Organix Goodies Mini Space Cheese Bites - Review & Giveaway

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Organix have graced our food cupboard for years now, ever since I started to wean Noah back when he was 6 months old. Since then I've worked with Organix numerous times, as well as being a loyal customer too. The Organix logo is something that both Noah and Ava look-out for when we are shopping, it’s like a little seal of approval for them. In fact, every time they spot it, it usually ends up in the trolley! (We actually went shopping in Aldi this weekend and spotted their mini Oaty bites and bought a few bags!)

Organix keeps their snacks exciting by continually adding new products to their range and the children always look forward to trying them out. We recently reviewed the new Organix Jammie Monsters which you can read about here. They quickly became a favourite, for both Noah and Ava and we've bought more since our last review.

Organix Goodies Mini Space Cheese Bites are the latest product from their range which is suitable for children from 18 months old. They are pieces of cheddar cheese which have been dried and sprinkled with a little bit of potato starch (so they don’t stick together in the pack) and that’s literally it! They are suitable for vegetarians, are junk free, gluten free, organic and are a healthier alternative to other snacks on the market. Similar to the Organix Jammie Monsters they are sold in a box and contain individual portions which make them great for snacking on at home or on the go.

The concept behind the Mini Space Cheese Bites is brilliant! The packs look colourful, engaging and inviting. The dried cheese inside the pack looks just like little pieces of the moon which have certainly made snack time a lot more interesting! The snacks have filled Ava’s tummy whilst fuelling her imagination at the same time. She now has a new found interest in stars and the moon. I’m going to run with it and dig out some of Noah’s books about the solar system because we might have a little astronaut in our midst!

Looking a little different to regular dried savory snacks Ava needed a little encouragement to try them at first but once she did there was no going back. She seems to really enjoy not only the taste but the crunchy texture too. I also tried them and have to say they are delicious! I could happily sit there and eat the lot but I wouldn’t do that to Ava! I just hope she intends to share!

Organix Goodies Mini Space Cheese Bites are sold in a box containing four individual bags. They are suitable for children from 18 months of age, retail at £2.49 and are available to buy at Boots, Ocado, Sainsbury’s and more. 
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Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie - Review & Giveaway

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One of my favourite parts of being a blogger is having the opportunity to work with brands that we love, respect and are proud to promote. Learning Resources are just that. We've been fans for years now and can always count on their toys to be educational, exciting, engaging and entertaining too. They always go down a storm with the kids.

A few weeks ago Learning Resources got in touch to ask if we would like to review something from their website. I picked out a couple of products which I thought the kids would enjoy and they kindly sent us two of them; The Peg Friends Stacking Farm and the Super Sorting Pie. I've decided to write the reviews on separate posts as I'll also be giving away one of each toy. Today's review and giveaway are dedicated to the Super Sorting Pie.

Presented in a sturdy cardboard box, perfect for storing it in, the Super Sorting Pie looked very exciting and really caught both Noah and Ava's attention. They couldn't wait to open it and explore what was inside. Included in the box are the plastic pie base, pie lid, removable divider, game booklet, three double-sided sorting cards, two jumbo tweezers, and 60 fruit shaped counters.

The Super Sorting Pie is suitable for children from 3 years of age (Ava is 2 but is allowed to play with it under my supervision - she always wants to play with what Noah has) and is designed to encourage and develop early numeracy skills. It's also great for building fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and sorting skills.

The kids, of course, wanted to play with it right away so I set up the colour sorting activity first because I knew it was one that they could enjoy together. To do this I simply placed the sorting card on the colour sorting side, inserted it into the base of the pie and placed all the fruit counters into the lid. With 60 fruits (7 fruits in 5 different colours) Noah and Ava had lots to keep them both busy.

Noah recognised the jumbo tweezers from school and was pleased to have some of his own, to use at home. Ava seemed to figure out how to use them pretty quickly and was colour sorting in no time. The jumbo tweezers are great for building the muscles in children's fingers to help with their pincer grip, which is actually something Noah's teacher told me a few months ago.

There are many different ways children can play and learn with the Super Sorting Pie. There are other games to play; sorting into colours, sorting into fruits, sorting into numbers and so on. It's ideal for teaching younger children about different colours and fruits. The kids have both enjoyed choosing what they want to play next and often role play with it too.

The Super Sorting Pie is such a fantastic toy, one which I know the kids will enjoy for years to come. Again, it's suitable for children from three years of age and retails at £23.00. More can be read over on the Learning Resources website.

For your chance to win one please head over to my Instagram page for more details and the terms and conditions. Don't fret if you don't have Instagram though as I'll be setting up another competition with Learning Resources on the blog in a week or so. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other competitions.

