Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Bloom Magic Flowers *Review*

Is there anything nicer than being sent fresh flowers? I love having fresh blooms throughout the house, it cheers the place up and makes me a happy girl, I love walking through the door to lovely, colourful flowers. In these cold and dreary months a burst of colour and flowers can really lift your mood.

I was recently sent the most beautiful hand tied bouquet from Bloom Magic to review and when it arrived it was the most lovely selection of bright and colourful blooms. The deluxe reverie a saint-germain is a full and seasonal bouquet, hand tied to perfection. 

The bouquet is delightfully hand arranged with a mixture of white and purple roses, lisianthus and one my favourite's....gerbera's. Elegantly presented in a powder blue hat box....very handy if you haven't got a vase as the flowers can be kept in the waterproof hat box, simply top the water up every couple of days to keep them fresh. Each bouquet is unique, seasonal flowers are used to keep the designs of the flowers fresh and vibrant.

A little bit about Bloom Magic: 

Specialists in flowers and specifically hand tied bouquets with a team of artisans you can guarantee if you order flowers to be delivered by Bloom Magic you will receive world class service and luxurious bouquets. With a wide range of flowers gifts to accompany the bouquets you are guaranteed to find the perfect gift be it for birthday, anniversary, celebration or simply for the love of your life.  Delivering across the UK with next day choices available even if you're looking for a last minute gift Bloom Magic can help you out.

As you can see the flowers really are stunning, I adored the mix of vibrant colours in this selection, it really injected a pop of colour into the house and they smelled so lovely. I have several vases but liked the hat box that they came in that I kept them in this to display. The flowers lasted well, several days they kept looking vibrant and even then they only wilted a little bit. They stayed looking decent for almost 10 days!

What did we love about our Bloom Magic flowers?

- The hat box that the flowers arrive is gorgeous and I love that it doubles up on a vase

- Gorgeous flowers, a wonderful choice online to pick from

- Quick delivery and the flowers arrived perfectly intact

- The flowers stayed fresh for several days and didn't drop their petals

Anything we weren't so keen on?

- The flowers are beautiful but not cheap, although there are a variety of options to choose on several of the bouquets so you can spend less if required

- The deluxe bouquet wasn't as big as I was expecting, however it was a beautiful looking selection of flowers

Overall I would recommend Bloom Magic, there is a lovely choice available, the delivery is exceptionally quick and the flowers would I'm be very gratefully received. Head on over to the website and check them out, they have some wonderful Christmas bouquets available at present!

* Please note I was kindly sent the flowers free of charge in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

*WIN* Beaker Creatures Lab Set *Review*

STEM products are huge at the moment, for those who aren't sure what I'm going on about STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, a term used to encompass these educational subjects. We've been testing out Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab (RRP £25.00 available from leading retailers), I knew that Alfie would love it anything that involves water, mess and general experimental and he is one happy boy.

One rainy Sunday a couple of weeks ago was THE perfect opportunity to open it and have some fun experimenting and messing around with the Beaker Creatures. There are several experiments that you can do and within the box is most of the kit required to have lots of fun and learning while doing so, there are few household items that are needed to do some of the experiments such as food colouring, shaving gel and oil but if you don't have these to hand you can still release the beaker creatures and experiment with mixing the coloured waters.

Included within the 15 piece set are: 

- 2 x beaker creature reactor pods
- 2 x classification pods
- 2 x mini posters featuring science facts and images
- 2 x hydroplungers
- 2 x beakers
- A set of tongs and stirring rod
- Instruction guide for 5 experiments
- Full size poster to display

The super lab is fairly simple to put together but does need a little bit of adult assistance to clip the hydroplungers in to place but that is about it, less than 5 minutes to set it up and have it ready to play. Now I would definitely advise using this somewhere you don't mind getting a little bit wet and also using something that you don't mind getting a little bit discoloured as the coloured eggs do seem to release a fair amount of dye!

