Monday, 23 November 2015

Og on the Bog - review and giveaway

This is going to be very popular over Christmas - it's fun for all the family!

Og on the Bog is the must have family game for Christmas 2015, from Drumond Park Games. It has already been listed on the DreamToys 2015 Christmas listing.

We were lucky enough to try out Og on the Bog and I'm glad we didn't have to wait until Christmas as my boys were so eager to play it (excitement is a total understatement!).

The name of the game shouldn't been a turn off as it is a really fun game. We really enjoyed this game, it was so easy to set up and to understand. There is a tiny bit of assembly required, like putting the toilet roll handle on and you need to have 3 AA batteries. My two boys (aged 6 and 4) put it together very easily and we all loved playing and had hilarious laughs along the way.

In the box you will find Og in his Bog, loo rolls, a spinner and some instructions.  This game is so simple it doesn't require much apart from some cunning loo roll stealers!

Og desperately needs to have a quiet moment to finish "his business" but this is where we come into it.  We need to steal Og's loo rolls whilst he is on the bog, without him noticing.

Look how desperate he is!
The aim of Og on the Bog is pretty simple, even for the younger ones.  It's easy to understand and there aren't complicated rules or instruction booklets.  Once you've assembled Og in his bog, you will hear Og snoring and sounds from the forest, where he lives.

Then, starting with the youngest player you have to spin the spinner. If you land on a red cross, you miss a go, if you land on a picture of a hand on a loo roll then you can steal a roll from another player.  If you land on a green tick you can sneak up on Og.

You have to be careful here, as when you sneak up on Og, you have to press the button at the base of Og's Bog and if you hear him saying stuff (things like, leave me alone / I heard something etc) your go has ended and it's the next person's go.  If you press the button and you hear Og farting or grunting this is where you can carefully steal a loo roll.  You have to be extremely careful taking the loo roll off as at any moment the Bog could explode and if it does you lose two of your collected loo rolls.! The winner is the first person to collect 4 toilet rolls.

This is a hilarious game.  The boys loved the naughty noises coming from Og and I can see why this is going to be a popular game over Christmas.  We must have spent nearly two hours playing it the first time and it's been a firm favourite in our house since then.

Even when my youngest had to hand his toilet rolls back, I thought he would be upset, but he wasn't.  He was eagerly waiting for Og to fart and grunt so he could steal another loo roll.

This game has lots of family fun. It's easy to understand and well worth the money.  It is well made and durable. RRP is around £20 and is available in most nationwide toy shops. For stockists and to play games online, visit
If you would like the chance to win OG on the BOG to play with your family in time for Christmas, then enter with the Gleam app below.
Og on the Bog giveaway

Disclaimer: I was sent this product to review, but all opinions and views expressed are my own.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Breakfast with Santa at Wyevale Garden Centre

"Here comes Santa Claus,
Here comes Santa Claus,
Right down Santa Claus Lane" ........
Christmas is around the corner and so is our planned visit to Wyevale Garden Centre, where we will be meeting Father Christmas!
We have been invited to visit Wyevale Garden Centre, where we will have breakfast and the kids will have some Christmas themed activities whilst they wait for Father Christmas to park his sleigh. 
Between Saturday 14th November and Thursday 24th December you can have breakfast or tea at Wyevale Garden Centre and have the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and get a lovely present.
★ Meet Father Christmas and choose your very own Christmas present
★ Enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared breakfast or tea
★ Decorate your own Christmas cookie
The breakfast and tea options sound delicious and we can't wait to experience this and enjoy our day.

Child's Breakfast £9.99
Child's hot/cold Tea £9.99
Adult Great British Breakfast £7.99
Adult Afternoon Tea £7.99

I'll update this post after we've been so you can see how much fun we had.

Book online for your tickets to meet Father Christmas at a Wyevale Garden Centre near you.

Disclaimer: We received free tickets to go along and have breakfast with Santa – all thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Shimmer and Shine - Nick Jr's magical new show!

Who hasn't wished for their very own genie to grant them wishes? 
I know I have imagined what life would be like with a little help from a magical genie!  How going one about two magical genies?

We were invited to the UK premiere of the new Shimmer and Shine series, which is being shown weekdays at 4.30pm on Nick Jr.

We got to watch the first two episodes in a genie inspired cinema and there were magical sights for everyone to experience (magicians and a ball sorcerer, genie dancing and dressing up as a genie). 

The event was spectacular, with a few celebrities thrown in too. It was truly magical.

