Aug 17

Igloo Mania Review

Family time this week has mostly involved playing Igloo Mania; we love playing games so was very happy to give this one a test run and review it!Photo 14-08-2017, 21 55 55Igloo Mania is a game of steady hands, strategy and fun. In the box there is 64 blocks that build an igloo, there is a dome base and a dome guide (to make it easier for younger players to build), four ice picks for the players to use and Parka Pete who sits on top. The kids were too excited to play and ripped into it before i got to take photos of the contents still in there packaging.Photo 16-08-2017, 19 59 15

The idea of the game is to take a block using your ice pick and to not collapse the Igloo. If the igloo crashes down on your turn, you lose!  The Ice Blocks are numbered so that at the end of the game the player with the steadiest hands who has managed to take out the trickiest blocks will be the winner!Photo 16-08-2017, 20 04 17

Playing the game is easy, you take it in turns to remove ice blocks; using the ice picks that you hook into the slot, turn to lock and pull (gently of course!). But remember, don’t let Parka Pete fall! Set up is easy too, especially if you use the dome guide! The kids are able to set up and play on their own which is always a bonus in my eyes!

This is a cracking game of skill & tension, it is a lot of fun and has left us in fits of giggles. I have to be honest – the kids are better at it than I am, they have much steadier hands! I have lost…a lot!Photo 16-08-2017, 20 11 34

This game reminds me of games from my childhood – the likes of Kerplunk and Mr Pop; the type of game where the tension builds as you wait to see if something will drop, pop or fall! The type of game where the tension is part of the fun!

I think this a fab game; it is aimed at those 5 years old and above – I definitely think that 5 year olds would enjoy it and in our house, the 7, 9, and thirty somethings love it!

Mouse says

“This game is so much fun, it is easy for me and my brother to play and I want to play it again now!”

I am sure this will be coming out over and over again during our family time!

Disclosure:

I was not paid to write this review, however I was given the game to keep to be able to test and offer my/our honest opinion on it!

Aug 15

COMPETITION – Win a MOKURU Fidget Toy

This has been a year where my children have really got involved with the latest crazes; the DAB, the bottle flip and the fidget spinner! When we were ask to review the MOKURU fidget toy – they loved that too!

The MOKURU is THE latest craze from Japan and it is BIG!!

20663729_10154656247715925_5650579813318929310_nIt is a handheld wooden toy and was originally designed to test an individual’s balance and focus – now this simple design is testing the dexterity of fast fingered flippers everywhere. Crafted out of beech wood into an eye catching cool design, players can flip tip and spin one MOKURU or more.

It comes in so many colours; it is the new black or, as the Japanese say, Genbu. Also available in green (Matcha), orange, (Kirin) white (Byakko), red (Suzaku), blue (Seiryu) and yellow (Inazuma)!19807423_10159047396510445_565176905_o

It is the perfect size to fit in your pocket and for both kids and adults to play with! When you get really good with it you can do tricks too!

The lovely folk at MOKURU want to give people a chance to win, so If you fancy owning one for yourself, see below!

You can find out more on facebook , instagram  and their website

MOKURU fidget toy (3 winners)

Aug 14

Swatch Skin Watch #yourmove

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to an event with Swatch; I got really excited as I remember Swatch from being a teenager and I love them!! I read further and found that part of the event was a dance class. I love dancing but haven’t ever done a dance class and this would be in front of people.

But I love Swatch!!! So I bit the bullet and agreed……………and I am so pleased I did!!

We first headed over to the swatch store in the Intu Victoria centre in Nottingham, it is a lovely shop, laid out brilliantly and is nice and light so you can see everything really well. the staff who chatted to us were knowledgable and very friendly!Photo 29-06-2017, 18 08 28What I was really impressed to see what the massive range of watches they have, I would be surprised if there wasn’t a watch for everyone – there is so many colours, designs and styles!

The range we were there to look at was the ‘SKIN’ range, and to put it bluntly – it was fantastic! Loads of styles, many colours; such a choice!Photo 29-06-2017, 18 40 43The Skin range is such a good idea, the watches are super thin (only 3.90 mm high) so rest against you like a second skin. I haven’t worn a watch for years because I feel claustrophobic around my wrists when I do, however at the event I wore the watch during both the shop experience and the dance class that came later and I barely noticed it. I have been wearing it since and now love wearing a watch again!

Choosing which watch to have in the shop was difficult, there really was all sorts; I fell in love with two and it took me ages to decide.Photo 29-06-2017, 18 29 20I eventually (after consulting everyone in the room and even sending the hubby a message) decided on the blue one – it is more me and I thought it could go with loads of things. Photo 29-06-2017, 18 39 11After choosing our watches we headed over to Signature studios to give them a test run, can you wear them during exercise and still be comfy? The answer is a big fat yes! I wore it through out and  it was great – still working even after I grossly sweated over it!

