Support your Immune System this Winter with Redoxon

Keeping your body healthy and your immune system in good working order is really important over the Winter months to help prevent nasty coughs and colds.  My family have been trying out Redoxon over the last few weeks, a range of multi vitamins taken daily to give your immune system the boost it needs over the coldest time of the year.

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Redoxon comes in three varieties:

  • Redoxon Immune Support Everyday
  • Redoxon Triple Action Effervescent
  • Redoxon Triple Action Gummies

Both adult variants come as effervescent tablets that simply dissolve in a glass of water to produce an easy to drink orange flavoured vitamin drink. The Immune Support Everyday is a general multivitamin providing day to day support for your immune system. Triple Action gives you a high boost of vitamins C, D and zinc which helps you to feel more energised.

The Triple Action Gummies are suitable from age 4 and are again vitamins C, D and zinc but at a suitable dose for young ones.  They come in yellow, orange and red shaped chewy drops, each flavoured with either orange, strawberry or papaya flavours.  I have to say that children’s vitamins are always a bit hit and miss for us, but I can safely say they’ve been a hit with my 8yr old daughter and because she enjoys them, takes them regularly each day without any complaints.  My 6yr old wouldn’t try them but I’m not worried as he eats such a multitude of fruit each evening!

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My husband and I have been drinking the effervescent versions of Redoxon daily and are more than happy with the flavour and ease of use.  We are all feeling pretty good at the moment and haven’t encounted any Winter bugs or colds yet so that’s a good sign.  And with the cold dark nights drawing in, there’s nothing better than snuggling up in the evening in some woolly socks and a large mug of hot chocolate – here’s to a happy, healthy Christmas!

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

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SteryDry Shoe and Boot Steriliser and Dryer

Ever find after washing a pair of trainers that they take ages to dry?  Well SteryDry UK have come up with the answer in the form of SteryDry a unique shoe sterilising and drying product.  For me this is an answer that I have been looking for, with a sport loving daughter who’s trainers are constantly in the wash.  Throughout the Summer months it’s not so bad but in this colder weather I’m having damp shoes hanging around for 4 or 5 days before they are fit to wear again.

wp_20161028_14_42_44_proThe SteryDry consists of one unit which requires minor assembly on arrival.  It plugs in and is ready to go straight away with it’s preset programme which can be overidden for extra wet shoes.  What I really like is that you just put the shoes on and it starts, no messing around with controls and settings, just hang the shoes over the holders and off it goes with it’s infrared sensors.  This makes it ideal for my daughter to put her shoes on herself and get them drying as soon as possible.  It has a small screen which counts down the minutes left which is great to know when they’ll be dry and then it automatically stops.

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What is brilliant about this gadget is it not only dries your shoes but sterilising them leaving them fresh and odour free.  It works by cleverly converting oxygen into ozone which circulates throughout the shoes killing all the fungi and bacteria along the way. How cool is that?

My daughter plays rugby twice a week so comes home with wet muddy boots, so we give them a quick wash and pop them on the SteryDry and within 30 minutes we have fresh, dry boots.  I tend to wash her trainers every few weeks as she soon builds up the mud after playing in the park and running around at weekends.  This gadget has been a godsend and makes life so much easier.  Shoes are dried and back on the shoe rack that evening, essential when things like rugby boots are needed again within the next day or two.  With two children and a husband who also wears rugby boots weekly whilst training, and cycles to work daily, so can often comes home with wet cycling shoes when it’s raining, the SteryDry will prove particularly valuable to our family home.

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It retails at £69.99 which isn’t cheap but it’s a unique product that makes our life easier.  With it getting regular use in our household which I imagine will be more over the next few years, then this is worthwhile.  I’m aiming for a tidier more organised household and this helps as I’m fed up of damp shoes lying on the drying rack in the kitchen all the time.  If you have a household that regularly finds itself with wet shoes then it is worth checking out SteryDry, it’s been brilliant for us and I can’t fault it.  The only thing I would say is it’s not the most compact of items but I’ve found a home for it under the stairs so it’s easy to pull in and out the several times a week that we use it, a small price to pay for the benefits we’ve gained from it.

