Trying Out The Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender for Hallowea’n

We were sent a Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We started weaning Olivia a couple of months ago now and she has slowly been moving onto slightly lumpier food as she gets older. We were recently sent this Tommee Tippee steamer blender to make our weaning journey a little more fun. We were also sent some fantastic Hallowea’n (Halloween) recipe ideas to get your little one involved in the Halloween fun.

But first of all we wanted to trial it using some simple ingredients – an apple, a banana and a a pear – and we made something for all three stages to see how it fared.

The Tommee Tippee blender steams fruit, vegetables and meat preserving key nutrients and flavour. The blender itself is very simple to use – just a one touch button to either steam or blend depending on your requirements. There is also a timer so you can personalise your cooking. The instruction booklet comes with timings for which ingredients you are using so as you can see, we set the steaming timer to 10 minutes and the blend time to 4 seconds on this occasion. The bottom picture shows the fruit as it is getting steamed.

The one touch button is a great function as is the timer. It means you can really personalise the meals you are cooking. We thought we would start simple with some fruit and see how well it fared for each stage of weaning. The blender blends to a range of textures for every step of your babies development which is great. It blends as soon as a steam cycle is finished so you don’t need to worry about any decanting. There is also only a small amount of parts which makes it great for easy cleaning. So how did the blender fare?

You can clearly see the range in textures from stage 1 to stage 3 – Olivia is past the puree stage now but for the simple purpose of testing this machine to its full advantage, we thought we would create a meal from every stage. She is now stage 2 and will be moving slowly into stage 3 in the next few months as she starts to deal better with lumps! We are very, very impressed with what this Tommee Tippee blender has to offer,

But now onto the Hallowea’n recipes…what should we give Olivia to help her join in on the festivities? Here’s some recipe ideas for you below:

We are going to be giving the Pumpkin Smash a go for Olivia for her tea on Halloween and may just have to make some Silly Apple Bites for Jack to try too!

Will you be creating any of these Halloween recipes for your child this week? You can buy your own steamer blender here where it is currently retailing for £70 {affiliate link}. It is also available at Argos, Boots, George, Littlewoods, Toys R Us and Very.

Happy Hallowea’ning!

Anki OVERDRIVE | Not Just For The Kids

Anki OVERDRIVE

We were sent the Anki OVERDRIVE for consideration of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We are very lucky to be sent a variety of items for consideration of a review on this site. But a lot of the time I find myself watching on and taking the pictures whilst Steve has all the fun with the kids getting to try out the toys, sample the foods etc.

When we were sent the Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit, I was excited to give it a go myself alongside the whole family. We took it round to Steve’s parents so everyone could have a go if they wanted. All you need to do is download the app to get started.

Anki OVERDRIVEAnki OVERDRIVE is a ground breaking battle race experience where players can control the physical supercars via a handheld device such as a smartphone or a tablet. You can then compete against friends, family or AI (Artificial Intelligence) commanders. Your car even learns the track and as you become better at playing the game, the better your car becomes and you can level up too!

Bringing together cutting edge technology and toys/video games, this is perfect for both parents and kids alike and anyone can enjoy it. It is generally popular with young boys between 8 and 12 years of age but is suitable for men and women, girls and boys, young and old alike. Jack is aged 5 and loves playing it, Steve is 30 and loves it too. Even Steve’s parents, brother and cousins think its great and Olivia is quite excited by the cars racing around the track.Anki OVERDRIVEThe tracks are known as ‘FlexTracks’ and they easily snap together as they have magnetic connectors. Steve remarked that it was probably the easiest track he had ever put together! This means that players can create customised battlefields quickly and it is easy to pack away too!

Anki OVERDRIVE Anki OVERDRIVEWe loved playing this – the only thing I would perhaps mention is that playing it can cause your phone battery to deplete quite quickly so having a charger nearby would be quite handy. The set up is super easy – download the app, sign up your child with your email, validate their profile, charge your cars on the included charging port then put them on the track. First of all they will do a scan and learn the track before setting off for a race (you can see more of what I mean in our YouTube video below). Steve was very happy playing on it for ages as was Jack and I loved having a go too! This really is a toy for everyone and allows you to spend some family time together playing a super fun game!

The Anki OVERDRIVE starter kit is available for £149.99 which I think is a very reasonable price for the product – you’re getting cutting edge technology, an easy to put together and put away track and hours of fun with your friends and family, no matter what your age is. This will certainly be on many children’s Christmas lists – and perhaps even some Mum’s and Dad’s too!

Check out my video below to see exactly what the Anki OVERDRIVE can do:

Strolling Around With The Britax Holiday Pushchair

Britax Holiday

We were sent this Britax Holiday stroller for the purpose of review due to being a Britax Mumbassador. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

The latest addition to Britax Römer’s pushchair offering, the Britax Holiday is suitable for children from six months – 15kg (three years) and is one of the lightest pushchairs on the market, weighing only 5kg and free standing when folded with a compact length of 60cm and a width of 25.5cm. It can fit easily into the boot of a car or in the overhead compartments of other vehicles. It can be easily folded and unfolded with one quick motion and also has a carry strap for easy transportation.
Britax HolidayThe Britax Holiday includes a hood with sun visor, ventilation mesh on both sides of the seat as well as above the head and a large basket with a five-kilogram weight capacity for travel essentials. It has swivel front wheels and a five-point safety harness which can be easily adjusted to the height of your child in three positions to ensure children travel in both safety and comfort.

