Baby Annabell Milly Feels Better Doll, Medical Scanner & Clothing Assortment - Review & Giveaway

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Babies and role-playing are two of Ava's favourite things - she spends most of her time role-playing. Sometimes she's a dentist, doctor, or vet, and other times she's a teacher, singer, or wrestler (that's my girl) usually with a doll or two under her arm! With this in mind, I knew the Baby Annabell Medical Scanner would be a great toy for her and I was delighted to review it for her.

Please note that the Baby Annabell Milly Feels Better Doll that's mentioned in this post was not sent to review, however, with it being the perfect doll for the scanner (with her poorly red cheeks and reacting to the medicine spoon) I thought it was worth mentioning so you can see them both in action. You can read more about the doll on the Zapf website. Other dolls can obviously be used too.

The Baby Annabell Scanner is designed to help Baby Annabell feel better, in particular, the Milly Feels Better Doll - who reacts to some of the accessories. Included is the medical scanner and 10 medical accessories, including a stethoscope, medicine spoon, thermometer, pager, and many more. There's even a handy little drawer on the side of the scanner for you to store a couple of them.

Simply roll or hold the scanner over the spot that is poorly or hurts and the display on the scanner will tell you what is wrong - it also shows you what cure is needed/ which accessory to then use next. The SOS ambulance button is a nice touch. The scanner has various light and sound functions so batteries are required - x3 AA batteries which and not included.

There are so many ways to play with the scanner and Ava has had hours of fun with it already. She likes to use the stethoscope first to examine her patient, taking the temperature with the thermometer, giving injections and medicine. The Baby Annabell Scanner is suitable for children from 3 years of age, retails at £29.99 and is available to buy online and in-store at most leading retailers. 

I was also sent two sets of clothing/accessories for Baby Annabell, one of which I have set aside for this competition. Ava had to have first dibs on the Baby Annabell Sweet Dreams Pyjamas - she squealed when she saw them. The top is so soft and fluffy, just like the ones Ava likes to wear to bed. The colours and design are so sweet, and realistic - I could actually see something like this on a real baby. I found them easy to put on the doll which will be great for when Ava starts wanting to dress the dolls herself. The set retails at £15.99 and comes with a reusable coat hanger, and teething ring.

How would you like to win two pairs of Baby Annabell tights? To enter simply use the Gleam form below and don't forget to enter my other blog and social media competitions!

2 Pairs of Baby Annabell Tights

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Living Arrows - January 2020

It's been a minute since I last took the time to post something like this, in fact, it was last summer that I last linked up with Living Arrows - weirdly enough Ava is wearing the exact same hoodie in both posts! She hardly ever wears it too!

I'll be honest, I'm a bit disappointed in myself as somewhere in the midst of 2019 I lost direction with my blog. I was mainly focusing on brand work and forgetting what the essence of this space is; my family. I'm going to make it my mission this year to get the balance a little bit better - watch this space!

So, one of my first posts of the year (and many more to come) has got to be of Noah and Ava at their Great Grandparents house one Sunday afternoon, building train tracks. We visit them every Sunday, they are in their 80's, absolutely dote on the kids and the feeling is totally mutual. Family is so very important to us.

Living Arrows

Blippi Toy Range from Jazwares - Review

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If you have a preschooler you are probably well aware of Blippi by now - he's a YouTube sensation with other twelve billion views! Blippi's character is very childlike with his boundless energy and enthusiasm - he looks the part too with his colourful and eye-catching garb. His content is totally child-friendly and educational, focusing on preschool basics such as counting, letters, shapes, colours, and so on.

Ava is a huge fan so I was delighted to be offered the brand new Blippi toys to review - I have to admit that I had my eye on the postman for the week leading up to the delivery day! When the box arrived I couldn't make Ava wait any longer. She absolutely squealed with delight when she saw the huge Blippi box - she said "Blippi? For me?"

Once she'd unboxed it all, it was time to take a good look at the range. Inside we discovered; My Buddy Blippi - £17.99, Be Like Blippi Role Play - £11.99, Blippi Surprise Boxes - £9.99, x2 Blippi Mini Vehicles - £5.99 each and x2 Blippi Ball Pit Surprise Balls - £3.99 each.