To find out what collectible beaker creature was inside the reactor pods you simply pick one up with the tongs provided and add to the beaker. Fill each plunger with water and clip each plunger into the super lab base, then plunge the water into the chamber.......you may need to help your children with this as we found the hydroplungers quite stiff to suck the water up and plunge it.  

Once the water has started to enter the chamber the excitement starts happening, the water will change colour and depending on the pod the water might fizz and foam and spill over the edge! All very scientific and exciting!

Once the water has fizzed and foamed the beaker creature will start to emerge and you can fish it out using the tongs provided. There are several to collect and some rare editions to find. 2 reactor pods come with the set but more can be purchased individually which is good.

The children just loved it, they just love water and mess kids don't they! It was a really great introduction to science and learning about different reactions and why one reactor pod fizzed and foamed and the other didn't. It was very exciting for them seeing the beaker creatures emerge and matching it u against to poster, they are very eager to get some more reactor pods to find some more!

As I mentioned above there are other experiments that you can try....some more messy than the others! We opted to try 'deep blue sea', this one is all about showing the resistant properties of water and oil and how they do not mix, as oil is less dense (takes up less space) it will float to the top creating 2 distinct layers. 

For this experiment to work (pictures further down the post) you need water, blue food colouring and a few spoons of baby oil. Water goes in one beaker and the oil into the other, you then fill one plunger with the coloured water and the other with baby oil, you then plunge the blue water into the chamber then the baby oil. You can see the layers develop and you can see little bubbles of oil appear. We liked this experiment alot, the kids spent quite a bit of time plunging the different liquids together and observing what happened to the liquids when plunged both slowly and quickly, very interesting!

After we'd finished with the deep blue sea we cleared out the oil and added more water and blue food colouring, we still had the orange water left so the kids were then free to mix the colours together and have fun making muddy colours! We then encouraged then to plunge through the water really fast and then really slow to see the difference.

This is such a wonderful way to get children interested and enthusiastic about science and encouraging them to ask questions. My husband is a physicist and he thought it was a great introduction to chemistry and asking why things happen and he felt it was great that it was so interactive. I liked the set, I wished their was a couple more of the reactor pods included for the price (£29.99) but as long as you are inventive and have some of the recommended household extras there are experiments that you can carry out. It's not a set I would advise they go it alone, adult supervision is definitely recommended else it could get very, very messy!

What did we love?

- A fantastic introduction to STEM learning, specifically science

- Clear instructions which are easy to follow

- The super lab is simple to set up, takes a couple of minutes and packs away nicely back into the box

- Can be reused with several other experiments

- Great fun and interactive. Aimed at age 5+ but my almost 4 year old got stuck in and loved plunging the water and watching the water change colour

Anything we weren't so keen on?

- As mentioned above there are only 2 beaker creatures included in the pack, for £29.99 in cost I think another coupe should be included as once you've used these all that really is needed as extra is water, food colouring, oil and shaving foam

- It can get messy! Be prepared for it water goes everywhere and the colouring from both the food colouring and reactor pods can stain

- The hydroplungers are stiff to use, my 2 found them very tricky to use and had to use quite some force, this didn't stop them enjoying it but did mean that we had to help out

I will leave you with a few pictures so you get an idea of all the fizzy, foamy and wet fun that the kids had while experimenting! If you like the look of what you see or have a child that is very much into the STEM toys then I am offering one lucky reader the chance to win one Beaker Creature Super Lab set! Entry is via the rafflecopter below so please do read on and enter.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Christmas Gitfs for the Coffee Lover.

Coffee is one of my favourite things, I need a couple of strong cups in the morning to wake me up and set me up ready for the day. Last year my husband bought us an all singing, all dancing bean to cup coffee machine and i have to admit we really do love it. It is very well used that's for sure! With Christmas just around the corner you might be considering a coffee related gift for the coffee lovers in your life..... or perhaps just fancy a cheeky little gift to yourself maybe! Whatever it might be I might be able to help you out with some ideas so please read on for some christmas coffee gifts inspo to inject a bit of caffeine into the festive season! Enjoy!

