With Christmas just around the corner, its time to start thinking about table top games for the whole family.
We were lucky to receive Gassy The Cow Table top game from Drumond Park to review. Gassy the Cow is suitable for children aged 4 years plus and retails at £24.99. You can have two to four players, which means if you have one child at school and one at home during the day you will still be able to play!
To play the game everyone gathers round to spin the spinner and the spinner stops on a colour of wellie boot, if that’s your colour you get to walk your boots, up to Gassy’s bottom and wait whilst the first player lifts her tail. If she Moo’s your safe but if she “poo’s” a cow splat will come out of her bottom if its a brown splat that is a poo but if its a yellow splat its a wee or if its a dark brown that’s called a “mega poo” and means your out of the game.
There is a space under the wellie boots to clip all the splats on to and the winner is the person with the cleanest boots.
It is a really easy game to play and I personally feel it would be more suitable for a younger age group, as bear got bored easily but Bell really enjoyed playing it. There were plenty of giggles and laughs from Bell.
The game is also super easy to set up it does require 3xaaa batteries. So its certainly a ideal game to play over the Christmas period.
I personally would of brought this game for a younger child I would say for a confident 2 year old, the packaging is really eye catching and as Bear said the picture is funny.
Where to buy this game? There are many shops which are stocking “Gassy the cow” the following are Smyth’s toy store, Amazon, Argos and Toys R Us. So why not pop down to one of these stores to have a Mooing Christmas!
We have recently spent the day at Drusilla’s Park in Sussex, It took us about an hour and twenty minutes from where we live to get here. It started of a really gloomy over cast day, but it certainly brightened up nearer the end of our visit.
When we arrived the car park looked very busy, but once we were actually through the entrance the only busy bit was the first section which was the iguana and snake area. We then went around to the Farm Yard to see what happens down on the farm and Bell and Bear even had a go at milking a cow. (Okay it wasn’t a real cow but they certainly had great fun pretending to be farmers!)
We then followed the path around to see the other animals there is a lovely selection of animals here and their homes looked really well cared for. The animals which were our favourite were the Meerkats, penguins, the monkeys and Marmosets.
There is so much to see and do here whilst walking around the park for the children and of course the big kids (adults!) from the Zoo Challenge to the animal spotter book with a trail to follow. There is also a soft play (Amazon adventures) if the weather does take a turn for the worse and a huge outside play ground for all ages, and not forgetting the water play area which is called Get Wet!
There are also lots and lots of information and interactive areas dotted around the park which certainly keep the children entertained and learning new facts and information about the animals.
We were very excited to be able to walk through the lemurs in Lemurland and walk through the Lorikeets in the Lory landing area.
When we last came to Drusilla’s Hello Kitty secret garden was still being built, the rides in Hello Kitty last a couple of minutes which is ideal for little ones and Bell was able to go on a few of the rides by her self which is a bonus! The rides here are little teacups, ride round Hello Kitty’s Garden and 25ft Hopper ride. Did I mention this is the first Hello Kitty attraction in Europe, so if you have a Hello Kitty fan why not pop down and see the attraction for yourself and if your really lucky you maybe able to even give Hello Kitty a huge cuddle, during the holidays.
One new area for 2017 is GO SAFARI! GO SAFARI opened in This is now were the old water park area was, there are two rides here, flying cheater’s, a hippo which goes up and down . Both the children loved this area, and they wanted to go on the flying cheaters again and again! Despite going during the school holidays the longest we had to wait to go on the rides was 2 minutes which was a perfect waiting time for little children. Bear and Bell kept coming back to this area and also wanted one last go before we left for home and the one last go turned into about 6 lasts go as they were both having so much fun!
I almost forgot to mention there is also a GO Safari African themed safari express train ride, where you can see a few animals and along the way you can also peek and see the play area and the water play area. Also there are jokes so do keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to give everyone a wave as you go passed!
There are also a few payable activities which are available to everyone which are panning for gold, Penguin plunge and vertical limit. There is also a discovery centre which has lots of information and we saw lots of animal fur and goods which were on lone from the HM revenue and customs.
There is so much going on through out the year as Drusilla’s is open 362 days of the year from 10am until 5pm in winter and until 6pm in summer, the last entry is one hour before closing but I would recommend a good 2 or 3 hours here if you would like to see and have a go in the play park and the Get Wet Area. You could easily spend all day here, as there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or a coffee.
