Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Mini Mart: Angelkellet0 Books

angelkellet0 books on ebay

Supplier: Angelkellet0
Website: Ebay Store.

Products: Range of 1/12 scale sewing accessories, chocolate bars, and lots of children's books. They have so many contemporary titles so I had to try and restrain myself and go for stuff that would fit in with my retro theme. In the end I went for a pack of six Spot the Dog books - because Spot, or Smot y Ci as so many parents here suffer, was first published in 1980.

The print quality is very good, and the books come with little paper bands to slot over them to keep them flat when not in use. Though advertised as suitable for 1/12 scale, they're really pretty big so I think they look better in 1/6. Still awesome value though at £2.99 for six; I'm really pleased with them. :)

angelkellet0 miniature book

Post and Packing: Free!

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Cutie Pops

Cutie Pops

Jada Toys launched this line of super customisable dolls in 2012. Their hair, eyes, lashes, and accessories could all be 'popped' out and swapped over, hence the 'Cutie Pops' name. The articulation was limited, with none in the arms and a simple hinge joint at the knee.

This was one of those dolls that I always thought looked cute, but never actually got around to checking out. Then, of course, they were discontinued. The website is now leading to a 404 so it seems like a good time to make a guide post before it becomes more difficult to get the images from the Wayback Machine...

Cutie Pops 2012

★ Candi. (back)
★ Chiffon. (back) [Also sold as Eclair.]
★ Cookie. (back)
★ Starr. (back) [Walmart Exclusive - came with pet dog, Popcorn]

This initial wave of dolls each had a pet dog available separately for $9.99.

★ Candi's Lolli. (back)
★ Chiffon's Dott. (back)
★ Cookie's S'Mores. (back)

Cutie Pops Pet Dogs

Cutie Pops Sweets

Cutie Pops Sweets

★ Candi.
★ Carmel. (back)
★ Chiffon.

Cutie Pops Swirly Brights

Swirly Brights

★ Chiffon.
★ Magenta. (back)
★ Tangerine. (back)

Cutie Pops HattitudeCutie Pops HattitudeCutie Pops Hattitude


★ Bianca. (back)
★ Dakota. (back)
★ Sydney. (back)

Released autumn 2013.

Cutie Pops Crown Cuties

Crown Cuties

★ Crystalina. (back)
★ Pearlina. (back)

Released autumn 2013.

Cutie Pops Fashion Pups ColettaCutie Pops Fashion Pups Dalia

Fashion Pups

★ Coletta. (back)
★ Dalia. (back)

Released autumn 2013.

Fashion and Accessory Packs

Cutie Pops Fashions and Accessories

★ Day in the Park Fashion.
★ Day in the Park Hair.
★ Party Evening Wear Fashion. (back)
★ Party Evening Hair.
★ Sweet Dream PJ's Fashion. (back)
★ Sweet Dream Hair.
★ Donuts Pop Pack. (back)
★ Ice Cones Pop Pack.
★ Lollipops Pop Pack.
★ Decoration Station Wardrobe. (inside)

Cutie Pops Petites

Cutie Pops Petites

★ Carmel. (box front / box back)
★ Dainty. (box front / box back)
★ Dixie. (box front / box back)
★ Summer. (box front / box back)
★ Radio Control Vehicle. (box back)

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

This Week - 28/04/2019

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up

It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about not knowing how to fill the Easter holidays, and now they're already over! I've been AWOL from the blog for most of the week because my laptop charger gave up the ghost and I had to wait for the arrival of a new one.

Still, Marianna was more than pleased to have my undivided attention. We've done the craft kits she had for Christmas, painting nesting dolls and a unicorn money box, and sorted through my miniature collection to stock up the kitchen of her Sindy doll house. We also received a Munchachos snack subscription box to review, which prompted lots of fun with maps and toy animals.

On Friday it was a step back to work with staffing committee at Bron Afon, and then a Labour Party fundraiser Anthony had arranged up at Mt Pleasant Hall. It was a cocktail party so yesterday, unsurprisingly, I spent nursing my hangover...

