Disney Princess Belle’s Musical Tea Cart

Beauty and the Beast is one of my husbands favourite Disney films, as well as one of my own. It is my feel good movie, that I love to curl up under a blanket and watch when I am feeling crappy or I have a bad day.

It does help that Belle is one of my favourite Disney princesses (besides Ariel of course). I love the fact that she is a strong, intelligent woman who knows what she wants, who stands up for herself and is able to see the beauty and ugliness in people. Although she isn’t my favourite character from the film, that honour goes to the cute little Chip, whose bravery ends up saving the day.

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So when I was given the chance to review Belle’s Musical Tea Cart from Jakks. I was so excited to finally have a Chip the cup to have tea parties with my girls.

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The Tea cart comes with 2 cups (1 of which is Chip), Mrs Pots teapot, 2 spoons, a tea party invite and of course a push along cart.

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The cart is beautiful and is covered in cravings or roses and has cute pictures of Bella and the Beast when they danced and fell in love. It is made from a lightweight plastic that just clicks together, you may have to use a bit of force when assembling, but it only takes a matter of minutes. Once it is all put together the cart is really sturdy but can’t be taken apart again, so will need a place to store it when it’s not being played with.

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Mrs Pot’s, Chip and the second cup are slotted into place on the pink rotating tray on the cart and when you press the rose button on the side of the cart or push the cart along they spin around while singing “Be Our Guest”.

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It is fun and musical which is what most little girls want when they have tea parties. Although it isn’t just girls that like to play with this tea cart. E’s brother P was very eager to join in the fun and even helped set up the table while E prepared the tea.

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They sat for ages pouring pretend tea. This is because the cups and Mrs Pots are not to be filled with real liquid as it states on the tray. But that doesn’t stop the fun because sometimes using your imagination is better than the real thing or at least my kids thought so.

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It helped give E and P some sibling play/bonding time that didn’t end in an argument of he did this and she wouldn’t let me have that. It was nice.

Belle’s Tea Cart is aimed at children aged 3+, although the child’s height might need to be a consideration, as it stands at 53cm tall. It takes 3AA batteries and will make a fabulous gift for any Beauty and the Beast fans this Christmas.

I know my children have enjoyed playing with it and I see plenty of tea parties in my future.

x Nikki x

* I received this product for the purpose of the review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Minnie Mouse Kitchen Review and Comp

All children love playing, it’s how they learn, grow and develop new skills. They copy their parents and use their imaginations to create fun games, that sometimes only they understand.

That is why I think it is important to give kids a range of different toys from fancy dress, creative toys and puzzles to creating their very own home corner.

And of course, every home corner needs a bright plastic pink and purple Minnie Mouse kitchen, or at least mine does.

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The Disney Minnie Mouse Kitchen from IMC Toys is a light weight a fun addition to any kids toy collection. It comes with:

  • An oven (to bake all those calorie free imaginary cakes)
  • A fridge (with a pretend ice water dispenser)
  • Sink
  • Mixer
  • 2 hobs
  • Drying rack
  • Cutlery holder
  • 40 pieces of cutlery, plates, pans, salt and paper shakers

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When the box arrived the girl were extremely excited, the hubby not so much as he knew he would have to assemble it and he doesn’t do very well with DIY.

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I think he thought it would be lots screws and bolts because he got his tool kit out. Only to find he didn’t need it because the pieces all clicked and slotted together easily. The whole kitchen was put together in a matter of minutes. The most time-consuming part was placing all the stickers on it, as my perfectionist side came out and I had to make sure everything was lined up.

Luckily the children were all at school and nursery, so we were able to put it together and have it all ready for when they got home.

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Because of its bright colours, the kids noticed it straight away. E and LM didn’t wait very long before they started cooking up an imaginary storm. LM even tried to give her dolls a bath in the tiny little sink.

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The kitchen stands at 800mm tall and 710mm wide. This means it is the perfect height for LM but E has to crouch down or go on her knees when she wanted to play with it.

Because it is made of plastic and cardboard it doesn’t withstand rough play very well and comes apart easily. This can be easily solved by super glueing all the kitchen pieces together when you assemble it.

On a positive note, the fact that it is made of plastic means that the kitchen is easy to move around and wiped clean. As we found out when LM decided to pour her chocolate milkshake in the sink and “wash up”.

My kids have really enjoyed the new addition to our home corner. It has become LM’s favourite toy.

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She loves to spend the day cooking up crayons and feeding them to her babies. She likes to bake pretend muffins and do the washing up like daddy.

Which is really helping her develop more life skills and some fine motor skills because she keeps practising turning the tiny taps on and spinning the little switch to lower the mixer.

This kitchen is a great toy and would make an awesome gift for any little one’s this Christmas. That is why I am giving one of my readers the chance to win a Minnie Mouse Kitchen of their own.

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Good Luck.

x Nikki x

 

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Disney Tsum Tsums Review

Like most children, my lot love all things, Disney. We have spent many a day curled up under a duvet watching countless Disney movies and we all have our favourites. Mine, of course, is The Little Mermaid, the girls are still in love with Frozen and the boys love Toy Story and Pirates of the Caribbean.

E is the proper Disney nut in our house, though. We have Disney channel and Disney junior on all the time because she loves watching Micky Mouses club house, Sofia the First or Doc Mcstuffins. During the adverts on the Disney channels, there would be these fun and wacky short cartoons of the Tsum Tsums.

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The kids would sit and watch all the fun and mischievous adventures these little Disney Tsum Tsums would get up to, as each character would be designed after an iconic or classic Disney character.

