6/17/2018

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6/15/2018

GumiGem Bubba Bag Original - Review & Giveaway




GumiGem is a UK, family run business who design and produce silicone jewellery and silicone teething toys that not only will little ones love but parents will love also. We are no strangers when it comes to the brand as over the years we've had a couple of their teething toys and I've treated myself to some of their lovely teething jewellery too. GumiGem products quickly became an essential for me, especially in the heights of teething. This week I was asked if we would like to review their Original Bubba Bag I happily accepted because I knew that Ava would love it.


The Original Bubba Bag contains 4 teething toys, all of which are made of the soft, flexible, non-toxic, washable silicone, perfect for babies and toddlers to gnaw on. There's a set of car keys which do a great job of reaching those pesky molars. A credit card with raised numbers which little ones will love to touch and explore. There's a smartphone which is not just ideal for chewing but is a good way to encourage imaginative play. Last but not least there's a little pink purse which is smooth to touch with added bobbly bits to soothe sore gums. All of the toys carry the CE mark and are dishwasher safe.


Ava has been playing with the bag and chewing on the toys constantly for the past couple of days. She really enjoys to sit down and rummage through the bag to see what she'll discover. She a fan of all four teething toys but the keys seem to be a firm favourite for gnawing on and she's always nattering away on the phone! Once she's finished playing with them she tidies them back inside the bag, pops it on her arm and toddles away, just like Mummy. It's the cutest thing to watch, she's such a little lady! It's kept her occupied on so many occasions and I'm sure that she's going to enjoy it for quite some time.


The Bubba Bag Original retails at £29.95 and is available online on the website. I'd definitely recommend it to fellow parents, especially to those with teething children as I really think that it helps when it comes to teething and it's so much fun too! How would you like to win a Bubba Bag? In either purple or green? To enter simply use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions!

GumiGem Bubba Bag worth £29.95

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6/14/2018

10 Ways To Make Moving Home Easier


Before we bought our first home we had lived in not one, but three rental properties. With moving house four times in ten years you could say that we are quite used to packing up our belongings and moving but it doesn't make the task any less stressful, especially with children. With this in mind, I've teamed up with fellow bloggers to put together a post featuring some of our top tips on how to make the process easier and less stressful. I'll start by sharing one of my own tips.


1. Hire help, hire cleaners to do the dirty work and movers to do the heavy work. By hiring transportation services like the moving company Toronto, you'll make the move so much easier. Find a local company by using the internet or ask friends for any recommendations.

2. Before you do anything read; "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Mari Kondo! Then start packing in her suggested order, getting rid of anything that doesn't "spark joy". I thought it all sounded a bit ridiculous until I "got it" and then I was totally hooked. It will make packing so much easier, and you will be very excited about unpacking too! - Eileen.

3. Start sorting and rehoming as soon as the house goes on the market, in fact before you even put it on the market! It will help stage your house while you are selling and streamline the packing afterwards. And if your house does not sell or you change your mind, it will be a lot better place to live in afterwards! - Nikki.

4. Find out upfront what your sellers are leaving, things like curtain rods and light fittings can save a small fortune initially. Also, see what your buyer might be interested in too. When we moved last time, we sold them our kitchen table as it fit well there but was too small for our new place. Offer to leave shelves and fittings too if you don't need them. It saves taking stuff down. - Emma.

5. Get the kids involved as much as possible. It can be a huge shock to their system, especially if you’re moving away from their school or friends. Getting them involved in packing and maybe labelling boxes or deciding where things will go, can help them feel in control. - Jennifer.

6. My top tip is to get a babysitter. We moved house with 2 children and it was such a challenge with them running around everywhere, it made it difficult both packing and unpacking the other side as well as the actual moving! - Hayley.

7. I always go with the mindset it will take longer than you expect and it'll be harder than you expect. I try to start packing much sooner than I need to then we usually hire a small van and move as much as we can, then get a removals firm to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to sofas and beds. - Jenny.

8. Write on every box what is in it, then when you go to put it in your new home; you know exactly what room to put it straight in. Saves so much mess and clutter in your new home. - Rebecca.

9. After about 17 moves in less than 3 years, I can honestly say create a ‘24 hour box’! Put in a change of clothes, stuff to make tea and coffee (mugs, kettle spoons) a bowl, knife and fork, toilet roll, washing up liquid, tin opener dishcloths and label it! That way if moving doesn’t go to plan and you get into the new place late, you don’t have 100 boxes to try to unpack/go through, you can just grab that 1 box with everything you need for the next 24 hours. - Jade.

