Nintendo Switch Game Review – Is this Game For You and Your Family?

I have been considering buying the Nintendo Switch for my children and therefore I would like to share all my knowledge about the product with other parents in case you have been thinking of buying one as well. So here is the Nintendo Switch game review – with all the features, pros and cons.


 

Nintendo Switch Game Review

Product name: Nintendo Switch

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £ 279.00

Warranty: Nintendo systems carry 12 months warranty. Games and accessories have 3 months warranty.

My rating: 4/5

Other features:

  • Switch and play with anyone, anytime and anywhere.
  • There are 3 modes, television mode, tabletop mode and handheld mode. The tablet for handheld mode has 6.2 inch screen.
  • The 2 Joy-Con can be used as a traditional controller by attaching them to the Joy-Con grip. If you do not attach the Joy-Cons to the Joy-grip, you can use each Joy-Controller as an individual controller ! Both Joy-cons can be attached to main console also to play in handheld mode.
  • Each Joy-Con has a full set of buttons and can be used as a standalone controller. Each Joy-Con has got an accelerometer and gyroscope motion sensor which makes independent right and left motion control possible.
  • The left Joy-Con has got a capture button with which you can take a screenshot of the game and share it on social media. The right Joy-Con has a NFC touch for connecting to amiibo figures. It also has an IR motion sensor camera which can detect from a distance,shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games.
  • Both Joy-Cons have got advanced HD rumble which provides subtle vibrations which feel very realistic. For example, you can feel the vibration of ice cubes colliding inside a glass when shaking a Joy-Con. This features gives a touch of realism – apart from the sight and sound effect.
  • Local and online multiplayer. You can connect up to eight consoles for multiplayer or online play with friends around the world. The online play is chargeable at £17.99. You can subscribe to online play here.
  • You can buy Nintendo Switch with pre loaded games like Mario Kart 8 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a bundle at an extra £30. If you buy the game separately each games costs around £41.
  • You can use the parental control app which provides control over the time your child plays with it, you can suspend the game when time is up with the “suspend software” feature, monitor what games they are playing, set different times for playing on different days of the week. For example, they can play for longer time on weekends and for a lesser time on week days. You can also control if you want  your child sharing screenshots of the game on social media or not.

Pros

  • Overall the product has great quality as it from Nintendo. If you are a Nintendo fan then there is no need to say this!
  • Great fun for families. Perfect ‘family gift’. Provides great family bonding time!
  • You can play with it on the go too in the handlheld mode. This would be handy if you need to keep kids busy at restaurants, airports etc.
  • Nintendo has got the best games like Mario, Zelda ,Mario Kart etc.
  • The Joy-Con batteries are very good and last for a long time.
  • You can seamlessly move from big screen to small using the handheld console. So if the family feel you are taking over the TV , you can move to the handheld console while the rest of the family watches TV !

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Cons

  • Console is expensive and each game is very expensive.
  • There are only 2 controllers so if you are a family of four or five, you will have to buy another console or take turns playing .
  • Some children under 8 years of age might struggle to use the controls .
  • Children can get hooked to the games in case you are planning to limit or reduce screen time. You can use the parental control app to control the screen time your child gets.
  • Nintendo Switch is more known for its offline games and PS4 is known for its online games, in case you are looking to play only offline or only online. You have to pay subscription for online games now unlike before when they were free.
  • The main console is just for gaming. You cannot use it like a regular tablet for accessing You tube etc.

Conclusion

Nintendo Switch has got the best games like Mario,Breath of the Wild etc. But Nintendo is more known for its offline games. Both Nintendo Switch and the games are a very expensive buy so only buy if you are not too bothered about the cost. If price is not an issue then it can be great fun for entire family. You can use parental controls to control the time and games your child plays .

Enjoy if you buy!  Don’t forget to share your experience or opinion of Nintendo Switch via comment box below.

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Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier – Review for Parents Planning to Buy It

If you are a new parent or to be parent and are facing a dilemma whether you should be buying a baby carrier or not, then please read my review on Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier. At the very least you would be able to decide if a baby carrier is for you or not. If you are considering buying a baby carrier, you have a lot of things to consider for example comfort for the baby and you, safety, fastenings etc.

Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Product name: Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Price: £123.90

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Suitability(weight of baby): 5.5 Kg to 20 kg (if the baby’s weight is between 3.2kg to 5.5kg – an insert will have to be purchased separately)

My rating: 4.5/5

Other features:

  • This baby carrier can be worn in 4 ergonomic baby positions – front inward(baby is facing you), on the back, on the hip and front outward(baby is not facing you).
  • This baby carrier is suitable for babies and toddlers within the weight range of 5.5 kg and 20 kg . If your baby weighs between 3.2 kg and 5.5 kg you will need an insert which will have to be bought separately. The insert is available on Amazon.co.uk as well.
  • This is carrier comes with a breathable 3D mesh material which provides optimal temperature for your baby. I would suggest that if your baby is always warm or is wrapped up use a baby carrier with the mesh material as you do not want your baby to get heated up inside the carrier. As you parents are aware that if the baby gets heated too much, it could be fatal for the baby.
  • This waist belt has lumbar support due to which the carrier can be worn lower or higher on the back as per your comfort. The waist belt provides support to your lower back. The waist belt is wide enough to give comfort to mothers who have given birth by c-section. The shoulder straps are padded for comfort.
  • Adjustable waist and shoulder belts. The extended back panel can be adjusted too as per the weight of the baby and it also provides support to the head and the neck of the baby.
  • Quick and easy carry position changes.
  • Suitable for both mums and dads.
  • 100% polyester, machine washable.
  • Available in interesting colours.

