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Baby Annabell RC Baby Walker – Review

Baby Annabell RC Baby Walker – Review

*We were gifted the Baby Annabell Walker for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

 

Not so long ago we were asked to celebrate friendship with Baby Annabell, a project that both of our girls loved taking part in. So when we were asked to review the Baby Annabell RC, I immediately thought it would be a great addition to our Baby Annabell collection. I wasn’t wrong! Our girls and myself have had a lot of fun with this product, it’s brought many hours of fun and laughter to our house.

What’s in the box?

The Baby Annabell RC Baby Walker is a remote-controlled walker that lets you take your Baby Annabell doll on an extra special adventure. The remote allows you to move the walker forwards, backwards and to the left and right. It fits Baby Annabell dolls up to 43cm and is super sturdy, so that your Baby Annabell doesn’t fall out en route!

The walker does need to be assembled, but this takes less than five minutes and is easy to do. Pop in the batteries and you’re away. The design is a cute lamb, with a beaded toy on the front to make it even more realistic. There are sound effects and there’s even a horn that toots to let people know you’re coming through!

What did we think?

As will all Baby Annabell products, this walker is of really good build quality. With two mini drivers, our walker has had numerous crashes and it has stood up to each one exceptionally well! Having said that, the controls are very simple to use and our three year old has mastered manoeuvring the walker with ease.

When the walker hasn’t been in use for a while, it also conserves battery life by timing out. As you can imagine, we get through a lot of batteries with all of the kids toys in this house. So anything that save a few pennies on more batteries is a bonus.

Overall, we are very impressed with the Baby Annabell RC Walker. It’s fun for the girls to drive Baby Annabell around and it’s lovely to hear their laughs as they move her from one room to another. It’s an excellent addition to any Baby Annabell collection. Presenting your littles with this product will leave you in their good books for plenty of time to come!

 

 

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Crate Creatures Surprise & Bashers – Review

Crate Creatures Surprise & Bashers – Review

*We were gifted our Crate Creatures Surprise products for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

 

Recently we were sent a Crate Creatures Surprise and Crate Creatures Basher for our girls to test out. They love a toy review, so they were very excited to find out what was in the box. Both Crate Creatures are bright, colourful and a little bit gruesome. They make an array of noises and had our girls suitably amused!

Crate Creatures Surprise – What does it do?

We were sent BLIZZ, the ice monster from the land of blizzards. He arrived inside a crate, secured by a chain and a padlock, just to make sure he couldn’t escape! There’s a crowbar attached to the side of the crate to help you break your creature out.

The girls loved this element of the product, it’s great that you can put your creature back into the crate and break him out as many times a you like.

BLIZZ makes 45 sounds, including chomping noises when you feed him his ice lolly and when you pull his tongue. You can even record you own voice and have BLIZZ repeat your words in his monster tones. When you press his tail, he flaps his arms and makes a super noisy scene!

Crate Creatures Bashers – What does it do?

Bashers are mini versions of the Crate Creatures Surprise. They are robust and you can turn their crate into a target, just to test this out! They crash into the goal and make an lots of monster noises, just like BLIZZ. Bashers are great for taking out and about too, as they fit perfectly into your pocket.

Overall, our Crate Creatures Surprise and Basher went down a treat with the girls. The best thing about them is that they’re not a one trick pony. They have a lot of fun features that keep the littles entertained for ages. Their favourite feature? That has to be the voice recorder in BLIZZ, they’ve had so much fun making their monster rattle!

 

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Ready2Robot Collectable Toy Review

Ready2Robot Collectable Toy Review

I’ve seen collectable toys popping up left, right and centre this year! My girls are loving them and to be honest, so am I. They keep them entertained for hours and it means that I always have an idea of what to buy them for special occasions. This week they were asked to try out Ready2Robot, collectable and slimy warriors that they can do battle with!

