Now that Bess is getting a little older she is pretty much past playing with toys. Collectibles however, that’s a different ballgame. As well as the ever growing stationery obsession she has, Bess also likes quirky little things for her bedroom and to share with her friends.

SWAK – Interactive Kissable Key Chain

We were recently sent the SWAK – Interactive Kissable Key Chain to try out and I knew she would love them. I was not wrong.

We were sent a selection of 3 ‘kissable keychains’ from the 12 which are currently available. Here are all of the designs currently for sale in the ‘kissable keychain’ range. As you can see, each design is bright and funky and totally collectable!

Love is out there
Why wish upon just one star when you can wish upon a billion of them? Close your eyes and dream big with Stellar Kiss!

Stellar Kiss was Lexi’s favourite. She really liked the blue colour and the starry design.

 

Shake it up

Ready to leave your mark on the world? Do it in style with XO Kiss!

Shine on

Lights, camera, friendship! Shimmer Kiss is red-carpet ready to bring the bling!

This was Bess’ favourite.

 

Each S.W.A.K. Comes with kisstech: a unique sensor technology that detects your cheek and gives you a kiss. The longer you hold it the longer It lasts.

The keychain means that you can attach your S.W.A.K to clothing, your bag or a piece of furniture. If you want to you can also detach the keychain entirely!

S.W.A.K Kissable Keychains also come with a slot in the top so that they can be used as a photo holder. An easy way to brighten up any child’s study area.

Bess and Lex really enjoyed playing with and finding out about the S.W.A.K Kissable Keychains, you can see what they thought in their YouTube video.

What I thought

I think that the fact that there are only 12 is a massive plus point. So many collectibles have hundreds available, at least with S.W.A.K Kissable Keyrings you have a hope of completing the collection.

Especially when each one retails for less than £6! I like that they are pocket money prices, it’s a cute little toy. Each set also includes a little postcard and sticker stamp to play with too.

We were sent these products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

We were sent this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

We were so excited to get our hands on the 5 SURPRISE Series 2 from ZURU! Moose, like most children at the moment. Is utterly obsessed with any kind of blind bag or surprise toy. Gone are the days when the only surprise toys around were of the Kinder variety or a dodgy claw machine at the amusement arcade. These days surprise toys are everywhere and that means that they have to be good to hold the children’s attention!

5 surprise zuru

5 SURPRISE Series 2 from ZURU certainly ticks the boxes in terms of visual appeal. A medium size ball, the child is supposed to unwrap the ball and then peel each compartment to reveal a new surprise toy. That’s five surprises in total!

5 SURPRISE Series 2 come in 2 colours.

There is a blue one which is wrapped in red and a pink one which is wrapped in purple. Some people may take issue with what is a pretty clear gender division but I quite like that you at least have some idea of the kind of toy your child might get inside each one – that said, a neutral version might be nice to add to the range?

Inside the blue ball you might find a car, a skateboard, a ninja or a dinosaur and inside the pink there could be sparkly sequins, funky stationary and cute unicorns, the new range contains over 200 new toys to collect, including new figurines and rare, high-value chaser toys!

Moose really enjoyed this toy. As I mentioned previously he loves the surprise element but he played for ages with the things he found inside. They don’t appear to have much to tie them together. No real theme but this meant he could use his imagination. We love anything which encourages that sort of behaviour!

All in all I would say that the 5 SURPRISE Series 2 from ZURU represents decent value for money. They are available to buy from all good toy shops (and most supermarkets) at around £6 and they are suitable for children aged 3+. You can find out more about the range on the Zuru website

I am so annoyed with myself. My intention was to plan every week because I know it will reap it’s rewards both in lbs lost on the scale at Slimming World and £’s kept in my purse. If I had a purse. Which I do not. I am too disorganised.

Gah!

So long story short, half term happened and I didn’t meal plan. We ventured down to see the in laws. This involved an array of off plan meals and I put on weight and am now poor. So now that you are up to date, let’s head back to what I blimmin’ well know will work and get on with the plan! I foresee a lot of salad in my immediate future…

The Week Ahead in Food

Friday: Low syn Tuna salad followed by a gorgeous low syn lemon Jello dessert.

Saturday: Ham and egg salad with a large bowl of melon.

Sunday: Roast chicken with syn free stuffing and vegetables

Monday: Piri chicken breast with a dressed salad and a baked sweet potato.

Tuesday: Spaghetti bolognese and garlic dough balls. The Asda ones are 1 syn each.

