Valentine’s crafts from Baker Ross

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s a great time to get kids crafting, and there’s nothing better than a pile of Baker Ross goodies to get them going.  The kits are simple to use, and come with practically everything you need and importantly always give effective results that children are proud off.

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We started with some Heart Fuse Bead Kits, which came with heart templates and a variety of coloured beads.  Both children sat down and eagerly created their patterns taking inspiration from the image sheet provided.

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They both got quite engrossed and were determined to finish.  The prospect of me ironing their designs and them seeing the finished piece stuck together was exciting and they were thrilled with the finished results!

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We then moved onto bookmarks which are a great size and perfect for children to use or give to an adult as a gift.  The bookmarks first need to be coloured in and then some cross stitch added to the top, using a child friendly plastic needle.  You also get several colours of thread to choose from.

When my daughter started colouring one of these, my 5yr old boy really wanted to join in too, and it was his first ever go at sewing which he really loved and put his full concentration into – I just love his finished bookmark!

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

Reward charts from Miggins & B – Review

Reward charts are something I’ve used at various times over the last few years with my young children but finding one that works, keeps the child interested and is durable for multiple uses is often hard to find.  Miggins & B have come up a set of reward charts that are fun, durable and a little bit different to other ones that I’ve seen and tried.

blast_off_1_grandeWe received the “Blast Off” themed reward chart to try out with 5yr old Mister B.  One of the biggest things I’m trying to tackle with him at the moment is tidying up!  He forever leaves a trail of toys across the floor, particularly little bitty ones that he has several boxes for, so I thought I’d start using the chart to encourage him to tidy up.

blast offThe chart arrived rolled up, and being made of a lightweight pvc, this unrolled immediately and was flat, ready to hang on the back of one of our doors.  Accompanying the chart is a sheet of adhesive backed vinyl stickers that stick well to the chart but are also easily removable, enabling the chart to be used again and again.  The chart is A2 in size and easily wipeable making it a durable piece.

WP_20160117_13_22_13_ProHere is Mister B with his first sticker, a little green alien.  What I like about this chart is that the child can choose whereabouts they wish to put the stickers and it allows them to make up their own adventure.  Here Mister B has put the alien on top of the red planet.

Not only that but there is a grey space at the bottom of the chart where you can stick all the stickers and when the child gets one, they just take it from the bottom and place it higher up.  This way the stickers can’t be lost and it keeps everything in one place.

 

WP_20160124_10_45_54_ProThe chart comes with a total of 20 stickers with one being larger than the rest, in this case it is the rocket booster which can be the final sticker that the child earns each time. Mister B loved this concept and has made his own unique story each time he’s gone through the chart and is always eager to make the rocket blast off into space.

Here is his first adventure, apparently all the spaceman and aliens had got stuck on the planets and had to make a chain back down to the rocket!

The ultimate challenge was to get the rocket booster which meant that the chart was complete and Mister B would then get the chocolate coin that awaited him.

 

Look how proud he is of finally achieving his goal and I can honestly say we have had a much more tidier and helpful little boy around the house this past week – a big success!

WP_20160124_17_11_09_ProMiggins & B have a variety of charts available to suit different children such as football, dinosaurs, flowers, fairies and horses.  If you are looking to encourage better behaviours in your child then do pop over and check them out as a better behaved child makes for a happier household!

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

Win a Giant Frozen Wall Puzzle with Jumbo Games

Today is National Puzzle Day, a fantastic time for families to sit down and enjoy a large jigsaw together or children trying to do a puzzle of their favourite characters by themselves.

I’ve always been a fan of jigsaws and have my encouraged my children to do so too. Jumbo Games have a wide variety of puzzles available for all ages and tastes so there really is something to suit everyone.

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The Frozen wall puzzle is not only a jigsaw, but once complete it comes with glue to which you spread on top to join all the pieces together. You can then hang the puzzle on your bedroom wall.  The other special thing about this puzzle is the size.  It may only contain 35 pieces but the completed puzzle is an awesome 100x70cm!!

For your chance to win this fabulous Giant Wall puzzle, just enter in the Gleam form below:
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A New Year and Miss M’s 8th Birthday

It’s been a hectic start to the year to say the least, with trying to sell a house and job worries making it most stressful, but I musn’t forget the amazing event that really started off the year and that was Miss M’s 8th birthday on the 1st January!