Ready2Robot are available at Smyths and all good toy stores and there are a few different items available:

  • Single packs are £9.99
  • Bot Blasters are £14.99
  • Battle Packs are £19.99

The Review –

Some might see these as boys toys, but in our house anything goes. If the girls enjoy playing with something, then that’s all that matters! Much like the L.O.L Surprise Dolls, Ready2Robot are small figures that you have to build once all of the pieces have been found. What my girls love most about this product is that the warrior in hidden in slime, they have to dig through the goo to find them!

Our eldest can spend hours playing with toys like this, she loves how intricate they are and has a lot of fun building them up. She also likes to swap and change the parts to make her own unique robots. These robots are great for encouraging fine motor skills in kids too, by letting them build, swap parts and add warriors you can see them learning whilst playing. The ideal combination!

Overall, we are impressed with this product. If you have younger children you do have to keep an eye on the small pieces, but apart from that they are fun and have the added educational benefit. Ready2Robot have definitely been a hit!

 

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Poopsie Surprise Unicorn Review

Poopsie Surprise Unicorn Review

*We were gifted the Poopsie Surprise Unicorn for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

A sure-fire way to make my kids happy is to make slime with them, they absolutely love the stuff. Throw in a unicorn and they just wouldn’t be able to contain their excitement. I know this because recently we reviewed the Poopsie Surprise Unicorn and I’m sure they thought all of their Christmases had come at once. It would seem that slime and unicorns are the perfect combination!

The Poopsie Surprise Unicorn is available at Smyths, The Entertainer and Argos, it’s RRP is £49.99.

 

The Review –

Now as a parent, you can imagine that slime isn’t one of my favourite things! My kids however love it and the Poopsie Surprise Unicorn was no exception. You have to feed the unicorn all of the slime ingredients, using the tools provided. Once the unicorn is full of ‘food’, you put it on the toilet to poop out the slime. Now you understand why my kids love it so much, hey?!

The slime instructions are really easy to follow, and the girls thought feeding the unicorn was great fun. The littlest loved the brightly coloured mane of the unicorn and uses it as a toy, even when it’s not making slime! This set comes with glitter that you can add to the slime, making the ‘poop’ fit for the most glamorous of unicorns! You don’t just get one set of ingredients either, so the kids can make slime until their little hearts are content.

Overall, my girls just loved their Poopsie Surprise Unicorn. They laughed and giggled all the way through making their slime and I’m pretty sure it’s their new favourite toy. If you’re in need of some Christmas inspiration this year then I couldn’t recommend this product enough, it’ll get you some serious brownie points with the littles!

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L.O.L Surprise Pop-Up Store Review

L.O.L Surprise Pop-Up Store Review

*We were gifted the L.O.L Surprise Pop-Up Store for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

This week our girls were sent the L.O.L Pop-Up Store to review. The biggest has been a big fan of L.O.L Surprise, since we reviewed our first dolls a few weeks ago. Now she’s a super fan and couldn’t wait to put the Pop-Up store through its paces. I was excited for this product too, as it meant we would be able to keep her L.O.L Surprise dolls altogether in one place!

The L.O.L Surprise Pop-Up Store is available at Smyths, Argos and The Entertainer.

The Review –

Our Pop-Up Store arrived on one the most miserable days of Autumn so far, which was perfect timing. Neither myself nor the girls bode when we’ve been stuck indoors, so to have this product to review was a very welcome distraction! First of all, we got out all of our existing L.O.L Surprise dolls, so that we had them ready to put on show.

Our biggest loves how detailed and intricate the dolls and their accessories are. She uses them to create her own stories, it’s great to see these dolls igniting her imagination so much. Once we opened the Store, we found all of the hidden packages to build up the doll that comes with the product. It was stored away in all of the different compartments, making it exciting for the girls to find them!

This product was full of different areas each with its own theme, including a diner, a beauty salon and a kitchen. The salon was a firm favourite with our girls, they had their dolls in there for hours beautifying them for a special event! Now that we have quite a few dolls, it’s really fun for them to swap and change the outfits on the dolls, making unique outfits for each and every one. Our eldest spent a whole rainy afternoon, making her dolls look like fashionistas!

