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Joules Printed Margate Floral Stripe Wellies

As a child there is always something so tempting about splashing in puddles. Now that that we are in the throes of autumn with plenty of showers to splash and leaves to kick, a pair of wellies are an essential part of my daughter's wardrobe. However she has had yet another growth spurt especially with her ever growing feet so now we need some new wellies. 

When buying a pair of wellies, we don’t just want them to be waterproof, they also need to be robust, have thick soles so they don’t tear and leak and have a good grip. There are so many great brands, styles and colours out on the market that sometimes trying to choose an ideal all rounder can be overwhelming. But a brand that you cannot fault on their designs, their size and their quality is of course Joules. 

These Joules Printed Margate Floral Stripe Wellies are such a statement of the Joules brand. They come in a beautiful Joules box, beautifully packaged, and are available in such a lovely range of styles and patterns. We chose these gorgeous navy and floral stripe ones for our daughter as she has a slight obsession with everything floral at the moment. We have always loved Joules and their funky bold designs, you cannot really fault their amazing quality and practicality when choosing wellies for the school runs. 

These Joules Printed Margate floral stripe Wellies are the perfect for the school runs, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves and those woodland adventure walks. These boots are made from 100% rubber ensuring that the are waterproof, a great feature about this particular design is the buckle adjustable strap that can be adjusted for an easier fit. A well-designed pair of wellies that can make you feel comfortable, look stylish and with the rubber soles they will certain be a great addition to any collection of boots and wellies. As I have mentioned they seems really sturdy and have an outstanding quality about them. The fit is true to size and my daughter had said that they feel super comfortable and soft inside. However on her left boot her little toe did feel a little snug, but after a couple of adventure the pressure eased off her little toe. We would highly recommend Joules for a pair of wellies. The quality is outstanding, they look super stylish and are 100% waterproof, which is what we all need in a pair of wellies. 

What do you think of these Joules wellies? 

Well, Muggles! It's Finally Time to Feel Like a Real Wizard and Join in The Magical Fun.

Calling all muggles! Calling all muggles. If you're not completely obsessed with the magical world of Harry Potter then this post may not be for you. But for the rest of you muggles that love the wizarding world we have something special for you. To say that the Harry Potter series is popular would be putting it mildly. The books and movies are a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and nothing has caused such a craze as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I remember reading it for the first time and being completely engrossed in the wizarding world reading about flying letters, wands, sorting hats, to potions, a changing staircase and even an invisibility cloak.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to disappear with a flick of a cloak? Well, muggles! It's finally time to feel like a real wizard and join in the magical fun with this WOW! Stuff Invisibility Cloak. This one is just like Harry's invisibility cloak when it made its first appearance in the Philosopher's Stone when Harry received it as a Christmas present. Who remembers the first thing Harry did with the cloak? So you can imagine our excitement to finally be able to feel like a real wizard and disappear. 

The WOW! Stuff Invisibility cloak comes with a free downloadable app. All you need to do is simply enter the unique authentication code that comes with the invisibility cloak on the app, follow the instruction and set the scene. Have you ever wanted to recreate those iconic scenes, well with the amazing invisibility cloak you can!

The WOW! Stuff Invisibility Cloak measures 139.7cm meaning that there is plenty of material for eager wizards wishing to disappear. The cloak is made from two high quality layers of fabric with one side being black and grey patterning, and the other side being lined with green silky material - the side where the magic happens. When the patterned side of the invisibility cloak is facing the camera it will be visible on screen. However, when you flip your cloak inside out so that the green lining is facing the camera, whatever or whoever is hidden beneath the cloak will magically disappear on screen.

You can view, take photographs or film family and friends through the app on your smartphone or tablet which all can be saved onto your camera roll. The Wow! Stuff app is suitable for smartphones or tablets running iOS 11 and Android 5.0 and above.

Setting The Scene 

Downloading the app is simple and straightforward, however setting your scene can be a little tricky at first. Inside the box you get a set of instructions, the cloak and a phone stand that is fully adjustable with rubber feet ensuring that it doesn't slip. However we needed to use a different phone stand for our magical fun due to the position of our scene we needed something a little taller than the one provided.

Once you have your camera in place, click the WOW! Stuff app and follow the instructions. To set the scene you need to make sure that the camera view doesn't include any moving people, toddlers or moving objects. While you are setting the scene you must keep your phone or device as still as possible, the slightest movement can reset the scene and you have to start all over. After you have set the scene then click the camera icon below to start the invisibility mode.

Now the real fun can begin. You can choose to take a photo or video when recreating those scenes with the cloak. Or record up to ten minutes of invisibility fun and there is even a countdown option to help you if you are the one behind the camera and the one in the cloak. It did take us a couple of times to get the process right, but in no time at all we soon got the hang of it all. 

