Baby Annabell Travel Seat & Deluxe Set Knit Outfit | Review

We were sent these products for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This post also contains affiliate links.

As you may know if you are a regular reader, you may have seen the previous Baby Annabel reviews we have done – Baby Annabell Interactive Doll, Baby Annabell Brother, Baby Annabell Sweet Dreams Rocker and Baby Annabell Sophia So Soft. We were recently contacted to ask if we would like to review the Baby Annabell Travel Seat and the Deluxe Set Knit Outfit.

Now Olivia absolutely adores her dolls and she’s always carrying them round so I thought she would definitely love the travel seat – and who doesn’t love new clothes for their baby dolls?

The Baby Annabell Travel Seat retails at £19.99 and is a gorgeous pink colour with a sheep design on the sides and spots on the centre part of the seat. You can carry or pull the seat with the extendable handle and wheels – perfect for Olivia to take her babies round the garden – and the rotating handle means you can pop Baby Annabell up when she wants to sit up.

The seat is suitable for ages 3 and over and has adjustable straps so that you can ensure your baby is strapped in securely.

Olivia really enjoys using this seat – she can have one of her babies in the rocker whilst wheeling another around in the travel seat. She’s really into imaginative play right now so it is so cute to see her wheeling it around and chatting to herself, making up different scenarios such as taking baby to the shop.

You can purchase the travel seat on Amazon {affiliate link}, at Smyths and most leading toy stores.

We were also sent the Deluxe Knit Set Outfit. This is currently selling on Amazon {affiliate link} for £21.75 which I think is a great price.

The set comes with a beautiful knitted long sleeved dress with delicate stitching which is linked to a flowing organza skirt. She also has a pair of pink knickers for under the dress, a pretty knitted hat and some cute pink shoes with crown closures and rose straps.

The dress has a cute sheep design – much like the design of the travel seat – and looks super cute on Baby Annabell. Olivia has been interchanging the shoes between her babies which is great too! The outfit is very good quality and feels soft to the touch – just what you want for a baby, even if this is a toy one.

Olivia absolutely adores this outfit on Annabell and keeps pointing out the sheep and giving her baby cuddles. We will definitely be buying more Baby Annabell outfits, I think!

Do your kids own any Baby Annabell products?

Enjoying Summer With Bean Bag Bazaar

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

We recently (finally) decided to give our garden a bit of a tidy up and decided to add some bits for the kids out there. Now whilst there has been blazing sunshine, you’d think I would want to sit out there and work in the sun – and you’d be right – but we have no garden furniture.

Our garden is quite small so we don’t have much space when you consider the kids toys so outdoor furniture is a no go – although it is something we hope to have in a future property. What we needed was something super practical that could be taken inside when not in use. Step in the ICON™ Oria Bean Bag Armchair which retails from £69.99.

Jack has already decided that this will be in his room when we move house and he gets a bigger room so that his friends can come round and ‘chill out’. But recently we’ve been using it in both the garden and the living room and dining room.

One thing I will mention straight away is that I struggled to get it looking like an armchair as perfect as it looks on the website. No matter how much I moved it around or fluffed it up, it never quite looked as perfect – although definitely looked better when someone was sat in it. Of course, upon checking the website I found that it said this: The Bean Bag will assume the position shown in the photography when sat in. Phew!

We chose the slate grey colour out of the colours available (sage green, navy, teal, terracotta and mustard) as I thought it was the most practical with children and also more likely to go with most home decor.

The product is suitable for both indoor and outdoor living which is perfect as we have been spending a lot of time in the garden. Everyone in the family has been using it – it is such a great size (dimensions of 98cm length, 97cm width) although I wasn’t quite expecting to be as big as it was, regardless!


The beanbag is made out of 100% polyester and is surface clean only, using mild detergent if necessary. You cannot machine wash, iron, dry clean, tumble dry or bleach.

So what did we think? Well, the beanbag armchair is a large size which makes it perfect for every single member of the family. The colour is practical – it suits most decor and looks great outside. Comfort wise, it is great – I can happily sit out in the garden for ages, working on my laptop whilst the kids run about and play on the slide. The only problem is deciding who gets to use it and when – as we all want to sit on it and relax in the sun!

