Casdon Supermarket Till Review

As a family that has children with special and additional needs, we love toys that focus on role play and learning. All children learn through play and this is especially important if your child has additional needs. The Casdon Supermarket till is the ideal toy to add to our collection of educational toys.
The Casdon Supermarket till can be purchased from Argos, ToysRus, Boots and Amazon and retails at £15.00. The till requires 2 batteries to power the touch-sensitive screen, the buttons can be used as a calculator and there is a microphone! The scanner doesn't make any noise but has a working trigger to scan your items. The till open and closes and contains notes and coins. There is also a scale for weighing your fruit on and a fab chip and pin machine for their own credit card.
The supermarket till also comes with a great selection of branded food to further your child's play options. The working calculator means you can really bring a new dimension of play to your child and introduce some maths. You can tell them how much the items cost and they can add it up on the working calculator.
I was interested in seeing how Miss S would respond to this toy, she loves to go to the shops and loves coins. She attends a specialist school and I know she has been using coins to help with maths and as predicted she went straight for the coins and started counting them.
She also enjoyed playing with the pretend food items and even used the scanner to scan her food. It was great to see her using some copied play scenarios and is great for her development. She really struggles with play, so it was lovely to see her actually doing it. The supermarket till is well-made from moulded plastic and all the pieces apart from the food and coins are attached. I would definitely recommend it for some imaginative play opportunities and for just £15 it's a great price.
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Mandy
*This post features press samples, see my work with me page for more information

Win £30 To Spend At Party Bags And Supplies

I am collaborating with Party Bags and Supplies on a giveaway, they are an online specialist party suppliers of children's and adults / teens party supplies for all occasions. They stock all the latest and popular child's party theme products such as Baby Shower, 1st Birthday Party, Classic themes like Dinosaur, Pirate, Princess, Sea Theme etc. and the latest party themes such as Minions, popular with both boys and girls, Avengers, Big Hero, Frozen Ice Skating, Paddington for the little ones, Jurassic World as well as ever popular Disney Princess, Minnie & Mickey Mouse.
They have offered the chance for one reader the chance to spend £30 om their online store! They do some great full party kits, balloons, party bags, party poppers and even birthday badges. They are a one stop shop for all your children's party needs. They also do great Halloween, Christmas and New Year ranges, so it could be the perfect time to stock up. For your chance to win just enter via the gleam widget below and do read the terms & conditions before entering.
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Open to UK & Ireland residents over 18years. 1 prize for 1 winner, chosen at random via widget. All entry methods are optional. Come back each day for extra entries. Winner contacted within 3 days of giveaway ending. If they do no respond within 28 day a new winner will be chosen. Your details will be passed to the PR/Company and nobody else. Delivery is the responsibility of the PR/Company. Raising the Rainbows is not responsible for any damaged or missing prizes. Please allow upto 28 days for prize to arrive. The company reserve the right to substitute the prize for one of similar value, if original isn't available. Bulk or automated entries will be disqualified. Giveaway open till 11.59pm on 25th October 2016.
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Vileda Supermocio Kit Giveaway

I have spent some of the last week testing out the fab Wring & Clean turbo mop and bucket from Vileda. Having previously used a steam mop to do my daily chores, this piece of kit has turned me back to the mopping world. You can see my Youtube demo below.
Following this I am now teaming up with Vileda to offer 2 of my readers the chance to feel some Vileda love. I have 2 of the Vileda Supermocio kits to giveaway, with its unique 3D smart fibre zones for ultimate dirt, hair and particle pick-up, there’s no job too tough; the non-scratch spot erasers remove dirt and stubborn marks, while the 3D smart fibres not only trap dirt particles, they also release the dirt and hairs entirely into the water in the bucket.  If that’s not enough, the super-absorbent microfibre zone is ideal for cleaning up grease and soaking up water.
For your chance to win 1 of the 2 sets below just enter via the gleam widget below and do take a read of the terms and conditions before entering.
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Open to UK & Ireland residents over 18years. 2 prizes for 2 winners, chosen at random via widget. All entry methods are optional. Come back each day for extra entries. Winner contacted within 3 days of giveaway ending. If they do no respond within 28 day a new winner will be chosen. Your details will be passed to the PR/Company and nobody else. Delivery is the responsibility of the PR/Company. Raising the Rainbows is not responsible for any damaged or missing prizes. Please allow upto 28 days for prize to arrive. The company reserve the right to substitute the prize for one of similar value, if original isn't available. Bulk or automated entries will be disqualified. Giveaway open till 11.59pm on 25th October 2016.
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The 50 Questions Tag Part 2

I took part in the 50 questions tag, it's rather long so I split it into 2 parts. You can see part one here. I hope you enjoy part 2!

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Mandy
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Play Expo Is Back!


