Beanies Coffee – Review

Have you tried Beanies Coffee? No neither had we, and we were offered the choice from a great range of flavours which made the Soup Dragon Dad’s eyes light up.

I am not the coffee drinker in the house, but Dragon Dad is, and we get through tons of the stuff! In the run up to Christmas he tends to go a bit mad and loves to try all the flavoured coffees and thinks he is a bit of a cognisor! Beanies have a great range of both ground and instant coffees, so he was the perfect Dragon to try them out!

beanies coffee

Dragon Dad was spoilt for choice, so I chose for him with Cappuccino, Chocolate Cherry, Christmas Pudding, Tiramisu which can come as ground coffees and also Decaf. Dragon Dad started with the Chocolate Cherry and Cappuccino flavours and has been suitably impressed. He said the flavours were really nice, and he liked the hint of Cherry. He has been saving the Christmas pudding for the festive season, and I will admit it certainly smells yummy. Beanies have an amazing range, and something for all coffee drinkers. I was impressed to find that the Beanies range starts from £2.75 for a bag of ground and £2.50 for instant which means they are affordable as well as flavoursome.

The Verdict:

Dragon Dad, says he loves the flavoured coffee and would defiantly ask me to pick it up with the shopping again. He found some flavours very sweet which meant he needed less sugar, and his favourite so far is the Cappuccino Flavour.

Beanies has been available to buy in Sainsbury’s for some time and now and have just launched with two instant flavours in Tesco. To celebrate the Beanies Amaretto Almond, and Irish Cream instants being available now in a Tesco store near you. I am offering a pot of each to three lucky winners!

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Simply complete the Gleam app below and don’t forget to like the Beanies Facebook Page to find out more about the Beanies range.

Beanies Coffee

 

Day 3

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Secret Spy Workshop – Review

The Secret Spy Workshop is a fun kit from Interplay aimed at children aged 6+ and with an RRP of £12.99.secret spy workshop

At first glance it may not seem that you get much for your money, but this kit has surprising contents. I left the boy to explore this kit while I was making tea, and although he is pretty good at putting things together wasn’t sure how he would get on. The box contains:

  • Scenery insert
  • Big and small mirrors
  • Die-cut sheets
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Plastic beads
  • Bendy mirror
  • Tracing paper
  • Plastic box
  • EVA foam
  • Grids card
  • Colour Instruction Manual

This doesn’t take up much of the box, but what I did like about this kit that made it different from others we have tried is that you have enough pieces to do activities more than once. The boy built the spy snooper with no help from me, and I was surprised to see what I thought were real mirrors. On closer inspection these highly shiny mirrors are made from plastic so perfectly safe for kids to use, and wont break if dropped.

super spy kit

The boy was soon onto the magic money-box, which has to be the best part of the kit. He assembled this easily, and we love the glittery inserts as well as the funny fish. Its is a very convincing optical illusion and something the boy enjoyed working out. He has now hidden some secret messages in the box and wants to pass them onto his friends.

magic pearl

Finally we moved onto secret coding. This was well-timed as we were looking at coded messages and especially Morse code this weekend at cubs. Using the Anamorphic spy code to draw a picture of the house then using a mirror to reshape the picture the boy was very impressed with this new form of coding. He decided that he would write some secret messages for his friends, and then teach them how to decode them.

The Secret Spy workshop has been a lot of fun, not just making the objects but trying them out. The boy who is 9 found them easy to put together on his own, and only needed help with how to work out the coding grid. The Boy says:

This is awesome, now I can hide all my special things from Dad, and write letters to my friends, that only they can read.

Have a look at the interplay website for some of the other fun kits for boys and girls, or buy the Secret Spy Workshop online now!

Disclaimer we were sent this kit to review the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

Lite Wars, Lite Brix – review

Lite Wars, Lite Brix are a great construction toy for children aged 6+ available from retailers from RRP £9.99 to £19.99. We were sent the Slayer Jet vs Captain Bolts Bunker set to try out and review for you.

