I’ve been using my old electric toothbrush for a few years now and when it packed up (refused to charge), luckily for me, before I managed to buy a replacement, the lovely folks at Uber Sonic (a British Oral Care subscription service), got in touch and asked whether I’d sample their new product. I said yes, of course. Here’s what I think of their Award Winning Uber Sonic Electric Toothbrush:
I absolutely love the unique aluminum design. It’s so sleek and looks ultra modern and stylish,(not that a modern and stylish looking design should factor in when looking for an electric toothbrush to buy). But I must admit, it certainly caught my attention!
I also like that it’s really lightweight. I’m used to my heavy toothbrush, so was really surprised when I picked it up and found it so light! It makes brushing your teeth even easier to do.
I like that it’s less noisier than my old electric toothbrush.
I also like that it has a 30sec buzz function which reminds you to change from one jaw to another.
I’ve only been using this Uber Sonic Electric toothbrush for over a week now and so far haven’t had to charge it again. It boasts of a long-lasting charge, but I haven’t had the chance to prove that one yet.
It has a really soft brush which I wasn’t really sure of when I first tried it. Perhaps it’s because I was used to my old one, which seemed to have a “harder” and sturdier brush. But then again, this only made me more aware to brush my teeth “longer” and “harder” to make up for the “soft brush”, so it really depends on you whether you’d think of this as a positive or negative.
What I don’t like about the Uber Sonic Electric Toothbrush:
It has a soft brush. (See details above), as mentioned not really sure if this is a negative, but still worth mentioning.
My box also came with two refill heads and covers, at least I won’t have to worry about purchasing replacements.
If you’re on the look out for an electric toothbrush, why not give Uber Sonic Electric toothbrush a try? Uber Sonic Brush sets from £19. With a refill plan of two brush heads from £9 every 2 months and all members receive a free Ubersonic toothbrush and whitening kit every year. I think that’s a fab deal, you won’t have to worry about having to replace your toothbrush!
What do you look for when searching for an electric toothbrush replacement?
Do you go for design, trusted name or price?
*I was kindly sent the Ubersonic Electric toothbrush for the purpose of this review. However, all photos and opinions are by yours truly.
It’s five days before Christmas, can you believe that? I bet most of you are ready. Here in our little cottage in the country, we can say that we definitely are! Our are decors up, Christmas crockery is out, our Christmas tree is up and most importantly presents are wrapped under our lovely Christmas tree.
But what if burglars crept into your home and stole all your Christmas presents? Sounds like a bad tv movie? It can happen you know. Not to worry, lucky for T, ADT sent her a package filled with different kinds of cunning tricks to thwart the evil plans of any would-be-burglar. It’s called project #PresentPatrol (Up-sound: Mission Impossible soundtrack). Here’s what they sent:
1. A floor plan to plan the attack. 2. Four sets of “ideas” on how to out-smart those evil present-burglars! 3. A jar of marbles to do the “Mad Marble Medley”. 4. Water Balloon Drench Defence 5. The Ultimate Tickle Bomb 6. Spidey Intruder Sensors
The Master Plan
Step 1: Use floor plan to plan the course of attack. Little T drew our Christmas tree on the plan, “That’s where it will all happen, mum”, she said excitedly.
Step 2: Hide the Spidey Intruder sensors or just plain creepy spiders on the presents to scare the burglars away. Hopefully, they are scared of spiders! If not, the sensors will alert the police just in time to catch the culprits.
Step 3. Use water-bombs to drench defence around the Christmas tree.
Step 4: Use feather bombs or the “Ultimate Tickle Bomb”. Hopefully it will either tickle them to death or make them sneeze so loud they’ll wake up Doc or little T’s grumpy dad – that’s enough to scare anyone away! 😉
I think we’ve managed to fully protect little T’s presents from those evil burglars! How dare they even think of stealing little T’s presents. Thanks to ADT, her presents are safe and ready to be opened on Christmas day.
Do watch our little video below. T and I had so much fun doing it.
What about you?
