SWAK – Interactive Kissable Key Chain | Gifted

Now that Bess is getting a little older she is pretty much past playing with toys. Collectibles however, that’s a different ballgame. As well as the ever growing stationery obsession she has, Bess also likes quirky little things for her bedroom and to share with her friends.

SWAK – Interactive Kissable Key Chain

We were recently sent the SWAK – Interactive Kissable Key Chain to try out and I knew she would love them. I was not wrong.

We were sent a selection of 3 ‘kissable keychains’ from the 12 which are currently available. Here are all of the designs currently for sale in the ‘kissable keychain’ range. As you can see, each design is bright and funky and totally collectable!

Love is out there
Why wish upon just one star when you can wish upon a billion of them? Close your eyes and dream big with Stellar Kiss!

Stellar Kiss was Lexi’s favourite. She really liked the blue colour and the starry design.

 

Shake it up

Ready to leave your mark on the world? Do it in style with XO Kiss!

Shine on

Lights, camera, friendship! Shimmer Kiss is red-carpet ready to bring the bling!

This was Bess’ favourite.

 

Each S.W.A.K. Comes with kisstech: a unique sensor technology that detects your cheek and gives you a kiss. The longer you hold it the longer It lasts.

The keychain means that you can attach your S.W.A.K to clothing, your bag or a piece of furniture. If you want to you can also detach the keychain entirely!

S.W.A.K Kissable Keychains also come with a slot in the top so that they can be used as a photo holder. An easy way to brighten up any child’s study area.

Bess and Lex really enjoyed playing with and finding out about the S.W.A.K Kissable Keychains, you can see what they thought in their YouTube video.

What I thought

I think that the fact that there are only 12 is a massive plus point. So many collectibles have hundreds available, at least with S.W.A.K Kissable Keyrings you have a hope of completing the collection.

Especially when each one retails for less than £6! I like that they are pocket money prices, it’s a cute little toy. Each set also includes a little postcard and sticker stamp to play with too.

We were sent these products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

Zuru 5 Surprise Mystery Toys Review

We were sent this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

We were so excited to get our hands on the 5 SURPRISE Series 2 from ZURU! Moose, like most children at the moment. Is utterly obsessed with any kind of blind bag or surprise toy. Gone are the days when the only surprise toys around were of the Kinder variety or a dodgy claw machine at the amusement arcade. These days surprise toys are everywhere and that means that they have to be good to hold the children’s attention!

5 surprise zuru

5 SURPRISE Series 2 from ZURU certainly ticks the boxes in terms of visual appeal. A medium size ball, the child is supposed to unwrap the ball and then peel each compartment to reveal a new surprise toy. That’s five surprises in total!

5 SURPRISE Series 2 come in 2 colours.

There is a blue one which is wrapped in red and a pink one which is wrapped in purple. Some people may take issue with what is a pretty clear gender division but I quite like that you at least have some idea of the kind of toy your child might get inside each one – that said, a neutral version might be nice to add to the range?

Inside the blue ball you might find a car, a skateboard, a ninja or a dinosaur and inside the pink there could be sparkly sequins, funky stationary and cute unicorns, the new range contains over 200 new toys to collect, including new figurines and rare, high-value chaser toys!

Moose really enjoyed this toy. As I mentioned previously he loves the surprise element but he played for ages with the things he found inside. They don’t appear to have much to tie them together. No real theme but this meant he could use his imagination. We love anything which encourages that sort of behaviour!

All in all I would say that the 5 SURPRISE Series 2 from ZURU represents decent value for money. They are available to buy from all good toy shops (and most supermarkets) at around £6 and they are suitable for children aged 3+. You can find out more about the range on the Zuru website

A Visit To The Museum In Vertbaudet – AD

 

I first found Vertbaudet over a decade ago when my first born was a baby. I was looking for simple, well designed clothing which would wash well. At the time I remember the high street being overrun with low cost clothing. Almost all of which was covered in cartoon characters. It was refreshing to find clothing which just let children be children. Over time though and as my son grew (and of course wanted to wear nothing but power ranger outfits), Vertbaudet fell off my radar.

Recently Vertbaudet contacted me. They asked if Moose would like to choose some items of clothing to road test. We were happy to oblige!

I thought it might be fun to let Moose choose his own clothes for a change. Here is what he chose;

Moose loved how cosy and warm this grey button up cardigan looked. The sizing was a little on the large size but that just means that he will get tons of wear out of it!

Moose really liked the dinosaur and M on the Navy style dark green jumper. I like that it has buttons on the shoulder to make it nice and easy to get on and off! It looks great with a navy undersweater. The undersweaters are sold as a pack of 3 making them great value for money. I really like earthy colours on Moose. They seem to suit him. 

The teddy style red press studded jacket was a no brainer. It has a great big M on it and pockets which fasten. Moose has more or less lived in this jacket since he received it. It has washed really well! Its quite light but warm too, perfect for the Spring weather.

Do you see a theme emerging here?

Moose really likes the M detail on the items of clothing he chose (as you can see) and I love this outfit on him. The trousers are a soft fleece with an adjustable waist. They are stretchy and looks so comfortable, I want them in my size!

I like how nautical this long sleeved t shirt looks. It looks smart without being stuffy and of course… the M detail.

I think sometimes we find brands that we trust and for me, Vertbaudet is definitely on the list. Now that I have found them I will be using them. There are some incredible bargains in their clearance section. It just goes to show that it is still possible to find kid friendly clothing which looks lovely and lasts without costing a small fortune!

disclosure: we received these items in exchange for an honest review. I have washed and rewashed everything you see here and I am happy to report that every single item is like new.

