Abigail Daniel on winning the fabric bundle
Spencer Broadley on winning the Baby Born doll
Abigail Daniel on winning the fabric bundle
Spencer Broadley on winning the Baby Born doll
I was very impressed with my foodie parcel this month which came from the lovely Gale over at http://lakemichiganuponthames.com.
The reason why I liked my parcel so much is because it was obvious just how much effort Gale had put into it.
It was beautifully wrapped, every item individually wrapped and placed carefully in the box. The little packages even came with smily face stickers.
And inside was just packed with all these lovely foodie goodies.
Propercorn popcorn, 2x bars of Divine chocolate, broad bean snacks, cookies, kids pasta shapes, cashew nut butter, Sunmac topping and even a little Ellas Kitchen fruit pouch just for Izebella which was a lovely surprise and Izebella loved it. I love all my goodies this month.
I sent my parcel over to Alison in High Wycombe. I hope you enjoy if you are reading.
You can join and find out more about foodie pals over at This is Rock Salt. It’s free to join and a whole lot of tasty fun.
BoxDelux is a lovely little monthly subscription service. It’s a little black box of luxury mystery which arrives at your door every month.
Subscriptions start at £15 a month. I love these types of subscriptions, the anticipation and awaiting the postman wondering what will be inside. Then the unpacking and unravelling just like this.
My BoxDelux came elegantly wrapped in pretty pink paper. Underneath the paper a box, inside the box more paper…. And then……..,
Wow! All these goodies inside!
The products inside the box obviously change each month. The boxes contain a selection of luxury items which may include beauty, fragrance, home & lifestyle and gourmet foods. Only top brand named products are included giving people a chance to try before they buy.
Many of the products in the box are samples with some being a bigger full product. It’s all about promoting the brands and brand names and bring newer brands into the spotlight. If you like what’s in the box then there is a chance to go and buy from their online store. There is even a gift voucher included to buy your favourite product.
The boxes make great one off gifts too. Perfect for birthdays, Mother’s Day and special occasions.
Here is what came in my box.
2x Ultrasun products. An anti-aging formula and a family formula.
Marilou Bio lip balm
Colour me beautiful cream blush
Aden cosmetics lip stick
Priti NYC nail polish
There was also a cute little mystery box amongst my goodies too.
This little box is from Charbonnel et Walker and contained two chocolate truffles.
The products I received are just a small few of the brands which you could receive each month in your box. A full list of current brands at BoxDelux can be seen here.
I do love my subscription boxes and I especially enjoy this one as it’s a mixture of different things rather than just one thing.
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Ryan and Jordanna have been having a mini break from their gadgets and instead been making OiDroids. In a way they are like gadgets without being gadgets if that makes any sense.
Did you ever play with those cardboard pop out dolls when you were younger? The paper dolls in books that popped out which you could then fold to stand and add different outfits and accessories? Well the OiDroids are similar but more up to date. They are unique pop out and build robots.
The term robot should not fool you into instantly thinking it’s a boys thing only. Girls can have just as much fun popping them out and building them.
The OiDroids come in packs of either 4 or 12 and there is also a party pack too.
The party pack contains 10 packs of OiDroids as well as 10 invitations and plastic goody bags and is therefore the perfect addition to a party.
There are a massive 96 OiDroids to collect. Some rarer than others. Each one has it’s own unique name and number and a different way of folding.
Packs of OiDroids can be purchased from WH Smith stores as well as a list of Stockists. They can of course also be purchased directly from the OiDroids website.
For those who love OiDroids there is even a club Membership is just £17.99 and includes monthly deliveries of OiDroids as well as other benefits and offers.
Packs of OiDroids cost £4.99 for 12 pack and £14.99 for the party pack.
There is even an OiDroids app too available for both apple and android devices. Where you can really bring your droids to life. Details here
A great prize is on offer from Chill Factor.
To enter all you need to do is like a Facebook post here. Once 500 likes are reached the winner will be announced.
Child’s Play has a history of creating innovative, award-winning books for children from 0-8 years that promote learning through play – books that fully reflect their diverse society in terms or heritage, disability, gender and family.
Child’s Play books are loved by parents, teachers and, most importantly, children all over the world.
Izebella loves books. I have never seen anyone so young as fascinated by books as she is. She has a fair few of her own and will often pinch older books from big brother and sister and point out what she can see on pages. She also likes looking through magazines and catalogues and happily points out anything familiar. She is a great talker for her age and I really believe that the books have helped with her speech and words.
The guys over at Child’s play have sent over two more books.
