Fuzzikins Craft Cottontail Cottage Review

Daisy is already a big fan of the Fuzzikins Craft range of toys, she’s had great fun with the Cozy Cats and Dozy Dogs. We were recently asked if we would like to review the Cottontail Cottage which I thought Daisy would love and I wasn’t wrong.

Fuzzikins are adorable little flocked creatures that can be coloured in and played with. The Cottontails Cottage which is part of the range not only comes with gorgeous little rabbits but it includes a pop-up 3D play house too. The set also comes with lots of accessories to decorate the cottage.

Daisy got to work straight away colouring in her rabbits, this part can get messy but the felt pens wash easily off with soap and water. She decided to go fairly minimum this time as she loved that the rabbits were white. I think she was too eager to get the rabbits in to their new home, she can always add some colour at a later date.

She had such fun exploring the rooms, putting the rabbits to bed and in the kitchen. Jake also joined in and they played nicely for over half an hour which is a miracle in this house !

I liked how easy the house was to assemble and that it can be folded away with minimal storage for future uses. The furniture is part of the pop-out 3D theme meaning no little parts to be hunting around for, this is a huge bonus.

I also love how customisable the Fuzzikins Craft sets are, they really spark Daisy’s imagination and creativity.

You can find out more about Fuzzikins Craft on the Facebook page, you will also find lots of fun there too.

 

Baby Annabell Interactive Doll Review

Daisy has a few baby dolls in her collection of toys, she loves to play ‘mummy’ with them. Recently we were sent the new Baby Annabell Interactive doll for her to review. I knew Daisy would be delighted with this doll, it has lots of new features making it even more lifelike.

The new Baby Annabell Interactive doll features realistic sounds and movements just like a real baby.

  • She babbles and gurgles.
  • She sucks on her dummy and bottle.
  • She can wet her nappy and use the potty.
  • She cries real tears, burps and yawns.
  • She responds to touch and movement.
  • She falls to sleep and gently snores.

The doll comes dressed in a beautiful soft velour pink all-in-one with a cute little cap. She also comes with her bottle, a dummy, one nappy, a bib and a cute pendant. The doll requires 4 AA batteries which are not included.

It’s fair to say that Daisy loved this doll right from the start, she was fascinated buy the sounds of movement of Baby Annabell’s mouth when she had her dummy or bottle in.

I think the doll was the perfect size for Daisy, she felt much more like a real baby would than other dolls that we have.

Daisy loved pretending to feed her dolly and then changing her nappy afterwards. I think we will definitely need to buy some extra nappies and the potty to make the most of this feature.

I asked Daisy what her favourite thing was about Baby Annabell and she said it was how soft her clothes felt and that she moved her mouth and closed her eyes when she had her dummy in. Her least favourite thing was when she cried and I have to agree with her of course.

The new Baby Annabell Interactive Doll is available now from all good retailers and with an RRP of £54.99.

*We were sent the doll free of charge in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own*

 

 

The Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge

I don’t know about you but I dread meal planning. I have a house full of fussy eaters who are very difficult to please. By the middle of the week I’m low on ideas and motivation. When Britmums and Dolmio challenged me to create a #ThankGoodness mid-week meal I didn’t hesitate to accept.

I was sent a lovely hamper of goodies to help me create a simple good-for-you meal including a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce. Dolmio Bolognese original sauce is 100% natural. One jar provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each without even adding any vegetables. Each jar contains at least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, tomato puree, half an onion, sunflower oil, garlic cloves, herbs, cornflour, 2 teaspoons of added beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of salt and pepper and a splash of water and nothing else.

I decided to make a classic spaghetti Bolognese with a little twist of sneaky vegetables included. I cubed 2 courgettes, sliced a handful of mushrooms, chopped an onion and diced a pepper. I knew that the veggies would reduce in size whilst cooking making them a sneaky addition to the dish. I also finely chopped some garlic cloves and added those too.

