Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit – Review

Eva received the Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit to review this week. She loves her Camryn Coyle Doll she reviewed earlier this week & was ecstatic to receive the Ultimate Lab Kit too. Project Mc2 is a Netflix series aimed at encouraging girls to enjoy S.T.E.A.M based activities. S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths. Definitely a good choice for girls Eva’s age!

 

Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit

Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit

The fab Ultimate Lab Kit comes in a handy zip up plastic bag which opens up to reveal fantastic storage & science apparatus. Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit is suitable from 6 years & requires adult supervision with several experiments. The set comes with safety goggles, a Microscope, glass slides, test tubes with a stand, funnel, beaker, 3 lab bottles, PH strips, pipette, petri dish, safety goggles. The Ultimate lab kit also comes with a fashionable Mc2 ring & 2 sticker sheets & a book full of fun experiments to try.

Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit Contents

This fantastic lab kit comes with all the basics to get started with some fun experiments & a booklet to help you out with 30 experiments to try! Each experiment requires household ingredients you may already have or can be easily found in supermarkets. This fun lab kit really does encourage girls to enjoy experimenting & having fun, Project Mc2 is definitely a new favourite here!

Having checked out the contents of this fab kit & tried on the safety goggles & Mc2 ring, we took a look through the book of experiments to see if we had any ingredients to help us get started.

Cloud In A Jar Experiment

The Cloud in a jar experiment is the first experiment we found in the helpful booklet full of experiments. It seemed simple enough & we had all the items needed.  For this experiment, you will need an aerosol Ice Cubes & Boiling Water & the Project Mc2 beaker. We ended up making a cloud in a jar twice, the first time didn’t work out too well. Our hairspray may have sat in the cupboard a little too long, oops!

Creating A Cloud In A Jar

 

 

Trying again with my Sure spray we sprayed a little into the boiling water. We then sat the lid upside down with ice cubes on top & waited to see what happened. This experiment shows how a cloud forms, using boiling water which creates lots of warm water vapour.

Watching Our Cloud In A Jar Form

 

Cloud In A Jar Experiment

As the ice quickly cools it forms tiny water droplets AKA clouds! The aerosol spray gives water molecules something to hold on to which they need to do as they cool down. Our second attempt turned out a little bitter but our cloud definitely preferred to stay in the jar!

Eva really enjoyed this experiment & is writing a shopping list of ingredients for our next experiment. The Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit is fantastic for getting girls excited about science & encouraging them to experiment. We try to encourage the girls to do things like this at home & having the Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab kit is definitely going to make that easier!

What do you think of the Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit?

Project Mc2 Experiment Doll – Camryn’s Nail Polish – Review

Eva received a Project Mc2 Experiment Doll – Camryn’s Nail Polish to review this week. Project Mc2 is a series on Netflix showing smart is the new cool with a team of 4 super smart, seriously cool girls. Each Project Mc2 Experiment doll comes with an experiment for you to complete at home with the help of S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths).

Project Mc2 Experiment Doll - Camryn's Nail varnish

Project Mc2 Experiment Doll – Camryn’s Nail Polish

Camryn Coyle is the construction queen & this fab 12″ doll comes dressed in an off the shoulder ball dress with detachable dragon wings & mask. Camryn also comes with a mini hammer, excavator & funnel to help you with your Nail Polish experiment.

Camryn's Nail Varnish Experiment Doll

Eva’s Nail Polish Experiment

Crushing Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow is usually made from a mixture of talc powder and coloured pigments which is pressed into a palette. Crushed eyeshadow can be dissolved in nail polish which is usually made from ‘Ethyl Acetate’. Scientists call this a ‘Non-Polar Solvent’ which allows you to add colour to your clear nail polish.

Firstly, Eva broke up the eyeshadow by smashing it up with the hammer.

Scooping Eyeshadow into Nail Varnish

Once the eyeshadow was crushed up, Eva began scooping the loosened powder into the funnel. We sat the funnel on top of the clear nail polish bottle. Then she closed the bottle up and shook it up until well mixed, creating a pearly pink colour.

PINK NAIL VARNISH!!

As you can see, Eva was really pleased she had made her very own pink nail polish. Eva can’t wait to try out some more experiments & can’t wait to check out the rest of the Project Mc2 dolls. We then tried out her nail polish out to see how well it had turned out, she was really pleased with the result! Eva said it was a super fun experiment.

Pink Nail Varnish

What do you think of Project Mc2 Experiment Doll – Camryn’s Nail Polish? Have you seen the Netflix series?

