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.
 
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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.
 
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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 ūüôā

*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.

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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.

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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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‘Scrambled Heads: A Children’s Guide to Mental Health’ ~ Review

Mental health.  It can be a very sensitive subject to approach.  Taboo even.
And it can be especially tricky to talk to our children about.
If you let it.

 

But here’s a helping hand because Emily Palmer has written ‘Scrambled Heads: A Children’s Guide to Mental Health
which was inspired after her own struggles with her mental health as a child and young adult.
For a start, what a great title!  It sums up very well the subject matter, I feel.
And with simple, colourful pictures, it’s such an easy read – a coffee table book that you can read in one sitting when the moment or need arises.Scrambled heads white childrens guide to mental health wellbeing book review young minds virtually all sorts
Apart from the simple illustrations, what really grabs me about this book is that it’s engaging. ¬†It’s reassuring. ¬†It gives useful advice in a non-aggressive and non-patronising way (very important for children, especially young adults).
‘Scrambled Heads’ normalises mental health, which is vital for everyone.

 

I say everyone, because when you first read the sub-title ‘A Children’s Guide to Mental Health’, you might think, as I did, that it’s aimed purely at children. ¬†But when you consider that this book can be read by anyone of any age, so children, their siblings, their relatives, their friends and their parents, that covers a lot of ground!

 

What’s worth remembering is that many, many children have parents who have mental health issues and this book could help them to understand their situation better. ¬† This would have been a very handy book when I had depression. ¬†Books are one of 5 ways you beat depression.
The length of the book is just right for picking up off the coffee table, bedside cabinet, shelf or wherever and having a quick recap as the need arises.

 

The price is very reasonable too at ¬£5.99. ¬†And with 10% of the profits of the first edition being donated to ‘Young Minds’, it’s even more reasonable and a small price to pay, I’d say.

 

If I could change one thing, I would put a little less emphasis on visits to hospital and medication, and more emphasis on cognitive therapy.

 

Although it doesn’t actually refer directly to medication it has pictures that are open to interpretation. ¬†And when it comes to mental health, I suppose it’s heavily open to interpretation on all levels. ¬†Such as how someone looks compared to how they’re feeling. ¬†And that’s just for starters.

 

Overall, given the complexity of the subject of mental health, I do think that this book does an extremely good job of not alienating anyone, not patronising anyone, not making anyone feel ‘odd’ and above all, not being flippant about what is a very serious subject.

 

I would encourage our 7 year old to read this at some point as and when the need may arise, as a useful aide to understanding mental health.

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I was sent this book at a discount for the purpose of a review but all words and opinions are my own.

This post contains affiliates links which means that if you purchase something from this page, I get a little happiness too.  At no extra cost to you.  Thank you.

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Morse Toad personalised chocolate cards (with discount code)

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Morse Toad is a great concept.

Firstly, who doesn’t like to receive nice post?

And who doesn’t like to receive chocolate?

Well, I love to receive both! ¬†And I love to write poems too, so this is what I’d like to say about Morse Toad…

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When you want to say ‘thanks’ or ‘congrats’ or ‘well done’,

Morse Toad chocolates are second to none!

They’ve a list of occasions you might want to use,

There’s bound to be one that you’d like to choose!

With an option to add a heart-warming snap,

You can personalise your delicious, chocolatey pack.

And ordering’s easy with one or two clicks,

With delivery choices, just take you pick!

Morse Toad have thought of it all, and more…

The chocs go through your letterbox, straight through your door,

It’s great value for money; you can see from their shop,

Stay in your PJ’s, don’t¬†shop til you drop!

And what about the chocolate? ¬†Well that’s yummy too,

If you’re lucky, the receiver might leave some for you…

The best Belgian chocolate, so smooth and so scrummy,

There’s an edible greeting card for everyone’s tummy!

Morse Toad is available all year round,

But read on for a discount to get more for your pound!

