Lottie Doll review and giveaway

Dare I say the C word? You know, Christmas? Is anyone thinking about it yet? I know I am, there are only 14 weekends left until the big day. With this in mind today I am bringing you a review of the awesome Lottie Doll. You may have noticed we’ve been lucky enough to be selected as a Lottie Ambassador, see that pretty little badge in my side bar so I’ll be updating you lots about these pro-girl dolls.

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Lottie is designed for girls aged 3 – 9, Lottie was developed with scientific expertise from leading British academics, alongside consumer research, to address parental concerns over negative body image, an increased perception of premature sexualisation, as well as a desire for a return to good old-fashioned creative and imaginative play.

Pirate Queen LottieWe opted for the Pirate Queen doll, which is a doll that is inspired by the life of the original ‘Pirate Queen’, Grace O’ Malley – a real-life pirate who lived in 16th century Ireland, and met with Queen Elizabeth I.  O’Malley’s exploits were uncovered in 2003 in a book authored by historian Anne Chambers.  Until this point, O’Malley had largely been airbrushed from history on account of her not fitting the conventional norms of womanhood. Pirate Queen Lottie™ comes with an accessory set including replica silver coins ‘pesos de ochos’ (pieces of eight) and a treasure map, with Latin wording.  There are also a series of collector cards highlighting key events in O’Malley’s life.

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I picked this doll as Littlebit is really into her pirates. She loves princesses, but also trains, lego and pirates (yay!) I adore these little videos that Lottie have made, Littlebit watched this over and over and then reenacted it once she’d got her Pirate Queen out of the box.

Pirate Queen Lottie

Key Features:

  • Lottie is a wholesome doll alternative for children aged 3-9; she is 7.5 inches (18cm) tall, so is very portable and easy for little hands to carry around. She’s the only doll of her size on the market.
  • The key difference to other dolls is that Lottie has a healthy ‘childlike’ body – she wears age appropriate clothing and doesn’t wear makeup, jewellery or high heels and she can stand on her own two feet (always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small).
  • She’s all about letting girls be girls, doing all the activities a child would do, not growing up too quickly, and presenting a healthy view on body image.
  • Lottie’s clothing is composed of tactile fabrics with lots of attention to detail, easy to dress and undress, with velcro fastenings. Littlebit loved the number of items Lottie is wearing, dressing and undressing her is a firm favourite.
  • Her hair is lovely and soft; it doesn’t tangle and knot like other doll hair. A real bug bear of mine.
  • Lottie has bendable knees with ball socket hips and arms; her head can move side to side and she can do the splits front to back and side to side.
  • Lottie is presented in a giftable, illustrated and collectible ‘doll box bag’, with minimal plastic packaging.

Pirate Queen Lottie

  • Launched in August 2012, she has won 12 international awards, including 3 Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards.

I love the ethos of Lottie. For about a year I have denied Littlebit’s pleas for Barbie’s and Princess dolls as I hate the hype and the unnecessary body images they portray. I’ve finally caved to the Princess dolls now, but alongside the Lottie doll too and I’m really pleased to say Littlebit has far more fun, creative play with her Lottie doll.

There are currently 12 dolls in the range, there’s a doll to suit any child’s taste. Lottie dolls retail at £16.99; accessory sets at £7.99.

If you’re local to Hinckley and Leicestershire the fabulous Hubbard’s Toy Cupboard are also stockists of the Lottie Doll so do pop down and take a look at their range.

Lottie are celebrating their 2nd anniversary so are offering you the chance to win 2x Lottie Dolls and 2x Accessory Sets here on Mummypinkwellies. Just complete your details below.

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Bear Care service now available at Butlins

No more lost toys, that sounds like a win to me!

Everyone knows that toys have the most fun when children play with them, but on those exciting days out when teddy can’t come with you, what does teddy get up to, and how do we make sure he doesn’t feel lonely? Well children across the country heading to Butlins can now feel safe in the knowledge that their most loved toys will now be able to have as much fun on holiday as they are – as Butlins, the UK company which has been adding sparkle to family breaks for more than 75 years, is introducing a new Bear Care initiative – a dedicated day care service for toys.

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As part of the Bear Care experience the toys will be given free reign of Billy Bear’s Bedroom in The Shoreline Hotel at Butlins Bognor Regis, to play all day long – enjoying the same Butlins attractions as their young owners – with a puppet show, sandpit, and arts and crafts to keep them entertained. How much fun does that sound? I want to stay with the toys!

Families leaving for a fun-packed day will no longer worry that their precious toys are left lonely and bored in the hotel room, as they can now simply visit the Bear Care check-in desk between 8-10am to register their toys for the day, ensuring that their favourite bears, dolls and stuffed animals are left in the capable hands of the a friendly Butlins team.

