Self Care With Sinivalia

I was sent this product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

As a mum of two, I rarely find time for myself. I’m always taking the kids to school or clubs, doing my work or doing housework. I recently decided that I needed to spend more time indulging in self care – whether its by taking a leisurely bubble bath or reading a book. Just a few minutes to myself.

I was recently sent the Bentonite Clay mask from Sinivalia to review – this product retails at £10.99 and you can buy it here.

Sinvalia was founded by a group of women who are passionate about skincare. They travelled the world in search of superior skincare ingredients and they also did plenty of research – both reading and speaking to physicians – to formulate a safe, effective and gentle product range.

They came up with a few promises which they strive to always keep to. They are against animal testing – every item is tested on willing human volunteers to check it is safe, effective and gentle. They make sure their products are manufactured to the highest standards and with strict quality control.

So what did I think of the product?

This mask is designed to help detoxify the skin and get rid of blackheads naturally. It is said to be an all in one detoxing, exfoliating and moisturising facial care and body cleanse. It rids skin of toxins and large clogged pores for smoother skin below. It is also said to be anti-aging. Their use of bentonite clay, which has been used in skincare for many years, was definitely encouraging. But did it match up to my expectations?

As an almost 30 year old, anti-aging is something I have started to think about, especially after noticing my first grey hair! My skin often looks lifeless and dull – perhaps sometimes to do with lack of sleep – and it could certainly do with a boost. Whilst I haven’t got wrinkles to contend with yet, anything that helps to keep them at bay is worth a try in my books.

Since I’ve been using this product, I’ve found my skin is looking a lot less grey and lot healthier – more hydrated and plumper. I’ve also noticed that the amount of acne I get has decreased – whilst I don’t get much acne nowadays, I do find certain areas of my face are quite stubborn and I have repeat offenders. My skin has been looking a lot better and I’m putting it down to using this mask regularly.

I’ll definitely be checking out more of the Sinivalia range – I love that their products are all natural, cruelty free and affordable too. Have you tried any Sinivalia products before?

Expanding Our Reading With

We were kindly gifted a coupon code so we could purchase these books for review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Reading is so important and is something I definitely actively encourage. Jack reads a lot of school books, library books and his own books – he’s definitely got the perfect mix going for him of reading, gaming and outdoor activities. He’s happy doing all of them in equal measure which is rare to find these days.

When offered the chance to review some books from, we couldn’t wait to look at the site. Armed with a £30 code, Jack decided to opt for two series sets – a Minecraft book set for him and The Dinosaur That…set which is great for both him and his sister Olivia.

The first set Jack chose was the Minecraft : The Survival Collection 4 book set. As I mentioned, Jack likes gaming and just like any other seven year old, absolutely adores Minecraft. This 4 book collection from Mojang helps guide builders to stay alive in the world.

The set retails at £14.99 and is what any Minecraft loving kid needs to get them through the game successfully. Jack has been reading these non stop and is eager to get back onto the game and give these tips a try.

The second collection of books we opted for – and which Olivia especially has been enjoying – is The Dinosaur that Pooped 4 book collection. Jack chose these because they are perfect for both him and his sister – he can read them to himself and Olivia can have them read to her and enjoy looking at the pictures.

This set retails at £15.99 and contains the books The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past, The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas, The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet and The Dinosaur That Pooped The Bed. They are written by McFly band members Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter.

These are fun and colourful and follow the character Danny and his dinosaur friend on poop filled adventures.  Maybe not for you if you don’t like toilet humour but plenty of fun for young ones who love that sort of stuff.

Reading is incredibly important in our day to day routine and these books have made a great addition to our reading routine. If you are looking for some great new reads for the family, definitely consider – they have such a wide variety of kids books to choose from, you’d be hard pressed to choose just a few – especially at their bargain prices!

Jack’s already got a shopping list ready of the next few books he wants!

Do you encourage reading in your children?

