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Posted on September 10, 2014

Thimble & Twig Review

Craft/ gifts/ Review

A couple of weeks ago we received a fantastic craft box from the lovely Jemma at Thimble & Twig. We have been so very impressed with our Thimble & Twig craft box! I have received craft boxes before but never quite so well thought out or with as many things to do inside! Boo still hasn’t completed everything in the box! Photo 16-08-2014 17 57 38

The box we received is a nature themed box and sells for £15.00 on the Thimble and Twig website. This is an absolute bargain for what it contains and the hours of fun your little one will get from it! You will need to have a few basics like paint and glue at home to complete everything but almost everything is covered inside the box.

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Inside this nature themed box it contains almost everything you need to make the following items…

  • Little patchwork bird
  • Foraging bag
  • Dandelion wishes keyring
  • Summer flowers suncatchers
  • Elderflower lemonade (this was delicious)
  • Wishing words birds
  • Rainbow garden rockets
  • Bird feeder
  • Bird’s nest
  • Summer scented bath bombs

and if that’s not enough there are other little extras like sunflower seeds, a nature trail, a gift to start a treasure box and a snail racing kit!

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We would highly recommend Thimble and Twig craft boxes and wedding boxes!! Thimble and Twig have just launched their Lucky Dip Subscription box too which is definitely worth checking out or if you are into messy play then you must check out their messy play boxes too!

A big thank you to Jemma for letting us try one of her boxes – we love your business and are very excited to watch it grow! Can’t wait for the space themed box to be launched :)

You can actually win one of the new lucky dip subscription boxes over in this month’s Draw with Me so please check that out too!

Posted on May 30, 2013

Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts


Father’s Day is coming up very soon (Sunday, June 16th) so I thought I’d put a post together with my top 10 gift ideas basically because it helps me decide what to get for my Dad and for the little ones Dad too – I always find men so difficult to buy for!



Well that’s it from me; 10 gifts ideas for Dads! How about you; what are you buying Dad this year – I’d love to hear xx


Posted on December 17, 2011

Christmas Gift Guide – The Polar Express

Christmas/ Christmas Gift Guide/ gifts/ Review
My favourite part of Christmas is the afternoon of Christmas Eve when our family shut out the world and snuggle up on the sofa with a box of Christmas chocs and some mugs of hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie! We do it every year; last year it was Elf this year it will be The Polar Express! I have watched this movie before 3-4 years ago and I loved it! I have hidden this copy away from the kids for our Christmas Eve treat though – I sat and watched it on my own whilst Boo was at school yesterday morning so I could do my review and I really cannot wait to sit down with the whole family and watch it again! 
I have to say that the animation is incredible and the characters are scarily life like! It really is a beautiful Christmas movie that I will watch over and over again and I just know that the kids will LOVE it! The Polar Express has recently been re-mastered in 3D and  unfortunately we don’t have a way to watch that version so we got the normal version to enjoy instead! I would absolutely love to watch this film in 3D – I am sure it will be amazing!! 
The story follows a young boy who is in bed awake waiting for the sound of sleigh bells ringing from Santa’s sleigh. At five minutes to midnight his room begins to shake, and he hears a sound outside his window. He jumps from his bed and sees a train in the middle of his street. He grabs his robe and rushes out the front door to look at the train. The trains conductor asks the boy if he is getting aboard. He asks, “Where are you going?’ ‘To the North Pole, of course, this is the Polar Express!’ At the last minute, The boy jumps on the train and finds other young boys and girls going to the North Pole.
I really don’t want to tell you what happens along the way but there are several complications that need to be overcome before the children finally get to the North Pole to meet Santa! This is a wonderful story; one which you and your children will love! Make sure you believe this Christmas – I do ;O)

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

The Polar Express Blu-Ray Disc is available to buy on Amazon for just £8.99, The Polar Express 3D version is just £14.99 and the DVD is £9.47 – A really great film that every family should have in their collection :O)

* Warner Bros. sent us The Polar Express on Blu-Ray for the purpose of this review.

