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Play-Doh Advent Calendar 10/11/2017

The Advent calendar that keeps on giving, well beyond Advent.

Play-Doh Advent Calendar Well, it's that time of year again when I am thinking about Advent calendars. We have a reusable one that I hang up every year - little hessian sacks, fastened onto string with tiny pegs. That was OK the first three years when I only had one child. I put little party bag type toys in each sack but after three years I had to start repeating the gifts and then when my youngest was old enough for Advent calendars, I couldn't fit two of each thing in each sack anyway! So, since last year, I have put two Christmas themed chocolates in each sack and bought my girls another Advent calendar each. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My youngest daughter was three last December (recommended age is 3+) and I got her this Play-Doh Advent Calendar. I put their Advent calendars out for them to find on the coffee table on the morning of the 1st December and they were both very excited to see what they'd got. We had a little table and chair in the front room at the time and my youngest daughter immediately sat down to open this. Play-Doh has been around since 1956 and is the no.1 reusable modelling dough in the world, with over 100 million cans produced each year. We certainly like it in our family. This Advent calendar has twenty-four doors and behind each one is a different accessory. There are a lot of cutters and moulds, plus things like scissors and rolling pins. Also things like antlers and wings so you ...

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream 09/11/2017

Try it and "sea" if you like it. I'm "shore" you will!

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream I use a lot of Weleda products. I try to limit toxins so buying as many natural health and beauty products as my finances will allow is one way of reducing them in everyday use. A couple of weeks ago, I received a tube of Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream in with my order, as a "random act of kindness" from my friend who is a Weleda Advisor. This normally retails at £10.50 for the 50ml tube. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Weleda has been "In harmony with nature and the human being" since 1921 - Founded by the Austrian philosopher and natural scientist, Rudolf Steiner (noted for his "Steiner School" fame), Dutch doctor Ita Wegman and Oskar Schmiedel, a chemist and pharmacist from Munich. Weleda still remains true to the strongly-held spiritual principles of its founders and are now the world’s leading manufacturer of holistic, natural, organic cosmetics and pharmaceuticals for anthroposophic therapy. The company has numerous accolades, including Eco Beauty Award Winner, The Green Parent Natural Beauty Award Winner and Natural Health Magazine Award Winner. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I was very pleased when my friend gave me this hand cream. Having sampled Sea Buckthorn products before, I knew I would like it. I think Sea Buckthorn is becoming my favourite range from Weleda. As with other similar products, before opening this tube I made a point of ...

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash 21/07/2017

Summary of a summery body wash.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash "Weleda - In harmony with nature and the human being - Since 1921". The company has numerous accolades, including Eco Beauty Award Winner, The Green Parent Natural Beauty Award Winner and Natural Health Magazine Award Winner. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I use a lot of Weleda products. I try to limit toxins so buying as many natural health and beauty products as my finances will allow is one way of reducing them in everyday use. The Weleda Sea Buckthorn range features body wash, body lotion, hand cream and body oil amongst other things. I have recently received a tube of this Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash as a sample with my latest order. This particular body wash is available in various sizes and gift options. At the moment, the regular full sized 200ml tube is £7.95. You can also get 50ml version gift tube, which is in a cylindrical gift box, for £3.95. 20ml sample sized tubes are available as part of the three drawer gift set, which consists of fifteen items for £30.95. And also available with the "mindfulness" colouring book, which comes with five 20ml body washes for £17.95. Sometimes the 20ml tubes are available to buy separately but they don't seem to be currently. I think my friend who is a Weleda Wellbeing Advisor buys these sets and then shares them out in the orders placed with her. It's a good way of trying out products before buying as if they're not available to buy in smaller sizes, I'm put off ...

Mondi Color Copy - plain paper - 500 sheet(s) (CCW1024) 18/07/2017

Mondi - Paper that's out of this world, A3 version!

Mondi Color Copy - plain paper - 500 sheet(s) (CCW1024) Having recently reviewed the A4 version of this paper, here is my review for the A3 (297x420mm) version... I've worked for my current employer for over twelve years and in all that time we have always used Mondi Color Copy paper in our laser printers. Being a design and print company, our laser prints need to be accurate and of the highest quality. This listing appears to be for the (A3) 90gsm paper but we are currently using the 100gsm paper at work. However, they are both similarly exceptional papers so my review will be appropriate to both weights. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Mondi is an international packaging and paper group and employs around 25,400 people in over 30 countries. They offer innovative and sustainable packaging and paper solutions, one of which is their Colour Copy range, which they claim has been the leading digital printing paper in Europe for the last 25 years. It is available in 90, 100, 120, 160, 200, 220, 250, 280, 300, 350, 400gsm weights and in sizes from A4 right up to large digital printer formats. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * At work we use the A4 and A3 sizes in Xerox colour laser printers. The quality of this paper is excellent. You can feel the high quality between your fingers as you hold it. It is the smoothest paper I have felt and it has that extra bit of ...

