3 June 2021

Review: Grogu Soft Toy from The Mandalorian


I know there's lots of mad Star Wars fans out there and we're no different in our house, in fact we've started watching them all again with our son Logan. It's such a great movie series to get your teeth into and the merchandise is always amazing. 

In fact for Star Wars fans everywhere you can now get your hands on one of their latest arrivals, this cute 18cm soft toy Grogu (RRP £9.99) who is now available from Amazon and Very. This cutie is made from the highest quality of fabrics and perfectly embodies the fan favourite character from the Mandalorian series.

As you can imagine as soon as Harlow spotted Grogu she was in love. She's been desperate to have one of her own for ages so this was a dream come true. She basically treats him like a little baby and carts him around the house and on trips. It's very sweet to watch.

Here are a few Grogu facts for you; as most of you will know Grogu is a character from the Star Wars Disney+ original television series The Mandalorian. He is a toddler member of the same unnamed alien species as the Star Wars characters Yoda and Yaddle, with whom he shares a strong ability in the Force. And of course he's adorable!

Grogu is super soft and the perfect size for little hands, he's easy to carry around since he's quite light weight and my daughter absolutely loves him. He's definitely a winner chicken dinner in this house! If you would like your very own Grogu then do check out both the Amazon and Very websites. You definitely won't regret this purchase.

Grogu has been gifted for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. 

31 May 2021

Father's Day: Gift Ideas for the Dad in Your Life


The months have been creeping by at an alarming rate and with Father's Day in the UK fast approaching, it's a good idea to be prepared for Sunday 20th June. I've selected a small range of gifts which I think any Dad would love. There's definitely something to suit everyone's taste and style. Read on to see what I have picked for my gift guide. 

TrendHim Lance Navy Backpack
Since the world has opened up again we've resumed our family trips and days out which means we normally need a good quality backpack to carry all our snacks, water bottles and the usual bits an bobs. The husband doesn't really have a decent backpack so this beaut from TrendHim (RRP £59) will be a great gift from the kids. With a classic mountaineering look and feel, this handsome navy backpack is perfect for day-to-day essentials as well as trips out. The main compartment clips securely shut and is colourfully lined for a discrete burst of colour. Features include a padded laptop pocket to keep it safe and protect from knocks, two zipped front pockets help organise and allow quick access and adjustable padded shoulder straps give a comfortable fit. Excellent for business Dad and fun weekend Dad.

Box of Hugs
Can't be there this Father’s Day to give your brilliant dad a big hug? Well, why not send him a big hug in the post with a Box of Hugs, full of thoughtful treats, to let him know you are thinking of him. You can include a personalised message with your Father's Day gift to make it even more special, and for every Father’s Day card bought with a Box of Hugs, a 50p donation will be made to The Brain Tumour Charity. How fabulous is that! Three mums, and also sisters, launched Box of Hugs London after going through bereavements and illnesses, including their own mother’s battle with a brain tumour. During these times the sisters realised finding a unique and thoughtful gift idea, that wasn’t flowers, was tricky. This was the inspiration behind launching Box of Hugs London. Prices range from as little as £21 and there really is something to suit everyone. Even if there's not a particular box that catches your eye you can build you own. I particularly love the So Glad You Are Mine Hug In A Box Father's Day box but they're all so nice and top quality. Highly recommend. 

Mary - Botanical Blend
Gin is all the rage these days so it's always nice to find a different one on the market. Meet Mary, the vegan low calorie gin who is sugar and carb free. It's also low alcohol so can be enjoyed at any time throughout the week, especially now that the nicer weather is coming in. This botanical blend has hints of basil, thyme and sage and tastes absolutely amazing. Excellent gift to give any dad this Father's Day and one I'm sure he'll thank you for. 

