Review: Smiggle Frozen 2 Limited Edition Collection

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

I still remember when the original Frozen film was released, I took Gracie to watch it at the cinema, just the two of us and I got to see her fall in love with a film for the first time. She loved everything about the film, it was just so magical to her. She was a big fan of Princess Anna and wore her Anna costume all the time. It is a much loved film in this house and both girls are really excited for the upcoming release of Frozen 2! Smiggle recently got in touch to let me know they had released a brand new Limited Edition Frozen 2 Collection and wanted us to visit our local store and choose some goodies. I didn't have to ask the girls twice if they would like to go to Smiggle to check out the new arrivals. 

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Thursday, November 07, 2019

The Hatchimals CollEggtibles Crown Jewels mega secret surprise has over 40 different surprises. Gracie and Elsie were really excited to take a look inside and see what they could find in the giant surprise egg. They recognised the egg as they have previously had the small versions and remembered that they needed to rub the hearts to start the hatching process. There are multiple crackable sections as well as different layers and parts to peel to reveal surprises. 

The girls worked well together to hatch the egg to reveal the first few surprises. The first few surprises included the Royal Pixie, a few hatchimals and some crown accessories. Each came in a little bag to be opened. I definitely think opening and finding the surprises was their favourite part.

When they got half way through, they found the layer with peel-to-reveal sections. The middle one contained codes to unlock content on the free Hatchimals app and the outer sections all contained different Hatchimals. There were some really cute characters in this collection! This layer could also be removed and underneath the girls found stickers and a character chart telling them who they had received. 

The girls absolutely loved opening this up to see what they could find. I was pleasantly surprised at how most of the items were actually characters and not little bits that would be instantly lost. The crown accessories fit the Hatchimals or Pixie and were placed straight on them so the only loose bits were masquerade masks and a spare pixie crown to swap. It did look like there wasn't much content compared to the size of the egg once we finished but you can use the egg itself and the layers as a playset to play with the characters.

The girls were definitely impressed and really enjoyed it. They love their Hatchimals and have quite a collection now of cute little characters from different series. 

The Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Crown Jewels Mega Secret Surprise is available to buy now from Smyths Toys

* We were sent the item featured in return for a review, all opinions are my own. 

Review: Rubiks Games and Puzzles

Saturday, November 02, 2019

The children were very lucky to be sent a bundle of Rubiks games and puzzles just in time for half-term. I am ashamed to say that we have never owned a Rubiks cube before now, though I knew exactly what they were. The bundle we received included Rubiks Cage, Rubiks Match, Rubiks 3x3, Rubiks 2x2, Rubiks Edge and Rubiks Orbit. The kids were so excited when they arrived. Here is what we thought:

Rubiks Cage

This is definitely our favourite of the lot and has been played with the most. It is a nice simple game, similar to connect 4 but with a 'twist' you have to get three coloured cubies in a row to win but your competitors can choose to twist a layer or flip the cube on their turn to literally turn the game upside down!

It is such a fun game and I found it is so easy to accidentally make someone else win when twisting, much to the children's amusement when I helped them win! The instructions are really easy to follow and the game doesn't take long to play, with next to no time to set up. The children can play it alone but it can also be enjoyed by the whole family. 

Rubiks Match

This one is a bit more difficult. Gracie and I really enjoyed it but Zach didn't quite understand how to play. With Rubiks Match, each player is given a deck of cubies cards (each deck is the same). There is also a deck of challenge cards of various levels. A card is turned over and each player has to try and recreate the picture on the challenge card exactly. The first person to achieve this wins the challenge card and the first person to win three challenge cards wins the game. It is a great game for older children, some of the harder level challenges really make you think! 

Rubiks 3x3, Rubiks 2x2, Rubiks Edge

The Rubiks 3x3 is the original famous Rubiks cube. The 2x2 and Edge are smaller versions that look easier though I can assure you they are not! The Rubiks puzzles are famously difficult though some people can solve them in seconds. They are great at keeping children entertained for long periods of time though can also be super frustrating! The kids keep picking them back up to try again but we are yet to solve any of them!

Rubiks Orbit

The Rubiks Orbit is similar to the 2x2 Rubiks cube. The aim is to make the colours match all the way round. Again, we still haven't managed to solve this one but we are determined to keep trying. We keep finding ourselves very close! 

We have really enjoyed trying out the Rubiks range. We love the games and got the hang of them pretty quickly. We still need a lot more practice with the puzzles though. There is still time for one of us to become a Rubiks master! With Christmas coming up, I love that there are so many items in the range that would make great stocking fillers. A recent survey actually revealed that a third of all parents would choose the Rubiks cube as a stocking filler for kids this Christmas. The survey, which had 2,000 respondents, also included stationery and chocolate as top stocking solutions. 