Pros

  • Good quality product. The baby carrier has an “everything thought of” design.
  • You can use this when the baby doesn’t want to be put down.
  • Handy when you need to go shopping. It is not possible to single handedly push the trolley and the stroller together!
  • It is useful if you have got an older child.
  • Keeps baby snug and protected .
  • Comfortable for both the baby and the parent. The baby carrier is designed in a way that it spreads the weight of the baby everywhere.
  • Mesh material keeps the baby cooler.
  • Good for breastfeeding mothers.
  • In case, you have a dog then there chances of the leash getting tangled with the stroller. So a baby carrier would be a better choice than a stroller.
  • Easily adjustable to your growing baby.
  • Handy on flights as you have to check in your stroller at the check in counter or at the boarding gate.
  • The velcro on the product doesn’t make a lot of noise – useful if your baby is asleep.

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Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Baby might get clingy or “get too used to” to the carrier and might not sit on the stroller at all.
  • Some might find it hard to all the fastenings themselves or they might not be able to figure out how to fasten all the belts.
  • Baby might get over heated if you are not careful.
  • You need to make sure you have fastened the baby correctly otherwise there are chances that the baby will fall.

Conclusion

Overall a good, well thought of product. The best feature of the product is that you don’t need to hold the baby while you are doing all the chores. The worst effect of this product is that the baby will want to be strapped to you all the time! So if you decide to buy this product, make sure you don’t strap the baby to yourself all the time. Otherwise, a great product as long as you have strapped and fastened belts correctly as per instructions!

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Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller – Compatible With Maxi Cosi Car Seats Too!

After my previous post, Maxi Cosi Car Seat Reviews, on Maxi Cosi Car seats for babies up to 1 year of age, I would like to provide you with a review of Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller which is compatible with Maxi Cosi car seats like Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix, Pebble and Pebble plus. This way you have got complete information and will help you decide if Maxi Cosi is the car seat for your child. You can also decide if Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller is something you would like to buy when you are out and about with your baby.

You would need some sort of travel system for your child especially when you are out and about or for your visits to the health visitor or to the nurse. It will be easier for you as a parent as the car seat will start getting heavier as your baby grows. Also, the baby can sleepy peacefully and without any disturbance if the ride is smooth !

Review of Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller

Product name: Maxi Cosi Quinny Buzz Xtra 3 Wheel Pushchair /Stroller

Price: £349.99

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Rocking Black ,Blue Base, Grey Gravel and Red Rumour

Item weight: 13 Kgs

My Rating: 4.5/5

Box Contains:

  • 1 X Pushchair
  • 1 X Maxi Cosi Seat or Quinny Cot Adapters
  • 1 X Raincover
  • 1 x Sun Canopy
  • 1 x Parasol Clip
  • 1 x Shopping Basket
  • 1 X Bumper Bar
  • 1 x Newborn insert
  • 1 x Manual

Other Features:

  • This 3 wheel pushchair is suitable from birth until 15 kg(3.5 years ).
  • Comfortable seat with newborn inserts.
  • It has 3 forward facing and 2 rearward facing recline positions which is handy for nap times.
  • Folds with seat attached in forward facing position at the click of a button !
  • Extra large canopy for different weather conditions.
  • Comes with large all terrain tyre, made of foam which will give a smooth ride on any terrain.Also it has got swiveling front wheels which makes it easy to manoeuvre the pushchair.
  • Includes a shopping basket at the bottom.

Pros

  • This 3- in- 1 pushchair can be used from birth to 3.5 years. Therefore, it is an all-in-one pushchair. You won’t need any other stroller/pushchair/buggy or travel system. After this pushchair your child will be walking or scootering or cycling everywhere!
  • Quinny have thought of everything a parent would want in the pushchair. The stroller is made of water resistant fabric on which all spills can be easily wiped clean.
  • Tyres are a great feature of this 3 wheel pushchair . They are strong all terrain tyres , which will give a smooth ride on any terrain. It has got swiveling front wheels which makes it easy to manoeuvre especially in tight places. This will be a very handy feature when your child starts growing. The best part is the tyres are injected with foam which means you will never have a puncture !
  • Quinny provides a lifetime warranty (you have to register for it online within 3 months of purchase of the pushchair), which means that if you have any problems with the pushchair , Quinny will provide support and solve it for you!
  • You can transform your pushchair into a travel system for your Maxi Cosi car seat or with the fold able carry cot(has to be bought separately).
  • The Buzz Xtra folds and unfolds automatically at a click of a button within seconds. This feature will be useful for women who have given birth by C-section .
  • It is very light and easy to wheel about.
  • Easy to use brakes just by pressing the red lever and grey leaver to release it.

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Cons

  • Price is steep at £349.00.
  • Only one child can be placed in it at a time. Therefore, not suitable for twins .
  • Car seat will have to be purchased separately.
  • Carry cot will have to be purchased separately, although there is a carrycot /pushchair bundle available on Amazon at  £ 498.98.
  • The pushchair will occupy a lot of space even when it is folded down.
  • Shopping basket is small but you can buy shopping clips and hang your bags on it.
  • Buggy board can be fixed to the Buzz Extra but it will have to be purchased separately.

Conclusion

Quinny Buzz Xtra stroller is a quality stroller, there is no doubt about it. But you as a parent need to decide whether, after reading all the features of the stroller, does it satisfy all your needs? For example, if you are expecting twins this is not the stroller for you or if you have very little storage space, then this might not be the stroller for you. But if you live in a small town and do lots of walking then this stroller will be very handy due to its all terrain tyre or if you already have a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix or Pebble car seat and are looking for a travel system then this is the stroller for you!

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If you have any experiences or opinions to share please do so via comment box. I would love to hear from you !

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Maxi Cosi Car Seat Reviews – Your Baby’s First Car Seat

Car seats are very important for babies to keep them safe during travel. If you have just given birth, you would know that they don’t discharge mother and baby from the hospital until they have checked that the parents have got a car seat to put the baby in ! I have always used Maxi Cosi Car seat for my children when they were babies therefore I would like to provide you with Maxi Cosi Car seat reviews and  Maxi- Cosi Easy Fix base review. I do hope you find it useful.

