Wednesday 31 May 2017

Casdon Kenwood Mixer Review

There is one thing my little ones love to do in the kitchen and thats bake. They are forever asking to make cakes and other treats. Thankfully I was asked to review the Casdon Kenwood mixer which I can tell you went down an absolute treat. A childfree food mixer that you can ensure is safe for children to use with out the risk of loosing a finger. 

The mixer comes in two different functions children can use the handle to manually mix the attachments in the bowl. The other way you can use it by putting batteries in and using the dial to make the mixer paddle turn around. The speed can be adjusted by turning the dial at the front. The mixer isn't the fastest when switched on so there is no risk to the children. Ami and Son Son loved turning the handle more than the dial. 

We made some fairy cakes to start off using the mixer the children loved to add ingredients into the bowl and mix it all together. The pop up arm helps to develop the hand eye co ordination. They took it in turns and after a while when the mixture had smoothed out we could use the motor on the mixer. The bowel isn't massive so we make lots of little batches meaning they could have more fun using it more. 

The attachment paddles can change depending on what you are making  and also included is a spatula . There is also a recipe book included but I can imagine they require some assistance by hand mixing as we found that the mixer couldn't cope with large amounts or anything too bumpy. This didn't stop the children enjoying the mixer and they had great joy making cakes. The bowel can be removed so can be cleaned easily too along with the mixing paddles. 

All in all we loved the little mixer not only can it be used to play alone or used to help bake in the kitchen. Ami liked it she said it made her feel grown up. The mixer retails at £19.99 and perfect for any child who loves baking. 

Monday 15 May 2017

Lucy Locket Wooden Cake Stand Sorter Review

There is one type of toy that I have always loved and thats a wooden toy. Something about a wooden toy that is almost timeless. Some of the wooden toys that we have are over 10 years old and still standing strong today.

 I have seen a lot of wooden cake stands and have always wanted one for Ami. Thankfully the lovely people at Lucy Locket sent us one to try out. As you can see from the pictures its bright and colourful and straight away Ami was desperate to play with it. I put it together in next to no time whilst Ami opened all the cakes. 

The cake stand comes with 11 different cakes that are all individually numbered. Ami is currently in Reception and is in love with sorting numbers so for her the numbers were more important than the cakes. All the cakes are sorted into individual spaces which is great for children to learn through play. 

 All the cakes are individually decorated and looks like popular cakes and cupcakes. So not only can the cake stand be used for pretend play which is Ami and Son Son's favourite thing to do. They took it in turns to be the baker / shop worker and the other the customer. They both seem to love the more simple games but always sweet to watch them play. 

The cake stand is great quality and would be an asset to any bedroom and play room. I love the bright colours and even the added glitter to some of the cakes. The Cake stand is suitable for children 3 plus which I think is suitable both Ami and Son Son loved it. 

The cake stand retails at £25 and is well worth it. 

Find the Cake Stand and many more at Lucy Locket and many more toys too so please do check them out here. 

Friday 12 May 2017

Turning Tears into Smiles with Elastoplast #TearsintoSmiles

So my children are forever falling over especially the two little ones. Every day they are supporting a new bruise or tiny cut. Each little cut is often the worst thing ever for them. They tell us on repeat about it till its healed, show every person they see the cut and make us put plasters on ALL THE TIME. As a nurse you would think I would have some experience but with my kids I mainly put a plaster on. The other day Ami got bit by the hamster on went a plaster, Son Son grazed his knee on went a plaster.

My children have to be the most clumsy of children also (nothing to do with having a clumsy mum). When I was in reception I was in and out of the school nurse's office with cuts and grazes. My little Son Son has my genes all over he falls over a lot and is often in need of a big cuddle. Thank fully we wee sent a set of the new range of plasters from Elastoplast to try out. I opened the packet and left it on the table and too my surprise they both got hold of the plasters and stuck them all over them selves. The plasters come as either Frozen or Star wars designs. The packs we were sent contains 16 plasters with different shapes.

Some Top 3 Tips for Turning Tears into Smiles

  • Distraction - If its not a bad fall / cut I always try and distract the kids by getting them to look at something else. Clouds, funny cars things in the sky 9 times out of 10 it works.
  • Sweet treats - in my bag I have a little first aid kit it has a few little plasters and antiseptic cream also a little treat to stop any tears.
  • Cuddle - If all else isn't working a massive cuddle always works. 

Elastoplast are a trusted name in many households. They are good quality and host some wonderful designs. The brand its self is very trusted and often found in peoples healthcare boxes. The most embarrassing thing is that I even use the kids plasters nothing like rocking a princess plaster when you need one.

“This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast.

Monday 8 May 2017

Scooby Doo Mystery Minis Range Review

One day my little Son Son turned round to me and said I love Scooby Doo, I was a bit like ok where have you seen Scooby Doo. Turns out Daddy has been putting it on in the mornings for him and he absolutely loves it. When I got a email saying Scooby Doo I was like I know a boy who would love it. Funny thing his older brother loved Scooby Doo at a similar age.

The range is aimed at children aged 3 and over which my Son Son who is three loved them but they are quite small so can see the need for the age limit. We were sent a vehicle and figure set and a character set. The figures are very sturdy and have moveable parts so they can fit in the different cars and so on. The set contains all the regular Scooby Too crew which makes it perfect for small children to recreate adventures time and time again.

The toys are bright and colourful and very much like they are in the TV. The size of the figures is perfect for small hands. Son Son liked them because he could put them in his pocket and carry them around with him. The great thing is that you can collect more or play with them as stand alone pieces.  Son Son has enjoyed recreating scenes from his favourite Scooby Doo film which is the wrestlemania  one with John Cena he loves it.

All in all Ami and Son Son both enjoyed playing with the toys the fact that there was more than 2 figures in the figure set stopped lots of unwanted arguments.

The 2 figure set retails at £4.99 each and the Mystery Mini Vehicle and Figure Set retails at £9.99 each. The two figure set is perfect for pocket money treats also.

If you want more information about the Scooby Doo Mystery Minis range head to the Character website here. The Scooby Doo range also includes larger Scooby Doo figures, soft toys and other play sets!