Teletubbies Twist n Chime Figures & Dipsy Talking Soft Toy - Review

I've said it before and I'll say it again, it delights me that Teletubbies are still around for my children to enjoy. I adored them back when I was a kid and I have so many fond memories of watching the Teletubbies with my younger siblings. It's lovely to be able to relive that with my own children.

We've reviewed Teletubbies toys in the past, the last one being the Shuffle n Giggle Ping so I was very happy to accept some of their latest toys to try out. We were sent the full range of the new Twist n Chime toys and a Talking Soft Toy for the purpose of this review. I couldn't wait to see what Ava thought of them.

First we have the Talking 8" Soft Toy. We didn't know which would arrive and on opening we discovered that we had Dipsy! He's so adorable and just the right size for Ava to carry around. Simply press his tummy and he speaks all the Teletubbies phrases and noises that we all know and love. Not only is he great for chatting with but he's also great for cuddling as he's so soft and squishy! At just £9.99 each these talking soft toys won't break the bank either, the perfect excuse to buy them all.

Next we have the Twist n Chime figure's which are just a delight to look at and are such great quality too. They look like their going to withstand some rough and tumble which is great because the kids can be a little heavy handed at times. They fit nicely in the palm of your hand, they are the perfect shape and size for little hands to grasp and explore.

They are great little figures on their own accord but they have a lovely feature where you twist them and they make a chime noise. I only had to show Ava a couple of times before she figured out how to do it herself. She beams from ear to ear when she hears that little jingle! She's taken such a shine to them and I often see her role play with them which is very endearing to see at her age. The Twist n Chime toys retail at just £4.99 each which I think is fantastic value for money. 

We love our new Teletubbies toys and we can't wait to see what they'll release next. These toys are suitable from 18 months through to 3 years and are available now online and at Argos.

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


PJ Masks Series 2 & Our Exclusive Viewing Party

There's a couple of children's shows that I don't just grit my teeth and tolerate but enjoy just as much as my kids! PJ Masks is one of them, my favourite actually. I'll happily cuddle up on the sofa with Noah and watch an episode with him. We've watched the first series so many times, so much so that we know the words in some places!

You can imagine my delight when I was told that the action packed adventures of Cat Boy, Gekko and Owelette are back on the 28th of March, for series 2! Not only that but I was invited to host my own exclusive home viewing party for the kids. During the party we would be able to watch the first two episodes of series 2 before they air, and we received a box full of PJ Masks goodies too.

We were sent a big box of branded products; a Gekko character 3d mask, an art and creativity set, a glow in the dark puzzle, an inflatable chair, a Cat Boy bedding set, a stamp and colour set, PJ Masks blind bag, and party wear (banner, plates, cups, balloons, invites, table cover and napkins!) All of which are available on Amazon. You should have seen Noah's face when we opened the box! It was priceless and the Gekko mask (RRP: £9.99) went on straight away and he's dropping hints that we need the other two too.

The PJ Masks glow in the dark puzzle (RRP: £7.99) was out the box in minutes as Noah insisted on doing it right away. With it being a 60 piece puzzle it took us quite some time and once it was complete he was so proud of himself! He actually asked to put it on his wall, not sure how we can do that without sticking it all together though, ha ha.

Another firm favourite has got to be the inflatable chair (RRP: £9.99) which I bribed my better half to blow up, as it took quite some effort. It's the perfect chair to sit and relax in ready for the new series and i ideal for every PJ Masks fan out there. The Cat Boy bedding set (RRP: £25.93) is also a must have and is now Noah's favourite bedding!

The Carry Along Art Case (RRP: £7.99) and the Sticker Set (RRP: 4.99) were thoroughly enjoyed during our PJ Masks screening party and Noah may have gotten a little stamp happy as he decided to decorate his hand with them. I know these will be a god send during half term too, they'll keep him very busy that's for sure.

After we had played and done some crafting it was time to sit down with some snacks and enjoy the screening. The first two episodes of series 2 are called Moonfizzle Balls and Soccer Ninjalinos and both had us glued to the screen! We cannot wait to watch more of the series and we just know it'll be as popular as the first.

The eagerly anticipated new series launches on Disney Junior at 4.30pm on Wednesday 28th March. Tune in every following Wednesday at 4.45pm to see the brand-new episodes.
- We were sent these products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.


My First Baby Annabell & My First Baby Annabell Brother - Review

Baby Annabell are one of the most popular dolls here in the UK, and have been for the past 15 years. This doesn't surprise me at all as they are a favourite of ours too, for numerous reasons. 
These lifelike baby dolls enable realistic nurturing role play, building a bridge to the real baby world and allowing children to be like their own parents. This creates a social emotional bond and encourages key social skills from an early age and why they are important for both girls and boys alike.

Zapf keep their catalogue fresh and exciting by regularly introducing new products to their already extensive range of toys. A few weeks ago we were given a sneak peak of their SS18 collection and I was asked if we'd like to choose a couple of toys to review.

