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Little Brian Face Paint Sticks Review

Little Brian Face Paint Sticks Review – All kids seem to love having their face painted and Isabelle is no different. We’ve stood in endless queues at fetes, fairs and school events so she can be transformed into a Butterfly or Unicorn.

When we were asked to review Little Brian Face Paint Sticks we were more than a little but excited. I was slightly worried that my actual face painting expertise might look more like a five year old armed with their Mums make-up bag but was willing to give it a go.

Little Brian Face Paint Sticks

We’re not new to the Little Brian range. We’ve reviewed both the Little Brian Paint Sticks and the Little Brian Fabric Paint Sticks which were both a big hit.

The Little Brian Face Paint Sticks come in a pack of twelve which retail at £9.99.

They look like marker pens and twist up like a glue stick, and it looks like we’re going to get quite a few faces out of them. The idea is that you can create the faces by using the face paint sticks like using a pen, so drawing on their faces.

We were given the challenge to create a Ladybird, a Dragon and we opted to have a go at the Unicorn. The set comes with a sheet which gives you step by step instructions on how to create twelve different faces from a Dog to a Tiger.

The Ladybird

I created the Ladybird using the face paint sticks as per the instructions. The paint glides on the face nicely, but it is quite tricky to do the smaller, detailed parts so I opted to use a paint brush with a little bit of water.

The Dragon

The paints are very quick drying which is perfect for kids with no patience like Isabelle. I love that the colours are as bright as they should be and were very easy to wash off.

The Unicorn

Isabelle is keen to give the Face Paint Sticks a go on her own, and I feel quite confident that she would be able to use these with minimal mess.

Our Thoughts

All in all these Face Paint Sticks would be a great buy to use at a birthday party or just to do on a lovely sunny day. The colours are lovely and bright, and apart from a little help for details with a brush they were extremely easy to use. The Face Paint Sticks get a big thumbs up from us.

*we were sent a set of Little Brian Face Paint Sticks for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own.

Basic Fun Easter Gift Review

Basic Fun Easter Gift Review


?????Basic Fun Easter Gift Review – I know that we’ve already done an alternative Easter Gift Review but when we were offered the opportunity to receive some Basic Fun items that would be suitable as Easter Gifts we jumped at the chance.

Let me tell you why – Retro My Little Pony!

Need I say more!

Basic Fun Easter Gifts - If you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to chocolate for the littles this Easter then here are a few from Basic Fun that I'm sure your kids would love to receive

The My Little Ponies that Isabelle plays with whilst are lovely, are not the My Little Pony’s that my sister and I played with as kids. Nowadays, the ponies have far more features, are slimmed down and the range is huge, but they were the must have toy and you were lucky if you had one.

We did also get a Little Lucky Lunchbox and a Cutetitos so lets not get too nostalgic.

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Little Lucky Lunchbox

We hadn’t seen these before so Isabelle was super keen to get this cracked open to see what was inside.

The Little Lucky Lunchbox is a cute metal lunchbox which varies in design (so also collectible) and each lunchbox contains two foodie friends and two secret surprises. There are ten different lunchboxes to collect and 50 different surprises to collect. These retail for £6.99 from Amazon and other retailers and are suitable from 4+ years.

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What we got

Oh Isabelle does love a surprise toy. The sight of the checklist is enough to send her over the edge with excitement!!

We got an Orange Bubble can where the lid pops off so you can hide things inside and a squishy Taco which had a little blind bag hiding inside it.

The two surprise gifts were a Foodie Friends Sticker which is a Blackberry and the other surprise was a little Pig.

Isabelle really loved the Lunchbox and it’s contents since it’s the perfect size to use as play food for some of her other toys. She’s already added this to her extensive list of ‘wants’.

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Cutetito

This is Isabelle’s second Cutetito, she also has Luckito the cat which she loves.

Each Cutetitos comes wrapped like a burrito with the foil wrapper like you would get from a street food seller. Unwrap the burrito to reveal which of the Cutetio bunch you will get.

This time we got: Chihuahito the dog!

She’s purple and is Medium Spice which I think Isabelle would be able to handle.

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This revelation has sparked up the old ‘can I have a dog’ question for Isabelle as she would like to have her own dog that she can carry around and a chihuahua is currently top of her list. Never mind that we already have a lovely dog, albeit a big and hairy and certainly not one you can carry around.

Isabelle likes to keep her Cutetitos in their wraps so they look like they’re in sleeping bags.

