Thursday, 18 October 2018

Wally The Washer from Drumond Park {Review & Giveaway}

Who doesn't love a good game? I've always been partial to playing games right from my childhood to now. Dylan has always been the same. He'd happily play game after game on family game night. We've got many of the classics but he's much more interested in interactive fun games. We recently received Wally The Washer to play with Dylan. A fun game based around a washing machine called Wally who has washed a load of clothes but has somehow retained that one elusive dirty sock. 

For the first set up there is some assembly required. It's nothing major with Wally the Washer fully assembled you just need to add some fun stickers along with four AA batteries to bring him to life. Alongside Wally you need to add the stickers to the dirty sock and assemble the washing lines by adding the two legs they stand on. Take out the remaining clothing pieces and the all important giant clothes peg and voila the game is ready to go! 

To get started with the actual playing you need to choose one of the four colours for each player. After finding your coloured washing line and assembling you need to place all the clothing pieces along with the dirty sock into Wally The Washer and close the door. The on off switch at the bottom of Wally The Washer needs turned on and he will set off in a spinning frenzy! 

The youngest player goes first and pushes down on the soap box at the top of Wally which pops the door open. Dylan loved pressing the soap box, as did both his friends who played along with him! It seemed to become some kind of fantastic sport as to who could make it the most dramatic.

At this point one of three things will happen when Wally The Washer's door pops open.

1) Various clothing pieces will fall out and each player must collect all their own coloured pieces and hang them up along their washing line. This is the most wanted outcome since the person to fill their washing line and collect all five of their pieces of clothing will win the game. 

2) Various clothing pieces along with the dirty sock will fall out. If this happens all the piece have to be returned to Wally The Washer and for the next round the player who opened the door has to wear the giant clothes peg on their nose. Then play can begin again with the next player. I have to say this one garnered the most amount of disappointment with Dylan and his friends. Seeing all their pieces being bundled back inside the drum wasn't a happy sight. Although they thought the giant clothes peg was fantastic! 

3) Nothing comes out. I was surprised by how accepting everyone was when nothing appeared out of Wally and they simply moved on to the next player. 

Once each round is over and everyone has their pieces or has bundled all the clothing back into Wally The Washer the door is closed and again Wally is set off in a spin. 

Of course the winner is the person who fills up their washing line first but sometimes more than one person can reach the same point. It comes down to whoever is fast enough to put their final piece on first! Dylan loved the rush of the finish line when it was him and his friend up against each other fighting to get that last piece. 

For children who love playing games I cannot recommend Wally The Washer enough. Everyone has loved this game. It's such fun to play even as an adult it fun to play along with Dylan when his friends aren't around. When they are they can be left to their own devices for the most part and happily play over and over again.

I can see Wally The Washer featuring on many Christmas lists this year. I know he's already on one of Dylan's friends list to Santa. 

To find out more on Wally The Washer and to find stockists head over to Drumond Park

We've even got a Wally The Washer from Drumond Park to giveaway to one of our lucky readers! Keep reading for our terms and conditions before you enter through our Gleam widget below. 

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

FourFit Health Band {Review}

Since becoming a parent I've always put my needs last, even when it comes to my own health. I was much more aware during and after my pregnancy with Scarlet about the need to be more healthy. With that in mind I was excited when FourFit got in touch with me.

FourFit Health Band Review on Us Two Plus You - The band and it's box

FourFit Health Band Review on Us Two Plus You - The band itself

FourFit have a range of fitness trackers along with their own Health Band which I''ve been using. They want to bring the latest technology in their health and fitness tracking to help us to be healthier. FourFit are bringing the technology to the world at the best price without us having to compromise on quality. 

FourFit Health Band Review on Us Two Plus You - the band on charge

FourFit Health Band Review on Us Two Plus You - back of the band with sensors and charging ports

I've been giving the FourFit Health Band a good test over the last couple of weeks. When it first arrived the very first step was to give the Health Band a charge. It comes with the USB charger that has three small prongs that slot into the back of the Health Band while the band is kept in place with a soft back clip. It didn't take long to charge up at all.
I've found that the charge holds pretty well. I can get 3-4 days of use out of each full charge! Just what I need from a health band since I would probably forget to put it back on if it needed charged every day.

FourFit Health Band Review on Us Two Plus You - clock face screen

FourFit Health Band Review on Us Two Plus You - Checking my steps for the day while out is easy

The FourFit Health Band is more than just a fitness watch. It does have the much needed clock face when first touched but it also tracks your steps using an algorithm which will look for your movement patterns. I found this tracking was actually much better suited for me since most of the time that I am walking I will have a pushchair. It means that my activity is still tracked despite my arms not moving in a typical way. As with the other FourFit devices you can also track your heart rate but the Health Band also tracks so much more. Your able to keep track of your blood pressure and oxygen levels too. 

