Vosene Kids 2 in 1 Fruity Goodness Shampoos – Giveaway

Much as I love that my girls have lovely long thick hair (well one of them does, the other would if she’d stop tying knots in it and pulling them out but that’s another post altogether) I don’t love washing it.  Chloe’s hair, like mine, is very thick and takes quite a bit of washing and drying.  I tend to do it just once a week after swimming at this time of year (more often in the summer when she’s likely to have been sweaty or dipped it in ice cream . . .)  Thankfully I think we’ve found a routine that means we can get her hair washed quickly and with no tears now but it’s still a bit of a pain.

In order to make hair washing as easy as possible we like to use products which are kid friendly – ones which will make the girls hair lovely and clean and shiny but which they also like the smell of.  All too often products which are designed for kids are way too sickly sweet for my tastes but the Vosene Kids 2 in 1 Fruity Goodness Shampoos are lovely – they’re fruity and fresh and leave the girls’ hair smelling lovely and clean.

Vosene Kids 2 in 1 Fruity Goodness Shampoos

The Fruity Goodness range is dermatologically tested, tear-free, paraben & MIT Free and perfect for a stress-free bath time every day.  If you’d like you try the Vosene Kids 2 in 1 Fruity Goodness Shampoos yourself – then enter this giveaway for your chance to win a bottle of each.  (As ever, please ensure you do this accurately to avoid disqualification!)

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Win a Berghaus waterproof jacket

How prepared are you for the wind and rain this winter? I don’t mind it being cold but I can’t be doing with being wet so a proper waterproof jacket is key for me on the school runs and for our outdoor adventures.  It’s easy to add layers to keep warm but when it comes to staying dry you really need to make sure you’ve got the proper kit.  I remember my Grandad was always fully prepared for the rain with his Peter Storm jacket and waterproof trousers – in fact my Mum still has his trousers and uses them for walking Tilly.

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing

This winter I’ve teamed up with Millets and I’m offering you the chance to get prepared for the inevitable downpours by winning a women’s Berghaus waterproof jacket.  The lucky winner will get to choose their jacket from subject to availability (if product selected is not available, a suitable alternative will be selected).

Complete the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win your choice of women’s Berghaus waterprooof jacket from Millets – Good luck!

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And if you need to stock up on waterproof gear for the rest of the family then check out what Millets & Berghaus have got to offer here – all three of mine have Berghaus waterpoof jackets and they’re fab!

Personalised Mugs for Kids from Petit-Fernand! – Review & Giveaway

Petit-Fernand, makers of name labels and other such personalised delights have expanded their range recently to include personalised lunch boxes, water bottles and mugs.  All of which I think would make great stocking fillers!

I do love a bit of personalisation. I think it stems from having a bit of an unusual name so that as a child I hardly even found anything with my name on in a souvenir shop.  Of course Ben, Chloe and Amy have much more common names and so we never struggle to find anything with their name on but Petit-Fernand go one step further making their items fully customisable so not only can you have your name printed onto your chosen product but you can also choose a colour scheme and pattern.

This Christmas my little gang will be finding a Petit-Fernand personalised mug in their stockings.

When ordering your customised mug from Petit-Fernand, you can choose the colour of the handle & inside of the ceramic mug, the font colour and style, and finally the pattern (in fact there are 26 different themes to choose from).

The print quality of the chosen patterns is spot on though I have noticed a slight shadow around the names on each of the mugs – however, this is so faint that I only noticed it when I had photographed them!

Of course the mugs are aimed at children but there’s nothing to say you can’t buy them for adults too – I know my friend Lauren would love a mug covered in flamingos & cactuses!  You don’t even have to have your name on them, there’s up to 22 characters available for you to personalise your mug.

I’m confident that the kids are going to love having their very own mugs to drink their hot chocolate in this winter!

If you’d like to win a personalised mug from Petit-Fernand this Christmas (which will hopefully be delivered in time for the big day!) then crack on and complete the rafflecopter below, ensuring to this accurately to avoid disqualification!  There will be two winners of one mug each. 

