I am a stay at home Mummy to 2 girls aged 9 and 8. I run a bespoke embroidery business from home (Precious Time Memories) and I will be reviewing products either on my own or with the help of my girls. These reviews are my/our honest opinion.
I asked my children if they would like to review Num Noms and the were so excited they said yes straight away. What are Num Noms? the Num top part is a hollowed out plastic character which is scented and the Nom part is a lidded plastic pot which has scented flavoured lip gloss in. The Num sits on top of the Nom. The Mystery Pots retail at £3.00 each and the starter packs in this review are £9.00 each. There are over 5000 scent combinations by stacking them on top of each other you get can create recipe combinations. This is the childrens first video review and they had lots of practise before the final recording. They opened the Series 1 Mystery Pots which have a scented Num and a Lip Gloss Nom.
Gemma opened the Series 2 Freezie Pops and Amy opened the Series 2 Brunch bunch.
Here is their review we hope you like it and don’t find it too long.
Hello sorry I have been quiet again. Life has its ups and downs, busy and quiet times. Times to evaluate and ponder, times to feel unwell and times to rejoice. For the last year and a half I have been having digestive trouble, tests, anxiety issues and CBT. With all of this I keep on going day to day. Dropping and picking up children from school, shopping and running the business. Some days are more difficult than others and I have needed to ask for support from friends. I wanted to let you into my life a little as I would like to start reaching out to people with similar problems. I have discovered there are a lot of foods I can’t eat due to having an allergy to Rapeseed Oil. I also struggle with any member of the nightshade family of fruit and vegetables. Rapeseed Oil is being added to lots of cakes, biscuits, sauces, soups, savoury snacks, crisps (cooked in) and breadcrumbs. Its cheaper to use and can be heated to a higher temperature than other oils. I have to check the ingredients of everything I buy now. I have found also I can only consume Jasmine Rice and the only potatoes I can manage are desiree (other potatoes give me tummy ache and insomnia). My anxiety is worse some days than others but that depends on what I have eaten and if my tummy is happy. Apparently our tummy’s are linked to our happiness, if your tummy is unhappy it doesn’t transmit happy hormones to your brain. If you are anxious this sends upset messages to your tummy. Its a circle. My plan is to try and avoid the foods that cause me trouble and take up Yoga/ Pilates and see if it makes a difference in my tummy emotions. I would love to hear from you if you suffer from Rapeseed Oil allergy and Nightshade family trouble. If you know anyone having any digestive trouble please pass on this information, it took me over a year to realise my allergy. Companies don’t tell you they are changing the ingredients they just do it.
Well you just don’t know what will happen in life until it happens.
It is now July 2014, in the last 2 years I have Lost my Dad to motor neuron disease, lost both of my elderly dogs and moved house another 2 times with another move coming shortly.
My girls are now aged 6 and 5, they have coped really well with all of the changes. My eldest has just finished Year 1 and my youngest has just finished in Reception. My youngest was unable to start school in Scotland until August this year, moving back to England she was the correct age to start school straight away. She has taken the transition really well and is progressing brilliantly with her phonics and is so eager to learn. She can’t wait to start in Year 1. I want them both to enjoy their summer holidays and not think about school.
I am hoping life will provide me with alot more ups than downs.
It has been very quiet for me for sometime, I have moved house from busy Bristol and now live in the Countryside in Scotland. My daughters are now 4 and 3. My eldest has started Primary School and my 3 year old has started Nursery. They are both enjoying their new lives, challenges and meeting new friends. We are currently renting and watching our new home being built. Now I have a little time on my hands and the experience of young childrens parties I have set up my new business Crazybiz Party, providing party bags and fillers.
Another game from Hasbro – Pop Goes Froggio RRP £14.99
This game is aged 3+, my daughter absolutely loves this game.
In the box you have a lillypad flower center unit with a spinner on and pictures. Attached to this is a foot pump. There are lillypads with animal pictures on corresponding to the pictures on the flower unit and a light weight Froggio which sits on the top of the flower.
The aim of the game is to collect the lillypads and the person with the most wins. The lillypads are placed animal picture side down around the room. People take turns each to spin the spinner and whichever animal it lands on this is the animal you have to search for by turning over the lillypads. Whoever finds the animal runs to the flower unit and stamps on the foot pump which makes Froggio jump from the flower, that person then tries to catch him. If he is caught the lillypad is kept, if not the lillipad is placed back on the floor animal side down. The person with the most lillypads when they are all collected is the winner.
My 3 year old daughter loves this game however she finds it a little difficult co-ordinating herself quick enough to catch Froggio. We change to game slightly so that she stamps on the foot pump to make Froggio jump and I catch Froggio. She gets really excited when I catch him and finds it ever so funny if I fail to catch him.
I was very lucky to be chosen to review the game Monkey Dunk from Hasbro RRP £12.99
This game is from 4 years up, my 3 year old was very excited to receive this game as she had seen it on TV adverts.
In the box are 16 monkeys 4 in each colour, an elephant timer, lots of banana tokens and a lillypad.
To object of the game is to get all your monkeys into the pots by the time the elephant timer pops up, if you get the monkeys into the pots you earn banana tokens. Person with the most tokens wins.
You have to flick the monkeys into the pots by pushing on the back of the monkey (a bit like playing tiddlywinks) before the Elephant timer pops up. My 3 year old finds it a little difficult making the monkey jump high enough to get it over the box sides and into the pots, although given enough time she does eventually manage to get them in but cannot do it within the time is takes for the Elephant timer to pop up.
The lillypad makes the game a little harder, you place this into a pot and any monkeys landing here will not be counted as a win.
This is a really nice game to play with the family and my 2 year old tries to join in but instead of flicking the monkeys she throws them in which makes her happy.
I would say to play the game properly that from 4 years is apt, I do think the Elephant timer would be better if it gave a little more time as I can see how this can make younger children frustrated.
As my daughter tends to fall asleep quite alot in the Graco Nautilus 1-2-3 I have decided to move her to another car seat I was really unhappy about her head slumping forward everytime she fell asleep. I will use the Graco Nautilus 1-2-3 again when she is older.