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Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Loving The Great Outdoors

A close look at the Hikelite 26: At the start of 2019 we decided that we would give ourselves the kick up the backside that we needed to become a more healthier and active family. We have always had a love of the great outdoors, we enjoy nothing more than quality-time together as a family out on an adventure.

With having two dogs, a Siberian Husky, and a German Shephered we are always out walking daily with them both. Since January and the start of our new healthy-lifestyle, these walks are much more longer and we are often found out on day-hikes now rather than just a quick dog walk round the park.

Daily Hikes

With having big, active, energetic dogs you can just imagine how much they absolutely love hiking with us. We pack up a bag with all needed essentials for the day and go off enjoying our hiking adventures together.

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The Osprey Hikelite 26 Rucksack

We have recently been using a rucksack called Osprey Hikelite 26, in Shitake Grey. This rucksack has been perfect for our day-hikes. It is a simple, yet effective daypack. So far it has been a perfect size rucksack for our day-hikes and adventures, providing us with more than enough space for our essentials.

The Osprey Hikelite 26 rucksack has a lot of perfect features to it. We can now see why this rucksack is very popular amongst hikers. This Hikelite has some very unique and very helpful features to it that we have found extreamly useful which has helped to make our hikes so much more comfortable and enjoyable.

A Quick Overview

  • Osprey Hikelite 26 Rucksack
  • Volume: 26L
  • Weight: 735g
  • Dimensions: H48cms x W28cms x D28cms
  • Fabric: Main:100D Nylon Mini Diamond Shadow. Base: 500D Nylon Packcloth.
  • AirSpeed trampoline suspended mesh back system for ventilation and comfort.
  • Integrated raincover that is detachable.
  • Internal hydration sleeve compatible with all hydraulics reservoirs.
  • Removable webbing hipbelt.
  • A front shove pocket.
  • Stretch mesh side pockets.
  • Side compression straps.
  • Zippered panel access.
  • Trekking pole attatchment.
  • Zippered panel scratch-free pocket. Perfect for electronics or sunglasses.
  • Sternum strap with emergency whistle.
Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Lightweight

The Hikelite Osprey Rucksack can be purchased in two different sizes, 18L or 26L. We have been using the 26L rucksack on our daily hikes. We have found the Hikelite to be incredibly lightweight which has been perfect. The last thing needed when hiking is excess weight on our shoulders!

Comfort

With the Hikelite being lightweight it is great as it helps add to the comfort of this lovely rucksack.

With the weather being so lovely lately and the rucksack having an excellent feature of AirSpeed trampoline suspended ventilated mesh back system. This allowed perfect airflow whilst out on our hikes, which saves us from getting too hot and sweaty. Meaning less sweat and more enjoyment.

Hiking alone can make us hot and sweaty without the added heat from carrying a rucksack. This rucksack is lovely, light and perfectly comfortable and ventilated.

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Straps And Belts

Hip Belt: This is a perfect feature for anyone who struggles to keep their rucksacks on or in position – just like I do, isn’t it annoying. The hip belt is adjustable and adjusts with ease so you can adjust it for comfort to suit you. It is also removeable. We have found it to be a perfect feature for added comfort, helping our rucksack to stay in position whilst on the move.

Sternum Strap: Do you hate it when your rucksack straps keep moving or falling off? I do, it is so annoying. The Hikelite has sternum straps that helps to add comfort as well as hold your shoulder straps in position. We found the sternum straps worked perfectly and held those shoulder straps in position every time. Saved me from having to keep holding the shoulder straps and adjusting the bag when hiking.

Compression Straps: The compression straps on the side of this rucksack we found can be used for a few different things. We used them to secure the load in our rucksack, we also used them to secure the upper part of our “shove-it” pocket in place and we also used them to hold our hiking stick in position. How handy is that?

We found these straps to be a great multi-feature on our rucksack by adding comfort and security to our hike.

Shoulder Straps: The shoulder straps are nice and wide, nicely padded for added comfort and also nice and soft. They are nicely ventilated and have not cut into our shoulders like other rucksacks we have owned. The straps add to the comfort of the bag helping to keep us cool and comfortable when hiking.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Pockets

Side Pockets: On our Hikelite 26 we have two PowerMesh side pockets. These two pockets are strong, deep and extreamly handy for any quick-grab items. We have been using ours for our drink bottles, dog leads, treats & toys.

Shove-It Pocket: A perfect pocket for for any quick-grab clothing. Perfect for keeping a wet jacket seperate from other items. Or just simply shoving a map or travel guide. A perfect pocket to put something in when you simply don’t want to have to open the larger section of the bag.

Zippered Scratch-Free Pocket: I hold my hands up, I am terrible for always putting my keys and phone down when out and forgetting where I have put them. The Hikelite 26 has a perfect pocket for these items. The rucksack has a brilliant scratch-free zippered pocket, perfect for keys, sunglasses and small gadgets. It even has a key attatchment clip where we clip our keys in position when using the rucksack. No more hunting for our keys.

