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Posted on December 16, 2011

Christmas Gift Guide – ABBA You Can Dance Wii Game

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From the creators of the award-winning Just Dance® franchise and Michael Jackson The Experience comes ABBA You Can Dance. Featuring 25 timeless songs, including “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Fernando,” “Waterloo,” and “Take A Chance On Me,” ABBA You Can Dance invites you to hit the dance floor and relive the golden era of pop music with one of world’s biggest music sensations. Dance with up to four players or sing along; ABBA You Can Dance is unforgettable fun for friends and family of every generation.
Key Features
The Timeless Music of ABBA
Enjoy all the hits — 25 in all — from ABBA’s rich catalog of classic songs, now digitally remastered for Wii™ and your home entertainment system.
You Can Dance
Designed for the “Dancing Queen” or “Fernando” of the group, you can dance for fun or set a new top score to challenge yourself and others. Play any way you want with up to four friends.
Perform a story through the music of ABBA! Experience the magic as you play a role in a mini-musical arrangement of ABBA’s songs.
Sing Along
Form a musical ensemble with up to two additional friends on vocals. Anyone can easily join in on the fun and follow along with the on-screen lyrics.*
Original ABBA Content
Enjoy authentic ABBA content, including their music videos, live concert footage, and classic photos!
*Wii-compatible microphone required, sold separately
Track list:
  • Angeleyes
  • As Good As New
  • Bang-A-Boomerang
  • Dancing Queen
  • Does Your Mother Know
  • Fernando
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  • Head Over Heels
  • Hole In Your Soul
  • Honey, Honey
  • I’m A Marionette
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  • If It Wasn’t For The Nights
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Lay All Your Love On Me
  • Mamma Mia
  • Money, Money, Money
  • People Need Love
  • SOS
  • Summer Night City
  • Super Trouper
  • Take A Chance On Me
  • The Winner Takes It All
  • Voulez-vous
  • Waterloo
  • When I Kissed The Teacher

What We Think –
The ABBA You Can Dance Wii game is going to be a HUGE hit with ABBA fans this Christmas! Not only can you dance along to your favourite track’s but you can sing along with them too! We are lucky enough to already have a microphone (there would have been some disappointment if we hadn’t) You don’t need a microphone for the whole game just for the sing along part! There is lots of fun to be had with the dancing and the lyrics appear along the bottom of the screen so you can sing a long to those but it is great to be able to get the microphone out and sing badly along ;O) Everyone knows the ABBA songs so this is going to be great over Christmas when friends come round for a few drinks!

The moves are easy to follow (well there are a few tricky ones but that’s the fun of it) and the menu’s are easy to follow! Not sure this is one for the kids really but more for us crazy grown ups who are dying to go back to our teens again! Lero my 15 yr old absolutely LOVES it! He’s very into singing and dancing and LOVES ABBA so it is great for him; but Boo my 5 yr old hasn’t got a clue who ABBA are and has never heard the songs before! But I think ABBA are timeless and she’ll pick them up in no time! She doesn’t care anyway she just loves to dance along!! Really great game!! LOVE it :O)

You can pick a copy of ABBA You Can Dance up at Amazon for the bargain price of £17.99! Put it in someones stocking this year and have a ball ;O)

ABBA You Can Dance published by Ubisoft®

* We received a copy of this game for the purpose of this review.

Posted on December 7, 2011

Christmas Gift Guide – MASH Junior Clothes

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MASH Junior is an Italian children’s wear brand that sell absolutely beautiful clothes for kids! MASH Junior is split into two lines – MASH Boy for boys and MASH Kiss for girls. The clothes range in age from 0 month to 16 years.
I received a few items from MASH recently for the kids to try! The Autumn/Winter 2011/12 range is absolutely gorgeous and I am so pleased with the clothes that we have been sent. They are really great quality and look really stylish and a little bit different too!

Boo was sent this beautiful tshirt! Which is absolutely beautiful and has got such
gorgeous little details :O)

She was also sent this gorgeous little zipped jacket! Which she loves – even though it’s not pink ;O)

Unfortunately Bugs has been really poorly this last week so I haven’t been able to get any photos of him in his! But here are a few gorgeous photos taken from the Autumn & Winter range :O)

Mash Junior will be launching it’s Spring & Summer range in the UK in 2012; so at present for UK customers, the best way to get your hands on MASH Jr is via Yoox who ship internationally.

Posted on November 24, 2011

Christmas Gift Guide – Minor Edition Dress

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Minor Edition sell the most beautiful, unique & stylish dresses for girls aged 2-6 years; we were very lucky to have one sent for Boo to review.

