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Birchbox: May 2021- Dance Your Own Rhythm

It's Birchbox time! This month is all about following your own rhythm and being authentically you. With the fun cassette design Birchbox wants subscribers to find their unique beat just in time for simmer. As always there are five products inside that include a bunch of amazing brands and a clean and vegan brand ARROW that Birchbox have launched. 

Dance Your Own Rhythm beauty box is all about always being authentically you and never comparing yourself to others. With this music inspired box subscribers will be able to find their unique beat, turn up the volume and dance their own rhythm. It feels like perfect timing. Every Birchbox subscriber with get a KNDR Eyeshadow Cream in either Motivated Mauve, Proud Pink or Confident Copper and a Birchbox Crystal Nail File. There is also a new vegan brand ARROW Nourishing Lip Oil launched by Birchbox as well as a Naobay Detox Illuminating Micellar WaterAll great products for always being authentically you. 

KNDR. Eyeshadow Cream in Motivated Mauve RRP| £18

Cream Eyeshadow can be used to create a subtle, daytime look or something more intense and glamorous. However, its creamy texture makes it more prone to creasing on your lids, so it’s important to use an eye primer prior to application, and never layer it over powder. This KNDR eyeshadow cream has an intense pigment that is super easy to build. This crease-proof formula glides on smoothly with a brush or the tip of your finger. Its available in Motivated Mauve, Proud Pink, and Confident Copper which are all versatile shades that can be used for a subtle day time look or a sultry evening look. I received Motivated Mauve and yes the cream was lovely but the colour for me wasn't right. It was far too dark for my complexion and made me look washed out, so if I did get another colour I would have the Proud Pink or Confident Copper. 

ARROW. Pink Nourishing Lip Oil. RRP | £13

I love and appreciate a nice glossy lip. Whether it's natural, bold or subtle, there's something about a high sheen finish that it stunning and timeless. However, as much as we love a nice gloss there are always some things like the stickiness and having to reapply all the time. A lip oil may just be the answer to this. Not quite a lip balm and not quite a gloss; a combination of all your best go to all in one swipe.

Now Birchbox have lauched their very own clean and vegan beauty line that was created to help simplify routines, something that I can totally get behind. This ARROW Pink Nourishing Lip Oil adds moisture to your lips and actually locks it in with a blend of aloe, coconut oil, & shea butter. The pink shade gives lips a subtle pink tint by reacting to the pH level of your skin. 

Naobay. Detox Illuminating Micellar Water. RRP | £16

As always, new products come through my door just as I run out. Perfect. The Naobay Detox Illuminating Micellar Water removes excess sebum and make-up on all skin types. It includes a great mixture of ingredients with sage and aloe vera deliver moisture and soothe the skin while lemon lends the complexion an even finish. Raspberry and green tea, that shield the skin against harmful environmental influences, to complete the formula. This product is amazing! It doesn't burn my eyes, it smells great and it takes off my make up quickly. It doesn't leave a sticky feeling on my face afterwards. Love it!!!

Birchbox. Crystal Nail File. RRP | £15

While a nail file might seem like a simple purchase. You have to first choose the right type for your nails and the proper abrasive, grit, and other features to make sure you wind up with the perfect manicure. I have always gravitated towards a crystal nail file so I was really happy to see this one from Birchbox inside. Its double sided ultra fine finish that helps create a smooth edge without tearing or chipping the nails. The pointed tip is really handy to shape around cuticles.

John Frieda. Frizz Ease Weightless Wonder Featherlight Smoothing Crème. RRP | £7

John Frieda has always been a brand that I have used with my frizzy Barnet, for me it has been the brand that help battle the frizz without leaving a heavy residue or making my hair greasy. The John Frieda Frizz Ease Weightless Wonder Crème is transforming frizzy, fine hair to weightlessly smooth. It distributes evenly throughout the hair, leaving no heavy product build up, just soft, smooth results. Suitable for use on both wet & dry hair. I have used this smoothing Crème before and used it to create a frizz-free look when styling.

