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Engraved Cutlery – ByHappyMe | Review


Freddie has been fairly good at feeding himself for the last 12 months plus.  He’s been very independent from quite an early age to the point where he would refuse to eat unless he fed himself.

He’s growing up far too quickly and now at the age of 2 he is outgrowing his “baby” set of cutlery that we brought plus, we now no longer have a matching set after we left them in his hand luggage on the way home from holiday back in May and his knife got confiscated.

So, when Byhappyme got in contact about a collaboration on their products I said yes immediately.

I chose the engraved animal cutlery for Freddie as he turns too very soon I thought would be a great time to get him new cutlery.  You can choose from category’s such  animals or teddy bears and I chose the animals as Freddie loves nature.  How cute are they?  Freddie loves naming each animal on the cutlery and telling us what they are each time he uses them.

It came beautifully packaged with ribbon and sticker which I loved as they have taken pride in making sure their products are presented perfectly so customers come back.

If you wish to purchase these, you can from here and they are prices at £27.50.  When ordering you can choose from 3 different font types.

Byhappyme don’t just do cutlery they also do dummy’s, name tags, and gifts.  I will say, I do think they are a little on the expensive side for the products and wouldn’t willingly spend almost £30 on a cutlery set.  They would make a lovely gift christening gift or first birthday present and keepsake gift.

The cutlery fits perfectly the small hands and their size makes it easy for the child to manipulate them during the meal.  The cutlery can be washed in the dishwasher and made from stainless steel.

  • I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Gatorade Sports Drink Variety Pack | Review

*AD – Paid Collaborative Post

I  don’t go to the gym but I do try and do exercise or work outs at home in my spare time and even started doing the couch to 5k challenge a few months ago but with the weather been quite bad I haven’t been able to get out, but these will be perfect when I get back to it and taking with me.

So, when Gatorade offered me to review their products I said yes.  It’s not a drink I have ever brought before or heard much about so was interested to see what it was all about and like.

A bit of background Information

If you haven’t heard of Gatorade, Gatorade is the #1 sports drink in the world, it is available in 4 different flavours.  It was first invented back in 1965 at the University of Florida for the University’s football team, the Gators. In 1983 Gatorade becomes the official sports drink of the National Football League. Then, in 2010 Gatorade grew worldwide with 80 countries selling the sports drink.

The pack includes 12 full size bottles (500ml) of Gatorade in 4 delicious flavours, a squeeze sports bottle (32oz) and a branded Gatorade towel.

Where you can buy Gatorade

Gatorade Sports Drinks are available in the UK from leading retailers including Sports Direct, Ebay and Amazon


You can purchase this Gatorade variety pack from Amazon priced at £29.99

How To Keep Your Dog Dog Happy and Healthy

We all want our pets to have a long and happy, healthy life, just like we want the best for our kids. If you want to protect their health and well being, you will sometimes need to step in and make decisions for them, instead of letting them choose what to do. Dogs are intelligent, but also impulsive, so as a responsible adult you will have to make sure they know the rules and obey them. Find  a few tips below.

Avoid Overfeeding

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One of the worst ways of spoiling a dog is overfeeding them. Dogs simply don’t know where to stop, and it is your responsibility to limit their food and choose the right nutrition for them. Just because they are a part of the family, they should not eat the same food as you, no matter how good they are at begging.

Give Them Space

It is crucial that you give your dog some space, especially if you have small kids. When dogs get older, they will require more rest and time alone, so ensure they have the space to relax and take themselves out of the group, whenever they feel like. Don’t automatically assume that there is something wrong if they curl up after a long walk on the beach; they will simply need to recharge their batteries.

Create a Routine

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As a pack leader, you will need to create set rules and routines, or your dog will be confused. No matter if you have a big or small breed, they will need a routine, and a set time to eat, rest, and have food. Feeding on demand will only result in diabetes and weight gain, and reduce the quality of their lives. You have to make the dog walking routine work around your family life and ensure that you are creating a new experience every time.

Give Them Appropriate Exercise

Dogs need exercise, as they are born to chase things and run around. If you want to make them like their walks and get the most out of them, you might want to get them the right toys and games set up whenever you spend some time together outside. You can find some great dog walking accessories on this website that will make every experience more enjoyable.

