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Pluto the Dwarf Planet

Regular readers of my blog may remember that I recently reviewed the fabulous WonderKid Space Bumper Pack and ran a very popular giveaway for one.

Wonderkid Space subscription box

I am delighted to say that Anneka is the lucky winner. She correctly answered the following question.

In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) decided that Pluto could no longer be classified as a planet. What is Pluto now classified as?

And the answer is that Pluto is now classified as a Dwarf Planet.

And here are some facts provided by WonderKid about Pluto, the Dwarf Planet.

Pluto was considered a planet for 76 years. First discovered in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona, the planet is named after the Roman God of the underworld. Wait a minute! Isn’t that Hades? No; Hades was the Greek God of the underworld. The name Pluto was proposed by an eleven year old schoolgirl from Oxford, England called Venetia Burney.

“I think Pluto would be a good name for it.” said the young Venetia at the breakfast table after her grandfather had read out the news of the planet’s discovery from The London Times on 14 March 1930. Venetia was familiar with Greek and Roman mythology and the name was apt as Pluto (the Roman God of the underworld) could make himself invisible and dwelt in a cold dark place where the sunlight did not reach.

The former planet Pluto orbits our Sun far out in an icy region of the Solar System called the Kuiper Belt. In the 1990s scientists began to find many similar sized objects in the Kuiper Belt. Some of the newly discovered objects were even bigger than Pluto. One such object, called Eris, was discovered in 2005. Astronomers had to make a decision on whether all of the newly discovered objects would become planets or whether they would have to create a new, narrower definition of a planet. They went with the latter.

In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) got together to decide what the definition of a planet should be. The IAU came up with a new three step test for whether an object could be classified as a planet in our Solar System:

1. Does it orbit our Sun?
2. Does it have enough mass to make it (almost) round?
3. Has it removed other small objects from around its orbit? (unlike asteroids)

Only if an object (which is not a satellite to a planet e.g. a moon) meets all three of these criteria can it be called a planet. Unfortunately for Pluto, and its fans, it only passed the first two criteria of the test and was no longer classified as a planet! However, in a way the Solar System became a more interesting place; now there was yet another type of object discovered spinning around the Sun – which astronomers called ‘dwarf planets’!

Let me remind you that I have a special offer to share with my readers. 20% off your first WonderKid box when you use the code BLOGGINGMUMMY20 at checkout. The code is valid for the first 10 people who take up the offer and is limited to one per person.

I’d love to hear about your favourite space facts or your ideas for themes to feature in future boxes.

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WonderKid subscription boxes and giveaway

When WonderKid approached me and asked if I would like to review one of their kids educational subscription boxes, the boys and I took a look at their website. The current theme was dinosaurs but son2 immediately spotted that the previous box had been on space, which is one of his favourites interests. So we asked if it would be possible to review that one instead.

Son2 kept asking when it would arrive, as it took longer than usual, since WonderKid had to go back to the manufacturer to source the old edition. So he was delighted when we got back from holiday to find not one, but two large boxes waiting next-door for us.

Wonderkid Space subscription box

We had been sent both the WonderKid Space Bumper Pack and the WonderKid Junior Space version for free. They were very well packed.

I was very pleased to see that all items included were of high quality including the WonderKid magazine, books, games and activities. The boys have dipped into the contents but all this is going to keep them happy and occupied for many hours.

Wonderkid Space subscription box

Son2 shares all the contents with you in this video.

There are two ways to subscribe. You can either pay for just one box or you can subscribe for a year at a discounted rate. Boxes are sent out quarterly. Current pricing is £43.97 per quarter or £34.99 for the junior version for younger children. Please note that pricing does fluctuate in GBP sterling, as it is based in Euros.

The previous editions can still be purchased via the WonderKid website. The WonderKid Space Bumper Pack is currently retailing at £70.88 and is targeted at children age 7-12. Meanwhile the WonderKid Junior Space is currently retailing at £34.99 and is targeted at children age 3-6.

Wonderkid Space junior subscription box

The  mission of WonderKid is to inspire and encourage children to actively explore their curiosity, so that they engage in learning and discovery at an early age. They believe that introducing children to a broad range of ideas and concepts, through science, history, philosophy and literature, allows them to grow and learn as people, and in turn form and cultivate their own ideas, and their intellectual and creative genius; to become WonderKids! And I myself wholeheartedly support this ethos.

Wonderkid Space subscription box

Other previous topics have included Dinosaurs, Robots, Ancient Greece, Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies. The next edition will be on Oceans.

We even had 2 packets of Astronaut’s neapolitan ice-cream (one in each box). Not a patch on real ice-cream but still a tasty little treat. Must be very strange having all their food freeze-dried like that.