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Yes, Morse Toad¬†are very kindly giving you a 10% discount by using the code “HappyToadmas”

(expires 25th December 2016 which is of course Christmas Day!).

You can hop over (like a Morse ‘Toad’!) to Morse Toad’s message service to see their range,¬†which would make great secret Santa presents, and there’s something there for your family too, befitting all occasions (as the poem above suggests!)
chocolate Christmas cards and stocking fillers: something for Mum, Dad or your friends.

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¬†I created an¬†unboxing vlog¬†because Morse Toad¬†very kindly gave me a discount for the purpose of this review and I chose the ‘Awesome Box’¬†for our daughter.

The reason being that we love to be positive and use empowering words in our house (and I secretly blatantly knew she would share her chocolatey stash with me us!).   I chose to add a picture of her with her cousins and this was great value at an extra £1.  That in itself is awesome, to add an even more personal touch and sending a strong message that they are all awesome.  When you order, the website says that you can take the picture out and pop it in a frame.  I thought that would be a lovely and unique touch and was intrigued to see how this would work.

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When we received the parcel, this was my favourite feature. ¬†You could easily slip the picture out of the box and pop it in a frame! ¬†What an awesome idea…

The packaging appears to be sturdy enough to drop through a high letterbox without breaking up. ¬†And there’s even a note on the box to keep the package out of the sun! ¬†Once opened, there is ¬†plastic cover that slots easily over the chocolate pieces.

Mine (or our daughter’s!) package arrived within 2 days of placing the order (which was done in the evening) and here’s her favourite part of it:

The picture of her with her cousins, the letters and hearts and the really yummy chocolate!   (all of it then really!)

When she saw the box with the picture inside, she was really excited and said she wanted to put the picture in a frame next to her bed.  How lovely!  She read the words and I took a moment to reaffirm to her that is awesome, so are her cousins and so are we!  Keen to have some chocolate, she took the sturdy plastic cover away (which was easy to do) and pointed out 2 pieces to have.

We both decided it was really smooth, yummy and most importantly, chocolatey!  Highly recommended! (and Daddy agreed when it was his turn to sample his pieces.

My favourite part:

Watching our daughter’s face when she opened the box to see the picture, letting her read the message and telling her that she IS awesome!

And also showing her that she could take the picture out.

Some other good points to note:

The chocolate does not contain alcohol and is kosha accredited. It does not contain eggs, and is gluten free. ¬†This is good, quality chocolate and I’ll bet that not many messages stay in tact for long. ¬†If they do, someone has very good willpower!

What I would change:

If I could change one thing about the packaging, it would be to put the chocolate pieces in a ‘rigid’ tray within the box. ¬†By that I mean something to keep the pieces in their rightful places. ¬†Not only would this stop the remaining pieces from rattling around, it would keep the message making sense (in the early stages when not too many pieces are gone!)

But really, this is a great value-for-money product.  I can see this will become very popular once word gets around.

Don’t forget to use your discount code¬†HappyToadmas¬†and follow Morse Toad¬†on social media:

Visit their website and follow them on instagram, facebook, and twitter.

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

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Panda Vita Organic Baobab powder ~ Review & discount code

Panda Vita contacted me to ask if I would like to review their organic Baobab powder and I immediately agreed because anything that is 100% natural and unprocessed has got to be a good thing.

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Firstly, I was impressed with the packaging. ¬†It came in a modest sized envelope which not only means less waste of course. ¬†But it also means I wasn’t battling with unnecessary parcel tape to get to my ‘loot’.

The envelope has a rip off seal at the top but then to keep the powder fresh, you have a zip-lock type seal which is a fantastic idea.

As the PandaVita website says, Baobab powder is a tasty and nutritious powder that dehydrates naturally inside the baobab fruit. The fruit grows on magnificent trees in AFRICA. It has a delightful citrusy flavour and is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium. It also a high fibre content.