Fantastic Fun With Glam Goo Fantasy Accessories Pack

Eva’s having fantastic fun with the Glam Goo Fantasy accessory pack having recently reviewed the Confetti pack too. This fab accessory pack comes with all you need to have fantastic fun creating your own Glam Goo!

This pack contains a pot of clear Glam Goo along with 2 pots of colour. These shimmering colours contained in the Fantasy pack are ‘Magic Hour’ and ‘Mint Skies’.

It also contains 3 pots of sparkles in ‘Cosmic Dust’, ‘Mermaid Wishes’ and ‘Unicorn Fuzz’ and Rose Mist Scent to make your Glam Goo.

The fantasy pack also comes with a rainbow charm and Heart necklace to fill with Glam Goo and wear.

Glam Goo Accessories

 

Fantastic Fun

Eva loves these accessories packs and this one is right up her street! She couldn’t wait to get started, setting everything out neatly before she began.

 

 Eva decided to start off using the Magic coloured powder turning her goo a sparkling blue. We both love how this colour turned out with the way it shimmered and looked magical!

Glam Goo

After adding ‘Magic Hour’ Eva Decided to add in some ‘Cosmic dust’ too. These look really cool and catch the light so magically.

Cosmic Dust

 

To finish, Eva placed this Glam Goo into the Heart necklace accessory. She was really pleased with this and couldn’t wait to try it on and pose for a photo.

Once she was finished posing, she quickly got back to work making the other half of her Glam Goo a shimmering green with ‘Mint Skies’. I almost missed it, she was so quick to get going again!

Mint skies glam goo

Eva poured a mixture of sprinkles onto the table and added them to her Mint Skies Glam Goo giving it a fantastic fun mermaid theme.

After working plenty of sprinkles into the second half of the Glam Goo, Eva popped it into the rainbow accessory piece.

This fantastic fun accessory pack kept Eva busy for quite some time after creating her own mixes with the ingredients. She had a little left over too and enjoyed adding a little of everything in too! The theme of this pack was a favourite too and she can’t see what Glam Goo come up with next!

Fantastic fun

Have your kids tried the Glam Goo Fantasy Pack yet?

 

5 Easter Crafts Using Posca Pens

We’ve tried 5 Easter crafts using Posca pens over the last few days. Posca pens are paint pens designed to be used on many different surfaces. They are perfect for so many crafts! We received 2 packs of Posca Pens to help with our Easter crafts. We received an 8 pack of standard and an 8 pack of sparkling Posca Pens. Posca Pens are a Uniball product with a large range of colours & tip sizes for different projects. Posca Pens are water-based and non-toxic, unlike alcohol-based pens the colour doesn’t bleed through paper/card/fabrics.

5 Easter Crafts Using Posca Pens

 

5 Easter Crafts

Decorating Plastic Eggs

Decorating Plastic Eggs With Posca Pens

Our first Easter craft was decorating hanging egg decorations using Posca pens. Eva is a big fan of Posca pens having discovered them at a MetalArts event and loved them. She quickly pretended she couldn’t paint properly with paint and a brush after spotting new Posca pens. She decorated an egg using some of the new standard colours and a few left over from my last pack and came up with this design.

Using the pack of standard colour Posca pens to decorate an egg myself, I was impressed with how well they covered the plastic. As you can see both eggs turned out really colourful and the Posca pens work brilliantly on these plastic decorations.

Easter Crafts With Posca Pens

Colourful Egg Cups

 

Next, we decorated egg cups using the standard Posca pens. Cheating slightly as the flowers were part of the egg cup design, we got to work. We started off colouring those & adding more details & colours as we went.Decorating Egg Cups With Posca Pens

We then added some colourful Easter eggs all the way around the bottom. I was impressed with how easy it was to use the Posca pens to decorate the egg cup. Posca pens are fantastic for such a range of surfaces!

Deocrated Easter Egg in Easter Egg Cup Using Posca Pens

Easter Cards

Mrs Mactivity Easter Card Printable & Posca Pens

Of course, it wouldn’t be easter without a lovely card so we visited Mrs Mactivity’s site, we love her printable resources designed by Polly Love. We found this lovely Silhouette Easter card which the girls think is really cute! We printed the card out on to pink card and used the Sparkling Posca pens to brighten it up. I also used the white Posca pen from the standard pack for the bunnies fluffy ears & chest.

Happ Easter Silhouette Card From Mrs Mactivity Coloured With Posca Pens

Numbering Bunny Footprints

Posca Pens are great, even for simple things like numbering bunny footprints for an Easter egg hunt! They are so bright & vibrant, you can’t miss them!

