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Friday, 31 October 2014

#Win a Potty Training Baby Doll

Holly plays with dolls a lot at nursery but has never had one of her own so, when we were contacted to review an Emmi baby doll from Tesco Direct, we jumped on the opportunity, especially so because this Emmi doll is a potty training baby doll. Holly is just beginning to learn about using the toilet and potty at key times of the day so I thought that the role play with a doll might help move things along.

Emmi is a very realistic doll with lots of ruffles of skin and shapes and bulges just where you would expect on a real baby!  She is probably a little smaller than most potty training toddlers but I don't think Holly notices.  Holly absolutely loves teaching her new doll how to use the potty.  Emmi will drink water from her re-fillable bottle and, when placed on the potty, a little button is depressed on her back which causes her to wee!

Emmi also comes with a few other accessories such as a baby grow, hat, dummy and even two doll-sized disposable nappies (just so that you can really try and encourage that move from nappies to potty!) Holly finds it reasonably easy to take her doll's clothes on and off. Emmi is about 38cm tall and is the perfect size for using in our toy prams and pushchairs. She is a solid, firm doll but isn't too heavy or chunky. In fact, I think she is absolutely perfect for both my 5 year old and 2.5 year old – nothing too fancy but all the features and characteristics that most little girls look for in a baby doll.

I haven't yet seen any progress on our own potty training yet though!!!

The Emmi Potty Train Baby Doll costs around £11 from Tesco Direct.

To be in with a chance of winning an Emmi Potty Training Baby doll, all you need to do is to leave me a comment below to let me know a grown up trait that the little person in your life likes to copy others do.  The competition closes on the 15th November. 

  1. There is no cash alternative.
  2. The competition is open to UK and Ireland residents only.
  3. Only one comment entry per person. Multiple, automated or bulk entries will result in immediate disqualification
  4. The winners will be contacted by email.
  5. Entries will only be deemed valid if a valid email address is provided when commenting - people who just log into intensedebate with their facebook account will not qualify for entry because it is too difficult for me to contact the winners
  6. The winners will be selected at random from all valid comments received by 11:59pm on 15th November 2014.
  7. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  8. The winner's names will be published on this site

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Personalised Gift Ideas

I have bitten the bullet and started my Christmas shopping.  Normally I would just be in the planning stages right now but I had a brainwave the other day and KNEW I had to put my plan into action - I bought my girls each a personalised Christmas bauble for the tree because I know how much excitement the decorations bring each year and I thought that they would both love a little bit of tree bling of their very own.

Personalised gifts make great Christmas presents but sometimes they do take a little bit of forward planning because they are, ordinarily, made to your own order.

My own money box!

For Lara's very first Christmas, I bought her a personalised santa sack with her name printed on it.  A beautiful soft, cotton sack with a draw string.  At one year old, all of her presents fitted into it.  Now she is a bit older, I need a bigger santa sack!  When Holly was born, one of the very first things I did was to order her a matching personalised Christmas sack even though she was born in May!!!

When my two girls were tiny babies, I bought them (and they were given as gifts) several personalised baby gifts as long-term keepsakes.  Some of my own most prized possessions are gifts that I was given as a baby - for Christmas, for my Christening and for my first birthday - and this is why I want to make sure that my two girls have their own special memories to keep for the future. So here are my top 5 ideas of great personalised gifts for babies and children this Christmas.

1. Personalised Christmas Stocking.  Something you can use again and again right up until adulthood!

2.  Engraved or Personalised Money Box.  I still have the first money box I was ever given and use it to store my space coppers.  My girls both like to place any money they find or are given into their money boxes.

3. Personalised Santa Mince Pie Plate.  We made one of these for the girls last year and it was a MASSIVE hit.  Santa and Rudolph appreciated it too.

4. A Personalised Bauble or Ornament.  Placing a named decoration on the tree is a brilliant way of getting Christmas off to a festive start.

5. Personalised Books.  The massive smile on my girls faces each time I read them a story that stars themselves as the main character is worth every penny.  We have Christmas books, birthday books and other story books and both Lara and Holly love going back to them time and time again.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but that doesn't stop it being fun to read

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Start-Rite - Our Shoe Summary

The first half term of the new school year has come to an end and Lara's new school shoes are still going strong.  At the start of term, Start-Rite asked us to put a pair of their school shoes to the Lara-test. As part of a group of Start-Rite mummy bloggers, I've been sharing my experiences with Start-Rite and their online community (you can view our shoe profile here), the results of which are in the video below.

Lara was hesitant to try a new pair of shoes at the start of term, partly because she had been suffering a bit with her old school shoes which were a similar style and she had got herself worked up that any shoe with a velcro-style band across them was going to be painful.  She did eventually pluck up courage to try the Start-Rite shoes and was obviously surprised to find that they were incredibly comfy!

Lara's school is a very outdoorsy school so her shoes have been through all sorts of tests from digging to climbing.  From skipping to fungus-hunting.  By the end of the half term, Lara has become so attached to her school shoes that she insists on wearing them when she isn't going to school, or on Friday's when we relax our own rules on what she has to wear to school.  I guess she finds them to be her most comfortable shoes now - casual or otherwise.

week one

week seven

Lara's Start-Rite school shoes are looking a bit grubby (I cleaned them once, it didn't seem like a good investment of my time!) and a bit scuffed at the end  but I'd expect them to last well into the new year and beyond.  You can find out more about fitted shoes and foot measuring from Start-rite on facebook and twitter.

If, like Lara, your daughter is in to all things Princess then she may also enjoy the Princess Serena Charm Quest app which accompanies these shoes - point your Android or iOS app at the shoe box to unlock the fun.
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