Schleich Dino Cave Review

As you know by now my boys love dinosaur play, whether it’s making fossils or creating their own small world play. The fun is endless with dinosaurs and a vivid imagination!

My boys were thrilled to receive a parcel from Schleich a few weeks ago; a Dino Cave Playset! An actual cave! They were super impressed.

The set contains a Herrerasaurus, a Psittacosaurus, a Microraptor, a cave, a column, a stone and a stone slab.

The Dino Cave set comes with loads of great features; the front part of the cave can be transformed into a catapult when the stone column is moved, which we loved, the stone slab buries everything under it, and the Herrerasaurus has a moveable lower jaw!

The set is so well made, sturdy, and factual. It opens up a whole world of play. We made it into a sensory activity too. We added water, cereal, and pasta. My boys played for hours. And the beauty? The Dino Cave set and dinosaurs are ALL waterproof!

The Dino Cave set is available online and retails at £44.99. We highly recommend it!

The dinosaurs also make great diy fossil templates to for some saltdough creations!

Sleigh gets another BIG thumbs up from Swords and Snoodles!

Schleich Bayala Unicorns Review

In our house we have a thing for unicorns. When I say ‘we’ I mean my 6yo and I! I have loved unicorns for a very long time, and it appears my 6yo shares that love. We have mugs, pens, notebooks, jewellery, cuddly toys, lights, statues but strangely no figures. Until now! Schleich very kindly sent us two unicorns from their new Bayala unicorn range. And they are divine!

These figures are beautiful and full of detail, which is a major strength of the Schleich brand. The figures are part of the Bayala Elves range which allows your kiddies to explore the fairy-tale world and let their imagination run free by playing with the magical creatures which now includes these beautiful new Unicorns. This magical world is right up my 6yo’s street! (And mine!)

We recieved the decorated Unicorn mare and the decorated Pegasus stallion.These figures are available from Scleich and retail at £14.99.

These Scleich Bayala figures get a big thumbs up from us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Vampirina Bootastic Backpack & Spooky Scooter Set Review

My youngest is a big fan of one of Disney’s newest shows called Vampirina! Vampirina is based upon the Vampirina Ballerina book series; celebrating friendships and differences. The animated series features a young vampire named Vampirina Hauntley who’s recently moved with her family from Transylvania to Pennsylvania to run the Scare B&B, a guest house for ghouls.

Can you imagine his little face when he recieved a Vampirina Bootastic Backpack set to review?! He was SO excited!

And to add a cherry onto the cake he also recieved a Spooky Scooter set too!

The backpack is ace! It’s like the backpack Vampirina wears in the show! The set includes glasses, accessories, stickers, a keyring and a light up, talking necklace.

The backpack is hard plastic with an adjustable strap. It has an easy to use clasp and is ideal for travelling or taking to school.

Even my eldest joined in on the action!

It’s such a fun backpack and would also make a great ‘back to school’ gift for those little cherubs of yours! We thoroughly loved it. It’s so well made too! It retails at £24.99 and is available at all good retailers and online stores.

We were also sent a Spooky Scooter set to review! There are two to collect in this series so far. We were sent Poppy and Wolfie. Poppy has a scooter that she slots onto and Wolfie has a skateboard he attatches to. They also both hook together. They’re a great little duo set and also promote health and safety by wearing the right scooter gear which is a big plus!

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Schleich Dinosaurs Review

We have shared various toys with you from Schleich over the years, we love their products so much, and these Schleich dinosaurs we received did not disappoint! They are fab!

My boys love dinosaur play, they enjoy setting up little scenes with rocks and leaves and dinosaurs of all kinds. It keeps them entertained for a long time, especially if we add a little swamp to the equation.

We received a lovely little package with three dinosaurs in; T-Rex (rrp £15.99), Dinogorgan (£7.99) and a Psittacosaurus (rrp £7.99). The figures are amazing quality, and very factually accurate. The T-Rex also has a moving jaw which adds to the enjoyment.

These figures will guarantee hours of imaginative play, which I am a very big advocate of. Imagination is the key to success, and Schleich really promotes imaginative play. They are recommended at age 5 and above.

We’ve really enjoyed these dinosaurs and can’t wait to add to our collection!

 

Brio Cargo Transport Helicopter Review

We love Brio here, and have many of their train and track products, some which have been passed down from older generations yet are still in immaculate condition. That’s the good thing about Brio, it ages well, so well that it’s timeless.

We were recently sent the Brio Cargo Transport Helicopter, and boy were my boys excited! They loved it. It retails at £34.99 and is well worth the price. It’s made so well and really helps with fine motor skills too. The helicopter is from age 3+.

The Brio sets are made to fit in with previous models and sets, so it fitted in well with our train tracks and trains very well. It comes with a helicopter, a pilot figure, two 2-wheeled transporters and four sets of cargo. The rotary blade also spins. The helicopter is able to carry all of the cargo and makes for a fun time of imaginary play, even for my 6 and 7 year old.

We love Brio and will definitely be adding to our collection again this year!

BrickHats

My seven year old is totally obsessed with Lego. He breathes, eats, and sleeps, and talks a bit more, Lego. Our house is full of Lego. It is absolutely everywhere. So can you imagine what an excitable morning it was in our house when he opened one of his birthday presents and it was his very own Lego Snapback! He didn’t even know they existed. And straight away he customised it…

BrickHats is the UK home of Brick Brick Gear and is a patented brick system hat that is compatible with Lego and variouos other toy bricks. You can create scenes, build your name, and show off your master builder skills for all your friends to see.