Numbering Bunny Footprints with Posca Pens

Easter Masks

Posca Pens & Face Mask

Masks are something the girls really enjoy decorating for all kinds of occasions. These had a felt texture on the top & the Posca pens worked really well. I had expected the colour to seep across a little but we didn’t have this issue which was a relief! Eva decided to make her’s a rainbow & bunny mask. Face Mask Decorated with Posca Pens

Admittedly that bunny does remind of the Hell Bunny Logo haha! Eva is really happy with her mask and loves being able to use all the colours without them running into each other. You kind of expect paint pens to leak and run everywhere but Posca pens are amazing & once you get the flow going, so easy to use. They are so brighht & vibrant and we are totally in love with the Sparkling Posca Pens, you will no doubt see them featured on the blog again soon!

Have you used Posca Pens for Easter crafts before?

 

 

Stunning Planners & Stationery From Old English Co – World Stationery Day Competition

I’ve been browsing the stunning planners and stationery from Old English Co who currently have a World Stationery Day competition running. Their competition to win 4 stunning planners is open until 25th April 2018. Simply head over to their competition page and follow the simple instructions for a chance to win. Old English Co is a  stationery and homeware brand creating beautiful, hand-lettered products.

Stunning Planners From Old English Co

Stunning Planners From Old English Co

Old English Co has this range of stunning planners (A5) available for just £11.95 each. These planners are available in pink & gold, grey & gold, off-white & copper and my favourite – black & pearlescent. These A5 planners are perfect for day to day use with an area for the date, da daily checklist on each inner page and a section for notes at the bottom.

Black & pearlescent planner - Old English Co

These stunning planners from Old English Co are made using metallic foil on thick, 350gsm coloured card for the cover. The planner contains 380 pages made from 100gsm paper and all planners are printed in the UK. I love the layout of these planners, I run off of lists otherwise I can be quite forgetful.

My Old English Co Stationery Wishlist

With World Stationery day coming up and both Eva & myself loving stationery I decided to see what else the Old English Co have to offer in the stationery department. I was not disappointed, they have a fantastic range. Here are my 5 favourite products from Old English Co outside of the stunning planners they are currently giving away for their World Stationery Day competition!

  1. Brilliant Ideas Notepad – I love this little A6 notepad, perfect for jotting down blog post ideas!

 

2. Dreaming of unicorns A5 notebook – Eva loves unicorns and loves this notebook too. I’m sure plenty of people would love to add this to their stationery collection too.

3. Start somewhere A4 notebook – We all have to start somewhere and this notebook is a great reminder to get started!

4. You Rock A5 Wiro Notebook – This would be a perfect gift for my brother to note down song lyrics & guitar riffs!

5. Get Stuff Done Weekly Planner – Weekly planners are possibly the best thing I have discovered in the last year! They are great for having on your desk so you know your week’s schedule/plans at a glance.

Old English Co has some great products available and I could happily get carried away shopping on their site. With Eva by my side, we could easily end up with way too many notebooks, pins & planner amongst other things!

 

Do you love the stunning planners & stationery available from Old English Co? Have you entered their competition yet?

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Easy Mornings With Left & Right Shoe Stickers From Easy2name – 3 Sets To Giveaway!

Want easy mornings with left and right shoe stickers? Easy2name have these fantastic stickers perfect for pre-schoolers & young children & we have a set each for 3 lucky winners! We received several sets of the lovely animal design left & right shoe stickers for our review. You can find a whole range of fab stickers & labels at Easy2name & I recently reviewed their Gorgeous Personalised Woven Labels with a giveaway (Ending: 2/4/18) too!

 

Easy Mornings - Left & Right Shoe Stickers - 3 sets to give away!

Left & Right Shoe Stickers

The left & right shoe stickers are designed as a simple but effective solution to teaching children to put their shoes on the correct feet. This makes putting shoes on more fun and getting out the house a bit easier! Both girls still need help with their shoes, Izzy is learning and Eva struggles to stay focused. Needless to say, it can cause stressful mornings so spotting the left & Right shoe stickers seemed a great idea.

Left & Right shoe stickers come with 4 fun designs included in each pack of 8, costing just £4 each. They are really easy to use, peel off and place each half of the sticker in each shoe to complete the picture. These labels are white and come in either black or pink print, you can select when adding to your basket.

