Monthly Archives: November 2017

Infacare Night-Time Baby Bath | Review & Giveaway

Our little boy Freddie was never keen on baths, much preferred showers with one of us, but as he’s got older he started to love them and just can’t get him out of them, so much so that he cries when you get him out.

When we were invited to try Infacare Night-time Baby Bath I gladly obliged as we love to try out new bubble baths.

Overall I love this bubble bath for it’s smell, touch, mildness, and the fact that it’s long lasting – I will definitely be purchasing it again. It comes in 400 ml and 750 ml bottles and is priced at around £3 for 750 ml. It is a little more than I would usually pay for a bubble bath but I think this one is worth its cost. It can be purchased at leading high street stores including Boots, Lloydspharmacy, Wilkinsons, and major supermarkets.

If you would like the chance to win a bottle just click on the link below and follow the instructions.

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  • We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts & opinions are honest & our own.

5 Of The Best Home Improvement Ideas For 2018

A new year is an ideal time to pursue new challenges – and those can include revamping your home. In many ways, it can be a win-win situation – as, even if you sell your house soon after improving it, the enhancements could boost the home’s value and, thus, the money you get for it. 

However, particular improvements could be especially effective in enhancing what your residence offers – whether for you or someone who later takes the building off your hands. 

Install or restore period features 

Many people love to live in a building with period features. We don’t doubt that popular TV period dramas like Downton Abbey and Victoria have helped fuel this fascination – and you can take advantage of it by restoring period features that your home currently has.  

Mirror reports that buyers will shell out more for a residence with period features. Therefore, even if your home lacks them, shopping around for them could be worthwhile in the long run. 

Look after your garden 

If you don’t tend to prioritise keeping your garden in good condition, that outdoor space could have developed issues without you even realising. For instance, weeds could have emerged and the lawn and hedges could have overgrown.  

However, a garden that is well looked after can give the impression that this level of care extends to your overall home. No wonder a HomeSearch survey has revealed that your home’s value could grow by as much as 20% if the garden is well-maintained. 

garden

Apply a fresh lick of paint 

There’s a possibility of thinking too hard about how to improve your home. Sometimes, all you need are paint, brushes, rollers and sandpaper. Yes, that’s right – a bit of painting! 

This can make your residence look not only newer, but also something of a blank canvas. This can appeal to potential buyers – who, when looking around the house, could more easily imagine how they might revamp the home’s appearance to suit their own preferences. 

black, color, paint

Banish any excess clutter 

Something else that can add to the “blank canvas” look of a home is getting rid of items that should really be neatly stored away, but instead have been left around the house in a more visibly haphazard fashion.  

Some of those items might need to be binned; others might more appropriately be placed in cupboards or drawers. Whatever you do with the clutter, don’t just leave it lying out in the open. 

Open up a space… perhaps with a folding door? 

Arranging for a home extension is a good example of a home improvement which, on reflection, you may realise would merely paper over the cracks. Perhaps the real issue is that you aren’t using your existing space efficiently enough.  

You could consider removing a wall to create a larger space. That wall could be replaced with a folding door that even opens out onto a garden, as Good Housekeeping highlights. At Bifold Shop, we can supply a bifold folding door that could be effectively used in this way. 

Getting a Great Price on Your Car

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Cars are a big part of our lives, for most it is a necessity for commuting and for easy access to travel around but for others it is more of a hobby. On average we keep a car for 6 years, however we all know someone who changes their car a lot more than this, a lot being only kept for a couple of years.

When looking for a new car, take a look at http://www.cars.com .They have a huge selection of new and used cars and have a review and video page to help you when deciding on your next vehicle.

There are so many ways we can now get a new car, whether being bought used in cash, hire purchase or on lease. Leasing has become a very popular route of getting a new car, and keeping the price down. The best bit about leasing, you never actually own the car. At the end of the lease, or even sooner with some companies, you just give the car back and order a new one. This takes away the added pressure of selling the car at the end and fighting for every pound.

Selling cars is not easy, most of us aren’t sale’s people after all. From getting the right angles for pictures to writing a description for the advert, this can be very difficult if you aren’t very knowledgable.

