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23 November, 2016

Learning with 4M Kidz Labs Doorbell Making Kit

4M Kidz Labs Doorbell Making Kit

Olivia is off school today due to being unwell. It’s that day again that you’re stuck at home looking after a poorly child and outside is pouring down rain. It’s a tricky situation, right?  Thankfully, we have a Kidz Labs Doorbell Making Kit from Great Gizmos to try.

Again, this fiddly for a five-year-old. There are no bright colours that appeals their attention.  The screws are too small for her little fingers, but that’s the challenging part. From doing the GREAT GIZMOS MONEY SAFE BOX, Olivia has shown so much interest in making things and helping me examine on how they work.  Completely opposite to her normal arts and crafts activities.

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Educational side

This is another toy that is suitable for eight years old and above.  As you notice with some of the toys that we get to review, I don’t really mind them as long I am doing it with Olivia.  With the Great Gizmos kid’s gadgets, I am more interested in educational side of it and doing it as an activity together.

The process of making the doorbell was exciting and I am even more into it. Olivia and I have learned the names of the parts of the kit. I came across with other terms before, but they tend to be forgotten as not being part of my daily life.  It’s nice to refresh and even learn new things.

We talked about electromagnetism as well as electric circuits and Olivia thinks it’s exciting. She learned some new words that maybe kids her age doesn’t know yet. I am sure that they have heard these words before, but just did not know what it means or maybe doesn’t interest them like:

  • coil
  • copper wire
  • electric circuit
  • electromagnetic
  • magnetic striker
  • screw
  • washer screw
  • washer

Integrating the kit into our learning much more exciting. It covers reading new tricky words and remembering  the spellings too. It covers Maths- counting the parts and most importantly is to follow instructions to make things work.

One inexpensive toy that you get to build it with your child.  They can actually use for their bedroom or playhouse. Simple as that without realising you’re making memories too.

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Disclosure: We were sent this product for review purposes. However, all opinions, photographs and video are my own.

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22 November, 2016

Great Gizmos Money Safe Box -Review

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We set ourselves in a great challenge recently with Great Gizmos.

Great Gizmos offers a wide range of toys; from soft toys, educational, arts and crafts to outdoor toys. Party bags even. So, when they asked us to test one of their spy kits for kids –4M Spy Science Alarmed Safe Bank . The challenge is on! This toy is geared up for 8 years old and over, but; I honestly don’t see any reason not to have a go with it as long as I am doing it with her.

So mummy can’t take my money

Because, sometimes…mummy can’t help herself. Let’s admit it, we sometimes secretly take those coins that we gave our kids already, right? Well, I say “I’ll borrow it” but, can you count how much I’ve borrowed? I am glad there is no interest. Cheeky mums! Ha.

You have to build your own super secure money safe box by connecting a buzz alarm circuit and dial lock. Apart from a (AA) battery and a screw driver, your kit is ready for you to build. Pretty cool for kid’s gadget.
We do love our science activities, but connecting circuits is new for me and Olivia.  There is a simple to follow instructions included, but I still need some time to figure things out – (that’s typical for me anyway).

Olivia being only five years old, I was a little bit worried that this too much for her or that I must make more effort for her concentration to stay with the activity. I was surprised that it did turn out well, she is more than excited to see what is going to be the next part and how certain things works.

Connecting the alarm circuit and get it right the first time was so exciting – I couldn’t be more proud of ourselves. It might not be the easiest activity, but there is so much to learn. The process was fiddly for a five-year-old and even for a mummy, but when you like making things; you’ll find it really exciting. There is a feeling of accomplishment afterwards.

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Do watch us in action, you’ll know what I mean. There is a little struggle, but that how things are, right?  Now, Olivia’s money is safe from the culprit! That’s the thing, I can’t borrow from her when she is around anyway. She did hide the key but, again I have the spare key and I know the pin number.

Good fun and cool piece of gadget!

 

Disclosure: We were sent this product for review purposes. However, all opinions, photographs and video are my own.

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15 November, 2016

MYSTYLE DREAMCATCHER JEWELLERY KIT- Giveaway

MYSTYLE DREAMCATCHER JEWELLERY KIT- Giveaway

Few months ago, I reviewed the MYSTYLE DREAMCATCHER JEWELLERY KIT from Interplay UK. This time, it’s time for you to have a chance to have one so you can make your own dream catcher too. Perfect activity for the kids when stuck at home in cold winter days. Of course, perfect Christmas stocking filler too.

