Thursday, 22 December 2016

Snapfish Review

 If  I'm looking for an extra special gift or a unique gift for a family member, friend or a new canvas I always look at Snapfish to see what they have available.  They are always bringing out new ideas and they are really reasonably priced and are really quick at getting them posted out to you.

We were asked to see what we thought of their Christmas card range, I got straight onto my laptop to have a look.  The range of Christmas cards they had were astonishing; I hadn't realised they did that many, there was so much to choose from.  I knew which picture I wanted to use, I picked my design but the photo didn't fit in it without chopping someones head off, so had another look and found another I liked, I choose a flat postcard design with a family picture of all of us, the whole process took me minutes.  This was our Christmas Card this year and for 12 of these cost me £6.99 I would of spent double that in a shop.

Our Christmas Card
Our Christmas Card 
Well while I was on Snapfish I had to look at the other Christmas items they had brought out, one of the items that took my fancy was a photo bauble which I knew exactly who it was going to be for.  It is tradition in our family to get a new Christmas tree decoration each year so this was the perfect for that tradition. The photo doesn't do it justice.

A Christmas Tree decoration
A Christmas tree decoration 
After looking at what Snapfish do for Christmas Cards I certainly will be looking at them again to get a more personal Christmas Card before going to a shop.

*We were given a voucher to spend on Snapfish for our views and opinions*

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Speke Hall and Father Christmas

I have been to Speke Hall a handful of times, once with the younger two and once on my own with a friend and her two children, she told me that she really recommends the Father Christmas; I tend to go to Grottoes that friends have recommended.  When I got home I had a look at it and the price because that is always a factor in it, figured out when the best date would be for us and booked it for us.

We got to Speke Hall just after 12 to go and look around the house for the Victorian tour first before we went to see Father Christmas, there was a small queue but it moved really quickly, Kacy stood next to us saying "You can't have a Victorian house tour in a Tudor house" (don't you hate know it alls?) The house was stunning, it was the first time any of us had been in this house, the girls got a map to find reindeers along the way, Kacy being her stroppy preteen didn't want to do it at first but it didn't take her long before she joined in, literally the first one we found she joined in (kids! especially preteens).

The place we visited on the tour was the courtyard, which was the perfect place to get my new place Selfie

Selfie
Selfie
 In most of the rooms the girls found the Reindeers which meant it kept their attention all the way around the house. The reason behind it being a Victorian Tour in a Tudor house is because the Victorian's used the house so that they didn't have to build their own. The people who brought it never actually lived in the house they just rented it out until one day it was left to go to ruins, they think they might have died.

Victorian house tour
Victorian house tour
At the end of the house, the girls got the opportunity to make sugar mice and all they asked was for a 50p donation, it took 5 minutes to make, the women who ran it made it fun and easy for the children.

The girls sugar mice
The girl's sugar mice
We had about half an hour to spare before seeing Father Christmas so it was time for a hot chocolate which was so nice, the house wasn't that warm. The girls got a five minute play in the park before it was time to queue up, at the front of the grotto was Mrs Claus who talked to the girls about what they wanted for Christmas and gave each of the children reindeer food and told them what to do with it.  Father Christmas was fantastic with the girls, interacted with them, he convinced Summer to stand next to him (she was scared of the magic fire) and that he would keep her safe.  Because she was being so brave she got to help hand out the presents, you can see the excitement and joy in the girls faces even Kacy who doesn't believe about seeing Father Christmas.

Girls seeing father christmas
Girls seeing Father Christmas

I would highly recommend Speke Hall Grotto, I don't know if all the National Trust Grottoes are the same but the girls loved it and that's the main thing.

Christmas World Of Glass

If you follow me on Instagram or have read my latest blog with what we have got planned this month, you will know that we have been to World of Glass a fair few times and the girls love it.  As soon as I found out they were doing a Christmas one I eagerly waited for the email to say we could book tickets, I was telling a couple of the Mums from school about it and they loved the idea and booked on too.

We arrived and managed to get around one table with the adults on small chairs (work that one out), Lynne who does the craft sessions went through what we could do, the younger three got a plaque and a little angel, the older 3 got one glass bauble each and Kira got to decide whether she wanted to be younger one or an older one, she decided she wanted a plaque and a angel like the younger ones.

