Friday, 22 August 2014

A Gruffalotastic Hopster Update + WIN AN ANNUAL HOPSTER SUBSCRIPTION!

Back in January, I told you all about the fantastic children's app - Hopster. I continued our subscription after the review because we love it so much and just when I thought it couldn't get any better... It DID!!

There have been numerous inclusions and updates to an already outstanding children's app since my review, but the best one has to be the addition of the one and only Gruffalo!

Hopster now has the Gruffalo & the Gruffalo's Child!  And whats more, Hopster is the only place to watch and download these two wonderful films this summer - so make the most of the last week of the Summer break and snuggly down after an action-packed day with the Gruffalo.

Why not go on a Gruffalo hunt? WE'RE NOT SCARED!!!

You can even download The Gruffalo by tapping on Sir Bagster (the keeper of downloads) so you can watch offline – this is wonderful for car journeys or where there’s no wi-fi (eeek!)

Hello Sir Bagster!

The Hopster tree has grown! Hopster now has a whole tree with lots of adorable characters to play with, from Ben and Holly, to Paddington Bear and all your friends at 64 Zoo Lane.

There's a whole new game level! The fun Hopster games are now much prettier to look at and include a new trace-the-letter level - Little One's favourite (and mine, as it's helping with school!)

Hopster have a very special offer this summer: Oh yes! Everyone who subscribes to Hopster gets a 7 day free trial plus a special personalised Gruffalo gift when they subscribe - why not check it out?

We absolutely love Hopster and it is still our number #1 children's app. Do give the free trial a whirl - you won't be disappointed and you can cancel at any time.

In addition to this fantastic news - Hopster are kindly giving you the chance to win an annual subscription to Hopster (worth £50) 

In order to enter please read the following carefully:

To enter the competition, sign up for a 7 day free trial with 1YEARLILY on by 23:59 BST on 15th September 2014. Hopster will pick one account at random to win a 12 month Hopster subscription. Downloading and using the Hopster app requires a UK Apple ID and iOS 6 or newer. New accounts only. No cash equivalent. No purchase necessary (The winner will be selected from all registered users, including those with an expired trial on the 15th September).


Menswear at House Of Fraser - Original Penguin Contrast bottom back pack review

A review by Browbeaten Daddy

It's not often I'm asked if I'd like to review something that is for me, so I was delighted to receive an  Original Penguin Contrast bottom back pack.

I must admit, when I look for menswear and accessories, I hadn't considered House Of Fraser simply because I didn't realise they catered for men. 
I stand corrected. I spent much of an afternoon browsing the website and I'm impressed with the huge range that they have to offer.

The back pack I was sent to test out is actually in the sale at the moment - just £24 from an original price of £48 which is amazing value.
It's very trendy looking with a lovely colour scheme - the bright orange is perfectly offset by the dark blue. 

The bag is very roomy, which is great for taking to the gym or out and about with the kids. I do like the magnetic clips fastening for easiness sake, but I must admit to being a bit disappointed that they are not real buckles!

The bag closes with a drawstring supported with a 'leather' fastener and it does a good job of keeping the bag shut, covered with a large flap.

I've used it for shopping, a day out with the family and on a  short run where I wanted to try some weight on it - all very good and has comfortable straps in terms of padding and weight distribution.

The back pack is made from good quality, durable material that feels like it will survive the test of time - something I really like when looking for bags.

It's in no way a small bag that's low key. It makes a proud statement with the logo on display and the bold orange contrast.

Inside the bag there are 2 open pockets  which are good for storing keys or a phone - but I would have preferred a zip to keep them secure.

Whilst it's not waterproof ,as it has a 100 % cotton outer with 100 % polyester lining, I did get caught in a light shower and the contents didn't get wet in the few minutes it took to get to cover.

Overall, I think it's a great back pack that should, hopefully last me  a long time.
Check out House Of Fraser for more menswear ideas.

