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Cute 80s Toys Nostalgic Picks

Posted on June 14, 2018 by

It’s my birthday month and I am nostalgic for the toys I grew up with. I was a child in the 80s and let me tell you – we had some fabulous toys! Here are a few things that make me think of my younger years that work for my life right now.

80s Toys Care Bears necklace

This Grumpy Bear necklace from Vinca’s Care Bears collaboration would turn a blue day bright!

Hello Kitty makeup drop

A trip to the mall would not be complete without a stop to Sanrio (aka the Hello Kitty store) for my sister and I. I would totally use this Hello Kitty makeup sponge in my makeup routine!

80s Toys Beetlejuice plush

My favorite movie as a kid was Beetlejuice. I think that movie is what defined who I am as an adult. I love this lil plush version of him from Itty Bittys.

80s Toys Pee Wee Chairry

One of the things that I dreamed of having as a kid was talking furniture. Sadly, I still do not own any but I can dream with this cute Funko Pop Chairry and reminisce about Saturday morning fun.

80s Toys - spirograph

I liked art stuff as a kid and Spirograph was something I could play with for hours! I loved how the designs came together and looked artistic without much effort. This Travel Spirograph (USA / UK) would be great to take to a coffee house and doodle with while enjoying a drink.

Did you grow up in the 80s? If so do you have any favorite toys?

Kawaii Reviews

Creamiicandy Squishies Review: My Favourites

Posted on June 13, 2018 by

Recently, Creamiicandy sent me a GINORMOUS box of kawaii squishies to try from their Puni Maru, Yummiibear and Cheeki Monkey ranges. There are so many that I’m splitting this into two posts. First I’ll show you my top ten favourites and then in a few weeks Nicolette and I will rate them all by cuteness, squishiness, scent, packaging etc. (and then we’ll have a giveaway!)

Creamiicandy Squishies

I haven’t really bought into the squishy craze yet so these are the ones that I picked out while photographing everything because they had something special that I loved.

Creamiicandy Squishies animal popsicles

Creamiicandy Squishies animal popsicles

1. Animal Popsicles

This whole set is adorable and they even have fun packaging to look like individual ice lollies. I especially liked that the ‘wooden’ stick is made of a thicker material so you can really hold them like lollies. My favourite two are the dragon and bunny – the dragon just pips it as it smells of melon! They’re very soft and slow rising so fun to play with.

Creamiicandy Squishies octopus ice cream

Creamiicandy Squishies octopus ice cream

2. Magnetic Stacking Octopus Ice Cream

I didn’t quite figure out what these were until I saw them on Creamiicandy’s website. Each squishy has a magnet inside so you can stack them up into your own ice cream. It gets a bit wobbly once you stack more than two but there’s lots of different colours and flavours to mix and match so it’s great fun.

Creamiicandy Squishies unicorn dango

3. Unicorn Dango

This dango was one of the first pieces I pulled out of the box and stayed as one of my top favourites. I just love the rainbow colours and that shiny gold horn. It’s pretty big and a fun shape for squishing too.

Creamiicandy Squishies Yummiibear strawberry

4. Yummiibear Hugging Strawberry

I can never resist an animal/food combo and Creamiicandy’s own Yummiibear is super cute. There were a few in the box but this one is the sweetest with a sleepy face and strawberry theme. The big strawberry is very slow rising and satisfying to squish.

Creamiicandy Squishies marshmallow kittens

5. Marshmallow Kittens

Who can resist tiny squishy foodie kittens? I really liked the spoon and fork charms included with these, which really add to the dessert theme. I can’t quite pick between the pink and blue versions – they’re both too cute.

Creamiicandy Squishies pineapple donut

6. Pineapple Donut

This squishy is massive and also rises quite quickly so it’s good for exercising my nerve-damaged hand. It also has one of the cutest charms, that I would happily use by itself. It’s got a nice strong pineapple scent too.

Creamiicandy Squishies cheeki monkey magician

Creamiicandy Squishies cheeki monkey charm

7. Magician Cheeki

Cheeki & Cheeka Monkey are another of Creamiicandy’s characters and there were loads of squishies in the box. I especially liked the premium designs that come packaged in themed boxes and have extra special charms. I love Magician Cheeki’s fangs and cape, while the charm is really great quality with water inside. It’s super slow rising too.