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Hydration And Staying Dry

Raincover: Have you ever used a rucksack before now as a shield from the rain? I have. They work as a perfect shield to keep you dry but it’s not so fun when the items inside that rucksack gets wet is it?

There is a brilliant feature about this Hikelite Rucksack, as it comes with it’s very own rain cover. How cool is that? nicely hidden away in it’s very own pocket at the bottom of the rucksack. It’s not only perfect that the rucksack has it’s very own rain cover. It is perfect that it has it’s very own little pocket for two reasons.

  • It will never be forgotten.
  • When it has been used it is not going to be packed away wet in the main compartment getting everything else wet.

Perfect feature to help keep our rucksack and belongings dry if needed when out hiking.

Hydraulics Reservoir: Keeping our fluid levles up is important, especially when out hiking. This Hikelite rucksack is well equiped to help us stay hydrated as it has an internal hydration sleeve which is compatible with all hydraulics reservoirs.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Overall Opinion

As you have just read, this Hikelite 26 rucksack is not only strong and durable, it has lot’s of perfect features to help keep us all comfortable when out hiking. Not only are the features great, there is also a great amount of space too.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Since using the Hikelite 26 our hikes have been much more enjoyable. It is much more comfortable to carry than our old rucksack. It has kept us much more cooler thanks to the innovated, ventilated design of the back panel.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

The rucksack is also supported by good strong quality zips and clasps. The Hikelite is of a perfect size for our day-hikes and has a comfortable amount of space needed. This rucksack has been on many hikes and adventures with us and will be going on many more.

Do you enjoy hiking? does this look like the bag for you? Simply Hike have everything needed for your outdoor adventures.

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Comparison – HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

Comparison – HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

The printer in our house is a highly used product, it is used by ourselves as well as our teens on a daily basis. It is used to print our teens school/college work. We use it ourselves to print off our work files, tickets, recipes, photos, contracts etc so high quality printing is highly needed.

Here are both the printers..

This is the HP Envy 5540.

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

And this is the Epson Ecotank L355.

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

Setting up

We found the set up for both rather straight forward. Both printers came with instructions which was easy to follow. Setting up of both printers was rather stress/hassle-free, didn’t take long at all.

Price comparison

Epson Ecotank L355 is currently priced at £199.99. This is a 3-in-1 inkjet printer.

HP Envy – 5540 is currently priced at £74.99. This is an e-All-in-one printer.

Feature comparison

HP Envy 5540 is wireless. Prints, scans and copies. The printer also features a 2.2 inch display screen. There is an option to subscribe to Instant Ink and utilise paying for your ink with a choice of different ink subscription packages. Packages start from £1.99.

Instant Ink is where the HP original ink is ordered from your printer via Wi-Fi when your running low on ink (never run out again) and then delivered to you before running out.

Comparison – HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

The Epson L355 can also print, scan and copy. This printer comes with a 2 year supply of ink. The ink for this printer is designed to do away with the need for cartridges and has an integrated ultra-high-capacity ink tank system, there are NO ink cartridges to replace with this printer. In the box with the printer was four 70 ml Epson genuine ink bottles, you simply keep the ink tanks topped up using the ink drip-free bottles. With the ink you can print up to 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 in colour. With this printer you can print from mobile devices, making life that bit more easier when at home.

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

Printing

HP Envy is wireless and compatible with these operating systems:

Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista OS X v 10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X v 10.9 Mavericks and  OS X v 10.10 Yosemite.

With the HP Envy we can print, scan and copy with lab quality borderless photo printing from our PC and also from our mobile device, making our life that little easier by managing printing tasks directly from our mobile device by using the free HP app.

We can also connect our mobile device directly to the printer and print without accessing a network. We can also print from any room without causing any disruptions, we simply use the quiet mode option. We have been printing when at home and when away from home, we simply emailed the printer and had our print-outs printed and ready for our return home, reducing the to-do-list/work load.

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

The Epson L355 is also wireless and is compatible with Mac OS 10.8.5 or later, Mac OS 10.6+, Mac OS 10.7.x, Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8, (32/64 bit), Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP, Windows XP x64.

With the Epson we found that Wi-Fi connectivity helped us print with ease using wireless printing around the home from our laptop and mobile device. The wireless printing made it easy to position and print from many places around our home. The free Epson iPrint app made life even easier for printing from our mobile devices from within our home.

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

 Testing

We have been using both printers now for a while, whilst using them both we have run a few basic tests.

Water test:

Don’t know about you but in our house there is always someone with a drink near important files, and yes drinks have been accidentally spilt so we thought we’d put these printers on a water test and see how well the ink survives once wet.

HP Envy 5540

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

Epson L355

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

Both smudged slightly but once dried they was still readable.

