Friday, 31 July 2015

Dora Sing Along Tour with Smyths and New Toy Range from Fisher Price

This summer sees the introduction of a brand new Dora and Friends toy range from Fisher Price. To celebrate there is also a Sing along tour at various Smyths toy store branches where there will be pop up karaoke booths, some of them will even have character appearances where your children will be able to get their photo taken with Dora so if you have a store near you its worth checking as this would be a great opportunity to entertain the kids for free over the summer holidays. Videos from the booth can also be entered into a competition where the winners will be featured on Nick Jr. Below is a list of dates and locations for you to check...


  • Waterfields Retail Park, Watford (Dora Costume Character)  - 27th July
  • Westwood Cross Shopping Park, Thanet  - 28th July
  • St. David’s Retail Park, Swansea – 29th July
  • Crown Retail Park, Leeds (Dora Costume Character) – 31st July
  • Clifton Moor Retail Park, York (Dora Costume Character) – 3rd August
  • Ravenhead Retail Park, St.Helens  - 5th August
  • Halls Mill Retail Park, Bury - 6th August
  • Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend – 10th August
  • Glasgow Fort Shopping Park, Glasgow (Dora Costume Character) – 12th August
  • Boulevard Retail Park, Aberdeen (Dora Costume Character) – 14th August

Sky Retail Stands

  • Brent Cross, London - 18th-19th July
  • The Centre MK, Milton Keynes – 25th – 26th July
  • White Rose, Leeds  - 1st- 2nd August
  • Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle  - 8th – 9th August
  • Bon Accord, Aberdeen – 15th – 16th August
If none of the locations are near you and you still want to enter the competition, all you have to do is record your little ones singing along to the Dora theme tune and upload via the tool on NickJr or via their facebook page before August 16th for a chance to be featured on Nick Jr.

The range includes some really great toys, there is a set of different character dolls, each one is 8 inches tall, dressed in a removable outfit with soft hair, poseable arms and legs and each one comes with an adventure charm that can be attached to the Fisher Price Dora and Friends charm bracelet. Each dolls is priced at £10.99

Dora Magic adventure charms priced at £7.99 is a play pack that includes a figure and a special charm bracelet that you can wear or share, the charms feature Perrito, a camera and Dora's backpack.

Magic Charms Bracelet, this one has been very popular here, the bracelet comes with plenty of charms that can be removed and changed around to suit and also comes with two more bracelets that are great for sharing with friends. This is priced at £9.99

Dora smart phone, this one is suitable for age 2 and above. It looks just like the one from the show and is priced at £9.99 you press the screen to hear incoming calls, voice mails, bilingual phrases and songs.

My children have really enjoyed playing with these toys and thanks to there being bracelets to share there have been no arguments.

We were sent a selection of toys from the new range in return for this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sugru - Fix that Thing

Being a seriously creative person means that I am always looking for new things to try my hand at. I am most happy when I am being creative and so when I was asked to try out this new product I got my thinking hat on for ways I could use it creatively.

What is Sugru?
It's a mouldable glue that sticks to anything. You start by shaping it and it will stick to almost anything, even different combinations of materials. You have 30 minutes to shape it to how you want as then it will start to air dry it will turn into a flexible silicone rubber after 24 hours of drying. 

The glue comes in lots of different colours and can be bought in different assorted packs from the Sugru Website where you can also find a whole host of uses for it. There are some extreme examples of the things people have used it for from fixing a charging cable to sending a camera into space. It is waterproof, it can withstand hot and cold temperatures and is removable if needed and its completely soft to the touch but still grippy. 

Well what did I do with mine? I know its not very daring but I started with fixing my iphone charger because the plastic protector had snapped off. I just had to try out pink first and have to say its just like playdoh, I think I may have used a bit too much but I know for next time. It dried over night and has been great ever since, I must admit my handy work wasn't as neat as it could be but I was just playing around with it and I now want to see how creative I can be by making something for crafting with it like a stamp, a perfect excuse to get the kids playdoh tools out!

Family Fever

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Wubble Ball

The Wubble Ball is a huge bubble of a ball. It really does look like a big bubble. 

The wubble ball can be bought with or without a pump, with the pump the RRP is £19.99 and without £9.99 

In the box you get your flat ball, an electric pump which you need 4 x D batteries, which are not included and a tape measure.

At first we had problems pumping it up with the pump that is supplied inside the box so we used a foot pump to start it off and once the ball stretched a bit we switched over to the electric pump to inflate it fully. There is a tape measure included to make sure you don't over inflate it which is good because the ball becomes more fragile when its fully inflated. It needs to be played with in an open space where there are no sharp edges. 

Once inflated we set our ball down ready to take out the following day but for some unknown reason it burst so when the second one arrived we inflated it at the park because it would have been too big too carry there and I didn't want to risk it bursting before the kids had chance to play with it. I think our first one may have had a defect which maybe why we couldn't inflate it very easily.

All 4 children had great fun bouncing it around the park and we didn't inflate it to its full capacity as there was a slight wind and we were worried that the wind would carry it away.

