Monday, 25 June 2018

Family games night in with Hedbanz by spinmaster


Family time is really important to our house as i would image it is in most homes? So we try to once a week to either play a new game , do a puzzle or have family movie night. This week we had a brand new game to try out thanks to Spinmaster the game is Hedbanz and we all LOVED it ! The game its self its based off the old classic post it note stuck to the forehead game but this family addition is way better, Not only do you get x6 headbands the cards come with images along side the word perfect to help younger players without them having to ask for help on what the word says. 



Headbanz is for 2-6 players and is aimed at ages 7 and over, ( Bodhi is 6 and he did just fine )   In the box you get 72 different cards with various objects on them from food and drink to vehicles and animals, You also get easy and harder words to suit the ages of your players. You get 24 scoring chips, 6 headbands and a timer. The rules are pretty simple, start with 3 scoring chips each and the idea is to get rid of your chips by the end of the game.  After picking a card from the pack and placing it in your headband you start asking the other players only yes or no questions about your card to help you try to guess the object. ( this part Bodhi did struggle with a little )  If you manage to guess your object within the time then you give up one of your chips but if you don’t manage to guess then you take an extra chip from the bank.  The winner is the person with the least chips at the end of 5 rounds.



Over all this game is a winner and i love how it could suit a whole range of ages not just the children, We are off on holiday in august with 9 family members and i will be packing Hedbanz in the suitcase as i know everyone will enjoy playing it ( maybe once the children are into bed it could be turned into  a drinking game take a shot every time you don't guess who you are in time ?? ) just for fun mind ! 



You can pick the game up online via the normal places like amazon and argos , smythstoys have it in stock for only £9.99 this would also be a great birthday party gift or a Christmas present for gifting to a family with a few children. 


we would like to thank spin master for sending us out a cope of the game to test out, This was done in exchange for the review. 

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Fathers day gift ideas , thinking out of the box

Fathers day is just around the corner and i for one do feel that the dads get a little bit left out ! I mean when it comes to mothers day the shops are full of gift ideas, but with dads? its pretty much socks, chocolates smellies or a hobby that just doesn't fit your dad ( Fishing / golf ? ) so i thought i would ask around with some PR contacts to see what amazing items they could offer for fathers day ideas! and boy did they impress me! my dad also has his birthday on the 9th of June so the week before UK fathers day, so i find it even hard to spoil my dad. this year tho i am pretty sure he will be very pleased with his gifts , so shall we begin ? 





Alcohol - My dad isn't a huge sprit drinker he is more of a beer or wine kind of guy, These bottles of Wine from kingsland-wines the willow stone in rose and white wine are the perfect gift to give this fathers day, fingers crossed on some lovely sunny weather. Willow and Stone Rosé British Wine is refreshing and easy drinking, bursting with delicious flavours of ripe strawberry and raspberry. Enjoy well-chilled. you can pick up a bottle in your local Co-op for only £4.99 to me this would also be a great item for making up a fathers day hamper full of items you know your dad loves. 



Moose hair products - Australis's number one hair care range Mosse has a product to suit all hair types and they all smell lush, I think this could be a great gift idea paired with a hair cut voucher as we all know that some men need a little push sometimes when it comes to hair care. You can buy Moose products via waitrose with your weekly shop or even on amazon with a RRP of £5 a tub and with a little going a long way with these products you can't really go wrong. ( unless your dad is bald!! ) 



Epson TW650 - The TW650 is the perfect projector for gathering friends and family to enjoy the big screen, whether it’s to watch films or sporting events! imaging gifting this to your dad so he can watch the world cup in style , all you need is a blank wall or you could buy a screen, this is an amazing bit of kit and you would definitively be number one off spring if you gifted this to your dad 

  • Enjoy the big screen experience: Super size your favourite films, games and sporting events at home
  • Easy to set up: Keystone correction, built-in Wi-Fi and iProjection app
  • Long-lasting solution: Watch a film every day for 11 years1
  • Affordable, high-tech equipment: Enjoy this Full HD 1080p projector
  • Impressive, bright display: Equally high White and Colour Light Output of 3,100 lumen's


Watch - now my dad is more your DIY then golfing kind of dad but one of his hobbies is collecting watches and its something i have always wanted to gift to him, This watch from krug-baumen is perfect for my dad's taste they have a huge range on the website to suit all styles, I love how you can see the workings of this watch and it is just beautiful, you can find this watch on the Website A item like this is at the top end of the budget but it would be a fathers day gift to remember. 



