{Giveaway} The Bratz are back in town!

Amelie turns three!
Amelie turns three!

{Disclaimer: I received a #BratzInSA Jade Sleepover Party doll to review. All opinions are my own.}

Today is Amelie’s third birthday, I can hardly believe that my little baby is getting so big! She is such a fun, vibrant and happy spirit who melts my heart daily with her spontaneous “I lub you Mama”s, unexpected kisses and “come dance with me!”s.

The Bratz dolls have been relaunched all over the world and have made their way to South Africa just in time for Summer with a launch party on Thursday… and in our case, just in time for Amelie’s birthday! Yay!

We’re not that big into fashion dolls in our house yet, probably because my children haven’t shown much interest in them, but I have a feeling that all that is about to change! Our #BratzInSA package was waiting at home for us after a very wonderful but long day in Pretoria celebrating Amelie and her birthday with family. Although I was VERY excited to open up “our” prezzie from Prima Toys immediately, I had to curb my excitement to allow Amelie to thaw out from one of those car trips – you know the one, a long car ride in which your precious angel is blasted with sun in her eyes and an over stimulating day and cries and screams most of the way home while clawing at her brother, and then eventually passes out from sheer exhaustion… yes, one of THOSE.

Wow! Love at first sight with #BratzInSA
Wow! Love at first sight with #BratzInSA

When we did get to open the lovely shiny pink gift bag it was love at first sight. I mean, Sleepover Party Jade comes with her very own CAT (Amelie’s absolute favourite)! And suitcase… filled with incredibly small but divine sleepover essentials. She has a change of summer jammies, toothbrush and toothpaste, nail varnish with a minuscule removable brush, hair dryer, hand-held video recorder complete with folding out viewing screen, portable DVD player and DVD that fits in to it, a yellow sparkly diary and an eye mask. Oh, and don’t forget the lip-shaped hair brush!

Sleepover Party Jade #BratzInSA
Sleepover Party Jade #BratzInSA

From the moment I opened the box, Jade and her paraphernalia were carried around wherever we went. Even Arnan was intrigued, and at four going on five probably at a more appropriate age to fully appreciate all the extra props (can one call them that? You can see I’m a total newbie at this doll thing!). We had a pretend sleepover, a wardrobe change, lots of playing with the accessories, a ride in the doll pram, another wardrobe change, kitty cat got to wear a PJ top, more playing and eventually Jade fell asleep in Amelie’s arms. Clearly the new “popular kid” in our home!

#BratzInSA Sleepover Party Jade ready for bed
#BratzInSA Sleepover Party Jade ready for bed

Ok, now for my take… I was impressed by the level of detail – I mean, the carry box’s handle is covered by an eye mask! As I grappled with all the different ties and bands holding the doll in place (note to self, a pair of scissors is an essential when unboxing toys), I happened to brush my hand against her hair – it is so soft! And what a cute hairstyle. Her arms are really flexible, which comes in handy with all the wardrobe changes that are bound to happen. Her slippers & socks clad feet pop off to make changing her pants possible, which is probably the weirdest thing about this doll, and seemed to disturb the kids a little – “are you going to put her feet back on?”, enquired Arnan. The overnight bag is a great touch – it opens and closes and fits almost all of the accessories and spare clothing at a squeeze (why do you have to pack so much stuff dear Jade?). When it came time to unbox the accessories I was tempted not to open them, simply because they are so very very very small and my children are not at the age of looking after stuff well enough for it not to go missing. So far so good, I’m not going to hold my breath about tomorrow though.

Brushing teeth is fun when you have a friend to encourage you
Brushing teeth is fun when you have a friend to encourage you

Seeing Jade’s toothbrush gave this Mama an idea… Every night I struggle to get my kiddos to brush their teeth. “Let’s take Jade to brush her teeth”, I said to Amelie as we changed into our PJs for our “sleepover”. “Ok!” was the response. And she diligently brushed her teeth. So did her brother. Bravo Jade (and bravo Mama)! You can stay as long as you don’t fight with me about brushing your teeth.

All in all a great toy for an older child, however, my three year old loves it, and my four year old is envious. In fact, I was told in no uncertain terms by Amelie, “this my dolly, not yours Mama!”. My only regret? Not having another for my boy!

Boys love sleepovers with #BratzInSA too!
Boys love sleepovers with #BratzInSA too!

To celebrate Amelie’s birthday and the upcoming launch, the lovely people at Prima Toys are giving you the joy of your very own #BratzinSA doll. Yes, that’s right – win a #BratzInSA doll right here, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter competition form below.

{Open to South African entrants only. Competition closes on Friday 09 October 2015}

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