Are You Ready For The Puppy Dog Pals Twitter Party?

Are you all set for the Puppy Dog Pals Twitter party that is happening on the 15th of August at 1pm until 3pm? We are! I’ll be at the Twitter party with a selection of other bloggers and will be hosting my own fun filled party with plenty of party games and activities – I’ll be sharing all about our games and activities during the chat!

There will be some fun and games as well as some on the spot competitions so you really don’t want to miss out! Make sure you are following UKMumsTV on Twitter and are using the hashtag #PuppyDogPals for your chance!

In preparation, we have been sent a fantastic Puppy Dog Pals Twitter party box, ready for Wednesday. These are all from the fantastic new just launched Disney Puppy Dog Pals Toy Collection from Flair.

Tdehe party box included a Doghouse Playset (£29.99), Pet & Talk Plush Pals (£9.99), a Deluxe Figures set (£29.99), Figures on the Go (£12.99), Puppy Love Plush (£16.99) and Travel Pets and Figures (£3.99). We were also sent some games like Snap and some fantastic items for our party goodie bags including stickers, bubbles, colouring books and more – and invites for our friends, of course!
The new range of toys from the Disney Puppy Dog Pals collection are absolutely fab and my children were so excited to see them – especially Olivia who adores dogs and has recently discovered Puppy Dog Pals!

So what toys were included in the collection?

These are the Travel Pets and Figures which retail at £3.99 each. Each travel pet contains one collectable figure – we were lucky enough to receive Happy Bingo, Cupcake, Bingo With Rope, Hissy and Swim Time Rolly.

These Figures On The Go retail at £12.99 each and are so much fun. You load your figure onto the launcher, press down on the paw print and they speed off!

The Puppy Love Plush retails at £16.99 and is super soft and cuddly. Olivia has been running around, cuddling him for hours on end.

The Pet & Talk Plush Pals are £9.99 and if you press their back, you can activate the fun head bobbing movement and hear a variety of phrases and sounds from the show.

This Deluxe Figures Set is £29.99 and is the perfect set for the ultimate Puppy Dog Pals fan, featuring all your favourite Puppy Dog Pals characters and accessories!

Finally we have the Doghouse Playset worth £29.99. The two story Doghouse playset has Bingo and Rolly figures which can ride on the tyre swing, get in the lift and go up and down, play on the seesaw and plenty more. They can even use the ARF figure as a vehicle! Plenty of fun to be had!

As you can see the brand new range has some fantastic toys! Check back in after the Twitter party for a post all about our party and our thoughts on the toys.

You can buy the new range of Puppy Dog Pals from Smyths, The Toy Shop and Amazon {affiliate link}.

We were sent the toys for the purpose of review and creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Why And How I Use SEO For My Blog

If you’re a blogger, chances are you know plenty of the terms regarding blogging such as DA, PA, reach etc. You’ve probably also heard about SEO – but do you know what it is? SEO is search engine optimisation and is described as the process of affecting the online visibility of a website or a web page in a web search engine’s unpaid results—often referred to as “natural”, “organic”, or “earned” results. So how and why would you use SEO for your blog to increase your online visibility?

The Why

Simply put, I want more eyes on my site. Everyone would love more visits to their sites if they could; they will always strive to beat the previous months stats. I’m no different, I like to try and beat what I got the month before. The other reason I use SEO for my blog is because my blog forms part of my income and you may have noticed that I have ads on this site and sponsored content occasionally. Some ads pay out on views alone so more views to my site means more money; some pay on clicks – you have an increased possibility of clicks if you have more traffic – and people who will approach for sponsored content will always strive to get the best for their money – so a good online visibility is essential.

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The How

The team at click.co.uk have a fantastic guide to SEO and some brilliant eBooks, talking all about SEO, how and why to use it. So how do I use SEO to improve the online visibility of my site?

First of all, I sneakily use a shortcut. If you are on self hosted WordPress, there is a fantastic plugin called Yoast which really helps you to up your SEO game. It uses a traffic light system to show you what things you are doing well, what you need to improve and what really needs to be changed. This reminds me to add a SEO friendly title with a good keyword, add a meta description that is long enough that includes your keyword and good description, add alt text to images which should describe exactly what the image shows – this is extremely handy for blind or visually impaired people. You want to aim for all green lights on Yoast, then they consider your post to be perfectly optimised for search engines.

Other ways include internal linking. I always aim to include at least one relevant internal link in my posts – I believe I mentioned this in my 3 ways to improve your domain authority post – because it connects my content together and enables search engines to establish a hierarchy on my site and give the more important posts and pages more link value than the much less important ones.

I have also made sure my site is mobile responsive, loads fast (although this is something I regularly check on as it can nearly always be improved) and check for and remove broken links. These all help me to up my SEO game.

This is just a fraction of what you need to do to SEO optimise your site. How and why do you use SEO for your site?

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Is Rhinoplasty Necessary Following a Nasal Trauma?

