A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger Review

Alongside my Used Car Lot Puzzle, I also received A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger for review.a day at the beach puzzle

This 500 piece puzzle features a beach scene as created by artist Andy Walker and features all the things we enjoy about A Day at the Beach, including a Punch and Judy show, donkey rides and sandcastle building.

I decided to take a slightly different tactic with this puzzle as it appeared to be a bit harder than my previous two 500 piece puzzles. This was due to the fact there is a lot of beige sand and blue sky in the picture.

I created the border first and then separated out the remaining pieces into four piles. One contained mostly just blue in it, one contained blue with some other colours/features in it, one contained colours and the other was mostly beige sand. I thought that by doing this it might make completing the puzzle easier.

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The border took 40 minutes to complete

I started with the sky and pier and this section, apart from a few pieces, took shape without too much difficulty.

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Portioning the pieces into four piles
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After 1 hour and forty minutes

Next I moved onto the coloured sections and these came together really easily. Next it was the sand. This proved a bit more difficult than the other sections but it wasn’t long before the majority of this puzzle was done.

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Complete in two hour and a half hours

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The last few sky blue pieces were put into place, and after only two and a half hours, this A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger was complete. I couldn’t believe how quickly it had come together and I wonder did my different tactic help!

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE A DAY AT THE BEACH PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • High quality puzzle.
  • Easy to do and complete. I finished it in two and a half hours.
  • Appears difficult and complicated due to the lack of variety of colours but wasn’t at all.
  • This 500 piece puzzle is aimed at ages 10+ and should not prove difficult to complete.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle to minimise glare on the puzzle image.
  • Contains all the aspects of A Day at the Beach that everyone loves including donkey rides and building sandcastles.
  • Measures 49 x 36cm when complete.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE A DAY AT THE BEACH PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • Nothing!

This 500 piece A Day at the Beach puzzle from Ravensburger was easy to complete and enjoyable at the same time. As mentioned I took a different approach to completing this puzzle and I think it helped. The puzzle is aimed at ages 10+ and should be more than doable for that age range.

So if you are looking for a puzzle for yourself or a child age 10 years of age or above, then this puzzle may just fit the bill. The A Day at the Beach puzzle retails at around £7.99 and is available from Amazon and other major retailers. Why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger. They cater for both children and adults!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received the A Day at the Beach puzzle from Ravensburger for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger Review

Following on from last month’s Glittering Gemstones Puzzle Review I was kindly sent a Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger, which was another 1000 piece puzzle, to review.

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While I’ve been enjoying doing puzzles again, the 1000 piece puzzle from last month nearly broke me. It was really hard and took me over 10 hours to complete, so I was quite apprehensive about this one I can tell you.

The Used Car Lot puzzle was created by artist Geoff Tristram and features “Honest Harry’s” used car lot. It forms part of the Best of British range of puzzles from Ravensburger.

This puzzle, although 1000 pieces, was a lot more fun to make than the Glittering Gemstones puzzle. As always, I made the border first before starting on the body of the puzzle.

This puzzle has lots of different elements to it, including colour groups and text groups. I started by picking out pieces with text on them and putting them together, using the picture on the box to aid with them. The areas I chose started coming together really quickly.

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After 2 hours and 20 minutes

Next I picked out all the purple and blue coloured pieces and started putting together the purple and blue cars and again they came together quite easily.  The green car quickly followed suit.

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At 4 hours and 15 minutes

I was really excited by how quickly I was putting together this puzzle compared to my last 1000 piece puzzle and all-in-all it took me five and three quarter hours to complete this puzzle, just over half the time it took me to complete the other one.

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Completed after 5 hours and 45 minutes

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And I’ll let you in on a little secret, I enjoyed this one more. I think the array of colours and text it contains made it easier to piece together sections compared to the white/black Glittering Gemstones puzzle.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE USED CAR LOT PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • High quality puzzle.
  • Easy to do and complete.
  • Nice variety of colours and text which help make it easy to complete.
  • This 1000 piece puzzle would not be too difficult for a novice puzzle maker.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle.
  • Made from strong premium grade cardboard, with a linen finish to minimise glare on the puzzle image.
  • Very easy to lose a few hours to this puzzle without realising.
  • Measures 70 x 50cm when complete.
  • Ideal for ages 12+.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE USED CAR LOT PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • Nothing!

This 1000 piece Used Car Lot puzzle from Ravensburger was very enjoyable to complete and not difficult at all. It certainly wouldn’t need an advanced puzzle maker to complete it and I think anyone would enjoy making this puzzle. I certainly did.

So if you are looking for a puzzle to while away a few hours with this Used Car Lot puzzle from Ravensburger might just be what you are looking for. It retails at around £11.99 and is available from Amazon and other major retailers. Why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger. They cater for both children and adults!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received a Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger Review

Following on from last month’s Vintage Travel Guides Puzzle Review, I was kindly sent a Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger which contains no less than 1000 pieces to review. As you know by now, I’ve been really enjoying revisiting my youth and doing puzzles at the kitchen table of an evening so to get one which I would class as the next step up was lovely.

