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Monday, 4 May 2015

Candle Creations from Clementoni #Review

Candle Creations from Clementoni

Are you artistic? Do you love creating things? Like Candles? If you answered Yes, then these new Candle Creations from Clementoni could be perfect for you!

We've been busy bees trying out the new Candles Creations set. It's aimed at children aged 7 years and over and does require constant adult supervision as they are candles. Inside the box you will find 2 sheets of natural wax, 1 sheet of coloured wax, 3 waxed wicks, 1 plastic mould, a pair of scissors and a rich illustrated manual like shown below:

My eldest (aged 12) and I had a go at seeing what we could create from our kit. Even though there is enough to make 3 smaller candles, we decided to make just 1 bigger one.

We followed the instructions which were laid out very simple making them easy to follow and went for a large roman candle style one which we then decorated as we saw fit.

Our candle may not be very pretty to you but we love it and are very proud of ourselves.

We used a plastic lid (off an old cotton buds packet) to make our candles base. It was the perfect size to stand our candle into to make sure the wax didn't drip everywhere. 

We did have fun creating and making our candle but would have liked to have made some more. Each kit can only really be used once as there isn't enough contents to make lots of candles. We're happy with our finished product which is currently burning away on our dining room table. Before I lit it I had imagined how it would smell, badly if I'm honest but I was completely wrong as the candle when burning, hardly smells at all which was great.

It's a lovely little set but only really suitable for older children. You can make pretty candles for yourself or maybe even for others as little handmade gifts. What kind of candle would you make? Would you make a big one like we did or would you be more creative?

Disclosure: We were sent a sample in return for an honest review.

Keep the Kids safe this Summer with Mustela Very High Sun Protection #Review

Keep the Kids safe this Summer with Mustela 
Very High Sun Protection

Mustela Sun Care products have been specifically designed for the delicate skin of babies and children. It's 50+ protection comes in a spray and a sun lotion. We've been trying them out over the past few weeks whilst the sun has been out, although not for long here in Brum.

The Mustela Very High Protection Sun Spray is for the face and bodies of both babies and children. It's suitable for all skin types including atopic skin and sun intolerant skin. It has a Very high protection of SPF 50 + UVB – UVA 22 PPD. with reinforced cellular protection. You'll be happy to know that it's water-resistant and contains 0% nanoparticles.

It goes on as a spray but is still nice and creamy. It's not too thick so that it rubs in easily and doesn't smell which I like. When you spray it on, it shows up as a white coloured cream so you can see where it has been sprayed making it easy to see and rub in. 

It was quick and easy to use and lasted all day although we did top it up after a few hours in the sun just incase. It is better to be safer than sorry. You can see how it looks below:

If you don't like using a spray to put on the sun cream then there's also a sun lotion for you too. It comes in a smaller sized bottle but applies much the same. It's a thin cream which rubs in nice and easy and doesn't really smell of anything so no bad smells.

Again it's suitable for all skin types including atopic skins and sun intolerant skin. It has the exact same very high protection of SPF 50 + UVB – UVA 25 PPD as the spray and is also water resistant. The lotion is made up of the same formula as the spray, only it's in a lotion not a bottle. Both are easy to use and do what they are supposed to do as there was no sunburn here which I am happy to say as we do spend a lot of time down our local park.

Out of the two I would have to say that I prefer the spray as it's quicker to apply when you're in a rush as us busy mums sometimes are. Another good thing about the spray is that it's fun. making the kids want to have a go and apply it themselves which is great.

We're new to Mustela sun protection but have been pleased with it's results.

Disclosure: We were sent a sample in return for an honest review. All the opinions expressed within this review are 100% honest and completely my own.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

My Little People and their Little Cloggs .. #Review

My Little People and their Little Cloggs

My little people have been loving their Little Cloggs shoes this week. Little Cloggs are a new kids only section of the well known Cloggs store. With over eighteen top brands to choose from, there's a huge range of designs for boys and girls and budgets to suit all.

My cheeky monkey Ryan is fussy when it comes to choosing what shoes he likes. He likes go fast stripes on his trainers to make him run faster and chunky soles on his school shoes to help him jump higher. He has one fantastic imagination, my 4 year old.