Terms and Conditions Apply.

Good luck!

 

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10 November, 2016

Dear Furby – Furby Connect Review

Dear Furby,

 

“To furb or not to furb. That’s the question.” – Furby

I would like to welcome you to our family.  You are my daughter’s first Furby. The closest Furby she got before was the one in a kiddy meal box from one popular food chain.  That was plain plastic and doesn’t do anything. This time, we got you.  A soft and fluffy Furby Connect Pink.

You’re very new to us, I’ve heard all about your previous family generation, but I never get to meet any of them.  Your big beady eyes got me.  I know you will be bringing lots of fun.  I heard, you’re chatty and funny- you’re a perfect match to Olivia.

After unboxing you, I put 4 x AA batteries to power you up and boy you went off talking like we know each other for ages. You came to life.  You spoke English mixed with Furbish language. Olivia and I burst with laughter.  High fives from another bilingual family.

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Clever you

You are going on with the flow of electronic generation, enabled with Bluetooth to connect to tablets or smart phones. We get to hatch eggs and collect over 60 super cute Furby babies called Furblings in the app.  We help you look after them; pet, feed, clean and heal them when they are poorly to level up. You even narrate stories to your Furblings in the theatre. Olivia’s favourite was the My Little Pony one. Of course, every Furby Connect owner will put up taking you to the toilet and flush it for you. We don’t mind so, don’t worry.

Happy little chap you are. That’s Olivia thinks you’re a boy. Although you get scared sometimes, but you are always in for fun.  You like being tickled, lift upside down, you do a funny dance move too. But when your tail get pulled? We’re in for trouble! You’ll fart and say something like a sign of relief.  You occasionally burp too, this had us in stitches. You always say something in the end, I hope it means “pardon me“.  Let’s not forget our manners.

Sleepy head

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The handy sleeping mask you brought with you is the coolest thing that Hasbro packed in your box. This means  that you’ll be sleeping when everybody else is sleeping and when we all want a quiet time. You call it “power nap”, then snore at the very beginning and off to your dream world.  We find it cute when we wake you up and you say “Woo! I dream about you” with Furbish accent.

Oh please, please

You got us, Furby.  You know that phrase you keep saying “To furb or not to Furb? That is the the question.”  The answer is to Furb. I don’t know exactly what you mean, but I hope it’s a good thing. We are Furb*ed and it is a good fun. If, I get to be asked one wish for Christmas, I would say Oh please, oh please Santa will give all the Furby fans a Furby Connect. 

Furby in Action

 

 

Disclosure: You were sent to us as a new addition in our world of toys for review purposes. However, all opinions and photographs are my own.

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9 November, 2016

Self love plus photography

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Do I love myself, you ask? Yes, I do. Of course! That’s a typical answer isn’t it? But, do I? I am talking about doing things for myself, looking after myself like; going to the gym, exercise or just a little walk to start with.

When Olivia is at school and if I need dragging for an exercise or a walk, then be my guest.  One day, I am up for it and most of the days, I am just blah. Stuck on my blogging desk, do some work or just dive into the world of laziness. “I will go for a walk tomorrow.” That old boring old story and that “tomorrow” never came. Nothing happen.  That’s because, no one drags me and because I have no motivation.

It’s hard to find that motivation especially when nothing really inspires you. Sometimes, I actually feel like, I am living in my own bubble. No care in the world as long as I am there for my daughter, my family is happy and content and that what matters. ME. My self will come later. Most of the time being forgotten. I don’t do things for myself because, we are okay. Now and again, I will go shopping or go out with a friend for a coffee and that’s about it.

That’s unhealthy right? Do I really need to wait I get unwell before starting something? No. I came to a decision to start little by little. A little walk to start with and pair it with something I love. Something that will encourage me to walk more. It’s photography. I am packing my camera ( a mobile phone will do just fine too) and take it with me for a walk.

I have done some walks on my own where, I have my camera with me but, just taking random photos that grabs my attention.  That’s fine. This time, I did a little test of finding a THEME for my walk.

RED

That’s right. I was searching for something red that I can photograph. You know that walk that went into miles? That walk became fun. That walk became productive. That walk was a self love.

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Maybe it works for me because I blog and that I can showcase my photos on the blog? There is that, but you can do it even without a blog. You may have Facebook or Instragram to showcase your photos or some sort of journal and that’s fine.

