Friday, 28 April 2017

Messy play for kids if it is a wet bank holiday weekend

What can you do with the kids on a wet Bank Holiday weekend? Are you worried how much screen time the kids get? Have you already watched Peppa so much you want to Hog roast her?
One activity we all love is board games, bringing the family together for hours of family fun.
You cannot beat some messy play though, cover the furniture get out the paints and let the kids get creative.

Once you have finished with those and if you are feeling adventurous and don't mind a little bit of mess (well maybe a lot of mess) then why not try some of these recipes for  homemade play-doh, moon sand, snow and fairy sand, all guaranteed to keep the kids occupied and pass a wet windy afternoon.

Play - doh
250g Flour
50g Salt
140ml Water
1-2 tsp of cooking oil
Food colouring

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and kneed until feels like dough, add food colouring for your preferred colour or glitter for an added sparkle! If you store in an airtight container it can be kept and used again.

Moon Sand
Baby oil

Mix the baby oil slowly into the flour until it has the texture of sand, add glitter. A large tray to contain the mix in will lessen the mess and allow the kids play in a contained area.

Shaving foam
Corn flour

Mixing the two ingredients together will create a snow mixture, so much fun and a new texture to explore.

Fairy Sand
1 1/2 bar white soap
2 rolls toilet paper
1.5 - 2 cups of coloured water
Shape cutters
Ice cream scoop

Shred toilet paper, grate soap and add the coloured water to the soap to form a paste, Pour this over the shredded toilet paper and squeeze together to form solid shapes, you can add glitter or other objects and then mould, cut and create different shapes from it.

Although all kids love messy play and it encourages them to explore different textures, colours and shapes and get creative, helping to make it themselves will lengthen the activity and give them a sense of achievement, so get stuck in and Get Messy!!!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Giveaway - Dobell suit of your choice

With Father's day on the horizon and as the postman brings the start of the wedding invites for the summer what better time to kit out the special man in your life with a smart new suit, what could be better as a Father's day treat or simply just to smarten up your beloved's wardrobe. There are so many different styles these days there really is a suit for everyone, whatever their taste and style.

A smart suit is a must for every man's wardrobe it can be separated and the jacket teamed with jeans or just shirt and trousers for a more casual look or worn with a waistcoat and tie to really go all out for a special occasion or to impress in the office. A good suit is so easy to wear for any age, it really is one thing you will own that will not become 'last years trend'.

Some readers may remember my previous giveaway from Dobell suits. Well i have got together with them again to bring you another fabulous giveaway just in time for Father's day.

Dobell have kindly provided my lovely readers with a free giveaway – in the form of a full suit.
One lucky winner shall receive a free men’s suit in their favoured size, Dobell are happy to give away a free suit, tuxedo or wedding suit – depending on what the winner wants, so long as it’s a Dobell branded suit (not one of the other brands they offer)

Dobell menswear have created fine men’s suits, tuxedos and wedding suits for over 10 years, and create handsomely fitted suits and formal wear accessories, at great value. You can own one of Dobell’s latest suit designs simply by entering below.

What better way to smarten up your loved ones wardrobe, good luck. 

Dobell suit giveaway

Monday, 24 April 2017

Giving up smoking

For many giving up smoking is a real achievement and undoubtedly a real benefit to their health.
However it is not as easy as just stopping and that's it you have given up, like any addiction it can take many attempts and it requires real will power to see it through. 

There are many ways you can try to stop and there is a lot of support to help these days, a visit to the local chemist will give you all the information you will need and professional advice on the most suitable aids to help. 

For many the need to do something with their hands is the biggest problem they face, for this reason electronic cigarettes have become very popular to emulate the action of smoking.
'Vaping' gives the smoker choice to continue with the physical comfort of smoking without all of the harmful effects of cigarettes. 

If you walk down any high street you will most probably come across vape shops, also at tills in most supermarkets. You can also check out the kits from JacVapourThe company is established as one of the foremost high quality e-cigarette producers and a market leader in terms of vaping technology and industry innovation.

Why not make 2017 the year you make a positive change to your health, social life (and wallet), by switching to vaping? If you're ready to make the switch, but don't know where to get started, JacVapour's range of popular e-cigarette starter kits are ideal for users of all levels of abilities.

Below are some of the top reasons to make the switch to e-cigarettes, as well as providing all the information new users might need in picking the right device for them, and tools to help you work out just how much you might be able to save.


Improving health is one of the most common reasons users give for making the switch to vaping. Traditional tobacco cigarettes are known to be made up of 3-4000 chemicals, with around 60 of these known to be cancer-causing, or carcinogenic.
Each year, 100,000 people die in the UK as a result of smoking related illnesses, which include cancers, COPD, emphysema and strokes. Countless others live with what are often incredibly severe health problems as a result of smoking tobacco.
In comparison, e-cigarettes haven't been linked with a single death in the UK since their introduction, and they typically contain only around 16 chemicals, none of which are carcinogenic. It's important to also note that e-cigarettes are free from tar and carbon monoxide, two of the most dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes. In August 2015, Public Health England issued a report in which they deemed e-cigarettes to be at least 95% safer to use than tobacco.
Research by Ash estimated that the average smoker in the UK is spends approximately £3000 per year on cigarettes. This is likely to have increased since that figure was published, and will only continue to skyrocket as duty on tobacco increases.
Vaping, in comparison, represents a significant cost saving. Running costs after purchasing a starter kit are primarily for e-liquid and coils, and replacement carts or tanks (as well the occasional battery). With e-liquid available from £3.99 for a 10ml bottle (equivalent to roughly 140 cigarettes), even the heaviest of smokers should see a significant difference in their wallets.
Every vaper is different, and every former smoker will have had varying smoking habits. On average, however, our customers spend approximately £21 per month after switching to e-cigarettes, so huge cost-savings are possible.


Something that almost every vaper notices after switching is the smell (or lack thereof). Regular smokers very quickly get used to the smell of smoke that clings to hair, clothing and furniture. Tobacco smoke will remain in an unventilated space for several hours before settling, which means that the whole room is exposed to the smelly residue.
E-cigarettes emit only vapour, however, which dissipates far more quickly. Any odour present (which is usually minimal in the first place) disappears within seconds. Some e-liquids may have stronger odours than others, but it's possible to mix your own e-liquid flavours to suit, which can help to limit any noticeable smell. As vapour also is free from the tar found in cigarettes, it also has the added advantage of not staining your walls and ceiling that familiar yellow-brown.
After just a few days of switching from smoking to vaping, you will begin to notice the smell of tobacco smoke on other smokers and be glad that you no longer smell the same way.
Smell isn't the only sense affected after making the switch. For most vapers, after the first few days food starts to taste better as their taste buds begin to heal. Smoking has a huge impact on your sense of taste and smell, and as this impact creeps in slowly over time you may not even notice, but you will certainly notice as they return to normal

It should be remembered, however, that vaping does usually mean the continued exposure to nicotine, which as a toxin means that electronic cigarettes can never be deemed 100% safe. Weighed against the known risks associated with smoking, however, vaping represents a far safer and healthier alternative.