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For Practical Mums: What I Would Give myself for Christmas (A Review)

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.

Kidding aside, practical presents are all I want for Christmas!  Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be ecstatic and giddy happy over a Totem 60L waste recycling separation and recycling unit.  Yes, it’s a bin and I’m not kidding when I say I’m so in love with it.

What I love about this recycling bin:

  • 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.

The Perfect Keepsake: A Martha Jackson Locket (A Review)

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.  

Exploring Rough Tor with Millets

*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?

Back to School with Start-rite

*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.

What about you?

Are you a Start-rite parent too?

We are!

Back-to-School School Supplies with Smiggle

*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?

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?

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