Not only does the Pop-Up store allow you to display all of your L.O.L Surprise dolls, it also comes with a handle to turn it into a carry case. So wherever you are, it’s easy to take the dolls with you to keep the littles entertained. Our daughter loves that you can display the dolls most and has her proudly on show for everyone to see!

Overall, both the girls and I have been very impressed with the L.O.L Surprise Pop-Up Store. The girls adore it and it certainly makes it easier to store all of the dolls and accessories in our collection!

 

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Super Cute Collectible Num Noms – Review

Super Cute Collectible Num Noms – Review

*We were sent a selection of Num Noms products for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

I’ve seem Num Noms all over the shops recently and my girls have been so intrigued by them. So when I was asked to review these super cute Collectible Num Noms, I knew it would be something they’d love to do! Num Noms are cute and wonderfully scented really cute characters that are filled with flavoured lip gloss. You can see why my girls have been so intrigued by them!

What’s in the box?

We were sent a Num Noms Glossy Gloss, as well as extra sets of mini Num Noms characters, packed with lovely lip gloss. Num Noms are available to buy at all good toy stores including: Smyths, The Entertainer and Argos!

 

The review –

As we’d never been introduced to Num Noms before, we had a lot of fun exploring what was in each of the product packages. The girls love toys that they can collect and they were so pleased to see that there were many different characters for them to get their hands on. My favourite were the fluffy characters, they have a little light in their tummy and they smell absolutely amazing!

The brilliant thing about the Glossy Gloss Truck, is that the girls were able to make their own lip glosses. It comes with a tub of plain lip gloss that you can add to your preferred Num Nom character, as well as extra glitter that you can add and mix together. This was a lot of fun for both girls, they were making fancy new lip glosses for an entire evening when our truck arrived!

Overall, both girls and I have been impressed with our Num Noms set. It’s been a lot of fun and I think it’s a great product to collect, especially on special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas!

 

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L.O.L Surprise! Eye Spy Under Wraps

L.O.L Surprise! Eye Spy Under Wraps

*This post was written in collaboration with Smyths Toy Superstores. As Always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

 

This last few days has been super exciting for our girls as they were introduced to L.O.L Surprise! These tiny and super sparkly dolls are all the rage and after this week, I’m sure they’ll be a regular feature in our house. They really are under wraps too, it’s like pass the parcel but much more fun as our girls pass the product between them removing layers. In each layer, there’s a small surprise for them to keep them intrigued as to what’s inside!

What does L.O.L Surprise! Eye Spy Under Wraps include?

This set includes a number of codes and a pink eye-glass to decipher them. Once you have worked out the correct code, you have to use the combination locks to open up all of the compartments. When you’ve have managed to get into all of the doors, you can then dress up your L.O.L Surprise doll and add her to your collection! The L.O.L Surprise range, including Eye Spy Under Wraps is available at Smyths, The Entertainer, Argos and all good toy stores. The Eye Spy Under Wraps toy is £14.99, ideal to treat the kids or to put in their stocking at Christmas!

What did we think?

As I mentioned, our girls were very excited to find out what was in their very pink package! I do have two very girly girls. so this kind of toy is ideal for them. The intrigue on their faces was absolutely adorable, they just couldn’t wait to tear away the packaging to find out what was inside! Both girls were mesmerised by the code and eye-glass too. They were completely in awe of the pictures appearing once they held the glass over the code sheet. This was great fun and I loved that it got their minds working.

Once they were into the L.O.L Surprise package, they couldn’t wait to work out which codes opened the compartments. I loved this feature, it made for a fun addition to an already enjoyable toy. They unlocked the codes, we opened all of the packages and found a very funky looking doll, with a great outfit! They loved that you could change the dolls outfit and that you could store different items from her wardrobe in all of the different compartments.

