Peppa's Day at the Zoo & Peppa Pig Classic Car - Review

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Ava is one of Peppa Pig's biggest fans - I think she'd spend all day watching the show on TV if I let her. Her love of the show has well and truly made her obsessed with all things Peppa - she has Peppa bedding, clothing, books, pens, and of course toys! With this in mind, I was more than happy to accept two new Peppa Pig toys to review.

Character Toys recently released a dozen new playsets to their already extensive range of Peppa Pig toys - all the new products have a vehicle and storybook theme which adds a whole new element to play. We received the Classic Car with Peppa Pig and Peppa's Day at the Zoo playsets - both looked fantastic and Ava couldn't wait to play with them.

The Peppa Pig Classic Car set consists of yes, you guessed it, Peppa Pig and her family's famous little red car. It's suitable for children from 3 years of age and retails at £11.00. There's a large space in the driver's seat, ready and waiting for Mummy or Daddy Pig to buckle up and drive away - though they aren't included with the set. The passenger seats are just the right size for Peppa as they are to scale to the figures. Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, George, and friends can be purchased with other playsets.

Peppa's Day at the Zoo set is so much fun and the one that Ava wanted to open first. The set includes x3 character; Peppa Pig, Gerald Giraffe, and Mr. Lion, a zoo sign, zoo cart, tortoise, and butterfly cage. Again, this toy is suitable for children from 3 years of age and retails at £13.00. Mr. Lion looks amazing and is a real showstopper - Ava hasn't put him down since she opened the pack this morning. How cool is he?

Ava has had so much fun playing with these sets this afternoon - it's been a joy watching her create different role-play scenarios with the different characters and accessories. It's also great how these playsets can be interchanged and the more sets you have, the more fun you'll have! You can purchase Peppa's Day at the Zoo Book & Peppa Pig Classic Car online at Argos.

Living Arrows - March 2020

March 2020 - what a month it's been. It started off on the right track with Ava's 3rd birthday which I'm still to write about. It was lovely and I'm still coming to terms with the fact that she's three! The month then took a turn as I had a health scare and then, of course, COVID-19 and the lockdown. It's been a whirlwind of a month and I don't think April is going to be any better. That said, we are all in the same boat and if anything it's time to slow down, enjoy the family time and appreciate the little things in life - like the sun shining, the birds singing and still being able to enjoy one family walk a day. Stay safe and be well.

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Join us on our Easter Egg Hunt with Learning Resources

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We are on lockdown and #StayingIndoors this Easter, teaming up with Learning Resources, one of our favorite brands ever, for an eggciting online Easter egg hunt. It's going to be so much fun and you have the chance to win an Easter-themed prize bundle and a mystery discount!

Make sure to set a reminder for the 6th of April, then hop along to Learning Resources’ Facebook or Instagram pages to look out for all the clues. Follow the clues to find one of their favourite blogs, where you’ll need to hunt for an Easter egg to crack. Hidden inside each Easter Egg you’ll discover a letter - make sure to make note of all the letters because you’ll need them to spell out the answer to a question at the end of the hunt to enter the competition.

Learning Resources are giving away a bumper Alternative Easter Gift prize bundle to once lucky winner and everyone who enters the Egg Hunt will receive a surprise discount of between 10-50% off a Learning Resources purchase on their website. Read more details here and we hope to see you on Monday!

Interior Design Tips for Your Rental Property

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Making a house into a home can be pretty difficult at the best of times - but it’s a real challenge with rented accommodation, especially when you have a limited budget. Usually, with rental homes, you get a basic, blank slate - magnolia walls, brown or floral carpets, curtains that look like they came from the ‘70s - yikes. We lived in numerous rental properties before buying our first property and I can confirm that it was true for us. Each property on entering felt like we were stepping back in time and they didn't feel homely at all - avocado coloured bathrooms, green floral wallpaper, bright red kitchens - we've really seen it all. 

Over the years we came to the conclusion that it doesn’t take much to brighten up a plain or outdated home and that it's quite easy to add your own personal touch - even if you aren't able to paint or put anything up on the walls. Whether you’re the sort of person who’ll throw a lot at it and see what sticks or you’ll change one little thing at a time until your house is perfect - some of these tips below might be of some use to you.