10. Keep one box separate from the rest so that it is easy to find after the move with cutlery, some plates, favourite children’s bits - basically anything needed to make that first night a lot less stressful. Also, once you are in, focus on getting the kids' rooms unpacked and ready first so that they are ‘in’ the new home. - Emma.

Do you have any tips that you'd like to share?
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6/12/2018

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Father's Day


Father's Day is just a matter of days away and is creeping up on us fast. This year, like most years the day has fallen on Nick's birthday too which means he'll receive two sets of presents! I struggle buying gifts for him at the best of times nevermind when he has two events to celebrate! With this in mind, I've put together a post of all the items that he'll be receiving this year and a couple that will be great for my Dad! Hopefully, it'll give you some ideas if you still need to grab a couple of last minute gifts.


1. Buy a Gift Voucher - from £25.00
If I ever need a little inspiration when it comes to buying gifts then I tend to head over to Buy A Gift. Not only have they got thousands of experience days but they have spa days, hampers and gifts too. If you are unsure about what to book then there's the option to purchase Buy A Gift vouchers which gives the recipient the option to spend it however they like.

2. Cushtie Pillow - £11.99
Cushtie's are lightweight and compact so can easily be taken in the car or packed in your hand luggage if you're going on an aeroplane. We like to travel and have recently just come back from a holiday to Majorca. With this in mind, I like to look out for presents which would benefit us when travelling, especially to a different country. Nick doesn't like flying so the Cushtie Pillow from Find Me A Gift would make him a bit more comfortable and the kids would be able to use it too. They look so comfortable that we'll probably use it around the house too.

3. Angels' Nectar Scotch Whiskey - £17.99
Angels' Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky has been carefully created from a selection of Speyside and Highland malt whiskies and bottled at 40% Vol. It's smooth and sweet with hints of apple pie on the nose, followed by heather honey and lemon on the taste. My Dad hasn't tried this brand before and I know he'll be delighted when he unwraps it on Father's Day.

4. Venturer Mercury 7L - £49.99
This is another gift which is perfect for travelling or for home use. The Mercury 7L operates on Android 6.0 and has a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen with a display resolution of 1024 x 600. Inside the Mercury 7L is a Quad Core 1.3Ghz processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory and built-in Wi-Fi capability, making it a great option to surf the internet. The Mercury 7L has a front-facing 1-megapixel camera, ideal for video calling friends and family or for taking selfies. With a Micro SD card slot and Micro USB port for data transfer and charging, this great value tablet is the perfect option for kids or when travelling.

5. Dobell Light Blue Dupion Tie - £9.99
This classic cut tie is made from a smart dupion fabric. Suitable for any formal occasion, it has been custom made to ensure the perfect match with our waistcoat range. It's available online at Dobell and comes in a range of different colours.

6. Beer Hawk Cheers Dad Beer Box - £20.00
This Father’s Day Beer Hawk, the UK’s leading online craft and speciality beer retailer, is throwing out the socks and slippers and replacing them in favour of beer! The ‘Cheers Dad’ craft beer gift box promises five great beers from around the world, a limited edition ‘Dad’s Beer’ glass and a tasty bar snack. Cheers Dad has been carefully curated by Beer Hawk’s in-house beer experts to make it the perfect gift for beer-loving dads this Father’s Day. I now have this hidden away for Father's Day and I'm so excited to surprise Nick with it, he'll love it!

7. Sebamed For Men Bundle - £28.41
Nick is always neglecting his skin and as he's getting older it's time to start paying attention to it. 
The Sebamed For Men bundle covers all the products you require for good healthy skincare. It includes a cleanser, moisturizer, shaving balm, body wash and even a deodorant. Created with the same pH 5.5 value as healthy skin, it supports and protects the natural barrier function of the skin’s acid mantle, rapidly absorbs and leaves skin feeling replenished.

8. Marques de Caceres Wines - from £8.49
Last but not least we were sent a couple of bottles of Marques De Caceres wine. The Marques de Caceres Verdejo White which is an aromatic white wine from the highly regarded Rueda region, full of character and balanced acidity. Expect nutty, herbaceous and citrus notes, perfect to accompany spicy food or fish. Second we have the Marques de Caceres Blanco White which is a rich and dry white wine. Minerals lace through notes of grapefruit and pear, making this a fresh and crisp feeling wine on the palate. These will go down a storm in the evening once the kids are in bed.

