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Little one’s can take great pictures with the V-Tech Kidizoom Twist this Christmas

24 Dec

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DAY TILL CHRISTMAS

The children have been extremely lucky to road test some of the newest toys on the market, and as the Santa’s Little helpers comes to an end we still have a few more to come.

When we were asked to review the V-Tech Kidizoom Twist, I have to admit that I myself became a tad over excited! Harley is forever putting his little chocolate fingers all over my camera so the prospect of him having his own couldn’t have come soon enough.

The Kidizoom Twist is in fact aimed at pre-schoolers aged from 3 years, Harley may actually only be 2, nonetheless he loved it all the same! It really is felt that my youngest little helper may in fact grow up with an interest in photography, and his not half bad at it either.

V-tech have been extremely clever when creating the Kidizoom twist, the must have Christmas Gift which is featured in the ‘Argos, fab fifteen’ (Top fifteen christmas toys for 2011).

The 2 megapixel camera camera with 5 digital zoom and coloured screen has a number of clever features designed to bring ease of use, entertainment and learning to it’s tiny users. The Kidizoom twist really is more than just your average kid’s camera. It’s really funky design makes it super cool and appealing to children while it’s designed to restrain bumps and falls avoiding them horrid costly replacements.

The Kidizoom Twist features not one but two lenses window’s so your tot doesn’t come across the problem of having to angle the camera in-order to see their target image and position the camera accordingly to take a picture. The child can instead hold the camera at eye level and take a picture with ease.

That’s not all, this camera has a number of special editing features allowing your child to create some great features to their pictures such as frames, wacky stamps and the ability to distort the picture in-order to create some really funky funny faces, which I feel is very appealing for children on the autism spectrum (Harley’s elder brother, Little man loves this feature on his younger brother’s latest gadget). Another fabulous feature to this camera is the voice recording mode that allows you to edit & change the tone of your voice to five effects (pitch up, pitch down, slow, robot and echo)  you can then add the edited voice to your images.

The Camera also has a number of built-in games, five in total, you can even use your own pictures within the games to play games such as spot the difference amongst a whole host of others.

If all that doesn’t sound great enough Kidizoom also has the capability to video, giving it that extra edge.

Oh… and in case you were wondering about the name and the reference it makes to the word twist? This camera does actually have a revolving lenses, meaning it spins round to face the photographer in-order for them to create the perfect self-portrait or video of themselves.

Harley loved the Kidizoom twist and to be honest so do his older siblings who actually ran-out two different sets of batteries. Little Harley is just mastering them all important motor skills so yes, he did drop the camera once or twice, but the protective rubber casing around the camera ensured its safety and saved it from breakage.

We, actually received the camera on the morning of the day we set of to Butlin’s so Harley got to bring his lovely new Kidizoom twist along for the ride, which provided lots of photo taking opportunities.

Kidizoom Twist Specifications:

2 Mega Pixel

4x digital zoom

Built in flash

Twisting/rotating lenses

Colour screen

256 MB built in memory (Holds over 500 images & has a SD card slot)

Voice recording & editing mode

Video recording

Image editing (funky effects)

5 built in games

Connect to TV & PC

Dual viewfinder

Durable (funky rubber protective casing)

Accessories can be brought separately such as SD card and protective case

Parental perspective.

I loved this eye-catching camera from v-tech, the only disadvantage I have, is the fact the screen is a tad small (I did expect a slightly bigger screen) though this is meant for younger children and despite the screen being a little small its more than enough for a pre-schooler. I did love the amount of features V-Tech have packed into this kids camera, it really is so much more than a camera, with games and video recording, it’s my opinion that the camera is great value for money.

The camera helps the development of hand eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills while allowing their growing imaginative and creative sides to shine through. It’s great, not only is this super fun but it’s actually quite educational too!

****
We easily award this one with a 4 out of 5 stars.

Available in a choice of pink or blue

Sold at around £49.99 (price may vary depending on retailer).

This is currently on Sale with a £10 reduction (£39.99) at Argos

Click HERE for more details

Disclaimer

V-Tech sent us the Kidizoom Twist in blue, for the purpose of this review! All opinions that are given by myself & the children are our own, are honest and haven’t been influenced in any way.

Win Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Map of Infinity

24 Dec

1

DAY TILL CHRISTMAS

Sadly the Christmas Countdown with my three beautiful little helpers is coming to an end, so for Christmas Eve, I’m offering you a prize that will be the last one of our Countdown competition.

 What can you win?

 I’m offering you all a chance to get your mitts on this fabulous DVD “Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, Volume 3: Map Of Infinity’

This is a brilliant DVD, well so I have been told!

