Sunday, 18 March 2018

When plans get cancelled, Make your own fun #OreoCookieQuest

When you make plans after having kids it seems you need to make them so far in advance that you then sometimes forget they have even been made or worse outside factors come in to ruin them! these can be things such as sickness, travel & weather!

We are taking part in the  #OreoCookieQuest Challenge! this is all about creating, capturing and sharing joyful family moments with Oreo in celebration of the Great Oreo cookie quest ( more info about the Quest can be found via the Oreo website )

This weekend we had plans to get out to our local woods for a lovely spring walk and to take part in our own  #OreoCookieQuest Challenge! Seeing as how lovely the afternoon weather had been in the week ! but then BAM! snow ( again ) BUT this doesn't mean all hope is lost !

Bodhi our six year old son loves getting out side and enjoying every moment ! so we wrapped up warm and played out in the snow in our little garden. We played cops and robbers and then i was mummy polar bear and Bodhi was my Cub. We played until our hands went numb and i could no longer feel my face!

The best part of staying at home is you never have to worry about a parking space or the price of the refreshments ! I came inside to make us both a hot chocolate to warm us back up, x2 Oreos are the perfect treat to enjoy with a hot chocolate. It really is all about spending time together as a family. 

You can pick up the promotional packs in store now with these packs Oreo fans will also have the chance to win a once in a life time trip to California, wouldn't that be an amazing holiday and definitely one that you would make life long memories on.

Oreos are a fun and taste occasional treat that the whole family can enjoy in our house we all love the mint cream flavours and we are looking forward to trying out new and wild flavours when we visit Florida later on this year.

This is an entry for BritMums #OreoCookieQuest , Sponsored by Oreo

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Mother's day 2018 few ideas to keep mum happy

Mothers day can be a really hard day if you ask me.... as a mum myself i wonder what i will receive from my child ( He is six now so lucky i know he will atlas make a card at school ) as the husbands point of view is " well your not my mum are you? " no I'm not ..... but do you think our six year old will hop on the bus into town to pick me up a gift on his own??? so this year i put out a very vague request to PR companies asking if they had any products that they thought mums would like to receive this year for a mothers day gift,

1st bath products 

 you can't go wrong with something that smells nice and also gift it with the promise of a child free evening to enjoy said products? BLISS !! I was very kindly sent a bottle of Lavender pure castile liquid soap by Dr Bronner's the sent of this filled the whole house and left me feeling so relaxed, perfect for any stressed mum who has problems switching off in the evenings, comes in a range of scents and bottles sizes this size has a RRP of £7.69 a little goes a very long way tho , so i can see this bottle lasting me a while. 

2nd crafts 

I am a huge lover of crafts, i enjoying making and doing. these kits from The Makery are a great way to try something new without a huge outlay of cost, they have a range of kits to chose from my personal favourite has to be the purse kit , This has a RRP of £14.95 , I was also sent the letter embroidery hoop kit and the felt cuckoo clock craft kit these can both be found on the same website, I am looking forward to spending a afternoon with my mum making these crafts together.

3rd Gin

Now I'm not a big drinker but i know a lot of mums that enjoy a drink or two at the weekends, This Gin is amazing its  orange marmalade flavour and comes in a 70l bottle RRP is £23.95 , The Gin comes from the small Welsh village of Abergwyngregyn ( try saying that after you've had a few drinks! with a Celtic design on the orange bottle and it bold orange colour is a stand out from the crowd drink in style and taste. The drink uses the citrus flavours to offset the juniper, this leaves a balanced taste of sweet and bitter orange flavours, The drink has a warming aftertaste, And i was pleased that it was still clear in colour ( like all good Gin should be ) 

4th Self care

 I am a strong believer in self care and i have been enjoying relaxing after a bath with my new Gel gloves and socks on These are from JML and can be ordered online for £14.99 simply pop on the gloves and socks sit back and relax and after 15/20 minutes  of use you will feel softer , smother skin they also smell lovely thanks to being Infused with Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil and lavender. these would be a perfect gift for any mum, as who doesn't want softer skin ? I just wish these came in a less female colour as i know my dad would love to try these out for the hard skin on his feet!! ( I'm sure he wouldn't be too put off by the pink tho ) 

5th Gardening 

I enjoy spending time in our little garden but i would hate for this lovely William Morris hand trowel to get muddy, So i think it will be given light duties very much looking forward to warmer days to enjoy a cup of tea sitting out enjoying the outside space. 