Overall, we think that L.O.L Surprise! Eye Spy Under Wraps is a great product. The girls had so much fun, not only with the doll, but also getting into the packaging and working out the secret codes. I’m pretty sure L.O.L Surprise! will be appearing on both girls’ Christmas lists this year!

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Our Generation Awesome Academy School Room – Review

Our Generation Awesome Academy School Room – Review

*We were provided with an Awesome Academy set for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

This week my girls have been very lucky, as they’ve been asked to review the new Our Generation Awesome Academy School Room, from Smyths Toy Superstores! Our eldest daughter has just begun her first full year at preschool and absolutely adores it, so when she found out this play set was a school room, she was so excited. She’s at the ideal age for toys like this, as her imagination has really started to kick in. She and her sister love to play make-believe games and Our Generation offer them the perfect arena to do so.

What’s in the range?

The Our Generation product range isn’t just restricted to the Awesome Academy School Room, there are so many more scenarios to be enjoyed. My favourites are the Horse Stable, the Mane Attraction Horse Trailer Set and the Retro Cruiser. This is by no means an exhaustive list though, to fully appreciate what Our Generation have to offer take look at their new Smyths Catalogue!

The Awesome Academy School Room –

When our school room was delivered, my girls were completely in awe by what they saw. The packaging allowed for them to see everything that was in the box, before we even opened it. As you can imagine I had two very excited little people, who couldn’t wait to get stuck in. As I previously mentioned, our eldest has just begin her school career and she was immediately impressed by the fact that she was able to play schools at home – I’ll remind her of how much she loves education when she’s a teenager!

From a parent’s perspective, this product looks like great value for money. The set comes with the school room with three walls and a floor. It has working lights and ringing bells. A real chalkboard and whiteboard with real chalk and a marker. Altogether the set has a whopping 92 classroom items. The guys at Our Generation really haven’t left any stone unturned. The play set was easy to assemble too, I usually leave this job to Hubs but I managed it perfectly well by myself. It’s good, solid quality, that will withstand hours of play with two very enthusiastic preschoolers!

Our girls and I sat together as we fixed up the classroom and arranged all of the items. I don’t mind admitting that I really enjoyed setting this play set up with them. Their imaginations had kicked in from the outset and they were creating school room scenarios from the word go. Out eldest took the role of teacher and the youngest was happy to play student for the remainder of the evening!

There’s so much in this set that it was impossible for the girls to get bored. As they worked their way through all of the accessories they became more and more impressed with what was included. Their favourites were the mini pencil cases, filled with tiny stationery and the super cute little lunch box. They were very taken with the teacher’s spinning chair and reward cards too!

Adding to our collection –

Like most parents, I often get stuck when I think about what to buy our girls for their birthdays and Christmas. The beauty of the Our Generation range is that there are so many items, you can keep adding to your collection on special occasions. No more racking your brains thinking about what to buy, Our Generation will always get you parenting brownie points!

Overall, we have been super impressed with the Awesome Academy School Room from Our Generation. I’m that impressed, I don’t have a bad word to say about it. Both girls continue to love playing with their set and we will definitely be adding to our collection in the future!

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Why we Love Smyths Toy Stores!

Why we Love Smyths Toy Stores!

*We have been compensated with vouchers for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

It’s at this time of year that my mind turns to the festive season. Ever since becoming a parent, I’ve become more and more organised when it comes to Christmas. I like to get the kids presents wrapped and put away in good time, so that I’m not caught up in the Christmas rush come December. I like to make sure we’re able to get all of the presents we want too and by getting them early, we’ve never had a problem with the popular brands selling out.

Our favourite and go to shop for presents has always been Smyths Toy Stores. We used to travel a little way to our nearest store, which was always worth it. These days though, there’s a huge Smyths in our local town. It’s so accessible and makes present buying for our girls super easy. There are rows and rows of floor to ceiling toys, everything you can think of all under one roof. To be honest, I think I love it in there more than the kids do!