One of the most uncomfortable injuries a person can experience is damage to their nose. It’s important to realize every nasal injury is unique. Breakage, uncomfortable sensations and other types of damage can be caused by many types of nasal trauma. When a person experiences nasal trauma, it must be handled on an individual basis. Each case will require a physician to focus on the unique needs of their patients. Should rhinoplasty be performed a short time after nasal trauma, there is a good chance for a person to experience a full restoration. It is also possible for long-term nasal injuries to be successfully corrected using rhinoplasty surgery.

Types Of Nasal Trauma

There are different types of nasal trauma a person could experience.

Broken Nose

This will usually involve a break in the bones or cartilage in a person’s nose. Individuals who experience a broken nose will have immediate pain. They will also have widespread bruising around the nasal area as well as pain and swelling. Should someone not receive proper treatment for their broken nose, it could be crooked or have a hump along its bridge.

Blood Clot Formation

When an individual experiences nasal trauma, there is going to be a substantial amount of blood involved. There are many injuries that make the formation of a blood clot possible. If this condition isn’t treated, it can further damage the nose. Should a blood clot settle into a flap of cartilage known as the septum, it could cause serious problems. If a blood clot is not treated, it could cause deterioration of the cartilage in the nose. This could cause its collapse and result in a person having a deformity known as saddle nose.

Restricted or Blocked Airway

There are certain types of nasal trauma that can cause blockage in nasal passages. It is damage that has reached the deep interior of a person’s nose. When this happens, it can cause people to experience sinus troubles, breathing issues as well as sleep apnea and more. This can also impact an individual’s overall health.

Compound Damage From Repeated Injury

This type of nasal damage is something that is common with many athletes. These individuals experience repeated nasal damage after several incidents of their nose being broken. The incidents of damage will build upon one another over time. If this situation is not treated, any new break in the nose could result in a serious level of damage.

Importance Of Repairing Nasal Trauma

It is a common mistake for an individual to assume their broken nose and cartilage will heal in a matter of time. They may believe it is unnecessary for them to get medical attention. People need to understand the bones and cartilage may heal themselves eventually, but a person’s nose may no longer be able to do its job properly. It will be obvious with the significant changes to a person’s ability to breathe and more. Many nasal traumas leave crookedness that can be successfully treated with rhinoplasty surgery. Nasal trauma often results in deep internal damage. If a blood clot in the nose is ignored, it could collapse the nose. Nasal trauma could lead to a person experiencing difficulty breathing that only increases over time. It is also possible for bad infections to occur if nasal trauma is left untreated. Taking action immediately after nasal trauma can eliminate many potential problems in the future.

Rhinoplasty

This is a surgical procedure designed help the appearance of a person’s nose. It can also preserve as well as improve the function of the nose. When an individual experiences nasal trauma, rhinoplasty can be used for its restoration. Rhinoplasty is often able to reverse the effects of nasal trauma.

Procedure

The scope of a person’s rhinoplasty surgery will be determined by the damage their nose has experienced. In most cases, the procedure can last up to two hours. It is performed with a patient under general anesthesia. The incision could be placed under the tip of the nose between the nostrils. This is known as open rhinoplasty. An incision could also be placed inside the nostril. This is known as closed rhinoplasty. During the surgical procedure, a surgeon will lift the skin on a person’s nose. This will be done so they can access the underlying cartilage and bone. They will then sculpt it into the desired shape. If reversing damage from an injury is required, a surgeon will know the best way handle it. They will know how to restore the original contour of an individual’s nose. Once this is done, the skin will be put back in place over the nose. The incision will then be closed.

Following Rhinoplasty Surgery

Once the rhinoplasty surgery is completed, a nasal splint may be placed on the outside of a person’s nose. It is also possible for a nasal stent to be placed on the inside of a person’s nose. Doing this will help minimize any swelling that occurs after surgery. A person may be prescribed saline nose spray, antibiotics or other medication necessary for their recovery. Their stitches and splint are usually removed within seven days after the surgery. It is possible for extensive nasal reconstruction to have swelling of their nose as well as around their cheeks and eyes. This recovery could last for up to three weeks. An extensive nasal trauma may take more than one month to heal after surgery. Pain after rhinoplasty is often mild. Individuals who have rhinoplasty surgery are usually able to return to their normal activities within two weeks.

The first step for a person to see if they can benefit from rhinoplasty surgery is to have their nose evaluated by an experienced physician. A primary care physician will be able to determine if a person’s nasal trauma may require surgery. An experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Andrew S. Frankel is able to evaluate a person’s situation and determine if their nasal trauma should be treated with rhinoplasty. Dr. Frankel is a plastic surgeon who is board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Ear Nose and Throat). He performs beneficial plastic surgery procedures in Beverly Hills, CA.

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Baby Cubes – The New Unique Concept From Lickalix

We were sent some Lickalix Baby Cubes for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

I was recently told a brand new unique concept from the brand Lickalix – Baby Cubes! I must admit I was very intrigued and wanted to find out more about them. So what are they?

