Monday, 11 March 2019

Blossom Bunnies Scruff a Luvs * Review *


Ad {gifted}. My daughter loves and adores anything cuddly and soft, the cuter the better in her eyes! When we were sent a scruff-a-luv blossom bunny (RRP £19.99 available from several leading retailers) she was delighted but first we had to rescue our bunny and give him or her a good home. 



Scruff-a-luvs are abandoned pets that need a loving home. Hidden within the box is the mystery bunny, you don't know which mystery bunny you're going to receive until it's out of the box. Inside the box is a matted ball of fur that needs a good wash and a groom to reveal their inner beauty. I have to admit when we first saw the scraggy ball of fur I did wonder how on earth we would make it look presentable!


There is a possibility of revealing 1 of 3 bunnies, Posie, Peppermint or Lemon Drizzle. We revealed Posie the pink bunny much to Elarna's delight. Once you have revealed the secret bunny it needs to be gently washed ready to be transformed into a clean, fluffy bunny. The bunny can be washed with just water or bubble bath/shower gel can be used but be aware this does take longer to wash out.  However, Elarna took this part very seriously and it was her favourite part, she is such a caring girl and she took great pride and enjoyment in gently washing and cleaning her bunny.


So once Elarna had revealed her pink bunny it was to the bath for a well deserved wash, of course Elarna insisted that we made it warm and bubbly which does make it slightly more difficult to clean as we found it held the soap suds quite alot but I felt it was a really lovely thing for Elarna to do and it was fab to see her taking some responsibility for her little bunny.


Once bunny had been thoroughly washed (this took quite some time!), it was time to wrap her in a towel and make sure she was a dry as possible. This process can sped up some what by using a hair dryer, with adult supervision of course!

My daughter just loved this whole process, she took it so seriously and it was really lovely to watch. We found it took quite a long time to get bunny dry, even with towel drying and then blow drying it was quite a process but we got there in the end. 



Once bunny was nice and dry it's time to give him/her a lovely groom. Using the heart shaped brush provided Elarna, with a small amount of help, gently brushed her bunny to make it all fluffy and presentable. We found it quite tricky, the fur is quite matted despite having a wash and it does take some patience to brush it through. This did not matter to Elarna though, she was perfectly happy to brush and tidy the bunny up.


So what did we love about Blossom Bunnies?

- They encourage the child to take responsibility and clean and care for the animal

- The packaging is cute and inviting, the surprise element of not knowing which bunny you are getting is nice

- A good introduction to looking after an animal, obviously it's nothing like having a real pet but it's a good start! 

- Not a bad price and available from many retailers 

Anything we weren't keen on?

- The packaging gives no indication on the colour of bunny inside, it would be nice for the parent to be able to have an idea of which one is inside

- The bunny didn't look as neat and tidy as I was expecting once washed and brushed


Overall, this is a great little product. It would be a perfect little Easter gift, I liked how the child can care for it and take a bit of responsibility while being able to cuddle this loveable little bunny.  A friend for life for sure!

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Once Upon a Princess Show *Review*

Ad {gifted} Is there anything more exciting and magical for an almost 4 year old girl than seeing all their favourite Princesses under one roof. Nope, it's a dream come true for most young girls (and boys!) I'm sure. Today, we've spent the last couple of hours surrounded by lots of very happy and excited little girls watching the Once Upon a Princess show at the Stamford Corn Exchange where we were kindly invited to come along and be part of the fun.

This sparkly and vibrant show is now in it's third year and is heading out on it's first tour with a handful of dates available over the UK (more details are available on the website). The show brings promise of a toe tapping, dance in the aisles set full of all that magical Princess sparkle alongside a musical score of pop and musical songs. My daughter was beside herself from the moment we sat down........or rather myself, my husband and my less than impressed almost 7 year old son sat while my daughter was bouncing around on her chair with excitement! Featuring 6 popular Princesses Elsa, Ana, Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and Belle, as well as Prince Charming it's a recipe for success! My daughter was a little disappointed that Moana, Pocahontas and Ariel weren't included but judging by the production picture below which must be from a previous tour as it features Jasmine that the characters must be switched around.


The story is basic enough so that the little ones can follow it..... all the books in the Fairyland library have become muddled and the magical Fairy Muddled must try and put the pages back in the right order following the clues to discoverer which Princess will marry Prince Charming. 

