Conversation Cards For Kids From Together Equal

We received a set of conversation cards from Together Equal. Together Equal targets families, with profits from every pack going directly to small, independent charities working towards equality.

Conversation cards for kids from together equal

As a family we often discuss equality and we were excited to use Together Equal’s conversation cards. Together Equal is a not for profit organisation which works with a number of charities supporting victims of abuse. Having had the support of Women’s Aid in the past, I personally love the whole idea and product.

Together Equal

Research has proven the power of conversations with an OECD study identifying the positive impacts of conversations between children and their parent or guardians. Using this knowledge, Together equal have created an enjoyable, engaging game that can be played at home or on the go. Then conversation cards have been developed for families with children aged 7-11 year although Izzy (4) has been joining in with us too! There is a variety of topics, some fun, some are thought-provoking and some touch on societal gender stereotypes.

Family Discussions

Equality - Is it ok for boys to cry?

We have used the conversation cards quite a bit to be honest, the girls love a good discussion! One of the first cards we discussed asked ‘Is it ok for boys to cry?’. Both girls instantly answered yes! It’s a topic we have discussed before so I wasn’t surprised by their answers. Eva happily explained to us why it’s ok for boys to cry too which was lovely to hear.

Together Equal - Conversation cards for kids

Another favourite card asked ‘If you could make a law that everyone had to follow what would it be?’. Eva answered that she would make it a law for everyone to be kind all the time. Izzy’s answer was funny, she said she would make it a law for everyone to drink one beer a day!

Tell the person next to you what you think makes them awesome

We have kept the conversation cards on my desk and quite often one of the girls will open them up and ask if we can pick one to discuss. I love this, it’s a really fun way to start a conversation. I love the card above, it’s a lovely way of making your friends and family feel good about themselves. Hearing the girls tell each other why they think the other is awesome was adorable!

Honestly, I think these cards are fantastic, you can take them anywhere to get a conversation going. Knowing profits after production costs all go to fantastic charities that help victims of abuse get their life back is reassuring. I know too well just how much donations can change peoples lives and Together Equal are doing amazing work to spread equality and help others.

Have you heard of Together Equal’s Conversation Cards before?

May Update

Here’s a May update as I have been a little quiet these last few weeks. Things have been going fairly well but a little busy!

May Update

From making money, learning more about autism, celebrating birthdays to a site tidy up and hearing issues. There are a few reasons why I’ve been quiet lately and it isn’t just books and crochet for a change.

Matched Betting

I started matched betting using OddsMonkey at the start of the month. I started off using £110 the Mr has saved over the last year from surveys. He had been saving for a new graphics card and monitor which would have taken another year or two!

I’m pleased to say I have made over £1,000 in my first month. I’ve also introduced two friends to matched betting too! Both friends have made a profit and I love sharing updates with each other. The Mr is pleased as the PC parts he was waiting on haven’t been released yet. Knowing that we’ve had a few treats knowing we can keep topping up the profit to cover the parts and more!

SEN Meeting

We met the SEN teacher who is lovely as Eva is showing quite a few signs that she is autistic. Whilst we have noted these in the past, it hasn’t been something we’ve had anyone fully agree with us on. Quite often Eva is just described as over emotional at school but her current teacher agrees she has spotted quite a few of the same signs.

I was directed to an online course on autistic girls before the SEN meeting. Doing the course meant I learnt Eva masks her autism in public. I’ve learnt I do this too, knowing this we wanted support in place at school for Eva. I set up the meeting in the hopes of being referred and came away feeling confident that Eva will receive a diagnosis without too much of a struggle.

Also, I am much more confident Eva will receive any support she may need in school. She was given a pair of ear defenders the same day as the meeting after I pointed out her sensory overload during class & music especially.

Eva’s 9th Birthday!

Eva turned 9 on 10th May and we celebrated as usual with a few close friends and some cake! Due to a few issues, the gift guide I had planned didn’t go ahead but she was overwhelmed by the Harry Potter gifts from friends and family and was utterly spoilt. The Mr got to work on a Minecraft cake as requested by Eva which turned out fantastic too! We will be meeting up with the Cupcake-Kitney’s during half-term for our usual joint celebration with James who’s birthday is just 9 days after Eva’s. These joint celebrations are always lovely and we can’t wait.

Updating The Site

You may have noticed one or two small tweaks across the site (made my by) and a few huge tweaks (mainly page loading speed, thanks to my friend!) this week. There will be more to come, along with a theme upgrade soon to improve your user experience (and possibly add more purple!). I may have been quiet recently but I’m certainly not going anywhere, anytime soon.

