Category: Little Reviews

Need More Book Suggestions for Christmas? Here’s Three!

When choosing Christmas presents for children, it doesn’t matter what age they are, you’ll never go wrong with books, whether they are picture books, stories, or any kind that they are interested in like sports or trains.

We’ve managed to tick off some of little T’s Christmas presents, but hey, a little girl can never have enough books right?  As part of the Brit Mums and Penguin Random House Children’s Book Christmas Challenge, we were sent the following books to share with you guys:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down – Jeff Kinney

T enjoyed the first book and found it really funny, so this one is definitely going on her collection.

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The pressure’s really pilling up on Greg Heffley.  His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side’.  As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle.

When Greg discovers a bag of gumy worms, it sparks an idea.  Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie … and will he become rich and famous in the process?  Or will doubling down on his plan just double Greg’s troubles?

T loves animals and wants to learn how to ride a horse, although I have no idea how she’ll manage to squeeze that in.  She’s doing too much already, what with ballet, gymnastics and swimming.  For now, she’ll have to content herself with reading about horses.

The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop – Clare Balding
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Charlie Bass is a horse-mad ten-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony.  So when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled.  The horse she buys, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy.  There’s just one problem – he won’t gallop.  In fact, he won’t even leave his stable without his best friend, a naughty palomino pony called Percy.

Charlie is convinved that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion.  But can she prove it?  Derby Day is fast approaching and only a win can save the family farm from being possessed.  The stakes couldn’t be higher for the Basses.  Can Charlie turn her chaotic family into a top training team?  Can Noble Warrior overcome his nerves?  Will Percy the pony ever stop farting?

The last book is a bit too old for T, so she wants to give it to an older girl who used to be in her Primary school.  She misses her a lot.  This girl was so sweet and kind to her especially when she was in reception.  Last year, T played little Alice and the other girl played big Alice.  I think S will definitely enjoy the next book.

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Girl Online: Going Solo – Zoe Sugg AKA Zoella

Penny’s life is back to normal.  As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone.  Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one including Penny, knows where he is.  So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school, it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.  Helping someone else seems to be the right remedy.  Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey – struggling with stage fright and in need of support.  But is charming Scottish Boy Callum the right kind of distraction?  And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

What about you?

Have you ticked off your Christmas shopping list already?

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Come Take A Walk in the Rain with me

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We’ve had awful wet weather last week.  It certainly felt like Winter has crept in bringing rains and cold days with it.  In days like these, going out and having fun in the rain doesn’t seem possible.  Why would you want to leave the cosiness of your house, especially if you have the fire going?  Not even our pets like to go out in bad weather.

We try to kick Doc out in the rain and he would always look at us as if we we’re out of our minds.  I don’t blame him really and so with a sigh, my husband would put his wellies on and rain coat and actually walk outside with him in the cold, wet dreary weather.

It can actually be a lovely experience walking in the rain, provided that you are dressed for it and perhaps, go to a special place where in spite the weather it would actually seem worth going.  That’s exactly what we did last Saturday.

After little T’s ballet, armed with new rain-coats from the lovely folks at Lighthouse we drove over to the beach at Rock here in Cornwall.  The weather was bad.  We sat in our cars watching the pouring rain, wondering if it would ever stop, and just when we almost called it a day.  It actually did.

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I quickly grabbed my new Reva Waterproof Parka coat and T’s Ella Waterproof Rain Coat and with wellies on, marched off into the light drizzle.

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I wanted to walk on the beach, but T wanted to play with her dolls on the sand.  After some coaxing though, she relented.

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It was actually beautiful, in spite the greyness and wetness of the day.  It was lovely in a dramatic sense.  There were people out walking their dogs, fishing or just having a day out on the beach, blowing cobwebs I guess.

We only ended up walking towards the water, because T wanted her dolls to have a little dip in the freezing sea.  Poor dollies.

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I’m glad that we wore our new Lighthouse rain coats out that day, because it definitely kept us warm and dry.