This Lite Wars, Lite Brix set comes with two bags of bricks, two figures, full colour instructions and a light brick which requires 3 AAA batteries (not supplied). The boy loves construction sets, and this one looks pretty cool so I knew he would enjoy putting it together.

lite wars lite brix

The instructions are pretty easy to follow, once you understand the highlighted next brick pictures. This pieces were also fairly simple to click together and there was only one piece that the boy couldn’t quite clip in tight. The figures which come complete with light up features are very cool, and the boy has been most impressed with these.

lite brix

It took the boy about 30 minutes to finish putting the Lite Wars Hawk vs Lt Blaze set together, and has enjoyed playing with the ship and gun wielding figures. The set is certainly different to other construction sets as you have lite up bricks that flash across the whole space ship. With 3 sets to collect this would be a perfect Christmas gift and something to keep all construction addicts like the boy happy.

lite wars

The boy says:

This ship is epic, and I like swapping the little figures over. It stays together well and doesn’t fall apart when I play with it. I think its pretty cool!

lite brix lite wars hawk

Lite Brix play sets are available for boys and girls and you can find more details here on the Character website. We will certainly be adding Lite Brix, to our Christmas list, and these sets would make a perfect friends Birthday gift.

Family Fever

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Little Cracker Juice Drinks – Review

Little Cracker’s Juice Drinks are great little cartons of juice and we have reviewed their juice cartons before. Now Little Cracker’s have two new flavours to add to the range. Orange & Lemon, and Apple & Raspberry.

Little Cracker Juice drinks are a perfect handy lunch boxed size drink perfect now that the boy is back at school, and we were excited to find out what the new flavours would taste like. Little Cracker drinks are 100% natural juice with a splash of water, and with no added sugar are great as one of your five a day.

little cracker's juice drinks

As before the boy was not keen on the pear and vanilla flavour, and we think this is a little of an acquired taste, but the new flavours were a hit. Especially the cherry and blackcurrant as these are two of the boys favourite fruit flavours. Little Cracker Juice drinks are perfect for lunch boxes, now that the kids are back to school and are available for RRP £1.99 for a pack of 3 cartons.

If you would like the chance to try out Little Cracker’s Juice Drinks for yourself then I have a nice little giveaway for you, simply complete the Gleam app below for your chance to win a pack of each flavour of Little Cracker’s Juice Drinks

Little Cracker Juice Drinks
 

Disclaimer, we were sent a selection of Little Cracker’s Juice drinks to try the opinions remain ours and have not been altered.

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Articulate for kids -Review

Articulate for Kids is great new version of the fast talking description game especially designed for kids ages 6+ and has a RRP £19.99.

We reviewed the adult Articulate earlier in the year, and really enjoyed this fast paced timed game. The boy however did struggle to know what some of the words were so we were excited to try out Articulate for Kids and see what was different. The box contains: a playing board, box of cards (in 3 sealed packs), 4 playing pieces, timer, and rules.

articulate for kids

First of all the game play is the same as Articulate, with a minimum of two teams of two players, up to four teams. Each team picks a describer and guesser and alternate who does this. Depending on the size of your team you could choose to have one describer which may also make the game harder. As there are only three of us in the dragon household, this game is brought out for parties, or days when Granny visits. This doesnt stop the boy from practicing his descriptive talents on me, and he loves to see how many words I can guess within a length of time.

Play starts on the board, each team choosing a piece to play and starting with a light blue square word (object word). The first team pick a card and against the timer have to describe the word of the coloured square their playing piece is on. Describe as many words of that colour as you can before the timer runs out, each correct guess will move your playing piece further round the board, onto one of the different category colours. There are 6 colour categories, Object, Action, world, person, random and nature. Of course Articulate for Kids, has words which are well-known to them, but there are some great new words, and some that the boy didn’t know so this is a great game to widen his knowledge.

contents articulate for kids

Team number two now have their turn, and play continues in this way until a team land on or pass the finish square. The teams must remember they can’t use, sounds like, starts with or saying any part of the word on the card. We found these rules can be relaxed with younger members of teams but need to be agreed at the start of the game. You may have one pass each game and this can be useful when playing with younger kids, as there are a few people, and words that even the boy didn’t know.

Articulate for Kids is a great version of the classic game, and one we have enjoyed playing, whether I am being tested by the boy or playing as a family. The boy has defiantly enriched his vocabulary over the past few weeks with some interesting topics and new words. The smile on his face when he had to describe Mickey Mouse to me was a picture as he knew just what to say to get his answer!

example of articulate for kids

I can see this game will be a great addition to our Christmas collection, and with the added benefit of team play can be played with multi generation teams. I can see the grandparents having to pass on words like Nerf, and Angry Birds!

