Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Fathers Day with WhiteWall

As fathers day is fast approaching online photolab, WhiteWall have a fab selection of photo print products. You can transform one of your favorite photos into a stunning showpiece. 
Their are products with an array of looks, sizes and frames to choose from.

WhiteWall offers a high quality printing and framing service using customers’ own photos. Simply choose an image, specify your custom size and material, including HD Metal Prints and Acrylic Blocks, and you pick from a range of framing options such as Floater Frames or Solid Wood ArtBoxes. Prices start at under just under £10 so ideal for a range of budgets. 

The website is simple to use I ordered an 13x18cm acrylic block. All I had to do once selected the item I wanted was to upload my chosen photo (a cute one of Blake on the swings) and then you can move the photo into position and then your done just add to cart and go to checkout. It's that easy. Delivery was speedy too I ordered on the 15th May and the product was dispatched on 17th May, arriving on the 19th of May. 

As for the product as you can see above it is of high quality. The acrylic glass is extra thick at 25mm and is sturdy and made like this for luminosity and impact. The acrylic block is stable so can be stood anywhere without extra supports or stands. The print itself is of premium quality and I'm overall impressed in how the image has turned out since this photo was taken using my HTC phone. 

I am very thrilled with the acrylic block and see myself purchasing from  WhiteWall again in the near future. 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Guide to cleaning and organising your kitchen

This time of year is when I like to have a spring clean and one area of my home which I am in need to sorting out is my kitchen. Its my least favorite room in our flat, mainly as its so small its hard to move around but also as we don't have enough storage space. 

Mayfair Granite have come up with ways on how to clean and organise your kitchen this spring. You can read the fab guide over on betterhousekeeper.  This guide is making it more easier for me to keep on top of what I need to do which can be hard when you have a 17 month old who keeps causing chaos in other rooms. 

Here is how I have used the advice to clean and organise my own kitchen: 

Get your supplies together: 
I always make sure I know where all my cleaning supplies are and store them together. 
This helps for when you do you daily and weekly clean as well. I like the idea of using baskets so you don't need to keep looking through the cupboards to find what you need. I also make sure I do a pre clean by making sure all counter tops are clean and clutter removed so its more easier to start. 

Some of the supplies I like to have are: 
- A good multi-surface cleaner, soapy water or white vinager will do
-Dish cloths and sponges
-  Dustpan and brush
-  Mop/steam cleaner
- Floor cleaner
- A small bucket with a handle or bowl will do  
- Oven cleaner
- Step ladder
-Vacuum cleaner
- Bin bags
- Lemon (for cleaning the microwave) 

Organising and cleaning the pantry
We don't have a pantry and store our tins and packet food in the cupboards.
I do one cupboard/drawer at a time and remove all items, check dates etc and throw out anything that is out of date, stale, empty or that we don't/wont use. I then wipe down all the shelves and arrange items into categories such as spices, condiments etc. This way when they go back in they are together so you can find things more easily. I'm thinking of using a couple of baskets to keep everything together. 

Organising Fridge/freezer
Start off by defrosting your freezer and then remove items organizing each shelf/drawer at a time. Throw out any foods that are out of date/have been there for awhile. Remove the shelves/drawers and clean well with hot soapy water. Make sure that you wipe down the inside of your fridge/freezer getting into hard to clean areas. Once cleaned I do the same as with the cupboards and arrange items into categories to keep items such as vegetables together. 

Cleaning the oven 
Open all windows and make sure you stick the safety precautions on you oven cleaner. 
Remove and clean all shelves in the oven you may need to use a brillo pad and some elbow grease. Follow the instructions on how to use your oven cleaner,its normally that you spray it in the oven and over the glass oven door and leave for 30 mins. Once done scrub and wipe off excess cleaner. 

Clean other appliances
I wipe down most appliances every week but make sure I do a deep clean every now and then. White vinegar is good for kettles and I like to use a bowl of lemon juice and water to clean the microwave. 

Worktops and floor
This is done more than once a week but at the end of your big clean its time to make your worktops clean and shiny. I then like to sweep up any dust, food, debris off the floor and then go over it with our trusty dyson for good measure and then steam or mop the whole floor. 

I also like to make sure I wipe all the walls and splash backs as well these are places that can often get missed. 

Will you be doing a spring clean in your kitchen soon? or maybe you have already 
let me know in the comments below. 

The first car journey home with a newborn

I can remember leaving the hospital for the first time with Blake when he was 3 days old. 
He was so tiny and so precious and it was so cold outside since he was born in December. 
As we don't drive ourselves I had my mum and her partner come and pick us up just after 9pm to take us home. One of the things we made sure when it came to bringing Blake home was that we knew how the car seat was meant to go. On the journey home I was in quite a bit of pain due to have a c-section and was also very emotional and rather scared of what life as a Mum was going to be like. I at one point felt like I was going to have a full on panic attack. 

