Monday, 21 August 2017

Review: Ladybugs Garden Playset and Little Live Pets Lil’ Ladybugs Single Pack

Few months ago little L came across and became a big fan of a cartoon where one of the characters is a ladybird. The more we watched the cartoon the more ladybird related products we were purchasing for L, so when we were offered to review Ladybugs Garden Playset and Little Live Pets Lil’ Ladybugs Single Pack I knew it would be a perfect toy for L.
If you have never heard of Little Live Pets here is a little bit about them: 

"Little Live Pets are the lifelike electronic pets that move, feel, act and sound so real. The more you play with them, the more playful they become.
Collect all of the pets, discover their personalities and listen or watch as they let their own unique personalities show! Adopt one today!"

I recall seeing Little Live Pets on Youtube but have never came across them in shops. Ladybugs Garden Playset packaging needs a special mention as it is quite colourful with ladybugs pictured all over it's cardboard bottom, with an oval dome "roof" covering the playset. This clear dome also allows you to have a sneak peak prior to purchasing the set. 
Once I have removed all the packaging, I have noticed few features making this playset a great and entertaining toy:
- colourful pair of ladybugs (1 big one called Spotsy and 1 little baby ladybug)
- ladbug's garden has different "paths" and slides to discover and zoom around
- a spinning flower elevator, which will help ladybugs to get from bottom floor to top 
- little white divider that blocks certain paths  (flower elevator) allowing to explore new routes
- different "sightseeing" featured to make ladybugs' journey more adventurous (a little house at the top, little white bandstand and white arrow signs on a pole at the bottom, which are not detachable)
- 2 white ramps that can be attached on both size of the playset for easy exit and entry
I have previously mentioned a flower elevator which was one of the first features L has tested out. For an easy transfer from one level to another L have placed ladybugs at the bottom of the elevator on a little purple pedestal, once L started to spin the flower's head ladybugs started to move forward and up until they reached its destination and off they went on a different path.

Little Live Pets Lil’ Ladybugs Single Pack (£5.99) 
packaged in the similar style as Ladybugs garden and comes with a big battery operated (battery included) Ladybug and a baby ladybug packaged separately to the bigger one. Both of the toys are part of the collection, altogether there are 12 colourful ladybugs to collect.
Bigger ladybug is a battery operated bug with little bristles imitating bug's legs and helping it move fast. Once it's turned on (a little button moved left or right to switch it on or off) it starts moving whilst making vibrating/buzzing noise. At the back of the bigger ladybug I have found a little section allowing to slot the smaller ladybug attaching them 2 together. 
Small ladybug has a longer front- a little black plastic bar which allows an easy attachment to a bigger ladybug as it cannot move by itself.

Overall, I think both Ladybug Garden playset and Ladybugs themselves are really cute and just perfect for my toddler. Even though these toys are recommended to use from 5 years old, my little L who is 3 years didn't have any problems using them under my supervision. She didn't find it hard to understand the mechanism of switching the ladybug on and off in fact she found it by herself she also found it easy to play around and gets really excited when the set it out to play.

The only downfall was that the bigger ladybug from Ladybugs Garden playset stopped zooming on day 3, it might be just due to L playing with the toy non-stop but of course I would have preferred for it to last longer.

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Review: Paw Patrol Live: Race to the Rescue at Birmingham

Let me start this review by stating that I had high expectations for this show, mainly due to the popularity/craze that is currently surround Paw Patrol.

We dressed L in her Skye outfit (which her aunt bought for her b'day) and kept the show a secret from L right up until entering the arena.
The stage was set out with just the words Paw Patrol on the drawn curtains.. and then it began!
To say it began is an understatement.. just wow! Ryder appeared on stage with energy and enthusiasm.

 And then enter the pups, one by one they appeared with their signature entrance names.. starting with you know who “MARSHALL”.

The images show exactly what the characters were like.. realistic almost. The best way to describe the costumes, is the actors were quite literally wearing the puppy outfits which from a visual perspective was excellent.
L naturally went crazy when she say Skye “Skye, look mummy it's Skye”. Considering she was one of the few children to dress up for the show, made her extra excited about seeing the pups.

In essence the show follows Ryder and the pups as they race on Mayor Goodway's behalf (she injures her ankle). Unfortunately for the pups their nemesis Mayor Humdinger and the kitten catastrophe crew are out to spoil the race.
                                   

