Last minute Halloween buys.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Looking for last minute Halloween buys? Why not pop over to your nearest Asda for all your Halloween needs!

We have received some lovely samples this morning which Liv is kindly demonstrating!


We were sent some lovely purple "Frightful" fairy lights, a small smarties pumpkin, a pumpkin box full of jelly sweeties and a fabric pumpkin trick or treat bucket.


Liv - sporting her Halloween outfit (also from Asda!) can't wait to take her bucket around to the Family tomorrow collecting 
up lots of lovely treats.

The treats will be demolished but the fairy lights are going to go in our newly decorated bedroom of the same colour, possibly in a fish bowl vase.

Thanks Asda!

Disclaimer - we were sent some Halloween samples, however all opinion and images are our own.

Asda wooden dolls house review.

I think every Parent has had that moment when they open the box of a toy and pull out a flimsy plastic thing that you know isn't going to last two minutes once your little ones get hold of it.

On the other hand it's lovely to put something together and know that it feels solid and sturdy, this is definitely the case with this beautiful wooden dolls house from Asda. Retailing at just £35, I can see it being a firm number 1 on a lot of little Girls Christmas lists.


It was very easy to put together and very cleverly uses these little plant pots as wedges to secure the sides on.


Made from a mixture of MDF and solid wood, the house measures in a very solid 64.9 x 58.3 x 33cm once assembled. It sits evenly and stands straight - unlike some others I have seen! It is also painted in toy safe George Kids Designed colours.

Liv has genuinely loved playing with her house and has already asked for the wooden dolls house accessories (not included) to complete her house - they have the same cute cut out butterfly motif so match perfectly.


The one minor thing I would say could improve this house, is having slow close hinges on the roof. Liv had a little incident with her finger being caught when she closed the roof on it, there was no mark on her finger as the roof isn't heavy but I would definitely be more aware of it if younger Children are using it (although it is recommended for age 3+)



I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to Family and Friends as it really is a gorgeous product that I'm sure Liv will have many years enjoyment out of.

You can view the full range of Asda wooden toys here.

Disclaimer - we were sent this item for the purpose of the review, however all opinion and images are our own.

Chelsea Flipping Pup pool playset review.

Monday, 27 October 2014


For this review, Liv was very lucky to be sent a Chelsea Flipping Pup pool play set. Which contains everything Chelsea and her 3 puppies need for a fun filled day at the pool.

For those of you who don't already know, Chelsea is Barbies little Sister. She was introduced in 2011 and is around 6 years old. She is very popular with younger Girls and can be seen in the programme "Barbie: Life in the Dream House" alongside her big Sister and other family members.

Chelsea comes dressed in a lovely swimming costume, duck rubber ring and holding a small dolphin in her hand. On further inspection she can also be used as a squirter! Stand her in the water and squeeze the rubber ring to suck up some water then squeeze again and it squirts out of the dolphin - Liv thought this was AMAZING and calls it magic - *soaks Mummy*

The lovely Pups can also "jump" off the diving board by pressing a lever making a lovely splash in the pool. 


What's in the box? (Image top left):
  • A slide
  • A ladder
  • 2 crossbars
  • A swimming pool
  • A diving board
  • 2 squirters pups
  • A flipping pup
  • A Chelsea doll
  • A boat for the pups to use on the slide
It was very easy to assemble, simply attach the crossbars and steps to the side, clip the diving board to the right side of the pool and the slide to the left side. Voila! Ready to go!



Two of the puppies are water squirters, while with a couple of easy steps (pop the lever up on the bottom of the slide and tuck the puppies legs under) the third pup actually does a mid air flip at the end of the slide! 

As you can see, Liv genuinely loves this play set and can't wait to take the pups and Chelsea in the bath with her. She doesn't need any help at all while playing with it which is brilliant as so many things are fiddly and she gets quite easily frustrated if she can't do something by herself. It was also lovely to be able to open the box and start playing - no batteries or extra accessories needed buying before she could get stuck in.