Smudge test:

Our teens are always printing off last-minute work…..If i’m honest so are we so we thought a smudge test would be a good test to do. This is how well/fast the ink dried. This test was carried out straight from each printer. We found that neither printer photos smeared when wiped with dry cotton wool pads.

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

Print quality comparison 

Print quality is something we highly need from our printer. Here is a print comparison of the two printers.

HP Envy 5540 

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

Epson L355 

Comparison - HP Envy Vs Epson Ecotank

We asked our followers their thoughts on the two photos. Their thoughts can be found on our Instagram here.

Speed test

When in a hurry some printers can seem to take forever to print. Whilst using the above two printers we found HP was slightly quicker for printing documents and photographs but we found the quality of the photographs better from the Epson.

Final thoughts

HP looks tidier, the paper is nicely stored away, there are two separate compartments for the different papers, photo/A4 which was great and saved time. We have had the printers now for roughly four months and have changed the HP cartridges to our second lot of ink that was sent to us before we run out and was changed hassle free.

With the Epson we have not had to top the ink up as yet. We have found the printing speed to be faster with the HP, with the Epson we had to manually change the paper when wanting to print a photo which can be annoying at times.

Ink levels can both be checked which we found great, with the Epson you can physically see how much ink you have and with the HP you can log in and see on your account how many pages you have left.

The HP is bigger in size compared to the Epson but it is more tidier to look at and have in our home.

We found the HP printer to be more suited to us. It is quicker, compact and the printer ordering the ink for us saves us from a huge worry of running out of ink. Giving us peace of mind and worry-free printing.

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Super 11

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Super 11 

For those of you who follow our blog you will know that one of our teens is mad about football. He plays in a local football team and also attends as many spurs games as he can…Yes, he’s a spurs fan along with his dad. We recently attended the Toy Fair at London Olympia, whilst there Ian got playing with a game called Super 11 and yes, we was then there for a while. We was amazed at the fantastic idea of this game. This game brings together both football and the strategy of chess.

super 11

 

The Super 11 game is the ultimate football strategy game, this game can be enjoyed by players aged 7+ and can be played by 2-6 players at one time.

How to play Super 11

  • You simply roll the super 11 dice to determine your team colour and who is to kick off.
  • You then set up your own unique team formation.
  • Shuffle you’re defending and attacking cards and then place them face down in the stands.
  • The players can be moved around the pitch in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal movement.
  • You can make a player pass the ball, dribble with the ball, you can even move a player without the ball.
  • You can even make your own exciting movement combinations such as moving out the pitch, pass in a straight line and even take a shot at goal if you dare when in the area.
  • If you land on a super 11 square in your opponents half you will then have to pick up an attacking card as this will help give you an advantage over your opponent by giving a free kick, shot at goal or even allowing you to give one of their players a red or yellow card.
  • When you’re close enough to move into the area and have enough of your turn left on the dice to put the ball in the back of the net, both players must roll the dice to decide whether or not the goal is saved or stands. The attacking player goes first, if they roll a S11 on the dice it is un-saveable but if not the defending player must roll a higher number to save the goal.
  • Players can move all over the board by passing, dribbling and even moving to open positions to receive the ball, you can even try and break through your opponents defence by using a combination of these moves.
  • You can’t go through a player or share another players square.
  • You decide how you want the game to end, this can be via a certain time limit, by a number of goals or however you wish.

super 11

super 11

With our teen being mad about football he really enjoyed playing Super 11, he loved playing the role of a football manager and taking charge of his players. Is your house like ours when a football match is on the TV, do you have loads of shouting at the TV telling the players what they should have done? this is not just our teens, it’s Ian too. They have been enjoying putting their words into action with this fun family game. With Super 11 you will find that no two games will be the same, the game combines exciting elements of skill along with  tactical thinking. This game brings the excitement of a real football match to your own home for all the family to enjoy together.

super 11

 

This game is also eco-friendly as there as there is not much throw away packaging with this game. The only packaging that is thrown is the plastic the box is wrapped in and the sheet of paper that the stickers are on. The rest of the of the packaging is used within the game, either to hold the pieces nicely/safely within the box after every use or to hold the attacking/defending cards, all pieces are easily stored back once removed.

What approach do you think you will take to ensure your team emerges victorious at the end of the game?

super 11

If this game looks like something you or your family would enjoy it can be purchased on amazon for £29.95

Prices correct at time of posting.
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Solar Sun Jar

Solar sun jar

Solar Sun Jar

Lee has been busy decorating his bedroom, he has been creating a teen style bedroom unique to his style and taste. He has added a solar sun jar to help create some lovely mood lighting.

This is a little frosted glass jar that is filled with sunshine and happiness. It is solar-powered and has an innovative mood lighting option that absorbs and stores natural sunlight.

solar sun jar

Lee places this jar on his bedroom window seal in the daytime to activate it. The jar then absorbs the sunshine and when it gets dark the jar then radiates a beautiful warm glow giving Lee the perfect mood lighting he is wanting.  The solar sun jar gives off a lovely blue light ( this also comes in other colours too ) the glow lasts for up to 5 hours.

