Sunday, 1 March 2015

What makes a Super Mum?

Mother's Day is almost upon us, and Interflora will have one of their busiest days of the year delivering flowers and brightening the day of thousands of Mums. Parenting is the hardest job in the world, so every parent has to be at least a bit super, but what do children think makes you a Super Mum? My little boys were asked by Interflora what they thought were the things that make a Mum super?

Friday, 27 February 2015

The Fly Guys Monday Madness - a children's book about prejudice

The Fly Guys is a brand new series of books, and Monday Madness is the first to be produced. Written by Emma Leverton and illustrated by Joe Sharpe, the Fly Guys are based on an idea by Bobby Thandi - or rather Bobby Thandi's daughter. The book is designed to make children think about pre-judgement, and lead to discussion about difference and diversity.

Fly Guys Monday Madness a children's book about prejudice review

The Fly Guys Monday Madness features Alice, a 5 year old girl, and Fuzz, her friend the fly. Fuzz lives under the floorboards in Alice's bedroom. It's an unlikely pairing that really only could have been dreamed up by a child - but that's the sort of thing that makes it attractive to other children, and it makes it different.

Harry Potter Style Hour Glass Necklace Review

Sometimes an offer of a review comes by that really suits the moment, and when I got the email about a Harry Potter style Time-Turner necklace, my 15 year old Harry Potter fan was sitting next to me. It would have been mean to refuse, especially as she had been looking at them a few days earlier.

Harry Potter style Time-Turner necklace review

The packaging is simple enough, and the necklace is solid, so it won't come to any harm, despite the hour glass in the centre. The chain is a good length, 33cm, and the necklace is actually fairly heavy.

Hermione Granger style time turner with hour glass

Thursday, 26 February 2015

LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 918 Spyder set 75910 review

This is our 3rd LEGO Speed Champions review and the last of the three £12.99 Hybrid Supercars sets. The Porsche 918 Spyder is another really intricate, yet not tricky, build which constructs an amazingly solid vehicle that can be played with by children as a toy car.

LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 918 Spyder set 75910 review

LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 918 Spyder box rear

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie DVD Review and Giveaway

In 2014 the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had a bit of a makeover. They still eat pizza and they still wear bandanas, but there's something decidedly different about them. They're meaner and not so cute. Life since 1987 has hardened them, and you can see that in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD Review and Giveaway

We could see the change coming when we reviewed the Turtle Van Takedown LEGO set.

Compare old LEGO turtles with new TMNT

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 Review

Following on from our surprise purchase on Sunday, my partner went back to Smyths today and bought a couple more of the LEGO Speed Champions sets. Sadly our budget doesn't allow for the Ferrari Truck, but we did get the McLaren P1 hybrid supercar set 75909.

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 set 75909 Review

McLaren Hybrid Supercar P1 LEGO review

As with the other sets, the bricks are in 3 un-numbered bags, with 2 instruction booklets, a bag of interchangeable wheel trims and a full sheet of stickers.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Green Toys Recycled Plastic Children's Tool Set age 2+

I'm sad to say that this will most likely be our last review for Green Toys. My two young boys love them as much as I do, but at very nearly 5 and 6 1/2, we're getting to the top of the age range, so it's time to pass the job on to somebody else. Our Green Toys will continue to be used - mainly in the bath, garden and sandpit!

Green Toys Recycled Plastic Toy Tester Reviews

I don't need to tell you how impressed I am with Green Toys, I tell you every review, and I'm not disappointed with the Green Toys Tool Set. It's very nicely done and sturdy enough to withstand a lot of rough play from my 4 year old handyman.

Green Toys Recycled Plastic Children's Tool Set Review age 2+

Sunday, 22 February 2015

LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari LaFerrari set 75899 Review

Some things pop up when you least expect them.....

While fetching rabbit food today my other half popped into Smyths to have a quick LEGO browse and found the brand new LEGO Speed Champions sets on sale. Guessing that we must have somehow missed the official release he only bought the LaFerrari set 75899 (he needs the wheel arches for a project).

LEGO Speed Champions LaFerrari set 75899 Review pack front

LEGO Speed Champions LaFerrari set 75899 Review pack rear

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Milly, Molly books for Early Readers

The Milly, Molly box set of level 1 books is our second review for Sweet Cherry Publishing. Written by Gill Pittar and illustrated by Cris Morrell, we're reading a set of 10 books for Key Stage One children aged around 5-7 years. First published in 2000, the books have been translated into over 40 languages.

Milly, Molly set of 10 books for level 1 children review

Milly and Molly are two young girls who are good friends. They live in a town full of friendly characters and each have a cat. They are also known from the doll who inspired the books, and the animated  TV series inspired by the books. Each book promotes a different life skill.

Milly, Molly reading books for early readers review

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Fruit Heroes Natural Fruit Bars

I'd much rather feed my children something that I feel is healthier and has nutritional value, than a snack that offers their tiny bodies very little else than energy. I try and ensure they have their 5-a-day, and snacks can be a great way to help reach that number.

Fruit Heroes children's all natural snack bars review

We were given the chance to try Fruit Heroes bars. Massively popular in their native Denmark, they're a relatively new launch in the UK.

They're vegetarian and count as a full portion of fruit, are made from only natural ingredients and are raw. There are no preservatives, colourings, added sugar, added salt or Sulphur Dioxide and they are gluten and dairy free. Basically they're just fruit with a tiny amount of vegetable oil (2-3%) and water.