My Pocket Money Toy Subscription Box – May

You might have seen our post last month for My Pocket Money Toy Subscription Box, well we were also sent one for May. This time we received the gender neutral boxes and the theme was dinosaurs. The kids were really excited to see what they’d got and they weren’t disappointed! They love the fact that the boxes come addressed to them.

Gender Neutral 8-10 box

  • Dinosaur Glider
  • Top Trumps – Volcanoes
  • Dino-Grow Volcano
  • Brainbox Bounce Dinosaurs Game

Gender Neutral 3-5 box

  • Dinosaur Glider
  • Clockwork Walking Dinosaur
  • Dino-Grow Volcano
  • Melissa & Doug Wooden Dinosaur Puzzle

 

Both boxes also contained a dinosaur themed colouring sheet as well as a sticker to go in your Spectacular Stamp book towards a free toy.

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Both children were particularly fascinated by the Dino-Grow Volcanos. You just drop the plastic volcano into a glass of water and watch as it grows over the course of 72+ hours.

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Each morning they couldn’t wait to come down and see how it was getting on. After a few days the dinosaurs had grown enough to grow out of their volcanos. This was the end result.

Overall there is nothing we don’t like about these boxes, they are the perfect mix of fun and education. From giggling at the clockwork dinosaur waddling across the table to racing to find the right pieces of the puzzle and finish first!

There are several options available tailored to your childrens ages and whether you want to specify that they’re for a girl or boy or gender neutral. You can choose from one offs which are perfect as a birthday present:

Or opt for a subscription of 3 months/6months/1 year which means more value for money. Always a winner.

You can find My Pocket Money toy:

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*We were gifted the items for the purposes of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

They’re Not Your Friend

Being a teen is hard. Raising a teen is also hard. Getting, keeping and getting on with friends can also be hard. After attending a kids party  recently I realised how hard it is to make friends when you’re an adult and everyone already has their groups and aren’t willing to let an outsider in. It’s made me think back to my younger teenage self and what I would tell her about friends.

Friends. Who’d have ’em? Well, most of us hopefully in some form or other. Some people keep the same group of friends over the years, some have different groups of friends, some may even have none at all.

I lost my best school friend about a year after we’d finished comprehensive school, we’d gone to college to do different courses and during that time had made new friends from those respective courses. There was one girl in particular whom she had befriended who I didn’t take to. Just one of those things, you can’t like everyone so I just avoided her.  As time went on though it occurred to me she had an agenda. I had new boyfriend at the time and had confided in my BF that he was a bit too nice and I wasn’t sure where it would go and if he was the one for me. In turn my BF had told this girl (not sure why) who it turned out was also a mutual friend of my boyfriend. She then came to me and told me that if I didn’t tell him, she would. I was young, naive and so I finished with him rather than her drop me in it and cause a big scene, which looking back is obviously what she was hoping for.

The nail in the coffin however was when I’d gone out for the night clubbing with my new college friends I was aware that this girl was also there, as was my BF’s boyfriend – not together- but not my BF. I said “Hi!” to both at different times and thought no more of it. The next day however I got a distressed phone call from my BF asking me who the hell I thought I was kissing her boyfriend? When I asked her where on earth she’d got that idea from, in the back of my mind I already knew. Of course it was her, lighting the fuse and standing back as it went off. My BF was devastated, understandably as she thought her boyfriend and I had cheated but other than the quick hello I’d not even been near him. I was really angry that not only was I being accused of something I hadn’t done but that she blatantly believed it. We were never really friends afterwards and whilst it all seems very childish now but at the time it seemed the end of the world.

With those things filed under experience these are the things I’d tell my younger self and my own teen about friends.

• If they put you down and make you feel shit about yourself? They’re not your friend.

• If they let you down time and time again? They’re not your friend.

• If they try it on with your significant other or even just someone you’ve told them you have ‘a thing’ for? They’re not your friend.