Solar sun jar

The mason jar contains an efficient solar cell, a rechargeable battery and an LED lamp.

solar sun jar

This jar has a waterproof seal and a clip on the top to clip it closed. This would also be perfect to use when entertaining in the garden, to take fishing or even when we go camping.

solar sun jar

The solar sun jar charges during the day and then gives off a  lovely blue light when it gets dark, helping to create a lovely atmospheric mood wherever you are.

This quirky frosted jar fit’s in well with Lee’s unique decor, the size of the jar is 6″ x  4″  and fits on Lee’s shelf no problem. There are no wires to worry about or plug sockets to free-up. This solar sun jar is perfect, its eco-friendly and portable, creating the perfect mood light for any occasion.

solar sun jar

This jar does not get hot so there is no worry of getting burnt hands or surfaces.

If you would like to give the gift of sunshine this can be purchased for £19.99 from Gifts.co.uk.

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Wicked Uncle

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Wicked Uncle

Bradley is a teen who loves to build and create, he will sit for hours on end if given a building project. He loves nothing better than digging out Ian’s screwdrivers and getting creative. We recently came across a website called Wicked Uncle, they offer a fantastic range of products.

Wicked Uncle website offer a fantastic range of products and the site is very easy to use. The site is open to a very wide age group and the products are sectioned off into age/gender group, making searching for products much easier – some may not like this but for us it was so much easier.

There is a huge selection of toys and gifts to choose from, with the products being sectioned off into categories too this made searching so much easier.

Bradley loves to build and he loves science so here is what we chose for him.

We chose Bradley an Air Power Engine Car Kit priced at £18.50.

Wicked uncle

Wicked uncle

Wicked uncle

This is a fantastic and educational kit, Bradley had hours of fun building this car. Whilst building this fun car Bradley learnt all about alternative fuels. This air powered car travels up to 50 metres in 35 seconds – it’s fast, furious and fun!

How cool is that – suitable for ages 10+

We also chose Tin Can Robot priced at £14.95.

Wicked uncle

Wicked uncle

Wicked uncle

This kit leaves loads of room to get very creative with your recycling can. It is also very ecological, the kits contains everything needed to create your very own robotic monster…..Here is Brads!

He had hours of fun creating this little monster – recommend for ages 8+

And for a little family fun we also got a Football BrainBox priced at £10.95.

Wicked uncle

Lee is a huge footy fan so we thought we’d test his knowledge and have a family quiz time. This fun football game is a good way to spend some family time together and see who is the footy BrainBox in the family.

Fast paced footy fun – recommend for ages 8+

We was very impressed with the service from Wicked Uncle, we will definitely be using the site again, and only £2.95 postage too!

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Trolley Bags

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Trolley Bags Review 

Shopping is more often than not something I have to do by myself. This is fine by me until I get to the dreaded checkout and then this is when it becomes a horrid nightmare. I don’t know about you but I always tend to get in a state when bagging the shopping up one-handed. The checkout person always scans faster than I can pack and before I know it I have caused a delay at the checkout. When I saw these trolley bags I thought these are something I just had to try.

I couldn’t wait to try them and see if they would ease my shopping trips. When they arrived I thought they was a lovely size and looked very easy to use. I have been busy putting these bags to the test, here is what I thought…

Trolley bags

Size

When they first arrived my first thoughts was they looked a lovely size – measurements being 100cm x 20cm x 15cm. They also have two long rails  to each bag, these are used to hold the bags in place when in use packing.

Strength

The bags are very strong with a strong mesh on the bottom. I have used these trolley bags many of times now, I have had the bags filled to the top on many of occasions and they are not showing any signs of wear or tear as yet.

How to use

Whilst shopping the trolley bags hook nicely onto the hook on the trolley and when ready I then place the trolley bags inside the trolley, resting the poles on top to hold the bags up, I then velcro the bags together to hold them open and simply fill the bags with my shopping.

Trolley BgasOverall

I found the bags much more user-friendly when it comes to packing shopping by myself. I managed to pack my shopping much more quickly, there was no tackling the bags trying to hold them open and pack, plus I didn’t find myself getting stressed and causing delays at the checkout. These bags will be perfect for scan and shop so I may even give that a try next time I go shopping.

The bags fitted perfectly inside the trolley and also stayed open, leaving me free to pack my shopping hassle free with two hands. I was able to pack stress free as I wished!

Trolley bags

Packing Made Easier

The bags even made the un-packing much easier as I have been colour coding the bags as they come in 4 different colours. I use one for tins, fruit and vegetables, Chilled and the other for freezer bits, keeping them all separate. You don’t have to use all four bags at the same time, you can use less if you wish.