6th plants

I love to have flowers in the house, But i find giving them as a gift can be very costly for something that just doesn't last. I would much rather gift or be gifted a plant, This houseplant ( azalea ) that comes with a ceramic pot is a steal at £9.99 from Dobbies garden centre they have a huge range to suit all tastes and budgets this would also be an idea for those who no longer have their mums to celebrate mother's day with, Either to place on a resting place or to keep in own sight to remember them by. 

7th homemade 

In my opinion homemade is the best way to go for mothers day, Bodhi came home from school on Friday with this beautiful drawing of me and daffodil plant, Now I'm not suggesting that i myself will be copying this idea for my mum or my mother in-law but from a young child i do think homemade/handmade is best. 

But please Bodhi ..... let mummy sleep past 8am .... okay?? 

** all items have been gifted to myself to be included within this mothers day blog post ** 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

ZAK STORM! Hover craft, coins and app review

My son Bodhi is now six years old he is at that real see it want it age ( great isn't it ) so when the chance came along to review the new toy range from Zak storm i could hardly turn it down now could i ? 

So who is Zak storm? 

Zak is a teenage boy who steals his Dad’s necklace and gets sucked into The Seven Seas of the Bemuda Triangle during a surfing competition, The stolen necklace Zak has stolen, is actually the mythic eye of The Sea of Beru! Zak ends up as captain of a ship called The Chaos, and, along with a band of misfits, and a talking sword called Calabrass, he travels across The Seven Seas trying to find his way home!

Hover Vehicle £14.99 ( smythstoys )
Speed into high-flying action with Zak and his racing-red Hover Vehicle, which features a cool missile launcher for lots of battling play! The vehicle includes a Zak action figure and a collectibles treasure coin. Just scan the code into the free down loadable Zak Storm Super Pirate app to receive digital rewards — such as weapons, powers, worlds, and health that help you progress.

Zak storm collectible coins 4 pack £4.99 ( smythstoys ) 

You’ll find lots of hidden surprises inside this colourful 4-pack of collectibles treasure coins. Each coin features a unique QR code that you scan into the Zak Storm Super Pirate app to reveal digital rewards, including weapons, powers, and health. The more coins you collect, the more loot you get! 

So not only can you free play with the toys ( other play sets available online ) you can play online via the free app and you can watch the cartoons ( we watch on pop channel ) Bodhi really enjoyed scanning the QR codes from the coins and finding out what digital reward to would get. Him and his dad have taken to playing the game together ( i think this is partly to do with it being loaded on daddy's phone) but its nice to see them both enjoying the game. Its free to download.

I wish more cartoons had toys and apps that linked back into the TV show, I can't say i fully understand the workings of my six year old but i know when he is happy and bless him he is most happy when he is playing , having phone time or control of the TV remote so i would say that Zak storm has ticked all of these boxes, my favourite part? definitely when we cuddle up together to watch a episode of zak storm on TV just being bedtime.

( Items have been gifted to Bodhi in exchange for our views and review of the products) 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Christmas gift guide for Dad's , Christmas gift ideas 2017

Christmas is coming guys and if like me you find buying for your other half  really hard, then this is the gift guide for you. I have put together 6 items that i feel any Boyfriend/husband/dad / brother or any other male in your life would love to find under the tree with their name on  Christmas day. All of these items have  been very kindly to gifted to me in exchange for inclusion within my Dad gift guide but all views are my own. 

