I received the Diary in the mail today in a manila package. All my kids gathered around because.. well duh.. a package. I knew what it was, but I hadn't told them.
Pulling out the Diary, I exclaimed, "See, aren't you glad your dad is a blogger!"
My daughters both were eyeing the pink book I had in my hand. I knew who I chose it for, but I had to think fast. Luckily, I had also signed up to do a review of another SmitCo item , Body Scrubbing & Exfoliating Gloves. My younger daughter loves to bath. She got the gloves, and headed straight for the tub.
[caption id="attachment_481" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] She loves it. Look at that smile. I didn't make her picture her brother in an embarrassing situation to get it.[/caption]
This was the very first time I had ever received an item to review, so I had low expectations. I thought they would send me a low quality product like those breakable things you purchase at a dollar shop.
The diary is surprisingly a nice quality. It came as a hardback loaded with 300 pages of lined paper to fill. The design on the front and back is edgy and high fashion. It's perfect for a prissy girl. There is actually a bow and crown that are added on top, and not printed in to give it more of a finished touch.
This diary comes with a paddle lock system to keep out nosy brothers. Now, I told you I was going to be honest. The little lock that comes with it is more cheaply made. It could be cut off by a crafty sibling pretty easily. It's made from what feels like a solid aluminum with a plastic casing. The two included keys are simple in design, and wiggle inside the lock. All that being said, it still does it's job as a children's item.
[caption id="attachment_482" align="aligncenter" width="683"] She was able to unlock it easily even with the shortcomings of the mechanism.[/caption]
Once into the diary, she wrote for the entire day. She even placed a few sketches in it. I can see that this item will be cherished for months to come with her... Unless she gets way too crazy with her writing.
With this one gift from SmitCo, I'm pretty certain that they offer affordable gifts for girls that are usable, lovable, and enjoyable. This one purchase made me able to look like a thoughtful father for my 10 year old, and with all the other possible choices I could have chosen, I may be able to be a thoughtful father for years to come.
I have placed an amazon link directly below to the item I purchased. You will be able to find some other of their items by simply typing "SmitCo" in the Amazon search bar, you will not be disappointed.
I would be amiss to mention the Scrubbing and Exfoliating Gloves also gifted to me by SmitCo. We received a package of Purple and Blue. They're nice. My youngest daughter has already taken a bath with them. She calls them wash cloths for her hands. They withstood her abuse to them. I'd call that quality. And she actually came out clean!
I'll go ahead and leave a couple of items here at the end for you to look at that I found interesting from SmitCo. Anything you purchase here sends a little bit of money to me to help me maintain my blog. Thank you! And please share and comment to show some love!