I cannot tell you how much fun we all had with the invisibility cloak, that's not even including the kids. The cloak is aimed at children of six and over, but I think that older children and most adults will have more fun. The WOW! Stuff Invisibility Cloak and free app can take a little time to get your head around, but once you do the fun can really begin. We tried being creative with a household broom, levitating books, lanterns, pumpkins and even a toddler. Why not try and create those iconic scenes or become a floating head? The WOW! Stuff Invisibility Cloak normally retails at £45.99, but at the moment it's only £29.99 on Amazon and Smyths so grab yourself one now before they are all gone. I'm sure that this cloak will be on every Harry Potter fans Christmas list, if you're still unsure take a little peek at our video below to see how it all works. Just remember this cloak is not just for kids. 

We just wanted to thank Living with the Clarks for their help with making this video

** Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted our WOW! Stuff Invisibility Cloak  but as always all views expressed on this site are my own and do not represent the opinions of any entity. All images and video are subjected to copyright ©2019 .**

Autumn Leaf Hand Prints

It's half term for us at the moment and we have been busy little people, I'm actually amazed at how many activities we have crammed into our week already. But due to the rain most of those activities have been inside, so when the sun decided to make an appearance we decided to take advantage and go on an autumn scavenger hunt. We found so many wild and wonderful autumn treasures, but our autumn scavenger hunt excitement was soon met with the rain so we made our way home. After warming up with some hot chocolates and a snack or two it was time for an afternoon full of autumn crafts and these autumn leaf hand prints. 

Children love any chance to get messy, don't they? I know my little lady lady loves any opportunity to get her apron on and get her hands messy when craft box comes out. That's why I love these autumn leaf hand prints because they are a great excuse to unleash a little creativity, take in all the beauty of autumn whilst getting a little keepsake at the end. As long as you have wet wipes at the ready you will have lots of fun. 

For these autumn leaf hand prints you will need:

A4 white card or paper
Yellow, orange, red and brown poster paint
Assortment of paintbrushes
A black or brown felt tip pen.

1. Simply start off by squirting each colour around a paper plate or into separate pots if you prefer. 

2. For the lead paint your child's hand yellow, this is a great opportunity to encourage your child to take the lead and improve on their fine motor skills. Depending on their age you may have to be watch them in case they want to lick their hands or drip the paint onto the floor. 

3. One they have a yellow hand using different paint brushes for each colour; orange, red and brown paint dot the colours all over their hands. Just keep in mind to coat the hand in a thin layer of paint to get the best results for the leaf if not you have just have a blob of paint on your paper or card. 

4. When you have the desired colour for your lead simply take their hands to the paper and press down and make sure all of their hand makes contact with the paper and then gently peel away. 

5. Set aside to dry for 10-15 minutes and the take the brown or black felt tip one and draw some veins onto the hand print. You can be as creative with the colours as you want and add in some greens or more browns. 

We both enjoyed our afternoon making these cute autumn leaf hand prints, even if we did get a little messy. It's a great craft to do over half term and they also make the perfect little keepsake for family and friends. We have a scrap book full of all our daughter's creative flare so we shall pop some of these in there too. Will you try and make your own autumn leaf hand prints?

Sparkle Your Day with Sodastream

Water is the best thing you put in your body, yet even though we can all agree that drinking water is good for us we still don't drink enough. Water can help to control calorie consumption, boost kidney function, help with digestion, and improve our skin. Now I'm not going to sit here and say that I drink enough because in reality I just drink enough to keep going and over the last few week I have noticed a change in my skin, my hair and I feel really tired all the time. 

Drinking water has so many great health benefits, but let's be honest water can be boring. I know that I can drink around three glasses of water before reaching for the kettle, but I'm trying to limit my caffeine intake too. So over the last few weeks we have been looking at ways to drink more water and so far by jazzing up my water the whole family seems to be drinking more water. 

Infusing your water can make all the difference. It's so refreshing and I think it's far more appealing than just water and by preparing water in advance you can have as much ensure you keep to your water goals. We have even gone one step further by adding a little sparkle to our fruit infused waters, with our brand new Soda Water Maker the possibilities are endless. 

As a child a SodaStream was THE thing to have but for one reason or another my family never seemed to get around to getting one, so now we finally have one and can totally get behind the hype. My husband has been talking about getting something like this for a while but there are quite a few different types, styles and colours available on the market so we couldn't agree. But finally we decided on the SodaStream Spirit and its great way to add a little sparkle into our drinks. 

There are a number of reasons why we wanted to get a SodaStream the most important reason was to help and encourage us to drink more water, as plain ole tap water can be pretty boring. Not only that, over the course of a month my husband and I consumed far too many carbonated drinks on the go and it was pretty costly. We also have become more aware of our plastic usage and with this little SodaStream we can helped stop the single-use plastic bottle from going into landfill and help save the planet.

Our SodaStream Spirit is a compact cordless design that is super sleek and stylish, making it easier for use to enjoy a little sparkle at the touch of a button. The SodaStream Spirit comes in lots of colours including black, white, red, blue, pink, navy blue and dark purple to fit in with most kitchen decors. We had a black one but with our brand new kitchen the white would have gone so much better with the kitchen decor. You can buy the SodaStream on its own or with extras.  The hydration pack included the SodaStream maker, a gas cylinder, two 1 litre bottles, two 500ml bottles, Soda Press in the flavours Ginger Ale and Blueberry & Lime. 

