Sunday, 17 December 2017

Make Christmas Easy With One4all Gift Card

One4all Gift Card is a leading multi-store gift card  which can be spent in over 50,000 retailers nationwide. The cards can be used online as well as in lots of shops too. Instead of carrying cash around with you while shopping a quick and easy card, which you can swipe and carry on to the next shop. 

To mark three new retailers joining the One4all Gift Card scheme- Clarks, Carphone Warehouse and Laithwaite’s, One4all have created a blogger challenge for me to host an event with items all purchased with a One4all Gift Card. Exciting!

So Christmas Eve, I’m hosting a little family get together. I probably will stock up on wines and spirits with a little help from Laithwaite’s. With a few nibbles and festive decorations from Marks & Spencer. I’m also going to be making a hamper for my mom with a few bits in which I pick up. I will be updating with my purchases and what I think about using the One4all gift card when I’m out and about in town.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Baylis & Harding At Christmas.

Who isn’t a fan of the fabulous Baylis & Harding. I’m always happy to grab a set of my favourite brand. I often buy set for my friends for Christmas, not only are they amazing gift sets they also come in amazing packing too. With Baylis and Harding there is something for everyone within everyone’s budget. Little stocking fillers start from £4. Plus they cater for everyone with different gift sets with different products in and not your standard body wash and lotion. I’ve had many sets that have had slippers, hot water bottle covers and even a dressing gown if you wanted to spend a little bit more. I love all the extra baskets and tins that you can reuse too, filling them up with little bathroom bits too. 

Another great lot of scents this year and I’m always amazed how they bring out bigger and better stuff than the year before.

Mini gold bath set - Sweet mandarin & grapefruit shower creme and body butter. Perfect for a little stocking filler or secret Santa for someone this year for Christmas. 

Luxury hamper - La Maison creme brûlée & cocoa. Comes in a lovely lined wicker basket. Inside is Body butter, body polisher & body cleanser. You could even add a few more items in to this, to make it an even bigger present for a loved one. 

Carnival treats - This fantastic duo set comes in super large sizes. The sweet caramel popcorn body butter is 250ml & candy apple body wash is 300ml. 

Midnight fig and pomegranate balancing body wash. This comes in jumbo size at 500ml. I love getting different body wash at Christmas as it seems all the fantastic scents come out and this is amazing. It was the first thing I opened and something that would be perfect on my Christmas list.

The winter spice and berries candle is really unique. I love the pretty print on the front and the gold lid Christmas tree. The scent is very Christmas with the winter spice scent. The scent is really nice and isn’t overly strong and overpowering. Even if you didn’t want to burn the candle it would make a lovely decoration for Christmas. 

We normally buy Baylis & Harding handwash as I love how soft it makes your hands after. This Gold, frankincense and myrrh luxury hand wash p, definitely fills you will Christmas spirt and I loved the festive picture on the bottle too. 

Baylis and Harding sport wash bag with hair & body wash and aftershave balm. This is going to be a fab little stocking filler for my dad. A mini washbag with hair and body wash and an aftershave balm. 

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Kawaii Box Review & Win Your Own Box.

We have been spoilt again with another Kawaii Box this month and I know Lexie absolutely loves to get these in the post. Lexie adores anything that is cute, fluffy or cuddly and I say this every time that I really should start a Kawaii Box Subscription for her. 

If you aren't familiar with Kawaii Box  it is a monthly subscription box with 8-10 hand picked Kawaii items. Every month they send you a box filled with a carefully selected mix of unique Japanese and Korean Kawaii cute products. Everything from Japanese candy to stationery, beauty items and plushies. The cost is $18.90 with free shipping, which works out around £12.60 GBP. ( You can save money if you buy the 6/12 months subscriptions too) I actually think the price for this box is extremely cheap and free shipping is always a bonus as it comes all the way from Singapore. 

First out the box was the Techi Techi Gomarachi Plush, Lexie has been calling this a Cat Mermaid but I think it’s actually a seal. Lexie has hundreds of plushies but there is always room for more, she is a proper teddy fan so this is definitely her favourite item from the box.