Maisy 2What an amazing eight years it has been and she has done me very proud with both her efforts at school and at home.  She has grown into a lovely, polite girl who loves to help others and is friendly to everyone.

She wanted a birthday party at home, which was fine by me so we decided on biscuit decorating as the main activity.  Miss M eagerly helped me the day before to mix the ingredients and cut out enough biscuits for all her friends to decorate the next day. I also bought some flat cardboard food trays which they decorated the outside of with coloured pens as the first activity of the party.

maisy 5They then iced and decorated the biscuits with great enthusiasm, but I was particularly impressed with the results and they all ended up with a really lovely tray of biscuits to take home at the end of the party.  Mister B did a great job of his biscuits too!

maisy 4We then moved onto some other party games which Miss M had chosen and all the girls loved.  I had frozen some erasers in silicon cake cases so they were like blocks of ice and each girl had one to unfreeze using their hands and mouths – they absolutely loved it, I’d thoroughly recommend it.  I just placed some trays on the floor for them to let the water drip onto and put some towels around for them to dry their hands on.

Next up was another favourite in which three partygoers, including the birthday girl became mummified in toilet paper!!  They worked in three teams and it was great fun with minimal, easy mess to clean up afterwards.

maisy 3Miss M had a great birthday and it was a lovely start to the year.  We have lots of change coming up this year, particularly with our new house which we can’t wait to share with you.  There’s been a number of complications which we are working on but I forsee a year full of DIY ahead as well as a great family home where we hope to share lots of baking and gardening projects throughout the year as well as other fun times.

Wishing you all a fantastic 2016!

 

Time Bomb Powerball Intensive Moisturiser

Time Bomb Powerball Intensive Moisturiser is perfect for your skin over the colder months due to it’s rich, hydrating formula.  Delivered in a spherical pot, this intensive formula is packed full of 21 natural hydrating agents to give you totally moisturised skin.

WP_20151016_12_25_10_ProAlthough rich, this product is instantly absorbed leaving your skin feeling supple and protected.  Being non greasy, make up can easily be applied afterwards on your soft, fresh more healthy looking skin.  I’ve found this has worked perfectly for my face, giving a more plump, hydrated feel to it.

WP_20160124_09_08_42_ProThis is a great moisturiser packed full of benefits for hydrated, youthful looking skin.  With the cold, windy weather we are currently experiencing, Timebomb’s Powerball will definitely give you the protection you need and relieve any dryness or red patches.

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

Win a Barbie Deluxe Styling Head worth £29.99

Barbie is most girls dream doll and the idea of styling her hair and make up is the ultimate fun activity!  This Barbie Deluxe Styling Head is the ultimate toy for young girls to practice hair and make up styles, everything from curls to plaits, nails to eye make up.

barbieThis deluxe version exceeded my expectations in size, the styling head is bigger than I thought, therefore making it easier to use.  Barbie’s arms fold out, which is a great added feature and allows you to decorate Barbie’s nails with the various stickers and fake nails included.  Barbie wear’s a very sparkly pink dress and the whole styling head looks well made and sturdy.

barbie 2The set contains numerous accessories such as a hair brush, clips, hair ties, clip in extensions, curling tong, scissors, nail stickers, fake nails, earrings etc.

barbie 3My daughter is keen to learn how to plait hair and this was her ideal opportunity.  She now wants me to teach her how to do fish plaits.  She’s also had fun sticking nails on Barbie along with the nail stickers.  There is quite a lot to keep a child occupied and if they are into hairstyling and beauty, then this is just the thing for them.  The hair does need brushing a few times when first opened as it has a kind of spray in it to keep it all in place, but once that’s brushed out the hair is soft and manageable.

If you fancy having a go yourself (I did find it tempting to do a few fancy designs to show my daughter), or winning one of these deluxe models for your child to play with, then check out my giveaway below:

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Bunny Boo Soft Toy from Ollie and Leila

Meet Bunny Boo, the cutest, snuggliest bunny we have come across in a long time, all the way from Ollie & Leila.  Bunny Boo is part of their funky, soft toy range that really does have wide appeal with a suggested upper end age of around 14yrs old!