On opening the packet, I set to, making a drink. ¬†I was intrigued what it tasted like in water alone, and added the correct mix to the water. ¬†At first, I wasn’t sure how quickly, if at all, the small lumps would dissolve. ¬†But I’m pleased to say they were gone rapidly with a good ‘whisky’ type mix with a normal teaspoon.

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So, with some trepidation, I sipped my drink. ¬†I say ‘trepidation’ because after seeing the small lumps, I was warey that it may be quite powdery on my tongue. ¬†And you know what? ¬†It wasn’t! ¬†The citrussy taste came through quite strongly (but not overpowering) and this may have taken the texture away. ¬†I tried levelling the teaspoons the next time and sure enough, not so strong and actually very pleasant.

I didn’t actually find time to do any baking with the baobab powder but can imagine that it would be a nice addition and give any recipe a little ‘twist’.

I did find time to sprinkle a little on my daily cereal (oh how I love my breakfast!).  With a bit of a stir, I enjoyed the twist in the taste and I liked knowing that I was giving my day a kick start with the baobab.  Great feeling!

While I can’t say that I noticed my energy levels increase (I may have to give it more time), I can say that I recommend you try this organic powder. ¬†At ¬£4.99 for a 50g packet, I’d say it’s worth the money and I’d be prepared to use it daily. ¬†And Panda Vita are very kindly giving you a 15% discount by using VAS15 (no expiry date). ¬†You can shop their¬†range of products here.

And you can follow Panda Vita on social media:

Visit their website and follow them on instagram, facebook, pinterest and twitter.

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

 

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Pure Chimp Super Tea ~ Review

Are you a tea lover?

Great!

Have you ever tried green tea?

If the answer’s yes, read on for a product that may interest you.

If the answer’s no, read on for a new experience just for you!

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Pure Chimp is packed full of 100% natural goodness.

Yes it’s true, it’s all goodness that goes into this green tea.

Just one teaspoon serving is the equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea.

So, start your day the Pure Chimp green tea way and you’re off to a good start!

It’s grown under cover for the last two weeks before picking, which fills it with extra goodness.

The tea leaves are then carefully ground down to form a fine powder which ensures that you consume all of the natural goodness!

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But how do you make it?

You simply mix 1/2 a level teaspoon (around 1g) with hot water, juice or smoothies.  It can also be used in baking.

What’s it like?

When you open the packet, there is a really fine powder of velvety green just waiting for you to dip your tea spoon into. ¬†It had the look and feel of quality as a small cloud of the powder got airborne (and didn’t make me sneeze, hurray!).

I mixed it well, though I didn’t make it frothy like it suggests you can on the packaging and I found it needed a good dollop of honey to take the powdery texture away. ¬†I do like things bitter, however Pure Chimp was a little too bitter for my tastebuds, even with the honey. ¬†I do try to avoid sweetening my drinks, for health reasons and also because I don’t really like the sweet taste. ¬†For that reason, I was reluctant to add more than a dollop of honey, though I needed to really, for taste.

For those who don’t mind adding to make their drink sweeter¬†or don’t mind the intense texture of the power, this drink is ideal for that 100% natural goodness that comes with green tea.

Pure Chimp have a good range of products available at reasonable prices  (the Super Tea retails at £6.95) and I was impressed that this simply came in an envelope too.  No over-the-top unnecessary packaging, which is good to see.

You can follow Pure Chimp on social media:

Visit their website and follow them on instagram, facebook, pinterest and twitter.

 

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

 

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The BFG by Roald Dahl ~ review and giveaway

Welcome to ‘The BFG’¬†review and giveaway!

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If you’re looking for a heart-warming story that feeds the imagination of children and adults, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) by Roald Dahl is the book you need.

Why?

Well, where do I begin or I should say where to we begin, because our little girl aged 6 loved this book and read it page by page, slowly but surely all by herself.

I admit to being a little concerned about the weird and wonderful words that the BFG uses. ¬†Our little girl was a little confused by them but when I explained the reason for these words, she simply said, “Doesn’t he [Dahl] know anything?” ¬†There’s no answer to that!

