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Review: Playmobil City Life Rubbish Truck

Playmobil City Life Rubbish Truck

Last week in the depth of our covid isolation we were very pleased to hear the knock at the door that signaled the arrival of the Playmobil City Life Rubbish Truck which we were kindly sent to review. Freddie has inherited all of Isabelle’s Playmobil recently and loves to set up little scenes and play with the various characters.

All three of my kids have been fans of a Rubbish Truck and like to watch the weekly bin collection out of the window (at 6.30 am I might add). They even get a wave some weeks when they spot Freddie’s face pressed against the window watching their every move.

If you’re a Playmobil fan then you will know that there is a little bit of set-up required for most of the Playmobil sets. I was quite pleased that the setup for the Rubbish Truck was minimal. The trickiest part being the stickers which I really wished were done for us, but it’s not much of a hardship.

I did, however, manage to put the wheel part on the wrong way round which meant that the wheels didn’t go round.  This was easily fixed.

Playmobil City Life Rubbish Truck Review by Freddie

What you get with the Playmobil City Life Rubbish Truck

You get the Rubbish Truck of course
A big yellow wheely bin
A green wheely bin
A brown wheely bin
Two Dustbin Men
A fire extinguisher
Walkie Talkies
Some rubbish for your bins which includes a couple of fishbones

A toddler boy sitting next to a Playmobil City Life Rubbish Truck

The Truck’s Features

This set comes with everything that you need to set up a great refuse collection service. The bits of rubbish to put in the bins is a great feature.

The wheely bins attach onto the back of the truck and can be emptied by pulling the lever up just like in real life

You can remove the front window for easy access to put the characters in and out of the truck

The whole back end of the truck tips up when you reach the rubbish dump, just like the real thing

The flashing light is a great addition to make this a realistic role-play toy

Toddler boy unboxing the Playmobil City Life Rubbish Truck

A Bit of Info

You can buy the Playmobil City Life Rubbish Truck at most toy retailers.

This set is aimed at children aged 4 – 10 years as it has small parts.

It retails at £24.99

Toddler boy playing with the Playmobil City life Rubbish Trck

Our Thoughts

I thought that the actual Rubbish Truck would have had the biggest appeal, but Freddie was very impressed with the little wheely bins. The set comes with tins and fishbones and the wheely bins fix onto the back of the truck so that they can be emptied. That was until he spied the light on top of the truck which can be pressed for a proper dustbin lorry orange light. Not many of the Playmobil sets have lights or sounds so this was a huge thumbs up in terms of role-playing for real-life play.

From a Mum’s point of view, the Rubbish Truck gets a huge thumbs up from me. It’s a lovely addition to our existing sets which include a house and playpark. I also think that the price is really great for everything that comes with it.

Toddler boy fixing the wheely bins onto the back of the Playmobil City Life Rubbish Truck

You can have a look at some of our other reviews and recommendations here.

*We were sent the Playmobil City Life Rubbish Truck for the purpose of this review

Fun with Peppa Pig Educational Toys

Fun with Peppa Pig Educational Toys

We’ve been through Peppa Pig with Isabelle, and now Freddie is a huge fan with George being his favourite character. It was such a treat to be sent a selection of Peppa Pig Fun Educational Toys from Trends UK and even more so that he now has his own little home office set up.

It’s great how fun characters are made into toys that have playability as well as having educational properties which ticks all the boxes from a parenting point of view.

count with me Peppa Pig toy displayed with the counting coins

Peppa Pig Count with Peppa – Available from Amazon

Peppa Pig Count with Peppa helps develop counting skills, colours, and picture recognition as each coin has a picture of a different character on it. The coins are a nice size for toddlers’ hands and easy to push into the purse and retrieve by themselves.

There are two modes of play which you can select by a switch on the side of Peppa.

Numbers – Pop one of the coins into Peppa’s purse and she will count the coins as you push them in. She also asks you to find different coins such as ‘find a coin with 8 birds on it’ and will tell you well done when you’ve posted it in.

Colours – Peppa will tell you the colours of the coins as you post them into her purse. She will tell you well done if you get it right or gives you an oops if it’s the wrong one.

There are two buttons above the coin slot. One is to activate the colours and numbers game and the other plays popular Peppa Pig songs that your little ones can join in with.