There are four main characters:

Shimmer and Shine

Shimmer and Shine are twin genie sisters who are still in training (now that's the important part!) who try and help out their best human friend Leah. 

Leah and Zac are best friends (and neighbours) and when Leah has a problem she can't solve she summons her two genies by rubbing on her pendant necklace. Shimmer and Shine always try and help Leah out but as they are still in-training, things don't really turn out as expected!  Leah, Zac, Shimmer and Shine (and their two pets, Nahal, a Bengal tiger cub and Tala, a cheeky little monkey) get themselves into all sorts of fun and adventure whilst trying to solve their initial problem.

This is an amazing show for younger viewers.  It has great, catchy songs, which the little ones are sure to be singing along too and the stories and characters are quite funny and lovable.

Don't miss this show every weekday at 4.30pm on Nick Jr.  I look forward to cuddling up on the sofa with my little one whilst they giggle away at the adventures of this lovable group.

Shimmer and Shine is on every weekday at 4.30pm on Nick Jr.

Disclaimer:  I attended this premier, but there was no obligation to write a post.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Cravendale #MilkDrinkers Milk Challenge

We all know the benefits of drinking milk. It is a great source of calcium for the body.  Milk is filled with Vitamin D which helps the body absorb calcium. Calcium intake contributes to strong and healthy bones as well as contributing to healthy teeth. So, what better way to take milk, but in the purest form, Cravendale.

Cravendale use ceramic filters to remove more of the bacteria that turn milk sour, so it stays pure and fresh for twice as long as standard milk without additional heat treatment. Cravendale stays fresh for 21 days unopened, and 7 days once opened.

Our household loves milk, the boys drink it straight our of the fridge, "cold and refreshing" (that's their words!).  We consume about 12 pints of milk per week, and that's mainly the boys, as my husband has his milk consumption whilst at work and so do I. So between two young boys, they drink a lot of milk!  I couldn’t put the freshness challenge to the test as the boys finish a bottle within a few days!

We were very happy to receive our Cravendale coupons and to review it.  It's been a while since we had Cravendale as our milkman doesn't stock Cravendale.  We get our milk delivered (by a milkman in a milk float....the milk float sold me on that service!). My boys are milk connoisseurs; it has to be the right glass, the right temperature, not drunk too quickly etc etc!

But they took to the Cravendale milk like they had never drunk anything else.  I shouldn't have been worried as it does taste the same, the consistency is the same. If anything I would say the 'milk smell' was a lot fresher than the usual white stuff we have.

Here's a little poem I wrote about milk and Cravendale to get your taste buds going:

Amazing Milk
How amazing is milk, we love to drink it all day;
We drink it after a walk, or even after a long play.
We know that milk is good for us and started drinking Cravendale;
We've drunk so much of it, we can tell it will stop us feeling frail.
It's so creamy, fresh and yummy to drink;
That when I've filled up a cup, it's gone in a blink.
Our milk is drunk in glasses, cups and through straws;
With the amount of health benefits milk should get a round of applause!
We won't stop drinking it as it just tastes too yummy;
And we all love the feeling of milk sloshing in our tummy.
by Nel Cabral
For more details on Cravendale milk, see their website and you can follow them on Twitter @Cravendale.

Disclosure:  This post is an entry for BritMums #MilkDrinkersMilk Linky Challenge sponsored by Cravendale. This post is a review of a product I received for free.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Minions Movie - going bananas at The BT Tower

Who doesn't love those cheeky little Minions.  Kids and adults alike get a grin on their face when they hear or see them....even if we've heard the word "bottom" over 100 times in one day!

The Minions movie (the Minions first ever movie, featuring.......themselves!) is being launched on BT Store on Monday 2nd November. To celebrate this, we were invited to an exclusive showing of the Movie at the amazing and iconic BT Tower.

Not only did we get to experience the BT Tower and watch the  movie, but we got to meet the main stars of the movie, Stuart, Kevin and Bob.

My boys were so excited meeting the stars.  (I was a little excited too!)

On top of watching the movie we were treated to the red carpet by face painting experts, balloon modelling, wonderful food and amazing views from the top of the BT Tower.

The Minions movie is a great family fun movie.  It takes you on a journey on how the Minions live. The simply want to serve evil villains, that's all they wish. They find themselves working for a number of failed villains, all failing to live up to their dreams of being the biggest villain master, so the Minions move on the next, and the next. The Minions fall into a depression as they can't find a villain worthy of serving. So, one Minion, Kevin, decides to go on a journey to find their new boss. He enlists Stuart and Bob and the three of them set off to find that one true master (or mistress!).

