Getting bowled over at Num Noms Series 4 Launch Party

Just over a week ago the boys were invited along to celebrate the launch of series 4 Num Noms at All Stars Lanes in Shoreditch.

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Although Num Noms are predominantly branded towards girls, my son loves to play with them. He sees beyond the female orientated branding and really enjoys playing with the Little collectible characters. He doesn’t see it as being just for girls. So, when we received the party invite, I had a very happy little boy who could not wait to meet the new Num Noms in series 4.

Nums are little squishy characters that smell like their namesake and Noms are lip balms and stamps.

Series 4 bring a new menu of cute characters and delicious smells. Not only are there a new mix of sweet scented adorable characters but there are also scented nail polish and flavoured, glitter lip gloss

We arrived at All Star Lanes and was given a time slot for our game of bowling. We was taken up stairs to a sectioned off area where there was lots of different activities for everyone to try.

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As soon as we entered the room, the boys quickly noticed the sweet cart, the aroma was already wafting through the door (just like the sweet smell of Num Noms).

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The room was kitted out with helium balloons and Num Noms channel being played on the big screen. As we walked around we found that there was a little play area full of num noms, a nail art area where you could make up your own nail varnish, a craft area, face painting and biscuit decorating. Once the boys had filled up a bag of a mixture of yummy sweets they sat down at the craft area where they got to designing their own little character by colouring in the sheets and adding stickers.

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We had about an hour until it was their time to bowl so they sat down on the cushioned mat and played with the Num Noms on the floor. They had fun piling them up on top of each other and seeing how many of them they got to until the tower of Nums fell to the floor

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They even placed them all in a line. Series 4 Nums are totally yummy! They are all inspired from baked goods: Cookies, Creme filled, fancy cakes and milk shakes

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There was a few tables set up for nail varnish making. Series 4 bring the new Nail Polish Maker, which includes everything you need to make your own scented polish. Along with the Cafe playset, there are polish base, colours and glitter. My boys didn’t show much interest in playing with this set but they did pinch a ready-made polish nom and gave me my very own little manicure20170917_120534

The varnish goes on very well but it does come off just as easy too.

The biscuit decorating table was very popular, so as soon as there was a space the boys made themselves comfortable at the table and waited patiently to be shown by the expert on how to decorate their Num shaped biscuit.

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Following the instruction and taking on what he had been taught by the biscuiteer, the youngest produced a very impressive iced biscuit. He was firstly shown how to pipe the icing into lines and dots, learning how to control the piping bag. Once he was confident in trying himself, he chose the colours that he wanted and got started.

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The biscuit was then put to one side to set and ready to collect later on.

After all the playing, it was time for the food. I must say, that it was very tasty. We was served up a selection of mini burgers, rice balls, mini hot-dogs, fresh fruit and chocolate brownies

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The boys were actually a little shocked when they bit into what they thought was a chicken burger, to find that it was in fact grilled cheese! The food really did play a little game with the taste buds. My favourite had to be the little rice balls, they were so creamy and flavoursome.

It was soon the boys turn to hit the alley and knock down the pins, in a game of bowling. They really enjoyed getting a little competitive against each other. Each attempting to get a strike every time they rolled the ball down the alley.

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We finished the day off with some face painting/tattoos.

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How good are they? We did notice that some of the other attendees had gone for some glitter tattoos, my boys chose little Nums with a little glitter added on for that extra sparkle.

After 2 and a half hours of fun-filled activities and filling their faces with some delicious food it was time to leave.

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Thank you Num Noms for a lovely day, we really enjoyed ourselves.

Look out for the new Num Noms series 4 in the shops.

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Carrot Cake Doughnuts – What’s your NumNoms Crazy Creation?

Num Noms are all about crazy food creations, the little cute, scented characters are all about creating your own flavour fusion by mixing a little num with a little nom. It’s a recipe for mischief with so many different combinations.

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We’ve seen the Cronut (donut and croissant combination), a genius idea, which brought together two of our favourite pastry items into one amazing desert. Next it was the turn of green tea cake, for the slightly more health conscious, which saw a refreshing cake born from a popular hot beverage. More recently, Marks and Spencer introduced the Croloaf, a loaf of bread make out of croissants –yum!

But they are old news and now it is time for Num Noms fans to take to the kitchen and create their own Crazy Creations inspired by the different Num Noms themes and flavours.

We was invited along to join the next Num Noms foodie campaign. we were challenged to get creative in the kitchen to combine the wackiest of flavours and make the tastiest of food combination.