Future Soles - Stylish children's shoes at great prices

I have recently discovered Future Soles; a fantastic online shoe shop for children. At the moment they have some incredible discounts and I wanted to share them with you all.
"Future Soles is a young brand founded by a mother with nothing more than the desire to don her offsprings' feet in shoes that are inspired by her own passion and flair for creative design. Future soles is the essence of fashionable good quality children´s shoes which will always strike a cord with young ones who are the future of fashion."
Last week Baby Girl was sent these most beautiful Denise shoes to review. They are currently on sale with a massive 50% discount (£25.50 was £51) and they look amazing.  The quality is exceptional and they are perfect for a wedding we are looking forward to attending in the next few weeks.

The design is stylish and traditional, yet up-to-date with the addition of the silver trim and Baby Girl loves them. The buckle is outstanding quality and fastens easily. They do come up small - Baby Girl measures as a 5 and a 1/2 usually and these were sent in a 6 but fit very snug, so bear that in mind when ordering.

Other amazing discounts that caught my eye on the website:

Amber - £23.50 was £47
Crystal - £31.50 was £63
Derwin - £29.50 was £59

Dorian - £29.50 was £59 

I love them! Aren't they adorable?!

For more discounts and to find out more about Future Soles visit, Look them up on Facebook and tweet them @Futuresoleskids.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Munchkin Picnic - no spills, just thrills

One thing we all really like to do when the weather is lovely is go on a family picnic. Now hubby is a lot more mobile, we can start to enjoy days out together again, even if it is just to the local park.

Munchkin kindly sent us a host of goodies to try out on a picnic and they are all fabulous to use when out and about; for picnics, lunchboxes and days out with babies or toddlers.

We had a lovely afternoon sat in a patch of daisies; in the shade of a huge oak tree. The sun was shining, and everyone had a smile on their face (and blackberry juice too!) - so thank you Munchkin :)

I wanted to tell you about these fab products - they are great to use at home or on the go and I can't fault any of them. The quality is outstanding and as they've been made with children in mind, they are practical solutions for busy parents like us.

Even though Baby Girl is now two, my cutlery drawer is still full of weaning spoons - they are great for little mouths and hands and fantastic for teething gums too! 

I love Munchkin's innovative White Hot® Safety Spoons (£2.99 for 4) as they make checking the temperature of your child's food a doddle. Simply dip the tip of the spoon into the food and if it turned white, then it's too hot. Great for using when on the go! No more messy fingers when checking the temperature!

I keep Baby Girls clothes free from spills and crumbs with these gorgeous Crumb Catcher Bibs (£3.99 for 2) - They look fantastic on, and they are the only bibs that Baby Girl will keep on! The colours are vibrant and the design, so cute! The little pocket helps to catch dribbles and crumbs and I pop in a wipe so I can mop messy faces in a flash!

One of my most favourite Munchkin products is the Toddler lunch bag (£9.49 each). We were lucky enough to be given a pre-launch bag back in March and Baby Girl loves it (almost as much as I do! hee hee!) She loves taking her own 'lunch' with us when we go out. Often it's just a drink, snack and some napkins, but it's a great way to introduce toddlers (from 12 months) to packed lunches and encourages Independence.

It also prevents spills when out and about and takes away the age old problem of  "where the heck did I pack the spoons?" They are available in 3 designs and have mesh pockets for utensils, napkins and other lunch time essentials. They also have a insulated liner that keeps food and drink fresh and cool whilst making the bag easy to wipe clean.

I love Munchkin's Fresh food bowls with lids (£4.99 for 4) simply because they make snack time so easy - from keeping the food fresh to minimising spills; easy cleaning to fuss-free storage; these do it all.

They are great for preparing weaning foods or snacks in advance or for taking with you on a day out/picnic. The snap tight lids ensure that there are no unexpected messes and as the lids are interchangeable you don't need to turn the kitchen cupboard upside looking for the correct lid. They stack too, making storage a breeze. Best of all, I can pop everything in the dishwasher at the end of the day and they are ready to go again.

Baby Girl is very fussy with her cups, only really liking free-slowing varieties; this causes a lot of mess and soggy...everything. We do have a selection of spill-proof cups that she doesn't mind using and one of those is the Munchkin Click Lock™ Spill Proof Cup. I love the design of these cups. The lids just twist and CLICK, so you know that they are secure right away and there are no extra valves that I seem to be brilliant at losing!