Mondi Color Copy - plain paper - 500 sheet(s) (CCW0321) 14/07/2017

Mondi - Paper that's out of this world!

Mondi Color Copy - plain paper - 500 sheet(s) (CCW0321) I've worked for my current employer for over twelve years and in all that time we have always used Mondi Color Copy paper in our laser printers. Being a design and print company, our laser prints need to be accurate and of the highest quality. This paper has never failed us. This listing appears to be for the (A4) 90gsm paper but we are currently using the 100gsm paper at work. However, they are both similarly exceptional papers so my review will be appropriate to both weights! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Mondi is an international packaging and paper group and employs around 25,400 people in over 30 countries. They offer innovative and sustainable packaging and paper solutions, one of which is their Colour Copy range, which they claim has been the leading digital printing paper in Europe for the last 25 years. It is available in 90, 100, 120, 160, 200, 220, 250, 280, 300, 350, 400gsm weights and in sizes from A4 right up to large digital printer formats. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * At work we use the A4 and A3 sizes (I will also be reviewing the A3 version at some point!) in Xerox colour laser printers. The quality of this paper is excellent. You can feel the high quality between your fingers as you hold it. It is the smoothest paper I have felt and it has that extra bit of weight over more budget ...

Lego Friends 41302 Puppy Pampering 13/07/2017

Pamper your puppy

Lego Friends 41302 Puppy Pampering Lego was founded in Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen and "Lego" is made up from two Danish words - "leg" and "godt" - which mean "Play well". The brick in its present form was launched in 1958. I must admit to personally preferring the good old basic Lego brick, now marketed as Lego Classic, and using my imagination to build whatever takes my fancy. I'm a fan of castles, houses, things with wheels and the tallest tower I can build before it falls over. But over the years, various kits based on themes have come out, such as Lego City, Lego Technic, Lego Star Wars, Lego Elves and Lego Friends. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My eldest daughter loves Lego and has built up a decent collection in the last couple of years. However, I purchased this Lego Friends Puppy Pamper Parlour for her little sister. My youngest daughter is currently three and a half years old. She loves playing with her big sister's Lego. She has a lot of Mega Blocks but hasn't had her own Lego until now. I thought it was time though, so when I saw this set on offer in Sainsbury's Local for £3, reduced from £5, I thought it was the perfect little treat for her. Especially as she really loves little animal-related toys at the moment. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * This particular set has 45 pieces and is aimed at 5 to 12 year olds. My ...

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion 28/06/2017

Very Orange-sea

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion "Weleda - In harmony with nature and the human being - Since 1921". The company has numerous accolades, including Eco Beauty Award Winner, The Green Parent Natural Beauty Award Winner and Natural Health Magazine Award Winner. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I use a lot of Weleda products. I try to limit toxins so buying as many natural health and beauty products as my finances will allow is one way of reducing them in everyday use. A few months ago, I received a 20ml travel sized tube of Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion in with my order. I don't think the travel sized version can currently be purchased on its own but it is available in a gift set with four other varieties of body lotion. The larger 200ml bottle is available, priced at £16.95. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My "Weleda Lady" often puts product samples in with my order. It's a good way of trying out products before buying as if they're not available to buy in smaller sizes, I'm put off buying a larger, more expensive one in case I don't like it or don't get on with it. The 20ml tube I received of this body lotion has been just the right size to trial it properly. Before opening this tube I made a point of holding it with the opening pointing upwards. I did so because when I first opened the Weleda Evening Primrose hand cream, a few months previously, it was runnier than expected ...

Lego Speed Champions 75872 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro 29/03/2017

Audi I know he'd choose this?!

Lego Speed Champions 75872 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Lego was founded in Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen and "Lego" is made up from two Danish words - "leg" and "godt" - which mean "Play well". The brick in its present form was launched in 1958. I must admit to personally preferring the good old basic Lego brick (which is now marketed as Lego Classic, I believe) and using my imagination to build whatever takes my fancy. I'm a fan of castles, houses, things with wheels and the tallest tower I can build before it falls over. But over the years, various kits based on themes have come out, such as Lego City, Lego Technic, Lego Star Wars, Lego Friends and the range that this Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro is part of - The Lego Speed Champions range. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My husband bought himself this Lego set on a shopping trip a couple of weeks ago. It was an impulsive purchase in Debenhams, where he was browsing whilst I rushed our potty training toddler to the facilities! It is part of the Lego Speed Champions range, which includes various racing cars like Audi, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche plus circuit and pit lane sets and accessories. He likes car models, particularly racing cars and Land Rovers. Having worked for race teams in the past, he often finds models to buy that are to his taste. He also seems to have had a resurgence in his like of Lego since our eldest daughter got into it and he's helped her build a lot of her models. On ...

