Ravensburger Cinderella Carriage 3D Puzzle

Ravensburger Cinderella Carriage 3D Puzzle is a really beautiful puzzle when finished and would take pride of place in any little girls bedroom on the shelf once complete.  With 72 pieces and aimed at 6-10 year old’s this puzzle is a delight to do and a pleasure to look at once finished in it’s 3D glory.

The puzzle comes with the really sturdy 3D pieces, some cardboard pieces to build the carriage and a guide in case you haven’t attempted a 3D puzzle before.

The puzzle pieces are cleverly numbered on the back and you need to find each piece in number order in order to assemble easily and enable the curves to form simply as you build.  Both my children age 6 and 9 are fascinated by 3D puzzles and eagerly worked together searching for the pieces and helped each other build the finished creation.

With a bit of teamwork it wasn’t long before the entire puzzle came together and a complete spherical ball shape had formed.  It looks fabulous and is really sturdy as the pieces are plastic and strong.  The whole structure stays together perfectly and looks lovely sitting upon the carriage.  The ball can be turned around with Cinderella on one side and the fairy godmother on the other.

The Ravensburger Cinderella Carriage 3D Puzzle is a beautiful 3D puzzle that the children loved building and one that looks lovely and can be kept as a decorative piece to admire on a shelf or broken up and done time and time again.  We love Ravensburger puzzles in general and the 3D ones give an extra dimension that brings them to life so if you have a Disney Cinderella fan in your house, this is well worth checking out as it’s sure to be loved by all!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Barbie Rock ‘n Royals Doll – Review

Barbie Rock ‘n Royals is the latest Barbie movie to be released which we watched last week and it kept both children glued to the screen, so Miss M was thrilled when the Courtney Barbie doll from Mattel arrived for her to try out.  Courtney is the main star of the film, a royal princess who ends up getting mixed up when she goes to attend Camp Royalty but ends up at Camp Pop.  She embraces her time at the camp and learns to become a pop singer which is reflected in this doll, who’s outfit can be changed instantly from princess to pop star by lifting the dolls arm!

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Courtney is beautifully dressed in a pretty pink princess outfit, tiara and silver shoes and when you push her arm down her body spins around to show a rock star outfit of a glitzy pink, black and silver dress and top.  She has long bright pink hair and holds a pink microphone.  To transform her back, simply lift her arm up and she twists back.

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This Barbie doll really does feel like she’s stepped right out of the film into your living room, and Miss M loves playing with her and singing along, as she also sings clips of songs from the film as she transforms.  You can also play shorter clips of the tunes by pressing the gem button on her necklace without her transforming.  The children loved doing this and hearing the songs again and again.

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Princess Courtney Barbie has been a much loved Barbie in this house with her pretty pink hair and beautiful outfits.   She’s modern but elegant at the same time and I have to say one of my favourite Barbies of Miss M’s collection.  She certainly entertains us with her singing after school each day!!

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Barbie Rock ‘n Royals has been a big hit with us, I think it always help bring a doll to life when she’s come from a film, as the children already feel like they know her and use their imagination to play out scenes that they remember from the film.  So as you can imagine, Courtney has been acting our her princess to pop star transformation lots of times here with us!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the Barbie in order to write the review.

Disney Cinderella 100 piece Puzzle from Ravensburger

The Disney Cinderella puzzle from Ravensburger is a beautiful puzzle depicting the various outfits of Cinderella along with her fairy godmother and ugly sisters, aimed at children 6+.

cinderella puzzleMiss M’s eyes lit up when she saw the puzzle and couldn’t wait to give it a try.  Having turned 7yrs old at the start of the year I was keen to see how well she could do this puzzle herself.  She began and with a few prompts from me to search for the edges and corners first, I let her do the entire puzzle herself which gave her a great sense of achievement on completion.

cinderella 1The puzzle pieces are nicely cut and a good size for her age.  With different characters and outfits to look for, it helped make the puzzle a little easier to do.  She soon got into the swing of it and started finding the pieces she needed and getting excited when she recognised what area of the puzzle pieces came from.

cinderella 3The finished Cinderella puzzle looked beautiful and coincides perfectly with the film Cinderella that has just been released.  The puzzle has lots of detail but is perfectly suitable to the age group suggested.

