Thursday, 14 September 2017

Tarquin and Troops Etsy shop prints * REVIEW *

I find the best way to make over a room with little cost and effort is art work, These prints from Tarquin and Troops are for our hallway and landing i love the range of animals in different outfits i had so many to pick from it was hard work picking five ! i went for these ones are they are the ones that made me smile the most. 

Alligator B-Ball player 
Bert the Beaver Cowboy
Kari the Koala outback policeman
Reginald the Rhino Solider at Buckingham Palace.
Clancy the Emu Australian Solider 

we love how the animals has a recognisable occupation and its own personality i feel this adds an educational dimension to the images.

they can be found via etsy shop Tarquin and Troops you can download them and print at home A4 in size i find this perfect for framing ( the frame in the photo below was from pound land of all places and yes it was a £1 ) 

Each animal comes with a back story this is Clancy the Emu 

Clancy the Emu Australian Solider poster art for your child's bedroom, playroom or nursery wall. A digital poster printable that will enthrall your child's imagination.  

Clancy never wanted to work in an office, wearing a suit. He wanted to see the world. Be in the great Australian outdoors. So what better way to see the great Oz outback and beyond other than becoming a solider in the Australian army. He is a funny bird. Making everyone laugh with his jokes and is a real team player. That's why he quickly rose up the ranks and now is a Lieutenant colonel. 

They also have a range of animals without clothes on , these would be perfect for a new borns nursery. These prints over all would look amazing in a childrens waiting area or in a class room. 

Art work like this is fun and that little bit different , don't get me wrong i love ikea and b & m but its nice to have something that is uqnice to your on personal tastes. 

Thank you to Tarquin and Troops for sending us these prints to review, We love them and they have brighten up our hallway. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

MOKURU ( the Amazing desk toy ) * REVIEW & GIVEAWAY *

In Japan, “wood” translates to “moku”, and “flipping” translates to “kuru”. That’s how the the name, “MOKURU” came to life, and this " fidget stick' ( As Bodhi calls it ) really does come to life when used.

Now unless you have been living in a cave for the last six months you will have no doubt seen a fidget spinner, I personally dislike the spinners but when our MOKURU arrived i was very pleased at just how different it was to a spinner. Bodhi and his dad have spent hours trying out new trips & flips its pretty amazing what you can do with this little green stick! My dad even asked if it had batteries or magnets, he was also very impressed

MOKURU is suitable for everyone old and young alike, Just playing with MOKURU for a few minutes a day can help you sharpen your focus and hand-eye coordination. No matter what tricks you decide to practise, playing with MOKURU can give you endless hours of fun. Bodhi has gotten so good at flipping this MOKURU over just the last few day and will sit at the kitchen table playing with it giving me peace to crack on with the dinner! 

MOKURU is an amazing desk toy crafted with quality beech wood. It has a simple design with endless possibilities that will test your creativity and dexterity. Play with MOKURU for fun or sharpen your skills and style to become a master. You can even play MOKURU with friends. It’s totally up to you, You can buy MOKURU from amazon I would advice against buying a cheaper own brand version Bodhi's cousin brought these after seeing Bodhis ( He took it to afternoon tea with us ) And the cheaper versions are harder to use and i found less enjoyable to use. 

I have a giveaway for two lucky reader to win a MOKURU ( I have no control over the colour the winners will be sent ) please enter the rafflecopter below


Friday, 8 September 2017

Fentimans * taste test & review *

I don't drink ... like at all ! my last alcoholic drink was back in 2007 that's 10 years ago 10 years!! I don't drink for reasons that are my own but over the years i have become a lover of none-alcoholic drink options and over the last few years more and more options have come into the market.

I first tried a rose lemonade by Fentimans last year while out for dinner , It was delicious and i was hooked. So when i had the opportunity to try out other flavours from the range i couldn't say no. The delivery man turned up with my crate of glass bottle and i was like a kid at Christmas not knowing what one to try first.

We hosted a late summer BBQ and i shared my drinks with my friends any family, they all commented on the taste and packaging and just how refreshing all of the flavours were.

We even made mock tails with a few flavours with five year old son Bodhi.

pink drink

x1 bottle of rose lemonade
x1 cup of fresh raspberries 

mix all of the ingredients together in a jug, mash up the raspberries and place into glasses, finish with ice , straw and if you must an umbrella. and enjoy ! Bodhi loved the mashing up the berries and feeling grown up with his mock tail drink. 

