Star Wars Xmas Books Review Giveaway

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

Are you a big Star Wars fan?

Do I have something special for you! And just in time for Christmas too

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Join Luke  Skywalker on his epic adventures in Star Wars Treasury: The Original Trilogy. It is hardback book based on the stories by George Lucas, A new Hope, The empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The book tells you the basic story line keeping in the fun and exciting parts, with over 100 full colour paintings by Brian Rood, that keeps you entertained and wanting to read more. Brian Rood is a professional illustrator who works in the entertainment, comic and commercial art fields. Not only does he create new art work for Star Wars, but also for Marvel comics, Paramount pictures and Hollywood stars. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous works of watercolour art that we found captivating and charming.  The book doesn’t have many words but has pictures on every page keeping it engaging for the younger readers.

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The Star Wars young readers books are ideal for younger children learning to read. They come in three levels, corresponding to the colour book band that they use in schools. These books are exciting and are set out with few words and lots of dramatic colourful illustrations. If your child is interested in Star Wars then these books can encourage reluctant readers to become independent readers. They are ideal action books for new readers.

Escape from Darth Vader is a young readers level 1, which is equal to a yellow book band. Level 1 are simple stories for new and developing readers. Based on the events from A new hope . Meet two different robots R2-D2 and C3P0 who attempt to escape from the mean and scary Darth Vader and his Troopers. Princess Leia is caught, but before It happens she gives something special to R2-D2, something that Darth Vader is after, the secret battle Plans!

Use the Force is a young readers level 2 book, which is equal to a blue book band. Level 2 books are engaging stories for readers growing in confidence and independence. Join Jedi Master Yoda as he teaches Luke how to use the force. The Force is a special energy field that can be used for good or evil. Luke trains hard but he needs to believe in himself before he can move on. Will he be able to use the Force to save his friends and become the greatest Jedi of all!

The Young Reader Star Wars books are challenging for new readers, with interesting action stories and beautiful illustrations they are perfect for any child to enjoy. As the levels go up there are more words to a page.

The Star Wars Starfighter Workshop book is part activity and part construction. That’s right you get to build your very own X-Wing and tie fighter to play with and display in your home. There is nothing more, that my boys like, than becoming creative and building items that they can play with. The activity book is full of puzzles and mazes, lots of exciting activities for the children to do. The construction part if the fun part of the book! Not only do you get to build an X-Wing but you also get to build a Tie Fighter too! There are 10 pieces of foam, each with pre-cut shape pieces that can be easily pushed out. The instructions are inside the activity book and are easy to follow. We got a little lost at some points as we got a little confused with what part was what, so we looked at the pictures on the instructions and they helped us. Slotting the pieces together can get a little fiddly, but a little perseverance saw us creating our very own space crafts to play with. The recommended age for this workshop is 7, which I totally agree as it does get fiddly and the instructions can get a little hard to follow especially when connecting the pieces together (although if younger and under adult supervision I think it would be fine)

Watch the video below for the full review of the Star Wars Starfighter Workshop

The boys played with the Starfighter for a long time and eventually they started to come apart and loose so we just reinforced them together with some super glue.

A great activity for adults and children to do together, with a fabulous outcome.

All of the book are available to buy from Amazon.

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 For your chance to win a Copy of the Star Wars Treasury and the Star Wars Starfighter Workshop , enter via Gleam below

 Star wars Xmas Books Giveaway
 T&C’s

Enter all of the entries on Gleam

Competition ends midnight 12th December

UK entries only please

Winner will be drawn via Gleam

Lucas Films have not sponsored this post

Details of the winner will be passed onto Egmont who will post out to directly from them

We was provided with copies of the books for this review and giveaway.

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Octonauts GUP-I Transforming Polar Vehicle Review

Sound the Octo-Alert!

The Octonauts have wrapped up warm for their latest arctic adventures with a new playset addition to the Fisher-Price® toy range, as well as the introduction of new vehicles for more exciting deep sea missions.  

