Bob the Builder Toys by Smoby Review – Can we fix it? Yes we can!

Last week an absolutely enormous parcel arrived with my name on it and BattleDad immediately wondered how many shoes it contained. “Nope, not for me” I responded. I told him it was blogger mail and he was intrigued. Inside the parcel was a fantastic surprise for BattleKid. We were kindly sent a selection of Bob the Builder Toys by Smoby for review and I can tell you now, even I was blown away by what we received.bob the builder toys by smoby

The box contained all you would need to set up a mini workshop for a budding Bob the Builder fan. Jam-packed with Bob the Builder Toys by Smoby, we received the Bob the Builder First Work Bench, the Bob the Builder Safety Set, the Bob the Builder Tool Bag, the Bob the Builder Electric Chainsaw and the Bob the Builder Electric Jigsaw. To say we were gobsmacked to receive all five of these items would be an understatement.

BattleDad and I decided to put together the Bob the Builder First Work Bench before collecting BattleKid from nursery and I can safely say it is the first piece of flat-pack, put-together things we have not had an argument over. The instructions were very clear, easy to follow and everything slotted into where it should without any hassles at all. If only other flat-pack furniture and items were this easy to put together. Five minutes after we started I was putting the finishing touches together in terms of the stickers, while BattleDad got the Safety Set and Tool Bag ready for BattleKid’s arrival home from nursery. We were both giddy with anticipation at what BattleKid’s reaction would be to the Bob the Builder Toys.bob the builder toys by smoby

bob the builder toys by smoby

bob the builder toys by smoby

Safe to say he was absolutely thrilled. He walked into our small play room and immediately clocked the workbench asking “Bob the Builder?” before breaking into the famous song, which remained stuck in our heads all evening, as I am sure it is in yours now. Sorry! He donned the checked shirt/work vest and hard hat before diving into the various tools on the work bench. There was hammering and banging and lots of “oh look at this mama” as he familiarised himself with his new work bench.bob the builder toys by smoby

bob the builder toys by smoby

After a couple of minutes of hammering away he noticed the tool bag and made a beeline for the mechanical drill. I told him to press the trigger like a gun (he had a water pistol to play with in the back garden during the summer), and that was it, quiet as a mouse as he drilled this and hammered that. BattleDad and I could have left him there all night and he wouldn’t have moved an inch away from that work bench. I have to admit there were a few tears come bedtime but we promised he could return to it the next day so he went to bed happy with that thought.bob the builder toys by smoby

The next day we were out in the morning but before we left I placed the Electric Chainsaw and Jigsaw beside the work bench so BattleKid could open them when we got back. It didn’t take him long to walk into the kitchen upon our return saying “mama, open it” while carrying the chainsaw (still in it’s box) and pressing the trigger to make the saw noises and blades rotate around the edge of the saw. In actual fact he mimicked the noises as they sound quite like a motorbike starting up too, a sound he loves.bob the builder toys by smoby

That was it again, no sign of BattleKid but the noises we could hear meant he was busy building and fixing things. The last thing to be opened was the Electric Jigsaw and again there wasn’t a peep out of BattleKid as he got to grips with the saw and the noises it makes.

All-in-all, I can hand on heart say these Bob the Builder Toys by Smoby are truly magnificent and keep BattleKid entertained for hours on end. He has even taken to running at BattleDad and I and trying to ‘saw’ off our legs and arms. We shout “oh my arm, where’s it gone, don’t saw it off” to which BattleKid bursts into fits of laughter, finding it hilarious that he’s ‘sawing’ at mum and dad.

Hours of FUN!bob the builder toys by smoby

bob the builder toys by smoby

bob the builder toys by smoby

The Bob the Builder First Work Bench includes over 30 tools and accessories including a vice grips, saw, hammer and spanner, and lots more. The Bob the Builder Safety Set comes with a checked shirt and work vest top, like the one Bob wears in the show, a yellow safety hard hat, a spanner and a smartphone. The Bob the Builder Tool Bag is a colourful and large back pack which includes a saw, hammer, spanner and mechanical drill. The Electric Chainsaw has child-safe motorised blades that rotate round the edge of the saw and has realistic chainsaw noises at the push of a button. The Electric Jigsaw, like the chainsaw, has a child-safe plastic saw blade that moves via the inbuilt electric motor and makes sawing sounds. All the toys feel of a high quality and are bright and colourful to capture the attention and imagination of children.

