Qixels Kingdom – Castle Attack Playset

With the summer holidays ahead of us, I’m compiling a list of days out, games, activities and fun things to do over the next 6 weeks. When we were sent the Qixels Kingdom – Castle Attack Playset I inwardly groaned. I thought it would be one of those activities where the kids need loads of help and you can’t get anything else done. I’m pleased to say I was wrong. Both C, 7, and Lissylou, 5, were able to easily play with the set.

The Qixels Kingdom – Castle Attack Playset comprises a castle that you can set up in different ways and the cubes to help make the play characters.

Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset

Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack PlaysetQixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset The kit includes the peg boards on which to create your characters and easy to follow picture instructions to make sure you can get them just right. I was impressed by how easy they were to do and the bold colours and styling of the characters.

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It’s nice to find a Playset that has a genuine creative edge but that is also boy-friendly. Lissylou liked the Qixels Kingdom – Castle Attack Playset too which made it a great Playset for them to create and play with together.

Once they’ve created the characters all you do is spray them with water. Just simple, plain water. It only takes 30 minutes to set the cubes, although it does recommend you also spray the back of the characters to give them extra strength. We fix this with each character and it definitely made them stronger.

Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset

Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack PlaysetQixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset

Both kids highly recommend the Qixels Kingdom – Castle Attack Playset and at £29.99 I feel that it offers good play value, both in the time taken to make the characters ( around 40 minutes per character) and in the later play value. I would buy more sets in the future to further extend the set.

You can buy the Qixels Kingdom – Castle Attack Playset from www.character-online.co.uk

Victoria Quarter Leeds – Summer Bloggers Event

Victoria Quarter Leeds is one of my favourite places to shop in the city. I remember going to shop there with my parents as a child, gazing up at the stained glass in awe. Just as my children do now. There is just something special about all the current brands under the stained glass roof and each store front in beautiful gilded lettering on mahogany.  It’s a sight to see and an experience in itself.

There are around 70 designer brands in the Victoria Quarter Leeds currently and this time I want to talk about just a few of them.

Our first stop was Liz Earle, famous for its botanical skin care it was a brand I’d heard of and tried in the past but not one I knew a great deal about so I was glad to meet Sally who expertly talked me through the products and services on offer in the Victoria Quarter Leeds store. I was treated to a hand and arm massage on the first floor using a selection of Liz Earle products whilst Sally gave me her tips on creating a great skin care routine ( cleanse, tone and moisturise is the key and making it a routine that you follow twice a day.)

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I also got to take a peek at the 2nd floor treatment rooms where they offer a brilliant selection of treats nets and you genuinely wouldn’t know you were in a city centre location, the quality and tranquility of the rooms was high. I would definitely book in for a treatment there.

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They offer special in store events and I was amazed by the current special offers in store. You can have a free skin consultation and I’d highly recommend it so you can target concerns etc. I am currently using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish -Hot Cloth Cleanser, which is incredible, perfect for my troubled skin and part of the three step routine I mentioned before.

We moved on to Filmore and Union to hear more about their juices and smoothies. I tried a delicious Beetroot, carrot, ginger and apple Detox juice which was very refreshing. Made fresh on dire with only fresh ingredients they offer vitamin punches in loads of different mixes. Great if you are a health buff or just if you need a pick me up. They also have an amazing range of food options available that offer delicious but nutritious options.

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Our final stop on this visit was Sweaty Betty. I fell in love with the new range of sports gear, so much so that I brought my sister along for a visit over the weekend. We both wanted everything in sight, the green vest was my favourite and the jacket was such incredible quality. I don’t think I’d ever take it off! I had no idea that Sweaty Betty has a studio upstairs where they offer free or low cost exercise classes. I attended a free Pilates class. As a Pilates virgin I wasn’t sure if I was going to find the class too tough but I loved it. The instructor expertly instructed all participants on the different intensities you could use in each section. I really enjoyed the class and discovered a new love for Pilates. I will definitely be looking for a local class to join.

Victoria Quarter LeedsVictoria Quarter LeedsVictoria Quarter LeedsI really enjoyed finding out more about some of the Victoria Quarter Leeds shops and look forward to visiting more in the future! Thanks to Victoria Quarter Leeds, Liz Earle, Filmore and Union and Sweaty Betty for their kind hospitality and gifts, I’ll be back to see you soon!

Important Tips For Getting Your Car Ready For Summer Fun

Important Tips For Getting Your Car Ready For Summer Fun

During the summer, many people travel in the high heat and crazy traffic. It can do a number on your vehicle after all of the wear and tear from winter weather. Before hitting the road, make sure you perform some proper maintenance to get your vehicle ready for summertime. Here are some things you need to get checked out before the summer weather hits.

Surviving A Family Road Trip
Air Conditioning
There is nothing more miserable than turning on your air conditioning and realizing that it doesn’t work. Air conditioning unexpectedly stops working from time to time, and you want to make sure it’s cold and working properly before the weather heats up. Test out your air before the weather gets hot and have it inspected when you take your car in for maintenance.


The slippery roads and snow banks can do a number on your brakes. Make sure you stop into a Pittsburgh Toyota service center before your first summer adventure so you can have your brake pads changed.

Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers need to be changed right after winter is over. The ice and heavy snow put a lot of stress on your wipers and tears them up much more quickly. It’s dangerous to get caught in a downpour with torn up windshield wipers.

The freezing air from the winter weather causes the air pressure in your tires to decrease. It’s important to have the pressure checked when the weather warms up. If you have snow tires, you should have your tires changed out as well. Storing your snow tires for the rest of the year will allow them to last much longer. If you aren’t changing your tires, you should at least get them rotated if you haven’t in the past 5,000 miles.

Cooling System
Before summer, make sure you have proper levels of coolant in your vehicle. You might want to get a complete flush a re-fill. The summer heat makes it more difficult for your engine to stay cool, so this is a priority to ensure your car is running properly.

The summer is a time for fun and adventure. Make sure your car is up for the task. You need a proper inspection and maintenance done so it can stay running properly all summer long.


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