Wednesday, 10 February 2016

ANDY'S AMAZING ADVENTURE - AMAZING NEW #KIDS MAGAZINE! Packed with Wildlife and Dinosaurs, my son loves it #Review





Who's familiar with 'ANDY'S AMAZING ADVENTURE'
My youngest is a huge fan of this factual Adventure show on Cbeebies

As from TODAY! 10th February, Andy’s Amazing Adventures magazine being released at all major shops.

Andy’s has really got about recently, with his amazing television shows, showcasing what our wonderful World has to offer.  Wild Adventures, Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures.

This fabulous new magazine is perfect for our little explorers.  Liam adores all wildlife and anything Dinosaurs related anyway, I just knew he would like it.

In every issue Andy will be our trusted guide, exploring our World and even travel through time in his time travelling clock.  He gets to meet some awesome creatures on his travels, he also faces dangers and gets to solve problems along the way.

Each magazine is packed with puzzles, stickers, colouring pages, stories, posters and collecting cards and each issue comes with a great gift.


So what are you waiting for? This is an excellent pre-schoolers magazine (IT SAYS PRE-SCHOOL, HOWEVER HIGHLY EDUCATIONAL & FUN FOR OLDER KIDS TOO)  packed with educational facts.  With so much to read and do.  Grab a copy today!

Andy's Adventures focuses on key educational needs:- It supports the Early Years Curriculum.
1) Finding Out
2) Feeling Good
3) Physical Development
4) Maths
5) Creative
6) Communication & Literacy




In this weeks issue the free toys are a T-Rex Grabber plus 5 little dinosaur friends.  Liam has added these to his collection.  He likes  his T-Rex Grabber the best, as it eats all the dinosaurs and gets our dog growling.

Just in case you are not familiar with Andy and his friends from the National Museum where Andy works.  There is a nice introduction. 'Who's Who?' to start us off on our journey.



I went to have a look first, Liam promptly decided it was his turn, so after he had a quick flick through, before we read it together.  Good thing too, as we have been reading together and Liam has been doing all the tasks.  

The magazine has been put together exceptionally well, just the same as Andy Adventures on Cbeebies. The stories takes the readers on adventures, with enough interesting facts not to over load young minds.  Then there are sections to recap and test your brain from what was just read.

We went wild with Tigers, back in time with Stegosaurus and T-Rex and had some under water Super Swimmer action too.  This magazine has some great activities too.



For just £2.75 this is a great quality monthly magazine, well worth the the money.  The entire magazine is in biggish print, making it easy for young kids to clearly see the words.  After 20 minutes we had an army of dinosaurs taking over the frontroom.  Liam loves his new magazine and so do I, so much to do,  lots to learn for everyone.  I like that he his gotten really immersed in it and this magazine has made him really happy.

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Monday, 8 February 2016

NORM OF THE NORTH, In cinemas on 18th March, 2016 #KidsCinema #Kids

“NORM OF THE NORTH”
JOURNEYS SOUTHWARDS TO UK CINEMAS!  


GET READY TO MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE FURRY FRIEND AS NORM HITS CINEMAS ON 18TH MARCH 2016

A new original family feature NORM OF THE NORTH. Norm will be Arctic shaking his way into cinemas on 18th March, 2016.
I hope audiences will fall in love with Norm, he a special polar bear with the rare gift of being able to talk with us humans. Along with his 3 trusty lemming sidekicks Norm takes a thrilling and hilarious journey to New York on a quest to save his beloved homeland from property developers. 

This great new feature has a fantastic line up of top A-class voice talent and a host of new Arctic characters. I am more than sure Norm will become an instant favourite with families across the country.  

In addition to our loveable hero, Britain’s favourite comedian and finest export, James Corden, whips up a (snow) storm as the voice of thespian ‘polar bear impersonator’, Laurence.
Directed by Trevor Wall, the furry adventure also features the voices of Rob Schneider as Norm; Heather Graham as high-flying marketing exec with a conscience, Vera; Bill Nighy as wise bird, Socrates; and Colm Meaney as ‘King of the Arctic’, Grandfather.
Synopsis:
Norm, a polar bear of many words, has a gripe, it's simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. When a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do, he heads to New York City to stop it. With his cast of sidekicks lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day.  

I hope to see you there!

  

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Skylander Superchargers, Meeting some of the new vehicles and chartacters and a great new Superchargers Giveaway!



We received a Super Bundle of Skylanders today, the new Superchargers Vehicles and a couple of their newest characters.

James and Liam have been massive Skylanders fans for a couple of years, they have a wide selection of Skylanders through the generations.  This is their reaction to the new selection that arrived. 