Trolley bags are available in two different sizes, as well as different colours. They come in original or express, original size is for the deeper bigger trolleys and the express is for the more shallow trolleys. Both sets come in nice bright vibe or pestle colours!

I just need to remember – The bags are much bigger therefore will be heavier to lift out of the trolley so I need to pack a little more wisely.

Gone are my stressful shopping trips, shopping is now a breeze thanks to these trolley bags. If you wish to purchase a set of these bags you can do so >>> here <<<RRP £17.99

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Mr Muscle Pets

Mr Muscle Pets

Mr Muscle Pets

We have a pet called Buddy, he is a German Shepherd dog. Buddy is 9 years old now, we’ve had him since he was six weeks old.

We have been on an emotional roller coaster with Buddy since he became apart of our family. He was diagnosed with Hip dysplasia at the age of four. He became unwell and had to be investigated, he was then diagnosed with allergies, being allergic to beef and chicken. He has very sensitive skin and has to have medicated shampoo. Last year he was diagnosed with cancer, this was a horrible time for us as a family and tough decisions had to be made resulting in Buddy having to have his toe amputated.  Buddy was spending the night in our local Kennles last November he had only been in there for about two hours before we received a phone call saying we needed to get there urgently Buddy had been in an accident. Poor Buddy had a big cut on his cheek, Ian rushed Buddy to the vets only to be told that he needed to got to theatre to have the Wound cleaned and then it will need stitches.

Buddy is now starting to show his age, he really struggles when getting up, he no longer charges up and down the stairs or around the house and he can no longer go through the night without the need to spend a penny.

Buddy never lets us know that he is uncomfortable if we are asleep and tends to go just by our back door in the conservatory. We never tell Buddy off or make  him feel bad as it is not his fault. We have said it’s not worth changing the carpet as Poor buddy will only continue to suffer with age. We are currently discussing as to whether lino may be an option!

With Buddy suffering with not being able to go through the night without needing to spend a penny we have been trying out different ways to help make him more comfortable. Someone has been staying up later than usual to let him out that extra time before settling down for the night and someone will be up that bit earlier to let him out sooner in the morning. Doing this has helped make Buddy that bit more comfortable and the penny spending by the back door has not happened as much.

With us having carpet in our conservatory this problem has caused horrid smells and stains, to help with this we have been using Mr Muscles Pets. Mr Muscle has extended their range and now include cleaning products for those with pets. Mr Muscles Pets come in two different strengths, you have the choice of super oxy or pro strength. These solutions are suitable for use on carpet, wooden flooring, upholstery and even in the car.

Mr Muscle Pets has been working on the toughest of stains on our carpet, you simply squeeze the amount of liquid needed onto the soiled area, it then works by removing all odours and leaving a fresh scent. Mr Muscle works by breaking down the urine on-contact, penetrating deep into the carpet and completely removes the stain and odour. Leave it for 3-5 minutes to penetrate the stain and then blot the excess moisture with a cloth or paper.

Mr Muscle Pets

Mr Muscle Oxy Action £15.25

 

Mr Muscle Pets

Mr Muscle Super Oxy Pets £6.50

Mr Muscle Pets is now at hand for any accidents Buddy may have in the future.

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Thames Rockets

Thames Rockets

Thames Rockets

We have just recently celebrated Bradley’s 14th birthday, we celebrated his birthday in a different way this year, to celebrate we headed off to London. Bradley is a little thrill-seeker and really enjoys his fun and adventures so we took him on a surprise trip to London to experience his fastest, funniest and craziest trip to-date with Thames Rockets.

We took Bradley on The Ultimate London Adventure, This is a speed boat down the iconic River Thames sight-seeing from a different view with a BIG difference. We went with Bradley sight-seeing (teen style) by speed-boat, he got to travel at a speed of 35 MPH up the Thames, in Bradley’s words “James Bond style”.

Bradley enjoyed a 50 minute fun-filled and adrenaline-filled trip. Before you step onto the boat you are given a life jacket and a waterproof coat to wear (coat is optional), you are given a safety briefing and then allowed to take your seat for the thrilling experience. The whole experience was fun-filled from start to finish.

Thames Rockets are situated at boarding gate one of the Millennium Pier!

Whilst on our travels we got to see some amazing views of London attractions such as:

  • Big Ben
  • The London Eye
  • The Shard
  • The Gherkin
  • HMS Belfast
  • London Bridge
  • Somerset House
  • Tate Modern
  • Tower Bridge
  • Shakespeare’s Globe

Once we got past Tower bridge the throttle was then opened, due to there being speed restrictions on the Thames before the bridge. We all had an amazing time speeding through Canary Wharf listening to a medley of feel-good tunes. Bradley really enjoyed waving bye to the boats left bobbing on the Thames as we go speeding on past. The staff was all very friendly and very knowledgeable on the history of London, Bradley enjoyed learning some facts from the very friendly guide on our way back.

Here is our video of the thrilling experience.

