Wednesday 28 October 2015

Fisher-Price Silly Wheelie Mickey - Review

I cannot start this review in any way other than, this is probably the best thing that C has ever owned and I honestly believe every kid should have it on their Christmas list this year.

When I first received the email about reviewing, I knew it would be a hit as C loves Mickey Mouse and owns quite a few Mickey Mouse toys but I didn't think it would be as loved and well-received as it has been.

As soon as he arrived, C was keen to get him opened. He is recommended for children aged 2+ so at 3 years of age, he's perfect for C. He kept telling me "Mickey's on a bike!" and when I switched him on, his little eyes lit up. He also comes with 4 AA batteries so he's ready to go. 

All you have to do is pull the flag back on the back of his bike and Mickey can speed around the room, doing wheelies and spins and he sings a little song and says different phrases. He even pedals the bike! The song is so catchy too and I'm always finding myself singing it in my head! C thinks it is absolutely hilarious and the first night he arrived, C spent around half an hour running around the living room after him, sweat dripping from his head and in stitches laughing saying "He's doing a wheelie, mummy! He's so funny!"

Mickey has been played with every single day since we got him and he's always the first toy C asks for in the morning. He even had to come with us for a sleepover at grandad's at the weekend! I've honestly never seen C so attached to a toy and I am seriously impressed. Even my parents were saying how wonderful he is.

The only downside is that C's one year old sister, E, is absolutely terrified of him and crawls as fast as she can away from him when he's switched on. It's terrible of me to say, but it is quite funny! I think he just moves a little too fast for her. She's happy enough to play with him when he's stationary though.

Fisher-Price Silly Wheelie Mickey retails at £31.99 and honestly, it's worth every penny plus more to see how happy he has made C. I really think owning him is the best thing that's ever happened in his life and I cannot recommend him enough.

(Disclaimer: We received this toy for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Monday 26 October 2015

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep - Review

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is a book that, honestly, I was really skeptical about even though it is the No 1 bestseller. It's been described a genius book that helps any child fall asleep and I thought, "Yeah, right! As if!" So when we were offered the chance to review it, I was intrigued as to whether it really did work. We had nothing to lose.

The first night, it was my turn for the bedtime story and we got five pages in and C was out for the count. Impressive. The next night, Chris took C up to bed. Usually he would be up there for quite a while but not even five minutes later, he had come down telling me that C was asleep and he had almost drifted off too!

The story itself is the perfect length for a toddler. It follows your child and Roger Rabbit on a quest for sleep and they must visit Uncle Yawn. At the beginning you get instructions such as you must read bold text with emphasis and italics should be read slowly and calmly. You are also to yawn when it says [yawn] and use your child's name when it reads [name]. Both myself and C love that it seems personalised to him.

It is quite repetitive with the words "fall asleep now" and it does keep mentioning "sleep" and variations of it. Clearly this does help and kids will in fact drift off to it. It is a little difficult to read if I'm completely honest and I did get a little mixed up but I'd think to think I'm a pro now with the amount of times it's been read!

Psychologist Carl-Johan Forster Ehrlin really knows his stuff and he has created sentences in such a way that messages are sent to your child, encouraging them to sleep and I honestly cannot believe that it has worked so well. 

On the third night, C kept asking for "the rabbit book" so not only do I love it as it gets my child to sleep - he loves it too! 

I recommend this book wholeheartedly as it has changed our bedtime routine in the best way. My mind has well and truly been changed.

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is available from Amazon, price dependent on format.

(Disclaimer: We received a copy for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Sunday 25 October 2015

Look in my Letterbox #29

This week has been a little quieter than I thought. I'm waiting on lots of competition wins coming - hopefully next week! As ever, I'm linking up with Look in my Letterbox at Alice-Megan.

Pie Face
I won the Pie Face game with Toys R Us on Twitter and I so happy! It looks like so much fun and I'm sure we'll have lots of laughs when we play at Christmas!

Owl brooch
This was another Twitter win. I'm not usually a brooch wearer but I do love owls!

This was a win from Sew magazine. I'm definitely gonna make E some bows but not sure what else! If you have any suggestions please give me some ideas!

