Reviews: Crate Creatures Toys – interactive monsters!

You know that feeling of six long weeks stretching ahead of you, full of 6am wake up calls from a noisy and energetic three year old? Well that feeling was making me feel a little bit on edge a couple of weeks ago, but thankfully due to a well timed delivery of something fun for Arlo to play with he’s being kept pretty busy with not that much input from me, as he’s been playing with his new Crate Creature so much it’s like having a third child! These interactive monsters come ensconced in their own crate, locked up with a (plastic) padlock and chain! You first have to work out how to get the creature out, and then learn how to play with him! Arlo was sent ‘Pudge’ who…

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Everything you need to know about Camping

We’ve just spent the most chilled out weekend camping in Kent, and thanks to being one of Millets Outdoor Explorer families we did it in comfort and style in a brand new tent and with some great new camping equipment too. This was our second camping trip of the year and we have two more planned in August at festivals and then we’re hoping to go away again in September for a weekend once the kids are back at school too as a final goodbye to summer! I wanted to share some tips and tricks to make camping a bit easier for anyone, but especially people who want to try it for the first time and also to share what we thought of the equipment that Millets sent us. Firstly…

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6 Facts you didn’t know about Tea and the best way to make it …

Tea is an enormously popular drink around the world. I drink cups and cups per day, from breakfast tea to a variety of herbal teas! But if you count yourself as a tea lover, you might be surprised by some of the little known facts about the drink. Here are six things about probably didn’t know about tea, and a kitchen essential you need if you want to enjoy the perfect cuppa! ‘ War made Britain a tea drinking nation Tea was popularised in the UK due to the British East India Company, which held a monopoly on Chinese tea across the 18th century. This provided Britain was easy access to tea. However, the country would also had access to coffee through France and Spain – where coffee developed into…

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DNA & Me with Evergreen Life

Your DNA stores all the information about you there could be, but can you actually use that information to help yourself? Yes! Now I am definitely not a DNA specialist, nor do I have a particularly scientific brain but a few weeks back I was sent a DNA testing kit from Evergreen Life, swabbed my mouth, sent the sample off and now have the results available to view in their app. Now as I am finally attempting to get a bit fitter, lose a bit of weight and generally look after myself more I thought that knowing more about how my body responds to food, fitness and a few other things would be a good idea, and after seeing my results and talking through them with a Well Being Expert…

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Toys: Imaginext Jurassic World Dinosaurs!

Arlo’s next obsession seems to be dinosaurs, which started after we visited World of Dinosaurs in March, and he now watches endless episodes of anything dinosaur related, pretends be a dinosaur and has even started happily eating turkey dinosaurs for dinner! So imagine how excited he was when a gigantic box arrived with dinosaur footprints on it! Inside was a whole host of new Imaginext Jurassic World toys for him to get his teeth into! Imaginext is a cleverly designed toy range aimed at kids between 3 and 8, covering a range of themes and characters but the latest range is perfect for my dino-mad boy as it has lots of familiar characters from the Jurassic World films to get imaginative with! He zeroed in on the Walking Indoraptor first, probably because it was…

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Project #14to10 – Leggings & Laziness

So I sort of wish I’d published this two weeks ago, when I was a whole stone less than when I started Weight Watchers five weeks prior to that. But after a weekend of indulgence over the bank holiday and general laziness since then, I’ve put some back on! I have however decided to get going with the running again as well as eating better. I know I’m going backwards on this fitness journey as I am lethargic and slow by mid afternoon, and quite often close my eyes for a second and wake up 15 minutes later to see the kids have emptied out every puzzle box we own, so frustrating! I was full of energy though when I started as I was eating less carbs and less dairy, and…

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Review: Rug Doctor’s Awesome Cleaning Solutions

You know you’ve hit peak ‘adulthood’ when the opportunity to review cleaning chemicals and a carpet cleaner get you more excited than you thought it would. This is what happened to me when local company Rug Doctor got in touch, they’re based in Worthing but their snazzy machines ship all over the world! They wanted me to put their range of carpet cleaning chemicals to the test, so here’s what I thought of them! Oxy Power Stain Remover I was dubious about this, as I’ve tried other carpet specific stain removers and not been impressed, and have had a sore arm from so much scrubbing. I purposely chose an old stain to try it out on (plus lets face it, I wasn’t about to make a new stain to try,…

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