Maxi -Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat

Product Name: Maxi-Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £98.99

Ages: 0 to 12 months (or up to 13 KG)

My rating: 5/5

Box includes: 1x Maxi- Cosi Cabrio Fix

1 x newborn car seat reducer

1 x removable soft head hugger

1 x manual

Other features:

  • This car seat can be used from ages 0 to 12 months or up to 13 kg of weight.
  • The car seat can be installed easily with a click and go isofix base or with the car seat belt.
  • This car seat is compatible with a Maxi-Cosi or a Quinny Travel system.
  • This car seat offers an optimum side protection system which offers high protection from a side impact.
  • Practical belt hooks.
  • Provides enhanced comfort to the baby due to heavy padding on the seat
  • Includes a seat size reducer.
  • Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix can be easily transferred to a Maxi – Cosi or a Quinny travel system.
  • Available in 12 different colours.

Pros

  • This is the best brand of car seats for babies up to 1 year of age.
  • You can secure this car seat either with the seat belt of the car or with an isofix base. Isofix base would keep the car very secure. It can be used with Easy Fix(isofix) base and a Family Fix(isofix) base.
  • Car seat comes with optimum side protection .
  • Light to carry and good value for money.
  • Available in lots of good colours.
  • Newborn insert is very soft.
  • Very easy to put the baby in. No fiddly bits.
  • Very comfortable for baby to sleep in. It is very strong as well. I used my car seat(brand new) for two kids and it was still intact when my second one grew out of it.
  • It has a built- in sunshade

Cons

  • Only Maxi Cosi or Quinny travel system are compatible with the car seat that is these are the only two travel systems which are safety tested by the manufacturer. The Cabrio Fix can be fitted with adapters on other travel buggies but they are not safety tested by the manufacturer.
  • You would have to purchase the isofix base separately as it doesn’t come with the car seat.
  • You would have to buy a rain cover separately.

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Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base ISOFIX

 

Product Name: Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base ISOFIX

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £99.99

Ages: 0 to 12 months (or up to 13 KG)

My rating: 5/5

Box includes: 1x Maxi- Cosi Easy Fix car seat base

Other features:

  • This car seat can be used from ages 0 to 12 months or up to 13 kg of weight.
  • Easy and quick installation.It can be installed either with the isofix or with the seat belt of the car. This will give you the option to move the base from one car to another, in case you have one base but two cars.
  • Clear belt routing, belt tensioner and lock-off
  • Safe solution for cars with short belt length.
  • To be used in combination with Maxi – Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat.
  • Adjustable support leg automatically snaps into correct vertical position
  • Colour indicators which show if the installation has been done correctly or not.

Pros

  • It is significantly easier to attach the car seat on the isofix base rather than put the seat belt on the Maxi – Cosi Cabrio Fix car seat. It literally has to be “clicked in”! It has the click-and-go system.
  • The isofix base provides more security. It attaches the car seat literally to the car!
  • Easy to install the base for both isofix installation or using the seat belt of the car .
  • The support leg always snaps to its correct vertical position. Colour indicators will also give you peace of mind that the base has been installed correctly.
  • The Easy fix base is very robust and strong .
  • The base is especially good for mothers with C- section, as you don’t have to bend to secure the belt. The car seats just needs to be dropped in the base and it clicks itself in .

Cons

  • It can only be used with a Maxi – Cosi Cabrio fix car seat.
  • It is heavy so you might need help to install.
  • It is expensive but it is good value for money.
  • In some cars it might be hard to adjust the support leg.

= = > Click here to buy Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base Isofix < = =

Conclusion

I had used both the Cabrio fix car seat and the easy fix base for my children and I found it very easy to put the car seat or take the car seat out from the base. Few times that I took the taxi, I found it harder to put the belt around the car seat. Therefore, I feel that if you would like to buy the Cabrio fix car seat, you should buy the Easy Fix base for more safety of your baby and your convenience .

Do you have any experiences of using the two? Would like to share your opinion ? Please do so via comment box, I would love to hear from you!

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Fashionable Maternity Wear – Fashion ideas for Pregnancy and After Birth

During pregnancy every woman always feel, “I look so fat” or “none of the clothes fit me”, even though the pregnancy glow makes women look very beautiful! After birth too, it takes a little while for the weight to come off.So during the pregnancy, you have to make sure your clothes are big enough to accommodate the bump and if you would like to breastfeed your baby after birth, you need to have a nursing top/dress to accommodate breastfeeding! Here are some fashionable maternity wear tips which I hope you find useful.

Product name: Happy Mama Women’s Maternity Stretch Knit Jumper Dress

Price: £14.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Aqua,  Baby Pink, Black,Purple Red and Turquoise.

Description: A pretty jumper dress with long sleeves, V-neck and a stripe design. A comfortable dress made from soft stretch fabric. Just one size which fits normal sizes (pre- pregnancy size) 8,10 and 12. Dress is made of 95% Acrylic and 5 % Elastane. Machine Washable. It is incredibly warm so it is good for winter pregnancy. A trendy dress with ribbed cuffs on hem and neckline. I would like to add here that whenever you look for maternity clothes always buy the size you were before you fell pregnant. As a precaution always try the clothes straightway before you wash, in case the clothes don’t fit you!

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Product name: Krisp Maternity Dress

Price: £7.50- £15.99 ( as per the size)

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Black,Black/Nude, Black Purple, Mocha

Description: This good size dress is very comfortable during pregnancy . It is made of soft stretch jersey fabric and is 95% viscose and 5% Elastane. It has a banded long bat wing sleeve and a V -neck. This is good for winter pregnancy too. It is a good size top and covers the bump very well. Prices are as per the size, small (£7.89),medium (£15.49) amd large (£15.49).

