WIN a Teletubbies Big Hugs CD

Having two children who enjoyed the Teletubbies phenomena as toddlers a few years ago it’s amazing to see that 20 years from it’s beginning the Teletubbies are still going strong.  This week they have released a catchy new album called Big Hugs packed full of new songs from the current series of the iconic show alongside a selection of children’s classics with a Tubby twist.

Music and dance are integral to Teletubbies, so it’s a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary with a brand new album for young ones to sing and dance along with. Big Hugs will be available from HMV, Amazon.co.uk, iTunes and select other locations.   Tracks will also be available to download individually, with the title track “Big Hugs” available digitally on September 29th and can be streamed on Spotify.

The full track listing is:
 

  • Teletubbies Theme
  • Big Hugs
  • Tubby Car Song
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • Tubby Packing Dance
  • Tiddlytubbies Songtime
  • Bottom Bump Song
  • Tubby Phone Dance
  • Tiddlytubbies Playtime
  • Four Little Monkeys
  • Puddle Dance
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • Party Dance
  • The Custard Ride
  • Stomp Dance
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Five in the Bed
  • Tiddlytubbies Sleepybyes

A great gift of stocking filler, this CD is sure to be a hit with little ones so if you’d like to win a copy of the CD Big Hugs for either your child or a child you know then just enter via the Gleam form below:

Big Hugs CD

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

Bouquets for All Occasions by Prestige Flowers

Flowers from Prestige Flowers are a great gift that can be given for any occasion whether it be birthdays, to say thank, get well soon, sympathy or Christmas time.  As you can see there’s a multitude of opportunities to gift with flowers. Most people enjoy receiving them and at Prestige Flowers you can choose from a standard bouquet or upgrade to medium or large at an extra £5 and £10 respectively.

I received a Niagra bouquet which came well packed in a pretty box along with a glass vase (which can be added as an extra to any delivery).  The vase is a great shape to hold the perfect bouquet making it simple for me to transfer the flowers from the tied bouquet into the vase.

For me the flowers were a great colour combination for my tastes, large cream roses accented by purple freesias, irises and thistles although I wasn’t so keen on the daisies and thought it looked more elegant without so I kept those in a separate vase of water.

Once on display I really had time to enjoy the flowers and thought the cream roses opened out beautifully and looked stunning.  The irises were also quite amazing to look at, not a flower I normally receive in a bouquet, but I’m really glad I experienced them and their beauty.  The freesias opened up after a few days which added to the colour but lets not forget the thistles which gave it an added interest.  I did get several compliments from visitors to my house as they took in the beauty of these flowers that took pride of place in the centre of my kitchen table.

Don’t forget to check out Prestige Flowers next time you are ordering a bouquet, with the festive season on it’s way they have some rather gorgeous looking Christmas offerings, in particular the Monet Snow Scene which has caught my eye!

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

 

Songmics Toy Storage and Bookshelves Unit

Songmics have done it again with this fabulous value for money children’s storage unit.  If you are looking for something that doesn’t cost the earth, but looks stylish and holds lots of your child’s books and boxes for toy storage then check out this multipurpose colourful unit.

The unit comes flat packed but I found it very simple to build on my own and did it fairly quickly.  It’s quite light to carry empty and does have supports to attach to the wall should you feel you want to use them.  The colourful toy storage boxes are sturdy and strong and ideal for my 6yr old’s endless little bitty toys that he loves to collect and he can remove a box when he wants and just put it back over the bars when he’s finished.

The book holder is useful and I love the way all the books face you so that the child an select a book by glancing at the front cover easily.  I try and change the books around every few weeks with others so that he constantly gets different ones to look at and choose for bedtime reading. Overall I’m thrilled with this storage idea and it has proved a hit with my boy, he loves seeing all his things and has easy access to them to play with or put back when it’s ‘tidy up’ time.

With this being such a useful, great piece, I’m giving you the chance to win one for yourself – exactly as you see in the picture below.  If you’d like to win then scroll down and fill in the gleam form to get your entries in.

Songmics toy and bookshelf storage

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

Play Fun Speedy Doc Game

Play Fun Speedy Doc is a family friendly game aimed at ages 8+ with quick paced rounds of questions where you all have to think of answers until someone duplicates or can’t think of one.  The Doc himself runs the games and controls who starts, how much time you have and how many ‘zeros’ the loser of each round should take.

