Monday, 20 August 2012

Zhu Zhu Ponies

You are probably aware of the range of Zhu Zhu hamsters, cute little robotic hamster that make squeaky noises and move around with a touch of intelligence enabling them to navigate around your floor all day long.

They are hugely popular toys and seem to attract children of all ages, we have a variety of hamsters, the boys have the battle arena and Chloe the grooming salon to entertain their furry friends, and they get played with a fair amount, the hamster more so than the play sets.

The range however has just expanded, now joining the Zhuniverse is a range of pretty little ponies.

The Zhu Zhu ponies are the latest in the Zhu Zhu range, and really are rather lovely, with their long flowing mane which can be brushed and styled, and their rather sweet noises and movement these are abit like furry moving my little ponies.

And as ponies are a huge hit for lots of girls these make a lovely gift.

The ponys are sold separately, and there are 6 to collect priced around £14.99 and to add to the collection is a set of pony stables which interconnect to make your own Zhu Zhu pony world.

Each individual pony comes with a brush and a couple of little accessories the pony we received came with two little clips for her hair.

The gable stable we received came with lots of accessories, 7 sections of fence, a bucket and several food items, there is also a little section of grass which the food can slot into and a drawer to store your accessories.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Wenlock - the Olympic Mascots

I am sure you have seen the London 2012 Olympic mascots by now,strange looking creatures with a huge all seeing eye.

There is lots of official merchandise including these strange mascots and we were sent a soft cuddly Wenlock to review.

This soft Wenlock is the perfect Souvenir for children who want to support the Olympics, and my three love him!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Holiday Get away

We're nearly at the end of the second week of the summer holidays already, and I am trying to plan ahead and hoping for a chance to up and leave on some form of adventure, hoping to go cruising along the canals.

Going off sounds lovely,  pack a few essentials and off you go, that is normally the routine I take,up and leaving for a couple of days camping with little forward planning at all.

But this time we are hoping to be able to go for longer than a weekend, so I do need to plan abit.

The household pets are the first thing I need to arrange a sitter for, Jackson can  come along with us, but I don't think the boat is big enough to accommodate the budgie and guinea pig aswell.

Then there is the essential bits and pieces without which the trip is destined to be a disaster.

Oh top of this priority list is the first aid supplies, having an asthmatic son it is vital we have enough inhaler to last before we can return home for a refill, not to mention his Epi Pen, so before going away it's a must to get the repeat prescription from the doctors, then the plasters, paracetamol and sickness relievers are those things that you always wish you had if you don't pre think to take them along, so I am desperate to be above the game and be prepared for every occasion.

Other essentials are a wash bag, its always important to have baby wipes or a hand towel to hand when you have children, toothbrushes and soap seem to be something I normally forget and then have to dash out to find once camped up.

Also travelling with children,and the great British weather, I think its important to have a 'play bag' filled with some of their all time favourite time passes, going camping in a tent, or cruising on the canal the one thing I always notice is the limited space, so I have a one bag for all rule, I find this works well and although they don't have the normal chest full of toys to pick through I do find a select few entertain them for longer anyway.

Things we are including in our play bag to entertain everyone no matter where we are, include a pack of cards, pens and notebooks, a few power rangers figures, a small tub of lego, DS  and a couple of games and a favourite teddy, That seems to be enough to keep my three entertained when the weathers not nice enough for them to run around outside.

Of course its all fine getting the holiday bags packed and ready to go, and the essentials may well make for a smooth getaway, but there is nothing worse than returning home and finding the house a mess, a pile of unpaid bills on the door mat to greet you and no food in the house.

So before we leave I will be sure to hoover round, change the beds, empty bins and I may even get out the duster, then I will ensure there is some food for us to eat on our return the most important being tea bags, milk and biscuits!

 Cravendale milk lasts upto 21 days unopened making it an essential purchase before you go away allowing you to return home to a cuppa.

I am linking this post upto the Britmums come home to a cuppa linky for a chance to win a years supply of Cravendale milk, do pop over to the Britmums blog to see how other people are preparing for their holidays.

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