What we love about the Bob the Builder Toys by Smoby:

  • Bright and colourful.
  • Feels like they are made to a high quality, solidly built and sturdy.
  • Realistic noises in the tools help imaginations run wild.
  • Provide hours of fun.
  • The all-in-one shirt and work vest and hard hat are excellent for role-playing.
  • Lots of activities to be done on the work bench, such as hammering things, gripping things in the vice grips, moving tools around on the bench, putting in screws, the list goes on.
  • Each item is fairly priced (details below).

What we didn’t like about the Bob the Builder Toys by Smoby:

  • Absolutely nothing!

The Bob the Builder Toys by Smoby that we received for this review would make an excellent center-piece at Christmas for a Bob the Builder fan and would provide hours of fun. Alternatively, if you didn’t want to buy all the items featured here, each individual toy is fairly priced and would still be well received by any child, no matter what the occasion was. Our personal favourites were the Work Bench and Tool Bag with it’s mechanical drill, with the clear winner in BattleKid’s eyes being the Electric Chainsaw. We cannot recommend these toys more and are very impressed by them. I had not come across Smoby Toys before this review but will definitely be seeing what other products they do when on the hunt for new toys for BattleKid. They all get a big thumbs up from BattleKid!bob the builder toys by smoby

Thanks for reading and keep an eye on my YouTube channel in the coming week when I’ll have a vlog featuring BattleKid road testing these Bob the Builder Toys from Smoby. I’ve also got a giveaway below!

Cath x

Details of the Bob the Builder Toys by Smoby:

  1. Bob the Builder First Work Bench: RRP £44.99
  2. Bob the Builder Safety Set: RRP £14.99
  3. Bob the Builder Tool Bag: RRP £12.99
  4. Bob the Builder Electric Chainsaw: RRP £17.99
  5. Bob the Builder Electric Jigsaw: RRP £12.99

These items are available from all good toy stores including Amazon, Smyths, Toy’R’Us and ELC.


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Childs Farm Products – Our Thoughts and Review

We were recently invited to trial and review some Childs Farm products and were kindly sent the new Blackberry and Organic Apple Hair and Body Wash and the Little Essentials Kit. I’ll be completely honest and say that I had shied away from Childs Farm products simply because a few of the scents were way too sweet for my liking. They smelled overly sweet and just weren’t for me. But I was willing to give them another try.childs farm products

childs farm products

Childs Farm was launched in 2011 and uses natural ‘free-from’ ingredients and essential oils which means they are kind and gentle enough for newborn babies and children’s skin alike. They also can boast being one of the few baby and children ranges that undergo clinical tests and user trials to certify their products are dermatologically tested and paediatrician approved. Childs Farm products are also gentle enough to be used on those with sensitive or eczema-prone skin. Childs Farm are also a multi-award winning range of products.

I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised by the new Blackberry and Organic Apple Hair and Body Wash by Childs Farm. The initial sniff had me thinking it was like previous ones I’d tried but it was really lovely after a few seconds. I actually added it to BattleKid’s bath (and mine) like you would bubble bath and it was really nice.  It was perfect for the chilly autumnal evenings which have been drawing in lately, especially when the blackberry scent comes through. BattleKid had a sniff of the bottle and said “oh nice mama”! Childs Farm say of their new Hair and Body Wash

The essential oils in our fun blackberry & organic apple hair & body wash will fill your bathroom with the delicious smell of blackberry and apple crumble,

and they are not wrong. The autumnal odour makes it good enough to want to eat! The bathroom was left with a lovely smell afterwards, and our skin was left soft with that same scent.

We also received the Little Essentials Kit which contains all you need for clean and hydrated skin and hair, 4 travel sized Childs Farm products in a perfect re-sealable bag. It is ideal for weekends away and that is exactly what I plan to use it for. The Grapefruit and Organic Tea Tree moisturiser and hair detangler have quite a subtle but fresh scent, and the moisturiser left my hand (where I tested it) lovely and soft and with a gentle scent.  The Organic Sweet Orange Hair and Body Wash has a nice smell and I’m going to pack this in our bag for our forthcoming trip to Bluestone where it will be put to good use. However, I am not sure if I will use the Strawberry and Organic Mint on us as this scent is still a bit too sweet for my liking. However, I do have my sister and niece coming to stay next month so I’ll see if they’d like it. All in all, I really like 3 of the products contained in the Little Essentials Kit and they will be put to good use on weekends away.

