Paddington Spot The Difference & Colour On | Review

Paddington

We were sent these Paddington games for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Paddington is heading back to cinema screens on November 10th and you may have noticed plenty of Paddington products being released in preparation for the film’s release. A sequel to the 2014 film starring fantastic actors such as Hugh Bonneville, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters and Sally Hawkins, we can’t wait for the sequel to come out and will definitely be heading to the cinemas to see it!

We were recently sent some brand new Paddington games to review – Spot The Difference and Colour On. So what did we think of them?

First of all, let’s talk about Spot The Difference. This is a fantastic new take on the traditional game. Players can follow Paddington’s adventures through two seemingly identical images. There are over 80 different spot the difference scenes – 40 cards with images on either side. You need to find the differences and beat your opponent. Each game has either 5 or 10 differences which are handily marked out on the card.

The game comes with dry erase markers and easy wipe scenes. The game is for ages 8+ and is £7.99, available from John Lewis.

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As you can see above, there are plenty of different cards to choose from and children can opt between five or ten differences. The puzzles can be quite easy, can be quite hard – I sometimes even struggled to find the differences when Jack asked me to help him. The makers do claim that this is for ages 8+ but Jack is 5 and really enjoyed this – spending ages doing different cards and then wiping them clean when done. This is a handy game for travelling – we will definitely be taking this with us on future holidays as it keeps children occupied and is easy to store. We would definitely recommend. This product is also available to purchase on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

The Colour On game is also £7.99 and available for purchase at John Lewis. This is perfect for hours of colouring and activity fun. There is three metres of colouring scenes and activities and the easy twist dial makes it easy to find an activity or colouring scene your child wants to complete. It can then easily be twisted back to put the game away.

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This is just the first activity available in the tube, there are plenty more to be discovered by just using the easy twist dial to unroll and roll back. Jack has had great fun finding the activities or colouring scenes he is most interested in and it is something that I know would occupy him for hours on end if he wanted it to. He’s always wanting to colour in so this is a handy game to have in our household. This product is also available to purchase on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Are you or your children Paddington fans? Would they like these games?

Back To School With Sports Direct

We were sent these items from Sports Direct for the purpose of reviews. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Jack is now back at school, he’s now in year one and life is busier than ever. He’s learning more at school so more reading and homework, he’s doing football training after school on a Thursday, golf lessons one day a week and going up the range with his Daddy and he’s also got his Friday night club. He is loving being so busy and is loving being back at school with all of his friends – he has even got a school trip this Thursday that he is very excited about!

We were recently contacted by Sports Direct asking if we would like some items from their kids range to help Jack settle in back to school. We use Sports Direct a lot for all our sporty needs – having a golf mad partner and son means we spend a lot of time shopping in there and only recently bought all of Jack’s football training items in there!

We were given a list of items to choose from: a pair of school shoes, a pair of trainers or football boots, a jacket, a bag, a bottle, a shirt and some shorts. Now I couldn’t find a pair of shorts in his size but I did ask for something from each of the other sections so what did we choose?

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For school shoes, there was only one brand we could choose – Kickers. Both Steve and I remember having Kickers when we were little and wanted Jack to try them too as we remembered just how good quality they are. We picked these Kickers Fragma Slip On Shoes which usually retail at £44.99 but are currently on sale for just £30! Jack has been to school in them for the last few days and they are withstanding an energetic five year old well – I’d normally be seeing at least one or two scuffs on his shoes by now! They fit well and look very smart.

Sports Direct Sports Direct Now as I mentioned before, we recently grabbed Jack’s football stuff from Sports Direct so he wasn’t in total need of trainers or football boots but when he saw Sidewalk Sport wheely trainers (usually £47.99, down to £29), he begged me for them and Sports Direct were more than happy for him to try them. He obviously won’t be using these at school but will definitely make the walk to school a little faster and he can change into his school shoes there, haha!

Sports Direct Sports DirectNow Jack isn’t allowed to take any bags other than his book bag in on a regular day at school due to lack of storage space – they have pegs for their coats, shelves for their bottles and lunchboxes if they have packed lunch and boxes for their book bags. However since Jack also attends football after school on a Thursday, he needed something to store that in that he could take in and bring home every Thursday. This Minion character 3D backpack (usually £19.99, currently on sale for £7) is spacious enough to fit in all his football kit with room for anything else he needs to put in there.

Sports Direct Sports DirectWith it getting close to Winter, Jack needed a decent coat that could withstand the elements – after all, we all know British weather is incredibly temperamental. This Karrimor Urban Jacket (£42.99 usually, half price at just £21.99) is perfect. It fits him well but also has space for him to grow a little. It is waterproof and windproof, has reflective detailing and has WeatherTite technology. Just what you need from a school jacket.

