Review ~ mobile phone sports arm band from the Caro_e_ range

Review Mobile Phone Sports Arm Band From The Caro_e_ Range Hunkemoller Mobile Phone Holder

Review ~ mobile phone sports arm band from the Caro_e_ range

I’ve recently started the Couch to 5k running app again.  I say ‘again’ because I completed it before, several years ago, and successfully ran the Race for Life off the back of it.  (for non-UK readers, Race for Life is an event where you can walk, run or even dance to raise money for research into beating cancer.)  So there I was, in a position to complete 5k in 45 minutes and then the school holidays came along and then I got bronchitis which stopped any running in its tracks… appropriate use of words there!
Review Mobile Phone Sports Arm Band From The Caro_e_ Range Hunkemoller Mobile Phone Holder

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Review ~ ‘Feel Stress Free’ app from Thrive

 Feel Stress Free App From Thrive For Your Wellbeing Balance And Zen

Review ~ ‘Feel Stress Free’ app from Thrive (with free code!)

What do you think of when you come across the words ‘stress-free’ and ‘thrive’?
For me, it’s being relaxed yet energetic, being given the space to grow and reach my potential.
When I was given the opportunity to review the Thrive Feel Stress Free app, I thought it was a great name and a great concept, partly because it focuses on mindfulness and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).  The experts at Thrive claim to be able to manage your mental health and relax you in just 5 minutes.  An impressive claim!
Feel Stress Free App From Thrive For Your Wellbeing Balance And Zen

So what did I think?

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Review ~ hand made furnishings to make you feel good from Bespoke Binny

Review ~ Hand Made Furnishings To Make You Feel Good From Bespoke Binny

Review ~ hand made furnishings to make you feel good from Bespoke Binny

The Bespoke Binny brand promises to “brighten up your home” with their colourful feel-good furnishings and it’s a British based business too.
The creator, Natalie Manima firmly believes that your home should show who you are and therefore be ‘bespoke’.  Because bespoke means something is tailored to you, something you’ve made your own, something made for you, to make you feel good.
 Therefore, ‘bespoke’ is vital to your personal wellbeing of alleviating stress and anxiety.  I’m in!
Review ~ Hand Made Furnishings To Make You Feel Good From Bespoke Binny

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Review ~ Prestige Flowers

Prestige Flowers Review Delivery Service Special Occasions Bouquets

 Review ~ Prestige Flowers

Who doesn’t love to receive flowers?  I know that I do!  They lift my mood, make me smile and brighten my home.  I also like to give them occasionally to say thank you, thinking of you or happy birthday.  Flowers just speak volumes don’t they?
When I arrived home one day, I had a ‘sorry we missed you card’ posted through the letterbox.  And my shoulders dropped a little because I had been expecting a bouquet of fresh flowers to be delivered from Prestige Flowers, and I hadn’t been able to stay in to take collection of them.
Prestige Flowers Review Delivery Service Special Occasions Bouquets
As I read the card, expecting to see that the courier would try again or maybe even to collect them from the local post office the next working day, I gave a little ‘whoop’.  They had been left by our back door.  Sure enough, an exciting looking box was sitting there patiently by my back door… and a bemused cat (our cat I might add!)

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Book Review ~ ‘Outdoor Things to do’ #BoredomBuster

Anti Boredom Book Of Brilliant Outdoors Things To Do Andy Seed Bloomsbury

 Book review ~ ‘Outdoor Things To Do’ book

The most obvious point of The Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things To Do book is that it encourages children to go outside.
That’s one box ticked.
But what if you haven’t got a particularly big or ‘gardeny’ garden?  You know, the ‘backyard’ type garden that is concrete and doesn’t lend itself to much adventure?  The garden without any grass.  Well, there’s always the local park.  Sometimes though, it’s nice to just hang out at home and potter around isn’t it?
 And for days like that, this book also lends a hand!
How?  Because it’s also got a section on indoors rainy day activities.
Another box ticked!
Anti Boredom Book Of Brilliant Outdoors Things To Do Andy Seed Bloomsbury

Looking for inspiration for those “I’m bored” moments?