The set itself is just the right amount of glitter and sparkle so as not to detract from the show itself and the cast replicates the Princess magic well. There were times I felt that I was sitting in a school production but then I found myself tapping my feet along with the music and getting drawn into the cheesiness of it all, and it is cheesy there is no denying that but for a show clearly aimed at the younger generation what more do they want than fluffy, bubblegum sparkle Princess fun?! My Daughter thought it was SO fabulous and the look of delight on her face when each Princess made their appearance would have made it well worth the money (tickets have a retail of £12.00 pp which really is a good price). My son, as mentioned above who is almost 7 thought the whole thing was ridiculous and spent most of the time with his hood over his head in disgust (haha), shame on me really for thinking he would enjoy it, life lesson learned right there! We did use it as a learning curve that we all have to do things we don't like or enjoy once in a while!


The song selection was great, there were a couple of songs that were not recognisable for the age range I would say (e.g S Club 7, hard knock life, holding out for a hero etc) but this didn't make the show any less appealing for my daughter. The costumes were great, very much identifiable as the Princess they were meant to be and there was just enough audience participation without it being too cringey. 

It's worth mentioning that if you're expecting the Disney songs from the films then you will be disappointed as these are not featured, I can only assume that due to copyright that they are not able to use them. You will definitely find yourself singing along and tapping your feet to the songs that are featured though and these are sung live which I thought was great.


What did we love?

- It's a full on, fun packed glittery show that is perfectly aimed at your Disney obsessed fanatics or Princess lovers

- The production itself is good and song choices are great, mostly energetic and fun

- Attention to the way the characters look is important to maintain continuity in the Princesses and I thought this was great, my daughter believed that these were the actual Princesses 

- It's about the right length, it was about 90 minutes inclusive of the interval which was ok, my daughter was mostly transfixed for the majority of this time (winner, winner!)

- The ticket price is perfectly acceptable, I wouldn't want to pay more but would have been happy to pay to price advertised

Anything we weren't so keen on?

- It is completely cheesy and a bit cringe at times, there is no denying that! I did enjoy it but at times I felt I was in a panto or a school production but then what is to be expected from a Princess party pop show!

- My husband pointed out that the show very much is based on finding Prince Charming and the Princesses wanting to be his chosen one......I know several of the earlier Disney films are like this but in this day and age where we are trying to teach our girls to be strong and independent it would have been nice to see some of those fiercer characters like Moana, Mulan or Pocahontas featured.


Overall an enjoyable and lively show, my daughter LOVED it there was no doubt in that. It's perfectly aimed at age 3 upwards and the atmosphere is great. Good costumes, nice little storyline and about the right length in show time. It's fizzy, sparkly, bubblegum pop Princess fun that will draw you in and you'll soon be in a good mood once the show gets going. I would definitely take Elarna again should it come back to a local theatre near us! Check out the link at the beginning of the post for further info!

* Please note we were kindly gifted the tickets in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Zuru Surprise Toys Season 2 *Review*

* AD (gifted). Surprise toys are one of THE biggest hits with kids these days, my two love them, there is something about being able to unwrap little gifts that they seem to find very enjoyable. I like the concept, it's a great idea as it's like the gift that keeps on giving and you never really know what you're going to receive. We have recently been sent some of the newly launched Zuru 5 Surprise Toys (season 2) for the kids to test out!


The Zuru 5 surprise toys are round surprise treats with orange like segments hiding 5 little toys or items, tightly wrapped there is no give away as to what is inside the segments, these are also covered with a wrapper sealing each segment. Currently available in pink and blue with boy/girl themes which some parents may not be overly keen on if you prefer to have gender neutral toys. I'm not overly fussed and looking at the contents my 2 would have chosen those options anyway.


They couldn't wait to get into them, however as mentioned the outside sleeve is quite tough for little ones to remove so I did need to assist. Once off it looks like a that very famous variety of chocolate orange! Simply pop the segments apart and the child can then open them revealing what is inside. I didn't really have a clue what was going to be inside but was pleasantly surprised, more so with the pink 5 surprise items which you can see further in the post.


There are hundreds of toys available to collect meaning there is less chance of finding the same toys, unbelievably in Elarna's she did find 2 of the same toy, a ring but she wasn't overly fussed by this.


