Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Giveaway: £600 worth of WatchBot products (4 WatchBots & 1 mobile app)

The WatchBot 3.0 is a camera that has multi-purpose uses - it can be used for indoor CCTV home security, pet monitor and/or as a baby monitor.  

Recently I was lucky enough to test out and review a WatchBot, and currently we use ours for a child monitor in Summer's nursery, however we also plan on using it for home security - to get full details of the features and benefits of this fantastic product please read my review here.

Would you like to get your hands on a WatchBot? How about 4? Then please enter the competition on the widget below.  The prize is over £600.00 worth of WatchBot products (4 WatchBots, 1 mobile app).

Good Luck!

Review: Sudocrem Care & Protect

When I was asked to review Sudocrem I just assumed it would be the traditional pot of cream, but what turned up was a softer and lighter texture of cream - Care & Protect, I was not aware Sudocrem offered different products, so it was a pleasant surprise.

Sudocrem Care & Protect helps to care for your baby’s delicate skin and prevent the causes of nappy rash. It’s gentle yet effective and can be used daily, at every nappy change. An iconic brand, now 80 years old, introduced into the UK in the 70s, a brand that soon became a leading brand in nappy rash baby cream.

The triple care ointment is so light that it glides onto delicate skin without dragging or pulling. And because it has been developed specifically for babies, it’s hypoallergenic and the ingredients are designed to do just one thing: protect against nappy rash. It’s so kind it can even be used on newborn babies.

By using Care & Protect after each nappy change, I am using it prevent and protect Summer from getting nappy rash, which I have found very effective as the triple action formula creates a protective barrier, conditions the skin and guards against infection.

It comes in a tube with a flip top lid rather than the traditional sudocrem tub, which I like and found it much more easier to carry around in the changing bag.

Triple action formula
  • Protective barrier - keeping  skin smooth and protected against rubbing and irritants. The triple care ointment is gentle enough to be used at every nappy change.
  • Conditions skin - sealing in the natural moisture of the skin and conditions your baby’s bottom, keeping their skin soft and supple. The added Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5 really keep their delicate skin healthy!
  • Guards against infection - creates a protective barrier between your baby’s skin and any potential irritants in their nappy that can cause nappy rash.

Sudocrem Care & Protect is a must have in your baby changing bag.

Disclaimer: I was sent a tube of Care & Protect for this purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

House of Secrets - Review & Giveaway

House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini.

Ned Vizzini, an acclaimed author (Teen Wolf) who sadly passed away late 2013 at the young age of 32. Chris Columbus famous film maker (Harry Potter) and screen writer (Goonies & Gremlins). Both authors collaborated and created the story - House of Secrets.

HOUSE OF SECRETS: The story follows a family with three siblings Eleanor 8, Brendan 12, and Cordelia 16, who once had everything from two loving parents, a beautiful house, and all the mod cons they could want.  However, everything changed when their father lost his job and the family was forced to move house, a mysterious house in San Francisco.  This is when the siblings find themselves on a journey to find a mysterious book of untold powers to not only save their parents, but also the world. They are taken into a different dimension without their parents and follow a magical journey with lots of fantastic characters and creatures along the way.  

This book was full of twists and turns, I never knew what to expect next, it was an exciting read, humour included, loads of fantasy fun and great characters. The baddie is the little old lady that turns into the wind witch, evil witch that will do anything to get her hands on the book.

A great read for anyone aged 10 years or up, even adults will enjoy this, with over 500 pages, it is a real page turner.  

Liam's summary: An exciting and fast paced read, I liked the story as it kept me captivated until the end.  I liked this book as especially when reading it, I could picture everything with my imagination. There was lots of mystical action going on, that be fighting skeletons, crossing paths with funny pirates, toppling an evil queen, WW1 Fighter Pilot and so on. 

We can't wait to read the next instalment of this adventure which was released on the 27th March - Battle of the Beasts.

House of Secrets sequel: Battle of the Beasts by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini
Get ready for another action-packed adventure! Just when the Walker kids thought they were safe, the Wind Witch blasts Kristoff House into a crazy world of battles, beasts and cyborgs. From the searing heat and clashing swords of the Colosseum, to the snow-capped Tibetan mountains and some seriously freaky monks – the stakes have never been higher!

Can the Walkers save the world? Again? Brendan, Cordelia and Nell better be prepared to fight for their lives…

To celebrate the release of the paperback version of House of Secrets and on the 27th March 2014 the release of the second book in the trilogy, Battle of the Beasts, we have a copy of each book to give away.  - Good luck. 

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Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of this novel for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Review: My Trusty Little Sunflower Cream

You will probably know from my previous posts that I suffer from very dry skin and eczema, and because of this I have very sensitive skin and I do have to be very careful with which products I use.  I first heard about My Trusty Little Sunflower moisturising cream last year on the BBC One show, as it was describe for sensitive skin and it intrigued me then, and I liked the background story of My Trusty Little Sunflower cream - with it being created by the NHS in Salisbury for it's patients. So  when I was offered to review it, of course I said yes please.

My Trusty is based on an original formula developed within the NHS and 100% of profits generated from the sales of this product are re-invested into patient care. The cream’s RRP is £6.99 or if you sign up to the subscription service, they send you a tube each month for the reduced price of £6.29 per month, which can be cancelled at anytime.

