Fab lunch boxes from Monbento

T and A don’t have school dinners, which means that every school morning the hubby or I have to make packed lunches for the 2 eldest kids. 

Now we don’t mind doing this because it means we can choose what they eat and we know it nutritious. The problem is the fact that the kids are always breaking their sandwich boxes, lunch bags or losing the little containers. So when I got the chance to review the lunch boxes from Monbento I was thrilled that I would a have a lunch box to replace A’s missing sandwich box as well as the chance to review the fab looking products. 

The website, I must say is ace and I love and want loads of the items on there. 

They asked me what item I would like to review and because I was thinking in a practical mind I chose the bright pink kids MBTresor lunch box. (which can be found in the kids section on website)

  

So a few days later when the box arrived I was thrilled at how bright the pink was. (I loved it)

With utter excitement I instantly started inspecting the lunch box and opening all the different compartments, to see what was inside. The lunch box consisted of;  

 

  • 1 main compartment
  • A divider tray
  • 2 smaller container
  • A lid, that once closed makes the whole box air tight.

It also had a little twist off circle in the lid where you could place a personalised picture, note or you could choose from 1 of the 5 pictures provided to make the lunch box your own.  

  

I must say I really loved this little feature because it gave the box that extra added touch that is prefect for kids (and adults!).

The plastic that the box is made of is really good quality and feels really strong. Which again is prefect for kids because it means it’s not going to break easily when the drop it or throw it in their bags etc.

I decided that I needed to test out this rather amazing looking lunch box before I let the kids get hold of it. Luckily enough I had a 3 day training course that I had sign myself up for and I would need a lunch box.  

 

It was the prefect opportunity. So each morning I made my lunch in the lunch box. I would go to my training and I would have the people there asking me about it. 

They too shared my thoughts on how great this lunch box looked. They were shocked when I explained that it was a child’s lunch box and not an adults one. 

One of my fellow trainees asked my for the website address and told me she was going to look into buying one herself. 

It has loads of great points such as:

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile 
  • Colourful 
  • Compact 
  • Airtight (to lock on freshness)
  • Good quality

I can honestly hand on heart tell you I love this product. The only down side is they are rather expensive at £16.00 for the kids lunch box and £24.00 for the adults. 

But for a product this good quality and I would pay that price because the lunch box will last and give you many uses.

Plus it is microwave, freezer and dishwasher friendly. It is airtight, food grade and BPA free. 

I love this product so much that instead of letting the kids have it like, I intended. I decided to keep it for myself.

I may look into buying the kids some when they stop losing everything. Although the good things is you can buy replace ment items off the website as well as complete personalising your very own Monbento lunchbox.

Nikki x 

Disclaimer…
I was sent the lunch box to review in exchange for the product, but the thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Entertaining the Kids, thanks to Twinkl

I always stress out when the kids start their half term holidays, mainly because I am always at a loss at what to do to help keep all the kids entertained. Having the age range of 18 months to 10 years old doesn’t help either. This is because normally the activities I have planned for the older kids are too hard for E and baby to take part in and vice a versa.

That was until I told about the great website Twinkl  

 It is and amazing education resource site that can be use for home education or by teachers and parents that what to help their children learn and get the best they can out of education. The site is aimed at children under the age of 10 and is full of great ideas and activities for all children of all ages and levels of education and ability. 

I really enjoyed taking a look around the website to see everything it had to offer. I love the fact that it had resource for the EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, EAL and best of all SEN. Because it meant that I could look at and print off resource to help all my children (including Baby) with their education and that there were activities for older kids and print out flash cards to help Baby.   

   

I also enjoyed the new feature that means you can create your own learning resources on Twinkl create based around thinking you and your family enjoy or for any upcoming projects you may want to work on together.

There are 3 levels of subscription on the website, such as:

  • Free Membership – this allows you access to a majority of the resources 
  • Gold  Membership – this is the low cost high quality option and cost £29.95 a year
  • Platinum Membership – this allows you access to all the resources and cost £44.94 a year

Plus they have a forum in which you can talk to professionals or fellow parents and home educators to support each other and swap ideas as a community.

My boys were super excited when they saw all they even had a MineCraft activity and resource section and begged me to start printing them out!  

 

They were very eager to start building their own little MineCraft world. 

