October Favourites

October Favourites

Summer is finally over. And as the weather turns chilly, isn’t it nice staying at home more? And while we’ve been keeping cosy inside, I thought I would share some fab things that can be delivered right to your door.

October FavouritesSpicers of Hythe Hampers – Last year I reviewed one of their hampers. And I was thrilled to receive another hamper a couple of months ago (top photo). Their hampers are wonderful. While I delighted in the chocolate and wine, my children enjoyed playing in the large box the hamper arrived in (they honestly didn’t noticed that the dining table was covered in treats – all they saw was a big cardboard box, haha). Isn’t there something special about receiving a box of goodies to brighten up your day/week/month??!! I might have to send one of these to a special someone for Christmas. But who deserves such a treat? Hmmm.

Earlybird Taste Box – this is such a cool concept. A weekly snack box that includes tea, music and artwork. As a tea-lover, I love trying new teas, and I especially enjoyed the Darjeeling Earl Grey. Also, I have been trying to be healthy, so having a pre-portioned snack at the ready. And it was handy knowing how many calories, carbs and sugar were in each snack. We had our neighbours over this weekend and I put some dried fruit and nuts in little bowls and they made fab snacks. Who knew little children would love salt and pepper cashews?! Anyway, the first box is only £1, so it can’t hurt to try it out.

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Brainboost Box – these are monthly boxes targeted towards children aged 2-12.  The boxes are broken down into three groups – Dubz received the ‘pre-school’ and Moozles received ‘early school’. The boxes are addressed to the child, so you can imagine the excitement of receiving this parcel. Each box has one book, five games and a project. This is more than just a craft box. The items in each box focus on improving the core skills of ‘creativity, communication, emotional intelligence, physical and intellectual ability. We have done most of the games but are saving a couple for half-term. Boxes cost £20 for one month, but you save money by buying the boxes by three, six or twelve month subscriptions.

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We were sent the above items for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.




Cool CaseApp Covers (& Worldwide Giveaway)

Cool CaseApp Covers & Giveaway

Obviously it is fun picking out new covers and cases for your mobiles and iPads. But you know what’s even more fun? Designing your very own. So I was thrilled when the lovely people from CaseApp offered me the chance to design a new case for my iPad.

Although the CaseApp website has loads of designs to choose from, you can upload your own design or photos. I picked a simple three-photo collage. But the entire design and ordering process was quite simple. The toughest part was choosing the photos. And once I ordered my case, it took four days to receive it (with the standard delivery).

It took about two seconds to place the case on the iPad and it feels very secure. We have found our case to be really sturdy (Dubz has dropped the iPad twice in the two times he has used it last week). The photos look bright and of a high quality. If you would like to order a case or skin for your mobile, laptop, iMac or iPad, you can receive 20% off your order with code CALIFORNIACASE.

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I was sent a case for the purpose of this review and giveaway. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


A Little Adventure with Little Barny Bear

Husband and I took the kids to RHS Wisley a few weeks ago. Unusually, it was not raining so I thought it would be a perfect day for exploring and wandering around aimlessly. Moozles is 5 1/2 and she loves a little adventure. Dubz is 21-months old and he turns everything into an adventure. I brought a picnic blanket. Despite the fact that it is winter, I thought it would be fun for us to have our elevenses picnic-style. I packed two boxes of Barny snacks, apple and strawberry. Each box contains five snacks, so I thought we could try a few then have some left over for another day and another adventure. Ah, best laid plans.
We made it about five minutes into our visit to Wisley before the kids cried hunger. It was only 10am, they had already had breakfast at home and a banana each during the 30-minute car ride. So I brought out the Barny snacks. At first, Dubz did not want to eat Barny. He loved that it was shaped like a bear and he just wanted to hold it. But his curiosity (and greed) got the better of him. And one by one the snacks were eaten. In fact, the kids were eating the snacks in every photo I took. And by the time we reached our picnic spot, there were no Barny snacks left. I didn’t even get to take photos of the Barny snack boxes on our lovely plaid blanket as the boxes were empty and crumpled. Moozles especially liked the strawberry snacks so I will soon be buying those as well as giving the chocolate ones a try. Barny snacks would be a fab addition to our weekend adventures, as well as provide Moozles with a fun lunchbox treat! 
This post is an entry for the Britmums ‘Winter Little Adventures Challenge’ sponsored by Barny, individually wrapped bear-shaped sponges with a hidden filling. Find out more about Barny here. I was sent two packs of Barny snacks for review purposes. The opinions expressed are completely my own.