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Treasure X Aliens Review

My 9 year old saw Treasure X Aliens advertised on television, and thought they looked great fun! So we were delighted when we were asked to review them!

Treasure X Aliens are a collectable toy, packaged in a plastic egg and containing a slime guzzling alien toy! If you’re looking for a chocolate free alternative for Easter eggs, this may be a good solution, as they would be great fun for children to find on an egg hunt!

How do Treasure X Aliens work?

Open up the outer plastic egg to reveal a squidgy egg inside.

The squidgy egg needs to be squeezed then the alien will burst out! When you squeeze the squidgy egg you can see your alien ready to burst free!

We put down some paper before doing this bit, as I didn’t want slime all over the furniture! The alien slime actually bursts out quite slowly, meaning the slime can be contained! The slime is really smooth, colourful and stretchy to play with. It is quite sticky, but that makes it relatively easy to clean off smooth surfaces, unlike some other slime we’ve played with!

Mixed in amongst the slime is the alien and an alien treasure! We didn’t find a rare crystal but hopefully we might one day!

What are the aliens like?

The aliens are fun to look at, made of a firm but squeezable plastic. The absolute best bit is they are able to suck up the slime they arrived in! We loved watching the alien suck up the slime, and then spit it out again!

Ignoring the children, I confess I found this bit great fun! Some aliens seem to suck up the slime better than others, and it is a bit of a slow process but almost like magic!

Treasure X Aliens are a pocket money toy with an RRP of £4.99, they could also be a great party favour! We think they are great fun. I loved that the plastic egg could be used to store the alien and slime safely. There are 12 to collect, and they are available at Smyths Toy Superstores now.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Review

Uni Verse Toys

If you have a child who loves unicorns, they need to discover UniVerse Collectable surprise unicorns! These are blind bag collectable toys, each containing a unicorn with a quirky character! We were delighted to be sent some to review! So, how do they work?

Revealing the UniVerse Unicorns!

Unwrap the packet to reveal a cloud with an emoji face, this is all soft – like a cloud might be! My daughter thought the cloud was really sweet, she was reluctant to drop it into water to dissolve!

Drop the cloud into water and let it dissolve. The water magically changes colour! Giving a clue as to which land the unicorn you are about to reveal will be from! The water turns to slime once the cloud is fully dissolved. Then reveals the packets with the unicorn and accessories in! This stage is quite messy, so make sure you do it on a covered surface, or a surface which is easy to wipe clean.

The Unicorns!

Lift the bag out, and open to reveal the colourful bags with the unicorn, accessories and scratch card in.

There is an accessory to go on the unicorn’s horn and one for it to hold in it’s mouth.

We were excited to reveal a gamer unicorn, who came with a remote and lunch box! I think this one was all of our favourite!

There are over 40 unicorns to collect, each one has a quirky look! I love the look of the ones from Glam-a- Ganza Land in particular!

The unicorn toys themselves are great fun, the accessories make them really quirky. No two unicorns look the same, they’re different shapes, colours and like different things – this was something I thought was really good. The slime I found very messy, but it was quite a fun and unique part of revealing the unicorn. My daughter thought the slime was amazing fun, although she was sad she couldn’t keep it to play with again. There was quite a lot of plastic waste, multiple packets containing bits, great fun for revealing the toy surprise, but quite wasteful. The unicorns themselves are really lovely, and I think they will be played with frequently – especially by mixing and matching the accessories between them all!

Mental Health Wellness

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When did you last consider the mental health wellness of your family? While we may watch our weight, be careful with our diet and try to make sure we exercise. How many of us take time to ensure our mental health is cared for too?

A New Year brings new stresses and the old ones too. As adults we are told to talk about our problems, seek help if we are struggling and to ensure we give ourselves plenty of self-care. My own idea of looking after my mental health wellness is a good chat with a friend. I will grumble for as long as I need on the understanding that my friend does the same! It’s not easy to say if you’re having a tough time, and I genuinely think talking to someone is the bravest thing you can do when things are tough.

Children often find it really difficult to talk about their feelings. I know my children are often reluctant to talk if something is upsetting them. They may feel silly, worry what reaction they may receive or just not be able to explain how they are feeling. Leaving them feeling very unhappy and those around them may feel confused too.

So what to do and how to tell if your child might be struggling? There’s a handy info-graphic which shows some ways in which you can help a child with their mental health;


Mental Health Wellness Guide created by Sami-Aid

Most importantly, always seek advice from a healthcare professional if you have any concerns over your child or your own welfare.

