Get Your Skates On and Get Fit!

My girls love to go to the local parks and play.  For them to take their bikes, roller skates or scooters is the icing on the cake.  It’s nice to spend time together but also great that we get to go out in the open air and get some exercise and also allow them to develop an appreciation of the natural world around them.  Many children don’t get anywhere near as much exercise as they should and this is resulting in child obesity figures gradually rising.  As I mentioned in my 5 Habits You Should Introduce into Your Daily Routine post my plan was to up my exercise levels by adding as many power walks as possible to my weekly routine.  I do these without the children but it’s nice to get some exercise with the little ones too and keep their fitness levels up.  I try to take them to the park as often as possible weather permitting  and when we get there the girls love to whizz off and leave me behind.  With them on wheels it isn’t always easy for me to keep up.  I should add that I am not one for running although I can walk pretty fast but I understand there is conflicting evidence as to whether running on hard surfaces causes problems to the body.  Fortunately I had one of those light bulb moments and thought maybe I should invest in some wheels of my own to make our time out a bit more fun.  Don’t get me wrong I love going out in the fresh air with my girls but when I have to constantly be on top of them as I can’t see them when they zoom off into the distance or around corners it is a pain.  Of course I do tell them not to go around corners or too far but they are children and get overly excited and forget and off they whizz yet again.  I want to keep going out with them but be able to keep up and maybe challenge them a bit too to add to the enjoyment.

The solution to my problem is so simple I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner.  A scooter or some roller skates / blades would mean I can keep up with the children, race them and work on my fitness too.  The only problem is choosing what to get.  Of course I’m not going to go just anywhere to get them.  I need to use a company that can advise me about their products, that is reasonably priced and has a good trust pilot rating as I plan to get whatever I decided on online rather than going to a store as it is more convenient for me.   I do like Skates.co.uk having had a store near me.  The last time I visited them they were fantastic and staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about products which helped.  I am in and out of the house all the time but Skates.co.uk make it super convenient by offering a 1 hour time slot and next day delivery if I want it too.

My choices if I go for roller skates / blades are:

No’s 1 & 2: Rio Roller Quad Skates White / Pink or Red / White.  (£49.95)

These are available in two colours and are great for those that don’t have the best sense of balance.  I like the simple design of the boot and the material used looks like it would be soft and quite comfortable and also provide some ankle support.  My girls saw these whilst I was browsing the site and also picked them out as they liked them too.  I haven’t skated for years so these seem like a good option as they are great for beginners or those getting back into roller skating and a choice that will also get me moving a fair amount.  These are available in both children’s and adults sizes.

No 3: SFR Camden Adjustable Inline Skates in Pink (£54.95)

These also look great.  I love the colour and that they offer a lot of ankle support, even more than the quad skates.  These too use material that would be soft and they have an “ultra comfort liner”.  By the time i had found this my girls had been sent off to do their homework but I am sure they’d have wanted a pair themselves.  They look really trendy and very feminine.  This comes in two colours, the one shown and a grey and purple option.  These too would allow for a good workout and I am sure they would help me raise my heart rate quite fast and get a great workout whilst racing after the children.  These are available in children’s sizes and adults up to size 6 which is perfect as that’s my size!

No’s 4 & 5 JD Bug Original Street Scooter in Matt Purple / Pastel Pink (£54.95)

These of course would make me look like a super trendy parent, gliding along hopefully pretty gracefully after my girls.  The scooters look great and come in a range of colours including those shown as well as black, silver, red, blue and sky blue.  According to the website this scooter is one of the lightest scooters around and it also folds down with one simple movement!  The scooter also has a carry strap so if I do decide to walk for a little then I can simply hang it over my shoulder.  The handle bar is adjustable to suit a range of heights and the new larger grip tape covers more of the footplate for a more secure, firm, footing ensuring I don’t end up falling on my bottom and embarrassing the kids (and myself).  This scooter is very versatile and can be used for children and adults which is handy although don’t tell my girls or they might decide it’s theirs.

At moment I am thinking that the blades might be the best bet for me but haven’t quite decided which to go for.

Which would you choose?

I thought it appropriate considering the topic of my post to speak with Skates.co.uk who have kindly said that I can host a giveaway for a lucky reader to win either one of the quad skates, roller skates or scooters I decided to feature in my post, how kind of them.  The winner can select from numbers 1,3,4 or 5.  There is a possibility of a change of colour if there is an alternative colour for that item in stock.