If burglars were in the area, what would you do to protect your Christmas presents? We invite you and your little ones to come up with your own fun and exciting plan to keep your presents safe. Click on this > ADT Floor Plan if you want to also use the floor plan.
My husband once told me about how a friend of his gave his wife an iron for a Christmas present. I asked if it was meant to be like a private joke between the couple, he said no. I asked if they were still married, by some miracle, yes, they still are together. I said to the Historian “You wouldn’t ever think of buying me an iron as a present would you?” “Of course, I wouldn’t!” He answered back – too quickly, I think.
When my husband first told me this story, I felt so bad for the wife. Imagine, how awful to receive an iron for Christmas! I know there’s nothing wrong with it and I’m sure the husband wasn’t hinting that he wanted her to iron his shirts more, or was he? I wouldn’t know. Anyway, several years down the line, I’m singing a different tune. There’s nothing wrong with giving a practical present for Christmas. I certainly prefer them now.
My husband, bless him, is a very generous gift-giver. He’s given me expensive presents before from jewellery to gadgets, to beautifully illustrated books which he knows I love (to be fair he loves them too). But I guess when you’ve been married more than a couple of years, while those presents still of course bring a smile to my face, it’s the practical gifts that make me really excited. Yes, I know that sounds really sad.
I absolutely love that it has separate compartments for for all those annoying house waste a household has like plastic milk containers, empty bottles and cans, cardboard and paper. With this recycling bin, you can segregate all your waste apart from each other. Before we had the Totem, we used to put all our recyclable items in a separate bin and it used to overflow … a lot. It used to drive me mad seeing piled stuff on top of the bin. I don’t have that problem anymore.
I also love that it has a removable drawer bucket which you can easily slide and carry when you take the recycling out with you.
It has a food waste container you can easily take out with you. Admittedly, Doc does eat most of our left-overs, but we have a compost heap on the bottom of our garden. We used to put tea-bags, vegetable cuttings, coffee grinds on a tupperware on top of our microwave and that to me was such an eye-sore. Now our food waste is tucked away, far from eye-sight.
I love the design. I never thought recycling bins could actually look aesthetically good. I love the sleek design and its fingerprint proof stainless steel counter. I never though I’d ever call a bin beautiful, but it really is!
I also love that it came with additional bin liners and also has a built-in-odour filter and breathable holes. You won’t have to worry about yucky bin smells when you slide the doors open.
What I don’t like about the Totem recycling bin:
Some of course may find it too big. But that’s one of the reasons why I love it. It’s big enough to hold all our household waste besides customers can always choose a smaller size. We have the 60L, but you can choose a smaller one if you have a small kitchen and go for the 58L or the 48L. My husband has this evil plan of moving my beloved bin to the utility room. He says “It’s either him or me!”
I won’t lie. I did find it pricey. The 60L costs £199 but then again, if you do have the budget to spend, I would say it’s a small price to pay to be able to segregate your waste properly and most importantly, your kitchen will be clutter free of any waste!
A lot may not agree with me, but I think this is the perfect present for any mum or even dad who likes getting things sorted. The kind who wants every little thing in their kitchen tucked away properly in their own place. That’s the way I like it. This is definitely a #chirstmassolved present for me.
If you’re curious about the Totem 60L – do check out the short video below:
What about you?
Do you like practical presents too?
*We were kindly sent the Totem60 for the purpose of this review. However, opinions, photos and video were all done by yours truly.
There’s something really sweet and romantic about lockets. I think it’s because they have been romanticized in stories, books and in the movies. Whether it’s a period or a romantic movie, chances are, the heroine will have a locket around her neck with the photo of her beloved in it. Or perhaps, of a mother, who has lost a child and forever wears her locket with a photo of her little one, close to her heart. Or this:
She saw that it was the work of a skilled artisan and that the diamonds were of great brilliancy and superbly set, but the cutting of them denoted that they were of a former day. She noticed too that the locket opened, and, pressing the hidden clasp, she saw the two halves spring apart to reveal in either section an ivory miniature.”
