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Race with Ryan: Road Trip Deluxe Edition

So if you have a young child and an internet connection, chances are you are aware of Ryan's World or at least heard of him. For most of us that have seen more Ryan videos that we can count, you know all too well how crazy little ones are for Ryan, his channel, and the toys. 

For those not in the know, Ryan is one of the leading child influencers on the planet. Ryan’s World YouTube channel features nine year old Ryan, and his family that boasts 27.2 million subscribers. It all started when Ryan became obsessed with unboxing videos and asked his parents if he could start his own channel. As the channel began to grow in views and subscribers, so did everything else. Ryan's World has become one of the biggest YouTubers on the platform. Not to bad, considering it all started from one little unboxing video. 

Now, Ryan's World is a lucrative empire that has expanded into TV shows, clothing, toys and most recently launched into games. Even though Race with Ryan has been out for some time that experience continues to grow with the arrival of Race with Ryan: Road Trip Deluxe Edition.

What is Race with Ryan

Race with Ryan is a kart racing game aimed at a similar audience to his YouTube channel, featuring many of the same supporting cast with footage of Ryan and his parents. This game has been available for some time on Nintendo Switch, PS4, XBOX and the PC, however a deluxe edition is now available. 

This game reminds us of Mario Kart so we knew that we were going to have lots of fun and really get competitive. But this is just as much fun as we went around collecting Ryan's famous Mystery Eggs filled with Burger Shields, Sticky Slime, Trick Surprise Eggs and many more. Ryan’s World really comes to life and it’s every bit as colourful, fun and fast as you imagined. 

The racing takes place on six different tracks with four brand new tracks with the deluxe edition. You can choose from Fantasy Park, Treasure Island, Wild West, Ryan's Playroom, Toy Shop, Spooky Land and with the deluxe edition you get Icy Land, Redwoods, Big Apple and Route 66. All tracks are well designed with lots of imaginative detail and available in both forward and reverse versions. 

There are a variety of difference characters to race, including Policeman Ryan, Pirate Combo Panda and Gus the Gummy Gator plus many more can be unlocked as you race your way to the top. With the deluxe edition there are 12 new USA-themed drivers including Alaska Ryan, Montana Panda, and New York Lexa. Each character has two or three different vehicles to pick from such as trains, helicopters, rockets, cars, trucks, boats and so much more. 

The Modes of Play

There are three different racing modes in the game. Fast Race was simple and straight forward with racing controls, auto-acceleration, auto-steering and tutorial mean everyone can play, even me! It was really easy to select the track, character and level difficulty. The Random Race mode was basically the same sort of racing but you location, track, character and vehicles are automatically selected for you. 

We spent most of our time playing together in the Career Mode as this was great for the split screen races and you could have 2-4 players racing together. There are six cups to aim for, and each has three difficulties. The first three cups are Pizza Cup, Toy Master and Formula Fruit have three races in each. The Hook Prize and Hot Dog has four races each and the Royal Race final championship has all six tracks back-to-back.

The multi player mode lets you play with up to four players but setting this up on the XBOX was a little tricky to figure out. But after trying a couple of things we soon realised that we needed to sign out, add a guest and sign back into our account to select another player to join in the game. 

Race with Ryan Partttttyyyyy

Not only did we get to download the game we were kindly send over some goodies to host our own Race with Ryan Parttttyyyy. There is always time for a little party, right? So we made a few nibbles, set up some games, and got ready for an afternoon racing against on another with our Race with Ryan challenge. 

We were send a Ryan's World Combo Panda Mystery Playset too, which was sooo big. It was a lot of fun to unbox and set up as you got to use different codes to get to different parts of the toy. I can't say it is something that my daughter has ever played with, so it made a change to the usual role play toys she loves. It was exciting, easy to follow and my daughter liked all the surprise toys. This Panda Head Playset is available at Smyth's Toys for £34.99. See our review here. 

After a little unboxing fun we then did some colouring and puzzles. Before starting our own Race with Ryan challenge. We were sent a few toys cars and a very long race track mat that went across our living room floor, we then took it in turns to roll our die move along the track. But to up the stakes we took our challenge a little further and zoomed our cars along the mat to see how far they could get, unsurprisingly most of our cars ended up off road. 

