Schleich Smurfs House Review

For all those fans of those little blue people, you must be very excited that the Surfs movie – The Lost Village is finally due for release in the coming week.

To get us even more excited, we were sent the Smurf House with Papa Smurf and Gargamel and Azrael from Schleich recently.

The house needed assembly and this was part of the fun. I was surprised at the quality of the product. I know one normally gets a great quality from Schleich but this one was expceptional.

The doors and windows had a slightly rubberised texture so it was easy to fit all the parts together. There was a lot of attention to detail like all other products of the brand.

For example the shutter and then the outer window.


The door is also a working door and can be opened and closed with a key.

I’m glad that one is able to actually get Papa Smurf (provided with the set) into the house as it is quite large.

The house is a replica of the Smurf houses with it’s characteristic red mushroom roof. There is also a chimney and I particularly love the window in the roof with the flowers growing on the ledge.

It is perfect for imaginative play and with the new Smurf’s movie about to be released, it will be in great demand.

The Smurf house is priced at £29.99

I do feel that this is a tad bit on the expensive side but looking at the quality of the product one can perhaps justify the price.

It is available at all major retailers.

Two-Factor Authentication Problems on Instagram and How to Overcome Them

Two days back, I changed phones and signed into Instagram.

A day ago, when I tried to sign in I was not receiving my verification code for the two-step factor verification that I have for my account.

I tried several times to log in as I had some pictures I wanted to upload but it just didn’t seem to work.

Then I decided to contact the Instagram team and ask for help.

I filled in the form choosing the ‘there are pictures of me’ and submitted.

A few hours later, I received a strange request in an email. Well, I thought it strange anyway.

It gave me a code and then instructed me to do the following –

  1. Write the code on a clean sheet of paper followed by my full name and user name. (handwritten)
  2.  Take a picture of myself holding up the piece of paper.
  3. Send it back to the address it came from.

My first instinct was to be very careful and ignore the whole email. The email address didn’t seem overly legitimate. Luckily I didn’t commit it to trash.

I then asked around in some Facebook blogger groups where nobody seemed to have heard of this except for one accomplished blogger.

I was desperate to get back into my account so decided to do as requested even though I was cautioned by quite a few people to answering to the email.

When I did send my mug shot to them, I was sent an email back saying that there were problems delivering my email. I cursed my luck, certain that it had been a scam.

Early today I chased up with an email and was relieved and thrilled to be given a code to get back into my account.

It was quite a speedy service on the part of Instagram as there must be thousands of requests.

I posted this to help any others who are met with the same situation. If you are like me and post a lot on Instagram especially if it’s blog related,  72 hours seems like a lifetime.

Of course, do still filter your emails. You should only receive one if you have asked for support within the Instagram website.

How to get backup codes from your Instagram Account

Also you can sign in with a Backup Code if you don’t receive a verification code. Here’s how to get your backup codes.

  1. Click on the top right hand options button on your profile on the App.
  2. Then on Two-Factor Authentication
  3. Finally click on Backup codes

You should be able to see a list of backup codes which you can use. You can also save these as a screenshot.

Of course you cannot do this if you are locked out of your app, you’ll need to use the above method of contacting Instagram. But you can save the codes for later use and I strongly advise you to do so even if you haven’t been locked out of your Instagram account.  (Do so NOW)


Jacky Ha-Ha Mother and Daughter Book Club

We love reading but we’ve never had an opportunity to host a book club. We were thrilled to be provided with an opportunity with Mumsnet and Jacky Ha-Ha.



Here’s the blurb of the book –

With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation – even when she really, really shouldn’t – twelve-year-old Jacky HaHaloves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mum serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who’s hardly ever home.
But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can’t seem to escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together… even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky HaHa, if that’s who she really is?

We were provided with goodies, activities and 6 copies of the book to hand out to our guests as part of the campaign.


Here’s how we got on.

The girls enjoyed creating books covers and solving the wordsearch all the while dipping into the sweets.

They also did a good job of designing book covers –

And then we decided to sit down with our books and do a little reading before we discussed the book.

Some of the questions were –

  1. Why does Jacky become the class clown?
  2. What can’t she stop making jokes, even when she tries?
  3. Why is Jacky so impresses with Mr’s O’Mara?
  4. Who are your female role models? 
  5. Why are they important to you? (Jadyn said I was – Proud Mum Moment!)


The girls had a lovely time posing for pictures. Here’s one of Jadyn.


They were thrilled to go home with a copy of the book and a poster each. We also made little sweetie bags for them to take home.

It was a very successful afternoon and I would love to do more of this with the children.

Jadyn has since then completed the book and she loves it. She found it funny as well as sad at times as Jacky struggles with a stutter and the problems of having parents away. The illustrations added to the appeal.

Having just read the Middle School series, she loved the book similar in tone and looks forward to reading more in the Jacky Ha-Ha series.

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. I have received a book token voucher in return for writing this post.