 We were sent a review copy a while back only when it arrived I discovered my children didn’t want to know about BEN 10 at all!

 With this in mind a friends son, who I must add is a massive… fan of Ben 10 was more than happy to give it the once over (his mother tells me that’s the wrong term to use as his watched it more times than she cares to remember).

 I asked this Ben 10 fan who’s name is Luke, what he thought of the film and he gave me the full low down adding that It’s his favourite Ben 10 film (and trust me he has loads).

 The DVD was released during October and has been brought to our shelves by Warner Home Video with a RRP of £9.99.

 HERE’S A LITTLE TASTER

 Aggregor has absorbed the five aliens’ powers and is putting his evil plan into action.  Now Ben, Kevin and Gwen must stop the newly-transformed and extremely dangerous menace from attaining the Map of Infinity. The team travel to a water planet, an artificial puzzle-planetoid, and to a hostile magical dimension. Can former foes become allies in the quest to stop Aggregor?

 DVD SPECS:

Title: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien 3: Map Of Infinity

RRP: £9.99

Running Time: 88 minutes

 Episodes:

Map of Infinity

Reflected Glory

Deep

Where the magic happens

 Luke loved all the episodes but was mightily impressed with the ‘Map of Infinity’

 So… do you want to win this Ben 10 must see for a special little fan of yours? Well, here’s how…

 Compulsory Actions

 To win the DVD, all you have to do is tell me why your Ben 10 fan deserves to win? I don’t know, are they so Ben 10 bonkers that they dress up and go shopping looking like him, or maybe they own all the DVDs but not this one.

 The Competition will finish on the 9th January & then my Little man will choose a winner on the 10th January 2012

 NOTE PLEASE LEAVE A CONTACT EMAIL OR TWITTER SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE  

T&C

UK only, Competition will close at midnight on the 9th January 2012, little man will select a winner and his decision will be final unless the winner fails to make contact within 72 hours of notification. Name and postal address will need to be emailed to myself who will then forward to the relevant party for despatching. Winners name will be published within this blog.   

Disclaimer: We received a review copy of the film in order to write a review and produce a competition. All opinions are honest and remain my own (and Luke’s) 🙂

Last Minute Christmas toys

24 Dec

1

DAY TILL CHRISTMAS

So, it’s just one more day till Christmas, are you excited?

Today is literally your last chance to shop!

For those of you, who still have one or two more gifts to buy, here’s a little inspiration.

Something for the toddlers

Octonauts Gup B-Vehicle with Kwazii & shark playset

This fabulous bath toy sent to my Little Harley to test by Argos, is the perfect toddler playset.

This toy is so super that you can even find it in the Argos ‘Fab 15’ (Top toys for Christmas).

If like me you have no clue what Octonauts even is, it’s a new CBeebies undersea animation that little CBeebies fans seem to love.

Strangely, on presenting the toy to Harley he shouted out “Kwazii… Wow” to which I didn’t have the slightest idea what he was talking about!

You see, I’ve never come across the series which is a tad weird considering CBeebies is daily viewing in our house, I guess I had never took notice of it! When It came on a few days later, it was only then I connected the two. Harley however seems to love Octonauts and is fully aware what it is, making this a pretty awesome choice of toy to review.

My, now 2-year-old has always been something of a water baby, so the fact this is also a bath toy makes it that bit more special!

The Octonauts set can be played with in and out the bath, just put Kwazii in the driver’s seat by opening the clear dome and your ready to go! On dry land the Gup B Vehicle can zoom about the floor with the use of it’s wheels or take it in the bath and treat it like a submarine. By pushing the Gup B’s fin its Jaws open and close and Harley just loves pretending that it’s eating all of his other toys, just yesterday I discovered Bob the builders legs hanging out of its mouth. This feature also works really well in the water and when pushing the fin Gup B chomps and squirts water everywhere (very delightful). If this wasn’t enough to amuse my little fellow, the set also comes with a small grey shark with rod that once in water, changes colour.

Harley really has had lots of fun playing with the Octonauts playset! Argos stock a whole host of Octonaut toys and considering how much of a fan Harley is of his current set, I’ve brought him a few others for Christmas.

Parental perspective

A well made, great value play set with lots of playability. Harley never seems to get board of playing with it and it’s joined him for each and every bath his had since he received it some weeks back. The set comes with an age recommendation of 3 years, Harley is 2 but plays with it without any problems whatsoever (note the rod & shark are a little small so may not be ideal for the child who enjoys chomping on their toys).

