Saaf Eraser Body Oil – Review

Most of us have that feeling of tired, uneven, stretchmark ridden skin after having children so finding a product that makes you feel better and more confident in your skin is always a bonus.  I was sent Saaf Eraser Body Oil to try which aims to be “Natures correction fluid in a bottle”.

SaafThis toning and smoothing oil contains a high percentage of Rosehip Seed Oil which is known to effectively reduce uneven pigmentation and the appearance of raised scar tissue, along with Safflower Oil which soothes skin irritations while increasing the moisture content of the skin.

Ideal for:

  • All skin types – especially pregnant and post pregnancy skin
  • Preventing the development and reducing the appearance of stretch marks
  • Soothing away hyper pigmentation
  • Old scars
  • Protecting the skin from the effects of a sun tan

The blend of Safflower and Rosehip seed oils is very rich and quite greasy to the touch, although that does mean a little goes a long way.  I found it very easy to massage into my skin and it did absorb but best to leave it 5/10 minutes before getting dressed.  I found after a bath at bedtime was the best time to apply as my skin really seemed to appreciate it and I could let it sink in.  It has a rich citrusy fragrance due to one of it’s key ingredients Mandarin Oil.

The results were really impressive and with just a week of trying the Saaf Eraser Body Oil, my skin feels a lot more supple and toned.  I used primarily on my thighs and stomach area and this left my skin feelin really smooth and soft to touch and definitely looks more radiant and bright rather than dull and dry as it did before.  This has definitely helped to improve my confidence in my skin and I look forward to see more results in the coming weeks.

Just to mention that the tall glass bottle looks great too, perfect to leave on your dressing table which is handy as you won’t forget to apply the oil each night.

Saaf Eraser Body Oil is a great product to improve skin tone especially on stretchmarks whether through pregnancy or weight gain and give your skin back a healthy glow to help boost body confidence.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

 

 

A day exploring Central Park

With the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, daddy working ten hours shifts each day and the children desperate to get out in the fresh air I asked them where they wanted to go yesterday.  The answer was to have a picnic, collect nature things and not go in the car.  Miss M loves cycling and was keen to go on her bike so I decided we’d spend the afternoon in Central Park, the main park for the city and only a 5 minute walk from us.

Central2So we set off with Miss M leading the way on her bike, and Mister B in his pushchair (I knew his little legs wouldn’t last long walking), and explored the winding paths, up and down the hills and stopped whenever we saw something of interest.

They each had a bag to collect their treasure and we found a lovely area full of willow, oak and horse-chestnut trees where we parked the bike/buggy and set off exploring.

Central3We then decided to move on with Miss M going full steam ahead on her bike, she turned a corner and as we followed we saw her bike parked up.  I looked over to the side of the path and there she was, straddled across a fallen tree trunk pretending to ride a horse!!

Central1After lots of fun and giggling we decided to find a spot for our picnic and carried on up the winding paths until we came across a beautiful open space, the grass full of daisies and a gorgeous hedgerow blooming with pink flowers.  We sat down and enjoyed our lunch with the glorious sun rays beaming down upon us – we had found ourselves a little sun trap with no one in sight and silence apart from a few birds tweeting in the trees.

Central5After eating we carried on through the park and found a bench which they both got really excited about and insisted on sitting on.  We then headed up to the little playground which Mister B absolutely adored having a go on everything he could.

Central4After four hours strolling around, foraging for nature’s treasures, enjoying a picnic in a field full of daisies we were exhausted and headed home to relax and share our adventures with daddy.

No Mess Play Foam from Learning Resources – Review and win

When I was sent No Mess Play Foam to review from Learning Resources, I was very intrigued.  Would it really be no mess?  How well would it stick together?  Would there be little balls of foam all over the floor?

1906 PF Combo 8 PkMiss M who is 5 was very keen to try the Play Foam – she loves anything crafty and was eager to get her fingers on this new and exciting looking texture.  The first thing I noticed was how pliable the balls of foam were and you can literally mould them into shapes, pull it apart and stick it back together.  In fact it seemed incredibly sticky but the bizarre things was there was no stickiness on your fingers or to anything else.  Wow – quite amazing, I was definitely impressed, the “No Mess” quality of this product really is true.

