Classic Peppa Pig Toys - Review

We've been a houseful of Peppa Pig toys since LM was about 12 months old and she discovered the world of Peppa and her friends and we've been watching, playing and joining in with Peppa Pig ever since. Bud and now Little E have all been sucked into the fun too and now we have quite the collection of the little pink pig toys. There have been special ranges including Holiday and Once Upon a Time in recent years but we always return to the Classic toys range so LM and Little E were delighted to receive two new toys from the range recently.
Classic Peppa Pig Toys - Review Laugh with Peppa

Classic Peppa Pig Toys - Review Laugh with Peppa

The first toy we received was Laugh with Peppa. This is a soft doll version of Peppa and, when you press her tummy, she falls backwards and  laughs and says various Peppa Pig catchphrases. She needs 3xAAA batteries which are supplied and she's provided in demo mode, you just need to click 'on' and she's fully operational It's a lovely soft doll (with a hard tummy), around about 30cm tall.
Classic Peppa Pig Toys - Review Laugh with Peppa

Classic Peppa Pig Toys - Review Laugh with Peppa

Laugh with Peppa has been a huge hit in our house and all three children have been playing with her. The favourite activity is to make her laugh and then show her to Little E who really chuckles along with her! Although she's designed for children age 3+ he loves to watch the toy in action and is genuinely delighted by it. This is the biggest Peppa LM now has and she's been an ever present since she arrived, and played with on a daily basis.
Classic Peppa Pig Toys - Air Peppa Jet

Classic Peppa Pig Toys - Air Peppa Jet

The second toy to arrive was one of the playsets - the Air Peppa Jet - this is a much more familiar toy to LM as she has quite a few of the Peppa playsets already. The aeroplane arrives complete wth Peppa figure (I was pleased to see the aeroplane motif on her dress as we have so many of the plain Peppa Pig figures, it's nice when they are a little different), two suitcases and the ubiquitous Miss Rabbit as the pilot (you can see her head but she can't be removed). The cockpit opens, as does the top of the plane and there is room inside for three figures.
Classic Peppa Pig Toys - Air Peppa Jet

Classic Peppa Pig Toys - Air Peppa Jet

When we unboxed the aeroplane LM quickly went to grab her Rebecca Rabbit figure to go on holiday with Peppa. It's always good to be able to play with figures from other sets so we can make lots of use of them and the three seats in the aeroplane adds to this. The plane is quite realistic and LM remembered her flight on holiday last Summer and used these memories to make good use fot he role play element of this toy. Little E really enjoyed this toy too, again it's 3+ but he played well with  it with supervision. LM loved flying the aeroplane around the garden so Peppa and her friends could go on holiday.
Classic Peppa Pig Toys - Air Peppa Jet

Both of these toys are new additions to the Peppa Pig classsic toys range and both have an RRP of £19:99. It's great to see the range of toys being expanded once more and I am sure we will continue to add to our collection. This video shows the full range to great effect.


We were supplied with the toys for review purposes. 

Limited Edition Carousel Pony Zelf

Zelfs are one of the biggest collectable crazes of recent years with the cute little hairy figures which look so similar to the trolls I remember from my childhood. With five series of Zelfs already released the brand new sixth series is due on sale from the end of July.
Limited Edition Carousel Pony Zelf Blog Review

To celebrate the new series a brand new limited edition Zelf has been released. This is a real money can't buy Zelf as the only way to get your hands on one is to spend £30 on the rest of the Zelfs range. Only 10000 of the Carousel Pony Zelf have been produced and the UK only has 400 of these so owning one is very special!
Limited Edition Carousel Pony Zelf Blog Review

LM doesn't actually own any Zelfs at the moment but she does love anything with hair to style, and if it looks like a horse or a unicorn, so much the better! The Carousel Pony Zelf is a lovely unicorn Zelf in a pretty pink and turquoise colourway, she has fluffy pale pink hair and curly long tail and LM is completely delighted by her!
Limited Edition Carousel Pony Zelf Blog Review

Carousel Pony Zelf arrives with three hair bands and a comb (great for styling her hair and tail), a sparkly purple horseshoe charm and a disc showing which number of the edition your Zelf is. LM quickly asked for the horseshoe charm to be placed on her backpack and it was really simple to just loop this through the zip. 

