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The British Hamper Company | Review

We love nothing more than a Christmas Hamper, it is a perfect gift for so many friends and family, and also a lovely treat to yourself to kick off the festive season!

This year we received the “The happy Christmas Hamper”, which is currently priced at £89.99.

It arrived fast and well packaged. The hamper itself is a really high quality hamper box with beautiful detail and finished with a ribbon.

And, most importantly, it is full of wonderful brand name goodies!

The shortbread biscuits did not last long!

A successful hamper all round – bring on the Festive Season!

*we were sent this hamper free of charge for the purpose of this review, However all  thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide For All The Family | 2018

I started collating this post back in August, I know no one wants to hear the “C” word in summer but I wanted to get organised this year as with a little one I wanted to spread the cost and spend more time with my family.  Our little boy will be able to enjoy Christmas a little better this year but we still don’ t know what to buy for him.

For the Kids

Personalised Blue Polka Dot Piggy Bank

Firstly I’m going to start off with a gorgeous piggy money box, which you can personalize with a name and personal message from Personally Presented. I can’t wait for Freddie to start filling this up with pennies he gets given.

So Free Chocolate selection

We don’t have any allergies in our family if you do know anyone with an intolerance these would be a perfect alternative as stocking fillers or presents.  Prices start from £1.99 to £4.95.

GEL-A-PEEL ACCESSORY KIT

Your girls will love this, making their own accessory jewellery.  Sadly we don’t have any girls in the family but one of my best friends has a little girl so I am gifting this for her birthday in December.

 

Crate Creatures

Crate Creatures Surprise- Blizz

There are four of these to collect in total, each creature has 45+ unique sounds.  They are available to purchase from Smyths Toys at £39.99

Rolling Ice Cream Grill

I have seen these and have always wanted one to try out and now I have and can’t wait to use it and make some Ice cream.  It’s priced at £29.99  which I feel is a good value and can be purchased from The present Finder.

Itty’s Bitty’s from Hallmark

We love Itty Bittys in our home. They are a super cute way to give a gift, of someone’s favourite character, and don’t cost a fortune. These little ones are ideal as a stocking fillers too and adorable!

For Him

Home Brewtique

Any beer lovers out there? How about a home brewing kit? I’m giving this my dad for Christmas to make.

Specialist Brewing Equipment – £35

Milk Stout – £22

12 x Swing Top bottles – £30

Gillette Razor Mach 3

A bit of a boring present but if your partners likes to look trim then this is a perfect little stocking filler for them.

Anti-snoring ring

My husband snores but thinks he doesn’t then I’m the same and he once recorded me just to prove it so I am hoping these rings do the trick and help us both.  It is priced at £29.99 which I feel is a little expensive but if it does the trick it may be worth it for a better nights sleep.

Simoniz Car Cleaning Kit

If the man in your life is as obsessed with keeping their car clean as my husband then this handy car cleaning kit will be perfect for them.

Cufflinks from Dobell

Cufflinks - Green Spirit LevelMulticoloured Striped Cufflinks by Dobell

My husband has to wear a suit to work everyday so likes to have a selection of accessories for it including cufflinks so these are a perfect gift for any man wearing a suit to work.  Starting price is £9.99

Reserved For Daddy Personalised Cushion

We have our own seats at home on the sofas, I don’t know why but it works so it’s fine.  This is ideal for my husband from our little boy as whenever I sit in his seat I get asked to move.  It is priced at £14.99 and can be personalized.

For Her

For all the wine lovers out there, how about a bottle of wine?

Botonique Blush

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If you’re after a sober Christmas, or just fancy a soft drink with a difference, the non–alcoholic wine from Botonique is one to try for sure.

If wine is not on her gift list then flowers are surely to put a smile on her face this Christmas with this bouquet below

Solid Silver Star Pendant in Personalised Box

I love jewellery so when I received this I immediately fell in love with it.  It is engraved with my son’s name “Freddie” on it and is perfect for any female as a gift with any wording on.  It is priced at £34.99

Christmas Fudge” Bouquet  from Appleyard London.

