Lizzie Vintage Review and Giveaway

I’m not a typical girly girl. I like cars, playing in the mud, and all sports that involve a ball. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy girly things. I like to play with my dolls, and I love to dress up in pretty clothes. A nice outfit with well chosen accessories just makes me feel good.

A little while ago I was contacted by Lizzie from Lizzie Vintage with a review collaboration proposal. Lizzie makes handmade custom items for babies and toddlers. I was quite excited to have some new clothes. Every fashionista would love to have an outfit made just for her.

Lizzie’s store has a number of patterns to chose from. Mommy and I took some time browsing through the options. There were several items that caught our eye but in the end we chose the reversible crossover dress with a matching hat to complete the outfit. We settled on the dress because it was adorable and weather appropriate for the time of year.

The next step was to submit our choice to Lizzie along with my size. Then we discussed fabrics and our colour and pattern preferences. We decided to go with blue and since the dress we chose is reversible it would be blue on one side and a delicate blue floral print on the other. With all the important decisions made there was nothing left to do but wait.

We received our notification that the outfit was ready and we began to anxiously wait by the mailbox. It didn’t take long for a pretty package to arrive and we rushed home to open it. It’s always so exciting to bring a parcel home not knowing exactly what we will find inside.

The packaging was really very pretty and thoughtful. The outfit was wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a fancy plastic film envelope to keep it safe. There was even a sweet card included written by Lizzie herself. The attention to detail and care in putting the package together was apparent.

Peachy in her new outfit from Lizzie Vintage

My new outfit

The outfit itself was equally impressive. Good quality fabrics stitched with care to produce a one of a kind piece. The overall quality of the garment is what you might expect to find in a high end store. The look and feel of the dress and hat that we received speaks of carefully crafted items by someone who cares. There was only one thing left to do, try it on!

The dress has snap buttons on the front of the shoulder straps. The back consists of two pieces the cross over each other without actually being joined. The section that overlaps is quite generous and the design allows for a lot of movement and flexibility without showing too much skin.

The hat is reversible too and it comes with generous straps that tie under the chin. If I wear it on the floral side it is a plain bonnet, but if I wear it on the blue side it has adorable ears with the floral fabric accents. The fabrics match the dress and I can wear the outfit several ways.

Peachy in her new outfit from Lizzie Vintage

I look extra cute!

After trying several variations, I settled on wearing the dress with the floral pattern showing and the hat with the blue side that has the ears. The little floral details pull the outfit together and the ears are too cute to hide. I added a pair of white shorts for modesty and comfort, plus my white ruffle socks to pull the outfit together. Adorable, isn’t it?

Lizzie and I want to give you the chance to win some custom items of your own. The winner of this giveaway will get to choose the same reversible crossover dress and hat that I picked out, a reversible romper with matching hat, or a garland for the nursery. Each option comes with your choice of fabrics and the clothing can be made in sizes to fit up to 3 years old.

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Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until October 31, 2017.

We were given the described outfit for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

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CozyPhones Review and Giveaway

Regular readers of my blog know that I am an avid fan of music. Some of you may even be getting sick of hearing me talk about my love of all things musical. I just love music so much that I can’t help myself!

I love listening to music and whenever I hear any form of music I stop what I’m doing and listen. When it’s a song I’ve heard before I love to sing along. I don’t know the words yet but I don’t let that hold me back. If the song I’m hearing has a good beat I can’t help but jump up and dance.

A short while ago I was contacted by a company called CozyPhones for the purpose of reviewing their product. After a quick visit to their website I knew this was a project I wanted to be involved it. It just fit so well with my love of music.

CozyPhones are soft fleece headbands with built-in headphones. Although they do have several varieties for adults, they are mainly made for kids. CozyPhones come in a range of pretty colours and cute designs. After reviewing their range of products, both mommy and I were intrigued and eager to try them out.

CozyPhones agreed to send us one set from the adult line for mommy and one from the kids line for me. I chose the panda design for myself and mommy went with the Lycra mesh one in black. We placed our order and waited for them to arrive.