A toddler boy playing with Peppa Pig Count with Peppa toy

Our Thoughts

This toy is suitable from age 2 and is a great way to introduce them to numbers and colours. Freddie loves finding things so likes the option to find the character or the correct colours. There’s a volume control on the back of Peppa which Freddie of course likes to switch it to the loudest mode. This is a lovely toy that can be played with time again and gets a thumbs up from us.

A Peppa Pig Laugh and Learn Laptop still in the box

Peppa Pig Laugh & Learn Laptop – Available from Amazon

What child doesn’t like their own laptop! This Peppa Pig Laugh & Learn laptop has lots of features including letters, numbers, objects, and musical instruments. The screen lights up and has fun sounds and music. It’s also got a carry handle so it’s a great option for out and about.

There are four option buttons on the righthand side.

Mystery – Peppa asks you to select any button and she will tell you what that is.

Quiz – She will ask you a question or ask you to find something, and you have to select the correct button for the answer.

What can you find – Peppa will ask you to find something such as the recorder or the birds and will make a twinkly sound when you get it right.

Music notes – The buttons turn into notes and funny sounds.

There are also two musical note buttons on the left which play little tunes.

The Peppa Pig Laugh & Learn Laptop is suitable from 2 years.

Toddler boy playing with the Peppa Pig Laugh and Learn Laptop

Our Thoughts

Freddie couldn’t wait to get this out of the box. He loves role play and was very excited about having a laptop just like Mummy. I think the music option and funny noises are his favourite activity. We initially thought that the screen was a touch screen as Peppa asked us to select the birds or the coins, but these are selectable through the shape and puddle buttons on the keyboard.

I set us up side by side which Freddie was very pleased with. He did a very funny impression of me working, although I’m sure I’m not as bossy as he was on the phone!

A Peppa Pig Flip and Learn Phone still in the box

Peppa Pig Flip & Learn Phone – Available from Amazon

This easy to flip Peppa Pig Flip & Learn Phone has colourful buttons which can be pressed to talk to various Peppa Pig characters. There is also a little quiz and keys to answer the phone when it rings. They can even pretend to take photos just like a real phone.

The Peppa Pig Flip & Learn Phone is suitable from 2 years.

Toddler boy playing with the Peppa Pig Flip and Learn Phone

Our Thoughts

The phone paired with the laptop pleased Freddie very much as he pretended he was working alongside me. He was phoning people up to tell them that he was working including Nanny and Daddy. He loved it when it rang back at him and he had to answer his ‘work calls’.

It was funny to watch him pretend to be doing my job. I’m not really sure that my kids know what I do other than bash away on my laptop. As a Mum, overall these toys are what you would expect from toys for this age group. Fun but with an educational value. There are noise control buttons on the toys, but the options are loud and louder!

If you have a Peppa Pig fan, you can of course buy all of the above Peppa Pig Educational Toys from Amazon BUT you can also head on over to my Facebook Page where you can WIN a Peppa Laugh & Learn Laptop just in time for Christmas.

*We were sent the above-mentioned Peppa Pig toys for the purpose of review. All our thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Peppa Pig Count with Peppa toy showing the coins that slot into the purse

 

 

Review: Sainsbury’s Lentil Dahl Soup

Sainsbury’s Lentil Dahl Soup

Now that we’re nearly at the end of October the weather has definitely taken a turn, it’s officially soup weather.

We always have tinned soup in the cupboard as it’s a great option to have when we’re rushing around with the kids and we want something warm and filling. My all-time favourite soup is tomato soup, preferably with a stack of bread but is also amazing with cheese on toast.

A pot of Sainsbury's Lentil Dahl soup in a bowl with a spoon

Sainsbury’s Lentil Dahl Soup

However, I also love beans and pulses so this Lentil Dahl soup ticks all the boxes.

Sainsbury’s Lentil Dahl Soup is packed with carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, lentils, and chickpeas with a blend of fragrant spices.

It’s a lovely chunky soup that didn’t need any extra seasoning.

The use-by date is always really good on these fresh soups but you can also freeze them.

A bowl of Sainsbury's Lentil Dahl Soup in a bowl with naan bread on the side

Our Thoughts

I loved this soup.

It ticked all of the boxes in terms of texture and taste and was really filling having half the pot with a couple of mini naan breads.

This soup is only £1.60 and lasted for two lunchtime meals making it 80p per portion so very affordable.

I would definitely buy this soup again. Give the Lentil Dahl Soup a try yourself next time you pop into Sainsbury’s.

