Halloween Books For Kids

There are some fantastic Halloween books for kids of all ages. The girls absolutely love Halloween and a good spooky story to get stuck in to. Together we have put together a list of books we think are perfect for Halloween! Mostly suitable for children aged 7 to 9 but we’ve also included a super cute book perfect for 3-5 years too.

Halloween books for kids

Halloween Books For Kids – Night of the Living Ted

This is the first book in a hilarious new series by Barry Hutchison and illustrated by Lee Cosgrove. This funny yet scary book is aimed at 7 to 9 year olds. Eva recently reviewed Night of the Living Ted and absolutely loved it.

Night of the Living Ted - Book Review

Lisa-Marie & her step-brother Vernon pop into town in search of a birthday present for their dad. They discover a Create-a-Ted shop offering free Halloween Bears! That night the shopkeeper brings the bears to life for nefarious purposes but Vernon’s bear, Grizz doesn’t want to be a slave to humans. Grizz wants to rule the world! Having converted the shopkeeper’s Stuff-U-Lator into a machine for turning living matter into stuffed bears, he begins to prowl the streets. Can the children and Bearvis save themselves and the world from being stuffed?

Vlad The Worlds Worst Vampire Series

Vlad the worlds wors vampire series

We simply couldn’t pick a favourite from the Vlad the worlds worst vampire series. We’ve reviewed 3 of the Vlad books so far including Vlad the Worlds Worst Vampire,Fang-tastic Friends & Midnight Fright. In this funny series Vlad the worlds worst vampire faces many problems sneaking off to human school! Will he ever be a good enough vampire to earn his bat license? These are a great selection of Halloween books for children aged 7 to 9 years.

Hounds of Penhallow Hall – The Secrets Tree

For children who love a good mystery, The secrets tree is a great read this Halloween. Polly & rex are in search of a new ghost dog whilst celebrations are in full swing at the stately home. They come across a dog’s head carved in a door down the old stable block. They also wake a terrier called patch, only for him to run away.

The Secrets Tree

Polly & rex find him hiding in a hollow tree and find themselves on the trail of an even greater mystery. Inside the tree is a coded message! Can Polly & Rex unravel the mystery of the dog’s young master and his brother?

I’m Just a Little Vampire (Google-eye book)

This cure rhyming googly-eye book is perfect for little ones ages 3 to 5 years. Little vampire tells you all about his vampire life throughout this adorable rhyming book. The googly eyes wobble about as you turn the pages, delighting younger children!

It can be hard including younger children in Halloween excitement without scaring them but this book is perfect. Izzy loves this book, she received it last year and regularly pulls it out to be read to her.

Do your kids have any favourite Halloween books? 

Treat Yourself With Nightwear From Yawn

How often do you treat yourself? I know it’s not often for me but it’s lovely when I do treat myself. There is simply nothing better than curling up in comfortable nightwear after a long day and Yawn have some beautiful nighties and pyjama sets.

Yawn was set up by Alice who has a fantastic business sense and believes in taking it slow, attracting brilliant partners and having fun and laughing. What’s not to love about that? 

A few years ago I was completely frazzled juggling the demands of management consultancy with a young family. I had lost passionI advising other businesses and had become really tired. I dreamt of creating a beautiful business all about helping other women to switch off more.  Yawn was born, not just to remind me to relax, but to create a different kind of business: positive, collaborative and slow. 

Alice – Yawn

Yawn produces beautiful designs and relaxing nightwear for women and I was kindly sent a Dark Blue Night T to review which I am a little bit in love with!

Dark Blue Night T

The gorgeous lightweight, luxurious feeling jersey fabric, Dark Blue Night T just screams comfort. I’m 5ft 1″ and wearing an xs, this lovely nightdress comes to just about my knees.  I love how you can curl up into it, perfect for those lazy mornings curled up with a cup of tea.

Treat Yourself - Dark Blue Night T From Yawn

I had to ask Eva to take a photo of me for a change for this post. I’m very uncomfortable having serious photos taken of me but feeling comfortable in this gorgeous nightie certainly helped.

Treat Yourself

If you are going to treat yourself make sure you check out the stunning range of nightwear from Yawn. This lovely Dark Blue Night T is £49 and worth every penny. As a spoonie who spend a lot of time indoors, comfortable nightwear is a must. Sometimes a little treat can really pick you up!

Have you treated yourself lately? Do you love nightwear?