Coffee Subscription

How about a coffee subscription? These kind of gifts are huge at the moment and I love the idea of having coffee delivered, takes the stress out of making sure there is plenty in the house! The featured subscription is a fantastic coffee subscription from Rave Coffee. It works on a fairly simple basis; you sign up to a subscription that lasts either 3, 6 or 12 months, and every month you get a selection of some amazing, limited release coffee from a range of countries and areas including Guatemala, Kenya, and more. We have recently been testing out some of the coffee beans and the Kenyan coffee we were sent with tasting notes of blackcurrant and chocolate is delicious, so smooth and delicious. Fabulous! You can also personalise it, from the day it arrives on to personal messages and gift wrap options which can be included with the coffee itself, so you can be sure that you’re getting amazing custom coffee lover gifts here for months at a time, making this the gift that keeps on giving.

Cold Brew Gift Set

Something bit more unusual coffee present is a Cold Brew gift set. Have you had a cold brew coffee before? If you’ve not had it, it’s a fantastic way of brewing your coffee that’ll provide an entirely different taste sensation from your normal hot coffee. If you have had it before, you’ll probably fondly remember the taste of it and will be wanting to grab another cup. That’s where a Cold Brew Gift Set from Hario comes in. Containing all you need to start cold brewing coffee, this would make a fab little gift set for the person who likes their coffee a little more on the unusual side.

Aeropress Gift Set

This is another unique brewing style, you really can’t go wrong with getting an Aeropress gift set from Aerobie. Despite it being rather simple to use aswell as a very quick way of brewing coffee, an AeroPress is actually the artisan coffee roasters choice for making coffee. It’s become so popular and skilful that they’ve even introduced AeroPress championships, where everyone competes to brew the perfect cup of coffee, brilliant! Why not join them in getting an AeroPress as a present and to see how much more your coffee brewing skills can be improved?

Filter Coffee Gift Set with Grinder

If you prefer a slightly more traditional way of making coffee, a Filter Coffee Gift Set with Grinder from Hario is sure to please everyone who doesn’t want fancy coffee and instead just prefers a simple cup. Featuring everything you need to make some lovely coffee, such as a white ceramic dripper, coffee filter papers, a grinder and a brew guide as well as the all-important coffee beans, this is sure to be a great present for the coffee lover in your life, who prefers simplicity.

Glass Coffee Brewing Set

Finally, if you’re the type of person who loves to be in control of everything, a Glass Coffee brewing set from Hario is ideal to satisfy your needs of both coffee and managing the entire brewing process. With everything you need, from a glass dripper and heatproof glassware to a coffee server and paper filters, this really is ideal for the coffee lover at Christmas time who loves to brew their own coffee carefully and get it to the ideal colour and consistency at all times,a truly personal experience.
Who else loves coffee? Can you think of anything I might have missed?

Happy coffee drinking!

Monday, 3 December 2018

Rusty Rivets Botasaur *Review*

Alfie absolutely loves Rusty Rivets, it's watched lots in our house and one of those programme's that I actually don't mind him watching alot. I like it because I feel it teaches children to be resourceful and to create and invent things. It follows a boy called Rusty who has a knowledge of engineering to reinvent machine parts and create gadgets. He works alongside his trusty Botasaur Ruby who is a Tyrannosaurid.

Alfie was very lucky to be recently sent a Botasaur robot to construct, deconstruct and play with. We had one very excited boy on our hands, partly because it was from a programme he loves, partly because Botasaur is green and a dinosaur! All the things he adores. 