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Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise (includes a FAB competition)

A little while back we introduced you all to Lalaloopsy.  Lalaloopsy have a range of fun, brightly coloured toys for little ones and one of them that you may have seen advertised on children’s tv recently is Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise.  Now of course the second my girls saw this they wanted to have one, who wouldn’t it’s a doll that poops!!!!!!  I’m really excited about this particular toy because it has arrived at around the time that the mini man is more conscious about trying to go to the toilet and this has coincided with him actually using the toilet.  I think that seeing the doll and his sisters go to the toilet and not wearing nappies has really spurred him to wanting to be a big boy and using the toilet.  My little man has started stripping and running bare bottomed to the toilet although he can’t quite get on it without help just yet.  It’s hilarious, he has totally perfected the stripping part it takes him seconds and before you know it you have a toddler running starkers around the house, it’s pretty hilarious I must say!  Not so much when we have an accident on the floor though but we will work through that.  Anyway back to Lalaloopsy.  As you can see this doll is cute with her large dark button eyes and my girls love her.Lala1

 In the box you get the doll, 3 different coloured foods, a bowl, a spoon and a potty.  And of course importantly it’s super easy to use.

Using the spoon to portion out some food.

There are various shapes and the kids loved discovering new ones in the potty.

Both my girls and Mr Squishy love playing with this and the great thing is that no matter how many times they have left the lid open the food which is like kinetic sand does not seem to dry out, good to know as we all know what children are like.  The food pot lids and the potty are all nicely decorated which I liked and this is one of those super toys that you don’t need to get batteries for making it a great gift as that’s one less expense and thing to remember, bonus!  A lot of thought that has gone into this toys presentation which is great.  When we were first playing with this I did notice when the doll wasn’t used properly the poop didn’t form a shape so be sure to follow our instructions above or via our YouTube video:

How much fun is that!

Now like all parents, grandparents, loving aunts and uncles we want to get our hands on these great toys but also where possible want to save ourselves a few pounds in the process.  With that in mind I did a quick price comparison and found the doll being sold by numerous shops for over £30 except for one!!!!  I am pleased to tell you I have found probably the bargain of the month for those needing to by something like this as a gift.  I found Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise was being sold for just £14.99 in Argos stores so if you want one hurry and get ordering online as once the deal sites get wind of it this they will sell out!!!!  You heard it here first lol.

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Isn’t that fabulous!

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Introducing Dubble Trubble Plus a Giveaway

Bath time is a pretty fun time for the little ones at our house.  They love to splash about and get lost in their own little imaginative world.  The girls love to bathe on their own so they can stretch out and pretend to be mermaids where as Mr Squishy loves to fill up jugs and toys with water and pour it back into the bath.  Of course bath time is not just about playing it is also about washing the little ones so they smell great after running around at school or at home and building up a sweat.  No one likes a smelly child now do they.  My little ones love fragrant fruity products to use when washing their body and hair and so were extremely excited to be sent some Dubble Trubble products.  These award winning organic (over 70% organic ingredients) shampoos and body washes come in a range of aromas including Cherry Bomb, Cool Cucumber, Strawberry, Watermelon and Bananaberry.  You will also find a Cool Cucumber Detangling Conditioner Spray.

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The products do NOT contain SLES, SLS or parabens.  SLES and SLS can cause skin irritations and SLES are often contaminated by a carcinogen (1,4 Dioxane – cancer causing) which is a by-product of manufacturing.  The products are NOT tested on animals which means we can buy the products in good conscience.

Dubble Trubble products have been created by celebrity hair colourist and Prince’s Trust Ambassador, Daniel Galvin Jr.  His collection of five pH balanced Hair & Body washes and Detangling Mist all contain organic botanical extracts to ensure that our children’s hair is in safe hands.

These are available in Tesco and most Asda stores, as well as online in Ocado and Daniel Galvin Jr’s stores.

As we all know children love to unbox items no matter what they are it’s the excitement of seeing what’s inside so I thought it might be fun to do an unboxing video.

So now you’ve seen the unboxing what did the children think???

It was hardly surprising that the children had whipped off their clothes in minutes and were excited about getting into the bath after filming.

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The children loved the range of aromas and wanted to try them all so we have been having extra baths to get through each.  Their favourites were the cherry bomb and strawberry although they did like them all.  The combination of the shampoo and the detangling spray made the children’s hair easier and faster to brush through which was good as we can spend ages sometimes.  I liked the range and aromas and would like to see a few more of the aromas of the shampoo and body washes available in the detangling spray range.

