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Sunday, 28 June 2020

Week 13 of Our Covid 19 Diaries - Going Back to Work

 Week 13 of Our Covid 19 Diaries - Going Back to Work

Today marks the last day of Week 13 at home and I'm feeling very apprehensive. There's been a lot of changes happening out in the world this week and so many more are on their way too. From July 4th Pubs, Restaurants and Hotels are allowed to reopen to the public which is great news but are things moving too fast? After being told to stay at home to stay safe these past few weeks, it feels a little scary to start venturing back outside right now.

And Weddings are finally being allowed to take place from July 4th for 30 guests so this could be good news for our October Wedding. Receptions are not allowed at the moment but I'm hoping that may change in a few months time but if it doesn't then we'll just get married in a smaller ceremony to make it official without the party. The party doesn't matter.

Today marks another important milestone in our Covid journey for me as today is my very last day on Furlough as my employer has taken us all off it for our return to work full time next week. There's no part time Furlough option for us even though I had so hoped that there would be as it would have made my no child care situation a whole lot easier. One half of me is so excited to be going back to work, with real adults and adult conversations but the other half of me is absolutely terrified about the Virus still being out there. It's going to a tough week but I know that I've got to try and get back to normality at some point, and now's the time. Sadly though with our shop on reduced hours, I will be getting less money back at work than I was not being at work, try figuring that one out. It's a real blow to my finances.

Daddy is still on Furlough from his job so he will be remaining at home for now. At the beginning of this thing, I'd though he would be back at work way before me but that hasn't been the case for us so from tomorrow I will gladly be handing over the role of homeschooling teacher to him. It's been a tough journey for me as I am no teacher so that's one thing I will be glad to see the back of. As much as I love my children, I don't love teaching them at all. It's stressful and complicated. So, Daddy - I wish you lots of luck.

The kids schools are still not allowing them back to school and don't have any plans in place to have them return any time soon. It's such a shame for them as they continue to learn from home. There's only a few weeks left now until they would have been breaking up for the Summer holidays so there's no point of trying to go back before September now. But, I do hope that they can return in September because they really need to get back into a proper learning routine with proper teachers and proper time tables. Being at home is fun but getting them to do their work is getting harder by the day when they just want to play on their pads and tablets and not do any work at all. I'm not worried about their safety but I am a little worried about their mental health and the long term impact this may have on them.

In other news, my last born child will turn 10 next week. 10! My baby boy is going to be a double figured age, and I am feeling very old. It's like 10 years has just gone in the blink of an eye. Although I often tell you about my youngest two children, you all should know that I am a Mummy of 3 children. My eldest chooses not to be included on here anymore now and that's completely fine, it's her choice. She's going to be 18 this year - 18! She's all grown up now and ready to start her own journey. Our family dynamics are changing really fast these days, but for good or for bad, they're my family and nothing will change that - I love them all.

Covid 19 has sure changed the way 2020 was supposed to happen for us, all of us.

I hope you're all coping well and that you're all safe whatever you're up to. This may be my last Covid 19 Diary but who knows what's in store for us so watch this space . . .

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Why do Daily Living Aids make a difference?

Why do Daily Living Aids make a difference?

Daily Living Aids are the little things that many people rely on to make life easier around the home or garden. For many people, it's the simple tasks that can be the hardest, and this can be for a whole host of reasons. Most commonly, difficulty in doing normal household tasks can be due to a disability, or it can also be due to general weakness that comes with advancing years, or from recuperating from a recent injury or strain. For many people, even just using a normal kettle can create difficulties, as just lifting and coordinating your grip can be hard, especially if the grip is weak and even the weight of an empty kettle can create problems.The Uccello Kettle is a Combination Kettle with Tipper, which means that it does the job for you in making pouring a hot drink easier and safer in the home. The Uccello has an effortless power-steering pour action. The weighted base of the Uccello Kettle swivels on a rotating axis to help you pour hot water more safely and steadily so it’s a highly useful aid to have in the kitchen. Coming in at around £55 including VAT, it's a little expensive for some, but it's a very useful gadget that you’ll probably use every day. 

