Shopkins: Chef Club Movie Review

If you have little ones I’d be very surprised if you haven’t heard of Shopkins. Shopkins are grocery store themed collectables that kids go mad for (mine definitely do). Now they have their very own movie coming out on Thursday 27th October called  Shopkins: Chef Club from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment which we got to see early to review.

Once the kids got their plushies ready to watch with them they settled down for the fun. The movie starts with the recognisable Shopkins theme which got the kids very excited, it also introduced all the ‘actors’ like any other movie which I thought was a cute touch. The characters in the film are a mixture of Shoppies and Shopkins with old favourites and new characters.


  • Cheeky Chocolate
  • Lippy Lips
  • Kooky Cookie
  • Apple Blossom
  • Buncho Bananas
  • Nina Noodles
  • Bessie Bowl
  • Miss Sprinkles


  • Bubbleisha
  • Jessicake
  • Donatina
  • Peppa-Mint

Peppa-Mint tells us all in a song ‘Tell Me What’s Cooking’ what Chef Club is all about. The Shoppies/Shopkins split into groups and are told they need to cook 4 dishes well in order to get into the Chef Club, all are up for it. They are sent off to get their ingredients at the supermarket where chaos ensues, a bit like shopping on a Saturday afternoon with the kids😉

I don’t want to spoil too much of the movie as you’ll obviously want to see it for yourselves but there’s lots of mess (think your kitchen when you have the bright idea of letting the kids help with the cooking) and funny moments as they compete against each other to be the best team. With Donatina counting strands of spaghetti to Nina Noodles sounding like my grumpy teenager and Bubbleisha going all out to ensure she wins with a few ideas up her sleeve. The theme running through the movie seems to be Bubbleisha feeling under appreciated, craving praise and wanting to be the best. You’ll have to watch to find out if she manages to win everyone round though!

Little Man says: “It was awesome, my favourite character is Kooky Cookie”

Little Lady says: “It’s really good, my favourite character is Bubbleisha”

My kids loved the Shopkins: Chef Club movie and I thought at just under 45 minutes it’s long enough to keep their attention without them getting fed up or fidgety.


Shopkins™ fans around the UK will, at 4pm on Thursday 27th October, be hosting their own Shopkins™: Chef Club screenings – and you’re invited.

To celebrate the launch of the film to DVD and digital download fans up and down the country are eagerly getting their hands on the coveted film, which launches on 24th October.

Fun premiere packs which include downloadable invites, Shopkins™: Chef Club hats, Poppy Corn popcorn cones, a premiere check list, and a personalisable welcome sign will be also available at – just don’t forget your besties and the popcorn!

The film will see new Shoppie in town Peppa-Mint attempt to win over the friendship of the other Shoppies Bubbleisha, Jessicake and Donatina with the help of their Shopkin friends. It also boasts a host of catchy new songs and quirky costumes that have never been seen before!

Shopkins™ fans can buy or download the film from 27th October.

What: Shopkins™ fans all over the UK will be watching Shopkins™: Chef Club simultaneously – get your copy and join the fun!
Where: Your living room
When: 4pm, Thursday 27th October
How: Buy or download the film here – then just grab your besties, print out your #ShopkinsChefClub hats and enjoy. Don’t forget to share your favourite bits using #ShopkinsChefClub.




*We got to watch the movie free for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and our own*

Candyland Halloween Sweet Champions Review

This has to be one of my favourite review posts of all time! Opening the bags I’m transported back to my childhood – a time before I had a dodgy perm and braces. The days when your Mum said you could have a 10p mix up and you got Black Jacks and Fruit Salads. The times whilst at comp we’d have an actual ice cream van on the school grounds at lunchtime and we’d have a naughty Wham bar and Astro belt after the ham roll hastily shoved in our gobs!

