Monday, 7 November 2016

Shimmer and Shine Pony Tail & Wish Come True Gift Set Review


I dont know if your child is like mine and absolutely loves Shimmer and Shine. My little Girl Ami loves it actually me and my husband too were always singing the catchy songs to be honest. So I can tell you she was so thrilled to review some of the new Shimmer and Shine toys. 


I dont know if you have seen shimmer and shine but it is based on two twins Shimer and lShine and there friend Leah. They are Genies in training and they often make some mistakes or as they call them Booms. The program does show children its ok to make mistakes and trying your hardest the next time.


Wish Come True Gift Set 

The wish come true set is the perfect item to any Genie in training. It comes with lots of little accessories that make role play more imaginative. We were a tad disapointed with the wish bottle that is supplied as the chain wouldn't fit together so we had to tie it at the back to make it stay. The little monkey purse opens up and you can fit the accessories in. Ami liked the wristbands like Shimmer and Shine in the show. Although I do wonder if they would fit an older girl as they were tight on Ami and she is 4.



The Shimmer Pony Tail

I think for Ami this was the most exciting part putting on the wig. We tried a few times and finnaly got it to stay on ( We do need more practice). The Shimmer wig attaches to a bun and is quite heavy but come with a grip inside. Ami was pleased to have pink straight hair and to look like shimmer too. Ami loves to dress up so this was most defiantly up her street.


All in all Ami was thrilled with her new toys and whats better they don't break the bank the pony tail retails at £9.99 and the wish come true set at £14.99. A perfect gift for any shimmer and shine fan. The only down side was Son Son wanted to try the wig but with short hair it wasn't a option thankfully he was just as pleased to play with the purse as Ami was. 

Friday, 21 October 2016

Schieich Large Farm Review

There is one thing my children love to do is play little role play games with animals. Son Son loves any little animal and always has done. They were ever so delighted when we were asked to review the Schieich Farm set. I knew there would be hours of play with the different farm animals and farm setting.


There is one thing I underestimated was the size of the farm, little did I know that the already large box would contain all the bits to make a massive farm. I had two small children at my heels desperate to get me to build it (for some reason I thought it was all together). Thankfully I love a building project and got set constructing the farm. 


It took me a good hour to set the farm up and to find the right bits and often make a mistake and start all over. I didn't realise there would be so many different areas for the farm. Although it was easy to put taught some of the parts I feared might break but thankfully everything fixed together. 


Now the farm was all built there was no need to worry about finding all the animals the set came with  a range of farmyard animals including cows, pig, farmer and other farm accessories. One thing Son Son loved was that the doors all open and arnt fixed shut, he has a favourite game of playing peekaboo so that was perfect for him to do so. The roof can come off to optimise play and give a smaller child more access to the farm. 


One of our favioute peeves was the little brush for the cows especially for Ami who loves playing mums and babies and this was perfect for her to brush the little baby cow. The farmer included has moveable arms and can hold some of the items in his hands. The farmer is slightly less robust than the larger Schieich animals but still fun to play with. 


I love the little details that are part of the farm building such as the little flower baskets and the textured sizes. We have quite a few Schieich animals which sometimes on their own can be limiting to what you can do with them. The farm provides the perfect environment for learning through play. One thing the kids loved was the little winch crane thats housed inside of the farm. Its able to move across the length of the farm and can be wound up to lift things up just like you would see in a real farm. 


The farm retails at £99.99 which you might think is a tad pricey but it is well worth the pennies. Not only do you get a massive farm but also a few animals to play with too. Also the Schileich brand are well know for the quality of their products so you know its going to last. I know its going to be a well played with toy they already have had such fun making up stories and playing little games. All in all its been an overall success in our house. 



Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Autumn Beach Trips

One thing I love about living by the seaside is the fact we can pop down to the beach any day. Our nearest one to us is one I grew up as a child so am always very fond of it. 


One thing me and my sisters would love is when the wind blows and the waves splash over the top of the wind. I was trying to show my little ones the waves and everytime they seemed to stop it was very funny. Every now and again a massive wave would spray the side and splash all over the side. When they did notice it they found it hilarious. 