Botasaur comes apart easily for the child to be able to switch it around to a speedy vehicle, simply remove the arms and legs and replace with the wheels for it to become a zippy, speedy wheeled Botasaur! It's very easy to remove the parts, Alfie had no issues with this and quite happily removed the arms and legs and clipped the wheels into place. I loved that it gave the toy more playability and the option for it to be turned into a wheeled Botasaur. Be aware though that the arms and legs are quite delicate.

Once Botasaur is built press the button on the back of his head and his eyes will light up and he'll make lots of sounds. A great added feature!

Included in the kit is the main body, 1 head/body, 1 torso, 1 tail, 1 spine, 2 feet, 2 legs, 2 arms, 1 seat, 4 big wheels, 4 axle hubs and the instruction sheet. It is the kind of toy that needed very little assistance from an adult, he was quite happy to get on with it and once he'd built the desired model he played with it for quite some time. 

What did we like? 

- I loved the fact it encouraged creativity and imagination. 

- RRP: Around £29.99, available from leading retailers it is a great add on to the TV programme, it ties in nicely!

- It's a decent size and it is really quite simple for the child to play with independently

- It kept Alfie entertained for quite some time which is always a bonus!

- A great Christmas gift if your child likes Rusty Rivets

Anything we weren't so keen on:

- It is a bit delicate, I can imagine it could be easily broken with some heavy hands but if the child takes care it would be ok

- The price is maybe a little bit steep for what it is

The Botasaur is part of the 'build me' range so if you have other items from this range they are interchangeable which is great and your child can be super inventive and create their own interesting robots! Such a good idea.

Overall the Rusty Rivets Botasaur was a great toy and Alfie is a boy that can be easily distracted so this was a toy that captured his imagination and enabled him to be quite interactive with it. He loves turning it into a speedy wheeled Botasaur and this also entertained Elarna too. Aimed at age 3+ I think the age range is about right, there is a few small bits which smaller children may be tempted to swallow but otherwise mostly large items. Alfie is 6 and played with it brilliantly. Available from leading retailers now!

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

Fantastic Beasts Niffler Plush Toys *Review*

I absolutely love Harry Potter, I was gutted when all the films had been completed and have watched them so many times over and over again. Imagine my delight when Fantastic Beasts came around......it fills the void that's for sure.

To celebrate the launch of the new Fantastic Beasts film, the crimes of Grindewald we we were recently sent some gorgeous plush nifflers (ranging in price from varying retailers). Oh my these little cheeky critters are sooooo cute. Cheeky but oh so cute!

If you're not familiar with Nifflers let me tell you a little bit about them..... the Niffler is a British beast. They are black, soft and fluffy with a love for anything glittery! They are often kept by goblins to burrow deep down into the ground to look for treasure. They are gentle creatures, loving and affectionate at times but don't be deceived they can be destructive little things and they should never be kept in the house. 

We love the Nifflers. They are just gorgeous, I also love that the larger niffler has a little pouch at the front to carry the babies....or is to smuggle away all the sparkly jewels and coins that they find! The larger Niffler we were sent is a lovely size, a perfect size for cuddling in bed. 

Elarna is a bit too young for the Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts films at the moment but Alfie is starting to show an interest much to my delight! I'm the biggest fan in our house, I have been since much younger and reading all the books. There is just something so wonderful about the escapism into the fantasy of the witch and wizarding world.

These lovely Niffler plush toys would make a wonderful gift for any Fantastic Best fan, they are a lovely addition to Fantastic Beast merchandise. Who loves Nifflers? We do!

* Please note we were kindly sent the items free of charge in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

The Ultimate Christmas List 2018 & WIN a candle!

So it's not long to go until Christmas day is upon us and we're knee deep in wrapping paper, have bellies full of turkey and mincer pies and the smell of mulled wine in the air. I can't wait! I have got a lovely selection of gift ideas to share with you if you're still looking for those all important gifts so please do read on and I hope you enjoy the items featured.

