Monday, 12 November 2018

Christmas gift guide: For Him

It's that time of the year again when its time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I'm putting together three gift guides this year, which will be spread out across the week. Kicking off today with my gift guide for him.  I'm hoping that you will find some great ideas below for the man in your life.

Phone cases for various models| Speck | prices vary

In need of stocking filler idea? Well to kick off the gift guide why not treat the man in your life to a new phone case.  Speck sell a range of phone cases for models Apple, Samsung and Huawei. Take for example this candyshell clear case for the Samsung S7 which is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G drop test standards for military-grade protection and also resists UV yellowing. Speck makes products that are designed for impact to protect the tech you rely on. With a balance of slim lines and military-grade protection, they provide a difference you can see and feel.

Celia larger | Celia| around £2 for a 330ml bottle 

Celia larger is 100% organic and brewed using just three ingredients, CELIA Organic is a premium craft Czech lager ideal for even the most discerning lager drinker.  Moravian malt sourced from the Bohemian region, 100% locally sourced organic Saaz hops and sand-filtered water from the Žatec foothills combine to create a delicious, refreshing lager with a delicate bitterness and a hint of citrus, which also has the added benefit of being gluten free. Why not buy a couple of bottles to pop into a hamper, Christmas stocking or as a stand alone gift.

Ion8 leakproof steel flask/waterbottle| Leakproof| prices vary 

Need a gift for a man that's always on the go? Than a flask to keep his drinks hot/cold should be a hit. These Ion8 flasks are 100% leak proof, BPA free, reusable and refillable insulated stainless steel. The ridged cap opens with just one twist, and the wide mouth provides a smooth, rapid flow. ThermoShield double walled vacuum insulated 18/8 stainless steel keeps your drink at the perfect temperature. Keeps drinks hot for up to 12 hours, or keeps water chilly cold for up to 24 hours. These drinks bottles stay sweat and condensation free. No concerns about rings on your table or dampness in your bag. 

Plug and play retro TV games | Iwantoneofthouse| £12.99

If like my husband you know someone who loves his retro games, than they will love the plug and play retro TV games. Transport him back to the days of pong, space base and many more. The controller is compact and portable and connects easily to your TV. With over 200 games he will be spoilt for choice and it will keep him busy for a few hours.

Any Sharp pro knife sharpener | Amazon | £24.99

Does your man love cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Then this knife sharpener is 100% worth getting. The unique, patented Any Sharp knife sharpener uses tungsten carbide technology to extend the life of almost any knife. Any Sharp works on virtually any knife, including expensive hardened steel knives, chef's knives and even serrated blades (like serrated bread knives and hunting knives), making it unlike any knife sharpener, sharpening steel or sharpening stone you've ever used. The Any Sharp has a handy safety feature the powergrip suction base which fixes to any smooth surface. Don't let how little it is put you off as its one heck of a knife sharpener and worth every penny. 

Family Quiz | Amara| £20

From experience I've found that games seem to be a big hit when it comes to gift ideas. The family quiz game is ideal for all quiz lovers. it’s time to host the ultimate Family Quiz from the comfort of your own home. Gather up your family as you test your trivia knowledge and compete to get your hands on the coveted winner’s trophy! 
The set contains: 100 question cards and 6 joker cards, answer pad, rules of play, wipe clean scoreboard,chalk and a cardboard trophy.

Supreme snoozer | go-travel products | £14.99

An ideal gift for a businessman with a long commute or those who travel light, the Supreme Snoozer Pillow from Go Travel is the ultimate hand luggage companion. Packing down to palm-size, it fits in any type of hand luggage with little impact on space.  This cosy design combines the comfort of a foam top with the convenience of an inflatable base and the removable, soft, jersey jacket feels like home.  The unique flatback shape is ideal for upright sleeping to make those 40 winks all the more perfect whether on the train or in-flight. 

The Slip| go-travel products | £7.99

Perfect for the daily commute, business trips or travelling afar, The Slip from Go Travel makes a fantastic stocking filler - a micro-sized card wallet with a technical twist. Offering RFID protection from electronic pick-pocketers, it keeps the sensitive data on your cards fully concealed.  It’s so discreet you can even attach it to the back of your phone or slip it in a shirt pocket on a night out with the fellas.  Skimmers are invisible and not just in search of your beer money but often your I.D, make sure your man is not a victim this year.  The soft magnetic closure is also a lifesaver to keep his cards in place.

Shave facial essentials | Men-U | £29.95

The men-ü Shave Facial Essentials kit has everything you need to put an end to bad, patchy shaves and leave your man with healthy, smooth skin - every time. The set contains the PRO BLACK Shaving Brush, the man-made bristles offering improved hygiene and crème distribution compared to badger hair brushes that absorb more product. The men-ü Healthy Facial Wash, Matt 'Skin Refresh' Gel, and Facial Moisturiser Lift, cleanse, tone and moisturise to complete the shaving process. 

