We are Baker Ross Bloggers!

So, it seems my children’s love of craft was spotted by the lovely people at Baker Ross, so we were invited to join their blogger network.

How could I say no?

Much to my delight, we recently had a box of goodies sent to us, mainly focused around spring time and mothers day. We took the opportunity to get some of the girls friends around and have a day a Nannies making some lovely bits and bobs.

The kids and adults had a wonderful time, Boo especially seemed to love the fact she had free rein with the glue, something which doesn’t happen too often. I thought I would let some lovely photos tell the story of the day with our first box from the lovely Baker Ross.

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Craft two

Baker Ross do some amazing kits, like the daffodil wreath, the kids loved it. Their prices are second to none and the quality of each product is fantastic.

All the kids had a fab day and everyone had something to take home to their mums, the magnetic hearts were an absolute hit, the loved being able to add their own creations to the front, as did the adults evidently!

Keep and eye out for our next box of goodies and what the girls will do with it, I am sure it will be bigger and sticker than before!

The Alternative Mothers Day Gift Guide

So, mothers day is a great excuse to spoil or be spoilt. Lets face it, we all love a treat and with so much out there on offer I thought I would do an alternative gift guide for Mothers day. Things you probably wouldn’t think of in the long run, but would make a really fab gift, so here we go!

First up we have Bonds confectionary. I don’t know about you but I love sweets!

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Its the one thing you really can’t go wrong with no matter what you choose. Bonds confectionary do these really lovely jars, perfect for that little something, or even for adding to something bigger? These jars start at around £2.99, and there are so many different sweets to choose from, you really can’t go wrong.

The jars themselves are great for using afterwards to, so it kind of keeps on giving. Sweets don’t last too long in this house, and before you start pointing the finger, it’s Hubby not me! Nut these fit perfectly under my side of the bed and I am the only person that goes under there!

Bonds confectionary do a big variety of sweets and retro sweets, so maybe you could put together a sweet blast from the past? Now thats an idea.

 

Next is something both myself and my Mum like, Pukka Green teas.

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These are fairtrade, carefully sourced teas, giving the best flavour you could ask for. Used for cleansing and as an alternative to normal tea, these would make the perfect gift.

Filled with antioxidants and all the good stuff we need, Pukka have created and really fantastic product. Both ethical and delicious!

Pukka green teas retail for around £1.99 an would make the perfect addition to a Mothers day hamper. They also come in mint, lemon and spiced, so something for everyone’s tastes.

 

phone case

 

Next is a phone case from Wrappz.

I decided to pop my blog logo on mine, but you could use a favorite photo or a funny phrase. Wrappz really do have something for everyone and have cases for a wide variety of phones. They also do these really great skins for phones, ipads, tablets and gaming consoles, you could even get a free skin using the code FREESKIN.

The case I ordered came in around 2-3 days and it fits my phone perfectly, its lasted some real wear and tear. Wrappz also do a host of other personalised products, from mugs to pillow cases, there is something for everyone.

Speaking or personalised, next we have Photobox and their personalised cookbook! 

This is such and amazing idea, especially if you have a mother like mine. She has her own cookbook which she has put together over many, many years. Its battered and covered in food, some is even illegible. So this would be the perfect keepsake.

Of course you would have to figure out some way to prize that book out of her hands, but thats nothing a good bottle of something nice couldn’t fix! This way it will also mean its easy to read AND can be kept for man, many more years to come! Fabulous.

My Blue Nose Friends Jan launch 2014

Something for cuteness up next, Tatty Teddies Blue Nose friends.

These are the latest addition to the infamous Tatty Teddy collection and they really are beautiful. I think Pops may have been more excited than myself, but these truly are the perfect teddy, as always they are beautifully made and the characters themselves are really fun.

If you’re looking for that perfect Mothers day gift, then Tatties Blue Nose friends really are a must have. Retailing at around £5 each they are great for that something extra special and a really beautiful keepsake (or toy if you have my children) A real classic and a perfect gift for any occasion really.

Next is some lovely Banoffee Coffee from Cherizena.

Banoffee Pie

I am a huge Cherizena fan, their coffee is second to none and the flavours are amazing. This new banoffee flavour did not disappoint. Its a filter coffee, but as they give such an amazing flavour, I don’t mind.  A packet this size is around £3.00, but it will make well over 6 cups of coffee.

When I heard about the new flavour I was a little unsure about how they would work together, but they really do come together really well. A little milk and sugar and it really is like a banoffee pie. Its perfect for that something different.

Cherizena do lots of different flavoured coffees, so something to suit every palate. They are affordable and the delivery is super fast. They are a really trusted brand in this house.

virtual bathrooms

 

Next we have something a little different, extreme maybe, but a fantastic idea nonetheless.