The dance class was brilliant we learnt some street dance moves and it was brilliant, such a laugh and a whole lot of fun!

I would definitely recommend the SKIN range if you are sporty or like me you just don’t really like wearing watches. When I need a new watch I will be heading back to Swatch as I loved what they have on offer! I was also really impressed to see the kids range – it was fantastic! Again, loads of choice and tools to help them learn to tell the time!

Jul 31

Spin Master Spy Gear Ultimate Ninja Night Vision Review

Being a spy is cool, just ask my 9 year old (Monkey), he will tell you. When they did Spy writing at school it was way better than normal English writing lessons! We were given the opportunity to review the Spy Gear Ultimate Ninja Night Vision from Spinmaster and Agent Monkey and Agent Mouse..could..not…wait!The young agents were very keen to get on with their mission; they wanted to rip open their new equipment the moment they saw it. In the box there is two parts – the goggles and the eye piece. 20598036_10159195395085445_902392751_oAll you need to get going is 3 x AAA batteries. Set up is easy, all you have to do is insert the batteries and then clip the eye piece onto the goggles! You then flip the on switch; it is super simple to do and then you can get on searching in the dark!20622942_10159195350210445_680660641_oIt is really easy to do and once this mini bit of set up is done, you are ready to go! The kids ran off to our under stairs cupboard (where it is really dark when the door is shut) to give them a test run!There is a black elastic band for you to pull around your head ot keep the goggles on, this is adjustable although we found it still slightly too big for Mouse so she had to hold them in place; this did not bother her or hinder the use of the toy! Monkey loved them straight away and found the goggles to be ‘amazing’! He stayed under the stairs for a while, just looking at everything. I recorded him talking whilst he was under there (apologies there are no pictures on the video – it was dark and I didn’t have the goggles!)

I have had a go on them and they really are brilliant; I am super impressed with the image they give you, I was expecting it to be unclear what you were looking at (being a toy) but there is no doubting the clear picture you get from them. I love that they can be used by children od different ages and are simple to use. They are aimed at children 6 years old and up and both my two (aged 9 and 7) had no problem using them at all!

The part of the goggles against your eyes are made from a very soft rubber and they are extremely comfortable, I can see these being played with a lot. in fact we are going on a summer camp next week and they are coming with us – especially from when we play hide and seek in the dark (I think I may win this year), the toy tells me I could see up to 30 feet with them so they will come in handy!

This is a definite toy for any budding Spy, Spinmaster have other products in their Spy Gear range and we will definitely be looking out for more of their products as we are so impressed with this one! Available from toy shops and online retailers we would give a big thumbs up recommendation!

Jul 31

Craft Time Mosaics My Pretty Journal

Mouse is a massive craft fan so when I saw that reviewers were needed for the Craft Time Mosaics My Pretty Journal, I jumped at it! I knew that mouse would love to have a go and would tell you what she thought honestly! IMG_5508Within the set you get the journal (which is a lovely lined notepad), the mosaic squares in various colours and some gem stickers. IMG_5524Mouse was very excited, she liked that it is pink, she liked that it has lots of coloured squares, she loved that there were lots of sparkles on it. She could not wait to get stuck in decorating it and said she thought it was epic that after she had done her craft she could use the item even more! IMG_5534The square mosaics are very simple to use, you just peel and stick! There are pictures of squares on the journal to guide you where to put them. Mouse discovered that when you fold the book open the design looks like a butterfly! She loved this, her words were ‘that is amazing, I love it!’IMG_5551The paper inside the notepad is fab, it is really good quality and is very pretty. Mouse takes after her mum having a bit of a stationary habit so she is very pleased to have a journal! She has big plans for writing songs in it!

Mouse has the final word

“I love notepads and I love my new one, I like that I can decorate it myself as it makes it more mine and I can’t wait to write in it. It is pretty and I think it is EPIC!!”IMG_5566

Jul 30

#GothGirlReadingClub with Come Round

We were lucky enough to be a part of #GothGirlReadingClub this weekend thanks to ‘Come Round’, so I thought I would tell you a little about it. The kids were happy when the party pack arrived – mainly because it included two of their favourite things – Books and Baking!

I was happy as nothing goes better with a good book than a nice sweet snack and i love spending time with the kids baking, it is real quality time. Added to that there is something about the kids diving into books that gives me a real ‘Proud mummy moment’!20562998_10159189785940445_197802452_n

Both of my kids are bookworms and are ready to dive into a book at any time! They were very excited with the party pack and having new books to read.

But first we got to baking…

The Goth Girl series is written by bestselling author and illustrator Chris Riddell,  The star of the books is Ada Goth, you canf follow her as she has adventures including meeting the ghost of a mouse, helping host a fete worse than death and making friends.

We received Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell (paperback edition) and Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death by Chris Riddell  (paperback edition) in our party pack, along with some samplers to give away! It didn’t take long for people to dive into reading them! So far the opinion is that they are fun books and reading them with biscuit in hand is even better!

