Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Dinosaurs ~ Book/Product Review



Dinosaurs
by Tobar
ISBN: 9781782447634
Published by: Tobar
Publication Date: 12 Feb 2014
RRP: £7.99

From the start I have to tell you Little Red
LOVES this book!


It's not just a book!
It's everything a child loves about dinosaurs.
The book includes a dinosaur skeleton to make.


The book is fantastically illustrated, full of amazing facts
and loads of fun!


The book is clear and easy to read.
The facts include everything you and your child 
will ever want to know about dinosaurs.
It has so many amazing facts including dinosaur detection, feeding habits
reproduction, family trees, different types of dinosaur and lots lots more.


As you can see from the pictures the book is
beautifully illustrated so even younger children
will love looking at the book.


There are so many dinosaur facts and they are all written
in language that younger readers can understand.


And not only that the book also contains loads to
keep children busy.


The book includes a die-cut dinosaur skeleton model.
The full instructions are in the book
and it is really simple to follow and easy for children
to have a go at themselves.



Each of the pieces has a number on it and they easily fit together.
You can also take it to pieces and put it back together whenever you want.


The model looks so fantastic that ours is now
on our mantle piece.
Everyone that has seen it loves it.


Not only that but the book includes more!!!!
It also includes dinosaur stencils
so kids will have hours of fun drawing and colouring in their dinosaurs.


When I asked Little Red what score he gave the book
he said 100 out of 100!
It doesn't get much better than that.
We are going to have loads of fun this summer
decorating everywhere with dinosaurs :-)

Check out Tobar's website.
They have many amazing toys, books and 
making kits.


I received a copy of the Book to review. 
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were received in return for this review. 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Rubber Band Loom Crafts ~ Book Review



Front Cover
Rubber Band Loom Crafts
Available in Ebook and Book format from  LeisureArts.com.

At my sons school at the moment the rubber band loom craft is huge.
Every morning you see girls selling the bracelets they have made.

They are so fashionable and kids love them.

Single  Triple Single

This book takes the craft to a whole new level.
Now only can you create bracelets you can also create rings, necklaces & clips.

Fishtail Diamond

Each of the different designs are explained in word and picture format.

Double Rhombus Butterfly Blossoms

It's amazing the different designs you can make with these elastic bands!

Chain Mail Zippy Chain (first image)

Not only that but it's inspired boys to make them as well as girls.
It's one of the first big crafts where I have seen both sexes
interested in making them.

Zippy Chain (second image) Back Cover

Not matter what your age you can have fun with rubber band looms.

Available in Ebook and Book format from  LeisureArts.com.


I received a copy of the eBook to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Monday, 29 December 2014

How Hippo Says Hello & How Gator Says Good-Bye ~ Book Review




How Hippo Says Hello
by Abigail Samoun
ISBN-13: 978-1454908203
Publication Date: 7 April 2014
Publisher: Sterling
RRP: £4.99


How Gator Says Good-Bye
by Abigail Samoun
ISBN-13: 978-1454908210
Publication Date: 7 April 2014
Publisher: Sterling
RRP: £4.99


I decided I had to review both these books together
as I don't think you should get one without the other.


both book show them going on an adventure
to different countries and learning
how to say hello then good-bye.


They are board books so are directed at younger children.
However Little Red loves the idea of learning
all the different languages.
He is learning the Japanese hello and good-bye at the moment.


The books have beautiful pictures telling the story
and giving a feel to each country.


Little Red can't wait to learn all of them
and I am sure that most children will.
It's a fantastic set of books to open the world to your child.
They'd make great presents.
I love the way it also shows you how it's said as well.
With some of them I couldn't pronounce them without it.

At the back of the book there is also a map
of the world showing their journeys.
The animals start in U.S.A. and unluckily you can't see
the UK :-(.
I would still recommend them :-)

They travel from U.S.A to France, Russia, Egypt, India, China, Japan & Argentina.


I received a copy of the Book to review. 
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were received in return for this review. 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Twenty to Make - Modern Friendship Bracelets ~ Book Review



Twenty to Make ~
Modern Friendship Bracelets
ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782210160
Publisher: Search Press
Publication: 10 April 2014
RRP Price: £4.99


As you know I am a big fan of the Twenty to Make books.
I love the way you can buy these books for a small charge
and be able to make so much from them.


This book doesn't let the range down.
Using many varied different types of materials
you are given lots of fun and interesting bracelets to make.


The other good thing about the book is you can take what you learn
and use it with whatever you have to hand to create your 
own designs.


The book gives you everything you need to make each of the bracelets.
This includes plating techniques, which are explained in both
written and diagram format.


This would be a brilliant book for teenage girls.
If they want that something for themselves
or friends then I am sure they'll soon want to
be making some of these.


I even chose to make one for me.
I used DMS Natura cotton yarn and a button I'd made myself.

I really enjoyed this book and I loved how I could make some
of the designs out of things I had around the house.
I've got my eye on a few to make as presents for family members.
I've just got to order a couple of things and I'll be making some more.


I received a copy of the eBook to review. 
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were received in return for this review. 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Cruise around the West Mediterranean ~ Holiday Review


As this years holiday we went on our first cruise.

I can say I'm not the type of person that I thought would
enjoy a cruise and my husband really thought he wouldn't
enjoy it.

How wrong were we!!!

It was amazing, relaxing, enjoyable and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
The experience was like no other holiday
and apart from our honeymoon it was the best holiday I've ever had.

