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When the Baby born City Remote Control Scooter arrived in our house I knew the kids would be really excited to play with it.  They have consistently loved playing with Baby born dolls over the years, and you might remember our BABY born Interactive Girl Doll Review or My Little Baby born Bathing Fun Doll Review for example. We were also super excited to welcome the Baby born Baby Brother to our toy collection at the same time, and I’ve been surprised with just how much the girls have taken to playing with him.

We’ve been making some changes to our living space recently. We wanted to make full use of the living space we had and the current layout wasn’t doing that. Sofa’s and chairs have been moved around and we were interested to see what impact adding a kids bean bags would have on our room & lifestyle. The lovely people over at Bean Bag Bazaar very kindly sent us a gorgeous fluffy bean bag for the kids to try out.  This particular bean bag is the ICON® Luxury Faux Fur Kids Classic Bean

We love the opportunity to pop into town, so when we were invited to review Red Dog Saloon restaurant in Nottingham I knew we couldn’t say no.  Finding good places for family dining is important to us, so we went along one Sunday with the girls to check out the restaurant. Red Dog Saloon is in a great location on Victoria Street where the Lace Market meets Hockley in Nottingham’s city centre.  It’s a stones throw from the Lace Market tram stop and there’s also a bus stop just down

When we were asked to review the Karcher K7 Full Control Plus Pressure Washer I had a feeling it was going to be the solution to the majority of our outdoor cleaning problems.  This is our first time owning a pressure washer so I had no idea how to use it or if in fact it would be up to the job of cleaning things like our decking and our car.  Read our full Kärcher k7 review to see how we got on: Karcher K7 Full Control Plus Pressure Washer Review

Nothing says Christmas quite like a festive hamper. They make great gifts for friends and family who, for one reason or another, deserve an extra special treat this year.  My friends at Prezzybox heard that we loved a good Christmas hamper, and they asked if we would take a look at their Personalised Festive Food & Drink Hamper to see what we thought. After taking a quick peek at the Christmas hamper online, I couldn’t wait to accept.  Their Christmas hamper looked like it ticked a lot of boxes and

Family Day Out at Twinlakes Last half term the girls had an inset day following the week off.  I went online and had a look at Twinlakes ticket prices, and because it was ‘off peak’ to them it was just £8.50 a ticket.  It was a no brainer really, I booked tickets for Indie, Brook and I and had my fingers crossed for a blue sky day for our family day out. How to Find Twinlakes Twinlakes is just 45 minutes from Nottingham, just outside Melton Mowbray.  It’s now in

Relaxation isn’t always easy, especially when life gets busy with work and family.  This is exactly why a visit to Eden Hall Day Spa is going to be perfect for you as you can leave all the daily distractions behind you, just for a day, and focus on recharging your batteries just in time for the festive season. I was so keen to arrive at Eden Hall, that I was actually 30 minutes early for check in. It definitely wasn’t time wasted though, as I was able to tick a few

Gifted Product Review What would be the perfect gift for LOL fans this Christmas?  I very much suspect that the LOL Surprise Pop Up Store display case will be as huge a hit in your house as it was in ours.  Possibly one of the best LOL Doll accessories to own, this LOL doll display case has enough room for 50 dolls to really show off your little ones LOL collection. One of our biggest problems is keeping the LOL Dolls safe and having somewhere to keep their clothes, glasses,

Gifted product review The lovely people at KEEN Footwear asked if we would review their latest walking shoes for kids.  Once I took a look at their latest range of kids hiking boots and shoes I was sold and they agreed to send some for Brook and Indie to try out, but how did we get on? Kids love being outside and make for great hiking companions.  I know that a lot of active families will already know this but if you are just starting out with hiking with kids, if

Gifted Product Review Over the summer we were asked to review the Vango Edoras 500XL Air tent for the blog.  We set ourselves the task of finding out if this was the best Vango tent for family camping? It was the perfect excuse to book a family camping trip to North Yorkshire and test out the Vango Airbeam tent, so we packed up our gear and off we went. The girls were really excited about their camping trip.  They love being outdoors and having the freedom that comes with it.  As