There is certainly lots to look forward to for the rest of the year here from meeting Peppa Pig, The Gruffalo, Paw Patrol and Meet Hello Kitty over this summer. And not forgetting Meet and Greet with Scooby doo over Halloween so don’t forget to bring your Scooby snacks and Father Christmas from the middle of November with Winter Wonderland Illuminations which is a daily light show at 4pm.
Summer is fast approaching and I was very egar to get some sunglasses sooner rather than later. The only difference was that this year I would have to get prescription sunglasses. Even though I have my reaction lens day to day glasses they aren’t that great with full on sunshine, and with our holiday to Lanzarote getting less than 13 weeks away the race was on.
I received a email from Perfect Glasses which is based in the UK , which is also a Glasses online retailer, who kindly offered me a chance to review for them.
There was a great choice of glasses, titanium glasses and of course sunglasses. There are lots of brands to choice from starting from as little as £27. There are lots of styles which are suitable for women in their section for women glasses and men to choice from which would suit everyone’s face shape and personalities. If you know the shape of your face there is a chance to try on the glasses via a few photo’s which gives you a good idea whether or not that style would suit you. There are even lots of designer glasses to choice from too!
The great thing about this UK based website is that the frames are discounted already so you could get a pair of frames for around half the price. They also sometimes have offers on, which makes the frames even more of a barging!
After having a long look through their prescription sunglasses I asked if I could review the Esprit sunglasses and they said yes.
The service was really nice and polite even though it took me a few day’s to get hold of my prescription from a leading high street opticians. Once I got my prescription to them I received them less than a week. The sunglasses came in a lovely sunglasses cases and they were well wrapped up with bubble wrap and a padded envelope to protect them from any bumps and knocks whilst going through the postal system.
The quality of the frames are hard wearing and good quality. To be honest I have heard a few horror stories about ordering lenses on line and that they won’t be the same quality as if you went into a opticians but Perfect Glasses has certainly put my fears to one side as the prescription was perfect and I could see clearly, read and drive on the one day of glorious sunshine we have had since I received them!
Perfect glasses also have a section on their website which offers a chance to get your current glasses to be reglaze. I will certainly be using this service for both my sunglasses and normal glasses if my prescription changes in the near future.
I really can not wait for the sunshine to come to the UK, I don’t think I can wait another 13 weeks to wear them!!!
I emailed Teal Anchor just before Christmas in 2016 to see if I would be able to review for them. I was very lucky as they said yes!
This caught my eye because I am trying to find products which are kinder to skin, less chemicals and also kinder on the environment to make and not leave a lasting impact on the world.
Teal Anchor hand makes each product themselves, the scrubs are vegan friendly and also not tested on animals. Which is brilliant!
The ingredients are really simple to, which you can find over on their website.
So let’s get to the important what I think of the All over body scrub.
They sent me the Mint all over body scrub.
When I took it out the packaging I was pleased to see that it came in a lovely glass container and very few labels covering the jar too which is a bonus! You also get a small little wooden spoon to scoop the scrub out of the jar
When I opened it the first thing I noticed was the smell, it smelt totally amazing! Not over powering but actually smelt like Mint, Some products I have used in the past hardly smell of what they are meant to smell like, so this was great!
My skin is dry and I find many products dry my skin out even more, which isn’t good as it causes my skin to become itchy and sometimes sore. . I used this body scrub on a tiny bit of my body (arms!) first just to check I wouldn’t come out in a rash, no idea why I thought that as the scrub is 100% home made and has all natural ingredients in.
I first noticed that the scrub wasn’t as gritty as previous scrubs I have used in the past and it had a really nice feel to it. The scrub went on really nicely and I felt it just glided onto my skin. It needed very little rubbing in to get nice smooth skin, which with two children sometimes having a shower needs to be quick! The Mint fragrance also lasted a very long time and my skin felt really soft and minty for 12 hours!
I would say this scrub is good for all skin types as it doesn’t dry out the skin.
I would actually use this every day if I could but the recommend usage is twice a week. they currently have 11 more scrubs on sale and they have some really pretty Unicorn make up brushes that you can pre-order.
The scrubs start from £9, which to me is great value for a product which looks and smell’s totally amazing!
I really liked this body scrub oh wait who am I kidding I totally LOVE the body scrub! I will certainly be recommending this product to everyone I know. Now which body scrub shall I try next? The black pepper, Lavender or the Grapefruit one?!
