Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Teksta Micro Pet Puppy and Adventure Park review

We have been sent a new Teksta Mirco-Pet and Adventure Park, This is a part of their NEW MICRO (miniature) range. We received the Puppy.





There are 4 characters to collect, a Puppy, a Kitty, a Racoon and a Dinosaur. 

Each Micro Pet does the following:
  • Interactive features
  • Realistic animal sounds
  • Expressive light up eyes
  • Artificial intelligence and touch sensitive
  • Runs forwards and backwards
  • Compatibility: Interacts with you and other Teksta Pets! (Each sold separately)
  • Contents: A Teksta Micro-Pet
  • Batteries Required: (included)

Also included is track, the Teksta Micro-Pets Adventure Park.  This is a click and play track.
Puppy gets his own Adventure Park to play with, this can easily be turned in to a hamsters wheel for Puppy to play with, however their are so many different combinations to snap together.

If you have 2 or more Adventure Park characters, they can all be snapped into place and you can a giant Adventure play park, with all the pets playing together.

Liam loves animals, he is mad on dogs all shapes and sizes.  His little face lit-up when he first saw Teksta Puppy.  He has names him Zoom Zoom.  Great name as he really does whiz around. 



Zoom Zoom, was easy to taken out of the packaging.  He has the cute factor all about him.  Tiny little toys that can hand held, with big wow wow robotic eyes.  Simple to switch on, an on and off switch on the back of his head.  Touch him anywhere, Clap or speak and Puppy starts to bark and walk, both backwards and forwards.

Push down on the button on his head, he will only move forward.  Push it down again and he will move backwards and forwards again.

Well, I didn't get a look in, however I was asked to put the Adventure Park together.  Liam was not sure what to do and was too busy playing with Zoom Zoom.

When we first opened the pack, James hearing all of the noise and being nosy, he decided to join in with us.  He is creative and wanted to put the Adventure Park together.  He is 9, at times he needed help to pull the pieces apart.  

Liam liked Teksta Puppy, as Puppy can walk everywhere, as long as it was a flat smooth surface.  Small enough to hold, without being bulky and can be put in his coat pocket.  



The Adventure Park is a great way to get Teksta Puppy to interact.  He can get stuck if the Adventure Park is not put together properly.  The Adventure park can be connected together in a way for this Puppy to play with his ball. 

RRP: These set are only £19.99 Adventure Park and Micro Pet or £9.99 for a Micro Pet, they can be purchased from Smythstoys.com Suitable for 6+.
 


They are expertly well made, making it so simple for young children to connect with.  A great way to introduce them to the Teksta Family of robotic toys.






If you have get them let us know what you think.  These are great value for money, can be played with for hours.  They are affordable to collect the range too.
We are family who love tech toys, I found this great fun for the kids, it has them thinking and playing together.  
James mentions younger children would prefer micro puppy range, however I have found him playing with him on a regular bases.  

 Disclaimer: Character sent me a Teksta Micro Pet and Adventure Park for an honest review. 

  
   

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Banish those January Blues! It's Film Time

I can not believe its the 1 February.  January has felt like it lasted forever. I have really suffered the January blues.  Working long hours, over the all the fun festive periods.  I have missed my family, my friends.  Not having time to relax and the long nights have been doom and gloom.

The best way to escape is to play an awesome film, in the comfort in my home, kick back and flick the channels. However I much prefer a great movie to take me on a journey.


Fetch have so many fantastic movies.  Here is a mixture of thrilling fantasy films.
Both old and new, for all generations.

In the Heart of the Sea



MAD MAX Fury Road 




The Wizard of OZ




The Legend of Tarzan




Pan




Intersellar 


All these fantastic movies can be found on Amazon
po.st/GreatEscapes

I hope February bring you so much more joy - My favourite has been Intersellar.  The mission, the glory and such an amazing story.

Ravensburger Best of British - The Supermarket. 1000 piece adult puzzle. The review

RAVENSBURGER  - The Home to Puzzles!

I enjoy taking time for myself, however not having much time on my hands, it is hard to do things that I don't have to rushed thou.

