Friday, 24 June 2016

Limited Edition Carousel Pony Zelf Review




Lexie has only recently got in to Zelfs even though they are now on their 6th series. I'm was a massive troll fan when I was small and these remind me just of them. I had about 300 of the things in every colour and size. Zelfs are similar with the crazy coloured hair. They come in different animals and there is a huge amount to collect including ultra rare Zelfs too. 




'When the twilight moon is in the sky, Zelfs appear in a secret garden called Zardenia... an enchanted world of magical Fabitats. Zelfs are playful creatures with unique personalities. Each Zelf is totally unique and has a special power that only shines when they are loved.''

We got a special limited edition carousel pony Zelf there are only 400 available and they have to be claimed with Zelf receipts to the value of £30.00 click here to claim





The limited edition carousel pony Zelf is a pony Zelf and is a mixture of all of Lexie's favourite things pink and ponies. 

The hair and tail are pink, while the body is blue and pink on the saddle the base is glitter and very sparkly. The Zelf comes with a blue brush and a horseshoe lucky charm. 




Wednesday, 22 June 2016

National Picnic Week



It was National Picnic Week last week and I'm afraid we had a bit of a washout didn't we. As a family we love to go to the park have a picnic and spend a few hours outside in the fresh air. 

Not only do we pack a picnic I also normally carry a few plasters and wipes with me as my daughter can trip over the smallest thing or normally is the first to get a bump. Below is some first aid summer tips. 

Dr Roger Henderson summer first aid tips:

1.    Cuts and grazes
Clean any wound under a cold running tap and then pat the area dry with a clean towel. Don’t use cotton wool as this can stick to wounds and keep the dressing clean by changing it whenever necessary. 

2.    Insect stings
If you are bitten or stung, you can treat the symptoms by washing the affected part of the body with soap and water and then putting a cold compress over the area to reduce swelling. Try not to scratch the area however itchy it may be, since this can cause it to become infected. If it stays painful you can take painkillers which include paracetamol or use a spray or cream that contains local anaesthetic, antihistamine or mild hydrocortisone (1%) on the affected area to prevent itching and swelling.

3.    Vomiting and diarrhoea
Diarrhoea caused by food poisoning is a common summer holiday hazard causing the body to lose more fluids and salts such as sodium and potassium than usual. This can cause dehydration, a particular risk for the elderly and infants. Rehydration solutions help the body replace lost water and salts quickly and easily.

4.    Sunburn
The worst pain occurs 6 to 48 hours after sun exposure and the skin often flakes off after a few days. Avoid being outside between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest and always use sunscreen with a high skin protection factor (SPF) before going outside into the sun

5.    What Should I pack in my first aid kit?
I would recommend packing these essential items in any first aid kit, to keep you and your family feeling healthy all holiday - Plasters, fluid replacement sachets, paracetamol, antihistamines, antacids, anti-diarrhoeals, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory creams and anti-nausea tablets. 

Here are my top items that will be in my first aid kit for days out. 

Germolene Antiseptic Cream is a great base to have in a first aid kit, perfect for cuts, scrapes, grazes and insect bites and works as an antiseptic, local anaesthetic. 




Stop and Rehydrate and Oralyte an on the go rehydration drink, perfect to take with you as a great tasting hydration drink. 



Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops to relieving irritation and redness of the eyes, due to Hayfever. I suffer with Hayfever a lot and use drops already if my eyes are bad. 




One for the adults For the relief of nasal hayfever symptoms, such as sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose, try Nasacort Allergy Nasal Spray.  




After a day of lovely weather we may need some Aloe Vera Gel to help soothe the irritation caused by over-exposure to the sun as well as moisturising the skin.



Cuticura Sensitive Anti Bacterial Hand Gel is a must I don't go out anywhere without a bottle of handgel or Cuticura Sensitive Anti Bacterial Hand Wipes. They are a must for mucky hands. 



As we couldn't have a picnic outside last week we had one inside and Lexie invited lots of friends too! 



Friday, 17 June 2016

Fathers Day Gift Guide Bundle



I can't believe it's already June and nearly Father's Day already! I've teamed up with Warner Brothers Home Entertainment to bring you the chance to win this bundle of films! including Mad Max Fury Road, San Andreas, American Sniper, Interstella, Godzilla and Black Mass. 

Some cracking films to have a relaxing day, let dad put his feet up and relax. All you need to do is go my my twiiter page HERE and follow me then retweet. It's that simple! Competition closes on Sunday the 19th and I will contact the winner via Twitter. 