FourFit Health Band Review on Us Two Plus You - Graph of steps over a dayFourFit Health Band Review on Us Two Plus You - Graph of steps over a week

The Health Band from FourFit will keep track of your daily steps and your sleep while all the other measurements are stored in the memory. You are able to see all the measurements through the app which works with both Android and IOS systems so it's perfect for most users. The app keeps track with your own account which can connect to the Health Band through Bluetooth. On the app your able to see usage for hours, days and weeks for each metric the Health Band from FourFit records. You can see just how easy to read they are in the screenshots above. 

You do need to use the app to activate a workout or cardio such as running but since it's not a feature that everyone will use. I have yet to use this feature but then I also don't run. There is also a feature where you can take a selfie through the app by shaking your arm. I did use this with the children however I can see ow it would be great for those who do run or workout and would have the app open. The Health Band from FourFit doesn't have a camera but the shaking movement can activate the front facing camera on your phone. 

FourFit Health Band Review on Us Two Plus You - Graph of sleep rate over a dayFourFit Health Band Review on Us Two Plus You - Graph of sleep rate over a week

The final feature I want to talk about has been the most valuable for me. All the FourFit devices track sleep. I know I don't get much sleep on a nightly basis with Scarlet still waking several times through the night and Dylan can join us on occasion too. I was surprised by just how little sleep I was actually getting. Over the last several weeks I have had on average 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Now there was a good few nights when I managed a full 7 hours and Scarlet slept through! The Health Band is able to track both light and deep sleep. I think this has been my favourite feature as it's made me more conscious of trying to get a better sleep over getting more sleep.

I've found the FourFit Health Band to be a fantastic tool to help me be more aware and start to adjust my activity and lifestyle. I would definitely recommend the Health Band to other parents who don't really get time for a lot of fitness but want help to track and make better choices for a healthier lifestyle. I think the FourFit Health Band will make a great Christmas gift too. 

You can purchase a FourFit Health Band for just £49

Disclaimer: The products featured in this post had been sent to me. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Fingerling Hugs {Review}

If you've not yet heard of Fingerlings then you must have been living under a rock somewhere in the Irish Sea! Fun little interactive monkeys that hang from your fingers and interact with you swept through the nation like a fever when they launched last year. They quickly became one of the hottest toys and even sold out in stores as we went crazy for their cuteness. Since then the range has grown significantly to include more animals including unicorns, dragons, raptors and more joining the Fingerlings family. This year has also seen the launch of the brand new Fingerlings Hugs.

Fingerlings Hugs Review on Us Two Plus You - Boris the monkey

Fingerling Hugs are a whole new world of interaction with large soft cuddly friends who love to get hugs and even give you massive never ending kisses should you want them! We had been sent Boris who is the lovable blue monkey in the Fingerlings Hugs range. The range also includes Bella the pink monkey and Sloth who is a sloth!

Fingerlings Hugs Review on Us Two Plus You - Scarlet with Boris the Monkey

 I couldn't keep Boris cooped up in his box for long and Scarlet was smitten from the moment she saw him! As soon as Dylan arrived home from school he was so excited to see such a lovely monkey to cuddle and play with. They both started to discover that he was no ordinary monkey very quickly.

Fingerlings Hugs Review on Us Two Plus You - Dylan giving Boris kisses.

With over 40 wonderful interactions there is the possibility of endless fun with Fingerlings Hugs. Both Dylan and Scarlet quickly fell in love with Boris's kisses. You can get a quick peck by tapping his nose against you. By holding him close for a period of time he'll give you a massive smooch with long lasting sound effects. Scarlet loves this! She just walks around getting never ending kisses over and over again. 

Fingerlings Hugs Review on Us Two Plus You - Burping Boris the Monkey

The fun doesn't stop there either, Fingerlings Hugs of course give you the best hugs! With little Velcro squares on their front paws and super long arms they are the perfect cuddle friend. Fingerling Hugs react to so many movements and even burp when you pat them on the back! Dylan loved this feature just as much as shaking Boris to make him fart. Every boys favourite sounds. There are countless fun ways to move the Fingerlings Hugs around and make them interact. Everything from swinging them round for excited squeals to rocking them to sleep after inducing a fit of giggles from tickling them.

Fingerlings Hugs review on Us Two Plus You - Dylan loves speaking into Boris's ear so he can repeat it.

Dylan's favourite feature by far has to be holding onto the ear of Boris the Fingerling Hugs Monkey. By holding in the button on his ear you can speak into his ear and he will repeat what you say in a fun, exciting higher pitched voice. Dylan loves it! He's usually found telling Boris to say funny things like bad kid jokes he's made up or he makes him go around and tell us all how much he loves us which is beyond adorable!