It didn’t take long before we found a neat little package waiting for us in our mailbox. We brought our mail home and tore into the CozyPhones package with excitement. There were our CozyPhones just as advertised. I couldn’t wait to try mine out.

My fleece headband is a bit wider than mommy’s breathable Lycra version. Mommy’s headband is contoured to be wider around the ears and narrower in the front and back, while mine is the same all the way around. However my CozyPhones are infinitely better as they have a panda face complete with ears on the front, while mommy’s are just plain black.

Peachy and her CozyPhones

Don’t they look cute?

My CozyPhones are the first headphones I have ever tried. Mommy put the soft fleece headband on me and plugged them into our cell phone. Suddenly, there was music in my ears! I smiled with wonder and curiosity. I didn’t even know that our cell phone could play music. The clear sound was amazing and the headband is very comfortable to wear.

I am very happy with my CozyPhones and I love the fact that I can now easily enjoy my music on the go. They also work very well at keeping my ever-growing hair out of my eyes. Mommy said the CozyPhones are likely to do a good job of keeping my ears warm on cooler days but it’s too warm to be able to test that out.

Want to try out a set of CozyPhones for yourself? I’m giving away one pair of CozyPhones in a design of your choice. Just follow the link below to head over to Rafflecopter and enter this giveaway.

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We were given two free pairs of CozyPhones for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

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The Music Man’s Songbook Review and Giveaway

One theme which consistently appears on my blog is my love of music. I have been an avid music fan since the day I was born. Even in my earliest days whenever I heard music I would stop whatever I happened to be doing and I would listen intently.

As I got a little older I began to enjoy watching mommy and daddy dance. Around this time I also became fascinated by singing. I wanted to know how mommy was managing to make music with her mouth. It didn’t take me long to figure it out and soon I was making some music of my own.

Singing is still one of my favourite activities and even though I don’t know many words yet, I don’t let that stop me. I sing music and it doesn’t have to involve words. The dancing aspect took a bit more figuring but I’m a big girl now and quite the dancer. A good beat always gets my body wiggling.

When mommy told me that I would be getting a copy of The Music Man’s Songbook to review, I was very excited. Every day mommy and I went down the street to the mailbox to see if it arrived. Soon there was a neat package waiting for us and we raced home to open it.

The Music Man’s Songbook is a compilation of 12 unique song written just for kids. The lyrics to these songs are clearly printed amid colourful illustrations. The pages are printed on good quality paper but this is not a board book. Nevertheless, mommy let me flip through the pages by myself to look at the pretty pictures and they were able to withstand my somewhat rough treatment.

Toddler flipping through a book

Look at the pretty pictures!

The illustrations were done by Gemma Wells and they are bold, colourful, and have almost a tribal feel. Jon Lawrence is the author and musician involved in this project. Jon was the writer, composer, and performer that you hear on the CD.

The best part is the plastic sleeve attached to the inside of the back cover. There you will find a CD containing these very songs. This is what I had been looking for. I waited anxiously as mommy removed the CD from the sleeve and carefully placed it into the CD player.

Our CD player likes to do things with flare and put on a good show. The five disk tray did a spin before it receded back into the machine. After flashing some lights the CD player started to read the disk and the music began to play. I sat in the middle of our living room and listened intently to a song about caterpillars.

Mommy followed along with the book of lyrics and by the second verse she was singing the words too. I haven’t quite mastered reading yet but the music itself was good enough for me. Besides, I don’t need words to sing. I managed to improvise my own music and sing along too.

The second song on the CD is about the body and it is my favourite. It didn’t take long before I was into it so I jumped up off the ground and danced around the living room. Mommy loves my wiggle so she put down the book and got up to dance around with me. Mommy and I went through the entire CD that day and we had great fun.

If you’re getting tired of the same old songs and you want new music to get your wiggle going, The Music Man’s Songbook is for you. Each song is happy with an upbeat feel that just makes you want to join in. Sometimes we sang along and other times we danced. The music is crisp and the words are clear and easy to understand. Perfect for mommies and Peachies alike.

