20 October, 2016

Interplay Animal Selfie Studio

Interplay Animal Selfie Studio

If you have been following my blog, you’ll know we love anything creative and all sorts of crafts.  We still do, but Olivia growing up, she is into joining her after school clubs and doing some activities which leaves us Wednesdays free from all that.  We still do some arts and crafts to settle down when she gets home so, when we were asked to review the Animal Selfie Studio from Interplay, one little is over the moon.


Animal Studio is a fun activity for kids.  It involves like any other crafts peeling, sticking stickers putting things together.  The difference is the involvement of technology. SELFIE.  Who doesn’t like selfie?  Kids at this generation are pro in taking selfies already. You know those times when you look at your phone and so many kid’s selfies? Cheeky little people! So this activity is perfect for kids who loves taking selfie in a fun way by turning themselves into animals. It could be, a panda, lion, wolf, lion, tiger and koala. There’s a free APP to morph yourself into a super adorable animal. Then you could share it into your social media, send it through emails or send it straight to your printer, cut and place in your animal sticker and see your ever so cute animal version of yourself.


Process and Experience

From taking selfies, choosing the animal you want to be, printing process and sticking the photos to animal frames is another exciting craft experience for kids. Imagine those faces in the selfie and patiently waiting by the printer for the big reveal of what they look like being an animal?  It’s priceless. Trust me.  Plus, you being there helping your child out, spending time together.  Activities like this is definitely a winner.

Olivia has her say on the video below:

Top Tip: Don’t forget to check out Interplay Craft Box range and send over your list to Father Christmas. 😉

You also might want to check our Fuzzikins Crafts Dozy Dogs from Interplay Craft Box Range.

Fuzzikins Craft Dozy Dogs

Disclaimer: We received this product for review purposes, however all opinions and are my own.

17 October, 2016

Living Arrows 17/10/16

Sometimes, we are too blinkered of going out and travel further to see places without realising how mush we have missed outside our doorstep.

Last week was a busy week for us, Olivia’s daddy was away for six days.  So, we decided to step back and just appreciate what we have got.  Spend time together as a family without rushing to go somewhere.

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Living Arrows
17 October, 2016

From the mouths of babes : My Taste Bud Problem


My taste bud problem

So what now? You don’t like mummy’s cooking and you don’t want to be rude or you don’t want to upset her.  What are you going to do?


The rule is, you have to eat what mummy cooked or what is being served on  the table.  There is no special order allowed. It’s not a restaurant.  That’s it.

But then … you don’t like the food. Fish bolognese?  Bleurgh! 

So here we go!

Olivia: (The not so sure face): Mummy, can I tell you something?
Me: (I know this is something to do with the food) Yes, what’s that?
Olivia: This is not about your cooking. I promise.  I think, what you are trying to cook was spaghetti bolognese,  ummm…. it’s okay, but maybe you didn’t mean it to be a fish. Maybe you didn’t mean it to go with rice (that’s because mummy is running rice in her system).  I’m sorry, mummy. It doesn’t really go with my taste bud. I think, I have a problem with my taste bud.

Now, you know a polite way to say you don’t like mummy’s cooking.

I thought you were dead

So you joined in mummy and daddy’s bed early in the morning.  Mummy is asleep (or at least pretending) before you start talking and call our morning quits. Mummy is not moving.  You’re worried so you started to move her arm and touching her face.

Me: Olivia, what are you doing?  still want to sleep.
Olivia: I thought, you are dead. You are not moving you see. I was worried.

Little Hearts, Big Love
16 October, 2016

Megableu The Enchanted Ball and Trickin Camel Game Review and Giveaway!


Disclosure: This post contains Amazon links. I may earn a small commission for my endorsement and recommendation and/or link to any products or services from this website.

The Enchanted Ball

Olivia is now at the right age for board games and we are on that stage of playing games together or as a family.  That’s the beauty of board games right? Who am I to  say “no”, when Megableu  asked us to review some of their toys.  I know it would be something for us to try and they do have a lot of good choices of toys and games to bring fun in the family.  We are always up for fun especially when stuck in the house during cold and wet days.


Olivia being all about princesses, she chose  The Enchanted Ball.  Why not when it means, you get to be a princess in a beautiful ball dress and will get a chance to dance with the Prince in the musical dance court.  If you do get picked by the Prince to dance with him, you will then get rewarded with a star and the first princess to get 4 stars is the winner. For 5 years old’s imagination, this is exciting especially as they live in the Prince and Princesses (imaginary) world.

This is a battery (not included) operated game, you have to push the head of the price so the music will start as well the dance floor vibrates to make the princesses to move in the centre and see if they get lucky to get to dance with the Prince.  There are four princesses so, that  means it could be played up to 4 persons. It is definitely a fun game.

Olivia has been enjoying it, she even play with it on her own when I can’t join with her like when I am cooking in the kitchen. This also cracks her up, cheering for her favourite princess to get to dance with the price.


Trickin Camel


Now, for the fun part.  I mean, like a game that will make you jump off your chair. Exciting like you’ll get splashed with water or …you come across  a camel carrying full  of bottled water on its back.  You being so thirsty and all you want is a drink. You will do your best to win a drink, won’t you?  Remember though, this camel could be funny or let’s say it’s forgivable if we say that this camel is a little bit rude to spit on your face if he not pleased. On the flip side, he could be generous when he gives you some drinks to quench your thirst.  Who gets more bottles will win. Saying that, no one is safe from getting splash.  I mean, getting spat on the face.


