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Schleich Braided Horse Figurines – Review

We received six braided horse figurines from the ‘World of Nature’ range by Schleich new to the collection in 2013.  These horses have been created with realistic attention to detail and all come positioned in a dynamic pose.

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                                           They are aimed at girls aged between 5 and 8, so with Miss M being 5 she was the perfect age to try them out.  My first impression was the beauty of the intricate detailing and likeness to real life.  They are made to an exceptionally high quality making them very durable and definitely toys that stand the test of time.  They range in size from 9-12cm tall.

The detail on them is amazing and I sat with Miss M and we looked at each one picking out the little intricacies, like the red roses on the tail of one, the little plaits and pink ribbon on another to the silver horse shoes detail on another one.  They are all beautifully designed with gorgeous braided detail.

Miss M found these a joy to play with and they easily integrated into play with other toys and even joined us at the dinner table!!  Two year old Mister B even showed an interest and commandeered the small black foal as his own to carry around.

Overall these are high quality animals that would give a lot of play value in a variety of situations.  A durable product with lasting play value over a good range of ages.

RRP: Stallion: £5.99; Mare: £5.99; Foal: £3.99

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Woolly and Tig – First Day DVD – 5 to Giveaway!!

Woolly and Tig is an entertaining little programme shown on CBeebies that my two children absolutely adore.  At first it didn’t catch my eye but it certainly caught my children’s and they love watching it whenever it comes on and always ask me to be quiet!!

Join three-year-old Tig and her cuddly toy spider Woolly as they share new and exciting days together. From a first day at nursery school to meeting a man with a beard, uncertainty and worry are replaced with fun and laughter when Woolly is magically animated to life.

The TV series explores the feelings that many children have when faced with new experiences in a simple, fun and positive way.
This DVD also includes a FREE Woolly and Tig reward chart and stickers!  A perfect way to help encourage and acknowledge your little ones daily achievements!

Features 15 episodes

First Day                                                 Swing Park
Changing my Room                             The Funfair
Hair Wash Day                                      Eating New Foods
Baby Ben                                               Choosing
Granny No No                                        Fire Alarm
Sharing                                                   The Beard
Losing Things                                        Hair Cut
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The NEW Woolly and Tig – First Day DVD will be available to purchase from 1st April 2013 from all good DVD stockists.

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If you fancy getting your hands on a copy of the Woolly and Tig – First Day DVD, then Abbey Home Media have kindly offered me 5 copies to giveaway to my readers – so just follow the instructions below.

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A Week of Highs and Lows!

A week ago Saturday I was really excited to have my mum coming to visit and stay for a whole week.  With my family living 250 miles away, we don’t get many opportunities to see each other and when we do it’s usually only for a couple of days.  I picked her up off the train with Miss M and Mister B who were really excited to see their Nanny and greeted her little basket of flowers.

The next day being Mother’s day, we visited our local Prezzo restaurant for lunch – always a favourite with us, where Mum and I were given a complimentary glass of Prosecco on top of the bottle of wine we had just ordered – not that I’m complaining of course!!  We also managed a quick photo opportunity – the perfect shot for Mother’s day with three generations together.

Mother's DayMiss M couldn’t wait for dessert to get her bambinocino – the little teacup full of frothy milk, sprinkled with chocolate and Mister B couldn’t wait to get stuck into his chocolate ice cream.  We went for a short walk outside after but the wind became very bitter and icy that we soon headed home to relax.


The next day was my birthday and having taken the day off work, I got to spend a relaxing day with my mum, meeting a friend for lunch and then off home to spend the evening with my children.  My dear Miss M had sneaked to the shops with Nanny the day before and chosen me a gorgeous sparkly fairy birthday cake – bless her!!  And for my work colleagues I baked some chocolate cupcakes with some pink swirly icing, plus a few extra for us – yummy!