The Kitchen Workstation, is a device that's lightweight and portable and has almost too many food prep options to mention them all here but for the slippery carrot or escapee sprout, their days are numbered! What we really like about the kitchen workstation, is that it’s very versatile in that it can hold steady almost anything you need to cut, slice, grate or dice. Using it therefore leads to a better end result in your cooking. It can be used for the preparation of salads, vegetables, and a wide range of baking applications, freeing up your hands when whisking, spreading, or slicing. 

It's those little jobs that can be the very hardest, so a welcome addition to any kitchen is the 
Multi Use Tin Opener which has been designed to help out on that particular issue that creates difficulty for so many (not least the pesky ring-pulls snapping off) At just under £5 it's a real godsend. It enables you to easily open cans or tins with a ring pull, pressure sealed bottle caps, open tins, lift tin lids and open stubborn jar lids. It's very useful to have around in the kitchen! So, in answer to the question, why do Daily Living Aids make a difference, it’s about their ability to make jobs in the kitchen and home easier and less time consuming. 

Manufacturers are constantly evolving designs to make new products to help you solve ever wider problems for more people. So if you would like to see more ideas, for different parts of your home and garden, check out the category page here. Phil Ashforth is a staff writer for Mobility Smart, an online retailer of health, wellbeing and mobility equipment to help you recover from injury, recuperation and protection of joints and muscles when exercising or just helping you out in normal daily life. Whatever the reason, you’ll find their website here

Disclosure: This is a Collaborative Post.

Hasbro Play-Doh Buzz 'n Cut Barber Shop & Tootie the Unicorn Ice Cream Set #Review

Hasbro Play-Doh Buzz 'n Cut Barber Shop & 
Tootie the Unicorn Ice Cream Set Review 

This week whilst still at home, we've been busy playing with Hasbro's Play-Doh Buzz 'n Cut Barber Shop & Tootie the Unicorn Ice Cream Set. Both sets are aimed at children aged 3 years and over and are a real treat for Play-Doh lovers like my two, who have been so happy playing with these. They're nice creative sets that really get their imaginations going.

First up, we have the Play-Doh Buzz 'n Cut Barber Shop which was a huge hit with Ryan. 

The the Buzz 'n Cut barber shop is the perfect place to visit for a silly haircut or a shave. Simply fill one of the 2 characters with play-doh and place them in the chair, and turn the crank to grow hilarious hair or a bristly beard. It's all very simple and easy to load and unload. Ryan could happily do it all by himself which is great news for Mummies as you can relax for a little while. The set includes: a Fuzzy Pumper playset, electric buzzer with real sounds, 2 character thimbles, a razor, pair of scissors, a brush, 5 cans of Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound in 5 different colours and a set of easy to follow instructions. 

What we loved about this set is that you can create a new and exciting, fresh and funky look every time. It never gets boring and you can mix it up even more by adding little bows, cool braids, manly mustaches, and other accessories with the half molds on the bottom of the playset . A good tip to remember when cleaning up in between plays is to use the little brush  that's provided to remove any leftover Play-Doh bits from the characters’ heads which does tend to get stuck. I found the brush got all the bits out in no time ready to grow your next colorful hair do. There are so many different hairstyles to make again and again.

Next up we have the Play-Doh Tootie the Unicorn Ice Cream Set which Lily loved. 

Meet Tootie, the funny unicorn ice cream maker who loves to create silly Play-Doh sundaes. As she dispenses (poops) Play-Doh colours from her you-know-where, this unicorn toy makes laugh out loud (fart) sounds and even changes her facial expression as her eyes move. This play ice cream set comes with a large 4 ounce can of Play-Doh Color Swirl compound which features 2 bright colours in one can for crazy colorful ice cream creations. There's also 2 classic Play-Doh colours in smaller 2 ounce cans, as well as a plastic ice cream cone, 2 cute serving dishes, a plastic knife and spoon. Tootie is a magically funny gift for kids aged 3 years and up, but she's sure to bring lots of silly fun for the whole family.