A tantalising, tricky treat for puzzle fans

Ravensburger claim this puzzle is challenging … but not impossible. Well it was time for me to see if this was true.glittering gemstones puzzleI can tell you they did not disappoint! I thought this puzzle was going to break me. As always I started by gathering the edges and putting them together before attempting any section within the main body of the puzzle. And this is where I first stumbled.

I thought I had gotten all the edge pieces out but as I put them together I soon found I was short by about 5 or 6. Cue another round of sorting through nearly 1000 pieces to find the elusive edge pieces I’d missed the first time round.

And you’ll never guess, I needed a third round before I completed the edges! With the border finally done I could start attempting the main body of the puzzle.glittering gemstones puzzle

Firstly, I thought it would be easy enough to get all the pearl-containing pieces and put them together but as there are so many different sized ones within various sections of the puzzle, this proved a lot harder than I first imagined. In fact, some of the pearl sections were not completed until the very end of making this puzzle.

I next gathered coloured pieces and started putting them together. I did have some confusion with the various pink gemstones but soon deciphered which went with which. There was no real order to how I put this puzzle together. Some sections came together quite quickly while others proved more difficult and took a lot longer to put together.glittering gemstones puzzle

Along with some of the pearls proving troublesome, the various diamond pieces were tricky to put together. Some could have fitted in more than one section so I had to take my time over them and spent quite a long time twisting and turning the diamonds to see if they fit where I thought they would.

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Adding the 1000th piece to my Glittering Gemstones Puzzle!

But when all is said and done, I completed the puzzle and what a sense of achievement that gave me. It took me well over 10 hours to complete, spread from Sunday afternoon to a Thursday evening in one week. While there were times I felt like quitting, I did it. BattleDad even commented a few times with “why are you torturing yourself? Just roll it in a ball and throw it back in the box”.

But I didn’t give in. The more I completed, the more the puzzle started coming together, the more determination it gave me. And I’m now quite proud of myself for having completed this 1000 piece Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger.

What I loved about the Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • High quality puzzle.
  • Quite tricky to do and challenging.
  • 1000 pieces is definitely for someone who is used to doing puzzles.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle.
  • The puzzle does feel like a premium puzzle.
  • Very easy to lose a few hours to this puzzle without realising.
  • Gives an unbelievable sense of achievement once completed.

What I didn’t like about the Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • Nothing! Although unlike the previous two puzzles I have reviewed this wasn’t the most relaxing until towards the end.

Although it nearly broke me, and at times I felt like giving in, overall I quite enjoyed completing this Glittering Gemstones puzzle from Ravensburger. It was quite challenging and tricky in parts but if you are used to doing puzzles and are looking for something challenging, to stretch your mind, then this is the puzzle for you!glittering gemstones puzzle glittering gemstones puzzle

BattleKid joined me at the kitchen table on the Sunday afternoon when I started this Puzzle to try out his own new puzzles from Ravensburger. Once I had completed it, on the Friday morning when he spied the completed article on said kitchen table, I got a “oh good girl mama, you do your puzzle” from him. Praise from your boy for completing a tricky puzzle made it all worth it, all 10+ hours and 1000 pieces of it.

So if you are looking for a puzzle to take you to the next level with puzzles, then this Glittering Gemstones puzzle from Ravensburger might just be what you are looking for. It retails at around £11.99 and is available from Amazon and other major retailers. Why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received this Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products

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Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Guide with Something for Everyone

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and this year it falls on Sunday March 26th, so there is plenty of time to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift. If you are as old as me, you’ll most likely find it hard to choose a present for your mum, mother-in-law or a special friend who is a mum who deserves a present on Mother’s Day. I’ve searched high and low for the perfect Mother’s Day gift and have come across some lovely and also novel ideas for you.

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Personalised Mug and Tea Chest from Mr. Nutcase.

Mr. Nutcase is a website I’ve only just discovered and has personalised gifts for any occasions, including Mother’s Day. From candles to photo mugs, from cushions to teabag tins, they have a huge range of items to choose from and to personalise, meaning you are bound to find something for your Mum or Wife for Mother’s Day. I ordered a personalised mug (for myself I might add) which has a picture of myself, BattleKid and BattleDog on it. The process of uploading my picture and creating my mug was extremely easy and before I knew it my new mug was in my basket, ready to checkout. I also ordered a teabag tin for my Mum from BattleKid. We are a big tea drinking family, show me an Irish family who isn’t, and with my parents soon retiring to Portugal I thought this teabag tin was lovely and bright for their new adventures abroad. I personalised it from BattleKid and think his grandmother will love it. As mentioned there is a huge range of items on Mr. Nutcase that would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift and prices start from as little as £4.99.perfect Mother's Day Gift

 

Morning Sidekick Journal.