*This was a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

A bowl of Lentil Dahl soup with naan bread on the side

 

Kangaroo Beach – The Great New Show from Nick Jr.

Kangaroo Beach – The Great New Show from Nick Jr for Pre-schoolers.

Kangaroo Beach is a great new water safety beach show aimed at pre-school aged children. We live in Devon so we’re close to multiple beaches and is definitely a happy place for us as a family. Freddie loves anything water-based and we can’t wait to get him water confidence safely when we’re able to book swimming lessons for him.

Kangaroo Beach is the Newest show on Nick Jr for Preschool children

What is Kangeroo Beach?

Kangaroo Beach is a 26 x 11’ minute animated surf-safety series for preschoolers and their families produced by Cheeky Little Media and created by Tim Bain, who has also written for PJ Masks, Go Jetters, Bluey, Fireman Sam, and Bob the Builder among other shows for a slightly older audience.
Kangaroo Beach is about four young animal friends, Pounce, Gemma, Neville, and Frizzy, who spend an action-packed summer at the spectacular Kangaroo Beach, training as junior cadets with their lifeguard heroes. When an emergency breaks out, the cadets step up to help keep the water safe.
The series will appeal to young audiences by exploring the wonders of water play, whilst helping to promote an essential message about water safety in every episode. All the water safety advice from water safety professionals is accredited by the Swimming Teachers Association, the Uk’s reputable water safety charity.
The message behind the show is to inspire swimmers in a way that promotes safe water play which as parents is top of the list.

Kangaroo Beach Characters

There are four main characters:

Pounce

Pounce is a super Jumping Joey who wants to be a big muscly hero like Bondi.
Pounce the Super Jumping Joey from Kangaroo Beach

Frizzy

Frizzy is a Fabulous Koala Bear – the most adorable star on the beach!

Gemma

Gemma the Platypus is a Champion Cadet who loves exploring the ocean and meeting new sea creatures.

Neville

Neville is a hairy-nosed wombat and expert sandcastle digger!
Neville the Hairy Nosed Wombat from Kangaroo Beach
As well as Sandy, Big Trev, Bondi and Lin, and Wei.

What we thought of Kangaroo Beach

Well first and foremost, it stopped Freddie in his tracks. When he finds a show that he likes, he goes into a telly-trance. We always say that a bomb could go off and he wouldn’t notice until the electricity went out!
We loved it! Freddie asked when he was going to the beach next, and can he learn to surf. I think we might teach him to swim before we let him loose with a bodyboard.
I thought it was a great show, not too long, and great characters. One of the phrases on the show was the highlight for me “On it like a seagull on a Chip”! I’m going to try and get that into a conversation this week.
As it was our last day in isolation (contact) we created our own little beach scene and Freddie pretended he was swimming whilst he watched. It didn’t last long before he slipped back into his telly-trance. I even caught Belle (10) glued to the TV.
We loved it and have already watched several episodes.
Toddler boy sitting quietly watching television
Kangaroo Beach is available on Nick Jr weekday at 09.30 – make sure you watch it!
You can also catch it on the Kangeroo Beach YouTube Channel.
Find our what we’re using and loving at the moment on our Competitions and Reviews Page.
AD – This is a paid promotion in collaboration with Nick Jr.

Trying New Recipes with Hello Fresh

Trying New Recipes with Hello Fresh

After months and months of seeing posts on meal subscription boxes, we finally took the plunge and ordered our first Hello Fresh box a couple of weeks ago.

I got a referral code from a fellow blogger so that she received a discount off her next order which is quite a nice thing to do.

You can sign up via the website or via the App (iphone and Android). I downloaded the App which is so easy to use.

The choice of meals is really good, and there are several different categories to suit your palette including Family Recipes, Quick Meals and Chef’s choice.

How does it work?

When you first download the App you will be asked for your preferences. Ours are family meals and quick meals which as a busy Mum takes the hassle out of looking for new recipes that both kids will eat and we will enjoy also. You select the number of people the meals are for. There are four of us, but Freddie doesn’t eat very much and Chris has quite large portions so we opted for the four people. Then you pick how many recipes you want per week. We opted for three and then the rest of the week we eat relatively simple meals. I’ve started to meal plan which works so well for us, and reduces the food shopping bill as well as my sanity at having to come up with seven meals each week. Choose your delivery date and enter your payment details. It’s as simple as that! All of the food comes already portioned into the exact amount that you need for the recipe. The meat and chilled products come in a separate insultated bag with cool packs and the remaining ingredients come in numbered brown paper bags each relating to the correct recipe card. The cards are really easy to follow and can be kept to use time and again.

