17/11/2017

British History Timeline - Review Board Game Blogger!

As Board Game Bloggers we were recently sent the British History Timeline Game from Esdevium Games. For players from aged 8+, I was worried our youngest who is 6, would not be able to join in the fun. How wrong was I! 

For 2-8 players, this game is all about knowledge of the subject and lots of guess work otherwise! It's perfect for on the go and for taking away, as it comes in it's own tin and is lightweight and portable.. The tin contains 110 British History themed cards, double sided, each one with a caption and photo on. Plus the timeline year printed on the reverse.
The aim of the game is to be the only player with no more cards left in front of you. How much about British History do you know?
We set about taking it in turns to see who, in this house knows their British History and we had lots of fun! Little monkey made more guesses than the rest of us but he did get some right. I was surprised by how well big monkey did and the game, bought up lots of memories and points of discussion during play! This is one game, the monkeys played without actually cheating!
To play, players need to shuffle the cards, ensuring the date side of the cards are facing down. Each player has four cards, the rest are placed in a pile in the middle and one card from the top of the pack is turned over to begin the Timeline. The youngest player starts, (always a winning rule in this house) and then they read their 1st card and decide where to place it in the Timeline. The card should then be turned over to see if they have placed it correctly in the Timeline. If so, it's left date side up and if not, the card is placed back in the box. Then the player takes a new card from the pile in the middle to add to their 'hand'. Play continues clockwise until the last person has no more cards in front of them.
We like this a lot! It's fun, gets everyone talking and discussing and helps boost learning and knowledge for the monkeys! There was much excitement when the 9 year old remembered when the London Olympics was and placed his card correctly in the Timeline. 

You can buy Timeline for £13.99 from John Lewis. I highly recommend it and the other Timeline games available. 

We were sent this game to review as Board Game Bloggers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


 

16/11/2017

Justice League - itty bittys & Us!

To celebrate the all new Justice League film, Hallmark have launched their very own itty bittys Superhero gang! They are super cute. Let me introduce to you - The Flash, Batman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Superman and Wonder Woman! We've kindly been sent the entire itty bittys Justice League set.
We've also been tasked with creating our very own family superhero logo, to prove we are #strongertogther - Something we feel shapes us as a family! We ARE strong together.
The goodies sent include everything needed to create our logo, which the monkeys thoroughly delved into with excitement and gusto!
First hubby and the boys came up with some logo designs on paper and this one below got the majority vote!
Then we set to work putting the design into production for the boys superhero capes! Drawing the badge, cutting and sticking ensued. 
The boys tried on their masks for size and posed with their best 'Superhero' looks! 
Ha ha, I'm not sure they'll reassure people they will save the world with those poses! Once the Logos were designed it was time to attach them to the capes! 
Meet Little monkey (aka Jet Boy) and Big monkey (aka Bullet Boy)! We'll stand together and be #strongtogether come rain or shine! 
We always work as a team, bringing different attributes to the family and function best as one unit. Little monkey is a little pocket rocket and big monkey a bullet! 

Justice League is out in Cinema's this Friday! You can get the itty bittys Justice League collection in Hallmark now. Incidently, little monkey pointed out JL is also his intials.

We were kindly sent these goodies from Hallmark for the purpose of this post.




14/11/2017

Ready Brek & DespicableME 3

How many of you love a good heart warming breakfast on a cold winters morning AND a good movie? 
We've been starting the day off with a bowl of Ready Brek and treating ourselves to some quality family time, watching the latest DespicableME 3 movie, now out in time for Christmas on DVD and Blu-Ray. 
We loved the film when we watched it at the Cinema and have been laughing at the bits we'd forgotten about, whilst watching the DVD. The monkeys even watched it in the car on the way to see family at the weekend. 
Ready Brek are selling their family favourite breakfast with special DM3 packs right now for £2 and there are DM3 prizes to be won on these special packets. 
It's ideal as a first breakfast for babies from age 6 months + and can be great way of introducing berries and fruits with natural sugars to small children. From all good supermarkets, Ready Brek comes in Original or Chocolate and is also available in boxes of individual sachets. Containing Calcium for healthy bones and teeth, Vitamin D and Oat Fibre for healthy digestion. With no added sugar.

We love honey or golden syrup best on ours!

To celebrate the latest DM3 film release on DVD and Blu-Ray, there are lots of great toys available - This Mineez Minion Collector's Tin being one of them! With 40+ Mineez figures to collect, our collection has begun with Clive the Robot and Masher Minion! 
Series 1, comes with a collector's guide and 2 figures in a Minion shaped tin to store them in. From around £12 from all good 
retailers.

Collaborative post.


10/11/2017

Creating a New Logo with Logojoy! - Review

I've had my blog logo for sometime now and love it but I wanted to see what else is out there! I've recently been playing on a logo building website from the US, which helps you to create a Logo from the information you provide.

The website is easy to follow with simple step by step instructions to create your Logo and then tweek it until you are ready to purchase it and use it as you wish.

To start, you need to type the name that you want to create a logo for. Of course mine is My Monkeys Don't Sit Still. 

Then select five or more logo designs you like the look of (for inspiration), from the selection on the screen in front of you. 

Choose the colour swatches you want to work with - any number is good! 

If you wish, you can create a slogan for your logo and add symbols too.

Then it's time to select your favourite logo from the selection that is generated from the choices you've made! 

Whilst making your selection, you can preview more until you've found one you want to tweek and edit. Just scroll along and click on the one you like best. 
Once you've got this far, you're now ready edit the fonts, colour, the layout and symbols for your logo. You can play around with shades of colour to specific parts of the logo, all text and of course the background etc. This is the fun bit! Edit text size, layout and different components of the logo until you are happy, or just leave as is.

I found at least two designs I really liked but the problem I had is that if I typed the blog name with the apostrophe in, it either added another in the same place or put one in where I don't have one. I couldn't see a way around this, except to not add any (thinking it might put one in automatically) but it didn't. 
I did decide on one final logo (without apostrophe), which worries me a little and I went through to purchase it. For the purpose of this post I was given a code to cover the cost of it.
Logojoy have three payment packages: basic is $20, premium $65 and enterprise $165. Each offering different levels of quality of download, assistance, download options etc. There are also add on's you can choose but I don't require those. They are: A social media kit for an extra $9 and senior designer time for another $100.
I found the whole experience really easy, fun and pretty quick. The cost (in my opinion) is pretty reasonable and apart from the issue with the apostrophe, I didn't have any other issues. 

Would I recommend Logojoy? I think I probably would! If there is a way to use the logo without the missing apostrophe, that would be perfect.

*All thoughts and opinions of this website review are entirely my own. 
 


 

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