Hearing Issues

Unfortunately our concerns about Izzy’s hearing being similar to the Mr’s may be real. Izzy had her hearing test last week and we are booked in for a retest and possible referral as the frequency had to be turned up quite high before Izzy was able to pick it up. Until the retest we won’t know much more but it does seem she isn’t always ignoring instructions by choice and explains why she is quite loud herself.

Well, there’s our May update.

How has your May been?

Stationery Giveaway – National Stationery Week

Twitter decided a stationery giveaway for a national stationery week in a poll I ran last week! This is not a sponsored giveaway I’m just a big stationery lover. I got a little excited about the national stationery week coming up and wanted to share the excitement.

You can get so creative with a pen and some paper. From writing stories, poems and doodling, it’s a great way to express yourself. I love to make sure we have plenty available and the girls love it.

If you saw my stationery collection you would probably be shocked. I have a pen pot with 3 sections absolutely full, my colourful storage drawers have all my ‘special’ pens in. Then we have a pop-up IKEA storage box full of pens and pencils. Of course, the girls also have pencil cases and 2 drawers full in their bedroom. There are countless notebooks, sketchbooks, packs of card and paper dotted around our flat! They’re in random drawers, on my desk and in my room and the girls have just as many! I’d say possibly 60% of our flat is stationery haha.

Stationery Giveaway

We always seem to be writing, drawing and getting creative here. As we love sharing with our readers, we have this lovely pen bundle for one lucky winner! This bundle is in no way sponsored by Bic or Uni-ball. Honestly, I just have an obsession with stationery. I currently have a box full of stationery like this ready to use or gift in some way.

Stationery Giveaway Bundle

This bundle includes:

  • 8 pack – Bic Crystal Up 8 pack
  • 3 pack – Uni-ball Eye Needle Rollerballs
  • 2 pack – Bic Marking Textile 2 pack
  • 3 pack – Bic Gel-ocity Quick Dry
  • 3 pack – Gel-ocity Illusion
  • 5 pack – Bic Highlighter Grip
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Winner notified within 24 hours.
If the winner does not respond within 72 hours a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

What is your favourite stationery? Do you have any favourites from the giveaway bundle?

Exfoliating With Procoal Face Scrub

I’ve been exfoliating with Procoal activated charcoal face scrub over the last few weeks. I received a full sample to review. Procoal have created an ethical-made range of skin care products. Procoal is against animal testing and most ingredients used are naturally derived such as charcoal and essential oils.

Exfoliating With Procoal

Exfoliating 

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the top later of your skin. We naturally shed dead skin cells every 30 days so new skin cells can take their place. Whilst the majority of dead skin cells will fall off naturally, some don’t shed perfectly from the skin. This can leave dry, flaky patches on your skin which can clog your pores too. Exfoliating helps prevent this and should be an important part of your skincare routine.

Procoal Activated Charcoal Face Scrub

The Procoal activated charcoal face scrub is expertly developed in the UK. This exfoliating face scrub uses specially selected active constituents to remove impurities, oxidised sebum and contaminants. This gives a purified, cleansed and invigorated complexion. This face scrub uses Allantoin which encourages natural skin exfoliation. Calendula oil, recognised for restoring the skin’s natural water balance is also used. The activated Charcoal helps to clear deep-seated pores, removing pollutants to purify your complexion.

My Thoughts

Anyone that knows me will know my skin is awful! I’ve tried loads of different face scrubs, washes, creams and masks over the years to try and tame my face. Unfortunately, due to having eczema, a lot of products really irritate my skin. I am pleasantly surprised that the Procoal face scrub doesn’t irritate my skin at all!

Applying Procoal Face Scrub

As you apply the face scrub, you can see the charcoal breaking down as you can see above. (Apologies for the quality, it was late at night!) After rinsing it off you can genuinely feel a difference. Unlike other scrubs I’ve used, my face felt really clean and soft, no tightness afterwards which I usually have.

Results

After a few weeks of trying out Procoal 1 to 3 times per week, my skin is slowly looking much healthier! Procoal’s site does state it can take 6-8 weeks to see a real difference though. By now I have usually given up due to poor results but I can see me finishing this tube. It is on the pricier side for me but the results are undeniable so I probably would buy this again. I’m quite lazy with my skincare routine, however, I’ve managed to remember every few days to use the face scrub. I have been doing this as part of my self-care routine. Overall I am pleased with the Procoal exfoliating face scrub and definitely recommend giving it a go.

