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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.

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?

* PRESS SAMPLE.  Opinions and photos are by yours truly.

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!

Can’t Say No to Cake

While I don’t have a sweet tooth, I can never say no to cake.

When someone offers you cake, you say, “Yes please” and “Thank you”.

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This would actually make a lovely Father’s Day present.

It was my husband’s birthday last Saturday.  When Baker Days asked if we’d like a sample of their cake, we of course, said, “yes please”.  In case you didn’t know, it’s part of “Life’s Rules to Happiness: Thou shall not say no to cake, ever.”

I wasn’t expecting the cake to arrive on his birthday though, especially since I sent our details late Thursday night.  Had I known I would’ve had the cake personalised more, after all, that’s what Baker Days cake are all about, personalised cakes you can design anyway you want it.

The letter box cake (as seen in the photos) is their latest addition to their designs.  I think the idea is, it’s small enough to fit through your post-box, and it is.  I know this because I tried to fit it through our letter-box.  Our postie rang our doorbell though, he didn’t want to slide it through, probably worried that it was going to ruin whatever it was inside the box.

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I chose the “Officially the best dad in the world”cake.  I thought it was going to be a nice little present for T’s dad after his birthday.  Imagine my surprised when it arrived on the day itself.

What we liked about the cake:

1. I like the idea that it fits through the letter box.

2.  Impressively fast delivery.

3.  The vanilla sponge cake with buttercream was delicious.

4.  Even though we didn’t use this feature, I like the fact that you can personalise it, whether it’s your own design or a particular photo you want to use.

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What we didn’t like about the cake:

1.  I think it’s a little bit too pricey for the size of the cake.  Would I order it myself?  Probably not. The letterbox gift cake as seen above costs £14.99.  It comes with two party balloons and two birthday candles which was a nice touch, I still think it’s too much though.

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And as you can see, T can never say no to cake either.

Can you?

You can also follow Baker  Days on FB and twitter.

Note: We were sent the cake for the purpose of this review, but opinions and words are by yours truly.

Dining by the Sea: Bayview Inn (A Sort of Review)

Since it’s the Easter break, we’ve been dining out a lot lately.  Our latest jaunt, was at the Bayview Inn, another restaurant and hotel, along Widemouth bay, here in North Cornwall.  Last time I shared about our meal at Elements, another lovely restaurant by the sea, this other one is also located on the same stretch to Bude.

As always, we went for a walk before our meal.  Since we didn’t book a table (they were actually fully booked), we ended up sitting in the conservatory, which wasn’t so bad at all, because it overlooked the playground where little T happily played while waiting for our meal to be served.

And as I mentioned, since we didn’t phone in before coming, we had to order by the bar, which of course we didn’t mind at all, except when the place became so busy, you had to queue even to ask for a glass water.

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The husband had their homemade fish pie with vegetables which he said was really good.  I had a taste and I agree with him.

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I had the Crevettes cooked in butter, served in a salad with a side dish of chips.  I love seafood and I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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And as usual, little T ordered their kiddie pizza.  We couldn’t convince her to order something else.  She did manage to eat at least half of it.

For dessert, my husband I just ordered a cappuccino each, while the little one had a dinky dessert of a brownie with ice-cream. Sorry for the lack of photos, this is why I also call my posts “A sort of review” as opposed to a “proper” one, complete with photos of the whole place, with amenities and all.  This is also why I can never be a food blogger, because I always forget to take photos.  I like to eat you see and when the food is in front of me, I forget about anything else!

Would I recommend the place?  Definitely.  Just don’t expect a large variety of food in their menu.  I think Elements restaurant have more choices in food.  But what they have at the Bayview Inn is done really well.

Is it a family friendly place?  Oh yes it is!  They have a playground where kids can have a little play while waiting for their food to be served.  There are also tables outside, so you can eat your meals when the weather is good and it’s not too cold or breezy.

Good value?  Yes, they Bayview Inn was a bit cheaper than Elements.

Service:  We had none, but that’s because we didn’t book a table and had to order from the bar. Although to be fair to them, they did come and ask if our meal was okay, so I can’t really comment much on their service.