Britax HolidayBritax HolidayBritax HolidayBritax HolidayBritax HolidayBritax HolidayThe Britax Holiday is available in six colours: Coral Peach, Steel Grey, Cosmos Black, Aqua Green, Ocean Blue and Flame Red and is available exclusively at Argos from August 2017 and other retailers from January 2018, with an RRP of £120. We were sent a Flame Red model and have been putting it to the test over the past month in a variety of conditions.

Over the past month we have been to events on the common, to the zoo, round theme parks and just general day to day activities. I wanted to see how well it worked on the pavement, the road and off road. Lightweight, pushing it on paths and roads is an absolute dream. There is no problem with pushing it and can even be pushed with one hand if required with no worries of it veering off – it really is fantastic to push.

When it comes to off road, it can be a little difficult sometime if the grass or woodland is a little dense however being as lightweight as it is makes it easier to get back onto a piece of ground that is easier. So what do we think of the pushchair itself overall?

Britax Holiday Britax Holiday Britax HolidayFirstly, as I mentioned before, this pushchair is incredibly easy to push and even Jack can push Olivia round in it with some help. The colour is super bright and we’ve had plenty of compliments about it. The pushchair itself is small and sleek in size and can be transported easily – it fits in the footwell of the rear of the car leaving more space in the boot.

The hood does well to block out the sun. The basket is small – I do usually like a bigger basket but this has ample space for the essentials. The 5 point harness is perfect for keeping baby safely strapped in whilst remaining comfortable.

The school run has been made quicker and easier with the Britax Holiday – its sleek and fast movement lends itself to a fast walking pace so it is brilliant when I am rushing to get Jack to school or to pick him up. It is also perfect for short trips down the shops. I have a larger pushchair which I am reluctant to use for short journeys as it can be quite big and bulky so this makes for the perfect transport for such an occasion.

We’ve used this in many different places in the past month and I must say I am very impressed – easy to store, easy to carry, easy to push, sleek and comfortable for my child, what more could I want? Plus it comes in such lovely colours!

With an RRP of £120, I would definitely recommend picking one of these up if looking for something lightweight compared to the more bulkier models on the market. It is serving me and my family well.

My First Scalextric | Review

My First Scalextric

We were sent a My First Scalextric for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Jack is very into toys and cars at the moment so when we were offered the chance to review a My First Scalextric, I was sure Jack would love it. Priced at £39.99, the set is the ideal start for young drivers.

My First Scalextric

The set is for ages 3+ and has an easy to assemble figure of eight track. It comes with two rally cars (red and yellow) and adjustable power hand controllers colour coded to match the circuit chevrons. Magnatraction technology helps keep the cars on the track and speed can be adjusted according to skill level.

My First Scalextric

The set is fully compatible with the Micro Scalextric range of sets and cars so you can extend your track and add new cars if you like. So what does the My First Scalextric claim to help with? Hand/eye coordination, manual dexterity, risk-reward thinking and even motor skill development. Now Jack’s hand/eye coordination isn’t great so anything that claims to help him with this has a thumbs up from me.

So what did we think?

My First Scalextric

Jack loved it. He spent ages just speeding the cars around the track and it kept Olivia mesmerised too. He adjusted the speed level depending on how he was feeling. He loved it because the concept is so simple – racing some cars around the track. He could play by himself, in control of both cars. He could play with me or Daddy – even Olivia tried to have a go. He really enjoyed it and really wants to get some of the Micro Scalextric range so he can get some more cars and extend his track.

My First Scalextric

Personally I loved it too. You don’t need lots of fancy things in a toy to keep children occupied – sometimes the most simplest of concepts are the best. We had lots of laughs playing together; seeing who could beat each other and occasionally knocking each other off the track when we hadn’t attached our cars properly. I love that Jack could play for hours without getting bored and that Olivia was interested too – what more do you want from a toy than the whole family being able to have fun playing with it? We were very impressed.

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Our Experience With Hugzzies

We were sent our very own Hugzzie to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Jack was very excited when offered the chance to review his very own Hugzzie. The world’s first and only strap on childrens wheatbag, he just didn’t know which one to choose – from Dexter The Dog, Mikey The Monkey, Pauley the Panda, Betty the Bunny or Carly the Cat.

He eventually opted for Dexter the Dog. Hugzzies are a super soft teddy bear with a microwavable lavender infused wheat bag inside that hugs around the waist. They can be used as a warm hug on cold nights or as Jack has used it previously, as a little hot water bottle when he had a tummy ache.

As claimed on the website, the Huggzies are a super soft high quality individual character teddy bear with a velcro waist band, a removable lavender infused microwaveable wheat bag. They can be a children’s bum bag for toys and Hugzzies can be used either hot or cold. It helps and eases pain relief and can be used as a bodywarmer.

So what did we think? Jack has been using his Hugzzie a lot as the cold nights roll in and also when he hasn’t been feeling all too well. His Hugzzie has proved to work well at warming him up and has enabled him to feel a lot better when using it as a hot water bottle.

For just £9.99, they are a bargain buy for your children. Perfect for warming them up on cold nights and for pain relief when they aren’t feeling too well, I would definitely invest in one for Jack if he didn’t already have one.

Would you get one for your child?