Doctor Panic – Review

Doctor Panic is a family game for 2-9 players aged 8+ distributed by Esdevium games for RRP £24.99.

Doctor Panic is a true team game, where instead of competing against each other you work as a team against the clock. There are lots of parts in the game box with a total of 8 individual tests, various cards, tweezers and even medical hair nets! You will need plenty of space to play Doctor Panic. Starts by downloading the app to your phone, or visit the website for a soundtrack. At first Doctor Panic looks complicated, but the app allows you to play a short test game to get you familiar with the set up.

doctor panic

Doctor Panic can be played in teams so we decided to start off as one team with the three of us. The rule book details each of the set ups for cards and instruments ready for you to do each test. We downloaded the app to the boys IPad, but after it crashed twice mid game, switched to my phone. This worked fine and we managed to complete the test game.

doctor panic review

The game is made more fun by the beeping of the app. Having to complete each test task as quick as possible. For each game you will need to choose the person who will act as the head and wear the hair net. The Doctor Panic game starts by dealing out 8 cards, one from each of the test card packs. Shuffle and these will form the order of the tests for your team. Start the app and follow the instructions to save your patients.

doctor panic game

You have 12 minutes to complete all the tests, and the heart beat bleeping means the patient is still alive. At any time they could go into cardiac arrest. This is signalled by a continuous bleeping, you must stop all tests and while one of you uses the heart whoopee cushion to keep your patient alive others make the code ready to shock the patient back to life.

doctor panic family game

Mix in a few Managers calls and funny tasks and Doctor Panic becomes a very active and funny laughter filled game. The tests are a mixture of skills, we found some are more funny than others. I think our favourites are the x-ray test and describing how to make funny shapes with your body. The boy liked examination with the magnifying glass and also suturing test. The game ends when either you run out of time, or you complete all the tests before the end of the 12 minutes.

Doctor Panic board game

There are different levels from easy to hard, and 8 different patients which change the game of Doctor Panic. Add in additional teams if you have more players. I think the only thing stopping more people joining in would be lack of space! Doctor Panic is a fast, fun and enjoyable short game that is suitable for all ages. Younger kids will love using the whoopee cushion, and resuscitating the patients. I can see this game being a great one for big gatherings.Playing outdoors with more space for the funny poses and managers forfeits would make this game perfect for the summer.

You can buy Doctor Panic from toy stockists in the Uk, have a look here on the Esdevium website for your nearest toy shop, or click below for my Amazon affiliate link.

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Doctor Panic

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The Supermarket -Review

The Supermarket is a 1,000 piece puzzle, number 15 in the Best of British series from Ravensburger RRP £11.99.

The Supermarket is the first puzzle in the Best of British series that I have completed and I was surprised how much I enjoyed both the illustrative style and humour from the artist Geoff Tristram. He has produced a few other puzzles with Ravensburger including Number 14 in the series titled Fit 4 nothing Gym. There is certainly plenty to look at in this puzzle, and the boy enjoyed working out some of the supermarket puns and jokes on the signs contained within the CheapoSave store. I even managed to convince Dad Dragon to help me out with this one.

the supermarket

I found this puzzle was straight forward to complete in the traditional way of edges first. With the logos and signs being the next thing I completed. There are lots of bright colours to pick out and complete. With so much detail in the supermarket puzzle you will continue to notice new things even after some time completing the puzzle. There are details on the shelves, packets and puns everywhere you look. Our favourite was the Diet coke bottle ” contains nothing beneficial” This puzzle has been such fun not just to complete but to look at afterwards as some of the details too small on the box come to life in the puzzle itself.

supermarket puzzle

Bingo granny is also looking forward to completing this puzzle, as she worked in a large supermarket for many years so the jokes will be even more relevant to her. The Supermarket I am sure will be much-loved by the Best of British fans and shoppers alike!

supermarket from ravensburger

Visit the Ravensburger website for the rest of the puzzles in the series of click my affiliate link below to buy this puzzle online.

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for an honest review.