The beautiful vibrant colours in this Christmas bouquet is perfect for any women in your life.  Priced at £49.99 I think it makes it more pretty to give to a loved one.

Wax warmer Subscription

What about a Wax warmer Subscription from Wax & Melt with melts delivered through your door every month? Sounds like a perfect gift to me.  You pick your own melts every month.  I love nothing more than to lit a candle when I get home from work as it makes the cold evenings more cosy.

The Chameleon Bottle will be launching on Kickstarter in November.  What a good invention, a colour changing bottle that tells you when your water is getting warm and needs changing.  The starting price for these is £22, which I feel is good value seeing as it is reusable and helps prevent waste.

Olverum Bath Oil 

Olverum Bath Oil 125ml - Enough for 25 baths

We don’t have a bath but if we did I would buy this and use this as I’ve heard so many good things about this.  Priced at £32.00 for 125 ml or  £58.00 for 250 ml .

Design Your Own Fragrance – The Floral Collection

Do you love perfume? Would you love to design your own scent? Well now you can with this set.  It is available in: The Fresh Collection, The Exotic Collection, The Floral Collection, The Natural Collection and the Ultimate Collection. Priced at £49.00

Festive Boozeballs – 6 fillable baubles

Nutcracker Bouquet from Bunches

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Another beautiful bouquet, another supplier.  I have had several bouquets of flower from this company and you can’t fault them, beautiful in every way.  Order yours today.

Pets

We share our home with 2 rabbits and a dog and I always buy them Christmas presents.  Find gift ideas below for all pets

Hexbug Remote Control Cat Mouse Toy

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Your cat will love this, we don’t have a cat but I would love to re home one but don’t think our dog would.

Pooch & Mutt Christmas Dinner Dog Treats

Our dog will go mad when she smells these in her treat draw at home.  The tube is a perfect size to take out with you on walkies or put in a stocking ready to open on Christmas day.  They are priced at £2.99 per 125g tube.

To Share

The Happy Christmas Hamper

Who doesn’t love a good hamper, then you’ll love this one from The British Hamper Company filled full of lots of yummy goodies to share and priced at £89 is great value for money.

Monty Bojangles 

Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar – £10.00

Winter Wonderland Truffle Assortment– £8.00

These make great gifts for yourself or for others in your family or friends and they are delicious.  I will be sure to buy these in the future.

Cards

Unique handmade Christmas cards from Kio cards there are lots of designs to choose from but I chose the below 5 to send out to friends and family.  They are priced at between £1.25 – £2.50 each.

  • We were sent all of these products for inclusion in this gift guide.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Cheeky Wipes | Review

We have spent a lot of money on baby products over the years of having Freddie and I love nothing more than trying to save a few pennies here and there on products and not to mention helping and protecting the environment.

This is where Cheeky wipes arrived and came to the rescue.

This box contained 25 Rainbow microfibre wipes, 1 bottle of essential oil and bags to put clean and mucky wipes in before and after use.

They are great for meal times and for taking out and about with you in the handy bags that come with them.

Head over to the Cheeky wipes Website to order yours today.  You can choose your bundle but for this one I was sent for review it is priced at £29.95.

  • We received this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

FourFit Fitness Tracker | Review

I’m not a fitness freak at all, but I have been trying my hardest to get fitter by eating healthy and walking more, I used to walk to and from the train station every day even on my last day at work before I broke up for maternity leave, pretty good going I thought for myself.

When I was offered a Fourfit smart Bracelet I said yes as wanted to be able to monitor my movement again and hit some target I would set myself.

I have now worn it for a couple of weeks and love it, it’s got lots of features.

  • Heart Rate
  • Sleep tracking
  • Vibration Smart Alarm
  • Sedentary Reminder (reminds you to do activity if you have been sedentary for a while)
  • Calorie counter
  • Step tracking
  • Phone link enabled.
  • SMS, Facebook, Whats app, Email, Call alerts
  • New OLED larger screen
  • Bluetooth
  • Rapid charge
  • 5 day battery time
  • 5 colour choices

Extras are:

Works Independently:
No need to be always connected to Bluetooth – no need to drag your phone into the gym. Unlike other brands the FourFit Band will transfer all workout data once reconnected to the phone!