My Buddy Blippi was first to be opened and lots of hugs and kisses followed soon after. He's a plush doll, with a hard plastic head, which measures 16" long - the perfect size for little ones to hold and carry around. The fun doesn't stop there as it also plays 15 classic Blippi sounds and phrases with the simple press of the belly. My Buddy Blippi is a must-have for all Blippi fans - such a fantastic toy and Ava's new best pal.

The Be Like Blippi Role Play Set was de boxed and on in a flash - causing Ava to grin from ear to ear. Kids can now dress just like their idol as the role-play set contains a bow tie, suspenders, hat, and glasses - just like the ones Blippi wears! Ava wasn't wearing the suspenders in this picture as she was wearing dungarees but they've been on since. She likes to skip around the house declaring that she not Ava anymore, she's Blippi!

The Blippi Ball Pit Surprises also receive a huge thumbs up from and at £3.99 each they don't break the bank either. The ball pit surprises come in 4 different colours and contain 12 different Blippi figures, with building block, and letter flashcard. The letter blocks are designed to be stacked so children can put together new words, or just build a tower if they feel like it. It's a nice touch to have each figure holding the item which is on the flashcard - Ava wants 'D for dog' next.

The Blippi Surprise Boxes retail at £9.99 and includes an exclusive Blippi figure and 9 mystery boxes. Each box is labeled 1-9 and inside contains 9 different gifts, all collating with the number on the front - 1 whale, 2 shoes, for example. Ava was so excited to open up each box to see what was inside, some contained figures and others contained stickers.

Last, but certainly not least we have the Blippi Mini Vehicles which retail £5.99 each. There are currently four to collect; a fire truck, garbage truck, excavator, and the Blippi Mobile. Each one has a unique feature, perfect for racing and role-play - I think we will have to collect them all.

All in all, we are really impressed with the Blippi toy range - there's quality there and it's evident that a lot of thought has gone into each product. You can find the range online and in stores at Smyths, Tesco, ASDA, Entertainer, Amazon, and all other good retailers.

4 Unique Polish Cities To Consider Visiting

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Poland is one of those lesser-known European destinations that people typically don’t speak about. Sure, a lot of the western European locations like Spain and France are a bit more developed and popular with tourists, but that doesn’t mean that locations such as Poland aren’t interesting or unique in their own right. So to help you out, we’ve put together a short list of four unique Polish cities that you should absolutely consider visiting when you next have a chance to go on holiday.

1. Krakow
Krakow is a city that everyone falls in love with at first sight. It’s an incredibly modern-looking city with crowded streets, fancy restaurants, unique architecture and a plethora of museums. Attractions such as the Krakow salt mines are incredibly unique and interesting places to visit because of the rich history it has. You’ll find that Krakow is full of these kinds of destinations and it’ll feel a lot like large metropolis cities that you can find all over the world. However, its architectural design and overall feel are much different, contributing to a wonderful experience that is highly recommended if you ever find yourself visiting Poland.

2. Toruń
Toruń is filled with architectural structures such as old churches, castles and towers. It’s an incredibly picturesque city that has managed to preserve its history incredibly well. We highly suggest taking a visit to Toruń if you want to see an older side of Poland away from all of the modern innovations design styles. It’s a far cry from the avant-garde styling of Krakow and creates a wonderful contrast of what Poland has to offer.

3. Zakopane
Zakopane is a famous mountain town in Poland that deserves as both a domestic and international tourist destination thanks to its snowy environment. This makes it a wonderful place to go skiing if you’re into extreme sports. You can also come here to try traditional Polish food, dance to energetic highlander music and admire the unique architecture of Zakopane.

4. Warsaw
Let’s finish our list with the capital itself; Warsaw. As the most famous and well-known city of Poland, you can expect Warsaw to be filled with unique attractions, monuments, historical sites and a lot more. Whether it’s the Royal Castle that you want to explore, exciting events to participate in or the mix of old and modern architecture, it’s certainly a city that will impress everyone that walks through it.

While travelling to Poland might be a little daunting for inexperienced travellers, it’s actually a great location to start if you want to explore more of what the continent has to offer. With vast landscapes, picturesque cities and an endless list of attractions to visit, you’ll never have a boring day when visiting Poland. If it is your first time, then we highly suggest taking a look at a Polish travel guide for more suggestions on cities to visit, highlights to take an interest in and even activities that you should absolutely try!