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Pusheen Cat-The cat with it’s very own blog!

Some of the girls in my class have Pusheen the Cat stickers and notebooks but I hadn’t realised what a big thing Pusheen was until we were offered the chance to review a Pusheen plush which has recently been added to the range of soft toys available from GUND.

Pusheen is a huge star- she is a domestic short-haired grey tabby cat who has her own blog and over 9 million facebook likes, along with loads of followers on Twitter and Instagram.

I knew as soon as I was offered the chance to review one of the plushes that this was something my sister would love as she is obsessed with teddies and loves cats too so it would be perfect for her. The new range of Pusheen Plushes from GUND includes Pusheen in different poses, colours and costumes and they also do a Pusheenosaurus, a Pusheenicorn and a new Pusheen Mermaid.

Lottie was so excited to receive a Pusheenosaurus, she has been learning about dinosaurs at school so this was perfect. Lottie loved the teddy- it is amazingly soft and looks really good as a dinosaur. She has taken it everywhere with her recently and has shown all her friends. She says Pusheen is very cuddly even though she looks a little grumpy!

The Pusheenosaurus is £26 which is quite a lot of money for a teddy but it is so soft and still looks just as good as when it arrived despite being dragged around everywhere so if you are a Pusheen fan this would be great for you. Lottie’s Pusheenosaurus has been out for walks, tucked up in bed and dragged around the park so has done very well to stay just as soft! Any of the Pusheen plushes would also make a great present for Pusheen fans of any age, my sister loves the idea of Pusheen as a unicorn!

The Pusheenosaurus is available for pre-order for August from GUND UK

 

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Aquabeads Disney Princess Playset Review

My sister likes to watch the adverts between her favourite TV shows and see what she would like to save her pocket money for and for the last few weeks she has had her eye on Aquabeads– or as she calls them Aquabeads just add water’!

She was really excited when we were asked if we would like to review a set and even more excited when they arrived and she found she had been sent the Aquabeads Disney Princess Playset.

Lottie was desperate to get started straight away but we thought it would be best to wait until after Sam was in bed because he is still a little young for them so one night once he was tucked up we opened the set up and had a proper look.

It was really easy to use- she had to chose a template and put it in the holder. This showed her which colour beads went where. For her first attempt Lottie chose to make Ariel because she loves Mermaids.  She soon got into putting the beads on the grid and before long the princess started to look like an actual princess.

Once Lottie had finished putting all her Aquabeads in place she got to spray the design with water and then drain some of it off before leaving it to set for ten minutes and using a special tool to lift them up off the template. The first time we tried they didn’t come off very well so we pushed them back into place and added a lot more water and left it another ten minutes. This time it came off perfectly well so we think she perhaps hadn’t used enough water to start with. We left it to dry over night as although it was all set it was a little sticky and by the next morning it was perfect.

Lottie said she loved the set and that she wanted to make another princess straight away! She says it is really  good fun and easy to do and she thinks she can make a princess for each of her friends- it’s a good job Aquabeads do refills as even though there was 1000 beads in the pack I think she is going to go through them very quickly! She really liked the jewel beads and the fact that she had so many different colours to choose from.

I think these are good because Lottie was able to do the nearly whole thing by herself without too much help and because they set with water it’s much easier for children to use than other products that need heat or ironing.

This was a great way for Lottie to keep busy for an hour and she enjoyed matching up the colours- although she put a couple of beads in that were different to the template it didn’t really matter and her first attempt still looks really good.

Lottie’s first attempt

 

I think this is a good activity set for children age 4 plus and like the fact there are lots of different types of Aquabeads sets you can choose from so there is something for almost everyone.

 

 

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Oh Help, Oh No… It’s A Gruffalo- A visit to Salcey Forest

We are lucky to have some great walks on our doorstep and Salcey Forest is one of the nicest place to spend an afternoon. Until 30th October 2017 you can go on a Gruffalo trail there, we popped over the other week and decided to see what it was all about.

My little brother LOVES the Gruffalo and we all know the story off by heart having heard it since we were tiny. To take part you either just download the app and get going or you can buy an activity pack for £3- this was quite good because it had some fact cards with information in about animals and activities of things you can find in the woods, some things to spot and some stickers and some drawing things so we got one of these to share.

We weren’t sure what you would have to do but it soon became quite obvious. The younger children would peek through binocular cut outs and spy a picture of the creature they were looking for and then you used the app to register the image and all of a sudden it would appear through the phone as it if it was actually there. We also worked out that you could take a picture as if you were next to them which was quite good.