Fingerling hugs are a whole new generation of cuddly friends who bring so much more fun and love to stuffed animals who've been loved through the ages. The Fingerling Hugs add so much more to the experience of cuddling a favourite stuffed animal. I can see them being one of the best Christmas presents for little cuddle lovers everywhere. Boris fast became the most loved animal in our home and I bet he or his friends would be loved by children all over too.

The Fingerling Hugs range is available for £29.99 in Argos, Smyths and is also available online at Amazon

Disclaimer: We received the featured product for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Monday, 24 September 2018

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season Three {Review}

Little collectibles have been all the rage for a good few years now and we've already grown quite a collection. Dylan loves to find new little collectibles that he likes. The other week he discovered that Hatchimals do little CollEGGtibles and he was immediately drawn in. It took him less than a minute to inform us he wanted them. Which was perfectly timed with the news that we actually had some on route to us.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You

It wasn't surprising that when Dylan got the chance to open the box he was brimming with excitement. We found four different Hatchimals Colleggtibles inside which are included in Season Three. I was pleased to find that there was a large range of sets as well as the little blind bag packs available in this season. The products we received are a Hatchimals CollEggtibles Blind Bag (RRP £2.99), a Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 2 pack and Nest (RRP £4.99), a Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 4 Pack with Bonus (RRP £9.99) and a Hatchimals CollEGGtibles One Dozen Egg Pack (RRP £24.99). There is something in this range to suit everyone from little blind bags for pocket money right through to bigger sets perfect for birthday or Christmas gifts.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - rubbing the egg for hatchingHatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - hatching egg

Hatcimals CollEGGtibles are these cute little eggs with colourful speckles all over them. Each egg features a full coloured heart attached to another heart outline. The hearts are heat activated colour changing and to open the egg you rub the hearts until they turn from purple to pink. Once these are pink you push in just above the heart to crack the egg open. Dylan did struggle the first few tries to open the egg but after a few eggs he quickly got the hang of the cracking. We did figure out that the speckles on the eggs indicate which area the Hatchimals inside comes from. The Hatchimals from season three can come from nine areas each with it's own colour.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - 2 pack with nest

We did go through the packs one by one has generally opened the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles as we went. The 2 pack comes with a little green nest which holds the eggs perfectly inside and then the Hatchimals character once it has been hatched. Dylan liked the little nest from this pack added to the hatching process. He carried on using the little nest as we continued on hatching the CollEGGtibles from the 4 pack with the extra Hatchimals character. It was around here that Dylan got the hang of the actual hatching and was really enjoying the whole process.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spinmaster review on Us Two Plus You - One Dozen Egg Carton Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spinmaster review on Us Two Plus You - All our Hatchimals together

The final Hatchimals CollEGGtibles we got to was the One Dozen Egg Pack which was by far Dylan's favourite. It was the one he'd been most excited about right from the start. This set comes in a lovely big plastic egg carton which is perfect for fitting the eggs and later on the Hatchimals inside. There are 10 eggs and two individual Hatchimals inside this pack. There are over 100 new Hatchimals CollEGGtible characters to collect. So these bigger packs are perfect for big events and presents which can be great starting places for the begging of this new seasons collection.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - hatch and connect best friends

Most of the season three Hatchimals CollEGGtibles have a hatch and connect best friend which they interactive with in some way when paired up. Some touch paws, hug tails and fit together to make seriously cute pairs.  

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - Twins

This season there is also the chance to unhatch some adorable twins inside the Hatchimal CollEGGtibles with 20 twins to be found in season three. Surprisingly there is very little difference in size to the twins from the other single Hatchimals CollEGGtibles. Dylan was delighted that the twins all have little bobble heads too! I liked this fun addition to the characters. 

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - Limited edition

Season three in the Hatchimals Collegtibles has it's own special and limited edition Hatchimals which come in three themes from Shimming Sands, Breezy Beach and Petal Path. 

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - Girreo

All together we hatched out 17 Hatchimals CollEGGtibles with only one dupe. We did find 3 sets of twins and three limited edition characters. Our favourite character we found was the adorable Girreo who is from the Savannah. We are looking forward to growing our collection that Spinmaster have helped us to start. 

Disclaimer : We received these products featured. All thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Adding Magnesium Sleep Lotion Junior from Better You to our nightly routine {review}

We've been very fortunate with bed time routines since Dylan was still a toddler. It's almost stayed the same since then too. He's great at going to bed and having a bed time story, going to sleep is a different matter entirely. He would often stay awake for an hour or two after bedtime and read stories or play with a toy in his bed. When Better You got in contact with us about trying their Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion I thought it could be what we've been looking for. 