Choosing what to eat

This is the fun part. It’s like ordering from a menu. If you don’t make a selection one week, it will be made for you based on the preferences you have chosen which could be a nice way to try something new. Otherwise you just log into you app and make your weekly meal choices. I’ve included Belle in the meal selection as she’s become quite particular about what she eats reently which is hopefully just a phase.

Are you locked into the subscription?

Absolutely not. You can pause the subscription whenever you want and reinstate it again when you’re ready. So if you’re going on holiday you would pause for the duration, but you could change the delivery date so that you get a box the day that you get back when there’s usually nothing in the fridge.

What about all the packaging?

This was one of the things that I had thought about before placing an order. As everything comes pre-measured there are a lot of little sachets and plastic packaging to enable this to reach our door as fresh as it can be BUT Hello Fresh have obviously thought all of this through and you can read about there commitment to sustainability and reduced carbon foot print here. Receiving your ingredients individually portioned means a reduction in food waste which is a huge thumbs up.

Our thoughts

I love it! I love a subscription box or service and the time it saves me constantly looking for new ideas to feed the family. Our first box was discounted, and there are always lots of discounts around for new customers. We thought that the price of the boxes after the initial discount was a little bit pricey, but having said that, the rest of the week we eat relatively simple meals such as pasta, jacket potatoes and salads so it evens out the cost of the shopping.

We’ve had three deliveries so far and there’s only two meals that we’ve enjoyed all the meals except maybe a couple of dishes. One was a pasta dish that just didn’t have enough flavour for us and the other was lovely but took a lot longer to make than the recipe card stated.

This post isn’t an #AD in any way as we are paying for this subscription ourselves, but if you would like to try a box and get a £42 discout (essentially a FREE box) then send me a DM through Instagram for the code.

Peppa Pig Shopping Centre Review

Peppa Pig Shopping Centre Review

Our Peppa Pig journey started with Isabelle who is now ten years old and continues with Freddie who is two years old. Did you know that the show has been running since 2004? I had to google it!

Peppa Pig has come a long way since we first started watching it. There are a lot more characters, not to mention all the Peppa Pig themed everything from toys, hair accessories and bedding.

Freddie loves Peppa Pig but his favourite character is George Pig and his dinosaur, so we were thrilled to be sent the Peppa Pig Shopping Centre to play with.

What’s in the Box?

The shopping centre is set out across two floors featuring six different shops with the clever help of interchangeable signs. There is:

Ice Cream Parlour
Pizzeria
Cake Shop
Toy Store
Fruit and Veg Shop
Bakery

There is even a working lift that the characters can go up and down in which I think was Freddie’s favourite feature. As with any supermarket, there is a tannoy with buttons with real supermarket sounds such as the ‘ding dong’ to alert shoppers to special offers, checkout sounds and lift music.

The shopping centre came with twelve accessories including a Peppa Pig character, shopping trolly, cash register, a plate of cookies, a restaurant table and chairs and a plate of cookies.

Interchangeable Shops

The shop areas can be changed by the clever use of swivelling signs.

I should give the restaurant table a special mention since the table rotates between having Pizza and ice cream on the plates.

The Lift

I knew that the lift would be Freddie’s favourite feature. Pop Peppa in the lift and press the button for her to go up to the next level, and then push it back down to do it again……and again……and again! Freddie only turned two in June and is quite heavy handed, but this was robust enough for him to do on his own without any frustration.

The Microphone

What’s a shopping centre without real life noises. The microphone has working buttons with a check out sound, lift music and the kind of ‘ding dong’ that you hear before an announcement is made. The microphone is detachable, so could be accidentally lost should you need a bit of peace and quiet.

Our Thoughts

I really wished that I’d caught Freddies gasp when I showed him the shopping centre. He could not wait to get it out of the box and thankfully it wasn’t screwed to the box and didn’t require any assembly. The only thing we had to do was put the batteries (not included) in the microphone and it was good to go.

Freddie was two in June and so toys generally have to be quite robust for him to play with, but this playset ticked all the boxes in terms of sturdiness and managed to keep his attention for a long time, in fact I had to prise the pieces out of his hands so we could pick his sister up from school. His favourite feature was the lift which he was able to do without any help and enjoyed putting Peppa and her shopping the lift.