We had fun running through the woods and splashing in the puddles and found all the creatures before arriving at the Gruffalo. At some point we did have a few issues because the mobile signal wasn’t great- we never did manage to get the snake but that didn’t matter too much and Lottie and Sam had lots of fun spotting all the other animals- the Gruffalo was enormous.

This is a nice way for children under 6 to spend an afternoon and quite fun for older kids to help with.

We then went and had a huge piece of cake, two pieces between five of us was more than enough! Once we were all full again we headed off to the tree top trail which is amazing- you can see a really long way across the forest.

If you are in the Northamptonshire area then it is well worth a visit. It costs £1.50 to park for an hour or £4 for the whole day and there are lots of picnic benches as well as a café.

 

 

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My Top 10 Travel Must Haves with Mark Warner Holidays’ Family Ambassador Programme

My Mum has a theory when we are travelling that as long as we have our passports, tickets and money we have everything we need. These are her absolute travel essentials and the final things she checks when we get into the car whenever we are going away. Her explanation with this is that with the passports and tickets we can get where we are going and then as long as we have some money we can buy anything else we may have forgotten.

In theory this isn’t a bad list of essentials but in practise she actually has a big spreadsheet of what each person needs for the trip and checks it all off carefully. This still didn’t stop her forgetting her hairbrush the other year and not realising until we had embarked on an overnight ferry crossing!

Mark Warner are searching for five bloggers to work with in 2017 as part of their Family Ambassador Programme. This would be so exciting and we have decided we should have a try at entering- although there will be lots of proper full time bloggers I would love to be involved and would really enjoy working with them on a child’s viewpoint.

As part of the process to find their Ambassadors Mark Warner have asked bloggers to write about their travel must haves and create a mood board. My sister Lottie and I had lots of fun with this!

I think children have different priorities to adults when it comes to travelling. I love to visit new places but also feel much more comfortable when I have just a few familiar things around me so my travel must haves are all things that make me feel comfortable and allow me to get stuck in and enjoy new experiences.

Teddies and Toys

My first essential is a favourite teddy or toy- it doesn’t matter how old you are, as long as you have a teddy you love with you wherever you are will feel like home! Lottie and I had a great time using our toys to show you the rest of our travel must haves- we felt sure they would need to have the same!

Drawing Equipment

We decided we would need to have drawing things with us- this would give us something to do on the plane, something to keep us busy if we got delayed anywhere and somewhere to make notes for me to use for my blog.

Spending Money

It’s always nice for children to have their own little bit of money to spend on holiday. I love to buy a few souvenirs and whilst my Mum and Dad treat us when we are away it’s also fun to decide carefully what to spend my own holiday savings on.

Camera

I love to take phots and it’s so nice to have them to look back at after a holiday and remember all the good things you have done. I would definitely take my camera as one of my travel must haves.

Comfortable Shoes

Even Barbie has swapped her heels for comfy trainers on her holiday and comfortable shoes are one of my travel must haves too! I love to visit new places and also enjoy playing sport so these are essential for me. We wouldn’t want Lottie to miss out on an adventure by complaining her feet hurt so we would all make sure we packed suitable footwear.

Sun Protection

Sun hats, glasses and lotion are all travel must haves even if they might seem a little boring to children. Being well covered up means we are allowed to go out and have fun so it is definitely essential. Fortunately my little brother loves wearing sunglasses and sunhats now and so we won’t have too much trouble keeping him from throwing them out of the pushchair this year!

Swimming Costumes

I love swimming and would like to be on a holiday with either a sunny beach or a nice warm swimming pool right now so I would be certain to pack my swimming costume.

Beach Toys

We could spend the whole day on the beach… swimming things and a bucket and spade and we would be set. We would spend the day making The Ultimate Sandcastle, paddling in the sea, examining the rock pools and searching for shells. Buckets and spades are on the must have list.

Bedtime Stories

A good book or a favourite bedtime story will make an unfamiliar bed feel nice and cosy. We would have to choose our favourites carefully not to make the suitcases too heavy but at least a few books would have to come with us.

Snacks

However much you like trying different foods we have found there is always a point in a holiday where you just want to eat a digestive biscuit! Obviously you need to have something tucked away for midnight feasts too!

We hope you have enjoyed our ‘top ten travel must haves’ and our entry into Mark Warner Holidays’ Family Ambassador Programme.

We would love to know what your travel must haves are… and what your children might choose?

 

 

 

 

 

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Splashing About- TERM Wellies Review and a chance to win!

We seem to have spent the last few weeks battling illnesses and bugs so when the weekend came and everyone was well we were all desperate to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air. It also seemed a perfect time for Lottie to try out her lovely new Term wellies that she had been sent to test.