There was several options of what we could copy onto our baubles/plaques, Kacy and Summer choose Christmas trees but slightly different designs, Kira chose a Reindeer.  Everyone had a fantastic time drawing the outline onto their baubles or plaques, then it was time to decide what colours you wanted to paint, you do two coats on to them - the first one is a really thin layer.

World of glass
Having loads of fun
After we have done the first layer, Lynne came over and gave us our next craft to do which was do a card, where again you could draw the picture first, then paint it with a very thin layer.  Kacy picked a snowman, Kira a penguin, Summer a Christmas pudding and so that we didn't end up with all the same pictures I had to do a bell - you got less choice with the card, because you had to make sure they fitted in your window.

While we waited for the paint to dry we could do other crafts from, colouring in, reindeer making, wreath making, Christmas tree sticking and all sorts of crafts, the children never got bored. The time flew and it was soon time to do the second coat of paint and stick the glass to the cards.

More fun
Having more fun
I didn't take as many pictures as I would've liked due to joining in with the fun, which is more important.  Everyone had a fantastic afternoon, this is our third visit to the World of Glass and we will definitely be doing the craft session again in February.




Thursday, 24 November 2016

Bellz Game Review

As a family we love playing games, when we were given the opportunity to try out a game we have never heard of before it was a no brainer.

The girls were so excited to try it out that I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the box before they ripped it open.

All ready to play
All ready to play

This game is so simply to play and in the same instance so challenging,  you open up the pouch and that is your arena it comes with 40 Bellz in 4 different colours and 3 different sizes.

You all pick a colour and then using the magnet wand you try and get a string or a cluster of the same colour bells, if you pick any other colours up then your turn is over, the first player to get all 10 bells wins the game.

Both ends of the magnet wand works, the large end is a more powerful magnet for when you want to get a long chain of Bellz, or a small end for the tricky Bellz.


I wasn't that good at the game
I was not that good at the game
As you can see from the picture above I wasn't that brilliant at the game, we all had so much fun playing Bellz that I forgot to take pictures of us playing it.

So easy to tidy up and put away, everything fits into the pouch and zips up, it's small enough that you can put in a drawer. It would be fantastic to take away with or even to distract children at a restaurant while waiting for the food.

So easy to store
So easy to store

*We were given this product for our opinions and photos*

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Our December's Plan

December is a busy time of year for everyone, getting the few last items for presents or starting to buy presents, seeing family or getting out and about.  It's the one time of year we as a family are usually not that busy or we miss out on doing things because we leave it too late BUT not this year I am determined to do things we have missed out on.


As usual we will do ELF on the shelf breakfast and they will get up to mischief throughout December.  I didn't get round to write up what the Elf got up to last year so this is on my to do list this year. You can read about our first Elf breakfast here, last year I tried hard to hopefully get Kacy believing in the magic again and all she did was roll her eyes at me so this year I will step up the game again.

If you are a regular reader you might have seen that in the summer holidays we went to the World of Glass and had a fantastic time, we did it again in the October half term and yes we love it that much I have booked for us to go again for the Christmas theme and have paid for me and Daddy to do it too.  We have got some friends coming along with us as well which will make it extra fun for the girls. You can read about it here and find more information here 

This is when we went in the Summer Holidays
This is when we went in the summer holidays 
In the same weekend I have just booked the girls to go and see Father Christmas, I love going to ones that people have recommended to me, We are heading to a National Trust place Speke Hall, We have been there a fair few times and love it we don't go as often as we'd like because Spirit can't go everywhere. They are decorating the house into a traditional Victorian theme christmas, you can listen to carols in the Great Hall and enjoy a festive meal in the restaurant. Tip for you - it is booking up extremely fast for the National Trust Father Christmas so book now so you don't miss out.

The weekend the 10th and 11th I am in Manchester for a proper girly night with two special friends, we are staying in a hotel so we can all have a drink and going to go around the Christmas markets and a proper good catch up, we try and plan something every year but we leave it so late to organise it that it never happens, I'm really looking forward to this weekend.

