Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review & Giveaway -

Introduction: offer a huge range of products, from business cards to a wedding range of cards/invites, and lots in between. They are a website that offers its customer the highest quality product at the best possible price, and they actively strive to deliver the best customer service, offering peace of mind through their customer charter.

I was invited to review the retro Polaroid Instagram prints and jumped at the chance.

Experience: The website is very user-friendly and makes the whole process in ordering your selected prints very easy. You first connect your account to your Instagram account, and once that is authorised, the website pulls the pictures from your Instagram.  You then pick and choose which photos you would like to order, then simply pay and within a couple of days the prints are delivered to your home.  It is as easy as that.

Price guide:
Set of 18 prints £8
Set of 27 prints £10
Set of 36 prints £12.
Deliver is free on all orders.

Opinion: I love my Instagram and since blogging I've really gotten into taking photos with my iPhone and I am really pleased I have; I have captured some great moments and memories, where previously I wouldn't have.  I often look through and enjoy my pictures on the Instagram app, but with the available option to be able to order prints (or you can order them as stickers) with via your Instagram account is fantastic and fun!  

The quality is excellent on the prints, and I am really pleased with them.  I appreciate the simplicity - I love the idea and I might just get hooked as I am already planning to order some more.

Giveaway:  For three lucky readers you can enter the Rafflecopter below to be in with the chance of winning your very own set of Instagram prints with All you need to do to enter is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter. 

Good luck.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Caring for Dogs in Summer

Local Authorities across the UK receive lots and lots of complaints from people about dogs left outside all day.  

Irresponsible dog owners please note:

·         The sound of your dog barking may simply be background noise to you.  To your neighbours (especially neighbours who do not own dogs) it is a very loud noise that is extremely grating on the nerves;

·         Periodically shouting 'Shut up!' from your back door will not make your dog stop barking.

But aside from the nuisance and aggravation caused to neighbours (and the possible threat of prosecution or removal of a family pet for noise nuisance) there is also the very important issue of the health and well-being of a dog left outside for much of the time.
Dogs in the 21st century are far, far away from their distant ancestors that once lived outdoors.  They can freeze to death in winter and they can die from heat exhaustion in summer.  Most people are aware (thanks to huge campaigns by charities like the RSPCA) that dogs must not be left in cars in hot weather, but it seems that lots of people still find it acceptable to leave them outside in the garden for hours at a time.  The dogs often do not have access to water (water bowls dry out or get knocked over very quickly) or shade.   
Dogs that are left outside or on their own for long periods will bark and many will display destructive behaviour.  This leads to complaints from neighbours or damage to your home, which leads to dogs being given to charities like the RSPCA or even put down. 
But even responsible dog owners who love their dogs and generally look after them well can fail to properly care for their dogs in extreme weather conditions. 

Who knows what the British summer will bring this year – we may have floods and storms or a heat wave like none before it.  In the hope that we might get some sun, bear in mind the following this summer:

·         Keep your dog indoors.  Dogs are not as advanced as we might give them credit for: just because they can learn tricks and understand commands do not mean that they can properly regulate their own temperature or know when to seek shade.  No dog has ever been known to watch and take note of the 'slip, slap, and slop’ televised sun protection campaigns.

·         Only exercise your dog at cool times of the day, like early mornings or late evenings.  Again, they will overheat.

·         Ensure wet food is fresh and water is topped up.  In the heat, food goes bad quickly and water evaporates. 

·         Conservatories are basically greenhouses.  Good for tomatoes, not so good for dogs. Keeping a dog in there is like keeping it inside your car, don't do it.

Please remember that your dog does not enjoy spending hours on its own in your garden, it is a social animal and wants to be part of your family.  Take extra care of your dog in the hot weather this year.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Review: Dentinox Eye Wipes

Introduction: Dentinox for over 50 years have been making simple, but effective medicines and medical devices that a parent can rely on to bring gentle relief for their babies.

For this review I was sent 2 boxes of Dentinox eye wipes to try out with Summer and over the past few weeks when Summer has experienced sticky and watery eyes we have put them to use with positive results.

