Friday, 24 October 2014

PreVent a natural insect repellent

Introduction: PreVent is an insect repellent made with natural ingredients, free from any dangerous chemicals. The range is designed to protect you from an array of midgies:  Ants, bedbugs, cat & dog fleas, cluster fly, fruit and house Flies, cockroach, human lice, mosquito, ticks and wasps - keeping you protected for up to 8 hours.

PreVent is not only ideal for hot climates, but also offers outdoor protection against biting insects, maybe walking, camping and BBQs etc.. We recently spent the day in the forest, playing and exploring through the woods, and protected ourselves using PreVent which we have found to be successful.  Or when we headed down the beach to venture in and around the war bunkers and
 climbed and walked on the cliffs, we sprayed a bit on to protects us.

So whether you are heading out for the day or having a staycation, or lucky enough to be flying out to a hot climate, make sure to pack PreVent with you. It is the perfect size to pop and keep in your bag, and one little bottle will yield up to 400 concentrated sprays.  It can also be used as a room spray to clear rooms and/or tents from midgies,

Produced from African chrysanthemums Prevent contains 100% natural pyre-thrum and can be applied directly onto your skin and that of young children without causing irritation.

Available to buy from and costs £10.50 for 3 bottles.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Live, Love & Create: Review and Giveaway

Live, Love & Create online store is an extension to their studio and shop, located in the historic market town of Brigg, North Lincolnshire. A studio and shop where you can get involved with, paint it yourself pottery, craft studios, gift shop and tea room. Now through their online store, you can order a unique keepsake ceramic of your child's drawings.

A carbon copy of your child's drawing hand-painted onto a 20cm x 20cm ceramic tile. All you have to do is get your little one to draw a picture in pencil, on a 20cm by 20cm piece of paper. Once you have your picture, you either scan and email the picture to Live, Love & Create, or you can pop it in the post. They then hand-paint it onto a ceramic tile. Finally, they also suggested to add Jacob's age, painted in the bottom left hand corner, which I think is a lovely touch.

Jacob loves drawing pictures and he appreciates it even more when I display them on the fridge or on the cupboard, so when I explained to him what we were doing, he was super excited and 'took it rather serious'.  He knew instantly that he wanted to write his name on the top, draw a rainbow and a picture of himself.  Once he had drawn his picture we scanned and emailed it across and then waited.

The tile looks amazing, Jacob loves it, and it will last - a perfect keepsake and what a great gift idea for grandparents etc.  I also have this idea to do the same each year with Jacob, every year, for him to write his name, draw a picture and get his age put on. How good would that be, to have them on display over the years?

A 20cm X 20cm hand-painted ceramic tile will cost you £26 with free delivery. A small price for something that will last a lifetime.

And for one of my lucky readers, you have the chance to win your very own carbon copy of your child's drawing hand-painted onto a 20cm x 20cm ceramic tile.  You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

One of the entry options is to sign-up to Live, Love & Create's newsletter, which you will receive a 10% discount code to use against a future order.

Good luck.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Win a Pom-Bear Halloween Prize Pack

Yay, Halloween is next week, one of my favourite events of the year. My friend comes around and we spend all day decorating the house, we do go a bit crazy, but why not? the kids love it and we love it. In the evening, friends and family come around, and we eat chilli hot dogs, and lots of party food, we head out with the kids trick and treating (or the men take the little ones out, whilst us woman stay in and cover the door with all the 'trick or treats' that come around) and when the kids get back home, they scoff their faces with sweets!

If you are like me, and love to throw a Halloween party, then thanks to Pom-Bear, one of my readers has the chance to take the horror out of organising a Halloween party, with everything you will need from decorations to costumes and of course great tasting snacks!

With a full selection of things to make and do, this prize will keep your little monsters entertained from day break until sun set. The prize includes Halloween themed items such as, a children’s spooky fancy dress costume, face paints, eye patches, balloons, table decorations and more. Better still the prizes are packaged in a super spooky black witch’s cauldron, perfect for storing all your Halloween tricks or treats in.

Knowing that Mums and Dads struggle with ideas to make their terrifying gatherings both scary and fun, Pom-Bear has dedicated its website ( to offer hints and tips to cover decorations, fancy dress, games and of course nibbles for hungry witches and wizards to enjoy.

To win this fantastic prize please follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below.  

A winner will be chosen on Tuesday the 28th, so we can hopefully get the pack out to you in time for Halloween.

Degustabox September- Little Miracles Special + £3.00 discount code

September's Degustabox is yet another amazing box, it was full of both discovery and fun food and beverage items. If are you like me, and love 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 drink goodies each month. The box is delivered directly to your home and the contents are always kept as a surprise (there is an excitement element). You receive between 9 to 14 items, and it costs just £12.99 including delivery.

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

The "product of the month", is the beverage brand, Little Miracles: Little Miracles are a drink that offer a blend of organic tea and fruit juice.  All blends are: sweetened with agave, less than 90 calories and free from artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners. They are available to buy in all major supermarkets and high street stores.

Little Miracles tasted amazing, unique great flavours, which are refreshing and light. 

Burts: Lentil waves crisps available in three flavours: Sour Cream & Chive, Thai Sweet Chilli and Lightly Salted. I really liked these, a great alternative to traditional crisps, free from any nasties, and only 99 calories per pack.  These are available to buy at Waitrose.