The set consists of a reasonably sized Gup B vehicle with Kwazii figure and colour changing shark.

It’s my opinion that the picture in the catalogue and that of the one on the internet doesn’t do this toy much justice! It’s much bigger than I expected, which is a good thing! It came well packaged but was a breeze to free from it’s packaging which is always a bonus (if you’re like me and hate all them twisted wires and overload of tape you’ll love how easy this one is to set free).

Priced at £13.99 I’d go as far as branding this toy a true bargain and would highly recommend it.
A deserved 5***** stars are awarded.

To view or get one for your tiny tot just click HERE

Something for the girls

Barbie Puppy water park playset


Alice was overjoyed at discovering Argos had sent her a Barbie puppy water park to review (another toy listed as one of Argos fab fifteen). This nice sized set comes complete with Barbie, her 2 puppies and a fabulous water park for them all to enjoy.

I have to admit my first thought was, “Great, my floors are going to get soaked” it’s not that this is a massive toy that holds a great deal of water, it’s just that my daughter always seems to soak her entire surroundings if she doesn’t play with this kind of thing in the bathroom! Well, I need not have worried as when she wasn’t stuck in the bath playing with this for hours on end while wrinkling up like a prawn, Alice laid down her big beach towel on the floor and just about managed not to soak a thing!

Alice’s thoughts

Alice told me she really likes her new Barbie and puppies when asked what things made it great she stated that the waterslide was lots of fun and she wishes she could ride one the same in real life (looks like we’ll be heading to the swimming baths following Christmas)! Other things she commented on was Barbie’s lovely swim wear and all the accessories that come with it.
Alice gave it a 4 star rating out of the possible 5

Parental perspective

The set includes a fair bit so isn’t badly priced, the doll is nicely made and doesn’t feel cheap and plastic. Alice-Sara is forever taking her Barbies in the bath and sometimes we end up with a good 20 Barbies draining in the sink following her bath time so this was a good edition. I’m pleased Alice likes this set as I often worry that she’s going to lose interest in dolls, she’s 8 years of age and will be 9 next month, yet at the moment fashion dolls such as Barbie, Moxie and her all time favourite “Monsters high” all seem to remain at the top of her wish list.

From a parents perspective I award this one with 4 stars.

Barbie Puppy water park playset is priced at £24.99 but can currently be purchased from Argos at a reduced price of £22.49.

To view or buy click HERE

Lastly, a huge thank you to Argos for being a fantastic brand to work with this year.

Merry Christmas to everyone

Win board games in our big Christmas Countdown

20 Dec

5

Days till Christmas

With five days left till the big day here is another awesome prize to excite!

The lovely people at www. theboardgamers.co.uk have donated a lovely prize in-order for me to run yet another great give-away!

The Boardgamers is a great online retailer selling a good selection of games for all ages and abilities. When they invited me to come and pick a prize for my readers, I will admit, I had my work cut out when choosing due to the number of great games on display!

I also discovered that  The Boardgamers  products are actually what I’d call “Better than reasonably priced” instead their games are much cheaper than many other online retailers selling board games that I’ve come across. With all your top brands and names in board-games www.theboardgamers.co.uk  really is worth taking a peek at!
Honstly don’t just take my word for it, check it out yourself by clicking HERE

The Prize

Well, as a result of my inability to choose I instead narrowed it down to two, therefore letting the lucky winner chose which game they want to win.

So, here’s your two choices

The winner can choose either

Imaginations Doctor Who’s battle to save the universe


or

Imaginations Play that tune

Here’s how to enter

It’s simple, just leave me a comment telling which game you would choose if you won and who it would be for. Don’t forget to leave me a comment containing your contact details (email or twitter)

Additional entries

To gain additional entries just use any, or even all the share buttons within this post… Leaving an additional comment for each action taken. Remember in-order to gain extra entries you must first do the compulsory action required to enter (located above)

Merry Christmas all and good luck

Competition will close at Midnight on the 10th January 2012.

T&C
Winner must choose one one the two listed board games, Competition open to those in the Uk only, the prize is as stated and no alternatives will be offered, winner has 48hrs to respond to the winners notification. Name and address will be passed on to Boardgamers.co.uk who will send out the prize directly, winners name will be published on this blog.

Win with Timmy Time & the Holiday Inn

20 Dec

5
Days Till Christmas

Hello everyone, just me playing Santa again.

With 5 Little days left till Christmas we only have a few more of our ‘Big Christmas Countdown’ Competitions left to run!

So, with this in mind I thought we best make them good ones!

So… I was wondering, is this good enough for you?

