Pinypon Fairytale Review

We were contacted to see if Miss S would like to try out some of the Pinypon range. Miss S loves little figures and playsets so we, of course, said yes. We were sent a lovely box featuring items from the Fairytale collection. Check out our Youtube video and see me unboxing our delivery and see what Miss S thought of its contents too.

The collection is available from most toys stores including Toysrus and priced at £4.99 for the single figurines and £14.99 for the carriage play set and figurine multi-pack. 
The Pinnochio figures came with our very own little Figaro cat, a paint brush, paint pot and drawing pad. Mary Poppins is amazing, she is definitely my favourite and she comes with her signature bag and umbrella.
We love the Peter Pan set which comes with Peter, Hook and Tinkerbell. You also get a whole host of accessories with the set to use with your figures. The princess carriage is most definitely Miss S favourite item we were sent. The only thing she keeps asking for is the horses! 
I love how interactive all the Pinypon items are, they all have holes in their hands and heads. These holes allow you to attach the provided accessories onto the figures. Another great feature is the 22-way heads on the figures, you just take their hair off and turn the head round and you have a different expression. You can also interchange the heads, hair and accessories so your child can get really creative and mix up their collection. Miss S loves to do this and it was a big draw to her.
As I expected she did indeed love playing with the Pinypon, she renamed them all to her own standards! She got busy right away and soon identified that you can switch their hair and faces, soon Pinocchio had Mary Poppins hair. She really enjoyed the princess carriage and was easily able to open and close it independently. She loved the treasure chest it came with and discovering all the bits and pieces inside. The Pinypon toys get a big thumbs up from both of us and we have really enjoyed playing with them. I think we will definitely be investing in more of the collection.
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Mandy
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Braun BGK7050 Body Grooming Kit

The Braun BGK 7050 body grooming kit allows you to epilate, trim and shave all with one tool. The unique combination of all three features provides all-round body grooming. Code-Grip tweezer technology removes hairs as short as 0.5mm from the root, whilst the shaver head provides an effortlessly smooth shave. It has a powerful rechargeable li-ion battery, which charges in 1 hour for a 40-minute cordless shave. It can be used wet or dry and comes with several different heads for multi uses. It has a pivoting head which combined with the code-grip technology means it gets even the shortest hairs. You have the option of 2 speeds which are selected by the dial on the front of the unit. Check out the video below for a demo of the unit on our Youtube channel.

It's a great piece of kit and as I said in the video its perfect for men and woman, so no need for 2 laying around the bathroom anymore. The multi heads and the choice to shave or epilate keeps everyone happy. Myself and Dave have given this a good test and we both love it. I love the large epilator attachment for shaving my legs and it leaves my skin silky smooth. Dave has tried the shaving attachment and it gives a good result for a quick dry shave.
I have one of these great units worth £129 to give away to 1 lucky reader. For your chance to win just enter via the widget below, please read the terms and conditions before entering.

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May The 4th Be With You Giveaway

It's time for another amazing Paladone giveaway ad this month it is in honour of Star Wars day on May 4th. The giveaway launches today and it will close at midnight 4th May, its a great bundle with £95 and it's really simple to enter and win. If you want a closer look at the prizes on offer, check out my Youtube video below.

This incredible bundle is worth £95 and for your chance to win this bundle at midnight on May 4th just enter via the widget below, do read the terms and conditions before entering.
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Enjoy Bank Holilday Brunching With Aldi