Weleda Creamy Citrus Body Wash 23/02/2017

It makes scents to use this!

Weleda Creamy Citrus Body Wash Weleda is one of my favourite companies to buy from. Their slogan is "Weleda – In harmony with nature and the human being - Since 1921". This ethical company has numerous accolades, including Eco Beauty Award Winner, The Green Parent Natural Beauty Award Winner and Natural Health Magazine Award Winner. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I use a lot of Weleda products. I buy as many natural health and beauty products as my finances will allow. Afterall, if we wouldn't eat it, we really shouldn't be putting it on our skin either, due to our skin absorbing whatever we put on it. The Weleda Citrus range features body wash, bath milk, body oil and deodorant amongst other things. I have recently received a tube of this Weleda Creamy Citrus Body Wash as a sample with my latest order. The sample sized tube is 20ml and is available in a gift set of five different fragranced body washes (also including lavender, wild rose, pomegranate and sea buckthorn) for £13.95 direct from Weleda. I think my friend who is a Weleda Wellbeing Advisor buys this set and then shares them out in the orders placed with her. Sometimes you can also buy individual 20ml tubes but it seems to vary which products they have in these sample sizes at any one time. The full size tube of this Creamy Citrus Body Wash is 200ml and priced at £7.95. I normally like to purchase sample sizes first anyway to see whether I like them before purchasing a larger ...

Tomy Pop Up Pirate! 08/02/2017

Pop goes the Pirate.

Tomy Pop Up Pirate! When my eldest daughter was four and a half she broke her elbow. She had to have an operation to fix it so spent a couple of days in hospital - and it was in the children's ward play room that she first played Pop Up Pirate. It was one of her favourite toys in there and when it came time to go home, she didn't want to leave the play room. After being discharged she kept asking when she could go to hospital again to play Pop Up Pirate. I didn't really fancy taking her to hospital again so a few months later when her grandma asked me what she'd like for Christmas, I asked her to get her this game. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Pop Up Pirate is a game manufactured by Tomy, a company well known for its good quality children's toys. It is a popular luck-based game and apparently originated in Japan in 1975 under the name "Kurohige Kiki Ippatsu". In the box you get a pirate, a barrel and 24 swords to stick into the barrel. The swords are red, blue, green and yellow (six of each colour), enabling a total of four players per game. There are enough swords for one for each hole. There's a hole in the top of the barrel with a little sprung platform in it. This needs pushing down and then the pirate dropping into the hole. Each player then takes turns to push a sword into one of the holes around the side of the barrel. Eventually, someone will push their sword into the hole that activates the spring ...

Lego Friends 41121 Adventure Camp Rafting 07/02/2017

Rafting with Friends

Lego Friends 41121 Adventure Camp Rafting I doubt there'll be anyone who doesn't actually know about Lego, however, for reviewing purposes their basic history is that they were founded in Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen and "Lego" is made up from two Danish words - "leg" and "godt" - which mean "Play well". The brick in its present form was launched in 1958. I must admit to personally preferring the good old basic Lego brick (which is now marketed as Lego Classic, I believe) and using my imagination to build whatever takes my fancy. I'm a fan of castles, houses, things with wheels and the tallest tower I can build before it falls over. But over the years, various kits based on themes have come out, such as Lego City, Lego Technic, Lego Chima, Lego Star Wars, Lego Elves and Lego Friends. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My eldest daughter loves Lego and has built up a decent collection in the last couple of years. When relatives ask what she'd like for her birthday or Christmas, I always make sure Lego gets a mention. This Lego Friends Adventure Camp Rafting set was a Christmas present from a relative. I don't know which relative as the house was full of people and presents were being launched from one side of the room to the other and I couldn't keep track of who any of the presents were from last year! She seems to be getting more and more Lego Friends sets bought for her. Although I don't have a big problem with the Friends ...

Drumond Park Pumpaloons Action Game 30/01/2017

Blib and Blob the Pumpaloons.