 There's so many fun possibilities with this set as you can add crazy candies and other cute toppings with the 20 molds that are built into the playset. Tootie can dispense 4 different Play-Doh ice cream shapes with the twist of the rail. letting you show off your ice cream creations using the cone, dishes and spoon. It really is lots of fun to play with. The kids have been quiet for ages meaning I've been able to put my feet up and relax in peace for a while. 

We've had lots of fun playing with our Play-Doh this week. It's been a while since we've had any in our house after a huge disaster years back when the kids were little which involved lots of stuck Play-Doh and a new carpet BUT I'm glad we tried it again as now they're older and wiser or better behaved should I say, everything was way more enjoyable and less messy. Both sets were great fun and went down really well with both of my children. 

Disclosure: We received our Hasbro Play-Doh sets for free in return for an honest review.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

#Win £50 to Spend at the Personalised Gifts Market & Check out their Personalised Pillow Cases #Review

Win £50 to Spend at the Personalised Gifts Market & Check out their Personalised Pillow Cases Review.

The Personalised Gifts Market sells a whole host of personalised gifts from super cute pillow cases to fun phone covers and even kitchen chopping boards. A few weeks ago, I was asked to choose something for my children as a gift from themselves, I just couldn't resist choosing them their own personalised pillow cases. Who wouldn't want a pillowcase with your name on it, right? Plus my two are often trying to swap their stuff around so sticking their names in big letters right across the front of their pillow, means no more of that.

There's a very wide range of personalised pillow cases to choose from so it did take me a while to choose just one but in the end I choose Lily a really pretty Unicorn cover as the colours on it were just so cute. Even though she's growing up so fast, she's 13 now, I just knew she wouldn't be able to resist it's girly charms, and I was right, she absolutely loved it. 

You're never too old for a personalised pillow for your bed.

For Ryan, I choose him a Superhero cover as he's a huge Superhero fan right now. The Superhero cover has a lot more detail on it than the Unicorn one but seeing as Ryan's much younger, it was much better suited for him. He loved seeing his name written across his pillow and loves the bright colours of the Superheroes dressed up in his superhero costume. The Superhero even has dark hair and dark eyes just like Ryan has, so he's going around telling everyone in the house that it's a picture of him when he's ready to fight crime. Bless.

Both cases are really nicely made and super soft and cozy. The design is pressed on well and will not peel, crack or fade. Each one will cost you £14.99 which may sound a lot but for a personalised pillowcase that's made to last, I think it's well worth it as the kids love them.

Now, here's the exciting part. Who would like to Win themselves £50 to spend on the Personalised Gifts Market? You will be able to choose whatever gifts you like up to the value of £50. How exciting is that! You could choose several great gifts for that amount of money.

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 Tuesday 30th June  - Open to the UK Only - Good Luck xox

Terms and Conditions: One winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter App. 
This Giveaway is open to the UK. Prize supplied by 3rd Party. Ends on Tuesday June 30th x

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Week 10 of Our Covid 19 Diaries - Things are Changing Fast

Week 10 of Our Covid 19 Diaries
Things are Changing Fast.

We're now into our tenth week of staying at home due to the Covid 19 Virus. We're all healthy and well and doing OK, which is the main thing but things around here are starting to change and much faster than we were expecting. Originally I was told that my return to work would be on July 4th which I had then mentally prepared myself for. But since then, Boris has moved the UK's plans forward and now wants us to all return to work on June 15th, which is 3 weeks earlier than we'd planned for. On one hand, I really do want to get back to work and get back to some kind of normal but on the other hand, the schools are still closed, so what do I do with my kids? The rules are quite confusing at the moment as we're allowed to visit family now but only if we stay outside in an open space so I wouldn't be able to drop my kids off with them whilst I work? The Government is saying that we can stay at home on Furlough until the schools reopen but my work is saying something else. It's only a matter of time before I'm forced back into work meaning I will have to leave my children in the care of their grandparents, in their homes, which I don't even know if I'm allowed to do. It's all very stressful and so up in the air as we only have weeks to sort this.