Gillette - I always think that a really great gift idea for fathers day or any male gifting is to buy health and beauty items for them, they don't tend to buy them themselves so why not treat them this fathers day to a new razor? Fusion5 Pro Glide men's razor fits all Fusion5 blade refills. Gillette razors, formerly called Fusion Pro Glide. You can buy via boots.com

Features and benefits:


  • Men's razor with Flex Ball technology that responds to contours and gets virtually every hair
  • Gillette razors for men with 5 Anti-Friction Blades; a shave you barely feel
  • Precision Trimmer on back, great for edging tough areas (nose and sideburns)
  • Enhanced Lubrastrip with more lubricants (vs. Fusion5)
  • 1 razor blade refill equals up to one month of shaves
  • Fits all Fusion5 and Fusion5 Power blade refills
  • Premium Chrome effect handle



Sugru - Rebel tech kit, My dad loves Sugru he was the one that 1st told me about it, This stuff is pretty cool they can be brought in kit form via the website online you will find lots of how to guides and tips and ideas on what to use the product for, my person favourite has got to be fixing my for ever splitting phone charger lead! sugru is mouldable, flexible , waterproof ,durable and comes in a range of colours. 


Seba med - Back to health and beauty this time with skin care, what i love about the seba med products is that they combine hair and body wash while still being for sensitive skin. at £6.49 for 200ml that's a pretty good deal to me , paired with the after shave balm ( new product )  at  £5.95 you have got yet another item perfect for a hamper or stand alone gift. To find out more visit the website they also have baby and other skin care products. 


Wilkinson sword - Now hold on.. didn't i already talk about a razor? yes yes i did ... but isn't it great to have options? Wilkinson sword is the razor brand i grew up seeing in my dads bathroom cupboard ( I remember using it to shave my legs with when i was 12 and my dad going nuts at me !! ) they have stepped up the game with the the new Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sense, the razor will do the thinking for dad thanks to shock-absorb technology which auto-adjusts the amount of pressure it is putting on his face. Giving him the ultimate customised shave. check it out in more detail along with the rest of the hydro range on the website


Jewellery - I fell in love with this personalised leather bracelet from Giftpup, the stylish men's brown leather bracelet features two rows of braiding with a personalised metal clasp. High-quality with a versatile smart-casual appeal which makes it suitable for all occasions.Comes complete with a fantastic presentation gift box, the personalisation can be up too 9 letters long i went with a special date for my choice , I love the over all look of this item. you can find a wide range of gift ideas via the website


Fair trade - my last item i wanted to talk about buying fair trade, I am and ill admit it a lover of a bargain and throw away items, but over the last few months i have been trying to re-use and recycle more so when i was told about buying fair trade products to give as gifts i thought it was a great idea, and its surprising what you can buy, from chocolates , coffee , clothing and much more! With Fairtrade you can support more farmers and workers in supporting their families. Fairtrade guarantees they will be paid at least the Fairtrade Minimum Price plus an additional Fairtrade Premium which will help change their lives, communities and future. Fairtrade gives fathers the opportunity to head their homes with dignity, hope and purpose. Visit fair-trade website for more information , Keep an eye out for the logo when buying gifts. 

Once again a huge thank you to all of the brands that have sent items to be placed within this father day blog post, The exchange has been for the products and my options are that of my own. 












Tuesday, 5 June 2018

SquiDivers Spin master Wiggle, jiggle, giggle! swim toy review



Bodhi is a water baby ! We are very lucky that my parents own a villa in the south of Spain with a family sized swimming pool. From a young age Bodhi has been jumping in and out of the water enjoying every moment. When he turned 5 we started him with swimming lessons back in the UK once a week at our local leisure centre. He boy spends most of his time under the water rather then on top! So when we was offered the chance to review swim ways squidivers i knew they would be a huge hit for us. 


From opening the packaging i knew they would be a fun pool toy for all ages,  The SquiDivers float upright making them easy to grab. Squidivers are soft and flexible dive toys, they come in the pack of three as shown in the photo above. They are all the same weight and have a loop within the head. We took them with us to the fun swim lesson over the half term holidays ( sorry no photos the swimming pool is VERY strict on this ) the whole class loved sitting on the side of the pool while the teacher threw them into different areas of the pool for them to then chase to catch the squids first. They have even asked me for the link as they want to buy a few sets of the classes! 


