Monday, 28 August 2017

VIDEO REVIEW: My Life as a Courgette on DVD

Mini has been snuggled up watching family friendly film My Life as a Courgette, which is currently available on DVD and Blu-Ray. With it aimed at her age and with a fantasy twist, what did she think? 

To buy "My Life as a Courgette" head to Amazon where it is £9.99 on DVD and £12.99 on Blu-Ray.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

VIDEO REVIEW: Posh Paws Back Pack

Mini, like most kids, is making the journey back to school, and like all kids, looking for the perfect rucksack to take all her stuff with her. It has to be practical and stylish, as well as comfy for days where she has to bring everything but the kitchen sink in. Posh Paws said they were up to the challenge of a fussy year 6 pupil! Here are Mini's thoughts;

To buy any of the Posh Paws range of rucksacks across a wide range of character options, head to their website

Thursday, 3 August 2017

VIDEO REVIEW: Mini Reviews Primark's Unicorn Flavoured Water

Its another video for you today from our Top Tween Vlogger, known to longterm readers as ten year old Mini. Mini is not a fan of anything that may be considered healthy, so when Primark got in touch to ask her to review their new range of flavoured water, she was prepared to finally not like something from the mega retailing giant! 
To find out whether it passed her fussy test, click to watch below!

The Unicorn Flavoured Water is available from the tills at Primark, along with other flavours, and is priced at under a pound.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Stretch Vac-Man Toy

Littlest has been happily trying out a new toy from Character, the Stretch Vac Man- so what did he think?

Vac Man is a baddie- he is Stretch Armstrong's arch enemy. I'm sure I wont be the oknly parent to remember Stretch Armstrong from my childhood in the late 80s and early 90s- he was the toy that you could- as the name suggested- stretch across a room and he would snap back into place.

Vac Man is a little different and I think in today's hi-tech world that is quite a welcome difference.

Box appeal wise the box is bright and colourful, and definitely grabs the attention of any child who has a love of cartoons and action heroes. On opening it there's nothing to assemble and no batteries to fiddle with so you can play with the toy from the off.

The Stretch Vac Man can be played with as a smooth, non-pumped up character (and actually, Littlest has had the item like his at night and cuddled him!) which you can stretch just like his vintage pal. 

However, inside the box is a bicycle pump type affair, which, when you attach the end to the toy- and this was very simple for small hands and something Littlest at age 8 found easy without any adult supervision- pumps the Vac Man up.

He has beads inside and, once the pump is used, his "skin" becomes scaly and he can be stretched even further. It is also pose-able and will stay in any pose until the air is released. 

Littlest found this hilarious, and happily played with him against his other action hero toys.

To make him go back to his soft, in Littlest's view cuddly state, you simply press the air out from his ear.

It didn't take much effort to pump him up although smaller arms may need a couple of go's but to be honest this was just another element of the toy that Littlest found fun. In fact, it started off competitions to see who could pump him up quickest between Littlest and Mini. Mini, at ten, also loved Vac Man and she's not traditionally a fan of action toys at all.

Littlest gets to grips with Vac-Man from Character Toys

The detail in the toy is fantastic, he has a very well designed face which puts you in no doubt that he is a baddie character. 

The boredom factor is very limited in this toy for younger children as they can play together stretching him and he fits right in with imaginative play.

I'm sure once the tie in series arrives on screen Vac Man and Stretch Armstrong toys are going to become ever more popular and I for one am happy to say we are fans in our house.

The Vac Man is 35mm high and comes with his pump in the box. He is suitable from ages 5 and up. 

He costs around £30 from most major retailers including Amazon.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler

We're back! 

Family Panel has had a bit of a break- families get busy after all and what with health issues, moving house and the like we've been away.

But the original and best (if we do say so ourselves) is back and we'll be keeping you updated on the good, bad and overpriced of consumer products.

First up, it's the Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler.

Its June and that means all us ladies out there will be looking to beach holidays, swimming pool days out and casting off all those jeans, jumpers and winter clothes we've been covered in for months.

That of course means the arduous task of hair removal begins. However, Veet promise they can make the whole ordeal easy for us all!

The first plus point for me was the packaging. I hate plastic packaging that usually needs a degree to work out how to get inside to the product. The amount of times I have cut myself opening the plastic or on the sharp plastic itself is ridiculous, but Veet has a handy pull system in place that makes opening it safe and takes seconds. I hope other companies can adopt this too.

The styler itself is sleek, not too weighty, and angled to fit your hand beautifully. It also comes with two different styling heads- a small double sided one for eyebrows and a larger one like a mini hair clipper for the bikini line. It also has two pink plastic guards so you can trim easily without trimming too much. 

Finally it has easy to follow instructions, a bag to put the gadget in and a brush to clean it. It was also nice to see a battery included as there is nothing worse than buying a gadget, getting it home all ready to use and then realising you don't have a battery for it.

Its very user friendly, you twist the top to chose the styling wand of your choice depending on what hair you wish to tackle, and then once that clicks into place its simply a case of lightly twisting the base to turn it on.

I am terrible at remembering to get my eyebrows threaded, and tend to hack a them badly with a razor. I'm not very confident at styling them at all, which is annoying as they are quite bushy in places! 

The Veet Precision was very simple to use though, and at first I was quite nervous of dragging the small wand with the guard on it over the thicker areas of my brows but actually it was very safe and I didn't take too much hair off at all. 

I could also shape the brows very easily and quickly. It wasn't as great at removing the hair completely as with threading, but for a quick fix when I've forgotten again it was fine, and to be fair, if you do notice some regrowth after a few days (I have PCOS so my hormones mean a swift regrowth of hair) it was simple enough to go over it again with the Veet Styler. 

The bigger wand was also just as simple to use, it didn't pull, and even more satisfying was the lack of shaving rash that I usually experience on my underarms and anywhere else I attack with a razor blade! 

As I'm prone to sensitive skin, shaving and threading can be a nightmare and has previously ended up with me covered in spots. As you can imagine, when your goal is to be silky smooth like the ladies in the adverts, and then your end up covered in a rash, it doesn't have the desired effect and leaves me reaching for jeans again!

Its very simple to clean and although they don't recommend getting the wand incredibly wet I used it in the shower on wet skin and it coped very well.

The only negative point and was probably down to my wonkiness was changing the wands proved a bit tricky, but Elder came to the rescue and managed it with a few clicks.

This would make the perfect addition to your suitcase whether going abroad or staycationing, I also think after a wax before you can book another one it would
make a great stop gap to remove any pesky regrowth.

The Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler is available at Amazon for £15.99

You can find a video guide to the Veet Sensitive Precision on their website