The kids are doing amazing, they're coping with all of ths much better than I am. Ryan is in Year 5 at Primary whilst Lily is in Year 8 at Secondary. Both Year Groups are not on the list of classes to be reopened this month in June so I'm not quite sure what's happening for them. There's no talk of when the schools will reopen for them at all, it's like they've all been forgotten. I would love to stay at home with them for as long as I can but I'm worrying that it might not be for much longer. Pressures from work are mounting and I can't afford to lose any money as we still have bills to pay, so I may have to go back before they do *sighs*.

One day we will all look back on these unpresedented times as a page in a History Book and share our stories of how we coped or didn't. The times when workplaces and schools shut down and we all stayed at home for months on end. The times when there was no socialisation outside of your homes and no popping to the cinema or the pub on a Friday night.  I can't wait until these uncertain times are over and we can all look back on this time from a world that's normal again. I miss our normal, normal was good. I like Normal.

I'm sure I will be back with another update as soon as things change again for us but until then, I hope you're doing OK? And keeping safe and well in these horrible Covid 19 Times.

Monday, 1 June 2020

#Win a Cadbury Thinking Of You Gift Box

Win a Cadbury Thinking Of You Gift Box

Happy June Everyone - Another Month, means another giveaway!

Given our current situations, I've picked a gift to say 'I'm Thinking of You' as I'm sure it's very true for most of us right now. This is for that one someone that we're all missing from our lives right now, this one's for them. For me, it would be for my friend Toni who I miss very much. It's been several weeks since we've been able to meet up for a coffee, I miss that.

This month's prize is a delicious Cadbury gift box filled with a Cadbury Dairy Milk 200g bar in a special 'Thinking Of You' gift sleeve alongside a Cadbury Dairy Milk and your favourite Cadbury bars. It all comes gift wrapped and delivered in their new Thinking Of You gift box. 

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 Tuesday 30th June  - Open to the UK Only - Good Luck xox

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 Tuesday June 30th x

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Family Fun at Home with Funko #Review

Family Fun at Home with Funko

Family Fun at home has taken a multitude of different forms for us over these past few months. We've been at home for over 10 weeks now so we've tried everything you can think of from playing board games to garden skipping, drawing with chalks to playing with messy slime. Our options are starting to run a little low right about now but I'm betting that we're not alone. It's tough being a parent at home right now, trying to get that home life and school life balance just right. We're doing school work in the morning and then having free time in the afternoons. Even though it's been 10 weeks, we're pretty much still going with the flow each day and just taking each one as it comes. We find it much less stressful and easier that way.

Last week, we received a rather awesome delivery from Funko to help us mix things up a little bit and keep the kids entertained in between all the other stuff that we have going on. 

The kids and I were absolutely thrilled when we opened the box and saw all of this inside. It was like all our Christmases had come at once, we were that excited. Our biggest struggle was deciding who was going to get what? Now that was a real toughie as we all wanted everything which isn't possible so we had some big decisions to make between us all. Eeek.

For me, the biggest want was the gorgeous Harry Potter Super Plush. There was a space on my bed right besides me just screaming out his name. The kids weren't that impressed about that if I'm being brutally honest but they soon got over it when they got to pick next.

He's just too cute for little children - sorry - he's all mine!

Ryan really really really wanted the Batman Pop! Vinyl to add to his ever growing collection which he keeps sat neatly on top of his chest of drawers which sits next to his bed. There was no question about where Batman was going to end up now was there, really? Harley Quinn on the other hand was a much tougher one as both Lily and I really wanted her. I'm happy to say that I won in the end as I'd thought that Hello Kitty was much more age appropriate for Lily. Plus, I just really wanted Harley Quinn for myself as I'm a huge fan.

The Vinyl Soda was super cute and made a great talking point for me to tell the kids all about the TV shows I used to watch and love as a kid. I couldn't believe they'd never heard of Mumm-Ra or She-Ra or He- Man for that point. It was time for a history lesson from Mum.