Wednesday: Butternut squash stew with bulgar wheat (pictured) as part of my commitment to cutting down on the amount of meat we consume.

Thursday: Diet coke chicken with noodles and stir fried veg.

 

Breakfast will be a mix of porridge, fruit or bacon medallions and veg (courgettes, mushrooms, tomatoes). Lunches will be mainly salads and I will also make a big pot of syn free soup to have alongside and for snacking. I am determined to have a better week foodwise. I have to really!

On the upside, I am feeling positive about taking control of things again. I have started to understand that I need to make this a priority for not only my physical health but my mental health too. Does that sound odd?

 

Katykicker

 

I first found Vertbaudet over a decade ago when my first born was a baby. I was looking for simple, well designed clothing which would wash well. At the time I remember the high street being overrun with low cost clothing. Almost all of which was covered in cartoon characters. It was refreshing to find clothing which just let children be children. Over time though and as my son grew (and of course wanted to wear nothing but power ranger outfits), Vertbaudet fell off my radar.

Recently Vertbaudet contacted me. They asked if Moose would like to choose some items of clothing to road test. We were happy to oblige!

I thought it might be fun to let Moose choose his own clothes for a change. Here is what he chose;

Moose loved how cosy and warm this grey button up cardigan looked. The sizing was a little on the large size but that just means that he will get tons of wear out of it!

Moose really liked the dinosaur and M on the Navy style dark green jumper. I like that it has buttons on the shoulder to make it nice and easy to get on and off! It looks great with a navy undersweater. The undersweaters are sold as a pack of 3 making them great value for money. I really like earthy colours on Moose. They seem to suit him. 

The teddy style red press studded jacket was a no brainer. It has a great big M on it and pockets which fasten. Moose has more or less lived in this jacket since he received it. It has washed really well! Its quite light but warm too, perfect for the Spring weather.

Do you see a theme emerging here?

Moose really likes the M detail on the items of clothing he chose (as you can see) and I love this outfit on him. The trousers are a soft fleece with an adjustable waist. They are stretchy and looks so comfortable, I want them in my size!

I like how nautical this long sleeved t shirt looks. It looks smart without being stuffy and of course… the M detail.

I think sometimes we find brands that we trust and for me, Vertbaudet is definitely on the list. Now that I have found them I will be using them. There are some incredible bargains in their clearance section. It just goes to show that it is still possible to find kid friendly clothing which looks lovely and lasts without costing a small fortune!

disclosure: we received these items in exchange for an honest review. I have washed and rewashed everything you see here and I am happy to report that every single item is like new.

Why do I find meal planning so hard? You would think after 17 and a half years of being a parent I would have got past sifting through the fridge at 5pm in a panic and not knowing what to to cook for the people who reside with me.

No such luck

In a bid to inject some organisation into our week and hopefully leave time for more of the “other stuff” I am trying. Really trying, to get on top of this part.

If I can nail this stupidly small and seemingly easy part of our family week then, I don’t know, maybe everything else will somehow fall into place. Moody teenagers will suddenly transform into pleasant and cooperative young adults. The Husband will shake off the fatigue of his day/week/month/year and become attentive to something other than Clash of sodding Clans and the 4 year old. Maybe he will stop declaring he hates a food that just 2 days earlier was all he would let pass his lips. I will of course be able to spend those extra few moments of my day doing something fabulous.

You can place your bets on how that will turn out.

We do definitely save money when we plan though. So there is that.

Our Dinners For The Week

Friday – Chicken Noodles with a homemade 2 syn Sweet and Sour style sauce

Saturday – Burgers with chips and slaw. I might make my chips with celeriac. I don’t know if that will taste a bit parsnippy though?

Sunday – roast chicken, mash, roast celeriac, carrots, sprouts.

Monday – pie for them. tandoori skewer and Slimming World aloo gobi for me. Nicer than it sounds.

Tuesday – rice, chicken, corn on cob, think Nandos without the price tag.

Wednesday – Sausages and mash. Did you know you can make your mash creamier by adding an egg? I am going to try it. If I end up with a scrambly egg mash, I will let you know.

Thursday – Spaghetti Bolognese. A smaller portion for me which I will bulk out with roasted red pepper and courgette.

 

Breakfast is usually porridge with fruit. Lunches I don’t tend to plan. It will be whatever I can grab that is Slimming World friendly or maybe if those other things fall into place then who knows. Maybe I will make a soup. We can but dream, right?

 

 

Katykicker