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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Christmas Competition: #Win £75 of Argos Vouchers

Christmas Competition: #Win £75 of Argos Vouchers 

Christmas is Coming and I want to help. 

Today I am launching our 2nd Argos Giveaway with thanks to Chad Valley and the fatastic Play Panel that we are apart of.  There is another £75 Argos voucher to be won by one of you lucky readers. I love giving away prizes before Christmas, it's so festive and fun.

It's nice and easy to enter using the RaffleCopter Form below. There are several ways to enter but please do feel free to do as many or as few of the entries as you choose but remember, the more you do, the more chances you have of winning. It's very exciting!

Terms and Conditions: The Giveaway will end in 17 days time on the 17th of December. 1 winner will be drawn at random using RaffleCopter from all the correctly made entries and contacted by email within 3 days of it ending. Open to the UK Only I'm afraid. Good Luck.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Magical lantern Festival Birmingham #Review

Magical lantern Festival Birmingham

Last Thursday I went along to the pre - opening of the Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham in Kings Heath Park. It's set to run from 24th Nov 2017 right up until 1st Jan 2018 so there's plenty of time for you to go along and see the pretty lights for yourselves.

This year's Christmas themed Lantern Festival will illuminate the park turning it into a spectacular fusion of dual culture, vibrant colors, and artistic sculptures! It's a magical experience where you'll discover life-size lanterns in all shapes and designs. You'll see  a 'Gingerbread House' and a magnificent giant lantern recreation of the iconic 'Birmingham Central Library'. My favourites were the Pink Flamingos and cute Frogs down by the lake, they were beautiful so make sure you don't miss them out if you go, it's easily done.

The festival is not just beautiful hand-sculpted lanterns though as there is an entertainment area with street food stalls and drinks area. There's a lovely little Cadburys Hot Chocolate stand which was very popular. There is a Santa's Grotto but this will cost you an extra £10 per child (includes gift) There are a handful of fairground rides for children and a merchandise marquee where visitors can buy a souvenirs of their experience to take home.

 Tickets cost:

Adults: Weekday £12 (In Advance) £14 (On the Day)
Adults: Weekend £13.50 (In Advance) £15.50 (On the Day)
Booking Fees will Apply.

Children: Aged 4 -15 Years: Weekday £8 (In Advance) £10 (On the Day)
Children: Aged 4 -15 Years: Weekend £9.50 (In Advance) £11.50 (On the Day)
Booking Fees will Apply.

Children under 3 are free and Family Tickets and Group Tickets are available.

If you love pretty lights and giant lanterns then you will love this. I had a nice time but I wasn't sure if it's worth the price that's charged as it only covers entry. Once inside the rides and refreshments all need to be paid extra for. I bought an Ostrich Burger with Jack Daniel onions from one of the stalls which cost me £6, that gives you an idea of the prices.

It's very cold out at night here in Birmingham so please do wrap up warm, I wore a nice big coat and a woolly hat and was nice and warm. There's nothing worse than being cold when you're trying to enjoy yourself. I don't tend to take my children out on night time events because of the cold but there was lots of children there who were loving the displays. It's a family friendly place to visit and suitable for all ages. There are walkways laid down so you won't have to walk on the muddy grass which is a nice idea as they also show you the way.

The Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham will be in Kings Heath Park right up until January 1st 2018 but if you're not in Birmingham, then why not check out their website to find out if there's one near to you. There's one in London, Manchester, Scotland and Yorkshire.

Disclosure: I was invited and given free entry to this event in return for an honest review.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Protein Water Co - New Drinks range designed to Maximise Health & Performance #Review

Protein Water Co - New Drinks range designed to Maximise Health & Performance #Review

Protein Water Co is an award winning British brand which produces the UK's first and only completely natural protein infused waters. They're free from added sugars, artificial additives and preservatives. The whole range is designed to maximise your health, well being and performance in life. As a current gym goer at the moment. these sounded perfect for me but they're not just for gym goers like me. They're great for everyone as they can boost energy levels , help manage weight and also stabilise blood sugar levels which can improve concentration and support the absorption of important nutrients. They sound great.

Protein Water is available in Three flavours: 
  • Grapefruit & Yuzu
  • Coconut & Mango
  • Apple & Strawberry
The Facts about Protein Water:
  • 100% Natural
  • 20g of Premium Whey Protein Isolate
  • Only natural low fruit sugars, 5g per bottle
  • 100 kcal per 500ml bottle
  • Zero fat and low in carbohydrates
  • Rich in branched-chain amino acids
  • 100% GMO FREE (genetically modified organisms)
  • WPI from organic grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free cows

The Benefits of Protein Water:
  • Easily digested
  • Absorbed quickly
  • Zero lactose levels
  • Promotes muscle growth
  • Good source of Amino Acids
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Boosts the body’s immune system

Every 500ml bottle contains the highest quality spring water which delivers a refreshing taste with absolutely no added sugar, zero fat and no artificial sweeteners or colours.

