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My Top Toys & Games To Take On Your Travels

With the holidays in full swing and only a couple of months until the Summer holidays I thought I wad write about the top toys and games that the boys love to take on our travels. From a long car journey in the UK for a few nights away or a flight abroad, when you have children keeping them entertained is crucial to a peaceful journey.

Archie is three so keeping him entertained is obviously a little harder at the moment then Oscar who is eight. So here are my top 10 toys and games to take on your travels……

Both the boys love arts and crafts and the Crayola Colour Wonder colouring books are great. They are completely mess free so great for in the car or on an aeroplane so they don’t accidentally get any pen anywhere. I also take them into restaurants on holiday for entertaining them at the table whilst waiting for our meals. Smyths Toys stock the books that come complete with the ‘magic’ pens and have an RRP of £6.49. I always keep a few of the books in the cupboard so I always have one when needed.

An obvious one is Lego. I always buy a couple of little boxes of Lego and Duplo before we go away. They are great for getting the boys to sit quietly in the shade for half an hour and build something.

Great-Nanny brought Archie a Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet which is fantastic. The tablet is £129.99 and comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee, 1 year of Fire For Kids Unlimited app download and a Kid-Proof Case, available in Blue, Pink and Yellow. For the money its a great deal and we have downloaded so many different apps. On my profile on it I have also downloaded Netfilx and some movies for Archie on Amazon Video. He loves it and plays little educational games on it, watches episodes of his favourite programmes and he likes having something like that of his own when Oscar is playing on his Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch is a great gaming console. We got it for Oscar for Christmas. It can be used at home in the playroom TV using the docking/charging station or as a handheld when out and about. The controls also detach from the device and using the inbuilt stand you can play against a friend using the device as a screen. He absolutely loves it and as he has never been into using an Ipad or a tablet likes to use his ‘screen’ time playing games like Mario Kart and Super Mario. The Switch is £279.99 and the games are around £40 each.

For an Easter gift Archie got the Masha and the Bear playhouse playset. He loves the programme and watches it on Netflix and we saw a TV advert for the playhouse and Archie really wanted it. He never asks for anything so we got it for him. Why it is on this list is because its nice and small and all fits inside it self and closes so you can take it on your travels. I didn’t know this when I ordered it but its brilliant and fits in my handbag!

Last year I brought some fantastic car road tape from We Are Kidly and stuck some on the aeroplane tray so Archie could play with his cars. I also used it on the sun lounger and on our hotel room floor. It comes off easily leaving no marks behind and the air hostess on the plane couldn’t believe how long it kept Archie entertained and what a genius idea it was. It is £11 for a roll and as well as road they also do a train track tape.

We love Orchard Toys and have tons of their games but they also sell different mini travel games for toddlers which are great. Archie loves playing games and doing puzzles so have mini versions to take away with you is a great idea. Oscar will join in too even if it is a bit easy/young for him.

Orchard Toys Animal Match Mini/Travel Game Orchard Toys Llamas in Pyjamas Mini / Travel GameOrchard Toys Little Bug Bingo Mini / Travel Game

When it comes to games Oscar loves Cluedo and Monopoly and games like that. But recently he has fallen in love with Top Trumps. We have a few sets of cards now, sports cars, predators and dinosaurs. They are the perfect size to fit in your bag and we take them to Nanny and Grandad’s on the weekend so they can play too. It is the perfect family travel game.

I hope you have found this useful and it’s given you a few ideas of how to keep your children entertained whilst traveling! Happy holidays!

Willows Farm Easter Eggstravaganza & NEW Mr Tod’s Lair

Today we were invited for a day out at Willows Activity Farm in London Colney, Hertfordshire to the opening of Mr Tod’s Lair and their amazing Easter eggstravaganza programme. We arrived at the farm at 9am for a lovely breakfast that had been put on for us and then a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit and the naughty Mr Tod himself. It was lovely to see the lovely Ruth from Rock N Roller Baby and Carolynne from Mummy Endeavours and their children.

We were then taken to the brand new Mr Tod’s Lair adventure playhouse which is absolutely amazing with tunnels, a Mr tod’s play kitchen and slides. The boys loved it and had lots of fun playing in it. There is also a new Mr Tod’s tasty treats kiosk with the most amazing smelling doughnuts and Super Squirrel Nutkin test agility course.

We then went around the rest of the farm using our Easter Eggstravaganza programme so that we didn’t miss out on anything. It is jam packed full of fun for all of the family to enjoy and is a full day out!