Creamiicandy Squishies cheeki banana

Creamiicandy Squishies cheeki banana

8. Cheeka’s Mini Fruity Banana

These are very silly but I love them. The packaging is very clever, made to look like net grocery bags and the charms are really cute too. There’s just something about a banana that looks like a strawberry that gets me. Fits perfectly in your hand for squishing too.

Creamiicandy Squishies candy floss koala

9.  Cotton Candy Koala

There’s nothing particularly notable about these – they’re just really really cute! I love their expressions and pastel colours. If forced to pick one, it would be the pink koala chomping away at the cotton candy.

Creamiicandy Squishies food poo

Creamiicandy Squishies burger poo

10. Crazy Poo

I am really not into the kawaii poo craze, but these are really fun, so let me just pretend it’s cream. This set of food-themed poos are a collaboration with TheHollycopter and come with matching kawaii charms. They’re all sweet, but I like the burger best.

Creamiicandy Squishies

Are any of these going on your wish list? Which would you like to see in the giveaway?

You can buy most of these online from Creamiicandy, or look out for Puni Maru stockists near you. If you can’t find what you want, shoot them a message as I think some are quite new and should be available soon. We’ll be back with more squishies in a few weeks.


Chebeto Giveaway Winner

Posted on June 13, 2018 by

Time to find out who wins all those aquatic plushies by Chebeto! And the winner is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Lily! Check your inbox for how to claim your prize, or email us.


We’ll let you know when Chebeto makes any of the new animals! In the meantime, you can buy finished plushies or sew your own with digital patterns, both available from the Chebeto Etsy shop.  There’s 15% off if you buy any two.

Check back in a few hours for a new post and look out for another cute giveaway next week.

Most Wanted!

Most Wanted: Cute Cable Bite Animals

Posted on June 12, 2018 by

I’m not really sure how it happens, but I manage to break my iPad or iPhone cable at least once a year. This is not a very cheap habit! I could really use a Cable Bite, created by the Japanese brand Dreams.

Cable Bite kawaii animals

Aside from looking cute, this Cable Bite should also protect the vulnerable end of the cable.

Cable Bite panda shark

When the cable is attached to your iPhone it will look like the animal bites into it, so cute!

Cable Bite kawaii sea creatures

Three different volumes of animals have been released so far, the most recent one being sea creatures. I’m tempted to bring a whale shark or axolotl bite home.

Cable Bite sanrio pompompurin

Recently a series of character and anime Cable Bites have been introduced, such as Sanrio, Kirby, Dragon Ball Super and One Piece. These will be available worldwide through the AmiAmi shop.

Cable Bite kawaii dogs

You can find the animal bites at Urban Outfitters, Strapya and eBay. Have a look at the official English Cable Bite website for more info and some sweet pictures.

Cute Characters

What’s New With Jinbe San?

Posted on June 11, 2018 by

Jinbe San the kawaii whale shark doesn’t really get big seasonal themes like Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi but San-X have been adding some new characters and designs. Let’s take a look.

Jinbe San kawaii whale shark free wallpaper

The latest theme is just Jinbe San’s giant face, but it’s a very cute face so I love it. You can download this design and more as free wallpapers for desktop and mobile.

Jinbe San kawaii whale shark pouches

This range isn’t up for pre-order yet but keep an eye on the San-X store later this month. These clear pouches are so cute – and useful too.

Jinbe San kawaii whale shark coin purses

Baby whale Kojira features on quite a few of the new products too. If these are still available when I’m in Japan, I don’t think I will be able to resist one. It’s always handy to have a spare coin purse in Japan to save all your ¥100 coins for gashapon!

Jinbe San kawaii jellyfish bag

The newest characters in the Jinbe San gang are some deep sea creatures including a sea dragon, lanternfish and round pink octopus. The octopus is really popular and most of the products are sold out but there’s a few of these adorable drawstring bags left.

Jinbe San kawaii whale shark towel

The closest thing Jinbe San has had to a proper theme is dressing up in sailor hats! You can buy these as plushies and on lots of water-related products like towels, pool bags and drinkware.

Jinbe San kawaii whale shark plush

And my favourite – the Jinbe San plushie you can use as a pillow, even letting him eat your arm! The latest version is wrapped in a cool fabric for summer, made to look like the paper wrapping on food. Google even translates this as Mr Dinner, noooo!

You can order some of these products now direct from San-X in Japan (using a forwarding service like Tenso). You’ll also find Jinbe San at international stores like ARTBOX (UK) and JapanLA (USA).