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*We were sent the personalised mugs from Petit-Fernand free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

St Bert’s Clothing – Review & Giveaway

As soon as I saw Karen’s girls sporting coordinating rainbow hoodies from St Bert’s over on her instagram, I knew I had to have them.  I’ve always co-ordinated the kids’ outfits to a point – sometimes outright twinning and other times just making sure what they’re wearing goes with one another.  It’s not like I make sure they match every day but when we’re going out somewhere I tend to make sure that at least look like they belong together.

Unisex hoodies from St Bert's

Both of my girls love a dress but they’re not always practical are they – sometimes you just need to wear jeans and a hoodie.  What I particularly loved about the St Bert’s hoodies is that they are completely unisex – in fact the whole range is.  Yes there’s a little pink in there but there’s nothing saying the boys can’t wear it or that the girls shouldn’t be wearing blue – none of the motifs are aimed at one gender or another and the website isn’t organised into boys’ or girls’ clothes.  The only time you’ll see gender mentioned on the St Bert’s website is in relation to the adult hoodies where it says “men’s” and “women’s” but that relates more to sizing than anything else – point proven by the fact that I ordered the men’s one for myself just because I preferred the colour.

matching St Bert's hoodies

It’s worth bearing in mind that the sizing on the hoodies can be a little small so I sized up in each of them to the cosy, slouchy look we were going for (and also just for the sake of growing room – nobody wants to spend £35 on a hoodie for it only to be worn for two months!)

Contrasting cuffs on the rainbow hoodie from St Bert's

cosy St Bert's hoodie

I love the little details on these jumpers – from the stylish contrasting tipping on the cuffs and hem, to the St Bert’s logo on the sleeve and of course the kids love a kangaroo pocket in their hoodies be it for keeping hands warm or filling with leaves and pine cones!

St Bert's branding on hoodie

kangaroo pocked on St Bert's hoodie

And the best thing?  They wash beautifully.  I was really worried that they might bobble quickly or that the fabulous rainbow print would crack and fade but my fears were unfounded.  Every time I’ve washed the hoodies they come out looking like new – which considering they kids have been wearing them to tramp through the woods or spill their dinner on is something of a win in my book!

Amy and Daddy

Grey rainbow hoodie from St Bert's

We’ve had so many compliments on these hoodies each time I’ve posted a picture of the kids wearing them on my social media feeds so it’s worth mentioning that they are selling fast.  If you do want one, you might want to pop on over and get them in your basket now.  I’ve got my eye on a couple of the sweatshirts for them next!

Unisex rainbow hoodie from St Bert's

If you’d like to win £100 worth of St Bert’s goodies yourself, then just complete the Rafflecopter below ensuring to do this accurately to avoid disqualification.

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(If you like the look of the kids’ boots – you can read a review of those here)

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Win a Syma X5 Drone from Hawkin’s Bazaar

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It’s a couple of years now since Ben first asked Father Christmas for a remote control helicopter for Christmas – needless to say his wish was granted.  We ended up keeping the helicopter at Granny & Grandad’s house as they have much higher ceilings than us so there was much more room for flying it!  Needless to say it wasn’t long before it got crashed and the blades were damaged.

Aunty Nic has continued on a theme of remote control flying objects with a remote control flying robot for Christmas and a remote control heliball for his birthday this summer which causes much excitement with it’s brightly coloured flashing lights!

If flying objects are likely to be featuring on your children’s Christmas wishlists this year then you might want to enter this giveaway to win an Syma X5 Quadcopter Drone from Hawkin’s Bazaar!  (And if you don’t win then it’s currently on offer at £39.99)

Syma X5 Drone

This X5 quadcopter drone from Syma, features 6-axis gyro stabilisation (yeah I don’t know what that means either but apparently it makes it one of the smoothest RC flying machines on the market).  As well as all the usual forwards, backwards, up and down malarky you can even make the X5 roll and flip in the air which is sure to impress!

Syma X5 Drone

If you’d like to enter to win this Syma X5 Drone – then just complete the rafflecopter below ensuring to do this accurately to avoid disqualification.

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Introducing My Little Pony: The Movie toys & a chance to win!

My Little Pony Princess Twilight Sparkle

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If you have a My Little Pony fan at home then it is unlikely to have escaped your notice that the My Little Pony: The Movie launches at cinemas on Friday 20th October, perfectly timed for a half term treat of course!

