Garmin Vivofit Jr activity tracker for children

Garmin vivofit junior activity tracker

The growth of the activity tracker has been immense over the last few years, and I’ve been one of those who’s loved theirs.  I’ve had a Fitbit One, a Flex that I didn’t believe, and now I have a Fitbit Charge 2 which I love (although the strap broke so I’m frantically awaiting the replacement).  It hasn’t helped with my weight loss, but I think my steps have increased slightly on a working day, although I’m never going to reach… Continue Reading “Garmin Vivofit Jr activity tracker for children”

Discovering a dream pet with Petplan

dream pet - stripy 4 legged soft toy creation

This is a collaborative post N would love a pet of his own.  He tells me that it’s not the same having his own sheep (10 and all look like they’ll be lambing this February), and cows (2 cows, 1 has just calved).  And that the dogs on the farm aren’t really his.  But he’ll have to wait for a real puppy of his own in a few year’s time. In the meantime we’ve been lucky enough to work with… Continue Reading “Discovering a dream pet with Petplan”

Ravensburger World Landmarks jigsaw puzzle

ravensburger world landmarks puzzle

I go through winter phases. One year I’ll be into crochet, then next books are the only thing I’ll do outside of blogging.  This year it’s all about jigsaw puzzles.  The latest one I’m doing is Ravensburger’s World Landmarks that I was sent to review. N gets a bit annoyed when I get a new puzzle because he always wants to join in, and when they’re a 1000 pieces, they’re just too overwhelming and he can’t see what needs putting… Continue Reading “Ravensburger World Landmarks jigsaw puzzle”

Smashing fun with Smashers sports toy collectibles

Smashers packs

Like so many children N loves a collectable. Actually I lie. He likes the opening up and surprise of a collectable.  Then they get left somewhere and forgotten about.  Then eventually I throw them out and he never notices.  I tend to get a stash of them for rewards – when he completes a row of stickers he gets to lucky dip and pull one out.  But it’s rare he ever gets more than a couple from a range. But… Continue Reading “Smashing fun with Smashers sports toy collectibles”

Wasgij puzzle – Christmas 2 in 1 Turkey’s Delight review

wasgij puzzle turkeys delight

I go through phases with jigsaw puzzles, and this autumn has seen me get back into them again.  It started with the lovely and relaxing Falcon de Luxe Christmas 2 in 1 puzzle, but has now moved onto a first for me. A Wasgij puzzle, the Christmas 2 in 1 jigsaw, named Turkey Delight. If you’ve never come across Wasgij before, they’re like a mystery in themselves.  The picture on the box isn’t what the jigsaw image ends up like. … Continue Reading “Wasgij puzzle – Christmas 2 in 1 Turkey’s Delight review”

Fun with Staccups and 5 second rule games review

staccups game

If the new Staccups game doesn’t win numerous toy or game awards I’ll eat my hat (or I would if I wore one).  When I was introduced to some of the new games from University Games at Blog on Xmas, I didn’t expect to get hooked on one.  But Staccups can do that to you even if you’re not a particular fan of board games.  Following the Blog on conference, I was sent 5 Second Rule and Staccups game to… Continue Reading “Fun with Staccups and 5 second rule games review”

Pass the pigs game – review and giveaway

pass the pigs games

Games. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that they can be great for family life. A chance to have some fun, relax (or maybe not if everyone gets competitive), and a way to get all ages involved.  For me, the retro games are still the best – especially if you’ve got the old versions still hanging around cupboards.  It’s rare that the modern versions are as sturdy as the old ones. I love reminiscing about the old games… Continue Reading “Pass the pigs game – review and giveaway”

Flashing fidget toys from Zing – Spinbladez and Spinzipz

Like so many other children this year, N loves fidget spinners and any other quirky toys he can fritter away time on. We were sent some recent release fidget toys from Zing – the Spinbladez, Spinzipz and Thumb Chucks to review. We both love the Spin toys.  Both the Spinbladez and Spinzipz are addictive.  Who can resist flashing lights to remind you of disco lighting? Both are good chunky, good quality toys.  Dropping these isn’t going to break them. The… Continue Reading “Flashing fidget toys from Zing – Spinbladez and Spinzipz”

MOKURU fidget toy review – addictive desk toy

Mokuru samples

I’m not really a fidgeter but I do get easily distracted.  And I get bored a lot at work if I’m doing the same thing over and over again.  So being sent the MOKURU fidget toy, a desk based fidget product, was going to help give me some time out at work (and home). Expected to be the next big thing to take over from fidget spinners, and brought over from Japan, the MOKURU is a really simple desk toy. … Continue Reading “MOKURU fidget toy review – addictive desk toy”

Getting arty with Chalkola chalk pens – review and giveaway

Review of Chalkola pens, liquid chalk markers for non-porous surfaces, great for upcycling or crafts - Bubbablue and me

There’s something special about stationery, and in particular I love pens.  N has inherited this love because any new pens that I bring into the house, and he’s nosying trying to use them.  With the Chalkola chalk pens I was sent to review, I knew I’d struggle to keep him away. Chalkola are fairly chunky chalk markers which have ink that looks like chalk. They can be used on any non-porous material, including glass, metal, porcelain and more.  The variety of… Continue Reading “Getting arty with Chalkola chalk pens – review and giveaway”