GingerSnap A5 Lightbox Review & Giveaway

Lightboxes have been really popular lately and I have quite fancied trying one for sometime, in fact I put it on my Christmas list last year and I obviously mistakenly ended up on the naughty list because I didn’t get one.

So when Gingersnap offered me the chance to review one of their A5 Cinematic Lightboxes £20 I was really pleased I’d finally be able to have a go. Read on and find out how to win one for yourself!

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Inside the box you get the Lightbox unit, 120 black & red letters, numbers and symbols and a usb cable. I also received a pack of emoji faces and symbols £8 for even more fun.

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The size of the Lightbox is: L20 x W15 x D4.5 cm so it’s not huge but plenty big enough to make a statement and as stated above the lightbox comes with a USB adapter only so needs to plugged into a 5V USB adaptor, alternatively can be powered using 6 X AA batteries meaning it’s portable. It features a 6 hour self timer so there’s no panic if you go out and forget to turn it off.

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The letters and emojis mean you can have great fun for celebrations such as birthdays, Halloween, Christmas and lots more.

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The word will never be unfunny to kids will it? They thought this was absolutely hilarious to do while I wasn’t looking!

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Had to get the blog name in there somewhere didn’t I? We loved this lightbox and the kids have been making up loads of different things. This is my favourite and of course, very true.

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I’m giving my lovely readers a chance to win their very own Lightbox! Click the Rafflecopter below to enter!!

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available, 1 A5 Lightbox only.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 19/11/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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*I was gifted the lightbox for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Appy Kids Co Drinks Review & Giveaway

Having the kids off school means that every other minute they’re asking for something to eat or drink! We were delighted to be sent some yummy drinks from Appy Kids Co  for them to try out. Appy Kids Co make wholesome and low sugar drinks without compromising on the taste. Their packaging is earth friendly by using recyclable materials and they also give back by replanting trees. What’s not to like? Stick around for the chance to win some for yourself at the end of this post!

We received a mixed box of:

Paw Patrol Juice Drinks in Orange & Apple 

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These are 200 ml juice packs with a plastic wrapped straw to the back. Featuring characters from the Nickleodeon cartoon Paw Patrol. We tried both orange and apple flavours which went down a treat, with the apple being the winner. The sweetness of the drinks comes from the fruit & Stevia (a healthy sweet leaf replacement for sugar or artificial sweeteners). The apple version has red/green & golden apples plus Stevia and the orange version has apples, oranges and Stevia. Just the right amount to quench a thirst, the children really enjoyed them.

Peppa Pig Tropical Juice Drinks

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These are 200ml juice boxes with a plastic wrapped straw attached to the back featuring characters from the Peppa Pig cartoon.  We got the tropical flavour which contains Apple, orange, passion fruit, mango, apricot, pineapple and Stevia. Again these were well received and I’m reliably informed that the technical term is “Yummy”.

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Some other great points:

  • Vegetarian Society Approved
  • Great for lunchboxes or days out
  • There is an app that can be downloaded from the App store or Play store then the packs can be scanned to get props to use within the app to customise pictures.
  • No worries about sugar overload – all good stuff in these!
  • There are Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Gruffalo, Minions, Dora & Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles variations available.

For a list of stockists click here.

For your chance to win an awesome bundle for yourself which includes:

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  • 3 x 5-pack of Paw Patrol Juice Drink Pouches
  • 3 x 3-pack of Peppa Pig Fruit Drink Cartons
  • 1 x Peppa Pig 9in1 Puzzle Pack by Jumbo Games

Click on the Rafflecopter below to enter:

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 03/09/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.
8. Emails collected as part of entry will not be shared with any third party.

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*We were gifted the drinks in return for the purposes of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Lottie Dolls Review & Giveaway

Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Outdated now that rhyme isn’t it? My daughter is all those things but much, much, more. She loves to climb trees, jump off high objects and regularly comes home with skinned knees. Lottie dolls from Arklu are different in that they are all about letting children be children, all inclusive and belong regardless of race, gender ethnicity or ability. There’s also a chance to win a doll for yourself so read on!

We were sent a lovely Lottie Robot Doll and Busy Lizzie The Robot accessory set to play with and we were very excited to try them out.

