#DesignADiary with Gel-A-Peel

I was recently asked to get involved in the #DesignADiary with Gel-A-Peel and when I found out it wasn’t limited to children I thought why not. It could be a bit of fun and again was something for me to review myself and enjoy without having to ensure I got BattleKid involved. I was kindly sent a 2017 diary and a Gel-A-Peel Pearly Pastel Kit to get started.#designadiary

The Gel-A-Peel Pearly Pastel Kit comes with three gel pens in pastels colours, 16 design templates, 5 designer tips and a gel tray. I also received a pastel blue 2017 diary to get creative with. #designadiary

First and foremost I read the instructions on how to use the Gel-A-Peel kit. There are hints and tips on the instructions and once I was familiar with them I got cracking. The first thing I did in my #DesignADiary with Gel-A-Peel was to fill in a few of the accessories in the gel tray and leave them to dry. I did a few in different colours and thought I’d decide which to use once they were dry and the basis of my diary was done.#designadiary

I then chose a template which I wanted to incorporate into my diary and set about making that and leaving it to dry. The instructions say leave designs for 5-10 minutes before adding different colours. I assumed this was the same as the drying time and found it certainly wasn’t when I tried to remove some of my accessories from the tray. Be warned, you may need to leave them several hours before you can remove them without ruining them as I did.#designadiary

That said, not all was lost and I had a butterfly which dried enough to be removed from the tray to add to my diary. The design template I chose dried quicker than the accessories and was quite easy to remove from the clear plastic design sheet once I got started.

In terms of my #DesignADiary with Gel-A-Peel, I started by covering the silver 2017 with the lovely green pastel gel. I then wrote out one of my favourite blog sayings

She believed she could so she did

in the silver gel on the diary. Writing was easy once I took my time and spelled each word out slowly in my head. I was quite nervous about making a spelling mistake. The one accessory that dried quickest, a butterfly, was then added to a corner of my diary before I added the template to the spine of my diary.#designadiary #designadiary

And voila, my #DesignADiary with Gel-A-Peel was complete. It didn’t quite turn out the way I had imagined it, simply because some of the accessories I wanted to add didn’t dry in time and I got impatient. I still enjoyed the process and can see this being a great way for young girls (and maybe some older ones like me) to while away a few hours. A big tip I have for you, be patient with your accessories. It might be best to actually leave them overnight to dry to avoid disappointment when you ruin them by trying to remove them prematurely.#designadiary

The #DesignADiary with Gel-A-Peel is a great way to get creative and have some fun while enjoying yourself. It would also be a great way to get young girls (and boys) to spend a few quiet hours this half-term, giving you a few moments peace. The pastel kit comes with everything you need to get creative (except the diary) and you can create a whole host of other things with Gel-A-Peel. They have lots of videos and hints and tips on their website to get anyone started on their creative journey.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received a 2017 diary and a Gel-A-Peel Pearly Pastel Kit as part of the #DesignADiary campaign. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products I received.

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Lights Num Noms and Series 3 Review

We were lucky enough to be asked to review the Lunch Box Deluxe Pack from Series 3 of Num Noms, a Series 3 mystery pack and also two new Lights Num Noms mystery packs. We reviewed some Num Noms from Series 2 towards the end of last year and BattleKid absolutely loved the vibrating Noms so I was intrigued to see what we got this time.

I had seen a TV advert for the new Lights Num Noms and thought they were a good idea and I was delighted when we received two as part of our review pack. As soon as I opened the package and revealed what was hiding inside, BattleKid immediately said “eee-open”. This mama duly obliged and he dived straight in to see what the new Lights Num Noms were all about.

The new Lights Num Noms mystery packs are packaged in a juice carton and contain a scented, opaque Num that stacks on top of the Nom, which when pressed flashes two different coloured lights. There are over 300 sweet scented combinations to make. We received two of these and they went down a storm with BattleKid.

We also received a Lunch Box Deluxe Pack (Style 1) from Series 3 which contained no less than 10 scented outer Nums from a variety of Marshmallows, Donuts, Fruits & Veggies and Candy. There was also a mystery Num and 2 scented inner Noms including an eraser and a stamp. This pack was really great as the package they come in can be used as a storage box for all the Num Noms. No more losing Nums under the sofa or stepping on a Nom and setting the vibrations off, giving yourself a fright! Brilliant idea.