I was just happy with how easy it was to navigate throught such an brilliant site that has an abundance of ideas, activities and study aids that you are bound to find something to keep the whole family happy and also make learning a easier and more fun experience for everyone. 

And thanks to Twinkl I was able to make it through another half term with some happy and entertained children.

I really suggest you take a look and see for yourself just how great the site truly is.

Nikki x 

 

Disclaimer… For this review I was compensated with a Platinum Membership, but all opinions are my own.  

Chemist Direct Review

Over a week ago I wrote a post about Finding great deals at Chemist Direct where I told you all about a deal to get a 1/3 off La Roche-Posay and Vichy products. 

I indulged in some new pampering treats for myself from the Chemist Direct skincare range, that I told you about in the other post. As I was given a £50 voucher for this review, I also got myself a few other luxuries.

Such as

  • Aussie Luscious Long shampoo and conditioner 
  • Regener8, Dark circle eye recovery cream
  • Sudocrem

 

Finding all these different items was made really easy on the chemist direct website because of the easy drop down menu that has the different departments.  

Such as 

  • Online doctor
  • Prescriptions
  • Medicines
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Vitamins & Supplements
  • Toiletries
  • Travel shop

And even

  • Pet Health

Which is great if your wanting to get more then just medicines, skincare and toiletries, like myself.

  

They even have a great clearance section where you can find amazing deals of up to 70% off and it’s free delivery on orders over £40.

I can say that the delivery time after ordering is super fast too because it arrived within 2 days of me completing my order. 

It’s a great website, with amazing products at prices and saving that will keep your purse happy 🙂

I would very much recommend this brilliant online service.

Nikki x 

Disclaimer… For this post I was compensated with a £50 discount voucher, but these choices and opinions are my own. 

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My Asda and Shoe Zone haul, for under £40!

 

 

On Tuesday I went to go meet a friend for a day out in the park and then for some lunch. 

We decided on a visit to Asda because it has a McDonald’s restaurant inside and I always love having a sneaky look for a bargain in the Asda sales rails or top up the kids school uniforms. As now the weather is warming up they won’t be wearing their school jumps as much and their school tshirts are looking a little grim.

I was thrilled when I walked through the automatic doors and was greeted with a sign saying everything £5 or less on a kids clothing rail.

  

On closer inspection I realised that all the clothes were from there new range and they were selling them off at a cheaper introductory price.

It was then that I decided I must have a good look because this was a bargain I couldn’t refuse. 

Specially as the clothes were printed with Disney’s Frozen, Cinderella, Doc Mcstuffins and Lego, Marvel, Star Wars and loads more. They even had a boys and girls minions range. 

I was excited to say the least, so my kids were even more so. 

They all went round choosing and outfit.  (The only one who didn’t get anything was Baby but her draws are over flowing as it is) 

 

T had some issues with what he wanted because he is getting to that age, where he no longer wants to wear printed characters on his tshirts but wants them to say funny things. He took a bit of persuading to get his new Star Wars “I am the Master” pj’s because he wanted sock and undies, but I explained he didn’t need those things. (My sock basket will back me up on that!)

My step daughter A was excited and quickly chose a bright and colourful set of My Little Pony pj’s. That have a short sleeve tshirts but long legged pants.

E got a new Doc Mcstuffins sun hat (the one she was wearing was from last year and was rather small) and a lovely 2 piece set “Cute” minions outfit in pink. (I really love the leggings she got with it!) 

P was in his element because he wanted nearly everything he could see. He was nattering continuesly for some Minions slippers (he like the facts the eyes moved) even though he already had a pair of stompies that he barely ever wears. At first I said no but as his birthday is coming up I agreed on the terms he doesn’t get them until his birthday. He also chose a short sleeved, long legged Minion onesie.

After the kids all chose their new outfits/pj’s, turned around to see a rack of shoes outside Shoe Zone. On the rack was a sign staying 2 pairs for £8 and there were some lovely dark blue pumps with skulls and cross bones that I really wanted for P but sadly weren’t any in his size.

We quickly settled for some camouflage Velcro pumps for him to last him (hopefully) over rest of spring and then summer. A also needed some sandles/summer shoes as she had grown out of her last lot at end of last summer. A really wanted some sandles but they weren’t available in the offer, so instead she pick some lovely blues, straps shoes/pumps that had a beautiful bow on the front. 

