Sunday, 21 August 2016

My Sunday Photo 21st August 2016

It's a wonderful life when you are away on holiday, relaxation and family time means lots of moments to treasure.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Win a Braun Body Grooming Kit for Him

Men are spending a lot more time on grooming nowadays, in fact when my boys were in their late teens they spent longer in the bathroom getting ready to go out than I did.  Friday is Men's National Grooming Day and thanks to the lovely folk at Braun I have a fabulous competition to win a Braun Body Grooming Kit for the man in your life.

The Braun Body Grooming Kit provides the ultimate flexibility to manscape all areas: epilating removes body hair from the root for up to 4 weeks of results.
  • The Smartlight reveals even the shortest hairs to ensure none are missed and the product works in the shower to complement your existing routine
  • Forty tweezers with Close-Grip Technology remove hair as short as 0.5mm (so there is no awkward regrowth period)
  • The Efficiency Cap effectively removes hair from larger areas, whilst the Sensitive Cap provides precise epilation on smaller, harder to reach parts of your body
The Braun Body Grooming Kit provides the ultimate flexibility to manscape all areas: epilating removes body hair from the root for up to 4 weeks of results.  The Kit costs around £129.99.

This would make the perfect present for any gentleman who likes to keep his body hair in trim so if you would like to enter please complete the rafflecopter form below. 

Good Luck x

UK competitions at ThePrizeFinder

Monday, 15 August 2016

Wicked Uncle Review

Recently we were set the challenge of reviewing the service provided by Wicked Uncle. If you don’t know, Wicked Uncle is a website that will help you to choose a present for children in a couple of easy steps, perfect for Aunts, Uncles and other relatives who are not sure what to buy. Once on their website you can select the child’s gender and age and the search will bring up presents that they think are relevant for that child.

I asked Gee to try the website out to see what she thought of the presents it chose for a girl of her age. Straightaway she found lots of items that she would like to own and with a £40 voucher gifted to her, she chose the below.

Crystal Creation – Grow Sparkling Crystals £22.95
Gee loves experimenting and creating things so I knew this would be a winner with her. This science kit shows you how to make crystals in different shapes and sizes and includes exciting experiments. Such great fun and Gee really enjoyed this item. Please note you need to buy plaster of paris separately as this is not included.

Horses Bum Bag – Mily Green £17.95
With Gee’s love of everything equestrian this cute bum bag in a water resistant material is perfect when she goes out horse riding and I feel a lot happier knowing that she has her phone with her just in case of an emergency.  This product is so well made and has two useful pockets for carrying personal belongings.

Considering she chose her own presents, she was very happy with her purchases, but when asked if she would have liked other things, Gee thought there was plenty of choice and she would not have been disappointed with any of the gifts for her age group. I must say we did look at the year above and below and we believe that some of these presents were suitable too.

Delivery was super speedy and I love the fact that you receive a post card in with the presents addressed to the gift buyer thanking them for their present, a lovely touch. I would definitely recommend this service to anyone who is unsure what to buy a child.

We were sent these products free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is entirely our own.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

My Sunday Photo 14th August 2016

The summer holidays are all about having fun with Gee and although she is growing up she still cherishes these times too, she loves nothing more than enjoying the countryside when we are not at work.  We can't wait for the next two weeks as we down tools and head to warmer climates.


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Simple Ways to Keep your Cat Healthy

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Cats can be a joy to own, some provide endless affection and are playful, but Mr Fluff has a mind of his own. We bought Mr Fluff as a kitten 3 years ago and from the beginning we knew we had our hands full. He does not like to sit with you, so gone are my visions of a lap cat. If he does venture near you it will probably be to give you a little nip! You see Mr Fluff is like Garfield, probably a little over weight from his love of food and loving nothing more than sleeping all day and prowling all night, but even so we do love his character.

I have listed a few ways to ensure your cat remains healthy and happy.

Food – always ensure there is plenty of food available, Mr Fluff loves little and often like a lot of cats and loves nothing more than fresh water (Mr Fluff likes filtered water out of the fridge).