What we liked about T’s Ella Waterproof Rain Coat:

  • This was actually T’s own choice, I wanted the one with the cloud print in blue, but she chose the bird print.  Obviously liking the colour and design.  T gives the design and colour a  big thumbs up.
  • I like that it has a nice fleecy lining, some coats I noticed have thin linings of a different material, that’s a thumbs up from me.
  • I like that the coat pockets has buttons.  If your child is like mine who likes to take small toys when out and about and dropping them, the buttons are a good idea, another thumbs up from me on this one.
  • I like that the hood is garterized, which means it stays snug on her head when it’s on and most importantly, stays on her head even when she’s running around like loony.  I don’t have to worry about her hair getting wet in the rain, another thumbs-up from me on this one.
  • At £29.95 I thought it was just right for the price, especially if it meant my daughter was snug, warm and dry.

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What we didn’t like about the coat:

  • I only have one gripe:  The sizing is too small.  I decided to order a bigger size for her (ages 7-8).  I was really nervous about this since my daughter is the smallest one in her class, but in spite this, decided to order a size bigger.  Imagine my surprise when the coats came and hers was just the right size!  I was hoping that it would be a little bit bigger so it would last her longer, but at least, it fits her well now.

What I liked about the Reva Waterproof Parka Coat:

  • I liked the colour and design of the coat.  Just because it’s a rain-coat doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish.
  • I liked that it has drawstrings which you can pull just to give the coat a bit of shape (though I didn’t do this for the shoot).
  • I also liked the drawstrings for the hood, although I didn’t use it, I imagine it would really keep my hair dry, handy for longer walks in the rain.
  • I like that it has a lovely-cosy-fleecy lining in the hood and inside of the coat.
  • It kept me really dry.  At one point, it started really pouring again and the coat made me feel really warm, snug and dry.
  • I like the details, like the buttons in front, it just makes it look a bit different from other rain-coats.
  • I was hesitant to choose this coat at first because of the length (even though I really liked it when I first saw it online).  As you can see, I am obviously short.  I was worried it was going to make me look even smaller and bigger than I actually am.  But I actually found the length alright when I tried it on, especially if it will mean keeping my trousers dry, so all good there in that aspect.

What I didn’t like about the coat:

  • At £109 I found it a bit pricey.  That’s just me.  Then again, if a rain coat keeps you nice and warm, I guess it’s worth it in the end.

What about you?

What’s important to you when buying/choosing a raincoat?

Here’s what really happened that day, another shortie by Little Steps.  Do tell me what you think.

*We were sent the coats by Lighthouse for the purpose of this review, however all photos and views are by yours truly.

Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for Pet Owners on Bonfire Night

In collaboration with YuCALM

Doc has been in a weird mood lately.  We think something out there has spooked him.  If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, you will be familiar with what he’s like – over-excitable, over-friendly and loves, loves, loves the outdoors.  As soon as he sees the door open, he’ll be out as if he’s bum is on fire.

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Doc having fun in the garden with a baking tin he found somewhere.

Lately though, you’ll have to literally drag him outside even in the morning, unless he knows you’re following too.  And if by chance you come in before him, he’ll whimper by the door till you let him in.  If not, he’ll find his way in, even if it means squeezing through the small window in our boot room.

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Spotted!

Something has definitely spooked him and we’re worried about what he’ll be like on Bonfire Night.

Thankfully we were provided the following tip by YuCALM and Lintbells National Dog Happiness Survey and we thought we’d share it with you lovely folks, especially for those who are dog owners too:

Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for Pet Owners on Bonfire Night:

1. Do – keep your dog safe indoors and ensure they have identification such as a registered microchip and a collar with a disc including your contact details: 37% of survey respondents said their dogs are likely to react to stress by running away.

2. Do – provide a safe hiding place indoors (such as a tent or pet bed in a quiet, secluded part of the house): 56% of dog owners told Lintbells that their dogs tend to react to stress and anxiety by cowering or hiding.