Left & Right Shoe Stickers from Easy2name

Izzy barely let me photograph the stickers before claiming a pink pig set of left & rights stickers for her trainers. Straight away I noticed the quality of the stickers, Easy2name have amazing quality products, I’m still in love with my woven labels too! The left & right stickers looked really cute and Izzy loved her pig! The very next day she got ready to go shopping with the Mr & proudly showed him which shoe to put on each foot. It really made me smile, it makes putting on shoes much more fun gives kids that little bit of independence too.

Easy Mornings

I’m looking forward to easy mornings and Eva coming out of school with her shoes on the right feet! Eva picked a Dog for her trainers and a Zebra for her wellies which she struggles the most with. She wore her trainers to school for a few days (she keeps destroying school shoes, eek!) and came home with them on the right foot every time. I was even more impressed on P.E days as she generally has to swap her shoes over before walking home.

Making mornings easier with left & right shoe stickers

One morning we woke up & it was raining hard so Eva needed her wellies for school. Eva usually can’t figure out which welly to put on which foot, as they are so similar. Reminding Eva the images go on the outside, isn’t helpful as the pictures wrap around. With the Easy2name left & right shoe stickers though we had an easy morning with no stressing over her wellies being on the wrong feet. Relief all round!

Shoe stickers for kids

 

I would definitely recommend these cute left & right stickers to parents of young children. They really do give you an easy morning and a happy child, these stickers are just fab!

Giveaway

If you love the idea of these left & right stickers enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win 1 of 3 sets. Each set of  8 left & right pairs of stickers come in 4 cute animal designs & winners can choose their preferred colour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Gooey Fun With Glam Goo Confetti Accessories Pack

Eva’s having Gooey Fun With the Glam Goo Confetti accessories pack we received to review. Eva was really excited to receive the Glam Goo kit having seen adverts around for it.

Glam Goo Confetti Pack

Glam Goo Confetti Pack

Contents

Glam Goo Confetti Accessories Pack

This fun-filled pack comes with 2 accessories, a bow bracelet & a bunny keychain to fill with slime when you are done mixing in different ingredients. This pack comes with fluffy slime, a peach scent, 2 colours (Pink & Yellow), colourful confetti & balls to mix in with your gooey slime!

Gooey Fun!

Slime

Eva really enjoyed playing with the fluffy slime. We split the slime into 2 halves so Eva could try 2 different types. She decided to start off adding in some of the colourful balls to her slime. Next, she added some pink colouring, her favourite colour!

Pink Glam Goo

Once she had added in the powder, Eva decided to add some colourful confetti.

Confetti Glam Goo

Having decided she was going to put the pink slime in the bunny keychain, Eva was pleased to fill up the bunny and still have some left over.

Glam Goo Pink Confetti Keychain

Yellow Bow Confetti Bracelet

With the second half of the fluffy slime, Eva decided she wanted to make a yellow bow confetti bracelet. She got to work adding the yellow powder and peach scent first.

Yellow confetti Glam Goo

It’s all about the colour with Eva so she decided to add the coloured balls in again for the second half.

Colourful balls in Glam Goo

Next, she added some more confetti, she had a slight confetti explosion but was happy with the end result.

Confetti Overload

After squeezing some of the yellow colourful gooey slime into the bow bracelet she had more left over again. She eventually mixed the two colours, keeping it in the handy pink storage pot and keeps both lots of slime in their accessories.

Glam Goo Bow Bracelet

Have your kids discovered gooey fun with Glam Goo yet?

Burnished Chaos

Southend Toy Shop – Argosy Toys AKA Toymaster

I’ve driven past Southend toy shop Argosy Toys AKA Toymaster since I was a child and always looked through the windows in awe! With its bright yellow front, you can’t miss this Southend toy shop. If you look a little closer you will a selection of all kinds of children’s toys. They also have an online store.

Southend Toy Shop Toymaster

Southend Toy Shop - Argosy Toys AKA Toymaster

I was shocked to find out Argosy Toys are a small independently run toy shop owned and run by Paul. Having worked there for close to 30 years is pretty impressive for any toy shop! It must be lovely for the locals growing up, recognising Paul behind the counter and going on to take their own children in to buy toys too.

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Argosy Toys

Argosy Toys donate a big chunk of their small profits to SOS Domestic Abuse, local schools and Southend Hospitals Neptune Ward. I admire anyone who uses their small business to support causes like these and hearing Argosy toys could do with some extra local support, felt the need to share with you all this gem!

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Stocking thousands of toys including big brands, this shop has a whole range of fab toys. They have something for all age ranges and interests. If you are passing through then please pop in and support this lovely shop. Don’t forget, you can order online too! Whether you take the kids in to pick for themselves or find something yourself as a gift, you’ll be supporting good causes too.