Joby GorillaPod Griptight one | Joby| £18.95

The world famous Gorillapod has been the staple accessory in photographers kits and now they're available for mobile shooters too. Mount it. Hold it. Wrap it. Stand it. Discover the world’s most compact solution for mobile content creation! The streamlined GripTight™ ONE is available as a mount only, with Micro Stand, GorillaPod® or bundled with the Magnetic GorillaPod and the Impulse remote camera controller. GripTight ONE is always up for exploring extreme angles while keeping a firm grasp on your phone

Result Work-Guard Brink Stretch Jacket| ppeworksolutions | £38.94

ppeworksolutions sell a wide range of work wear for those working in the construction industry. However you don't need to be working in construction to wear this gorgeous looking work-guard brink jacket. The jacket is stylish and you can get away with it being  worn everyday especially,  during these colder months. The jacket features a hard wearing soft shell, stand up collar,  warm inner micofleece, multiple zips, chunky knitted ribbed waist, cuff and inner collar with a durable water repellent finish.

* We were gifted all these items featured for the purpose of this gift guide. All views and opinions are 100% my own.


Friday, 9 November 2018

Christmas with Wicked Uncle

With it being just over 6 weeks until Christmas Eve I thought it was time to start getting my Christmas posts up. I'm excited about sharing with you my gift guides, Christmas eve essentials and many other festive posts between now and the big day. 

First of all I wanted to share with you all, two gift ideas from one of my favourite places to find kids toys online Wicked Uncle. You would have most likely seen that I have collaborated with Wicked Uncle a fair few times now showing you some of their fab selection of toys that they sell for all ages. 

Having browsed the website quite a bit and thanks to the easy navigation of the website I managed to find some bits for Blake to share with you to give you some inspiration.

Blake starts school next September which doesn't seem at all possible as he still seems so little. However I think its important to try our best to prepare him in advance in some ways, as best as possible. The pretend and play school set from learning resources (£29.95), is hopefully one way to get him interested through role play. The set also helps to develop early speech and language skills along with letter and number recognition. 

The set folds up into a  handy case so won't take up too much space like a lot of toys tend to do. Inside the set you get over 140 pieces to play being a teacher so you can mark books, give out stickers and ring the bell. There is a handy map of the UK and Europe, calander, whiteboard, school clock and much more. 

As children both my sister and I would have loved this set, although there were a good few arguments over who was going to be teacher. 

The fairy garden range of products by interplay are popular at the moment and so my next pick was the Magic Bean Pot (£7.99).  The magic bean pot is a great gift for children who are into gardening and plants as well as the Magic of fairies. It's easy to grow two magic beans with Joy the fairy and her friend yellow bird. All you need to do is collect some soil (not included) and sow your magic bean in the pot using your magical fairy spade. Once done watch over 3 weeks at how nature works. Once the bean grows it opens and appears on a stalk as it produces flowers and then eventually its own beans.

We love its small size so that it can sit in pride of place on one of our window sills or mantel piece. This is an ideal little set if you don't have a garden and want to bring a bit of nature indoors.

If you are still a little stuck for ideas than look out for my gift guide for kids , which should hopefully be up within the next few days or so. You can also look back on my previous years gift guides too and of course check out more of what fun products wicked uncle sell.

* For the purpose of this review, we were sent these two items from Wicked Uncle. All views and opinions are 100% my own.


Wednesday, 7 November 2018

What Mummy and Blake wore: Character Pjs

I love nothing more than getting to my Pjs after a busy day. This is especially true when it comes to wearing a new pair, as soon as Blake is bed I'm into mine ready to relax for the evening. 

Cool clobber gave both me and Blake the chance to get some new pjs ready for the colder evenings arriving. Cool clobber sell a wide range of character products suitable for both children and adults. Products include pyjamas, bedding sets, swimwear, backpacks and more! There are also many favourite characters from Bing bunny, in the night garden to avengers and Disney favourites such as beauty and the beast and tinkerbell.

I opted for a pair of womens Beauty and the Beast pjs, with it being my favourite Disney film it wasn't a contest to be honest. They don't just sell Disney characters for the women's pjs either they also sell Harry potter themed ones, tatty teddy and superhero ones too. I was happy to see that they offer pjs for women up to size 20/22. Size wise I went for my usual size which fits well. The pj top has a lovely Beauty and the Beast design of when they are dressed up for dancing in the ball room with the slogan " I love my beast". I'm glad that the pj top is short sleeved as i do tend to get too warm in bed with long sleeves even in winter. The pj bottoms also fit well and are very much like skinny leggings with cuff ankles which I love and are comfy. These Pjs were £12 which I think is such a great price for the quality of them. 

For Blake I found it hard to make a choice as they have so many of Blake's favourite characters available. In the end i settled for the boys Bing Bunny set. 
Blake is 4 next month and so I ordered the 4-5 years ones which is the size he's mainly been in over the past 6 months or so. The pjs fit Blake really well with the sleeves not being too long on the pj  top and he's got room to move around. The waistband on the pj bottoms is elasticated and fit well so blake can move around without them falling down and he's got room to grow. The length of the pjs are slightly long but it doesn't seem to bother him and as he is tall I'm not too worried about it as know he will shoot up. The Bing Bunny Pjs are a great price at £7 and like my pair of character Pjs they are great quality. 

Overall we are happy with our experience of cool clobbers pj selection and are tempted to order some more fun character designs. 

Do you love a new pair of pjs?  

*For the purpose of this review, we were sent two pairs of pyjamas. All views and opinions are 100% my own.