The Magic of My Name Storybook Review

A little while ago we were very kindly offered the chance to receive and review a new type of storybook. As I’ve discussed on the blog before, stories and storybooks feature heavily in our bedtime routine and have since BattleKid was only a few months old. So we jumped at the chance to review The Magic of My Name storybook.the magic of my name storybook

The Magic of My Name storybook is a completely personalised book, all about the magic and wonder that is your child’s name. It is totally unique from anything I’ve seen before and is 100% personalised to your child and their name. Their own name generates a fully customised story whether their name is Tom, David, Jennifer or Grace.

The story starts with a little boy (or girl) in bed who wants to know about their name. A fairy visits him (or her) and helps them discover the magic behind their name. Now I don’t want to go into the story in detail but suffice to say The Magic of My Name storybook is wonderful and BattleKid simply loves it, so much so we have been reading it every night since we received it.the magic of my name storybook

The story is lovely and is weaved quite nicely together. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is easy to read. I think once BattleKid learns to read he’ll be enthralled even more by this book. Children who can already read will thoroughly enjoy this story.

As I’ve mentioned we have been reading The Magic of My Name storybook every night as part of our bedtime routine and it takes between 12 and 15 minutes to read which is just right for us. It is well put together with good quality pages held together in a hardback binding.the magic of my name storybook

If there was only one thing I could pick out about the book is it is quite heavy to hold if you read it lying down with your child in the crook of your arms. We always read bedtime stories on our bed with BattleKid lying in our arms, and this book is a little heavy to hold in that position for 15 minutes. That said if you were sat up it wouldn’t be a problem.

The book is very simple and easy to create via The Magic of My Name website. You start the process by choosing a male or female character and then insert your child’s name. You then get a choice of 4 icons or avatars who will be the main character of your book. You then click “Create my book” and your unique book is created before your very eyes which you can preview before you buy.

During the preview stage you can amend the name, character or special dedication. You can also choose from one of seven different languages, and two versions of English, in which to receive The Magic of My Name storybook.

Now, curious as I am, I wondered how BattleKid’s book might differ from others, so I went back to the homepage and went through the creation process to create some other books based on both boys and girls names to see the differences. As BattleKid’s name is 9 letters long our book is quite long, but it seems for shorter names, there are other pages which fill in for those with shorter names, which is brilliant. I was wondering if someone with a name, say 4 letters long, would get short-changed but they don’t. The people behind The Magic of My Name storybook guarantee that each book is a minimum of 38 pages.the magic of my name storybook

The Magic of My Name storybook is aimed at children between the ages of 0 and 8 years old and will be a great compliment for those who are learning to read. It would also make the perfect gift for any child, be it for a birthday, christening or even Christmas. You can also choose either a hard or softback cover. We opted for a hardback as I think they stand the test of time with toddlers and pre-schoolers a bit more than softback books.

WHAT WE loved ABOUT THE MAGIC OF MY NAME STORYBOOK:

  • Beautifully made.
  • Lovely story which is easy to read and weaves together nicely.
  • Exquisite illustrations to capture a child’s imagination and attention.
  • Takes no more than 15 minutes to read, for a name containing 9 letters.
  • Customisable for both boys and girls.
  • 4 characters to choose from.
  • Shorter names do not get short-changed, each book is guaranteed to be a minimum of 38 pages.
  • Quickly became a firm favourite with BattleKid.
  • Available in 7 different languages and 2 version of English (UK and US).
  • Special dedication at the front of the book is customisable too.
  • You can choose from hardback or softback version, although there is an extra charge for the hardback version.
  • Ships to 19 different countries currently.

What we didn’t like about The Magic of My Name storybook:

  • The hardback version is quite heavy to hold up if lying down while reading it.

The Magic of My Name storybook is an absolute delight and BattleKid knows it is “his” book. I personally love the story and the illustrations. I can see this storybook playing a big role in bedtime for years to come.the magic of my name storybook

The Magic of My Name book starts from £23.99 for the standard, paperback book. The hardback version will cost an extra £4.99 (but is worth it in my opinion, especially for younger children). Standard delivery (to the UK) is £4.99 but express delivery is an option for an additional £3.00. The total cost with standard delivery for a paperback version is £28.98 and for the hardback version is £33.97. There are discounts available if you order more than one book.

You should also note that as each book is created and printed as an individual, delivery is estimated at 10 working days. Ours arrived 12 working days after placing our order.

If you are looking for a completely unique and personalised storybook, or gift, I cannot recommend The Magic in My Name storybook enough. It’s a big thumbs up from the BattleHousehold!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We received a hardback version of The Magic of My Name storybook for review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the product.

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A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger Review

Alongside my Used Car Lot Puzzle, I also received A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger for review.a day at the beach puzzle

This 500 piece puzzle features a beach scene as created by artist Andy Walker and features all the things we enjoy about A Day at the Beach, including a Punch and Judy show, donkey rides and sandcastle building.

