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Harry Potter Magical Capsules

To say that the Harry Potter series is popular would be putting it mildly. The books and movies are a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and nothing has caused such a craze as Harry Potter. We introduced the wizarding world to our daughter a little while ago and she has been captivated with the books and films ever since. Wands, spells, incantations, chocolate frogs. How fun is the wizarding world? So as you can imagine my little Potterhead will jumped at the chance to play with a little magic. 

These new Harry Potter Magical Capsules are a brand new way to unbox the magic with enchanted creatures and characters from the wonderful wizarding world. Let's just say that these capsules are a big hit with our Harry Potter obsessed girl - its not hard to see why she loves them so much.

We really loved the design and colour of the capsule and the attention to detail with the Hogwarts crest is so good. Each crest has three doors full of lots of surprises. There are 10 Hogwarts inspired characters to collect including Hermione Granger, Ronald Weasley, Professor Snape, Luna Lovegood and of course Harry Potter all coming with their own accessories and a collectors card.

Inside the bronze crest you will discover 7 magical surprises hidden behind the three chambers where you will have to use heat and water reveal mechanisms to unlock the hidden character within the secret chamber. It is pretty exciting, and not something we have ever seen before in a toy! Some of the surprises in the capsule are individually wrapped in a Hogwarts letter print which really added to the magic. 

Open chamber number one to reveal a Hogwarts crest that had a heat reveal mechanism where my daughter simply placed her finger on the back for a minute or so to reveal the house colour. Now forever a little Hufflepuff she was a little disappointed that she didn't get those house colours, but was still excited to see a vibrant red and glad to know that our character was in Gryffindor.

Behind chamber number two was a secret spell name written in secret ink and will only be revealed when you dip the paper in water. So as you can expect my daughter was only too eager to see which spell she had. We filled a small cup with water and dip our spell to reveal 'alohomora' and for you Harry Potter fans I'm sure it won't take you too long to guess who our character is! 

Inside chamber number three was 4 individually wrapped surprises and of course she wanted to open the biggest first but I told her to leave that one until last. But the other surprises revealed a ginger cat (I'm sure I don't need to tell you that we definitely figured out who our character was), a wand, a quill and a spell book. Finally, the moment of truth! The biggest surprise was of course our character - and if you haven't guess by now we had Hermione Granger!!! 

Hermione is my daughters favourite character and is always her first choice for dress up or world book day. So as you can see from her face she was so happy and excited that she had Hermione and I must admit I was glad she got her favourite character. Seems pretty fitting as she dressed up for the big reveal before unboxing her capsule.

These Harry Potter Magical Capsules are only £9.99 which is pretty reasonable for all special surprises you get inside them. These are available from Kap Toys, major toy stores and Tesco from Mid-July. Collect them all. There are 10 characters to collect in the first series that also include 1 rare character and 1 ultra-rare character and if your little one is anything like mine they will those special ultra rare capsules. 

**We have been kindly gifted these Kap Toys but as always my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright, please seek permission before using.**

The Lockdown Diaries | Week 15

A LOCKDOWN BIRTHDAY! A few months ago, none of us would have imagined a world where hugging a close friend or family member would feel like a luxury from a past life. And while that’s a sad and difficult thing to deal with every day, it can feel especially hard on a birthday. We had so many plans for our little ones birthday and we are feeling incredibly guilty that we can't celebrate the way she wanted. 

We made plans to visit the Harry Potter Studios and spend a weekend in London visiting all the special landmarks, well as many as we could cram into one weekend. We all knew that wasn't possible. But with a little ingenuity and a lot of online ordering, celebrating our daughter turning six wasn't too bad at all - and according to our little girl it was the best birthday EVER

Our daughter was fully aware that her party plans had to be a little different this year. We could see on her little face that she was disappointed that we couldn't go to London or visit the Harry Potter Studio, and she wasn't the only one -  we were all looking forward to a London adventure. But children are so resilient and tend to adapt easily with change. So a smaller, more intimate celebration was on the cards this year. 

