Saturday, 20 December 2014

Look In My Letterbox

I've just realised I forgot Look In My Letterbox last week! Oh no!! I've had quite a few deliverys this week. The mystery boxes I want to do in another post so sorry for all the random boxes. 


Asus ZenPhone Lte 5

Bag of snowballs


My little pony Ty beanie - this is the last one to complete little misses collection.

I've ordered two infinity crates for the kids and two for me. 

Pop in the box normal 

Pop in the box Disney box

Mystery box from a Funko group


Water wipes

Chocolat chocolate


Alice Megan

Friday, 19 December 2014

Jackson Reece Wipes Review.

Both of my kids still use wipes for the bathroom I just find them easier and cleaner for them to use. Also wipes still really handy for everyday use. 

Jackson Reece is husband and wife duo Colin and Janet set the company making wipes from the kitchen table up after finding nothing on the market that could help their baby who had severe eczema. The company has grown steadily selling in supermarkets and has recently launched their wipes with BOOTS marking an important 'step up' for the business. 

The are not only all natural (down to the highly filtered water used in production) but were the first baby wipes to be 100% degradable (they are compostable and made from chlorine free cloth), are suitable for vegans and are manufactured in the UK.  

We received a pack of the unscented wipes and herbal wipes to test out. The wipes themselves are pretty thick and of a good size there is nothing worse than a thin tiny wipe. I love how these wipes are eco friendly, it's something lately I have been looking at and trying to be a more eco friendly home. I love how they are all natural and great for faces and bums! More than 99% naturally derived ingredients from renewable vegetable or plant extracts. There isn't really a scent with both packs of the wipes, I couldn't tell the unscented and the herbal wipes apart. The wipes contain no nasty chemicals, alcohol or parabens. 100% unscented, fragrance and perfume free. 

Also in the range is saline nose nuzzles (just clear kids noses like magic with no soreness!) and the 'mucky mitts' natural hand sanitiser. 

RRP £2.00 per pack. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas Stocking Filler Gifts From Beauty Kitchen

With all the added stress of the kids breaking up soon from school with the added to and from Christmas fares, school trips, Christmas parties I've been rushed off my feet. I've finally written my cards, bought all my presents and they are 90% wrapped. 

I received a beautiful 100% Natural Soap & Bath Bomb Cracker to help me relax this week. So if you are looking for an easy and quick stocking filler this is the post for you! 

Beauty Kitchen always make 100% effective, natural and affordable products. Their recipes only contain 100% pure essential oils plus naturally derived ingredients and will never cost the earth.

Inside the cracker is a Love Me Bath Shimmer Bomb and Love Me Patchouli, Honey & Oatmeal Natural Soap.

The bath bomb has an up lighting and fresh blend of cinnamon leaf, orange sweet and frankincense. Packed full of anti-ageing ingredients that will help tone the skin. The bomb has a bit of glitter that dissolves in the bath. The scent is amazing and very Christmasy. 

The natural soap contains skin rejuvenating patchouli and intense moisturising honey and oatmeal. The soap is a good thickness and gives off a good lather. My daughter has been amazed by the soap. The scent is very gentle and light but lingers on your skin, leaving it feeling fresh. 

RRP £8.00

They also have these cool kits which are perfect for people that love to create and make themselves .

Chill Me 'Create Your Own' Bath Bombs 

Contents: 2x bath bomb moulds, citric acid, sodium bicarb, chill me essential oil, cranberry seeds & wild flower seeds.

Everyone loves bath bombs and making them is just as much fun as watching them fizz! This kit provides everything you need to make 300g of bath bombs with 100% natural ingredients. Perfect gift for any age or simply something fun to do.

RRP £20.00 

'Create Your Own' Lip Balms 

Contents: Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Wooden stirrer, 4 lip balm pots, 3 biodegradable gift bags, ribbon and 4 stickers.

Now you can make your very own lip balms and help yourself to kissably soft lips. With beeswax & cocoa butter.

RRP £15.00

All from and Holland and Barrett Stores

Debenhams Christmas Wishlist

With Christmas literally a hop, skip and jump away I thought I would make a Wishlist for Lexie from the Debenhams website. Lexie is only three and she still is pretty easy to buy for. She loves toys, figures, play sets, books, dressing up and gadgets. Debenhams have a huge range of Christmas gifts for children for every age group. 

Frozen Colouring Table £ 25.00

So I think there must be a frozen item on every little girls Wishlist this year right. I love this little table that comes with everything to get crafty. Colouring table is a great product suitable for a range of Arts and Craft activities! Comes complete with art materials and colouring sheets. Pull the roll, tear off and colour again.