A puzzle is a great way to get the cogs working, concentrating, without the pressure of worrying about deadlines.   With puzzles I love a challenge, working out what needs to go where. Coming and going as I please, cracking a pattern and solving areas is always fun

To bend my brain, I was sent a Ravensburger Best of British - The Supermarket.
1000 piece adult puzzle.



I looked at the box and thought, wow this is an excellent puzzle.  There is so much happening, in the scene.  People, words, speech bubbles everywhere, signs, posters, packets of foods, cartoons, fruit. Its such an entertaining scene, full of life. I would say this is a professional puzzlers dream.

It is one of the hardest puzzles I have done, actually still doing.  There is so much detail, so many colours and different areas.  I have found it is really hard to break the scenes down.


I did the normal thing, completed the edge and added as much to the edges as possible, I tried to get all the speech bubbles done.  I started this 2 weeks ago but there is so much happening.

Its a puzzle that needs a few hours here and there to be dedicated to it.  Being 1000 piece I would recommend having a large area that you can leave the puzzle when you are not putting it together.

I only have one large family table, this get uses every day for different things.

As this mega puzzle has been taking centre stage in my living room and conquering my table.
I had also been sent the best Puzzle buddy.



I was also given a foldable portable board, which is incredibly handy.  The board can easily fit both 500 and 1000 piece puzzles.  This has been so useful, I have been moving my puzzle all over my living room.  The board opens up,  you will only have to position 4 clips on each side of the board, this will make it secure.











Overall I have had so much fun and very happy to of tested out the foldable portable board, it is so useful.  Making it easy to transport my puzzle without spoiling my it.
Even everyone at home can use easily move the board, without destroying my hard work.

This is still a work in progress, very enjoyable!


This excellent puzzle can be found on the Ravensburger Website:
Ravensburger.com Currently at RPP: £11.99 Amazon - Best British Supermarket-1000pc

Also the their particle foldable puzzle board:
Ravensburger.com Puzzle-handy


If you want to bend your brain this is the puzzle for you.

Disclaimer: I was sent this puzzle for an honest review!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Minecraft series 3, Steve with a Minecart & Zombie Pigman Pack review.


If you have kids I presume you have heard of Minecraft.  I first heard of Minecraft a few years ago, I vaguely remember being asked to buy some strange block toys.

At the time I didn't get them, was it a game?  Should they be like lego and connect together?  Did they have a purpose?  Are they collectables?  Each person or very strange looking figure came with a block and a little extra.

James and Liam absolutely loved them.  Soon all the blocks fell into place, our world was turned on it's head.  Minecraft the video game was born and taken our house over.  It is Minecraft this, Minecraft that, the game has really gripped my boys and the majority of their friends.  Over the years it is evolving slowly, lots of new characters and I rather like the spin off video game Minecraft Story mode.

My little gamer dudes adore Minecraft, with all of the extensions of the merchandise is a bonus for them. 

   
The original characters from Series 1, every Minecraft fan little dream Steve, Enderman and grass blocks.  It doesn't matter if they are so called baddies or goodies, they are all very popular.

Recently, I have been sent a couple of their latest character sets from series 3.  Steve with a Minecart and torch.  Perfect for travelling quickly and running away from all the baddies.
Steve can sit in the cart, the cart has wheels and can be pushed around.  It is great as it has a function.  Steve looks exactly the same as his video game character. 


We also received a Zombie Pigman Pack.  He is my favourite.  Just because his character is newer than the original ones.  He also looks rather funky compared to the other.  Lots of colour making him standout, half pig, half zombie man.  They are rather strong in the video game too. 

These sets are excellence quality, smooth, no sharp corners.  The new sets all gel with the existing sets.

When James and Liam received the packs they screamed the house down.  These little sets went down a dream.

Let me introduce you to my sons, who will explain their new toys!



Both of these Minecraft sets can be purchased Smyths Toys;
RRP is £7.99 however they are being sold in all major toy stores and are available online.
There are plenty of great new characters to collect!

Who is favourite, let me know. I love hearing from you.

Disclaimer: We were sent a couple of sets for an honest review.  




