The Only Rule About Food Club is You Don’t Talk About Food Club.

£3.75! That’s all I paid for this lot plus a bottle of Evian water that I glugged, one because it was only 25p and two, because it was ONLY 25p!

 

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How did I get this lot for a measly £3.75?

No they’re not passed their “Best Before Date”. No they’re not bashed or broken and no there were no coupons involved.

I got this lot at a local food club. Now this is not to be confused with a food bank which is there for when people are really struggling, I know because I’ve been there a few years ago.

Anyway I digress. The local food club (Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire) is open to EVERYONE there are no restrictions on who can use this wonderful service. When you make your first visit you are required to fill out a form with your details, you are then given a number which relates to your household and talked through how it all works.

The food club is donated food from different places which is then priced up (at heavily reduced prices) based on a points system. 1 point = 25p you are handed a slip and proceed to complete your shopping, upon completion your points are totalled up. You then head through to the lovely gent sat with the cash box and pay, then return to the lovely ladies who have bagged up your goodies show them your slip again then head off home.

The cereals are all 2points each. 50p for Special K! That is just amazing. I was gobsmacked. The food on offer is brilliant and is mostly branded goods. I even saw Heinz soup in there. My favourites have to be the cereal and the toddler snacks.

All of the people involved are volunteers and they are so friendly, they helped this stressed out mum when her baby was screaming partly becasue she saw food and partly becasue she has a chest infection.

The best part is that ALL the profits made are then forwarded to a wonderful charity that aids ex-service men and women, how awesome is that?

I will be returning to this place and I urge others to do so.

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Cashing up day!

OK so we all love to save money, wether it be for some candles (I have a very serious addiction-please help me), some shoes, birthdays, Christmas or just a rainy day fund.

Money is important, it makes the world go round as they say, so it is important to teach our kiddies the importance of pennies. My eldest is almost 9 and he knows that if he does his chores, without grumbling, then he will gain a very nice crisp £5 note at the end of the week and this is his to do with as he pleases.

My youngest is 2 and I am also teaching her the importance of money through sorting and saving. She may not get that we have to work for our money and save to have nice things but she is learning some very important skills.

She is learning about shapes and colours and is also learning that each coin has a different value. More importantly she is improving her fine motor skills by popping each coin into their tins in the right way. You will be surprised by how quickly children will figure out the positioning of the coins and then again by how quickly they start popping coins in. improving their fine motor skills is important as children will use these skills when they begin learning to write properly.

 

 

Another idea is popping some raisins or any other small bits of food in an ice cube tray. I did this when Hollie was about 8 months old and she loved the game. This encourages your child to utilise their pincer grip. You can check out how Hollie got on here.

Other activities include: lacing, beading, weaving, painting, drawing etc the list is endless and so is the fun.

Happy parenting.

111 Skin -Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask

Everyone loves a bit of me time especially when there’s pampering involved. What better way to treat yourself than with a lovely face mask?

I love them it is one beauty product, well maybe not just them, that I absolutely adore and can’t live without, they always leave my skin soft and is something, that as a busy, single mum I look forward to. Something for myself with no kids involved.

This time I tried 111Skin’s Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask. I received this item within a Glossybox-a monthly subsription box for beauty lovers. I was under no obligation to review this product.

This is a luxury mask and is a bit pricey at £100 for 5 of them. They are ideal if you want to splurge a bit.

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Before use the usual facial cleansing procedures apply.

This is a one-piece sheet mask with gel, you simply remove it from the pack, separate from the protective film and apply accordingly. After 20 minutes remove and let the reamining gel be absorbed naturally.

When you tear open the packaging take care as to not tear the mask. When the packet is open you are met with a wonderful, fresh, flowery scent. The mask itself is sparkly and gold in colour. When you apply to your face it is cooling but this is temporary.

