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Melissa & Doug Witch Costume
Melissa & Doug Witch Costume
Price: 17.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Outfit - Pictures do not do it justice, 18 Sep 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Melissa & Doug Witch Costume (Toy)
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This is an absolutely gorgeous outfit which the product pictures in my opinion don't really do it justice. The attention to detailing on this when compared with other fancy dress outfits is simply in a class of it's own. Another reviewer has done a video review which I urge you to watch however it still doesn't capture how lovely this outfit actually is.

The dress is made of one hundred percent polyester which sounds rubbish but in reality isn't. The lilac skirt and sleeves are a satin type material which has been stitched at the edges to give a clean finish which in my experience with children's fancy dress you don't often find as normally the edges are just cut and then these fray and inevitably have thread pulled on them. There doesn't appear to be any danger of this with this outfit. The black bodice part is a sort of felt type material which again sounds horrible the way I describe it but is lovely in reality add the little glitter spots all over it and it truly is a magical outfit. The glitter spots are all put on nicely too and not just haphazardly thrown on with a glue gun or machine. The black sheer organza type material over the skirt and sleeves again is beautifully done and in my opinion give the dress a little bit more of a quality finish on an already quality design. The sheer hat can be reversed so you can either have a purple moon and star design or reverse it to have a silver design although the silver design then has a bit of edging on show and as the purple is meant to match the dress I think the purple side is the better option. The broom that comes with the outfit is for me the best part of the outfit as it appears to be made with a solid wood stick unlike the normal costume offerings of cheap plastic that invariably end up being snapped and broken. So the broom is a thick wooden stick with a purple material over it and black glitter organza style fabric with sparkles on it that even my husband commented was lovely.

I will echo other reviewers in that unless you have quite a dainty child I can't see this outfit lasting over the 5 year old age range to be honest and in fact this wouldn't fit one of my nieces who is 5 but is already in size 7-8 clothes due to her height. The dress is sealed with velcro at the back and has a slight amount of give at the waist and the arms but if your little one is a little chunky (sorry trying to think of a nice way to say it) or tall you may struggle to get this to fit them over a standard size 4-5. So my one suggestion to Melissa and Doug would be to please please do this in a range of sizes as I for one would definitely buy this in a larger 7-8 size for one of my niece's as she would love it and you would make a fortune once word got around about this outfit's quality at Halloween time. If anything if you are buying this outfit you will get more use out of the hat and broom once the outfit becomes too small as the hat almost fits on my head as an adult and the broom is such good quality and a good size too. I would definitely recommend this outfit and I am actually going to check out their other outfits to see if there are any I could get my toddler son for Halloween. Brilliantly beautifully made high quality outfit.


My Little Pony Equestria Everyday Doll Rainbow Rocks Dash
My Little Pony Equestria Everyday Doll Rainbow Rocks Dash
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not like the 80's My Little Pony's!, 18 Sep 2014
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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I have only recently been introduced to the world of the My Little Pony Equestria Girls by my niece and I was a bit confused as to how they could relate to anything My Little Pony when they don't look like pony's and certainly don't look like the My Little Pony's I used to have when I was a little girl (showing my age I think) - gone are the days of Wind Whistler, Melody and Gypsy! I have found out that the Equestria Girls are actually their My Little Pony counterparts in an alternate world after one of them (Twilight Sparkle) jumps through an enchanted mirror and is transformed into a human girl (albeit with pony ears still). There is a film due out at the end of September in the USA called Rainbow Rocks which is where this new line of Equestria Girls comes from although I don't know when it is due for release in the UK.
Anyway onto the Rainbow Dash doll which to me looks a bit weird but my niece will no doubt love it when she comes to visit at the weekend as she loves anything to do with My Little Pony. Rainbow Dash unfortunately isn't made of the same bendy plastic as the Monster High and Ever After Dolls and so isn't as poseable so a future suggestion for Hasbro would be to maybe use the more bendy plastic as it makes the dolls feel of a higher quality. Her boots, top and skirt are removable and her wings can be put on and taken off. Her hair is a mixture of orange, red, yellow, green and blue and is straight rather than the wavy look the product picture has although I'm sure you can curl and style the hair with a doll hairbrush. She has a rainbow thunder bolt design on her cheek like the Rainbow Dash pony version has on her side coming from a cloud. Her boots also have little lightning from cloud patterns on the soles. A nice doll which I personally would have scored as 3 stars just because I don't think it's as high quality as the Monster High and Ever After High dolls but I have to take into account what my niece will think of it when she is playing with it at my house and therefore have settled in the middle at 4 stars. Any My Little Pony Equestria Girls fan will love it.