These hats are such good quality too, and definitely worth the price of £25. You can also add a little selection of bricks for an extra £2.50 which is a nice little add-on. If you have a Lego fan at home then this is definitely worth putting on the list for Santa! I have even managed to get an extra 20% for my readers, so look out for the promo code below!

We’d love to see your photographs of your kiddies (or grown ups) in their hats with their own creations! Take a look at some creations in the video below.

The discount code expires on 24th November, so be quick!

 

The Snowman Tour 2017

Who loves Christmas? You do? Then we can be friends! I love this time of year so much, I’m like a big kid still, and my children share my excitement too, my husband not so much. I’d put my decoration and tree up in November if my husband agreed, sadly he doesn’t! He does agree to Christmas movies though, and one of our absolute favourites is The Snowman. I’ve always loved it so much, even as a little girl. It makes you feel all warm an fuzzy inside don’t you think?

This year we are going to watch The Snowman Tour, and we are SO excited, it looks amazing! Take a look at this little promo video;

How wonderful does it look? The live orchestra sounds amazing.

There are several venues in various areas hosting The Snowman, they include Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Chester, Derby, Liverpool, Hull, and various others. Take a look here to find your nearest venue. Tickets are already selling like hot cakes so book yours asap!

The classic film is shown on a big screen accompanied by a live orchestra playing the original score. A young local soloist will also sing the classic “Walking in the air” and there will also be a visit from the Snowman himself. How exciting! I’m not sure who is going to be more excited out of me and children!

Photography © Tom Bangbala

 

Photography © Gareth Widdowson

And not only do you get to see this performance of The Snowman there is also a short animated film being shown too, this varies from venue to venue but will be The Nutcracker, Cinderella, or The Bear and the Piano. Double whammy!

Go and book your tickets today and add a little extra magic to Christmas this year! Look out for us!

#SnowmanTour17

 

 

Logojoy Review

I recently came across a site that creates you a personalised logo. There are so many sites out there, so I didn’t expect this be to be any different in my cynical opinion. BUT I was so, so wrong! Logojoy is a wonderful website, and is so easy to use. I was so impressed with how easy it was to have a personalised Logo created for you within minutes.

If you’re in business then you know how much hassle it is setting out initially in terms of your branding, there are so many things to consider, and so much time is spent too-ing and fro-ing with your graphic designers and webmasters, but not any more! Logojoy basically takes all of the elements you wish to incorporate into your branding, and then creates several options for you to choose from and edit at the click of a button.

Logojoy has one of the most accessible websites I have used, and I’ve used a lot! It takes you through a step by step design process. You enter your business name, it asks you to then pick 5 styles of logo you like and a colour palette you prefer. The colour palette option even gives you some indication of the moods and emotions those certain colours depict. You can add a little tagline to your logo too, which I think is very important in letting potential customers/readers know exactly what the ethos of your company/brand is. You can then choose up to five symbols/graphics that you feel would work well incorporated into your branding. There is a search engine you use for this and it is so easy to use, no complications at all.

After you have provided all of your customisations preferences you are presented with several logo options. I was so impressed with them all, they looked really professional and had incorporated everything that I had chosen. I even had the option to further edit the logos if I wished to change some of the aspects of them. And if you do happen to get stuck, which I highly doubt as the site is so well thought out, there is also a chat option to ask questions and receive advice. This added a really personal touch to the site I think.

Once your logo is complete you simply click buy and choose your package. Packages start from just $20 which is an amazing price, there are also various add-ons you can add to your package, so it tailors to everyone, both small businesses and large businesses.

I highly recommend this site, from the bottom of my heart I genuinely do think it is a really fabulous way to get your branding designed or renovated. Go take a look!

Zomlings Series 6 Review

We are huge, huge fans of Zomlings here! My boys discovered them last year and they’ve loved them ever since! They are such a great, affordable collectable. The blindbags are only 50p!

The Starter Pack is also great value at £4 as it comes with a playmate poster. My boys love the mats!

Zomlings are aimed at ages 4 to 7.

We were so excited to be able to take a look at Zomlings Series 6. This series is called Zomlings In The Future, and there are 105 figures to collect. It also includes hi-tech futuristic vehicles.

In this series there are also 6 rare silver Zomlings, 3 limited edition gold Zomlings, and some very special gold Zom-Mobiles to look out for.

Zomlings are such a great pocket-money toy, but there are now higher end items to purchase to expand your collection; Magic School Trick (rrp £5), Pirate & Race Blister Packs (rrp £12), Magic School Bus (rrp £25.

Zomlings are available in so many places; Co-op, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, One-stop and various other shops and newsagents.

To find out more you can visit www.magicboxint.com .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casdon Kenwood Mixer

My boys have always loved imaginary play, especially baking and cafes. We have wooden food you can dice, plastic veg, wooden pull-apart meats, teapots, coffee machines, tea sets, a cash register, pretty much anything you can imagine would be needed for role-play we have it! We even have a little wooden macaron and fresh cream cake set, which my 5yo loves to pretend to make and then sell at his cafe.

We used to have a plastic mixer which was well loved, so much so that it only lasted about 10 weeks until it broke at the hands of my 5yo, so we were so excited to find this new Casdon Kenwood Mixer!

The mixer is so realistic, and promotes imaginary play as well as hand-eye co-ordination, social skills, and also problem solving. It’s been a big hit here in our hoouse. This mixer features  two speed settings, a whisk beater, a spatula, and a recipe book. The mixer can also be either hand or battery operated, which adds another dimension to the mixer.

The mixer is £22.99, and in my opinion is very worth it. It’s easy to use and is easy for the kids to change the whisk over too. It’s very robust, and also looks so realistic. Both of my boys love it, and I think they will for quite a long time too.

Happy (fake) baking kiddies!