Location?  Just like Elements, the Bayview Inn is in a lovely setting, right in front of the coast. Even though we weren’t seated by the window overlooking the coast, I can imagine that it must also be lovely to watch the sunset while eating your meal.

Would we go back?  Yes, especially if we have friends or family visiting, and because of its location.  The Bayview Inn also within walking distance of the beach, handy in the summer!

What do you think?

Does this sound like a place you’d dine in if you were visiting Cornwall?

Do share.

Trespass Clothing Perfect for Country Living (A Review)

We are lucky to live in a beautiful part of England. The village where we live is nestled between hills, going down into the sea. We have an old harbour that dates back to 1584. Although we don’t have a beach, when it’s low-tide in the summer, there is enough sand for the little ones to play on.

We love living here, and as much as we can, when we’re not busy we spend it out doors and of course, in the country, it is very important to wear the right coat, especially down here in Cornwall where the weather can turn really rough.

I love coats. I have about six of them. I like wearing them, because they’re so convenient to use, especially when you’re a mother. You can do a mad dash out of your house to do the school run even if you’re wearing the tattiest top you own under your coat – no one will ever know except you.

The problem for me though, finding the right coat is a bit like the Goldilocks syndrome, but instead of being too hot or cold, mine would be too big or too small, I’m barely five foot inches you see. I can easily be dwarfed in a big coat and it would make me look smaller than I already am.

And if I order a smaller size, I’d be lucky to be able to zip the coat up, let alone wear a cardigan underneath it, especially since … let’s just say I haven’t lost much of my post-pregnancy weight.

Lucky for me, I’ve found a match made in heaven, the Trespass Everyday Women’s Waterproof jacket. It actually feels like it was tailor-made for me.

Why do I love it? Let me count the ways:

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1. I love that it has shape. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve lost mine five years ago, giving birth to T. It’s nice to have a coat that doesn’t engulf me and make me even look bigger than I already am.

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2. I love that it has style. Most waterproof jackets I’ve seen look sporty, which is fine. Although I don’t claim to be a stylish mum (I’m probably the most non-stylish mum you can find on the school run), but that doesn’t mean I’d say no to style. Having said that, I love the details of this coat. The zips on the pockets and the small belts on the side, which you can adjust depending on your size.

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3. It has a detachable hood. Admittedly, it’s nothing new. A lot of jackets have this feature. But I love the way it detaches and attaches with a zipper. For me, it makes it sturdier than buttons or clasps.

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4. The length is just right. Most coats are too long for me, again making me look shorter than I already am.

5. The arm length is also perfect. Most coats make me look arm-less, I must have it shortened, fold it or just awkwardly hike them up my arms.

6.  The fit is just right. I was wearing a bulky jumper underneath and it didn’t feel tight at all. I noticed some costumers commented on their website that sizing is a bit too small, but I guess that also depends on your build. When it comes to coats, a size 12 fits me and this is a medium, and it rather fits me well.

7.  And lastly, Trespass is a British brand. It’s nice to support my adoptive country’s own brand.

Dislikes:

1. I’m not a big fan of coats with a faux fur trim in the hood, but luckily the fur is detachable, so I’m losing that one.

2. I don’t like the way the zipper is zipped upwards rather than downwards. It’s easy to accidentally unzip it and maybe drop things.

2. The coat is only available in navy and khaki, even though I love both colours, it would be nice to have a variety of other colours to choose from.

I haven’t used it in the rain yet, so I don’t really know how waterproof it is.  But considering how much it has kept me warm in spite of the harsh Cornish wind, I have a feeling it will be as weatherproof as any coat can be.

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All in all, if I were to rate this coat, I’d give it a five-star rating. Like I mentioned it feels like it’s been tailor-made for me and its perfect for my lifestyle of country walks through the woods, on Rough Tor, jaunts on the beach, the school run or even just walking Doc on the headland.

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What about you?

What are your criteria when choosing a rain-coat?

Do you go for style, brand or practicality?

Disclaimer:  Trespass sent me the raincoat for the purpose of this review. However all words and opinions are mine.  All photos are owned by Little Steps and were taken by my husband.