Overall, this has all the plus points that we look for when buying toys for Freddie. The only thing that would have been nice addition would have been if there was a Miss Rabbit character since she does all the jobs in Peppa Pig.

The Peppa Pig Shopping Centre is marketed at children age 3+ but Freddie has already been playing with Isabelle’s Peppa Pig toys and I’m quite happy that he is able to play with it as intended. It retails at £39.99 at Smyths Toys and other retailers and would make a great Christmas present for any Peppa Pig fan.

*We were sent the Peppa Pig Shopping Centre in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Fireman Sam Fire Rescue Centre Review

Fireman Sam Fire Rescue Centre Review

Freddie has only just recently been introduced to Fireman Sam, but as soon as I showed him the Fireman Sam Fire Rescue Centre playset he knew who it was and got very excited to start playing with it.

The Fireman Sam Rescue Centre unfolds to reveal the inside of the headquarters in Pontypandy featuring a working zipwire, the kitchen where the crew have their tea, a platform with a pulley and training dolly and best of all a working fireman’s pole. It also come with an articulated Fireman Sam Character.

Once you’ve finished playing with the set, it can be folded away for easy storage and has a carry handle so can be easily taken on a playdate.

The Zipwire

The zipwire has a suction pad that can be suctioned onto a flat surface. We found it stuck quite well to our dining table leg. You can then clip Sam onto it and whoosh to the rescue.

Pulley and Training Dolly

As part of the rescue centre there is a pulley system and training dolly so that the fire rescue team can practice for live rescues.

Fireman’s Pole

The set comes complete with a Fireman’s pole which Sam clips onto before whizzing down to the rescue.

There are other characters and vehicles in the range which would make a great addition to this playset.

The set retails at £19.99 and can be bought from Argos and Smyths Toys Superstores. Suitable from age 3+

If you have a Fireman Sam fan, they’ll be pleased to know that there is a Fireman Sam Special – Return of the Norman-Man showing on Cartoonito at 5pm, Thursday 5th November. There are also some cool Fireman Sam stop from animation clips that you can watch on the Character Options YouTube channel.

Our Thoughts

Freddie really enjoyed playing with the playset but found it tricky to get Sam onto the firepole and the zipwire. Once it was set up he happily played with the set for a while and liked to carry it round from the lounge to the kitchen before setting it up again.

His favourite part was the zipwire, he would place the training dolly on different part of the playset before Fireman Sam came to the rescue after following Dolly’s pleas for help.

It’s great that there are additional toys and characters to add to the set as a Fire Engine would definitely complete this set up.

As Freddie is only two, he was a little bit heavy handed when it came to the zipwire so the suction cup kept coming off which led to a few wobbles, but this was a great set for us to play together and with a little bit of help was more than able to play independently.

*We were sent the Fireman Sam Fire Rescue Centre for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Review: WUKA Wear Period Pants

Putting WUKA Wear to the test!

In this day and age we’re all finally realising that to maintain life as we know it, we have to make sustainable choices going forward. Living in a world where everything is instant and available it’s easy to fall into a disposable way of living.

However, it is hard to change some things when it’s all we’ve known. One of these things is our choice of sanitary products.

There have always been two options, sanitary towels and tampons.

Putting WUKA Wear Period Pants to the test. How do they stand up compared to conventional single use disposable sanitary products
WUKA Wear Period Pants

Did you know that a disposable menstrual pad is made up of 90% single use plastic and even tampons contain plastic too AND the average person wlll use around 11000 sanitary products in their life time. Thats a pretty shocking figure!

Unfortunately a lot of these products are still being flushed down the toilet which has major implications. You can read more about the Cost of our Periods on the WUKA site.

Still a Taboo subject

As a women I would much prefer it if this natural process happened in a different way or not at all. At that ‘time of the month’ I feel irritable, hot and emotional and wish I could lock myself away from the world for at the first two days of it.

Having no periods during pregnancy and breastfeeding was a huge bonus for me.

Having said that I’m not one to wear it like a badge or use it to excuse attitudes or behaviours towards other people or work.

Are Reusable Products the way forward?

I’m not a newbie when it comes to reusable or washable products. I’ve used both washable nappies and wipes with no problems. It’s just a different process.