Toys – provide a variety of toys to stimulate their active minds. Mr Fluff enjoys playing with catnip toys and also toys with hidden food inside.

Sleep – ensure there is somewhere safe and comfy for them to sleep. Mr Fluff detests cat beds and we have spent a small fortune trying to find him something he will love, they were all a waste of money. He likes nothing more than curling up on the bed (all day).

Grooming – Fluff is long haired and therefore needs to be combed on a regular basis, this is a slight problem! Mr Fluff does not like being combed and will hiss and grumble all the time I am doing it. He is gradually getting better though, little and often is the aim and over time the length he allows me to do it is growing.

Vet Checks – Ensure your cat is micro chipped and vaccinated. Mr Fluff has twice yearly checks with the veterinary nurse to ensure he is in tip top condition and receives regular flea and worming treatments.

Obviously if you have any concerns about your cat then please do discuss this with you local Vet.  The RSPCA also have lots of useful information.

This post was written in collaboration with the RSPCA.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

What's New in August

Like July I thought it would be good to showcase new items that are on the market, ranging from food and drink to other useful items

Shaken Udder Milkshakes
What can I say but these are so delicious.  Shaken Udder milkshakes are packed full of flavour and made with natural ingredients and brought to you by Jodie and Howie who started off by providing festival goes with their milkshakes.  With great flavours like Chocolush, Vanillalicious, Top Banana and new Salted Caramel they really are a delectable delight.  They are available from Waitrose and East of England Co-op.

B Fresh Raw Juice

B Fresh offer a range of cold pressed raw fruit and vegetables, grown on their farm and pressed in their Shropshire juicer. Fresh vegetables, fruit and leafy greens are washed with spring water off the farm and are then ready for pressing. Rather than traditional pasteurising methods, they use a very clever HPP process which kills any bacteria, but retains far more of the nutrients and vitamins and allows our juices to be stored in the refrigerator for 21 days.  These are lovely and refreshing and stocked in WHSmith and Ocado with a RRP of £2.50.

Pokita Reusable Cup
Pokito is an innovative new cup. Designed and manufactured in England, it is ultra-portable, durable and environmentally friendly. Pokito has a centre band designed for strength and insulation and the spout ensures just the right flow of liquid. Pokito collapses down to 4.5cm, is easy to carry or stack in the cupboard, its flexible design allows you to choose the size that fits your mood so it can contain your latte, espresso or grande. Fully open, it holds 475ml, collapse it half way to 350ml or, at its smallest, to 230ml. Pokito has patent-pending features such as built-in insulation, high heat resistance, and a clip-down, spill-proof lid, so no leaks. Its solid base and the well-balanced centre of gravity mean it tough to tip over.  The Pokita is being produced by Pocket Enterprises and will be available in the near future.

Teddy Bear's Picnic Bake Box

Ideal for baking fans who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, a Bake Box subscription is the ultimate foodie treat to yourself or a thoughtful present for the budding Mary Berry in your life. Bake Box allows bakers to build up to a brilliant repertoire of new skills as well as a collection of great baking equipment with their bi-monthly deliveries for only £14.99 + P&P. Inside the box I received was:
· Ladybird, Flower and Leaf Stencils for creating toppers for Picnic Cupcakes
· Have fun making Woodland Biscuits –Toadstools and Owls with the Cutter and Press sets
· A Roller Cutter provides a lattice effect on Mini Lattice Sausage Rolls
· Three Plunger Cutters for cherry toppers on a Cherry Traybake
· Make your Battenburg shine like a summer’s day by tinting your marzipan yellow with your Rainbow Dust ProGel®.  Alongside the bespoke equipment, Bake Box subscribers also receive complimentary access to the Bake Club Live site. Here you can check out masterclass videos and receive bonus recipes too.

Tilda have now brought out a new product call Tilda Pulses and Rice pouches in five delicious flavours Black Bean Jerk & Coconut, Chickpea Harissa & Lemon, Edamme Spring Onion & Wasabi, Pinto Bean Green Chilli & Lime and Split Pea Green Chilli & Coriander.  The range is gluten free and contains one of your five a day.  These sachets can be eaten hot or cold and are available in supermarkets. 

