19 February 2021

Review: Love Corn Crunchy & Delicious Snacks

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I've been a bit of a snack monster recently, in fact the whole family have, but I'm struggling to keep the snacks interesting and tasty at the same time. We just seem to grab similar foods (which can be unhealthy) and get fed up with them quite quickly. Fortunately for us Love Corn have sent us a beautiful package full of their delicious crunchy corns snacks to try out. We couldn't wait to get stuck in!

So who and what is Love Corn? Well they're a fab company selling packages of little crunchy corn kernels full of flavour and made with love. They come in a variety of flavours, such as smoked bbq & sea salt, and are plant based, vegan, gluten free, verified Kosher and Non GMO. As well as perfectly pairing with beer and wine they also make great kids lunch box snacks or even in between meal or after sports snacks. Whole Foods Magazine calls them the “Crunchiest Snack Ever!” and I've been told they even delight the fussiest of eaters.


Love Corn's ingredients are as simple as they get, just corn that’s been roasted then seasoned. How great is that! There are four pack-a-punch flavours in the range; Sea Salt, Salt & Vinegar; Smoked BBQ; Habanero Chilli. All available in a variety of bag sizes: 20g snack pack, 45g portion size and 115g for sharing. They're the perfect snack swap for crisps, pretzels & crackers and make excellent on the go family snacks or even as a topper (on salads, soup or cheese boards)!


So what did we think? Well the whole family love them! They're so crunchy and delicious and the flavours are really full on mouth watering. My personal favourite is the salt & vinegar, they are so tasty I just couldn't put them down. I'm happy to report the kids loved them too and since Harlow gets to go back to school next week she's going to be taking the snack sized pack in her lunch box as a healthy snack option. She's been desperate to find a healthy snack she actually likes so we've struck gold here. 


If you would really like to try these Love Corn snacks for yourself then you can enjoy a 20% off discount with my code - "CRUNCH20". Be sure to check out the Love Corn website and enter the code at the check out. Wait there's more... if you can't decide on which flavours you'd like then why not order the Love Corn FREE sample pack? It's a great way to try before you buy. Win win for everyone here.


I really do highly recommend these little bags of snack goodness and will definitely be purchasing them in future since the kids love them so much. Thanks Love Corn for introducing us to an amazing snack sensation!

We have been gifted a selection of Love Corn goodies in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

7 February 2021

Valentine's Day Gifts with a Difference

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It's almost Valentine's Day and with lockdown still in full swing it's nice to be prepared and buy a gift or two that brings a smile to your loved ones lips. I'm normally not that big on Valentine's Day but anything goes now and I plan to celebrate all the little occasions where I can. Any excuse for a cheer up is fine by me, so please read on to see some adorable Valentine's gifts with a difference.


a whale of a time - I Heart Chocolate Box
If you're looking for a thoughtful gift from Scotland then a whale of a time is perfect for you. They're passionate about the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and create carefully curated gift boxes to showcase the very best this magical region has to offer. Their latest offering for Valentine's Day happens to be this beautiful I Heart Chocolate Box complete with Lucy Wagtail DIY Harris Tweed lavender heart kit and three bars of choccie from Chocolates of Glenshiel; Dark Chocolate & Skye Sea Salt, White Chocolate & Scottish Raspberry and Salted Caramel & Hazelnut. All 70g each. I love that this gift box has a little craft activity in it and at £25 it's a fair priced box of goodies. Highly recommend for all lovers of Scotland. 

Manly Man Co
This is something completely different for all the meat lovers out there - bouquets of beef jerky shaped like flowers! The idea came to founder Greg Murray after a simple conversation with his wife Jacquie, for whom he had recently bought a bouquet of flowers: "Why isn’t there a gift for men that’s equivalent to flowers? Yes, you can buy men flowers, but the practice isn't what you might call commonplace. The couple speculated that a bouquet of beef jerky might be the perfect stand-in. Soon after his wife surprised Greg with the very first iteration of what is now called “Man Bouquets”— sticks and sheets of jerky carved into the shape of flowers and roses that are presented inside a pint glass or beer mug “vase”." I think the idea is utterly brilliant and something I would totally buy for my husband. He's a big fan of beef jerky and biltong type meats so this would be right up his street. Prices vary from as little as $22 and there's a large selection to choose from. Get in quick before they sell out - The Manly Man Company!

ROX Jewellery
A traditional Valentine's gift usually comes in the form of a ring or some nice jewellery and ROX happen to have a massive range to choose from including watches if that's your thing. I have myself purchased quite a few pieces from ROX and their customer service is always first class. ROX is an award-winning British luxury jeweller producing some of the UK's most inspiring jewellery and retailing the world's finest luxury watches. They have a lovely Valentine's range at the moment with this beautiful diamond heart shaped necklace just waiting to be snapped up. ROX are fun, hip and definitely on trend. I'd highly recommend them for all your jewellery and watch needs for Valentine's and the future. 

