Amazing opportunities in the Toy Trust Charity Auction

So as you’ve guessed I’m a big kid at heart. I’d still rather be at home playing with my Barbie Ferrari than actually driving one.

Well if you feel the same, have I got news for you. The Toy Trust have put together an amazing opportunity to grab some money can’t buy style Toy related experiences, whilst helping to raise much-needed funds for children’s charities.

All of these once in a lifetime products and experiences have been donated by the toy companies, and 100% of the money raised will go directly to the Toy Trust and the children’s charities it supports.

Heres a list of the amazing things on offer in this truly awesome auction:

  • Signed set of ‘One Direction’ dolls
  • A ‘Moshi Day’ with Moshi Founder Michael Acton Smith at Moshi Towers
  • A Disney Store Private Shopping Spree with £200 to spend and a personal shopper
  • The first ever solid sterling silver ‘Lalaloopsy Jewels Sparkles’
  • A magical Barbie® visit to your home or school
  • Two Limited Edition sets of Character Building Super Rare Doctor Who Figures (Series 1&2)
  • Disney Pocahontas “Just Around the River Bend” Limited Edition print
  • A fantastic family day out at the brand new Thomas Land – The World of Thomas & Friends
  • A limited edition Barbie® Collector William & Catherine Royal Wedding™ gift set
  • Signed Set of ‘JLS’ dolls
  • Your chance to win a LEGO® mosaic of you and your family
  • Signed Set of ‘Little Mix’ dolls
  • A Plasticine model making workshop with an Aardman model maker.
  • Signed set of ‘The Wanted’ dolls
  • Sindy® collector items – 2 Denim Dazzle/Fantastic Jeans ‘My First Sindy’ dolls
  • Furby – THE Toy for Christmas – Six Furbys (1 in every colour)
  • Transformers Optimus Prime Truck – Yours for a Day!
  • The ultimate personalised ‘My Monopoly’ Game
  • An exclusive Nerf Sports Firevision Range (Item currently not available in the UK)

I’m sure you’ll agree that some of the things on offer are just out of this world. I mean – Optimus Prime coming to your house! That would be the ultimate for me. Or going to Moshi Towers, that would be amazing. Plus it’s all for a very good cause.

The auction runs on Ebay from 9am Wednesday 21st November up until 9am November 30th, and can be found at http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/thetoytrust

Relaunched Green’s Kids cake range taste better than ever!

We’ve been loving having some family time at home over the Easter Holidays, it’s been nice just to avoid the stress of the school run for a few days. Although the kids haven’t been giving me that much rest, they’ve still been up at around 06:00 every morning!

Even though a bit of time off is nice, I’ve still been looking for things to keep the boys amused during the holidays. Luckily for me Green’s cakes came to my aid when they offered us some of their relaunched kid’s cake mixes to try.

Thomas and Jacob already had a play date arranged at their friends house (Thomas’ girlfriends house!) so we took over 2 sets of the cake mixes with us, and all the kids had a great time.  Jacob and his little friend Calum made Thomas the Tank Engine cakes, and Thomas put his usually macho image to one side and gallantly helped his girlfriend make some beautiful Barbie cupcakes.

As always the cakes were a doddle to make, with almost all of the ingredients included in the packs. Only eggs and butter need to be bought separately. The instructions suggested that they would take 12 minutes to bake, but we found that ours cooked much faster, so I would suggest keeping a close eye on them as they cook very quickly.

Green’s new relaunched kids cake range also benefits from a new and improved recipe. To be honest I’ve never had any complaints when we’ve made Green’s cakes in the past, but I would definitely agree that these were extra delicious. The Barbie cupcakes were especially gorgeous, thanks to all of the yummy scrummy icing the kids piped all over the top.

I’ll admit that their efforts didn’t look quite as artistic as the ones on the box, I think Thomas has inherited my icing skills (or lack of them) but that didn’t stop them tasting amazing.

All the kids agreed that the new activity sheets and stickers which are included were the next best thing about the sets…after the actual cake eating. They were great for keeping the kids occupied in those few minutes whilst waiting for the cakes to cook and cool. Gemma especially loved her Barbie activity sheet, which even had a little Barbie and Clothes to cut out, as soon as the cakes were in the oven she had the scissors out and was crafting away.

As you can see from the picture below, The stickers were a big hit with Jacob!

The new range of Green’s Cake mixes are available now from Tesco stores nationwide for £1.69 (RRP). Other mixes in the range include Tom and Jerry.

Thanks to Green’s for providing us with the cake mixes for review.

Thomas and Friends Battery Operated Figure 8 Set – Review

Part of the amazing deal I have of being Learning Curve’s Cyber Mummy 2011 representative is that I very fortunately get to test loads and loads of toys from Learning Curve themselves, the latest being the battery operated Figure of 8 set from the Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway range.

Despite having been appropriately named, Thomas the Tank Engine has never been a big hit with my oldest son (apart from the Accidents Happen video and song). Jacob however does enjoy watching a bit of Thomas and has a few Thomas toys, but not much. So I think he was really excited to see this new Thomas wooden railway set when the postman delivered it, as it was something all for him that his brother was not going to fight him over.

The set is 26 pieces, so small and compact and a perfect starter set for younger Thomas fans. It’s really easy to set up, you get simple instructions but you could probably do it just from copying the picture on the box. The pieces are chunky and easy for Jacob to handle, so he enjoys building the track with me before he starts playing, it’s all part of the game to him. One thing that did confuse me about the instructions is that all the pieces have the CT, ST and AT letters written on them like the Chuggington sets, but there are no letters printed on the actual track so that stumped me a little.

Apart from having the fun of Thomas chuffing along as if by magic, Jacob loves the special Stop N Go Fat Controller feature. When you turn the Fat Controller figure he will stop Thomas in his tracks, and then let him depart again when the coast is clear. This is fun for little ones to do, and me and Jacob did have a laugh when Thomas was having a go and didn’t realise how Jacob kept stopping his train.

I would say this is a perfect first Thomas the Tank Engine train set, and being part of the wooden railway range then when your little one is ready for some more involved Thomas adventures, you can add this track to your new purchases meaning that it can grow up with your child.