Our new Supercharges, armoured, slick, hard, fast and strong.

Some great new designs and revamped old characters.

The new vehicles and their signature drivers make cracking combos.

 Amazing Game Play, keeping kids and parents happy.













As all gamers do, they spend a lot of time watching their YouTube heroes playing games.  James and Liam are no different, they watch Skylanders vids, so they can master the levels themselves.   James has honestly been asking for a while now to start doing videos.

So what's a mum to do?...





As you can see, James jumped at the chance to use the new Slatter Splasher vehicle & Signature Driver Splat, now a Supercharger combo.  Splat has some serious artistic ninja fighting skills and Splatter Splasher rides like a dream, smooth and slick, cutting through the waves.


I hope you enjoyed James' first proper YouTube video. He really enjoyed it.  It was so much fun, he did another one.


Here is James trying to conquer Warden Moneybone using Supercharger Tech team High Volt and Shield Striker, sorry you may hear an excited mum, giving James some advice.
  


I have to say, I am very impressed with this super selection.  Skylander Superchargers is all about the vehicles, for me the water vehicles are brilliant because they have so much more going for them, all the underwater action looks so neat, the steering is great fun too.  As James mentioned they are fairly easy to control too.   Splat and Spatter Splasher do make an Epic Superchargers team!!!

The game its self is awesome, gameplay is brilliant, the levels are fun and different throughout, each being challenging.  The bosses always get harder to defeat.  Most of all we love the racing tracks games, they are fun for competitive types, hands-up if that's you then.   My hand is up!

The Superchargers have so much detail, they are cool toys.  Liam even plays with the vehicles as cars.  The art work, design is great, quality is top notch characters with the cute funny faces.  However if they are played with too roughly they will break, they are not indestructible.  


As I said in my Youtube clip I am giving away the Shield Striker vehicle for a wonderful reader. (Please note the box has been damaged - as very excited little boy went to open it)

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Fantasy Box, Something for the LOVERS! Review





I don't want to offend anyone, however I am going to be talking about SEX!
Everyone has their own views about sex, I personal love a little nooky.

OMG If you could hear some the things I discuss with my girlfriends, girls love to talk about sex!  

I have been with boyfriend for over 10 years.  I will never forget the first time I saw him, my heart skipped a beat, I was instantly attracted to him.  A moment later I was being introduced to him.  I played it super cool within a week he was taking me out on our first date.  I still get the excited feeling inside when I look into his eyes.   10 years on, we rarely spend time apart from each other, we talk about everything and trust each other whole heartily.

After a long day at work, coming home to our house, were our kids are full of beans from the moment they open their eyes until their a sleep.  We as couple don't give each other enough one to one time.  We are not feeling romantic.  Most of the evening we are committed to other things. It did get me thinking, why don't we just go to bed early... We are not as spontaneous as we were before kids but the passion and love we have is still there.    

I first saw The Fantasy Box over on my friends blog  Mellissa Williams blog; The Diary of a Jewellery Lover, I thought this looked so much fun.  So I delighted to hear from Fantasy Box to review one of their Classic Boxes out for my myself.


When it arrived, I waited for him to come home and together we sneaked in our bedroom for peek.  The Fantasy Box, is filled with lovely intimate sensational treats.  The contents gets you thinking and your senses tingling.

 PART 1: Lets talk about SEX!!

Step 1: Complete questionnaires prior to dinner. I suggest take some private time and fill this in alone, don't rush it.


We needed to complete our 'His' and 'Hers' questionnaires. I know an actual questionnaire, but this makes our Fantasy Box so much fun. If either of you feel shy, the questionnaire gives both of you an opportunity to talk about your likes and dislikes, its a fantastic way to learn new things about each other.  I found this very relaxing and exciting, a bit like therapy.

Step 2: Dinner
We planned a date night.  I'd suggest getting in the mood, (firstly, we put them to bed a little earlier then normal) I played music all evening, we turned our gadgets off.

Step 3: Communication 
We had a romantic dinner together.  Here we went through our answers, nothing was awkward.  I had surprised him with a couple of my answers.  This really helped getting us in the mood.

 
PART 2: Leader & Follower!!

Let the games begin, I was the follower... I do love a bossy man ;) 

The Fantasy Box comes with a Leader & Follower cards, each card has simply instructions, that give the users new ways to explore each other.  Nothing horrible or scary, hence why you need to start off with Part 1 to understand each other boundaries, communication is key.   

The Fantasy come with some with a Ribber Pipe Dream Gadget... batteries are included too LOL. 125ml natural intimate lubricant, a Body Boudoir Soy Candle, the forbidden fruit scent is really lovely, very sexy. A rather saucy nightie and string thong.     

The questionnaires really helps the leader decide how to take control...


Remember this is a fantasy box, its fun, exciting, thrilling, sharing loving caring moments with someone you care about, be it a new partner or someone you've been together with for years.

We had a very good time.  I would recommend this to all my friends and readers go for it!  Weather you our all tongue & cheek, shy or a horny freak under the sheets, this box could help you reach your bedroom goals, well desires.  It's fun and super cheeky.

SUBSCRIBE:
There offer 2 boxes on this service; The Classic at £49 and The Platinum £109. These are sent every other month.  You can cancel your subscription at any time.

GIFTS:
Same as the above Classic and Platinum available, you can make a once off purchase, send to a friend, your lover, anyone who might need some loving.

BOXES/BUNDLES:
They also stock a wide range of Fantasy boxes and Bundle sets, Sensual, Playful, Control and Costume.  Prices start from £49.  They have something for everyone's fantasies!

If you want to spice up your love life, why not buy him or her a little fantasy treat.

These will also make great gift indeed for Valentines!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope I haven't made you blush!! Must just a little lusty. Ha Ha!

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Stick Man, the film - Review - Released on DVD 1st February


Stick Man is a story about an actual 'Stick Man', he lives in the family tree, with his stick lady love and their stick children three.  However one day Stick Man has an adventure of lifetime, taking him far away to new unwelcome sights.  All he wants is to get home to his wife and their three stick children.     

This story has been written by the Award Winning writer Julia Donaldson.  Her stories are very catchy and playful with little meanings, families adore her beautiful books.   Mine always listen with wide eyes, her stories never bore them, they always ask for more. 









Stick Man is the 3rd story of Julia's books to be changed into a film animation.  Following the huge success of The Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo, I am sure this will be a big hit too.     




Axel Scheffler is the illustrator and compliments Julia's stories with the cutest cartoon characters, which have been turned into fabulous animations for the film.  The whole package is unforgettable and very recognisable.  It's wonderful to see these stories come to life on the screen.


We have had a very exciting afternoon, being spoiled watching Stick Man before it's release. Monday 1st February 2016. 

The Cast is great, Martin Freeman makes a super passionate Stick Man.  Huge Bonneville is Santa. Not forgetting the wonderful Rob Brydon, Russell Tovey and Sally Hawkins they are here too.  Jennifer Saunders is the main Narrator, she is wonderful. 

The film first viewed on Christmas day on the BBC.  The BBC recorded 10 Millions viewers, that is truly amazing. If you have fallen for this wonderful story too and would like to join in the family fun, here is a activity sheet or please contact me to email you a copy. 


I hope you have enjoyed my post in celebrating the release of Stick Man.  Make sure to check out my fellow Bloggers on Twitter #StickManDVD.

Useful information: 
Release Date: 1st February
Certificate:
Genre: Family / Animation / Family
Runtime:  27 minutes

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Disclaimer: This is an unsponsored post - I was sent a copy of the DVD to review, this is my honest opinion.  

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Buddies a true friend to brush your teeth with, espeically for little fussypots. Review on the Apple Fresh flavour





We have been very lucky this week, as we have been testing out a very new toothpaste, Buddies Toothpaste.  I am very pleased with the results as we tested the Apple Fresh flavour.

Buddies Toothpaste is for children, from 2 years upwards.

The tube is large, its not one of those tiny little squeezy tubes. Instead it has an easy to push down pump for older kids.

The toothpaste taste isn't over powering or as Liam's usually says...
'Mummy its tooooooo spicy!!!'

Buddies toothpaste comes in two flavours Apple and Mint.  Just incase you are not sure which one is Apple or Mint, they have massive round rubber heads.  Kids are instantly drawn to them, they really have character and give the packaging a fun personalities. 
  
Liam is the fusspot when it comes to brushing his teeth, I have to buy a very mild baby toothpaste for him, otherwise he will yell the house down, anyone would think he is being hurt.

The baby/milk teeth toothpastes have next to no fluoride in them, so the amount Liam really needs for a growing young boy, who has just started losing him milk teeth isn't getting the right amount of fluoride he really requires.  He refuses point blank to move up to the Junior toothopastes.

James on the other hand uses adult toothpastes and has been uses them for a few years, he has never complained during teeth brushing time, loves any minty fresh toothpastes.  Both boys are the total opposites.

I introduced them to Buddies Apple Fresh and both boys really enjoy it. Liam hasn't looked back since, he is now very happy at teeth brushing time.  The only thing I need to do for him is take off the rubber head and put the toothpaste on his brush.  James being almost 8 doesn't need any help from me whatsoever.



The boys, their verdict:
It looks fun
It's easy to get the toothpaste out (James)
It taste like apples
I can taste the mint
It reminds me of apple lollipops
I love it
My verdict:
I like the packaging, its had the boys talking
Its bigger then our normal brands
If Liam is happy, I am really happy
It is more expensive then what we would usually pay
Both boys have been raving how nice it tastes
They have fresh breath
the teeth are clean
No more tears or tantrums
This is an approved formula
Its easy to clean the tube
A little goes a long way




Advertised:
  • UK DENTIST APPROVED FORMULA WITH FLUORIDE
  • PORTION CONTROLLED DISPENSING
  • DEVELOPED ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS THAT DISLIKE CONVENTIONAL FLAVOURS
  • BUDDIES CHARACTER LID HELPS MAKE BRUSHING FUN
  • SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AGED 2+ YEARS


>> This photo of Liam brushing his teeth is an actual miracle, he is a little boys who will point blank refuse to brush his teeth <<

 He has been as happy Larry, rather enjoying this new toothpaste. 

 
Buddies is currently available to buy online at Amazon £3.99 for 100ml  
As I said this is more expensive then most current brands, however if you have concerns about your child not getting enough fluoride and they are refusing to brush their teeth, this could be a game changer and worth the money to you. 
We have been using for a 2 weeks and there is still lots of toothpaste left, a little halve a pea size goes a long way.

Buddies will be selling the full dental package soon, as they will have a range of electrical toothbrushes, which double as fun night lamps.  I will be reviewing these soon too.

Disclaimer: I was contacted and offered a free product, in exchange for a honest review.  My opinion has not been influenced by receiving this item for free.

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ANSMANN SMURFS Child's Cuddly Baby Smurf Night light with lullaby music, Review


I was contacted directly and asked if I could review one of their children night light products.  I chose the Smurfs Child's Cuddly Baby Smurf nightlight. (with light and lullaby music)



He arrived in just a couple of days after ordering via Amazon. He is baby Smurf Plush Toy.  Packaged in a box to keep him safe inside.

This is an official Smurf merchandise.

He is approximately 30cm tall and 20cm wide. He is extremely soft to the touch, his arms and legs are soft making him cuddly and fun to play with.
He his a loop of material on the top his Smurf hat, giving you the option to hang him. I would suggest making sure this is out of reach and secure (if placed above a cot) as he could hurt newborns or babies sleeping. He isn't over heavy, just large, he has a good comforting feel to him.

Otherwise babies 10mnts+ will find him wonderful to actually play with, he makes a great companion too, I can see some children will use him as a securely blanket. He also has True Smurf features with his blue face, big stick out ears, big round nose and big eyes and cute smurf hat. He's really friendly looking.

His tummy is an actual glow light, this has a gentle blue light illumination.
Functions: Easy for little hands to operate - just by pushing the big circular button on his tummy.
Press x1: Light
Press x2: Light and music
Press x3: Music
Press x4: Off

The music function is very sweet, baby Smurf plays gentle soothing lullaby tunes.

Being mostly white, I was concerned how dirty he would get. On his back is a strong velcro pocket, inside is his battery compartment, this is easy to remove. Once take out, baby Smurf can be washed by hand or in the washing machine. Once he is completely dry the battery compartment can go back inside and sealed with the velcro.

My sons being 6 & 7 like the Smurfs, however at first they mentioned the baby Smurf is only for babies. I explained to they this is a special Smurf that helps my younger son go the toilet in the middle of the night. Our bathroom and toilet is downstairs at the back of our house. My sons would usually use a touch to go downstairs or turn all the lights on, however my youngest (6) gets scared in the middle of the night. Baby Smurf gives off a soft blue glow that illuminates the holder, making it easy to see where they are going and seeing the staircase well in the dark.  He has been using him for a few weeks now.  Baby Smurf has to go to bed with him, otherwise we have a war on our hands. 

The light function lasts for up 30 minutes unless you push his tummy 4 times and then it will switch off.

This little Smurf has become a welcomed addition in our home. He is usually left in my sons bed, great for cuddles and helping him to go to the toilet in the middle of the night.




Ansmann is a German design/make/brand, they are known for making excellent quality batteries and lights.  More recently they have started making a range of night lights for children, this is part of the Smurf range, which is very new. **Please Note x3 AA Batteries are included**


Retails at £22.95 - currently being sold at £18.99 via Amazon
Amazon: ANSMANN Smurf Products 

Disclaimer: I was contacted and offered a free product, in exchange for a honest review. My opinion has not been influenced by receiving this item for free.

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