Elizabeth Shaw, Dark Chocolate Mint Thins: Yum, yum, yum.  Each box is full with delicate layers of quality 55% Dark Chocolate infused with a mint flavour, and decorated with crunchy mint sprinkles. I wouldn't normally buy these as they are dark chocolate, and I don't really like dark chocolate, however these were delicious and light - a very nice treat. 

Righteous: Salad dressings pots, made using only 100% natural ingredients, and bursting with flavour. They contain no additives, preservatives or thickeners. I love my salads, and enjoyed using Righteous dressings, they are very tasty and they bring the salad alive.

Jordans: Simply Granola- A simple blend of crunchy baked oats with a hint of honey. Unfortunately I do not like any type of granola, so I passed it on to my parents who love it, and love Jordan's.

Bahlsen PiCK UP: Iindividually wrapped biscuit sandwiched slabs of thick milk chocolate. In addition the new Black ‘N White, which consists of a thick bar of delicious white chocolate in between two cocoa biscuits. These were a hit with the kids, and great to pop in packed lunch boxes.

La Vieja Fabrica Marmalade:  A jar of marmalade made in the traditional method using a recipe that is over 170 years old. Made with the best Seville Oranges and produced in such a way the integrity of the fruit is maintained. I LOVE marmalade and was really excited to see this in the box; a marmalade brand I have never tried before, which tasted amazing.  These are available to buy in Tesco, Waitrose and Morrisons.

Carnation Cook with it!: Made using fresh milk and with half the fat of single cream, Cook with it! is a versatile cooking crème and contains 68% less fat than single cream. Available to buy in major supermarkets.

Crabbie’s Alcoholic Fruits: A delicious new range of really fruity, fruit flavours (with no ginger!) With three flavours available: Black Cherry, Zesty Lemon and Raspberry and Rhubarb. They are made with up to 10% natural fruit juice, containing no artificial colours or flavourings. ALC 4% VOL. The Zesty Lemon was nice and refreshing and tasted great.

Crabbie's traditional soft drinks: Who knew Crabbie's produced a soft drink, we didn't, and they tasted amazing - really worth a try if you haven't already, and they are best chilled.  This non-alcoholic traditional cloudy ginger beer is free from artificial colours and flavours.

Another fantastic box this month, it never disappoints and I am already looking forward to next month's box already.  It is packed full with different brands, different beverages, snacks and many more. Receiving the Degustabox each month is a fantastic experience and loads of fun.

And for my lovely readers if you would like to order a box from Degustabox then I have a £3.00 discount code for you: Z7N5E

You can follow Degustabox for the latest news and updates with the below links:

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Monday, 20 October 2014

School supplied iPad's

In July Lewis attended a taster week at his new secondary school, and during this week it was announced that, when they start they will be supplied with a free iPad Retina to use during lessons, and outside school. As you can imagine there was a lot of buzz and excitement that day.

During September the school held a parent and pupil evening, and IT teachers introduced the scheme, talked through the initiative, internet safety and answered any parent questions. Each pupil was given a heavy duty case to protect the iPad, and all parents had to pay a very reasonable £20 insurance fee and of course both Lewis and myself had to sign a agreement to say we will look after it.

However the first day he came home with his brand spanking new iPad, I spotted it had muck in the ridge on the case - "Lewis why is there muck in the corner of this case" - looking at me sheepishly "ah yes we were dropping them in the muck to see if the case was as good as what the teachers said it was" - AARRRGGHH, No Lewis please do not do that again - saying that, since then, he has taken great care and attention to look after.

We have one begrudge older son with all this - Liam goes to the same school although he is a couple of years above Lewis, and Liam was a bit disappointed that their year was not supplied an iPad. And do you know what he said, "huh, that is so unfair, they won't even give me a free pen when I lost mine, but they give you a free iPad" - I do feel for the other years that were not given an iPad - I bet some feel pretty unlucky, although Liam is lucky as he has own personal iPad, so he wasn't too worried, but I know some other kids, are not so lucky, but with this trial the school is doing maybe one day their luck will change and they will be given the same excellent opportunity.

Gosh times have changed, when I went to school it was black boards and chalk, now it is all techy interactive learning, which I think is all very exciting. Lewis comes home and he has filmed/record lessons, so for example if the teacher is doing a demonstration in Science class, all the pupils record it with their iPad, they then came come home, watch it and use it to assist in their homework.  There are tons of other advantages- The school can push new downloaded apps on to all the iPads, they can also remove unsuitable apps (they can take full control of each iPad).  And at home, Lewis can download his own apps and use the iPad not only for homework but also for fun, games, Facebook etc.

So overall I feel Lewis and his fellow year students are extremely lucky, and I do hope they all realise how lucky they are, and that they set a good example, and maybe the school will see it as a success and roll it out to other year groups, giving all the children the same opportunity and privileges that Lewis is enjoying.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Silent Sunday


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Win a Loom Twister Loom Band Friendship Bracelet Kit

You can win this fantastic Loom Twister Loom Band Friendship Bracelet Kit from HobbyCraft 

The kit includes:
  • A hook tool
  • 25 S-Clips and a Loom
  • 2000 twister bands
  • Easy to follow instructions

With the Loom Band craze these past months, this is a great prize for kids and adults (aged 8 years of over) alike, you will have hours of fun creating the must have Loom band friendship bracelets - and much more. This kit enables you to make and create jewellery quick and easy - What will your creative side make? 
For your chance to win the Loom Twister Loom Band Friendship Bracelet Kit then enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. 
Good luck.

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