Mommy and I have organized a giveaway just for you. Here is your chance to get your very own copy of The Music Man’s Songbook and CD. Click the link below to head over to Rafflecopter and get your entries in.

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Adventuring With Mojhi

I’m a toddler and that means my job consists primarily of exploration. It’s full-time employment which involves exploration, adventure, and trekking to new locations. I’m meticulous and very thorough leaving no stone unturned. Exploring is serious business.

At home I explore under the couch and inside the dishwasher. In the yard I make sure to thoroughly explore every square inch of dirt by excavating with my shovel and bucket. At the park I explore every stick and every stone that I can get my hands on. When we go to the grocery store I explore by running up and down each aisle repeatedly.

Peachy having an outdoor adventure

Exploring can be messy.

Every serious explorer knows that true exploration requires adventuring. I love going on expeditions to explore new things and trekking to new places. I’ve been many locations already such as my grandparents’ house, the big park down the street, the mall, and even a few restaurants. All these places have been fun and I am ready for new places to explore.

Daddy’s vacation is just a few weeks away and we have several adventures planned. This will be my chance to explore the beach, go for a hike at the zoo, and I’ll even get to try my hand at boating. These adventures do sound fun and I am looking forward to having these experiences. I think they will be the perfect stepping stone to prepare me for the adventure I’ve been planning for myself.

After the experiences I’ll have this summer, I think I’ll be ready to take on some real trekking. While mommy has been busy researching toddler friendly activities for us to do on vacation, I have been investigating bigger adventures. I think that I have found the perfect activity for me. I’ve decided to take on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. With an elevation of 5895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest volcano outside of South America. It is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park which is governed by the Tanzanian National Parks Authority. Mount Kilimanjaro has several official trekking routes and is a very popular tourist attraction.

While researching my Kilimanjaro adventure, I stumbled upon a website called Mojhi.com. Mojhi allows you to compare adventure activities and customize a package that’s right for you. They work with vendors and tour operators to help you put together the expedition of your dreams at the best possible price. With quality discounts, a paperless system, and the ability to book online, Mojhi makes it easy and convenient to create a once in a lifetime kind of adventure experience.

One of the options offered on Mojhi.com is a Kilimanjaro climb. Just a quick look and I knew this would be easy. Mojhi breaks it down into five simple steps to plan my trekking adventure.

Peachy has Mount Kilimanjaro in her sights

Mount Kilimanjaro here I come!

1. Chose your trekking route

The first step is to select your preferred route. I’ve decided on the Lemosho trail. Mojhi describes it as quieter and scenic. A good view is very important to me when I go hiking. It also has good acclimatization and the highest success rate. This will be my first climb and I want to set myself up for success by not choosing something overly difficult and beyond my abilities.

2. The size of your party

Next you chose the number of people you will be adventuring with. My party consists of mommy, daddy, and myself. That’s three, so I’m selecting the small group option which includes 3-4 people.

3. Group and private tours

The next step is to decide if you want your party to join a group tour consisting of several parties, or if you prefer a private tour arranged just for your party. I imagine it would be cheaper to join a group tour, but money is of no interest to me. I’m selecting the private tour.

4. Do you want safari with that?

Mojhi offers you the option of adding an African safari adventure to your Kilimanjaro climb. Two adventures in one? Why not! I do like animals and I want to get the most out of my safari experience, so I’m selecting the 7 to 9 day African safari.

5. Save the date

The last step is to select which dates you can go on your adventure. I have to be realistic here. It’s going to take me some time to prepare for my Kilimanjaro climb. My summer is already booked with the adventures mommy is planning, and daddy will probably want to go back to work for a bit before another vacation. December is my birthday and I want to be here so that I can get my presents. Then we have Christmas and more presents. I’ll have to delay my Kilimanjaro climb until January.

Finally I entered my contact information and pressed the button to get quotes. While I wait to receive my information, I have to consider how to present my trekking adventure idea to mommy. This will take a bit of finesse. I’ll need to be tactful.

