Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Go Jetters Magazine from Cbeebies ‪#‎GoJettersGo‬

child Reading Go Jetters magazine

Elizabeth is coming to the end of her first year in school and she has developed a real love of reading during her time in reception. As well as enjoying the vast and varied library of children's books we have collected over the last few years, she loves being able to choose a magazine as a treat when we go to the supermarket, and I love that she no longer makes her choice purely based on the plastic toy that is taped to the front!

As most parents of young children will know, there are multiple shelves full of colourful magazines to catch the eye of little ones in most supermarkets and newsagents, but not all of them are offering the same value. Some I find have pages upon pages filled with adverts for the latest toys or TV shows and not a lot to hold a child's attention. An exception to this is the growing range of kid's magazines from Cbeebies magazines, including Swashbuckle, The Furchester Hotel and more...

Today another fabulous Cbeebies show has it's own magazine out in the shops an I can already tell it's going to be a firm favourite!

Go Jetters magazine - issue one with free toy

The new Go Jetters magazine follows on from the popular Cbeebies show that takes viewers on a fun but educational adventure around the world. If you've not seen it yet you'll soon have Last night a GJ saved my life stuck in your head on repeat! (Sorry!)  

In the magazine you can meet the Go Jetters gang an find out all about Xuli, the pilot, Kyan, the gymnast, Lars who can fix anything, Foz, the problem solver and of course Ubercorn who guides the Go Jetters and shares lots of interesting facts! There is even a Blippar app that parents can download to their phone so little ones can get even more  fun out of the magazine!

meet the Go Jetters

The magazine, like the show, is aimed at both boys and girls aged three to five, and is an ideal way for little ones to learn about geography and famous landmarks as it introduces children to places they may not have experienced before.

colouring in with the Go Jetters

Go Jetters Fun

girl reading a magazine

spot the changes with Go Jetters

Issue one is out today (Wednesay 28th June) priced at just £2.99 and is packed full of fun, including an exciting free Vroomster launcher toy plus Xuli figurine, a funky Ubercorn workbook, a colourful Go Jetters poster and sticker reward chart and much more!

playing with Xuli  - GO JETTERS

Editors Quote

With Go Jetters magazine readers can travel anywhere in the world and be part of the amazing Go
Jetter Academy. The exciting editorial encourages children to problem solve and to find out about
famous landmarks all over the world.
Whether it’s Niagra Falls, the Sahara Desert or the Eiffel Tower, Go Jetters engages children’s
imaginations so they can learn about geography in a way that is gripping and meaningful to them.
The editorial sparks children’s curiosity and encourages them to ask questions and have conversations about places. It provides opportunities for them to discover more about where they live as well as places far away.
There’s plenty of humour with Grandmaster Glitch, plus incredible facts to learn from disco-dancing Ubercorn along with thrilling Go Jetter adventures for our readers to enjoy. The gifts include the most amazing vehicles, awesome gadgets as well as fun toy figurines to play with!
Go Jetters magazine really is a global adventure for little learners!

Make your own Eiffel Tower simple craft

  Elizabeth enjoyed colouring, stickering, spotting the difference, reading, problem solving and of course leaning lots of interesting facts about landmarks around the world, but her favourite part was definitely making her very own Eiffel Tower to fly her Vroomster around! It was a simple but engaging craft activity that kept her focus for at least fifteen minutes, she then used the free Vroomster and Xuli toys along with her paper cut outs to become involved in imaginative play, chatting to herself all about Niagara Falls and the Eiffel Tower! I'd love to know all about the adventures she was having!

imaginative play with Go Jetters

As if that isn't enough value packed in to one magazine, there is a final treat in store! Inside the magazine is an exclusive voucher for one free child admission to Alton Towers, Sealife, Madame Tussauds, Coca Cola London eye and other Merlin attractions. See voucher on page 16 for more details and full terms and conditions!

Kids go free at Alton Towers, Cbeebies Land, Sealife and other Merlin attractions

We were sent the magazine for the purposes of this review.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Air Hogs Zero Gravity Batmobile - Review

Air Hogs Zero Gravity Batmobile in packaging

Like many other eight year olds, my son is a huge Batman fan, so when the Air Hogs Zero Gravity Batmobile arrived for us to review, he was thrilled!

He couldn't wait to get it out of the box and have a play. Inside the box we discovered the zero gravity Batmobile and the remote control that projects the bat symbol. The vehicle itself was a lot lighter than we'd expected, but I guess it has to be to drive on walls and ceilings!

air hogs zero gravity batmobile and remote

At first it was a little confusing as the instructions weren't clear, however we soon figured out that the remote required 6 AA batteries (and a small Philips screwdriver to open the compartment). Once these were installed the Batmobile required charging by plugging in to a small wire that was stored away in the handle of the remote.

how to charge the air hogs zero gravity batmobile

After a little while it was ready to go! Ben was in disbelief when I told him that that the car could climb walls so of course that was the first thing he wanted to do! The walls in the kitchen are the smoothest so we tried it in there, as the walls are painte a light colour, at first the the projected batsymbol was difficult to see, but after closing the curtains, this was resolved and to Ben's amazement, the Batmobile whizzed around the walls to follow wherever he pointed the light! (To watch it in action, see our short video below).