Conifox Father's Day
If you have young children then why not treat Dad to a wee day out at Conifox Adventure Park. On Sunday 20th June all Dad's get free entry with a paying child, so why not take Dad along and have fun on the bouncy pillow or the go karts or football golf! Spending some quality time together is always a winner. Remember to book your tickets online to secure your space. 

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

12 May 2021

Home Learning Must Haves from Learning Resources


I'm so glad the schools are now back to full time education and the kids have a more settled routine but that doesn't mean the fun of home learning has to stop. I personally found all the school work overwhelming but home learning doesn't have to be all paperwork and no fun. Learning Resources have a range of lovely home learning must haves which will make discovering new facts and interesting topics a joy to share with your child. Luckily for my two Learning Resources sent Logan one of their GeoSafari Motorised Display Solar System and Harlow received the awesome GeoSafari Jr. Talking Wildlife Camera. As you can imagine the kids were thrilled and we've had lots of fun them with.

The Motorised Solar System is great for anyone learning about planets or who are totally into Space. It's super quick and easy to put together, and Logan now has his proudly displayed in his bedroom. Contained in each box is a central tower with LED light, 8 planet orbs on rods with identifying planetary symbols, Sun sphere and a Northern Hemisphere star dome. You'll need 4 AA batteries for the central tower before you start building up the planets, and once that's done you can check each planet for their special symbol and reference it in the table guide (in the instructions booklet) to correctly place your planets around the Sun. It's really easy to do and won't take you long at all. Once all the planets are in place you can turn on the motor/lamp at the base of the tower and watch the model move and glow. 

Logan really loved watching the planets circle around the Sun plus it acts as a great sensory light at night. The Northern Hemisphere star dome can be swapped with the top of the Sun so you can see all of the star constellations, another great sensory addition for at night and good educational talking point. Details on the planets and stars can be found within the instructions booklet. It also has extras such as Solar System Fun Facts, Planet Riddles and Solar System Basics. A great booklet to keep hold of for future use.

The GeoSafari Motorised Display Solar System is aimed at ages 8-12 years and costs £36.00. It's a great addition to home learning and definitely makes things more interesting and fun. Not only does it have the planets but getting to turn the lights out at night and see a stellar star show on your bedroom ceiling is pretty cool and something to remember. Logan really does love his solar system, it would make a great birthday gift for sure. 

Next up is Harlow's GeoSafari Jr. Talking Wildlife Camera and what a fab piece of kit it is! This toy camera comes with 130 built-in high-resolution wildlife images that guarantee a successful wildlife viewing experience every time. It features over 30 animals from all around the world and includes 2 modes of play that feature over 120 facts and 120 quiz questions narrated by Animal Planet’s Crikey It’s the Irwins co-star, Robert Irwin. This camera was designed with extra-large dual eyepieces and easy-grip handles for a steady viewing experience that little hands will find easy to use. It's a good sturdy camera measuring at approx. 19cm L x 22cm W x 13cm H and the Tripod measures approx. 15cm L x 15cm H x 20cm H. You'll need 3x AAA batteries to get it going. 

Harlow absolutely loves this camera and the fact that it talks to you. The controls and buttons were easy for her to pick up and use and she had great fun trying out the quiz and answering the questions. When using the camera in view mode you can explore the world's wildlife with Robert Irwin as your guide. There are 5 regions to choose from and more than 30 different animals to learn about. Harlow particularly liked African and knew straight away to look into the camera's double eyepiece to spot the animals in the wild and hear the facts about them. 

In Quiz Mode, Robert will challenge your wildlife knowledge. You have to look through the camera eyepiece to select which animals to be quizzed on then choose your answer by pressing either 1,2 or 3 buttons located on the back of the camera. When trying True or False questions you press 1 for True and 2 for False. Multiple choice questions are 1,2 or 3 to answer. If you're first guess in incorrect just try again. Harlow picked everything up so quickly and was working the camera herself within 5 minutes. I was amazed at how long it kept her busy for and it's now a toy she goes back to again and again.

