I have 3 daughters but one in particular loves to be different by experimenting with her looks.
No not tanning , makeup or dressing differently but her hair.
Being that there are 8 children , I always encourage our children to express themselves in any way they wish and recently my 11 year old daughter took to joining in on making the under hair shaven look her own style.
Now I know what some may say and yes her dad was very unopen to the idea of shaving her head but once he realized it was what she wanted , her hair would grow back and it did sound to look very cool , he gave into it and actually done the deed himself (with supervision of myself of course).
Only a small area was shaven in the shape of a peaked triangle and when her hair was down it was unnoticeable but once tied up it could be seen depending on it the rest of the hair covered it with a ponytail or what we went with, braided later on .
Drew was very impressed and immediately loved her choice of style and so did we .
Just as we were having fun with her hair style choices we received a great addition in the post courtesy of Character toys .
The three strand braider Easy Braids is said to be a handheld device that helps you to braid your hair easier if your struggling to do it by hand . It helps separate the hair into three sections and twists and turns it all by the press of a button , meaning no twiddly twisting of the hands or aching fingers and wrists.
The Easy Braids is aimed at children aged 5+. I think it may be a little fiddly without adult supervision and help for them to put the hair into the sections but after that process is complete it is all about pressing a button which is very easy and effortless.
This product costs around £19.99 and is available form most main toy retailers .
Drew love the idea of braids , I have never been great at them and just really starting to get the hang of them at 33 years old but after a few attempts with the easy braider and then a little more practice , I'm now a pro . Well in the daughters eyes.
The fact that it came with stylish beads and bands to add to the braids when finished made it even more fun and cool looking.
The Easy range has also got an Easy Nails too and hopefully we will be seeing more Easy range products alongside them.
In my honest opinion I have to admit that I found this rather difficult to use.
although I love the concept of the easy braider helping with those twists , I actually spent more time and confusion trying to add the strips of hair into each clip on the device making it twice as long to achieve the same effect without it .
I tried to let the daughter do it herself but she was unable to do it alone so its definitely not Easy enough for the smaller hands.
The device is really lite to hold but its rather chunky for the smaller hands and I found it rather fidgety to get to grasps with .
For me, results were that the braider helped me understand the whole braiding direction, it helped me see how to separate the strands and how to twist them spearatly into a plait but if anything the adding the strands to the clips was what made it hard and confusing for me .
You had to separate the hair into three sections, add each section through each clip which was then separately pulled through the tube before pressing the button to enable to device to do the braiding.
What do you think of the Easy braider, do you think this device would help you achieve that perfect plait ?
Let me know in the comments below if you've given it a try already .
So the Stretch Armstrong Villain has made its appearance and is back on the shelves . That's right , Vac Man is back and its better than it ever was with its 14'' fully stretchable and pose-able Vac Powered action figure.
Vac Man has a new stronger formula meaning you can now stretch him to x4 his original size, making it more fun . He can be played with in his original self , all soft and nice or you can use the pump , attach it to the valve in his head and suction that niceness all out of him and turn him into a mutant looking meany . He really does look rather mean .
When he is suctioned , release the pump from his head and get stretching him. He stretches so much , you will feel your muscles working , hes a real tough villain.
He feels rather heavy too so carrying him about for a long length of time may just tire the little ones out more (well that is my idea anyway).
The good thing about this it holds an added feature that only parents will understand when you have a child who gets frustrated or needs to release their anger or frustration out of and that is the fact this is a great stress release toy.
Just like those hand held stress balls us adults may remember form years ago , this stretch figure feels almost the same and can be squished and pulled and twisted and its a wonderful feeling of relief for children who love to figit and calm by themselves by pulling and flexing.
On the other side of the Vac Mans head is a button , press this and he returns back to his soft bodies self.
His head is the only thing that you can not stretch, it is solid .
The instructions are very clear to understand and in fact my youngest son knew exactly what to do before it was explained to him .