Our mystery box, which is included in the lunch box, was a lip gloss Num Nom. What a great idea! It’s little enough for small hands and ideal for young girls to pop into their pockets or bags and a way for them to feel grown up. BattleKid didn’t want to try it on his lips but I did and the scent is very subtle and the lip gloss doesn’t stain your lips at all. This might disappoint some little girls but not their mums I suspect. But what a lovely little surprise!lights num noms

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BattleKid had a great time playing with the Lights Num Noms, even trying to blind me with them during one play session, but I must admit his favourite thing we received was the stamp Nom from the Lunch Box. He went around stamping any paper he could find and when he ran out I found him stamping the TV! Uh oh!lights num noms lights num noms

I did notice that the scents this time around seemed a bit strong than the last Series we received. Whether they have been made a bit strong or not, I don’t know, but I could distinguish the scents more this time. My personal favourite was Peyton Peppermint as I could really get the peppermint coming through. Smelling all the lovely sweet scents was making me rather hungry I have to say.

What we loved about Series 3 and the Lights Num Noms

  • Great new variety to add to our collection.
  • Scents seemed strong this time around.
  • Lights Num Noms flash in two different colours.
  • Hundreds of combinations to be made.
  • New stamp Nom went down a storm with BattleKid.
  • The eraser and lip gloss Noms were a nice surprise and great new additions to the Series.

What we didn’t like about Series 3 and the Lights Num Noms

  • Nothing, BattleKid loved these again!

Num Noms are suitable for ages 3-8 and are ideally sized for little hands. Imaginations can run wild and get creative with these and the new Lights Num Noms add even more fun into the mix. Little girls will love the new lip gloss Nom and little boys, if they are anything like BattleKid, will be stamping away to their hearts content with the new stamp Noms.lights num noms lights num noms

So if you are fearing the worst this coming half-term why not grab some Num Noms to keep your little ones entertained for hours. Num Noms are available from a wide range of retailers such as Argos, Smyths, Toy’R’Us and prices start from £5.99. The Lunch Box we received for this review is priced at £14.99 and the Lights Num Noms mystery packs retail at £3.99, both from Toy’R’Us.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We received a Lunch Box Deluxe Pack and a mystery pack from Series 3 of Num Noms and also two mystery packs from the new Lights Num Noms Series 1 for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.lights num noms

Vintage Travel Guides Puzzle by Ravensburger Review

Last week I told you how I received a jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger to review at the start of the month and how much I enjoyed it. It’s not often I get something to review that is just for me, so imagine my delight when I was offered another Ravensburger puzzle to review, all for me! I received the Vintage Travel Guides Puzzle, and once it arrived I couldn’t wait to dive right in.

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Ravensburger have been creating puzzles for over 100 years and I’m sure most households have at least one Ravensburger puzzle. Their jigsaw puzzles now come with softclicks technology which guarantees 100% interlocking mechanism for an optimal fit of individualy formed puzzle pieces. This results in an absolutely smooth puzzle once complete.

The Vintage Travel Guides puzzle is a brilliantly colourful puzzle which depicts bookshelves filled with vintage travel guides. It was created by American artist Aimee Stewart. Self-taught, she specialises in digital painting and photo manipulation.

The book shelf in this puzzle is filled with vintage travel guides, as the name suggests, and is wonderfully colourful with some postcards hidden behind the books with really inspiring travel quotes on them such as this by Saint Augustine:

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

Just looking at the book covers in the vintage travel guides puzzle and the places they refer to fills you with wanderlust. It’s just as well we already have some holidays planned for this year. If we didn’t I would be taking inspiration from this!

The puzzle itself is made from strong premium grade cardboard with a linen finish print to minimise glare. It has 500 pieces, measures 49 x 36cm when complete and is aimed for those age 10+.

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As before with the Garden Vistas puzzle I reviewed already, I started with the border and worked my way inwards. This time around the border was slightly more difficult to put together and certain areas seemed to take longer than others. However, unlike the Garden Vistas puzzle, I didn’t seem to concentrate in one corner and complete it before moving onto the next. It seemed easier to complete small sections across the entire puzzle before final pieces brought it together.

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It took me just over 4 hours to complete it in total, spread across two evenings, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Vintage Travel Guides puzzle. Dare I say it, I enjoyed it more than the Garden Vistas, but this was probably only due to the fact that the Garden Vistas puzzle was the first one I had completed in many, many years.