Tactic Games
If you're like me and have children then why not treat this Valentine's Day as a family friendly day and purchase a new board game for everyone to get involved with? Tactic Games have a huge choice and have been in the business of making board games for over 50 years so you really can't go wrong with them. We really like the look of Ninja Rush and I Know Junior to add to our collection and we're really looking forward to our family games night with them. Tactic Games also do adult board games which look just as fun. Head over to their website to check them out for yourselves, they'd make excellent gifts too. 

Life Q30 Headphones
Headphones are all the rage these days and have become quite a popular present for children and adults alike. I know in our house we all have a set of headphones and probably some extra (as the kids are hash bash) so they'll always be a gift winner in my book. Life Q30 Headphones look brilliant but also promise comfort with their soft ear cups and sleek design. You get 40 hours of listening from a fast 5 minute charge which is excellent when you're in a hurry. With everyone working from home and being on zoom calls these days the Life Q30 Headphones would be the perfect gift with it's tailored noise cancelling modes for indoors, outdoors or transport. A great present to give or receive this Valentine's Day. 

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

4 February 2021

Review: Express Yourself & Get Creative with Sneak Artz Sneakers

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If you're like me and have been looking for ways to entertain the kids during this latest wave of lockdown then look no further. Sneak Artz are new to the craft scene and are a great way for kids (and adults) to get creative and express themselves in a unique way - by colouring cute funky mini sneakers! My children have been sent the Sneak Artz Bumper Fun Set Assortment and a couple of the Shoe Box Assortment to try out. 

Let's start with the Sneak Artz Bumper Fun Set Assortment. Each of these easy craft kits comes with everything you need to create fun works of sneaker art. Inside this box includes; 2 sneakers, 5 charms, 2 stickers sheet, 2 keychains, 5 washable pen, 1 glitter pen, 1 four dots pen, 1 exclusive spray can & 4 stencils. There are 24 different sneakers to collect and personalise so it's a fun surprise to see which you get in each box. 

The pens themselves are washable so if you want to change your sneaker or if you make a mistake and want to correct it it's easily sorted. Just wash your sneaker under the tap and you're good to go all over again. There's 20 different pens and 100 stickers to collect so there's always something new to look forward to when opening Sneak Artz boxes. 

So what did we think? Well my kids loved them and it especially kept my daughter busy for ages. She's right into her craft type activities and was thrilled to get stuck into creating her own sneaker masterpiece. The cool mini spray can was easy to assemble and was definitely a big hit. You basically slot in one of the pens and it's like air blowing by using the little pump. Fantastic idea and a great novelty that keeps my daughter going back for more. 

The stickers and glitter pen were a massive hit too and she was so excited that the sneakers could be made into a keyring for putting on her school bag (when we go back to school) so she can show her friends. We looked at all the cool different sneakers you could collect and she picked out her favourites that she hoped to receive in the Shoe Box Assortment. We really did have a fun afternoon designing our sneakers. 

The Sneak Artz Bumper Fun Set Assortment is priced at £19.99 which is fair since you get so many bits and pieces with it including 2 sneakers to customise. It's a great kit and would make an excellent gift for little ones or even for the crafty adult in your life. It's a really fun activity to do. I particularly like the smaller Sneak Artz Shoe Box Assortment which comes with 1 Sneaker, 3 charms, 1 stickers sheet, 1 keychain and 3 washable pens. These are an ideal size (shaped like a tiny shoe box) for taking on trips abroad, camping, glamping, caravans etc as they weigh nothing and would easily fit in a rucksack or suitcase. They're also only £9.99 which is great if it gives you a few hours of peace.

Both of these Sneak Artz kits are available to purchase from a wide range of retailers including Smyths Toys Superstores. To find out more about the range (and to enter a fab competition) head over to www.sneakartzhub.co.uk where you can design your own Sneak Artz Sneaker to be in with a chance to win 1 of 3 £50 Smyths Toys Superstores vouchers.

I was sent the Sneak Artz craft kits in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 


23 January 2021

Review & Discount Code: Panda Sweets Pick N Mix Box

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It's all a bit doom and gloom these days and I don't know about you but I could do with a bit of cheering up. Luck would have it that the universe must have heard my prayer and a fantastic box of goodies landed on my doorstep - the Pick N Mix Sweet Box from Panda Sweets.

Panda Sweets are a traditional sweet shop with an amazing selection of retro sweets, all hand picked by their resident expert, Peanut the Panda. There's everything from: boiled sweets, jelly sweets, sherbet, marshmallow, toffee, fudge, liquorice and everything in between. With over 500 varieties of sweets in stock at their UK warehouse you’re sure to find your childhood favourites.

