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Hatching Our Zuru Smashers Epic Dino Egg & Dino Smashers Series 3 - Review & Giveaway

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Noah has been a fan of collectibles for as long as I can remember. I've lost count of the different collections that he has on the go, and I dread to think of the amount of money we've spent on them! He has his favourites amongst his collections and Smashers quickly became popular with him after we reviewed Smashers season 2 last year. With this in mind, I was delighted to be given the chance to review a couple of products from the Dino Smashers series 3 range, and so was he. 

The focus of this review is the Smashers Epic Dino Egg but I have got to mention the two fantastic packs included in this bundle. The Zuru Smashers Dino 8 pack - RRP £9.99 and Zuru Smashers Dino Collectors tin - RRP £7.99 are great to opt for if you want to start a collection off with a bang, for birthday gifts or for pocket money treats too.

Noah chose to open both the 8 pack and collectors tin at the same time so that he could smash them all in one go. He threw them everywhere, on the floor, on the sofa, on the windowsill. He loved smashing them just as much as finding the collectible dino's amongst broken pieces. It's worth noting that these eggs can be pieced back together once broken. I think this is great because not only can children smash them over and over again, it means that all those pieces of plastic aren't going straight to landfill.

Next, we have the Smashers Epic Dino Egg which is huge and really impressive to look at. It made Noah scream in excitement when he first saw it and he couldn't wait to see what was inside. He peeled off the plastic packaging, then bashed it on top of his toybox to open it. 
It didn't take long for him to get into it and that is when the fun began.

x1 Epic Dino Eggshell
x1 Dino Egg Yolk Bag
x1 Scratch Map
5x Compounds
6x Smash Eggs
x1 Digging Tool
x1 Exclusive Smash-o-saur Dino (3 to collect)

Inside the Smashers Epic Dino Egg is basically everything that kids love; slime, putty, sand, collectibles and a bath bomb! Within each component are different bones which all connect together to create a Smash-o-saur. He quickly 
picked up the scratch map to get started and was in charge of scratching the map to find out what we needed to do to find the bones.

As you can see this can be quite messy, but it is so engaging and fun! Usually, with toys like this, the activity is over within ten minutes but having so many different tasks to complete with this gave us lots of time to enjoy it. Once the bones were clean it was time to assemble the Smash-o-saur and discover which out of the three we had. While I put all the bones together Noah did a fine job of smashing the six eggs which come with the Smashers Epic Dino Egg. He discovered fossils, rares and had no dupes whatsoever.

Zuru Smashers have gone and done it again with this series. The Epic Dino Egg, in particular, is something else, it's awesome as Noah says! Suitable for children from 5 years, it retails at £24.99 (cheaper in some places) and contains 25 surprises inside. It's excellent value for money and offers a lot of fun and intrigue. Find this range at Smyths, The Entertainer, Argos, Tesco, Asda, B&M, Sainsbury's and all the major retailers.

How would you like to win a Zuru Smashers Dino 3 Pack? To enter simply use the Gleam form below and don't forget to enter my other competitions! Good luck!

Zuru Smashers Dino 3 Pack

Terms & Conditions.         
1. There will be 1 winner who will win the prize mentioned above.
2. Prize provided by myself. 
3. Competition ends 11/08/19.
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified.
5. UK entries only.

Preparing For A Family Road Trip

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With the six week holidays coming up fast we have started to plan a few trips and family days out. It's so important to get out and about this time of year, especially when it comes to making the most of the weather. We've already been abroad this year, so during the summer holidays, we intend to explore the UK and what better way to do this than buy planning a road trip. To help us with our plans I've asked fellow bloggers to share a couple of tips with me.

1. Plan ahead
Make a couple of lists and check them twice! When it comes to traveling I'm all about preparing and making lists, lots of lists. I like to jot everything down and tend to overpack, but I'd rather have everything with me than forget something that we need.

2. Invest in a Sat Nav
I'm not going to lie, I'm that reliant on technology these days that I wouldn't trust myself or Nick with a map. Satellite Navigation has saved our behinds on numerous occasions, without them we'd have been driving in circles. We are currently on the lookout for an upgrade and we've found some quality Navigation Systems here at

3. Take a first aid kit
I have a travel first aid kit that I take everywhere with me because my kids are very accident prone. It contains plasters, nail scissors, antiseptic wipes, Calpol sachets, even bravery stickers! Lisa from The Familly Ticket suggested something that I hadn't thought of, which I will be adding my kit; "Every time we go on a family road trip we have to make sure we stock up on travel sickness tablets. It's the only thing that works for our eldest."

4. Pack the potty
We are currently potty training Ava so we always need a potty at hand. Emily from Emily and Indiana said to "Take a
 travel potty, wipes and a spare change of clothes in the car for little ones. You never know when they’re going to need the toilet!" I couldn't agree more!

5. Take breaks during the journey
With young children, you have to make the odd pit stop, that's a given. Michaela from Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum shares this great tip; "Section the road trip into small bites. Work on a map and find suitable pit stops in between to break up the journey and get the kids out of the car and stretching their legs for a little bit of time."

Do you have any tips that you would like to share?

Disney's The Lion King Live-Action Roaring Simba & Plush - Review & Giveaway

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The Lion King is a favourite of mine and has been ever since I was a little girl. I had the VHS, the storybook, the soft toys, the Simba hot water bottle and would regularly crawl around the schoolyard pretending to be Nala! I now relive those memories through my own children because they adore The Lion King too. It's an ageless story, enjoyed by generations and if you are anything like me then you'll be excited by the upcoming release of the live-action movie. Coinciding with the new movie is a range of live-action toys, brought to you by Flair, which I'll be reviewing today.

For the purpose of this review, we received the Disney's The Lion King Live-Action Small Plush with Sound - RRP £9.99 and The Lion King Live-Action Roaring Simba - RRP £39.99. Ava couldn't wait to play with them and discover what they do.

First, we have The Lion King Live-Action Roaring Simba toy which caught Ava's attention right away. It quite a decent size, standing at 12" tall and is made from soft, deluxe fabrics. It's rather realistic looking which makes it great for both play and cuddles. 

The Lion King Live-Action Roaring Simba features an abundance of different phrases, and sounds, including an adorable roar. It doesn't walk, but it moves it's head and opens and closes its mouth. You get it to do this by pressing a button on its leg, above its paw. It's also motion activated whilst in play mode which Ava found fascinating. I caught her tiptoeing around it, trying to sneak past without making it roar! She also likes to peer right inside its mouth!

The Lion King Live-Action Small Plushes are available in four different characters: Simba, Nala, Timon, and Pumba. They are smaller in stature at 8" tall but are just as soft and cuddly. We received Nala and thought the likeness to the live-action movie character was remarkable. At first glance, we thought it was just a teddy, however, it talks and makes noises too! I have a feeling Ava will want to collect all 4 and seems to refer to Nala as her baby.

Both toys require batteries, which are included, and are both suitable for children from 3 years of age. They are available to buy now at Argos, Amazon and other leading retailers.

How would you like to win the Disney's The Lion King Live-Action Small Plush with Sound? To enter simply use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other competitions.

Disney's The Lion King Live-Action Small Plush with Sound

Terms & Conditions.         
1. There will be 1 winner who will win the prize mentioned above.
2. Prize provided by myself. 
3. Competition ends 31/07/19.
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified.
5. UK entries only.