Not Much Moshi For Your Money

Our second TRU Toyologist box was full of all sorts of surprises, one being the “My Moshi Home“.

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I won’t lie, both little man nor Alice have an interest in Moshi Monsters. They both feel that at 12 and 9 they are both that bit to old for it. Nonetheless, my almost 3 year old is a big fan. He loves everything and anything Moshi so I knew there would at least be someone happy to play with it.

The idea behind this toy is to allow moshi fans the opportunity to recreate their online Moshi home!

The set contents are however a tad disappointing. The packaging makes you think your not only going to get the Moshi Home but some Moshlings to live in it. sadly this is not the case (you do however get one posable poppet figure). The set also comes complete with 20 different accessories featuring Telegroan, Pop-Up Bin, Friends Tree and Wheel of Fortune. You also get a secret code for a Limited Edition Moshling Online.

Many of the parts within the Moshi Home are interchangeable. This means children can change the set up of their Moshi home whenever they get bored. Items that can be changed are the window frames, doors and floors. Children are also provided with a number of stickers to customise their Moshi Home as they wish.

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As mentioned Alice wasn’t really into it but made an effort to have a play and share her thoughts! She states its not really “her thing” but she is sure it would provide lots of fun for Moshi Monster fans. The toddler proves this to be the case when he refuses to play with anything else for the first week we received it.

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The toddler plays with it really well. His not that interested in changing all the pieces, mainly because his quite young! He does however love pushing his Moshi monsters through the doors located on the Moshi house. Luckily Harley already owns a number of moshlings and was happy to add these to the play experience.

Setting up the toy wasn’t that difficult, however, it should be noted that there are images shown on the packaging that don’t tie in with the product. An example being… The box image shows the ceiling covered in a plastic yellow shell therefore allowing stickers to be displayed on it! However, the product itself doesn’t reflect this. I spent ages thinking I must be missing pieces but looking online at other decorated Moshi homes this doesn’t seem to be the case. There is no plastic ceiling covering making the box that bit more misleading.

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I also found that the chimney would not slot into place accordingly and once I managed it, it kept dropping back off. The floors are also made of card which in my opinion doesn’t make them very durable.

The great thing about this toy is its easy storage. The house has a catch that locks it and its contents shut whenever it isn’t in play.

Moshi monster fans will love this little house (including the toddler) but it was my honest opinion that for £32.99 you really are not getting a lot of Moshi for your money.

The Moshi Monster My Moshi House is Available from Toys R us.

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Creative Fun With Waggle Tagz

Waggle tagz was one of the items in our third and final toys r us.

Alice was most excited to discover this toy and couldn’t wait to give it a try.

The toy created by John Adams is a creative tag studio that has been designed to allow children to create their very own 3D motion and morphing image tagz. Tagz can be added to books, bags, lunch boxes, zips and more. It also comes with birthday tags allowing children to make them as gifts for their friends.

The contents of the set are as followed… Waggle tagz workstation, 15 printed cards and lenses (2 sizes ) 5 holders for small cards, 15 tagz, sticker sheet, and instructions.

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Alice loves the Waggle Tagz and we honestly haven’t a bad word to say about it. Its fun and creative and Alice was able to use this without any adult help. The only slightly negative point was that she found it a little difficult to turn the handle on the laminator and found she had to put some force into it. However, once she had done it a few times it became much easier.

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Waggle Tagz comes with some really funky stickers allowing children to customise each tag as they wish. The cards are really cute with images of cute bunnies and puppy dogs. Each card also has space on the back to add name and details or a message to a friend.

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Alice loved how the tagz were converted into magical 3D motion tagz once laminated. The set kept her busy for a good hour or so.

Alice had almost created all the Tagz available and did panic. However, we ordered a refill pack online directly from John Adams with no problems whatsoever. The bonus and refill packs will make excellent stocking fillers and can be brought and delivered for under a fiver.

Alice gives this creative kit a huge thumbs up.

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We would recommend this to friends and family as a Christmas present for creative girls. Please John Adams lets have one for the boys now!

Waggle Tagz is available from Toys R Us now and is currently priced at £16.99 on sale from £19.99 which we feel is great value.

GALT – MAKE YOUR OWN BOUNCY BALLS

Have you ever heard of such thing as a bouncy ball making kit? Well, I hadn’t!