PLAY Expo, the North's biggest and best-loved gaming exhibition is returning for its fifth year, with the 2016 vintage set to take place at EventCity in Manchester on October 8 and 9 – the opportunity for both veteran and newcomer gamers to come together for two days of gaming madness.

Renowned soft drinks brand Red Bull has teamed up with PLAY Expo to host the northern qualifier for its Red Bull 5G tournament. The challenge will see gamers battle it out on iconic gaming titles Hearthstone, League of Legends, Project Cars, Rocket League or Street Fighter V. The winner will be flown to Japan later this year for an all-expenses paid trip. Who said playing video games would never get you anywhere?
Guests will be treated to the largest Tomb Raider panel ever assembled in honor of the 20th anniversary of gaming's first lady of adventure. Hosted by SkySports™ eSports commentator Matt Andrews, fans will be able to engage in a Q&A with the panel as well as hear untold stories from the development of the series, take part in photo shoots and meet the game designers.

The first addition to the line-up is UK developer Rebellion's stunning Virtual Reality (VR) reboot of Battlezone. Designed for the next generation of VR devices,Battlezone delivers intense, first-person tank warfare across gorgeous neon landscapes, combining the instant adrenaline of the arcade with a deeper tactical challenge.  Visitors to PLAY Expo will be amongst the first in the world to sample the high intensity experience for themselves, competing again each other in thrilling state-of-the-art VR settings.

PLAY Expo Manchester is also proud to announce that this year's event will be accompanied by some big names from the gaming world including Ian Livingstone CBE, whose work spreads from the multi-million selling Fighting Fantasy gamebooks series to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Mevlut Dinc, an award-winning veteran of the games industry particularly known for his work on Enduro Racer and Last Ninja 2.

Other highlights include Europe’s biggest retro gaming area, Indie developers, a huge Cosplay stage and masquerade and the biggest Minecraft Zone to date plus much, much more. 

Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events, said: “We're incredibly excited about PLAY Expo returning to Manchester, a hotbed of gaming talent and where the community has continued to thrive in recent years. We've already had huge interest in the event and are anticipating a full house over the two days."

Weekend tickets start at £20 whilst day tickets start at £12.  To book your tickets now, visit http://www.playexpomanchester.com

Sing-A-Ma-Lings Review

A few weeks ago we were sent 2 Sing-a-ma-lings to try out and have some fun with. Sing-a-ma-lings are available from Argos priced at £9.99 and there are 6 of the brightly coloured characters available to collect.
The Sing-A-Ma-Lings are a bunch of huggable goofy characters that have laugh-out-loud silly voices and get you singing! They can also harmonise with you and with each other. Just press their bellies to enjoy three ways to play. You press their hand to change mode, then squeeze their tummy to try!
Each sing-a-ma-lings makes its own sound and if you have more than one then you can make them harmonise with each other. The 3 modes of play can be switched by pressing the button in their hand. They sing their own song, sing together and have their own language. They even open their mouths when they sing and you see their white teeth.
Miss S likes an interactive toy, so I knew she would like these. She was drawn to their bright colours instantly. It didn't take her long to figure out that if you press their hand you can change the mode of play either. She liked the interaction between the sing-a-ma-lings to and enjoyed making them sing together. She got lots of enjoyment overall with them. I also showed her the sing-a-ma-lings Youtube Channel and she loves watching the videos of them singing all different songs. Her favourite song was definitely row your boat. 
The Sing-a-ma-lings went down a storm in our house and I am sure they will in yours too! For less than £10 they are good value and if your child likes music then it's definitely the toy for them.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
*This post features press samples, see my work with my page for more information.

Join Me For A #PuppyInMyPocket Party

If you are around on Wednesday afternoon then make sure you are over on twitter following me and UkMumsTv. We are hosting along with some other fab bloggers a Puppy In My Pocket Twitter party. We have been sent a party box to get the fun started.
There is going to be cake, toys to play with and lots of fun activities to take part in. We have invited some of our special friends and we are all going to have some Puppy In My Pocket Fun! We have a colouring activity, matching pairs, word search and lots more.
When the party is over out guests get top take a bit of the Puppy In My Pocket action home with them in their very own party bags. If you want to win some of your own Puppy In My Pocket goodies then make sure you join in!
Wednesday 28th September - 1pm-3pm
Twitter -UKMumsTv & Rtr_blog
Follow #PuppyInMyPocket, retweet and answer UkMumsTv tweets
See You There
Mandy
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Love Chin Chin Giveaway

Love Chin Chin is the West African sweet snack sensation that ‘crunches like a biscuit, tastes like a cake!’ Made from 100% natural ingredients it’s the tastiest snack you may never have tried. A crunchy, tasty bite that’s a real treat at any time of the day and perfect for sharing. It is available in 4 delicious flavours vanilla, cinnamon, chilli and lemon. They are perfect as a little afternoon snack, you can heat them for a few seconds in the microwave for a warm snack, crumble them up as a dessert topping or even use them for a pie or cake base. 

