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  1. I'm a real mean mummy when it comes to dolls. Anything that doesn't look like a real person is not welcome in my home! I want to foster positive body images and imaginative role play within my home and some dolls just don't in my opinion do that. We don't even have many actual Barbie's either although we do have a plethora of Disney Princesses and Princes. We were suppose to attend an event at the Science Museum for the launch of the new Neflix hit Project Mc2 and their accompanying dolls. I knew Megan would love this as she loves science based activities and she loves role playing with dolls. With the tagline “science meets style and everyone knows it’s cool to be smart!” I was really intrigued to see if it lived up to expectations. However the event took place the day after Conkers and regular readers will know that sadly Megan fell ill with a nasty tummy bug, quickly followed by Charlie and Daddy Moo. 

    project mc2 dolls

    Luckily for the girls we were sent 2 dolls to check out. There are 4 dolls in the collection based upon the 4 characters in the show Project Mc2 we were sent Camryn and Bryden :

    • Camryn Coyle (C2) Known for her high IQ, Camryn’s real genius comes out in the garage – especially when it comes to her souped up skateboard! Her catch phrase is “Nailed It” (This made me chuckle as Nailed It is one of Daddy Moo's expressions that Olive uses a lot!) 

    • Bryden Bandweth (B2) Bryden loves tweeting, digital photography, streaming music and anything tech! Just don’t ask her to go camping in the wilderness or anywhere without a hotspot! She’s a 24/7 #digitaldarling. Her catch phrase? “Stand Back, I’m Trending” (This doll is probably more suited to me! Although the girls aren't old enough for tweeting, Megan does enjoy photography and using google to learn to draw adorable eyes – don't ask!)

    The other 2 dolls are McKeyla McAlister (Mc2) and Adrienne Attoms (A2) 

    Branded as a fashion doll line by MGA Entertainment, Project Mc2 offers a ‘geek chic’ lifestyle approach for tween girls through smart and savvy science-inspired play. Now Megan and Olive (7&4yrs) are far from being fashion conscious tweens but they do like a good role play doll.

    So what did I like :

    • The packaging I love the school notebook look of the box and that it's filled with science based symbols and wording.

    • Each character comes complete with their very own experiment for you to make at home. Camryn had a skateboard and blueprints which Olive loved! Bryden has a glow stick experiment which we are going to save until Half Term. All experiments use products you can find in your own home for the ultimate in interactive science play.

    • The accessories. One of the reasons I dislike a lot of dolls are down to accessories they are normally small and beauty based. Camryn has a skateboard and a bag which is useful for popping her spanner in! Bryden has a laptop, and yes they both did have a hairbrush but it is shaped like a chemical beaker!

    • Proportional bodies. These dolls don't have tiny waists and big boobs, in fact Olive was most concerned by the size of their feet! In comparison to Elsa, Camryn's feet are practically hobbit like! I love this about them and both dolls we received have a pair of funky trainers. 

    project mc2

    The old using water to reveal a secret message or in this case blueprint trick! Now we know how to soup up this skateboard! 

    The Project Mc2 Dolls with Experiments retail at £24.99 you can buy just the dolls at £14.99. I defiantly think these will be high on any girls hit list this Christmas. Not only are they fun, they are education and thought provoking. There are also some excellent online resources to go along with the dolls and the TV series.


    Do you have what it takes? Visit to become an honorary member of NOV8 and ‘ladder up’ through the organisation through a series of fun Ops tests. You can play games, take quizzes, watch videos, learn more about the girls from Project Mc2 and even ask them questions!

    Download the free app, Project Mc2 Case Files, from the App Store to go on missions for NOV8. Collect evidence, analyse the clues and solve the case! If you’re playing on a smart phone, you can pop your device into the A.D.I.S.N. Notebook for added secret spy mission play, just like you’re McKeyla McAlister. Use the key code in the back on the booklet included with A.D.I.S.N. to unlock even more clues. With over 1,000 missions to play on the app, NOV8 will be keeping you busy.

    Follow on Facebook (Project Mc2 UK), Twitter (@ProjectMc2UK) and Instagram (ProjectMc2UK) for exclusive news, competitions and more!





  2. A few days into the Summer holidays we were strolling through Salisbury with my Mum, when a Peppa Pig walked by. As you'd expect Peppa was soon surrounded by small children wanting a hug. I looked down at Olive (who LOVES Peppa) and enquired as to whether she'd like a cuddle. She looked up with her big brown puppy dog eyes that melt me daily and said “I only want Peppa this a man in a suit” ….. So here we are at the grand old age of 4 shattering all the illusions around her! Where had the magic gone? I'm sure at 7&8 M&M realise these aren't real BUT not once have they ever utter these words “a man in a suit”!

    I also started to have a mini panic as I had won quite unexpectedly a VIP experience with Paddington Bear. The experience included meeting Paddington Bear, a goody bag and lunch at Nando's. While I had been really excited I suddenly felt full of dread. The game was rumbled .. there was no Paddington Bear just a man in a suit! I decided to tell the children about the event rather than spring it on them as I was unsure how Olive would react. Having quite recently seen the film, the news seemed to be met with joy. 

    paddington bear

    We arrived at Castlepoint Shopping Centre and went to the office to receive our goody bag. The bag was filled with items from M&S a Paddington Bear teddy (quickly claimed by Olive) a flask and a backpack. We made our way up M&S where Paddington was doing his meet and greet there was already a large queue of children who were all pushed aside for the VIP winners (I felt so mean! BUT it was so hot I was glad we weren't waiting ages!).

    #PaddingtonBear VIP experience

    A photo posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on

    Before I had chance to sort my camera out all 3 children were all over Paddington Bear, hugging, kissing, hi 5's (and not one mention of it being a man in a suit!).

    marmalade sandwiches

    Afterwards we made our way downstairs where tables were set up with colouring, a TV showing Paddington Bear cartoons and marmalade sandwiches! The marmalade was met with mixed feelings. Moo loved it but I have a sneaky suspicion that Moo would eat his shoe if he was hungry enough! Olive and Megan weren't keen but luckily there was orange jelly too!

    And of course we had a cheeky Nandos ;)

    cheeky nandos

    (Although Megan looks like she is picking a hair from her corn and looking disgusted this was not the case!)