Galt have come up with a kit that allows children to create their very own bouncy balls from scratch.

I’m not talking bouncy balls made from hundreds of elastic bands, but real bouncy balls!

Little man was quite excited about this kit which is rare as lately he only seems to get excited about anything WWE related (yes his driving me a bit nuts). So, this was a welcomed change and as he wanted me to do this activity with him it gave us a chance to spend some time together.

The Galt Bouncy Balls kit contains 8 10g packs of glow in the dark crystals, 2 ball moulds (one small, one large) and a simplistic how too guide.

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So it was decided that I’d have a go at it first to ensure we were doing it right. With this I had a go at the small bouncy ball which only took a few minutes to make. These are really simple. You just fill the moulds with crystals, layering the different colours for an added effect. place in a glass of water for two minutes, remove let stand for a further 2 minutes before removing from the mould, rinsing and leaving to dry.

I wasn’t sure why my ball didn’t come out as a fully formed circle but instead, one with an ever so slightly flat end, but so did little mans. Nonetheless, these did look fab and remarkably, they bounced pretty high too.

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Little man really had a lot of fun with this Kit. He loved that he could be really creative without having to put to much work into it. The activity is great for the improvement of his fine motor skills as you need to be careful when tipping the crystals into the mould therefore requiring a little skill not to get mum’s kitchen sides to messy.

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I was a little shocked at how much crystals were needed to fill the large bouncy ball mould. By the time we had filled the two mould we were only left with 3 bags out of the 8 supplied. You may get hours of fun playing with your creation but certainly not when creating them as they don’t take long to make and the 3 left over bags wont go that far.

Once we took the balls from their moulds (which was easily done) we noted how sticky they felt. Little man who has Aspergers Syndrome and has many sensory processing difficulties including tactile defensiveness actually really liked the way they felt before being washed and I actually found myself having to beg it off him just to rinse it off.

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This is an excellent kit that is both fun yet to a degree quite educational. Children like little man will be interested in the science behind their bouncy ball creations and you may find that they are hungry to learn more about how they went from crystal to ball.

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The activity is also very tactile. Its one that is very hands on and great for children who may sensory seek or like to work with their hands. Its great for the development of fine motor skills especially for children with sen and autism as its an activity that doesn’t take to long so holds their attention from start to finish.

The fact the balls glow in the dark is a big added bonus. We hadn’t even realised till we turned the kitchen light off to go to bed. Another great feature that little man really likes.

Galt Bouncy Balls, would make a great little gift or stocking filler though I do wonder if more crystals can be brought (but then again, the set is cheap enough to buy again)!

Galt Bouncy Balls is available from Toys R us Priced at a very reasonable £6.99.

Galt Friendship Braids TRU Toyologist Review

With the Galt friendship braids you can create all sorts of friendship braids from bracelets, hair braids and more.

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The set comes with everything you need to make fashionable friendship braids and my daughter Alice-Sara loves it.

Included in this kit you will find lots of colourful threads, beads and ribbon. holographic stickers for use on the flat beads provided, a foam braiding wheel and an instructional booklet.

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Alice-Sara got her kit out during a sleepover with her best friend. They spent a good hour on the kit and enjoyed making each other braids that they told me they would wear forever if school didn’t have a “No Jewellery” policy. 🙂

Alice-Sara even made the toddler a braid which his enjoyed wearing all week.

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The only problem the girls had with the kit was using the foam braiding wheel. They found the instructions difficult to understand and just made a tangled mess. Nonetheless you can make all sorts of braids without the wheel and this is what they did!

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Pretty cool, don’t you think?

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The Galt Friendship Braids Kit is available to buy from Toys R Us for £6.99 which I think is very reasonable and would make a great gift for any creative child this Christmas.

Pinteresting Competitions

Pinterest is an awesome place to collect images of the things you love. Create visual bookmarks, share inspiration, showcase talent, organise projects and of course win prizes.

It would seem that of late everyone’s getting in on the action. Brands both big and small are now opting to run competitions on pinterest which is awesome as it means that we can have fun getting creative and experimenting with new pinterest boards.

Here’s a few pinterest comps that are currently running throughout the month that you may fancy entering.