Ami and Son Son both loved jumping in the water as it was starting to gather in puddles. Sometimes it's the simple things my children love. I can spend a small fourtune and buy craft stuff till it's coming out my ears and they hardly do it. Where as bringing them here to the seaside brings such joy. I am always so grateful to live here.


I love this photo of my little Ami she looks so happy. Must have just caught it at the right time. 




Sunday, 9 October 2016

Getting Ready for Starting School - Ami

So the time has finally come and my middle child Ami has started school. She starts full days soon and I am somewhat a bit sad about it. She is only four but seriously she does look super cute in her school uniform. She has taken to going to school really well and I think it helps that she has good friends in her class. She is ever so proud to go to school and every morning is the first dressed whilst we call her older brother about 600 tines to get dressed.


We recently were sent £50 from Ocean Finance  to help us with getting ready for back to school or as in our case starting school. I know have two children in uniform and boy isn't that pricey so I was very grateful for it. With the money we got some essentials for starting school and some other bits for practicing writing at home or chilling out after a busy day. See below what we got.



School Shoes

They are important for school obviously I was looking forward to taking Ami to buy a pair. Little did I know that it would be so stressful, I thought we could walk into clarks and be out 10 minutes later. Ami has always had wide feet and a high instep sadly Clarkes did not cater for this and as a result her feet her to wide for all the dainty shoes in there. Seriously why dont more girls shoes be made more robust, its funny all the boys shoes have toe guards but not the girls.  We found a pair of shoes that finally fitted after two days of shoe shopping. They have lights they weren't too pricy and they fit, she loves them and wants to wear them all the time.


School Lunch Box

Who doesnt need a unicorn Lunchbox. Seriously I want this for me its so cute although she will get free school dinners as part of the government scheme its good that if she wants a change one day we have one free. The lunch box comes with a strap so is easy for her to carry around.
seriously look its amazing its from Sainsbury's if you want one for work.. Ahem I mean your child for school.




Cool Stationary 

Although its only reception that Ami has started in there is always the need to help her practice her writing at home. Sadly I was pulled into Smiggle and if you haven't been there come with money I was forced to buy all sorts of random bits. We got a little colourful pad and colourful markers to go with it. She also chose a cupcake smelling pencil, a lolly rubber and glow in the dark puzzle. She is over the moon and comes home everyday to her little pad which she locks away from her brothers and writes her name.


So here we are our little round up of goodies from us. Life has changed a lot over the last few weeks and home is somewhat more quieter since. I am so glad she has settled well and is loving every minute although its only early days yet. I am looking forward to many firsts this year and being a blubbering mess at assembly's and school trips.

Disclaimer: Thus is a collaborative post we were gifted £50 from Ocean Finance to buy items for this post. 

Friday, 30 September 2016

IDO3d Vertical Design Studio Review


We recently got offered the chance to review the Ido3D vertical Design studio and I knew my son would be desperate to try it. He has seen it on the tv and always goes "Some of that stuff looks sick". The idea of drawing in the air is rather cool and personally I couldn't wait to try it out myself. 


We were sent the Vertical design Studio set which retails on £24.99 and comes with 4 pens, a vertical light, two moulds and templates to design up to 20 different things. Obviously you dont have to follow the templates but they are there if your child need some guidance. The template sheet can help you make a helicopter, dinosaur and a bike.


It took Asti a little while to get to grips with the product but after a while he was practicing building towers. We then tried to make a dinosaur with that you follow the lines on the template. After a few attempts we realised we were not putting the gel think enough on the lines. 


 Asti aged Ten worked on making the dinosaur but gave up midway and was making towers. I took over and tried to make the tower a few times I make a mistake but it was easy to wipe of when you go wrong. We didn't make the exact dinosaur in the end but was fun filling out the lines. 


For Asti he gave up interest which was a shame because it is quite fun. If your child loves craft then I am sure they would love this. The fact that you can draw 3D objects is quite fun you need to have a steady hand and a lot of patience so is much more suitable for an older child. My Ami who is 4 was desperate to have a go and she loved it too. She make al ot of shapes and even tried to write her name. 