Cherry ice cream float

x1 bottle of cherry cola
x1 tub of vanilla ice cream 

very simple add the ice cream to the glass and then top with the cherry cola ( this would also work with the rest of the range ) we love ice cream floats in our house and bodhi said this was the best one he has had so far! 

You can view the whole range in more detail on the fentimans website, they also sell mixers and pre mixed alcoholic drinks. I love that the drinks come in glass bottles but it felt a shame to stick them in the recycling bin so i cleaned them out and added chalk stickers to them and made myself new herb jars for my kitchen. 

part of the none alcoholic range can now also be brought in can size, these would be perfect for talking out on a picnic or a day at the beach, Over all i love these drinks and they are now my go to end of the week treat. my favourite is still the rose lemonade and i am also now very keen on the cola and cherry cola.

A big thank you to Fentimans for sending me these drinks to try and review. 

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Child sick day - how to look after your poorly child at home ( 1st time around )

When you are pregnant you can find so much information, from bump to birth and then on to toddler age you can find countless books, guides and helpful information. I have found that once your child gets to nursery age this help and information drys up! As a 1st time mum to a now 5 1/2 year old who is in full time school, i thought i would share my views/tips on all the things you will face 1st time !

Touch wood Bodhi hasn't really even been that poorly, He has had a few coughs and colds and a sickness bug once but now that he is at school he is picking up germs and seems run down, Last week he broke up from school and all was great until he was telling me it hurt to swallow and his neck hurt. He had a temp and wasn't himself at all. After a horrid night of him puking all over himself the bed and daddy! i took him to see the nurse. She told me that he has viral tonsillitis and his whole body was fighting the infection was he was pretty run down. She said lots of rest and fluids ( she did give me a prescription for antibiotic but said this might upset his tummy and make him more sick sick )

I kind of feel at a loss with how to handle him as he is too poorly to play and craft but he isn't wanting to sleep and rest, we are now on day two of "rest" and this is how I've been doing it.

1 - let them call the shots, if they want to go back to bed at 11am let them!

2 - same with food bodhi hasn't really eaten much from after being sick, little bit of toast and some soup was about all he wanted yesterday. As long as they are getting fluids don't sweat it too much remember how you've felt in the past when your poorly.

3 - the iPad/tv is your friend! so what if they watch 4 dvds one after the other!?!?

4 - If they car full of cold or stuffed up , try to get them to take a day time bath with the windows and door shut the steam will help , plus the warm bath will help with any pains or soreness ( plus they will stink )

5 - on the 1st night i put body to bed in his room as normal, but last night he slept in with me. now we only have a double bed so this wasn't ideal. so at 1:30 am i put him back in his bed as i hadn't got any sleep by this point, but i left both his and our doors open and the landing light on just in case.

6 - if you can rap a day time nap if they do , or once your partner comes home or if your single parent try and get help even if its 1/2 an hour to have a shower you'll feel x100 better for it.

7 - give them medicine ( ALWAYS read the label tho ) also hot water bottles can help if your child is in pain , Bodhi keeps saying his back hurts.

8 - try to remember it won't last forever !

is never nice seeing your child in pain or unwell and if your in any doubt about them take them to the doctors , phone 111 , get some advice. I now have a huge to do list for the rest of today as yesterday was spent cuddling the poorly one. I am also in search for something to keep my eye open with ( man i wish i drank coffee ) 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

#SoMuchMore ( combination Microwave Oven ) Panasonic NN-CS89

Last year we ripped out our whole kitchen ( when i say the whole kitchen i mean all of it ! I had nothing for over 4 months ) I felt like crying come dinner time with the lack of kitchen to make any kind of meal for my family. We had a kettle and basic microwave set up in our hallway but i have to admit we did get more then a few takeaways and lots of visits to family and friends for dinners with them. A basic microwave is pretty much for heating beans and ready meals, I wish we had thought of getting a Combination microwave oven while we did our kitchen, They are pretty much a mini oven that will take up next to no space and no need to be wired in so perfect for moving around when doing DIY work.

These combination ovens would also be a great idea for someone living in a small space studio flat or house sharing. I am very happy to say that we now have a fully working kitchen and i have a lovely range cooker to use. We are looking to upgrade our microwave and will be definitely looking more into the idea of getting a combination one to give even more cooking space.

