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Blaze and The Monster Machines - Axle City Racers Video Game

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Blaze is ready to race with his monster machine friends and wants to bring you along too. Race around Axle City’s colourful streets and the awesome Monster Dome stunt track, the world of Blaze is yours to explore. It's time to buckle your seatbelts and take control of Blaze, Pickle, Darington, Zeg, Starla, Stripes and even Crusher! Prepare to race at blazing speed and go for the championship or compete with up to 4 players in split-screen mode! 

Blaze axle city racers
The fun doesn't stop as you boost, drift, jump and pull off stunts around amazing tracks like Race to Eagle Rock, Stuntmania, and more! 

Collect the wrench to power-up and activate your character’s unique skill and outsmart the competition. You can even customise Blaze and his friends in the garage. 

STEM education features, plus accessible control options like Auto-Drive Helper, younger players will have a blast discovering as they race for glory!

Features:
BE BLAZE and 6 more heroes including Starla, Pickle, and Crusher 
RACE WITH FRIENDS in 4-player split-screen mode 
POWER UP with speed boosts, upgrades, and unique character abilities 
WIN THE CUP at the Axle City Grand Prix, the Monster Dome, and more 
AUTO DRIVE with optional simple controls for younger players 

Blaze toys

Blaze toys

Blaze toys
To celebrate the launch of Blaze and The Monster Machines - Axle City Racers Video Games I have teamed up with outright games to offer one lucky Playdays and Runways follower the chance to win Blaze and The Monster Machines - Axle City Racers Video Game (on the console of your choice) and a Blaze Toy Bundle. 

All you need to do is complete the entry form below and pop back daily for bonus chances to win.

Good Luck

Michelle    
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Laser Pegs Multi Models Review

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Disclosure - We were sent the products below for the purpose of this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own unless stated. This post contains affiliate links. 

As the darker and colder nights are drawing in we have been looking for things to do inside where it is warm and cosy. We recently received Laser Pegs Multi Models which provided us with hours of fun last weekend as we created a Bobcat (similar to a JCB) and a Sparhawk aircraft. 

laser pegs models
Laser Pegs building bricks are perfect for those who like to create models and can follow instructions. Each set comes with a booklet of step by step instructions to create each model. There is a variety of bricks included and also light up bricks too adding to the fun. 

laser pegs sparhawk

laser pegs sparhawk


First we made the SparHawk with over 170 pieces. The instructions were easy to follow, however the bricks were sometimes hard to place and did need a little wiggling or adult help. The SparHawk took just on a hour to build and has three light up bricks and spinning propellers. 

Laser pegs bobcat

Laser pegs bobcat


The Bobcat has just short of 100 pieces and didn't take as long to build but was equally as fun. The Bobcat  which is similar to a JCB has 1 light up brick and a moveable digger feature at the front. 

boy holding laser pegs


The Sparhawk was our favourite to build even though it had a lot of smaller pieces and took longer. Now that we have made them we can add to the fun and break them up and build another model as each set has different models that can be built from the kit. 

laser pegs instructions


The Sparhawk can be built in 5 different ways. The instruction booklet shows just one model but you can scan the code in the booklet with your phone and different model instructions will pop up. So as well as a Sparhawk you can build a Warthog, Chinook, Bi-Plane and a L.P.A.H-1.

The Bobcat also has more models to build with a total of 4 different designs. Again there is a code to scan inside the instruction booklet which will bring up the building instructions for the other models including an Excavator, Forklift and Grader. 

There are hours of fun to be had as the Laser Pegs bricks are also compatible with other building bricks so the creations you could make are endless. If you don't have access to a QR scanner you can check out all the model instructions at Laserpegs

Laser Pegs Sparhawk and Bobcat are to buy online at Amazon, Very and other independent toy stores. 

laser pegs models


We are looking forward to building the other models over the next few months. For now little J wants to display his Bobcat and Sparhawk in his room so may be a while but I know we will enjoy making them when we do. 


