Monday, 8 February 2016

Bratz New Super Styles And Sounds Dolls Review And Giveaway

The Bratz Dolls are back this Spring with 'Super Styles And Sounds', 3 different ranges with a very 'pop' feel to them! Bratz Remix, Selfie Snaps and Festival Vibes feature the regular Bratz characters (Cloe, Jade, Yasmin, Sasha and Raya) in their usual over-the-top bright and colourful style.

Bratz Remix reflect the characters musical taste and 'spirit animal' - each ready to dance the night away in their animal headphones.

Selfie Snaps is back with new outfits and oversized emoji icons for each of the dolls.

Music Festival Vibes is a brand new theme, each doll has 2 outfits and a more laid back and relaxed approach to life...

We were sent a Bratz Remix Cloe Doll to take a look at. Bratz have changed a little over the years, but are still tall and extra slim with giant eyes set into incredibly large heads. Cloe is a very pretty blonde doll with the essential really long hair.

I have a long history with Bratz Dolls, as my 16 year old daughter absolutely adored her Sasha doll when she was young. It's easy to see why any school-aged girl would like Bratz Dolls.

Bratz are not at all realistic and I think the fact they're clearly a caricature is a good thing. They aren't physically aspirational, no-one would actually want to have feet that big...and having the confidence  to wear whatever you want and go ahead and enjoy life is something I'm okay with. The clothes might sometimes be a bit more 'grown up', but they're a definite improvement on 10 years ago and mostly quite sensible and fit for purpose.

To promote the release of the new Bratz Dolls there will be lots of exciting #BratzBFF competitions on the Bratz Facebook Page and the Bratz Twitter feed, including 'I love my #BratzBFF because…' and  '#HappyValentinesDay...' with a chance to win 2 #SelfieSnapsdolls and other prizes. To find out more about Bratz and watch videos, check out the Bratz website.

Bratz Dolls are recommended for children aged around 5-12. Available at all good toyshops and online with an rrp. of between £12.99 and £21.99.

I have a Bratz Remix Doll to give away to one of my readers. Entry to the giveaway is by the Gleam form below. Please read the terms and conditions at the bottom of the Gleam form, open to UK entrants only. This giveaway will end at midnight Sunday 6th March.

To see all of my other giveaways please see my giveaways page.

Bratz Remix Doll Giveaway

LEGO Friends Girlz 4 Life Children's DVD Review

Over the weekend we spent a lot of time on the sofa watching movies, and one of them was Girlz 4 Life, the new DVD from LEGO Friends. We've watched quite a lot of LEGO movies over the years, and they're always pretty watchable for the whole family, with the occasional joke for the adults thrown in.

In Girlz 4 Life the LEGO Friends (featuring the regular characters - Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea) are doing well and have a great new song 'Girlz' ready to earn them fame and fortune.

A famous pop star called Livi comes to stay in Heartlake City and her manager hears Girlz. she knows that Livi will do very well with it and steals it, saying she wrote it herself. Livi's version of Girlz soars into the charts and she becomes even more famous, leaving the LEGO Friends cheated. They need to let everyone know that it's their song, they want to get it back, and they turn to Livi herself for help.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Valentine's Gifts For The Romantic....and the downright witty.

My partner and I have always marked Valentine's Day. With our large family and a lack of local relatives I actually don't think we've been out together for Valentine's Day since 2008, but we have had some lovely candlelit meals alone in the kitchen. We swap cards and small gifts and that's been our limit until now...

This year I've been asked by several companies if I wanted to have a look at their products for Valentine's Day. I felt like spoiling myself and my partner, so I picked the ones I liked and said yes. I just hope he doesn't actually read this...

Snapfish asked if I wanted to look at their personalised gifts, so I made a card for my partner and a photo mug with a nice picture of me on it. My partner saw I was making him one and he made one for me too, proving he really is just as romantic as I suspected...

Valentine's Gifts For The Romantic....and the downright witty.