Frugal Five

Frugal Five - a new feature whereby I document the details of five wins / bargains / etc from the past week...

★ Get £30 off your first order (of at least £49) at Glasses Direct and get some new frames in time for summer.

★ Alternatively, check out Sunglasses Shop and get £15 off your first order of £75 or more.

★ Feed your dog for a month for just £1. Check out the offer at Tails.com!

★ My free sample of the week goes to Perch and Parrow. Choose 6 free fabric swatches. :)

★ My comping dry spell has finally come to an end! I won an awesome selection of goodies from Neon Sheep and Motherhood: The Real Deal.

Neon Sheep

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Munchachos Review

Munchachos Review

Munchachos is such a cool concept - it's a weekly subscription box that sends out five healthy snacks, each inspired by flavours from a different country around the world!

Living in the South Wales Valleys, we're not exactly surrounded by a diverse range of scents and tastes. I mean, sometimes, going for a pizza is downright exotic. So I loved the idea of getting a curated range of new flavours delivered direct to our door, complete with a set of learning resources designed to ignite Marianna's curiosity about the world beyond our borders.

The snacks are designed to be as healthy as possible, with no added sugar or salt, and are sent out with full nutritional values for each 10g serving. The little packets all come with a collectable stamp sticker of the country of snack origin too which is great because a) it appeals directly to my inner philatelist, and b) it adds an extra element of fun to trying out something new.

Munchachos Review at Babi a Fi

Marianna is quite a fussy eater so I wasn't sure how willing she would be to give each snack a go, but the excitement of receiving the box and the presentation behind it really overcame her natural reticence. We took the accompanying map out and, after showing us where the UK was, we got her to guess where each country was and talked a little about it.

The five snacks we received were:

★ Cha Chips (Mexico)
★ Fusilli Ciao Chows (Italy)
★ Go Man-Go (Jamaica)
★ Hip Hop Pop (USA)
★ Oom-Pah-Pah Crumble (Germany)

Munchachos Cha Cha Chips from MexicoMunchachos Fusilli Ciao Chows from ItalyMunchachos Go Man-Go from JamaicaMunchachos Hip Hop Pop from the USAMunchachos Oom-Pah-Pah Crumble from Germany

This was a real range of tastes, from sweet to savoury and back again, and we all had different favourites. Anthony was a big fan of the cha cha tortilla chips, while I was a complete convert to the apple and cinnamon crumble. Marianna surprised me by choosing the Jamaican dried mango, pineapple and coconut over the American cookies and cream popcorn.

The portion sizes are perfect for lunchboxes or grazing at the office, and I like that the flavours are just as appealing to adults as to children. :D

The very best thing about Munchachos though, at least in my opinion, is the encouragement to go forth and learn more. There is a free app you can download with games and quizzes, and you can scan in the stickers from your packets to get the pictured landmark to help build your own Munchachos world. At four, Marianna is still a bit young to get the most of that, but if your kids are a little older they're bound to get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

Even without the app, the box provides plenty of play potential with a cute cityscape backdrop Marianna immediately put to use with her toy animals, and a bunch of little Munchachos figures to decorate printed on the inside of the box. (I was also impressed that the packaging is all 100% recyclable. It's no good teaching about the world without preserving it!)


In conclusion, we were super happy with our Munchachos snacks and want to send a big thank you to the team for letting us test it out. You can check it out for yourself for just £5.98 (£4.99 for the box and 99p for postage).

Or you can use my referral code - REF5VH6JR7NUF - to get a free box!

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Storing Your Store Cards

Storing Your Store Cards

Chances are, you've got more store / loyalty card than your wallet has room for. I keep my most used in my purse, but that still leaves dozens I've amassed for occasional out of town shopping, or needing a membership number to enter competitions... So the question is, what to do with them all?