Include Them

No matter if you are going out for the day or planning a camping trip, you will need to make your dog feel like they are a part of the family and fun. Choose your location with their needs in mind, and when taking them on holiday in the car plan your stops so they can get some fresh air and exercise, release their energy, and avoid getting bored.

Being a dog owner comes with a lot of parental responsibilities. You will have to look after your pet’s health and well being and understand their preferences, needs, and habits, so they can be a part of the family life and stay healthy and happy for a long time to come.

Your Home As A Creative Space

Creativity should have a place in every home, even if it is only a small or limited one. Being creative will mean that you are looking after your brain, that you are allowing the chance to truly express yourself, and will act as a very effective means of home therapy. If you have a family, you will also find that encouraging them to be as creative as possible is something that you want to do if you are to keep them on the right track, as it will lead to them having a much fuller understanding of themselves and way of being. In order to make sure of all that, it helps if you make a point of allowing the home to be a strongly creative space. In this post, we will look at what you can do to make that happen.

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Carve Out A Space

First things first, find some place in the home which you can dedicate to creativity in all its forms. In most cases, this could probably be a corner of a room, or it might even be that you can use the dining table for such purposes. Wherever it is, even if you can’t find a space which you can dedicate solely to creativity, you will want to make it as easy to use as possible. The idea is that you will find it easy to just sit down there and get creating, and that everyone else in your family will find that too. By carving out a specific space, ideally one which is not too affected by the rest of the household and its daily comings and goings, you will be able to champion creativity much more easily and effectively.

Stock Up On Supplies

Depending on what kind of creative ventures you might have planned for yourself or your family, you will want to make a point of finding some particular supplies to stock up on. If you want to really make it worthwhile, you will make a point of finding some supplies for everything – meaning not only will you find some decent Fountain Pens, but also paintbrushes, glue guns, glitter, notepads and whatever else you might feel is necessary. By having as many creative supplies in that space as you can, you will then be able to turn to whatever you want as a means of being creative, and you will find it much easier to be creative in general.

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Make It A Part Of The Schedule

Making time for your creative efforts is hugely important. If you don’t allow time in your schedule for these pursuits, then it means you simply won’t find yourself engaging in them to quite the same degree, so it is essential to ensure that you do whatever you can to do just that. By making your arts a part of your daily schedule, you will be putting the hours in, and that will mean that you can expect to get much more out of it in the long run.

For Those Who Plan To Buy Fur Garments – Here Are Some Tips

A lustrous fur coat is something to be loved and valued for the treasure that it is. Real fur has been a constant since the beginning of human civilization and its allure continues to this day. Getting a fur coat is a pretty big deal – we all know how costly the good ones, even the decent ones are. So how do you ensure that your precious new garment does not get damaged or experience wear and tear so easily?

Types Of Fur Garments

Fur coats remain the most enduring fashion pieces for the winter season. Apart from coats, you can opt for more casual garments like parkas, vests, jackets, and capes – these can be worn with your favorite denim and winter boots. Men’s collections would include more neutral tones. Jackets and strollers made from fox and mink are very popular nowadays.

When it comes to the fur type, beaver and mink are the top choices because of the warmth and soft texture. If you want something higher in the luxury spectrum, lynx fur is a great choice.

Buy your fur from reputed stores who can provide a complete range of services – from retail to storage. is one of the top fur sellers with a very large selection for men and women.

Fur Cleaning

Major fur cleaning should be done by a furrier but you can always remember some basic tips so you can take care of your garments at home. Fur can collect a lot of dust and debris, so a good shake helps. Do it in a place where you can sweep up the floor easily – outdoors is even better. Do not fold fur garments like coats or vests and they should always be hanged to maintain the shape. Brushing techniques for fur are also different. You can also use ground coffee beans to remove odors from the fur garment.

Fur Storage Care

Storing fur requires a bit of precision and care. Temperatures cannot be too humid or dry as that will upset the balance of natural oils in the fur. These are the oils that give the fur its inimitable luster and texture. Fur is also susceptible to being damaged by vermin. Small insects can nest in the fur, destroying it and rodents too can damage your fur to the point of no repair. So any storage solution will have to address all these issues.

Why Professional?

Professional furriers guarantee the best care for your valuable possessions. Services include not only storage and cleaning but also the maintenance of the garments. Fur houses are equipped with the tools and expertise to help condition your fur garments and replace the lost natural oils. Their storage facilities are climate-control environments which cannot be replicated in your closet at home. Fur houses can also help restyle your older furs into trendier versions.