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Product name: H Hiamigos Casual Maternity Top

Price: £15.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Pink,Black,Green,Grey,Navy Blue, Wine red

Description: This maternity top has a soft stretchy fabric and is 65% polyester 30% cotton and 5% Spandex. It has round neck and is perfect for pairing with skinny jeans. It has got long sleeves so can be worn in the winter. Handwash is recommended for this top. A perfect casual wear during pregnancy!

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Product name: Happy Mamma Women’s Maternity Pants

Price: £17.79

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Graphite,Graphite Melange and Black

Description: These comfortable trousers are for casual wear and are made of 95% cotton and 5 % Elastane. It is machine washable. It has a low waist so it has to be worn under the bump. When I was expecting, I preferred trousers with a low waist. These trousers are available in short length( 108-112 cm) ,medium length (116 – 121 cm) and long length (123 cm).

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Product name: Futuro Fashion Maternity Leggings- full length leggings

Price: £3.49-£6.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Ashen,Black,Brown,Denim,Graphite,navy,plum,red,royal blue, voilet and white

Description: This full length maternity leggings are a great price and good quality. Leggings are available in a variety of colours. Leggings have to be worn over the bump.

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Product name: Zeta Ville Maternity Summer Dress with Short Sleeves

Price: £13.70

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Black,Blue/Grey,Cappuccino,Crimson,Cyan,Fuschia,Navy,Purple,Red,Royal Blue and Teal

Description: This beautiful Maternity summer dress with short sleeves is comfortable but stylish. This flare dress is machine washable and made of 95% viscose and 5% Elastane. It fits nicely in all the right places! It is available in lots of beautiful colours. All the colours will go perfectly with your pregnancy glow!

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Product name: Zeta Ville Maternity T-shirt with Short Sleeves

Price: £9.95- £15.30(depending on colour and size)

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Black,Coral,Crimson,Fuschia,Graphite Melange, Khakhi,Light Grey Melange, Navy,Royal Blue, Teal.

Description: Maternity T- Shirt with short sleeves. A print of a funny baby in a pocket in the front. T-shirt made of 95%Viscose and 5% Elastane. Machine washable and available in lots of colours!

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Product name: Neu Fashion Maternity Hoodie Jacket/Fleece Top with a Baby Carrier

Price: £29.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Description: This is a maternity fleece top. It can also be worn after birth and you can also used to cover your baby. It is ideal solution to keep yourself and your baby warm during autumn/winter. Please note you need a separate sling or baby carrier to keep your baby secure. This fleece top is only to keep warm, it doesn’t hold the baby secure!

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Product name: Happy Mama Pregnancy and Nursing Top, Sleeveless

Price: £10.89-16.79

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours:Grey Melange and Graphite Melange, Aqua and Light Blue, Beige and Cappuccino, Grey Melange and Cyan, Khaki and Graphite, Navy and Raspberry, Off White and Grey Melange.

Description: This beautiful sleeveless top is a pregnancy as well as a nursing top. It’s layered design allows you to breastfeed in privacy. It has got a feminine round neckline. Available in lots of pretty colour combinations. This top is simple yet stylish. This top is 95% Viscose and 5% Elastane. Machine washable.

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Product name: Happy Mama Pregnancy and Nursing Top, with turn up sleeves

Price: £11.79 – 15.69

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours:Black and White, Cappucinno and Beige, Coral and Ecru, Graphite and Gray, Navy and Fuschia

Description: This beautiful top with turn up sleeves is a pregnancy as well as a nursing top. It’s layered design allows you to breastfeed in privacy. It has got a feminine round neckline. Available in lots of pretty colour combinations. This top is simple yet stylish ideal for colder months. This top is 95% Viscose and 5% Elastane. Machine washable.

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Always make sure you get the right sizes. Try them before you wash them! When I was pregnant I used to wear flat comfortable shoes and trainers only as heeled shoes would be not only be bad for my back (which has to take the weight of pregnancy as well ) but also it would be dangerous if I would lose my balance.

If you would like to share your opinions or experiences on any of the above please do so via comment box below. I would love to hear from you !

Regards

 

Nintendo DS Console Reviews – 2DS or 2DS XL

It is September and I am sure many of us are already wondering what Xmas gift are we going to give our children. For those who would want to buy a Nintendo DS but have no clue which want to choose, here are Nintendo Console Reviews for 2DS and 2DS XL.

Nintendo 2DS

Product Name: Nintendo Handheld Console 2DS with pre installed Mario Kart – 7

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £96.76

Ages:3 years and over

Colour:Black/Blue

Warranty:12 months Nintendo Warranty

My Rating:4/5

Box includes: 1 x 2DS Console and charger

Other features:

  • Top Screen size 3.53 inches. Slate designed and gives sharp 2D visuals.
  • The 2 DS is useful especially for young users due to the size and the shape of the console.
  • This particular console comes with a pre-installed game of Mario Kart-7 and charging power adapter.
  • It comes with a SD memory card (2GB).
  • Nintendo 2DS is backward compatible which means you can also pay DS games on it. You can also play 3DS games on this. It plays 3D games in 2D only.
  • You can download games and applications from Nintendo e-shop with WIFI connection .
  • Keeps you always connected with features like Street Pass(you can swap your game data as you pass other users on the street as long as you want to) and Spot Pass(you can receive new game content, trailers and news automatically and play games online with others in a WIFI connection).
  • It comes with parental control through which parents can restrict content by game’s rating or regulate use of WiFi connectivity.
  • The device comes with a sleek stylus which for using touch- screen controls.
  • The 2 DS is available with a pre-installed game. You can choose the device which comes with the game you want. For example Mario Kart – 7 or new super Mario bros.2 .