Have a dream.
Having a clear idea for what you want a room before starting can help. Whether it’s a colour scheme, theme or an exact idea, planning can save you time and money. Plan colours so everything you buy goes together or compliment one another. Using mostly neutral colours ensures a coherent aesthetic, and you can still add pops of colour to every room without worrying about clashes. I find Instagram and Pinterest great for inspiration - I'm forever saving or pinning images for later.

Devil’s in the details.
Whilst you may not be able to do much about the walls and carpets, little details can go a long way. Items such as; rugs, blankets, cushions, house plants, ornaments, knick-knacks, and paintings. You don't even have to buy new items for this - you can find great accent pieces at charity and second-hand shops.

Make a change.
If your landlord agrees, you can always make some bigger changes. Many landlords won’t mind what you do as long as the property is returned to them looking at how it did when you moved in - sometimes these small changes can improve the properties' overall aesthetic. You could repaint, put up new curtains, and shelves.

Use what you’ve got
If you can’t repaint or put up shelves, use what you’ve got. Pick furniture that maximises your space - like a sofa instead of armchairs, or a desk that retracts when not in use. It also makes a different to switch the rooms about a little - bring the houseplant downstairs - take the living room lamp upstairs. 

Remember to ask your landlord
Last, but not least. A good relationship with your landlord is super important, especially if you want to make big changes. They’re probably a busy person, but they’ll still want the best for you and their property, so often they won’t mind positive changes being made to the house. As long as you’re not detracting from the value of the property there's not normally a problem, but make sure you ask first! They might have a day job, a couple of properties, or be represented by an estate agent, but they’ll almost definitely be covered by an insurance plan, like a comprehensive building policy or a landlord insurance policy, which you can buy through a broker like CIA Landlord Insurance -although don’t use this as an excuse to go crazy as it’ll come out of your deposit!

Dragon Ball Toys from Bandai - Review

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Calling all Dragon Ball fans - the cult classic and one of the most popular manga and anime series of all time has released its own range of toys courtesy of Bandai. Kids and grown-ups (no judgment here) are now able to create their very own battle scenes and Super Saiyan action with these realistic and articulated action figures.

For the purpose of this review, we received a bunch of different items from the range; x2 Dragon Ball Dragon Stars, x1 Dragon Ball Limit Breaker, and x2 Dragon Ball Super Collectible Figures. Each toy is presented so well and to such high quality - it didn't take Noah long before he was trying to get into the blind bags.

The Limit Breaker figures are Super-Saiyan sized - perfect for packing a punch! Characters available are Vegeta, Goku, Gohan and Frieza, each standing at 30cm tall and each with 5 points of articulation. I often see Noah dashing about the house with him underarm - creating different scenarios with his new Super-Saiyan friend. Suitable for children from 4 years they retail at a respectable £14.99 each.

Last, but certainly not least are the two Dragon Stars figures which are suitable for children from 4 years old and retail at £19.99. They look amazing in their boxes, almost too good to open - they are highly detailed, poseable figures that are 17cm high. They are the elite when it comes to figures, with an incredible 17 or more points of articulation and can be posed in over 9,000 positions. There are more characters in the Dragon Stars range; Goku, Vegeta, Gogeta, Gohan, Bardock, Piccolo, Broly, and Krillin. Each figure comes with a second set of hands or accessories - they are very impressive!

Noah hadn't heard of Dragon Ball until receiving the toys this weekend and now he's obsessed - tuning in to the show on and insisting we collect the rest of the range. 
As a fan of the franchise as a child, it's great to see these licensed toys available here in the UK for the very first time! The toys start as little as £2.99 through to £19.99 - a price point for every budget or occasion whether it's a birthday present or pocket money treat. The Dragon Ball range is available now at Smyths, Argos, B&M, and Game.

Living Arrows - February 2020

This year, I'm making an effort to take part in more linkies, especially ones that are solely about the kids - my favourite subjects to photograph and document. I started the year with my first Living Arrows post for 2020 and hopefully, it is going to be something I will stick to as they are lovely to look back at. I had an array of different photographs to use for March but these shots really stood out to me - they really make me smile.

We are lucky to live in a part of Lancashire which is surrounded by picturesque countrysides and lush woodland areas and they just so happen to be two of our favourite types of places to explore. I pack up a bag full of supplies and fill our flasks with hot chocolate and we are good to go. We can spend hours together outdoors, collecting sticks, searching for rocks, and examinating bugs - great for stretching your legs all while enjoying the fresh air together.

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