Smiggle have so many fun products for kids. It’s a great place to look, especially if you are needing some stocker filler ideas for your little ones. With a 50 budget we were able to order all of the below on the Smiggle website and these products are already giving my kids hours of fun, and helping to keep them busy especially as we are spending more time at home.
Smiggle products are great for enhancing children’s creativity and artistic side and the products are all very cute so my kids enjoy using these.
Here are a few of our favourite products that we selected from Smiggle.
This year, Christmas is going to be a bit different for everyone with all of the Corona Virus restrictions and lockdowns. It can be hard to share the festive season with loved ones from a distance, but Moonpig offer some great gift and card options which can be sent directly to your loved ones to help remind them how much you care and are thinking about them.
Moonpig sent us some of their lovely gifts, and a voucher to spend on their website so we could see just how easy it was to shop with them online.
When you think of Moonpig, you normally first think of their personalised cards but they also have a much wider range of gifts available than I had realised.
Playing with puzzles and games is not just for children. For a few years now, I have been doing 1000 piece puzzles and I find it the most effective and relaxing thing for stress relief. I love it so much. In a world where we are constantly rushing around from one task to another without time to take a minute or be still, I really appreciate how much doing puzzles forces me to slow down and allows me to take time for myself.
Cloudberries are a UK-based company that creates fun, design-led jigsaw puzzles for adults. They allowed me to choose a puzzle from their site to review, and I went for the Patchwork jigsaw puzzle.
If you like vibrant and colourful make up, then Jolie Beauty is a great brand to explore – particularly their eye shadow palettes. Jolie Beauty are a brand featuring make up products and make up brushes that are designed and created by make up artists. They also have a strong stance on being cruelty free, and vegan friendly, so you can enjoy their products with peace of mind.
Jolie Beauty sent us one of their popular glitter eyeshadow palettes to try out, which is the Jolie Beauty Bomb Dot Com Glitter Palette.
Ricky Zoom is a great family fun show, featuring motorcycle Ricky and his buddies: Loop Hoopla, DJ Rumbler and Scootio Wizzbang. My 3 year old N has enjoyed this show for quite a while now, so she was excited to try out some new Ricky Zoom toys and play with them together with her big brothers.
As a parent I love the personalities of the characters within the show, each one is unique and it’s great to see how they solve problems within each episode, using their own resourcefulness and resilience whilst also knowing there is a supportive community on hand to help if need be. This is such a positive message for children, and something that I’m happy to see my daughter absorbing while she is watching her Ricky Zoom episodes at home with the family.
When you’ve had a baby, whether you’re a first time mum or a few years down your parenting journey, you might be keen reclaim your body back to its’ pre-pregnancy form. This can be especially true if you were very active before or during your pregnancy.
Exercise is beneficial for everyone, and in particular for new mums, and it’s not all about outside appearances.
You’re likely to be carrying around a small bundle a lot now (who will only get heavier) so regular exercise helps to keep your muscles supple and prevent any aches and pains in your back and arms. Targeted exercise can also help to reduce any long term effects from separation of the stomach muscles (diastasis recti), as can be a cause of back pain.
Exercise is excellent for helping your body to recover after birth, in particular if you’ve had surgery such as a caesarean section. It’s great for correcting posture issues and muscle imbalance, as well as a reset for your core and pelvic floor.
Exercise is also great for helping you to lose any extra pounds that you may have gained during your pregnancy in a sustainable and sensible way, rather than embarking on a crash diet. You’re more likely to keep the weight off doing it this way, plus extreme dieting is not recommended if you are breastfeeding.
Parenting requires a lot of stamina and strength, especially for multiple wake ups in the night and exercise is great for building this. Even though you may feel tired immediately after exercise, the long term impacts on your body will be very positive and it should improve the quality of sleep you get (even if it’s in small chunks!)
Just like in pregnancy, exercise can be a super boost for your mental health and can help minimise or prevent post-natal depression. This is all due to the endorphins in your brain, which jump to an increased level as you exercise..
There is no rush though and it can take a while for your body to adjust to your new life, so take things slowly.
Whether you are putting together an outfit for a special occasion, or creating a professional day to day look for work at the office, adding a piece of antique jewellery can give you a really unique vibe to make your style extra unique.
In order to be classified as an antique, each piece of jewellery must be at least one hundred years old. So this means that to find the perfect antique, you would need to be looking for pieces of jewellery from the 1920s, or earlier eras such as the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian or Art Nouveau eras. Other jewellery which is not quite this old can be classed as vintage jewellery, rather than being antique jewellery.