Family Fever

Small Joys and Skin Toners

When I was single, I used to enjoy walking around the aisles of supermarkets or drugstores and shopping for toiletries.  It’s one of those “small joys” I really enjoyed indulging as a single woman, not shopping for clothes, but instead buying “beauty products”, excluding make-up.  I never really wore make-up even when I was younger.  Does that sound odd?

And of course as a single working-woman, money wasn’t much of an issue. I could pick-up products without worrying about the cost. It’s a whole different story now that I’m a mother. I always double check prices and compare them before chucking them in my trolley. I would never buy anything expensive, the “mummy guilt” would always set in and I would always think “With that price, I’d rather buy something nice for little T”. Besides, I barely have enough time to pick up stuff for myself now, before hearing a little whingy voice saying ” Can we go now?”

Ever since I’ve become a mother, my priorities have changed.  The little one always comes first. Besides, I can’t really spend time in the bathroom longer than I have too, without an impatient knock on the door and that little voice (again) asking “What are you doing in there mummy? Are you doing a poo?”

But now that little T is getting older,  I’m slowly putting the “me” back on the list.  As mothers, it’s important to think of our needs too, even if it’s something as superficial as toiletries. After all, it’s a lovely feeling to pamper oneself isn’t it?

This Vitamin C Toner is all about just that – loving our skin the way it should be. It has a really refreshing “citrusy” smell which T really likes. “You smell like lemons mummy!” And that scent aways reminds me of summer.

I also love that it is made of natural ingredients, especially since I have very sensitive skin.

The only negative comment I have for this Vitamin Toner is the price. It’s a little bit too much for me. Then again, if price isn’t an issue for you, I highly recommend this product. I’ve been using this for about a week now and I certainly like the feel of my face. It certainly feels cleaner and fresher after every use. And to top it off, I have the smell of summer on me!  And that to me is precious!  Click here if you want to try it out too.

What about you? What is you’re favourite skin toner?

Or

what to you, is the smell of summer?

Disclaimer:  I received this product for free for my honest and unbiased feedback.

Family Fever

Must-Have Boots for Spring (A Pisamonas Review)

I’ve always liked Spanish brands like Mango and Zara and I’m sure I’ve mentioned here countless times of having purchased clothes for little T on Zara’s website.  So I was really pleased when Pisamonas, a Spanish brand got in touch with us for a collaboration with them.

While some may think that little T is a bit boyish (there’s nothing wrong with that, of course). She loves playing with Ninja Turtles and “roughing” it out with the boys, she is also a typical little girl who loves clothes, bags and shoes.  So when we were asked to take a look at their website to choose some shoes for her, you can imagine her excitement.

If it were up to me, I would have chosen one of their lovely ballet flats.  Sadly, they are not for T.  She’s more of a boots kind of girl, so it wasn’t a surprise when she actually chose these boots Safari Chukka boots in Navy blue with pink laces.  Apparently, this style is their “specialty” and is known locally as “Las Pisamonas”

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We were really pleased when it was delivered to us.  It looked absolutely fabulous on her.  See for yourself.  I wouldn’t mind one actually and surprisingly some of their shoes for kids also come in adult sizes, so if you’re one of those who like to dress up their kids in matching outfits as their own, you might want to take a look at their stuff.

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These lovely Chuckka boots even came with a deflated blue balloon inside the box, and admittedly she was really excited with that too and couldn’t wait for her dad to blow-it up for her.

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Their shoes are obviously well made and are of high quality.  It’s also good to know that they are for a change, %100 made in Europe and not in China.  And customers will be delighted to know that they offer free shipping, free return and exchange (which is always good to know especially when ordering for little ones).

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The exciting news is that they are offering a welcome voucher for offers over £40 and I have a feeling it will be easy to spend more than that on their website.

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What I love about the shoes:

  • It’s a perfect pair for spring and summer.
  • Not chunky like most boots.
  • They are lightweight.
  • Very stylish and we love that the pink laces combination with Navy blue.
  • They are versatile and can be worn with boots, shorts, skirt and even dresses.