Ryan's been trying out the Geox Savage Junior shoes. These casual sport shoes from Geox are made for active boys, combining practicality with style. Even though they are sport shoes they look really smart and work well as school shoes too. Ryan loves the chunky soles and easy to do up velcro straps. They're perfect for him.

I love these shoes, their microporous membrane on top of the perforated rubber sole allows heat and humidity to escape whilst keeping water out so no more smelly feet. They also have an oversized bumper which is perfect for reducing scuffs and the grippy soles add traction on any surface which is great for climbing, running mad little boys like mine.

Both Ryan and I would recommend these shoes. If you're looking for something hard wearing and practical yet good looking and smart, then these could be just what you need.

Lily's been trying out the Dr Martens Sailor Junior Sandals in pink. These sandals are absolutely stunning, I only wish they had them in my size. With a fun look and practical detailing, these Dr Martens Sailor Junior Sandals in Pink are sure to be a popular choice this summer. I know my Lily loves them so much already.

My Lily is a little quirky as you can tell from the pictures. Most of the time she's a Pink Princess but them at other times, she's just completely bonkers like her Mummy. What I love about these sandals is that they go with everything. They look cute with a pretty party dress and bright with legging or in Lily's case, they can even look great with a cow onesie. 

These sandals are so pretty and perfect for little feet as they have an adjustable velcro strap at the back and buckle fastener on the front, both are easy to do up all by themselves. The inside of these sandals are so soft and padded making them really comfortable to wear. My Lily who's eight loves them so much. They're girly in pink yet comfortable for everyday wear.

Both my children Lily and Ryan are very happy with their new Little Cloggs shoes which means I am one happy Mummy. Happy children with Happy feet, equals a Happy Mum.

Disclosure: I received my samples in return for an honest review. All the opinions expressed in this review are 100% honest and completely my own.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Lock your Knives away with the New LockBlock by Joseph Joseph #Review

Lock your Knives away with the New LockBlock 
by Joseph Joseph 

A big part of being a Mum is worrying about the safety of your children in the home. Our kitchens for example, are full of things that we need in everyday life but are so so dangerous. Like knives, I hate anyone leaving knives out in the kitchen as they always impose a danger to the children. Until now my knives have always sat neatly in a wooden knife block that sits back against my wall, at the furthest point away from little hands. Even though they are out of reach, there's nothing stopping my children from still messing with them and this for me is always something that I worry about. 

So when Joseph Joseph introduced me to their new LockBlock knife block, I have to say that I was really excited as all my safety worries were about to be taken away.

The LockBlock is really simple yet very effective. It's innovative design locks knives safely inside the block and requires an adult-sized hand to operate it, meaning that most children aged 5 and under will be unable to remove any knives. As each knife is placed inside a knife slot, its blade is held securely by the unique Cam-lock mechanism. Pulling on a knife only increases the force of the grip so knives cannot be simply forced out of the block.

To remove a knife from LockBlock the release button which is situated on either side for left and right-handed operation, needs to be firmly pressed. But due to its position and the force required to press it, only someone with an adult-sized hand can do this. The mechanism inside won't damage your expensive knife blades as it has a smooth rubber surface.

I love this block, it's amazing and really does do what it says it does. It keeps your knives locked away from the children whilst keeping them organised and looking stylish. 

There are six slots so the block can hold up to six knives at any one time is more than enough for me as I don't own that many anyway. It comes in one size and one colour which is grey and costs around £60 which you might think is a lot but in my eye, you really can't put a price on your childrens safety. The peace of mind I got from this product is immense. I no longer have to worry about my children getting hold of the knives whilst I'm not looking as they're now safely locked away. The LockBlock knife block has made me very happy.

Disclosure: I was sent my sample in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Girls Love Science Too! #Discovery #TrendsUk #Review

Girls Love Science Too!

Trends Uk are currently working on a campaign to highlight that science is not just for boys, but girls can love it too. There is a lot of coverage in the media saying girls have less interest in science and don't choose it as a career. However, they believe that girls will be just as interested in science projects as boys are so we've been testing out some Science related toys over the past few weeks to find out. I wanted to join in the campaign and see what my girls thought about them as well as my science enthusiast son, Ryan.