This show has all of your favourite characters and has cameo's from Jake, Everest (who appears for the second half), Farmer Yumi and Captain Turbot.
                          
We wondered where the time had gone, due to the fact we enjoyed the show so much.

Paw Patrol live is by far the best live children's show I have seen.

The thought/creativity which has gone into creating this show is superb. The costumes were excellent and it was like watching an episode of Paw Patrol on tv (only live).

Ryder and Mayor Goodway were frequently interacting with the audience, with the mayor approaching some of the kids in the crowd (in person). It is cute to see all the kids go shy! But they are live and being filmed so you can't really blame them..

There is a short break to break the show up and give parents/kids time to eat & rest, but the show soon starts up again with another action/energetic second half. Entertaining throughout..

To summarise, you would be barking mad not to see this show! My expectations of Paw Patrol live were honestly exceeded. 

Something to note- I have paid £30 per tickets and just a couple of weeks prior to the Birmingham show I saw the same tickets advertised at half of its original price via Groupon, something that disappointed me as I could have saved £45, but you guys, can learn on my mistakes! 

So if you have little ones who love Paw Patrol book your tickets now  (currently touring in Newcastle upon Tyne,Leeds, Cardiff, Glasgow) and you will not be disappointed!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Review: Bloopies Bath Time Toy

Little L likes to play with her bath toys and every so often I try to buy new ones as it is proven to be difficult to clean the mold from some of L's bath toys.
So when we were offered to review Bloopies Bath Time doll (£12.99)  I knew that it would be a hit! Firstly this bath time doll is very different from usual rubber ducks as it can be used in water and when mixed with other toys during role play.

Other features:
- Bloopies bath time doll is made of a durable rubber alike material
- suitable from 18 months old
- there are 6 Bloopies characters to collect (each has different facial features and coloured accessories)
- comes with an accessory (snorkeling mask, diving fins and swim suit)
- can squirt the water out of it's mouth
- can snorkel/float on the water without any aid  
- can blow bubbles when played in bubble bath 
- suitable for little hands to play 
- child friendly facial features
- can be purchased from Smyths toys, Argos, Littlewoods, Amazon.

Few things to note: 
- as it's a basic bath toy the doll doesn't require any batteries

- even though the swim suit has a velcro fastening at the back it cannot be taken off as diving fins are attached to each other
- arms and legs do not move up and down, but are flexible due to the material they are made of
- diving fins are glued to doll's feet and cannot be taken off

L has lots of fun playing with it as it's such a versitile toy! As it looks like a doll L is very happy that she can care for it just like she would normally do and can also have lots of fun with it in the water when having bath time. Once L understood the principle of using Bloopies bath time toy L handle the doll without any additional help.

I would certainly recommend buying this toy, which can fit in any family budget! 

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Review: Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Live Show

We are all aware of this great little kid's cartoon and when I saw the tickets on sale I knew that L would be over the moon.

L is a huge fan of "Holly Ben" (as she calls it) and has taken a liking to a certain ladybird “Gaston”, so she was pretty excited to see him live. The live show takes a select few characters from the cartoon and presents a wonderful and imaginative story line which is easy to follow.

We attended the live show on a Thursday morning (10am) at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, but you can pick a later time (16pm). I have booked tickets for Stalls with adult tickets costing £16.25 each and a child ticket £14.25.

The main storyline consisted of Ben, Holly and Nanny Plum visiting a little girls house to swap her tooth for money. But unfortunately the little girl wakes up and sees them all.. leaving them with a decision to make, what to do!?
                             
The show is excellently present with brilliant background scenes and props. The characters are all dressed up correctly and perform really well, with dancing and singing for all of the family.

L was encapsulated throughout but the noise level went up a notch when Gaston appeared.. she immediately recognised him and kept on saying “Gaston, Gaston, look mommy it's Gaston”. Says it all really!

                             
L also loved the flight back to the Little Kingdom, which they dimmed the lights for (darkness), and used small puppets to give the effect of them all flying through the night sky. It really was a joy to watch. You also get to see Holly's dad- King Thistle, who has a spot of bother with magic!

One thing to note is that the show length was approximately an hour, which seemed just about enough to avoid having a fussy/fidgety little one after the show. L was mesmerised by it all so for us it was not an issue.

I would definitely recommend taking your little ones to see Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom live show, even if they know nothing about the cartoon, it is guaranteed to get you singing and dancing (even once the show has finished)! It is entirely child focused and they have done a great job in keeping the kids involved and entertained throughout.