If you would like the chance to add Articulate for Kids to your Christmas games cupboard, then why not enter my gleam giveaway below or click on the link to purchase from Amazon. Find out more about the Drumond Park family of games, on their website, and Facebook pages.

Articulate for Kids

Disclaimer, we were sent this game for the purpose of review the opinions remain ours and have not been altered.

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The Lego Movie – Review

The Lego Move – So the question is who hasn’t seen this film? I know that we love it, and haven’t just watched it once, no I can say that now we have it on DVD the boy in some places is almost word-perfect!

Emmet has found the Lego movie

If you haven’t seen this film (and you really should) then here is the outline of the story:

Emmet is the unlikely star of the film, and just a normal everyday construction worker. Emmet starts every day the same, with the same trip to work, following the same instructions to the same job…One day he comes a cross a strange hole, and on spotting something different bumps into Wyldstyle, falling into a hole and unwittingly getting stuck to the piece of resistance.

Wyldstyle believing Emmet is the chosen one, sets off on a wild and wacky adventure through the different Lego lands, on the path to destroy the Kragle, and Lord Buisness who is hoping to take over all the Lego realms…

The characters are great, with an all-star cast of voices from Will Ferrell, to Morgan Freeman. The film is completely engaging for both kids young and old, and having watched it more than once, I am yet to get bored with spotting all the little details and retro Lego flashbacks. I have a soft spot for Benny who is so like my brothers Lego men. The boy and I love nothing more than slipping into conversation “Honey, Where are my Pants?” Good cop, bad cop is the boys favourite, and so the list of favourites gets longer.

So if you haven’t seen The Lego Movie, “Why not?” and if you have bought the DVD watch it again, because it really is that good.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of the Lego Movie on DVD to watch and review for suppose.com where you can track products and prices on all sorts of things! The words and opinions remain ours and have not been altered.

Light-up Space Planetarium – Review

Light-up Space Planetarium from Great Gizmos, this is a great build it yourself science kit for ages 8+ and RRP £12.95.

This neat little boxed project comes with all the parts that you need to build a cool torch planetarium. There are several grey plastic parts needed to build the projector, some very small screws, pen, and projector film. with both pre printed and plain for you to design your own projections.

light-up space planetarium

You will need a small screwdriver to assemble this project, and despite the boy being 8 nearly nine, he had trouble getting the very tiny screws to fit, so I was instructed to do the tricky part of screwing the projector together. The boy completed all the other parts of putting this kit together. He especially enjoyed testing out the different films which slot in above the LED torch.

building light-up space planetarium

The summer holidays are such a big break to fill that this kit was perfect way to fill one of our days at home. The boy is getting more interested in all the science experiments, and particularly all things space. This kit didn’t take long to build, the boy took time to work out the effects of moving the light source closer and further away from the slides. You can project images onto the dome on the top of the planetarium or directly onto the wall of ceilings.

great gizmos light-up space planetarium

I would say that I think this kit seemed flimsy as the legs simply slot into place, and tend to fall out when you lift it from the floor. The boy didn’t seem to mind this, as he preferred to use it as a torch shining pictures on his walls. The star slides we thought were fun and we tried to work out which of the constellations we knew. when placed on the floor of the boy’s room the projector had enough power to light pretty patterns on the ceiling which was fun.

light-up space prodjector

For a space fan, this is a great little kit, and a good start perfect for looking at how projectors work. It does seem a little pricey for what is included in the kit, but with battery’s included it was nice not to have to dash out to the shops!

Disclaimer, we were sent this set for an honest opinion, the words have not been altered.

 

 

 

