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A Christmas gift guide for Dogs.

I thought I would do something different this year and put together a gift guide, especially for dogs. In this feature, I have an array of different products which includes treats, chew toys, grooming and…

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MY 2019 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR CHILDREN

I am so excited to show you what I have picked out for this year’s children’s gift guide idea’s. Some of these toys made it to the Top 10 most wanted however, they are all really brilliant toys and I know you will agree.

I have placed the links within the headers for all of these items which will take you directly to the website -None of my links are affiliate links.

I hope you enjoy my idea’s and would love to know in the comments if you purchased any.

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations 

Live that Play-Doh pizza life! There’s a pretend pizza party just waiting to happen with this toy oven for kids aged 3 and older. No batteries or electronics – just imagination! Stamp a pizza crust in the oven, then go wild creating and customising. The cheese grater shreds Play-Doh compound into grated cheese, and the oven playset has plenty of moulds all around it to make pretend pepperonis, silly veggies and lots of other outrageous toppings. When it’s ready, display it with the pizza paddle or on the pizza stand and slice it up with the cutter.

 

Mr Potato head – Movin lips

Who knows what Mr. Potato Head will say – or sing – next? This interactive talking toy is fun and entertaining for kids as well as adults. Just attach his mouth and press the buttons – his lips synchronise to wacky songs and some really funny phrases! The talking toy features over 40 phrases and 4 parodies to popular songs, including a parody of the song ‘Lips Are Movin’’ by Meghan Trainor.

Disney’s The little mermaid 1000pcs jigsaw puzzle

Disney fans will love the Classic Collection Puzzles, featuring images inspired by the original movie posters with the original and classic artwork. The richly detailed images provide a nostalgic effect, perfect for any fan of classic Disney movies.

 

Owleez – Teach me to fly!

Teach your own baby owl how to fly! Owleez need your help to learn how to fly. Practice flying together by swinging Owleez through the air – they love it and make triumphant and happy noises! With enough practice, Owleez will be ready to fly! When they are ready, they will let you know and will really take off from their nest! Just like a real baby bird.

Pets Alive – My magical unicorn

Cute, playful and full of love! You’ll be head over heels for the Pets My Alive Magical Unicorn! With over 20 different ways to interact and play these majestic characters are filled with life and love. Her beautiful stable is the perfect home for any unicorn. She comes alive with lights, sound and movements!

 

LuvaBella Newborn

Fall in love with Luvabella Newborn, the sweetest interactive newborn baby doll! Luvabella Newborn is so real, she’ll amaze you! With her natural expressions, realistic facial movements and sounds, this baby doll is truly lifelike! Luvabella Newborn needs your love and care, and there are so many fun ways to play with her! If she’s hungry, feed her with her bottle and she’ll suckle on it, just like a real baby! She’ll get gassy when she’s feeling full and needs you to burp her. Luvabella Newborn affectionately responds to your loving touch!

Learning Resources – 5-in-1 Outdoor measure-mate

Discover the mighty 5-in-1 Outdoor Measure-Mate™! Learn, explore and experiment with measurements in a new and exciting way. Features up to five different tools, including vertical measure, callipers, a trundle wheel, spirit level and measuring stick.

 

Nestlings 

Nestlings have a super sweet surprise just for you! Love and care for your Nestling, responding to her needs, as her heart grows brighter her babies grow bigger. Her eyes show you exactly what she needs, is she sick? Does she need a hug or is she tired? Play with your Nestling till the magical moment arrives – her babies are here!

 

Pooki- Emotional Artificial Intelligence 

Meet Pooki, the new generation of interactive pets! Through AniMotion technology and internal projection, Pooki can display emotions, adventures, presents and cartoons on it’s screen. With over an hour of content and reactive animatronic head and ears, Pooki interacts with its owner creating a friendship.

 

Juno- My baby Elephant

This adorable baby elephant has over 100 movements and sounds! With an animated trunk, Juno can kiss, pick things up, make adorable sounds and play lots of games with you, like Peekaboo, Flying Mouse and Build-a-Tune. Give Juno her peanut and toy mouse, and she’ll interact and play with them too.