• If they make snidey comments about you either to you face or behind your back? They’re not your friend.

• If they constantly ask for favours but never return them? They’re not your friend.

• If you’ve asked tactfully or otherwise not to say things that upset you and they still do? They’re not your friend.

• If they try to get you to do something they know you’re not comfortable with? They’re not your friend.

• If they tell lies about you or anyone else to make themselves look good or get their own way? They’re not your friend.

Basically what I’m trying to say is if they don’t treat you with respect you don’t have to put up with it just because you think you’ll have no friends. You WILL make new ones. Your life will go in all sorts of different directions and you just never know what’s around the corner.

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BABY Born Puppy Doodle Review

BABY born Puppy Doodle from Zapf Creation is a cute addition to the BABY born collection. My daughter has both boy and girl BABY born dolls so when we were offered the chance to review the Puppy Doodle I knew my daughter would love it. She’s been nagging for a while for a real puppy!

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Puppy Doodle comes with his own accessories, bottle, bone and collar. He has soft, short curly hair like a poodle. An adult is needed to help get him out of his box as with most toys these days there’s a few wires that need removing and they are wrapped around his legs.

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My Little Lady was also delighted to discover that Puppy Doodle could do some other exciting things. He could: drink, pee and eat.

Drinking: Fill up the little bottle with water and push it into his mouth whilst he’s upright and squeeze the bottle he will make sounds like he’s drinking.

Eating: Put the bone in his mouth and he makes chewing/slurping noises.

Peeing: Once he’s had plenty of water you can press down on the button on his back and he will lift his leg and pee accompanied by sounds of water.

As you can imagine my daughter thought the peeing was absolutely hilarious and so went through a cycle of giving him a drink and getting him to drink several times over. A couple of times he didn’t seem to want to pee though and I’m assuming this was due to there not being enough water left inside him.

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It can get quite damp when playing, there wasn’t massive amounts of water involved but enough for me not to want it on the carpet, so for us this is something we played with outside unless the bottle/water wasn’t involved.

Overall we really liked Puppy Doodle and my daughter has had lots of fun playing with him, even taking him on a sleepover! He’s definitely been welcomed into our little family.

He does require 2 X AA batteries which are not included and is suitable for children aged 2+.

BABY born Pony Farm Puppy Doodle (RRP £29.99)

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*We were gifted the item for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Dear Diary 27th April 2017

Date: 27/4/17

Number of times I’ve been called Mum: 4832

Number of fights broken up: 20

Dear Diary…Mum and I went to see the Sister Act Musical in Cardiff Millennium Centre. ‘Twas amazing. At the end there was an explosion of shiny foil pieces showering down on us. It was late when I got home so I crawled into bed in my vest top & bra, only in the morning I woke up with one of the gold pieces in my cleavage and the colour had rubbed off so am now sporting gold boobies. Awesome.


I offered to take the kids out for tea. Anywhere they wanted. They chose Morrison’s cafe?! After work I nipped home to pick them up walked into Morrison’s only to spot Little Lady’s trousers on backwards. Tell the OH off through gritted teeth and he sulked while I scoffed my Macaroni Cheese. Turned out kids eat free with an adult meal so it was £10 for the 4 of us. My kids are a lot of things and now frugal is one of them.


Walked into the kids bedroom to tidy only to find shit on the carpet. WTAF though. Who and why? Little Lady has been known to do it in a Lego storage head before but that was a good while ago when she was potty training. On closer inspection (I get the best jobs) turns out it was not, in fact, shit but blobs of mashed up banana. Since both kids had been moaning they were hungry just before bed (standard) they’d had half a banana each. Only ‘nobody’ did it. That bastard again. My money is on Little Lady though because it was also on her duvet cover. Funny that.


