10/18/2018

Living Arrows #9 - Welcoming Autumn



Autumn started on the 23rd of September this year, and straight away you could feel the change in the seasons. It seemed like overnight the temperature dropped and the leaves began to fall. Autumn has got to be one of our favourite seasons, there's something special about wrapping up warm and heading out for an adventure with the kids. Everything seems to look more beautiful too.

Here is a couple of the photo's I shot on one of our most recent adventures. It was a lovely afternoon, not too cold and there wasn't a rain cloud in sight. The kids enjoyed jumping in all the crisp leaves, searching for conkers and feeding oats (and a bit of bread - naughty) to the ducks and geese. 


Living Arrows

10/16/2018

Tommy's Danceathon with Babyballet



You may be shocked to learn that 1 in 4 women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth, especially in this day and age. Tommy's fund research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provide pregnancy health information to parents. They want every parent to have the best possible pregnancy outcomes and to take home happy, healthy babies.

This week, in partnership with Babyballet, Tommy's are hosting a charity fundraiser called Danceathon. Danceathon is a special Peppa Pig themed week of Babyballet classes with one goal in mind, to raise lots of money for Tommy's. The funds raise will allow thousands of couples to attend a Tommy’s research centre and help them realise their dream of having a baby.


Taking part in Danceathon and raising money is a huge achievement for little ones, an act which deserves some recognition. So Tommy's have promised to send each fundraising Babyballet star a memento of their first fundraising challenge. More details can be found on the website.

You can find out more about Tommy’s and the Danceathon here: https://www.tommys.org/our-organisation/get-involved/tommys-danceathon-2018 Will you be taking part in the Danceathon this year?

10/15/2018

Disney Junior Vampirina Toy Collection - Review



Vampirina is one of our favourite TV shows to watch as a family. It's all about a young vampire named Vampirina, she's a lovely little thing, who is uprooted from her home in Transylvania to move to Pennsylvania with her parents. The show is all about embracing differences and teaches the value of friendship. With this in mind we were delighted to review the Disney Vampirina Toy Collection and as you can see by the photo, we were totally blown away with what we received.


The Vampirina Scare B&B Playset is a real showstopper, one which the kids wanted me to open right away. It did require some assembly and sticker placement but it was quite straightforward and easy to do. If this was a gift for Christmas or a birthday I would probably set it up beforehand, rather than wrapping the box just so they could play with it right away.


The playset has multiple floors to explore which provides hours of fun. It comes with multiple pieces of removable furniture and with Vee and Poppy figures. The ground floor hosts the kitchen and dining room and comes with a removable dining table and chair set. It even has a moving (haunted) food and a fridge which opens. The attention to detail is so impressive and everything is sturdy and very well made.
Moving up, the first floor holds the living room and study area. It's a very exciting floor as it has lots to offer. It has a removable sofa & a bookcase that pulls down into a secret bed. There's also a moving record player and a dance floor, which makes Vampirina or Poppy dance and twirl. Within the B&B are six special spots which make Vampirina light up as you can see by the photo above.
Last, but not least is the very top floor which is a little bedroom, with a removable bed. If you pull the roof upwards, it expands, revealing the family portraits on the wall. The Vampirina Scare B&B Playset is new for Autumn 2018, the perfect gift for Christmas. It's suitable for children from 3 years and retails at £49.99.

Next, we have 
Hauntley’s Mobile vehicle which is great for a standalone toy or for an added extra alongside the Scare B&B. It retails at £29.99 and features lights, sounds, music. It also transforms into a moonlit movie theatre. Included in the set is a Vee/Vampirina figure, a table, and tub of popcorn. It's proved to be a big hit with the children and one which seems to be played with often.


The Vampirina Friends Set is a 
must-have if your child loves figures just as much as Noah does. The set comes with 10 characters that we know and love from the show. You'll find Vampirina, Oxana, Boris, Demi, Bridget, Vampirina 'Case of the Battys', Nosy, Gregoria, Wolfie & Vampirina’s backpack accessory. Having these extra figures brings even more gameplay to the Scare B&B or just for playing with on their own. The Fangtastic Friends Set is suitable from 3 years of age and retails at £29.99.



The Bootastic Backpack set is perfect for all Vampirina fans. There's 8 pieces included in the set; the backpack itself, a light and sound pendant, a pair of sunglasses, bat wing hair clips, keyring and 2 sheets of stickers. Noah's best friend took a real shine to the backpack and wanted to wear it right away, teamed with the pendent and sunglasses of course! We had a bit of trouble getting the clips to stay in so she decided to keep them nice and safe within the bag. The Bootastic Backpack is suitable from 3 years old age and retails at £24.99.

The Vampirina Headband Gloves set would make a fantastic stocking filler this Christmas, retailing at just £7.99. It contains a pair of open fingered gloves and a bat eared headband, perfect for dressing up just like Vee! You can purchase Vdee's dress seperately too, great for role play or for a Halloween costume!