Posted on December 16, 2011

Christmas Gift Guide – ABBA You Can Dance Wii Game

Christmas/ Christmas Gift Guide/ gifts/ Review
From the creators of the award-winning Just Dance® franchise and Michael Jackson The Experience comes ABBA You Can Dance. Featuring 25 timeless songs, including “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Fernando,” “Waterloo,” and “Take A Chance On Me,” ABBA You Can Dance invites you to hit the dance floor and relive the golden era of pop music with one of world’s biggest music sensations. Dance with up to four players or sing along; ABBA You Can Dance is unforgettable fun for friends and family of every generation.
Key Features
The Timeless Music of ABBA
Enjoy all the hits — 25 in all — from ABBA’s rich catalog of classic songs, now digitally remastered for Wii™ and your home entertainment system.
You Can Dance
Designed for the “Dancing Queen” or “Fernando” of the group, you can dance for fun or set a new top score to challenge yourself and others. Play any way you want with up to four friends.
Perform a story through the music of ABBA! Experience the magic as you play a role in a mini-musical arrangement of ABBA’s songs.
Sing Along
Form a musical ensemble with up to two additional friends on vocals. Anyone can easily join in on the fun and follow along with the on-screen lyrics.*
Original ABBA Content
Enjoy authentic ABBA content, including their music videos, live concert footage, and classic photos!
*Wii-compatible microphone required, sold separately
Track list:
  • Angeleyes
  • As Good As New
  • Bang-A-Boomerang
  • Dancing Queen
  • Does Your Mother Know
  • Fernando
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  • Head Over Heels
  • Hole In Your Soul
  • Honey, Honey
  • I’m A Marionette
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  • If It Wasn’t For The Nights
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Lay All Your Love On Me
  • Mamma Mia
  • Money, Money, Money
  • People Need Love
  • SOS
  • Summer Night City
  • Super Trouper
  • Take A Chance On Me
  • The Winner Takes It All
  • Voulez-vous
  • Waterloo
  • When I Kissed The Teacher

What We Think –
The ABBA You Can Dance Wii game is going to be a HUGE hit with ABBA fans this Christmas! Not only can you dance along to your favourite track’s but you can sing along with them too! We are lucky enough to already have a microphone (there would have been some disappointment if we hadn’t) You don’t need a microphone for the whole game just for the sing along part! There is lots of fun to be had with the dancing and the lyrics appear along the bottom of the screen so you can sing a long to those but it is great to be able to get the microphone out and sing badly along ;O) Everyone knows the ABBA songs so this is going to be great over Christmas when friends come round for a few drinks!

The moves are easy to follow (well there are a few tricky ones but that’s the fun of it) and the menu’s are easy to follow! Not sure this is one for the kids really but more for us crazy grown ups who are dying to go back to our teens again! Lero my 15 yr old absolutely LOVES it! He’s very into singing and dancing and LOVES ABBA so it is great for him; but Boo my 5 yr old hasn’t got a clue who ABBA are and has never heard the songs before! But I think ABBA are timeless and she’ll pick them up in no time! She doesn’t care anyway she just loves to dance along!! Really great game!! LOVE it :O)

You can pick a copy of ABBA You Can Dance up at Amazon for the bargain price of £17.99! Put it in someones stocking this year and have a ball ;O)

ABBA You Can Dance published by Ubisoft®

* We received a copy of this game for the purpose of this review.

Posted on December 7, 2011

Christmas Gift Guide – MASH Junior Clothes

Christmas/ Christmas Gift Guide/ gifts/ Review

MASH Junior is an Italian children’s wear brand that sell absolutely beautiful clothes for kids! MASH Junior is split into two lines – MASH Boy for boys and MASH Kiss for girls. The clothes range in age from 0 month to 16 years.
I received a few items from MASH recently for the kids to try! The Autumn/Winter 2011/12 range is absolutely gorgeous and I am so pleased with the clothes that we have been sent. They are really great quality and look really stylish and a little bit different too!