We got to try out a Candyland 200g Sweet Champions Halloween assorted mix and a 300g Sweet Champions Halloween lollies pouch. This time there’s a bit of a twist some of those well loved favourites are now in lolly form. Exciting stuff. The kids looked on incredulous as their Dad & I reminisced about turning our tongues black and how they still taste exactly the same. I can’t believe I’d forgotten that cola Frosties were absolutely my favourite sweets and somehow they managed to find their way into my handbag😉

They both contain Black Jack, Fruit Salad, Dip Dab & Refreshers lollies and the Halloween mix bag also has Original, Brew and Strawberry Wham bars which can confirm are just as yummy as they always were!


The kids of course had a try, I the Refreshers and Fruit Salad lollies seemed to be the firm favourites for them. These would make a great choice for your trick or treaters, without breaking the bank.  We do tend to get a lot of callers so it makes sense to stock up on inexpensive treats. I love it though, so lovely to see little ones in their costumes. Since we munched our way through most of them I’ll have to buy some more before Halloween😉

Sweet Champions Halloween 200g Assorted Bag MRRSP £1 available from Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys.

Sweet Champions Halloween 300g Lolly Pouch MRRSP £2 from Asda


*We were sent the sweets free for the purposes of this review however all opinions remain honest and our own*

Getting A Teen Out Of Bed

Right now you may have little ones and be experiencing  5.30a.m morning wake ups and sit there wishing they ‘would just stay in bed and give you a lie in’. STOP. Karma will come around and kick you right up the bum when they turn into a teenager and you can’t get the sod out of bed for love nor money. Here are the stages of getting said teenager up that happen in our house. Insert Spongebob style ’10 minutes later’ between each one.

Stage 1

This is the stage where you’re still optimistic that today will be the day that they get up without the hassle. Pahahahahaha.You knock the door whilst steeling yourself for the stench, run in and shake them awake cheerily telling them if they get up now there’s plenty of time for shower, breakfast and a cuppa.


10 minutes later you realise there is no movement going on upstairs and stomp back up in the hope that your heavy footsteps will get them shifting. Does it heck. They’re still lying there bleary eyed saying “what?”. Keep calm, they’re bound to get up soon, they’ll be worried about being late.Right?!

Stage 3
Now you’re getting your hair off, they’re taking the mickey. So you go up and threaten them that if you have to come up again you’ll be bringing a bucket of water. They sigh and moan “for god’s sake” under their breath. Yes, because obviously I’m doing this for fun. It’s the highlight of my day don’t you know?! I really don’t have anything better to do like sticking hot pokers in my eyes, the usual.

Stage 4

Right they’re still not up. So you realise it’s time to make good on your threat to throw water. You spend a few minutes looking for the bucket you bought the kids at the beach in the summer and when you remember they’re probably at the back of the shed with the false widows and tube webs you decide ‘sod that for a laugh’ and just grab the mop bucket, chuck the mouldy smelling mop across the kitchen in annoyance and fill it up. Drag the heavy sodding thing up the stairs only to find right at the last second the teen will magically launch themselves out of bed and shout “I was up, stop stressing” You fight the urge to drench the cheeky git anyway, grit your teeth muttering about ‘lazy bloody kids’ lug the bucket back downstairs and get ready to start fighting ‘get dressed and ready wars’ where they’ll race down the stairs – steady on- to shout about the favourite t-shirt/skinny jeans/trainers they can’t find and you’ve obviously moved. Believe me mate I wouldn’t touch your stinky clodhoppers if my life depended on it!

So honestly, if you are reading this bleary eyed at the crack of a sparrow’s fart then just remember it’ll come full circle in a few years time.

Are your teens like this too? Are you one of the lucky ones who’s teens get up without a fuss?


Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Fruit Bowl Mango Flakes Review

We have been trying out some Mango Flakes from Fruit Bowl. They’re described as:

Deliciously fruity flakes made by drying a blend of apple & mango purees and fruit juices

Fruit Bowl are all about helping parents get the kids eating healthier with their range of fruity snacks. We’ve tried their Fruit Peelers before which were a big hit. There are also bars, yoghurt coated flakes, shapes, little fruit bowl and picked & pressed to chose from so lots of choice and ways to get the kids eating more fruit.

