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VTech Little Singing Alfie 05/12/2016

"I'm A Friendly Light Up Bear"

VTech Little Singing Alfie When my daughter was a baby, one of the many gifts we received for her was the VTech light up bear. This went on to become one of her favourite toys throughout her early years. When my son was born 19 months later, we went out and bought him the more boyish version of this bear. He comes in the shape of the VTech Little Singing Alfie. Little Singing Alfie This bear is suitable for children aged between three months and eighteen months. Alfie is a rather cute looking brown bear with a big smile on his face. Although Alfie looks like a cuddly bear, he isn’t particularly cuddly because he has a rather hard tummy which holds all the buttons that turn him into a singing light up bear. The main part of Alfie’s body is red and he has a yellow heart in the middle. Underneath the heart there are three buttons which can be pressed. These buttons are blue, green and yellow and are labeled with the numbers 1, 2 and 3. Each button gives a different response which helps to teach babies music, numbers and emotions. As well as all this, the buttons on the front of Alfie all light up and flash. Price I paid around £7.50 for Little Singing Alfie and he was purchased at Tesco’s although he is available in many shops but the prices do not very too much. What Does He Do? Alfie comes with six songs programmed into him, all of which are popular catchy songs such as Rock-a-Bye Baby, Brahms’ Lullaby, Skip To My Lou, London Bridge, Pop! Goes The Weasel and Pease Porridge Hot. He also sings his ...

Lego Duplo Thomas & Friends 5554 Thomas Load-and-Carry Train Set 29/11/2016

Duplo Did It Again!

Lego Duplo Thomas & Friends 5554 Thomas Load-and-Carry Train Set As anyone who has read my other reviews will know, my little boy is crazy for anything vehicle related. He adores cars, buses, trains – basically anything with wheels. He also really loves to build things. So it goes without saying that when my parents found a Thomas The Tank Engine Lego Duplo set at one of their many boot-fairs, they snapped it up for him. Lego Duplo Lego Duplo is basically the first stage of Lego for children. Lego Duplo are brightly coloured plastic bricks which can all be joined together to create pretty much anything your imagination (and the amount of bricks you have!) allows you to create. Lego Duplo is twice the size of standard Lego, making it easier for smaller hands. The Duplo brick first became available in 1969. Lego state that Duplo bricks are suitable for children aged 1 year and older. Price As I mentioned above, my parents managed to get this set at a boot-fair where they got the entire set, plus extra engines for the bargain price of £10. However, a quick search online has informed me that this set can be bought on the Lego website for £30. Thomas Load and Carry Train Set This load and carry train set includes a full track, measuring roughly 60 x 90 cm, Tidmouth station, a signal tower and a cargo loader. Track First up is the track which is so incredibly easy to build. I am a massive fan of Lego Duplo products and this is one of the main reasons, it is just so user friendly. Jacob was given this train set round about his first ...

Spin Master Paw Patrol Air Rescue Pup Zuma 26/11/2016

"Ready, set, get wet!"

Spin Master Paw Patrol Air Rescue Pup Zuma Both my children are obsessed with a TV show called Paw Patrol. My house is filled with the various characters and vehicles which are featured in this show. It was my little boy’s birthday back in September and my best friend and his godmother wanted to know what he would like. My suggestion was anything Paw patrol and she certainly didn’t disappoint when she bought him the Spin Master Air Rescue Pup 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 shows. The characters are Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Zuma, Skye, Rubble and Everest (who only features in snowy episodes) Zuma Marshall is a chocolate Labrador and his main job is to carry out sea rescues for underwater ...

Lego Duplo 3354 Thomas & Friends Gordon 18/11/2016

Duplo Did Well!