Protein Water makes a nice change from some other products on the shelf at the moment. I can now drink something that's full of protein but without the added sugars. Most drinks are good at one thing but then bad at something else, so this makes a pleasant surprise.

The Protein Water Co Muscle Maintenance Range has a RRP of £2.35 per 500ml bottle and are available from Boots, Whole Foods Market, Fenwick, Kettlebell Kitchen and independant retailers nationwide or directly from the Protein Water Co website so take a look.

Disclosure: I received samples for the purpose of this review.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Countdown is On! Men's Gift Guide - Something for All Budgets.

The Countdown is On! Men's Gift Guide
Something for All Budgets.

Last week, I shared my Children's Gift Guide with you but I am happy to say that luckily, Christmas is not just about the children. So this week I'm going to show you some gifts for the men in your lives. Some men like D.I.Y and using their hands whilst others would prefer to use their hands to play Video Games. Some men love chocolate or edible treats whilst others would prefer an alcoholic drink of some kind to relax with in front of the TV.

What ever the man in your life loves, from the Foodies to the D.I.Y enthusiasts. Have a quick look at my gift ideas below, they're just ideas but they may inspire you, who knows.

 For the D.I.Y lovers in your life there's the Amtech 3.6v Li-ion Cordless Screwdriver. It has 6 adjustable torque settings and a 180° swivel handle for improved access in confined spaces. It's compact palm size design with integral LED light make skit the perfect stocking filler idea for Christmas. It has both forward and reverse functions and a lovely soft touch finish. It comes supplied with a charger, 10 screwdriver bits, 60 mm magnetic extension bar & a storage holster. It's a nice little gift for the D.I.Y beginner or Pro in your life. 

If you'd like something a little bigger, then the Amtech 141pc Tool Kit could be for you. 
The Tool Kit includes: 240mm water pump plier, 6 x 100mm screwdriver, PH2 x 100mm screwdriver, bit handle driver, 6pc combination wrenches (8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15mm), 11pc 25mm screwdriver bits (slotted 4, 5, 6, 7mm, Torx T10, T15, T20, Phillips PH1, P. That might not make a lot of sense to us but I'm sure it would make perfect sense to any D.I.Y man.

Both tools could make great little gifts and they won't break the bank as they both cost under £30 each. If the man in your life likes his tools or doing D.I.Y, these could be perfect.

If your man doesn't like D.I.Y then you can swap the tools for some edible treats instead.

From Find Me A Gift. Com I have a rather lovely Christmas Decoration with a twist. The Whisky Christmas Bauble comes beautifully presented in a golden box looking very luxurious. It's not your average Christmas decoration as the Clear plastic bauble has been hand-filled with 20 cl of a unique blended whisky from the heart of the Lake District. 

It's the perfect little treat for the Whiskey lover in your life. This one will be hanging on my parents tree this year as a lovely little Christmas treat for my Dad who's the biggest Whiskey lover I know. I love the fact that it's a nice sized drink but not a whole bottle which can often be too much. It will cost you £17.99 and you will need to be over 18 years old to buy it.

If you like your food better than your drinks then this next gift is for you. Also from Find Me A Gift. Com these Chocolate Sprouts are so life like and look amazing, just like real sprouts but so much yummier. I don't like normal sprouts but I'd make an exception for these ones.

These sprouts would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loathes the sight of the much-hated vegetable like me. When they open the packet they'll be horrified to see what you've treated them to, until they look a little closer and their disgust turns into delight. The box contains eight solid white chocolate Brussels sprouts handmade in the UK by Choconchoc and costs £9.99. I'm thinking of popping one of these on the kids Christmas Dinner plates this year just to see their faces. I wonder if they'll tell the difference just looking at them? I bet they won't as they really do look like the real things. They're such a great idea for scaring a loves one or just treating someone to something a little different this year.

If you don't want to buy your man socks or underpants this year then why not try out one of the ideas above. I think the Whiskey Bauble is going to be a popular one in my house.

Thanks for looking and do let me know if you decide to try any of the gifts yourself.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Chad Valley Be U Jewellery Bead Tree Set #Review

Chad Valley Be U Jewellery Bead Tree Set Review

Last week we received our second Chad Valley Play Panel delivery and the toys inside were so lovely. Lily and Ryan have been playing with them all week and this time they have decided to review the Chad Valley Be U Jewellery Bead Tree Set. You may think it's just for girls as it's a jewellery maker and it's pink but it is not. Both Lily and Ryan have loved this set and have had such fun making bracelets and necklaces for all their friends and family.

Priced at just £14.99 it's a bargain. You get to make and store your own beautifully beaded jewellery for yourself or your friends and family with this lovely jewellery making set. With so many beads inside, you can make unique and colourful bracelets and necklaces for everyone. Then when you're finished you can display them on your own jewellery bead tree.