Digital Switchover

There are a number of apps these days specially designed to replace loyalty cards. I use Stocard and it really is a fantastic piece of technology. You just bring it up on your phone when you get to the checkout and they scan the barcode on the screen. It also allows you to check your points balance, etc, with just a couple of clicks.

But. (There's always a but!) Some stores insist on the physical card - Boots and Sainsburys spring to mind - and if your battery goes dead you're kind of stumped. Still, it's great for lesser used cards you might otherwise forget about. The only remaining problem is what to do with all the physical cards you hang on to just in case.

Business Card Holder

Business Card Holders

Those little plastic desk holders can take about 40 cards and can be had for pennies. (Literally. I paid 1p for one with free shipping on eBay.) Alternatively, if you've ordered your own business cards the plastic box they came in is the perfect size. Another option is a business card wallet; these come in various shapes and sizes, from professional leather to my own Sanrio Little Twin Stars version.

Business Card Wallet

Swap Shop

My favourite method of storing loyalty cards though is to bundle them all in with my paper bills, etc, in my finance file. You can get trading card album pages for about 25p each, and they just clip easily into a ringbinder. Simple!

Store Cards in Trading Card Pages

How do you store yours?

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Prettie Girls

Prettie Girls

Prettie - an acronym for Positive, Respectful, Enthusiastic, Truthful, Talented, Inspiring and Excellent - Girls were the brainchild of Stacey McBride-Irby, a former Mattel designer who was behind their So In Style dolls.

The dolls stand 12 inches high, have rooted hair and are jointed at elbows and knees. They originally retailed for $24.95 each.

Prettie Girls Alexie


Box Front / Back.

Prettie Girls Dahlia

Box Front / Back.

Prettie Girls Kimani


Box Front / Back.

Prettie Girls Lena


Box Front / Back.

Prettie Girls Valencia


Box Front / Back.

Prettie Girls Cynthia Bailey

Cynthia Bailey

Box Front / Inside / Back. See review at ToyBoxPhilosopher.

The line branched out into signature celebrity dolls, with the first being model and actress Cynthia Bailey. It originally retailed for $69.95.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Hi: Glamm

Hi Glamm Dolls

Giochi Preziosi launched the Hi: Glamm doll line in 2007. Distributed in the US and Canada by MGA, and in Russia by Amigo Toys, the dolls stood 12.5 inches tall. They had rooted hair, stylized face paint, and an extreme leg to torso ratio!

Only the first 'signature' wave and two fashion packs were sold in the USA, but the line ran to five waves in Europe. The gorgeous concept art for each wave was the work of illustrator and toy designer, Paola Ravioli.

Hi Glamm Signature Dolls


★ Alex. (back of box)
★ Julia.
★ Kit.
★ Pam. See review at Toy Box Philosopher.
★ Nicole. See review at Black Doll Collecting.

Hi Glamm Spring Time


★ Alex. (back of box)
★ Julia. (back of box)
★ Kit. (back of box)
★ Pam. (back of box)
★ Nicole. (back of box)

Hi Glamm Fitness


★ Alex. (back of box)
★ Julia. (back of box)
★ Kit. (back of box)
★ Pam. (back of box)
★ Nicole. (back of box)

Hi Glamm Boutique Dolls


★ Alex. (back of box)
★ Julia. (back of box)
★ Kit. (back of box)
★ Pam. (back of box)
★ Nicole. (back of box)

Hi Glamm Boutique Dolls

Hi Glamm Go On Holiday

Go On Holiday

★ Alex.
★ Julia. (back of box)
★ Kit.
★ Pam.
★ Nicole.

Hi Glamm Fashion PacksHi Glamm Fashion Packs

Fashion Packs

★ Alex.
★ Julia.
★ Kit.
★ Nicole.
★ Pam.

MGA released two packs in the USA/Canada -

★ Summer. (back)
★ Winter. (back)

There was also a 36 page giveaway magazine produced in 2007 with puzzles, comics, etc.

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