Tuesday, 23 January 2018

SuperZings Rivals of Kaboom! *Review*

KABOOM! Let me introduce you the SuperZings Rivals of Kaboom. The latest pocket money toy on the block, these crazy little superheroes and supervillains are the new collectible craze to hit the stores this January. 

So what are the SuperZings??

Based on everyday objects and brought to life in a comic like fun theme, these colourful little figures are a delight to look at. There is a hero vs. villain theme throughout the collection, so each figure has a matching rival......more about that later on. 


The SuperZings have incredible superpowers and live in special hideouts and you can identify them by the symbol on the door, they also drive amazing supercars and come dressed in superhero/villain capes and eyemasks. You can tell the difference between the heroes and villains via their eyes, white eyes = hero and yellow eyes = villain. Simple! 



In the SuperZings collection there is more than 80 figures to collect, within these are 36 regular characters, (in 2 different colour schemes), 6 x silver, 2 x rare gold ones and the super rare Engima SuperZing.


To begin the collection off you can purchase the starter set for £5 which contains a bright and colourful comic book introducing you to Kaboom City and the characters in it. Also with the starter kit are 3 SuperZings, a metal hideout and a superblaster and 3 discs (so much fun!).



We were also sent a ton of singular SuperZing blind packs (RRP 80p each), 3 Supercars (£2.50 each), a selection of hideouts and a blister 4 pack which contains another superblaster and a coupe of hideouts (£1.50 each) and a SuperZings 4 pack blister (RRP £7.00) which includes another blaster, a couple of hideouts and SuperZings. Me and my husband definitely didn't have a superblaster battle, uh uhhhh not us! Ha, we did have a little bit of fun shooting each other with the discs, so not just fun for the kids hey!



These little collectibles are great, Alfie loved the element of surprise opening them and the added extra of having the option to make them zoom around in cars was great. The pocket money prices also make these very appealing and perfect little treats or rewards. 


What did we love?


  • They are bright, fun and great to play with. There are loads to collect and with the surprise element to the blind packets it adds an extra touch.
  • The whole collection has funky names, we really liked the idea of their being heroes and villains but with the twist of a matching rival. For example T-Mate's villain rival is Red-Ray and Brain Freeze vs. Ultra Dryer and Badnana vs. Stomper.
  • The characters are cleverly thought out with lots of extras to add on, the attention to detail on each of the figure's is brilliant!
  • The price! 80p for a blind pack is amazing, for me these would be a perfect little treat for the kids and will work well with rewards for good work, behaviour etc.



Was there anything we weren't keen on?
  • Mostly we loveeeee the collection. The only thing I would say as a very, very slight negative is I couldn't find an easy way to identify the characters, I think maybe a corresponding number somewhere on the figures would be useful. Also I think a small display unit would be brilliant to put the figures when they're not being played with.




The SuperZings are great, they've kept both my nearly 6 year old and nearly 3 year old occupied. They've both enjoyed popping the different figures in the hideouts and whizzing them about in the supercars. So although they are aimed at ages 4 - 8 they've been very successful in the Blogging Beautiful household with one slightly younger than the advised age. 


The SuperZings have only just recently launched and are currently available from a wide range of stockists such as Tesco, Asda, Co-op, The Entertainer and more. If you're looking for a new pocket money collectible then I would totally advise checking them out!

http://www.superzings.com/uk/index.php

* Please note we were kindly sent the selection of goodies free of charge in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Enjoy the View with bi-fold Doors.

I love being able to see the outside while sitting in the house.  To be able to enjoy our garden or other beautiful views that are meant to be enjoyed is good for the heart and soul, plus I just really enjoy being able to enjoy looking onto a nice garden or out onto a decent view. On a balmy, warm summer night imagine being able to fold back the door, let the air in and enjoy the evening breeze while being comfortable sitting on the sofa. Imagine entertaining and being able to make the most of space using these handy bi-folding doors allowing people to pop in and out at their own choice. 

anthracite grey bifold door

I absolutely love them, I think these would work really well in our conservatory rather than the double doors we currently have. Not only do they look fab but they are super easy to operate, they are strong and durable and look great. You can opt for either the internal bi-fold doors (i.e to separate a conservatory from the house) or the external bi-fold doors  (to open up the outside space into the inside space) depending on your requirements. I think it's just nice to be able to have that option. 

