Monster High Haunted Getting Ghostly Draculara Doll – A Review

To celebrate the launch of the new Monster High film ‘Haunted’, there is a new range of Monster High dolls from Mattel.

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We were sent Draculara from the Getting Ghostly range and she is quite delightful. While being spectacularly spooky, she is also quite lovely to look at.

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Since she has lovely pink hair, she is quite a hit with the girls. You can attach her by the waist so that she looks like she is suspended over the ground and is floating.

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The girls just love her hair and I have to say that the texture is really silky and they love combing it out with the brush provided. The chain details give the doll a super, scary look just like ghosts are about to be freed.

The doll is priced at £16.99 and seeing the quality and the attention to detail so that it looks like Draculara in the film, it is well worth the money.

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We have not seen Haunted but I am sure that we will soon be getting it as the girls love the series and we have seen the others.

There are other dolls available too like the Monster High Haunted Student Spirit Doll which look quite interesting. These are priced at £19.99

The dolls are aimed at children aged 6+ and will make a lovely treat for a little girl. Besides, there are so many to choose from.

Disclaimer: I was sent a Monster High Doll to review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Scooby Doo Mystery Mansion Playset from Character: A Review

Scooby Scooby Doo, where are you?

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This song covers what the playhouse is all about. The kids are big Scooby fans and watch the cartoon all the time. They find all the scary bits most interesting and think Scooby is hilarious. We’ve even attended a Scooby Do Live performance and that was a big hit.

They were very excited to get to review this Scooby Doo Mystery Mansion playset from Character. It has a lot of tricks and surprises perfect to recreate a story from the cartoon series.

First glimpse and it does look spooky with the bats on it and the purple and green colouring.

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The doors can suddenly be flung open at the touch of a button (the moment you land on the top step – before you enter)

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The chandelier can be pulled up and lowered to fall on Scooby’s head. Ouch!!

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The secret trap door has a pair of ghostly hands to grip your legs! Eek!

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Under the staircase there is a cupboard that houses a hideous clown to scare you.

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Take a trip upstairs to look in the mirror and you may find yourself falling to the ground as a trap door opens.

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Lastly, be careful as the house has a cannon that works. Fire it from the inside or remove the window and turn it around to fire at the impending enemy.

If this doesn’t sound exciting, I don’t know what does.

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Oh hang on – there is also a poseable figure of Scooby Doo. This is a nice touch, as there are some houses that do come without characters and that can be disappointing for children.

The playset is priced at £29,99 and though it is on the expensive side, the product is well made and has a lot of thrilling aspects for the children. It could have been priced slightly lower though, in my opinion.

All said, it is a great playset for Scooby fans and can provide many hours of imaginative play.

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

The importance of talking to children about money at an early age

 

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I have always discussed money and savings with the children as I believe it is important to learn from young the need to save. The children have money boxes of their own and we give them pocket money as well as money for doing chores around the house. I also believe that money has to be earned to know the value of it.

I was quite surprised to learn that over half (58%) of the parents in the UK find it hard to talk to children about money matters, according to new research from the Money Advice Service.

A lot of them avoid the conversation citing reasons such as they shouldn’t have to worry about money or feel awkward discussing money with their children or that their parents didn’t give them any money advice.

Many parents are leaving it too late and talk to them about saving when they are nine. However, a previous academic study commissioned by the Money Advice Service and compiled by academics at the University of Cambridge demonstrated that children begin to form money habits by age seven**, meaning parents are generally leaving it too late.

Even my 3 year old has her own money box and she knows that when she gets money she puts it straight into the box. I think I have trained them a little too well. When they find the stray coin lying around on the table they are quick to grab it for their money box.

I like to think that by talking to my children from a young age about money, I am instilling in them the responsibility of being careful with their spending in future and giving them good money habits. I also know that by making them earn part of their money by helping around the house, I teach them that money is not something that is easy to come by and has to be earned. (Yes, I’m a tough mum!)

Here are some top tips from child psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Kilbey about talking to children about money –

Five Tops Tips from Dr Elizabeth Kilbey on talking money with your children

1. Subtly integrate it into your child’s life. You don’t have to have a big ‘money chat’ to bring up the idea of good money management. When you go shopping for example, encourage your child to make a choice between two items so they understand they can’t ‘have it all’ or explain to them that whilst two products are very similar, one is cheaper and it can be sensible to go for that one.

2. It’s never too young to start. My own experience backs up the Money Advice Service’s academic study which shows that money habits begin to be developed prior to the age of seven. Children shouldn’t have to worry about family finances, but you can help them understand money without doing this.

3. Be confident. This is your opportunity to help your children develop positive, beneficial habits. Even if you aren’t the best at money management, you will still have lots you can pass on to your children.

4. Have a go. Money is a very practical subject and children can be very hands on learners. Find ways for your children to handle and use money whenever possible and having pocket money can be a great way of doing this. In younger children, role play can be used – for example playing ‘shop’ using pretend money.

5. It’s okay to make a few mistakes; it’s how we all learn, and that applies to money as well. It’s far better for children to be making mistakes with little or no consequences than them facing bigger money issues when they are older which could have a bigger impact.

To find out more about helping children to understand money www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Do you talk to your children about money? Leave a comment below as I would love to know if you find it easy or difficult or you have any tips of your own.

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