Forever Friends toys
Aren't these just the cutest!? I love Forever Friends and they'd make the perfect new baby gift!

Silly Wheelie Mickey
He is amazing. I honestly can't wait to write up my review but all I have to say is - get this on your kids Christmas lists!

Baker Ross Christmas crafts
I love being a Baker Ross blogger so I was really excited when this arrived. I didn't know it was coming and C loves crafts so we can't wait to get started.

Frozen skirt and bow
I bought this from @hollysboutiquex on Instagram. As soon as I saw it, I couldn't not buy it! 

Did you receive anything nice this week?

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Oxelo B1 Scooter - Review

C is, and always has been, an outdoorsy child. He would spend all day running around and playing outside if he could. We own quite a lot of outdoor toys so when we were offered the chance to try out a Oxelo B1 scooter from Decathlon, of course I said yes! C actually already owns a scooter but he struggles a little with it. I was hoping that this one would be easier for him to manage. This one is aimed for 2-4 year olds so I thought it would be perfect.

Firstly, I love that the scooter is customisable. You can purchase the chassis for £22.99 then the shells are £2.99 each and you can choose from green, yellow, red, pink or blue. This means that straight away you are able to tailor it to your childs tastes or you can purchase them all and change when they want! It just needs a few screws.

I'm usually rubbish at putting things together and building but this is totally foolproof. Once it was together, C couldn't wait to get going!

I had a little play around with the height (there are 2 levels) and C at 3 years old only needed to use the lower level. This means that he has plenty of room to grow and will be using this for quite a while to come. The fact that it is a three-wheeled scooter gives him reassurance and he could manoeuvre it well too. This isn't a tilt scooter which is what his previous one was but more of a "normal" scooter so he finds it much easier.

Our first outing with the scooter was to my parents house. C loves playing out in the garden so I folded it and popped it in the basket of his little sisters pram. Folding the scooter is simple and I love that there's a little rubber bit to keep it together. I honestly couldn't feel any extra weight on the pram so it's great for when we're out and C can't be bothered scooting - I can carry it easily!

C has had so much fun playing on his new scooter and it's definitely become a firm favourite in our household. The grip on both the base and handles means he can scoot along comfortably and have little or no tumbles off!

You can purchase the B1 Scooter and coloured shells directly from Decathlon.

(Disclaimer: We received this scooter for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Monday 19 October 2015

Siblings: October 2015

This month has been a bit of a weird month for C and E. E is very much a toddler and no longer a baby. This means that she wants to play more with toys that C would play with but he gets a little selfish and decides that he wants to play with whatever she has. I'm teaching him that he has to share but it's going in one ear and out the other!

They do play nicely together with the same toys which I love! Watching them be nice to each other warms my heart and C does have patience for his little sister - when he feels like it!

First thing in the morning or before bedtime the two of them are very snuggly and cuddly and love making each other laugh by doing silly things. I do get sad when they fight and bicker but seeing them be so sweet to one another really makes me think that we did the right thing by giving C a sibling. 

E is always looking up to C and she is always doing things that he does. She follows him around and she wants to be just like him. She loves him so much.

I've just realised that we have officially been joining in with the Siblings linky for a year! How things change...

dear beautiful
Sunday 18 October 2015

Look in my Letterbox #28

My door has not stopped all week so I apologise for the huge amount of pics! The postman has brought me lots of goodies. I'm just starting to put together my Christmas gift guides so all the review bits are a sneak peek at some Christmas gift ideas :) As ever, I'm linking up with Alice Megan's Look in my Letterbox.

Crown headband
This is the best purchase I have ever made in my life. Seriously, look how cute she is! It's from @littleloveliesbyjo on Instagram and it was a bargain at £3! She also does it in gold and I really tempted to get it too!

Custom made dress 
This is kind of a win and kind of a purchase. on Instagram held a competition where you had to design your own dress by picking a tie dye colour and the colours of the leather and binding on this style of dress. I opted for grey tie dye with teal leather and binding and because she thought mine sounded best, I won my dress to be made and I could purchase it for 25% off. I was so excited and it's even better than I could have imagined.

I couldn't have a LIML post without some bow purchases, right? These beautiful ones are from @leahannboutique on Instagram. The top one is actually tartan but I didn't take them out of the cellophane before taking the pic, haha!