Astronaut's freeze-dried neapolitan ice-cream

My boys are having so much fun. This is the best educational kids subscription box I have come across in my opinion. I highly recommend WonderKid.

The only small negative point I have to make is that I couldn’t get any of the FAQ answers to display on their website. Possibly a browser issue, but hopefully something that gets resolved asap.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a WonderKid Space box to one lucky winner. What a fabulous prize. The winner will be able to choose between the Space Bumper pack and the Junior Space pack, according to which is more appropriate to the age of the child who it is intended for.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

Plus I have a special offer to share with my readers. 20% off your first box when you use the code BLOGGINGMUMMY20 at checkout. The code is valid for the first 10 people who take up the offer and is limited to one per person.

I’d love to hear about your ideas for themes to feature in future boxes.

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Disclosure. This post is a review of products I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.

BoxOfWax subscription review and giveaway

I’m sure there are probably subscription boxes available for lots of types of products, but I recently came across one that was new to me – BoxOfWax who provide monthly goody boxes full of scented candles and wax melts. And they have kindly sent me a free box to review. Wow, what a treat.

Box of Wax candles and melts

Box of Wax candles and melts

I always love the element of surprise you get opening and unpacking a subscription box, wondering what goodies you might find inside. This was no exception and when I opened the lid, I was delighted to see the thought that had gone into the packing process. Pink gems and shredded paper attractively hid the contents from sight. Dual functionality of also protecting the products in transit, but giving me the bonus of an extra step in the Big Reveal.

Box of Wax candles and melts

So this is what I got in my box.
Classic Candle ‘Chocolate Brownie’ Wax Melts
Classic Candle ‘Tiare Flower’ Minilight
Kringle Candle French Lavender Daylight Candle
Kringle ‘Hot Chocolate’ Wax Melts
Village Candle Vanilla Caramel Swirl Votive
Village Candle Rendezvous Votive
Village Candle Rain Wax Melts
Cleave’s Pink Lemonade Soy Wax Melts
Heart shaped Votive Holder
Village Candle Pure Linen Car Scenter

My box is the Bronze subscription. BoxOfWax offer four monthly subscription boxes and pricing is currently as follows…
Bronze contains £20 worth of wax and costs £16.99 including £1.99 P&P.
Silver contains £30 worth of wax and costs £26.99 including £1.99 P&P.
Gold contains £40 worth of wax and costs £35 with free postage.
Platinum contains £50 worth of wax and costs £45 with free postage.
So each box contains an extra £5 worth of free wax.

And if there are certain fragrances that you don’t like, you can just send them a message, so that those are not included in your box. Also you may upgrade, downgrade or cancel at any time.

Box of Wax candles and melts

I was really impressed with the contents of the bronze box. I haven’t sampled everything yet, but let me tell you about what I have tried. I started with the pink lemonade heart-shaped melts, as I’ve never come across melts before. I thought they would work well in my burner that I usually use with a few drops of essential oil and I was correct. I lit a tea light in the bottom of the burner and then popped a melt in the top basin. It didn’t take long for the very pleasant scent to spread round the room. And the aroma was long-lasting. Afterwards the wax hardened into a disk which proved a little difficult to remove from the basin.

Box of Wax candles and melts

Sticking with melts, the next day I tried out a Chocolate Brownie melt. I liked this aroma even better, but it did make me want a tasty sweet treat to eat, sitting there smelling it all evening. And to avoid the difficulty cleaning the basin afterwards, this time I allowed the wax to cool slightly, but before it hardened, I tipped it away into an old yoghurt pot and washed the remaining wax residue out immediately. A much better solution.

Box of Wax candles and melts

After Chocolate Brownie, I knew exactly what I wanted to sample the next day. It had to be the vanilla caramel votive candle which of course I placed in the attractive heart shaped votive holder. And the aroma lived up to my expectations. It was fantastic, so I was salivating again. I blew the candle out after about 2 hours, so I can still enjoy it some more.

I was really impressed at how much was included in the bronze box. Great value for money, especially when you consider how long the fragrance of each item lasts. I highly recommend the bronze box and I’m sure the other subscriptions are equally fantastic. Just choose your level according to how much of a wax fix you want each month. And may I add that the P&P is tiny. I can see that the actual cost to post my parcel was £2.80 and that is without considering the packing cost.

And now let me mention their sister company For Candles & Hampers. Something in your box that you wish to purchase extra of, then just pop over here. Or take a look for gifts and burners.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a bronze box courtesy of BoxOfWax to one lucky winner. A lovely treat prize.

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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 favourite fragrances?

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.