 

Gameboy – Travel mug, glass and notebook

Retro gaming is so HOT right now and has been for a while especially with my oldest boy, Leo. I know he is going to love these as well as other keen gamers out there. They are also ridiculously good value for money.

 

Space Invaders – Retro laptop/tablet decals, alarm clock and keyring

Retro arcade games are also making a comeback. These Space invader item’s are from the same website as the game boy stuff. You need to check their website out as they cover all sorts.

 

Pomsies Lumies- Rainbow charged pets

Lumies are Interactive Plush Pets That Change Colours! With a simple tap, Lumies can match ANY colour and even turn colours into musical beats—up to 1,000 possible mixes! Keep Lumies feeling happy and balanced by “feeding” them with colour. They’ll react with over 100 sounds and phrases depending on their mood and the colours you find.

Horrible Histories – The beastly bits

From the Awful Egyptians and the Rotten Romans to the Vile Victorians, the incredibly popular Horrible Histories stories have fascinated children for years. Full of foul facts with the usual dreadful puns and groan out loud jokes, this colourful collection is packed with famous villains as comic strip characters. A must for enthusiasts of the Horrible books and TV – all done in the best possible taste!

 

 

My Lucky Fortune – Wear your luck !!

The future looks sweet with the all-new Lucky Fortune collectable bracelets from WowWee. Each package contains a fortune cookie-shaped bracelet holder with a surprise Lucky Fortune charm bracelet and matching paper fortune. Crack it open to see what the future has in store for you! Read my review here.

 

Dot Art – Sticker Van Gogh

A Wheatfield with Cypresses is one of the National Gallery’s most famous paintings, and now you can recreate Van Gogh’s masterpiece through dot art. This fun and relaxing activity book is suitable for both children and adults.

 

John Adams BLO pens – Neon, Pastel and Shimmer

I remember always wanting these when I was a little girl and now here they are. These would make fantastic stocking fillers for any girl or boy.

 

Harry Potter – Invisibility cloak

The Invisibility Cloak first made its appearance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Now you can own your very own all-new Wizarding World- inspired garment that will make it look like anyone or anything has disappeared before your eyes. The Invisibility Cloak, developed by Wow! Stuff in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, allows you to recreate iconic scenes from the Harry Potter films.

 

Playmobil – Tiny Paws Pet Hotel

Check out this super cool Playmobil set! The Playmobil 9275 City Life Tiny Paws Pet Hotel is fully equipped with everything your pets might ever need. With lots of food and toys available, the animals can enjoy the cosy pet hotel. Call your pooches in for mealtime or take your parrots out for some playtime in the large outdoor area where all animals can get some exercise and fresh air before settling indoors for bedtime. Includes lots of animals, 3 Playmobil figures and many accessories.

Doris & Fred – Personalised children’s mood journal 

A personalised journal or diary for your child to write down how they are feeling.

A5 size 50 days of colour spreads with prompts for the weather, a drawing, words to describe how they feel that day (there is a list of words to help at the front printed on heavier card) and space to write about what happened and how they felt. Every day has a space for the best thing that happened.

 

Disclosure: We received these sample’s for the purposes of writing my gift guide.

 

Game review | Shark Chase by IDEAL

Escape the shark to be the winner, swim too slow and you’ll be his dinner!

We are back with another game review, and this time we have been sent Shark chase by IDEAL. I love playing kid’s games that don’t drag on and on. Shark case is another fun and easy quick game to play.

Try not to get eaten!

Each player has three sea creature which is used once per round, a game consists of three rounds. The aim of the game is to get your sea creature to the island without getting eaten by the moving shark. You need to swim as far away from the Shark’s mouth as fast as you can so it’s best to allocate someone who isn’t playing the game as your dice roller and caller.

What’s in the box?

  •  x1  Shark ( requires 2 AA batteries)
  • x12 Sea creatures
  • x1  Boardgame
  • x1  Island
  • x2  Dice

Shark Chase has an age recommendation of 4 years plus and player requirement of two to four people.

Here is what we thought:

As a parent, I loved it. It was a quick, fun and engaging game to play with the kids. It’s simple enough that they wouldn’t really need your help after a few rounds and you could sit back, spectate and be the dice roller for them. There weren’t any shouting or arguments although it does get very loud as the shark draws closer which is quite funny watching them in suspense. They have to listen out for their colour to be called in order to move a space so they would need to concentrate, listen and thinks fast.

