Yeti In My Spaghetti Review

Yeti in my Spaghetti from University Games is a great game for kids that we were sent to have some fun with. It comes in a brightly coloured box with the Yeti itself through a plastic covered hole to the front.

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The best part about this game is that there is literally no messing about to set up. There are only 3 parts to it, all made from plastic:

  • Spaghetti Bowl
  • Spaghetti
  • Yeti

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The only other thing in the box is the instructions. No bored whinging while you set up a million pieces and no tiny bits to lose that render the game unplayable if lost.

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All you need to do is criss cross the spaghetti across the top of the bowl and balance the Yeti on top. Then the idea of the game is to take it in  turns to carefully pull away the squiggly spaghetti sticks from the bowl being careful not to let the yeti balancing on top fall into the bowl. The player who makes the yeti fall is the loser!

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My children – aged 8 & 5 really enjoyed playing it, it was good fun to watch them try not to pick that one stick that would make the Yeti drop or see them take a risky move and get away with it! It’s a great game for keeping the kids busy for a while during the holidays, especially on rainy days. It’s not hugely involved game so it doesn’t last ages, which I felt is a good thing as there’s less chance for arguments and sulking!

  • Ages 4+.
  • For 2+ players.
  • RRP: £19.99 available from Amazon

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

Lottie Dolls Review & Giveaway

Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Outdated now that rhyme isn’t it? My daughter is all those things but much, much, more. She loves to climb trees, jump off high objects and regularly comes home with skinned knees. Lottie dolls from Arklu are different in that they are all about letting children be children, all inclusive and belong regardless of race, gender ethnicity or ability. There’s also a chance to win a doll for yourself so read on!

We were sent a lovely Lottie Robot Doll and Busy Lizzie The Robot accessory set to play with and we were very excited to try them out.

Lottie Robot Doll

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Comes with:

  • Detailed atomic hoodie
  • Long sleeved robot t-shirt
  • Denim jeans
  • Sneakers
  • Cap
  • A pair of glasses

Busy Lizzie The Robot

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Comes with:

  • Busy Lizzie robot
  • 1 extra pair of robot arms
  • 1 hairpiece
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 extra pair of shoes
  • 1 sheet of transparent stickers

The dolls and indeed the accessories come in lovely brightly coloured  packaging with  the particular dolls story. In our case with the box tells us that Lottie is using items from her messy bedroom to make a robot – Busy Lizzie.

The doll stands at 19 inches and has moveable arms and legs, long blonde hair and the hat and glasses can be removed. The robots arms and shoes can be changed and something we thought was fab was that the doll and the robot can share the shoes! I love that the doll has an age appropriate body (9 year old) and doesn’t wear any make-up. Most dolls these days are unrealistic with odd body shapes and faces full of make-up. As you can see the they were a hit with my daughter!

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Robot Girl costs £18.99 and Busy Lizzie The Robot £9.50. Both recommended for age 3+

We also love the look of the Raising the Bar Gymnastics Outfit  as my daughter loves to go to gymnastics and the different dolls including Boys .

You can also sign up to Club Lottie and get access to:

  • Redeem 10% off your first order
  • Exclusive Club Lottie bundle offers
  • New Lottie doll product announcements
  • Promotional discounts
  • Competitions

For a chance to win your very own Robot Girl Lottie Doll 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.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 27/08/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.
8. Emails collected as part of entry will be used for Club Lottie purposes only and not shared with any third parties.

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*We were gifted these items for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own. Also contains affiliate links.*

My Pocket Money Toy Subscription Box – Holiday Edition

We’ve reviewed some brilliant My Pocket Money Toy boxes before here and here and now we’re back testing out a fantastic Summer Holiday edition!

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As always they came in the boxes with the gorgeous iridescent shredding – shhh don’t tell anyone but I’ve been saving it for Birthday present use! These were boxes that just kept on giving. Packed to the seams with great things!