If this is a tour that you would like to book you can do so by visiting their website and select what adventure you would like to go on. If you have any questions you would like to discuss you can call them on – 02079288933 or even email them – bookings@londonribvoyages.com.

Do you have a thrill-seeker who would enjoy this experience?

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Crystal Celebrations

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15th Wedding Anniversary

We recently celebrated our crystal wedding anniversary, myself and Ian had already said to the boy’s that we didn’t want a big party as we had just came home from a family holiday instead. The kid’s kept on asking why we wasn’t celebrating with a big party and having crystal celebrations, we then sat the boy’s down and explained to them that with us both working there just wasn’t any time to cater for a party.

In the end the kid’s won and we ended up having crystal celebrations, whilst I was at work Ian was busy doing the gardening and the kid’s tidied the house, the food was being catered for by The Platter Company, we spoke with the platter company on the phone and arranged a convenient time for delivery which Ian took delivery of while I was busy working, all I had to do was arrive home relax, enjoy myself and celebrate, it was lovely and totally stress free…..Perfect!

Delivery To Suit You

The Platter Company deliver at a time to suit you, at your chosen location within the Hertfordshire and Essex areas. The food is delivered lovely presented and ready to eat. There is a lovely selection of food to choose from to cater for all occasions.

the platter company

There Really Is No Occasion Too Small!

crystal celebrations

For our party we had a mixture of sandwiches, this platter consisted of:

    • Bacon lettuce and tomatoes (BLT)
    • Cheese and onion
    • Chicken and sweetcorn
  • Smoked salmon

The sandwiches had just the right amount of filling in them, the bread was lovely and soft we found there to be a lovely choice of sandwiches.

To go with these lovely filled sandwiches is a selection of pastries.

crystal celebrations

The traditional british feast:

    • Mini sausages roll
    • Mini Quiche
    • Beef pasties
  • Cocktail sausages

The selection of pastries was great, it had a great selection of party favourites within the platter.

And to finish we had a lovely dessert platter.

crystal celebrations

The Dessert Platter Consisted Of:

  • Lovely decorated cupcakes
  • shortbread teddy
  • A huge cookie
  • Toffee rice crispy cake
  • Brownie
  • Carrot cake
  • Mini millionaires

Now this was a platter that didn’t last five minutes, the selection was just right, it certainly had all of our favourites on it.

These platters were enjoyed very much by all, the platters was perfect, the last-minute party turned out lovely and was totally stress free.

the platter company

The Platter Company provided a high quality reliable service, all platters came ready to serve. The platters were delivered in a refrigerated van, arrived in plastic lidded trays which are 100% recyclable. We just took the lid off and left the food on the serving trays. The whole process was stress free and all looked and tasted perfect!

Disclaimer: we was sent these lovely platters in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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MayBeauty

MayBeauty

MayBeauty

Being a busy mum who is always on the go, looking after my skin is not on my to-do list at all, if I’m totally honest it doesn’t even make it anywhere near the top. When an e-mail popped into my inbox from MayBeauty asking if I’d like to try out their facemask I thought why not make some “me time” and treat myself to a little pamper session.

I did a little research into MayBeauty before replying and accepting their offer of the facemask and it turns out that they are very popular in Sweden. After reading up on the facemask I got rather excited and couldn’t wait to try the mask. I was lucky enough to be sent five masks to use so I organised a little pamper session/girls night in.

MayBeauty

How the face mask works.

The facemask works by removing dead skin cells and particles that clog pores in your skin, preventing acne and blackheads.

How to apply.

1) Starting off by cleaning our face, using warm water.

2) Opening the mask and applying to our face, using the brush supplied. Avoiding our eye’s, mouth and lips.

3) Waiting for about 40-45 minutes for the mask to fully dry.

4) Remove the mask by moving our lips/cheeks to loosen the mask. The mask will then start to come off rather easily.

5) Washing our face with warm water.

The face mask was very easy to apply, I wont lie it doesn’t look like any other face mask I have used or even seen in the past, this one was completely black, thick and very smooth. Soon after the mask was applied we felt it going hard, once it came to removing the mask we then saw what the mask had done, I was amazed, I could physically see what had been removed from my face/skin (yuck) it was disgusting, I really do need to start making time for skin treatments.

MayBeauty have helped me to realise how much I do need to take time out for myself to look after my skin, using MayBeauty facemasks you physically see for yourself what the mask has done, not only do you feel it in your face/skin you actually see it in the mask once you have taken it off your face.

How would you like to try the mask for yourself?

If this is a product you think you would like to try MayBeauty have very kindly given a WHOOPING 30% discount for my readers to use. To take advantage of this very kind discount you would need to use the code neverrestsfacemask30 in the discount box at the end of your shopping.

If you do purchase the mask please do come back and let me know your thoughts.