What I loved about the Vintage Travel Guides puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • Quality puzzle.
  • Extremely colourful and vibrant.
  • 500 pieces which is a good amount for a novice or someone looking to get back into doing puzzles.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle.
  • The puzzle does feel like a premium puzzle.
  • So easy to lose several hours over and is a great way to relax and unwind of an evening.
  • The finished book shelves invokes feelings of wanderlust looking at the different places from around the world.

What I didn’t like about the Vintage TRavel Guides puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • Nothing!

I really enjoyed completing this Vintage Travel Guides puzzle from Ravensburger. It wasn’t too difficult and I found this more enjoyable than my first one, particularly looking at all the names of places around the world and thinking how wonderful it would be to visit all of them. I found it an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a few hours in the evening to help me unwind after BattleKid had gone to bed. This time around he didn’t join me on the kitchen table but did gaze in wonder the morning after I had finished it. I even got another “good girl mama” for completing my puzzle.

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So if you are looking for something to while away a few hours, why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger. This particular one retails at £7.99 and is available from Amazon.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received the Vintage Travel Guides Jigsaw Puzzle from Ravensburger for review. As Always, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are wholly my own.

Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes Ravensburger Puzzle Review

It’s not often I get something to review that is just for me, so when Ravensburger, the puzzle giants, were looking for people to review one of their new adult puzzles, I jumped at the chance. I applied, was lucky enough to be picked and I eagerly awaited my puzzle. I was very happy to receive the Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes puzzle.garden vistas number two

As a young girl and early teenager I absolutely adored doing puzzles. I’d get a new one every Christmas and often for my birthday too and there was many a weekend afternoon I would commandeer the kitchen table to do my puzzles. My all-time favourite was a map of Ireland and I would do it over and over again.

Ravensburger are Europe’s leading manufacturer of puzzles, games and activity products and were founded in Germany in 1883. And I bet there are very few households that don’t have at least one Ravensburger puzzle. We have several kids ones including the Gruffalo, Thomas the Tank Engine and the Hungry Caterpillar.

I received the 500 piece premium puzzle Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes, which is a lovely summer garden scene. Ravensburger puzzles now come with softclicks technology which guarantees 100% interlocking mechanism for an optimal fit of individualy formed puzzle pieces. This results in an absolutely smooth puzzle once complete.

So how did I get on with putting the puzzle together? I really enjoyed it. I had forgotten how enjoyable I found puzzles and doing this one, the first I’d done in over 20 years, brought back a lot of happy memories. As usual I started by putting the border together. I’ve always done my puzzles this way and upon speaking to colleagues, it is how they do it themselves. Have you ever done puzzles a different way?

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The evening after I had done the border, BattleKid joined me on the kitchen table with his puzzles and we both had fun doing our puzzles, although I think he got the easy job!

Once the border was done I started collecting the pieces I believed made up the lavender grass in the bottom left-hand corner and worked my way out from there. The top left hand corner came together quite quickly after that before I moved to the right-hand side of the puzzle. Overall it took me approximately 4 hours spread between two evenings after BattleKid’s bedtime and one evening after dinner to complete the puzzle and boy did I get a huge amount of satisfaction once it was complete.garden vistas number two

The morning after I had completed the Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes puzzle BattleKid remarked upon seeing it “oh good girl mammy, you finished your puzzle”. Yes, yes I did.

Puzzles are a great way to get some ‘me time’, are a brilliant way to relax and once you get caught up in piecing it together, it is easy to lose track of time, as I did the first evening when I looked at the clock thinking it was 9pm and found it was after 10pm!

 

What I loved about the Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • Quality puzzle.
  • 500 pieces was a good amount to get me back into the swing of doing puzzles.
  • The softclick technology really DOES produce a smooth puzzle.
  • The puzzle does feel like a premium puzzle.
  • The scene was lovely and not overly difficult to put together.
  • So easy to lose several hours over.
  • A great way to relax and unwind of an evening.

What I didn’t like about the Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • Nothing, except how easy it is to lose track of time and running out of evening when all I wanted to do was finish it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes puzzle from Ravensburger. It brought me back to my childhood and teenage years and was a lovely way to spend an evening away from the TV or pc. It’s a great way to unwind and relax and lose a few hours doing something enjoyable all to yourself. That said I had company one evening which was great.

