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The Brick Castle: Christmas is coming: inspiring gift ideas to share with your family Play Christmas Music, Real Christmas Tree, True Meaning Of Christmas, Christmas Is Coming, Christmas 2019, Thoughtful Christmas Presents, On The High Street, Thinking Outside The Box, Inspirational Gifts

Christmas is coming: inspiring gift ideas to share with your family

This post is a collaboration to put food on my table, written by Ale Roman. It has some great tips and ideas. I've added some of my own imag...

The Board Game Family: Reclaim Your Children From The Screen is a fantastic 'how-to' for parents wanting to bring their kids back into the living room, away from their phones and back into family life together. Valentines Games, Valentines Day Activities, Some Games, Games To Play, Cult Games, Book Report Projects, Orchard Toys, Leaf Book, Gaming Rules

The Board Game Family by Ellie Dix - Book Review (sent by Crown house Publishing).

The Board Game Family: Reclaim Your Children From The Screen is a fantastic 'how-to' for parents wanting to bring their kids back into the living room, away from their phones and back into family life together. Anyone who reads my blog will know that board games are a huge thing here, we play most weekends year round and usually everyone in the house joins in... As soon as I opened The Board Game Family I knew we were on the same wavelength. The writing style is chatty and full of sarcasm…

 is a light-hearted game where opponents wager tokens on their ability to correctly identify when things happened.

What Came First? Game Review (Age 10+) Sent by Big Potato Games

What Came First? is a light-hearted game where opponents wager tokens on their ability to correctly identify when things happened. If you ar...

The newest release from Zuru Toys is the Smashers Epic Dino Egg. This gigantic surprise-filled dinosaur egg has been flying off the shelves . Dino Eggs, Dinosaur Eggs, Pretty Tough, Falling Apart, Giveaway, Goodies, September, Christmas Gifts, Toy

Zuru Smashers Epic Dino Egg Review (with giveaway) Age 5+Sent by Zuru Toys and Smyths Toy Superstores

The newest release from Zuru Toys is the Smashers Epic Dino Egg. This gigantic surprise-filled dinosaur egg has been flying off the shelves in Smyths Toy Superstores and is bound to be a huge hit this Christmas. We've teamed up with Smyths and Zuru, who have sent us a Smashers Epic Dino Egg plus some of the regular series 3 Dino Smashers to review - and if you are reading this before midnight Friday 27th September, I'm giving away a £25 Smyths voucher on my Facebook page so that one of my…

Crazy Eggz is an active family game for players which involves holding colourful rubber eggs without using your hands. Rubber Egg, Speed Games, D Tan, Doodle Doo, Blue Eggs, Family Games, Board Games, September, Age

Crazy Eggz Family Game Review (Age 7+) Sent by Asmodee

Crazy Eggz is an active family game for 2-4 players which involves holding colourful rubber eggs without using your hands. Fast-paced and at...

It's time for this month's smiles and I imagine anyone with kids is probably really glad it's the weekend. Back to school is hard work and t.

September #TBCSmiles 61 Months.

It's time for this month's smiles and I imagine anyone with kids is probably really glad it's the weekend. Back to school is hard work and they'll have been shattered by Friday. We had lots of photos of first day front doors - along with an equal number of scared or excited looking children. I hope that it's going well for them so far. We also had lots of photos of your Summer holidays, and just about everyone sorry that it was ending. It's only about 3 months until Christmas and Autumn is a…

We were invited along to be among the first people to try out the food at Carpocci's. This unique pop-up restaurant opened it's doors to Med. Roast Suckling Pig, Sample Menu, Pop Up Restaurant, Slow Roast, Vegan Pasta, Baked Apples, Vegan Options, Pasta Dishes, Family Meals

Capocci's Pop Up Restaurant Review - Manchester Media City

We were invited along to be among the first people to try out the food at Carpocci's. This unique pop-up restaurant opened it's doors to Med...

Grace's Gift guide for little ones. - Life With The Buxtons Chocolate Slime, Memorial Day Foods, Straw Decorations, Baby Doll Nursery, Happy Birthday Girls, Grape Soda, Strawberry Milk, Magazines For Kids, Slime Recipe

So Slime DIY Slimelicious Station Review and UK Giveaway Age 6+ (Sent by Canal Toys)

We recently reviewed the So MAGIC DIY Wonder Magic Garden for Canal Toys and now they've sent us the So Slime DIY Slimelicious Station for review. Suitable for age 6+, this is a scented-slime making kit with enough ingredients and decorations to make 16 little pots of imitation ice cream slime... Everything is housed in a sturdy box, which can easily be used for storage if you don't make all of your slimes at once. It's an exciting parcel to open. Included in the kit are a lot of parts…

Vanilla Underground call themselves the home of officially licensed merchandise for all the family and to prove it have sent us a big bundle. The School Run, Packing A Cooler, Traditional Toys, 10 Year Old Boy, Music Licensing, Fidget Toys, Jack Skellington, Game Character, Nightmare Before Christmas

Vanilla Underground Review - Merchandise For All The Family (sent for review)