We had pretty pink party balloons, played games, opened present and of course tucked into a little sausage dog cake to go along with her brand new puppy she got a couple of weeks ago. We also had a couple of socially distanced visits from family, and honestly it was so good to finally see them in the flesh but again it was hard for our daughter to understand that she couldn't give them a cuddle. Hopefully this nightmare will be over soon. We also enjoyed a little afternoon tea which was so delicious but in this heat, hot tea was the furthest thing from our minds and so we opted for some nice cool smoothies - it was such a great way to celebrate turning six. 

We did take Winston to the vet that morning, but if anything that was the highlight of our girls day. As many of you know our daughters life dream is to become an animal doctor so she jumped at the chance to come go to the vets. But seeing as it was her birthday she wanted to go in her brand new Wonder Woman dress which caused quite a lot of attention which she lapped up of course. 

The veterinary nurse at the surgery made a complete fuss of the birthday girl with some chocolates and even took her through that back to see the animals and talk to 'real-life' vets. As you can imagine she came out with big smiles telling us that she was allowed to hold a teeny kitten who needed surgery so her cuddles helped calm him down - it was the sweetest gesture. Not only that but she has been invited back for the day to spend some time at the surgery once this is all over.

If there is one thing that our lockdown party has taught us, it's the impact of expectations. While nothing can quite make up for not being together in person, keeping things small, intimate and connected is the way forward. Just don't forget the party bags!!! Even if it's for three people.

6 Years of Amelia Rose

Amelia Rose, 

Today my sweet daughter, you are 6 years old. I can barely believe it. From the moment you were born, my heart was yours. I looked into those beautiful eyes and knew that you were going to change my whole world completely. All my hopes and dreams came alive in that moment. 

I remember laying you in my arms with your soft black black hair, little fingers and toes. You had the cutest ears and the little button nose. You looked up at me and the world melted away, taking my breath with your very first cries. I never knew love until this day and I waited so long to see your face and I will forever cherish you my precious little girl. 

Six years of adventures, six years of milestones, six years of memories that I remember as if they happened a moment ago. But most of all, six wonderful years of loving you. I'm in complete awe of the little girl who you have grown into. You still have those beautiful round eyes and that perfect little smile when you laugh. You never hold back when you find something funny and I love that about you. Time and time again you always show me that your sweet side is evened out by your sassy side, oh and you love to be sassy!

Your patience, compassion, empathy and kindness has taught me so much. You are so sweet, loving, creative and you never stop imagining or caring about all your friends and family. You are confident and you are so determined about all the things you want to do and not afraid to say so - it is something that I really admire about you. 

You have faced some big struggles in your little life but your strength and perseverance amazes me and seeing you overcome these makes me so proud of you. Please though little lady, if you do ever take anything to heart just know that you are perfect just the way you are. Remember to never allow someone to dull your sparkle, always be yourself and know that you are enough. 

A big milestone this year for both of us was signing you up to rainbows. I will never forget your first session and you wanting me to hold your hand and stay for the entire session, but afterwards you told me that you are a big girl and you will be brave enough to go on our own next week.  I felt a pang in the pit of my stomach, and yes I was a little sad because you were growing up, but I was also incredibly proud of you. 

One of your favourite things to do is cook with me and you are such a great little helper, unless you need to sieve flour. But you love getting creative in the kitchen developing new recipes and licking the spoon at every opportunity possible. I adore how much you love the world, love the planet and your biggest hope for life is that everyone will work together to help save the animals. You are still pretty determined that one day you will become a vet and we will often find you lining up your toy animals ready for their visit. It's the sweetest playtime with you. I just know that you will always be kind and caring. If only people had a sprinkle of your kind heart the world would be a better place. 

You love getting out into the garden for some sunshine and a bit of fresh air to engage with the natural world. You are not afraid of getting dirty and you always get so excited to tell me that plants are growing or your flowers in your fairy garden are blooming. You will happily sit there for hours playing with all the fairies and their houses with imaginative play. I love listening to your amazing little adventures, even when you don't think I'm listening. 

You still love to get creative with crafts every chance you can. You are giving and caring and are only too happy to make a picture for friends and family, we often feel so lucky when we are one of those people. You can create something out of an old egg box or milk carton in seconds, your creativity amazes me sometimes. You have this thing for creating little mini houses for all your small toys at the moment and each time you get more creative with your interior skills too.

