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Posted on February 3, 2014

Merci Maman Intertwined Necklace Review

Guest review/ Review/ Yummy Mummy

Hi, it’s Dawnie here from Knees Up Mother Brown popping over for a guest review for my lovely sister 🙂

I’ve always wanted a nice personalised necklace so when Sonia asked me if I’d like to review an intertwined necklace from Merci Maman for her I was more than happy to oblige 🙂

This glamorous simple intertwined chain necklace is the perfect symbol of a lasting relationship.

Locked together in an elegant intertwined motif, each circle has space for your own special message, transforming an already elegant necklace into something incredibly personal too. Each necklace is inscribed by hand just for your order, so your gift will be charmingly unique, just like your bond with its recipient!”

All I had to do was decide what I would like engraving on my necklace (25 characters on the large circle and 15 on the small one) and then wait. I decided I would like the large circle to represent myself and my husband, so I got our names and the date of our wedding engraved on that one. The smaller circle I wanted to represent our children and so their names were engraved on that.

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The necklace arrived, beautifully packaged and as soon as I opened it, I was in love 🙂 It is hard to tell from my photo but the necklace I received is sterling silver but you can also opt to have it in gold plated. The engraving has been done in a beautiful script and is really clear and easy to read.

I absolutely love my necklace, but I believe the photograph speaks for itself. It really is a one off and truly personal piece of jewellery which holds a special meaning to me. The intertwined necklaces sell for £79 which I think is a pretty good price!

I think my husband is now a little jealous that he hasn’t got anything personalised so I’ve been checking out their other personalised jewellery for his next birthday present 🙂

If you’d like a change to win one for yourself then go and enter the competition that Sonia is currently hosting here >>> Win A Personalised Intertwined Necklace.

Posted on January 25, 2013

Snow Queen Lottie Doll – Guest Review

Guest review/ Review

Hi, it’s Dawnie Brown here, Sonia’s sister from over at Knees Up Mother Brown. I’m popping over here today with a guest review of the Snow Queen Lottie doll we received just before Christmas.

MissB has just turned 3 now and she is at the stage where she loves dolls and anything vaguely princessy so I chose Snow Queen Lottie to review as I just knew MissB would love her. I was proved right and Lottie has been played with pretty much constantly since she arrived.

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“Meet Lottie… She’s super cute and great fun to play with. Her hair is soft and storable and her clothes have lots of quirky details. More than that, Lottie is a positive take on childhood – no scanty clothes, makeup, jewellery, tattoos or high heels; this is a girl doll intended for girls.

Unlike other fashion dolls, her body is properly ‘childlike’ and based upon dimensions by leading British academics. Her reusable packaging is also a refreshing alternative to the usual neon, bubblegum pink. “Be bold, be brave, be you!” is Lottie’s motto.”

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Below is a little video review I have done about Lottie 🙂

Lottie dolls can be bought through the website and sell for £16.99 which I admit is a little more than I’d be prepared to pay for a doll but as far as MissB is concerned, she is a great doll and if you are paying for the hours of happiness and playing then maybe it’s not too expensive after all 🙂

Posted on May 29, 2012

Fireman Sam Jupiter Alphabet Rescue Review from Inspiration Works

Guest review/ Review/ Toddlers

Hi, it’s Dawnie Brown here again and putting on my guest reviewer hat! Don’t forget you can also find me over at my own blog Knees Up Mother Brown (cheeky plug there but I don’t think my sister will notice 😉 )

We’ve recently been sent a Fireman Sam Jupiter Alphabet Rescue toy for MissB to review. We love reviewing toys and with MissB now starting to get to grip with letters, I thought this would be a great product for her current age 🙂 Especially as she currently loves fire engines!

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Fireman Sam Jupiter Alphabet Rescue teaches children letters, phonics and numbers. It has 5 game modes to choose from it features sound effects, music and character voices.