They always looked like loads of fun to the kids but for me, I couldn’t justify spending money on some little pieces of plastic in the shape of Disney characters. No matter how much my kids wanted them. I told myself they would be bored of them after 5 minutes and then I would have wasted a load of money for nothing.

So when I was asked if I would like the chance to review these toys on my blog. I thought why not. At least then I would be able to give them a fair review and actually figure out if I was right and if they were a waste of money.

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I was sent 1 x3 pack (RRP: £4.99) and 1 x9 pack (RRP: £14.99) of Tsum Tsum. The Disney Tsum Tsums collectables are made vinyl and come in a range of sizes such as small, medium and large.

In the pack of 3, we received a small Perry the platypus, a medium Goofy and a large Winnie the Pooh. Each character can come in each size and there are twenty-one different sets to collect. You can tick off which characters you have and haven’t got in the collector’s guide.

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In the 9 pack, we got 3 small figures Sebastian, Minnie and Goofy (we also had a medium one from the previous pack), 3 large figures of Olaf (E’s favourite), Dumbo and Tigger plus 3 Medium figures Gus, Stitch and a mystery figure.

The kids loved the fact that there was a mystery figure and all of them wanted to know who or what was inside. Thankfully they didn’t have to wait too long as I let E have the honour of opening it as her brothers and sisters watched.

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It turned out to be a Medium figure of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

Now I know I said at the beginning of this review that before I hadn’t wanted to waste money on silly bits of plastic that I knew my kids would be bored of in a couple of hours. Well, I was wrong. I am actually planning on buying more of these toys as stocking fillers for Chrismas. It will probably be the 3 pack and I will try to make sure all the kids have different sets because my kids actually really enjoyed playing with them.

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Yes, they are just pieces and Vinyl plastic in the shape of Disney characters but I sat and watched as they played quietly and nicely together for over 30minute (this is unheard of in my house). They played stacking games, they made imaginative games up with the characters and they even started a game of Tsum Tsums hide and seek, before their friends came to call for them. Even then the Tsum Tsums when in their pockets and in the gardens with them. And the next day they wanted to play with them again and have done every day since we opened them.

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The Tsum Tsums now sit on the fireplace in the living room all in a nice neat row. This is because the small ones are very little and can easily be picked up by LM and put in her mouth. It does state on the packaging that Tsum Tsums are for children aged 6+ for this reason.

 

x Nikki x

*We received this toy in exchange for this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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Disney Sofia the First #SofiaAdventures

Disney has been a massive part of my life growing up and it is great to see that my children share that love. While my kids have all watch different programs on Disney. E has always been in love with Disney Jr because of Doc Mcstuffins and of course Disney Jr’s very own Disney princess, Sofia the First.

We have spent hours watching each and every episode. Her favourite is Sofia the First and the Curse of Princess Ivy. We have watched that repeatedly for weeks when it first came on our screens.

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That why when I was sent a box of Sofia the First collectables from Jakks Pacifics. I knew that E would love them and it was just in time for her 5th birthday. Which meant that the birthday princess could enjoy the new range Sofia the First playsets on her big day.

The bundle I was sent, was bursting with great toys, including;

  • Sofia the First with royal friend 3″ figures
    img_1368We received a figure of Sofia with her best friend and pet rabbit clover, plus figures of her two friends Rudy and Jade. each figure comes with one animal included in the set. Jade come with Crackle the dragon, whereas Ruby has a cute little blue bird. All the characters are dressed the iconic outfits they wear on the show, but to complete the set you would need to collect Sofia in her 3 different outfits as well as the Amber, Ruby and Jade figurines. They cost £5.99 a pack but are great for letting your little ones explore and create their own little Sofia the First world.
  • Sofia the First mini Playset
    img_1372In the magical kingdom of Enchancia, you get a chance to go on some amazing and once in a lifetime adventures. The kind that you only dream up in your imagination. Now, thanks to the Sofia the First Mini playset, your little one can dream up their own Sofia the first adventure. Whether it is painting in the studio with Sofia herself or getting dressed up with Princess Amber. There is loads to keep little ones happy.
    Sofia’s mini playset, you  can help SSofiapaint the canvas with water and watch the image or colours appear. Then leave it to dry and you can paint over it again.
    Amber’s mini playset, you help her get ready for a royal ball in the royal closet with a spinning mirror and accessories.
    Each set cost £9.99
  • Sofia the First Royal Camera costs £9.99.
    This fun toy is fun for children of all ages as it has loads of fun features, like removable lenses and realistic shutter sounds. But when you look through the veiw finder you as confronted by 8 colourful and delightful scenes. All of which are of Sofia and her family and friends.
  • Sofia the First Royal Tiara
    E adored this becuase it meant that she could be a princess. She loves all things shiny and it meant that she had a tiara of her own. Cost £6.99
  • Sofia the First back pack
    img_1366This beautiful bag in bigger then your average size childrens bag. Which was great for us and E becuase it meant she could fit all her new toys in to it. It cost £12.99 and has a lovely image of Sofia the first printed on it.

When E opened all her presents on her birthday to find these great gifts from Jakks, she was thrilled. The Sofia the first miniture adventure collection would make great gifts for your littles ones on theit birthday’s  and christmas.

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They’re just what every little princess needs and can all be found in Smyths toy stores.

Plus you can catch the new episodes of Sofia the First on Disney Junior, weekdays at 4.30pm for 2 weeks from 10th October.

 

x Nikki x

*I recieved these playsets so I could review them. All thought and opinions are my own.

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