Orchard Toys Christmas Surprises

It’s no secret that we love Orchard Toys games and LP is at just the right age to start getting into them, understanding how they work and really participating. It’s a great age!


Orchard Toys sent us their Christmas Surprises game and it’s been a great way of getting into the festive spirit. Christmas Surprises is actually two games in one and perfect for any child three and over although Little Man at two and a half could play this game quite well too!



The game is made up of double sided play boards and play pieces. You choose either to fill Santa’s sack with presents or hang baubles on the tree and take it in turns to roll the corresponding dice in the hope of rolling a colour or shape that you still need to complete your game board.



LP and Little Man loved rolling the dice, finding the right pieces and working out where they went on their game boards. The winner is the first one to fill up their board and you miss a go if you roll a colour or shape that you already have. The game play is simple but straightforward and the children could both easily get into the game and before long were playing without too much prompting from us.



Christmas Surprises has really helped LP learn about taking turns and sharing. It’s a great first introduction to board games and the perfect game to play in the run up to Christmas – and beyond. I know that we’ll be playing this game well into January and it may not even stop there!


If you are looking for a Christmas gift then you can’t go wrong with Orchard Toys. They have some really lovely games and as well as being fun they’re all educational too – the children learn things without even realising it!

Orchard Toys Christmas Surprise has an RRP of £9.50


Disclosure: We were sent the above game for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Sleepovers – The Ordinary Moments

LP and Little Man are at a great age. I know, I say it all the time, but the age they are always at really is the best age ever. But this age – two and a half and four and a bit – is a really great age. You see, neither LP or Little Man slept properly until they were around 15 months old. From then we have just appreciated their new found sleep and have tried to not rock the boat as much as possible.

This all changed in April when we spent two nights all sleeping in the same room on a cruise ship – it went so much better than I expected! Since then we have been away quite a few times and the children have more often than not shared a room, Little Man often sleeping in his Ready Bed. A couple of weeks ago I invested in a new Junior Ready Bed for LP and this has started a whole new chapter for LP and Little Man.

LP and Little Man now want to use those Ready Beds but not just for holidays but at home too. LP asks regularly if we can have a sleepover and I always say no due to school really – bad sleep before school is no fun for anyone. But at weekends and inset days I have no excuses. So why not?

Over the last few weeks LP and Little Man have been loving impromptu sleepovers. They love sleeping in their blow up beds, with their sibling for company and chatting to each other before going to sleep. Listening to them together on the monitor makes my heart swell and I really love how much they like being together – even when they sleep.


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ByStroom Herle Clutch Bag

I have been lusting after the gorgeous change bags from ByStroom for quite a while but I finally had to resign myself to the fact we don’t really need change bags anymore, and the backpack we have is perfect for our no-longer-babies lifestyle. But when ByStroom offered to send me one of their beautiful range of clutch bags I just couldn’t say no.



ByStroom make so many bags that all have functionality and style at their core. The clutch bags all have a detachable strap to make them really versatile – being used as a standard clutch or as a shoulder bag or even across body bag. The options are fantastic – and the strap clips on and off really easily too.


I chose the Herle Clutch Bag as I loved the colour as well as the suede material. The clutch feels so lovely and soft but also hard wearing, a must for any bag! The clutch also has a handy grab strap, perfect for looping around your wrist for a bit of security on a night out but this can also be taken off if you’d rather have the clutch bag without straps.


The Herle Clutch Bag features a zip pocket on one side, great for change or your door key and enough space inside for money, cards and your phone – as well as make up! There are handy card compartments on the inside and the main clutch compartment is really generously sized considering it is purely a clutch bag.


Whenever I go out from now on this will be my bag of choice. With space for everything I need but not too big that I load myself down it will be the perfect accompaniment to any outfit and will also make sure I don’t fill up my coat pockets too!


ByStroom also sent me one of their handy keyhangers – the perfect way to keep track of your keys! The keyhanger gives something extra to grab hold of and clips easily onto your set of keys. It is made of braided leather which is nice to hold and looks great too!


The ByStroom Herle Clutch Bag has an RRP of £35 and the Keyhanger has an RRP of £8.00 – both come in a range of colours.

Disclosure: We were sent the above bag for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Carmine Love Bar Bracelet Review and Giveaway

I love new jewellery and I recently came across Carmine’s gorgeous collection of jewellery over on her Etsy store. The jewellery is modern Magical Girl jewellery and Anime inspired. The pieces are all really individual and mainly statement pieces although the great range of bracelets are more understated and would be great worn together.


I was sent the Carmine Love Bar Bracelet to review and it’s fair to say that it hasn’t left my wrist since. The bracelet arrived really quickly considering is was shipped internationally and it has to be one of the most beautifully packaged pieces of jewellery I have ever received.




You can tell so much care is taken over the smallest of details when buying from Carmine and it really shows with the gift tags, the card that the bracelet was wrapped around and even the little pouch the bracelet came in. It was all tissue wrapped and encased in a gorgeous recycled cardboard box. As this beautiful packaging is included in carmine’s prices it goes without saying that they would all make wonderful gifts.



The Love Bar Bracelet is well made and incredibly dainty. It slides on easily and suits my slim wrists perfectly. It would look great alongside other bracelets from the range and I have worn it constantly with so many outfits. It is great for both during the day and out in the evening.


I am now very much a fan of Carmine jewellery and will definitely be adding some to my Christmas list! I have teamed up with Carmine to give away a Love Bar Bracelet to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning just complete one or more entries of the Rafflecopter below – good luck!

The Love Bar Bracelet has an RRP of £19.69

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Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Sharing Those Oooops Moments with TENA

TENA recently invited me to an event that I unfortunately couldn’t make but as they’re such a lovely bunch they sent me a goodie bag so that I could recreate the event in my own home – with a girly friend or two.

TENA are helping women everywhere share their ooo0ps moments and so sent me a kit to have a girly night in along with some oops moment confessions although I’m happy to say that so far I have only had oooops moments when heavily pregnant – and I think that can be forgiven!


The Tena Goodie Bag was put together with the following in mind:

  • Laugh out loud with the latest chick flick – Pitch Perfect 2 to enjoy with friends.
  • Tuck in to sweet treats – Chocolate and Popcorn to enjoy during the movie.
  • Crack open mini bottles of fizzy wine – Mini bottles of Prosecco – the perfect girls night in drink!
  • Relax with a mani-pedi – A gorgeous new nail polish for a bit of a pamper.
  • Face mask – To continue the pampering spirit!
  • Oooops moments confession board – To share those Oooops moments!
  • For the ultimate protection this season – TENA Ultra Towels


The whole set was put together to show that Oooops Moments are something everyday for so many women – one in two UK women experience light bladder weakness. Lights by TENA Ultra Towels combine the security of Ultra Towel technology with an ultra-absorbent Quick Dry Core and FeelFresh technology that locks in moisture and controls odour. So, women everywhere can relax and giggle with the girls all evening long, knowing they don’t need to worry about those Oooops moments.

Disclosure: I was sent the above goodie bag for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.