review

La La Loopsy Minis

Little Miss M has been recently watching a series on Netflix called La La Loopsy,

She is quite obsessed with it and also watches some of the unboxing videos on YouTube of the associated toys.

So when I was asked to review a La La Loopsy product and with the twins birthday coming up I jumped at the chance.

La La Loopsy are rag dolls that take on the personality of the items of clothing they are sewn from. When the last stitch is sewn the dolls come to life.

There are six characters in total

The characters in our set are

Spot Splatter Splash

She was sewn on October 25th from a painters overalls.

And

Crumbs Sugar cookie

Sewn December 4th from a bakers apron.

When M opened this gift on her birthday her face was a picture. She was so excited to have received this set.

M is so creative so it really is an ideal gift for her. Not only is she able to play with the set but she can also redesign the outfits again & again

In the zipped carry case there is 4 dresses for each doll one pair of shoes, two hair pieces and an accessory.

There is also a pen to use on the dolls and accessories to change the style. The pen is easily washed off with a damp cloth

The idea of this set is that you can change the clothes of each character.

I have to say Melody found it a little tricky at first to get the dresses on while being careful not to damage the dolls little legs and arms.

Once I had shown her though she played with the dolls for ages. Swapping outfits and creating a play where the dolls interacted with each other.

I am quite impressed by the set myself and am currently looking for more in the Minis collection to see how we can add to this.

Follow more La La Loopsy adventures by searching the #magicofcreativity

Nina x

We were sent this set in exchange for a review.

The opinions expressed are my own.

Christmas, Collaborations, review

Stocking filler ideas with The Sports direct £5 challenge. With BritMums.

The Countdown to Christmas is well and truly on the way with only 1 more paydays left beforehand I really do need to crack on with my shopping!

So when BritMums asked me to take on the £5 Christmas  Gift Challenge I Jumped at the chance.

Armed with a list of people who I need to buy for I set to and headed to the online Christmas gift guide!

There is much more than I thought Sports direct sold.

I loaded my basket with stocking fillers for my kids, along with a gift for a friend of mine who is often found taking selfies.

I hit checkout and was given 3 delivery options, the impatient part of me nearly hit next day delivery, however, I chose the cheaper option of standard it means my Items would still be delivered by the end of the week (3 – 5 working days) Sure enough, it arrived only 4 days later!


My Haul

First up I spotted this Selfie Booth kit for £5 reduced from £15

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I had just the friend in mind she is always taking selfies this will be fab for one of her stocking fillers! At £5 it such great value with a selfie stick included in the box which alone retail around the £5 mark. With it is a Bluetooth shutter and a range of props idea for a party photo booth.


With Christmas and two birthdays, fast approaching I’m on the lookout for inexpensive gifts for the kids When I saw these rolling art desks at £5.99 each (so a little over my budget) I had to get them.

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My big girl twin is a huge fan of frozen so this will be great for her and the Marvel one I’m sure my Big boy twin will love just as much. When they arrived they were much bigger than I expected and a lot more sturdy. I’m sure they will love these for their birthday! Well worth more than the £5.99 I paid for them.


This will be our new Twins 1st Christmas and they will only be 4 months old so they won’t really realise anything but I think they will need a few gifts from The big Man So these Fisher-Price Teething Rings at just £1 each are amazing value!

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Unfortunately, these are no longer on the Sports Direct website however they do have other amazing value gifts on there.


Finally, I bought this Raging Bull Rodeo game reduced from £10 to £5 

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At first glance, I thought it was great value for £5 however once I opened the box and tried to play with it, the bull didn’t seem to click into place properly so just spun around before any of the items were placed onto the saddle.


All in all, I think I did well on my challenge and there are loads other amazing gift ideas on the website!

 

#sdfiverchallenge Christmas Challenge, sponsored by Sportsdirect.com

All opinions are my own!

