Saturday, 7 October 2017

Review - Chad Valley Street Showdown Racing Track & Cars Set

You may have read our recent announcement that we are back on the Chad Valley Play Panel and we are super excited. We love receiving toys and as part of our new role we were very lucky to receive the new Street Showdown Racing Track & Cars Set last week. Little J loves cars so was super excited to try this out.

Chad Valley Street Showdown Racing Track Box
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We're On The Chad Valley Play Panel and Giveaway

I am so excited and honoured to let you all know that we have been chosen once again to be part of the Chad Valley Play Panel. I mentioned last year just how much we love Chad Valley toys and how Argos and Chad Valley were a huge part of our childhood. I think everyone I know would spend the lead up to Christmas writing out their Christmas lists from toys in the Argos Catalogue. I used to write out the product codes too. Chad Valley have been making toys for over 150 years and I really do hope they continue to make toys for little ones for many more.  

Chad Valley Play Panel Ambassador Badge
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Friday, 24 February 2017

Chad Valley Underwater Rescue Base Review

You may know already that last year we were chosen to be on the Chad Valley Play Panel. It was so exciting for us as we love Chad Valley and obviously we were very honoured to be given such an amazing opportunity. Over the last few months we have received some amazing toys including Chad Valley Wooden Police and Fire Station and Chad Valley Airport. We also gave our readers the chance to win Argos vouchers. I am sad to say that we have just received our final package for review.

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Saturday, 31 December 2016

£75 Argos Gift Voucher Giveaway

To celebrate the ending of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 we are offering one lucky Playdays and Runways reader and follower the chance to win a £75 Argos voucher. We were so proud to be asked to be part of the Chad Valley Play Panel and have loved reviewing so many fabulous toys this year.

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Friday, 30 December 2016

Chad Valley Airport Playset Review

Just before Christmas we got a special delivery from Chad Valley. As we are part of the Chad Valley Play Panel, little J was sent the Chad Valley Airport Playset to try out. It was perfect timing as little J was getting fed up waiting for Santa to bring him new toys. Little J absolutely loves everything that involves cars, planes or trains so the Chad Valley Airport Playset was the perfect choice. 

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Our 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas will soon be here and whilst I love buying presents I often get stuck for ideas on what to buy. So this year I decided to make notes every time something caught my eye on TV or whilst browsing the internet.



Firstly I will start with ideas for the kids. Now Father Christmas still brings all our Christmas presents here however we do have family and friends for buy for so it's always worth jotting down some ideas.


 Chad Valley - Wooden Fire and Police Station.

Regular readers will know that we were selected to be part of the Chad Valley Play Panel and part of our role was to try and test Chad Valley Toys. One of our favourite so far is the Wooden Fire and Police Station. It has a RRP of £29.99 and it is such good value for money. you can read our review here and it definitely gets a thumbs up from us.


Nick Jr - Ready Steady Dough

Little J recently spotted the Nick Jr Ready Steady Dough range in the Entertainer Toy Shop and has since put it on his Christmas list. He loves Nick Jr and play dough so I know this will be a hit for little ones out there. Even Willy Wonka would be proud of the colourful candy in the Ready Steady Dough Swirly Whirly Sweets Set.

This Dough set's full of tools, moulds and shapes to make sweets that look just like the real thing.

Fill up the sweet machine with dough and turn the handle for swirly eye-popping patterns.  You could even open your own sweet shop.


Drumond Park - Pickin Chickens

Games are always a favourite at Christmas time and one of our favourites is Pickin Chickens. It's is the latest in a long line of much loved, instant-action table-top games from Drumond Park. Beautifully designed and destined to become a perennial favourite, this lively, fun and supremely tactile game will help young players quickly grasp the concept of taking turns, learning their colours, making decisions and practising memory skills - all while they beaver away to save their precious chicks from that sneaky jumping fox.


Smiggle - Sky High 2 Tone Clock

Smiggle is a brand I have only recently become aware of after a shop opened in our town centre. It's full of amazing gift ideas and I could probably make a Smiggle gift guide but I have narrowed it down to 2 ideas. Firstly the Sky High 2 Tone Clock. I absolutely love this and think it is a perfect stocking filler.  