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So if you enjoyed, or still enjoy puzzles, and are looking for something to while away a few hours, why not check out the full range of adult puzzles available at Ravensburger.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

Trapper Hat from Rockin Baby and Matching Gloves

We were kindly sent a Trapper hat from Rockin Baby and matching gloves for review recently. I was quite excited as I first came across Rockin Baby at the BlogOn MSI conference I attended in September and was very interested to hear their ethos. trapper hat from rockin baby

Rockin Baby was founded in America in 2002 and was taken over in 2011, whereupon their Mantra became

You buy, we give.

For every sling and piece of children’s clothing that is bought from Rockin Baby, they donate the same to mothers and children around the world, child-to-child, mother-to-mother, who need it via their partnership with well organised, non-profit organisation such as ChildFund. Slings are their core product but their expanding baby and children’s wear ranges are fashionable, colourful and desirable to fashion-savvy parents and their children. For every item people such as you or I buy, they donate a sling, carrier or item of clothing to needy children around the world. This is amazing and they are the only company who do this, as far as I am aware. What a wonderful thing to do!trapper hat from rockin baby

Rockin Baby slings and pouches are made in America and pass rigorous safety tests in both the US and Europe. Their clothing range includes knitwear, outerwear, nightwear and accessories, as well as tops and bottoms. We were kindly sent one a Brown Trapper Hat from Rockin Baby and matching gloves to road test with BattleKid.trapper hat from rockin baby

Anyone who knows BattleKid knows that he is a hat man. From his Curious George hat, to his Aviator hat to his Nans Knits hats, he loves wearing hats. So much so that the girls in nursery often have a hard time of it taking it off him during the day. He often comes out with a sweaty head from wearing his hat throughout the day! So we were extremely delighted to get the opportunity to review another one to add to his collection.

The Trapper hat from Rockin Baby and matching gloves are a lovely burnt orange colour with brown stripes. The hat is a trapper style as the name suggests and the hat is fleece lined inside and has a fur trim too. It’s really cosy and warm and the colour is fantastic.trapper hat from rockin baby

However, despite receiving an age 3-6 years, BattleKid’s head was too big for it. The hat fit at the front and went over his ears no problem but was riding up the back of his head. Now I do have trouble with the sizes of hats for BattleKid as he has a big head and generally only buy hats when I have him with me to try them on. I’ve recently bought him a hat from another retailer and had to get an age 5-6 despite him not turning three for another week! So I was a little disappointed that it didn’t fit him properly but certainly didn’t think he needed a size 7-10 years!trapper hat from rockin baby trapper hat from rockin baby trapper hat from rockin baby

That said the hat is a great style, one that suits him and was really warm and cosy. He wore it to see Santa recently and wasn’t cold at all with the trapper hat from Rockin Baby on.

The matching gloves we received in a size age 3-6 years are big on him so will last him the next few winters which I’m delighted with. He is still getting the hang of putting his fingers in one finger, as all young children do, but the colours are fantastic and the gloves will keep his hands nice and warm outdoors.

What I love about the Trapper Hat from Rockin Baby and matching gloves:

  • Extremely warm and cosy.
  • Great colours.
  • The Trapper hat is fleece lined and with a fur trim.
  • Quality of products feels great.
  • Very stylish.
  • This style of hat suits BattleKid down to the ground, if I do say so myself.
  • Gloves are generously sized and will last BattleKid for a few winters to come.
  • Value-for-money with the hat priced at £14.00 and the gloves at £10.00 considering that for every item you buy Rockin Baby donates one as well.
  • Rockin Baby have a wonderful ethos and mantra, you buy we buy.

What I didn’t like about the Trapper Hat from Rockin Baby and matching gloves:

  • The hat didn’t fit BattleKid but that may simply be down to the fact he has a big head and I find hats hard to buy in ‘his’ size.

Overall I was happy with the colours and quality of the trapper hat from Rockin Baby and matching gloves. However, as I’ve mentioned the hat was too small for BattleKid, despite us receiving an age 3-6 year’s size. I would say that if you are considering buying a hat for your little ones from Rockin Baby and their heads are larger than usual sizes, order a big one which will last. Would I recommend Rockin Baby for clothing and accessories such as hats and gloves? Without a doubt. Their clothing are not only stylish and fashionable but reasonably priced considering their “You buy, we give” mantra.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We were kindly sent the trapper hat from Rockin Baby and matching gloves for review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.