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You can also buy from Argosy Toys online with £2.99 delivery or free delivery on orders over £40. Perfect for big birthday orders! From Hatchimals, LOL dolls, Playmobil and flush force you are bound to find the perfect gift and make someone’s day.

Have you ever visited this Southend toy shop before or perhaps spotted it driving past?

Burnished Chaos

 

The Selfie Bag From Cotton Bag Co

The Selfie Bag is a new product from Cotton Bag Co, who kindly sent us one of their selfie bags to review. The Cotton Bag Co bags are Eco-friendly reusable bags. Eva loved this idea of course and couldn’t wait to check it out telling me we had to take lots of selfies!

Selfie Bag

The Selfie Bag

Cotton Bag Co love a good selfie so they created the Selfie Bag, custom designed to help you bag the ultimate selfie. The selfie bag is designed to be the ultimate accessory to make it easier for you to get the perfect photo on the go in two stylish designs. We received the Natural bag but Cotton Bag Co also sell a black bag with a different design. Eva loves the bag we received with the natural background and colourful designs.

Style & Design

Both styles of the bag have inner pockets designed specially to hold your smartphone and selfie stick. The smartphone pocket is zipped, perfect for holding keys & money too. The main feature o this bag is a fold-out #SelfieSheet reflective sheet to give you the perfect lighting every time. Hold it in place, pose & snap the perfect selfie!

Selfie Tips

Find out how to bag yourself the perfect selfie with the free guide inside each Selfie Bag! Including 3 top tips from Kim Kardashian, do’s & don’ts, Selfie statistics & 5 tips from Charlotte & Stephanie. With this guide packed full of tips & tricks for the perfect selfie is sure to help.

Selfie guide

 

Delivery

You can buy the Selfie bag online at the Cotton Bag Co for £23.98 (including Vat) delivered. All orders placed by 2 pm will be dispatched for next day delivery but may occasionally take 1-2 working days. Deliveries are via DPD with signed for delivery.

What do you think of The Selfie Bag from Cotton Bag Co? Do you think you could bag the perfect selfie with it?

 

 

Creating Disney Jr Characters With Snazaroo Face Paints

We’ve been creating Disney Jr characters with Snazaroo face paints. Disney and Snazaroo have teamed up to create some fantastic tutorials to create your own Disney character look. We were sent a Snazaroo kit to try out their tutorials and see if we could come up with any of our own.

Snazaroo

Creating Disney Jr Characters With Snazaroo

Snazaroo’s fantastic Disney Jr tutorials are really easy to follow with a video, step-by-step written instructions and a list of everything you need. They have several characters from Belle, Coco, Hulk, Lightning McQueen, Jack Sparrow, Elsa, Hulk & Iron Man! Using these great tutorials even with my unsteady hand I almost got the girls to resemble their favourite Disney Jr Characters.

Belle

Toddlers being toddlers, Izzy wiggled and checked in the mirror without warning whilst I painted her face. Safe to say we need a little more practice, mostly with sitting still, to perfect face painting. Luckily Snazaroos helpful tutorials made me feel like I had done better than Izzy could manage herself at least haha!

Creating Disney Jr characters with Snazaroo face paints

As you can see Izzy was more than happy with the end result even if it wasn’t perfect. In fact, she spent the day telling everyone she was Belle and a princess. I’m sure with more practice we can really improve on Belle face paints in the future.

Coco

Having seen the trailer for Coco Eva really wanted to try the Coco tutorial, again a little practice is needed. Izzy had wanted Coco this time too but couldn’t keep still so distracted Eva whilst I did her face paints. I did learn to blend a little better with this attempt, a previous attempt with Izzy didn’t go so well.

Izzy was again quite pleased with her unfinished look and Eva, as you can see was slightly disappointed as the top of her head had gone drastically wrong. Luckily the Snazaroo kits come with plenty of face paint so we continued trying out the face paints across the week.

We decided to try again the next day with new characters to see how we got on.

Elsa

Izzy decided this time we should give the Elsa tutorial a try. With my unsteady hand and wiggly toddler, I set to work following the tutorial which turned out much better.

 

Jack Sparrow

Eva chose Jack Sparrow as her final Disney Jr Character which turned out fairly well although her giggling about her bushy eyebrows and moustache made it a little difficult in some places. Again the tutorial was so simple to follow!

Have you tried creating Disney Jr Characters with Snazaroo Face Paints before? Which Character is your favourite?