My Little Pony Equestria Everyday Doll Rainbow Rocks Twilight Sparkle
My Little Pony Equestria Everyday Doll Rainbow Rocks Twilight Sparkle
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not like the 80's My Little Pony's!, 18 Sep 2014
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have only recently been introduced to the world of the My Little Pony Equestria Girls by my niece and I was a bit confused as to how they could relate to anything My Little Pony when they don't look like pony's and certainly don't look like the My Little Pony's I used to have when I was a little girl (showing my age I think) - gone are the days of Wind Whistler, Melody and Gypsy! I have found out that the Equestria Girls are actually their My Little Pony counterparts in an alternate world after one of them (Twilight Sparkle) jumps through an enchanted mirror and is transformed into a human girl (albeit with pony ears still). There is a film due out at the end of September in the USA called Rainbow Rocks which is where this new line of Equestria Girls comes from although I don't know when it is due for release in the UK.
Anyway onto the Twilight Sparkle doll which to me looks a bit weird but my niece will no doubt love it when she comes to visit at the weekend as she loves anything to do with My Little Pony. Twilight Sparkle unfortunately isn't made of the same bendy plastic as the Monster High and Ever After Dolls and so isn't as poseable so a future suggestion for Hasbro would be to maybe use the more bendy plastic as it makes the dolls feel of a higher quality. Her boots, top and skirt are removable and her wings can be put on and taken off. Her hair is purple with pink streaks in and is straight rather than the wavy look the product picture has although I'm sure you can curl and style the hair with a doll hairbrush. She has a star design on her cheek like the Twilight Sparkle pony version has on her side. Her boots also have little star patterns on the soles. A nice doll which I personally would have scored as 3 stars just because I don't think it's as high quality as the Monster High and Ever After High dolls but I have to take into account what my niece will think of it when she is playing with it at my house and therefore have settled in the middle at 4 stars. Any My Little Pony Equestria Girls fan will love it.


Ever After High Legacy Day Raven Queen Doll
Ever After High Legacy Day Raven Queen Doll
Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful Doll, 18 Sep 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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I am actually blown away by how gorgeous this doll is and the attention to detail on her right down to the glitter of her eyeshadow and her tiny painted toes, this is truly a beautifully made high quality doll. I have three nieces who are into two main brands of dolls at the moment and whilst two of them are both Monster High mad (as with the majority of girls in their years at school), all of them love the Ever After High dolls and I can see why as they are not only classically beautiful but extremely well made.

I have bought this Raven Queen Legacy Day doll for one of my niece's as part of her Christmas present and I just know that she will be thrilled when she see's it. There are several Ever After High dolls but currently only three of them have been produced in their Legacy Day outfits in the UK (Briar Beauty, Apple White and Raven Queen) although I have read that there are a further three dolls just brought out in the USA (Madeline Hatter, Ashlynn Ella and Cerise Hood) and so hopefully they should follow over to the UK shortly. I couldn't resist having a quick peek at the doll before putting her away for Christmas and I told myself that "this was for purely checking that everything was included that should be....."!

The Raven Queen Legacy Day doll stands at around 26.5cm tall (this seems to be normal approx height for the Ever After High Dolls). She is absolutely packed with detail and comes in her Legacy Day outfit which is more of a pinky purple than in the main product pictures and has silver sparkle parts on the flowing top and leggings. She comes with a round chain handled handbag, gorgeous peep toe high heeled boots which even have a lace up effect on them and silver stud type tops (sideline to Mattel if you brought out the Ever After High girls shoes as a real shoe range I know plenty of mums including me who would buy them!), chain link style belt, necklace with jewel chains and feather design, two bracelets, earrings, ring, crown headdress, cape with big dramatic high collar, a doll stand, hairbrush and a book and key which you can store all of her accessories in. Her arms, legs, elbows and wrists are jointed and so fully poseable and I just know that my niece is going to love this doll as I love it and don't want to part with it!

Raven Queen is the daughter of The Evil Queen and does not want to step into her mothers shoes and become an evil queen herself and so she effectively starts the Ever After High rebel movement by refusing to accept her destiny at legacy day. She is kind and considerate and a bit sarcastic as she doesn't trust peoples true intentions. Her best friend is Madeline Hatter and she has recently got a pet dragon called Nevermore. Although she doesn't want to be evil she does like the clothing and dark colours and so chooses to wear these despite her rebel intentions.