Well, this box is jam packed full of goodies to encourage me to be authentic and never compare myself to other which is something we all should do more of. At first I didn't really understand the message behind the box but it definitely encouraged me to take more time for me and to try new things. There are a few products in this box that I would actually purchase again like the Naobay Detox Illuminating Micellar Water and the ARROW Pink Nourishing Lip Oil.

So what did you think? Are you a Birchbox fan? If not, you should at least try a couple of boxes. A monthly Birchbox subscription, with no long-term commitment, costs just £10 (+ £2.95 P&P) per month.

Easy Homemade Bath Bombs

One of my favourite ways to decompress after a long day is to light some candles, grab a book before a bath full of rose petals. But to make the experience even more special, I love to add one of these easy homemade bath bombs into the water. The fizzy bubbles and essentials oils are a treat for the senses.

Homemade bath bombs are an easy treat that you can enjoy yourself or make as a gift. The simplicity of creating a product that turns your bath time in to a paradise of colour, beautiful aromas leaves you feeling relaxed. My daughter loves a bath bomb too so we have been making some over the weekend so I thought that it would be a great idea to share a basic recipe with you so you can create your own fizzy bath bombs.

These easy homemade bath bombs are a great indoor activity that will keep any little hands busy on a rainy afternoon - we've been having far too may of them lately. But these bath bombs also make a lovely gift for friends and families. You can try different scents, colours and perhaps add some flowers, crystals or herbs to them too. If you don't want to create full bombs, you can make half ones like we did or use a different mould altogether. The possibilities are endless.

To make these easy homemade bath bombs you need to do the following:

100g bicarbonate of soda
50g citric acid
25g cornflour
25g Epsom salt (optional)
2 tbsp oil such as sunflower, coconut or olive oil
¼ tsp essential oil, such as rose, lemon or lavender.
2 drops of liquid food colouring

If you want to make your easy homemade bath bombs really special you could add some crystals, rose petals, orange peel or even herbs.

First you need to put the bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, cornflour and Epsom salt (if you're using) in a bowl, then whisk until fully combined.

Next, add in your preferred oil (sunflower, coconut or olive), essential oil and food colouring in a different small bowl. Mix together well, combining the oils and colouring as much as possible.

Then you need to add the oil mixture into the dry ingredients. It is best to try and whisk a little at a time because if you do it all at the same time the mixture will clump together not getting a good enough ratio throughout. When all the oil and dry mixture has been fully combined, you can add a few drops of water and then whisk again - keep in mind as soon as you add the water it will fizz up so make sure you whisk quickly.

By now you should have a mixture that you can shape with your hands. If you're adding crystals, petals, herbs or peel drop them into the bottom of your chosen mould. As we decided to make half mould this time we decided to add our crystals on the top so we could get enough dry mixture into the mould. Then pack your mixture tightly on top, pressing down and smoothing out the top with a teaspoon.

Leave your bath bomb in the mould for around 5 hours, then carefully remove them from the mould. Then head to your bathroom, light some candles, grab a book and watch these little bath bomb fizz away as you add them to running water.

Aqua Play Lock Box Set

The sun has appeared along with beautiful blue skies and the daffodils are blooming everywhere. It may still be chilly in the mornings but the afternoons are filled with plenty of sunshine. This year is going to be different and we cannot wait to make lots of fun and exciting memories with my two favourites and the pup.

We live for those sunny afternoons playing in the garden together. So we thought that it was time to cut the grass, plant our sunflowers and dig out all the garden toys from the shed. We have collected quite a few over the years but we've always wanted to create a little water play area for our daughter but unfortunately we don't have the space. 