Do you use exfoliating face scrubs?

Uncle Bubble Mega Loop Review And Giveaway

We were gifted Uncle Bubble Mega Loop to review this week and we also have one to giveaway. Uncle Bubble are bubble experts and this fun kit contains all you need to create bubbles bigger than you!

Uncle Bubble Mega Loop Kit

Uncle Bubble Mega Loop

The portable Mega Loop kit can be used anywhere, indoors and outdoors, at home, school, the park, absolutely anywhere. The kit comes with a Mega Loop wand, inflatable bubble pool and a big bottle of bubble solution. The unique secret professional formula has been used by bubbleologists to build bubbles that have broken Guinness world records! Become a bubble pro in no time with this fab kit.

bubble

Bubble Fun

We have been playing around with the Uncle Bubble Mega Loop kit over the last few days and have had loads of fun. The instructions make setting up the bubble pool and Mega Loop wand simple. Following the instructions to mix the bubble solution just right makes the best bubbles.

Izzy in a bubble

The girls had a lot of fun with the Mega Loop Kit and spent ages trying to make the biggest bubbles. We are waiting for the sun to come out so we can take the kit to the park too! I’m sure the girls will have plenty of fun as will any other children there.

Blowing big bubbles

You can create all kinds of bubble magic with this special solution and there is more than enough for a few sessions of bubble making. If you do run out, you can buy more on Amazon easily! It isn’t recommended to use this kit on a slippery surface however we couldn’t help but try out on our landing as there was more space. Hopefully the weather improves soon and we can set up at the park for hours of bubble fun!

Mega Bubbles with Uncle Bubble Mega Loop Kit

I got carried away myself joining in making big bubbles along with the girls and know everyone will enjoy this kit. The only issue we found was that we enjoyed ourselves so much I almost forgot to take ANY photos! Check out the Uncle Bubble Video below though.

Giveaway

As promised we have an Uncle Bubble Mega Loop Kit for one lucky winner. Simply enter below for your chance to win and check out our other live giveaways here.

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Miles Kelly Mini Playbooks Review And Giveaway

We were sent Miles Kelly Mini Playbooks range to review this week. Written by Sarah Parkin and Designed by Rob Hale. Each Mini Playbook has a story, playmat, pop-up building and over 20 press out pieces. There are currently 6 books within the Miles Kelly Mini Playbooks and we have 3 books to offer one lucky winner! Read on and enter below.

Miles Kelly Mini Playbooks

Miles Kelly Mini Playbooks

Currently, the six Miles Kelly Mini Playbooks available include Farm, Animal Hospital, Fire Station, Castle, Airport and Garage. These fantastic books encourage reading and learning through play.

Miles Kelly Mini Playbook - Animal Hospital

Mini Playbook Fun

Each storybook follows a character at work, explaining the different tasks they do each day. Once you’ve read the story and learnt the tasks, it’s time to play and act out the different roles! There is a handy guide to setting up and using the book inside too.

Animal Hospital Instructions

Each book turns into a square playmat with a road, pop-up building and relevant scenery. The buildings all have doors that open, allowing your press-out characters to go in and out easily.

Miles Kelly Animal Hospital Mini Playbook

Animal Hospital Playmat - Miles Kelly Mini Playbooks

Inside each pop-up building, there is plenty of space to move characters around. Both girls enjoy setting up these books and playing out the roles. Izzy especially loves animal hospitals and this was definitely her favourite. Reading about Sam the Vet’s adventures at work and then playing Vet kept Izzy busy for hours!

Castle

The Castle Mini Playbook follows Cedric the knights adventures in a medieval castle. The Castle comes with a Dragon, knights on horses, a Lord & Lady, Musician and more, the girls quickly got lost in this Mini Playbook.

Castle Miles Kelly Mini Playbook

Fire Station

We read about Firefighter George’s adventure at work, then we set up all the pieces. The girls had hours of fun playing as firefighters, rescuing cats from buildings and putting out fires. This Playbook comes with a fire engine, fires, barriers and various firefighters.

Fire Station

Airport

Jack is on his first visit to the airport in this storybook on his first family holiday. Learn about what goes on in an airport then fold out the playmat, pop up the building and play! I love how the aeroplanes go together for this playbook making them 3D.

