Sunday, 23 December 2018

festive family games ( ‘When in Rome’ Alexa is Gamemaster )

So its that time of the year once again time when once all of the gifts have been opened and the turkey and stuffing has been eaten you can watch the queens speech or you could play a game ( to be fair you could do both! ) 

The travel trivia game where real people ask the questions! Visit twenty cities, meet the locals and make new friends... without ever leaving home. Alexa is your game show host, teaching you how to play, asking questions, introducing you to locals in each city and keeping score.

You can buy your own copy of the game via Amazon 

When In Rome is now fully compatible with Echo Buttons. Go head to head with your opponents using Buttons for even more drama and excitement!

Try the game for free with the When In Rome Question of the Day. Travel to a new city and meet a new local each week and answer a new question every day. Just ask "Alexa, open When In Rome"!

*** Full game requires "When in Rome" board game (£24.99) to play. Out now on ***

*** Toy of the Year Finalist & Parents Choice Award Winner 2019! ***

At first i was a little worried as most go the time our Alexa will say " hmm i don't know " when i ask her a question ! and to be honest we use her mostly for a radio, So i was very pleased at just how easy it was to set up the game and to play. 

Not only is the game app free , Alexa will keep score and this stops anyone from cheating ( something my family is known for! ) She is also game master so no need to pick a player to always read out the questions. 

We all found the game really fun and the children ( and i ) learnt a lot from our quizmaster Alexa . The aim of the game is to travel around the world making friends with the locals and picking up souvenirs along the way, the  questions  come in a range of categories (from slang and language to food and drink, and even random and strange)! Answering questions correctly will reward players with valuable souvenirs and earn them Explorer Points. 
 (Smart speaker not included)

The game is targeted at over 13 but i think if under 13 year olds are paired with adults they will do fine and also enjoy this game, its definitely impressive alone with the fact that your speaker can become quizmaster i enjoyed this game and i can see us playing it lots over the christmas period, This game would also make a great gift for a travel fan or as an add on gift if you have brought an Alexa product for an loved one this year, 

( I received a review copy of When in Rome, all opinions are my own.)

festive family games 2018 ( Frenetic )

So its that time of the year once again time when once all of the gifts have been opened and the turkey and stuffing has been eaten you can watch the queens speech or you could play a game ( to be fair you could do both! ) 

So its that time of year when families and friends get together and the board games come out, This game Frenetic is a fast paced word game race to the finish line, all you will need is two or more people ( suggested age is 8 plus and i feel this is right as my six year old did struggle and ended up joining me and we made a little team ) You don't take turns everyone plays at once this made it much more fun when playing in a large group as sometime people can get fed up while waiting for a turn. within the game box you will find letter tiles, pencils, timer, board and paper pads. 

FReNeTiC combines skills, strategy and a little bit of luck. Now i was a little bit skeptical when we first played as i thought the game looked really hard , it’s really easy to play tho. The board is actually the Periodic table and you have to make words using the letters within the chemical element symbols.

For example : Ba Na Na = Banana = 78 points! Amazingly there are over 10,000 words that can be created using combinations of the element symbols of the FReNeTiC game board.

We played for oven an hour and i can tell this will become a family favourite  within our house hold, the game is fairly priced at £22.99 via john lewis the game would also make the perfect gift for for any game lover or science wiz ! FReNeTic will definitely be coming out on christmas day for some festive family fun. 

I was sent a cope of the game in exchange for a honest review. 

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

#MyAquaphor Challenge

"This post is an entry for the BritMums #MyAquaphor Challenge, sponsored by Eucerin. Discover the benefits of Eucerin" 

I have to be so careful with my skin due to having Eczema , the skin on my hands in the winter can become very dry and sore if I don't look after them. But I don't really have much of a skincare routine or any kind of go to products. I started testing out the Aquaphor soothing skin balm with a pretty open mind, I found the balm was better for my to use before going to bed as I didn't have time in the mornings to let the balm soak into my skin, it's a very thick balm and it has no smell at all but this for me is a plus point. I have been using the product for nearly two weeks now and I have noticed that my hands feel softer and I havnt had any kind of reaction to the balm. It's been really nice to get myself into a very basic skin care bedtime routine, I keep my balm next to the sink in the bathroom and once I've brushed my teeth and gotten into my pjs I use the product. You only need a very small blob of balm as like I said it's very thick. 

This is a product I would use again and I would also recommend it to friends and family with sensitive skin like myself. 

The balm can also be used on nails, lips, face and even on new born babies skin. It only had x7 ingredients, Aquaphor is gentle enough to be used on highly sensitive skin, irritated skin and also nappy area on the wee ones. Eucerins Aquaphor soothing skin balm protects the skin by creating a breathable protective barrier, this allows oxygen and water vapour to circulate to and from the skin, allowing the skin to 'breathe' and strengthen its natural barrier function. 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Gross science - Zombie hand kit by John Adams * test & Review *

My son Bodhi LOVES anything a little gross and grim, He also loves science at very nearly 7 years old this is a passion i really want to encourage, When given the chance to test out a kit from John Adam's gross science range i knew that i had to pick the zombie hand kit, i kept it for doing over the October half term and the whole family got involved with the project.

The only down side of the kit is i didn't know until Bodhi was reading the instructions that one we needed lip balm ( most home would have this tho ) and also the hand needs to be placed in the freezer over night ! I did have to do a super quick freezer rearrange so we could fit it in. This really wasn't an issue tho and it made the project last longer and Bodhi really looked forward to carrying on with the kit the next day. 

All of the items are clearly labelled and the instructions are clears and simple to follow , the kit is aimed at ages 7 plus i definitely think this is the right age range group for these kits, Bodhi clipped all of the hand bones together and we added the gel to the hand mould and into the freezer for its over night stay! 

Fast forward to the next evening and this was the part Bodhi had been looking forward too the most, Making the green zombie skin! Again he could read the step by step instructions and told me and dad what we needed to do next to help him out.

The template within the instructions was really handy ( get it handy! ) and let Bodhi do the part he really wanted to do without any grown up help, He did need some help in placing the green zombie skin onto the zombie hand! He zombie hand once out of the freezer starts to defrost pretty fast so you can't hang around with it ! 

John Adams is a house hold known brand and one i would would by again and again ! these would make perfect gifts ideas for harder to by for children and i know that Bodhi will be adding a few more Gross Science kits onto his Christmas list. you can check out the rest of the range on the John Adams website

This blog post was written in exchange for the product all photos & views are real and honest. 

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

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.