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Perfect Glasses Review 

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!!!

 

 

 

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Eagle Heights, Enysford , Kent

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We were lucky enough to be invited to Eagle heights. Eagle heights is based in Enysford in Kent, which is the ideal location to see the birds fly. At Eagle heights there are seven different types of eagles, three vultures, five hawks and two falcons. There are also owls and a caracara, along with the usual chicken, ducks, raven and  few other birds.

There are also mammals, a few farm animals and sled dogs. I can’t forget that they have a small selection of reptiles too!


 

Eagle heights is the perfect size for families, its not too big and not too small, there is even a play area for over fives and a separate play area for under fives.  There are plenty of picnic tables so you can have a picnic or a reasonably priced tea room. There are signs about warning that food shouldn’t be eaten during the meetings of the animals which are at set times during the day. The centre is buggy and wheelchair friendly. Viewing the animals is also suitable for everyone.


The staff were amazing with the animals and were also friendly and helpful to the public.

The shop, tea room, toilets were very clean and tidy.

We were lucky enough to meet the husky’s. These are beautiful dogs and they look so happy and well cared for. There are experiences to have a personal meet with the husky’s along with husky rides where you are pulled along by a sledge and of course camping out with the husky’s. I will certainly be doing this once Bear and Bell are older as it sounds amazing, marshmallows around the fire, meeting the dogs and camping out. I just need to get over my fear of actually camping first!


There are also eagle shows where you can see these amazing, stunning birds fly and learn all about them. You can also do experience days too.

There is also a Owl experience which is available, I am very tempted to book this for myself whilst the children are at school. Owls are my favourite birds.

Prices for the experiences start from £80.

If you fall in love with one of the animals, you can also adopt them, obviously they stay living at the centre.


Eagle heights is working on wildlife conservation in the UK, whilst assisting on a conservation project in West Africa. If you fancy popping down to see the animals, and learn more about how they are helping Wildlife conservation both here in the UK and West Africa, prices for children are currently £4.95 for over 2’s, and adults are currently £8.95, with a slight discount for over 65’s, students, disabled and carers.

 Oh and did I mention the Crystal place eagel lives here? 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hever Castle Review

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We were lucky enough to Visit Hever Castle Over the Easter School Holiday’s. Hever Castle was once a childhood  home to Anne Boleyn,  who was wife to King Henry the 8th and mother to Elizabeth 1st.

The castle its self dates back to the 13th Century and has seen many changes though out the centuries with the changing of monarchy.

There are many beautiful Gardens around the castle and the moat, these were just modest gardens around the castle walls until  William Astor brought the castle in 1903 and they are now award winning gardens.

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April 18th – May 7th There is  Tulips Celebrations going on around the gardens there are 7,000 tulips currently in bloom. They look totally amazing, They are certainly worth popping down to see.

We loved having a wander around the gardens, we saw many wildlife including a black swan, only a small number of black swans are in the UK.  There is also a large boating lake which you will be able to take a small boat ride around the lake. If you do not fancy a boat ride there is a lovely lake walk. There is a mini model of the castle and I think other buildings in a section at the back of the shop, It was lovely to see but I did find it a bit dark to try and read but to be honest it could be my reaction lenses trying to adjust going from bright sunshine to indoor light.

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Over Easter Holiday’s the Castle had lots on for the children, they had a Easter Egg Hunt, Easter bonnet making and a Easter bonnet parade for the children to take part in. There is also a maze and a water maze for everyone to join in, there is also a play area too, which is in excellent condition. There is also Archery and shield painting  which runs from 1st April until the 29th October, and starts from £3.

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I felt the Easter Bonnet making was great value for money as it was just £1, Bear and Bell really enjoyed doing this, there was lots of choice from stickers, to crepe paper, to stencils and gems to decorate the bonnet. The member of staff running the area was very helpful and friendly. We unfortunately didn’t get time to check out the shield paining and Archery, but we will certainly have a go next time we visit!

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The Easter Egg hunt was in partnership with Lindt chocolate,  was also great fun, the clues were easy to find and the clues took you mostly around the garden area. The children enjoyed looking out for the clues and got really excited when they found them, at the end there was a lindt bunny at the end to take home.

We were also very lucky to met the King,  when we entered the castle, he was very friendly,  helpful and certainly made the castle seem more alive. The Castle was bright an you could have a lovely look at all the beautiful items on show, without the rooms feeling crowded. The staff were helpful and answered any questions Bear had. Going round the castle was very easy to follow unlike some places we have recently visited.

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We brought a picnic with us, there was plenty of space to sit down with a picnic blanket or there was plenty of benches to sit on if you prefer,  The shop had a great choice of gifts and there was a good selection of pocket money toys if your little ones fancy buying something tiny.

Even though we didn’t take a buggy, We are now out of that stage, I felt Hever castle is very buggy friendly around the ground, the buggy’s are not allowed in the castle so I do suggest you take a baby carrier or carry your little one round. The grounds are also wheelchair friendly but hilly in some places.  There are six different trail walks which you can download before you go via the webpage, –  Hever Castle Trails to Download

The views walking around the castle are very pretty and personally I think it would be a great visit all year round for all the family. The Children really enjoyed exploring the gardens and finding new places which they seemed to miss coming in.