3. Do – act calmly and normally, providing too much fuss can reinforce the idea that there is something to be afraid of.

4. Do – make sure the environment is safe if your dog starts to react in an uncharacteristic way: 13% of survey respondents said their dogs become destructive when stressed.

5. Don’t – keep the house in silence, a radio or TV can help mask the noise of fireworks.

6. Don’t – leave your dog alone at night if at all possible: 21% of survey respondents felt that being left alone was stressful for most dogs and in fact it’s estimated that up to 80% of dogs suffer from some form of separation anxiety when their owners are absent.*

7. Do – draw the curtains or blinds and if necessary drape over additional fabric to muffle noise and flashes of light.

8. Do – take your dog for a long walk during the day so they are more likely to rest or sleep in the evening.

9. Do – think about using a supplement or other aid to help your dog feel calm and relaxed.

10. Do – ask your vet or certified animal behaviourist for advice about longer term training which can include desensitisation (helping your dog to become accustomed to triggers over time by slowly building up their exposure) and counter conditioning (helping your dog to start associating a fearful event with positives rather than negatives).

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Doc was also given a YuCALM pack which consisted of the following lovely items:  A blanket for comfort, a new toy for exercise, a dental cotton bone for play, some doggie treats and lastly some vitamin supplements to help with doggie stress.

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And there’s Doc with his guilty look which he’s perfected over the years, even though he hasn’t done anything.  Btw, that lovely blanket will be shredded to pieces in the morning hey-ho.

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He absolutely loves his dental-chewy toy.  Doc says woof!  Thank you!

Do you worry about your dogs or pets on bonfire night too?

A Tale of Two Toys: A MEGABLEU Review

For most kids, October is all about the run up to Halloween. If your child is anything like mine, chances are they already know what to wear come All Hallows’ Eve. T certainly has her costume ready, although to be fair, she wasn’t always this sure.  We did go through a phase where she would change her mind every week about what kind of costume she wanted.  Thank goodness that is all over now.

Are you afraid of ghosts?  Would you like to go ghost-hunting?

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Ghost Hunt Revolution

The Ghost Hunt Evolution is the perfect toy for Halloween. It has a skeleton named “Billy Bones” and the best bit is – you play with it in the dark.  How fun is that?  Spooktacular, little T thinks!

How does the game work?

  1. You wait till it’s really dark.
  2. Set it up in a room that is devoid of any light.
  3. Make sure that all your gear is ready: your gun is cocked and your multi-vision glasses are to hand to see more ghosts.
  4. Before you ask an adult to switch off the lights, make sure that “Billy Bones” is switched on (he happens to be a projector!)
  5. As soon as you see a ghost or a bat appear on the wall, aim and shoot!

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When the game is over, the gun has a little screen, which will tell you how many ghosts you’ve managed to catch.

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What does T think of the game?
• She loved it and enjoyed trying to catch as many ghosts and bats as she can.
• She thought the music and the fact that you play it in the dark really “scary” but fun.
• She loves Billy Bones. She loves all skeletons even when it isn’t Halloween.

What we (the parents) thought of the game?  (Yes, the Historian and I also had a go like you should 😉
• It was fun and yes, we enjoyed it too.
• Our only negative comment about the game was that it would be better if they provided two guns. Can you imagine what it would be life if you had more than one child? It would be more fun if the kids could play against each other, by firing at the ghosts at the same time.
• A second gun would make the price of £29.99 seem much better value.

This is the perfect game for a Halloween party or sleep-over, just don’t expect to be able to sleep early or worse, get any sleep at all!

EDIT:  The company has gotten in touch since hitting that publish button, the good news is, there is an extra gun available for purchase – so no more squabbling and whinging over one gun 🙂  

Click on the video below to see what T thinks about the game:

Name That!