 

Pros

  • If you are a Nintendo fan, then there is not much to say except that this is simply brilliant.
  • 2DS is a good for young children as some children experience motion sickness due to the 3D effect on 3DS.
  • The 2DS runs on the latest 3DS software.
  • This is a great way to keep children busy while traveling or during school holidays or when you need your child to be absolutely quiet!
  • Parental control features helps parents to be control of how much time they want their child to play on the 2DS or which game they want their child to play as per the age rating of the game or even regulate the WIFI connection.
  • The pre- installed game can be uninstalled to make space on the memory card. If you change your mind you can re-install it from the e-shop free!
  • Good fun for kids and adults!

Cons

  • 2 GB SD memory card might not be enough if you want lots of games downloaded.
  • If you are buying for a child, you would need a screen protection as 2DS doesn’t fold up, so screen is always exposed and could be damaged by the child if he/she drops it. Also,you might need to buy an extra stylus in case the child loses the one which comes in the box or chews it up while playing on the DS2!
  • If you are buying for an adult, they might get cramps within few minutes due to the small size of the console.
  • You can only play single player games without WiFi.

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Nintendo 2DS XL

Product Name: Nintendo Handheld Console 2DS XL with pre installed Mario Kart – 7

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £134.99

Ages:3 years and over

Colour:Black/Blue

Warranty: 12 months Nintendo Warranty

My Rating:4/5

Box includes: 1 x  2DS XL Console and charger

 

Other features/Pros

  • Screen size is 82% larger than 2DS. Screen size for 2DS XL is 4.88 inches which is same as a new Nintendo 3DS XL system.
  • A built in near -field- communication(NFC) makes it easy to use amiibo(sold separately). So if you want to buy amiibo cards and figures, it is better to buy 2DS XL rather than 2DS.
  • Stylus provided for touch -screen
  • Nintendo 2DS XL has a Clamshell design which makes it possible to stow it away when playing on the go.
  • SD Memory card is 4GB which means more memory than the one provided with 2DS.
  • Plays all Nintendo 3DS games, new 3DS and DS games in 2D.
  • 2 sets of should button which provides more control.
  • The system is lighter but is as powerful as the new Nintendo 3DS XL.
  • If you like everything on 3DS except the 3D effect then 2DS XL is what you need. 3D effect causes motion sickness for some children.
  • It reminds every 30 minutes to take a break which actually helps limiting screen time for children .
  • 2DS XL is a lot faster than 2DS in terms of loading and running the games.

Cons

  • Visuals will be still displayed in 2D only.
  • Not all 2DS XL except this one(available on Amazon) would come with a pre-installed game.
  • 2DS is cheaper than 2DS XL.
  • Screen resolution(400 x 240) is the same as 2 DS which is a bit disappointing.

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Conclusion

Nintendo 2DS XL seems to be a better buy overall than Nintendo 2DS due to it bigger screen size as well as speed, NFC support for amiibo , more memory on SD card etc. Also if you do not want the 3D feature of 3DS and 3DS XL, then it is better to buy 2DS XL. Nintendo 2DS XL is considered a lighter version of Nintendo 3DS minus the 3D effect. 2DS XL is also much cheaper than 3DS(around £70 cheaper).

Therefore I would buy Nintendo 2DS XL out of the two.

Do you have any experience of buying or playing with either of the two consoles? What is your opinion ? Which one is better? Share via comment box! I would love to hear from you !

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Lansinoh Breast Pump Reviews – Manual or Electric?

In my previous post, parenting tips for babies, I have suggested breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is beneficial to both, mother and baby. Breast pump is used to express milk from the breast and stored in a bottle to be consumed by baby at a later time. It can be used to express out excess milk . It can also be used to increase the milk flow if you are having problems with the flow. Therefore, I would like to share my opinion of the Lansinoh breast pump through Lansinoh breast pump reviews. There are two types of pumps, manual and electric. I have outlined the pros and cons of both types so that you can decide which one is more suitable for you . 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Name:Lansinoh Single Manual Breast Pump

Price: £24.49

Warranty: 1 Year

My rating:4.5/5

Includes:

1 x manual breast pump body

1 x comfort fit breast cushion(standard size)

1 x silicone diaphragm

1 x stem

1 x handle

1 x container ring

1 x sealing disk

2 x white valve

1 x 160 ml container

1 x bottle stand

1 x natural wave slow flow teat and cap

1 x instruction manual

Other features:

  • Lansinoh is a trusted brand of over 30 years which has been founded by a breastfeeding mum of 2 children.
  • As Lansinoh Single Manual Breast Pump is a manual pump, it doesn’t make any noise .
  • It is comfortable for the mother. It includes comfort fit breast cushion for ideal suction and fit.
  • Ergonomic easy- express handle which reduces hand fatigue.
  • Due to size it is easy to carry around and therefore can be used to on the go.
  • Manual pumps are for mums who would like to express milk occasionally or are not sure how frequently they may want to express milk.
  • Bottle has a slow flow teat.
  • The manual pump has a two phase technology . It is easy to switch between the two phases of stimulation(rapid suction- similar to baby’s natural sucking style) and expression (slower cycles- similar to the longer, slower draw a baby makes during breast feeding).

Pros

  • Easy to clean and assemble.
  • Stores milk safely. You can pump directly into the Lansinoh bottles or storage bags.
  • Trusted brand. All products are safe and effective. BPA and BPS free.
  • Efficient pumping at an affordable price .
  • It is compact and lightweight and does not need any electric power, the pump can be used on the go and discreetly.
  • Ideal as backup pump to an electric pump .
  • Lansinoh is a leader of breastfeeding products. You won’t be disappointed with the quality.
  • You can request for a larger sized breast cushion to the customer service in case the standard size doesn’t fit you.
  • If you are having problems with the milk flow, you can use this pump to increase the flow.
  • Suction isn’t painful.

Cons

  • Only Lansinoh bottles or storage bags fit with the pump.
  • It is manual so you will get tired of pumping if you are planning to use it few times a day.