Miss M really enjoyed sitting, completing the puzzle and with a little determination, did it all by herself!

cinderella 2All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the Cinderella puzzle in order to write the review.

Glitterbelle Princess Books – Review

Glitterbelle is a new princess from Parragon books who loves to sparkle.  The range of Glitterbelle books includes a story book and various activity books.  We received a couple of activity books for Miss M to try out and they didn’t disappoint.  Beautifully designs and excellent quality have meant they have been a great hit with us.

glitterbelleThe Glitterbelle Dazzling Dress Up book is a really lovely combination of a story along with a sticker book, in which you dress up Glitterbelle and her friends Dazzlina and Angel in different outfits on each page depending on what’s happenning in the story.  There are four pages of very pretty, glittery stickers in the centre containing all the outfits they need from dresses, skirts, tops, trousers, shoes and lots of other accessories.  This is a really lovely dress up book that I’d highly recommend.

Glitterbelle Me and You is a lovely padded covered book with a purple, glittery elastic strap to keep the book closed.  It is in face a diary, a place to write your secrets, answer questions, list your favourite things etc.  The diary has full colour pages prompting you with things to write, boxes to tick and documenting facts about you, such as pets, hobbies and best friends.

glitterbelle 2This diary is perfect for Miss M who is 7 as she loves writing little things down and this keeps her occupied independently.  She keeps it by her bed and likes to fill in a few bits at bedtime.  She also loved the dress up book with the stickers and again could enjoy it competently on her own, reading the story as she went so she knew which outfit stickers to use on each page.

I think these would make a lovely gift for either a young girl who could do the activity books assisted by a grown up or for a slightly older girl of around 6 or 7 years who can enjoy them independently.

I love the Glitterbelle range of books from Parragon, why not take a look and see what you think?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the books in order to write the review.

Disney Wall Vinyls Light and Clock Review

Disney is always a hit in our house and Worlds Apart have a fabulous range of wall vinyls to decorate children’s bedrooms including clocks, night lights, doorbells, wall hooks and light switch stickers.  My children were lucky to get to try out the Disney Planes Lumiglow and the Disney Princess Tick Tock clock.

planes princessMister B has recently been asking for a light on at night and the Disney Planes Lumiglow seemed like the perfect option.  A light that he could make come on by himself and give a soft glow in his bedroom, but goes off again after two minutes.

The Disney Planes light comes with 50 wall stickers to create a scene around the light.  There is a large background sticker to use as the backdrop for the light and other smaller stickers to decorate as you wish.  The light requires 3 AA batteries to work which are easily put in the back of the nightlight.  The light also cleverly sticks to the wall using velcro sticky pads, meaning you can easily take the light off to change the batteries.

planes1The stickers are of a good quality and stick easily and well to to the wall, although you can peel off and re stick should you need to.  Mister B decided he only wanted a few plane stickers around the light and the others have been dotted across his bedroom!  The light is very easy to activate requiring a simple clap, loud voice or other noise.  You can also touch it lightly and it comes on.

planes 2Mister B loves his new night light and has shown every visitor to our house his special light.  He loves being able to switch it on like magic and it’s been a great incentive to get him up to bed at night.  It gives a really soft, gentle glow which is great as it allows him to drop off to sleep with the knowledge that it will switch itself off after two minutes!

