11 November 2019

Review: Pomsies Lumies - Rainbow Charged Pom-Pom Pets

My daughter absolutely loves anything to do with rainbows and unicorns so when we received some Pomsies Lumies to test out I knew she would be over the moon to have them. So what are they all about? Lumies are interactive plush pom pom pets that change colour. With a simple tap, Lumies can match any colour and even turn colours into musical beats! There's up to 1,000 possible mixes.

We've been testing out our Lumies for a while now and they really do work perfectly well. They pick up colours using their little clicking sensor button underneath them and it's simple to use. My daughter picked it up instantly and starting running around the house clicking anything that was colourful. It kept her busy for ages. If you think it's time for your Lumie to go to sleep then you simply hold and press their nose for 3 seconds. If you want to wake them up then press their nose again. All very easy for kids to understand.

Pomsies Lumies have over 100 different sounds and phrases, bold hairstyles, sparkly unicorn horns, and heart-shaped faces! Kids will honestly love them, my daughter definitely does. They are like her little friends and she plays with them constantly. They're a good handful size (Dimensions: 9L x 7W x 10H cm) as well so great for smaller hands and of course super colourful and bright. Lumies require 3x AAA batteries to work but these are included which is fab. I love a toy that comes with batteries especially if you're giving as a gift or on Christmas morning!

There's three different Lumies to collect (Sparkle Rush, Pixie Pop and Dazzle GoGo) and they come with their own little hair clip comb to keep their long flowing hair in tip top condition. As well as changing colour, which is pretty cool, these cute Lumies also have different modes to try out. There's "Let's Find Colours" - Lumies wake up craving colours so keep them happy and balanced by feeding them with colour. Listen closely and they'll react differently depending on how they feel and the colours you touch. The next mode is "Let's Mix Some Beats" - Lumies turn colours into beats. The more colours you touch the more crazy fun mixes Lumies create. There are three other modes to try as well which are more games such as "Let's Play Lumie Says" and "Let's Play Colour Chase". My daughter loved trying all of the different modes and found the Lumies very interactive and encouraging to play with.

One thing that's super exciting about these cute critters is that there's over 50 secret sounds hidden inside your Lumie! You can unlock these surprises by touching certain colours in a certain order. How exciting is that.You can discover some over on Pomsies.com so be sure to check it out.

You can find Pomsies Lumies at Smyths Toys Superstores retailing for £19.99 but they are currently reduced which means it's the perfect time to buy and store away for birthdays and Christmas. Better to be organised than miss out! My daughter really does love her Lumies and now wants to buy them for all her friends so I can see us stocking up for birthday gifts.

I was gifted this product in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

8 November 2019

Gift Ideas for Him - A Christmas Gift Guide & GIVEAWAY

Every year I find it harder and harder to come up with Christmas gift ideas for the other half, and the other men in my life such as my Dad or father-in-law. They practically have everything they need and if they want something they go out and buy it! So I've been searching hard for a couple of alternative ideas and have come up with a little list. Read on to see what I have selected, some are absolutely fabulous.

Soul Analyse Affirmation Band
Mental health is such a big thing for men now and is being recognised more and more which is amazing. Anything which can help with your mental health is all good with me and these gorgeous Soul Analyse Affirmation Bands are just perfect. It's a nice chunky bracelet for men to wear, with an affirmation on it such as I Am Enough, which acts as a reminder to say your affirmation regularly causing positive change in your mental health. There's different affirmations to choose from such as Never Too Late and Pain Is Temporary and they all retail for £30 which is a fair price for such lovely quality. I'd highly recommend as they really are different and so needed for some men out there.

Il Gusto Flavoured Alcohol Minis
It wouldn't be Christmas without a little tipple and these cute Il Gusto Flavoured Alcohol Minis are perfect as an extra treat during the festive season. I love that they come in fab Christmas shaped bottles, from Gingerbread Men and Stars to Christmas Trees. The alcohol flavours sound delicous too. Sour Cherry Vodka, yes please! Or what about Salted Caramel Cream Liqueuror Cherry Bakewell Gin? All sound like perfect gifts and there's loads to choose from. Even better is that you can pick some up for under £10 as well as some special offers.

Portrait Pals - Personalised Pet Portraits
Who doesn't love the family pet and who wouldn't want a cute little portrait drawing of them for Christmas!? My other half loves our two dogs so much, they're like our little fur babies, and I know he would definitely appreciate a gorgeous drawing of them from the lovely Portrait Pals. Even better is that Portrait Pals donate 20% off all proceeds to their chosen charities, what an amazing thing to do. There's different styles you can choose from starting at £25 so it doesn't have to break the bank at all. It really is such a great personalised gift that will be treasured for years to come.