The Harry Potter Mystery Mini was very exciting as we're all huge Harry Potter fans in this house. We must have watched the movies several times over these past few weeks. I mean, you can never watch them too much, am I right? Yep, of course I'm right. (sorry).

We opened our blind bag inside the Mystery box to find Professor Snape, he's no Harry but he's still awesome. We'd not seen these Mystery Mini's before but actually quite like them so we may have to get a few more of these as it would be really lovely to collect the whole set. 

Lily absolutely loved the Pop! Pen Topper she found hidden at the bottom of the box. It's super cute and perfect for her. Lily loves her pens, a bit like me but I had to let her have something from the box seeing as I'd already claimed Harry Potter and Harley Quinn - oops.

Last but definitely not least we had the Funkoverse Strategy Game: Jurassic Park 2 pack where Dr. Ian Malcolm and the Tyrannosaurus get ready to roam the park in this Jurassic Park iteration of the Funkoverse game. This set can play a simplified version of the game on its own or be combined with any of the main Funkoverse sets. You get to experiment with these two characters while building your team to see if you can win using their unique abilities. It's such a cool ight strategy game which is suggested for players aged 10 years and over which provides around 20 minutes of game playing time. It includes 2 playable maps, as well as 2 exclusive Funkoverse Pop! Game figures which I've mentioned already.

Funko has given us so much enjoyment over this past week, and not just for this week really but for life as we've each now got a new friend to look at each day. Ryan has Batman, Lily has Hello Kitty and I have Harley Quinn. I'm sure the kids will do more than just look at theirs as they just can't resist playing with them but that's OK as I guess they were made for play. I'm more of a collector of Pop! Vinyl's but even I can't resist taking them out every now and again. Our family Funko pack has sure brightened up our time at home which is exactly what it had aimed to do so it's all been a major success. Thank you Funko!

Disclosure: We received our Funko Family Pack for free in return for an honest Review.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Win with Modibodi - The range of Period & Leak Proof Undies for the Modern Woman.

Win with Modibodi - The range of Period & Leak 
Proof Undies for the Modern Woman.

Join them at Modibodi and become part of their squad as they aim to tackle your periods, to ensure you are always living our best life! Modibodi, is a range of period proof undies for every woman, designed to be worn all day, with no leaks, no smell and no need to change a pad or use a tampon. It’s an easy, hassle free way to have your period and it sounds Amazing! They're all made to look and feel just like regular undies, but with a difference as these clever undies hold a little niffy secret. They have all been made to hold 1 to 2 tampons worth of liquid, yet no one would ever know that you were on your period. Clever hey! These sassy undies now come in a wide range of new colours and styles, from Classic Bikini to Seam Free Full Briefs. They're all cool, look great and will keep you 100 percent leak free.  

It takes 500 years for a sanitary pad to decompose in a landfill, that’s one single pad, taking that long to break down and in the UK we flush around 2 billion tampons down the toilet every year, imagine all those tampons floating in our water. Not only are you living your best life, period. But by wearing Modibodi, you are also helping to save the planet, one pair at a time.  All of the Modibodi underwear has been designed to be washed (cold washed) and hung out to dry to be reworn as needed. So join the Modibodi squad, grab a pair and see the difference. The full range is available online with prices ranging from £14.50 upwards.   

WIN 2 Pairs of Your Choice from Modibodi.

One lucky winner will get to pick 2 pairs of Modibodi underwear of their own choice. There's so many lovely pair to choose from and they come in so many pretty colour too. I love them.

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 Monday 15th June  - Open to the UK Only - Good Luck x

T&C's: One winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter App after the giveaway ends on Monday June 15th. Giveaway is open to the UK. Prize supplied by a 3rd Party.

Disclosure: I am running this giveaway unpaid and unrewarded because I want to.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Gifts for Everyone in My Father's Day Gift Guide 2020

Gifts for Everyone in My
Father's Day Gift Guide 2020 

Father's Day is fast approaching, Sunday, 21 June is now less than a month away. It's time to start thinking about the kind of gifts that you'll be wanting to surprise your Father with this year. Given the current situation, some delivery times may be taking a little bit longer than usual so some forward planning maybe require this year. Some shops may be closed but there's a whole host of places online that are still open and ready to take your gift orders. 

