Ben 10 Twitter Party

Last month was a really hard month. My dad passed away after battling cancer for 7 months and all our lives changed forever. The kids don't have their grandad anymore and they're finding it very hard. I've desperately tried to keep things as normal as possible and to keep them occupied, especially as it was the school holidays too. One thing I had forgotten was we were invited to host the Ben 10 Twitter party, so when the big box of Ben 10 toys turned up, I took the opportunity to give the kids something to look forward to. We invited close family and friends around. It was a nice afternoon, the kids enjoyed it, and I tweeted and chatted away.

FACTS! One for every day By Tracey Turner

I love having books in the home, especially ones that are packed full with interesting stuff, especially facts - everyone loves facts. The kids love reading different facts and discovering and being amazed all at the same time, and this book by Tracey Turner does just that.

It's a visual, fun book full of facts - infact, one fact for every day of the year.

My Mermaid Lagoon

Summer has created a magical mermaid world, with My Mermaid Lagoon.  Summer loves doing anything arts and crafts, I knew she would love this set from Interplay. 

With My Mermaid Lagoon, you can create many different Lagoon settings for your mermaid. All done in the display bottle, which is also perfect for displaying your magical mermaid world on the shelf. With the glittery play sand, you can mold, sculpt and play. As well as the mermaid and her friend the seahorse, there are lots of accessories included: coral, clamshell, and rocks. 

Dynamite Dare

Dynamite Dare is a fun game.  

The aim of the game is to stop the time bomb detonating in order to win - Diffuse or lose! Players take it in turns to flip down one of the many fuses, with the hope of finding the one fuse that will stop the bomb. Be careful as you may be unlucky and flip the fuse that causes the dynamite to be launched - and making everyone jump at the same time. Fail to flip all the fuses in time and the bomb will go off. 

Freshpet Gourmet Pet Food

The first time I heard of FreshPets is when hubby came home from Tesco's and told me about a new fridge they had installed in the pet aisle and that it had a new pet food. It told me that I should take a look at it when I next pop in.

FreshPet isn't new, they have been around for 10+ years, and big in the US. Tesco's is the first UK retailer to offer the complete range. Freshpet pet food is all-natural, never processed, and made with fresh ingredients. They were kind enough to send me a bag full of their food for review, and my cats were happy to be the reviewers. 

Stretch Armstrong Vac Man

We really enjoyed reviewing Stretch Armstrong, he's still going strong and Jacob has stretched him alot!  So we were super excited to be sent Stretch Armstrong Vac Man to review.

Vac Man is back, with new stronger formula which is ideal for 21st-century fun, and he can be stretched to 4 times his original size.  Vac Man is a 14″ fully stretchable and poseable Vac powered action figure. He's quite heavy and robust.

Insect Shield® Soft Walled Dog Bed

I was looking for a new dog bed when U.K pet-bed specialists Scruffs® www.petslovescruffs.com  contacted me and offered to send Poppy and Kiwi the new Insect Shield Soft Walled Dog Bed.

The first thing I noticed was the bed is made with Insect Shield® technology to provide effective, invisible and odourless protection, against little beasties like, Mosquitoes, Fleas, Ticks and Flies. The technology is used by more than 50 brands worldwide across various industries. So this was a positive first impression, I want the best for my girls, and this bed helps in the battle to keep those nasty beasties away.

Reed Diffusers

As much as I love my candles, I'll only burn them when the kids are not home, which is not very often. This is why I love Reed Diffusers.  They are not only effortless in their quest to spread a beautiful aroma, they are also are elegant, and they enhance the room. I have quite a few in my home.

Reed diffusers will give you a scent that’s longer-lasting than a candle and, with no flames to worry about, especially if you have children and pets in the home, they are more practical. They also look much better.

Despicable Me 3 Radio Control Inflatable Characters

We've been reviewing inflated minions - and it's as fun as it sounds.

Jacob and Summer love Minions, and we took Summer along for her first visit to a cinema to watch Despicable Me 3 last week, which she loved. So as you can imagine, they were super excited to be sent some fantastic Radio Control Inflatable Characters to review. Jacob received Tom the Minion, and Summer received Fluffy.

Get On With It - The Ronseal Challenge

The past 12-months we've had a lot of work done on the house; an extension, garage renovations and redecoration. Our garden unfortunately has been neglected, it's been and looked like a 'builders yard'. So the past couple of months we've slowly been tidying up the garden and putting some life back into it.  That included painting the decking, doing a ton of skip runs, and much more. And, our fence was in desperate need of a refresh, so when Ronseal invited me to their Get On With It challenge, it was perfect timing.  

Bugs in the Kitchen - Ravensburger

With all the technology my kids have, they still love playing board games. There is something charming about playing board games, a family pastime that brings friends and family together, for fun and laughter.

Bugs in the Kitchen by Ravensburger is a unique, fast paced, fun board game. Included in the box is 24 pegs, the game board, 4 bug traps, 24 kitchen utensils – knives, forks and spoons, 18 cockroach tokens, dice, 2 trap doors and a HEXBUG Nano bug.

Ring Video Doorbell

We've never had a doorbell before, never needed one, until now. We had an extension built on the back of our house, which is now our living room. And, as our living room was now moved further to the back of the house, we found we now needed a door bell as we now don't always hear when someone knocks on the door - yes, we do have 2 beagles, but sometimes (especially in the evening) they are simply too lazy to bark and alert us to the door. So we needed a doorbell. Which I was quite excited about and even more excited to be getting the Ring Video Doorbell.

BABY Born Interactive Bathtub

Summer is a very lucky girl. She received the BABY Born interactive Bathtub to review and she totally loves it.  Summer loves playing with her dolls, her pram, her changing unit, and was super excited to receive the bathtub as part of her growing collection.

Dreamstar Bush Baby World

The kids love watching YouTube videos, especially webisodes that have catchy songs and cute animation. Golden Bear have recently launched an interactive series called Bush Baby World, which brings the Busy Baby toys to life. And it's as cute as it sounds.

Stretch Armstrong Mini Stretch

Jacob loves his Stretch Armstrong, he takes it everywhere with him, even to school. Stretch Armstrong looks just like a wrestler, and Jacob is into wrestling at the moment. He has loads of super Stretchy fun.

The kids love seeing just how far they can stretch him, and they can stretch him pretty far! They tie him in knots and bend him in all sorts of positions.  They have tons of fun and laughter trying to, I don't know what, but probably trying to see how far they can stretch him without breaking him - but he is pretty unbreakable!  After all this crazy pulling about, Stretch Armstrong returns to his original shape - it's pretty good.

Noddy Toyland Detective Game App is a game full of storytelling, fun games, and it also allows your child to be creative.

I love Noddy, I remember watching it 20 years ago with my little brother, and then my oldest son watched and loved it when he was little and now my two youngest enjoy watching it on Milkshake. I've got the Noddy tune in my head as I write this...

AniMalcolm

Bestseller author David Baddiel, has released his latest children's novel, AniMalcolm.

Another fantastically fun book to read with lots of laugh out moments. This light hearted humour story, delivers an imaginative adventure of Malcolm's self-discovery. - have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a bit of an animal?!

Malcolm doesn't like animals, but his family does. They love animals, so much so, their house is full of pets. And to Malcolms' frustration his house isn't full of stuff he likes, i.e.  the laptop he wanted for his birthday.