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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!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easter Adventure with Skylander Hoot Loop



Easter Skylanders Swapforce, Easter family day out in the North West, Easter to do

Our Easter holiday is officially over! Abby is back to school today, and even the sun has stopped shinning for a bit! Let's hope that it'll be back soon. It's almost Summer after all!

During the Easter holiday Abby has been taking her Skylander Swapforce character Hoot Loop around for some Easter adventure! She has always loved Hoot Loop because of its magical nature and the colour!

While me and hubby were rushing through some work before Easter, Abby did some Easter crafts with Hoot Loop at home. I think he approves!


Easter Skylanders Swapforce, Easter family day out in the North West, Easter to do

On Easter Friday we had my birthday lunch at Wasabi Sushi Bar in Manchester. Abby loves sushi and she enjoyed her lunch very much! I think she ate more than she normally would, but it's always nice to take a bite off Hoot Loop's wand... (?!)

We went to the Museum of Science and Industry afterwards, but they had so much fun we've forgotten to take a picture of them exploring!


Easter Skylanders Swapforce, Easter family day out in the North West, Easter to do

On Saturday we ventured to the park for some cycling fun! It was a lovely day and Abby and Hoot Loop did really well cycling around! Could it be Hoot Loop's magic that made Abby zoom passed us like a red shadow?


Easter Skylanders Swapforce, Easter family day out in the North West, Easter to do

On Easter Sunday, we went to another park for some proper Easter fun. This was one of the more successful Easter Egg/ Treasure Hunt I've seen! It's within a good sized garden, and the clues were fairly challenging and fun. It really got Abby and Hoot Loop running around (perfect for draining their energy). They had so much fun and even won a medal and a goodie bag for finding the answer!


Easter Skylanders Swapforce, Easter family day out in the North West, Easter to do

We had some yummy lunch afterwards and headed straight for an indoor play area as it was a bit chilly outside. We were really glad that the indoor play was open on Easter Sunday! Me and Hubby sat there until we almost dozed off, but the kids and Hoot Loop seemed to have unlimited energy. Perhaps we'll have a word with Hoot Loop next time and ask him not to charge the kids up so much. 


Easter Skylanders Swapforce, Easter family day out in the North West, Easter to do

On the last day of Abby's Easter holiday, we celebrated Easter the traditional way - Easter Egg Rolling at Avenham Park in Preston! They have been doing this for hundreds of years, so it really is a "must visit" during Easter! Even the sun worked hard for the big event!

There were so many people when we arrived, and the hourly Easter Egg Rolling event was just about to start. It was pretty impressive to watch the kids rolling their eggs down the hill, especially if you watch it from below! We had to keep Hoot Loop somewhere safe of course as he was eager to run after the eggs as well.Can't have him getting lost in the crowd!


The kids and Hoot Loop had a fantastic Easter holiday, and they are already looking forward to the May bank holiday! Hope you had a lovely holiday as well, and for those who still have a week to go, enjoy the rest of the week!

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