Monday, 26 March 2018

Easter Eggstravagance - How Many is Too Many?

I went shopping for Easter Eggs this morning and was faced with what seemed like walls of eggs, so many, too many to choose from. Consumers are definitely spoilt for choice these days with all the well-known chocolate brands represented, the artisan egg masterpieces, the novelty shaped chocolate creations, those that come with cups/bowls/plates/cute teddies and of course the many allergy-free varieties. This is what prompted me to google what the average per child is, it is a lot higher than I thought. 

According to this Statista Easter study the average child in the UK consumes 8, yes 8 Easter eggs over just 4 days. Surely I am not the only one surprised/shocked by this fact, am I? I can't imagine my 3 kiddies getting through 24 eggs between them in such a short time.



I would love to know your thoughts on this. How many are you planning on buying your kids or hoping to get? 

Friday, 23 March 2018

Creative Style with FabLab Glitter Tattoos & Nail Art

Just yesterday, Zoey came home from school with beautiful butterflies, pretty flowers and the sun drawn all over the backs her hands with colourful pens. At nearly 5-years-old she already has an obsession with tattoos along with makeup and manicures. Therefore I knew she would be over the moon when she saw the FabLab goodies that had arrived earlier that day.



The FabLab Range

The FabLab range from Interplay is not just fun but also allows kids to get creative and safely experiment with cosmetics that are 100% non-toxic and designed specifically for children. The good news is that everything is easy and quick to apply and washes or peels off without the need for makeup removers when done. You can create rainbow and unicorn hairstyles with the FabLab Hairlights, sparkle up with the FabLab Glitter Tattoos and get creative with your own nail art with FabLab Nail Art.


FabLab Glitter Tattoo Kit

The FabLab Glitter Tattoo Kit is fantastic, it comes complete with 4 different colour pots of glitter, a bottle of body glue and 27 awesome design templates so something for everything. All the products are fully tested and contain no harmful chemicals.



Zoey was so excited when she saw the glitter kit she couldn't wait to pick a design and get herself "glittered". She picked a really pretty butterfly design and we put the tattoo process to the test. The instructions are well detailed and easy to follow.



To create your glitter tattoo you simply place the template on your skin, brush on the body glue, allow it to dry for 30 seconds and then using the brush dab the glitter on.


Word of warning, be careful not to get glue on the brush, so take care when applying the glitter, dab it on without pushing the brush on to the design itself. When you are happy the tattoo is finished, remove the template and brush away the excess glitter and ta-da you have instantly added some extra sparkle to your day. These glitter tattoos are perfect to complete a party outfit or ideal for festival goers. I think I may need to start experimenting with the designs - any excuse to glitterise.



The designs are long lasting but easy to remove when required with water and soap. Zoey soaked hers in the bath which dissolved the glue and we were able to wipe it off easily.

The Fab Lab Glitter Tattoos kit has an RRP of £9.99 and is available to purchase online from FabLab and Amazon and in-store from Smyths, Argos and other toy retailers.

Fab Lab Nail Art 

I love the Fab Lab Nail Art kit just as much as Zoey. If like me, you love the idea of having pretty nails but wouldn't know where to start, you will be pleased to hear that it comes with a detailed colour illustrated activity guide to help you learn how to create stunning nail designs. There are some great tips included as well to make sure you achieve impressive results.



The kit includes transparent, hot pink, white, black, turquoise, blue and orange nail varnish, heart and star shaped nail sprinkles, a toe separator, an emery board and fine nail-art brush. All the varnishes are solvent free and non-toxic so perfect for kids.


You can be as creative as you like with this kit, and once you get the hang of drawing designs with the fine nail-art brush your nails become mini works of art and can match any occasion or outfit you wish. Adding sprinkles is also a lot easier than I thought it would be too, you just add a dot of transparent polish where you wish the sprinkle to go, pick up the shape with the brush and pop it on, pushing it in place. Once you have finished accessorising and decorating your nails completely, brush the entire nail with the transparent polish to protect it and you're ready to dazzle all around with them.


As the polish peels off it is easy to remove when wanted and you can start decorating your nails all over again. Zoey, for one, can't wait for school to break up for Easter so she can wear nail varnish every day.

The Fab Lab Nail Art kit has an RRP of £9.99 and is available to purchase online from FabLab and Amazon and in-store from Smyths, Argos and other toy retailers.

*Disclaimer: I received  FabLab Glitter Tattoos & Nail Art kits for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Family Fun with University Games

We have had a lot of fun playing with some University Games board games recently including Yeti in My Spaghetti, Staccups and Googly Eyes. These games are guaranteed to provide hours of fun and entertainment for all the family




Yeti in My Spaghetti

The first game I am going to tell you about is Yeti in My Spaghetti. The great thing about this game is the family friendliness of it, it is ideal for kids of all ages and parents will be pleased to hear that it is very easy to set up.



The aim of the game is simple, don't let the Yeti fall in the bowl. To play you take turns removing a noodle/strand of spaghetti, starting with the oldest player which Ben was very pleased about as he is a bit fed up with always having to let the twins go first. The game continues until the Yeti drops in the bowl.



The concept of the game may be a simple one, but it does require some logical thinking and a steady hand. The kids quickly learned not to just tug and rip a random noodle out quickly.