The SodaStream Spirit comes with a single gas canister which can make up to 60L of sparkling water; so around a months worth. You can purchase additional gas canisters via the website, or from Argos, where you can take your old spent canister in and exchange it to save yourself the cost of a new one. Not only that SodaStream also have gas cylinder plans to choose from where you can choose to pay yearly or every three months making it more than affordable. Its going to be cheaper than buying single use plastic bottles which is also better for the environment.

How to set up your SodaStream?

To set the SodaStream Spirit up all you have to do is take off the back, twist the canister in and replace the back. It's that simple. Then fill your reusable bottles with water up to the line, place into the machine and push it back until you hear a click. Then press the button on the top for ten seconds or until the button feels harder to press and then pull the bottle forward and you're good to go. 

Now its time to get creative with the flavours and perhaps create a delicious cocktail or two. The bottle can then be reused as many times as you would like. You can either pour it into a glass as soon as you have made it fizzy or you can put the cap on the bottle and store in the fridge for later. We like to drink the water as it is or add some squash to it too. In our hydration pack we got two flavours Ginger Ale and Blueberry & Lime which are organic, less sugar content and no artificial flavourings. Honestly my favourite flavour of the two was the blueberry and lime but it still needs more than the two spoonfuls suggested. The Ginger Ale wasn't my favourite but its not really a flavour that I like anyway, but my husband preferred this one. 

Since we have been using the Sodastream Spirit we have been drinking so much more water, we still like to infuse with fruits, add the Soda Press flavours or squashes. It really tastes so much better than plain tap water. We are saving money, the planet and our health! So its a great change to make. 

** Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted our SodaStream Spirit and the Hydration Pack from SodaStream but as always all views expressed on this site are my own and do not represent the opinions of any entity. All images are subjected to copyright ©2019 **

Slap Ninja: How Fast Are You?

As my daughter is getting older she seems to be getting more into games, they are a great way to get some quality time as a family. However if your family is anything like mine then you will avoid games like Monopoly like the plague. But over the years games have seem to exploded with designers thinking of the most craziest ideas to get the whole family involved. Personally the best family games are the ones that you require a little luck with an element of surprise or tension, but most of all offer a lot of laughter as you play. The crazier the game the better.

That's exactly why I need to tell you all about our latest game Slap Ninja. Its fast paced, crazy and has an element or surprise with a zap or two just for fun. It is similar to the game you played in the school playground where you avoided your hands being touched or slapped at any cost, anyone else remember that game?

What is Slap Ninja?

Slap Ninja is the new fast paced skill and action game. Are you fast enough? You can play as a Ninja Master and use his huge karate chop SLAP to defend his coin from a very sneak opponents. Or play as a student trying to tap the coin in the Ninja's hands to try and defeat him. Three points need to be scored by the student or the master to win, its simple and easy to get your head around. On each side of the bench there are three sets of stars to help you keep track of the score, as it can be super quick and you want to try and aim for the stars to light up on your opponents side. The first player to defeat their opponent three times is the winner, and the loser gets zapped. 

I'm not normally a big fan of these types of games as they tend to lose their fun factor quickly but it was so much fun playing slap ninja with my daughter. We both enjoyed taking it in turns playing the master and then the student, the game is really fast paced so it kept us both interested. You really need to keep your eyes peeled though because if you don't you will most certainly get slapped and zapped. 

Slap Ninja is set up on a bench where the master and the student are trying to get to the precious coin which is clearly seen in the Ninjas hand. With the coin being red and pretty big in size really made it easy for each opponent to try and hit it before being slapped and zapped. On each side of the bench there are three sets of stars to help you keep track of the score, as it can be super quick and you want to try and aim for the stars to light up on your opponents side. The first player to defeat their opponent three times is the winner, and the loser gets zapped. The zap certainly packs a punch too, so make sure you get to the coin before being zapped.

The sound effects on the Slap Ninja are pretty intense and really take you by surprise. The first time we started to play my daughter wanted to be the student and jumped right out of her seat when she got zapped. I don't think we have ever laughed so much. It really is such a great game to play with the family. It definitely brings out a competitive streak in our daughter and for obvious zap reasons she wanted to be the master, every single time. 

One of the best parts about Slap Ninja was that it was so simple and easy to understand the aim of the game, we also loved that this each game was super quick and everyone was able to enjoy being a student and the master. We also got some cool red ninja bands included in out set so we could feel like a real ninja. However, my five year old wanted to play Slap Ninja with a blindfold to make it extra hard! Ha. Lets just say she wasn't a master for long. The only negative that we found with our Slap Ninja was that sometimes the handle would catch on the master side making it easier for the student to get to the coin, but other than that its a brilliant game. 

Slap Ninja is going to be that game everyone wants to add to their Christmas lists for sure, especially if you like getting slapped or zapped. Slap Ninja retails at £19.99 over on Amazon but they are available for only £14.99 at Very and £15.99 at Smyth Toys. 

** Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted Slap Ninja from Jakks Toys but as always my thoughts and opinions are my own **

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