The movie has a great cast and is really fun to watch.  The stars include Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Saunders and Steve Coogan and, of course, Steve Carell.

The Minions movie is launched on BT Store on Monday 2nd November.  If you haven't seen it, we really recommend it. If you have it's really worth it.

Disclaimer:  I was invited to this event, and was not influenced to write this post.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Hey Duggee Magazine Review

Today sees the launch of an exciting new magazine from the popular Hey Duggee children's programme by CBeebies

Hey Duggee is a fun and educational programme aimed at 2-6 years olds. The monthly magazine is priced at £2.75 and is a great price for pocket money treats as it keeps the little ones entertained for hours.

The magazine is full of fun and entertaining activities for the little ones and is based on the 7 areas of learning (Feeling good, expressive arts and design, maths, literacy, communication and language, finding out and let's move).

Each issue includes a free gift and stickers (the first issue comes with a Hey Duggee chef's hat, cookie cutter, whisk and spoon, to get the children's imagination racing!). 

Both my boys were really excited when the colourful magazine arrived.  They couldn't wait to open the free gifts and start playing with them.  We have put the cookie cutter in the baking drawer, so my youngest can have the Hey Duggee cookies on his Halloween birthday!

The toys were well made and safe (some magazine toys are a little shoddy!) and most importantly they were fun.

The boys got stuck in straight away to the magazine.  The worked really nicely together, sharing the activities and talking about the Hey Duggee characters. It was a joy to watch them work so closely and NOT argue! :)

On the first page of the magazine they could write their names and then there were sticker activities to complete.

Once each page activity had been completed there was a reward sticker to say you have properly completed the task. Which meant they had read, understand and carried out the activity properly.  Great added touch!

Great team work!

Overall, we loved the Hey Duggee Magazine.  It is full of wonderful activities to keep your little ones entertained (especially now the weather is turning).  The characters are fun and cheeky, but educational themes run through it.  As always, the CBeebies have created a great magazine and is a helpful addition to any child's development , We would highly recommend this (even if your little ones haven't seen Hey Duggee before) it’s just the right mix of fun and educational activities to keep both children and parents happy.

Disclaimer:  I was sent this product to review. All opinions and views expressed are my own.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Casdon Happy Helpers Henry Cleaning Trolley Review

We all need a helping hand with cleaning and tidying up around the house. So, start them young I say!

We were sent the Casdon Happy Helpers Henry Cleaning Trolley to review and it's been a real help motivating the boys to help cleaning up like grown ups.

The Casdon Henry Cleaning Trolley is inspired by the iconic Henry hoover brand.  A brand which is easily recognisable, fun and functional and used throughout homes and offices across the country.

The Little Helpers Henry Cleaning Trolley is a little person's version of all the items (apart from the actual hoover) you use to clean your home.

Inside the box are all the items needed to assemble the trolley.  The Henry Cleaning Trolley comes with:

  • a long handled broom
  • a mop 
  • a cloth
  • a bag
  • a dustpan and brush
  • a squeazy cleaning bottle

The Henry Cleaning Trolley was really easy to put together.  Really easy for me as I didn't do any of it, my 6 year old did it all! 

There were Henry stickers and their famous eye stickers which needed to be stuck on various equipment (i.e dustpan, bottle etc). Both my boys got excited doing this part (stickers and boys = winning combination!).


The whole Trolley was very easy to assemble, is very light, but still sturdy and all the items have a particular place to be stored on the trolley. So, no lost pieces.

The boys love using the Trolley.  When I need something cleaning up, I only have to ask once, before I hear them running for the dustpan and brush and sweep it up.  It has really encouraged the little ones to truly become Little Helpers


The Trolley is perfect for little hands. It is on wheels, so very portable. The mop, is obviously a mop, but my kids tend to use it as a hoover.

The Trolley is available at all usual toy stockists, priced around £15.  Which is great, and super cheap, if you think of all the time saved whilst the younger ones do the cleaning!.

There are a number of other items available in the Little Helpers range:

  • Hetty Cleaning Trolley (pink version of Henry)
  • Ironing Set
  • Pan Set
  • Henry Vacuum Cleaner
  • Shopping Trolley

These other items are all reasonably priced too.

I'm glad we were sent this product to review. I can sit back and relax whilst they clean up happily. 

Disclaimer:  I was sent this product to review. All opinions and views expressed are my own.