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Bear Care will also be open to those toys who were having too much fun on the fairground, beach or theatre to leave the resort and accidentally made their way to Lost Property. The team at Butlins will also take pictures of these lost toys so that their worried young owners know that their favourite toys are being looked after until they can be reunited again. All their owners will need to be worried about is that they’re are having too much fun…

The pilot scheme at the Shoreline Hotel in Bognor Regis will be trialed during the unique ‘Just for Tots’ breaks that Butlins offer, where everything from the accommodation and food, right through to the entertainment and activities have been designed solely with younger children in mind. If the scheme proves successful, Bear Care will be rolled out to other Butlins resorts across the country, so little ones don’t need to leave their favourite teddies at home – meaning that Just for Tots breaks can also be ‘Just for Toys’.

To catch a glimpse of behind the scenes at Bear Care and see what the teddies get up to, follow Butlins on Twitter, OfficialButlins on Instagrame or butlinsresorts on Pinterest and join the conversation with #BearCare.

Of the new Bear Care service, Butlins MD Dermot King said:

“With the dedicated Just for Tots breaks we already aim to cater for the under-fives in every way possible, whilst ensuring parents can spend as much time with their tots without the added stresses of usual family breaks – so the Bear Care trial is set to be another Butlins innovation that adds another sparkle to families’ holidays – both for children and parents.

“This year we’re introducing a Just for Tots Christmas Fantasy over the Christmas break to ensure the magic of Christmas is felt by the whole family – Bear Care allows us to ensure that on a Butlins break the toys (and even the toys who are still in wrapping paper) still have a festive holiday to remember.”

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Innocent Alphabet Champions Letter S

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We love innocent and all their goodies, but especially their smoothies, so we were thrilled to be asked to be innocent Champions on their Back to School alphabet campaign.

This lovely parcel arrived, aren’t we lucky…

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This year, innocent are running an on pack promotion so that everyone can receive their own name in magnets. I loved putting mine up on the fridge when it arrived.

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Littlebit was equally as thrilled with her full alphabet set. Especially as they are concentrating on phonics at play school at the moment. She took great delight in telling me what all the letters are and putting them on her magnetic board in the correct order.

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Being able to receive your own name in magnets from innocent is especially fab as kids never have enough magnets of the right letters to spell their full names. All the details of this promotion are on the packs, but it’s really easy. Once you’ve collected 6 (or more) barcodes you just need to send it over to the guys at innocent Towers, and they’ll send you out three names.

What’s more, on the innocent website you can also take part in a really fun ‘design your own innocent alphabet’ competition. Click here to find out more.

So, we were assigned the letter “S”, a great coincidence as this week that’s the letter they’ve been focusing on in the play school phonics sessions.

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So we set about finding thing that begin with the letter “S” on the theme back to school.

New pre-school shoes…

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New school bags (and I can spot some silliness on this photo too, taken on the first day back to play school) …

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My satchel as I go back to school to next week, well University that is, when I start my training to be a Counsellor…

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We also created an “S” themed YumBox for one lunch at play school. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll have noticed that I’m pretty obsessed with our YumBoxes so I was really pleased that they fit snugly inside our new innocent lunch box with just enough room for a smoothie too.

Innocent lunch box

In her “S” themed YumBox Littlebit had…

S theme YumBox

Sausages, star shaped bread, spaghetti cheese, sweetcorn, strawberries, fruit stars, sugar and sprinkle sandwiches, a jelly snake and an innocent smoothie.

Disclosure: We received the gift pictured above from innocent for taking part in their alphabet back to school challenge.

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Mediflow water pillow: review

A few months ago I was sent a Mediflow water pillow for review.

You’ll know if you’re a regular reader, or know me personally, that I am always honest about products if I like or hate them. So, I have to admit I was dubious about this. Previously I had a sprung pillow which worked ok for me. I suffer from back pain from an intercostal muscle injury, and often the pain makes me sleep a bit lop sided and therefore I end up with pains in my neck too.

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The water pillow has really helped.

It took me a while to get the right amount of water in there, each morning I added more and more until, I think, it has the maximum it can hold, which makes it pretty rigid, but actually really comfortable. The instructions, which come wrapped around the pillow, are really easy to follow and you get a little funnel to help get the water in there.

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I find the pillow really comfortable, and like I say it has most definitely helped with my neck pain. So it’s a winner!

To find out more about Mediflow water pillow visit their website, join them on Facebook or Twitter or watch this video from YouTube.

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This is a review post. We were provided with a Mediflow Pillow for review. All opinions are my own.

 

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