Friday, 21 November 2014

Digital Bathroom Scale by Ozeri - review

You may think bathroom scales are just well, bathroom scales.  Most of them are.  We've all seen the 'bog' standard bathroom scales (see what I did there!) and they are all a little bit dull.

Well take a look at this one:

 


This already looks better than those standard scales.  It is a really slick design and sturdy too.  Not chunky.  It really is a contemporary addition to your bathroom. The digital screen lights up so makes it really easy to read. The dial is very clear too.

In terms of functions the Ozeri Digital scale is pretty cool, it has:

  • digital and electro-mechanical dial which automatically illuminates when you put your weight on it. 
  • It measures in lbs and kg and weight can be read from any angle
  • The scale is high quality and the platform is made of impact-resistant glass for stability
  • There is a function on which has an alarm, which reminds you to measure your weight at the same time each day
  • It can measure up to 180kg or 400lbs in o.1kg or 0.2lbs increments.
  • As soon as you step on it measures your weight accurately
  • To save battery life, the machine will turn itself off automatically.
  • Runs off 3 AAA batteries and has a low battery indicator (batteries are included).
 

The scale comes packaged well, with excellent instructions.

It is a very easy to use scale and something which would suit any bathroom.  It is quite thin and sleek, and lightweight, so can be moved around.

I have been weighing myself and it seems to be pretty accurate, unfortunately it is too accurate to be honest :(

This is a good quality, sturdy piece of equipment, which is great to look at and easy to use.

Disclaimer: I was sent this product to review, but all views and opinions are my own.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Angel Delight-ful - bubblegum flavour

Who remembers Angel Delight?  I remember having Angel Delight when I was a child, as a special treat.  I'm not sure what made it so special, but the excitement when we had it was amazing. 

Maybe it was the vibrant colour?
Maybe it was the delicious flavour?
Maybe it was the fact it was a sweet treat after dinner?

Maybe it was all of these!

My mother was a full time working mother, so making long desserts after a hard day working and cooking dinner was not going to happen.  Angel Delight was a quick and easy solution. I remember we didn't have it in the cupboard as a staple item, it was bought as a treat dish, all the better.

Angel Delight does bring fond memories of eating together, enjoying together and celebrating together, it gives me warm memories.

To be honest, I haven't had Angel Delight since those young days. So there's been a 20 year gap!




When I was offered to try the new bubblegum flavour Angel Delight, I was a little apprehensive as we always used to have the strawberry flavour.  Bubblegum flavour sounded too sweet, but when we tried it, it wasn't anything I thought it would be.  Not too sweet, not sickly, it was just like it used to be......a good, fun dessert!

I made up the Angel Delight as instructed, it only takes a minute and then about 5 minutes to set.  My kids were so excited to try it, they had never had it before.






My eldest helped make the dessert, as it's so simple to do even a child could do it!

5 minutes later we were enjoying the dessert.  Now, I know some of you know that I like making cakes, but doing something so simple, is so refreshing to me! I loved the simplicity of it!

There are other things you can do with Angel Delight.  Did you know you can make the following with Angel Delight ( with any flavour of your choice):

- milkshakes
- ice cream
- cheesecakes
- ice lollies
- jelly shot glass with Angel Delight on top

There are so many things you can make, you just need to be adventurous.  It's such a simple, easy dessert and the rewards are massive!

Go on, try it, there are so many flavours out there, there is bound to be one to hit your taste buds!


Disclaimer:  “This post is an entry for #AngelDelightMoments Linky Challenge”



Thursday, 6 November 2014

New Argos App - making Christmas easier

Now that the Halloween season is over, decorations have been taken down, pumpkins have been thrown away and costumes have been put away, it's now time to focus on .......CHRISTMAS!

The Christmas season is upon us.  We all know how hectic is, planning, preparing, wrapping and guessing what presents to buy for all the children you know!

Every year I try to be organised and generally, I'm pretty good.  I do find, though, I start buying things quite early, so I have that safety buffer.  Which means, that Christmas lasts about 2 months in our house!

It can get quite tiresome! :(

Fast forward to the future, where Christmas is as easy as 1,2,3!.....wait a minute, that's not the future.  Not with the help of Argos and their digital Christmas Wish List App for children.







This amazing new app is aimed at children aged between 3-7 and with the help of the Argos App's Little Helpers, children can decide which presents they would like and in order of preference too!  Amazing.



Now, don't panic, parents can have their input too.  They set the limit of how many presents and the maximum cost of these presents too.  Once chosen, the children can then choose what preference these presents are (no.1 present etc etc).  The Argos WishList is then emailed directly to 'Santa'. 

As we are all of Santa's little helpers, the email we receive can then be forwarded to family and friends, recommending who can buy what present for your child. 

