Wednesday, 22 October 2014

MEGA Box of OMG #7


children subscription box, free subscription box, MEGA Box of OMG 7

When this box arrived, Abby quickly took it off me while I was wondering where it came from. I'm seriously getting forgetful! Apparently Box of OMG and Box of Awesome did a 100 boxes giveaway and we were one of the lucky ones who've won a MEGA Box of OMG #7!


children subscription box, free subscription box, MEGA Box of OMG 7

children subscription box, free subscription box, MEGA Box of OMG 7

When Abby, Clay and me opened the box together, we all went WOW! We've reviewed MEGA Box of OMG and MEGA Box of Awesome before (December 2013 and April 2014), but this Mega box of OMG was like a super MEGA box!

It came with:

Skulduggery Pleasant book by Derek Landy
a Moshi Monster plush
My Little Pony Pop Pinky Pie Starter Kit
Hama beads
2 packs of Disney Wikkeez
2 packs of One Direction collectible stickers
2 packs of Disney Princess Palace Pets collectible stickers
Haribo Sweets
Petra's Planet Sweets
Do not Disturb door sign (I don't know where Abby put it!)
Box of OMG Sticker


Seriously, there are subscription boxes out there where you'd have to pay £10 plus shipping and you'll get about the same amount of products, but this box is actually free even if I didn't win (or £4.99 if you have opted for a guaranteed Mega box of OMG)!

After receiving this box, I wanted to subscribe to box of OMG to guarantee Abby a Mega box of OMG every 2 months, but they've stopped accepting new subscriptions until further notice, which is a real shame. Judging from the recent products included in their free boxes, and a "hexclusive Ever After High box of OMG", you can tell that Box of OMG and Box of Awesome are getting popular amongst companies who'd like a quick and more cost efficient way to market their products, so I expect to see a lot more of these great goodies included in their future boxes.

If you haven't signed up for a completely free Box of OMG and/ or Box of Awesome (boxes are allocated randomly every 2 months to people who has signed up), I definitely recommend you to do so. To understand a bit more about how these free boxes work, read my December 2013 Mega Box of OMG and Mega Box of Awesome review.

I'm hoping that we can secure the Mega Box of OMG and Awesome around December time as they will make great extra Christmas presents for the kids!

LEGO CHIMA - Vardy's Ice Vulture Glider


LEGO Family Blogger, LEGO CHIMA Vardy's Ice Vulture Glider, kid's review

What better than having a child to do a toy review? We've received a box full of fantastic LEGO sets last month, and I knew exactly who would enjoy this LEGO CHIMA Vardy's Ice Vulture Glider set the most - my soon to be 9 years old nephew Luca! I'm really happy that he wrote this review for my blog, and I really love it! In fact, I think that this is a fantastic idea, so if time allows, I'd definitely invite Luca and his elder sister Ayisha (and my own children of course, when they are a bit older) to blog for me again.

I haven't amended any of Luca's review, he even took the images himself. I just gave them a little enhancement as it was a bit dark when he took them. I was really impressed with his eagerness to take the pictures as soon as he can!


LEGO Family Blogger, LEGO CHIMA Vardy's Ice Vulture Glider, kid's review

I love Lego, so when my auntie asked if I would like to review a lego for her I was really excited and said “yes!” I was secretly hoping for a ninjago set but instead I got the Lego Chima Vardy’s Ice Vulture glider 70141. The pictures on the box was ok but when I made the set, I was thought it was really brilliant and outstanding! The box set included 3 packets of Lego, some stickers and an instruction booklet. The mini figures are Vardy the Vulture and Lundor the Leopard. 


LEGO Family Blogger, LEGO CHIMA Vardy's Ice Vulture Glider, kid's review

LEGO Family Blogger, LEGO CHIMA Vardy's Ice Vulture Glider, kid's review

LEGO Family Blogger, LEGO CHIMA Vardy's Ice Vulture Glider, kid's review

The special thing about this set is that the vulture can shoot ice missiles and the really nice thing is that the back of the vulture can come off like an escape pod. The fire turret can also turn and go up and down!

It was not very hard to build but the wings, missile holders and the neck were difficult to connect. However I managed with some force. The aqua blue ice pieces such as the ice bones on the wings and the claws on the feet really stand out. The red-yellow fire and fire chi also stand out.


I would say, this set is as great as my Lego Ninjago Kai Fighter and Lego Star Wars A-wing Starfighter sets. I would give this set 4/5 and would recommend it to kids who are not even Chima fans.    

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Alton Towers - CBeebies Land and Half Term Scarefest


Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land

Back in July, I was given a family ticket to Alton Towers as we couldn't make it to CBeebies Magazine Kids Go Free bloggers event at CBeebies Land. There was so much going on that we couldn't visit until last Saturday, but we were so glad that we went on that day, as Alton Towers has started their annual #Scarefest Half Term/ Halloween event (CBeebies Land was spared from the spooky decorations hehe)!

I was also lucky to have won a £100 Alton Towers trip spending money from Jungle Dog's blogger's competition, so our trip was like a treat that we really needed during this busy time of the year.


Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land

Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Bottom left: Alton Towers at Night. Spooky!
The last time me and hubby went to Alton Towers was when we were still in University. Now that we have children and CBeebies Land has just opened this Summer, it was definitely time to visit again. So much has changed, and each section of the theme park now have their own fun themes, including pirates' Mutany Bay, Dark Forest where the Th13teen ride is (I still remember that scary advert on TV!) and Cloud Cuckoo Land where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Ice Age 4D Experience (the best 4D show we've experienced!) is, it's like we've never been here before!

As we have young children, we had to avoid the spooky rides such as Hex (we did take the Villa Volta ride in Holland Efteling theme park, which is the same Madhouse ride with a different story) and Scary Tales, which looked like a very spooky forest from the outside. Anyone fancy re-telling the stories to me??

Anyway, we did enjoy all the spookiness at Alton Towers, and there were even some Halloween fun for younger children, including Trick or Treating at each gift shop. So even though we couldn't go on most of the rides, we have enjoyed our 8 hours stay with plenty of family fun!


Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
The sign is so big and the kids are so small!
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: Where shall we go first?
Right: CBeebies' presenters has marked CBeebies Land!
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
The first place to go to in CBeebies Land, to see everything in the Tree Top ride!
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: Mike the Knight castle building and other activities
Right: Big Fun Show Time showing different CBeebies show throughout the day
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: Nina and the Neuron science exploration lab
Right: Numtums Number-Go-Round ride
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: Something Special Sensory Garden
Right: Justin House Pie-O-Matic Factory
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: In the Night Garden Boat Ride
Right: Charlie and Lola's Moonsquirters and Green Drops indoor play
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
CBeebies Land Gift Shop
We started our Alton Towers tour with CBeebies Land and ended it with CBeebies Land as well. It wasn't really planned but it turned out to be perfect as In the Night Garden boat ride was beautiful when taken at night.

Abby's favourite was the Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure ride, as she was allowed to go on the ride on her own. She was very proud and couldn't stop talking about it. Clay was happy with everything and didn't want to leave any of the attractions. We really enjoyed our time spent at CBeebies Land, especially when the queues were shorter after dark. 

The only attraction inside CBeebies Land I wasn't happy about was Justin's House: Pie-O-Metic Factory. I understand the madhouse fun (foam balls shooting at high velocity across the room), but that place is way too dangerous for Justin's fans (toddlers and preschoolers), and adults like me who didn't expect (hence not prepared to protect one self) an attraction inside CBeebies Land requires head and face protection. Within the 5 minutes we were there, I got shot in the eye (the boy who shot me had the cheek to hide), Clay on the head and another boy in the face. The fact that both boys were crying said something about the firmness of the foam balls. I was seeing stars and because I got hit directly in the eye (I should have bought Lotto!), my tears kept streaming down (of course it hurts). I spoke to the staff there, and she told me that people do get shot on the head/ face a lot. She was a lovely girl but I think that Justin House is not really suitable for children under 1.1metres tall at all (assuming that children above that height are stronger than those under), and for those above, they just have to be aware that they might get shot in the face. 


Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: One of the monorail De Pirate Style
Right: Mutany Bay section
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Really funny Save Lady Victoria Sponge pirate show, great singing, acting and dancing too!
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Right: Shark!!
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land

Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Pirate themed Sea Life centre - Sharkbait Reef in Mutany Bay
Using fibre optic lights as fish tank decoration, how clever! #isInspired

We went to Mutany Bay for lunch, and noticed that the live pirate show was about to begin! It was perfect timing as we could eat in the Courtyard and watch the show, but then they started making farting noises and spraying water everywhere haha! Lady Victoria Sponge's singing was fantastic and we really love her! We would have taken a picture with the actors if we haven't had greasy fingers.

We walked passed Battle Galleons and we were all tempted to join in (fire water jets at opponents. It's so much safer than foam balls) until we started seeing completely drenched kids walking past. Someone's thick coat was even dripping with water like she went for a shower in it! Next time when we come back, we'll have to bring spare clothes just for this!


Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: Cloud Cuckoo Land   Right: Inside Ice Age 4D Experience

We then moved on to the last young children friendly place - Cloud Cuckoo Land. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was slightly disappointing at the beginning, until we took the lift ride. We came out with wobbly legs!

The Ice Age 4D Experience was absolutely fantastic. Not only did we get snow and wind, all at the right moments, we get whipped as well! It was really funny watching everyone whimper every time we get smacked. This was definitely an amazing 4D experience, and the 3D glasses worked really really well with the film.


Before we went to Alton Towers, we assumed that there was nothing else suitable for families with young children apart from CBeebies Land. Alton Towers in our memory has always been rides for young adults and above, so we were really surprised that we got so much fun out of Mutany Bay and Cloud Cuckoo Land as well. If we were prepared for wet play, we could even have fun at their Waterpark too.

As mentioned above, Alton Towers has started their #Scarefest event last Saturday, which will continue throughout half term until a week after Halloween. They made sure that the Halloween event is suitable for visitors of all ages, and have created plenty of spooky fun for young children too. And if you visit them during the last Scarefest weekend, you'll be able to enjoy the Bonfire Night fireworks as well.

I'm now wondering what their Winter Wonderland for Christmas is like!

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