Before Blake's arrival one thing I didn't really consider was checking car tyres and getting old ones replaced. As we don't drive this maybe why I never thought about it but its handy to know to do so in the future. Point-s car tyre dealers have a complete range of tyres along with prices available online. It's so important to think about tyre safety when traveling with a young family but with busy family life it's quite often something that you may not think to do. 

If your like me and my husband and don't drive its still important to check with whoever is driving to make sure that their car tyres are in good condition for the road. After all you precious little cargo is so important and their safety paramount.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Fathers Day Gifts for Over £10

With Fathers Day being on the 19th of June I have compiled two gift guides of fab items you
could give to your Dad/Grandad. This is part two: Gifts over £10 and I have a fab selection for you. 

I'll start off with with the Gillette Fusion ProShield which you can buy in most stores. 
This razor retails at around £12.99. The Proshield Lubrication before and after the blades lays down a protective layer to shield from irritation. Plus, FlexBall Technology makes maximum contact over the face and gets virtually every hair. 

Bomb cosmetics have two masculine sets of bath products which are a perfect gift to help treating their skin and mind. The Distinguished Gentleman gift pack for example contains the dapper soap slice, man grenade bath blaster as well as several more manly products for the bathroom. 
Socks tend to be the go to gift for Fathers Day so why not go for anti-smell socks? 
Renowned British sock and accessories brand, Bridgedale, has a sock that takes fresh feet to whole new level, using copper ions to create a life-long anti-microbial net around the foot.
Copper is well known for its anti-inflammatory effects in the body, as well as being an effective bactericide, reducing the fungi, bacteria and odours most commonly associated with feet. These socks are perfect for wearing on long walks and trekking over most terrains ideal in all kinds of weather. RRP: £15.99 a pair. 

If they are a lover of pork crackling than why not treat your dad to some mouth-wateringly delicious flavoured pork crackling? from the Snaffling Pig Co  with a range of flavours from the classic Salt & Vinegar to the fiery and feared Pig of Doom to choose from. We were sent the BBQ flavored ones which were a hit with my husband and I.  These high quality meaty treats are double cooked in order to produce a softer product that keeps its bite. A 300g gifting jar is £15.99 and you also can choose from other items of their gift selection. 

Want to get Dad a gift he can get to grips with? Ball® brand is the leader in home preserving with a great range of products suitable for beginners to experts. They sell beautiful glass preserving jars in a range of designs and sizes, they also have accessories like dissolvable labels for gifting homemade jams, as well as recipe books and gadgets. I was sent the starter kit which I am so looking forward to using.  The Starter kit contains everything you need to get started on making your own preserves.
- Preserving Rack –  That fits most kitchen stockpots
- 4 Ball® 240ml Jelly Jars with Lids & Bands – specifically designed for preserving to ensure a quality seal for the pantry
-Basic Preserving Utensils – simplifies the process for beginners
-Home Preserving Guide & Recipe Booklet – includes 3 Simple Steps to Preserving & 3 Delicious Recipes. It will guide you through the batch-making process in three easy steps, and its compact size means it’s suitable for even the smallest of kitchens. At RRP £19.99 it’s the perfect gift idea for dads who are keen on cooking! 

Klean Kanteen is a brand that offers people a safe, healthy alternative to plastic drinking bottles. Klean Kanteen was introduced to give people a better choice than plastic and lined aluminium bottles. These bottles are safe, healthy, lightweight, reusable and BPA free. 
These are a great gift for the health and environmental conscious Dads. The bottle is easy to clean, doesn't retain or impact flavors, is slim in design so that it fits most cup holders,Made with 18/8 Stainless Steel and comes with a lifetime warranty.available in 355ml, 592ml, 946ml and 1900ml) RRP: starting at £22.95 from Whitby and co

Zippo sell a wide range of lighters which are ideal for Dads. We were sent the Matte 8 ball windproof lighter.They  come packaged in an environmentally friendly gift box and we love the sleek design. It is representative of the black 8-ball of a billiards game.

BIG BOY is a mens grooming range. Drawing inspiration from its Sicilian origins, BIG BOY products combine rich, natural ingredients like Sicilian olive and almond oil, bees wax and shea oil. This innovative line is developed to make men feel and look good. 
The collection includes: 
- BIG BOY beard balm
- BIG BOY moustache wax 
- BIG BOY wash
- BIG BOY soothing drops
Prices start at £18.95

Love2read have a range of carefully designed books that combine keywords with your photos to bring reading to life for your child. Kids love to read them! 
The Daddy I love you book is your chance to tell Dad what makes him special...
The website made it easy to choose what photos you would like on each page and 
you can write whatever you want underneath to caption each photo. There is a demo on the website to give you some ideas, which I used to help me out a bit.  I love that this is a very personal gift for Dad and child to share together. The service was brilliant from the simple way of designing the book to the speedy delivery. The photos I used have all come out in excellent quality and the pages of the book are also of great quality too. This will be a gift to treasure for years to come. £14.99. 

