Teddy Bear Toast to celebrate National Sandwich Week

In celebration of National Sandwich Week, I was put forward a challenge by ao.com to see how creative we could get with – well – bread.

You never know what you can create with the right tools and an imagination.

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We were sent a box of accessories to help us and these consisted of cookie cutters, edible writing pens, icing eyes and some stencils for food.

It arrived just before breakfast on Saturday and the children had to try it out immediately.

We made some delicious Nutella and Peanut butter Teddy Bear toasts and the kids just wolfed them down. It’s amazing how quickly food goes down when made by themselves.

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It’s easy to make these. All you need do is toast two slices of bread. Make sure the toast is crunchy. Take the largest bear face shape and cut out from the toast. Spread with Nutella.

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Use the smaller shape to cut out the eyes and mouth bit from the other slice. Spread with Peanut Butter.

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Cut the nose and spread Nutella on it.

Put the shapes together. Add the eyes. And then draw in the ears and mouth with icing pen.

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It looks good and tastes pretty great too.

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We also made some dinosaur sandwiches which went down a treat for lunch during the week.

Let’s face it – in the UK, every week is Sandwich Week. Thanks to AO.com though, we are able to make our sandwiches special everyday.

Disclaimer – I was sent the above product to help me get creative with bread. All ideas and opinions are my own.

 

Nintendo Wii U – Mario Party 10 Review

The children love the Wii U and we spend some lovely times together playing games on it.

We were delighted to be sent another exciting package from Nintendo which contained products to have a party. Yes, being a Nintendo Family Blogger means we get to do fun stuff. But it was not just any party, it was a Mario Party.

A party to celebrate the launch of Mario Party 10 on the Wii U. And in true Nintendo style we were sent some party stuff to celebrate with the game of course and a Bowser Amiibo.

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The children were excited and to be honest so was I as I do love the Nintendo games.

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Mario Party 10 is similar to Wii Party and yet quite different. Similar in that it is a game where you roll the dice and travel around the virtual board picking up challenges on the way.

 

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But beware, you don’t want to let Bowser out of jail. Spin the wrong number and you’d do just that. Once he’s out, you’ll have to dodge fireballs and his wrath and try to outbeat him. Don’t worry, you can do it as a team, which makes it a perfect game for the family or friends.

Mario Party 10 has 3 modes – Amiibo, Bowser Party and Mario Party. There are over 70 mini games – we haven’t played them all as yet but the ones that we have are most fun. You get to do all sorts of crazy things like hit people on the head, climb ladders and push other players off a ledge kind of thing. All fun, I assure you.

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After it’s over, you even get a trophy. Hence the pushing off the ledge is not frowned upon.

You can use the Amiibo for even more excitement but the problem in our household is which Amiibo should be used and it can be a pain changing them every turn.

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I like Mario Party 10 because it allows for short games to be played and you can diffuse the whining in the home by saying  – ‘Okay, a quick game on the Wii U’. It really is a quick game so great for children who get bored easily.

It has a PEGI rating of 7  – I think this is because of Bowser’s scary world and roars as my little one does tend to be a little wide eyed when he’s released from jail. But, that doesn’t stop her from joining in the fun.

We love playing Mario Party 10 and would recommend it as a great game for the family and friends. Besides, who doesn’t love a good party, eh?

Disclaimer: I was sent Mario Party 10 for review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

Disney Imagicademy’s Frozen Early Science App Review

Frozen is still very popular in our home as I do believe it is in many homes. We watch the movie quite often and listen to the songs in the car. We were thrilled to hear of this New  Frozen: Early Science App which is available 

Frozen: Early Science, from Disney Imagicademy is a series of apps grounded in early science principles, featuring favourite characters and stories from the award-winning animated film. It is aimed at families with children 3 to 8.

 

Featuring three distinctly different apps, early science concepts are introduced through activities especially designed for children ages 3 to 5 that encourage learning by creating, making and experimenting. The first Frozen: Early Science app is available now on the App Store, and two more Frozen: Early Science apps will launch between now and July. 

The Frozen: Early Science apps are designed to reward observation, experimentation and deduction, skills that are the building blocks of the scientific process. Each app features environments, themes and beloved characters from the Academy Award-winning film, including Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and more.

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The Disney Imagicademy Frozen: Early Science apps provide children with five total experiences:

Phases of Matter and Life Science

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  •  “Cooking Creations” – Children are invited to help Oaken – owner of Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna – and Olaf prepare a variety of creative and delicious dishes for Queen Elsa. With more than 35 ingredients and various preparation tools to experiment with, children can follow basic recipes or create their own. Cooking play exposes children to principles of state changes when they add or subtract heat, causing substances to melt, freeze, or evaporate. The game also provides the opportunity to observe water in solid, gas and liquid forms.