Kanahei Soft String bag Is a perfect item to keep all your Kawaii stuff together. It would be perfect to use as a traveling bag, make up bag or even to put items together for the gym as a wash bag.

The Gudetama and Twinkle Jewel Seal Deco Stickers are great, who doesn’t love a sticker. Lexie wants to use the jewel stickers to cover a jewellery box that she painted, so we will be doing that in a few weeks. Gudetama is new to us and we have never seen him before but he is an egg and a lazy one at that. On this Stickers he looks like he celebrating a birthday.

Rain Boot Ink Pen With Can You keep a secret written on the side. A perfect cute stationery item for an Kawaii fan.

Kasugai Chibi Vege Ramune Candies. Which are little coloured hard candy, but as soon as they hit your mouth they melt away. 

Let’s go mini notebook. Small enough to fit in your bag, but has loads of pages inside. With a cute little design on the front. 

Last out of the box was the Harajuku Food Hair clips. Lexie is always I need for hair clips for school so these are perfect  and utterly cute too. 

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Ready Brek & Despicable Me 3

We are been very lucky to be able to indulge in some warm breakfast the past few weeks curtsey of Ready Brek.  Ready Brek is a great way to start the day in a healthy  way and provides a nutritional morning meal for the whole family., giving long lasting energy to the kids at school when they need it the most. I add the milk to the Ready Brek then microwave for an quick and easy warm breakfast. 

Adding some fruit or some choc shot. The possibilities are endless with different things to add to the base of your Ready Brek to give it a bigger boost of filling power. 

Even my autistic son has been enjoying Ready Brek in the morning, he generally hates porridge I think due to the texture as Ready Brek is smooth he has enjoyed it more and loved adding the fruit along to it. 

Ready Brek now comes in flavours flavours original, chocolate, honey or seriously oatey. From the 18/09/17 till the 14/01/18 look out for promotional Despicable Me packs that you can win prizes every hour with a special unique code printed on the inside. To celebrate the release of Despicable Me 3 dvd, which includes an all new mini movie. 

Check out the Mineez Minion collectors tin with two special figures inside and a cool tin to keep them in from Moose Toys. Pop open the tin to find 2 hidden Mineez inside, open the blind bags to see who you have. There's over 75 to collect! Included in the tin is an exclusive Clive The Robot we also received Tiki Trash Can too. Perfect to start off our Mineez collection, look out for the golden Minions and the Ultra rare Unigoat. 

Friday, 10 November 2017

JoJo Bodacious Bow & Singing Microphone Review.

We received some fantastic JoJo items from Flair . Lexie is crazy about JoJo and some of the items from the new range she has absolutely loved including the bow maker, she has been making bows for all her friends. 

The new Bodacious bows are the normal oversized bows with a twist they have there own coloured hair extension clipped already in to the bow. The bows come in different colours (pink, blue & yellow) and patterns ( each sold separately). Lexie loved her new bow and she’s worn it to school a few days this week and she’s had so many compliments on it.

RRP - £14.99 

We also received the singing microphone. The JoJo Singing flashing light up microphone is fantastic for singing along to your favourite hits. The microphone features three different modes and the flashing lights will entertain you. Press the button to hear JoJo sing her hit Boomerang and her favourite phases. 

The microphone features the huge JoJo bow and had a sparkle effect. It’s MP3 compatible so you can plug it in and sing along to your favourite songs. 
Lexie has had so much fun singing and dancing around in her bedroom, she’s she rocking the place out. 

RRP - £14.99

All items you can buy in Smyths stores.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

If I Knew You Were Coming Baking Subscription Review

This year I really wanted to get the kids back in the kitchen baking, it been something I’ve wanted to do for ages and I’ve just never find the time. We never have the right ingredients in or something is always missing. 

If I Knew You Were Coming sent us some lovely baking kits to get us started in the kitchen. They primarily started selling their baking kits and subscription gifts online. However, due to growing demand for their products, combined with the surge in popularity for baking as a result of programmes such as the Great British Bake Off, their products are now stocked in a number of shops around Cumbria.

