LinkIt – the fun family fast paced Card Game

LinkIt is one in a series of card games aimed at ages 6+ and for between 2 and 8 players.  The fast paced games consists of a series of cards covered in pictures and you have to find a link between two of the pictures.  The unique game has been designed to help children sharpen visual perception and language skills in a fun and competitive atmosphere.

The cards in LinkIt are circular making them a bit different but user friendly and I really like the storage tin that they come in.  This is brilliant and makes it great for storage and an ideal travel game.  With two children aged 9 and 7 I couldn’t wait to have a play and see how they found it.

There are two sets of cards, orange and blue backed which need separating, the orange go in the centre of the table and the blue are dealt out between the players.  All the cards have colour images on and the idea is to find a matching image between your top card and the top card in the central deck.  As easy as it sounds, it can be tricky to find one as the images vary in size across the cards and it takes a bit of quick thinking to find a pair.

The sort of pairs you need to find are things like a baby and bottle, football and goal, camel and desert, rabbit and carrot, mouse and cheese etc.  The first couple of rounds took a little getting used to the pairs but we soon all got the hang of it and everyone was eager to find a match with their card. We found it fast paced, competitive but fun and a game the children wanted to play again and again.  Although they find it fun it really does help sharpen their perception and learn to spot things quickly and I found my 7yr was as able as the adults in this game with his eagerness to win.  Over the last few weeks we have played this multiple times and being quite a quick game, you can fit in a round anytime.

The LinkIt game is great fun, in particular my 7yr old thought it was the brilliant and is now one of his favourite games.  I love it because it’s quick, light hearted fun for all the family and being compact and in a tin makes it a top travel game – we’ll definitely be taking this on our 4 hour train trip next week!

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

Angel Delight Desserts

Angel Delight is a very familiar brand from my childhood and one that I buy today to enjoy with my children.  I find the milky dessert is very quick and easy to prepare and one that the family all enjoy and devour as soon as their bowl arrives at the table!

With an array of flavours available and ready made individual pots too, it couldn’t be an easier dessert to have either at home or on the go.

Chocolate, strawberry, butterscotch and banana – which one shall we make first?  Well I had two little helpers who couldn’t wait to get stuck in whisking the Angel Delight so they took turns at making a packet each until we had plenty of bowls of all the different flavours for people to taste and try out.  We found the packets very simple to mix up, it only takes a little whisking and then it’s ready to pour into bowls.  Leave for just a short while to set, I prefer to put in the fridge and then they are ready to eat whenever you wish.

The children wanted to decorate some pots with smarties which really brightened up the Angel Delight making them look like a proper after dinner treat that they were eager to eat.  Chocolate proved (although I think we already knew) to be the favourite flavour amongst everyone and one we regularly buy and love.  Strawberry was hit and miss, people either liked it or not but it was pleasant enough, just depends on your taste buds and if there is something more preferable available.

Butterscotch Angel Delight is a particular flavour that I remember from childhood and one we often ate back then but one that I don’t think of buying now.  Having tasted it again we discovered it is a top favourite alongside chocolate and one that appealed to my testers of all ages from 6 up to 68 so a wide range.  Definitely one to think about using in mini butterscotch trifles for a quick family dinner or party desserts.

We decided to use the banana flavour to make milkshakes and added extra milk to thin down the mixture.  Being banana flavoured and of the colour yellow it was perfect for my minion mad son to enjoy.  We did little milkshake shots for others to try and they went down well.

Overall it’s been great to experience the array of Angel Delight products available and I got positive feedback from anyone that popped in to taste some or took a little ready pot to try out.  I think the instant pots are great for kids in their pack lunches or on a picnic but we prefer to use the packet Angel Delight ones at home to whisk up a bowl of fluffy, bubbly, milky deliciousness!

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

bea Advanced Skin Care

The bea Skin Care range uses medical grade and highly potent ingredients to provide effective results.  Founded by Bianca Estelle who has experience of working with leading cosmeceutical brands throughout her career, she she decided to develop her own skincare line in conjunction with an FDA-certified laboratory in the United States.