Fur is an attractive and durable material that adds a glamorous quotient to your winter wardrobe. Take care of your fur coats so they always look fantastic when the season comes.

Caring For a Dog With Cancer

Sometimes it can be hard to remember that we are, essentially, sharing our homes with wolves. Our dogs become such a part of our families, they in grain themselves so indelibly in our hearts that we come to see them as just like us… And in many respects, they are. Sure, they may be physiologically different to us in a huge number of ways. Sure, they may have evolved differently with different social structures and biological imperatives. In many ways, however, their needs and desires are not so very different to our own. Both human and canine alike need to be well fed, watered, sheltered and loved to stay happy and healthy.

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Thus, when a dog is diagnosed with cancer, your obligation to them is the same as it is to any other loved one in this situation… Give them all the love and care you can. As much as we may wish to bury our heads in the sand, the simple truth is that 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer at some point. It’s up to us to know what to do to give them the care they need. Whether you’re caring for a beloved pet that has been diagnosed with cancer or you are providing palliative care for a rescue dog with cancer, here are some vital tips that can assure them a better quality of life while boosting their chances of recovery…

It’s all about diet

Whether you’re giving your dog delicious treats to keep them as happy and healthy as possible or using diet to boost their chances of recovery, it’s important to remember the words of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine;

“Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food!”

If you’re looking after a dog with cancer, you’ll need to think hard about the foods you give them. The sad truth is that there are many tinned dog food brands that have been linked to cancer causing aflatoxins. On the other hand there are numerous diets that have been found to reduce cancer risk and even aid recovery. Some favor the ketogenic diet for dogs which is closer to the kinds of diets their ancestors would have enjoyed and is free of sugar which is essentially food for cancer cells.

If, on the other hand, you are a vegan dog lover and prefer to raise your dog on a plant-based diet, there’s good news. Vegan diets for dogs have also been found to have cancer inhibiting properties.

Get to know your dog’s pain for effective pain management

As unpleasant as it may be, you’re going to need to earn a PhD in pain to become effective in managing it. Observe behavioral changes, especially after surgery or treatment. Try to watch out for areas in which pain occurs and at what time of day.

This will help you to better manage their pain medication schedule.

Take steps to lessen their anxiety and sadness

This is going to be a difficult time for your pet as they pay visits with increasing frequency to your vet and canine oncologist. You can’t get around the need to go, but you can take steps to lessen their anxiety and sadness. As hard as it may be, you have to keep a brave face on around them. They are as adept at reading our behavior as they are at reading ours. Make an extra special effort to calm and soothe them in advance of a visit to the vets and avail yourself of calming sprays and balms which can help to keep them mellow.

With the right care and a whole lot of love you can keep your pet as happy and healthy as possible, even when they are facing something as awful as cancer!

10 Coats And Jackets That Every Woman Should Have In Her Closet

Gone are the days when jackets and coats were only worn during winters and autumn season. So why wait till the leaves to fall, ladies? Every season deserves a good pair of parkas or jackets that make you look snazzy and glamorous.

So, we have shortlisted below the 10 must-have coats and jackets for every season.

1. Denim Jackets

These jackets are made of denim and are popular casual apparel from a long time. Denim jackets are such an appealing piece of clothing that makes you look cool and stylish in every manner possible. Also, remember denim never goes out of fashion.

2. Trench Coats

These long and classy coats go with anything and everything from your wardrobe. Being lightweight and waterproof gives you an extra advantage of keeping it stylish even when it’s pouring outside. Pair them with any piece of clothing along with ankle length boots for a party or just a plain casual evening date.

3. Fur Coats

Who isn’t in love with furs? These stylish and fluffy fur coats are a must to feel glamorous and warm. Available in all forms of bold and plain colors, animal prints or belted ones, this is one such statement-making jacket that is a must-have for every fashion-loving woman. Check out the range of amazing fur coat collection at

4. Duster Coats

Duster coats are long, light, and fluffy and no-button outwears that goes with all the seasons. You can literally match it with any of your outfits and it truly needs to be a staple in your closet

5. Leather Jackets

Want to look edgy yet keeping it casual? Think no more and go for a leather jacket, sister! This piece of style can never fail you to look effortlessly chic and gorgeous. Go for any color- black, brown, red or gray and wear it buttoned, zipped or belted. Nothing can actually go wrong with a leather jacket.