My Little Pony Retro

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I saved the best til last, in my opinion. Isabelle was quite intrigued to see what kind of toys I used to play with in the olden days. Cheeky Monkey! A My Little Pony Retro…….

???????She noticed straight away that the pony has fatter legs and is bigger than the ponies that she has. She loved that it had lovely colourful hair and that it came with a comb which I’m not sure mine did.

The names are different which I’m not aware of when these changed. Isabelle recieved Confetti which she absolutely loves.

What chocolate alternatives are you getting for your kids?



Lisa

*we were sent these items for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.



Lollipets Interactive Pets Review

Lollipets Interactive Pets Review

Lollipets Interactive Pets Review – Have you seen the latest interactive pets from Spinmaster. With 20 characters to collect including mice, elephants and rabbits.

Isabelle was asked to review a selection of the Lollipets which she was very excited about. We received:

Hazel the dog from Cake Pop Coast, Smushy the Mouse from Marshmallow Meadows and Echo the Elephant from Cake Pop Coast.

The single packs retail at £7.99 and the double packs at £14.99 which I thought was a reasonable price.

What are Lollipets?

Lollipets are the latest collectible interactive toys from Spinmaster. Each pet comes with its own lollipop which is used to control the pet:

Holding the lollipop in front of the pet will make them chase it.

Hover the lollipop above the pet to see them hop.

Chase them with the lollipop from behind.

Make them dodge the lollipop by holding it to their side.

They also interact with other pets by giving them a kiss.

You can switch the pets on and off by a switch underneath, and they can be paired to their lollipop which sticks magnetically when you put them away.

The pets are small enough that you can take them with you to keep the kids entertained.

Our Thoughts

Isabelle loves the Lollipets and was very pleased in particular to receive the elephant which she’d hoped to get.

Freddie took a keen interest in these and now that he’s crawling there’s no stopping him from chasing them.

Isabelle played with these a lot over the half-term and when her friend came to stay they each chose one to look after. They now live in her princess castle when she’s not playing with them.

From a parents point of view I thought these were a great toy and something you could stash away in the birthday box for upcoming birthday parties. They’re reasonable priced as well.

What collectibles are your kids covering at the moment?

Lisa

*we were sent a selection of Lollipets for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Off the Hook Dolls Review

Off the Hook Dolls Review

Off the Hook Dolls Review – when we were asked to review a selection of Off the Hook Dolls by Spinmaster, Isabelle screamed with delight. She’d seen them advertised on TV and had already made us aware that she would like some of these for her birthday ( September) and Christmas!

Off The Hook Dolls Review

Off the Hook Dolls are interchangeable dolls that you can take apart to create your own stylish looks just by pulling them apart and clicking into place, including the hair.

The individual Off the Hook doll sets (RRP £7.99) come with a doll and two surprise blind bag style packages which can include fun accessories such as hats, sunglasses, shoes and bags.

Off The Hook Dolls Review

We were sent the Off the Hook Style Studio (RRP £19.99) which comes with a doll, six outfit options and six accessories, four of which come as a surprise ‘blind bag’ style.

Off The Hook Dolls Review

This gives you the option to mix and match over 100 combinations. The Style Studio wardrobe has hanging space for both tops and bottoms as well as spaces to places shoes and accessories.

There are six Off The Hook girls to collect –  Jenni, Vivian, Alexis, Naia, Mila and Brooklyn.

Off The Hook Dolls Review

There’s also a checklist so that you can keep track of all the outfits and accessories that you have.

Isabelle has had a lot of fun creating lots of different style combinations. Of course all of the dolls have been given American accents. She’s really into making fake You Tube videos and these are the perfect toy for this.

Off The Hook Dolls Review

Our Thoughts

From my point if view as a mum I can’t fault this collection. They’re affordable, have lots of appeal for my daughters age range of eight and are affordable to buy for your own children or to give as gifts.

Of course my opinion means nothing unless its followed by a big thumbs up from Isabelle which the Off the Hook Dolls whole heartedly get! She loved setting up the wardrobe, the dolls and all the accessories. They’re also small enough that she took her entire collection to Nanny and Papa’s to play with when we went for dinner, and her friends have also taken a keen interest. The blind bags that came with the sets with additional accessories were the icing on the cake for Isabelle who is obsessed with surprise gifts.