I was thrilled once I went to check out and the till ring up at £8 for shoes and £29 for the clothes. 

This made the whole haul a Grand Total of £37.

I got all that for under £40.

  • All the new range clothes/pj’s were priced at £9 each. I got them for £5 each
  • Slippers were £6 I got them for £5
  • Sun hat was full price at £4

But that makes a saving of £21.

I didn’t check what the shoes were single price I was too excited about getting 2 pairs of shoes for £8. 

So yeah that was my Asda and Shoe Zone haul. I think I got a great bargain.

If you like any of what I have brought you should check your local Asda because the introductory price change is on until the 9th April. 

So go grab a great deal. 

Nikki x 

Disclaimer
I was not paid or asked to do this haul review. This was done with my own money and all views are my own honest opinions.

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Finding great deals with Chemist Direct

Because yesterday I had my wisdom teeth removed, I have spent most of today I have been feeling sorry for myself and my big swollen face 😦 

I know woe is me! 

So to perk myself up and get my self ready for spring I have been shopping online and looking for some great deals on beauty and cometics. Because once my face is back to its normal size and shape. I am going to start taking better care of it.

I was thrill when I came across Chemistdirect.co.uk and there 1/3 off Vichy and La Roche-Posay offer that is running though out March.

This great offer means that I could save 34% off the normal price of these beauty products and as an added bonus  I can renew my complexion the natural way.

Which is just what I need after the harsh winter weather (that has been going from one extreme to the next) battering my skin and now the swelling an bruise of my operation. I believe my skin is in serious need of TLC, but at a price that I can afford. ChemistDirect do just that and I found some great products that I quickly put in my online basket, such as:

Which has been marked down from £11.50 to £7.59. This cream unclogs pores with out drying out your skin and helps it to feel softer and my velvety, while leaving you with a radiant complexion.

I love exfoliant into my skin because of how smooth and clean it feels. Plus after the changes in the temputure of the freezing cold outdoors to the warmth of my house, my skin can be left feeling dried out and nasty. I am hoping this will help get it back to feeling nice again.

Effaclar duo + has been mark down from £15.50 to £10.23 meaning you save £5.27. This product is great as it contains 4 active ingredient that help get rid of blemishes on the skin, unclog your pores and can be used daily on sensitive skin to help prevent spots, leaving your skin clearer, smoother and more moisturised.

This is something I need because even at the age of 27, I suffer from ache and spots. It’s something that annoys me to no end and can be caused by the slightest thing such as the change in temperatures and season. Which means anytime not my senitive skin is probably going to break out and I want to be prepared.

This amazing product was suppose to cost £15.00 but instead is £9.90. It is specially formulated to help reduce the puffiness under your eyes and helps moisturise dehydrated line and bags. 

This is something I definatly need. As a mother to 4 and one of them being teething 17 month old who doesn’t like to sleep I need anything that can help reduce the bags under my eye as well as leave my skin feeling rehydrated and refreshed.

I must say finding these great items that are all in offer was great specially when it meant I was saving up to 34% off of my total as well as supply me with products I can use to help me feel and look great.

These are just 3 of the products I brought today. I also bought some more but I will save those for a further review of these products so you yourselves can see how I get on.

Nikki x 

Disclaimer… For this post I was compensated with a £50 discount voucher, but these choices and opinions are my own. 

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Play at Brewers Fayre at the Old Brickworks

I can not begin to explain how excited I was when I received and email offering me and my family a VIP invite to the Play at Brewers Fayre event at The Old Brickworks pub and restaurant in Drighlington, for the launch of their new Beano themed indoor play area.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

What made it even better was the fact that it was the day before mine and the Hubby’s wedding anniversary. so it meant that we could all go out for a family meal while the kids had loads of fun in the new play area.
When we arrived Dennis was stood outside waiting to meet people and take photo. The kids were thrilled and even Baby was intrigued to see who this person knew person was, instead of crying like her brothers and sister did as babies.

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The kids were blown away by the new play area and couldn’t wait to play and were itching to go explore all the new equipment. We had never been to the Brewers Fayre before so the whole experience was new to us. It was one I was excited to be taking part in.