Friday, 5 February 2016

There's a gooey horrible Fungus Amungus

When I was offered the chance to review a brand new collectible children's toy that is sticky, horrible, and called Fungus Amungus, I just knew my 2 little boys would love it. We were sent our parcel covered in yellow and black striped 'CAUTION' tape, and inside was all the protective equipment necessary to open the parcel and examine the contents.

Fungus Amungus new collectible toy review

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Wilko Wild Bird Project: Feeding The Birds In Our Garden.

I'm pleased to say that this year we've been chosen by Wilko to be Wild Bird Bloggers. We're really lucky in that we have a quite large garden, and although we're in a town, we have countryside very nearby. We have a lot of birds who visit and live in our garden.

The Wilko Wild Bird Project - range of products

Wilko sent me a multi-purpose nesting box, a wooden bird table, a cage seed feeder and a bag of wild bird seed mix. When the boys came home from school they were genuinely excited and had a lot of questions about where we were going to put everything.

Wild Bird range at Wilko

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Dr Beckmann Dishwasher Cleaner Cleaning and Laundry Bundle Giveaway

Cleaning isn't the most glamorous of jobs, and it gets in the way of the fun stuff, so anything that makes household jobs easier is brilliant in my book. Dr Beckmann have a long history of making cleaning easier and giving us back some of our precious time.

I've been sent a bundle of Dr Beckmann products to try out, including Stain Devils and Glowhite Ultra for my laundry - both of which have been in my cupboard now for the last 25 years and have been essential since I had children. I haven't tried the Colour & Dirt Collector yet, but as my eldest has recently started manual work and comes home looking like he's been down a pit all day it'll come in very useful for his overalls!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Cardooo Greeting Cards with Puzzles, Colouring, Stickers and Stories! Review and Giveaway.

Cardooo make greeting cards that are far more than just a card. The cards include puzzles, colouring, stickers and stories and even games, and are a gift all by themselves - and yet they still only cost £3 each. 

Cardooo Greeting Cards with Puzzles, Colouring, Stickers and Stories!

I've been sent a few cards that I can use for birthdays this Spring and I'm really impressed. Considering you can easily pay £2 for any old birthday card, the added value is massive.

Cardooo Greeting's Cards for children review

Vegetarian Sausage And Potato Supper Recipe with Goodlife Foods

For over 25 years Goodlife Foods have been providing the UK with good wholesome dishes that make mealtime easy and are full of tasty flavours. They don't resort to massively processed ingredients and the protein comes mainly from beans and cheeses.This is not 'meat substitute', this is good food that happens to be vegetarian.

Vegetarian Sausage And Potato Supper Recipe with Goodlife Foods

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Eco Camping On The Isle Of Wight With Teenagers And Children...

With a large family and a love of Volkswagens we've always been fond of camping holidays in the UK, and one of our favourite places to stay is the Isle Of Wight. surrounded by gorgeous and fascinating beaches, full of history and blessed by far better weather than Manchester, it is also a very affordable place to holiday with a family.

Last August we returned to the Isle Of Wight on our first proper holiday in 3 years. We took 5 of our children and young people down to the Isle Of Wight for 10 days, staying at an amazing short-season eco-campsite that belongs to some very good friends of ours - Camp Wight near Yarmouth on the Tennyson Trail.  

Friday, 29 January 2016

Titan Charge Cables - the strongest USB cables available, and they're even pet proof!

Fuse Chicken have sent me their Titan Charge Cable to review. Marketed as the toughest cable on Earth, it was even tested using a chain saw and won. A US company who launched their first product with a ridiculously successful Kickstarter campaign (that raised well over 20 times the proposed launch cost), the Founder and CEO of Fuse Chicken is so proud of his own products that he deals with customer service personally.

My household get through a lot of USB charging cables. There are 6 people aged 16+ here now plus the 2 little boys, which means 6 computers, 6 mobile phones, various tablets, MP4 players, strings of fairy lights and a multitude of other USB items. Micro USB is now a standard and that's great because 1 cable fits all - especially as we all have Android phones - but with all of the use and abuse any cable doesn't generally last long.