Patchology Best Food Forward – Review

It is Sunday and I’ve decided to start reviewing some pampering treats for Self-Care Sunday. Today I tried out Patchology Best Foot Forward, softening foot & heel mask. I wanted to have a bit of a pampering session while reading a book – the perfect Sunday evening in my opinion!

Patchology Best Foot Forward is easy to use, it’s literally a case of unwrapping the booties and putting your feet in them. So perfect if you’re busy, or don’t want any mess. The idea is to leave them on for 10minutes or more if you wish. I kept them for about 20minutes as I was reading.

So, the big negative is they are plastic and single use. This is not a good thing. They come in a cardboard outer, but they’re packaged in a plastic packet and are made from plastic.

Does Patchology Best Foot Forward work?

I didn’t feel the warning sensation I was thinking I might, in fact my feet felt quite cold. Before I took my feet out of the booties I massaged them through the booties – to try to ensure I get all the cream onto my feet!

When I took the boots off I could instantly see my feet look moisturised. My very dry heels looked like they had been pampered a little! And my feet definitely feel softer. It isn’t a replacement for a pedicure or using a foot file on very hard skin, but it is certainly a good way to treat your feet.

The Patchology Best Foot Forward Softening & Heel mask costs around £10.

Baa Baa Bubbles Game Review.

Baa Baa Bubbles Game review – game received for purposes of review.

If you’re looking for a family game to enjoy this Christmas look no further than Baa Baa Bubbles from Spinmaster Toys.

This simple to play game will have everyone laughing as you try to avoid being the player who makes the sheep sneeze and lose her wool!

Setting up the game was simple, we did find we need to add quite a coating of bubble mixture when we first set up the game. I’m not sure whether we covered the sheep enough or whether the bubble dabber wasn’t flowing as well as it could be – or perhaps both?

The aim of the game is to end up with the highest number of points. You get the points by successfully ‘feeding’ the sheep the number of times stated on the meadow cards. If the sheep sneezes on your turn to feed her, then you get no points! Here’s a short video of what happens when she sneezes and loses her wool (aka bubbles!).

At the end of play it’s simple to pack away, just remember to rinse of the bubble residue.

We absolutely love the game, it is perfect if you have younger members of the family. It is easy to understand, encourages counting and taking turns, but is also great fun!

Festive Snacking – Fairfields Farm Crisps Review

Disclaimer: Samples sent for Review

It’s that time of year when my thoughts turn to Christmas parties, and festive get togethers. Whether you’re hosting a party or going to one, there are so many things to consider. Do I eat before? Should I drive or book a taxi and have a drink? Will there be snacks?! Do I take snacks?!

So, I’m not sure about what the etiquette actually is on festive snacks, but I’ve discovered that most people do like a nibble. Whether they’re drinking or driving, if there are some snacks on the table they get eaten quite quickly!

What snacks are good for festive parties?

I guess this depends on whether you’re eating as part of the party. But assuming you’re just having friends round for a few festive drinks around your Christmas tree – then keep the snacks simple.

Hosting or going elsewhere, choose snacks which can be eaten with one hand – so avoid fussy dishes. Nachos are a no, as while tasty – they will inevitably end up all over the carpet. Keep things simple, and check for dietary requirements – especially any allergies.

I always leave multiple dishes of crisps on the tables. They’re ideal for those who have eaten but still want a social snack, or for people like me who just can’t resist a bowl of crisps! We were recently sent a selection of Ten Acre and Fairfields Farm Crisps. Ten Acre’s entire range of snacks are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, MSG Free Plus great tasting; as well as being Vegan or Vegetarian. Fairfields farm grow the potatoes, and make the crisps in the UK. They also use renewable energy to make their crisps, making them a good choice if you’re trying to minimise your carbon footprint.

They have a great variety of flavours, all of which I know would be popular with guests!

Would I take crisps with me to a party? Yes, along with a bottle or two – why not! Tis’ the season to be jolly after all!

What’s your flavour?

The crisps have a proper crunch to them, they’re a luxury crisp cut thicker than the cheaper brands. I was really impressed with the cheese and onion crisps, I normally don’t like cheese and onion, but the balance between cheese and onion here was perfect! I have to say I really enjoyed the Fairfields farm Sea Salt and Pepper, and they are definitely going on the festive party shopping list!

Festive Flavours?

So, Fairfields have a Kelly Bronze Turkey and stuffing flavour, available in a 40g bag and a sharing bag too. They are quite possibly the best festive flavour crisps I’ve eaten! You can really taste turkey and stuffing! However, having gone on to their site to buy some more, I notice they’re sold out! So, I will need to savour the flavour! I love that you can shop directly. I think they’re crisps are quite good value – £20 will buy 12 150g bags and postage is a reasonable £4.