Saturday, 7 January 2017

Natural History Museum, Ice Rink Open until 8th Jan 2017 - The Review




I have had a busy few weeks, I worked over Christmas and New Years.  Unfortunately I didn't have much family time during the festive period.  We needed some quality time together.
Luckily we were invited by Regatta The Out-Door Clothes Company to The Natural History Museum Ice-Rink over the Christmas holiday.  We have been to both the Natural History and Science Museum's many times.  However we have never been ice-skating anywhere.  James and Liam have never been, I haven't been since my teens... This is a very long time ago.


It is always nice to take my sons to new places and get them to experience new things.  We headed to London, it took us an hour to reach South Kensington from our Hertfordshire home.  Navigating the London underground system like professionals, it was easy.  However I will offer you some advice, do not travel before 8.45 and between 16.45 and 19.30.  Peak-times also known as the Rush Hour.  It's a nightmare with children, you and your kids will be battered by the 9-5 working crew.


We reached The Ice-Rink for 2pm, we had time too swap our shoes for ice-skating boots.  If your children are beginners you can hire Penguins, at £5 a pop.  To be honest these are value for money, I would not of been able to guide 2 beginners around the rink by myself.

You can leave valuables at the desk for £2, I choose to do this as my handbag would of got in the way.

a) I have not been skating in years.  However as a child I used to roller skate everywhere.
b) Darren aka daddy/other-half, can't skate while he seem keen prior to arrival. The look of panic was setting in.
c) Once the skates were on Darren was now giving off a hint of an angry vibe.

These are the moments I wish I had a magic wand to ensure everyone will be okay.  No-one wants to get hurt, fall over for that epic fail moment and look like a whally in front of their kids.

Feeling eager I led the kids to the ice to meet their penguins.  Walking in the stake boots in the lounge area is so easy.  The kids looked surprised and held on to their penguins for dear life.  Darren was already on the ice-rink, hosting white knuckles holding on to the side and walking the ice-rink.  He kept on slipping, I had to hide my face from the giggling. At first he wasn't enjoying the experience, he started relaxing when he saw me and the boys were okay.

Surprising a lot of people were holding on and walking around.  Even I started holding on, however with both boys on their penguins.  Liam was doing an impression of Fred Flint, twinkle toes feet, his feet were going really fast but he was going nowhere.  James on the other hand was showing much potential, he was keeping walking pace, but kept going in the wrong direction, he was trying to get around.

I soon let go and mostly helped Liam get around, now James was building up his confidence and would go off alone, very excited he would try to lap us.  The funniest times, would be when they fell on their bums, thankfully no-one got hurt, just cold bums and legs.  It was funny, not serious and made the experience a good laugh.

Darren was on the sidelines watching us now.  He was smiling now and feeling more himself.  I would leave the boys near their dad to whiz off and do a lap.  I was like a duck to water, I could skate fast, but felt a little shaky if anyone got too close to me.

We had a fantastic time, even thou I wasn't too sure what would happen with 3 beginners, we all found our feet and had a great time.  Even Darren watching from the safety of the sideline said he enjoyed watching us.

The ice-rink wasn't over crowded, it had a lovely family feel to it, lots of staff on hand, helping adults and children to get around.  I was worried an hour would be too long, thinking the boys would want to get off.  I was wrong, they didn't need to rest.  We all left with big appetites, feeling happy and both James and Liam are desperate to return.


The Natural History Museum opens their ice-rink once a year for a few weeks over the Christmas and New Years period, they even host an event at a local Night Club on the 31st December.
During the day it does get very bust at times, however they do have safety guidelines and cant go over numbers.  I would recommend prebooking your session online and get there early, giving yourself enough time to change.  If you require Penguin hire they are limited to each session, get them early to avoid disappointment.


Each session last for an hour, this is perfect for the family.  It is also reasonable priced. Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80, families from £39.60 - Booking fee on top.

There is also a mini ice-rink for very little people.  If you get hungry, The Cafe Bar serves all manner of snacks, cakes, hot food, tea and alcoholic beverages. 

The waiting/changing rooms are warm too.  The bathrooms are also kept clean.
 

