H&A Kid’s Toiletries Stocking Filler Ideas – Review

H&A are known for their vast array of kids character toiletries and Christmas time is no exception, with their vast array of children’s gift sets available in a number of different ranges.

We received a selection for Miss M and Mister B to enjoy this Christmas time.

HA H&A Kids Toiletries Stocking Filler Ideas   ReviewFor boys I love the Thomas set with sponge, fizzers, crayons and stencils.  My two love drawing on the bath so the Thomas stencils should be lots of fun to use and keep them entertained.

Mister B loves pirates, so Jake and the Neverland bath treats will always be a hit with him.  The Tub Tints telescope is a fun idea, coloured bath salts that change the colour of the water and once the telecscope shaped bottle is empty, rinse it out for pirate fun in the bath with your own pretend telescope!  There’s also fun to be had with the walk the plank set which includes a suction plank for the side of the bath that you can walk your fingers or any little bath characters you have down until they land in the water.

For girls the Juicy Lucy range is really pretty and perfectly aimed at the almost 7 year old Miss M.  The cupcake bath fizzers are sure to be a massive hit with Miss M who will adore using one of these in her bath.  The fairy wash bag contains lots of goodies such as bath puff, hair bobbles, bubble bath, shimmer lotion and bath confetti – plenty of exciting things for a young girl.  The final set with fizzers and a magic flannel is a perfect extra, all children love to watch their flannel grow in the bath, and something that can be used again and again.

I love all these ranges from H&A, the perfect bathtime gifts for children.  There are plenty of other character giftsets available such as Frozen, Me to You, Disney Princess and Doc McStuffins, so something to suit everyone.  What gift range will you buy for your child this year?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the bath gift sets in order to write the review.

Personalised Greeting Cards – Review

The Dog’s Doodahs is an online greeting card retailer, providing personalised cards delivered to your door.  They have a large range of humourous cards, but also some cute, animal and child friendly cards.  I was offered the chance to order a selection to see what I thought.

cards Personalised Greeting Cards   ReviewWhen looking round the website I saw a lot of alcohol related cards, some amusing wine jokes which appeal to me and my friends.

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I ordered this one for my friend for Christmas which I knew would give us a laugh as neither of us know what Leftover Wine is!!  This is a large style card with a glossy finish.  You are able to personalise both at the top and the name at the bottom.  I was very pleased with this and we both had a giggle when she opened it!

 

 

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I also chose a cute personalised card for my daughter whose birthday is imminent and again on this card I could personalise both the name and the age.  The card is a nice size and one I hope she’ll enjoy when she opens.

 

 

I also selected a couple of the smaller non personalised cards to see what they were like.  I chose a few humourous ones that will be suitable for friends birthdays and am happy with all of them.

What I particularly like with ordering from The Dog’s Doodahs is that these cards are different, you won’t see similar ones elsewhere, giving them a more unique feel, rather than a lot of the more traditional high street cards that you immediately recognise.  The ordering process was simple and delivery was quick.

I am more than happy with the cards and online service received and would happily go back and order more cards from them.  Why not take a look for yourself?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received some cards in order to write the review.

Horrid Henry’s Tricky Tricks – Book Review

Horrid Henry’s Tricky Tricks is a collection of ten Horrid Henry stories presented in a hard back book, with full colour illustrations on each page – perfect for any Horrid Henry fan.

Horrid Henry Horrid Henrys Tricky Tricks   Book ReviewContaining the stories:

Horrid Henry Robs the Bank
Fluffy Struts Her Stuff
Horrid Henry Wakes the DeadMoody Margaret’s Sleepover
Horrid Henry’s Autobiography
Horrid Henry and the Nudie Foodie
Horrid Henry and the Mad Professor
Horrid Henry’s Horrid Weekend
Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman
Horrid Henry’s Grump Card

Miss M who is almost 7, loves Horrid Henry and I often find her reading Horrid Henry books at bedtime.  She couldn’t wait to get stuck into to this collection of stories and started with Horrid Henry Robs the Bank.  The story follows him playing the board game, Gotcha, with Perfect Peter and Moody Margaret who has won a number of times previously.  This time Horrid Henry is determined that he will be the winner and will go to any length to make sure that he does win.  His first idea was to be the banker, but Moody Margaret takes on that role so he has to resort to an alternative method of cheating… You’ll have to read it for yourself to find out what he did.