We took our Friends along with us and their daughter and they absolutely loved Willows and couldn’t believe how big it is and how much there is to do. We walked around the farmyard and fed the animals and held a guinea pig. The Easter chicks that have just hatched are adorable.

We then went on Tristan the Tractor who drove us around a circuit surrounded by cows, sheep and pigs and through the decorated Easter scene. It is very sweet, with Easter songs playing for the children (and adults) to sing along to. As you are walking around the farm you also have a fun hunt and you have to find the answers hidden around the farm and then at the end of the day hand in your completed form to claim your prize!

Next up was the watched the cow milking demonstration and then the Peter Rabbit show. The Peter Rabbit and friends costumes are so good, just like in the hit TV show. Archie is Peter Rabbit mad at the moment after watching the Peter rabbit movie last week and absolutely loved seeing Peter today. He was a bit wary of Mr Tod!

We then went in the Peter Rabbit adventure playground which is amazing, the boys love it. It is full of musical instruments, interactive games and outdoor play. It is perfect for the dry weather and you can sit for ages watching the kids have fun in the treehouse, Mrs Tiggywinkle’s house and Mr McGregor’s garden and potting shed.

We then placed our bets for the Pig Race. It’s hilarious watching the pigs race around the track and all the adults getting super competitive. Over by the animal race track is the holiday events showground which obviously at the moment is set up for an Easter Egg hunt in the Easter Garden. You have to find 5 different coloured eggs to then go to the egg exchange and get five chocolate eggs.

We went for lunch inside the Woolly jumpers play barn, the boys had a kids meal deal and we had a salad and a jacket potato. They have a massive menu with something for everyone. The four of us ate for around £20. The boys then went into the soft play to run around and go on the slides.

After lunch and a play we went back outside and went on the playground and the woodland play trail. We had such a lovely day as always at Willow’s!  The Easter Eggstravaganza programme is running from today the 24th March until the 15th of April and would make a great family day out during the Easter Holidays. If you book your tickets online you will save money, your ticket price is all your pay and everything inside the farm is included; the fairground ride, inflatables, tractor ride etc is all included.

On the door for the Easter Eggstravaganza, adults are £21, children over 2 are £22, under 2’s are free, over 60’s are £20 and a disabled adult or child is £12. Like I mentioned above you can save money by booking online prior to your visit.

We will be going back in the Easter holidays to do it all again as its just a fantastic fun filled day out!

Happy Easter!

#Blogmas Day 8: The Stick Man Live Review

Yesterday we went into London with a few of Archie’s friends and their Mummy’s to see The Stick Man Live at Leicester Square Theatre. We took the train as we thought the boys would enjoy it, but I wish now that we had driven. Getting around on the London Underground with pushchair’s is a mission, one that I will never do again! Also on the way home we were evacuated off of our train as there was an issue with a vulnerable lady trying to jump off the platform at the next station and we ended up having to get a cab the rest of the way home!

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Anyway rant about trains over we arrived at the theatre and were given our tickets which were front row seats. My friend kindly brought Archie a stick man cuddly toy which he absolutely loves and they sell them for £10 each. We then brought some popcorn, grabbed a booster seat and sat in our seats ready for the show.

What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?

We booked the 11am show which was a good time rather than lunch time when the kids would have been hungry. We also got an absolute bargain with tickets only costing £23 in total for Archie and I.

From the minute the show started Archie was completely engrossed, dancing along to all of the songs and having so much fun. There are only three people in the show and its amazing how they can pull off such a fantastic show between the three of them and not that many props. It really was an amazing show!

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The actors also interacted with the children, throwing a beach ball into the crowd, which Archie caught and threw back to them. It was really good.

The show runs for 55 minutes, which is perfect and not to long that the children get fidgety. Afterwards the cast kindly had a photo with Archie and his friends.

The show was absolutely fantastic and if your little one is a fan of The Stick Man then this stage show is a must!

The next shows are:

  • 18 – 24 DEC MILTON KEYNES The Stables
  • 26 DEC – 12 JAN BIRMINGHAM Town Hall

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Merry Christmas!

My First Scalextric Review

A few weeks ago Oscar and Archie were sent the My First Scalextric set to review.  Archie is absolutely obsessed with cars at the moment and I knew he would love a Scalextric set of his own.

The track is super easy to assemble and only tool a couple of minutes which was good as Archie was hoovering over me in excitement ready to play. It is aimed at children aged 3+ and after a few goes with Oscar teaching him Archie had got it and raced around the track without holding the controller at full speed and crashing.

