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28.5.16

Easy ways to keep the kids entertained this half term!


Being a parent is full of it’s own challenges, but one thing that every parent will tell you is that
sometimes it is incredibly difficult to keep your little ones entertained, especially in an
unexpected circumstance. If you are struggling to find ways to keep your children occupied
while you are taking care of business there are a few tips that you can consider.

● Take It Outside: This is as age old as parenting, but if the weather is nice send your kids
out to the backyard. It may seem that kids today don’t play outdoors as often as your
generation used to, so send them out with a football and allow yourself to get some work
done in (relative) peace and quiet. Depending on the work that you have to do, you can
even join them, doing your work from the patio while they play in the yard.

● Plan a Trip: If you have a little notice that you will be with the kids all day, then a great
idea is to plan an educational outing for them. You can take them to a traditional
museum to see the exhibits or search for a children’s museum, one that is more
interactive for kids. No matter what you choose, you will be allowing your children to gain
an educational experience while they have fun on a day out.

● Dinner and a Movie: Finally, if you don’t have much notice, you can always fall back to
the trusted dinner and a movie. Make it a pizza party with dinner from Groupon discount
codes page for Pizza Hut and grab a movie that is family friendly and let them enjoy it.
This works especially well if you need to get some work done, as you can head into a
different room and work on your own while the movie is playing.

When you are a parent you accept that there will be times where you have to keep a pack of
children occupied. There are many great ideas out there, so all it takes is a little planning on
your end to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves.

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Father's Day Gift Guide 2016

It's that time of year again when we celebrate the most wonderful men in our lives. Father's day, to me, is a chance to say thank you to my Dad and Hubby for being such wonderful fathers BUT I never know what to get them as I always find men are so bloody hard to buy for! This year, I have found some really usual and exciting gifts that would make the perfect present for the Dad's in your life so I wanted to share in case any of you need some ideas :)

1. Personalised Book from Love2Read.co.uk



I have always been a lover of photo book so when I was approached and asked if I wanted to try a Love2Read book for Father's day I jumped at the chance and I was not disappointed. These books are created by you and are meant to be enjoyed by the love one and the little one creating them as they tell a story (which you can create) whilst using real pictures that reflects the child's every day world.  The books are available for all family members (mums, nans, siblings, even pets) and you can also make them about your holidays or special events. They are simple yet beautifully designed and I think they make such a personal and sentimental gift for Dad's and Grandad's that can be enjoyed by both them and your little ones. I made one for my Dad from Bubba and I am so pleased with the way it has come out. It is so well printed and such high quality and it was delivered in super quick time as well!! The book I created retails at £14.99 which, in my opinion, is an excellent price seeing as it is personalised and completely unique to you. To create your own book then click here!

2. What do I get him? Gift Box from Walk Mill Botanics.


This is such an unusual item but a really lovely one. This gift box includes a gorgeous Lime & Cedarwood soap with green clay which make a wonderful citrusy smelling lather which is perfect for shaving. The soap comes presented on a lovely little wooden dish which, for us, was great as believe it or not, we don't have a soap dish and there is nothing worse than soap sticking to the sink! This box also included a really unusual Konjac sponge which has added French clay. Developed by the Japanese, this sponge is colouring and additive free, completely vegan and cruelty free! What more could you want?!? It also does an amazing job at gentle exfoliating and deeply cleansing the skin leaving your face looking radiant and rejuvenated. To be honest, I have pinched this from hubby as I love it so much and I am pretty sure I will be repurchasing this item as it is doing wonders for my skin!! This gist set is more than just the products inside it though...the box holds a little surprise. Once you have take all your lovely goodies out of the box, which is made from recycled paper & embedded with flower seeds, you can plant the box and watch your beautiful flowers grow! I love this element of this gift as I think it would be lovely for a father and son to plant together on Fathers day. At a very reasonable £25 I love this product!! You can get yours and check out the full Walk Mill Botanical range here (and they do some pretty gorgeous stuff so definitely check them out!).