Water play is always something that my daughter naturally gravitates towards. Its both enjoyable and educational. It helps develop eye-hand coordination with math and science concepts. It also enhances social skills and encourages cooperation. That's without the fun and excitement that comes with splashing and sploshing in water. My daughter loves water play, but as we don't have the room to create a space for water play we have the next best thing with this new toy from Aqua Play

Aqua Play is a versatile water toys with lots of different features to keep little hands busy. It’s brilliant as an independent play toy and my daughter knew exactly what she needed to do without any guidance. There is a wide range of different toys in the Aqua Play collection including starter canal systems, lock boxes, mega bridges, ports, more accessories and extension that can be added on to any other set. 

The Aqua Play Lock Box

This Aqua Play Lock Box has been designed in a portable lockbox that opens out to create a water canal system with gates, bridges, cranes and working locks to move the boats up and down the different levels. A little hippo called Wilma comes in the set with a boat and cargo so little ones can learn how to move water through the locks, go over the bridges and pump water through to help her float.

Its aimed at children aged 3 to 7 so its a great toy for my daughter. As soon as she opened it up she was in complete awe of all the gates and especially loved spraying the water from the pump at our puppy Winston, who of course joined in with the fun too. My daughter loved playing with the Hippo that comes in the set, but she has already asked if we can get Wilma a little friend to play with. 

Inside the Aqua Play Lock Box

So inside the box there is a 2-in-1 waterway and transport case. It includes a reservoir with hand pump, port basin with crane and container, hand crank with large paddle area, small bridge, driveway ramp. There is also a container boat with cargo, a amphibious vehicle and figure hippo called Wilma. The contents can be placed in different areas of the box and you can purchase a variety of add-ons or extras. We have already seem a couple of other sets that we would love to get such as the Adventureland, Container Crane as well as Lotta and Nils.  

The Aqua Play Lock Box is easily expandable and combinable. I love the fact that it come all in one handy carry case meaning that it doesn't take up much space in storage or it can be taken along on adventures for a playdate in the garden. It is so easy and simple to set up and comes with easy to follow instructions inside the box.

We love our Aqua Play Lock Box so much that we haven't actually put it away. I’d rather keep it open so my daughter can play to her hearts content and fill up with water if her and Winston get too excited with the splashing and spraying. Until we get Lotta and Nils my daughter has also brought some other water friendly toys into the mix too and really unleashing her imagination. 

** We have been kindly gifted The Aqua Play Lock Box but as always my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright, please seek permission before using.**

The Adventures of Paddington Magazine

The Adventures of Paddington is heart-warming show about being curious, being good to others, and being part of a loving family. Now the nation's favourite marmalade loving bear has finally released his very own magazine, and we couldn't be more excited to get involved with all things Paddington.

The magazine is great and ideal for those that love Paddington. It's a fun, bright and educational gendered neutral magazine aimed at children ages three to six. Every issue has been designed to make learning fun, while helping children develop their abilities in reading, writing, maths, design and more. Each issue comes with Paddington stories to read, easy crafts and recipes, engaging activities, puzzles, a workbook, stickers and lots more. As you can imagine my daughter couldn't wait to turn the pages and get reading. So what's inside The Adventures of Paddington Magazine first issue?

Lots of Learning...

The magazine has been designed to make learning fun, while supporting the development of children's abilities in the seven areas of learning as set out in the statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This kind of magazine isn't something that we've ever come across before, so it's quite refreshing to see something out there for children starting their learning journey or encourage their skills and abilities further.

Inside the magazine you will find a12 page workbook with some fun learning activities that supports the ABC Learning Curriculum. There's counting, handwriting, spot the difference, stickers with clear bold colouring pages that are great for learning to keep in the lines when colouring. At the end of the work booklet there is also a Paddington Certificate of Fun awarded for all readers who finish their shopping workbook which is a great incentive to encourage them along.

A Story or Two...

It wouldn't be Paddington Bear if there wasn't a fun and exciting adventure to read. We love reading in our house and its something that we do together every night. So we both snuggled up under blankets before bedtime to read Paddington and the Pigeon together. The story layout was really clear and easy to follow with each paragraph being numbered with some bold captions too. There are plenty of bright pictures to help break up the story for younger readers to understand. It also included some handy questions at the bottom of the page to further a readers understanding which reminds me of my daughter's Oxford Reading Tree books.

