Soreen Winter Spice Festive Fruit Loaf

Soreen have come up with an ultra tasty limited edition of their traditional malt loaf with a festive twist.  The Soreen Winter Spice Festive Fruit Loaf contains raisins, currants, cherries, a hint of citrus and warming winter spices.

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It’s utterly delicious and everyone I’ve offered a slice too totally agrees.  It smells Christmassy, it’s moist, rich and just so tasty it’s hard to stop at one slice.  I’m happy eating it on it’s own, but you can add some butter on top or how about lightly toasting it for a warm Winter snack and if you really want to be indulgent then heat it up and add some cream or brandy butter on top.

Overall this limited edition Soreen Winter Spice loaf hits all the right buttons for me and is a complete winner in my household!  If you haven’t tried it yet, head down to the shops and buy some because this isn’t to be missed.  A great treat for the festive season packed full of taste, flavour and squidgy goodness!

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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WILF Books Subscription – Review & Win

WILF Books are a monthly subscription service which sends children a box of books (minimum of three) to enjoy, love and encourage their reading skills with.  The box can be tailored to your child’s age and tastes, so if there are any themes they don’t like you can excluded them.  The books can be fiction or non-fiction and are uniquely chosen for each child.

wp_20161124_12_36_42_pro The books come well presented and individually wrapped up with a cute note and sticker.  This all adds to the excitement when the child opens it up and they are eager to see what books are inside.  Also included is a freepost envelope where you can return any books that have been read or any from your child’s own collection that they no longer want.  As long as they are in good condition they will be recycled in other boxes so that more children can get enjoyment from them. The more you do this, the more likely that extra books will be included in your future boxes.

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We received three books all well suited to my 8yr old Miss M:

  • Atticus Claw Goes Ashore – Jennifer Gray
  • Darcy Burdock – Laura Dockrill
  • Gilbert the Great – Jane Clarke & Charles Fuge

Miss M was happy with all of her books and soon got down to reading them at bedtime.  They are all books she could enjoy and read at her leisure and she really enjoyed receiving the bundle of books. The idea of a subscription is a great idea for a gift for a child and something they can look forward to each month.

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For one lucky reader I can offer a one month subscription box from WILF Books, just fill in the Gleam form below:

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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.

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Finding Dory – Book of the Film

Disney Pixar Finding Dory Book of the Film from Parragon books tells the sequel story to the Finding Nemo film that was a big hit a few years ago.  We haven’t seen the film Finding Dory but the children were exciting to receive the book and get reading.  My 8yr old read it herself over a a couple of weeks and really enjoyed it.  She then passed it to her younger brother age 6 who was really keen to listen to the story and we happily read him a couple of chapters each night before bed.

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Forgetful Dory is very happy living in the ocean with her friends, Marlin and Nemo. But one day, memories of her long-lost parents come flooding back to her. With the help of old friends and new, including Hank the septopus, can Dory finally discover her past?

The story follows Dory on her adventures where she meets old friends such as Destiny the whale who recognises her and helps tell her about her past.  She finds many friendly faces along the way in this exciting adventure.

In the centre of the book are 8 full colour picture pages which really help bring the story to life.  Mister B, my 6 year old really enjoyed looking at these to remind him what the characters looked like and retell the story in his own words.  The chapters are short meaning you can easily pick the book up and just read a few pages or a few chapters if you have more time.

wp_20161221_15_09_57_proBoth children have enjoyed the story and found it fun to read and listen to.  For any fans of the Finding Nemo or Finding Dory films then this is the perfect book to keep them entertained and read about all the fishy friends having fun together.

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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Festive Ice Cubes with Filtered Water from Brita

At Christmas time it’s nice to present food and drink a little differently, a bit pretty with a festive touch, so I’ve been preparing some festive themed ice cubes ready for my guests to enjoy in their drinks on the big day.  Using filtered water from my Brita Marella Silver Jug I was already feeling the festive spirit and couldn’t wait to get started.

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For Christmas inspiration I purchased some blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and rosemary to give that festive zing!  I started by setting up my beautifully festive and pretty Brita Marella jug with it’s filter and water and putting this in the fridge to chill.  The glittery silver design on top is particularly pretty and brings a sparkle to my fridge and adds a shine at Xmas.

britaI then added various berries, herbs and filtered water to my ice cube trays and tried to choose trays with appropriate shapes for the festive season such as stars and long oblong shapes that would sit prettily in glasses.  What I love about these is that they are so versatile and you can use them in plain water, lemonade or cocktails.  The choice is yours.  I added a drop of orange juice to some of the star cubes for added flavour but love that all the ingredients add both flavour, texture and a really attractive addition to your Christmas drink!

brita-3 Using water is so simple but adds an interesting touch to drinks at Christmas and is something that all your guests will love.  With the water being filtered you know it has a better flavour and your ice cubes will melt perfectly into the drink.wp_20161211_16_37_13_pro

We’ve enjoyed using Brita filtered water to create our festive ice cubes and can’t wait to share them with guests over the festive season.  Why not try some too, it’ll add a bit of fun and fruity delight to drinks that guests will love!