The Great Escape Game - Escape Rooms
My other half loves a challenge and so I've thought about getting him a voucher for an Escape Room. I've done one before myself which was really good but the people at The Great Escape Game have some seriously spooky escape rooms going on. My hubby loves horror so this would be right up his street! There's so many different games to choose from and some can have just 2 players such as The Devil's Playground. The sets all look so real and it's a great idea to get a group together and pop along. Luckily for you guys I have a £25 off voucher for The Great Escape Game to giveaway so enter via the rafflecopter widget below to be in with a chance of winning. Have fun!

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This is a collaborative post. All opinions are my own.

4 November 2019

Review: Hatchimals Royal Snow Ball Pixies

My daughter is a super fan of Hatchimals. She loves them so much, sometimes they are all she can talk about! She has quite the little collection but has been spotting all the new and wonderful range coming out via YouTube (she loves watching a toy unboxing) so was desperate to get her hands on some. Luckily for her she was sent two fabulous Hatchimals Royal Snow Ball Pixies to review so here's how we got on.

The Hatchimals Royal Snow Ball Pixies eggs are much bigger than the normal smaller animal type eggs. They are a good handful so perfect for kids hands. As you can imagine Harlow was dead excited so receive these beauts so she got stuck right in opening them. The actually packaging was easy to open, we just pulled the hanger tab at the top and it came away easily. For the actual eggs you rub the heart until it changes colour then you can push your thumb into it to break it open.

Once cracked you can peel away the shell to reveal your surprise pixie inside. I think that's one of the reasons Harlow loves Hatchimls so much, the surprise element really adds to the fun of the toy. There are 8 different Royal Snow Ball Pixies to collect in this series and they all look fab and super cute. Harlow managed to hatch out Peach Paulette and Polar Piper. Peach Paulette came out of the pink and gold egg and Polar Piper came out of the purple and silver egg. There's also going to be a mega secret surprise one coming soon so watch out for that.

When Harlow hatched her Hatchimals eggs she was delighted to find her pixies inside with a little spinning dance floor, dance floor backdrop and a pack of accessories. Inside there were 3 items; a necklace, a tiara and a mask like you would wear to a ball. She also discovered that the pixies have magical fluttery wings! They're lovely and giggle around as you pretend to make them fly, such a nice touch.

The pixies themselves have a lot of detail on them from sparkly glittery hair to dainty little shoes and gorgeous eyes. Harlow loves them and hasn't stopped playing with them. She's added them to her ever growing Hatchimals collection and has asked for more for her birthday.

Unlike the normal small Hatchimals eggs that you don't keep, these Royal Snow Ball Pixies have a solid base on the bottom of their eggs which mean you can keep them to play with. It's so handy for putting all the accessories in then the dance floor on top then your pixie on top of that. Great way to store so nothing is lost or misplaced.

Hatchimals Royal Snow Ball Pixies retail for £7.99 and can be purchased from Smyths Toys Superstores. Spin Master have done an awesome job with them. They're honestly lovely and at that price make a great present. I think I might buy a few for Harlow's friends as it's almost birthday party time.

We were gifted these toys in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

3 November 2019

Review: Our Family Friendly Stay at The Stair Arms Hotel

As you probably all know we love a little trip away, even just a night away from the front door can do wonders for the soul. We were recently invited to stay at the lovely Stair Arms Hotel in Pathhead for the night and we all had such a nice time. Here's how we got on.

The Stair Arms is a small family owned and managed hotel, that has a warm Scottish welcome. Although it's situated by the main road the hotel has a very country feel so if you’re not keen on the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the place for you. We arrived in the afternoon with the kids and the dogs and were welcomed with open arms. The lovely lady on reception checked us in quickly and smoothly and explained were everything was and how to get to our room. We decided to put all our things in our room first before exploring.

The Stair Arms has recently gone through a fresh refurbishment so our room felt new, modern, chic and fresh. We had room number 3 which has a comfy double bed but joins onto room 4 which has 2 single beds. This was perfect for us and the kids plus there was plenty of room for the dog's bed and of course the dogs to move around. The bathroom was beautiful with a big deep bath, which the kids couldn't wait to use, and we had plenty of storage space for our clothes and things as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Everything you'd every need for a good nights rest. Oh and can I just mention the USB plug sockets beside the beds. What a nice touch. We have so many gadgets to charge and only one plug (silly me) so this was perfect and such a life saver.

The hotel has some lovely warm hospitality and a nice relaxing atmosphere, although the kids tried their best to disrupt this haha. Apologies to other guests for my crazy kids! The lounge and reception are to your left when you walk in and it's all modern with some seriously comfy chairs. After we had put our things in our room we chilled in the lounge for a bit before going outside to the gardens to investigate.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that The Stair Arms Hotel have a lovely play park for the children out back as well as lots of picnic tables and seats to chill in whilst the kids burn off some energy. It was a beautiful evening when we were there so we sat outside for ages making the most of it with a little cider. There's loads of space for the kids and dogs to run around outside here and they have some super cute apple trees that the children enjoyed playing around. They particularly loved the oak tree in the car park which was currently dropping it's acorns. Lots of fun from something so simple.