Grey Bi-fold door

When it's a hot day I love to keep the doors open into the garden, it encourages us all to go outside and enjoy the day but also the children love to be able to come and go into the garden as they please. I'm a strong believer in letting them go out in any weather if they want and feel it's important they get fresh air daily so these doors would enable them to do just that. 

The folk over at Folding Doors 2 U with their modern aluminium bi-fold doors are very much on hand to discuss and provide lots of useful information. There is tons of information on their website should you wish for a little more information and advise. There are also lots of pictures and images of their doors so you can get a real insight as to what the finished article looks like. So head over and have a look and see what you think.

* Collaborative Post.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

My Sunday Photo - 21/01/18


A beautiful and fresh walk along the river. I love the sun in this picture, it dominates, it is one of my favourite places to walk, it's so open and all you can see for miles are trees and fields. I do love Cambridgeshire.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring.

Ahhh getting engaged is lovely isn't it. For me, I waited 10 verryyyy long years before my (now) husband popped the question. To say I was delighted was an understatement. I really was over the moon. He even had a ring! He chose the ring all by himself and he got it totally spot on. A beautiful pink sapphire and diamond ring, if I was going to choose a ring myself this would be it. I can't tell you how long I stared at it for just there, shimmering and glinting on my finger. I remember thinking 'oh my god I am finally engaged!!'. Unfortunately at the moment my beautiful ring is damaged and I need it fixing so have a temporary one in place and oh I really am missing my lovely ring. So while I'm remembering my engagement and wishing I had my ring back I thought I would share a few tips for deciding on or choosing an engagement ring. 


Right after THE proposal. Ahhh the memories, plus sooo young!



  • Firstly, I think one of the most important things is choose a reputable jeweller, somewhere like F.Hinds is a really good place to start with lots of choice.

  •  Have they got a good reputation? Get feedback from friends and family, research them and visit the jewellers to see what's available. 

  • What sort of design or stone would you like? I knew I wanted a coloured stone as well as a diamond or two (I don't ask for much, ha!) the design though I had no specification really. 

  • Set a budget. It's good to know before ring shopping what is available for your budget, you may be tempted to go over budget if you fall in love with a certain ring and that's ok if you can afford it but ideally shop within your reach ..... you'll need to be able to afford wedding rings after all! 


  • If it's going to be a surprise, it's always good to drop a few hints on the way. I can't imagine how awkward it would be to pretend you like a ring if you don't. I obviously don't mean this from a shallow point of view but the engagement ring becomes part of you so it's nice to love your ring.

  • Ensure you are up to speed with the 4 c's when engagement ring hunting....... cut, clarity, carat and colour. Many jewellers will assist you with this but it's always good to have read up about these and be aware while shopping. 

  • Most of all have fun!! This ring is the beginning of the rest of your life so try not to stress too much about it and just enjoy ring hunting.
* Collaborative post. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Blogger's Best Linky!

Well hello!! Welcome back to the new and improved Best and Worst linky now named Blogger's Bests. We can't wait to read your posts and see what you've been sharing this week. I've had a good week, been busy scouring online for holidays even though we've already booked our Summer hols. My husband keeps wanting to go skiing but I've never been before and I like a warm holiday, that doesn't mean to say that the apres ski doesn't appeal and so I've been looking at a a few colder holidays shall we say such like Ski School Mottaret which could cater for all our skiing needs. The more I read about skiing though it does appeal on a level, especially from a health benefit aspect. We will see, time will tell! Anyway I digress, on with this weeks linky.

So Sarah from RunJumpScrap and I would like to introduce you to the Blogger's Best linky. A place for any post, whatever the post, the best post of your week or simply a post you are proud of and want to shout about it. This is the place to share it and we can't wait to read them. The linky will open at 05:30 on a Wednesday and remain open until Friday 23:55.

There aren't many rules because lets face it, rules are boring right? However, linkys only work if you share the love and support your fellow bloggers so what we do ask is.....

  • You comment on the host posts and at least a couple of others, of course if you want to comment on more  then please do!
We would also love if you could .....

  • Tweet us over on Twitter (I'm @helsy_1983) and Sarah is (@runjumpscrap) so we know you're joining in ( and please do use #bloggersbest) and we can give you a retweet

  • Join us over on Instagram with the hashtag #bloggersbest and tag us in, we both love a bit of Insta! You can find me here @helsy_1983) and Sarah is @runjumpscrap

  • Add the badge at the bottom of your post so we know which post you've added to the linky
But these are pretty much all the rules. Sarah and I will continue to have featured posts each week and will of course be retweeting your links when you link up. We're really looking forward to hosting a fresh and vibrant new linky and hope you'll enjoy linking up too! Spread the word, Blogger's Best is the place to be!