First we had a look through the num noms menu for some inspiration

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We picked out the num noms that we wanted to work with and then set to it in the kitchen to create our foodie masterpiece

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We picked out

  • Maple Sugars who is from the doughnut family
  • Bunny carrot who is a veggie
  • Softy Mallow who is a marshmallow
  • Blueberry Stampit

And we came up with a carrot doughnut with a blueberry and marshmallow centre

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 caster sugar
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 milk
  • 1 medium egg
  • oil for frying
  • blueberries
  • mini marshmallows

Method:

  • Combine the dry ingredients together; flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg
  • Add in the oil, milk, carrot and egg and mix well
  • Heat the oil in a pan. Test the oil with a crumb of bread, if it sizzles and turns brown it’s ready.
  • Using a tablespoon, drop the mixture a spoonful at a time into the hot oil. Don’t over fill the spoon as i found that the smaller the better for the doughnut to be cooked all the way through
  • Fry until light brown all the way around the doughnut, about 2 minutes each side.
  • Remove from hot oil and drain on some paper towels
  • Cut a little hole in the bottom of the doughnut and push in a blueberry and marshmallow
  • Sprinkle with a little icing sugar and drizzle with maple syrup

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These doughnuts are super yummy! They are soft and very tasty. Perfect for an afternoon treat or to put into pack lunches.

What better way to get your children into the kitchen then getting them to create a num nom crazy creation.

Why not join in on the num nom fun, simply create a crazy creation using num noms as your inspiration and share on social media using #numnomscrazycreation dont forget to tag @NumNomsUK

 

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Moshling Series 9 Countdown No.2 Quincy

One more day to go and all 17 of the moshlings from series 9 would have been revealed, every single one that we have shared on the blog over the past two weeks will be available in stores from February 14th.

 

 

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NO.2

INTRODUCING QUINCY

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Name and Species: Quincy the Fraidy FuzzyFace

Personality: Anxious, jumpy, callow.

Mini Bio: Fraidy FuzzyFaces are always being frazzled by lightning, squished by falling pianos and attacked by swarms of sillipedes. Or so they say! It’s hard to be sure because these jittery Moshlings rarely leave the house. And when they do they insist on wearing protective gloves, rubber boots and hardhats. Look out, danger ahead!

Habitat: Fraidy FuzzyFaces live on Eek Street but you might see a few dashing along Ooh La Lane with their hands on their heads.

Likes: Staying in and reading The Daily Fail.

Dislikes: Going out and toffee apples

Rank: 152

Rarity: Rare

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What the boys think: Quincy looks like he is a worker from a building site or a mine, because he is wearing gloves and a hard hat. It sounds like he doesn’t have much luck with venturing outdoors, Joseph would like to look after them and keep them safe. Jak says that Quincy looks like he is in a prance, as he has big pupils, it’s probably where he keeps getting frazzled by lightning.

 

Countdown so far:

Series 9 is looking like a very interesting series full of funny and funky characters! Stay tuned every day until 14th February when all of the moshlings series 9 characters will be revealed, with a special little surprise at the end.

We have been provided with the series 9 characters for the purpose of this countdown

 

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Moshling Series 9 Countdown No.12 Bubbly

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Introducing Bubbly

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Name and Species: Bubbly the Rubbery Bubbery

Personality: Flexible, emotional, vivacious.

Mini Bio: Squishy beyond belief, Rubbery Bubberies are the stretchiest Moshlings ever. In fact many experts believe that these gentle, jelly-headed creatures can stretch their tentacles around the entire world of Moshi three times over and still reach the top shelf in the Gross-ery Store.

Habitat: Set sail on Potion Ocean and you’ll probably see a few Rubbery Bubberies bobbing about on the foamy waves.

Likes: Purple sprouting seaweed and Batty Bubblefish.

Dislikes: Pebbly beaches and the sound of balloons beings rubbed.

Rank: 154

Rarity: Common

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What the boys think: Bubbly is definitely handy to have around, he could be very useful with those stretchy tentacles, especially in Goal at a football match.

Countdown so far:

Series 9 is looking like a very interesting series full of funny and funky characters! Stay tuned every day until 14th February when all of the moshlings series 9 characters will be revealed, with a special little surprise at the end.

We have been provided with the series 9 characters for the purpose of this countdown

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Moshling Series 9 Countdown No.13 Twaddle

We’re loving the characters that we have revealed so far in the Moshi Monsters Moshling countdown, but today’s one has to be the funniest so far! As I am a lover of biscuits, I am totally in love with this guy, as I too do not like the rising costs of them lol

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No.13

Introducing Twaddle the Waddling Floffle

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Name and Species: Twaddle the Waddling Floffle

Personality: Frivolous, sappy, soppy.