What Mother doesn’t want a new bathroom, or even something lovely to go in it? Well the lovely people over at Virtual Bathrooms have this great feature which lets you virtually design your new bathroom. You can put together a lovely new bathroom suite, complete with furniture. Personally something like that would make my day. What us Mothers wouldn’t give to have a lovely hot bath ALONE, child and ducky free!

Well, thats your lot. I hope you find something a little bit different for this mothers day.

 

 

 

 

 

Miracle Creams For Mothers Day…

One thing every woman loves is a good face cream. Whether its dry skin or eye bags, we all have our own gripes. The kind we want to cover in something that smells amazing in hopes it will make those little gripes feel a little less, well, gripey? 

I have an amazing selection to show you. All tried and tested and get the seal of approval from both me and my own Mother. And trust me, she knows her creams.

First we have the amazing Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum:

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This is an amazing product. As soon as I had it out the box it really did just feel amazing.  It has been designed to Prevent and Protect skin from ageing. With this serum a little bit really does go along way, a pea size will cover the entire face, which for me has meant it has lasted ages. I still have plenty left, which is a relief.

“An exclusive complex of 10 active ingredients at full concentration, which makes this uniquely formulated serum an essential part of every skincare routine. Skin appears youthfully vibrant and radiant. Within a powerful moisturising gel-serum formula designed to protect and to repair, to soothe and to stimulate, to nourish and to defend… The Iconic Youth Serum™ is focused on using traditional ethnobotanical naturals together with the most recent high tech ingredients from cosmetic research, for maximum, sustained effect.

The serum contains echium oil (RevitElix™), which is a “repair- elixir” and natural source of omega 3-6-9 acids, and has been clinically tested to stimulate the production of dermal tissue proteins, soothe the skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. ” 

This iconic youth serum really does everything it claims too. And with two small children and a really unique yet stressful life, it has been an amazing  experience to give this product a try. This 30ml serum retails for around £34.50 and can be found the John lewis and Debenhams as well as direct from the Merumaya website.

Next is a fabulous new boutique range from Angela Langford. Angela has worked tirelessly to create this fabulous all natural new range. A range that would make any Mother happy this Mothers day.

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Myself and my lovely Mother had the chance to try something each from her Natural face oil range. Firstly, the packaging is amazing, each comes in a small pink organza pouches with instructions on how to use the item. I think doing it this way can make it feel so much more personal. Each homemade face oil is made naturally, and this really comes across in the overall product.

Not only does it smell incredible, because its an oil, a little bit really does go a long way. The effects have been great. My skin feels so soft and I have been left with a real glow. Having slightly sensitive skin, can often mean it goes dry and dull at the worst times, but with this face oil, thats a thing of the post. Angela langford has a fantastic range to choose from. From serums and face oils to cleansers and exfoliators.

The face oils we tried, retail at around £22.55 and can be found on the boutique online shop. Angela Langford has created such an amazing range, I hope you will join me in supporting her boutique brand.

Next is another natural brand Tiana Raw.

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I am a huge fan of anything with coconut oil, so the Organic beauty sensations range from Tiana Raw looked fabulous. These little tubs start from £7.99 and go up to £17.99. The hair treatment is a great buy. It contains Argan oil which is incredible for making your hair feel amazing. I put my hair through loads so this was great.

With something for the older skin and the younger, Tiana Raw really do have something for everyone. Plus coconut smells amazing, and the smells really does stay around all day.

Then we have Ginvera green tea skincare.

Mothers Day Gift Set

 Ginvera are a huge brand in Singapore and now they are coming to the UK.

“Ginvera was created and centred on formulas based on traditional Asian ingredients and beauty rituals making these products, unique, niche and innovative.”

I had the BB cream to try, its for all year round and offers great SPF protection. I am not a huge makeup wearer, but as the BB cream is to be used in place of other things like foundation and concealer, this was a huge bonus. Its super easy to apply and just seems to look right on my face? It gives a really great flawless look to my face. Something which I have never found before. I find foundation to be heavy on my skin, like I have a mask on. But with the BB cream, my face breath. I dont feel like its about to melt away!

Givera have a fabulous range and great collections for mothers day. I think they will bring something really different into the UK makeup market. Its simple to use and cares for the skin. What more do you need?!

Lastly is that tried and tested brand Simple.

simple illuminateSimple is my go to brand when out and about. This new Illuminating radiance cream is great. I used it in conjunction with the facial cleanser and I think they go together really well. Simple have created something which is affordable yet looks and feels expensive. Something which is not easily done.

The cream was great for a bit of a boost come morning time and gave my face that lift it needed. I always often look tired so it was lovely to have something which was easily applied and worked instantly, meaning I could quickly get on with my day.

The Illuminating radiance cream retails for around £7.99 making it perfect for any budget.

Well, these are my miracle creams for Mothers day. Something for every budget and every skin type. Go on then, get shopping 😛

Recovery Is Imminent!

