Izebella loves my little pony, so she was absolutely over the moon to get the brand new magical princess twilight sparkle from Hasbro toys and Just weeks before Christmas too.
Twilight sparkle is adorable with her big eyes and flashing unicorn. She has a long colourful main and tail, both of which can be brushed, plaited and styled. However It’s her interactive features that make her stand out so much.
She needs 4xC type batteries which invade your unsure are the ones smaller than those big bulky D batteries. Luckily I had an unopened pack of 4 in or I would have had one disappointed young lady.
When turned on, she instantly greets with her name and starts to babble a bit. She lifts her legs, moves her head and neck in a slightly contorted way and flaps her wings. Her unicorn also flashes on and off.
Our little video will show her in action.
Yes she tends to waffle on with herself for a while. She has 90 or so different phrases and a few different modes where she will sing, move, flap wings, tell stories or just talk forever. With each mode (via button press) she will be moving part of her body. When her wings flap she will ask to fly. Little girls like Izebella will love to lift her up and imagine her flying off to Equestaria.
Secondly the price – Stores and shops obviously differ slightly in price, but for instance; Argos are selling this for a whopping £119.99. To me this is just too expensive for one toy. I think a more ideal price for a toy like this would be half this price or perhaps slightly more.
And finally she does not come with any accessories apart from her crown. An outfit or maybe an interactive accessory such as food or a bottle etc would have reflected the price a little better.
However despite the cost of this toy, it has made one little princesses day, totally magical as Izebella now has a new best friend.
If a bike or scooter is on your young child’s Christmas list this year, then you may want to consider one of these as a stocking filler.
It’s called the Mini hornit and costs £14.99. There’s a few colour choices and it attaches to most bikes, scooters and probably a few other outdoor type toys.
Mini hornit has multiple functions. It acts as a bright safety light which can be set as still or flashing, the light can also be changed to a green funky flash light too. The best bit however are the many sounds that come from this device. There are 25 sounds in total, it’s fairly loud too so does get a little annoying if pressed constantly. These sounds include fire engine, magic carpet, fart, train, truck, animals and a fair few more.
And here’s a short demonstration. I said it was loud!
The mini hornit can be controlled by the buttons on its base or via a remote trigger that Izebella can hold whilst riding.
It is a fun novelty device which provides an element of safety via the lights. It also means parents know that their child is close as no one can mistake those noises.
I think this would be a great build up stocking filler gift for a child to open right before the big present of a bike or scooter.
The bunnies are in a race to get to the big carrot at the top of the hill, but on the way are holes and traps which send the poor little bunnies to the beginning to start their tiring climb all over again!
This is Funny Bunny from Ravensburger games. No batteries are required for this one and it seems to be a game aimed at the much younger generation of 4 and over.
The main game board is set out like a big hill with a huge carrot right at the top. A path winds it’s way up and around the Bunny hill. Up to four players can play, each player staring with 4 Bunny pieces. No dice, no spinner, just a pile of cards.
The cards will either show a carrot or a rabbit. A rabbit card means move the shown amount of places. So for the card above this would be one place, this can be u to three. Any of the four pieces can be moved or played.
The carrot card means the big carrot needs to be turned. There are not as many carrot cards as rabbit cards but the carrots can really alter the game play. Turning the carrot changes the location of the rabbit holes and should any piece fall down a hole then this sends that piece to the beginning. The carrot can also activate the mole which can knock a Bunny piece off and then there is the drawbridge which if up means players cannot cross. There is also a gate close to the end which can knock players onto a spot much lower down.
A carrot turn has caused a few frustrations in our house with Izebella even throwing a piece in anger, she’s a bad loser. We found it an easy game to get the hang of, minimal rules, zero set up and lots of fun sending others back to the beginning.
Buy for £14.99 from many good toy stores.
Little Tikes are probably better known for their larger outdoor toys and ride on’s, but they also have a selection of smaller indoor toys too. Just like this adorable puppy.
This cute little dude comes with the goggles, a lead and its own little birth certificate.
Puppy needs batteries, he walks on the lead and walks alone. Who needs a real puppy when you can have this one?
I’m not sure if he’s meant for bubble bath, but he worked fine straight after. He wouldn’t turn off until his sensors were completely dry and so ends up walking off the wet around the bathroom, which Izebella finds hilarious. He is quickly dried off with a towel. His sensors are at the front, located under his collar and special button. It’s these that need to be dry or he will just keep on walking thinking he’s still in the water.
Izebella loves her new Swim to Me Puppy, she just couldn not wait to put him in the bath with her. I was really surprised that puppy was fine in the bath, despite it being full of bubbles. There was zero water inside the puppy device, it’s quite baffling how it works in the water as the battery compartment and cover seem the same as any other toy.
Izebella loves doing jigsaws and puzzles and she’s really good and fast at doing them. She also loves anything considered girly, think fairies, castles, unicorns etc. So imagine her delight when she got a box of puzzles with many of her favourite themes on them.
