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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Organizing Your Life to Reduce Stress

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Organizing your space is one of the most crucial ways of reducing stress. Having a proficient system to keep track of your appointments and papers can gradually reduce stress-influenced conditions like ulcers, heart disease, and depression.

According to a study by Psychological Science, staying organized can positively impact your eating habits. Learning how to stay organized is easy, but remaining organized is a different matter.

These tips will be helpful.

6 Tips on How to Stay Organized

Make Your Bed Immediately After Waking Up

Undoubtedly, making your bed improves your life in many ways. It might sound like a small matter, but making your bed every morning gives you a great sense of accomplishment. It makes you feel organized and ready to face the day. Spreading the bed is a two-minute task, but it will set the tone of the day. Small but mighty!

After a stressful day, all you want is to get to your bed. But it can be more stressful when you get to your room, and all you see is a messy space with clothes and shoes cluttered everywhere. This kind of situation will drop your mental state. Can you remember your stay in a hotel? You find a tidy room and your mood elevates right away, and you cannot wait to climb into a crisply made bed. Create the same setting and mood at home!

Declutter

Decluttering is the key to an organizational system that helps in reducing stress. The idea of living uncluttered, simplified life with fewer items sounds attractive. Clearing out the clutter will leave you with fewer items: less debt, easy to clean, less stress, and more energy to focus on greater passions. Organizing your office or home will lift the weight off your shoulders and might inspire you to seamlessly iron your projects.

When you look around, you may find at least 15 items that you don’t need. It could be used pens, nonfunctional calculators, bottles of shampoo, and empty cheese cans. Declutter your wardrobe too by giving out clothes and shoes that you have not used for the last six months.

Plan Your Day the Night Before

If you don’t have a planning framework, you will always leave your house late or leave without everything you need. Waking up to an organized home is captivating and sets your mood right for the day. When you get back to your house in the evening, ensure you set everything ready for the next day.

Sort out your wardrobe and ensure you have all you need. Have a strategic place where you keep car keys and phone. You can also prepare breakfast at night to minimize the time wasted in the morning. Set the alarm to remind you of your appointments. It will help you start your morning in a relaxed and centered mood without rushing around.

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Learn to Say No

You should learn to set boundaries. This will significantly reduce stress by having limits and sticking to them. You don’t have to attend every party, serve on every committee, or participate in every activity. It’s time to lose the knee-jerk response of saying yes whenever someone asks you to attend an event or to do something.

You also don’t have to handle every issue that comes your way personally. You would rather say no than burden yourself with additional responsibility. Saying yes to everything will leave you overwhelmed and at the end, you will do a shoddy job.

Always Have a To-Do List

When it comes to a stress-free life, prioritization in organization is paramount. A to-do list helps you set your priorities and keep you focused. However, different lists work differently for each person. Therefore, do not be compelled to do what others do. You can create a weekly to-do list and then break up things to daily tasks.  Avoid making a long list.

Although your list can have easier tasks, don’t overburden yourself. Narrow down to important things and stick by your list. You can do other things only once you accomplish your daily tasks; for example, you can wait to return a friend’s phone call until after you finish clearing your inbox.

Keep Dishes Out of the Sink

A stack of dirty dishes is unappetizing and ugly. Create a routine of putting silverware and plates in the dishwasher immediately after eating. You can even wash them by hand and get them to the shelves to keep them from piling up.

These are just but a few tips that will help you stay organized to reduce stress. By following these ideas and doing them over and over will cement into a habit that will help you remain organized and lead a stress-free life!

Gift Bracelets With A Special Message

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Characteristics of Custom Personalized Bracelets

Here, you can find a bracelet matching any style and a variety of symbolic meanings. We have a wide selection of materials to make a personalized gift more creative. And you can be sure that the men’s personalized bracelet with a special engravement will fit the size of the owner’s wrist. It won’t be too tight or wide, and a person who’ll wear it won’t feel any inconveniences. All the bracelets are made of the best materials and you can be sure that jewelry contains the greatest minerals and gemstones. For example:

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We design durable and stylish custom bracelets for him from the best materials. A professional designer uses stainless steel to create an engravement and it won’t change the way it looks under the impact of water or any other factor. Beads are kept together with the help of a durable silicon cord that won’t be accidentally broken. And all the bracelets have natural colors and match any style or cloth.

Well-tailored personalized guy bracelets are a wonderful gift for people who like to emphasize their style with small details. You will only have to write us the text you want to leave on a steel bead and we’ll engrave it. It can be any message but it will definitely be something special for an owner. These products belong to things that people keep closer to a heart for years.