Our first toy was the Discovery Double Globe Planetarium which makes learning about the planets and star constellations fun. There are 2 globes supplied with this Planetarium. One projects constellations onto the ceiling to show children how the stars move across the night sky. The other one shows the major planets. It's really easy to put together as the globes just slot onto the stand sitting over the bulb. Everything is controlled by a simple switch which allows the children to select how they want to play. They can choose projection on it's own or movement and commentary, so they can either watch the stars/planets and listen to interesting facts from the planet commentary at the same time.

We loved this toy, it's a really simple yet nice way to see how the world works. Studying the planets or star constellations has never been so much fun. Seeing them light up your ceiling really brings them to life and makes learning fun. Both my son and daughters enjoyed playing with this. I think they all got something different from it but that's not because they are a boy or a girl, it's just because they are different ages and different stages in their learning. Ryan loved talking about the planets whereas Lily liked watching the shapes the stars made. Science is for everyone, it's not just for boys. My girls had great fun too!

Our second toy was the Discovery Digital Metal Detector which was very popular with all three of my children and Daddy too. I mean who doesn't want to hunt for treasure? This fabulous little toy helps you hunt for lost items and hidden treasures! It has a rotating, backlit digital LCD screen which shows your hunting status and battery strength. We loved the way it shows you when you've found something by displaying 'Metal Found'; and beeping like crazy. It's really clever how it works and features a double coil for detecting common metals.

Again this toy is really easy to put together and literally only takes a few seconds to do. It comes in two pieces which simply slot together and requires 1 x 9V battery to work. We all had a go looking for treasure in our back garden but sadly didn't find any. We did on the other hand find lots of our missing tent pegs from the last time we'd had the tent out.

My girls loved playing with this although they did have to fight their little brother to get a go. Ryan was besotted with it, he loved using it to become a pirate treasure hunter.

We've had lots of fun over the past few weeks playing with our Discovery toys from Trends Uk. I love the fact that their toys are so easy to use yet teach you so much. Who knew Science could be so much fun? Everyone here has enjoyed playing and learning, there's been no divisions of 'They're boys' or 'They're girls' toy, just fun with 2 great scientific toys!

We happily agree with trends Uk that it doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl, Science can be fun for everyone and Scientific toys are suitable and fun for all.

Disclosure: We received our toys in return for an honest review but that doesn't influence our posts. All the opinions given are 100% honest and our own.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Thomas & Friends have released Two Brand New DVDs #Review

Thomas & Friends have released 
Two Brand New DVDs 

Choo Choo Thomas, Thomas Number 1 - or at least he is in our house!

First up we have the Thomas & Friends Complete Series 16 DVD which features a whopping 20 exciting episodes from the Island of Sodor. That's more than three whole hours of Thomas stories, including the exciting introduction of a new engine Stafford.

This DVD is great for all Thomas fans as it's nice and long keeping the kiddies entertained for hours but because it's made up of 20 smaller episodes it's also not gonna drag out and bore them. I love DVDs like this where there's lots of little episodes all put together in one as it means there's always lots of choice and a great deal of value for your money. 

I don't want to spoil it too much for you as this DVD isn't out until May 25th (price £12.99) so I won't tell you all the details but there are lots of great stories to see. We loved the one filled with music when a famous composer visited the island and the one where Thomas became a scarecrow for the day. There's a cute story of Percy as he falls foul to of one of Salty’s tales and The Fat Controller celebrates a birthday. There's lots to like about this DVD.

Next up we have the Thomas & Friends ‘Trouble on the tracks' DVD which sees The Troublesome Trucks delight in causing problems for Thomas and his friends. Annie, Clarabel and Toad encounter unexpected high-speed adventures whilst Oily Diesel gives Paxton a fright. James runs into trouble with some slip coaches and Percy ends up frightened and alone in an old mine. It's all happening in this DVD.

Trouble on the Tracks was released on April 20th and will cost you around £9 which for a 70 minute DVD is a really good price. We really enjoyed watching it this week.

You can find out more about Thomas & Friends online at Thomas & Friends.Com.