Monday, 11 June 2018

Fathers Day gift guide

Often the men in our life take a bit of stick, so what better time to show them how much they really are appreciated than on Fathers Day. I have got together with a few brands to bring you a few ideas for that special man in your life.

Pamper products

Firstly from Baylis and Harding this Skin Spa for men gift set currently available in Sainsburys for the promotional price of £7.50

Baylis & Harding’s Amber & Sandalwood Grooming Trio makes a great gift. The sophisticated sleek black gift box with racy red accents reveals the perfect grooming trio. The 300ml Hair & Body Wash and 200ml Shower Gel will gently cleanse and keep him feeling fresh all day, whilst the 200ml Aftershave Balm soothes and nourishes the skin. Subtle notes of Amber & Sandalwood perfectly blend to create this very masculine fragrance. This is the perfect gift or the active man.
Amber & Sandalwood is a sophisticated masculine fragrance. Refreshing top notes of bergamot and mandarin are blended with musk and amber to create this subtle masculine fragrance. Warm, sensuous and earthy – the base notes of sandalwood's intense, long-lasting scent will help him feel perfectly groomed throughout the day.

Gillete Fusion5 chrome edition proglide razor £9.99 exclusively from boots

Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Chrome Edition razor features 5 anti-friction blades for a shave you barely feel, and a chrome effect handle that lets you shave in style. With FlexBall technology, ProGlide responds to contours and gets virtually every hair. The Precision Trimmer on the back is great for hard-to-reach areas such as under the nose and sideburns. One men’s razor blade refill equals up to one month of shaves.
Fusion5 ProGlide men's razor fits all Fusion5 blade refills. Gillette razors, formerly called Fusion ProGlide.
Features and benefits:
  • Men's razor with FlexBall technology that responds to contours and gets virtually every hair
  • Gillette razors for men with 5 Anti-Friction Blades; a shave you barely feel
  • Precision Trimmer on back, great for edging tough areas (nose and sideburns)
  • Enhanced Lubrastrip with more lubricants (vs. Fusion5)
  • 1 razor blade refill equals up to one month of shaves
  • Fits all Fusion5 and Fusion5 Power blade refills
  • Premium Chrome effect handle

Gold aftershave splash from Yardley RRP £8.99 Amazon

Gold was originally launched in 1976 as a fresh masculine fragrance for the man who 'goes for gold'. Relaunched in its current gold livery in 1997, the brand now represents the epitome of contemporary elegance and style.

Moosehead Grubby Putty RRP £4.99 Superdrug

Get down & dirty with this matte product. A medium holding hair putty that will provide you with a super matte finish.
The water soluble formulation makes for easy washing


You would really impress with a gift from Choctopia prices ranging from £1 to £30

Nestled in the picturesque village of Newdigate on the West Sussex/Surrey border you'll find what we like to call Choctopia HQ, a small workshop where Choctopia founder and chocolatier Matt Hancock hides himself away to handcraft each luxury chocolate.
By mastering techniques learned from World, UK Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks he creates unique designs and flavours using transfers and airbrushing to make Choctopia stand out from the crowd and allow you to give - or treat yourself to - something a little bit different, if you're ever in the area pop in and say hello, there's bound to be a few spare chocolates hanging around.

Looking for something creative?

Get creative with the Da Vincci 3D pen

XYZprinting' s da Vinci 3D Pen is a standalone device that can create 3D printed objects without the need of computers or Computer-assisted Design software. Create anything, anywhere. The da Vinci 3D Pen is lightweight and mobile, allowing users to make use of their surroundings to create large or small objects. Move freely along a surface or extend your creation upwards to add dimension to your drawings. The da Vinci 3D Pen has 11 fashionable colours of filaments to choose from. The PLA Refill filaments are biodegradable, non-toxic PLA filament made from organic materials. This filament has gone through various tests to ensure that it is DEHP-free and Heavy Metal-free for your safety.

For the man who loves to be a step ahead of the rest how about this travel shoe care kit from Dobell available online RRP £24.99

Compact, smart and handy for travel, this kit contains neutral shoe polish, shoe sponge in black box, shoe sponge with wooden handle, lint removing brush, large shoe brush and a shoe cloth perfect for cleaning and general shoe care. 

I am sure we all know someone who needs a bit of help getting up in a morning or would benefit from some light therapy  then the Lumie Zest the wake up clock with light therapy RRP £125 is the perfect gift

Zest can be used as a wake-up light for a natural start to the day. Waking up with a gradual sunrise is a signal for your body to ease production of sleep hormones (e.g. melatonin) and increase those that help you get up and go (e.g. cortisol). Wake-up lights help to keep your sleep cycle on track, boosting mood, energy and productivity levels all day.