With a five year age gap between the boys it was nice to watch them play with something properly together and have great fun racing against each other. Within the set comes two rally cars; yellow and red although the set is fully compatible with the Micro Scalextric range of sets and cars, allowing you to extend your track and add new cars. I have brought a few more cars for Archie for Christmas to add to his collection.

Scalextric is one of those toys that every generation of our family has owned. My Dad had a huge track with loads of cars when he was little, then my brother had a track and now my boys. As they get older we want to build a huge track and have a Scalextric room in the loft where they can keep their rack out and race over and over again. Scalextric is a proper traditional family toy that every age group can enjoy and is always a great gift at Christmas as you can have a lots of races with all the family!

The controls have magnatraction technology helps to keep the cars on the track, and variable hand-controllers allow the speed of racing to be adjusted depending on skill level which is great when you have your little racers starting out for the first time.

The My First Scalextric set is only £39.99 and there is free standard delivery over £30! Order now ready for Christmas!

Disclaimer: We were gifted this item for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own!

The Stokke Xplory Onyx Black Winter Kit Review

In my opinion the Stokke Xplory is the most unique looking Pushchair on the market and stands out from the crowd. I often get comments about how modern it looks from other Mum’s and it’s defiantly  a much more trendier and fashionable pushchair. So when we were sent the Stokke Xplory Onyx Black Winter Kit I was very excited!

You will have seen in the Summer I jazzed up my sleek black Xplory with the blue Stokke summer kit and now with Winter well and truly here my Stokke is now wearing its Winter kit in Onyx Black. To be honest I hate the cold and Winter is just not for me but with the gorgeous sheepskin fur, the Stokke Onyx Black Winter Kit has certainly given me something to smile about.

As well as looking great it keeps little Archie lovely and warm and the pop on front storm cover keeps him shielded from the cold weather. His little cheeks go so red and sore in the Winter and having the storm cover protecting him from the wind when we are out and about makes it so much better!

Doesn’t Archie Look Cosy?!

Inside the Winter Kit box which as an RRP of £255.00 and comes in three lovely different colours; the Onyx Black, Bronze Brown and Pearl White is the sheepskin fur insulated hood which is just gorgeous, the seat rear textile cover, the sheepskin care brush, the storm cover and a pair of sheepskin lined mittens that attach easily to the handlebar and keeps my hands lovely and warm!

Being able to switch up the look and style of my Stokke Xplory is great fun and with so many kits and colours to choose from there is a style for everyone. I’m always excited to see Stokke’s new style when the new season comes around.

I absolutely love our Stokke Winter kit and the material is so durable and easy to wipe down which means keeping my Xplory clean and looking great is super easy! Especially in the Winter when it’s in my car boot sometimes mud gets on the fabric but as it’s wipeable I use a baby wipe and it looks as good as new!

Having a gorgeous pushchair to look at everyday has certainly made this cold Winter a bit more bearable! Take a look at the Stokke website to see for yourself!

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Disclaimer: We were sent the Winter Kit for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are honest and my own and I absolutely love my Xplory and the Stokke Xplory Onyx Black Winter Kit.

Our Super Yummies Adventure & Competition

Last week Archie was sent some fabulous adventure goodies from The Super Yummies so we could go on an adventure of our own over the weekend. We had the ultimate discovery pack when keeping both Oscar and Archie entertained when out and about.

As well as The Super Yummies snacks we had a LittleLife rabbit rucksack and reins, a Hello Nature art book and a nature art activity book. Both the boys were thrilled, Archie loves his LittleLife rucksack and Oscar loves art and craft and thought the books were fantastic. His exact phrase was “epic”.


So on Saturday we went to the farm and had a fantastic day exploring and having fun. We stopped mid-morning for a snack and the Pear and Berries rice cakes went down a treat and are great for a quick and easy refuel snack and on when we went. The rice cakes are suitable for 12 months plus. They are the perfect size for little hands and taste really fruity and without sounding cliché are super yummy! Oscar pinched a few too and loved them. It is great when you find a snack that both boys will love and comes in convenient sized packs to always carry around with you!