I’m currently trying to get to grips with phonics, it’s all changed since I was at school and we just learnt the alphabet and so any toy which helps me to teach phonics to MissB is a bonus. As well as a straight forward press the letter and it tells you what it is, there is also a search game. This is good although some of the words are a bit beyond MissB at the moment, for instant Venus? There are also games that help to develop spelling and that teach you what letters come before and after each other in the alphabet. There is also a game which is just music which MasterB loves when he can actually prise the fire engine out of MissB’s grasp 😉

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With toys like this I think it’s better to do a quick video to show you more about what it sounds like and what it does, so I’ve done one for you below 🙂

So what do we think of the toy? Well MissB and MasterB enjoy playing with it, which is always the first test. From a parents point of view I love the games and that it helps me to teach phonics to MissB though I do find the noise gets a little annoying after a while 🙂

You can buy the Fireman Sam Jupiter Alphabet Rescue in various toyshops, I found it selling on Amazon for just under £17 which is not a bad price for the hours of entertainment it provides 🙂

Posted on February 15, 2012

DIY Story Time Review

Guest review/ Review

Hi, it’s Dawnie Brown here again and putting on my guest reviewer hat! Don’t forget you can also find me over at my own blog Knees Up Mother Brown (cheeky plug there but I don’t think my sister will notice 😉 )
Zara and I were recently asked if we would like to review a personalised story book from DIY Story Time and as we love books in this household I of course said yes 🙂

DIY Story Time allows you to create a personalised story book for your child, you choose how the child looks, their name and what you’d like the book to be about. The website is so easy and quick to use and within 10 minutes you have created a fantastic personalised story for your child.

I chose Zara’s book to include numbers, horses, friendship and going to bed on time as these are all things we are familiar with at the moment. You can choose between 3 and 9 different subjects for your book to cover! Of course the main character Zara had to have blonde curly hair and brown eyes 🙂

The books start at £19.90 for a hardback version or £5 for a digital version which you can read on your iPad or computer. I think this makes a fantastic gift as they really are beautifully illustrated and Zara loves her book – especially the fact that the book is all about her 🙂

We absolutely love our book and will soon be ordering one for Oscar as well.

Posted on November 22, 2011

Mommy I’m Here Child Locator Review

Christmas/ Christmas Gift Guide/ gifts/ Guest review

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 October 25, 2011

Cheeky Monkey – Organic Cheek Rub for Teething

Guest review

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 asked to do a review of some Organic Cheek Rub for Teething which has been kindly sent to us by Organic Monkey.

We all know how unpleasant the whole teething process is, cranky little monkeys and sleepless nights all round. We have developed an organic cheek rub made up of a soothing blend of 100% organic ingredients combining Arnica, Sweet Almond, olive and Sunflower oils with organic Roman Chamomile, Lavender and Spearmint essential oils to help calm and relieve.

Recently we have been having a lot of teething trouble with Oscar, at 8 months old his top 2 teeth are looking like they will be arriving shortly and he has certainly been letting us know about it. We’ve had drool, sore cheeks,sniffles, upset tummy, temperatures and a very miserable baby. It’s fair to say that everything has been a bit of a nightmare with him and at some points I’ve been up 3 times a night with him! I really really hate teething with a passion!

I’m one of those people that will pretty much try anything that might help to relieve some of the symptoms and if a product is natural and organic then it’s always an added bonus. Especially as with his sensitive skin I have to be really careful what we use otherwise it brings out his ezcema.

I admit I’ve still been using Nurofen and Calpol with Oscar throughout his teething episodes but I’ve also been using the cheek rub on his sore cheeks and it does seem to have a calming and soothing effect on him. I’ve been putting it on before I put him down for naps and before bedtime and as well as smelling lovely it really does seem to help. I can’t say whether it helps with pain relief but I can say it takes the redness out of his cheeks and he seems to like it so it gets a thumbs up from us 🙂

The teething rub sells for £7.50 on the Organic Monkey website for a 30ml bottle which sounds quite expensive but with the tiny amount that you use I’m expecting the bottle to last for ages (probably until he has finished teething) as we’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and hardly used any of it 🙂

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