I remember once reading 'It takes a village to raise a child' and at the time I thought it was silly. The first few years of my parenting life were tough. The friends who were so excited at my pending arrival and couldn't wait to meet her, they never showed up. I had been expecting to have a baby, have all my friends cooing over them and that I would always have people around and most of all that I would be happy.
So many people seemed to like my last post so thought I would start giving regular updates on some of the hilarious online dating encounters I have had. Despite me swearing off Plenty Of Fish before, I thought I would give it another chance after introducing a friend to the site to join me in the shark pool. I decided even the bad experiences are something to laugh about.
It is now March and we are all eagerly awaiting the release of the brand new live action Beauty & The Beast movie. Will it live up to expectations when the original is such a well-loved classic? Me and Gracie are really excited to go and watch the film with some of her friends and while we have been waiting we were sent some official merchandise from The Disney Store to review. We were sent this Film Collection Belle Doll and this Belle Mug.
Gracie absolutely loves the Belle doll. The likeliness to Emma Watson is incredible! It is so detailed, right down to her freckles. The hair is beautifully styled and her classic yellow dress is gorgeous. It was quite funny at first as we are big Harry Potter fans and so it was so strange seeing Hermione's face wearing a princess dress. It took a good few days for me and Gracie to get over that! The doll is actually so lovely that we are keeping it in the box to display. I am putting some new shelves up in the girls' room and it will be displayed there. Beauty & The Beast is actually Elsie's favourite film even though she is only 2 so they will both be pleased to have such a beautiful collectible on the shelf.
The Belle mug is definitely my new favourite mug. It features two different images of Belle, one on each side. In one she is carrying the enchanted mirror and in the other she is carrying a red rose. The shape is lovely and I love the gold detail. Definitely a must-have for any Beauty & The Beast fan.
There are so many more amazing Beauty & The Beast products available at The Disney Store both online and in-store. The film is being released in cinemas on March 17th.
Zach is a huge fan of the Imaginext DC Super Friends range and has a load of the playsets set up under his bed which he has played with daily for over two years. He has always been a fan of superheroes especially the DC heroes and villains and the Imaginext DC sets give him a range of settings for his imaginative play. Zach was sent the new Imaginext Arkham Asylum to review and we also have one to giveaway to one lucky reader below.
This year is the first year our school is participating in World Book Day since Gracie started. So every year I have seen other people's children dress up in awesome costumes inspired by their favourite characters from a range of different books. I have always loved to read and am so pleased that my children seem to share that love for books. Gracie has already decided she is going into school on World Book Day as Hermione Granger as she has started to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and well she is pretty awesome. A simple Harry Potter costume minus the glasses will do her and I may crimp her hair for added effect. I have no idea what Zach wants to be yet but I dread to think what he will ask for! Here I have some great costume ideas for little ones which was created by a pre-school in Southgate
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L.O.L Surprise! has been a big hit over in the US and has launched in the UK today. It is a collectable surprise unboxing toy, which we all know kids love these days. The idea is, it has 7 layers to unwrap, each with a hidden surprise including emoji sticker, accessory, outfit, shoes and finally reveals a 3 inch doll in the centre.
Gracie was sent a L.O.L Surprise ahead of release to see what she thought.