children's toys

Disney Palace Pets Minis

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A while ago we reviewed the Disney Palace Pets walking and wriggling pet. Gracie decided she really likes the palace pets after that and so when we were offered the Palace Pets Minis I knew they would go down well. Gracie loves mini figures anyway and has shelves in her room for her huge my little pony collection that she plays with all the time and keeps on her shelves so they are seen at all times.

Disney Palace Pets are the adorable animal friends of the famous disney princesses, each pet incorporates the spirit and personality of their princess friend as well as their favourite colours. For some it is quite easy to guess which princess they belong to. The Palace Pet Minis come in packs of two and there are six packs to collect. Each pack retails at £4.99 which is good for a set of two figures.

Gracie received two packs one containing Belle's Petit (far left) and Aurora's Beauty (far right) and the other containing Snow White's Berry (middle left) and Rapunzel's Meadow (middle right). Gracie's favourites in the sets were Petit and Meadow. The pets are actually well made and very solid, they don't look easily breakable. They are perfect for Gracie's age group so probably 4+ and are a very handy size for playing with and being able to take out and about. I genuinely think that palace pet minis are perfect for Gracie and something we would happily buy for her again.

 The Disney Palace Pet minis are available to buy at for £4.99 for a set of two figures.

We were sent the palace pet minis free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.


Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips For Summer

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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We regularly hear about the risks associated with Carbon Monoxide but are we aware of how high the risks are whilst on holiday? We are going camping for the first time ever next month but every year we go on holidays to camp sites and sleep in caravans and honestly hadn't ever given a second thought to the risks of Carbon Monoxide poisoning whilst on holiday. New research reveals that millions of families are unknowingly taking risks with their lives, exposing themselves to carbon monoxide gas leaking from gas cookers, BBQs and heaters used inside their tent or caravan.

The survey of 2,000 holidaymakers by CORGI HomePlan revealed a worrying lack of understanding about the risk that campers and caravaners are taking, using appliances that emit the deadly fumes in confined areas. 45% of people cook in their tent or awning, one in five have used a fuel burning appliance to heat their tent and a staggering 17% of people have brought a charcoal or gas BBQ inside the tent.

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas created when fuel doesn’t burn properly. Undetectable by smell, sight or taste it can quickly spread in a confined area - yet the CORGI HomePlan research showed more than a quarter of people (28 per cent) surveyed believe that you can smell it, while almost one in 10 believe you can taste it. Almost one in two (43 per cent) do not know how the gas is created.

CORGI HomePlan warns that people are not applying the same levels of checks to their camping appliances as they do in their home - yet the effects of a carbon monoxide leak in a smaller, confined space makes them even more deadly.
It is quite scary really that you can go away for a nice break and unknowingly endanger your family in a way that could prove fatal. It is something you would never forgive yourself for and is so easily avoided. Corgi HomePlan are urging campers to make a carbon monoxide monitor an essential piece of kit along with fire extinguisher, emergency lighting and first aid kit. Barbecues and gas stoves are the biggest culprits for fatalities and injuries relating to carbon monoxide, NEVER bring one inside your tent or caravan after use! 

You can find a list of tips on carbon monoxide safety on holiday here. Please do think carefully when using gas appliances on your holidays this summer! We have read all the tips and will be taking an alarm away with us next month.

We were gifted our own carbon monoxide alarm in return for writing this post. 


Elsie At 11 Months

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wow the last update before she is officially a 1 year old. It makes me sad to think how quick it has all gone. This month Elsie has come on a lot with her crawling, she can get around so quickly and has now even started attempting to climb. She has managed to confuse herself too many times climbing up the hoover and accidentally turning it on! Her shocked face is quite amusing though.


Dora & Friends #DoraSingAlong

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If your little ones are fans of Nick Jr you may have already noticed Nick Jr's Sing-Along Summer. From the 17th July between 10am and 1pm all your child's favourite Nick Jr shows have been putting the lyrics to all their songs and theme tunes on screen for your child to sing along from home.


Haven Riviere Sands

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Back in May we went on our annual Sun holiday to Haven. We usually choose a different site every year to try out and explore new surroundings but this year we went back to Riviere Sands holiday park which we actually visited just last year. We found that we enjoyed it so much that we wanted to go back again. Last year we had so much fun and had lots of fun days out yet still didn't pack in everything we wanted to do. It is also not far from my brother who lives in Falmouth so we can take a trip to see him whenever we are holidaying around Cornwall.

my carry potty

Review: My Carry Potty

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Zach starts pre school in September and I hoped that we would have potty training well on it's way by then. I am in no way pushy when it comes to these things, ,the last thing I want is to pressurise him if he isn't ready. I do however think it is important to make potty training seem like a natural progression for him by making it available for whenever he wants it. Zach has been using a potty for well over six months now on and off. When we were offered a My Carry Potty to review I was intrigued to see how useful it would be and whether or not it was really worth buying.