Hotter Shoes at Chelsea

I was recently invited to a Hotter shoe party in Horsham by BakesBooksandMyBoys which got me very excited as I never treat myself to anything! This was going to be my first experience of Hotter shoes, and after a warm welcome and a few nibbles I set about browsing the store.

I decided to have my feet measured, as I can’t remember the last time I did this, and after some trying on and great advice from the staff discovered that I have strange feet. Although I am a standard six, due to a low ankle bone and narrow heels a five and a half or narrow fitting was a much better fit. I was very impressed with the patience and of the Hotter store staff as I spent an hour trying to find the right shoes. Only slightly disappointed that they didn’t have the chosen ones in stock, they offered to have the shoes ordered and delivered to my home.

hotter shoes

Leaving with an empty bag, was a little strange, but I was assured they would arrive shortly. I was excited that I would no longer be a hotter shoe virgin. Sure enough after about 10 days my shoes arrived, I had chosen Quake in Mauve Nubuck (although I think they look more of a soft pink). They fitted perfectly and had arrived just in time for me to set them the ultimate test a day out at Chelsea Flower show.

hotter shoes at chelsea

Chelsea flower show was the perfect test of all the Hotter shoe claims, comfort, style and adventure! There was no slipping about on the tube as the touch fastening kept them in place. They certainly had style and looked so much nicer than my trainers. I saw so many people as they left changing out of their shoes into something more comfy. I didn’t have too, as the Hotter shoes have millions of little bubbles in the soles to keep your feet comfy. It certainly was a long day on my feet, and with plenty of walking I made it home with happy feet, and a camera full of fantastic flower pictures.

hotter shoes london

I have been impressed with my Hotter shoes, and the fact that 80% of the shoes from Hotter are British made means that I will be back for more very soon. If you would like to try hotter shoes for yourself I have an offer to share with you, use the code PPATEN to receive £10 off plus free delivery for your first order, then you too will no longer be a Hotter shoes virgin!

Terms and conditions are £10 off plus FREE delivery is for first orders only. You are entitled to £10 off the total order value of any full priced items in the Hotter range (excluding shoe care products and accessories) plus FREE delivery. Minimum order value £25. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or on Sale or Factory Clearance items and gift vouchers. Expires 30/6/16

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Triop World Giveaway

Have you seen my Triop World review? Well here is your chance to win this educational kit from My Living world. The Triop world kit contains everything you need to learn about these fascinating creatures, and the boy has enjoyed trying to spot these almost microscopic creatures.

triop world

Enter below on my Gleam app, and don’t forget to leave a blog post comment on my review HERE.

Triop World

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  • It is mandatory to leave a comment in the post comment section answering the question specified. Other tasks completed will gain additional entries. The winner will be checked to make sure they have both left a comment and completed the task for the winning entry.
  • Winner will be drawn randomly after the competition closes at 23:59 on Sunday 10th July
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Triop World – Review

Triop World is a natureset from the My Living World collection from Interplay. Suitable for ages 7+ RRP £9.99. The box contains a tank, triop information booklet, spoon, pipette, triop eggs, triop food and a small bag of sand.

Triop world is a hands on set with everything to grow and watch triops grow and find out more about these fascinating creatures. Triops are creatures that are millions of years old and are sometimes called living fossils. This is the perfect activity for the boy who is currently learning about water, rivers and creatures at school. You will need to collect some rain water for your Triop world kit, or buy some bottled spring water. The box comes with everything else that you will need.

triop world

First you will need to clean and fill your triop tank use a little of your water (not tap water) to do this then fill your tank to 3/4 full. Next you need to make sure that the water in the tank is at room temperature. Next sprinkle half the bag of detritus from the Triop World box onto the top of the water. This pack contains the Triop eggs, they are very small and you wont be able to see them. They should hatch within 24 hours but there is a troubleshooting section in the leaflet if you have problems.

triop world set up

After cleaning and filling our tank we added half the packet marked Triop eggs. Then we had to wait. The boy was keen to find out how long, and we were convinced we would see activity after the 24 hours. We had to wait a little longer before we were able to see anything with the naked eye as they creatures are pretty small. After a couple of days there was defiantly something moving in the water but it is still difficult to work out if it is a triop or not. It was time to feed our Triops a tiny but of food on day three, and the boy was keen to see if they would appear from the bottom. We definatly have some creatures now and can see movement, a few days more and we might be able to work out if we have triops.