A three month subscription kit will cost you £17.99 and has everything you need to carry on with the baking activity even down to the greaseproof paper. Perishable items such as eggs and butter aren’t included. 

The recipe cards are great for inspiration, and they tell you step by step and what else you may need for the activity. The kids absolutely loved both kids they did one each and it was so easy and hassle free. The products all all measured out for you to add and it was a delight getting back in to the kitchen with both of them. 

Online products from If I Knew You Were Coming include their incredibly popular baking subscription boxes for three, six or 12 months. The various baking kits are perfect for both amateur and advanced baking fans, with scrumptious flavours such as caramel brownies, coconut and white chocolate cookies and lemon drizzle muffins.

I’m so impressed that I’m definitely going to start a Subscription soon, so the kids can do baking on a regular basis. They enjoyed it so much and asked already when we can do it again. 

Monday, 6 November 2017

National Pet Show NEC Birmingham

Yesterday we was invited to the National Pet Show at the NEC and we all had an amazing time. The kids loved being able to see and touch lots of different animals. 

The National Pet Show is on a mission to rehome as many animals as possible over the weekend of the show on 4-5th November.

Britain is home to more than 16 million pet dogs and cats*. But every year, some 250,000 domestic animals* find themselves abandoned to the care of rescue centres.
The brand new ‘Clear the Shelter’ feature is welcoming three charities to participate in this visitor attraction, the Blue Cross, French Bulldog Saviours and the Birmingham Dogs Home. All three charities will have profiles of the pets available for adoption and additional information on how to adopt or foster animals in need. Join us in the challenge to clear these rescues and find as many forever homes as possible.
Other charities offering re-homing at the National Pet Show include the Retired Greyhound Trust, Jodie’s Cyprus Dog Rehoming, Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home and Reach Sled Dog Rehoming.

The kids loved the Fluval & Exo Terra Animal Zone And we stayed for the scary, scales & fangs talk with TV presenter and Biologist Dr Mike Leahy. Raiden loved getting close and personal to all the animals. 

SuperDogs Live is a fantastic live show celebrating the nation’s love of dogs. Taking place in the SuperTheatre twice a day, the show is hosted by special guest TV presenter Michaela Strachan. The star-studded show features a spectacular opening by Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) 2016 finalists Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard to Mission Impossible. Plus, don’t miss the other brilliant dog dancing acts too and some amazing Guinness World Record holders. Rachael Grylls and Jack Russell Jessica will be demonstrating their recent Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Skips by A Dog And Person In a Minute” and Hagrid the Leonberger for “Most Items Caught By A Dog In 30 Seconds”. We are also delighted to welcome Adem Basharan and his famous Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Ziggy Trixx, to entertain you in SuperDogs Live this year!

There was lots of different stations with animals to see, including dogs, minutes horses, donkeys, alpacas, budgies, parrots, birds of prey. Mini beasts, hens, reptiles and aquatics. 

There was so much to see and do at the show, the stalls had a bit of something for everyone. There wasn’t much for guinea pigs that we saw. We loved the Haypigs stall which had colouring and three lovely guinea pigs that was showing off the products. We we move and get our two a bigger cage. I’m definitely going to purchase the hay rack and tent beds, they was so cute. 

There as also a secret rabbit garden, we would of loved to be able to have a little hold of the rabbits but it was lovely seeing them running up and down the pipes. The Runaround Secret Rabbit Garden returns to the Burgess Small Furries zone once again this year, with even more activities for the rabbits to enjoy than ever. This 'little haven of paradise for rabbits' features everything rabbits naturally enjoy including a mound with tunnels and entrances and exits for running in and out of, as well as hollow logs with peep holes. The aim of the feature, designed and built by rabbit run specialist Runaround, is to inspire rabbit owners and potential new owners alike about the type of enrichment rabbits love and which will help give them a happy and healthy life.

We  also purchased a walking balloon, a Kangaroo and a Pug.