They come as a multipack of 6 x 18g which is a size just right for lunchboxes, after school snacks or just when the kids decide they want a snack (32569 billion times a day with my kids!) they contain no nasties, only natural colours & flavours, are gluten & dairy free and are vegetarian society approved. They also count as 1 of your 5 a day which is great for getting the fruit & veg intake up.

The first thing you notice when you open the pack is the smell, they smell really fruity and taste just as yummy. They are naturally sweet (there’s no added sugar) and have a nice chewy texture so make a great alternative to sweets or crisps. My children really liked them, I’m lucky in that they like to eat fruit anyway but it’s always like to have different things for them to try. They only contain 58 calories per pack so if you’re also keeping an eye on what you’re eating they make a good option for adults too. Fab for taking to work instead of frequenting that cake shop;-)

The flakes can also be used in baking, there are some tasty looking recipes for you to try out on the Fruit Bowl website.

The packs we received also had some lovely National Geographic Kids stickers in and you can get  35% off a year’s subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine by going to and using the code NGFRB1.

They also come in Raspberry, Strawberry, Blackcurrant flavours and a multipack mixture of 12 packs. They are available to purchase from supermarkets (Asda, Tesco, Morrison’s, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Budgens) nationwide. And also available from Ocado. RRP is £2 for a pack of 6.


Chatterbox Planet Magnets Review

Chatterbox Planet is the brainchild of Geraldene who created her magnets as a way of helping children express themselves through creating stories. We got the chance to try out the Starter Pack Combo  and see what we thought.

The magnets come in lovely bright packaging with the Chatterbox Planet logo stickers. There were a sheet of magnets, a little wipe clean magnetic board– perfect for little hands- and pen included.

The Starter Pack magnets as you can see were animals, people, toys, modes of travel and nature. They have bright colours and cute little pictures to make story telling fun for little ones. The magnetic board is light and easy to carry so would be great for taking with you on a day out in the car or even if you just want to keep them amused when you have an appointment to go to.

My kids tried them out and made up some really daft stories of course the word ‘poo’ came up – what is it with kids and that word?! So I had to steer the story back on the right track with the cake magnet because cake solves everything, right?!

There are lots of other ways to play with the magnets too which are explained in the leaflet that comes with them. Such as stacking the magnets face down and choosing one form the top and each person then continues the story, quite funny trying to make up a story on the hop! You can also sort the magnets into types i.e people, animals etc.

This is a really fun activity for children and really gets them thinking as they try to make up a story to go along with the chosen magnets. I like the fact that this can be used again and again and the board can also be used to help practice writing/spelling etc which is something we have been working on with our younger children – the teen can write his own name even though he moans about the effort in picking up a pen😉

You can find Chatterbox Magnets on


*We were sent the Starter Pack free for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Wicked Wednesdays – 12th October

Haven’t joined in with Wicked Wednesdays from the lovely Em at BrummyMummyof2 in a while but it’s always been one of my faves.

“Oh how lovely there’s eldest’s old Thomas the Tank, let’s put some batteries in it, little lady will love it.”





Pudsey and Friends Children In Need DVD Giveaway

It’s hard to believe how quick this year has gone and it won’t be long until Children In Need will be back on the 18th November, today I’m giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win a copy of a fantastic new Pudsey and Friends DVD! To enter use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post..

The nation’s favourite bear Pudsey is bringing you a very special DVD compilation featuring 15 episodes from CBeebies’ best loved shows, providing over 3 hours of top entertainment in Pudsey and Friends, released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 10th October, raising valuable funds for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal.

For the very first time BBC Children in Need, and Abbey Home Media are bringing together all your favourite CBeebies shows on DVD to help disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK. A minimum of £2 from the sale of every DVD will go towards, helping children and young people across the UK have a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. This donation has been made possible through the generosity of the many companies and individuals involved who have either contributed their shows or services to this unique project with no charge.