Living Arrows #20 - Happy Easter

We had a lovely Easter break this year. Noah had two weeks off school and the weather was glorious. We pretty much spent every moment outdoors, enjoying the weather and we had lots of days out too. I took these pictures one afternoon before one of our many egg hunts. I lost count of how many times I had to rehide those eggs! The kids had so much fun! Did you have a nice Easter? 

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Belle Vue Sizzling Pub & Grill - Blackpool

Last weekend we were invited to dine at The Belle Vue Pub & Grill over in Blackpool, Lancashire. We arrived about 30 minutes early of our booking time of 5.30pm but were courteously taken to our reserved table without a problem. The staff member immediately noticed we had a young child with us and didn’t hesitate to provide us with a high chair, some crayons and colouring paper, which was greatly appreciated. The manager introduced himself to us and let us know that if we needed anything just ask our waiter and he will sort if for us. This was our first time visiting Belle Vue but noticed it had been renovated recently, everything looked fantastic and clean. We spent quite some time looking through the menu as there was a really great variety of meals, it was very difficult trying to decide what to have. We noticed the prices seemed really fair for both drinks and food, which is great when dining as a family. We finally settled on a chicken fajita sizzling skillet, a tandoori chicken burger and 2 kids chicken nugget meals with chips and corn on the cob. One thing to note with the kid's meals is that they offer two different portion sizes, one for under 5’s and one for over 5’s. We didn’t have to wait long at all for our food to come which was surprising as it was quite busy and we were relieved as we were ready for some good food after spending the day at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. When the food arrived the first thing we commented on was the generous portion size, great value for money! The fajita skillet was sizzling away and looked so appetising. It included succulent pieces of chicken breast on a bed of grilled peppers and onions accompanied by 4 small flour tortilla wraps, sour cream, salsa, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese. I’ve had fajitas at Mexican restaurants which cost considerably more than at the Belle Vue and I can honestly that this was easily on par, if not better. It was full of flavour, the chicken was juicy and tender, the tortillas were soft and warm and the whole thing came together to create a mouth-watering, very satisfying meal. My partner opted for the Tandoori Chicken Burger meal which consists of chicken tandoori marinated chicken fillets, topped with onion bhajis and minted sour cream with a portion of curly fries on the side. When it arrived, it was literally a tower of a burger, he was so impressed. It was well seasoned, tender and held together well considering the amount of food sandwiched between the bun. The bhajis were crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. He said that it tasted fantastic and he would definitely order it again. Noah and Ava were more than happy with their chicken nugget meal, both of them diving straight into the corn on the cob. Included in the kid’s meal was a dessert of their choice. They both love ice cream, so we went for the “Build your own Sundae" which consists of 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream with little pots of Cadbury’s buttons, Aero chocolate, fresh strawberries, and chocolate sauce. I think this is such a great idea for children as it encourages them to get involved in creating their own dessert and they really enjoyed doing it though they both had a different approach. Noah put ALL of the toppings on straight away and dived in. Ava, on the other hand, added her strawberries and chocolate sauce but ate the buttons separately. However, they were similar in the fact that they both cleared the lot. The dessert menu was impressive and featured classic cakes, pudding, ice cream and more. We could not resist ordering our own and decided to go for the Chocolate Fudge Cake and a Belgian Chocolate Brownie. Both were served with ice cream and the brownie is served warm. We tried one another's dessert and both agreed that the brownie was superior. Our experience at the Belle Vue was nothing but positive. We could not fault the quality of the food in any way and really felt that you get great value for money too. The staff are attentive, polite and helpful, ensuring your time here is as relaxing and comfortable as possible. As frequent visitors to Blackpool, there is no doubt that we will definitely be visiting again. Head to their website to view the Sizzling Pub & Grill menu or to find your local grill. Disclaimer: We received this meal free of charge for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.

How To Make Your Home More Tech-Savvy

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Are you looking to make your home more hi-tech? Many people are following the smart home trend due to the number of benefits that come with enhancing your home. This includes having a much more efficient household, and some forms of technology can actually help you reduce your outgoings.  

There are plenty of different ways you can update your home with technology but to start off, you should consider the following choices to make your living space more hi-tech.  

Hi-tech lighting fixtures 
Do you find that your electricity bills are significantly high? This is most probably due to leaving lights on accidentally, which is one of the main causes of expensive outgoings. To prevent this, you should consider investing in smart lighting such as censored lights which automatically turn off when no detection is established. This type of lighting is extremely cost-effective and efficient, which is why property investment companies like RW Invest back luxury developments with these hi-tech features.   