Shark Chase is available to buy at all good toy stores. To see the latest games and reviews, why not join the Ideal games facebook page here.

 

Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

 

 

 

 

A stress-free kids party with Zuru

Gone are the days of planning stressful birthday parties and here’s to the new stress-free party planning

Lydia turned 7 in October and this year she opted for a Disco party, what can I say my girl loves her music, and she had a brilliant day.  We hired a fantastic local entertainer who entertained the kids throughout the whole two hours, all we had to do was bring the parcel for pass the parcel and a packet of plastic party trophies, sit back and watch.  I could even join in with the party games.

Being prepared

I have a party box at home which contains my party essentials. It’s full of birthday girl and boy banners, balloon weights, bubbles, party prizes (that I have picked up from the supermarket when they have been reduced), plates, napkins, balloon ribbon, balloons, table cloths, glowsticks, you name it and I have got it.

How to blow up 40 Balloons in 40 seconds…

The bane of my life and most time-consuming, annoying job to do when getting ready for a party is blowing up tons of balloons and then attaching the ribbon to them.

Zuru sent us their self-sealing bunch O’balloons that can blow up 40 balloons in 40 seconds. They are a game-changer and I will never use my own breath to fill up balloons again so my days of going light-headed from lack of oxygen are long gone. Pop the plug into the wall, attach the balloons and switch it on. The balloons fill up quickly and already have the ribbon attached to it, so it will save you a ton of time. Another important factor to add is that the pumps are reusable and can also be used to blow up other products like pool inflatables, paddling pools and airbeds. The balloons are recyclable.

Take a look for yourself:

Quick and stress-free party lunch boxes

My mum and I would get so stressed out on the morning of the party with all the preparing and cooking we used to do. It would take us hours and then we would have to transfer it from our kitchen to the venue. This year I decided to make lunch boxes instead and it was so much simpler.

There was no waste and we used the boxes again for their cake to take home.

Party favours

This year I didn’t put together the usual party bags, instead, I brought the kid’s a book each and Zuru sent me twelve of their 5 surprise unicorn series to give to our guests.

Let’s not forget the party girl/boy, as Zuru had Lydia covered too and sent her a gorgeous birthday present in the form of a Pets alive- My Magical Unicorn, which she adores and shares with her little sister.

The knight tribe - Zuru

Lydia had an amazing day celebrating her birthday surrounded by all of her family and friends.  Thank you Zuru!

Zuru Bunch O’balloons come in a variety of different colours and are available to buy in Smyths Toys click here

Disclosure – we were gifted the ZURU Bunch-O-Balloons party items, all opinions and images are my own.

Alternative Advent calenders gift guide

I thought I would do something a bit different this year and put together a list of different advent calendars. My kids have always had chocolate calendars every year, without fail. I have been sent a selection of advent calendars that I would love to share with you especially if you are looking to try something different too. If you have had or tried any of these in the past I would love for you to comment down below and let me know what you thought of them and if they were worth the price tag.

I have looked online and will be linking the websites with the lowest price I can find.

Playmobil Christmas ball for ages 4+

Lots of accessories hiding behind each door to create a beautiful Christmas ball.

This is perfect for all the little Playmobil fans out there. I have found this for £13.99 click here.

 

Playmobil 18months +

Christmas in the forest with Christmas figures, animals and accessories behind every door.

Cheapest I have found is on Amazon for £19.99 click here.

Smiggle 6+

I have always secretly wanted one of these for myself, so I was thrilled to be sent one for Lydia to check out.

At the moment these are on sale for £18 in-store or £20 online with an option of adding additional calendars at a reduced rate. here.

So Free

No Milk, Gluten-free, suitable for Vegans

 Free Organic Fairtrade Dairy Free Milk Chocolate Alternative Advent Calendars. You can find these here and they are also eligible for 15% off

Pact Coffee advent calendar

For all of you coffee lovers out there. I was sent this one for you! 25 bags of 18g sachets of grounded coffee for your Christmas countdown. I am giving this one to my grandparents. You will also get a limited edition tea towel when purchasing this product.  Available to purchase here.

 

*These products were gifted to me in return for inclusion on my blog*