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I must also mention SteryDry’s sister company Hospitality Quality who have a fun range of stocking filler items such as keyrings, magnets and handbag mirrors.  Available from their website or Amazon, they come with fun slogans with something to suit everyone.

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I particularly like these handbag mirrors presented in an organza bag.  I have just the friend who would love this Marilyn Monroe mirror and I think the prosecco magnet has my name all over it!stery-dry-mirrorA fun selection of stocking fillers for friends and family!

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

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Bellz Magnetic Pickup Game

Bellz is a fun magnetic pick up game from Spin Master that all the family can join in with and is also great to take away with you as it comes with it’s own handy travel pouch that stores all the pieces and doubles up as the game board.  Aimed at ages 6+, my 8 and 6yr olds were keen to give it a try!

The game comprises of the following parts:

  • A zip up travel pouch/game board
  • A double ended magnet

Lots of colourful bells in various sizes and 4 colours

bellzThe idea of the came is to collect all of the bells in one colour.  The colour you collect is determined by the first colour you pick up that no one else is already collecting.  The magnetic wand is used to pick up the bells and has a bigger stronger magnet at one end and a less powerful one on the smaller end. It’s up to you which end you choose but we found the big end really strong so tended to play with the smaller side.

You can pick up as many bells as you want in each turn, as long as they are all of the same colour otherwise play passes to the next person.  With the strength of the magnet you can make a chain of bells which adds to the excitement.

bellz-2My children loved this game, the jingle of the bells kept them excited and the thrill of what they could collect on the magnet.  It is tricky, not as easy as it looks at all, but we did have our own rules to simplify it a little.  For such a simple game, it has been played many times over the last few weeks and it’s always lovely to see both concentration and smiles on their faces. I also love the travel pouch, a round neoprene zip up case that holds all of the bells and magnetic wand so the game is completely self contained. bellz-3 A fun family game that everyone can enjoy and is great to take on holidays, weekends away for a bit of healthy competition and fun!

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

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Instant Whites 7 Day Teeth Whitening System

With Christmas approaching and lots of social events on the way, it’s a good time to think about your teeth.  Looking white and sparkly helps you feel more confident and gives you a great smile so I’ve been checking out Instant Whites, a 7 day at home whitening system that is simple and quick to use.  It can boost your teeth by upto 9 shades but this obviously depends on the current state of your teeth before you start.

wp_20161119_09_27_53_proThe kit contains 7 liquid filled peroxide free swabs, contained in a plastic case.  To use them you simply remove a swab and push the stick together to release the liquid into the top half which then oozes out of the swab.  Then rub gently across the teeth that you wish to whiten for between 10-20 seconds per tooth.  This is really easy to do and there is no bitter taste or any unpleasantness.

instant-whitesSo what did I think?

Well I have fairly light teeth anyway, although yellower than I would personally like so I was interested to see if this would make a difference as it was such a gentle treatment. When you rub the wand across your teeth there is a very slight abrasive feeling to it, which I guess scrubs away any stain and marks.  I would definitely say my teeth look fresher, brighter and more healthy.  Maybe a shade or two whiter as well.  It’s definitely given them a boost ahead of the festive season which always makes it easier to give a confidence smile as I’m sure there’ll be lots of photos taken in the upcoming weeks!

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Available from various retailers the Instant Whites – 7 Day Whitening System costs £30 and is a great way to give your teeth a brighter, sparkling shine!

