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Sunday, 17 October 2021

The Healthy Dog Co Family - It's Not Just for Dogs! #Review

 The Healthy Dog Co Family - It's Not Just for Dogs!

Checking out The Healthy Dog Co the other day, I realised that's they're not just for dogs but for cats too! Their story, The Healthy Dog Co was created by Sally King after her dog Maxi suffered terrible health problems and sadly passed away. The loss was devastating for Sally and she made it her mission to stop bad health affecting as many dogs as she can. She found and worked together with the best vets, nutritionists and manufacturers to produce the highest quality dog health products on the market so other dogs will never have to suffer the same fate. Sally now has a new dog, Lucy, who she loves with all her heart. 

The Healthy Dog Co’s mission is to create products that dog/cat owners can trust with the health of their pets by only producing products with healthy, safe, all natural ingredients.

My Cat Tommy is such an adventurer which means he often comes home with a few extra, unwanted friends - fleas! We've tried several brands but they don't seem to keep them away for very long so this week we decided to give The Healthy Dog company a try instead.

The All Natural Flea Fighter Treatment Repels and Kills Fleas, Ticks and Lice, It's Fast Acting Long lasting. It's Powerful and Natural with Non-Toxic Ingredients. Costing you £17.99 for a 100ml bottle is great value as you only need to squirt 1ml (a full pipette) of solution onto the back of your pets neck daily for 1 week for the best results. It's quick, simple and easy.

My Tommy isn't a fan of flea treatments but he's a good boy and lets me do it when needed. 

Along with the help of their All Natural Household Flea Fighter too, I can happily say my home and cat are both flea free right now which is fantastic news. Costing £19.99, you can use is safely everywhere in your home, on your beds, carpets and sofas. It will fight fleas all year round using it's powerful but 100% natural ingredients. It's pretty awesome really.

Being flea free means that Tommy can get back to his normal playful, cheely self sooner.

The Healthy Dog Co looks after both dogs and cat in a natural and friendly way. I really like their products and will continue to use them on my boy Tommy. He's happy & I'm happy!

Disclosure: We received our Flea Treatment products for free in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

#WIN a Box of Cadbury Halloween Chocolate Treats

 WIN a Box of Cadbury Halloween Chocolate Treats

Happy September Everyone! Summer is almost over and Autumn will soon be here, along with Halloween so I thought I'd give away some Halloween treats this month to cheer us up. 

Inside this box of treats, you'll find: 

1 x Cadbury Goo Mini Eggs Bag 
1 x Cadbury Treat size Minis Buttons Bag 12 Pack 
1 x Cadbury Family Treat size Bars Bag with approx 16 bars. 
1 x Cadbury Creme Egg Goo Head 5 Pack

To WIN - Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to complete as many or as few of the entry options as you like. It's completely up to you how many you do but remember, the more entries you do, the more chances you have to win. 1 lucky winner will be chosen at random after it closes on October 1st  - This Giveaway is Open to the UK Only - Good Luck x

This is not a sponsored Giveaway - The Prize is supplied by myself. Terms and Conditions: One winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter App. This Giveaway is only open to the UK. The giveaways ends on October 1st. Winner contacted shortly after.

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Micro Toy Box Miniature Collectibles #Review

 Micro Toy Box Miniature Collectibles

There are big things in store for mini toys this year! Micro Toy Box Collectables let your kids unbox highly detailed, quality miniatures of all the best loved classic and contemporary toys and games. They bring back some great childhood memories for us adults and some new ones for the children. My boy loved peeling and revealing these collectable replicas. 

There's different sized packs available to buy. You can choose 5, 10, 15 or 20 miniature toys per pack, plus stickers. 
All your favourite toys and games have been made mini. Just unwrap and reveal the surprise mini toys that come in every pack. What surprises will you unbox?

There are 50 miniature micros toys from: Rubiks, Barbie, Nerf, Hot Wheels, My Little Pony, Hasbro games e.g. Monopoly, and more! There’s even a handy collectors leaflet to check off your surprise reveals. Have fun building your collection and swapping with your friends.

Ryan loves the miniature Hot Wheels cars and the little Transformers Robots. Some of the classic toys have given us great conversations about the toys Mummy used to play with when she was little. Like the little plastic telephone with the face on it and the Glowworm, which I loved. It's like a trip down memory lane looking at some of these old classic toys.

The smallest pack available is the 5 pack which costs £6.99 and the biggest pack is the 20 pack which costs £19.99 but there are other sized packs available in between those. They're all now Available now from Smyths Toys Superstores! We visited our local store last week to find our 20 pack, as Ryan wanted to have a look through them all and choose his own. I love the idea that most of the toys are on show so that you can pick which ones you want. We do love the surprise ones but it's good that they're not all surprises so you can avoid getting too many duplicates. We do have a few of the same toys but they're in different colours so they don't actually look like they're all the same which is a very clever idea.