That evening while sat on the sofa our cat Twinkle curled up beside us and as she rolled on her back we noticed a large opening on her stomach – almost like a large ulcerated patch which looked very sore and weepy.  The next morning I took her straight to the vets only to be given the dreaded news that she has a large tumour and required surgery the next day!!!  Arghh – my poor baby!!  I left her in the capable hands of the vets and waited patiently until the following day.


The next day I found out the tumour was malignant and the cancer was worse than expected but they had removed as much as they could and we can only wait and see what the future holds.  At the same time we also took the opportunity to have her thyroid removed as she was currently on medication for this that we were finding hard to administer.  I went and visited Twinkle and she looked well considering although it was heartbreaking to see an enormous scar down the entire length of her stomach.  Due to a drain being attached to remove fluid she needed to be kept in a cage so we felt it best to leave her at the vets until the drain was removed especially with us being away from home at the weekend.

On Friday Miss M came home from school with the Head Teacher’s Award certificate for “Excellent reading and writing”.  We were so proud of her and she was so thrilled to be given it.  I’m sure all the phonics e-books we’ve been practising at home have helped!

On Sunday we had to travel the 250 mile trip back to my hometown for the sad event of my Nanna’s funeral.  Having lost all four grandparents in the last 3 and half years, it has been pretty tough going and with this being the last it really is the end of an era and I can see the dynamics of the wider family changing.  It’s poor Miss M’s 4th funeral and she only turned 5 in January although I have to say that both Miss M and Mister B were impeccably behaved during the service and Miss M even shed a few tears – bless her!!

NanOn returning home late Monday night having travelling straight from the wake, we were all very tired.  Poor Miss M woke in the night having been quite ill in her bed – poor thing.  I put it down to the constantly snacking throughout the journey and she seems ok since.

Tuesday morning I had just dropped Miss M at school when my mobile rang.  It was the vet, who explained that although he has removed the drain, poor Twinkle is still weeping a fair bit from her wound so it is best to leave her with them for a couple more days.

I hope to visit and bring Twinkle home again tomorrow, I’ve missed her and look forward to giving her lots of cuddles for the forseeable future. xx

Gelli Baff – Swamp like goo for fun at bathtimes!! – Review

Bathtime can often be a challenge with Miss M who frequently insists she doesn’t need to wash and consequently it’s a battle to get her in the bath.  But we usually succeed in having a fun and exciting bathtime by using extra bubbles, foam soap or some other novelty idea for children’s bathtimes.  So when we were offered to try Gelli Baff for Izziwizzi, how could I refuse?

We received a box containing four sachets, enough for 2 baths of Gelli Baff and 2 dissolver sachets in a Swamp Green colour.  It was very easy to mix up – simply sprinkle a sachet over a 6cm of bath water and mix with your hand until it turns to jelly!!  We found the mixture to be quite thick so added quite a bit more water until we got a gooey consistency that Miss M loved and couldn’t wait to swish around in.

jellyFive year old Miss M couldn’t wait to get in but unfortunately two year old Mister B looked at it in utter dismay and asked for water in his bath – bless him.  But that didn’t deter Miss M who then spent the next 90 minutes squirming around in the Gelli Baff having so much fun – from pouring it in little pots and making potions, to laying flat in the bath relaxing in the jelly, to filling her swim top up with a huge amount of jelly and telling us she had a baby in her tummy!!!

The colour was a lot more vibrant than the pictures show and I did have concerns about the colour dying Miss M’s swimwear or the bath but the reality is that there is no colour residue whatsoever and it all washes away extremely easily.  The dissolver sachet, which is just table salt worked very well and with added water the bath soon turned back to liquid.  I have no concerns about using this product at all and provided the jelly stays within the bath then there really isn’t any mess at all.

Gelli Baff has definitely been a great source of entertainment for Miss M, she thoroughly enjoyed playing in it and has been asking for a jelly bath ever since.  I think this is something that would be great to buy as an occasional treat and would recommend it.

Please watch our video of Miss M below to see Gelli Baff in action:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.