16/02/2018

Rubik's The Original 2x2 Cube Giveaway!

The monkeys have had a fair few Rubik's cubes and puzzles in the past but never the original 2x2 cube, that has recently been improved. That recently changed when they were sent one each to try! 
The new, improved Rubik's The Original 2x2 cubes by John Adam's are sonic tiled so there's no cheating, taking the coloured stickers off and 'solving' the puzzle! 
With a new, smoother mechanism the 2x2 cube is much easier for smaller and younger hands to navigate but just as hard to solve! My two monkeys have yet to completely solve theirs. Ever competitive, they have tried to out do one and other though.
Also known as the mini cube or pocket cube this smaller 2x2 cube has over 3.700 combinations but just the 1 solution! 
Perfect for half term boredom, trips in the car, something to keep smaller children occupied on a flight, or just for fun, anytime, anywhere! 

For ages 8+. RRP: £8.99.

GIVEAWAY
2 winners can each win 1 Rubik's The Original 2x2 Cube by entering our giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning, just complete the rafflecopter form below. T&C's apply. Open to UK residents only. Closes Midnight Sunday 25th Feb 2018. Good Luck! 
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13/02/2018

5 Things To Include In Your Bathroom Suite

Your bathroom suite can serve as the ideal place for you to relax after a gruesome day at work. And, it is the first room you visit early in the morning. Therefore, we believe that you should do everything possible to make your bathroom suite a safe haven that allows you to collect your thoughts and wind down. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend a large amount to upgrade your bathroom. Without beating about the bush any further, here are 5 things to include in your bathroom suite.

Install a bathroom extractor fanWhen choosing an extractor fan for your bathroom, only the best bathroom extractor fan will do. An extractor fan basically helps ventilate your bathroom and ensures the complete removal of moisture from the bathroom. In addition to that, it also plays an instrumental role in controlling and eliminating bathroom odours. A bathroom extractor fan can also help keep a home safer by reducing fumes from cleaning agents. If we are to describe a bathroom extractor fan in the simplest of terms, it is a mechanical ventilation device that helps improve the quality of indoor air.

Add a bath mat
If you want your bathroom suite to appear luxurious, we would recommend you to add Turkish and Persian rugs in your bathroom. Turkish and Persian rugs are both soft and can serve as the perfect substitute for common, terry cloth mats. You can make your bathroom more sophisticated and add personality to it by adding bath mats that boast of wonderful, eye-catching patterns and colours. Your bathroom can easily look unkempt if there is a dirty or tired bath mat on the bathroom floor.

Bathroom walls
If you don’t have the budget to change the bathroom tiles, you should use wallpapers and dress your walls up. By doing so, you will be able to completely transform the outlook of your bathroom without spending a hefty amount. You can also opt for wallpapers if you don't have the time to tackle a full renovation project. What are you waiting for?

Say no to basic lighting
If you have the standard, basic overhead lighting in your bathroom, you should get them updated immediately. There isn’t a dearth of handsome lighting options available for purchase in the market. You should particularly look for unique pieces in small hardware stores, antique shops, and flea markets etc. Unique lighting options can really add personality to your bathroom.

Add some sort of seating
It would also be wise of you to add some sort of seating in the bathroom. By doing that, you won't have to apply your pedicure on the toilet seat anymore. There are plenty of options you can choose from and some of them include a tufted ottoman, carved armchair, or a simple garden stool. Not only does the accent look opulent, but it also feels grand. 
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18/01/2018

Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game Club - Ticket To Ride First Journey - Review

As you may know we are Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game Club members and do love our family time (which as a foursome, is less than we would like). The boys love it when we all sit together and play board games and this one was no exception!
 

Ticket To Ride First Journey
How many players? 2-4
Target Age Group? 6+
What's in the box? 1 game board, 80 plastic trains (split into four different colours), 72 train cards, 32 ticket cards, 4 coast to coast ticket cards, 1 golden ticket and game instructions.
 