There is no minimum age, children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Skate hire is free of charge. Sizes range from child size 7 (Euro 25) to adult 15.

This is the last weekend.  So if you fancy doing something fun in London and still holding on to the Christmas vibe.  I recommend get over to the Natural History Museum this weekend.

Opening Times:
Saturday: 9.00 - 23.00
Sunday: 9.00 - 22.00

2 - 8 January 2017

Monday - Wednesday: 9.00 - 22.00
Thursday - Saturday: 9.00 - 23.00
Sunday: 9.00 - 22.00
- See more at: http://157.140.2.10/visit/exhibitions/ice-rink/visit-and-booking.html?_ga=1.253563393.981577850.1483807229#sthash.9NIDT7LH.dpuf

2 - 8 January 2017

Monday - Wednesday: 9.00 - 22.00
Thursday - Saturday: 9.00 - 23.00
Sunday: 9.00 - 22.00
- See more at: http://157.140.2.10/visit/exhibitions/ice-rink/visit-and-booking.html?_ga=1.253563393.981577850.1483807229#sthash.9NIDT7LH.dpuf
Saturday 9.00 - 23.00
Sunday    9.00 - 22.00

I would like to thanks Regatta Outdoor clothes, not only did they invite our for a groovy day out, they sent us our beautiful, warm and comfortable winter jackets.

Disclaimer: We were invited and sent some beautiful jackets for an honest review.

If you are in London, get your skates on head to Natural history Museum's Ice-Rink. Be sure to say hi, I love reading your comments.

Friday, 16 December 2016

#WIN 12 Days of Skylanders - #SkylandersImaginators Advent - Started 12.12.16


For all of you SKYLANDERS FANS!!! I am happy to be hosting the best Skylanders giveaway this year!!! 

Skylanders have teamed up with 6 AWESOME Bloggers to give you 12 Days of Skylanders giveaway.

We have 12 fabulous prizes! Each blogger has 24 hours to host their giveaway:



Check us out over on TWITTER!


Starter Pack                                                  Kaos, Jingle Bell Chompy Mage and Bad Juju

Day 1 - 12.12  @Jacintaz3                              Day 7 - 18.12 @Jacintaz3
Day 2 - 13.12  @etspeaksfrom                       Day 8 - 19.12 @etspeaksfrom
Day 3 - 14.12  @ericahughes                         Day 9 - 20.12 @ericahughes
Day 4 - 15.12  @familyfourfun                        Day 10 -21.12 @familyfourfun
Day 5 - 16.12  @littleboo_21                          Day 11 -22.12 @littleboo_21
Day 6 - 17.12  @LondonBirdLucy                  Day 12 -23.12 @LondonBirdLucy



We are all giving away AWESOME characters,
3 Imaginator Senseis Kaos, Jingle Bell Chompy Mage and Bad Juju.


It is the Final Countdown for @littleboo_21
Sarah is passing the #Skylander Advent to me!!! Make sure to Follow and RT her giveaway before midnight today (16.12.16)

DAY 6 - 17.12.17 Make sure to Follow and RT me  @LondonBirdLucy #SkylandersImaginators  - Saturday 17th December RT HERE >> Skylanders Imaginators Day 6
Someone will win Skylanders giveaway - Each giveaway is running for 24 hours only
 

DAY 7 18.12.16 FOLLOW and RT  @Jacintaz3

And so on!!

So what are you waiting for!!! Good luck Skylanders Buddies 
Wishing you a fantastic Gaming Christmas 

Disclaimer: Please note this is un sponsored post, however we have been given a some Imaginators as a thank you.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Coming before Christmas, Kidscast TV APP! and a great giveaway enter now

Kidscast is coming soon, which is a new entertainment app for 'KIDS'.  Perfect for our younger generation to learn and be entertained in the comfort of their own homes.  It's packed full of shows, games and activities.  Perfect for this coming Christmas.

The website is user-friendly great from younger kids too, as the app to aimed to 3-12 years. 
There is a monthly subscription of £3.99 for the app which is available on iTunes and Google stores. 
Kids have plenty here to keep them amused for hours, they can watch cartoons and kids shows, play awesome games and so much more!  

