Thursday, 24 July 2014

Playmobil Police Truck with Speedboat - Review

Our second set from our Playmobil Playologist delivery was the Police Truck with Speedboat. This set is from the City Action range. It is aimed at ages 4 and over and, because the speedboat has a motor to make it go in water, it does require 1AA battery , which is not included. This is a great set for encouraging imagination and role play.

Z and Miss C started to assemble the Police truck first. They found it fairly easy to do themselves until they got to the wheels and fitting them over the alloys. I had to do this bit for them. I had to do the same with the wheels for the trailer that the speedboat sits on and also the string parts that hold the speedboat on to the trailer. It took us about 30 minutes to complete.

The trailer can be attached to the back of the Police Truck and removed again easily. The doors on the Police Truck open and the roof comes off so the kids were able to pop their Police Officers in to the truck and help them get on with their high speed chase. The set comes with two Police Officers so there was no arguing over who got to be who, just who got to have the big gun.

The accessories that come with the set include binoculars, a camera, a torch, 3 guns and a box to keep everything in in the back of the truck. There are some very small pieces hence the recommended age is from age 4 and up.

The extra fun part of this set is the motor which attaches to the bottom of the speedboat so children can play with the speedboat in the bath or in the paddling pool (if this weather continues!) We haven't tried it yet however, if it's anything like the submarine we reviewed previously, the kids might prefer to have it off and move it around at their own pace. Still, it is fun to watch it move in the water itself.

The Police Truck with Speedboat is currently priced at £39.99 on the Playmobil website. For this price, you get a very well made toy that would last really well. There are additional sets available in the City Action range which would make great add-ons to this toy or bigger sets that can make up a whole lot of action fun.

We received the Police Truck with Speedboat to review as part of the Playmobil Playologist programme. The opinions expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Animals #TheGallery

Miss C LOVES animals. Her love for animals is so strong, I think she may prefer them to people sometimes. When we went to meet our new nephew a few months ago, Miss C was more interested in the guinea pig called Thomas. The new baby didn't get as much as a glance from Miss C!

The new love in Miss C's life are horses. She loves going horse riding and absolutely adores her regular horse, Jocky. Isn't he a handsome boy? He has the loveliest white marking on his face and his forelock is so long, you have to pull it to the side to see his eyes. He has a funky purple headband which I think makes him look very cool.

I love horses and it makes me so happy to see Miss C enjoying horse riding. I'm sure she's going to be a vet or a farmer when she's older. She's like a Dr Dolittle in waiting. 

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Fish With the Deep Sea Smile - Book Review

We received The Fish With the Deep Sea Smile from Parragon Books to review. This story is written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Henry Fisher.

A family set off on a boat in search of the fish with the deep sea smile. They come across lots of different kinds of fish in their search, including a fish with terrible claws! In the end, they manage to find the fish with the deep sea smile and find that he was definitely worth searching for.

This is a really lovely book, with colourful pictures throughout. It's quite a short book so it would hold the attention of a young toddler right up to the age where children are starting to read for themselves.

The Fish With the Deep Sea Smile is available to buy from Amazon.

We received this book for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Me & You #7

Z took this photo of Husband and I when were on holiday a few weeks ago. It was late at night (9pm!) after a long day of activities and an early rise from the kids so we both look shattered. Miss C's balloon decided to join in on the photo too. They love taking photos of Husband and I together.

Both of our parents got divorced after only a few years of marriage. Because of this, Husband and I work hard at our marriage. Not that I see our marriage as hard work. There are times we drive each other crazy and there are definitely things that we don't agree upon. We are both pretty stubborn too! But those moments are monumentally outweighed by the good times we have together. We are the best of friends and we laugh a lot. We made the two most amazing little people together, who we adore. We show them every day just how much they mean to us by being there for them and showing them how much we love them and how much we love each other. How much we respect each other.

Earlier this week, Husband and I celebrated our eight year anniversary. Those eight years have brought us laughter, love, family, sad times, hard times, times we didn't think we'd get through and it's made us even closer and stronger.

dear beautiful

The Week That Was #27

Last Sunday, Z had a Harry Potter themed birthday party to attend. He was very excited as he's loving reading the books and watching the films just now. The parents of the birthday child had done a great job with party games and food and there was a magician to entertain the kids too. Z had a brilliant time. After the party, we headed home to get ready for swimming lessons.

On Monday, it was back to day shift for me which meant the kids got to go to their Summer club. Husband dropped them off at 10am and I picked them up from work when I finished. They'd played dodge ball, football and got to do some drawings. They had a brilliant time. The weather was miserable so when we came home, Z and I did some more Math whilst Miss C coloured in a picture of a horse. We then watched some of the fourth Harry Potter movie.

On Tuesday, it was a nicer day so after work I walked down to the club to pick the kids up. They'd had a brilliant time playing football. Miss C almost scored a goal! We spent the rest of the afternoon drawing, doing some more Math with Z and playing outside.

On Wednesday, I picked the kids up from their club and we headed in to town to pick up a few things. It started to rain so we made a quick dash back to the car. By the time we got home, it was sunny again! We spent the rest of the afternoon playing football outside.

On Thursday, the kids wanted to stay at their club until 4pm. A few hours peace for me? Why not! I picked them up at 4pm and they were shattered. We walked home and enjoyed some relaxing time watching TV and playing. After dinner, energy restored, they headed outside to play in the sunshine.

On Friday, my MIL picked the kids up at 10am and took them to her farm for the day. Husband and I enjoyed a full day and night together as the kids were having a sleepover at Miss C's God Father's house. They were very excited. Husband and I went out for dinner and enjoyed a few drinks.

On Saturday, Husband and I were up early to go to the Next sale. We did quite well! The kids came home at 1pm, we had lunch and then headed in to town to pick up Miss C's school jacket. It's a gorgeous red Mayoyal jacket and she looks so cute wearing it. We then headed to the shoe shop to get school shoes but they didn't have any in Miss C's size. Z got a lovely pair of Startrite shoes. He had those shoes for last year and they lasted him the full school year. We ordered a Chinese for dinner and enjoyed a picnic in the living room together.

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