Our Thoughts

We really loved playing Race with Ryan: Road Trip Deluxe Edition. The game is bold and bright with very striking colours for all the elements of the scenes and for the characters. Ryan's World really comes to life, and it's just as colourful, fun and fast as you imagined. Every location and track was perfectly thought out with a real attention to detailing in the scene. The characters and vehicles were fun and exciting to choose and the fact that there was so much choice with their own personality and ability was great. We did have a little troubling setting up the multi player mode. But after trying a couple of things we soon figured out that we needed to sign out, add a guest and sign back into our account to select another player to join in the game. So if you love racing games, you will love this game. 

** We have been kindly gifted Race with Ryan: Road Trip Deluxe Edition and Toys but as always my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright, please seek permission before using.**

Twisty Girlz: Transform From a Stylish Girl into a Sparkly Bracelet with a Simple Twist

It was a little while ago that we discovered the Twisty Petz which are bejewelled petz that can be turned into a sparkly bracelet with a simple pull on the head and tail. As soon as the two ends are pulled together you will have the cutest fashion accessory. But now there is a brand new way to twist with these adorable Twisty Girlz

What are Twisty Girlz?

These Twisty Girlz work in the same way as the Petz Collection, however these are fashionable dolls that transform from a cute girl into a very sparkly bracelet with a simple twist. Not only do these Twisty Girlz comes with stylish clothes and the coolest hair style, they come with their very own Mystery Twisty Pet. My daughter is a really big fan of collectibles with Hatchimals, Shopkins, Fingerlings, Num Noms and Funko Pop! So I know that these Twisty Girls will be no different.

There are 8 dolls to collect; Krystal Kool, Kitty Katt, Glitzy Bitzy, Lea-Purr, Lil Gems, Beadbox Betty, Calli Coco, and Princessa Tessa. Each Twisty doll has a different style, outfit and hairstyle. Inside each pack you will see a collectable doll that transforms into a bracelet, a cardboard carrier with a pet that transforms into a ring, a lead as well as an instruction manual and a collectors guide. 

These Twisty Girlz are aimed for children aged four years and over. They will certainly appeal to children that love collectables and as each pack retails at £9.99 they are great value for hours of fun. We were kindly send over Glitzy Bitzy and Kitty Katt that both came with their very own secret pet. Twisty Girlz transform from a stylish doll into bracelet and back again. Simply pull the skirt from the top and twist around to connect into the head, and you can wear her as a bracelet. 

Mystery Box Inside

Every Twisty Girlz doll comes with a super cute mystery pet. As you can imagine this was my daughter's favourite part in the pack, she loves surprises and blind bags. It could be a unicorn, a cat, elephant or even a puppy. That was half the fun. Then all you needed to do was use the lead to connect the doll and pet together or twist the pet into the cutest little ring. 

Glitzy Bitzy

As you can imagine my daughter couldn't wait to get these dolls out to get twisting, she started with Glitzy Bitzy. It's not hard to see why she picked this one first as she has the most glitzy outfit with her purple glittery skirt and a metallic silver top. And her hair, wow! Bright pink and lilac all tied back with the cutest unicorn headband. The hair felt just like cotton thread, so you could brush through with your fingers or a wide comb.  

With a few simple twists, the Glitzy Bitzy doll becomes a trendy bracelet. Now I will be the first to admit as a bracelet they seems a little odd as you pull the skirt apart from the bottom to then twist around to pop it into her head. But my daughter loved it! The doll also had a lead attached which could be hooked onto your secret pet. It wasn't long before she noticed that there was a secret box inside the packaging, she open the boxed and discovered a little unicorn which she immediately began twisting into a ring. Very fashionista! 

Kitty Katt

Next we opened Kitty Katt which was my favourite. With a similar design to Glitzy Bitzy but she had a black and silver glittery skirt and a black top with a small cat and whiskers design. Kitty Katt also had some really fun and vibrant hair colours with bright pink and purple pigtails, pull back by a cat headband to complete her look. My daughter loved this doll and said that Kitty Katt reminds her of Harley Quinn. 

So can you guess what was inside Kitt Katt's surprise box? I bet you did. Of course Kitty Katt came with her very own black kitten with vibrant pink beading. My daughter named the new kitten Ham because apparently all she will eat is ham. 