It is great for extra seating if friends come round too – my sofa is quite big but we always end up with someone sitting on the floor – not anymore with this beanbag armchair! I’m very impressed by the brand, their products are good quality and durable. I’m also very impressed with them as I noticed the other day that the beanbags at Olivia’s playgroups are made by Bean Bag Bazaar too – a testament to their quality and durability as they get thrown around, jumped on and much more by all the kids there!

I’m definitely going to have to get another one when we move as Jack has already claimed this for his bedroom and no doubt Olivia will want one too!

Do you have bean bags in your house?

 

 

Blog Tour & Review | One Last Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot

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

Today is my stop on the blog tour for One Last Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot! I’m here with a review and a little information about the book. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour.

About The Book

Best-friend, Heidi, is adamant that all the answers lie in Corfu – the island where the girls’ partied away their youth.

So cue a trip to a sun-drenched Greek island, ouzo cocktails, a trip down memory lane…and Alex Hallas, the man Beth has never quite forgotten.

As they dance under the stars, the sand beneath their toes, old feelings begin to resurface and Beth might just have a chance to take back her life. If they can learn to love the people they’ve become…

My Review

It has been a while since I read a book of this genre and I wasn’t disappointed. This was just what I needed to break up the intensity of the thrillers and mysteries I have been leaning towards recently. Beth has just divorced Charles and the book starts hilariously, with a divorce party being planned by her work colleagues. Did I forget to mention Charles is the CEO of the company she works for?

Seeing that Beth needs a break from seeing her ex husband and his new floozy day in day out, her best friend Heidi persuades her to head back to Corfu, ten years after their first holiday there. Ten years after that holiday romance with Alex or ‘Lex’ as Beth liked to call him.

The characters were well written, Beth seemed lovely although a little bit of a people pleaser. Heidi, her best friend and work colleague, seemed a little intense at times but you could tell that all her actions were borne out of love for her friend. Charles was as you would expect the ex husband to be – a bit of a cad who doesn’t realise what he had until it was gone. I really liked Alex – I liked that they encountered him once again in a completely random situation that was totally believable – I was worrying that she would bump into him at places they had been ten years ago but it really was a chance encounter and I appreciated that.

I liked that the author delved into their history and also the development of other characters such as Alex’s cousin Elektra and his mother. His mother seems very overbearing but you can tell everything she does is out of love for her son. I did find Alex a little weak to begin with – perhaps because of how overbearing his mum was – but I liked how he took chances and stood up for himself as the book went on.

Overall, this is a great summer read and definitely one I would suggest if going on holiday soon – it is the perfect poolside or beach book. I’ll definitely be checking out more from the author.

About The Author

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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You can buy the book here

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Nominate Your Hero In The Paw Patrol Little Heroes Paw Awards 2019

We were sent the toys featured in this post in return for posting about the Paw Patrol Little Heroes Paw Awards 2019. This post also contains affiliate links.

Is there a little hero in your life between the ages of 3 and 10 that you feel deserves a little recognition? You might just want to consider nominating them for this year’s Paw Patrol Little Heroes Paw Awards and help them to shine with the help of their favourite pups!

This is the second year that the awards are running and there are eight different awards that can be won! The winners are chosen by a panel of judges and will be invited to attend a Luxury VIP Weekend in London to attend the awards ceremony on Saturday October 12th.

The awards are taking place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bride in London and the winners will be staying in a family Studio from the Friday until the Sunday with breakfast included as well as £200 spending money. Each winner also receives an award keepsake and a bundle of the latest Paw Patrol toys!

If you have someone in mind that you’d like to nominate, you can enter the Awards by visiting www.PAWAwards.co.uk and sharing why this little one deserves to be one of the PAW Patrol Little Heroes of 2019. If you are nominating someone else’s child, you need to seek permission of the child’s parent first.

So what awards can you nominate for?

–           The Rubble Award for Strength

Whether physical or emotional, do you know a little one who has shown unusual strength? They may have been brave, tough or strong.  We’d love to know what they did and how proud you are of them!

