Popsiebelle grows imaginations

Meet Popsiebelle. This weirdly wonderful girl is kind, smart and she loves to have wonderful adventures with all her friends. And she wants you to join in her adventures. Popsiebelle grows imaginations Popsiebelle is an original, award-winning, proudly South African brand that aims to inspire children to develop and grow their imaginations using the Popsiebelle characters as a platform. We want children to not just consume, as is the norm these days, but rather to create, contribute and to continue developing their unbound imagination and creativity. We provide a few stories, but as a whole, your child will have ownership of the brand, they will dictate who Popsiebelle is and what the characters will become. We need a whole generation of children whose boundless imagination will create and become potential entrepreneurs, visionaries or anything they can imagine. – popsiebelle.com The lovely Ingrid spoiled Cara with a huge Popsiebelle parcel a while ago and she is still in love. So what exactly is Popsiebelle all about? Popsiebelle is a range of children’s toys and products. Popsiebelle products are covered in vibrant landscapes and fun detailed characters created to inspire children to use their own imaginations and tell their own stories. These high quality products are items like bibs, pillow cases, placemats and plush toys that are fun, bright and vibrant landscapes filled with interesting characters that inspire your child to make up their own fun and adventures on these colourful canvasses. Cara was super spoiled with a placemat, notebook, bag, colourful cards and a tooth fairy pillow. My favourite is the placemat. We are big TV watchers and evenings are usually...

GIVEAWAY: Win a Disney Dream Big, Princess Hamper

And the winner is … Johannes Nieuwenhuys It’s time to Dream Big, Princess! With Beauty and the Beast releasing this month, Disney is celebrating all things Princess. From the courageous Cinderella, free-spirited Pocahontas, fearless Mulan, inquisitive Belle or curious Ariel – there’s a Disney Princess that all little girls can relate to and make them Dream Big! The very latest and greatest Disney Princess products, toys, games and more, now available in leading retailers nationwide until 31 May in leading retailers. For every girl who dreams big, there’s a Princess to show her it’s possible. Win a Dream Big, Princess Hamper Who is your little girl’s favourite Disney Princess? Tell me in the comments below, and you can win an awesome Disney Princess hamper! The hamper includes: A Disney Princess Happy Tin A Little Kingdom Cinderella Bibbidi Bobbidi Carriage A Beauty and the Beast Busy Book A Beauty and the Beast Design & Doodle A Beauty and the Beast Magical Story and a Tangled DVD All you have to do is comment below and you are in the draw. Extra entries for Facebook and Twitter shares  – make sure to leave a separate comment for each share telling me where you’ve shared the giveaway. Please make sure to leave your Twitter handle and/or Facebook name for verification. Max of 3 entries per person. Giveaway is open to SA residents only. The sponsor will send the prize directly to the winner. Winners will be announced on 5 May ’17. Good luck!...

Cara LOVES her Penguala. And you can win a Hatchimal!

Just Fun Kidz emailed me a couple of weeks ago and asked if Cara would like to review a Hatchimal. What kind of a question is that? YES! I don’t know any little kids who wouldn’t give their left pinky for one of these adorable furballs. What is a Hatchimal you ask?? Hatchimals are magical creatures that live inside of eggs. Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Each egg contains one of two interactive Hatchimals. Love and care for yours inside the egg and its eyes will light up as it makes cute sounds, telling you how it’s feeling! Once you’ve played with it enough, you’ll see rainbow eyes – that means its time to hatch! Hatchimals can’t hatch on their own. Your touch encourages them to peck their way out of the egg! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Now you get to raise your furry Hatchimal through 3 stages, from baby to toddler, to kid. Your Hatchimal sings “Hatchy Birthday” each time it enters a new stage! Teach yours to walk, dance, play games and more! It will even repeat what you say in its own voice! I know that Hatchimals were top of many kids’ Christmas wish lists last year, and I can’t see the hype about these little cuties dying down soon. Cara received a Penguala Hatchimal. Pengualas are happy-go-lucky, quirky, naive, friendly, clumsy and kind.  They come in either a Pink or a Teal egg. They are super cute. The hatching process is amazing. Really! We had the whole family gathered round the table whilst Cara and her cousin were helping little Pengi hatch by stroking the egg...