The Argan Oil Beauty Bar is a truly amazing bar of soap that benefits aged, dry, rough and damaged skin.  It has a creamy lather and smells lovely but it’s the results it give that really are it’s selling point.  Rich in vitamin E and vital nutrients it can help rectify sun damage and lightens areas of skin affected by pigmentation such as age spots and freckles.  I found that it easily lathers up and is a pleasure to use.  Although the fragrance is delicate I really liked it.  It left my skin feeling really soft, supple and hydrated and was noticeably different normal soaps.  A top tip bea recommends is to leave the lather on your skin for 30 seconds before washing off to really giving your skin an extra moisturising boost!

The Solar Defence SPF 30 is an organic skin brightening SPF 30 sunscreen protecting the skin from harmful UV rays and treats discolouration, sun damage and hyper-pigmentation and can even decrease the signs of ageing and prevent premature ageing.  I know over the used my skin has suffered from sunburn and I’ve seen from a skin thermal imaging camera that I have a fair bit of damage under the visible layer of skin.  This is a high quality but gentle product that can be used daily under make up to protect and repair your skin.  It’s rich but non greasy and easily glides over your face.  I’ve love using this as it leaves my skin smooth, protected and ready for the day ahead.

Overall I’ve been highly impressed with the products from bea – they are premium skincare with luxury textures and proven results.

With products from bea having such amazing results they are being appreciated and recommended more widespread, most recently having their AHA Wands shortlisted in the 2017 beauty awards in association with OK and the Beauty magazine.  I haven’ t tried these myself but they sound amazing and based on my experience with other bea products I’m sure they work wonders.  If you can spare a minute or two to vote for your favourite beauty brands then click here, where you’ll see AHA Wands in the Best New Facial Skincare Treatment Product category.

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

Ravensburger Despicable Me 3 3D puzzles

Ravensburger Despicable Me 3, 3D puzzles can’t fail to be a hit with minion fans.  Not only are they puzzles, they are covered in minions and also can be used as storage containers once built!

The Despicable Me 3 Storage Box 3D Puzzle comes with 216 pieces and along with a base, top frame, tray and yellow paper inserts.  With a 7yr old minion fan and a 9yr old who loves 3D puzzles I left the two of them to get on with this.  They had a production line on the go with Miss M finding the correctly numbered pieces and Mister B piecing them together.  What I like about Ravensburger 3D  puzzles are that each piece is numbered with a little arrow alongside to show you where to place to the following piece. Within just a short amount of time the puzzles started taking shape and the children were impressed with their structures.

Once each puzzle is complete they each have a base and top frame that turns them into sturdy storage units.  A great bonus of the storage box is a tray that slides across the box and can hold little items but can easily be lifted out.

The Despicable Me 3 3D Pen pot was equally a pleasure to make and came together easily.  Once constructed there is a thin sheet of yellow card to insert inside to finish the look as well as the plastic base and top frame.  Mister B was absolutely thrilled with his pen pot and I think it looks great too!

Overall we are really impressed with both of the Despicable Me 3 3D storage puzzles.  Not only are they fun to do, they are useful and look great.  We’ve found with 3D puzzles in the past they normally stay up for a while then we have to pack them away as they take up too much room but these are fully functional and look great in Mister B’s bedroom.

These would make brilliant gifts at any time of the year but with Christmas on it’s way I’d definitely think about wrapping some of these to go under the tree!

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

 

K’NEX Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set

K’NEX Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set is a 430 piece building set including an air propelled motorised coaster car.  Aimed at ages 9+, my 9yr old couldn’t wait to get stuck in with the building and check this K’nex kit out.

The set comes with a large, colourful easy to follow instruction booklet which my daughter followed and I was keen to see how she got on alone so left her to build it herself.  The building of the set aids the growth of key developmental abilities like fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and dexterity so I prefer to give her the challenge and just assist when she asks.