Michelle
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20+ Advent Calendars For Kids Who Don't Like Chocolate

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Advent Calendars have moved on so much since the days of cheap chocolate chunks behinds the numbered doors. You can get advent calendars for everything nowadays and I have gathered our favourite advent calendars for kids who don't like chocolate. Whether your little one is a stationary lover or Pokemon collector you will find an Advent Calendar that will suit your little one.

pokemon advent calendar
Happy Holidays! It’s the most fabulous time of the year, and the 2021 Pokemon Holiday Advent Calendar is here with the best of holiday cheer! Whether you’re 2 or 102, kids of all ages can enjoy the wonderful surprises that Pokemon brings to fans year after year. Create and display your own Pokemon Holiday Scene with the 2021 Pokemon Calendar. Every day of the holidays is an exciting reveal as each numbered door contains 1 of 16 dynamically posed 2-inch Pokemon Battle Figures with a gorgeous pearlized finish, or 1 of 8 Holiday themed accessories. The 2-inch Pokemon toy characters include Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Vulpix, Eevee, Yamper, and MORE of your favorites! Gotta Catch ‘Em All!
minecraft advent calendar
Looking for official exclusive Minecraft toys and accessories? Do not miss out on this fantastic advent calendar kids fully licensed by the official game merchandise.
The Christmas advent calendar 2021 includes a complete Minecraft stationary set: a must have for all gamers. This advent calendar includes: 2 x mini notebooks, 2 x ball pens, 2 x Minecraft pencils, 1 webbing puller, 2 Minecraft stickers sheets, 1 x ruler, 1 x eraser, 4 x rubber charms, 1 xx sharpener, 2 x metal badges, 1 x lanyard, 2 x note pads, 3 x highlighters.

jewellery advent calendar
The Countdown to Christmas is an exciting time for children. And one way to heighten the holiday anticipation is with this jewellery advent calendar! This girls christmas advent calendar for kids have fun surprises hidden behind 24 doors, children can take out a small gift from the drawer corresponding to the date in the box every day. This is a great holiday gift for kids!

baby yoda advent calendar
INCLUDES 24 SURPRISES. Each day will reveal a new little surprise perfect for your little Star Wars fan! This cool advent calendars 2021 contains stationery gifts and some fashion accessories including slap bracelets, baby yoda keyring, novelty erasers, coloured stickers and a necklace. We won't spoil all the fun! Buy the fantastic advent calendar 2021 kids and discover cool gifts every day.

peppa pig advent
This special advent calendar 2021 kids includes a cute selection of 24 girls and toddler hair accessories and cute jewellery for kids. Peppa advent calendar kids will be the perfect pre-Christmas gift for all little girls that love to watch the cartoon.

advent calendar
If you are looking for something to entertain your kids for Christmas holiday,This Cute Animals Toys set advent calendar is a good choice.The wait can still feel like an eternity for a kid, but Advent Calendars act as the perfect countdown gift. Kids will open one door a day for 24 days to discover something that will delight them.they will so happy and meaningful.


fidget advent calendar
The Fidget Toy Advent Calendar is a fun way for children to count down the days before Christmas and get some surprises every day.

bic advent calendar
The BIC Advent Calendar lets kids express their artistic talent with crayons, felt pens and accessories waiting to be opened. This carefully curated writing and colouring set is packed with everything your kids need to count down the days to Christmas.

barbie advent calendar
​This Barbie Dreamtopia Advent calendar helps celebrate any occasion with 24 days of surprise gifts. Kids open Barbie doll on day one, and then reveal a new surprise daily for the next 23 days Surprises include accessories, storytelling pieces and fashions that let kids dress Barbie doll up as a princess, mermaid or fairy. Each new surprise brings a new opportunity to mix and match and tell a new fairytale Accessories and storytelling pieces, like tiaras, necklaces, pets and tea party pieces, instantly expand the playtime possibilities. 

match attax advent calendar
Exclusives - festive surprise cards including an unbeatable 101 limited edition Match Attax card! Limited edition - 131 football cards including 6 exclusive limited editions cards! Daily app cards inside every packet! Look out for crystal parallel cards and chrome shield cards in this match attax advent calendar! Look for autograph cards from your favourite UEFA players inside lucky packets!

