MadeGood Granola Bars - Review & Giveaway

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Let's face it, eating is one thing that most children are good at, snacking in particular! My kids are constantly grazing on something so it's important for me to offer snacks that are both filling and healthy for them.

New to the market, MadeGood granola bars are just that, both healthy and filling and available in three delicious flavours; mixed berry, chocolate and banana, and chocolate chip. Suitable for all the family, they are loaded with all-natural, organic, ingredients such as dried fruit and whole grains, with pure sunflower oil to keep the bars low in saturated fat. They contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals and suitable for vegans too. As if that wasn't enough, there are six different sources of vegetables in each bar too.

MadeGood is the first-ever totally allergen-free snack bar. They are free from; gluten, milk, peanuts, nuts, soy, eggs, and sesame making them safe for schools, ideal for in your child's lunchbox, nursery, the park, soft play, anywhere where kids will be. My children don't have any food allergies that I'm aware of, but, I do know many children who do and how serious allergens can be. It's fantastic to finally have a granola type bar that is safe to take into schools.

I've popped one in Noah's lunchbox for the past week and his favourites are definitely the ones which have chocolate in them. Go figure. He says that he enjoys the taste, the chewiness, and the crunch. Ava, on the other hand, likes them all and tends to have one for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Between the four of us, we've almost gone through the lot! They are very tasty and knowing they are jam-packed full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals make me, as a parent, love them even more.

MadeGood granola bars are available now in ASDA stores across the UK, each box contains 6 x 24g bars, costing £2.79. They are a real winner in our house and I recommend trying them out for yourself. How would you like to win three boxes? Head over to my Instagram page to enter and don't forget to check out my other competitions. Good luck! 

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Decorating Our Home With Desenio

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After undergoing a home renovation spanning the good part of five years, we are now able to dress our home in the way that we want to. We live in an old terrace house, with very high ceilings so it tends to be a task to find artwork which is big and bold enough. A few weeks ago Desineo got in touch, offering me a voucher to spend on their website in exchange for a review, and I made quick work of taking them up on the offer.

Desenio offers a countless amount of posters and prints, suitable for every room in any home. Their prints are on-trend, inspiring, and many are unique. Most styles are Scandinavian; straight to the point, simple, yet chic and tasteful. I was blown away by the different styles, colours, themes, and took hours to make my final decision. I'm quite an indecisive person so the gallery wall section on the website was a big help to me. It's worth taking a look as it's great for a little inspiration too.

Before purchasing, I knew which rooms I wanted to buy prints for and the gallery wall section on the website helped me tremendously. It gave inspiration when it came to choosing prints and gave me an idea of which prints looked good together.

For my hallway, I chose the Forest Circle, Climb Mountains and Like The Ocean posters and ordered them all with black frames. I chose the 30x40cm prints which cost £11.95 each, plus £12.95 for each frame. They look incredible on the wall, even better than I envisioned. I've already lost count of the number of times someone has noticed them, or ask where I got them. They really make an impact and in hindsight, I wish I'd ordered the bigger size.

Our bedroom was the other room I wanted to decorate with Desenio artwork and I had various shelves and wall space ready and waiting for them. Taking yet more inspiration from the gallery wall selection I chose the Ocean, It's Not What We Have, Reaching Hands, Breathe and Hummingbird prints. They look like they were designed just for our room, they are stunning, they all complement one another and add a touch of serenity and calmness to our room.

Would I order from Desenio again? Yes. Would I recommend to a friend? Yes! I was blown away with the endless amount of prints, posters, and artwork available and the sheer quality of the prints when they arrived. I cannot stop staring at them - they are all so beautiful.

Which do you like best? Would you order from Desenio?

Peppa Pig – Peppa’s Wooden Playhouse - Review

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Peppa Pig is just as popular now as she was 10 years ago, kids cannot get enough. There's something about that little cheeky pig that seems to appeal to most children, my kids being two of them. Peppa is the only TV show they'll happily watch together and they really enjoy playing together with the Peppa playsets that we already own.

Peppa’s Wooden Playhouse comes flat-packed, in a large, heavy box. It features half a dozen different pieces which need to be screwed together so I left the job to Nick. He waited until the kids were in bed and then got to work. It comes with easy to follow instructions and it took him 45 minutes to put together. I think that's a reasonable amount of time considering the sheer size of it - it stands at around 75cm tall and 57cm across.

The wooden playhouse is a real showstopper once put together, it looks very impressive! There are 8 rooms to explore, over three floors, each designed to look just like Peppa's house. 
It has great attention to detail here. Ava noticed Mr. Skinnylegs (the spider) in the loft and the muddy puddle in the bathroom right away. 