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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Real Construction Toys

Real Construction from Jakks toys gives kids a fantastic insight into woodwork, but in a child friendly way using foam pieces to replicate the wood and plastic tools that won’t harm or cut you in any way.  You can build anything you like, but there are a number of ideas included with more detailed instructions available online.

wp_20161120_14_30_09_pro-2The kits contain everything you need to get started and we tried out both the starter set and the larger deluxe kit.  We had a variety of tools, different screws/nails and a selection of foam shapes to use.  We found it definitely worth using the instructions online so found it best to have a tablet in front of us with these on to guide us through.

wp_20161120_14_35_04_pro-2Both of my children were very eager to try this out.  They had seen in advertised on tv and always love to do things that make them feel grown up.   Tools in hand they couldn’t wait to get started and granddad who loves his woodwork gave them a helping hand.  I have to say though that to construct a design as per the instructions then children will almost certainly require an adults assistance.  We found cutting the foam to maximise the amount of pieces you could cut out of each sheet was a little tricky and we had to make sure the children didn’t saw through sheets without pre planning what they were going to make and where they needed to cut. real-construction-2 That said, they were so keen to create something that they were happy to listen to our guidelines and learn the best way to do things.  Mister B wanted to make the speedboat that appeared with instructions in the Beano magazine, whilst Miss M was keen to make a sailing boat as one of her current favourite hobbies is sailing!real-construction-3The children loved making their various boats and the sets really do give them an insight into the basics of woodwork, the action of using the tools etc.  There are endless possibilities with what you can make and the material itself is easy to work with, it’s just following set instructions that is tricky for younger ones.   wp_20161120_15_29_01_pro-2My children are both proud of what they have made and their boats take pride of place on their shelves in each of their bedrooms. wp_20161120_15_54_56_pro-2Real Construction kits are a great chance to try out your potential woodworking skills and a child friendly craft that’s safe 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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Vosene Kids Haircare

My kids are at the stage where they like to try and wash their own hair in the shower now, although do need a bit of encouragement and the Vosene kids range is one that always keeps them happy and they love to use it.  They have a good variety of fruity fragrances and the kids loved the trolls on the recent packaging!

wp_20161207_14_53_44_proMiss M adores strawberries so was drawn to the 2 in 1 Shampoo with super strawberry fragrance.  It was so easy to use and left her hair clean and soft with a bit of added shine.

Mister B liked using the green bottle which was the 2 in 1 Shampoo with a fresh melon scent, his favourite fruit is currently melons so it was rather apt and again this left his hair clean and soft.

I really like the Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 Shampoo and tried it out on the children a couple of times.  The fragrance is great and the results are good.  All in all the fruity combinations are a winner for children and 2 in 1 formulas are definitely the way to go for ease and speed, less messing about and the results are good.

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The 3 in 1 Shampoo is also really great to use for my children during term time at school as it contains natural lice repellents such as tea tree oil and lemon eucalyptus oil.  It lathers up well and leaves hair soft although my children aren’t as keen on the fragrance as the fruity shampoos but when the head lice letter comes through from school as it frequently does, then I try to get them to use this for the next week to ensure they don’t catch lice whilst it’s spreading around the classroom.

To go alongside this is the Conditioning Defence Spray which has a clinically proven formula to prevent lice as well as detangling and smoothing properties.  I also try to squirt this onto the kids heads after washing to ensure they stay lice free.  It’s so simple to use and worth it, compared to the rather unpleasant and time consuming task of removing lice from your child’s head (and I should know having had to deal with it several times over the last few years!).

Overall we are very happy with the Vosene Kids range, love using it and the kids love the fragrances.  I’m pleased with the cleanliness and softness of the hair so it’s a win all round!

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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Christmas Crafts with Baker Ross

Christmas decorations made by the children are so lovely to see and they love making them, so what could be easier than some cute little festive kits from Baker Ross.   They have some really lovely ones to try out this year and my two children have spent the last week or so beavering away after school getting them ready to hang throughout the house.  With everything from scratch art, sewing, sticking and colouring available they really do get to try out different skills and produce some beautiful, fun pieces.

wp_20161126_10_28_58_pro-1Eager to start making decorations the children have been busy creating, loving every minute of putting these simple to use kits together.  The scratch art caught both their eyes and they were engrossed in scratching the black overlay to reveal rainbow colours underneath.

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The results of the scratch art are incredibly effective and we have these pinned up on our kitchen wall to brighten it up over the festive season.

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Miss enjoyed making the padded reindeers and I was really pleased at how she just got on with the sewing herself.  All I had to do was tie knot in the end of the wool for her.  I think these look absolutely fabulous and are decorations that we will treasure for many years bringing them out again as they look so cute and effective!

6tag_051216-200956The Santa and Elf foam sticky packs are really simple to assemble and kept the children occupied for ages creating all different combinations of glasses, hats, gloves etc. on the character templates.  Again they look fabulous and I can’t wait to string them along my front room to add to the festive feel!