Have you bought all your presents for Father's Day or are you running a bit last minute like me?

- This post contains PR samples and a sponsored link.

6/11/2018

Why Should You Choose A Cruise For Your Next Holiday With The Kids?



Cruises haven’t always appealed to me, from the worry about seasickness to the fear of being trapped on a boat for days on end with bored children. But with more and more families opting for these types of holidays, I thought I’d dig a bit deeper into what they offer people of all ages. So here’s what I found:

1. Cuisines for Everyone
If like me, the thought of a cruise brings up all kinds of images of formal dining rooms and stuffy dress codes, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Today, many cruise liners are trying to cater for a variety of needs, which means offering convenient dining services for all the family. From snack bars that are perfect for grabbing food on the go (while you’re sat by the pool) to casual restaurants with family-friendly menus, you really are spoilt for choice. And don’t worry – if mum and dad still fancy getting dressed up to the nines one night, there are formal options available.

2. Kids Won’t Know What to Do First
Obviously, your biggest concern when you’re going on holiday with the kids is how to keep them entertained – especially when you’re at sea. However, it looks like the bigger worry will be keeping them entertained when you get back home because cruises offer such a vast array of activities throughout the day and night. These clubs and activities are also tailored to different ages, so youngsters and teenagers have something to do without feeling as though they’ve got to join in with people a lot older or younger than them.

3. Entertainment for the Whole Family
With so many different cruise liners available, (you only need to look at places like the Bolsover Cruise Club to see the choice on offer), you’ll be able to find something that meets your family’s needs. And one huge aspect will be the entertainment provided by the ship’s staff. At night, many cruise ships offer shows that are family-friendly and often feature some of the hottest up-and-coming talentThen, during the day, you can opt for the excursions that are offered to the different places you’re travelling to. What’s more, if there’s enough of you, you could even arrange a private excursion at a similar price.

Seeing the World
Finally, one of the greatest aspects of a cruise is being able to see new places around the world and without the worry of having to integrate and find your way around the local area. There’s no upheaval as you travel around as you’ll all have the same room each night, but you do get an insight into new areas that you might not otherwise travel to. From Alaska to Europe, the possibilities are endless with cruises – and with everything included in the overall price (minus some excursions), you’ll know how much your family holiday is going to cost you from the offset.

Would you ever consider a cruise with your children?

- This is a PR Collaboration. 

6/08/2018

Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Battle Batcave - Review



Imaginext figures, vehicles and playsets have been Noah's favourite toys for quite some time now. He's collected so many over the past couple of years and he plays with them every day without fail. His beloved Imaginext figures have been on days out with us, they've been to nursery with him, they go in the bath with him and some have been abroad a few times too! With him being such a huge fan when we were sent the 
Imaginext DC Super Friends Battle Batcave to review I was so excited for him!


Noah couldn't contain his excitement when it was delivered and thankfully he didn't have to wait long to play with it as it didn't need to be assembled. It was ready to go and doesn't use batteries either! Included with the playset are x1 Batman figure, x1 Joker figure and x4 weapons. Additional figures can be purchased separately.

This Imaginext Batcave is the perfect place for Imaginext Justice League Super Heroes and their Super-Villain enemies to train and face-off in an ultimate battle. It's one impressive playset, one that made Noah gasp when he first saw it! It has not one but two levels to explore, featuring a ground floor battle arena where figures can train or fight, and a second-floor deck and arsenal where they can spectate or line up ready to take part!


To prepare for battle simply place your chosen Imaginext figures into the controllers on the battle floor by simply clicking their feet into place. Equip them with a weapon and then they are ready to fight. To start the battle simply squeeze the triggers to see the figures spin around at superhero speed, then push and pull the controllers back and forth to try to knock your opponent out of their stand! 


The Battle Batcave is a great addition to the extensive range of Imaginext toys as it brings a whole new aspect to play. It's inspired him to create new scenarios for his superheroes and villains and encourages him to use his imagination more. It's quickly become one of Noah's favourite playsets and I think that he'll be playing with it for years to come. Suitable for 3 years+ it retails at £36.99 and is available online and in most toys stores.