Foam 1Mister B absolutely adored testing his fingers in the Play Foam and together they had sausage rolling races and really helped them interact and have fun.  The colours will merge if you mix the individual colours together which did eventually happen to ours, but this didn’t phase my little ones in the slightest and they continued to play with this day after day.

Foam 2A few days later I came home to find daddy playing with the Play Foam, creating different shapes such as a pear, turtle, duck, rowing boat!!  The children were fascinated by his creations and it really spurred them on to have a go at trying different ideas for themselves.

Foam 3We’ve had lots of fun with No Mess Play Foam as it really is different to anything else we’ve tried.  We’d highly recommend everyone to give it a go – lots of sticky fun with no mess – what more could you ask for!!

If you fancy trying a pack for free then why not enter the Learning Resources competition to WIN 1 of 5 packs on their Facebook page.  Entries close on Friday 7th June 2013.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

 

 

Alphablocks Phonics Next Steps Volume 2 DVD – Review

Knowing how much my two enjoy watching Alphablocks on CBeebies I was delighted to be sent the new Alphablocks Phonics Next Steps Volume 2 DVD from Abbey Home Media to review.  The DVD contains 86 minutes of entertainment ideal for preschoolers – both my 2 and 5 year old will happily sit down watching this.

Alphablocks vol 2For those who are new to Alphablocks:

The Alphablocks are 26 living letters who fall out of the sky and discover that if they hold hands and make a word, it comes to life. When words are magic and anything is possible, it’s an adventure, songs and games all the way!

My children love watching Alphablocks and it always keeps them entertained.  The episodes are full of brightly coloured images that are fun to watch.  With 5 yr old Miss M in her first year at school she already know her phonics but uses this as a way to practice them and says the phonic sounds as she sees them come up on the screen.  She also loves saying as many words as she can think of that start with the letter on each Alphablock as they appear.

What I like about the Alphablocks Phonics Next Steps Volume 2 DVD is that it introduces some of the harder sounds to really help children recognise all of the phonetic alphabet along with simple word formation.

Two year old Mister B loved imitating the sounds made by the Alphablocks and was encouraged by his big sister to really take in what he was seeing – a fun way of learning without realising it for younger ones.

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We really enjoyed watching Alphablocks Vol 2 DVD and would definitely recommend it!!

The DVD is out now available from all good stockists.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

A New Nephew and Fun at the Park!

Ten days ago I became an Auntie once again to a gorgeous little nephew, although due them living 125 miles away the first opportunity we have had to meet him was yesterday.  With the husband working nights this week, he was up all Friday night which meant I was left to drive (long distance driving is usually something I would avoid!!).  So with him snoozing against a pillow in the passenger seat we set off and the journey wasn’t too bad, the sun was shining and the children were amused by the various things I pointed out along the way… until we hit the M5 and hit a standstill!!  There I was in the outside lane with the handbrake on, the children starting to get fidgety, the sun was blazing through the boot which was full of the baby blue cupcakes that I had stayed up baking the night before and there was nothing I could do except crawl along the odd ten feet as and when the car in front moved.

About half an hour later we started moving again and before we knew it we arrived to meet the new member of our family.  Miss M was in awe of such a tiny baby, not really remembering how tiny Mister B was when he was first born.  She was keen for a cuddle and looked so proud to hold him.

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After lunch we all took a walk down the road to the local fete on the village common.  There was a little play park next door which immediately caught Miss M’s eye so we let them have a run around to stretch their legs before the inevitable 125 mile journey home a bit later on.

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We returned to my brother’s house for a glass of Champagne and one of my cupcakes to celebrate the birth of his new son.  It was lovely afternoon spent catching up with family, my parents had travelled there as well who I don’t see for months at a time so being altogether is one of those special moments we get to enjoy just several times throughout the year.