The video below showcases a Michelin-starred chef cook a three course meal  using a Combination Microwave Oven ( Panasonic NN-CS89 ) As you will see in the short youtube video  40 guests was invited to London Tower Bridge for a 3 course meal cooked by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin. Little did they know, their three course meal would be created solely using the Panasonic NN-CS894 Combination Microwave Oven. Tom served up fresh scallops cooked in their shell, crispy roast pork belly, and ginger sponge! You can find all of these delicious recipes and more at

This blog post was written in partnership with #SoMuchMore video campaign for a household electronics brand. All views ideas are that of my own. 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Zoo / Farms to visit in herts / Beds & Bucks this summer

We love animals in our house, Chris and i even got married at Whipsnade Zoo in 2008 !! thinking of places to visit in our local area over the summer holiday i thought i would make this post to highlight some of our top five places to visit. ( In no order in ranking id like to add )

woodside Animal Farm

Location : Slipend - Bedfordshire 
Day ticket price : Adult £7 : Child £7 ( under 2 go free ) 
yearly pass : Adult £35 / Child (2-16) £45 Family ( any 5 members ) £145
best bits : Funfair rides ( april- August ) Crazy golf & indoor play
worse bits : small park , can be done in a few hours. take a picnic lunch and made a day of it. 

ZSL Whipsande Zoo

Location : Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Day ticket price : Adult £28 : Child (3-15) £20.35 ( under 3 go free ) 
yearly pass : adult £121 : child £81 : family ( 2 adults unto 5 children ) £303
best bits : Huge range of animals , daily shows , events , wide open spaces
worse bits : lots of walking ! food is on the expensive side. lots of picnic spaces tho we always take own food in. 

Woburn Safari Park

Location : Woburn park, Bedfordshire 
Day ticket price : Adult £22.99 : Child £15.99
yearly pass : adults £89.99 Child : £64.99 
best bits : Drive around and see the animals up close
worse bits : traffic can build up on busy days so make sure you go to the toilet before heading into the Safari. 

Mead open farm 

Location : Billington , Leighton Buzzard
Day ticket price : Adult £10.95 : Child £9.95 ( under 2 go free ) 
yearly pass : Adult £66 Child £63
best bits : Hands on bottle feed lambs, sheep racing , Indoor play 
worse bits : based much more around children 10 and under

Paradise Wildlife Park 

Location : Broxbourne, Hertfordshire
Day ticket price : Adult £19.80 : Child (2-15) £16.50
yearly pass Adult £85 Child (2-15) £70 Family ( 2 adults 3 children £300 ) 
best bits : huge range of animals that you can see up close, Train , indoor play 
worse bits : set over two parks, side with animals fewer food options.

These are all wonderful places to visit and a great family day out for all ages, we have visited all of these and will be going back many many times. Thank you for reading and any questions please leave me a comment.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

EvoShave - Fathers Day Gift Idea- * REVIEW*

Shaving is a daily chore for most of do , but it doesn't have to be one we put off! My husband Chris likes to think he can pull off a beard but to be very honest he really can't ! The whole family had to sit him down and tell him how much of a fool he looked. ** see photo ** So Thanks to his lovely new razor the beard was no more !! 

So when EvoShave got in touch asking if we wanted to review a fathers day designed razor i jumped at the chance. so if  your struggling for a last minute fathers day idea for him or looking for the perfect gift ides for the future. Evo Shave is a new concept razor that has a unique design, created to achieve a close shave with it’s smart designed Evogrip and dual edge cartridge, you can pick from a range of colours and even add images and text. We was sent the blue/green & Gray super dad design 

The idea is so simple behind the razor, The finger grip handle gives your more control and feel while shaving. Chris was very pleased with his overall shave using for the 1st time He did say that it felt strange on the 1st day as its a whole new way of holding the razor but as the days passed its become more and more natural and has reduced his overall shaving time. The bright colours and smart packaging make this an eye catching an fun product perfect for any man in your life. 

You can find out more about Evoshave by visiting the website and can be brought on line via eBay and amazon prices start from £4.99 for the single starter pack unto £24.99 for a pack of 3 handles and  x12 replacement blade packs, The single start packs comes with the single blade already fitted these can last for 2 weeks worth of shaving making them ideal for holiday use. 

Thank you to Evoshave for sending me these items to (make) Chris shave with, I will also be giving the other 2 starter packs to my dad & father in law as part of their fathers day gift. These items have been sent to me in exchange for this review but all views are that of my own.