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

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Magic Dip Design Art Centre

The Magic Dip Design Studio from Character Toys is aimed at ages 8+ and allows children to be creative and cleverly marbleise any object or material of their choosing.  The set allows children to choose their own colours and create a unique design every time before easily clearing the ink away and starting again.

wp_20161119_10_54_11_proThe set contains:

  • 1 Design Art Station
  • 6 colour paint bottles
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • Glossy spray
  • Glitter
  • Stirrers
  • A pair of tweezers
  • A glove
  • A7 greeting cards
  • A5 greetings cards
  • Gems
  • Glitter
  • String

It’s quite a simple concept although is quite tricky to get right and you have to work quickly hence the age guide.  The art station is simple to assemble and set up and makes a nice working area to keep your tools on and work from .  To start you need to fill one of the bowls with water.  It is then as simple as squirting drops of coloured ink onto the water, we found 2 or 3 colours worked best and then using the stirrer to swirl the inks together to make a pattern.

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We started by dipping large simple items such as the bracelet and headband.  My 8yr old daughter enjoyed this and soon got the hang of it.  The dyes sit on the surface of the water so as you dip an item in, the dye lifts like a skin and wraps itself around the object.  Any surplus dye left on the water can easily be removed with the stirrer tool afterwards and the water is ready to add another set of coloured dyes to.

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Miss M then tried some trickier smaller beads which she had to be careful holding with the tweezers.  These actually worked really well and she made a really pretty bracelet when they were dry using the string included in the set.
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Miss M tried various combinations of colours and dipped different objects included in the set such as a picture frame and some birthday cards and gift labels.  Although these were essentially cardboard, they did have a shiny surface and were completely able to be dipped briefly into the water to get a coating of the coloured dyes.magic-dip-dye-5

One thing you do have to do is make sure you work quite quickly as the dyes dry so you need to know what colours and item you are dipping before you start.  Also when you dip the object you need to give it one dip and out otherwise you will ruin the pattern.  It is quite simple though and once you’ve had a couple of goes, you’ll know exactly what you are doing.magic-dip-dye-6 I think the finished results look really effective, better than we expected when we first started. The set includes some gems and glitter to jazz up your items and make them even prettier.magic-dip-dye-7 We were quite impressed with the results we got on some of the gift labels above, particularly the brightly coloured one.wp_20161120_13_02_33_pro A great selection of handmade goodies that you can keep yourself or give away as gifts.  You can also use any objects of your own to dip and make other tie dyed items.  There is plenty of dye included in the set and we only used a small amount to do the above objects so the craft set can be used several times over with other objects. wp_20161120_13_54_39_pro

Here is Miss M showing off her headband and bangle.  She really enjoyed the Magic Dip Design Studio and was definitely the right age for it.   For any young craft fans out there, this is fun and a little different – a great one for Christmas lists!

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

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WIN a Nick Jr Goody Bag and the Carol-oke Competition

Send in your fa-la-la-las for a chance to star on Nick Jr.!

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Upload a video of your little ones singing Deck the Halls and fill out the entry form for a chance to appear on TV. Plus tune into Nick Jr. for snowy adventures every day from 8am.  Entries to be received between 21/11/2016 and 09/12/16. 5 winners will be selected every week.

To enter Carol-oke just click the image below or head down further to win a goody bag!

mpu-for-mums-2The winning entries will then be shown throughout November and December with the first Carol-oke will broadcast on Monday 28th November on Nick Jr.  There will be one Carol-oke per week, featuring five kids

 Competition entry reminder

  •    Videos must be more than 10 seconds and under 30 seconds.
  •    No branding – including toys and clothes
  •    Only one child per video
  •    No background music

An Extra Chance To Win

To celebrate the start of Carol-oke I have a Nick Jr. goody bag to giveaway to one lucky reader.  You can win everything shown below including My Nick Jr. Crayon set, My Nick Jr. colouring Book, Nick Jr. umbrella, Nick Jr. Ready steady dough set and a Nick Jr. Bag. 
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Simply fill in the Gleam form below:

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Embryolisse Radiant Eye Beauty Cooling Stick

Embryolisse is a French brand that started back in 1950 specialising in skincare that is approved by dermatologists and professional make up artists alike and over the years a whole range of skin care products has been produced.  Today I am sharing with you the Embryolisse Radiant Eye Beauty Cooling Stick, a premium quality stick that’s simple to use and helps to enhance the area around the eyes.

wp_20161022_15_26_51_proThe eye stick comes in a chubby, durable tube that simply twists up to use.  The aim is to brighten and awaken the eye area both on the top lid and below the eye, along with reducing puffiness, dark circles and heavy lids.  With a powerful punch of ingredients including a complex synergy of sugar derivatives, aloe vera and Vitamin PP, this treatment is designed to give desirably visible results instantly.