This might not happen every day. It’s weather dependant or I can’t blog it every day, but slowly…little steps we will get there.

Don’t forget to give me shout if you’re doing the same and what’s your theme?

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8 November, 2016

Spin Master Pottery Cool Studio – Review

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If there is one thing, I am more than happy to explore with Olivia in arts and creativity world that is pottery.  Getting hands on clay, time; dedication and extra mile efforts to create a beautiful piece is way beyond incredible.

I was so thrilled when I was asked to review the Pottery Cool from Spin Master.  This 4 C (LR14) (1.5 V) alkaline battery operated little machine is the cool piece of kit. It includes some basic materials and tools that you need in making your first couple of pottery projects.

In the box

  • 4 clay disks
  • round and cone sleeves
  • round and cone core
  • tool holder/template pattern
  • turntable
  • spray bottle
  • pottery cool base
  • paints
  • coring and sculpting   tools
  • instruction guide for making your pottery projects

 

Projects

The guide is for you to make your first pottery projects like; jewellery holder, smart phone speaker, cupcake pencil holder, puppy picture holder and turtle dish.
This Pottery Cool studio is for six years old and above. Olivia is only five, but I did not give it to her to play on her own, we played and  doing it as family as her daddy was helping us too.

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Olivia wanted to do the jewellery holder, turtle dish and a jug. As you can our turtle dish has a crack while others are not as smooth, it’s a learning process and we’re still very proud of our first projects. Olivia did a lot or work for it too.

What I think

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You don’t expect it to make a proper big pottery project as it’s only a toy.  It’s the experience and process that draws me in. Olivia and I loves anything arts and creativity and this one is right up our street.  The feeling of  making your hands messy on the clay and make something unique, something you mould and create is just amazing. Olivia loves it that much that she asked not to go to school so we can do more and paint her pottery projects, but of course she has to wait till she gets home from school.

I am more than happy to say not to give this a  miss for Christmas time, I am sure someone will be happy to see this under the Christmas tree. Pottery Cool Studio is very popular at the moment and it is mostly sold out in other shops,  if you’re quick enough, Tesco Direct has them.

Olivia with Pottery Cool Studio in Action

Disclosure: We were provided with this product for review purposes. However, all opinions and photographs are my own.

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4 November, 2016

Boohoo Kidswear Launch : Review

Boohoo Kidswear Launch : Review

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Fashion wise, it’s like an adventure – going though different brands to try which suits you and your personality. From quality, styles, cost and of course shopping experience; customer service, delivery and customer friendly website or the lay out of the shops. These matters.

One of the clothing companies that’s right up our street is Boohoo -one of the UK’s largest online, own brand fashion retailers. Since, I moved here in the UK, I have had a good number of purchases from Boohoo without any problem. Clothes are always trendy, reasonable prices and prompt delivery.  I couldn’t be more excited when Boohoo launched their kids wear, I am sure they will be as great.

We were credited on our Boohoo account to pick some clothes for Olivia.  We sat together and I let her choose the clothes she wants. Olivia being five, I tend to give her some freedom to pick and choose clothing she wants within reason.

I think, she has been reasonable with her picks. She is tiny for a five-year-old so, some of the clothes looks big on her. The Pinafore Dress and Tee Set is too long for her, but there’s nothing mummy can’t fix, right? The colours are perfect for autumn and winter.  The Boohoo kids range, brings out the character look in a trendy way.

Ribbed Stripe Cold Shoulder Midi Dress

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Stripe Ribbed Long Sleeve Top

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Pinafore Dress & Tee Set

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Star Foil Hooded Sweat Dress

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 First, I was a little surprise of how grown up Olivia looks.  It’s a complete different styles of what she normally wear.  But, she is a big girl now, dressing up like a five year old. She is happy with her picks and so am I.

Would I recommend Boohoo kids wear, you say?  Check their user friendly website for some awesomeness!

Disclousure: My Boohoo account was credited for Olivia to pick some clothes. However, all opinions and photographs are my own.

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3 November, 2016

Outdoor Reading

Read Outside

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Olivia being at school, doing after school clubs and extracurricular activities. She now has Wednesdays and Sundays free from all of it.  That’s two days without worrying about being somewhere in a specific time, except school anyway.