GUP I Playset 

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“The brand new Gup-I playset is the perfect vehicle for polar adventures. The Gup-I is inspired by the durability and adaptability of the water bear. Part polar exploration station and part rugged vehicle, the Gup-I is equipped with everything the Octonauts need for creature rescues, despite the worst of weather conditions.

This Gup transforms for three different ways to play. In Water Bear Mode, the Gup’s legs can extend into “snow stilts” to give more stability for polar rescues so it can race and roll to the rescue. In Scout Mode, the Gup-I stands upright, giving the team the perfect view to scan and spot any creatures in trouble. In Command Center Mode, the Gup-I opens to reveal everything the Octonauts need for their rescues, including a snowball launcher and a small Snowprowler vehicle that is perfect for short scouting missions. This smart Gup recognises when it is in Water Bear Mode or Scout mode and will respond with different fun sounds and phrases. The Gup-I includes Kwazii in his snowsuit, a snowball launcher with 2 snowballs, a satellite dish play piece, a small Snowprowler vehicle and a Weddell seal with an icy “coat” that can be rescued”

When the box arrived, the boys thought Christmas had come early! They couldn’t wait to have a look inside and try it out. I was a little apprehensive as to how big the toy was, as the box is quite large and I was quickly thinking about where it would live in our small house, but I was soon smiling away as soon as I noticed that it was fairly small and compact. The boys were quickly exploring the GUP-I and it was soon introduced to the rest of their toys in an arctic rescue mission to save the Weddell Seal from a Killer Whale (love their imagination)

There are three ways to play with the GUP-I, as it easily transforms into 3 modes:

  • Command center mode

DSC_2809_optMake sure that all 6 legs are in the lowered position, this is done by just gently pushing the GUP-I down and the legs will click into place. Raise the roof and lower the ramp to release the snowprowler vehicle. There is an interchangeable station for the satellite dish or the snowball launcher. The dish or the launcher can be placed at certain points around the GUP-I or on the snowprowler, just push them in and they are secure.

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The snowball launcher works by pressing in the red button, watch out as they fly out fast! The launcher comes with 3 snowballs, they are quite small and can get lost rather quickly.  Use the snowball launcher to defeat the enemy and rescue the Weddell seal (who is very cute and comes with a changeable ice coat)

  • Scout Mode

With the legs pushed in, the GUP-I Stands upright on its hind legs giving Kwazii a clearer view of what lies ahead and spot creatures who are in trouble

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Kwazii has little holes on the soles of his feet, which help him to stand up on the GUP-I, at the command center and at the control seat in water bear mode and scout mode.

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  • Water Bear Mode

The legs can extend into stilts, by sliding the little orange lever on the side of the body and can roll to the rescue.

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With flashing lights and phases and sounds the GUP-I comes to life in your hands. Children can not only control what mode the GUP-I is but also by pulling on the antennae to hear phases like ‘Octonauts to your stations’ ‘Octonauts do you read me?’ and ‘Well done Octonauts, everyone is safe’

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 When transformed from one mode to another the GUP-I recognises the activation with sound and flashing lights

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The GUP-I playset is easy to assemble and store away for future play. The extra items can be stored within the playset. It is durable and sturdy.

The playset encourages creative and imaginative play, it brings play to real life with sounds of music and characters from the cartoon. My boys enjoyed playing with the GUP-I (you know when the toy is good when there are arguments over who wants to play with it) they particularly enjoyed transforming it from one mode to the other and listening to all the familiar phases from the TV show.

Suitable from 3yrs + RRP £39.99 

We was sent the GUP-I playset for the purpose of this review, thoughts, opinions and pictures are of my own.

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Paper Planes Movie Review

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Paper planes is a heart warming film about a young Australian boy who lives with his dad, who is struggling with life after the loss of his wife. Twelve year old Dylan is curious about flight, he spends his days watching an owl on his way to school. When a trainee teacher visits his school and tells them all about the world paper plane championships in Japan, Dylan soon discovers that he has a natural talent for creating paper planes. Throughout the adventure Dylan meets the junior Japanese champion, Kimi, and they develop a close bond, helping and challenging each other to build the next best paper plane.

