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GumiGem Bubba Bag Original - Review & Giveaway

GumiGem is a UK, family run business who design and produce silicone jewellery and silicone teething toys that not only will little ones love but parents will love also. We are no strangers when it comes to the brand as over the years we've had a couple of their teething toys and I've treated myself to some of their lovely teething jewellery too. GumiGem products quickly became an essential for me, especially in the heights of teething. This week I was asked if we would like to review their Original Bubba Bag I happily accepted because I knew that Ava would love it.

The Original Bubba Bag contains 4 teething toys, all of which are made of the soft, flexible, non-toxic, washable silicone, perfect for babies and toddlers to gnaw on. There's a set of car keys which do a great job of reaching those pesky molars. A credit card with raised numbers which little ones will love to touch and explore. There's a smartphone which is not just ideal for chewing but is a good way to encourage imaginative play. Last but not least there's a little pink purse which is smooth to touch with added bobbly bits to soothe sore gums. All of the toys carry the CE mark and are dishwasher safe.

Ava has been playing with the bag and chewing on the toys constantly for the past couple of days. She really enjoys to sit down and rummage through the bag to see what she'll discover. She a fan of all four teething toys but the keys seem to be a firm favourite for gnawing on and she's always nattering away on the phone! Once she's finished playing with them she tidies them back inside the bag, pops it on her arm and toddles away, just like Mummy. It's the cutest thing to watch, she's such a little lady! It's kept her occupied on so many occasions and I'm sure that she's going to enjoy it for quite some time.

The Bubba Bag Original retails at £29.95 and is available online on the website. I'd definitely recommend it to fellow parents, especially to those with teething children as I really think that it helps when it comes to teething and it's so much fun too! How would you like to win a Bubba Bag? In either purple or green? To enter simply use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions!

GumiGem Bubba Bag worth £29.95

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10 Ways To Make Moving Home Easier

Before we bought our first home we had lived in not one, but three rental properties. With moving house four times in ten years you could say that we are quite used to packing up our belongings and moving but it doesn't make the task any less stressful, especially with children. With this in mind, I've teamed up with fellow bloggers to put together a post featuring some of our top tips on how to make the process easier and less stressful. I'll start by sharing one of my own tips.

1. Hire help, hire cleaners to do the dirty work and movers to do the heavy work. By hiring transportation services like the moving company Toronto, you'll make the move so much easier. Find a local company by using the internet or ask friends for any recommendations.

2. Before you do anything read; "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Mari Kondo! Then start packing in her suggested order, getting rid of anything that doesn't "spark joy". I thought it all sounded a bit ridiculous until I "got it" and then I was totally hooked. It will make packing so much easier, and you will be very excited about unpacking too! - Eileen.

3. Start sorting and rehoming as soon as the house goes on the market, in fact before you even put it on the market! It will help stage your house while you are selling and streamline the packing afterwards. And if your house does not sell or you change your mind, it will be a lot better place to live in afterwards! - Nikki.

4. Find out upfront what your sellers are leaving, things like curtain rods and light fittings can save a small fortune initially. Also, see what your buyer might be interested in too. When we moved last time, we sold them our kitchen table as it fit well there but was too small for our new place. Offer to leave shelves and fittings too if you don't need them. It saves taking stuff down. - Emma.

5. Get the kids involved as much as possible. It can be a huge shock to their system, especially if you’re moving away from their school or friends. Getting them involved in packing and maybe labelling boxes or deciding where things will go, can help them feel in control. - Jennifer.

6. My top tip is to get a babysitter. We moved house with 2 children and it was such a challenge with them running around everywhere, it made it difficult both packing and unpacking the other side as well as the actual moving! - Hayley.

7. I always go with the mindset it will take longer than you expect and it'll be harder than you expect. I try to start packing much sooner than I need to then we usually hire a small van and move as much as we can, then get a removals firm to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to sofas and beds. - Jenny.

8. Write on every box what is in it, then when you go to put it in your new home; you know exactly what room to put it straight in. Saves so much mess and clutter in your new home. - Rebecca.

9. After about 17 moves in less than 3 years, I can honestly say create a ‘24 hour box’! Put in a change of clothes, stuff to make tea and coffee (mugs, kettle spoons) a bowl, knife and fork, toilet roll, washing up liquid, tin opener dishcloths and label it! That way if moving doesn’t go to plan and you get into the new place late, you don’t have 100 boxes to try to unpack/go through, you can just grab that 1 box with everything you need for the next 24 hours. - Jade.

10. Keep one box separate from the rest so that it is easy to find after the move with cutlery, some plates, favourite children’s bits - basically anything needed to make that first night a lot less stressful. Also, once you are in, focus on getting the kids' rooms unpacked and ready first so that they are ‘in’ the new home. - Emma.

Do you have any tips that you'd like to share?
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Last Minute Gift Ideas For Father's Day

Father's Day is just a matter of days away and is creeping up on us fast. This year, like most years the day has fallen on Nick's birthday too which means he'll receive two sets of presents! I struggle buying gifts for him at the best of times nevermind when he has two events to celebrate! With this in mind, I've put together a post of all the items that he'll be receiving this year and a couple that will be great for my Dad! Hopefully, it'll give you some ideas if you still need to grab a couple of last minute gifts.

1. Buy a Gift Voucher - from £25.00
If I ever need a little inspiration when it comes to buying gifts then I tend to head over to Buy A Gift. Not only have they got thousands of experience days but they have spa days, hampers and gifts too. If you are unsure about what to book then there's the option to purchase Buy A Gift vouchers which gives the recipient the option to spend it however they like.