Edgard Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes
When Martha Jackson got in touch and asked if I wanted to do a review of one of their lockets, I quickly said yes. At the back of my head, I thought of T of course. I knew that when she’s old enough, she will love to have a locket to forever cherish.
They have a number of beautiful lockets to choose from, but I chose the Silver Double Oval locket. I thought it would be handy to have two compartments. Although admittedly, I haven’t found a photo of little T, small enough to fit in there. But I’m sure I’ll eventually find something or perhaps, I’ll have to print a specific photo for this beautiful keepsake.
Above is a photo of the first compartment.
The second compartment is bigger than the first.
Martha Jackson’s lockets can also be personalised. I asked that the words “Carpe Diem” to be engraved behind the locket. This is something we like to remind T about to. To always seize the day, no matter what her fears are or the circumstances she’s in – grab life by the throat and experience everything life has to offer. After all, as parents, isn’t this what we wish for our children?
As you’ve probably noticed, there’s also a small letter “T” and a little pearl charm along with the locket. You can order these add-ons. It can be an initial like the “letter T”, a lovely pearl, or even a little key. I just love these little add-on details, it just makes the locket even more special and unique to the wearer.
What I love about the Silver Double Oval Locket:
As mentioned, it has two compartments. One small one in front and another bigger one at the back.
I love that you can personalise all the Martha Jackson’s lockets. For me, it’s the perfect gift for daughters when they are old enough to cherish it.. You can also choose your own font, whether you want a simple font or an elaborate one.
Again, I love that you can choose some add-ons, whether it’s an initial or a charm like a pearl or a key. You can also choose whether you want the add-ons in silver or gold.
I love that you can choose the length of the necklace. When ordering, you can choose a short one (35-40 cm), or a long one like mine (76 cm, extra long belcher chain.)
And most of all, I love that the price is affordable. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg to have something as beautiful and unique as this one. This particular locket starts at £45. Of course, the add-on charms and the length of the locket will also determine the cost in the end. For someone special in your life, it’s definitely worth the spend.
What I don’t like about it:
This isn’t major. But I wasn’t too impressed with the packaging. It came in an ordinary small white box. I think something as pretty and as dainty as this deserves better packaging.
I’ve shown little T the locket and she absolutely loves it. I’ve told her that when she’s older, she can have it. She keeps asking me “But when will that be mum”? I told her that she’ll have it when she’s responsible enough not to lose it.
Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a special and unique present for the woman in your life, whether it’s your wife, partner, girlfriend or daughter, I think this forever keepsake is the one for them.
What about you?
Do you like lockets too?
*I received this lovely locket from Martha Jakson for the purpose of this review but all photos and opinions are by yours truly.
Can you believe it’s only 49 days till Christmas? Have you started your Christmas shopping yet or at least, started your long list of Christmas presents to give? Here’s an idea.
I don’t know about you, but my husband and I love Christmas hampers. We love receiving them and giving them as presents for Christmas, especially for people who love food and drink. I guess one of the reasons why we love them is the variety of what you’re getting. It’s like a smorgasbord of all the wonderful treats one usually serves on Christmas day. Now who wouldn’t want that? And to top it off, they are packed in one lovely hamper, perfect for those picnics we also love doing, preferably in much warmer days.
Prestige Hampers have a variety of hampers, depending on what items you prefer. Are you a chocolate lover, prefer cheese, mostly wine, with some lovely cold meat, or whether you have a budget of £20 less or £500 more, there is one hamper for you.
As for us, my husband and I were like a couple of kids on Christmas day, as we opened our special Christmas hamper, taking turns with “oooohing and ahhing” as we looked at our each treat from our Prestige Christmas hamper.
