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?

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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Terms & Conditions

UK Entrants Only.
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.

Win The Uncle Bubble Mega Loop Tool #6

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?

Glasses Repair Kit – SnapIt Review And Giveaway

I received a Glasses repair kit to review called SnapIt and I have a giveaway for you to win one too! As someone who wears prescription glasses all the time or contact lenses with sunglasses, a repair kit always comes in handy.

Glasses Repair Kit - Snap It

Glasses Repair Kit

Anyone who wears glasses will know that from time to time screws can come loose. Anyone who weares prescription or sunglasses will find a repair kit is always a useful tool to have on standby. I have lost count of how many times I’ve had to repair my glasses over the years. Most kits include tiny fiddly screws so I was interested to see how SnapIt is different.

Repairing Glasses with Snap It

Snap It

Unlike most repair kits, the SnapIt kit uses their unique, patented Snap-Off feeder tip screws. These allow easy handling and makes insertion into all types of frames from sunglasses to prescription frames less fiddly.

The stainless steel screws cut new threads to fix the stripped hinges. This can be a life saver in itself! The screws can easily be inserted from the top or bottom.

Repairing glasses with SnapIt

The kit comes in a handy little tube with a screwdriver and 5 different screw sizes allowing you to repair 99% of all glasses instantly! I’ve struggled in the past to find the correct size screw for my glasses so I love that there are 5 different sizes.

Considering the cost of new frames, this fab little glasses repair kit is a great buy and worth having in your bag. With the small tube you can easily store this kit anywhere.

Giveaway

As promised, I have a giveaway to win a SnapIt eyeglass repair kit, simply enter below.

Win A Snapit Glasses Repair Kit #3

Have you heard of SnapIt before? What do you think of their unique design?

Freshen Up Your Bedroom Easily With Bedspreads

You can freshen up your bedroom easily with one small change, bedspreads! Bedrooms can look a little dull and be awkward to change around regularly but bedspreads can make a big difference. Our bedrooms are a place to switch off and we spend more time in there than we may think! Freshing up your bedroom easily with bedspreads is a cheap and efficient way to change the whole look.

Freshen Up Your Bedroom

Freshen Up Your Bedroom Easily With Bedspreads

Beds are the main focus in a bedroom as they take up the most space, by adding a touch of colour, sparkle or a pattern you can completely change how it looks. You can buy bedspreads at sale prices from Yorkshire Linen Online to freshen up your bedroom. There are so many styles and at great prices allowing you to regularly freshen up your bedroom and create a new look.

Add Some Sparkle!

To really change the look of your bedroom you could add a runner with a bit of bling. This gorgeous Crystal Amethyst Bed Runner is sure to change the whole look of your bedroom. This adds colour and shine to your room brightening up even the smallest of spaces!

https://www.yorkshirelinen.com/crystal-amethyst-bed-runner.html

Pretty Patterns

Adding pretty patterns like this Coppice – Mulberry Bedspreads can really change the look and feel of a room too. Patterns are a great way to brighten up the room and often you can team them up with matching wall prints, cushions and other bedroom decor.

Freshen up your bedroom easily with bedspreads

Purple & Cosy

https://www.yorkshirelinen.com/mink-faux-fur-throw-purple-150x200.html

A great choice for new bedspreads is to go with your favourite colour. We have several bedspreads for our room from full sets to cosy throws. Adding something purple like this gorgeous Mink Faux Fur Throw makes a real difference. Adding a lovely throw like this can make your bedroom feel really cosy.

Do you regularly freshen up your bedroom with new bedspreads like these?

Winter Wonderland Weekend Box Review

We received a Winter Wonderland Weekend Box to review last week! We’ve worked with Weekend Box reviewing their fantastic craft boxes before and couldn’t wait to try the Winter Wonderland box.

Winter Wonderland Weekend Box

Weekend Box

Each Weekend Box comes with 4 themed STEAM activities along with a booklet of activities and instructions. Each box also comes with a set of stickers for your booklet for each activity as well as fun character sticker cards.