Since antique jewellery has so much history, it’s amazing to think of all the stories each item could have and the lives that these items could have touched.
You can find a wide variety of antique jewellery on the CarusJewellery.com website, to add the perfect finishing touches to your outfit.
Wearing an antique ring is a great way to add a historic feel to your outfit in a subtle and meaningful way. You can find many beautiful and unique antique rings with all kinds of gem stones, from amethyst to sapphire, garnet, pearl, diamond and more.
Vascular Dementia is a common type of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. It’s estimated to affect around 150,000 people in the UK, but for Dementia as a whole, this there are currently 850,000 people in the UK with the disease.
Vascular dementia can affect anyone, anywhere, although, those over the age of 45 are most often diagnosed with disease.
With so many people in the UK with the disease, there are so many families who have to cope with their loved one’s health detreating. It’s a heart-breaking disease, but with research for the cure well underway, the best thing that can be done now is to continue raising awareness of the signs of Dementia and highlighting charities that are fundraising for the research into the cure.
Vascular Dementia can affect people in different ways, and the underlying causes to the Dementia will vary too. Symptoms may develop over a long period of time, or they will develop suddenly, for example, after a stroke.
Country Cousins have created the infographic below which highlights the eight symptoms of early Vascular Dementia that everyone should know about.
Love Yourself are a new luxury food delivery brand, making it so easy to stay on top of your healthy eating goals, whatever your requirements. With your full days worth of food delivered each evening, ready for the following day, it means that you are always prepared with a healthy and balanced meal when you need it. The meals are cooked by a Michelin trained chef, and each day’s food comes with breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks (for morning and afternoon). The Menu options include Keto, Dairy Free, Halal, Keto, Performance, Balanced 2000kcal, Balanced 1600kcal etc and more, so it’s easy to find the right option whatever your dietary requirements.
We tried three days worth of meals on the Halal balanced plan, and overall I was very impressed with the service. The convenience of using Love Yourself is brilliant, as you don’t need to think at all about your food for the day – since every thing is already set out for you including snacks. This totally prevents the chance to make food choices in a rush that you might regret later, and means that all of your food is really balanced and varied.
The age of 13 years old is when a girl turns from a child into a beautiful young lady. Her appearance, preferences, and views are changing. And it’s very important to choose a birthday present for a teenage girl.
Give priority to practical, useful, original gifts. Experience gifts are especially appreciated. Or, if you are in doubt, it’s better to ask the hero of the occasion herself what she would like to receive for a present. Let’s look at the most interesting and the best gifts for girls 13 years old.
Guest post from Dave at YourCub.com Do you love to play with your children? I know I do. But many of the toys that my preschooler likes to play with will only keep me engaged for a few minutes. You’ll find that the more educational and creative the task or the toy, the longer we […]
We all need a little help keeping our kids busy during this stay-at-home period, and Bing has plenty to offer to help out families with this. As well as over 100 episodes available on iPlayer, Emmy award-winning and BAFTA nominated family favourite Bing offers pre-school children and families multiple ways to keep busy and entertained during this […]
Activity and images provided by WAHACA AT HOME Make your own Piñata Looking for the perfect way to stop your kids smashing up the house? Here’s our step by step guide to making your own Piñata. STEP 1: Assemble your equipment You’ll need flour water newspaper balloons string scissors glue paint tissue paper and lots of […]
Right now we are in unprecedented times, with households across the UK going into our second month of ‘lockdown’ due to the Corona Virus outbreak. This break from the norm can be quite stressful for children – we don’t know when this situation is going to end, when we will see our families and friends […]
In case you’re in need of extra inspiration to fill these days during the lock down, here’s a quick list from Muddy Puddles who have shared some simple ideas that will help make the most of this time… Muddy Puddles is offering NHS and other health service workers 40% off on top of their online […]
Playing with your child helps with their confidence, development and overall wellbeing. Many parents make the mistake of trying to take the control of how their child plays. However, you should let them experiment with unstructured play, which allows them to go at their own pace and usually revolves around their interests at that moment. […]
Entertaining children is one of the toughest tasks. In order to maintain their full attention, they have to be mentally and physically engaged, but the task can’t be too challenging from the get-go. Initiating entertainment and maintaining entertainment is a challenge, no doubt, but it can be done. In a time where instant gratification is […]