So while we are in the midst of a rainy bank holiday here in Manchester its only a few weeks until the next bank holiday. The folks over at Aldi have a range of special buys available with everything you need to get bank holiday brunching in style. These special buys will be online from April 27th and in store from April 30th, but they're special buys so you will need to hurry whilst stocks last.
 To get our bank holiday off to a good start Aldi sent us the Ambiano Slo juicer priced at £49.99. It extracts more nutrients from fruit than traditional juicers, perfect if you are looking for a healthy start to the day. It is available in silver and champagne colour options, this fabulous kitchen accessory is also easy and quiet to use, so you won’t disturb anyone else’s bank holiday lie-in. My gang are going to love getting some fresh juice this bank holiday. If you don't want a juicer check out some of the other items available below.
Shoppers can keep bread fresh in Aldi’s simple yet elegant Bread Bin priced at £14.99. I love that the lid doubles up as a wooden chopping board, there is certainly more than meets the eye with this Special buy. It's a really lovely colour too. 
Aldi’s range of speciality cookware is sure to take the fuss out of preparing a delicious brunch this May bank holiday. TheseSpecialty Brunch Pans are £7.99 and can make anything from savoury eggs to sweet waffles, whilst the Brunch Pans at £4.99 are great for whipping up tasty omelettes to kick start the long weekend
Whether it’s crunchy granola or fruity yoghurt on the move, these Brunch Serving Jars at £2.99  are ideal for creating delicious dishes in style, whilst Aldi’s Serving Mug £2.99 offers an inventive way to serve up a whole range of tasty treats from porridge and soups to cakes and desserts. 
Coffee lovers will enjoy waking up to Aldi’s smart and sleek Filter Coffee Machine priced at £24.99It makes up to 15 cups of coffee per session, which makes it perfect for entertaining, and includes a keep warm function, detachable jar with a non-drip pour spout and a reusable filter.
Boasting a butter knife, tomato knife, cake slice and cheese plane, Aldi’s smartly designed Essential Kitchen Knives priced at £14.99 provide an option for all culinary eventualities. You will never use the wrong knife again thanks to the fab design
If you like the bread bin above why not complete to look with a range of matching designs,  these Tea/Coffee/Sugar Canisters are just £8.99 are will look great with the stylish red bread bin, the wooden lids complement the breadbin lid perfectly
If you want any of these Aldi Special buys you need to be quick, remember they are online from April 27th and instore from the 30th April. 
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Mandy

Easter Gift Guide

We are in the midst of half term which means it's very nearly Easter. I have put together a gift guide again for you this year featuring some lovely gifts whether your little one loves chocolate or hates it.
Help Scout get ready for his picnic and practice your numbers, colours, counting and matching skills with the Leapfrog Fridge Numbers Magnetic Number Set. With 20 learning tiles that teach through talking and fun sing-along songs, your little one can attach the toy to the fridge and interact with it every morning. The songs help to reinforce their learning, encouraging them with supportive phrases while matching play helps to build number skills. The Fridge Numbers set retails are around £15 and available from Argos, Amazon and Tesco. 
You don’t get much cuter than an adorable Rabbit in a Carrot by Teddykompaniet. A soft bright orange plush carrot with a green felt top and a zip. Undo the zip and inside is a charming baby rabbit!  Just the thing for an Easter present, the rabbits come in 2 colours and you never know which colour will be ‘born’ when you unzip the top of the carrot. This adorable gift is available from Born Gifted for just £5.99.
This cool kit comes with everything you need to make your own chocolate pizza; a pizza pan, set of instructions, easy to melt milk chocolate buttons, creamy white chocolate curls, colourful rainbow drops and lovely chewy jelly beans. The only hard part is stopping yourself eating all the ingredients before you finish making it! Your finished pizza will measure 7 inches in diameter, making it a great size for sharing with a small group of your favourite people, or a truly indulgent treat for one! This fab kit is available from Find Me A Gift for £10.99.
A great, fun and musical way to teach your little one about colours and numbers, the Leapfrog Melody the Musical Turtle encourages learning through 10 turtle-rific tunes. Testing your child’s memory skills, Melody will ask your child to watch and repeat the patterns of her colourful flashing lights. In other games, Melody will play a tune and you have to race the music to find and press the correct numbers and colours. With 8 different tunes, if your little one has started to remember the patterns you can make your own fun learning song. The Melody Musical Turtle retails are around £15 and available from Argos, Amazon and Tesco.
My gang love all these collector card sets that come out on the market, this Easter we have been sent 2 sets from Topps. The Star Wars and Disney Princess packs are great alternatives to chocolate this Easter. The collectors binders are great for storing the cards in and my 2 are going to love exchanging card with their friends in school now they have a set of 10 cards each and binder to store them. The best thing is the card packs are only £1 and available from most newsagents.
How about some yummy sweeties for your chocolate hater, Dj isn't a chocolate fan of chocolate so we always get him some sweeties at Easter time. Haribo offers a whole range of options available from most supermarkets from just £1 a packet. The chick and mix box is a lovely gift and the Easter mix bag is ideal for your Easter egg hunting plans.
Little shoppers will have bags of fun with the 20-piece Leapfrog Count Along Till! Encouraging your little one to practice their counting skills as well as being perfect for role play fun, the Count Along Till talks and sings along with them! The bill comes to life with real scanning sounds and a light up face as it sings shopping and counting songs. Your little one can even set up their own shop from the moment their singing till powers on and announces "Open for business!". 8 yummy pretend food items correspond with buttons on the till's touch screen; press a button to hear the name and colour of the food, a verse of a shopping song and fun sounds like the crunching of egg shells followed by "Oops, guess we'll make an omelette!" If your little one presses the number buttons 1-10, the till will say the numbers and a counting song. The Little Shoppers till retails at around £20 and is available in Tesco, Amazon and Argos.
It's not Easter without a little chocolate bunny is it and these Bunny Family packs from Beeches are amazing. A whole little bunny family filled with luxurious chocolate fondant. The gang are really going to enjoy these tasty treats, available from Beech's for £2.99. The lovely team at Beech's also sent a yummy treat for Mummy this Easter, so delicious Luxury Champagne truffles, £5.99. Hand made & hand finished luxury truffles, with real champagne creamy centre, coated in the finest smoothest milk chocolate and finally lightly dusted in icing sugar!  A real treat and absolutely delicious!  The silver foil embossed message on the front of the box reads "All you need is Love & Chocolate" and makes the perfect gift for all occasions.
If you're looking for Easter for the whole family then it's got to be Cadbury, they have something for everybody. The eggcellent new range includes two new additions to the Shell Egg range; Cadbury Double Decker and Cadbury Roses – so now chocolate lovers have even more choice at Easter… and it doesn’t stop there!  Other additions to the range include the Cadbury Dairy Milk Popping Candy Bunny – offering a unique taste experience that is sure to add some egg-excitement to your Easter Egg hunts this year. The range will also see the return of some of the all-time Cadbury family favourites, such as Cadbury Mini Eggs and gooey delicious Cadbury Creme Eggs – all which are back on shelves for a limited time only, in most major supermarkets.
The Chocolate Lolly Maker retails at £17.99 from John Adams. The set includes everything you need to have a ‘Hoppy’ Easter – just melt, mould, wrap and before you know it you’ve got lots of scrumptious chocolate lollies to share with your friends and family! The set includes four different moulds; a flower, heart, horse, and most importantly at this time of year - a rabbit! Perfect for creating your own chocolate Easter bunny lolly! This innovative workstation is so easy to use; simply melt some chocolate buttons, pour the melted chocolate into the moulds - making sure you include a lolly stick - and wait for them to cool. Wrap the lollies in one of the shiny bags included and tie on a ribbon for a fabulous finishing touch.There is sure to be lots of chocolate around the house for you to melt and use to make lots, available from Amazon for £17.27.
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Mandy
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Easter Fun With Aldi

