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. 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Oonies Station Starter Pack Review

We were recently sent a very awesome product for review, the Oonies Station Starter Pack by Character which has proven to be the perfect entertainment for the kids while we have been indoors on chickenpox confinement over the past week. Oonies are inflatable mini balloons that join together to create a whole world of miniature characters.

Oonies Station Starter Pack - What is in the Box

The Ooonies Station Starter Pack comes with everything that is needed to create a variety of fun balloon designs, it includes an Oonies Inflator, 6 Display Connectors, 12 Oonie Eyes, 36 Oonies Pellets, 18 Oonie Deco Bits, 6 Oonie Connectors and the all important instruction manual. The good news is refill packs are available to purchase separately as once your kids get the Oonies bug you can pretty much guarantee they will want to make more and more...

The kids photobombing my unboxing pic.. 

Putting it to the Test

The kids were eager to get creative as soon as they saw the Oonies box and all the cute colourful creations on the box. After looking through the instruction manual the first thing they set out making was a little puppy. 

We inflated two balloons, used a connector to stick them together and then added the Oonie deco bits which included ears, eyes a tail and four paws. The result was a really cute little doggie which Zachary has named Blue. 

Since then we have been making dinos, cats, flowers and more. I really need to get a refill pack so we can keep the creativity flowing.  

What we thought

When I asked the kids what they thought of Oonies they were quick to reply with great, cool and so much fun so I think it is safe to say the set is a big hit. The Inflation Station is easy to set up and operate, the Twins are 4 and have had no problem loading the pellets in and inflating the balloons.

Once the balloons are inflated the creativity kicks in as you get to work sticking them together and decorating them with the Oonie Deco Bits. The possibilities are endless and you can be as wild and crazy as you wish with the designs, creating a variety of fun characters - as it says on the box 'If you think it, you can make it with Oonies'. The fun doesn't stop there though as the instruction manual contains ideas for cool games and challenges - plus don't underestimate how much enjoyment can be had by playing games throwing them at a window like my three have been busy doing or even popping them.

Good news for parents is that Oonies are mess free, I love the fact that you don't need to use heat or glue to get creative with these mini balloons - Zoey has been going a bit nuts lately with her glue stick wanting to get 'crafty' every 5 minutes so Oonies have been a very welcome alternative. Oonies are great for helping to develop fine motor skills and coordination as the kids get busy putting the balloons in the inflation chamber, clicking it in place and inflating it to the desired size and finally decorating.

Where to Buy

The Oonies Station Starter Pack has an RRP of £19.99 and is available to purchase online from Character. Refill packs are also available and include different themes such as the Jungle Wildlife one which has an RRP of £9.99. 

*Disclaimer: I was sent the Oonies Station Starter Pack for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Too Cool for School!

I took the Twins uniform shopping today which they loved. It was very cute watching them try on their matching little school jumpers and PE Kits and they were super excited about the fact that they now get to wear the same uniform as their big brother. Another milestone met today with their first uniform, apart from shoes, bought and ready for September.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

My Little Artist

Zoey is definitely the creative and craft loving kid of the family and likes to turn everything and anything into a picture. Recently she went upstairs and made me.