Airport

Farm

Follow Farmer Sam around the farm as he cares for all the animals. Farms are very busy places with lots of jobs to do, press out the pieces and help Sam look after the animals. With cute farm animals and a shiny red tractor this Playbook is amazing.

Farm

Garage

Learn about mechanic Matt’s adventures at work in this storybook before getting busy helping at the Garage. Help wash cars, change tyres, repair engines and become a marvellous mechanic for a few hours.

Garage

The Mini Playbooks fold back down after being played with. This makes the Mini Playbooks easy to store until next time. Simply flatten the press-out pieces and store them inside the building safely too. We are really impressed with the Mini Playbooks as they are so easy to set up and clear away. They certainly kept the girls occupied and having fun for hours at a time and the enjoyed building a few at a time and connecting the roads on the playmats to create their own little town.

Miles Kelly Mini Playbook Giveaway

As promised, we have 3 Miles Kelly Mini Playbooks to giveaway to one lucky winner*! The winner will be able to pick any 3 titles from the 6 available, simply enter the giveaway below and keep an eye on your emails.

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*Winner will be notified within 24 hours of the giveaway closing and will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be picked.

Which 3 Miles Kelly Mini Playbook titles would you pick?

Hero Fun With Herodrive Vehicles

Izzy’s been having Hero fun with the new Herodrive Vehicles. We were kindly gifted the vehicles to review Both of my girls love DC, with Batman being their favourite! Obviously, because of this, we were really excited to check them out.

Hero Fun

Hero Fun With Herodrive vehicles

These fantastic vehicles are a mash-up of favourite DC superhero characters and vehicles to create the ultimate her powered adventure! Choose from Speed Squad Minis or Mash Machines for some hero fun for your little one.

Herodrive from Asda

Join in with the superhero action with these super speedy vehicles and your favourite DC hero. Available from Asda and some items are available from Amazon too. Although the Herodrive range is aimed at 3-6 years, Eva (8) really enjoyed joining in with the hero fun too! These fabulously speedy little vehicles will have your little one off on superhero adventures for hours.

Speed Squad Minis

Herodrive 2.5inch vehicles

These fun, free-wheeling vehicles are super fast and feature DC icons Superman, Batman, The Flash and The Joker. This new range provides high-speed hero fun with these fantastic little vehicles. Zoom about the streets of Central City as your favourite DC hero saving the day!

Mash Machines Batman Police Car

Mash Machines Batman Police Car

These super cool Herodrive Mash machines are HEROIC! Patrol the streets in the Batman police car and don’t forget to push the Batman logo for backup if needed! Just like the Speed Squad Minis, Mash machines are seriously speedy, perfect for saving the day.

Our Thoughts

Honestly, we love the Herodrive vehicles, the girls have been playing with them non-stop. The Batman Police Car is so much fun with the Batman noises! The Herodrive cars really are super speedy. They are perfect for high-speed chases through the flat. Personally, I think these would make a fab alternative to chocolate this Easter and the perfect gift for any little one. Izzy says the herodrive vehicles are so cool and she loves them, she call the speed squad mini Batman car, Baby Batman and the Batman Police Car, big Batman.

Izzy playing with Herodrive vehicles

More Herodrive products will be launching soon too, so keep an eye out!

Which DC icon is your childs favourite?

Magic Pie – Children’s Book Review

We were sent Magic Pie by Robyn Embrey to review* last week. This beautifully rhyming, magical adventure is a lovely book for children. Published by Pegasus and available on Amazon. We always enjoy reviewing children’s books like this, that just flows so well.

Magic Pie - Robyn Embrey

Magic Pie

Magic pie is all about a little boy named Olly who tries to make a magic pie. He tries but with no luck. His mum finds him and explains real magic lies in a box of pixie dust beneath her bed. Olly embarks on a magical adventure where he meets a genie, a rabbit and fairy.

Olly making magic pie

Olly just wants to make Magic Pie,
One to make him magic, one to make him fly.

But he might just find where real magic lies instead,

With a box of pixie dust, beneath his mummy’s bed.

Magic Pie – Robyn Embrey

Our Thoughts

We love reading this book and have already read it a few times. Its rhythm flows beautifully making it fun to read aloud. From the start, the girls listened intensely to Olly’s magical adventure. You could see they really enjoyed it throughout.

Magic Pie colouring pages

Both my girls have tried to make magic potions before, as have most children. Mixing all kinds of ingredients in little pots so I found Olly’s magic pie making quite amusing.

