Wednesday, 13 September 2017

My Big Little Boy is 8 - Happy Birthday Ben!

My big little boy turned 8 last Sunday, the 10th September, I know everyone says that the years go quickly but they really have. I remember that moment when I became a Mummy at 6.08am 8 years ago like it was yesterday, my husband holding a tiny little bubble blowing bundle saying "he's perfect".


It was the best feeling ever finally having him in my arms.


It's been a busy 8 years since then, we moved house twice, the Twins arrived and made their presence felt which forced Ben to grow up quickly at just 3.5 years, we have had amazing holidays and made truly special family memories big and small together. Ben is now in Year 3 at school so has just moved up to Juniors which is a big step in itself as he has a lot more independence now. He had a really great year at school last year and started to love learning in a way that I hadn't seen in him before. He is a voracious reader, loves Minecraft and Pokemon, he has a beautiful singing voice and I love that he sings so much, most likely without even realising he is doing so. Most of all though he is growing up to be a genuinely lovely boy, he makes me proud so many times especially when I see him helping and encouraging the twins, sure they have their sibling arguments but he is kind and caring, not to mention dependable with a wicked sense of humour and a cheeky streak - he certainly does keep us entertained.


Happy Birthday my little man who made me a Mummy, love you Ben! xxx

Zomlings of The Future - Series 6 has Arrived

Zomlings are back for their sixth adventure and this time they’re catapulted into the future with hi-tech new vehicles and a futuristic new world of over 100 brand new characters for children to collect. Series 6 is called Zomlings in the Future and is better than ever and promising to be funnier, rarer and more adventurous than ever. All three of my kids love Zomlings and collecting the colourful and unique zombie-based characters so there was a lot of excitement when I let them loose on this stash of goodies when they arrived.


The Zomlings Series 6 - Zomlings in the Future Range

We were sent a bumper back of Zomlings goodies which included a Starter Pack that is perfect for getting your collection up and running with a large Zomlings Guide map, a Zom-Mobile, a super special exclusive Metal Capsule and three Zomlings, we also got 10 Blind-bags, 5 Zom-Mobiles, 3 Capsules and a Blister Pack. The kids were in Zomlings heaven and I cannot even begin to describe the excitement that was had as they opened the blind bags.


There are 105  Zomlings character to collect which are a mix of aliens, robots and mutants and with blind bags priced at just 50p they really do make a perfect pocket money toy.


There are 6 highly desirable Ultra Rare (silver) and 3 Limited Edition (gold) Zomlings in the collection along with limited edition Gold Zom-Mobiles. We got one of the silver Ultra Rare ones which was met with lot of cheers.


Our Verdict

We have always been fans of Zomlings but this new series is extra cool, with awesome spaceship-like futuristic vehicles and the guide map is perfect for putting them on and playing with them. My three kids love looking up the characters they get in the guide which they all race to find first, it is great for helping them develop their observation and identification skills. They have amazed me at how quickly they learn all the names of the Zomlings and the types they are so there is definitely an educational benefit to playing with collectibles like these Zomlings.


We find the Guide Map which you get in the Starter Pack really pulls the whole collection together as it not only functions as a play mat with a City Map on one side which you can explore with the Capsules and Zom-Mobiles but it is packed full of info about the new Zomlings of the Future on the other side.



Zom-Mobiles are new for Series 6 and we think they are a great addition, with an RRP of £1.50 they make a fab treat or reward as well which won't break the bank. The twins love bringing them out and about with them and they have proven fantastic for keeping them entertained on a recent restaurant trip when we had a very long wait. 


Where to Buy

The Zomlings Series 6 range is available from Co-op, One Stop, Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and a variety of other newsagents and toy stores across the UK. The range includes the Starter Pack which has an RRP of £4, Blind Bags RRP of 50p, Zom-Mobiles RRP £1.50, Blister Pack RRP £8 and Capsule RRP £2.50. In addition to the lower-priced items, there is now an even wider range of toys for little Zomlings fans to expand their collection with, such as the Magic Trick School (RRP £5), Pirate and Race Blister Packs (RRP £12 each) and the Crazy School Bus (RRP £25).  For further information visit www.magicboxint.com.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Milestone Moment - The Twins Start School

A week ago today my babies started school. When I look at them in their little uniforms they seem too small to be making that leap to "big school" but they are so ready for this next stage (I may not be but they are). They can't wait to learn, they love the fact they now get to wear the same uniform as their big brother and have their very own book bags not to mention the awesome pirate ship which they now get to play on everyday.

Thankfully it has been a very easy transition from the Nursery next door to their classroom so apart from being tired they have settled in really well. I do think the fact they are twins has helped, they have each other and if one has a little wobble they always have their twin to rely on. I shall look forward to seeing how they get on and the differences we start to see between them when it comes to learning and development over the next year. A start of a new and exciting adventure for my Twinkies.











Sunday, 13 August 2017

Cutie Stix Cut & Create Station Review

With all the rain we've had this summer break I have been looking for lots of ways to entertain the kids indoors and one thing that has definitely done that is the Cutie Stix Cut and Creation Station. Cutie Stix allow you to create customisable jewellery which are not just fun to make but awesome to wear.



