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Friday, 25 April 2014

#NintendoEaster


#NintendoEaster, Nintendo Cupcakes, Super Mario Cupcakes

Although Abby is back to school already, the Easter fun hasn't stopped for us just yet! We've received another surprise parcel from Nintendo to help us celebrate Easter! They have thoughtfully included recipes, materials as well as a gift voucher for us to get the ingredients for the fun! Thank you Nintendo!


#NintendoEaster, Nintendo Cupcakes, Super Mario Cupcakes

#NintendoEaster, Nintendo Cupcakes, Super Mario Cupcakes

Initially we wanted to do all 3 activities (Nintendo Easter Egg painting, Mario Star Cupcakes and Red Velvet Mushroom Cupcakes), but we used up a good dozen of eggs in the past 2 weeks already, and I have an issue with the amount of food colouring used in Red Velvet Cakes (I have a problem with rainbow cakes as well for the same reason). So I decided to expand the Mario Star Cupcakes fun, and let Abby and Clay do some colouring perhaps this weekend with the lovely poster paints.

Instead of just making stars, I also made Yoshi's Egg and Mushroom heads (I forgot about the body!). It's really fun kneading the colours into the white icing, just like kids playing with Play-Doh! I'm not really creative but just looking at the above picture makes me happy! I'm sure Abby would have enjoyed making these as well, it was a shame that she was at school. But with the amount of ingredients we've got, we can easily make another batch this weekend!

Happy #NintendoEaster!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

pl-ug Den Kit



Pl-ug Den Kit, children indoor tent, children outdoor tent

For the past 2 years I've been looking at teepees and tents on Pinterest, hoping that one day I can get one for my own kids. The price is quite dear though and an almost permanent space in the house will be required, then there is no guarantee that my kids won't outgrow them for a good few years to make our money worth either, so I have been resisting the temptation.



Back in January I saw pl-ug at the Toy Fair, and it has immediately caught my attention. A few simple connectable parts and you can build your own den/ tent/ teepee anywhere at home, how clever is that? Not only have they kindly offered a Den Kit for me to give away on my Easter Guide, they have also offered us one to review too!


Pl-ug Den Kit, children indoor tent, children outdoor tent

The pl-ug Den Kit (rrp £15.00, suitable for 5 years+) comes with 2 clamps, 2 hooks, 2 suckers, 4 grips and 1 Keep Out sign. Children just need a bedsheet to get building their den!


Pl-ug Den Kit, children indoor tent, children outdoor tent

Pl-ug Den Kit, children indoor tent, children outdoor tent

The den kit has impressed my technical hubby! I agree that it is very clever. Just 2 suckers and 2 hooks, connected to 4 grips made a fairly stable and massive den in our living room. All we needed was sturdier chairs, or something heavy to put on them to make them more stable (they are plastic children chairs, after all). The grips held the double bedsheet well and the suckers never gave up either even after we stretched the bedsheet out so much.

There is something about having a piece of cloth on top of the kids. It made them giddy and all you can hear is whispers and giggles. Without further instructions, the kids helped themselves with cushions and cuddled comfortably inside the massive den. At night they even moved it to their bedroom and constructed it on top of their double bed! We had to remove it because the curtains won't close. I think with the Canopy (rrp £25.00) or Ultimate (rrp £50.00) Den Kits we should be able to sort this problem out, and the kids can enjoy camping indoor (or out!) without compromising the privacy at night.

The pl-ug Den Kit is definitely worth investing in. Not only can you use it indoor AND outdoor as well, they grow with your kids! It encourage children's construction skill and imagination, allowing them to build a den in the shape that suits them. And they can change it any time they want! We are only limited by the size of our house at the moment. I'll definitely consider getting the other 2 kits when we move to a bigger house. And perhaps by then they will have even more choices too!

Don't forget to enter my Easter Guide giveaway for a chance to take the pl-ug Den Kit home!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Asobi Toys Sticky Mosaics



Asobi Toys, Children Art and Craft Kit, Mosaics by Numbers

Last month I gave away 2 Sticky Mosaics (or Mosaics by Numbers) kits, thanks to Asobi Toys. And thanks to them, we were given the opportunity to review the kits ourselves too! I knew Abby would love them as they are fairly simple yet fun to do. The sparkling jewels are very attractive as well, even on the Sticky Mosaics Pirates kit!

So over the Easter holidays we've reviewed

Sticky Mosaics Pirates (£12.99) and


Asobi Toys, Children Art and Craft Kit, Mosaics by Numbers

Asobi Toys, Children Art and Craft Kit, Mosaics by Numbers

Asobi Toys, Children Art and Craft Kit, Mosaics by Numbers

The Pirates kit contains 4 designs for children above 5 to work on, and includes more than enough sticky mosaics foam pieces, some with special patterns on top and gemstones as well for children to use on their designs. Each of the design comes with a stick on wall hanger too so children can proudly hang their finished projects on the wall.

We liked it that the mosaics pieces weren't just plain sticky foam. The gemstones definitely added a special touch to the finished project, and we love the special pattern ones as well. The design mix and match different patterns on an area to create a much better effect.


Asobi Toys, Children Art and Craft Kit, Mosaics by Numbers

Asobi Toys, Children Art and Craft Kit, Mosaics by Numbers

Asobi Toys, Children Art and Craft Kit, Mosaics by Numbers

The Disney Princess kit contains 3 designs for children over 4 years to work on, each comes with a stick on wall hanger, and again plenty of mosaics foam pieces and sticky jewels for the projects. The mixture of sticky jewels and glittery foam pieces made the craft kits really attractive for kids to do, and the finished projects are very pretty!


Both kits are value for money as you get 3 to 4 projects in each kit, and each design requires a good amount of time for children to work on, making them perfect for quiet play or on a rainy day when they have to stay inside. I think that with the Disney Princess jewels, it might be easier if kids use tweezers to handle them as they are fairly small.

The quality of the sticky foams are fantastic. They are very sticky indeed and the patterned/ glitter tops are quite hard as well, so they don't break easily. Each Sticky Mosaics design are printed on quality cards as well. Just look at Ariel's background image, so pretty!

Abby loves doing the kits, but she's a fairly interactive person so she prefer to do them with someone. It's quite easy for 2 children (or parent and child) to work on the same design at the same time as well, as there are different areas to cover with different patterns. A fun way to encourage team work!


Sticky Mosaics has a wide range of products, there bound to be something suitable for your child. They can even decorate their own trinket boxes, treasure chest or their own pet toy too!

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