Drinking is fun with Sip N Sound Straws from Flair – Review

When I was asked if I would like to review these Sip N Sound Straws from Flair and I said ‘yes’, I didn’t know what a big hit they would turn out to be.

The children are 12, 8 and 5 and it seems that they are still able to enjoy these simple products that are so much fun.

This is the kind of product that makes you go – ‘why has no one thought of this before?’

Sip n Sound is a brand new interactive animal straw range. The cute farmyard animals burst into life with noise as your drink passes through them. This adorable sensory toy is a brilliant way to encourage kids to drink more, a great tool for the upcoming summer months!

They make a fun addition to a children’s party, where kids can create their own snack time tune with friends.

The product is aimed at children aged 3+ but as you can see with mine – you are never too old to drink from a straw that moos, grunts, neighs or baas!

It’s great to remember too that there are health benefits to be had from drinking from a straw as it prevents staining as well as results in fewer cavities.

Plus the kids (well, mine certainly are) are more likely to drink more out of a fun straw.

I’m constantly having to remind mine to drink enough water. Now, the straws seem to make me have to do less reminding.

I like it that the animals can be detached from the straw for play on their own. There is a little switch on the back that you can press when you are not using it with the straw. Also, it makes for easier cleaning.

The straw works well and it makes a sound when you pull up your drink through it, otherwise not. Great for creating songs or tunes with.

The straws are priced at £5.99 each and there are 4 to collect – cow, horse, sheep and pig. We’re hoping there’ll be more animals added to the range. Ethan is tiger mad and would love a tiger.

We had some friends of Aeryn’s over and they were quite thrilled to try out the straws too. They have since then asked their mums to get them some too.

Star Wars Reads: Book Reviews and Giveaway

We’re thrilled to be a part of yet another exciting Star Wars Campaign with Egmont. This time we were sent some more amazing books and we’d love to share them with you.

I’m joining 9 other bloggers in this campaign and the next blogger taking part is the lovely Emily from FamilyFourFun

We were sent –

  • Star Wars: Make and Do
  • Star Wars: Rogue One: Book of the Film
  • The Force Awakens Illustrated Storybook

Ethan being a huge fan, loves these books and was especially interested in the Make and Do book.

The book includes some amazing projects that a Star Wars fan can get into. We especially loved the X-Wing and the finger puppets. We are going to be trying some of them so do watch out for the post coming up.

I quite liked the Doodle pad that was part of the book as one can try some of the ‘Learn to draw’ figures from Star Wars.

The book is priced at £10.99 and is available at Amazon.

The next book is the Star Wars Rogue One book. It is a book based on the film and having seen the film too, it’s great to have the book to read as well. The story is about the fate of the galaxy resting on a young woman Jyn Erso and her friends who need to steal the plans to the Death Star before it’s too late.

We like the simple addition of the book having the slightly smudged edges. The book is easy to read and is interesting for Star Wars fans. Ethan enjoyed reading the book and has recommended it to his friends.

We also received an illustrated book – Star Wars: The Force Awakens and this went down really well with the younger two. It is illustrated with scenes from the film so it’s a great souvenir of the film too. I like the little snippets of information on the pages telling you about the characters.

Of course, we couldn’t enjoy these books without you so we’ve joined with Egmont for this fantastic giveaway.

You could win – Star Wars: Make and Do and Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space. All you need do is enter the giveaway below –



A Star Wars Reads Giveaway

Our Rusty Rivets Twitter Party

You must have read our post about the Rusty Rivets Party? We had a fab time and if you joined us on twitter I hope you won a prize.

Here’s the fun we had at ours.

4 guests had been invited  to our party and they were quite excited to see the new Rusty Rivets show as well as come for a party. Ever since the invitations had gone out, the children could speak of nothing else.

We had been provided with activities as well as goody bags for everyone too.

We had a treasure hunt,



built a robot

coloured in and worked on activity sheets,


built towers –


And of course, went home with some great goody bags.

Yes, we also caught the Rusty Rivets Show on telly.

Celebrating World Poetry Day with Viking

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I love and write poetry. Some of it I share with you and some are written for my eyes only.

I was invited to take part in a campaign by Viking for World Poetry Day – which is today by the way. I was sent a lovely creative package to inspire me which included a gorgeous calligraphy feather pen. It was a delight to use the age old method of dipping the pen in ink and writing.  I think I got a little carried away.

But, the main idea of the campaign was for me to write a poem. So here goes –

I’d Love To Be A Poet

I’d love to be a poet…

And write my thoughts in verse.

Things I see and things I love

And even things I curse!

Poems of love and laughter,

Of luck and of success,

Poems of joy and pleasure,

Of smiles and happiness.

Poems about the river,

Or maybe the babbling brook.

Of clouds on high that seem most nigh,

And eagles and geese and rooks.

Poems of sorrow and sadness

Where I can vent my plight –

Of loneliness and heartache

Of darkness in the night.

I’d love to write great poetry

Of love and Halcyon days,

That bring comfort and contentment

In each and every way.

I hope I’ll be a poet

And live my days carefree

And write of things within my life

That mean the most to me.