We have really enjoyed the selection we were sent and will definitely be stocking up for New Year’s Eve!

Mr Kipling Cake Stand Review

We were excited to receive the Casdon Mr Kipling Cake Stand to review! My daughter – age 5 – is still very into imaginative play, and will often lay out a tea party or picnic for us all to enjoy. So this set was greeted with much enthusiasm! The set is suitable for age 3+.

Casdon Mr Kipling Cake Stand

It’s easy to put together, then attach the Mr Kipling stickers – although it does need a grown-up to click the stand together firmly. It comes with 10 replica Mr Kipling cakes! The cakes are really realistic, and my children thought it was great fun being able to identify the Mr Kipling cakes!

This is not just a imaginative play toy, but also a clever shape sorter! (I love toys which have multiple ways to play!) On the bottom of each cake is a shape which corresponds with a shape on the stand. This makes a great game, and as some shapes repeat it allows the stand to be arranged in a couple of different ways too. The shape sorter makes it ideal for pre-schoolers to play with.

It is perfect for imaginative play, as it provides the most fabulous afternoon tea for the toys! It’s also decorative so when it’s been left on the coffee table it actually looks quite sweet! (Literally!).

The set is light, so it is easy to carry around and perfect for little hands to manage to serve cakes from the cake stand.

The Mr Kipling Cake Stand is great fun, easy to wipe clean – (when play gets over enthusiastic and an angel slice gets dunked in your actual cup of tea…) But most important, it has been enjoyed by all of our family.

Ample Foods Meal Replacement Shakes Review

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Ample meal was founded in 2015. It might be relatively new. It, however, is one meal replacement that can be trusted to keep you healthy. The reason for this is its three major goals. Ample meal is aimed at reducing spikes in insulin, helping the gut stay healthy, and reducing inflammations.

Although packaged food, Ample meal is a lot different from other packaged foods and meal replacement which makes people feel drained after taking them. It has three versions. They are the original version and two alterations which include a vegan version known as Ample V and the ketogenic version known as Ample k. By constantly taking Ample, you will not only be having access to a good amount of nutrients, but your body will also be able to have enough calories to keep you full for longer than you imagine.

How Nutritious is Ample

If you are looking to buy ample meal replacement, you will have to settle for either 600 calories or 400 calories as these are the two sizes of Ample meals that are available. By purchasing a 600 calorie bottle of Ample, you will be able to get 35 grams of carbohydrates, 35 grams of fat, and 36 grams of protein. Furthermore, each 600 calorie Ample bottle contains 15% of the cholesterol amount that should be consumed daily. Furthermore, a bottle of 600 calorie Ample contains 8% iron, 25% calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D, and 10% potassium.

It is not enough to know the ingredients that are contained in Ample. It is important that you know what the sources of these ingredients are.

The fat content of Ample is gotten from high oleic sunflower oil, macadamia nut oil, and coconut oil.

Ample’s carbohydrate content is gotten from whole grain oat powder, sweet potato powder, acacia fiber, chicory root fiber, organic psylilium, and tapioca dextrin.

Its protein content is gotten from pea protein, grass-fed whey concentrate, and grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen protein.

 Its micronutrients are from calcium citrate, magnesium citrate, potassium carbonate, and cholecalciferol.

Flavorings include lemon juice powder, dried honey, sea salt, cinnamon, stevia extract, monk fruit extract, and natural flavors. Probiotics include Bacillus coagulants, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus paracasei, and Lactobacillus acidophilus.

What are the Benefits of Ample?

The ingredients that are used in making Ample are all-natural. However, beyond being natural, there is a lot more to them. They come with some benefits. Although there are many benefits attached to the Ample, one of its most obvious benefits is the fact that it has a good amount of fiber, fat, and protein which implies that you won’t have to feel hungry after taking Ample meal. This benefit is one advantage that Ample meal has over other meal replacements.

Another special benefit of Ample is it can be digested very easily. This is due to the number of probiotic bacteria it contains. The presence of a good amount of probacteria in Ample might not seem like much to the average person. It, however, is a big deal to athletes. This is because according to research, one way to manage stress which is exercise-linked is by eating foods rich in probiotic bacteria. If the gut is healthy, it becomes a lot easier to recover from workouts because there is an improvement in energy storage and a reduction in inflammation.

This is a lot more important than a lot of people are aware of. A healthy gut can go a long way in reducing chronic inflammation which when left unattended to can lead to obesity, depression, and heart diseases

Price of Ample

Ample is nutritious and comes with lots of benefits. It, however, has a major downside. This downside is the amount you have to pay to purchase it. A 600 calorie bottle of Ample can be bought for $7.5. This amount sometimes increases to $8.5. While the price of Ample is not so convenient, there are ways to ensure you pay less than what the average person pays.

