boards. The Set This Joseph Joseph Index chopping board set is housed within a silver plastic outer container which looks quite classic and smart. The chopping boards themselves slot inside the outer housing. The entire unit with chopping boards slotted inside measures 33 x 23.5 x 8.5cm. The chopping boards are colour coded and come complete with little pictures on the index tabs. The idea is that a different chopping board is used depending on what it is you are chopping i.e. meat on one board, vegetables on another which then helps to reduce cross contamination when you are chopping different foods up for cooking. The Chopping Boards There are four different chopping boards included in the set; a lime green coloured board which can be used for vegetables, a bright blue board which can be used for chopping fish, a white board which can be used for cooked items and last of all a dark grey board which can be used for chopping raw meat. The chopping boards are made from hard plastic and can be wiped clean after use. They are also dishwasher safe and have knife friendly chopping surfaces which means that the little marks you get when ...

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. ...
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