 

The Disney Princess Wall Clock from Worlds Apart has been a huge hit with Miss M who is currently learning how to tell the time.  It comes with 50 accessory stickers to decorate the wall, creating a pretty fairytale scene.  The main sticker is a fairytale castle tower with princesses at the bottom that forms the backdrop to the clock.

princess 1The clock requires 1 AA battery and can then be stuck to the tower using velcro sticky pads for easy removal.  The scene stickers include clouds, hearts, flowers, trees, butterflies and more.  There are also the 12 number stickers that enable you to tell the time, these even glow in the dark which Miss M loves.  The size of this clock on the wall along with all the stickers really does make this a feature on the wall rather than just a clock, brightening up any young girls room.

princess 2Miss M has this clock on the wall to the side of her bed and loves being able to look up at the time in the morning, she just about knows her half and quarter pasts, so we are now trying to learn the rest.

I think both of these vinyl wall products from Worlds Apart are lovely, being both wall decoration but also functional with the clock and the light.  They look good, the children love them, and so I definitely recommend them!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the wall sets in order to write the review.

 

 

Kids Costume T-shirts – Review

Kid’s T-shirts are a t-shirt printing company that produce a vast array of designs under many different themes from animals to sports, halloween to world book day.  We were asked to choose a t-shirt from their costume section which includes a range of designs that children aspire to be when they grown up.

t shirts 3Some of the designs include an astronaut, policeman, chef, knight, wizard, doctor, firefighter and nurse.  I asked my children to have a look through and see what they wanted to be.  Mister B who is 3 would love to win a gold medal, we are not sure what in yet but it’s something he aspires to own so he picked the gold medal t-shirt.  Miss M on the other hand aspires to be a policeman like her daddy although she wasn’t so keen on a black/yellow t-shirt so decided she wants to be a princess for now.

t shirts 1The t-shirts are generously sized with plenty of room to move around and play in.  I thought the choice was good and depending on the design of the t-shirt you could choose what colour background you wanted.  Both my children loved them and happily wanted to wear them again and again.

I think it’s good for children to start thinking about all the roles and opportunities available to them when they are older, even if it’s just for a bit of fun.  These t-shirts are great to wear everyday but also can be used as part of a dress up outfit.  It also encourages conversation on the topic of the t-shirt.  For Mister B we discussed medals and the different colours, which one is first, second, third and the sorts of events you can win them in.

t shirts 2Why not check out the Kid’s T-shirts website and find a fun t-shirt for your child to wear?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the t-shirts in order to write the review.

Princess Alexa Barbie Doll – Review

Princess Alexa is a newly released Barbie doll along with a range of other Barbie toys, especially for the soon to be released film, Barbie and the Secret Door.  The film follows Princess Alexa, a shy princess but during the film she discovers a whole new fairy tale world and along with two magical friends helps to save the kingdom.  Other characters include a magical unicorn, mermaid and a fairy.

Barbie Alexa doll 4Miss M’s face lit up when she saw Princess Alexa, she thought the Barbie doll looked beautiful and when I told her about the new film, she can’t wait to go and see it.  Princess Alexa is a standard size Barbie with the additional feature that she sings!  The dress on her bodice is solid and this flashes coloured lights as she sings.  Her skirt is satin like and can be removed.  It has some large flexible flowers on it which really help it stand out and look pretty.

Barbie Alexa doll 2The highlight of this Barbie doll for Miss M is most definitely Princess Alexa’s songs.  To play the songs you simply press gently down on her arm and a song plays.  There are clips of two songs, both of which become quite addictive and we all know the words now after hearing them endlessly each day.  Even Miss M’s little brother Mister B joins in, singing along.

See Miss M and Princess Alexa’s songs here:

Miss M has loved playing with the Princess Alexa Barbie doll.  She is a beautiful doll with great added features in the songs and lights.  We are looking forward to the film Barbie and the Secret door which is released on DVD on 1st September 2014 and it’ll also be screened exclusively in Vue cinemas.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the Barbie was sent to us in order to write the review.

H&A Kid’s Character Haircare Range – Review and Win

H&A have launched a new kids hair care range to compliment there already successful bath time kids ranges.  With a variety of character hair care products on offer there is sure to be something to entice you child to have their hair washed.  I know with 3yr old Mister B it’s always easy to wash his hair whilst in the bath without him noticing too much but 6yr old Miss M’s hair is a nightmare and she begs me not to wash it due to her natural curls that tangle up.

