Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots Review

It’s no secret that we love dolls in our household. Luckily, we’ve had opportunities to review and play with a number of different dolls. We recently welcomed a baby boy and a baby girl into the family from the Tiny Treasures range and this time we were thrilled to have a play with Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots from the same brand.

Now these miniature dolls (and they are little) are the cutest. You’d be surprised how much attention to detail goes into them.

We were sent 2 dolls and a Bedtime accessory playset.

The Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots dolls

The Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots are dolls that are a little over 10 cm in length. They are a perfect fit for little hands. They come dressed in adorable onesies – fluffy ones at that. We had one dressed in a panda outfit and one in a bunny outfit. The hoods have panda/bunny faces and the appropriate ears too. The baby in the panda outfit has a little panda toy attached to the hand and the baby in the bunny outfit has mittens.

You can also undress the babies and swap clothes if you like.

Each little doll has a different expression. They could be asleep, awake or yawning.

On their wrist is a name tag with their name and date of birth much like a hospital tag. It’s amazing how much detail has gone into these dolls especially since they are so little. They have realistic hands and feet and they come in a little cardboard cot.

They have a baby powder scent.


There are 15 dolls to collect and each is priced at £7.99

The Bedtime Accessory Set

This set is perfect for these little dolls. The bedtime set includes a cot, a doll, a little mattress, blanket and a cot mobile – everything you need for play.

Like all the other products in the range, this set has great attention to detail. The mattress is beautifully designed with a little heart logo too. The cot is well-finished and has drawers that can be opened. The cot mobile is also adorable. For a miniature product, it is so perfectly made.

The doll is in a little sleeping bag and fits well in the cot.

The bedtime accessory set is priced at £14.99

In fact, having these dolls, took me back to my childhood where I remember having a doll the size of my palm and I called her my ‘Thumbelina doll’.

There is also a pram accessory playset available.

This is the first collection and is Limited Edition so go grab yours now. Perfect gifts for Christmas and birthdays as they are a new concept.

The products are available at Smyths Toy Superstores.

London’s Top Cycling Spots

Cycling is a great way to see places. It’s also great for keeping fit.

If you’re living in the city, you may think that cycling is not the greatest way to get around. In fact, in London with the excellent transport network, you may think twice before getting on a cycle. Although, with Santander Cycles, you can easily hire a cycle within the city and play tourist or just cycle around. There are convenient docking stations where you can pick up you cycle and return it. The system is really handy as you don’t need to lug around your bike on the trains into London.

Here are some recommendations for places to cycle in and around London all the while taking in gorgeous views.

  1. Thames Path – If you’re in London, you’ll want to be near the Thames as it affords breathtaking views of historical buildings that imbibe the culture and history of London. The Thames Path is a great cycling route. Follow the path from London Bridge all the way to Greenwich for an unforgettable ride.
  2. Richmond Park – Ride uphill and take in beautiful views in Richmond Park. If you’re lucky and time it well, you’ll even be able to catch the sunset. If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the deer that run freely in the park. The route is about 7.5 miles so it’s not a difficult route. You can hire a cycle within the park itself.
  3. Hyde Park – Hire a cycle if you don’t own one and take a ride round Hyde Park. You’ll be sure to see a whole lot of tourists as well as beautiful parts of London.
  4. Regent’s Canal – The route from Little Venice to Camden Lock offers views of cheerful canal boats and a visit to Camden’s famous market.
  5. If you want to play tourist, you can hire a bike and cycle around central London taking in all the famous sights. Don’t forget to catch the changing of the guards and a visit to the museums. You can even join cycle tour and ride with others if you don’t want to cycle alone.

If you do decide to cycle, make sure you have a cycle that is suitable. There are a number of road bikes for sale and you will always find one that caters to your needs. Remember to always wear a helmet and be watchful of traffic especially in central London.

Riding a cycle is perfectly safe as there are cycle lanes in most parts of the city and most motorists are mindful of cyclists.

I think getting on a cycle is the best way to take in the sights in a city. You can take the routes you like as well as see places of interest at your own pace. You don’t have to wait for public transport or be caught in traffic. AND you also get all that exercise over and done with. Besides, there’s something quite dreamy about a cycle I think. I’m thinking of a vintage cycle here.

Do you like to cycle? What are your favourite cycling routes?


Best places for family gatherings around London

It’s becoming increasingly popular to host celebrations in restaurants. I’m not talking about birthday bashes in a bar. I’m talking about treating the family for special occasion. In fact, in our family, we have had the last few occasions like baptisms and birthdays in restaurants. It saves you all the hassle of catering and washing up later as well as getting the house ship-shape before the big day.