A Welcoming Home With Red Candy

I was sent this item from Red Candy for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Red Candy are one of my favourite brands – they offer such a unique range of homeware items. We’ve previously reviewed a number of items from the brand (click the below links to be directed to each of our reviews!)

Russian Doll Measuring CupsYou Are My Sunshine printKapow! cushionJ carnival light

LEGO storage brick | 360 globe

We always find a wide variety of items we like on the site and I’m always showing Steve new things I want to get for the home. They’ve actually got a fab brand new range of doormats so I had the chance to choose one myself from the range.

There were so many to choose from but I eventually opted for – with coercion from the kids – the tiger doormat. We used to have a doormat at the front door but it was one that was here when we moved in and a few years ago, I decided to get rid of it as we moved in seven and a half years ago and it had certainly seen better days! We’ve been without one since but I definitely find doormats to be very welcoming. Whilst I was tempted to opt for one with writing such as hello/goodbye or no riff raff, I just had to go for the tiger – after all, it is my favourite animal!

Now I must admit it isn’t every day you find a tiger greeting you at the door of your family member or friends house but we’ve had plenty of comment about the doormat, particularly how cool it is!

Retailing at £24.50, this doormat looks exactly like you’d expect a tiger doormat to look like. Olivia has had great fun running to the front door and growling at it like a tiger, she’s definitely convinced by it. The cut and design quality is great and what you’d expect from a doormat.

It is very hard wearing – it has already endured many different types of weather and various people traipsing all manners of stuff on it. Made from all natural coir, it is orange and black in colour (just like a tiger, of course) and is the perfect size for fitting right by our front door.

It can pick up hair and fluff quite easily – like above as I wanted to show you – but is easily brushed down outside to look as good as new. As I mentioned above, this is particularly hard wearing as it has already been put through the motions by my very active family and friends!

This tiger doormat makes the perfect unique welcome by my front door – do you have a doormat by your front door? Which one of the Red Candy range would you choose?

Wonder Park Toys | Review

We were sent a collection of Wonder Park toys for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

It will have been pretty hard to miss the trailer for Wonder Park – the 2019 animated kid’s film that was released on the 8th of April to great anticipation. Jack has been desperate to see it and was very excited to hear that he was being sent a selection of toys from the new Wonder Park range for review. He was sent a variety of toys and has been having great fun making a ‘Wonder Park’ of his own.

The film tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. These toys certainly help with imaginative play for your child’s very own amusement park. For ages 3+, here is what we were sent.

Wonder Chimp Surprise 3 Pack

The Wonder Chimp Surprise 3 pack retails at £5 and contains three different chimps. There are 30 different chimps to collect in Series 1 – we received the frog Chimp, bee Chimp and the bunny Chimp.

The pack has one chimp on show and two hidden. The chimps can ride in their very own free-rolling Coaster Car. What’s even better is you can connect the Coaster Cars for more. Each series will see some new Wonder Chimps added to the collection and a new Coaster Car colour! The chimps are ever so cute!

Grand Wonder Ferris Wheel Playset

This beautiful Ferris Wheel retails at £19.99 and had me in awe as we unboxed it. I always find ferris wheels at fairs so beautiful and they’ve captured the essence of a ferris wheel truly. This playset can be lit up with the push of a button and you can take your exclusive Greta and Wonder Chimp figures on a ride. Don’t forget that you can get your other figures to take a ride too!

This was probably Jack’s favourite product from the collection – who doesn’t love a ferris wheel? Him and Olivia had so much fun spinning the figures around on the wheel.

The wheel comes unassembled in the box so you do have to put it together but this is fairly simple to do – just a few pieces to pop together and you are good to go. Batteries come included in the playset which mean children can instantly light up the wheel and make the magic happen which is great when you have impatient children such as mine.

