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Photo Fun with Snapfish

A couple of weeks ago I spent some time playing around with creating a Snapfish photo book, thanks to their kind invitation to do so. I had a browse around their website and then set about designing an 11×8 landscape hardcover photo book, going for a simple theme for the pages as I plan to use this as a lovely custom Christmas gift. One of the first things that struck me was how many options are available to personalise this, ensuring that it really is a one-off thoughtful present or keepsake. There are so many layout designs available, covering the Read more >


Catch Phrase Review & Giveaway

We have a new game here and we’ve been having fun reviewing it for you. We’ve been playing Catch Phrase from Drumond Park, and I also have a game up for grabs, so do read on… Welcome to the hilarious Catch Phrase board game. With its updated game-play and loads of brand new brain teasers you can enjoy the excitement of the TV game show hosted by Stephen Mulhern. Each player hosts a round of; Individual, Rapid-Fire and Super Catch Phrase puzzles. There are Bonus Catchphrases to solve and Mr. Chips to hold up the Catch Phrase cards. To add Read more >


The Little Book of Lykke Review & Giveaway

Earlier this year I discovered the joy of reading Meik Wiking’s Little Book of Hygge, I talked about it in 5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You and Can Embracing Hygge Make You Happier? It was an absolute pleasure to read, whilst making me think and make a few changes in my life. It’s a book I recommend to everyone, so when the folks over at Penguin Random House got in touch about Meik’s second book, The Little Book of Lykke out on the 7th September, I jumped at the chance to read it. About The Little Book of Lykke Lykke Read more >

The Little Book of LYKKE

Veronica Dearly Stationery

Veronica Dearly Review & Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago I received some fun stationery from the team over at Veronica Dearly, one of their V Gd Fun Club boxes… V Gd Fun Club is a monthly stationery subscription club, for £10 per month you will receive a box of lovely Veronica Dearly paper goods + little bonus gifts. Each box will be put together with fun in mind and will light up your letterbox sometime soon after it’s sent out on the 1st of the month. Each box will include at least 4 greetings cards and another cool thing, an A5 print and a Read more >


Everdine Review

You may have spotted recently that I am getting back to the gym. As I want to feel fitter and healthier, I have also been pondering our meal options. We need to eat more healthily, though I often struggle to make the time to cook from scratch and feel I lack the patience and skills to do so. I also feel we’ve got into a rut with some of our meals, so I wanted to try new ideas. With all of these thoughts buzzing round my head, when Everdine got in touch asking me to review their meal service it was actually Read more >

Mushroom Spaghetti Carbonara

SmartSign Review & Competition

As you’ll know, I work from home. It’s a funny thing, working from home for yourself, as you choose your own hours, work out your own ethics and practices and create your own work space. For me, that work space is a desk in a room that also functions as a playroom for the kids and houses our guinea pigs in their huge enclosure. With multi-purposes, I do what I can to make it feel professional and nice to work in, which is where my lovely new addition comes in. Thanks to SmartSign, I have a new sign and I Read more >


Playmobil Ghostbusters™ Ecto-1 Review

We are delighted to be working with Playmobil this year as part of their playologists team, testing and sharing their products with you. Being a top manufacturer within the preschool toys sector, these are always popular with the kids, so we were keen to start working with them. Our very first assignment could not have been better from Little Man’s point of view as it is a product from their brand new Ghostbusters™ range, the Ghostbusters™ Ecto-1…. It is Playmobil’s first entertainment brand license working together with Sony bringing these fantastic sets to life. You can check out the full Read more >

Playmobil Ghostbusters Ecto-1 side

Pinypon Fairy Tales Toys

Pinypon Fairy Tales Toys Review

We have received a bundle of new toys here, and they are going down well. We have new Pinypon toys, from their Fairy Tales range… We have the Pinypon Tales House Playset, two More Tales figures of Pinocchio and Rapunzel and the Prince and Princess playset. Each character comes with their own pet and accessories, and the House also comes with a character, Cinderella and her rabbit. To find out more about them and to see what they can do, check out the clip as the kids will show you far better than I can! My Thoughts: As I mention Read more >


