Bytesize Box – UK Subscription Box Launching August 25th!

Bytesize Box is being launched August 25th in the UK. I discovered Bytesize Box recently and found it completely different to any other subscription box we’ve heard of so far. I am always on the lookout for new and exciting subscription boxes for the girls to try and I’m certain they will absolutely love Bytesize box!

Bytesize Box – What is it?

Bytesize box is a monthly subscription box of practical electronics you and your child can build together. The idea is to encourage children to learn about the environment, sustainability and recycling through electronic projects.

Bytesize box introduces recycling to children in a fun way based on their core values, sustainability, fun and learning! Recycling is something we should all encourage our children to do but it can be tough. Bytesize box encourages children to play and learn as they recycle making it much more interesting and fun for children.

Bytesize Box – What’s inside?

Each month you will receive a Bytesize Box containing 1 or 2 experiments revolving around the theme for the month. Each experiment requires something to be recycled to finish them off such as a plastic bottle, cardboard box or both! Every experiment will turn into something fantastic for you and your child to play with! Bytesize Boxes include full instructions on their website alongside videos to help build the experiments. Most experiments use a small computer which can be customised further by adding more components, changing the code or even rebuilding it into something else entirely!

Subscribe to the email list

Bytesize Box are currently building an email list of people interested. I’ve signed up myself as I know both girls would absolutely love Bytesize Box. The free recycling and activity pack in the welcome email are fantastic. It costs nothing to sign up and well worth doing for the fun activity pack which shows you 3 fun ways to recycle bottles! You can sign up here for free and get your free download straight away!

Trying A Box

Bytesize box will be launching August 25th and all customers who try a box will be entered into a prize draw to win a 3D Printer! The cut off to order your first box is August 31st. Bytesize Box costs just £19.99 with free P&P!

Eva’s Thoughts

Subscription boxes like these are great but I do like to find out what Eva thinks of them. Who knows better than a child when it comes to children’s subscription boxes? Eva’s first reaction was ‘WOAH! That is SO cool!’. She wanted to do the activities right away! Unfortunately we need to finish off our milks first so we will be doing one of the activities this weekend! Keep an eye out on my Instagram to see what we make!

Do you think Bytesize box is a fantastic idea too? Is it something your kids would love?

Arthur Price Despicable Me 3 Children’s Bone China And Cutlery Sets

Arthur Price Despicable Me 3 Bone China & Cutlery Sets were launched this week! A family-owned business that started in 1902, currently run by Simon Price the fourth-generation of the Price Family. Arthur Price are suppliers of the Royal families and Heads of state. They also supply the tables of the finest hotels, restaurants, airlines and cruise ships.

Arthur Price Despicable Me 3 Range

The Minions Bone china collection starts at £8.95 and are available separately or as a two or three-piece breakfast set. The Sea of Minions bone china collection is dishwasher safe. The bone china collection consists of a ‘Sea of Minions’ mug, bowl and plate.

Plate: 20cm diameter

Bowl: 15.7cm diameter

Mug: 7.9cm diameter / 7cm height

 

We received a 4 piece Expressions cutlery set and a 3 piece Sea of Minions breakfast set to review which pleased my little Minions immensely! The sets look fantastic together and make the perfect gift for any minion fan! The cutlery sets are suitable from 3 years and

Arthur Price Despicable Me 3

There are two four-piece children’s cutlery sets available retailing at £24.95 each – the ‘Sea of Minions’ and ‘ Expression’ collections. Arthur Price Despicable Me 3 cutlery sets are made of 18/10 finest stainless steel and has a 15 year guarantee. Thick chunky handles make it easier for small hands to hold and balance as they eat. The Expressions cutlery set goes perfectly with the 3 piece children’s Sea of Minions Breakfast set.

The Arthur Price Despicable Me 3 range would make perfect gifts for any little minion fans. The Arthur Price Despicable Me 3 range is available to buy directly from the Arthur Price website and from most department stores including Harrods.

 

 

Hallmark Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Wondering what to buy for Father’s Day? Hallmark & Tesco are making buying for dad easier this year. With a fantastic choice of gifts & cards available there is a little something for everyone this Father’s day! Father’s day is all about showing dad just how much you care & with a range of personalised gifts and fun cards Hallmark at Tesco make it that bit easier.