*We were sent a selection of Off the Hook dolls for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Guinness World Record Challenge Game Review

Guinness World Record Challenge Game Review

Guinness World Record Challenge Game Review – Hands up if you have a Guinness World Record book. The book full of weird and wonderful facts. Many of them unbelievable or a bit cringy like the longest ever finger nails.

Guinness World Records Challenges Game

We used to buy Ryan the Guinness World Records book every Christmas and he would sit reading out all the strangest facts that he could find.

Guinness World Records Challenges Game

Guinness World Records Challenges Game

We played this with Isabelle who is really looking forward to playing again on Christmas Day with her big brother who will be with us. Any chance to make him do silly things.

 

Isabelle’s first challenge was to stack as many coins on her bent elbow as possible. I thought that she wouldn’t be able to do this but she was surprisingly good and managed to stack five before they fell off.

 

We all had a go at the back to front hand clap challenge which was a lot of fun.

This game puts players knowledge about Guinness World Records to the test and challenges opponents to demonstrate some nifty record- breaking skills using everyday household items!

Included in the game are the board, 20 challenge cards (10 best time and 10 timed challenges), 150 Guinness World Record cards with 600 questions including some amazing records, a score pad, counters, dice and a ping pong ball. The aim of the game is to collect three challenge cards to be crowned the winner.

Its amazing just reading the world records alone and here are a few that caught Isabelle’s eye:

Most Modelling Balloon Sculptures Made In One Hour – John Cassidy (USA) made 747 balloon shapes in just one hour at Buck County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA on 14 November 2007.

Most M&M’s Eaten in One Minute Blindfolded using Chopsticks – On 8 December 2011, Ashrita Furman (USA) at 20 M&M’s in 60 seconds while blindfolded in New York, USA.

Largest Pizza Commercially Available – The Giant Sicilian has on sale at Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizzeria in Los Angeles, California, USA since 2010. It measures 1.87m (20ft 36in).

Our thoughts

I thought this was a really fun family game. It was a chance for everybody to get a bit silly and the challenges were things that Isabelle could get involved with as well. This gets a huge thumbs up from us and we would recommend it for the top choice for playing over Christmas. It would also be a lot of fun to get a group of friends round to play when the kids are in bed. We can’t wait to see Ryan try and put as many socks on as he can whilst standing on one foot!

The game is available to buy at online and at most toy retailers for £24.99

*We were sent a copy of the Guinness World Record Challenges Game for the purpose of this review. All opinions and thoughts are our own.

Beaker Creatures Review + Competition

Beaker Creatures Review + Competition

Beaker Creatures Review + Competition – Isabelle loves a kit of any kind, but one that has surprise toys inside is even better. When we were asked to give Beaker Creatures a go she was very excited.

Beaker Creatures is a kids science kit with the end result revealing collectible alien creatures.

The kit comes with:

  • Two Beaker Creature Reactor Pods
  • Two Classification Cards 
  • Two double-sided Mini-posters featuring amazing science facts and fun images 
  • Two Hydroplungers
  • Two Beakers
  • Liquid Reactor Super Lab base
  • A set of tongs and a stir rod
  • Experiment Guide featuring step-by-step instructions for five experiments
  • Full-size poster for display

Setting up

Setting up the set was really simple. Everything just clicks into place so we were good to go in a few minutes.

There were two reactor pods in the set and Isabelle was really excited to see which creatures she would find.

We had to fill the plungers with water, and as per the guide we decided to use coloured water to make it a bit more interesting.

We chose blue water to go with the red pod and yellow water to go with the green pod. I had to help Isabelle fill up the plungers with water but everything else she was able to do herself.

She placed the first reactor pod into the beaker and plunged the water which started to fizz. It was very exciting and once the fizzing stopped she used the tongs to fish out the little creature.

The whole process was very exciting and she was really pleased with her alien creatures.

once the fizzing has subsided we were able to reveal our creatures. She got an Astrolyte called Blerk and a Minisaur called Hornfello.

Our thoughts

Isabelle loved this kit and has asked for some more reactor pods so that she can do it again. From a parents perspective I was really pleased with it since it was really easy to put together and the instructions were very clear and easy to follow. We did it on a tray but there was very little mess and the set can also be used to perform other experiments such as making alien slime so will be used time and again. I would definitely recommend this set as it was a lot of fun and we’ll use it time and again.

The Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab retails at £25.00 from Learning Resources website and the extra pods are £4.00 each.

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*We were sent a Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab for the purpose of this review.

