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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Lottie Dolls- Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You!


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products, free of charge, from Lottie Dolls, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them


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If you read the earlier doll post, you might have said
"my daughter likes smaller dolls that are more lifelike".

Well I have a solution for you too!

Launched in August 2012, Lottie is a new, innovative doll for children aged 3- 9. A wholesome antidote to other leading doll brandsLottie has been purposefully designed under expert guidance, to both look and dress as a regular child – a childlike body shape, no make-up, jewelry or high-heels. 



She's the doll you WANT your kids to be playing with! 
Lottie also has the ability to stand on her own two feet, in both a very literal and metaphorical sense. Lottie is fun and educational; an affordable, aspirational ‘pro girl’ doll.

Lottie has a personality that ALL little girls will be able to relate to- she is feisty, she is strong, and while she may occasionally make mistakes, she learns from them. She is not perfect. She loves adventure and the outdoors and uses her imagination. In many ways, she is inspired by the spirited female characters in books we all loved as children: Anne of Green Gables, Pippi Longstocking, Jo in ‘Little Women’, Nancy Drew and George in the ‘Famous Five’.


Since her debut, Lottie has won 19 awards in the USA, Canada and UK, including 5 Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards, generated international press coverage and been the beneficiary of positive parent and blogger reviews.

We were recently sent one of the Lottie dolls, and an accessory package to review,
meet the Snow Queen :


Lottie is thrilled to receive a party invitation to the Masked Ball. Inspired by one of her favorite stories (you know the ones your daughters are STILL singing about, like Miss Grace), Lottie decides to dress as a Snow Queen. Wearing a silver, sparkly mask, her a magnificent ice blue and frosty white gown studded with silver snowflakes, topped by a white furry wrap and with a blue snowflake purse – will any of her friends recognize her?


Lottie is smaller than your average 'poseable' doll at stands 7.5 inches (18cm) tall, making her not only very easy for little hands to handle, but also to carry around. You can see the difference, when I posed her next to one of Miss Grace's other dolls. BIG difference. Just by looking at them, you know your child will gravitate to the Lottie doll! And be HONEST- which one do you want YOUR child playing with at age 6? Yup, me too. I LOVE Lottie!

Some other big differences with Lottie: 
- Her hair is lovely and soft, and it doesn’t tangle and knot like other doll hair. All moms just said "SCORE!" didn't you? Anyone who has had to wash a doll's hair and comb it out with laundry softener, know how huge this is! 

- Lottie has bendable knees, with ball socket hips and arms, so she can do the splits front to back and side to side, and ride a pony in the correct form, and stay ON the pony! Her head can also move side to side, giving your daughter a more realistic play doll.



Lottie is also presented in a very adorable illustrated and collectible ‘doll box bag’, that has it's own carrying handle built in, and a wonderful illustration and bio on the back. It takes all of 2 minutes to undo Lottie, which as you parents know is a HUGE difference from the normal 10-15 minutes to get a doll out of all it's plastic packaging and wire ties! The accessories are in little plastic bags, so there is no worry about them being lost in shipping either!


We were also sent the Blue Velvet Outfit Set, and as you can see, it offers a lovely alternative fancy dress for Lottie to attend a holiday party in! The outfit set includes a silver sparkly cardigan, a blue velvet-style dress with purple ribbon sash, white tights and sparkly silver ballet flats. The clothes are easy to put on and off, with well sewn velco fastenings. And everything is age appropriate- no low cut/ high cut dresses for Lottie! As a parent there is NO worry about what you child is playing with! 


Lottie even has her own pony, Seren!

She has a soft brushable mane and tail, so your daughter can brush him too! Seren comes with a saddle, bridle, stirrups and numnah (a saddle pad that acts as a protective cushion between the pony and the saddle). All that and under $20? When was the last time you found a play horse as adorable and inexpensive? Me either- I've already ordered one for a Christmas present for Miss Grace! All the Lottie items can be purchases online via Amazon , and at under $20, they are VERY reasonable indeed!

You can download some great crafts from the Lottie website, and they will have online games soon! They also have a monthly 'Where's Lottie?" photo competition! 

If you sign up for Club Lottie, to get their newsletter, you'll also get special offers and previews! Note- you might get an error screen- but all it is doing is asking for you to answer 4 more questions, that aren;t on the main screen, so just complete the second screen and you're signed up!
For more information, product line and fun activities visit: http://www.lottie.com/

So if you are looking for an alternative to dolls that are unrealistic, but offer the same play experience, for your daughter, PLEASE check out Lottie! You daughter will love Lottie!


Book Review and Giveaway: Her Ghost Wears Kilts,by Kathleen Shaputis

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Pump Up Your Book Book Tours, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

I hope you read Kathleen's fun Guest Post earlier this morning!

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Synopsis:

“He’s... he’s trying to warn you... ” Baillie pulled her hands from the psychic wiping out the meat-locker cold.

Baillie thought life content, successful in the Pacific Northwest until her bookshop became haunted. Murder, mayhem and maleficent merriment create a perfect tempest for Baillie between her bookstore in Olympia and the highlands of Scotland. Drag queens, divas and ghosts, conjure up a delicious adventure until jealousy and abandonment throw Baillie into the fight of her life.