Sheet masks are notorious for splipping and this one is very slippery. I had to realign it several times during the 20 minutes. Unfortunately this lead to the mask tearing in different places. Like similar masks the nose section is huge so take care not to breathe it in! Haha. 🙂

They are quite silly/creepy looking depending on who is looking, so probably best to apply this when young children are not around. If you would like a giggle then scroll on down to see my lovely mug shot! I do warn you though I do look daft!

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I told you it was silly looking!

Ok so this would be great at girly get togethers not only are you being pampered but you’re having a laugh. Maybe you will discover someone whose nose actually fits the mask! I’m guessing they are made with men in mind too.

I loved this mask from the fresh fragrance to the fun sparkle and the comical nose piece. I do think it could be improved by being a little thicker so that it doesn’t tear too easily and a little less gel could be used to avoid slipping. I think the price is a bit much but ideal for those girls/guys that are splurging on a spa day.

I think I’m going to start a weekly post where I share my experience of new face masks each week. I’ll call it Face Mask Friday!

See you Friday.

Have fun and keep smiling.

 

 

 

January Glossybox-The Edible Edit with Deliciously Stella.

Hi everyone,

I have been a Glossybox subscriber since August last year but this is unfortunately my first and only unboxing as I have now cancelled my subscription due to personal circumstances.

Glossybox is a monthly beauty box subscription with 5 carefully handpicked beauty products from a massive range of beauty suppliers. It is £10 plus p+p, per month on a rolling subscription. If you would like to check it out then head over to their site here.

The box this month was picked in collaboration with Deliciously Stella and as you have probably guessed this month’s products are based around food. Those eagle-eyed spellling and grammer freaks (myself included) will notice the spelling mistake. How did “Delicioulsy” even make it to print? I have to say that even though the spelling mistake has severely annoyed me I LOVE the inside of the lid.

Each month you receive a card updating you on the latest beauty releases, tips and tricks, a sneak peek at the following month’s box and details about the five products included.

There was an additional card this month which details a special, limited edition box from the luxury skincare brand La Mer. There are only a few available and you can register your interest here. This is NOT your standard monthly box and is an added extra. This box is available for £35 on a first come, first served basis on the 20th February and has been valued at a whopping £118! Wish I could try it out but circumstances dictate otherwise.

The box is £35 for Glossybox subscribers and £40 for non-subscribers.

Good luck on getting your hands on one.

 

The Products

  1. Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser RRP£19.95 from nipandfab.com

The card reads “A superfood powerhouse of kale, watercress and almond oil. This moisturiser enriches skin and protects it against external aggressors, from pollution to stress, while concentrated aloe vera and shea butter help to soothe and smooth skin”

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*Glossybox have incorrectly quoted the price it is in fact £14.95

I love the smell of this cream you really can smell the kale but it is a lovely fresh smell, think of the smell when you cut a cucumber. When applying the cream the kale smell is strongest but as it sits on the skin the aloe vera fragrance really comes through. This rubs in nicely and is a lovely light, non-greasy cream that has left my skin soft and smooth.

The full-sized product is 50ml. The sample that was in the box was 30ml worth £8.97.

2. Meet Matt(e) Trimony Single Eyeshadow RRP £34 per palette from theBalm.com

“This is one eyeshadow you’ll want by your side for special occasions. In one of two seasonal aubergine hues, the velvety smooth texture, triple-milled formula and true colour payoff mean you can use it wet or dry. Matt(e) will never let you down.”

*I have sourced this here in the UK at Debenhams for £37.50

Glossybox have stated on their card that this is a “full-sized” product. One, it is tiny, just a bit larger than your fingernail and two it states on the back “Free sample-not for sale”. I am disappointed in this as we are paying for 5 products to be lovingly chosen by experts and sent to our door yet I was sold a free sample. NOT IMPRESSED GLOSSYBOX!

I was sent the shade Matt Kumar, I don’t like it, it is far too dark for my skin tone. On the plus side it is great for layering and stays put.

