6/25/2018

Little Live Bizzy Bubs Cute Carrier - Review



Little Live Bizzy Bubs are the newest range to be released within the Little Live franchise. You may be familiar with the animals and bugs, but now they've created a big band of babies and they couldn't be any cuter! Introducing, Bizzy Bubs, babies on the move, looking for a Mummy or Daddy to take care of them!


When we agreed to review Bizzy Bubs we didn't know which baby we'd receive and to our delight, we were graced with Swirlee and the Cute Carrier. Swirlee is a sight for sore eyes with her bright blue hair, swirled up like an ice cream, finished with a pink ice cream hair slide. She has a nappy which resembles an ice cream cone with pink and white, melted ice cream. Her baby carrier matches her ensemble, with the pink, white and blue detailing. She also comes with a pink bottle and pacifier.


Swirlee is a little sweetie pie and is full of lots of little surprises. Simply press the button on her nappy to hear her talk, coo and play peekaboo, just like a real baby! When she's tired, place her in her carrier for a rest, then you can feed her with the little bottle or give her the dummy. All of these elements are fantastic for role play and a great way to encourage little ones to use their imagination.


The kids love toys like these, anything which looks cute, moves and makes noise is always a winner with them. Noah really enjoyed looking after the Bizzy Bubs, making sure that she was fed and well rested. He also supervised when Ava decided she wanted to play too. As you can see by her face she's also a big fan of Little Live Bizzy Bubs! 


We adore Swirlee, she's such a fun little toy and one which I think the kids will enjoy for years to come. I think we might have to collect all her sisters too! The Little Live Bizzy Bubs Carrier is suitable for children 5 years+ due to the small dummy and bottle. The set retails at £22.99 and is available online and in most toy stores.

- We were sent this product for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.

6/22/2018

Sweet Pups Collectable Soft Toys - Review & Giveaway



If you read our reviews then you will know that we are suckers for collectables and have so many different collections on the go. This week we were introduced to one of the newest toys on the market, Sweet Pups!


Sweet Pups are a cute range of soft, plush puppies hidden inside scrumptious looking pastries. They appear to look like the most delicious croissants, macaroons and sticky buns on the outside, they also smell good enough to eat with their sweet pastry scents. But wait, they aren't edible, there's a wonderful surprise hidden inside instead! A super cute puppy!

In series 1 there are 12 adorable dog breeds to collect! From pugs and poodles through to boxers and beagles, there's a pup for everyone! Each dog has their own name and 1 of 4 sweet scents. Choosing your favourite Sweet Pup will be as difficult as deciding on which sweet treat to go for when at a wonderful patisserie!


The kids were sent a Sweet Pup each and they were both so excited when they arrived. Ava chose the yellow macaroon and Noah opted for the chocolate pastry, no squabbles there although they've both agreed to share. Ava is a little young to be able to open up the pup on her own but with a little instruction Noah opened them both up and was amazed when he discovered two puppies inside.


Inside the chocolate pastry we discovered a brown and black pooch called Sweety Peety and inside the yellow macaroon was a grey and white pup named Rex. Both are extremely cute and are just the right size for little hands. I can see the kids wanting more of them and I have to admit that the pink macaroon is next on our wishlist! 
Sweet Pups retail at £7.99 each and are available to buy online or at Claire's Accessories at the end of the month.

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6/21/2018

7 Tips All New Fashion Photographers Need To Know


Any type of photography can be hard to master. However, there is one particular type of photography that is harder than most. This is fashion photography. That said, just like many other forms of photography, once you know what you are doing, then you can easily master it. To help you along the way, we have put together 7 tips that all new fashion photographers should make the effort to know.


Be confident
When you are at a fashion photo shoot you are going to be responsible for making sure that your models are in the right place, the right position and are just generally following direction. This means that you are going to have to give off an air of confidence, even if you are feeling nervous and anxious about the photoshoot. That way, your models will trust in you and will listen to what you have to say.

Prepare everything in advance
Fashion photoshoots move at a fast pace, which means that you are going to be rushing around just to get it done. The last thing that you are going to want is to heap more stress on yourself. This is why we think that it is a good idea to try your very best to prepare as much as you can in advance. Think about the looks that you want to create and have everything that will create that look put together. This will ensure that you feel a little less stressed about everything as the day goes on.

Take a look at posing ideas
Posing is a huge part of any fashion shoot and whilst some models may know the best ways to hold themselves, it might be a good idea to take a look at some current magazines and photo shoots that are already out there, which will give you some ideas on how you should expect your models to carry themselves and pose.