Sports DirectFinally we were sent this Character flip bottle, costing just £3.49 down from £5.99 and this Slazenger polo shirt (£3 – not pictured as it is in Jack’s PE kit at school). I must admit that we did have an accident with the bottle – it is a plastic bottle but Jack dropped the one we were sent on his third day at school and it shattered across the floor and he was very upset – luckily my mum managed to find him exactly the same one in our local store and he has been extra careful with it since.

The green tee has been perfect for PE as he is in the green team. It is good quality and I can see it lasting a long time.

We have been very impressed with the items we were sent to ensure Jack was sorted for back to school. They certainly do have a great range of children’s items – and if you hurry up, you may even get some of them on sale right now!

L.O.L Surprise Doll Unboxing

The L.O.L Surprise Doll was sent for the purpose of this unboxing,

We’ve talked about L.O.L Surprise dolls on the blog before (read one of our posts here) so when we were asked if Jack would like to do a video unboxing of one of the range, we just had to say yes. Jack can be a little shy, my video editing efforts aren’t the greatest and Olivia makes an appearance but I think we did okay, don’t you?

 

Jack is very chuffed with the surprise doll he got – have you managed to get any of the rare or ultra rare ones?

 

Making Reading Fun With Storytime Magazine

We were sent a couple of copies of Storytime magazine for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Jack loves magazines and he loves stories (see all of our book reviews here) so when we were offered the chance to review Storytime magazine, we jumped at the chance. The UK’s only story magazine, with thousands of readers in over 50 countries, you can try it yourself today on a trial offer or on a subscription for as little as £2 an issue. You can choose your subscription here.

Before setting up Storytime, the team behind the magazine worked in large publishing companies and created a number of well known branded magazines which kids enjoy. However, they enjoyed it mainly for the plastic toy rather than the content which was a little lacking to say the least. They left their jobs, took a huge risk and used their own money to launch Storytime as a social enterprise..

Storytime gives children brilliant stories in a fun, colourful magazine format. Something that works for reluctant readers who won’t pick up a book thatstill appeals to children who devour stories and do read books for enjoyment – the money made from Storytime magazine allows them to work with schools, charities and councils to give some less-advantaged children some good quality reading materials at a low, low price.

Each issue contains fairy tales, poems, myths and legends, folk tales, plus puzzles and activities, with beautiful, fun and colourful illustrations to bring it all to life. There is also no adverts and the magazine is printed on good quality paper. So what did we think?

Jack absolutely loved Storytime magazine. Not only is it jam packed full of stories that Jack can enjoy but there is also plenty of puzzles for him to do and many competitions – which Jack loved. He loves entering competitions so this mixes all of his favourite things. He has read all the three copies we received cover to cover and has spent ages poring over the puzzles and asking me to help him enter the competitions.

I’m very impressed. There is a variety of stories available so your children is bound to find one they really love. The illustrations are great and as mentioned before, there is no adverts and the paper is great quality! We will definitely be looking into getting a subscription as a present for his birthday or Christmas as it is definitely something you’d enjoy.

Is this something your child would enjoy?

The Supermum Myth | Book Review

We were sent a copy of The Supermum Myth for review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Have you ever felt as a mum that you aren’t good enough? Do you strive to be a supermum and often feel that you are falling short? Anya Hayes and Dr Rachel Andrew, the authors of this book, wants us to have more confidence in our parenting. #

I know I have struggled with confidence since having my children. I started to regain some confidence after having Jack but then got pregnant with Olivia, put loads of weight on and lost confidence in myself – and my parenting skills.

I want to dwell on the good stuff rather than the bad and make happy memories without feeling rubbish about myself. This book serves to help us parents using CBT, mindfulness and other established therapies to help us rebuild our confidence. This book helps walk you through your parenting, giving you solutions to any problems you may have.

With this in mind, I took my time reading through the book, taking on board what the authors had to say. I am the queen of negative thinking so needed something that could help me become a little more positive in my thoughts. Every mother thinks they need to be supermum – perfect with endless patience but that isn’t the case at all – it is a complete and utter myth. We are acing it in our own way – but we do become slightly frazzled along the way and may rely on freezer food a little more often than we care to admit.

This is such a handy resource for me to have when I am feeling a little down about myself as a person and as a mother. I simply need to take notice of the different techniques given and I am able to feel a little bit better about myself. This is a great book to help us parents when we are struggling to keep our confidence – it happens to us all and we get caught up with the whole ‘Keeping Up With The Jones’ thing – thinking we need to be perfect constantly. This isn’t the case – we should just be who we are and keep ourselves positive.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who sometimes struggles with their confidence – you can pick up a copy from Amazon here on Kindle and in paperback {affiliate link}. I’m going to be keeping this to hand for whenever I feel my confidence start to dip.