When it started to get a bit chilly we headed into the comfortable and cosy restaurant, which is beautiful by the way, for some tasty food. We sat beside the fabulous log fire and again the seats were so comfy. There was lots on the menu to choose from as well as a special menu and a children's menu. Both the husband and I loved the look of the specials so we had pan fried scallops and pan fried local wood pigeon breast to start with and the kids had garlic bread. Whilst we waited on the starters the waitress brought us over some homemade bread and dips. OMG!! They were still warm and totally amazing. Everyone scoffed them down and could have eaten them again. Highly recommend ordering these.

Our starters arrived and everything was cooked perfectly. My scallops were just right (as so often they can be overcooked) and the wood pigeon was tender and juicy. The kids enjoyed munching on their garlic bread and everyone looked happy and content. For mains the husband and I order from the special menu again as the choices were fab. I opted for the pan fried Perthshire venison loin whilst the hubby went for the 8oz Aberdeen angus steak wrapped in bacon. The kids decided on pork sausages, chips and beans and chicken strips with chips and beans. All of our dishes were healthy helpings so I was very impressed.

The mains were just as good as the starters. Beautifully cooked and well presented. We tucked right in and polished it off in no time. By this point we were pretty full but the kids wanted ice cream so the hubby and I decided to share a dessert of sticky toffee pudding. What a great choice it was too. Totally homemade it was amazing and melted in your mouth. I would definitely get this again.

By now everyone was super tired so we headed up to our room for a good night's sleep. I ran the kids a bath which they enjoyed since it was like a swimming pool and we chilled before getting some much needed rest. In the morning we headed back down to the restaurant for our breakfast. We were shown to our table and asked if we'd like some tea and coffee. The lovely waitress also pointed us to where the cereal and juices etc were. There was plenty on offer to keep us satisfied from cereals, toast to some tasty hot options. I ordered scrambled egg on toast, Harlow went for boiled eggs and toast soldiers whilst the hubby had porridge and Logan stuck with his usual toast. Everything was delicious.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Stair Arms Hotel and would happily stay again. The hotel is warm and cosy with plenty of places to chill and relax in plus the staff were so lovely and couldn't have done any more to make us feel welcome. We'll definitely be back.

This was a gifted stay in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

1 November 2019

An Ethical Christmas Gift Guide

If you're looking to purchase an ethical gift for that special person in your life this Christmas then you've come to the right place. Being ethical is such a big thing now and of course it totally helps the environment and goes a long way to saving our planet. I have a few little gift ideas that I'd like to share with you all and hopefully they'll appeal to a few people looking to make a start down the ethical road.

muggi Drinks Tray
The muggi is a marvelous invention and is the safest drinks tray in the world! It basically allows you to carry 4 hot or cold drinks safely in one hand. As well as drinks you can carry a whole manner of things from crisp tubs, beer bottles or even turn it into a desk organiser! What makes this so eco friendly is that muggi have just brought out a fantastic new dark green version which has been made from 100% upcycled marine waste plastic. How great is that! It also has non-slip rubber feet allowing it to rest easily on trolleys or in the lap of a wheelchair user for example. Also guaranteed for 88 years it'll make the perfect eco gift this Christmas. At £9.95 it won't break the bank either. I'm going to take ours camping the next time we go or even when we're having a picnic.

Blue Rock Bamboo Toothbrush
I normally get the kids a new toothbrush of some sort to put in their stockings from Santa and this year I think I'll be going for these fab bamboo toothbrushes from Blue Rock. I love that they are very eco friendly and also have children sized ones too. You can either join their subscription service or make one of purchases. Plus if you sign up using their discount code SEALS you'll get 25% off and 50p goes towards WWF. A pack of 4 toothbrushes to buy on their own costs £15. A great gift to start helping your friends and family save the environment.

MYTHYN Candles
I absolutely love having candles burning around my home but trying to find one that is eco friendly is harder than it seems. Not to fear though MYTHYN are here to help. They've produced a lovely new DUSK natural sustainable candle in a gorgeous rose gold tin which smells amazing. With a blend of Ylang Ylang, Lavender & Virginian Cedarwood essential oils, this candle is designed to create a relaxing and inspiring environment. The best thing about these candles is that they have 100% natural ingredients and are made from rapeseed wax which is locally sourced and the most sustainable wax available on the market. At £16 for a candle that will burn 20hrs is petty good and such a lovely gift to give.

