19/08/2014

Jumbo Games Giant Eva Foam Floor Puzzle - Review

We've been reviewing the latest Giant eva foam floor puzzle from Jumbo Games. They have added new Giant Foam Floor Puzzles to their pre-school range, including Disney’s Doc McStuffins and Planes. The Giant Foam Floor Puzzles are made up of nine giant puzzle pieces that are brightly coloured and highly durable so they can be enjoyed and pieced together inside and outside. What’s also fab is that you can combine the different pieces from Jumbo’s Giant Foam Floor Puzzles together to create an enormous floor puzzle. Choosing from Jumbo’s Disney Jake and The Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Minnie Mouse and Fisher-Price.
The appealing puzzles are suitable for children aged 3yrs+ and measure 90x90cm when finished. All the jigsaw pieces have been produced using high quality EVA to ensure they maintain their original shape to be played with again and again, and that's just what we've been doing!
We were sent the Disney Planes one which both monkeys were delighted to open and piece together. They were really excited and have since used the giant floor puzzle as a mat, running their cars across it and also using it for 'exercises'. The pieces are lovely and strong, making them easy for the monkeys to handle and take apart and put back together. We've not yet used them outside. When finished with they just stack or can of course be left complete.
I feel these are great for young children looking to learn to piece together jigsaw pieces, with the added bonus of a play surface too. Nice, bright and colorful.
They have a RRP of £14.99 and are available from Amazon.co.uk
Jumbo Games can be found on twitter too.

All thoughts and opinions are my own.



16/08/2014

Week 33 Round Up - Project 365

Week 33 and we've had a quieter one! I've done three shifts at work, so Daddy has been entertaining the monkeys. Weather permitting, they've mainly been to the park. We're preparing to spent time on Nanny and Grandads boat, so some organising has been done this week too. Hope you like my pick of photo's for days 222- 228
Day 222. Before I left for work I caught all my boys watching something they were obviously engrossed in!

Day 223. Playing together nicely with a new Thomas Megabloks set we got for little monkey.

Day 224. Enjoying a homemade scone at the coffee morning whilst the monkeys were off playing.

Day 225. The monkeys caught the end of the first taste of Glee on TV and were glued to it. Both love singing and dancing!

Day 226. Big bro giving little bro a piggyback.

Day 227. Nana's 70th and the monkeys just had to blow out the candle on her cake with her.

Day 228. I recently won these shoes Hotter on Twitter and they arrived today. Just in time for Nana's 70th birthday meal tonight! I'm pleased to say they fit perfectly too.

Next week is all about our time with Nanny and Grandad. I hope you can join me again for my round up!



TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky




15/08/2014

July Degustabox Review

As you may remember we are reviewing the food subscription box Degustabox. July's Degustaboxbox arrived and I opened it with anticipation! What would be inside? Let's take a look. I love the phrase on this sticker as you open up the box!
These Hornsby's Blueberry Cider's went down a treat with hubby. A fruity cider, best served chilled. They are £1.25 each.
Zeo drinks are a refreshing, crisp dry soft drink with a tingling taste sensation. Each of the three flavours was tasty..Burst, Zest and Crush.
Portlebay kracklecorn from Devon is just my thing! Available from Tesco, it's rather delicious.
This Green and Blacks Lemon bar isn't to my own personal taste sadly but I'm guessing it would be loved by lots! 60% dark chocolate infused with a zesty lemon flavour.
The Berry company produce a range range of juices and fruit flavoured tea's. This one is Elderflower Black Tea.
This Frank snack bar is made with 100% natural ingredients. Ours is Blueberry but it comes in five flavours in total.
Dr. Oetker Eton Mess and Violet Crystals sprinkles are perfect for decorating those cakes you make with kiddies, or any home baking.
Maggi So Baked and So Juicy cooking 'sauces' containing delicious herbs and spices to perk up an evening meal. Contains no artificial colours, no added MSG and hydrogenated vegetable oil. Our box had six sachets in it.  
July's box would no doubt suit most tastes, and I'd would have loved to have found time to use some of the goodies in a recipe or two. Alas with the monkeys off school, this will have to wait! We've yet to try all the items, but they won't be going to waste. I'm planning on taking the Maggi sachets to my parents, for my dad to use and the Frank bar will be a handy snack at work. I'm already wondering what will be in our next box?
 
If you would like to subscribe to Degusta Box I have a money off code for £3 off the usual £12.99 fee. Just code T857K. Enjoy! Why not take a look at the Facebook page and Degusta Box on Twitter.




14/08/2014

Potty For Peppa Pig!