Object of the Game? The object of this game is to be the first person to complete 6 tickets. 

Our thoughts - At first glance, in all honesty we weren’t sure if we’d be able to work out how to play the game. It didn’t appear to be obvious at first.

After spending ten minutes working out the instructions it appeared relatively straight forward after all. 


Each player uses their coloured train cards to plan a route from one destination to another as instructed on their individual destination cards.
Each player has their own colour train pieces to place onto the board. Every time a coloured train card matches a space on the individuals route a train can be placed on the board to create the journey.
It turned out to be quite a useful game for our sons as it encouraged them to sit and work out the most effective route from one destination to another. Colour recognition and planning was encouraged too, as is reading for our youngest (almost 7yr old). The destinations are based in Europe and any route can be taken to get from your starting place to your destination.

Conclusion As a family game Ticket to Ride First Journey, is quite entertaining, however the instructions could possibly be a little more easy to follow as there is no “START” or “FINISH” indicated.

I've no idea if we are actually playing it correctly but the boys (9 and 6yrs) are keen to play it together, with or without us. They don't seem to cheat (something they do with lots of other board games) and neither have they argued whilst playing it. The materials used seem to be well made and of very good quality. 

The RRP is £25. Ticket to Ride First Journey can be found here







07/01/2018

Losing My Way!

Welcome to 2018 folks and Happy New Year. Sorry it's a bit late! The blog will be 5 this March but I've kinda lost my way! 

I don't really have anything to say.

There is lots going on this year, most of it great but the blog has very much taken a back seat of late! 

I'm not entirely ready to give it up but in my heart of hearts I've kinda shut up! 

I'm working lots and studying too, I just don't feel I have the time or commitment for blog writing too.

I'll be around but will be very quiet. Nowt to worry about. This just no longer feels right! 

Lets hope 2018 brings you all you want it too, and I hope I get my mojo back, when I'm ready too.

Please don't be a stranger and do pop by. Thanks for all your support and for stopping by.

 

26/12/2017

Zuru Smashers - NEW!

Boxing Day 2017 sees the release of Zuru Smashers, Series 1. A MAJOR new collectible sports related toy for 4 -12yr olds. We are delighted to have been asked to be some of the first people to get our hands on the new toys. How exciting. Perfect, for our sports mad monkeys! 
Tasked with smashing a Piñata to see what Smashers goodies were inside. Below you'll see our un-edited video of the monkeys smashing the huge sphere and 'unboxing' the Smashers that were inside there. Both monkey's said they loved smashing a Piñata, but in fact, this was there very first time at smashing one!
Smashers is a plastic ball that you have to physically ‘smash’ to get to the sports-themed collectible character inside. The 'shattered' red ball's then double up as a bit of a puzzle, so children can try to put them back into a sphere!

"Throw, smash, surprise, trade and collect."
"Smash the ball and collect them all". There are over 100 sports characters to collect. To see what's inside, just smash, smash, smash! 

With a collectors tin, Smash Bus, single and multipacks, there's something smashing for everyone! Each character promoting teamwork and sports.
Each toy and pack comes with a collectors guide, there's even a collectors app! Can you find the Super Rare Smashers? Or the Game Changers? We now have a fab selection and what's more the Smashers Bus opens out into a football pitch with shoot out and goal! Football is the monkeys favourite sport! 
The monkeys loved smashing the Piñata to see what was inside and were just as excited to see which Smashers they had. There's a great selection for their Collectors Tin and the bus even stores 50 Smashers. You can get them in single packs, 2's or even 8. 
Kids can explore which characters they have, swap them, play footy with the bus football pitch and even try and and rebuild the bright red sphere's. Each Smasher has a Smasher Points value (SP), so collect the most valuable team! 

We are loving these new collectibles.............and are honoured to have been asked to be one of the first to grab them and get smashing! 

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