Autumn and the long winter days are perfect for playing board-games or any other kind of games which involves sitting around the table, with a cosy fire on, or even on your bed, it doesn’t really matter where you do it as long as the whole family is together and comfortable.

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Name That! is indeed perfect for those nights.

How do you play the game?

  1. Appoint a dealer who will read the category on the top card.  He or she will also reveal the letter on the next card.
  2. Whoever names a word first, beginning with the letter on the top card wins.
  3.  If you win, you get to keep the card.
  4. Once all the cards are finished, whoever has the most cards wins the game.

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How did T find the game?

* She surprisingly really enjoyed playing it, once she stopped panicking, she was really able to think for herself without us having to prod her.

* While she loves playing it, there are some categories that she really struggles with.

What we (her parents) thought of the game:

Like T, we found it a fun game to play with.  Even though the game is categorised as a 6+, it really is actually a game for older kids.  This is also a perfect game to take with you when on a trip or holiday with your kids.

We only have one negative comment about Name That!  My husband found a typo in one of the categories:  Utensils was spelt as Ustensil, other than that, it’s the perfect hunker down game for long evenings.

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Both games are from Megableu, a French toy retailer with a wide range of different games for all kids of various ages.  Do check out what they have in store for you.

Would you like to try any of the toys above?

*We were sent the toys for the purpose of this review.  All photos and opinions are by yours truly.

Declutter with udoq

What pushes your buttons?

I hate finding out that my phone needs charging and lo and behold  my charger is nowhere to be found.  That really irks me. And worse, if your family is anything like mine who seems to think that I know exactly where everything is in our house all the time so hearing a “Dean where’s my charger” or “Mum, where’s the iPad” charger?” all the time absolutely drives me up the wall.

Wouldn’t it be great though if we could charge all our gadgets at once with just one charger?  Not just our phones, but other gadgets as well?  Wouldn’t that be absolute bliss?

Guess what?  Yes we can!

Introducing udoq, the first universal docking station not just for our smart phones, but for iPads and iPods as well.  Say good-bye to the perennial question of “Where’s my charger?”  With udoq, all you need to do is slide your smart-phone and other gadgets in one docking station.  No more bumping heads under the table just to find the charger.  Everything fits in one dock.

What we love about udoq

1. My desk suddenly seems less cluttered.  No more different chargers lobbed on it with leads trailing under the desk to an overloaded socket.  I love the convenience of having all our gadgets in one place.

desk32. I love having to say “It’s on my desk” even before they ask me the question.  It’s like being able to read their minds, makes me also feel like I’m some sort of domestic goddess 😉

3.  I love that I don’t have to worry about where the charges are and that they are now safely tucked away, only to be taken out when travelling.

4. I love the sleekness of the design.

desk4 How does it work?

It’s really simple actually, all you need to do is find the correct slot to fit in your phone.  You don’t have to worry about whether your phone will fit, because it is a universal dock and will be able to charge all kinds of smart phones.

Just slot in your phone, your iPad or any of your other gadgets.

Then connect the USB port to your laptop or desktop.

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Do you have loads of gadgets?

My husband and I are not gadget people, we only have two smart phones and an Ipad Air 2.  We work from my MacBook Pro, a Samsung laptop and his desktop.  That’s about it, but they are switched on for most of the day – which means that we can charge simultaneously.  If you have more than one and are worried that it won’t fit in the udoq, you’ll be pleased to know that it comes in four different lengths: 250mm, 400mm (like in the photos on this post), 550mm and 700mm.  The longest one apparently can charge a tablet, an iPod and six smartphones.  You can also customise and order any connector cables that suits your needs.

What we don’t like about it:

1. While it’s great to have the convenience of having all your gadgets in one place, you will need to plug your udoq using a USB port either on your laptop or desktop.  This won’t be good news for households who have neither a desktop or a laptop and just rely on their iPads or tablets.  The good news is that they will release a charging adaptor in February 2017.

2. I find it a bit pricey.  The starter kit’s (250mm) retail price is at 99 Euros.  And the longest starter kit is priced at 179 Euros.