Ladies Handbag From Estarer

I received a ladies handbag from Estarer to review this week. I am extremely fussy when it comes to handbags, it has to be functional. The first thing I noticed about this large ladies handbag from Estarer is the many pockets!

Estarer

Estarer was established in 2012 to give customers cheap but high-quality bags and cases. Their goal is to create a range of fashionable and practical bags/cases with excellent customer service and an easy, secure online shopping experience.

Ordering

I ordered the handbag from Amazon and it arrived sooner than expected. I ordered on Thursday morning and given an expected delivery date of Monday.

Unfortunately, I missed the delivery on Friday. Luckily I was able to collect the handbag the next day at my local Royal Mail depot.

Ladies Handbag - Estarer

The bag came with a service card inside promising a 30-day refund from receipt of purchase along with a 365-day quality warranty. If you scan the service card with a QR reader you can receive a 60% discount off your next purchase, an extra 365-day warranty on your purchase or pick 1 of 3 free gifts!

Ladies Handbag

Estarer has recently launched this new large ladies handbag which is available on Amazon for £25.99 with free delivery. These lovely handbags are crafted from durable, scratch-resistant PU leather with high-quality zippers and a soft lining.

There are multiple pockets including –

  • Main Compartment (Fits books/A4 Folders)
  • Mesh Water Bottle Pocket (Fits 500ml water bottle)
  • A padded tablet sleeve
  • 2 quick access pockets for purses and mobile phones
  • Side pocket with a key leash
  • An inner Zip pocket for passports
  • Front organiser pocket for cards, pens and notebooks.
  • Rear sleeve

No matter what you carry in your handbag, there’s a place for it with this lovely handbag. All the pockets are practical sizes so you can store everything you need for a day out, work or school.

A Versatile Necessity

Estarer has thought of everything to make this handbag practical and comfortable with a cross-body strap. This versatile bag is a necessity and will go with any outfit. Whether for work, school or family days out, this handbag is a great buy. I’m a big fan of cross-body bags, they feel much safer when out and about. With a pocket for absolutely everything and at a reasonable price, this handbag is perfect!

What do you think of the Estarer Ladies Handbag?

Inappropriate Jewellery From PNKLETTUCE

I received inappropriate jewellery from PNKLETTUCE this week! It’s no secret I love to swear, although I generally try to keep it clean for my readers. However, I thought some readers may love these completely inappropriate jewellery ranges too!

Inappropriate Jewellery From PNKLETTUCE

Inappropriate Jewellery

Already jewellery makers, requests were coming in so regular for the PNKLETTUCE team to have a favourite swear stamped on jewellery. This led them to decide to launch PNKLETTUCE. With inappropriate words as the main focus, customers can avoid awkwardly asking if something is too offensive. You can add any personalisation you like. Everything is handmade and stamped right here in Essex too!

Classy Mother Fucker Bangle

I received the Classy Mother Fucker Bangle to review.  I think it will be great for certain occasions! Sometimes you just need something a little bit sweary! The bangle comes in a lovely presentation box with a polishing cloth. For £25 this bangle comes in Gold, Rose Gold or Silver.

Classy Mother Fucker Bangle

This unisex bangle is easily stretched to the correct wrist size to fit perfectly. I have tiny wrists so I was relieved it was small enough to start with & I didn’t need to stretch it. 

Inappropriate Jewellery - Classy Mother Fucker Bangle

Ordering From PNKLETTUCE

All metals are made from the highest grade metals and are nickel free. No words are refused, you can order anything you like, they won’t be offended.

You can order any personalisation you want with 36 characters (including spaces) on bangles & cuffs. The character limit is 9 (including spaces) for rings.

Ordering from PNKLETTUCE is really easy and orders will usually be crafted in 5-6 days. During busy periods such as Christmas, this may take slightly longer though. If you have any concerns with regards to your order there’s a dedicated phone line for you to call for an update. 

Do you love inappropriate jewellery? 

Shimmer And Shine Book- The Genies Meet Isobella

Izzy received a Shimmer and Shine personalised book – The Genies Meet Isobella. We also received a 10% discount for our readers!

Shimmer and Shine Personalised Book

Penwizard makes your child the star of every story, Izzy loves Shimmer and Shine and was really excited to receive her book. Penwizard creates personalised books featuring well-loved children’s characters. A perfect gift idea for birthdays, Christmas & more!

Shimmer and Shine Personalised Book

The Shimmer and Shine personalised books are created using details provided by you about your child. These details include first & surname, birthday, town/city, gender, skin colour, eye colour, hair style & colour, clothing colour & glasses.