My Dad loves a tipple or two so I often like to treat him to a bottle of something special on Father's Day. In my Guide this year, I have two lovely gifts for those who like a little drink.

First up, I have this rather lovely Miniature Rum Gift Set from iL Gusto

This four bottle set from iL Gusto presents a selection of the highest quality Rums from several renowned areas around the world. They come beautifully presented in an elegant wooden gift box making these top quality rums an exceptionally special gift for any rum lover. A miniature gift set is the perfect way to discover different styles and the varied expressions of rum from around the world with a small taste of each to try out. This Miniature Rum Gift Set consists of a pack of 4 x 40ml bottles that will cost you £17.95. 

Next up, I have a 5 litre mini keg of Ale from Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame

Shepherd Neame has launched a brand new range of 5 litre mini kegs which are perfect for the Ale lovers in your life like my Dad. They're currently available in Whitstable Bay Pale Ale, Bear Island Triple Hopped Lager, Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale and Spitfire Amber.  Prices start from £27.50 and go up to £30 depending on which Keg you'd like. You can order yours online today and get a nice quick delivery time of up to 3 to 4 days. The brewery will donate £1 from every item ordered before the end of May to Kent NHS Community Heroes.

Shepherd Neame, members of Produced in Kent have lots of Kentish gift ideas for Dads. Why not pop over and check out their Produced In Kent Gift Father's Day Gift Guide

For the Foodies, I have this Kit's Chutney ‘Thinking of You’ Gift Set.

It's a perfect gift for foodies, the Kit’s Chutney Gift Box comes presented in a sustainable straw packed box and includes 2 x 180g jars of Kit’s Red Chutney and Kit’s Peanut Chutney. The secret recipes have been passed down through the Maharajh family for five generations and have been tingling taste buds for more than 100 years. Kit’s Peanut Chutney is home made with natural ingredients, it's a little bit spicy, with hints of mint and a nutty texture, vegan, gluten free, and contains no artificial preservatives. The Red Chutney is made in a nut free environment and contains a delicious blend of mild red chillies, tasty tomatoes and punchy peppers, also vegan and gluten free and will cost you £9.50 to buy.

For the man who loves his car, I have these Lynx Car Fresheners from Halfords.

Lynx has recently created a new range of car fresheners that are available in five formats and five iconic Lynx fragrances including Africa, Black, Dark Temptation, Ice Chill and Gold. The car fresheners promise up to 30 days of freshness fro your car, making these great smelling treats an ideal gift for any car lover. They are available to purchase online at Halfords and prices range between £1.99 and £3.99 depending on which one you want. I know my partner is going to love these as he's always moaning about the 'girly' car fresheners I buy for the car. He's going to me made up with some 'manly' car smells at last.

Next up, I have this SK-IN Beard Gift Set for the beard lovers in your life.

This new beauty brand SK-IN is based locally to me, just down the road in West Bromwich. It's just launched an elegant grooming kit which could make even a caveman's beard soft, shaped and manageable. It's already been shortlisted for two awards so far in 2020. The SK-IN 9.06 Beard Gift Set contains 5 luxury items including; Bergamot scented premium Beard Oil and Beard Balm, an L shaped wooden gauge comb, a 100% boar bristle brush, barber quality stainless steel scissors and a cotton holdall bag. It's usual price is £30 but if you hurry it's currently on sale for just £20. The kit is vegan and free from parabens.

Next up, I have this gorgeous Seizmont Valdemar Moment Watch from Trend Him.

Trendhim is an international eCommerce brand that designs accessories for men, based in Denmark. They have lots of lovely gifts ideal for the stylish man in your life. My partner recently broke his everyday wear watch so I picked him this gorgeous new Seizmont Valdemar Moment Watch to replace it. Priced at £69 and featuring a slim face lightweight watch with a black leather interchangeable strap, using Japanese quartz movement. It's a rather lovely watch that I just know Daddy's going to love opening on Father's Day this year. 