Jack-Jack Attacks Doll | Gifted

Jack-Jack the baby might be the smallest member of The Incredibles family but he definitely has the best powers! All of the powers by the looks of things!

Moose has recently launched himself into all things superhero and as a result, The Incredibles has become a regular watch along with the sequel, The Incredibles 2.

When we were sent a Jack-Jack Attacks Doll & Racoon to play with, Moose was overjoyed to say the least!

The Jack-Jack Attacks Doll comes with batteries and is set to ‘try me’ mode. You can change the mode to on by opening  the Jack-Jack Attacks Doll’s sleepsuit at the back. If you do not change the mode, the Jack-Jack Attacks Doll will not show all of its features. Don’t ask me how long it took to figure this out.

Luckily this is not a difficult toy to operate. All you have to do is push his tummy

Just press!

  • Press once to hear that Jack-Jack is happy.
  • Press twice and he giggles like you tickled him.
  • Press once over and over and he will cycle through his different powers.
  • Press and Hold for… Super Powers!

 

The powers that the Jack-Jack Attacks Doll demonstrates are just like the ones in the movie. He glows red like he does when shooting lasers from his eyes and I love that he glows a little when he sneezes!

I thought that this Doll was really cute – as cute as the Jack-Jack in the movie, in fact it looks exactly like him. Although I wouldn’t say that this doll does an awful lot for an interactive toy but Moose loves baby dolls and he loves superheroes so for him it is pretty much perfect!

The Doll also comes with the racoon from the movie. The racoon rattles and has a soft fluffy tail. You can have the characters re-enact their movie battle or you could do what Moose did and have them take a nap!

 

Jack-Jack Attacks Doll is available from Smyths as well as other good toy shops

Bah Humbug! A beginners guide.

This week, in the midst of a flurry of last minute frantic Christmas preparations, an oddity has appeared in Peterborough.

Bah Humbug! Fest is a welcome break from all things festive. With not a Christmas tree or even a mince pie in sight, families are invited to spend some time having (non festive) fun together. We were lucky enough to be invited to attend the opening and so I thought it might be helpful to offer a beginners guide to all thing Bah Humbug!

Here’s what you need to know

What is Bah Humbug! Fest?

Bah Humbug! Fest is comprised of over 40 fairground rides and attractions. Once your admission is paid the theory is that you can enjoy your 4 hour allotted slot – either 12 until 4pm or 5 until 9pm depending on your preference with very little if any additional expenditure. No festive decorations or songs will be around to irritate your senses here – if you recoil at the thought of hearing THAT Slade song one more time then this is the place for you!

But what is there to do?

I was a bit dubious about the poster. “Over 40 rides and attractions” was the claim and I wondered what the quality of those rides might be considering that they are all free and unlimited upon entry. So. Here is a list of just some of them:

For the younger guests
  • Thomas The Tank Engine ride
  • Runaway Train
  • The Fun House
  • Frozen Swing
  • Helter Skelter
  • Mini Miami
  • Flying Planes
  • Teacups
  • Wild West Coaster
  • Go-Gator
  • Mini Wheel

For the older ones
  • Dodgems
  • Freak Out
  • Superbowl
  • Waltzer
  • Miami
  • Extreme
  • Ghost Train
  • Crazy Bulls
  • Haunted House
  • Twist

A well as the fairground rides, Bah Humbug! Fest also offers a whole host of inflatables including some Wipeout style big balls! Moose spent ages playing on the inflatable slides and also the Toxic Labyrinth – think mini inflatable assault course. I don’t THINK it was actually toxic…

 

What age group would this suit?

I think 4 to 14 would be a safe bet here. There is plenty to keep this age range occupied at Bah Humbug! Fest. The younger ones spent ages playing on the inflatables. Especially the inflatable slides! It was great that the smaller rides were indoors too which offered a bit of protection against the colder weather for the younger children. Outside, the larger rides appealed to the older ones – so much so that Bess doesn’t appear in many of my pics. She disappeared to try out those bigger rides while I enjoyed the smaller ones with Moose.

What can I eat?

I always feel a bit apprehensive about the costs of refreshments at this kind of an event. This Mum needs her coffee – especially when I am in charge of some very excited small people. A cup of tea or coffee here will set you back £2. There is also a covered seating area if you get the chance to use it.

There were a few food vendors selling burgers and jacket potatoes which were priced at around £5 each. Pretty much what you would expect to pay I think. Donuts were 4 for £3.

There is no signage to suggest that picnics are unwelcome but it was really only toward the end of our session that the children seemed to feel like they might want to eat something. They were having too much fun to care!

How much will it cost me?

Individual tickets priced £20 per person

Family of 4 – reduced ticket price £70

Spectator only tickets priced £6

Under 3s go free

Tickets give unlimited access to a four-hour session at Bah Humbug! Fest

There are two sessions a day: 12-4pm and 5-9pm

 

What’s the parking situation?

It’s free and there is lots of it! Peterborough arena has 22,000 spaces. There is also a half hourly bus service nearby for non-drivers.

Is it really worth it?

£20 per ticket could be thought of as quite steep. Especially so close to Christmas. However, rides at a fairground can be anywhere between £2 and £5 per ride. That soon adds up!

Based on a cheap night at the travelling fair where rides are £2 a go, you would need to ride 10 times to get your moneys worth. My lot went on 10 rides in the first hour easily.

If your child isn’t really into fairgrounds then I would say it would be one to avoid. Maybe the panto instead? But if  like mine, your kids love rides then Bah Humbug! Fest will be a massive hit!