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Gifted | Fathers day with Moonpig

Sunday 21st of June Disclosure: I was sent a gift voucher to spend at Moonpig, In exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Fathers day in our house consists of David…

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Hayfever | Kinetic Wellbeing Allergy Reliever review

Disclaimer- I brought this product with my own money. Loved it and needed to share it with you all.

Most of us are suffering right now with the rise of pollen and I for one am one of them. Well, I was until about a week ago, however this goes further back to 2014 which is the first time I had heard and tried this device.

I was pregnant with Lydia and was told that I shouldn’t take hayfever tablets and only stick to topical medications which were making no difference what so ever. I was at my sisters and she said that Graham (her husband) had been using an allergy reliever and really rated it and by this point I was desperate and even though I was very sceptical I went home and brought one and it was amazing.  I have no idea what happened to it back then.

My nose would either be running to the point i’d have to plug it with tissue paper and I’d be constantly sneezing OR It was completely blocked and I couldn’t breath out of my nose and would have to sleep with my mouth open during the night, I would either wake up with a sore throat or a headache. My eyes, used to itch so much to the point I would rub them so hard I would make my eyes red and sore.

Last week I was reminded about the clever little device I used to stick up nose, which prompted me to buy myself a new one. I found one on Amazon and it arrived the very next day, got to love Amazon prime!

Whats in the box:

  • 1 x Kinetik Medical Allergy Reliever
  • 1 x Lanyard
  • 1 x Nose Probes
  • 2 x AAA Batteries

I wasted no time getting it out of the box. It is super easy to set up because all you need to do is pop the 2 x AAA batteries (included in the box) into the device, put the probes up your nose and press the big button in the middle. It will make make two beeping sounds and the end of you nose will light up like Rudolph. After three minutes, it will beep eight times and your done, take it out of your nose, give it a wipe and store it away until your next use.

I use my reliever 3-4 times a day leaving 5-6 hours between each session. I also take my daily antihistamine tablet, Optrex itchy eye drops and Beconase nasal spray. I also use Hayfever face wipes when I remember. I should also mention that sometimes I have forgotten to take my antihistamine tablet and have still felt great.

How does it work?

The allergy reliever uses technology proven in clinical trials for the treatment of Allergic Rhinitis including some symptoms for Hayfever (seasonal Allergic Rhinitis)

This nifty little device works by using phototherapy of two different wavelengths. One wavelength promotes increased blood flow and circulation and the second wavelength (red light therapy) suppresses the cells that release histamine and reduces inflammation, thereby relieving the irritating symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis (Hayfever)

 

My own opinion

I wish I had brought this weeks ago and I am gutted that I didn’t think to buy it back then, however I am so glad I have it now because for me this has been amazing. I have been using it for just over a week and all of my symptoms have quickly improved. I have been able to sleep through the night and relax in the evenings without feeling like I am suffocating.

I cannot recommend this product enough if your a fellow sufferer like me. Anyone who knows me know how bad I suffer with this every year and for just under £20 on Amazon it was worth every single penny. I’m not saying that this is going to work for everyone but for me It has given me the chance to enjoy being outdoors  again comfortably with my kids.

Not an affiliate link : KINETIC WELLBEING ALLERGY RELIEVER

Living Arrows- 7th week in lockdown

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

by Kahlil Gibran

I’ve not posted anything about lock down and how we are getting on with it on my blog yet so I thought I would give you all a little update on how we are are and what sort of things we have been up to this past week.

We are on our 7th week here. This kids are coping with it incredibly well and I am so blooming proud of them, we have hardly had many arguments or moaning about being bored which is a result as I have been trying my hardest to keep them busy.

Homeschooling started off great but after two days I relaxed a lot with the girls a little however Leo still has to stay in routine as he will be going into Year 10 in September. Leo’s History teacher emailed me this week to tell me how impressed he was at the standard of work Leo is producing and that its all been sent in on time, Leo was chuffed and loved the appreciation.

I have been going to see my mum every Saturday, taking a flask of tea, my chair and blanket so I can sit with her (3 metres apart ) in the garden and spent time with her as she gets very lonely through all of this. It gives us both something to look forward to each week.

We have been playing Bingo every night with the kid’s. They all have their own clipboards with their tickets and they really look forward to playing every evening. They only win a bag of sweets but they love it.

We received our baby caterpillars 15 days ago and we have been so fascinated watching them grow from being tiny to now being all wrapped up snug in their cocoons. Now they are in their net and we are anxiously waiting for them to hatch.