Archie loves being out of the pushchair now and free to run around when we are out, although sometimes I lose count of how many times he runs around at a hundred miles an hour and falls over. Today he wore his adorable little rabbit LittleLife backpack and reins that carried his snacks and water beaker inside and then as we walked around I held onto the reins and he managed to stay on his feet. The backpacks are a fantastic idea, in fact years ago we had a shark one with Oscar. We took it everywhere with us as it easily fits under the pushchair or I used to attach it to my changing bag. It is really one of those ‘wow’ products that makes your life so much easier and you can’t live without. No more panicking that Archie is getting too close to the water when feeding the ducks and him refusing to hold my hand (he is Mr Independent). A lot of people also commented on how cute his backpack was with the little rabbit ears.


At lunch Archie had some of the tomato and herb breadsticks. I love that they are flat which is easier for him to hold and actually he manages to eat all of it rather than crumbling everywhere like breadsticks usually do. They also come in a resealable packet which is great, rather than having to put them in a bulky container in my bag to keep them fresh. Once again they are full of flavour and taste lovely, even Daddy liked them!


The fruit pouches are perfect for an after lunch treat/pudding and have rescrewable lids so can be eaten on the go. Archie loves to feed himself with these and sucks all the yumminess out. Archie loves yoghurts and often gets in a right mess when trying to use a spoon, although this is great fun at home it’s not ideal if you are out and about and the pouches just save the day!



The apple and orange rice cakes were definitely Archie’s favourite and by the time we left Willows Farm the packet was empty. He literally walked around with them eating one after the other. I managed to prise one off him so I could try it too but nobody else got a look in. They do taste really good, I can see myself eating them as a snack, just don’t tell Archie.

Here is the full Super Yummies range:

Breadsticks: spinach breadsticks, tomato & herb breadsticks which are 12 months +

Rice cakes: pear & berries rice cakes, apple & orange rice cakes which are 12 months +

Pouches:  apple & forest fruits yoghurt, strawberry, kiwi & banana squeeze, mixed berries & coconut squeeze which are 12 months +

Slices and pieces: beetroot & parsnip slices, strawberry & yoghurt pieces, banana & yoghurt pieces which Archie hasn’t tried yet as they are 36 months +

Both flavours of rice cakes, the two flavours of breadsticks, the fruit pouches and the slices and pieces follow The Super Yummies promise:

With our little discovery pack we also have a sheet full of fun mini adventure ideas. Check out my Instagram to see lots of The Super Yummies mini adventures over the Winter! I would love to see your photos too, so don’t forget to tag me in them.

The Super Yummies and LittleLife have kindly given me one discovery pack to give away to one lucky reader. So enter below and good luck!

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Disclaimer: We were sent the above mentioned Super Yummies snacks and adventure kit for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions are honest and my own.

Our Puddle Adventures With HIPP

As you may well have seen it has been an exciting few months for HIPP Organic with the launch of their baby bath range and now their brand new yummy fruity muesli with crispy ducks and porridge pouches. The perfect breakfast’s for your little ones tummy on a cold morning.  The porridge pouches are the only ones available in the UK making breakfast even easier if you are in a rush or travelling.


HIPP’s delicious cereals are made with the finest organic ingredients, providing toddlers with a healthy nutritious breakfast to start the day. With the boys food I always try and give them organic wherever possible and starting off the day with a nice filling organic cereal is fantastic. The cereal and porridge are designed to give your little one a healthy start to the day and make breakfast time a little more fun, the HiPP Organic Fruity Muesli with Crispy Ducks contains the finest organic cereal and have no added sugar. Archie loved the ducks and kept picking them out and eating them all at the end.


Each Porridge Pouch contains one of five-a-day and encourages little ones to try a range of different flavours; pear, apple and apricot and a fruity porridge and also a apple and peach porridge. Archie likes feeding himself with them, Oscar likes them too and between school and his swimming lesson the other day he had one in the car as a snack. I have tasted all three flavours myself and they taste really nice.

HIPP also kindly sent Archie the sweetest duck rain coat, umbrella and wellies, which he absolutely loves. When I say love he has become slightly obsessed with his wellies and wears them everywhere. Even when we were housebound last week as he had chickenpox he wore them all around the house and even to bed!


We have been out, thanks to the rainy weather jumping and splashing in puddles and having great fun. To be honest at the start he looked at me like I was mad when I was jumping up and down getting soaked. He soon joined in the fun and loved it!

One thing you may not know about HIPP is they are the only large, family-run company in baby food, HiPP Organic is passionate about natural and organic products to provide little ones with the best start in life. Also knowing they are a family-run company gives me confidence in the brand itself. Visit their website for more details on the brand and their fantastic ranges.