KIDS LEARN - PLAY - WATCH  - CAST

Kids Cast is advert free also their are no horrible external links with in-app purchases. 

The great news Kids Cast is offering a 7 days free Trail! CLICK HERE >> link


 Here are some of the fantastic show that will be available!!! Some old and new too 


What’s on Kidscast over Christmas




Little Monsters

Little Monsters is a British animated children's television that ran from 1998–1999 on BBC1. This children’s animated series follows little monsters in their funny and fascinating adventures.



Microscopic Milton 

Children's animated shorts featuring a tiny character who lives in a clock in Mrs Witherspoon's house. Only his friend Douglas, a shaggy dog, knows that he is there. A lovely and charming series that children will fall in love with.



Om Nom Stories

Featuring the energetic character Om Nom on the latest adventures, the cute little green monster from Cut the Rope.



Cockleshell Bay

Charming British animated series about two children, Robin and Rosie, who have moved with their family to the seaside town of the title in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Beautiful series that is a pleasure to watch and share with the family.



Alias the Jester

The show follows the adventures of a time traveller by the name of Alias and his dog-like companion Boswell. Alias the Jester - A "time traveller bold" as said in the title track. After crashing in the Middle Ages he gets a job as a jester for King Arthur. He also fights crime as the Red Knight, who the wizard Meredith believes he summoned. Boswell - Alias' dog-like alien companion, apparently possessing a fairly high intellect as he is able to understand Alias and take orders. Very entertaining series that’s kids will love!



Creepy Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies was a stop motion animation series following the characters on their latest adventures.



Victor & Hugo

The misadventures of two bumbling burglar brothers, tall and thin leader Victor, who's vain and selfish, and short and chubby Hugo, who's silly and fun-loving. Plenty of fun to be had watching the entertaining series.




Sooty

Sooty is a loveable and innocent British born children's television series. These retro episodes pull on the heart strings of parents across the UK and provide the opportunity to share those special memories with their children too. With Sooty, Sweep and Sue around there is always fun to be had!



Rainbow

Rainbow ran on ITV for 20 years, mostly at lunchtimes. It became one of the highest rating children shows of all time and one of most enduringly popular. After over 1500 shows, Rainbow came to an end in 1992, but the show remains a massive success with people of all ages. Originally it was intended to develop language and number skills for pre-school children and feature the iconic characters Bungle, George and Zippy!



The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows is a TV series that was originally broadcast between 1984 and 1987, based on characters from Kenneth Grahame's classic story The Wind in the Willows. Follow Mr Toad and friends on their magical and charming adventures.

I am pleased to be able to give one of my fantastic followers a super prize:
Multi-award winning Whisbear® The Humming Bear is an innovative sleep aid created by two Mothers. Based on their own experience, they have designed a product aimed to help newborns with a smooth transition from a prenatal to postnatal life by recreating soothing sounds of the womb. Whisbear® is the first sleep aid  featuring the CRYsensor, an intelligent device that automatically activates calming white noise when your baby starts crying. But Whisbear® is so much more than just a sleep product. It is also a sensory toy, a unique playtime companion that promotes both - fine motor and sensory development skills

If this is the first you have heard of Kidscast, pop on over and take a look! You may even like it.
 
I have a special giveaway, a Multi-award winning Whisbear® The Humming Bear is an innovative sleep aid created by two Mothers. Based on their own experience, they have designed a product aimed to help newborns with a smooth transition from a prenatal to postnatal life by recreating soothing sounds of the womb. Whisbear® is the first sleep aid  featuring the CRYsensor, an intelligent device that automatically activates calming white noise when your baby starts crying. But Whisbear® is so much more than just a sleep product. It is also a sensory toy, a unique playtime companion that promotes both - fine motor and sensory development skills (Please note colour may vary).

Make sure to enter a great gadget for any little baby!  

T&Cs:
 Please follow the 5 steps:
Leave a comment on my blog
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Visit my Facebook fanpage; Its a London Bird Thing
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Ends 18th December 2016
Open to UK residence only
Only open 18+ (If you are younger please ask a parent to enter)
 - Winner contacted soon after and details made public on my social media sites.