At BEAR they believe in getting little cubs back to nature both in what they eat and what they do. So they are working with The Wildlife Trusts to get more little paws outdoors. Inside each special pack of BEAR Paws, you will find the new outdoor alphabet cards that are full of adventures for your little cubs to try. We were very kindly sent a box of goodies to get us started on our BEAR adventures.
Each of the alphabet cards have an adventure to try on the back. Such as ‘i’ for insect shows you how to build a minibeast hotel, ‘x’ marks the spot for a nature inspired scavenger hunt, ‘o’ for owl shows you how to make a pinecone owl or if this sunshine doesn’t stick around, there is even ‘p’ for puddle jumping! So many great ideas for fun activities and most of them need very few resources, many of which are there to be found on your very own doorstep. I think the simple things really can be the best fun sometimes.
We started our very own BEAR adventures with ‘z’ for zebra. Now, there are not many zebras hanging around in Yorkshire to find as you might expect so I did wonder for a minute there but when we turned over the card we saw that we were going to play hide and seek! Just as a zebra’s stripes make them blend into the tall grass of the African plains, we were going to make a camo headband to help us hide in the garden!
We used card to make the bands then stuck on our feathers. It was a lovely day so we even did our making and sticking outdoors at the table. Then they took it in turns to play hide and seek. I loved that the making of the bands was just as much fun as the hide and seek game. Twice the fun for that one letter!
Research shows that time outdoors makes kids happier and more confident as they grow but as parents, I’m sure we know that already. I know for a fact that mine are definitely happiest when playing outdoors. I always say that there is no better sign of a good day than grubby faces and mucky knees! I think these new alphabet cards are a BRILLIANT idea and we will definitely be collecting more for ideas over the summer holidays (and of course the bonus being that we get to eat lots of BEAR paws while we collect them all!)
My kids absolutely love these little bags of fruit shapes and as you might expect from BEAR, there is no added nonsense and they even count as 1 of your 5 a day. Do look out for the new BEAR Outdoor Alphabet packs in a supermarket near you but for more information, you can pop along to bearnibbles.co.uk
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this blog post we were kindly sent a box of goodies to get us started on our BEAR adventures but all words and opinions here are our own. As are the fancy headbands. You will have to make your own.
I know lots of you are Barbie fans just like us so I am really excited to share the news that the brand new Barbie Dreamtopia movie special will air this weekend on Tiny Pop! You can watch on Saturday 23rd July at 4pm then again on catch up on Sunday 24th July at 9am. Join Barbie, her younger sister Chelsea and her pup Honey on a magical new adventure telling the story of Dreamtopia.
Have you ever imagined you could fly with fairies whose wings sprinkle emeralds and diamonds as they flutter by? Or that you could ride the tallest rollercoaster you’ve ever seen, up in the sky on a rainbow? Walk through a lollipop forest filled with cute and happy pets made of fruit and candy or express yourself through wild and fantastic hairdos that you can turn into anything you wish? Well Barbie’s little sister Chelsea sure has!
Get ready to join Barbie, Chelsea and her puppy Honey on the adventure of a lifetime as they explore the lands of Dreamtopia, a land where if you can imagine it, it can happen. You can find out more about the world by visiting here or by downloading the Barbie Dreamtopia app. Don’t forget to tune into Tiny Pop at the weekend to see the movie but in the meantime, you can see the trailer here.
Marley Spoon think that cooking should be a pleasure but they know that full lives and busy schedules can sometimes make eating well a challenge and that is where their recipe boxes come to the rescue. Right now, they are celebrating Global BBQ Month with the addition of some really yummy summer recipes and we were sent a box to try out last week.
The way Marley Spoon works is that you fist select the size of the box you need – either for two adults or a family, then how many meals you would like that week – from two to four and you then choose the recipes that you would like to be sent. Delivery is free and you can skip a week if you need to. This isn’t the first time that I have tried Marley Spoon and I have to say that I am always impressed with how well the food is packaged. It always arrived in perfect condition which I know is a concern when people order these sort of recipe boxes. The fresh ingredients such as the meat, yoghurt etc are stored in a special cool bag then the rest of the ingredients for each recipe are in separate bags. All the additional packaging is in brown paper so it’s all recyclable too.