Nina x

Days Out, review, Travel, Travel with Twins

Pumpkin Picking – Maxeys Farm Shop

Earlier in the week, we took a trip to Maxeys Farm Shop in Kirklington Nottinghamshire to pick a couple of pumpkins to carve.

We arrived around lunchtime and the car park was already nearly full. The car park attendants showed us to an empty space luckily not too far from the entrance.

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We changed into our wellies and headed into the field. once in there seemed to be loads of pumpkins left to pick even though it had been open since the beginning of October.

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Before we set off to pick our pumpkins we spied the Bouncy Castle Pumpkin and joined the short queue to go on!

After the bouncy castle, the kids saw the tractor ride so we headed to the top of the field to go on.

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The tractor took us around a top field where there were more pumpkins growing and a party tent.

After the two rides, we went back out to the car park to pick up a wheelbarrow to collect our pumpkins.

We all needed the toilet before we went back in, We could only find portaloos and only single ones. no disabled ones so we all had to squeeze into the single ones (I wasn’t going to leave 5-year-olds on their own outside)

Back to the field for pumpkin picking but first the kids wanted an ice cream. I tried a pumpkin one, the kids had a mint one and a clotted cream one. The ice-cream van had come from Thaymar.

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I have to say the pumpkin ice cream was really nice. something I would definitely try again!

Right now for what we came for. The kids spent ages scrutinising each pumpkin picking one up saying this is the one mummy, no wait let me look over there, then they would put one back and pick another until they were happy with the one they had!

We then pushed the barrow down the field to pay (Cash Only) There was a bit of a queue to pay for our pumpkins!

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After we had put our pumpkins in the car we went back in to check out the spooky woodland walk.

I didn’t get time to look in the shop. but next time maybe!

The kids loved their afternoon out

Maxeys Pumpkin Patch is open until 31st October but the farm shop is open year round.

The pumpkin patch is open from 9am – 5pm each day

For more details go and check out their website

Nina x

I have not been compensated for this post all opinions are my own.

 

review

Topsy & Tim Back to school book *Review*

If I remember back to my school days I remember some of my favourite books were the Topsy & Tim books.

I even had twin dolls.

So when I was blessed with my very own Topsy & Tim I started them watching the series on TV and bought any books I could find!

A few weeks ago I was contacted to ask if I would like to review a copy of the Topsy and Tim learning books from Ladybird. I jumped at the chance.

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My twins started full time school in September and they are currently starting work on a phonics program called read write inc.

When I picked up these books to go through them with my two I was pleased to see they actually work hand in hand with their school work.

The first spellings book is great for handwriting as well as learning sounds.

J is not normally interested in writing but even he found this book fun. He even sounded out some of the words I thought he may struggle with.

It’s a great little book and it’s wipe clean so both children could have a go and they can do it over and over again!

The Topsy & Tim first words book has a little more advanced words in than we can recognize  at the moment but we still had fun sticking in the stickers.

M enjoys learning and loved guessing words by the first couple of letters.

The books are designed in a way that school children can relate to when first starting school. Within them are activities revolving around getting dressed, starting school and making friends. Daily school routines like lunch & lining up!

In the package we also received a Peppa Pig book – Peppa Pig – Going Swimming.

The book is designed for children just starting to read.  There are a few words that the children can sound out and a few words mine knew anyway like mummy & daddy.

All the Topsy and Tim books can be found online at https://www.penguin.co.uk

There is also a Topsy and Tim start school app that can be found in the App Store.

If your little ones are starting school soon or have just started I would recommend these books.

I was sent the books in exchange for a review. All the opinions however are my own.

Cuppa Of The Week, Days Out, mums day off, review, Travel

Cuppa Of The Week -River Hut Surbiton

This weeks cuppa of the week goes to The River Hut at Surbiton.

I arrived at Surbiton Station last week for my day at the Handmade fair and decided as it was a nice day I would walk to the Hotel.

