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Degustabox May Box

30 May 2016

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This months box delivery seem to come quite quickly and it didn't feel like a whole month had gone past since the last one. Our box arrived later on in the day so I had seen a few photographs over on twitter of people sharing the contents. It looked like another great box.

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His and Hers World Class Fragrances Giveaway

20 May 2016

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I am so excited to team up once again with World Class Fragrances to offer a very special giveaway on my blog. One lucky Mummy 2 Monkeys winner will win his and hers fragrances by World Class.

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CBeebies Play Time DVD Giveaway

19 May 2016

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As you all know already little J loves CBeebies whether its watching it on TV, visiting CBeebies land at Alton Towers or playing the CBeebies apps he is addicted. When we received the new CBeebies Play Time DVD he was so excited. Seeing 12 of his favourite shows on the box he instantly asked to watch it. Over 2 hours long he watched it on and off throughout the day and it was definitely a hit.

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Earth Kiss Face Masks Review

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Disclosure - We were sent the products below for the purpose of this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our unless stated. This post contains affiliate links. 

Being a mum to my two boys I don't get the chance to pamper myself that often. I just never have the time and even when I do find a spare hour to myself I can usually think of a hundred other things I should be doing. I was recently sent some Earth Kiss face masks so I decided I had to make the time.

A range of earth kiss masks

Earth Kiss face masks, energised with Himalayan Shilajit, provide a truly relaxing experience while both naturally deep cleansing and nourishing your skin. Release your inner beauty with the confidence of wonderful skin.


How does Shilajit help my skin?

The 85 plant micronutrients found in Shilajit, like Fulvic, a natural antioxidant, Hippuric a natural antiseptic and Salicylic, a natural anti inflammatory, help rebalance the skin while also increasing energy and relieving stress and anxiety.

The 6 Earth Kiss face masks all have different ingredients.

Clean Up Mud

Exfoliate Mud Mask
Skin Type: Normal, Oily skin

Mediterranean clay
Volcanic pumice
Rosemary
Cocoa butter
Tea tree oil
Dead sea salt

Detox Mud

Pore cleanse Mud Mask
Skin Type: Normal, Oily skin

Glacial Mud
White tea
Spearmint
Dead sea salt
Shea butter

Moroccan Clay

Pore Refine Mud Mask
Skin Type: Combination, Normal, Oily skin

Rhassoul Clay
Argan shell
Apricot
Aloe vera
Marula oil
Orange peel oil

White Thai Clay

Rejuvenate Mud Mask
Skin Type: Combination, Normal, Oily skin

White Thai clay
Lotus blossom
Lemongrass oil
Dead sea salt
Tea tree oil
Dead sea salt

Million Year Clay Facial

Revitalise Bamboo Sheet Mask
Skin Type: Combination, Dry, Mature, Normal, Sensitive

Rhassoul Clay
Juniper
Lavender
Dead sea salt
Dead sea mud
Mandarin oil

Miracle Clay Facial

Hydrate Bamboo Sheet Mask
Skin Type: Combination, Dry, Mature, Normal, Sensitive

Argile clay
Baobab
Mandarin oil
Dead sea salt
Rose Geranium oil

Earths kiss face mask
One of my favourites

I tried each mask over 4 weeks. I have to say my skin does feel more refreshed than it did before using the masks. 

Easy to apply - Cleanse your face beforehand with warm water. Gently massage the mask into your face avoiding your lips and eyes. Leave on for approx 15-20 minutes or until it dries. I usually left on for the full 20 minutes. Then just wash off using warm water and pat dry.

I have two favourites - Million Year and Clean Up Mud. I could feel both of these working instantly and afterwards I felt my skin had been energised. 

Earth Kiss face masks are priced at just £1.99 and for more information on the range you can visit Earth Kiss

Michelle
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Pampers Little Champions

18 May 2016

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My boys have always been outgoing and even from a young age they both had so much energy to get up and go. I do love that they are happy being out and about and active. Little J is taking after his big brother and is constantly kicking a ball around or bouncing on the trampoline. He will stay on the trampoline for hours if I let him, just bouncing away or running round in circles.

children on a race track

I am so pleased to let you know that Pampers are teaming up with our very own sporting hero, Jessica Ennis-Hill (also mum to her own little champion, Reggie) to launch the Pampers Little Champions Campaign - shining a light on the next generation of little athletes and encouraging parents to celebrate their own little champions too.

Little J has always enjoyed moving around and he was one of those babies that would be sat somewhere one minute and the next he would be somewhere else. Whether he was bum shuffling, crawling or walking he was constantly on the go.

I read recently

A walking baby in one day can travel the distance of 29 football fields.                                   

A baby crawls as many steps as an adult walks in one day.

A crawling baby moves 8 times more than an adult just to get to the same place.

A cruising baby in one day can take as many steps as a marathon runner in a race.

To do all of the above our little ones need to be comfortable and as a mummy to her little boy Reggie, Jessica knows how important it is to have the right kit and also our babies need the freedom to move.

Pampers are the only nappies with the NEW revolutionary Magical Pods which are  absorbing channels that help to distribute wetness evenly giving a sag free fit and superior dryness so little ones can show off their champion moves.

Jessica says: ‘As a mum I love being active with Reggie – we have so much fun together and I know that it’s great for his development – that’s why I’ve teamed up with Pampers to encourage mums to celebrate their little one’s champion moves! Our babies are the future generation of medal winning athletes after all…’

Pampers understand that being able to move freely, and in comfort, is beneficial towards babies’ development. Pampers Love, Sleep & Play expert, Dr. Ellie Cannon knows that research shows that an opportunity to move is an opportunity for movement development to happen.

