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How to make your own wax melts.

During the first lockdown, people spent their time either redecorating their homes, painting their fences or doing their gardens up. I was going to repaint my fence but could I for the life of me…

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12 simple tips to keep your kitchen tidy and organised.

You are here because the subject of this blog post interests you, doesn’t it?  I am not going to lie and tell you that this is what I have always done to stay on top of my kitchen because that’s utter crap. I have a small kitchen with minimal storage space so if I don’t stay on top of it, it becomes messy and cluttered very quickly. It has only been recently where I have gone through my kitchen and really sorted it out, these are just 11 things I have done to help me which I hope might help you to.

  1. Remove everything from the kitchen that does not belong in there.
  2. Sort and rearrange drawers and cupboards and donate or bin things that you don’t need or use anymore.
  3. Clear worktops and try to keep them clear.
  4. Stay on top of the recycling rubbish. I don’t have space in my kitchen for a recycling bin nor can I be bothered to take every piece of recycling to the big green bin outside every time I open something new. I used to let this pile up before taking it out but now I do it at lunchtime and after dinner and it makes a big difference.
  5. Wash up as you go along if you do not have a dishwasher, not only does it save you from doing a huge lot at the end of the day but it also keeps your sides clear.
  6.  Use storage baskets for the top of wall cupboards to hide away anything you don’t have space to store things elsewhere.  We have baskets for all sorts like batteries, charging cables, my sharpies pens so they are well away from the kids.
  7. I keep my laundry basket in my downstairs loo which gives me more floor space in the kitchen.
  8. Keep windowsill clear of clutter, I am notorious for putting stuff on mine and not clearing it, I am getting better with it now.
  9. If you have space, buy a microwave shelf and fix it to the wall to free up some workspace. We only use ours to make porridge, popcorn and beans and it takes up a lot of space. This is something we are planning on doing.
  10. As soon as the washing is done, fold it up, take it upstairs and put it away. Try not to let washing pile up as I think clothes are the main focus of a cluttered looking house. I try my hardest to stay on top of this and when I do, it really helps keeps the flow of laundry at a manageable pace, it also helps keep the kid’s bedrooms tidier and stops them from asking you where so and so is.
  11. I brought a kitchen trolley for extra storage. It has allowed me to remove things from my worktop and organise them neatly somewhere else. I would recommend this if you have minimal storage but space to put one.
  12. Do not print this out and put it on your fridge. It will look cluttered LOL I am joking, I love having my kids artwork on my fridge but it does look cluttered.

And there we have it, 12 simple steps.

 

Tales by mail book subscription for 8-12 year olds

***Disclosure – I was kindly sent this product, All pictures and opinions are my own***

From the moment my daughter Lydia learnt to read she fell in love with books. She has so much love and respect for each and every book she owns and it’s not just the stories or the facts written inside but it’s keeping them in good condition too. She loves nothing more than to cosey up on the sofa with a blanket and just get lost in her book.

The lovely people at Tales by Mail got in touch with us and asked if they could send Lydia a box to review and I managed to keep this a secret from her up until the day it arrived.

Tales by Mail offer a solo bi-monthly subscription which you can choose to pay either monthly, every 6 months or every 12 months. They also offer a sibling subscription which you can check out on their website.

Decembers theme is called WHIMSICAL WORLDS and inside, the box was jam-packed full of goodies which Lydia was very happy to receive. Each box is themed and you can check on their website to see what the next theme will be.

What was inside our box?

  • The House at the Edge of Magic by Amy Sparkes
  • The Marvellous Land of Snergs by Veronica Cossanteli
  • Signed author bookplates
  • Letters from the authors
  • Collectable Chronicle activity cards
  • A Whimsical Worlds themed badge & wooden decoration (artwork by Rachael Persky)
  • A Book-Lover Lives Here window sticker (artwork by Emmeline Pidgen)
  • Small and Wild Tea
  • A Dancer’s Dream, Tinsel and The Owl and the Lost Boy bookmarks

The letters are from the authors which I think is a brilliant idea and one that didn’t go unappreciated. Lydia is very inspired by authors and couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw these and on the back of the author’s letters you can fill in your very own book review of their book.

