So the last review and giveaway I did was so successful the wonderful team at Corbico Jewellery have asked me to run another giveaway for a piece of their gorgeous jewellery.
As mentioned before Corbico Jewellery are an independent online fashion jewellery boutique, including the latest catwalk and celebrity trends in fashion jewellery, there are so many wonderful pieces that you simply will not find on the high street.
As many of you do H and I use the saying ‘I love you to the moon and back’ regularly in fact he is now digressing into saying he loves me to the stratosphere and back but the meaning is the same, so the bracelet I received really does have some meaning to the both of us.
It is so nice to be able to find something that little bit different and that actually means something, you will find many different choices from the inspirational bracelet collection on the Corbico Jewellery website
Also if you post a review on any product on the Corbico Jewellery website you buy, along with also uploading a picture of yourself wearing any item of jewellery purchased you will get 20% of your next purchase from the site another great offer from Corbico Jewellery! I really cannot recommend them highly enough and watch this space for some great giveaways from them.
Once again my wonderful followers have the opportunity of winning their own choice of bracelet from the Inspirational Collection courtesy of the very generous team at Corbico Jewellery by completing the Rafflecopter giveaway below.
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Disclaimer – I received an inspirational collection braclet for review but all opinions are my own
Life is sweet so very sweet in my household since this gorgeous book dropped through the door. You will all know I have a sweet tooth, a very sweet sweet tooth, this recipe book from The Hummingbird Bakery is like heaven on a page!
Over 100 different recipes to try you can choose from recipes for cakes, cupcakes, layer cakes, pies, cookies & candies, traybakes, pancakes, ice cream, puddings and bread & savouries.
Now I am no master baker but there are loads of recipes in the book which even I can make and intend to try over the next couple of weeks with H – blog post to follow!
How gorgeous are these turtle cookies?
The chocolate brownie pudding will definitely be a hit in our house!
I could go on and on, how about red velvet brownies, black bottom pancakes, toasted marshmallow cupcakes, tunnel of fudge cake, buttermilk pancakes? There is something for every single person’s capability.
I really highly recommend The Hummingbird Bakery Life is Sweet book, you can buy your copy HERE, I promise you will find something absolutely delicious to make!
Watch this space for some posts showing myself and H making some scrumptious bakes from the book soon!
My followers will know that we as a family love to go to our local Forestry Commission site which is Haldon Forest, in fact you will remember that I had the fabulous giveaway of a Forestry Commission Discovery Pass not so long ago so I just have to let everyone know about the Stick Man Games which are currently taking place across various Forestry Commission sites.
The Stick Man themed games give families the chance to take part in a range of forest fun sporting activities with the wonderful stick man character.
At selected sites you can have the opportunity of being able to meet Stick Man and take part in an action packed sports day including everything from a twig baton relay race to a fantastic obstacle course!
Alongside the Stick Man Games there is also lots of stick-themed excitement in the self-led activity arenas such as giant pick-up sticks to noughts and crosses and a ring toss!
You an also go online here and get your hands on a copy of the downloadable Stick Man Games activity pack and imitate your sporting heroes this summer. The pack is full of fantastic games and activities that kids can do with sticks and includes top tips to help you become a sporting champion as well as cut-out medals and certificates. You can also invite all of family and friends along to join the party with the downloadable Stick Man themed invitations!
So check out your nearest Forestry Commission site, some events are still to come and running into July so there is a chance for everybody to enjoy the Stick Man games.
Book worm alert again! You will all know that I am a book worm and I am pleased to say that H is too, so any opportunity to read new books then you will know the answer will always be yes!
What does a smile bring to your day? I always find that a smile from H can brighten up any of my days even the really bad ones.
The Lost Smile is the first children’s storybook to be released by Wrigley’s Extra as part of their Extra Smile back charity campaign (more about that later).
The story is about a little boy who realises his family are not smiling anymore and goes on a smile hunt to find them. This raised a good deal of conversation with H about where we would hunt for a smile if it went missing and what we could do as a family to discuss why a smile might disappear and how we as individuals could help get the smile back. The answers from H were very interesting and highlighted some of the things that children find important that as adults we may just not consider.
The illustrations are so good and easy for little ones who cannot read to understand, it really is a lovely little book.
Interestingly Wrigley’s research has shown what we all know really, the simple pleasures in life make our children smile such as pulling silly faces (44%), reading stories (28%) and hide and seek (27%) being the best and simplest way of putting a smile on a child’s face.