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My daughter Miss M, is almost 8yrs old but still snuggles up to her blankie at night, which is looking rather forlorn.  I was hoping this may be the perfect replacement and so far it has been a big hit!

With it’s 47cm long body, this is just the small size soft toy, and they do others in medium and large size too.  The outer of this bunny is super, super soft and only feeling it with your fingers will make you realise how silky smooth she feels and how satisfying she is to snuggle up with.

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I love the ‘universe’ design on this bunny, pink and grey stars over a white background.  Bunny Boo has been a big success with Miss M and she has taken it everywhere with her as well as to bed.  If you are looking for a cuddly toy for your child, then why not check these out, something that appeals to a wide range of ages and is super snuggly!

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

 

Christmas Decoration Storage by Packmate

After Christmas one of the first things I dread is packing away the tree and all of the decorations.  Finding the right storage for them can be tricky to ensure they are both safe and protected as well as quick and easy to access.

Well I have found the answer from a great home storage company, Packmate.  They have made my life so much easier, and left my Christmas accessories so much more  organised and protected.

packmate 2I just love this Christmas Decoration holder.  It comes in a transparent zip up bag, with sturdy cardboard pieces to construct three layers each comprising of 18 sections, in total 54 sectioned compartments to store away your decorations.  This bag will then easily store away in your loft until next year.

packmateI was surprised by how many decorations I could fit in here, large baubles in their own individual compartment, but I have smaller decorations where I can fit multiple in each section.  This handy Christmas storage is brilliant and I’d highly recommend, it certainly beats wrapping each item in tissue then packing them carefully in a large box!

packmate 3Rolls of wrapping paper is another dilemma I have each year, several stashed in different places, I can never remember what I have and it’s hard to keep them together.  This Wrapping Paper Storage Bag is definitely the answer.  At first I wasn’t sure how many rolls I fit inside by when I found all 18 of the rolls I currently had fitted in easily I was very happy!  There is definitely space for a couple more and also if you had any extra long ones they would easily fit too.  I also love the fact that the top of the bag is transparent as it makes it so simple to find the roll you are looking for.

packmate 4Finally the Wreath Bag, a truly durable bag that is quite frankly huge.  This will fit the largest of wreaths and also cleverly has a small cyclinder bag that will sit in the centre of the wreath to hold additional decorations.  With a smaller wreath, you could also fill the space with light items such as tinsel.

Overall I’m very impressed with all of the Packmate Christmas storage items, they are perfect for my household and I’m sure many others too.  If you want to get organised and make decorating the tree simpler next year then I’d definitely check these out as I know for me, these are fabulous!

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

 

Happy by Pharrell Williams – Book Review

Happy by Pharrell Williams is a song most people will know, it’s definitely been one that’s been very familiar to me over the last year or two.  Even my children know the song’s familiar tune from school disco’s and my daughter knows many of the words.

A book has now been released aimed at children and basically consists of the words of the song.  It has a happy feel to it with pictures of children dancing around.

happy pharrell williams 2The book is hard back and of a lovely quality.  The children love singing through to the words and dancing around the room, especially if you put the song on for them to listen to as well!

happy pharrell williamsThis book has a feel good vibe, just like the song, it gets kids active as they interact with the book by singing and dancing.  If your kids love the song, then get the book for some added fun!

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

Trutex School Uniform Review

Trutex is the familiar brand when it comes to school uniform and I have to say it doesn’t disappoint.  We’ve tried various brands of uniform over the three years my daughter has been at school and I can honestly say her prefered brand is Trutex as she likes the cut and design of the clothes.

TrutexYou can feel as soon as you touch the uniform that it’s good quality.  There is a good,  thickness to it, and it’s well made.  Miss M loves the Trutex cardigans, she finds them comfy to wear and easy to do up the buttons.  She also likes the style of the blouses and will always take a Trutex one out her wardrobe before any other brands.

Trutex 2The grey skirt is pleated all round but requires minimal ironing after a wash.  We do find the skirts come up a little small so prefer to go up a size as Miss M finds them more comfortable on the waistline and would rather have it down to her knees (I wonder if that will change in a few years time!)

Trutex 3I find the Trutex uniform washes well, is easy to iron and durable.  It will last until the child grows out of it.  If you are looking for school uniform, then I’d definitely recommend giving Trutex a try, as it gets a big thumbs up from us!

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