This a great set of stories for Horrid Henry fans, and would make a great gift.  There is plenty to read and with the colour illustrations on each page, it helps maintain interest and engagement with the story for children who are fairly new to reading independently.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the book in order to write the review.

Stocking Filler ideas – Review

Stocking Fillers is a great website full of all those small items, such as games, toys and fun things that are perfect for filling stockings this Christmas.  With a wide range to choose from, the site is easy to navigate as it’s broken down into different price points as well as boys, girls, adults etc.  There also is something for everyone making it the one stop shop for stocking fillers.

stocking fillers Stocking Filler ideas   ReviewI chose a selection of items for my children that I don’t think will disappoint.  The quality on all the items seems good value for the price and it was easy being able to order a box full of goodies from one place.

There were plenty of branded items to choose from such as Corgi diecast cars and Crazy Soap which is always a hit in the bath!  I also picked up some coloured Bath Tint tablets to change the colour of the bath which sound like fun.

My daughter enjoys a game of noughts and crosses on paper and I spotted a little wooden set using hearts and flowers which looked quite sweet, games never disappoint my children so I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun for such a simple item.

For Mister B who’s 4, I think the dinosaur stick will be fun, by turning it over it makes a dinosaur “roar”.  The Secret Message Pen will be a hit for Miss M as she loves writing little notes and the fact that we can’t see them will turn it into a fun game for her.

I think the Stocking Fillers website is a great place to pick up all those last minute little bits and pieces that fill us with joy each Christmas morning.  Why not take a look yourself?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received some stocking fillers in order to write the review.

 

 

Dentyl Active Mouthwash – Review

Dentyl Active mouthwash has been a firm favourite of mine for many years as part of my oral hygiene.  With it’s two phase formula it really leaves your mouth feeling fresh and super clean.

dentyl 225x300 Dentyl Active Mouthwash   ReviewAvailable in seven brightly coloured variants, I was sent the Plaque Fighter in Fresh Clove and Smooth Mint to try out.  I’m a huge fan of the Fresh Clove flavour, not to strong but leaves my mouth feeling really clean.  The Smooth Mint flavour is pleasant and does the same great job, although I think the flavour comes down to personal preference, my husband is a fan of the more minty varieties and leaves me to enjoy the Fresh Clove.

I love the two coloured phases, essential oils at the top and CPC (an antibacterial agent) at the bottom which need to be shaken together before using.  Then when you spit the mouthwash into the sink, along goes all the bits of debris and food too, allowing you to see the results of the mouthwash.  I find this a great incentive as it really feels like it’s working and gives even better results if used after flossing!

Dentyl Active is alcohol free which stops the mouth from drying out and along with the essential oils, keeps your mouth hydrated.  Being alcohol free also means this mouthwash is suitable for children over the age of 6.

I love this mouthwash and highly recommend it.  Although I don’t have time to use it every day Dentyl Active will continue to be part of my regular oral routine several times a week to keep my teeth and mouth both fresh and clean.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the mouthwash in order to write the review.

 

 

Alphablocks Reading Programme – Review

The Alphablocks Reading Programme consists of 15 magazines along with lots of extras such as flash cards, gold stars, Alphablock phonics tiles, stickers, games and more.  It is aimed at young children aged around 4yrs old who are just beginning their journey into the world of phonics and learning to read.

alphablocks complete set Alphablocks Reading Programme   ReviewThe Alphablocks Reading Programme comes in 3 parts, each delivered to your door in in sets containing 5 magazines along with lots of extras.  For a price of £39.99 plus p+p, I think this is very reasonable having seen what is included.