This personalisation ensures your child recognises themselves in the book. Books like this can really encourage children to read and enjoy books by being the main character. Izzy has several personalised books and really enjoys reading them and seeing herself featured!

The Genies Meet Isobella

The Genies Meet Isobella

Izzy instantly recognised the curly blonde girl in between her favourite genies when she received her book. As her birthday wasn’t too long ago she was really excited to read Shimmer and Shine were planning for her birthday!

Shimmer and shine personalised book review

Izzy listened in awe as I read the book to her, she loves a personalised book as all children do. There’s something special about being in a story with your favourite characters! She really enjoyed the funny, magical storyline.

Personalised Book From Penwizard

Isobella gets the best birthday gift ever when Shimmer and Shine surprise her with three wishes of her very own! But when the wishes don’t go quite as planned Isobella has to help the genies fix their mistakes and save the day. 

The genies meet Isobella

Discount For Our Readers

Fancy ordering a Shimmer and Shine personalised – The Genies Meets your child book? Enter Shimmer10 for 10% off your order! Softback books cost £14.99 and hardback books are £19.99. Postage is just £2.50 or free on orders over £40. Any child will love being the star of the story with their genie friends. 

Back To School With Spearmark

It’s back to school time again and Spearmark kindly sent us some back to school goodies to help us out. Spearmark has a fantastic range of lunch bags, water bottles, snack pots & more. Whatever your needs, Spearmark products are just perfect for back to school!

When we buy back to school supplies, Eva loves anything pink! She is easily spotted in her bright pink coat and bag at school already. Why not have a matching lunch bag and water bottle too!? Spearmark sent us the perfect products!

Back to School With Spearmark

Back To School

Pink Glitter Backpack Lunch Bag

This very glittery pink backpack lunch bag had Eva squealing with excitement! We love the backpack style with its main compartment and front pocket. Eva loves the cute heart zips and can’t wait to show it off at school! She knows her friends will love it too! The handy front pocket is great for storing her break time snack. Available exclusively from Sainsbury’s along with some other great Spearmark lunch bags and products.

Cool Gear Water Bottle 828ml/28floz

Of course, you need the perfect water bottle to match a pink glittery backpack lunch bag & we love the Cool Gear Water bottles. Simply fill the freezer stick and freeze overnight to keep drinks cool all day. It’s so important kids stay hydrated at school & a warm drink is a little discouraging. Knowing you have a nice cold drink waiting for you across the day will ensure your children stay hydrated. These water bottles come in a range of sizes and colours including Eva’s favourite, pink! 

Locksy Ultra Clip Snack Pack 440ML

The Locksy Ultraclip snack pack is perfect for all kinds of snacks and is guaranteed not to leak! Perfect for fruit, pasta, rice and so much more, these handy little pots will take the stress out of emptying lunch bags. Discovering a leaky pot in a lunch bag is such a pain, these pots put an end to that!

Which Spearmark back to school product do you love?

Newborn Baby Gifts From My Little Duckling

Newborn Baby gifts from My Little Duckling, a British clothing brand, are perfect. One of our friends recently had an adorable little boy & I was stuck for gift ideas but My Little Duckling has some super cute gift sets. My Little Duckling produces adorable, unique baby gifts & matching gift sets for babies to 4 years.

Newborn Baby Gifts From My Little Duckling

Baby Gifts

As a parent myself, I know how much it means to receive a unique baby gift, especially something that can be worn. The baby gifts from My Little Duckling come in 3 colour schemes with lovely, unique designs perfect for any newborn. I was sent a gift set for this review & I have to admit, I am a little bit in love! I wish I had known about My Little Duckling sooner, they have such a fab range.

Newborn baby gift set from My Little Duckling £22.99

Grey Clouds Newborn Giftset

The Grey Clouds baby gift set I received for this review is absolutely adorable!! This gorgeous newborn gift set includes matching pilot hat, bib & mittens with a pastel pearl grey & white cloud cotton print. Available in 0-6 months for £22.99 from My Little Duckling, this gift set is ideal.

Grey Clouds Pilot Hat from My Little Duckling

I love this gift set & can’t wait to hand it over! The pattern is adorable & each item is made to a high standard, I regularly find poor stitching is a huge issue when I’ve bought baby gifts. This is something Karina, creator & designer of My Little Duckling noticed herself when her son was born.

