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

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 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

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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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Review ~ All natural HAPS Superfruit and boosters drink

Review ~ All Natural HAPS Superfruit And Boosters Drink For Your Wellbeing And mental health

All natural HAPS Superfruit and boosters

This is not just a healthy drink, there is a real science behind it.

And it’s all natural because it contains whole fruit powders and boosters which increase serotonin production naturally, rehydrate, revitalise and improve mental wellbeing.  Anything that boosts your mood naturally has got to be a good thing.  And while we’re talking about serotonin… it’s really worth taking a few minutes to watch this little video which explains all about how serotonin works, alongside vitamins and minerals.  

A bit of the story behind We are HAPS

Rik is the founder of We are HAPS and has experienced depression and anxiety first-hand.  Frustrated at taking supplements, he’s gone all out to help others and has produced HAPS.  In his own words, “although I’m much better now, I need to help others.”

And that’s exactly what he’s aiming to do.

The packaging’s bright

My little parcel popped through my letterbox in a simple cardboard box (no ‘sorry we missed you cards’ = win!).  Nothing over the top, just plain simple.  The box was easy to open and inside were 3 sachets in a lovely sunshine colour, along with a nice bright HAPS card just to brighten my day a little more.

Review ~ All Natural HAPS Superfruit And Boosters Drink For Your Wellbeing And mental health

 

So is the drink any good?

Well first you have to make it up by adding a sachet of the powder to 250ml of water.  After a thorough mix to avoid lumps and bumps, you’re good to go.  Yes, that’s it – nice and simple.  The drink’s gentle yet nice and zingy on your tastebuds.  The citrus isn’t too overpowering and if you mix it right, the texture isn’t too powdery on your tongue.  I found it very pleasant, though I don’t think I’d drink it everyday.  Incidentally, it’s definitely worth reading the FAQs on the website about the frequency and when to drink and not to drink HAPS.

Review ~ All Natural HAPS Superfruit And Boosters Drink For Your Wellbeing And mental Health

With an RRP of £16 for 7 sachets to £38 for 21 sachets and a pouch for £49, it’s pretty good value, given that you’re not advised to drink it every day (again, see those FAQs people).

To recap with the main benefits

Help regulate mood, appetite and sleep by naturally boosting serotonin

Improve your response to stress with vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D & Zin

Support your immune system & skin health with superfruit Baobab

Stay alert throughout the day with sustained energy from Coconut healthy fats

Keep hydrated with added electrolytes to aid the flow of nutrients in the body

You can shop their range of products here.

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Book review ~ One Third Stories

Book Review One Third Stories Help Your Child to Learn A New Language

Book Review ~ One Third Stories

When I heard about One Third Stories – ‘a story that starts in English and ends in another language’, I was intrigued.
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The people at Boolino asked which language I would like to review and I chose the Spanish because I thought it would be a good starting point.  Those episodes of Dora the Explorer must have given our 7 year old a good grounding for Spanish surely?…

 

Seriously though, not being a language expert, I also thought Spanish might be one of the more straight-forward languages.
So that’s what I thought, but I was also interested to see how our daughter would approach it and how she would react.
She loves reading and happily reads fluently alone.  And so I had little doubt of her capabilities.  As I said, she’s also seen her fair share of Dora so I thought she would already have a feel for the intonations of Spanish as a language!  A logical conclusion to draw perhaps?!

 

The unboxing

What made me smile on reading this book was her realisation that some of the book was in a different language!
When we opened the parcel, she read the cover and I explained what it was.
Curious, she began to read and by page 4  she came across a Spanish word which was very cleverly woven into the text.  Having been through phonics, sounding out and blending with her, it was fascinating to hear her do the same with the Spanish word.
Book Review One Third Stories Full Help Your Child to Learn A New Language Reading
I did have to jump in and tell her how to pronounce ‘si’.  But due to the accompanying pictures, the word meaning was pretty self-explanatory within the context of the story.
Genius!

 

Does the concept work?

Having the Spanish slotted into the text didn’t slow the story down at all, which I thought may have been the case.
A very clever concept that works brilliantly with competent, engaged readers (or at least a 7 year old and her mum!).  I can see how this book (and no doubt others in the series) would aide in actually introducing a different language and therefore learning new, basic words.

 

My thoughts

Based on our experience and our daughter’s reaction, I would highly recommend this book.
Not only for the general concept of ending in a different language but also for the sheets of ‘flash cards’ that come with it.  On one side you have the Spanish and the other is the English.  A great idea to enhance visual learning.  What also impressed me about this book visually was at the start, the numbers were introduced alongside clear drawings of the number of the relevant item, so the child can count them and work out what the Spanish word is for themselves.  The package also came with a free audio book download which is a great idea for the pronunciations and also a cute Spanish fact file that you can see here.
Book Review One Third Stories Full Help Your Child to Learn A New Language With Fact File

One Third Stories came with a cute Spanish Fact File

 

With an RRP of £14.99, there is value for money because you do get a fair amount for your money – a good quality, sturdy story book with flash cards.  My initial thoughts were that it’s a little bit pricey, but when I considered the concept a little more; that this series could engage with your child and ease your child into a new language, I do think it’s worth it.

 

What language would you consider buying for your child?  Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂

*I was sent this book for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are my own (and my daughter’s!)

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Will this book help your child fall to sleep?

When we received a package from Vicks as part of their #VicksTricks campaign, we were intrigued by the book inside.  The title of my blog post for their campaign was ‘I’ve Got a Trick Up My Sleeve’ and so did they, it seems!

Their ‘trick’ was a book entitled ‘The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep
by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin.

Will this book full help your child fall asleep Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin Vicks Tricks bedtime reading parenting virtually all sorts

And what an intriguing book.  The idea is to read this book to your child who doesn’t want to or won’t sleep, at bedtime.  I found it quite challenging to read because of the style.  By that I mean that parts were in italics (which you say in a soft, slow voice) and bold (which you say ‘in character’ and animate your voice etc).  To accompany the book were 3 finger puppets, to use alongside the book, to really bring the book alive.

Will this book puppets full help your child fall asleep Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin Vicks Tricks bedtime reading parenting virtually all sorts

We love a bedtime story in our house, we always have and in all honesty, we’ve never really had any issues with our 7 year old wanting to go to bed or to sleep.  I’ve mentioned before how she asks me to read 7 pages and then she reads the rest herself by torchlight..

So to be asked by our daughter to read the whole lot came as a surprise.  A nice one though!  It felt very odd not to be reading the whole 7 pages and our daughter didn’t even manage to read the rest herself!  Why?  Because by about page 4, she was curled up in bed, with her teddies and duvet around her, heavy-eyed and ready for sleep.  She usually sits up next to me in bed, snuggled up under her duvet holding a teddy.  So was this coincidence?  Well, we will never know but in any case, the concept of the book is really clever!

Have you come across this book?  Do you find bedtime challenging?!  Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂

This post contains affliate links which means that if you buy something from this page, I get a little happiness too, at no extra cost to you.  Thanks 🙂

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