It also worked really well on the wooden floor of the kitchen and Ben loved to send it in a frenzy around the light, not unlike a cat chasing it's tail!

air hogs batmobile climbing up walls

Just like Batman himself, the Air Hogs Zero Gravity Batmobile can speed through the alleys of Gotham, then scale up the walls really to help those in danger! Equipped with the award-winning Wall Climber technology, the Batmobile can race up the walls and even onto the ceiling, driving completely upside down. Five directions of control and infrared sensors allow children to respond to the Bat Symbol when it lights up over the dark streets of Gotham!  

air hogs zero gravity batmobile toy review

Ben loves the Air Hogs Batmobile and has spent hours playing with it, however that is interspersed with charging time and he is limited to rooms with wooden floors and smooth walls such as the kitchen. Big kids seem very impressed by it too as both his uncle joined him for a play at a recent family gathering!

air hogs logo

The AIR HOGS zero gravity Batmobile is available from Amazon and other toy shops and has an RRP of £44.99, however if you shop around, you can take advantage of offers and I've found it for as little as £30, which makes it much better value for money. Ben is 8 which is the lower end of the age range this is aimed at and i'd say that was correct, although a younger child could operate it, quite a lot of patience is needed to get the most out of the toy and younger children may get frustrated with charging time or struggle to aim it correctly.

Check out our quick video below to see the Zero Gravity Batmobile in action:

 We were sent the Air Hogs Zero Gravity Batmobile  for the purpose of this review.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Snap up a last minute Father's Day card with Postsnap on IOS

Father's has come around quickly this year and although I have been planning gifts for a while, I had left the cards until the eleventh hour and was starting to panic. We have a rather large extended family so it's not just a case of getting a something for my husband from my children, we also have my Dad, my Father in Law and my husband's Grandad to buy for!

As a busy working mum it can be difficult to find time to get to the shops, least of all with the children in tow so they can help to choose the cards. So I was thrilled to discover an easy to use free  app that allowed me to order all the Father's Day cards I needed with just a few taps on my iphone or ipad! I didn't even need to buy a stamp or walk to the postbox!

Postsnap is available to download free on the App Store and has a great variety of cards that you can personalise using photos from your photo library. You can also tailor the design of the cards to suit your recipient, changing the colour scheme, the font and add your own wording.

My two children helped choose the design they wanted for their Daddy's card, (a super hero of course!) decided on the wording and the colours, chose a picture of Daddy from my phone and created it themselves! I added in the address and we completed the order. The whole process took just a few minutes and we can't wait for it to arrive so Daddy can open it on Sunday!

Father's Day and other greetings cards cost just £3 with free delivery direct to your recipient (or they can be sent to you with a spare envelope). Postsnap can also used to create announcement cards, invitations and postcards starting from just 70p each. You can even set up reminders for important dates so you never forget to send a card!

Paying for your purchases couldn't be easier either, you can use a credit card, debit card or purchase prepay credit and get a bonus free credit!

If like me you have left Father's day to the last minute then don't worry! You can still get a fabulous personalised card delivered in time for Father's Day this Sunday, just download the Postsnap app create and order your card before midnight tonight!

Save even more with a 20% discount

As a special treat you can get 20% discount off your first order when you use promo code MUMMYSPENNIES  (no expiry on this so it's for any cards throughout the year!)

We were kindly given credit two create two cards on postsnap to try it out.

Friday, 20 May 2016

The Hut Summer Preview Event

Prosecco with pomegranate at The Hut Summer Event

Last week we were invited to a special family preview event with at the Artisan Bar and Kitchen in Spinningfields, Manchester.

Artisan Flatbreads at The Hut Summer Event

As well as enjoying a delicious glass of prosecco and tasting the Artisan's signature flatbreads, we were treated to an exclusive look at some of The Hut's the newest ranges, ideal for the summer months.

Lighting at the Artisan bar and kitchen

If you're not familiar with The Hut already then do pop over and check them out, they are a luxury online department store, selling everything from kitchenware, to designer clothes, toys and your favourite beauty products, all on one site.

Elizabeth wearing Frugi Daymer Bay Daisy Short Dungarees

Mama Mio skincare at The Hut Summer Event

We enjoyed testing out the latest Mio creams that are fabulous during pregnancy and beyond...

Game of Thrones and Disney Monopoly at The Hut Summer Event

The children had great fun playing with LEGO, Sooty and Sweep hand puppets and checking out the Disney and Game of Thrones themed Monopoly, they certainly added some things on to their mental wishlists!

Sooty hand puppets at The Hut Summer Event

Sweep hand puppets at The Hut Summer Event

It wasn't just the children that were in delighted with what they saw, the Mummies' eyes lit up at the sight of gorgeous Fiorelli handbags and a selection of designer shoes...

Fiorelli handbag at the hut summer event

Hot Pink baby Dr Martens at The Hut Summer Event

vivienne westwood and fitflop shoes at The Hut Summer Event

The lovely Pippa and Jenny modelling shoes from Vivienne Westwood and Fitflop.

Michael Kors Sunglasses at The Hut Summer Event

designer shoes at The Hut Summer Event

Dr. Martens at The Hut Summer Event

There was also a beautiful selection of designer clothes and homewares to discover,

designer clothes on hangers at The Hut Summer Event

clothes at The Hut Summer Event

photo frames at The Hut Summer Event

Calvin Klein towels at The Hut Summer Event

This is just a small selection of the fabulous ranges available on the website.

Although The Hut are a luxury retailer, that doesn't mean that they are going to be out of your budget, there are regular offers across the site and they offer free next day delivery when you spend £50, which can be so handy when you need something at the last minute such as a birthday gift or holiday clothes! There is also an Outlet section where you can make further savings!

You can check out the latest offers and news over on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

I'd like to thank The Hut for inviting our family to their event and for the lovely goody bag of treats we were were given to take home.