The Friday the 16th is Kacy's 11th Birthday (can we stop time?!) she has now decided she doesn't want anything she has asked for (well she does) and she wants her bedroom decorated instead so we have said yes to this.  We have warned her it wouldn't be happening till at least February when the weather warms up.  On the same day it is the start of the EYFS school play, I can't wait to find out what Summer will be.   On the Sunday we are busy as well, Summer and I have a got a friend's joint birthday party then it will be Kacy's Mad Hatter's tea party - she has planned it to a T - she has invited the friends she wants to come and told them what she wants them to dress up as, she has arranged her outfit, we just need to sort her waist coat out.

Kacy loving the hat I have brought her
Kacy loving the hat I have brought her
The weekend after is Christmas Eve I am not sure what we are doing. It is the first time in a long time it has fallen at a weekend, due to going on Christmas day for lunch we can go and do something fun, I would love to take the girls to a Christmas Panto but I don't think we have got time.

Have you got anything exciting planned for December

Monday, 7 November 2016

Labyrinth Board Game Review

As a family we love playing board games, I try and find different ones so that all ages can play but sometimes this can be hard with the big age gap between Kacy and Summer.  I had look at Labyrinth a fair few times in the shop and wondered if Kacy would like it but never got round to buying it due to buying games for all of us to play.  When we got the opportunity to review it I thought it would be a perfect time for Kacy to have one on one time with Daddy and I.

Labyrinth Game
Labyrinth Game


As we were setting the game up, Kacy mentioned that someone had brought it into school last year and no-one could figure out how to play it, so we read the instructions a fair few times so we knew what we were doing.  After getting our head around the instructions it was really easy and we got started.

setting the game up
Setting the game up

Contents:

1 Game Board
34 Maze Cards
24 Object Cards
4 Playing pieces

Object of the game:
Search the Laybrinth for your magical objects and characters by carefully moving through the constantly changing maze.  The first player to find all their objects and characters and then return to the starting square is the winner.

Preparation:

The first time you play it, you carefully remove the maze and the object cards from the stamped cards, and shuffle the maze and object cards extremely well, with the maze cards you make up a random maze. One maze card will be left over; this will be used during the game for moving the maze pathways, also deal the object cards to each player till they are all gone, keeping them face down,  Each player chooses a playing piece and put it on the same colour starting square.

How to play:

On your turn, look at the top card in your stack without showing it to the other players. You now have to try and get to the square showing the same pictures as on your card.  To do this, first insert a maze card and move your playing piece.  The youngest player goes first and play continues in a clockwise direction.

Shifting the pathways:

Along the edge of the board are 12 arrows. When it is your turn you must choose one of the arrows and then insert a maze card, which will push out a maze card at the opposite end.  The card that is pushed out remains on the edge of the board until it is inserted elsewhere during the next player's turn.  A maze card cannot be pushed back in at the same place as the previous player pushed it out. (this bit got a bit confusing and we couldn't remember where it had come out of so we used the last playing piece and put it where the maze piece had just come out of. )

Players must make a move within the maze when it is your turn even if you can't get to your character card.

This game is so much fun, each time you play it, it wouldn't be the same - it could last 20 minutes to a couple of hours you just never know.

In full Swing
In full swing 
All the way through it looked like Kacy was going to win, but Daddy actually won and Kacy lost with me in the middle, Kacy wasn't impressed.

If you're looking for a board game for your little ones for christmas I would highly recommend it. Its for ages 7 plus.

*we were given this game for our own views*

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Biggest Adventure to Date

Nanna, Auntie Kristine and I spent months planning, booking and saving for our biggest adventure yet, but would also be a surprise for all of the girls. About a month before we went, I ended up telling Kacy, me telling her "I said so" wasn't good enough reason for her not to spend her money and she knew that I was not telling her something, she is too quick for her own good.

The Plan;
Thursday: Drive down to Farnham, see Granny and spend the afternoon with her.
Friday: Harry Potter Studio first thing and then to go out for a meal with Granny, Great Auntie Susie and Great Uncle Alan
Saturday: National History Museum
Sunday: travel home

A good tip for you if there is a certain date and time you want for Harry Potter Studio Tour, book it there and then so you don't miss out, when I went to book it for the Friday they were fully booked and the only time they had was the Thursday at 6:30 and with not wanting to miss out I booked it.

