Isabelle is obsessed with soft toys and has quite a hefty collection of them that she’s collected over the years. Her favourite game is to set them all out in rows on her bedroom floor to play schools so this beautifully coloured Dragon was welcomed with very open arms and a huge grin!
It’s not just a Soft Toy
This lovely soft HugARmals Dragon is a red/pink colour with rainbow coloured scales. Bring her to life with the FREE Mardles App which can be downloaded for Apple or Android. It stands at 30cm retails for £24.99 available online and in toy shops.
The app is activated by scanning the fire button on its foot.
What can the HugARmals Dragon do?
Once you’ve activated the App you can meet your new friend, take pictures, give her something to eat, watch her fly and do an awesome dance routine. All of this can be captured on the App using the photo mode.
After all of this fun you can tuck your dragon into bed with you before starting all over again.
Isabelle loves the Dragon and it’s taken pride of place in her bed so the additional features using the App are a welcome excuse for her to dance around and have photographs taken of her. It’s a shame that the App isn’t compatible with her tablet but it’s not the end of the world.
Freddie is also quite taken with the Dragon and gets a sneaky play with it when Isabelle’s at school. He likes to see it on my phone doing some dancing and putting the dragon next to his toys, but gets a bit confused that it’s not really there.
This toy would make a lovely Christmas gift and gets a big thumbs up from us.
*we were gifted a Mardles HugARmals Dragon for the purpose of this review all thoughts and opinions are our own.
Following on from our previous review of Chalkola Marker Pens we were sent a new Bumper Set which includes some pretty funky colours such as AstroTurf Green and Pink Lemonade, and we weren’t disappointed.
What can you use Chalkola Markers for?
Chalkola Marker Pens can be used in loads of different ways. Pubs and Restaurants can use them to create stunning Specials Boards, and there are loads of ways for you to use them at home.
The Chalkola markers are so easy to use. Activate the nibs by giving the pen a shake and pressing down so that the colour comes through. The colours are so vibrant and fluid so you can get really creative.
What can you use Chalkola Markers on?
As well as being able to use the markers on a blackboard they can be used on glass, whiteboards or any other non-porous surface.
They’re easy to remove using a wet cloth or even a wetwipe ready to use again.
We were sent the pack of 30 which has some amazingly named colours such as Beetle Bug Green, Lake Green and Pink Lemonade.
We used the markers to create a Trick or Treat sign for Halloween which I thought was quite effective with our bowl of sweets, and Isabelle likes to create different designs and display the chalkboard in her bedroom.
We also used the markers to decorate Freddie’s mini pumpkin which looked amazing.
Other ways you could use the makers would be for writing up meal plans, shopping lists or messages.
The markers are both child safe and odour free. The dustless, non toxic formula is both eco-friendly and safe for use at home. There are different tips available depending what you want to use them for.
There are a range of different pack sizes and colour options. We used the 30 pack which were a mixture of classic and neon colours, retailing at £22.95.
We were already fans of the Chalkola markers as they can be used in so many ways. They last a long time which is great to know as a parent. Isabelle isn’t the best at putting the lids back on pens, and thankfully these don’t dry up which is also plus point.
Isabelle uses these for playing teachers with her dolls and teddies and is very happy using these. They wash off really easily and we’ve had no problem with the markers staining clothing or carpets.
The Chalkola Marker Pens get a huge thumbs up from us.
*we were sent a set of Chalkola Marker Pens for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Freddie puts the Milkymouth Baby Weaning Set to the Test! – Weaning has to be the messiest part of having a baby but a lot of fun.
Baby Led Weaning
Freddie is our first baby to try Baby Led Weaning as it wasn’t something I’d heard of with either Isabelle or Ryan. Essentially we started our weaning journey with cooked vegetable sticks and soft fruits which we just put onto his tray without a bowl or plate, but as time went on he was trying to reach for the bowl or plate that these were on so we needed to choose bowls and plates that would withstand being thrown on the floor which is where most things end up.
Milkymouth Weaning Set
The Milkymouth Weaning Set consists of:
2 Silicone bibs
1 Suction bowl
1 Food/fruit pacifier
1 Squeeze Feeding Bottle
1 Teething Toy
Both of the silicone bibs have a collection pocket which are the best for a weaning baby who is just learning to grasp and hold food. They do up with a button like fastening and is adjustable as your baby grows.
I love these bibs as they’re super soft and flexible to fit properly to protect your baby clothes. They also roll up which is handy for popping in your changing bag.
The suction bowl is the perfect portion sized bowl for babies and sticks to your baby’s highchair or table.
The suction on the bowl is a bit hit and miss, but Freddie seems to have ridiculous super strength. The bowl ends up on the floor a lot so its good that its made from silicone so doesn’t break.
When we first started Baby Led Weaning Freddie struggled with some foods, and it’s quite scary when your baby starts gagging. The Fruit Pacifier is a little gadget that looks like a dummy with a hollow teat and tiny holes. You open it up, put a piece of fruit inside and your baby can suck and chew the fruit through the teat.
I’ve had one similar to this but it was a mesh type end and it got really grubby quickly, but as this one is silicone it was easy to clean so would last much longer.