The Argos Christmas Wish List App has just been launched.  I was lucky enough to have a preview of it and I can honestly say it is pretty good. Argos has bought the traditional Christmas wish list to the masses and tweaked it by going all digital! No more, writing to Santa (unless you really want to!).

It is really easy to use (great news for us parents!). Kids will find it really easy to use, which is obviously it's main attraction. Those of us who are technophobes won't need to worry.  Setting spending limits and present limits is simple. The Little Helpers are cute.  This app is great and will certainly make Christmas a lot easier.

The App basically takes the hassle out of present buying. Kids will love the freedom of using the app, but parents will ultimately have the final say it what is bought and why.

Bringing Christmas Wish Lists into the modern age, is great.  The Argos app will make my Christmas preparations start later, rather than 2 months before.....more time to relax!

Download the app here http://app.lk/argoswishlist?x=f


Disclaimer:  There was no obligation to write this review.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Steps ahead - Ozeri Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer

We've all heard that we need to walk more to stay healthy.  The current recommendation is that we do 10,000 steps each day (yikes).  Unless you had a pedometer you would have no idea how many steps you did in day.

As a guide, 2000 steps is about 1 mile so 10,000 steps would mean walking 5 miles! (double yikes).

10,000  seems like a lot, especially if we go by the 30mins brisk walk a day rule (which would mean you would do approx. 3 miles).  I think the aim is to work your way up to 10,000.  Don't feel so bad if you haven't made the 10k step, as close to it is better than none at all!

I was struggling to figure out how many I had done.  I had used basic pedometers in the past, but they were pretty poor.  Not accurate, fiddly, so pretty pointless.

I was sent the Ozeri 4x3 motion Digitial Pocket 3D pedometer to review and I was quite excited.  It looked really sleek, very grown up, and lightweight.





The Ozeri pedometer is exactly as it uses a Tri-Axis technology, which basically means it proves superior data accuracy in any position the pedometer is in, whether up, down, flat, on its side or at any angle.  It is more intuitive.

The 3D Acceleration Sensor is more accurate than the mechanical sensors used in traditional and other pedometers.

That's the techy bit done!  The device is very sleek and very slimline.  When I first used it I just put the pedometer in my pocket and checked on it every now and again to see my progress.  It is very lightweight so I didn't even feel it my pocket.  I was initially using it to gauge how many steps I was doing on the school run. So, I would have a phone and pair of keys in my pocket too. 

The pedometer records your steps, distance, average speed, calories burned, and time spent exercising, and displays the data on a bright LCD.  If you use it at night there is night view backlight which is handy.

The pedometer filters out vibrations and only begins counting after it detects a sequence of continuous steps for greater accuracy.  It also counts up to 1 million steps with 7-Day Memory, and includes a built-in Clock, Calendar & Sports Timer and Auto Sleep Mode technology.

I did notice, when I was using it, that when I was taking it out of my pocket, mid-walk, I would invariably press a button which would change screens.  Now, this isn't a fault of the device, more to do with my nails and fingers! But, I attached the strap, which comes with the pedometer, and this stopped this problem. It's like they have thought of everything!



 
The first picture shows the pedometer just as I am setting off for the school run. The second picture shows how many step I did to school (bearing in mind I need to make that same journey to pick the children up, I'm not far off the target! Yay me!) 

I did start counting in my head when I step off and took out the pedometer to check what it read and it was exactly the same, so I knew it was accurate.  It's good to know the calories burned and distance.  It really is a great little device.
 
I am going to get my mother to have a go too.  She really needs to start walking more and this will really give her a challenge and a sense of achievement when she has reached her set goals. 
 
 
Disclaimer:  I was sent this product to review.  All opinions and views expressed are my own.

Friday, 10 October 2014

How to Train your Dragon puzzle - review

Puzzled by dragons?  You don't need to be anymore!

How to train your Dragon is a wonderful animated movie loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell.

The story takes place in a mythical Viking world where a young Viking teenager, named Hiccup, aspires to follow his tribe's tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. After finally capturing his first dragon (a rare Night Fury) and with his chance at finally gaining the tribe's acceptance, he finds that he no longer has the desire to kill it and instead befriends it.

I remember watching the first How to Train Your Dragon with my eldest son back in 2010. It was an awesome film.  Meaningful, witty, and captivating.  My son loved it too, especially 'Toothless', the main dragon (which he calls Miaow Dragon).

This year, How to Train Your Dragon 2 came out and we had to see this one too.  It seriously doesn't disappoint.  The same gang are back with adventures and amusement a plenty.

 
We actually saw the movie during the summer holidays so it was wonderful to be asked to review a How to Train Your Dragon puzzle by Ravensburger

I always worry about puzzles, that children lose interest as they get difficult in places.  I was really surprised with this one.  It kept Joshua's interest right through until the final piece.