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Monday, 15 January 2018

Swann 1080p Thermal Sensing HD Security System *Review*

Recently around our area there have been numerous car break ins. Generally speaking we live in a safe and low crime area but like everywhere there is always going to be an element of crime. Living near a large events showground it's surprising that our crime levels are so low as there is lots of coming and going, especially when there are big events happening, but really other than this recent spate of car break ins we are in a quiet and family friendly area......long may it continue of course. However, it's easy to become anxious when there is  crime happening near by and since we've been moved in I'd wondered about having some security cameras. 

The previous owners that lived here did have CCTV installed and as such there was a non working camera and cabling left in our porch so I figured if we did get some camera's it may be easier to install as I assumed that there would be some of the cabling left in situ. When we were offered the chance to review these Swann 1080p 4 channel heat sensing camera's from Maplin it couldn't come at a better time. We've had these up for well over a month now because 1/ they took a while to install and 2/ so I could review them thoroughly, but so far I feel more at ease knowing that there is an element of security protection against our cars and house while we are away from our property or asleep. 

So. First things first, lets look at the things in a bit more detail. This is a smart bit of kit, included inside are some very nice looking motion sensing camera's (x 2) and everything required to enable you to install them for use. The camera's included are decent looking, they were bigger than I was expecting if I'm honest but now they're up on the house they do kind of blend in fairly well. Obviously you can see them up close and may act as a deterrent but as you drive up to the house unless you're looking for them they're not glaringly obvious. 


They're fairly easy to install, obviously it involves ladders, crawling around the loft, laying cables etc etc. I did get a tad twitchy with just how high my husband had to get up the house to fit them, I think it's fair to say I held the ladder tightly for him while closing my eyes and trying not to shiver as it was soooo flipping cold when he put them up. My husband did a very good job, he's a very handy dude that's for sure. Fortunately we did have some of the previous cable already laid from the past owners which did help somewhat but it's all fed through the eves of the house so there is zero cabling visible which is great. It takes a few hours to get them fully installed and working but once all set up it was simply a case of downloading the app (available for Android and IOS) and connecting the camera's to our phones.  


Like I said we've now had these installed for a little while so have started to get used to operating them and using them. As with all my reviews lets start with what we like. 

  • The fact that they are connected using my phone is brill. I can log in from anywhere and check in to see if there has been any unwanted activity while we've been out. I believe you can set up alarms or notifications to alert you but I'm yet to do this. 

  • The recording is activated using 'true detect' motion sensor so no need to watch hours and hours of footage it simply picks up both heat and movement and you can see when watching back on playback when there has been something detected. 

  • The image quality really is very good on our phones and even at night. Also, because of the size of the camera's the image field of view is brilliant as you can see from the pictures below. It also covers the main entrance to our cul-de-sac and most of the communal green area we have which is great. 

  • That we feel our property is more secure. As I said above there is definitely an element of reassurance knowing we have some protection over our property. Of course if criminals are going to commit a crime they are most likely going to do it regardless BUT I'm pleased that we are able to have some insight into house when we're not there.



We mostly like everything but there are a couple of things that I'm not so keen on. 

  • I find the app to be a big buggy at times. I have found that I need to log in and log out again to enable the live function and sometimes it takes a while to load up. Also when watching playback the images captured either stuck or didn't want to load. Recently though I think that they have updated the app as it seems to be working more efficiently.

  • The instructions included are very basic. You can get more in depth ones online but it's just something to be aware that the booklet included is the bare minimum. 

  • I find the app a little tricky to navigate, it's not the easiest to find things but once you've used it a few times it does become a bit easier to use. Mostly it seems to be the app more than the camera set itself. For example, if you look at the pictures below to access a playback from previous days (which I am trying to get in the habit of checking the night before on a morning) you access the playback menu, then click on the little box in the right hand corner, then click the DVR 1 which then brings up the dates in blue circles which you then click on to access the footage. When viewing the footage anything that has been picked up is shown in yellow lines along the bottom so you can scroll along and watch any of these that have been recorded. 




This pretty much sums up our review. In all we are really happy with them. Good quality, HD images, fairly easy to install and offers reassurance. Retailing for £229.99 (offer price, RRP is £259.99) these are not cheap BUT can you really put a price of securing your home and safety. I think not. Overall, I could not be happier with the camera's, the app perhaps needs a bit of tweaking to make it a bit more user friendly but on a whole it is a usable system. 