Drumond Park Pumpaloons Action Game Usually my eldest daughter, now eight, has one thing in mind that she sets her heart on as her birthday present. For her fourth birthday it was Pumpaloons. She went on about them for weeks and every time an advert came on she reminded me of her desire for them. Fortunately, they were easily come by and pretty cheap so birthday morning came around and she was presented with her Pumpaloons. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Pumpaloons are manufactured by a company called Drumond Park and unfortunately I can't tell you anything more about the company as my work computer is blocking access to their website for some reason! I don't expect there to be anything of an unsavoury nature involved though - it has also blocked the Homebase Gardening website in the past! Anyway, Pumpaloons are 3 foot high inflatable characters. They remind me of those things that wave about outside roadside car washes, etc. There are two included in each game. The aim of the game being to pump them up as quickly as you can and try to be the first to fully inflate your Pumpaloon. Apparently, they sound a whistle when fully inflated but, to be honest, I've never noticed that. So, in the box, you get one blue and red Pumpaloon, one orange and purple Pumpaloon and two pumps. The pumps have an inflate and a deflate function. The pumps plug into each Pumpaloon and the Pumpaloons also have standard valves (like the type you get ...

Lego Friends 41127 Amusement Park Arcade 27/01/2017

A realistic, working, amusement arcade.

Lego Friends 41127 Amusement Park Arcade I doubt there'll be anyone who doesn't actually know about Lego, however, for reviewing purposes their basic history is that they were founded in Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen and "Lego" is made up from two Danish words - "leg" and "godt" - which mean "Play well". The brick in its present form was launched in 1958. I must admit to personally preferring the good old basic Lego brick (which is now marketed as Lego Classic, I believe) and using my imagination to build whatever takes my fancy. I'm a fan of castles, houses, things with wheels and the tallest tower I can build before it falls over. But over the years, various kits based on themes have come out, such as Lego City, Lego Technic, Lego Chima, Lego Star Wars, Lego Elves and Lego Friends. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My eldest daughter loves Lego and has built up a decent collection in the last couple of years. When relatives ask what she'd like for her birthday or Christmas, I always make sure Lego gets a mention. This Lego Friends Amusement Park Arcade was a present from her grandparents for her 8th birthday in December. She seems to be getting more and more Lego Friends sets bought for her. Although I don't have a big problem with the Friends range, it does irk me that people think that it's the "girls' range" and the only one they can buy for her. I have seen it from the other side though, having a very pink and frilly, ...

Golden Bear Twirlywoos BigHoo 10/01/2017

Today we're learning something new... All about... Great Big Hoo.

Golden Bear Twirlywoos BigHoo Golden Bear Products was formed in 1979 and is now one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of quality and reliable toys. Based in Shropshire, they have a portfolio which includes some of the most well known UK and International licenses including In The Night Garden, Teletubbies, Noddy and the London 2012 Olympic Mascots. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Twirlywoos is a programme on cBeebies, aimed at toddlers and pre-school children. I seem to recall that it was created by the same lady who thought up In the Night Garden - however it is much, much better than In the Night Garden! "GreatBigHoo and Toodloo, Chickedy, Chick and Peekaboo. Today we're learning something new... All about..." the theme tune goes - and then each episode is about a different subject such as through, up and down, over, below, etc. The Twirlywoo family consists of GreatBigHoo (the dad), Toodloo (mum) and Chickedy and Chick the twin children. Peekaboo is their little friend who pops up occasionally. The Twirlywoos are mischievous. An example being in the "through" episode where they push leaves through someone's letterbox and when the family returned home they were very confused how their hallway was full of leaves. There is a general theme going throughout the programme of the Twirlywoos doing something and humans being left confused! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ...

Ben And Holly's Little Kingdom Pullback Holly 30/12/2016

A Holly review to fit with the season!

Ben And Holly's Little Kingdom Pullback Holly A couple of months ago I reviewed the Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Pullback Ben. I said in that review that we only had the Ben one - Well, I stand corrected. We do in fact also own the Holly version! I had completely forgotten about it but found it a few weeks ago in a bin bag of toys in the spare room! I have since given it to my youngest daughter and she is very pleased with my discovery :-) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom is an animated TV programme for young children, shown on Nick Jr and Channel 5's Milkshake. It is created by Neville Astley and Mark Baker, and produced by Phil Davies at Astley Baker Davies - the same company responsible for Peppa Pig. Fairy Princess Holly is one of the main characters. She lives in the fairy castle with her parents, King and Queen Thistle, her twin toddler sisters and her nanny, Nanny Plum. Gaston the Ladybird lives in a cave. He's a strange ladybird really as he acts like a dog by barking and fetching sticks. In the programme, her friend Ben Elf rides Gaston the Ladybird so he can fly with Holly. Holly can fly without assistance from a ladybird as she has fairy wings. So this toy isn't true to the programme really, but never the less, a fun toy. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My just turned three year old has really taken to ...
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