To Celebrate the brand new special half-hour episode of Timmy Time which will be a premiere on CBeebies this Christmas, Timmy Time has teamed up with the Holiday Inn to bring you, my readers this awesome prize…

First prize

One lucky Winner will win a family two night stay for a family of four at the UK Holiday Inn of their choice plus a Timmy Time DVD & App code?

Plus 5 runners up get prizes too…

Timmy Time DVD’s (Timmy’s Snowy Fun) plus Timmy Time Apps


First let me tell you a little about this very special Timmy Time Christmas episode!

It’s Christmas Eve and Timmy and friends are busy getting ready for Christmas, only at home time they discover they are snowed in and will have to remain in the nursery for a sleep-over! But will Santa know where to find Timmy & his friends?

Sounds great doesn’t it! That’s not all, I also have the key (well, the link) that allows you to have a sneaky peek at this fantastic episode, titled, ‘Timmy’s Christmas Surprise’ just Click HERE

“God, do I feel festive or what”

Now on to our fabulous competition!

It really is quite simple to enter, I promise you!

As to give everyone a fair chance, there is no need to have a twitter or facebook account! All you need is an email address so I can contact you in the event that you win!

Compulsory actions

Just tell me in a comment your favorite christmas film.
Please be sure to leave a contact with your comment (twitter, email etc)

As I’m such a lovely Mrs Christmas I’m offering you more chances to win by providing you with a chance to submit some extra entries:) Just follow the instructions below and to validate, you must leave an additional comment for each action you take, remembering to leave a means of contact within each comment.
Enter as few or as many as you like!

Additional entries

Tweet: “I want to win the Holiday Inn and Timmy Time comp with @clairelouise82” (You must add the URL to this competition to your tweet) Then tell me you did it leaving me your twitter id in a comment.

Comment on another post out the list below, then in a comment tell me which one you commented on

Subscribe to the blog either by email, rss, or networkblogs… tell me how you subscribe in a comment.

Last but by no means least stumble this competition and let me know you have done it in comment.

Subscribe to my youtube channel (just click HERE) return to tell me you’ve done it in a comment

That’s it guys

Merry Christmas and good luck

Competition will close on the 5th January 2012 and the winner must redeem their prize with the Holiday Inn by the 31st March 2012

T&C

UK only, competition will close on the 5th January at midnight and winners will be notified soon after. The prizes are as stated and no alternative’s can be offered, 6 winners will be drawn at random, one first prize winner and five runners up. The Holiday Inn stay must be redeemed by the 31st March 2012

Video Review of the blue Mini Micro with detachable O-bar and seat

19 Dec

6

DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS

As christmas draws ever so close we find ourselves nearing the end of our ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’ feature.

 We have run some fabulous competitions and featured some spectacular products in our reviews but as it’s not over yet here’s another of them spectacular products!

 This really is a ‘Must Have’, it’s the brand new Mini-micro with detachable O-bar and seat. The O-bar and seat makes the original Mini Micro scooter assessable to tots as young as one.

 I have in-fact added a video to this review as words alone cannot describe how fantastic this new addition to the Micro range really is.

 However I do have a few things to say about this fabulous scooter which I must add was an instant hit with myself and Harley.

 The Mini micro with detachable O-bar and seat is designed to last your child through three stages which is

  One: the ride on stage (designed for children aged 1-2 years)

 Two: the O-bar stage (designed for children aged 2-3 years)

 Three: the mini micro original T-bar stage (designed for children aged 3-6 years)

 No more does Harley stare at his siblings all gooey eyed as they scoot about at the park, he can now actually join in with the fun.

 Harley is quite tall and was able to use the scooter in its original form, however he still had a long way to go before he could fully master it. I really wasn’t sure how he would find the seat and whether he would actually use it! Well, I need not have worried, Harley took to it like a duck to water.

 It did make me laugh watching him scoot along while in a sitting position, to my surprise he did it really confidently and without any problems occurring whatsoever.

 He first took it for a spin on the way to my mother’s house who actually lives only a few streets away. At first he wanted me to hold his hand but as soon as he got going, he really went for it! I was actually really surprised how much speed he picked up once he got going.

 Once at my mum’s my niece took a shine to the scooter, and at ten weeks younger than Harley she couldn’t wait to test it out. As you can see from the picture below Little Amy-Leigh even loaded her handbag on the back (typical woman, you’ve gotta love her for it)!

 I absolutely love this little piece of equipment and so does Harley, its made taking the child out on their scooters so much more enjoyable knowing Harley can join in with all the fun, just check out the video below and you’ll know what I mean.