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Book Review ~ ‘Clever Tykes’ storybooks

The Impressionists Boolino Art Book Review Moonlight Publishing

 Book review ~ ‘Clever Tykes’

Clever Tykes storybooks aim to inspire positivity, resourcefulness and enterprising behaviour in their target market of 6-10 year olds.  And let’s cut to the chase because in my opinion, they all do just that.  Back in January 2017 every primary school in the UK was gifted a set of these books which is fantastic and means that Clever Tykes books have the potential to empower a lot of our children… the future generations in fact.  No mean feat but utterly possible with this little collection!
Book Review ~ 'Clever Tykes' Storybooks

Let me walk you through it

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Art Book Review ~ ‘The Impressionists’

The Impressionists Boolino Art Book Review Moonlight Publishing

Art Book Review ~ ‘The Impressionists’

Boolino got in touch to ask if I’d like to review a book about the group of artists known collectively as the Impressionists.  And I thought it would be fun to read an arty book because our daughter had been learning about Van Gogh.  (Though I didn’t realise he was an Impressionist until we read the book!)

The Impressionists Boolino Art Book Review Moonlight Publishing
So, quite apart from being artists, what or who were the Impressionists?

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Review ~ Music for Yoga CD from Group Fitness Music

Music For Yoga CD From Group Fitness Music With Niki Wibrow Helps You Zone In To Your Zen Review

 Review ~ Yoga Music CD from Group Fitness Music

I was recently sent a yoga CD from Group Fitness Music which was produced with teachers in mind, as well as individual users.  The music is fully licensed so you can use it anywhere and although I received a CD, it’s available for download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.co.uk and Spotify.

 

Music For Yoga CD From Group Fitness Music With Niki Wibrow Helps You Zone In To Your Zen Review

 

Different uses

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Review ~ Reed Diffuser by Pairfum London

Review ~ Reed Diffuser By Pairfum London Non-voc

 Review ~ Reed Diffuser by Pairfum London

I’d seen reed diffusers dotted around the shops, online and even at people’s houses but never really knew what they did.  They look sufficiently contemporary, almost ornamental but I wondered just what they did other than look good.  Pairfum London kindly sent me a large bell diffuser with reeds and ‘Innocent Vanilla’ scent.

 

Review ~ Reed Diffuser By Pairfum London Non-voc

 

Vanilla rocks!  It’s my favourite scent.  I love the sweet smell and the neutral colour that it’s associated with, which just looks clean.  On opening the bell dome, a gorgeous rush of vanilla scent greeted my nostrils.  And on reading the instructions (who knew diffusers come with instructions?), it says to put more reeds in to increase the intensity of the scent.

 

Well it’s a good job I did read them, because our cosy little home would probably have been over-powered with more than the 2 that we used.   It was just the right amount for our home because you get a gentle waft when you walk past, you get a lovely scent that’s not overwhelming when you come in from outside and more importantly, it doesn’t smell ‘chemically’ or synthetic.  It just smells ‘pure’.

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Review ~ Hair Accessory Store Selection

Hair Accessories Shop Review Hairgrips

Hair accessories… what little girl doesn’t love them?  

We were sent a selection of hair grips and headbands from the Hair Accessory Store and our 7 year old was very excited!  She has been growing her fringe out for a while now and is thrilled that she can tuck it behind her ears stylishly without it falling back.

 

Girl’s Got Style

I say ‘stylishly’ because she really ‘knows’ her own style and whenever we buy her new clothes, she comes with us to the shop or looks online.  Otherwise, there’s really no point because it’ll just go back to the shop for a refund.  Hubby and I both believe that it’s an important part of her growing up, empowering her – to be able to express herself, and not dictate to her what she can and can’t wear  – we never have done (school uniform is an exception to this, obviously – though you can also get decent uniform designs now!)

 

And Hair’s The Thing

The Hair Accessory Shop has got a really good range of hair clips, head bands and the like.  Not only are they well-made but they’re also comfortable to wear (so I’m told – there are have been no complaints about headbands pinching behind the ears or hair grips and butterfly clamps getting caught in hair when being removed.
I was really impressed with the hair grips in fact; they’re made of a foam-like material and none of the hair gets caught in the join like can happen in metal ones.
Hair Accessories Shop Review Hairgrips
Predictably, our daughter absolutely loved the colourful butterfly clamps which appear to be made of a slightly flexibly rubber material.  Ideal for little hands styling their hair because they don’t dig into the fingers when you’re putting them in.
And of course there’s the over-sized headband which is fun to wear.
Hair Accessories Shop Review Headband

Starting from £1.49 from the selection we were sent, I’d say these accessories are excellent value for money, given that hair things inevitably end up in the same places as odd-socks in our house – they won’t cost a fortune to replace!

You can shop their range of products here.

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*This is a review post but all opinions are my own.

 

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