Here are a few tips to make sure you get the best price for your pride and joy.

Photographs

Take photos when it is light, this will make the car look much better when advertised. Make sure the car is clean, and has personal items removed to show off the car and not your air freshener.

Description

Make sure you put plenty of information in your advert, however make it exciting for readers. Too much information can be very boring for people to read and will not be digested by the potential customer. Keep it informative but interesting to read to keep people enticed.

Advertising

There are plenty of places to advertise your car, being in newspapers, online and even with the old-fashioned ‘FOR SALE’ signs in the window.

Viewings

Once you have all your pictures and a snappy description, the phone should start ringing. When anyone calls, see them all as a potential buyer. Pre selling the car on the phone means anyone who is coming to look will already be in a positive mood and are coming to look to do one thing, and that’s to buy a car! Pre selling is very simple, just talk about all the best bits about the cars, ie new tyres, full service history and how much you will miss the car.

Make appointments for anyone who would like to come and view, people will spend anything between 20 minutes to an hour looking at a car. Before they arrive, make sure the car is presentable, being clean and tidy. There is nothing worse for someone to view a car which is dirty and untidy.

Check that the car will start on the first turn, again it could be very awkward if someone wants to test drive it and you can’t get it started.

Let anyone who is looking at the car have a test drive. Refusing someone to test drive will raise red flags about buying the car as they will have no idea if there is anything wrong with it. Check to make sure they have the right license and insurance. If not, see if they have a friend who does, or take them for a drive and show you have nothing to hide.

Agreeing the sale

Once someone is happy with the car, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be crossing your palms with silver. They are only their for one reason!

Most people looking at buying a car, are going to negotiate as this is the done thing. Hopefully when marketing your car, you have allowed room for negotiation. Never drop too early, stand your ground and do not allow to be a push over. If you are firm, you will negotiate a higher price. If they ask for a figure that is ridiculous, be honest and tell them that so you all know you are on the same page. Counter offer if you are near the figure you want, even if this means you tell them you want an extra £100. It’s more money in your pocket.

So they you are, my tips for getting the best price for your car. 

Meal Planning Monday 27/11/2017

The start of December is nearly here and the count down to Christmas day is fast approaching.  Last week we stuck to our meal plan pretty well considering we have all been struggling with colds and coughs.  The nice thing now is the husband broke up from work on Wednesday last week till December so we can spend some quality family time together before the mad christmas rush.

This weeks meal plan consists of:

Creamy Cheese Chicken with Mash potato and vegetables

Spaghetti Bolognese & Garlic Bread

Hot Dogs, Chips and onions

Tuna Pasta Bake

Chicken, Bacon & Spinach Tagliatelle with cheese sauce

Pan Fried Pork

Roast Lamb Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your meal plan this week?

Zimpli Kids Product Review

With christmas fast approaching, a new baby, birthdays, a wedding and a honeymoon just around the corner I am trying so hard to be organised this year and starting getting my presents for birthday ‘s and christmas in advance so there is no panic like most previous years.  As the kids get older it gets harder to decide what to get them.

So when Zimplikids got in touch and offered to send me a selection of their stocking filler presents I was delighted.

What did we receive:

SnoBall Battle Pack – RRP £4.99

This is great because if you love snow as much as me & my nephew do you can play with it all year round.

Pack Includes;

4 x 20g bags of SnoBall Powder

1x Instruction Leaflet

Each bag will make approximately 15 snowballs

​Pack makes 60+ snowballs

Gelli Baff – RRP £4.99

My nephew loves anything messy so when he receives this for christmas I am excited to see him face and what his reaction to it is.

The 1 Use Pack contains:
1 x 150g Bag of Gelli Baff powder
1 x 150g Bag of Gelli Baff dissolver
1 x Instruction Leaflet

Slime Baff – RRP £4.99

As per the above Gelli baff I can’t wait to see my nephews reaction to having a bath with this product.

1 Box of Slime Baff contains;
1 x 150g Bag of Slime Powder
1 x Instruction Leaflet

Chocolate Picture Making – RRP £3.99

Jack loves chocolate and making things so combining the two together, he will love it.