When i think of the Brand Zippo i think of lighters , I never knew that they also made a huge range of other items and accessories Such as the sunglasses and flask shown above, they also make clothing ( hats/ belts/ Tees ) wallets and of course lighters. They are a household name and a product that is made with care and only the best quality items you can find more and buy direct from the website the flask shown is £16.75 and would be the perfect gift paired with a bottle of something ! 

if you have a football fan in on your list to buy for this year ? well art of football is an amazing idea with a range of clothing for football, rugby and boxing fans.  Art of Football create hand crafted designs try to emulate the energy, passion and euphoria that erupts from that one magical kick of a football. They only produce a limited number of each design, so your t-shirts & prints, like any good piece of art, are exclusive and completely original.Every order comes gift wrapped and in a hand painted box. i was very pleased to find our local team and Hubby's team of choice Luton town within the range the sizes go up too XXL and are £25 when you click on your team you will see a few different designs. The t-shirt is very soft and the print is very well printed i have high hopes that it will wash well and i am sure he will get lots of compliments when he is next at a luton match ( Come on you Hatters!! ) 

Who wouldn't want to crack on with some cleaning using a scrub daddy these funny looking little sponges really at the nuts! they are £3.49 each but really are worth the money, I have been using the lemon fresh one in our bathroom and it cleans so well ! he can even go in the dishwasher to keep him super clean and last even longer. I will definitely carry on buying scrub daddy products makes doing the daily house work a little less rubbish and a lovely little stocking filler / table gift for the man in your life and perfect for doing the washing up come Christmas day! ( just add a pair of rubber gloves ) 

This beautiful insulated bottle is made by klean kanteen and is a 20oz steel bottle with a bamboo swing cap, stainless steel inside and out with double-wall vacuum-insulated which will keep drinks cold 24 hours or iced 40 hours. My husband is a keen outdoors kind of guy so i know he will be a hit for him when he is out all day in the warmer months. This would be great for anyone to take out for sports/walking and family days out to keeping your drinks cold, With the size i would say its also great for sharing with others they do also come in other sizes and styles and colours. It isn't advised to store hot drinks in the flask due to the bamboo lid. 

Top Trumps! perfect for anyone anytime anyplace! Top trumps also made it into my children stocking filler i love them that much , Its the perfect on the go game for holidays and travel. This is the retro Horror set and i love the art work and the whole feel of the set you can buy them online via amazon for the bargain price of £5.99 this would be a great game to play as a family while Christmas dinner cooks or later on in the day once the children ( and maybe the grown ups ) have fallen asleep. 

You can't go wrong with shaving items, and Gillette is another house hold name and a brand to trust. Hubby already uses Gillette so i knew i was onto a winner with the Gillette fusion proglide can be brought online via amazon or boots RRP is £12 noticeably smooth skin with a single stroke, even over contours. because this razor combines the best Gillette blades with Flex-Ball technology allowing the razor to pivot in multiple directions for maximum contact so there's fewer missed hairs on your loved ones face! Best used along side Gillette's gels or foams.

  • Precision Trimmer on the back for accurate edging
  • Enhanced Lubastrip for a smooth glide
  • Blade stabiliser helps maintain precise blade shape and
  • Blade suspension system for an optimal comfort
  • Snowplow comfort guard to help clear away excess shave prep
  • Gillette’s best shave great even on sensitive skin

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Stocking filler , christmas gift guide ideas for children 2017

Christmas is coming guys and if like me you find buying for your children's stocking really hard, then this is the gift guide for you. I have put together 8 items that i feel any child would love to find left in their Christmas stocking All of these items have  been very kindly to gifted to me in exchange for inclusion within my Child gift guide but all views are my own. 

Now a toothbrush and matching toothpaste might not seem like the most exciting of stocking fillers , But when you add children's cartoon images such as these minions then they become a much more fun and still practical item, You can find these items on boots online website and also in store, the RRP is £7 for the electric toothbrush and the 50ml toothpaste is only £1 ! Electric toothbrushes are the way forward to tooth hygiene, Its recommend changing your toothbrush about every three months, This can change with children tho so always keep an eye of the condition of the brush. 