Hallmark at tesco fathers day gift guide

Hallmark Cards At Tesco

Hallmark’s choice of cards ranging from £1 – £4 are brilliant, with different styles & sizes available including cards for stepdad’s & granddad’s too.

Large fathers day cards

 

 

 

These large cards ranging from £3-£4 are so adorable! Eva loves the cat & breakfast card & Izzy loves the monster one. Perfect from little ones to their daddy to make fathers day special.

The Shed card is so cool! It turns into a little pop up shed for Dad.

 

Medium Cards

 

 

These medium-sized cards are £2-£3 with a variety of styles. There are cute ones like the family ferris wheel card, the tiger one which opens its arm’s for a hug and a popcorn card that wiggles too! I love the superhero card with pop out superhero mark & the DAD foldout card looks fabulous.

 

 

stepdad fathers day cards

 

 

Hallmark have 2 brilliant cards for stepdad’s too! I absolutely LOVE the card on the left with its googly eyes and humour it’s perfect and at only £1.50 it’s great value too. The right hand card is lovely too with a simple design that says it all for just £2.

 

smaller cards

 

 

These super cute & cool cards ranging from £1.50 to £2.50 are awesome too. Choose from a cute fox, loving elephants, daddy’s princess, a cuppa or for that super cool dad the 24ct gold dad card! Whatever you are looking for Hallmark & Tesco have exactly what you need!

granddad fathers day card

 

 

 

Don’t forget Grandad this father’s day either, this awesome card is just £2 to make grandad feel special this year!

 

 

 

Gift Ideas

Looking for some gift idea’s to go with your choice of father’s day card this year? Tesco have you covered with this fantastic range of gifts. Why not treat dad to a new T-shirt for just £5 or 2 for £8 & decorate it just for him with these fab T-shirt Graffiti Pens below? Father's day

Socks & Card

 

 

I absolutely love these socks & ‘You know you’re officially a dad when you receive socks as a present’ card. Just £1 for the card and £2 for the Best Dad Ever Socks from F&F at Tesco, dad is sure to laugh!

 

Sweet Gifts

 

 

 

Looking for something sweet to bake for dad this year? What about some home-baked gingerdad biscuits? Tesco have this fantastic mix, bright writing icing & this awesome gingerbread man cookie cutter set. To top it of add this fantastic card  for just £2.50!

father's day

 

 

 

I love this fold out card & it would go fantastically with a box of Cadbury Milk Tray, perfect for the dad with a sweet tooth! (If they make it out of your hands that is!)

 

 

 

 

Which would your dad enjoy this father’s day? What do you think of the choice of Hallmark Cards at Tesco?

*I received these products to feature in this gift guide. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Fallen Brewing For Father’s Day

Father’s day & the Mr’s birthday are coming up so I’ve been hunting out some gift’s like these awesome beers from Fallen Brewing! He really enjoys his craft beers & ales and loves a chance to try something new. This is a great gift for any craft beer/ale loving dad this father’s day and would go well with a nice home cooked meal too!

Fallen Brewing

Fallen Brewing

 

Fallen Brewing have some big flavoured craft Ales, a range made using only pure, soft Scottish mountain water and the best hops and malts from around the world.

For Father’s Day summer session drinking the refreshing blond New World Odyssey 4.1% (£2.90 hippobeers.co.uk) is Ideal. For a dad with a sweet tooth the limited edition Big Raspberry Dog Chew 10% ABV (hippobeers.co.uk)  made with Salted Caramel and Raspberry Milk Stout and tastes like an alcoholic Ruffle bar.

Blackhouse and New World Odyssey

Fallen Beers include:

  • New World Odyssey 4.1% ABV Blonde,
  • Local Motive 3.9% ABV, Session IPA,
  • Dragonfly  4.6% ABV, American Amber,
  • Blackhouse 5% ABV, Smoked Porter,
  • Grapevine  5.4% ABV,
  • Chew Chew 6% ABV, Salted Caramel Milk Stout
  • Platform C 6.3% ABV, India Pale Ale.

Dragonfly

The Mr really enjoyed getting a chance to try beers from Fallen Brewing as he hadn’t heard of them before. Trying the beers gave me a bit more knowledge about the different types & flavours too. With such a great selection of beers from fallen brewing there is definitely something for everyone’s tastes.

Just the ticket

Where are Fallen Brewing based?

Established in 2014, Fallen Brewing is situated in the old Kippen Railway Station with views towards The Trossachs and The South West Highlands. Fallen brew modern interpretations of classic styles with an emphasis on bold flavours and new world hops.