These 2 books form part of the Little Movers series. The books are made of board meaning it’s pretty impossible for them to be ripped by little hands. They are illustrated by Carol Thompson and there are 4 books in total. Each book’s title starts with “One, two, three and then either Crawl, Run, Jump and Climb. Izebella has Crawl and Run.
The illustrations show the struggles and achievements as well as sheer delight of children exploring early movement.
The books are very basic and simple and designed in mind for babies and toddlers. They consist of just 4-6 board pages (double sided) each with illustrations of children and babies. Each page contains just a few simple words in big black bold letters.
Even though Izebella cannot read words yet she is able to read the books herself. I sit her on my knee and we read together and she is able to now point out and say what is happening on each page, both from memory and through looking at the illustrations. Izebella is now 22 months old.
This series of books are lovely starter books for enthusiastic toddlers.
Each book costs £3.99 and they can be purchased directly from Child’s Play
Now that we are settled in our house and Izebella is a little older, I am starting to consider pets and what sort of pet(s) I would like.
We were given a great oppurtunity to try out a Peppa Pig Aquarium from the well known aquatics supply company Tetra.
Fish make an easy pet for children. They are pretty low maintenance once the tank is set up. There are 3 main different types of aquariums. Cold water, tropical and marine. Each tank requires different amounts of equipment and care. It’s important to research carefully which type of fish you can have in the tank you have. It’s vital your tank is set up correctly with everything it needs and the water is at the correct temperature and chemical level (if required). Fish are living creatures just like cats and dogs and if not cared for properly they will get sick and die.
I am lucky to have some experience of fish keeping. I have had my own tanks several years back and my stepdad had every type of tank going containing some weird and wonderful marine life which I would help with feeding and cleaning when younger. I am happy my children can now have a similar experience with their new tank.
Our TankOur brand new tank arrived with our friendly courier, all carefully wrapped. We could not wait to get it out and set up ready for some fish. We decided to wait until Izebella was in bed and out of the way. She is only one and it’s not a good idea having a toddler around the set up of a glass tank.
The tank is an excellent starter kit for children. It’s a tank designed for use with cold water fish. Cold water fish come in many colourful varieties. Much more than your average well known goldfish.
The box contains a glass tank with dimensions of 36x18x35cm which holds up to 18 litres of water. It comes with a Easy Crystal Filter Pump and also a spare filter cartridge. There is also a bag of gravel included as well as instructions, Tetra Safe water treatment and a packet of Tetramin fish food.
A Peppa pig backing poster also comes with it and is attached to the back of the tank easily using Sellotape. I guess the tank doesn’t have to stay Peppa pig. Any backing poster could really be used but Izebella loves Peppa. Tank stickers are also included
The gravel needs a quick wash to remove any dirt or debris and is then placed in the tank. It did seem that there wasn’t enough gravel included to cover the bottom properly but extra gravel can be purchased very cheaply from any pet store.
The pump needs minimal assembly. It just needs the filters putting in the correct place and then attaching to the tank with a clip. Once the gravel is in and pump attached it’s then time to decide where the tank is going.
It’s advisable to keep the tank out of direct sunlight as sunlight can dramatically alter water temperature and harm fish. It’s also best to keep it away from expensive electrical gadgets such as televisions. The tank is strong and sturdy but accidents and cracks can happen. It needs to be on a strong supportive surface which will hold the weight of the water. Avoid glass units for obvious reasons. A strong wooden table, unit or alcove should be suitable. I always find it a good idea to place an old towel underneath the tank to catch any spills.
Our tank is now positioned on our big wooden sideboard in our dining room and away from the window.
Filling the tank was easier than I thought. I don’t have a hose so relied on a jug. It took about 20 fills. To stop the gravel from floating around I placed a dinner plate in the gravel sideways. The mouth of the pump needs to be just above the water. The tank was full within 10/15 minutes.
Tap water can harm fish and before the fish arrive the water needs treating with a product called Aquasafe. This was included with our kit. It comes out blue but quickly dissolves into the water.
I was slightly nervous about switching on the pump. I always am. After all it’s electrical and it’s in water. Always a chance it could go bang so I would never let my kids touch it. I probably worry too much.
The pump is working fine and I am very surprised at how quiet it is. To hear it I have to put my ear right next to the tank. It keeps the tank very clean.
We had to let the pump do it’s job as well as the AquaSafe. This takes a few days (4-5) before we could get fish. As you can imagine Ryan and Jordanna have little patience and every day I was being asked “can we get a fish today”. . This process can be speeded up if desired by using Tetra SafeStart which is available in most aquatic stores
The big day finally arrived. Off to Pets at Home we went. We discussed with staff the size of our tank and what fish we could have and how many. I thought it best to just get one to start with, see how it all goes and then consider a second one. The fish are inexpensive staring from just £2.00 each. There were about 20 varieties to choose from, lots of bright beautiful colours. It wasn’t easy picking just one.