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I couldn’t wait to the product out and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  As you sweep it under your eye, it simply glides across your skin with an ultra cool and fresh feeling, much stronger than you’d imagine from such a small stick that is kept in normal conditions.  For an even bigger boost you can keep it refrigerated which I can only imagine feels amazing particularly in the Summer months or after a heavy night out!

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I absolutely love the feeling the Embryolisse Radiant Eye Beauty Cooling Stick felt across my eye area.  So refreshing and awakening it left my eye area looking instantly radiant, removing all my dark circles.  It is non greasy and feels really light, perfect to use in the mornings before applying make up.  It definitely gives you a great boost especially on these cold Winter mornings, a great pick me up for you eyes – why not try it out for yourself?

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

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WIN Milkshake! Fabulous Friends DVD

My children have loved Channel 5’s Milkshake over the years with lots of their favourite characters appearing in shows, so I’m delighted to tell you about the new DVD release from Abbey Home Media. With 2 hours of entertainment your children will be kept occupied with long time favourites Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine and many more!

milkshakeFeaturing in this new collection are:

Peppa Pig – In ‘The New Car’, Peppa’s family car breaks down. While it is being mended, they borrow a shiny new one from Grandad Dog’s garage.

Thomas & Friends – In ‘The Thomas Way’, Harold the Helicopter breaks down, so Thomas and Duck take him to Sodor Search and Rescue for repair. Thomas wants to show them the sights but Duck isn’t keen. They need to learn to work together.

Pip Ahoy! – In ‘ Alan Loses His Bounce’, Alan starts the day full of music and bounce, until Norman the Snail tells him that bouncing is silly. Pip and Alba organise a surprise to cheer him up and get his bounce back.

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – In ‘Books’, Queen Thistle reads the children a story which inspires a question. They can’t find the answer in the magic books in the castle, so go to the Wise Old Elf in the Great Elf Library.

Fireman Sam – In ‘Jupiter on the Loose’, the Pontypandy Pioneers visit the fire station, and Norman ends up accidentally driving Jupiter through Pontypandy. Sam races to the rescue!

Lily’s Driftwood Bay – In ‘Stop That Pudding’, Lily puts her newly discovered set of measuring spoons to good use when Nonna takes a tumble and needs a rest, leaving Salty to step in and cook an important pudding.

Bananas In Pyjamas – In ‘Power Cut’, Morgan accidentally causes mayhem in Cuddlestown when he plugs in too many lights and speakers in preparation for Camembert’s birthday party.

Little Princess – In ‘I Want My Treehouse’ Little Princess builds a treehouse, then discovers Algie and Maid are also building one in the tree next door! Soon they are in competition to see who can build the best one.

Bob the Builder – In ‘Lofty Lets Loose’, Bob and his team are building a new giraffe enclosure at the zoo, but Lofty’s excitement about meeting his favourite animal gets the better of him.

Wanda and the Alien – In ‘Starfish’, Wanda and friends help a hermit crab to find his starfish friend who was swept out to sea, aided by a giant whale and some important fish.

Toot the Tiny Tugboat – In ‘Toot’s Funny Side’, Toot arranges a funny No Talent Show to help Paula the Trawler overcome her embarrassment when she makes a mistake.

Toby’s Travelling Circus – In ‘Ribbons and Strings’, Toby is inspired to create a ribbon-and-strings act in the show after witnessing the havoc caused by Momo and Freddo earlier with a yo-yo.