This week I made some of Donna’s  (What the Red Head Said) slow cook white chocolate fudge. They tasted amazing so next time I am making milk choc fudge.

We have been going enjoying long dog walks together for our daily exercise which Rosie has been loving. She received a Lickimat this week from our Amazon wish list group over on Face book and she loves it.

The girls wanted to do a YouTube challenge so, earlier this week they did each other’s make up blindfolded.

 

 

 

 

 

Review | Learning Resources Coding Critters™ 

 

Disclosure- I was sent this product in return for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

During this time of lock down, continually finding things to do with the children that is both fun and educational becomes harder and harder; particularly with the younger ones. Emily does not sit still for a minute – she even fidgets while she sleeps, so finding things to continually engage and entertain her in a single day is a challenge.

Coding is a fun way to engage children’s logical brain. You set a challenge and they have to solve them. However, doing this with a cute little rabbit that you control through coding is even better!

Learning resources- Coding critters

What are coding critters?

Coding CrittersTM Bopper and her two bunny pals, Hip and Hop are here to help introduce your little ones into the world of coding. There is a story book that you can follow that makes the introduction to coding both interactive and fun to read through, plus there is a swing, slide and set that you can set up, either for fun or as obstacles for your little one to negotiate around as Bopper searches for the elusive carrot.

Learning resources- Coding critters

 

Whats in the box?

Inside the box is an instruction booklet (this one is for you as there are very little pictures), a reading book (instruction booklet for the little one), Bopper ( you will need x3 AAA batteries which are not included), her tree house swing, slide, little bunny, coding direction cards and a magnetic carrot.

Inside the Pair-a-pets adventure pack is two bunnies called Fluffy & Buffy, food, food bowl, coding cards and a 20-page coding storybook.

 

How to play?

To start with, read through the instruction booklet first as the adult. This will help you understand how to use the function keys on the back of Bopper’s back. Once you have done that, sit down with your little one and read through the story of Bopper’s day. Use this to set up the carrot and ask them to programme your Bopper to act out the story in the book.

Learning resources- Coding critters

Learning resources- Coding critters

It took Emily a couple of goes but with questions, asking her to put down the coding cards and play out the story she was coding Bopper quite quickly. Once we went through the story, she was allowed to play as she wanted. Making Bopper push the swing, playing with the slides and Bopper’s pals was a lot of fun.

What did we think?

We have had a few coding toys in the past – see Botley post – which was great for Lydia and Leo, but Emily would struggle with them, although she did still enjoy having a go. Bopper breaks down the instructions in an interactive and fun way. The story gave her something to read and the interaction with the friend in connection with Bopper is quite unique and certainly added a playful element to the coding (something other coding robots dont have).

It is easy to use and fun to play with. We had a bit of an issue with the swing in the tree, as it wouldn’t sit properly, but David was able to sort it out so that it could be used without any real issue. Overall Coding Critters Bopper is fun to play with and the coding is straight forward. Engaging Bopper’s play mode made Emily laugh and adds another dimension to the toy. We really enjoyed this and recommend it to anyone who has little ones that enjoy toys and an interest in coding.

Read our Botley review here  You can buy Bopper here.

Learning resources- Coding critters

Soft chewy cookie recipe

For years I have been using this recipe to make cookies, my kids tell me that they are the best cookies they have ever tasted and always request that I bake more.

Like a lot of people, I have been getting my bake on during this lock down and this recipe has been quite a popular with people asking for it over on Facebook and Instagram so here it is.

 

Cookie ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 225g Self raising flour
  • 125g Caster sugar
  • 125g soft butter
  • 100g Light brown soft sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of salt

If you want use smarties then you will need to wait for the cookies to come out of the oven and add them whilst they are still soft so that they sink in nicely on top.

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c, gas mark 4
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars and then combine the egg and the vanilla extract.
  3. Sift in the flour and the salt
  4. I then made small balls and place them on to a grease lined baking tray.  ( Sometimes I put the other half of the dough into a freezer bag and freeze it for quick baking  on another day.
  5. I bake these for 7 minutes and keep a close eye on them as you will need to take them out as soon as you see light browning round the edges. They wont look done but they are.
  6. As soon as you take them out, keep them on the tray and add your smarties to them.
  7. Transfer them onto a cooling after 5-10 minutes (depending on the size) If you do it too soon the cookie will sink into the cooling tray rack.