Thursday, 5 December 2013
Today’s prize winner will have a very happy child on their hands this Christmas. Open the door to reveal today’s amazing prize!
Have your children finished writing their list to Santa? Is today’s prize on their list? Maxx started writing his Christmas list at the beginning of November and by the end of November there was no room left on the paper, I think he got a little carried away. His list included an xbox, some action figures, chocolate and other toys and games! If you’re stuck for gift ides this Christmas there is a great range of toys and action figures available at Argos online here.
Today’s competition winner will receive a Despicable Me 2 Talking Minion Stuart. Stuart says over 45 minion sayings and has a LOL mode. Pressing his pocket will make him talk with funny expressions, press again or move his head for another response or expression. Stuart is sure to provide hours of fun and laughter.
To enter today’s competition follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. This competition will close at midnight on the 19th of December 2013. A winner will be chosen at random and contacted by e-mail to claim their prize. This competition is open to UK residents only. Good Luck!
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Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Hallmark has a lovely range of gifts, wrappings, Christmas cards and novelty tree ornaments available to help make this Christmas one to remember. There is something to make everyone smile this Christmas at Hallmark.
I like to get people Christmas presents that mean something, something unique, something personalised or something I know that person will love. I found all three of those qualities in the Hallmark Christmas gift range.
Story time has always been an important time in our house but even more so now Maxx is learning to read, so when an interactive book arrived for us to review I was really looking forward to seeing how it worked and what Maxx thought of it. We received the ‘A Day at Fairy Grandmother’s’ interactive story book from Hallmark.
The first thing I did when we were preparing to read the book was to turn it on, the on/off button is located at the top of the book. Upon pressing this for the first time we were told a little bit about how the book works and what we had to do. There is a tab on the back of the book which should be removed, this will then turn the book from demo to on.
The book has certain sentences which are red in colour, these sentences are the trigger sentences that make the book work. When these sentences are read aloud it will trigger a response from the book, that response will depend on what page you are on but you might have a question to answer or a choice to make. If a question is asked, the child will answer that question and the book will then respond to the answer to make it seem like they are having a conversation with the character in the book. Each book has 30 possibilities so each time you read the story it can change. I love the fact that depending on how we interact with the story it can change, this means Maxx is enjoying reading it time and time again and not getting bored.
The audio is clear and loud enough to hear, it really helps bring the book to life. The book illustrations are great, they are colourful and Maxx loved pointing things out in the book especially the dragon.
There are two books in the interactive range, ‘All Aboard’ priced at £9.99 and ‘A Day at Fairy Grandmother’s’ priced at £14.99.
Overall we are very impressed with the book Maxx is really enjoying interacting when the book is being read and it’s making story time fun and enjoyable for him. I believe books like this will help his love of books grow which can only be a good thing. The books would make a great stocking filler or present for little ones who enjoy reading. The books really make story time exciting and fun.
The second item we received from the Hallmark range to review was the ‘Until We Hug Again Bear’, I adore the idea behind this bear and think it would make a magical gift this Christmas. If you have family members who work away from home or relatives who live far away this bear would be the perfect gift from them to the little person in their life.
The cute and cuddly bear can store a message up to 30 seconds long, the messages are then played back with every hug! Such a touching and lovely gift that I think would be treasured.
I was impressed with the bear, the recording is clear, the length of recording is great and you can lock your message so it doesn’t accidentally get deleted. Something which is highly possible when giving the teddy to a young child especially if that child is called Maxx!
The Until We Hug Again bear includes 3xAA batteries and is priced at £14.99 which I think is fantastic value for a gift that will make little ones smile with each hug and give them comfort and security.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
It’s day 4 of our advent competitions. Open the advent door above to reveal today’s prize, it’s a good one and guaranteed to make your home feel festive.
Today’s prize has been provided by Kids Wall Stickers. The prize is the Christmas Advent Tree Wall Stickers, perfect for bringing Christmas spirit to any room and a smile to everyone’s face.
