Sunday, 26 February 2017

Fingerlings Review & Giveaway

The boys were sent two Fingerlings to come and live with us.  They really liked their new loveable robotic baby monkey friends.  Now the boys are almost 8 and on their way to 10 they seem to play with toys less, fortunately these funny monkeys captured their attention and amused them no end. 

We had Boris (blue) and Finn (black) delivered but you can also purchase Mia (purple), Sophie (white), Bella (pink) and Zoe (turquoise) to join your expanding troop of monkeys.  

I really liked the colour combination of Boris the vivid blue with the bright orange hair looks great.  Eldest really liked the tuft of hair and trying to style it!

Each baby monkey has a RRP of £14.99 so it’s an inexpensive toy, which has proven to be very responsive and entertaining, ideal for children 5+.  You can find these toys at Amazon, The Entertainer, Smyths and Tesco - or try your luck entering to win one on my blog!

The Fingerlings make lots of different sounds; have cute blinking eyes and like hanging on your finger or swinging by their curly tail.  You can rock them to sleep and blow them kisses.  They are quite sweet really but they will make your children giggle when they press and hold the head sensors for a cheeky surprise.  Youngest liked pretending his monkey was telling the monkey news when it was babbling away, the crown bananas got stolen apparently.  So for my boys this toy has encouraged them to be imaginative.

Both the boys have enjoyed interacting with their new pet, they are very responsive although Finn was being stubborn and refused to blow kisses back!  But would we expect any less from this mischievous monkey!!!

The Fingerlings like being stroked and make contended little sounds.  They respond to sounds (like you clapping), motion and touch.  It’s fun seeing how your monkey will react to what you do when they are choosing to behave that is.  You can watch a little video of Boris in action below:

If you would like to win your own Fingerlings baby monkey (character chosen at random and cannot be picked) please fill out the form below by the 26th of March.

Win a Fingerlings Monkey Toy

Friday, 24 February 2017

Comvita Honey Review and Giveaway

When buying honey products its important to look for the UMF® mark so you can be confident about the purity of the honey you are buying and that the Manuka honey products are genuine.  Manuka honey is quite unique so you do not want to risk buying a fraudulent substitute that lacks the antibacterial healing properties of this special honey.

With Comvita you know you are getting a superior product as they are a company that has been producing world-renowned UMF® Mānuka honey since 1974.  The UMF® testing process is currently the most comprehensive; so you can be reassured about the quality of the honey you are buying. Comvita honey is sourced from New Zealand’s most remote locations, deep in the bush of Kaimanawa.

The lemon & honey lollipops (£5.99) from the Winter Wellness range of products are ideal for everyday use and will soothe your child’s throat and make them more comfortable when fighting those nasty winter bugs!  I feel much happier treating my children with natural products, ingredients that are pure but still powerful.

Comvita really do have lots of winter essentials.  When children are at school they seem to go from one cold to another it makes sense to stock up on some decent products to help keep them (and yourself well).  The Children’s Manuka Honey Elixir (currently reduced to £12.79 from £16.00) contains UMF 10+ Manuka Honey and Propolis.  Bees use Propolis to help protect their beehive from infection.  Bees are very clever they even place it at the hive entrance to disinfect their legs as they return home.

The wound gel (£10.00) promotes healing whilst reducing scarring, it also cleans and protects so should be included in every family first aid box for all those cuts and grazes that come with raising kids!  Mine always seem to be tumbling over their own feet, so I plan on carrying it in my handbag at all times!!!  This wound gel is even used in hospitals so it’s a good product to have close by.

The Manuka Honey varies in price depending on the strength, the UMF® 5+ one I was sent costs £12.99 (for 250g), I always find a spoonful of Manuka honey really helps when I am suffering from a sore throat.

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I have a set of Comvita products (lemon & honey lollipops, the children’s Manuka Honey Elixir, Wound Gel and a jar of Manuka Honey) to giveaway.  If you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 24th of March.

Win a bundle of Comvita Manuka Honey products

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Tackling those difficult conversations

To be honest for a long time I had never thought about writing a will, even after my children were both here I still didn’t have one to begin with.  Writing a will meant accepting I were going to die at some point and it wasn’t something I wanted to acknowledge.  Even though alongside taxes, death is another inevitability, its something many of us put to the back of our minds.  I didn't want to tempt fate, I thought by writing a will it was like accepting death was on the horizon.

It was only after a conversation with a friend who has a lawyer friend (specialising in family law) that I realised just how important having one is.  She mentioned how difficult it can be if you haven’t got custody arrangements set in stone, families can battle it out in court with a lot of upset and arguments.  None of that is healthy for your children, far better to have something in place so you know where you are if heaven forbid something happened.  Before children I guess the will wasn't such a big issue as I had no real responsibilities and no assets to speak of.

But it wasn’t an easy conversation to have; no one likes thinking about death.  It’s one of those things you keep putting off.  But I was glad we had the talk, it was the motivation I needed to write a will.  Since that conversation with my friend I actively encourage my friends with children to write wills of their own.

According to the infographic by Which? the average age we start talking about wills is 18 so I was a bit behind the times there!  I must have been at least 30, for me it was because I didn’t like the idea of the boys being without me, but for others it might be down to worrying about the complexities of writing a will.  

Remarkably you can write a will online in 30 minutes with Which? Wills.  So don’t let the thought of it being a legal minefield put you off.  You can get it sorted quickly and easily and it might cost less than you think.

I get certain conversations can be a bit awkward, but in terms of relationships, finances and wills talking to your parents can also be very helpful, they might have guidance to give and knowledge to impart.  Once you get over the initial discomfort you might be glad you got something off your chest.  I am quite an open chatty person so can talk about pretty much anything, although I would blush at certain conversations, wills, finances, death and relationships are okay territory for me!