A really excellent high quality doll with lots of extra accessories and one of the most detailed dolls I have seen in a while. Now in addition to hoping Monster High is still popular when my daughter gets older so I have an excuse to play with those dolls I am hoping that the Ever After High dolls are just as popular! This truly is an excellent doll and I would definitely recommend it to any potential purchaser.

You can read Raven Queen's short story in the free ebook available on Amazon and I have included the link below incase it is of some use to someone.
Ever After High: Raven Queen's Story (Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends 2)


Wooden Pirate Ship
Wooden Pirate Ship
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely wooden pirate ship, 17 Sep 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Wooden Pirate Ship (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I know that this is not meant to be gender specific but my nephew loved making this and it was really nice to have something crafty at my house that he could do as all too often the craft stuff tends to lean more to the girly side and with both of his sisters loving craft stuff he is very often left out. My nephew is 10 and so he informed me that he would build and paint the pirate ship on behalf of my toddler son so that he could have it afterwards as it was too young for him to keep himself but I think once it was completed you could sort of see that he probably would have liked it himself and so I shall probably purchase one as a Christmas stocking filler for him.

The set comes with everything you need so all of the pieces for the ship, stickers and paint and was thoroughly enjoyed by my nephew whilst the girls were making lip balm and hairbands. It was so nice to have all three of them able to do something together at the same time. A really nice creative and good fun set and perfect for a bit of boy inclusion into the craft world.


Brilliant Hair Bands
Brilliant Hair Bands
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Creative Fun, 17 Sep 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Brilliant Hair Bands (Toy)
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My nieces (6 and 4 years old) are very creative and love making things and absolutely loved making this set. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has creative children who love making things as it's a really sweet set. The picture on the box is a bit misleading as it looks like you are making firm head bands i.e. the type with a plastic band when you are not as you are making soft headband style hair bands. You get enough elastic bands to make 8 hair bands but these are easily duplicated with other elastic hair bands and so you can get more than 8 hair bands out of the set if you wish. To make the hair bands you simply plait the supplied stretchy fabric together and thread on the flowers with bead centers as you go. The finished product is really nice but the ends are a little messy looking however this is not a problem if they are going underneath your hair. My nieces really enjoyed making these last week and if done carefully you can dismantle the hair bands and make new designs so the set seems to have a good bit of longevity in it. A really nice creative and good fun set.


Make Your Own Lip Balm
Make Your Own Lip Balm
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Creative Fun, 17 Sep 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Make Your Own Lip Balm (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My nieces (6 and 4 years old) are very creative and love making things and absolutely loved making this set. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has creative children who love making things as it's a really sweet set. You don't actually make the lip balm itself as it is already supplied but you do get to colour it and add sparkle with the pearlescent pigment provided but this didn't detract from the fun of the set at all as the girls loved it still. You get a lot more lip balm than will fill the three supplied lip balm containers (In shapes of ice-cream, lolly ice and lolly pop) and so we have put the excess in the fridge to keep to re-fill the pots when they are empty so if done carefully you will get more than one lot of lip balm out of the set. The girls made blue and green sparkly lip balm and the lolly ice shaped container actually has three sections in it rather than just one so that you can put different colours in each section. The set also comes with stickers which the girls have used to decorate the lip balm containers. This is a really good set which both myself and the girls are really impressed with and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another set for them in the future and think I may actually have to as the girls loved the set so much. A good creative fun set that provided a few hours entertainment one afternoon last week and will provide a little bit more when we use the rest of the lip balm.


Busy B Baby B Mini Album - Girl Pink
Busy B Baby B Mini Album - Girl Pink
Price: 7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice mini album, 17 Sep 2014
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This is a nice mini photo album which holds 24 6x4 photo's inside clear plastic pockets on each page within the album front and back. The album has a ribbon tie for keeping it closed which I thought was a nice touch and the design is simple and cute. The album itself measures 18.8cmx12cmx0.5cm approx and so is really small so bear this in mind before ordering. It would make a really nice small album handy for carrying around or alternatively a nice gift for grandparents or family members if like me you like to do 'XXXX Merchandise' (child's name where the x's are and not an expletive as it may look like!) as my nephew lovingly calls it when he is affronted by yet more products carrying pictures of other peoples children such as mugs, mouse mats, calendars, home made cards etc. I did actually do a few photo albums/boasting books (a different brand's albums) for each of the grandparents and great grandmother (my Nan) when my son was born but haven't had a chance to do any with my daughter so I may get a few more of these and finally do them.
A nice mini album but be aware of the size as it is mini when compared to others.


