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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…

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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.  .

 

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

Game review | Whoopee doo by IDEAL

IT’S A HOOT WHEN YOU TOOT!!

As a family, one of the things we love to do is to switch off all technology, sit around the table and play games together and games are also one of our favourite reviews to do here on the blog.

Whoopee doo is a quick-thinking family game with a recommended age rating of 4+ which I would agree with, as I definitely think Emily would have struggled with the questions if she was a little younger. It also recommends 2+players and takes x3 AAA batteries which are not included.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 Whoopeedoo
  • 70 x Challenge cards
  • Instructions

The Game

We played in teams, but you don’t have to. To start the game, sit on the large inflatable cushion and hold down the yellow button until you hear the timer start, you then have to answer the challenge question on the card as quickly as you can and then press the yellow button to pause and pass to the next player to have a turn.

Don’t get caught!

You need to go quickly before the timer runs out because if you don’t, you will get caught and blow off in front of everyone, which the kids found hilarious.

 

Here is what we thought:

We had so much fun playing this fun family game. You can make the game as short or as long as you like and it’s very easy to set up and pack away or even travel with. We loved hearing the funny answers the kids spluttered out whilst under pressure. It is a simple game with very little contents and game instructions to read, and because its main focus is a farting machine, it was a winner with my kids.

Whoopee doo retails at £19.99 and is available to buy at all good toys 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.