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

Renovating Our Home For Summer



We were fortunate enough to be in the position to buy our first home and to take a step onto the property ladder around three years ago. I've written about this many times on the blog as it's something I'm really proud of. I also wrote about how awful the house looked when we bought it, most people would have walked straight in and back out again as it needed an endless amount of work. It needed a new kitchen, new bathroom, a complete rewiring and central heating system. It also needed replastering, new carpets, new lights, it was endless! Halfway through the renovation, I was walking around the house in tears as it was so overwhelming. Every inch of the house had been stripped back to brick, the ceilings were hanging down, floorboards had been pulled. I couldn't imagine it ever being finished, it looked like a lost cause.

Fast forward a few years and the initial work has long been finished but new work has begun. A few months ago we started renovating the attic to give us more space and to add value to the property. This has turned into another one of those jobs which feels like it's never ending and is a lot bigger than we envisioned. One thing I've learned though from our first renovation is not to panic as everything gets finished eventually.


Another job which is ongoing is the work in the garden. When we first moved in we dug out all the gravel and replaced it with lawn, although we were warned against it. Noah and Ava are always out in the garden so it's constantly getting trampled all over and they have a large playhouse which prevents half the lawn from growing as it blocks out the sun. This has resulted in half the lawn dead and the rest of it is patchy or overgrown.

We are currently looking into
 mississauga landscaping as we want to replace the lawn with quality decking. I think decking will be so much easier to maintain and clean in comparison to grass. It will also provide the children with a safe surface to play on and one in which us parents can enjoy too. I'm planning on sitting out there, on a patio set with a glass of wine!

- This is a PR Collaboration.

6/07/2018

First Time Car Buyer? Things To Consider Before Purchasing


Looking to purchase your first car? This is an incredibly exciting time and everyone looks back fondly on their first vehicle, but it is important that you take the time to find one that is perfect for your particular needs. This can be challenging as there is such great variety available, so here are a few of the considerations that you must make before parting with the cash.


Budget
First, you need to establish how much money you want to spend on the automobile. If it is your first car, it is best to opt for something relatively cheap as this will be the best way to start your driving career and reduce running costs (another factor to consider when establishing a budget).

Seller
You must also decide where the best place to purchase the vehicle from is. If purchasing second hand (a good idea if it is your first car), you should always buy from reputable sellers, like an Unbeatablecar, as this will be a safe and reliable place to purchase. Private sellers can be tempting because of their low prices, but there are risks attached to this route so it is best avoided.

Reliability
As well as purchasing the automobile from a reputable seller, it is also important that you are purchasing a reliable vehicle. You can do this by opting for respected manufacturers and by reading reviews online to make sure that it is a high-quality, well-built vehicle which will not let you down.

Size
Consider how many passengers you will need to transport around and whether or not you will need much storage space. This will help you to determine whether or not you need a large family car, a small city vehicle or anything in between.

Economy
Selecting a car with high mpg and low emissions can be a great way to reduce running costs whilst also doing your part for the environment. If you are an eco-conscious individual, you might want to take a look at electric vehicles as there are many excellent models available and a host of benefits of being an owner.

Technology
Technology has become a huge part of motoring in modern times so think about whether or not this is an important factor to you. If you are into technology, there are many vehicles that come with all kinds of great features that can enhance the safety, comfort, and performance of the automobile.

Purchasing your first car is an exciting process, but you should always carefully consider the above factors to make sure that you are getting the right car for your particular needs. This will help you to identify the perfect vehicle to get your driving career off to a smooth and enjoyable start.

- This is a PR Collaboration.

6/06/2018

The Perfect Father's Day TV Binge & Competition



If you know me then you'll know all about my love of TV shows. There's nothing I enjoy more than discovering a series that I haven't seen before and even more so if there are a few seasons to catch up on! I've spent so many hours, curled up on my sofa in the evening, totally enthralled in a gripping show.

I often find myself watching them on my own as Nick isn't into TV shows as much as I am. I'm always encouraging him to watch them with me, so that we can binge-watch together but it's easier said than done! He can be picky about what he watches and is quite limited to the genre's that he enjoys. However, there has been a couple which we've enjoyed together such as; The Walking Dead, Six Feet Under and most recently, Ozark. 
With this in mind, in collaboration with Fox, I've chosen three series that I think Nick and many other Dad's out there would enjoy watching this Father's Day.