Lego Duplo 3354 Thomas & Friends Gordon 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!) My son is the biggest Lego fan is the house and he also has a massive love of vehicles; trains, car, buses etc. So imagine how excited he was when my parents found a Lego Duplo Thomas the Tank Engine set at a boot-fair. It combines two of his favourite things in the world so was always going to be a big hit in our household. Lego Duplo Lego Duplo is basically the first stage of Lego for children. Lego Duplo are brightly coloured plastic bricks which can all be joined together to create pretty much anything your imagination (and the amount of bricks you have!) allows you to create. Lego Duplo is twice the size of standard Lego, making it easier for smaller hands. The Duplo brick first became available in 1969. Lego state that Duplo bricks are suitable for children aged 1 year and older. Price As I mentioned above, this Lego Duplo set was a bargain that my parent picked up at a boot-fair. They managed to get me Gordon, Percy, Thomas and James as well as a huge bundle of tracks for just £15. I have had a quick look online and can only find Gordon available on eBay priced at £29.99 for the set. Gordon’s Express The bundle of Lego Duplo my parents found at a boot-fair contains lots of tracks as well as several of the train engines. ...

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 4: Songbirds: Tadpoles - Julia Donaldson 15/11/2016

Tadpoles

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 4: Songbirds: Tadpoles - Julia Donaldson My daughter Molly started school this September. 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. My parents recently found the entire Songbirds collection at a boot-fair for the bargain price of £10 for the whole set. 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 Bob Bug. Price As I mentioned earlier, this book was bought as part of a set at a boot-fair so actually only cost me £10 for the whole set. However, I have had a quick look online and you can buy the book on its own for £1.99 ...

Schleich Dalmatian 13/11/2016

Dotty For Dalmatians

Schleich Dalmatian My daughter is absolutely obsessed with Dalmatians. I think it started with her love of Marshal (the Dalmatian) from Paw Patrol and it has pretty much escalated from there. As anyone who has read my other reviews will know, my parents are avid boot fair hunters and this summer, they have collected Molly her very own Dalmatian collection. One of her most recent additions to the collection is this Schleich Dalmatian. Schleich Friedrich Schleich founded the company in 1935. The now famous Schleich figurines first came to life in the 1950s. Initially they just focused on producing comic figurines and it wasn’t until the early 1980’s that they started to produce animal figurines. This male Dalmatian is part of the ‘farm world’ range. Price As I mentioned earlier, this Dalmatian was bought for my daughter from a boot-fair for 20p but after a quick search online, this product costs £8.57 on Amazon. The Dalmatian This Schleich Dalmatian is suitable for children aged 3 and over. It is made from hard rubber. This Dalmatian is very life like and the manufacturer seems to have got all the features down to a tea. It is black and white in colour with brown eyes. The dog has a lot of detail on it and somehow the eyes manage to look bright and alert and the nose almost looks wet. The Dalmatian is laid down with front paws next to each other and its back paws crossed over. The toy doesn’t have any moving features. The figure is about 9cm long by 4cm tall. Play Value I must admit, I ...

Playmobil Dinos 5231 Brachiosaurus with Baby Dinosaur 10/11/2016

Brilliant Brachiosaurus

Playmobil Dinos 5231 Brachiosaurus with Baby Dinosaur A colleague at work was recently clearing out all his sons’ old toys that are no longer played with. As my children are both quite young still, he asked me if I would like any of the toys before he gave them to charity. I accepted a whole host of toys from him, one of these being the Brachiosaurus Playmobil Dinos set. Playmobil Playmobil toys have been producing children’s toys since 1974. They produce toys which are a unique blend of traditional play together with construction covering real life themes. There are so many ranges that it would take up most of my review to list them all but just to give you a few ideas their current ranges include ‘country’, ‘city life’ and water park to name a few. The toys are designed to encourage both developmental and interactive play. The sets are designed to bring a mixture of everyday and historical scenes to life in a world of colour and fun. Price Obviously this was given to me by my friend from work but I have had a quick look online and this is currently selling on Amazon for £37. Brachiosaurus Playmobil Dinos Set The Playmobil Brachiosaurus Playmobil Dinos set includes an adult Brachiosaurus and a baby. Also included in the set is a large tree, complete with prehistoric looking vines and some bugs. The adult Brachiosaurus is about 6 inches high, compared to the baby who measures roughly 2 inches. The adult dinosaur has lots of moving parts so can be maneuvered into lots of different positions. The adult’s legs, neck, tail, ...