It’s also great as each one can order as they like. I find this especially suitable for fussy eaters and for children too. And dessert is sorted too. Every one can have their own personal favourite.

Recently, for my son’s First Holy Communion celebration, we headed off to a steak restaurant with family and friends and we had a lovely time. We ordered our favourites and every one was happy. And, of course, there wasn’t the hassle of cleaning up.

London is full of lovely family friendly restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines. Besides they also serve child meals and have delicious desserts. Lets face it, that is always the best part of the meal.

Here are my 5 best restaurants for family gatherings –

Babylon at The Roof Gardens – A restaurant with a spectacular view and a kids’ menu? You’re looking at it. The Gardens are open to public free of charge but you wouldn’t want to visit without tasting the delights of the restaurant. There’s an extensive menu for adults and one for young diners too. A perfect place to celebrate an occasion.

Arlos – If you’re looking for a good steak restaurant in London, look no further than Arlos. Their beef is sourced from native British breeds and their goal is to serve the highest quality steak. For the little ones, there’s the Little Arlo’s menu serving up freshly prepared healthy food they’ll love.

Planet Hollywood – For a celebration that’s a little less formal, take the family to Planet Hollywood. The food’s great, the ambience is very cinematic and their milkshakes are to die for. There are handprints of famous stars as well as memorabilia. There’s a cool screen where you can Tweet out and receive a message back.

Savoy Grill – A special occasion requires a special treat and you need look no further than the Savoy on The Strand. The restaurant has a smart casual dress code and children are welcome. This is a Gordon Ramsay restaurant so prepared to be delighted by an amazing menu serving up dishes like Beluga caviar, Beef Wellington and Day Boat Fish. There’s also a children’s menu.

HIX Mayfair – There are a number of HIX restaurants but the HIX Mayfair has to stand out from the rest. The menu may be similar but the stunning artwork makes it a popular choice for special family get togethers. They serve a weekend bottomless brunch and a delicious children’s menu.

The next time you are looking to celebrate with the family, don’t forget to consider the restaurants above.

Have you got any other restaurants to add to the list? Leave me a suggestion in the comments below.


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Winter’s Approaching: How to get the most out of your garden.

The garden is our go-to place in summer. Flowers are in bloom and since the weather is warm and sunny it’s nice to be out and about. But come the winter, and we tend to let the garden go to waste. It’s cold and it’s wet and very often not very comfortable spending time outdoors.

I mean, no one really wants to sit out in the garden in a thick winter coat.

Nowadays, I have seen that there are several ways by which you can still enjoy the garden in the cold season. If you buy a house with a garden, it’s really no point using it only six months of the year.

Here are my  top tips for entertaining and making the most of your garden in winter.

  1. Lighting – This is really what MAKES the garden. There is such a wide choice of lighting available that you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Garden lights are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They can be solar powered or mains powered. You can have patio lights or bollard lights down the garden path. String lights on trees are also big this season. And then of course, we mustn’t forget the Christmas lights that adorn the garden.
  2. Fire pit – If you do decide to spend time in the garden, you will need to keep warm. Investing in a fire pit or Chimenea is a great idea. Fire pits are more social as people gather round and you can also toast marshmallows on it. How lovely to be able to do that. Chimeneas are perfect for warming chilly spots but are more suited to a corner area as a feature. They certainly add character to the garden.
  3. Invest in awning – A pergola or framed awning can add space to you home and can be used as and when required. It shields from light winds and rain too and they look lovely too. Besides, most of them can be rolled up so you can choose to have them out of the way if required.
  4. Garden tidy – If you want to entertain outdoors, you’ll still need to have your garden in ship-shape. Clear up the leaves and if required invest in a leaf blower. You may not need to mow the lawn but ensure you have a winter garden in bloom. You may also want to look at getting a bird feeder. It’s beautiful to see a robin or a finch in your garden.
  5. Get the food right – Warm soups and roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and toasted marshmallows. If you are looking to get something more substantial, you can always get some spicy, grilled food served up.
  6. Woollen blankets – Theses are perfect for this time of the year. I love the look of brightly coloured blankets thrown over furniture. Rattan furniture looks so cosy with blankets on it. And what could beat wrapping yourself in a blanket and sitting around a fire to enjoy the winter chill.

Do you like getting out in your garden during winter? What are your top tips for getting your garden winter ready?