SEA LIFE Manchester has teamed up with Disney•Pixar to enable its visitors to share in the antics of this summer’s highly anticipated blockbuster, Finding Dory. Visitors will be led on an interactive trail by one of the new Disney•Pixar movie’s star sea creatures, Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous Octopus and enjoy watching a teaser trailer of the film before it launches in cinemas on Friday 29th July.
Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory tells the story of Dory’s quest to find her own family, with the help of Nemo and Marlin and new characters like Hank that she meets at a Californian marine rehabilitation centre and aquarium.
Last weekend we got the chance to visit sealife Manchester which is located at the Trafford centre. We spotted many “Finding Dory” posters around the attraction and also got the chance to view many fabulous sea creatures.
Sealife is divided into many sections and includes stingray bay, an octopus hideout, ocean tunnels, rock pools, sharks, jellyfish and seahorse areas.
I found the jellyfish tank pretty spectacular. Lots of them and they seemed to illuminate in the water. Izebella loved the sea horses and also going through the various ocean tunnels where you are surrounded by fish.
And then it was time for Legoland Manchester which is next to sealife.
Legoland is lots of fun too. You get to learn a little about how Lego is made and get bricks to take home. There is a lazer shoot ghost train type ride and lots of Lego models, some of which are amazing like this one.
You can purchase tickets for both attractions as a combo package and save money. Buy tickets here.
Here is one of the latest puzzles that we have from Ravensburger.
It contains 100 pieces which are fairly large as far as puzzles of this sort go. It is designed for kids in mind ages 6 and over. Me and Ryan completed it together and I have to admit I actually enjoyed this one more than the bigger 1000 piece ones (but it is a bit easier).
Ravensburger childrens puzzles such as this one come with perfect age fit which means ideal piece sizes, counts and images per age. The pieces get smaller as the children get older and there are more of them too. I’m not sure how many 6 year olds would beable to complete the emoji puzzle or how long it would take them, but me and Ryan managed it in about 20 minutes.
The finished puzzle image is full of emojis – you know; those smiley faces and other small things you find at the end of txt messages! The smiley faces also remind me of my old raving days too.
This puzzle gets complicated because there is just so much going on. It’s best to try and work out an order in which to attempt the puzzle. For us; it was edges and straight bits first.
Then finally the slightly tricky part was just finding where the rest of it went. Looking at the image on the box sort of messes up the eyes after a while so it’s more a case of just trying to work out what piece fits where.
And here is the finished piece!
The RRP for this is just £7.99 from toy stores and Amazon.
Twisted envy are all about unique gifts be it brilliant unusual t-shirts, heart-stopping, weird and Geeky art, attention grabbing, Marshmallow or any other beautiful gifts. So if it’s an unusual gift you desire then take a look at their website. It’s the sort of place I love to have a browse at, and sorry to remind you all but Christmas is just five months off.
Anyway Twisted envy sent me over some of their products recently. These were surprise products as I had no idea whatsoever what they were going to send. I have to say that the products were an absolute lovely surprise, very unique to me and personal.
And when I am drinking a nice cup of tea in a lovely cup like this, I can also enjoy these tasty treats.
This looks like a photo frame with multiple photos or even like fridge magnets. They are actually marshmallow and completely edible. These can be done with photographs or just words. There are 9 to each box and with a use by date that is a few month off so plenty of time to eat them. It does seem a little strange eating myself and my kids tho.
Thank you to Twisted Envy for my lovely photo gifts.
Last Christmas Izebella got given a set of Sylvanian family cat characters. She has not played with them all that much as it was just the one family that she had and no play sets or accessories; until now that is.
I was contacted and asked to be part of the “friends of Sylvanian family group” this hopefully means that me and my children will be testing out a few Sylvanian families toys over the next few months.
The word Sylvan means ‘of the forest’ and the brand has three values at its heart: Nature, Love and Family.
Sylvanian families figures come as many animal species including cats, rabbits,hedgehogs, bears and squirrels, they are very cute and each one coming as a family of four (sometimes more) or as twins and individual figures. There are of course many playsets and accessories too including homes, work places, villages, cars and lots more. A whole world of endless possibility to be collected and put together. The collection is pretty vast and new figures and toys are still being added.
We have been sent a Forest nursery set. The nursery building is already assembled and comes with many parts, desks, chairs, a piano plus cardboard pieces that we fold to make books and nursery toys. Also a large sticker sheet to decorate our nursery.
“Here they are!!”
Izebella finally has somewhere for her family to go and the nursery does not look as bare now. It even comes with its own swing.
Izebella loves Sylvanian families and was quite impressed with the new nursery. She enjoyed helping to put the stickers on too.