Sixties Style Polka Dot Dress – £29.99

What the website says –

A very retro look with bright pink button and cute trim on the side pocket, this is a little girls dream dress. Perfect with black or even better, bright pink shoes. A bright pink bolero will be perfect with it, on those windy days.
Material: Cotton
Lining: No

Care Instructions:

Preferably hand wash or dry-clean.
Do not tumble dry
Iron the dress for perfect outcome

What we thought –

Boo always loves to get a new dress! I can see a very expensive future ahead with lots of designer dresses, shoes and handbags! She was over the moon when she opened this which Ipshita had kindly wrapped and sent for her birthday :O) She had a birthday party to go to that afternoon – I’ll give you one guess what she wore ;O) The lovely comments we received at the birthday party confirmed how adorable she looked and that it really is a very unique dress!

It is beautifully made, I just love the style, the button and the pink trim! I wouldn’t hesitate to buy from Minor Edition or to recommend them to all my friends! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

Polka Dot Dress With Applique

Beautiful Cotton Blue and White Dress

Here are a couple more of the dresses that they do! These will make a perfect gift for a special little girl this Christmas!

Posted on November 22, 2011

Mommy I’m Here Child Locator Review

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Hi, It’s Dawnie Brown here, Sonia’s sister and also guest reviewer 🙂 You can also find me over my personal blog Knees Up Mother Brown (Excuse the shameless plug for my own blog 😉 )
I’ve been sent a “Mommy I’m Here Child Locator” to review by Safe Girl Security recently and although I’m not a typically paranoid mummy, I do admit dreading the day that Zara will inevitably vanish out of sight. It’s one of those things you see in the supermarket or shopping centres all the time. Crying mums rushing around trying to find their child and each time I see it happen I dread the day that I become that mum. As much as I’m careful, I think it’s almost like a right of passage and with 2 tiny terrors on my hands it will only take a few seconds for it to happen and let’s face it, it’s easy to be distracted by one of the terrors and take your eyes off the other.

The Mommy I’m Here Child Locator is a cute teddy design which attaches to your child’s shoes or belt. You then simply attach the transmitter to your keyring. To activate the locator you simply switch the teddy to on and press the button on the transmitter, you will hear a couple of quiet beeps which signal the locator is armed. Then you can just relax. If you lose sight of your child you simply press the button on the transmitter and the teddy bear starts emitting an alarm sound which alerts you to where your child is. The transmitter works up to 50m/150ft and emits an alarm of 86DB. I’ve done a short video demo of the alarm in action below so that you can see and hear for yourself how it works.

Now Zara is only 2 and still has tiny feet so I found the teddy a bit too big for her little shoes, although it does fit better on her snow boots. As she doesn’t wear a belt I did wonder where I could attach it to at first, but when she is out with us she usually wears her toddler backpack and so we will fasten it to that

I admit I haven’t had to try it out in public yet (thankfully) and we will only be using it when we go to big shopping centres, days out, parks etc where there is a greater chance of her vanishing. We will definitely be using it on Sunday when we go to visit Durham Lumiere festival as with all those crowded streets it will be reassuring to know if my little madam does wander we can find her again 🙂

I do however think it is a great idea. The child locator sells for £19.99 on the Safe Girl website here and is available in pink or brown. I think under £20 for peace of mind is pretty good value really 🙂

Posted on November 21, 2011

Christmas Gift Guide – Fairy Princess Play Tent

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Very much to my daughter’s delight we were sent the Fairy Princess Play Tent to review last week from Garden Games. Personally I think every little girl would LOVE one of these! Their own little corner of the world to escape to! Fill it with cushions and books for their own little reading den, perfect for princess tea parties when their friends come round to play. The list of ideas could go on and on and I am sure the little Princesses will be able to come up with many more uses for it than I ever could ;O)

Fairy Princess Play Tent – Garden Games £79.99

The Fairy Princess Play tent is absolutely beautiful, It hads fabric windows and doors that you can roll up and tie out of the way or keep closed for that little bit of privacy your princess my require! The frame is made from solid wood poles (none of the plastic rubbish that you usually get) making it really strong and sturdy! The poles are all connected with plastic connectors – you just slot all the poles into place and then screw them in to secure them for added stability. We decided not to screw the poles into place as we will be moving house soon and thought that it would be a lot of hassle to take down once the screws were in.