The set we reviewed is available for £24.99 and the IDO3D Pens are available on Amazon and several other retailers. Find out more here. While you’re checking out those retailers, be sure to take a look around the entire website. You’ll find 3D art tutorials, fun craft ideas, and information about some of the world’s greatest artists.

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Monday, 26 September 2016

So have you missed me?

Its been a while hasn't it some how when you don't write for a while its rather hard to get back into the flow of things. I have had many unfinished blog posts that I have started over the last few months but haven't got round to finishing. So there is that little round up thought I would write a little positive post for us so you can see what we have been thankful for over the last few months. I have kind of been using Instagram as a micro blog which I enjoy doing but miss typing on a keyboard.

Ami Starting School

SO the big day has come my little four year old has started school. I was rather surprised that I didn't cry, I held it together and so far she is loving it. Everyday she is first up wanting to get dressed for the day. It has been lovely getting to hang out with Son Son on his own as its been our little trio at home for the past few years.


The Awesome Summer of 2016

We have had a busy summer with lots of mission and hanging out in parks ( not literally like as a creepy family on the swings all day long, we have done some events called Lark in the Park). Its been amazing adjusting family like to eating on disposable plate whilst the wind blows it away. We have also  spent a large chunk of the summer down the beach. We have been back crabbing  with the kids but sometimes they just weren't bothered and it was just me. The weather was awesome this year and I have some fond memories from the summer. We saw lots of beautiful skies at night and sat outside with a fire into the night. My little post here doesnt really got into much detail as I am trying to be brief and not ramble too much. I am defiantly ready for Autumn now though and purchased my first pair of fluffy leggings.


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France Hollybobs

Yes we went on holiday back in June!!! How far away does that sound! We had a great week with boiling hot weather, we even managed a trip into Paris which was fun. I say fun I actually hated it but everyone else enjoyed it. We spent the whole week swimming and eating BBQ's everynight. We were a stones throw away from the beach and it was such a great week as a family. Ami learnt to ride a bike which was amazing at only 3 years old we can't get her to stop now.


Camping Times

We went camping a few times too which did involve 4am starts and very late nights, we purchased a massive tent so are now set for all future camping events. I do love camping and love the freedom the kids have when we go. I think the kids loved not having to wash for days and we enjoyed being out under the stars and toasting marshmallows in fires.

Birthdays

We celebrated 4 birthdays over the summer period of our littke family with Asti turning 10 and Ami 4 obviously mummy and Daddy had their birthdays too but we dont need to know how old they are right. Ami was ever so excited to get a bike and Asti a Ping Ping table.


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New Season

I am still Nursing but have gone into a new shift pattern change. Its only the beginning of change but so far its not been too bad. I moved to working night shifts rather than days. I was dreading it big time applied for a ton of jobs but maybe this is just where I should be at the moment. I do feel the need for a change and just waiting for a good job to turn up. My original plan in my head was to go back to university next September to train as a school nurse maybe this may still be the case. Sad fact when writing this I was thinking of work and without thingking was about to write Privacy and Dignity maintained.... Rather random.

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So here ends my little catch up I mean little its very hard to put 5 months in one post. If you want to find out what we get up to follow our IG club. I love Instagram stories at the moment too which are even more weird than you may expect. I hope to get back into regular posting again we will see its hard to bring myself back infront of the laptop which out getting distracted online shopping. So here I leave you with a sun set photo to end my random of random post.


10 years ago today I started going into labour. Little did I know what was in store, I didn't have a clue about parenting or being a mum. I didn't know how to do most things. A young teenager in trouble about to be given the most specialist of gifts. I still remember that weight of responsibility when I realised he was mine for life. It wasn't happy feeling it was "shit when will I go to toilet" sadly 10 years later they still don't leave me alone to go to toilet. He is a massive blessing to me and I hope he knows that. Being a single mum was tough but I wouldn't have had it any other way. He found us Matt to but that's another story. It's also my parenting eve can you believe I been doing this parenting job for 10 years that's double figures. Time is flying by seriously I want to find out where my crazy haired Aston toddler went. #astonistentomorrow #sobsob #tenyearsofbeingamummy
A photo posted by S A R A • C A R V O S S O (@mummyslittleblog) on

So have you missed me?

