Awesome Little Green Men Review

Awesome Little Green Men from MGA Entertainment are a new take on little green army men, infusing battle and game play with 100 unique characters to collect in Series 1, including four super rare figures in the green army and the blue army.

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The army starter packs come in army truck shaped boxes and little blind boxes are made to look like wooden crates with green bags inside. All kids love a bling bag/box don’t they?!

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The truck contains:

  • 4 Figures – 1 with a vehicle and 1 in a blind box
  • 4 Dog Tags
  • 1 Chain
  • 1 New Recruit Poster
  • Game Guide

The blind boxes contain:

  • 1 Figure
  • 1 Dog Tag

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There are over 100 soldiers to collect and have some really brilliant names such as Major Boo-Boo, Private Insurance, Capt. Obvious and Sgt Dealt It. There are common Infantrymen, rare Special Forces & Vehicles and ultra rare Generals. You get a handy checklist so you can tick off the ones you have and see which ones you still need to collect.

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The idea is to pick your little army and add up the points that the have on the bottom of each figure with each player having the same amount of points. Setting up the armies at opposite ends of a flat surface, kitchen table was perfect for this and take it in turns to flick  your soldier towards each other with the help of a few coins and capture the enemies soldiers and hit their goal.

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They are suitable for children aged 6+ and cost RRP £3.99 for the blind boxes and £14.99 for the starter pack that we received and are available from Amazon, Smyths Toys and ToysRUs.

These are great little collectibles and the kids had great fun creating their own little battles with them and wearing the dog tags. They’re a good size, quite chunky and robust and I love the fact there are both men and women included. They would make great Xmas presents or stocking fillers for your little fan of collectibles.

This little dude was the favourite around here:

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

My Pocket Money Toy Christmas Eve Box

We’ve reviewed some amazing My Pocket Money Toy boxes before here , here and here and this time we’re delighted to be trying out the Christmas Eve version of it. If your kids are anything like mine Xmas lists are already starting to be written and you’ve threatened them with being put on the naughty list unless they start to behave.

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The box comes with very festive green tissue paper and red frilly card with a letter from Santa Claus letting them know they’re on the nice list!

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Onto the box contents which the kids couldn’t wait to get their hands on:

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Contents in no particular order:

  • The Puppet Company Gingerbread Man Puppet
  • Keycraft Santa Wind Up
  • Choc O Lait Chocolate Dissolve
  • Little Blue House Crew Socks
  • The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co Christmas Chocolate Pizza
  • Gibsons Christmas Snooze Puzzle
  • Melissa & Doug Stained Glass Santa
  • Hodder Childrens Books How To Catch Santa
  • Rachel Ellen Christmas Colouring Book
  • Bag of reindeer food complete with tinkly bell

As you can see there are loads of things to keep them amused whilst waiting for Santa to visit. We all know how excited they get just before the Big Man comes so anything that can divert their attention is a good thing!

Excitingly there’s even a mini version of the Christmas Eve box for Mums/Dads/Grandparents or anyone else you think would like one!

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This one also comes with the festive green tissue paper and contains some fab items to get you in the mood for the excitement of Christmas Day.

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Contents of mini box:

  • Little Blue House Christmas Light Socks
  • Choc O Lait Chocolate Dissolve
  • The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co Christmas Chocolate Pizza
  • Shaggy Stag Christmas Tree Ornament

I really liked the ornament as it’s handmade in Scotland and something just a little bit different to the normal baubles etc that I buy.

Our favourites were the chocolate pizzas, they didn’t last long and the puzzle as we could all get involved in that. I think these boxes are a brilliant idea for Christmas Eve, as Christmas Eve boxes are really popular at the moment – I’d have loved this as a kid I’m sure and my children loved it!