A clothing item is always a hit in a stocking, But don't feel you need to stick with the norm socks and pants! these Band tee-shirts are one of a kind and can be found online via sum of my experiences family based from east Sussex the idea of the brand came from making own Christmas gifts one year, They are printed from photos that they have taken from gig that they have personally attended. we went for Guns N’ Roses tee shirt with a photograph of Slash in infamous top hat and guitar was taken at Guns N’ Roses Not in This Lifetime gig at London Stadium on Friday 16th June 2017. £19.99 from ages 2-13 years old and matching in adults tee for £25.99 

no stocking would be complete with out a good book, The idea behind wonderbly is to take your child's name and place them within the book, So with this classic tale of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka's chocolate factory it isn't Charley that visits the factory but your child ! I know Bodhi will love this (Who wouldn't ?) Prices start from £19.99 for soft cover and £25.99 for the hard cover. You could win a Wonderbly book of your own a Rafflecopter giveaway  

This gift could also double up as the stocking/santa sack, its so big ! it would be perfect for either toy storage or for a washing basket in your child's room you can find them on aplaceforeverything in the clearance for only £7 the website is full of items that would suit the whole family, The cowboy print reminds me of cath kidson great fit for any child's bedroom and not something that will be out grown in a few months like most phases children seem to have. 

I love Sugru my dad always raves about it I can't wait to see what Bodhi creates with it, it is aimed at 8+ so i will supervise him with it Not only is this stuff kid-safe, it’s also virtually kid-proof. Sugru is the only mouldable glue on the planet that sticks to almost anything - including wood, ceramics, metal, glass, plaster, stone, most plastics and some fabrics. It even sticks to things that bend because the glue itself​ ​becomes​ ​flexible​ ​once​ ​it​ ​has​ ​cured. The website sugru has so many ideas for how the product can be used. 

TOP TRUMPS is the classic card game that has gifted to kids big and small since the 1970’s, now it's going back to its roots with a retro sets, remaking six Top Trumps classics, We went for Horror as Bodhi loves all things dark and a little weird! We have had hours of fun playing this game after dinner, Its the size of the game i love , Pop it in your bag then if your waiting at the doctors or visiting family you've always got a game to play, Bodhi is nearly 6 so having to read and use his number is also a great learning side to the game. Buy online via amazon RRP per set is £4.99 others from the retro set include cars / fantasy and football its a hard choice to make! 

      Moving away from the classic chocolate coins ? why not pop a packet of Jelly belly in your child's stocking this Christmas these 60g packs come in either batman or wonder woman , jelly bean flavours in the DC Super Hero Mix: shimmering versions of Berry Blue, Blueberry, Cream Soda, Sour Lemon, Very Cherry and Wild Blackberry you can buy online and pick from the DC range of items jellybelly the 60g packet is only £2.15 or you could pick up a x3 bundle of superman , batman and wonder woman in a smaller 28g packs for £2.88 

The last item would be a great way to spend Christmas afternoon once all the turkey has been eaten and you just need to chill out aimed at ages 4+ and for 2-4 players this really is a family game. The aim of the game is to collect x5 creatures you do this in a race to find the creatures shown on the cards on the puzzle board before the other players, the nice thing is as the board is made as a puzzle you can't cheat and remember from the last time you played. I am looking forward to playing this game with my family on Christmas day. You can pick it up on amazon for £19.99

Thank you for reading my children's stocking filler gift guide i hope it has given you a few ideas? 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Fentimans Ginger beer ! put some fire in your belly this winter

 In our house we love anything Ginger so i just knew we would all enjoy trying out the Ginger beers made by the lovely people at fentimans , We braved the cold and to watch the fire works. I sometimes find that ginger beer can be a little too fiery but this blend is spot on ( we did add some extra lemonade to his ) 

Available in 275ml, 750ml, 4 x 275ml
A traditional brewed Ginger Beer with a complex taste. Made using the finest natural ginger root. Fiery and full of flavour.
Pour over ice into a tall glass and garnish with two wedges of lime, Or you can enjoy hot with my recipe 
It’s the perfect time to mix your very own hot toddy at home. A run-of-the-mill hot toddy is generally just a mix of hot water, lemon and whiskey.  this hot toddy adds warm Fentimanns ginger beer to the mix in a bid to cure all that ails you.
First, drop a teaspoon of honey in the bottom of your glass and then add a squeeze of fresh lemon. Next, pour in a nip of your favourite whiskey. ( or leave it out if like me and you don't drink )  Add in some grated fresh ginger to an extra kick. Finally heat up some Fentimans Ginger beer on the stove and pour into your glass. Garnish with lemon and enjoy in front of the fire, on the sofa with the tv on or if your feeling brave enjoy your hot toddy out in the cold !!