Kids Wall Stickers offer a fantastic range of wall stickers that are sure to be a hit with children and parents. The stickers brighten up and personalise the room but don’t cause any damage to the walls so there’s no need to re-paint the walls. Maxx and I were sent the amazing Glow In The Dark Space Stickers and they are amazing, I can’t recommend them enough. You can read our review here.
To enter today’s competition follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. This competition will close at midnight on the 18th of December 2013. A winner will be chosen at random and contacted by e-mail to claim their prize. This competition is open to UK residents only. Good Luck.
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Wednesday, 4 December 2013
I love customising a room especially for children, I think it’s lovely if they have somewhere they feel comfortable and that is unique to them. Living in rented accommodation means it’s not always possible to personalise a room as much as you want, however I recently found a way around this when I was contacted by Kids Wall Stickers.
When I was asked if I would like to review some wall stickers I jumped at the chance. I had a look at the stickers that are available (there is a fantastic range) and decided on the Glow in the Dark Wall Stickers. The stickers are space themed and contain stars, moons and planets of varying sizes. I chose the glow in the dark stickers as Maxx isn’t keen on the dark so I thought it would be nice to brighten up the room when it’s dark and give him something nice to look at.
Ashley, Maxx and I put the stickers on the 2 corners of his room directly next to his bed so it will create light and be easy for him to look at when he’s lying in his bed. The stickers come on 4 separate sheets, they were easy to peel off and place on the wall, they also peel off and re-stick really easily if you decide you want to place the sticker somewhere else. It took us around an hour in total to place all of the stickers on the wall, an hour very well spent in my opinion.
We were all really excited when we had finished and couldn’t wait to turn the light off and see how it looked. I was a bit sceptical that they might not glow a lot but let me tell you it looks AMAZING! We were all shocked at just how amazing the stickers look and how brightly they glow, it honestly looks like you’re in space when the light is off, truly amazing. I wasn’t able to capture the room glowing (down to my not so great camera I think) so have put an image below from the website to show you. I will keep trying and if I do manage to capture them glowing I will update the post as it looks amazing.
Maxx absolutely loves his room and the great thing about the stickers is they just peel off and won’t damage the wall so there’s no need to re-decorate. As he gets older and the things he likes changes you can simply peel off the stickers and replace them with different ones.
If you have a little princess there are also Glow in the Dark Butterflies and Dragonflies. The Glow in the dark Stars and Moons stickers and Butterflies and Dragonflies are priced at £15.95 each.
If you’re stuck for a present to buy this Christmas it’s definitely worth having a look at the Kids Wall Stickers website as there is a huge range of products available ranging from small stickers, to height charts, to full wall coverings and they are available at great prices.
* We were sent the glow in the dark wall stickers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, we truly love the stickers and highly recommend them.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
It’s Day 3 of our super advent competitions already! Open the advent door above to reveal today’s prize which has kindly been provided by Moonpig.
The winner of day 3 will receive the yummy Chocolate Hamper which includes a Milk Chocolate Star for the top of your tree, Peanut Snowballs & Milk Buttons to snack on, and 3 flavoured baubles. The hamper is priced at £20 and would make a great gift, it is the perfect family treat as there is something for everyone.
Moonpig has a lovely range of Christmas gifts and cards available. There are lovely hampers, gift sets, soft toys, sweet treats, wall art, flowers and items that can be personalised. All available at competitive prices. Maxx and I reviewed some items from Moonpig recently and were impressed with, the products, the quick delivery and the great customer service. You can read our review here.
To enter today’s competition follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. This competition will close at midnight on the 17th of December 2013. A winner will be chosen at random and contacted by e-mail to claim their prize. This competition is open to UK residents only. Good Luck.
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Monday, 2 December 2013
If you’re looking for Christmas gifts that are loved the world over take a look at the Forever Friends Christmas items.
Forever Friends is a brand that everyone knows and loves and this year we are in for a treat as a new range of gifts and craft items have been launched to celebrate Christmas 2013. The Forever Friends range includes jewellery, personalised items, decorations, first Christmas items and gifts to help keep you organised in the coming year.