Winter Wonderland Weekend Box

Winter Wonderland Weekend Box

The Winter Wonderland theme comes with some really cool and fun activities. The booklet is full of fun activities like word searches, pictures to colour, stories to complete as well as fun facts and jokes. There are also instructions for each activity in the booklet. Everything you need comes in the activity packs apart from a few items you will already have like pencils, scissors etc.

Pop Up Penguins Craft

The first activity we chose to do was this fun and simple pop-up penguin craft. Male penguins find the smoothest, shiniest pebble and places it in a females nest as a ‘proposal’.

Making pop up penguins

This fun activity involved making 2 penguins that pop up, one presenting the other with a smooth, shiny white stone provided in the pack. We began by cutting out 2 penguin shapes, penguin feet & beaks. Then we stuck the feet on to the bottom of the penguins then made a paper spring as instructions and stuck the head down on to it. We then added the eyes and beaks.

pop up penguin craft

This was a lovely, quick activity that only took 10 minutes and the girls loved making them!

Icy Tea light Holder

Next we made an Icy tea light holder, another really easy but satisfying activity! Using the balloon provided we filled it up with water and froze it for a few hours. We then cut the balloon off, broke a hole in the top, let out the water. We then lit the tea light and popped it inside which created a gorgeous effect!

Icy tea light holder

Rocky Road Snow Bites

rocky road  snowbites

A quick and tasty activity like this onev is perfect at the weekend! We simple melted chocolate buttons, mixed in crushed biscuits and marshmallows, sprinkled with icing sugar and let them set in the fridge for half an hour.

Rocky road snow bites

We only managed to make two rocky road snow bites but they were delicious! We’ll be making these again ourselves with enough for everyone!

Salted Snowflake

Salted snowflakes

Making Salted snowflakes was quite fun but a little messy! We traded the snowflakes with a glitter glue pen, let it dry slightly, sprinkled it with salt then dropped watercolour paint onto it and let it dry. It created a gorgeous colourful, sparkly effect.

salted snowflakes

Try A Weekend Box

 Use code SCBR199 and pay just £1 P&P to receive your first box free!

Having Fun with Zimpli Kids Products

We’ve been having fun with Zimpli kids products. They have a fab range of Gelli Baffs, Slime Baffs and Snoballs, great fun for the kids!

Having Fun with Zimpli Kids Products

Gelli Baff

Gelli Baff

We tried the Gelli Baff first, which was really fun. You simply pour in packet 1 and mix the water around and it turns into Gelli. We were sent pink and blue to try and both turned out great.

Having Fun

The girls really loved this although at first, the sensation seemed really weird to them! It didn’t take long for them to get carried away having fun though. This is fab for sensory play! 

Gelli Baf

Once you are finished you simply pour in packet 2 and the Gelli dissolves again. Gelli Baff is something we will no doubt buy time and time again. It’s such a fun product to play with and because it dissolves with ease it’s mess free too. 

Slime Baff

Slime Baff

Next we tried the red Slime Baff! The girls love slime and were really excited to see how it turned out. It mixed up to an ok consistency but I think we ran the bath slightly too warm as it wasn’t too thick like the Gelli had been.

Slime Baff - red

The girls have definitely been having fun playing with the Slime Baff but I struggled to get it to wash away. Again, this may be because I ran the bath a little warm but I think having a dissolving solution like Gelli Baff has would be really helpful. 

Snoballs

Snoballs - Zimpli Kids

Snoballs are a fun way to make snow balls that don’t melt! Simply add water in a bowl to the powder to create your own snow and make Snoballs.

Snoball Contents

There are 2 packets in the box which make at least 30 Snoballs in total. The instructions are really simple to follow and Izzy was able to mix it up herself.

Mixing Up Snoballs

We quickly had a thick fluffy bowl of Sno! It worked really quickly and felt almost like real snow. We were able to make a good few Snoballs and Izzy really enjoyed playing with it.

Snoball

We love Snoballs, these are great for indoors or outdoors and break down easily Simply scoop it up into the bin or leave it to break down naturally. Adding more water also helps Snoballs break down but this can be really slippery so be careful.

Zimpli kids have a fab range of products for children making every day fun!

Have you used any Zimpli Kids products before?