The Booklet in the triop World kit has plenty of fascinating facts about triops. From how they evolved and their life cycle. Also detailed pictures and plenty for the boy to learn about these peculiar creatures. You also may get other creatures from your egg packet like fairy shrimps, daphnia and clam shrimp. Just like the Triop these are all creatures that have evolved to live and reproduce in a short amount of time to survive.

The boy has enjoyed finding out more about these ancient creatures, and hopefully once we have some triop eggs, we can dry them out and start all over again with another generation of Triops.

Disclaimer we were sent this kit in exchange for and honest review.

Bugs in the Kitchen – Review

Bugs in the Kitchen is a fun family game for 2-4 players from Ravensburger for ages 6+ RRP £24.99.

Bugs in the kitchen is a hit in the dragon house, and it has a lot to do with the cute little Hexbug. We have loved these little creature from the first time we discovered them, a game with a Hexbug in it was always going to be fun. Anyone who has played with a Hexbug, will have made a maze for it to travel through. Bugs in the kitchen is based on this style of maze, built from knives forks and spoons, simple and lots of fun.

bugs in the kitchen game bugs in the kitchen

There is very little assembly needed for Bugs in the kitchen, simply insert the plastic knives forks and spoons into the playing board as illustrated in the instructions. Press out the bug tokens and kitchen compartments. There are a few different patterns to start your game then it is time to play and switch on your Hexbug.

bugs in the kitchen review

Bugs in the Kitchen gameplay is simple, take it in turns to roll the dice, move the illustrated part of the maze, and trap the bug at your end of the kitchen to win a bug token. The winner is the first person to collect five bug tokens. Games are fast and full of giggles, lasting 10 – 20 minutes. Everyone who has played this game with us has enjoyed it and even Granny had a fighting chance of winning if she could stop laughing. Bugs in the kitchen requires no great skill, just speed and a little luck that the Hexbug or dice will turn your way.

bugs in the kitchen game

We love Bugs in the Kitchen, and think this game will be a great hit with kids of all ages, and it has already been voted a Toy Testers TV Gold Award- Voted for as the “Most Fun Toy 2014” by children aged 4-15. Little ones can make up teams and work together to capture the most bugs. While the adult wont be able to stop giggling at the frustration as the little Hexbug changes direction at the last-minute. Visit the Ravensburger website for more family fun games.

 

Disclaimer we were sent this game in return for an honest review.

Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract

When I saw this recipe for oat energy bars from Potter’s Herbals and thought it would be a great after school snack for the boy. I am always on the lookout for easy foods for him in the after school hours when he would happily eat everything in the fridge. I was interested to read about the properties of Potters Herbals Malt Extract and finding out about the slow release of the sugars in malt extract mean that this recipe is a perfect energy choice.

Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract ­ a traditional, nutritious and versatile malt extract. Can be spread on bread and toast, added to cereals, used as a replacement for refined sugar in bread, cakes and general cooking, or taken by the spoonful as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

  • Made using pure barley extract.
  • Free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
  • Sugar in Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract is in the form of maltose, which converts to glucose during digestion. Glucose is stored as glycogen, which can be readily converted back to glucose for sustaining blood glucose levels and energy release.
  • Prepared by low temperature concentration to preserve the natural ingredients in an easily digestible form.

Potter’s Herbals orange, raisin and cranberry oat energy bar

This protein packed energy bar has the citrus zing of the orange, combined with the sweetness of the dried fruits and the nutty tang of peanut butter. The malt, peanut butter and oats all create a slow release energy bar that will keep you energised throughout the day.