Teksta Kitty RRP - £54.99 

Lexie loved Raiden's furby last year, she loved how you intracted with it to make it say funny things so I really think she would love this. 
Tesksta is a life-like robotic kitty with sound and touch recognition, meaning it will respond to your voice and physical guestures as well as any lights and sounds. Engineered with state-of-the-art artificial intelligence, Tekstas’ toyetic interaction offers many actions and emotions such as meowing, purring and expressive eye patterns, so you know how to treat her. Your Teksta kitty will walk and act like a real kitten. Using hand gesture technology, you can command your robotic feline to, ‘walk’ and ‘stop’ and also teach her to perform the special trick with the mouse accessory. 

Hello Kitty XXL 100 Piece Puzzle - RRP- £10.00

Lexie loves so loving puzzles so this would be great for her. 
A lovely colourful image of Hello Kitty for fans everywhere to enjoy. Kitty seems to be floating over a pretty townscape, helped by her parasol and a little white cloud. She s joined in the sky by My Melody (bunny rabbit), butterflies and a small angel teddy bear. The puzzle is cut to 100 large pieces in high quality recycled puzzle board, and measures 49 x 36cm when complete. The puzzle image has a linen finish print to help prevent glare on the puzzle picture. An ideal gift for Hello Kitty fans aged 6 years upwards.

LeapFrog LeapBand activity tracker, Pink RRP - £30.00

I think Lexie would love something like this, she is quite good with gadgets and loves to press buttons and play games. 

LeapBand is the only activity tracker made for kids! It encourages active play and healthy habits with 50 fun challenges featuring a customisable pet pal. Kids can earn points by being active, caring for a pet pal and completing challenges such as Spin like a helicopter." It's fit made fun! There are 8 pets for kids to choose from and as they care for their pet, and play with it in mini-games like Pet Boogie and Pet Chef they will earn even more energy points to unlock new pets and accessories! Download a free companion app to extend the play to other devices. Here kids can enter their pets into the "Petathlon" to win medals and new tracksuits to use back on their LeapBand! Parent controls including School and Quiet modes, watch functions, rechargeable battery, water-resistant design, engaging audio and hi-res screen.Petathlon App is compatible with most Apple iOS devices running 6.0 or higher, Google Android devices running 4.03 or higher and LeapFrog Wireless Tablets.

My Little Pony Princess Twilight Sparkle's Friendship Rainbow Kingdom Playset RRP - £44.00

Anyone who reads my blog will know my daughter is. A huge my little pony fan she loves all the different ones. I remember playing with my little pony when I was small. 
Unlock the magic of pony friendship and fun with the Princess Twilight Sparkle's Friendship Rainbow Kingdom Playset! Your Princess Twilight Sparkle pony figure is the princess of friendship, and her castle is a magical place with rooms to discover and a swing to sit in! Send your princess pony down the slide and then together you can unlock the castle's magic with the secret keys. You and your Princess Twilight Sparkle figure will have one adventure after another in her Friendship Rainbow Kingdom playset!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Toasted Marshmallow Fluff Rocky Road Slices

A simple recipe for delicious rocky road slices. We actually received the solo toasted marshmallow fluff in Degustabox back in October and I haven't been sure what to do with it. So I decided to switch the mini marshmallows for this. 

135g butter
2-3 tsps of golden syrup
200g milk chocolate 
200g digestive plain biscuits 
Half a tub of toasted marshmallow fluff. 
Mini marshmallows for the top.

Put the biscuits in a freezer bag & use roiling pin to crush until they are in small pieces. 

Melt butter, golden syrup and chocolate in a saucepan on a low heat. Add in biscuits and marshmallow fluff and stir.

Pour mixture into a square tin, lined with greaseproof paper. Sprinkle mini marshmallows on top. 

Place in fridge and leave to set for about 2/3 hours. When ready cut into slices and serve.

Makes  about 12 slices 

Tasty Tuesdays on

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Chocolat Chocolat Review.

We never refused a chocolate review so when Chocolat Chocolat asked us to review some chocolate of cause the answer was yes. We was able to choose & pick three bars from the huge selection on the website. 

Chocolat Chocolat can’t claim to have the same long history as the rest of the city of Cambridge but the shop and it’s range of luxury chocolates are steeped in the traditions of the independent chocolatier.

On most days you can look through the shop window and see one of their chocolatiers making their famous sheet chocolate right in front of your eyes. If you take a few steps inside and the smell of chocolate will immediately take you back to the traditional chocolate shops of years gone by, but brought up to date.