I was sent the lovely Pick N Mix Sweet Box to try out for myself and it definitely did not disappoint. For £7.49 you get a whopping 1,000g (1kg) of sweets and the sweets are all hygienically packaged in an airtight bag (as you an see from the photos) inside the paper box itself. You simply cut open the bag and pour into the box before sharing round your family, or keep them to yourself! The Pick N Mix Box is perfect for movie nights and we always have snacks for watching our movies so this is ideal. They are absolutely stuffed to the brim with a huge range of sweets, such as jelly sweets, chewy sweets, fizzy sweets, chocolate and marshmallows so plenty to suit all tastes. I partially loved the little chocolate pandas.

As you can see from the Panda Sweets website there really is many options to choose from and since they design and produce their own selection of sweet gifts, all brimming with your favourite sweets and treats that look just as good as they taste, the possibilities are endless. The range includes Sweet Boxes, Traditional Sweet Jars, Cubes and of course Retro Sweet Hampers. These are all perfect for a cheeky wee treat at home, goodness knows we all need it right now, or they make excellent gifts for any occasion or event, such as birthdays, weddings, corporate gifts or Christmas. This will definitely come in handy since we can't see our loved ones at the moment - send them a sweetie box to let them know you're thinking of them. 

Navigating the Panda Sweets website is really simple and there are plenty of ways in which to chose your sweets. You can do it by sweet type, flavour, brand, colour or dietary requirements. All very handy and sensible depending on what you're looking for. 

Ordering online is super easy, simply pay with your credit or debit card and have your sweets quickly delivered to your door. You get free delivery with an order over £40 and you'll be delighted to know that I actually have a lovely discount code for you all. To get 15% off anything on the Panda Sweets website until 30/04/2021 just enter code BREASTEST at the checkout.

Overall I'm very satisfied with my box of sweets. There's a great variety, they're all fresh and delicious (sampled them myself of course), they came well packaged and most importantly the kids were very happy to have a ton of sweeties to munch on whilst watching movies. Well done Panda Sweets!

I was sent this box of sweets in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 


9 December 2020

Gift Ideas for Spreading Christmas Cheer

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This year I definitely think we have to spread Christmas cheer more than ever. Who would have ever predicted a 2020 quite like this! Anyway, like I said, it's all about spreading Christmas cheer and there's more ways to do this than by singing loud for all to hear - see what I did there... So read on to see my top picks for bringing the joy of Christmas even to the grumpiest of scrooges.


The Reindeer Feeder
Have you ever heard of the Reindeer Feeder before? Nope? Neither have I however he's 100% guaranteed to spread lots of festive cheer this year. So what is a Reindeer Feeder? Well it's a Shrumann who has 2 very important jobs; 1) to give Santa the all clear that everyone is asleep and he can come down the chimney and 2) while Santa delivers the presents he pops up the chimney to feed the reindeer. It's a brilliant idea and one sure to ignite children's imagination. The Shrumann comes in a lovely Reindeer Feeder gift box complete with feeding license, storybook, reusable window sticker and carrot sack. Simply stand you Reindeer Feeder on your mantel piece or windowsill and on Christmas Eve fill the feeding sack with carrots ready for the Shrumann to complete his work. It's such a lovely activity to do and would make excellent gifts for inside Christmas Eve boxes or December boxes. I'm going to put one in our December boxes for the kids to share. Check out their website for more info www.thereindeerfeeder.com.


Photography Experience Days With Paul David Smith
Since spreading Christmas cheer is top propriety this year how about treating your loved one to an amazing photography experience with Paul David Smith. There are some cracking fun experiences to be had from the likes of a Warrior Photography Experience to Mermaid Queen Photoshoot and my absolute favourite - Floating On A Bed Of Dreams Photography Experience! Honestly they all look fantastic and with prices starting from £250 it's a brilliant gift and much cheaper than a PlayStation 5, haha. You can even purchase gift vouchers direct from pauldavidsmith.co.uk so your loved one can pick the experience they want themselves. There's also photography courses available for that budding photographer in your life. Go check out the Paul David Smith website for more details. 

The Green Clean Lady
Why not help spread some Christmas cheer this year by also supporting small businesses? The Green Clean Lady is just one of those and she produces some amazing handmade cruelty free candles, reed diffusers and toilet bombs. The Green Clean Lady is based in North Berwick with her lovely little family and has been working her butt off to make a great eco friendly cleaning business. So maybe if you don't need any candles you could book her in for a Christmas house clean instead or how about home styling? Home staging / interior styling is designed to show your property in its best possible light before putting it up for sale. Or why not just treat yourself and have The Green Clean Lady come and fancy up your home for Christmas!? Sounds ace right.