Our Christmas Hamper had the following goodies:
1 bottle of Shiraz, 1 bottle of Chardonnay, 1 delicious fruit cake, a box of Pralines chocolate, shortbread from Walkers, one bar of dark chocolate from Beech’s, Yorkshire Crisps, tea from English Breakfast, one small classic Christmas pudding from Walker, handmade smoked oatcakes from Reid, Red Velvet Crunch bitter Biscuits from Farmhouse biscuits. 1 small jar of Christmas Preserve with mulled wine from Mackays and a small jar of Mackays Christmas marmalade with cranberries, packaged in one lovely hamper.
What we think of Prestige Christmas Hampers:
We genuinely loved it. As mentioned, my husband and I had fun opening it and discovering the contents of the hamper. If you’re thinking of a buying a present for someone special in your life who happens to love food like we do. Then look no more, choose a prestige hamper for them. They’ll love it as much as we loved ours.
If you’re curious about what they really look like and how big the items are, have a little look at the short video below and see for yourselves.
What about you?
Would you like to receive a Christmas hamper from Prestige on Christmas?
*We were sent the Christmas Prestige hamper for the purpose of this review, but all photos and opinions are by yours truly.
*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Millets.
Before we had T, my husband and I used to do a lot of walking here in North Cornwall. We had a different dog back then. For those who’ve been following my blog for some time now, you may have read about Mutley. The dog who sadly passed away due to bone cancer when I was pregnant with T. It took a while before we had another dog, and when T turned three, that’s when Doc joined our little family.
Admittedly we don’t do a lot of walking anymore. That’s what happens I guess when you have children. Extra curricular activities run even on the weekends. But lately, my husband and I have been yearning to take up walking and exploring more of the outdoors again, by foot, like we used to. We talked about buying ourselves proper hiking boots, good ones, not the kind that breaks after a season. Luckily for us, Millets came to the rescue.
For avid hikers, dog walkers, or any lover of the outdoors, Millets is a must-visit for all your hiking gear. They have the widest range of durable walking boots, jackets, rucksacks and everything else needed for your outdoor adventure.
1. Peter Storm: Men’s Insulated Pennine II Jacket and BRASHER: Men’s Country Master Walking Boots 2. PETER STORM: Girl’s Ormskirk Walking Boots 3. BRASHER: Women’s Country Trekker Walking Boots.
My husband, little T and I were really impressed when the items (see above) arrived. Upon opening the boxes, we knew right away that they were all good quality and we’re really excited to get them all tested and since it’s T’s half-term break, we quickly planned an afternoon on Rough Tor.
T’s school broke up for half-term break on a rainy Thursday last week. When I checked the weather forecast, Friday looked promising. We waited for my husband to finish some work and also waited for T’s best-friend F who was spending the afternoon with us that day. For awhile, I was wondering whether we should cancel, since the dark grey clouds seemed to be hovering, promising more rain. But we decided to go for it after all, thanks to Millets, we were geared for whatever the weather.
The Historian wore the Peter Storm’s Men’s Insulated Jacket together with Brasher’s Men’s Country Walking Boots:
What he liked about the jacket:
It’s well padded and insulated. Perfect for the rough Cornish weather.
What he didn’t like about it:
The pockets aren’t big enough for an OS map (see above) and it could do with another deeper inner pocket. But then again, he says that people usually bring a rucksack with them, like we did that day, so it really isn’t much of a negative.
What he liked about the boots:
Everything. He absolutely loved the boots. He said it’s the perfect walking boots. Keeps your feet warm and dry when walking in the rain or hiking through muddy and wet grass.
What he didn’t like about the boots:
Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nada.
Rough Tor is about a twenty minute (or maybe even less drive from where we live) It’s a tor (Cornish word for hill) on Bodmin Moor. It’s a known place for hiking and also popular among the tourists.
It actually drizzled on the way there. Doc snuggled up to my brand new boots. I think he likes them too.
We took a photo of our new boots before the walk just to make a comparison after.
Then together with T’s best-friend F, we headed off for our little hike up Rough tor.
We’ve been to this place so many times especially when we have visitors around. You don’t need to be an expert hiker to climb to the top. I guess that’s one of the reasons why we like going.
You’ll also find a lot of sheep on the path that’s one of the reasons why we never allow Doc to go off leash. He’ll frighten the poor sheep if we do!