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I had never before known the background behind The BFG and the foreword by Lucy Dahl (Roald Dahl’s daughter) gives us a beautiful, cherished insight into how Giant Country came to be.

A lovely touch in the book is an interactive section at the end, where you can learn how to draw the BFG and also draw your very own dream in your dream jar. Here is our little girl’s, which turned out to be a clown pouring water over a cat’s head… she was very proud of it!

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Now on to the story: ¬†If you’d rather not know too much detail, keep scrolling to the film trailor and giveaway at the bottom.

We begin at the orphanage where Sophie is wide awake at The Witching Hour (when giants snatch and eat human ‘beans’ (beings!). ¬†She sees the BFG, who also sees her and promptly pops his huge hand through the open window and takes her from her bed. ¬†He takes her to Giant Country to stop her telling everyone that giants really do exist. ¬†The rational being (if giants have rational…) that if human beans find out about giants, they would be hunted down and Giant Country would be no more…

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The story unfolds and Sophie learns all sorts of weird and wonderful facts about the nasty giants.

It’s not too long until the BFG tells Sophie about the dreams he catches in his dream jars. ¬†And Sophie has a wonderful idea.

To stop the giants snatching even more human beans, they decide to re-construct the giants snatching children from the orphanage that Sophie lived before meeting the BFG.

We are taken on an enthralling trip to London and Buckingham Palace, where the BFG ‘plants’ the dream that they hope will help them, into the Queen’s bedroom. ¬†Then¬†Sophie finds herself perched on the Queen’s windowsill until Her ‘Majester’ wakes up.

After realising that her dream of the children being snatched and the giants was in fact real, the Queen meets the BFG in an hilarious yet touching moment and they discuss the way forward over breakfast.

Helicopters are rounded up and follow the BFG and Sophie (tucked inside his ear) to Giant Country where the giants are all in a deep sleep… except one. ¬†When the her ‘Majester’s’ Armed Forces attempt to tie a rope around one of the giant’s arms, he wakes and an unlikely weapon is used to stun him!

The BFG and Sophie are branded heroes and The Witching Hour ends forever….

Hurray!

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There are so many lovely moments in the story but here are our favourites:

One of my favourite parts was the chapter ‘The Author’ which I found so very clever and just perfect. ¬†I won’t go into it any more here, but will let you enjoy the moment for yourself.

Our little girl enjoyed when the BFG meets the Queen:

Will it be repulsant snozzcumbers, Majester?, the BFG asked. [when The Queen asks him if he would like some breakfast]

We’re both looking forward to seeing this part in the film.

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Other favourite parts were:

Enjoying a beautiful friendship blossom between the BFG and Sophie.

BFG’s protection of Sophie.

Sophie sitting in the BFG’s ear when travelling around.

It’s endearing how The Queen is kept ‘regal’ in the story.

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In summary: Quite simply a perfect story which is everything a story for children should be ~ full of occurrences that are not explained because our imagination ‘explains’ them for us. ¬†Like when the giants don’t wake up even when one giant is ‘stunned’ by a secret weapon.

In all honesty, I’m not sure who’s more excited about seeing the film adaptation more – me or our little girl. ¬†But one things for sure – the film of The BFG offers the perfect solution for those inevitable cries of, “I’m boooored” in the Summer holidays (and beyond…) ¬†and the perfect chance for family time. ¬†Because children and adults alike will love the book and the film! ūüôā

I just hope they’re not serving up ‘snozzcumbers’ at the cinema!…

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Don’t forget to go and download your Roald Dahl party pack now, ready for 13th September! ūüôā
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Now onto the giveaway, which is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 22nd August 2016.¬†Good luck to you ūüėČ

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Captain Pug book review #AdventuresofPug

Welcome to my ‘Captain Pug’¬† book¬†review!

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Here we have a lovely little tail tale which follows Pug and Lady Miranda on a  nautical adventure.