As well as watching awesome animals in view mode you can also use the camera in pretend play mode. Simply remove the camera from the tripod and turn the lens to see out of the viewfinder. Great if the kids want to take it out and about in the car or on a walk. A point to note is that the audio and images will not work when the camera is detached from the tripod but pretend play is still lots of fun!

The GeoSafari Jr. Talking Wildlife Camera is aimed at ages 4-8 years but it's great fun for everyone, even Harlow's big brother was trying to get in on the action. Retailing at £60 this wildlife camera is a great piece of learning kit and I 100% highly recommend for budding wildlife and camera enthusiasts. I so wish there was technology around like this when I was younger, I would have loved it!

As you can see from my lovely photos both Logan and Harlow are super impressed with their new home learning goodies and I'm happy to say they've played with them again and again. It's something for us all to talk about and engage as a family and the kids are thrilled. Why not pop over to Learning Resources UK and see all of the wonderful resources they have to offer!

These products have been gifted for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. 

10 May 2021

Review: Cutetitos Unicornitos Wave 2 Assortment


Cutetitos are cute cuddly pets wrapped in a super soft burrito blanket just waiting to be unwrapped and discovered. Harlow has collected a few over the years however there's some new fabulous friends on the block - Cutetitos Unicornitos Wave 2 Assortment! These beauties have just launched and Harlow has been lucky enough to get her hands on 3 adorable stuffed unicorns to review. 

So basically Cutetitos are now more magical than ever, in brand new limited edition Unicornitos! There's 8 all new styles of Unicornitos in beautiful prints to collect and they come with a cool rainbow burrito wrap. Harlow of course thought this was amazing as she loves rainbows and unicorns. Her room is unicorn decorated after all.

Cutetitos Unicornitos are adorable, super-soft stuffed unicorns wrapped and hidden in a rainbow burrito blanket ready to be unrolled and loved. You can discover your Cutetito's personality (mild, medium, hot, or super spicy) by checking out its "hot spot" - a chili pepper shaped icon you can find on its hip. Harlow's 3 Unicornitos were all Mild and she was very happy with that. A pet collector card is included with additional information about your new pet including its name, birthday and "hot spot" spice-o-meter rating.

Harlow was super excited to discover which Unicornitos she had so got right into unwrapping them super quick. She was lucky to receive Shineito and 2 Purplito unicorns. She loved this as it means she thinks she has twins, bless. They really are super super soft and so is their burrito wrap. There's 8 different styles to collect and range from Common to Ultra Rare. We didn't find an Ultra Rare one this time but Harlow's desperate to the next time she gets one. 

These Cutetitos would make great little gifts and incentives for kids if they deserve a nice treat. Aimed at ages 5-7 years their RRP is £7.99 which I think is reasonable for a quality soft toy with blanket. You can purchase direct from Smyths Toys but they are also available in ToyMaster and all good independent toy stores. Harlow really loves these and 100% wants more so it's a big thumbs up from us!

These products have been gifted for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. 

26 March 2021

Alternative Easter Gift Ideas from Learning Resources


I can't believe the school have now broken up for the Easter Holidays and we'll soon be inundated with a plentiful supply of chocolate eggs and goodies. I know not everyone can maybe have chocolate for Easter so Learning Resources have stepped up their game and produced a lovely selection of alternative Easter Gift Ideas for you to choose from. We've been sent a few for the kids are they're brilliant, read on to find out more.

Playfoam Pals Unicorn Magic 2-Pack
Playfoam is 100% a massive hit in our house. It's a lovely soft squishy texture so great from a sensory point of view but it also doesn't smell, make a mess and is non-toxic. With the new Playfoam Pals Unicorn Magic it's even more fun as you get 4 fantastical surprises inside! There are 45 mystical creatures to find and collect, and I love that each pot is shaped like a rainbow with clouds on the end. It's just so cute! Each rainbow of Playfoam Pals contains a mystery collectable unicorn toy figure such as a unicorn, kittycorn, llamacorn or you could even find the rare twin baby gem unicorns. There's also a mystery charm, Playfoam and collectors guide included. This two pack retails for £12 and is worth every penny for hours of fun, a great alternative to chocolate eggs.

