James & The Giant Peach 250 Piece Puzzle | Review & Giveaway

James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle box

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Jack has recently been reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl with his Daddy. Jack is a little bookworm and loves reading to us, reading to himself and us reading to him. James and the Giant Peach is his Daddy’s favourite book from childhood and they are loving reading it together – each taking it a couple of pages at a time so Jack can practice his reading.

Ever since they started reading the book together, Jack has been just a little bit obsessed with the story. He’s watched the film and was recently asked if he’d like to review this puzzle from Paul Lamond Games, priced at £8.95- he didn’t need asking twice.

James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle boxThis puzzle is 250 pieces so perfect for Jack’s age – it even says on the box ages 6+. He finds jigsaw puzzles with much less pieces far too easy and then finds others with more pieces a little too hard so these are just the right amount of pieces for him. Jack loves doing puzzles by himself but also loves making it an experience with us and he sat down to put together this puzzle with the help of his Daddy.

James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle in progress James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle in progress James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle in progressJack first of all tipped all the puzzle pieces out onto the floor ready to start and then made his way creating the edge. He could see that there was an orange border to the puzzle so ensured that he found all the orange edge pieces and made a frame before filling in the middle with the remaining puzzle pieces.

James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle completedAfter a couple of hours, the puzzle was finally complete. This is what I love about puzzles – they can keep our attentions for so long. Jack worked attentively on this until it was complete and was so excited when he popped the final piece into place. He’s already taken it apart and started again on it.

We love puzzles as a family – they bring us together and they are something we all love doing as a family. We’re hoping that when we move houses, we’ll have a room that we can use as a playroom and we’ll have a special section set out just for doing jigsaw puzzles – maybe even with one of those puzzle mats. They are fun to do, they keep your children’s minds whirring and when paired with such iconic stories like these, keep everyone interested too.

Jack has already asked if we can buy the other Roald Dahl puzzles available on Paul Lamond Games – and I’m inclined to say yes – and do you know what is absolutely fantastic? We’ve been offered the chance to give one of these gorgeous James and the Giant Peach 250 piece puzzles away to one of you lucky readers!

All you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is UK only and ends on the 18th of March at 23.59pm. Good luck!

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PJ Masks Turbo Blast Racers | Review

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Jack is a big fan of PJ Masks. He loves all the characters and the stories and loves watching them on the TV. Even Olivia has started to get interested in watching them so when offered the chance to review the new PJ Masks Turbo Blast Racers, suitable for ages 3+, I knew he’d be interested.

Retailing at £14.99, the PJ Masks Turbo Blast racers  come with one 3 inch PJ Masks character figure! Each of the characters is dressed in an exclusive Turbo Blast outfit equipped with matching racing helmet! There are three Turbo Blast Racers available including Cat-Car, Owl Glider and Gekko-Mobile – each sold separately. We were sent Owlette with her Owl Glider and Gekko with his Gekko-Mobile.

These Turbo Blast Racers are a brand new addition to the PJ Masks toy range for this year – there are figures, playsets and dress up items in the range and in April, the NEW Romeo’s Lab playset is coming out – you don’t want to miss it!

So what is PJ Masks about? Its about three regular kids who turn into superheroes at night, in their PJ’s, with the help of their animal amulets. Jack was very impressed with the racers and the figures and they slot easily into the seats. He did ask where Cat Boy was – so I know what needs to be next on the present list for him so he can complete the collection.

Although these are for ages 3+, Olivia has been playing with Jack under supervision as she loves the toys just as much as Jack does. The design of the racers is super sleek with some cool silver accents and they are both bright and colourful  and keep children’s attention.

The figures are lightweight so easy for little hands to carry around but also chunky so not easy to lose. Their arms and legs are fully posable – which is obviously so they can be sat in their turbo blast racer or stood up – and so the figures and vehicles can be interchangeable. We all know how kids like to switch and swap their toys so if Owlette wants to go in Cat Boy’s vehicle, then she can. They are bright in colour and very resilient – they’ve endured some heavy duty crashes in their turbo blast racers already. Owlette comes with a cape too which feels like it is made of some sort of silicon type material and is removable from the figure.

Available online from Amazon {affiliate link} and other reputable toy stores, these racers move across ground fairly easily – we live in a fully carpeted house and they work well on them which some toys struggle to do. We will definitely be checking out the rest of the items in the range as we are massive PJ Masks fans. How about you?

The Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green | Review

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In 1978 the Northern Territory in Australia has begun to self-govern and telephones are not yet a common fixture. Life is hard and people are isolated, but these five women find a way to connect.

Sybil, the matriarch of Fairvale Station, misses her eldest son and is looking for a distraction.
Kate, Sybil’s daughter-in-law, is thousands of miles away from home and finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale.
Sallyanne, mother of three, dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town where she lives with her difficult husband.Rita, Sybil’s oldest friend, is living far away in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
And Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land, needs some purpose in her life.
Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship: they all love to read, and she forms a book club. As these five women bond over their love of books, they form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Warm-hearted, comforting and richly told, this is the perfect feel-good read for book lovers everywhere.