 Note how Harley refuses to come inside forcing me to set chase up the road!

 You may think that a children’s scooter with a price tag of £74.95 is steep, but seriously, this Mini micro is suitable for a child aged from one all the way up to the age of 6 years, I therefore feel this is excellent value for money.

For the Mini Micro Blue with detachable O-bar and seat attachment (also available in pink) price £74.95

Click HERE

For existing Micro Mini owners O-bar with seat attachment can be brought for £29.95

Just Click HERE for more details

Micro also stock a whole range of funky accessories including bags and scoobits. They also stock interchangeable handle bar grips and scooter plates, meaning your child can vamp up their Mini Micro anytime (this includes the colours so you can go from blue to green or any other colour you like)

Just Click HERE

Win Flip & Tip the dustcart from Wow Toys in our Big Christmas Countdown

18 Dec

7

DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS

With just a week to go till Christmas everyone’s getting pretty excited, myself included!

As promised, I’ll be bringing you some super competitions in the run up to the big day, so… here’s yet another of them awesome competitions right here, right now!

The Prize

This fantastic flip and tip dustcart so kindly donated by the lovely people at WOW Toys

It’s so easy to enter, just do the following compulsory action and for extra entries, just follow the steps below.

Compulsory Actions

Comment on any other post here on the blog… then return to this post and in a comment tell me which post you commented on as-well as your all time favourite Christmas food!

Be sure to leave only the one comment for the compulsory action with your contact details (twitter, email etc.)

Additional Entries 

For additional entries, just use any of the share buttons in this post to share the competition, remembering to leave an additional comment for each and every additional action you do. Please remember to leave a contact so I can reach you in the event that you win!

Competition will close on the 5th January 2012 at midnight

T&C

UK only, closing date is as stated above and no entries will be entered after this time. The winner will be drawn at random soon after the closing date and the winner will have 72 hours to respond to the winning notification before a possible redraw. There is no alternative to the prize which will be sent out directly from the people at WOW Toys. Winner will need to email me their postal address which I will forward to Wow Toys and their name will be published on this blog as the winner of the competition. 

Casdon toy reviews and competition

17 Dec

8

DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS

Woo-hoo… were now in single figures & to celebrate I have two fantastic Casdon products to add to the Little Helpers Wish List, as-well as two Casdon Self Service Checkout’s to give to two very lucky ‘A boy with Asperger’s readers’!

 First up we have the ‘Little Helpers Dyson Ball Upright Vacuum

Housework… Yes, I’m training them young, especially the Littlest tot, Harley! At the grand old age of 2 this little dude really is a dab hand with the vacuum cleaner as you can see from this super sweet image below.

Seriously, I’m not punishing my tribe with child labour, “What do you take me for?” 😉 This perfectly formed Little Dyson happens to be nothing other than a perfectly formed toy! Please, don’t pretend like you already knew, you really did think the two-year old was doing the chores, didn’t you!

 Casdon are the guys responsible for this fantastic lifelike gadget known as the Dyson ball upright which forms part of it’s Little Helper range of toys. It’s so brilliant that it really does actually have some degree of working suction and cyclone action for understanding cause and effect as-well as providing much amazement from mum!

 This little toy Dyson ball upright is a great addition to any little tots toy box with it’s bright colours providing plenty of visual stimulation. Not only does it help develop your child’s all important gross motor skills with its great manoeuvrability but it also helps your child to explore the world of make-believe while training them up for the real deal (well, one day)!

You can’t get much closer to a real Dyson ball if you tried, this groovy little replica is so realistic you’ll have to look twice.

 Honestly would you believe it, this awesome toy has already created some fantastic parent/child interaction, it’s cute but funny watching my little fella grab ahold of his vacuum and walking beside me as I engage myself in the real task of housework.

This is the perfect size for the little guy and he can work the on and of function with ease, what with it’s nice fat chunky red button located right below the handle. Once started the Little balls in the cylinder fly about madly and once you get going with the chore of vacuuming you can really hear it becoming more & more powerful making it sound like a real life vacuum.

However, one word of advice… Do reframe from vacuuming your pets, cats especially!

It’s clear to see the 2 year loved it (however, note this is recommended for the slightly older tot of 3-8). Me… I like to train them that little bit earlier and as you can see, Little Harley will make a fine husband one day (though I don’t really want to think about such a prospect)!

 Parental Perspective

 What can I say? This looks great, it’s made well, in my opinion its good value for money and it trains your little people for the days of reversed roles, you know, the ones where you sit on your back-sides watching the box and they do some housework.