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These are lovely products and ones we are sure to use again.  If you would like an opportunity to give them a go for yourself why not enter our competition to win some Dubble Trubble goodies.  One lucky reader will be sent the selection of hair and body washes and also the detangling spray.

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New! Baylis and Harding Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis Range

As regular readers are aware I do like Bayliss & Harding products.  They are always beautifully presented and the product range is always varied and reasonably priced.  Imagine my excitement when I discovered they have a new limited edition signature collection with the most amazing sounding fragrance; Pink Prosecco and Cassis.  Not only does this fragrance sound absolutely exquisite, the packaging is simply fabulous too!!!  With rose gold metallic detail combined with a pretty baby pink these are bound to be a coveted gift.  There are some lovely items in this range including;

Pink Prosecco Hand Wash & Lotion Gift Set

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This set contains a 300ml Cleansing Hand Wash and 300ml Moisturising Hand Lotion which will not only leave your hands feeling soft and nourished they will also smell great too.  I scoured the internet to find the best place to get this which interestingly turned out to be Argos where it is being sold for just £5.99 which is reasonable for the size of the bottles, beautiful presentation and lovely scent.

Pink Prosecco 1 Wick Cloche

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What a beautifully designed candle.  This looks great and the picture really doesn’t do it justice.  The candle comes in the limited edition fragrance Pink Prosecco & Cassis and I can only imagine is a treat for the olfactory system.  Again we have the rose gold tones will look pretty against the light pink of the candle and the glass cloche will help preserve the fragrance when not in use.  The candle has a burning time of up to 30 hours.  This is a well thought out gift idea as the glass cloche can be reused with other candles.  Again Argos seemed to be the main seller for this candle and you will find it priced at £14.99.

Pink Prosecco 1 Wick Candle

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When it comes to candles you have a choice.  This candle is also as great and is nicely packaged.  It has the same gorgeous limited edition fragrance Pink Prosecco & Cassis.  The box is beautifully designed with the same baby pink and metallic rose gold.  The candle has a burning time of up to 30 hours and comes in a simple yet pretty glass holder.  This costs £8.99 and makes a lovely gift.  Yes you guessed it, I found this at Argos too.

Pink Prosecco 5 Piece Gift Set

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Isn’t this pretty!  This gift set has a selection of 5 products so you can try a few different items which is nice.  Again with the limited edition fragrance Pink Prosecco & Cassis this set is perfect for a pamper evening in.  The set contains a 300ml Shower Creme, 300ml Hand & Body Lotion, 150g Soap, 130ml Body Wash & an EVA Body Polisher.  This makes a great gift for someone you would love to experience a touch of indulgence.  What a great idea for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or even a birthday.  Available from Argos for the bargain price of £9.99 (you get a third off at the moment) I would grab one of these soon as they are bound to sell out fast.

Pink Prosecco Ultimate Bathing Treats

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I love the presentation of this stunning gift set.  The box is large and sturdy and I love that you can reuse it as it makes the perfect keepsake where you can keep cosmetics, nail varnishes, hair accessories and much more.  I managed to get my hands on one of these gorgeously scented sets.  The fragrance is light and not at all overpowering.  In the set you will find a 300ml Shower Creme, 300ml Body Lotion, 130ml Body Wash, 100ml Body Butter & Bath Soak Crystals.  This has to be my favourite Baylis and Harding product to date!

You will find this gift set for £14.99 at Argos.

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My Top 5 Mel Gibson Action Films (includes ones I want to watch & a Competition!)

I have always loved action movies and used to watch Mel Gibson’s films when I was younger and thought they were great.  It’s nice to snuggle up on the sofa with some ice cream or chocolate and wine and watch a good action movie as they can keep you focused on the movie eyes glued to the screen so you don’t miss anything.  The fast pace stops them becoming boring in many cases and keep your attention on what is happening, ready for the next action filled scene.  I still enjoy watching action movies and do try to squeeze in a few here and there when I get a chance but time now is scarce so it’s a rarity.  Mel starred in a number of action films and these are my top 5:

Bird on a Wire

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I loved this movie and won’t guesstimate at approximately how many times I have seen it in case I embarrass myself.  This combined action with a bit of romance and comedy and who doesn’t love that especially when Goldie Hawn is the leading lady.  Isn’t she fabulous!  Goldie did do some great movies.  Rick Jarmin (Mel Gibson) is a federal witness who goes on the run with his ex-girlfriend, Marianne Graves (Goldie Hawn).  This is one that I do still enjoy watching and comes highly recommended.

