Last month a lovely brown box was delivered to my door step all the way from Arklu in Ireland.
Arklu are the clever creators behind the award winning Lottie dolls. Inside the box were two of the twelve Lottie doll designs available that they so generously sent for us to review - Lottie English Country Garden and Lottie Pirate Queen plus their matching accessory sets.
We decided that Madeline could choose one Lottie doll and we would give the other one away to a blog reader - just in time for the school holidays :)
She chose the Lottie English Country Garden doll - although after watching Tinkerbell and the Pirates since opening up this parcel I think she might have chosen differently ;)
Of course Maddie was absolutely delighted to receive a new doll and she played with Lottie and her picnic set all afternoon. However, Lottie isn't your average "fashion doll". There is one key point of difference which stands her apart from other similar dolls on the market - Lottie has a child's body. Her shape and size are based on the measurements of an average nine year old girl. No unrealistic curves or proportions. Just a little girls body.
I am a big supporter of letting kids be kids and not encouraging them to grow up too fast. I don't mind Barbie dolls (I still have all of mine from when I was little and I look forward to my girls playing with them one day) but there is absolutely no way you would ever find a Bratz doll in my house! So it really was lovely to see such an age appropriate doll in Maddie's hands.
In the words of Lucie Follett from Arklu:
"Lottie doesn’t wear makeup, jewellery or high heels. She’s not out shopping, night clubbing or getting her makeup done. Lottie loves the outdoors, she loves exploring and using her imagination when going on her adventures. The idea of Lottie is for every girl to see themselves in her. Lottie is a considered choice. In our research we have identified major concerns of parents [body image] but also we have listened to what girls wanted so that we could create something with real play value."
Lottie has accompanied us on many outings now and she just looks so right accompanying a 4 year old about the place.
Lottie is available from IQ Toys. There are 12 Lottie dolls to collect which retail for $26.99 each and the 6 accessory sets which retail for $12.99 each.
Now for your chance to win your very own Lottie Pirate Queen doll and Pirate Queen accessory set valued at $40.00.
Simply like, share and comment on our Lottie Facebook Post (you must do all three for valid entry) with which design Lottie doll is your favourite. Make sure you "like" the Little Housewife Facebook page so you will see in your newsfeed if you are the winner.
You can earn an extra entry by commenting on this blog post.
The winner will be drawn using random.org on Monday 14 July at 8.00pm. Competition open to New Zealand residents only (sorry international readers!)
Good luck x