Wonder Park Figure Pack

This is a great way of collecting even more characters. Each character also comes with an iconic accessory from the movie! There are the characters of  June, Boomer, Steve, Peanut and Gus & Copper to collect and we received Steve (which Jack thought was hilarious, as that is his Daddy’s name!). Steve came with an orange chimp keyring which Jack quickly attempted to add to his school book bag!

Steve has movable limbs and is super cute – Olivia has been carrying him around for ages as she is simply enamoured by him!

Wonder Park Flying Fish Carousel Playset

This Flying Fish Carousel is £14.99 and is one of the most exciting rides in Wonderland. This ride turns and includes three detachable flying fish. It comes with an exclusive June figure and also has her Peanut doll too! Like the ferris wheel, your other figures can take a ride too – but beware that the smaller figures may fall off as it is seemingly designed for the bigger figures! We did find it a little difficult to keep June on at times – as soon as we thought she was safely sat on her fish, she’d fall to the side so it does take a bit of practice!

Also like the ferris wheel, this was super easy to put together. It comes unassembled in the packaging but with just a few pieces and a few steps, it can be put together in seconds. I do like when a toy is easy to put together as it can get so frustrating trying to put something together with children eager to play with them!

This is just a handful of the Wonder Park toys available to buy from John Lewis and all good toy retailers – click here to see more in the range and discover more about the wondrous fun of Wonder Park! Have you seen the film or played with any of the toys yet?

Blog Tour & Review | The Girl In The Pink Raincoat by Alrene Hughes

I was sent a copy of the book for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

I’m very happy to be today’s stop on the blog tour for The Girl In The Pink Raincoat by Alrene Hughes. Be sure to check out the other blogs on this blog tour too!


In wartime it takes courage to follow your heart.

Manchester, 1939.
Everyone hated the heat and the deafening noise, but for Gracie the worst thing was the smell of chemicals that turned her stomach every morning when she arrived at the Rosenberg Raincoats factory.
Gracie is a girl on the factory floor. Jacob is the boss’s charismatic nephew. When they fall in love, it seems as if the whole world is against them – especially Charlie Nuttall, who also works at the factory and has always wanted Gracie for himself.

But worse is to come when Jacob disappears and Gracie is devastated, vowing to find him. Can she solve the mystery of his whereabouts? Gracie will need all her strength and courage to find a happy ending.

My Review

It is very rare to find me reading a book set around wartime but this book intrigued me. The book starts in the days and weeks before the Second World War where everyone is anticipating the potential of something happening but still going on with life as normal.

Gracie is your normal everyday girl, working for a local business, going out with her friends, returning home to her widowed mother of an evening. She never expected to fall in love with the nephew of her boss, it seems to completely take her by surprise. They enjoy a whirlwind romance and go through the ups and downs that all relationships go through before Jacob suddenly disappears and Gracie is left with lots of unanswered questions.

As the war rages on, you begin to wonder if she will ever be reunited with her lost love and feel her anguish as she tries to find out where he is. The pain and distress she goes through due to certain events in the book had me almost weeping with her and I truly admired her bravery through such emotional times. Not only did Gracie have to deal with the disappearance of the man she was going to marry but she also had plenty of other things happening in her personal life – more than any one woman should have to deal with at one time.

The author is incredibly talented – she wrote the characters well and I found myself constantly rooting for Gracie to get her happy ending. I did feel a little sorry for her mother but also couldn’t quite believe she had kept a secret from her daughter for so long. I also loved Maria, she sounded like the best friend every girl needs.

I really enjoyed this book. The ending was lovely, if a little bittersweet, and I’m glad I got to see Gracie blossom into a woman as the novel went on. I will definitely be checking out more books by this author.

About The Author

Alrene Hughes grew up in Belfast and has lived in Manchester for most of her adult life. She worked for British Telecom and the BBC before training as an English teacher. After teaching for twenty years, she retired and now writes full-time. You can find her on Facebook here and Twitter here.

You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play.