Kanoodle Cosmic 
For the older child in your life (or even an adult) why not give the gift of this out-of-this-world brain game - Kanoodle Cosmic! Aimed at ages 7+ to adult and only 1 player required you can construct oodles of 2-D puzzles with this brain-twisting solitary game. Simply pick a puzzle from the book, set up the challenge, and then place the remaining pieces to solve the puzzle. Simples! There's hundreds of possible combinations but only one completes the puzzle... Retailing at £12.50 it's a great gift that'll keep on giving plus it's compact and makes for a brilliant travel game where ever you venture.

Playfoam Putty 4-Pack
As you know we're big fans of Playfoam but have you heard about the new Playfoam Putty? You can mould, stretch and squeeze this uniquely textured kids putty and hear it make satisfying crackling sounds with every squish. The best part is, it never dries out! I've had to throw so many different putty type toys out because they always dry out over time but Playfoam Putty is here to stay. This fun sensory toy combines the squishability of award-winning Playfoam® with stretch of putty for a fun multi-sensory creative play experience. The 4-Pack contains 4 cool neon colours and of course the child-friendly Playfoam is non-toxic making it an excellent fidget toy. Retailing at £13 this is a great interactive toy which will last.

Hoppy Floppy's Happy Hunt Game
We love a good game or two and adding new ones to our collection so how cute if this Hoppy Floppy's Happy Hunt Game! Hoppy Floppy rabbit needs your help finding his carrots so get stuck in and help him out. This attractive family fun game will keep early learners engaged as they develop a variety of key skills through play. Aimed at ages 3-7 years (and 2-4 players) it's great for developing core skills such as; matching, strategy and colour recognition. The rabbit-themed plastic squeezer will help build fine motor skills and encourage pre-handwriting skills whilst the fun game play will introduce early social skills, including turn taking. It really is a lovely little game and at £16 it won't break the bank. 

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

18 March 2021

Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Marvel: Hulk vs Spider-Man


Marvel characters have to be some of our absolute favs, so much so Logan's bedroom is currently decorated with Marvel wallpaper and bed sheets. So that's why we were really pleased to receive some of the Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Marvel characters to review from Character Toys.

You might be wondering what Goo Jit Zu toys are and I like to describe them as a fun mix between Stretch Armstrong and those soft squishy filled toys that you often see kids with. If you like the sound of that then you can now get your hands on your favourite Marvel characters who have joined the Heroes of Goo Jit Zu team to become the ultimate squishiest, stretchiest and gooiest heroes ever! Each action hero has a unique goo filling with a different texture and feel. They're a real sensory delight!

The latest Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Marvel Characters are – Radioactive Spider-Man, Gamma Glow Hulk, Iron Man, Venom, Black Panther, Groot and all new characters for 2021 are Miles Morales Spider-Man and Thor. We were sent the original Hulk and Spider-Man characters which retail for £12.99 each and the kids love them!

I'm so thankful the kids have one each as they've been using them to battle each other, a real Hulk vs Spider-Man and there's been lots of "debate" around who would win. It's quite amusing to watch. The kids each have a favourite with Logan preferring the Hulk and Harlow preferring Spider-Man. Logan loves the bright green colour of Hulk and the soft squishy sensory feel of him. He thinks the Hulk's water bead filling is really cool and it acts like a fidget toy for him which is a bonus. Harlow is loving Spider-Man and when you give him a good squeeze you can see his awesome web filling. These Goo Jit Zu Marvel characters have definitely been a big hit in this house.