Where can I Buy Fallen Brewing beers?

Fallen beers are available all over the UK online from www.hippobeers.co.uk and in Scotland from Oddbins, Waitrose and M&S as well as independent shops including The Woodhouse Farm Shop, Cork and Cask, Cornelius and Beer Hive in Edinburgh and Hippo Beers, Good Spirit Company and Valhalla’s Goat in Glasgow.

Would your dad or other half love trying these for father’s day?

Luxury Flowers From Prestige Flowers

I Received a beautiful bouquet of Luxury flowers to review from Prestige Flowers. I was sent flowers from their Luxury range. The flowers arrived in a lovely sturdy box with a pretty flowery design on the box.

Just had a special delivery from @prestigeflowersuk 🙊 Looking forward to writing up my review! 😍💐

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The flowers had been carefully placed in the box along with a card. Removing the flowers from the box I discovered a lovely box of Truffles along with a vase for the flowers & a flower care guide along with some feed.

Luxury flowers like these currently start at £19.99 for a standard bouquet. For a medium sized bouquet it’s just £5 extra or £10 extra for a large bouquet. You can add on extra’s such as vases, truffles,  balloons, teddy bears, wine, chocolates & even cake! I was quite impressed at the free add on’s & the price of the Extra’s too.

Luxury Flowers

 

Prestige flowers provide stunning flowers for a reasonable price & there is something for everyone. With so many options including a huge selection of flowers & colour schemes to choose from as well as gifts & hampers, you are bound to find something beautiful for someone special.

Luxury Flowers - Prestige Flowers

 

Prestige Flowers cater for all occasions including Birthdays, Mother’s day, Sympathy/Funeral, Thank you, Get well & more all with suitable gifts to match. Delivery options include Next day (7 days a week), Saturday, Premium Sunday & UK same day deliveries ranging from £5.80 – £7.99.

I’m not usually one for ordering flowers in all honesty but I will definitely be using Prestige Flowers in future. I know a few people who would love to receive flowers like these on a special occasion.

Do you buy luxury flowers for anyone? What do you think of Prestige Flowers?

 

 

 

Animalcolm Review

We were sent a copy of Animalcolm to review written by Daniel Baddiel, Award winning author of ‘The Parent Agency’ and ‘The Person Controller’. Animalcolm is aimed at 8-11 year olds.

Animalcolm

Animalcolm

Eva loved the design on the front cover and spent the entire afternoon reading Animalcolm on the sofa! Although she only just turned 7 she found the book easy to read and really loved the illustrations throughout the book.

Unlike his family Malcolm hates animals do when he gets a chinchilla for his birthday which he is really not happy! To make things worse his year 6 school trip turns out to be a trip to a FARM. More animals..

At the farm Malcolm comes across a wise goat who grants wishes. He quickly changes in many ways, thinking differently, speaking differently, eating differently & smelling differently too! He learns what it’s really like to be an animal but will he ever be the same again!?

Animalcolm is David Baddiels third children’s novel and I would definitely recommend it as it seems a great read. Eva was completely captivated by Animalcolm and has already hidden it away in her room along with her favourites! I can see why Baddiels children’s books are winning awards.

Although Eva loves to read she tends to find a lot of books quite boring so I was pleased to see her totally absorbed in this book, and enjoyed the silence of course! We haven’t written a post on ‘Our favourite books this week’ recently for this very reason. It was lovely to see her enjoying Animalcolm and she couldn’t wait to tell me about it after. I think I will be ordering David Baddiels other books for her too.

 

Have you read Animalcolm or either of the other two books he has written?

Rainbow Rabbit Puzzle Review

I received an adorable Hape’s George Luck’s Rainbow Rabbit Puzzle, suitable for 3+ from Debenhams to review with Izzy. Wooden toys are always a favourite for us, the quality can’t be beaten! This colourful wooden puzzle is made using eco-friendly water based paints too.

Rainbow Rabbit Puzzle

Rainbow Rabbit Puzzle

I showed Izzy the puzzle and she excitedly took it from me and tipped the pieces onto the floor. Looking at the picture on the back of the box Izzy quickly pieced the puzzle back together again. We have a few wooden puzzles but the rainbow rabbit puzzle is different as the pieces fit together instead of separately.