Disclaimer: we was sent five facemasks from MayBeauty for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

We love visiting well-known attractions and love sight-seeing, one place that is on our to visit list is the Eiffel tower. With the kid’s learning French at school we said we will have a visit to France perhaps later this year or early next year so they can put what they have learnt so far into practice and whilst there we can visit the Eiffel tower.

The kid’s got rather excited when we told them about our plans to visit France to help them with their studies and love the idea of visiting the Eiffel tower whilst there.

Eiffel tower

So they had more of an understanding of the Eiffel tower we chatted about it whilst building a 3D puzzle. We researched and learnt quite a lot together.

The 3D Eiffel tower puzzle by Ravensburger  is a 216 piece puzzle, when we opened the box our first thoughts was WOW this looks hard but once we had gotten started we was rather surprised at how easy it was. The puzzle pieces are numbered to make it easy for us.

Eiffel tower

As you can see by the picture above not only are the pieces numbered but they have arrows to help indicate where the next piece needs to go.

The puzzle has three sections to it which is separated by a plastic stand to help it stay in place. To help us find our next piece we sorted all our pieces into rows 1-10, 10-20 and so on.

Eiffel Tower

We started off by building up from the bottom, the first section (bottom) has the puzzle pieces numbered from 1 – 76

Eiffel Tower

Bradley said “normally puzzles are done by looking at pictures, not by numbers” this was very true, we was doing a puzzle by numbers!

Eiffel Tower

Some of the puzzle pieces you have to bend, these just simply clip together to create the bend. We had a bit of team effort going on, I sorted the numbers out, Brad done the building and Ian helped us to get it on the stand (me and Brad couldn’t watch this part) me and Brad was scared the tower was going to break when it came to putting the sections together, luckily it is stronger than we thought….Phew!

The bit we found the hardest was the top section, we think it’s because it gets smaller/thinner at the top which made it that bit more tricky to put together. We got there in the end and here is our finished Eiffel tower that stands a whopping 47 cm – 18.5 inches tall.

The tower stands on a plastic base which comes with the puzzle, this has colour changing LED lights on it which automatically changes leaving the puzzle to look rather effective.

 Ta DA ! here is our finished Eiffel Tower.

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All we have to say is WOW! we love it.

Do you enjoy doing puzzles?

Disclaimer: we was sent the Eiffel Tower 3D puzzle for the purpose of the review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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Memories on the wall

Memories on the wall

Memories on the wall

 

I love looking at our photo memories on the wall that I proudly display, they are something that I love to have out on display for visitors to see.

We recently decorated our house and updating our photos was definitely on the to-do list once the walls had been painted, this is something that hasn’t been done for a few years now and kid’s grow fast and change so much. It is nice to have up-to-date pictures of our three boys aswell as older photos of when they was younger.

I tend to find myself with the photo albums looking back at all of our younger years and seeing how much we have all changed over the years. The boys look back and laugh at some of the photos, well the funny moments just have to be captured, we have one photo of Ian trying to get Lee asleep but as you have already probably guessed Ian was asleep and Lee wasnt, a moment that just had to be captured. We have some great memories and we would love to create a fun memory wall with some of our favourite photos from when the kids was babies.

We now proudly hang this photo canvas on our wall, we are currently working our way through updating photos of us all, we hope to have a photo shoot so we can get them all updated very soon.

Memories on the wall

This canvas is from Wallcreate and we love it, this is a picture of Bradley from a photo shoot he recently had done, this was one of our favourite pictures from the shoot which we can now hang on our wall and share with everyone.

Wallcreate have been printing canvases since 2001 and their prices start at £8.97 for a photo canvas and £4.97 for a canvas from the unique canvas artworks collection. I love the look of their custom portraits these look fun and unique starting from £9.97.

The canvases are of high quality, wallcreate are very easy to place an order with. To order you simply upload a photo of your choice, once uploaded you can then get busy with creating your canvas, adding any text if you wish, crop if needed and even add effects, it is great fun to create and play about with until you are happy, you can even preview your canvas to make sure you are happy before ordering.

Would you love to put your favourite memories on the wall if so we have a competition for your chance to win a 40cm x 30cm canvas.

 

With mother’s day being on Sunday how great would it be to give her an up-to-date photo of the grandchildren or you could win and treat yourself to that perfect photo being made into a canvas.

Enter via the rafflecopter below.

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Good luck everyone!

Disclaimer: we was sent the canvas for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
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Bunches of love

Bunches of love

Bunches of love

 

Mothers day is a perfect time to show/tell your mum just how special she is to you, if you can’t say it on mother’s day when can you. With mother’s day being on Sunday 15th March will you be sending your mum some bunches of love ?.

Flowers are one of the top gifts to send on mother’s day.

Bunches of love

This bouquet is from the mother’s day selection from Bunches, it is called Symphony and has a lovely selection of pink wham Roses, lovely deep pink Anemone surrounded by white Aster and white Phlox. The bouquet is then finished off by lilac Limonium and deep green Salal leaf, What a beautiful bouquet and is smells gorgeous.

