I-Top | The Electric Spinning Top Game That Will Challenge The Whole Family

We were sent an I-Top for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Do your children get super bored during the summer holidays and drive you insane with their whinging? Do you sometimes wish that they’d just sit down and play with something and be quiet, just for five or ten minutes. How about something that will keep them quiet all day? Then consider getting them an I-Top. Added bonus, it keeps the other half quiet too although you may have to prise it off him at some point so that your child can actually play with it.

But what is the I-Top? It is a spinning top game for kids but one that adults can enjoy too – it can keep fingers busy and avoid them picking up those electronic devices for the billionth time. It is pretty easy to master and everyone can have a go at the challenges. It really does challenge the whole family. If required, you can use the reset button to start the challenge again but otherwise the high score will show for that top. When not in use, you can fold the handle down which makes for super easy storage.

Jack has been having a lot of fun with his. We were sent three recently – one in packaging and two without. Steve has also been having a lot of fun – he couldn’t wait to try them out and show Jack exactly what he needed to do. They’ve been taking on the different challenges and constantly striving to beat the other. Jack also keeps sneaking off when he thinks we don’t notice, desperate to try to beat his Daddy’s latest high score! Trying to capture the high score on camera has proven quite difficult – my boy and his Dad seem to spin them so fast!

There are three different challenges- Top Score where it is who can get the highest score; 99 Challenge to see how many ’99’ challenge stars you can get and Compass so that you ‘never get lost again’. The top also comes with unlockable play modes – you need to spin the secret combinations to see special animations appear. It’s simple to do but will take practice to master!

How do you achieve these?

Top Score: As you spin your I-Top, you will see numbers scrolling along which is your top counting your number of spins. There are two messages alongside this – last which shows the last score you achieved and high which shows your current high score.

99 Challenge: Spin your top and grab it exactly when it hits 99 spins. If you manage this, you will unlock a secret animation and you will win a star that will be displayed each time you spin your I-Top. Win it multiple times to increase your star number.

Compass Mode: There are many hidden modes and you have to do your best to find them. One such way is to spin your I-Top right-left-right-left successively without EVER exceeding thirty turns! Should you manage this, you will unlock the compass that shows you north, south, east and west so you ‘never get lost again’!

I’ve also mentioned the hidden modes – some that you can try are to get the following scores – 214 (Cupid), 314 (Pi) and 888 (Chinese Lucky Charm). There are many more so give them a try and see what modes you can unlock!

So what did we think?

We’ve been having lots of fun playing with these recently and trying to beat high scores and achieve the challenges. The highest score achieved so far has been over 500 which is crazy! We are keen to beat that though so we can achieve the hidden modes. So far we haven’t mastered the 99 challenge but that isn’t through want of trying! We’re still to unlock a hidden mode as well but with Jack soon to be on break for six weeks, I should think it will take him no time at all to master the hidden modes!

I really like the idea behind these games. Whilst they may look like a simple spinning top on first look, they are actually so much more and have so many hidden depths with all the different challenges and modes you can unlock. So many toys and games become so boring after a couple of uses but these really are the gift that keeps on giving as you are always striving to better yourself and beat the scores of others. My family has certainly been challenged by these and will continue to be for the next few weeks!

They also come in a multitude of bright colours and are super affordable in price for a mere £14.99. Available at Character Online, Amazon {affiliate link} and all good retailers, these are definitely worth picking up for the kids this summer. They will love the challenge!

Gumigem Bath Bag | A Review

The Gumigem Bath Bag was sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Available here for £29.95, the Gumigem Bath Bag is a bag full of silicone teething toys that can even be used in the bath! Gumigem have a great range of ‘bubba bags’, perfect for taking on the go and for your little one to teeth on.

All their items are made from the same quality silicone – it is non toxic, washable  and high grade. All Gumigem toys carry the CE mark and are suitable from 0M+. This Bath Bag is great as it can even go in the water. The bag has little holes that allow drainage which is exactly what you want from bath toys. How many of us have gone to check the bath toys and found that there’s some mould in them as there was no way for the water to escape? The bag even comes with a suction hook so that it can be hung up on the tiles when not in use. These don’t squirt which is great – it means they last the test of time unlike other bath toys and you don’t get that horrible gungy mould stuff.

