When I was asked to review some wooden doll house toys I think I was more excited than the girls! I’ve always love everything miniature and still love dolls houses; we’d have a huge one if we had more room! Anyway, I digress!
I chose Budkins Equestrian Dolls, a Grey Wooden Horse and a Le Toy Van Jumping Set.
I set the equestrian budkins up on the kitchen table while the girls were still at school and waited for their first impressions when they walked in the door.
Kaycee took a sharp intake of breath and asked who’s it was, Ella walked in and said, “wow, awesome, who’s is that?”
When I told them it had been sent for them to review, they were super excited and instead of going to get changed out of their school uniforms, (which they know they should do as soon as bags and coats have been hung!) they went right back in the kitchen and I’m now listening to them neighing away!
They’ve been playing for ages and the only negative I’ve heard from them is that the poles that sit in the slots for 2 of the fences (are they called fences? I know nothing about horses/show jumping!) don’t stay in very well. I know they’re meant to be able to come out during play when the horses hooves catch them but these seem to roll out when no one is near them. Ant said the cut out on the uprights should have been slightly angled to avoid the problem.
It didn’t stop them playing though!
As a parent, it’s great to hear your children playing nicely together for a change and even nicer to see it’s with really well made wooden toys and not like a zombie with another computer game or crying because another plastic piece of rubbish has broken within days.
|Note to self: make sure dishes are put in the dishwasher before taking photos, not after!|
There are some really great toys on the site and with Christmas coming, I’d much rather spend my money on toys like these for the girls because I know they’ll last well and get plenty of use.
* I received the items in return for a review. However, the review was written by me and reflects my personal opinion.When I accept a product for review, it does not guarantee a favourable review.
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I did wonder whether anyone in our house would find this cube made out of balls, interesting. I needn’t have worried; it seems everyone is now obsessed with the little magnetic magic balls!
I have to admit, they are strangely addictive!
Kaycee and Ella keep fighting over them and even Aiden gets annoyed when he wants to play with them and someone else already has them.
We’ve checked out the different videos on You Tube to get ideas of what can be done with them but unfortunately, I haven’t been very successful with any that I’ve tried.
They make it look it really easy on the videos…maybe I just need more practice!
Anyway, I can’t seem to get them back into the actual cube shape but I will not be beaten by some tiny magnetic balls. I will persevere and I will make that cube.
Then I’ll try something a little more adventurous, maybe something like my super wonderful husband’s home made ring!!
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I recently used a code for a 5 week trial for Reading Eggs and I’m allowed to share it with you (see below for instructions and the code).
For those who don’t know what Reading Eggs is, it’s a web site that helps children learn how to read using really fun games.
Ella and Kaycee have been on it tonight and both of them loved it.
Ella didn’t want to go to bed, she kept asking to play, ‘just one more, pleeeaassseeee mummy?!’ till I had to be forceful and say that, no, it was too late to play again!
I took some screenshots to show you the kind of games Ella was playing. She’s 5 and when she first started, she had to do a test that helps them find out what level she was at.
Then the games began!
|She had to make the word using the sounds it makes when you spell it out loud, f-oo-d|
|Spin the wheel then match the word to the picture it lands on.|
|Match the words to the pictures.|
Tomorrow I’m going to be working with Kaycee. She was on her net book on the site while I was helping Ella and she asked if I could work with her for a while.
I was really pleased to see that although both children were on the same account, there’s no restriction to them logging in at the same time.
Kaycee’s working on the 7+ section of the site. With each activity they do, (on the older and younger sections), they earn eggs which can be spent in the shop, on furniture and decorations for their house as well as clothes for their little character 🙂
I wouldn’t normally consider buying a subscription to a site like this but after seeing how much Ella loved it and seeing how great the challenges are, I’d definitely consider it.
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The girls came home from school yesterday and the first thing they saw were the Hama Beads; they instantly wanted to get them open and start creating but I told them dinner and chores came first!
I think it was the first time they cleared the table after dinner without arguing and without it taking half an hour!
Ella’s kit included two boards, shaped like a puppy and a kitten.
Kaycee got a heart, hexagon and butterfly board.