6. Puffer Jackets

Puffer jackets are one of those stunning winter wears that are water resistant, warm and stylish.

7. Printed Jackets

Prints have taken over every piece of clothing we know. Same goes with jackets. Be it animal prints or blossoming floral prints, these jackets can surely add the hint of vogue in your closet.

8. Woolen Jackets

Beat this winter with a pair of stylish-looking woolen jackets this year. If you are a minimalist and still want to look modish and elegant, then woolen jackets are what you are looking for.

9. Bomber Jackets

Bomber jackets have evolved their ways and are not just worn while riding a bike. Pair them with pencil skirts, denim jeans, maxis or shorts to give a bold yet chic statement.

10. Quilted Jackets

Feel cozy yet voguish with a pair of quilted jackets. Though these jackets are puffy looking, they never make you look huge. Being ultra light-weight, these jackets go with denim jeans, leggings, boots and even sarees and suits.

The Importance of Self Love

People who are not aware about the idea of self love, tend to think of it as narcissistic. However, this is not the case. People talk about self love in a positive sense and in a sense of having strong self esteem. There is no denying the fact that self love is very important and it should be a part of every individual’s life.

Why is it important?

We all need to understand that everyone has flaws. But everyone is equally talented and special in their own way. They always have something unique to offer to this vast world and self love will happen when you recognize this. You have to understand that you have something unique to offer to the world and when you self love, you experience pride and confidence in every achievement of yours. It will help you believe that you are worthy of receiving love from others and it will help you build healthy relationships.

When you stop believing that you are worthy of love from others, you will not be able to attract loving partners in your life because you yourself do not give love to your mind and body. Self love can mean so much to you. It can also do so much to you. Paida Lajin offers a number of lessons through which you can self love and self heal. It will be able to determine how you can help others in this world and when you are in love with yourself, you will be able to love others with ease. You will also be able to forgive people and feel a strong connection with them.

Why is it an issue?

If there is lack of self love, you will accept people treating you in the manner they treat you without considering the fact that you do not deserve the same. You will not stand up for yourself and will accept abuse. Lack of self love can have a huge impact on your mind and body. It will tell the world that they have the right to treat you the way they want to and you will accept it. It just shows people that you believe that you are not worthy of love.

It is an important thing for you to self love and to believe in healthy relationships. If you want to start a healthy relationship, you need to work on self love and if you are unable to do so, you need to focus on self healing. You can use different steps to self heal without having to go to a professional or learning healing from a professional yourself. Paida Lajin Institute offers the best lessons on self healing and each lesson is very effective for people of all ages.

You need not be an expert in order to self heal. If there is lack of self love, you will have to use techniques to heal yourself and then you will be able to realize your worth.

5 Misconceptions about Adventure Travel Debunked

An adventure trip is considered as a totally different holiday concept as compared to a regular vacation. The meaning, however, may vary from person to person. For instance, the idea of adventure travel for you may be traveling to uninhabited mountainsides while it may be a trip full of adventurous activities such as wild water rafting, bungee jumping and paragliding for someone else. Whichever concept you believe in, the fact is that a holiday which sends your adrenaline rushing is the perfect idea of an adventure trip. There are some misconceptions attached with this travel concept which need to be debunked before you embark on the journey of thrill and excitement. Let us clarify these myths and misconceptions for you.

It is meant only for youngsters

The idea of kayaking alone in a remote river or hiking through the wilderness of high mountains might seem to be more appealing for the young and fearless people. However, this does not mean that older ones cannot dare to try one. As long as you are able to manage the physical aspect of adventure travel, you can overcome any challenge out there. These trips are more about mental strength and endurance and age makes you only stronger in these aspects. So as long as you do not have any serious health concerns, you can set on a trip that gets your excitement levels up.

It is always expensive

Another misconception about adventure travel is that it can dig a hole in your pocket but this is not true. In fact, you can save on holiday rentals if you choose to try something as cool as camping in the middle of the jungle or staying on-road in a travel truck. It all depends on the destination you choose and the type of adventure trip that you are embarking on. You can indulge in expensive sports like paragliding and deep sea diving if your budget permits. Some tour operators even come up with tailored plans that cover specific activities on the basis of your budget.