There are two Vampirina Spooky Scooter Set currently available, a Vampirina and Gregoria set and a Poppy and Wolfie set. Both of which come with a 3.5inch figure, friend figure, scooter, and skateboard. They are suitable for children from 3 years old and retail at £11.99 each. Last, but not least we have the Vampirina Best Ghoul Friends Set assortment which retail at £7.99 each. The Vampirina Best Ghoul Friends sets feature Vampirina or Poppy, a monster pal and an accessory. The monster friends included contains "Ghoul Glow magic" where kids can place each figure on the spook-tacular Ghoul Glow Lights & Sounds Chamber (sold separately) to hear sounds and to watch it glow up!

All toys mentioned in this review are available now, both online and in stores at Argos, Smyths and Amazon. Come and join myself and UK Mums on the 25th of October between 1-3pm for a spook-tacular twitter party! We'll be hosting our own Vampirina party at home, while showcasing all these fantastic toys and there will also be lots of toys up for grabs!

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







10/09/2018

PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure Toys - Review



Being such huge PJ Masks fans we were delighted when we were sent a big bundle of new and existing PJ Masks toys to review. We were invited to not only review the toys but to host a PJ Masks themed party for Noah too. I was delighted when I was accepted for this opportunity because I knew it would make the perfect after-school surprise for Noah and his friends.
 

The first item we decided to play with was the Mission Control HQ Playset, a new release for Autumn, which is suitable from 3 years and retails at £49.99. Included with this set is the HQ itself, a Romeo figure and a Catboy figure. The PJ Masks Mission Control HQ Playset is such a show stopper! It starts as the famous PJ Masks totem pole which is seen in the tv show, then it opens up to reveal three stories to enjoy and explore, each with interactive points to engage with.

The Mission Control HQ Playset encourages children to use their imagination and prompts them to create their own stories with the PJ Masks. It’s not just a place for the PJ Masks to hang out, as there’s so much more to do and explore. There's a secret trap door and a lightening bolt cage, both of which are ideal for capturing villains like Romeo and Luna Girl. Behind the lightening bolt cage is a light and sound control panel which plays phrases and music from the show. At the side of the HQ is a corkscrew pole which is great for Catboy as he can use it to spin on down and set off for to fight. When the HQ is under attack defend it using the Gekko shield or dart machines. The scroll through mission tablet is just what Owlette needs to choose their next mission. The Mission Control HQ Playset comes with a Romeo and Catboy figure, however, more are available to purchase separately.


Next, we have the Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket, which is also suitable from 3 years of age and retails at £49.99. Included with this set is the HQ Rocket, Gekko figure and Gekko space rover vehicle. The PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket is new for the season, inspired heavily by the show featuring lots of exciting lights and sounds. There are three colour coded seats inside the cockpit, one for each PJ Mask, with Gekko in the driving seat.


When the PJ Masks are ready to fly through space the ramp and legs can be folded up and closed, which makes take off quick and easy with the build in handle. Once the HQ Rocket has landed, simply press the button and the ramp will pop out, allowing Gekko to ride on out on his Space Rover vehicle! This is a great addition to any existing PJ Masks toy collection.

The Deluxe Figure Set is the set which really stood out to Noah as he really loves figurines! I do too as they are a great way to inspire imagination and encourage role play. This has been out for a while now, is suitable for children from 3 years and retails at £34.99. It’s a 16 piece set, which features all the main characters; Catboy, Gekko, Owlette, Luna Girl, Romeo, Night Ninja, three stackable Ninjalinos and more. The hero and villain figure stands 7.5cm, have moveable arms and can be used in both the Mission Control HQ Playset and Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket.

The Speed Booster Vehicles are new for Autumn and retail at £13.99 each. There’s one for each PJ Mask character and each vehicle comes with a figure too, These are great for additional play with PJ Masks playsets like the HQ and Rocket, but are just as fun on their own. The kids enjoy having races with them, to see which hero will win. They also make fabulous getaway cars!


Also, new for Autumn are the Super Moon Adventure Figure and accessory set Super Moon Adventure Space Rover and Figure Assortments, both of which retail at £9.99 – a fantastic price point for a pocket money treat or for a stocking filler. They are themed on the new Super Moon Adventure theme and the new episodes of the show. The Super Moon Adventure Figure and accessory sets come with an interactive spacesuit and helmet and are articulated which makes role play so much more realistic. The PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure Rover set each come with a figure, vehicle and themed accessory.
 


The PJ Masks toy collection is brought to you by Flair and are availble to buy now, online or in stores such as Smyths, Amazon and VeryThere's something for every budget and would all make fantastic gifts for Christmas. If I was to recommend particular products for Christmas it would have to be the Mission Control HQ because it’s the one my children seem to be the most taken by. 

Join UK Mums between 1-3pm on the 17th October for the #PJMasksToys twitter party! We'll be discussing the new range, while throwing a PJ Masks party and giving away lots of toys! Make sure to join us!
- We were sent these products for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.