What I liked about the Childs Farm products we road tested:

  • Most scents were less sweet than previous ones I had tried.
  • The Blackberry and Organic Apple Hair and Body wash was lovely and left a lovely, autumnal scent both in our bathroom and on our skins.
  • Our skins were left feeling lovely and soft after using the Hair and Body Wash and Moisturiser.
  • Childs Farm products are gentle enough to be used on newborn and children’s skin alike.
  • Free of any nasty products and packed with natural ingredients and essential oils.
  • Dermatologically tested and paediatrician approved.
  • Can be used on sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
  • The Little Essentials Kit is perfect for weekends away and would make a great Christmas present or stocking filler!
  • The packaging is great and will appeal  to children.

What I didn’t like about the Childs Farm products we road tested:

  • One product still had too sweet of a scent for my liking.

Overall I was glad I gave Childs Farm products another try, and I particularly like the new Blackberry and Organic Apple Hair and Body Wash. It’s a perfect scent for these chilly autumnal and winter evenings ahead of us!childs farm products

I’d love to know if you are a fan of Childs Farm products.

Cath x

The new Blackberry and Organic Apple Hair and Body Wash is available in two sizes, 50ml (RRP £1.75) and 250ml (RRP £3.99).

The Little Essentials Kit contains 4 x 50ml bottles of Childs Farm products as mentioned above (RRP £7.99).

If you’d like to know more about Childs Farm and would like to see the full range of products then please visit their website. Childs Farm products are available from most high street stores such as Boots, Superdrug, Amazon and John Lewis.

*We received a 250ml bottle of Childs Farm Blackberry and Organic Apple Hair and Body Wash, and the Little Essentials Kit for the purpose of this review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are wholly my own.

43/52 My Sunday Photo 23/10/2016


A bit of a different picture from me this Sunday. We visited Westonbirt Arboretum yesterday and one particular log caught my eye. I focused on the hole and had a very wide aperture set, hence the shallow depth of field in this picture. I love the texture and colours in this picture. It’s far from perfect and had I had time I would have played around with aperture a bit more. But I’m happy enough with it.


My blog is 2 so it’s time to celebrate!


You’ll have seen that I have run a few competitions on my blog over the last few weeks and there has been a reason for that. My little blog is 2 years old this month. 2! How did that happen? It seems like only yesterday I wrote that first post saying hello to the blogging world. And all of a sudden I am celebrating two years of blogging.

BattleDad had been encouraging me for a while and I eventually relented and did it. Little did I know then how much it would take over our lives and how much I’d enjoy it (well most of the time). There have been highs and lows, times I’ve lost my mojo and thought about giving up but I cracked on and did what I had to do to get some posts out to get through the low times.

I’ve met some lovely people via my blog and have followed some fellow bloggers through their own journeys, commenting on their posts as they have mine.

My only regret is that I didn’t start it sooner, perhaps while I was pregnant with BattleKid, so that our whole journey together as a family was fully documented but I have my written pregnancy diaries stored for him. You never know, one day I might release them as a series on the blog. But for now they’re safe and sound with his memory box.

My blog has evolved over the two years to include some lifestyle posts and, of course, our holiday diaries. I did wonder about them initially but I’m glad I’ve done them. Even if they are often repetitive and aren’t very interesting they are a record of our holidays together for us as a family to look back on and remember. Things like the time BattleKid came out with chicken pox on holiday or the time he gashed his knee on our first day (that resort is cursed for us). We can look back fondly on many a weekend in Bluestone. And no doubt there will be more to come.

Through my blog we’ve gotten to road test new products and even had a day or two out and we are so grateful for them. So now it’s my turn to give something back with not one, not two but three giveaways. Why three? Well I’ve got one aimed at expecting or new mums, one for Mums with toddlers or slightly older children and one for all the other lovely ladies who follow me. Sorry dads, there is nothing specific for you but please feel free to enter in behalf of the lady in your life. Why do that many I hear you say? Because my readers vary and are from different background situations so thought I’d try cover most bases. Dads I should point out that each giveaway includes something you could claim as your own, so please do enter!

Each competition has a post of its own as linked below. I’d really appreciate it if you could enter the one that suits you most but won’t limit anyone to entering just one. The giveaways will run until the day before my blog birthday on November 14th and I will pick the winners of each giveaway on my blog birthday. All items have been purchased by myself or are items I’ve received but never used. So the giveaways are not sponsored in any way.

All that’s left to say is a huge thank you to all of you, my readers and followers, for your support over the last two years!

Cath x

Terms and conditions for each competition are in the competition post.