I’m not much of a morning person, I never want to wake up and it takes me quite a while to come around. I need black out blinds to get a decent night sleep, but waking up in a dark room does not help my morning woes, so, I decided to try electric blinds from Order Electric Blinds*. I loved the idea of opening my blinds while lying in bed, giving me time to wake up in natural light and enjoy the views while contemplating starting my day.
The blinds are made to measure and come in a range of colours and designs. Installation is straight forward and pretty similar to installing a regular roller blind, just with the addition of fitting an extra two screws for the power pack to attach to and an additional screw if you choose to wall mount the handset. We decided not to mount the handset, preferring to keep it as a portable remote to sit on the bedside cabinet of whoever will be up first in the morning. Usually mine.
As well as providing the perfect option for a good nights sleep and a natural wake up, the electric black out blinds are child friendly as they have no cords, just a simple remote with up, down and stop.
The blinds look great and aren’t at all clumpy, fitting as naturally into the space as any manual blind.
Now I just need one of those coffee maker alarm clocks and maybe I’ll become a morning person…
*Disclosure – the blinds were sent to us in exchange for an honest review*
My September Degustabox post is gong up really late, if you’ve been following me on social media you will know that both Aria and I have been poorly which has meant that I’ve been unable to get my work done! Aria finally seems to be on the mend, so here it is, a review and an unboxing of the UK September Degustabox.
The good thing about being super late sharing my unboxing video is the fact that I’ve tried a few more of the products than I usually would. The peanut sauce that I was really looking forward to wasn’t very nice at all, it had a sour tang to it and just wasn’t for me, although I’m sure others would love it. The rice by the same brand however was delicious, both Aria and me enjoyed it for lunch one day during the week (and left the uneaten sauce on the side).
The favourite product in our house was probably the Oat Crisp Cheerios, we love eating these as a snack dry or for breakfast with milk. They are super tasty.
I really can’t decide if I loved this box or not. I missed the snack element, for me the whole Degustabox experience is opening it and trialling a variety of foods straight away, with this box that just wasn’t there. However, we will use all of the products, there isn’t anything that one of the three of us won’t eat or use, which has to be a good thing!
Onto the pricing, the products and prices on my content card were :
Green & Black’s Velvet Edition – £1.99
Latin American Kitchen by Santa Maria Rice £1.85
Latin American Kitchen by Santa Maria Sauce – £1.85
Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp – £2.49
Knorr Concentrated Stock – £2.20
Virtue Energy Water – 2 x £1.35
San Miguel Gluten Free – £2
Mentos Mint Mix Sharing Pouch – £1.19
Dream Rice Quinoa – £1.60
Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks – £3.49
Seriously Spreadable Squares – £1.75 (a voucher to pick these up free at the supermarket)
Green’s Egg Custard Mix – £0.69
Total box contents – £23.80
I also received the Ramen Noodle Kit which is the non alcoholic alternative to the San Miguel.
My August Degustabox* arrived this week and, as usual, Aria and I couldn’t wait to discover the contents and film an unboxing video. Our new house still needs A LOT of work so please ignore the mess and concentrate instead on this delicious box of treats.
We absolutely loved this box, it totally made up for the less than desirable July box.
Onto the pricing, the products and prices on my content card were :
Seabrook crisps – £1
Bahlsen PICK UP! Black ‘N White – £1.69
Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise – £1.69
JellySqueeze – 2 x £0.69
Light Bits Popped Chips – 2 x £0.99
Twisted Halo Coconut Water, Ginger & Vodka – £1.50
Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce – £1.89
Orangina Limited Edition Summer Bottles – 2 x £1.20
Maggi Fusian Noodles – 2 x £1.39
Refreshers Softies – £1.00
Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Toffee Whole Nut – £0.65
Cadbury Curlywurly Squirlies – £1.99
I’ve wanted a playhouse for me/Aria for as long as I can remember, I dreamt of a pretty wooden playhouse complete with flower boxes and gingham curtains, surrounded by a white picket fence sat on a beautifully manicured lawn. As I’m sure you can imagine I was quite excited when the beautiful and bright Whacky Mansion Wooden Playhouse from Big Game Hunters* landed on my doorstep.