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar
This Hot Wheels Advent Calendar will delight kids of all ages. There are eight decorated hot wheels vehicles and sixteen accessories for every day leading up to the big day. The Hot Wheels Advent Calendar now includes a foldout playmat for kids to play with their new hot wheels vehicles and accessories.

Polly Pocket Advent Calendar
The Polly Pocket Advent calendar is a winter wonderland full of 25 holiday surprises. Count down the festive season on day one, then open a surprise gift daily for the next 24 days. 
Play out the snowy storytelling fun with micro surprises including fun Polly Pocket dolls, dwellings, animals, vehicles and more (micro dolls can fit in and interact with some of the accessories).

​Create a fun holiday display with the packaging featuring a snowy holiday scene!

LOL Advent Calendar
This LOL surprise advent calendar is a must have for all lol dolls fans this christmas! The charm bracelet advent calendar is the perfect pre-christmas gift for girls and features some of the most popular dolls from the born to rock collection. Open a new door each day from 1st December to reveal a new surprise and wear it with pride during the day. 

Disney Cars Advent Calendar
​Count down to Christmas and a complete play set with the Disney and Pixar Cars Holiday advent calendar. ​For 24 days in a row, Cars lovers will start each day excited to find out what Cars-themed surprise is next. Set includes five vehicles based on Cars fan-favourite characters. ​Look for fun storytelling pieces like racing flags, stacks of tires, a road cone, a racing trophy and more.
Schleich Advent Calendar
In the Schleich Horse Club 2020 advent calendar, the vet uses her stethoscope to examine the Trakehner mare and foal before the big horse show Christmas celebration, and has good news: the horses are healthy and can take part in the competition!.The little cat family, the rabbit and the squirrel are also happy to hear it. As they nibble on delicious apples, carrots and lettuce from the basket and bowl, they look curiously on as the horses are groomed with the hoof pick and massage brush. Thanks to the colourful horse blanket and the pretty head collar, they are ready for the big event.

Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Celebrate Christmas in the Wizarding World with this magical LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar. Behind each of the 24 doors is a different toy or figure from the Harry Potter series. As the big day gets closer, kids can recreate Hogwarts holiday scenes – including the amazing Yule Ball.
Hogwarts Advent calendar
The 2020 Harry Potter advent calendar is the perfect pre-xmas gift idea for all Harry Potter fans, especially if they love to collect jewellery, hair accessories and fun stationery. Open a new window each day from 1st December to reveal a new surprise, each one with a touch of magic! A must have for all Gryffindor fans this Xmas.

Pringles advent calendar
Crisp lovers everywhere, prepare to be amazed. There's a tub of Pringles behind every door on this unique advent calendar, perfect for those who prefer savoury over sweet. With one of 4 classic flavours behind each door, the countdown to Christmas has never been this exciting.


Swizzles Sweet Factory
Every door and window of the freestanding festive Swizzels Sweet Factory contains a delightfully sweet treat to be savoured by the young, or young at heart.  It makes a perfect pre-Christmas gift for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Barratts Advent calendar
For those with a sweet tooth the Barratt Retro Sweet Advent Calendar is the perfect choice with 24 doors to open filled with Fruit Salad, Black Jack, Wham Bars and more. 

Haribo Advent Calendar
Start your Christmas countdown with HARIBO and 24 windows that are hiding a merry mix of little treats. Themed, fun and perfect for those looking for an alternative to the traditional chocolate calendar.
This tasty advent calendar brings together HARIBO favourites from across the world with Tropifrutti, Goldbears and MAOAM includes seasonal mini bags and themed jellies. Look out for Santa’s boot, a red hatted reindeer and gold star topped Christmas tree!

As you can see there are so many Advent Calendars to choose from. Which one is your favourite?

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Christmas Stories At Books2Door

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It won’t be long before we will be getting all our Christmas decorations down, eating mince pies and preparing for the big day. Christmas is definitely our favourite time of year and to help us get into the Christmas spirit we have received some lovely Christmas stories to read each night.

