Saturday, 18 August 2018

Num Nom Series 5 Starter Pack Review

We are always so excited when a new series of Num Noms comes out! We have been collecting them ever since series 1 and so always eager to try out the new Num Noms and smell the new scents. 

We were sent 2 starter packs by Num Noms. 

We got sent a Croissants pack and a Jelly Rolls pack. 

Each pack comes with 3 Num Noms and a lipgloss. It also comes with some accessories. 

I opened up the Jelly Rolls pack for Lily first. This pack had a little blue table and a serving spoon. 

The Num Noms were cute as usual and one was even wearing a little silver crown. The cool thing about Num Noms are that you can stack them on top of each other. These 3 were a perfect addition to Lily's collection. 

The lipgloss was Blueberry flavour. When you open the lipgloss up, it looks purple but when applied it is a clear colour with glitter. But it smells of blueberries which is lovely. 

Next we opened the croissants Num Noms. This came with a serving tray and some little grabbing spoons. One of the Num noms had a real cute little french barrett on which was great to see on a croissant themed Num nom. 

Inside this one was a strawberry lipgloss. Lily is really into her lip glosses now and so was super excited to have some Num Nom ones. 

Lily really enjoys playing with her Num noms, she loves ticking them off her lists when looking at the little collectors guide that they come with. 

She loves using the little utensils that come with the packs and picking up the Num Noms and placing them on the tray and table. 

But her favourite thing to do is smell them! There was some amazing sweet scents in these 2 packs such as berry scent and cookie cake. 

Lily cant wait to add more Num Noms to her collection. 

You can find out more about the Num Noms and the different packs that are available on the Num Noms website

Do you like Num Noms? 

What is your favourite thing to do with them? 

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Crate Creatures Review

Lily and I love trying out new toys! So as soon as we were offered to review the brand new crate creatures I jumped at the chance to see what the new toy was all about. 

The title of Crate Creatures says "Free The Beast" and thats exactly what you have to do with this toy. 

The creature comes inside a crate which is brilliantly designed. It has all the features you would want to see on a crate with a monster inside including bars and a hole for the monster to peep out of. It also has signs on saying Caution!! which really gives it that feel of there is something scary inside.
The bottom and top of the crate is made of a hard plastic. I think it is great that the packaging of the toy is actually part of the toy. Also meaning it can be stored away neatly when not being played with. 
As well as that, it has a lock and chain on the top, and a crow bar at the side that you can use to open up your creatures crate. Lily was super excited to get open her crate creature. 

Lily quickly understood what she had to do with the crowbar to open her crate creature. You firstly jam the crowbar into the lock and it clicks undone and you can take the chain off. After that, there are 2 holes at the front that you place for crowbar into, and this pops up the lid and out pops out for creature. This can be done over and over again which makes it really fun for kids to do. 

There is a mechanism inside the crate that makes your creature pop up out of the box. For us out popped Blizz! 

Blizz is an snowman looking creature who is white with a blue face and yellow horns. He has a long sticky out red tongue. The red tongue isn't just there for decoration though. If you pull it, it will make your creature very angry and he makes all sorts of noises and shake. His eyes will also light up and it will even start to growl at you. 

But that isn't the only thing you can do with your crate creature. If you push down his tail, his arms will start to thrash about. Your creature loves to be chucked around and so if you turn his upside down, he will make lots of different monster sounds. If you leave your monster for a little while, you should hear him snore and this then means he will go into sleep mode.

To wake him back up, simply pull his tongue or push his tail. Lily found all of these actions really easy to do and she loved doing them. 

Your monster should also come with something to eat. Blizz comes with an ice lolly. To make him eat it, you press it agains't his mouth above his tongue and he will make eating noises. You do have to apply a little bit of pressure for him to do this. 

There is then one more feature to your crate creature and this is to record your own voice and sounds. Simply press on his stomach and hold. You hear a grunting sound, this means he is ready for you to make your noise or speak. White it is recording his eyes will glow yellow, when you are finished, let go of the stomach. Once done, it will reply to you in a monster voice. To keep playing it just press the stomach, but be careful you don't hold to long as it will end up deleting your recording to make a new one. 

The only thing we did not find easy with the recording was getting it to say your recording with a stutter or in reverse. It says in the instructions that you press the stomach and turn upside down or shake, but many times we ended up making it record something new. I think it really must be a quick press of the button on the stomach to make this work. 

Everyone who has been around has been super impressed with the creature. Lily has got it out a quite few times and has loved showing her friends, but then when it is out, I must admit she has gotten bored of it quickly. 

Blizz is just one character out of 4 that can be bought. You also have Sizzle, Snort and Pudge. They are all £39.99 to buy and can be bought from stores such as Smiths Toy Store.

Head to the Crate Creatures Website to see more about them. 

Monday, 6 August 2018

Monthly Book Roundup - What We have been Reading in July

Each month I write about which books we have been reading during the month. I usually introduce Lily to 4 or 5 new books each month while at the same time reading some of our favourites. We have story time each night and always read 2-4 stories, depending on how tired she is. 

You can read all the other book roundups from the last 2 years here

Last month I didn't get much chance to introduce Lily to any new books. Mostly because we were away for 2 weeks on holiday. So I only have 2 books to tell you about this month. 

The 2 new books I decided to read to Lily would be something a little more summer themed. As we were going to the seaside I thought that one story about a sunny day and one about a shark were appropriate. 