BookBeat: Fitting More Stories Into My Life

It’s no secret that I adore books. I tend to read 3-4 a month at this time of the year whilst I’m also studying, and I manage to get through many more over the summer when I am free to do so. However, I have never tried audiobooks. Until now. I have been welcomed to the world of audiobooks through BookBeat. BookBeat is relatively new to the UK, having established itself in Sweden, then Finland and now we have it here in the UK. It’s been something of a revelation to me. What is BookBeat? Founded in 2015, BookBeat is Read more >

BookBeat

Stay Play Explore Break - National Space Centre

Our Stay Play Explore Break

Last weekend saw us having a Stay Play Explore mini-break around Leicestershire. I have only got really good things to say about this, so I will say right up front that I think this break represents fantastic value for money, is great for families and every aspect of our stay and adventures were crammed with fun and great service. What more could we need? How the Stay Play Explore Break works For a family break, you can choose 3 attractions to visit over the weekend (or indeed over three separate weekends if you’re relatively local and want to do it this way) Read more >


Dig In! Review & Giveaway

We have a new game here and we’ve been putting it to the test! We’ve been playing Dig In! from Drumond Park, and I also have a game up for grabs, so do read on… A rocket!!! It’s the rocket!!! I got my rocket!!! Yes yes yes – aaargh!!! It’s a PENGUIN!!! Dig and delve to complete your card – there are six crucial pieces to ferret out from the full-to-busting ‘Dig In’ bowl. Tricky, tricky… and we’ve not even mentioned the pop-up timer, which gives you just fifteen seconds of frantic rummaging before you’re done! Then it’s the pandemonium Read more >


Papergang Box Content

Papergang Review & Giveaway

Today I am happy to be talking stationery with you. The lovely folks over at Papergang have sent me their monthly stationery subscription box. Papergang is from the team at Ohh Deer and all products are guaranteed to be different every month and most will be included in the box prior to being available at Ohh Deer. The box is currently priced at £9.95 a month + shipping. The Papergang is Ohh Deer’s way of expressing a deep rooted obsession with papery goodness. We can all relate, I’m sure. So onto this month’s box, their 1st birthday box as Papergang Read more >


Win a Personalised Sweet Shop Box from I Just Love It!

Recently the lovely folks over at I Just Love It got in touch asking me to have a browse of their shop and choose a few things to review. Choosing was tricky, as they have a large range of products on offer, many of which I see as being great gift or treats ideas. They offer breaks and experiences, adult and children’s gifts and personalised products across the shop, such as original newspapers, engraved jewellery and personalised books. Oh, and so much more! I can see them being just perfect for upcoming Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. It’s an easy website Read more >

I Just Love It - Fun Gift Ideas

Gruffalo: Puzzles – A Fun New App!

Now I don’t normally share apps, but when Magic Light Pictures got in touch about their new Gruffalo: Puzzles app, I could not resist – we all adore The Gruffalo here! It was one that I suspected the kids would enjoy and one that I suspected would be beautifully animated and it turns out I was right on both counts. Gruffalo: Puzzles App Based on ‘The Gruffalo’, the classic children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the app includes six different puzzle games to play. You can play with all the characters from ‘The Gruffalo’, Read more >


5 Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier

A few weeks ago we were sent a Vax Power Extract 20L Dehumidifier to test out. As we’d never had a dehumidifier before, I was keen to see how they worked and what difference they made. I did a little bit of searching about to find out what benefits it was likely to bring, so for those of you wondering the same, here are just a few things that they can do: Reduce allergies. Many of the most common allergy triggers, especially dust mites, mould, and mildew, thrive in humid environments. Preserve food and furnishings. With less moisture in the air, Read more >

5 Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier

Meeting Santa at The National Sea Life Centre

Over the weekend we took the kids to the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham to meet the man himself, Santa Claus! It’s fair to say that they were really, really looking forward to it. We had a brilliant time at the Sea Life Centre last time that we visited, for their Finding Dory event over the summer, and then to top it off, they were getting to have a little chat with Santa. Now going into Birmingham in December can be a little chaotic, but we had no problems. I’d suggest going early, if possible, to avoid too much traffic Read more >

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