Prior to Christmas I received a rather special and fairly festive box full of sweets.
My box came from “The sweet club”
It’s a sweet subscription service and toy wouldn’t be mistaken to think that I have reviewed them before. However their boxes have undergone a few changes and improvements, being slightly bigger and their website now has even more sweet choices.
So the way it all works is you sign up with your details and pick which sweets you want or if you can’t choose then you can order a variety or surprise box. The boxes start at £8.25 and can either come fortnightly or monthly.
There are hundreds of sweets to choose from which are placed in east to find categories. Think of old fashioned sweet shops with all your childhood favourites and it’s almost guaranteed you will find them here. There are new additions too of American type sweets which can be difficult to get in shops here.
The loose sweets/Chocs/she every etc are all placed in 100g bags and you get 8 lots of sweets per box and so 800g of sweets. Some sweets come as bars or tubes so aren’t put in bags but still give roughly the same weight.
These are my selections and as you can see there is a mixed variety of hard candy, soft sweets, chocolate, fudge, refreshers and even a few festive chocolates and candy canes which went straight on the tree. I think my kids got more of the box than I did.
To order your sweet club box, go to The Sweet Club.
Before Christmas I was sent over a lovely hamper containing a selection of dairy products from St Helens Fam. The farm has been around for more than 29 years and specialises in products made from goats milk. The goats of course being on the farm.
Goats milk is very similar to cows milk but seems more suitable for those who suffer from allergies or conditions related to consuming cows milk. Full information on the benefits of goats milk can be found on the website.
My hamper contained 3 cartons of goats milk, which just like the cow variety come as full fat, semi skimmed and skimmed. The milk cartons even bare the same colours as the cow varietys too.
Goats milk can be used exactly the same as cows milk. Of course the first thing I did was try some straight from the carton and I didn’t taste much difference at all to the cows milk which I am more used to. It’s fine for brews and cereal and cooking with.
The goats milk is used to create other dairy products at the farm which I was sent a big selection of. These include butter, hard and soft cheeses, and my favourites- the yoghurts.
I enjoyed all the products. The yoghurts were really delicious and creamy especially the small pots which had added fruit or honey. The big yoghurt pots are great for breakfast and for adding granola or fruit too, one of these being fat free.
I also received some mugs and a small cuddly toy goat which Izebella seems to love.
Visit St Helens farm to find your nearest stockists.
Just before Christmas a very special box arrived from Interplay. Unfortunately the content of the box is a big secret for now. The grand opening of the box will commence on January 11th 2016. I’m lookin forward to it.
Our new pet tortoise Jingles
This Christmas was spent with the 4 of us at home. Although the kids loved it with lots of new toys and presents. I couldn’t help but feel alone. No family came to visit and 3 days on and still no one. Tho I appreciate some of them had plans, my mother certainly didn’t and chose other’s over her own daughter and grandkids. I haven’t seen my dad in 12 years but tried to make the effort via cards and txts but still notbing. I have been feeling so depressed and down and the tears just seem to roll. This has been ongoing for months since the break up but gets worse every day and especially so as its Christmas. I hate being so alone and Thursday/Friday brings new year but no plans or partying or family buffets for me just stuck in this prison with no one.
I so wish there was some way out of this for me but I have be here for my kids. So I do my best to try get up each day and sit through the loneliness maybe hoping my family will come
I would like to thank you all for following me this year and to all the companies I have worked with. Have a very Merry Christmas and I’ll be back soon!
We have received another lovely parcel of books from The GMC group. This time I chose books for the slightly younger age groups being mainly for Jordanna and Izebella. Ryan already has lots to be getting on with.
The first are two classic fairytale stories which never seem to fade out or be forgot about.
The Elves & the shoemaker and Izebellas favourite Rapunzel. Both of these classic tales are retold in beautiful modern day books by John Cech. The art and illustrations throughout both books is pretty bold and beautiful and is the work of Fiona Samson.
The retold stories are very much the same as the ones we heard as children and I’m sure when my children one day have their own children that these stories will still be going strong then.
At the back of both books is an “About the story” page this gives some pretty in depth information about how these two fairytales began and any truth, morals, or warnings in them. It’s quite an interesting read once you have read the story itself.
If perhaps you want more of a modern day story book for your child then maybe Monster trouble instead.
This book tells the short tale of a girl named Winifred and monsters in the night, which many kids can probably relate to.
In the end Winifred learns to ignore the monsters and realised they can’t harm her. Again very colourful with some rather funky bright monsters. The author is Lane Fredrickson and illustrations by Michael Robertson.
The final book is for the very young ones and early readers. It’s called When I grow up.
The book is made from tough board and so perfect for little hands that may be tempted to rip pages, this one can’t be ripped. The pages give basic job descriptions of various well known professions and then children lift up a flap to reveal the job.
Ite perfect for 2/3 year olds to help them learn about the world and what different people do. This book is by Tad Carter.
All of there titles can be found in the Children’s section at GMC books. Also in book shops and over on Amazon. Prices vary.
Winner of the Pirate ship is
Whether it’s skiing or sleighing, everyone loves to play in the snow including the Bratz girls. Cloe, Yasmin and Jade come ready to hit the slopes in stylish snow gear including an après ski outfit. Accessories include hot cocoa mug and sticker sheets to customise their snowboards, sledges or skis. The #SnowKissed collection is perfect for kids creative side as all the girls ski equipment can be customised for that perfect snow look.
Jordanna has her Bratz Cloe doll and just in time for Christmas too. Cloe is the one with blonde hair and comes in her own rather festive carry box too with a fluffy snow handle.
There are several accessories with this doll including a change of outfit. The heels are big and chunky and I’m hoping these won’t be easily lost. I’m often finding odd dolls shoes all over my house which are usually tiny.
This seems the perfect doll for the festive season and also another to add to Jordannas growing Bratz collection which she really loves.
As always the hair is lovely and long and great for brushing which is usually done by little sister Izebella who seems to have a fascination with brushing hair, be it dolls, mine or even the poor cats.
If your one of those people who leaves gift buying until the last minute (usually males) and have a young girl to buy for then one of the Snowkissed Bratz dolls is sure to put a smile on their face.
The dolls are available in most good toy stores including Argos, Smyths and Toys r Us and also at Amazon. Prices vary.
There is also a Snowkissed winter lodge playset available to accompany the new dolls.