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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Limited Edition Carousel Pony Zelf - Redeem Yours Now

This is Mary Go-Round, the Carousel Pony Zelf who is the rarest limited edition Zelfs yet with only 400 to be claimed here in the UK.  May Go-Round can be redeemed for free online at with £30 of receipts for 2016 Zelfs purchases.

The Limited Edition Carousel Pony Zelf is a sparkly, floral zelf who is part carousel pony, part Zelf.  She has gentle pink and white hair and a spun tail. She comes with a brush and a hair styling attachment as well as a little certificate of authenticity which shows how few of these Zelfs have been issued the world over.  Mary Go-Round is a special addition to anyone's collection.

Lara and Holly both loves this dainty little addition to their Zelf collection - Mary Go-Round has a single horn and a sparkly saddle. Her head and arms move.  Holly could brush her hair for hours.

Series 6 of the Zelfs will be available to purchase at the end of July - you can keep up-to-date with Zelfs news when you join the zelfs club at  Don't forget, if you've bought Zelfs this year then you could claim one of these limited edition carousel pony zelfs for free!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Tsum Tsum Squishies - Series 2 Coming Soon!

Tsum Tsum squishies are small collectible toys that feature all of your favourite Disney characters in a compact, collectible form. You can stack 'em, roll 'em and indeed squish 'em!

Lara is very much into collectibles at present - she has just turned 7 and is always on the lookout for little trinkets for her bedroom that she can show off to her friends.  Series 1 of the Tsum Tsum (pronounced zoom zoom, apparently!) is already available and features animals and friendly faces from Disney animations new and old. Lara was very taken by these little characters who are all recognisable (even though they're highly stylised).  Each set of Tsum Tsum squishes comes with a collector's checklist so you can see the other characters in the range and tick them off as you collect them.  In series 1 there are 50 characters to collect, including several ultra rare golden characters including Elsa and Mickey himself!

As you'd expect from the Disney name, Tsum Tsum toys are better quality than any other similar small collectors items currently targeted at kids.  They're made by Zuru - home of Robo-Fish and Go-Go Bubbles. Disney Tsum Tsum squishies come in packs of 2,4 and 5, each with a mystery character hidden inside which adds to the suspense of collecting them (and of course, the risk of buying one you already own).  Tsum Tsum even come with their own app but we haven't tried it yet. 

Fans of Disney Tsum Tsum will be pleased to know that this month series 2 of these collectible characters will be released.  A whole new set of Tsum Tsum characters but this time with a flocked, slightly fluffy coating to make them extra specially cute!

With packs from £2.99 I expect Lara to be saving her pennies and looking out for these sets of Tsum Tsum Series 2 squishies in Argos and Tesco when we pop in over the summer.  You will also find them in Debenhams, Asda, Toys R Us, Smyths, Morrisons and The Entertainer. They make great gifts for Disney fans (young or old) and would be lovely little additions to a party bag.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

First-Aid Essentials For Family Picnics

This week is National Picnic Week - will you be sharing a picnic this weekend?

This weekend Lara and I will be picnicking, of sorts.  We are spending the day at a scout activity centre where we need to pack our own lunch to enjoy as a picnic - hopefully the weather will stay dry and offer us a bit of sun.  If you are planning a family picnic over the summer and don't want any nasty surprises, make sure you pack a few first aid essentials as well as the other goodies in your picnic basket so that you can respond in the event of hayfever, insect bites, cuts and scrapes.

For cuts and scrapes, pack a tube of Germolene antiseptic cream.  I'll definitely be taking our tube on our scout activity day, and when we go camping later this month.  When your small people are running amok in the woods, the likelihood of a few grazed knees or insect bites is very high but I wouldn't want to hold Lara and Holly back so as long as we have this we're ready to respond - it acts as a local anaesthetic too so it relieves the pain of a scratch or a sting.

I've blogged several times recently about hayfever as Holly and I are both suffering.  To make sure that hayfever doesn't ruin your family picnic, pack a nasal spray or barrier cream to try and prevent the symptoms.  A set of eye drops might also be useful if you suffer from itchy eyes.


On our summer holidays we usually take picnics with us nearly every day and will eat wherever our travels take us. Sometimes this means sitting by a river, on a rock or just smack bang in the middle of a field, cowpats and everything.  I always take a little bottle of antibacterial hand gel such as Cuticura Sensitive so that we can keep our hands protected from bacteria before we start eating.

When we're going on a picnic we normally also pack some baby wipes but other first aid essentials may include:-

  • an antihistamine cream such as Anthisan to relieve insect bites and stings
  • plasters for bumps and grazes
  • sun protection cream
  • an aloe vera gel for relief from sun burn
  • ready-mixed hydration drink such as Oralyte to help restore body fluids and salts lost on a hot day


If you're planning a picnic for National Picnic Week, remember to pack a small first aid kit to keep with you in the car, or your picnic basket.
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