Makes: 12 Prep time: 10-15 minutes, plus cooling Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

100ml orange juice

75g stoned medjool dates, chopped

50g dried cranberries

50g raisins

75g Potter’s Herbals malt extract

75g peanut butter

150g porridge oats

50g pistachios, chopped

potter's herbals

 

1 Preheat the oven to 180C, 160C fan, gas 4. Grease and line a 20cm square tin with baking paper.  

2 Place the orange juice, dates, cranberries and raisins into a pan, bring to a gentle simmer and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes. Pour into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Pour into a bowl then stir in the malt, peanut butter and porridge oats until combined and sticky. Stir through the pistachios and spoon into the lined tin.  

potters herbals malt extract

3 Flatten down with a spoon and bake for 15 minutes, until just golden around the edges.  Remove from the oven and immediately score into 12 energy bars, then leave fully to cool in the tin. 

4 Once cool remove from the tin and place onto a chopping board. Cut into bars. These can be kept in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Tip: For an added treat, you can stir 100g white chocolate chips/chopped white chocolate into the mixture.

potters herbals energy bars

I substituted a few ingredients in my bars as I found I didn’t have raisins so added cherry’s and currants instead. We didn’t add the nuts as the boy is not keen and I think my next batch might have to include banana chips as they are one of the boys favourite. My finished Potter’s Herbals cereal bars smelt amazing and tasted even better, they certainly went down well with the boy who loved the peanut buttery taste.

I was sent malt extract to try out this recipe, and would recommend it as a better alternative to refined sugar. Potters Herbals range can be bought online, or in Waitrose, Boots, Holland and Barrett and health food stores. Visit their website for more information.

 

Camel Up – Review

Camel Up is another award-winning game distributed by Esdevium, suitable for ages 8+, 2-8 players and RRP £24.99. This is a fun betting game for all the family, and has already become a family favourite.

The box contains a board, rules, 5 coloured camel counters and matching dice. 40 race betting cards, 8 desert tiles, 15 leg betting cards, 5 pyramid tiles and a selection of coins and notes. There is a small amount of construction needed for the pyramid which is used to shake the race dice, but this is easy and takes no time to make. I love that with Camel up they have thought about how you store the pieces and the box comes with zip lock bags for the smaller pieces for after you have opened packets of cards.

camel up

Camel up is a game that is fun to set up, the board has a town for the betting part of the game and a track for racing the camels. The set up for the game takes a while to work out, and I have taken to reading through game instructions a day before embarking on a new game. This way it saves the frustration of the boy wanting to play straight away. We were very soon getting stuck into learning how to play camel up, and working out our strategy’s. Once you have laid out all the pyramid, and betting tiles. Given each player a starting kitty of 3 Egyptian pounds, 5 betting cards and a desert tile it is time to set up the camels.

camel up pyramid

We love the pyramid dice shaker and you store the coloured dice inside for the game, but first shake all the dice to find out where the camels are going to start. The fun part of the game is stacking the camels. If a camel lands on another he goes at the top, and becomes a unit meaning that he moves with the camel below. The object of the game is to bet on the winning camel and make as much money as you can. This sounds simple but there is plenty to think of, and once we had tried the game a few times found that you had to take a few risks in how you bet.

On each turn of Camel up you have four options, first to take a betting tile on which coloured camel you think might win the leg. Betting on the overall winner. You could place your desert tile on the board or move it to help boost a camel to the winning line or stop him in his tracks. Or your other option is to take a pyramid tile and shake and release a dice from the pyramid. The rules are far more comprehensive and once you have played the game through are easier to understand. Camel up is basically played in sections legs with each player taking turns until the last dice is released. The bets are all paid out, and moneys won and lost. We found each game was made up of about 4 or five legs and took about half an hour to play.

camel up game

The game ends when the first camel crosses the finish line. The game stops monies are paid and the overall winners and looser are paid out. This we found was where it was worth taking an early risk on which coloured camel might make it to the finish line. Camel Up is a great family game and one that we have played with granny too. We found the boy doesn’t like to take risks and Dad dragon does! This means that out of the last 4 games we played Dad has lost quite badly including going into minus coins! The boy likes Camel up, working out how staking the camels and moving them and which ones still have to move in relation to the coloured dice. At first glance Camel up may seem a little straightforward or even dull, but we can see why it already has won awards, and has become an evening favourite.

If you would like to play Camel up with your family  this summer then have a look at my affiliate link below visit the Esdevium website for stockists or enter my gleam giveaway using the app below.