The Actual Plan;
Thursday: Nanna, Grandad, Auntie Kris leave at 9:30 to drive to Granny's check into the hotels, and then drive to the Studio Tour. We leave at 1pm and drive straight to the Studio Tour.
Friday: Spend the day in Farnham
Saturday: National History Museum
Sunday: Travel Home

It got to the day before and I told the girls to make a bag of toys for in the car and pick out some clothes, the younger two didn't even ask why! I was surprised by that.

On the Thursday morning Daddy found out that we needed two tyres agh! Not what you want to hear before you go away, so I rang around seeing if Kwikfit had the tyres in stock, they did. Before I headed off to the garage, I took Spirit to the kennels which I hated, if we could've taken her we would have done. Then I went to spend two hours sat there waiting for the tyres to be changed, while texting Daddy a list of things I thought of that needed to be done. I finally got home then quickly cleaned Archie out and cleaned Harriet's toilet then it was time for lunch before we all got into the car.

Lets fast forward 5 hours:

We got to The Studio Tours, Kira was that surprised she didn't know what to say or do; she just sat in the car speechless, then a couple of minutes later Nanna, Grandad and Auntie Kris turned up and the girls ran to them and gave them big hugs, the younger two again didn't know they were coming.

As we turned up an hour early we went inside and got a bite to eat, the restaurant was expensive but the portions were massive for the price, we even had time to go into the shop before we did the tour, we spent a small fortune.

The tour was absolutely amazing, you get to see where they filmed it and how the filmed it, all the little things you didn't know or didn't see in the film. You get to fly a broomstick, you get to see the props they used, how they filmed different parts of the film, you can have wand lessons, you don't get rushed round, you can take the tour at your own leisure.  I don't want to ruin it by showing you all my hundreds of photos I took, so here is the first photo that was taken.

A photo posted by vicky lawless (@mummy3plus1dog) on

You have got to try the Butter Beer which Nanna and I really liked, Kacy on the other hand

Kacy trying Butter Beer
Kacy trying Butter Beer

Forward on to Friday, we spent the day in Farnham with Granny, showing the younger two Farnham. Kacy comes to Farnham at least twice a year to spend a week with Granny.  One thing we went to show them, which even I didn't know, was Granny's first house, she has moved a lot around Farnham. While Auntie Kris and Grandad did their own thing, we all went to Farnham park, which is new and it was fantastic! It was all made out of wood and had a little castle in the middle, the girls had a fantastic time letting off some steam. It was soon time for lunch in Kacy's favourite place to eat, which was the church, we headed back to Granny's then it was off to a garden centre and Auntie Susie and Uncle Alan joined us. It has been 8-9 years since I have been to Farnham and I loved coming to this garden centre and looking at the animals, it has changed so much, nothing like it was when I was a little girl!  In the evening we went out for some tea with the whole family which was fantastic again, it has been years since we have all been together.

Saturday, we got up extremely early to head into London, we ended up stopping in Waterloo to grab a McDonalds breakfast, we got the tube to the museum and we joined the massive queue, we actually found out it opened at 9:30 in the half term but it said 10 on the website, a women told us it was 40 minutes wait, but thankfully it was only 20 minutes. Whilst in the queue we got a kids book and in the back was a map which Kira loved telling us where to go (I spent longer in the queue for the cloak room.)

The younger two first time on a tube
The younger two's first time on a tube
Rather than trying to please everyone in our group we split up, Grandad and Auntie Kris, Daddy and Kacy, Nanna, Kira, Summer and Me (some how me and Nanna got the worse end of the deal). The first place we went to was the Dinosaur section which was amazing - there was so much to see, Summer loved it up till we saw the T Rex that roared and moved.  Next stop was where Kira wanted to go and that was the Volcano section, Nanna took Kira around this section mostly due to me have a screaming Summer due to a noise from the back of the room where they had a earthquake simulator, Kira loved telling us all about it and what she had learnt in year 3.

We all meet up for lunch and told everyone what we had seen and done, worked out what everyone else wanted to look at and worked out times and went off in different sections again, with Summer still being frighted of the noise I took her to the Creepy Crawlies section, while Nanna took Kira to the Mammal section, At first she was very unnerved but soon realised it was fun, there was no big noises and lots of things to see and do, including going into a life like massive termite mound.