We received the above items (see photo) from the Forever Friends range and I have to say I was very impressed with all of the items. The items are all quality products, would make great Christmas gifts and are available at reasonable prices too!
If you’re an organiser or know someone who likes to be organised then the Forever Friends calendar and organiser range is perfect. There are 3 calendars available in the range, the Forever Friends slim calendar for 2014, the His and Hers calendar and the Birthday calendar. I received the slim calendar which is great for those who don’t have a huge amount of wall space. The calendar is well laid out with a different picture for each month, it is great for keeping track of appointments and important dates. I think the calendars are good value at only £5.99 and they are a good buy for the coming year.
As well as the calendars there are two Forever Friends organisers available, there’s the Week-To-View Family Organiser which is priced at £7.99 and the Month-To-View Organiser which is priced at £10.99. The Week-To-View Organiser is lovely, it has a different picture each month and has five columns for each week so there is plenty of space to write down appointments etc. The organiser contains public holidays which I always find useful. Overall it’s a nice organiser which is the perfect size for a family to keep track of their appointment and important dates.
I’m sure you have seen the cute Forever Friends bears already but if you haven’t they are very cute and make a great gift for young and old. There are bears for little ones, bears for special occasions; birthdays, Christmas, weddings and there are also everyday bears. The bears are nicely designed and some even come wearing clothes or holding items – very cute.
If you’re looking for a unique item for your Christmas tree this year how about a cute personalised bauble. There are different designs available and you can add a name on the front and a message on the back. I think the baubles look lovely and make a great stocking filler which can be used year after year. The baubles are priced at £11.99 each.
As well as the huge range of products above, Forever Friends have just launched a lovely range of jewellery which has been designed with friendship in mind. The jewellery range includes lockets, earrings, necklaces and friendship bracelets. The range is available to buy from Argos with prices starting at £9.99. It’s is a lovely range which is sure to have something for everyone.
Christmas isn’t complete without good music to sing along to when decorating the tree and wrapping the presents so Forever Friends have teamed up with Sony to release ‘A Christmas Wish for You’ a festive themed album. The album is available to download or buy.
The album includes classics such as ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ by Shakin’ Stevens and ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham! The CD will be available to buy from all major supermarkets, HMV, BHS, Amazon and is downloadable from itunes. Priced at around £5 the CD is a fantastic buy.
I was impressed with the huge range of Forever Friends products available and would be happy to give or receive products from the range. The range gets a big thumbs up from me!
Monday, 2 December 2013
It’s day 2 of advents today and we have another lovely prize for you. To reveal today’s prize place your mouse over the advent door above, the door will open to reveal today’s super cute prize.
Today’s prize has been provided by the lovely people at Hevea Baby. Hevea is a lovely company that makes gorgeous natural products for babies and children.
One lucky winner will receive Kawan a lovely natural rubber toy, as pictured above. Kawan is the first coloured toy to be produced by Hevea. The duck is made from 100% natural rubber which is biodegradable and sustainable. Kawan is hand painted using natural plant pigment, it also features textured areas on the beak and feet which are great for soothing sore gums in a teething baby.
Kawan is not only cute but can be use in 3 ways. Kawan can help with teething, can be a fun bath toy (it floats) and can be used for play. The one-piece design means there are no small parts and no joints where bacteria can hide which makes for a very hygienic, child friendly toy.
Kawan the duck comes nicely presented in a white gift box, it is priced at £11.40 which I think is fantastic value considering you are buying a sustainable product which I’m sure your little one will love.
To enter today’s competition follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. This competition will close at midnight on the 16th of December 2013. A winner will be chosen at random and contacted by e-mail to claim their prize. This competition is open to UK residents only. Good Luck.
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Monday, 2 December 2013
If you’re like me and don’t like the cold, the hustle and bustle or the hassle of shopping in your local town centre then Moonpig is here to help.
