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VicksTricks for coughs and colds

Britmums have challenged bloggers to take part in the #VicksTricks Campaign. I received a free goody pack comprising a bedtime book, finger puppets, magic tricks videos and Vicks First Defence nasal spray.

#VicksTricks goody pack

Regular readers of my blog will know that son1 was diagnosed with leukaemia back in 2013 and was on chemotherapy for over 3 years which he completed last summer. During this period, the chemotherapy drugs suppressed his immune system, so he was much more prone to catching the bugs going round school. We had to follow a protocol of checking his temperature several times every day and if it spiked above 38 degrees, he was admitted to hospital for a course of intravenous antibiotics for at least 48 hours. He was always confined to an individual cubicle and not permitted to leave it for risk of catching infections from other children, so he never got to see the fantastic playroom in the ward.

in hospital

Instead my number one tip distraction was down to Mum and Dad. Short bursts of tv, games, WiiU, iPad, reading to keep him entertained but not overtire him between resting.

Secondly regular trips by Mum or Dad to Costa to fetch him smoothies and a panini, as needless to say, he didn’t like the hospital food.

Favourite cuddly toys must be there.

And finally making sure I didn’t succumb to any bugs myself. In particular, I remember son1 getting admitted to hospital on Boxing Day 2015. I was the only member of the household who avoided the vomitting bug, which I put down to zealous hand washing. And I’ve always been a big fan of Vicks First Defence even before son1 got cancer, using it whenever I feel the slightest tickle in my throat.

#VicksTricks finger puppets

Nobody is ill at the moment, but we’ve been having fun, reading the book, playing with the puppets and watching the magic tricks videos. Son1 has a magic set which he enjoys. And as a child myself, I went through a phase of telling everyone that I was going to be a magician when I grew up. Never materialised along with other equally bizarre planned occupations of farmer or spy. I used to put on magic shows for the babysitter, poor lady.

I’ve attempted the sliced banana trick, but I need to practise it more, as I hadn’t sliced it that well.

Here are the key findings from Vicks consumer research:

  • Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better
  • This was followed by ‘medicine’, which 40% of parents rely on
  • More than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC

And when it comes to keeping children entertained:

  • Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or a DVD
  • Over a quarter (27%) read to their children
  • 1 in 10 parents get really creative; either telling jokes (8%) or even do magic tricks (2%)

I’d love to hear what tricks you have up your sleeve, to make your children feel better when they are unwell.

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Disclosure. This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign.  This post mentions products I received for free. All opinions are my own.

Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr

I have received a free e-copy of the book Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr

Here is the book blurb.

It’s the last week of school. With sunny days ahead and no more tests or bullies, life for Max Hamby is about to get a lot better…..until he crashes into an odd exhibit at the local museum.

Strange things begin to happen.

When Max’s mother disappears, he’s left in the care of his eccentric neighbour where lawn gnomes come to life and a bird meows. Mrs. Pitt shows him that magic is real and not all like the fairytales
he once knew.

The discovery leads him to Merrihaven, where even stranger things await, including a dwarf, a troll and a couple of pixies.

He quickly finds himself at the center of a battle between good and evil.

Someone has resurrected the Shadowstone to free the evil imprisoned inside. Max must summon the courage to find seven magical stones to save his mother and stop the evil, before it’s too late.

Here is son1’s video review.

Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.02 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. It is the first book in the Max Hamby children’s fantasy series. Son1 gave this book a resounding thumbs up.

Max Hamby and the blood diamond

I took the opportunity to read this book too. Fantasy is not one of my preferred genres, but I do like to keep abreast of what the boys are reading. There are a lot of characters to meet, some of whom I assume will be developed further in subsequent stories in the series. We have humans, dwarves, gnomes, a friendly troll, pixies to name but a few of the heroes versus a very nasty witch and her entourage. I would say it is aimed at age 9+ as some parts are quite scary. There is lots of magic including seeing Max learn the extent of his magical powers that he was totally unaware of at the start, when he was the victim of the school bullies. It definitely ends leaving you wanting to read book 2 to find out what happens next.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

A magical fairy garden walk

This post has been pending since when we were on holiday last summer. We stayed on a static caravan site in Devon and when we went for a woodland walk on the site, we discovered something rather magical and unexpected. The boys were not interested but I loved these miniature fairy doors at the bottom of tall trees.

fairy doors

It was a trail. Here is one of the signs. I love how it asks are you a fairy or elf.

The Council of Five

There were lots of things to discover hanging in the trees too, but unfortunately they didn’t show up on the photos I took, but look at the fabulous toadstools. Not quite enough for a full fairy ring though.

Toadstools

So what have you discovered on a walk that you weren’t expecting?

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