 

 

Camel Up

Disclaimer we were sent this game in return for an honest review.

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Didriksons Rainy Day Solutions – Review

Didriksons are a Swedish company who make practical clothing for the whole family, keeping you protected from all the weather that Britain can throw at you! The boy has tried out waterproof coats and trousers from Didriksons and we were both impressed with how good they are. I thought it was about time I tried a Didriksons summer waterproof jacket and chose the Lush Womens Jacket (RRP £140) in Bubblegum.

didriksons

I must have been feeling brave to choose such a bright colour and the Didriksons Lush coat comes in a great chose of more subtle shades. I wanted a jacket that would be a little longer than waist length as I find on the school run when I do get caught in the rain I end up with a drip line across the top of my legs. The Didriksons range of coats come in different styles and lengths and a range of fun colours.

didriksons lush womens jacket

Didriksons Lush women’s jacket has lots of stylish and useful features. It is an unlined coat so has no warmth layer, but this makes it very practical for the summer as it is lightweight and not bulky to carry. I love all the little details and the Lush jacket has a few different adjustments at the waist and the hem to allow you to fit to your shape. There are also poppers at the cuffs to keep the water out. I selected a size larger than my normal sized clothes (something I have always done) and was pleased with the fit, I like to be able to add a jumper under a coat for those chilly evenings. I was impressed with the number of pockets. The main pockets have a soft lining and are nice and deep. There is an inside pocket possibly for maps or a wallet, and a neat hidden pocket between the outside poppers that you can easily keep your phone or iPod. This pocket even has a clever headphone gap so that you could listen to music while walking.

didriksons coats

There have been plenty of opportunities on the school run for me to test out the waterproof nature of the Didriksons Lush jacket and have been pleased that I am staying dry. I found giving the jacket a quick shake, it dried off very quickly. The attached hood and high neck line means that the rain didn’t get into the neck of the coat either. I have had some lovely comments about the styling of the Didriksons Lush jacket, friends have also complimented me on the colour.

Didriksons range of waterproof clothing is available online as well as selected retailers in the UK, have a look at their Store Finder search to find your nearest stockist.

I was sent this product in return for an unbiased review.

The Safari Park What If? – Ravensburger Puzzle Review

The Safari Park is the 13th puzzle in the series of What if? puzzles from Ravensburger. This 1,000 piece mystery puzzle is suitable for ages 14+ RRP £11.99.

This is the first time I have done one of the What if? illustrative puzzles from Ravensburger and I wasn’t sure if I would like not having a picture to follow. I also wasn’t sure how much the finished puzzle picture would deviate for the illustration on the box lid. The box gives you a question. “What if?…animals were more enterprising than we realised?” The picture is perhaps what you would expect to happen to visitors in a safari park. I still wasn’t sure if the completed Safari park would be a before or after picture, and set about my usual edges sort.

safari park

The illustrative style of the safari park means there is plenty to see on each piece and with a rough idea of what the puzzle might contain I set about finding a place to start. It turned out that there were lots of pieces with writing, like the safari park sign. I was able to fit some of these in but others I had no idea where they might end up in the finished puzzle. This certainly was a different challenge to a standard puzzle and one I was rather enjoying. The picture on the box gives you an idea of what animals are in the finished puzzle, but they had all moved about a bit, so starting with the buildings which stay in the same place was a good starting point.

safari park review

The boy liked the animals on my puzzle, and wanted to help, but couldn’t understand that the picture was not the same as the one on the box lid. It’s a good job he had the African Friends puzzle of his own to complete. Bingo granny on the other hand was not going to leave me alone to complete the puzzle, and was completely hooked within minutes. This was certainly a great family puzzle, and was a talking point during our usual Sunday morning coffee and cake.

what if safari park

The Safari Park is a great puzzle and I wont spoil the solution by showing you the full finished puzzle, but the cheeky little animals have certainly turned out to be very enterprising. I loved this style of mystery puzzle and look forward to completing some of the others in the series.  For more puzzles from Ravensburger What if? series visit the website.

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle for review the opinions remain my own and have not been altered.