Who’s the largest distributor of toys in the world?

No, it’s not Hamley’s, Toys R Us or Disney!

But in fact…..it’s McDonald’s!  Surprised?  So was I.

I was cleaning out Madame’s room today getting rid of toys to make way for the onslaught of new ones at Christmas and I came across a load of Maccy D toys, the ones that come in Happy Meals.  Have I just outed myself?  Yes, I take my daughter to McDonald’s occasionally, usually when I’ve had a tough week, can’t be arsed to cook or she’s been exceptionally good.  We call it the ‘Burger House’ or ‘Chez Ronald’s’ so she can’t out us to our posh Annabel Karmel wannabe mums!

I’m a firm believer of anything in moderation, so you can stop tutting.  We go on average about twice a month. In addition, I’m fully aware that cattle are a threat to the environment, as they produce more CO2 than transportation.  Then again, I was a vegetarian for 20 years so think I’ve done my part. So, unless you’re a vegan who doesn’t own a single synthetic or animal based product please keep it to yourself!

However, these toys are another environmental nightmare, you can’t give them to mates, as you’d have to admit you went to McDonald’s, and they’re made from nasty plastic that can’t be recycled. As a result, I now have a pile of crappy toys (who needs a Bazooka wielding penguin?) that I don’t know what to do with.  Sadly, I think they’re destined for a landfill site unless someone has a better idea.

This isn’t going stop me from going to McDonald’s however next time I’m going to say ‘no toy thank you’!

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Madame’s First Review: Peppa Pig – Happy Mrs Chicken App

When I was asked to review the new Peppa Pig – Happy Mrs Chicken App for Iphones, by P2 Games, I jumped at the chance as I love apps and Madame loves Peppa Pig.

So without, further adieu, here is Madame’s Verdict.

Here’s what we thought:

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Parental Note:  When I first had a look at the app I wasn’t convinced of the educational value as it didn’t have the usual elements of learning colours, numbers, sounds etc. However, as you can see, it’s great for fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and problem solving.

Overall, I would recommend this app and as you can see Madame love it as well.