Monday, 25 July 2016

LeapFrog My Pal Scout Giveaway

I have teamed up with LeapFrog to giveaway a My Pal Scout learning toy (£19.99).  Aimed at children 6-26 months this fabulous toy has 40+ songs for your child to enjoy and for the parents sanity there are lovely lullabies to help them sleep - very considerate of LeapFrog!

My Pal Scout can be personalised very easily (just connect to your computer) then he will helpfully know all your child’s favourite things (animal, food and colour) and be able to say your child’s name and spell it too.  This will help you children readily identify with their cute new toy and want to pick him up and learn more.  The features make them more attached to each other; I think that’s perfect if you want your child to start learning from an early age.  It gives them a real advantage as they get older.

It’s worth getting one of these when your child first reaches 6 months to get the maximum benefit out of the toy.  The learning songs and activities will really help with your child’s development, assisting them with numbers, colours and routines.  All the talking and singing to their much loved toy will also help develop their language skills.  Additionally they will have a better grasp of emotions too as that is another skill the toy focuses on.

My Pal Scout really does offer a lot for £19.99, making an excellent gift for birthdays.  When your child is a bit older (from two) you can move on to the Read With Me Scout – Leapfrog have so many educational toys to help you along your child’s development journey.

If you prefer a purple version you can buy My Pal Violet, depending on the preferences of your child.  If you would like to win a My Pal Scout please fill out the form below by the 27th of August.

Win a Leapfrog My Pal Scout Learning Toy

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Splendor Review and Giveaway

The summer holidays are here so I was glad we had a new board game to review, Splendor (RRP £24.99) is aimed at children 10+ but my seven year old who is used to playing allsorts of games as they arrive for the blog got the hang of it fine.  It’s actually quite a simple concept really easily explained in a few minutes but very addictive, today we have had four games of it and I would happily have played a few more except its time to write up this post and let one of you lucky readers win your own copy!

To sum up the game you basically want to be the gemstone merchant to get to 15 prestige first, you do this by buying up gemstones ideally using bonuses to make the gems more affordable.  If you get a certain combination you might be lucky enough to have a visiting nobleman, which grants you three additional prestige – I have yet to be fortunate enough to have this privilege as I seem to move sooo much slower than everyone else when it comes to collecting gemstones.  So its quite strategic really you need to plan ahead which gemstone bonuses would work best to your advantage.  Some of the cards also have prestige points on them so it’s a good idea to aim for those one when collecting gemstones.

The game starts off slowly but then becomes a race to get to the 15 points finish.  You are quite tense hoping the player after you doesn’t pick the card you had your sights on.  To get round this you can on your go reserve a card, I think I need to use this feature more as hubbie kept winning the game and that was one of the things he seemed to do quite regularly.

If you would like to win Splendor please fill out the form below by the 25th of August.

Win Splendor Game

Being Prepared - Back to School Supplies

Schools out for summer and we have started the seven week stretch!  But even though each day seems long I do find the weeks pass quite quickly overall.  Week one has been ticked off already, youngest battled a nasty sick bug, which was a tough five days, followed by a bit of fun at the back end of the week with visits to Gulliver’s World and the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm. We like to keep busy, whether its long walks, geocaching, metal detecting or visits to paid attractions – so I expect the weeks will soon whiz by!

I like to be organised ready for them going back as you never know quite what the summer might throw at you, I order uniform very early to leave time for it to arrive and I don’t want to leave it till last minute in case we are battling yet more bugs and I am too exhausted to think straight!

Plus when the uniform and other back to school supplies arrive you feel there is an end in sight!  As much as I love time with my little family I do find it hard too, I work from home and its hard juggling their entertainment needs (and stopping them throttling each other!) and meeting all my deadlines.

I feel a bit more prepared as I have their school bags already thanks to Debenhams.  We stuck with a Star Wars theme, as the boys are getting older they are more discerning and have their own ideas what they like.  As eldest will be entering year 5 (seriously how did that happen!!!) we went for the Force Awakens messenger bag (£14), I think that style of bag looks a bit more grown up and is a nice change from the regular backpack he used to favour.

Youngest had the backpack with a Storm Trooper (£12), after Britain’s Got Talent dancing Storm Troopers (Boogie Storm) he loves them more than ever!

We live quite rurally so its handy being able to order online from places like Debenhams without having to make the long journey to the city with the kids in tow!