Category Archives: Reviews

A section of two pages in Once Upon A Time... Online

Review – Once Upon A Time… Online

What happens when a whole host of fairy tale characters go online? Does Cinderella still need the assistance of her Fairy Godmother even when technology can help her go to the ball? With all the wonders that the internet can bring, what can possibly go wrong?

Review - Once Upon A Time... Online

We were recently sent a copy of the children’s book Once Upon A Time… Online by David Bedford and Rosie Reeves which mixes up some of the traditional fairy tales and adds a modern twist.… Read more

Review – Tears Heal: How to listen to our children

Those moments when our children start crying or having a tantrum can be challenging ones.  We are often encouraged to end our children’s tears as quickly as possible – through fixing the problem, or distracting them, or finding other techniques to help stop them crying.  Kate Orson’s book Tears Heal, focuses on allowing our children to cry and express their feelings.… Read more

Review – Large Talking Messy Monster

Jessica and Sophie love watching Messy Goes to Okido on CBeebies so when we were recently sent a Large Talking Messy Monster from Golden Bear Toys to review, I knew they would love it.  They were both very excited when they first opened the box and spotted Messy. Pressing his tummy and hearing some of the phrases that he says in the TV programme had them in fits of giggles.… Read more

Review and giveaway – ToddleBike2

The Toddlebike2 is a pre-balance bike aimed at toddlers to help bridge the gap between baby ride-on toys and moving on to balance bikes and scooters.  It can be used from when a toddler is confident with walking –around 18 months.  At almost three, Sophie is right at the upper end of the target age range for the Toddlebike2 but she has been having a wonderful time trying it out.… Read more

A double-page spread from the Harty Hedgehog and his BuZZy Friends book

Review and giveaway – Buzzy Friends

My girls love books – especially ones with bright colourful illustrations, animal characters and stories being told in rhyme. We were recently sent a copy of Harty Hedgehog and his BuZZy Friends, one of the books in the BuZZy Friends series of books, which ticked all of those boxes.

A review of children's book "Harty Hedgehog and his BuZZy Friends" - plus a giveaway to win a copy

The BuZZy friends books were originally created by Michael Walter to amuse his granddaughter.  The stories help to guide children through various experiences that they might encounter, and include the “BuZZy Code” – a rhyme which helps to encourage children to be kind and thoughtful.… Read more

Sophie using the Real Baking Chocolate Pen

Review – Real Baking Great Baking Set and Chocolate Pen

Over the past few weeks, the girls and I have enjoyed several baking sessions.  We’ve made cupcakes and cake pops, cookies and chocolate cake.  During our baking sessions we’ve been using the items supplied in the Real Baking Great Baking Set, and this week we also tried out the chocolate pen too, both of which we were sent by Vivid Real Baking.… Read more

Win a brunch for two with POM Wonderful

Win a brunch for two with POM Wonderful

As a busy mummy of two with a tendency to burn the candle at both ends, I’m somewhat reliant on a cup of coffee or two in the mornings to get me going.  Sometimes I wonder if I drink a little too much coffee though, and whether it would be best to swap my mid-morning cuppa with another drink.  I was recently invited to do just that – to swap my coffee for some POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice over a delicious brunch.… Read more

Cookies cooling on a wire rack

Review – Real Baking Cookie Kit

I’ve been enjoying another baking session with my girls following on from last week’s attempt at making cake pops.  This week, we have been making cinnamon cookies and trying out the Cookie Kit from Vivid’s Real Baking range.

Real Baking Cookie Kit containing a rolling pin, dough guide, silicon baking mat, cookie cutters and a piping bag

 

The Cookie Kit consists of a selection of cookie cutters in different shapes, a rolling pin, a silicon baking sheet and dough guide and a piping bag.   It’s designed to be used once the cookie dough itself is made as it doesn’t include any utensils or recipes for making the cookies.… Read more

Review – Real Baking Cake Pops kit

I love baking with my girls.  One of our favourite things to make together is cupcakes – they’re quick and easy to make and the girls have the fun of decorating them too.  Although I’ve made cupcakes with the girls several times, I’ve never tried making cake pops before.  Being sent some products from Vivid’s Real Baking range, including the Cake Pops kit provided me with the perfect excuse to give it a try.… Read more

Review – Fantastic Services oven cleaning

I have to confess that oven cleaning is one of those jobs that I constantly put off doing.  I’ll wash the grill pan, wipe the hob over and give the front of the oven a quick clean, but cleaning the oven properly – well, it just doesn’t happen as often as it should.  The trouble was, that I’d been putting it off so long that my oven really was quite disgusting and I knew I really needed to just grit my teeth and get on with it.  Thankfully, that moment happened to coincide with an email from Fantastic Services inviting me to review one of their services, which included oven cleaning.  The opportunity to have someone else do my least-favourite chore for me was not one I was about to turn down.… Read more