1. Kiki and Bobo's Sunny Day by Yasmeen Ismail
I really like the Kiki and Bobo series of books and this one is lovely for the summer time. The story is all about Kiki and Bobo who take a trip to the seaside. Kiki really wants to go swimming but Bobo is a little scared to go swimming and so keeps distracting Kiki with other seaside activities. In the end Kiki encourages Bobo to come into the water and shows him that it isn't to bad and he doesn't need to be scared. The other great thing about this book is that it is a lift flap book which doesn't just have one or two flaps but has loads to be opened. This book can be bought online. 

2. Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway 
The title of this story shows all about what this book is about. A smiley shark. The shark is super friendly and when it meets other fish, he gives them a really big smile. Only problem is that his big smile with lots of teeth is very scary to the other fish and they all run away. This makes him really sad but one day he is swimming a long and he see's all the fish in danger as they have been caught by a fisherman, and he decides he is going to try and help them. So he jumps out the water and gives the fisherman a big smile and the fisherman lets go of his net and the fish are all saved. After that the fish are never scared of him again. I really enjoyed reading this one to Lily as it had a great storyline. This book can be bought online. 

Which of the 2 books do you like the sound of? 

Friday, 3 August 2018

Fun Nature Day at Gawthope Hall

One great thing about the school holidays is that there is always lots going on for kids. So I am always on the look out for fun things to do and events happening. 

Recently I spotted that Gawthorpe Hall in Burnley was having events on every Wednesday in August and the first sounded like great fun. They were having a Nature day and had put on lots of activities to do. 

So I decided that I would take Lily and see what activities there would be to do. 

As we got there we had some lunch, there is a really nice Cafe at Gawthorpe Hall and  the events wern't starting until 1. So it seemed like a nice way to start out day. 

After we had lunch we headed to the gardens where the events were happening. There was a desk handing out activities and it was only £2.50 per child to join in. 

The first activity was a special nature hunt. You had to go around the garden and look for things that you wouldn't normally find in the garden and then write them down on the paper provided. 

There was 10 things to find. It wasn't long before we found the first one. A toy Turtle. Lily was super impressed that she had found it and was really enthusiastic to want to find some more. She got me to write down the answer on the sheet, but also tried to write it herself, which ended up as a squiggle. 

She really loved walking around with the clip board and pencil and eventually we found some more items. A lampshade in a tree, a cup, a coat hanger, and loads more. 

The next activity was Pond Dipping. I was really excited to see that they had this activity for them to do. I love any activity that has a learning aspect to it also, and this is a great way to learn about nature while having fun. Lily was super excited about it and when we got to the pond wanted to join in straight away. there was a big group of parents and kids but Lily was super confident and put her hand up for a net shouting me me I would like one.

As soon as we got the net and tub, we found a little spot to try and catch some pond critters. We were really hoping to catch a frog or some fish too. I put some water into the tub and Lily started to move her net around in the water. 

We didn't really manage to catch anything by our selfs but soon enough the park ranger came around to help us. He straight away started to catch something for us. In our tray we had all sorts of little things swimming around, Lily was super impressed at seeing some of the little pond bugs. Not long after the little bugs were caught, he managed to catch us a little fish which lily was super happy to see. 

It was really nice seeing Lily getting involved in this Activity and also being really enthusiastic about it. The pond is always there for us to do pond dipping so I think it will be an activity I will do again in the future. 

The next activity there was for us to do was snail racing. But by the time we got to this event, the snails had all gone to sleep. We waited quite a while before one decided to come out of its shell and move to eat a leaf. We are always looking at snails in our garden, so this is another activity we could always do ourself. 

The last activity was welly throwing. The idea was to stay behind the white line and try and throw the welly into the bucket. Great fun game which Lily really enjoyed but she did get frustrated because she didn't manage to get a welly into the bucket. But then, neither did I. Haha 

It really did make a great day out and we was lucky as we had some nice sunshine but it also wasn't to hot. We aren't going to be able to attend the next 2 wednesday events but will be attending a knights and princesses one at the end of the month. 

Have you attended anything fun so far in the school holidays? 

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Win a University Games Bundle

It is competition time and I have 2 games to give away from one of my favourite game brands, University Games

Googly Eyes 

The hilarious drawing game that challenges your vision and leaves you googling for more! Put on the zany, vision-altering google eye glasses and start to draw while your team tries to guess what you’re drawing. Is that an igloo or a turtle? A birthday cake or a fortress? Take turns drawing and guessing, so everyone gets a chance to wear the glasses. A fun game that lets players of different ages and skill levels compete on equal terms, since the goggles make it fun and challenging for everyone.
  • Age: 7+ yrs
  • Number of players: 4+


Not only can you recreate the top BBC 1 quiz in your living room, you can experience the tension of revealing the points scored, with the free to download, scoreboard app that also keeps a record of your scores.
  • Age: 12+ yrs
  • Number of Players/Teams: 2-4

For your chance to Win, Enter below on the Gleam App. 

Win 2 Games from University Games

Monday, 30 July 2018

Mummy and Me July 2018

You may have noticed I have been a little quiet on the blog lately, firstly it was because I got pretty busy and secondly because we went on a family holiday. Going on a family holiday meant that I got some nice photographs of Lily and I and so also got some nice ones to share with you on this blog post. 

The first is from the day we went to the paddling pool. Lily was quite clingy that day and wasn't in the mood for paddling, hence the picture of her in my arms in the pool. But I made it as fun as possible for her and eventually got her paddling. 

The second picture, I got took because we were doing the exact same as the year before. Were heading out for a meal and I even had the exact same dress on, so I decided I wanted the exact same picture taken as last year only with Lily a year older. 

So here is last years and this years photograph. 

Hope you like this months mummy and me photographs.