She sat engrossed in the build which is always a good start showing that the toy is engaging and of the right age to build.  Miss M managed to piece this altogether practically by herself just requiring a little assistance adjusting the track on the outside to ensure the coaster car didn’t touch the inner structure.  The coaster car comes with a usb charger which I hooked up to my laptop for a short while to charge – we were then ready to see it in action.

The finished coaster stands at over 76cm tall and is quite impressive. What I like is that the structure is designed so that you can easily turn it over to stand either vertically or horizontally and once the pieces are together they stay fairly well.  My daughter started the coaster car on the track and wow – it’s incredibly speedy, shooting it’s way around the track, propelling it’s way up to the top and then flying it’s way back down.

You can see it in action in this short video clip below:

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

BioCare’s Immunity Boosting Supplements

BioCare have added some new supplements to their range to make sure that your body is prepared for the colder months and help prevent Winter colds and runny noses.  Usually probiotics have to be kept in the fridge but the new Everyday BioAcidophilus comes in a very convenient capsule form which makes it easier for people with busy lives to take.

Being great for your gut and an additional source of friendly bacteria naturally found in your digestive system, this is a great way to boost your immune system in addition to a healthy eating and balanced lifestyle.  I like the way there are 7 capsules to each strip in the box.  That way I can easily tell if I’ve had each days supplement as by taking the first one in a strip on a Monday and then you can tell which day of the week you are due to take.

In addition to the adult’s version there is a tasty children’s supplement, the Red Berry BioMelts containing a unique live bacteria with added vitamin D . The innovative product is a no mess, no fuss supplement makes giving your kid’s their daily dose of vitamins a whole more fun. The delicious berry flavoured sachet dissolves on the tongue, designed to give children the essentials they need for immunity support. I tried this with 9yr old Miss M who actually though this was quite nice and has been happily taking one each day in the morning.  I find children’s supplements can be hit and miss as to whether my children will like them and finish the packet but so far so good with this one.

Overall I’m pleased with the BioCare range of supplements keeping our immune systems boosted, they are simple to use and so far we are all feeling well and in good health!

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

Gingersnap Lightbox & Extra Letter Packs

Gingersnap lightboxes are one of the fun, new trends in interiors this year and sure to be a hit at Christmas as they would make the ideal gifts for many.  Being able to customise and change the lettering, gives them a vast array of uses, from a simple slogan or quote to a fun message for friends and family.

With various styles of Gingersnap lightboxes available I received the A4 black lightbox to check out and review along with two extra letter packs.  The lightbox is simple to use with a easy on/off switch on the side.  You do need to add either 6AA batteries or you can use an adaptor (not included).  I opted for batteries and it’s lasting well so far.  The unit has three lines which you can slot in the transparent backed letter, numbers and symbols to create your unique message or quote.  This lightbox comes with 85 black pieces to slot in and create a retro cinematic feel sign.

The extra letter packs that are available are in my opinion just brilliant!  They really add to the variations and fun of the messages and quotes that you can write adding personality and colourful fun.  I received the coloured letters, numbers and  symbols pack as well as the emoji pack which each contain 120 pieces.  I absolutely love them and there are so many that I can’t show you them all here but there really is something for everyone and every occasion.  I couldn’t wait to start using them and enjoying seeing the messages around my house.

We’ve found lots of occasions to use the lightbox so far and try to change the message every few days.  My little boy has even got stuck in and asked to put a message on the lightbox when I wasn’t looking.  He then showed me and it said ‘I love you’ followed by all the emoji’s he felt represented that – so sweet.

Overall I love the lightbox, it looks on trend and modern around the house and adds a bit of light which attracts attention to it from guests.  I love being able to change the message and can see it getting lots of use throughout the year.  If you haven’t already got one then they would be a great little purchase but with Christmas coming up they would also make great gifts so check out Gingersnap to see which is your favourite and which you might buy as gifts this year!