Lottie had a birthday party in the morning so we  all went off to pick her up and after a short delay with a very flat tyre we headed off to the lakes.

We had a great afternoon scooting and running around and enjoyed the play area. Lottie really enjoyed wearing her new boots which until then she had just been wearing to dance around the house in.

She says they are REALLY comfortable and lovely and warm. I am quite jealous as they don’t go up to my size! I would definitely have a pair if they did. Sam loves them too, he keeps stealing them from the cupboard and putting them on when Lottie isn’t looking! We will need to get him his own pair so that she actually gets to wear them when she needs them!

There is a really good choice of colours. Lottie went with the bright red pair and they are really nice. They have a toasty inner lining which keeps them warm in the winter and can come out in the Summer. This also allows a bit more room when your feet grow. They have a little reflective bit at the back too which is useful to help keep you safer at night.

My Mum says that at £21.99 they are a little more money than she would normally spend on wellies but that she can see why because they are much better quality and Lottie can wear them for hours without complaining they hurt her feet which she normally does! She also says they are ‘true to size’. We got Lottie a size larger than her normal shoe size which is what we do with wellies but actually the normal shoe size would have fit her fine.

Maybe no party clothes  next  time!

 

I really like the Term wellies and my sister would definitely recommend them (she would wear them all the time if she was allowed to wear them to school!) We are pleased to have been able to team up with Term to offer you the chance to win a pair of these fantastic wellies in your choice of colour and size EUR 21 to EUR 35.

Good Luck!

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Visiting the Dentist – Tips for nervous children

I have had a few problems with my teeth over the past couple of years which were caused by me being born slightly early and the enamel not hardening as much as it should. This has meant I have had to have very regular dentist appointments and some treatments on my baby teeth.

It used to make me really nervous when I had to go to the dentist but I don’t mind it so much now. Although recently I had to visit the dental hospital and have x-rays done as I will need one of my baby teeth extracted and I was really worried about that. It actually wasn’t that bad, except the x-ray which I really didn’t like. 

These are my tips for any children having to do the same and feeling a bit anxious about it.

1. Take someone with you- even if you are old enough to go in by yourself, if you are feeling nervous you will be happier if you have someone you know there and they can listen to what is being said if you start finding it hard to concentrate.

2. Tell the dentist or dental nurse you are a bit worried- all the ones I have seen have been really nice but if they know you are worried they will try and take your mind off it.

3. Ask questions- everything seems worse when you don’t know what is happening

4. Find something to focus on in the room rather than looking at the dentist or staring at the light and getting worried. If all else fails, close your eyes, take a deep breath and imagine your favourite place.

5. If you have to have an x-ray it isn’t very nice but if you open your mouth REALLY wide to get the film in and then sit really still it does genuinely only take seconds. It does feel like you might be sick but you won’t and the dental nurses are used to people feeling a bit yucky about it all.

Good Luck!

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Mini Mudder – A new obsession!

Mini Mudder – A New Obsession!


I haven’t written recently as I have been really busy but I thought it was time to share my day out at the Fruitshoot Mini Mudder with you as that has kick-started a new obsession for both me and my Dad!

We have been going running together a lot since because I have decided I want to do it again and Dad has decided he really wanted to do the adult course next year- it has inspired me to do a family fun run to raise money for charity and we have also been marshals at a charity event over the weekend, I think we will be doing lots more running from now on!

So what was it about the Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder that has made me so keen on running? It was AWESOME! We arrived early in the morning at the beautiful Belvoir Castle in Grantham. I didn’t know what to expect but we were greeted, given our Adventure Squad T-shirts and taken over to the right area where we got to meet explorer Ed Stafford who is their ambassador- we had some fab photos with him and he was really good at hanging off the obstacles when all of the children’s arms started to ache and we ended up dropping down!


Soon it was time to get warmed up , say our pledge and then we were off. To start with I was a bit worried about falling over and hurting myself but I soon got used to it and ended up having a great time ploughing through the mud! We went round the course four times and some of it was just good fun and other obstacles were a real challenge. I liked the tunnels and swapped between going through head first and feet first, the bars were good too but my absolute nemesis was the ramp we had to run up and climb over-I found it really slippery and difficult but it was great and I loved the feeling when I finally managed to do it!

     

At the ended we were awarded a celebratory Fruit Shoot and got given our sweat bands. I found out that the adults collect these and get different colours depending on how many courses they have done and I have decided I want to do the same so am planning on trying to do lots of these. It was really good- my friend and I had an amazing time and really enjoyed it- even the showers were funny- we had to go and hose ourselves down before we were allowed to get in the car!

If you think you would like to take part in a Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder (and you definitely should) you can find information about them here