Fentimans can be brought in most supermarkets now and i will definitely be stocking up this winter.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Christmas gift guide for Mum , Christmas gift ideas 2017

Christmas is coming guys and if like me you find buying for your mum or any female in your life really hard, then this is the gift guide for you. I have put together 8 items that i feel any mum or female friend or family member would love to find under the Christmas tree this year. All of these items have very kindly in gifted to me in exchange for inclusion within my mum gift guide but all views are my own. 

Olverum is a unique and highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, I love having baths, its the mum version of a night out right? and an Olverum bath is a very a effective way to naturally relieve  stress and help you achieve a great nights' sleep. It is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles, is the perfect soothing antidote to a cold or flu. All with a gorgeously aromatic unisex scent, I have really enjoyed using this in my bath and having some me time. olverum 125ml ( x25 baths ) £29.00 

You can't go wrong with a mug at Chrismas time right ? This mug is a real stunner , White bone china mug. Screen-printed and decorated in the UK. Hand wash only. Suitable for use in a microwave and fully personalised mclaggan  sell a huge range of personalised and none personalised items, This mug will be for my use only unless i made friends with another Jess maybe? perfect gift for someone who works in a shared office maybe ? £14.50 for the mug with your chose of personalised words. 

Buying underwear for any female can be a little hit or miss, so shop with care i love the range from taylor and rani being a smaller chested momma i don't often treat myself to nice pretty undies , this set is one of many from the range, they also come in other cuts to fit all body types, they are really well made, super soft and comfy the knickers are £6.50 and the crop top is £19.50 these also stock a range of cute message cards for £2.70 

Who doesn't need a 2018 diary ! I love putting pen to paper and making lists and notes, This beautifully made diary can be found online with a RRP of only £10.99 The A5 week-to-view diary has lots of writing space, a column for children’s activities and seasonal recipes and family tips throughout the year.Plus, you will find schedules to plan your children's activities through the school year, essential children's contacts, calendars, planners, thoughts/plans and gift records and lots more. A must-have for any busy mum, the Mum’s Luxury Diary has everything you need to organise 

Chocolates are a sure fire hit with anyone right? These ones from lilyobriens are really really good and such good value , range of flavours and box sizes a great add on gift or if you stuck on what to buy for someone, I have ordered two more boxes of the desserts collection for my sons teachers only 2 for £15 via the website or £10 each, also can be brought in most supermarkets. my personal favourite has to be the key limey pie and raspberry infusion. 

Fabric storage bags are a god send in a busy family home, many uses from washing basket, toy storage  car boot bag or just a bag for putting "stuff" in to move from one room to another! ( cause lets face it we all have stuff that just doesn't have a home ) aplaceforeverything sells a huge range of house items and something to suit all tastes, These fabric bags sell for £7 very well made and a great size. 

Derwent Wooden Box watercolour pencils the boxes come with 24 pencils in a range of colours and are also Available in coloursoftinktenseand procolour. these items are a top end product and the £59.99 does reflect this i would be over the moon to find these wrapped up under my tree ( and lucky me i will ! ) I have a BA in fine art and i find colouring a great way to relax and unwind with so many colouring books on the market now , your spoilt for choice. 

What woman wouldn't pop a candle onto her Christmas gift wish list? These candles not only look amazing but all three of them smell lovely and our linked to the poems within the books "letters to the lady" written by george lamptey , He came up with the idea of the dream relax evening maybe in the bath with the salted Carmel candle burning while reading the other poems, The candles are £25 and the book is £10 would be lovely wrapped up in a little hamper with a bottle of wine and some bubble baths 

Thank you once again to all of the brands for gifting me these lovely items, I really am such a lucky girl and yes i will be wrapping these up and putting them under my tree! with a few of the items being gifted to my mum and other female family members. Happy christmas 2017 everyone