Grey Clouds Bib From My Little Duckling

There is definitely no stitching issues with these, they look and feel amazing. I’m looking forward to proudly handing these gorgeous baby gifts over, safe in the knowledge they are of excellent quality. Along with the quality, you can tell time was taken to get the overall designs right. With the bib having 2 poppers to keep it secure and the mittens having poppers to keep them together, what an amazing idea!

Grey cloud mittens from My Little Duckling

With a gorgeous range of unique gifts for baby showers, newborn gifts & Christening gifts amongst other special occasions, you’re bound to find the perfect gift.

 

Have you ever found it hard to find high-quality newborn baby gifts? What do you think of My Little Ducklings range?

 

Sustainable Father’s Day Gifts – WAKEcup Water Bottle Review

Looking for sustainable Father’s Day gifts? WAKE have some fantastic sustainable gift ideas for dad this year including the WAKEcup Water Bottle (£15).

Sustainable Father's Day Gifts - WAKEcup water bottle review

WAKE

WAKE offer a range of stylish alternatives to single-use cups and bags made from sustainable goods such as bamboo, Tyvek Paper & BPA free plastic.

With plastic polluting our planet, alternative gift ideas are becoming much more necessary. 100 billion single-use coffee cups and millions of plastic bags end up in landfill every year around the world and, according to the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean, the number of coffee cups found on UK beaches have doubled in the last ten years.

WAKEcup is bidding to put an end to single-use cups and bags by introducing reusable, sustainable options. 10% of all profits go directly to WAKEcup’s eco charity partners, the Marine Conservation Society and A Plastic Ocean.

Sustainable Father’s Day Gifts

The WAKEcup is one of four stylish reusable cups available from WAKE. We received a bamboo water bottle (£15) to review with a stainless steel double wall inside. It also has a bamboo & stainless steel lid. Great sustainable Father’s day gifts that can help the planet with a gorgeous natural wood finish. The beautiful design can also be engraved on to. In-store personalisation of the WAKEcup range is taking place at Selfridges from 15th – 17th June. A great idea if you want to make it extra special for dad.

WAKEcup - Sustainable bamboo water bottle
The WAKEcup will keep your drink ice cold for up to 4 hours. It can store 450ml of hot or cold liquids & the bottle and lid are guaranteed not to leak. Leaks are one of my biggest pet peeves when we go out, it’s a relief to find something that is watertight. The WAKEcup is strong and feels durable, unlike many plastic alternatives, you can tell it will last some time.

Saving Time & Money

You can reuse and refill the water bottle as much as you want & it is completely dishwasher safe too! Why not help the planet as well as buy dad a sustainable, thoughtful, Father’s day gift that he can use time & time again? With the Latte Levy, various coffee shops offer a 25p discount for reusing your own cups. You can save money too! WAKE estimates the WAKEcup will last over 1,095 uses, a cup of coffee each day for 3 years! Meaning you can save £253.75 across the lifespan of a WAKEcup. That’s not bad a bad gift at all!

WAKEcup’s and the rest of the WAKE range are available from their website – Global WAKEcup or from Not On The High Street

Father’s Day Hamper From Prestige Hampers

Father’s day is quickly approaching and Prestige Hampers have a Father’s Day Hamper perfect for the occasion. It can be hard to find a gift for some dads, but Prestige Hampers have many different options. Hampers offer a touch of luxury for the gift recipient and foodies will love the Hamper I received for the Mr!

Father's Day Hamper

Prestige Hampers have a fantastic selection of gifts and Hampers for all occasions, we previously reviewed a Christmas Hamper that was full of delicious luxury food items too.

Father's Day Hamper - the Delicatessen

Father’s Day Hamper

We received The Delicatessen Hamper (£44.99) to review which arrived in a large Delicatessen wooden hat box. Full of port, fine cheeses, bread and chutney, any foodie dad would love to receive this lovely gift.

The Delicatessen Contains:

A bottle of Vista Alegre Fine Ruby Port 37.5cl
A Jar of Spiced Plum Chutney 198g
Northumbria Cheese Kielder 115g
West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Truckle Floppy Top 200g
Westminster London Truckle English Cheddar Cheese 200g
Peter’s Yard Sourdough Crispbread Charcoal & Rye 90g
Large Delicatessen Hat Box

The Delicatessen

This lovely hamper is perfect and the cheeses are absolutely divine! Any cheese lover will really appreciate this lovely Father’s Day Hamper. This Father’s Day why not treat dad to a lovely glass of port to enjoy with this delicious collection of cheeses, chutney and crispbread. We tried the West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Truckle Floppy Top to begin with and it was so creamy and full of flavour, perfect with the Sourdough Crispbread. Warning – The Sourdough Crispbread is beyond moreish! You could team this gift up with a lovely cheese board too.