If you are planning to express milk few times a day, electric pumps would be more suitable, with the manual pump as a backup .

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Product NameLansinoh 2-in-1 Double Electric Breast Pump

Price: £125.97

Warranty: 1 Year

My rating:4/5

Other features:

  • It has got 3 pumping styles and 8 suction levels.
  • Lansinoh 2-in-1 Electric breast pump can be used either as a single pump or a double pump. It can either be plugged to the electrical mains or used with batteries.
  • The pump has got a hygienic design which means that no milk can enter the tubing or motor and therefore prevent mold and bacteria buildup. This reduces the breast pump cleaning time.
  • The pump comes with 2 pairs of comfort fit soft silicone breast cushions, standard and large size.
  • You can pump the milk directly into the BPA free Lansinoh milk bottles or storage bags for safe storing of the breast milk.
  • It has LED features which allows you to express milk even in low light.
  • Lansinoh is a trusted brand of over 30 years which has been founded by a breastfeeding mum of 2 children.

Pros

  • Electric pump is faster and easier to use than a manual pump.
  • You can either use a single pump or a double pump. You can also breastfeed on one side and express milk on the other breast at the same time.
  • A must if you are having issues with the milk flow.
  • If you are looking to express milk exclusively, this is the pump for you.
  • Easy to clean due to hygienic design.
  • Lansinoh is a leader of breastfeeding products.

Cons

  • It is a little loud but not that loud that you can’t hear other sounds for example television sounds.
  • Suction might be painful if you use high intensity.
  • It can be used only with Lansinoh bottles or storage bags.
  • Pump starts with medium intensity rather than at low intensity .
  • Button markings on the pump fade very fast.
  • It might be hard to hold 2 bottles and pump on both breasts together.
  • Sometimes the suction doesn’t work on both the pumps

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Conclusion

Mums have to choose whether they want an electric or a manual pump. If they intend to express regularly, electric pump would be more suitable. If they intend to express milk occasionally then they should buy a manual pump. If you have issues with the milk flow, using a pump may help increase the flow. However, you should always try increasing your flow by putting your baby on the breast more often as your baby is the best pump !

Sterilise the pump and the bottle before every use.

If you have used either of the pumps, please share your experiences via the comment box. I would be happy to hear from you!

Regards

 

 

 

Essential Items for Breastfeeding Moms – Prepare yourself Before Birth

If you are pregnant, you would be wondering if you should breastfeed or bottle-feed your child. It is definitely a mothers decision which way to go. In case, you would want to breastfeed, there are few essential items which you should have with you when your baby is born.

Nursing Cover

When I had a baby, I didn’t have a nursing cover. Therefore, I couldn’t see my baby properly. I used a shawl and I had to make sure that the shawl didn’t fall off my shoulders. It easier to have something like the product below :

Product name: BebeChic.UK Breastfeeding Cover

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £14.99

My rating:4.5/5

Other features:

  • Made in UK.
  • Made of Oeko-Tex certified cotton fabric.
  • The top quality cotton poplin fabric makes the cover light, loose,cool and comfortable which minimises possibility of overheating.
  • Very generous size of “42 x 27” which give a generous coverage.
  • 16″ rigid boned neckline, which allows eye contact with the baby.
  • Secure neck strap 18″ long.
  • Available in different colours and patterns.
  • Includes a cotton storage bag 14″ x 7″.

Pros

  • You can breastfeed in public without feeling embarrassed. I had go to public toilet to feed my baby or sit in the car and make my husband stand in front of the car to prevent people looking as I didn’t have this cover.
  • Made of top quality cotton fabric which minimises the chances of baby getting overheated.
  • Rigid boned neckline makes it possible for you to have an eye contact with the baby. This is not possible if you use a shawl or a cloth to wrap yourself.
  • The shape of the cover is like an apron so there are less chance of it falling of your shoulders like a shawl or a cloth would.
  • The cover can be neatly stored inside the storage bag with room for pads, wipes or tissues.
  • The BebeChic.UK breastfeeding cover is very attractively wrapped so it can also be given as gift to a new mother.

Cons

  • If you are petite the cover might be too big as it is a very generous size.
  • The straps are not adjustable .
  • Overpriced for what it is.
  • Baby might get overheated in it. Always make sure your baby is comfortable while you are nursing your baby.

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Breast Pads

If you are breastfeeding, at times your breast might secrete milk if it’s full of milk or you haven’t fed your baby for few hours, in case she is asleep. You will have to use breast pads to prevent the milk from dripping on to the floor as well as soaking all your clothes!

Product name: Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Breast Pads

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £21.00

My rating:5/5

Other features:

  • 2 non slip adhesive tapes to keep the pads in place.
  • Each pad absorbs 20 times its weight.
  • Naturally shaped so it is discreet and doesn’t show through the clothing.
  • Pads are hygienically wrapped for cleanliness and convenience.

Pros

  • Lansinoh breast pads are very soft and comfortable.
  • Each pad is individually wrapped so they are good if you are on the go.
  • Pads are very absorbent. Pads start becoming heavy as it absorbs milk.
  • The pads are thin and discreet.
  • Pads have got 2 tapes which means they will stay in place.
  • They are larger and more absorbent than other brands.
  • Lansinoh is a known and a trusted brand for top quality breastfeeding products.

Cons

  • Some say the quality of these pads have deteriorated in the last few years.
  • Each pad is individually wrapped which creates a lot of rubbish and might be dangerous for babies and very young children.

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Nipple Cream

A nipple cream is an absolute must for any breast feeding mom. In the beginning while you are trying to get your baby latched on to your breast, your nipples might get sore. Even later on in breastfeeding, your baby might rub his gums on your nipples. I would only recommend Lansinoh Nipple cream as you do not need to remove it before you breast feed, It is an expensive cream but without this you would find it very hard to continue breast feeding if your nipples are sore.