“Take a photo of my boots mum!” T said as she stopped in her tracks and of course I obliged. I don’t think F, her best-friend was amused.
Looking at the sky, I remembered thinking “Oh dear, we better hurry before it starts to rain again.” I wondered even whether to call it off but our little team was way ahead of me by now.
“Be careful please!” I called out to the kids as they scrambled up the rocks. I stopped and looked behind at how much we’ve covered.
The carpark seen between those trees looked so far away. I quickened my pace by now I’ve lost sight of my husband and the kids were also quickly disappearing before my eyes.
I stopped to catch my breath and caught sight of these beautiful rock-formations all over Rough tor. It’s such a breathtaking scene.
As if giants decided to play with the rocks and stack them up neatly one after the other.
I also remembered thinking “Thank goodness, I’m wearing proper boots! I don’t think ordinary trainers would do the trek up the tor”.
Once up, there were more beautiful rock-formations around. “What took you so long, mum?” T asked me as I sat down to catch my breath. “Didn’t you hear me calling for you?” I asked her. She shook her head. It was too windy up there to hear anything I guess.
And there’s Doc and the husband admiring the view. The clouds still looked ominous to me so in spite protests I told everyone that it’s time to head back down before it started to rain.
On our way back though, we saw another family going up the tor in spite the weather. I remember thinking how brave they were considering they had smaller kids with them.
T and F as usual went ahead of us. They were playing around as always by the time we got to them.
And or course, we had to take an “after-the-walk-photo” of our boots.
Verdict: Men’s and Women’s boots from Brasher and Peter Storm Girl’s walking boots are excellent boots for the outdoors.
Need we say more?
I’d like to go back again though when the weather is better. My husband read about some bronze age settlements somewhere around the tor, when the weather is better, we will come back and hunt for them. It’s handy of course that, all this isn’t very far from where we live.
If you want to see more of the beautiful scenery surrounding Rough Tor, watch short video below:
What about you?
What kind of adventures have you done over the half-term break?
“I have a letter mum” T proudly held a white envelope up to us. And she was right, it was addressed to her. It was a summary of her ISA savings account which we started when she was barely a month old.
“How much have I saved?” She excitedly asked. Note the “I” and not the “we” as if it was her who deposited monthly in her account. Ah bless.
We read the amount to her. She gasped. “I’m rich!” Till we explained that this account was for her University fees. My husband and I both actually sighed, with this rate, we’ll be nowhere near the £37,000+ it takes for a degree here in the UK according to this article. To think, that’s only the cost of the Uni fees, they haven’t even included accommodation, food and clothing allowance. Good grief. And of course, by the time she’s old enough to go, it will probably be double that amount. Thank goodness T is only six, we still have time. Do we really have time though to scrape and save enough to ensure that our daughter can go to Uni without a massive student debt to burden her? And how are we doing this?
Scrape and Save
By scraping and saving of course. I’m lucky I’m married to someone who is ever so careful with our finances. We both are. We actually have an emergency fund we can dip into goodness knows, something unforeseen happens (knocks on wood, hopefully that will never happen). It may not be a huge amount, but at least we have something to cushion us even for just a bit.
Have No Credit
My husband and I don’t own credit cards, no loans, no mortgage to think about. Whatever we need goes out of our current account. I don’t judge anyone and perfectly understand how for some people credit cards are a safety net just in case the numbers don’t add up at the end of the month. And I know it can easily happen to anyone.
Buy only What You Need
Thank goodness my husband and I are both simply folks. We don’t buy expensive stuff. I don’t own signature brands and shun away from most things expensive. If I see something I like, I wait till it goes on sale and if I find the price reasonable enough, that’s the only time I buy it. We do like to splurge on each other during special occasions mostly on books though, especially Folio books. As for other necessities, I usually wait for the sales before buying anything.