The last time we went to Paultons Park, home to Peppa Pig World was two years ago back in August 2012. Little monkey was only nineteen months old, so we wanted to take him again, that little bit older. Now three and a half years old I would say he is the perfect age. However at aged six years I feel having just recently spent the day there again, that perhaps big monkey is now on the cusp of being too old for the rides in Peppa Pig World. He did go on the rides and enjoy them however.
We've always felt Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World are pitched perfectly for families with younger children. There is something between the parks for all the family. 
Since we last went Paultons Park have improved the entrance area vastly. There is now a fab paved area right next to the carpark, in front of where the ticket kiosks are, along with toilets and fountains. Then you walk through the turnstiles under a big arch into the park. Right there either side of the archway is a fab new building, housing a new eatery and huge toy shop. It makes the park look more up to date and looks great. Lots of attention to detail to give kiddies a taster of what's to come. The 4D theater is new to us too. Unfortunately we didn't get time to go inside it.
We arrived about ten minutes before the park opened, and despite traffic streaming into the carpark, we parked easily, and didn't queue at all at the entrance. We already had tickets thanks to a competition win. If you get the younger children of your party measured once just inside the park, if they reach over the minimum height for the rides in Peppa Pig World, they get a wrist band to wear, so there's no more measuring at the individual rides. 
Of, course we headed straight to the Peppa Pig end of the park after first having a quick pit stop in the new cafe. Having set off from home early, we hadn't had breakfast! 
The park got busy as the day went on but not as busy as I've seen it in the past, so the longest we found ourselves queuing for was 30 minutes. That was for George pigs dinosaur adventure. During the day, we went on everything we wanted to. Not Miss Rabbits helicopter ride or the Hot Air Balloons as little monkey didn't want to. I think he was a little frightened of the height. We took the monkeys on the train ride just outside Peppa Pig World, which they both love and we popped to see the penguins too. Last time we had visited big monkey missed out on going on the Go Carts in Paultons Park due to the height restrictions. He was gutted, so we made sure he was measured this time and he and Daddy went on them. The gardens are lovely there too, so we had a wander through them and of course the monkeys also played in Spaceship soft play area back in Peppa Pig World. 
Throughout the day, we encountered only polite and helpful staff. Plentiful and clean toilets and baby changing facilities. The food outlets are priced similarly to other theme parks. We spent about £25 on drinks and lunch for the four of us.
My only gripe would be that to leave at the end of the day, you go through the toy shop at the front of the park. Now, we had already decided the monkeys could have a small gift each, so that was OK but it was just far too busy in there, what with everyone leaving together when the park closed. They did get something, but I felt it was a little worrying that potentially we could lose them in the crowds, and of course there could be tears and tantrums! Luckily this was not the case for us. 
We love Paultons Park and especially Peppa Pig World. I will be quite sad when the monkeys are too old to visit again!
 
I wrote this post purely because I wanted to share how great our visit was. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


12/08/2014

SparkUp Reader - Review

As you may have already gathered the monkeys love books, big monkey more so now he is reading well. We also have Grandparents and other family members whom we don't see very often, so this SparkUp Reader seemed the ideal gadget to review. 
The SparkUp Reader is a magical book reader that uses camera sensing technology to record and read aloud any picture book anywhere, thus making it ideal for Grandparents to use to record their own voice whilst reading their grandchild's favourite book for example, meaning those not seen often are not forgotten and are still 'close' by. It stores up to fifty books, you can download pre-recorded books if you wish and record any book in your own words. It works with any picture books already owned too.
Inside the box comes the reader, complete with 3 AA batteries. A USB cable, user guide and a pre-recorded 'My Magical Book Reader' demo book. There is a 'How does it work' section on the side of the box and the user manual has all the info you need to get started.
On using the SparkUp reader it guides you through which buttons are for what and how to use the record and playback functions. The reader is made form sturdy plastic with a clip attached that you slide onto the back page of the book you wish to use. 
Both monkeys were keen to see and hear how it worked and big monkey was most impressed with it's ability to record my voice and recognise the words from the book we used. I tested the reader with the demo book first, then we used the Dinosaur Roar! book we were sent with this kit. I attached the reader, set it to record and read through the book from start to finish. Afterwards I pressed play on the reader and listened to my own voice! 
You have to use the SparkUp reader in a quiet place (not the easiest task in this household). Any background noise will be picked up on the recording. Each page has to be recorded individually. You can make a dedication which I think is a fab idea, especially if like I said earlier loved ones not seen often use it. Just remember to use the USB cable to transfer any saved recordings to your computer.
 
I especially love that it encourages independent reading and a strong connection between those recorded on it and the child. It takes a bit of getting used to...remembering to record each page individually but overall I think this is a fab gadget and ingenious too! An innovative bit of kit that aids reading and listening for all budding book readers. I thoroughly recommend it. Big monkey was most impressed too.





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