–           The Skye Award for Courage

Has a little one you know shown outstanding courage.  Did they face their fears or help others through a courageous act? Please tell us what happened and why they deserve this award!

–           The Marshall Award for Loyalty  

Sometimes, loyalty is tested and it’s not easy to do the right thing by others! It might mean missing out yourself or upsetting another. But if you know a little one has shown remarkable loyalty or willingness, do let us know.

–           The Rocky Award for Making a Difference   

Has a little one helped the community?  Have they taught you a thing or two about saving the planet or shown inspiration, or wisdom or come up with a brilliant idea? Tell us why your little patroller is a shining star!

–           The Chase Award for Leadership

Has your little one proven a responsible leader? Was there a time when they unexpectedly stepped up to the mark to lead, shown confidence, maturity or set a great example? Whether at school or at home, we’d love to hear!

–           The Everest Award for Kindness and Friendship

Has your little one helped or supported a friend or family member in need or just been incredibly kind to others? Tell us how they have been a great friend or about their generosity and kind heart.

–           The Zuma Award for Being Helpful

Everyone needs a little help at times and sometimes often and kids are not always first to offer – but if you have a special little assistant in your life then please share what makes them your helpful hero!

–           The Ryder Award for Kindness to Animals

Do you know a child who is a hero who shows kindness above and beyond to the animal kingdom? Tell us how this child is a friend to pets or animals whatever their shape, size or wherever they live!

The Toys We Received

We were very kindly sent some of the brand new toys from the Paw Patrol range – the Paw Patrol Ultimate Construction Truck {affiliate link} and the Marshall’s Ride n Rescue {affiliate link}.

The construction truck is quite impressive. It comes with a movable front scoop, a wrecking ball, a mini vehicle and flashing lights and sounds. Suitable for ages three and up, it comes with Rubble and can be combined with the Ultimate Rescue mini vehicles in the range. Something the little ones will love is the fact that the truck also plays the Paw Patrol theme song! This truck retails at £33.99 which is a great price for an item of this size and what comes with it.

The Ride n Rescue comes with either Marshall or Chase – we received Marshall which is great as he’s the kids favourite pup 0f all! This is a fantastic toy – it transforms from a truck to a playset which the kids absolutely adored. You can open it up to an adventure straight out of Adventure Bay! Marshall can climb the ladder to put out the fire on the barn and save Chickaletta (the figure for which is included). There’s also Teddy the bear figure included too! There’s even a launcher to load, aim and fire water to put out the fire. This is also for ages three and up and retails at £24.99

These toys are a fantastic addition to the range – we’ve got a number of Paw Patrol toys in our house and these have been well played with already!

Will you be nominating someone for the award?

Review | Little Friends: Dogs & Cats on Nintendo Switch

We were gifted with a code in order to download the game and play it. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This post also contains affiliate links.

Ever since we got our Nintendo Switch, Jack has been obsessed with it and is always looking for fun games to play – he’s got quite a few. When offered the chance to review a brand new game, Little Friends: Dogs & Cats, I had to say yes for him as I knew he’d love the chance to give it a go.

The game was released exclusively on Nintendo Switch on the 28th of May 2019. You can choose from a variety of puppies and kittens to play with, feed, pet and dress up in a simulation game that is fun for all ages. They can play with their favourite toys, go out for walks and be dressed in 600+ accessories. There are six breeds of puppy to choose from and three kittens.

Jack has been having fun using the touch screen to pet his puppies and kittens and he has been taking his pets on walks too as well as playing games. He now has a number of different pets and loves them all and Olivia has been enjoying playing with the game with him too.

You also spend time learning what your pet likes – Jack has learned his pets favourite food and what they prefer to play. You can play on the console on the go or put it in the dock and play on the TV.

This is the first simulation game Jack has ever played and I am glad to see he is enjoying it. He likes being able to choose a pet, play with it, name it and do everything you would with a real pet. It is a joy to see his face light up as he plays with his puppies and kittens and I love that Olivia is getting to enjoy the game too.

Overall, I am very impressed with this game, exclusively made for the Switch. You can find out more about the game and the pet breeds available here and you can buy it on Amazon here {affiliate link}. Do you or your kids enjoy simulation games?