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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Baby Annabell Learns To Swim Review

Little Lady absolutely loves her ‘babies’ so when we were offered the chance to review a new Baby Annabell I said yes straightaway. Baby Annabell – the UK’s number one selling large doll brand – has partnered with Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington to celebrate the launch of the new Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll.  This doll is fully bathable (in shallow water with adult supervison) she cries, laughs and moves her arms and legs as though swimming.

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This Baby Annabell comes in her own pretty pink swimmimg costume complete with a frill and featuring sheep in their very own costumes on the front. She also has her own purple hooded towel and pink inflatable armbands.

The armbands can be blown up and popped on her arms, and the towel can be put on her head and wrapped around her.

The armband even has a picture of a sheep ready for swimming on the front!

Baby Annabell has lovely blue eyes and long eyelashes as well as little red cheeks.

She needs 3 X AA batteries which are not included and the on/off button is on the back of her neck. She can be sat up and she will move her arms, led down while holding her underneath or let her go and she will move her arms and legs and try to swim.

 

Just a little taster of what she can do! Her singing is definitely better than mine when I’m in the shower!

As you can see she was a hit with my Little Lady! She does need to be drained after use, I found it easiest just to leave her sat up in the sink after play to let gravity do it’s thing.

Baby Annabell Learns to Swim (RRP £49.99) is available from all good toy stores.
For ages 3+

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Whether your child is an anxious swimmer or an excited water baby, Rebecca Adlington’s top tips will help turn your child into a little Olympian in no time –

  •  Children can be initially nervous of the water, baby steps and lots of praise will help them overcome a lack of confidence. Try taking them alone to just watch for the first time, then toes in next time and so on, along with lots of positive praise to help encourage them to take that first dip.
  •  Toys are a brilliant tool, they are such a good distraction for anyone who doesn’t normally like putting their face in the water or splashing. Toys such as the new Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll are a great way to give children (and parents!) the courage to take those first steps towards swimming.
  •  Swimming is huge bonding experience. The learning process is a lot to do with trust and really builds a closer relationship between and parent and child. For this reason, try not to use your phone during lessons to avoid distractions.
  •  The younger you start swimming lessons the better. I took Summer from 3 weeks old. It is all about building confidence and awareness of the water from a young age. Swimming also helps with a child’s muscular development and is fantastic for understanding their physical abilities.
  •  Make good use of the equipment that’s there. Whether it’s armbands, noodles, or vests, use whatever your child is more comfortable with. I tend to do five minutes with floatation equipment and five without, this helps when they’re really young and still building confidence.
  •  Mix up who takes the child swimming. Whether its Mum, Dad, Grandparents etc. It’s good to go with someone they trust whilst getting used to swimming with different people.

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

Holistic Hands Cwmbran – A Review

Having felt totally stressed out now that I’ve started working full time, attending gymnastics classes, parents evenings etc etc I was desperate for some me time. Having never been for any type of massage before I contacted Jade at Holistic Hands part of the I Heart Studio  situated in Springvale Industrial Estate, Cwmbran and asked her what she suggested. She gave me a few different options but the aromatherapy back, neck and shoulder massage stood out so I booked in.

The day came and although I felt a bit nervous I was also excited, I always feel  bit awkward when going somewhere new and have been known to put off appointments because of it but this time I was determined to see it through. There was a bit of a kerfuffle when I got lost looking for the place but Jade gave me directions with no problem. Once there I was greeted with a smile in a lovely calm, clean and tidy room. I was asked to fill in a form of my personal details any medications, illnesses or allergies and what I was hoping to get from the treatment. As I was hoping to feel less stressed she mixed up 3 oils with the carrier oil after asking me if there were any I didn’t particularly like, lavender in my case – hate the stuff!! Jade also gave me some info on what the different oils were for.

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She asked me after adding each one if I liked it so she could be sure I would like the smell of the overall product, once we were happy with the oils I was asked to remove the top half of my clothing, to lie on the bed face down with the blanket provided over me.

Jade then popped on some really relaxing music and the low lighting made for a really relaxing experience. The oil smelled amazing and Jade asked me if the pressure was ok during the massage to ensure I got the most from the experience. I felt myself relaxing the whole time.

Once the massage was over Jade asked me to lie there for a few minutes to come round, (was tempted to drag it out to a few hours but didn’t want to outstay my welcome) before popping my clothes back on and coming out to the reception desk where she would be waiting for me. I was presented with a bottle of water as I was advised I could be a bit dehydrated and also told I may find I experience a headache or feel cold. Luckily I didn’t have any of these symptoms and still felt really relaxed all evening.

My particular massage cost £20 (worth every penny) and there are a whole host of other treatments available including Facials, Indian Head Massage and Sports Massage, I was so pleased with the massage I have rebooked and even booked to have my nails done in the adjoining IHeart Studio as I’d felt so welcome and at ease.

If you fancy popping along you can book via Facebook here.

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*I was not asked to write nor was I paid for this review, I have written it as a result of a lovely experience.*

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GingerSnap A5 Lightbox Review & Giveaway

Lightboxes have been really popular lately and I have quite fancied trying one for sometime, in fact I put it on my Christmas list last year and I obviously mistakenly ended up on the naughty list because I didn’t get one.

So when Gingersnap offered me the chance to review one of their A5 Cinematic Lightboxes £20 I was really pleased I’d finally be able to have a go. Read on and find out how to win one for yourself!

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Inside the box you get the Lightbox unit, 120 black & red letters, numbers and symbols and a usb cable. I also received a pack of emoji faces and symbols £8 for even more fun.

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The size of the Lightbox is: L20 x W15 x D4.5 cm so it’s not huge but plenty big enough to make a statement and as stated above the lightbox comes with a USB adapter only so needs to plugged into a 5V USB adaptor, alternatively can be powered using 6 X AA batteries meaning it’s portable. It features a 6 hour self timer so there’s no panic if you go out and forget to turn it off.

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The letters and emojis mean you can have great fun for celebrations such as birthdays, Halloween, Christmas and lots more.

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The word will never be unfunny to kids will it? They thought this was absolutely hilarious to do while I wasn’t looking!

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Had to get the blog name in there somewhere didn’t I? We loved this lightbox and the kids have been making up loads of different things. This is my favourite and of course, very true.

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I’m giving my lovely readers a chance to win their very own Lightbox! Click the Rafflecopter below to enter!!

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available, 1 A5 Lightbox only.
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.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 19/11/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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*I was gifted the lightbox for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*