Grab a free deal

Hey Readers,

Can you believe that it is just after Christmas and my bank balance sure likes to tell me! I love looking on the old internet for a bargain or freebie and a good site to check out for free things is free chocolate samples. It is a fantastic site to see all the latest freebies in one place.

What I like about Gratisfaction, is that it is had update freebies available and that others can like the freebie.  Therefore working out what the hottest freebie is around.

There is also freebies placed in the relevant categories , such as books, gadgets and games to name a few.

Some types of freebies to give you a flavour of what I am talking about are:

Free KFC hot wings – there is a simple description with how to get the freebie – with this one you have to sign up to KFC loyalty club to get the free food, who doesn’t love freebie.

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Not only are their free products, there are also the latest and popular competitions that you can get. An example of this would be signing up to the Unnik website to put your name in the draw with a chance to win a Benefit makeup hamper, because you know what they say, you have to be in it to win it.

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Finally the last example of a freebie item available for anyone is coffee. This is  a fee sample product from L’OR Espresso Coffee Capsules. All you need to is fill in a form to receive a free sample and before you know it you have a free coffee capsules in the post. I like to add that applying for samples is a great way to test out products that you may never think of trying.

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Have you tried Gratification?

Cheers for reading X

This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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Review of Oppo Ice Cream

Hey Readers,

Feeling a bit bloated from indulging on the Christmas food and aiming to be a bit more healthy. There is one solution for it and that is the low calorie ice cream by Oppo ice cream.

I chose the columbian chocolate and hazelnut flavour ice cream to test out. I will be quite frank with you I am not that keen on the flavour because it tasted a bit too bitter for me, but hey I wanted to try something new so that is why. Plus sadly there was no mint chocolate swirl stocked at my local supermarket.

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The ice cream itself felt lighter but with a good coincidency and still set solid even though there was less fat type ingredients involved.

Oppo uses ingredients of cold pressed virgin coconut oil, stevia leaf, fresh milk from organic cows who are free to roam and graze in fields.

I suppose one of the main attractions to Oppo ice cream is the fact that it is a reduced calorie item compared to other ice creams. One scoop is 43 kals and is a more healthy alternative to regular ice cream which is laddered in sugar and cream.

Therefore giving you a change to enjoy something sweet and not feeling like you are missing out.

There are also other flavours – salted caramel, mint chocolate swirl, madagascan vanilla. You can pick up a pot in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Holland and Barrett, Ocado, Asda, Whole Foods Market and Budgens.

Cheers for reading X

I was gifted a pot of Oppo ice cream in exchange for a review. However, all opinions expressed in this post are honest and entirely my own. 

Wicked Uncle Christmas Gift Guide

Hey readers,

Have you heard of Wicked Uncle , well it is a fantastic website for all things quirky and a little but different.

I have select a few items from the website that I feel are a great present for Christmas for children.

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Mood Cube (£5.50)

I think this is a great present for any children or adult that enjoy soft lighting to have them relax. My son has autistic tendencies and this mood light really helps him to calm down, especially when he is feeling really angry. I also think that the cube is a great way in creating a chilled ambience to a room because it changes different colours when it is switched on. It is battery operated but it lasts a long time and it is something that I enjoy as well so it’s always an added bonus.

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Stikbots  (£9.95)  

StikBots are poseable figurines that are easy to manipulate and put into easy positions to create films. They are great tool for animation films for adults and children. You don’t even have to use them as a animated objects you can just play with them randomly like my son does. He has used this toy the most this week and I think it is going to be a firm favourite of his. He has enjoyed playing with them and creating imaginative play with them and they are really stickable on smooth clean work surfaces.

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They come as a pack on two StikBots and you can also download the free app to record animated videos on iOS and Android.

Arctic adventure 4 piece set. (£12.95)

This lovely little set is great for imagination and role play for children. It comes with a Slide and cave, one polar bear (with adjustable head) and two seals. Both my boys but more so my four year old loved playing it especially letting the animals slide down the slide. I think it is a lovely little set that is ideal in taking it away if you’re travelling with a child.

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Paint glow in the dark face and body paint kit (£10.95)

The paint is neon, glow in the dark. What child doesn’t like having their face painted and it is super cool for them as they can play in the dark especially now that we have the darker nights. It is super fun and my boys loved playing together in the room (result five minutes peace me, whoop!). I was attracted to it as it is a bit different and I like to have as many different forms of entertainment as possible, as we all know that children get bored very, very quickly!

The paints themselves are kind and gentle on the skin. You don’t need to use any water.  I found it really easy to apply and the brush was really good quality to use. It is really super fast in drying out and long lasting. I found it really easy to wash off with soap and water. It does say on the packet that it paints up to 100 faces.

The contents include 6 (13 ml) colours, pro paint brush, sponge, UV light, mixing palettes and tutorial guide.

I hope that has inspired you.

Cheers for reading X

I was gifted the items from Wicked Uncle but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Thrive App Review

Hey readers,

If you like me suffer with stress or anxiety then I have found a way that may help you and that is an app called Thrive . It is available on android and iOS.

So what is Thrive? well in a nutshell it is a service that provides helpful information and tools to reduce stress and anxiety, therefore making you thrive in life.

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When you first start the app it will go through questions on how you have felt over the past two weeks such as I have been experiencing not much enjoyment in activities. There helps give the app a baseline on your mood and also the areas that you need to improve on such as finding ways to wind down or getting more sleep.

The background of the app is a island on a beach and has soothing music to help make you feel more calmer.