These dolls are great for a children aged four and over. Especially if they love collectables, animals and pretty, glitzy accessories. We both had fun transforming the dolls into bracelets and than back into little fashionista dolls. At a RRP of £9.99 they are such great value for hours of twisting and playing. They are an ideal gift to pop under the tree for a stocking filler. The range also includes rare and super are dolls that are all sold separately. You can buy the Twisty Girlz from Smyths, Amazon, The Entertainer and Argos

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

My Baby Has Lost Her First Tooth

So after weeks of wiggling and wiggling and a few more weeks of trying so hard not to pull at her wobbly tooth, it finally happened. My daughter has lost her first tooth!

My daughter was so excited. She came bouncing out of her classroom as she does afterschool every day, but this day was different. As she approached me with her hand covering her mouth but she was eager to tell me something. 

Apparently, during school that day her tooth felt loose and as she took a bite out of her favourite lunch time malted loaf her tooth came out. She was so excited and went to tell the teacher straight away, who wrapped up the precious first tooth into some tissue paper. After watching most of her cousins and lots of her friends lose their first teeth, it was finally her turn. It was time for her to join all her friends on the gummy smile train. It took a little while for her first tooth to come through so it comes to no surprise that she is one of the last ones to lose their first tooth in her class. 

As she walked towards me and gave me a big cheeky grin with one less tooth. I thought to myself it's happening! My little girl is becoming a big girl with grown up teeth and I don't think I can handle it. I was hoping that we had a little bit longer, because this is really the last part of her being a baby, even if in my heart she will always be my baby.

It only seems like a moment a go that her first tooth came through, after one hell of an all nighter! Those nights were tough for the both of us. I always remember holding her in my arms trying to help calm her down and laying on the floor while she cried and cried. So it comes to no surprise that I was glad when she finally cut all her teeth. It saw and end to those tiring and miserable nights on the floor. But now the first tooth to come through is the first one to come loose. I was in no way ready for when she would begin to loose the same teeth we fought so hard to come in. But with that first wobbly tooth came the end of an era and the beginning of a new one for all of us.

These baby teeth are the last shred of her being a baby and in just a few months that will all be over and she will start breaking in those big adult teeth. It such a milestone in the process of growing up. But I'm hoping losing them doesn't cause her any pain, not like those all nighters laying on the floor with her as she cried. As sad as it may be to see the end of an era, we still have time for the magic of make believe. This has to be the best part of being a parent, right? Whether you're a parent who loves to get involved with magic or not, you shouldn't be afraid to give it a go. 

Children are creative and love to take the lead in fantasy games. However, they are not the only ones to benefit from engaging in a little make believe from time to time. I will happily admit that getting outside to engage in a imaginative make believe games with my daughter keeps her mind creative, enhances thinking skills and helps us bond with one another. Not only that, it actually eases away stresses of adult life, whilst restoring a sense of magic and wonder, for a moment, at least. 

So yes, the tooth fairy will be coming to see my daughter as those baby teeth come away. But, let's be honest fairies are quite a big deal in our house! We even made up a little fairy song for when my daughter falls over or feels sad - all it takes it a little fairy dust. So, what is the going rate for a tooth? Well this may be a whole topic. It varies. But seeing as my daughter will loose at least 20 teeth over the next few months the tooth fairy kindly left five gold coins for her very clean first tooth and will then only leave one gold coin, thereafter. The tooth fairy is such a lovely magical moment and seeing her face the next morning will always be a cherished memory.

So do you believe in the tooth fairy?

Nadiya's Bake Me A Story Deluxe Baking Set & Giveaway

The world still feels like a strange place but this year is going to be the year that will be remembered for many years to come. We couldn't see or hug our loved ones, working from home became the new normal, and most of us experienced the joys of home schooling our children. Even though it was a challenging time we found new ways of communicating, we lived for loungewear and we embraced our inner bakers with lots of lockdown baking. And thus, perfecting the art of baking the best banana bread. 

We never really need an excuse to get into the kitchen to bake up a storm together. We love baking traditional recipes such as these Orange Vanilla Spice Cookies, Carrot Cake and our foolproof Blueberry Muffins. Sometimes my daughter takes the lead and loves to experiment with flavour combinations and texture that have worked, or have gone terribly wrong. But that's half the fun. 