They're not suitable for children under 3 years as the parts are very small. Ryan is 11 now and loves this kind of thing. The Micro Toy Box Collectibles have a lot going for them. My boy loves the hidden surprise elements, the unboxing of packets elements and of course the total cute factors. He loves them so much that he now wants to collect them all so he best get saving his pocket money or at least I know what to buy him for Christmas this year. 

Can you spot any of your favourite toys?

Disclosure: We received our Micro Toy Box Collectibles in return for an Honest Review.

Sunday, 8 August 2021

Back To School with Trutex Schoolwear #Review

 Back To School with Trutex Schoolwear 

The Back to School madness is just a month away so I'm trying to be more organised this year and get everything we need early. I'm hoping to avoid the disappointment we were faced with last year when all the sizes we needed, were out of stock everywhere and It was way too stressful. It's going to be a  big year for us this year with my youngest now off to big school so we've got a lot to prepare for and a lot of new uniform to buy. It's going to be quite costly for us but it's more about quality, durability and fit, than cost for me as I want uniform that lasts. 

Over the past few months, we,ve been testing out some Trutex School Uniform. We're lucky enough to have one of their stores on our local High Street which is ever so handy for us but they are also online too, so don't worry if there's not a store close to you. You can get all the same great choice online, delivered to your door like we did with our school uniform order.

Ryan will be starting Year 7 in September so it's a whole new uniform for him this time. He's going to need new trousers, shirts and a blazer. All of which we got from Trutex. Even though Ryan is 11 years old now, he's a bit smaller for his age so we often struggle to get the right sizes for him. We buy adjustable trousers so we can pull them in at the waist and smaller sizes in everything else. Ryan's blazer is a bit big for him but that's just a mum thing. We all buy a bigger sized blazer for our Year 7 starters saying "they'll grow into it". Don't we? 

The Sturdy Fit Trouser With Internal Adjuster provide a generous fit with a shorter leg. They feature a flat front style with side and back pockets which always come in handy for boys. They're available in black, grey, charcoal and prices start from £15.95 a pair. 

The Boys Blazer features a traditional three pocket design. It's properly tailored, with a superior internal construction. This blazer won’t lose its shape, even after repeated washes in your washing machine as it is machine washable. It's recycled outer blazer fabric is stain resistant and this blazer has an Internal zip pocket for added security too which is cool. It's available in 7 colours and a whole range of different sizes, and costs £29.95. It's a plain blazer with no school badge on it so that you can sow you're own school badge onto it.

The Short Sleeve, Slim Fit Non-Iron Shirts (Twin Pack) are low maintenance with no ironing required after washing, helping to take the stress out of keeping uniforms clean. They button up to the neck with strong seams and have an added chest pocket on them too. They're available in 3 colours, black, white and blue and cost £11.95 for the twin pack.

I love the quality of the Trutex uniform, everything is nice and thick, and made to last. Adjustable trousers are a must for us so these are perfect and extra pockets are always welcomed too. My boy is a proper rough and tumble kind of boy so I know he needs a tough uniform to get him through the school year. I'm pleased to say, I think Trutex should do that. 

Lily is going into Year 10 at her school this September so she doesn't need quite as much new uniform as Ryan, as most of hers is still quite new and still fits luckily. We tend to just top up her school uniform with the bits that she does need. This year it's mainly new trousers, skirts  and shoes for her, and tights, she always needs new tights. 

The Senior Stitch Down Pleat Skirt has a permanent pleat with a stain resistant finish so it not only looks good, but it’s easy to wash and iron, saving you time too It comes in a huge range of sizes and an internal waist adjuster, back zip and button fastening so you’re sure to find a comfortable fit. It's available in black, navy and harrow grey and costs £14.95 to buy.

The Short Sleeve, Slim Fit Non Iron Blouses (Twin pack) help take the stress out of laundry, making it easier to keep children looking smart. They have elasticated collars on the junior sizes helping to provide younger children with the confidence to dress themselves and strong seam construction to make them last longer. The Elasticated collar is available on sizes 22" - 26". The low maintenance Non iron finish is best achieved using a hang to dry for maximum non iron effectiveness although minimal ironing may be prefered. They are available to buy in 2 colours, white and blue and prices start from £11.95 for the twin pack which is great.