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Gold Mine Train 08/11/2016

A Gold From Me!

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Gold Mine Train 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. It was his third birthday back in September and he received quite a few ‘toot toot’ presents – one of them being the VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Gold Mine Train. Toot Toot Drivers I should probably start my review by giving a little bit of background information on the VTech toot-toot range. 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-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. ...

Schwarzkopf Gliss Liquid Silk Gloss Shampoo 06/11/2016

Greasy Gliss

Schwarzkopf Gliss Liquid Silk Gloss Shampoo On a recent trip to my local Home Bargains store, I came across this Schwarzkopf Gliss range. As it was only £1 per bottle of shampoo, I decided to buy myself a bottle and settled on the Gliss Liquid Silk shampoo which is designed for dull/brittle hair. Packaging This Gliss shampoo comes in a light pink plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The bottle is quite attractive in colour because it has a kind of pearlescent effect, where it twinkles in the light. There is a sticker on the front with the product logo. The bottle I bought contains 250ml. Cost As I mentioned earlier, this bottle cost me £1 at Home Bargains which is excellent value for money considering it can cost almost twice that in some other shops such as Boots and Superdrug. Gliss Liquid Silk Shampoo This shampoo contains liquid keratin which reconstructs the hair and renews the quality of it by repairing damaged areas. It claims to smooth and shine the hair as it contains liquid nutri silk which smoothens the surface of your hair. Last of all, it contains a gloss enhancer which works by specifically targeting and repairing damaged areas on the surface as well as deep inside the hair. The Shampoo The shampoo itself is a very light pink colour and is has quite a thick consistency. The shampoo shimmers in the light and actually looks like it should be silky. Personally, I quite like the smell of this as it is quite subtle. It doesn’t really smell of much, the nearest thing I can compare it to is freshly washed ...

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 1+: Songbirds: Bob Bug - Julia Donaldson 29/10/2016

Bob Bug

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 1+: Songbirds: Bob Bug - Julia Donaldson As I have mentioned in previous review, my little girl started school this September 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 Bob Bug. Price Bob Bug 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 ...

Travelodge, Slough 26/10/2016

Super Slough Hotel

Travelodge, Slough My daughter started school in September this year and I have been feeling like we haven’t spent much time together as a family so with half term being this week, I decided to treat us to a break away at Legoland. Initially I looked at the Legoland hotel but it was far too expensive so I started looking at hotels in the surrounding areas and I eventually settled on a Travelodge in Slough. Location As I mentioned above, I booked this hotel as it was conveniently located for me to travel to Legoland. The hotel is only 4.3 miles away from Legoland which equated to a 10 minute drive which worked perfectly for me. The hotel is also conveniently located for Heathrow airport (9 miles away), Windsor castle (3.5 miles away) and Royal Windsor Race course (8 miles away). Finding the hotel was very easy as I just entered the postcode given on their website into my sat nav. 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 Another reason I booked this hotel aside from its location was the fact it was such good value for money compared to other hotels in the area. I paid £60.25 for a family room which included breakfast ...

Cussons Aloevera+Vitamin E Baby Wipes 23/10/2016

Wondreful Wet Wipes

Cussons Aloevera+Vitamin E Baby Wipes My children are four and three now but my house always has an open packet of wet wipes on the go. The kids are more self sufficient now and will always go to the open packet of wet wipes to get one and clean their hands and faces up after eating something messy. I usually buy Huggies wet wipes as this is my preferred brand but while looking around a B&M bargains store, I noticed the Cussoms Aloevera and Vitamin E wet wipes on offer, at £2.95 for 4 packets. Packaging The wet wipes come in standard wet wipes packaging, completely surrounded in plastic wrapping with a little section on the front from which you can pull the wet wipes. The section on the front has a little peel back bit which can be re-sealed once you have got your wet wipe. The Cussons logo is printed on the front of the packaging along with a picture of a little boy. Price As I mentioned, I found these wipes on special offer for £2.95 for 4 packets. They usually retails at 99p a pack which seems to be an average price for wet wipes. The Wipe The fact that these wet wipes contain aloe vera and vitamin E makes a nice change for me as the wet wipes smell really nice. The scent is clean and fresh and isn’t overpowering at all. The wet wipe itself it quite sturdy (as wet wipes go) and it certainly isn’t as thin as others I have used. It can be used to full capacity without the wipe ripping which is useful for me as my children are quite heavy handed. The wet wipes being quite thick is also useful because it means ...