There are four sea related items within the bag, alongside the suction hook. There’s a star fish with bumps which are great for sensory stimulation, a seahorse, a fish and a shell. They’re all in bright colours too which is fab for babies. These sink, which is great as Olivia loves to ‘rescue’ them.

What I love most about this bag though is that you don’t have to use them in the bath. Whilst Olivia has used them in the bath, she also loves nothing more than toddling around with her little ‘handbag’ and sitting down to play with them. This is especially handy as she seems to be having quite a few teeth coming through right now and has been enjoying playing with them and chewing them when her teeth are causing her a little too much pain. Being able to use them out of the bath is also great as trying to get a picture of her with them whilst sparing her dignity proved impossible – let’s just say, my daughter certainly isn’t very ladylike when it comes to bathtime, haha!

As you can imagine, toys get grubby over time so with Olivia having been as obsessed with her bag as she has, I wanted to make sure I could clean them up real nice – especially if she was putting them anywhere near her mouth! Luckily these are dishwasher and steriliser safe so you can clean them up and sterilise them to your hearts content, knowing that they are safe to hand to baby.

As you can see, Olivia has so much fun with her bath bag, she uses it everywhere! I’ve even had friends and family come round and talk about how much she plays with it. She’s always taking it over to them, showing them her treasures from inside it. I love that this bag is a dual purpose toy – perfect for both in the bath and out of it and perfect for chewing on when those peggies are getting just that little bit annoying.

I’m definitely going to look at the rest of the range as I think these would make some lovely presents for my friends children. Have you ever tried any Gumigem items before?

Feeling Comfortable This Summer

I’ve mentioned that I’ve been struggling with my weight for a while now. Before I had Olivia – and after my miscarriage with the baby before Olivia – I managed to lose a stone and a half quite quickly and seemed destined to continue on with this path – but then I got pregnant with O and the weight started creeping on. Since she’s been born, I keep putting on, losing, putting on, losing – and whilst I am starting to actually lose again properly – I seem to have some semblance of a mojo back – I haven’t been feeling comfortable in myself and what I am wearing at all. I’d love to get the confidence back to wear what I want.

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Something I am really struggling with is underwear. I still breastfeed Olivia at night but have not long weaned off daytime top ups around her meals. This means I was wearing a very unflattering non wired bra until recently and now don’t know what to get to both fit me and suit me. Add to that I don’t think I have any nice underwear sets and you can see that I definitely need a revamp with some new pieces – but I don’t know what suits me!

I’d love to regain some confidence back in myself and my body so I’ve been taking a look at Knix. They claim to be reinventing intimates for real life and they have some lovely items that not only look good but look comfortable too! I’m so fed up of comfortable but boring and ugly clothes or choosing beautiful clothes that are horrible to wear because they just aren’t comfy. Why can’t retailers get it right – we want beautiful stuff that is comfortable too! It seems Knix know that and they’ve got some lovely pieces that I am keen to buy with some spare cash at the end of the month.

I just want to feel comfortable this summer – and for that, I need to feel both comfortable in my own skin and in my clothes. That means those clothes need to make me feel good, both physically and mentally and this means both outerwear and underwear. I think Knix are my answer – what about you?

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A Little Life Update | School, Health & All

I feel like it has been so long since I gave you a life update. So much has been going on recently.that I keep meaning to tell you about. So here goes…

School

Jack is finishing up in Year 1 and going into Year 2. This year his school has become amalgamated with the junior school into one joint primary school which means a lot has changed. He is going into a class with a new teacher and new teaching assistant and the teacher who used to have the year 2 class he is moving into is moving into year 3. His new teacher is also the deputy head and is a great teacher so we are very happy.