This set is one of many that will connect to other sets, meaning lots of ideas for Christmas buys. Forest nursery is available from most good toy stores and costs approximately £18.99.
View the full collection at Sylvanian families UK.
Churchills confectionery have bought out some new sweet tins which seemed to be designed with children in mind.
These tins come with themes of sea life and dinosaurs and bare similar styles of artwork and intricate detailing as most confectionery tins from Churchills. All products from Churchills are really unique and a lot of fine detailing goes into creating them.
And of course the tins make the ideal storage container for both the jigsaw and the sweets.
Perfect gifts for children and even adults who like sweets and jigsaws.
Find out more at Churchills confectionery.
It’s hard to believe but the end of the school year is now upon us and the long Summer holidays are about to begin. For my children this is the end of this week, many schools are next week.
To say thank you to your children’s teacher for all the hard work they have put in, then a nice card always works. If it’s personalised then this gives it that extra special personal touch.
For Father’s Day I reviewed the Postsnap app. This app allows for personalised card creations which are then made and sent to either yours or the recipients address. The cards can vary in price but are generally about £3.49 each. Postsnap also have photo postcards and annoncement cards options.
Here is the card which Jordanna helped to make.
The card was sent to me with a plain envelope within two days. Jordanna has now give it to her teacher.
Visit Postsnap to download the app and create cards.
If like me and my kids; you love taking selfies then this may just be the perfect product for you.
And if you love your selfies but often get frustrated with it not looking right or it looking too squashed, people chopped out, or having to hold your phone too close up then this is one of those must buy items.
It’s pretty basic, no gimmicks, no batteries or any sort of setting up.
This little device simply clips over your phone. In my case it’s an iPhone which it fits perfectly and I do believe that it will clip over most phones. The camera bit goes over the front camera for selfies. I had to wiggle it a or a bit to fit it perfectly over the camera and you will know when it is not right because part of it will show on the camera screen.
The Selfie Phone Clip is a specially designed wide angle lens that increases the scope of your photos. It’s Perfect for group selfies and also panoramic shots when clipped onto the back camera. It is a great way to get the most out of your smartphone camera.
This is a selfie photo of me and Izebella without the selfie clip.
Then add the selfie clip!
And the difference is quite noticeable. The slight blur is the sun glare on my face at that moment and nothing to do with the clip. This photograph was taken at the same angle and again a full arms length. It does not look as close up or squashed and it could easily accommodate for other people in this shot.
This selfie phone clip was sent to me by Paladone who are a wholesale gift supplier. It can be purchased on Amazon for approximately £8.00 and also found in photo and gift stores.
Last week ( July 11th – 17th) was Great British pea week. I have no idea where pea week originates from but there is a bit of info online.
To celebrate pea week, we were asked by Birds eye to buy some of their frozen garden peas and make something with them. Now I’m not a pea lover myself, infact one of the only few foods I don’t eat. My two girls however love their peas and were very happy to have their peas this week.
I was sent some vouchers and managed to grab a few other Birds eye goodies too.
The garden peas are great value and come in a large 860g bag which is sealable. They are already cooked so very easy to make and as the bag is really big they will last a long time. I just tip out the amount I need into a bowl, and add water.
I purchased the Birds eye garden peas from Asda for just £2.00.
This summer Marley Spoon is celebrating the (hopefully) sunny weather with a Global BBQ campaign, which launched last week. The campaign is running for five weeks and celebrates Marley Spoon’s chefs from across the world with one country’s BBQ recipes featured in the box each week.
I have reviewed Marley spoon previously and found them a great way to try out new recipes and food and make meals that I would previously never attempt. It’s a subscription service and everything needed to make the chosen meals comes included in a box to your home.
I agreed to take part in the BBQ campaign and was sent my own BBQ box to make two Summer style dishes.
A large box arrived full of ingredients and recipe cards. My dishes this week were – Anglo-Indian Pork Burgers with Roasted Carrots & Raita and Honey & Mustard Chicken with Apple-Potato Salad & Warm Fennel. If someone had asked me if I could make these previously I would of laughed. They sound complicated but Marley Spoon makes them so easy.
Each of the two dishes ingredients are divided into two bags; and it’s almost American style being in brown paper bags. Each bag contains all the ingredients needed.
This is our Mustard chicken with Apple – potato salad and warm fennel.
This is our Anglo-Indian Pork Burgers with Roasted Carrots & Raita. Along with the recipe card.
Again another easy to make s very tasty dish. The burger, being made with pork mince rather than beef had a totally different flavour and the carrots; an unusual addition to a salad but it all worked well together.
Marley spoon delivers nationwide and meal portions start from £3.75 each.
All we need now is the Summer BBQ weather!
Find out more at Marley Spoon