Cutie Stix Cut and Create Station

The Cutie Stix Cut and Create Station contains everything you need to make professional and fun customisable jewellery that any girl would love to wear along with nail art and fun figures that can be assembled such as puppies and kittens and the very on trend emoji designs. We are loving the themes, there is definitely something for everyone.



The set includes a Display Unit, a Cutting Unit, a Threader, four Mighty Stixs, fourteen Cutie Stix, six Teeny Stix, two Spools of thread, two Sets Clasp Connectors, Adhesive strips for the Teeny Stix and eighteen Figure connectors. The good news is that refill sets are also available so the fun goes on and on.


Putting it to the Test

Although Cutie Stix may be primarily targeted at girls, the boys were more than happy to get involved and help Zoey in her crafty creative Cutie Stix making session. So what exactly are Cutie Stix? Well they are probably best described as a stick of rubber which has a design running right the way through it, think holiday souvenir rock except bendy. To make your designs you use the Cutie Cutting Unit which is like a guillotine that slices the Stix and the beads pop out. There are three different settings on the Cutting Unit to accommodate the different Stix sizes - Teeny, Cutie and Mighty Stix. Don't worry though the blade is safely encased inside the plastic cutting unit and you use a want to push the Stix in so there no need to worry that fingers will be sliced off. 



Our first Cutie Stix project was a bracelet for which we first cut some Cutie Stix in slices to make beads using the Cutting Unit. We decided on a mix of designs including the puppy, panda, frog and flower. We then had to core the beads using the Cutie Corer which pierces a hole through the bead either horizontally or vertically. To use the Cutie Corer you have to pop the bead in the coring container, pop it into the unit, close the door and then press the plunger down. It is easy to operate and safe as you can't actually push the plunger down unless the door is closed. Next step, assembling the beads and I was very glad to find that threading the beads is also really easy as you use a threading unit which you pop the beads on to and then feed the thread through, so no fiddly pushing of thread through beads. Finally we attached the clasps and ta-da a seriously cute bracelet ready to wear!

Our Verdict

It is evident that there has been a lot of thought put into the design of all the parts of this Cutie Stix Cut and Create Station to make it easy to use, effective and child safe. I love the display stand and the fact that it produces really fun wearable jewellery that kids will love making and sharing with friends. There is a lot of scope for creativity with this and you can not only make bracelets and necklaces but cute little figures, key rings perfect for personalising school book bags but also add earring posts and you have studs to complete your jewellery set or add them to shoe laces to bling up your trainers. The possibilities are endless and with refill packs available to purchase separately you can keep creating.

Before we started I watched this YouTube video which really helped us to get up and running quickly so I can totally recommend taking a look at it.



Where to Buy

Cutie Stix Cut and Creation Station is available to purchase online from Character Options with an RRP of £29.99 and refill packs such as this Cutie Stix Animal Themed Pack are also available for £4.99. It is aimed at ages 6+ years.

*Disclaimer: We were sent Cutie Stix Cut & Create Station for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.  


Friday, 11 August 2017

Jungle in My Pocket Fun!

We were recently sent the Jungle in my Pocket Treehouse Playset and two Blind Bags to review and they have definitely been a hit, I mean how could they not be - they are seriously cute!


Jungle in My Pocket is the new addition to the ‘In my Pocket’ ranges which currently include Kitty in my Pocket and Puppy in my Pocket and these soft fuzzy little jungle animals are cuter than ever. I have found a lot of the collectible toys at the moment are gender targeted but the great thing about these jungle animals is they appeal to both boys and girls which has been proven by Zoey and Zachary's reaction to them - they love them!


Jungle in my Pocket Treehouse Playset & Blind Bags

The Jungle in my Pocket Tree House Playset is packed full of fun activities and also includes two exclusive animals, Rhumba the Indian Rhinoceros and Luna the Red Panda.


Luna loves swinging in the leaf hammock swing and leaping over the log hurdle. Rhumba climbs up the tree stump ladder and slides his way down after keeping look-out in the nest. Together the animals play on the see-saw, drink from the water bowl and the twins favourite bit - they launch fruit from the launcher. The animals even have a special supply of  treats including a berries and banana snacks. I love the fact that this playset is the perfect way for kids to play with as many jungle in my pocket animals as they like as which means they can ensure their new favourite collectibles have a fun base to hang out in.




We were also sent some Jungle in My Pocket Blind bags which my kids loved opening to discover who was hiding inside, every kids loves the thrill of ripping open a blind bag don't they? These make a great pocket money or special treat toy priced at £2.49 and the twins love popping their animal in their pockets and taking them on adventures with us - the range is definitely living up to it's name! Season 1 of Jungle in my pockets contains 25 animals to collect including 4 rare and 1 ULTRA RARE animal which we are desperately hoping to find soon - Zachary loves the whole 'Ultra' and 'Rare' thing when it comes to collectibles.


Our Verdict

The Twins love the Jungle in My Pocket toys, the playset has proven to be a lot of fun and the source of much imaginative play while the little animals themselves are the perfect bring everywhere and anywhere toy. I can definitely recommend this collectible set. 

Where to Buy

The Jungle in My Pocket Treehouse playset (RRP £24.99) and Blind Bags (RRP £2.49) are available to buy online from Flair and the usual toy retailers such as Smyths Toys.  It is suitable for ages 4+.

*Disclaimer: I was sent the Jungle in my Pocket Treehouse Playset and two Blind Bags to review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.