When we opened the first set, Mister B’s eye’s lit up at the array of goodies inside.  He couldn’t wait to start looking at the magazines and doing the activities.  He loves the Alphablocks from the television series and several DVD’s that we have so was immediately familiar with what he saw and due to the recent phonics lessons he’s been having at school, he was eager to pick out letters and sounds he knew and tell me them.

alphablocks Alphablocks Reading Programme   ReviewMister B has just turned 4 but still at pre school until next September.  Being one of the oldest in his class and quite able, he joins the foundation class for phonics lessons each morning, so the Alphablocks Reading Programme is a great way for me to build upon what he has learnt and encourage him to learn to read.

The magazines are packed full of fun phonics activities that completely captured Mister B’s attention, he was eager to work through them and found it fun.  I was so thrilled when he blended some letters to create his first word.  I then found some of the letter tiles really useful to make various three letter words that he could sound out and say.

alphablocks 2 Alphablocks Reading Programme   ReviewThe activities in the magazines are really varied to help maintain interest, from tracing letters, using stickers, colouring, to fun games and things to cut out.  I really think they are perfect for us and are great to sit and do on the days we are at home together.  We only do a few pages at a time to give Mister B time for all his new knowledge to sink in, but as long as he is enjoying it then I happy to sit and encourage him at home.

Alphablocks have really thought about this reading programme and it really seems to hit the mark with little ones.  My children have always loved magazines so to incorporate the learning into a magazine style format has really worked. I do think the extras help as well, the learning tiles are great, and Mister B always has to use the Alphablocks pencil in his magazines!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the reading programme in order to write the review.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gifts – Review

Wild & Wolf are both a designer and manufacturer of gift products, homeware and accessories for both children and adults that can be found in small independent gift shops as well as large department stores.  I’ve looked at their website and they have lots of lovely gifts perfect for Christmas, well worth checking out as there really is something for everyone.  We were sent us some of their The Very Hungry Caterpillar range of products to try out with the children.

hungry caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gifts   ReviewThe Very Hungry Caterpillar is a popular children’s story that we all know and love both from our childhood as well as my own children discovering the story now, and having as much fun reading it as it reaches it’s 45th year of publication this year.

We received the Finger Printing Kit and the Tulip Divided Plate.

The Tulip Divided Plate is a really beautiful melamine plate.  It’s really solid, a very durable well made piece.  It think the design on this with the butterfly and flowers is lovely, perfect for my daughter Miss M who has been wanting a divided plate for a while now.  Being melamine, this feels more grown up than other children’s plates without the fear of it being broken like a china plate.

hungry caterpillar 2 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gifts   ReviewThe children couldn’t wait to have a go at the Finger Printing Kit.  This would make a lovely gift, it is well presented and a great little set.  It consists of a 6 multicoloured ink pad and 14 card pictures, some with holes in to act as finger puppet pictures.

hungry caterpillar 3 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gifts   ReviewThere are various animal images to colour such as the caterpillar himself, butterfly, horse, crocodile, monkey etc.  My children Miss M and Mister B were eager to get started.  It was so simple and mostly mess free.  By simply pressing your finger onto the sponge pad to pick up some ink, you then dabbed into onto the picture to colour.  The ink pad was full of colour, plenty to use for all the pictures.

hungry caterpillar 4 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gifts   ReviewMy children loved creating their pieces of art, Mister B designing a multi coloured spotty crocodile and Miss M colouring a large image of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and also a smaller picture of him on a giant strawberry!

hungry caterpillar 5 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gifts   ReviewI think these look really effective when finished and they really enjoyed painting them.  What a lovely painting gift kit for someone to receive, with enough pictures to have several sessions painting.

hungry caterpillar 6 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gifts   ReviewThere are other products in The Hungry Caterpillar range that all look equally as nice such as some stacking snack pots, a bunting making kit, stamper kit and card making kit.

I think Wild & Wolf have many lovely gifts to offer of a traditional feel, and that appear of a good quality that you’d be happy to both give and receive, why not take a look for yourself and keep an eye out for their gifts when out and about in the shops.

You can also catch up with them on their Facebook page or Twitter.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the gifts in order to write the review.

 

 

Radwraps Radiator Covers – Review

Radwraps are a new alternative to the traditional style wooden radiator covers, and give a more modern look, keep the radiator slimline and come in a multitude of styles, you can even use your own image or photo!

