#MakeChristmasBearable With Teddy Mountain UK

I’ve been sharing the #MakeChristmasBearable campaign by Teddy Mountain UK over my social media recently. They are running a daily giveaway until 25th December. Each day someone who has been nominated will be picked to win their own Bear kit. The idea is to nominate someone who deserves to win a bear, perhaps they’ve had a tough year or just generally struggling and feeling low. With your nominations, you can help  #MakeChristmasBearable this year. 

#MakeChristmasBearable Campaign

#MakeChristmasBearable

Each day you can nominate someone you feel deserves to win a Teddy Mountain Bear. Simply comment on any of their social media platforms with who and why you think they deserve to win. The winner is announced via Facebook Live videos on their page each evening. I think this is an absolutely lovely campaign. I know many people who most definitely deserve to win and would love their own bear. Because of this, I  would like to help raise as much awareness about the #MakeChristmasBearable campaign.

A New Purple Friend

Amethyst the Gumdrop Pony

As I have been helping share the campaign Teddy Mountain UK kindly sent me a gorgeous new friend, their Gumdrop Pony. I was overwhelmed by their kindness and thought I’d use my new friend to help spread the campaign so others feel that too. I ran a few polls on Twitter to give my new friend a name. After a day of polls we finally named her Amethyst which I love!

Naming Poll

Teddy Mountain UK

Teddy Mountain UK have a huge range of fantastic bear kits to make yourself at home. These kits are fab and I know lots of smiles will appear due to their campaign. Teddy Mountain UK have kindly given me several shout-outs during their Facebook live videos for sharing #MakeChristmasBearable so I wanted to share a blog post too. Hopefully, it will help raise even more awareness for such a lovely campaign.

How To Nominate

I know many of my readers struggle this time of year and I’m sure many can think of someone who does too. Together we can help put a smile on a few more faces by sharing and nominating people to win daily.

With 13 more days to go and a prize each day, why not pop over to Teddy Mountain UK’s Facebook page and nominate a friend. I’m sure it will mean the world to whoever you win it for and could #MakeChristmasBearable for them!

This is a fantastic campaign and I would love it if you could share, nominate or even just watch a video and see what Teddy Mountain UK are doing 

Discussing Feelings With My Mood Stars

We’ve been discussing feelings with My Mood Stars this week from Wendy Woo. As mental health and wellness is the focus on the blog right now these fit in perfectly! Being able to discuss our feelings is important and learning that from an early age can only be beneficial. 

My Mood Stars

My Mood Stars

My Mood Stars are a fun developmental aid which encourages children to learn about and discuss their feelings. Through imaginative play children can find fun ways to share their feelings. There are 8 stars in total, Happy, Sad, Sleepy, Shy, Scared, Silly, Cross & Surprised. My Mood Stars comes with a Velcro board for the stars to attach to for £29.99

My Mood Stars Velcro Board and Stars


The Idea Behind My Mood Stars
 
Self-confident children in touch with their feelings find it easier to flourish in social situations. Indeed personal, social and emotional development and communication are key aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage in the UK. Children who understand and can express and manage their own emotions, as well as those around them, are more likely to develop a positive sense of self and be assured and inquisitive learners.

Discussing Feelings

Discussing Feelings With My Mood Stars

We’ve spent the week discussing & drawing what makes us feel each feeling. We began with finding one thing for each feeling and I was pleased to see the girls could easily come up with ideas. We received a My Mood Stars book to record our feelings in which you can buy for £5.99.

Feeling Scared

Eva really enjoyed drawing each feeling and came up with some great pictures!

Feeling Happy

We’ve used the board to throw Stars when we want to discuss a feeling too. Angry has been used quite a bit with the girls off school and arguing. It’s had a very positive effect as they then take the time to listen to each other.

Discussing feelings with my mood stars

Another activity we have enjoyed is looking back at our day and through feelings and what made us feel that way. From waking up Cross because there’s too much noise in the building to feeling Happy because we watched a film. It’s lovely to see the girls discussing their feelings and I love the whole idea behind My Mood Stars.

Izzy showing Happy Stars

You can also buy a fantastic rhyming book called Rat’s Musical Band written by Wendy White which the girls really enjoyed reading. It really flows nicely and appeals to children with colourful illustrations by Claire Rollinson. This is just £9.99 on the Wendy Woo Site.