Dislikes:

  • The navy blue looked more like black.  But then again, looking at the photos posted here, they do look navy blue.  Even if it were black though, it still doesn’t change our opinion on how much we like it, even my husband agrees.

What little T loves about the shoes:

  • I love the laces mum.  They’re pink!
  • It’s Monster High black mum.  No, T.  It’s navy blue.  No mum, it’s black.  Whatever.  At least, she’s happy with it.

Dislikes:

  • Is there anything you dislike about your new shoes T?  She looks at me with that “What-on-earth-are- you-talking- about-woman look?”  So I rephrase – Is there anything you don’t like about your new shoes?  She stares blankly at me.  And then says “Can you paint my face like a bunny-rabbit again please mum?  I sigh and give in.  She has after all been a very good and patient little girl allowing her mother to take photos of her running around like a loony in the parking lot.

What about you?

Are you like little T, who loves shoes?

Disclaimer:  This is a collaboration with Pisamonas, however, all photos and opinions are by yours truly and of course, Little T.

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Little T’s Review of her new Clarks Trainers

We’ve been in the hunt for new trainers for little T, especially since she’s started her gymnastics class last year. Sadly, we haven’t had the time to shop for them, especially since we live in a little village by the sea.  Beautiful yes, but to get proper trainers for your little ones, you invariably have to drive at least about 30 minutes to get to the nearest shoe shop. While we do a lot of online shopping,  however, when it comes to shoes, it’s really best to get your child’s feet properly measured (instead of second-guessing like we normally do for other clothing).

Last week, little T and I chose some Clarks trainers online and ordered them to be delivered to the nearest store, which was in Bodmin, about a 45 minute drive from where we live.  The lovely woman whom I spoke to on the phone, advised us to order more than one pair and different sizes to make sure that we don’t end up leaving Clarks empty-handed. Within a few days, I received a text message and email from Clarks, informing me that our order has arrived, which was perfect timing because it was little T’s half-term break.

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And so we arrived at the  shop with a happy little T, excited to get her feet all measured up.  We were really struck with how high-tech it was.  Last time we got her measured at their Exeter branch, they  used the old-fashioned slider-measuring gauge.  This time though, they had a tablet and even made little T click on her information like her age and sex before sliding the tablet in what looked like a weighing scale, as seen below.

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We were all impressed with their new gadget and, of course, the friendly and professional customer service at the Clarks shop, Bodmin Branch.

Then they took out the shoes we ordered, but sadly the ones little T selected online (black with a flash of pink) didn’t come in her size.  They were too big for her!  I’m glad we managed to order another back-up pair, with a different colour – pink.

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She didn’t seem to mind at all that these were pink – and I mean very, very pink – not black. Will she always be this easy to please?  I’m afraid not, but she was absolutely loving her new screaming pink trainers as if they were her first choice!

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At first, I wasn’t really impressed with her them, or perhaps I was just too distracted with how pink they looked and the fact that it actually lights-up once she stomped her little feet.  But upon closer inspection, they looked like really proper trainers, or as the Cornish would say “It’s a proper job!”

Of course, this isn’t little T’s first Clark shoes.  We’ve bought her winter boots, wellies and other kinds of shoes with Clarks before, not to mention my own pairs of shoes from the same brand 😉

And here’s little T wearing her new trainers to her gymnastics class.

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I have no idea why she’s standing like that, and please pretend you can’t see the yogurt stain on her leotard, which she had before this photo was taken.

The verdict:  I love my new trainers mummy!  I never want to take them off ever again!  Can I wear them to school please?

She actually wanted to sleep with them.  We managed to convince her to leave them on the floor.  And as I’m typing this, she is actually wearing them at home.  After all, who says trainers have to be boring?  They can be pink, flashy and sparkly especially when you’re a four-year-old like little T, don’t you agree?  So if you’re looking for trainers for your kids, you now know where to get them!  After all, they are a traditional British shoe shop, you can never go wrong with that right?

Do you have a favourite brand of trainers for little ones?  Do share.

Disclaimer:  This is a collaboration with Clarks, however, all photos and opinions are by yours truly.

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