If you aren't my lucky winner you can buy the DVDs from Amazon here - http://amzn.to/1UjpyRJ 



Thursday, 16 June 2016

Educational Play The Schleich Way




I remember as a child I used to love play animal figures, I would build houses out of shoeboxes and could entertain myself for hours on end. I remember having the duck figure and there being a trio of three and they was always my favourite.


We are a massive fan of Schleich figures and have had many in the past they are expensive starting from £2.99 each but the quality and paintwork is amazing. Plus s they are durable they last for years and years.  Schleich have made a 16 page brochure which is designed to be a guide to the best in imaginative play and development and they have included thoughts from  child psychologist, Dr Amanda Gummer.




In the free 16 page brochure it covers topics such as a balanced play diet, encouraging imagination and early language skills, the guide also comes with helpful hints and tips on how to get the best from your child’s playtime and how you can incorporate Schleich products in to it. 

I love how the different plays are coloured coded and there are some handy tips and actual activity ideas to get your children on a balanced play diet. Covering Active Play, Social Play, Creative Play & Free Play. Imagination and free play are so important in a child's development, it allows them to interact, using imagination and really take on their own role. 

Schleich is available direct or from Smyths Toys.



Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Men’s Health week from June 13th – 19th



Bladder control is always a bit of a raw subject, it happens just as much in men as it does women. 

Recent research from TENA Men has found that a quarter of men said that the worry of urine leakage has stopped them from playing sport and, what’s more, nearly two thirds claim that urine leakage is a taboo subject. Shockingly, we also discovered that nearly one in five men last had a general check-up more than two years ago. All of these factors make this the perfect time to raise awareness about men’s health issues and get men opening up about their health too!




DAY ONE: Always hydrate

Zekolo Infusion Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is imperative for maintaining a healthy bladder and balanced lifestyle. This nifty water bottle contains a compact filter so you can add your favourite fruit to help make drinking water a little more enjoyable.



DAY TWO: Push yourself

Runtastic Orbit: Getting into shape and keeping a track of your activities can be tough, especially for people with a busy lifestyle. However for the gadget guy of today, stay one step ahead with this smartwatch that tracks your steps and monitors your heartrate to help you keep tabs on your daily exercise routine and help you improve further. 



DAY THREE: Look good, feel great!

Below the belt grooming kit: Stay clean and fresh ‘below’ the belt and feel like a dapper gentleman while doing it with this grooming kit. 



DAY FOUR: Fuel up for the day

Oomf! Bench Pressed Oats: It’s vital to have a hearty breakfast to kick start your metabolism and keep you fuelled up throughout the day. With the right breakfast, you can make guilty snacking a thing of the past and give your body the energy it needs to do that 5K run or gruelling circuit class at the gym. 



DAY FIVE: Keep control!

TENA Men Protective Shield: It’s easy for the one in four men who experience urine leakage to always keep control. Locking  in all drips and dribbles with its ultra-absorbent core, TENA Men Protective Shield leaves men feeling fresh and dry, so they are free to carry on with their day. 



DAY SIX: Stay cool and calm 

Anti-Stress deodorant: Always keep your cool in stressful situations – with unique StressProtect actives and Zinc complex, giving you extra protection against sweat. 



DAY SEVEN: Tease your brain

Professor Puzzle brain teasers: While it’s important to keep your body active, make sure to give your brain a workout too. Exercising your brain throughout the day with mini teasers, will keep your mind sharp and your head in the game. 


Monday, 13 June 2016

Brean In Pictures





Half term week, we took a much needed break and took a trip to the seaside. I think we all needed the break and we had fabulous weather which we was down there. 

It was nice to have no tablets, phones or TV and just have a couple of days as a family. We spent far to much in the arcades, winning lots of plastic tat! Haha 


Here are some of my favourite pictures.   















Big Blogger Bug Hunt - National Bug Week


More than a third (39%) of Brits have noticed an increase in unusual bugs and insects not common in the UK, crawling around their homes and gardens and nearly a quarter (24%) have been bitten or stung more in the past year. So, it’s no wonder that as a nation, we have some interesting ways of dealing with these unwelcome critters, according to a new survey by Anthisan Bite & Sting Cream.  

The research of 2,000 UK adults revealed that over a quarter of Brits (26%) are ‘stampers’ who use their feet to quickly remove any threat of bugs bothering them. In contrast, nearly one in five (18%) prefer to hoover them up and 17% choose to flush creepy-crawlies down the toilet. Close to a third of Brits take a slightly kinder approach using a glass and piece of paper (30%) to collect them, whilst (32%) throw them out of the window. The survey also revealed that 9% of petrified Brits scream and run at the first fright, whereas 15% shout to their other half to remove bugs and insects for them.