Went to a kids party today. You either love them or hate them. I hate them. Well most of them, some aren’t so bad. This one though was really bad. Not the fault of the Mum who threw it at all but my daughter sat on my lap and refused to move the entire time (apart from to shove chocolate mini rolls in her gob at buffet time) on 2 occasions I tried to strike up conversations with people, on both occasions I was blanked. So there I was stone dead from embarrassment and shunned into the deepest darkest corner of no friend-dom with a clingon, not even Let It Go would shift her. Or the Spider-Man that jumped out of the curtain.  To make it worse I looked even more weird when rescued via messages back and fore from a friend and giggled like a pillock to myself. It’s in those moments you realise that those people really don’t matter. I tried. I failed. I moved on. But there will always be the ones who have your back when you really need it.


Really must remember to empty out the naughty snack rubbish from my car door pocket. Telling the OH I’m eating lots of salad in attempt to lose weight and be healthy isn’t going to wash when he finds 10 Haribo wrappers hidden under the shammy or a Galaxy bar the size of my youngest child in the glove box. Rookie mistake that, am most ashamed of myself.


OH isn’t feeling well. Does he naff off to bed to rest and recuperate? Does he hell. He’d rather stay downstairs sighing and moaning and telling me how much he’s dying. And being grumpy. Good god man just go to bed. I wouldn’t need telling twice I can tell you!


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Og On The Bog Review & Giveaway

Og on the Bog is a fun electronic game from Drumond Park. We were given the chance to try it out and let’s be honest what kid doesn’t love anything to do with toilet humour and farts? Stay with us as there’s a chance to win a copy for yourselves at the end!

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The initial thought after we’d opened the box was how refreshing it is that there is very little ‘putting together’ required, some games take ages while the kids moan and get bored but this one took only a few minutes. This is because as you can see below there are very few parts.

The box contains:

  • Og himself on his Bog
  • 12 Loo Rolls
  • Loo Roll pole and base
  • Tree stump spinner

The only assembly required is for you to close the walls of the bog by lifting the front and back walls first then the sides, put the loo roll pole and base together and attach it to the side of the bog and there are also 3 AA batteries required which are not included. We also keep a stash handy though before switching it on via the switch on the bottom.

Each person starts with 1 loo roll each, with the youngest player going first – pleased my daughter no end that did – then spin the spinner to see the outcome.

  • A red cross means you’ve been noisy and miss a turn.
  • Hand holding a loo roll means you can pinch a loo roll from another player
  • A green tick means you can try and a steal a loo roll from Og’s loo roll pole.

To steal a loo roll you need to push down the step on the front of the Bog, if he says anything he has heard you so you runaway and your turn is over. If he grunts or farts however it means he hasn’t heard you so you can attempt to lift a loo roll off the pole, whilst lifting it off if you move too much he shouts out again and you have to leave the lo roll on the pole. Again if he grunts or farts you haven’t been heard and get to keep the loo roll.

If Og does a monster fart and his Bog explodes during your turn then you need to put two of your loo rolls back onto the pole and finish your turn, raising the walls of Og’s bog so that you can carry on playing.

To win the game with 2/3 players the first to collect 4 loo rolls wins and with 4 players the first to collect 3 loo rolls wins.

I played the game with my son and daughter who found the noises coming from Og absolutely hilarious. There was a tiny bit of sulking from my daughter when her brother wanted to take her loo rolls but it’s all the fun of the game. Once the Bog explodes the first time it really makes you jump so you’re on giggly high alert waiting for it to go again. As you can imagine the sounds coming from the Bog are hilarious and Og says things such as “is that someone after my loo rolls” and “Who’s that? I’ll have you for supper” which the kids thought was brilliant.

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Overall this was a definite hit for us, it’s hilarious, easy to play and although the box states 5+ I made the decision that my soon to be 5 year old was ok to play it and of course that meant I had to play with them for supervision purposes 😉

Og on the Bog is rrp £22.99 suitable for age 5+ and for 2-4 players.

For a chance to win an Og on the Bog game simply enter via the Rafflecopter below:

 

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
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7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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*We were gifted the game for the purpose of this post however all opinions remian honest and my own*