The prices are very good £16.90 for a adult for both the castle and the grounds and £9.50 for children over 5 years old. Hever castle offers a discount for seniors and students. There is also a family price of £44.50. There is also a small shop where you can buy some plants and a little coffee van too!

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This is certainly a great value family day out for all the family, if you are not local there are a few places to stay near including Hever Castle its self.

Hever Castle has lots of events all year round so why not have a peek at their website for up to date information and prices.
Have a peek at my YouTube video too 

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ChalkOla review

I hate the feel of chalk, it makes my teeth feel funny and the thought of the chalk being scratched along the chalkboard makes my skin tingle and feel very strange.

When I was ask to test out some chalk pens I jumped at the chance.

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To be honest I was a bit dubious about them, would they feel like chalk, would they have the chalky feel to them, the list was never ending!

When they arrived they came in really nice packaging and looked very smart, too smart for the children to use straight away, but they spied them and spent the next 5 minutes giving the pens a good shake to start the chalk flowing!

The chalk was lovely went on the chalk board with ease, the thicker pens started of a bit runny but nothing major.

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The markers were great too, very easy to use.

All of the packs have a great choice of colours, and I would recommend them for anyone who really dislikes the feel of chalk prices start from £8 on amazon.

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I would defiantly recommend these to anyone who uses chalk pens.

 

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Wordsearch Junior By Drumond Park Games

Wordsearch Junior is for ages 4 plus, it is a fun, family friendly for all ages. It encourages a fun way of learning and recognising words and the recognition of picture sequence. Wordsearch Junior comes with 9 double sided puzzle discs. The game also comes with 4 different packs of colour markers, so you can mark of when you have found the word or picture sequence.

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There are three different levels there are:

Blue – Search for the picture sequence, this is a great way to introduce children to the world of wordsearches. Its a great way for children to develop sequencing  and spatial awareness

Red – This level has pictures and the words on. Which helps children  start to recognises  what the words look like to the picture. They will be able to start looking for consonant clusters and vowel combinations without them realising,

Green – This level is just the words with the letters O,E,I,A,U in red so the children can learn that these ae the vowel letters.

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The game is very easy to set up, I  will have a little video on my YouTube channel on the set up of the game very soon, but it is very easy to do. You clip a Wordsearch of your choice onto the board and you spin the blue outer circle  to find new words to look for. once you have found the words you can put your colour marker over those letters. If another play has to cross your word they just swap your maker for theirs.

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This game is a all round fun and educational game. Wordsearch Junior will help support and develop reading and letter recognition for all children.  It also  provides a great way for the children to develop their reasoning skills, whilst enriching their vocabulary through images, words and letters.

The game retails at £18.99 and you can check where your nearest stockist is by visiting   http://www.drumondpark.com/index/index.php

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I personally would happily pay the £18.99 for this game as not only is it educational, it is also great fun for all the family. I would also recommend this game for any child who may be struggling with their reading and their language skills. Bear really enjoyed playing this with his aunt, uncle , his Great Uncle and his great Grandmother  at the weekend and with his friend during the half term.

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Review on Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo

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.

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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!

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Enjoy!

 

disclaimer:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kind Natured Soothing Sea Salt and bergamot Bath Soak and Body Wash Review 

**I have not been asked by the company to write this review. **

Whilst browsing child free in 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?

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**Review post** Method cleaning products

I’m sick to death with the amount of chemicals in cleaning products.

I thought I would try a product called Method. There products are not tested on animals, the bottles they use are made from old bottles and their  Nontoxic cleaners are also biodegradable. 

I am trying out the Method multi-surface spray in French lavender and the Method lemon mint hand wash. 

My kitchen and bathroom are usually spotless, but I left the cleaning for  day, well it was Sunday after all, a day of rest! 

So here we go… 

The top is before and the bottom is after. I needed very little to get this clean, it sprayed on in a fine mist unlike other cleaning products which come out as a big lump. It was very easy to just wipe over and I had no rubbing to do for this. 

Bathtub, is it just me or do children end up making the bath go black! I live in the bathroom cleaning and scrubbing, but yet again it was so easy to clean using the Method multi-surface cleaning spray, just spray and wipe! 

I am already in love with this product did I say it smells so nice? 

I hate wearing rubber gloves and some veining products are very harsh on the skin (but suppose it severs me right for not wearing gloves) Method is gentle on your hands. 

So after all that cleaning it’s best to wash my hands with Method hand-wash. It smells amazing too! And it’s so gentle on my skin, and my skin is very sensitive, I haven’t come up in a rash and my hands smell so nice.

Would I buy Method products again? Oh yes! They are great for the envioment, not tested on animals and they smell totally amazing!!! 

Now of to have a look at their website again. Which I have to say is very user friendly. 
Disclaimer: I was not approached by method to review, I have written this review by myself and they are my own thoughts and opinions.