Yeti in My Spaghetti is like a cross between Jenga and Kerplunk except far quicker and less hassle to set up which is a big win from a parent's point of view. The Yeti itself is a very cute little guy, resembling a marshmallow with legs and you can have added fun by choosing to place him in different positions every time you play. There has been a lot of fun and laughter generated playing this game which it a clear indicator to me of what a big hit it is.

Spaghetti in My Yeti is available to purchase from the usual toy retailers including Smyths Toys and online from Amazon with an RRP of £14.99 and is aimed at ages 4+.

Staccups

If you are after a competitive family game, then Staccups is for you. It is fun and fast-paced as the players have to race each other against the clock to see who is the fastest at stacking their cups. It definitely puts your reaction times to the test, with the added bonus of helping to develop hand-eye coordination.

This game is suitable for ages 8+ years so perfect for Ben, but that said the twins who will be 5 next month have had fun playing against each other so I think as long as the skill/age level of opponents is matched younger kids will enjoy it too. Like all competitive games, Staccups teaches children a valuable life lesson that sometimes you don't win which I believe is good to learn through family games such as this one. 


Personally, I love the fun and competitiveness of Staccups and enjoy playing it just as much as Ben, I may even pull this out next time we have friends over for drinks as the appeal is definitely for kids and adults alike. Staccups is available to buy in store from usual toy retailers including Smyths Toys and online from Amazon with an RRP of £19.99 and is suitable for ages 8+ years.

Googly Eyes

I am seriously impressed by the inventiveness and creativity of the makers of games like Googly eyes. I love the fun factor and the family appeal of it.

It is a crazy, fun drawing game that requires you to wear a pair of vision-altering wacky looking goggle eye glasses while attempting to draw a picture which your team then has to figure out what it is. It may sound easy but you will be surprised how wearing those glasses alters your drawing ability.
During the game, everyone takes a turn to draw so everyone gets a chance to don the glasses which, if you ask my kids, is the best bit. The only problem is your kids may be reluctant to surrender the glasses at the end of their turn.

Googly Eyes is hilarious to play and we really liked the fact it was team based which allows you to balance the skill and age levels of both sides and keep it fair for all players. We really enjoyed playing this and had fun doing so recently when we had friends visiting. Some of the drawings were definitely verging on the abstract side.


Googly Eyes is available to buy from retailers such as Smyths Toys and online from Amazon with an RRP of £19.99.

* Disclaimer: I received Yeti in My Spaghetti, Staccups and Googly Eyes for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Gazillion Bubble Pong Review

We love bubbles, more specifically Gazillion Bubbles so when Gazillion Bubble Pong arrived for review I knew it was going to be good. This fantastic product combines the fun of bubbles and the competitive excitement of a ping-pong game in one. It's going to be great when the weather starts getting warmer and we are spending more time in the garden. Bring on those sunny days.




What is Gazillion Bubble Pong

Gazillion Bubble Pong is the first game of its kind that blasts your opponent with bubbles while you compete to bounce ping pong balls into each other’s side and score points. The first person to score 3 times wins. It is suitable for all ages with 4 levels of difficulty so the whole family can join in. You also have the option to just switch to bubble machine mode which lets you enjoy a non-stop bubble party, perfect for BBQs and summer parties.



Our Verdict

The game console itself is easy to set up, you just slot on the bumpers and trays, add bubble mix and get ready to play ping pong. It takes 2 AA batteries which are not supplied so make sure you have some to hand, then switch it on and let the fun begin. We started with the easiest level which was perfect for the kids, 4-year-old twins and Ben, aged 8 to get the hang of the ping pong game. Once you have you gotten into the swing of it you can start advancing to the next difficulty level and let the competitiveness really kick in then. 



The sheer volume of bubbles and quantity it produces are brilliant, Gazillion Bubbles really do make the best bubbles. When it comes to refills, the good news is there are two types of bubble solution to choose from, Original and Big Bubble with refills readily available in 8oz, 2L and 4L bottles both in-store and online from Amazon.

I love the variety and creative products that Gazillion come up every year, they clearly have some fun people designing them. Along with Bubble Pong, Crazy Wand is also new for 2018 so keep an eye out for that too if you are bubble crazy like us. 


Where to Buy

Gazillion Bubble Pong (RRP £19.99) and Crazy Wands are available to purchase from all the usual big retailers such as Amazon, Argos Online and Smyths and is suitable for ages 3+. 



*Disclaimer: I was sent Gazillion Bubble Pong for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

World Book Day Fun

Meet Thing 1 and Thing 2 and their big brother Ben who dressed up as The Night Zookeeper.


Dr Seuss's Thing 1 and Thing 2 was the obvious choice for the Twins who love Dr Seuss books. Zoey insisted on adding a tutu to her outfit to girly it up and Snazaroo Brush Pens came in really handy for super speedy face painting before heading out in the snow to school.


Ben is a huge fan of the Night Zookeeper books by Joshua Davidson so dressed up as the Night Zookeeper complete with torch and globe which is in the latest book The Giraffes of Whispering Wood.


A special thanks to all at the Night Zookeeper for the downloadable Zookeeper badges, they responded to me on Twitter yesterday when I mentioned I was making the costume for Ben. It made finalising his costume so much easier. Here is my little Zookeeper getting in character.



One final picture of my crazy kids, they had so much fun before they even got to school. It might be a lot of effort getting costumes sorted for World Book Day but it's worth it on the day.