Moose attends pre-school from Monday to Thursday. During those days I try to get lots of work done. Sometimes that means working with clay, sometimes it means writing. I am lucky that I love my work so it doesn’t really feel like work at all. Friday though, is our day. Moose and I have the whole day to ourselves to do whatever it is that takes our fancy. I absolutely love our time together and I am trying to push all thoughts of it coming to an end next September out of my mind and just enjoy these moments while we can snatch them.

This week Moose asked if we could make lunch and bake some cakes. It just so happened that I had received the Vremi baking cups and apple slicer to try out so I figured it would be a great idea.

We decided to start with cake

This was entirely Moose’s idea but I didn’t put up much of a fight. We had a Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles cake mix in the cupboard so that seemed the obvious choice. If you know me, you know about my lacking baking skills… Surely not even I could mess up a box mix though!

Moose had great fun making the cake mix and spooning it into the silicone cases. Of course, I appreciate I am late to the silicone baking cup game, this was my first experience of such a thing. I eyed Vremi’s claim of them being non stick with a healthy amount of suspicion. I was however delighted to read that they are dishwasher safe!

Vremi’s set of 24 Nonstick Silicone Baking Cups come in pink, green, blue and yellow and I love how bright and fun they are. Incidentally, the cups did not stick to the cakes at all and emerged from the dishwasher as good as new. There is no going back to paper for us now. 

Slice slice baby

While our cakes cooled on the rack we turned our attention to preparing lunch. Moose loves cheese, apple and grapes with crackers. He is really fussy sometimes so it’s a relief when he requests normal food. 

The Vremi slicer comes with 3 sets of blades designed to cut mango, apple and potato (into chips). I am usually a knife kind of a girl so this too was a bit of a revelation. I honestly thought that this would be one of those faddy gadgets which I would use once and then leave languishing in the back of a cupboard (I am looking at you candyfloss machine). The big easy grip handles means that small (and big) hands go nowhere near the sharp blades so it’s great for when the kids want to “help”. 

I like apples but I have a weird aversion to eating one whole. This handy little gadget though has upped my apple intake by a surprising amount! The kids too. We seem to much prefer to eat pre sliced apple. I am yet to try the chipper but I do believe it will be a game changer

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Win the Vremi Silicone Baking Cups and Apple Slicer #6

This week I received a head in a box.

It would be accurate to say that when the box was opened I did recoil a little bit. This guy is creepy! I guess that’s the idea though, right? On the upside, it will probably be the last time Bess asks to open my parcels!

The Scary Peeper is not pretty. It’s the same size as an average adult head and can be attached to your window using the suction cup already attached.

I have taken photos in the daytime so that you can see him in all his glory and then at night – it is very creepy at night!

Sneaky peeker Halloween prop

How did the children react

Well, Bess isn’t easily startled so she hasn’t jumped once. Moose isn’t worried by him at all – in fact he has named him “The Wizard”, he believes that The Wizard is making sure they aren’t being naughty and will report back to Santa if they are. This is an excellent result but does mean that The Wizard is going to have to stay put.

Col however has been startled quite a few times already. I have tried leaving it in one place and tried moving him to other windows. Either way Col jumps. So it does do what it “says on the tin” as it were.

I think on Halloween night we might try hanging him on the inside of the window looking out to scare the trick or treaters!

scary peeper in the dark halloween prop

Win the Peeping Tom Halloween Prop #6

WITH THE FIDGET SPINNER I WAS LATE TO THE GAME 

Poor Bess didn’t tell me she wanted one so I assumed she didn’t. First rule of parenting a tween? Assume nothing.

With this in mind, when we were given the opportunity to review the next big thing in the fidget toy universe we would have been utter fools to resist.

At first glance this piece of beechwood looks like the handle from a skipping rope (it still looks like this after a few glances to be honest) but it is so much more!

The Mokuru arrives with no instructions. We had absolutely no idea what we were meant to do with it other than to “flip it”.
mokuru Fidget Desk Toy

It seemed like a good idea

I thought it would be fun to see if we could figure out this thing without going online. Our method was to (with some force) kind of flip it over and throw the Mokuru down onto the breakfast bar. 5 minutes in and I concluded that we needed some help before we started taking chunks out of the kitchen.

You tube saved the day

So it turns out that Mokuru is already pretty popular. There are loads of people showing off their skills online. We picked a vid and 2 minutes later we were having a go for ourselves.

We were overthinking it if anything. You kind of just gently push it over and it flips itself. Some kind of magic science not meant to be understood by the likes of me but needless to say it was not long before both Bess and I were hooked. It did admittedly bring out our competitive streak but we were soon keeping the Mokuru flipping between each other for ages! The great thing about this toy is that you really do get better every time you pick it up.