Lurpak Spreadable Infusions
I don't know about you but Lurpak is my favourite butter and when I heard about the new infusions range I was rather intrigued.  There are three flavours Chilli & Lime, Smoked Chipotle and Sea Salt & Pink Peppercorn all developed to complement an assortment of bread from around the world.  I must admit my favourite is the Sea Salt and Pink Peppercorn, delicious spread on freshly baked bread.

Choc on Choc Chocolate Miniature Books
These novel little chocolate books, made of luxurious milk and white chocolate are an ideal gift for the bookworm in your life. This edible library makes a super gift or extra special treat for yourself as you curl up in front of the fire with your favourite story!  Priced at £9.99 they are available online at Choc on Choc.

The Be Book
Mynoo Maryel has recently launched her new The Be Book about how you can tap into your ‘inner Guru’ and uncover the secrets to health, wealth and happiness that you already know, but are locked deep inside your subconscious mind?  The BE Book illustrates how spirituality occurs within everyday life, offering a number of uplifting lessons that people of all ages and circumstances can relate to. Mynoo beautifully presents countless examples throughout the book in which she has learned hugely transformational lessons that the reader can apply to their own personal situations.  The Be Book is priced at £15.99 and available from Amazon and bookstores.

Brita Water Fill & Serve Mind
I seriously love my Brita products and the new Fill & Serve Mind is a rather classy looking carafe which uses the Brita MicroDisc and holds 1.3l of water.  Filled with water out of the tap it provides you with freshly filtered water.  The carafe can be safely washed in the dishwasher (except the lid with the refill disc reminder).  Perfect for when entertaining and does not look out of place on the dinner table.  Priced at £24.95 it is available in Teal, Berry and Graphite from Brita.

Haribo Frenzy Carnival
Haribo is encouraging everyone to get into the carnival spirit this summer with new Starmix and Tangfastics Frenzy Carnival. The limited edition treats feature the same iconic product pieces found in Starmix and Tangfastics, but in a frenzy of exotic flavours and bright colours to bring you a taste of Rio. A blue banana flavoured bear; a mango flavoured green egg; and a purple and green, lime and mango flavoured ring are just some of the pieces that have sashayed their way into HARIBO Starmix Frenzy Carnival. Adding to the fun of HARIBO Tangfastics Frenzy Carnival are a lemon and lime flavoured cherry; and a grapefruit and pineapple flavoured bottle.

Vosene Kids After Swim Hair & Body Wash
Summer is a great time for the kids to get swimming, whether that’s on holidays or in a paddling pool in the garden. No matter how your kids are making a splash this summer, water can take its toll on both their hair and skin. Vosene Kids’ Afterswim Hair & Body Wash available from Sainsbury's has been designed to not only keep hair and skin healthier-looking and conditioned but also help gently clean away impurities after visits to the pool. Priced at £2.49 it is ideal for popping in to your swimming bag.

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Storage Solutions for Businesses

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Do you run your own business or work for a company that is short of storage space? Well like a lot of businesses today storing products can be quite a challenge. Small businesses often do not have the floor space required for stock, equipment and archive materials, in fact many large companies also lack the capacity to store essential items on site without increasing their storage space.

There are simple ways to improve storage which can be applied at work and home.
  1. Use an inventory so that you are aware when items need to be removed from storage ie we use a date at work and this way we know when a file has been retained for the required period of time, before it is destroyed. In the kitchen I always put items nearing their end by date at the front of the cupboard or fridge.
  2. Make sure that the items you are storing are packaged adequately to protect them.
  3. Store items of a similar size and shape together.
  4. Maximise the space you have. If you can not build outwards it makes sense to build upwards and with the help of Mezzanine Flooring this can be a cost effective way of doubling the amount of existing space you have, which means no expensive moves.
  5. As a last resort store products off site if necessary and obviously make sure these are included in any inventory.
Warehouse Storage Solutions can help you to solve your storage problems by creating Mezzanine flooring to meet your business needs.

This post is written in collaboration with Warehouse Storage Solutions Ltd.