How colourful is this bouquet, enough to make any mum smile on mother’s day. Bunches also have a lovely mothers day basket which will make a lovely gift, this comes presented in a pretty basket with a cerise coloured Rose plant and a miniature Peace Lily along side two-tone Ivy.

There is also a choice of hampers to choose from, if your mum is someone who has a sweet tooth, loves a tea time treat or even something fizzy there is a lovely selection of hampers on offer to choose from.

The flowers are sent by first class post with your personal message added to a card and FREE milk chocolates with any orders made online.

Bunches have kindly given us a code for all you lovely readers to use. If you use the code NVRRST10 at the checkout you will receive a 10% discount off your order. The code is valid until the end of April.

Will you be surprising your mum with bunches of love for mother’s day?

 

Disclaimer we received a Symphony bouquet for the purpose of our review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
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MyBuddy-Box

MyBuddy-Box

 

Having a MyBuddy-Box has been brilliant, If there is one thing I can’t stand it is clutter. Are you like us and have a corner in your house that just tends to get piled up with unnecessary clutter?

Isn’t it annoying? well I think so anyway, it is one of my pet hates.

One thing I find that we do a lot of is put all the clutter into a carrier bag to try and make it look a bit more tidy. When I think about it we tend to use carrier bags quite a lot, when shopping, to store things away in the cupboard i.e hoover attachments, old rags, etc.

I have recently been using a feather light folding box called MyBuddy-Box, this is a reusable, foldable, stackable plastic box that can be used for so many different things. The MyBuddy-Box when not being used folds flat and looks to me like “a small briefcase”.

We do have other storage boxes but what I love about MyBuddy-Box is when it is not being used it can be folded away unlike my other boxes.

MyBuddy-Box

The MyBuddy-Box fitted perfectly inside my shopping trolley when I went shopping, this made packing my shopping much easier and quicker, no need to fight with shopping bags, plus there will soon be a 5p fee to pay on carrier bags from October 2015 so I need to have other measures in place for this.

MyBuddy-Box

The MyBuddy-Box fitted perfectly inside the boot of my car. I didn’t have the worry of opening my boot and my items be everywhere.

MyBuddy-Box

We have been using our MyBuddy-Box for storing the laundry.

MyBuddy-Box

Even comes in handy for when doing DIY, we just packed all what we needed for the DIY job and it was very helpful to have it all to hand.

The MyBuddy-Box is a perfect solution for all storage problems, it is lightweight, opens into a very strong rigid box, when no longer needed it can be wiped clean folded and put away in a draw or cupboard until its next use!

The MyBuddy-Box is made from food-safe extruded high-density polypropylene, measures 32 x 25 x 4cm when folded and weighs approximately 800gms, when open it measures 32 x 25 x 55cm very spacious and can easily hold up to 20kg!

There is a choice of design’s to choose from, the box I have is the paradise design.

Are you prepared for the carrier bag fee? is the MyBuddy-Box something you would like to own, if so we have kindly been given a code to use at the checkout, if you enter the code “HOUSE” at the checkout you will get free P+P. RRP£14.99.

If you would like to find out more about the carrier bag fee this link should help.

Disclaimer: we was sent a MyBuddy-Box for the purpose of our review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
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Bananagrams

Bananagrams

 

The weather has been very wet and miserable lately so we have been going bananas with bananagrams and keeping warm with some indoor fun instead. We had been sent the game as a toy tester for Rainbow toy awards. This is a fun word game that can be played by kids aswell as adults, up to 8 players in total.

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You get 144 puzzle pieces in a banana shaped pouch, the puzzle pieces are a nice size and are smooth to touch, the pieces are also of a nice thickness which have been made to last a very long time.

 

Going Bananas with Bananagrams

This is a fun game that takes up hardly any room, it is also a nice handy size to keep the kids entertained when out on our travels, as well as being a fun family game it is also educational.

This is a fun game for all to enjoy and go bananas, really putting those spellings to the test, making crossword grids and competing against each other in a bid to try and get rid of all your letters first. There is no need for pens, pencils, paper or even a board. This game is fast fun and will kill any boredom on a wet rainy day.

This game is not just a great game for at home, it also makes a perfect travel game for entertaining whilst out due to its handy size. The pouch measures 6cm x 21cm x 6cm and also has a zip on the top, the square tiles measure approx 2cm x 2cm.

With this game you can just grab and play, all you need is a flat surface. So are you feeling competitive? are you great at spelling? do you fancy going before your kids in a fun spelling competition/challenge? this game is a fun relaxed game for all the family to enjoy all year round…..trust me the kids enjoy correcting your spelling mistakes.

Do you have a favourite family game that you enjoy playing? Do you fancy going bananas with bananagrams ?

Disclaimer: we received the game as part of our toy tester role, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
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