To encourage our little baker into the kitchen we have been baking lots of sweet treats with Nadiya's brand new Bake Me a Story Deluxe Baking Set which has all the baking tools we will need for a little bake off in the kitchen. There are three baking sets to choose from with Simple Baking Set, Savoury Cooking Set and the Deluxe Baking Set that have everything you need to create tasty sweet and savoury recipes for everyone. 

Bake Me a Story Deluxe Baking Set. 

Each set has been specifically designed for little ones in mind, where they can gain more independence in the kitchen and unleash their inner star baker. We have the Deluxe Baking Set which is fully equipped with everything that my daughter would possible need for an afternoon baking session in the kitchen from a child sized rolling pin, measuring spoons, cupcake cases, a funky apron and the box even included six amazing recipes cards that we can try and recreate. 

Inside the Box

The Deluxe Baking Set is all neatly packaged inside one box and without all that unnecessary packaging you often get with toys. As you empty the box you will soon discover 28 brightly coloured baking essentials that includes; a rolling pin, spatula, a large mixing bowl, a whisk, 12 silicone cupcake cases, a sieve, three cookie cutters, an assortment of measuring spoons, a very funky apron as well as the six recipe cards. All inside ONE box!!! 

We both loved the bold and bright colours that have been used in the design of the baking tools. They are very appealing to little ones and you are immediately drawn to them, they certainly won't go missing in the middle of the cutlery draw. We really love this kit because it is such great quality. All of the baking essentials have been specifically designed for little hands, ensuring that they can get really stuck into the baking. Not only that but you can really see the quality used with the tools is great and all have been tested to LFGB food safety standard. 

We really like the set of measuring spoons and the quality of the spatula which had a equal weigh to end to end meaning that little hands are able to get more control of mixing or stirring. Yay no more cake batter in my hair when my little one gets excited when mixing. The silicone topped cookie cutters were also an added bonus as these are not something that we have ever come across before but it was good to know that these were safe in her little hands. 

It comes to no surprise when I say that my daughter loved the funky apron that was included inside the box as it was bright with a colour block design. It made her feel like a real star baker. But like with most aprons this one was too long for her but with a little fold and a special bow tie at the back she was all ready. My daughter has the most fun measuring out all the ingredients with the measuring spoons, getting flour all over her with the sieving, and of course resisting temptation of licking the spatula. 

What makes this set even better is that Nadiya has included some recipes cards from her Bake Me a Story Recipe Book too. With this set we are fully equipped with the tools to recreate her recipes which were really simple and easy to follow and most of the ingredients included were already in my cupboards. Some of the recipe cards included Rock Cakes, Cookie Mallows and Star Anise Gingerbread Men which we will bake on Christmas Eve as part of our Christmas tradition. 

Let's Have a Bake Off

The only way to put this baking set the to test was to put on our aprons and bake up a storm in the kitchen. We made some of our own Rainbow Cookies and the Very Berry Breakfast Muffins that was included in the box. It was a really simple and easy recipe to follow and all we really needed to get was some fresh berries. My daughter loved sieving the ingredients into the mixing bowl and whisking the batter. The silicone cupcake cases were really easy for my daughter to place into our muffin tin and as we added the mixture the cases really held their shape right during cooking.

We also made some Rainbow Cookies so we had a chance to use the rolling pin and use the cookie cutters. We really like these silicone topped cookie cutters as my daughter could cut them out and place the shapes on the baking trays without any worries. We hope we will be able to get our hands on some other shapes just like these as they are a great for protecting little hands. 

So as you can see we LOVED baking with this Nadiya's Bake Me a Story Deluxe Baking Set. It is jam packed full of all the baking tools and essentials that we need to make some sweet treats for everyone to enjoy. We liked the colour and design of the tools and they have been tested to LFGB food safety standard and are dishwasher safe too. The recipe cards included were an added bonus and were really simple and easy to follow, some will sure become some of our favourite bakes. 

Nadiya has released three amazing baking sets that will sure to encourage your little bakers into the kitchen. You can choose from Nadiya's Simple Baking Set, Nadiya's Savoury Cooking Set and of course Nadiya's Deluxe Baking Set. You can pick these sets from Smyths, Argos and Amazon. You can also get Nadiya's Bake Me a Story Recipe Book from W H Smith, Waterstones and Sainsburys

Do you want to get your hands on your very own DELUXE BAKING SET?