Better You is a natural health company which specialise in the supplementing of key nutrients that are being lost through our modern diet and lifestyles. They create a range of products that support a healthy, balanced diet to cover all the nutrients your body needs. Better You believe that food comes first and their supplements will help fill in the missing gaps your diet doesn't. Each product in the Better You range has been extensively researched and tested. They believe that the proof is in the science and rightly so since science proves their products actually work, plus they are the most effective on the market. 

We've been testing out the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You for the last couple of weeks. It is recommended for use with children over the age of one which makes it perfect for us to use with both Dylan and Scarlet. This lotion is made with magnesium chloride, lavender and chamomile to help soothe and relax your child's body. With the purpose of aiding your child's natural tiredness to send them softly off to sleep. These three ingredients are chosen for their natural ability to help the mind slow and relax in a natural way. 

The Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You comes in a bottle with a pump action lid which makes applying much easier. It also means you can accurately measure out how much you need with ease. Each night up to 30 minutes before bed you need to apply 4 pumps and massage into to skin. the four pumps will equal 5ml of lotion which will deliver a minimum of 37mg of elemental magnesium. I do find that when it's first applied the four pumps of sleep lotion seems to be too much and it leaves the skin feeling a little wet to the touch. However after five minutes it's been completely absorbed by the skin which is the products design. 

We've been applying our Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You when Dylan and Scarlet are getting into their pyjamas. We spend the next fifteen minutes reading our bedtime story and singing a little song.   I have found that when it's first applied the four pumps of sleep lotion seems to be too much and it leaves the skin feeling a little wet to the touch, especially on Scarlet who has much less skin to cover. However after five minutes it's been completely absorbed by the skin which is the intention of trans dermal magnesium which is the foundation of the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion. 

Over the last couple of weeks we've tested the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You at various strengths. At first I was sceptical that it would make much of a difference, I have been proved wrong entirely. Since we started using the sleep lotion from Better You Dylan is asleep within half an hour of us leaving the room at bedtime. He settles better himself and will lay in bed without getting out to find a toy or book. It's been such a turn around from when we hadn't used a lotion! 

 I did try reducing the amount we used to two pumps and we tried it at four mainly with Scarlet since she is smaller. I will say that there is a huge difference in the effectiveness if we reduced the amount we used. I found that by just leaving Scarlet to run around in her nappy while we got our story read and prepared for bedtime then it would absorb completely before I tried to add her pyjamas on top. Since the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You is a natural sleeping aid it helped Scarlet to drift off without the worry of her not waking at her usual times.We're still breastfeeding which can mean she will wake 2 or 3 times in a night for a feed which is natural for her. I do think the sleep lotion has helped her to settle a little easier right through the night which isn't mentioned on the bottle but I'll take it! 

I've been really surprised at the effectiveness of the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You. It's a fantastic addition to any child's bedtime routine and can easily be incorporated with ease. If your looking for a product that will help your child to settle down and relax at bedtime then this is the one you need. 

You can purchase the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You (125ml bottle) for £ 8.95 by clicking on the link. 

Disclaimer: The product featured above was sent to us for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Project 365 Week 37 {9th - 15th September}

Sunday 9th September {Day 252}

Monday 10th September {Day 253}

Tuesday 11th September {Day 254}

Wednesday 12th September {Day 255}

Thursday 13th September {Day 256}

Friday 14th September {Day 257}

Saturday 15th September {Day 258}

It's been a quiet week. We're finding our own little routine again. Not quite what we had before but it's working for us now. I'm still steadily sorting through the house and for the most part this week has involved a lot of de-cluttering. I'm really surprised by how much we just have for no real reason. 

We did take a walk after school on Tuesday and enjoyed some coffee and scones as a little treat. It was nice to take a minute, all four of us to just chat. It's not always easy at home to just sit and talk together, Dylan is always wanting to go play or Scarlet wants to climb on me. Either way it ends up impossible! I am going to make an effort to try more to sit down and talk. I think I might start having a hot chocolate with all the extras once every week after school with both children. It would be lovely when it's freezing outside. 

On Friday both Dylan and Scarlet had fun playing with our first attempt at rainbow rice which went down a storm! Both children loved it and I know it's something we will be doing again. 

The week ended with Scarlet falling out of her pram and bumping her head on our wooden market stall. Thankfully she was okay and just had a nasty bump on her head. The worst part was getting her to keep some ice on her head! 

I'm hoping next week will have a lot more house sorting and we are going to make a start on Dylan's room. We are moving both children in together. I say that but I know it will be a long process to redecorate the room and eventually move Scarlet in slowly to her own bed. Autumn should be a very exciting time for us all. 

How was your week?



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