I have teamed up with Love Chin Chin to give one reader the chance to win their choice of 12 packets of Love Chin Chin. You can choose from the 4 delicious flavours on offer. For your chance to win just enter via the widget below and do read the terms and conditions before entering.
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Terms and Conditions
Open to UK & Ireland residents over 18years. 1 prize for 1 winner, chosen at random via widget. All entry methods are optional. Come back each day for extra entries. Winner contacted within 3 days of giveaway ending. If they do no respond within 28 day a new winner will be chosen. Your details will be passed to the PR/Company and nobody else. Delivery is the responsibility of the PR/Company. Raising the Rainbows is not responsible for any damaged or missing prizes. Please allow upto 28 days for prize to arrive. The company reserve the right to substitute the prize for one of similar value, if original isn't available. Bulk or automated entries will be disqualified. Giveaway open till 11.59pm on 19th October 2016.
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The Gym Chef - Tower Of Power Giveaway

As an active slimmer, I am always looking for ways to add some flavour to my food without adding calorific sauces. The Gym Chef provide a whole range of spices and flavourings that you can add to your meat or veggies from just £3.99 per tub. The spice tubs are resealable, so perfect for reusing and adding lovely flavours to your food every day.
The Tower Or Power contains 6 of the best spices: Peri Peri, Tandoori, Garlic & Herb, Lemon & Herb, Smoke & Spice and All Purpose seasoning. This fab tower retails at £19.95 was until recently exclusive to trade shows, but you can now purchase directly from Gym Chef. Luckily for you, I have 1 of these fab sets to giveaway. For your chance to win this great Tower Of Power enter via the widget below, please do read the terms and conditions before entering.
Tower Of Power
Terms and Conditions
Open to UK & Ireland residents over 18years. 1 prize for 1 winner, chosen at random via widget. All entry methods are optional. Come back each day for extra entries. Winner contacted within 3 days of giveaway ending. If they do no respond within 28 day a new winner will be chosen. Your details will be passed to the PR/Company and nobody else. Delivery is the responsibility of the PR/Company. Raising the Rainbows is not responsible for any damaged or missing prizes. Please allow upto 28 days for prize to arrive. The company reserve the right to substitute the prize for one of similar value, if original isn't available. Bulk or automated entries will be disqualified. Giveaway open till 11.59pm on 18th October 2016.
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Lottoland Review

I play the Lotto every week and I have never really had much luck, I have won the odd £20 here and there but nothing major. I have heard people talking about the Irish Lotto and they all seem to be having better luck. I had no idea how to go about playing the Irish lottery, but at Lottoland you have the opportunity to play the Irish lottery, Oz Lotto, French Lotto and much more! At Lottoland you can bet on the outcome of the best lottery games on offer, you enter the same way you normally would, so it's really easy to do. If you match any of the prize tiers in your chosen Lotto then you win and Lottoland pay you!
Above is just some of the Lotto's that are available for you to bet on, Lottoland gives you lots of special offers on multiple line deals, saving you money and giving you more chances to win. I love the above option to play as it tells you when the next chance to win is and you have the option to do a quick pick of 6 lines and choose your numbers as you would usually. I was given some credit and have played some Euro millions lines for tomorrow night. The Euromillions is soon to go up to £2.50 per ticket, but Lottoland has been able to freeze the price of their tickets and you can till play for just £2 per ticket. I have my submitted my bets and now I can just sit back and wait to see if I win or not. If betting on the Lotto isn't for you then they have a range of other games and scratch cards for you to play on with top prizes up to £1 million. You can even try out the service with free sign up to Lottoland, so you really have nothing to lose, the website is really easy to navigate and its all explained for you, so pop over and have a go!
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Mandy

The 50 Questions Tag - Part One

I decided to do the 50 questions tag, so if you fancy finding out more about me then so have a watch!
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Mandy