After a quick browse I decided to go for the 
My First Baby Annabell and the My First Baby Annabell Brother dolls. We already have a few of the regular Baby Annabell's but they are a bit big for Ava at the moment. I knew that these would be the perfect first baby dolls for her being smaller and lighter. 

I think that baby dolls can be hit and miss when it comes to how they look, sometimes they can look quite creepy, but as you can see these dolls are so adorable! They have the sweetest faces, a cute button nose, rosebud lips and big round eyes. They are similar in appearance but Annabell has big blue eyes and wears a pink sleep suit and matching hat where as Alexander has big brown eyes and wears blue. Both dolls come with a bottle and a removable hat. They compliment one another so well, they are the perfect set of twins!

The My First Baby Annabell and My First Baby Annabell Brother are classed as the beginner’s version Baby Annabell as they are slightly smaller at 36 cm long. They have sleeping eyes which close when led down and open again once sitting. They are a great way to gently encourages young children to engage in role play and provides initial stimuli for developing a sense of empathy and responsibility.

Ava has been quite taken with the pair of them and is always offering a bottle to them both, though I'm surprised she hasn't tried to breastfeed them yet! She tries to undress them and has even tried to put her shoes on them. I often find her cuddling them, their soft bodies make for great hugs. I think she'll grow to love them more and more as she gets older.

My First Baby Annabell and My First Baby Annabell Brother are suitable for children from 1 year old, are available online and at most good toy stores at just £19.99 each.

- I was sent these products for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.


Celebrate Easter with the Twirlywoos - Competition

Celebrate Easter with the Twirlywoos and this range of colourful, fun, high quality products which include toys, books, DVDs, and accessories.
The adorable Run-Along Fun Sounds Twirlywoos from Golden Bear provide lots of fun and giggles as they run along, just like in the show! Press their hand and watch them come to life. Don’t forget to listen out for their signature tune as they move. Little ones will love interacting and playing with them over and over again!
Join the Twirlywoos in a collection of favourite episodes in Adventures in a Big Red Boat, from Abbey Home Media. Episodes include Pop Bigger and Bigger High and Low Balancing Joining Up Smaller Hiding Pulling. And there’s further fun to be had in There’s Somebody At The Door, also from Abbey Home Media.

With over 100 stickers and a beautiful egg-shaped jigsaw to complete, Happy Easter, Twirlywoos! From Harper Collins will delight any Twirlywoos fan this Easter! And My First 123 Bookalso from Harper Collins is a bright and appealing board book, the perfect holiday reading companion.

How would you like to win a Twirlywoos prize bundle worth £45.00? The prize b
undle includes; 1x Run-Along Fun Sounds Twirlywoos, 1x Adventures In A Big Red Boat DVD, 1x There’s Somebody at the Door DVD, 1x Happy Easter, Twirlywoos book, 1x My First 123 Book. To enter simply use the Gleam form below! Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions!
Twirlywoos prize bundle worth £45.00

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Our Family Trip To Center Parcs

You may, or may not have noticed that I've been a bit quiet on the blog and social media front this week. All for good reason, we've just got back from a midweek break at the Whinfell Forest Center Parcs. This wasn't a blogging opportunity, so I won't be reviewing our stay but I wanted to share some photo's. I actually won our stay on a competition, last year on social media! I know, so lucky!

We were all so excited for our trip, a time to really unwind as a family and enjoy some well deserved down time with one another. It was lovely and so relaxing to be in the heart of Whinfell forest, surrounded by tree's and wildlife. We felt completely at ease, in our happy place. However I can't say we chilled out very much, we packed so much into our week! From walks in the woods, trips to the park, to science and dance lessons, through to swimming, shopping and soft play! We were very lucky with the weather too, we had no rain until the very last day and it wasn't overly cold either. We had such a great time and was sad to head home on Friday morning. Here are some of my favourite photo's from our stay, I'm so glad I took my camera as well as my phone.


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Last week Ava turned 1, fast forward 7 days and we've just got back from a break away at Center Parcs in Whinfell Forest. We had such an amazing time and I'm so sad to be home and back to normality. To be able to (semi) switch off and enjoy the great outdoors with Nick, Noah and Ava was just priceless and something we try to prioritise multiple times a year. I'm going to be posting a brief run down of our week on Monday, so check back if you'd like to see some more photo's from our stay. We did so much during our four day trip and I'm so glad we made the most of every moment. Highlights have got to be swimming, science class, the scenery, the food, pancake house, feeding the birds, the long walks, the fresh air, the extremely comfy beds, the arcade. I could really go on and on.

We are lucky really, we've been on numerous holidays abroad over the years and most recently quite a few different trips here in the UK too. We've reviewed bith Bluestone in Wales and Butlins in Skegness, and we've also won breaks away to Forest Holidays and Center Parcs. It's great to compare them all and although all four are great for different reasons, Nick and I have come to the agreement that both Butlins and Center Parcs are our favourite of the four. We'd go back to either in an instant.

What have you been up to this week?