Now I don’t remember much about the My Little Ponies of the 80s – I don’t think I really watched it on TV and I definitely didn’t own any of them but I think perhaps my sister had a couple.   In recent years My Little Pony has captured the hearts of a whole new generation of children with six little ponies each representing a key element of friendship – from honesty to laughter, kindness or loyalty and living in the fantastic world of Equestria.

My Little Pony: The Movie brings Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack, Rarity and Fluttershy to the big screen for their most exciting adventure yet.  When the menacing Storm King invades Canterlot with plans to steal the magic from the ponies, the very future of Equestria is at stake! Armed with nothing but determination, loyalty, and a bottomless bag of cupcakes, the Mane Six embark on an action packed heroic journey that takes them beyond the borders of Equestria for the first time ever.

The ponies face their biggest friendship challenge yet as they search for help across magical mountains, undersea worlds, and even onboard a swashbuckling airship in a thrilling race to save their home. Along the way they learn that heroes come in all shapes and sizes, that challenges are best met with friends by your side, and that there really is no force stronger than the Magic of Friendship. 

To coincide with the release of this special feature length movie there is of course a new range of toys to tell you about – and you know these are going to be right at the top of plenty of Christmas lists this year!

Twilight Sparkle & Spike the Dragon Friendship Duet 

This Princess Twilight Sparkle and Spike the Dragon Friendship Duet set features Twilight and Spike figures that sing together!  Amy’s eyes lit up when I gave it to her and she soon discovered that if she pressed the Cutie Mark button on the Princess Twilight Sparkle figure she would sing but the best bit is that if you hold the Spike the Dragon figure next to her while she sings then he joins in too!  This is a really cute little set and one which Amy has played with loads since it arrived a couple of weeks ago – so much so that the whole family can now join in with the songs they’re very catchy!!

My Little Pony Princess Twighlight Sparkle & Spike

Canterlot & Seaquestira Castle 

This 2 in 1 playset features two worlds; Canterlot and the underwater kingdom of Seaquestria and comes with Queen Novo and Spike the Pufferfish figures along with over 30 accessories for you to act out tales and adventures.  Although the toy says age 3+ I do think the number of small pieces makes it more appropriate for slightly older children!  As Sam from North East Family Fun says, this toy does take a bit of putting together and is fairly pricey but it does have plenty of potential play value!

Pinkie Pie Seashell Lagoon Playset 

Continuing with the underwater them, the Seashell Lagoon Playset features Pinkie Pie – a seapony figure with a pretty mermaid-like tail!  This playset features opening and closing doors, 14 accessories and lights.

My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Seashell Lagoon

Princess Twilight Sparkle

The My Magical Princess Twilight Sparkle toy is has Pegasus wings and a responsive unicorn horn!  She moves her head and hoof, and can say over 90 phrases when you press the Star Button on her hoof.  Chloe has a StarLily unicorn from a couple of years ago and with Princess Twilight Sparkle being of a similar size I can see the my girls are going to have lot of fun introducing these two to each other!

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a Princess Twighlight Sparkle worth £140 – just complete the Rafflecopter below, ensuring to do this accurately to avoid disqualification.

 

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My Little Pony TV series launched its 7th Season in 2017 on Tiny Pop and free-to-air streaming sites. 

 

 

BIC Stationery – Review & Giveaway

You might have seen that I had a BIC Kids giveaway running recently?  Well this time it’s your turn!  Who doesn’t love a good stationery haul to see in the new school year?  I don’t think it matters if you’re studying yourself, have kids in school or are just working a good old 9-5 – September always signifies new beginnings and a fresh start.  New shoe, new work clothes, new stationery?

The guys at BIC sent me a right old bundle of goodies and I was pretty excited to get my hands on them – even just to have them in my desk drawers looking all fresh and new . . . is that a bit sad?

Although most of my work is done on the laptop, it doesn’t mean I don’t still lust after pretty notebooks and good quality writing implements – my handwriting changes dramatically when I’ve got a nice pen to use and it just makes the whole experience of writing more pleasurable doesn’t it?  Regardless of how much tech I use for my work – Google Keep or a shared Google Calendar on my phone, emails, social media, wordpress etc on my laptop . . . I still have to write my lists on paper.  I need to be able to see them there in front of me and cross them out properly – deleting something on a list on a screen just isn’t half as satisfying is it?