However if price isn’t a factor, I think it’s worth getting, especially if it means peace of mind or stress-free moments for your wife or whoever is in charge of “knowing where everything is” in your household, then I guess it’s one of those gadgets that are worth paying for.

Have I piqued your interest yet?  Visit their kickstarter page to find out more about this universal dock.  Backers get 50% discount till the 12th of October.

What do you think of this idea?

Yay or nay?

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A Wicked Uncle Review

Wicked Uncle Website

*This is a sponsored post, however all views and photos are by yours truly.

While summer is indeed on its way out and autumn is letting its presence felt little by little, especially once the temperature really dips, before we know it, Christmas will just be around the corner.  Yes, I know, some of you may be thinking “No way!”  as for me, I love Christmas.  I love decorating the house and planning and buying presents for our little one.

If you are like me and like to plan early and looking at what’s available out there, where to get presents and all that, if you haven’t tried Wicked Uncle, I’d suggest you try them now, they are everything an online buyer would want:

Easy to Navigate

There are categories for every thing, whether it’s age, sex or what kind of toys your child is interested in whether they are of the outdoorsy type or likes books and games.

Toys are Age Appropriate

I like that they have age appropriate toys.  It’s handy when you are in a rush and don’t really have all the time in the world to browse for what kind of toy your child would want.  (Great for those last-minute shoppers!)  All you have to do is click on the age of the child and et viola, toys will come up.

Variety of Toys

There are hundreds or maybe even thousands of online stores where you can buy all kind of different toys, I noticed though that most of them offer the same kind.  What I like about Wicked Uncle is that, they have a wide array of different ones from their creativity category to their Brainiac range.  My husband and I were also impressed that their toys were not just the usual plastic stuff that gets thrown in the toy box, but toys that you could do stuff with, not the usual passive kind which kids these ages usually get tired off and gets thrown under the bed, where it’s best forgotten.

Quick Delivery

I placed my order on a Wednesday and it arrived on a Friday.  I also liked the way they updated their customers and that you can track delivery progress.  And lastly, we liked the Wicked Uncle Website because it’s …

Google Certified

It simply means that your order is protected by Google.  If by chance there is an issue with the website and they are unable to resolve it, customers can actually requests google’s help and they will ensure that the issue between customer and shop is quickly sorted out.

Would we order from them again?

That’s a definite yes!  I’ve already eyed a few toys for little T come Christmas.

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Wicked Uncle + toys = Happy Little T

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We got her the Lilypad Garden, this is another example of a “doing and making” kind of toy.  T had fun putting in the compost, planting the grass seeds and of course, arranging the fairy accessories that came with it.

She also loved the Purple and Pink Hornit for Bikes and Scooters that had different sounds from fire engine, train, missiles to her favourite, the “farting” noises that makes her giggle every time she hears it.  She was absolutely delighted with both toys.

What about you?

Would you be interested in trying them out too, whether it’s for your little one, or for a child you know, or maybe even for yourself!

A Fun Filled Day at Weymouth Sea-Life Adventure Park

As blog ambassador for Weymouth Sea Life Adventure park, we had the pleasure of spending a lovely day at this fun-filled theme park in Dorset last Wednesday.  And luckily, the sun was out that day, making the experience even more pleasurable for us.

If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you will remember F, little T’s first best-friend, while she has a number of new best-friends, F will always remain special to her, so it wasn’t really surprising when we asked whom among her friends, she would like to take to go on an adventure with her to Weymouth, she chose him.  After all, when on a fun-day out, it’s always best to enjoy it with a friend right?

We left Cornwall about 8a.m. and after countless of “Are we there yets” (that started around 8.20), we finally arrived at 11am at Weymouth Sea-Life Adventure Park with two excited 5-year-olds.  There was already a queue when we arrived and we also had a bit of a delay going in,because of some miscommunication between the Sea-life Adventure park and their marketing department, but when that was settled, we were finally in.  And much to the delight of the two kids, they had a “Finding Dory trail” to do (they’ve just seen the movie).