This very special DVD compilation is a great way of entertaining young children with its familiar, well-loved characters and diverse range of fun and engaging programming whilst also helping raise funds for a fantastic cause.

The collection features the following episodes:-

  • Twirlywoos – Turning;
  • Peter Rabbit – The Tale of Old Rusty;
  • Something Special – Fishing;
  • Bing – Hearts;
  • Teletubbies – New;
  • In The Night Garden -. Cough
  • Charlie & Lola – I Can Train Your Dog;
  • Timmy Time – Timmy’s Picnic;
  • Sarah and Duck – Sarah, Duck and The Penguins;
  • Chugginton Trainee Camp;
  • The Furchester Hotel – Peckity Woodpecker;
  • Octonauts – Porcupine Puffer;
  • Cloudbabies – Rainbows Orchestra;
  • Q Pootle 5 – Pootle’s New Spaceship.

This very special DVD compilation is a great way of entertaining young children with its familiar well-loved characters and diverse range of fun and engaging programming whilst also helping raise funds for a fantastic cause.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below:


  1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only.
  2. There is 1 prize which is non-transferable, cannot be exchanged and no cash alternative will be offered.
  3. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
  4. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
  5.  The giveaway will run until Midnight 6/11/16
  6.  Once the giveaway is over the winners will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize :-)


*Collaborative post*

Eric Says Sorry Book Review & Giveaway

Eric Says Sorry is a book about a little boy – Eric – who learns about God’s grace and how saying sorry can go a long way to resolve a situation and make you feel a whole lot better.

The book is a good sized paperback written by Dai Hankey and beautifully illustrated by Xavier Bonet. Dai Hankey is a Welsh (the best obviously) rapper and pastor who also happens to be fab at writing children’s stories.

The book starts with Eric playing football in his garden, hitting a really good shot and consequently breaking his neighbours plant pot. He tries to fix the pot with superglue but the wind breaks it again. The tale then goes on to show Eric trying to get out of it by blaming his sister when his Mum sees what’s happened. Then when his Dad pops up he tries to make it sound as though it’s not as bad as something his sister – Lillie- had done in the past to deflect blame.

Eric’s Dad encourages him to confess all in a bid to get the situation sorted out, which he does. Eric’s Dad gives him a hug then comes up with a way they can resolve the mishap by taking Eric to the shops to buy some replacement flowers and telling Eric all about grace which he explains as an “undeserved kindness when we’ve been bad”.

Eric then goes to see his neighbour – Percy – to say how sorry he is and ask for forgiveness whilst giving Percy the new pot that he’d bought with his Dad. Percy can see that he is genuinely sorry and takes the replacement pot with thanks. Eric then sees how loved he is.

Both my children (7&4) liked this book but particularly my daughter as she loved the rhyming, I won’t say rap as I’m rubbish at it but it does make it quite sing songy and lovely for the kids bedtime story and well as having the of grace message running through it.

If you want to see how it’s done properly here’s Dai Hankey reading it!

Eric Says Sorry is available to buy from The Good Book Company & Amazon

I’m also giving you, my lovely readers a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of the book. To enter use the Rafflecopter below:


  1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only.
  2. There are 3 prizes which are non-transferable, cannot be exchanged and no cash alternative will be offered.
  3. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
  4. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
  5.  The giveaway will run until Midnight 30/10/16
  6.  Once the giveaway is over the winners will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize :-)


*We were sent the book free for the purpose of this review however all opinions are honest and my own*

Num Noms Wacky Bakers

When we were asked if we fancied joining in with Num Noms #WackyBakers I thought it sounded like good fun. If you haven’t heard of Num Noms they’re really cute little scented collectibles which stack together.

They come as a set with Nums and Noms with Nums being shaped for going on top of Noms to make a flavour combo. The packet we received was a Series 2 set called the ‘Freezie Pops family’. Which contained 5 Nums 2 moving ‘Go-Go’ Noms , a surprise packet, a mini dish and a dinky icecream scoop.