NKUK’S

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nkuk’s are running their first ever competition and giving one lucky winner the opportunity to bag themselves a £250 gift voucher.

All you need to do is follow nkukulife on pinterest then design a board that includes a minimum of 5 nkuku products (pinned directly from their website). They then want you to include other inspiring and creative images of in
interiors and accessories to reflect your theme (chosen room, style, home etc)

Be sure to set the title of your board to the name of the room followed by #nkukuroom.

Then add a comment to their #nkukuroom Competition pin which includes a link to your own #nkukuroom board.

The competition will be on 31st October 2012.

For more information on the competition including the full terms and conditions visit their website

Philips Livable Cities #pinyourcity Pinterest Contest

This one is awesome. Philips want you to show them why you love your city by showcasing images on a Pinterest board.

This video explains more…

The competition is open till December 8th at Midnight.

Visit Philips for full details on how to enter plus terms and conditions.

New Look Twilight Competition

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Win two tickets to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – PART 2 premiere in London. Plus runners up can win some gorgeous Twilight goodies.

Just re-pin images from their board, the boards of the Official The Twilight Saga UK and upload your own pics too.

When you’ve finished building your Twilight Forever board, tweet New @newlookfashion with the link to your board using #TwilightForever or email the link.

Competition closes on the 4th November 2012

Full full details, links plus terms and conditions visit New Looks Competition Page.

And if you fancy checking me out on Pinterest just click Here

Octobers Top Online Creative Comps

I love a creative comp (see my room in a shoe box entry) that’s why I’ve decided to create this post to share with readers the best online skill-based competitions I’ve found so far for this October 2012.

1) Trunki Design Competition With
Thomas Cook:

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From Friday 28th September, wannabe-designers can put their colouring skills to the test using either Thomas Cook’s Trunki design toolkit on its Facebook page which works like Microsoft Paint – or on a paper Trunki template which people can pick up from any one of Thomas Cook’s 800 stores.

Alex Emberey, who works for the family holiday giant, Thomas Cook, said: ““Trunkis have proved themselves to be the travelling accessory for children over the past couple of years, and I don’t think I’m alone in wishing there was an adult version! As a family holiday company, we wanted to give parents and kids something to enjoy doing together between the summer holidays and half term which kept the holiday spirit alive. We hope parents will enlist the help of their little ones for a real masterclass in colouring in.”

The deadline for suitcase submissions is Friday 19th October, after which Trunki’s design gurus will pick a winning design in four different categories: Boys, Girls, Animals/Bugs and Cartoon Characters. Each of the winners will win a Trunki of their choice and secure a place in the final prize draw to win a fabulous summer 2013 family. Thomas Cook’s Facebook community will vote for a fifth finalist, who will also get one of the pull-along cases and be entered into the holiday prize draw.

The lucky winning designer and their family will be jetting off – Trunki in tow – to the Parque Cristabel Hotel in Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria next summer.

As much as I hate voting competition this one is mainly judged with 4 places in the final going to 4 entries chosen by Trunki and an additional entry going through to the final based on Facebook votes.

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2) Win A Total of 5 Sking Trips To France For Your Family.

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One lucky family will win FIVE ski holidays to Les 3 Vallées in France between December 2012 and April 2013 including all of the following:
Flights from London Gatwick to Grenoble from Monarch Airlines
Transfers from Grenoble to Les 3 Vallées (www.3vt.co.uk) Accommodation in five resorts in the Les 3 Vallées region Season lift passes for the full Les 3 Vallées region Salomon skis, poles and boots for each member of the family Scott ski jacket, ski pants, helmet, goggles & gloves for each member of the family Ski lessons provided by the ESF.

To put your family forward to enter this amazing competition, all you have to do is to tell us why you would be a great choice to win the 3 Vallées Easy Rider competition in a short video.

It could be that you are really sporty, but never thought you would be able to afford skiing. Or that you are a real whiz on social media and will tell thousands of friends about about it.

Whatever the reason all you need to do is post your entry to YouTube and share that video on our Facebook page.

Thankfully this is not a voting competition as they state “Our judging panel of mountain professionals will select the winning family”

This one seems worth an entry.
Site states your video entry must be uploaded to the Facebook page by the 29th October. For full details and terms and conditions just click Here

3) Halloween Themed Pinterest competition By Superlucky (Win Tin of Biscuiteers Biscuits, worth £38.50)!