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Again, more successful crafting with Baker Ross, the kids love the kits, they are minimal mess and the results are incredibly fantastic.  I know our house will look bright, colourful and festive this year!  Why don’t you get your kids crafting with Baker Ross kits for the festive season?

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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Duck Tape Wreath

Duck Tape is so versatile and over the last few years we’ve tried several craft projects with it.  This year we were given the opportunity to create a Christmas wreath using Duck Tape and I knew my 8yr old would be up for the challenge of helping me out, so last weekend we got stuck in and spent an afternoon with a table of Duck Tape.
wp_20161126_10_34_08_pro We were provided with a polystyrene wreath and the relevant colour Duck Tapes and couldn’t wait to get started. We had to cut just over sixty 6 inch strips of green tape which we folded and fringed with the scissors.  This was Miss M’s job whilst I stuck the strips around the wreath.  We used a whole roll of green tape up but fortunately I had a little green left on a roll in the garage so we were able to continue. duck-tape-wreath

I then made a large red bow and cut out some red berries and gold glittery stars.  I have to say we are really impressed with the finished result and think it looks fabulous up on the wall.  I’m going to hang it on my inner door for the festive season so all our visitors get to see and admire our lovely creation.  Duck Tape projects always seem to be a talking point with others and they are intrigued at all the wonderful things you can make with it.
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We loved working with the tape as it’s strong and durable and I hope we can pack this Duck Tape wreath away after the festive season and bring it out again for many years yet.  I’m sure Miss M will love looking back in a few years at the great wreath that she helped to create.  Why don’t you try making a Duck Tape wreath to hang on a door in your home this festive season?

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

Jord Wood Watches Review & $75 Giveaway

Jord wood watches are simply stunning and even more so in real life than the pictures show.  I have to say I’m extremely impressed with the watch I received to try out.  With the straps of Jord watches being made of wood, you wouldn’t know from a first glance but when you do they are in fact quite fascinating to look at and feel.

wp_20161110_11_06_08_proThe Jord Dover men’s watch comes beautifully presented in a box made of wood.  Also supplied are spare links and a cleaning cloth to ensure your watch fits perfectly and is kept in tip top condition.jord-2

The box is great quality, the perfect place to store your watch.  The lid is magnetic and there is a pull out drawer at the bottom.

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The men’s watch itself is amazing.  As I said the pictures just don’t do it justice and in real life it is really beautiful.  Made with ebony wood and copper ring inside the face, this is fresh, modern, stylish and a timepiece that people will admire.  What I also love is that the back is glass so you can see through to the mechanism inside.

jord-3Jord watches are of premium quality and really look and feel amazing.  There are various models to choose from in a range of colours of wood in both male, female and unisex styles.
wp_20161110_11_08_58_pro If you are looking for a gift for anyone then, Jord is definitely a brand worth considering for a unique watch that is completely different and something that people will love and admire!jord-4

Your chance to WIN!

If you are interested in the Jord brand, then take this opportunity to enter to win a $75 voucher to spend on Jord watches which is valid until 31/03/2017.  Also all entrants will receive a $20 e-gift card so take the chance to win by clicking HERE now!  Ends on 18/12/2016

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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. This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches

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Yvolution Y Flyer Scooter – Review

When the Yvolution Y Flyer Scooter dropped on our doorstep there has been nothing but excitement and eagerness to get outside in the cold breeze and ride away like it’s second nature, not that the Y Flyer is your regular scooter.  Far from it, this is a beast of a scooter, it is huge but fair enough as it’s aimed at 7-12 year olds and just looking at it you can see it’s substantial, well built and durable.

yvolution-y-flyer-scooterThe scooter comes boxed and requires minimal assembly to put it together, which took only 5 minutes to do. It is then ready to use and the handle can be folded down for storage purposes.

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It was then time to give it a try.  It works with a unique forward propelling motion that is operated by pushing the foot plates up and down.  It has a chain which I was quite surprised by and a handbrake making it easy to stop as you can pick up some speed with the Y Flyer. The scooter has a steel frame that is quite heavy but that does make it sturdy. It does take a bit of getting used to as it’s different, but my soon to be 9yr old took to it straightaway.  She’s very sporty and loves being outdoors so this was a good challenge for her to try out but one that she loved and enjoyed.
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So what did we think?

Well I can only say that we loved it because we did.  It is amazing, a head turner, incredibly well built and something Miss M absolutely adored and has had a lot of fun with.  It’s great for exercise as it makes you work, but the feeling of ‘flying’ down the road is exhilarating and worth the effort.  Whilst out and about in our local streets trying out the scooter, we did get a lot of admirers and people were intrigued as to what Miss M was riding – the Y Flyer from Yvolution will certainly get you noticed and why not?  It’s a clever, unique and different way to travel that we’d throughly recommend!

Here is a short clip of Miss M in action on the Yvolution Y Flyer scooter:

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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