So my two decided to take each segment out but I have later discovered that if you pull the little connecting bit out from the tops of the ball 1st the segments fall as if it were an orange, not a massive problem but might make it a bit easier to separate the segments.


Once opened we found a great selection of little toys. There was a couple of felt tips, little princesses that you put the skirt on, some cute kittens, a keyring, some stickers, an aeroplane, 2 x rings, a push along car, a chomping shark and some little cupcake dolls. Within in the 5 surprise there is also a leaflet containing images of all available toys that can be found, so if you're child is a collector it's easy to see what they have or haven't got. As mentioned above, there is no way to know what is within the ball and the chances of finding the same toy is quite slim - although Elarna did get 2 purple felt tips and 2 of the same ring but I do generally think the chances of this is quite low really.


Overall, I think the quality of the items within the 'girl' 5 surprise were of a much better quality and selection than the 'boy' one but I guess this is quite subjective and Alfie loved the little car and aeroplane and shark. Elarna thought the whole thing was fabulous and was more than happy with her selection and loves making up little stories with the cupcake dolls and princesses.


Retailing at around £5.00 and available from leading retailers these would make a great gift or surprise for a child, they could even be given away as a party favour instead of party bags! We love the element of surprise and mostly I felt the little gifts inside were age appropriate and items that could be either reused or played with over and over. There were a couple of disappointment, I think the felt tips and stickers were not as interesting for my kids that the actual little toys but otherwise this would be my only negative point.


What did we love about the Zuru 5 surprise?

- Cute and quirky, we liked the orange like segments!

- The gift that keeps on giving!

- So many surprises to be found 

- Lots of fun to open and entertaining

- Value for money

Anything we weren't so keen on?

- Mostly, for me as both as an adult and parent is the waste from the packaging, there really is no use for the sections after the toys were removed, I tried to think of something but in the end they were chucked away, I was unclear if they could be recycled which bothered me somewhat as I felt it really was quite wasteful and I do try my best to recycle where I can

- Some of the items included aren't great but the kids seemed happy and that's all that matters

- That currently there seems to be only blue or pink available, some different coloured options would be good

Overall they are something that I would likely purchase again, these kind of toys do seem to appeal to my children and would make a good reward. Available from leading retailers I'm sure we will continue to see items like this feature heavily in the next few years! 


* Please note we were kindly sent the items free of charge along with a few other bits and pieces in exchange for a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.




Monday, 18 February 2019

Eyebrow Transplantation Anyone?



Eyebrow transplantation is a precise science. It is up to very skilled surgeons along with the patient's own preference to determine the best look to achieve. Then it is up to the surgeon to achieve that look. The surgeon will commonly use the FUE or the FUG/strip technique to complete the Eyebrow Transplant. This treatment will give the patient natural real living and growing eyebrows that will last a lifetime.

What is FUG/Strip Technique?

The Follicular Unit Grafting/Strip Technique is when a surgically removed strip of skin with a healthy population of hair on it is removed from an area on the body. It is then viewed under a microscope to determine the best way to dissect it for implantation. Once it is dissected, it is then ready to be implanted into the receiving area. When it is implanted it is secured in a way so that the hair will grow through the scar tissue so that the scar will never be visible.

What is the FUE Technique?

The Follicular Unit Extraction Technique is a process where a surgeon takes an instrument and cut out circular spots on the back and sides of the head. These areas are chosen because they usually have healthier hair growth than other areas on the head. Once enough grafting specimens are collected the areas where they were taken from are left open. They are 1mm in diameter and they heal in a few days. A good candidate for FUE is someone that has thin hair. Since the round scars do not show up or aren't as noticeable as the line scares that the FUG Technique leaves behind. Most people with thin hair prefer the FUE Technique.

During your consultation, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein will discuss with you your own personal preferences so that he can create your own personal look. He will use anywhere from 50 to 500 grafts to create for you a completely customized eyebrow that you will love. Your comfort is ensured by giving you a sedative and administering you anesthesia by using a computerized device called The Wand. The Wand ensures your comfort by administering anesthesia and making sure that you aren't able to feel any sensation.