Rapid recharge:
Charge your battery up to 60% in 15 minutes

I think the only little negative about the the fourfit tracker I feel is the battery life doesn’t last long and only lasts about 2 days which if you go away could be inconvenient.

Priced at just £39.00 I think it is excellent value for money, looks good, slimline and light weight you don’t even know your wearing it.

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

Little Life Toddler Backpack with Rein | Review

Freddie is walking now on his own, refuses to be carried and sometimes fights when we put him in his pushchair or car seat because he wants to walk everywhere. This is where Little Life Toddler Backpack and Reins is becoming very useful! Freddie has got his Independence and can walk but we have also got control of him so he can’t run off and get into trouble.  

They are much cuter, much more fun and much more practical than traditional reins.  The backpack is a perfect size for us to put some toys in for him to carry or nappy’s and wipes to save taking his large changing bag.  

A little about the product 

  • Zipped top entry to main compartment 
  • Internal name and address label 
  • Adjustable shoulder straps with chest strap 
  • 1.5 litre main compartment 
  • Top grab handle 
  • Built-in Safety Rein with attachment point 
  • Supplied with the Parents Safety Rein 

The straps are easily adjustable and there is a front harness to stop it slipping off his shoulders. I thought he would fight having this done up, but it really doesn’t seem to bother him. 

The rein can just be put in the little pouch at the back, so if they want to run free they can. It’s a good length to give them a little bit of freedom – when I want him a bit closer to me, I just wrap the strap around my wrist a little more. There’s also a useful ‘tug handle’, which is useful if you don’t want to use the reins. It also clips together at the front so they can’t wriggle free easy.  

Our backpack costs £14.99, includes free delivery and can be purchased from here. Whilst this sounds quite expensive, when you see the quality of it and how useful it is for going out and about, it really is worth every penny! 

*We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Cooking Meals with Mash Direct | Review

We use potato products with most of our evening meals whether it be chips or potatoes themselves.

Mash direct made it easier for prepping meals when your home from a long day at work with there ready prepared packs that you just cook in the oven.

About Mash Direct

Mash Direct is an independent company started by Martin and Tracy Hamilton at their family-run farm in Comber, in 2004; however, the family’s journey started long before that.

The Hamilton began farming the fields around Strangford Lough back in the 1800s and the land has been passed down through six generations, bringing with it a wealth of understanding and knowledge of the area and growing conditions

Due to the declining vegetable market in the UK, mixed with the poor prices farmers received for their crops, Mash Direct was born out of necessity as a way to keep the family farm afloat. One night, after discussing with a close friend over a glass of Irish whiskey, Martin dreamt up a business of providing traditional Ulster Champ that was both convenient and healthy. Since then, the business has continued to boom year on year and the farm truly is a family affair with Martin, Tracy and both of their sons, Lance and Jack all helping Mash Direct on its journey to become a national, household name.

Using their six-generations of farming expertise, Mash Direct has grown from 70 to 1,400 acres of fields that are tailored to growing traditional, heritage vegetables. These are then cooked to perfection using specially designed steam cookers on the farm for that delicious taste and texture of homemade food. Suitable for microwave or oven heating the Mash Direct range is available to retail, food service and food manufacturing throughout the UK, Ireland, Middle East and beyond.

A meal I cooked

We had sausages for lunch with broccoli and cheese sauce with the potato croquettes and it was yummy, just the right amount for both of us and our little boy to share.  I know it doesn’t look very appetizing but we both enjoyed it.

I forgot to take photos of some of the meals I have made and we have put some of the products in the freezer as it was getting close to the best before date.

The meals I have made with these product have been lovely full of flavour and made tea time less stressful.  I would be sure to look out for these products in the supermarkets or place an order online.

You could use their products in meals you probably wouldn’t even think of, see recipes for examples.

