Sunday, 28 May 2017

Cakebread Toy Poodle Family

When I was asked if we'd like to try out the Cakebread Toy Poodle family we jumped at the chance having recently got our own puppy which is a cockapoo the Toy Poodle family is the closest we could get to our own pooch.

Like most of the Sylvanian Families family sets this set comprises of a father, mother, brother and sister - the Sylvania equivalent of 2.4 children!

Meet the Cakebreads

They have their own back story (its always good to know a bit about them!)

Meet the Cakebreads!

Father Frank Cakebread is good at sports. He's very generous about his hobby and always plays soccer or catch with the children in the village on weekends. The children also like Frank's clothes - whether he's wearing ordinary clothes or dressed for sports, he always wears a great outfit. On most other days, he is icing cakes with Melinda or playing catch with little Eric and his friends in Sylvanian Village.   

Mother Veronica Cakebread
 is the pastry chef at the Village Cake Shop. Everyone in the village loves her beautiful cakes with decorations that look like jewels. Whenever someones birthday or another special occasion is coming, the villagers always go to her cake shop.

Brother Eric Cakebread
 is top of the class at school and is good at helping his friends when they don't understand something. Everyone goes to him for help because he knows just how to explain things so that people will understand. But sometimes he cares too much about his marks. When he doesn't get full marks in a test, he gets so disappointed that he runs home alone as soon as school is over.

Sister Melinda Cakebread
 is an outgoing girl and makes friends very easily. She loves baking cakes; one day her mother made a new cake and invited all of the children around for a tea party. Melinda had so much fun that she's learning how to bake cakes from her mother so that she can have a tea party of her own.

This set arrived and was easy to open (nothing more frustrating than battling with oodles of packaging) with the animals wired onto the cardboard insert.  Most of the packaging is recyclable too which is also good.

This particular set has flat hands so they are not able to hold anything which is a bit of a shame and something I would change.  It's good for the children to create scenes when they are able to set the figures up holding onto some of the littler items, such as a cup or bottle.

I'm no dog aficionado so not really sure I would recognise the breed they're supposed to be.  What do you think??

Incredibly cute Toy Poodle puppy!

The set has an RRP of £17.99 but like most things if you keep your eyes peeled you can get it for around the £14 mark.  If you just can't wait then you can pick one up from Amazon here Sylvanian Families Toy Poodle Family.

As always the verdict from the children is whats important as its them that have the pester power.

They loved them and have booted out another family to allow the Toy poodles to occupy the bottom floor of one of the houses (we have far more families than housing...pretty much like Britain!!).  They were also keen to know if there are babies for the family to buy separately...and the answer is of course YES!

NB/ I was not paid for this review but the item was provided to me for the purposes of review and for my honest opinions.  This review contains affiliate links.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Whirring half term thoughts

We're a couple of days into Half Term.

The girls have stopped the bickering they seem to do for the first couple of days when they just annoy each other and have settled into enjoying each others company.

Its in the holidays that I am racked with guilt that I can't currently take them places.

Facebook shows me the shiny snapshot of my friends lives that they want to share on social media.

The days out at castles, zoos, theme parks and the cinema.  Its not that we cannot afford to take them these places but suffering from panic disorder has meant that I find it really difficult to get too far from Ashford (and in all honesty sometimes even around Ashford).

It worries me that the children will miss out.

And then I try and remember what I used to do in half terms when I was their age......and (I'm sorry Mum) but I don't remember.  I'm fairly certain we didn't go out every day of the holidays as both my parents worked.  I probably spent a fair bit of time at my grandparents and they certainly didn't take me on outings.

I do remember spending time with people though.  I remember that my Mum used to take my Grandma to the supermarket every week (and it was weekly because Grandma couldn't/wouldn't plan a fortnightly menu) and I would sometimes go with them.

I remember helping (loose interpretation of the word) my Dad with whatever work he was doing on the house. I'm the daughter of a carpenter and I wanted to do whatever Dad did.

I remember Mum cooking Sunday lunch EVERY week - even when it was roasting outside with the Archers omnibus on the radio.

I'm sure there were plenty of outings and lots of money spent on trips out...but that is not what has built the memories.  Its the time with my family that I remember.

I remember feeling loved all the time.

So - if my girls don't have the outings like their friends perhaps they're not missing out on so much after all because they are loved beyond words and THAT is what I hope they remember as they grow up.