Really. Don’t worry, it’s not a real camel though.  It requires  3 AA batteries (not included) to do it’s trick and to kick up the fun.  There are 3 different challenges and up to 4 thirsty players.

Some might disagree, about the spitting that a child will copy and will spit on a friend’s face when not pleased.  But it’s only a game and it’s our obligation to teach our child what’s right and wrong.  There’s a time to be serious and proper. There’s a time to laugh. A good laugh.  There’s a time for a game, time for kids to be just kids, play with them or for them to share with siblings or friends and make childhood memories.  If we take things too serious, we might end up not being able to do anything, right?

If you’re up for fun, you can get these toys from Amazon links below:


I also teamed up with Megableu for one lovely reader that is always up for a good fun to win ONE Megableu in this review.  Please state in  your comment below which game you would like to win. The Enchanted Ball or Trickin Camel Game. UK Entrants only. Terms and Condition apply.

Good Luck!


14 October, 2016

Afternoon at Blackpool Sands


Recently, we have been exploring South Devon and this time being is our last stop for the day at Blackpool Sands in Dartmouth.  It’s a private owned beach and is just a stunning place with great facilities.  I can imagine it gets busy during the summer.  We were waiting for the sunset and Olivia had the joy of dancing under the sun to her heart’s content. Why not when the only people there was us and a few at the cafe.

The car park is a little bit pricey, but it’s all worth it.  It very clean- very well looked after.  Paw friends are not allowed at the beach either.  It is also a shingle beach, not sand but, I don’t have an issue with it. Still stunning.

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Country Kids

12 October, 2016

Glow Art Light Board- Review I Giveaway


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Olivia is over the moon recently when we were asked to review something that is right up her street. She is that kind of a child that could sit for hours drawing pictures. Trust me, we go through some serious usage of papers.
This time, we were sent a Glow Art Board from CDK to try.  It’s a light (see through) drawing board with multi-coloured LED’s and fluorescent markers to bring your drawings to life. You only need 3XAA batteries to make this magic happen. What more could you ask?

There’s fun in Maths too

It’s been two weeks now that we have been using our Glow Art board for our home lessons.  I have been using it for Maths activities for Olivia.  I don’t know about you, but for me, Maths is boring.  Maths and I don’t get on very well and I don’t want that for Olivia as we all know how important Maths is.  I want to show her that it is fun and exciting to learn. Glow Art has been a good way to learn and it has helped putting excitement and magic to our learning. We normally do some Maths and before going to bed, we switch off the lights for amazing effects and see our numbers glow and animate.

Reading in the dark

I do this by writing the tricky words from the books we read each day. Olivia find it exciting and she sees it like a game that she needs to read what I am writing. There 36 selectable modes for the board, but for reading we always put it on a steady mode (not flashing).  It works for both of us. I tend to spend more time teaching her even in the dark as I love writing with glowing effects and Olivia is fascinated by it too.

Animated pictures

How about drawing pictures then switch of the lights and see your pictures animate? That’s one super cool feature of Glow Arts board. Don’t tell Olivia, I have been using her board while she is at school.

Lovely messages

I like leaving some nice messages for Olivia to read when she comes home. Soon as she switch on her glow board, it will reveal my message to her.


I am more than happy to recommend this product especially for special occasions. Remember Christmas is on its way. All this educational, fun and magic will cost you £24.95 which doesn’t hurt your pocket that much knowing of what a child could benefit from it. You can get your Glow Arts board –>HERE<–.

Check out what Olivia has to say. 🙂

 I also include an Amazon link below if you fancy to buy one.

There’s also one up for grab to one luck reader. UK entrants only.  TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY.

Good luck! x



Disclosure: I received this product for review purposes, however all opinions and photos are my own.

10 October, 2016

Paignton Pier – Living Arrows

Second week of our South Devon adventure and yesterday being at Paignton and lots of fun at the pier. Olivia played under the pier after we spent our money at the arcades. No, you can’t help it, it’s part of the fun.

Living Arrows
7 October, 2016



Image from Kidtropolis

Our half term is planned.  One little girl here that is super crazy with everything My Little Pony is up to explore the magical world of Equestria. Yep, I am talking about the My Little Pony Friendship tour. Surely, Twilight Sparkle and the rest of the gang will be on that pink double decker bus, because there’s a celebration to be had- the magic of friendship. Not just that!  The amazing YouTubers, Guinness World Records, Free-Running, Nerf and all the fun and exciting stuff that will fill  the 86,0000 square feet of the Excel for three days- 25th, 26th & 27th October 2016. Yes,I am talking about Kidtropolis that is going to bring us all these fun.

Do join us and discover more activities and entertainment and live shows on site. I don’t think, I can fit all of that fun here as I am getting as excited like my 5 year old daughter. Let me send you to BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW! OR if you want to take a peek of your favourite brands that has been a part of our kid’s childhood and responsible for this amazing event, please check here: http://kidtropolis.co.uk .