If you want to start small, you could simply replace your ordinary light bulbs with smart ones. These are wireless and are be operated via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. This works to reduce your electricity usage which is great for your bank account and your carbon footprint.   
Smart heating devices  
Another massive household expense is usually the energy bills, which can be reduced significantly with the aid of technology, such as smart meters which allow you to monitor your energy usage via your phone or wireless device. This will automatically make you conscious of your usage habits, which can result in a massive decrease in your energy bills.  

If you find yourself forgetting to turn off your radiators, you can actually purchase Wi-Fi-controlled radiators which allow you to turn them off via your phone even when you’re away from home. This works by utilising geofencing technology which sends signals to your heating fixtures, which is great for turning them off and on if you want to warm up the house after a holiday.  
Update your security measures  
You may have an alarm system which you think you can trust; however, ordinary systems do not offer nearly as much protection as smart security devices do. If you feel like you need extra security that can be trusted, you should consider purchasing a smart security camera, which will monitor your entire property and you can check on it via your smartphone when you’re on holiday or just out for the day.  

Another great invention is the hi-tech doorbell, with most of them operated via Wi-Fi you can monitor who is visiting your home. They also feature high-quality monitoring systems so as soon as movement is detected, an alert will be sent to your phone, and you will be able to see who is at your door. This is ideal for working families who are always out of the house, especially if they are expecting a delivery, as this reassures them that their package is safe.  

Tech-savvy protection  
Are you worried about damage to your property? Before smart technology came around, it is very unlikely that you would be able to detect a leak or any damage in your home. Luckily, there are plenty of hi-tech devices that can stop your home from being at risk, which will ultimately save you from paying out for expensive repairs.  

These devices include pipe detection which works by syncing up your phone with an automated system which is programmed to prevent leaks by alerting you to switch off your water. There are also plenty of fire and carbon monoxide detectors which send emergency notifications to your phone when even the slightest detection is found. This will ensure that both your home and your family are safe at all times.

Little Tikes Fairy Cozy Coupe - Review

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Little Tikes are a much-loved brand, one which has provided years of fun for children, not just in this country but across the world too. This year Little Tikes celebrate their 50th birthday which I think speaks volumes. They must be doing something right to still be a household name so many years later.

To celebrate their birthday I was offered a selection of different toys for the kids to review. I could have chosen a sandpit, or a water table, both of which looked amazing but it had to be the Cozy Coupe! Does anything scream Little Tikes more than their iconic Cozy Coupe? Their ride on cars have been around since 1979 (longer than I've been alive) and 40 years later children are still drawn to them, like a moth to the flame! They've certainly stood the test of time.

Cozy Coupe's have evolved over the years, making slight improvements here and there but the main thing to change is how we aren't limited to just one type of car anymore. The classic red Cozy Coupe is still available but there's now so many other different colours and designs to choose from. There's a Cozy Coupe perfect for every child, whether it's the dinosaur one, the princess, the fireman, the taxi cab, the police car and so on. I decided to go all out and opted for the Fairy Cozy Coupe for the purpose of this review.

The Cozy Coupe arrived in a large cardboard box and needed to be assembled. It was a little trickier to put together than we anticipated, however, I left that part to Nick and I put myself on sticker duty. Most of the Fairy details are applied by adding numerous stickers, in fact, even the stickers had stickers on. It took around an hour to put together but it was worth every minute because I know that it's well put together, sturdy, robust and will last the children years.

Front wheels spin 360˚ for easy maneuverability
Parent push-handle and safety floorboard for push-along mode
Remove the floorboard to switch to child-powered mode
Toot the working horn for role play fun
Turn the clicking ignition switch
Open and close the fuel cap
High seat back and cup holders in the rear

It didn't take long before Ava was glued to the Cozy Coupe's seat, she was raring to go! In fact, she was sat in the driver's seat before it had a roof or a set of wheels and when it was time to give it a test drive she was straight out the door. At just two years old she finds it easy to climb in and our the car and took to the steering wheel and horn straight away.

Not only does Ava spend time "driving" around in her new Cozy Coupe but it's also a catalyst for so many role-play scenarios for her too. She likes to drive off to the shops to buy some snacks, or she declares that she's going to work to see her Daddy. She also likes to grab her little handbag and one of her dolls to take out in the car with her. It's so cute to watch her play.

The kids have only had the Cozy Coupe for a few weeks but if I'd have bought it I would already have my money worth! It's played with constantly. If Ava isn't in it then Noah and his best friend are taking turns to have a go. It's become quite the attraction on our street, it's like a moth to the flame, just like I mentioned earlier.

The Little Tikes Fairy Cozy Coupe is 
suitable for children from 18 months of age and retails at £49.99. Visit the Cozy Coupe section on the Little Tikes website to find your nearest stockist.