Both Indie and Brook are slightly crazy for LOL Dolls.  They watch a lot of LOL Surprise unboxing videos on YouTube of course and they already have a few toys from the LOL Surprise collection.  Did you see their L.O.L Surprise Biggie Pet Dog Review recently? That was a real hit! They were also asked to take a look at the new series called LOL Surprise Eye Spy Under Wraps.  I agreed they could both review the new LOL Surprise Toy if they did well on their reward charts.  Brook has been

One of the jobs on our list of things to do this year is buy a new family SUV.  Being a blogger I often get invited to review new cars, and when we were asked to review the Vauxhall Grandland X it could not have been better timed. With my eldest son heading back to university and the summer holidays in full swing it was a great time to put the Vauxhall Grandland X to the test.  The first job was to get the car packed up with all my

When we heard that Bing Live was going to be coming to the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham I knew I wanted to take the girls for a holiday treat.  They are both huge fans of Bing Bunny and his friends.  They really enjoy their real life adventures so I knew they would love going to see the show. I didn’t tell my little Bingsters they were going to see Bing Live until we were heading for the show.  As soon as they found out they were going to the

I’m not really familiar with the latest family cars from Ford, so when Evans Halshaw got in touch to see if I would like to test drive the new Ford Focus I was curious to say the least.  Having a good family car makes such a difference if you go on road trips or take the family camping during the year.  As a family, I think buying a car is one of the most important investments we make. The brand new Ford Focus was delivered to us in time for

When the email arrived asking me to take a look at the new BABY Born Interactive Girl Doll I knew I had to say yes.  Indie, aged 6 years old and Brook, aged 4 years old wouldn’t have forgiven me if they found out I’d denied them a new BABY Born doll.  They are huge fans of these interactive baby dolls which you might remember from our BABY Born sister doll and BABY Born bath time doll reviews. When I revealed the BABY Born Interactive Girl Doll to them they

We’ve been looking out for the best festival tent for families for a while now.  When Tiso found out we were going to Just So Festival they said they had a great festival tent for us.  They sent over the Vango Beta 450XL camping tent and asked us to share what we thought for a review.  I did my research, and it seemed like a great tent so of course I said yes. We’ve had a few camping tents over the years, and not all of the have been lucky enough to

There is a brand new Amazon Fire for Kids tablet on the block and we have been lucky enough to take a peek at it with my 4 year old and 6 year old for this review.  The Amazon Fire HD 10 Edition for Kids is the largest tablet for children available from this popular online retailer and in this post we are going to tell you what we think. Before we get on to that though, have you been wondering when is a good time to introduce your children to

mifold Review The latest travel accessory to arrive in our house is the mifold grab and go child restraint from mifold UK.  We regularly travel with a 4 year old and a 6 year old and I’ve been interested in the mifold travel car seat for a while now.  When we received an email asking us to review the mifold car seat for the blog we were very keen to say yes.  Here is what we discovered about this innovative portable car seat: What is the mifold Grab and Go Travel Car

LOL Surprise just got really big in the pet department and Brook & Indie are really impressed. With the summer holidays in full swing the occasional toy has to be purchased to help with keeping the kids entertained.  They literally love LOL Dolls, and the same goes for the LOL Pets too. The LOL Surprise Biggie Pet collection takes the LOL Surprise ball to a completely new level and we had so much fun unboxing the cute dog and her babies.  There are so many elements to this surprise toy

The girls have completely fallen in love with Sylvanian Families since they received the Sylvanian restaurant and cat family to review a while ago.  The love the Sylvanian Families animals because of their cute faces and gorgeous dress up clothes.  The Sylvanian family toys really seem to capture their imagination too. They were both delighted when another Sylvanian families toy delivery arrived in the post and could wait to see what was inside. This time they would be adding the Sylvanian Families Ride Along Tram and the Sylvanian Families Rabbit Dress