Some Photo of our day
Some photos of our day
We all meet back up, I had promised the girls they could go on a ride if they were good, which Nanna, Auntie Kris and I went on to with one child each.  We then jumped on the tube to go to the M&M shop which was good but wouldn't be in a hurry to go back again.



We got the train back to Farnham and went to Granny's for fish and chips and then the hotel for bed, it had been a long but fantastic day out, we all can't wait to take them back to London but to see other sites.

We had a fantastic couple of days away and can't wait to go on our next big adventure.

Friday, 21 October 2016

3D Ravensburger Puzzles By Kacy Aged 10

We got the opportunity to review four of the 3D Ravensburger puzzles. They were a unicorn vase, an owl jewellery stand and two vanity boxes, an owl and a unicorn one. They were all aged 9+ except for the owl jewellery stand which was age 8+. 

Owl 3D puzzles
Owl 3D Puzzles

Unicorn 3D Puzzles
Unicorn 3D Puzzles
I found the perfect opportunity to try two of them out with my best friend K, I did the owl jewellery stand while K did the owl vanity box. First, we got all the pieces out and arranged them into piles of tens facing downwards so we could see the numbers. K found it easier to build the first layer and then added it to the base, then she went from there but the instructions said to build on the base. However, I found it easiest to just follow the instructions.

Me and K building the puzzles
Me and K building the puzzles
This isn't something I would have bought but me and K had loads of fun, we just needed some help when it came to putting the puzzles onto the bases. Here are the finished products:

Me and K
Me and K
The unicorn vanity box and unicorn vase were made by Kira and her best friend,A, they needed a lot more help building.They had loads of fun building it but as before they found it easier to build a layer before adding it to the base. Here is the finished product:

The unicorn puzzles
The Unicorn Puzzles


We all had loads of fun building these puzzles and it's made me want another 3D puzzle.

*We got given these puzzles to review, all the photos and opinions are our own*































































































Thursday, 13 October 2016

A Must For A Dog Who Pulls

Spirit is three and a half now and we have been through a few leads, Daddy will probably say a lot more though.  She has a pink lead which she has had since we got her - which we used for her when we took her to puppy classes and now it is our spare lead.  She also has a harness which I got from a horse shop near Daddy's work.  It was recommend to me by a Norwegian Elkhound owner who I met in the middle of Cheshire Oaks for all places; which I have loved since I got it as I am able to control her a lot better when we go for a walk.   As she has gotten older and stronger (and as she is a hunting dog) she has been pulling me to the point she has janked me so hard I have twirled around or one day she is going to break my wrist.

I have been looking for a while for a lead/harness that can help me with her pulling,  if she is taken off her lead and I tell her to follow me she will follow me for miles, put her on her lead she will pull me to Timbuktu!

Last week we had to go to the vets for flea and worming stuff for her and they always have toys and various other items in there and I saw a Halti but they didn't have her size.  While I was waiting for the vet; the receptionist and I got talking and she mentioned to me about the GenCon lead and it worked wonders on her dog who did excately the same thing, I text it to Daddy to remind me and went into see the vet.

We got home and I ordered the lead in purple, I did think about getting pink but decided against it, it was just too pink for me.

Today it has arrived and Spirit and I went to try it out just around the block, she wasn't very sure about it and did try to get it off her nose a couple of times.

Spirit looking good with the GenCon Lead
Spirit looking fantastic with the lead on
Spirit's ears were back most of the walk, she had enough length in the lead to be able to go and sniff the bushes or walk slightly ahead of me I was literally holding the lead with one finger.


Got enough lead to walk slightly ahead of me
Got enough lead to walk slightly ahead of me
As we got closer to home Spirit became used to the lead and started sniffing around and looking for the cats along the street.

A happier Spirit by the end
A happier Spirit  

This is the best thing I have ever brought her, I wasn't being walked by her, I wasn't walking her speed, we were walking at my speed,  I wasn't being pulled to a bush because she had seen a rabbit or another small animal.  We were walking at my speed, we had a nice walk around the block and if she did pull me I just pulled the lead and she slowed down.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Vtech Kidi Superstar Review

We were given the opportunity to review the Vtech Kidi Superstar. At first I didn't know what it was, I thought it was going to be like a karaoke machine and in someways it is but it is so much better than a normal karaoke machine.

