Monday, 23 October 2017

Hatchimals Colleggtibles - The Hatchery Nursery Review



Last year I was one of the parents that’s struggled to get the number 1 top toy the exclusive Hatchimal. It took me 8 weeks but I managed to get one and it made my daughters Christmas. Spinmaster extended the range this year with the Hatchimals Colleggtibles and they have been a huge hit. They are like egg blind bags with exclusive and rare animals Inside. Lexie has a few and I know they are on her Christmas list, along with The Hatchery Nursery. She literally did think it was Christmas when she walked in from school to find the Hatchery Nursery waiting for her. 



After searching for all her Hatchimals Colleggtibles, we started working on the egg that was inside the nursery. To reveal what is inside normally you rub on the heart until it changes colour and then remove the shell to reveal what is inside. The Hatchery Nursery helps open the egg for you, so there is no need to rub the egg.





 Inside the pink flower in the trunk of the tree lays the egg, crank the yellow handle and the egg with move up until it cracks and reveals your new Hatchimal pet. 



The playset is very strong and durable and isn’t flimsy plastic. There are 35 spaces to fill and it’s a great way to display and play with your new Hatchimal pets. 





With a push on the swings or down on the slide there is so much fun to be had with the playset. Lexie has really enjoyed playing with her pets and finding things to do with them in the Hatchimal Nursery. 



Of you are buying the playset I would suggest to buy some other Hatchimal Colleggtibles as you only get one inside the set. You definitely need more than one to play with as there is so much to do. 




RRP £29.99

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Out To Impress Colour Your Own Honey Bee Bear Review



Lexie has been asking for a washing colouring teddy for ages, we have had the pillow and bags before but never our own bear. I actually picked this up in The Entertainer a few months back as I knew It would be something Lexie would love. 



In the box is a washable teddy and 4 colouring pens. I wish you got a few more colours in with the pack instead of the standard three. Lexie has used normal washable felt tips on Honey Bee and they have washed out fine too. 




So bring a splash of colour to Honey bee and colour, make patterns and use the colours to make Honey bee as colourful as you can. This has kept Lexie entertained for hours on end. She loved colouring in all the little patterns at first in different colours, then washing Honey Bee then starting all over again. 



I’ve popped Honey Bee on a normal wash with a touch of powder as she has come out as good as new every time. 




Ages 5+



RRP £20 but is currently has £10 off. 


Friday, 6 October 2017

Domu Vonshef Mixer Review


Within the next year, my flats are being knocked down. So I’m in the process of looking for a new place to live. Which means I’ve been looking at different colours for rooms and accessories. I have never really had anything matching perfect as something always breaks down before I get a chance to get everything perfect and it’s normally something that juts fits in with the budget rather than the room. The kitchen I have decided will be red and I’m already managed to pick up a kettle, toaster and microwave at bargain prices.



So when Domu got in touch and offered on of there stand mixers to review, I knew the lovely retro red would fit perfect in our new kitchen. We received the powerful VonShef 1260W Red Stand Mixer, which comes with the dough hoot, flat beater and balloon whisk. All the attachments are easy to change and the mixer is very easy to use. Even the kids could manage using the mixer. We are hoping to bake more in the children together now we have a lovely new mixer.




I love to retro glossy finish and it goes so well with our popcorn maker. The stand mixer is so light, easy to move and the suckers at the bottom of the base makes it easy to use when on the high settings. There is a selection of 6 speeds and a pulse function to use so you can get the perfect consistency. 



 Check out our popcorn cupcakes we made below. 


For The Cupcakes

4oz butter
6oz self raising flour
4oz caster sugar
2 tsp of milk
2 large eggs
2oz toffee popcorn
4 drops vanilla essence



For The Frosting

5oz icing sugar
3oz butter
2oz toffee popcorn ( mashed in to bits)
2 drops of vanilla essence.

Toffee popcorn for decoration.


Mix sugar and butter, add 2 eggs and sieve flour in bit by bit. Add milk and vanilla essence. And whisk until smooth.

Spoon mixture in to cake cases then add 4/5 bits of popcorn in to the mixture. Cook on gas mark 3 for about 18 minutes.



RRP- £74.99




Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Lily O’Brien’s Desserts Collection Review



We have been very spoilt testing out the new delicious Desserts Collection From Lily O’Brien’s. The luxury award wining chocolatier, is celebrating this September with a whole box of the Desserts collection. I love the packing on Lilly O’Brien’s very classy and eye catching. It never needs any wrapping as the boxes are perfect already. They do a gift wrapping service too if you did want that extra treatment for special someone. 



An assortment of the world’s best-loved dessert recipes in scrumptious mouthfuls of chocolate, the flavours in the collection include Raspberry Infusion, Banoffee Pie, Hazelnut Torte, Key Limey Pie, Passion Fruit Posset and Crème Brûlée. Inside the box are 18 delicious chocolates, three of each flavour. 





The chocolates are very rich and full of flavour and with a mixture of Milk, White and Dark Chocolate. There is something for everybody in the box and the flavours and chocolate really go amazing together. These would be perfect for a special occasion, a treat or a little pick me up for a loved one.