Twozies Review

If there is one thing that goes down well in this house it's a collectable toy and if it comes in a blind bag even better. We have just reviewed the new Twozies range from Moose Toys & Character options and they fit the bill in this house. We were sent 2 of the lovely playsets and some of the blind bags and Miss S couldn't wait to get stuck in!
Ice Cream Playset £14.99
The ice cream cart playset is a lovely eye catching collection of pastel colours. The set comes with 2 little Twozies, their little pets, the ice cream cart, some ice cream treats and 2 cards that can be slotted into the side of the display case. The display case has a lovely ice cream background and the pink border really makes it stand out.
Row Boat Playset £14.99
The row boat playset is in a lovely blue colour and comes with a pastel coloured boat. The boat has 2 umbrellas and double sided seats. You can sit 2 Twozies in each side of the boat and the oars and rings are removable to be used. I love that the boxes can be wall mounted and stacked on top of each other.
Twozies Blind Bag £2.49
There are over 140 Twozie babies to collect and each comes with their own pet. They're perfect pocket money toys. The whole point of Twozies is to find the matching Twozie to make a pair, we now have a collection of 9, no matching pairs yet but I am sure we will be getting more soon as Miss S loves these little cute babies.
I can't say I blame her though, they look so cute. Each Twozie has an animal hat and it matched their pet they come with. They also have colour coordinated pants on and are made of smooth rubber, Miss S loves how they feel.
Both of the children really enjoyed playing with the Twozies playsets. They really like the babies and their matching animals. They enjoyed playing with the items from the playsets and figured out that the ice cream cart seats slide, so you can make it a 1 seater or 2 seater cart. Perfect if you only have 2 of the Twozies, but you can then slide it make it a 2 seater when you find your matching Twozie.
I can see why the children like them I think they look cute, they are eye catching and collectable toys are big business with children nowadays. When you add in that you can easily expand your collection with surprise bags and hunt for your matching pair and buy additional playsets I can see the Twozies range being very popular.
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Mandy
*This post includes press samples, for further information check my work with my page

Trolls Poppy Styling Head

Miss S loves to play wth hair and she also loves to have her hair played with. She is very sensory so I think she finds it therapeutic. So when I was offered the chance to review a new toy from Just Play I knew it would be perfect for Miss S.
The Trolls Poppy Styling Head from Just Play retails at £24.99. I remember the trolls from the first time round, so I am pleased to see them making a reappearance. Now they are back with a stellar-studded animation film from DreamWorks set for release this October! To celebrate the release of Trolls the Movie, Just Play is launching a range of hair play and dress up toys based on the hairy characters, including Poppy.
Being a troll is all about the hair and Just Play’s hair play collection will ensure that lots of laughs ensue as children create wild and wacky hairstyles for Poppy, themselves, and their friends. The Poppy Styling Head is perfect for budding hairdressers to get creative using the hairbrush, hair clips and accessories included to fashion the ultimate Trolls hairstyle!
The Poppy head is on a moulded plastic stand and the stand has slots and holes around the base to store all your styling gear in. The set comes with a comb, 3 hair combs with fluffy pieces on and 5 hair slides for you to style Poppy's hair as you wish to.
Trolls are all about the hair, so I love this styling head that is all about that iconic hair. I had a massive collection of troll and I truly loved them. Miss S took an instant shine to Poppy, I think the fact she had bright pink hair really pulled her in.
She got stuck in straight away with the comb and gave Poppy's hair a good brushing. She loved the feel of the fluffy hair slides and spent a lot of the time feeling them. Its a great sensory toy for your touchy-feely child and the possibilities for some funky hair styles are endless. Miss S loves her Poppy and it is going to be well played with.
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Mandy
*This post features press samples, see my Work With Me Page for more information.

The 90's Tag

I saw the 90's tag on Vlogstars last month, but I was too busy to join in. I still wanted to answer the questions so here is my video for the 90's tag!
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Mandy

Monster High Draculaura Doll Review

Miss S still really loves her dolls and thy are a great way to improve her play and imaginative play skills. We have just added another Monster High doll to our collection this month, the Draculaura doll, she's Dracula's daughter and she looks impressive and retails at £22.99, she is suitable for ages 6 and over.
About Draculaura - daughter of Dracula! “I love gossip, freaky - fab fashion and fanging out with my friends! I’m also a strict vegetarian who faints at the sight of blood.” Draculaura can transform from a teen ghoul to a vampire bat in an instant you simply pull down the lever on Draculaura to see her shimmery pink overskirt unfold into body-sized wings! Push down the lever to return to a regular ghoul.
As we have come to expect with all Monster high dolls she is full of lots of colour and details. She has a beautiful made up face with big lashes and pink lips. Her hair is a shiny black and red tied in a high ponytail. She has a hot pink dress and the front of it is the lever that makes her fabulous bat wings move up and down. She also has some impressive pink high heels, shes a fashionista as well as a Monster High resident.
Miss S loved playing with Draculaura, she loves how visually appealing the Monster High dolls are and she is always drawn to them. She really liked the wing function and enjoyed making the wings go up and putting them back down again, she does love a bit of repetitive play, so the doll is perfect for that! She also loved the feel of Draclaura's silky hair and running her fingers through it.
She is a lovely doll and with the added excitement of moving wings she is a great addition to our Monster High collection and she will be well played with. She really stands out amongst the collection with her shiny pink and black bat wings. I'm sure your Monster High fans would love to add a Draculaura to their collection.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
*This post features press samples, see my work with my page for more info
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