Shampoo 1For Mister B we received the Ben 10 shampoo.  It has a mild and gentle formula that is all important “tear free”, a must have for little ones.  It has a citrus fragrance which is fresh and fruity, but light giving hair a nice clean smell.

So what did Mister B think?  When he saw the tube, he grabbed it, gave it a cuddle, then danced around the room shouting “Ben 10, Ben 10, I’ve got Ben 10 shampoo, Ben 10, can I use this in the bath mummy, I love Ben 10”

shampoo 5So the packaging definitely appealed and when we it reached bath time that night he excitedly took it up with him and couldn’t wait to squirt it on his head.

What did mummy think?  I thought it was great, simple to use, easily lathered up, ran down his face with no tears and left him with soft, cleaning smelling hair – I can’t ask for more than that!

I must just comment on the packaging of the H&A hair care range.  All the shampoos come in large tubes which stand on a nice wide lid so don’t easily fall over.  I love that the product sits at the opening end so that you can quickly and easily squirt a blob into your hand or your child’s head with no fuss.  The tube is flexible and easy to squeeze, so I give the design of these tubes a big thumbs up!

Miss M tried out Disney Princess Ariel’s range of products from H&A which consist of a conditioning shampoo and a detangler spray.  The products immediately appealed to Miss M and although she would rather not wash her hair, she wanted to try these out on the days I insisted that we had to wash it!

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The shampoo has a fruity fresh fragrance which Miss M immediately picked up on and said “I like that smell” as we started to wash her hair.  As with the Ben 10 shampoo, this lathered up easily, leaving the hair feeling clean and fresh.  You can tell the shampoo’s have conditioning properties as you could feel the hair was softer and more manageable after shampooing, a good start in getting rid of those tangles.

shampoo 3With Miss M’s coarse curly locks the only way we can truly brush it is when wet using a large amount of conditioner and a tangle brush.  Although her hair felt softer and the tangles had eased we did have to add a separate conditioner in order to ease the matted tangles out.  Most children would have a great result using just the conditioning shampoo, but Miss M’s hair is an extreme exception and one that I’ve had to learn to manage over the last few years.  I think it’d be great to see a separate conditioner in the range for children that need it.

Once left to towel dry for 10 minutes we sprayed some of the Ariel detangler spray which Miss M loved the fruity fragrance of.  It really helped her tangle brush glide through the damp hair and in particular allowed me to separate it ready for plaiting.  As recommended on the bottle of Ariel detangler, a great way of keeping tangles at bay is to keep your hair in plaits.  This is something we do regularly with Miss M as when her hair is down it ends up a knotted mess by the end of the day and impossible to brush out or style the next day without another wash.

Without the Ariel detangler, the hair would have started to frizz which leads to tangles and so I’d highly recommend this to aid combing and styling.  It also has a heat defence formula to protect hair should you require it.  Being able to use this spray on both wet and dry hair it’s perfect for us to use each morning to redo Miss M’s plaits.  The Ariel detangler spray is a daily staple for us and we wouldn’t be without it!

Ariel picsWe’ve really enjoyed trying out the H&A hair care products, they are great value, the children love them and they work!

shampoo 6The products above as well as other in the range are all RRP £2.00 and available from Tesco and Wilkinson.

 

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Djeco Princess Create a Story Stamp & Stencil Set – Review

Djeco Princess Create a Story Stamp & Stencil Set is a beautiful creative kit for girls allowing them to produce elegant pictures, story scenes and many other creative pieces.  This set from French brand Djeco is presented in a high quality box, perfect for storing all the pieces in.

Djeco_princess-create-a-story-stamp-stencil-set_butterflies and dragonsInside the box you get 10 sheets of high quality paper in a lovely selection of background designs as well as 3 stencil sheets, 10 stamps and a pink ink pad.