Super Wings is a fun, action packed TV show for young children and we are delighted to announce that we are going to be Super Wings Super Summer Mission ambassadors over the holidays.  We are going to be joining Jett, Dizzy and the rest of the crew on some fantastic new adventures and completing the #SuperSummerMissions along the way. We would absolutely love it if you and your children would join in with us too. If you haven’t watched Super Wings yet, you can catch episodes on Cartonito, Tiny Pop

We have been wanting to try out the LeapPad Ultimate for a while now, and we were delighted when LeapFrog sent one over for us to take a look at after we took up our new role as one of their Play Panelists.  We really like the idea of having a tablet for kids that helps them to develop their learning skills in a fun and interactive way. As you may already know if you read Zena’s Suitcase regularly, Brook has had some issues with her speech after having glue

When teen left for university not only did he lose his bedroom, but he also lost his single bed and mattress to his younger sister.  We knew when he came home for the holidays that we would have to squeeze him into the box room, and we’ve had varying degrees of success with that.  We tried out a futon first, going down the lines of a space saving solution, but that didn’t prove at all comfortable for him while he was home. Teen has a soft double mattress at university

I’m the first person to admit that staying in a hostel probably isn’t my first choice when it comes to planning a road trip, but when I saw the pictures of The Bristol Wing I could see it featuring in our family travel plans.  This new hostel in Bristol is fun and funky and a great place to introduce your family to different types of places to stay in the UK. Can You Stay in a Hostel with a Family? If the hostel has private rooms or small dorms then

Glamping at Warwick Castle is probably one of the best castle stays in the UK for children.  We were lucky enough to stay in a Warwick Castle Knights Lodge last year which we loved and were overjoyed when we were asked to come and stay over at the new Warwick castle glamping for 2018 in The Avenue of the Kings. It happened to be Brook’s birthday too, so what better present for a 4 year old princess than to provide one of the latest Warwick Castle clamping reviews.  It seemed

Glamping with kids is one of the easiest and best ways to get your children enjoying the outdoors at this time of year.  We were lucky enough to be invited to Wigwam® Holidays Millside near Grantham recently and I was super excited to be able to take the girls glamping in Lincolnshire and spending some quality time with them in the fresh air. We decided to leave Daddy at home and make it a real girlie weekend away for myself, Brook and Indie.  Wigwam® Holidays Millside provides luxury glamping near Nottingham

A Special Family Weekend in London We are huge fans of taking the kids on London city breaks, and it’s made so much easier by the fact that taking the train from Nottingham is really convenient for us.  The kids love a train journey anyway, and it always makes travelling a little bit easier for us as a family.  As long as we have plenty of snacks, drinks and activities to keep the children busy you can always be guaranteed a fairly smooth trip journey to the capital by train.

Going Back to School is something I’m very much thinking of at the moment, as come September Brook will be starting Reception for the first time.  The wheels are very much in motion to get her ready for that exciting first day, with meetings planned with the school, taster sessions arranged and of course buying her very first school uniform. Being my last child to go through school, we’ve been through a few school uniforms over the years and I’ve learnt a few things about what to expect from both

Hello readers!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I recently had the opportunity to introduce the girls to the Sylvanian Families collection, and I was really excited to see what they thought.  Sylvanian Families is a toy that’s been around since 1985, so it’s a brand I remember from my own childhood.  Sadly, I didn’t own my own set but I definitely wanted to!  Being able to review the Delicious Restaurant and the Maple Cat Family definitely ticked a box for me, as well as my daughters. When the

Visiting Devon gave us as a family the chance to learn more about the fascinating Jurassic Coast and the incredible history and geology connected to this beautiful part of the UK.  Seaton Jurassic is an attraction I really think you should add to your list of things to do in Devon if you are keen to learn more about the dinosaurs that once lived here during prehistoric times.  Seaton Jurassic is a hands on and interactive exhibition that children of all ages will enjoy.  Brook who is 3 years old,

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