Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Mary Go-Round Pony Zelf Review and A 6th Series

Zelfs have been around for a couple of years, they remind me of trolls that I used to play with when I was a child. Kacy and Kira have got a fair few of these over the years, they are a fantastic little toys to collect.  When I got asked about reviewing this Zelf, I immediately thought of Kira, especially because it was a pony Zelf, which I think looks like a unicorn.  

The Mary Go-Round Carousel Pony Zelf is their rarest Zelfs yet with only 400 available to claim in the UK, you can redeem your own by having £30 worth of 2016 Zelfs receipts. You can also join the Zelfs club for more competitions and Zelfs News.
Limited Edition Pony Zelf
Limited Edition Pony Zelf

Mary Go-Round pony Zelf
Mary Go-Round Pony Zelf

 This is just the cutest little toy, you get two little bobbles, a little comb and a horse shoe charm, Kira spent hours playing with this little Zelf, it is a great little toy it gets children to use their imagination.

Kira playing with Mary Go-Round pony Zelf
Kira playing with Mary Go-Round

Mary Go-Round
Mary Go-Round
Kira has already chosen her next Zelf's for her collection. Kira has earmarked some of the 6th Series, ready for when they come out at the end of July.

A Note from Kira:-

I love Mary Go-Round because she is a Unicorn and I obsessed with unicorns, They are the best animal ever! I love her hair, I could sit their all day just styling Mary's hair. There is so many different possibilities. I'm already asking for the rest of the 6th series of Zelf's.

*We got given the Zelf for our own opinion and photos*

How to make Bowls with Beads

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen I have been getting organised for the end of the school year and looking at personal presents for the teachers especially with Summer having 4 teachers, I also think personal presents are so much nicer.

I am not crafty in the slightest so Pinterest came to my rescue, after spending days looking and looking at what I could make with the girls, then I spotted these bowls made out of beads.

After knowing what I was going to do, a trip to Ikea was in order to get the beads, we also looked in Hobby Craft and got some candle holders.



A good friend J came round a couple of days later so we could practice before we did it with the children.  We ended up making two, one that J had to reheat up so we could get it out of the bowl.

What you need to make the bowls:-


  • An oven proof bowl or two
  • A tub of beads
  • Spray oil like fry light


You get your bowl, spray all the way round with the oil, add the beads (I find 3 adult handfuls is enough beads) then you flatten them down so there is only layer.  As you flatten them down you will notice they go up the side of the bowl, the more beads you put in the further up the bowl they go.

Turn your oven to about 200C, depending on what type of bowl you would like depends on how long you leave them in the oven.  If you would like the one on the right you leave it in for 10-15 minutes, if you want one like the left you leave for a further 5 minutes.  I would recommend checking them every few minutes after the initial 10 minutes until you are happy with the look.  Although this doesn't make a burned plastic smell it is best to make sure your room is well ventilated.

Bowl on the left was cooked for approximately 5 minutes longer than the right.
After it is melted enough for you, leave it on the side - not for it to go cold (which we did, which is why we needed to reheat it ... ooops!) While it is still warm but the beads have hardened slightly get something to scrape around the sides, then pull it out of the bowl.  You will find that the bottom of the bowl feels oily so just wash it with warm soapy water.

This is so easy for the children to make, even Summer did it all by herself except for the oven side of it.

Summer making her bowls
Summer making her bead bowl

Since taking these pictures Summer has made a further 3 bowls, Kacy 1, Kira 2 and 2 of their friends have loved them that they have made them here too.

The oil burns on slightly to the oven proof bowls but should be able to be removed with a scourer, however I would recommend using bowls that you are not bothered about if they get ruined.

I hope you all have as much fun as me and the girls have had making these bowls.

How to make Bowls with Beads

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen I have been getting organised for the end of the school year and looking at personal presents for the teachers especially with Summer having 4 teachers, I also think personal presents are so much nicer.

I am not crafty in the slightest so Pinterest came to my rescue, after spending days looking and looking at what I could make with the girls, then I spotted these bowls made out of beads.

After knowing what I was going to do, a trip to Ikea was in order to get the beads, we also looked in Hobby Craft and got some candle holders.



A good friend J came round a couple of days later so we could practice before we did it with the children.  We ended up making two, one that J had to reheat up so we could get it out of the bowl.