I fried all the vegetables together with a tablespoon of olive oil over a medium heat. Once softened I added 500g of steak mince and browned until cooked. I then added a 500g jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce and simmered until heated through.

I had a little helper whilst I cooked, he seemed to take a shine to the garlic bulbs.

I boiled some wholewheat spaghetti for myself and Chris and made the children their preferred cheesy pasta as a side.

We all tucked in and it was delicious. The meal got the thumbs up from both the children and the only sneaky veg they noticed was the mushrooms which I count as a massive win.

As the hamper had been so generous I decided to make another delicious meal using the other jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce. I wanted to go with another pasta dish as my children really enjoy them. I settled on a simple chicken, cheese and tomato pasta bake. I have never made this with a jar sauce before so I was a little worried as to how it would turn out.

This time I used mushrooms, courgettes, onion and garlic. After softening them in a tablespoon of olive oil I added two cubed chicken breasts and cooked through. I then added the jar of Bolognese sauce. Once the meat and sauce were thoroughly cooked I added some cooked pasta and stirred together. I emptied the contents in to a baking dish and covered generously with a mixture of cheddar cheese and grated parmasan. Once baked in the oven for 20 minutes it came out looking and smelling delicious.

It was one of the nicest pasta bakes I have ever made, even the children wanted seconds. Sadly the mushrooms didn’t go unnoticed but I will keep trying. We have eaten so well thanks to the Britmums and Dolmio #ThankGoodness challenge. It’s certainly shown me that mid-week meals can be anything but boring.

Both meals were thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family even the fussy ones and will now become a regular feature on our meal plan.

If you want to see lots more delicious recipes and mid week motivation head over to the Dolmio website.

This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness.

*We were sent the ingredients shown above free of charge for the purpose of this challenge. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

 

 

Lee Stafford uBunTu Oils Straight & Juicy Irons Review & Giveaway

I’ve been blessed (or cursed) with a head full of wavy hair since birth. I use straighteners every single day, without them it’s not a pretty sight I assure you. Think of a cross between Worzel Gummidge and Diana Ross and you are half way there. My old straighteners have seen better days so when I was asked if I wanted to review the new Lee Stafford uBunTu Oils Straight & Juicy Irons of course I said yes.

The uBunTu Oils Straight and Juicy Irons come in a gorgeous hot pink and lime green colour. They are professional quality and the plates are infused with uBunTu oilf from Africa. The oils help to leave your hair feeling pampered, restored and full of juicy goodness.

The straighteners also have lots of other great features like:

Fast 60 second heat up time.

A 60 minute auto shut off for safety.

Variable temperature with LED indicator.

They straighten and curl.

360 degree swivel cord.

Lockable switch to protect the plates.

What Did I Think

I have used some of the Lee Stafford hair products before, but I didn’t know their was an electrical beauty range available too.

After washing and drying my hair I set to work with the straighteners, sectioning my hair as usual.

Firstly, I love how smooth these straighteners are to use. They are really comfortable and lightweight to hold. I also found that the oils on the plates helped them to glide through my thick hair easily, I have had some snagging in the past with other models.

There was also none of the usual static I have experienced with other straighteners in the past which was a huge bonus.

I really liked that I could adjust the temperature myself. I need a higher temperature for the thicker parts of my hair and a lower temperature for the delicate parts like my fringe. I think one of the biggest advantages these straighteners have over similar competitors is the ability to control the temperature with the LED display.

I was really happy with the results, my hair felt lovely and smooth. It also looked glossy and really healthy. I would definitely recommend these straighteners if you are in the market for a new pair. I also think they would make a lovely Birthday or Christmas present.

As you know I do love a bargain and that’s certainly what these are. Don’t worry though, the quality hasn’t been compromised at all. They are available from Amazon for £29.99 which I think is a fantastic price.

The Review Directory have kindly offered a set of the Lee Stafford Straight & Juicy Irons for one of my lovely readers to win for themselves. You can enter using the Gleam app below.