BIC 4 Colours pen with mechanical pencil

As a teacher, marking is now about so much more than the classic red pen!  Every school I go in has a slightly different marking policy requiring different colours for different things – it might be green for the good bits, red for the next steps, or purple for editing, pink for perfection – it gets pretty confusing but I always make sure I have a selection of pens to hand now!  Between the BIC 4 Colour Pen (which even has a mechanical pencil in now!) and a pack of BIC Soft Feel Fun pens, I’m pretty much ready for anything!

BIC Soft Feel Fun coloured pens

Do you remember the excitement of graduating to using a pen at school?  Of being told that your handwriting was now consistently good enough to be trusted with ink?  Some thirty years later I often still prefer to write in pencil, I don’t know why.

If you’d like to enter to win a selection of BIC goodies to update your pencil case this Autumn (specifically some very cute pocket mouse correction tape, the BIC 4 Colours pen with mechanical pencil and a set of BIC Soft Feel Fun coloured pens!) then please enter using the Rafflecopter below.  Please note that the prize will not include all of the items pictured above.

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BIC KIDS – Giveaway

This summer, BIC are encouraging kids to get creative and take their drawings beyond the fridge door and onto billboards nationwide!

Running from 17th July – 6th August, the nationwide competition is open to all 5-11 year old kids. To enter, parents simply need to take a photo of their child’s drawing and upload it to the native discussion page on the Mumsnet website by Sunday 6th August. Entries will then be judged by an expert panel of creatives from the marketing, publishing and illustration industries, before winners are notified and the billboards launched in September.

Kate Williams, Mumsnet Editor, said: “Despite the lure of online games and a plethora of gadgets, sitting down to a good old-fashioned drawing session is still a staple childhood activity. It’s a rare parent who doesn’t have a junior masterpiece plastered on their fridge, but not many can say that that drawing has been displayed on an actual billboard, so we’re anticipating some really amazing submissions.”

Illustrator and judge, Phil Corbett, has written some top drawing tips for kids looking to enter this year’s competition:

  1. Enjoy it! When you’re drawing it’s important that you don’t stress. Just have fun and don’t worry about making mistakes – it’s all part of the experience!
  2. Draw what you want to, not what you feel you should. Who says the sky needs to be blue? Colour it red, green or even purple with orange spots. You don’t have to be realistic – the most important thing is getting creative, finding your own style and running with it.
  3. Don’t ever worry about not being good enough. Everyone is different, and sees the world in their own way. The important thing is to grab a pen, follow your heart and draw whatever you want.

As well as the priceless opportunity to have their drawings published, the 10 lucky winners will win a hamper full of BIC® KIDS drawing and colouring instruments. Specifically designed to help children to hone their artistic talent, the hampers will include an array of exciting stationery products including the BIC® Kids Evolution® Ecolutions®colouring pencils, Kid Couleur felt pens and Plastidecor® crayons, to name just a few.

For more information about the competition and full terms and conditions visit MumsnetAlternatively, search @MyBICPen on Twitter or email BICKIDS@Lucre.co.uk.

To celebrate this fantastic competition I’ve teamed up with BIC to offer you the chance to win a selection of BIC KIDS products:

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BIC® KIDS Kid Couleur 12 pack, RRP £2.99

These highly durable blocked pen tip means that the nib won’t bend or retract under pressure and the water-based inks mean it can easily be washed from skin and most clothes. These pens are perfect for children as they allow for all of the fun, with none of the mess.

BIC® KIDS Evolution Ecolutions colouring pencils, RRP £2.99

The BIC® Kids Evolution ultra-resistant, wood-free colouring pencils are ideal for everyday drawing and colouring. With a resistant chew-proof lead and barrel these pencils are highly durable. What’s more, they are easy to sharpen and safe as it doesn’t splinter and with a wide choice of colours at your child’s disposal, impressive artworks are just a doodle away.

BIC® KIDS Plastidecor® crayons, RRP £2.99

Colour away with these easy to hold BIC® KIDS colouring crayons ideal for children over the age of 30 months. Recommended by teachers* these crayons are easy to sharpen and are super resistant to breakage. The pack contains 12 vivid colours and is extra clean on hands and fabrics, meaning no messy marks.