Baby Cubes are handy cubes that are 100% baby grade frozen organic pureed fruit or vegetables. A healthy way to help get some more fruit and veg into your little ones meals whilst also saving time for us as parents. They lock in all the beneficial nutrients and create a fun new way to add fruit and veg into your children’s diet.

Ready in just 30 seconds and with no added sugar or chemical nasties, you can be assured that they only contain fruit and veg. The brand behind them, Lickalix, have become established as the only producer of organic real whole fruit ice lollies since their inception in 2014. Baby Cubes have been their first foray into the organic frozen baby food market which seemed like the next logical step to make from their ice lollies. Run by Karis and Dominic,  Karis often found herself working long hours and also trying to juggle being a mum, cooking nutritious and natural meals but struggling to find the time. She began making Baby Cubes in advance so they were ready to add to any number of different meals to ensure her son was getting the nutrients he needed – from porridge to pasta sauce to yoghurt. Not only that you can use them by themselves as well – take them out in some Tupperware and you have a quick nutritious dish on the go!

There are four different flavours – two vegetable and two fruit flavours and they launched in Ocado, the online supermarket, in April 2018. The orange pack is a blend of carrot, sweet potato, and butternut squash. Tthe green pack includes broccoli, spinach and peas. The red pack is a delicious blend of strawberry, mango, and apple and the peach pack includes apple, apricot and peach. Each pack costs £4.99.

So what did we think?

Since receiving these, I’ve been popping them into our home cooked meals every now and again when the children weren’t aware. Olivia isn’t too bad at eating fruit and vegetables but Jack is awful so it has been great knowing he is getting that nutritional goodness even if he doesn’t know, haha!

Jack also decided to do a taste test on the frozen cubes themselves – this summer heat has seen us consuming plenty of ice lollies so the Baby Cubes have been exceptionally popular with my kids – the fruit ones especially. They’ve been wanting something ice cold to cool them down and I know that they’re not consuming something with a ton of sugar like some of the ice lollies we’ve got in our freezer.

Whilst Jack has been happy to eat all of these when hidden in meals, he wasn’t too sure on the vegetable ones when he tried to use them like an ice lolly, haha! The fruit ones do however make for a great product to help your children cool down in this heatwave. Overall I have been very impressed. Although I work from home, my life is very busy and sometimes I just don’t have the time to make absolutely everything from scratch. These Baby Cubes have been great for adding into sauces and other dishes so that I can have the peace of mind that my children are getting the nutritional goodness they need. The price for each pack is great too – they are rather large and packed to the brim with Baby Cubes so you definitely get your money’s worth.

If you’re a busy mum, I’d definitely suggest getting some of these for your freezer – if only to save you some time and sanity when you need it most!

 

Reviewed | LEGO Star Wars Imperial TIE Fighter

Item sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

You all know how much Jack adores LEGO. He has so many different sets, is always asking for more, has a LEGO storage box and has been to Legoland on quite a few occasions.

What he has been enjoying a lot more recently has been getting the larger sets and building them with his Daddy – it makes for some nice one on one time for Jack with Steve and who doesn’t love building LEGO? He was recently sent the LEGO Star Wars Imperial TIE Fighter which currently retails at £64.99. So what did they think?

The description of the set reads as: Engage the enemy is thrilling aerial battles! This brick-built version of the Empire’s iconic attack craft has a highly detailed design, including sturdy wings, opening mini figure cockpit and access hatch, and 2 spring-loaded shooters.

The set includes 4 mini figures (an Imperial Pilot,Han Solo, Tobias Beckett in a Mimban Stormtrooper disguise and a Mimnan Stormtrooper. There are also a variety of weapons including a blaster pistol, blaster, blaster rifle and Tobias Beckett’s two special blasters. The set is for ages 9-14 – I’d definitely recommend this if building alone but Jack is 6 and builds with his Daddy and found it doable.

Considering the size of the build and the amount of bricks contained in the set, it actually didn’t take too long to build, especially with the two of them putting it together. Jack had great fun putting it all together, taking specific sections and doing them himself whilst often leaving Steve to the more difficult parts of the build.

Jack was very excited to the see the final build – such an impressive set! This isn’t the first Star Wars set he has built – and since they are such big builds with so many pieces, we tend to let him play with them for a while before putting them on display. The plan is that once we move, we’ll have a display cabinet showing off all the big LEGO builds Jack and Steve have done together!

Overall, Jack was very impressed with the set and it is such a great price for such a big build. Jack is super keen to collect the whole Star Wars range so I’ve told him he will have to save up his money to get them all. Both Steve and I love the set too – as its LEGO, you always know it is going to be good quality and provide lots of fun and this didn’t disappoint.

If you have a big LEGO fan in your house, definitely consider getting them this set. You won’t regret it. It is available on Very among some other fantastic sets in their toys range.