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

How To Guide Your Child Through Recovery After An Accident

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As a parent, one of your greatest joys is your little one. They come as a complete package of joy, mess, and humour, meaning that your hands are always full. For this reason, one of the primary objectives should be to keep them safe and out of harm’s way. However, no matter how hard you try, the reality is that accidents happen at times. If your child ever does get into an accident, it’s important that you know what to do and how to help them recover. Here are some tips that will help if you’re ever in such a situation.

1. Get Them the Right Medical Care
The first course of action that you should take to help your child recover after an accident is to ensure they receive the right medical care. It’s crucial that you know the impact of their injuries and have them properly examined. Even if it was just a minor accident, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. After reporting to the right authorities, you can take them to the emergency room or their local GP.

2. Deal with the Legal Side of Things
As soon as an accident happens in a public place, it’s crucial that you take down as much information as possible. If there are any witnesses, keep their contact details so that they can provide a statement if necessary. Additionally, you should take pictures, as they may be needed for police reports or your insurance. In the event that the accident was no fault of your own, contact The Compensation Experts as they can give you the right advice. They focus on helping victims of claims get the compensation and legal support they need.

3. Show Them Love and Attention
When children are ill, it can be harder for them to deal with. In light of this, give them the physical and emotional support they need in order to help them recover. This could mean that you have to administer more kisses and cuddles than usual. You can never show your kids enough affection, so the goal should be to be there by their side and help them meet their needs. It’s also crucial that you take the time out to listen to what they have to say. Accidents can be mentally and emotionally difficult on your child, so to avoid any negative mental impacts, encourage them to talk.

4. Try Natural Remedies
Aside from following the doctor’s orders, you should also try natural remedies when helping your child recover. There are different natural pain remedies that you could consider such as cherries or exercise. For one, cherries contain a compound called anthocyanins which could possibly help reduce pain. If your child has a sweet tooth, then try pineapples as they have a powerful enzyme called Bromelain which can help reduce inflammation as well as pain.

5. Be Patient
Another thing that you should do to guide your child through recovery is to learn to be patient. It can be a challenging time for you as a parent and your child so you may have to be more tolerant than you usually would be. Reassure them that they’ll feel better soon, and they’ll recover in no time.

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Wonder Park Toy Collection - Review

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Wonder Park is a new animated children's movie brought to you by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies, set to be released in the UK on the 8th of April. It tells the story of an amusement park, run by a group of animals, which is brought to life through the imagination of a little girl named June. Noah and Ava were so excited to see the film at the cinema, even more so now after receiving these fantastic products from the new Wonder Park toy collection.

We opened the Wonder Chimp Surprise 3 Pack (RRP £5.00) and the Wonder Park Figure (RRP £7.00) first because the kids are partial to their "packs" as they like to call them. 
The Wonder Chimp Surprise 3 Pack contains a plastic rollercoaster cart and 3 Wonder Chimps. 1 chimp is on display and another two are hidden, waiting to be unveiled. The rollercoaster carts aren't just a piece of throwaway plastic, they a toy which can be connected with others to form a huge coaster. There are over 30 Wonder Chimps to collect in series 1 and Noah was delighted with the three chimps that he found in his first pack.

There's an array of different Wonder Park figures to collect and we were delighted to receive June, who is the star of the movie. She's a decent sized figure and looks very much like the character in the film. She has a fully articulated body and comes with a little backpack, which actually doubles up as a keychain. Noah likes to put the little Wonder Chimps into the backpack and then pops it on her shoulders. I think he'll be more excited about this toy when we have watched the movie together and he knows the character better.

Next, we opened the Wonder Chimp surprise single packs which are like the Wonder Chimp 3 pack but are cheaper (cannot confirm RRP yet but I'd presume around the £2.00 mark) and contain just one chimp. The cart colour is different from the three pack (blue) and the colour is set to change with every series. Noah was sent four of these and received a different character in each cart. I sense the start of a new collection coming on!

Last, but not least we have the Scented Wonder Chimp soft toy (RRP £15.00) which Ava has hogged since the moment she set eyes on it. We received the Princess chimp for the purpose of this review, but just like the other toys in this collection, there are other characters available. 
It's quite a large soft toy, one which is extremely huggable and is scented just like candyfloss. In the movie, Wonder Chimps are the official souvenir of Wonder Park so it's great that kids are able to take the magic home and actually have one of their own! Ava hasn't put it down since it arrived last week, it's her new best friend!

All toys featured in this review are suitable from 3 years and vary in price. Discover these toys and more, online, and in-store at The Entertainer.

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