It is risky and dangerous

Adventure travel can be risky and dangerous to a certain extent but not necessarily so if you do the activities under the supervision of experts. The idea is to look for packages offered by reputed and trusted operators that prioritize your safety in every way. They make sure that you are accompanied by trained professionals with requisite skills and experience in their respective activities. Besides this, you can be sure about proper safety arrangements if something unfortunate happens. Even if you have to pay a little extra to ensure your safety, it is a small price to pay.

It requires you to be in a great shape

Of course, it is good to be fit if you are planning to go for a hiking or mountain climbing trip but you can go for less adventurous ones with minimal fitness levels. It really depends on how well you will be able to cope with the strenuous activities involved. There are activities that can be done even by those who with moderate fitness levels while some require you to be at the top of performance, endurance and fitness. The best approach is to explore the trip and know what to expect before opting to take it. Be

sure that you will be able to do the entire activities otherwise you may end up wasting your money or landing into some health issues.

It needs you to be an outdoor person

If you think that you need to be an outdoor person to the core to enjoy such a trip, then you may be taken by surprise. Even those who have always been into indoor activities find these experiences to be fun and thrilling. In fact, doing something that you may have never done before can make this trip an experience of the lifetime. You can learn something as wonderful as setting a camp right in the middle of nowhere or barbecue a fish that you have fished from the forest pond. And if you opt for an adventure sport like bungee jumping, it can be all the more amazing!

Now that the common myths and misconceptions about adventure travel have been debunked, you will be probably ready to embark on one. The best way to start planning is to explore some websites and check out the options that fit into your budget. When you do plan such tours, safety should be the most important thing to bear in mind. So it is best to choose a destination that seems safe and an operator who values your safety above everything else.

The Crucial Dos & Don’ts Of Spoiling Your Dog

Being a dog mum is a real privilege, and of course, sometimes we want to lavish attention and treats on them! However, it’s essential to do this in the right way because if we don’t, it can affect both their health and behaviour. To that end, read more about the do and don’ts of spoiling you pupper below.

Spoiling your dog on their birthday can be done in a safe way.

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Do give them plenty of time and attention.

All dogs need time and attention to be happy, and that means spending extra time with your pup, going for long walks, or playing can be a fantastic method of sowing them how much you care.

In fact, as dogs are primarily pack-animals, they will appreciate nothing more than some attention, which makes it one of the most healthy methods of spoiling your canine friend.

Don’t ever feed them human food.

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One of the most common ways that people spoil their dogs is to give them a little of what they are eating. Sadly, this can be incredibly dangerous for the dog especially if the foodstuffs are ones that are toxic to them such as coffee, chocolate, or cheese. In fact, such items can not only bring on problems with their stomach but has also been known to cause more severe difficulties as well.

Also, it’s crucial to remember that most dog foods are carefully developed to contain just the right amount of nutrients to be healthy for your pupper. Therefore if they are always getting extra calories, it can be very easy for them to get overweight. Something that can lead to mobility issues and other health problem such as diabetes.

That is why treating your pooch to scraps from the table, or your plate is a major don’ts when it comes to spoiling them.

Do show your love with appropriate doggy gifts.

Now you know that you can’t feed your puppy human food you may be wondering what to give them instead. Luckily, there are all sorts of wonderful treats and gifts you can spoil them with.

Firstly, invest in some treats made especially for dogs, you can even get ones that are good for their teeth and coat. Also, don’t forget that investing in high-quality accessories like these leather dog leads is a fantastic idea as well. After all, they won’t only last for a long time, but make sure your pooch looks super stylish as well!

Finally, don’t forget that treating them to some fun toys can be a great way of spoiling your pupper as well. Why not try a Kong brand item that they have to chew to get the treats from or a launcher for when you play fetch?

Don’t let them sleep on your bed.

I know that it is the most adorable thing to see your pooch curled up on the bed soundly sleeping, and it can be super tricky to stop them doing this, especially when they are whining!

However, it’s probably not the best choice for spoiling them in the long term. In fact, it can cause possessive or aggressive behaviour that is hard to stop, as well as prevent you from getting a decent night sleep. To that end investing in the comfiest bed, you can find is a much more suitable way of spoiling your dog.