Welcome on board your cruise ship

Our holiday was on the Ventura P&O Cruise Ship

From the start P & O Cruises make the experience as easy as possible.
When you book your cruise through them 
you are given a login onto their website.
Everything you need to know is at your availability.
Everything you need to complete is listed for you and anything you haven't
done is indicated.
You can book and purchase things before you go - day trips, drinks packages, etc.

We got a flight from Manchester airport to Genoa.
As soon as we arrived at the airport you could tell it was going to be
a different experience.
A member of staff was waiting by the check-in desks.
He greeted us and went through a couple of forms with us.
When we checked in we said goodbye to our luggage and didn't see it again
till outside our door on the ship.

We actually paid extra and went in the VIP lounges at the airport.
I'd say it's well worth the cost.
You have comfy seats, free wi-fi, food and drink available at
no extra cost.
This meant that we could all sit in comfort and eat bacon butties
whilst waiting for our flight.
Having a nice cup of tea, coffee, fruit juices, soft drinks and other beverages.
Our flight was at 7:30am so we had to be at the airport for 5:30am.

I think everyone on the flight was a passenger on the ship
so you could get to know some of the other people going
before you even got there.

When we arrived at Genoa we were directed to coaches waiting for us.
There were tons of staff to help and guide you.
Then when we arrived at port we had our pictures taken
and we booked in.
At this point you are supplied with your key cards for the week.
This key card is your access to the ship, used for purchasing items
and your keycard.
Even Little Red had one - which he loved.
He would of loved to keep it but you aren't allowed to :-(.

The cruise is all inclusive but it doesn't include soft drinks and alcohol.
You can eat 24 hours a day.
Fruit juices are supplied with breakfast , water, tea & coffee are supplied all day.

Our room was similar to this one except the bathroom and wardrobe were
in slightly different places.


When we arrived on ship we were greeted and then made our way to our cabins.
WOW!
As you walked in you had a walk in wardrobe, safe and bathroom.
In the bathroom you have a shower, toilet and sink.
Then you make your way into your room.
We had twin beds due to Little Red's ladder.
Little Red's bed came down out of the ceiling which he thought was brilliant.


The room was immaculate.
You each have a cabin steward (ours was Lea)
She came in every morning to tidy up and clean.
She put our beds to the day time set-up with a cushion etc.
The whilst we were at our meal in the evening she gets your beds ready to sleep in.
Your towels are tidied or changed and everywhere is cleaned.

The ship has everything you can imagine.
Shops, restaurants, pub, theatre, spa, gym, kids club.

Ventura

We managed to get a cabin near the mid ship.
This meant I could access most things just using the lifts.

On our cruise we got a flight to Genoa, 
the next day the ship docked at Livorno.
So Little Red got to see the leaning tower of Pisa.


Unfortunately he wasn't old enough to walk up the tower
but he says it is okay he'll come again when he is 9 1/2 years old.

The next day was at sea (which was really lucky) so I managed to
rest and recover from the day before.



The ship had the most children's club.
Little Red loved it so much he was wanting to go from
the minute he woke up.
He had soo much fun and loved spending time in it.
The brilliant thing was the club would shut at 5pm for tea.
Little Red had a brilliant kids buffet of hot and cold
foods to eat from.
Mr Bump and Miss Sunshine came to see them at tea as well.
Then at 6pm the club re-opened.
This meant we could go down to the resturant and have a beautiful meal.
Little Red didn't want to spend and hour in a formal dinning setting.
It was fantastic.
He was having fun and we got to be adults and enjoy a beautiful meal.
The waiters were fantastic and made each evening special.
I couldn't go every night as my illness played up
but when I did I loved it.



My mum and dad had breakfast, 11'is, dinner, afternoon tea & evening meal.
I couldn't manage it but I treated myself on a couple of days
and had afternoon tea.
They had beautiful cakes, warm scones and toasted tea cakes.
There was also a Chocolate afternoon where they had
hundreds of cakes, chocolate fountain and bread and butter pudding.

 Our next stop was Naples.
We decided to make our own way rather than going on a trip.
We got a taxi from the post and made our way to Herculaneum.
Little Red really enjoyed it.
With Pompei it's really big and it's mostly the bottom parts of the buildings.
Where as with Herculaneum has quite a lot of the houses, rooms etc intact.








The next day we spent at sea.
Another beautiful day of relaxing and having fun.



The next day we went to Dubrovnik. 
D say it was so beautiful, sunny and fantastic that
he would love to live there.




We spent the morning in the old city inside the fortified walls.
It's beautiful and amazing.

We only spend that evening, night and next morning at sea.
Then we arrived at Venice.
Our ship is one of the last to be allowed to dock in Venice.
Due to the damage being caused to Venice they aren't going to be allowing
ships into dock.
It was amazing going in because we were looking down on 4 story flats.
The ship is 19 stories high so you can imagine how big
it is to the building below.
We went off peak and it was still packed and super busy.
I struggled with the noise but it was amazing to go and see.
I don't think I'd go again as there are just too many tourists for me.
That was one thing I found with the holiday.
I found it easier when it wasn't as busy and noisy.
When it was I really struggled.
I'm still very excited about the fact I've been.



I cannot put into words how amazing this holiday was.
The staff were so helpful, the ship was so beautiful.
We had so much fun!
As someone who is disabled I would highly recommend a cruise.
They make the ship so easy to negotiate and they try and help you
enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
I can honestly say there wasn't anything I would complain about.
It was a brilliant holiday and I'd love to do it again.