Disney Princess Palace Pets Mini Collectables – Review

Palace Pets –  you must have heard of them. From the house of Disney, these little pets are pets of the Disney Princesses.

The children love playing on the App and they recognise all of them. I don’t know from where these children get their memories.


We were sent 2 packs of Disney Princess Palace Pets from Character to review. Each has two pets in them. One had Pumpkin – Cinderella’s pup and Seashell -Ariel’s horse and the other one had Lily – Tiana’s kitten and Blondie – Rapunzel’s horse.

Theses little pets are quite lovely and the children play with them with other sets that they have. They are now after me to get the entire set of Palace pets.

The pets are replicas of the pets found in the movies and they are cared for by the princesses.


Pumpkin is a white poodle and loves to attend royal balls and dance.


Seashell is a lavender pony and used to be a seahorse and now lives on land but can still swim rather well.


Lily is a pale lavender kitten who loves jazz music and and dressing up in ragtime outfits.


Blondie is a yellow horse who is a brave and trustworthy guard pony.


Each palace pet has her own characteristic similar to that of her mistress. It is quite easy to step into the wonderful world of make believe with these little pets. I’m almost getting caught up in it myself. 😉


Each pack is priced at £4.99 and they are ideal for little presents to add to the collection or for pocket money toys.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above products for review. All ideas and opinions are my own.


Ben and Holly Elf Treehouse – Review

Ben and Holly on Nick Jr. is still very popular in our home. Aeryn loves watching it and Ethan and Jadyn do too but pretend it’s too ‘baby-ish’.

We were sent a Ben and Holly Elf Treehouse to review. The playset is from Character and if you are familiar with this brand you know that their products are sturdy and well designed and perfect for little ones.

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The Elf treehouse stands about 32 cm tall and has plenty of features to keep your little one occupied.

There is a woodpecker that knocks on the tree, a trapdoor to the toy factory and even a rotating toy duck machine.

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The product is attractive and the bright colours appeal to children. There are 3 rooms –

The bedroom that comes with a bed that is removable, the workshop and the toy factory

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It also comes a figure of Barnaby elf and a trap door.

The playset can be joined to the other playsets in the series to recreate a little kingdom just like in the series.

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If you’ve seen Ben and Holly on telly, you would know that the Elf Treehouse is as important part of the series as is Thistle Castle and this little playset is a replica of the treehouse.

It is perfect for imaginative play and since you can join it to other playsets it is perfect for add to a collection.

Priced at £29.99, it could seem dear but taking into account the quality of the product and the attention to detail, I would say it is worth it.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above product for review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Crystal Zelf Sugar Bunny – Review

Following fast on the review of the Series 5 Zelfs, we received this rather adorable Zelf to review – Crystal Zelf Sugar Bunny.


Now the name alone is cute and the little Zelf was a huge hit at home.

Sugar Bunny is like other Zelfs and is about 3.5 cm in height. She is pink and has a blue ‘crystal’ paw shape on her tummy. Her hair is pink and white with a touch of blue in it.


The Crystal Zelf comes with a little crystal cloud tent. It is pink to match the Zelf and is sparkly and pretty. It is like a little canopy and has a heart shaped window too.


These Zelfs are special as they create magical dreams using crystal powers with the help of their crystals.

The children love Sugar Bunny and spend time playing with her together with the other Zelfs. The Zelfs are great for imaginative play and the children are very often transported to Zardenia.

There are many more in the range and each comes with a little accessory. Priced at £7.99, they are good quality and ideal for little treats. The Crystal Zelfs are a range from Character.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above product to review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

A Pilau made with Leftover Curry – #WastelessJourney

I was recently asked to enter a competition and all I needed to do was create a recipe from leftovers. Now this is my favourite bit – not because we have a lot of leftovers but because I don’t like to see waste especially when it concerns food.

A lot of the time we throw away food (I’m guilty of this too) simply because it’s not appealing any more. If it’s gone off yes that’s understandable. But there are times when we just don’t feel like eating what’s in the fridge. It may be because it’s been forgotten (well not too long I hope) or it just has not come out the way it was intended to.

Don’t despair – I’m here to help…I hope.

Here’s a recipe made with leftover curry. Now we all know that a curry actually tastes better the next day – for some strange reason. Here’s a way to make that taste go further only to use it to make something entirely new and just as delicious.

This is what is called a Junglee Pilau in India. Quite a popular Anglo-Indian dish, it comes from the term ‘Junglee’ which means wild in Hindi. It also refers to a person that may be a little less refined. I’m not saying I fall into this category but the pilau is quite delicious.

It is perfect for using left over meat or vegetable curries.

The great thing about this recipe is that every dish comes out unique because it depends on the curry and the vegetable combinations you use. It is perfect for a cold day and needs to be served warm and spicy.

Ingredients –

  • 2 cups of rice
  • Left over curry (about 500 gms of meat should be in it)
  • Leftover vegetable curry
  • 1/4 cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Chopped coriander
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 3 potatoes cut into 4 pieces each
  • 2 chillies (finger chillies or bird’s eye)

Method –

Heat oil in a utensil. Fry the onions till lightly browned.


Add the potatoes and and fry for about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for a little longer.


Stir in the rice and fry for about 2 minutes.


Then add the curry with the gravy too. The curry I’ve used for this particular recipe is Chicken Masala. Add the raw vegetables (cauliflower and peas). If you are using frozen peas you can add them later. If you like it spicy and the curry you’ve used is not too spicy you can add two finger chillies.


Add about 3 glasses of water and cover the vessel and cook on low flame for about 20 minutes.


Add the frozen peas and the cooked vegetable curry and cook for another 5 minutes until rice is done.


Garnish with coriander.

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Serve with Pappadum and Pickle. Yum!!

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Disclaimer: This is an entry for a competition to win a fridge freezer that was posted on Best British Bloggers All ideas and opinions are my own.