  • We received these products free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

PoundToy Toys for £1 | Review

I had never heard of PoundToy before, but my sister  in law had worked with them and I was keen to get involved so was excited when they agreed to work with me.

There’s a huge selection to choose from,  not all at £1 but they have a large selection of goodies to choose from for all ages so you’ll be sure to find something you need.

I was given £50 to spend online, I picked gifts that I could give for Christmas or Birthday to family members.

There was plenty of branded and character related items such as playdoh and Graphix kits to choose, and the other non-branded stuff was perfect too. I went for a variety of things for Christmas and stocking fillers for my nephew and little boy plus stock items.

I struggled to work out what I wanted as there was so much to choose from, and with having nephews that are ages 4 – 11 and a little boy who’s 14 months so some was either too young or too old.

The website was really easy to navigate and the use of categories and filters made it easier to narrow down the search. I liked being able to go to the most popular department and then filtering by price from low to high. This worked well and helped me find the most toys for my money.

I would recommend using Pound Toys if you are looking for stocking fillers or presents for kid party’s, great value for money.

United Odd Sock | Review

I’m not bothered about socks but my husband is a pain for socks and has real OCD, so this was going to trigger it off badly.

We were sent a real selection of socks for the whole family.

It arrived presented in a lovely white box wrapped in red tissue paper, presentation means alot.

I really love that they sent us a selection for the whole family, I think my favourites are the “Let the evening be gin” pair.

How cute are these dinasaur ones for Freddie.

The quality feels good and so far they have washed well.

  • We were sent these products free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Smol Washing capsule | Review

We I do all the washing in our house, (tom doesn’t even know how to switch it on let alone use it) and I lose track of how many loads I wash a week, there is never an easy way of saving money with washing powders and detergents as there are so many out there for us to choose from.

What if there was an easy way of purchasing washing products without lugging heavy boxes off the shelves and into the car and back out the other end?

How about a deliver to your door service?

Here’s how it works

Basically every customer get the free trial, the £1 is a contribution to P&P the product (9 capsules in a cute mini pack) is free.
After 7 days we send you an email to remind you that your plan will start in a few days. On the 10th day your first regular pack is dispatched – this costs £3.85 and you get 24 capsules.
Each capsule is 16p which works out at up to 50% less than the capsule brands in the supermarket.
After your first pack you will get regular deliveries depending on how you answered the question, so if you put your washing machine on 6 times a week you will get a pack every 4 weeks ( 28 days) but if you put your machine on 3 times a week your pack will come every 8 weeks (56 days).

Does that make sense?

They come in a handy little box which is secured with clips to prevent little hands getting into them.

All you do is just pop one capsule in each wash, nothing else required, leaves your clothes smelling fresh.

*Always keep washing detergents out of reach of children.

  •  We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thought and opinions are my own.

A Healthier Choice for Pets from Scrumbles

Over the years it has really been drummed into us from TV adverts,  shows, doctors to have a healthier lifestyle, eat the right things, eat the right amount and make sure we get our five a day fruit and veg.

I have studied alot into animals care and nurtrients and there are so many different types of food for our pets it is hard to know which one to choose. Our dog Carly is currently fed on Earls from Aldi and she loves it, it contains meaty chunks and vegetables and provides her with all the energy and nutrients she needs.

Scrumbles recently got in touch to introduce us to their new range of ethical pet food and it got me thinking about what we feed Carly, the amount we feed her and whether she actually gets all the nutrients she needs.

Scrumbles is a completely natural pet food with no nasties in it – they contain all the essential amino acids and are packed with a blend of fresh and dried chicken but without added sugar or salt and they are lentil, pea and potato free too. All of the recipes contain good digestible grains, brown rice and oats which give a nutritious source of dietary fibre to maintain intestinal health and it means they are gluten free too. Plus, Scrumbles have a whole range of pet food for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs.

I would of took a picture of Carly enjoying it but she loves her food so much its gone within minutes.

A 2KG bag of dog food costs £11.49.  I would like to see this food in more flavours too.

Carly really likes her new food from Scrumbles and I’m sure she would agree if she could speak herself!  The empty bowl says it all really.