This gorgeous 7 piece wooden puzzle makes up an adorable rainbow mama rabbit and baby rabbit. The design is so cute even Izzy aww’d when it was complete again. The rainbow rabbit puzzle kept Izzy busy for quite some time. After a day or so the box was no longer needed as Izzy had remembered where the pieces go.
Izzy playing with Hape's George Luck rainbow rabbit puzzle

 

Wooden puzzles are one of Izzy’s favourite thing’s to play with. Puzzles help toddlers with hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills, two important factors in child development. You can also use the puzzle to help teach your toddler their colours & count to 7 as they piece the puzzle together.

This puzzle is great fun for any toddler and would make a brilliant gift or addition to the toy collection. Izzy keeps going back to play with the puzzle and I’m sure it will stay a favourite for quite some time.

Do you love wooden puzzles too? What do you think of the Rainbow Rabbit puzzle? Would your little one love it too?

 

 

 

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Nuu Addition Baby Gift Sets

Nuu Addition offer a range of Baby gift sets with free UK delivery. From outfits to wicker baskets to Mother & Baby gift sets there is something for everyone with a range of budgets too. Whether it’s a gift for a friend or a treat for your new arrival it’s easy to find the perfect gift.

Baby Gift Sets

Nuu Addition Baby Gift Sets

 

Gift Sets

A Simple 5 piece Layette Gift set costs £19.99 available in Blue, Pink & Yellow.  Each set contains:Neutral Gift Set

  • Sleep Suit
  • New born hat
  • Booties
  • Baby Blanket
  • Silk hanger

 

 A Unisex Hamper for £139.99 contains: Unisex hamper

  • White Wicker  Pod Basket,super soft mattress size, 74cm x 28cm accompanied with a blanket
  • Cream baby Shawl
  • 2 x White Hooded baby towels
  • Bodysuit
  • Short Sleeve newborn Bodysuit
  • Printed baby Hat
  • Pair of newborn Mittens
  • Bib with a Bear Embroidered on the front

 

A Neutral Baby Gift Box for £130 contains:Neutral Gift Box

  • 2x White Hooded baby towels
  • Long newborn Bodysuit
  • Short Sleeve Printed Bodysuit
  • Printed newborn Hat
  • Pair of Mittens
  • Bib
  • 3x White Soft Face Flannels
  • Yellow Sleeping baby Suit, 100% cotton
  • Printed Hat
  • Pair of Embroidered Booties
  • Printed baby Blanket
  • Silk Hanger
  • Beige baby Bodysuit with the words Be Happy on the front
  • Unisex Deluxe Padded Changing Mat
  • 2x Baby Bottles 125ml
  • Pack of Premium Protection baby Nappies 4-11 lbs
  • Jar of Nappy Cream 250g
  • Box of 200 Fragrance Nappy Bags
  • Pack of 80 baby Wipes
  • 2x White Soothers

Nuu Addition also offer Starter Sets for girls & boys containing: Starter Set

  • Hooded baby towel
  • White Shawl sewn with a silk bow on both side
  • Sleeping Suit,
  • Printed newborn Hat
  • Pair of Embroidered Booties
  • Printed baby Blanket
  • Silk Hanger
  • 3x multicoloured Soft Face Flannels
  • 3x Vests in various designs
  • 7x Bibs, Days of the week printed on each one
  • Deluxe Padded Changing Mat
  • Pack of Premium Protection baby Nappies 4-11 lbs
  • Jar of Nappy Cream 60g
  • Box of 200 Fragrance Nappy Bags
  • Pack of 80 baby Wipes
  • 2x White Soothers

What do you think of these Nuu Addition baby gift sets?

*This is a sponsored post.

 

Good Bubble Natural Bath Products For Children

We received a set of Good Bubble Dexter Dragon fruit natural bath products to try out with the girls at bath time.

Good Bubble Natural Bath Products for Children

 

Who are they?

Good Bubble provide a natural range of bath and haircare products for children. With a range of colourful characters and exotic scents which are allergen-free it’s no surprise these products were backed by Deborah Meaden on Dragons Den in August 2015!

What’s in it?

Good Bubble products contain at least 98% naturally derived ingredients to clean skin & hair without stripping natural moisture from children’s young & sensitive skin. All Good Bubble products are free-from artificial colours, Sulphates, Parabens, Phthalates & PEG.