Terms & Conditions

  • Open to UK entries only.
  • The Closing date is 12.04.2017.
  • The prize is a pair of Lee Stafford uBunTu Oils Straight & Juicy Irons.
  • The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries and contacted directly by the promoter.
  • The prize will be sent directly to the winner from the promoter.

Win Lee Stafford Ubuntu Oils Straighteners #3

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Bidvine Review

Recently I’ve been thinking about getting a professional family photograph done. It would be lovely to have us all in the same photograph as very often it’s either me or Mr Webster taking it. I didn’t have a clue where to start looking so when Bidvine got in touch to ask me to review their service I thought it would the perfect opportunity to find someone local for the job.

Bidvine connects customers with local service providers and professionals all over the UK. Whether you want your tap repairing, a florist for your wedding or a personal trainer Bidvine can help you find one to suit your needs. The service is totally free for the customer and provides you with competitive bids for you to choose from.

Using the website is super simple. You type in the service you are looking for, I went with family portrait photography and then you enter your postcode. You will then be asked a series of questions to further specify exactly what it is you need from the service. I found this part really useful as it means that you will receive a more accurate bid estimate.

Some of the multiple choice questions included things like the size of the party to be photographed and the location I would like the photograph taken in. The whole process of answering took about a minute to complete.

 

Once completed your job request is sent to trusted local professionals who then have up to four days to contact you with their bid. How many bids you receive will depend upon the nature of your request or other factors such as seasonality.

Once you have your bids then it’s up to you to decide who to choose.

I would definitely recommend Bidvine as a first choice when you have those niggling little jobs that need doing or if you want to employ someone trustworthy and local. I think Bidvine is a great service for people with a busy lifestyle. who want a quick and easy way to get a job done.

*This is a collaborative post*

 

 

BrainBox Peppa Pig Review & Giveaway

Daisy and Jake are both massive Peppa Pig fans. I’ve lost count of the number of episodes we have watched over the years. We also love playing games together, we can often be found on a Saturday afternoon partaking in one or two. When we were asked if we would like to review the new Brainbox Peppa Pig game we were delighted, we could combine our love of both.

Brainbox Peppa Pig helps children with their observation and memory skills. There are 55 cards and each one features Peppa and her little brother George in a whole variety of situations. The aim of the game is to study the scene on the card, remember as much as you can about it and then answer some questions to test your memory.

Daisy and I played the game together although it can be adapted for a single player. Daisy has a fantastic memory so I knew she would love this game.

We took it in turns to choose a card, we had until the sand timer ran out to memorise as much as we could about the scene. Next we rolled the dice to decide how many questions we had to answer, there are five questions on the back of each card.

 

Daisy did really well with this part, better than me in fact! Another great thing about the cards is they helped with Daisy’s reading skills. She insisted on reading the captions on the bottom of each card.

Brainbox have kindly offered one of my readers a chance to win the Peppa Pig game for themselves. You can enter using the Gleam app below. There are two mandatory tasks and the rest are optional, you can even come back every day for extra entries. Please also take some time to read the terms and conditions of the giveaway.

Terms & Conditions

  • Open to UK entries only.
  • The Closing date is 19.03.2017 11.59pm.
  • The prize is a Brainbox Peppa Pig Game.
  • The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries and contacted by email/tweet.
  • The winner has 28 days to respond failure to do so will result in a new winner being selected.
  • The prize will be sent directly to the winner from the promoter.

Win a Brainbox Peppa Pig Game

Good Luck x

*We were sent the Peppa Pig game free of charge for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own*

PizzaExpress Formby Review

Last week Chris and I were invited sample the menu at the newly opened Formby branch of PizzaExpress. We hadn’t been to a PizzaExpress before but had heard lots of good things about their food. We were excited to not only enjoy a child free evening but also to share a delicious meal together.

The stylish new PizzaExpress opened on February 13th in the heart of Formby which is a lovely little coastal town in the North West. It’s opening has provided an additional 20 jobs within the community.