Start in a studio
Whilst some fashion photo shoots are out and about, if you are brand new to photography then you might want to think about starting off in a studio instead. A studio may not always seem like the most interesting of setting, but it is the ideal place to get used to the process. Within a studio, you will always have the right lighting, and you will have your equipment to hand. Best of all, there are plenty of studios up for rent out there, which you can hire as and when you need to use them.

Always have more light than you need
If there is one key element that every photographer should get to grips with it is lighting. Lighting is key to ensuring that your photos look the best they can and thankfully, light is something that you can control yourself. Of course, the very best light comes from natural sources, however, if these are not available then you can turn to artificial sources and still have the same impact. Just make sure that you always have more light than you need.

Move around to get different viewpoints
One thing that you will quickly realise about fashion photography is that in order to get the very best photos, you are going to need to move around and take the pictures from a number of different viewpoints. You simply cannot stand still and hope for the best, you are going to need to get up high, crouch down low and take pictures from all angles, that is the only way to ensure that you capture the best shot.

Get some help
Everyone likes to think that they can do things alone, however, when you are first starting out in fashion photography, you may find that it is worthwhile having a helping hand. It might just be to ensure that you have everything that you need, to fetch over things and perhaps to hold lights or reflectors. Believe us, you will be grateful to have them around in the long run.

If you are just starting out on your fashion photography journey, then you might want to make sure that you have the basics set out first. One of the best ways to do this is to take a photography course online. These come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, which means that you are definitely going to find one that matches in with what you need. Then, who knows what you can do? You might move on to fashion photography, wedding photography or anything else in-between.

- This is a sponsored guest post.

6/20/2018

Learning Resources Smart Scoops Math Set - Review



Learning Resources are my go-to brand when I want to buy a fun toy for the kids, one which is entertaining but educational too. My children, like most kids their age, learn best through play so their toys and activity sets are just the ticket.

When asked to choose a couple of toys for the kids to review I was so impressed by the choice and variety of products that are readily available on their website. Although there's so much to choose from, the website is very easy to use, with straightforward categories to navigate through.

After changing my mind a couple of times I chose a colour sorting food set from the New Sprouts range for Ava, which I'll be reviewing at a later date. I then let Noah choose which product that he'd like. I showed him lots of different options and after deliberating for a little while he decided to go for the Smart Scoops Math Set. I'll be honest, it wasn't the maths that attracted him to it, it was the ice creams and the prospect of being an "ice cream man!"


The Smart Scoops Math Set encourages early maths skills, in a fun, exciting and engaging way. It helps builds their sorting, patterning, and colour recognition along with basic additions and fine motor skills. It's also a great way to nurture their imagination as it's superb for role play too. 

On opening, we were both really impressed with the activity set. Just like the other Learning Resources toys that we own, it's made with such quality and you can see that a lot of thought and attention has been put into creating it.

Inside the box are; 
4 Colour bowls, 4 Cones, 20 Icecream Scoops (5 of each colour), Fine motor ice cream scooper, 23 Double-sided cards, a Spinner and a lidded container. The Smart Scoops Math Set is a very impressive playset as there are multiple ways that it can be played with. Activities such as creating Colour Patterns, Colour Sorting, Ordering, Counting, Matching Numbers, Sums, Scooping, Role Play and so much more.



There are seven activity suggestions in the instruction book which we found very helpful. The instructions can also be found online which is great to know in case you ever lose them. Noah enjoys each game but his top three activities are below, these are the ones that he plays over and over again.

Colour Sorting
Set out the bowls. Using the scooper, help the child lift the scoops out of the container and into the matching-colour bowls. Ask the child to name the colours and place the correct colour-word card in front of each bowl. To randomize colour identification, let the child twirl the spinner, name the colour it lands on, and lift that scoop out of the container and into its matching-colour bowl.

Colour Patterns
Lay out the pattern cards. Select one, and say aloud the colour pattern as you take each scoop out of the container (“yellow, green, yellow, green…”). Have the child copy the pattern, stacking the scoops on a cone in the correct order. Then, ask, “Which colour comes next in this pattern?” Have the child stack the scoop that comes next. Continue with other pattern cards.

Order Up
Time for role play! Let the child pretend to be an ice-cream server by filling your scoops?” Or, 3 order. Give a simple counting instruction: “May I have a cone with test the child’s working memory by placing an order based on a colour sequence: “Today I’d like a bowl with one red, one blue, and one green scoop.” Can the child remember and re-create your exact order? Use the pattern cards for inspiration! 


The Smart Scoops Math Set retails at just £20.00, is suitable for ages 3-7 and I cannot recommend it enough. It's probably Noah's favourite toy at the moment, he's not stopped playing with it since it arrived and I've already noticed his confidence growing when it comes to maths. It will also be a great resource for me to use in the summer holidays ahead of him starting school, one which will keep him busy too! 

- We were sent this product for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.