If you must pay less for Ample, you can subscribe to a regular shipment. By doing this, you can always get a discount. Although the discount you get might not be huge, it is a lot better than getting no discount at all. Furthermore, if you are not comfortable with the price you have to pay for a 600 calorie bottle, you can always purchase a 400 calorie bottle for between $6-$7.

What does Ample Taste Like?

Ample is not just satisfying and nutritious. It is also tasty. If you are not taking Ample for its nutrient content or for how satisfying it is, one other reason you can take it is for its taste. Although Ample does not contain any artificial sweetener, it is definitely a very sweet meal replacement. It tastes so good because of the fat that it contains.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Glitter Salon – and Series 6 Royal Snowball 4 pack Review

Hatchimals have been popular with my daughter for a while! We were delighted to be able to review the new Hatchimals Glitter salon and a 4 pack of the NEW Royal Snowball Hatchimals Collection!

Excitingly, there are two Hatchimals included with the Glitter Salon which are exclusive to that set!

The set comes with a Hatchimal, a Hatchimal egg, accessories, glitter, glue, a brush and the salon.

My daughter couldn’t wait to hatch the Hatchimal egg! Remembering to rub the heart until it changes colour – then it was ready to hatch!

Inside the egg she was overjoyed to discover an elephant hatchimal and two accessories! She couldn’t wait to try it out in the glitter salon!

Hatchimal Glitter Salon

To use the salon, I would suggest covering your play area with something you don’t mind getting a little glittery! We put half a bag of glitter into the dome, then carefully painted a little glue onto the areas we wanted to make glittery! The glue was easy to apply in a bottle which looked like a nail varnish bottle.

Once you’ve added your glue, pop your Hatchimal carefully into the stand and into the dome, ready to be made glittery!

It is then as simple as press the button to make the glitter spin around and make your Hatchimal all glittery!

We left the Hatchimal in the dome for a couple of minutes before lifting it out – just to make sure it was dry. Lifting the dome out may require a bit of adult assistance to avoid glitter spillage! The end result was great and my daughter was delighted! Any excess glitter can be brushed off carefully using the brush included!

We love the Hatchimals Glitter Salon! It is simple and fun to use. No batteries are required – huge bonus! I also love that there is in-built storage for the Hatchimal accessories! I’m forever saying ‘please put the accessories away – they’ll get lost!’ for all toys! Then a few days later we have tears as one has been lost and we spend hours looking for them… But the Hatchimals Glitter Salon has plenty of storage for accessories!

My daughter and I love being able to add the accessories to the Hatchimals to give them a different look!

Season 6 Royal Snowball 4 Pack

I can’t quite believe we are on to season 6 of the Hatchimals! Season 6 feature The Royal Hatch Snowball Collection!

We excitedly opened the eggs, which characters would we discover inside?

Huge excitement as we revealed an ice-skating Hatchimal! Complete with stand so it can stand up!

We found a fuzzy soft one which came with a snowman!! I think this may be my favourite!

Huge squeals as we hatched a glittery monkey with a pink gem! This one is my daughters favourite!

We love the Hatchimals Royal Hatch Snowball Collection and I think another set may well be on my daughters Christmas list! All of the none glittery or fuzzy Hatchimals could be used in the Glitter salon too, so I can see that being used a lot over the next months! Great fun!

Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure Game – Review

Disclaimer: Game Code Received For Review

We were so excited to get to review a copy of Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure! It’s available on Nintendo Switch, XBOX One, Playstation 4 and PC, suitable for age 7+. We have reviewed it on XBOX One.

So Scrat – our favourite Ice Age Character – is on an adventure to recover his prized possessions – currently locked away in Scratazon Temple! The only way to get it back is to quest to find four crystal nuts!

Scrat Trying to Catch a Crystal

Game Play

You play the game as Scrat, you control him as he runs and jumps across the map to find the crystals. Along the way there are several Ice-Age creatures to either defeat or avoid in order to get to the crystals! You can attack the creatures from a distance, but beware they can also attack you!

The controls are quite easy, and my 5 year old could master certain bits of the game with no problem. However, she struggled with the problem solving aspects and we did have to point out that the game is aimed at an older child. My 8 year old loved the game, he found it very exciting and enjoyed spotting the other Ice Age characters which pop up in the game. He had no problem with jumping between levels, or working out where to go next!

I think it is a great family game, and we enjoyed taking it in turns to play. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a family friendly game to play over the Winter months! Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/cIkboo7P9FM