Last of all if you want to give Dad an experience day than you need to check out findmeagift who have a great selection of experiences and gifts in general that are suitable for Dad. One of the choices is afternoon tea for two which is only £34 and is a great gift for Dad to share with Mum so they can spend some much needed time together without the kids. 

I hope this gift guide has also helped you come up with some ideas of what to get your Dad 
this Fathers Day. I'd love to know your plans, comment below. 

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Fathers Day: Gifts for £10 and Under

With Father's Day coming up (19th June) I have compiled a few gift guides to help you out with gift ideas for your Dad, Grandad or husband.  I have decided to do it over a few posts this gift guide is all about things you can get for £10 and under. This is ideal for younger children who want to buy something for Dad/Grandad but are on a limited budget. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was recently released on DVD and Blueray so if your Dad is a Star wars fan and doesn't yet have this DVD than this a great gift idea. Price ranges depending on where you purchase from but this is currently £10 on Amazon. 


 Wilkinson Sword have raised the game again with there new Hydro 5 razor with innovative gel pools designed for an improved glide to give the best protection from irritation.The latest innovation will be rolled out across the full Hydro range with features that can't be found on any other razor. Stuart has the original Hydro razor so was looking forward to seeing how this one compared. The razor delivers skin protection and a more comfortable shave by: 

 Hydrating Gel Pools:
Lasting up to twice as long as other lubrication strips on the market, the gel pools deliver 40 per cent less frictionthan any other razor brand. The gel ensures your skin to hydrated for up to one hour after each shave. which a conventional strip can’t do.

Flip Trimmer:
Rather than struggling to reach difficult areas of the face, with a simple flick of the thumb  the hydrating gel pools flip back to reveal five blades that deliver parallel precision and control.

Advanced Skin Guards and Reduced Blade Span:
The guard bars and reduced blade span have been redesigned to improve comfort, safety and prevent skin pinching.

The Handle:
With an upgraded colour palette, the ergonomic handle gives the razor a full range of motion fitting perfectly in the hand and providing guys with a more comfortable hold and control whilst shaving.

If you want to get a small and simple gift than why not consider standeazy
Standeazy is a credit card sized mobile stand which fits smartphones (including the larger ones) and mini tablets and e-readers. It fits perfectly in any card wallet and the concept is that it easily converts to a phone stand that allows different viewing angles. Standeazy retails at £2.99 for plain colors and £3.99 for special edition ones. 

Back to shaving products a great range of skin products for men is The Real shaving Company three step solution:

Step One: Prepare
Instead of using soap which can be harsh on the skin or water which doesn't shift dirt and sweat, you need the Real Shaving company face scrub. This helps to buff away dead skin cells.

Step Two: Shave
Formulated to help remove unwanted hair from your face effectively. The creams and gels are also great at preventing cuts/razor burns. 

Step Three:Maintain 
 Replenishing your skin’s natural moisture with one of the stage three products will help to care for skin to keep it looking fresh.

The great thing is that they smell great too. Prices are around £3.99.

Moving onto alcohol we have a selection of ales from Goose Island. 
There is the Goose Island IPA, Honkers ale and 321 urban wheat ale. 

The IPA (Indian Pale Ale) is a hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, set off with a dry malt middle and long hop finish. Ideal to be had with curry, chicken or pork and also with blue and aged gouda cheese

The 321 urban wheat ale is inspired by Chicago and named after the city's dialing code. 
321 has a spicy aroma of cascade  hop followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor which is refreshing. Ideal with salad or fish or with fresh chevre and buffalo mozzarella cheeses. 

The Honkers Ale is inspired by visits to the english country side. combining a fruit aroma with a malt middle that creates a perfectly balanced beer. 

Goose Island RRP:£1.75 a bottle

If cider is more of your Dads thing than he may like Cranes new Cranberry cider. It has grown rapidly since its launch and they are now looking for investment to take it to the next level, they are already in talks with supermarkets and pub chains so it looks very promising.
It will be a great summer drink, with only 99 calories so it can be part of a responsibly healthy lifestyle.Cranes Original Cranberry comes in bottles and costs £24.00 for 12 x 275ml from

So what do you think of my gift ideas for under £10? 
What is your favorite idea?