The 1 Bar Pack contains:

  • 1 x 10g Bag Dark Chocolate
  • 1 x 20g Bag White Chocolate
  • 1 x 50g Bag Milk Chocolate
  • 1 x Tray
  • 2 x Stencil Sheets
  • 1 x Instruction Leaflet

We he receives these for christmas I will post pictures on social media, so Watch this space.

* I received these product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Meal Planning Monday 20/11/2017

We are fast approaching the end of November already. I don’t know where the weeks are going, before we know it will be Christmas.  Another week of food to think about as well.

Potato Casserole, Potatoes, Cheese, Gratin, Eat

Homemade pitta Pizza with Wedges

Creamy Butter Chicken & Rice

Pan Fried Pork

Lasanga with Garlic Bread

Quiche, chips & Salad

Tuna Pasta Bake

Beef Stew with Dumplings

What meals have you got planned?

 

Waking up with Native Coffee | Review

I am forever making cups of coffee in our house, especially for my husband who gets through atleast 5 cups plus a day easily.  We buy instant coffee mainly but do own a Dolce Gusto machine so we will occasionaly use that.

We were recently sent a 1KG bag of “Supercrema” Native Coffee Beans to trial.  These are priced at £9.95 and you can buy them here.  There are lots of others flavours to choose from so whichever matches your desire.

The coffee tasted as good as, if not better than a lot of the real coffees we have had before It also had that smooth creamy texture and taste that instant coffee always seems to lack.

Overall, this coffee looked good, smelled good and most importantly, tasted great.

*I was sent this products free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DegustaBox Review | October 2017

Another Month, Another Degustabox.  This is our 3rd box so far and we are loving everything that is in them.  We really look forward to them every month.

What was in our October box?

Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs RRP £2.29

I can’t say I was overally keen on these, but they were ok.  I probably woudn’t buy them again but they are different.

Kabuto Noodles Thai Green Chicken Curry RRP £1.99

This is like heaven for me, my favourite food all in one pot. Perfect little lunchtime snack

Nuttvia breadsticks Snackpack RRP £1.70

I didn’t like these as i’m not a lover of chocolate spread but my husband certainly enjoyed the rest.

Michel et Augustin RRP £1.60

I didn’t get a look in with these as the husband ate them the night before the wedding but he said they were amazing and even better warmed up.

Feel Good Drinks Water Infusions RRP 2 x £1.20

These were so freshing with so much flavour, I will be looking out for these in the supermarket for sure.

Heinz No Added Sugar Hoops RRP £0.75

We love spaghetti in our house so these didn’t last long, as we had them with bacon & cheese puff pastrys with curly fries.

Valfrutta (Ciria) RRP £2.29

We have never had or tried anything like this before so was a new experience but can’t so we were overall impressed with it.

Pip’s Real Hot Chocolate coins RRP £1.50

With the cold night drawing in this was perfect for a cosy night in, snuggled in your Pyjamas watching TV.  It was quite rich for me but was nice.

Lee Kum Kee Sauce for Garlic Prawns & Honey Garlic Spare Ribs RRP 2 x £0.85

We love chinese food in this house so these were perfect for our chinese style tea one night.

Pulsin kids fruity oat bar orange choc chip RRP £0.59

I gave this to my nephew for his school lunch box and he loved it

And Finally

For the purpose of Halloween we received the following items in the October Box.

Pechkeks Misfortune Cookie RRP £1.50

I do love fortune cookies but had never heard of these.

Vimto Millions Gift Jar RRP £2.99

I love millions, and these were opened straight away and between me and the husband we demolished them  in one night.

 

Meal Planning Monday 13/11/2017

The nights are getting shorter not to mention colder so hearty winter food is required.

It is getting harder to think of meals to cook which don’t take much time especially with a baby.

Abstract, Beef, Britain, British, Brown, Carrots

My meals for this week are:

Homemade Toad in the hole with Onion Gravy

Beef & Red Wine Casserole with creamy Mash Potato

Cottage Pie, vegetables & Gravy

Creamy Cheese Chicken with bacon & thick cut chips

Homemade Chicken & Mushroom pie with Potato Wedges

Cheese & Bacon Puff pastry with Beans & Curly Fries

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings