We were very pleased to be asked to be part if the Blogger Board Game Club by Asmodee since this is something we can do with just Isabelle. Having a younger brother means that she craves a bit of one on one time with us, so playing a game can be the perfect way.
Get Packing is a fun game for 2 – 4 players aged 6 and above.
Each player has a little suitcase and a set of objects such as sun cream, a pair of pants, a hat and sunglasses.
There are a set of destination cards, and each country card tells you the items that you have to fit in your suitcase.
The aim of the game is to be the first person to fit all of the items in your suitcase first, and be able to shut it.
It sounds simple, but the items have to fit in a certain way to fit and be able to close it. The first person to complete three suitcases is the winner.
It sounds simple enough, but our first attempts were pretty bad.
There is a sheet that you can look at which shows how the items fit in which we’ve let Isabelle use the first few times. Now that we’ve done it a few times we don’t need to look at the help sheet so much.
Isabelle really liked the look of this game, especially the little suitcases. Initially she found it quite frustrating until we realised that there was a help sheet.
We played it so that once you turned the country card, you had to find the right suitcase on the sheet and pack it as quickly as you can. Once we had done this a few times it was only Isabelle that looked at the help sheet.
Isabelle thinks she’s ready to take it to the next level and do it without the help sheet next time.
We thought it was a great game and have played it several times now. You can buy Get Packing from Amazon and other game retailers for around £22.99.
*We were sent this game for the purpose of taking part in the Blogger Board ‘Game Club review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
?????Basic Fun Easter Gift Review – I know that we’ve already done an alternative Easter Gift Review but when we were offered the opportunity to receive some Basic Fun items that would be suitable as Easter Gifts we jumped at the chance.
Let me tell you why – Retro My Little Pony!
Need I say more!
The My Little Ponies that Isabelle plays with whilst are lovely, are not the My Little Pony’s that my sister and I played with as kids. Nowadays, the ponies have far more features, are slimmed down and the range is huge, but they were the must have toy and you were lucky if you had one.
We did also get a Little Lucky Lunchbox and a Cutetitos so lets not get too nostalgic.
Little Lucky Lunchbox
We hadn’t seen these before so Isabelle was super keen to get this cracked open to see what was inside.
The Little Lucky Lunchbox is a cute metal lunchbox which varies in design (so also collectible) and each lunchbox contains two foodie friends and two secret surprises. There are ten different lunchboxes to collect and 50 different surprises to collect. These retail for £6.99 from Amazon and other retailers and are suitable from 4+ years.
What we got
Oh Isabelle does love a surprise toy. The sight of the checklist is enough to send her over the edge with excitement!!
We got an Orange Bubble can where the lid pops off so you can hide things inside and a squishy Taco which had a little blind bag hiding inside it.
The two surprise gifts were a Foodie Friends Sticker which is a Blackberry and the other surprise was a little Pig.
Isabelle really loved the Lunchbox and it’s contents since it’s the perfect size to use as play food for some of her other toys. She’s already added this to her extensive list of ‘wants’.
Each Cutetitos comes wrapped like a burrito with the foil wrapper like you would get from a street food seller. Unwrap the burrito to reveal which of the Cutetio bunch you will get.
This time we got: Chihuahito the dog!
She’s purple and is Medium Spice which I think Isabelle would be able to handle.
This revelation has sparked up the old ‘can I have a dog’ question for Isabelle as she would like to have her own dog that she can carry around and a chihuahua is currently top of her list. Never mind that we already have a lovely dog, albeit a big and hairy and certainly not one you can carry around.
Isabelle likes to keep her Cutetitos in their wraps so they look like they’re in sleeping bags.
My Little Pony Retro
I saved the best til last, in my opinion. Isabelle was quite intrigued to see what kind of toys I used to play with in the olden days. Cheeky Monkey! A My Little Pony Retro…….
???????She noticed straight away that the pony has fatter legs and is bigger than the ponies that she has. She loved that it had lovely colourful hair and that it came with a comb which I’m not sure mine did.
The names are different which I’m not aware of when these changed. Isabelle recieved Confetti which she absolutely loves.
What chocolate alternatives are you getting for your kids?
*we were sent these items for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.
Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review – We’ve been sent a set of Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies from Interplay to review which Isabelle was very excited about.
What you get
The Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies set comes with:
1 Large Fuzzikins Bunny
1 Medium Fuzzikins Bunny
1 Small Fuzzikins Bunny
3 Felt tip Pens
3 Fuzzikins Felt Beds
Felt Accessories for the Fuzzikins Bunnys
Practice Colouring Templates
We cut out the practice colouring templates so that Isabelle could work out her designs before she coloured on the bunnies which I thought was quite a good think since Isabelle’s a bit of a perfectionist.
Each Bunny had it’s very own sleeping bag with accessories including sleep masks which were a nice touch.
Once she had completed her designs she made a start on the real thing. The bunny’s were really easy to colour on and can be wiped clean if any mistakes are made or if you fancy changing the designs.
The sleeping bag much to my relief were already pre-made and came with felt stickers to design the beds with. There were even Super Hero masks and a cape for them.
The Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies set is aimed at children 4 years and over and retail at £9.99 from leading retailers.
Isabelle is very much into role play and add a bit of craft into the mix and you’ve hit the nail on the head in terms of finding something fun to do.
I set her up with this kit and away she went with no additional help needed since there was no cutting or sewing, everything was ready and easy to use.
Once she’d created her designs on the templates, she coloured the actual bunnies and then played with them for ages. She’s not ready to wash them yet as she really likes the way they look, but she’s looking forward to changing their style soon.
I think this was a lovely kit which would be perfect for a rainy day or a home day when I’ve got loads to do. At £9.99 this is a really good price for what you get. There are other kits and animals that you can get in the range to add to your collection.
The Fuzzikin’s Bedtime Bunnies get’s a huge thumbs up from us.
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 – Mermals from Spinmaster. When Isabelle first saw the advert for these she did her usual pause and rewind the TV so that she could show me them in the hope that we would stop what we were doing immediately, go to the shops and buy them ALL!
The Season 5 range is slightly different as they are colour changing which just adds to the excitement tenfold.
There are lots of different sets to collect from pocket money affordable single packs at to playsets, and with over 80 to collect it’s a pretty long check list.
Within the series there are lots of different types of Hatchimals including:
Mermals – Half Hatchimal half Mermaid – Blue Sparkly Egg Underwater friends – Blue Sparkly Egg Mermal Twins – Blue Sparkly Egg Sunshine Surf – Special Edition – Blue Oval Egg Mischief Marsh _ Yellow Swirly Egg Racing River – Purple Horn Shaped Egg Blissful Bay – Limited Edition – Pink Sparkly Egg 6-Pack Shell – Peach Eggs One Dozen – Blue Sparkly Egg
Each type of Hatchimal comes in a different type of egg as above but you won’t know what’s inside until you open them.
Of course, the first thing that Isabelle always does with collectibles is scan the checklist and pick out the ones that she would like to get the most before she opens the eggs.
How do you open the eggs?
Each of the eggs has a heart on them which you press and the egg cracks revealing your hatchimal. Isabelle tried her best to split the eggs in half, but some of them are impossible to open this way, and then her impatience gets the better of her and she just pulls them apart.
We were sent a Single Pack, a 6-pack Shell, and a 4 pack with bonus totally 13 hatchimals which was very exciting.
In the single pack we unboxed a Sunshine Owling which is a common Hatchimal. She was very impressed with this one as it had its very own surf board.
In the 4 pack + bonus we got four mermal eggs in which we got Mer-pandoo, Mer-Seaspoon (rare), Mer-Unikeet, and (*drumroll) – Koalabee which are Mermal twins, and a Blissful Bay Egg which contained a limited edition Blissful Kangaroose.
In the 6-shell pack she got Sapphire Anteagle, Sapphire Owlicorn, Sapphire Burtle, Sapphire Girreo, Sapphire Foxfin and Sapphire Penguala.
How do they colour change?
Parts of each of the hatchimals change colour in the water whether it be their tail or a gem that they are holding onto which then changes back once they are dry.
The Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are recommended from age 5 upwards and are available from most toy shops and Amazon.
There is also an App that you can download to keep track of the Hatchimals that you’ve collected.
Isabelle loves a collectible and has quite an extensive range of different collectibles that she likes to add to on birthdays, christmas or through saving her spending money. She loves the element of surprise, and whilst there does always seem like a lot of packaging compared the end result she does play with them time and again which makes them worthwhile.
She was very excited that out of the twelve Hatchimals she managed to get a rare, a limited edition and a set of twins which she was so thrilled with. The colour changing aspect of these Hatchimals makes them extra special, and also gives her a good excuse for taking them in the bath.
These sets would definitely make a lovely gift whether it be for a birthday, Christmas or even as an Easter Gift.
Which Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 is your Favourite?
*We were sent some Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 sets for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.
The puzzle is aimed at children from 18 months on and has large brightly coloured pieces which are nice and sturdy which is perfect for this age range.
The animals include:
Although Freddie is only almost ten months old, we have had this puzzle out on the floor for him several times. We’ve been singing Old McDonald whilst making the puzzle and sounding out the animal noises which he is enjoying.
The puzzle retails for around £8.50 onwards which I think is a great price.
We were really pleased with this puzzle and I think it’s going to be played with a lot by Freddie. It was also something that Isabelle could do with Freddie to keep him occupied and her involved.
We added this to our Easter Gift for Kids list since it would be a good option other than chocolate for toddlers and young children.
*we were gifted this jigsaw for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Lets go fly a kite up where the air is bright! Did you know that the 8th February marks National Kite Flying Day where kite flying enthusiasts head outside and hope for some fantastic wind.
Kitedrone offer a fab range of brightly coloured easy to assemble kites that can achieve amazing heights.
Did you know that kites date back to China in 470 B.C. and the history of the origins relate to the way the wind affects the leaves on the trees, te shelters the people lived in and the blowing of the sails on their ship and the hats they wore upon their heads.
Everybody can enjoy a kite from keen enthusiasts to a fun free family activity.
Kitedrone is the ultimate range of high performance kites all set to transform the skies into a colourful spectacle this Spring! The impressive range of kites are supplied in their own transport tube and are available in both Aircraft and Twinstar styles and are all super-easy to assemble and launch up to 300 feet in the air.
Kitedrone offer two shapes of kite, the traditional Box Style kite which is ready to go with a quick one step assembly and can be hooked up to a Go-pro to record your flights.
The Aircraft style kite requires no assembly and has an impressive 5ft wingspan. Air pockets in the body inflate the fuselage and engine pods to increase flying performance giving the ultimate flying experience.
Both kites comes in a transport tube which makes it perfect for putting in and out of the car and storing. Kitedrone kites are just £29.99 and can be used time and again.
We headed to the site of the Exmouth Kite Festival which we went to last year. Its a large open space right next to the estuary which is the perfect spot for flying. we weren’t the only ones with the same idea as we saw families and groups unloading kites, windsurfing gear and surfing gear.
We were thoroughly impressed when we took the kite out of the tube and apart from attaching the spool it was ready to go. It was a lot bigger than I expected, but was a cool shape and we were excited to give it a go. It looked well made even with our inexpert eyes.
It was hilarious watching Isabelle and Chris getting the kite in the air. Watching Isabelle being pulled along as the wind took the kite was so funny, but she soon got the hand of letting out the string and it went really high looping and soaring.
We all had a turn and I was quite surprised at how strong the pull was when I had a go. Freddie observed from the comfort of his pram and was happy sat watching.
I would say that we spent a good couple of hours flying the kite before everybody got a bit hungry and cold.
We really enjoyed ourselves. The kite itself was well made and easy to use straight out of the tube. We spent a good couple of hours running around flying, taking it in turns which was a lot of fun.
I would definitely recommend the Kitedrone kites for a fun and free activity (aside the initial cost) which gets the family outside and running about.
Next time were going to make it a bit of a family thing and go with some of the cousins which will be a fun day for Isabelle.
*we were gifted a Kitedrone Kite for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links.
We were asked to do a Scruff-a-luvs Blossom Bunny reveal which Isabelle jumped at the chance of since surprise toys are totally ‘her thing’.
What is a Scruff-a-luv?
The limited edition Blossom Bunnies come into your life as a sorry looking matted ball of fur. Give them a wash to reveal their true cuteness and then dry them and brush them to transform them into the cute FFF (Furry Friend Forever).
The Scruff-a-luv Blossom Bunnies are limited edition. Which one will you get? Lemon Drizzle or Peppermint (each sold separately).
Each Scruff-a-luv comes with their own brush and accessory as well as your adoption certificate. Only by saving a Scruff-a-luv will you find out. In return they will be your FFF (Furry Friend Forever).
Scruff-a-luvs retail at £19.99 and are suitable from age 3.
Watch our reveal video and see how Isabelle transforms the bunny from Scruffy to Adorable.
Isabelle really enjoyed the whole unboxing and was really pleased that she got Peppermint. She would like a pet of her own and a rabbit would be her first choice.
She enjoyed the whole process of washing her, drying and then brushing her to look like the cute bunny that she now is.
It was a lovely thing to do together, and the amount of time it took to dry was the only thing that I could fault. It took a long time to dry with a hairdryer.
These would make a fab alternative to chocolate Easter present and a fun thing to do on a rainy day.
Do you have a Scruff-a-luv? Which one do you have?
Off the Hook Dolls Review – when we were asked to review a selection of Off the Hook Dolls by Spinmaster, Isabelle screamed with delight. She’d seen them advertised on TV and had already made us aware that she would like some of these for her birthday ( September) and Christmas!
Off the Hook Dolls are interchangeable dolls that you can take apart to create your own stylish looks just by pulling them apart and clicking into place, including the hair.
The individual Off the Hook doll sets (RRP £7.99) come with a doll and two surprise blind bag style packages which can include fun accessories such as hats, sunglasses, shoes and bags.
We were sent the Off the Hook Style Studio (RRP £19.99) which comes with a doll, six outfit options and six accessories, four of which come as a surprise ‘blind bag’ style.
This gives you the option to mix and match over 100 combinations. The Style Studio wardrobe has hanging space for both tops and bottoms as well as spaces to places shoes and accessories.
There are six Off The Hook girls to collect – Jenni, Vivian, Alexis, Naia, Mila and Brooklyn.
There’s also a checklist so that you can keep track of all the outfits and accessories that you have.
Isabelle has had a lot of fun creating lots of different style combinations. Of course all of the dolls have been given American accents. She’s really into making fake You Tube videos and these are the perfect toy for this.
From my point if view as a mum I can’t fault this collection. They’re affordable, have lots of appeal for my daughters age range of eight and are affordable to buy for your own children or to give as gifts.
Of course my opinion means nothing unless its followed by a big thumbs up from Isabelle which the Off the Hook Dolls whole heartedly get! She loved setting up the wardrobe, the dolls and all the accessories. They’re also small enough that she took her entire collection to Nanny and Papa’s to play with when we went for dinner, and her friends have also taken a keen interest. The blind bags that came with the sets with additional accessories were the icing on the cake for Isabelle who is obsessed with surprise gifts.
*We were sent a selection of Off the Hook dolls for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Lilith Loves Henry Teether Review – Having Freddie we knew that we would have the inevitable trials and tribulations that come with teething. All babies react differently to teething pain, and of course they develop and cut their teeth at very different rates.
Ryan dealt with teething quite well and I was surprised when he got his first tooth through at four months old. He would go off his food, get a temperature and would be a bit unsettled and grumpy.
Isabelle teethed for a long time before she cut a tooth and it was a tough time for all of us as it disrupted her sleep, made her quite poorly and she cried a LOT but once they started coming through they came through quite quickly.
Freddie is a bit of a mix up of both. He gets a temperature and has a couple of off days and is unsettled at night, and then out another one pops.
Teething Gels/ Powders – These are a great quick way to help sooth gums. Freddie prefers the powders which I will give him before bed and when he wakes up during the night. I also keep some of the sachets in my changing bag, but just watch out if you’re giving them when you’re outside as we had an incident where the powder blew into Freddies face!
Amber Teething Necklaces – Although I’m not onto my third baby, I still haven’t used an Amber Teething Necklace or anklet but a lot of parents swear by these.
Teething Rings and Toys – By the bucket load. A lot of new baby toys have teething parts to them which is great for your baby to have constant access to them to chew and suck. We were recently chosen to be Brand Ambassadors for the Lilith Loves Henry range which is pretty awesome. The range includes teething toys, teething necklaces, dummy clips, jewellery and amber teething jewellery. The whole range is not only very stylish but each piece has lots of nobbles and textures to ease teething pain.
We were sent a bear teething ring which is the perfect size for little hands and is a combination of silicone and wood. We take this one everywhere with us in the changing bag so that Freddie has access to it whenever he needs it.
Dummies – Whilst none of my children have had a dummy, there’s no denying that for some babies a dummy can be a good source of comfort when they most need it.
Teething Biscuits – We’ve given these a try again and Freddie seems to quite like them. We use Bickiepegs but I have also seen recipes on Pinterest to make your own.
Food – Freddie always goes off food for a couple of days when he has a tooth coming through apart from cold cucumber and carrots straight from the fridge. He loves cucumber anyway, but it’s the only thing that he will take when the tooth is just under the gum.
Frozen Food – If your baby is off there food, you could try them with a frozen yoghurt or a breast milk lolly. I’ve also made these Blueberry Yoghurt Bites (halved blueberries) which are a treat for them.
Teething Jewellery – This is Jewellery that you wear which your baby can play with during breastfeeding and chew on to help with teething pain. These are generally made with silicone or wooden beads and are quite attractive to babies like usual jewellery is.
We were also given a Lilith Loves Henry Teething Necklace which Freddie really likes. He loves to chew on it which can be helpful when I need him to sit still for a few moments on my lap, but he also likes to twiddle the beads whilst he’s feeding. He has tried to feed and stuff the necklace in his mouth which doesn’t really work.
I love the Grey Bear Teether that we have. It’s a lovely size and I’m all about grey at the moment so it was a good choice for us. The teether goes everywhere with us in the changing bag and is the go to teether when Freddies a bit grumpy or just needs something to hold.
The necklace which I tend to wear daily gives him constant access to a teether and the bonus of the necklace is that there’s no chance of him being able to throw this on the floor which is a fun game that he likes to play now. I would definitely recommend the Lilith Loves Henry range as a lovely new baby present, they’re all so gorgeous.
If you have any more teething tips leave me a comment below AND if you like the look of our Lilith Loves Henry Teether or Necklace then you can pop over and buy one for your own baby which are very affordable and so appealing to babies.
*As part of our Brand Ambassador role we have received a teether and a teething necklace in exchange for our review and online promotion.