Introducing Copper Into Your Kitchen for Christmas

I’m well and truly hooked on the copper trend and gradually introducing more and more copper into my kitchen. At first I worried that it would look odd, we have a silver sink and draining board, silver cupboard and drawer handles – would the copper stick out like a sore thumb?

Introducing Copper Into Your Kitchen

I’ve started by adding a few copper accessories. We have copper pans hanging down on one wall and more recently I’ve added a copper kettle* and toaster*. All of these copper accessories have a little silver on them, meaning that they easily and effortlessly fit in with the rest of the kitchen.

Introducing Copper Into Your Kitchen

As well as being oh so pretty the kettle and toaster are also pretty nifty pieces of kit. The De’Longhi Distinta kettle has a 1.7 litre capacity allowing you to make up to seven cups at once (perfect for the busy Christmas period!), a 360 degree connection and an inbuilt limescale filter to improve the quality of your drinks.

The De’Longhi Distinta toaster is perfect for busy families, allowing you to toast up to four slices at once. The toaster has a variety of settings, even one specifically for bagels. The high lift function means that you are able to easily take the toast out, no more sticking knives into the toaster to retrieve your bread (as if I would…)!

This set would make the perfect Christmas gift for the copper mad interior lover, check out these and other Christmas gifts at ao.com.

*Disclosure – I received the kettle and toaster in exchange for a feature – all opinions my own*

UK Degustabox December 2017 – Unboxing & Review

Our Degustabox* arrived a little earlier than usual this month which was a lovely surprise in the crazy run up to Christmas. Aria and I couldn’t wait to get unboxing the December Degustabox and trialling the delicious contents.

The December Degustabox was another hit for Aria and me!  This month’s Degustabox ticked all the boxes with some (very delicious) chocolates, savoury snacks, drinks and more. As you can see from the video Aria’s favourite product was the Popchips Galactics (I’ve just added some to my on-line food shop!) and mine the Willie’s Cacao chocolates.

Onto the pricing, the products and prices on my content card were :

Planters 2 x £1.29 – £2.58
Sleep Well – £1.75
Candy Kittens Gourmet Sweets – £2
Popchips Galactic Puffs – £1.99
Ryvita Lightly Salted Rye Cakes – £1.39
Taking The Pea – £1.50
Coldpress – £1.50
Robinsons Fruit Creations – £1.99
San Miguel 0.0% – £3
Mary Berry’s Foods – £2.99
Willies Cacao Black Pearls – £6.59

Total box contents – £27.28

I also received Lift Instant Matcha Green Tea – some subscribers will have received this as an alternative to one of the products listed above.

Sign up here and get £7.00 off your first Degustabox! (New customers only).

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*I receive the Degustabox each month in exchange for an honest review*
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Limited Edition VQ Welsh Dragon Retro Mini DAB Radio + Discount Code

A lot of us Welsh people are very proud to be Welsh, butt! Slap a Welsh dragon on an already awesome item and we are pretty much over the moon. When VQ got in touch to let me know about their limited edition Welsh Dragon Retro Mini DAB Radio I knew that Spencer would love one.

Review of VQ Welsh Dragon Retro Mini DAB Radio

Spencer often works from home, sometimes in his pyjamas, and he loves nothing more than a cup of tea and some quality background music to get him through the working day, and to drown out the sounds of me shouting at Aria and the dog downstairs!

The Retro Mini DAB Radio comes in a variety of designs, including designer prints and the pretty awesome limited edition Welsh Dragon print. The retro mini features DAB & DAB+ Digital Radio along with traditional FM, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and a USB charge port allowing you to charge your phone/tablet from the radio.

Review of VQ Welsh Dragon Retro Mini DAB Radio

Despite being a mini the retro mini doesn’t compromise on quality, it has a premium single ultra-wide full range 5W speaker and you can tailor the acoustics with a range of six available presets for different music genres.

If you’re looking to treat someone this Christmas, whether it be the Welsh work from home dad or the patriotic aunt, then treat yourself to £10 off the Welsh Dragon Retro Mini DAB Radio with code WALES10 at myvq.co.uk. Be quick, the code will expire at one minute past midnight on 21st December 2017.