Last but not least I have something a little different, MO by Modibodi Underwear. 

Modibodi have created the world’s first dedicated men’s underwear range, MO by Modibodi, which is both sweat wicking and leak proof. There’s a high chance dad has an overflowing sock drawer and too many novelty ties, this Father's Day why not give him something that not only looks good but makes a difference and could really help. Leaks are still a big taboo when it comes to men’s health but 1 in 10 men do stuffer meaning some of us will have a dad that needs it and even though they might not ever tell us, these undies might be a nice little much needed surprise for them. Utilising Modibodi’s patented, exclusive and much loved Modifier Technology™, the MO by Modibodi range has been designed to look and feel exactly like regular underwear whilst protecting against any leaks. It’s also great for beating sweat as well, so if dad is a keen runner or cycler than these undies are just what he needs. I know they're a little different but they could come in really handy at some point in life.

I hope you've enjoyed having a look through my Father's Day Gift Guide for 2020. There's a few different gifts included this year so if you're looking for something a little different, then I hope it's helped give you a few ideas. There's no right or wrong gifts so whatever gifts you decide upon for your loved one, I'm sure they'll be perfect for you. Happy Father's day!

Disclosure: I was supplied with gift samples for inclusion in this Father's Day Gift Guide.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Flowers - A Fresh Act Of Kindness You can Give during Isolation

Flowers - A Fresh Act Of Kindness
You can Give during Isolation.

It's been Eight weeks now since we were all told to Stay Home and Stay Safe from the Covid -19 Virus and our home, just like many others has had its ups and downs. None of us know what the future holds, t's uncertain times for all of us. One thing we can do though during this time filed with of worries and stress, is look out for each other as in the end, we're all in this together. Like I've heard said online many times over the past few weeks, we may be in different boats but we're all in the same storm. But until then, we can all do our part in making our time at home that little bit brighter by sharing simple Acts of Kindness.

I'm a big believer in sharing love and kindness and often partake in little acts of kindness myself.  From sending surprise chocolates, delivering shopping for someone or brightening their day with flowers. Moonpig are spreading the love through their ‘Let Happiness Bloom’ campaign which is all about spreading love through little acts of kindness. Something we definitely need more of during these times and even though we can’t see each other, a simple message through the post can go a long way. Flowers, in particular, are said to brighten a room and your mood because their scent is said to lower stress symptoms by oxygenating the air around us, making us feel our best self. Which is such a lovely idea.

Moonpig sent me this gorgeous bouquet of White Lilies and Roses to brighten up my home this week, and I then I got to choose 2 different bouquets to send two other people that I  thought would really appreciate them. I sent 30 Roses to my Mother In Law Fiona and a big bunch of Mixed bunch of Lilies and Roses to my own Mother, Christine. Both bouquets were absolutely beautiful and received into their homes with pure joy and happiness. Flowers always make me smile so it's perfect when they show up on your doorstep unexpectedly. 

If you'd like to treat someone in your life that maybe you can't go and see right now. I've got a special code to share with all my readers that gives you 25% off on all flowers when you Download and Use the Moonpig App. This offer will expire on the 25th of May 2020. The code you'll need to enter is: APP25BLOOM which will give you your lovely 25% discount. 

My Moonpig Flowers have really made my week so much brighter. My gorgeous bouquet is now sitting pride of place on our dining room table. It's lovely having them on show in our middle room so I can see them every time I pass through. They're so pretty and I'm sure they'll continue to make me smile for a short while more to come too. It's funny how flowers have that effect on me but they really do brighten up your mood, and your day.

Flowers are a perfect act of kindness gift you can send to anyone who may Isolating at home. Maybe it's for a friend from work, a school run mum you miss chatting to or a family member who lives miles away. Who ever their for, I'm sure they'll bring a smile to their day.

Disclosure: I received my flowers for free in return for this collaboration.