So last week was fun. Spent most of it sleeping in bed, with a drip in my arm. Saying that, it did stay in for the whole three days, which was a big shocker to both me and the nurse!

The disappointment and drudgery of life is starting to go. I think I am finally taking control and getting back on track.

I guess when I was going through the rough patch I should have considered a relapse. It never really occurred to me, I guess the tysabri helps loads, but does not make me invincible. 

Probably need to remind myself of that from time to time :/

I guess thats the thing with a lifelong condition. Other people get to fully recover, be cured. But people like me don’t. We just get to have a little bit of normal before falling into a Multiple Sclerosis state.

Then we’re right back to where we started.

During my relapses I tend to always go into a little bit of a lost state. I sit and doubt myself repeatedly. Worry I will never again find my kind of normal.

But I do.

I just need reminding and reassurance from time to time.

So I guess that has been my last few weeks, and contributes to my continual silence.

A silence I hope to break, eventually. Right?!

New Yoshi’s Island Review

Conveniently Yoshi using egg’s and with it nearing Easter, Nintendo UK also provided an awesome white chocolate Yoshi easter egg with a surprise inside. Which as exciting as receiving new Yoshi’s island to review is, I doubt I would have an easter egg otherwise. Now to see if I am a good adult and wait until easter to open the egg, stuff myself silly and see what surprise is inside, or act like a rebellious child smash open the egg eat till i’m sick and see what surprise is waiting. What would you do?

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Shown on Nintendo Direct on the 13 Feb 2014, i’m sure there was a national wave of excitement to see a sequel to the 1995 Snes classic, a whopping 19 years later. So what do we already know?

Yoshi can use new giant eggs, mega egg-dozers. These can be used to access secret area’s, blocked area’s and to smash through objects like pipes and bricks. They can ricochet off angled walls and will collect coins that are in their line of fire in unreachable areas.

Metal egg dozers can be rolled across the ground and even taken underwater.

Yoshi’s has more transformation types or mini-games is you like, which ingeniously use the 3DS’ giroscope to navigate them, though you have to be quick, they are timed. Special stars will make Yoshi able to runs up walls and across ceilings, and then shoot through the air. These thing’s giving more access to different heights and otherwise impossible areas on certain levels.

It uses the same story line as the original.

A stork is escorting two babies to their expected parents. The stork stops off at the wrong house, it takes to the sky’s again only to be met by Kamek and some of his flying toady minions. Kamek grabs baby Luigi, seperating the twins, while baby Mario plummets towards the sea. Luckily Baby Mario’s fall is broken by his nappie, that becomes a parachute and safely lands on Yoshi island. Although the Yoshi’s have enough worry with baby Bowser who is wanting to take over their island, as baby Mario attempts to crawl off in search of Baby Luigi, Yoshi, cannot stand by and watch. He decides he is going to protect and escort Baby Mario, and the rest of the Yoshi clan agree to spread all over the island to take it in turns to help.

As my 3DS has reached it’s memory limit I have had to play the game on 2DS. So unfortunately I cannot comment on how it looks using the 3D effect. But I did read a review by the popular YouTubers, tweeters and all round great guys, The Games Shed, they say that the 3D effect isn’t intrusive and you don’t a headache from the 3D effect. So I have all faith in that being gospel.

Yoshi’s new island is a lovely looking game. From a side by side comparison of screen shots from both games, it is clear how much sharper it looks. Going from the rather eye catching sketchy cartoon effect on the snes original, to a more fuller computer graphic pastel look, that still holds some of the hand sketched effect with it.

Most of the original components are still there. Yoshi still uses egg’s as weapons which can still be obtained through the egg blocks, egg plants or swallowing an enemy and pressing down, use x to aim and fire them to hit enemies, question mark clouds with wings, buckets that are hanging in mid-air, to collect coins and flowers from the air or that hover below the ground and platforms. I can’t help but smirk every time Yoshi swallows a giant shy guy beyond belief and it pops out the other end as a giant egg. Some of the same enemies are back as well as the same collectables, including the small cluster of stars that disperse from the question mark clouds with wings, *and from certain enemies, that jump along the floor in different directions and keep going for a brief time until they vanish or you have collected them. The happy flowers, there are 5 to find and collect on each level, and then the red coins hidden in enemies, buckets, secret area’s, disguised as gold coins etc, and there are 20 to find and collect on each level.

It is wonderful to see a return to the Yoshi spin off and it is very suited to the 3DS era.

Though I can’t help but wonder about the capability’s it could have had, had it been released on the home console Wii U and using the touch screen. But you never know what Nintendo have up their sleeve.

As much fun as New Yoshi’s Island is, I can’t help but think it has been 19 years since Yoshi’s Island, and with all the varied Mario games there has been since it, using some of those elements could have made it so much more.

But it really is very good and will charm the socks off both fans and people new to the Mario series.