Hydrosil Turmeric Butter
This Hydrosil product would be a great gift for someone who often suffers from dry, damaged or inflamed skin, and I don't know about you but this always happens in winter for me. The weather definitely doesn't help my skin at all so I need something like this to keep me in tip top shape. The product isn't tested on animals and is a vegan formula (apart from the Donkey milk) but definitely suitable for vegetarians. It's great for protecting the skin's natural oils and helps repair the skin barrier. The 75ml tubes retails for £9.95 and is perfect for carrying around in your handbag for on the go. Great little secret Santa present too.

This is a collaborative post. All opinions are my own. 

29 October 2019

Getting Ready for a Halloween Tea Party

I love this time of year where the weather starts to get that little bit colder but the sun always seems to be bright and crisp when it's out. I also love Halloween and I feel it's getting more popular as the years pass. For the last couple of years I've started decorating the house for the kids (and me haha) as they enjoy it so much and luckily for us the fabulous Sparkle Parties sent some Halloween goodies so that we could have a Halloween tea party! I couldn't wait to get stuck in and start decorating our dining room.

I was given a great little bundle of treats to help us out and so here's what was included; a lovely Halloween themed table cover, a decorating pack with 3x garlands, 10 balloons and 1 Happy Halloween letter banner, stick the nose on the witch game, plastic knives and forks in the colour orange, Halloween paper cups and plates and orange paper loot bags to fill with sweeties. It was a small selection of decorations but once all laid out it really made an impact. See how we got on below.

As you can see all the decorations really made my dining room look amazing for a Halloween Tea Party. It's perfect as the balloons will keep the kids entertained at the table and once they are finished their snacks they can play stick the nose on the witch before tucking into their loot bags full of sweets! 

All of the decorations I received from Sparkle Parties were of high quality and easy to use. The garlands just popped out and weren't too heavy so easy to hang from the ceiling, curtains, mirror etc. I managed to dress the room in under 30 minutes as well so nice and quick if you're trying to get organised after work with guests coming over.

Overall I'd highly recommend Sparkle Parties for all of your party supplies. They're a small family run business currently on Esty but have their own shop website coming very soon. They've also kindly given me a discount code to share with my readers. You can get 10% off shop wide if you use the code: HAL2019 before October 2020. How amazing is that! 

I was gifted a bundle of Halloween goodies in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Marvel Universe LIVE Presents Age of Heroes

The family and I love attending a good show. Whether it be in the cinema, theatre, stadium or arena, I think it's good to get out with the kids and explore the colourful variety of different productions available these days. We were recently invited along to Marvel Universe LIVE, our very first time, and the kids couldn't wait to see what it was all about.

Marvel Universe Live was being held in the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow which isn't far from Fife (where we live) at all. Just a short trip across the Queensferry Crossing and you're there. The Age of Heroes show is billed as a live action-packed battle to defend the universe from evil. This all new show unites Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before Loki gains control. This ancient artifact would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of the universe. And we don't want that now do we boys and girls! We were promised cutting-edge special effects and immersive video projection and I'm happy to say we weren't disappointed.

It was really busy when we arrived at the arena however there was also lots and lots of staff on hand to show you were to go. We picked up our tickets from the box office which is right next door to the arena, almost touching distance. It was easy to get our tickets and when we headed for the arena I was so pleased to see that they have Accessibility Lanes where people with different needs could enter instead of waiting in a queue. This really helped us as Logan isn't good with queues at all.

There was plenty of merchandise to be purchased inside the venue if that's of interest plus food and drinks stalls. We treated ourselves to some fancy doughnuts and tea and coffee. It wasn't cheap but it was delicious. A member of staff kindly showed us directly to our seats and we had an amazing view of the whole stage set up. The kids were buzzing for the show to begin but to keep them amused we watched everyone's selfies appearing on the big screen. If you post a photo on social media and tag #MarvelUniverseLIVE you have a chance of appearing on the huge screen too.

The show soon began and that was it, we were lost in the world of superheroes, villains and a plan to save the world from Loki and his lust for the Wand of Watoomb. The show was so good and we enjoyed it so much it felt like it went by in a flash! That definitely is the sign of a good show when you're not clock watching. There were tons of special effects, we were all so impressed, and the costumes were amazing. Groot was a firm favourite amongst the kids as well as spiderman. There was never a dull moment.

Marvel Universe Live has now moved on and will be appearing in M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool on 31 Oct 2019 - 3 Nov 2019 then to Utilita Arena, Newcastle 21 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019 then Manchester Arena, Manchester 28 Nov 2019 - 1 Dec 2019 and Arena Birmingham, Birmingham 5 Dec 2019 - 8 Dec 2019. So that means there's plenty of time for you still to buy some tickets and catch the show. I really recommend going as you won't regret it plus it's a fantastic excuse to get dressed up. Even the adults were getting in on the superhero action!

I received gifted tickets in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 


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