You can order gifts from Prestige Hampers across Europe & Internationally although courier rates vary. Next day delivery is available for most products & delivery costs just £5.80 per item. Tracking information is available for all orders. I love that you can select which day you would like your gift to arrive, making ordering in advance even easier!

Would your dad or partner enjoy receiving a Father’s Day Hamper like this fantastic Delicatessen Hamper?

A Rainbow, Unicorn Birthday Gift Guide

A lot of young girls dream of rainbow, unicorn birthday theme, especially 8-year-olds like Eva! Luckily there are some amazing gifts around that fit this theme. I have the privilege of showing you some fab products we were sent for this gift guide. I’ve also added in a few items we’ve picked up that are awesome too, so if you’re stuck for a gift idea for someone like Eva then check these out!

Unicorn Birthday Gifts

Always Be A Unicorn Personalised Cushion From Funky Pigeon

Funky Pigeon has been a favourite since Eva’s first birthday, we ordered her first personalised birthday card from them. They have a wide range of gifts & cards for all occasions including this adorable, personalised ‘Always be a Unicorn’ cushion. It already looks fantastic on Eva’s bed and costs just £19.99. Funky Pigeon has a great selection of unicorn gifts to choose from but this is definitely a favourite for me!

Always Be A Unicorn Personalised Cushion from Funky Pigeon

 

 

Rainbow Jewellery

Halia Rose Necklace

As most girls do, Eva loves her colourful Jewellery and this Halia Rose Rainbow Necklace Is absolutely gorgeous! This fab necklace comes in white & grey for £12.99 These necklaces are safe, 100% Non-toxic, BPA free, washable & chewable makes a great sensory toy as well as a fashion item. These gorgeous necklaces are perfect for mums of teething babies too!

Unicorn Book

 

The unicorn in a tutu

The Unicorn In a Tutu is written and illustrated by J. Y. Quinn is a fun rhyming story for £5.25. This cute story is about a Unicorn in a Tutu who helps others & gains friends. Eva loves stories like this that she can read to Izzy full of positive messages. Full of colourful illustrations and available in paperback or Kindle.

Unicorn Cake

Bakerdays Unicorn Emoji Letterbox birthday cake

A birthday isn’t a birthday without cake! Bakerdays sent us this lovely letterbox personalised Unicorn emoji cake. These fab cakes are delicious, Eva’s cake is the chocolate chip which we’ve tried before and know it’s amazing! These personalised letterbox cakes are just £14.99 and come well packaged in a special tin so they don’t break when posted. Bakerdays have a range of Unicorn Cakes to check out.

Colourful Gifts

3x3 Rubiks Cube From John Lewis

The Rubiks cube is the words number one puzzle and makes a perfect gift! Great for fidgeters & kids who love puzzles, I picked this up from John Lewis for £9.49 as Eva has asked for one, several times now. I know she will love playing with it and it will definitely keep her busy!

 

Crafty Gifts

Frenh Knitting Doll From John Lewis

Eva loves to make things, watching me crochet has led to her learning to finger knit but she is struggling to learn much more right now. Luckily I found this fab French Knitter which she can use to make a range of items. You can create all kinds of fun things like bracelets, necklaces & 3D appliques. These are simple but fun projects she can learn to do to create her own little projects or work with me on something. French Knitters are fantastic for rope bag handles, a fun project we can do together. I bought this one from John Lewis but you can also find them in most craft shops/ online stores.

 

 

Fab Lab Bath Bombs Kit From John Lewis

 

Along the same theme of making things, I found this Fab Lab Bath Bombs Kit at John Lewis too. Eva loves bath bombs & whilst she loved the ones from Sudzz at the English Festival, she also wanted to try making her own. When I spotted this cool kit I knew she would love it & it would give us a fun activity to do together. This fun little kit is just £11.99

Inspiring Gifts

She believed she could, so she did' Enamel pin

Inspiring Eva to always try and do her best isn’t always easy but this cute enamel pin from Old English Co is perfect! I can see her proudly wearing it and remembering to try her best. To help with that Old English Co also have the same quote on a gold keyring, perfect to hang from her school bag.

She believed she could, so she did gold keyring from Old English Co

Not quite the typical toy loaded gift guide but definitely one for 8-year-olds who would love a rainbow, unicorn birthday!