Their are clear warnings for both items but I feel this is a precaution as we have really given this figure a test and more , at one point we had 4 of the older teens pulling at each limb and he still survived.
It says to pump him between 6-10 but I never feel this amount is needed most times.
The pump used looks just like a bike pump , but it has an added tube and instead of blowing it up it takes all the air out of the figure leaving him looking and feeling like he has a million little balls inside of him.
Take a look at the fun we had .
Vac Man is available to buy for just £29.99 from www.character-online.com and is aimed for children aged 5 and onwards.
My youngest sons and eldest from 19 months to 15 years old have all had great fun playing with this action figure. We do have Stretch Armstrong himself in mini and large Scooby also so its now becoming a collection that my son is enjoying and wanting more of .
He takes Vac Man everywhere with him and I love seeing him and his brother aged just 1 year old than him sit and stretch him , tiring them out as they fight against the figure , pushing it to its limit.
They love the fact that once it is pumped , the figure becomes fully pose-able. it stands and can be shaped into all sorts of positions ready for imaginative play.
There are more options of the Stretch line available such as Octopus, Fetch Armstrong and Stretch the dog and even more exciting there are even more being released this year with a sneak peak of the Disney Incredible family as well as many more but do not tell anyone I told you .
We are loving the Stretch line, pull, twist, even tie them into knots if you want , go on give them a try and see how far you can pull them to their limits, do they have one ?
Once your finished , he always returns back to his normal self .
Have you tried any of the Stretch toys, if you could stretch any Villain , who would it be ?
Let me know i the comments below .
Since being a small child, Vosene was always the go to shampoo and today as a mum of 8 , I proudly use it on all of our children still as well as my husbands and my own hair .
The one thing that I have always loved about the children's range is that it is a specially formulated shampoo that contains natural tea tree oil and lemon eucalyptus oil to help prevent head lice.
They also have a wonderful conditioning defense spray and both products are affordable and most definitely proven t be effective .
Now Vosene have a new addition to the family , the ''Fruity Goodness'' and for me it's welcomed with both arms open from me as I love the new fragrances.
Not only that but they're also bringing in the ''Gentle to skin'' range which shares its amazing new design and appealing to the senses.
First up , I want to share with you the ''Gentle to Skin'' , Hair & body wash with coconut oil and mango essence.
I will literally buy anything with coconut in , I adore the scent and for me this is the my favorite scent by far from Vosene. Not the usual tea tree aroma , instead the fruity extracts are brightening my senses immediately and it lightens my mood immediately .
Those little characters on the front really do justify the insides of the tube and my children's body and hair not only smells but also feels amazingly soft . A little goes a lot of the way and by using just a little loofah ensures your getting the very most out of it .
With a full deep cleanse and nourishing finish , their hair and skin is left clean and shining . We love it .
I've found this to be in stores at just £2.50 which is an amazing price .
Alongside the hair and body wash , in the next family ''Fruity Goodness'' , the 2 in 1 shampoo with pink pomelo and vitamin C is ready to be explored.
Created like the others especially for the little ones , its trusted by us the parents for generations .
I love that they have created a shampoo and detangler in one . I often struggle with my elder daughters hair which is very thick and course , a detangler is much needed and this helped immensely during our routine wash .
The scent is very sweet and I think this is why the little ones are appealed by . We all love a sweet aroma.
You can also pick this generous bottle up for an even better price of just £1.50 which I think is an absolute steal . I'm definitely stocking up on more bottles before someone ups the price .
We had great fun at bath time , or ''Splash'' time as our little ones says. At only 18 months he absolutely begged , literally to go in the 'splash' when we received this box of Goodness courtesy of Vosene.
A gift from them and in no way a sweetener to our opinions .
I have always been a long lifetime fan of Vosene , in my opinion they're products get better with age although I still not to this day still use the original myself regular and my husband also uses the men's range .