2. Cushtie Pillow - £11.99
Cushtie's are lightweight and compact so can easily be taken in the car or packed in your hand luggage if you're going on an aeroplane. We like to travel and have recently just come back from a holiday to Majorca. With this in mind, I like to look out for presents which would benefit us when travelling, especially to a different country. Nick doesn't like flying so the Cushtie Pillow from Find Me A Gift would make him a bit more comfortable and the kids would be able to use it too. They look so comfortable that we'll probably use it around the house too.

3. Angels' Nectar Scotch Whiskey - £17.99
Angels' Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky has been carefully created from a selection of Speyside and Highland malt whiskies and bottled at 40% Vol. It's smooth and sweet with hints of apple pie on the nose, followed by heather honey and lemon on the taste. My Dad hasn't tried this brand before and I know he'll be delighted when he unwraps it on Father's Day.

4. Venturer Mercury 7L - £49.99
This is another gift which is perfect for travelling or for home use. The Mercury 7L operates on Android 6.0 and has a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen with a display resolution of 1024 x 600. Inside the Mercury 7L is a Quad Core 1.3Ghz processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory and built-in Wi-Fi capability, making it a great option to surf the internet. The Mercury 7L has a front-facing 1-megapixel camera, ideal for video calling friends and family or for taking selfies. With a Micro SD card slot and Micro USB port for data transfer and charging, this great value tablet is the perfect option for kids or when travelling.

5. Dobell Light Blue Dupion Tie - £9.99
This classic cut tie is made from a smart dupion fabric. Suitable for any formal occasion, it has been custom made to ensure the perfect match with our waistcoat range. It's available online at Dobell and comes in a range of different colours.

6. Beer Hawk Cheers Dad Beer Box - £20.00
This Father’s Day Beer Hawk, the UK’s leading online craft and speciality beer retailer, is throwing out the socks and slippers and replacing them in favour of beer! The ‘Cheers Dad’ craft beer gift box promises five great beers from around the world, a limited edition ‘Dad’s Beer’ glass and a tasty bar snack. Cheers Dad has been carefully curated by Beer Hawk’s in-house beer experts to make it the perfect gift for beer-loving dads this Father’s Day. I now have this hidden away for Father's Day and I'm so excited to surprise Nick with it, he'll love it!

7. Sebamed For Men Bundle - £28.41
Nick is always neglecting his skin and as he's getting older it's time to start paying attention to it. 
The Sebamed For Men bundle covers all the products you require for good healthy skincare. It includes a cleanser, moisturizer, shaving balm, body wash and even a deodorant. Created with the same pH 5.5 value as healthy skin, it supports and protects the natural barrier function of the skin’s acid mantle, rapidly absorbs and leaves skin feeling replenished.

8. Marques de Caceres Wines - from £8.49
Last but not least we were sent a couple of bottles of Marques De Caceres wine. The Marques de Caceres Verdejo White which is an aromatic white wine from the highly regarded Rueda region, full of character and balanced acidity. Expect nutty, herbaceous and citrus notes, perfect to accompany spicy food or fish. Second we have the Marques de Caceres Blanco White which is a rich and dry white wine. Minerals lace through notes of grapefruit and pear, making this a fresh and crisp feeling wine on the palate. These will go down a storm in the evening once the kids are in bed.

Have you bought all your presents for Father's Day or are you running a bit last minute like me?

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Why Should You Choose A Cruise For Your Next Holiday With The Kids?

Cruises haven’t always appealed to me, from the worry about seasickness to the fear of being trapped on a boat for days on end with bored children. But with more and more families opting for these types of holidays, I thought I’d dig a bit deeper into what they offer people of all ages. So here’s what I found:

1. Cuisines for Everyone
If like me, the thought of a cruise brings up all kinds of images of formal dining rooms and stuffy dress codes, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Today, many cruise liners are trying to cater for a variety of needs, which means offering convenient dining services for all the family. From snack bars that are perfect for grabbing food on the go (while you’re sat by the pool) to casual restaurants with family-friendly menus, you really are spoilt for choice. And don’t worry – if mum and dad still fancy getting dressed up to the nines one night, there are formal options available.

2. Kids Won’t Know What to Do First
Obviously, your biggest concern when you’re going on holiday with the kids is how to keep them entertained – especially when you’re at sea. However, it looks like the bigger worry will be keeping them entertained when you get back home because cruises offer such a vast array of activities throughout the day and night. These clubs and activities are also tailored to different ages, so youngsters and teenagers have something to do without feeling as though they’ve got to join in with people a lot older or younger than them.

3. Entertainment for the Whole Family
With so many different cruise liners available, (you only need to look at places like the Bolsover Cruise Club to see the choice on offer), you’ll be able to find something that meets your family’s needs. And one huge aspect will be the entertainment provided by the ship’s staff. At night, many cruise ships offer shows that are family-friendly and often feature some of the hottest up-and-coming talentThen, during the day, you can opt for the excursions that are offered to the different places you’re travelling to. What’s more, if there’s enough of you, you could even arrange a private excursion at a similar price.

Seeing the World
Finally, one of the greatest aspects of a cruise is being able to see new places around the world and without the worry of having to integrate and find your way around the local area. There’s no upheaval as you travel around as you’ll all have the same room each night, but you do get an insight into new areas that you might not otherwise travel to. From Alaska to Europe, the possibilities are endless with cruises – and with everything included in the overall price (minus some excursions), you’ll know how much your family holiday is going to cost you from the offset.

Would you ever consider a cruise with your children?

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