Christmas in July #2

Following on from my previous Christmas in July adventures yesterday, Last Saturday Thomas, Jacob and I attended the Mi-Christmas Open House near Paddington.

We had a simply amazing day and the boys haven’t stopped talking about it yet.

Usually I don’t have the opportunity to take the kids with me to these kind of events, so it was great to get them both involved. Thomas even took on the job as official blog photographer for the day, and I think he’s got quite a knack for it. All the photos today were taken by him (proud mum alert)

We saw lots of great brands and products, so here’s just a snap shot of all the things we saw.

Annoying Orange

The first thing we just had to see and get out-of-the-way was the Annoying Orange Kitchen Crew. Both of the boys are just mad about the Annoying Orange characters, so this just had to be the first stop or I’d never here the end of it.

We saw some great T-shirts and Pyjamas,  tons of Annoying Orange Plush toys and key rings like the ones we reviewed here earlier this year, Joke Books if you can take Orange’s jokes, and some Annoying Orange Morph Suits which are due to be released later this year.

Start-Rite Shoes

We had a good look around the brand new ranges from Start-Rite, and I just couldn’t help but be drawn to the new collection of Start Rite By Myleene Klass. If you have a little girl there are some beautiful shoes like the Carmen or the Princess Ida. Plus I was so pleased that the boys didn’t get left out, as the Sullivan and the Captain styles are some really smart shoes with serious style.


Sonic The Hedgehog and Sega

Next we headed upstairs to see a children’s bedroom kitted head to toe in Sonic The Hedgehog goodies. The kids went mad over this room, and made a mental checklist of everything inside for their perfect new bedroom :) Sonic has always been a family favourite, as I instilled my love of Sonic into them from an early age.

Thomas was thrilled to get an exclusive play of the new Wii-U Sonic Game ‘Sonic Lost World’. Coming out this November  it’s a mix of 2D and 3D levels. So hopefully something to please both new and old Sonic The Hedgehog fans.

Our top toy picks from the Sonic room were the Sonic the Hedgehog Pinball Machine (available at £14.99 from The Entertainer) The Sonic The Hedgehog Meccano Playsets, which we previously reviewed, and the Sonic Bike (£120 available from Argos)

As for mummy the huge Sonic mug from Half Moon Bay caught my eye. It looks like it could hold about a pint of tea, It was a massively giant mug.

We also got to meet with the main man himself, and have some of his yummy christmas cake. Worth the trip just for that!

Entertainer Toys

Up another floor of the house and we arrived at the Entertainer Toy Shop Room where they were showing of their pick of the top toys for Christmas 2013.

We saw some amazing new Hexbugs that can climb up walls, A new version of the Logo game called Logo Billionaire, and a really quite creepy Monsters University Sulley mask which actually moves his mouth and eyes as you move yours.

Our interest was piqued however by the latest version of Monopoly, Monopoly Empire. This one totally won us all over, and It will definitely be a must have for us this christmas.

In Monopoly Empire instead of buying streets as you travel around the board, you buy companies. Cool companies I might add, which everyone will want to own. Nerf, Coca Cola, Xbox, McDonalds are just some of the big names.

The game pieces have also been updated, including a tiny gold Xbox controller, Coke bottle, Football boot, and packet of McDonalds fries.

We are already having arguments over who’s going to have the Xbox Controller piece!

JCB Kids

Across the hall and we arrived at the JCB Kids Bedroom. This is a little boys dream bedroom if ever I saw one. Even Thomas who’s 8 was bowled over by the bed in the shape of a JCB Digger, and the huge JCB wall mural behind the bed.

Theres not just a JCB bed either, you can now get the whole bedroom decked out in your favourite diggers. Wardrobes, Tables and Chairs, Toy Boxes and much more are available from Tesco, Asda and Mothercare amongst others.


Sadly my two have grown our of their JCB toys now, but I still have happy memories of Thomas on his digger and Jacob in his JCB Coat which he wore everywhere.

Jacob has had lots of JCB Kids clothing over the last few years. The aforementioned coat, jeans, Jumpers, and t-shirts and shorts. All were really great quality, and lasted for a long time. So I can highly recommend the My 1st JCB range of clothes you can pick up at Tesco and Asda


Carte Blanche Group – Tatty Teddy, Blue Nose Friends and Me to You

Another Bedroom, and this time it was decked out head to toe in Tatty Teddy and his Blue Nose Friends.

I just love the whole Tatty Teddy and Blue Nose gang, so I was totally in my element in this room.

We got to take home a wonderful new Tatty Teddy plush with a brand new ultra soft fur.He is so soft and cuddly it’s adorable, and has instantly gained a place on my bed.

As well as the hundreds of Plush friends we saw, I also loved the range of wrapping paper, Gift Bags and Christmas Tree ornaments on display.

The gift bags were especially beautiful, with a snowy image of Tatty Teddy making a snowman. Some of the snow was highlighted with glitter, and it makes for a truly Christmassy scene.

The Tatty Teddy toy playsets were also a big hit with the boys. We had a great time playing with the My Blue Nose Friends Tatty Teddy Heart House, and all the My Blue Nose Friends toy Figures.



Our last bedroom, and boy this was a good one for my boys. It was the Nickelodeon room, and it was jam-packed with everything a boy could want.

We spent around 30 minutes in this one room alone playing with all the latest Turtles toys like the Turtle Pop Up Pizza Playset, and the SpongeBob Squarepants push along Krabby Patty Car.

We also saw some toddler toys in the form of these Interactive Dinosaur Train figures. Each of the animals can talk to each other, and even knows which other Dinosaur Train friends are nearby so they can talk and sing together wirelessly.

Finally we’d made it all the way to the top of the house, just in time for a spot of Swingball on the roof garden in the most glorious sunshine.













We all had a really funtastic day, and thanks to everyone at the Mi-Christmas Open House for having us.

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