Mr. Men Christmas Collection Books


We already own all of the Little Miss and Mr Men books so when I saw the Christmas Collection I knew this would be a great addition to our collection. 

The Mr Men Christmas Collection features 14 books based around the most wonderful time of the year. The books are similar size to the original collections and include

Mr. Men Meet Father Christmas
Mr. Men The Christmas Tree
Mr. Noisy and the Silent Night
Little Miss Christmas
Mr. Men A Christmas Carol
Mr. Men The Night Before Christmas
Mr. Men A Christmas Pantomime
Mr. Men A White Christmas
Mr. Men The Christmas Party
Mr. Men All Aboard for Christmas
Mr. Men Winter Sports
Mr. Men 12 Days of Christmas
Mr. Men Winter Wonderland
Mr. Men A Christmas Carol

Perfect stories for Little Miss and Mr Men fans this Christmas. 

The Big Christmas collection



The Big Christmas Collection of 10 Little Tiger books are a great choice this Christmas to read before bedtime. Each of the 10 books tell us a snowy tale including 

1) Waiting for Santa
2) When Granny Saved Christmas
3) When Will it Snow?
4) The Magical Snowman
5) Big Bear Little Bear
6) A Christmas Wish
7) A Long Way from Home
8) The Night Before Christmas
9) The Magic of Christmas
10) One Snowy Night

The collection will be very popular with younger readers as each book as beautiful illustrations. 

Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar


Each year we usually create our own book advent calendar for little J to enjoy on the run-up to Christmas. I usually choose 24 stories and wrap each one up in Christmas paper and number them 1-24. However this year we’ve received a Disney Advent Calendar filled with 24 books perfect for the festive season. Just like any other advent calendar there is a surprise behind every number door. Just open the doors from 1-24 each day in December and enjoy a Disney Christmas Story. We are really looking forward to opening these each day and having a new story to read. 

Books2Door are the perfect way to encourage reading amongst young children. It has an extensive range of books from different authors and genres and you are sure to find something suitable for every child. 

Standard delivery at Books2Door is only £2.99. Express delivery is available. However free shipping will be awarded for all spends over £35. You can also collect book points which offer you cash back on future purchases, 10% off multi buys and £5 each if you refer a friend so there are lots of incentives to get your young ones reading this Christmas.

Michelle
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Christmas Gift Ideas For The Kids

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I love buying presents for family and friends and I love seeing their faces when they open their presents and get a nice surprise. I do sometimes turn to google for some gift inspiration as some children are impossible to buy for. Over the last few months I have been gathering lots of gift ideas for the kids so if you are looking for a little inspiration then hopefully this post may help.

Christmas gift ideas for the kids


mechanics gravity loops and turns
Mechanics Gravity Loops and Turns allows you to build a circuit driven by the invisible forces of magnetism and gravity. The magnetic cannon uses the force of attraction to accelerate and push the spheres. The movement is generated without the use of electric motors or batteries. Learn the basics of magnetism and use them to create controlled magnetic reactions using the 130 pieces included. 

 

greenbank primary first aid brought to life
Greenbank Primary: First Aid Brought to Life is a narrative non-fiction that tells a story. It tells a story of a town called Humphrington, a school called Greenbank Primary and the Matthews family engaging with family, friends and teachers. The main theme throughout the book is 'what can you, as a 10-12 year old person, do to give first aid in a medical emergency?'

harry potter a magical year
A Magical Year takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the seasons at Hogwarts. Jim Kay's incredible illustrations, paired with much loved quotations from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, bring to life all of the magic, beauty and wonder of the wizarding world.

tinsel book
How did the world come to believe Santa Claus is a man? It's all just a big misunderstanding! Tinsel - The Girls Who Invented Christmas, a tale of friendship, sleigh rides and two formidable girls is the Christmas book of the year - a gloriously funny, festive adventure that will delight even the biggest Grinch.

wish you was book

WishYouWas - The Tiny Guardian Of Letters is an enchanting adventure story of friendship, bravery and the unique magic of getting a letter from someone you miss. Perfect for fans of The Midnight Guardians and The Umbrella Mouse.
joy's playground
Joy is in the playground with her two friends: Jumpit the frog and Tortie the tortoise. They are joined by other friends who have been having a very bad day! They all work together to help their friends overcome the challenges they face through gratitude, mindfulness and self-belief.