Every day, we need to have some sort of outdoor activities. I have probably said this over and over here on the blog, but days are never the same without being outside. Even just sit in the garden or a little walk in the woods will do. Because of commitments in her clubs, all these outdoor activities are still being done, but in less time.

Our favourite thing to do on Wednesdays (weather permitting) is reading outside. More of giving Olivia a quiet time for herself without me, teachers or coaches being on her ears all the time. I could just watch her from afar or inside the house and be there when needed be.  She loves it that way. She will start of reading then head off to play.

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2 November, 2016

Brightlings – Review

Brightlings toy from Spin Master

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Here’s another Spin Master  toy that, I think would go down well on Santa’s Sleigh for Christmas.  It’s an interactive plush toy that repeats what you say, sing and say over 100 words. The more you play with it the phrases will be unlocked, like placing her in new positions.

Features

Brightlings toy features three different modes: Music, Record and Play. Music has: pop, rock, jazz, opera, yodel, and beat box.  The record feature repeats anything you say.  It changes her pitch by tilting her from side to side. You can’t miss the  animated facial expressions too as the face lights up and the mouth looks like it’s  moving when she talks.

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Impression

You can’t knock the Brightlings looks.  She’s a super cute plush toy. We have the purple and pink colour with a very trendy look.  Olivia loves it.  She was more impressed when she pressed the hands which activates the modes.  I have attached a video below for her impression and review.

We have Brightlings for two weeks now, Olivia have had a good fun playing with it.  She calls it “Bright Brightlings”, being the only child in the house, she enjoys interactive toys- like any kids do. We haven’t unlocked all the words and phrases yet, but every new word we hear is a little surprise which invites more play time.

Brightlings  requires 3 AAA batteries which is included and that’s a thumbs up for me not having to chase around looking for batteries that tend to go its wanders all the time or the small screw drivers to open the other toys to take batteries out! It happens, right?

The doll’s size is also reasonable, not too big or too small. It fits perfectly in a normal size kid’s back pack when out and about and not too bulky carrying it around for walks.

Most of us parents are aware of toys that repeats what you say, some cannot bare the noise. I am one for other toys, but I am more forgiving for Brightlings.  Her voice is not annoying. You can’t adjust the volume, but it doesn’t matter as it’s not very loud anyway and much more friendly and sweet voice.  At the end of the day, Olivia is having fun with it and that’s what  matter for me.

I find it helpful too when Olivia is in a moody fit. You know that time when  they are in a proper mood and hard to cheer them up?  I get Brightlings to say some silly words to change that moody fit to a right laughing fit!

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Brightlings in action

Spin Master did a good job for this. Brightlings is definitely a very enjoyable toy and I would highly recommend if to Santa’s list. I have included an Amazon link below:

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

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31 October, 2016

Air hogs Batmobile :1:24 Scale Review

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*Contains Amazon Affiliate links.

I know, I kow. This sounds cool already right? This good looking and iconic Batman vs. Superman Official Movie 1/24 scale Replica Air Hogs RC Batmobile is right up your street if  you’re a massive Batman fan. So count me in.

I am introducing Olivia to any toys, no specific colours or  gender focused type of toys – none of that.  So, I was happy when we were asked to review the Airhogs BC Batmobile.

This is the Official Movie Replica RC Batmobile, it features :

  • mechanical turret
  •  brushed metal detail
  • long range control – 2.4GHz communication
  • rear thruster lights
  • built-in wheels
  • For ages 8+ and requires 6 AA batteries (not included).

Olivia is only 5 years old, but she can only play this with an adult supervision.

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This toys has been enjoyed not just by a kid, but adults too. In fact, had more play time with this than Olivia.  Good fun for indoor plays.  The tyres are rubber so you could play with it outdoors too.  The rubber tyres also made it run really smooth.

As for bat shaped remote control, it does looks beautiful too and easy to grip even with a five years old girl little hands. The buttons are also big enough for her to reach and pretty much more obvious with the arrows on the remote control for directions.

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This toy does really looks cool from tiny little details and as a whole.  More exciting to play as it’s a novelty from such an iconic movie that both adults and kids can enjoy. It is also something, I would not just chuck in the toy box as it looks cool on display.

For Olivia, this enhances her hand and eye coordination too and helped her understand how a remote control works. Also, just have fun and just go with excitement, burst laughing when the car hits the wall, fell off the the table and start again.

This available mostly in UK leading toy shop. If you want to buy it from Amazon, I have included a handy link below.

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