I was recently sent the New Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo, by Vosene Kids. I have used the Vosene Detangle spray before as Bell’s hair is thick and gets tangle very easily which is also great but can be annoying when we are in a rush! The design of the packaging really surprised me, as it wasn’t brightly coloured as many other products designed for children are. It was a plain but simple design but it was very eye catching and appealed to children and adults alike.
The bottle is a 250ml which is a great size for little hands if you wish to encourage your little ones to take care of themselves. The shampoo is also Tear-free, Dermatologically tested, MIT-free and Paraben-free which as a parent is a added bonus!
Time to test the shampoo out!
Bell and Bear both love bath time, I won’t lie some day’s it can be a total battle to get Bear into the bath! So when I said he could have a go at washing his own hair he jumped right in and also to wash the chlorine of from our swimming lessons.
The first thing we always do before we try a new product is the smell test, we have to love the smell before we even use it, so when we had a smell we all loved it, it smelt fruity and fresh. Good job really as this shampoo is from the Vosene Fruity Goodness Range. It also isn’t a over powering smell which I think is great.
The first thing I noticed was how soft Bell’s hair was going whilst I was giving her scalp a massage and her hair a clean. We washed all the shampoo residue off, and I noticed the difference straight away, both of the children’s hair looked healthier after one use, it also felt really soft too.
Now here comes the problem I have, I dread brushing Bell’s hair, even if I wash her hair gently it gets tangled very easily , I can say that we had a lovely hair brush, no tangles at all unlike other shampoos we have used in the past. Which is now making hair brushing time much quicker and I am now able to do more than just brush her hair, I can style it!
I will certainly be of to buy some more when we run out, but you do only need a tiny bit to get all the benefits I have mentioned already. You will be able to buy Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo in many leading supermarkets, Boots and many more. If you don’t think this product is for you why not check out their other products there is a wide range to choose from for adults and children alike.
Now I’m of to wash my hair with Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo, as according for Bear its not for mummy to use… please don’t tell them!
I was sent the Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo by Vosene, all the thoughts on the product are my own and I have not been paid for this review.
**I have not been asked by the company to write this review. **
Whilst browsing child freein Boots the other day I came across a product by a company called Kind Natured.
The products are free from Sulphates, Parabens & Petrochemicals which is a good thing it means no nasties will be going onto your skin or into your hair. And it’s also good for the envioment.
Kind Natured offer Hair care and bath care products. I brought the sea salt and bergamot bath Soak and the body wash. It smelt amazing, like being at the sea side. And I live the sea side.
When I used the bath Soak I used two small drops as I always do with using any product and there were quite a lot of bubbles, and it also made the bathroom smell lovely.
The bath was very relaxing and I read some of my book. The body wash has left my skin really soft and smooth, unlike the product I am using at the moment.i also only needed to use a small amount which is a bonus as the body wash will last much longer!
Even hubs had a bubble bath and said his skin feels smooth!!!
The price of the product was £2 99 from what I can remember.
Now when I pop to Boots next time I am certainly going to be buying the hair care products to see how they are on my very sensitive scalp.
Oh and did I mention they also do a children’s range too, now we know what the children will be getting from Santa don’t we?
Did I say I was a book worm? I love reading whether it’s on a kindle or a good old fashioned book, you will find me with a head in a book. Whether it’s a romantic, a crime or even a history book the list is endless! I will keep the reviews fairly short as I will either give away the hole story line or just write and write!
Hear are my top 5 books for Autumn 2016
Me before you by Jojo Moyes (also after you is brilliant too! Classing this as two separate top picks!)
Such a brilliantly written book, I really felt the emotions that Louisa was feeling and I admit I cried at the end! It makes uou also think about if you were in Lousias situaton what would you do?.Book two gets you thinking will Louisa ever get her happily ever after … I just want to know will there be a book 3?!
Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris
This is a lovely but sad book with a happy ending. It definitely goes to show you never know what is going on behind closed doors
The Lonely Hearts Travellers Club Destination India by Katy Collins
WOW a story I think everyone could relate to. It’s about finding yourself before you find love or realise it’s been right in front of you the whole time!
Written in the Stars By Ali Harris
Have you ever wondered what if? This book certainly allows you to read about Bea and is wondering if she choice the right choice. A love story, with her life going down different roads.