Have you used the same brand from young to old, why do you feel the need to go back to the same brands over and over?
Let me know in the comments below please.
So the most amazing parcel arrived last week, we were out so because it arrived at the weekend , we had a whole two days before we were able to pick it up on Monday form the post office .
We were expecting a large letter not this huge parcel.
We were not sure what was waiting for us but as you can see the smile says she was very happy it was for her .
This is the Ravensburger Disney Castle 3D puzzle that is available from Smyths .
I am absolutely loving 3D puzzles and they seem to just get bigger and better each time we approach the challenge .
Obviously this is not how it came in the box, the whole idea is ot build it yourself and that is exactly what her father and her done on the evening after he finished work.
We opened the box and the contents and instructions were not so hard to follow , a little fiddly to get started but once the base was up we were able to get a sturdy start and build.
I have to admit that the selfish part of me caved in to the cuteness and want of needing this to be done perfectly so I could display it for all to see in my cabinet once built .
The fun of spotting over 100 characters in the puzzle and trying to identify and name them all was a great added bonus for us , we thoroughly enjoyed the build .
Most part of the Castle were ready made such as the steeple roofs and the towers were larger pieces like the frame base also .
There were fully made gates for the front and back and balconies were also prepared making the in between parts easier to assemble.
I was surprised at how large the castle once when built and although it may just fit comfortably on a window edge I feel it would be better on a larger shelf due to the delicate areas.
The bright colours makes it very much realistic to its natural scene and I love that Micky and Minnie , king and queen of Disney were centre staged on the castle .
I am not sure they could fit any more characters on there but I am sure they could if they tried although , I do think they have every single one I could think of on there.
Are there any Disney characters you can not see that you would like to see , let me know in the comments below ?
The puzzle has 216 high quality interlocking plastic jigsaw pieces a staggering 75 additional accessories and it's Assembled Dimensions are 45.3L x 26.9W x 49.6H cm.
The age given to this puzzle is 12 yrs + but I know my younger daughter would have also built this at just 10 yrs , I think it all depends on the concentration of the child . Being that this is a castle , a Disney one at that , the younger ones seemed more eager to get started and join in .
I love that they have made this castle , imagination is wonderful and once built the scene is set in any child's bedroom to play alongside it with their toys .
So if you've read my blog for a few years you might remember that I was not much of a fan back then. I found them boring and well I have to admit now that I actually really enjoy them.
I have found peace with them and feel calmness as well as it being something the whole family can join in on together .
The past year we've progressed from the smaller puzzles to the larger ones challenging our concentration and eye coordination skills and well now we're enjoying the wonderful 3D puzzles that are now appearing around my home one by one like ornaments .
Last month we were sent the 3D Volkswagen from Ravensburger and I knew instantly this would be a project for my husband who is mad about all vehicle related things .
On opening the box , we found that the base of the vehicle and the roof was already made of full sheeting and wheels with an added touch of a surf board on top of the roof .
I'm finding the 3D puzzles are rather exciting .
I love that you can display them on a shelf or in a unit and this one even has an added bonus, it rolls . Yes the wheels actually work fully.
I have to say the excitement was a little over the top for a puzzle but it made it all the more fun and in less than an hour it was built and we were rolling it (rather carefully) across the sitting room floor , acting proudly of the display we had built .
You can see the joins, its not perfect but I like that you can see its been made and the imperfections of alignment give its personality just like any other vehicle has .
This puzzle was not a large one and like I have said previously only took less than an hour to build but it was a great break time activity that would have been great for taking with us on our own camping holiday later in the year with only 162 pieces.
The Volkswagen is only £19.00 to buy and there are so many other wonderful 3D options to choose from , keep an eye out on my next post sharing you the delights of the 3D Disney Castle which we are very excited about.
Have you given the Ravensburger 3D puzzles a try yet?
I would love to know what your favorite type of puzzle is in the comments below .