Lily's is really fussy about her school uniform (Teens) but she loves the Trutex skirt and shirts. They're comfortable and look great on, so if she's happy, than I am more than happy. That's one less battle every morning to get her dressed and ready for school in time each morning. 

Overall, I'm really happy with the Trutex school uniform. It's made of good quality materials, is easily washed and dried and wears really well. It's adjustable and comfortable and looks great. Both my two are looking forward to wearing their new school uniforms in September.

You can check out all the Trutex School Uniform online at

Disclosure: We received our Trutex Uniform for Free in Return for an Honest Review.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Time for a Bigger House? Or Just Need more Space? (AD)

 Time for a Bigger House? Or Just Need more Space? 

With my children getting older, we seem to be acquiring more 'stuff' and lately the storage in our home, or lack of it, is becoming a bit of an issue. The kids are getting bigger which seems to make our house feel smaller. Maybe it's because of all the things they now have and need. The school equipment, the sports team kits, the holidays accessories and so on. 

Most of their 'stuff' gets used every day so doesn't need storing but then there's this pile that just sits there with no where to go. The memory boxes, the childhood treats and the toys they no longer play with but are too attached to, to throw away. What do you actually do with it all?

That is the question I've been thinking a lot about lately. I don't want to throw it away as that would make the kids feel sad but there simply isn't room in our house to store it for much longer. We can't afford to move to a bigger house and we can't really afford to extend our current house either so that's why I've had to think outside of the box for a different sort of solution to our problem. Now Storage self storage could solve all our problems. They're a  family run business that offers personal storage with the added peace of mind that all of their storage units are fully insulated to protect your items from the elements and keep them in pristine condition. Somewhere safe to store our keepsakes and special belongings safe and secure, that sounds like a great solution or definitely one to be considered.

How do you make room for all the 'stuff' in your house? I'd love to know. I'm so useless at making room for things that we don't need. I'm always watching those DIY programmes to make storage myself but I'm just no good at it so I guess this is the best kind of solution for me. I'd still love to hear what you do in your home though. Where do you store your 'stuff'?

Disclosure: This post is written in association with Now Storage Self Storage.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Fathers Day Gifts - The Gift Guide For All.

 Fathers Day Gifts  - The Gift Guide For All. 

Fathers Day is on it's way! Sunday June 20th is just over 2 weeks away so I'm here with my Fathers Day Gift Guide for All to help you find the perfect gift for your Father/Dad/Loved one.

I have something for every budget, from pocket money spenders to big spenders.

I've got a lot of 'personalised' gifts this year because they're my favourite kind of gifts.

First up, I have the Big Boys Box Food Hamper from Buyagift - £26.99

I love a good hamper and this one is no different. It's a well wrapped gift box of assorted tasty sweets and savoury snacks for the man in your life. It contains: Crunch Craving Chilli Coated Peanuts 100g, Ten Acre The Amazing Adventures of Salt and Vinegar Hand Cooked Crisps 135g, GNAW Milk Chocolate Buttons 150g, Mighty Fine Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Bar 30g, Radfords Handmade West Country Vanilla Fudge 85g, Yorkshire Popcorn Salted 40g, Wold Top Scarborough Fair IPA 500ml and Wold Top Hello Velo 500ml. It's a nice selection!

Next up, I have Wells Thea Silver Tone & Grey Aviator Sunglasses from Trend Him - £45.

These Classic aviator sunglasses have a stainless steel frame and offer 100% UV protection. They're very snazzy and come in a cute tri fold storage box, with a nice pouch and cleaning cloth included too. They're the perfect gift for Fathers Day and the upcoming Summer time.

Next up, a selection of Personalised Gifts from Printster. Prices start from £4.99.

I absolutely love these and they're so affordable. The Photo mug with message (£5.49) and the Magic mug (£6.99) are both so lovely and make perfect gifts that will last. The 'In Your Face' wrapping paper (£4.99) is so funny. I can't wait to see Daddy's face when he sees it.

Printster have everything from personalised wrapping paper, to coasters and socks!

Next up, HARIBO Starmix and Football Mix - from £1 a bag.

If you want a gift that is as sweet as Starmix, their cute gift box packed with the iconic Egg, Ring, Bear, Cola Bottle and Heart shaped pieces is a real treat. A family favourite for over 25 years, the Starmix gift box will certainly deliver a moment of childlike happiness for Dad.

And just in time for the EURO's - The Football Mix. With its football shaped, fruity pieces you’ll be sure to score with this pocket money gesture for all those footy fans out there! 

Both products are stocked in Heron Foods, B&M, Sainsbury’s, Spar and Co-op.