The Num Noms we had with ours were:



  1. Sushi Num – Oni Girl (from the surprise packet)
  2. Kiwi Freezie
  3. Creamy Pop
  4. Wild Berry Pop
  5. OJ Pop
  6. Nana Pop
  7. Icy Pina Go-Go
  8. Icy Peach Go-Go

When the button is pressed on the Go-Go Noms they move along with the Num sat on top, the kids loved this and kept swapping them around to see which one looked the best!

Once we’d had a little play we moved onto our #WackyBakers recipe.Since we had the ‘Freezie Pops’ set our first idea was to do some lollies only silly Mummy couldn’t find the mould so we had another think about it and came up with a stackable sorbet concoction instead. We decided to call a ‘Freezie Fancy’. Our ingredients were:

  • Sponge Icecream Cookies
  • Lemon Sorbet
  • Strawberry Sorbet
  • Orange & Lemon Jelly Slice Decorations
  • Wafer Curls
  • Raspberry Sauce


The kids donned their special Num Noms chef hats and got all their ingredients together. We used an sponge icecream cookie for the base so it had something to sit on otherwise we would have ended up with a bit of a mess! We put a scoop of strawberry them lemon sorbet on top before using the wafer curls, jelly slices (soo reminded me of baking with my Nan when I was little) and raspberry sauce as decoration.


I was totally expecting to have a huge mess to clear up at the end but their genuinely wasn’t any, the kids had really great fun making their ‘Freezie Fancy’ so much so that when their cousin came round the next afternoon they made it again with her! After showing off the Num Noms first of course!



*We received the Num Noms pack free for the purposes of this review however all opinions remain honest and our own*

Project MC² Devon D’Marco Review

Project MC² is made up of McKeyla McAlister, Adrienne Attoms, Bryden Bandweth and Camryn Coyle these awesome young ladies are making sure girls (and boys) know that it’s cool to be smart and to love S.T.E.A.M subjects (that’s science, technology, engineering, art and maths).

When Season 2 launched in August 2 new recruits Devon D’Marco and Ember Evergreen were brought in to join them on their undercover missions with secret organisation NOV8. The show tackles subjects including hacking, cyber bullying, anarchy and the threat of technology blackouts.

Each of the characters has their own doll version made by MGA Entertainment complete with an experiment. We were sent a Devon D’Marco doll to try out. Devon is an artist who likes to be different.



She comes in a a box with her accessories and a ‘Puffy Paint’ experiment that you can do at home, the instructions for which are written on the back of the box as well as in the product detail leaflet inside the box which gives a more detailed description.


There is also a piece which has the appearance of being written on notepaper – in keeping with the learning theme –  explaining how Science, Art and Maths are  incorporated in this particular experiment for ‘Puffy Paint’ Part of the back of the packaging can be pulled away revealing the instruction leaflet.


  1. Devon D’Marco doll
  2.  Comb
  3. Backpack
  4. Paint tubes
  5. Boots

The doll itself has moveable arms, legs and head and the most gorgeous raven black and turquoise hair which can be combed through with the beaker shaped comb which we thought was very cute! She also has lovely long eyelashes that made me very jealous😀.

She comes with her own backpack and boots which even have little paint splatters on them and her earrings can be removed.

The paint tubes are included to enable you to have a go at making the ‘Puffy Paint’ as described and decant it into the tubes for using to make pictures.You just need a few items – water, flour, salt, and drink mix although I must say I found it difficult to find powdered drink mix in the UK so this would be an Ebay or Amazon job for us.



The dolls are aimed more at tweens and they are not suitable for children under the age of 3 due to some of the smaller parts present but my 4 year loved her and happily played with her. Mind you she is doll mad so I had a right job getting photos from her as she wanted to do a runner and play with her straightaway. Always a good sign! These would make a lovely Christmas present.

You can also go to the website for more information, experiments, quizzes and to join NOV8. You can watch episodes on Netflix (new ones coming in October 2016)

The Project Mc2 line is available at all good toy retailers priced from around £24.99 RRP.



*We were sent the doll for free for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*