My Crazy Kids

My Crazy Kids

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Beets BLU Keyfinder

Are you forever loosing or misplacing your car or house keys?

Yes I hear you say.... Well the Beet BLU Keyfinder is the solution you've been waiting for.


This small device can be just to track down those misplaced keys and potentially stop those age old arguments of who's misplaced the keys this time.


This device can also be used on other valuables like your purse/wallet, cameras or camcorders, luggage, pets and even your darling children when they run off and hide from you whilst out on walks or doing your family shopping.

I was recently sent this item to review as I'm forever putting my keys down at home when I come in from work going off and doing something else then forgetting where I've put them when it's time to go out again.

This devise is so simple to set up too all you have to do is simply download the app from your phones app store take the device out of the packaging, sync it to your phone and jobs a good un as they say.

You can track your valuables whatever they are wirelessly at a distance of up to 33 feet.

This product is priced at £20 on amazon with free P&P and compared to other products on the market I think it is worth the price tag.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Our First Trip Away Together (part two)

Thursday morning we woke up early and made our way down to the restaurant for breakfast. A nice cooked breakfast was just what we needed as we'd got a busy day ahead of us.

After breakfast we had a lovely walk from our hotel to St Paul's Cathedral then we made our way across the Millennium Bridge and continued our walk along the South Bank past Studio 8 where they film This Morning and on to the London Eye to collect our tickets for our river cruise and London Eye experience which we were both really looking forward to.

After we had collected our tickets we had a few hours free until our river cruise so we decided to walk to Buckingham Palace going past Downing Street through Horse Guards Parade and through St James Park on the way.

We obviously took the obligatory tourist photos outside Buckingham Palace lol, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Royal family but unfortunately no one made an appearance.



One the way back to the Eye and our cruise we just about had time to squeeze in seeing the guards changing over in Horse Guards Parade which was really nice to stand and watch.





Well it was time for our cruise. Hayley only wanted to definitely do two things on this visit to London, one being this cruise we were about to embark on and the other being the go on the Eye which, we were going to do later in the day.

Being totally honest here I wasn't too sure how I was going to react to this cruise as I'm not very good on boats, the last time I went on a boat on the river Thames it took me absolutely ages to walk down the jetty just to get on the boat.

Well we queued up with everyone else awaiting our boat to come and pick us up for our river cruise, I was slightly nervous especially as every now and then I could feel the platform to which I was standing on moving up and down.

Once aboard the boat we took our seats near the side of the boat so we could see all the relevant points of interest that would be talked about along the river and awaited the off.



The lady giving the guided tour was absolutely fabulous. She was not only funny but was very knowledgeable and interacted well with the passengers who in turn interacted well with her which made the how cruise very well worthwhile.





After our very awesome river cruise we decided we'd just walk round and sight see London so to say, we didn't really know exactly where we were going or what we were going to see next we just decided to let the streets guide the way and randomly see where they took us. 
Thankfully to save us getting too lost along the way I had a few ideas of where to go and what to see lol.

On our street walking adventure we visited Hamley's, a rather expensive bag and purse shop which some of you out there will know well, one my girlfriend particularly enjoyed going in which goes by the name of Michael Kors, the M&M store in Leicester Square, we walked through the vibrant streets of China Town, watched street performances both at Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus and we even squeezed in a quick look round the National Gallery too lol.


As the night was closing in there was time for one more main thing to do, the thing Hayley had been waiting all day to do and was so pleased that she was able to do it at night (thankfully it was not raining and there were clear skies overhead), yes it was time to go on the London Eye.


We made our way to the Eye and queued up awaiting our turn to enter the pod and start our rotation on the Eye.

As I previously said thankfully it wasn't raining and the sky was clear so you could see for literally what seems like miles and miles and to be fair it pretty much is as in the distance I could clearly make out the arch of Wembley which in itself is roughly 12 miles from the Eye.


Obviously the closer sights and attractions you could make out were awesome too.


The London Bridge one direction and Big Ben the other both being  lite up clearly in the night sky.