When the Holiday Inn was in sight I spotted Thames Ditton Marina. There was a little cafe / Bar on the side of the Marina it looked busy and quite contemporary – I decided that’s where I was going to have dinner that night!

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Hubby finished work in central London and met me at the hotel. Then we headed out for Dinner.

We sat outside as it was a nice night!

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Right on the riverside watching boats sail past.

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We ordered dinner the staff spoke to us like we were friends, such a lovely vibe. I could have almost believed I was on holiday somewhere abroad.

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So now to my cuppa –

After my day at The Handmade Fair all I wanted was a cuppa! so we headed back to The River Hut!

It seemed there was a private party on and all the tables inside were reserved! One of the ladies who we had met the night before greeted us at the door. She asked if we had reserved and when we said no she said oh were booked up inside but you’re welcome to sit outside on the deck!

I really only wanted a cuppa so we ordered our tea & coffee and decided that we would also sample some cake.

We got talking to the lady who asked us where we had come from and what we were doing in London.20160916_193952 10.37.29.jpg

Then me and hubby sat with our cuppa’s and cake discussing the day and listening to some sea scouts rowing in the dark on the river.

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It felt like such a great place to have a bite to eat and the deserts were amazing!

If we are ever in that area again Id love to go back for one of the live music nights!

You can find The River Hut on Facebook and Twitter or for the website click here!

I have not been compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Hmmm Where to next week?

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Days Out, review, Travel

Mums Day Off Hotel Stay – Holiday Inn Kingston South.

Good Morning everyone.

Last week I headed out to London for Kirsties Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace. It’s quite a way to travel just for one day so as Hubby works in the centre of London we decided to book a hotel there.

So I searched through some nearby hotels through Booking.com and came across the Holiday Inn Kingston South – I have a fondness towards Holiday Inn as we actually got married in one at Doncaster – Warmsworth Hall. 

So I booked two nights  at the riverside hotel.

I arrived around 2pm and checked in. The lady behind the reception was quite helpful and gave me my room key told me that Breakfast was included with my booking. breakfast between 6.30am and 9.30am – Great for me as I needed to be up and out by 9am for the Handmade Fair.

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Anyway I head up the lift to my room and swipe my card The executive room is great king sized bed – Balcony overlooking the river – Although the river is across a busy road. I was so tired and hot from my journey down I hung up my clothes and jumped in the shower Then I sat on the balcony with a cuppa, some complementary snacks and I did a little blogging  work (its free WiFi) while I waited for my hubby to arrive from work!

A side note – The WiFi is free and seemed quite good on the Thursday afternoon while I was blogging however by the time we had got back from dinner although the signal was fair the WiFi seemed unreliable and I ended up tethering my 3G phone to my laptop to use it!

 

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That evening I had used all the teabags and I really needed a cuppa before bed so we came in from dinner and asked at reception – They gave me more milk and more tea bags!

We watched a bit of TV before we fell to sleep

The next morning came with a thunder-storm. If I hadn’t been going to see Kirstie that morning I would have stayed in bed most of the morning So much more comfy than our bed at home. and no one demanding Peppa pig or paw patrol on!   We headed down to breakfast – Buffet style with fruit & yogurt, cereal, porridge or full cooked english.

We were There for a Total of 2 nights and we had breakfast both mornings for this we paid £258

Features of the executive room

  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • wardrobe
  • Heating & A/C Controls
  • Black-out Shades
  • Extra Bedding Available
  • Private Bathroom
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Scale
  • Bathtub
  • Slippers
  • Refreshments / Kitchen
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Mini Bar
  • Kettle
  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea Supplies
  • Complimentary Bottled Water

Check In Times from 3pm Check Out 11am

I enjoyed my stay at the Holiday Inn and would defiantly book again not only is it in a good location but the staff were helpful and friendly and the amenities were good.

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We were not compensated for our stay and all the opinions are my own!