The first thing I noticed was that, given it’s a book for children, at 124 pages long, it doesn’t take long for the author Laura James to build up Pug into a lovable character.

You see, Pug is afraid of water and isn’t very keen when Lady Miranda turns him into a seafaring Captain for a day!

Nonetheless, he perseveres and we come to the point when Pug faces his fear of water.  A fear that Lady Miranda is unaware of.  This worries Pug.

We now learn that when Pug gets sad and worried, he gets hungry. ¬†As luck would have it, his nose leads him to an unattended picnic basket, which he falls into…

And so the adventure really starts… with a Pug-napped Pug!

The story moves on at a good pace, which is great for children. ¬†James’ story-telling kept the attention of our little girl (aged 6), who loves a good book.

And what good story for children is complete without good illustrations?  They appear on every page and help to move the story on.

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One of our favourite parts was when Pug finds himself the captain of a boat in a rowing race. ¬†He’s very worried about being on the ‘open sea’ but there’s no food to calm his nerves. ¬†He barks and barks, which the crew take to be him ‘barking orders’ and row faster!

The speed worries Pug even more, but with no food on paw hand to calm him down, he barks more, which makes the oarsmen row even faster…

Will Captain Pug and his crew win the boat race?

I’ll leave it there for you to find out for yourselves!…

The final verdict from us?

A heart-warming, slightly farcical story for children; as we follow a pug who faces his fear.  Beautiful, colourful, quirky illustrations and endearing characters.

The right length to enable a good adventure to unfold.

A portable size too – perfect for little(ish) hands and to slip into a bag for an adventure on the move!

And a good price… published by Bloomsbury and available from Amazon
for £5.99

Join the conversation #AdventuresofPug

And include @AllSortsHere in the tweet!

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And in January 2017…

Cowboy Pug is coming!  Yeee-haaa!

We’re looking forward to reading a new adventure with Pug ūüôā

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Whizz Pop Bang science magazine ~ review and giveaway

Welcome to THE Whizz Pop Bang magazine review and giveaway!

(with offer code too!)

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Question: What do you get when you cross a 6-11 year old child with an “awesomely amazing science” magazine for kids?

Answer: Learning galore in an interactive environment. ¬†Which means happy children and parents too! ūüôā

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When our little girl (aged 6) showed an interest in science, we decided to try Whizz Pop Bang science magazine.  We had seen it advertised on social media and knew that she would love to get something just for her, addressed to her, through the letter box.

We felt that she would likely learn (without realising) and it would encourage her away from a screen.

It sounded like a win-win to us.

And it was.

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We were very impressed with Whizz Pop Bang.

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Whizz Pop Bang is aimed at 6-11 year olds (and appeals to older readers too!). ¬†The first issue that she got was about volcanoes. ¬†This really appealed to me in all honesty! ¬†They’ve always fascinated me and one of my favourite subjects at school was geography. ¬†By reading this issue with our little girl, I refreshed my memory and learnt new volcano facts too!

In fact, I looked forward to reading the magazine on my own terms after her bedtime!

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 Our little girl is rapidly approaching 7 and some of the terminology needed explaining but she did really well with her phonics sounding out and blending and needed little help with the bigger words.  In my view, the longer words are a bonus because our children can never read too much and it has helped to expand her vocabulary as well as learn facts about science.

Another thing that I loved about the magazine is that it encouraged questions too.  In my view, our children can never ask too many questions (okay, maybe except at bedtime!..)  We tell our little girl to always ask questions.

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I’m not entirely sure how the creaters and designers have done it, but they have managed to create a magazine that’s fun, factual and age-appropriate to it’s target market. ¬†Getting the balance right between keeping the age range of 6-11 year olds engrossed is tricky but they’ve done it.

Maybe it’s the regular sections the magazine has:

Puzzles

Competitions

Interviews with experts relevant to the particular issue

Activities (we were inspired to create an insect hotel!)