I’ve seen washable sanitary pads and admit that I shot these down as an option straight away. My mind went into overdrive with thoughts of:

  • How and where I would keep the used towels if I was out and about or at work
  • Where to keep the used towels for the duration of my period
  • Would I smell
  • Would they leak

I had similar thoughts with the menstruation cups with regards to leaking as well as the actual process of using one.

And then I heard of period pants……

How does WUKA Wear work?

WUKA stands for Wake Up Kick Ass which I think is a great phrase for all women.

WUKA pants are is made from a sustainable super absorbent hi-tech fabric which can hold approximately four tampons worth of liquid. These can be worn for 4 – 6 hours on a heavy day and up to 8 hours on a lighter day. making them perfect for overnight.

The fabric has anti-bacterial properties to eliminate unpleasant odours and are machine washable.

Even better, the underwear looks like a sporty pair of black briefs which are a little thicker that a usual pair making them a super comfortable option.

WUKA Wear is available in a variety of sizes and flows to suit your needs. There are also teenage sizes available as well as matching bralette. Pop them in your dark wash minus the softner and air dry.

Where can I buy WUKA Wear?

You can buy them direct from the WUKA Website but even better you can pick up a pair in your local Sainsbury’s whilst you’re doing your food shop which is definitely a step in the right direction.

WUKA Wear retails at £20 per pair online or exclusively to Sainsburys from 15th March 2020.

My Thoughts

I was sat well and truly on the fence with these, but having had three children and my periods getting heavier with each one I was willing to give these a go.

They look and feel like a sporty pair of black briefs similar to ones that I have in my drawer if not sightly thicker. I’ve tried them on with both skirts and jeans and there are no obvious differences between the WUKA Wear and my regular underwear.

I would have loved these for the days after having my babies instead of the huge maternity pads.

Like the initial outlay for washable nappies these seem like a big expense, but if you were to work out the cost of pads and tampons over time it wouldn’t take long to reach the same figure.

I’d like to give these a couple of tries before I give an overall opinion so keep up to date with me over on Instagram and I’ll also do a follow-up post.

Lisa x

*I was gifted a pair of WUKA Wear Period Pants for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means I will receive a small referral fee if you click on a link and make a purchase at no cost to you.

Review: Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Revealing the Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Huge Mama points for anything Unicorn or Blind Bag so the points for ticking both of these boxes are huge!

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories

What are Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns?

The Uni-Verse Unicorn Surprises start off as a cloud which dissolves in water to reveal four blind bags containing:

  • A Unicorn
  • A matching Unicorn Toot or Tear Friend
  • A collectors card
  • Two Unicorn Accessories

The Uni-verse Surprise Unicorns single packs retail at £9.99 from all great toy retailers and are suitable from age 5 upwards.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

What do they do?

Each Unicorn Surprise starts off as a puffy cloud with an emoji style expression that you have to dunk in warm water where the cloud turns into a gloopy slime to reveal four blind bags. The colour of the water changes dependent on the land they came from.

There are forty Unicorns to collect and they come with a variety of accessories which are interchangeable amongst your collection.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

What did we get?

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Glammin Cameryn – Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Glammin Cameryn from Glam-A-Ganza land and she came with a little tear shaped friend, a set of wings and a nail polish.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Dilly Dotty Dolly – Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Dilly Dolly Dotty from Funtasyland who has the shiniest bright pink hair. She came with a little Cloud friend, a hairbow and a handbag which she holds in her mouth.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Moo Moo Molly – Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Moo Moo Molly from Pet Party Peak who has crazy hair and comes with a cloud friend, a bell and a milk carton.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Sunburst Sydney – Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Sunburst Sydney from Mist-terious Land and she came with a yellow cloud friend, a bottle of sun lotion and a sunshine accessory.

Our Thoughts

Isabelle was very excited to be unboxing the Uni-verse Unicorn Surprises and was really pleased that she managed to get ones from different lands. She was very impressed with the added slime factor as part of the unboxing. As with all blind bags Isabelle likes to have a look at the checklist and has a good feel to see if she can guess which one it is.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

We were both surprised at how quickly the clouds dissolved to slime. We had a towel on hand to dry off but the slime was quite greasy so a proper hand wash was needed. Isabelle was really pleased with the unicorns that she got and would like to add to her collection.

*We were sent a selection of Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Review: Chalkola Marker Pens

Getting Creative with Chalkola Marker Pens

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.

Our Thoughts

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.