Miss M’s eyes lit up when she saw the box and being of an art and crafty nature, she couldn’t wait to get stuck in.  The french designs are elegant and feminine and Miss M immediately took up the challenge of creating a princess scene on the included background papers.  She loved both the stamps and the stencils and sat in deep concentration drawing inside the stencil lines.  Djeco princess stamping stencil

This has kept Miss M entertained for long periods of time, with her keen to create her own little storyboards.  The designs feel grown up and different from other similar types of activity kits making it a good step up for Miss M and made it more interesting for her.  It really encourages children to be creative using various methods such as stamping, stenciling and their own free hand.  Miss M has also enjoyed colouring the stenciled pictures to finish them off.

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This is a lovely set presented in a beautiful sturdy box that is great for storing little crafty things in.  There is plenty to do and the included background papers really make your child’s pictures come to life.   Miss M has loved using this set and will continue for a long time yet.  We recommend this and think it’d make a lovely gift for any young girl who enjoys drawing and art.

The Djeco Princess Create a Story Stamp & Stencil Set is available from the family run company Butterflies and Dragons.  They have a wide range of other wonderful children’s toys and activities which all come with free delivery within the UK!!  There are many beautiful wooden and traditional style toys – well worth a look especially on the run up to Christmas.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Craft Party Kit’s by Interplay

Yesterday we held a children’s craft party with some fabulous kits from Interplay.  Miss M was very excited and invited five of her friends from school.  Of the four kits on offer we tried the Fairy Princess and Pirates boxes.

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Each Kit contains enough contents for six children aimed at ages 5-8.  In the Fairy Princess box the children can each make a tiara, wand and wings and they each get a sticker sheet with more than enough stickers to decorate the items, as well packs of stick on jewels to share and a bag of fluffy pink feathers.

The Pirate box had contents to make pirate hats, eye patches and a plastic treasure chest to paint with gold coins to go inside which I thought was a lovely touch.

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The girls started off decorating their Fairy Princess items.  I was amazed at how quiet the room was as they all got stuck in sticking on jewels, feathers and other bits being quite creative in some cases.  I was impressed with their designs and loved watching them totally engrossed in what they were doing.

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party2Once they had finished decorating their wings, I assisted them in threading the ribbon through so they could wear them.

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The princesses were so proud fo their new accessories, that they spent the next five minutes all dressed up running around the room shouting “I’m a fairy”, “I’m a princess” and even “I’m a queen”.  It was so cute watching them all especially as they had made the items themselves.

It was then time for some food, we had heart shaped pizza, heart shaped sandwiches, and jewel shaped cheesy snacks – perfect for my little princesses!!

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After some food it was time to become pirates, having had a pirate themed week at school a couple of weeks ago, they were very keen and knew all the phrases – “Shiver me timbers”, “Ooh arghh me hearties”.

This activity involved painting which they all loved and once again got stuck in.  They had a little plastic treasure chests to paint and also included in the party box was a bag of gold coins to put in the boxes.  There were also hats and eye patches to become a complete pirate.

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I was impressed with how carefully they all wanted to be in painting the boxes.  I had to monitor this activity a little more closely to help pass the coloured paints around the table and mop up any mess as they went along so they didn’t lean over into it.  They particularly loved trying to make their chests look old and even painted the insides too!

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Overall I have to say the Interplay craft party was a great success, the children loved making things and the parents thought it was a great concept.  We had a few games at the end which we got from the list found within each party box.  The ideas for the games are all theme based depending on the party but simple to play.  The Princess games include things like TinkerBell Says and Dancing Fairies, whereas the Pirates games include X Marks the Spot and Musical Pirate Ships.

I think the key success of the party is whether the children enjoyed it.  When I asked them what they liked best, they all shouted out everything they had made so it all was a hit with them.  Secondly I think party success is the effort for parents.  In this case I think the Interplay craft party boxes are great as they really do include everything you need to entertain the children, you just need to add food.  I found everything easy to set up and games easy to play.  The only thing I wished is that I had been a bit more prepared for the painting activity, but I know for next time.

If you want to find out more about or purchase one of Interplay’s craft party sets, check out the Interplay website.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.