My Carry Potty is one of the easiest ways to introduce your toddler to potty training. The award winning My Carry Potty is leak proof, hygienic and is easy to carry. Kids will love the funky, bright designs.
We received the My Carry Potty in the Bumblebee design. Straight away you can see it is a great quality, well made potty. The Bumblebee is very friendly looking with a cute face to appeal to your toddler. The nose is in fact the latch to open the potty and allows it to be tightly sealed and leak proof. Zach really likes his 'Bumblebee potty' and happily uses it around the house or even in the garden on sunny days. He is still struggling at the concept of full time potty use though. He is fine when left without a nappy or pants on but as soon as you put pants into the equation he gets confused and has accidents. So although I had hoped to take it out and about a lot more for testing purposes we just are not ready for that yet. It has been perfect for the house, shutting it means Elsie can't get to it before it is emptied but Zach will tell us he needs a wee whilst at home for us to open it for him. I also find the fact that it closes great for use in the garden too. If him and Gracie are playing in the garden while I am dealing with Elsie inside, he will use it and pop the lid back over which means we get no stray insects or grass inside nor will he tip it over the grass that they are playing on. 9 times out of 10 we empty immediately anyway but there could be times you have to use it and seal it until you get somewhere suitable to dispose of the contents and clean it out.

It is so easy to empty and clean between uses. I find an antibacterial wipe or two can clean it up perfectly and although there is a seal that keeps it leak proof, it hasn't got any awkward to clean ridges. 

I had another thought too after receiving the potty. Gracie is fully toilet trained day and night and will get herself up in the night to go to the toilet. We are going on our first ever camping holiday next month and although she is great at asking to go, I am not sure how close we will be to toilets for her in the night. So I will definitely be taking the My Carry Potty along with us and hopefully they will both use it!

I think the price is very reasonable for the quality and practicality of the product. Many other travel potty's require you to buy bags to pop inside and then you need to buy refill bags etc. Whereas, the My Carry Potty which starts from £19.99 isn't cheap but is worth investing in and once you buy it there are no sneaky extras that need buying in order to use it. 

Overall, we are very impressed with the My Carry Potty. The only slight issue we have had is how if it is left shut it isn't easy for a child to open it themselves so if your child won't tell you when they need to use the potty it is best that you leave it laying open for them. We don't have that problem but it is something I had noticed. 

The My Carry Potty is available to buy at from £19.99 - £24.99 and at the moment you can get a free potty training book when you order.

family fun

Family Meal at Harvester Meridian Park

Monday, July 13, 2015

Harvester are currently encouraging families to spend more time together around the table in an effort to get the feel good factor back into family time. To celebrate we went to the Harvester at Meridian Leisure park in Leicester as a family to sample the menu and review our experience. 

On first impressions, the location is great, set amongst a cinema and bowling venue, it is already a prime location for some valuable family time.

bouncy castles

Toyz World at Hatton Country World

Friday, July 10, 2015

Last week we took a trip to Hatton Country World to visit the Toyz World Team. Toyz World are a stockist of BeBop bouncy castles and inflatables and they wanted to show us some of their bestselling bouncy castles and to let the children loose to play with them.


My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Putting Your Hoof Down DVD

Thursday, July 09, 2015

My house is slowly being taken over by My Little Pony including the latest DVD release 'My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic : Putting Your Hoof Down' which was out on 6th July. Containing 5 episodes from the Friendship is Magic television series; Hearts & Hooves Day, A Friend in Deed, Putting Your Hoof Down, It's About Time and Dragon Quest. This DVD is must have for any My Little Pony fan.


School Moving Up Day

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Today has been a busy day and it has given me a slight insight into how my life will be come September. First thing this morning, I got Gracie ready and just me and her set off to my friends house as her little girl will be in Gracie's Reception class this September. The girls were so excited to find out they would be in the same class as one did mornings in Nursery and the other did afternoons. The girls walked into their new classroom holding hands and barely even noticed us leave them in this completely new setting!


Review & Competition: Easybelts

Saturday, July 04, 2015

I am sure I am not alone when I say that getting trousers/shorts the right length and waist size for children can be so difficult. I have especially found with Gracie and Zach that I need to size up as they are so tall but then unless their clothes have adjustable waists they are constantly pulling them up. Easybelts aim to help with their easily adjustable VELCRO belts. That is right, velcro, no complicated buckle system that leaves your potty trained toddler dancing around stuck in their trousers whenever they need a wee as they simply just open up the velcro to loosen the belt. 

Family Days Out

The Making of Harry Potter #sweetsandtreats

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Last week we were invited to the Warner Bros Studio Tour : The Making of Harry Potter to preview their upcoming event Sweets and Treats, where you will see the actual prop makers from the Harry Potter series of films creating both real sweet treats and replicas. From Monday 20th July to Sunday 6th September visitors will discover how the prop department moulded jelly snakes, decorated sugar skulls and piped ice cream sundaes during production.


Review Part 2 iCandy Strawberry 2

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A few months ago I wrote a review on the iCandy Strawberry 2 (read here) and talked all about how we had got on with it in carrycot mode. I loved it so much that I was genuinely sad to make the move from carrycot to seat unit a few weeks later. I have now been using the seat unit for around 3 to 4 months now with Elsie and wanted to share how we have got on with the pushchair with the seat unit and whether we still feel the iCandy love as much as we did back in March.