Now i don't normal let Bodhi wear his swimming goggles in the bath but for the sake of the blog and you guys i let him, He spent no joke over an hour in the bath playing with these three little squids, making up little games and back stories for them all ( they are brothers if you didn't know ) 


You can see in the photo about how the head of the squids will sink down with the weights and the tentacles wiggles around , Bodhi said that they looked like corals, I can't wait to take these away with us this summer to our holiday in Florida , Bodhi and his cousins will all have hours of fun playing together with these in the family pool. 


Thank you to spinmaster for sending us a pack of squiDivers to try out, This was in exchange for this blog post. 

Monday, 21 May 2018

Molkky ! Wooden garden game review

We love to spend time out in the garden and always looking for new family based games for outdoor use, Molkky fits the bill for us this wooden throwing game is simple to set up and also to play!

Mölkky is a Finnish throwing game invented by Lahden Paikka company in 1996. It is reminiscent of kyykkä, a centuries-old throwing game with Karelian roots, our version is by game makers Tactic and was sent to use to try out and review.


With all the lovely sunny weather we have been having lately it was a perfect time to try out our new game, The game set up is so simple all you need to do is set the wooden pins up in the order shown in the instructions and then take turn in throwing the 'Molkky" to knock down the number pins. the winner is the 1st person to reach 50 points, but if you go over 50 your points drop down to 25 ( so not as easy as it 1st seems ) 



Bodhi who is six loved playing this game and i liked that he was also practising his adding skills, as you need to add up the points from each throw , be careful tho as the pins need to be fully knocked over to count.  I can see this game getting a lot of use over the summer and we will take it with us to friends and family. 


You can by Molkky on line via argos and this version comes in a little wooden crate, This will last well and be an investment game due to it being wooden. I really enjoyed playing this game as did the rest of the family. 

This was sent to us in return for a blog post and review. Thank you 


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Read More - Book review - James and the birthday balloon by Nicola J. Rowley

In our house we all love books, we love to read as a family or alone. I even work in a library the love is that real! so when we was asked if we wanted to read a new children book i knew i had to say yes.
Bodhi was very excited when Nicola J Rowley's cope of James and the birthday balloon turned up on our door mat and we read it that night.



The book has clear and simple text lay out and this makes life so much easier for everyone! Bodhi is six years old and in year 1 of school, when books have text all over the place and on dark coloured backgrounds it can make it very hard for them to follow the words, Bodhi read to me and then we spoke about how the book made us feel and what we thought might happen next. ( I don't want to give too much away with the plot line )



Bodhi was even more pleased when he saw that the author had signed the book just for him even if he did say " you shouldn't write in books" and well he isn't wrong is he?? The story is based around a birthday party that ends up with a hospital trip but it all works out in the end, This book would be perfect to gift to a child who has an upcoming hospital trip or is spending time in hospital.



Also you can scan the QR code for a free audio copy of the of story read by Dr Ranj ( from get well soon) Bodhi loves to fall asleep listening to a audio story as this is a big plus for us, You can order the book via amazon and every copy sold will help support Evelina London children's hospital, which provides care and life saving treatment for children in south London and beyond.



P.S who else thinks that if James had glasses he could pass as Bodhi's twin ? 

i have x3 copies of the book to give away, just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to be within a chance of winning a copy of your own. Thank you to Nicola for sending us our copy its taken pride of place in the bookcase.   (( a Rafflecopter giveaway ))

Sunday, 18 March 2018

When plans get cancelled, Make your own fun #OreoCookieQuest

When you make plans after having kids it seems you need to make them so far in advance that you then sometimes forget they have even been made or worse outside factors come in to ruin them! these can be things such as sickness, travel & weather!

We are taking part in the  #OreoCookieQuest Challenge! this is all about creating, capturing and sharing joyful family moments with Oreo in celebration of the Great Oreo cookie quest ( more info about the Quest can be found via the Oreo website )

This weekend we had plans to get out to our local woods for a lovely spring walk and to take part in our own  #OreoCookieQuest Challenge! Seeing as how lovely the afternoon weather had been in the week ! but then BAM! snow ( again ) BUT this doesn't mean all hope is lost !

Bodhi our six year old son loves getting out side and enjoying every moment ! so we wrapped up warm and played out in the snow in our little garden. We played cops and robbers and then i was mummy polar bear and Bodhi was my Cub. We played until our hands went numb and i could no longer feel my face!

