Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Magic Door Store Fairy Door Review

Today's review follows on rather nicely from yesterdays fairy garden post.

As our fairies had already moved in, it was time to add some real magical memories for our girls. The Magic Door Store sent us a fairy door to review recently and I knew exactly where I wanted it to go!

Whilst the girls were busy playing downstairs I sneaked upstairs, into their bedroom and stuck the fairy door onto the wall in their bedroom!

The fairy door comes with self adhesive wall putty that hold it in place securely on the wall. You'll just need to make sure you give it a good push so it sticks firmly on.

As you can see we were sent a yellow fairy door, but The Magic Door Store also sell elf doors too. All doors cost £20.00 and come with a small bottle of magic dust and a welcome note for the fairies.

I love the little door knocker on the front as it can be gently lifted up to knock the door!

Each door is individually handcrafted which makes them even more unique.

Once I'd stuck the fairy door onto the wall, I popped two little fairy figures that we had already on top of it.

Then all that was left to do was wait for our girls to discover it!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Ocean Fairy Homes Challenge

Ocean Finance recently challenged a number of bloggers to take part in a campaign to create a bespoke fairy garden home.

As a mum of twin girls I knew this would be a challenge I couldn't turn down! I love the innocence and magic that being a child can have so when I told my girls that some fairies would be leaving us some things to create a magical garden for them, they were both super excited!

We were given £40 to spend and I think we spent it pretty wisely. Being a keen gardener I already had a patio pot that I could use along with some earth so all we needed to do was buy our fairy  furniture and accessories.

Ocean Finance recommended a fabulous website to me called Fairy Gardens UK. They're so fabulous that I even spent my own money with them to buy a fairy garden kit for my niece's third birthday! Go check them out!

After browsing their website this is what I ordered:

The large starter kit comes with a fairy, but as I have twins I thought it wise to buy another so that our girls could have one each!

Here's how we got on.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Noahs Ark Zoo Farm Review

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is a unique hands-on zoo and working farm just outside Bristol. Set in over 100 acres of beautiful countryside, it's no surprise to hear that they're one of the south west's top tourist attractions. 

Every year they welcome 170,000 visitors. Noah's Ark Zoo Farm offers exciting animal experiences in a family park full of adventure play grounds, tractor rides and educational exhibits. 

When we were invited to visit them for the day we couldn't resist. We live in Cardiff so it was only a short hours drive away. 

We arrived around 10.20am which was perfect timing as they opened at 10.30am. 

The car park was pretty empty at this time, but it did fill up pretty quickly!

Wow Toys Poppy’s Pony Adventure and Casey’s Campervan Review and Competition!

WOW toys create battery free, high-quality, British designed, developmental toys. We have a few of the toys already have so far been impressed with them.

Poppy’s Pony Adventure

Poppy, also known as Pop is a cute and caring car character. She likes ponies and princesses, but dislikes homework and chores! She likes to hang out with her friends, Misty and penny. 

Included in the box is a bright, colourful scene that can be used behind the car and all her adventures!

This bright, colourful six piece toy set features a motorised car with a realistic engine sound. Suitable for children aged 18 months to five years this delightful toy will keep children entertained for quite a while.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Tiny Tears 50th Anniversary Doll & Classic Tiny Tears Doll Review

With Christmas around the corner we've been lucky enough to review these beautiful Tiny Tears dolls. 

Tiny Tears 50th Anniversary Doll

To celebrate her 50th Anniversary, this special edition Tiny Tears doll is all dressed up in her sparkly birthday princess dress and cute curly hairstyle.

Just like the original doll, you can still feed Tiny Tears from her very own water bottle, then put her on her potty to wet.

When you sit her upright she will cry tears just like a real baby! As this is a limited edition doll she also comes with a special commemorative certificate, printed with its own unique number.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Activities for Kids Booklet - Perfect for a Rainy Day!

One of the most difficult things for me about being a parent is trying to keep children entertained on a rainy day. 

There's only so much Lego, crafting and Play-Doh that a parent can take! 

Stuff4work have created this lovely 'Activities for Kids' booklet. It's free to download and has some great activities for children to work through.

There's colour by numbers, which was one of my favourites when I was growing up! For younger children you can give them a helping hand by highlighting the key with the corresponding colour and then helping your child to match the number with the colour in the picture.

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Can you Guess? Game Review by Orchard Toys

Children love to play games. 

Hide and Seek is a firm favourite in our house, even though the way in which our girls play it is pretty funny. The hiding place is always the same!
R and M will hide behind the curtains. I'm not allowed to start counting until they're hidden and then when I find them I have to take one of their places whilst they count. It's pretty funny watching them pretend to look in cupboards and under things to find us, when they really know where we are!

Kids imaginations are wonderful aren't they! Another favourite game of ours is snap. I must admit I can a bit competitive during this one! I think it's safe to say that we're a game loving family!

It's suitable for children aged four and over, but our three and a half year old twin girls understand the concept of the game and really enjoy it!

It's an action packed performance game suitable for all of the family. 

Inside the box you'll find:
  • 18 sound cards
  • 18 action cards
  • 10 performance cards
  • 1 spinner
  • 4 x 2 piece scoreboards
  • 24 star tokens
  • 1 instruction leaflet

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

A Bloggers Child

As a blogger my children benefit from certain aspects of my blog.

Days out, reviews and various experiences are all a part of what being a blogger is all about. Something I often struggle with though is where to draw the line when it comes to products I've been gifted in return for a review.

In particular toys. We love getting toys to review. Trying out the newest and latest products is lots of fun and it means we learn all about them and get to share them here with you, our readers.

The thing is though I often wonder if I should be putting these toys away for Christmas for them or should I just give them to them when I receive them and be done with it?

I did read a little while ago that some bloggers will give their children the toy they've been sent for review, but they'll tell their child that they're just testing it for Santa and that if they like it they can have it back for Christmas.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Toddlers and Technology

Our girls are three and a half years old. They started nursery a few weeks ago and they're growing up so quickly.

The scary thing is that the world they're growing up in is so different to the world that I grew up in.

My sister and I would spend our spare time outdoors playing with our friends. We'd either go over their house or to the local park, or simply just wander around.

At home my sister and I shared one pretty big desktop computer. The internet connection was dial-up so it was a pretty poor connection and you just had to pray that no-one picked up the phone whilst you were connected.

We'd play Rollercoaster Tycoon which was on a floppy disk - remember those?!

I don't think I was on Facebook back then - did it even exist back then? I can't remember. Twitter certainly didn't. My Space and Bebo did, but I wasn't on Bebo, just My Space and to be honest with you I hardly ever used it as I didn't really see the point in it.

I remember going over my friends house and watching her on MSN chatting to people she didn't even know and thinking that was pretty cool - the naivety of me!

I had a mobile phone, but I generally used it to play snake on, text a few of my friends and phone my mum or dad for a lift home!

Nowadays I think children are under so much pressure to be tech savvy. There's Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, G+, Periscope, WhatsApp, Ello and so many more different platforms that I probably haven't heard of!

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