Advent Competition Day 2 – Haribo Bespoke Supermix Snuggle Pod

How cool is this fantastic bespoke Supermix snuggle pod? I’m so jealous, I’d love one for myself! So fab that myself and Sarah are able to give this away to one of you!

HARIBO has unveiled an even creamier, soft, smooth and squishy HARIBO Supermix!

To celebrate the variety of comforting moments that come from eating the Jelly Men, Milk Bottle, Ice-Cream and Sheep pieces that are available in the mix, HARIBO is offering one lucky fan the chance to win their very own limited edition Supermix Snuggle Pod worth £250!

Just like Supermix, the snuggle pod brings to life the comforting feelings that the new, creamier treats provide and offers the perfect opportunity for a #SupermixMoment of comfort.

Supermix now boasts vibrant colours and creamier flavours; experience the new lemon meringue and peach flavoured Little Jelly Men and delicious vanilla in the Sheep and Ice-Cream treats. You can also enjoy popular raspberry, blackcurrant and apple flavours, in vibrant pink, purple and green colours.

To enter let us know using 8 words or more:
If you were the lucky winner where would you put your Haribo Snuggle Pod and who would you snuggle with?

Please remember as this competition is running over multiple websites to not only leave your name in the Gleam widget but also let us know which website you entered via so we can track down your comment.

Bespoke Haribo Supermix Snuggle Pod
For more details about HARIBO Supermix and the rest of the range, please visit www.haribo.co.uk.

Rusty Rivets Botasaur | Review

This item was sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

I bet you’ve heard of Rusty Rivets, the fab cartoon that kids love? Jack really enjoys it – if you can dream it, you can build it – and Rusty Rivets certainly does. We were sent the Rusty Rivets Botasaur to review, enabling us to bring him to life just like Rusty does in the show.

Available for the standard retail price of £26.99, this toy is available now in most reputable toy stores including Amazon {affiliate link} and is for ages 3+. Batteries are included – something I know plenty of parents are thankful for when it comes to kids toys! You just need to open the compartment where his nose in to replace them.

What I loved about the toy from first impression was the fact that they really do let you build it yourself, just like Rusty Rivets would do! Jack was so excited about this – you can build him with legs or with the wheels which is great and makes him really adaptable. The Botasaur comes already built with his arms and legs but you can easily take him apart to add his wheels.

Part of a set of toys which are all interchangeable (all the different pieces can be used with all the different sets), the Botasaur is quite impressive. If he is on his wheels, you can roll him along or if he is on legs, you can walk him along. He can move a lot – his body is very flexible in that you can move his head, open his mouth, move his limbs and much more. You can also make his eyes flash different colours and make him make a number of different sounds including roars, vehicles and many more.

So what did we think? Jack had great fun putting the Botasaur together and taking it apart again. He also loved doing some imaginative play with it and his little sister who loved the sounds it made and the movements it could make.

The retail price is very good for the product you get. All too often, toys can be easily broken because of poor quality material or they don’t offer much in the way of actual play but this is not the case with the Rusty Rivets Botasaur. There is so much you can do with it.

Overall we were very impressed and Jack is keen to get other items in the set so he can play with them all together.

Advent 2018 Day 1 – Lily Charmed

Can you believe we are in the throes of advent competitions once more? If you thought myself and Sarah wouldn’t be running ours, no need to worry – we’re back again! We’ll be posting our advent comps on the working days of the week, taking a break at weekends. I’m happy to say we are starting our 2018 advent competitions with a fantastic prize from an amazing brand, Lily Charmed. You may have seen them feature quite regularly over on Sarah’s blog and they have been mentioned occasionally both on here and UK Lifestyle Hub too.

I can’t quite believe it is December already. That means a busy busy month for me – Jack is seven tomorrow, can you believe that? Celebrations all round I think – and what better way to celebrate his birthday month and the festive season than some fantastic competitions?

So what have we got for you today? Some beautiful necklaces from Lily Charmed.  But first, let’s find out a little more about the company..

Lily Charmed

If you have heard of Lily Charmed before I have to ask; have you been over to their website of late? Because if so you may have noticed they have had a makeover and doesn’t their website look absolutely amazing!

Streamlined, sleek and easy to navigate is the order of the day, I have to say!

For those of you who are new to Lily Charmed, let me tell you a little about them.

They are at the heart, a family business. Set up by Lucy Lee at her kitchen table, right here in the UK. She now works alongside her husband Johnathan, sister Jessica and cousins; Becky, Poppy and Emma.

They pride themselves on their quirky designs, which are completely different to ones you will find elsewhere.

I mean they sell a custard cream charm! IT IS FABULOUS!

  1. 2018 has been amazing for this company! After all, they opened a flagship store in China and were seen being worn by Jodie Whittaker while promoting Doctor Who! That’s without mentioning Lucy Lee presented Lily Charmed on QVC and SOLD OUT!

Lily Charmed for Christmas

Lily Charmed offers jewellery for all occasions, be it a birthday, anniversary or just because for you or a loved one, you are sure to find something to love.

What’s more, they completely come into their own over the Christmas period, offering the chance to include personalised cards (something they do offer all year around as well), with certain jewellery pieces. It means you can really offer your family or friends something really special and signed just for them.

Lily Charmed Competition

Of course, I mentioned a competition.

Lily Charmed have kindly offered us their Pear Necklace and Turtle Doves Necklace, in homage to the first two days of the 12 days of Christmas.

For this particular competition, we will be drawing two winners, with the first name out of the hat choosing which necklace they would like and the second receiving the other. 