When we arrived the restaurant looked so inviting, there’s a gorgeous outside seating area that I’m sure will be very popular in the warmer months.

Once inside we were greeted and shown straight to our table by the window. I was in awe at the interior and took some time to take it all in and take some photograph’s of course. The restaurant has been designed with relaxation in mind. The interior has incorporated a rustic coastal theme in keeping with the seaside setting of Formby.

There was a feature lighting  piece on the ceiling which I couldn’t take my eyes off. Even the artwork which celebrates the first British lifeboat station which was in Formby is amazing.

Once we were comfortable and our drinks has arrived it was time to order our starters. I went with a course from the Winter specials menu. I chose Pennette Formaggi which is a twist on the classic Macaroni Cheese with a three cheese and mustard sauce. It was so tasty I loved the addition of mustard, it gave the dish a little heat.

Chris and I decided to go with pizzas for out mains, choosing to order both the Winter specials. We chose to split them between us so we could each try them.

I’m so glad we had a jug of iced water on our table as the pizzas certainly were on the spicy side. We enjoyed the Barbacoa Romano and the Etna Romana. Both were as delicious as each other. I want to add a little side note here, if you do order a pizza they come unsliced. In hindsight we probably should have asked for a pizza slice as we did struggle slightly trying to cut the Romana base.

You can actually watch the pizzas being made at the Pizzaiola counter in the centre of the restaurant. These guys and girls really know what they are doing when it comes to creating the perfect dough and tasty toppings.

Throughout the lovely waitress who was looking after us came to check that everything was okay with our meal. Her timings were perfect and we never felt rushed or hassled which is one of my pet hates when dining out.

I also have to say that the restaurant has a really good selection of drinks on the menu. I went with a Peroni to keep the Italian theme going and finished off with a sparkling glass of Prosecco.

There were so many delicious desserts to choose from but I went with the mouth watering Chocolate Fondant. The warm chocolate cake had a melting centre and was topped with a vanilla gelato. It was out of this world, a pure indulgence and a real treat. Chris went with a classic chocolate fudge cake and cream which he thoroughly enjoyed.

We left having experienced excellent customer service, delicious food and a lovely relaxing atmosphere.

My only criticism of the whole experience would be the tiny table we were seated at. Although the marble topped tables are beautiful they just aren’t practical, we quickly ran out of room. The guests next to us asked for another table to be added and I’m sure had we asked we would have been obliged straight away.

PizzaExpress is now definitely on our list of places we want to dine at again. There’s lots more of their delicious menu we want to try, the pasta dishes looked amazing.

You can view the full menu and find a PizzaExpress local to you on their website.

*We were invited to sample the menu for free. All thoughts and opinions are our own*

 

 

 

My Fairy Garden Magic Bean Pot-Joy Review

You might remember that last Summer Daisy reviewed My Fairy Garden-Woodland Fairy Door she absolutely loved it. The kind folks at Interplay UK have sent her one of their new products to review.

The My Fairy Magic Garden Magic Bean Pots are fun and easy to grow. You can choose from either Joy or Hope who are twin fairies. Each one comes with their own little spade, a bird companion and two magic wishing beans for you to plant.

All of The My Fairy Garden products are designed to offer children fun as well as imaginative open-ended play. They allow children to experience the magic of growing real plants.

I got Daisy some compost from the garden, this is the only thing that isn’t included with the set. She had great fun using the little spade to dig a small hole (1-2cm deep) in the pot. Next she planted the gorgeous little beans in the pot.

After covering the beans up with a some more compost she added a little water. We are trying to grow the beans a little earlier than recommended (May-September). We will be keeping it warm in the airing cupboard until germination.

Doing this activity opened up lots of conversations about how plants grow and what we need plants for. I’m a big fan of toys and activities that provide fun and learning at the same time.

Be sure to check my Instagram feed in a few weeks to see how the beans grow. We have one very excited girl here who wants to check on her beans every day.

My Fairy Garden Magic Bean Pot is available at Amazon for £6.99. They are also available at all good toy retailers.

