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Appy Kids Co Juice Drinks review and giveaway

Appy Kids Co is a new multi-award winning start-up brand producing drinks and snacks aimed at children, using goodness from nature. Their mission is to be the number 1 healthier choice for families and their vision is to empower families to make healthier choices everyday.

Appy Kids Co values families before profit, so all their wholesome products are created using ethically sourced premium ingredients, to ensure that they are always affordable, approved by the family, and loved by kids. They are on parents’ side, and believe that parents should have the freedom of choice when choosing better produce for their family. They have spent many years developing their own formulations and flavours to have lower sugar and calories without compromising on taste or quality. With no added sugar, GMOs or artificial preservatives, their products are kinder to teeth and a healthier option for children. In addition they are gluten free and Vegan Approved by the Vegetarian Society, as well as dentist and nutritionist recommended. They only favour renewable resources for their packaging. And not only use recyclable materials but give back by replanting trees.

Although I never purchase the likes of coke and lemonade, my kids seem to have developed a taste for them, so I’m always on the lookout for more healthy drinks to take out and about with us. So I was very pleased to be offered a selection of free Appy Kids Co drinks to review.

Appy drinks

The parcel had experienced a misfortune en-route even though it was clearly packed with fragile tape. Obviously it had been stacked under something heavy at the depot and unfortunately, two drinks had burst, causing rather soggy packaging. Even though I still had 28 drinks, Appy Kids Co kindly sent a replacement package.

So the contents of each parcel was as follows…

6 boxes containing 5 drink pouches each, which were:-
Paw Patrol 200ml apple juice drink (2)
Paw Patrol 200ml orange juice drink (2)
Minions 200ml tropical juice drink
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) 200ml multifruit juice drink

Wow 58 free drinks in total.

Appy drinks

The boys started by trying the Paw Patrol apple juice drinks and we immediately ran into difficulties. The straws were almost impossible to insert into the pouch. None of us could do it and I eventually had to use a cocktail stick to make a hole in the pouch first. Not very good if you were planning on putting the drink in your child’s lunchbox.

Moving onto the taste, son2 said it was good, whilst son1 voted it okay. I thought it fine too.

Appy drinks

Next the boys tried the TMNT multifruit juice drinks. This time I had better success with getting the straws in, although the boys still failed. I thought I found it easier due to the hole position being in the corner rather than the middle like the apple.

Son1 thought this tasted better than the apple, whilst son2 preferred the apple.

The tropical flavour was son1’s favourite although son2 wasn’t particularly keen on this one. And neither of them cared for the orange flavour. Personally I thought all the flavours were fine.

Appy drinks

Following a change in contact person, an unexpected third parcel arrived, although similarly to the first parcel, one drink had burst in transit. So I do recommend that they use stronger packaging. But this shouldn’t be an issue when buying these drinks at the shops.

Update – now 77 free drinks in total.

This parcel of 4 more boxes introduced us to yet another flavour. This time Dora The Explorer mixed berries. However the boys both refused to be photographed holding this pink pouch. But they did agree to taste it, so long as I poured the pouch into a beaker. And actually it turned out to be son1’s favourite flavour. So perhaps consideration should be given to offering all flavours in all designs, as the character is just as important as the flavour to a child.

The boys’ favourite packaging design was the Minions, but it is good to see that thought has gone into including a range of characters that appeal to different age children. In addition to the ones we received, they also have Peppa Pig and Roald Dahl in their range and those have no added sugar. And they also sell dried fruit too.

I have to say that I gradually improved on the opening technique with practice, although the boys didn’t. So I would suggest that it would be better for the pouches to incorporate lids instead. Also less likely to get spills that way, although the pouches do balance upright well.

The outer boxes have Appy fun puzzles for the kids and they can also try out the app. Here son2 has converted me into Mrs Pineapple.

Appy Kids app

A great selection of healthy drinks in my opinion. 100% natural, lower in sugar and fortified with vitamins A, C and E. So thumbs up from me.

These drinks are sold in major UK retailers including Tesco, Ocado, B&M, Wholefoods, Toys ‘R’ Us and Spar.

Appy Kids drinks

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a bundle of 40 Appy Kids Co drinks (4 x 5-pack TMNT and 4 x 5-pack Dora and Friends) to one lucky winner.

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Naipo Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager review and giveaway

Christmas has come early here as Naipo have sent me one of their Shiatsu 3D Rotating Neck and Shoulder Massagers free to review. Regular readers of my blog may have seen this product on my Christmas wish list last month.