Being on the Eye was pretty awesome to be honest especially as when the rotation of the wheel began it was still light and I was able to point out to Hayley the places we'd walked to and seen early in the day and as the wheel rotated future round the sky became darker yet it still was clear enough to see out and point out landmarks etc but by now lighting up the dark sky in their own way.

Going on the Eye at night and having such a lovely clear night to do it on really finished our day off with a beautiful and peaceful ended.


There's isn't much more to talk about after that apart from us doing the 4D London Eye cinema experience which was good and as we had brought the photo pass earlier in the day we got our final photo shot of the day to add to our others


 and that's pretty much it to be honest, we made our way back to the hotel after that and after having a very long tiring day walking the streets of London we crashed when we go back and woke the next day and caught our train home.

If you've missed part one of my trip to London click here to read it.


Friday, 8 April 2016

Sea Life Centre Visit

Today the children and I took a trip to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham.

As it is the last day of the school holiday I thought it would of been a nice treat to take the kids somewhere and get them out of the house for a bit.

When we arrived at the Sea Life Centre the queue to get in was fairly long but as we'd already got our annual passes we were able to walk straight past the queue and straight in which pleased the children indeedy.

The children couldn't wait to get in a see the penguins, they loved seeing the penguins, they stood there watching them walk along the ice and swim around and around in the water.



After we'd watched the penguins we continued our walk through the centre which took us up the ramp way and past some lovely different coloured fish in the tall fish tank and some small sharks, stink rays and star fish at the top of the ramp way before we entered the zone where the children saw all kinds of sea horses, star fishes and the huge tank containing rather large sting rays.




Next on our adventure the children were glued to watching the otters play fight in their swimming pool (so the children called it lol).

We next went in to the 4D cinema and watched 20,000 leagues under the sea, which all three children loved, so much so that they wanted to stay and watch it again.



After watching the short 4D film we walked through the terrapin enclosure we made our way to the lift and down to the 360 degree ocean tunnel where the children were amazed by all the fishes, sharks, sting rays and of course the giant turtle swimming around, above and below them.




We ended our day as we started by watching the penguins swimming about in their enclosure, the kids laughing and pointing out every time the penguins swam in our direction.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Our First Trip Away Together (part one)

During the half term holiday I took my girlfriend to London for a few days for our late Valentines Day celebrations.


We got to London at around 5pm on Wednesday night and made our way from Euston Station to our hotel which wasn't too far away to be honest.

On route we stopped off at King's Cross Station to take my Harry Potter fan of a girlfriend to see the famous Platform 9 3/4, as expected the area it is situated in within the station was really busy with fan wanting their photo taken pretending to go through the famous Platform wall and the souvenir shop was really busy too.



Well once we had finished there we made our way round to our hotel in the lovely welcoming London rain and rush hour traffic. 

We finally arrived at our hotel after taking the wrong turning (yes I turned right instead of left and almost took us back to the station lol) we got to the hotel and checked in, well i say checked in, it took almost half an hour to check in as the receptionist could find my booking thanks to my double barrelled surname lol.


We finally settled into our room for a bit before getting ourselves changed and heading out for a bite to eat and a much deserved drink.

We wondered round the streets looking for somewhere to eat, no where really took our fancy to be honest so we popped into a little proper pub I'll call it, not one of these new fancy wine bar thingies, a proper pub for a drink to get out of the bloody rain.

After a nice drink and a lovely conversation talking about many things in our separate pasts we headed back to our hotel, as Hayley was still hungry at this point we ordered some late night supper (which took over an hour to turn up as they'd forgotten to process her order) then we went to bed as we'd got a busy day planned for the next day.

To read part two of our trip to London click here, do enjoy. 

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Batman v Superman Product Review


Mum's and Dad's alike over the ages have grown up watching the many different tv and film versions of batman and superman, each being one being that bit different from the last film or the last tv show.