Thanks for reading and I hope it inspires you to book tickets to see Ben and Holly Live next year!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Review: BABY born® Play&Fun Deluxe At The Lake set

It is always so interesting to watch how L plays with her BABY Born, how she interacts with it and pretends to care for it copying me or nursery nurses. 
At times poor little doll goes through different procedures such as undressing (most of the time), makeup application, trialing and testing play doh flavours etc. I think (touch wood) we have managed to persuade L that clothes need to stay on with a little help from lovely BABY Born PR who have sent us a new doll's outfit called "At the Lake" (£14.99). 
It is a summery outfit set, which consists of jelly sandals, swimming top, swimming pants and a snorkeling mask. As always BABY Born accessories are made to last, with vibrant colours and BABY Born logo images on all items, the set is suitable from 3 years + and available from major retailers.

Top and bottoms are made of a stretchy material and can be adjusted just like a real swimming outfit, jelly sandals look tight on dolls' feet which give reassurance that they will stay on and your child will not lose them, snorkeling mask can be adjusted in width depending if you want to use it on it's own or with the tube. 
The latter was something L has never seen before so it was something that kept her intrigued and occupied for ages. L would ask what it is, how does it work, what it is for, can she use it, can she go swimming, can she go to the sea, creating all the right association with the equipment in particular. 

Seeing how L is excited about BABY Born's outfit it prompted me to take her swimming which is something I wanted to do for ages but was never sure if we can manage on our own and most importantly if L would be keen at all. 
I didn't wash or clean the set just yet, but L has taken BABY Born in her new outfit to swim in the bath and it kept it's shape and colours once dry.

"At the Lake" is such a cute outfit and with hot weekend ahead of us would be a spot on outfit for our BABY Born.

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Review: L.O.L. Surprise doll

Couple of month ago L and I came across cute collectible dolls L.O.L. Surprise  (£7.99) and ever since we have been obsessed with them. L.O.L Surprise dolls are wrapped in 7 layers of wrapping paper and under each layer you may find a clue, stickers and different part of the doll's outfit. 

Each doll comes in round, plastic ball with the handle which is a girly alternative to usual egg-shaped "shell", both sides of which can be used for chillaxing and as a bath for L.O. Surprise doll.

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As L gets older I try to buy less toys or be very picky with ones I buy firstly because she seems to want even more every day and secondly because most of L's toys don't see daylight and hide in her toy boxes. When it was time to unwrap L.O.L Surprise I thought that it could help me a little and I bribed (as some of us do) L to eat her meal first. 

L was super excited as when we did Easter theme L.O.L Surprise unwrapping. 
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The collectible doll looks super cute, has a squishy face with little holes in her eyes, mouth and at the bottom for some water games, it can apparently change the colour in the ice cold water but we are yet to achieve this. 
The doll we have this time is a teacher, she comes with glasses, a dress which has little tie drawn on it and cute little booties. As every doll from the collection they have a nice scene to them and are fully made of rubber. 
                                        
Once you "feed" the doll with water from the bottle (comes in a set) by squishing its cheeks the doll will produce some "wee", by squishing the area above the  ears it will spit the water, the doll can also move arms and legs.

L.O.L Surprise dolls are available to purchase from major supermarkets and toys store, don't hesitate start your collection today! 

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Review: Nuu Addition white and green 7 piece set

After I gave birth to L it took me a while to adjust to being a mum, not being able to do certain things or go out  purely because I wouldn't trust anyone,  to me I am the only person who knows what's right for L and what and how things should be done.  I may not be considering having a second child but I would love to see more newborns in our family and have been hinting to my sisters-in-law and our close family friends. Of course it is something out of my control and only others can decided when the time is right for them to have a baby, only imagine how happy I was to discover that not 1 but 2 of our close friends are having a baby!! 
I was predicting genders, buying little gifts in advance and waiting in anticipation until the d-day comes!! 
Few weeks ago (just in time for meeting little babies) I came across a Nuu Addition who kindly sent us 7 piece set packed with baby clothing essentials (£24.99).

"At Nuu Addition we supply classical and unique gift boxes for new born babies, full of all the helpful essentials and much more, any Mother would treasure".

