Friday, 13 December 2019

ad Elli Smiles Toy Review

My youngest two daughters at seven and nine years old still love to play with dolls. They push them around in what was my dolls pram, which is over thirty years old and they turn into mini mums as the play.

I've always believed that dolls are great for imaginative play, to get the cogs turning and to encourage interaction. Between the chatter, the dressing up and the role play, there is so much to be gained from simply playing.


Elli Smiles from Zapf Creations is a doll that offers the opportunity for all of the above, she is an interactive doll who really smiles and my girls were lucky enough to be gifted her for the purpose of this review.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Turn and Learn Books from Little Tiger

Something that Little Tiger books are very good for is interaction. Regardless of what the subject matter is, they are designed in a way that encourages little ones to really get involved with a book/story. This is definitely the case in their latest releases which come in the shape of these Turn and Learn books.

Our world is a spectacular place, full of curiosity and wonder. Why not take a closer look...

There are two books so far in this clever little series, they are called Our World and Weather.


Each hardback edition comes complete with slide and reveal wheels, a tool that even my nine year old felt the need to play with.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Read With Me 2019 #49

Hello everyone and welcome to this weeks Read With Me link up. Thank you to everybody who took the time to link up last week. 


The count down to Christmas is well and truly underway now so I thought I'd carry on with the sort of festive/winter theme of books and share with you a beautiful children's book that I was recently sent.

Just So Willow is the story of a petite polar bear called Willow who likes to have things 'just so'. And because of that when a snow storm hits she struggles to deal with the mess that everyone seems to create as they stomp, slide and bump through the clean, smooth blanket that was first created by the storm.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Elf for Christmas

ad we were kindly gifted an elf and accessories for this review however all thoughts and opinions are my own

Christmas is a truly wonderful time of year. Filled with festive cheer, it is a time when many traditions are upheld. From writing letters to Santa to visiting the man himself, every family has their own ways of enjoying this jolly season.

One of the most modern traditions has something to do with elves, you may have seen a few of them floating around on social media.

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of welcoming a new member to our elf family, the Elf for Christmas. This sort of present isn't primarily just for Christmas, it is in actual fact an Elf for December, especially if you partake in the tradition that is Elf on the Shelf (something that I'm now into my seventh year of joining in with.).


Now when I was sent my previous Elf for Christmas my children were informed that he was a new Nanny for our baby elf that had also arrived that year. Two years down the line and Nanny is still around - looking after our littlest elf as well as being a tad mischievous.