The game required no setting up other than batteries being inserted and the ‘zero’ cards being pushed out of the perforated card.  I love that there is a handy storage space in the back of Speedy Doc to keep them safe and use as required during play.  There is a simple on/off switch on the back of the doc and then he is ready to go.  You don’t really need to read the instructions other than how to get him to repeat something or pause the game as he guides you through and takes control of the game.

To control Speedy Doc you press lightly on his head, so to start a game someone presses his head and then he starts the first round.  He will tell you which player should start by saying something like ‘the player with the longest hair’ and tell you whether to continue left or right.  He’ll then ask a question such as ‘name a sport you can play at school’ or ‘name countries beginning with B’ and then you go round giving your answer.  After you speak you need to press the doc’s head and then it’s the next player but beware, if you take too long to give your answer, he will time you out and that will be the end of the round.  He’ll then tell you how many ‘zeroes’ to take before proceeding with the next round.  After several rounds he’ll declare the end of the game and the person with the least zeroes is the winner!

To keep things interesting Speedy Doc with make random changes in the game such as switching the order of the players or telling the player who just got a ‘zero’ to give it to another player.  We found the game fast paced and fun, with lots of silly answers coming out as we tried to think of ideas for the answers.  You can tell the doc if someone duplicates or says a wrong answer and he’ll end that round.  Being suitable for ages 8+ is probably right as younger ones aren’t able to think of enough answers to keep up, although my almost 7yr old joined in and we let him off for some of his answers to involve him in the game.  My 9yr old enjoyed it though (well maybe not when she got a zero) but it does bring out the competitive side in people but also gets you using your brain and thinking of things to answer the question. We enjoyed it and think it’ll be a great game to bring out on Saturday nights and at Christmas when we can have lots of family fun!

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

Decluttering and Making Money from eBay

Most people find they need a good clear out every few months but what do you do with it all?  I tend to take some items to the local charity shop and try my hand at selling things locally but it is a limited market and can take some time to sell so I decided to dip my toes into the world of selling on eBay.  I’ve bought many things from eBay over the years, just never been on the selling side, so I was keen to see if it was a simple and easy process.

eBay gives you the chance to earn some money to fund new things you want to buy or do but also allows you to get rid of stuff you no longer need, giving things a new lease of life with someone else.  Knowing I have many items that are fairly new but just no longer fit or aren’t being used, I knew eBay would be a way for me to declutter my life a little.

Accessible either on the website or via an App, you can set up your sales posts quickly and efficiently, in fact I found it much easier than initially expected and it would certainly encourage me to try selling more things in the future. The listing process is 4 simple steps, although the more information you provide, the more helpful it is to the potential buyer:

*Snap it* – Treat the pic of your item like a selfie. Have good lighting and make sure you take several shots

*Write it* – Use keywords to write a description of your item that is interesting, informative, and of course, honest!

*Price it* – Have you got a price in mind? Choose buy it now. If not, have fun with it and see what you can make with an auction style sale

*Post it* – Want them to come to you? Choose local pick up. Happy to post it? Then do exactly that

Within a few minutes I had a couple of items up for sale, and was eager to see if they would actually sell or not.  At the end of my 10 day auctions I was pleased to see that both had sold!

Within 48 hours both buyers had paid and I took their items to be posted.  Overall it was a really simple process that I’m happy with and would do again.  The items both sold quickly which I guess helps by being available to such a wide audience and that isn’t something I’m able to achieve anywhere else.  I’ll definitely be decluttering a little bit more and seeing if I can add some more pennies via eBay to my Christmas present buying fund over the next few months!

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. [I have received a voucher as a token of thanks for this post].

Get Kids Reading with Roald Dahl Books at McDonald’s

With Roald Dahl being a much loved children’s author and one of the world’s greatest storytellers, it is only fitting that his books are part of McDonald’s Happy Meals for the next few weeks.  This project comes as part of McDonald’s #HappyReaders initiative, which aims to increase book ownership amongst children and encourage both parents and children to find the joy in reading!