Rat's Musical Band

Another lovely addition to the Wendy Woo Site we were kindly sent are cute baby Tooth Pockets. The girls love these and now can’t wait until they lose a tooth! Right now they are only £2!

Baby Tooth Pockets

What do you think of My Mood Stars and the other Wendy Woo products?

Glam Goo Deluxe Slime Pack Review

Eva loved doing this Glam Goo Deluxe Slime Pack review with me this week! An ever-growing fan of Glam Goo, Eva couldn’t wait to get her hands on this fab pack with Glitter Purse & Double Ring! She loved the Confetti Pack & the Fantasy pack, so no surprise she was so excited with Glam Goo Deluxe Slime Pack too. Each Glam Goo pack comes with fab accessories to fill with slime along with sparkles & colours to mix up your slime & make it fashionable!

Glam Goo Deluxe Slime Pack Review

Glam Goo Deluxe Slime Pack Review

The Glam Goo Deluxe Slime Pack comes with a Glitter Purse storage case for your Glam Goo slime creations. The Purse is lockable by turning the pink handle on top and has 9 sections to fill with your Glam Goo. The purse also comes with a pink lid to cover the storage section keeping your slime fresh.

Contents - Glam Goo Deluxe Pack

The pack contains a large pot of Glam Goo which is enough to make several different creations. This deluxe pack comes with Cloud Crunch, Daydreams & Unicorn Tears sparkles. It also comes with Electric Blue & Pinky Promise sparkle colours, Violent Vibes scent & a mixing spoon.

Cotton Candy Crunch

Glam Goo starts off rather sticky but the more you work it the easier it gets & turns from clear to white. We divided the large pot of Glam Goo into several portions and following the instruction included created 4 different Glam Goo looks.

Pinky Promise & Daydreams

First of all, we started with Cotton Candy Crunch. This Consists of Pinky Promise, Daydreams & Cloud Crunch. This mixture turns into a pink sparkly creation!
Cotton Candy Crunch - Glam Goo

Purple Rain

Next, we tried out Purple Rain which consists of Pinky Promise, Electric Blue, Violet Vibes & Unicorn Tears! This is definitely my favourite creation with this pack haha! I caught this picture below & love how you can see the individual colours mixing to slowly create a purple colour.

Mixing Purple Rain - Glam Goo Deluxe

Eva loved how Purple Rain turned out too and enjoyed the violet Vibes scent. Adding scent makes your Glam Goo a little sticky but as with when you start! Working the slime for a few minutes returns it back to a stretchy slimy consistency.
Purple Rain & Unicorn Tears

Halo It’s Me

Halo It’s Me was next on the list so Eva set to work mixing Daydreams, Unicorn Tears & Cloud Crunch into the clear slime. Eva loved this sparkly creation and is one of her favourites. She really enjoyed helping take photo’s for this Glam Goo Deluxe Slime Pack Review too and took this fab one below.

Halo It's Me

She liked this mix so much with all the different coloured sparkles. Eva decided to fill up the double ring some Halo it’s me and of course, couldn’t wait to pose for a photo. Being able to fill up fun fashion accessories like this make Glam Goo that little bit more fun! You can see Eva genuinely enjoys these fun slime packs in photo’s too.

Glam Goo Double Ring

Shimmer Lake

Once she finally stopped posing, Eva got back to creating Shimmer Lake which consists of Electric Blue, Daydreams & Violet Vibes. I love the Electric Blue, it is such a lovely, vibrant shade!

Shimmer Lake

 

Eva really enjoyed creating so many different versions of the Glam Goo slime & loved filling up the Double ring & Storage Purse. This fab pack kept her entertained for almost 2 hours straight. This is the perfect gift for any slime/goo fan out there!

Glam Goo Storage Purse

We also mixed up our own creations at the end using leftover ingredients from this kit, the Confetti Pack & Fantasy pack, eventually filling the purse! Having tried out 3 different packs we love Glam Goo products, they are so much fun!

Glam Goo Purse

Do your children love Glam Goo too? Have you seen the Glam Goo Deluxe Pack before?

Tammymum

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?

”Tammymum”

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?

 

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

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.

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!

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.

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