Wissper & Peggy Starter Doll

It was Aviya’s birthday last week, and we accumulated quite a number of dolls as a result. Of all of them, I have a favourite: The Wissper & Peggy Starter Doll Set.

Based on the Milkshake TV show, Wissper is a 7-year old girl with the ability to talk to animals. The animals always go to Wissper for help, and by the simple expedient of saying “Sssshhhh…” she can magically transport herself to anywhere there is an animal in danger.

Along with Peggy the penguin, the Wissper and Peggy starter set comes with the panpipe she uses to enter a new world and the binoculars used to find the cheeky monkeys in the forest. Read more: Wissper & Peggy Starter Doll

LOL Surprise Dolls Review

To my eternal chagrin, my little Aviya is a collector. She loves collecting things – it used to be rocks, then it became Shopkins, then NumNoms, and now, LOL Surprise Dolls. It’s a good thing we have a big house with plenty of room for little things.

The other thing about this particular little girl is that she loves pass the parcel. It’s her favourite party game – she loves it so much, for Christmas I wrapped 50 little collectables in a big ball for her Christmas present. She loved it.

So, LOL Surprise Dolls are totally her cup of tea!

LOL Surprise is a big ball, wrapped in seven layers, with each layer revealing a ‘surprise’. 
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STEM/STEAM Wild Science Perfume Factory

I don’t know if it’s just because Ameli is of a particular STEM/STEAM age, or if it’s that there’s been a huge push in that direction lately, but involving girls in science, and kids in science generally, seems to be everywhere at the moment. We were recently sent a Wild Science Perfume Factory set to review and it’s been a huge hit here.

Ameli is quite science-keen anyway, with Project MC2 ranking high on her favourites list, so the Wild Science Perfume Factory is right up her street. You know how some toys are a the thing of the moment for five minutes, then they aren’t a thing at all five minutes later? This isn’t one of them. On the first go, Ameli spent over an hour mixing and matching – an hour’s a long time for something to hold her attention! Since then, she’s taken to applying her perfume daily and creating top ups from time to time too.

The kit includes a stand, a scoop, five vials, a perfume bottle, tweezers, stirring sticks, mixing pot, red liquid pigment, special base perfumes, sticky labels, Sodium Polyacrylate Crystals, a measuring cup, a graduated pump and cotton ball filters.

The base perfumes are Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Peppermint and Rose essential oils.

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Mother’s Day Crafts With Gel-A-Peel Pearly Pastels

Following our first experience with Glow in the Dark Gel-a-Peel a few months ago, we were keen to try the Gel-a-Peel Pearly Pastels in time for Mothering Sunday. Of course this sees me overseeing the decoration of my own gifts, but hey ho, these are the sacrifices we must make.  I absolutely loved the ‘frames’ that came with the kit, so decided to make them, but rather than cutting the pictures to size to fit inside, just used them as overlays. I love it!

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#NumNomsFoodie Pancake Day Invitation To Play

Happy Pancake Day! It’s Shrove Tuesday today, and while we don’t tend to do much for lent, we’re always happy for an excuse to enjoy pancakes! Today we have an added incentive: NumNoms sent us a series 3 Lunch Box and encouraged us to take inspiration from the selection of Nums and Noms for our own pancake fillings. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

It did to us and as you’ll see, the kids loved it!

The NumNoms lunch box comes in two different styles (with different Nums and Noms in them) and the one we received contained 9 Nums – corn, blue raspberry, cherry, grape, banana, wildberry, orange, candycane, maple syrup – two orange erasers (which come as two halves that slot into each other to make one Num), a peach stampit (with fuzzy fur) and a mystery tub, which held a pumpkin – Paula Pumpkin.

I went on a little shopping trip, where I picked up orange, raspberry, blackberry, lemon, banana, mint leaves, maple syrup and some squirty cream. Use this recipe to make your own pancake mixture.

After giving the children the Lunch Box to explore…

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… I took it away again, then returned a little later with a picnic lunch decorated with the Lunch Box NumNoms.
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Vintage Travel Guides Ravensburger Puzzle {Review}

I don’t know about the rest of you, but taking time to do things just for me don’t happen too often. And when it does, it might stretch to a cup of coffee in an actual cafe with real people around. Doing something just for me that lasts for a couple of evenings in a row? Very, very rare!

The moment I saw this puzzle, however, I knew I had to make time for it, because I simply love the vintage collection of travel books. Would I have a shelf of books on my bookshelf? No – because, dust trap! but I loved the puzzle so much because it has the feel of a bookshelf without the clutter. Ravensburger PuzzleRead more: Vintage Travel Guides Ravensburger Puzzle {Review}

The Healing Power of Plasters

I will always reach for ‘natural medicine’ long before I’ll reach for anything else, and I’ve come to believe that a good plaster is the most natural medicine of them all! I know that sounds a little bit crazy, but my little girl can overcome almost anything when given a plaster!

And I mean anything. Last year we had a day out at the zoo when she rolled off the play gym and fell a few feet to the ground. I didn’t see the fall, so I gave her a bit of comfort and we popped a plaster on and she was fine and smiling and quite herself for the rest of the day. That night however, after she went to bed she kept stirring and moaning and waking up crying in her sleep. It became so that I called our local non-emergency line and asked for their advice, upon which we ended up heading to the emergency room in the middle of the night! It turned out she’d broken two of the bones in her wrist! How guilty can a mama feel about an injury she couldn’t see? Very, I assure you! Frozen ElastoplastRead more: The Healing Power of Plasters

Owl Bat Bat Owl {Book Review}

Owl Bat Bat Owl is a really unique concept in books because, unlike what normally makes up a book, this one has no written story. The whole story unfolds in pictures, making it a story tellers dream! It’s the perfect book for children who don’t read but like to make up the story as they go along, and it’s a fantastic book for getting imaginations going.

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Chicco Balance Bike Review From Kiddies Kingdom

We’ve had simply ridiculous weather of late. It’s gone from icy frost to days of cloud to almost warm and back to heating on in the space of two weeks. And today the sun came out again, and we could even go for a walk without coats! I think it’s a sign that spring is coming – and with it, excuses and opportunities to get outdoors. One of the best ways to get some exercise yourself when you have little children, is putting them on a bike – it ensures you can walk fast enough to get your heart rate up, and if your kids are anything like mine, enforce sprinting from time to time, which I’m told is also a good workout strategy!

Ameli received a new balance bike for Christmas. We thought her wooden one was getting a little small, and I wanted something that looked and felt like a ‘real’ bicycle, so we took Kiddies Kingdom up on their offer of a bike to review.

We were sent a Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike, which is also available in pink and yellow. (£27.95)

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Glimmies Forest Fairies Review

You know that time when your kids were so sick, they wouldn’t even play? No? Well, that’s what happened here over the last 10 days. My kids have been so poorly, sitting on the sofa has been hard work! So I’ve been sitting with these Glimmies from Flair for a week, knowing full well that the girls would love love love them, but not wanting to ruin the surprise by giving them something they’re too lacklustre to enjoy!  I quite liked getting something pretty in the post though! Glimmies

What are Glimmies, I hear you ask?

Glimmies are the new kids on the collectible toys block. There are 23 star fairies sent by the moon to take care of Glimmieswood’s forest animals. Each Glimmie bares a resemblance to the forest animal it’s meant to care for and as a group, they love endless adventures with friends, and have a deep respect for nature.

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