 

3. Unani Illuminate Milk Cleanser RRP £14  comprarcosmetica.es

“This gentle cleansing milk is based on nutritious natural oils, which purify and protect your skin by removing impurities including makeup, leaving it soft and recharged.”

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This is my favourite product in the box. It is full-size and a generous 200ml. With this a little goes a long way, it has a cooling effect upon application. It is absorbed quickly without any stickyness. Upon application it has a bright, fruity, fresh fragrance but after some time that becomes a lovely creamy scent which is just delicious. Skin is left soft and supple. This product is NOT tested on animals. I used this to remove the eyeshadow above from my hand and I am really impressed.

*I have tried to find this in the UK but have been unsuccesful. 15.99Euro from Spain

4. Vitamasque Manuka Honey Face Mask RRP £3.99 from Vitamasques.com

“Make 2017 the year you indulge in a weekly face mask. This Korean mask is made with the extracts of nourishing Manuka honey and the triple layer sheet technology-a Korean inovation-makes for unbeatable absorption.

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You cannot beat a good face mask and these Korean sheet masks are awesome! I have tried the Hydro Mask from Vitamasques and it was amazing. You look odd, a bit scary actually so probably best to use this when young children are not around. See below you’ll either find it hilarious or a bit strange. I haven’t tried this yet due to a skin flare up but when it settles I will review this properly and I am so looking forward to a bit of “me-time”.

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With this mask you wash, cleanse and apply. After 20 minutes you remove and pat your face to allow the remaining gel to be absorbed.

*You can buy this as a box of four for £12.99 here.

5. Spa to You Konjac Sponge RRP £7.99 spatoyou.comspatoyou.com

“Made from 100% pure, natural and organic konjac plant fibre, this cleansing sponge is unbelieveably soft and gentle. It’s ideal for deep cleansing, moisturising and exfoliationg skin.”

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It’s a sponge. It comes soaked in the bag and quite honestly stinks. Suitable for vegans as it contains no animal fibres and is 100% natural plant fibres meaning it is completely biodegradable which I love because I love our planet and there has been nothing added to it in any way shape or form.

To use you soak the sponge, squeeze til damp then massage in a circular fashion. After use, squeeze it dry  and hang it in a well ventilated area.

Final Thoughts

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I am on the fence with this box. I love the Unani, Vitamasque and Nip+Fab. I am really disappointed with the Matt(e) eyeshadow as it clearly is a freebie and it states so on it so I really think Glossybox have to take note of what they are sending people because that is blatantly ripping good, paying customers off!

I am also really annoyed at the spelling mistake on the box!

The total value of the box is £34.95 accounting for the 30ml bottle of Nip+Fab and not including the eyeshadow.

If you are interested in becoming a Glossybox subscriber follow the link at the top of the page.

Keep on smiling.

Lynne

 

Bedtimes and Sleeping Arrangements. What are your preferences?

As parents we all have our own ways of raising our children. I love to encourage my children to be their own person and follow their dreams and desires I am also a very strict parent especially when it comes to bedtimes.

I know there are parents that co-sleep or take their children to bed and lay with them until they drift off but that is just not me. I will admit it wholheartedly, my bed is MY domain, it is where I unwind and destress. I also like the children to know that they have a safe place to call their own should they need to use it to calm down or play.

My children have always had set bedtimes and through hardwork and determination they know that Mummy is still there when they need her but that bedtime means bedtime. I did this as gently as possible. My son slept in his own room from 9 months old and my daughter from 7 months. I always soothed them when the cried and let them know I was there when they needed to feel safe, my toddler is at the stage where she is pushing boundaries but I refuse to give in. If she doesn’t settle then I know she is either ill or frightened in some way and I help ease her pain and reassure her that she is safe.

Why did I do it this way? Simple, children need structure, routine and most importantly they need a good night’s rest in order to learn, play and grow. It also allows me a few hours each night to clean the house and relax for a few hours before my own bedtime.

