Movie Night With Toy Story

What memories does the year 1995 conjure up for you?

Well you may be surprised to know that it was the year both Yahoo and EBay hit the World Wide Web, the biggest hit of the year  was Unchained Melody by Robson and Jerome and amazingly the cult classic Toy Story graced the big screen.

Even as a stroppy teen the story of Andy and his much loved toys grabbed my heart and is a film that I will never tire of watching.

I have passed my love of these films down to my children and over the years the characters have filled our home time and time again.

At the moment it is Frankie and Oscar that are the biggest fans and we often drag our moth eaten Woody around from place to place…in fact that little cowboy has certainly had a fair share of adventures with us over the years.

It’s not only the films that get watched and toys that are played with. Oscar’s favourite shoes are his Buzz Lightyear Vans that have ‘Andy’ embleshed on the sole.

When we were asked by B&M Stores and Thinkway Toys to keep the love of Toy Story alive by having a movie night complete with cosy blankets, popcorn and retro sweets with Woody and Buzz as company I knew the boys would be over the moon.

Sadly our Buzz went to the toy hospital in the sky a while ago now and as I said Woody is looking a little worse for wear so we were very happy to get the chance to play with some new characters.

The boys sat chomping on their goodies transfixed to the original Toy Story just as if it was the first time they had watched it.

It was in fact 2010 since Toy Story 3 was released and with the upcoming release of the fourth movie in 2019 it is lovely to be able to reach for the DVD and keep the love for this movie going and the anticipation for the next one high!

If you love Toy Story as much as us then you can’t miss our Twitter party that is taking place on 27th June from 1-2.30pm where there will be plenty of Toy Story chat and the chance to win some B&M vouchers.

So put the date in your diary and I look forward to tweeting you soon.

Welcoming Baby Anabell’s Baby Brother 

A while ago Oscar was over the moon to have his first dolly that he was allowed to love and look after.

He named her Sue and she had been one of his favourite toys ever since.

When Sue arrived I spoke a lot about the stigma and stereotypical feelings that people still have towards boys playing with dolls and it really is something that over time I hope will be quashed.

I think that one of the things that doesn’t help with this issue is the fact that the majority of dolls on the market are girls.

You walk into a sea of pink in most toy stores when it comes to the baby doll section and it is very rare to see a little boy.

If you do happen to come across one they tend to be your bog standard doll that offered nothing more than being just that.

That is why when I saw Baby Annabell’s Little Brother I was extremely interested to find out what he offered and knew that he would make a wonderful friend for baby ‘Sue’.

Oscar’s eyes lit up when ‘John’ as he has been named arrived.

His super cuddly body came dressed in a beautifully soft blue romper with a matching hat and bib.

It wasn’t long before Oscar spotted the bottle and dummy and was intrigued at how he could give him a drink and comfort him with the dummy.

To his amazement he went from being a settled baby that was peacefully sleeping to a unsettled little one that cried real tears!

Cleverly though with a little bit of soothing and rubbing he soon settled again and showed his contentment with a few wriggles.

The highlight of any interactive dolls for my children is the feeding and Oscar was not disappointed here.

We filled the bottle with some water and once the feeding started he began to move his eyes and mouth in and extremely life like fashion.


Feeding complete it was now time for a nappy change that I encourage the boys to do in imaginative play as it is not going to come from learnt behaviour from their dad!

Oscar really loved Baby Annabell’s baby brother and he had become a welcome part of our family.

I love the fact that alongside the imaginative play that is bought out by using this doll the ability to grow a child’s loving and nurturing side is easy with the fact the doll can be visibly soothed by a bit of TLC.

It is a really welcome change to see a male doll with all these great additional features and I’m sure he would be a welcome addition to any toy box.

*I was given this doll for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.

Bob The Builder Switch & Fix Bob:Review

Bob The Builder has graced our screens for many years now and all of my children have love to watch his adventures.

My youngest is a huge fan at the moment so when we were asked to try out the new Switch & Fix Bob I know that he would be the perfect tester.

I love a toy that allows children to use their imagination to its full potential and Switch and Fix Bob did just this.

The cheery looking Bob comes kitted out with everything he needs to do what he does best.

He is suitable for children aged 3+ and is available for RRP £19.99.

His trusty tool belt holds a jackhammer, saw and auger drill bit that rotates until you come across the bit that you need for the job simply by pressing down on Bob’s safety helmet.

 Once the bit is selected another press on this hat will release the bit so he is ready to get on with the job at hand. it also activates flashing lights and familiar phrases from the show that made Oscar’s face light up as soon as he heard them.

Each bit is translucent so once it is attached to Bob’s drill and pressed against a firm surface it lights up and makes construction sounds just like the real thing.