We decided to get on the road home before it got too late and before we’d even reached the motorway I turned around to find two sleeping little beauties exhausted from their busy day meeting their new cousin and playing with his big sister.

All in all a tiring but exciting and fun day!

 

 

The Girl with a Brave Heart – Barefoot Children’s Book Review

The Girl with a Brave Heart by Rita Jahanforuz is a hardback book from Barefoot Books that is set in Tehran.  Illustrated throughout, this is a lovely quality book with a fairly lengthy story aimed at children aged 4-10 years.  My daughter is 5 and I felt this as a lovely length to read to her but not too long that she got bored.

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If I’m really honest I’m not sure I would have given the book a second look from the front cover but I sat down with Miss M to read it one evening and I have to say I was very surprised by the story inside and how much we both enjoyed it.  It’s about a young girl Shiraz who lives with her stepmum and stepsister and is made to do all the housework.  Then one day she drops a ball of wool over the terrace into the neighbour’s garden.  After knocking on the door, an old lady asks her to do a number of jobs before returning the wool.  Shiraz sees through the old lady’s requests and does the job she feels is right rather than exactly what she asks.  As a reward for this she gets to jump in a pool that makes her look as beautiful on the outside as she feels on the inside.

Her stepsister tries for the same results without success and the moral of the story is ‘When people are sad, they do not always know how to ask for what they need’

I found this story totally enchanting and both 5yr old Miss M and myself really enjoyed it.  We have read it several times and found the storyline to be fast moving which really helped maintain interest and eagerness to find out what happened next.  With it’s traditional feel and values to be learnt, I think this is a great book for young girls to read.

We loved the storyline of The Girl with a Brave Heart and it’s a book that we’ll read again and again.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Walkers Hoops and Crosses Review‏

When I was sent the NEW Hoops and Crosses snack from Walkers to try, I knew I’d have two perfect candidates to taste test alongside me.  As soon as they hear the crunching of a biscuit or crisp packet you can be sure they will be in the room asking “Can I have some mummy?”.

The idea behind the Hoops and Crosses snack is to boost the amount of wholegrain intake to ensure children are getting a balanced diet.  The snack promises:

  • 85 calories per bag
  • Hoops and Crosses are made from wholegrains, have no artificial colours or preservatives
  • They come in three flavours – all suitable for vegetarians (prawn cocktail, roast beef, salt and vinegar)

Hoops and Crosses

The sample pack arrived tucked inside the arms of a cuddly little monkey which has become inseparable with Miss M.  So what did we think of the snack itself.  Well we loved the crunchy texture, the Roast Beef flavour was very strong but enjoyable and the novelty of having Hoops and Crosses shapes led daddy and Miss M to have a game on the table!

So on asking 5 yr old Miss M her verdict, the reply I got was “Mummy, they are very yummy” and “Can you buy some more?”.  Therefore I conclude that these are loved by children and I will now be on the lookout for them next time I visit the supermarket.

I think Walkers Hoops and Crosses are ideal for lunchboxes or snacks on the go and being a bit healthier than normal crisps are definitely something that would encourage me to buy them.

This is a sponsored post and we were paid for our opinions which are my own along with my family who helped review the product.

Chocolate cupcakes with Miss M – easy recipe using drinking chocolate

Miss M loves baking so with an excess of eggs in the house I decided to let her make some cupcakes this weekend.  We were also short on cocoa powder but having loads of drinking chocolate in the house we decided to substitute that in our recipe instead of cocoa powder.

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For 12 small cupcakes we used:

4oz self raising flour
4oz castor sugar
4oz margarine or butter
1 heaped tablespoon drinking chocolate
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of milk

Icing sugar, food colouring and decorations to finish

1. Cream margarine and sugar in a bowl
2. Add eggs slowly with flour/drinking chocolate and milk until all combined
3. Put in oven at 180 degrees for approx 20-30 mins
4. For icing mix icing sugar with boiling water and add relevant colourings.
5. Decorate to your hearts content!