3. Personalised Poster from Findmeagift.co.uk


I going to start by saying I LOVE THIS!!!! I am a really sucker for anything personalised and sentimental and this poster fits the bills. This pie chart style poster can be personalised to explain what you love about ANYONE or ANYTHING! I obviously choose to do one for hubby and show his 'The things we love about Daddy'. One the site you just go through and say what it is you love about the person and then the percentage of the pie you want it to take and then it's done! As easy as that. Yu can also change the colour scheme and theme of the poster which was something else I loved. I can't explain the quality of this product. It retails for £9.99 and to be honest I thought it would be nice as it looked good in the pictures but it looks so expensive and the printing is perfect. I can't think of any Dad or Grandad who wouldn't want to receive this as a gift because, lets face it, who doesn't want to know why they are amazing! Click here to start making your poster now!

4. Gruhme Aftershave.


Hubby is the type of person who is very particular about aftershave. He has a couple of fragrances and brands that he always sticks to and generally he is a very hard man to please when it comes to new fragrances. Until last week that is!! We were sent a couple of miniatures from Gruhme.co.uk and Hubby loved them! We were sent a sample of the Gruhme original and the Gruhme no 14 and when we smelled them we both really liked them but couldn't tell the difference between the 2. When I look into it the reason we couldn't tell the difference is because the Gruhme no 14 is the same as the original Gruhme except it has a stronger 14% concentration rather than 10% like the original. This makes it perfect for evening wear as it has improved longevity and a more concentrated burst of scent. In my opinion, this is quite a light scent with a woody base, a slight musky note with touches of citrus. It is such a wearable scent and not overwhelming like a lot of fragrances tend to be. The scents retail at £35.00 for the original Gruhme and £45.00 for the no 14 and Hubby like this aftershave so much that he actually going to be purchasing himself a full sized bottle as a treat for himself :) To get the man in your life a bottle of this gorgeous scent then click here.

5. Father & Son matching Bow Tie set from 40 Colori


If I am being honest, I didn't think hubby was going to like this item but I think it is his most favourite one out of the whole lot! This Father & Son matching Bow Tie set is from a wonderful company call 40 Colori, whose aim is to provide men with colourful and high quality Made in Italy accessories. The quality was the first thing that really hit me with this item...it is so well made and looks so much more expensive than the £15.00 price tag. They felt so soft and they must have been as when we tried it on Bubba he didn't even try to take it off. The other thing I really loved about this item was the way it was presented. It came in a beautiful little gift box with a small circle which allowed us to see just a glimpse of the beautiful, bunny motif silk inside. If matching bow ties aren't your thing then these guys have a whole host of men's accessories including belts, ties (included kitted ties!!!), socks, scarfs, wallets and even braces. To see their full range then click here.

6. Gin Explorer Subscription.


Obviously, for this to be a great gift your loved one would need to like Gin. If they do then I would highly recommend the Gin Explorer subscription boxes as these are like a little bundle of gin joy that gets posted through your letter box. This box was created by the guys behind the GinFestial and give you yur very own private gin tasting experience in the comfort of your own home. This box not only comes with a selection of miniature 50ml gins, it also comes with some additional extras to help you on your way. The box we received was the May box and it came with the gin (obviously), a bottle of delicious pomegranate & basil mixer, a bar spoon for you to pour said mixer down (as it helps to preserve the bubbles in the tonic) and a map like leaflet explaining all about the gins, where they are from and how best to drink them. It was so well presented and I really loved this item! With a one off box costing £24.99 it is the perfect treat for the gin lovers in your life. You can read all about the Gin Explorer Box here.

