Saturday, 22 October 2016

Review: Baby Annabell Bedroom

Our girls absolutely love playing with dolls. They adore creative play and like to play happy families all the time. That's why we were very excited to get the opportunity to review the Baby Annabell Bedroom by Zapf Creation. We love Baby Annabell and are always looking out for new products that we can maybe use as Christmas or birthday treats for the girls.


The bedroom is a lovely playset that has three main areas. There is a little cosy bed for Baby Annabell to sleep in complete with mobile, a little dress-up area with a mirror and an adorable wardrobe to hang baby's clothes and store her shoes. There is also a little storage area for Baby Annabell's accessories.

Both Alice and Rosie absolutely love this play-set. They will literally sit and play for quite a while, taking turns being the parent and passing each other the baby bottle or clothes to dress their baby with. The great thing about the house is that you can pop any doll in there - we often find three or four fashion dolls tucked up in there safe! I don't mind as long as the girls are happy.

Rosie playing with the Annabell Bedroom

Encouraging creative play is something that we are keen on. We often play fun and imaginative games with the girls and this is toy that really facilitates that. I will often talk to the girls about when they were babies and how both myself and Warren looked after them just as they take care of their dolls in their little Annabell Bedroom.

We love this toy. It would make a great Christmas present for any child who likes to play "house." It is recommended for children aged 3 and above. Alice is 5 and Rosie is 3 so it is absolutely perfect for them.

Baby Annabell's Bedroom is priced from £64.99 and is available at all good toy stores.

If you would like to keep up to date with all things Baby Annabell, including sale items or new products do check out their website: http://www.zapfdolls.co.uk/Baby_Annabell.html

You can also follow them on Twitter or catch them on Facebook

Disclosure: We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are our own.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen - Liverpool

We are so excited to be invited to see Disney on Ice this year in Liverpool. We love looking for new and exciting ways to treat the kids, and spending time together is always great. If you chuck in Disney and especially Frozen then we are on to a winner right away.  Our girls love dressing up as characters from Frozen - in fact, they love Disney dress-up full stop.

Rosie as Elsa
We were set a fun quiz all about Frozen so I sat down with the girls and asked them some of the questions. Their answers were funny - we have seen the film at least around a million times. (!)

1) In Which Kingdom Do Anna and Elsa live?

Arundelle

The real Elsa in Disney on Ice!


2) Who helps the young Anna when she gets hit by Elsa's powers?

Olaf

Olaf singing In Summer


(After some coaxing by her Dad, she said "the trolls")

3) What is Kristoff's profession?

He's a snow man. He collects ice.

4) How many salad plates do Anna and Elsa own?

8

8 thousand

5) Anna and Hans finishes each other's?

Sandwiches


We can't wait for Disney on Ice. I have told the kids that we are going and they keep asking when it is, of course they can hardly contain their excitement.

For a full list of tour dates click here for more information.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Review: Project Mc2 Doll with Experiment - Bryden's Speaker

We were very excited to be given the opportunity to review this new Project Mc2 doll. These dolls are based on the original characters in the Netflix original series. The girls absolutely love dolls and I knew that it would be a hit with them. What I really loved about the concept was that the doll is made to encourage girls to get into science. Anything that might inspire my girls to get involved in science or to look outside of the box is always going to be of interest to me.


The doll we were sent arrived in very fancy packaging. The doll is clearly a very trendy and happy doll, but intelligent also. The package includes a panda speaker that can be activated by using apple slices as a battery. The citric acid in the apple actually makes the speaker work.

Now my younger children are aged 5 and 3, so it would be quite difficult to get them to understand this concept. However, the eldest child was happy to take over the science experiment and help the younger girls. She did make it work and we were very happy with the outcome.

The younger girls were content that this doll was a "fashion" doll with lots of accessories and trendy clothes. I know this can seem quite shallow - but my girls enjoy stripping dolls off and dressing them in new clothes or shoes. It's all about creative play and this encourages them to get involved with dressing the doll but at the same time making them aware that it is not just about looks and fashion - this doll is showing us that "smart is the new cool."


I think that this doll would be best suited to a child a bit older than my girls. It is great for teaching them about rounded individuals and interests. One thing about the doll is that it is very thin. I know that some mums and dads are quite concerned about this. Maybe in the future the dolls could be made in different shapes and sizes, after all there is no one size fits all approach.

Rosie is pictured about with the doll. She particularly loves her thick curly hair, her clothes and the fact that she is "poseable." (Rosie watches a lot of Youtube video toy reviews so she has all of the terminology in her vocabulary!)

The dolls are available from all good toy shops and prices start from around £18.

Disclosure: I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are my own.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Num Noms Wacky Bakers

At home we love cooking and eating together as a family. We all are so busy individually and one of my house rules is that we all sit and eat together for our evening meal, or tea as we call it in our house! No tablets, no phones, no distractions!

We were excited to be asked to write a post about baking with the Num Noms. Num Noms are collectible little scented characters - we love them and in fact I would go as far as to say that Rosie especially s a little bit obsessed with them. She likes to pick them up and serve them to me as a meal, or just trap them in a small space and watch them motor around endlessly.

For our bakers challenge we decided that we would make a pizza at home from scratch. If you follow this blog you will know that our girls are a little bit obsessed with pizza - if we ever go to a food festival or anything like that we tend to pick them pizza as a treat - we know that they love it and will eat it all. So when I explained to the girls that we could actually bake our own pizza base and create our own toppings they were very excited.


Rosie got stuck in with rolling out the dough
Alice was all in for putting the sauce on and sprinkling cheese afterwards

Rosie opted for a plain cheese pizza and Alice got stuck in with cheese, ham and salami on hers. The eldest (who obviously did not want to be pictured for teen mood swings reasons) rolled out a huge thin base and put on tomato base, tuna, sweetcorn, onion and cheese. She then promptly took it up to bed refusing to tidy anything up.

The end product!
I must say, I hadn't made pizza bases for a while and they turned out great. (Obviously this was more to do with the kids involvement than mine!) 

We loved baking together and we think the end product was fab - not a scrap left in the house!

Disclosure: We were sent some Num Noms as a gift and enjoyed baking our pizza as part of this project.



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