Olivia is obviously still too young to attend school and doesn’t attend a nursery or pre school yet but she has been attending a playgroup once a week for the past few weeks which she is really enjoying. If any of you know my daughter in real life, you will know she is a bit of a character and she had them all laughing today during the singing part of the group. She cannot wait to go back when it starts again in September and I can’t either; it is a really great place for her to go. Jack attends a Friday night club at the same place and it has done wonders for him.

 

Health

Overall we are all doing quite well. Jack’s eczema seems to have all but disappeared and Steve doesn’t seem to be having as much trouble with his eczema/dermatitis, thanks to the scalp eczema treatment he’s been using. Unfortunately, we have been noticing patches of red dry skin on Olivia – we’ve been keeping an eye on it and are hoping it is just a little bit of chafing from the heat (it’s right where her nappy would rub her legs) but if it continues, we will be taking her to the doctor.

Everything Else

On a whole, we’ve been pretty good. We’ve been paying off some debts, Steve has been helping my brother out at work and has just been offered an interview for next Thursday. I’ve got some new clients for VA work and am enjoying working with existing clients and I’ve also developed some new freelance contacts to for my writing work. All in all, life is pretty good right now.

I’m looking forward to the summer and seeing what it brings. What is going on in your life?

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A Day Out At Diggerland, Kent

We were sent a complimentary family ticket for Diggerland for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We are always looking for fun days out for the kids so when offered the chance to review the nearest Diggerland park, I had to say yes. Whilst I knew it would be much more Jack’s thing, I thought it would be a lovely day out for all of us at Diggerland, Kent. I wasn’t wrong. If I had the foresight, I probably would have agreed to not go in the middle of this heatwave we’ve been having – multiple drink and ice cream stops were needed – but nevertheless we (especially Steve and Jack) had a good time.

As you enter, there are eating areas and a soft play area on the right – these are the only eateries on site although there was an ice cream van further down the site. This is worth remembering if like us you had to keep going back to get drinks or something to eat – it can be a fair old trek from the other end of the site.

Jack and Steve first of all took the opportunity to try some of the digger games they had – knocking down pins, hooking ducks and such like – above you can see them digging out bricks. Jack took Steve on as he was just a little too small to go on unaccompanied but he still enjoyed himself lots – it was nice to see them getting some proper Dad and son time. He then somehow persuaded me to go onto the Spindizzy ride – it obviously made an impact on him as he wrote all about it at school the next week – which spins you around really fast. Jack really enjoyed it, I did too until I got off and felt really dizzy – perils of those kinds of rides though, right?

We then headed down to the other rides and attractions at the other end of the site – more digging for Jack and his Daddy, more driving in that sort of transport. Jack kept seeing more and more things he wanted to go on – and Steve often joined him!

The kids took every photo opportunity they could get too – posing on any digger related item around the site!

Jack even took the class learning owl – and her baby! – onto one for a picture!

We’d had a lot of fun digging and playing and riding and decided to go on a couple more things before we left. We didn’t do the dodgems as they cost an extra charge on top of the fee you pay to get in so we stuck to the rides and attractions included in the ticket price. Jack had a lot of fun spinning around on the Dig-A-Round before deciding to take it easy with me and take in the scenery from up high on the Sky Shuttle. It offers fantastic views of the River Medway of Rochester and its historic, 11th century cathedral and the 12th century castle which you can take in from 50 feet up.

After all those fun and games, it was time to head home and say goodbye to Diggerland. We had a great time – even if it was quite hot and it is very open – and plan to go back again in the future, perhaps with Jack taking a friend. Jack headed to the gift shop and bought something which he and Olivia have been playing with every day since they arrived home.

Overall we had a great time. If you are considering a day out there, I would recommend perhaps taking some drinks or things with you for round the site as it can be quite a walk back to the refreshment centres. Also I’d perhaps make a plan of action of what I was doing round the site as I found we kept doubling back on ourselves as Jack saw something else that took his fancy that he wanted to go on.

With prices remaining unchanged since 2014, I feel Diggerland in Kent is a great option for an affordable day out if you have a child of a suitable age. Jack loved it and really wants to take his friends back and do even more.