Christmas Gift Buying with Wicked Uncle

Christmas Gift Buying with Wicked Uncle

Christmas Gift Buying with Wicked Uncle is so simple. Once on the site it’s really easy to navigate since you can pop in the age of the child that you’re buying for, and it shows everything within that age category. This is great if you’re buying for an age range and you’re not sure what the kids are playing with at that age.

There is loads to choose from including games, stocking fillers, keepsake gifts and a great range of toys.

I went on site to find a gift for both Isabelle and Freddie and these are my top five for both.

Freddie

Magical Cube with Farmyard noises £24.95 This fits in well with our baby sensory theme that we’ve gone for to excite all of Freddie’s senses.

Rotating Music Box – £16.95 – I’ve not seen anything like this before, but Freddie loves things that makes noises and this would be great for him to roll after.

Gardenbug Footfinder and Wrist Rattle – £16.95 – Freddie was given a set of these when he was born and they’re great for encouraging babies to find these hands and feet.

The Birthday Surprise Counting Rag Book – £12.95 – we love to read to Freddie and cloth books are a great starting point since it doesn’t matter if they grab or put them in their mouth.

Pound and Tap Bench with Xylophone – £29.95 – This is labelled as being suitable from 12 months but since Freddie isn’t left to play on his own I think this is something he would love.

Isabelle

Black Glow Art Neon Effect Drawing Board – £25.95 – Isabelle loves to draw or write cheeky notes for us so this would be a big hit.

Robo Chameleon Silverlit Remote Control Pet – £34.95 – This looks quite cool and I know Isabelle would have a lot of fun with this.

Jellyfish Tank – Colour Changing Mood Light – £18.95 – Isabelle loves fairy lights and lanterns in her bedroom so I know she would love this addition.

Slinky with Sound FX – £12.95 – what kid doesn’t love a slinky. This one has sound effects so even better!

Don’t Say it – Fast word game – £14.95 – This would be great to challenge Isabelle with. She loves the yes and no game and we have endless staring competitions. I’m sure I’d be able to beat her at this though!

You can also have your gifts gift wrapped for £3.50 for the first gift and then £1.75 for any additional gifts which I thought was reasonable and gives you less things to do.

There is also a birthday reminder service which is quite handy for remembering nieces, nephews and children on friends.

Wicked Uncle’s last date for Christmas delivery is Friday 21st December for Standard Delivery and Saturday 22nd December for Express Delivery (when ordered before 4pm).

We were given a £40 voucher to spend on site which I did on my phone. The whole process from navigating to payment was extremely simple. The only thing I found time consuming was trying to decide what to buy!

Christmas Gift Buying With Wicked Uncle

*we were sent a £40 voucher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Playfoam Pals Review

Playfoam Pals Review

Playfoam Pals Review – It seems that the most popular toys at the moment are ‘surprise toys’ and the unknown of which character you’ll receive inside your box, bag or other equally fun thing to unwrap. Isabelle spends a lot of time watching unboxing videos on You Tube and gets just excited as the person filming to find out what the gift inside is. When the Foam Pals arrived they were a total surprise for Isabelle who not only didn’t know they were coming but also hadn’t heard of these before.

Playfoam Pals

Playfoam Pals come in a box with two foam filled domes, each with their own little animal inside. There are 12 animals to collect including rare gold animals if you’re lucky! You also get a little check list which you can tick off as and when you get the different animals. You can mix and match the heads and body parts of the animals to create funny combinations of animals.

The Playfoam is made from non-toxic formula and can be moulded and re-moulded into little beds for the animals and can be played with time and again.

Playfoam Pals

Our Thoughts

Isabelle is always up for a surprise toy any day of the week, so she was very excited when these arrived. We were sent two packs so she had four animals to unbox.

We had two green Playfoams and two pink Playfoams. The foam is really lightweight and sticky (in a nice way). It feels like lots of polystyrene balls all stuck together and is surprisingly nice to mould before rolling into a ball and starting all over again. The animals were in the middle of the Playfoam and this is what we got:

Two Speedy the Sloth Gold Limited Edition, Chilly the Penguin and Stretch the Giraffe. Isabelle was quite taken aback that she got two gold animals. What are the chances of that!

Playfoam Pals

I thought these were really good especially considering the price and the Playfoam is a nice change from Isabelle’s usual slime. These would make an excellent stocking filler or extra small gift at Christmas.

Playfoam Pals

Each two pack set retails at £6.00 and can be bought here.