Moonpig offers a huge range of Christmas gifts which are available at great prices. What’s more if you’re sending an item across the country you don’t have to package it up and take it to the post office. All you have to do is select the products, order them and the rest is done for you, it couldn’t be easier. You can also include a Christmas card with your order so there’s no need to send a separate card or order from another website.
I was recently sent a selection of products from the Moonpig Christmas range to see what I thought. Well the first thing I want to say is how well laid out and easy to use the website is, it is easy to find what you’re looking for and ordering is also an easy and pain free process.
At Moonpig you can find hampers, gift sets, soft toys, sweet treats, personalised items, wall art and even flowers. I wasn’t joking when I said there was a huge range of items available and there are some great deals to be had during the Christmas period. Since the middle of November Moonpig have been giving people a free card when they buy a gift. Also, people who order 5 or more cards will receive 50% off their card purchase.
We received the following items to review. A personalised Spongebob t-shirt, a delicious Fudge House and Reindeer Tatty Teddy.
The Jolly Christmas Fudge House is a cute Christmas themed house full of delicious bite sized pieces of fudge. The house contains 3 different Christmas inspired flavours, there’s gingerbread, orange & cranberry and Christmas pudding flavour. The three different flavours come in separate bags so you don’t have to eat them all at once, unless of course you want to! Priced at £8.50 the fudge house is a great gift for someone with a sweet tooth or as an after dinner treat for everyone. We polished the fudge off pretty quickly as it is lovely, my favourite flavour was the gingerbread it was delicious!
Maxx is a huge teddy bear fan, he has a selection of teddies that stay on his bed and one favourite teddy which he takes with him when he goes out sometimes too. When I saw this adorable Reindeer Tatty Teddy on Moonpig I knew it was something that would appeal to him and will to any teddy bear fan young or old. Tatty has antlers and comes wearing a very cute Christmas themed jumper. Reindeer Tatty would make a great gift for someone this Christmas no matter what their age. Priced at £10 I think Tatty is reasonably priced and would make a great stocking filler or secret Santa gift.
If you’re not sure what to buy a loved one this Christmas why not get them something personalised. Moonpig offers a great range of personalised t-shirts. There are t-shirts for him, for her and for kids! On some of the t-shirts you can choose different colours, images and can even add your own photo tot he t-shirt. There are also popular kids characters to choose from such as Spongebob, Toy Story, Octonauts, Garfield and much more.
We received a personalised kids t-shirt for Maxx to review and we love it. The personalisation process was easy. It’s simply a case of choosing which t-shirt design you would like, then selecting the age and quantity. You then click the text area on the front of the t-shirt and enter your own choice of text. I decided to put Maxx’s name on the front. The t-shirt is good quality, the print is colourful, the text is easy to read and it has washed and dried well. I think it would be great if it was possible to enlarge the text on the front especially when putting someone’s name on the t-shirt. The kids t-shirt are priced from £11.99 which I think is a good price for an item that is personalised and seeing Maxx’s reaction to his t-shirt it is well worth it.
All of the items arrived quickly and were well packaged. I am very happy with the products and service provided by Moonpig and would recommend having a look at the website if you are looking for some nice gifts this Christmas and want to avoid the inevitable queues in-store.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Today marks the start of December, the start of advent and the start of our competitions! I’m sure you want to know what prize is up for grabs in today’s competition. If you roll your mouse over the advent door above all will be revealed!
Today’s prize has very kindly been provided by Wicked Vision which is a young, vibrant, independently owned and operated toy, gift and game company who are bringing fun back to the toy world.
You should have found out by now that the competition prize is Socker Boppers which are inflatable boxing pillows that provide hours of fun for young and old. Maxx and I recently reviewed Socker Boppers, you can see what we thought by reading the review here.
The competition winner will receive one set of Socker Boppers. The box contains 1 pair (2 boppers), 1 repair patch and makes for hours and hours of fun!
To enter the competition use the Rafflecopter form below.
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There will be a new competition each day so remember to come back again tomorrow when you can open door number 2!