Although she's only small the Carousel Pony Zelf is really lovely to play with. Her head and arms move and she has some really pretty flowers and saddle details. She and LM have been inseperable since she arrived and I can often find her combing the Zelf's hair and tail. 
Limited Edition Carousel Pony Zelf Blog Review

If you'd like your own Carousel Pony Zelf then you can claim one for free from here with £30 of 2016 receipts showing Zelfs purchases. 

To keep up to date with all of the Zelfs news, why not join the Zelfs Club?

#EnjoyMoreWater with Robinsons

Water is a funny old thing, while I drink a good few glasses most days, trying to get Bud and LM to drink a glass of water can be difficult. Both of them claim to find the taste of water a bit boring so I tend to reach for a dash of fruit squash to make sure they stay hydrated and keep drinking. Robinsons is a real favourite in our house and their range of drinks which are free from artificial colours and preservatives with no added sugar means that I can jazz up their water in confidence.
Robinsons Squash'd #EnjoyMoreWater Enjoy More Water

We've always used the litre sized bottles of Robinsons in the past and they have some really great flavours (mine is Pink Grapefruit) and you'll usually find a bottle or two in the cupboard in our kitchen. I had spotted that they had expanded the range to include their super-concentrated Squash'd which comes in convenient, flip-top squeezy bottles that make it perfect for juice on the go.

In a recent survey it emerged that 64% of parents don't know how much water their children should be drinking each day, with 42% saying that their children, like mine, find water boring, Robinsons have launched their 'Enjoy More Water' campaign to help everyone to drink more water. To help with this I've been asked to share my tips to help keep your kids hydrated this Summer.

1. Use Squash - this is an obvious one given that Robinsons are behind this campaign but it really works for us. We all drink squash in our house and I always choose the 'no added sugar' varieties to help to limit sugar intake. There are some fantastic flavours in the range, including the new additions - Orange and Peach, and Lemon and Pink Grapefruit.

2. Choice of cup or bottle - my children will always fight for their particular special cup or bottle. Colour and design is very important when you're 3 and 6 so we've got a small collection of drinking vessels that Bud and LM have chosen for themselves, this makes pouring a drink, and keeping it nearby is less of a battle from the very start.

3. Bottles of Water and Robinsons Squash's - the convenient packaging for Robinson's Squash'd means that it's really easy to pop them into my changing bag, handbag or picnic basket ready to be used on the go. We sometimes buy a big bottle of water and pop in a couple of bottles of Squash'd when we're out for the day so everyone can have their favourite flavour on our picnic.

4. Lollies! - on hot days every one loves an ice lolly. Make up some Robinsons squash and pour into lolly moulds and place them in the freezer. In a couple of hours you'll have homemade ice lollies, perfect to cool down and rehydrate.

5. Fruit - add sliced fruit to a jug of squash and chill. The fruit will infuse and add to the flavour of the drink and your kids will feel really grown up drinking a tall glass of squash with pretty fruit floating in it.

6. Rewards - if you are really struggling to encourage your children to drink enough then you could consider a reward chart. Give them a sticker for every drink they have with an agreed reward if they drink a certain number of drinks every day for a week.

7. Lead by example -we all have those days where we know we haven't drunk enough. I sometiimes end up with a bit of a headache which can be cured by a couple of glasses of water. I try to always have a glass or bottle of water on the go now, my children will often help themselves to mine or it will prompt them to ask me to get them a drink of their own.

How do you encourage your children to drink more water?

This post is an entry for Britmums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinson.

