Dumbo Fluttering Ears Plush | Review

We were sent this item for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Are you as excited as I am for all the films coming out this year? I am super excited and so are Steve and the kids. One film we are looking forward to in particular is the new Dumbo which is released very very soon. Just Play have released a new plush collection and we were sent one of the products from the range.

We were sent the Dumbo Live Action Flapping Ear Feature Plush which retails at £29.99 and is available from Smyths Toys here. Now I have to admit I absolutely fell in love with this plush when it arrived. The large bright ears and those super cute oversized ears – it is easy to see why everyone loves Dumbo as a character. It was a struggle to get a picture of the ears covering Dumbo’s face as they move so quickly but you can see how large the ears actually are, just like we know them to be in the story.

This plush toy sits at 13″ tall and has beautiful detailing. Olivia is absolutely enamoured with Dumbo, she’s always cuddling the plush or pressing the button in Dumbo’s foot to move the ear. Sometimes she will get me to press the button instead and giggle away as Dumbo makes some different elephant noises and flaps his ears.

She’s proud as punch of her Dumbo plush and has been showing anyone who comes to our house. My Mum is a big Dumbo fan too and it almost seemed as if Olivia was going to lose her toy and Nanny was going to sneak it home with her, haha!

I really do think this plush range from Just Play is great – it’s good quality, it is affordable and will be in high demand for sure when the film is released, as other Disney films have proved in the past. The sounds and flapping are not annoying like some toys can be – they last for just enough time to be entertaining for the child but not annoying for the adult.

I’ll definitely be checking out some of the other items from the plush collection – this has been so popular with Olivia that I am sure she (and her brother) would probably love some more toys from the range.

Will you be watching the film when it is released?

Baby Shark Plush Toys from WowWee | Review

These items were sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Now if you haven’t heard of Baby Shark, you must have been living under a rock. It is a song/video that is played in my house at least twice a day – if not more – and both my kids love it, especially Olivia. With the news that a range of plush toys was going to be released, I just knew Olivia would love them and we were kindly sent some items from the new range from WowWee.

We were kindly sent Daddy Shark (one of the Pinkfong’s Baby Shark Talking 25cm plushes – you can choose between Daddy, Mummy and Baby) and Baby Shark (one of the Baby Shark Family Sound Cubes – there is the choice of Daddy, Mummy or Baby once again).

The talking/singing 25cm plush sings an extract from the hit song. For ages 2 and up, this retails at £15 which I consider a great price. What I like about this is that you squeeze the shark once to play the music and squeeze again to stop it – if you don’t want to listen to the song for the millionth time in a row, you don’t have to wait until the end of the song before silence!

The family sound cube is much the same in terms of it playing an extract from the song and you can squeeze once to play the music and again to stop. These are also for ages 2 and up and retail at £7 – these are a great option if you don’t want to buy the bigger plush.

So what were the kids thoughts? Well, they loved them. They are super soft and cuddly and feel really good quality. As a parent, I love that you can switch them on and off and that they keep my children entertained.  It is easy to see how the YouTube video amassed so many hits – over 2 billion views at last count – and how it managed to become a top 10 hit in the UK. It is such a catchy song that gets you up and moving – everyone knows the moves, right?

Olivia and Jack already want to get the other singing plushes and the cubes – I am tempted to get them as I know they would love them but do I really want six renditions of the song blasting at the same time? I’m not sure!

You can buy the new Baby Shark plushes at The Entertainer and other toy shops now. Are your children fans of Baby Shark?

Drinking More Water With ZeroWater

We were sent this product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Every year I make a promise to myself to drink more water and cut down on fizzy drinks. I manage it for a while but then end up crashing and burning every single time. I do buy a lot of bottled water but if we run out, I’m not too keen on drinking from my tap.

The tap water in the part of the village I live in isn’t the greatest. We live in a very hard water area and it takes a lot of running the tap to get a decent glass of water – but buying bottled water can be expensive – not to mention the environmental implications. When given the chance to review the ZeroWater 12-Cup Water Filter Jug (with free TDS meter), I just had to say yes – maybe I’d be able to enjoy tap water after all?

Now when we have bottled water in the house, we drink a lot of it. None of us hate water like you see some families say, we just hate our tap water. So anything that can help us to consume that particular water is always going to be worth a try for me – especially as it would make things a lot easier on the wallet!

Once it arrived, I removed from the packaging, gave it a quick wash up like I do all new kitchen items and then screwed the filter into place. I then added water and let it filter through before eventually trying the water for the first time. I definitely noticed a taste – I find our tap water has a slight chalky taste and as mentioned above, I try to avoid drinking it if I can. The water I poured from the pitcher didn’t taste chalky at all and tasted so much ‘cleaner’ if that’s the way to describe it – it tasted the way I find bottled water tastes and the water you get served in restaurants.

This has been a godsend these past few weeks when we have all been poorly too – we have been drinking a lot of water, trying to flush through the bugs we have had and just generally trying to feel better. This has been such a handy resource.

