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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

National Wrapping Day is Coming! (Sunday 14th December)

National Wrapping Day is Coming! 
Sunday 14th December



National Wrapping Day is coming - Are you all wrapped up yet?

I have to hold my hands up and admit I have only wrapped 4 presents so far. I tend to leave all my wrapping until the last minute and then have a stack to do on Christmas Eve. It doesn't take me long though so worry not as I have my trusted companion ready to help me. My cute pink 3M Scotch Pop-up Tape Dispenser is all set to get my gifts wrapped.


3M National Wrapping Day is so exciting, did I mention they're giving away lots of amazing prizes? If you go to their site you can vote for the prizes you want them to give away and then you can actually enter to win them. There's an amazing prize up for grabs each week. You can enter using your Twitter or Facebook, it's a simple vote to win!

Scotch really do have this Christmas All Wrapped Up.


So pop on over to the National Wrapping Day page and join in. Remember, you've gotta be in it to win it right? If you are lucky enough to win a prize, please do come back and let me know, I'd love to celebrate with you, I do love a Happy Ending.

Disclosure: I have written this post in association with 3M and their National Wrapping Day.

Christmas Toy Gift Ideas #ChristmasGiftGuide

Christmas Toy Gift Ideas

Christmas is on it's way and if you're anything like me, you're just not ready. I've got a few gifts bought but I'm still looking around for some ideas of what to buy. I have 3 children of my own of all ages ranging from 4 years to 11 so I know exactly how you're feeling.

These are just a few toys that I like and have either played with or bought for my children.

First up is Transformers Optimus Prime from Hasbro which costs around £20 from your local high street toy stores or online. It's aimed at children aged 5 and over, it's a great gift idea for any Transformers fan young or old. Your Optimus Prime figure has robot and truck modes like always, and is also armed with a sword in robot mode. Whichever mode he's in though, he converts back to the other mode in a flash when you smash him down! 

Smash and change in the ultimate Transformers combat.


Next up we have these Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nanos from HEXBUG which cost around £4.00 each. They're super fast little bugs that are always on the go and with these cool glow in the dark ones, they'll glow brightly for even more added fun.

The HEXBUG Nano is a tiny, collectible, micro robotic creature that uses the physics of vibration to propel forward and explore its environment. Powered by a tiny motor, and 12 fixed, angular legs, the industrious critter traverses the ground beneath it and quickly navigates through the most complex mazes which can be purchased separately.


Last but not least is my Lily's favourite, the Littlest Pet Shop playset toys which start from around £14.99 upwards. These are aimed at children aged 3 and over.

We recently did a REVIEW which you can check out for more information.

Littlest Pet Shop is first-and-foremost a collectors item, with so many different pets for your children to cherish but with the new playsets there's even more fun to be had.


The playsets are sold separately and each come with a pet or two but they can connect together to make even bigger sets to play with. My Lily loved these so I'm sure they will go down well with all the Littlest Pet Shop fans this Christmas.

I'm sure your little ones will be delighted with whatever gifts you choose for them this Christmas. These are just a few ideas of gifts I like, that you might like too.

Disclosure: I received samples for the purpose of this Gift Guide for photograph purposes. 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Design your Littlest Pet Shop world your way. #Review

Design your Littlest Pet Shop world your way.


Littlest Pet Shop is all about self expression. 

The Littlest Pet Shop playsets give children the opportunity to create their own unique worlds from limitless combinations of pets, playsets and accessories. Along with their friend Blythe who's a real fashionista with her own “Blythe Style” there's lots of fun to be had. 

Littlest Pet Shop is first-and-foremost a collectors item, with so many different pets for your children to cherish. Meet the cutest, most adorable pets you'll ever see. Featuring fun bobble-head motions, they'll make the perfect addition to any pet collection. 

You can now play with your pet digitally, too, with the free Littlest Pet Shop app. Once you've launched the app, simply hold the pet, scan with the mobile device and play.

My daughter Lily who's 7 loves the Littlest Pet Shop toys, she loves collecting the adorable pets for her collection. The new playsets are great too, they seem to bring out her creative side which I don't get to see very often with her any more.

We've been playing with three Littlest Pet Shop sets over the past two weeks. The Pet-cular Fun Room Style Set (£14.95), the Spa Style Set (£14.95) and Blythes Bedroom Style Set (£29.99). Each set comes with one or more collectable pets, is fully customisable, and is stackable vertically and horizontally to create a unique world.


Each sets comes flat packed in their boxes so there full assembly required. They're really easy to put together though, most bits just slot into place which means even the kids can do it. There's lots of little accessories and stickers to personalise things just the way you like. You can change the way the rooms look for a different vibe every time.

Lily has been having so much fun playing with her new sets. She's got them all stacked up like a tower block at the moment but often takes them down to have a play. Blythe and her little pets have been getting up to all sorts of dramas over the past few weeks, someone fell into the bathtub just the other day. That was lots of fun.


The pets can play in the hamster wheel or slide down through the tunnels in the Pet-acular Fun Room Style Set or they can go for a haircut, bath or facemask at the Spa. There's always lots to do in the Littlest Pet Shop playsets, that's for sure.

Lily loves bathing her pets before they go to bed, because like she says 'no one wants mucky pets in their bed'. Lily loves the fact that the playsets are interchangeable and movable so that she can easily move the sets around to create different formations each time she plays. I also like that feature as it means you can store them away really easily, I just stack them all up on top of each other and push them to one side.