Miss M loves baking and got completely stuck in mixing the ingredients, cracking the eggs and pouring in the flour.  Mister B sat on the sideline eagerly awaiting the finished result!  They had barely been out of the oven for 5 minutes when Miss M wanted to ice them but we let them cool down a little more before I made her up two bowls of icing, one pink and one blue (on her request of course!).  I gave her full creative control about the designs and left her to come up with her iced masterpieces!!

As you can see Mister B remained chilled out while his sister did all the hard work.  They both couldn’t wait to pick a cake and tuck in although poor Mister B was under strict instruction from big sister as to which cake he was allowed to choose.  These cakes did have a moist hot chocolatey taste them and my two described them as “Mmmm yummy”!!

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Cheeky Harry Loves… – A children’s book Review

Cheeky Harry Loves… is a NEW board book written for the under 5’s.  There are ten pages of really thick board pages perfect for young babies upwards.

Cheeky Harry

What I loved about the story is that it rhymes throughout making it easy to read and easy to listen to.  The simple phrases are can be related to and little ones enjoy listening.  The pictures are bright and rather cute but with enough detail that there was plenty to talk about.

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I read this book with 2yr old Mister B and he loved looking at pictures, pointing out different objects.  He love Harry in his goggles just like he wears when he goes swimming and he thought it was hilarious seeing Harry the lion dressed up as a ballerina and likened it to big sister Miss M when she doing her ballet lessons.  Being a solid board book I was happy to let Mister B look through it himself without any worries the pages would be torn.

Overall we thought Cheeky Harry Loves… was a great little book, that is fun for toddlers!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

 

 

 

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Discovery – Review & Recipe

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican festival celebrated with singing, dancing, fireworks and most importantly fantastic food.  With celebrations happening on 5th May each year across Mexico and parts of the US, Discovery foods kindly sent us a bag of Mexican culinary delights to try out and help us celebrate the occasion.  With Mexican being one of my favourite cuisines I couldn’t wait to get cooking.

Here’s what we were sent:

  • A Perfect Fajita Kit including flour tortillas, fajita seasoning and salsa
  • The *new* garlic and herb sour cream
  • A jar of Cajun Cooking Sauce

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I decided to try the Cajun cooking sauce first and being vegetarian went for some lightly roasted vegetables covered in the seasoning then added the sauce and served on a bed of wild rice.

To make this you’ll need:
1 jar of Discovery Cajun Cooking Sauce
2 Red Onions
1 large green pepper
1 large red pepper
2 courgettes
250g cooked Long grain & Wild rice
Discovery Garlic and Sour Cream to serve

1. Chop the onions, peppers and courgettes and add to a roasting tray with a drizzle of oil and place in oven for 20 mins
2. Add vegetables and spices (in top of jar) to a pan and stir through letting the spices absorb into the vegetables and then mix in the Cajun sauce
3. Serve on a bed of cooked Long grain and Wild rice and drizzle with Discovery Garlic and Sour Cream to serve

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The Discovery Garlic and Sour Cream is a NEW addition to the range and comes in a squeezy bottle.  It’s suitable for vegetarians as well as being gluten and wheat free.  The handy bottle can be stored in a fridge for up to 7 days once opened which gives you a few more days to use it than a fresh sour cream.  We found it a handy, cooling topping ideal for hot dishes and I particularly liked the added garlic and herb as opposed to plain sour cream.

Keen to try the other Discovery goodies we were sent, the next evening we decided to try the Perfect Fajita Kit which comes with flour tortillas, fajita seasoning and salsa.  To this we added Quorn pieces, red and green peppers and some salad leaves and not forgetting a drizzle of Discover Garlic and Herb sour cream to cool down the spice.

We found the spices in this the perfect heat for us and accompanied by the Garlic and Herb sour cream perfectly delicious.  A thoroughly tasty meal that we all enjoyed.

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We have really enjoyed trying the Discovery range of foods, particularly the ones we hadn’t used before.  We have had a truly Mexican week for Cinco de Mayo with several inspired meals adding in some tortilla crisps and guacamole while we were cooking! Oh and the odd glass of wine 😉

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.