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  • Ladybird Topsy & Tim Go on holiday book
  • Keycraft Glow in the dark Moon Balls
  • Keycraft Light up bubble gun
  • Galt Dot to Dot book
  • Melissa & Doug Water Wow!
  • The Green Board Game Co. My first colour & shape snap
  • Nature Buddies Duck plush
  • Orchard Toys Penguin Pairs
  • Shrinkies Playful Puppy

8-10 holiday box

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  • DK Space Ultimate Sticker Book
  • Sky Rider Flying Disc
  • Duncan Yoyo
  • Keycraft Skydiver
  • Usborne Around The World In 80 Days book
  • Brainbox Mr Men Bounce
  • Sailors Notes
  • Melissa & Doug Rainbow Holographic

Whether you have a long drive, train or plane ride to get to your holiday destination or just need something to keep the kids amused on an inevitable rainy day, these boxes are your savior! A wide variety of games and activities to keep their attention and even play with whilst on holiday. Playing frisbee is a must on the beach! No need for “are we nearly there yet?” My Pocket Money Toy has you covered.

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Little Miss particularly enjoyed playing with this Melissa & Doug Water Wow! book which is a magic painting style book, fill the chunky pen provided with water and away you go bringing the picture to colourful life! It’s reusable so can be used over and over.

Little Man took a shine straightaway to this Duncan Yoyo:

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In his favourite colour – green- too! He hasn’t quite yet got the hang of it but there’s hours of fun in practising! Unfortunately I’m still as useless at it as I was when I was a kid 😀

Both boxes also contained a sticker to go in your Spectacular Stamp book towards a free toy. We all like free don’t we?! We absolutely loved these boxes right from the start and this particular one exceeded all expectations. They are fantastic value for money and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

As well as the brilliant holiday 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 are honest and my own*

Monday Stumble Linky

What’s In Your Party Bag?

We’ve all had a party bag that’s contained a whistle or a horrific noisy toy of some description. In fact the last party we attended the Mum pointed it out giggling. If money were no object what would you put in your party bag? Here, I’ve listed a few of the things I’d put in my ultimate party bag.1.1.  Fruit Salad Sour Softies – what’s a party bag without sweets? A new twist on some old favourites, I loved a cheeky bag of Fruit Salads as a kid and these soft versions are just as great! The same Fruit Salad flavour of old but with a sour note. Not eye wateringly sour but just enough to kick that extra exciting kick! Fruit Salad Sour Softies are available from Tesco, Asda and many other convenience/independent retailers in 120g & 160g sized bags priced from £1. Also in the range are Fruit Salad Softies and Refreshers Softies if you fancy going all out on the retro flavours.

2. BIC pens/pencils – my kids love to get colouring items in a party bag and when I think of quality items BIC is the one that comes to mind. Lots of choice, felt pens, pencils, crayons. So dependent on the age of the children attending there’s something for everyone. I particularly like the BIC Kids Learner Mechanical pencil   and the Conte range of pens and pencils. Perhaps pop in a mini colouring or dot to dot book to go with it and away they go.

3. Moshi Monsters Egg Hunt Trading Cards – Kids love a trading card or 20 don’t they?Now there are some new ones in town. Currently on Series 1, there are 350 monsterific cards to collect, featuring ULTRA RARE cards. These cards are great fun to collect and swap and even has it’s own app to download from the App Store or Google Play. Each card has a code to scan into the game. You can hatch your own egg and then customise and name your Moshling! You can play games and solve puzzles to earn Rox, which can be used to buy monsterific food and room items.

4. Little Brian Paint Sticks – These nifty no-mess paint sticks from Little Brian are brilliant for when the kids want to get arty but you don’t fancy the carnage that comes with it. In glue stick sized solid paint they are easy to paint with can be used on different surfaces such as windows! They dry super quick so no getting the paint everywhere or having to hang the pictures up. Little Brian paint sticks are available from Asda and Amazon and come in packs of 6 (RRP £4.99) or 12 (RRP £7.99)

5. Itty Bitty’s – These sweet little guys in the Hallmark Itty Bitty range are just the cutest! Small enough to fit in little hands (and party bags) and soft enough to cuddle up in bed as they’re made from a lovely plush material. They come in many different gorgeous collections such as Star Wars, Marvel, Peanuts and Snoopy, Wizard Of Oz, DC Comics, and Scooby-Doo.  Great value at £6 each.

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*Some of the featured items were gifted for the purpose of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*

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*