First up, chocolate! Christmas is definitely not Christmas without chocolate involved. I have been loving all these fancy, themed chocolate items from Cocoa and Heart there are so lovely items featured on the website.

Hand made in Kent, UK these chocolates are so lovely and would make a wonderful and personal gift. There is lots to choose from and something for every budget. As it's the season of good will I have a very special voucher code offering 10% off all chocolates up until December 2019, if you want to take advantage of this code please use XMAS18 and happy shopping!

If chocolate's aren't your thing how about spice? For the person who loves to cook then these little spice boxes are ideal! These subscription boxes are ideal to create tasty and exotic meals as well as a music playlist idea to enjoy while you cook! Available from Spice Pioneer and costing from £27.50 for 3 months it will certainly inject a bit of flavour into your life!

Remember when receiving letters was the best thing ever?! Well these lovely, personalised letters from fairyland are just lovely. Available from The Magic Inkpot these letters are bound to raise a few smiles from your children. Each letter arrives from a different fairytale character and are both humorous and charming. Letters are sent out monthly and addressed to the child, they are unique and a great gift idea.

There is a whole load of fantastic gifts and stocking fillers from Rex London from pull it back vehicles, handy tools, decorations, fairytale dice, classic games and a whole load of stuff that you are bound to fall in love with. I can't wait to try out these fairytale dice out with the kids, they are such a lovely idea! Head on over to Rex London for all that is on offer.

How about a couple of things for the children.....

Soggy Doggy Friends (RRP£14.99) is set to be super popular with kids, I know Elarna would love this! Dizzy makes real doggy sounds and can even be walked on a lead! He snores when he's asleep and loves cuddles. With 3 different sounds effects and actions he is sure to be well loved this Christmas.

Gross toys are huge this year from pimple popping to poop but how about this very cool Gross Magic (RRP £19.00 available from leading retailers). This gross set includes a ton of items to make your friends and family go ewwww! From bogies to brains to poop to bins this is so going to appeal to those kids that loves anything a bit grim!

On with the grossness and profanities, we recently reviewed Gutterhead which is along the lines of Cards Against Humanity/Pictionary (but for adults) you can read the full review here, if you're looking for a fun and laugh out loud game this would be a fabulous choice for Christmas day eve.....once the kids are tucked up in bed!!

PARTY WEAR! We all need some lovely clothes to wear over the festive season, Pink Clove have a fabulous selection of party wear and all other items at an affordable price, it'll be clear that you're the belle of the ball with one of their lovely dresses. They are gorgeous quality and fit so well, I love this polka dot dress and teamed with a Pink Clove tux jacket with some gorgeous sparkly heels and a little black bag.....gorgeous!

Also how about these beautiful Michael Kors earrings, what a gorgeous gift these would be, subtle, sparkly and so very festive. Love them! I don't think there is anything nicer than receiving an item of jewellery for Christmas.

What about a candle for your loved one? I cannot think of anything better than a festive a candle....and believe me I have a few! Well these beautiful candles from Valley Mill are fabulous, I have reviewed these before and the Cwtch scent is honestly, hands down one of my absolute favourite, it smells delicious. Although I've recently been burning amaretto and that is a close rival! So anyway, these candles would make a delightful stocking filler or in a pamper gift hamper, they are so lovely and I can speak from experience when I say these are some of the nicest candles I've smelt, they last for ages as well as the scent. I love them. 

If you like the sound of these candles you are super lucky that I am offering one lucky reader the chance to win one! So whether you love the cwtch (violet scent) like me or prefer amaretto or raspberry trifle I can guarantee there will be a fragrance that you'll love. Entry is via the rafflecopter below and is to UK residents only, the candle will be sent directly from the company so please do leave a valid email/contact details so I can get in touch with you if you are the lucky winner! The competition will last for 2 weeks, good luck!

* Please note this is a collaborative post and the items featured have been provided to me in exchange for featuring within a post! Happy Holidays!

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