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

Aero Heavenly Mousse – Milk Chocolate or Salted Caramel

Aero Heavenly Mousse is exactly what is says on the pot – heavenly!  The new dessert comes in a large style pot, perfect for sharing for around three people or perhaps you’ll keep it all to yourself and spread it over a few days.  Available in Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel varieties I was more than keen to give these a try.

Both pots consist of a light, fluffy mousse topped with a generous swirl of caramel sauce and chopped nuts.  The Milk Chocolate mousse has caramel sauce with chopped hazelnuts whilst the Salted Caramel mousse has caramel sauce with chopped pecan nuts.  As you can see below they both look totally delectable.

Well it was time for the taste test and as I dug my spoon into each mousse I almost knew before I tried them that they were going to be winners.  I mean just look at the pics below, I had the whole family dribbling at the sight of these – who was going to get the first mouthful – me of course!  What I can confirm is that these didn’t disappoint, they were finished in one sitting between the four of us and everyone was eager for me to buy them again for dessert in the future.  Aero are on to a good thing here, luxury mousse desserts that are loved by the whole family –  how could you go wrong, I can definitely see these being our Saturday night treat!

Available from most leading supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and online at Ocado, with an RRP of £1.79, I’d suggest you add one or more to your trolley the next time you go shopping!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.  This is a sponsored post for Aero. 

KAYA Personalised & Hand Engraved Jewellery

KAYA jewellery is personalised and hand engraved in London to produce pieces that mean something between family or friends.  There are also lots of pieces for generations to share such as matching mother daughter jewellery such as bracelets and pendants.  Personalised jewellery for mums can hold a special birth month coloured gem of their child or names or initials.  With such a wide variety of items available there really is something special for everyone and they’d make particularly lovely gifts.

I chose the Silver Infinity Mum Bracelet to try out which comes with discs attached to the infinity sign, each engraved with your children’s initials.  Having two children, I have two discs to represent them.  I think this is a really lovely idea and is a piece I can wear everyday.  It came presented in a pretty box along with a cleaning cloth and is a generous size for my wrist.

I really like the bracelet and is something I can wear anytime.  Also every time I look down at it I have a reminder of my children by seeing their initials which I think is a  lovely touch to have on a piece of jewellery.  KAYA offers some really unusual and different pieces of personalised jewellery that you don’t see elsewhere such as the three generation sets and the mum rings are a particular favourite of mine with pretty gemstones in to reflect your children’s birth months.

With such a lot of pretty personalised jewellery available you are sure to find your favourite so I am pleased to be able to offer one lucky winner a £40 voucher to spend on jewellery at KAYA – any piece of their choice!

Just fill in the Gleam form below:

£40 KAYA jewellery voucher

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

Getting Kids to Eat More Fruit with #ChileanEasyPeelers

Although both my children are pretty good when it comes to getting their daily dose of fruit, they can be a bit fussy about taking it to school.  They like effortless things like a pot of grapes and would rather keep things like apples and oranges for at home when I can help prepare them etc.  This is where Chilean easy peelers come in as they are so simple to peel, meaning kids can do it themselves, quickly at any time.

Packed full of vitamin C and a great source of water, Chilean easy peelers are a great way to keep hydrated during the day.  Also providing a rich source of fibre, calcium and magnesium they are a nutritious snack for both children and adults to enjoy.

We tried these at home first and both my children got stuck in peeling one each and it was completely effortless and within a few minutes they both were eating their fruit.  Having a sweet, juicy taste, the segments disappeared quickly and both of them thoroughly enjoyed their snack.  With the knowledge that they were so easy to peel they were quite happy to have them in their school lunch boxes which is great as I know they are getting another one of their five a day during school hours and also it boosts their liquid intake which is important when trying to concentrate and learn new things.

Chilean easy peelers have gone down a treat with my two and will now be something I add to the weekly shopping list rather than just an occasional fruit that I buy.  It’s great that children can peel them so easily, meaning less work for me, and a juicy treat for them!

This post is an entry for the BritMums #ChileanEasyPeelers Challenge, sponsored by Chilean Citrus Committee