What you need to make the bowls:-


  • An oven proof bowl or two
  • A tub of beads
  • Spray oil like fry light


You get your bowl, spray all the way round with the oil, add the beads (I find 3 adult handfuls is enough beads) then you flatten them down so there is only layer.  As you flatten them down you will notice they go up the side of the bowl, the more beads you put in the further up the bowl they go.

Turn your oven to about 200C, depending on what type of bowl you would like depends on how long you leave them in the oven.  If you would like the one on the right you leave it in for 10-15 minutes, if you want one like the left you leave for a further 5 minutes.  I would recommend checking them every few minutes after the initial 10 minutes until you are happy with the look.  Although this doesn't make a burned plastic smell it is best to make sure your room is well ventilated.

Bowl on the left was cooked for approximately 5 minutes longer than the right.
After it is melted enough for you, leave it on the side - not for it to go cold (which we did, which is why we needed to reheat it ... ooops!) While it is still warm but the beads have hardened slightly get something to scrape around the sides, then pull it out of the bowl.  You will find that the bottom of the bowl feels oily so just wash it with warm soapy water.

This is so easy for the children to make, even Summer did it all by herself except for the oven side of it.

Summer making her bowls
Summer making her bead bowl

Since taking these pictures Summer has made a further 3 bowls, Kacy 1, Kira 2 and 2 of their friends have loved them that they have made them here too.

The oil burns on slightly to the oven proof bowls but should be able to be removed with a scourer, however I would recommend using bowls that you are not bothered about if they get ruined.

I hope you all have as much fun as me and the girls have had making these bowls.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Educational playing with Schleich

Summer loves all of the Schleich toys and has a list as long as her arm of the animals she would like, which is pretty much all of them, over the past couple of months we have been given the opportunity to review a Farm set and a horse set.

Schleich has brought out an educational booklet to help parents, giving them tips on a balanced play diet, stimulating your child's imagination with fun games and lots more. 

Schleich was founded over 80 years ago, toy safety and the highest quality standards have always taken top priority, which you can tell in all their figurines, animals and play sets, since having the opportunity to review them before then I had never really looked at them due to the price of them, but now even though they are a bit pricey they are totally worth the cost of them. 

We got sent Three animals as you can see from the pictures they have fantastic details and stand freely without any trouble 

the animals we got sent
The animals we got sent
Summer was so pleased to receive some more animals to go with her other animals, that she had to get the rest of the animals to join in on the fun.

Summer lining all her animals up
Summer lining all her animals up
Summer telling me what they all are
Telling me what they all are

Counting her animals
Counting her animals 
peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo

 The booklet is fantastic way of encouraging different types of play and getting the parents to join in.



You can buy Schleich toys online or Smyths toy store from £2.99



We were given these animals for our own photos and opinions 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dotty Detective Review By Kacy aged 10

I wasn't to sure on Dotty Detective as I had never heard of the author. I love the way that it is written as if Dot has written it. Her name is Dorothy but she prefers to be called Dot.



It was a really interesting book. I love mystery stories and that's exactly what it was. I loved the way that there was a red herring through the book and a clue that Dot didn't even notice. It's a great book, your constantly wondering all sorts of things such as, 'What is Laura up to?' or 'What is Dots idea?'.

The way that it kept on your toes was amazing. At school, we would be reading and the person sat next to me kept asking me what was happening because I was constantly asking myself questions. I couldn't wait to finish it. The twist was my favourite part, Dot was about to solve the mystery when another one started. It was such an interesting book that I ending up reading at any time I could.

You can buy Dotty Detective from Amazon for £5.99

*We got given this book for own photos and opinion* 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

My Fairy Garden Lilypad Review

Kira and Summer are loving the Fairy gardens from Interplay, when we were offered the new Fairy Garden to review, Kira was so excited to get stuck in.

My Fairy Garden LilyPad
My Fairy Garden Lilypad Garden
Everything you need was in the box, it comes with:- Flower pot house, Fairy Figure, Frog Figure, Floating Lilypads, Sunflower windmill, Grass seeds.  The door to the flower pot house turns into the bridge to go across the moat.  There is enough room in the flower pot house to make your own little bed to go in there, in the instructions booklet it gives you ideas of what else you could add to your Fairy Lilypad.