My thoughts on this ball... its a great concept but it needs to be slightly more robust, given the price I wouldn't want to keep replacing it so this is not something you can leave out for the kids to play with as and when, its more of a one time thing that would be great for the beach or for visiting other large open spaces.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Peppa Pig Holiday Sunshine Villa from Character

The Peppa Pig range of toys has extended and there is now a whole range of holiday themed toys, we already have Grandpa Pigs Boat, you can read the review here. My little ones always enjoy playing with Peppa toys and it sparks lots of imaginative play. 

The Sunshine Villa is pretty much the same layout as Peppa's home but obviously with a holiday theme, the accessories differ to that of Peppa's home and there are also 2 characters included in the set along with bunk beds, shower paddling pool and outdoor garden furniture. Here you can see George is enjoying his paddling pool and Peppa is is doing a spot of sun bathing. 
This toy is suitable for ages 3 and above and can be purchased for around £30 from various toy shops. 
As with the layout of the house, the kids have to be careful not to knock the whole thing over as it can go over fairly easily but I have seen them play with this really nicely for ages so its not something that bothers them at all, its probably just me being heavy handed with it. The great thing about this set is that it can all be packed away inside the house and if you close the catch you an carry it all around safely without anything falling out. Its a lovely playset that will bring hours of entertainment. 

We were sent this set for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Grab Yourself a Half Price Voucher For My Colouring Pages

You may or may not have noticed that the blog has been rather quiet recently. Well I decided to follow my heart for once and go back and finish the college course I started 5 years ago. I had lots of reasons at the time to give up and I am a believer in things happening for a reason, it just wasn't the right time before but now I am in a much better position to get things into perspective and act on the things I think will improve our lives. 

Creative is my should be my middle name! You name it I have turned my hand to it creatively, although I guess there are plenty more new things to try still, its just finding the time. How do you decide what exactly it is that you are best at? I love any crafting, sewing, paper crafts, painting, drawing, upcycling furniture, as long as I am being creative, I am happy.  So its the same as my driving, I started lessons a few times but never completed it, I started a graphics course years ago, never completed it, then I went on to do it again and finished it, then I went onto the next level being a HNC and never got past the first term and now I have started it again my determination has surprised me to say the least. I am awful for starting too many things and not getting to finish them. This is a personal trait that frustrates the hell out of me because the sense of achievement for me when I finish something makes me so proud of myself. I have made sure I go to class every week and handed all my work in on time, that's an amazing achievement for me!

So along side my assignments I have been drawing my own colouring pages as I see that the world is going crazy for adult colouring books. This is something that I can use for one of my assignments in my second year and also something I would like to share with my readers. I am selling some of the pages I have already drawn in my Etsy shop but if you are lucky enough to have found this then you can get 50% off your first order by entering the code FIRSTORDER, this offer is for my readers only as a thank you for reading my blog. This can be for as many pages as you wish but will only be valid on your first order.

All of my pages are drawn by hand and then scanned into the computer to create a digital copy that can be downloaded directly from Etsy upon payment completion. 

If you make use of this offer I would really love to see how you coloured your page in so please feel free to email me pictures of them, post them on my facebook page or just tag me and I will share your creativity, with your permission of course.

Thanks for stopping by... 

Lucy x

Mum Of One

Friday, 5 June 2015

I Can't Live Without Mine, Can You?

You are probably wondering what I am talking about, its not my husband or the kids or even the car, although I couldn't live without that now either after only learning to drive just 18 months ago and already having 4 children, to say its been a struggle would be an understatement, but its not that either. I am talking about my dishwasher. I had one a long time ago but not again until my mother-in-law saw what a struggle it was with 6 of us in the house and so we were told to choose one because we shouldn't be without one any more. I am more than grateful to my wonderful in-laws for this present as it has meant that life is a little easier to cope with in our tiny kitchen.  Now the arguments about who is washing up has changed to who is loading and unloading  the dishwasher and the particularly fussy person in the house is always reminding people exactly how it should be loaded. We actually worked this out by just giving specific chores to one person but realy we all muck in and help because it gets things done quicker. So is it worth it? I hear you thinking, well yes, definitely, although washing up by hand doesn't take long, the dishwasher will clean things better than by hand and it dries everything too which means no germs from a tea towel will be on the plates. This is a big selling point for me as is the fact that a dish that has cooked food like casseroles and lasagne in it will be cleaned properly by the dishwasher without the need to use elbow grease and clog the sink up with scraps of food so long as you use decent washing tablets in your machine. Tesco have a huge range of dishwashers available and they are reasonably priced too. Don't forget you can always use your clubcard boost too which will save you even more money. I am not fussed about lots of extra features, as long as it does the job, I am happy but if its something you base your purchase on then Tesco have a great filtering system to help you make your choice.
 Indesit DPG15B1NX, Built In, Partial Integrated, Fullsize Dishwasher, A+ Energy Rating, Inox

How do you do your dishes? What works for your family and do you argue over who does it? Personally I would rather spend 5 minutes rearranging the dishwasher than the 10 seconds it takes to wash the cup that doesn't fit!

This post is in collaboration with Tesco
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