*Disclosure – I received the radio in exchange for my honest opinions
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Love Not Likes, My Daughter, These Three Wise Words are For You – WIN Wise-Ish Words from Book of Everyone

Our children are growing up in a completely different world to the one that we grew up in; an unknown territory where they seek likes from strangers rather than praise from family, where socialising is done alone, in a bedroom, on a phone. A scary territory full of trolls and fake identities. A place where cyberbullies prey on innocent people, cyberbullies that they cannot easily escape from, not without disconnecting from their technology, their world.

As parents we can often feel useless, all that we can really do is be there and offer support, and some very wise words. The people over at The Book of Everyone believe that our advice is more important today than ever, and as a result they commissioned award-winning photographer David Boni to take a series of portraits of inspirational people who all work with children. These people were asked a simple question: What are your 3 wise words for kids this Christmas? The answers brought beautiful and contrasting insights into the truths we hold dear for our next generation.

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The people taking part in the ‘Three Wise Words For Kids’ project hear first hand young people’s hopes, fears, and dreams. They include ITV This Morning’s Dr Ranj Singh, a children’s law barrister, a video game developer, a teaching assistant for severely disabled children, a health visitor, a boxing coach, a special needs tutor, an athletics coach, a paediatrician, a childminder, and a global children’s charity worker.

The photo series was created in collaboration with WellChild with the aim to raise money for
sick children this Christmas. Cat Jones, a WellChild nurse, chooses ‘You are enough’ as her
three wise words. She explains: “Social media is making kids strive to be more perfect, more
beautiful, more of everything. It stops them enjoying being themselves. The obsession with
getting likes on social media doesn’t actually mean anything.”

 book of everyone wise-ish words review

‘3 Wise Words For Kids’ accompanies the launch of The Book of Everyone’s latest personalised book: Wise(ish) Words – a book that allows anyone to package up their tidbits of advice and place them under the tree this Christmas. £1 from every book sold will be donated to WellChild,  the national charity for sick children. More than 100,000 children are living with serious illness or exceptional health needs in the UK. Many spend months, even years in hospital. WellChild, whose patron is Prince Harry, gives seriously ill children the chance to thrive at home with their families. See the portrait series here 3wisewords.com.

 book of everyone wise-ish words review

Wish-ish words is a personalised book aimed at 8-16 year olds to help them make better mistakes. The book is easy to build and there are some truly fabulous quotes to choose from, you can even enter your own if you so wish. I truly believe this is a book that should be read to every child, no matter what age, I intend to drill these quotes into my toddlers head in a bid to raise a fierce, independent young lady. A young lady who lives by my three wise words ‘love not likes’.

Build your own Wise(ish) words book here.

Win a copy of wise(ish) words here!

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The Story of the Car Sick Dog – Travall Guard Review

There once was a car sick dog named Dobby. Dobby’s parents loved travelling and so this really wasn’t an ideal situation. Dobby’s parents didn’t want them and the car covered in sick. Dobby’s parents were smart, Dobby’s parents got the Travall transport pack.

Travall dog guard review - dog car guard

Not only did the Travall guard keep everyone safe and secure, but the boot mat liner also meant that any sick could be easily wiped up.

Travall dog guard review - dog car guard

The Travall transport pack includes a guard rail which is used to separate your boot from the rest of the car, giving your four legged friend a comfortable, secure place of their own and also providing extra security for your passengers, particularly children in rear facing seats, protecting them from the hazards of loose items in the boot should you need to brake suddenly. The guard is vehicle specific and as a result it won’t rattle in transit and little paws won’t be able to squeeze in through the edges.

Travall dog guard review - dog car guard

This pack also includes a boot mat liner, a tough and flexible mat providing protection against sick, claws and any other little accidents. The mat also reduces road noises and improves comfort for your pet, as well as smelling delicious with it’s long lasting vanilla scent.

Travall dog guard review - dog car guard

Hopefully one day Dobby will get over his anxiety and resulting car sickness, or we will find tablets that actually work for him, but in the mean time the Travall boot mat liner is keeping our car clean and saving our sanity.

Once he gets over the anxiety and resulting car sickness we really hope that the comfortable mat and secure guard will be a relaxing space where he can travel in comfort.

Enjoy 10% discount off any Travall Guard
To redeem offer* use promotion code
LIFE10
offer ends December 31, 2017 and applies to orders via Travall.co.uk and orders shipping within the UK only. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers or promotions

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We received the Travall transport pack for an honest review – as always, all opinions are my own*