The Christmas box we received is priced at £30 and the mini box at £15 which I’d say is well worth the money as it takes away the hassle of looking for the individual items yourself , which I’m terrible for leaving til the last minute! As well as the brilliant Christmas boxes there are options for monthly subscription boxes and one off boxes:

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

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My Babies

For day 2 of Blogtober 17 with HexMum the prompt is ‘babies’. I don’t have any little babies anymore but the kids will always be my babies. Cor, can you imagine how disgusted the teen would be reading that? He’s upstairs pretending he hates me but I know the elbow nudges as he goes past means he loves me really. Either that or I’m just in his bloody way.

I have 3 ‘babies’ aged 19, 8 and 5. I had my 1st at 20, god I was young. Too young, certainly according to the disapproving looks from some nosey gits. I should have gone out in a school uniform just for the fun of it, that would give them something to tut about, wouldn’t it! I ended up as a single parent  and it was bloody hard working and bringing up a kid by yourself. I wouldn’t change it though. He might be a knobhead teenager at times but most of the time he’s quite sweet and has bagged himself the loveliest girlfriend. He loves free running, which most of the time makes me cringe but he does have a good talent for it and it keeps him out of trouble. Apart from the odd falling asleep on the loo drunk incident I can’t say he’s ever brought trouble to my door.

Baby number 2 came along when I was 31. Big gap, huh? As I mentioned in Day 1 I hated giving birth, it was one (actually 3) of the worst things I’ve ever done. I love my kids with all my heart but shiiiiiiiit I wish someone told you without lying how bad it is BEFORE you go and get yourself up the duff. All I got was “oh it’s like a big poo” or “it’s a bit sore but not so bad” LYING BASTARDS. This Little Man hated sleeping anywhere other than with me and has grown to be a very mild mannered, thoughtful and kind boy who loves maths (doesn’t get that from me!) and Pokemon cards.

My last baby at 34 turned out to be a girl which we were very happy with as we felt she completed our family. I had Hyperemesis with all my children but this was by far the worst, I spent endless weeks in bed being sick. She was a much wanted baby but god I hated that pregnancy. Bad pregnancy should = nice easy labour shouldn’t it? Well it bloody didn’t. I had an emergency section after 3 years in labour. She turned out to be a good sleeper though, she’s the only one of the three who even entertained the idea of a Moses basket. She loves gymnastics, mothering her ‘baba’s’ and nagging for a puppy.

So that’s my three babies, I’m all done having them now and look forward to Grandchildren at some point in the future (looooonnnngggg into the future I hope!) I wouldn’t change any of them for the world, well maybe I’d make my daughter a little less grumpy when she gets out of bed and my teen a little quieter at night but they all have their little quirks that makes them who they are.

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Zomlings Series 6 Review

When the kids found out we were testing out some Zomlings they were way more than excited, like most kids they are great fans of collectibles and these fun little squishy Zombie like figures were a huge hit.

We tried out lots of different Series 6 Zomlings In the Future from Magicbox.

Individual blind bags 50p & £1.50

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Small blind bags come with 1 Zomling and larger blind bags come with 1 Zomling and 1 Zom-Mobile. With over 100 Zomlings to collect there are lots of different ones to find! These are brilliant fun, the kids trying their best to guess which ones they have by squishing the bags, just like I did on Xmas morning with my presents! Each pack also contains a checklist so you can tick off all the ones you’ve found.

Zom-Mobiles Blister Pack £7

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Comes with 4 Zomlings (2 hidden) and 4 Zom-Mobiles. The kids were particularly excited by this pack as they spotted an amazing silver Ultra Rare silver Robotorg Zomling.

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Zomling Starter Pack RRP £4

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Contains a guide map, 1 Zom-Mobile, 1 exclusive Metal Capsule and 3 Zomlings. The guide map tells you the names of all your Zomlings so you can see which ones you need to find as well as the different types of Zom-Mobiles. There’s also a write up with a bit more information about the types of Zomling/Zom-Mobiles. We got a brilliant metallic pink capsule with ours, there are 3 different ones to collect, exclusive to the Starter Pack.

