Monday, 25 May 2015

Playing With Shetland Ponies at the Bank Holiday weekend.

We were due to be going to the Geronimo Festival last weekend, but unfortunately my hernia operation was cancelled a second time, and it would just have been too much, so we arranged to send a deputation in our place (their review will be coming up in a few days time)...

Playing With Shetland Ponies at the Bank Holiday weekend.

Missing out on Geronimo meant we could still take advantage of the gorgeous weather, go North to the Lake District and watch my partner's parents take part in a Horse And Pony Event. We don't get to see them very often as they live 200 miles away, so it really was a lovely opportunity.

Shetland Ponies Carriage Driving

I've spoken about the Shetland Ponies before when we visited for Easter a couple of years ago and played in the 8 foot snowdrifts, but now some of the ponies have been taught to work as a team and pull a carriage. We arrived just as they were setting off on their turn to compete in the 'Dressage' round.

Shetland Ponies Carriage Driving event dressage

They did very well and came 2nd overall in the challenge and 2nd in the multiples class (5 entries). It was great to have some time in the sunshine, I think it did us all good...

White Shetland Pony resting eating hay

Pony and carriage driving with Shetlands in the Lake District

Pony and carriage driving with Shetlands in the Lake District

Pony and carriage driving with Shetlands in the Lake District

 And there was plenty of opportunity for exploration and exercise!

Little boy sneaking under and electric fence
boys chasing around a motorbike
Shetland Poinies eating grass in the evening

Plus we discovered what makes the perfect children's play equipment - a carriage! They spent about 2 hours playing on it pretending to fish, to be highwaymen, pretending to drive ponies, be cowboys and a host of other things.....just awesome....

Boys playing on a pony carriage

I hope you were able to enjoy the sunshine too!



Friday, 22 May 2015

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - Baby Cakes DVD review and giveaway

It's no secret my two young boys love My Little Pony DVD's, we've reviewed a few in the past and they're always popular. The latest release from Hasbro Studios is My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - Baby Cakes, and it is in the shops and available on digital download from Monday 25th May.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - Baby Cakes DVD review and giveaway

Baby Cakes cointains 5 episodes from Friendship Is Magic season 2 - Baby Cakes, Hearth's Warming Eve, The Last Roundup, The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 and Read It And Weep. The DVD is suitable for children of all ages, with a Universal rating, and a runtime of 1 hour 45 minutes. If you are lucky, your version will even have free badges!

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - Baby Cakes DVD free badges

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Electric Stunt Buggy Kit Giveaway From Interplay

Interplay have some amazing kits to teach your child as they have fun. Specialising in craft, nature, science and technology kits, we have just reviewed the Electric Stunt Buggy kit and I'm very pleased to say that Interplay have kindly offered another kit as a prize for one of my readers.

Interplay model stunt buggy kit giveaway

 Everything you need in in the box apart from 2 batteries, from the cardboard body and chassis of the vehicle, to the foam wheels and electric motor.

Build an electric stunt buggy kit from Interplay

Interplay Electric Stunt Buggy Review (and Giant Hornet!).

I was given the chance by Interplay to review their electric Stunt Buggy, but at Blog On I found a Giant Hornet kit in my goody bag, and it's awesome, so I'm including that! Both sets are mainly card or thick paper, and the assembly is recommended for children aged 8+.

Interplay are a UK company formed in 1998. They specialise in making craft, nature, technology and science kits for children. All of my older children have had many Interplay kits, they've been a regular feature here since around 2002 - Christmas always brings a few to our house.

Interplay Electric Stunt Buggy Review (and Giant Hornet!).

The electric Stunt Buggy is from the Technokit range, and will help your child to learn about electronics and scientific principles. Everything except batteries is in the box, including an instruction leaflet.

Interplay Electric Stunt Buggy Review pack shot

Friday, 15 May 2015

9 Months after losing Elspeth.....

It 9 months now since we lost Elspeth, and I think this has proven to be in many ways a far easier month, but a couple of very important factors have made it hard work.

My ridiculously huge Hernia has become our main focus at the moment. My planned operation was rearranged 2 days beforehand and I'm now due to go in next week. I've been bumped up to 'urgent' and 'as soon as possible'. I won't lie, it's sore now, and I'm struggling to eat. The weightloss is welcome, but not exactly a healthy way to diet. One of my main daily worries is clothes. The only skirt that's comfortable is dangerously close to wearing through, and maxi dresses are unusual attire for the school run in Manchester in May!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

LEGO Marvel Avengers Quinjet City Chase set 76032 review

A couple of weeks ago we were sent the LEGO Avengers Quinjet City Chase set 76032 to review. My little boys love the LEGO Avengers, and so this was a very popular delivery! Recommended for age 8-14, the set has 722 pieces and is a slightly more difficult build, with a complex Quinjet that is pretty darn awesome...

LEGO Avengers Quinjet City Chase set 76032 review

LEGO Marvel Avengers Quinjet City Chase set 76032 review

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Kids Cook French Cookbook Review And Crepes!

Kids Cook French, or 'Les Enfants Cuisinent A La Francaise', is the latest release we've been sent from Quarry Books. Written by Claudine Pepin and illustrated by her father Jacques Pepin (himself a TV personality and world-famous chef), this 96 page book contains 30 French inspired recipes which you can cook together with your children.

Kids Cook French Cookbook Review and Crepes recipe

Although this book was originally released in the US, unlike some others we've reviewed, the recipes don't contain a list of unusual ingredients, and it is very UK friendly. Measurements are mainly in both metric and imperial units. Each page is repeated in both English and French, making this an excellent tool for learning without even realising....

Kids Cook French Cookbook in French and English

Monday, 11 May 2015

Sprukits Halo Master Chief Level 3 Poseable Figural Model Giveaway

SpruKits model kits are pretty awesome, we love them, and I think you can tell from the reviews just how much they've taken over our house this last week or so. Poseable Figural Model kits which need no tools, no cutting, no glue or paint, and give fabulous results that look great and are brilliant to play around with.

SpruKits Level 3 Master Chief Giveaway

We've built 2 of the Level 1 SpruKits model kits -  Original Comic The Joker and the New 52 Batman....

SpruKits the original comic book The Joker and Halo Masterchief

Ozeri Weightmaster II 200kg Digital Bathroom Scale

Ozeri make gorgeous homewares that are also functional, and the WeightMaster II 200 kg Digital Bathroom Scale with BMI and Weight Change Detection is a perfect example. A gorgeous item to look at, which is compact, light and fits nicely into a corner of any room, it is also so much more than your standard bathroom scale.

Ozeri Weightmaster II 200kg Digital Bathroom Scale Review

Packaged well, and in a box which has all the information you need to get started, the scales also arrive with a large instruction pamphlet - this makes them seem very complicated, but actually it was straightforward and almost instant to set them up.

Ozeri Weightmaster II 200kg Digital Bathroom Scale Review

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Halo Master Chief Level 3 Bandai SpruKit poseable model review

Yesterday I covered most of the fantastic selection of Sprukits Bandai have sent us to review, but I felt the Level 3 Halo Master Chief model deserved a post to itself, because the design and ingenuity of the figure is outstanding. The model is fun to build, beautiful to look at, excellently balanced and weighted and the articulation is amazing.

Halo Master Chief Level 3 SpruKit figural poseable model review

Halo Master Chief Level 3 SpruKit figural poseable model review