All products proudly feature the Leaping Bunny logo, celebrating Good Bubble’s recent certification by Cruelty Free International. Rigorously tested and approved by mums, their little ones, dermatologists and ophthalmologists, the bottles are recyclable and the range is also certified by The Vegan Society.

Our verdict

The bubble bath creates plenty of bubbles to keep the girls happy! Having used this set for a week or so now it’s definitely made a difference. Myself & the girls have eczema, Izzy more than Eva but we had absolutely no problems at all.

They both came out of the bath smelling lovely with soft skin. We will be continuing to use this as it seems to be improving the dry skin on Izzy’s arms. We’ve had no eczema flares at all after bath time thanks to the natural ingredients in these bath & hair products. If your child has sensitive skin like ours do, I would definitely recommend the Good Bubble range.

Good Bubble Ranges

There are two ranges of Good Bubble Products; Dexter Dragon Fruit & Clara Cloudberry. The girls received a bottle of Bubble Bath, Shampoo & Conditioner in the Dexter Dragon Fruit Range.

Both Dragon Fruit & Cloudberry are currently available in:

·     Super Bubbly Bubble Bath (400ml) RRP £3.99

·     Clean as a Bean Shampoo (250ml) RRP £3.69 

·     Smoothy Softy Conditioner (250ml) RRP £3.69

·     Bish, Bash, Bosh! Hair & Body Wash (400ml) RRP £3.69 

·     Gift Sets with a Dexter Dragon Fruit or Clara Cloudberry Bubble Bath (400ml) and luxurious bath mitt RRP £8.00

·     Dexter and Clara bath mitts are also available separately for £3.39

Dexter Dragon Fruit range

Chinese folklore has it that Dragon Fruit was created thousands of years ago by a fire-breathing dragon! Be it Chinese legend or Chinese whispers, Dragon Fruit is still packed with moisturising properties and anti-oxidants to nourish young hair and skin and protect against free radicals.

Where to buy

These products are available in Sainsbury’s, GoodBubble.co.uk & Holland & Barratt, find more retailers at Goodbubble.co.uk

*I received these products in exchange for an honest review.

Tots Up Red Bus Reward Chart

The Tots Up Reward Chart

We were sent a Tots Up Red Bus Reward Chart to review. The Tots Up Reward Chart is a 3D Magnetic Red Bus with 10 people included to reward good behaviour. Izzy absolutely loves red buses which you may have noticed in a recent #MySundayPhoto so I had quite high hopes for the Tots Up Reward Chart. The chat also works with an IOS spp. I’m not a IOS user but there will be an android version being released sometime soon.

Tots Up Red Bus Reward Chart

Inside the box

The chart arrived including a magnetic board bus with a stand for the passengers to board and a magnetic board bus stop with stand for the passengers to ‘wait’ on before boarding the bus. A leaflet is included explaining how to set the chart up and how to use it. There are also letter stickers to spell out your child’s name on the bus. Izzy surprisingly decided she wanted her full name – Isobella on the bus so we got to work spelling it out with her.

Tots Up Red Bus Rewards Chart Contents

Using The Red Bus Reward Chart

We explained to Izzy what the chart was for and how to use it. Reward charts tend to work best when the child understands how they can earn a chance to add a passenger to their bus. With Izzy we decided she could add a person to her us each time she did some of the following:

  • Putting away her toys
  • Eating her food nicely
  • Walking nicely to/from school/town when she chooses to go
  • Putting her rubbish in the bin
  • Sharing & playing nicely with her sister
  • General good/helpful behaviour

We have also agreed she can pick her special treat each time she has 10 passengers on her bus.

 Bus Stop

So Far, So Good

The Red bus reward chart has worked really well with Izzy so far. She is really enjoying trying to find new ways to earn a chance to add another person to her bus. After Eva’s birthday Izzy was a little jealous and was a bit mean so the reward chart really helped encourage her to be nicer.

At £22.95 for this set it is well worth every penny. We will definitely be buying the 10 festive characters pack & 10 Animals pack so Izzy can swap between them on her reward chart. The Tots Up Bus Reward chart is also available in pink.

Izzy absolutely loves her reward chart and her behaviour has been much better in general since we started using it. I can see us using the reward chart for quite some time as it makes behaving much more fun. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the launch of the android app too!

Red Bus Reward Chart & Bus stop

What do you think of the Tots Up Red Bus Reward Chart? Do you use a reward chart with your little ones? How well have they got on with it?