Disney Colours of the Sea Ariel

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As some people might know from my previous posts. I love Disney and my Favourite Disney princess is Ariel and The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney film of all time.

So when I got offered the chance to make bath times more magical for my girls by reviewing Colours of the Sea Ariel from JAKKS Pacific, I jumped at the chance.

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Colours of the Sea Ariel is part of the Disney Toddler dolls collection so she has the big shiny eyes that sparkle when you play with her. Ariel can be free standing due to the shape of her mermaid tail, this  makes brushing and washing her hair a lot easier. She comes with a detachable crown and a squirting Flounder to help create more bath time fun.

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This doll is able to be fully submerged in the water and even has sensors in the tail that can tell when her tail is wet and begins the lights and playing music.

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It is a great sensory for LM and has helped use make bath times more fun. All because of the bright lights that change colour when you press Ariel’s necklace, plus Ariel says up to fourteen different phrases and sing the song “Part of Your World” from the movie when her tail touches the water.

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Giving LM a bath sometimes can be hard work. She doesn’t like the water to be too deep and she absolutely hates having her hair washed. She won’t let me pour water on her head and she definitely will not lay down in the bath.

Normally I have to get in the bath with her and let her pour water on my head and pray some of it splashes onto her or we would play a turn taking game that were she pours water on me but she would fight and struggle when it come to her turn.

Since having this doll in the bath though LM has started to calm down and have more fun. She likes dunking Ariel under the water and gets so distracted by the lights and the singing that she doesn’t really notice when I start pouring water over the back of her head.

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E also loved singing along with Ariel and myself, but she was more interested in Flounder and squirting water at me and everything else in the room.

I will say that I don’t really like the Flounder bath toy as it is a closed water toy and is very difficult to clean the inside after use, which means over time mould with start to build up inside him and he will have to be thrown away.

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That been said my girls loved Ariel and she was easy to clean after she had been played with in the bath. Her hair was even easy to brush after it had gotten wet.

I would recommend this toy for a child aged 3+ who adores The Little Mermaid or to any parent who is wanting to make bath times a little bit more Magical. They can be found in many good stockist and RRP at £34.99.

 

x Nikki x

I will say sorry for the blurry photos as it was very difficult trying to take pictures while being splashed and trying not to dropping or drowning my phone. Oh and my girls don’t normally have a bath in their swimsuits that was only for the purpose of this review.

*We Were sent this doll for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Baby Born Interactive Dragon Review

Baby Born have brought out an amazing new range of Baby Born Wonderland and part of this new range is the stunning and totally awesome Interactive Dragon.

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As soon as I saw this toy being advertised on TV, I knew I had to have it in my life and I was ready to go all Game Of Thrones to get one. Thankfully I didn’t

Thankfully I didn’t have to awaken my inner Khaleesi to get one. Instead, I was sent one in exchange for this review.

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The dragon is covered with a soft purple fur, while her wings and underbelly are a beautiful shiny rainbow fabric. She comes in a pack with a ‘magic’ interactive wand, an egg and a mini dragon. (which is part of a surprise later on and you will understand how I know she is a she)

The interactive wand can be simply placing it against the star on the dragon’s forehead, this makes her eyes and nostrils light up. If you double tap the wand then the dragon will begin to walk, flap her wings and make cute dragon growls.

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I think this toy is adorable, especially with those big sparkly eyes just staring up at you. Every time I look at it I want to go Awwwwwwww.

However, that hasn’t stopped me playing with her when the kids have gone to bed and making Baby Born’s sister fly on her back like Daenerys and reenact my own Game of thrones episode. (I know I am such a child)

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I can’t wait for Christmas to get here because I know the Elf on the Shelf and this dragon are going to have lots of fun. But enough of my fun with this toy, I can say my girls have loved playing with it. LM like watching her slowing crawl across the room and even tries to copy her growl.

E, on the other hand, was more interested in the egg. Yes, this dragon lays an egg.  (Surprise, see how I know she is a she)

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Which if I am honest at first creeped me out a little as the toy has a hole under her tail where you have to push the egg into before, gently lifting the tail and watching her give birth.

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But once I got over my childishness, I soon saw how much fun my girls were having with this really sweet and entertaining toy. E has made you some fantastic stories about princesses and magical kingdoms, while LM keeps trying to sit on the dragon’s back like Baby Born’s sister. (I do not recommend this) 

I think this toy will be a great toy for any child aged 2+. It is priced at £54.99 and comes with batteries included, so you can play with it straight from the box. Which is always a win.

 

 x Nikki x

*We were sent this product is exchange for this 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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Joules Shark Lunchbox Review

Back to school is a time where parents are all looking around for the best quality stuff at the best price.

But we end up buying low price products that we believe are decent, only to find out after a week or so that they’re ruined or lost and the kids need new t-shirts or shoes or lunchbox.

It almost brings me to tears to think about the amount of money I have wasted on the uniform that just falls apart or lunch boxes that disappeared because they’re 6 kids with the same one.

That why I have started choosing quality over price and shopping around for the best products. I would make it my mission find something different, yet still stylish enough to keep my kids happy.

That’s why this year P is sporting this fab Shark lunchbox from Joules.

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It is a dark blue lunch box, which is perfect for my messy whirlwind. It is made of 100% polyester and has a cute slogan “Let’s Do Lunch” printed inside the shark’s mouth.

In the past, P has destroyed many of the plastic fronted lunch boxes by pulling off the front or stabbing pencils through the cover. This lunchbox is made with a woven material outside which is harder to destroy. So I have the peace of mind to know it will stand up to the onslaught P is going to put it through.

The design on the front is both appealing and fun for my 8-year-old, who thinks sharks are cool.

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The lunchbox comes with a plastic container for the sandwiches or fruit. Which is something you don’t get with the cheaper options. So I know long had to buy sandwich bags or go out and spend extra money of the separate containers.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much room the bag contained. It is bigger than most typical lunch boxes.  But I like that because it means I don’t need to worry about squashed sandwiches.

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P totally adores this lunch box and so far it has stood up to being thrown, dropped and stood on. Even the plastic container didn’t break. Although I wouldn’t advise trying this because I think we were just lucky.

They also have it in a Pink Floral with a Guinea pig cover for girls on the House of Fraser website.

Both lunch boxes cost £16.95 each. But if you add up how much a normal lunchbox and container costs you are looking at paying a similar price.

In my honest opinion, the quality of this product far out ways the price compared to the cheaper lunch boxes. So you get great value for money.

x Nikki x

* I received this product in exchange for this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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