Although this isn't perhaps how we would have planned your birthday. The world is a strange place at the moment and life feels pretty uncertain. You have not been to school, had a playdate, visited the beach in months. Life is odd. But if anything wonderful has come out of this lockdown is spending so much time with you. You have the best personality full of cheek and sass too, but you really are a wonderful person. 

You are such an affectionate child and caring. Positive, bouncy and full of energy. You love a good cuddle and you are strong and determined. It’s not unusual for you to go to sleep singing and wake up singing. You completed our family six years ago and I'm forever grateful that we have been given those six years with you. Everyday with you is an absolute blessing. I love you. Happy 6th Birthday, my little miss sunshine.

BIRCHBOX - June 2020: Born in the USA

Introducing the ‘Born in the USA’ June BIRCHBOX! This month, there is a big focus on acknowledging what is happening across the world right now and all those that have been deeply effected. It has been a vary sad and frightening time so it was a touching gesture for Birchbox to add a little note to all subscribers so say that they are listening and want to make a change. Birchbox are listening and made donations to Black Lives Matter, the George Floyd Memorial Fund, Brooklyn Bail Fund, Reclaim The Black and Black Visions Collective. Birchbox have mentioned that this is the beginning and that they are committed to continuing and sharing to fight justice. 

The June BIRCHBOX has been perfectly designed to bring the best of beauty across the Atlantic with their stars and stripe designs in red, white and blue. A box filled with 5 beauty must-haves with their June edit that will introduce subscribers to rejuvenating eyes, taming haircare and more to unleash a bit of beauty across the pond. This month subscribers will find a Real Chemistry Peel or Foaming Cleanser, a Magnitone Cleansing Cloth and a Wink Lux Concealer in either Light, Light Beige, Medium, Deep or Rich. It's a goody this month!

Birchbox is £12.95 per month, and it’s a rolling contract so you can cancel your subscription at any time. All beauty boxes are having delays this month due to the global crisis, so don’t panic if your box takes longer than normal to arrive. So without further ado let's take a closer look. 

Real Chemistry. Luminous 3-Minute Peel. RRP £48.

This month subscribers could choose either a Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel or a Real Chemistry Fresh Start Foaming Cleanser and so the only choice for me was a peel. You just can't beat a Sunday afternoon with a good face mask or peel to help kick start an evening of self-care. This acid-free (yay for those with sensitive skin) face peel that removes dead skin cells as you massage across your face. Unlike most skincare products that start working after a certain amount of time, this delivers results upon the first use. I didn’t notice much fragrance, and the peel itself is easy and pleasant. Just squeeze a little bit out, and massage onto your face. 

Patchology. FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gel Patches. RRP £14.

These Rejuvenating Eye Gel Patches are perfect for rejuvenating tired eyes in the morning. Helping to reduce puffiness, refresh dry skin and visibly brighten to help fake a full eight hours rest, these hard-working gels are an absolute must-try. I loved using these first thing in the morning and that puffiness around the eyes, dryness etc all reduced. I also loved the fact that they didn't slide off my face which tends to happen with a lot of eye patches. 

Magnitone WipeOut!. Eco-Friendly Microfibre Cleansing Cloth. RRP £20.

Removing makeup is the bain of my life, it's probably the part of day I least look forward to. So I was intrigued to find this little cloth in my Birchbox this month. You simply wet the cloth and massage over your face to break down impurities and removes all types of makeup. But get this? The 100% bamboo microfibres of this cleansing cloth swell up when wet, grabbing hold of makeup particles and trapping them in a cloth, meaning makeup is removed, smear free. It can last up to 1000 washes, so it's sure to stand the test of time. 

Number 4. Jour d'automne Blow Dry Lotion. RRP £25.

I came across Number 4 a few boxes ago with their sugar spray and if was amazing and gave my hair a lot of texture, and their soothing balm is pretty good too. This Blow Dry Lotion minimises frizz, restores softness and protects against humidity and heat damage. Part thermal protector and part leave in treatment, this lotion helps your hair dry up to 50% faster and is packed with natural botanicals to keep your strands healthy. I have tried using this a couple of times and even though my hair feels super smooth and soft, it still took me the same amount of time to dry my hair - so it shortfalls on that part. 

Winky Lux. Peeper Perfect Concealer in Light Beige. RRP £14.

