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Petite Amelie Wooden Dolls House – review

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Ellie has such a kind and caring nature and she absolutely loves looking after her toys – she feeds them in her play kitchen, she puts them down for naps and she plays with such a vivid imagination. I love nothing more than sitting down with a cuppa and listening to the storylines she comes up with – although worryingly it usually starts with the Mum dying!!

I knew she would be over the moon with the wooden dolls house we received from Petite Amélie and she has played with it non-stop since she first saw it.

So here’s our review of our new dolls house. It’s possibly one of the few times Ellie has willingly let me bother her for photos!

In 2010 when a mum-to-be wasn’t able to find the cot of her dreams for her daughter – she took matters into her own hands and designed one herself and had it made – it was at that moment that Petite Amélie was born. They have since expanded their range of products to include complete baby and children’s bedrooms, transitional beds, infants chests of drawers and wardrobes, children’s bed linen and wooden toys – furniture perfect for Nurseries or Toddler Rooms..

Their main goal – to inspire parents to create a beautiful nursery that has unique furniture and accessories suitable for babies and children alike.

With so many beautifully designed, timeless products to choose from I found it difficult knowing what to pick when we were offered to choose something from the site – however since we already have all the furniture we need we decided to look at the wooden toys and decided on the La maison d’Amélie wooden dolls house.

Traditional Toys with a Modern Touch

The La maison d’Amélie wooden dolls house is a house of dreams! It’s stylish open fronted design is a great way to encourage children to play – the neutral tones of white, grey and black match with the natural wood perfectly too allowing it to be appealing to all children.

The wooden dolls house does come flat packed and was relatively easy to assemble when little hands arent trying to “help”. Initially I had decided to build the dolls house but found getting the balcony to fit a tad bit tricky so set Luke off on the task and of course, being the Master Builder he is, he did it in no time at all! The house also comes with a 19 piece furniture set too which is already assembled and matches the main house with its neutral colours and wood. It would be easy to add some colour and a bit of the childs personality to the house by painting the furniture but honestly I really love the natural look and love how it all looks inside when we’ve set it up.

The dolls house has rooms on 4 floors and just like a real home it has a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room and office space as well as a balcony on the top floor too! The possibilities for play are endless – every time Ellie plays with it her role play is different to the last. We’ve had role play linked to every day life – bath time, breakfast and Ellie loves tucking her little family in to bed at night – and we’ve had rescue missions, flooding and evil pirates but Ellie’s favourite is to pretend she’s a giant reaching in through the window and scaring the children!

Our Overall Verdict

I particularly love the fact that the wooden toys from Petite Amélie are made from high quality materials (SFC wood and organic cotton where possible) and the house is EN71 safety tested and the paint used is safe for children too, I also like the additional thought on safety with the rounded edges.

We’ve had such many nights after school playing with our new dolls house, it’s been a fantastic way to watch Ellie’s imagination grow and we’ve used it to talk about our days when she hasn’t been so keen to share! It’s been a wonderful addition to Ellie’s playroom and I can’t wait to watch her grow and maybe one day pass on to her children too!

Have you had any toys or furniture from Petite Amélie?
Will you be buying wooden toys this year?
Christmas is only 92 days away after all!
Let us know in the comments below!

Disclosure – We were gifted the La maison D’Amelie wooden dolls house to review however as always all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.

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Trendhim – Review

I find buying presents for the men in my life a really difficult task; when asked they either say they don’t want anything or they seem to want something really basic – socks come to mind! I seem to spend hours on the internet trying to find something they’ll either like or something novelty that will make them smile/laugh. As the years move on I have found it much harder to find unique gifts. That was until I came across Trendhim!

We are very fortunate to have been given opportunities to review many products and share them over the last few years but it’s unusual for Luke to be treated to these opportunities so when I told him we were working with Trendhim, a company based in Denmark, on a gifted collaboration he was pleased to get involved.

Trendhim – who are they?

Trendhim are a menswear and accessory brand founded in late 2007 by Sebastian and Mikkel. Their products are designed in Denmark and they currently have 13 brands in their portfolio. Their vision is that men don’t need an occasion or be a certain type to be able to tell your story – men’s accessories are for everyone and every occasion.

Ordering/Navigating the Website

I was able to navigate the UK website easily, I found it to be informative, quick response times and have a great selection of products. I then gave the website link to my husband (who isn’t great with technology really) and he commented on how easy it was to move between products and find items he really liked. He’s not much of an accessory wearer so he immediately turned to the hats, bags and watches sections and was drawn to how the pictures looked genuinely like the products.

A very stylish, organised front page on the Trendhim website.

Once added to cart there are two options of delivery available;

  • Royal Mail package which typically takes 3-7 working days which is currently £4
  • DHL Express Delivery which typically takes 1-2 working days which is currently £12

At the time of writing they are also offering FREE royal mail delivery on all orders over £29 too!

We opted for the standard option which arrived within the 3-7 working day period and I was also pleasantly surprised at how quick Trendhim got the order out – if you order before 4pm on any weekday the order is shipped the same day! Mine definitely was as it arrived so quickly. If you order after 4pm on a friday, saturday or sunday it is shipped on the next working day. We were also provided with a tracking number on our “your order has been shipped” email which meant I was able to see exactly where the parcel was.

Shall I show you what we received?

Okay – so here’s where the actual product review comes in!
I left Luke in charge of picking something he would actually want/use and as he takes a backpack to work every day he thought it would be nice to change his old one for something that on the website looked quite stylish and trendy.

Delton Grey Compact Backpack is available from Trendhim and it currently £49

The Delton Grey Compact Backpack is perfect for everyday use as it is designed to be practical. It has a spacious interior and 4 external pockets. Luke was drawn initially to the minimalistic design and the extra space so was pleased when it arrived as it was bigger than he originally thought.

The canvas material makes the backpack durable, light and comfortable to wear – the smart shoulder straps have a brown trim adding a bit of style to grey tone.

DIMENSIONS (taken from the item description on the website)
Height: 43 cm
Width: 31 cm
Depth: 11 cm

Can hold up to 15.4″ laptop.

Our Overall Verdict

I have to say what was pictured on the site was actually what arrived – a smart and stylish compact (however not as compact as I’d imagined) Men’s backpack. The design is flawless and the workmanship of the bag is really good. I do like to have a look at the reviews other people have written about a brand and a product especially when I am working with them as I like to give an honest review of brands and I am pleased to say that the majority of reviews I read were very satisfied – both with the Brand themselves and the products received. The only reviews I read that seemed slightly negative were onces about the delivery times – which honestly isn’t entirely the brands fault as they rely on the delivery companies – I would say if you were in a desperate need for the item pay for the express delivery rather than wait for Royal Mail but honestly for us, the item was shipped same day and it arrived with Royal Mail within the time frame provided by Trendhim.

Finally…

You can have a look at all the Trendhim products on their website and their social media by following the links below:

www.trendhim.co.uk (UK)

http://www.trendhim.com (US)

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Instagram

Youtube

Disclosure – We were gifted the Delton Grey Compact Backpack to review however as always all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.*