Kinetic Sand Crash 'Em Cars - Review

We've been familiar with Kinetic Sand for some time in out house and both Bud and LM love playing and moulding with the creative substance that feels like sand but behaves more like mouldable dough. It's special mixture of sand and silica oil means that it stays together, is easy to clean up and it's so tactile that it's difficult to keep your hands off it when it is nearby.
Kinetic Sand Crash 'Em Cars - Blog Review

We've had the basic Kinetic Sand playset for a while so Bud was delighted to see that they had added new sets to the range recently, and even more delighted when we were sent the Kinetic Sand Crash 'Em Cars for review.
Kinetic Sand Crash 'Em Cars - Blog  Review

When you open the box you find two bags of kinetic sand (one blue, one red) and the moulds to create two different cars to race and crash. The box itself opens up to find a raceway and there are also two ramps and a scoreboard to decorate it.
Kinetic Sand Crash 'Em Cars - Blog  Review

Making the cars is quite simple, especially if you're familiar with Kinetic Sand already. Simply choose base, car body, spoiler, engine and driver, fill them with the sand, tip them out with a gentle tap and put your car together. There is lots of detail on the mould, you can even fill in the wheels on the car's body. You can also build sand cones to provide some obstacles.
Kinetic Sand Crash 'Em Cars - Blog  Review

Once complete your cars are ready to race and then the only limit is your imagination. You can race them, smash them into each other, the box or the cones, LM got involved and the children have returned to this set again and again since it arrived. It's a really fun way to combine the creativity of building and moulding with a toy that you can properly play with, rather than just showing people what you have made. You will find the blue and red start to mix colours but, luckily, when well mixed this gives a deep purple instead of the sludge brown you get with other craft substances. I hate mixing colours like this but the purple really is fine and didn't put me off too much!
Kinetic Sand Crash 'Em Cars - Blog  Review

If you're anything like me you may well find yourself playing with the Kinetic Sand after the children in bed, just as they love it, I find it's tactile nature quite relaxing to play with too. I can see the expanded range of Kinetic Sand being incredibly popular this year. This set is available from all good toy shops at around £14:99. For more information visit Spinmaster Toys.

We were provided with the toy for review purposes.

Get Festival Ready with Bratz Festival Vibes

With a long Summer of music festivals ahead the thoughts of people all over the country will be turning towards their forthcoming festival experience. I've always loved attending them but haven't made it for a good few years as I've never been brave enough to take the children! Bratz thought LM might enjoy a little festival chic so they have sent her one of their brand new Bratz Festival Vibes dolls, and some funky flowers to make her own festival headband.
Get Festival Ready with Bratz Festival Vibes Jade Blog Review

Get Festival Ready with Bratz Festival Vibes Jade Blog Review

Bratz Festival Vibes are the newest edition of the fashion dolls and we were sent Jade. LM was super excited to see her as she doesn't have a Jade doll in her growing collection. Jade arrives with a really funky outfit, it's far more Creamfields than Download but her funky vinyl skirt, dinosaur hoodie and stripy leggings delighted LM. She has a second outfit ready for the next day of the festival too, with flourescent green alien top and ruffled skirt. Jade's bright blue boots are really cool, with a platform sole good enough to give her an excellent view in the mosh pit. LM especially loves Jade's long black and blue hair and has started asking if she can have blue hair too, I may need to invest in some hair chalks! Including in the box are several accessories - a wristband so your child can match Jade's tiny yellow band (this very cleverly forms the hanging loop for the whole package), and a brush to style Jade's hair. Some glo-stick glasses, a mobile phone (complete with funky dinosaur cover), earrings and backpack.
Get Festival Ready with Bratz Festival Vibes Jade Blog Review

Get Festival Ready with Bratz Festival Vibes Jade Blog Review

If Jade's Electro Pop look isn't for you then one of the other Bratz dolls might be! Cloe loves American country rock, Jade loves electro-pop, Sasha shakes it to top 40 dance music, Yasmin loves the 70s sound, and Raya loves to take it back even more with retro jazz!
Get Festival Ready with Bratz Festival Vibes Jade Blog Review

Get Festival Ready with Bratz Festival Vibes Jade Blog Review

LM and I got to work creating her very own festival accessory using the flowers we were sent and LM chose the roses. I created the floral circlet by twisting each rose stem around the other to create the circle shape. Once this was done I fastened the loop together and we decided to cover it in blue ribbon to finish it off nicely. Three trailing blue and gold ribbons added a bit more boho style. The headband was a huge success with LM who has barely taken it off since I completed it. She's definitely festival ready!
Get Festival Ready with Bratz Festival Vibes Jade Blog Review

For more information and to check out the rest of the Bratz range visit

Toy supplied for review purposes.