Each recipe card sets out exactly what ingredients you need and these of course correspond which your bag of produce. The cards even tell you what utensils you will need to cook with and how long they will take to cook. The special recipes for Global BBQ Month are crying out to be made on a barbeque of course but if you haven’t dug yours out of the shed yet this year, then they can also be cooked in an oven or on the grill. The recipe cards give really simple step by step instructions and include lots of photos too. I think of myself as being quite a keen cook but even if you’re not, you really can’t go wrong with these recipes. Marley Spoon make everything so easy.
We tried the Anglo-Indian Pork burgers with Roasted Carrots and Raita first and it was absolutely delicious. Nothing can beat a homemade burger of course and these really were yummy. The roasted carrot in the salad was a really nice addition too it worked so well and isn’t something that I would have thought to do myself.
Then we tried the Honey and Mustard Chicken with Apple Potato Salad and Warm Fennel which again was absolutely delicious. The delicious chicken drumsticks were smothered in a honey and wholegrain mustard before being roasted and they were all golden and crispy. The charred fennel was a surprising hit with the kids and I loved that the side salad dishes were every bit as delicious as the main dish. You can see that a lot of thought must go into every recipe idea.
The quality of the ingredients is excellent and I love just how easy Marley Spoon make everything. It’s great getting to try out great new recipes (with somebody else doing the hard bit of choosing them for you!) I love how flexible the service is too so you can tailor it to fit your needs each week or skip a box altogether if you need to. Prices vary depending on the size of the box you choose but with meals starting from just £3.75 per serving I think they are great value.
The last Global BBQ recipes are available to order this week, in time for delivery next week so there has never been a better time to try out Marley Spoon for yourself. I can’t recommend them enough!
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was kindly sent a Marley Spoon recipe box to try out some of the new Global BBQ Month recipes but all words and opinions here are of course my own
My son’s bedroom was well overdue a makeover. It was the very first room we decorated when we first moved into this house over nine years ago and has hardly been touched since. Being the only boy in the house means that he gets the luxury of knowing that he never has to share a room (but the downside of that is that he is stuck with the smallest bedroom in the house so it takes careful planning when it comes to storage!) One thing that had to go though was his old cabin bed it is not very becoming of an eighteen year old to have to climb up into bed. We originally bought a cabin bed so that he could have more floor space to leave his sets of Lego out or play Scalextric to his heart’s content. But as you might imagine, those toys have long since been gathering dust so we set our sights on something much more suitable which is where the lovely people at Lakeland Furniture come in. We were sent this gorgeous Denver single bed to review.
The bed arrived by courier as a flat pack and handily came in three separate boxes making it much lighter to carry upstairs. Obviously being a wooden frame, the package would have been really heavy if it was all in one box. Plus it made assembly even easier having each section in a separate box. Now, I know this might surprise you but I am a bit of a dab hand at assembling flat pack furniture but this bed really was a breeze to build. The instructions were really clear and easy to follow and in no time at all, the bed began to take shape. I have to say that I was particularly impressed with just how well made it was everything fitted together perfectly.
Lakeland Furniture sell all different types of beds from children’s frames and bunks, to wooden and metal beds, from fabric beds to day beds and even mattresses. My son already had white wooden furniture in the rest of his bedroom so I chose this Denver single bed to match. It is a pine single bed with a lovely white wash finish and I particularly loved the simple design of the head and foot of the bedstead with the solid bar frames. The base has a solid slatted base which provides ventilation and fully supports the mattress. We have been on the look out for a new bed for him for a while now and I am so pleased with it. It couldn’t be more perfect in fact. It is so nice for him to have a proper grown up bedroom at last!
This Denver Wood Single 3ft Bed Frame is currently reduced from £149.99 to £99.99 making it exceptionally good value. It really is a high quality wooden frame and it is clear that it has been built to last. I’m sure it will see my son through the teenage years and beyond. And not only is it a good strong bed but it also looks great too. It’s such a simple but beautiful design.