Lethal Weapon (there were 4)

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If these were not on the list there would be something something seriously wrong.  These action filled movies were very popular when they first came out and I am sure that they were on each Christmas just like the Die Hard movies.  Mel’s character in the Lethal Weapon movies was fantastic.  You couldn’t help love the comical, daredevil character and Danny Glover was also good as his long suffering sidekick.  I loved that they used the same actors for all four movies as otherwise I think it would have lost its appeal and I think both Mel and Danny were irreplaceable.  The story line follows a pair of good cops that come up against all sorts throughout the movies beginning with Mel being a bit of a loner at the start when his wife dies to being an important part of Glover’s extended family by the end.  They come up against a drug lord, dirty cops and many more bad guys and make it through thankfully.  Watch out for Joe Pesci who as I recall was in the 3rd and 4th movie and adds even more humour to the mix.

Mad Max Anthology

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I remember watching Mel Gibson in Mad Max years ago and thinking what a great movie it was.  There were more movies that followed; Mad Max 2, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and more recently Mad Max Fury Road which starred Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.  These too were pretty action packed and faced paced as I recall.  I think I might need to catch up on these again as it has been a while.  These films follow Max (Mel Gibson) and is set sometime after an apocalyptic war where police are fighting roving motorcycle gangs.  Mel’s wife and son are are murdered by one of these gangs he sets out to get revenge.  The story then develops from there developing into the other movies.

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I vaguely recall having seen the first of these a while back but can’t remember it so really must watch all three.  The cast alone sounds great and as I can get all three movies on one Blu-Ray (I found it on the HMV site for anyone else that wants one) it looks like I have at least one to two evenings worth of movies to snuggle up with hubby on the sofa to watch always a good idea now it’s too cold to venture even near the front door.  The films feature the adventures of a group of professional killers fighting bad guys.  Mel Gibson is a bad guy in the 3rd movie which I am looking forward to watching.

Ransom

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This is a thriller / action movie where Mel – Tom Mullins’ son is kidnapped and he tries to get him back by paying the ransom initially but then realising he may still not have his son returned he changes the plan by offering the money as a reward to anyone able to get his son back.  By doing so he puts the life of both his son and wife at risk.  I need to watch this again as it’s been a while and I did think this was a great movie.

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Top 5 Gift Ideas for Batman Fans

I grew up watching Batman.  I used to watch the tv series with my brother as a child and watched all the movies too.  I wouldn’t say I am a hardcore fan but I have enjoyed watching the range of movies and think I have probably seen them all to date from Batman and Robin featuring various characters like Poison Ivy and Bat girl to the most recent Dark Knight Trilogy.

batman1One of the items that I have seen and actually bought for a mini fan before is this great clock which has moveable arms and legs.  You can find these in John Lewis priced at £19.99.

This Batman mug is great and I think any fan would be delighted to have one of these.  It’s not too pricey either as it is on offer for £6.99 at The Gift and Gadget Store.

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My next suggestion is pretty useful.  It’s a Batman Multi Tool for £6.50.  This bat shaped key ring is also a bottle opener and has crosshead and flathead screwdrivers in the wings.  If you want one make sure you check out The Gift Experience .co.uk.

batman3The Dark Knight Trilogy Box Set is a must for any Batman fan and can be found at HMV for just £14.99.  Forgot to buy your Batman fan one at Christmas ont worry grab it as a Birthday Gift, they will love it!

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Last but not least is this super cool projection torch that no Batman fan will want to be without I know i’d love this it’s great.  Available from The Gift and Gadget Store for just £4.99.

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Now I am sure many of you know at least one Batman fan, you might even be one yourself and with that in mind I am going to giveaway one Dark Knight Trilogy Box Set (check this) to one lucky reader to help you have one less gift to buy this year and as it’s January Blues time and I like to make people happy.  One lucky entrant will have their frown turned upside down when they win this great boxset.

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Love Ginger Beer? Here’s Your Chance to Win a Case of Fentimans New Spiced Ginger Beer!

I do love ginger beer as I love the taste of the ginger combined with the bubbles that make a gorgeously refreshing and thirst quenching drink.  Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to get the chance to try the Original Ginger Beer from Fentimans which was yummy so of course I was very excited when I heard they had a Spiced Ginger Beer!  The spiced ginger beer is infused with Eastern spices to create a delicious warming drink for the winter and a tasty and refreshing drink for the summer.