Oscar had a brilliant time selecting the right tool for the job and moving around the house and garden pretending to sort all those little jobs that Daddy hasn’t got around to doing!

As I said earlier this toy is great for imaginative play, helps with the development of fine motor skills by switching around the drill bits and allows you to have a talk though the importance of safety around real tools with the clever addition of a safety visor for Bob to wear.


Bob kept Oscar engaged for a good while and the set up is simple so its a toy he can easy go to for independent play whenever he feels like it.

He was a real hit in our house and I would love to know if this is a toy your little ones would enjoy?

*We were given this toy for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.

 

 

Swapbots:A New Generation Off Augmented Reality 

I have written several times about the perils of screen time and how it has had a detrimental effect on our family.

My teen has had several periods where he has been drawn in by the addictive world of gaming and it has really taken over his life.

This said though the world we live in today is driven by technology and for children to get on this is an integral part of their learning that can be hugely benificial if used in the correct way.

The people behind the fantastic new augmented reality toy-Swapbots have come up with the perfect solution to this.

Swapbots are collectable toys that through the use of augmented reality creative an amazing interactive video game that is based around a physical toy.

Swapbots are formed of a set of nine characters of which each character is made up by three interchanging blocks.

Each block has its own superpower and can be chopped and changed to make your own unique character.

This amazingly  amounts to a huge seven thousand and twenty nine character combinations that can be brought to life through the free Swapbots app that is easily downloadable on your device of choice.

All the player needs to do is select their  character combination, point their  device at the toy and watch it come to life in front of their eyes.

From here the Swapbots can be cared for, taken on exciting adventures or pitted at battle with each other.

Many of you may worry they this is just another pull into the lost world of screen time, but as I said in reality we live in a technology driven world and this is so much more than just your run of the mill gaming app.

It encourages thier problem solving skills, allows them to use thier imagination and allows interaction with the outside world whilst using elements from the digital world.

Take a look at it in action HERE 

*collaborated post 

L.O.L Surprise Meet And Greet With Toys And Me

Toys And Me

Half term is only a few days away and I’m sure you are all pulling your hair out thinking of ways to keep the children occupied.

Well if you head over to Westfields, Shepherds Bush on Monday there is the chance to have a meet and great with ‘Toys And Me’ a huge YouTube star who is there to introduce you all to the fantastic new collection of collectables called L.O.L Surprise.

It is a ticket only event but the tickets are free and each ticket holder will receive a doll at the event. 

Tickets can be ordered by simply clicking through to this link ‘here’

We are going along to join in the fun and can’t wait. I know that my YouTube obsessed daughter is itchy to meet Toys And Me and get to see what L.O.L Surprise have to offer!

Num Noms #UnBoxingDay

Boxing Day is here and what better way to celebrate than by unboxing the brand new third series of the super cute Num Noms.

These super cute characters are interchangeable characters that you can have fun mixing and matching as you please to create your own flavour combination.

The ‘Nums’ are the squishy outer shell and the ‘Noms’ are the harder ones that are filled with lipgloss or light up.

I wasn’t to sure who they would be most aimed for in this house but number three had to fight with the boys over them as the cute creatures were loved by everyone.

In the new series it was hard to chose a favourite from the huge range.

One of our favourites was the Peyton Peppermint which was very Christmassy!

The boys favourites were the light up Noms with the cherry coming out on top.

Number three spent ages stacking, mixing and of course trying out each and every lipgloss.

Straw-Nana was a hit but the Cucumber Melon not so!
The series came in a great reusable package that makes keeping them together a lot easier.

These little cuties have been a huge hit in this house and I would love to find out what your favourites are.

*we were given these toys for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions 

Mr Tumble Spotty Bag And Interactive Toy Review


There is not a child I know that hasn’t at some point had a love for Mr Tumble.

His bright, engaging character has had all of mine glued to the TV screen and is currently number five’s absolute favourite.

When we were asked to try out a couple of toys from the new collection I knew he would be more than happy to give them a try.

One of the things that Mr Tumble is notorious for is his spotty bag.

This scaled down bag with adjustable straps is perfect to sit on little shoulders and with its bright colours and different textured materials it works perfectly to stimulate their senses.

Inside there are five cards with Makaton signs that he has loved to try and create himself.


The next toy we tried out was the Mr Tumble with fun tumble tap.


This cuddly, soft Mr Tumble has the tumble tap to hand at all times which comes with five different icons that show some of his favourite phrases.

Number five’s face lit up each time he came across a new phrase and soon started to mimick the familiar words.


As well as this he sings two songs which we all ended up joining in with whilst he cute red nose lit up.


Both of these toys were a real hit and I love that as well as being a familiar face from the TV they help with building his knowledge of touch, sound recognition and dexterity.

We are now looking to see what else we can add from the range.

Are your little ones fans of Mr Tumble?