T and F had fun gazing at the different species including the famous clown fish and blue tang fish first made famous by the movies Finding Nemo and Dory.

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And then they spied the Splash Zone and wanted to play in the water just like the other kids.  I’m glad I listened to one of my blogger friends who advised to bring their swimsuits.  It was a warm day, so playing in the water was actually a welcome idea.

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And also for the adults to have a little rest, while watching the kids have fun in the water.  As you can see, it was a total hit with T and F.  We had a bit of a hard time convincing them that there were still many things to do and see at the Sea-life adventure park.

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They did the trail, had fun touching the star-fish at the rock-pools, loved the New Ideas Zone where they learned which creatures used electricity to hunt or feed and also enjoyed looking at the blue luminous coral.

And of course, an adventure park won’t be one without the rides …

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All in all it was an enjoyable experience for the kids, especially for young children like T and F. Prepare to spend a whole day to be able to experience all what Weymouth Sea-Life Adventure Park has to offer.

Was it worth driving all the way from Cornwall to Dorset?  Definitely!  The look on the kids faces, don’t lie, do they?  Watch the short video below and you’ll see what I mean.

If you’re in the area and have little ones, it’s certainly worth a visit, especially during the summer. Click here for more information about Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park.

Have you visited? What do you think?

*As mentioned, we are a blogger ambassador for Weymouth Adventure Park, but all views in our posts related to them are ours alone.  Also, all photos taken are also by yours truly.

My Top 5 Beach Wear Must-Haves

We’ve been having really lovely warm weather since last Sunday, it almost feels like we’re on holiday in a warm country.  Sadly, today is a different story.  To think that it’s actually little T’s last day in school.  Temperature has dropped again, the sun has disappeared and instead we are enveloped in a thick mist, at least it is dry … for now.

But that won’t dampen my spirits, the British summer is here and I’m trying to be optimistic that the lovely warm weather will be back. And since we’ve had a taste of the lovely hot days, I’m sharing with you guys my Summer Wish List.

 Top 5 Beach Wear Must-Haves

  1. Seafolly Riviera Stripe Soft Cup Halter Swimsuit Was £100 now £70.
  2. Rayban Female Brown Square sunglasses £152.00
  3. Rose Gold Havaianas flip-flops £24.00
  4. Batela Anchor Printed Beachbag £29.00
  5. Dickins & Jones Crochet Hem cover-up was £40 now £28.00.

All items can be purchased at House of Fraser.

Now of course the reality is I wouldn’t spend that much for a swimsuit, but hey, one can always dream right?  But might reconsider the price if it’s a swimsuit that has magic, and that every time I wear it, my body would look as slim as the woman in the photo, then I’m sold!

What about you?

What are your beach wear must-haves?

Do share.

*This is a sponsored post.  All photos were taken from the House of Fraser website, however, as always opinions are by yours truly.

The Perfect Summer Beach Wear for Kids

While admittedly summers here in the UK can be a bit of hit-and-miss, there are days when it can really be warm too.  A few weeks ago, I remember walking doing the school run in the afternoon and chatting to one of the mums in T’s school.  We both  remarked on how lovely the good weather was and she said “I heard it’s going to be even hotter over the weekend.  Temperatures will be even higher than Ibiza!”   I don’t remember though if what she said really happened, but yes, like she said temperatures here can also rival the high temperatures in warmer countries.  Not always, but it has been known to happen 😉

As parents, apart from ensuring our children use the proper sun-cream, it’s also important to make sure that they are also wearing the right kind of kids swimming costumes.

This sun jacket from Platypus Australia Girls with UPF50+ is perfect for little girls who loves to play under the sun like little T.  I think it’s better to use on the beach instead of a regular hoodie or one of those towelling cover-ups because of the material which gives extra protection from the sun.

