Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble Wand - Review

Bubbles are so much fun and all three of my children are always delighted by them.The only way to improve on bubbles is to make them bigger, which Gazillion Bubbles have done brilliantly with their brand new Giant BubbleWand.

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble Wand - Review

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble Wand - Review

The Bubble Wand arrives in a set complete with wand, tray and Gazillion Bubbles solution. You'll need scissors to unpackage it and then the wand needs the handle attaching to it which will only take a few seconds, and then it's ready to use. To make bubbles simply pour the solution in to the try, place the wand on to the tray and lift. If your tray isn't on a flat surface (we had ours on grass) you might need to move the tray slightly to make sure the bubble solution reaches all the way around the ring on the wand.

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble Wand - Review

It's easy to make some really big bubbles with the wand and Bud, at six, can make them well. His little sister can't quite manage it but loves chasing those made by her big brother!

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble Wand - Review

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble Wand - Review

The set is really excellent fun and, at £9:99 will be great for outdoor play this Summer. Bud and LM are already planning to take it on our holiday later this month. You can buy bottles of the bubble solution to use when your's runs out.

We were sent the BubbleWand for review purposes.

Casdon Little Shopper Supermarket Till - Review

LM is a huge fan of imaginative play and loves to pretend she is cleaning, working or shopping. Recently she was sent a Supermarket till from the Little Shopper range by Casdon. We know the Casdon range quite well and have always found their role play toys to be great for children to explore.

The Casdon Little Shopper range includes the Supermarket Till in a selection of retail-themed toys which allow children to explore all aspects of the shopping process. We own the Casdon Post Office and Sweet Shop already so a new, electronic till was the perfect accompaniment for these toys.

Casdon Little Shopper Supermarket Till - Blog Review

The Supermarket Till is really up to date and includes a chip and pin terminal with credit card, microphone, bar code reader and an electronic display which works as a calculator. It also includes a selection of play food which is perfect for setting up your own little shop.

LM has engaged with this toy brilliantly. She absolutely loves 'playing shop' and has had us all queuing up to buy our groceries from her. The microphone may well be her favourite part and she's always shouting her brother to the tills or 'clean up on aisle 3', I think her Daddy is responsible for that one!

Casdon Little Shopper Supermarket Till - Blog Review

The till has a good range of electronic sounds which are attached to each of the buttons on the keypad. There are buttons corresponding to each major food group which is brilliant for children who aren't reading yet. LM is learning her numbers at the moment and we've been practising them using the keypad. She loves being able to find each number she is asked for.

Bud has been learning about money at school this term so the plastic money included with the till has been of great interest to him. He's been using the till in a much more mathematical way to his younger sister and has been enjoying making change from the notes using the coins. A great way to reinforce learning outside the classroom.

Casdon Little Shopper Supermarket Till - Blog Review

We're huge fans of the Casdon range, they are the perfect toys for children who are curious about the world and want to understand the behaviour of adults through play. They have an excellent level of detail which allows children to feel like they are really replicating that behaviour and helps them to understand it too. The Supermarket Till is really well constructed and excellent quality. I think it's going to be played with for a long time in our house.

The Casdon Supermarket Till requires 3xAA batteries which aren't supplied. It is available from all usual stockists, priced at around £15.

For more information on the Little Shopper range visit www.casdon.co.uk

We received the till for review purposes


Win - Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door

Last week LM and I reviewed the Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door playset and it got a huge thumbs up from both of us. The lovely set is both decorative and interactive and LM loves to both play with it and talk about all of the different features. Click here to read our full review. 


I've teamed up with Interplay to offer one of my lucky readers the chance to win their own set, perfect to bring some fairy magic in to the life of their favourite little one. Once it's installed in a bedroom or playroom your fairy can take up residence, ready to delight your children.

Win - Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door Giveaway

If you haven''t seen the TV advertising for the gorgeous My Fairy Garden range then check it out below. There are five different toys in the range and I'm sure LM would love to add to our Fairy Door.