I suspect that mommy will say an African safari is too dangerous and that Kilimanjaro is no place for a blogging toddler. I have until January to show mommy that I can do this and to prove how mature I really am. I will be 2 whole years old by then. Surely that’s old enough. Maybe it can be my birthday and Christmas present? I’m certain that we can work something out.

This post was sponsored by Mojhi.com. All opinions expressed are honest and our own.

Appelsin Town Review and Giveaway

I was once a fun loving baby. I enjoyed eye contact, sucking my fists, making funny faces, and watching the lights turn on and off. These days I’m a fun loving toddler. I now find enjoyment in running after our cats, playing with dirt in the yard, finding out how far I can throw things, and amusing myself with the games on my tablet.

Peachy as a baby having fun by making faces.

This used to pass for entertainment.

The world is full of apps that can be downloaded onto my tablet with only a bit of cooperation from mommy. I recently found a new game to play and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. It’s called Appelsin Town and it’s a cute game that actually consists of three games in one. Each separate game has a unique character and a different activity with certain tasks to perform.

The home screen of Appelsin Town is indeed a town. There you will find three colourful homes along with the characters that live there. The home screen immediately caught my attention as it is colourful and bright. The pictures are large and clear which make them easy to aim at with small hands. Click on a house and be taken to a unique activity.

Appelsin Town

The Appelsin Town

The first home belongs to the tall giraffe. Here you can decorate cupcakes for the giraffe to eat. You begin with three cupcakes and each has a different frosting. You have four toppings to choose from to make the cupcakes special, and of course there are sprinkles. Decorate cupcakes in almost endless combinations.

The next home belongs to the adorable bunny. This bunny has a garden where carrots grow. Water the carrots to help them grow big. When they are ready, feed the carrots to the bunny to make him happy. The bunny also has a mailbox where a truck drops off mysterious packages. Click on the packages to find out what’s inside. Everyone likes to receive a surprise in the mail.

The last home belongs to Juno the lamb. The lamb is having a picnic and he needs your help. Set up the plates and cups, then search in the picnic basket to find the food. The lamb will even eat the food if you feed it to him. Don’t forget to release the balloons!

Each house has a doorbell that you can ring, a laughing sun you can click, and a few surprises for you to discover. I don’t want to give it all away! You’ll just have to explore Appelsin Town for yourself to find all of the fun and interactive features. The exploring is the best part. You just never know what you’ll find.

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Appelsin Town is made by Appelsin Apps. Appelsin has several games geared towards preschoolers. I’ve had my eye on a couple of their other apps but I haven’t had a chance to try the others out yet. So many games to play and so little time.

Appelsin is partnering with us to give you an opportunity to get the Appelsin Town game for free. Enter below for your chance to win. We’re giving away one copy from the Apple app store and a second copy from Google play. Make sure you enter the giveaway for your preferred device.

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These giveaways are open to participants worldwide. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Winners will be notified by email. We will be accepting entries until August 31, 2017. You can get more entries daily so do come back for more chances to win.

For the purpose of this review we were given a free copy of the Appelsin Town app. All opinions expressed are honest and our own.

KidloLand Review and Giveaway

Every day mommy tries to teach me new things. Most of the time my lessons consist of learning what different things are called. Mommy teaches me about my body parts, what to call the members of my family, words for the things on my plate, what my toys are called, and all sorts of words for various things around our home and neighbourhood. There are a lot of words to learn!

I’m understanding more each day but it’s hard and tedious work. There is a lot of repetition involved and there are many words that sound similar. It’s hard to remember what each of the words mean and it’s very easy to get confused. I hate feeling confused. It makes me want to give up on learning.

Some days I wish we could just skip our lessons. I don’t have much interest in talking and although it’s nice to know what others are saying, I’m just not sure it’s worth the trouble. I was perfectly happy before I realized all these sounds had any meaning to them. I miss those simpler times.

Now that mommy knows I’m big enough to comprehend the concept of words, she keeps pushing the learning. Sometimes she will push too hard and then I don’t want to learn anything and I pretending that I can’t hear mommy at all. That’s when I refuse to answer mommy’s questions, pay attention to what mommy is doing, or even look at mommy. When I’ve had enough the lesson is over.