This Easter Aldi has a fab range of items in the store to keep your little ones busy. I for one am always looking for stuff to keep the kids busy during their two week holiday. Our holiday started on Friday so this box of tricks that arrived over the weekend is going to be a great distraction and keep them busy on the run up to Easter. The range is in store this week and prices start from just 59p, get them whilst stocks last.
This little Easter activity pack is great, it comes with 2 fun activities included. The poster is used for the first game and the pack comes wth 4 game cards. the children have to count how many things they can see and write it on their game cards. It also has a fun game of pin the tail on the rabbit inside!
It wouldn't be Easter without a bit of easter bonnet making, would it? This kit comes with everything you need to make a stunning Easter bonnet. You can add bees, carrots, and brightly coloured Easter eggs to your bonnet.
How cute are these metal buckets? I love how bright and colourful they are and they are going to be great for my little ones to use for our Easter egg hunt. Afterwards, I am going to use them as plant pots in my garden as I just love the colours.
Whether you are looking for additions to your bonnets, making cards or even doing some Easter baking you will definitely need some of these. The little packs of chicks and rabbits are a great addition to your crafting box this Easter.
Here is another bonnet making kit, but this time made out of paper, it looks really simple to do and I am sure Cody is going to love making this with me. 
There is a range of jigsaw books and each book contains 5 jigsaw puzzles for your little one to do. The books also tell the story of the nursery rhyme on the front cover, these would make fab gifts for any younger family members this Easter.
It wouldn't be a half term without some colouring in! It's an all round family favourite in our house and something everyone can enjoy. These giant colouring pads are fab, I will admit I was rather excited when I saw the owl one and I may have hidden that away for myself to doodle on!
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Mandy
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Weekly Weigh In - 03/04/17

So if you watched last weeks video you will know that I was looking for a massive 4lb loss this week. I had pre-planned my meals and had my shop ready to go. I had 2 meals out this week also and had pre-planned safe swap to make the meals on plan. So do take a watch of this week's video and see how I got on at weigh on tonight.
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Mandy
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