‘Feeling physically free and uninhibited whilst being supported and safe is an important part of a baby’s exploration of the world and physical development. Babies don’t need instructions to learn – they learn through self-discovery and encouragement from those around them. That encouragement comes in all forms: not just a clap from mum and dad, but also being unrestricted in their clothes and nappy. Freedom to move without restriction is a key aspect of your baby’s development environment’

Do you have a little champion at home? I would love to see their champion moves. Tweet me on twitter

Michelle
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Our Morning At Mattel Play Liverpool

17 May 2016

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A few weeks ago we popped along to Mattel Play Liverpool for the first time. I'm not sure who was more excited about visiting, Little J or Me. I had read lots about the new interactive play centre and it was all positive. I was a little unsure about visiting at the weekend as I was worried it would be overcrowded so we headed down to the Albert Dock quite early on a Saturday morning.

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Cartamundi Disney Cars Racing and Action Game Box Review

13 May 2016

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Disclosure - We were sent the products below for the purpose of this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our unless stated. This post contains affiliate links. 

Little J has become a huge Disney Cars fan over the past few months, it's all he is interested in so when we received the Cartamundi Disney Cars game I knew it would be a hit. Playing games is something we have always enjoyed as a family but until recently little J was too young so he never got involved.

disney cars card game

There are two games to play

The Racing Game

Race your car across the city using the crazy changing roads and be the first to cross  the finish line.


disney cars card game

To play this game you need to assemble the 4 x 3D cars that are included in the box. Little J loved helping with this and went and got his diecast cars to join in too.

disney cars card game

The rules for the racing game are very simple, you place a 5x5 grid of cars and each player has to put their chosen car on the start line.

disney cars card game

The remaining cars are placed in a pile near the grid. On you turn you pick a card and place it on the grid to create a pathway for your car to pass through.

You can race your car as long as

The road is joined together

You do not pass through a roadworks sign

There are no other cars in the way

The player who creates a clear road to get to the finish line wins.

The Action Game

This was a little too complicated for little J although the rest of us loved this game.

disney cars card game

It's very similar to the card game Uno so if you are familiar with the game then you will already know how to play. If not then the object of the game is to get rid of all your cards.

disney cars card game

Each player gets 5 cars and the remaining cards are placed in a pile. You turn one card over from the pile and place it in the middle. The first player must put down a card from their 5 cards that either match the colour or number of the face up card.  Play continues round but to make things a little harder there are 5 action cards.

disney cars card game

Skip a turn 

Pick up another card from the pack

Pick up two cards from the pack 

Change the direction of play

Wild Card - you can change the colour of the play

Once you have got rid of all your cards you shout 'CARS' and you have won the game

The Cartamundi Disney Cars game is suitable from 4 years plus and for 2 to 4 players. Now little J has just turned 3 and he enjoyed one of the games included but the other we may have to wait a while.

You can visit Amazon to buy the Disney Cars game or to view the range.

Michelle

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How Often Do You Take Your Pet For A Checkup? | AD

10 May 2016

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I remember the day when my friend brought home a little puppy. The kids had grown up and weren't as dependant on her any more and she felt a little lost. She was torn between having a baby or getting a dog, the dog won. I couldn't understand it at first because to me a baby and a dog are two completely different things and of course they are but the idea of having something or someone to look after was the same. Someone or thing to need you and rely on you. I guess dogs and babies are quite similar when you think about it. 

Jump around
Being a Mum myself,  I know looking after a baby can be tough, you have to make sure you keep them safe and away from harm as best you can. They can't tell you how they are feeling, even when they are crying we are never 100% sure what they actually want, need or feel. Having a dog is the same. Being an owner of a pet it is your job, your responsibility to make sure your pet is cared for to the best of your ability. 

Just like babies, pets get unwell and it is important to know what could be causing your pet to feel like this and who to turn to if you need help. I know when we had our two dogs, both my Mum and Dad would make regular visits to the vets to get them checked out and if they needed any treatment it could be given. 

Parasites can hurt our pets both inside and out and we might not be able to see them. Merial Animal Health have created a fun but serious short video called 'The Parasite Party' about the more common parasites that could be found on or in your pet. 

It's important to remember that if your pets are infected then you and your family could be at risk too. I don't remember our dogs having anything really serious but I do remember them having fleas. I remember seeing them in the fur of one of our dogs, Kim. They were only small but you could see them clearly as she had white fur. The fleas lay eggs which fall off into the environment and develop into new adult fleas (did you know that the fleas you can see on your dog or cat only represent 5% of the problem- the rest of the flea population is in the environment in carpets, bedding etc). These new fleas can then jump on to us. Flea bites on humans can be serious so I know we took our dog to the vet and she was treated and sent home with a flea collar on. 

Internal parasites such as worms can also affect pets. Some of these worms can affect people too if they accidentally ingest the eggs, and it’s important to know that children are especially at risk because they often play on the floor or in soil where worm eggs may be found.

If you are unsure about the parasites that could be living on your pet you can visit the Parasite Party website and take a short questionnaire. 6 questions that could provide you with some information on what type of parasites your dog or pet could be exposed to. 

When caring for any pet it’s important to remember these top five tips. 

Wash your hands regularly.

Clean up your pet’s droppings daily.

Do not give your pet uncooked meat/offal.

Treat your pet regularly against parasites as instructed by your vet.

If you have several pets, make sure to treat all of them.

So just like babies, pets need check ups to. They need your help because they rely on you to care for them.

Michelle
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Wiplii Cardboard Toy Review and Giveaway

5 May 2016

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Whether we are playing inside or out little J always has to have a tent or den set up. He loves to have a space were he can go and chill or play on his iPad. We have a pop up tent and I am always trying to jazz it up a little with cushions and stickers to make it look more appealing. When I fist heard about Wiplii and their range of cardboard toys I was really interested as I hadn't seen or heard anything like this before.

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