I would definitely recommend this toy to Family and Friends. Why not pop on over to Barbie.co.uk to catch up with the latest with Barbie and her pet pals. Do pop back and let me know how you get on.

This toy is recommended for age 3+ and the RRP is £22.99.

Disclaimer - Liv was sent this toy for the purpose of the review, however all opinion and images are our own.

Finding the perfect gift is such a relief.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

I have finally decided to bite the billet and buy my Husband the perfect Christmas gift. It is a little unconventional to say the least but it will really be welcomed.

What on earth is it I hear you ask?! It is a voucher for a clinic calked sk:n who provide acne scarring treatments.

Image source - sk:n.

These are the two options I think they will choose from as it is old scarring from his teenage years rather than him currently suffering from Adult acne.

Salicylic Skin Peel:

"This advanced chemical skin peel is perfect for helping acne. The Beta Hydroxy Acid that the peel contains reduces the oil production in your skin, reducing the number of spots. The other chemical properties of this peel will help to control bacteria and inflammation."

Dermaroller:

"Dermaroller is safe, affordable and can be used on all skin types. It cannot be used whilst acne is still present, but is a fantastic treatment for acne scarring; softening and reducing the visibility of acne scars so you’re left with a brighter, more even complexion."

Obviously, not being qualified in such things I have no idea which treatment would be best to help reduce his scarring, so instead I have opted for a voucher and allow him to make a decision one he has talked through the options with a professional.

The Results You Can Expect From Adult Acne 

In most cases of adult acne treatment, a six-week treatment programme is suitable, and in the majority of cases this is enough to lead to dramatic and long-lasting results.
You will generally begin to notice a real difference just a few weeks after starting adult acne treatment as the acne begins to fade.The skin becomes smoother and clearer, and the scarring becomes significantly less noticeable. All of this will lead to an improvement in self-confidence and give you a new lease of life.

Below is a before and after image from sk:n's website showing a Lady before treatment and 6 weeks after.

Pretty amazing don't you think!?
Image source - sk:n.
Here's hoping my Husband has results just as amazing as these. I know it would really help his self confidence if the scarring was less obvious. Fingers crossed!

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Charlie gets a new collar and tag - review.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Regular readers will recognise this little Guy as our 5 year old King Charles Spaniel - Charlie.


He has previously reviewed a Dog bed, Dog food and toys but never a collar/tag - until now!

When we were asked if we would like to review with Collars and Tags, we happily agreed. After looking through harnesses, toys and leads to mention a few, we decided on a new collar as his old leather one was getting cracked and a new identity tag as the information was barely visible on his current one,


We decided to get a nylon collar this time as Charlie is very big for his breed, we have never actually found a collar that fits, I always end up having to buy them too big and puncturing an extra hole in to make it fit.

After looking through the website, I decided on the Red Dingo flying bones collar in medium - available in 3 sizes Small 20-32cm = £5.48, Medium 30-45cm = £6.25, Large 40-60cm = £7.29.



It fastens with a very simple yet sturdy click lock, has a D ring for you to attach a tag or lead. Made from high density nylon for comfort stitched and strength and sewn (not welded) to ensure maximum strength. I am very pleased with this very good quality collar.

The medium bone ID tag is deeply engraved and the information is then paint filled in black so you can read it easily. It is also engraved with our address on the reverse. Sadly it doesn't come with the bow or moustache pictured above which I have added to the images to conceal my personal mobile number. Measuring 42mm x 26mm and 2.5mm thick, the zinc alloy tag is thicker than any other tag I've bought and worth every penny of the £7.65 it cost.

Postage and Delivery:
P&P of £2.40 was added to my order which I think is very reasonable. I was emailed to advise when my order was dispatched and my parcel arrived with Royal Mail two days later.

I am very happy with the service and products we received and would happily direct Family and Friends to this site.

Disclaimer - I was provided with these products for the purpose of the review, however all opinion is my own.