Naipo neck and shoulder massager

I was really looking forward to trying this out as I get a lot of tightness, tension and aches in my body, particularly the neck, shoulders and back.

It has a heat feature which you can choose to turn off, if you don’t wish for heat. I tried both settings and liked it best with heat, although the heat seems very minimal. It glows red when the heat is on. You can also switch the direction of the rotation of the massaging. It is designed so you can use it on yourself. You don’t need a second person, but of course you can ask someone else to use it on you, if you prefer. You would certainly feel more pampered that way as you could relax your arms.

Naipo neck and shoulder massager

Although it is called a Neck and Shoulder Massager, when I read the instructions, I found it also showed how it could be used for back, waist, abdomen, thigh and foot too. Naturally I gave these all a try and found it particularly nice on my feet which are always sore due to bunions, callouses and blisters.

Naipo neck and shoulder massager

It also comes with a dust guard cloth, but as this is only big enough to cover the node area of the massager, I found it rather superfluous.

This massager is available on Amazon currently retailing at £39.99. Great value for an excellent product in my opinion.

Plus I have a couple of special offers to share with my readers. 15% off a Naipo Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager when you use the code 4ITL89V5 at checkout.
And 20% off a Naipo Back Massager Pillow when you use the code P28WJ9Z at checkout. Codes expires 31/12/17.

You can take a look at the full product range on Naipo website here: https://www.naipocare.com/

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a Naipo Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager to one lucky winner. Please note that this prize is an ex-demonstration model and not brand-new.

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Guest post: Free Giveaway and Spotlight: The Street-Smart Paralegal’s Guide to: Getting a Job With a Lawyer or Law Firm

FREE GIFT! In Celebration of Thanksgiving Kindle Countdown Event Sale Nov 23-25, 2017

The Street-Smart Paralegal’s Guide
Author: Tina Khera
Genre: Business, Law, Career
ISBN: 978-0-9913464-0-0
Pages: 99

Book Description

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’RE A LAW GRADUATE NOW WHAT?

Choosing your profession can be one of most crucial decisions you will make in your lifetime. You have done your research and have chosen to work as a Paralegal or work in a law office. Getting your certification and degree is time consuming.

Paralegal programs are great to teach you the basics – how to write, how to analyze, different areas of law, etc., but they limit your exposure to what happens next. The information is generic and the same information is passed on to many students.

Most job-hunting guides have the same problem. Because they are intended as a general, how-to guide on finding a job, the majority gives you a one-size-fits-all approach that may or may not work for you. You need to find a book that has all the information in one place.

A book that was written by someone who is a paralegal, that’s been in the trenches and can give you the tools on how to stand out against your competition.

Introducing The Street-Smart Paralegal’s Guide to: Getting a Job with a Lawyer or Law Firm
Instead of the usual job search advice, this guide gives you a step-by-step system to find the paralegal job of your dreams!

Discover how to:

1. Easily create a plan of action;

2. Explore different areas of law;

3. Find lawyers and law firms you’d like to work for;

4. Network effectively to make connections;

5. Ace the interview;

6. Properly follow up after the interview;

7. Choose from multiple job offers; and,

8. Ensure you made the right choice.

Written by a paralegal that’s been in the trenches and experienced the highs and lows of the job search since 2002, The Street-Smart Paralegal’s Guide to: Getting a Job with a Lawyer or Law Firm will help you avoid that dead-end job and create a career that’s as unique as you are!

“A Step-By-Step Roadmap to Finding – and Loving – Your First Job With a Lawyer or Law Firm!” Free on Amazon! Get it! Read it! And Do It! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016K4ZH20

About the Author:

Tina Khera is a highly respected paralegal, with an impressive career spanning many years. After graduating from UC San Diego in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Tina tried her hand in law school and then decided to complete the Attorney Assistant Training Program at UCLA extension, approved by the American Bar Association.

Tina began her paralegal experience with a construction defect law firm and then with lawyers and law firms in a variety of areas, including contracts, enforcement of judgments, collections, liens and personal injury. For over seven years, she worked for a criminal defense attorney, performing legal research, preparing motions and other paralegal work. Visit Tina’s website for free worksheets and downloads http://paralegaleguides.com.

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For instance, with the way the economy has been, I wanted a way to use my skills in several different ways. I’ve been a paralegal for several years, and I’ve done the whole job hunting thing many times over, sending out resumes, preparing cover letters and interviewing. I’ve done the same thing so many times, that I could do it my sleep. Despite that fact, I still regularly review job hunting and entrepreneurship books to see if I can learn anything new to better help the people I work with.