Trailer:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keiMOd3dm-U

We was recently invited along to an event in London where we got to watch the film, before entering the cinema there were lots of fun things put on for the children to try like paper plane making master classes, paper plane racing and face-painting.

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IMG_20151018_175353The whole room was decorated with paper plane banners that must have taken a long time making! There were people around helping and guiding the children into making planes. When we was called into the cinema to watch the screening, we was reminded to bring along our paper plane as well. Once seated in the cinema we all launched our plane down towards the front of the cinema, to see whose travelled the furthest.

As the lights went down, we settled into our seats ready to watch the film.

The boys enjoyed the film, I could hear lots of laughter from them and their eyes were glued to the big screen the whole time. It’s a great family feel good film to watch. Dylan’s determination to achieve his goal, even without the support that he desires from his Father is inspirational for children. It’s a heart warming film that will leave a smile on your face. Dylan is strong-willed and shows his Dad that even through bad times, every cloud has a silver lining.

Never give up, always strive to be the best at what you can be!

The film was released in the cinemas 23rd October 2015

We was invited along to  the screening of the film for the purpose of this review.

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LEGO DC with Justice league: Attack of the Legion of Doom Review

The Justice League are back, including superheroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and many more of your favourites, and are preparing to take on an evil group spearheaded by villainous genius Lex Luthor, who is obsessed with world domination, in JUSTICE LEAGUE: ATTACK OF THE LEGION OF DOOM

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Lex Luthor is not happy – crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League are working hard to keep the citizens of Metropolis safe. He creates his own team with a gang of skilled scoundrels, including the wrathful Black Manta and Sinestro, and so the Legion of Doom is born. The evil galactic tyrant enlists Lex Luthor, and his formidable Legion of Doom, to launch a daring plan to attack top-secret government site, Area 52, and take over the world!  If the plan succeeds, the Legion of Doom will have access to some of the word’s deadliest weaponry and advanced alien technology. Is success for the daring villain finally within reach, or is crime destined to suffer yet another humiliating defeat by the Justice League?

Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and the rest of the team are the fearless super-heroes that Metropolis needs. It’s up to the Justice League to defeat the world’s greatest super villains and save the planet – but have they finally met their match in the Legion of Doom?

My son absolutely loves LEGO, what child doesn’t? It encourages their creativity, imagination helps their fine motor skills through construction, designing and making what ever they fancy. It’s their world and their ideas. Not only does my so own an immense amount of small pieces of bricks in different colours and sizes,  he also has likes to watch the movies and play the games.

We was recently sent a copy of LEGO Justice League: Attack of the legend of doom to review. My son was on cloud nine when it arrived in the post, straight away it was placed into the machine to watch. It must have been replayed about 3 times on that first day! Here’s what he thought of it:

What is the movie about? It’s all about the Dc bad guys who have formed together to form the Legion of Doom. Their conquest is to rule the Earth by using Martian man hunter. The Justice League stop them because Martian man hunter finds out that the Legion of Doom are bad

Who is your favourite character? The Flash

Why? He is funny and makes me laugh. He is super fast and I would like to be just like him

Who is your least favourite character and why? Darkside because he is the ruler of all bad

Where is it set? e and in Space

What is your best scene? It would probably be when my favourite character Flash takes Green Lanterns coffee and changes it into a banana without him noticing, because he is really fast. It was funny when Green Lantern tried to drink the Banana.

If you could become one of the character, which one would it be and why? Definitely Flash as he is really fast and I like to run, so if I was fast like him then I would win all of the running races that I enter.

What is the message in this movie? Trusting your instincts and working together as a team

Would you recommend this movie to a friend? Yes I would. I think that my friends would really enjoy watching this movie because it is action packed and funny.

Overall the film is cute and the characters are humorous.

RRP: £5.99

Running Time: 74 mins

We was a sent a copy of the DVD to review, words and opinions are of my 8 year old son 🙂

 

 

 

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Scooby Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery DVD Review

 Are you ready to rock?

Scooby Doo and co team up with the one and only iconic rock band Kiss.