 Note this is a Battery operated product which requires type C batteries.

5 stars 

 This funky Little gadget for funky little people can be picked up from around £19.99

Prices do vary according to retailers… Here’s one or two…

Tesco direct & Amazon,

 For those of you that didn’t know already, this mum is happily playing the part of Mrs Santa, giving you my lovely followers the chance to win one of two ‘Casdon’s Little Helpers Dyson Ball uprights’

 The Competition is currently already running and will close on December the 22nd 2011

Click Here to be taken directly to the giveaway

for my next competition just continue on…

Next up it’s the Casdon Self Service Checkout

Harley went from cleaner to shop worker in a minute when I presented him with the Casdon Self Service Checkout, however being just two he didn’t really do much role play here, rather just made a mess of his freshly vacuumed living room. Nonetheless, it didn’t matter because as soon as my daughter dropped her school bag at the door, this little self checkout somehow made it’s way into her bedroom.

 As many may know, Little man (my eldest with Aspergers Syndrome) was never good at make-believe, he just wasn’t interested. Then Little sister came along and required a friend to play with, so… over time she taught him games such as school’s and yep, you guessed it, “Shops” even though his not very imaginative when engaging in such activities (tends to play the same way every time) he still enjoys it, and the fact that this was a “Self Service Checkout” made his day, given he loves the real deal at our local supermarket! Once home, Little man joined his sister and they went missing for some time. In this respect it’s my opinion this one isn’t  just loved by little monsters, as my daughter is 8 and will very soon become 9 and Little man is 11 though his just catching up on all that play he missed out on! 🙂

 The Casdon Self Service Checkout has some pretty neat features!

Spoken instructions for understanding and cause of effect; realistic features with lights and sounds for visual and aural stimulation plus pretend play food and money (great for the development of counting skills, as well-as social & life skills).

 Prenatal Perspective

 It’s a good toy with lots of accessories supplied therefore providing lots of playability. I’ll be honest, I was surprised, yet overjoyed at how it appealed to the older two children. The fact that it helped to develop some great interaction between the two was fabulous given these days you are more than  likely to find them fighting (and I mean full on punch ups)! I can most definitely see this one appealing to the slightly older child 3-4 which is what it actually recommends, though Harley is only 2 years old, he does still continue to gain lots of enjoyment from this toy, Ok… he doesn’t actually play shop keeper (which at 2 I wouldn’t expect) but his enjoying himself all the same! The two older children loved the Casdon Self Service Checkout and have tried their hardest to claim it as their own. Therefore it’s fair to say that it was a definite hit with them (they gave it a full 5 stars) However as a parent I’m going to give it a 3 and a half stars as I think it should be a tad lower in price though I still would recommend this, as it’s a great toy providing hours of fun .

 The Casdon Self Service Checkout is priced at around £19.99 though prices may vary from retailer to retailer

Amazon currently have it in-stock and are selling it at £19.03

Big Countdown to Christmas Competition 

 win one of two 

Casdon Self Service Checkouts

That’s right I have two of these babies to give away! So do you want to win one for your little shopper? Here’s how!

You must follow the complusory actions, those who don’t will not go into the final draw.

Complusory Actions

Comment & share your thoughts on another review out of the options below

Mookie Street Cruz

KidCam

Olly the Little white Van

Jack & Holly’s Cosmic Stories

Come back here and leave a comment telling me which review you commented on!

You must leave a contact either twitter or email please

Additional Enteries

For every additional entry you must leave an additional comment again leaving a contact. You can enter as many additional entries as you please.

Subscribe to this blog (either by email, networkblogs, google rss, or wordpress follow {for wordpress users only} as far as I’m aware). Then leave a comment letting me know how you subscribed.

Tweet: I want to win a Casdon self-service checkout with @clairelouise82 adding the ULR to this post! Please then leave a comment telling me you did it and your twitter name.

Use the stumble or Digg buttons located in this post to share the competition, remember to let me know you did it in a comment leaving an email or twitter contact.

 Competition will close on the 30th December

T&C

You must follow all the required steps to be entered, your post may be deleted if you don’t. Competition is open to the UK only and will close at mid-night on the 30th December 2011, with winners being announced shortly after. There is no cash alternative for this prize and winners name will be published on this blog. Winner has 72hrs to respond to the winning notification.

Win Arm & Hammer MyWay Spinbrush’s

15 Dec

 10

 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS

 

With ten sleeps left till Christmas day, I’m feeling more festive than ever, and as promised this December is going to be packed with Christmas cheer and that means lots of Christmas inspiration and fabulous competitions.

