Another ‘egg’citing toy review for you folks – this time it’s the new series of Hatchimals! As you know, my boys LOVE collectable toys. Literally anything that comes as a surprise, is tiny and easy to lose, and they’re all over it. Hatchminals cover all of that and you guessed it, they’re invested in this cute and colourful range of collectables.
You’ve got an event to get under way, whether it’s a kid’s costume party or your best friend’s wedding that you’re helping out with, and you’re looking for some ways that can make the whole process a lot easier. Well, if you think like a professional, and take a professional stance with the way you plan things, you’re going to have an amazing day on your hands!
Brace yourselves, it’s another toy review over here at Lamb & Bear. In the lead up to Easter, we will be focusing on all Spring time activities and this toy is the epitome of the new season. The kids are always excited to receive anything from mr postman. Honestly pizza offers get them excited, but this package is extra special.
Today we will be talking about a fantastic product from Schleich. This German brand has had the monopoly on realistic animal toys down, and we were all super excited about its range of Farm World, with my daughter taking a liking in particular to the pony and horse training set.
Okay so I have a soft spot for Schleich toys, these toys were what my son was obsessed with. As a young mum with a toddler who could be a bit strong willed, we’d walk on into our local Early Learning Center (RIP ELC) and he would be enchanted with these animals. He’d sit and play with each creature, carefully lining them up and creating little stories and characters. Our collection started then, when I could envision the fun he’d have just so simply.
Since then the toys are still in our belonging, being passed from him to my daughter as well as a staple for child meetups. And guess what, they are still in exactly the same shape as they were brand new. The quality is exceptional, no doubt about that. You get what you pay for, and these toys stand the test of longevity.
So that bring me to our new addition, the Farm World Pony Agility Training set. This new set will be available this month from Smyths. It retails at £24.99 and features everything you need for a startup. Inside we have two ponies, (daughters choice of names currently is Zoey and Mabel, but that will often change). Paddock fences, gate, stable girl and obstacle course items that can be moved and set up in different ways.
These toys never fail, they are perfect! The quality is impeccable. The size is just right for little hands, and the ability to change the scene is what stimulates imaginative play. So far, our ponies have engaged in a practice show, a parade for the other animals in our collection as well as going for a swim with penguins and polar bears. They are endearing and the play delivers different stories each time.
Knowing that the toys are such good quality and timeless, the price, which can be overputting for some does not deter me. It’s a great investment and the perfect start of a collection for your little ones. I’m a hoarder and I can see the next generation still having these bad boys.
Let us know if your kiddos are just as enamoured with this brand and if you are looking forward to it’s new range.
* We were sent these products free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions are honest and our own.
When it comes to planning a wedding, everyone has their own ideas about what it should look like, and whilst some people may be deals set on following traditions to the book, others are more willing to bend the so-called rules and do things their own way.
From eloping in Vegas, to setting off to the Maldives for a gorgeous beach wedding and everything in between, your wedding should really reflect your personality and your desires as a couple, so it’s important that you don’t get caught up in trying to please everyone, because it’s simply not possible and you’ll not only find that you’re never able to please everyone, but that you’ll also ruin your own day by not doing things the way you want to.
So, if you’re trying to figure out the kind of wedding you want, then in this post we’re going to share with you some of the things to think of when deciding whether or not a destination wedding is right for you.
Do you want a big wedding?
Not everyone actually wants a big wedding – in fact some people actually want to keep it as small and intimate as possible, so there’s really no right or wrong when it comes to this and it’s of course always dependent on your individual circumstances. However, it’s important to realize that your wedding is not only an expense for you, but for those who attend, so if you’re asking them to travel somewhere and take on the expenses of what that involves as well as time off from work and childcare, then it’s something you need to think about first because a lot of people won’t be able to do it and it’s likely going to be the case that if you have a destination wedding, it’s going to be smaller overall.
What style of dress do you have in mind?
For a woman, the dress is a big part of the wedding itself, and whilst you may not be sure what kind of dress you want, or even really be too bothered about it, you could have your heart set on a specific style, and if you’re planning a destination wedding, then the dress is something you’re going to have to think about even more because of the climate or terrain in the place you’re getting married.
The good news is that because destination weddings have become so popular, there are now so many different styles of wedding dresses available to choose from, so it’s easy to find something beautiful that makes you feel special on your wedding day, but it’s definitely one of the things to think about.
Is it important for you to have family there?
Whilst having your immediate family at your wedding is often going to be something that you’ll want to have, if you’re planning a destination wedding, then you’ll need to understand that it may not be that simple. Sometimes it’s money or time constraints, or it could be health – sometimes it’s just that an elderly family member doesn’t want to fly or travel, so when planning a destination wedding, it’s important to consider if you really need to have family there and discuss this with them before making arrangements.
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Looking at a staycation kind of holiday? Or perhaps a little road trip that will take you to new places without the need to board a plane or remember your passport. Well, in that case, we bring you Hertfordshire.
There are some real hidden gems to visit in this county and we bring you some of the very best in this short guide to tourism in Herts. This home county spans more than 1,600km square and is home to 1.181million people. Major towns include Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford, St Albans and Hertford.
If you’re planning on a trip down to this part of the world, there’s plenty to see and do, here are some highlights:
Perhaps the highlight of this trip for any Harry Potter fan is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Be transported to the great dining hall at Hogwarts, have a go at mixing up some spells in potions class, drop into Dumbledore’s study and even take a stroll down Diagon Alley. Will your wand be waiting for you?
Have a drink
Visit what is reportedly England’s oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, which is believed to have stood in St Albans since 793 AD and is where Oliver Cromwell regularly dined. The pub is conveniently close to St Albans Cathedral where, in 1215 the first draft of the Magna Carta was drawn up.
Afterwards take a stroll around the market city and explore what St Albans has to offer.
If architecture and the Architect in Hertfordshire are more your thing, then check out the eighteenth-century working watermill museum and bakery in St Albans. This beautiful building is still in working order, creating organic stoneground flour from nearby crops, which are baked into handmade loaves in the neighbouring bakery.
Buy a loaf and learn all about the process from gathering crops to flour making and baking.
Don’t miss the British Schools Museum, located in Hitchin. This historic building displays classrooms through the history of education and also allows you access to the headmaster’s house. The displays bring history to life, making a great afternoon out for all the family.
Back to nature
Finally, don’t miss out on your chance to get up close to nature at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne. Meet the Big Cats at this interactive zoo and learn about wildlife as you feed and get to know them. The zoo also includes five adventure playgrounds for younger explorers to let off a little steam.
Why travel abroad when there’s so much to do right here on our doorsteps? Take a trip to the home county of Hertfordshire for your chance to step into a wizarding world, step back in time with a fabulous museum and step out of your comfort zone when you’re face to face with some impressive wild animals.
Whether you spend the day, the weekend or the week, you’ll be glad you decided to turn your staycation into an adventure that memories are made from.
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