Lottie Robot Doll

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Comes with:

  • Detailed atomic hoodie
  • Long sleeved robot t-shirt
  • Denim jeans
  • Sneakers
  • Cap
  • A pair of glasses

Busy Lizzie The Robot

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Comes with:

  • Busy Lizzie robot
  • 1 extra pair of robot arms
  • 1 hairpiece
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 extra pair of shoes
  • 1 sheet of transparent stickers

The dolls and indeed the accessories come in lovely brightly coloured  packaging with  the particular dolls story. In our case with the box tells us that Lottie is using items from her messy bedroom to make a robot – Busy Lizzie.

The doll stands at 19 inches and has moveable arms and legs, long blonde hair and the hat and glasses can be removed. The robots arms and shoes can be changed and something we thought was fab was that the doll and the robot can share the shoes! I love that the doll has an age appropriate body (9 year old) and doesn’t wear any make-up. Most dolls these days are unrealistic with odd body shapes and faces full of make-up. As you can see the they were a hit with my daughter!

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Robot Girl costs £18.99 and Busy Lizzie The Robot £9.50. Both recommended for age 3+

We also love the look of the Raising the Bar Gymnastics Outfit  as my daughter loves to go to gymnastics and the different dolls including Boys .

You can also sign up to Club Lottie and get access to:

  • Redeem 10% off your first order
  • Exclusive Club Lottie bundle offers
  • New Lottie doll product announcements
  • Promotional discounts
  • Competitions

For a chance to win your very own Robot Girl Lottie Doll enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 27/08/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.
8. Emails collected as part of entry will be used for Club Lottie purposes only and not shared with any third parties.

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*We were gifted these items for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own. Also contains affiliate links.*

BIC Colouring Review & Giveaway

When I was contacted by BIC with an offer to review some of their products it didn’t take me long to say yes as the kids had ‘accidentally’ put some coloured BIC pens in the trolley on a shopping trip earlier that day so I knew they would be very happy to help me review! We received a pack of BIC kids Ecolutions Evolution colouring pencils and a pack of Conte felt pens. There’s a chance to win a set of both at the end of this post. BIC is a household name that started with the iconic Crystal pen in 1950 and now has a huge range of products.

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The Ecolution Evolution colouring pencils came as a pack of 12 (there are also packs of 18 & 24 available) and contained all the colours you would expect for children to happily  colour with. They’re wood free and made from 50% recycled materials and are very strong, so if your children are like mine and are a bit rough sometimes then you know they won’t snap and splinter. They sharpen well without any rough bits like some of the cheaper pencils we have bought in the past. Each pencil is embossed with gold lettering and makes them look very professional.

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The Conte felt pens came in a metal tin of 10 (also available in 20) brightly coloured thin tipped felts. The nibs are very strong so when the kids go all out colouring their masterpiece you don’t have to worry about them being pushed in. They can also last for up to 3 months (wow) without the lids on although they do come with lids that click on to keep them properly. They’re made from water based ink which means they wash out because someone ALWAYS draws on something they shouldn’t don’t they?! It wiped clean from the kitchen table easily.

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As you can see the kids had a great time trying them out, tongue out for concentration. All the best artists do that don’t they? They are both just the right thickness for drawing Minecraft characters that my son is obsessed with currently!

Overall I was really impressed with the quality of both sets and the children have continued to use both since we opened them. The Conte set I think would also make a lovely present for someone who enjoys adult colouring as the tin they come in is lovely.

For your chance to win 1 pack of both Conte pens and Ecolution Evolutions colouring pencils enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2.There is 1 prize available.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 19/03/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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*We were sent the items for the purpose of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Hedrin Protect & Go Giveaway

If you have school aged kids then it’s quite likely you’ve either had to deal with the dreaded head lice or had the letters home advising you to check your childs hair. As the saying goes ‘prevention is better then cure’ so it’s a good idea to use something to repel the pesky little gits to stop them in their tracks. We’ve tried Hedrin Protect & Go previously and found it really great plus it smells amazing! I’m giving my lovely readers a chance to win one of 5 bottles to help with your fight against them. There’s lots of info and tips on the Hedrin website Once a week take a peek. Hedrin Protect & Go Spray is available in 120ml £4.29, 200ml £6.29 and 250ml £7.29. Available from pharmacies and leading retailers nationwide.

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2.There are 5 prizes available.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 19/03/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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*This is a collaborative post*