Arm & Hammer

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 Arm & Hammer  have launched  a fantastic creative competition as a celebration of it’s all new MyWay Spinbrushs. These fab brushes launched in late July are battery operated children’s toothbrushes and  have been designed to make teeth brushing fun, they are the perfect addition to any child’s stocking this Christmas.

 Arm & Hammer have also donated two awesome Spinbrush’s (one in each colour) to our awesome Christmas Countdown, giving you lot the chance to win one!

 Firstly let me tell you about this awesome competition they are running over on the CartoonNetwork.com till the end of December. 

 This is a free interactive game that inspires creativity and a little healthy competition between boys and girls. Boys can compete against the girls to design the best looking virtual toothbrush and each week the top 5 designs are showcased in a specially designed gallery with each artist winning them self not a virtual but real MyWay Spinbrush that they can design at home.

 How it works

 Just like the real thing, Little ones can decorate a Spinbrush with the use of stickers, the difference is that this is a virtual brush and to create such a masterpiece children simply drag and drop their chosen stickers onto their virtual brush. With a choice of 141 decorative stickers the possibilities are endless and they can really unleash their creative flare.

 Stickers can be used to spell out names or any other words plus decorate with animals, rainbows, cars, instruments and so much more.

 Just visit the  CartoonNetwork.com  and let your child have fun displaying their creativity! Remember, this competition will close at the end of this Month (December) so you have to be quick.

 So would you like the chance to win one of two Spinbrushs?

 Let me help you decide!

 Arm & Hammers MyWay Spinbrush is a battery operated brush that comes in pink or blue. With each brush a range of stickers are supplied to allow your child to unleash their creativity and decorate their own brush. 

 This helps make brushing their teeth (what often feels like a chore to many children) a fun experience while helping parents to create a good bathroom routine for their children. 

 Being a parent of three and having a child of 11 with Aspergers Syndrome I know just how hard this can be! My son has sensory sensitivities and really finds this a difficult task to undertake. This may prove a good distraction and make a difficult experience more fun.

 The brushes can be brought for around £5.99 each from stores such as Boots and Tesco’s 

 So… Are you convinced?

 As part of our Big Christmas Countdown the lovely Arm & Hammer have donated one pink and one blue Spinbrush.

 I will therefore draw two winners at random, to enter just follow the instructions below.

Compulsory actions

 Share with me one fantastic parenting tip, it can be anything you like, just share it in a comment here.

 You must leave a contact (twitter or email) so I can reach you if you are lucky enough to win.

Additional Entries 

 For additional chances to win, just use the share buttons in this post. IT IS IMPORTANT TO LEAVE AN ADDITIONAL COMMENT FOR EACH ACTION TAKEN

IF YOU ONLY COMMENT ONCE YOU ARE ONLY ENTERED THE ONCE!

 Competition closes on the 3rd January 2012

T&C

 UK only, all rules must be abided in-order to be validated. The winner will be drawn at random on the 4rd January 2012 with the competition closing on the 3rd January 2012 at mid-night, no one will be entered after this time. Winner has 72 hours to respond once notified that they have won. Postal address will be passed to the appropriate representative in-order for the prize to be dispatched and their name will be published on this blog.

Disclaimer

 I didn’t receive anything for this post but was donated two MyWay Spinbrush’s as a competition prize for my readers.

Review and competition of the new Jack and Holly’s Cosmic Stories

14 Dec

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DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS

 Welcome to the wonderful world of Jack and Holly & wonderful it really is!

 We were sent a copy of Jack & Holly’s Cosmic Stories to review as part of our Santa’s Little helpers and Christmas countdown feature. The series, a low-budget children’s production has been developed with the help of parents, teachers and more importantly children themselves.

 Cosmic Stories is the second release following Jack & Holly’s Christmas Countdown and is brought to us by ‘Blockhouse TV’ a husband and wife team who are proud parents of two children aged 3 & 6 years.

 The couple have more than 20 years of experience between them & being parents themselves makes them passionate when producing a series aimed at pre-schoolers.

 The producers have deliberately used muted colours as opposed to the more traditional high-octane colours seen more today. This combined with soothing music and good old-fashioned animation techniques makes it kinder to little minds. The overall aim is to create an informative, yet entertaining animation that when viewed later in the day (the child’s last bit of TV time) it will help bring relaxation while encouraging interesting chats at bedtime alongside good parent, child interaction.