We have had many play tents over the years; granted they were all alot cheaper but none of them were anywhere near the quailty of the Fairy Princess Play Tent! In my opinion this is a really GREAT buy! Knowing what I do now I would happily pay the £79.99 for it, just to see the look on Boo’s face when she was presented with it ;O) Boy do I wish I had filmed that!!! We put it up in the corner of her bedroom when she was at school the other day and her little face was PRICELESS when she got home! She now spends much more time playing in her room and the princess dresses are getting used alot more too! We have a VERY happy little girl! Thank you Garden Games!

I was very pleased with the service we received from Garden Games; I received an email to let me know my order had been placed, one when  it was being picked and one when it had been sent for delivery – which arrived the very next day! Brilliant service! I would happily use them again :O)

Garden Games have a huge selection of outdoor toys –Trampolines, swimming pools, climbing frames, swings, playhouses and many many more! Take a peep at their website to see if you can be tempted  😉

Posted on November 20, 2011

Christmas Gift Guide – Peppa Knitted Animal Finger Puppets in Giftbag

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Hello All it’s Kara from Innocent Charms Chats passing by Sonia’s blog with a little review.

We were lucky enough to be sent The Peppa Knitted Animal Finger Puppets in Giftbag from Baby E.

First off I was hugely pleased that the Animal Finger Puppets are made in a lovely little village in India and are helping to support Fair Trade, in many walks of my life I have purposely bought Fair Trade items where possible and I was pleased to follow this through with toys for my little munchkins.

When I opened the handy little pouch the Finger Puppets came in, I was not disappointed to find these gorgeous little hand knitted animals, they have the sweetest faces and personalities.

Initially I had thought the Finger Puppets would be geared more towards Grayson, to help with his developmental issues, but once I started showing them to Grayson and making the animal noises, Addison’s little face began to smile and show interest.

There are 5 animals included in the little gift set for £10.99, Tiger/Panda/Crocodile/Lion and Elephant, we actually played with the Elephant as a Mouse, I think that’s one of the great things about the puppets you can interpret and play with them anyway yours or your child’s imagination allows.

The puppets are interactive play toys for the whole family from a young age, we would stroke them against Addy and Gray’s faces whilst making animal noises so they can distinguish and learn, in particular I think they both enjoyed the Lion the most because of the mane, it is the most tactile of the puppets and would tickle there nose whilst we played.

The puppets fit into the changing bag with ease and we even took them to one of Grayson’s therapy sessions and the therapist loved them, they said puppets are a great developmental tool as they give you a chance to get the child interested and motivated whilst trying to help physical weaknesses, we used them to distract Grayson whilst he was strengthening his leg tone.

I think the great thing about the puppets is not only do the babies enjoy them now at 6 months and 2 years but as they get older and there playing changes they will probably use them in games with one another without the help of us.

All in all we as a family love the puppets, they have worked well, particularly more with Addy at bringing on her sensory development, they have become a permanent fixture in our nappy bag for trips out as they take little space and being organic and fair trade makes them all the better.

Posted on November 19, 2011

Christmas Gift Guide – Tinytown Baby Blanket

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I was recently sent a beautiful baby blanket from Rosy Cheek Cosy to review. Rosy Cheek Cosy is a gorgeous website run by Tessa Lambert who designs and hand makes every product with care and attention to detail, so you will never find another like it. She sells lots of soft & snuggly things for baby – which are just simply gorgeous!

Tinytown baby blanket £22.50

What the website says –

  • multi-use, soft fleecy blankets your baby will adore!
  • Our 100% cotton print is used on the front with soft fleece on the back.
  • Double sided – fluffy and cosy for cold days, 100% cotton for warm days.
  • size: 75 x 75cm (30 x 30 inches)
  • care: Gentle machine wash at 40 degrees, line-dry to softness and warm iron.
  • Made in the UK

What we thought –

The Tinytown baby blanket is beautiful! Simple as that really! Everything about it I just LOVE. It is so soft and snuggly! It looks absolutely gorgeous and is just perfect for my little Bugs who can be seen toddling around the house with it on many occasions ;O)

It is beautifully made, a really lovely thickness and the fleece on the back is so super soft – in fact I need one! I must have one for snuggling under while watching movies in the Winter! I really love the Tinytown design; it is perfect for little boys!

It’s a great size, not cot size but perfect for using in the pushchair on a chilly day or around the house and for daytime naps! It washes really well and although it can be ironed doesn’t really need it. You can also buy this gorgeous tinytown comforter to match! So cute!

Tinytown Snuggly Baby Comforter

A big thumbs up! Thank you Tessa – Bugs & I love it :O)

Sweetpea Baby Blanket

If you are looking for something similar for a little girl then you really must check out the Sweetpea baby blanket! It is simply GORGEOUS!!

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