1. Vikings
"The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history - a man on the edge of myth."
I'm already a huge fan of Vikings. It's one of my favourite series of all time and that's saying something as I've watched a hell of a lot of shows. It's loosely based on Viking history and Mythology (there's a fine line between the two) and is based on the legend that is, Ragnar Lothbrok. From the first couple of minutes, I was gripped. Everything from the way it's filmed, through to the cast, the set, through to the storylines is just perfection. It's one not to be missed and has got to be my first suggestion to binge watch this Father's Day.


2. The X Files
"
Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the sceptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts."
My parents watched the original back when I was a child and the opening music still gives me the creeps. It was such an original concept back in the day and earned quite the following of loyal fans. When it was revealed that it was making a come back in 2016 the internet blew up! This is a series that I know that Nick would really enjoy. We plan on watching it from the very beginning which means there are over 200 episodes to catch up on!


3. Fargo
"Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota."
This is a show which has been recommended to us on so many different occasions and has received some great reviews. Described as a crime, drama, thriller I can imagine it being something that we'd both enjoy watching together this Father's Day. I think my Dad would like this one too!


How would you like to win the three TV series mentioned in this blog post? Simply enter using the Twitter link below. Terms and conditions are linked to the tweet, competition ends 14/06.


6/05/2018

Things To Do When You’re Visiting London For A Weekend With The Kids


For many parents, visiting London is a must-do with the kids, especially when they get older and start to get excited about the country’s capital. However, if you’re anything like me, you’ll often worry about how you’re going to keep them entertained all weekend without tiring them out too much. And there’s always some worry about the hustle and bustle and often frantic atmosphere that you’ll find in the most popular places. 

So, to help you plan your trip to London, I’ve put together some of the best activities and places to visit, which should keep the whole family entertained.


1. Go on the London Eye
The London Eye is one of the most iconic features in London’s skyline and with special family and children rates available, it’s an affordable way to spend 30 minutes. It’s also a great way to show your kids just how vast London is, pointing out all the highlights from up above. On a good day, you should be able to see for around 40km, so you might need a few turns to spot all of the best bits.

2. Visit Some Museums
Museums can often evoke a ‘but they’re so boring!’ reaction from the kids – but London has some of the best museums in the world to offer. 
If they’re fascinated by dinosaurs (or even if they’re not), the Natural History Museum has the ability to take your breath away, especially when you see the blue whale skeleton that’s recently replaced Dippy the Diplodocus. There’s also the Science Museum and the British Museum (to name a few), both of which offer great entertainment for the kids.

3. Go to the Theatre
No trip to London would be complete without a night at the theatre. From Wicked to Grease and Matilda to School of Rock, there’s something for everyone, with each show creating memories that last a lifetime. There are even kid-friendly performances available for little ones, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Gruffalo’s Child – but if you’re trying to please an audience of various ages, Disney’s Aladdin or The Lion King are fantastic choices. 

And don’t forget to check out places like Discount London for the latest deals on theatre tickets. Packages often include pre-theatre meals, which helps take the hassle out of finding places to eat near the theatre. Plus it adds to the build of excitement you’ll all feel about seeing such a standout show.

Obviously, these three options are just a small insight into the vast amount of things you can do in London. Just do plenty of research beforehand and create a full itinerary – that way, you’ll be able to plan in snacks, breaks and naps (if necessary) amongst all the other exciting activities you’re going to do.

Where would you take the kids whilst visiting London?

- This is a PR Collaboration.

6/04/2018

Fathers Day Gift Ideas For Superhero Dads


I'll be the first to admit that I tend to struggle when it comes to buying gifts for men. I'm always brainstorming idea's and making notes of what to buy for Nick, my brother, my Dad and my Grandad. One thing that most of the men in my family have in common is their love of superheroes. With Fathers Day and Nick's birthday right around the corner, and with Marvel being so popular I thought I'd put together a gift for all those Superhero obsessives out there.


1. Marvel Avengers Infinity War: Iron Man Pop Vinyl - £14.99
It seems that the world has gone Funko Pop crazy over the past couple of years. We aren't collectors ourselves but I can totally understand the fascination with them. They've created Funko Pops for so many characters, actors, artists, sports stars, icons. This is why they'd make a great gift, even if you aren't a collector yourself.