Vtech Kidi Superstar
Vtech Kidi Superstar
What you can do with it:

  • Sing along to all your favourite songs via a jack ipod/MP3 connection it even works with YouTube. 
  • Remove the main vocal track of your songs using the amazing Music Magic feature
  • Change the sound of your voice with the cool built-in microphone effects
  • Includes fun rhythmic games and tongue twisters
  • Comes with a built in colourful disco light with various styles that you can choose from
  • Record yourself singing and add in different sound effects
  • Suitable for ages 6+
  • Batteries Required: 4 x AA (Included)
It arrived whilst the girls were at school, which meant I could have a play on it first, and I did have a sing along with it. It was really, really easy to put together.

Me having a play around
Having a play while I am on my own

Getting Cheered
Getting Cheered

Singing along to Fun
Singing along to fun 
The girls arrived home with friends and soon went to investigate the Vtech Kidi Superstar, I had to lower it for them which was easy - I just took a pole out to put it to their height, they soon figured out what they had to do.

Summer and her friend playing with the Kidi Superstar
Summer and her friend playing with the Kidi Superstar

Summer having fun
Summer having fun
Since we have had the Vtech Kidi Superstar, Kira and Summer have played with it non-stop; it has also been to a kid's birthday party, the kids absolutely loved it like my two have and all wanted one for themselves. 

We were sent this from Rainbow Toy Awards for our opinions and photos 

ChillFactor Frozen Milkshake Maker Review

I had seen the something similar to the ChillFactor Milkshake Maker in the shops and thought they would never work in a thousand years! They are just another gimmick to get money from parents but I was totally wrong!  It does exactly what it says on the box.

Chill Factor Frozen Milkshake Maker
ChillFactor Frozen Milkshake Maker
In the box you get the cup and the straw/spoon and all you need to add is the flavored milk you want to use.  You put the cup in the freezer for 4/6 hours - I have found if you prefer a thicker consistency you'll want to leave it in the freezer for longer.  After the 4/6 hours you take it out and pour your favourite flavoured milk into the cup, you put the top on and turn the handle until it is as you want it. It's that easy Kira could do it, just needed a little bit of help turning the handle. 

Its that easy Kira can do it on her own
It's that easy Kira can do it. 
It is also really easy to clean it all comes apart and it's clean within seconds, which means you can get it in the freezer quickly for the next child or adult to use.  It was Summer's turn next to use it with her breakfast, because it was in the freezer for 12 hour's Summer said 'Its like a yogurt/Milkshake Mummy'

Summer drinking her milkshake
Summer Drinking her milkshake
You can get yourself one of these from here for £9.99

*We were given the Chillfactor for our own photos and opinions* 


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

U Hugs by Kacy age 10

On Sunday I had my best friend round and Mum suggested that this would be the perfect time to get the U Hugs out, I had never heard of them before, but when Mum showed me the photo I thought they looked really interesting.

When we first got them out of the packaging we thought they felt really weird, they were made of a soft plastic material and it was quite difficult to put all the accessories on at first but it became easier the more we swapped and changed. U Hugs have 16 holes for pins, you can also flip there shoes around for a different design.

After we got them out of the packaging 

We both had loads of fun playing with the U Hugs. My favourite part was the fact that you could swap all the accessories. It came with string and we weren't sure what the string was for so K's favourite part was hanging from a flap where it's bum would be.The flap was to put unused accessories inside.

Us changing the accessories
Us changing the accessories 
It was really fun to swap the accessories around. Although they did look a bit weird with mismatched eyes. You can use pins,eyes, mouths, wigs, clothes and shoes to personalize your dolls with.


After they had swapped accessories
Mixed matched accessories 
You can collect all the different characters-Sweety Robot, Time Off Elf, Snowy Girl, Thorny Flower, Lazy Hero and Cheeky Kitten, you can also collect just the pin packs for your Uhug I know me and my K will be getting more.

You can get these from Flair and any other major toy stores RRP £14.99

*we got given these in exchange for our own views and photos*

Minnie Mouse Kitchen Review

Summer has always wanted a play kitchen and due to limited space it just wasn't possible, I had seen the small knee high ones and to be honest they looked flimsy and not worth the money.  Well I have been proved totally wrong and wished I had spent the money and got her one years ago.