For your chance to win an Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door set please complete the Gleam widget below. Please read the terms and conditions.

Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door

Tall Tales at the Top of the Tower in May Half Term

Blackpool is always a popular choice for a day out in half term here. Whether it's a play on the beach (if you're lucky with the weather), or a visit to one or more of the huge range of attractions, the resort really has something for everyone. New for May half term is a great opportunity for little ones to take their grown ups along to a storytelling session in a very special location - at the top of Blackpool Tower in the Blackpool Eye!

Tall Tales at the Top of the Blackpool Tower in May Half Term

‘Tall Tales’ will welcome families to the top of The Blackpool Tower, where the little ones will meet special storytellers and explore the tale of Sydney the Seagull and his adventures around Blackpool, while admiring the views of Blackpool’s famous buildings that are part of the tales.

Tall Tales at the Top of the Tower in May Half Term - view from the Blackpool Eye

Once the adventure trail has finished, children will be challenged to make the best ever LEGO tower with the help of a Blackpool Tower building expert. They’ll then end the morning by burning off some energy in Jungle Jims adventure playground.

This extra special experience will take place on Saturday mornings throughout May and June and is perfect for young families looking for something different for the school holidays.

To really make a day of it, there are lots more activities to get involved with during a Blackpool Tower visit, such as The Blackpool Tower Circus, Dungeon, Ballroom and of course Jungle Jims adventure playground. 

Tall Tales at the Top of the Tower in May Half Term

Tickets for Tall Tales cost £19.95 per child and include one free adult per ticket. They are available online at https://www.theblackpooltower.com/

In Collaboration with Blackpool Tower



Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door - Review

LM loves all things fairy at the moment and she can often be found skipping around the house, pretending to fly with her fairy wings. She's fascinated by the idea of fairies visiting her so, when we were sent the Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door recently, I knew it would be the perfect way to add a little magic to her bedroom.

Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door - Blog Review

The Secret Fairy Door playset arrives in a beautifully decorated box, with the fairy door clearly visible. I decided I would set it up while LM was at nursery school and surprise her with her new fairy friend when she arrived home.

Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door - Blog Review

The set is simple to unbox and included you will find the tree trunk fairy door, a key and ribbon bracelet (and a second spare key), fairy and hedgehog figurine, mushroom, a set of wall stickers, and a fairy storybook.

Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door - Blog Review House Interior

The Fairy Door is simple to put together, simply slide the cardboard interior into the rear of the tree and use the six tabs included to clip it in to place. The door on the tree trunk opens so you can see the inside and use it to store some of the smaller pieces inside. It makes a lovely little home for the fairy and hedgehog.

Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door - Blog Review Stickers

Stickers are included in the set to provide a tree background for the Fairy Door. This arrives in two pieces for the base tree, with four different sets of stickers to depict the changing seasons. I loved this idea as it offers a really helpful way to discuss the changing seasons with your child and to talk about how a train changes through the year. As it was Spring when we were setting up the Fairy Door we went for those showing the blossom and new life of a Spring tree. All of the stickers are low tack so easy to position and move around should the need arise. The stickers do increase the amount of space needed for the Fairy Door so make sure you have enough room to place it when selecting a site in your room for it.

Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door - Blog Review

Once your stickers are in place you can affix the tree house at the base of the tree sticker, to create the full Fairy Door effect. There are foam pads to make this process easier. LM's room has a tricky layout as it's so small so we placed it on a box she has in her bedroom. This makes the Fairy Door 'float' a little so I need to find a little pebble for our fairy to use as a front door step! The key for the door actually works and can be used to unlock the door, although LM refuses to wear it as the intended bracelet. I've hidden the spare key so we can still open the door should she lose it.

Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door - Blog Review Accessories Keys

The accompanying accessories are great. The box shows the fairy with a base to help her stand up but that wasn't present in our pack. It's not crucial for us as LM loves to pretend she is flying or to tuck her up inside her house with her hedgehog friend.

Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door - Blog Review Opening the door

We really loved the Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door. It's delighted LM since it arrived and she loves playing with her fairy in her little house. It's a great set which offers a real educational element with the ability to change the seasonal stickers.

Interplay My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door - Blog Review

My Fairy Garden Secret Fairy Door is aimed at children aged 4+ and retails at around £17:99..


To keep up to date with all of the My Fairy Garden news, including their own competitions and promotions, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Win Amazing Football Prizes with Barclays

Football is a current craze in our house and I couldn't be more excited. Bud, newly six years old, has been receiving football coaching in school and is loving every second of it. The sport resonates throughout our family, from my Grandad, who used to help carry the away team kit into Burnden Park (the former home of Bolton Wanderers) as this was the only way he could afford to see the game, to my Dad who refereed grass roots level football and has visited about two thirds of the nations' football ground following Bolton around the country. Both Ian and I have been football fans all of our lives so encouraging a love of the sport in our children was a given.


As you can see, we always have a football with us when we're in the park or on a day out and Bud and LM love having a kick around with us.

As a family which understands how much work goes into football, at all levels, I'm always pleased to see a company which is committed to supporting football, both at community and professional level. Since 2004 Barclays have been the title sponsor for the highest level of English football - the Barclays Premier League - but, what you may not know is that they  made a commitment to the Football Foundation charity when they became sponsors and, since then, they have invested over £40 million in creating Barclays Spaces for Sports. This has allowed the creation of over 200 sports sites, many of which are in more deprived areas. We have 8 within 10 miles of our home and it's fantastic to see my local community benefiting from this funding.

Barclays have encouraged football clubs to become involved in their community by developing employability programmes through their Barclays Premier League Works, and 17 clubs now offer support to help young people get training and become ready for work.

To celebrate their continued investment in football Barclays have created an amazing competition which will allow the chance to win one of 15 'money can't buy' football experiences. I know Bud would adore the chance to show off the Premier League trophy at school so we're definitely going to be entering that competition when it is open.

The current competition offers a lucky winner the chance to present the Barclays Premier League trophy to the champions. Whether it's your club in line to win or not this is an amazing prize, placing you right at the heart of sporting history!


If you'd like the chance to win one of these amazing prizes...


It could be you handing the trophy over to the champions! Keep checking the website for new competitions and the regular ticket giveaways too.

In collaboration with Barclays.




The Clangers Magazine - Review

Bud and LM love magazines and one of their favourite treats is to choose one featuring their favourite characters, and those from the cBeebies stable are especially popular with LM. The Clangers have returned  to our television screens on cBeebies over the past year or so. I remember the original version from my childhood and I loved their adventures so it's been great to share the revamped show with our big two.

The Clangers Magazine - Review

New this week from Immediate Media is a monthly pre-school magazine featuring The Clangers. As with all their magazines, the content is themed around the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which means that children can enjoy their magazine and learn while they do so. With a wide range of different activities - from making your own boat to to puzzles, colouring and writing activities - the magazine is packed with fun and entertainment for your child.

The Clangers Magazine - Review

LM always loves stickers and the central pages have a double page of stickers for children to use on some of the pages in the magazine. I loved the alphabet poster in the centre of the magazine and this was a perfect activity for LM as she's just starting to get to grips with the idea of letters. This is a bright and colourful page which would make a lovely decoration for a playroom or bedroom.

The Clangers Magazine - Review

As always the magazine arrives with a fab free gift - a Clangers slide whistle which makes the same noise as The Clangers when played, and a lovely Tiny Clanger to play with, LM loves musical instruments of all forms so the whistle was a huge hit here.

The Clangers Magazine - Review

We really liked The Clangers magazine and the little characters really lent themselves well to a bright and fun magazine for the 3-6 age group. The activities in the magazine kept LM well entertained and the toys were very popular too. We'd definitely recommend it.

The Clangers Magazine - Review

The Clangers magazine will be available monthly from today, Wednesdsay 27th April 2016, the launch issue is £2:99 with future issues being priced at £2:85.

Do you have any Clangers fans?

Magazine received for review purposes.