Round-up of 2012 and dreams for 2013…

Mari's World, parenting, twins

Two days to go and it’ll be a brand new year, I do love a fresh start; it means I can put past mistakes behind me – hopefully I’ll have learnt something from them and I can move on and try to make it a better year for me and my family.

Mari’s World [...]

General hospital by Pintoy

Pintoy hospital john crane

The last toy to bring to your attention just in time for Christmas is the Pintoy General Hospital from the John Crane collection.

It comes half flat packed in a box with just the second, smaller building which needs constructing and takes 5 minutes maximum.

Painted in vibrant, bright colours with a moving lift [...]

Wooden toy fire engine – John Crane

wooden toy fire engine - Pintoy - John Crane

One of John Crane’s most popular toys is their fire engine and I have been sent one to review for Mari’s World.

I can say straight off I love it and it has been made to the usual very high standards that John Crane demands. No rough edges and very interactive, this fire engine [...]

John Crane Toys

Sevi village

I’ve been working with John Crane now for over a year and know just how good their toys are. I’ve met some members of staff and know how much they all care about their products. A lot of time and thought goes into making sure their products are of top quality and desirable for [...]

Animags Wild Animals – John Crane

animags wild animals

It’s toy box time again and this week John Crane are proposing a 21 piece game called Animags Wild Animals.

A collection of 6 wild animals made out of wood and brightly painted plus three bushes to create a jungle environment. Each animal is divided into three pieces which fit one on top of [...]

Doll’s pushchair stroller by John Crane

doll stroller doll pushchair

Most little girls like to play ‘mummy’ at some point in their childhood, some more than others and some not at all but there again I have seen many a happy little boy cuddle a doll and rock him/her to sleep or take care of him as only a good parent can.

All good [...]

Breakfast Tray by Sevi

Sevi breakfast tray wooden toy

When John Crane included in their last review package a Sevi Breakfast Tray with eggs and bacon I smiled, what a brilliant idea to teach children to prepare a breakfast tray.

Plus it’s a beautiful wooden toy made by the fabulous Italian company Sevi which encourages role play and conversation.

If there’s one thing [...]

Pizza by Sevi

Sevi pizza wooden toy

It’s toy box Tuesday and this week for John Crane we are reviewing the pizza made by the Italian company Sevi.

You may remember a while back I reviewed the girls playing with the Sevi hamburger tray and as with all the Sevi products their pizza is just as colourful and just as well [...]

Balance by Sevi – John Crane

Balance game by Sevi

Toy box Tuesday again and this week’s John Crane toy is a superb one. It’s part of the brightly coloured Italian Sevi range that we’ve been looking at for a while now this week I’m bringing to your attention

Balance by Sevi

Sevi have a great range of board games and Balance is for [...]

Bags for school lunch boxes – Lilliputiens John Crane

Lilliputiens bag


I know August is going to pass by in a whizz and so I’m doing my very best to get super organised for the twins starting reception in September. I have the majority of their uniform but am waiting till the end of the month before I buy new shoes Just In Case.