More than a third of people (35%) admit to being afraid of being bitten or stung in the summer months, as nearly a quarter (24%) say they have noticed bugs and insects getting bigger in recent years. According to the survey, the top five most feared creepy-crawlies are wasps, hornets, spiders, mosquitoes and ticks, all of which are extremely common in the UK.

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Dr James Logan, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, comments, “There is evidence that more people are being bitten by insects in the UK and Europe than in the past and this is likely to be due to an increase in the insect populations and climate change bringing more favourable environmental conditions for biting insects like mosquitoes.”

It is no longer just tropical countries that are exposing people to these creepy-crawlies as the warmer, wetter weather means that Britain’s back gardens are becoming the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other biting bugs and insects. According to the survey, 68% have been bitten or stung by mosquitoes and midges in the past year.  

More than half (51%) of Brits worry about foreign venomous spiders, bugs or insects travelling to the UK. But the threat to UK shores can no longer be ignored, with at least one in 10 (10%) saying they have spotted foreign bugs such as Asian Tiger Mosquitoes and Black Widow Spiders in their back gardens or homes.

Dr James Logan continues, “Britain is already home to more than 30 species of mosquitoes, the majority of which will bite humans and some of which are capable of carrying diseases such as malaria. Southern regions of England may become warm enough to support mosquitoes, like the Asian Tiger Mosquito that have the potential to spread diseases.”

Results of the Anthisan survey also reveal that people are being bitten or stung when enjoying time outside in the following places: at least one in 10 (11%) said they have been bitten or stung whilst having a BBQ, 8% while enjoying a festival and 13% when taking a long walk in a field.

More than half of the people surveyed (53%) said August was the most common month they were bitten or stung in the last year, with one in 5 (18%) stating that the most common time of day to be bitten or stung was early afternoon, dusk (19%) or early evening (21%).

People’s reactions to bites and stings also varied, with some experiencing inflammation (69%) or a skin rash (37%) and more than one in 10 (11%) suffered with painful or swollen joints. Surprisingly though, two fifths (41%) admitted not taking any preventative measures against bites or stings. Of those that did, nearly a third (30%) said they used an insect repellent or opted to wear clothing to cover their arms and legs (28%). In some extreme cases however, nearly one in 10 chose to stay at home (8%) and 13% avoided wearing deodorant, perfume or aftershave to keep the bugs at bay. 

Dr James Logan says, “There are of course preventative measures people can take to minimise the risk of being bitten or stung, such as wearing loose clothing with long sleeves and trousers, the reality however, is that despite our best preventative efforts, we’re all at risk of getting bitten or stung whether inside or outside of our homes.”

Dr James Logan says, “There are of course preventative measures people can take to minimise the risk of being bitten or stung,such as wearing loose clothing with long sleeves and trousers, the reality however, is that despite our best preventative efforts, we’re all at risk of getting bitten or stung whether inside or outside of our homes.”

For those of us unlucky enough to be bitten or stung by bugs, insects or nettles, Anthisan Bite and Sting Cream is a summer first aid, which can provide symptomatic relief of skin irritation caused by insect stings, insect bites and nettle stings and has been used for over 50 years.  


We recently reviewed the Ant World & Snail World , its been a firm favorite with Raiden. He collects and cleans out the tank every few days and he loves to watch the ants build tunnels. He is really enjoying collecting and looking at the different sizes and colours of snails. 


He was very excited to be sent the Bug Safari Kit  to add to his bug finding collection. The kit inside is great for children to enable them to catch, observe and identify common mini beasts in our own back gardens. It's great to see wildlife up close and personal.  

Raiden really enjoyed an afternoon of looking on trees, moving plant pots and looking under rocks to find different mini beasts. We found a woodlice, slug, ants, spider, snail, fly and ladybird. 




Inside the box is :

A Field lens - this is great for getting up close and personal to bugs on flowers or trees or those pesky little ants.

Bug tongs - This was Raiden's favorite piece of kit, the tongs are great for picking up things and looking at them. Raiden caught a very slimy slug in here and a woodlice.




Viewing pot with magnifier lid - The viewing pot is great for looking at all different sides of the mini beasts in ours we had a fly, spider and ladybird.






Brush - This is good for brushing small bugs in the the viewing pot without hurting them.

Tweezers - These are great for picking up fast wriggly bugs.



Colour instruction booklet (20 pages) - The instruction booklets is great with this kits. They are so detailed with loads of facts about different mini beasts. Where they live, have many species etc. There is also a checklist in there that you tick when you have found one of the mini-beasts. It also tells you want you can and can't pick up.