Nevertheless, books are only a starting point. Even reading 100 different books will only take me so far, since the books will provide a good general outline of what to expect and I have to go from there. A certain part of the experience comes from the choices made along the way. Part of the experience is shaped by circumstances that are out of your control.

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Dr. Oetker pizza review plus giveaway

Dr. Oetker is a brand which seems to be in my shopping trolley most weeks, whether it be pizza or cake baking products. And whilst we were in Germany at half term, I tried their breakfast cereal, which was delicious. Pity those are not sold in the UK. So I was pleased to be sent a free voucher to try their latest limited edition Bianca Deliciosa pizza for free.

Dr Oetker pizza

We only got one free voucher initially, so I had to purchase another of their pizzas myself, to ensure there was enough for the whole family. Rather than getting 2 Bianca Deliciosa, I chose to buy my son’s favourite Ristorante Mozzarella flavour. So he was very pleased when he saw me unpacking the shopping.

Dr. Oetker pizza

Although the boys enjoy helping out when I do homemade pizza, we always find Dr. Oetker pizzas to be very tasty and especially great for a quick meal when you are in a rush. And this new flavour was no exception. I’m a big fan of garlic flat breads that look a bit similar to a pizza with no tomato sauce. So I thought the Bianca Deliciosa with its creamy white sauce to be a bit between one of those and a standard cheese and tomato type pizza. Without the tomato, it meant the other flavours came through more than usual, and I loved it with the bacon and red onion too. My other half agreed and even son1 gave it the thumbs up, once he had removed the onions. Fussy boy. Of course, even fussier son2 wasn’t prepared to give it a try, just sticking to his usual Ristorante Mozzarella.

Dr Oetker pizza

I wonder how long the limited edition will be around. I do hope it doesn’t disappear too quickly as I really enjoyed it. Although I’m sure Dr. Oetker will come up with something equally good for their next limited edition.

This pizza is currently on special offer priced at £2 at Sainsburys and is also available at Asda and Ocado. More Dr. Oetker pizza flavours stocked at other supermarkets.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway some free Dr. Oetker pizza vouchers. Each voucher is valid for any one free pizza from the Dr. Oetker Ristorante range. Three winners will receive two vouchers each.

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I’d love to hear what is your favourite product from Dr. Oetker?

And if you wish to know about some of their other pizza flavours, then do check out my earlier reviews of Pollo Arrabiata and Calzone Special.

Just before publishing this post, I received another two free vouchers, so I will be getting some more Dr. Oetker pizzas on my next shopping trip.

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My Naipo Christmas wishlist

I dream of being able to indulge in a regular weekly massage at a spa, but such treats are few and far between. More like once a year than once a week. So I often notice the tightness, tension and aches in my body, particularly the neck, shoulders and back. Also many years ago I had a whiplash injury from a car accident, which has always resulted in extra tightness and tension in my left shoulder. Therefore it is great to come across massage products you can use yourself at home. I’ve been browsing the product range from Naipo on Amazon and come up with the following wishlist.

Three Shiatsu massage products to focus on back, neck, shoulders and feet – my most achy areas. Plus a couple of cushions, one for everyday use targeting the lumbar region whilst sitting using my laptop and the other for travel.

My Naipo Wishlist

 

 

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Christmas gifts for under £5 – the SDfiverChallenge

Hope it is not too early to mention the Christmas word. Britmums have challenged bloggers to take the Christmas #sdfiverchallenge to find some great gifts for £5. And as one of the first 100 to sign upto the challenge, I received a free £30 SportsDirect voucher to purchase my gifts.

Now I regularly pop into our local branch of SportsDirect to buy football boots for the boys and my running gear. So I have noticed other items like kids’ wellingtons but had no idea that they stocked toys and other gifts.

Sportsdirect.com is not just football boots and inexpensive trainers. It features fashion brands, leisurewear and more! Because of its buying power, Sportsdirect.com is able to get products you’d expect to pay more for elsewhere. Their range of £5 gifts for Christmas means you can shop for family, friends, teachers and even your book-club buddies for less!

I think I am trying to do my Christmas shopping too early, as this gift link wasn’t visible from the homepage menu. But that didn’t put me off and I chose the following gifts from their £5 and under range.

SportsDirect gifts

A Manchester City Fidget Spinner for £5

and a 4 piece Minions wash set for £2. I think I must have got the last one of these, as I couldn’t find it subsequently to add the link. Hopefully they will restock this. I did notice that most of the items in the gift range were aimed at children.