The Littlest Pet Shop toys are great, not only do you get lots of fun for your money but you also get access to the website where your children can go for even more exclusive Littlest Pet Shop content such as TV clips and music videos. There's also the App which gives you access to even more games and fun features. The possibilities of fun are endless.

I sure know that Lily is going to enjoy her Littlest Pet Shop sets and Pets for a long while to come. There's a new adventure to be had every time she plays and with even more Pets and Playsets to collect, her journey has only just begun. She's added a few of them to her Santa List for this Christmas so I'm sure her collection will be growing real soon.

We scored our Littlest pet Shop toys a fun filled 4/5. They're great fun and enjoyable to play with. They're great creative toys and are reasonably priced.

Disclosure: We were sent our samples for an honest review and were also compensated for our time in creating this review for Tots100/Hasbro.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

ToxicFox Christmas Gift Ideas .. #ChristmasGiftGuide

ToxicFox Christmas Gift Ideas


All I Want For Christmas Is... No one knows. What do people really want for Christmas?

ToxicFox have a wonderful new look Christmas Gifts section packed full of Christmas ideas for the whole family. You can pick from LOL, OMG or WTF categories for funny, unique or unusual presents, or check out their many other options to help you easily track down the best gifts for each individual. You really are spoilt for choice.

How about a ClaireaBella Large Jute Bag (£39.99) 


This bag features an elegant rosette bow, a 'handmade with love' silver charm, Swarovski Elements, 2 fabulous painted hearts (featured beside the name of your choice) and plenty of sparkle and glitter! You get to choose what you would like your girl to look like and wear.

The bags are gorgeous, they're very pretty to look at and really comfortable to carry. I love the way you can personalise them to make them look like you too.

How about a Cocktail Glass Matt Frame (£39.99)


Why not celebrate your life with this fabulous Cocktail Glass themed typography framed print. Each print comes wonderfully presented with a selection of mixed colour gems, a vintage frame and of course lots of words of your choice with meanings to you.

I chose 10 words that meant something special to me, mostly I picked my families names but then I added some emotions like Love, Fun and Happy too. I was really pleased with my finished print. It's going to sit really nicely on my bedroom wall now.

How about a Beautiful Bath Bomb Christmas Cracker (£7.99)


The pack contains:

Fresh Berry Blaster
It's Xmas Blaster
Cherry Bathewell Blaster

This bright pink christmas crackers contains three fruity, berry bath bombs which are all 
Christmas themed cupcake bomb shapes. They're the perfect treat for all bath bomb lovers. It's a simple gift idea but perfect if the lady in your life likes to enjoy her baths.

How about a Retox Pamper Pack (£7.99)


The pack includes:

1 Pomegranate & paw paw invigorating and nourishing face mask
1 Grape & Ginseng really revitalizing eye gel pads
1 Almond oil leave in hair mask
1 Shea butter & peach kernel softening intensive foot cream

It's a lovely little stocking filler for the ladies in your life. It's a novelty gift that screams 'Enjoy Me' If you like smellies or beauty goods then this is a great gift choice for you.

Whatever you fancy this Christmas, be sure to check out ToxicFox for some amazing gift ideas and all sorts of Christmas Treats and grab a cheeky 10% off with code TFBlog.

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

Check out My Abra-ca-Debora Pancake Art & #win Your very own Pancake Hamper.

Check out My Abra-ca-Debora Pancake Art 
& win Your very own Pancake Hamper.

I don't quite fancy myself as a Picasso, Salvador Dali or a Turnover but when I was sent an amazing hamper of Abra-ca-Debora pancakes and some mystery ingredients, I just had to give it a try. Remember the word try there as my efforts were not brilliant but I tried.


Inside my hamper I found everything I could possibly need to create my Pancake Masterpieces. I decided on two pieces of well known art and gave it my best shot.


I give you my very own interpretation of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. 


I used dried apricots, slices of chocolate orange, raisins, chopped almonds and of course a Abra-ca-Debora Sweet Pancake. Everything in the picture is completely edible, I should know as I ate it shortly after taking this picture. It was delicious.


Next up is my slightly dodgy version of Scream by Edvard Munch.

For this one I used dried apricots, raisins, chocolate orange slices, chopped almonds, 2 silver cake decorations as eyes and nutella spread for added decoration. 

I had imagined it to be much easier to create than it actually was but I'm quite happy with how it turned out. What do you think? Is it a worthy effort?


Just for fun I had one last go at getting creative with my Pancakes and replicated the Eiffel Tower. What do you think? I think this was my best effort out of the three I did.

If you could create your own Pancake Masterpiece, what would you make?

COMPETITION TIME:

The lovely people from Abra-ca-Debora have kindly offered me a Pancake Hamper as a prize for one of my readers to win. It's nice and easy to enter so please do join in.


The Prize will include:
  • 3 packs of Abra-ca-Debora Sweet Dutch Pancakes
  • 3 packs of Abra-ca-Debora Original Dutch Pancakes
  • 3 packs of Abra-ca-Debora Diddy Dutch Pancakes
  • Whole Earth peanut butter with sunflower, pumpkin & flax seeds
  • Clarks maple syrup
  • Clarks clear honey
  • Moose Maple Butter

To Win, simply use the Rafflecopter Form below.


This Competition will end on December 17th. One lucky winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries and emailed with how to claim. Open to the UK Only.