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  • “Reindeer Care” – Children work alongside Kristoff, Anna and Sven as they groom, diagnose, and care for baby reindeer. Role-playing a reindeer care specialist, children learn to see and meet the basic needs of baby reindeer for food, water, hygiene and rest. By treating reindeer ailments and taking care of the reindeer calves, children can make connections to their own health and personal care. Using their powers of observation, children begin to generalise about what it takes to keep animals healthy and happy! 

Botany

  •  “Growing Garden” – With Anna and Olaf’s assistance, children learn about the basic needs of plants by growing their very own customized garden. As they help seeds grow into adult plants, junior gardeners observe how water, sunlight and nutrients affect their plants and how they grow. With patience and care, children can grow a variety of trees, flowers, fruits and vegetables. They can even experiment with creating designer hybrid plants in Olaf’s greenhouse!

 Engineering Design

  •  “Ice Structures” – Children will work with Elsa to build ice bridges and ramps that help an adorable reindeer calf get to a delicious basket of carrots. Through more than 100 levels, children will experiment with balance and structural integrity, use logic and reasoning, and hone their design sensibilities. In addition, they’ll use their creativity to design breathtaking ice lodges for the Arendelle Nature Park! 

Ecosystems and Zoology

  • Forest Wilderness” – Children are invited to explore the Arendelle forest with Olaf and Kristoff. As they look for animals in the wilderness, children can observe and interact with a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. They can also see how the seasons affect the forest environment and, as a result, animal behaviors. Children will delight in making surprising animal discoveries as they make their way through the forest!

 All Frozen: Early Science apps connect to the Disney Imagicademy Parents app, giving parents the ability to see what their children are discovering, making and building in the apps. The Parents app was created with the belief that parents and care givers are an integral part of every child’s learning process. It provides parents a window into their child’s accomplishments digitally and remotely, as well as ideas to extend the principles of observation, experimentation and deduction into the everyday world.

 Frozen: Early Science is available now for £4.99 and Disney Imagicademy Parents, available for free, can be downloaded now for iPad and iPhone on the App Store. Additional Frozen: Early Science apps will be available in the App Store by early summer.

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I found the App brilliant and obviously the children do too as they are always on it. There is so much to do that one cannot get bored. Plus, hey, it’s Frozen! There is something for all abilities and interests. Ethan loves the taking care of animals bit and Aeryn loves the Cooking bit. It is exciting and the Frozen characters make is all the more so. Just love Oaken’s trading post. I have to admit, I quite liked going on there myself. :)

Breville’s Perfect Fit for Warburtons Toaster Review

Though toast maybe the easiest to have for breakfast, I have found it difficult in the past to get it right. Either it’s not done well enough or I have the smoke alarm going off.

Another thing that used to irritate me was that I could never get the top of the bread done in the first go. I always had to turn the bread upside down and toast it. You do know what I mean don’t you?

Well, no more. I have finally found a toaster that toasts the entire slice of bread.

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Breville has partnered with Warburtons to produce a toaster that fits perfectly with the Warburtons Toastie bread as well as other Warburton loaves and we were sent the Breville’s The Perfect Fit with Warburtons 4 slice Toaster to review.

This is perfect for me as we have the Warburtons Farmhouse loaf at home and as I mentioned I had a hard time getting it perfectly done.

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The Breville toaster is stylish to look at. It is silver in colour and has 3 illuminated control buttons down the middle and a browning control dial.

Variable width bread slots ensure that you can toast bread, bagels, crumpets and thicker slices of toast. The high lift feature allows you to toast even smaller products like bagels without burning your fingers.

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I just love the ‘Lift and Look’ feature as it allows you to look at the toast and see whether it has reached the level of ‘toastiness’ while it is still toasting without stopping the toasting process.

There is also a cancel and defrost function and removable crumb trays.

If the bread doesn’t toast to the top, I found that you can turn the bread around and then it will be perfect. I found that this was not possible with other toasters.

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Since we achieve perfect toast with each turn, we now have a larger canvas to get creative in the kitchen. With 3 kids, they really don’t want cheese on toast every day, or jam or peanut butter or nutella. All you need do is make a face on the toast or cut it into shapes and they think they are having something different everyday.

It also helps if they get involved as they eat it better.

Here’s what we created –

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And as an extra-special treat –

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The 4-slice toaster is priced at £59.99 and the 2-slice version is priced at £34.99

We make use of our toaster everyday and it is lovely to be able to have perfect, crunchy toast everytime.

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