*We were sent two packs of Playfoam Pals for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

Getting Busy at Halloween with Little Brian Fabric Sticks

Getting Busy at Halloween with Little Brian Fabric Sticks

Getting Busy at Halloween with Little Brian Fabric Sticks – You only have to take a look around our house to know that we’re crafty so n so’s. We bought craft drawers for Isabelle, but these are fit to bursting so there are random deposits of bits and bobs around the house.

Craft stuff is the one thing that I really don’t think you can have too much of when you have children. Rainy days are made for craft projects, and great for an after school activity.

We were sent two packs of paint sticks, one that you use on paper or card and another that you use on fabric. We were given the Bumper 24 pack which includes primary colours, neon colours and metallic colours.

Paint Sticks

Little Brian Paint Sticks look like glue sticks, and are used in the same way with a twistable bottom which pushes up the colour. The paints are water soluble and child friendly as well as drying in just a couple of minutes. No brushes or water are required to use these paints. The colours are really bright and the sticks are easy for small hands to handle.

Isabelle was very excited to use these since we’ve never seen anything like them before. The colours are really bright so there’s no need to press very hard at all to get a lovely bright colour. The age recommendation for the paint sticks is three, but I think these would be a great introduction for Freddie when he’s a bit bigger.

I feel that we gave the paint sticks a good testing since we now have a good stack of new drawings for the fridge. Freddie and I (ok, maybe just me) painted a butterfly and Isabelle gave blending a little go with a little bit of water and a brush to create flowers.

Fabric Sticks

Again, the Fabric Sticks work in the same way as a glue stick, are easy to glide onto fabric leaving a vibrant colour. We thought we’d give t-shirt designing for Isabelle a go as well as designing a cute halloween vest for Freddie to wear as well.

To make your t-shirt design, you need a plain t-shirt and a piece of card which you insert in the middle of the t-shirt so that the colour doesn’t bleed through onto the back of the t-shirt. Get as creative as you like and then seal the design by ironing the reverse of the t-shirt. Once complete these can be washed in a normal  40 degree wash.

Both the Paint Sticks and the Fabric Sticks can be bought from Amazon and Tesco’s and would make a great Christmas present. Oh and just to put your mind at ease, the casings and lids of the paint sticks are fully recyclable which is always good to know.

Little Brian Fabric Sticks 12 pack – £12.99

Little Brian Paint Sticks 24 pack – £14.99 

Our thoughts

The Paint Sticks went down a storm with Isabelle. They were easy to use and achieved a lovely bright colour. It was great that we didn’t have to use brushes and water, although we did give the blending a go to make a flower picture.

The Fabric sticks took a few attempts to get the hang of since the material kept bunching up so we used bulldog clips to keep the t-shirt in place.

The colour choices in both packs were great and we had a lot of fun making our halloween costumes. The proof is in the pudding – look at these two cuties!

*We were sent both paint sticks and fabric sticks for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Singing Gummy Bear Review

Singing Gummy Bear Review

Singing Gummy Bear Review – Isabelle is always super excited when she is asked to review new products and finding out that it’s a plush to add to her ever growing collection is even better. The Singing Gummy Bear sings the catchy ‘I’m a Gummy Bear Song’ which once you’ve heard it you’re guaranteed to be singing or humming along to at some point (usually for me in the middle of a shop or in the street).

Singing Gummy Bear

The Bear is from Posh Paws who are the makers of many well know characters including Minnie Mouse and the Incredibles. The Bear is super soft and has been given prime position in Isabelle’s bed at night time which is something to aspire to in the world of teddies.

By pressing the bears hand, it sings the Gummy Bear tune which we’ve been singing and dancing to for the last few days. It also captured the attention of four month old Freddie who seems to favour the left ear to chew on. I think they might have to timeshare the bear (Freddie during the day when Isabelle’s at school).

Singing Gummy Bear

Isabelle also received a bag full of Gummy Bear goodies including notepads, stickers, a t-shirt, pens, pencils and tattoos and badges all inside a Gummy Bear drawstring bag.

She was very pleased with this since she’s just started running club so is going to use the drawstring bag to put her kit in.

Singing Gummy Bear

Singing Gummy Bear

Overall the Gummy Bear was a total hit with both of children and would make a lovely gift for a teddy bear lover.

You can buy your own Gummy Bear over on Amazon for £21.99

Lisa x

*we received this item for the purpose of this review. All our thoughts and opinions are our own.