Her new puzzles come from Crocodile Creek who are American based. They sell many unusual puzzles, games and toys and a large range of their items are available via Amazon.
What makes these puzzles stand out the most I think, is the boxes they come in. Just look how pretty this one is.
This one immediately caught my eye. It is a 36 piece floor puzzle with large puzzle pieces. Izebella found it quite easy but she loves the image so makes it over and over again. It is called the “Flower Princess” and retails around £10.00.
Equally as pretty is the Ballerina puzzle. Again the box stands out immediately. It isn’t the standard square or recatangle puzzle box and the colours are just so bold. The puzzles look almost vintage or retro.
Finally a very special box, combining a princess puzzle and pop out playset with figures and a tower.
It’s the box upon a time princess palace set.
This is just adorable as it’s so much more than just doing a jigsaw, and again Just look at the lovely (and very strong) box. This is not one of those puzzle boxes that will fall apart after a few weeks.
All these figures are waiting inside to be played with, along with a castle tower. When finished playing it can all easily be stored back in the box. This costs slightly more than the floor puzzles above but little girls who love princesses will love this.
These puzzles were sent to us via Bertoy.
I now own one of these awesome and very natural salt lamps.
This lamp comes from Himasal UK who mainly sell their products to trade rather than directly but their items can be purchased in many places.
Salt lamps have actually been around for years but have only recently started appearing in shops and stores for consumers to purchase. I believe many people will soon be wanting one of these in their home, as they certainly make an interesting feature.
These lamps are made with Himalayan rock sal, if you happen to put a finger in your mouth after touching the lamp then it will taste of salt. Obviously the salt itself does not light up, a hole is made in the bottom of the lamp to allow for insertion of a plug in light and base.
“Salt Lamps clean the air around them using a natural water-absorption process called hygroscopy. Our Himalayan salt pulls in moisture from the air, absorbing dust particles and pollutants with it. The heated bulb then gently warms the salt, releasing the water, but keeping the harmful irritants.”
This process can help with many health problems such as allergies and inability to sleep properly. It can also help with low mood and especially so SAD.
I was so surprised with Just how little these extremely pretty lamps cost. I was thinking in the hundreds but they are actually really cheap. The price goes off the lamp size and weight as they are all different.
Salt lamps can be shaped and carved into all sorts of shapes and sizes. I do love the natural lamp shapes the best. One thing I did not anticipate about my lamp was the weight of it. It is just so heavy and they come much bigger and heavier than mine too. I did struggle to carry mine to its chosen location, and would not want this to fall on my feet.
This half term Regal Entertainments presents The Wizard of Oz at Southport theatre. From Tuesday 24 October – Thursday 26 October.
Including an all-star cast – Eastenders’ Cheryl Fergison as the Eva’ The Wicked Witch of the West; Maddie Hope Coelho as Dorothy; David Heath as the Scarecrow; Philip McGuiness playing the Tinman; and Richard Hazlewood as Lion.
The Wizard of Oz is a firm family favourite, an old classic movie which was first released before my parents were even born. Everyone is familiar with the story which is all focuses on young Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto as they embark on a wondrous adventure over the rainbow in the magical land of Oz.
Tickers start at £14.25. Two showings per day at 1pm and 5pm. Southport theatre is conveniently located on the promenade. Tickets can be purchased here.
We cannot wait to go and watch this!
Kinder is the well known kids confectionery brand by Fererro. Ferrero being the 4th largest player in the global confectionery market. Kinder are most known for their kinder eggs which I have been around for as long as I can remember. Kinder chocolate has its own unique milky taste which is certainly identifiable once tasted. As well as those chocolate eggs with mini toys inside, Kinder now has a selection of festive stocking fillers and pre Xmas goodies.
Kinder has a fair few products to be used as stocking fillers or even small gifts for relatives and friends children. These include Kinder surprise Christmas eggs, bar packs, tubes, baskets, chocolate figures and even a Kinder mini fluffy toy gift set.
More kinder Christmas treats can be found on the Fererro website.
Take one look at this guy, if you dare!
This extremely terrifying Halloween prop is known as a scary peeper. It actually looks like a mask but who would want that on their head? Certainly not me. The idea is to hang them on the outside of a window so it’s looking inside.
These scary peepers are new to the UK market and there seems to be a few other terrifying peepers out there, all of them designed to shock and scare the unsuspecting guests.
Now, this is meant as an outside type Halloween prop, or it can be used in haunted displays etc, but I have decided that I don’t want to look at this freakish face everytime my blinds are open. Instead of facing inwards from the outside; this Peeping Tom is going to scare the neighbors and anyone who walks past, Yes he’s going to be hung on the inside with his ugly mug facing outside. I just hope no dear old ladies see it!
It really is one ugly, freakish thing. Just perfect for Halloween. After Halloween it will be firmly hidden away in the loft. No doubt I will give myself a heart attack next year when it resurfaces.
Don’t have nightmares!
These cost £34.99 on Amazon but you can win one by clicking the entry button below. You only hand until October 25th on this one but the winner will get theirs by Halloween. You must be a UK resident to take part.