So how can you enter? Well you need to do is pop over to the Lily Charmed website and let us know using 8 words or more: 
What item that Lily Charmed sell do you like the most and where would you wear it, or who would you gift it to. 

Please remember as this competition is running over multiple websites to not only leave your name in the Gleam widget but also let us know which website you entered via so we can track down your comment. 

 

Advent Day 1 Lily Charmed

What to buy someone who has everything this Christmas

As the song goes: ‘it’s the most wonderful time of the year’. The little ones in your life will be looking forward to Santa providing them with an abundance of presents, but what about the adults? It can sometimes feel like an impossible task to buy a gift for someone who appears to have everything. However, here, with gas company, Flogas, we run through a range of ideas to spoil your loved ones with this year:

Hot air balloon ride

While you won’t be heading out to use a gas-powered hot air balloon on Boxing Day, it’s certainly a present you can take advantage of once the weather picks up. It’s also likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to tick off the bucket list. While it could be a bit pricy, there are deals to get yourself up in the air for close to £100, with take-off spots all around the UK. To make it that extra bit special, why not book a trip to watch the sunrise?

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Track day

If you need to buy a gift for a motoring fan, set them free in their favourite sports vehicle. There are many track day experiences available up and down the country with a selection of motors available to quench even the biggest thrill seekers’ thirst for excitement. Rev their engines as they sit behind the wheel of some of the finest automobiles known to man.

Survival weekend

Does your recipient think they are good at everything? This is the ultimate day out that will truly push them to the limit. Do they watch Bear Grylls’ The Island and consider applying? If so, send them on a weekend’s survival course first and see how they fare. Let them battle the conditions and fend for themselves in the wilderness. They will learn new survival skills and really test their mettle.   

Floatation tank therapy

While some claim this is just an expensive bath, it’s actually a whole lot more! This relaxation chamber is full of Epsom salts which are renowned for their health and beauty benefits. So, why not present the gift of stress relief this Christmas, thanks to this pod’s magnesium content. The soothing music that plays for the hour-long session allows the recipient to drift into a near-meditative state of calmness which washes all the negativity away.

Name a star

For just £10, this gift is perfect for those on a tight budget. With a ‘name a star’ present, you’ll be able to choose a name to be registered in the Intergalactic Star Database which will then have a unique number solely for the recipient. It’s a gift that is out of this world – literally!

Karaoke kit

A Lucky Voice karaoke kit is perfect for those who enjoy a sing-along. From £60, your lucky recipient can sing to their heart’s content with thousands of tracks available. It’s a great gift to be able to pull out when you are entertaining. See who would be the next X Factor winner, and who Simon Cowell would throw his straight-to-the-point put downs towards.

Sweet tree

If you want to stay away from an activity gift, why not tickle their taste buds instead? For approximately £24, you can purchase a personalised Haribo tree! With a chocolate stalk and an abundance of the sweet manufacturer’s finest jellies, this 25cm tree is entirely edible. It could be the perfect accompaniment for the recipient to take to work to save them venturing to the vending machine.

While there is an endless amount of ideas out there, hopefully this quick guide can help you to choose something to buy for someone who has everything! Remember, Christmas is a time for giving, so spend every moment you can with your loved ones and enjoy the festive period!

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Playmobil City Life Children’s Playground | Review

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

Jack is a big fan of Playmobil. The brand played a big part in his birthday and Christmas presents last year and will be doing so again this year. We recently reviewed the aquarium and were also asked if we would like to review the City Life Children’s Playground, available here exclusively at Smyths for £39.99. I immediately said yes as I knew it was something on the birthday list and couldn’t wait to see how we got on.

For ages 4-10, the set came packaged well with lots of little bags with different Playmobil bits and pieces inside. The set includes a carousel, a slide, swings, sandpit, skateboard ramp and picnic area plus lots of little details such as the little tiny squirrels and birds, the picnic food and the tiny flowers. We loved the portable BBQ, bottles and bottle crate!

The detail that has gone into this set is great; they really have considered all aspects of a children’s playground when designing. It took a while to put together as some of the pieces are quite small and can be a little difficult to snap together. Jack found a few things difficult to put together and he is almost seven so I’d advise helping your child if they are on the lower end of the age range for this.

Something we really liked about the set is that there were a vast number of figures included so it didn’t matter whether you were playing with the different elements of the playground separately or all together as one massive playground, you always had enough figures to do what you want. It was great to see that the figures ranged in age with some adults, some children and even a baby with its very own stroller!

When putting the set together, the aspect we probably found most difficult as a team was putting the trees together – trying to figure out which set of leaves went where was quite hard as we only had the picture instructions to go by and so many pieces looked similar! Other than that, I found it fairly simple to put together although Jack struggled with putting the bike together and the carousel seats.

 

I think my personal favourite part had to be the carousel – it is so simple to put together and such a lot of fun to spin with the child figures all in enjoying the ride. Jack particularly liked the swing section with the tyre swing and the rocking boat.

So what did we think? In terms of value for money, this is great. £39.99 for all the stuff you get is great – there is literally so much to see and play with in this set. It was a little fiddly to put together in places and with some quite small pieces so I’d suggest some parental help putting the set together if at the lower end of the age scale. The instructions were fairly clear – except for the trees, I’d say – and Jack has had a lot of fun letting the figures play in the playground since.

If your little one is wanting Playmobil this Christmas, this would be a great set to start their Playmobil journey if they haven’t already. If they have already started their journey, this would make a great addition to any other sets they already have.