These items are available to buy at most toy retailers or you can buy direct on the Rubiks website. 

Review: Bright Eyes Hats

Friday, November 01, 2019

Bright Eyes hats are a collection of hats that think they are a torch! We were sent some to try out just in time for these early dark evenings! So far there are four character designs to choose from; Rusty the Raccoon, Cassie the Cat, Una the Unicorn and Amanda the Panda. Each one has light up eyes to help you see in the dark with an ultra bright beam of over 10m and two different light functions, full beam and flashing. 

Review: Disney Colour Brain

Thursday, October 31, 2019

We absolutely love playing games in our house and regularly have family game nights. As we play together so often, we are always looking for fun new games to add to our collection. I was recently sent the Colourbrain Disney edition and we were so excited to try it out! The game is every Disney lovers dream! Use your expert knowledge and memory to win.

Get Your Kids To Eat Anything by Emily Leary

Monday, October 21, 2019

A few months back, my brilliant friend Emily released her first cook book. Get your kids to eat anything isn’t just a cookbook, it is a plan to help encourage children and introduce a colourful balanced diet. Emily is also an award winning blogger at A Mummy Too and aims to help busy parents to cook nice meals that don't take all day to prepare. 

I am not a particularly confident cook. I try to make sure my children eat a variety of fruit and vegetables but I definitely find myself sticking to the same dishes a lot. I am not very experimental with dishes. I hoped that this book would help me with exactly that and give me ideas on introducing different ingredients. 

The first thing I wanted to try in the book was the beetroot risotto. We love risotto so I knew it was something we were all comfortable eating already but this had a fun twist. I would have never thought of adding beetroot. I have to say my kitchen looked temporarily like a murder scene whilst I was preparing the dish but it was so worth it. Everyone loved it! It was really tasty and it has been requested a few times since. I found the recipe very easy to follow and the ingredients were all found at my local supermarket. Even just cooking this, I felt much more confident in myself and my cooking.

I then tried to make the healthier chocolate cookies. I am much happier baking than cooking so I was excited to try these. I love to make sweet treats for the family and the main ingredient in these is bananas which we always have available. There are very few ingredients needed for this recipe and the cookies were so easy to make. They were lovely and moist tasting and totally more-ish! It is definitely a recipe I will use over and over again. They actually make a great activity for children to join in with. 

I absolutely recommend this book, even if like me you don't have trouble getting your children to eat anything. What I really needed was inspirational recipes to help us enjoy some different options and the book has definitely given me that. It has also given me more confidence, the recipes in the book with ingredients I am not keen on, I am thinking about what replacements I can include to make that meal suit me. If there is anyone you can trust to come up with tasty meals it is Emily!

It is now available on Amazon at the low, low price of £8.94. I have provided an amazon affiliate link below. I may receive a few pennies if you click to order. I received this book as a gift from Emily but all opinions are my own!

Review: Owleez Interactive Flying Toy

Sunday, September 22, 2019

We were recently sent an Owleez interactive flying toy to review. Owleez is a cute owl interactive toy that needs lots of love and care. You can care for them by feeding them berries and petting them amongst other things. The colour of their eyes tells you what you need to do to nurture them. Owleez come with a berry, a nest and an instruction leaflet that tells you clearly about their eye moods and how to teach them to fly. 

I gave our Owleez for Elsie to try out. She loves Owls, in fact she just loves animals and caring for them so I thought it would be fun for her to try. Using the Owleez is simple, you charge it using a USB cable that is wrapped on the underside of the nest (which means it cannot be lost!). It doesn't take long to charge and once it is ready you can get started. You simply turn it on and follow the instructions, which happen to be very easy to follow and are printed in large writing so it can be read and understood by children too. Also, they are handy to keep hold of to remember what the eye colours mean. 

Elsie was so impressed the first time we managed to get our owleez to fly though it soon crashed into the sofa and she was a bit horrified. It is much louder than I expected but so cool! The more you practice flying your Owleez, the better it gets. Just like any bird learning to fly. We did find that each time it lasts a little longer. It does have quite a crash landing though. I'm not sure why I expected a toy to have a graceful landing!

Overall, I think it is a great fun toy and it is certainly different to any other interactive animal toy we have ever had. I do wonder whether it will last long with the crash landings but we haven't had any problems yet with multiple crashes. I would recommend playing on soft surfaces like carpets etc. just incase. Elsie loves it. She loves caring for it, cuddling and feeding it like a good owl mama.

Owleez are available to buy at most major toy retailers including Smyths Toys Superstores.

*We were sent the item featured in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.