Now to work on that beautifully manicured lawn and white picket fence…
The whacky mansion arrived flat packed, as you can see in the video it took three men, a lot of head scratching and a few bottles of beer to build, although maybe two men could have managed it with a little less head scratching if the beer hadn’t have been involved.
The panels are ready-to-fit with the windows and door already fitted, so all you need to do is secure the panels together using the pre-drilled holes and clearly labelled screws.
The playhouse is made from premium fir wood, pre-stained with a hardwearing, colourful wood stain to enhance the beauty of the wood. It is sturdy and you can really tell that it has been made to last. I love that it comes ready painted in such a bright and fun colour, who has the time to paint a wooden playhouse? Not this mama!
Now, call me a snob if you want, but I didn’t want a cheap plastic playhouse sitting in my garden looking ugly, my garden is lovely and I want to keep it looking that way. The whacky mansion playhouse is perfect as it looks beautiful in the garden, bringing an extra little bit of charm with it.
Aria LOVES the playhouse, as do her older niece and nephew (five and eight) who love to visit ‘Aria’s house’. Aria loves peeking through the windows, exploring in her house and filling it with all her favourite toys. She also likes to stash food in there, I need to watch that! Aria’s favourite thing to do is open and close the door and windows, so it is a relief that there are soft close magnets built into them to prevent them slamming on their fingers. This also means that the door doesn’t swing open in the wind and we aren’t providing a free cat shelter for the local strays.
So much attention to detail went into this playhouse to really make it look the part, there is even a little chimney. I cannot wait to pop some fake flowers in the flower boxes and maybe even get some little curtains up, gingham of course. I love the little letterbox and the chalkboard above the door, which I really must write on soon.
The playhouse really encourages imaginative play, so far I have heard it referred to as a house, a shop and a cinema! The kids love to open the window and play ‘shop’.
The playhouse doesn’t come with floor as standard, that will cost you a little extra on top, you will want to consider where you plan on putting the playhouse and whether or not you need the floor before buying. We will eventually be moving our playhouse up on to the concrete area and plan to buy some fake grass to act as a carpet for protection and extra cosiness.
*Disclosure – we received the Whacky Mansion playhouse in exchange for promotion – purchase your own here*
For so long we never listened to music, I enjoy music but it just wasn’t part of our routine, kids TV took over. Aria likes to watch CBeebies while she eats breakfast, I oblige as it gives me a chance to peek at social media. The TV then tends to stay on in the background throughout the day until we switch it off before going to bed.
I missed music. Music is good for the soul. I decided that it was time to make a change, to have a dance each morning that wasn’t to Mr Tumble’s dulcet tones, to start the day with a smile.
We have now fallen deeply in love with our VQ Retro Mk II Dab radio in the most beautiful Emma Bridgewater blue daisy print*. We tend to keep the radio in the kitchen. Each morning when I am preparing breakfast with Aria we stop for a moment, we turn the radio on and have a sing and a dance. I often turn it on while cooking tea and sometimes we will pop it on during the day too, usually when Aria is ‘helping’ me carry out the chores.
Now, the retro Emma Bridgewater radio is quite special. It looks amazing which is an instant hit as far as I am concerned, but it’s also a very functional piece of kit. The sound quality is superb, it features DAB, DAB+ and FM radio, it comes with a dock which can be used to play music from your Apple device or just to charge it. One of my favourite features is the re-chargeable battery that gives you around 25 hours listening time in between charges meaning that we can take our tunes out into the garden with us. Also, the leatherette wrap means that I can quickly wipe Aria’s bubbles/hand prints off it, mammy win!
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*Disclosure – I received the radio in exchange for a feature*