I grew up watching both the batman and superman films, firstly seeing Michael Keaton star as batman back in 1989 and around the same time I was probably introduced to  Christopher Reeve playing Superman in the films and I've carried on following and enjoying both characters right through to watching Christian Bale playing the role in the last batman film in 2012 and Henry Cavill playing superman in 2013 film.

Now brings a whole new issue to the child within who grew up supporting and pretending to be both Batman and Superman alike as now I'm having put in front of me:-

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

I mean come on all through my childhood life I've been one character then the other, then the opposite one then back again (you get my drift) now I'm seeing a film being brought to the big screen of my two childhood heroes fighting each other, I can't choose sides that's crazy.

Film aside for now, what this means though is more toys, games and collectibles will be released for this new film.

One new set of collectibles released by Schleich is the 
Batman v Superman figurines.


Yes I have been lucky enough to be sent one of these packs, I recently received the Batman v Superman pack, they retail at £14.99 and for both figures this is a great price.

As you can see from my photos both figurines are high quality hand painted figures with extremely lifelikeness to both Batman and Superman.



If I would have to choose my favourite it would have to be Batman..  No Superman... No no really I can't choose but as character figurines go I love them both.

I was sent this product for review purpose and all my opinions are fully my own.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Beatrix Potter Collection - Review

My children were recently lucky enough to be sent the Beatrix Potter Collection DVD box set to review.


To be honest they love watching Peter Rabbit on Cbeebies so when this DVD arrived in the post they couldn't wait for me to put it on for them to watch.

When I showed them the dvds collection to which they could choose to watch from they each chose a different one, typical children eh one DVD player to watch the dvds on yet they wanted to watch all three at once.

Well we opted to watch the DVD titled

The World Of Peter Rabbit And Friends


The children chose to first watch the episode titled

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny


This story is about the mischievous adventures of Peter and Benjamin in Mr Mcgregor's garden. 

Although the children were a little confused at first as this was not the Peter Rabbit they watched on Cbeebies they all really enjoyed this episode, as you can see from my picture below JR was glued to the episode as were my other two to be honest.


The DVD the children chose to watch first consists of three stories
 
The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny

The Tales of Flopsy Bunnies and Mrs Tittlemouse

The Tales of Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddle-Duck

and the DVD runs for approximately 77 minutes.

At the time of this review this DVD collection was retailing online for between £6 and £10. 

I think that this is a really good price for three DVDs and nine episodes of these wonderfully animated stories.

All opinions and views on this review are completely mine.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Worry Eater - Flint Product Review

Hello everyone my name is Flint and I'm a eater of your worries and nightmares.


All you have to do is simply write down whatever is worrying you or causing you to have nightmares, feed them into my zip mouth and let me eat them up and hopefully help you to overcome your worries and/or nightmares.

My friends TP and JR did exactly that a few nights back after they were struggling with a few worries they each had.

After talking them through with their Daddy they each wrote them down on their individual pieces of paper and popped them into my mouth for me to eat, yummy yum yum 😋.




Whilst my little friends were soundly sleeping I ate up their worries and by doing so I hoped that would help them overcome their worries and what was causing them to feel sad in the process and thankfully after a good night's sleep and passing their worries on to me they woke the next day feeling much better and happier knowing their worries had been shared with me so they didn't have to keep their worries to themselves any longer.

They each now know that if they have any worries or anything is upsetting them from now on not only can they share them with Mummy or Daddy but I'm always here to eat up those worries or concerns they have and help them overcome them.

Flint belongs to a friendly group of characters brought to you by the creative mind of Gerd Hahn.

At the time of writing this review Flint was currently retailing between £15 and £20.

Do I personally think this product is worth the price tag?

Yes, without a doubt I do.

I personally think that seeing my two boys sit with me at bedtime and tell me what was worrying them and then have them knowing that their new worry eater friend will be their to help them overcome any future worries and possible nightmares is worth every penny.

I also think that encouraging them at a young age to know it's ok to share their worries is a good thing and if introducing something like the worry eaters into their lives to help them do so works then I think Flint is a winner all round.

This product was sent for review purpose and all the details within this review are mine and mine alone.