The new area had all been designed with children in mind. There is a Toddler zone which is prefect for the little menace’s to have fun, a Treetop play house for the older one’s (height restrictions apply) and they even have a party room that has been named ‘The Den’. Which means that you can actually book the space out for your child’s birthday party. The play area is open every day from 9.30am – 8pm and its only cost £3 for 90 minutes of play. Plus you get to meet Dennis and Gnasher in person.

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As you can see the kids loved it. The day was made extra special because there was an amazing lady that who was doing some beautiful face painting. Of course P and E were straight over to get their faces done. P wanted a dinosaur, where as E went for Frozen.

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Once the kids had their fun, we decided that it was time to eat and went in the main restaurant to get our meal. I had order a chicken and bacon salad, whereas the hubby had chosen the Brewers Fayre burger. We both really enjoyed our meals and were extremely pleased. The kids ordered off the children’s menu, with P and E having The Big Bad Dog, while T and Baby had pasta meal such as Macaroni cheese and Spaghetti Beano-ese.
I only really managed to get a few picture of the food because everyone wolfed it down it was that tasty.

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The Hubby mentioned that he really loved the little extra added touch they added to the meal, such as the wrapper for the burger or how the hot dogs came in a little basket.
I was really impressed with the prices that you could get the meals. You could order off the children’s menu for £3.99 each and there is a Brewers Fayre Day Time Value offer where you can choose 2 adult main meals from a choice of 12 for just £10. Plus you can order 2 desserts for £2.(This is on weekdays only)

Brewers Fayre doesn’t just have an indoor play area though they also have an outdoor play area. For those lovely summer days when you want to let your kids run free and play while you enjoy a cheeky pint or glass of wine.

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It is safe to say that we had a really great time (I think the amount of photos I took shows that) and the Hubby was already arranging our next visit before we had even left. He has loads of ideas about use having the kids parties there too. I guess we will have to see what happens, but I know I would be more than happy go to Brewers Fayre for lunch again.

I would really recommend!

Nikki x

Disclaimer… I was not paid for this review, however we were given a complimentary meal in exchange for my honest opinion.

Papaya Gold Paw Paw moisturising balm

Papaya Gold is an brand that makes an amazing Paw Paw papaya moisturising  balm, in Australia. 

The balm contains caricature papaya (Paw Paw) fruit extract and is enriched with bio active manuka honey 20+, as well as containing petrolatum, potassium sorbate and bees wax.

It is a tropical balm that can be used to moisturises, soothe and relieve a range of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It is also suitable a treatment for:

  • Dry chapped lips
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Sunburn
  • Cuts and grazes
  • Nappy rash and chafing
  • Insect bites
  • Splinters and thorns

It is also safe to use on children. This is all due to the manuka honey 20+, which has been dubbed the “miracle” honey because of its anti inflammatory properties as well as it being antibacterial, antiviral and loads more.

The balm can help with healing of burns and cuts because it contains a enzyme that reduce inflammation. 

I wasn’t sure if this would be actually true but I was extreme impressed when I used it on my hands, lips an on the gazes and cuts I have on my hand and on my leg. It actually works. I have found that my cuts have been healing really well and aren’t as sore since I started using Paw Paw. 

The bright red tube is small enough to fit in my makeup bag or hand bag, which is great because  you can have it on you for when ever you might need it. The constrast on the White labelling against the red really makes it stand out and noticeable for customers.

The balm isn’t really scented which is good because I can’t stand moisturiser that has a strong over powering scent. It come out of the tube a soft yellow waxy gel. It spreads out evenly and a small amount can go a long way.



I will say that it does take a while for the balm to be fully absorbed into the skin and you can be left with a slight greasy feel to the skin. But soon as I has you can feel the benefits. All the dry skin on my lips was gone and the dry cracked skin around my nails was healing faster as well.

I have been using this balm for over a week and my hand feel lovely and soft, my lips are no longer dry and the graze I had on my leg is healing nicely. 

I would definatly recommend this balm and its a steal at £5.99, you can order 2 for £10 on there website and it can also be found stocked at Tescos, Superdrug, Boots and many more. 

They can also be found on social media such as FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Go take a look.

Nikki x

Disclaimer… I was not paid for this review, however I was given the product to keep in exchange for my honest opinion.