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Superlucky want you to create a new board called Halloween on Pinterest and pin the competition image on her site. Then pin, re-pin or upload Halloween themed images (a least 9 more in total) to the board.

Email the link to your completed board to Superlucky via the address on her blog before midnight on the 19th October.

Competition is judged on creativity and winner will be contacted via email

Visit the Superlucky blog for full details.

4) Yano Childrens’s Creative Writing Competition 2012

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Unleash your child’s vivid imagination and encourage them to write a fantastical poem or a story of their own, entitled ‘My Most Amazing Adventure Ever‘.

Yano are giving creative kids the opportunity to win themselves some fantastic prizes. Each category winner will win £100 worth Of book vouchers from Blackwell Booksellers plus a bundle of fantastic books from Parragon Books including some signed-by-author. One overall winner will also receive a £500 voucher to spend on a family break, courtesy of LateRooms.com – the experts on travel.

They have three entry age groups; 4 to 5 year-olds, 6 to 7 year-olds and 8 to 9 year-olds.

Download an entry form from the site. Stories must then be typed onto A4 paper and sent in the post along with the entry form.

Yano ask that the story is no longer than 1500 words.

The competition is judged by a panel of judges.

I can find a closing date, though winners are announced on the 4th of December 2012.

To view the competition and its terms and conditions click Here

5) Win A Trip To The Home Of Kinder Surprise In Turin Italy (10 Runner Up Prizes Of A Kinder Party For 10 Friends)

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Kinder Surprise want children to imagine what the Home of Kinder Surprise is like. Parents can submit their child’s Answer directly on their website via an online form. All entries will be judged by an independent panel and the child with the most imaginative, funny or exciting answer (and their family) will be off to enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Home of Kinder Surprise (Turin, Italy).

Prize includes business class flights, private car transfers, 2 nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel, dinner in a top local restaurant and even a bit of spending money.

There’s even the opportunity for you and your child to see one of our designers create a Kinder Surprise toy. From initial sketches to finished design, they’ll witness how every little detail is thought through until it’s just right. Plus you and your child will get the opportunity to see our amazing archive of toys made through the years.

This seems a really simply to enter comp that is also a really fairly judged competition.

It’s defiantly worth a try, especially given there are 10 runner up prizes of A kinder surprise party for up to 10 children.

Competition is open till the 31st December 2012

Click here for more details

6) Zillys Cuties Out & About Instagram Competition:

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All you have to do for this one is share a snap of your cuties out and about this October and one will be chosen to win a £100 zulily voucher, plus a Starlight SP car seat – for ages 9 months to 12 years from Storchenmuehle, worth £140. You can see the Storchenmuehle car seat on zulily today.

If your not yet on Instagram then easily sign up. Upload your image to Instagram Making sure your profile is public, so that they can see your photo.
You then need to follow zulilyUK on Instagram (@zulilyUK) and tag your picture with three things:
#zulilyUKOctoberCutiesCompetition
@zulilyUK
and either: #zulilynewbie (if you’re new to zulily) or #zulilian (if you’ve already joined zulily).

The competition closes on Wednesday 31st of October. If you win you will you will be contacted via Instagram comments. The winner will be announced on our blog no later than Monday 5th November.

Visit Zulily for full terms and conditions.

7) National Baking Week (Let’s Get Britain Baking)

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Get hold of a trusted wooden spoon and give it a buddy makeover to look exactly like you, only smaller. Be as creative as you like.

Then let your new friend walk in your shoes. Take it on your commute to work, have a catch up with friends over coffee with your new baking buddy or even pack it in your case for your hols.

Now for the most important bit. Don’t forget to take a picture of yourself and your miniature equivalent on location and upload it to our facebook page or post it to twitter with the hashtag #mybakingbuddy by Sunday 21st October.

The more creative the better because there’s the chance to win a fantastic Leisure Range Cooker with multiple cooker.

To read more and see the full terms and conditions plus a picture of the prize click Here.

How To Create A Room In A Shoe Box (Cath Kidston Style)

last month I heard about a really exciting competition. Not only was it a fabulous skill based competition that required plenty of creativity, but it was also run by the fabulous Cath Kidston.

