Thursday, 27 November 2014

Black Friday & Cyber Monday with PetShopBowl

"Where did my dinner get to?"

PetShopBowl are running some fantastic offers this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. are a nationwide home delivery subscription service for all your pet food needs. Available on their on-line store is a huge array of pet foods, and accessories, with some great prices. 

Available Black Friday/Cyber Monday offers:
  • Free £5 Voucher when you spend £50 OR OR Free £10 Voucher when you spend £100.
  • Extra 5% Off Royal Canin (excludes vet diets): Use code - ROYAL
  • Extra 5% Off Selected Hills (excludes vet diets & nature's best): Use code - HILLSOFFER
  • 20% Off Selected Almo Nature dog & cat food
These offers go live midnight tonight, so keep an eye out, and don't forget there is free delivery on all orders over £19.99.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Peter Rabbit book bundle review and giveaway

Peter Rabbit animation series new book bundle, starring characters from the number on CBeebies series, Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail.  
These three wonderful characters work together as a team on enjoyable journeys told in exciting stories.

Three books:
  • Secret TreehouseLearn all about how Peter, Lily and Benjamin earned their secret treehouse and what it takes to be a member of the club. With this sticker and activity book you get to play games, colour the pictures and stick the stickers.
  • Peter Rabbit ClubPeter, Benjamin and Lily are starting a club! But Mr Tod, Tommy Brock and Old Brown are teaming up too, to set a terrible trap for the unsuspecting trio.
  • Happy Christmas! Peter, Benjamin and Lily take on a brave and dangerous journey to deliver Christmas goodies to everyone in the wood. 

I love Peter Rabbit, he is one of my favourite childhood characters, and I have kept all my classic books of him that I had as a child. Peter Rabbit is a charming, and lovable character, one that kids are sure to love. These latest books from the new animation series really do compliment the Peter Rabbit that we both know and love.

Giveaway:  For your chance to win these three fantastic books, then please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck.

You can sign-up to the monthly Peter Rabbit Club Newsletter here or visit for online games, activities and the latest news from the burrow.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Dinosaur that Pooped review and giveaway

The Dinosaur That Pooped... are three books, written by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter (yes, the boys from McFly). The stories are about a little boy and his hungry dinosaur, with lots of poo.. They sound a little silly, they are positively a little silly, and they are tons of fun.

There are three books in the dino series: 

  • The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas - Danny wants everything for Christmas. But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur. Danny's new dino eats up all of Christmas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out . . .
  • The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet - Danny and Dinosaur are back, and this time they are going to space! But when Danny realises he's forgotten Dino's lunch box, the very hungry dinosaur eats everything in sight, including their only way home: the rocket!
  • The Dinosaur that Pooped the Past When they accidentally go back through history on a time-travelling swing, Danny and Dinosaur meet some new dino friends. But soon there's a rumbling noise; it's a volcano about to erupt! Can Dinosaur save the day by pooping them back to the future?

The rhymes are fantastic and each story flows very well.  I did find myself laughing (out loud) and giggling when reading it to Jacob, and Jacob giggled away - he thought each story was hilarious!  They each have great illustrations, which add more enjoyment and offer more engagement with the books; Jacob pointing to the pictures (of poo) laughing his head-off. 

Whether you are a McFly fan, or not, a kid or an adult, these books are great fun, and offer lots of laughter.

Follow the dino series:

Giveaway:  For your chance to win these three fantastic books, then please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck.

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Botanicals nourishing face balm

My hero products for this winter: Botanicals nourishing face balm and the Botanticals calming lotion

Botanticals nourishing face balm: I suffer from dry skin, eczema and acne - although it is mostly under control at the moment, I do get the odd flare-up, but in winter the cold months, my skin can get very taut and dry, even peels. And with all my issues of having problematic skin, I have to be careful with what creams I put on my face.  With Botanicals, I can honestly say it is the best brand I have used in a very long time.  It sooths my face, it calms my face and most importantly it nourishes and moisturises my face. I Love, love love this face balm - it's perfect for me.

It is made entirely of active plant derived ingredients, with no water, fillers or chemical nasties, this balm will also support your skin’s natural ability to regenerate new skin cells; perfect for dry skin. It is also enriched with organic shea butter and infused with wild rose and rose geranium - renowned for their nourishing and revitalising properties - It smells Divine.

I found a little goes a long way with this balm, it melts into a liquid, and applies over the face with ease - it quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving a refreshed and soft finish.