The box actually contains three different puzzles (as the above picture shows).  The box also comes with three pictures which you can use as little posters too.

 

The puzzle pieces are well made, so they can be used over and over again without the edges coming apart (that really irks me!).  They are a good size for little hands, but not too big that they seem like a baby puzzle. 

Although the pictures look detailed, the way the puzzle has been broken up means that little minds stay focused on the puzzle and they don't get disheartened quickly. 

 

 

 


Just as a helping hand, don't do what I did when I first opened the box.  I was trying to separate the three puzzles by looking at the pictures and placing the corresponding pieces on each picture.  I was a bit perturbed at this I thought children would get super bored trying to separate the pieces before even attempting the put the puzzle together.  Along comes Joshua (who is 5) and looks at the puzzle pieces for about 2 seconds and says to me "why don't you sort it by the patterns on the back of the puzzle".  Basically, one puzzle has stripes on the back, one has spots on the back and the other has another pattern on the back!  He is obviously wiser than his mummy!!

This is lovely little puzzle.  Great for those colder and wetter days which seem to be on us now.  I had a lovely time with this puzzle and it really helps with communicating with your child too! Boys tend to not say much but whilst constructing our puzzle Joshua couldn't stop talking about everything and anything!

I might go out and get another one.



Disclaimer:  I was send this product to review.  All opinions and views are my own.







Friday, 3 October 2014

Battling the morning struggles? I beat them!

Every morning I wake up wondering how to manage to get through the next hour or so without getting angry at the kids. I wonder what goes through their heads?!  They should know the routine by now, get up, get ready, have breakfast and get to school.

How difficult can that be? (!!!!!)

Every evening, after we have put them to bed, we go through the house, clearing up after the aftermath of playtime.  I even go to the extra lengths to put away anything and everything in the room they get ready in, as any little distraction could mean another 5 minutes of negotiation with them in the morning. Forward planning should help, right?

This rigorous planning rarely goes to plan.  As every morning I have to find ingenious and inventive ways to persuade the boys to get ready in the morning.  My current trick is "Good behaviour Friday breakfast".  Which, in a nut shell, if they have been good all week they get to have Friday toast instead of porridge. 

I must admit, this really gets them motivated!  I'm sure it won't last long though!

In all this preparation and cajoling, I then have about 4 minutes to get ready myself.  Great news! Luckily I don't wear make up as I certainly wouldn't have the time to put it on.

When we eventually, leave the house, we walk, cycle or scooter to school, which takes about 20 mins.  I refuse to take the car as I believe it is good for the children to walk, even in the rain! Also, our car is so big that finding a car parking space is near impossible!

Once I've dropped my eldest to school, I then walk back home with my youngest.  He is just turning 3 this month.  So he is very articulate and knows what he wants. He often asks to go to the park on the way home in the morning, which, annoyingly is on our way home.  Then he likes to randomly stop and read the letters and signs on the way home.  After all of this, I invariably get home before 10am!  Which means I am absolutely starving, as I hadn't' had time to have breakfast before leaving.

My little wins during the morning, don't really amount to much when I am ravenous when I get home!



I received packs of the new belVita Breakfast Crunchy biscuits in Apricot, Hazelnut and Choc Chip varieties. Would these 'on the go' breakfast option really help me?

BelVita Breakfast biscuits offer a delicious, versatile breakfast option for those of us who struggle to fit in breakfast in the morning (which is apparently a staggering third of the British population!) BelVita biscuits are clinically proven to regularly and continuously release carbohydrates over four hours to keep you going all morning. They come individually wrapped in three biscuit portions.


You can see the whole grains in these biscuits.


I was a bit dubious about this claim.  But I have been grabbing them as I leave the house in the morning.  I munch on them during the  morning school run and I have to say they really do keep you satisfied. I don't eat anything else until lunch.

Running after the kids on the school run. I have the energy to keep up with them now! This is the Apricot biscuit (my last one!!)


That's a big tick there. You can mix it up and eat them with milk, and wash it down with a glass of fresh juice.

Also they taste lovely.  Even the chocolate one (which, to be honest, I am not a fan of chocolate in the morning), it isn't too sweet. 

The hazelnut nut one is very crunchy and fulfilling, although I think it does need an extra something, but everyone else who tried it, loved it, and said it was delicious.

The Apricot ones were my favourite.  They are sweet, crunchy and delicious. The apricot taste really comes through.

Personal favourite


Now all I need to have when I get home after the school run is a glass of juice!  Breakfast sorted on the run.


Here is a little poem I thought of whilst I was munching away on my biscuits:

When I wake up each morning and realise what I need to do;
Makes me think to myself how my life has turned to poo.
 
Why do the children have to cause me such headaches;
All we need to do is have fun and just give me a break.
 