Next up, Barrington Watch Winders - £149

Barrington Watch Winders are my highest priced gift but they are a special gift for the watch lovers in your life. Barrington create a wide range of watch winders for luxury automatic watches which can be operated either by AC mains or two AA batteries, feature an ultra-quiet Japanese motor, multiple rotation settings (clockwise, counterclockwise or alternating) and multiple turns per day (TPD) settings from 650, 750, 850, 1000 or 1950 to suit any weight of watch. Not only are these watch winders an amazing way to care for and store your watches, but they come in a variety of beautiful colours, in a sleek and minimal design so they look great on every desk, shelf, or bedside table. I think you’ll agree that good quality watches are something of an investment, and that it’s important to protect that investment. Watch winders are a pretty niche product in the wider world but of course are more well known amongst watch enthusiasts. They’re intended to care for automatic watches by keeping them in perpetual movement, like they would be on your wrist, when they’re not in use. This not only ensures that your watch will keep ticking on forever, but also means you don’t have to set the date and time every time you pick it up after a little while without wear. Sounds awesome.

Next Up, Wise(ish) Words By Dennis from The Book of Everyone - £20.

Wise(ish) Words By Dennis is a personalised book that will have you chuckling from cover to cover. It’s full of stunning Beano illustrations all set to Dennis’s Wise(ish) Words on life.

After the last year, perhaps Dennis’s spirit is just the respite we need. Especially those Dads who’ve been through so much. Reconnecting with your inner child is good for the soul and what kids adore about their dads. I love that you can add photographs of your Dad inside.

Next up, a Personalised Plant Pot from Cool Pots - £18.99.

This one's a quirky personalised plant pot from Cool Pots where you can upload a photo to put your dads face on it. Cool Pots also give the option of adding multiple faces on the design, so you can even upload yours or perhaps include the dogs face! They have 36 fun and colourful designs, so there is no doubt that you will find the perfect pot for your dad.

I can't wait to grow a Sunflower in this to give Daddy some bright yellow hair!

Next up, Chocolate Coated Nibble Collection from Conscious Chocolate - £6.99

This little gift set includes an Award Winning collection of three amazing 50g Nibbles.

Chocolate Brazil Nuts, Salted Chocolate Dates, Chocolate Orange Figs.

This collection Conscious Organic, Vegan and Raw Coated Chocolate nuts are fruits are the ultimate in Conscious sharing & nibbles! This will blow you away and you will find yourself coming back for more! The range are all free from gluten, soya, dairy and refined sugars.

It's a nice lower priced gift for the chocolate lovers out there.

Next up, Daim and Toblerone Cheesecakes - £3.50 each.

If you are inviting Dad over for a celebratory lunch in the garden then how about having one of these amazing Cheesecakes in the freezer ready? These have been combined with two of our favourite chocolate bars to create delicious desserts which are ready to serve. Yummy!

The newest Daim product, which you’ll find in the freezer of your nearest Tesco, is a delicious, handcrafted baked cheesecake on a chocolate flavoured biscuit base, topped with smooth milk chocolate ganache and those familiar crunchy Daim pieces.  And The Toblerone Cheesecake is a delicious, handcrafted, creamy cheesecake on a chocolate flavoured biscuit base, topped with Toblerone’s smooth milk chocolate. Now available from the freezer aisle of your nearest Asda, B&M Stores, Morrisons and Tesco. They both sound delicious!

Well that's it. That;s my choice of Fathers Day Gifts for this year. I really hope it helped you find a gift you liked or at least gave you some ideas for what you'd like to buy your Father.

Happy Fathers Day Everyone! xox

Disclosure: I received some samples for inclusion in my Fathers Day Gift Guide. 
All the Opinions expressed within it are my own and 100% honest as always. 

Sunday, 6 June 2021

#WIN a Hotel Chocolat The Everything Sleekster Box

 WIN a Hotel Chocolat The Everything Sleekster Box

Hi Everyone! This month I fancied a change from my usual cadbury's chocolate giveaway so I've picked you a different prize this time. Who fancies a delicious treat on me? I've got one Hotel Chocolat, The Everything Sleekster Box to give away to one of you, my lovely readers. 

It has 27 filled chocolates in 15 different recipe varieties of milk, dark and white chocolates. 

To WIN - Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to complete as many or as few of the entry options as you like. It's completely up to you how many you do but remember, the more entries you do, the more chances you have to win. 1 lucky winner will be chosen at random after it closes on Thursday July 1st  - This Giveaway is Open to the UK Only - Good Luck x 

This is not a sponsored Giveaway - The Prize is supplied by myself. Terms and Conditions: One winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter App. This Giveaway is only open to the UK. The giveaways ends on Thursday July 1st. Winner contacted shortly after.