‘Ask’ Y – where robot Y answers childrens’ questions (our little girl has thought of lots¬†already!)

Quiz (with answers on a separate page!)

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When the Minibeasts issue came through our door, our little girl was at school but at home-time, the TV didn’t get a look in! ¬†As soon as she saw that she had a new issue of Whizz Pop Bang to read, she wanted to get stuck in!

We really enjoyed the pepper experiment and she couldn’t wait to tell daddy all about it ūüôā

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The magazine is a very welcome addition to our household¬†and there are plenty of experiments to spread out over the month…. to keep you going until the next issue! ¬†As the website says, the magazine contains:

‚úď ¬†Hours of educational fun each month

‚úď Exciting experiments to try at home (I’ll soon be blogging about the pepper experiment and the pitfall trap!)

‚úď ¬†Expert science writers

‚úď ¬†Engaging layout and illustrations

‚úď ¬†Gender-neutral content

‚úď ¬†Linked to the National Curriculum

‚úď ¬†No advertising

‚úď ¬†No screens

‚úď 36 printed pages of good wholesome science fun!

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It’s very reasonably priced too, at ¬£2.92 per magazine when an annual subscription is ordered.

And for one lucky reader of my blog, the amazing team at Whizz Pop Bang are giving away a 3 issue bundle (see the rafflecopter giveaway below).

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You can find Whizz Pop Bang¬†on¬†Twitter¬†@WhizzPopBangMag, ¬†Facebook¬†and don’t forget their website.¬†

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Now onto the giveaway, which is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 18th July¬†2016.¬†Good luck to you ūüėČ

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own. 

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Lean Greens review and giveaway

Welcome to my Lean Greens review and giveaway!

(with discount code too!)

1 Lean Greens giveaway wellbeing well-being nature natural shake drink healthy food supplement 2

As a busy working Mum with a 6 year old, a husband, 2 cats, a house and a blog to keep ticking over, my well-being is of paramount importance.

After all, if I’m feeling under the weather, I feel sluggish and ¬†lack energy and that’s not a good thing to throw into the mix!

Despite all the energy products on the market, I endeavour to stay natural when it comes to my food and drink… we are what eat, everyone knows that.

Although I regularly practice yoga, do reiki self-treatments, meditate and steer clear of coffee, I was intrigued about ‘Lean Greens’ food supplements.

Their website states:

When being healthy just doesn’t fit with your crazy, busy life, Leans Greens gives you access to better health without the hassle.

And so…¬†Interested to see how my energy levels would be affected, I took up the opportunity to review this plant-based powder-to-shake drink.

Dubious about the taste and texture, I was pleasantly surprised and the little gadget inside stopped the powder clumping, giving it a smooth texture.

2 Lean Greens giveaway wellbeing well-being nature natural shake drink healthy food supplement 2The verdict? A daily ‘shake’ of this for 2 weeks and yes, I do feel different.

I’m less bloated and therefore less sluggish and therefore my energy levels ave been affected.. definitely for the better.

I don’t have ‘troughs’ and instead I maintain a more steady balance in my energy levels.

A big improvement for me is that I don’t get nearly so many sugar cravings, which is definitely a result because I’m partial to the odd sugary snack…

It’s great to know that my body has reacted positively to this drink and it feels like I’ve got back to nature and am in harmony again.

And that’s a great feeling ūüôā

You can find Lean Greens on Twitter and Facebook and also take a lot at their website. 

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You can also benefit because the lovely team at Lean Greens have a discount code ~ just click the link and quote ALLSORTS10.

¬†And they’re giving away a branded shaker and a tub of Lean Greens powder just for you! ¬†Entering is easy – just use the rafflecopter (below). ¬†The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 20th May 2016.¬†Good luck to you ūüėČ

For future giveaways, subscribe to my blog. ¬†Subscription box is in the right hand sidebar under ‚ÄėFollow my blog by email‚Äô >>>>

This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own.

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