Mothers Day Gift Guide 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Now we are in March, which means it is almost Mother's Day again. I really enjoy putting together guides full of lovely gifts and this year I have been sent some amazing gifts to share with you all. (Please note these items have been sent in exchange for my views but all opinions are my own.)

Tru Bamboo Premium Extra Large Cheese Board and Knife Set

If your Mum is a cheese lover then this gift would be perfect. The bamboo cheeseboard is amazing quality. It is solid and heavy and has a pull out drawer containing a selection of cheese knives. It was much bigger than I expected it to be so would fit a great selection of cheeses for entertaining guests. It is a bargain at just £22.45 and is available to buy here. You could even buy a selection of cheese or some nice crackers to go with the cheeseboard to gift your mum a proper cheeseboard experience. 

Review: Smiggle #Justbeyou

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

I was recently contacted by Smiggle who had a great idea for a new post. They wanted to give me a voucher to spend and let the children loose in Smiggle choosing whatever they wanted regardless of colour/design to celebrate their individuality. So last weekend I took Gracie, Zach and Elsie over to Smiggle to do some shopping. 

They loved being able to roam around the shop trying to choose what they wanted and they surprised me with how sensible they were with the items they chose. Elsie loved the Star Wars BB8 lunchbox but said she didn't need one as she already has a pretty Frozen one from Smiggle. The children have really enjoyed drawing and colouring lately and I could tell that this influenced the items they chose. 

Meet Archibald

Sunday, January 26, 2020

I have been so busy lately that I neglected to share our new arrival. This is Archibald, Archie for short and he is our beautiful Border Terrier/Westie cross. We had been visiting him since he was born way back in September and we bought him home on the 1st December. He has fit in so well with family life. He loves attention and gets plenty of it between us and the children. He loves going out for walks and we have plenty of lovely local places to visit with him. 

The Children have declared Archie is their little brother already and they love playing in the garden with him, throwing him balls and sticks, as well as snuggling up to him on the sofa for some downtime. He does love his cuddles.

He also has his own Instagram because he is just adorable and I love sharing photos of him and enjoying all the other doggy pictures in his news feed which brighten my days. He will occasionally pop up on my IG and FB pages too but feel free to follow him if you want a daily dose of puppy cuteness! 

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.