The children play up and start messing around;
To get to school on time will take leaps and bounds.
 
When we eventually leave, it's always a run
I drop one off to school and I think I have won!
 
Oh no, I have another who takes the scenic route home
I try to distract my stomach by using my phone.
 
Hooray, I have found a solution to my hunger pangs;
BelVita Breakfast Biscuits are a must, so listen up gangs
 
They are crunchy and tasty and keeps hunger at bay;
You can eat them plain or mix it up everyday.
 
Try them you won't be disappointed;
It will certainly make your day less dis-jointed!



Although there are plenty of us parents who suffer in silence, I know I can't be doing that much wrong as my eldest has never been late for school!  I just wish it could be a little easier!!


This post is an entry for #MorningWin Linky Challenge sponsored by belVita Breakfast. Learn more at http://bit.ly/belVitaUK

Monday, 29 September 2014

A natural cereal with no grizzly bits - Alphabites

A natural start to the day

I have two energetic boys.  Since they were old enough to eat solids I have always given them porridge for breakfast.  I feel porridge gives them the energy needed to get them through to lunch, its lovely during the winter months with a splodge of honey too.

Luckily the children still love it.  As they have got older I have looked at the selection of cereals available  in the supermarket and I am still horrified about how bad they are, full of sugar, no energy giving properties and don't get me started on chocolate flavoured cereals!

I struggled to find alternatives to porridge, tried the 100% wheat squares, but the kids didn't like them.  They do like plain shreddies though, which I now alternate with shreddies to give them a little bit of variety.

There just isn't a lot of choice out their for parents who want to give their children a healthy breakfast and  healthy start to the day. We are left scratching our heads sometimes!



Alphabites Multigrain and Alphabites Cocoa

So, when I was offered a chance to review the 'Bear' breakfast (as my kids now affectionately call it!), I said yes.  I knew the Bear range was an all natural company, which have a range of natural snacks and now the Alphabites multigrain and Alphabites Cocoa cereal.

BEAR’s story starts from a simple need to make being healthy a little bit easier and a whole lot tastier. Their products do not have any nasties added to them in any of their ranges.

When we received our Bear Alphabites, the kids were so excited they wanted them right away! It was lovely to see them so excited at something so healthy and natural (and they didn't even know it was!).

The next morning we all got ready and they were both bounding down the stairs ready to try their cereal.  We opened the Alphabites multigrain first, mainly because I am a little hesitant about giving chocolate things to children first thing in the morning.

They sat at the table with their spoons ready, eager to dive into the breakfast.


I'm never sure how much of this kind of cereal is enough for children to satisfy them until lunchtime. So I poured the above quantity. The children loved it and asked for more, so they actually had one and half times this amount.

 


The boys really loved the breakfast.  Not only, because it was different to the normal variety.  It actually put the fun back into breakfast for them.  They were making up their names with the Alphabites.  Joshua can spell so he was making up all sorts.  Zain, being the younger one, knows his letters, so was getting super excited when he spotted the letter Z in his bowl.

When I first opened the Multigrain, I was surprised at the strong sweet smell.  It was quite a sweet smell, but I knew that it was all natural sweetness and a fresh sweet smell, not the artificial smell from other brands.  The Alphabites were very crunchy and kept their shape and bite, even with lashings of milk over them.

They were good.  I even had some and thought they were tasty.  I'm not a huge milk fan, so I was mainly eating them with a sprinkling of milk, but they weren't sweet at all, just the right level of sugariness!.

The next day, the kids were overjoyed when I said they could try the cocoa Alphabites breakfast.

 

They did like them, but to be honest, they preferred the multigrain variety. Maybe it's because they have never had any chocolate cereal before.  Don't get me wrong, the bowl was still emptied very quickly by them, they just both said they preferred the multigrain.

I thought, the next day I would try a mixture of the two cereals for them, just to dilute the taste a bit.  They both found this fun and preferred the chocolate version this way. 




Overall, both the children loved the cereal.  It's fun and flavoursome. It's guilt free, which is great for all parents. One less thing to worry about!.

I personally prefer the multigrain.  Although, the cocoa isn't a chocolate flavour, it is proper cocoa, so more natural, I personally don't like giving chocolate anything in the morning.  Kind of sends the wrong message.  But, my husband thinks I need to relax a little!

The cereals are delicious, crunchy and tasty.  The alphabites encourage conversation in the morning and brings a bit of fun to the table each day.

The cereals are reasonably priced, for a wholesome breakfast, and a packet, 375g, will easily last two children a couple of weeks. Make sure their sneaky little hands don't get into the box on their own otherwise the box may only last a day!

Start enjoying your breakfast again...try it!



Disclaimer: I was sent this product to review.  All opinions and views expressed are my own.