The different types of Zomlings are:

  • Acid Aliens
  • Zany Zoms
  • Zippy Zomtroniks
  • Cranky Critters
  • Manic Mutants
  • Ultra Rare
  • Limitd Edition

The different types of Zom-mobiles are:

  • Skyship
  • Rocket Car
  • Airskate
  • Ultraquad

Zomlings Pirates Blister Pack £12

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With 3 exclusive pirate themed Zomlings, treasure chest, treasure map, gold coins, pirate ship, cannon, sword and crown. The kids thought it was great to hide the coins and have the Zomlings find them with the treasure map.

Zomlings Race Blister Pack £12

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With 3 Racing themed Zomlings, 3  Zom-Mobiles a winners podium, finish line and trophy. Pop the Zomlings in their chosen cars and award the winner with the coveted gold cup!

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What the little ones thought

Brightly coloured, squishy and lots of fun. They went down a storm with the little people of the house. Races, treasure hunts and swapping doublers, what more could you ask for? We didn’t get an Ultra Rare Gold Zom-Mobile or Zomling but, thankfully we did get 2 silver ones which avoided the fights over them! They loved opening the blind bags and getting surprises. They enjoyed sorting them into colours, playing ‘hide the Zomling’ and much, much more.

We have since bought a few more packs which we found at our local Asda at 50p a pack, I think this is really cheap compared to a lot of other collectibles and just as cheap as buying sweets etc. When asked what she’d like for getting all her spellings right she said Zomlings and at that price you can’t complain!

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Due to the small parts they are not suitable for children under 3 but were perfect for my 5 and 8 year olds.

I *cough* I mean we decided that this little guy was our favourite because he looks just like Daddy 😀 :

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

A Letter To My Kids Now I’m Working Full Time

I had a sense of Déjà vu as we sat down to talk. Remembering my Mum (Nana) doing the same thing to Uncle Justin and I. She said “do you want Mummy to be home all the time or do you want treats, holidays and days out?” We went for the latter. We always had holidays to Tenby, days out to Oakwood and much more. Mum worked hard (still does). She was a single parent for a while and it must have been exhausting for her, working all day and coming home to meet our demands too.

So I told you I was going to be at work Monday to Friday from now on because the other lady I work with was leaving and the opportunity was there. Daddy and I had talked about it and decided it was a good idea because we bumble along at the moment but this would make life easier. You looked sad for a little while as I went on to explain that I was doing it for us to have more money, for a better life. A chance to have holidays and more fun days out. “Could we have a holiday?” you piped up Little Man. “Where would you like to go?” I asked. “A caravan in Porthcawl” you answered and I gave you the biggest hug because when you’re little a caravan holiday to a seaside town with a fair, arcades and icecreams of all colours is beyond your wildest dreams.

I promise I will still be there to get you ready for school, to kiss you goodbye and tell you I love you before you start the walk to school with Daddy, I may not be there to pick you up from the gate but I will still take you to gymnastics Little Lady and tut at all the other parents who, despite being British don’t understand the concept of a queue. I will make it to all your concerts and parents evenings as I always have because I love to see your little faces light up when the teacher is saying all those lovely things about you. Even though in your case Little Lady I sometimes sit there with my mouth hanging open in disbelief as they tell me how quiet you are and they barely hear a peep out of you.

I reminded myself of Nana (in a good way, not in stern get your elbows off the table way) when I set about ironing a huge pile of your uniforms in a bid to be totally organised, I would usually wing it but I’m determined to start as I mean to go on and not rush around in a panic because I can’t find anything. So far we have got ourselves in a routine that works. I still get the best cuddles when I walk through the door, play board games on the bedroom floor and get our weekends all to ourselves. I hope that as you grow up you will see that working hard is good not only to keep your head above water financially but that it gives you good self esteem too as your older brother has found now he too has a full time job. I don’t claim to be the perfect Mum by any stretch of the imagination but I have and always will, try my best. Because I love the bones of you, my little monkeys.

Mum

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