I have to be honest; we did what we are told not to and we judged these books by their cover; their covers gave a promise that they would be a great read – so far, so good! We have a bit to go but so far I am told that they are good books, fun to read and they definitely want to read more!

Jul 27

My favourite shoes from Hotter

So last year I went to an amazing event held by Hotter Shoes in Derby, sadly i didn’t get to tell you about it because of various reasons I won’t go into. However, I want to tell you about it now…in fact I NEED to tell you about it now, because that day I didn’t only enjoy the event, I didn’t only have a ‘hotter moment’ but I discovered my favourite shoes.Photo 05-09-2016, 18 26 20

Now I have mentioned a few times before that I am not really a ‘shoe girl’, I don’t really like shoe shopping and I tend to migrate towards trainers because I know they work for me!

The event in Derby was fantastic; the staff from Hotter were lovely and they really know how to look after a girl and make her feel comfortable when she is well and truly outside of her Comfort Zone! Of course the delicious nibbles and drinks helped too! Photo 05-09-2016, 18 34 17The thing that always surprises me about Hotter is that they have a wide range of shoes they have that suit a wide range of people! I know they have a bit of a reputation for being for the older lady (I used to believe this too) and in one sense they are, because they cater for the older lady…as well as the younger lady and the middle of the road aged lady too!!

In fact they don’t just cater for the lady, they also cater for the MAN!! Yep, they have a range of men’s shoes too!

I am really impressed with the choice of styles and the choice of colours! During the event we checked out their ‘originals‘ range, i love that they still hail back to their routes and have this range available, the styles have been picked by the founder Stewart Houlgrave as the much-loved styles that are the true embodiment of their Comfort Concept.

They have so many fab ranges and I am particularly drawn to the Active (well that is where we find the trainers)! I tried on every pair of trainers in the shop and found my Hotter Moment with the Dart trainer (in Black). Photo 05-09-2016, 18 36 02Honestly these are the most comfortable trainers I have ever owned, they felt like slippers…in fact even more comfortable than slippers; it felt like I wasn’t wearing any shoes – which is actually my preference, I don’t really like my feet feeling constricted! If I had told you about them when I first got them I would have said how cool they look, how comfortable they felt on and how I was very excited to wear them.Photo 05-09-2016, 19 28 11What I can tell you now after having a them for a few months is that I have worn my trainers almost everyday since I have had them. They don’t just feel comfortable when you put them on, they remain comfortable the entire time I am wearing them. I have worn them to work for full days and they have been great, I spend time walking to places and with children in my job so comfort is priority and these have not let me down.

I have worn them for days out, playing sport with the kids, to go to the shops…the list goes on! They are still going strong, several months later and I am sure they are going to last quite a bit longer. I love them and will be buying my next pair of shoes (trainers or otherwise) from Hotter! I would recommend them for choice, for their customer service, for how the shoes last and for the comfort!

Jul 23

My Sunday Photo

Photo 22-07-2017, 15 19 12We had a lovely family day out yesterday at Wheelgate Park in Nottingham, this was just one of the photos that made me smile! There was so much fun, a lot of giggles, much exploring and just generally a day that created amazing memories!

Photalife

Jul 09

My Photo from the Week

IMG_5356The balloons we got from the very impressive Smudgy the Clown at Nottingham’s Independants Festival! So much talent on show and so much fun had!

Photalife

Jul 07

MOKURU Review

As we are coming to the end of term, it is funny looking back at the trends that have filled the year; the DAB, bottle flipping and the fidget spinner. The real question is ‘Will the MOKURU be the next one?’19807423_10159047396510445_565176905_o

The MOKURU is the latest craze from Japan so I am sure that it won’t take long to catch on here. It is a handheld wooden toy that was originally designed to test an individual’s balance and focus and now it is testing the dexterity of fast fingered flippers everywhere.19807889_10159047396465445_1677612082_o

The MOKURU is crafted out of beech wood which gives it a really nice look and feel, it is a good size and is small enough to fit into a pocket (so can go anywhere).

Originally designed as a desk toy, it is great to fidget with, fiddle with and play with; then as you become a MOKURU master you can learn show off your skills and maybe even use more than one at once!

It isn’t easy to get straight away, although to be able to flip it or spin it has come quickly. Like anything practice makes perfect and the more you play the more you can do! I did worry it it would become frustrating (especially for the children) if we didn’t pick it up easily, but it really hasn’t.

There is the addictive factor of other crazes and it almost feels like a challenge to yourself to beat how well you did it the time before that you just keep going! I have even found myself fiddling with it when I hadn’t realised.19727377_10159052296705445_171097675_oThese will retail at £9.99 and are available from both Smyths and Amazon, however there are a lot of fakes out there too so ensure you get the real thing if you are wanting to buy them! You can see more videos over on their Facebook page – see the experts in action!

 

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