Play, play and more play...

But what makes a magazine that ever more appealing to little eyes? The free toy of course! Each month you'll find a branded Paddington toy. The first issue comes with a mini shopping set including a trolley, bank card, pin machine, coins, and a mini stand up Paddington, foam milk, cereal and of course marmalade. This mini shopping set has come in really handy as my daughter has just started to learn about coins and money.

Unleash a Little Creativity...

Each issue comes with something fun to make and we love crafts. In this issue there was a Finger Puppet Activity and a recipe to bake your very own Pawprint Cookies. As we were playing shops and learning about money, we wanted to take some time out to make the Finger Puppets together so we could add extra characters into our role play. The craft activity is part of Redan Publishing initiative ‘Take Time Make Memories’ initiative encouraging special family time together creating crafts, recipes and playing games away from the screen.

This jam packed learning magazine has 36 pages filled with whole range of different activities, stickers, games, stories, crafts, recipes and it also includes a 12-page workbook that focuses on a different theme each month. But the best part about any magazine definitely comes down to the toy! A the shopping trolley branded toy was so much fun to play with and has really helped my daughter understand about money whilst having fun with role play too. 

My daughter's favourites in the issue was making the Finger Puppets together and playing shops with the branded Paddington Bear toy. The Sticker Bingo where you had to roll the dice and match up the numbers to the food stickers, it was lovely that we could do these kind of activities together where she could take the lead at times. Every activity inside the magazine is full of fun, educational and different. It is a must have for all younger learners.

The Adventures of Paddington magazine is available from leading supermarkets and newsagents. You can also buy and subscribe online. The next issue there will be a tea party set which I know my little lady will love. Who doesn't love a marmalade sandwich and drinking tea? 

** We have been kindly gifted The Adventures of Paddington Magazine but as always my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright, please seek permission before using.**

Rainbocorns Sparkle Heart Surprises & Puppycorn Surprises

Rainbocorns are adorable, colourful and cuddly plush toys. There are a mixture of an animal with some cute unicorn features. Every Rainbocorn is different from the next and once you hatch them you'll discover some other surprises too. You may even come across a Boo-Boocorns or two.

We were kindly sent over a huge Rainbocorns Easter bundle that was full of brightly coloured eggs that we could wait to hatch. There was a Rainbocorns Wild Heart Surprise, Rainbocorns Sparkle Heart Surprises, and Rainbocorns Puppy Surprises as well as some packs of Rainbocorns Itzy Bitzy Surprise Collectibles. So we will be looking at all the fun and exciting surprises that come in the Rainbocorns Puppycorn Surprises and the Rainbocorn Sparkle Heart Surprises in this post. 

Rainbocorns Puppycorn Surprises. 

Rainbocorns Puppycorn Surprises are a collection of the most cute cuddly puppies all inside one little egg. As I'm sure you've guessed these little surprises were a big hit with my puppy loving girl. Any toy that has a puppy or dog is a good shout, but if there is a chance that she could get a cute sausage dog, well you're winning. There are seven breeds to collect that include Dalmatian, Poodle, Pug, Labrador, Husky and of course the wonderfully lovely Dachschund! There is also a very rare best in show Bulldog! Every little one who love a collectible toy always want to get the special or rare ones and my girl is no different.

As soon as they arrived, you could tell she wanted to open them up straight away! These Rainbocorns Puppycorn Surprises are full of CUTE surprises including our very own Puppycorn, a Boo-Boocorn Puppy Keychain, a Puppycorn Magic Colour Mix Poop, a Scratch 'N' Sniff Stickers as well as a Collectors Guide. You can hatch, hug and play with your new cuddly Puppycorn once they hatch from their colourful reusable plastic egg.

We were kindly send over a couple of Rainbocorn Puppycorn Surprises. The first egg was bright blue with a gold horn and matching puppy ears. We hatched a cute little Pug called Penny and she is the cutest little puppy pug. Each Puppycorn has a unique Scratch 'N' Reveal Heart that reveals a special symbol to show what your Rainbocorn loves! Penny's heart revealed that she loves a Tacos.

