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Primary School Admissions

09:32

Today parents all over the UK and Ireland will be eagerly and nervously waiting the news on which school their child/ren  will be attending from September. In fact some parents like us may already have heard. Not everyone is going to be happy with the decision that's been made. However, we are one of the lucky ones and Blake has an offer made for his first choice school.We've had to put him down for a mainstream school as at current there is no EHCP in place for us to apply for a SEN school however we are happy with our result as the school he's been offered we really liked when we visited.

5 years ago today I had found out I was pregnant with Blake so it's special in a way that we found out today. Honestly the whole thing is an emotional rollercoaster now we know what school he will be going to and I can't help but wonder where the time has gone and how my baby is going to school in September.  If like me you are feeling a mixture of feelings you are far from alone as I'm sure that most parents are feeling the same. 


Excited
I'm feeling so excited for Blake starting his new chapter of school life and thrilled we got into his first choice school. The school is round the corner and when we had a look around we were happy with the facilities and knowing that they have children with Autism who go there and there is the right support available. 

Tearful
I feel tearful knowing that Blake is starting school this year when it just doesn't seem possible. To me he still feels like his still a baby and I guess I'll always see him that way.

Nervous
I feel nervous because of his additional needs. I'll definitely feel more at ease once I know about 1 to 1 support he will get etc. I'm also nervous for him due to us having relocated he won't know anyone so it'll be all starting again for him. 

I hope you have had good news on your choice of school for your little one.

Review

Untamed Dragons and Untamed Mad Lab Mini's

23:16

If you are a parent you most likely will know about the Fingerlings craze. If you don't know the original Fingerlings were released in 2017 and they were so popular around Christmas time they were selling out everywhere. Since then they have released many other designs. WowWee have now gone and done it again and released the UNTAMED Dragons to their rapture Fingerlings range. On top of that they have joined in with the collectables craze and have come out with the UNTAMED Mad Lab Mini's collectables. 







The UNTAMED Dragons come in four different characters with their own unique name and personality; Wildfire, Shockwave, Freezer and Venom (who we received). They have 2 modes tamed and untamed. Depending on the mode, the same actions get a different response.

When untamed your dragon lights up and become ferocious, whilst in tamed mode your dragon is your friendly companion. Poking and shaking your dragon will get it hissing and rouring, alternatively if you are kind to your dragon and pet it gently instead your dragon will hum and coo. 




The UNTAMED Dragons have blinking eyes, snapping light up jaws, gripping claws and super cool wings. Each dragon has its own way of expressing affection and anger,  (Venom breathes toxic gas) and they react to touch, motion and sound and make over 40 different sounds.


Upon opening I did wonder if Blake would have much interest in it as he is very easily distracted. However he has been spending a long period of time exploring how to get it to react in different ways and loves roaring with it. As he gets use to it I'm sure he is going to enjoy playing with it more independently. 

Made from sturdy plastic the UNTAMED Dragons have an on/off switch on the back of the head so there is no worrying about it going off in the night. They fit well on Blake's finger although he's currently not got to grips with the idea of holding it that way yet. Although battery operated it's not at all heavy. 


The UNTAMED Mad Lab Mini's are a fearsome collectable and like other collectables we've reviewed so far, they offer a surprise element in not knowing which collectable character you will get. With the UNTAMED Mad Lab Mini's you also have the excitement of finding out what fun DNA compound you will be extracting your character from. 

There are 34 prehistoric characters  to collect in the first series, of which 18 are common, nine are rare and three are ultra rare. There are also three limited edition characters, and lastly one rare golden character, Goldrush.


When it comes to removing the outer wrapper of the 'test tubes'  I reccomend using a pair of scissors as we found it to be tricky to unwrap. Once you have taken off the wrapper you will see what compound you have (BioSand, Geoslime or Terrclay) we recieved one of each.  Your collectable character will be covered by the collectors map  so you will need to Unwrap, pull of the lid and peel the plastic film away to release your new Mad Lab Mini collectible character!

As you can see below we found Ironjaw in some Geoslime, Bonesaw in the Terrclay and finally Gloom in the BioSand. The heads and bodies come apart so once you have a collection of the mad lab mini's you swap them to make your own hybrid creatures. If you want to you can also keep the compounds in the test tubes. At £4.99 it's a bit pricey if you choose not to keep the compounds, however they are pretty fun as well as messy which of course kids love. There’s also an app, and with each collectible you get a QR code which you can scan to collect in-app characters.

The UNTAMED Dragons retail at £16.99 and UNTAMED Mad Lab Mini's are £4.99 each and are sold in SymthsArgos and The Entertainer.

* We was sent an UNTAMED Dragon and UNTAMED Mad Lab Mini's in exchange for this review .  All thoughts and opinions are my own.




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Review

Fuzzikins bedtime bunnies

18:44

We are fans of Fuzzikins in our house, we reviewed the campervan set last year and Blake still enjoys playing with it often. Blake is also a fan of little figures that he can carry around and play with. Along with a love of crafts Fuzzkins are great for being creative.





We were sent The Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies set from Interplay. It's time for bed for these adorable bunnies, colour them in and pop them into their beds. The Fuzzikins sets are ideal for children who love crafts and lets them be creative thanks to the washable pens meaning you can wash the bunnies and once dry give them a new design.

The set contains:

- 3 cat figures that are in different sizes
- 3 felt tip pens in pink, grey and brown
- 3 felt beds
- felt accessories 



The accessories you get are super adorable. There  is a  mask and cape for the smallest bunny to play at being a superhero. All 3 bunnies get a sleep mask which are so cute and beds which your child can have fun designing thanks to felt shapes that stick on. All they have to do is peel the label off the back and stick them where they want. 




When it comes to colouring the bunnies you can practice your designs first thanks to the box having bunny cut outs. It's a great way for your child to be able to see their ideas before they draw them on the bunnies. Blake wanted me to do some designs on 2 of the bunnies first before he had a go.


The Fuzzikin bedtime bunnies set is an ideal gift for Easter especially if you are wanting to find an alternative to chocolate.  At £9.99 for the set i feel its well worth the price as I'm sure we will got a lot of use out of them. 

The set is for ages 4 years+ and is not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts that may represent a choking hazard.

*I was sent the Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies in exchange for this review by Interplay. All thoughts and opinions are my own.