What do you all think of having a home security system? Yay or nay?

* Please note we were kindly sent the camera's in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

My Sunday Photo - 14/01/18

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Heating up in Hawaii!

So here we are in the middle of January and I don't know about you but maannnnnn I would give anything to be on holiday at the moment. It is so gloomy and dismal here in the UK, I would give anything for some warmth on my skin, vitamin D, peace and quiet and just being away from it all. I always find myself browsing for holidays at this time of year and although we've already booked ours I just can't seem to help looking for another....... 

I've always wanted to visit Hawaii, we did talk about going for our honeymoon but in the end decided on Bali, but it is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit and these gorgeous holiday rentals in Hawaii are without a doubt whetting my appetite. There is no question about it, I would love to visit Hawaii.



After falling in love with some of the amazing villas that are available to rent I then spent a considerable amount of time researching about what there is to do and see if you fancy a trip to Hawaii.

  • It goes without saying that Hawaii is generally warm all year around. Seeing as the location of Hawaii in regards to the equator means that the weather tends to be tropically warm and fairly consistent throughout the year making this an ideal location for holidaying during the UK's colder months. Just imagine spending your days soaking up the sun with a tropical cocktail in hand, amazing. 
  • You could spend all day sunning yourself but if, like me you fancy a bit of culture there is a fair bit to experience in Hawaii. So what about a luaus? This is a great way to experience what the Hawaiian culture is all about. Think traditional food, entertainment, friendly locals and a great time. 
  • A volcano trip! There are 3 active volcanoes on Hawaii currently as well as a handful of other volcanoes that can be hiked and explored. We went on a volcano expedition when we were in Bali and although I didn't enjoy it much (think veryyyyy dusty and dirty) it was a pretty cool experience to say we have seen an active volcano, in fact we have a little bit of lava still here at home after our trip. My husband thought it was awesome though, so if you ever get the chance to go I would say to as it's definitely memorable. 
  • You could see Hawaii from the sky. Helicopter rides are becoming increasingly more popular as a way of observing the island from a different perspective. It's also a pretty epic thing to do and imagine how cool it would look seeing things from up in the sky.
  • If helicopter rides aren't really your thing how about seeing Hawaii on horseback. Spend a few hours exploring on a horse, maybe take a picnic and head to a few popular areas and enjoy a new experience. 
  • Spend the day at the spa. A day of relaxation being pampered is a necessity when on a tropical getaway!! There is nothing better than feeling utterly pampered and what better way to do it while in paradise. 


  • Visit the national parks. There is 50 state parks within Hawaii full of beautiful waterfalls and scenery, what's not not love. Also, apparently 90% of the 1000 species found in Hawaii's national parks are found nowhere else on earth (fact from Go Hawaii)! Pretty cool fact there. 
  • Go on a historic tour. This would be something I would absolutely do, my Dad is a big history/military history fan and I think it's rubbed off on me. So of course a trip around Pearl Harbour is a must, there is also tours around coffee fields and a culinary trip around Honolulu to be considered. 
  • If you're looking for something that is family friendly you could take a trip to the Maui Ocean Centre. You see the stingrays and sharks and immerse yourself in the Ocean experience. Brilliant for all those budding marine biologists! 
  • Go snorkeling. Hawaii is great for budding divers to experience what the ocean has to offer. I've been snorkeling before in Corfu and I only did a shallow dive where as my husband did a deeper one. It was pretty amazing beneath the ocean so I bet snorkeling in Hawaii would be incredible. 
  • Hula, hula!! I'm sure you will have heard of hula dancing, it is of course the tradition Hawaiian dance. The hula dance has become deeply rooted with the Hawaiian culture and if you visit Hawaii it's definitely something you should be enjoying while you are there. 
  • Immerse yourself in all this amazing island has to offer. Whether you're visiting for honeymoon,  a family get away or simply the trip of a lifetime there is absolutely something for everyone and you will without a doubt making some lasting memories. 
These are just a few suggestions of what you could do while in Hawaii. I would love to go, I imagine it being a wonderful place to visit and it most certainly on my bucket list. 

* Collaborative Post.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Bloggers Best Linky!

Well hello!! Welcome back to the new and improved Best and Worst linky now named Blogger's Bests. We can't wait to read your posts and see what you've been sharing this week.