Diesel Belt Women 22/10/2016

Brilliant Begles Belt

Diesel Belt Women I have to wear a belt for work and the belt that I am issued with as part of my uniform is really uncomfortable because it is quite stiff and I am always aware that I am wearing it throughout the day. I spoke to one of my work colleague about this, and she suggested a Diesel belt as she found them very comfortable. I had a look online (who knew there would be so many belt to pick from) and eventually settled on a black Diesel belt from the Begles range. Price I found my belt online at Amazon where it cost me £20. It is also on special offer at the moment on the Diesel website for the same price. The Belt The belt is black in colour and is made from 100% cow leather. This belt is also available in brown but I have to wear black for work so I opted for the black. The belt comes in a range of sizes. The buckle is a distressed gold colour and has the word Diesel printed on it. To Wear I have been using this belt for around 3 months now. Initially, when I first put it on I found it quite stiff and thought I would have the same issues with this belt as I do with my work issue one. However, after about a week of wearing it, I noticed the leather started to soften and became much more comfortable. My job requires me to move around a lot, and to get underneath cars and inside cars to search them so I really needed a belt that would be comfortable and sort of 'move with me' as I went about my daily duties. This belt has not disappointed. Although the belt has 'softened' with regular ...

Munchkin Snack Catcher 20/10/2016

Snack Catcher

Munchkin Snack Catcher My children are four and three now and are starting to outgrow the more babyish items in my cupboard, such as sippy cups and beaker cups. However, one item that they have recently started to use again are their Munchkin Snack Catcher cups. They have had these since they were both around 10 months old and still regularly make an appearance. Munchkin Snack Catcher The Munchkin Snack Catcher looks pretty much like a sippy cup and it has a handle on each side making it very easy for young children to grip. The lid however is somewhat different to a normal cup – it has several flap like sections that form a squirly pattern in the top. These flaps are made from plastic and are very thin which means they can be moved inwards and outwards. The idea is you can put snacks in the bottom of the cup and you child pops their hand through the plastic flaps at the top to reach the snack items. This means that whatever snack items is put in the cup doesn’t have any chance of being spilt as the flaps at the top keep the snack items inside, while still allowing your child access to them. The lid completely detatches from the cup which means you can easily fill it up and it also makes it easier to wash the pot. The cups come in various different colours. Molly’s is purple and green and Jacob’s is blue and yellow. These snack catchers are meant to be suitable for children aged 1 and over but both my children used them from around 10 months old. Price I honestly can not even remember where I ...

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 1: Kipper Storybooks: The Lost Teddy - Roderick Hunt 18/10/2016

Ted Is Lost!

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 1: Kipper Storybooks: The Lost Teddy - Roderick Hunt My little girl started school in September this year and I think it is safe to say, she is well on the way to starting her own reading journey. She brings home a different book every day and we read it together at home. So far, all of the books have been from the Oxford Reading Tree books. A book we read this week was the The Lost Teddy. 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. Stage One As I mentioned earlier, Molly has just started school so she has just begun on the stage one books of the Oxford Reading Tree programme. Stage one books are aimed at children age 4-5 so is perfect for children of reception class age. These books are somewhat ‘different’ to most other books in the sense that they don’t have any words in the books at all. The idea is that the books have a strong pictorial storyline which is designed to encourage oral language and story development. Price This book was borrowed from my daughter’s school s actually cost us nothing but I have had a quick look online and this book is available on the Waterstones website for £3.79. This book is part of a set and you can actually buy the whole set of books for a fairly reasonable price and I would probably opt to buy them this way as it would work out ...
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