This exclusive series of books which has been available since 13th September (Roald Dahl Day) and will be inside Happy Meals for 5 weeks from then.  The series features his fantastical characters from three of his best loved stories, Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Each book features an extract from the original story, along with Quentin Blake’s iconic illustrations, activities, stickers and a bookmark that can be popped out from the back to help kids keep their place in the book.

Featuring some of the best loved characters over the years, the titles available are:

  • Roald Dahl’s Wonderful Mr Willy Wonka
  • Roald Dahl’s Lucky Charlie Bucket
  • Roald Dahl’s Mischievous Chocolate Factory Children
  • Roald Dahl’s Amazing Matilda
  • Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Miss Honey
  • Roald Dahl’s Rotsome Giants
  • Roald Dahl’s Brave Little Sophie
  • Roald Dahl’s Fantabulous BFG

It’s really important to read with children, whether it’s you reading aloud to them, or them reading to you.  It could even be that you take turns which is what I often do with my 6yr old to maintain his enthusiasm and keep him going through the book.  It’s also a great time to bond together and you’ll find you end up talking about what’s going on, discuss pictures in the book and actually have a lot of fun

Here are 6 top tips for reading with children:

  1. Bring the story to life by using different voices for the characters. Try out a     pompous tone for Augustus, or a high, whiny voice for Veruca.
  2. Make your child the author! Stop at exciting moments in the story and ask your child to invent what happens next.
  3. Make reading with your child a special time for you both every day.
  4. Children of all ages love to hear stories read aloud.
  5. Don’t stop reading to your children just because they can read by themselves.
  6. Let your child help choose the books that you’ll read together. If your child is excited by the subject, the story will hold their interest better.

My children have really enjoyed reading these #HappyReaders books and love the little press out book mark to keep their page when putting the book down.  Being fairly small they are not daunting and encourage children to want to read them.  We share reading the stories to give them some practice but to also let them sit back and relax whilst I read.

You can see Peter Andre launching the books in the Happy Meals at McDonald’s here:

If you haven’t already, take your children to McDonald’s so they can enjoy one of these fun books to enhance and encourage their reading!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of McDonald’s.

Ecover Laundry Detergent for all the Family

Ecover Non-Bio Concentrated Laundry Detergent has a gentle formula for sensitive skin but is also tough on stains so I was pleased to be able to try it out with the whole family’s washing.  My 6yr old boy has always suffered with sensitive skin and finds everything itchy making it hard for us to find clothes he will wear without complaining. He won’t go near jeans and every label has to be cut out of pants, t-shirts etc. so it’s important that I also use a gentle detergent on his washing and to make life easier, ideally use the same product on the whole family so that I can just add mixed loads to the washing machine but get clean, fresh, stain free results.

My typical laundry routine consists of sorting the lights from the darks and washing those separately, two to three loads of each across the week for the whole family.  On top of that I have towel and bedding washes so being a busy working mum I need to be organised and just be able to throw a bundle of clothes into the wash between school runs, work and other activities and be sure that it comes out clean and be fit for everyone to wear.

Therefore I look for a cleaning product with a gentle formula to protect my little boy’s delicate skin and prevent any itching.  I also need something to remove stains – my daughter plays football so you can imagine the mud!  I also want a product that leaves clothes and bedding smelling fresh and clean as for me that’s what I want my items to be like so I need a good all rounder that suits all the family which is where Ecover comes in.

For me, there’s nothing better than getting into a fresh, clean duvet at night time.  The freshly washed covers always seem so much more welcoming and I was pleasantly surprised with the fresh scent from Ecover.   A combination of Lavender &  Sandalwood provides a really unisex freshness, not too floral but a very clean smell.  As for the cleanliness of our clothes and bedding, I had no need to worry.  Although Ecover non-bio comes across as gentle and suitable for sensitive skin, it really is packed with hard working cleaning agents that do their job well.  Our clothes all came out super clean, fresh smelling and super soft.  My little boy had no complaints with his skin at all and from past experience I’ve found non-bio detergents are always better for him, it’s just a case of finding ones that perform well with a pleasant fragrance that doesn’t overpower and that’s exactly what Ecover does!

I’d definitely use Ecover Non-Bio Concentrated Laundry Detergent again as it’s proved to me the formula works in all areas and is suitable for the whole family which for our busy lifestyle is exactly what we need!

This post is an entry for BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge, sponsored by Ecover