Boo was sent this beautiful tshirt! Which is absolutely beautiful and has got such
gorgeous little details :O)

She was also sent this gorgeous little zipped jacket! Which she loves – even though it’s not pink ;O)

Unfortunately Bugs has been really poorly this last week so I haven’t been able to get any photos of him in his! But here are a few gorgeous photos taken from the Autumn & Winter range :O)

Mash Junior will be launching it’s Spring & Summer range in the UK in 2012; so at present for UK customers, the best way to get your hands on MASH Jr is via who ship internationally.

Posted on November 24, 2011

Christmas Gift Guide – Minor Edition Dress

Christmas/ Christmas Gift Guide/ gifts

Minor Edition sell the most beautiful, unique & stylish dresses for girls aged 2-6 years; we were very lucky to have one sent for Boo to review.

Sixties Style Polka Dot Dress – £29.99

What the website says –

A very retro look with bright pink button and cute trim on the side pocket, this is a little girls dream dress. Perfect with black or even better, bright pink shoes. A bright pink bolero will be perfect with it, on those windy days.
Material: Cotton
Lining: No

Care Instructions:

Preferably hand wash or dry-clean.
Do not tumble dry
Iron the dress for perfect outcome

What we thought –

Boo always loves to get a new dress! I can see a very expensive future ahead with lots of designer dresses, shoes and handbags! She was over the moon when she opened this which Ipshita had kindly wrapped and sent for her birthday :O) She had a birthday party to go to that afternoon – I’ll give you one guess what she wore ;O) The lovely comments we received at the birthday party confirmed how adorable she looked and that it really is a very unique dress!

It is beautifully made, I just love the style, the button and the pink trim! I wouldn’t hesitate to buy from Minor Edition or to recommend them to all my friends! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

Polka Dot Dress With Applique

Beautiful Cotton Blue and White Dress

Here are a couple more of the dresses that they do! These will make a perfect gift for a special little girl this Christmas!

Posted on November 22, 2011

Mommy I’m Here Child Locator Review

Christmas/ Christmas Gift Guide/ gifts/ Guest review

Hi, It’s Dawnie Brown here, Sonia’s sister and also guest reviewer :) You can also find me over my personal blog Knees Up Mother Brown (Excuse the shameless plug for my own blog 😉 )
I’ve been sent a “Mommy I’m Here Child Locator” to review by Safe Girl Security recently and although I’m not a typically paranoid mummy, I do admit dreading the day that Zara will inevitably vanish out of sight. It’s one of those things you see in the supermarket or shopping centres all the time. Crying mums rushing around trying to find their child and each time I see it happen I dread the day that I become that mum. As much as I’m careful, I think it’s almost like a right of passage and with 2 tiny terrors on my hands it will only take a few seconds for it to happen and let’s face it, it’s easy to be distracted by one of the terrors and take your eyes off the other.

The Mommy I’m Here Child Locator is a cute teddy design which attaches to your child’s shoes or belt. You then simply attach the transmitter to your keyring. To activate the locator you simply switch the teddy to on and press the button on the transmitter, you will hear a couple of quiet beeps which signal the locator is armed. Then you can just relax. If you lose sight of your child you simply press the button on the transmitter and the teddy bear starts emitting an alarm sound which alerts you to where your child is. The transmitter works up to 50m/150ft and emits an alarm of 86DB. I’ve done a short video demo of the alarm in action below so that you can see and hear for yourself how it works.

Now Zara is only 2 and still has tiny feet so I found the teddy a bit too big for her little shoes, although it does fit better on her snow boots. As she doesn’t wear a belt I did wonder where I could attach it to at first, but when she is out with us she usually wears her toddler backpack and so we will fasten it to that

I admit I haven’t had to try it out in public yet (thankfully) and we will only be using it when we go to big shopping centres, days out, parks etc where there is a greater chance of her vanishing. We will definitely be using it on Sunday when we go to visit Durham Lumiere festival as with all those crowded streets it will be reassuring to know if my little madam does wander we can find her again :)

I do however think it is a great idea. The child locator sells for £19.99 on the Safe Girl website here and is available in pink or brown. I think under £20 for peace of mind is pretty good value really :)

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