When deciding where to take the grafts from consideration of how thick your hair is, is taken into consideration. Thinner hair is needed to match the hair of your eyebrow. Hair will probably be taken from the lower part of the back of your head. After the grafts are removed the doctor then prepares the receiving areas. He will decide the best way to implant them for the best growth possible so that they will conform to the natural growth of your eyebrow's natural growth. He will also ensure that you get the shape of eyebrow you agreed upon during the consultation.

What Is The Procedure Like?

A procedure usually lasts around 4 hours and it results in very mild discomfort. You are given a sedative, as mentioned before, and The Wand is used to make sure you cannot feel the procedure. The grafted hair is implanted piece by piece and it is given plenty of time to set. The doctor will check the progress of the hair multiple times and make sure that it has adhered to its implanted area. During this time the shape of the eyebrow and the fullness of the eyebrow is discussed by the doctor and patient to make sure the desired result has been achieved. The customer's happiness is the number one goal of Doctor Jeffrey Epstein's and he will not stop until he has achieved perfection. The whole procedure usually takes about 5 hours to complete. Once the customer is thrilled, the patient is discharged.

What Should I Expect After Surgery?

After surgery, you can expect some crust around the newly implanted hair in your new eyebrow. Some redness or pinkness can also be experienced for about a week after the surgery. This can be covered up by a little bit of makeup if needed. Some patients might experience significant bruising and swelling around the eyes, but it is more common to only have a little bit of bruising. This will go away in a few days. If the FUG Technique was used then the sutures will dissolve on their own in the matter of several weeks. They do not need to be removed. You should expect a fine scare from using the FUG Technique. If you used the FUE Technique then you should not expect any scaring and there are no sutures.

What Happens After The Transplant?

After the transplant, the newly transplanted hairs will fall out at about 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery. Don't panic though. They will grow back in at about 4 months after the surgery. Once they grow back in they will increase in thickness. Since they are hairs that were transplanted from the back of your head, you will need to thin them out regularly. It is suggested to thin them out once a week.

Are There Risks?

This is a very safe surgery, but no surgery is without risks. Some common complications that occur are prolonged pinkness, widening of the surgical site, and failed growth of the implanted hairs.

In a world of facial hair removal, adding it is a very unique science. Dr. Jeffrey Epstein is a leader in this very precise science. He raises self-esteem and creates works of art daily doing something so literally minuscule.

An experienced professional and board-certified surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein specializes in hair treatments. If you’re in need of an eyebrow transplant in Miami, please visit Dr. Jeffrey Epstein.

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Maintaining Ethnicity During Rhinoplasty



Ever considering making changes to your nose? Nose re-shaping procedures have become more common but people still have some concerns going in. How can you be so certain your surgeon can re-shape your nose the way you want without losing what makes it a part of you? Many plastic surgeons have limited practice in dealing with non-Caucasian patients. Not everyone’s facial bone structure is the same. African-Americans and Asian-Americans will traditionally look to have their nose augmented whereas Caucasian patients typically opt to have their nose size reduced.
Rhinoplasty, known better as a nose job, is probably the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the world. It’s also typically considered the most difficult. There is so much to consider. Surgeons must work around the skin, cartilage, and bone on a person’s face in detail.

The surgery is versatile in nature and is used to improve both cosmetic and functional issues. A rhinoplasty can change just about anything related to your nose from the shape of the bridge or tip or even changing the size. This can help improve the flow of air through your nose and correct breathing issues. Cosmetic rhinoplasty focuses on achieving a pleasing aesthetic and improved look.

They aim for the most natural looking results post-surgery. The work of expert surgeons can lead to facial harmony. A rhinoplasty can improve your facial balance, minimize signs of age, and post-trauma reconstruction.

Potential candidates should be in good health and also understand the complexity of the surgery. They need to have realistic expectations for it to be a success.
There are many benefits to the patient. Even subtle changes to the nose can lead to a natural look that improves its aesthetic appearance. Psychologically, patients are typically more confident after their rhinoplasty. They will often be seen in more social settings.

Risks

You have to remember that the changes made are permanent and this surgery can have drastic changes to your appearance. As a patient, it’s better to aim for improvement rather than perfect. Sometimes, a large part of the recovery process is mental. Safety is always paramount and board-certified surgeons must approve you.

