Christmas is over… now what?

December 27th, 2012

Well in our house, the week or so post-Christmas (it’s often a lot longer than a week, if I’m honest) is about snuggling down, relaxing and recovering.

Soft blankets, big bowls of soup, black and white films, books, games and long walks in frosty parks – that’s what post-Christmas means to us.

How about you?

Mocc Ons sneakers for stylish babies

December 20th, 2012

Mocc Ons are moccasin style slipper socks that ensure babies and toddlers have warm and comfortable feet throughout the winter season.

The sneaker style is available in different colours and we also have Zebra and Spots.

Gorgeous, snuggly and stylish.

Cuski baby comforter

December 18th, 2012

If you have a baby and you’re going to be away from home over the Christmas period, a comforter may well be the best investment you ever make.

The natural alternative for parents who do not want their baby to use dummies or other sleeping aids, this super-soft baby comforter is designed to soothe, calm and reassure you and your baby.

Plus it’s machine-washable – what more could you want? (Perhaps a second, in case the first one gets lost.)

Groovy Girls Scooter

December 6th, 2012

We’re sure Groovy Girls dolls and accessories will be on a lot of Christmas lists this year and we can totally see why.

Not only are the dolls both cool and adorable, the accessories are wonderful too. Who wouldn’t want this fabulous scooter and sidecar, to fit two Groovy Girls dolls?

You’re only problem will be choosing which two…

Moover dolls pram on sale

November 29th, 2012

We’ve featured this Moover Dolls Pram a couple of times before, but since it’s currenly on sale and Christmas is coming, I thought it was time to mention it again.

Suitable from aged 10 months, the Moover Dolls Pram is made of high-quality birch veneer and has wooden wheels with rubber tyres. The back is made of one piece of moulded thin veneer. It is delivered assembled and ready to use.

It’s so beautiful, I can’t imagine any child not being thrilled to find one under the tree on Christmas morning.

Super stocking fillers

November 27th, 2012

How are you getting on with your Christmas shopping? I think I’m almost done, which is less about my organisational skills and more about my online ordering skills (I think every other house in our street has taken delivery of a parcel for me recently).

But that’s the main presents – we always do stockings for the children and so try to pick up bits and bobs when we see them.

Yoyos are great – smaller kids love them, even if they can’t really work them, and older kids can learn all manner of tips and tricks.

If you have a doll-mad child, there’s not much better than a magic bottle – I still remember getting one for Christmas and being absolutely bowled over that I could feed my dolls “properly.”

Not really for filling a stocking, more a stocking in itself, the Puppet Company Sockette is just fabulous.

Like yoyos, jigsaws are always a popular choice, and we have a great selection (the 1-10 Fish is my favourite).

Tell a traditional story with these story sets

November 22nd, 2012

I don’t know whether traditional tales and fairy stories are currently enjoying a renaissance or if I’ve just become aware of them because my sons are interested (post-Tangled), but they seem to be everywhere, from the cinema, to the theatre, to ‘reimagined’ versions in books and apps.

Jack and the Beanstalk is a perennial favourite – who doesn’t dream of magic beans? – and this set, including a hardback book and five finger puppets – is a wonderful way to bring your child’s imagination to life.

Wannabe a rock star?

November 15th, 2012

I’m currently reading a biography of Miley Cyrus (I have my reasons!) and realising that I managed to totally miss the Miley/Hannah Montana phenomenon. I was aware of her/them – how could I not be? – but clueless as to how enormously popular she/they is/are. (I’ll stop that now.)

So I had to feature this Hannah Rock Star doll from Gotz. No, it’s not an official Hannah Montana doll, but all the ingredients are there: long blonde hair, cowboy hat and boots, guitar and it’s on special offer at £69.95 (usual price £79.95). And I think this Hannah may actually have even more attitude than her namesake…

Do children still like marionettes?

November 13th, 2012

Surely they couldn’t not like this gorgeous traditional stringed Ballerina Fairy marionette from The Puppet Company, but in general they don’t seem like something the over-stimulated children of today would enjoy.

Recently, though, on a family holiday, we saw a busker singing and dancing with a marionette and my children were fascinated. (My husband and me weren’t so keen – the marionette was old, falling apart, and like something out of a nightmare.) We’ve also recently listened to an audio CD of Pinocchio and so we’ve been talking about puppets. I can’t say I miss the Punch & Judy shows of old, but there is something special about a marionette isn’t there?

I hope this one appears under a few Christmas trees this year.

Dolls of the world!

November 6th, 2012

Sorry for the exclamation mark, but I couldn’t type that without immediately singing “Spice up your life!” after.

I collected dolls of the world as a child, but mine were more ‘ornamental’. In fact, I was told to keep them in their little plastic presentation tubes because I was assured they’d be worth a lot of money in the future. The future is now. And they’re not.

So my point is that dolls of the world are wonderful things for children to collect, but they should also be allowed to play with them and these lovely, soft-bodied, dolls are perfect for play.