Thursday, 28 September 2017

Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots Revie


This year will be the first year Lexie has asked for baby dolls, she's been a fan of fashion dolls but never really been that in to proper baby dolls. When the Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots review came up she was really excited to be getting some tiny babies to review.

 Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots are realistic miniature baby dolls which kids can collect and care for in the palm of their hands!



We received To dolls and the bedtime accessory set to review. The dolls’ faces are incredibly detailed, and their expressions are so believable. The babies have soft huggable bodies, and each one comes with a beautifully designed miniature outfit and accessory. What’s more, they come with a hospital wrist tag with an individual name and date of birth so kids can care for them just like a real newborn. The tots also come packaged in a card hospital cot bed for easy storage!



We loved the little animal outfits both dolls had on and the cot bed was a lovely extra to keep them safe. 




The Bedtime Accessory Set comes with a plastic bed with real working drawers, fabric bedding, a hanging mobile and an adorable sleepy doll which is exclusive to the set. Lexie loved this little sleeping baby and all the accessories that came with it. 


15 Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots are available to collect individually. 


Available at Smyths Toys Superstores

Monday, 25 September 2017

Healthy Snacks With Ape Snacks




As you all know I lost 4.5 stone with slimming world. I've put a bit of that back on as I've been totally off plan. I'm doing my best with trying to get back on track and my main downfall at the moment is Snacks. 

Ape Snacks got in touch and asked me to try there range of coconut Snacks. I'm a massive fan of anything that has coconut in. Moreish bite-sized pieces of coconut that pack as much punch in taste as they do in texture, Ape Snacks brings some excitement to healthy snacking – with no monkey business! 



I really wasn't sure what to expect as I've never had anything like this before. I love fresh coconut but never has it seasoned. Ape Snacks is available in two variants – Crispy Coconut Curls and Crunchy Coconut Bites.  All nibbles are gluten free, sugar free and high in fibre. 



I absolutely loved the bites they was little bites of heaven, the chia seed was my favourite but I think they have become my new favourite thing. I'm going hunting this week to find some more. The bites come in three flavours Natural, Chia Seed, and Sesame Seed flavours




The curls was more dried strands a bit like crisps and I added these to my porridge in the morning for a bit of flavour instead of my chocolate spread or jam. Ape Curls are available in Lightly Salted, Slightly Peppered and Salted Chocolate variant. 

 All natural and suitable for vegans, the Ape Snack’s range is low in calories and high in taste, so no need to compromise! Whether you’re looking for a post-gym or lunchtime nibble, you can eat well with delectable Ape Snacks.


Ape’s coconut snacks are available from Boots, Ocado, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Amazon and Holland & Barrett, amongst other leading retailers. RSP for the Crunchy Coconut Bites is between £1.49 and £1.68 for 30g standing pouch, and between £0.89 and £1.19 or a 20g bag of Crispy Coconut Curls.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Mazuri Kids Haircare Range Review



Keep your little one's locks wonderfully strong and healthy with the Mazuri Original Kids Haircare Range. Developed by mums for kids, the Mazuri kids range contains 8 products, all made with natural olive oil, coconut and honey, offering a gentle hair care solution for children aged 6 and above.



Lexie has quite thick curly hair and it's a battle every morning to get it brushed and tied up for school. She hates the whole hair brushing and we have to use a ton of detangling spray to get it all knot free. 

We got sent 2/8 products from the Mazuri Kids Haircare range to give a whirl in Lexie's hair.

Kids snookums 3 in 1 spray detangler - A blend of hydrating olive oil, honey and aloe vera extracts work inside the product to restore strength and seal in the hairs natural moisture. Eases combing, made with cranberry, avocado and olive oil. It can be used daily as a conditioner, detangler or scalp treatment. 

I have used quite a few different detanglers, prices from £1-10 for Lexie's hair and this one comes in at £2.97. After about a week and a half of use, I can say along with the conditioning oil moisturizer it's made a huge difference. Looking at the ingredients I think the olive oil is helping a lot with the tangle free and the brush is literally gliding though her hair. It also smells pretty amazing too. 



Kids buttercup conditioning oil moisturizer - Replenishes lost moisture, strengthens and leaves hair soft, shiny and manageable. Perfect for quick styling on dry hair. Made with shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. Suitable for all hair types. 

So I made the mistake of using this as a wet conditioner ( I really need to read the instructions whoops) I don't generally leave conditioners in Lexie's hair as I found the build up just causes more tangles and it makes her hair so dull. So I've been just adding a small blob on to the ends of her hair about an hour before bed, brushing it though and leaving to work its magic. 





Other products in the range are Shampoosie Moisturizing Detangling Shampoo, Muffin Hair Mayonnaise Treatment, Sweetie Pie Softening Detangling Conditioner, Cutie Patootie Styling Gel, Precious Ponytail Hair Pudding and Boogabear Hair and Scalp Grow Balm. 



The entire Mazuri Kids Haircare Range is available from Morrisons and Tesco stores 
nationwide and online at www.morrisons.com, www.tesco.com and www.paks.com