Peachy would rather play than study.

Learning over! Lets play!

Rather than spend my time on frustrating learning, I prefer to play. I like to play with my toys, look at my books, go outside, and jump around on mommy and daddy. All these things are much more fun than boring learning. If I’m extra good, mommy even lets me play my apps on the tablet. I love that!

A few weeks ago mommy downloaded a new app for me. It’s called KidloLand and it is amazing. I loved it from the first time mommy opened it for me. There are tonnes of games to choose from and each one has its selling points. Packed full of sounds, colours, and songs, KidloLand is now my favourite app to play.

When mommy opens the KidloLand app for me, we are presented with several categories to choose from. My favourite is the Fruits and Vegetables category, but I also really like the Nursery Rhymes, Stories, Colours and Shapes, and of course the Games categories. There are many others to choose from such as Activities, Numbers, Phonics, and even Christmas. KidloLand has a game for everyone.

The Fruits and Vegetables is the best! When mommy opens it three options pop up. The first is the fruits game, the second is the vegetables game, and the third is additional fruits and vegetables games. All three are good options but my favourite are the fruits.

KidloLand fruits game

We’re going to play the fruits game!

Once mommy presses on the fruits game, we’re taken to the screen of fruits and vegetables so that I can resume where I left off. One click on the fruit of choice and the fun begins. A song begins to play about the selected fruit while several of the fruits are shown engaging in all sorts of activities. The melody is pleasant and the videos are colourful with interactive components.

Mommy and I like to play the fruits game together for extra fun. The last time we played the first song we heard was about limes. I have never tried a lime but I have seen them at the grocery store. I recognized them when they popped up on the screen and I had no trouble pointing one out when mommy asked me to find a lime.

Next came a song about papaya. This is not a fruit I’m familiar with. I watched the papaya on the screen and listened to the song which explained that papaya are tropical fruit that grow on tall trees. As the song pointed out, they look a bit like pears on the outside, but the inside is quite different. Mommy said we will look for the papaya next time we go grocery shopping and if we find it we’ll bring some home for me to try.

The next song was about peaches. I have tried peaches before and as long as mommy peels one for me, I do enjoy them. As mommy and I sat there listening to the song, I suddenly heard my name being called repeatedly. Upon closer investigation I realized it was coming out of the tablet!

Kidloland peachy screenshot

I’m Peachy!

Peaches, peach, Peachy. Of course! It makes perfect sense. I’m mommy’s little peach because I’m fuzzy and sweet just like the fruit. The peach section of the fruits game is now my very favourite part of the entire app. It’s practically about me!

When I’m not listening to the song about peaches and interacting with the video, I’m probably playing with the vegetables game, the shapes game, or the colours game. Each of these are basically the same concept. I like that mommy and I can watch the videos, hear the songs, click on the screen to see the characters react, and talk about what we see.

There are many other kinds of games too. I personally enjoy the popper games and KidloLand has several to choose from. These games consist of various shapes that you have to catch to pop. I also really enjoy the egg surprise games and there are several versions of these as well. The game begins with an egg and after several taps the egg breaks open to reveal the surprise inside.

KidloLand has a lot of other games but many of them I’m not big enough for. There are colouring games, puzzles, tracing games, connect the dots, and many others. I don’t find these games that interesting but mommy says I’ll probably love them when I’m a bit bigger. KidloLand has games for kids of all ages.

Mommy found her own favourite game. She likes the decorating games. KidloLand has a few options for these games too. Mommy likes the cake decorator, beach theme, as well as the Christmas ones. It’s not as great as dancing fruit and vegetables but mommy does manage to come up with some pretty pictures.

KidloLand beach decorating

Mommy made this for you

I’m still exploring the games KidloLand has to offer. I spotted a whole section for musical games that I haven’t explored yet and I am determined to try that next. I know it’s a section that’s going to be musical because the icon for it is a lion playing the piano. Mommy has confirmed that it is a selection of musical games. She says that she doesn’t know how educational those games are but that we can still check them out.