Some other great snack-time products that are fantastic for taking out and about (or using at home) are Munchkin's Click Lock ™ Snack Catcher and Deluxe Fresh Food Feeder. The Click Lock ™ Snack Catcher is a godsend; ensuring your child's snack stays in the pot and not all over the floor - I had one of these 4 years ago, and I still love them now.

The Deluxe Fresh Food Feeder is great for introducing finger food and if you freeze the fruit first, it doubles as a fabulous teething pain soother. This is great for soothing sore little throats too.

I actually squealed when I saw this Bento Mealtime Set  as I love Bento lunches amd I was possibly a little too excited to make up a toddler sized Bento meal - picnic style.

It is fabulous and fits nicely in Baby Girl's Toddler lunch bag. It comes with two removable compartments with lids that are perfect for yogurt or houmous/dips and cutlery that sits snugly in the lid. These boxes are just the thing for your child's packed lunch this new school year and the strip on the front has plenty of space to add your child's name.

One of Baby Girl's favourites is this gorgeous Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Toddler Dining set. The plate is just the right size for little people and it's easy to separate foods with the divided sections. The bowl and plate have anti-slip grippy bases, reducing the risk of accidentally knocking them onto the floor and stopping the plate from moving away as the child gets to grips with their cutlery.

She loves to see Minnie Mouse appear as she eats her food, so this encourages her to eat what's on her plate too!

You may have seen cupcakes in our picnic shots - these weren't edible, sadly. But, they looked great and gave Baby Girl something to play with as well. They are actually Cupcake squirts for the bath, and Baby Girl adores them! 

The  look good enough to eat, don't they! Mmmm!

Homemade Thursday - The 'Frozen' edition

My daughter had a Frozen themed birthday party last week and although not perfect, I'm really happy with the results of both the Elsa dress I made using the tutorial from Charlie Moo's blog and my Frozen themed angel food cake - One thing I learned from this is that angel food cake batter does not like food colour as it ends up being slightly over whipped - BUT it tasted lovely and my little girl was thrilled with it, so I'm happy with that.

I also made some rather lovely Banana & Peanut Butter Biscuits for the Great Bloggers Bake Off which also went down VERY well.

I had some lovely posts linked up to last weeks #HomemadeThursday - I am in love with Fiona's 'Turning sticks into fish tutorial' - do pop over and have a look; it's such a great idea for an outdoors activity.

I'd love to see  your homemade/handmade posts, I will share all those linked up :)

If you would like to link up anything 'homemade' that you've blogged/pinned/instagrammed then please do so at the bottom of the post! 

It can be an old post or something new.... it's all about sharing ideas and inspiring each other!

i would love you forever if you would either grab my button (below) or text link back to me. I will then share these on social media. 

Homemade Thursday

You can link up anytime between now and 24th August 2014 and then the next Homemade Thursday linky will open on the 28th.

To read more about Homemade Thursday please look here.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Win £35 worth of shopping from Serenata Flowers!

The fantastic people at Serenata Flowers are offering you all the chance to win anything you choose from their website, up to the value of £35!

Serenata Flowers is an online flowers and plants shop; delivering beautiful fresh flowers in the UK.

They say:
“As an independent florist, we cut out middlemen and offers cheaper flowers by buying flowers direct from the best growers and flower auctions around the world. Our flowers are fresher that what you will find in traditional flower shops in the UK, since we buy flowers internationally delivered to the UK and shipped out via our FREE flower delivery service the same day.”
Serenata Flowers offer the most stunning floral gifts for every occasion – the winner of this wonderful giveaway is in for a treat!

Here are some of the beautiful bouquets or plants that you could choose if you are lucky enough to WIN!

Strawberry Sundae, £19.99 (currently £5 off)

Ocean Whisper, £29.99 (currently £10 off)

Or, perhaps a hamper is more your style? Have a look at this amazing Time for tea trug which is only £29.99 at the moment with £5 off! Isn't it beautiful?

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, simple answer the question below and verify your email address by completing the Rafflecopter widget.

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