Review:

This is a fun Fall romance to read with a nice cup of tea, and to wile away the afternoon! It's a fun hearted romance, with lots of fun and a cozy mystery to keep you reading until you finish, and then say "wait I finished it?" LOL. The book starts out a bt vintagey and then gets very modern, but keeps a true heart throughout. Sorta like a modern disneyeque style fairy tale for moms! You'll laugh or way through the book and be ready to tell your friends all about it when you finish! Be sure to put this one on the gift giving list this holiday season too!


About the Author:
Kathleen Shaputis, author/ghostwriter, lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Bob, and a variety of four-footed loves. Curling up with an icy Diet Coke, writing romantic comedies is her ultimate paradise when not at her day job or invaded by grandchildren. For more information, visit Kathleen 's websiteblogFacebook and Twitter pages!


Giveaway:

One lucky BTHM reader will win this review copy!

Lalaloopsy Candle Slice O' Cake is a Delight for Kids- #TeamLalaloopsy

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge, from MGA, as part of their toy tester program, and for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


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Ahh did you hear? 

9 weeks til Christmas.

It's ok, you can scream.
Better?

If you have a child with a birthday right around the holiday, I have a super gift idea for you
(and equally fun for Christmas!)

Lalaloopsy Candle Slice O' Cake

Lalaloopsy Candle Slice O' Cake

The Lalaloopsy were once rag dolls who magically came to life when their very last stitch was sewn. 



Did you know all the Lalaloopsy dolls have birth dates, for when they were sewn? They do! Candle Slice O' Cake was made from a piece of birthday cake. She loves to throw surprise birthday parties for everyone including herself. She likes it when her friends blow out the birthday candles to help make all of her dreams come true. She also enjoys playing with her pet Pug. Candle Slice O' Cake is very special because she was sewn on your child's birthday!

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Candle is a 13 inch poseble doll, with articulated head, arms and legs! She has her own tiara made of birthday cake, so your child will know she was made for their special day!


As you can see, her shoes (with attached socks) can be easily pulled off, by even the smallest of hands. Plus her outfit can be removed for fashion play, easily, due to having velcro closures! Even the dress looks like a birthday cake!


Your daughter is sure to LOVE how special and unique Candle is! There is even a tag on the adorable box for you to put your child's name on!



Candle is part of the traditional Lalaloopsy line of dolls for girls. They also have a new line of Lalaloopsy Girls dolls. This new line is based on the idea that when Lalaloopsies grow up, they become Lalaloopsy girls. Lalaloopsy Girls are stitched together, fashionable friends forever! Each one has hair that changes color! You know your daughter will be like Miss Grace and ADORE this fun option (she really loves Mittens' blue hair!) ! The dolls also comes with an outfit, accessory and an ID to the Lalaloopsy Academy for Learning Arts. There are 11 dolls to choose from in the new line! Now you can get Lalaloopsy dolls for all the young girls in your family! 

Another new item that Miss Grace has added to HER Christmas list is the Lalaloopsy Baking Oven! Check it out:



And if your interested in becoming part of the Lalaloopsy Insiders program, a fun social community where fans get special access to the world of Lalaloopsy and can share their love of these magical dolls, just click on the link above to find out how to join!



Be sure to check out the Lalaloopsy website for some fun games and crafts, liked carved pumpkin stencils of the dolls!



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Guest Post- A Flirty High Tea by Kathleen Shaputis


I'll be reviewing Kathleen's book momentarily with you, but first, a great post from her!

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Have you been watching the Outlander series on cable? I am hooked. The sets and costumes capture your soul in 18th century detail of Scotland. Clothing layered in various materials flights against the bitter winds of autumn and dank castle hallways or mud-puddled courtyards.
I don’t anticipate seeing the elegance or prosperity of a high tea on the show, though the dreaded English Red Coats have taken over the Mackenzie lands, so I guess it could happen. Being a half dozen generations from my kilted ancestors I do get excited about traveling abroad to experience high tea for myself. Is it leftover childhood fantasies of tea parties and tiaras that create such a want?
Seated in a high back wooden chair, the table cloth of white, heavy linen, the servants brought plates of scones and clotted cream, finger sandwiches and fresh fruit before my eyes. Dainty, delicious tidbits of food accompanied the aroma and taste of the pot of brewed tea set next to the china cup and saucer in front of me.
With pinkie outstretched I listened to the conversations around the table, meted bland questions of “Where are you from?” and “Do you have any children?” Looking around the room I found it difficult to imagine a setting such as this with a muscular man of beauty across the vast linen covered table. And definitely not one wearing a kilt. Aye?
Would the handsome stranger with ruddy cheeks be there in sharing the society treat with a favorite great aunt? And did he just lift his china cup, the sleeve of his dark navy jacket barely touching the edge of the table, in a slight salute? You watch his attention volley between listening to her stories and a continued watch of your actions.
Yes, maybe a flirty high tea could work in a story. Would Lord Kai of “Her Ghost Wears Kilts” be willing to savor the time flirting with Baillie over a pot of tea and cakes? I won’t be seeing Claire’s Jamie at such a table, but sometimes sacrifices sometimes have to be made for the sake of a good plot in the 18th century.
Thanks Kathleen!
Come back in a bit and read by review and enter the giveaway for Kathleen's new book!

About the Author:
Kathleen Shaputis, author/ghostwriter, lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Bob, and a variety of four-footed loves. Curling up with an icy Diet Coke, writing romantic comedies is her ultimate paradise when not at her day job or invaded by grandchildren. For more information, visit Kathleen 's website, blogFacebook and Twitter pages!

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