If you’d like to enter to win the products listed above – just complete the Rafflecopter ensuring to do this accurately to avoid disqualification:

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In the Night Garden goodies – Giveaway

We’ve always been a Cbeebies household, and whilst my three never really clicked with In the Night Garden, it’s wide reaching appeal is undeniable.  Many a bedtime routine hinges on that little sailing boat and soothing plinky plonky music.

This summer I have a fabulous bundle of prizes to give away from the In The Night Garden product range.  The In the Night Garden wooden peg puzzle from Golden Bear is sure to be a hit with any young fan! The chunky pieces are designed for little hands, helping to develop manual dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination.  The practical tumbler, bowl and plate set and cutlery set from Spearmark is ideal for encouraging little ones to sit at the the table and take part in family meals as well as handy for taking on holiday, camping trips or picnics.  Little ones can also join Igglepiggle and friends on their Magical Journey through the enchanting world of In the Night Garden™ in this brand new app from P2 Entertainment. Featuring the Brand New Pinky Ponk Activity, this Official 10th Anniversary app is designed for younger pre-school children with a range of 6 carefully designed games that will reinforce Imaginative Play, Cause and Effect, Sound and Movement, and Motor Skills.  And at the end of a long day’s play, fans can enjoy a collection of some of their favourite adventures from the Night Garden with the Igglepiggle Goes Visiting DVD, from Abbey Home Media.

For your chance to win a selection of In the Night Garden goodies including a code to download the new In the Night™ Garden Magical Journey app then just enter using the rafflecopter below.  Please ensure you do this accurately to avoid disqualification.

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Winner will receive a copy of the In the Night™ Garden Magical Journey app in the form of a download code redeemable from either the Apple AppStore or Google Play Appstore of the winners choice. Codes will be emailed to the winner along with redemption instructions and must be redeemed within 28 days from issue.
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Baby Annabell’s Brother – Review

Let me introduce you to the newest member of our family.  This is Baby Jack (more commonly known as Baby Annabell’s brother).  He arrived in our house a few weeks ago now to shrieks of excitement from his new Mummy, Amy.  Amy is fully obsessed with dolls at the moment – be it at home, at her childminder’s or at play school – if you ask her what she’s done that day the answer is almost guaranteed to be “played with the babies”.

Little girl with Baby Annabell's brother

Cuddles with Baby Annabell's brother

Baby Annabell’s brother is the most realistic doll I’ve come across yet.  He has a lovely face, we’ve all seen some scary dolls haven’t we?  In terms of his size and weight, he feels very much like a real baby in your arms.  (Yes, I’ve been caught inadvertently rocking him when Amy has passed him to me.  It’s just a standard motherly instinct isn’t it?)  This also means that as well as the wide range of Baby Annabell branded clothing available – he also fits real baby clothes!  We’ve bought him a couple of sleepsuits in the sale in Tesco and found that the newborn size is probably a little big for him so I’m keeping my eyes peeled for tiny baby outfits now.

Baby Annabell's brother

In terms of Baby Annabell’s brother being a “boy” the only actual difference I can see between him and the comparable Baby Annabell is that he has a blue spot on his tummy – he doesn’t have any of the usual boy ‘bits and bobs’ which means you could just as easily dress him in pink clothes and have a girl baby for the day. . .

Baby Annabell’s brother comes with a bottle, dummy, bib, nappy and a random pendant which I can’t possibly figure out a use for and all things which Amy has promptly lost.  Obviously one nappy doesn’t last very long when your baby is small so you can buy replacement Baby Annabell branded nappies (or just pop to the supermarket for tiny baby nappies which fit almost as well!)

Changing Baby Annabell's brother nappy

Baby Annabell's brother in nappy

Now Amy adored “Baby Jack” from the moment he was born (or removed from the packaging, whichever) and I must admit I was tempted to swerve the whole putting batteries thing in but in the interests of a proper review of course we had to . . .

Baby Annabell’s brother takes 4xAA batteries and rewards you with babbles, gurgles and realistic mouth movements as he sucks on his bottle.  He even yawns, falls asleep and wets his nappy.  Of course these functions, whilst exciting, means he’s no longer a great option for Amy to keep in her bedroom at night – we’ve had enough of being woken by sleeping babies thanks so very much!

Baby Annabell's brother in bed with toddler

Amy is completely besotted with Baby Jack and takes him everywhere – either in her pushchair or a carrier just like I used to use when she was little!

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