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Scooby and the gang travel down to the newly opened ‘KISS World’ theme park in order to watch the famous glam rock band play at their highly anticipated Halloween concert. But when they arrive, it’s discovered that the park has been closed to the public! The evil Crimson Witch has plotted to summon the Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria. Mystery Inc. teams up with KISS in order to unite their forces in an epic rock ‘n’ roll battle, and save the park from its impending doom.

Will the gang be able to thwart the Crimson Witch’s dastardly plan, with the help of their favourite rock stars, and save the world?

We was sent a copy of the DVD to review. The boys adore Scooby Doo – Who Doesn’t? So when they saw the DVD they couldn’t wait to watch it, I on the other hand was looking forward to listening to some of the Kiss classic tracks.

Since watching it for the first last week, they have seen it about 10 times, they love to sing along to songs and are even asking me now to paint their faces just like Kiss.

Here’s what my 8-year-old thought of it –

What happens at the beginning of the movie? Scooby Doo and gang attend a Kiss Halloween concert but end up finding out that there is a mystery to solve.

Who is your favourite character in the movie? I would have to say the commercial officer because he makes me laugh.

Who is the commercial officer? He appears throughout the movie at times and it is like watching an advert. He tries to Kiss franchise at every opportunity

What is your favourite part of the movie? It would be when Starchild fights the Crimson Witch because it makes him look like a superhero.

What happens at the end of the movie? Kiss returns the rock of kissteria

What do you like about the movie? I like the songs and I’m looking forward to learning more of Kiss music. My favourite song is ‘Rock and roll all nite’ . My little brother really liked the part when Kiss perform the song ‘I was made for lovin you’

Get ready to rock, and don’t miss SCOOBY DOO! AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY as it’s released on DVD on 12th Oct 2015.

RRP:  £9.99

Running Time:  79 mins

CERT: PG

We was sent a copy of the Movie for the purpose of this review.

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Ghosthunters on icy trails trailer

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Based on the bestselling novel by Cornelia Funke, this heartwarming tale of an unusual friendship, built out of the need to defeat an ancient evil, GHOSTHUNTERS.
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When the often-fearful eleven-year-old Tom (Milo Parker – Mr Holmes) discovers a slimy green ghost in his cellar called Hugo, he is understandably afraid.  However, Tom soon realises that Hugo, who is an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost), is not only completely harmless but also desperately in need of his help. He has been banished from his haunted house by a dangerous AIG (Ancient Ice Ghost) who has moved in and is spreading an arctic cold over the entire town in the middle of summer!

To help get rid of this AIG, Tom and Hugo enlist the services of a professional Ghosthunter, Hetty Cuminseed, who has just lost her job at the CGI (the Central Ghosthunting Institute). Hetty doesn‘t like children or ghosts very much but Tom and Hugo convince her to teach them the basics of ghosthunting. The three become an unlikely team – only with friendship, courage and self–confidence can they overcome their adversary and save the town from the AIG.

Will the unconventional trio overcome their differences, and manage to defeat the evil Ancient Ice Ghost, and save the town from an icy end?

We was lucky to be invited along to a screening of the Ghosthunters, as we wasn’t sure of the certificate, we all went along. We had watched the trailer and thought that it was suitable for Oliver, who is 4, to watch.
Hugo is most definitely the star of the movie, my children loved his character. He is friendly, adorable and hilarious. Hugo just wants a friend and someone to help him in the quest of getting rid of the Ancient Ice Ghost from his home, so that he can move back in and get on with being an ASG. Tom is afraid of him at first and tries everything to get rid of him, even squirting him with orange juice (which ghost don’t like) but he soon realises that Hugo just wants a friend. When Tom goes in search of Hetty, he first asks her for help to get rid of Hugo, but the next time he goes to her house its to help Hugo.
Although Hetty doesn’t originally take a liking to Tom and Hugo, she soon realises that they have grown on her and that they are her only friends. As the days go by, the AIG becomes stronger and stronger and soon is taking over the city. It moves into the CGI where the three of them get together and work out what is needed to banish the AIG from Hugo’s home and the city forever.
My boys loved the film and can’t wait until it’s out on DVD so that they can buy it. The laughed the whole way through, and are now even searching for their very own Hugo.