Preparation

Before undergoing surgery, you will need to undergo a physical exam and take extensive photos of your nose. Your surgeon will have to go through your medical history to ensure the procedure will be safe for you. Also, you will need to be as detailed as possible when discussing your expectations. Some patients may feel self-conscious at times but it’s crucial that you share as much as possible. Sometimes, other facial changes can change the way your nose appears. For example, a smaller chin can sometimes make your nose appear bigger.

Procedure

This is an outpatient procedure, however, you should not underestimate its complexity. Small incisions are made either inside your columella or nostrils where cartilage grafts are utilized to re-shape your nose to the desired effect. At this point, bones are also adjusted by either filing, breaking, or cutting them. The surgeon must be extra careful to ensure that your nose remains functional, even with a cosmetic rhinoplasty.

Recovery

Following their surgery, patients typically spend 1-2 weeks before turning to normal activities such as work and light exercise. You should definitely avoid any sort of intense physical activity involving bending or lifting for the following several weeks. After 5 days, the dressing on your face gets removed. You will typically be prescribed medication to help with the swelling and bruising post-surgery. Icing the inflamed areas is also advised. The swelling will generally decrease with time. However, the residual swelling typically continues for over half a year.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Surgeons that are skilled in this procedure typically work with patients of Asian, Latin, or African descent that are aiming to change their ethnic characteristics. However, it is important to note that a surgeon with experience in shaping the noses of African-American patients may not have the desired skills that are needed for rhinoplasty on an Asian or Latin nose. People are different. This highlights the importance of your consultation visit as you can discuss all your needs and concerns going in.

Ethnic rhinoplasty is cosmetic surgery that improves your facial aesthetic while still holding onto your ethnic traits. Surgeons can reduce the length or width of your nose, improve the facial balance, make the nose more defined or pronounced, and also reduce the width of “flaring” nostrils. It really is up to you! Some surgeons may even advise additional cosmetic facial surgery to maintain your facial balance.

Conclusion

Consider a rhinoplasty consultation before making any serious decisions. Get to know Dr. Louis DeJoseph, a board-certified surgeon operating in Atlanta, GA. You can learn a lot of information from his site on ethnic rhinoplasty and how rhinoplasty can benefit you. Preserving your ethnic traits and achieving your desired aesthetic is a key goal of any rhinoplasty and get the recommendations you need to make the best decision possible. Remember, not all surgeons specialize in this. If you’re someone that doesn’t have Caucasian facial traits, you should find someone with experience with the type of cosmetic surgery you desire. Please visit his site for an ethnic rhinoplasty specialist in the Atlanta area.

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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Getting Outdoors with Simply Hike

Living just a stones throw away from some beautiful country side I consider myself very lucky. Pretty much 5 minutes from our door we are fortunate enough to be near some of the prettiest scenery and country walks with some rather lovely pubs on the way too! We like nothing better than getting out and about on a family walk whether it be sunny or drizzly.....not so much pouring with rain mind! That's no fun!


When we just go on short walks we just have the basics with us and wear some comfy hiking boots and a waterproof coat, I tend to carry some wet wipes...... believe me I've learnt from experience that with children one of them is likely to stack it and get covered in mud! I also carry a few snacks, gloves if cold, sunnies if bright and some mints. I very rarely take my handbag so rely on hubby for money if we need to do an unplanned pub stop!


If we were going further afield and on more of a longer walk something that we would consider would be a rucksack so that we could fit more snacks in and also carry some spare clothes as there have definitely been times when we have needed to have a spare set for the kids, we could also take some drinks with us as walking can be thirsty business and often the kids are asking for a drink and I haven't been able to give them one as I'm only wearing a coat. Simply Hike have a whole range of items to set you up for hiking, walking, camping and just general outdoorsy activities, it's a one stop shop for all your at one with nature items so head over and check it out!

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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

#ShareTheLove with Love Hearts this Valentine's!

It's nearly Valentine's Day, Ooooo feel the love! We have been feeling the love with the iconic Swizzels Love Hearts, you know the ones, the deliciously moreish candy sweets with the adorable printed messages written on them. I have such fond school memories of sharing a pack with my girlfriends at break time each picking the appropriate describing word for each other and having a right giggle at our choices. It feels so long ago!


Did you know Love Hearts were first produced in 1954, these legendary sweets are over 60 years old and still going strong, evolving with the years as things change. I still remember seeing messages with 'page me' and 'fax me' on them! Crazy! These days you can find messages like 'you're cool' and 'love you', amongst a ton of other messages as well as emojis which have just recently been added to collection. 


