Rescue Santa and get an extra special warm glow this Christmas with a giveaway!

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Rescue Santa and get an extra special warm glow this Christmas with a giveaway!

What happened when Santa got stuck up the chimney?  He got rescued by you (with a little help from Cast Fireplaces!)
Yes, Cast Fireplaces are going to make someone’s Christmas extra special by giving away a beautiful Forgemaster Billy stove (Worth £300).  Wow!

Rescue Santa Win a Forgemaster Stove and Giveaway

It’s easy to enter: To be in with a chance of winning a Forgemaster Billy stove, visit their site and save Santa who’s become stuck up a chimney!  (Please see here for separate terms and conditions for the stove giveaway.)

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Considering car seat safety for your child

Considering car seat safety for your child

considering Car Seat Safety For Your Child Road Safety Protect

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I remember very well the first time our now 8 year old daughter ever went in her car seat.  Born 3 weeks early, she looked tiny in it; she was tiny in it.  And she looked vulnerable but we knew that she was as safe and protected as possible.

I also remember buying her car seat.  We did our fair share of research online first and found there is a lot of helpful information  about how to maintain your car and also car seat safety.  Our car seat came as part of a travel system and as well as choosing a frame that collapsed and ‘popped up’ as quickly and easily as possible (nobody wants to be faffing with a baby and a complicated pushchair!), we made sure we were happy with her car seat.

Our choice was best for us; it came with a base that you could leave strapped into the car, yet was also secure and safe, and lightweight too.  Being able to lift her out of the car seat base while still in the seat while she slept was a sanity-saver!

The seat clipped in with a firm ‘clunk’ into the base and the seat belt fitted securely around the chassis.

Every parent wants the peace of mind knowing that they’ve done everything possible to protect their child while on the move on today’s busy road, don’t they?

Most car seats today have a way of ensuring the harness is secure while not too loose or tight.  Ours had a visible gauge for this too.  The little window turned green when the tension was just right.  Another box ticked.  And let’s face it, when it comes to the safety of our children, we want all those boxes ticked…

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What memories have you got of shopping for a car seat or travel system?  I’d love to hear them.  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere. Thanks!

 

How to find balance in life with a daily routine

How To Find Balance With Daily Routine

How to find balance in life with a daily routine

With the general business and busyness of everyday life, it’s so easy to get swept up in the day isn’t it?  But I find that by starting my day off on the right ‘foot’, it gives me a head start in overcoming any stress and negativity that comes my way throughout the day.

By having a daily routine, I have time for me albeit in the early hours before any else is awake.  Yes, I often struggle to get out of bed in the morning due to tiredness but I usually stick to my daily routine which happens to be in the morning (and bits of it are often repeated at night) and I really feel the difference.

How To Find Balance With Daily Routine

So what is my daily routine?

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Review ~ Dr Dunner PhytoVitality supplements

Review of Dr Dunner PhytoVitality Immune System Food Supplement Wellbeing TurmericPUT YOUR FAB KEYWORD DESCRIPTION OF YOUR BLOG POST HERE

Review ~ Dr Dunner PhytoVitality supplements

I’ve been using Dr Dunner PhytoVitality most days for a few weeks now.  Admittedly, I don’t always remember to take a capsule and so from that alone it’s hard to say whether they make any difference or not.  I’ve also had a couple of curries in that time, both containing turmuric so there hasn’t been much of a ‘control’ element to this review.

What is PhytoVitality?

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What does beauty mean to you?

What does beauty mean to you?

What does Beauty Mean To You

It’s whatever you want it to be, whatever you feel it should be…

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5 ways to declutter your mind by being more organised

5 Ways To Declutter Your Mind By Being Organised For Your Wellbeing

5 ways to declutter your mind by being more organised

You know that feeling when there’s so much to do that you don’t know what to do?  Or at least what to do first.  Your mind is so ‘busy’, whirring away that you can’t think straight.

You’re overwhelmed;  almost paralysed.

Well, it’s time to declutter your mind and get organised.

But where to start?

5 Ways To Declutter Your Mind By Being Organised For Your Wellbeing

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Review ~ Hypnosis Ninja for hypnosis downloads

Review Hypnosis Ninja Download Sessions

Review ~ Hypnosis Ninja downloads

 When I heard of hypnosis downloads by Hypnosis Ninja, I thought it sounded a bit gimmicky because I’ve seen a couple of hypnosis programmes on TV and I’m a bit sceptical.  Despite this though, I wanted to give one of the downloads a go.

Which session to choose?

I chose the chocolate addiction session because I didn’t honestly know what the hypnotherapy entailed or what the effect would be on me.  Being overly partial to chocolate and almost binging on it at times (especially at the weekends), chocolate is something that I often crave and I felt it needed to be more under control.  Due to my fast metabolism, it’s not a problem weight-wise but energy peak and slump-wise, it’s a bit of an issue at times.  So the chocolate session seemed like a good one to experiment with.  There’s a whole myriad of sessions with a broad range of treatments and there appears to be something for almost everyone.  Review Hypnosis Ninja Download Sessions

So what about the session?