I don't understand the obsession with slime and poop but it was the first surprise my daughter grabbed. The Puppycorn Magic Colour Mix Poop has a lovely scent that you can mix two different colours together to make a new colour. This was similar to the WILD Poop we got in our Rainbocorn Wild Surprise and wasn't at all tacky or slimy. As soon as my daughter stopped all the poop mixing she spotted the pink Boo-Boocorn egg that has a Puppycorn inside that was attached to a string that could be hooked onto a lunch bag or zip. There are over 50 different Boo-Boocorns to collect that are available in different breeds too.

Next we opened the blue packet that had some Scratch 'N' Sniff Scented Stickers inside. Each pack has six stickers that you need to scratch with a coin or key to smell them. However, as you opened the packet you could already smell them. My daughter loved the cute little stickers.

The next Puppycorn Surprise we hatched was a little Dalmatian called Nala, my daughter was hoping to hatch a Dachschund but the search will have to go on. Each Puppycorn has a unique Scratch 'N' Reveal Heart that reveals a special symbol to show what your Rainbocorn loves! Nala's heart revealed that she loves a coconuts. The Puppycorn Magic Colour Mix Poop has a lovely scent that you can mix two different colours together to make a new colour. It also included the Scratch 'N' Sniff Scented Stickers and a Boo-Boocorn Keychain.

Rainbocorns Sparkle Heart Surprises

These Rainbocorns Sparkle Heart Surprises are a collection of the cute creatures that are a mixture of animals and unicorns all inside one little egg. There are six different ones to collect that include Unicorn, Flamingocorn, Monkeycorn, Pandacorn, Lioncorn and Owlcorn. The Rainbocorns Sparkle Heart Surprises are full of SPARKLY surprises including our very own Sparkly Rainbocorn, Peel to Reveal Sparkle Hearts, Boo-Boocorn. Surprise Stamp, Glitter Rainbocorn Poop and an Adoption Certificate.

The first egg was bright green with a silver horn that was covered in some plastic cellophane and we hatched the sweetest little Owlcorn, that was called Noel but my daughter named her Hedwig. Each Sparkle Heart Surprise has a unique Peel to Reveal Sticker that reveals a special symbol to show what your Rainbocorn loves! Owlcorn's heart was silver just like her horn and once my daughter peeled the sticker it revealed that she loves cakes, just like us all.

Next we spotted a purple little egg. We had already hatched quite a few of these little Boo-Boocorns and so of course we knew there'd be a Boo-Boocorn inside, but this one had a cool stamp underneath. There are over 72 different Boo-Boocorns to collect in the Sparkle Heart Surprises and everyone had a different coloured stamp as well as some glittery wings. Like with all the Rainbocorns there is also some Glitter Rainbocorn Poop inside that you can mix together to make a new colour. With the Owlcorn we had light pink and blue glittery slime that had a really lovely blueberry scent.

The second egg was green with an orange horn on the top. We hatched a Lioncorn called Cora who had a very bright pink mane. On her tummy there was a Peel to Reveal Sticker that revealed a favourite food of Cora's which was some French fries and a ketchup dip! Yum. The Glitter Rainbocorn Poop was purple and white and had a really strong lemon scent, which we all loved! It was really smooth and mixed really well into a glittery lilac. At the bottom of the egg there was a purple egg that had a Boo-Boocorn Stamp inside which of course was a Lion that had a stamp on the bottom. But you could pull of the lion that can pop onto a pencil.

These Rainbocorns surprises are cute, colourful and cuddly. Every Rainbocorns comes with different surprises that includes a Boo-Boocorn, Poop and a whole range of different surprises. My daughter has now found a new collectible obsession.

Which ones are your favourite?

** We have been kindly gifted the Rainbocorn Easter Bundle but as always my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright, please seek permission before using.**

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