The jug retails at £39.99 and I think that it is a great price for the product. It is the first in its class to benefit from a sealed lid and reservoir which allows filtered water to be poured while water that hasn’t yet been filtered remains in the reservoir. There is also a one handed pull and pour button spout at the bottom for easy pouring such as filling bottles.

This also benefits from a patented 5 stage Ion Exchange Filtration system which removes virtually all dissolved solids from the water, giving great tasting water. It also reduces 99% of all fluoride and other inorganics from the water.

This has so far made the perfect addition to my kitchen and has enabled us to drink far more water than we usually would which can’t be a bad thing. If you are looking for a decent family sized water pitcher that filters your water, this might just be the product to check out.

Degustabox | February

We were sent a Degustabox for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We always await our monthly Degustabox with anticipation. We love seeing what is in the box each month and there is usually something for everyone. You can order your own box here using the coupon code WDGX9 – the box is usually £12.99 but you can get it for just £7.99 including postage, thanks to the £5 one time discount my code offers you.

So what did we get in the box this month?

There was such an interesting selection of products in this months box. A few different cupboard items, some great snacks and some things that the kids would really enjoy.

Appy Kids Co Whole Milk – £1

My kids love milk so this was a welcome addition. The milk is delicious and is produced using Red Tractor approved milk. They loved seeing their favourite Paw Patrol characters on the packaging and these certainly didn’t last very long in our house!

Orangina Original – £1.30

Jack loves Orangina although usually opts for the no added sugar version. This was pinched straight out the box and enjoyed – he loved it!

Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Fusilli –  £3

We eat a lot of pasta but I’ve never tried pasta made from plant based protein. This will certainly be interesting to try and is a great addition to the pantry. It is organic, vegan and naturally gluten free.

CHOC CHICK Quinoa Pops and Plantain Bites – £1.85 each

These vegan treats combine the wholegrain goodness of quinoa and tropical loveliness of plantain with the finest Ecuadorian single origin organic cacao. These are dairy free and gluten free with 50% less sugar than your usual chocolates. These were intriguing to say the least.

Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling – Low and Slow BBQ/Perfectly Salted – 75p each

These were both enjoyed by Jack and Steve. They were apparently very flavourful and they will definitely be getting some more.

Deli Kitchen Folded Brioche Flatbreads – £1.25

We received two of these in the box so we’ve popped one in the freezer. These are a great alternative to bread for sandwiches and are super delicious.

Bebeto Watermelon Jelly Gums – 50p

We’ve tried Bebeto sweets before. These were absolutely delicious and we received two packs in the box which were readily enjoyed.

Clearspring Organic Seaveg Crispies Turmeric multi pack – £2.59

I must admit I wasn’t a fan of these at all. They are a toasted nori sea vegetable snack.

Sacla Reduced Fat Basil Pesto – £2.50

Sacla is a brand we often buy and I do love my pesto – even better when it is reduced fat. This is perfect for having in the cupboard for future use.

Overall, I was fairly happy with this box. I worked it out to be just over £22 when it comes to product value which is great when you consider the £12.99 price point; even better when you consider the coupon code too! There were a few items we weren’t too keen on but a few that we absolutely loved.

What would have been your favourite item in the box?

Brave by Rose McGowan | Blog Tour & Review

I was sent a copy of Brave for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

You can’t have missed Rose McGowan in recent years. The first person to speak out about the horrid goings on in Hollywood, she started the ball rolling on more and more evil men in power being exposed.

I’ve been aware of Rose for many years – I remember her role in Scream, her dating Marilyn Manson, her role as Paige in Charmed. I must admit I hadn’t followed her career in recent years but it was fascinating to learn a lot more about her. I was very happy to have been asked if I’d like to review the book and participate in the blog tour.

I hadn’t realised she was born and raised in the Children of God cult and Rose talks about her experiences at length. This cult is something I have read a lot about in the past and I hadn’t realised she had been a part of it, I’m glad she managed to get out.

Throughout the book, I can see that Rose is a strong woman, despite the stuff life throws at her. From the childhood in a cult to absent parents to abusive boyfriends, Rose manages to fight for survival all the way. She describes Hollywood as another cult and it definitely seems to be- the way she speaks about the way young actors are treated, especially women, is shocking but ultimately not surprising, given what we know now.

It is a shame that so many people weren’t supportive of her back when she originally tried to raise awareness of what The Monster (as she names a certain director – I’m sure we all know who she is talking about) and it was ultimately her whose career was damaged. Her agents even knew what he was like and still put her in that position – it shows that just how much Hollywood is a money churner for people and that other peoples feelings come into play.

This book is no holds barred, it’s raw and it really gets you thinking. It gives the reader an insight into the true Hollywood – the one where men think they can get away with pretty much anything and where women, especially young women, are playthings there to be used and abused.

I admire Rose for her consistent strength and her courage to speak out. She has been through a lot in her life and sharing this with the reader is admirable. Brave is out tomorrow in paperback, eBook and audiobook. I definitely recommend that people should read this – Hollywood as a whole and the way people are treated is definitely something that needs to be addressed.

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