Baby Born Surprise - Review


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I don't know about your children, but my two are absolutely besotted with both collectibles and surprise toys! I've lost count of how many different collections we have on the go because it seems to multiply on a weekly basis. Baby Born Surprise is a new toy on the market, one which ticks both of those boxes.


Baby Born Surprise are packaged in a hard plastic case, which I removed prior to photographing as it had already opened a little bit and was sharp. I advise you do the same when presenting to children, not just because it's sharp, but because it's also quite difficult to open up too. Scissors are needed.

Once the plastic was out the way you are presented with a lovely egg-shaped bundle wrapped in a cloth material, all tied up with a pretty bow. It's very attractive and the kids couldn't wait to see what was inside. Inside the wrap is another small plastic container, but within you'll find the most adorable little baby.


There are currently 12 babies to collect and each is wrapped in their own unique and adorable swaddle. Also included with each Baby Born Surprise is a removable, colour changing nappy, a pink or blue feeding bottle and a birth certificate which you have to decipher to learn more about the baby.


We unwrapped Baby Blue Bear and Spring Flower, both with pink bottles which means they are girls. We decided to wipe the babies eyes first to discover their eye colour and cross-reference this with their hair colour. doing so lead to our first answer on their birth certificates, their names; Peyton and Skyler! We then fed them (water) with the plastic bottles, which in turn changed the nappies from plain white to a colourful pattern print. The nappy print lets you know their favourite food.


There's so many different surprises to discover with Baby Born Surprise; their eye colour, hair colour, nappy colour, favourite food, birth month, star sign, favourite number, their gender and of course, their name. Filling out the birth certificate and figuring out all of these details is so much fun and brings a whole new element to play. It also gives each doll their own personality which I'm sure all children will appreciate.

We adore Baby Born Surprise! They are so cute, well made and just the right size for a children's collectible. Noah and Ava have played with them a lot since they arrived last week, both at home, on the go, in the bath, in the car! I think we might have to collect them all.

Baby Born Surprise are suitable for children from 3 years of age and retail at £11.99. They are available to buy at most leading toy stores and online. I think we might have to collect them all.

Would your children like Baby Born Surprise?


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The 50th Anniversary Of The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Giveaway


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is hands down one of the most well known and well-loved children's books in existence. It's a book that has been adored for generations, by children and grown-ups alike. It's now been 50 years since it's release and it's still up there with the best, it truly is iconic. It's quite endearing to have my own childhood memories of this story and to now be able to share its magic with my own children.


To mark the occasion Noah and Ava recieved a huge box filled to the brim with The Very Hungry Caterpillar merchandise. Inside we discovered;

· Galt Play Nest – Available from Galt Toys, Debenhams, Amazon and Crocodile Stores. RRP £39.99.
· Tiny and Very Hungry T-Shirt – Exclusively available from www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk. RRP £16.00.
· Made with Love Very Hungry Caterpillar – Available from John Lewis and Partners. RRP £19.99.
· Let’s Feed the Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Game – Available from Debenhams. RRP £14.95.
· The World of Eric Carle Bug Goggles – Available from Insect Lore, Tesco, Crocodile Stores, Pacey and Blue Diamond Centres. RRP £7.99.
· The World of Eric Carle Butterfly Growing Kit – Available from Insect Lore, Tesco, Crocodile Stores, Pacey and Blue Diamond Centres. RRP £20.00.
· The Very Hungry Caterpillar 87 Piece Art Set - Available from TJX, Waterstones, M&M Direct and Wyevale. RRP £9.99.
· The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book – Available from Waterstones. RRP from £5.49
· The Very Hungry Caterpillar Costumes – Available from Party Delights. RRP £13.99 each.
· Silver Caterpillar Charm Necklace – Available from www.licensedtocharm.com. RRP £48.00.
· The Very Hungry Caterpillar Mummy’s & Mine Baking Sets – Available from www.portmeirion.co.uk. RRP £21.00.
· Cawston Press VHC Apple Drinks – Available from Waitrose and Ocado.


The kids were so excited when unboxing the goodies and both screeched in delight with each product. It's such an impressive range of products, there's literally something for every age or interest. I found this great because it meant that Noah and Ava wanted to open different things and there was no squabbling in sight.

Ava went straight for the book, whilst Noah wanted to open the board game. They dressed in their costumes within minutes and were both crawling around the floor like to giant caterpillars. Every product is made true to the brand and with such care and quality. I'm so impressed with everything we received.


I've lost count of how many times we've reread The Very Hungry Caterpillar since our goodies arrived last week, but I'm not complaining! If anything it's reminded me how much we love this story, so much so that I've decided to give away this copy here on the blog (we already own a copy!) To enter simply use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other competitions!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book

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1. There will be 1 winner who will win the prize mentioned above.
2. Prize provided by myself. 
3. Competition ends 23/06/19.
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified.
5. UK entries only.

Living Arrows #21 - Sunny Days & Spring Fairs



It's been a while since I last published a Living Arrows post, so to make up for it I decided to choose a couple of shots taken at the spring fair a few weeks ago. I had intended to post them sooner, better late than never! The kids always enjoy going to the fair and it's become a yearly tradition of ours. Their Great Grandad visited in the morning we planned to go and kindly gave them both £10 in £2 coins for rides, they were ever so excited! Here are a couple of my favourite photos of the day.



Living Arrows

Making More Time For Myself & My Favourite Makeup Trends


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I have always dabbled in makeup and used to really enjoy taking my time to do my hair and makeup, however, that went down the pan the minute I became a Mother. I could still take the time to do it if I planned my time better or woke up earlier in the morning, but time and sleep are a precious commodity these days. Lately, I tend to only use makeup every other day, sometimes less, as I just don't have the time to apply it, not a full face anyway. I can go as far as a tinted moisturiser and a bit of mascara but then one of the kids need my attention and I get pulled away.

This Summer I want to start making more time for me and one simple way to do that is to make sure I have time to pamper myself. I'd like to book myself into the hair salon, get my nails done and I really want to start enjoying makeup again. With that in mind, I thought I'd put together a post all about my favourite beauty products and trends that I'll be indulging in this Summer.


Glossed lips For the last couple of years it's all been about the matte look lip, with certain celebrities embracing the trend by releasing their own matte effect liquid lipstick collections. However, this year we are set to see the return of glossy lips. A staple trend in the mid 2000s, a trusty lip gloss was essential for every make-up lover. Available in a variety of shades, you can introduce this versatile trend back into your make-up regime to guarantee a fresh, youthful finish.

Smudged eyeliner
If you’ve ever struggled to master the precision of a perfect cat-eye flick, you’ll be glad to hear that smudged eyeliner is set to be a popular look this upcoming season. A great accompaniment to the laid back summer months, this ‘unfinished’ eye look means fewer hours in front of the mirror and more time enjoying the sunshine. Whether you use a smokey kohl liner or a gorgeous, pigmented eye palette, this look can be achieved with ease for ultimate style. I'm going to try and use some different colours too as I tend to always grab a black kohl liner.

Dewy skin
As with matte lips, matte skin finishes are also so out of fashion. Embrace the gorgeous, natural dewy skin trend this year and show off a healthy, youthful glow that can be created with ease. I recommend opting for cream or liquid based products, such as cream blushers, bronzers, and highlighters rather than powders. You should also choose satin finish foundations that offer lightweight coverage and a beautiful glow. If you prefer to have a higher coverage foundation, choose a buildable product or use a concealer before creating your dewy look.

What are your favourite beauty trends for the Summer?