 Jack & Holly’s Cosmic Stories sees our two best friends ‘Jack & Holly’ reveal interesting, educational facts and stories about our universe. This is a DVD created to bring awareness of some of life’s key questions such as “What is a Solar System?” or “What is the moon made off?” it even talks about the ‘Big Bang’ and the possibility of other life forms on other planets.

 I will be honest, when sitting down to watch this with Harley, I myself become pretty engaged and therefore was really impressed by it.

 I was pleasantly surprised at how educational yet entertaining the feature was. The animation reminded me of my own days of watching children’s TV back in the eighties when I myself was a child with a mind like a sponge.

 We were also very lucky to be sent a copy of the first DVD ‘Jack & Holly’s Christmas Countdown’ which aims to teach children as young as two the joys and meaning of Christmas.

 Harley loved both titles but was very impressed by the Christmas Countdown, mainly due to his age (his aged 2). Harley has since become overly interested in Santa and more so the ‘Snowman’

 The title ‘Cosmic Stories’ is aimed at children 3+ nonetheless at age 2 Harley was pretty engaged in the production which managed to hold his attention really well.

 Overall Parental Perspective

 The balance of both informative educational material & entertaining animation is perfect and it’s my opinion that children will learn a great deal from the Jack and Holly series without even realising it.

 There are many children with Aspergers & autism out there with a real taste for interesting facts on our universe! This would be perfect for them as it would aim to answer all them questions too often thrown at parents. I say this because I know a child on the autism spectrum who would go crazy for this DVD (note this isn’t the Little man, his more of a transport lover, though he did sit and watch this from start to finish, alongside his sister Alice-Sara).

 The makers of the series have been very clever thinking both about both the attention span of young children alongside what maybe considered an appropriate amount of TV viewing time a parent may want their child to engage in. With this in mind the DVD has been chopped into seven bite sized pieces to give the parent complete control over how much time to allow their child to watch the DVD.

 I honestly think that despite the recommended age of 3+ the second DVD release ‘Cosmic Stories’ would appeal to child of all ages, even those in the primary years as it’s packed full of interesting educational facts, some that I didn’t learn about myself till I was at-least 7 or 8. With this in mind I think it would be a fabulous resource for schools, especially for those teachers who are planning a term of lessons around the subject of the universe. If teachers were to screen ‘Jack and Holly’s Cosmic Stories’ as to form part of their lesson plan, children would see it as a rewarding treat without even realising that their little minds were being feed  loads of interesting & educational facts, therefore learning without knowing it, which in my opinion is one of the best ways of educating any child, regardless of their age or abilities.

 Would I recommend either DVD? Without a doubt, yes I would!

 Christmas Countdown 4* (better for the younger children aged from 2).

 Cosmic Stories: 5* (Recommended for children 3 and above but safe viewing for the younger child too).

Visit the Jack & Holly website for more info and a list of retailers, just click HERE

 COMPETITION

 I have been lucky enough to be given an extra 5 copies of Jack and Holly’s Cosmic Stories to give away to my lovely readers (Yes, I really did say 5)! This would make a wonderful gift for any child and really is safe viewing for little minds.

 So… to win one of 5 copies of Jack & Holly’s Cosmic Stories, its dead simple, just follow the instructions below making sure you are careful to do all the required actions to validate your entries (sadly comments that don’t contain the required actions fulfilling all the rules, will have to be deleted without warning)!

Twitter ID or email contact must be left with all comments!

 COMPULSORY ACTIONS

 First… follow @jackandholly on twitter then tweet: “I want to win a @jackandholly DVD with @clairelouise82” ADDING THE URL TO THIS POST

Lastly come back here and leave a comment informing me you have done the compulsory actions including  your twitter name and I’ll validate your entry.

 ADDITIONAL ACTIONS

 These actions will not be valid without the compulsory action having been taken.

 For additional entries just use any of the ‘Share buttons’ located in this post to share the competition with others.

 For every share button used, you must validate the entry by leaving an additional comment from that above for each and every button used!

 Remember to leave a contact

 IT’S AS EASY AS THAT!

 Competition will close on the 30th December 2011

T&C

 All required actions must be taken to be entered into the random draw that will close at midnight on the 30th December and announced soon after. Winners have 72 hrs to confirm by sending me their postal address for delivery of their prize via email. Each winner can only win the once and the prize will be sent directly via the brand itself. Note, the prize is for 5 copies (one per winner) of the title ‘Jack and Holly’s Cosmic Stories’ and no cash alternative is offered. Competition is open to those in the UK only.

Disclaimer

I received a copy of both Jack & Holly’s Christmas Countdown and Cosmic Stories in-order to write this review and run this competition. All opinions are my own and haven’t been influenced in any way.

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