Chocolat Chocolat is famous for it’s handmade sheet chocolate, made with the finest Belgian chocolate in a unique French Style brought from France by their chocolatier Isabelle, not see anywhere else the wavy sheets of chocolate are sprinkled with ingredients form across the world, French Sea Salt, Turkish Hazelnuts, Freeze Dried Raspberries all select to give flavour combinations that combine the familiar with the unusual.

On the website you have the opportunity to design your very own chocolate bar. You select your favourite chocolate milk, white, dark, extra dark or caramel. Then you add what ever topping you would like. The bars are all handmade in a shop in Cambridge and the parcel comes with a little card that says who had made them which I think is a great added touch. 

1st bar                   

 Milk 34% with chopped hazelnuts, fudge pieces and mini marshmallows.

2nd bar            

 Caramel 34% with brownie pieces, mini mallows, and white choco crunch balls.

3rd bar                   

White 28% with freeze dried raspberry and popping candy.

The bars themselves are thick chocolate with the added toppings on. All the chocolate melted in your mouth and was delicious. I liked how you could pick and create your own bars, which makes them suited for everyone. Plus they would make great gifts and presents. Each come wrapped in there own sleeve with the toppings written on the back. 

RRP- £14.95 For Three Bars

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Keeping Christmas Real And Enid Blyton Giveaway

A call for more carols and traditions as parents strive to keep the Christmas spirit alive and well.

Parents across the UK are pulling the plug on the high-tech age in an attempt to keep things traditional when it comes to giving their children the type of Christmas that that they remember.
Customs such as writing letters to children from Santa and singing carols are on the up along with getting the whole family cooking together, a new survey from the Enid Blyton Estate reveals. 

In fact, despite the evidence that children are getting wiser to the fact that Santa may not exist, earlier on in their childhood, this is not affecting the light and hope that Christmas brings.

The study – commissioned to mark the launch of Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories, The Famous Five Annual and The Magic Faraway Tree 75th Anniversary Edition– found that children, on average, stopped believing in Father Christmas two years earlier than their parents did. The average age for children to stop believing is now six years old, whilst for their parents,  it was eight years old.

Almost half of the children surveyed in the UK aged 7-11,  still believe in Father Christmas thanks to the fact that 90% of adults are going to great lengths to keep children believing in this special time.

There are regional differences too. Children from London stop believing in Father Christmas as early as five years old whilst in Yorkshire & Humberside, they keep the faith until they are seven.
26% of children surveyed said they were upset and it ruined Christmas for them when they were told that Father Christmas didn’t exist.

The survey also shows:

·         Traditions on the decline include gathering round the TV to listen to The Queen’s Speech and hanging up stockings on Christmas Eve

·         Britons are less likely to have a regimented routine to make sure all family and friends get a visit over the festive period

·         Reading Christmas books is gaining in popularity along with helping mum cook the Christmas lunch and stirring the Christmas pudding for luck

·         Carol singing is also enjoying a revival

·         Most parents believe they are winning the battle against Christmas being too commercial - only 36% think Christmas is now mainly about the giving and receiving of presents

·         Only 20% think that people spend less time getting together over Christmas than when they were young, despite the lure of social media and gaming amongst younger generations

Head of the Enid Blyton Estate Marlene Johnson said: "When it comes to British life it does not get any more traditional than Enid Blyton but we wanted to see just how hard parents are working to keep the Christmas spirit alive.  Like Blyton it seems tradition is still just as relevant today – sometimes even stronger - as we strive to retain the specialness of the season. Her portrayals of childhood are particularly emotive around the festive period, when there is a big focus on past traditions."
Christmas specialist Bob Eckstein says “The re-emergence of Christmas traditions, such as singing carols, will help keep Christmas spirit alive and ensure families spend quality time together. It’s wonderful to see that century-old traditions are still relevant and are held dear by many in such a technical age.”

But what is the background to some of these traditions? 

Did you know:

·         King Henry VIII was the first monarch to include turkey in a Christmas meal, and the tradition of turkey at Christmas spread throughout England during the 17thcentury

·         Christmas carols were banned between 1647 and 1660 in England by Oliver Cromwell, who thought that Christmas should be a solemn day

·         The first reference to writing letters to Father Christmas is from the 1200’s, although the tradition of writing to Santa asking for gifts didn’t become popular until the late 1800’s

·         The first Royal Broadcast was by The Queen's grandfather King George V, in 1932. The time chosen was 3.00pm - the best time for reaching most of the countries in the Empire by short waves from the transmitters in Britain

I also have some copies of the Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five Annual and The Christmas Book to give away to my readers. Check out rafflecopter below to enter. 

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