Every tired mama needs bright eyes and this Winky Lux full coverage concealer will diffuse the look of uneven skin tone, blemishes and other imperfections. This concealer also contains collagen, hyaluronic acid, grapeseed extract, olive oil, and vitamin E to help my tired mama eyes. I’m shocked at how much I love this concealer! It’s a hydrating formula with good coverage and a natural radiant finish. A little goes a long way with this concealer, it can be really thick but the coverage you get is very nice. Easy to blend out and doesn’t look cakey on the skin. 

I LOVED my Birchbox this month! It was full of product that I would normally use and I have made some new discoveries, which is my favourite part about being a subscriber! A lot of these products are going to be great for when I have some self care Sundays that's for sure. 

So what did you think? Are you a Birchbox fan? If not, you should at least try a couple of boxes. A monthly Birchbox subscription, with no long-term commitment, costs just £10 (+ £2.95 P&P) per month. 

Don't forget to check out our previous Birchbox boxes...

Zoinks!! Are You Ready for Another Mystery with These New SCOOB! Toys?

As a child there was nothing quite like a Saturday morning on the sofa with my sister to watch Scooby and his friends catch the bad guys. It seems pretty unbelievable that this cartoon is fifty years old and still as popular with children today.

As we are stuck in lockdown we love watching films during our breaks from homeschooling, but there are only so many times you can watch princesses. So one afternoon I decided to watch Scooby Doo: The Movie with my daughter and she absolutely loved it. As a child this film is the best thing ever, as an adult Fred and his one liners are so cringe but too funny. Pretty much since that afternoon my daughter loves watching Scooby and the gang solving mysteries and unveiling the bad ghouls and ghosts. It such a classic and still, fifty years on, is loved by so many children. 

So as you can imagine my daughter was really happy to learn that there is going to be a brand new film SCOOB! currently being launched in the US only. It will be coming to the UK very soon. However, in the meantime we have had a couple of toys sent over for her to play with. My daughter was kindly send the SCOOB! Action Figure Multi Pack and The Mystery Machine Playset - she very eager to open them. 

SCOOB! The Mystery Machine Playset, £20

The Mystery Machine Playset was the first toy to catch her eye and I have to admit I was excited to get it out of the box too. But that was a challenge in itself - it was soooo hard to get out of the box! None of my daughter's toy have ever been that difficult before and after a good ten minute trying to take off the packaging and those annoying plastic wires, I needed a screwdriver anyway. Once The Mystery Machine was free my daughter loved role playing with Shaggy and Super Scoob in the Mystery Machine. 

The Mystery Machine was a complete replica of the iconic van meaning that my daughter could get really imaginative with her role play. The Mystery Machine opens up to create a larger playset area and provide a lot more room for more mystery adventures for Scooby and his friends. Each side of the playset comes down and slots back into place when needed, but there is a way that they need go - my daughter didn't realise and was trying to force then back up. 

In this set you also got a 5'' Shaggy figurine and he fitted perfectly in the front of the Mystery Machine, and you will be able to get in another Mystery Crew in there too. But it is a shame that it the cab doesn't open up completely, so you need to either slide them through the top or in the window. The figurines with the selection of toys all have poseable arms and legs and it can be a little tricky to position them correctly in the front of the Mystery Machine. 

SCOOB! Action Figure Pack, £10

SCOOB! Action Multi Pack included five figurines: Super Scoob, Shaggy, Blue Falcon, Dick Dastardly and Two Rottens: Dusty Rotten and Black Rotten - they are a great addition for playtime with the Mystery Machine. All the figurines are 5'' and all have poseable arms and legs making play time a lot of fun. All the figurines have intricate detailing on them especially with the Two Rottens that looked really old and dirty, even my daughter asked if they were dirty and tried to clean them. We was a little disappointed that Super Scoob was too big to fit in the front cab of the Mystery Machine, however he could easily be put in the back of the van so it didn't bother my daughter too much. 

The SCOOB! Mystery Machine Playset is only £20 and the SCOOB! Action Mulit Pack is £10 which seems really reasonable for the hours of fun you can have. There are a number of different toys in the SCOOB! collection which are all compatible with one another, including some plush toys and much more. You can get these SCOOB! toys from Argos, Smyth Toys, and Amazon.

**We have been kindly gifted these SCOOB! Toys from Evolution PR but as always my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright **

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