This is a new science based journal designed to help you start your day earlier (and easier) in order to help your productivity and personal happiness in just 3 minutes every morning. The Morning Sidekick Journal helps you set goals, track your progress and start new habits with laser focus. We mums could all do with an extra few minutes in the day and to have something to help us get up an extra few minutes earlier to get stuff done would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift. At the time of writing this post I haven’t received my hardcopy of the Morning Sidekick Journal so I cannot comment on the journal nor its effectiveness but I did read a good review of it by an American blogger, Bernadette. Anything that could get me out of bed quicker, and up and at it is worth a try. The Morning Sidekick Journal costs $29.70 (or around £24.00, depending on the exchange rate) and is available as a hardcopy or printable PDF. This does ship from the USA so please allow extra time for it to arrive.

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Morning Sidekick Journal. (Picture provided)

 

Maisie-Jane Necklace Lanyard.

If you have a sister or friend who you’d like to give a Mother’s Day gift to, and they possibly work in an office, then this Maisie-Jane Silver double star necklace lanyard is the ideal gift for them. A modern take on the office lanyard, this necklace will jazz up any office outfit. It has a removable hook to use with a work pass or name badge and can also be worn as a standalone necklace. There are loads of necklace lanyards to choose from with simple chains or chains with charms and there is definitely something for everyone on their website. The necklace lanyards are very reasonably priced at £12.50 and it also comes with a badge/pass holder. And for those of us who are bloggers, this would be perfect for those conferences we all attend. Definitely more snazzy than the fabric necklaces other lanyards come with. Perhaps leave the Maisie-Jane website strategically open on your laptop as a hint to your hubby and maybe you’ll receive one for Mother’s Day!perfect Mother's Day Gift

 

Beespoke of Devon Aromatherapy Gift Set.

This Aromatherapy Gift Set from Beespoke of Devon would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for that someone special this year. The beeswax candle, soy wax and essential oil tin candle and skin care aromatherapy cream come packaged in the most beautiful white Beespoke of Devon lidded box which is tied with navy blue ribbon. It is a beautiful gift and one I’m sure any mum would be delighted to receive this Mother’s Day. The candles are made from natural waxes. The tin candle contains pure essential oils and you can choose from Geranium and Lemongrass, Lavender and Orange, Cinnamon and Orange, Grapefruit and Lemongrass, Patchouli and Cedarwood and Peppermint and Lime. I received the Geranium and Lemongrass and it has a lovely fresh scent to it. The skin care cream is free from SLS and parabens with a glycerine base and natural essential oils. I received the Nourishing cream which contains Neroli, Mandarin and Lavender and it is a light, easily absorbed cream with a very subtle but beautiful scent to it. The Beespoke of Devon Aromatherapy Gift Set costs £20 and really is a lovely gift set to give as the perfect Mother’s Day gift.perfect Mother's Day Gift

 

Welsh Lavender Calm Balm and Hand Cream.

Inspired by the labours of Welsh hill farmers, Farmers’ Welsh Lavender Ltd products are made with lavender grown on the farm just outside Builth Wells. All the Farmers’ creams and balms are made by hand with care. Using naturally derived ingredients, they are not tested on animals nor do they contain any artificial colours or perfumes. The Farmers’ Calm Balm contains lavender, camomile and sandalwood and is designed to help heal and comfort. A perfect size to keep in your handbag, this soothing scented balm can be used anywhere on your body including your lips, temples and under your nose whenever you need a moment of calm. You can even leave it beside your bed to help you drift off to sleep at night, aided by the soothing smell of lavender. The Farmers’ Hand Cream has been developed to help nourish hard working hands and is light, non-greasy and easily absorbed. With a lovely lavender scent the 30ml size tub is perfect for popping into your purse or pocket so it is close to hand (every pun intended). The Farmers’ Calm Balm costs £12.00 (30ml) and the Farmers’ Hand Cream costs £4.00 and £12.00 for a 30ml and 100ml tub, respectively. These two little gems would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, particularly for someone like me who loves lavender.perfect Mother's Day Gift

 

The Pretty Little Treat Company Exquisite Choices Gift Set.

If you are trying to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift for someone who adores vintage and handmade things, then The Pretty Little Treat Company is the place for you. They believe that life’s little luxuries should not just serve a purpose but should be beautiful as well, and their entire range of handmade products are just that, beautiful. The Pretty Little Treat Company’s Exquisite Choices Gift Set is a beautifully handcrafted gift of pampering treats guaranteed to bring a smile. Packaged in a beautiful 2-piece presentation box, tied with luxury white ribbon, it contains a Pretty Little Bath Treat, Pretty Little Lip Balm, Hand Cream and a Matchbox Solid Perfume Bar. Costing just £12.95, this beautiful handmade gift set will delight lovers of all things handcrafted and vintage and would be a lovely Mother’s Day gift for someone.

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PRETTY LITTLE TREATS CO (Picture Provided)

So if you are wondering what to get your Mum, wife or just that someone special, why not check out these gorgeous items as they might just make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for her.

Cath x

*All the items included in this post were all gifted by the companies as part of this perfect Mother’s Day gift guide.perfect Mother's Day Gift

 

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.