Lastly, my husband and I are both homebodies. We like the simple pleasures in life like a good home-cooked meal instead of eating out or watching movies at home instead of going to the cinema. We both like to potter around in the house during the weekends. We’re members of the National Trust and English Heritage which means, we don’t spend much most of our days out especially if we bring a picnic with us.
All these may just be little things, but when added up together can amount to something and surely we’re doing the right thing right?
*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with start-rite.
I think this is the shortest summer holiday little T has ever had and I can’t believe that she’ll be back in school next month. I’m panicking a bit because there are still some activities I want to do with her. We haven’t even gone camping yet, or learned how to ride the bike without stabilizers, or learned the “You are my sunshine” song in the ukulele yet.
And yes, I do know the summer holiday will end soon. In fact, in spite the panic, we’re actually ready for it. She already has new uniforms in time for next month and also has a pair of new school shoes courtesy of Start-rite. We got little T’s first ever pair of shoes from them. My husband was very particular about this. He didn’t want to just buy just any pair of shoe from the shops. He wanted her properly fitted and booted. Yes, T and has a history with this particular shoe brand and we trust it.
For this year, T chose a classic Mary Janes style for her school-shoes. If you’ve been following our little blog for some time now, you will know that my daughter is very sporty and just like any other six, going seven-year-old, she loves to skip and run around like a loony.
What we liked about the shoes:
The velcro. Admittedly, T still hasn’t mastered tying her shoelace yet so a velcro strap is a big help for her.
We like the style and the leather. As mentioned, we’ve been happy with Start-rite from the beginning and know that we are getting good quality shoes.
At £42.99 we think that the price is just right. Might be pricier than other school shoes, but at least we know that we’re getting our money’s worth and know that it will last her long.
When it comes to school shoes my husband and I don’t really mind spending more for better quality shoes and as I’ve mentioned, T and start-rite have a good history together, we know that this will last her till at least next year. I won’t be surprised if it even lasts longer than that.
As parents of young and active kids, it’s always best to spend a little bit more for good quality school shoes, isn’t it, especially if we know that it will last longer than most of the other brands.
My parents gave me a book about boys and girls/men and women and puberty when I was smaller. I think I read more about the book instead of sitting and talking with my mum. I wish when I was younger I had asked more about the changes my body was going through, although my mum tried her best I think sometimes after the “talk” has been and gone, parents can forget to “check-in” with their kids… I think the “talk needs to be “talks” spread out over months, even years… not everything can be covered in one talk, and the importance of communication is key
She is so right. It shouldn’t just be one talk, one sitting-down-moment with T. It should be a series of talks over the years. I hope I remember this. Thank you Jenny!
*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Smiggle
I know what you’re thinking, school hasn’t even ended yet. But hey, what can I say? My daughter is exactly like me who loves anything to do with stationary, coloured pens, and beautiful sparkly journals. Personally, I prefer my journals not to be sparkly, but when you’re a six-year-old, I guess they prefer, one that glimmers.
I’m familiar with the brand Smiggle. Who isn’t? Go to any city centre and you’ll find a Smiggle shop filled with the brightest pens and everything your little one will need for school, or even just for their collection. When the lovely people behind the brand got in touch and asked if T would like to sample some, I said yes of course. And boy was she pleased when she opened the package which was addressed to her, she especially loves this very sparkly journal:
She spent hours just playing with the sequins alone. By brushing across it with your fingers, you can actually change the design. She quickly wrote her first entry down and I’m not kidding when I say that she actually slept with it. That was how much she was pleased with this very sparkly journal from Smiggle.
She also had fun with this DIY pencil-case that has everything a child would need for school. It has coloured felt-tip pens, a rubber, a ruler, a sharpener and scissors.
There was also a small little badge journal which smelt like candy. T loves it! And of course, not to mention a letter T keychain which she quickly put on her backpack. I was kinda hoping she’d save it for September, but did she listen to me? Of course she didn’t. When a child is that excited, you wouldn’t want to burst their bubble now would you?
Thank you Smiggle for making little T a happy bunny.
What about you?
Are you and your child crazy about stationary/school supplies too?