Product name: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £8.39

Quantity: 40 ml

My rating:5/5

Other features/Pros

  • Lansinoh provides effective relief against nipple soreness.
  • You do not need to remove the gel before nursing the baby as it is hypoallergenic.
  • No taste colour or smell.
  • It doesn’t stain your clothes either.
  • It can be used to treat nappy rash,dry skin and as a lip balm too! Women use this cream even they aren’t breastfeeding for dry heels!
  • Lansinoh is an award-winning brand recommended by healthcare professionals.

Cons

  • It is expensive but it also lasts for a long time.

I wouldn’t have been able to continue breastfeeding had it not been for Lansinoh Nipple cream. It gave relief and enabled me to continue breastfeeding. It was recommended to me by the health visitor as there is no need to remove the gel before nursing your baby.

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Nursing Bra

A Nursing bra is a must for every breastfeeding mother. It is necessary not only for convenience but also for keeping most of your breasts covered while feeding your baby. Make sure you get the fitting right as your breast size will keep changing till the breastfeeding is established .

Product name: FeelinGirl Womens 2/3 pack Maternity Nursing Bra

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £12.99 for 2 pack £17.99 for 3 pack

My rating:4/5

Other features:

  • Material: 90% Nylon 10% Spandex .
  • Comes in 2 pack or 3 pack with different colour combinations.
  • It can be used as a nursing bra or a sports bra.
  • Strong but easy to remove clasp with one hand (when you want to nurse your baby).

I feel that the pro or con of a nursing bra  (or with any bra) is the fitting. If you can get the right fit than this is the bra for you. However, there is one thing that I would like to mention is that the Amazon prices are very reasonable for nursing bras. The nursing bras here are much cheaper than those in Debenhams and Marks and Spencers. So if you can get the fitting right then you will save a lot of money!

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These are the essential items for breastfeeding. Other items like breast pumps are not essential and depends from woman to woman what their requirements are.

If you decide to breastfeed, it is very important for the mother to eat well, have regular meals. Keep yourself hydrated(with water not juices). You will feel very thirsty after every feed. When I was breastfeeding I used to have the Pregnacare Multivitamins for breastfeeding to ensure that I got all the vitamins especially omega-3.

If you would like to share any of your experiences about breastfeeding put them in the comment box below. I would be happy to hear from you!

Good luck!

 

 

 

Travel Accessories for Children- How Do You Keep Your Child Busy on Holidays and Family Outings

It is August and most of you parents must be getting ready to go to your family holiday. You would want to make the most of it and therefore you wouldn’t want your children to be bored or cranky during travel or at the holiday destination. Here is a list of travel accessories for children which might prove to be useful for your travel and holiday.

Drawing/Colouring/ Stencil Kit

Drawing/colouring kits are a must for all children. These travel kits can keep your children busy for a long time and also give them mental stimulation. If you have got a bored child, high up in the sky ,on a plane, there are very few things which a child can do and one of them is this.

Product Name: Drawing Stencil Kit by Art with Smile

Where To Buy: Amazon. co.uk

Price: £22.80

Ages:3 years+

Warranty: 1 year for bag and stencils

My rating:4.5/5

Other features:

  • Includes special storage kit, 14 large plastic drawing stencils, 22 blank paper sheets,14 coloured pencils,1 pencil sharpener, 2 clips bonus.
  • Storage container is a waterproof fabric, with compartments to organise all the materials tidily,easy to carry, comfortable handle, hard side panel which can be used as a portable drawing surface.
  • Available in 2 colours (storage bag)- blue and red
  • 30 day money back guarantee

Pros

  • Well thought of drawing set. It can keep the whole family busy for a long time, therefore a very good family activity which brings bonding.
  • Good quality sturdy storage kit which will last for years.
  • Hard side panel can be used as a drawing surface and 2 bonus clips can be clipped on to prevent paper from flying.
  • Stencil has got over 280 individual shapes including animals, cars, dinosaurs , flowers,alphabet,shapes , numbers and much more.
  • It is portable so can be used anywhere, car plane,ferries,train or when you are in a restaurant or visiting family or friends.
  • No mess of paints or markers.
  • 30 day money back guarantee – if you are not satisfied with the product.
  • 1 year warranty for storage kit and stencils

Cons

  • Slightly expensive at £22.80 .
  • Quality issue with the sharpener.

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Kids Travel Suitcase

These small suitcases are fun and colorful,can be used as cabin baggage and can accommodate all your kids toys and books during travel. Due to the child friendly design your children will love to pull their own suitcase and hopefully will be a huge help to the parents!

Product Name: Boppi Kids Suitcase (Cabin Bag)

Where To Buy: Amazon. co.uk

Price: £29.99

Dimensions: width 30 cm, Depth :22 cm, height is 42 cm

Weight: 1.5 kg

2 levels of handle height: 60cm and 72 cm

My rating:4/5

Other features:

  • Lightweight and sturdy- The suitcase are lightweight,soft,durable and have robust exterior casing.
  • Available in 5 designs Aeroplane, Dog, Penguin Blue,Penguin Pink and Tiger.
  • They weigh only 1.5 kg and are within the size requirements of cabin luggage.
  • Freestand stopper which enables the suitcase to stand upright.
  • Polyurethane wheel which are soft and make smooth journeys to the airports.
  • A 2- height extendable soft grip handle – which is suitable for children of different heights and ages.
  • 17 litre storage capacity.

Pros

  • High quality suitcase with great designs for kids
  • Reasonably priced product.
  • Soft grip handle with 2 levels of height for kids of different heights and age.
  • Lightweight suitcase suitable for younger children.
  • Ample storage space of 17 litres.

Cons

  • New product on Amazon.co.uk

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Bananagrams Word Game

Bananagrams is a brilliant educational game when you are on the go. I believe this game can be played by a child who is at least 4 years old (if he/she can spell at least 2-3 letter words).