2. Avengers Infinity War Icon Of Heroes Mug - £7.99

I don't think you can go wrong with a brand new mug! Our mugs and cups are always getting chipped or broken in the dishwasher, and those which manage to escape unscathed usually end up at Nick's work, never to be seen again! A cup of coffee in an Avengers mug, what more can a fan want?

3. Avengers Infinity War Deluxe Colouring Book - £4.99
Adult colouring books are something else which have risen in popularity lately. They are said to relieve stress as well as keeping you entertained and your mind busy. I'm sure having an Avengers-themed colouring book would encourage even the burliest of men to give it a go!


4. Ant-Man Blu-Ray - £17.99

We are yet to watch this movie which is a surprise because we love Ant-Man and we are huge fans of Paul Rudd too. I'm planning on buying it with the latest Avengers movie for Nick for Father's Day. We've agreed to watch them that night, feet up with a big bowl of snacks. I'm just hoping that the kids sleep and let us watch the films without any disturbance. That would be a great present for him actually, a few hours peace!

5. Avengers Infinity War Head Profiles Unisex T-Shirt - £12.99
Last, but certainly not least we have the licensed Infinity War t-shirt which I think is awesome! It features all the characters we know, love and loathe and is perfect for all the Marvel fans out there. Nick can be quite picky when it comes to what he wears and he usually avoids t-shirts with slogans or large character prints. I think he'd love this one though as it's quite subtle and the colours work really well together without being too in your face.


Do you have any Superhero fans in the family and would you consider any of these gifts for Fathers Day?


- This is a PR collaboration.

6/01/2018

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 3 - Review



Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are tiny adorable creatures that are hidden inside eggs, waiting to be hatched. Hold, hatch and play, they are utterly adorable and so much fun to collect. We love surprise toys and Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are a favourite of ours. We've been lucky enough to collaborate with them a couple of times and last year we reviewed the fantastic Hatchimal Hatchery Nursery. This is a great playset for children who love them just as much as we do.


Hatchimals CollEGGtibles have now returned with series 3, bringing over 100 new characters to collect, enough to hatch a whole new world. We were delighted when we were sent some products from the new range.

Our review bundle included; 
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 3 - 1 Pack - RRP: £2.99,
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 3 - 2 Pack - RRP: £4.99, Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 2-Pack Cloud Egg Carton - RRP: £4.99 and the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 3 – 4 Pack - RRP: £9.99. With prices starting at £2.99 there's a pack for every occasion or for a pocket money treat.

Just like series 1 and 2 the new series of Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are presented in colourful speckled eggs and are waiting for someone to help them to hatch. To hatch them you simply rub the heart on the egg and wait for it to change colour, once it's changed from purple to pink it's ready to hatch. Then all you need to do is give the egg a little squeeze to make the first crack. It's so exciting to see which CollEGGtible will be waiting inside.


"Hatch Friends Forever!" is the tagline for season 3 as there's a brand new theme running throughout the series. Each new Hatchimal CollEGGtible has a best friend, squad or a twin! This new element adds even more excitement when it comes to hatching the eggs as you may find not one but two critters!


It didn't take long for us to find out first set of twins, pink Penguala twins! I think both Noah and I squealed in delight when we saw that twins were nestled up inside! Twin's are a little bit smaller than regular Hatchimal CollEGGtibles, so they need extra care not be lost. They have little wobbly heads and have special poses and gestures which make them the cutest CollEGGtibles ever!


Our favourite from all that we hatched has got to be Petal Alligator from Petal Path, who is part of a squad. Noah's decided that she's the Mummy of all the rest of the CollEGGtibles and she's the one in charge! We had no dupes in our season 3 bundle, a lovely mix of characters with two sets of twins and two squad members too! 


Did you know that there's a FREE Hatchimals app which is perfect for Hatchimals CollEGGtible fans out there! With the app you can explore Hatchtopia and hatch new friends! Once they’ve hatched, care for them to keep them happy, play mini-games with them, and build your collection! You can explore different areas of Hatchtopia with your Hatchimal and can even keep track of your real collection with the Collector’s Book.

Hatchimals has also premiered its animated digital webisodes that welcome kids to Hatchtopia offering new magical places for them to discover. Hatch a Whole World™ with Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 3. Hatchimals Season 3 is suitable from the age of 3 and is available now, online and in most toy retailers. For further information visit www.hatchimals.com. 

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