Disclaimer: We were sent the range of pouches and cereal for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are honest and my own. We were also gifted a raincoat, wellies and an umbrella.

Similac Growing Up Milk

After I stopped breastfeeding I started Archie on the growing up milk when he was 12 months old and choose to do so as the growing up milk provided all the key nutrients to support Archie’s toddler growth and development as well as his immune system. When our Similac growing up milk arrived I liked the purple tin and also how big the formula scoop is, as some scoops can be very small and when poured into formula some sticks into the smaller scoop where as the Similac scoop was fine. As soon as it arrived I switched Archie straight over and was anxious that he might notice but he took to the milk straight away with no problems what so ever, to be honest I was surprised how easy it was to switch as I had switched between growing up milks before and Archie pushed the new milk away and I had to revert back to his old one.

Preparing the Similac growing up milk couldn’t be easier. Having the larger scoop is great as you obviously need less scoops per bottle and in the middle of the night this can make a big difference as when I was scooping 7 scoops with his old milk it used to cause a right mess when I was half asleep at 3am! To prepare Archie’s bottles I have always used a bottle preparation machine so making a bottle is quick and easy and only takes two minutes. When preparing Archie’s bottle the instructions are clear and easy to follow with diagrams next to each step. You add one scoop of powder per 60ml and Archie has a 180ml bottle so I simply added three scoops. It is quick and simple to prepare.

When choosing a follow on milk for Archie I spent a while in the baby aisle at our local supermarket comparing the tins. It was important to me that the milk helped support his growth and development and gave him the added nutrients that he needed. The Similac follow on milk ticks so many boxes. It contains vitamins A and C to support you little ones normal immune system function, calcium and vitamin D to support normal growth and development of bone, Iron to support normal cognitive development and normal immune system function and Linoleic acid to support normal growth. On top of that it contains no palm oil, is suitable for vegetarians and is suitable for Halal and Kosher diets.

I also look for a brand that has a big name and Similac has been a trusted, leading brand around the World since 1925. In June of this year Abbott then launched the Similac range in the UK which is on sale exclusively in Boots, online and in store to support us Mum’s in the UK and provide our babies with key ingredients to support their nutritional needs. With the Similac tin of growing up milk, there was a brochure full of information about the growing up milk and the brand heritage and you can see that a lot of attention and thought has gone in to it and this impressed me and reassured me that this was a brand I could trust.

The Similac Growing Up Milk has an RRP of £14.00 and is sold at Boots online or in stores.

So will I be making the switch and sticking with Similac?

The answer is yes. Archie seems to like it and it is slightly quicker to prepare, it also has everything I want in a growing up milk for Archie. I have already ordered another tin and I can order it online and have it delivered to my local small store for next day pick up. I would recommend the Similac Growing Up Milk to other parents as I think once you see the tin and read up on the nutritional information you will see how great it really is!

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Important notice: Breastfeeding is best for babies and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Breastfeeding provides many benefits to both mother and baby. It is difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional for advice on how to feed your baby.

Disclaimer: I have been sponsored by Similac to try Similac Growing Up Milk and write about it on my blog. All opinions are my own.

The New Teletubbies Magazine Review

Two of Archie’s favourite things are reading books with Oscar and the Teletubbies that he watches religiously every morning before breakfast. So when we were asked to review the new Teletubbies magazine it was perfect for Archie.

When I gave it to Archie he immediately said ‘Eh-Oh’ and ‘Happy happy happy’ which is his new favourite saying! We sat at his little table and went through the magazine. It is full with fun and educational activities to keep your little toddler entertained for hours and with help your little one develop the early years skills they need. The magazine also came with a free Laa-Laa bedtime set which Archie put with his other Teletubbie toys. Archie is quite particular with his toys, just like Oscar was and when the Teletubbies come on the TV he always gets out all his toys around him.

Here is a short video to show you what Archie thought.

The magazine is jam packed full of activities from dot to dot, counting and a counting chart, colouring, stories, stickers, a dancing game and so much more. What I thought was a great touch is that the stickers are huge which are perfect for Archie’s small podgy little fingers and they didn’t just rip when he pulled them off the page which was great. Ripped stickers can lead to the nightmare of all meltdowns with a 21 month old!

Overall I am really impressed with the Teletubbies magazine and at only £2.99 for so many activities and a toy I think it is great value and will continue buying it for Archie as he has really enjoyed the first issue. 10 out of 10 from us!

Disclaimer: We were sent the Teletubbies magazine for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are honest and my own (and Archie’s).