Don’t miss the thrilling GHOSTHUNTERS at cinemas nationwide 2nd OCTOBER.

Director: Tobi Baumann
Starring: Milo Parker (Mr Holmes), Anke Engelke
Running Time: 100 mins – CERT: TBC

We have received no payment for this review. 

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Celebrate your birthday with Asdas Pablo the Pug Cake

Party on With Pablo The Pug!

Is it your/someones birthday soon?

Are you looking for a cake that’s a little different?

Do you like dogs?

Well, the supermarket store Asda has a new friend that loves to party! Meet Pablo the Pug

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I must say that he is very cute and adorable.

The delicious new cake has two vanilla sponge layers oozing with a jammy middle and covered in a thick sugar icing. Pablo the Pug comfortably serves 16, if sliced thinly. We managed to get about 10 slices from him but my boys do love to eat cake and a little slice isn’t enough for them.

“Pablo loves a party…Dancing, eating cake, pinning tails on Donkeys… What’s not to like? One day, Pablo had a problem he’d been invited to two parties at once! He didn’t know what to do so he put on his thinking party on hat and tried to come up with a solution. After hours of thinking, Pablo dreamed up the perfect answer – cake! He trotted into the kitchen, put on his pinny and baked the world’s yummiest, scrummiest cake and decorated it so it looked exactly like him. ‘Now I can go to BOTH parties!’ Laughed Pablo.

Could you imagine cloning your children bu baking cakes of them when they get invited to two parties at once! So Funny! I may have to do that soon as my eldest has double booked himself next month, I’m sure no-one will realise! Haha

We threw a little pub-tastic party for ourselves at home, with Pablo at the centre of the table. He looked fantastic, almost too good to eat!

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That wasn’t going stop our party though, Pablo was soon out of the box, and the knife was going through the soft sponge. The knife sliced through easy.

 

Bye bye Pablo
Bye bye Pablo
Slice anyone?
Slice anyone?

Pablo was yummy! You could taste the vanilla flavouring quite strongly. The sponge is covered in buttercream and raspberry jam. We sliced the cake all the way through, but to make the cake go further you could remove Pablo’s head making two cakes to slice up and serve.

There's a whole lot of cake
There’s a whole lot of cake

After enjoying a slice of Pablo, we enjoyed a game of Frozen Bingo

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Yummy!
Frozen Bingo
Frozen Bingo

The children loved it, especially the little ones.

We had a fabulous party with a yummy, tasty cake.

The Pablo the Pug cake is available in store at Asda for £10

Suitable for Vegetarians.

Allergy Advice

Contains: Wheat, Eggs, Milk.
May Contain: Nuts.
May also contain traces of nuts.

We was suppiled with a cake and some party decorations for the purpose of this post

 

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Easter/Spring crafts with Yellow Moon

Easter time isn’t quite right without participating in some crafting at home with the children, especially when the rain is pelting down against the window panes. If you’re looking for the alternate gift to give at easter rather than chocolate why not check out the Easter crafts on off at Yellow Moon

Yellow moon is the ideal shop for all of your crafting essentials, wether it be kits to make up, paints, clay, sewing kits and much more, Yellow moon stocks them all.

We was recently sent a box of arts and crafts goodies for Easter to enjoy, In our box we received:

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My boys are always excited when we receive a Yellow Moon box, they instantly know what the parcel contains as it has the instinctive yellow moon tape all around it which is yellow and blue. They can not wait to see what is inside, my youngest boy is a keen crafter. The kits are perfect for him as they teach him how to follow instructions, with step by step pictures.

  • With the buttons we made a couple to cards to give out to members of the family. Buttons are ideal for crafting with and can be used on many different projects. The buttons come in an assortment of bright colours, they measure 15mm and made from real wood.

