Monday, 20 October 2014

Barbie & Tawny Horse Review

Grotbags loves horses and the new Barbie and Tawny Horse set is absolutely fabulous for any horse mad girl.  Barbie comes dressed in a stylish riding outfit of faded jeans, floral shirt, brown belt and knee high brown boots along with a trendy pink riding helmet. 
Tawny the horse has a lovely white mane, pink saddle and a heart shaped brush for grooming.  Tawny has some great actions, if you press down on the back of her saddle she will bend her neck down to eat the carrots or drink from her bucket and if you push down on the front of her saddle she will lean forward to nuzzle against Barbie.

Barbie actually clips into place on the saddle and with her feet in the stirrups she is unlikely to fall off which is a great idea and less frustration for small children.  Barbie and Tawny are suitable for children 3 years and over and retails at £39.99 from all good stockists.  This has to be a sure winner for Christmas, Grotbags loves playing with Barbie and Tawny.

We were sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is entirely our own.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Barbie Malibu House Review

I cannot tell you how excited Grotbags was to receive the Barbie Malibu House to review.  Malibu House comes straight from Barbie's online series "Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse" and is set over two-storeys.
There are six rooms in total all with added accessories that will actually clip in to place so that they do not go astray.  The house arrived in large pieces that were relatively easy to put together, although I did struggle to find the sticker instructions.
The kitchen has a cooker installed with sink and fridge, there are lots of accessories for plenty of role play with Barbie, Grotbags loved the stand you put Barbie in so that she could actually stand near the sink and wash pots.
The dining room has a lovely table and chairs which can be topped with a vase of flowers, giving a great place for Barbie to entertain.
Grotbags favourite part of the house is the spiral staircase with the aquarium running through it, there is also the added feature of a lift, this allows Barbie to climb the stairs with ease.
The family room upstairs is an ideal place for Barbie to unwind with her very own TV, you can actually place your smartphone in this slot, although I feel Grotbags is still a little young for a smartphone.
The bedroom doubles up as a dressing room with shower and wardrobe and if this is laid flat her bed magically appears.
The toilet and washroom is rather quaint with a toilet lid that closes, on the washstand there is a place to store her toothbrush and toothpaste.
Now considering Grotbags has only had the house for just over a week she has had hours of fun and it has provided lots of imaginative play.  It sure is a huge hit and would make a great present from Santa.  Malibu House is suitable for children aged 3 years and over and the RRP is £99.99.

We were sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinions are entirely our own.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Nib Nibs Review & Competition

We recently received some rather tasty premium snacks from nibnibs who are located in North Yorkshire. They personally source all their ingredients and wherever possible these are British.  The items we received are listed below with our thoughts on each product but as a whole we really did like these snacks and would definitely buy them.  What better way to enjoy a glass of vino than with a few snacks.
  • mini nibs Exceptional Cheese Straws - most definitely moreish, lovely crisp and cheesy straws.
  • mini nibs Exceptional Cheddar & Spicy Chilli Straws - I love kick of the chilli in these straws.
  • mini nibs Exceptional Cheddar & Cheeky Onion Straws - Grotbags favourite (although she admitted she liked the name and whether or not this influenced her decision, who knows).
  • mini nibs Roasted Salt & Pepper Jumbo Peanuts - OMG these are to die for and I was not sharing.
Stockists can be found on their website but you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.  If you would like to win a selection of nibnibs snacks please complete the rafflecopter below, this competition is being run by them.

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The opinions in this post are our own and we were sent a selection of snacks to try for ourselves.

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Silent Sunday 12th October 2014

Black & White Week 14

After a week off due to illness I am back, must admit I really missed this last week and just couldn't summon up the energy to switch the computer on.  Below is a photo of Grotbags climbing as usual, it was taken a Derwent Dams when we visited recently.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Entropy Collection - Silver and Porcelain Competition

Back in August I showcased on my blog the most gorgeous handmade jewellery from Sara Boyle.   Sara is a local Derbyshire lady with inspiring designs over at Silver and Porcelain, I absolutely love the uniqueness of her work and her new collection is now available.

Entropy Collection
Where there is chaos and disorder there is beauty, a sandcastle will naturally fall back to grains of sand on the beach once again because of entropy.  Entropy is a natural state of being and we as humans try to put order into our life to make sense, but really entropy rules.
Each piece of jewellery is an original and has a narrative all of its own, where you see many symbols, images and shapes within its form.
Eventually entropy will see these precious metals as they were before, but in the meantime we borrow them and create something beautiful to adorn and to express ourselves and who we are.
For all my lovely readers I have a gorgeous ring worth £75 to giveaway which would be a real treat with Christmas being around the corner. The stones in the rings are a delicate blue and mauve and the ring is a size M.  So if you would like to win this gorgeous ring please complete the rafflecopter form below. Sara would love to receive any feedback on her jewellery, you can find her on twitter if you have a query with regards to her new collection or via her website.
Good luck everyone.

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Inspired by J K Rowling

This week over at Kate on Thin Ice the thought is about inspirational mums and to be honest most mums to me are inspiring in their own way, we all have had to contend with illness, heartbreak and multiple demands at some point in our lives, which in turn creates the women we are today. 

As Eleanor Roosevelt said "A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water".

1. Tell us about a mum who inspires you. What are her special qualities?
Since the launch of the Harry Potter books, J K Rowling has inspired me, she has not always been a famous author but suffered with clinical depression, was unemployed and found herself raising a child on her own. Like so many mothers out there things could have been so different if she hadn't had the determination to suceed at what she was good at. Such a talented hardworking woman.

2. Are you happy? If not, what is stopping you?
Yes I am happy (some of the time anyway), I have 4 healthy children, a husband who would give me the world if he could, what more could I want.  They say don't have regrets in life but I do, I regret not studying harder at school, this makes me sad because I know I have the potential to suceed, money limits what you can actually do to solve this.

3. What little things that don't really matter do you allow to get to you?
The house being untidy, I know it's not the end of the world but I have to tidy everyday, this drives my hubbie insane.

4. Who do you need to talk to and why are you putting it off?
I would love to talk to my Nan but sadly she died when I was 5 years old, it would be so good to sit down and have a chatter over afternoon tea, I miss her so much.

5. How are you inspirational?
I don't think I am inspirational at all, I help people, fundraise and support various charities including Macmillan and Refuge, I do this because I enjoy doing it. I run round after my daughter to various afterschool activities such as brownies, sports, violin, cookery club etc whilst working full time, but she is my daughter and I love her unconditionally and it is my duty as a mother to make sure she experiences things that I never did, does this make me inspirational?

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