Take a look at the all the My Fairy Garden range in the video below.

*We were sent the My Fairy Garden Magic Bean Pot free of charge for the purpose of review. All thought and opinions are our own*

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L.O.L Surprise! Doll Review

If you have children that love watching toy unboxing videos on YouTube then you will know all about surprise toys and blind bags. Daisy is obsessed with surprise toys and has a huge box full of them. When we were asked if we would like to review the new L.O.L Surprise! Doll of course we said yes.

L.O.L Surprise Dolls are the latest in collectable surprises. Each doll comes with seven layers of surprises to unwrap. Inside the surprise ball you will find:

  • A secret message
  • Collectable stickers
  • A little water bottle
  • Shoes
  • Outfit
  • Accessory
  • L.O.L Doll

There is another surprise ahead once you have unwrapped your doll. Feed her with the water bottle to find out of she cries, spits or tinkles or bathe her in cold water to see if she changes colour.

You can also use the ball she comes in for play, it can be a carry case, doll display, bath or hangout. There are 45 dolls to collect.

Daisy had so much fun unwrapping the ball, I love how easy the ‘zippers’ were to peel. Each wrapper contained a lovely surprise. Daisy loved that some of the surprises were sealed in little bags which prolonged her excitement.

Daisy got the doll called Diva which I’m sure takes it’s inspiration from Lady GaGa. The clothes and accessories attached easily and Daisy had fun playing with her. She was also delighted when we found out she was a colour changing doll. Her lovely pastel pink hair turned hot pink when we put her in cold water.

I like that the doll and all her accessories fit nicely back in to the ball at the end of play making it easy to store. This also prevents any of the small parts getting lost.

The L.O.L Surprise! dolls retail for around £7.99 and are available at all good toy retailers.

*We were sent the L.O.L Surprise! Doll free of charge for the purpose of this review*

Lalaloopsy Babies Potty Surprise Doll Review

When I first saw the new Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise doll advertised on the TV recently I will admit that I rolled my eyes and was a little sceptical. A certain little girl in our house was very excited at the concept of a doll with a potty that actually pooped. Only a 5 year old could find bodily functions, especially if they involve sparkly shapes entertaining.

Does anyone else’s children watched endless videos on YouTube of pooping dolls ? have you seen how many views they attract. There’s definitely something to said for toilet humour !

As you can imagine Daisy was over the moon when a Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise doll arrived for her to review. I couldn’t get it out of the box quickly enough for her !

The Lalaloopsy Babies Potty Surprise Jewel Sparkle doll is a new and fun edition to the ‘Sew Cute’ range. Jewel Sparkle magically poops colourful surprise shapes in her potty.

Included in the box is everything you need, the doll, 3 different coloured pots of food, a bowl, a spoon and a very adorable pink potty.

Daisy started by turning the dial on the dolls back which changes the the shape of the surprise. She then spooned the food (which is like a magic sand consistency) in to the dolls mouth. There is a button to twist in place of her belly button and this is the only part that daisy really needed help with as it’s a little tricky for small hands.

Once Daisy had taken the dolls nappy off she sat her on the potty. There’s a little button that presses on a ridge of the potty which helps the poop (shape) on it’s way. Daisy was incredibly excited to find a colourful poop in the potty, her first one was a flower shape. She then spent the best part of an hour feeding the doll and filling the potty up with tiny surprises.

There are four surprise shapes, a heart, a flower, a star and a button. You can also mix up the food to create lots fun colours.

Apart from the fact that this Lalaloopsy doll keeps Daisy and Jake occupied for ages I also love that it doesn’t need any batteries. I also really like that it can be used over and over again.

The Lalaloopsy Babies Potty Surprise Doll is available a all good toy retailers including Amazon. You can also keep up with news about the latest ranges by visiting the Lalaloopsy website or following on Twitter.

You can also read our previous review of the Lalaloopsy Princess Mittens Fluff’n’Stuff Doll here.

*We were sent the Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise doll free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions are our own*

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