About The Author

Sophie Green is an author and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names. In her spare time she writes about country music on her blog, Jolene. She fell in love with the Northern Territory the first time she visited and subsequent visits inspired the story in The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club.

My Review – Buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}

Now when I was asked to review this book, I just had to say yes. I am an avid book lover as you all know – and I love a book about a book club, in fact I think there should be more of them! Knowing that this was about a book club from the title, I just had to say yes.

Set in Australia, the women’s lives become intertwined and they become firm friends despite the problems they face. Brought together by a love of reading, it shows how supportive friendships can be, even through the hard times they may go through. However the book club only formed a small part of the story, getting to know the five female characters and their lives and what they were going through is more of the plot than anything. It looks at their friendships, how they are there for each other whether they are far apart or close by and it explores some interesting themes that we will all also go through in our lifetime.

This is a book that makes you think – it definitely got me thinking about my friendships after I finished it. I would wholeheartedly recommend you pick this up, I am sure you will enjoy it just like I did.


Updating Jack’s Wardrobe

Jack is six now and has a far busier social life than I do. He has clubs and parties galore and some of these clubs require certain clothing.

I’ve mentioned before that he has started football on a Thursday – we recently had to grab all the clothing and shoes he would need for that – and then we got a notice saying he needed some extra items for his PE kit. He also goes to a club on Friday night – sometimes they do some messy activities, sometimes they have a film night – he likes to dress up nice for his club – I think to impress the girls, haha!

With us buying him some more clothing for all the things he has, we are also considering picking up a new coat for him – perhaps one of these boys coats and jackets from River Island. Normally I’d try to eke out his coat for another month or so until he can get away with using a lighter jacket – but with the weather being like it has recently, he is definitely in need of a new one – he’s currently ripped his one at the seam and it isn’t going to last much longer!

I’ve noticed recently that Jack definitely seems more fashion conscious. He likes to pick out his outfits – sometimes I do have to give him a little guidance as his outfits aren’t exactly weather appropriate but other than that, he usually has quite good fashion sense.

He’s starting going past clothes shops and wanting to head in and look at the clothes. Now I am not going to complain about that – I love shopping and I’m always looking for cute little outfits for Olivia so if Jack wants to seek out some cute outfits for himself, who am I to stop him?

The only problem now is having to declutter all his old stuff. Luckily we have a Bags 2 School scheme in the first few weeks of March so we will be bagging up the stuff that he has grown out of or no longer likes and donating them. We may even end up filling more than one bag – I didn’t know my child had so many clothes!

Have you been updating your child’s wardrobe lately?


Stretch X-Ray & Vac-Man | Review

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Jack was bought a Stretch Armstrong a couple of Christmases ago by his uncle and he absolutely adores it. Since then, he has seen the Stretch range expand and has been begging us to get him the new items in the range too so he can complete his collection.

I remember Stretch Armstrong from when I was younger – I had two male cousins whose house I used to go round and they had all the toys that you would remember from the Nineties – Pokemon, wrestling figures and of course, Stretch Armstrong! I loved playing with him and when Jack received his present from his uncle, it really harked back to my childhood – and it is exactly why my brother in law bought it too, he remembered it from when he was little.

We received a Vac-Man and a Stretch X-Ray. Jack has been seeing the Vac-Man adverts for ages and has been begging for it so was super excited to see it turn up. These look like some fantastic additions to the range and Jack couldn’t wait to get them out of the packaging.

Vac-Man is Stretch Armstrong’s arch enemy. He stands at 7 inches tall and is fully stretchable and posable as demonstrated in the pictures above by Jack. You just need to pump the air out of him via his neck – you pump the neck and mold Vac-Man into the position you want him. Press the button on the top of his head to release and he’ll go back to normal. It’s super stretchy and very resilient – Jack and Olivia have really been putting it through its paces. He can also be stretched once the valve has been released. The figure is available, as well as other items in the range, here for £14.99.

Stretch X-Ray is a 7 inch figure who is completely transparent. Olivia has been mesmerised by him and isn’t keen on giving him back to Jack! He’s gooey, he’s creepy and as you stretch and pull him, you’ll see his scary insides shudder back into place. If you wanted, you can even tie him up in knots. Jack has been getting him in all sorts of predicaments.

Jack has been loving playing with the two of them and even loves pitting them against each other. They really make for imaginative play – I’ve heard him setting up battles between them before big old Stretch Armstrong comes on the scene and obliterates everything.

There’s so many items in the Stretch range and Jack is so keen to get them all. If they are as good quality as these, then we will be very happy. Both Jack and Olivia are loving playing with them and Steve is even having fun too – they are just so much fun!

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Do you remember Stretch from your childhood?