DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon 3: Hidden World Toys - Review

How To Train Your Dragon is a movie franchise that is suitable for the whole family. I think that the three films are just as enjoyable for us parents as they are for the kids. Being the fans that we are I was more than happy to agree to review a couple of the toys from the new range to coincide with the latest movie.

We received three different toys for the purpose of this review, the first being the Giant Fire Breathing Toothless which retails at £34.99. It measures in at over 20 inches long and has a wingspan of 55cm. It really is a giant! It comes with a water dropper, two plasma blast projectiles, and an extra water tank.

To get started you need to have 3 x AAA batteries at hand as these are not included. Once the batteries are installed you add a little water under the flap on the saddle with the dropper that's included. This is what creates the magic! 

There are many ways to play with the Giant Fire Breathing Toothless. Push the button behind his right ear to bring Toothless to life with lights and smoke-like dragon's breath, which is cold vapour which is created by adding the water! Then prepare for a surprise attack by inserting a plasma blast projectile into his mouth, then push the button behind his right ear to fire. Noah has had so much fun doing this over and over again!

Next, we have the Lightfury Deluxe Lights and Sounds figure which has a retail price of £16.00. This toy is smaller than the other, however, it is still of a generous size. Lightfury looks fantastic, just like she does in the movies and the lights and sounds add lots of new elements to play.

Push the button on her back to make the fabric wings pop open and activate the different sounds and light effects. Closing the wings back together again can be a little tricky but we got the knack for it pretty quickly. The kids seem to be taken by this toy the most and I think it's because it's quite interactive, yet the size makes it easier to play with.

Last, but not least is the Toothless and Hiccup, Armored Viking Figure set which has an RRP of £14.99. Hiccup is small, but just the right size to ride on Toothless' back! He features armour which can be seen in the new movie and comes with a removable weapon. Toothless has a missile which shoots right out of his mouth when in battle. Both Toothless and Hiccup have moveable limbs which Noah really likes as it adds more realism to play.

All three of these Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon 3: Hidden World Toys are suitable for children from 4 years and can be purchased at leading toy stores or online at Amazon.

AD - We were sent these products for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.

My Sunday Photo - 7/52

What's In My Changing Bag

I'm not a shoe, makeup or handbag kinda girl. I like them, but I can do without them, however, the same cannot be said for changing bags. I adore them, and I'm probably a little obsessed with them. I've had so many different changing bags since becoming a mother five years ago, from lots of different brands, but my all time favourite is the B.F.F changing bag from Ju-Ju-Bewhich I reviewed last year. It's functional and practical, whilst being stylish, and on trend too.

With a love of changing bags comes a fondness for WIMCB blog posts (what's in my changing bag.) It's a guilty pleasure of mine, to have a look at what other people carry in their bags. On blog posts of course! I'm not peeking into peoples bags in real life! I've also written a couple over the years, at different stages of my children's lives because they are great to look back on, and I like to think that they may help out a fellow parent. Today I've decided to write an updated WIMCB post, featuring numerous items which I always carry in my changing bag.

I thought I'd start with the miscellaneous items that I carry, some of which can be deemed essentials too I suppose, depending on various factors. Whatever the weather, or time of year, I make sure to pack suitable spare clothes and accessories. In winter it's all about hats, gloves, and spare layers and when it's summer time I'll pack suncream, sun hats, and spare vests. My kids are like bottomless pits so I always carry a couple of quick and easy snacks like fruit, crackers, and fruit or yogurt pouches. Last, but not least are the little bits and pieces that keep them entertained while we're out. Board books, activity packs, and small soft toys are always a winner.

Then there's the essential items that I carry in our changing bag, the items I wouldn't leave the house without. That would be nappies, wipes, bibs, my purse, my keys, my phone, and most recently Oderase.

Oderase is an air freshener with a difference and perfect for packing in your changing bag. Rather than mask bad odours like regular air fresheners do, it eliminates them by attaching itself to the offensive odour particles and erasing them from the air. It comes in a handy pump spray bottle (yay, no aerosol - I wouldn't carry aerosol in my bag) and is non-toxic and fragrance-free. It's been approved by Allergy UK, Good Housekeeping Institute, and achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified™ SILVER.

I've been using Oderase both at home and on the go for the past week and I'm really impressed with the results. It's ideal for using every day, at home but it's also been a godsend for using in public baby changing rooms. When entering them I tend to always have to breathe through my mouth to avoid the smell. Why do they always smell? Even first thing in the morning? I feel sorry for Ava because she's too young to suss out that trick yet. Thankfully, all I have to do is spray a little around to room, and voila! Odours, eliminated! Only available at Ocado, a 100ml bottle usually retails at £4.99, however, it's on offer at £3.99 until 19/02/2019.

What items do you carry in your changing bag? Would you consider using Oderase?

AD - We were sent a bottle Oderase for the purpose of this feature and received a fee to do so, however, all opinions are my own.

Crate Creatures Surprise Bashers & Barf Buddies - Review & Giveaway

Crate Creatures are back, but this time with little mini versions of themselves, and with a couple of new friends! If you haven’t a clue what Crate Creatures are then I recommend taking a look at my review from last year. Anyway, back to it. Crate Creatures Bashers are similar to the Crate Creatures Surprise as they are sat inside their little box, waiting to be unleashed!

Noah has been a fan of collectibles since he was a toddler and his collections have quadrupled over the years! (Help!) With this in mind, you can imagine how excited he was when he found out about Crate Creatures Bashers, they are smaller, more compact and there's more of them to collect. There are 12 characters available at the moment; Blizz, Flea, Guang, Crosseyes, Stubbs, Cappa, Pudge, SnortHog, Tenta, Sizzle, Tugger and Croak! Inside our crates, we discovered Blizz, Guano, and Croak! 

I hadn't seen Crate Creatures Bashers in any shops and hadn't seen any reviews so I really didn't know what to expect when they arrived. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. They are a lot bigger than I imagined, which is great because itty bitty collectibles tend to become lost in our house. They are so bright and fun looking that the kids couldn't wait to get their mitts on them.

The Crate Creature Bashers have an on and off switch (batteries included) and when you pull their tongue they make gross sounds! Not only that, but each cardboard crate turn into a target and then the aim of the game is to fling your Basher onto it! Crate Creature Bashers retail at £9.99 each, and I have a feeling that we may have to collect them all. 

Next, we have Barf Buddies, who are also part of the Crate Creature Surprise family. These ones don't require batteries or make any sounds, but they contain something very gross! Yes, you guessed it, every parent's favourite thing, SLIME!

There are currently 6 Barf Buddies to collect; Skitter, Gulp, Matey, Grumble, Perch and Crunch. We received Crunch who’s a scary looking shark creature! Each Barf Buddy comes with a pot of slime and inside the slime are 3 mystery puke pals. The puke pals are a great idea as it gives another element to the slime and adds even more fun.

To play, you simply open up the tub of slime, pour it into the creature's mouth and then pull it’s tail for it to open up its mouth and spit out all the contents. It’s very gross, which of course the kids love! I did find myself having to help Noah a lot with this as it is quite fiddly, but that wasn't a problem.

Barf Buddies retail at £8.99 each and can be purchased online or in most toy stores. How would you like to win one for your child? Enter to win one of the Barf Buddies by using the Gleam form below! Good luck and don't forget to enter my other competitions!

Crate Creatures Barf Buddy

Terms & Conditions.         
1. There will be 1 winner who will the prize mentioned above. Character chose at random.
2. Prize sent directly by myself. 
3. Competition ends 10/03/19.
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified.
5. UK entries only.

AD - We were sent these products for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.