There is also a signed autograph from the author inside the books, something we only realised much later when reading the books. Lydia is currently halfway through her first book and is absolutely loving the story.

What did we think?

As a parent, I loved everything about this box. It has encouraged me to pick up the book and read so that we can then discuss the book/s together. One of Lydia’s favourite part of the box was the letters from the authors about the reasons why the books were written. It has inspired her to write and she is often thinking of her own stories as one day she would love to be a published author.

For anyone with children in their life who love to read, then this is a fantastic subscription for you.

For 5% off any of their subscription box, please feel free to use our code: KNIGHT5

 

You can check out the Tales by mail website for more information on their subscription packages.

 

FabLab Nail art Deluxe by Interplay

***Disclosure – I was kindly sent this product, All pictures and opinions are my own***

We get so excited when a new product comes out, especially if its to do with hair and beauty. FabLab has brought out yet another product to add to their already fabulous collection, we have nearly tried them all and we love each and every one of them.

What’s in the box?

  • 9x Solvent-free varnishes (8 Colour and 1 clear varnish)
  • 2x Sheet of nail stickers
  • 5x Finger nail masks
  • 4x Ombre sponge
  • 1x Fine brush
  • 1 x Foam toe separator
  • 1x Emery board
  • 1x 12-page instruction manual

I let Lydia do it by herself this time around seeing as its recommended for 8years+ to see if she could and here is how it went.

She was very good and read the instructions first. She borrowed my phone and placed it in the phone holder inside the box so she could watch the tutorial on the Fablab Youtube channel whilst preparing for what she needed to do.

First, she put the rubber nail masks over her fingers, which come in all different sizes and for smaller fingers, you will have to pull it further down over the fingernail to make sure the whole nail can be seen and the rubber is surrounding the nail. The white varnish to do your base coat dries very quickly so you don’t have to wait for ages, that is added next.

When your base coat has dried, you can either choose a varnish and paint your nails in a solid colour OR grab a sponge and give ombre a go. Lydia wanted to try ombre and I am so glad she did because I really wanted to see how it would turn out.

Use a sponge and pick the colours you want to use, Lydia picked blue and pink, then you have to paint a line of varnish across the top flat part of the sponge and add another line above it using the other colour.

Then all you need to do is stamp the sponge on each nail and wait for it to dry and pop the clear varnish over the top. We found the sponge tricky because she has tiny nails and we did get varnish around the skin but it easily comes off with a cotton bud and nail varnish remover so it wasn’t a big deal. I think next time I am going to trim the sponge down so the area isn’t so big and that will minimise the excess coming off.

FabLab Nail art Deluxe retails for £19.99 at can be purchased at Agros, Smyths and Amazon.

Girls4Girls Beauty product review

***Disclosure – I was kindly sent these products, All pictures and opinions are my own***

Girls4Girls is a young girl’s beauty brand who is a big believer of girls supporting girls.  All of their products are cruelty-free and pocket money friendly, sparkly (planet-friendly glitter), fruity and fun.

They recently got in touch with us and sent the girls the most amazing beauty boxes each to try out, just in time for Christmas!

My girls love anything sweet-smelling and sparkly and these beauty products tick every box, even the products names are fun, inspiring and motivational. They have a great selection from makeup, body mists, hand gels, cooling masks, lip scrubs, to body shimmer gel and Unicorn glitter goo which is AMAZING by the way.

I usually find with young girls makeup that the pigment isn’t very good and you can barely see the colour when you put it on but with Girls4Girls the pigment is fantastic and they love that they can actually see what they’re putting on their face and oh my gosh the highlighter, WOW! The pigment really makes your cheeks glow.

If you are looking for good quality, affordable, sweet-smelling makeup or beauty products for a young girl then check out their website or you can find their products instore or online at Superdrug. You can also find them over on Instagram.

 

 

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