We were recently sent a box of Love Heart goodies from Swizzels ready for Valentine's and included within in the box were a whole ton of Love Hearts and some fabulous little silver emoji tins that we could personalise (the tins retail for around £2.99 and contain little tubes of Love Hearts). The recently launched emoji Love Hearts are a great addition to the already fab collection.


Over on the Swizzels website you can have a bit of fun with the Love Hearts messages and enter #MatchYourMoment by simply entering a picture that matches one of the Love Hearts, i.e 'kiss' could be a kissing photo, ' forever' could be a picture of your love or 'happy' could be anything you want to be, you get the picture. There are lots of prizes up for grabs so please take a look.



I decorated the tins ready to surprise the children....I may have hidden some of the sweeties for me also....mwahaha!! I love the mini tubes as they are perfect for popping in my bag and using as a little bribery treat.....yes i am that kind of Mum! Shame on me!



These iconic sweets are sure to pleasing many people for years to come and keeping the love going. If you fancy treating someone to a little Valentine's treat then Love Hearts are available from pretty much every top retailer! There is also a load of related stuff online at the Swizzels website, from wedding favours to personalised tubes there will be something suitable I'm sure!


Happy Valentine's Day y'all!!

* Please note we were kindly sent the hamper in exchange for a blog post, all thoughts and images are my own.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Bad Habits when Driving!

Bad habits when driving.....I'm pretty sure we all have them but how many would we truly admit to? I'll put my hands up and say that I like to have music on when I drive and probably much louder than recommended! I tend to stick to Radio 1 so no need to fiddle changing the station. I know my husband always thinks I have the radio on way too loud .... to me though I'd find a silent car much more of a distraction, I cannot stand not having music on when driving. 

Recently, car leasing have compiled this infographic about the top distractions for UK drivers. Let's discuss some of the points that are featured within the infographic, some are things that I would have even considered being such a distraction.

First up, 45% of women are most likely to apply lipstick or ligloss in the car - that is a huge percentage ladies! I have to hold my hands up and say that I have often applied my lipbalm in the car on the way to work, generally when at a red traffic light mind! I've never applied anything other than balm or gloss though, I have zero idea how people apply eyeliner or mascara when driving!

30% use their rear view mirror to talk to the kids, I constantly do this it's so much easier than trying to turn around and talk to them.  Kids are a huge distraction in the car, my 2 just don't get that at times we need to concentrate and the last thing we need is them screaming and scrapping with each other......nightmare!

Lots of us, it would appear like to snack and eat when driving, 32% in actual fact and apparently most of us reach for a sweet treat or chocolate. For me it's mints, I have an endless supply of imperial mints in the car, it drives my husband crazy as I always leave mints lying around in the car.

So tell me, what are your bad habits when driving? What is the most surprising fact featured below?

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Friday, 25 January 2019

Learning with Tinpo! *Review*

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Have you heard of Tinpo? This all new, colourful and fun TV show on Cbeebies is bound to appeal to your little ones and get them thinking out of the box.




Aimed at pre-schoolers, Tinpo will encourage your child to use their imagination, be curious and start to question things, as well as helping the child understand their capabilities and capture their creativity. Tinpo and his team help to solve problems and ask 'what if we tried this....?' until they get the job in hand completed.


Written by Davey Moore (Thomas & Friends) and Emma Hogan (creator of Nelly and Nora) this bright coloured and cheerful animation is certainly going to appeal to your 3 - 5 year olds. There are four Tinpos within the show each with a different role, Tinpo is the leader of his team and is reliable, imaginative, creative and very intelligent, Doug-Po is is not afraid to get her hands dirty and loves to dig, drill and demolish! Logi-Po is is the international sign for caution sees the world as it is, he is very hard working and finally Hack-Po has all the facts and loves to find things out. They are all smart and creative inventors who are always willing to lend a helping hand in Tinpotown.


We were recently lucky enough to have a sneak peek of episodes 11-15 of Tinpo which will be available on BBC Iplayer and Cbeebies very soon. Elarna couldn't get it enough of it. The animation is colourful and simple and the story lines clear and easy to follow and encourage active conversation after the episodes have finished. 


What we liked?