Included with the set are 25 different plastic accessories to dress the house and two-character figures to roleplay with. Included with the accessories are three interactive pieces of furniture; a glowing stove with sound effects, a bedside table which plays lullabies, and Mummy Pig's computer that lights up. There's also a phone holder in the living room which is supposed to act as a TV on the wall but isn't something that my children will use. Initially, the amount of furniture looked great but once I'd placed them into the house I thought some rooms looked pretty empty. 

Ava also noticed how Mummy and Daddy Pig were displayed on the box, but aren't included in the set. Thankfully, she didn't mind the empty spaces or lack of Mummy and Daddy Pig - those are just things us parents tend to pick up on. We own a couple of other Peppa Pig playsets and figures and they fit really well within the house and add even more elements of play. 

I only introduced Peppa's Wooden Playhouse to Ava this morning and she's already had hours and hours of play with it. We sat together creating our own Peppa Pig stories and scenarios which mainly involved in me being Peppa Pig and Ava being George sending me to bed! Noah also made a beeline for it when he got home from school and likes it just as much as Ava.

Overall I'm impressed with this toy, yes, there are things I would have like to have seen included, but it's gone down a storm with both Noah and Ava. I'd go as far as saying it's one of their favourite review toys to date, that's no mean feat. Peppa's Wooden Playhouse is suitable for children from 3 years of age, retails at £99.99 and is available at Smyths.

Keeping Our Feet Cosy With SockShop

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Some people are mad about shoes and handbags, for some it's all about jewellery and hats, for me though, it's all about socks. You can't beat a nice pair of socks and I happen to think that they may excellent gifts too. That said, I'm quite fussy with the socks that I wear. I like them to look nice, the funkier the better, but most importantly they have to feel good too. They can't be too tight or too loose and they must be super soft.

SockShop is an online store which sells, yes you guessed it, socks, but also tights, underwear and accessories too. They stock them for women, men, children, babies and for many different occasions. They offer their own range of products and around 50 named brands too.

My first port of call was the superhero-themed socks because we are such big fans of the Marvel and DC universe. I chose the Captain America set for Nick, the Marvel multipack for Noah, and the Superwoman set for myself. All three sets are of regular thickness and length and feature standard toe and cuff seams. They are also officially licensed and cost just £7.99 per pack. 

Noah was delighted that his multipack featured not one, but four of his favourite Marvel characters; Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man. He keeps asking for his new "Marvel socks" over every other pair he owns and he has worn them under his school uniform this week too. He doesn't want to take them off.

Last, but not least we ordered a couple of pairs of Happy Socks which are a brand that SockShop stock on their website. I selected a pair for us all, a Candy print for Nick and Ava, and Pizza and Donuts for Noah and I. They are made from 86% cotton, 12% polyamide, 2% elastane - a total dream to wear. The kids are obsessed with the designs and keep saying that they look good enough to eat! The adults-sized pairs retail at £12.99 a pair, whereas the kids' ones cost £5.99. I'll definitely buy more in the future.

Do you like the look of these socks? Would you purchase from SockShop? Perhaps I can tempt you with a discount code? Use ChicGeekDiary10 to receive 10% off your order. Happy shopping!

Baby Born Surprise Dolls - Review & Giveaway

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My kids love collectibles, the cuter the better and Baby Born Surprise are just that. They are presented in a hard plastic shell, but once the plastic was out the way they are ready to open, presented with a lovely egg-shaped bundle wrapped in a cloth material. They look very appealing to children and Noah and Ava were very excited to find out which babies were nestled up inside.

With 12 different babies (series 1) to discover and collect, it keeps things very exciting. Each baby is wrapped up in their own unique and adorable swaddle and each come with a removable, colour changing nappy, a feeding bottle and a birth certificate. The birth certificate is like a puzzle, which you have to decipher to learn lots of important details about your baby.

There are so many different surprises to discover with Baby Born Surprise; their eye colour, hair colour, nappy colour, favourite food, birth month, star sign, favourite number, their gender and of course, their name! Filling out the birth certificate and figuring out all of these details is so much fun and brings a whole new element of play.

We now have a new collection on the go with Baby Born Surprise. Both children are besotted with them and like to role play with them. I like how they are quite a substantial collectible, they are of decent size, have lots included and the birth certificate really engages children when opening.

Suitable for children from 3 years of age, Baby Born Surprise retail at £11.99 each. They are available to buy at most leading toy stores and online. How would you like to win TWO Baby Both Surprise dolls? To enter simply use the Gleam form below and don't forget to enter my other competitions.

2 Baby Born Surprise Dolls

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