The day we received it; Summer was in a right mood after being picked up from school.  I told her I had a surprise for her when we got home but that didn't brighten her mood, until she saw what I had for her.  She was over the moon with what we had to review, as you can tell by the picture below.

Summer waiting for me to open it
Summer waiting for me to open it 

Summer immediately asked me to get it out for her and we could put it up together (in her own little words).

We got everything out of the box and between Summer and I we put the kitchen together, I like putting stickers how the picture shows but Summer likes putting them where she likes.

Me and Summer getting the kitchen ready for her to play
Me and Summer getting the kitchen ready for her to play 

Included with the kitchen you get 40+ accessories (I did count them) and what was even better, there was enough with the kitchen to get Summer using her imagination and get playing while I was putting stickers on without having to go out and buy items for her to play with it. Whilst we were putting it together we noticed that the grid part of the kitchen pulls up and turns into a mixer and stays up with a little clip which Summer can do with no help which is fantastic 

All the accessories you get
All the accessories you get 

This is a fantastic little kitchen and Summer has had hours of playing. On the many occasions she has asked me to keep an eye on her cakes, all of a sudden from upstairs she has shouted 'my oven is going off' 

The End Results
The end results

*I got this to review for my own photos and thoughts*

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Pet Parade Mummy and Baby

There is always a new toy coming out, sometimes you don't even know about it till you've seen an advert or your son/daughter sees it in the shop and says 'I want that!'  I had never hear of Pet Parade until I was asked if we would like to review the new Mum and Baby Pet Parade.

When we received it Summer was really excited to get playing with it, she loves anything animal based and the Pet Parade was no exception.

I don't know about you but my girls love anything small that they can carry around in their pockets or put in a bag and bring out with us and this is the perfect toy to do that with.  

You get the Mum who walks while using the joystick button on her back, her head and eyes move making it more realistic. The lead is magnetic so it's so easy to connect to the Mum and you can also push her along with it.

Mum and Baby
Mum and baby
 The Puppy comes with a magnetic dummy which is easy to place in her mouth, she also attaches to the Mum's tail and follow the Mum around .

Mum and Baby
Mum with her lead on and baby with her dummy in

Baby following Mum
Baby following Mum
 Each Mum comes with a little sticker so you can name your new friend what you want, Summer called her dog Bell.

Bell
Bell the dog and Baby

The Mum and Baby don't need any batteries to work meaning lots of endless play.  Why not go over to the pet parade YouTube channel where they have 14 Brilliant webisodes

You can see the whole range of Pet Parade families here the price for the Mum and Baby is £9.99

*we were given this toy for our own review and photo*

Family Fever

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Our Visit to The World Of Glass

I had never heard of The World of Glass until a couple of months back, even though I have done car boots in the car park next to it.  In the half term they do children's sessions they cost £3.99 per child - with hearing some fantastic things about the children's sessions it was a must in the summer holidays we did this with the girls' Auntie F, my nephew E and niece F.

We arrived slightly early so we could have a look around and see what else was there, the women on the desk said we could go in to the mirror maze while we waited for it to open.  The kids got stuck straight in we did have to remind them not to run which E realised really quickly why we told him not to due to him bumping his head by running into a mirror.

Stunning
This is just stunning

The fun we had with the maze of mirrors
The fun we had in the maze of mirrors

The fun we had in the maze of mirrors
The fun we had in the maze of mirrors 
The 10-15 minutes or so went really quickly, we gathered the kids up and went to the room where we were doing the glass painting, the lady in there did tell me her name but I can't remember.  She gave us her full attention with us being the only ones there, she couldn't do enough for us.  She was so patient with the kids, gave them a helping hand if me or Auntie F were helping one of the other kids. We did other crafts while we waited for the first layer of paint to dry which was a fish mosaic which the girls left there and the lady put them on the wall, when we had finished making the glass painting we did a glass pane.

Glass painting
Glass painting
I couldn't get many photos of them doing the glass painting and other crafts due to me helping them and joining in on the fun.  We all had such a fantastic time the girls have already asked to go again when it is half term, Kacy and I want to go and have a go of the glass blowing because that looked like loads of fun and would be a fun daughter/ Mummy day.