Vanilla Underground call themselves the home of officially licensed merchandise for all the family and to prove it have sent us a big bundle of items - including something for everyone here. Favourite TV, movie, book, music and game characters on pyjamas, t-shirts, stationery, backpacks, lunchboxes and more... I gave Vanilla Underground a rough idea of what sort of things we like, plus some sizes, and so our package was mainly a surprise parcel. It was a pleasant surprise too - we were…

 My boys have enjoyed their magazines for many years and now they are branching out with a range of kits and games. Stem Learning, Just A Game, Self Driving, Computer Programming, Problem Solving, Kids Playing, Board Games, September

OKIDO Which Way? Coding Game Review (for age 4-8+) Sent by OKIDO

I really like OKIDO. My boys have enjoyed their magazines for many years and now they are branching out with a range of kits and games. We've been sent the OKIDO Which Way? Coding Board Game to review. Everything OKIDO do brings together creativity with science, making it not only rewarding and fun, but educational and really accessible to all children - whatever their ability or gender. Which Way? Coding Board Game is a bit young for my own children, so I enlisted help from some of the…

ZunTold Publishing’s next release is the third instalment in the hilarious Gangster School series by Kate Wiseman, Gruffles And The Killer S. Book Reviews For Kids, How To Be Likeable, Great Stories, Really Funny, The Guardian, Funny Moments, Super Powers, Childrens Books, Sheep

Gruffles And The Killer Sheep by Kate Wiseman Young Fiction Review (Sent by Zuntold Publishing)

ZunTold Publishing’s next release is the third instalment in the hilarious Gangster School series by Kate Wiseman, Gruffles And The Killer Sheep, and we've been sent a copy to review as part of the Book Tour to promote release on 2nd September. Recommended for children aged 6-13, although this book is third in a series, it also works as a standalone story. Characters are introduced gradually and the setting becomes obvious and understandable within the first couple of pages. Gruffles is the…

X-Gen VR is a brand new Virtual Reality Centre which has opened in Stockport and excitingly they invited us down to have a look and a play o. Vr Room, Choice Of Games, Warhammer Games, Silly Games, Walking The Plank, Canal Boat, Amsterdam Travel, Different Games, Single Player

X-Gen VR Virtual Reality Centre Review, Stockport. (Guests to review)

X-Gen VR is a brand new Virtual Reality Centre which has opened in Stockport and excitingly they invited us down to have a look and a play on all of their new VR systems and games machines. We are all gamers, so it was a unanimous yes. Unlike a lot of opportunities to play with VR, X-Gen VR allow children to join in from age 7, and have hundreds of available games, including absolutely masses which are age and ability-appropriate for any user. You can shoot aliens, race bikes, ride…

This Summer toy manufacturer Jazwares have released a brand new range of Angry Birds toys to tie in with recent Angry Birds 2 movie release,. Green Angry Bird, Angry Birds New, Angry Birds 2 Movie, Plus Games, Movie Releases, Bird Toys, Toys Shop, New Toys, Cool Toys

Angry Birds New Toy Range Review (Sent by Jazwares).

This Summer toy manufacturer Jazwares have released a brand new range of Angry Birds toys to tie in with recent Angry Birds 2 movie release, and we've been sent a bundle for review. We've been sent 1 x Feature Plush, 1 x Game Pack and 1 x Catablind (Splat Ball)... Excuse the pyjamas! Summer holidays are for relaxing... and throwing things at the door! I will start with the Splat Ball, or Catablind. We've been sent a green Angry Bird Piggy and he's proven very popular with my youngest. I…

Dice Academy Family Game Review (Age 8+) Sent by Asmodee

This month for the Asmodee Blogger Board Game Club we've been sent a great family dice game for 2-6 players. Portable, easy to learn and fun to play, Dice Academy is all about thinking and acting fast, knowledge isn't always an advantage. Dice Academy is housed in a very small and sturdy box with a magnetic closure. It arrives shrink-wrapped and inside has a plastic insert to keep your 10 special dice safe between play, but everything is kept neat and small. The only game components are the…

We've really enjoyed being Bandai STEM Ambassadors over the last 6 months, and the final tasks they've sent have been perfect for the Summer.

National Geographic STEM Dig Kits And Ultimate Play Sand Review Age 8+ (Sent by Bandai)

We've really enjoyed being Bandai STEM Ambassadors over the last 6 months, and the final tasks they've sent have been perfect for the Summer holidays. We've been sent National Geographic Gemstone and Shark Tooth Dig Kits and Ultimate Play Sand - a miniature sand pit with 2kg of colourful sand that never dries out and comes complete with 4 mini sand moulds... The Bandai National Geographic STEM Kits are complete kits for children aged around 8+, and they contain everything you need, including…

Ellen Lives On is a young adult novel by Lynda Haddock which opens with the loss of a parent to suicide. Someone Like Me, Losing Someone, Know Who You Are, The Way You Are, Mother Teach, Young Adult Fiction, Make You Cry, Life Happens, 16 Year Old

Ellen Lives On by Lynda Haddock Young Adult Fiction Review (Sent by Matador).

Ellen Lives On is a young adult novel by Lynda Haddock which opens with the loss of a parent to suicide. This is a positive and empowering book, which offers real support to young people in the same situation, but obviously it has darker moments and for some readers it may be a hard read at first. Ellen is 15 and returns home from school to find her front door blocked and no response from her mother inside. She calls on her neighbours for help, they ring the police, and her life stops. Just…