In the end we chose a Shubunkin small. It’s a colourful little fish with tones of gold, black and silver and cost just £2.49. We also bought some tank ornaments, these are not necessary but do brighten up the tank and were on a 3 for 2 offer. Also a net which is needed for scooping out uneaten food, poop, dirt etc.
When the fish first come home they cannot be put straight into the tank. Instead I have to put the bag which they are in into the tank and leave for ten minutes or so. This is to help the fish adjust to the tank temperature and not to cause a shock.
Our new little fish seems quite content in it’s new home. Fish need a very tiny amount of food per day. Over feeding is just as harmful as under feeding and I have been teaching Ryan and Jordanna just how much they need so this can then be their little job.
My kids are now looking forward to getting a second fish so little Ben won’t be as lonely.
Fish provide lots of fun for children and also have an educational benefit too. Ryan has been doing lots of research on fish and fish keeping since I told him we were getting a tank.
Izebella is fascinated by the fish. I find myself constantly lifting her so she can get a better look.
I do think there needs to be more gravel included and perhaps the addition of a small net too with the kit.
Information can be found at the Tetra website
Available at Pets at Home
· 18L glass tank
· Dimensions: 36x18x35 cm
· With lid and feeding hatch
· Comes with EasyCrystal Filter and one EasyCrystal Filter cartridge
· Gravel (2 bags, each 400g)
· Aquarium background (water resistant hard foil)
· Fun Peppa Pig aquarium stickers
· Tetra food and care samples: TetraMin and Aquasafe
· Fishkeeping information booklet for children with fun activities
“The tank has provided lots of fun for the family over the summer holidays and could also make a great, unique Christmas gift. Not only does it provide hours of entertainment, it will also teach children to look after fish responsibility.”
A goldfish is a great first pet for children Low budget and low maintenance, it is the ideal experience to teach them the importance of caring for an animal. By looking after goldfish, children learn responsibility and discipline as they maintain the aquarium and keep up with feeding – it’s also fun that can involve the whole family. It’s a lovely way to encourage little ones to be get creative – no two tanks are ever the same so they will love choosing how to decorate the tank and make it unique.
With the announcement that milk time is due back in schools from next year, Daioni, the Welsh organic milk brand is encouraging parents to give their children a head start when they go back to school in September, by putting milk cartons in their lunch boxes.
Daioni have introduced 3 delicious flavours in handy 200ml cartons, just the perfect size for little hands. The flavours are chocolate, strawberry and banana. Each one is full of dairy goodness and low in fat, sugar and free from artificial colours.
The milk drinks are produced on the family farm in Pembrokeshire in Wales. They provide a tasty alternative to standard milk.
We were sent some cartons to try in each flavour. The thing I really liked about these was that they were not over powered by sweet flavouring. I could still taste the milky goodness with a dash of flavour. They are quite refreshing and would also make a lovely breakfast or supper drink too as well as for a lunch box. These milk drinks are sufficient to provide a child’s daily calcium fix too.
They cost approximately 79p each for a 200ml carton and available from Ocado as well as many other smaller stockists. A full list of stockists can be found at http://trioni.com.
In 3 years time I will turn the big “40”. It’s hard to believe, I don’t feel it and I’m constantly told I don’t look it. I’m lucky to look younger than my age, I always have done tho it didn’t do me many favours when younger for getting into clubs. I’m well aware that one day age may start to catch up with me so I know it’s important to look after my skin. I also enjoy a bit of colour added to my usual pale complexion.
St Tropez have developed a product to combat the aging which also gives a gradual healthy looking glow to the face.
Gradual tan plus Anti- Aging Face lotion rejuvenated cells and boosts collagen synthesis. It acts to lift fine lines and wrinkles whilst firming and plumping at the same time. Whilst providing complete 24 hour moisturisation it also creates a luminous sun kissed healthy glow.
To get the best results it’s best to apply it every day after cleansing and apply in circular motions around the face and neck.
It’s easy to apply and quickly blends into the skin. No nasty smell and no stickiness or greasy feeling.
I have now been using the product for about ten days and applying daily. I am able to see impressive results. My face has a lovely natural looking glow and my skin is feeling very soft and smooth almost like a baby. I can’t really comment on the anti aging part just yet, I think this is something that only time will tell but I’m sure this product will help.
I have no foundation on in the photographs. The colour you can see is the results of using the St Tropez gradual tan.
It does cost £22 and that’s for a 50ml tube which will probably last 3/4 weeks if applied daily.
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