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!

Want to read some more reviews? Check out what Tanya from Cracked Nails and Split Ends thought!

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?

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.

Degustabox Review | The BBQ Box

Box sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

It is time again for my monthly Degustabox review. You too can get your own box for just £12.99 a month here – the contents always exceed the price you pay and postage is included in that monthly fee. But what did we receive this month in the BBQ themed box?

Here is what we received in the box this month:

Orangina & Orangina No Added Sugar – £1.20 each

These were a lovely refreshing treat in the box and didn’t last long in this hot weather. We already knew we liked Orangina but were super happy to see the no added sugar version in the box too as we wanted to try it. Both were deliciously refreshing, a great addition to the box.

No & More Raspberry & Blueberry water – £1.29

Spring water that has no sugar, no sweeteners, no preservatives and no artificial ingredients, I had high hopes for this water as I really like flavoured water. Unfortunately, when they say a hint of raspberries and blueberries, they really do mean a ‘hint’. The best way to describe the flavour would be like with a cup of tea where you literally dip the teabag in and then take it straight it back out again – you could barely taste the raspberry and blueberry at all.

Frylight Avocado Oil cooking spray – £2.99

As I follow the Slimming World plan, you better bet I have a cupboard FULL of the different Frylights available. I’ve added this to my pantry but am considering donating it in the Slimmer Of The Week basket next week as I don’t know when I will actually get to it.

Peckish BBQ Rice Crackers Multi Pack – £1.79

These were a hit with the whole family. These were packed full of flavour but as claimed, they are a thinner, lighter and crispier snack. These are baked and gluten free and tasted absolutely delicious.

Rosie’s Pig Raspberry Roller Cider – £2

Steve was very excited to see this in the box – we are big fruit cider fans. This cider is a raspberry and cucumber flavoured sparlkling cloudy cider. It is rather refreshing and tastes great.

Brioche Pasquier Pains Au Lait – £1.75

You know how much we love Brioche Pasquier products so it is little wonder we enjoyed these tasty brioche rolls. We toasted them with some butter and they were divine.

The Jelly Bean Factory Fairtrade Box – £1.25

I may be speaking ahead of time but I feel that this might be Steve’s favourite box of the whole year – especially when it comes to this being included in the box. He loves jelly beans so was very happy to see these in the box. Filled with 36 delicious flavours and made using Fairtrade sugar, they were a welcome treat.

Idahoan Gratin Bake – £2.30

We loved the previous Idahoan product in the boxes so were happy to see this. It takes a prep time of less than 3 minutes and a cook time of less than 30, a quick and easy meal idea.

Mighty Fine Salted Caramel Honeycomb Bar – £1

Steve also was happy to see this. Made with finely crafted honeycomb, it was the most delicious treat and we all tried a little bit. So tasty!

Great British Biscotti Co – £1.30

I love biscotti and this buttery crumbly treat had such a delicious flavour. I only wish there were more of them.

Capsicana Cook Sauces – £1.99

We don’t usually use cooking sauces anymore due to not knowing what is in them – these are packed full of flavour but we won’t be purchasing them in the future, despite enjoying them, as they’re packed full of oil. I can see why they are the Product Of The Month though, they are very flavourful.

Fyre fruit drinks – £1.29 each

These are both refreshing fruity drinks with a kick of spice. They are tasty but not something I would drink everyday, if you know what I mean.

Overall we were very impressed with the box this month – it seemed much more catered towards the everyday person rather than particular people. There was a good mix of products that the whole family could enjoy and I cannot wait to see what they deliver next month.

Trying Out The New Childs Farm Sun Creams – Plus Win 1 of 3 50+ SPF Roll On Sun Creams

We were sent the sun creams for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

I’ve mentioned the Childs Farm brand a few times here on the blog and talked about my love of it. I find that they make great products for babies and some of you may also recall the large media coverage they received when someone claimed it worked wonders on her child’s eczema. I decided to give it a go on Jack’s and it did reduce it by quite a lot so when they offered me the chance to review their new range of sun creams, I had to give them a try.

This review has been a while in the making as it seemed for a while we wouldn’t have much decent weather to try them out in –  but the weather must have heard my prayers and these recent heatwaves have been the perfect time to try them out.This new  sun care range is suitable for those with sensitive and also eczema-prone skin . They are a new formula suncream, spray and roll-on aimed at children who suffer from skin complaints during warm weather – which is equally suitable for adult skin. Sounded perfect for trying on Jack’s sensitive skin and also Olivia’s baby soft skin. It is available at the Childs Farm website or Boots online, plus Waitrose, Asda, Ocado and Boots in store.

But how is the Childs Farm suncream different? Developed for sensitive and eczema prone skin the gentle, unscented formula offers long lasting protection using organic filters to block damaging UVA and UVB rays.

In a user trial of 100 children with medically diagnosed eczema, aged between 0 and 18 months, 89% of parents said they would recommend the Childs Farm sun cream products to other parents of children with medically diagnosed eczema; 94% of parents said the products were easy to spread and 87% said that they were easy to absorb.

Now I must admit I wasn’t sure how to approach this review. What can you say about sun cream? After discussion with Steve, here’s our thoughts on the three new items in the Childs Farm range.

This cream is a 50+ SPF sun cream, water resistant UVA and UVB with very high protection. We’ve been using this on extremely hot days – especially when the kids are in the paddling pool. I want to make sure they’re fully protected and this cream claimed to offer very high protection. Did it work? Well my children haven’t had any sunburn whilst using it and unlike some sun creams which can be too thick, gloopy and hard to handle, this was easy to apply – even Jack can apply it carefully without too much mess. This retails at £12 and is available from Boots, Waitrose, Ocado, Amazon and childsfarm.com.

Now you can probably tell how much we’ve been using this sun spray as we even managed to lose the lid before I managed to take photos, oops. This has been a staple in our nappy bag for quick top ups as we are walking around the village and is lasting well, despite the consistent use. Again it is 50+ SPF, high protection and retails at £12. It is available exclusively in Boots stores nationwide.

Finally we tried the 70ml 50+ SPF Roll-on sun cream which retails at £10. This was the one we started using last but has already made it into daily rotation. Jack always applies this before he goes to school and this is great as it really gives him some responsibility. He can apply it easily without any mess and can control exactly how much he is applying which is great. With two children to slather in sun cream every morning, it is so handy to know that I can let Jack apply himself whilst I can oversee him and apply sun cream to his sister. This is available exclusively in Boots stores nationwide from 2018; you can find it in the baby and child aisle.

We love the roll on sun cream so much that we’ve got three to giveaway; one each to three lucky winners. So what do you need to do for your chance to win? Fill in the Rafflecopter below – this giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 20th of July 2018. Good luck!

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