Botanticals calming lotion: designed to soothe and calm your skin after shaving, or waxing, and it will support the skin’s natural elasticity by replenishing essential moisture lost during hair removal. Ingredients included are essential extracts of marigold, aloe-vera, lavender and tea tree. These calming, soothing and antiseptic blends contribute into this pure and natural effective and caring body treatment.

I find this lotion instantly soothing and calming, and is a pleasure to use on my skin, especially after a shave.  It has a lovely thick texture and you only need a little when applying to the skin.  Also it's got the most Divine smell. 

You can order these products from the Botanticals website, and currently if you sign-up to their newsletter, you will receive a £5 off your first order voucher code to use if you spend over £20.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Loom Band 'tastic

We've finally jumped on the Loom Band waggon

So after months of reading about and seeing the Loom Band craze, we finally got involved and now have a few Loom Band bracelet's complete, and to my surprise both Jacob and Summer are right into them. Jacob getting involved and attempting to make a few himself, and Summer, a little too young to make one herself, but certainly enjoys wearing them.

Personally I found it easier with using my fingers to make them, even though it does make your fingers ache, but I was also surprised on how enjoyable and fun it is.  We sit together and the kids pick the colours out, pass me the bands and help me make them. Each time we do it, it is a fun, family effort.

What I have so far learnt about Loom Bands:
  • Watch a few YouTube videos - watching these really helped me grasp how to make a friendship bracelet.
  • Don't attempt to keep them organised and sorted - it's futile - they are to fiddly to keep colour organised, even in the box, I just gave up in the end.
  • No matter how hard you try not to spill the box, you will - expect the box of loose loom bands to be accidentally dropped, or in our case kicked over... and they go everywhere.
  • They get everywhere - expect to find the odd one in the strangest of places, on the stairs, in the cupboards, in your shoes!
  • You cannot make just one, and you will have to make loads, and not just for your little girl, but for all her dolls as well.

Degustabox - October

Another great month, bursting full of goodies.

October's Degustabox is another successful box, full with new and exciting items. If you like to experience old and new brands, food and drink that maybe you wouldn't normally buy, you can also join the monthly subscription service with Degustabox and receive a box full of food and beverage goodies each month. The box is delivered directly to your home and the contents are always kept as a surprise. You will receive between 9 to 14 items, and costs just £12.99, including delivery. 

In this month's box please see below what was included:

Enhance:  This little bottle makes a whooping 32 drinks.  A water enhancer that adds a natural fruity flavour to water. Made from real fruit juice, with no artificial colours and flavours. And great for people like me who wants to drink more water, but cannot bring themselves to, this little bottle is the perfect encouragement.

Blue Dragon, sweet chilli sauce: A quick and easy accompaniment for all sorts of dishes. Yum.. my son especially loves this.

GetBuzzing, all natural bar: A range of 100% natural healthy eating products and available in five different variants all being suitable for Vegetarians, and Diabetics.  A great snack for on the go, or to have in the kitchen cupboard.

Jelly Belly: Jelly beans which are made from the finest ingredients and each one can take up to 21 days to create. These went down well in the house, both hubby and the kids are big Jelly beans fans.

Kent’s Kitchen:  A meal kit which is perfect for conveneince, the main ingredients come in separate parts and step by step guide, which is perfect for novice cooks like me.

Solo Marshmallow Crème: is a spreadable sweet treat from America. Think melted marshmallow and you’d be just about right!  We had loads of fun with this, and made some yummy fudge marshmallow.

BEAR Paws: A delicious pure fruit snack with no added sugar, concentrates or any other nasties, baked into paw print shapes, with 5 different paw prints to find in each bag. These are Summer's favourite, and she was pleased to see these in the box.

Brioche Pasquier, sliced loaf and pan au lait: all products from the range are free from preservatives, artificial colours and flavours. A french bead with a unique sourdough flavour. Very nice for breakfast and/or lunch.  

Special K Cracker Crisps: A savoury snack with 60% less fat than the average fat content of most other crisps on sale in the UK  and available in a range of tantalising flavours, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion, Sweet Chilli and Barbecue.  

Dr. Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder: Their latest new product, a dark cocoa powder to give a rich dark chocolate colour and flavour. Made from the finest quality cocoa beans. Great for home baking.

Benecol greek style yogurt: This month sees the return of the fridge item, which is sent as a voucher  for you to use at your local supermarket.  They are thick and tasty yogurts contain plant stanols; a unique cholesterol lowering ingredient which is proven to significantly lower cholesterol. Available in a 4 pack with 2 x strawberry and 2 x vanilla yogurts.

Receiving the Degustabox each month is a fantastic experience and great fun, and for my readers, if you would like to order a box from Degustabox then I have a £3.00 discount code for you: J2WIL

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Silent Sunday