Magic Pie Blogger Pack

As reviewers, we also received some colouring pages, bookmarks and pixie dust, which the girls really loved! Magic Pie is already a favourite read for the girls and I can really see why. Olly has so much fun on his magical journey. When he returns, he knows that one day he’ll show his sister the magic that lies beneath mummy’s bed too. We would love to see more children’s books by Robyn Embrey as we thoroughly enjoyed this one!

About The Author

This is Robyn Embrey’s first Children’s book she has published. I have followed her on twitter for a while and know she has worked hard to create this fantastic children’s book. Below is a short ‘about me’ from Robyn herself.

My Children live in a world only confined to the limits of their imaginations. With so much inspiration around me in day to day life, I started to write down their adventures. With the support of my long-suffering husband, my faithful friends and a little creativity, Magic Pie and other stories started to keep me awake at night. The only way to get some sleep was to write them down

Robyn Embrey

Have you heard of or read Magic Pie yet?

*Whilst we were kindly sent this book for a review, all opinions are our own and honest.

Princess Ponies -The Lucky Horseshoe Book Review

The Princess Ponies series by Chloe Ryder is full of stories that are empowering, uplifting and full of empathy. Jeff Norton kindly sent us an author copy when we responded to his tweet sharing the release of Princess Ponies – The Lucky Horseshoe. We decided that since we love to review books, we should review this too!

Princess Ponies - The lucky horseshoe

Princess Ponies – The Lucky Horseshoe

The Lucky Horseshoe was released in time for St. Patrick’s day. This beautifully illustrated book comes with a lovely magic horseshoe collectable charm. There are several books in the Princess Ponies adventure series, each with a different charm to collect.

Collectible magic horseshoe charm

Chloe Ryder wrote the Princess Ponies series as an alternative for adventure-loving girls to Barbie and Disney Princesses. The main character Phillipa (Pippa) is a head-strong action heroine who strives to save the day. Eva especially loves a storyline full of adventure like this.

Pippa lives in the land of Chevalia. She is having terrible luck at school on St. Patrick’s day. To make it even worse, Pippa is alerted by Princess Stardust and the Pirate Ponies that the troublemaking Divine has cast a spell to steal all of Chevalias good luck too.

Princess Ponies Book Review

Pippa sets off on a journey across the high seas, on The Jolly Horseshoe, in search of a way to win the ponies’ luck back. During this journey, Pippa and her friends meet cow sharks and discover a mysterious island. On this mysterious island, a new pony may be able to explain how to turn their luck around.

Eva’s Thoughts

Eva said she really enjoyed reading The Lucky Horseshoe. She said it has some really cool characters from humans, ponies and cow sharks! The storyline is full of adventure and kept Eva absorbed throughout. She loved the ending and now wants to read the rest of the series!

Writing Gloves Giveaway – Literary Book Gifts

We have a writing gloves giveaway live today for one of our readers win thanks to Literary Book Gifts. These lovely fingerless gloves are made of soft cashmere and perfect for writing. With 13 colours to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Many of my readers are writers themselves so offering you all a writing gloves giveaway seemed a great idea.

Writing Gloves Giveaway

Cold Hands

Many writers suffer from cold hands during long periods of writing. There are several causes of this but thankfully, writing gloves are an easy solution. Keep your hands warm while still having the full dexterity to write. Due to my Peripheral Neuropathy, I often suffer from cold hands day-to-day. I used to wear fingerless gloves all the time to help until I lost my favourite pair but none quite as lovely as these.

Literary Book Gifts

Literary book gifts have a whole range of gifts for book lovers. From writing gloves, T-shirts and totes, you’re bound to find the perfect literary gift. T-shirts are available for both men and women and come in a wide range of bookish designs. All orders are charged $5 shipping within the USA and $10 for international orders.

Writing Gloves

Literary Book Gifts writing gloves are knitted and breathable with roughly 35% cashmere wool. They are also made of a cotton, polyester and microfiber blend for durability. These soft, warm and cosy fingerless gloves are perfect for writers from office workers to authors.

Writing Gloves Giveaway

As promised, Literary Book Gifts have offered one pair of Writing gloves* worth $52 dollars to one lucky winner in their chosen colour! The winner will be contacted within 24 hours for delivery details. Please respond within 72 hours or a new winner will be drawn and contacted.

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*This prize may take 1- 2 months for delivery as it will be coming straight from the manufacturer.

Have you considered writing gloves before?