Mickey & Minnie Eiffel Tower – Review

When we were offered the Mickey & Minnie Eiffel Tower, I was hardly going to say no! Especially as this Ravensburger puzzle is 3D. Since we reviewed the 3D Taj Mahal the boy has been excited at completing a few more jigsaw puzzles which make a nice change from his usual construction toys.
I was excited to see what made the Mickey & Minnie Eiffel Tower different from the other Eiffel Tower puzzles that Ravensburger make. First it was nice to see that this puzzle comes in a box the right size for the content. I hate over-packaged toys, and this smaller box is a much better size. As with all the Ravensburger puzzles the Mickey & Minnie Eiffel Tower is made from the sturdy plastic pieces with their unique folding system.
Mickey & Minnie Eiffel Tower
Each piece locks beautifully together to form the tower starting from the heavy card base up through the two floors to the summit. There are two ways to complete the puzzle.
The hard way: look at the picture and match up the different sides, linking each floor together.
The easier way: Look at the back of each piece and follow the number and arrow system.
The boy loves the number system and as soon as this parcel arrived he wanted to put it together, even though we had visitors at the time. He sat for ages in his PJ’s before I made him go to bed, only to get up bright and early in the morning just so he could finish it.
building Mickey & Minnie Eiffel Tower
Mickey & Minnie Eiffel Tower is a great puzzle, and was slightly easier to put together than the Taj Mahal, despite its smaller size it still has 216 pieces, and took the boy over an hour to complete using the number linking system. This puzzle has to be a must for all the Disney and puzzle fans, and despite the recommended age of 12+ the boy completed all except the very tricky top-level completely on his own.
finished Mickey & Minnie Eiffel Tower
The finished model is 44cm high, and quite impressive, I love the colours which give a night-time look with added Disney details of Micky & Minnie kissing under the tower. I think this would be a great gift for any Disney fan, and we have enjoyed building it. The Mickey & Minnie Eiffel Tower from Ravensburger is available online and in shops for RRP £22.99

 

Disclaimer we were sent the 3D Mickey & Minnie Eiffel Tower to review the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

Dobble Kids – Review

We were sent the new Dobble kids game to review, and just like Dobble it didn’t disappoint! This versatile little game may be simple, and even at first sound like the appeal would be over in five minutes. We have found that it is a game that we keep coming back to.

The difference with Dobble kids, and original Dobble is simply the pictures are easily recognisable to children of ages 4+ and maybe younger. Being animals and not objects means everyone can get involved, with play for 2 to 5 players. The boy loves original Dobble, but some of the pictures are not everyday objects, i.e.:  a treble clef.

dobble kids

Dobble Kids, comes in a great tin with instructions, and 30 cards. The basic concept of Dobble Kids is snap. Spot the animal in common. Depending on the mini game the one with the most/least cards is the winner. There are 5 mini games in the instructions and each takes only a few moments to learn, but as I found out, given a couple of goes and the boy was beating me on reaction speed.

playing dobble kids

With only 30 cards in Dobble Kids as opposed to 55 in Dobble, the games are shorter, the boy was also able to make up his own games, and even sat and played solitaire finding the matching animals. This game has been a great distraction on the train, as well as last week in our hotel. It’s such an easy game to grab and throw in the rucksack, with no fear of loosing parts, or getting dog-eared in its cute round tin.
Here is an example of game play, lots of concentration and guess what the boy wins!

We are huge Dobble fans, and as with all simple games, I am sure Dobble kids will become a classic game that all families have in their games cupboard. If you would like the chance to win your very own then simply follow the Gleam instructions below, and fingers crossed.

Dobble Kids

Dobble kids is available from Amazon RRP £12.99 follow the Dobble fun on Facebook, or buy now in time for Christmas!

Disclaimer, we were sent Dobble kids to review, the opinions remain ours and have not been altered.

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is the latest in a series of Galt Mini Masterpieces to inspire children to look at famous painting, and create new masterpieces of their own.

We were sent a Galt Sponge Painting kit to start us off, but the boy had ideas of his own on how to approach decorating his template. We started by downloading and printing off a copy off The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. This picture sparkles like a thousand jewels and the boy wanted to use his imagination to make the picture as colourful as possible.the kiss

I didn’t show him the original as I didn’t want him to simply copy the painting. So the transformation began. The boy loves to make his creations in pencil, and very occasionally coloured pencil, this time he chose loom bands. These colourful rubber bands lent themselves well to the brightness needed for The Kiss. The boy is fairly fast at weaving these rubber bands together and soon had a band long enough to fill the cloak.

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

While I popped off to finish dinner, he continued to fill the picture with different colours for the hair and faces, and said he was very pleased with his finished artwork. I will confess he is not as arty as I had hoped, he does like a craft or two, and loom bands are his thing at the moment. He has never been much for painting, although he has been enjoying it a bit more now with his school projects. Hopefully the Galt Minimasterpieces might have inspired him to create something different, and we cant wait to see what the painting will be over the summer holidays.

The Kiss Gustav Klimt

If you would like to join in the Galt Mini Masterpiece this month you have until 21st July to download and submit your child’s handy work. There is a new famous piece each month so why not have a go with your children. You never know your little Picasso might win a bundle of Galt art and craft goodies for their efforts.

Disclaimer we were sent a pack of painting materials in return for post.