snow ghost
Flying through the swirling, snow-filled skies, Snow Ghost searches for a place to call home, swooping gracefully over the whirling traffic of town, winding her way through the dense, tangled wood and to the top of the blustery hill. Then on the quiet calm of the moors, she sees a girl and a boy playing. She breathes magic and sparkle into their play until it's time for them to stumble back home to bed. And while shimmers of moonlight cast their glittering light, Snow Ghost curls herself round the roof of the farmhouse. She has found her happy home at last.

jingle smells
It's Christmas eve and jingle the little skunk can't wait to see all the twinkly fairy lights. But as he skips into town, his terrible whiffy stink causes all sorts of trouble.  Poor jingle is convinced he's ruined christmas . . . But when santa himself is captured by a gang of wicked robbers, it's up to our stinky hero to save the day. Can his jingle smells save Christmas for everyone?

NASA Backpack
The NASA backpack is out of this world! Featuring stylish gold zip detail and easily accessible front pocket with nostalgic NASA branding, this backpack is sure to be the coolest in the galaxy. Includes internal compartments for storage.

nasa lunch bag

The NASA Lunch Bag features stylish gold zip detail, and nostalgic NASA branding. Ideal for little astronauts on their lunch break. 


planet buddies headphones
Planet Buddies brings you a vibrant and exciting range of wireless kids headphones for girls and boys, inspired by endangered species from across the globe. With an impressive play time of up to 38 hours, and a fast charging time of only 2 hours, our headphones are the perfect music companion.

planet bundle mobile phone  holder
Planet Buddies multifunction mobile phone stand can be used as a cute phone holder for most mobile phones and tablets up to 7 inches. Easily use the phone and tablet stand in both landscape and portrait modes, this cute multi-functional plush is the perfect phone stand for desk for kids or adults.

Organix Christmas Selection Box

Filled to the brim with scrummy organic treats, each Christmas snack box contains our Strawberry & Apple Fruit Gummies, Mini Gingerbread Men Biscuits, Alphabet Biscuits, Raspberry & Apple Soft Oaty Bar and Apple & Orange Oaty Bars.

the littledug workstation

The LiTTLEDUG Toy Workstation and Tool Set is perfect for imaginative play and developing a child's fine motor skills. The 64 Piece Set includes tools, accessories and the bench also includes play vice and storage bins.

Harry potter snowglobe
Embark to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with this waterball featuring Hogwarts castle. This highly detailed miniature replica of the school of witchcraft and wizardry provides a majestic backdrop in this inspired scene. Opalescent glitter glistens when shaken and the Hogwarts seal in bronze adorns the top of the waterball.

Disney Showcase rapunzel and pascal
The 5th in the Disney Showcase Collection Holiday Princess series, Rapunzel swaps her weapon of choice, the cast iron pan, for a snowball and is ready for a fight. This two piece set comes with her sidekick Pascal.

beauty and the beast illuminated castle
A magical glow illuminates the Baroque period features of this Beast's Castle. Belle and the Beast can be seen embracing at the foot of the castle. The natural elements of the Basswood are carefully crafted and layered to build a multidimensional scene. This Beauty and the Beast Castle scene with warm white led lights is the perfect centrepiece for any home decor.

disney ears
Celebrate Disney's iconic Mickey Ear Hats in your home with their very own shop| With a light dusting of snow all around, gifts all wrapped and a festive tree dressed, it's beginning to feel like Christmas. The building is illuminated and each piece in the Disney Village range is hand crafted from high quality ceramic before skilled artists hand paint every one to ensure all the intricate details are in place.

home for Christmas
Mickey and Minnie Mouse share their love for Christmas time in front of a cute gingerbread house and create a wonderful magical, family moment in this delightful wooden figurine. This gingerbread inspired decorative Kloche will make a stunning display in your home.

Hopefully these ideas may help you choose the perfect gift for a little one this Christmas. 

Michelle


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