Busy B Baby B Album and Keepsake Box - Boy Blue
Busy B Baby B Album and Keepsake Box - Boy Blue
Price: 19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars DOES take 96 photo's (6x4 photos), 17 Sep 2014
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This is a really nice good quality photo album and it DOES hold 96 6x4inch photo's as I have checked and started to fill the album.

There are 24 good thick pages in the album and these each measure 10x6.7 inches each and excluding the bit where the wax paper attaches to each page there is available photo space of 9.5x6.7 inches per page. You can therefore easily fit two 6x4 photo's onto each page side by side and a further two on the reverse of each page. The pages are separated by wax photo paper to prevent any of the photo's sticking to each other and you will need to either stick the photo's into each page using glue or double sided tape or purchase some photo corner's which is my preferred method for these types of albums and I think personally looks better. There is a window on the front of the album to put your own small 3.5x2.5inch photo should you wish to do so or there is already a little picture there and a space to write baby's name on it. The album comes in a box which is being advertised as a keepsake box but I think it is too small to really hold many keepsakes and works better to keep the album itself more protected. I have keepsake boxes for both of my children already and they are massive cardboard style boxes which are already half full and so this box doesn't work for me as a keepsake box to be honest and so I won't be using it as one.

I have knocked off a star from my marking for a couple of minor points which are:
The keepsake box as it just isn't big enough in my opinion to be advertised as one and should just be marketed as being the album's protection box which it feels like it is.
The last page in the album doesn't have a piece of wax paper behind it to protect the last two photo's from the back of the album which in other photo album's I have that are the same style they do.
I think for the price of photo corners they should have included them for you to have with the album so that you can start adding photo's straight away. I already have them but I'm sure lots of people don't.

A really nice good quality photo album which would be perfect if buying for yourself to use or lovely as a gift.

The Photo Album Company PC250 Photo Corners


The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles 3)
The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles 3)
by Gena Showalter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Cake - Frosted and Sprinkled Cake!, 15 Sep 2014
No Spoilers:-
A brilliant end to a really good trilogy which tied up any loose ends so to speak and had me hooked from start to finish. A few sad parts in this ending which I won't give away but that were most definitely not cake (sorry I love that saying from the books) and a lot more discovery about Ali's past and how her slayer abilities have been passed down through the family.

I don't think I am ruining anything or spoiling anything by saying that the book gets off to an explosive start with Anima straight away launching individual attacks on the slayers and them becoming split up from each other and so the first couple of chapters see's Ali and the rest of the slayers frantically looking to find each other and check for survivors. It would seem and does become apparent that Anima are through playing nice and want the slayers gone as they are interrupting and messing with their grand plans to somehow heal the zombies and eventually restore the lives that have been taken. Ali is becoming more powerful with her slayer abilities throughout the series and discovers a few hidden and gifted gems along the way. Cole and Ali are definitely an item after all of the messing around and cheating by him in book two and yes I deem it cheating even if they had officially broken up. Thankfully Zombie Alice seems to definitely be a thing of the past and Ali is on full if physically frustrated that her relationship with Cole hasn't gone to the next level strength. So who will survive Anima's relentless attacks and will the whole gang make it? Can Ali, Cole and the rest of the slayers stop Anima finally once and for all? Ahem will Ali get her wish and will Cole finally relent and let their relationship get to the next level? What new powers does Ali have and where from and what significance does this have to her past? Is there a cure for Zombieness? All these are definitely answered in this book as Gena does tie up all the loose ends so read on and be surprised at some of the answers..................

I really enjoyed this final installment in the series which I have managed to read prior to the book release as I have received an ARC from Harlequin. There were a few parts where Ali basically annoyed me but to be honest there were parts in the other two books where I felt the same and thankfully these parts were short and far between. Cole as usual I loved and I have decided to let him off with being stupid in the second book as he more than makes up for his past transgressions in this book. There are a few new characters with the introduction of a new band of slayers and it would have been nice to have had River's character delved into a bit more so maybe a side line of stories from Gena? There is one character who I think is left in limbo land at the end of the book and I feel very sorry for them and it would have been nice for them to have either been given a happy ending or there to have been some inclination that they will get one and when you read the book you will know who I mean so maybe another side storyline to be developed there? If you are a fan of Gena or YA fiction then give this series a go but I would definitely advise reading from the beginning as otherwise the story will not make sense at all. A really good trilogy which starts off slow in the first book but definitely picks up steam and momentum in the next two and well worth a read.

Book 1: Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, Vol. 1) (The White Rabbit Chronicles)
Book 2: Alice Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles)
Book 3: The Queen of Zombie Hearts


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