In addition, you can use Zest for bright light therapy in the winter months or when you're stuck indoors. Extra bright light is proven to put you in a better mood and make you feel more awake and using Zest every day will make a big difference to symptoms of SAD such as tiredness, over-eating and a lack of energy and motivation.
  • 15 or 30 minute sunrise to wake you up gradually
  • Variable final brightness to create your perfect sunrise 
  • Optional alarm beep
  • Timer for bright light therapy sessions
  • Selection of light levels from 20% to 100%; choose maximum brightness for quick light therapy treatment
  • Independently verified to deliver 10,000 lux at 25 cm
  • White LEDs enriched with extra blue, the part of the spectrum known to regulate the bodyclock
  • Recommended treatment time: 30 minutes at full brightness
  • Handy size for home, work or travel (mains-powered) 
Having used other Lumie products myself and with my children ( we would not be without our bug) i would not hesitate to reccomend these to anyone, and i am really hoping that the long winter months will be made a lot easier with some light therapy especially those long office days filled with flurescent lighting and little natural light. 

So whatever your dad is interested in there is sure to be something here to interest and make his Father's Day special. 

Friday, 18 May 2018

Some Debts Are Unavoidable - Here's Why

So you just blinked, and suddenly here they are to haunt you, the unpaid bills that will push your bank account well into the red zone. How did that happen?

Debts, as it happens, are becoming more and more common, to the point where the majority of adults has had to deal with debts at some point in their lives. It doesn’t change the fact that it could be an incredibly stressful situation, of course, but it’s important to know that you are not an isolated case. In fact, you shouldn’t even feel guilty about it because a lot of debt situations can’t always be avoided. If you thought that your budget is in the red because of your poor financial management skills, it’s time to think again. There is no need to blame yourself as it’s not the kind of attitude that can solve the problem. Instead, you need to understand and accept that debts sometimes occur. Here’s how to deal with them effectively.

Are you using too many credit cards?

Don’t panic

While you may be tempted to put your head in your hands and scream, you need to be forcing yourself to stay calm. Panic won’t help you; it could even make things worse as you’re more likely to make bad decisions when you’re stressed out. Instead, make a cup of tea and relax your mind. Sit back, take a look at your expenses. Is there a typical pattern you’ve failed to notice? Do you buy too much food that goes to waste? Do you pay for a gym membership that you don’t use? You also need to check if the invoices you’ve received are accurate, whether it’s your credit card bill or your energy supply. You’d be surprised to know that many people don’t even check or question their expenses.

What can you do?

Once you’ve made sure that the amount you owe is correct, you need to establish a strategy to repay it. When it comes to small debts, you should be able to balance it across multiple credit cards and targeted cost-cutting. You can, for instance, reduce your energy bills significantly by doing nothing else than switching provider. Within a few months, you should be able to recover small debts. However, for more significant sums, you might need to refer to consolidation strategies, such as, to help you handle multiple debts at the same time. Naturally, you need to maintain a cost-cutting approach at home and at work to ease the pressure on your finances. Aside from energy saving tips, you’ll find that packing your lunch every day can save you a lot of money at the end of the week. You can also switch your gym membership for a run in the park.

How did it start?

It’s fair to say that in the UK, the inflation has been hitting 3% for a long time without employers reflecting it in any pay rise for their employees. As a result, everyday life items and facilities have been getting more expensive, putting your household budget at risk.

In conclusion, there’s no denying that debts are stressful. However, you need to keep your cool and stop blaming yourself for the situation. Some debts can’t be avoided, so what matters is how you sort things out!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Googly Fruit Organic kids snack range review

I have been really lucky with my two little ones they have both been great fruit and veg eaters from babies, and often found picking up salad and veg sticks over crisps! 

I have never been over pushy or over strict with their diet, they have always had treats but they are just that...a treat, we have balanced meals with a chippy tea now and then and who can say no to pizza, but I have always ensured they had salad or veg with every meal. I completely get I am lucky and it's not 100% down to my influence they are this way. I do however think perhaps because I never offered alternatives, they had what I gave and that was it, and as a parent you get to learn what they dislike and avoid it. 

We were recently sent a selection of fruit and veg based kids snacks to try out from googly fruit, well I made the mistake of opening the box when both kids had play dates around, within minutes they had worked their way through 80% of the box so forgive the lack of pictures!!
I do think that speaks for itself though in how appealing and obviously tasty the snacks were.
The pack included crunchy puffs, which are coated in carrot powder and a touch of sunflower oil for a delicious crunch snack, freeze dried fruit crisps like strawberries, banana & raspberry and  apple & blueberries, smooth fruit and veg squeezy pouches including apple, sweet potato and clementine or apple, pear, carrot and pumpkin, all organic and full of goodness.

These products are colourfully packaged with a fun, googly eyed fruit focus which will appeal to most children making it alot easier to tempt them to eat and judging by my little ones response it will be a hit once they taste them, definitely helping get their 5 a day in!!

The kids loved the activity pack that came with the snacks and enjoyed creating their very own fruit friends, the pack also contained a colourful 'learn your ABC's with your googly fruit friends' book which is full of colourful healthy foods for all the letters of the alphabet, ideal for young toddlers and preschoolers. Googly Fruits have really created a product range that is not only healthy but most importantly fun and appealing to the kids, making mum's job in getting in the 5 a day just that little bit easier, well done Googly Fruit. Head on over to their website for some fun activities and more info on the great product range.