Board Game Club Blogger - Dobble!

This time last year we reviewed Dobble Kids from Esdeviumgames.
Now, as a Board Game Club Blogger with PlaytimePR we're taking a look at Dobble - suitable from age 6+
Like Dobble Kids this is for all the family. A fast paced, frantic card game, which can be played anywhere (we're taking it on holiday again) and by up to 8 players. Available at £12.99, it's a game that can be played over and over. The cards won't get lost either if kept in their handy circular tin. 
There are 55 unique cards that feature 8 symbols in various sizes on each, only one symbol in common between each card, or even any other card in the deck! 
5 mini games within each tin of Dobble can be played, with players racing to match a a pair of symbols, depending on which game is being played.
Little monkey can easily join in (and is very good at spotting the matching symbols too). We know the friends that are joining us, will love playing this game with us....the weather is set to be quite changeable, so I'm sure Dobble will help to keep the children entertained when we need it too! 


Lees Of Scotland - Deserts

Who doesn't love a little food treat from time to time? The good people of Lees of Scotland sure do and they've sent us a selection of fab treats to sample.
We have a tub of 18 bite sized Snowballs - these are 50 calories per snowball. Meringue nests, perfect for adding some fruit and cream to! They are 53 calories per nest. Meringue shells, just 19 calories per shell and new almond flavour Maccaringues, which are gluten and nut free and ready to fill. Just 9 calories each! The Maccaringues are available in Tesco and Morrison stores nationwide and for £2.99.
For testing purposes (I hasten to add) I've sampled the above with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. I can safely say, without doubt they are truly scrumptious! Ideal to add to afternoon tea or as a teatime treat, they are easy to prepare and so delicious.
I have a real sweet tooth, hubby less so.....but these are right up my street! What would you eat them with?

Thanks Lees of Scotland! 



DespicableMe3 Arthur Price Cutlery & Breakfast Set - Review

We've gone Despicable Me 3 crazy in this house! Well, to be honest, we've always been fans of the movies here and of the fab minions and now little monkey has a great cutlery and matching breakfast set
The Arthur Price sets comprise of Sea of Minions China Plate, Bowl and Mug and a 4 Piece Cutlery Set - Knife, Fork, Spoon and Teaspoon. The cutlery set is made from Stainless Steel and is the perfect shape and size for children over 3 years of age. Little monkey is 6 and has not stopped using the cutlery since he got it. The knife says on it "I don't Share". The spoon, "One in a Minion". Fork, "Powered by" and the teaspoon, "bummock"! Hand wash only is recommended.
The Breakfast set is dishwasher safe and again little monkey chooses to use it every day! He drinks from the mug, uses the bowl at breakfast and the plate at teatime! 
We're delighted with these sets from Arthur Price, established in 1902. They arrived in great packaging and have withstood daily use from a boisterous child for a few weeks now. I can see little monkey using it all over and over! Each set above costs £24.99. Both would make lovely gifts. Thank you Arthur Price!

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How Much?!

When having a child (or even trying for a child) you don't really stop to think of the cost of raising one do you? I know I didn't. I 'just wanted a baby'. Of course most people know they don't come cheap but just how much does having a baby cost? 

The lovely people from Busy Bees Child Care www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk/nursery/kettering have devised a great piece on how much the average baby costs families in it's first year! Obviously things need taking into consideration. For example a second baby may cost less than a first child as generally parents have some baby things from the first born. Whether you breast or bottle feed, use reusable nappies or disposable nappies etc will impact on the cost of course too.
Our niece is almost 8 months now. It would be interesting to hear what her parents think of the above information. I know having two boys has saved us a lot of money! Our poor youngest hasn't generally had the new things that his older sibling had new though....
Would you ever really want to tot the total money it's cost, up though! I think I'd rather not know!
What I do know is others have spent far more than us, and some much less. We've managed 9yrs without paying for childcare and have of course used things for our first born with out youngest. I then sold everything when it was no longer needed. Our niece will be an only child. I think her parents are just enjoying having her and spoiling her (when they can).

Are you shocked at the cost/ Do you know how much you spent in the first year?

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Despicable Me 3 - PoshPaws Plush - Toy review

June 30th saw the latest Despicable Me movie being released. We went along as a family to see the highly anticipated Despicable Me 3 movie and loved it! In the third movie, Gru who is married to Lucy has a long lost brother Dru. The Minions break out of prison and there is lots of fun and mischief to be had.

We went with friends and they too loved the film. Its great if you've not seen it! To mark the occasion we were sent some awesome Despicable Me 3 toys for the monkeys to enjoy.
The toys from Posh Paws International arrived on the day of the movie release, which little monkey in particular was very excited about. He immediately chose to take the backpack with him (which is super cool by the way) and then having watched the film he fell in love with the goat! 
All of the above toys (and bags) are really well made and so cute. Little monkey took his snacks for the cinema into the film and sat with it on his back through almost the entire film.
He even took it to the restaurant afterwards with us, as you can see. Alongside his favourite minion backpack, there's the unicorn backpack which is really roomy with contrasting lining. This I plan on gifting to our friends daughter who saw the film with us.
There's a talking Agnes Plush which has three phrases and a talking Mel Plush too. He also has three phrases. We've created a short video of both to demonstrate what they say!

The soft plush minion in his prison stripes is pretty soft and cuddly.
We're loving all the toys sent to us and would highly recommend them to anyone who is either a minions fan or Despicable Me fan. They can be purchased from Smyths Toys.
Thanks to the lovely ladies at Playtime PR and of course Posh Paws. We have at least one huge fan here! Big monkey would say he is too old at 9 but you're never too old to love the minions. Right! Go and see the film if you've not already done so.....you won't be disappointed.


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