Pregnancy Education Week and a GIVEAWAY

‘The Perfect Dance of Birth Hormones’ is the theme of  Pregnancy Education Week from 18 to 26 February 2017, when childbirth educators, Bio-Oil and hospitals around the country highlight how knowledge empowers expectant parents for better pregnancy, birth, bonding and breastfeeding experiences. Childbirth education is proven to have many benefits for expectant parents and the newborn child.  Pregnancy Education Week Lynne Bluff, national co-ordinator of the Childbirth Educators’ Professional Forum, explains how antenatal classes can help facilitate an understanding of the interplay of hormones before, after and during birth.  “Our hormone system prepares us in the final weeks, days and hours for an efficient labour; they help manage the pain and stress and ensure a safe birth. Hormones also give us a feeling of intense reward and pleasure as we meet our baby for the first time. For all this to happen in harmony, the birthing hormones need to work together in perfect synchronicity. At childbirth education classes, parents learn these intricate steps. The knowledge and understanding they gain helps facilitate the ‘dance’ for a better birth experience.” “Four hormones star in the show – oxytocin, endorphins, catecholamines and prolactin. Each brings its own style to the dance of labour. Oxytocin takes the lead, guiding you with love and connection, while catecholamines excite and energize you. Endorphins help you navigate through the daring twists and turns and nurturing prolactin will be there at the dazzling finish to welcome your baby.” Bluff explains several steps that expectant parents can take to best prepare for this perfect ‘dance’:  Most importantly you need confidence that you can give birth to your baby,...

Let’s play cards with Imagine Toys & Games

‘In a time where everything is getting more virtual, we offer children’s games that are totally manual, games that get children to explore, games that stimulate their minds, games that are powered by imagination.’    – www.imaginetoys.co.za That sounds great doesn’t it? In an age where most games are played on cell phones, tablets and consoles, Imagine Toys brings us back to basics. I used to love playing card games as a kid, and honestly, I forgot how much fun it is. Imagine Toys sent us 3 card games to try out over the holidays and we can’t decide which one’s our favourite. Toddles-Bobbles This game is one that sparks the imagination. These 12 cute and colourful creatures have forgotten their names and it’s your job to name them. You have to remember these though! The aim of the game is to collect as many portraits as you can. This game is filled with loads of giggles and it’s super fun. Quick Eye This game consists of a pack of 50 beautiful cards with adjectives describing the world and environment. The aim is to think of (or find) objects that have this quality. The game can also be played in different ways to make it either a bit competitive or not, which makes it great for kids of all ages. With this game there are no limits! Matryoshka This game is loads of fun, especially for the little ones. And it can get quite competitive when the bigger ones play, hehe. The aim is to collect these cards by matching the colour combination cards to the same colours on...

REVIEW: We got a Furby Connect at Toy Kingdom… and it’s AWESOME!

When I saw the TV ad for Furby Connect I knew that Cara would love this interactive toy. And thanks to the awesome people at Toy Kingdom, we got the chance to take one home. It’s no wonder that Furby made it to Toy Kingdom’s Top 50 list of toys for the Festive Season… Furby Connect is AWESOME. I don’t know much about the original Furby. Apparently it was the Christmas gift in 1998. I was at varsity then so toys weren’t really on my radar. Thanks to Hasbro, I can confidently say that Furby Connect is the Christmas gift of 2016. Sorry parents! Furby Connect Review The moment Cara laid eyes on this hot pick ball of fluff I could see she was in love. Furby Connect is so much more than just another fury friend though. Furby is a best friend. From the moment we took Furby out of its box and popped in the batteries, we were in awe of what this toy can do. Furby talks, giggles, sings, eats and farts. Yes, Furby farts. A lot. And Cara thinks it’s hilarious. So do I to be honest. You can feed Furby with your finger and giggle with him when you scratch his tummy. That’s not all! Furby also wiggles his ears and that furry little bod loves to dance. And Furby has the most gorgeous eyes. I think his colourful and expressive eyes are the main reason that I sometimes forget that he isn’t real. These full colour LCD eyes display 150 unique animations. Wow. Furby Connect World App I downloaded the app before we decided...

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