- Simple and clear to follow story lines

- Colourful, fun and bright

- Encourages children to think 'out of the box' and promotes active conversation and creativity

- Aimed at pre schoolers this is a great little programme to start them thinking in a bit more of an academic way

- Not too long in length so keeps the child interested and entertained throughout

Anything we weren't so keen on?

- There is nothing to dislike about Tinpo, it's a fabulous little animation


If you like the sound of Tinpo you catch it on CBeebies each day at 06:55am and 3:55pm and also is available to catch up on the BBC iplayer, have fun watching Tinpo! I would love to know your feelings, please do leave me a comment or 2 with your thoughts.

Monday, 21 January 2019

2019 - The Bucketlist

I know it's half way through January but now that I've had a chance to look back on my 2018 bucketlist it's got me thinking about the year ahead. What will 2019 have in store for us and what would I like to get out of it? If there's one thing I am taking away from 2018 (other than organising too much!) is not to dwell on stuff that is out of my control. I have wasted way too much of my life worrying and stressing about things that I can't control so this year is definitely going to spent doing much less of that. 

So these are my goals and aims for 2019......

- Stop stressing so much!! I want to try and become a much more balanced individual, I have a terrible habit of over thinking things and mulling stuff over, this year I want less of that and a much more positive outlook. Life is too short to dwell on things that simply aren't important.

- Start as we mean to go on and fill the year with lots of family days out, walks in the country and generally just time together as a family.





- Meal plan! We are SO bad at this, we go through weeks where we try to meal plan and it just goes out of the window. We have a freezer packed full of food and the aim is to go through it and meal plan from there. 




- Blog a bit more for me. I didn't blog half as much as I did last year, mostly reviews which I enjoy writing but I didn't write much for 'me'. I seemed to have writers block for most of the year. I'm going to try and do much more of this but not putting any pressure on myself. I'll write as and when I get the motivation. 




- Continue to read alot more. I have my Kindle loaded with lots of great books and will slowly work my way through them over the coming months.




- Pay some debts off.....the lingering thing that keeps rolling over. We are keeping our fingers tightly crossed that our previous house which is sold goes through smoothly and we get a little bit of money from the house sale which hopefully will enable us to get a new car and fridge/freezer and pay a few debts off....fingers tightly crossed.





- Find something good in everyday. More often than not we have bad days and forget that is good in everyday. Need to remember this more often!


- Accept what will be, will be. Sometime we just can't change things, people or the way things work out. That's life and I'm slowly starting to realise that no amount of moaning, grumping and stropping can change it!

So this pretty much sums up my 2019 goals, as always I like to think that they're all very achievable but I guess we'll see how how things go and review them later this year. 

Have you set yourself any goals this year? How are things going so far?

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Top Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe.

*Home security is something we should all take very seriously. There are some nasty people out there that have no respect or care for other people's properties or belongings. The best thing we can do as home/property owners is take care and caution to try and protect our home and personal belongings. In this post I'm sharing some tips on how you can take some steps in preventative measures to stop your home being burgled or from theft.



- Security camera's. These can be a real asset to your property, especially infrared ones that pick up motion at night and ones that can be accessed while away. We have 2 camera's on our house and looking over our cars, we can access these while away from the house using a wifi connection and they really do offer reassurance. They are particularly helpful if I'm alone and hear or sense something and I can quickly access the camera's to see if they have picked anything up.



Burglar Alarms. Using even a simple security system can be hugely beneficial to protecting your home. Of course you may want to choose something more state of the art and sophisticated but even just a simple burglar alarm can be a huge detterent to a thief. Make sure it works, that you use it and test it regularly!

- Thieves are becoming more clever and keyless car thefts are a big thing at the moment. Have a read of this article if you are at risk and take measures to prevent keyless card theft. Lock those keys away people!

- Check all your windows and doors are locked before leaving your house and don't leave your keys in visible view, this is pretty much an invitation to thieves to try and get them to get in. Likewise, when heading up to bed for the night check all your locks.



- Don't advertise that you are away or your house is unoccupied, again this is an invitation for thieves to break in and steal your belongings. Keep yourself safe. If it is obvious you're away make sure you have someone checking in frequently to sort the post out or feed the animals. 


There are lots of things you can do to help with your safety, just making sure you take these simple steps can make a huge difference to keeping your property, car and belongings safe. Have you got any tips you can share?