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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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 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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