Product Name: Bananagrams Word Game

Where To Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £11.99

Ages: 3years+

My rating:4.5/5

Other features

  • Bananagram is a portable educational game. Due to the banana shaped grab and go pouch, you can travel with it.
  • You don’t need a pen or paper, just a table to lay out the tiles.
  • 2-6 players.
  • One hand can take as little as 5 minutes.
  • 144 tiles in each pack.
  • Includes instruction leaflet.

Pros

  • Easy to carry educational game.
  • More flexible and enjoyable than scrabble
  • Helps children get practice of spelling and make interlocking words.
  • If your child is young you can “bend the rules” a little and encourage him or her to make words without interlocking them.
  • Duration of each game is very short and therefore it a good game to play in groups.
  • Can be played in bars, restaurants and cafes.
  • Huge age range 4 years to 99 years. The whole family including extended family can play together and have fun.
  • Excellent value for money.

Cons

  • It is not the original Bananagrams but is good value for money unless you are fussed about “originals” and “fakes”.

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Quirk !! The Hilarious Family Card Game

A perfect family game which you can play on the go!

Product Name: Quirk!! The Hillarious Family Card Game

Where To Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £15.00

Ages: 7 years+ as per box but younger children can play too!

My rating:4.5/5

Other features

  • An easy to play, light-hearted family card game.
  • Perfect for ages 5 year to 99 years.
  • 2-6 players.
  • 15-30 minutes of play.
  • 56 cards in total including 13 character cards,7 Tactics Cards,3 Defense cards and 7 skip cards.
  • Includes instruction leaflet.
  • Portable game- easy to carry.

Pros

  • Quirk provides a lot of fun family time without any family drama!
  • Game for all ages 5 years onward. Children aged 3 years can play with a little of help.
  • Portable game. You can take it anywhere with you .
  • Great game for social interaction.
  • Great game with lots of fun and laughs!
  • Play it anywhere – during travel or over Christmas holidays or at family gatherings.

Cons

  • Game is a little expensive.

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I believe all the items are great to have during travel. Except the suitcase, all the other items can be used everyday whether you are at home or at a restaurant or at a friends house .

Have you got any experience with any of the above items , please share via comment box.

Have great summer holidays!

 

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Tim Holtz Travel Stamp Platform- A Must for Stamping or Card Making

Tim Holtz Travel Stamp Platform is a wonderful and a must have accessory for anybody interested in stamping as a hobby or for card making. This is a portable platform which comes with a protective sleeve. Therefore, it can be taken to craft lessons or craft clubs. Craft Stash – UK’s number one paper craft store sells this bundle for a very reasonable price- otherwise you would have to spend extra to purchase the protective sleeve. Also, Craft Stash do Live Facebook Shows every Friday at 1 pm in case you would like any ideas about stamping/card making .

Product Name: Tim Holtz &Tonic Studios Travel Stamp Platform and Protective Sleeve Bundle

Where to buy:Craft Stash.co.uk

Price: £29.99

My rating: 4.5/5

Includes:

  • Travel stamp platform with reversible lid
  • Protective Sleeve
  • 2 x high strength magnets

Other Features:

  • Fully magnetic 6.5″ x 6.5″ base with dual thickness lid to accommodate both clear and rubber stamps.
  • Open edges to accommodate larger sheets of paper for stamping.
  • Magnetic base and 2 magnets to hold the card in place.
  • Marked for accurate card alignment.
  • 0.25″ guidelines on clear platform.
  • Reinforced, wear resistant metal hinges.
  • Paper guides located on top and side of platform.
    How to use:
  • Place the card on the base and attach the magnets to keep your card securely in place. Stick your stamp to the clear lid in the desired position.
  • Bring the clear lid down onto your card to stamp your image.
  • Lift to reveal your finished design, accurately positioned every time!
  • Repeat the process above to darken the image.
  • If you want to use rubber stamps, make sure the word ‘rubber’ reads when you close the lid.
  • If you want to use clear stamps, make sure the word ‘clear’ reads when you close the lid.

Pros

  • Tim Holtz is a known brand and has been in crafting since 2000.
  • The Tim Holtz Travel Stamp Platform is highly durable and is made of quality materials
  • It is great for doing multi layer designs especially when you want to duplicate cards.
  • It is perfect for crafters who want to carry the platform to craft classes or clubs. It is portable.
  • It has a reversible lid which accommodates both clear and rubber stamps. It ensures accurate contact every time.
  • The lid can be flipped very easily in order to use rubber or clear stamps. It is marked for accurate card alignment.
  • The base is magnetic and anti slip.
  • This stylish travel stamp platform comes with a protective sleeve which protects the platform during transit.
  • Stamping area is 6.5″ x 6.5″ – which is a great size.
  • The platform provides precision stamping every time.
  • It works well with the smallest of papers.
  • It is very useful for crafters or anybody wanting to make cards and very easy to use.
  • Due to its size, it takes up minimal space.
  • If you purchase through Craft Stash, they have got a great customer service as well . Even if you don’t , you can still attend their live Facebook shows for stamping ideas.

Cons

  • It comes with only 2 magnets – if you require more you would have to purchase them separately.
  • Magnets are very strong- so you would have to keep them separated.

= = > Click here to buy Tim Holtz Travel Stamp Platform and Protective Sleeve Bundle < = =

Conclusion

I believe that Time Holtz Travel Stamp Platform is a great high quality, value for money, easy to use portable product. It is preferred over other brands by crafters. If you are interested in craft making, stamping or card making, this is a great accessory to have. It can also be a great hobby for moms or even grandmoms!

Have you got a stamping platform? Is it a Tim Holtz or some other brand? Would you like to share your experiences with me – please put your experiences in the comment box below.

In the meantime, stamp away!

 

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