Fairy door
How cute is this!? This one is from Irish Fairy Door. C will absolutely love it!

This is a handy little device to prop up your mobile when you're out and about so you (or your littles, rather!) can watch videos. C is so fussy when we eat out in restaurants so Peppa Pig on YouTube is a lifesaver for us. I know this will get used a lot.

Selfie stick
I have a fab tech gift guide going up featuring some Proporta products and they sent me a selfie stick. This will be super handy for our Me & Mine posts and how cute is it that they included a little teabag!?

You have to have alcohol at Christmas, no? I can't wait to give these a taste test. It's a hard job ;)

Babyliss hairdryer
Lloyds Pharmacy have some wonderful hair and beauty gift sets and I'm super lucky to have been sent this gorgeous hair dryer. I'm currently using a little mini pink one so my hair will be pleased with it!

Grrrrr! book
C loves his books and anything animal related so this will go down a treat!

E's 1st Christmas book
I love love2read's book as you can personalise them however you want. I think this will make a lovely keepsake for E.

How awesome are these books from 2 Little Boys? 

I won a £30 voucher to spend at Tenstickers on Twitter with Bizziebaby so I chose a chalkboard dinosaur sticker for C and princess one for E. C will have loads of fun drawing on his!

Pampers wipes
I actually won Pampers #WipesWednesday on Twitter! I have been entering for...forever!


Yum! I won these in a blog comp. I always buy them with my grocery shop so they've come in super handy as me and the kids love them!

Santa sack
I won this from Jemma's Personalised Prints and it is super cute! I chose it for E as C already has a similar one from before his sister was born.

I won these in a Facebook competition with Chloe's Bowtique. I am so impressed - I love them!

I have put on quite a bit of weight recently so winning this with Rowland's Pharmacy just came at the right time. They look and sound delicious so I can't wait to try them.

A Great Big Cuddle book
I won this from Love Reading 4 Kids and it even came with a signed print!

Did you receive anything nice this week?

Friday 16 October 2015

Pom-Bear Giveaway

I'm sure everyone is familiar with the fun crisp that is Pom-Bear. I remember when I was little I'd always beg my mum to buy me them because crisps taste better when they are shaped like bears apparently! Almost 20 years later and my own two children have discovered the wonderfulness.

If you have been living under a rock, Pom-Bear are potato snacks shaped like bears and they are available in Original, Salt & Vinegar, Cheese and Cheese & Onion and they melt beautifully in your mouth.

They are also gluten-free and contain no artificial colours or flavours.
Thanks to the lovely people at Pom-Bear, I have some fab prizes to give away to my readers.

The first prize is a winter hamper.

The second prize is a cosy goody bag.

The third prize is a set of of Pom-friends.

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To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Prizes will be allocated in the order that the winners names come out.

  • The giveaway will run from October 16th until October 30th. 
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  • Prize will be sent directly from the PR, please allow 28 days for delivery.
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Thursday 15 October 2015

Oddsockosaurus - Review

At the age of 3, C has a lot of things that he is really interested in. Books and dinosaurs are at the top of that list so when we were offered the chance to review Oddsockosaurus by Zanib Mian and Bill Bolton, I knew it would be something that C would love.

When it arrived he was really excited to read his "dinosaur book". The story is about a six year old boy who throughout the book tells us about the different types of dinosaur that he can be such as Oddsockosaurus because he wears odd socks or Loudatrops as he can be very noisy!

I think these characteristics relate to any child and C thought they were very funny seeing the little boy dressed up in each dinosaur costume and using his imagination to describe what their personality is. I saw C in quite a few of them and I'm sure he did too.

I actually had a good giggle myself, especially at Philosopherrapter!

The illustrations are beautiful and C loved all the colourful dinosaurs in all their different shapes. He had lots of fun telling me that it's just a boy and not a real dinosaur! The children's drawings and blurbs about dinosaurs at the front of the book are such a lovely, sweet touch.

Oddsockosaurus is a lot of fun for both adults and children. It is published by Sweet Apple Publishers and retails at £6.99. It can be found at most bookshops.

(Disclaimer: We received this book for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)