Both of my children have slept through the whole night from 7 months onwards and go to bed without any fuss.

I know this is not to everyone’s taste and what works for me won’t work for another family.

I am also interested in how other parents tackle bedtimes so if you’d please like to share your bedtime experiences, routines or would like advice on how I achieved mine then please leave a comment below.

Remember we are all parents on an amazing journey and just because you find someone else’s parenting style odd doesn’t mean you should judge them instead you should support and try and see things from their perspective. Now wouldn’t that make the world a nicer place?

 

Organix Goodies Win!

So I’ve entered a good few competitions over the last month and I have had a few wins. My latest win is this Organix Goodies Christmas Selection Box and Goodies Berry Crispy Bars.

This is a great win for me as my toddler loves trying new snacks and is NEVER full. She is a two year old bottomless pit.

I won this over on the We Made This Life blog as part of a 12 Days of Christmas competition. Thank you so much.

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

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Pokemon Monopoly Review

As everyone who knows me well enough will tell you that I am a geek through and through and my kids have had the geek gene well and truly passed onto them. So when deciding what Christmas gifts to purchase for my eldest this year Pokemon Monopoly was at the top of the list and it’s AWESOME.

We have tha Kanto Edition and it features Charizard and Blastoise on the very colourful box along with the slogan “Gotta catch ’em all!”.

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Now the box is pretty cool and I love the artwork but the 6 metal pokemon tokens that come with the game are super cool and are very detailed. You can choose between Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Jigglypuff and of course Pikachu, they are beautifully crafted and can be kept safe in the little drawstring bag provided.

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The board itself is pretty awesome and is very bright and colourful. In the centre of the board is the Kanto Region map and in place of the Chance and Community Chest cards there are Trainer Battle and Professor Oak cards which are essentially the same but they have been Pokemonified.

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The colour blocks on the board are still the same and in the same order (brown, light blue, pink, orange, red, yellow, green and dark blue) but instead of street names the blocks are arranged in order of the gym leaders that Ash battles on his journey and you can purchase that leader’s corresponding Pokemon.

Brown-Brock’s Gym- Geodude and Onix

Light Blue – Misty’s Gym- Staryu, Starmie and Horsea

Pink- Lt. Surge’s Gym- Voltorb, Electrabuzz and Raichu

Orange- Erika’s Gym- Victreebel, Tangela and Vileplume

Red- Sabrina’s Gym- Kadabra, Mr. Mime and Venomoth

Yellow- Koga’s Gym- Koffing, Muk and Wheezing

Green- Blaine’s Gym-Growlithe, Ponyta and Rapidash

Dark Blue-Giovanni’s Gym-Nidoqueen and Nidoking.

As usual you have to acquire all of the Pokemon in the set before you can build houses and hotels but this is Pokemon Monopoly so you have Pokemarts and Pokecentres instead.

In place of the traditional stations are Pokeballs to purchase. You can purchase, Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball and Master Ball and the usual Monopoly rules apply with these; if one is owned you recieve £25, 2 you get £50, 3 for £100 and 4 for £200. We call the money in this edition Pokebucks and they feature Pikachu in place of the Monopoly man.

The utility companies have been replace with Zapdos (electric) and Articuno (water). The traditional ruling applies here to, if one is owned you receive 4 times the dice roll and if both are owned you receive 10 times the dice roll.

Income tax has been replaced by Team Rocket and your Rival Attacks.

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We had an absolutely great time playing this and it will no doubt be played again and again because we are board game lovers and a family of geeks so we LOVE AWESOME STUFF.

There are other Pokemon Monopoly games available online too such as the Exclusive Kanto Edition, the Johto Edition and the Junior Pokemon Edition. I would love everyone of these!

I purchased it from Forbidden Planet when it was on sale.

Happy Gaming.