If you want a good guy and a bad guy then the all new Versus Pack contains one super mushy Spider-Man Goo Jit Zu hero with amazing gooey web filling and one super squishy Venom Goo Jit Zu hero with awesome water-bead filling. This pack retails for £24.99 and is sure to be very sought after for all those Spider-Man and Venom fans out there. 

Goo Jit Zu characters are available from all good toy shops and there's even some bigger Supagoo Characters to collect which are Thanos, Hulk and Spider-Man retailing for £29.99. These characters are bigger in size at around 20". Thanos looks pretty cool and I'm sure he'll be next on the list for the kids. 

Both of my children really enjoyed these Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Marvel Characters and I can definitely see myself buying them as gifts in future. They've been played with a lot over the last few weeks and are still going strong with no damage which is great. Highly recommend.

These products have been gifted for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

10 March 2021

Social Emotional Learning Tool Kits from Learning Resources


With all that's going on in the world at the moment it's good to keep an eye on your child's Social and Emotional Learning. I think it's key to be in the right SEL head space before academic learning can be fully embraced. No one really learns well when under stress so I'm really thankful that Learning Resources have a few packs, kits and toys available to help and teach our youngsters a bit more about themselves socially and emotionally.

Logan and Harlow have both been sent a lovely pack each to test out and see what they think. Logan received the Sensory Fidget Toy Kit and Harlow has received the Learn About Feelings Activity Set. With Logan being autistic he really does enjoy a fidget toy and honestly they make his life so much easier. There are so many benefits to fidget toys from helping people to focus and increase concentration, decreasing stress and anxiety and even helping to lose weight due to increased calorie burning. I know some people think of them as a distraction from learning but in my experience, for autistic people, they have the complete opposite affect and completely aid learning along with calming mentally.

The Sensory Fidget Toy Kit from Learning Resources is fantastic and full of lovely toys perfect for the fidgety person in your life. Logan loved this kit and has had many hours of fun playing with everything. Inside each pack there are 2 glow sticks, 1 Sensory Fidget Tube, 1 Playfoam Jumbo Pod, Link n Learn Chain link (100 pieces), 1 rainbow coil spring, PopCubes snap-together cubes (20 pieces), 1 globe stress ball, 2 marbleised poppers, and multilingual Getting Started Guide. It's an ideal kit for use in the classroom, at home or on the go and toys such as Playfoam and PopCubes also help with hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.. It's also worth noting that the Sensory Fidget Tube and Playfoam Jumbo Pod varieties are randomly selected and may differ from images shown on the Learning Resources website.

This kit retails for £30 which I think is a fair price for everything you receive and Logan really was over the moon with his. He particularly loved the marbled poppers, especially when I told him I had them when I was a child. He also loved the PlayFoam as it doesn't smell and stick to his hands or clothes. He thought it had a really nice feeling to it and enjoyed pulling it apart. He described it as "so satisfying" and it was lovely to see him so calm and engaged playing with the foam. Another favourite was the rainbow coil spring, Logan loves the movement and noise of this so much and he can sit for hours with it. Since he's still at home doing his school work these fidget toys have come in really handy to help him concentrate. He has a computer desk and laptop in his room and he can struggle to sit at it for long. I've noticed with these fidget toys to play with whilst he works he can sit for longer and complete his work quicker. A great set and one which I'd recommend if you're on the look out for sensory fidget toys. 

Next up is the Learn About Feelings Activity Set which Harlow received. It's aimed at children aged 3-7 years and is designed to help children build important social-emotional skills that teaches them about feelings and emotions in themselves and others with 10 engaging activities. Children can match body postures and facial expressions, learn that emotions can look different on different people, and discuss how situations may cause an individual to feel a certain emotion. Harlow is such an emotional soul herself and can go through her own range of emotions in a day so I feel this is an activity set which will really help her understand and also give her confidence in herself. 

Included in each set are two question cubes, four plastic character cubes, 12 character cards, 18 situation cards, one poster and Getting Started Guide. The question cubes are used to prompt conversations and encourage discussion about feelings, and the picture cards help children learn to identify feelings in real situations. The blocks are also sized for little hands and stick together for easy, convenient use. They're ideal for the classroom or home learning.