We have one DELUXE baking set to giveaway to one of our fabulous readers! With half term around the corner you have more reason to enter our giveaway. This set would be great in getting the children involved for the Christmas prep or even as a little gift to pop under the Christmas tree. All you need to do is CLICK the link below and FOLLOW the instructions. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!


T/C The closing date for this Bake Me a Story Deluxe Baking Set is on 11.59pm on Thursday 29th October 2020. This prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by email with 7 days. The winner will have 28 days to respond with a name and delivery address before a new winner is selected. The giveaway is open to all UK entrants ages 18 or over only. Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter are in no way associated with the giveaway. Any personal date given as part of the giveaway entries are used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties. The winner's details will be passed on to the brand or the PR for prize delivery. Please allow 28 days for delivery.

**We have been kindly gifted Nadiya's Bake Me a Story Deluxe Baking Set but as always my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright, please seek permission before using.**

5 Great Tips For Picking a Unique Gift


Buying the perfect gift isn’t always an easy process. You need to think carefully about everything from your budget, to what sort of present is suitable for the occasion. It’s easy to get so flustered as you search for the perfect present that you end up giving in and going for something “safe” instead. While there’s nothing wrong with sticking to spa-style gifts, flowers, and chocolates, those gifts can look a little impersonal when you’re trying to make a meaningful statement. The good news is that finding a unique present doesn’t need to be a nightmare. With the right inspiration and a little direction, you can find something that blows your friend or loved one’s socks off.
1. Start Small

When you’re trying to buy the ultimate gift, it’s easy to think big, like huge experiences or days out that your friend will never forget. However, sometimes it’s much better to start small and think about ideas that hit a little closer to the heart. For instance, your friend might love the chance to ride in a hot air balloon – but feel pretty bad that you’ve spent so much money. On the other hand, if you buy them a custom-made jacket with their nickname on that you gave them in school, they’ve got meaningful, nostalgic, and not too over the top. Start small and think about the things that are going to mean the most to your friend or loved one based on the relationship that you’ve built.

2. Personalise It

Want to make sure that no-one gives the same gift as you at the next big celebration or event? All you need to do is go a little more personal. These days, it’s much easier to buy custom versions of the products that your friends or loved ones would appreciate most. You can get a leather jacket that has your friend’s named embroidered onto it for about the same price as a standard leather jacket. If you’re looking for something a little cheaper, then consider getting a box of brownies baked in their favourite flavour, then write their name on each chunk with chocolate. The options are endless. You could even just have someone’s initials placed onto a backpack or a new tie. Personalisation can make the most common gifts more special.

3. Go for an Experience

As we mentioned above, not everyone will feel comfortable getting a big experience as a gift. However, if you’ve got the cash, and you’re looking for something unique, there are a lot of options out there for experience-style presents. You could treat someone to a wonderful meal out, enjoying the food that they love most. Or you could look into a lesson that that person would enjoy – like a class on mixing cocktails. These days, most of us value experiences more than physical possessions anyway. Spending some time with the people that you love is a great way to show them how much you care, and it might mean much more than a standard gift.

4. Look in Different Locations

If you generally shop in just one space, then you might find that it’s helpful to expand your horizons and look for other places to find potential gifts. The ability to shop online these days can open you up to a wealth of options that you never considered before. These days, there are tons of different solutions out there that go beyond your standard bouquet of flowers. If you’re not sure what to buy someone you care about when you want to deliver something unique, it might be a good idea to broaden your horizons. Take a look online and see what’s trending in the areas that your friend or loved one is interested in. You could even see whether people on digital marketplaces are producing anything interesting that might make a good gift idea for you.

5. Get Some Insights

Finally, if you’re really not sure what someone might want in terms of a unique present – talk to them and the people who know them. Most of the time, people have a lot of great ideas to share on the kind of gifts that they’d love to receive, they just don’t have an outlet. You could even find out whether your friend or loved one has a Wishlist on a site like Amazon. Alternatively, follow the person on social media and see whether they’re sharing any information lately about the kind of products they wish they could buy!

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