Its been a while hasn't it some how when you don't write for a while its rather hard to get back into the flow of things. I have had many unfinished blog posts that I have started over the last few months but haven't got round to finishing. So there is that little round up thought I would write a little positive post for us so you can see what we have been thankful for over the last few months. I have kind of been using Instagram as a micro blog which I enjoy doing but miss typing on a keyboard.

Ami Starting School

SO the big day has come my little four year old has started school. I was rather surprised that I didn't cry, I held it together and so far she is loving it. Everyday she is first up wanting to get dressed for the day. It has been lovely getting to hang out with Son Son on his own as its been our little trio at home for the past few years.


The Awesome Summer of 2016

We have had a busy summer with lots of mission and hanging out in parks ( not literally like as a creepy family on the swings all day long, we have done some events called Lark in the Park). Its been amazing adjusting family like to eating on disposable plate whilst the wind blows it away. We have also  spent a large chunk of the summer down the beach. We have been back crabbing  with the kids but sometimes they just weren't bothered and it was just me. The weather was awesome this year and I have some fond memories from the summer. We saw lots of beautiful skies at night and sat outside with a fire into the night. My little post here doesnt really got into much detail as I am trying to be brief and not ramble too much. I am defiantly ready for Autumn now though and purchased my first pair of fluffy leggings.


After school skimming competition. This weather is pure bliss we love the sunshine.

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France Hollybobs

Yes we went on holiday back in June!!! How far away does that sound! We had a great week with boiling hot weather, we even managed a trip into Paris which was fun. I say fun I actually hated it but everyone else enjoyed it. We spent the whole week swimming and eating BBQ's everynight. We were a stones throw away from the beach and it was such a great week as a family. Ami learnt to ride a bike which was amazing at only 3 years old we can't get her to stop now.


Camping Times

We went camping a few times too which did involve 4am starts and very late nights, we purchased a massive tent so are now set for all future camping events. I do love camping and love the freedom the kids have when we go. I think the kids loved not having to wash for days and we enjoyed being out under the stars and toasting marshmallows in fires.

Birthdays

We celebrated 4 birthdays over the summer period of our littke family with Asti turning 10 and Ami 4 obviously mummy and Daddy had their birthdays too but we dont need to know how old they are right. Ami was ever so excited to get a bike and Asti a Ping Ping table.


L
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New Season

I am still Nursing but have gone into a new shift pattern change. Its only the beginning of change but so far its not been too bad. I moved to working night shifts rather than days. I was dreading it big time applied for a ton of jobs but maybe this is just where I should be at the moment. I do feel the need for a change and just waiting for a good job to turn up. My original plan in my head was to go back to university next September to train as a school nurse maybe this may still be the case. Sad fact when writing this I was thinking of work and without thingking was about to write Privacy and Dignity maintained.... Rather random.

-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Jul 3, 2016 at 1:30pm PDT
So here ends my little catch up I mean little its very hard to put 5 months in one post. If you want to find out what we get up to follow our IG club. I love Instagram stories at the moment too which are even more weird than you may expect. I hope to get back into regular posting again we will see its hard to bring myself back infront of the laptop which out getting distracted online shopping. So here I leave you with a sun set photo to end my random of random post.


10 years ago today I started going into labour. Little did I know what was in store, I didn't have a clue about parenting or being a mum. I didn't know how to do most things. A young teenager in trouble about to be given the most specialist of gifts. I still remember that weight of responsibility when I realised he was mine for life. It wasn't happy feeling it was "shit when will I go to toilet" sadly 10 years later they still don't leave me alone to go to toilet. He is a massive blessing to me and I hope he knows that. Being a single mum was tough but I wouldn't have had it any other way. He found us Matt to but that's another story. It's also my parenting eve can you believe I been doing this parenting job for 10 years that's double figures. Time is flying by seriously I want to find out where my crazy haired Aston toddler went. #astonistentomorrow #sobsob #tenyearsofbeingamummy
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