Lottie doll Ambassador and Stargazer Lottie Giveaway

We received some  “happy” post in the form of  Lottie dolls and accessories this week,  “yum” is huge Lottie fan and I love the message they are sending to children.  I’m very excited to announce that we were asked to become  Brand Ambassadors!  The vision of Lottie is to empower children to be themselves. She aims to encourage kids to embrace individuality, enjoy their childhood and embark on meaningful adventures! So with all that in mind how could I refuse. Unlike other dolls, Lottie and Finn are based on characters that are nine years of age. They are relatable, age-appropriate and inspired by real boys and girls.

Unlike other dolls, Lottie and Finn are based on characters that are nine years of age. They are relatable, age-appropriate and inspired by real boys and girls.

Arklu the company behind Lottie decided to set up business in Donegal when Ireland was in deep recession, it was an employment black spot, where over 24% of the working population was unemployed.  So employment and hope were brought to the area in the form of Lottie.

Each doll is still designed in Donegal and has been made with a real child’s image in mind  (the way it should be). So that’s proper proportions – no make-up,  or huge boobies, tiny wastes or skyscraper heels,  dolls that look like children in real-life clothes and scenarios.

Created to challenge negative body image and premature sexualisation in the market, the dolls empower young minds and nurture individuality through play.

Exactly what imaginative play should be like.

Yum is fascinated with the solar system and learning about planets,  Stargazer  Lottie is her favourite, she hasn’t let her out of her site since she arrived. I think they look so alike too!!!

 The Special Edition ‘Gold Collection’ ‘Stargazer’ Lottie doll is a collaboration with the European Space Agency. you can Find out more at ESA Space for Kids: A kid-friendly website from the European Space Agency offering space-related information, games, quizzes and photos.

she comes with

  • Dark blue velvet bomber jacket
  • Cerise-coloured dungarees
  • A long sleeve t-shirt with pale blue arms
  • Spotty scarf
  • A brown hat
  • Sturdy brown boots
  • Telescope and tripod
  • Solar system collector cards
  • Notable women in astronomy additional sheet

To be in with a chance to win your very own Stargazer Lottie you can enter below. Competition open in the Uk and Ireland.  A winner will be picked at random on  10/7/17  Good luck guys x  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Head over to www.lottie.com to visit the entire collection of unique dolls, and discover loads of great games, competitions and activities for your little ones.  Use the code LOTTIEDOLL20 to get 20%  off . 

Classic beef curry

Hey guys, you can never have enough curry recipes up your sleeve, am I right?  This is a classic fruity and sweet beef curry recipe I’ve been making for years. I use stewing beef and cut the fat off myself because you get bigger cuts and its better value.  You cook it for 3 and a half hours so all the tissue will break down, making it melt in the mouth and really tender when it’s time to serve up. I usually serve this dish with flatbreads, yum loves making these they are so easy and great for mopping up any sauce at the end.

I’m a huge advocate of getting the kids into the kitchen to cook,   it gives them self-confidence and a sense of worth. There will always be little jobs for them to do. I know it’s not always possible because life is so hectic, but cooking is a great way of getting them away from the  “screen” and gives you a bit of bonding time together. (it does get messy tho)  Some of yums favourites jobs are peeling the garlic, chopping mushrooms with a blunt knife and flouring the beef (she is so particular about flouring it, making sure every inch is covered) and You know what she really enjoys eating it that little bit extra, when she’s helped, its like she shes worked extra hard for it..

PS: she loves chopping the mushrooms but has never once eaten them!! she says when she grows up she’s going to drink coffee and eat mushrooms… great combo eh…

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500 g stewing beef (cut all the fat off)

1 tablespoons of flour

2 large onions

2 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons of curry powder

1 teaspoon of turmeric

3 tablespoons of mango chutney

1 pint of beef stock cube

1 tablespoon of tomato puree

garnish with chopped coriander



flour your beef with a little salt and pepper added to it

heat some oil in a pan (with a lid) on a medium heat, add your floured beef to brown,

once browned remove and leave to one side

now fry the onions and garlic for 2 mins, until they are lightly golden, you may need another splash of oil.

sprinkle over the curry powder and turmeric and cook stirring for 1 minute

return the beef to the pan

chuck in the chuckney , stock and tomato puree and bring to the boil.

turn the heat right down to a low simmer, put on your lid and simmer for 3 and a half hours

serve with rice, flatbreads and garnish with coriander