Squeeze Feeding Bottle
If using purees this Squeeze Feeding Bottle is perfect for out and about. Load up the bottle and squeeze a bit onto the spoon end for easy, mess free feeding.
We’re not really doing pureed food but Freddie loves yoghurt and had a lot of fun feeding himself with this. It was easy to use and clean which is always a bonus.
Although this is a Teething Toy it’s shaped like a spoon albeit in a grape kind of way. Freddie almost has a mouth full of teeth and he’s coped with this by using teethers. This one is great for putting into the back of his mouth to help with the back ones that, and being able to use it as a fun spoon is just a bonus!
The Milkymouth Baby Weaning Set is priced at £22.95 and can be bought from Amazon. It has everything you need whether you’re starting with purees or Baby Led Weaning.
My first thought was that the set had everything that I needed for Freddie and that it would withstand the many times that it would end up on the floor. My favourite part of the set is the bibs. They cover him well and as they’re super soft and flexible they sit nicely, so he hasn’t tried to pull them off at all. they have also remained stain free even up against the likes of spaghetti Bolognese.
Building with Strictly Briks – We were kindly sent a Strictly Briks Classic Brik Set and a Brik Tower Set. Isabelle is hugely into making a huge play area in her room which can vary from small collectibles to a whole large doll set up.
Isabelle has accumulated quite a bit of LEGO over birthday’s and Christmas’ and so we were excited to see how the Strictly Briks measured up.
Brik Tower Set with 6 Baseplates and 50 brick pieces
This set included six 6 x 6 base plates and 50 coloured bricks. Isabelle had lots of ideas that she could use the base plates for including houses, a vets for some small animal toys that she has and teddy bear loungers.
The Strictly Briks do indeed fit well alongside Isabelle’s collection of LEGO which is great since the Strictly Briks are a lot cheaper. I can also confirm that standing on them brings tears to your eyes and the expletives spurting from your mouth!
Isabelle particularly liked the addition of this set since she now bulked out her collection so that she can makes lots of houses or horse stables for her animals. She was particularly impressed that it had girl coloured bricks (her words not mine).
The Strictly Brik’s range definitely gets the thumbs up from me. It’s a great way to bulk out your existing collection at a fraction of the price, and the base plates are great for building onto. Isabelle liked the range of colours and found them easy to build with.
The set also got the green light from my niece and nephew who play with LEGO a lot!
*We were sent the Strictly Briks play sets for the purpose of this review. This post also contains affiliate links which means that I may receive a small payment at no cost to you if you click a link and make a purchase
Cortex Challenge Game Review – Cortex Challenge is a card based game for 2 – 6 players of eights years and above. As part of the Blogger Board Game Club we were sent a copy to see what we think.
74 Challenge Cards
10 Touch and Feel Cards
6 Touch Challenge Cards
24 Brain Pieces
The game is quite a small box which when added to our growing collection is a bonus. It also means that it’s a great choice for taking on holiday.
The Aim of the Game
Cortex Challenge is a game of fast thinking, memory and speed skills. The cards have eight different challenges on them including touch, duplicates, logical series, mazes, and colour puzzle just to name a few.
The top card is turned over for all players to see. The first person to work out the task has to slap their hand on the card and explain the answer/puzzle to earn themselves a piece of brain.
The winner is the person to collect all four brain pieces.
This is definitely a game for us. The puzzles and challenges are really fun and Isabelle is annoyingly quick at working out the puzzles and the touch cards were really good, but hard to work out.
A bonus is that this game only takes around 20 minutes to play so can be played whilst dinner is cooking or when we have a bit of spare time.
Cortex Challenge retails at £12.99 which I thought was very reasonably priced and can be bought from all major game retailers.
Little Brian Face Paint Sticks Review – All kids seem to love having their face painted and Isabelle is no different. We’ve stood in endless queues at fetes, fairs and school events so she can be transformed into a Butterfly or Unicorn.
When we were asked to review Little Brian Face Paint Sticks we were more than a little but excited. I was slightly worried that my actual face painting expertise might look more like a five year old armed with their Mums make-up bag but was willing to give it a go.
They look like marker pens and twist up like a glue stick, and it looks like we’re going to get quite a few faces out of them. The idea is that you can create the faces by using the face paint sticks like using a pen, so drawing on their faces.
We were given the challenge to create a Ladybird, a Dragon and we opted to have a go at the Unicorn. The set comes with a sheet which gives you step by step instructions on how to create twelve different faces from a Dog to a Tiger.
I created the Ladybird using the face paint sticks as per the instructions. The paint glides on the face nicely, but it is quite tricky to do the smaller, detailed parts so I opted to use a paint brush with a little bit of water.
The paints are very quick drying which is perfect for kids with no patience like Isabelle. I love that the colours are as bright as they should be and were very easy to wash off.
Isabelle is keen to give the Face Paint Sticks a go on her own, and I feel quite confident that she would be able to use these with minimal mess.
All in all these Face Paint Sticks would be a great buy to use at a birthday party or just to do on a lovely sunny day. The colours are lovely and bright, and apart from a little help for details with a brush they were extremely easy to use. The Face Paint Sticks get a big thumbs up from us.
*we were sent a set of Little Brian Face Paint Sticks for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own.
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.