So what exactly is a Radwrap?  It’s basically a magnetic sheet that’s cut to size to fit your radiator and printed with a design of your choice.  They turn a plain, ordinary radiator into something a bit more decorative that fits in with your interior.

Below on the left is a radiator in my front room, on the right you can see how it is transformed by a Radwrap.

radwraps 3 Radwraps Radiator Covers   ReviewThe Radwraps are ordered online through a simple process where you input the height and width measurements of your radiator and then choose a design, or if you fancy you add a design of your own or even use a photo!

Your chosen cover is then rolled up and sent in a secure cardboard tube ready for you to install.  When I first unwrapped it, I did wonder how easy it would be to put on the radiator, would it go on straight?, would it be easy to do myself?

WP 0101331 Radwraps Radiator Covers   ReviewWell it took me less than a minute to apply this, I was really impressed with the ease at which is stuck to the radiator, quite firmly but not too much that I couldn’t adjust it if needed.  To be honest if you put it on straight across the top, it just falls into place naturally down the radiator, no wrinkles, no creases, no crookedness.

radwraps 4 Radwraps Radiator Covers   ReviewSo what do I think of my Radwrap?  I love it!  It is just my kind of pattern, fits perfectly with my decor, and hides that unsightly radiator that had become a little scratched and in need of a respray.  I’ve had compliments from visitors, and I would definitely use these again on other radiators.  What a great but simple invention!

Radwraps say there is no heat loss by having one of these on, they are so easy to apply and require nothing extra to fit with and give your radiator and room a transformation.  With the array of different designs to choose from there really is something for everyone.

Here are a couple of the more modern designs on offer, ideal for children’s bedrooms:

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From just £39.99 including delivery why not check these out today to change the look of your interior or cover an unsightly radiator.
You can find out more about this amazing covers here www.radwraps.co.uk or check out their Facebook page or Twitter profile

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the Radwrap in order to write the review.

Serafino Insulated Drinking Glasses – Review

Serafino Double Walled Insulated Glasses are the latest addition to my kitchen and I have to say, have been very well received.  Not only do they look stylish, do a great job at keeping drinks hot or cold and are a handy size, but everyone I have given a drink to out of one has been impressed!

ozeri Serafino Insulated Drinking Glasses   ReviewWith four glasses in a set, able to hold 8oz each, these are a good medium size, perfect for a normal everyday drink along with drinks for special occasions.

The glasses are double insulated which helps to prevent heat loss, meaning a cold drink stays cool, while a hot drink stays hotter for longer.  What is really good is that the glass doesn’t actually feel cold or hot to touch meaning it’s easier to hold, especially with it’s ergonomically shaped curvy sides.

For hot drinks we tried hot chocolate and lattes.  I thought these looked really good with the contrast between the main drink and the frothy tops showing through the side of the glass.

ozeri 4 Serafino Insulated Drinking Glasses   ReviewWe then tried cold drinks, Miss M is a big fan of slushy drinks so I made her favourite Summer Fruit slush and poured it into one of these fancy glasses.  Her face lit up when she saw it and she loved drinking out of it – a big success!

ozeri 3 Serafino Insulated Drinking Glasses   ReviewWe love using these glasses, they definitely make your drinks look a lot more fun and are perfect for entertaining.  They are very lightweight although seem quite durable so far, hopefully we’ll get lots more use out of them.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the glasses in order to write the review.

Disney Frozen Play Tent Giveaway

Disney’s Frozen continues to be a big hit with young girls, my daughter for one is a fan and I’m forever hearing the words to ‘Let it Go’ being sung around the house.  One thing I’m sure any little Frozen fan would love to play in is the Disney Frozen Play Tent from World’s Apart.

Frozen tent 300x300 Disney Frozen Play Tent GiveawaySuitable from ages 2+, the tent simply pops up and some poles are simply inserted and it’s ready for play.  With an opening door, I can imagine children loving to hide in here or use it for plenty of imaginative play.

If you’d like to win a Disney Frozen Play Tent, then simply fill in the Gleam form below:

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