I decided to take a slightly different tactic with this puzzle as it appeared to be a bit harder than my previous two 500 piece puzzles. This was due to the fact there is a lot of beige sand and blue sky in the picture.

I created the border first and then separated out the remaining pieces into four piles. One contained mostly just blue in it, one contained blue with some other colours/features in it, one contained colours and the other was mostly beige sand. I thought that by doing this it might make completing the puzzle easier.

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The border took 40 minutes to complete

I started with the sky and pier and this section, apart from a few pieces, took shape without too much difficulty.

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Portioning the pieces into four piles
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After 1 hour and forty minutes

Next I moved onto the coloured sections and these came together really easily. Next it was the sand. This proved a bit more difficult than the other sections but it wasn’t long before the majority of this puzzle was done.

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Complete in two hour and a half hours

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The last few sky blue pieces were put into place, and after only two and a half hours, this A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger was complete. I couldn’t believe how quickly it had come together and I wonder did my different tactic help!

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE A DAY AT THE BEACH PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • High quality puzzle.
  • Easy to do and complete. I finished it in two and a half hours.
  • Appears difficult and complicated due to the lack of variety of colours but wasn’t at all.
  • This 500 piece puzzle is aimed at ages 10+ and should not prove difficult to complete.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle to minimise glare on the puzzle image.
  • Contains all the aspects of A Day at the Beach that everyone loves including donkey rides and building sandcastles.
  • Measures 49 x 36cm when complete.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE A DAY AT THE BEACH PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • Nothing!

This 500 piece A Day at the Beach puzzle from Ravensburger was easy to complete and enjoyable at the same time. As mentioned I took a different approach to completing this puzzle and I think it helped. The puzzle is aimed at ages 10+ and should be more than doable for that age range.

So if you are looking for a puzzle for yourself or a child age 10 years of age or above, then this puzzle may just fit the bill. The A Day at the Beach puzzle retails at around £7.99 and is available from Amazon and other major retailers. Why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger. They cater for both children and adults!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received the A Day at the Beach puzzle from Ravensburger for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger Review

Following on from last month’s Glittering Gemstones Puzzle Review I was kindly sent a Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger, which was another 1000 piece puzzle, to review.

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While I’ve been enjoying doing puzzles again, the 1000 piece puzzle from last month nearly broke me. It was really hard and took me over 10 hours to complete, so I was quite apprehensive about this one I can tell you.

The Used Car Lot puzzle was created by artist Geoff Tristram and features “Honest Harry’s” used car lot. It forms part of the Best of British range of puzzles from Ravensburger.

This puzzle, although 1000 pieces, was a lot more fun to make than the Glittering Gemstones puzzle. As always, I made the border first before starting on the body of the puzzle.

This puzzle has lots of different elements to it, including colour groups and text groups. I started by picking out pieces with text on them and putting them together, using the picture on the box to aid with them. The areas I chose started coming together really quickly.

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After 2 hours and 20 minutes

Next I picked out all the purple and blue coloured pieces and started putting together the purple and blue cars and again they came together quite easily.  The green car quickly followed suit.

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At 4 hours and 15 minutes

I was really excited by how quickly I was putting together this puzzle compared to my last 1000 piece puzzle and all-in-all it took me five and three quarter hours to complete this puzzle, just over half the time it took me to complete the other one.

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Completed after 5 hours and 45 minutes

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And I’ll let you in on a little secret, I enjoyed this one more. I think the array of colours and text it contains made it easier to piece together sections compared to the white/black Glittering Gemstones puzzle.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE USED CAR LOT PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • High quality puzzle.
  • Easy to do and complete.
  • Nice variety of colours and text which help make it easy to complete.
  • This 1000 piece puzzle would not be too difficult for a novice puzzle maker.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle.
  • Made from strong premium grade cardboard, with a linen finish to minimise glare on the puzzle image.
  • Very easy to lose a few hours to this puzzle without realising.
  • Measures 70 x 50cm when complete.
  • Ideal for ages 12+.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE USED CAR LOT PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • Nothing!

This 1000 piece Used Car Lot puzzle from Ravensburger was very enjoyable to complete and not difficult at all. It certainly wouldn’t need an advanced puzzle maker to complete it and I think anyone would enjoy making this puzzle. I certainly did.

So if you are looking for a puzzle to while away a few hours with this Used Car Lot puzzle from Ravensburger might just be what you are looking for. It retails at around £11.99 and is available from Amazon and other major retailers. Why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger. They cater for both children and adults!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received a Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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Baby Born Interactive Doll Review – Boys CAN play with Dolls

I was recently contacted to see if we’d like to receive a Baby Born Interactive Doll to review and I immediately said yes. You might think I was a bit crazy, having a boy, but I was very curious to see what BattleKid would do with a doll. In my mind, why can’t boys play with dolls! I am among many parents who are getting sick of stereotypes when it comes to our children and wanted to show that boys can play with dolls.