Press down on the sky high alarm clock & see the time project onto your ceiling or wall. display includes time & temperature, back lit display (for night time) plus musical alarms to choose from.


Smiggle - Glimmer and Shimmer Bracelet Kit

Glimmer, shimmer & get creative with our diy bracelet kit. with everything you need to create funky accessories & simple step-by-step instructions, you'll be glimmering & shimmering all over.


Sense Organics - Reindeer Pyjamas

We have a tradition that every Christmas Eve we all go to bed wearing new PJ's. We absolutely love the quality of Sense Organics Pyjamas and the reindeer pattern is perfect for the festive period. You can view the full range available at Sense Organics or Amazon


Harry Potter Complete 8 Film Collection

As huge Harry Potter fans we couldn't miss this off our gift guide. It's a must have family movie collection. The 16 disc blu ray set features all 8 movies 

Year 1: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Year 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Year 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Year 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Year 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

Year 6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Year 7 - Part 1: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Year 7 - Part 2: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 


Pete's Dragon

The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. This is the newly released version of the movie and a must see this Christmas.


This December, Rogue One will premiere in Cinema's across the UK and I know that Star Wars gifts will be at the top of many Christmas lists this year.

Here are a few of our top picks. 


Star Wars - NERF Episode VII Chewbacca Bowcaster

We are huge fans of Nerf and their blasters have given us many hours of fun over the years creating our own Nerf Wars. This Chewbacca Bowcaster is just one of the Nerf's available within the Star Wars range.

Star Wars - Itty Bittys
From a Hallmark Galaxy not so far away comes a group of itty bittys perfect for any Star Wars fan. Old favourites like Yoda™, Chewbacca™, C-3PO™, R2-D2™, Darth Vader™ and Stormtrooper™ are joined by some new favourites Rey™, BB-8™ and Kylo Ren™, a must for any Star Wars collection


Star Wars - Cufflinks

Perfect novelty gift for any Star Wars fan. A range of retro cufflinks are averrable to buy from Happy Happy Loft over on eBay.

Choose From:
STORM TROOPER
DARTH VADER
AT-AT
MILLENNIUM FALCON
STORM TROOPER / DARTH VADER (one of each)
STAR WARS (logo round)

 If you'd like your cufflinks sent in a gift bag or gift box, please add to basket before checkout.

Size: 1.5cm x 2cm

To view the range available visit Happy Happy Loft



The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

If you are a regular to my blog you will know I am a huge fan of McFly. One of the band members Tom Fletcher has created a beautiful Children's fiction book in time for Christmas. His love of Christmas and Dinosaurs are merged in his first novel The Christmasaurus, following the adventures of a young wheelchair user, William Trundle. An exciting festive read for all ages.



Santa's Magic Key

We have already begun reading Christmas stories here and will continue right up till Christmas Eve. This gorgeous festive gift set contains a story book and special magic key from Santa himself. Simply hang the key on your front door on Christmas Eve and Santa will do the rest. The essential present for every home without a chimney at Christmas.


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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Chad Valley Wooden Fire and Police Station Review

You may have seen our very exciting post recently about Mummy 2 Monkeys being chosen to be part of the Chad Valley Play Panel. We are so excited to be involved with a brand that means so much to us. Chad Valley was a huge part of I and Daddy's childhood and I have fond memories of toys I used to play with. I really must dig out some photographs of me as a child on christmas morning opening lots of Chad Valley toys.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

We're On The Chad Valley Play Panel plus Giveaway

You may have noticed a shiny new badge appear on my side bar recently. If not then I am so excited to announce that Mummy 2 Monkeys has been chosen to be on the Chad Valley Play Panel. When I think back to my childhood I have one memory that I'm sure is very similar to others around the same age as me and that was circling toys in the Argos catalogue that you wanted for Christmas. I always remember taking a handful of the slips from Argos one year so I could write down the numbers of the toys I wanted. Chad Valley was a huge part of my childhood and probably many others. They have been making toys exclusively for Argos for 150 years and I am so happy that both boys have been able to enjoy their toys as much as I did.

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