That got me thinking. Educational? Isn’t that like learning? This isn’t a frustrating lesson. Doesn’t mommy know this isn’t about learning. KidloLand is for having fun!

Here is your chance to have some fun too. Enter my giveaway for a chance to win a one month subscription to the KidloLand app.

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On the Trail of the Missing Pets Review and Giveaway

This week mommy and I travelled back in time and helped solve a mystery! It was a great adventure. How often do you get to solve a mystery, let alone time travel? It was very exciting and I have been looking forward to telling you all about it.

It all began last week when our copy of On the Trail of the Missing Pets arrived in the mail. Mommy and I didn’t have much information on this book and we had no idea what to expect. Excited to find out more, we flipped through the pages and quickly realized that this book is full of beautiful illustrations. Clearly this is a book any child would enjoy.

I was eager to get started on this book, but we were in the middle of another story and mommy likes to finish one book before starting another. We finished off our reading over the weekend and as of Monday we started On the Trail of the Missing Pets. It was worth the wait!

I am super excited to tell you about this book. The last several book reviews I did were for books that are written for grown-ups. While I am very mature and an advanced reader, I do prefer books with cute stories and pretty pictures. I finally get to tell you about a book written not for mommy, but for me!

On the Trail of the Missing Pets is a book for kids of all ages. I have already mentioned the illustrations, but I am so enamoured with these lovely pictures that I just have to tell you more. Every page of this story is covered in large and colourful illustrations that bring so much life to the story. The pictures are my favourite part!

Mommy and I were surprised to find out that this book is written in rhyming verse. I enjoy that because rhyme adds a certain rhythm and melody to the words. It really brings another facet to reading. It’s strange and I can’t really explain it, but stories that rhyme feel magical to me.

The story itself is very good too and both mommy and I were swept away by it. The main character is a lady by the name of Violet Vintage. I found her pleasant but somewhat unremarkable. I was much more charmed by Spike, her assistant and companion.

Spike is a dog and I have been learning about dogs at the park. We don’t have dogs, but we do have two cats. Dogs are a bit like cats except that they seem to come in a large assortment of shapes and sizes. Spike is a large dog with brown fur. I like Spike!

Peachy looking for Spike the dog

Spike! Is that you?

Violet and Spike travel through time with the help of Violet’s wardrobe. It doesn’t take long before they find themselves transported to 1944. The story takes place in London during World War II. There are all sorts of scary but exciting things going on while Spike and Violet try to figure out where they are.

Things move along at a good pace and we quickly discover our mission. With all the chaos of war going on within the city, pets have been going missing. The kindhearted Violet and her trusty assistant Spike eagerly agree to help and we all set off in search of the missing pets.

Soon a mysterious figure appears from the shadows. He seems to be the one responsible for the pets’ disappearance. Spike and Violet are in pursuit but will they find the man in time? Can they save the pets before it’s too late? Is Spike in danger of being abducted himself? You’ll have to read the story to find out!

At the end of the book are a few pages of facts about life during World War II. I have actually never heard about World War II before, so this was an enlightening read for me. It has made me much more appreciative of being born in 2015. We don’t have to worry about getting enough food to eat, or finding clothes to wear.

Reading On the Trail of the Missing Pets was fun, exciting, and informative. One question remains. Will Violet and Spike have more adventures? If Violet’s wardrobe has the potential of transporting them to any place in history, there could be endless adventures in store for them. I can’t wait to find out where they go next!

On the Trail of the Missing Pets was both written and illustrated by Marianne Su Yin. Marianne is the mother of two boys and the owner of the real Spike. They live on the Isle of Wight where Marianne spends her time writing and creating historical fashion pieces. Please take a moment to visit Marianne’s website and say hello. I’m sure she would love to hear from you.

Time for the best part! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win your own copy of On the Trail of the Missing Pets and find out what happens to Violet, Spike, and all the missing pets. Click below to enter.

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Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until July 31, 2017.

* We were given a free copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are honest and our own.