My reasoning behind this was twofold. Firstly, we need to break the stereotypical views of what girls and boys can play with. Secondly, when BattleKid was going into nursery for 7am, he and one of his female toddler friends would make a beeline for the dolls and prams and would spend time walking around nursery playing with them before the other children arrived. So I know he has played with them in nursery, I wanted to see what he would do with one at home.

Our Baby Born Interactive Boy Doll arrived a few weeks ago and once I’d taken my pictures of the doll, as you do as a blogger, we gave it to BattleKid as a surprise. He was immediately pawing at the box saying “mama, you open it”. We duly obliged and watched in anticipation of his reaction.

Once Baby, as he was named, was out of the box BattleKid started off by checking his dummy and saying “there you go”. He next moved onto feeding his Baby his bottle and it was very sweet watching him being so gentle with his Baby Born Interactive Doll.

Once Baby was finished with his bottle BattleKid asked him if he wanted some food and feed him pretend food.

Of course, silly mama forgot to put the nappy on Baby so we did that quickly to prevent any spills. BattleKid has since found it hilarious that Baby wees and poops!

Suitably fuelled up, Baby was then taken on a ride on BattleKid’s ‘motorbike’ after which time I think Baby was quite tired and BattleKid gave him a bit of a rest.

We’ve since dressed Baby in one of BattleKid’s babygro’s and let him sleep under one of his soft blankets. Baby now goes to bed with BattleKid and shares his bed every night. BattleKid has also been feeding him regularly and sitting him on his potty saying “you do a wee-wee”, most likely linked to the fact he himself is just finished potty training. One area we’ve come a cropper is when BattleKid asked where Baby’s pram was! We’ll see if he continues to play with Baby and if so we might need to get one!

I have to admit that both BattleDad and I have had pangs of guilt watching BattleKid with his Baby. Guilt that he’s an only child, and it has been so sweet watching him being so gentle and kind with his Baby Born Interactive Doll. However, they’ve only been fleeting, before anyone says we need to have another child! I’ve written about my reluctance to have another child on the blog and those feelings haven’t changed.

I’m quite impressed with how far dolls have come since I was a girl and I’m also delighted to see BattleKid enjoying his Baby. We received the Baby Born Interactive Boy Doll and he comes with nine lifelike functions and no less than eleven accessories. Baby Born cries real tears, although we haven’t tested this function out at the time of writing this review. Baby Born also opens and closes its eyes and I’m sorry to say has had those poor eyes poked a few times by BattleKid! Baby born eats and drinks and also does controlled wees and poops. Baby Born is fully movable and is waterproof too so can enjoy a bath with your little one if they want.

Baby Born Interactive Dolls come with a birth certificate and friendship bracelets although I removed these. Baby Born also comes with a dummy and dummy clip, a bottle which you can fill, a nappy, some food and a plate and spoon and also a potty, which BattleKid has been sitting Baby on regularly, although he has been forgetting to remove his nappy first!

There are lots of accessories and other fun items you can get for Baby Born too which we may look into depending on how much BattleKid plays with his baby.

What I love about the Baby Born Interactive Doll:

  • Lifelike features are brilliant.
  • The accessories it comes with act as a great starter pack.
  • Great way to let imaginative play come into force, as we’ve observed with BattleKid.
  • An interesting and lovely way to see BattleKid’s softer side come out.
  • Huge range of accessories, clothes and toys available to go with your Baby Born Doll.

What I didn’t like about the Baby Born Interactive Doll:

  • It took me a while to figure out what the valve on the back was for!

Overall, both BattleDad and I were suitably impressed with the Baby Born Interactive Doll. The various features are brilliant and the accessories have gone down a storm with BattleKid, particularly the dummy, bottle and potty. We’ve even dressed Baby in one of BattleKid’s old babygros and had him sleeping under one of his baby blankets. Baby also goes to bed with BattleKid most nights.

It’s been lovely watching BattleKid play with Baby and we’ve been surprised at how gentle he has been. And as mentioned we’ve had a few pangs of guilt.

I’d like to think that we’ve shown that boys CAN play with dolls and enjoy it and gender should never stop a child playing with certain toys. We’re still considering a pram for Baby but with an impending move it might have to wait until after that.

Baby Born Interactive Dolls from Zapf Creations have an RRP of £49.99 and are available from most good toys stores including Argos, Smyth’s Toys and Amazon. There is also a large range of accessories, clothing and toys to accompany Baby Born Dolls, including prams and you can chose form both girl and boy dolls.

It’s also been great hearing about my follower’s sons who play with dolls and I’m glad we are making inroads to breaking the stereotypes and getting away from gender specific toys!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We received a Boy Baby Born Interactive Doll for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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