YUU Bag – The Cool, Comfortable Bag for Children

Travel luggage for children is always a trial. You need something that is attractive, lightweight and has room for toys and books. Besides they need to be able to carry it themselves.

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We have been keeping our eyes on the YUU Bag for for sometime now and I was really interested in getting one for Jadyn as she is soon to go on her first school trip. Luckily for me the lovely people at YUU World decided to send me one to review and it was perfect that the colour was blue as Jadyn seems to have outgrown pink. :)

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Our thoughts on the bag -

The bag is quite large which is good for a slightly longer stay (more than an overnight stay).

It is attractively coloured. The exterior is aqua blue with purple and pink streetdancers on it. Perfect for a girl aged 9.

It looks really sturdy and am sure will hold more than all of the things she will need for a two-night stay.

It has a number of compartments which is great for a child to get organized so they know exactly where everything is kept. (I sooo need a YUU Bag – my handbag is a mess). There are compartments for pens, sketch pads, keys, change and really everything that a child may want to take on a trip.

The wide, padded shoulder straps and the chest strap make it easy to carry.

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I was particularly impressed with the little whistle that has been incorporated into the clip on the chest strap and I told Jadyn about the importance of this – great for a call for help especially in these days.

The bag is ergonomically designed to support children’s spines that are growing so there is no worry of a problem with weight on the back.

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It is made of moulded foam so it is rigid but not hard making it comfortable for a child to carry.

It can be attached to the headrest of the car so that the child can be kept entertained.

It is cabin friendly too if you are making a trip by plane.

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That’s not all – The YUU bag comes with a YUU fun pack that includes a magnetic game of snakes and ladders (perfect for long journeys and overnight stays), colour pencils and an A4 sketch pad to record your trip, a deskcard insert so that the front part of the bag converts into a ‘desk’ to write on.

As a parent, I love the YUU bag as I know that my child will be comfortable carrying it and it will also hold everything she needs for a trip.

As a child, Jadyn loves it because of the cool features.

Priced at £45, it is well worth the cost. There are also a number of accessories that can be purchased to add to the bag.

Disclaimer: We received the YUU bag to review. All ideas and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Bugs in the Kitchen – and I don’t care!

Help!! Help!!

I found a bug in my kitchen!

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We love board games as they are a wonderful way to pass time…and get the children off the iPad and the telly and the other gaming devices. When I was young that was all we played.

Of course, board games have changed much since I was little and this one epitomises this totally.

For instance, we never had little bugs running around the board – we had to move the bugs ourselves. :)

Bugs in the Kitchen is a board game by Ravensburger.

It involves choosing a corner of the board and then moving the cutlery around so that the bug will land in your corner. Easy?

Easier said than done.

I tell you this bug is fast and is great at evading being caught.

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The game comes with  -

1 Special Edition Hexbug Nano

1 3D game board with 24 movable cutlery pieces

18 bug tokens

2 Doors

1 Die

Instructions

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First of all you need to set up the board. To do so, you need to follow the instructions and anchor the cutlery onto the board so that they can rotate and ‘trap’ the bug into going into your corner. Make sure you use the pattern in the picture so that there is a balance of spoons, forks and knives.It is really easy to do.

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The die is a bit different from others as instead of having numbers it has the image of a fork, spoon, knife and 3 question marks or wild cards. If you land on a fork, you can only move a fork. If you land on a ‘Question mark ?’ you can move the cutlery piece of your choice.

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Start the game by putting the Bug in the centre of the board with it locked in. Then roll the die and move the cutlery piece to release it.

This is a game that does involve a bit of strategy and you need to preempt that another player may ‘spoil’ your plans by moving a piece to make the bug move in the opposite direction. I like it! Makes the children think a bit. Or not think at all and just move cutlery around till they get lucky and the bug lands in their corner. Ha!

When the bug lands in your trap, you get a bug token.  Then reset the cutlery pieces and start again. The player to win 5 tokens first, wins.

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The game is great fun and as I said involves planning – which the children never did but still managed to win. *pouts*

Besides, it is a game where you can actually hurry the other players on  – not a good thing when you are planning that super move to get the bug into your corner. Decisions, decisions, I need time!! The children, don’t need it of course, because they don’t plan. At least my 5 year old doesn’t at all. He wins through sheer luck.

The game is engaging and fast which means I can get a quick game in between blogging. When there are 4 players, it goes faster. It is really better with two players as it lasts longer. But with younger children with the attention span of a fly – it may be a good thing that it is a quick game. Remember if you are playing with less than four players, you will need to board up a corner or two.

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Board the corner up if less than 4 players.

We found the game loads of fun – didn’t know that we would have so much fun chasing a bug. In fact Ethan takes the bug out and has a play with it on its own too.

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The bug requires a cell battery which it comes with and there is also an additional one for when the first one is empty. Pretty good idea.

We could not fault this game on any level other than the fact that being so great you tend to spend loads of time playing it. Leave the dirty dishes – there’s a bug in my kitchen! ;)

Bugs in the Kitchen is priced at £19.99 and is well worth the price for the hours of family fun it provides.

Disclaimer: I was sent the Bugs in the Kitchen game for an honest review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

House of Magic – A Magical Film for Children: A Review

I told you before, my children can be quite spoiled at times. They get to go to films which are yet to be released at the cinema.

Two weeks back, we headed off early into London to the premiere of House of Magic.

The children were pretty excited and so I was.

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House of Magic is story about a cat called Thunder who is looking for a place to stay after being thrown out by the family that keeps him. He lands up in the house of an old man, a magician who entertains sick children in hospital. Thunder is not accepted by the inhabitants of the house especially Jack the rabbit and Maggie the mouse who are rather jealous of him. He manages to win them over however, when he saves the house from being sold by the old man’s nephew, a real estate agent, who wants to send the old man to a retirement home and get him off his back.

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The film is a fun-filled family entertainment and has both is poignant moments and the laugh out loud humorous bits. It is a film aimed at children so one must not forget that. It’s humour, it’s scenes and storyline are mainly to entertain children and that is exactly what it does. The children loved it and I did too (call me a child if you like!!)

There are some ‘Awwww’ moments and some ‘GASP’ moments and the film keeps you amused throughout. There is never a dull moment.

The soundtrack is also good.

I didn’t see the children fidget one bit – which means they were absorbed in the movie which speaks volumes. :)

We all loved the film and would definitely recommend it this summer. It will be released in the cinemas on 25th July.

If you want a look at the trailer, here it is.

 

 

And there are also some downloadable door hangers for your little ones, that you can print off.

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Disclaimer: We were invited to the premiere of the film. All ideas and opinions are my own.

We can’t wait to see Disney’s Planes 2: Fire and Rescue

And so it begins – the school holidays.

The summer.

The long hot days.

With bored children…it’s started already.

Whatever will I do?

Luckily for me I have been invited to some lovely events that hopefully will keep the children entertained.

And the first one up, which we are looking forward to is Disney’s Planes 2.

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We can’t wait to attend the screening and tell you all about it. We are super excited.

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And to share our excitement, we wanted to share this trailer with you -

You can also visit http://www.disney.co.uk/movies/planes for activities and other fun.

And do be sure to come back and visit us to find out what we thought of the film. We are sure it will be loads of fun and very exciting.

 

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