The best part of staying at home is you never have to worry about a parking space or the price of the refreshments ! I came inside to make us both a hot chocolate to warm us back up, x2 Oreos are the perfect treat to enjoy with a hot chocolate. It really is all about spending time together as a family. 


You can pick up the promotional packs in store now with these packs Oreo fans will also have the chance to win a once in a life time trip to California, wouldn't that be an amazing holiday and definitely one that you would make life long memories on.


Oreos are a fun and taste occasional treat that the whole family can enjoy in our house we all love the mint cream flavours and we are looking forward to trying out new and wild flavours when we visit Florida later on this year.

This is an entry for BritMums #OreoCookieQuest , Sponsored by Oreo

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Mother's day 2018 few ideas to keep mum happy

Mothers day can be a really hard day if you ask me.... as a mum myself i wonder what i will receive from my child ( He is six now so lucky i know he will atlas make a card at school ) as the husbands point of view is " well your not my mum are you? " no I'm not ..... but do you think our six year old will hop on the bus into town to pick me up a gift on his own??? so this year i put out a very vague request to PR companies asking if they had any products that they thought mums would like to receive this year for a mothers day gift,


1st bath products 

 you can't go wrong with something that smells nice and also gift it with the promise of a child free evening to enjoy said products? BLISS !! I was very kindly sent a bottle of Lavender pure castile liquid soap by Dr Bronner's the sent of this filled the whole house and left me feeling so relaxed, perfect for any stressed mum who has problems switching off in the evenings, comes in a range of scents and bottles sizes this size has a RRP of £7.69 a little goes a very long way tho , so i can see this bottle lasting me a while. 


2nd crafts 

I am a huge lover of crafts, i enjoying making and doing. these kits from The Makery are a great way to try something new without a huge outlay of cost, they have a range of kits to chose from my personal favourite has to be the purse kit , This has a RRP of £14.95 , I was also sent the letter embroidery hoop kit and the felt cuckoo clock craft kit these can both be found on the same website, I am looking forward to spending a afternoon with my mum making these crafts together.



3rd Gin

Now I'm not a big drinker but i know a lot of mums that enjoy a drink or two at the weekends, This Gin is amazing its  orange marmalade flavour and comes in a 70l bottle RRP is £23.95 , The Gin comes from the small Welsh village of Abergwyngregyn ( try saying that after you've had a few drinks! with a Celtic design on the orange bottle and it bold orange colour is a stand out from the crowd drink in style and taste. The drink uses the citrus flavours to offset the juniper, this leaves a balanced taste of sweet and bitter orange flavours, The drink has a warming aftertaste, And i was pleased that it was still clear in colour ( like all good Gin should be ) 


4th Self care

 I am a strong believer in self care and i have been enjoying relaxing after a bath with my new Gel gloves and socks on These are from JML and can be ordered online for £14.99 simply pop on the gloves and socks sit back and relax and after 15/20 minutes  of use you will feel softer , smother skin they also smell lovely thanks to being Infused with Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil and lavender. these would be a perfect gift for any mum, as who doesn't want softer skin ? I just wish these came in a less female colour as i know my dad would love to try these out for the hard skin on his feet!! ( I'm sure he wouldn't be too put off by the pink tho ) 



5th Gardening 

I enjoy spending time in our little garden but i would hate for this lovely William Morris hand trowel to get muddy, So i think it will be given light duties very much looking forward to warmer days to enjoy a cup of tea sitting out enjoying the outside space. 



6th plants

I love to have flowers in the house, But i find giving them as a gift can be very costly for something that just doesn't last. I would much rather gift or be gifted a plant, This houseplant ( azalea ) that comes with a ceramic pot is a steal at £9.99 from Dobbies garden centre they have a huge range to suit all tastes and budgets this would also be an idea for those who no longer have their mums to celebrate mother's day with, Either to place on a resting place or to keep in own sight to remember them by. 



7th homemade 

In my opinion homemade is the best way to go for mothers day, Bodhi came home from school on Friday with this beautiful drawing of me and daffodil plant, Now I'm not suggesting that i myself will be copying this idea for my mum or my mother in-law but from a young child i do think homemade/handmade is best. 



But please Bodhi ..... let mummy sleep past 8am .... okay?? 



** all items have been gifted to myself to be included within this mothers day blog post **