So Sarah from RunJumpScrap and I would like to introduce you to the Blogger's Best linky. A place for any post, whatever the post, the best post of your week or simply a post you are proud of and want to shout about it. This is the place to share it and we can't wait to read them. The linky will open at 05:30 on a Wednesday and remain open until Friday 23:55.

There aren't many rules because lets face it, rules are boring right? However, linkys only work if you share the love and support your fellow bloggers so what we do ask is.....

  • You comment on the host posts and at least a couple of others, of course if you want to comment on more  then please do!
We would also love if you could .....

  • Tweet us over on Twitter (I'm @helsy_1983) and Sarah is (@runjumpscrap) so we know you're joining in ( and please do use #bloggersbest) and we can give you a retweet

  • Join us over on Instagram with the hashtag #bloggersbest and tag us in, we both love a bit of Insta! You can find me here @helsy_1983) and Sarah is @runjumpscrap

  • Add the badge at the bottom of your post so we know which post you've added to the linky
But these are pretty much all the rules. Sarah and I will continue to have featured posts each week and will of course be retweeting your links when you link up. We're really looking forward to hosting a fresh and vibrant new linky and hope you'll enjoy linking up too! Spread the word, Blogger's Best is the place to be!


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Monday, 8 January 2018

How to Travel Succesfully with Toddlers!

How to Successfully Travel with Toddlers
Being able to go on holiday with your little ones is amazing. It’s the perfect opportunity to create some beautiful memories with lots of first moments, as well as beginning to introduce your child to the incredible world we live in. When people think of travelling with little ones, however, it’s quiet often a daunting thought, especially if you have toddlers and you’re a first-time parent. You don’t want to be that person on the aeroplane whose child is screaming the isle down, or the parent in the restaurant whose toddler is kicking and throwing things because they’re sleepy and bored, and you don’t have to be! These useful tips will help you figure out how to travel with your little one, enabling you to have a wonderful holiday together!
Don’t Rush, Don’t Panic
One of the most important things to remember when travelling with toddlers, is to take your time and stay calm. Children can pick up on stress and negative emotions, and this can then cause them to feel distressed and worried, which is not what you want, especially when you’re taking them somewhere unfamiliar. Make yourself a plan, with allotted times for travel, breaks, snack time etc, as this will really help you to stick to a schedule, giving yourself plenty of time to get from each place on time with no rushing. If you’re catching a plane, be sure to arrive at the airport a few hours beforehand to ensure you have plenty of time to eat, toilet break and so on. Similarly, if you’re travelling on the road, make sure you take traffic into consideration and give yourself plenty of time to get to your location, expecting slight traffic every now and then. This will simply ensure the travelling runs smoothly with no panic or stress.
Plenty of Battery
If you don’t have constant access to Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol, you may find yourself struggling to keep the little ones quiet. Whilst it’s not necessary for your child to spend hours on end watching the screen of your phone or iPad to keep themselves entertained, it is often a saving grace when it comes to travelling. Sitting in a car, on a plane or even on the train for longer than half an hour can be a very boring process for toddlers, so having plenty to keep them occupied will really help keep them happy. Make sure your phones, iPads, laptops or tablets are fully charged for plenty of watching time, as you don’t want to realise it has no battery after just promising them they could watch their favourite show on a loop.

The Right Equipment
Having the right items with you is really beneficial, as it’s difficult to make do with certain items when it comes to toddlers. If you’re travelling in a campervan, you’ll find there are lots of campervan accessories that are child-friendly and used to help make their time in the vehicle safe and positive. Similarly, you may want to look at some useful items for when on a plane, such as a snack pot that can store their favourite nibbles, a tippy-uppy cup to ensure there are no spills and so on. You also need to remember to pack spare clothes, nappies and dummy’s, as it’s amazing how often people forget to bring extra supplies and get caught short in the most inconvenient moments!
Medicine and Soothing Solutions
At such a young age, your toddler is prone to catching colds, getting a slight temperature, falling over or simply not getting enough sleep, so you need to make sure you have the right essentials when it comes to be able to sooth and help them get better. Pack plenty of Calpol and other medicines that are suitable for a child of that age, as this will help you hugely if something happens and you’re in need of some relief for them. Similarly, you need to make sure you have plenty of soothing options, as your little one may feel home sick, over tired and so on. Blankets, favourite teddy bears, dummy’s and teething toys are ideal for this, as it will help to settle them and keep them calm and content.