Summer Wedding Style

We have two big Summer weddings to attend in the next couple of months so I've been thinking hard about what to wear. A few years of either being pregnant or breastfeeding has left me relying on my 'mum uniform' way too much so I'm relishing the chance to buy a lovely new dress so Ian and I can enjoy some child-free time, celebrating with friends.

I've been doing some searching online prior to a shopping trip with friends so I know exactly which shops I want to visit, that should leave more time for coffee and cake.

I'm loving this gorgeous Tobago print shift dress from Coast at Debenhams. I've been a fan of Coast for so many years and I know I can always rely on their clothes to make me look and feel great. I think the bold print on this dress will make it perfect for a Summer wedding.

When you're wearing a close fitting dress like this you need to get the right underwear in place and I've been looking at Skimmies, which are brand new to the UK from Jockey. They promise to feel like a slip with the comfort of shorts, perfect to help with your shift dress silhouette. The non restrictive material makes them perfect for any occasion, from a day at the office to a summer garden party which means I'll be comfortable wearing them under my 'mum uniform' too.

Summer Wedding Style with Jockey Skimmies

I think I'm going to go for a classic neutral for shoes and bag. I've been a fan of Hotter shoes for a couple of years ago and they have the perfect pair to match. Weddings can be tough on the feet so I always prefer a low heel, a great option when you're on your feet for most of the day. I've spotted some pretty T-bar shoes with a bag that should go very well. The bag has a handle but I'll probably use it as a clutch.
Summer wedding style with Hotter Shoes
Do you have any exciting events planned for the Summer? What will you be wearing?

In Collaboration with Jockey

Watching New Teletubbies With LM and Little E

I've been aware of the Teletubbies since they launched almost 20 years ago and, while I wasn't exactly target audience for the children's television show, it was hard to miss the global phenomenon of the programme. Who can forget the parents fighting to secure the Teletubbies which were in short supply one Christmas? My two older children have been familiar with Dipsy, Tinky-Winky, Laa Laa and Po for quite a while, through watching the original episodes on Netflix so we were really excited to see that Teletubbies was undergoing a revival with a brand new series on cBeebies.
Teletubbies in 2016

LM is my big Teletubbies fan. It's a show that she asks for regularly and, while he TV doesn't go on in the morning in our house as we'd never get to school on time, we often catch up with recent episodes on our post-nursery wind down, using the BBC iPlayer. Her favourite is Laa Laa (because she's a girl, of course) but she also has a soft spot for Po because she loves his scooter).

The new Teletubbies series features a mix of the characters playing and a real life segment. I found that LM really enjoyed this part but Little E just got very excited whenever he saw the baby in the sun, The mixture works really well and there's a real educational element to the video segment which got LM chatting about taking photos, she's never been in a photo booth before so had lots of questions to ask about how it worked. She loved the Teletubbies taking photos with the Tubby Phone as she's always asking for a selfie! I think she'd love it to be as easy as the Tubby Phone makes it.

Watching New Teletubbies With LM and Little E

This is clearly Teletubbies for the new generation, The use of the Tubby Phone is something that's familiar for today's pre-schoolers who can often navigate a tablet better than a lot of adults, but it's still very true to the original show. The characters are still people dressed up and I'm so pleased that's the case rather than choosing a CGI route. The values which appeal to young children, of friendship, kindness, music, movement and discovery are clearly represented.

Teletubbies Dipsy plush toy

LM and Little E have been watching Teletubbies on video, watch below to find out what they thought.

To find out more about Teletubbies including the series and the new range of toys, visit  We reviewed the toys a few months ago and you can see what we thought here - Teletubbies Toys.

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