Wissper – In ‘The Slow Slow Loris’ Sonia the slow loris asks Wissper to help her speed up as the chattering monkeys keep taking all the best fruit first.  Wissper decides to  enlist the help of Monty the meercat.

Paw PatrolIn ‘Pup Pup Boogie’, Ryder, Chase and Rubble use their dance moves to help repair the tracks before the next train arrives.

For your chance to win a copy of the new DVD, just enter the Gleam form below:

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Air Wars Battle Drones – Review

Air Wars Battle Drones from MGA Entertainment are an exciting pair of durable drones aimed at ages 8+, that are ready to battle it out between each other.  With two drones and two remote controls in the box, it’s perfect for a bit of healthy competition with friends and family or you can just practice with one of the drones yourself as they do take a while to get used to and be able to control successfully.

wp_20161016_11_36_52_proThere is one red and one grey drone in the box, the same with the controllers.  These have to be paired up together and we tended to pair matching colours to help us know who had which one.   The remote controls require 3AAA batteries each which are included.  The drones have a rechargeable pack in them that is simply charged through a micro usb cable.

dronesEach drone has 4 propellers and the set also comes with 8 spares.  There are also 10 weapons in various shapes that you can hook on to the edge to help destroy your opponents drone whilst having a battle.  These are simple to hook on the edges and help to bring the other one down.  The remote control is simple to use with three speed settings and four preset buttons to carry out various attacks with just one press of the button.

  • Tornado Attack
  • 360 Spin Attack
  • Circle Attack
  • Ram Attack

These help you to carry out a special move quickly and easily.  You then have regular controls to move around.  It definitely takes a bit of getting used to and I’d recommend you start on the slowest setting until you get used to controlling them.  The more you try, the easier it is and as you get the hang of how sensitive it is they become more manageable.

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So what did we think of the Air Wars Battle Drones?

They were incredibly fun and exciting for all the family.  We had all ages in the room from 5 to 68 and everyone was eagerly watching the drones zoom around the room, wondering where they would go next and if they’d get into battle with each other.  The atmosphere was great and everyone’s eyes where glued to the drones at all times.  My almost 9yr old daughter enjoyed controlling them along with various adults.  This is a fabulous toy set although does require space so a large room or outdoors is best.  I think these would make an awesome Christmas present and provide hours of fun for everyone.  They are quick to set up and don’t take long to charge so the battle can commence almost straight away.  Why not check them out now?

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

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Get Organised with Storalex Garage Shelving from Tufferman

Having moved to a new house earlier this year with a garage, who’d of thought we could practically fill it with belongings that lived inside our house mainly in under stair cupboards previously.  We came from a large Edwardian terrace with only a courtyard garden so never had a shed or garage so the luxury of having a garage now has been bliss.  Only how are we to store everything easily so that it’s accessible and easy to find.  The answer has been with a fabulous range of Storalex Shelving bays from Tufferman.

tuffermanI left the husband to build the shelves whilst I was at work and apparently they are simple to assemble, didn’t take to long and something he was quite able to do on his own.  The shelves are of a great quality, they look good and seem very strong and durable, just what we need.

tufferman-2What we really like is the versatility with them, you can choose the height of each shelf so can have them equally spread or some smaller and some wider apart.

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Also rather than just having a tall shelving unit, you can split the shelves into two seperate pieces to create a workbench scenario.  My husband wanted the workbench so we created an L-shaped area in the centre of the other two shelves to use to work on.  We’ve also attached some boards to the wall which we’ll attach tools onto.

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We’ve managed to make a huge difference to our garage storage which was just piles of boxes across the floor.  It’s become an organised place with easy access to what you need.  The shelving looks great and matches which helps the space look tidier.

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With durable, hard wearing shelving like Storalex from Tuffermans you can’t go wrong.  It’s definitely worth checking out if you are looking for garage storage solutions.

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

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