There are 3 separate individual cases, that click together in a neat triangle when you store it away. There are hundreds of beads and charms and pendants inside. We really loved that the elasticated wires and threads were included and there's plenty of them so you can get lots of use out of them. Another great thing is the clasps that come included. Instructions come included but everything is so easy to use that we didn't really need them. Ryan is only 7 and managed to make some really lovely bracelets all by himself. Lily, who's 10 loved making these and it was so lovely to see them sat together at the table having fun. I think they've made over ten bracelets so far and are still going strong, its' a great set worth the money it costs. Their school friends are all loving the bracelets they've been made too.

I love how hard they've concentrated on making these and how creative they've been with their patterns and designs. These are just a few of the bracelets they have made, aren't they pretty? I really love seeing them play together like this and how they're being so creative.

It was Children In Need at school last Friday so Lily made herself a pretty yellow necklace to wear. It was very pretty and she was so proud of herself for making it. She wore it with pride!

 Lily and Ryan love this toy so much and chose it as their favourite out of all the toys we were sent this month. It's their Top Pick and definatley gets my approval too, It's fab!

If you have a jewellery loving child or a creative child who loves beads like my boy, then this would make a great reasonably priced Christmas Gift for children aged 5 and over this year.

Disclosure: This review is written as part of our Chad Valley Play Panel Reviews.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

#Competition - Win a Cadbury Christmas Selection Box Hamper!

#Competition - Win a Cadbury Christmas 
Selection Box Hamper! 

I promised myself that I wouldn't say the C word before November but it's here, so now I can! Christmas is coming and I for one am so excited. I love Christmas, it's just so exciting!

This competition is my Christmas Present to you (Yes, I am going to pay for it) It's hopefully going to help raise one lucky readers Christmas Cheer and help them have a Merrier Christmas. I'm going to keep it nice and simple to enter like always, so just pop your details into the RaffleCopter Form below and cross your fingers. Please feel free to do as many or as few of the entries as you like but remember, the more you do, the more chances you have of winning. There's a whole load of lovely chocolate up for grabs. Now, who wants it?

Terms and Conditions: Open to the UK only. All entries will be checked. One winner will be drawn at random using the App from all the correctly made entries and contacted by email. Competition closes on the last day of November and contacted within three days. Enjoy x

Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Countdown is On! Children's Gift Guide - Something for All Budgets.

The Countdown is On! Children's Gift Guide.
Something for All Budgets.

It's finally November so I can now say the C Word - Christmas is coming!

I am so Excited! I LOVE Christmas.

This year I've broken down my Gift Guides into smaller chunks to keep them simple. Today I'm going to show you a few gift ideas for gifts for your children this year. There's something personal, something yummy and something a little more pricey, so there's something for all.

First off, there's something yummy. Family favourites, HARIBO have launched a rather Sweet Christmas range. There's lots of new products ranging from Starmix Tree Decorations to Selection Boxes. Festive sweets always come in handy and are perfect for a cheaper gift when you don't know someone too well and don't know what to buy them.

Next up is my something Personalised which comes from Personalise.Com. You can't beat that personal touch when it comes to Christmas, I love those every day items with the kids names on them. They sell a whole host of gifts for children of all ages. Their personalised towel, bottles and cushions are fantastic and come in low prices which is always great news.

 For the girls they have beautiful Disney Princess Cushions (£24.99) which are gorgeous. They're so big and plump, and really comfy. I love the pretty design of the five Disney Princesses together on the front and then the simple yet lovely personalised touch of their name added onto the back. With 5 Princesses there's sure to be one your child loves.

The cushions are available in many designs including Marvel and Star Wars too.

If you don't fancy a cushion, they also have lovely Disney Towels (£19.99) like the Moana one you can see below. It's a nice size and comes with a lovely design on the front. Again it comes personalised with your childs name on it but this time it's written across the front, not the back. I like the colours on this one as it's very unisex based, it's not pink or blue which is great because both boys and girls who love Disney Moana can enjoy this gift, perfect!

For the boys they have some cute yet very handy Football themed Water Bottles. My boy is a huge Aston Villa fan so it had to be a Villa Bottle (£12.99)  I really love this one as the football shirt on the back comes with his name across which is such a lovely touch. Ryan always has his name on the back of his shirts so this one will be no different which is ace.

Last but not least I have my something a little more pricey from Toy State. The Nikko Radio Controlled cars are awesome and come in lots of varieties and prices.  One of the cars available is the Nikko Velocitrax (£49.99) which comes in two colours, Electric Orange or Neon Green. It's aimed at girls and boys aged 8 years and above and comes with all it's batteries needed included. It's full-function remote control action has some fast and futuristic styling! One of it's main features is it's 360-degree spins and ultra-maneuverability that can handle any terrain so it's perfect for playing with on any surface both indoors and out.

It's the most expensive gift on my Gift Guide but if you're looking for a 'main' present then this could be the perfect choice. Radio Controlled cars are always fun and who doesn't love a car that can spin right the way round and travel over any surface. I'm sure the kids would have great fun trying this out on Christmas Day, my boy loves cars and will love this one.

So, there you have it. My first Children's Gift Guide for 2017. There will be more coming up so do watch this space if there's something else you are after. Christmas is Coming!