I can’t recommend it enough, my son is over the moon with his new room but especially his new bed!
Disclaimer: I was very kindly provided with this Denver bed frame from Lakeland Furniture for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own. I would only ever recommend a product that I hand on heart truly love.
I look forward to that thump of the new Boden catalogue hitting my doormat a little more than I probably should. I absolutely love Boden and sitting down with the new catalogue and a cup of tea is one of my very favourite ways to spend an afternoon I’m not going to lie.
I basically want to be that girl in the Boden catalogue. And ohh-ing and ahh-ing over all the gorgeous clothes and turning over the corners of every other page for my must have items is probably as close as I’ll ever get to being that girl but I can dream, right? Anyway, I thought I would share some of my favourite picks from the new collection. (And man alive was hard to narrow it down to just five!)
Make A Statement Breton £39.50
I have too many bretons to count. Seriously. But there is always room for one more especially when they look like this. This comes in quite a few patterns but I particularly love the gold pocket on this one.
Floral Lace Top £89.50
I love lace with denim and this top is so pretty with the scalloped edging to the bottom and the sleeves. There is a lovely dress in this same style too but I know that personally, I’d get so much more wear out of the top.
Strappy Bow Point £79.50
If there is one thing that you can count on it’s that Boden will come up with the most amazing statement flats every season and these are the ones that have captured my leopard print loving heart. Just look at them *swoon*
Alisa Dress £79.50
I just love the look of this tea dress, it is so my style. In such a pretty colour too and I like that it comes to just below the knee, I couldn’t have designed a more perfect dress myself. I can just imagine how swishy and girly it will be to wear – it has to be mine!
The Weekend Shirt £49.50
I have a bit of a thing for blue shirts at the minute I just love that pared down look. I love them with my white jeans but thinking ahead to autumn, they will be great with dark denim too. This looks like a really nice relaxed fit and would be a great addition to my ever growing collection.
Have you seen the new Boden collection yet? What are your favourite picks?
*All picks are my own but I’ve borrowed these pics from Boden
This month, Birchbox don’t want the summer vibes to ever end and have collaborated with Millie Mackintosh to come up with this rather special box to see you all the way through to August and beyond (whether the sun shows up every day or not!) As well as teaming up with Millie for the July Birchbox design, they have also collaborated on a very exciting product available exclusively inside this month’s box.
So what’s in the box I hear you cry? Let’s take a look!
First of all we have the Nails Inc nail varnish which comes in assorted shades but as you can see, mine is a brown colour. I have to confess that I am strictly a summer brights kind of gal when it comes to nail colours but my daughter happily took this off my hands! I do really like Nails Inc nail varnishes though I love the brush they come with, they always apply really well I find. Next we have the Birchbox exclusive that I mentioned above which is in fact a full size LOC x Millie Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in Bohemian Rose. It was designed and named by Millie Mackintosh herself and this high shine lip pencil adds a perfect pop of colour. I love LOC lip pencils as I always find them long lasting but also moisturising. This is a great colour to add to my collection I love it.
Then we have the Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water that can be used to gently cleanse and wipe away all traces of impurities in one step. I have to say that I have loved every Caudalie product that I have ever tried and this is no exception. I will definitely be back to the Birchbox shop to treat myself to the full size bottle of this stuff it’s amazing. Next we have the John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer which is another full size product. With two full sized products this month, it really does feel like a huge treat of a box! And last but by no means least we have the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask. This innovative sheet mask slowly releases hyaluronic acid slowly into the skin over time for longer lasting relief from dry skin. Basically a big drink of water for your complexion!
As always, a monthly subscription for Birchbox costs just £10 (plus £2.95 p&p) and with two full size products included in this box, it really is a great time to sign up. Plus, if you order today enter code BERRY at the checkout and you will receive a free fullsize Lord & Berry Smudgeproof Eye Pencil in black worth £13! (You can see the full terms and conditions here.)
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was kindly provided with a press sample of this month’s Birchbox but I would only ever recommend a product or service that I hand on heart truly love (and I hand on heart truly love Birchbox having been a subscriber myself for years now!)