For this review I opted for the lavender scented option, this is because I like the smell of lavender, and mainly due to its natural healing, soothing & restoring qualities.  The My Trusty is also available in the original unscented option, and both are available in two sizes, 100ml tube or 250ml dispenser.

  • Rich in essential fatty acids
  • Formula developed with clinical scientists
  • Quickly and easily absorbed
  • Not tested on animals 
  • No parabens
  • Contains 5% pure sunflower oil
  • Free from perfume, lanolin and colour
  • Sunflower oil contains abundant amounts of an essential fatty acid called Linoleic Acid which may have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the skin.

I have been using My Trusty as a night cream on my face, and it has been working quite nicely, i.e. I have not had any flare ups on my very sensitive skin and it has been very moisturising.  It is a non greasy cream that sinks quickly into the skin, and I find it very nourishing overall.  In addition you can use it on any part of your body, not just for the face, as I have also been using it on my arms and hands which is just as moisturising.

For the low price of £6.99 this multi-use moisturising cream is excellent value for money and the fact that all profits go straight back into the NHS, is an extra benefit also. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Disclaimer: I was sent a tube of this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Month in review: March

Quick March facts: March is one of seven months that are 31 days long. The 20th or 21st mark beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, where September is the seasonal equivalent of the Northern Hemisphere's March.

Its birthstone are aquamarine and bloodstone, and these stones symbolize courage. The zodiac signs for the month of March are Pisces (until March 20) and Aries (March 21 onwards). The Daffodil is the floral emblem of March. 

So what's been happening for us in March: 

Unfortunately I was poorly with a very painful trapped nerve during the end part of March, so I really didn't (couldn't) do much. With all the medication I was on I became very poorly. Through this painful period I had acupuncture for the first time ever, and I have to say I have been twice now with a third appointment booked, and it really works for me. I was super nervous because of the pins they stick in you, and I have a phobia for needles, but they really didn't hurt, and it was very relaxing. With all the medication over the 3 weeks I did not experience any improvements with my back, neck and arm, however after the session with Dr Ting with acupuncture and a massage, I could instantly feel some relief. It is a slow recovery, but each day it feels a little bit better. 

Sadly my youngest brother split from his long term girlfriend... very sad time indeed, we will miss her very much. They are both still very young, 21, so they both have their whole life ahead of them, but they had been together since they were at school, a long time. 
Apart from that, everything else was good.

We received confirmation for Lewis's chosen high school, the same high school Liam goes to. Lewis will be starting this September eekkk my little boy is growing up too fast, and that also means I have two son's in high school (how old do I feel?).

Our new TV finally arrived; this is the replacement lounge TV for which Summer smashed. We are super pleased with it, it's a Smart TV, and the boys are really impressed, as they can watch YouTube on it, especially Stampy Minecraft videos - sigh.

During March we went on our first ever blogger PR event in London to the Persil cook with kids, the boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we had a nice day overall. 

Liam finished his football season, so no more Sunday football matches for a while. He finished 3rd in his league which he was happy with. No promotion to the next league, but the team doesn't feel they are ready for promotion yet, so overall they are pleased to stay where they are.

I done my first ever blog sponsored blog post! Yay.

Spring finally came, and we got out in the garden and Paul cut the grass.. the kids have been getting outside loads, and as soon as Liam comes home from school, they all go out together and play on the trampoline, or they set up the goal and play footie all together.

The kids had their first water fight of the year, they had loads of fun, and each got very wet - I Love watching them play with each other.

Review: Baker Days letterbox cake

Baker Days deliver celebration cakes straight to your door; they offer letterbox cakes, personalised cakes, photo cakes and cupcakes.

The Baker Days website is very straightforward to navigate around; first you choose your category, you then select the cake, and then you buy or personalise away. The cake is finally delivered to your chosen address.

They have an array of categories for every occasion; from retirement cakes, father day cakes to birthday cakes, and for this review it was a mother's day cake, and I got to pick the design and recipe from several options (It was quite hard to pick one, as there were so many lovely designs).  The available recipes:
  • Sponge Cake 
  • Chocolate Chip Sponge Cake made only with Belgian chocolate  - yummy this is what I picked for my cake.
  • Fruit Cake 
  • Gluten Wheat Free Cake 
  • Dairy Free Cakes 

You can choose from 4 different sizes: 
  • Letterbox Cakes 3-4 portions 5 inch cakes  
  • Small Party Cake 10-12 portions 7 inch cakes 
  • Medium Party Cake 18-25 portions 9 inch cakes  
  • Large Party Cake 40-55 portions 12 inch cakes

All cakes are made specially to order and shipped in rugged packaging and they guarantee it will arrive safely and on time. If you order before 2pm, they can deliver your cake the next working day, UK only. 

My cake arrived in a parcel box that fitted straight through the letterbox, and when I opened the box up I found a lovely little card, a small packet of Love Hearts (nice touch), a tin, and inside the tin was the cake.

First impression was really good, I was excited, and also appreciative of the attention to detail. The little extras made it that much more special.

The cake was really moreish, my sons and I really enjoyed eating it - especially the chocolate sponge.  I also love the tin it came in, I will be keeping that to store bits and bobs in it, like make-up.

As well as the fantastic presentation it arrived in, and beautiful looking, the cake was absolutely gorgeous; it was really light and tasted very scrumptious. I would recommend Baker Days to anyone looking for a cake, and/or an alternative gift - it would be such a nice surprise.

Disclaimer:  I was sent this cake for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.