What it looks like out of the box
What comes in the box



With not being able to put flowers in the back garden because of Spirit, we found a pretty flower that could be either. While I got the compost from the garage, Kira played with the fairy and the frog.

I was rather silly and decided to do this indoors rather than in the back garden so I made a fair bit of mess with the compost which Kira thought was very amusing. 

Ready to plant the plant
Ready to plant the flower
Kira planting her plant
Kira putting the plant in the pot
This was so easy to do that I pretty much left Kira to do it herself, which she loved doing and now it has pride of place on my kitchen windowsill for everyone to look at and enjoy.

Kira loving her new Fairy Garden
Kira very impressed with her new Fairy Garden
You can buy this and other Fairy Gardens from the interplay website for £19.99

*we were given this product for free for our own photos and opinions* 

Lego Friends Camping Set Review By Kacy aged 10

When the Lego set arrived me and Kira both wanted it. Since it never works when we share because we have separate rooms, one of us had to have it. I really wanted it because I was getting back into Lego and was currently deciding which type of Lego I wanted to collect. Lego friends sounded promising since I used to love it so much. When my Mum decided to give it to me I was overwhelmed, I couldn’t wait to start building. It looked amazing on the box and even better when it was built.

lego friends camping set
Lego Friends Camping set

It had three bags which really helped me find the pieces and the instructions were super clear which was great because it meant I could build it all by myself, I was amazed that because the instructions were so clear it only took me 30 minutes. It came with two characters, Olivia, Andrea and a small bear cub came too. With the characters came to sets of goggles and two flowers that attached to their hair. They also had life jackets, if you took their heads of you could put them on.


Getting set up
Whats in the Lego box
I also loved it because there were spare pieces which I find great, sometimes they are so small you don’t see them fall of the table so it’s great to have spares. I enjoyed it so much that when I went out with my Nanna, Grandad and Auntie Kristine that I bought some more which I can’t wait to build.

The lego set all finished
The Lego all finished


*We got given this product for own words and photos*

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Rent a Bridesmaids Review, By Kacy Aged 10

Rent a Bridesmaid was a great book, I absolutely love Jacqueline Wilson books. She is my favourite author. I have been so excited to get Rent a Bridesmaid.

Rent a bridesmaid
Rent a Bridesmaids


Rent a Bridesmaid was fantastic, I really felt like I was there, stood next to Tilly, all the way throughout the book. I was so surprised at the advert. It said that there was a very pretty, sensible nine year old with a barely worn gorgeous bridesmaid dress and that she will attend any wedding ceremony for a small rental fee.

It was amazing when her first letter arrived asking to rent Tilly for her wedding, you could really feel the excitement in the moment. Iris May Bloomfield was an extremely nice lady but unfortunately for Tilly, Iris and Tilly's Dad there are a few difficulties before the wedding. She wonders wether she will get more replies from her advertisement.

It had an outstanding twist at the end of the book which I didn't expect. It was totally unexpected ending. However, what was even more surprising was Tilly's emotional response to it. At the very end of the book though it was all ok, luckily.

You can buy this book from Amazon for £6.00


*We were given this book for our own views and photo*

Sunday, 5 June 2016

A Useful Mum's Guide

Over the past ten years and having three children and three girls at that, I have learnt a few tricks along the way, as all parents do, but couldn't do it without having my Mummy friends to join me on my journey of parent hood to moan at, get ideas from or just to talk to about the weather.

So while thinking about my top ten lessons, I wondered what my Mummy friends top tip would be, so here is a list of what we all came up with:

  1. Bedtime routine is the key, but even that can go a bit pear shape.
  2. Don't be obsessed with being a perfect parent, no one is...most people just pretend they are
  3. To enjoy the time and cherish every moment because it goes to quick. 
  4. Plan, plan and more planning
  5. Pick your battles to win, some arguments are just not worth it.
  6. Make time for yourself. 
  7. You tend to do things differently when you have another.
  8. You learn to know what your kids are thinking before they do. 
  9. As long as you're trying to be a good parent you are one
  10. The housework can wait, your children are only little once. 
Don't forget to enjoy your children, laugh, play and learn through their eyes.