The girls have used Hama Beads before, unlike me. It was my first time and I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed creating on the different boards, with my girls. We spent at least 2 hours working on our creations and I’ve never known the girls to focus on something for so long and then complain that they had to pack it away when bedtime came!
Kaycee said she loves Hama Beads and the only thing she wants for Christmas is more beads and boards and some clothes for her baby Annabel 🙂
I’ll definitely be ordering more sets for me them for Christmas!
I thought Aiden (12) would love the Nano Speed Super Vert Crash Set and when it arrived he was quite excited.
It only took me about 15 minutes to put it together and I have to say I was impressed that I did it without any help; I usually just leave those kind of toys for Ant to sort out!
It was all ready and waiting for them when they got home and the two big kids of the house (Ant and Aiden) had the first play.
I’d like to say that they loved it but unfortunately, I can’t.
First of all, they couldn’t get the little cars to go round the first lot of loops with just pulling back on the car and after a while, they gave up.
They ended up pushing it through the (rather noisy) battery powered motor.
Once they’d got them working with the help of the motor, they then got annoyed with them flying off the track all the time. They soon gave up and didn’t want to play anymore; they were talking about design faults and stuff so I went to check out other reviews on the Internet and found that the cars flying off the track isn’t really a design fault, in fact, that’s supposed to be part of the fun!
Kaycee and Ella (7 and 5) both thought it was great fun and loved when the cars went flying off the track!
Just goes to show the difference between the boys and the girls; the boys wanted more structured play and I think, more control over the cars, (they must have forgotten that it’s called a crash set!) while the girls just wanted to see them jumping off the track and trying to get them to crash.
Kaycee took some videos when they were playing so I thought I’d share one with you.
Be warned, the camera has really picked up the sound and it sounds louder on the video than it does in my living room but even so, it is quite noisy and I ended up making them play outside with it because it was giving me a headache.
* I received the Nano Speed Super Vert Crash Set in return for a review. However, the review was
written by me and reflects my personal opinion.When I accept a product for
review, it does not guarantee a favourable review.
Kaycee loves writing stories so I knew she’d love the *Smencils when they arrived! They’re described as gourmet scented pencils and they’re made using recycled newspaper; they come in a plastic tube (it says on the website that the tubes are corn based and are biodegradable) which I assume is to preserve the smell.
We had five different Smencils, Apple, Orange, Summer Fruits, Blackcurrant & Apple and Tropical.
They do actually smell good enough to eat! The orange one was a little overpowering but the others were simply gorgeous.
I like the fact that they’re made from recycled newspaper. When I told the girls they looked a little confused, looked at the pencils and said, ‘they’re not newspapers!!’. I then had to explain what being made out of recycled newspaper actually meant!
For more info and to see the whole range of products, visit Smencils.com
* I received the Smencils in return for a
review. However, the review was written by me and reflects my personal
opinion.When I accept a product for
review, it does not guarantee a favourable review.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we LOVE pizza in this house! Some of us like it more than others but generally, when it’s pizza for tea, we’re all happy; me because it takes no preparation and less than half an hour to cook and the kids because they can use their fingers to eat!
We jumped at the chance to try Chicago Town’s new BBQ Feast Takeaway Pizza.
It says on the box, “Fresh dough base – real takeaway taste” and I have to agree, it did taste like it had been delivered hot to our door.
It’s topped with BBQ sauce, Mozzarella, meatballs, pepperoni and onions. The crust is also stuffed with BBQ sauce.
When the vouchers arrived and I found that the price of the pizza was £4 I figured we wouldn’t be buying them with our own money; we never spend more than a couple of pounds on frozen pizza usually but after seeing how big it is and how lovely it tastes, it’s definitely worth the money.
It’s a big saving on a real takeaway and tastes just as good, if not better than some that we’ve had delivered in the past!
The kids have been slightly obsessed with BBQ ribs lately so I assumed they’d all love a BBQ Feast Pizza.
Ella (5) had to be the one to prove me wrong! She said it was too spicy for her but I think she had a small appetite that day because none of us thought it was spicy at all. She only wanted to eat the chips and even then she hardly ate any.
Kaycee thought it was delicious, as did my mum who’s not usually a pizza fan. I loved it and just writing about it now is making me hungry!
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