  • Suitable for use from birth
  • They are sterile
  • Soft and gentle 
  • Convenient and easy to use at home or on-the-go
  • 12 Individually wrapped wipes

Experience: Summer had a cold the other week, snuffly nose, sticky eyes, and the Dentinox eye wipes were perfect to wipe away the gunk from her eyes each morning, they were simple and easy to use, without causing her any upset - I found them much better to use than using cotton wool soaked in water.

Conclusion: These are handy little wipes to have when you have little ones, they are very easy to use and they are caring; also effective by clearing the eyelids and lashes with just a gentle wipe over the eye. They are a great go to product to cleanse and refresh little eyes by removing any watery, sticky or gunky residue as and when needed.  I make sure to carry a few wipes in my bag, as well as keeping a few at home.


Mummy Barrow

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Reivew: Acco Quartet Magnetic Weekly Organiser

This is my first review for Shoplet as part of the Shoplet blogger team, and this month I was sent the Acco Quartet Magnetic Weekly Organiser

IntroductionsShoplet are one of the biggest online websites that sell solely office supplies. They offer a vast range for all your office needs, from home office to large office.  Free shipping if you spend over £30 and they also offer free returns.

Experience: When I received the Acco Quartet magnetic weekly organiser board I thought 'hhmm where shall I put this' I really didn't want to hang/stick it on my wall, we don't have the space anyhow, and this is what is so great about the Acco Quartet weekly organiser, you are able to secure it via magnets; so I decided to stick it on the fridge and see how it would fit and look, and it is perfect! It sits very well on the side of the fridge, we put it at a nice level (not to low so the kids can pull at it or scribble on it) and we find it very easy to utilise it.

It also has a cork bottom panel so you can pin photos, letters, notes etc..  I am forever sticking letters on the fridge with my magnets, and they get knocked off so easily, but with this cork board, they are much more secure.

  • Size: 585 x 190mm
  • Includes one black magnetic 
  • Pen included, with wipe lid
  • Comes with mounting magnets and foam adhesive tape

Conclusion: We have had it on the fridge now for a few weeks and it is secure, even with the kids slamming the fridge shut many times throughout the day - the board doesn't move.  I am really impressed with this, it was a pleasant surprise with how well it works in the kitchen, and at a fantastic price of just £6.64 I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The end of Primary School - the end of an era?

Last Monday I watched my two oldest sons walk off into high school after I had dropped them off together.  Liam has been going to high school for a few years now, but for Lewis this day was his first day at high school, the start to his taster week; a week where they are introduced into their new school and a week where they get to spend with their new tutor and meeting new pupils, all in preparation for when he moves/changes to this school in the new term, September.

As they walked off I stood there watching and I felt a mix of emotions, from sadness to being super proud of them; the sight of them two took me aback, and I welled up -  my boys are growing up, and a fleeting thought hit me - where have all these years gone, how did they grow up so quickly on me. I remember when they were young and I had so many fears (some irrational), but also many excitements and with tons to look forward too, as a parent those fears and excitements will always stay with me, but as they get older those fears/excitements change and alter (not so irrational, but still very valid).

After school I had a ton of questions to ask him - how he got on, what he thought of it, tell me what he liked, did he have any worries etc..  We had a little chat and overall he seemed pretty comfortable and pleased - Lewis has this very laid back manner, takes everything in his stride. Then he said 'No one plays!' and I see a sadness in his eyes and then he said 'they either just play footie or stand in groups chatting'  It was at that point when I realised that my little boy is going to change, high school will change him and again I found myself both scared and excited. What will this following 12 + months bring us? What will I see my fun loving, laid back, cheeky boy change into? After calming my mind and thoughts down and thinking straight, I have no doubt that he will become a young sensible lad, confident, yet still cheeky, just like his Dad and his older brother.

This week he returned to primary school, and yesterday the school took all year 6 kids to the local amusement park, Pleasurewood hills and they spent the day there.

Today was the last day of term, it was non school uniform and a normal day in class, but a more relaxed and fun schedule. After school Lewis exclaimed 'everyone was sad and crying, not sure why as I'm looking forward to the new school' so I replied to him 'won't you be sad to see some of your friends go when they attend other schools'  'nah that is what Skype is for Mum. I can speak to them like I normally do most evenings' 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Silent Sunday