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And then there’s the matching Platypus Australia Girls UPF50+ Kaleidoscope Lycra Boardie.  I think it’s the cutest little shorts, perfect for playing in the sun and sand.

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What we love about the whole outfit:

  • As mentioned, it’s great to use when the sun is at its peak.  Perfect for those days when it’s really hot.  It boasts of a UPF50+ protection.  What more can a parent ask for?
  • I love that because of its material, it dries up easily.  If your little one is like T who loves playing in the sand and sun no matter the weather, this sun jacket is a must.
  • Little T and I also love the fun design.  It’s not too girly and it’s not in pink.  I find it really annoying when shopping for swim wear for T and all you get are swimsuits in pink.
  • The shorts is also perfect and like the jacket, also dries easily.
  • Love that they can wear their swimsuit underneath.

What we dislike about it:

  • My only negative comment about both the sun jacket and shorts is that they are a bit pricey than your regular swimwear.  The sun jacket is priced at £24.95 and the shorts is £20.45.  But then again, for me, it’s okay to pay more especially when the product is good and durable, don’t you think?

Now here’s to hoping that the weather will be better than the day T took her sun jacket and shorts for a test run.  One thing I can add though is that, the sun jacket also kept little T warm that day.

Would you be willing to pay for swimwear that costs a little bit more than the rest?

Do share.

* House of Fraser kindly sent the said products to us for the purpose of this review, however all photos and opinions are by yours truly.

Staying Safe in the Sun with Mustela

While admittedly, the sun hasn’t been out much lately, we did have a good one yesterday.  What to do when the sun is out?  No, this time we didn’t head off to the beach.  We went to the garden centre to buy some pots instead, since some plants of ours urgently needed re-planting.

The sun was out in full glory after lunch, so little T and I decided to do the re-planting in the garden to catch some vitamin D.  Now we all know that catching the sun isn’t safe to do without being protected from its UV rays, but being a mum, I was prepared.

I’ve been shopping around for new sun protection for T and haven’t seen one that I liked, or at least T would like.  We’ve been using a certain product for some time now, while it did protect T, we both hated the smell and the thickness of the cream.  Lathering T with it was always a struggle, because she would always whinge and complain about the smell and the feel of it on her skin.

When I told her that we had to put sun-cream on her face, she began to whinge, I said we were going to use a different product and that it won’t smell like the old one.  She didn’t seem convinced, so I put some of the very high protection sun face lotion on her palm so she could have a little smell before putting it on her face…

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And she was convinced!  It didn’t have a funny smell and certainly wasn’t as creamy and thick as the old product we used.  She was a happy little girl and even put the cream on her face on her own.

What We like about Mustela’s Sun Protection Products:

1. Little T has mild eczema.  While it hasn’t reappeared lately, I’m always careful with the kind of products to use on her skin.  That’s one of the reasons why I like Mustela, they only use natural ingredients on their products.  Perfect for kids who have sensitive skin like T.

2.  I like that they have a separate sun face lotion for kids.  It’s handy to put in your bag or even pocket when out and about.  In the summer, you can use this daily on their faces, especially when out and about.

3.  I love that it doesn’t have that icky smell.  It’s really a turn-off and a lot of the sun-creams have it which my daughter hates and I don’t blame her since I don’t like it either.

4.  It’s not as thick and creamy as our old sun-cream, which like I mentioned T absolutely hated with the old product we used.

5.  It has 50+ SPF.

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Do we dislike anything about their products?

Not really.  I’ll be honest though, it still has a smell, but it isn’t a strong one and T who is very sensitive to smells, didn’t seem to mind it at all.  And if you know my daughter, that says a lot!  I’m even thinking of also using the sun face protection lotion myself!

Mustela are experts in the skin care sector, they specialise in products for babies, children and pregnant women as well.  Do check them out.

What about you?

What’s your favourite suncream?

Do share.

*PR samples but all views and photos are by Little Steps.