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


2 December 2020

Gift Ideas for Him - What to get the man who has everything!

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What do you get the man in your life when he has everything... nothing! Haha, only joking. I'm seriously struggling for gift ideas when it comes to the men in my life, whether it be the other half, my Dad or my father-in-law, they all just buy what they want when they need it so gift ideas can be few and far between. That's why I've put together this little gift guide to hopefully inspire you (and myself) for fabulous gift ideas.  

TrendHim Leather Gloves
My husband really struggles to get a nice pair of gloves that fit. He gets really sore hands in winter so always needs a pair of gloves to hand. I'm lucky to have found a beautiful leather pair on TrendHim, a site which offers accessories and jewellery for men. I love that this business totally caters for men and has some beautiful gifts that really stand out. Shipping is free over £29 and be sure to place your orders by 17th December for guaranteed Christmas delivery. Go check them out for some inspiration. 

Il Gusto Flavoured Alcohol
It wouldn't be Christmas without a little tipple and these wonderful Il Gusto Flavoured Alcohol stocking fillers 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. Rhubarb Gin, yes please! Or what about Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur or Turkish Delight Gin? All sound like perfect gifts and there's loads to choose from. Even better is that you can pick some up for as little as £10, bargain!

Carfume
There's nothing better than a fresh smelling car and I know my other half would totally appreciate this Carfume luxury car air freshener. Not only does it smell amazing but it looks fabulous too. It's so easy to use and it can be topped up every 5-7 days to keep your car smelling great. This would definitely make a great stocking filler gift and you can purchase a gift pack too, not just a single. Check out their website for more info.

Plume Candles
It's not just women who like a nice candle, men do as well and Plume are a local Edinburgh small business who make fantastic smelling candles. It's definitely nice to support small businesses at this time of year if you can especially local ones so go check out their Etsy page and maybe make a purchase or two!

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


30 November 2020

Unusual Gift Ideas for Children

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Every year I struggle to think of new and exciting gifts to buy the kids for Christmas. Harlow's not too bad as she wants everything and anything however Logan is almost 11 and it's so hard to know what to get for him as he normally isn't that fussed for gifts, never really has been. He loves his gadgets and tech but there's only so much you can buy so that's why I've put together this gift guide on some more unusual things to buy children this Christmas. 


Young Driver

If you’re looking for a Christmas present for a 5 to 17-year old, how about giving the gift of driving? It'll be a unique and exciting experience that'll make memories to last a lifetime. My son would definitely love this and I'd love it to as it's a gift that doesn't take up space in my house haha! If you're child is aged 10 or over they can get behind the wheel of a real car with Young Driver, how amazing is that. If they're aged 5 to 10 then they can drive a specially created two-seater electric car. There's over 70 UK venues so plenty to choose from. I was surprised that there's a few near me just outside of Fife. Prices for a 30-minute lesson for 10 to 17-year olds start from £32.99, and Firefly lessons for 5-10s are £21.99. Gift vouchers are available and can be purchased from www.youngdriver.com.

Have You Ever Had a Stressor?
Is a great book written with children's mental health in mind. The book was written by iSpace Wellbeing founder, Paula Talman, a leading expert with 25 years of experience in child development and physical and mental health. Focusing on ‘stressors’ - those things that cause us a ‘big worry’ -  the book is designed to help children to open up about what’s worrying them, so that they can identify the cause and understand who and how to ask for help. It's a great little read and a good gift to give this year with all that's been going on. You can find out more info at iSpace Wellbeing

Letterbox Lab
Letterbox Lab is a children’s subscription box service that brings science to life with collectable lab equipment, gadgets and new discoveries in every box. The boxes come with everything parents and children need to start building their lab and have fun with a range of cool experiments. From building helicopters and catapults to experiments that fizz, change colour and glow in the dark, the boxes are designed to help parents spend quality time with children doing something educational and fun, with minimal fuss. The world needs scientists now more than ever, and their mission is to help inspire the next generation of innovators. Children who gain a love of science from an early age may go on to discover the next medical or scientific breakthrough that could help solve some of the wide-ranging issues affecting our planet. It just takes that one spark to light a passion for learning, and from there, anything is possible. Prices start from £11.25 and I think it's a great gift that keeps on giving. 

Tales from the Pitch Books
My son is a real book worm and loves getting stuck into a good read. I know some children do struggle with their reading but that's where tales from the pitch can help. This brand new book series is using the power of football to get even the most reluctant of readers involved. They're easy to read fictional biographies of major football stars which offer something very important to most children - facts about football players and a behind the scenes glimpse into their world. I think books are always a great gift to give so this definitely gets a thumbs up from me. Each book retails for £6.99 and they'd make excellent gifts this Christmas. 

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


 

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