What impressed me the most (apart form the gift set itself) is how carefully the product was packed and how quick it was delivered (within 2 days). The package came in a see through bag with the gift set wrapped in a brown paper and secured with twine. Upon opening the package I have noticed that the baby gift set was already packed in a cute gift bag. All these little touches are so important as it shows how Nuu Addition appreciate their products and customers! 
The set consists of:
  • Bodysuit with buttons and Elephant print
  • Baby hat with Elephant print
  • Short Sleeve Bodysuit with stars print
  • Bib with Elephant print
  • Pair of White Soft Socks (packed in a net bag)
  • White baby blanket with a green Elephant embroidered in the corner (100% cotton )
  • Cute green Elephant Toy 
  • New Baby mini card
This set is available in 2 sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months and can make such a great New Baby present, Going Home outfit or even a very thoughtful Baby Shower gift! The quality and fabric (100% cotton) are just perfect for newborn's gentle skin. I just can't wait to see little bubba in Nuu Addition clothes!
All products at Nuu Addition are very well thought through, be it a baby clothing gift set (gender specific or neutral) or a baby box with anything a new parent and baby needs! 

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Review: Baby Born Play & Fun bike


Few weeks ago we had a surprise delivery for L who couldn't believe her eyes when she saw Baby Born Play & Fun bike (£24.99). I think L wanted her own toy bike for quite some time now as showed an interest in helping me push her trike pretending that she is looking after her little baby.
The bike itself is is suitable from 3 years old and is a toy version of a push along bike/trike with stabilisers, pedals and handlebar with straps keeping feet and hands in place as well as a comfy seat which secures the doll (can be purchased separately) with a velco belt and last but not the least a colour changing toy on a front wheel.
Play & Fun bike comes almost assembled and with batteries, all you need to do is attach the handle bar at the back, a rubber duck horn onto the handlebar and bottle at the front of the bike.

L didn't hesitate to test the bike, she put her undressed Baby Born onto the bike whilst testing the colour changing toy at the front, security straps and cute flag with the duck on. 
I always say that kids are way more aware of things rather than adults for instance with this toy it took me ages to work out how to switch the light on, in fact it didn't work when I tested it, where is L figured this out and "fixed" it in few seconds!
We took Baby Born Play & Fun bike to play outside and have used it plenty of times at home. I like that the bike is of a great quality, cute look and accessories that can be used with it or used on its own, how L uses it for her imaginative play and gets excited every time the bike appears, very easy to use and push by a toddler, it is certainly a toy that will last us and in general a while. Having said that I would have preferred the bike to be slightly heavier than the doll and maybe a more longer or adjustable handle would work better for the kids of different heights and ages. 

The bike is a great addition to our Baby Born collection and would make a great gift for a doll lover!

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, 10 April 2017

L.O.L. Surprise! Easter Hunt

I remember this time last year I was bookmarking ideas for Easter Egg Hunt and couldn't wait until L would be old enough to understand and get involved. 

Before I even started planning our entertainment programme for this Easter lovely people representing L.O.L. Surprise have sent us a bundle of goodies including: L.O.L. Surprise Diva Bow, Secret Message, Jokes, Colouring In Sheet, Postcard, Sweets & a L.O.L. Surprise (£7.99 available from major toy stores).
For those who don't know L.O.L. Surprise is different take on surprise eggs, which my darling daughter loves to watch on Youtube. 
Main surprise (cute, collectible doll) wrapped in 7 layers of "wrapping paper" with different clues and mini-accessories including water bottle, stickers, shoes, outfit, accessory. Round, plastic ball with the handle is a girly alternative to usual egg-shaped "shell", both sides of which can be used as a lounge and a bath for little doll.
So on early Sunday morning I have prepared bunting in the garden, hidden few extra eggs with Easter themed characters drawn on them and with few eggs with little surprises inside to make it more fun, I have attached L.O.L Surprise colouring sheet on our rotary airer to give L a clue what the big surprise could be about.

I have managed to forget where some of the eggs were hidden but it was fun to see L getting excited when she would spot an egg, or ask what the next colour of the egg would be. 

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When L eventually found L.O.L Surprise ball all we could hear was "Wow" whilst she was unwrapping layer after layer. 
The collectible doll looks super cute, has a squishy face with little holes in her eyes, mouth and at the bottom for some water games and most importantly is a super-hero character- L's favourite type of role play! We are yet to try and see how little doll cries, spits the drink, wees and changes colour in the cold water as L would only want to play with it in the sand.

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.