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Review ~ Aqua Carpatica natural mineral water

Review Of Aqua Carpatica Water

Review ~ Aqua Carpatica natural mineral water

Water.  We can’t survive without it.
Given that I drink a lot of water, I’m a pretty good ambassador for the stuff!  I know about the benefits, and feel them too.
Aqua Carpatica is “The purest natural sparkling mineral water in the world.” according to the marketing material.  Quite a claim and one that may put you off if, like me, you’re not a huge fan of sparkling water and prefer your water still.
In the interests of this review, I tried the sparkling and actually liked it, finishing a whole small bottle to myself!)
That said, I’ve since reverted back to still water.  So, let’s stick to the still for the main purposes of this review.
Review Of Aqua Carpatica Water

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5 ways to have fun with your cat

5 Ways To Have Fun With Your Cat And Your Wellbeing Whiskas

5 ways to have fun with your cat

Our house is generally a very chilled out house and I honestly believe one reason for that is our cat.

She’s such a snuggly cat who loves to sit on your lap and when you walk through the door after a busy day, she’s usually there waiting to rub against your legs, purring away.

And when you finally sit down at night, she’s jumping up to curl on your lap.

(or our daughter’s car seat, as this photo shows!)

5 Ways To Have Fun With Your Cat And Your Wellbeing Whiskas

 

And that’s lovely because it means I can’t get up to ‘just quickly’ do that thing!  I can only give a head scratch and indulge in the dulcet tones of her purring contentedly.

Three years after getting our cat, I struggle to remember what it was like without her around.  But what I’m sure of is that she helps bring so much calm to our house.  Animals feel stress too.  Usually off us and that’s why having fun with your cat is just as important as them having the right cat or kitten food to replace all that energy.  Good food and good fun are an integral part of their wellbeing.

And our cat certainly knows how to have fun!

Here are 5 ways we have fun with our cat (helped along very well by some fab cat toys by the Natural Pet Toy Company):

  1. We use something long and light to dangle in front her eyes, bringing it quickly out of her reach when she moves towards it.  Our 7 year old loves playing this game with her.  A ribbon or shoe lace work as well as anything.  Chances are, they’ll jump up to chase it around.  It’s great exercise for them, and fun to watch.  You can turn it into a kind of ‘dance off’!
  2. Roll something along the floor and we watch her go after it!  We often hide a treat inside to make it even more fun for her.
  3. Give her a good scratch and belly rub.  It’s so much fun when our cat ‘leans’ in for more rubs and scratches.  It’s like a tickle-fest!
  4. Using the same toy as the ‘dangle game’, we drag it along the floor in front of her, pulling it away from her.  She loves to chase it and tries to grab it with her paws!
  5. And when we’ve all had plenty of fun and games, we settle down for a chill on a comfy chair, encouraging her onto whichever lap she chooses (usually the 7 year olds actually – they’ve got a special bond!).  We watch some TV or just chill out and chat or listen to music.  Or maybe do some reading while she cat naps.  I’ve been known to join her for a cheeky cat nap too…!  It’s just as much fun and just as important to chill out together this way.  Though I don’t think I’d fit in the home-made cat ‘house/bed’ that our daughter made for her (below)…

If you’re still stuck for ideas, here are some other extracurricular activities to consider…

How do you have fun with your cat?  I’d love to hear!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere .

Thanks.

 

*This post is a collaboration with WHISKAS®, but all thoughts are my own. Check out their website for more information on their cat food and their YouTube channel for fantastic Kitten Kollege videos.

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Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Review ~ choconchoc handmade chocolates

Choconchoc Arm Candy Handmade Belgian Chocolate

Review ~ choconchoc handmade chocolates

 First of all, how cute is this bag?
Choconchoc Arm Candy Handmade Belgian Chocolate
Second of all, yes, I did devour it all. by. myself.  (And what of it?!)
Of all the chocolate, Belgian has possibly got the best reputation.  And as a lover of all things chocolate, I can tell you that quality is definitely best.
Predictably in this handbag, the chocolate was as it should be: velvety and totally more-ish.  The detail on the bag was amazing and I was very impressed that all the products are handmade.  Now that is amazing!

A little story…

I love the little story of choconchoc: that it was started by a father and daughter in Somerset and that their first product of noughts and crosses is still stocked and is now called ‘Love and Kisses’.
I love the idea of turning a chocolate bar into a handbag.  It’s cute, it’s quirkey and it’s the perfect gift idea!  The patented layering of chocolate is an absolute chocolate dream too… allll that chocolate!
As for the chocolate handbag, it’s about the size of your average ‘larger’ bar.  You know, the ones perhaps meant for sharing but which you totally don’t share?!  I wasn’t sure about the colour of the chocolate and thought it might make it taste a little cheap and ‘stale’ but I was pleasantly surprised that there was no after taste and that it did, indeed, taste just like a good chocolate should.

The packaging

It was really well packaged, protected in a good wad of big bubble wrap and the chocolate bag itself was held in place securely by a transparent box which slotted nicely around the ‘bag’ and its cardboard surround.  A sweet little touch was the ribbon ‘handle’ of the box.  It’s the little touches that go a long way, isn’t it?
I’d order from choconchoc because quality always wins!

Worth the money?

The RRP of this handbag is £12 and given the work that must go into it, the quality of the chocolate and the concept of the whole product, that’s about right for a gift in my opinion.

If I could change anything…

 It would be my willpower!

Don’t forget to follow choconchoc on social media:

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What would you choose from their website?

*I was sent the chocolate handbag ‘Arm Candy’ to review free of charge but all opinions are my own.

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