Then there are three islands that you can navigate around which each having sub categories for tools for you to use to help you.

On the first island there is:

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Breathing 

Provides a step-to-step guide on how to do the breathing with you. It recommends that you do it three times a day for three minutes.

Meditation

These are guided meditation to help you relax. There are a variety of types such as sensory (focusing on sounds) to meditation in learning to not engage in worrying thoughts. There are different length meditation from five minutes to 25 minutes.

Deep Muscles

Works though all the muscles from the top to the bottom of the body and learning to untense and relax your muscles.

Self Suggestion

Using a phase like Keep calm and going through an exercise to help you relax.

Second Island consists of all things Zen like.

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Zen Garden

If you are like me and enjoy practical activities then this will be a good one for you.  Basically, it is a virtual Japanese rock garden when you focus on creating a garden that consists of calming features like water. It is practical but calming as well, as you are concentrating on the garden and design as opposed to the stress that is on your mind.

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Zen Challenge

Is a game where you have different levels to get one  bucket to another bucket. It starts of easy but does get hard.

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Final island consists of:

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Message

Where you can create a message of encouragement and in turn receive one back (I believe it is for other users of the app, I don’t know the person personally). PHOTO

Progress

Where you track how well you have been doing through the week or month.  You can revalue how you are feeling, how much times you have spent on activities giving you insight to what is working and what needs to be improved, if anything.

Mood Meter

You can analyse your mood with the mood meter. It is grey cloud at the bottom to indicate totally sadness and in contrast at the top is sunshine where everything is hunky dory.

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Wellbeing

This section looks at the concerns you raised organically when you first signed up to the app and then there is information about why for instant sleep is important. Further down there are tips and ways to help make the situation better. Such as not drinking caffeine before bed and getting blackout blinds.

Overall, I really like this app as it is practical and something you can use as much or as little as you want. You can use the tools that suit you, as everyone is different. What may work for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. A good point about this app is it is on your phone and you can use it anywhere. So, for instance I struggle with social anxiety. If I am particularly anxious on the day of a social situation I can go to the bathroom and do a three minute breathing technique to help reduce the anxiety.  I like the fact there is more than one option giving you that choice to tailor to your needs.

I have always found through my own experience as someone suffers with mental health issues, is that doing something practical when you feel  dire really can make you feel tons better. It gives back that empowerment and seeking out some help can build your confidence when you are feeling so rubbish.

I can’t really fault the app and give it a 5* because it is important to spend time on your mental health.

Cheers for reading X

I recieved app payment in exchange of review. All opinions are entirely my own.

 

Inspirational Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Hey readers,

I am going to say the C word as Christmas is just around corner and if you love find some inspiration for presents then look no further then in this post. I have a mixed bag of items which is a bit like me.  So let me begin with:

Bakerdays personalised Cake

I received a letterbox christmas cake by Bakerdays through the letterbox, and it really did fit through it. I opened and it was perfect, no problems and sealed. I love this concept as you can order online. Delivery there is 3 day slot which is free or alternatively there is next day delivery if you are in a rush and need it fast (£5.99 within a two day prior order of cake). You can also order and deliver to someone as a surprise. There are several different types of occasions such as birthdays, christian, Eid. So, there really is something for everyone.

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I like the presentation of the cake in a tin and sealed. It comes with a cracker and a lovely card, which is a lovely touch to the cake.

The cake itself is actually good and moist, the vanilla flavour was lovely. My sons loved it as it didn’t have cream based filling and normally they are quite fussy about cake.

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I chose a cat picture – though there are several different designs to chose from along with my personalised text, as you can see in the picture below.

There are also different size cakes to choose from and also dairy free. There several different flavours you can choose from (chocolate, vanilla, lemon drizzle etc).

The cake prices are down to the size of the cake. They start from £14.99 to £57.99.

I definitely recommend this cake as a perfect alternative idea for Christmas present or simply for yourself for Christmas.

I also did a unboxing over at my YouTube channel if you are interested, you can find the video here.

 

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Box Head Craft game for children

This idea of a Box Head Craft is basically  a box with squares where you can colour in and fun being creative. The idea is help encourage children to step away from technology and use other ways to keep themselves entertained. The product itself is a cardboard box with cubes on it and can fit onto a child’s head safely. It is a fun way to get children to use their imagination.   There are options where you can order for playdates (two boxes) and even design your own t-shirt. Another idea would be used for a party and this would be quite a calm idea when everyone is buzzing, it can help create calmness I would imagine.

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My son who has autistic tendencies really helped calm him down when he was getting overworked when at home. It is a great therapeutic tool to have if  you also have a child with additional needs.

The box it’s self cost £8.00 and comes with free delivery.

Personalised Santa Letter and Certificate.

Of course a perfect present just before Christmas are these lovely Personalised Santa letter and certificate. They have beautiful paper and a certificate to keep. The boys loved them and because they were  felt really happy because they believed that Santa had watched them. This is so much easier then the Elf on The Shelf as you just have to point them to the letter and tell them Santa is watching, naughty mummy 😉

They are delivered to you inside a brown envelope and the letters are enclosed in a white envelope with pretty colours around the edging as you can see. It is also addressed to the child, making it more realistic.

The letters themselves cost £5.99 and come with free shipping, I think it is lovely touch to add festive cheer to your hou

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I hope you have enjoyed my guide, whatever you do I hope you have fun with the lead u to Christmas.

Thank you for reading X

All items were gifted in exchange of a review. All opinions expressed are honest and entirely my own.