Given how much I love both a creative competition & everything Cath Kidston when the two elements are combined I just have to grab a piece of the action. This latest competition was extra special! You gad to create a ‘Cath Kidston’ inspired room in a shoe box with the use of everyday items you would find in and around the home. You could design any room in the house you wanted and the winner would receive Cath Kidston gift vouchers to create their designer room for real. Hearing this it was my plan to design my daughter Alice-Sara a bedroom fit for a girly princess. Excited, I found myself eager to get started on the project and here’s what I produced.

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So, this is it! A bedroom fit for a princess. Filled with pretty fixtures and fittings with lots of inspiration taken from Cath Kidston.

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I chose to wallpapered my box in this pretty pink rose craft paper.The floor has been painted in a antique white acrylic paint. Once dry I gave it a couple of coats of clear glossy vanish to give it that shiny finish. however, it still didn’t feel girly enough. My solution was to then cut some glittery baby pink card into small squares and then stick them to the painted floor as to create a sparkly mosaic effect.

The bed has been created with scraps of cardboard and then covered in a layer of paper mâché to make it strong and durable. I later painted the bed in the same colour as the floor and once dry I dressed it up to give it a super girly chic feel.

Blue hole punched paper has been used to create a pretty valence sheet, while odd scraps of Cath Kidston material were used to create the bedding set. The pillow has been stuffed and sewed and I’ve added some red ribbon and a bow to give it a pretty finishing touch. The last thing added was the cute little heart cushion which is a little wooden embellishment I hand painted red.

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My blind for my window has been created with the use of some crinkled cardboard that I took from the inner box of a packet of micro chips. I cut it down to the required size then jazzed it up by painting it in a really pretty pinkish red colour. I finally finished by adding some Pic-Tixx red glitter.

To create the rest of my window dressing, I made a curtain pole by wrapping a small thin straw in hot pink ribbon then adding two clear beads at either end as to create curtain pole finals. I then used some more odd scraps of Cath Kidston material for the curtains which I fitted to the pole with the use of double sided tap before tying each one with pretty pink ribbon to finish.

Both my wardrobe and chest of draws were created from empty small boxes that I covered in paper mâché to give them durability. To get the panel effect on the wardrobe door I used a small thin straw cut up into four small pieces. I taped these in place on the door before adding the paper mâché mix. Once dry I painted them both, adding detail with a black deco maker. To finish them off and give them a certain edge I added some pretty touches as to create a French inspired shappy chic look. This was done by using scarp book embellishments and sticky gems.

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One of my favourite items in my ‘Room In A Shoe Box’ is that of the dressing table.This was so simple to make, yet extremely effective. I started with the oval lid from an empty liquid detergent bottle.This was then painted with a few coats of paint. I then used strong cardboard to create the top of the dresser. This was painted in the same colour as the lid. Once both we’re fully dry I added some silver cooking foil to the top section as to create a mirror. I then used a sharp craft knife to make a slit at the top back of the lid so that I could slot and fit the two sections together. Marker pen and lots of embellishments were used to give it that same shabby chic feel as the rest of the furniture.

Of course my dresser needed a stool to make it complete! I used white clay to mould the shape of a stool before baking it in the oven for around 15 minutes at 160’c. Once cooled I glued some Cath Kidston material to the seat of my stool.

I got really creative when it came to the floor lamp. For this I used a small piece of white clay, one small straw, one empty metal cake tin, gem stones and some paint.

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I made lots of little accessories to give my room a girly but comfortable feel. These included…

Rugs made with Cath Kidston material off cuts.

canvas and hanging pictures made with pretty craft paper mounted on cardboard and decorated with gems and glitter.

Curtain tie backs made from pretty pink ribbon.

Bunting made with yarn and various Cath Kidston material off cuts.

Decorative items like hearts and vases made from clay and later placed on both my dresser and draws.

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Admittedly I made some mess in the process…

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… But I love my creation and even if I don’t win then at least I can say I had lots of fun creating my Cath Kidston inspired entry.

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To check out the Cath Kidston store click here also check out the Facebook page for up coming competitions

THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST IM AM JUST SHARING MY ENTRY WITH PRIDE!