Smyths Toy Stores new catalogue –

One of my favourite parts of preparing for Christmas, is getting the Smyths catalogue and browsing through all of the toys that are available. It makes me feel so Christmassy! The catalogue makes life very simple when you get to the store too, as even though we always like to have a browse, we know exactly what we’re going for and how much it will cost. The new catalogue is out in stores this Friday, I can’t wait to pick mine up to start my shopping!

This year’s gifts –

This Christmas, our girls will be two and 3. Developmentally they aren’t far apart, so I’m going to invest in a whole host of learning toys. These will be ideal for teaching them something, whilst they’re having fun. I’m especially keen on the VTech Innotab products, which I know Smyths have a brilliant range of. I’m also a huge fan of the VTech smart watches, which I know both of our two will have so much fun with!

I do like to buy toys that aren’t as focused on learning too, it’s so important that the girls have fun whilst playing. Both girls have a showed a huge interest in dolls over the past few months. Smyths stock everything from dolls to pushchairs and houses to travel cots. Playing with dolls really gets our girls’ imaginations working, so I think this will also be a great choice of present this year.

I’m so excited for Christmas this year, especially as our girls are now old enough to fully appreciate the magic of it. With a little help from Smyths, it’s definitely going to be a Christmas to remember!

Are you getting organised for Christmas?

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Tiny Treasures Realistic Baby Dolls – Review & Giveaway

Tiny Treasures Realistic Baby Dolls – Review & Giveaway

This post was written in collaboration with Kid Kreations and Tiny Treasures.

 

This week our girls have been lucky enough to have had the chance to review the Tiny Treasures realistic baby doll, as well as a selection of accessories from the Tiny Treasures range. Our girls have loved looking after dolls for a while now, so when they found out how much Tiny Treasures are like real babies, they were so excited to take care of them! These dolls are so realistic, that they weigh and smell the same as a real baby. They have super soft hair and closing eyes for added effect too.

 

 

They were sent a package which included a Tiny Treasures doll, a unicorn rocker for the doll and a mermaid sleeping bag with a super cute, matching headband. Both girls were absolutely amazed with the selection they got and I thought the unicorn rocker was a fabulous addition to the Tiny Treasures set.

 

 

The box that our Tiny Treasures doll arrived in, also doubles up as a rocking seat for her. It even has a three-point strap to hold her in, just like the seat we used to use for our girls. I think it’s really great that this company have made use of all aspects of the set. Making the box a seat not only makes it more fun for the girls, it also reduces waste which is incredibly important.

 

 

The Verdict –

The Tiny Treasures collection has been a huge hit in our house. They’ve been so looked after by our girls and have even been out on car journeys with us! From an adult point of view, I’m very impressed with the quality of the doll and all of the accessories. They are well made and can stand the heavy use that is inevitable when you have two toddlers. I’m also a fan of the range of accessories available. They’re novel and fun for the girls which means hours more play time.

 

 

The other good thing about this product, is that it massively encourages our girls to learn through play. If you read my post on reaching EYFS goals, you’ll know how important this is for us as a family. These dolls have succeeded in bringing out the caring and nurturing side in both of our children. They are an excellent way for them to learn how to be around other people, in everyday life. The features of the doll, including the closing eyes are great to get the girls’ imaginations working too. Their doll goes to bed when they do and it’s helpful for her to appear asleep!

 

 

Our girls don’t have a bad word to say about their new doll set. They’ve already had hours of fun and I know they’ll have so much more, especially as the littlest gets older. The only thing that has posed a small issue is the weight of the doll, as our youngest finds it a little to heavy to carry. Having said that, our oldest at three years of age has no trouble at all, so I’m sure the baby of the family won’t find this a problem for long. Overall, we have been very impressed with out Tiny Treasures set. The girls love it and so do I!

The creators of Tiny Treasures are giving my readers the chance to win their very own set which includes the doll, the unicorn rocker and mermaid sleeping bag. For your chance to win, all you have to do is enter using the form below. Please do check out the terms and conditions…good luck!

 

Win a Tiny Treasures Realistic Doll Set

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