WIN!

We have 2 Mokuru fidget toys to give away. To enter just follow the instructions in the form below! Good luck!

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Terms and Conditions:

1. The prize consists of 2 Mokuru Fidget Sticks. There will be two winners who will each receive one Mokuru fidget Stick. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
2. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
3. Closing date for entries is 12:00am on 30th September 2017
4. Mokuru stick may come in a variety of different colours
5. The winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries
6. The winners will be informed within 14 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen
7. The winner’s name will be available on request
8. The prize will be sent within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address
9. Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions

 

I am in my mid thirties. 35 to be exact and I am beginning to concede that certain things in my life need a bit more consideration. Things which previously I hadn’t really seen as much more than a bit of a fuss. Things like a skincare regime. I have had a facial or 2 on the odd sneaky spa day but every day?

I would love to tell you that I cleanse, tone and moisturise

Sadly, I am not a liar so I can’t make that claim. If I am baring all then you should probably know that a quick face wash with some Aldi cleanser is about as good as it gets – most of the time I use baby wipes. Baby wipes have been a loyal and most useful friend.

Moving on

Receiving an invitation to review the SENSSE ULTRASONIC FACIAL BAR whilst pondering my now impending wrinkles seemed rather serendipitous so of course I agreed.

What’s in the box?

I was pleasantly surprised when my Facial Bar arrived. It comes elegantly packaged in a high quality white cardboard box. The SENSSE ULTRASONIC FACIAL BAR itself is something to behold. You would be forgiven for thinking it might be a microphone (as my 2 year old, Moose, did and does) or something a little more… adult. What it is however, is a white wand measuring 6.5″ tall with rose gold detailing  and a power button and 3 LED’s.

What does it do?

Well apparently quite a lot! The SENSSE ULTRASONIC FACIAL BAR claims to;

  • ENERGISE AND BRIGHTEN YOUR SKIN – Hot and cool face massager gives your skin an instant refresh that relieves skin fatigue and energises your facial muscles for a lasting, radiant glow.
  • SOFTEN AND RELAX FACIAL MUSCLES – The 42°C temperature in hot mode is optimal for increasing blood circulation, relaxing your facial muscles, smoothing wrinkles, and activating cell regrowth.
  • REDUCE REDNESS AND SWELLING – Uses optimal 6°C temperature to soothe sore facial muscles, and relieve skin fatigue; Also reduces redness and puffiness to make your skin look bright and beautiful.
  • INCREASE MOISTURISER ABSORPTION – Ultrasonic vibrations increase absorption of your moisturiser while cool mode closes pores, locking in your skin care product and preventing dirt and grime buildup.   

It looks complicated. How does it work?

It is really not as complicated as it looks at all. Firstly, remove your make up and then press the power button once to activate the “hot mode” and glide the wand all over your face to open your pores.

Next you should grab some moisturiser and either put it on the wand or dot it onto your face and then press the power button twice to switch to “hot mode with vibration”. The ultrasonic vibration is supposed to aid the absorption of your moisturiser.

Lastly, press the power button again to activate “cool mode” and close your pores. Yes you could just put moisturiser onto your hands and rub it into your face but this makes your skin feel so good that you won’t want to go back to your primitive moisturising ways ever again (probably).

Did it work?

In a word. Yes. It worked in that it made me take 5 minutes out of my day to concentrate on myself (which any busy parent knows is something in itself) 

It’s too soon to say whether it has made a big difference to my skin but it certainly feels better and I will continue to use it so watch this space! 

Want to win one?

SENSSE are giving you the chance to win a SENSSE Hot and Cool Ultrasonic Facial Bar (RRP £100)

 For your chance to enter visit the link below. Please note that I am not the owner of this giveaway. Any problems or questions regarding the giveaway please contact them direct.

Good luck!

Win A SENSSE Hot and Cool Ultrasonic Facial Bar #4 

 

Disclaimer: I was sent this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine!

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Who wants a free cake topper?

When I am not tapping away on my laptop or photographing my food and my children are otherwise occupied, I can be found creating small people and animals from plasticised clay.

I speak to wonderful people on the internet who have a special occasion coming up and who would like me to create a one of a kind piece to display on a cake and then on a shelf. Taking some details from them along with a photo or two and design and create for them something rather special

I charge £50 for a personalised birthday cake topper but YOU could get your hands on one for free….

You Can Have It Your Own Way

..To win a personalised birthday cake topper of your very own design just click the link below and enter the competition via my Claytastic Cake Toppers Facebook Page

It’s quite difficult to tell you what you will recieve, it really doesn’t exist yet. I will instead share a selection of other cake toppers I have made. Anything is possible whether the recipient is 1 or 100!

 Cake Topper Competition

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