I was curious to see how much spice Fentimans had included but it isn’t too strong for the British palette to handle.  Great chilled, this delicious drink is gluten free and not too heavy on the alcohol at 4%.  Although great on it’s own this ginger beer is also great combined with other flavours.  I decided to have a little play with creating a recipe using ginger beer that used the flavour as it’s core instead of masking it and one that was easy make too.

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 These jellies are simple to make and are a fabulous light adult dessert that isn’t too calorific and perfect for anyone that loves ginger beer.  My recipe uses alcoholic ginger beer but Fentimans also has a non alcoholic ginger beer (traditional) should you prefer or in case you are making this for children.

Not so keen on cinnamon no problem don’t add it in, recipes are not set in stone so get creative and adjust them to your taste.

This particular recipe can be made with or without the creamy vanilla and cinnamon topping.  The creamy topping can be kept runny or you can add gelatin to make it thicker, again you choose.

I made these in disposable plastic cups as it was much easier and help reduce washing after but you can use pretty glasses if you have any.

Ginger Beer, Vanilla and Cinnamon Jellies

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Serves 8

Ingredients

For the Ginger Beer Jellies

1 330ml bottle of Fentimans Spiced Ginger Beer

150ml water

Water for soaking the gelatin

4.5 gelatin leaves

For the Topping

180ml double cream

a pinch of cinnamon powder

1tsp vanilla essence (preferably a good quality one with seeds)

1 gelatin leaf

Water for soaking the gelatin

Method

For the Ginger Beer Jellies

Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water for about 10 minutes.

While the gelatin is soaking gently pour the ginger beer into a jug as we don’t want this frothing.

Warm the water and once it starts to bubble a little remove it from the heat and set aside for two minutes.

Squeeze the water out of the gelatin and add this to the heated water and stir in, it takes seconds to dissolve.

Add the water to the jug of ginger beer, stir gently then pour evenly into your glasses / cups.

Place in the fridge for about 5-6 hours to set. I left mine overnight to be sure.

You need this part to set before starting the next.

For the Topping

Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water for about 10 minutes.

Warm the cream and once it starts to bubble a little remove it from the heat add in the vanilla essence and cinnamon, stir and set aside for two minutes.

Squeeze the water out of the gelatin and add this to the heated cream and stir.

Pour this over the set ginger beer jellies and place in the fridge to set.  The amount is far less than with the ginger beer so it won’t take as long to set.

Place in the fridge for about 3 hours to set.

When this has set you can grate over a little chocolate and add any garnishes before serving.

What a slightly different version?

You don’t need to set the cream, instead you can skip the heating and the gelatin, add in the vanilla and cinnamon and pour over the top of the jellies.

Again add on any garnishes and serve.

Just a note, not all gelatin is animal based so you can still make this whether you are vegetarian or vegan, obviously minus the cream.

Enjoy!!!

We all love a great giveaway so here is my first of the year.

One lucky winner will win a case of the Spiced Ginger Beer which you can either keep all to yourself or enjoy with friends.  Drink it straight up or try one of my ginger beer recipes the choice is yours.  Just a little heads up I have a Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipe coming up soon and it’s loooooovely!

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Num Noms Series 3 Lunch Box Deluxe Pack and Introducing Num Noms Lights #UnBoxingDay

Num Noms #UnBoxingDay

Num Noms have some NEW products hitting the shelves and we were lucky enough to get our hands on these great new additions.  You may have already seen their recent addition to the toy range the Series 3 Lunch Box Deluxe Pack (Style 1) well brace yourselves as the Series 1 mystery packs from the new Lights series will be coming to the UK soon.  We were sent these to get a feel for the toys and take a video of the little ones unboxing them but were asked not to post anything before today #UnBoxingDay.  It was all super exciting and hush hush!!!

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The Lunchbox has been cleverly designed so that if opened carefully it can be used as a storage case.  Within the case you have various types of Num Noms including Marshmallows, Donuts, Candy, Fruits and Veggies.  In the pack you will find ten scented Nums in a variety of flavours and food groups. Includes one mystery Num, two scented Nom erasers, a stamp and a mystery pot.

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The Mystery Light Packs Series 1

These include a scented Num and Nom and the Noms actually light up in two colours!!!  I know how great do they sound?   These cute guys come packaged in a juice carton which is a great touch and feature Freezie Pops, Snow Cones and Glitter Gummies.

Here is how we got on with our #UnBoxingDay review.

How great do these look?  Don’t you just love the lunchbox and also those cute light up Noms!!!

If you fancy getting your hands on some of these then keep reading.