7. Shaving Set from The Inside Man.


Hubby has always had a bit of a fascination with the old style way of shaving with the cream and brush ect. I think he likes it as it seems so luxurious and upper class. Well, all his dreams came through last week when this beautiful 3 piece imitation shaving set by Edwin Jagger was sent through to us from theinsideman.com. This set comes with the shaving cream brush and razor (with a bog stander razor head on which can be easily replaced when it is blunt! woohoo!) presented on a cream imitation ivory stand and it looks so lovely in our bathroom. Hubby loves the fact that he can now use shaving cream and the brush and I don't think he has even shaved as often as he has recent. I love that it looks so pretty in our bathroom and that it give hubby somewhere to hang his razor rather than just slinging it on the side of the sink. I also think that it's great that the razor head can be raplaced when needed as many of these types of items look great but tent to have one use only razors included which is a bit of a pain. This was a perfect gift for Hubby and I think that most men out there (unless they love having a beard) would be overjoyed to receive this beautiful item. You can see what the inside man has to offer by clicking here.

So they are my reccomendations for some great gifts for father's day! What do you think? Have you already got your Dad/Partner their Father's day pressie...if so what did you get them? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and Happy Father's day to all the Dads/ Step-Dads/ Grandads/ Great Grandads out there!! Your awesome!

Note: These products were sent to me for review purposes but all opinions included are honest and my own.

25.5.16

Madame La La | Review

Prior to having Bubba I used to love nothing more than pampering myself. Long baths, exfoliating treatments, face masks...the works. One of my favourite products to use was self tan. I have had my fair share of dodgy tans and have always struggled to find a product that I can use at home and that doesn't leave me looking like a streaky, patchy, orange mess at the end. So, when I was asked if I wanted to review the Madame La La self tan I tentatively accepted but I shouldn't have felt so worried as this tan is amazing!!!
The Madame La La Tan is a lightweight, tinted mousse that provides a deep, event colour within 3 hours. It's DD (dynamic do-all) tan perfector technology is infused with Coco water, Aloe, Green Tea, Vitamin C and has an innovative colour customising technology that ensures your tan stays natural and adapts to your natural skin tone. This seemed like a lot to offer from a self tanner so I was really excited to give it a go and see if it lived up to it's promises.
The first thing that I noticed about this tan when I opened it was the packaging. It does look an awful lot like a couple of other brands but I really liked the simplicity of the bottle and the fact that it had a pump dispenser as I find those the easiest to work with when it comes to self tanner. I as so excited to give this a go that I set aside some time to myself when Bubba was in bed to give myself a good old pamper session and try this little beauty out.
Exfoliated, make up less and ready to go!
I made sure I followed the instructions and exfoliated well before hand and moisturised places like my knees and elbows etc. Then it was time to grab my mitt and get tanning.

The colour on my legs just after applying.
As I squirted out the first pump onto my arm I couldn't believe how dark it looked. In fact it scared me a little as I have quite fair skin and I instantly started wondered what I had agreed to but I marched on and continued to rub in the mousse. Waking up the next day I was so nervous about looking in the mirror and I did look super dark but after a quick shower the tan had developed into a beautiful, natural looking, golden bronze colour. The colour is honestly beautiful and I loved how radiant it made my skin look. It wasn't streaky and I didn't have any of the horrid orange marks that I normally get around my wrists and ankles. I was amazed and I can now easily say that I am completely converted to a Madame La La fan.

Feeling a little apprehensive the next morning!
I also loved this tan because I couldn't smell biscuits! If you use self tanner you will know what I mean but the biscuit smell. This product smelt like coconut and even once I had been to sleep in it  and had a shower, I still smelt like an exotic island. It was lovely :) I also couldn't believe how little of the product I needed to use. I had done my whole body and only used just under a quarter of the bottle. I loved this as there have been some before that I have used and it has been such a poor consistency that I have had to use so much to try and make it look less patchy. I didn't have this with the Madame La La tan and I would easily be able to get another 3 or 4 uses out of it.



The final result!!!

Overall, I would highly recommend this product as an easy to use, fool proof tan that lasts and looks so beautiful. You can check out their range and pick yourself up a bottle here.

Note:
This product was sent to me for review purposes but all opinions are honest and my own.



24.5.16

Controlled Crying | What I think...


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