The Extra Smile Back Project aims to protect children’s smiles by donating money from every pack of sugarfree gum sold during the promotional period to charity partner Action for Children. The monies will be used to create and run oral health workshops, endorsed by the Oral Health Foundation. With this activity Wrigley aims to protect the smiles of over 10,000 children and 5,000 parents across the UK, see the following Wrigley’s smileback link for more information.
If you would like to win a copy of the Lost Smile, please enter my Rafflecopter giveaway below:
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Disclaimer – I received a copy of the Lost Smile for review but all opinions are my own
You should know me by now I do like to find wonderful things that are different for both myself and also to give as presents so I am more than happy to tell you about the beautiful wax melts by Simply Flowers.
So much nicer than a candle the wax melts are handmade from Soy which is natural and environmentally friendly they come in such a huge variety of fragrances such as Sweet Pea, Sloe Gin and Blackberry, Rainwater, Melon and Cucumber to name just a few.
The melts are placed in a warmer and melted by a tea-light placed underneath, such a novel and beautiful way to fragrance your home.
You can pick and mix your melts to make it personalised for you, if you check out the Soy wax melts by Simply Flowers website you can see for yourself the amazing selection there is of fragrances, you will find something you love.
These wax melts are so different and would make a lovely alternative present for somebody and they won’t break the bank either with costs from £1 for 6 melts or a 20 wax melts selection pack for £3.00.
Courtesy of Simply Flowers one of my very lucky followers has the opportunity to win a Simply Flowers Gift Box which includes a selection of wax melts plus a burner and 3 small votive soy wax candles. You can do so by entering the Rafflecopter competition below, please note by entering the competition your email details will be collected and passed to Simply Flowers who will contact you with a discount code and obviously one of you will be the winner!
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Disclaimer – I received some wax melts for review but all opinions are my own
Ok so I missed World Digestive Health day (May 29th) but I still think the message is relevant any day of the year.
I never heard about the first 1,000 days of life before and the importance of healthy early nutrition but to be fair common sense tells me that H shouldn’t be stuffing chocolates and biscuits all day (try telling H that!)
So without stating the obvious healthy early nutrition is essential in helping to reduce the levels of childhood obesity and digestive health problems both now and in generations to come, it is a very sad fact but globally the level of childhood obesity is increasing and there are more children overweight in Europe than any other continent.
So below are just some simple tips, in some cases they are obvious but a reminder never hurts anyone and as mentioned before keep an eye on my blog for some collaborative work coming up with a very healthy blogger, we will work on some ‘snacks’ and meals for children that are simple and hopefully very tasty!
The first thing is you have to make food exciting, particularly healthy food, the multi billion pound sweet/snack/chocolate industry know exactly how to market their product to catch your little persons eye and imagination, so you need to step it up and present your fruit and veg like you have a multi billion pound marketing budget!!! Nutrition and fun haven’t always walked hand in hand!
Ensuring that the right things are going into your children doesn’t have to be a mundane task, and using these tips is just the start of a positive and healthier lifestyle:
- What you put in is what you get out (literally) – The risk of being overweight or obese starts before a baby is even born. Pregnant women who consume unhealthy foods containing excess amounts of sugar and fat are more likely to have overweight children and develop associated health problems. Maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy lowers this risk, and creates a healthier start for your baby and a healthier life for you.
- Swapping sugary snacks for ones that are lower in sugar – Swapping to a healthier option, such as water, or fresh juice instead of sugary drinks can make a huge difference to children’s calorie intake. Not just that, but it’s also better for their teeth – H only ever drinks water or milk, even if we go out he will ask for water, he doesn’t even contemplate squash or fizzy drinks.
- Providing your baby with breast milk will give them the best source of nutrients and help to reduce the risk of infection, digestive diseases and obesity but if breast feeding is not possible then using a low protein formula milk is the best alternative. Healthy nutrition in the first 1000 days of life, including breast milk or low protein formula milk and foods low in sugar will help protect your health, your children and future generations.
OK I have put this in but I will say and say this very strongly it is up to the individual mother whether you breastfeed or not. H was formula fed and it has done him no harm, always remember it is what is right for you and your baby!!
- Snack check – Many snacks are full of things that aren’t necessarily good for us – sugar, salt, fat and calories. So try and keep a careful eye on how many snacks the kids are having. Try and keep count of how many sweets, crisps, and biscuits are being consumed. Keeping count means you’re more likely to cut down – which is good for your kids and for your pocket too.
I am interested to hear from my followers on any suggestions for childhood healthy eating? What do you do to make your child pick healthy food over sweets and crisps etc? How do you deal with peer pressure from school etc? I would love to hear.
If you are looking for some further information please do visit the United European Gastroenterology for more information about digestive health – you can enter their website here