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  •  The Easter Bunny sewing decoration kits are a perfect introduction to sewing, the kit comes with 3 pre-punched felt pieces in blue, purple and pink. The kit also contains self-adhesive felt shapes, wool, wiggle eyes, plastic sewing needle and stuffing. DSC_1304_opt

We began with tying on the ribbon and then once the needle was threaded with the wool we was ready to begin to sew. This activity really helped my boys with their concentration, we had a few mishaps where the odd hole was missed out but it still looked good even if the boys added 5 eyes!

  •  A favourite of my youngest was the Easter Mosaic Wands, he instantly fell in love with the finished product. Each kit comes with four different characters; chick, lamb, egg and a bunny.
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Includes: foam characters, wooden wand, self-adhesive foam tiles, ribbons

My youngest is 3 years old and he began to take off the backing from the mosaic tiles but got himself into a bit of trouble as they kept getting stuck together. The tiles were quite small so it was little fiddly but once the backing was off, placing them onto the foam character was easy as it was marked on as to where to stick them.

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A really good thing about this kit and most other kits from Baker ross -Yellow Moon is that the instructions are easy to follow for the children. With no words and only pictures to follow my youngest was able to tell me what was happening next.

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Once all the tiles were in place, you add the wand and some colourful wanderful magic by adding the ribbon, this makes waving the wand oh so much more fun!

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  • The foam birdhouse kits were fun and easy to make, again with simple picture instructions to follow. Each kit contains thick foam templates and self adhesive foam shapes and comes in two different colours. Although this kit is recommended for 5+ my youngest really enjoyed doing it (under adult supervision) The templates join together with a push in connection and once completed make lovely little easter gifts for friends or family members.

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  •  We had fun with the wooden birdfeeders, once made the youngest gave them away as gifts to his childminder. Again they were easy to make with simple instructions to follow. The kit comes with pre-cut wooden pieces and cord to hang them with. Each piece slots in together and there is no need for glue, although we used a little in some places to secure it a little more. The birdfeeders were quick to make but it was the decorating that was the fun part.

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We made two out of the 3 up, one my son decorated with the spring flower foam stickers and the other he painted to look like a house.

My children have really enjoyed making the Yellow Moon craft kits. It was lovely to see them making something that were proud of.

Brought to you as part of being a yellow moon blogger. This review contains my own pictures and words, no payment has been received apart from the craft kits.

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Thomas & Friends: Dinos and Discoveries DVD Review

 Roar into Adventure

If your children are anything like mine and they adore Thomas the Tank Engine, then they may like the new Thomas and Friends DVD.

Thomas and Friends is an adventurous, fun and imaginative world that children love to explore. My son just needs a small little train in his hands and he can make up wonderful stories all about exciting adventures, his little mind is full of imagination and creativity. He loves to watch Thomas and Friends and reenact the scenes that he has just seen on his own train track sets, I love to watch his enthusiasm about play.

In Dinos and Discoveries something exciting is happening. The engines are filled with wonder at the fantastical new sights and sounds on the Island of Sodor. Volcanoes sizzle and dinosaurs roar as the engines help the Earl of Sodor with a special surprise.

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Samson in introduced to the Island and the other engines when he brings in The Earls Deliveries for the surprise, Samson is invited to stay by the Fat Controller.

The DVD introduces 6 new monster size episodes, new friends and full of surprises.

Episodes:

  • Marion and the Dinosaurs
  • Millie and the Volcano
  • Timothy and the Rainbow Truck
  • Samson at your Service
  • Emily Saves the World
  • Samson Sent for Scrap

Bonus Features:

  • Really useful engines
  • Mr Perkins’ postcard
  • The Earl’s quiz
  • Mr Perkins’ story time
  • Who’s that engine?

My boys favourite episode is Samson sent for scrap. Samson has been sent by the Fat Controller to collect track side scrap whilst scruff is being repaired. Nothing is safe on the Island as Samson soon starts to collect everything he can see, including a postman’s bike, a bus stop sign and the fat Controllers car!  Lucky for Samson, Scruff notices what he is doing and he saves the car from being scrapped. Soon everyone is laughing about Samsons antics (Including my boys)

Watching the DVD has inspired my boys and they have recreated the scenes from Dinos and Dinosaurs with their very own toys

The DVD is available to but now from all good retailers

RRP:                                       £9

Running time:                    70 minutes

Certificate:                          U

Stockists:                            Available online at www.amazon.co.uk and in all good retailers nationwide

Find out more about Thomas on the Thomas & Friends website www.thomasandfriends.com. You can keep track of all the latest Thomas & Friends news on Twitter and Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/ThomasandFriendsUK          @ThomasFriendsUK

We was sent a copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review.

