Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Independents Day - Fathers Day

Be an individual, shop Independents

Here we are again on the 29th of the month.   The date each month we celebrate all Independent businesses.  As #IndependentsDay falls a little too late for retailers to send out in time for all things Queens Diamond Jubilee, I thought it might be a good idea to support all those hard working businesses who sell items suitable for celebrating Fathers Day on the Sunday June 17th .


Any type of independent business or even if you have a favourite one you love to support you can join in.

If you have a blog, please write a short post mentioning and linking to three or so independent businesses you follow, buy from or just plain admire. You can of course link to your own business if you want to. Its all about building up the traffic to help people find our businesses.

Leave a comment below with a link to your blog so we can all pop over and take a look. It would be really great if you would link back to this post.


Tweet about the independent businesses you are supporting and mentioning the hashtag #IndependentsDay


Link or share this or your own post on your Facebook page and encourage others to share


Link up your business below

You don't have to be an independent business to get involved or have a blog. Comments, tweets and Facebook mentions will all help enormously.

Here are my selection for this month

Wonderful personalised gifts for the whole family from Moobaacluck

Stylish and unique word art from Wall envy Art

Is the daddy in your life a fisherman ?  How about amazing mosaic wall art from Just Mosaics

and if your budget will stretch to it, how about this stunning chair for Daddy to relax and read the papers. Wonderful Earmes style chair from Rose and Grey

If you are a business don't forget to submit your link below so we can find you.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Fathers Day - Mercimaman Giveaway


The winner picked at random by Jarvis is :

Boo, Roo and Tigger too - Congratulations !

Many thanks to al who entered, more giveaways coming soon


We are really fortunate to be sent lots of lovely things to review.  Mostly they are for the home, for me or the twins.  So it made a lovely change to be offered an item for the bigger boys in the household.  Hubby although "a modern man"  isn't a great wearer of jewellery.  Jacob (No 1 son) on the other hand considers himself the coolest teenager around and more than happy to accept the open disc personalised bracelet from Merci Maman to review.

Described as a personalised charm bracelet.  This is an on trend waxed cotton braid with a sterling silver disc which you can have personalised with your own words.  Jacob choose "“Veni, Vidi, Vici “ on one side and on the other side “No pain, No gain “

Jacob loves his bracelet and hasn't taken it off since receiving it.  He highly recommends it and that is praise indeed coming from a 16 year old !

 Merci Maman have a very kindly offered  an open disc personalised bracelet as a giveaway.  Perfect for Fathers Day, you can choice from Sterling silver or Gold Plated open disc fixed onto a colour braid of your choice and personalised with upto 20 letters maximum.


Pop over to the Mercimaman website HERE and leave a comment below telling me which item you like the most and why the dad in your family should receive the price.

For one each additional entry

subscribe to Mercimaman newsletter, the subscription box in on the homepage at the bottom of the left hand-side. www.mercimaman.co.uk

  Like the MerciMaman Facebook Timeline page  http://www.facebook.com/MerciMamanGifts

 Follow MerciMaman on twitter @MerciMamanGifts and tweet about it.

The giveaway is open to UK residents only (sorry)

The giveaway closes Wednesday 6th June 2012 at 8 pm

Winner will be selected at random

No cash alternative.

We received a bracelet for the purpose of this review and giveaway.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Create a World Review & Giveaway


Many thanks to all who entered.  The winner picked at Random by No 1 son is

ZOE ARTHURS - Congratulations !


We were recently sent a Create a World to review.  Unfortunately my twins felt it was "for babies" and were not interested in it.  Luckily I know another mummy of twins who was more than happy to receive it for her boys. 

Julie's Review

Review of Simply Good – “Create-a- World” – soft imaginative game offering endless playtime fun.

Suitable for 12 months plus

(My kids are 3 ½ boys(twins) and 7 year old girl)

Younger product than I would buy for this age but they did have good interactive fun with it for about 20 minutes or so.

Having researched the price I felt it was a little bit too expensive for what it was. (Approx RRP £45ish??) Would probably pay around £20 if buying as a present for younger children. 

Size of product did mean that more than one child could play with it.

Equally great for mummy and me time as the play mat is big enough for you and child to sit around on the floor.

Great detail on the fuzzy felt pieces, great bright colours to capture younger childrens imagination.

Promotes interactive play between older and younger children (or mum and younger toddler) as there is simply so much to talk about. Colours, people, make up stories etc. and it can really encourage children to chat about what they are creating.

Opportunity to link animals or people to settings and then talk about it. Giving children good language skills.

My older child took the lead and the boys followed her and they were imagining what would happen between the characters etc and what would link with what. Eg princess with castle and dragon etc. Never heard my boys talk so much!!

Think as a child gets older it would be nice to have wall mounted and then they could create a scene as some wall art.

My kids biggest disappointment was on the box it showed a beach scene and a sun. They searched endlessly for these pieces to link with their scene and story and could not find them. We counted the pieces at the end (there were 61 present as stated on the box) but not all of the ones depicted on the exterior of the product. I found this a little misleading as they felt short changed by it. (Perhaps they should state on outside “may contain only some of the pieces depicted”). (On Amazon it says comes with 90 pieces so this may have been rectified…??)

To summarise I would say a great product for say 12 mths – 2 ½ years old but a little expensive and misleading packaging. 6 out of 10??

Julie's review is complete and unedited in anyway.  I think she (and the children) did a great job of reviewing this set.

Create a World available to buy from Whitestep 


I have a brand new and boxed "Create a World" to giveaway if you would like to be in with a chance of winning it.  Please follow this blog and leave a comment below, making sure you are contactable either through google, twitter, email or facebook.

Giveaway is open to UK residents only (sorry)
Will close on Monday 14th May at 8pm
Winner will be picked at random

We received the item to review and keep, no payment was received and all views expressed are Julie's : )



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