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Introducing EvoShave

Shaving isn’t always a fun or easy part of any man’s or woman’s beauty regime but unfortunately for many it is a necessity.  There are numerous types of razors on the market many are large and bulky others are dainty and easily broken.  For those that shave regularly I am sure you would appreciate the latest product that I have discovered.

Have you heard of the award winning and innovative shaving system EvoShave that makes shaving easier and gives a lovely smooth finish?

I will admit I hadn’t until recently but I have just been introduced to EvoShave who have a handy new razor system that can give great shaving results.  The system allows for a very close shave as you can control it at very close contact directly with your fingers.

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The razors are nice and sharp so make sure on your first few shaves you don’t press too hard!  This is extremely easy to use and comes with one razor blade.  To use it simply glide (shave), rinse and repeat.  The results speak for themselves leaving the skin exceptionally smooth and very importantly hair doesn’t get stuck in the razor blade clogging it up.  My husbands face is kissably smooth after using one and I thankfully don’t get stabbed by stubble.

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Made using the latest blade technology in the UK and Germany this razor comes in 3 different colours; blue green and black and is targeted as an item for men although ladies you will want one too as it’s great for shave legs, it’s far better than your average razor that’s for sure.

The product itself is relatively inexpensive with the handle costing only £4.99 and comes with a blade.  A pack of four blades costs £5.99 and a pack of eight blades will set you back £9.99.  Great news for us as we tend to like to buy in bulk in our household.

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Doesn’t the razor look great!

I’m sure you would all love to get your hands on one and just like your Fairy Godmother I am about to make one lucky readers wish come true and give away one of these fab razors in my latest competition.  In addition the winner will also get a pack of four blades and a Luxury Hotel Chocolate Gift Box.

So what are you waiting for get entering!!!

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Please make sure you read the terms and conditions before entering:

T’s & C’s

  • Entrants must be 18 years +

One winner will receive a EvoShave razor, one pack of four blades & one Luxury Hotel Chocolate Gift Box.

UK entry only.

The winner must be following @MelanieMse and @EvoShave on twitter and must have retweeted the competition tweet.

The prize will be delivered to the winner within approximately 28 days of confirmation of their delivery address.

There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner.

The competition will close on Sunday the 22nd of January at midnight.

The winner will have to respond within a week of being contacted to claim their prize.

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Glowing Musical Thomas The Tank Engine Review and Giveaway

Mr Squishy loves Thomas the Tank Engine and has been enjoying watching Thomas go on his various adventures on the tv.  Having seen this I did attempt to take him on the tube once thinking he would love it but boy was I wrong.  He started screaming hysterically but then he is still quite young and had never been on public transport except when he was still in my tummy.  For now we will have to make do with him playing with toy trains for a little while longer as I am not sure he is quite so ready to try again just yet and neither am I.  Instead he is happy watching trains whizz by on the tracks from a safe distance and also watching them on tv and of course his favourite of all, playing with them.  Until recently Mr Squishy only had one Thomas toy and a book that plays the theme tune but recently this lucky little chap was sent a Glowing Musical Thomas toy from Golden Bear Toys to review.

 Once my little man saw what was in the box when the package arrived he was extremely excited and grabbed it out himself.  He is getting to know the routine now so he ran off into the room we often do the children’s reviews, sat down and started saying deeeeee (his version of cheese) with the most enormous grin on his face.  Now from past experience I know the best way to show others how much a child really likes / loves a toy is to video them with the item.  Anyone can pose for photos with a product and smile saying the kids like it and move on, well I simply can’t do that as I like to be thorough as you may have realised by now so naturally we did a video just to show how much this toy is loved.

Watch Mr Squishy in action:

As you can see this is a great toy for any Thomas fan.  The funnel at the top (black) plays various phrases when pressed and the dome (blue) plays the Thomas the Tank Engine theme tune.  The cheeks light up and change colour and the toy itself is very cuddly and soft.  The music can be turned off so that this toy can be taken to bed without the fear of it waking the little one at night.  There is also a James and Percy option too which is handy to know as many little ones would love to have the whole set.  This is a great toy for encouraging imaginative play in little ones and my little man loves singing along to the song each time he presses the button.

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Doesn’t this look like a great toy for all little ones that love Thomas?  It makes a great gift for a toddler at any time of year.  Mr Squishy is loving it and would love one of you guys to win one for your own little Squishy so we are holding a competition for one lucky reader to win one.

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Mr Squishy was sent one of these to play with and his expressions say it all really you can’t get any more honest than that opinion wise x