Mini Bio: No, it’s not a fat bat, it’s a Waddling Floffle! Famed for their sap-slurping exploits, these beanstalk-bothering Moshlings will do anything for a sip of sap, especially if it’s enchanted because it helps their titchy wings lift their tubby bodies off the ground. But not for long. Thump!

Habitat: You might see one fluttering around an enchanted beanstalk but most Waddling Floffles fall from the sky. Don’t ask why!

Likes: Enchanted sap and barbecued ladybird wings.

Dislikes: Greenfly and the rising cost of biscuits.

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Rank: 157

Rarity: Ultra Rare

What the boys think: Jak says that he thinks twaddle is cute, and would like to help them to climb up the beanstalks to get them to the top. Oliver thinks Twaddle looks like a bird, and Joseph says that he is definitely a Bat as he has fangs.

Countdown so far:

Series 9 is looking like a very interesting series full of funny and funky characters! Stay tuned until 14th February when all of the moshlings series 9 characters will be revealed, with a little surprise at the end. One character will be revealed every day until the 14th

We have been provided with the series 9 characters for the purpose of this countdown

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Moshling Series 9 Countdown No.14 Toots

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NO.14

Toots

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Name and Species: Toots the Boogie-Woogie Bugle

Personality: Jolly, jazzy, snazzy.

Mini Bio: In one ear, out the other? Totally, because Boogie-Woogie Bugles repeat everything they hear. But not with words, with little toots from their trumpety heads. Thankfully it’s not too annoying because these ultra-hip Moshlings can parp into their hats, which act as jazzy mutes.

Habitat: Windypop Place, although you’ll often catch Boogie-Woogie Bugles gigging in the Purple Banana Jazz Club.

Likes: Satchels and brass polish.

Dislikes: Cigars and earbuds.

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Rank: 151

Rarity: Uncommon

I think Toots really cute, I love that they only toot words and that they are really jazzy, definitely the type of moshling to invite to your party.

What the boys think: Joseph would like to dance away with him and thinks that he will make a great addition to his Moshi HQ set.

Countdown so far:

Stay tuned every day until 14th February when all of the new moshling series 9 will be revealed, with a special little surprise at the end 🙂

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Olly the Little White Van Series 3 Review

 

The letterbox tinkled, the boys rushed to the front door! Joseph had been anxiously awaiting for the arrival of the sample DVD of Olly the Little White Van Series 3. He already spends his time playing on the App that is available on the Iphone and Ipad and he loves to replay the clips that are on YouTube too.

“Olly the little white van, helps his friends as much as he can

Olly the little white van, always around to give a helping hand..”

Olly the little white van is always scooting around the road running errands and doing useful work for his friends. He doesn’t always get things right but tries his best and the show points out how important it is to be helpful and to be kind to each other. Olly is voiced by the one and only Justin Flecther, who is best known as ‘Mr Tumble’ in ‘Something Special’ and he brings that extra special sparkle to the character. There are many bright and colourful characters in the show such as Bazza who is Olly’s best friend and is always getting up to mischief, Bessie who is a worn out burgervan and has a low self-esteem and Olly helps her to see her potential and Royston who is a bit of a hero and finds fun in everything he does, there are more characters to learn about in the series.

Joseph had a friend over after school one day so to keep them occupied and out of mischief i put on the DVD of the Series 3, they both instantly recognised the theme song and was soon running and dancing around the living room and singing along to the theme song, which may i add is very catchy. Once the show started they stood still, eyes transfixed, gazing at the television, even Oliver who is 11 months old loved watching it. To be honest i never normally see him standing still as he is a little handful himself and always on the move but whilst he was watching Olly he just stood there in front of the television, bobbing up and down and watching the show. Both Joseph and Oliver love watching the series and kept them quiet for ages. Each episode is 5 minutes long and promises fun and enjoyable storylines, each story as energetic as the last one and all teaching children that we should be sensitive and caring to others and to help out our friends.

 

Episodes of Olly the little white van can be watched on CITV at 9:45 and 12:45 every weekday. You can find out more about the series on their website at www.ollythelittlewhitevan.co.uk where you will find plenty of games and news about Olly and his friends.

Olly the little white van also has an education system in place called ‘Olly’s little helpers club’ which is aimed at educating children in schools on why helping is good and also shows them how to do so, you can find out more information about this scheme at www.ollylittlehelpersclub.com

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