There's lots of different activities in the Getting Started Guide to show you how the cubes and cards can be used. There's everything from Exploring Feelings where you match the character cubes together and discuss each feeling, to Feeling Memory game where you can use the character cards and turn over two at a time to try and match the same feeling. Each activity is simple and easy to do and this set retails for £17 which again I think is a fair price. 

Harlow took a while to engage with this set as she does struggle with her feelings quite a lot at times but once she started her confidence grew and she became quite fond of discussing emotions and playing the varies games and activities. I'd definitely recommend if you have an emotional soul at home or ever just introducing your child to emotions so they can identify their own, it's a great tool kit. 

These items have been gifted for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. 

1 March 2021

Mother's Day Treats for the Mum in Your Life


Mother's Day is on Sunday 14th March this year and it's really only a couple of weeks away now so it's a good idea to get prepared and look out for that perfect Mother's Day gift for your loved one. I've put together a little selection of goodies to give you some ideas. Who knows, they might be perfect for your Mum or even for yourself! We all need a treat these days. 

For The Love of The Land
I've been doing a lot more cooking now that we're all at home and For The Love Of The Land looks like a brilliant cook book to have. It's a celebration of British Farmers and their delicious food which has been published by Meze Publishing. Forty fantastic farmers from all over the British Isles share their recipes and stories about what British farming means to them. It honestly sounds delightful and would make an excellent gift for Mother's Day.

Say-It Video Card
A lot of us, sadly, won't be able to see our mums on Mother's Day but that doesn't mean we still can't send them a special surprise. Say-It video gifts provide highly personal and timeless gestures of love and gratitude that mums everywhere will want to hold onto forever. It's also really simple and easy to do. Step 1: Make an event page on the Say-It website to invite family to upload videos/photos via a secure link, Step 2: Watch as the videos and photos from family appear in your online preview gallery, Step 3: Share the finished video montage created by Say-It with the recipient either digitally or sent as video greeting card in the post. It's such a lovely way to collaborate with siblings, kids and grandkids to bring the warmest emotions to your. The physical video screen greeting card even doubles as a frame so your mum can treasure these priceless moments over and over again. A brilliant personalised present.

Ombar Chocolate
It wouldn't be Mother's Day without a tasty chocolate treat and Ombar Chocolate have it all going on. They have lots of different sized bars of chocolate to try out as well as a variety of flavours such as hazelnut truffle and pistachio, yum! They even have a great 35g Ombar Super Choc Bundle at only £15.92 so you get a mix of flavours to try. A fab gift for the chocolate lovers out there.

Smart Screen
A simple gift but very efficient, Smart Screen is an antibacterial microfibre smartphone cloth which comes in a handy pocket pouch. It gives a crystal clean finish, can be washed in the machine and there's no chemicals needed. My mum is always looking for a cloth to clean her phone or glasses so this would make an excellent present as she'd keep it in her handbag when going out. It's a small gift idea but one that'll come in very handy I bet. I do love a practical gift myself.

Talolo Cowboy Wellies
I absolutely love a good pair of wellies and have been living in mine for months now. They're just so versatile and perfect for so many different uses. Muddy rainy walks, down to the beach, in the snow, camping etc and hopefully when this summer hits and the country starts to open up more we can wear them to festivals! Talolo have an amazing range of wellies and they're all shaped like cowboy boots which I think is ace. There's loads of different patterns from leopard print, psychedelic flower prints or plain black if you prefer. They're super comfy to wear and just bring that edge to any outfit. I think they'll look amazing on the school run as we all know when it's time to pick up the kids it rains! They've put a smile on my face anyway and will make a superb present for all the mums out there. 

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

19 February 2021

Review: Love Corn Crunchy & Delicious Snacks


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

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


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


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. 


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