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A Festive Wine Selection with Waitrose

’tis the season to be merry’ tra la la la

It’s that time of year when all you can hear is the pop of the bottle and the glug of the wine being poured into glasses, It’s a time to celebrate and enjoy yourselves wether it be at your works party, at home or round a friend’s house. Everyone drinks slightly more than they would normally at Christmas as we all get into the festive spirit.

I don’t find it that easy to shop for wine as there are so many different types to choose from but I do find it easy to drink them! haha. Waitrose have a festive wine selection box containing 6 of their favourite bottles of wine to suit all occasions.

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Case contains: 1 sparkling, 2 white, 3 red

  • Villa Vincenta Prosecco NV – Delicate citrus notes backed by fresh green apples and pears. Superb aperitif for any gathering 11.5%
  • Waitrose Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria – Zesty citrus and gooseberry flavours with a twist of fresh mint.  13%
  • Laurent Miquel L’Artisan Chardonnay – Fine fruit enhanced by long large oak barrels, resulting in a crisp, aromatic and exquisite taste. 13%
  • Cave De Roquebrun Col De LA Serre – Aromatic notes and produces an intense fruit driven wine. 13%
  • Malvira Barbera D’Alba san Micele – Grape. 13%
  • The Cubist Old Vine Garnacha Pablo – Iconic red Spanish wine created to show the very best of the Garnacha grape. 14%

I have the Christmas period mapped out with the wine bottles:

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The Prosecco will be ideal for New Years Eve as it is perfect for entertaining and goes well with canapes and light dishes. Prosecco is my favourite drink, with its sparkling fresh fruit taste I find it a classic for any celebration. A fitting compliment to salads, prawns and salmon. Recipe Suggestion: Prawn and advocado chilli belinis

-The Waitrose Sauvignon Blanc is delicious with asparagus, fish or chicken so this classic wine will be ideally served with the Christmas dinner. This wine will also go down well with a roasted chicken served with asparagus dish.

-Christmas at our house is always take away night, who wants to cook a meal the day before Christmas Day!? As special as Christmas day is, I never look forward to the amount of cooking that has to be done for the family. I try to prepare most of it the day before which means I really don’t want to be stood over the oven, so it’s a perfect excuse to order in an Indian/Chinese/Thai. The Laurent Miquel L’Artisan is delightfully served up with a spicy dish. Recipe suggestion: Thai red chicken curry

-We are visiting family the day after Boxing day and I think that the Col De la Serre would be a lovely gift to take along and offer to our hosts  but would also be an excellent compliment to the Three Bird roast that will be served up. This wine is the perfect partner to red meats, game and casseroles. Recipe suggestion: Wild mushroom and venison stroganoff.

-Boxing day is normally a day of resting and eating in our house. The children run around the house playing with their new toys and the Partner and I sit down on the sofa, watching TV and nibbling on the left overs. I can see the Malvira san Michele going down well on this day. The dark, deep ruby-red wine with flavours of cherry and prunes will taste well with mushroom and pasta dishes. Recipe suggestion: Mushroom and Turkey rissotto

-Finally The Cubist Old Vine Garnacha with it’s rich, full bodes taste will be prefect for a Friday night treat, served up with a nice big juicy steak. The spicy pepperiness will compliment a steak. Recipe Suggestion: Rib eye steak with hollandaise sauce

 

Waitrose Christmas favourites are available from Waitrose Cellar for £50, that’s £8.33 per bottle. When bought separately you’re looking at paying out about £10 per bottle (they range from £9.99 -£11.49)

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We was provided with a box of sine for the purpose of this review by Waitrose Cellar

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