However sticking with the £5 price, I bought some other items, not from the Christmas range, but just as good for gifts in my opinion. These were
Star Wars mens underwear
I chose to buy 2 pairs of these as they were priced at £5 each or 2 for £8.

Marvel Civil War t-shirt
Minions trunks
The trunks are a tried and tested product as we already have a similar pair in a different design, which need replacing due to fading.

These all came to a total of £25 as I had saved the remaining £5 for shipping.

I then completed the checkout process easily but do have one complaint. When I added my voucher code, it automatically repriced my multi-buy on the men’s underwear back to the original price with no prior warning. This was disappointing, as I ended up paying £2 more than anticipated.

Standard shipping is a flat rate of £4.99, but I did notice that they do offer an alternative collect in store service, where they reimburse the shipping with a £5 voucher. Seems a rather cheeky way of enticing you to make another purchase. Why not just offer a free collect in store service.

SportsDirect gifts

I was pleased with the dispatch service as the items were delivered very quickly and the clothes were all individually wrapped in polythene. However a total failure when I tried to remove price labels from the fidget spinner and the wash set. When I buy something from a gift range, I expect to be able to easily remove the price, not end up with the result in this photo below.

SportsDirect gifts - Fidget Spinner

Also if I pay £5 for an item like the Minions swimming trunks, I’m not particularly impressed to receive them with a price label of £2.50, half the price I actually paid. At least son2 was happy.

SportsDirect gifts

Son1 wasn’t quite so convinced though as I had decided to get him a t-shirt in the next size up to ensure he didn’t grow out of it too quickly. But it was huge. Never mind, he will grow into it. So full marks to SportsDirect on sizing, as it looks like it would have been roomy enough if I had got it his actual age.

SportsDirect gifts

And I’ve already mentioned how I was disappointed to end up paying £10 rather than £8 for 2 pairs of men’s underwear. To rub salt into the wound, they arrived complete with “2 for £8” labels still.

SportsDirect gifts

So in summary, yes I succeeded with the #sdfiverchallenge of buying plenty of gifts for £5 or less, but I did have a few issues along the way.

I’d love to hear what you would buy from the SportsDirect Christmas range?

And subsequent to the delivery, I’m very pleased to say that SportsDirect refunded the additional £2 that I had paid.

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Chimasu Asian Snack box review & giveaway

I always love the surprise of what I may find in a subscription box. And we’re definitely partial to a snack here, so I was looking forward to my free Chimasu box of Asian Snacks arriving. Beyond prawn crackers, I have to admit that I am rather ignorant regarding types of Asian snacks. So I took a sneak peak at the Chimasu website in advance, where a familiar brand with a twist caught my eye, a Wasabi KitKat. I’ve heard of Wasabi but have no idea what it tastes like. Would there be one of those in my box?

Chimasu Asian Snacks

When it arrived, I found a huge range of items inside. More than I was expecting for the size of the parcel, but most were quite small, meaning more variety could be included, which I thought was an excellent idea.

Chimasu Asian Snacks

Chimasu Asian Snacks

So the contents were as follows…

Pu Erh Tea
Jasmine Tea (2)
Sesame Pastry (2)
Roasted Rolled Crispy Seaweed (2)
Shrimp Flavour Yummy Flakes
HiChew Green Apple
HiChew Strawberry
Wasabi Peas
Rice Cracker (2)
Kabaya Milk Chocolate Biscuit (4 panda)
Lotte Rakuten bear cake (9 Koala biscuits)
Korean Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup
Nissan Demae Ramen
Orion Seaweed Flavour Korepab Snack
Banana Kick Snack

Pu Erh Tea
This is not a type of tea that I had heard of so I looked it up on Wikipedia. Just one tea bag, so I served it in traditional Chinese tea cups, so that two of us could try it. A pleasant flavour.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Pu Erh Tea

Jasmine Tea
I always order Jasmine Tea whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant and this Ten Ren brand tasted just as good as any other Jasmine Tea.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Jasmine Tea

Sesame Pastry
This was also labelled as Silang Crispy Pastries with Nutlet. Allergy warning, it contains peanut. There were two of these, individually wrapped, each containing a 13g biscuit. Son1 and I loved these. First time I’ve come across black sesame seeds.

sesame pastry

Kabaya Milk Chocolate Biscuit
Son2 immediately grabbed this 17g packet when he saw it. Inside were 4 tiny chocolate filled panda biscuits. He did reluctantly let son1 and myself share one of them. We all loved these.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Kabaya Panda Biscuits

Lotte Rakuten bear cake
Again this appealed to the boys. Inside were 9 milk flavoured tiny koala biscuits, each with a different design koala. One was even wearing glasses. I did have one, whilst the boys quickly ate four each. Good but the pandas were better. According to the website, this 19.5g packet also comes in a mango flavour.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Koala Biscuits

Wasabi Peas
A small 10g packet but any more would have been too much as we found them rather spicy. I had never tried anything wasabi flavour previously and didn’t particularly like this, but son1 enjoyed a few at a time.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Wasabi Peas

Shrimp Flavour Yummy Flakes
A small 5g packet which son1 and I both loved. It had the texture of a Pom Bear snack. We would have liked this in a bigger size.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Shrimp Yummy Flakes

HiChew Green Apple / HiChew Strawberry
Just two individually wrapped sweets which son2 had his eye on. He did let me cut a sliver off the end of each to test. They are similar to Starburst.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - HiChew Sweets

Kameda Seika Soy Sauce Flavoured Rice Crackers
These 16.8g individually wrapped Rice Crackers had the shortest shelf life, with less than 6 weeks. Everything else was dated 2018. Both son1 and I loved these.

Rice Cracker

Roasted Rolled Crispy Seaweed – Select Rolling Bite spicy flavour
These were labelled as no MSG, low fat and gluten free. We are all seaweed fans but son2 refused to try these as the packaging said they were spicy. Son1 and I both found them reasonably pleasant.

Seaweed Roll

Banana Kick Snack
This was a family size bag and they looked rather like Wotsits and with a similar texture and crunch. But the banana taste was very different. It didn’t particularly appeal to the adults, but the boys loved it.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Banana Kick

Orion Seaweed Flavour Korepab Snack
Another pleasant savoury snack all in the shapes of various sea creatures. Tiny and hollow. Plenty in the pack.

Orion Seaweed Snack

Nissan Demae Ramen
This made a tasty sesame flavour noodle soup which son1 and I enjoyed. Just add 500ml boiling water, cook for 3 minutes. Then stir in contents of the flavouring sachet and oil sachet.

Noodle soup

Korean Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup
Another simple soup to make. This time add 550ml boiling water, stir in contents of the flavouring sachet and flakes sachet, then cook for 4.5 minutes. However the big difference was that this soup was very spicy indeed. We still liked the noodles but the liquid was too spicy for any of us. The packet is labelled as Gourmet Spicy.

Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup

A great varied selection of snacks in my opinion.

You may choose between a month to month subscription at £18 per box or prepaying for 3, 6 or 12 boxes or buying a single box for £20. Prepaying for 3 equates to £17 per box and prepaying for 6 equates to £16.50 per box and prepaying for 12 equates to £16 per box. Very good value in my opinion and it also includes free shipping within the UK. You pay extra for shipping to other countries.

You also get the option to indicate which categories you love (always include), like (sometimes include) or don’t want from the following list of categories. A very useful feature in my opinion.
Biscuits and Cakes
Crisps
Candy
Nuts, Peas and Seeds
Noodles and Soups
Teas
Fruits
Seafood

Plus I have a special offer to share with my readers. £6 off your first Asian Snack Box and a free Japanese Kit Kat when you use coupon code TOKYO444 at checkout.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway an Asian Snack box from Chimasu to one lucky winner. This may contain a different selection of products to those featured here, as my review is of what was in the October selection.

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Our House swap to the Pyrénées

Regular readers may remember when I told you about the benefits of house swap holidays. Well I am delighted to tell you that we had an excellent house swap to France this summer and have now scheduled another to Germany, both arranged via HomeExchange.com. Let me tell you a bit more about our experiences with this website and our French holiday.

The website is simple to use. You set up your profile with a description and photos of your home, making sure to include all the basics like how many bedrooms and whether pets are welcome or not. You may optionally list specific dates that you are interested in a house swap and whether your car is available for use or not.

Then you can either browse around the 65,000 listings or sit back and wait for others to contact you. We didn’t have a specific destination in mind initially, so we opted for the latter method. The first couple of replies were nice houses in Spain and Italy, but both families wanted to travel 2 weeks prior to us. And of course, my dates aren’t very flexible, as I need to fit it around my shift pattern. But we hit the jackpot with the third reply and it was still less than a month since we registered with the website. A lovely house in France on the edge of the Pyrénées. Whilst we were finalising the details with the other family, I had a bunch of other enquiries that I had to turn down. All we had to organise were our flights and car hire.

Pyrenees holiday

Roll on a few months to the summer and it was holiday time. I made sure our home was clean and tidy. We flew to Lourdes, where we may have unknowingly passed our host family in transit. When we arrived, a tasty welcome meal was waiting for us. Most appreciated. We looked after our host family’s cat, who I’m sure was totally confused by the change of people.

Pyrenees holiday

We packed plenty of sightseeing and fun activities into our holiday. We visited the nearby towns of Pau, Lourdes, Nay, Tarbes and Bagnères-de-Bigorre. We did karting, crazy golf (2 courses), swimming (3 places) and caving. And son2 celebrated a birthday there.

Here are a few of our holiday photos.

Pyrenees holiday - karting

Pyrenees holiday - crazy golf

Pyrenees holiday - crazy golf

Pyrenees holiday - caving

Pyrenees holiday

Pyrenees holiday - water park

Pyrenees holiday

Pyrenees holiday

Pyrenees holiday - Chateau de Pau

A fab time and now we’re looking forward to doing it all again in Germany. I’d love to hear about your favourite holidays.

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Guest post: How to prevent a mess when crafting with kids

Allowing your kids to do craft work is rewarding in many ways. It keeps them entertained for a long time, it gives them the freedom to express themselves and you get to see how their faces light up and how big their smiles are when they do something interesting.

crafting

That being said, we cannot leave out the other important aspect of kids’ crafting – the mess. Crafting is all fun and games until it comes time to clean the aftermath of it. Sure some kids know to be very careful and not make a mess but then crafting loses half of its fun and appeal.

Instead of forbidding your kids to use some crafting supplies because they leave a mess or if you teach them to be super careful when they create their masterpieces what you can do is just prepare for the mess. It’s as simple as that.

crafting

If your kids really love crafting there is a number of things that you can do to prepare the space which they will use in a way that it will be easier to clean up. And also, to make sure they use art and craft supplies that can be cleaned – such as paints and markers that are washable.

Here are some ideas about how to prepare the crafting area for a lot of use and for easier cleaning.

1. Set limits and boundaries – limit the craft area to only one room or even better outdoors. If you have an outdoor space – yard, garden, lawn, patio, etc. If it is a good and sunny day set their crafting zone somewhere outside to prevent the mess inside of your home. Just the coffee table, their room or any other room is fine. Limit the mess in as small place as possible for a quick cleaning.

2. Use cling wrap to prevent stains and splashes of paint and markers on your furniture. Put the wrap on the table and whatever mess your kids make will be easier to clean and you will have protected your table. When the craft time is over simply remove the wrap and have your table untouched.

3. Lint roller – this is a great tool to use if your kids love using a lot of glitter, which we all know ends up all over the house. When your kids are done crafting before letting them run around the house use a ling roller to remove all glitter from their clothes or hands and then from the area they have been working at.

4. Old clothes – as we know kids tend to get themselves dirty paint, glue and all other messes can then be found on their clothes. That is why you should find some old shirts and pants and call them their ‘creative costumes’ and only allow them to do crafts when in them so you will not have to worry about not being able to get the watercolour stains off their new clothes.

5. Limit the supplies – give them one or two sets of markers, crayons, pencils and paint. Give them one or two types at a time, or when their paint is finished give them more. This way they will have fewer things around them to make a mess with.

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But as a whole, try to not take it too strongly and think only about the mess and the cleaning. Worrying about this will only take the fun out of crafting and enjoying your kids’ crafts.

Crafting is the best way of letting your kids’ minds work creatively and express themselves. It is also very therapeutic and is a great way to keep them entertained for a long time. Just make sure you prepare the crafting area well.

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Guest post by Demi Giles

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Win the gift of sleep

Would you like the gift of a good night’s sleep? Then read on for details of a great prize.

Tweak Slumber Sleep Kit

To celebrate the launch of the new Tweak website, I have a lovely sleep kit to give away, which includes a luxury lavender candle, room spray, sleep spray, sleep tea and an eye mask – perfect for a relaxing night’s sleep.

These prizes are supplied by Tweak, who have come up with the answer to a better night’s sleep with their innovative Duo Mattress. Ideal for couples who can now choose the right firmness rating on each side. The Duo Mattress comes with 3 foam inserts in soft, medium and firm.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

I’d love to hear your top sleep tips.

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Disclosure.  Although I am hosting this giveaway, I have not received any products.  All opinions are my own.

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