Category: Product Reviews

Heavenly Marshmallows Review

Recently my sweet tooth has been on top form, anything sweet I see I need to have. So when I came across Heavenly Marshmallows on Twitter I just had to try them and was over the moon when the lovely Sarah offered to send me some to try!

What makes Sarah’s Marshmallows so unique? In her own words; I use natural ingredients to give you the burst of true flavour. Because of this our marshmallows have soft delicate colours. Another unique point about Heavenly Marshmallows is that I can mix the flavour choices in your bag (at a market) or in our gift box (online).
My silky smooth marshmallows contain little or no colourings, preservatives, artificial flavourings, wheat, gluten or nuts, depending on what flavour you choose.”

The four different flavours I tried were Chocolate, Classic Vanilla, Lemon Meringue and Mango & Passionfruit. They’re all absolutely divine, super soft and gooey exactly like Marshmallows should be and packed full of incredible flavour. My favourite has to be the Lemon Meringue- I could eat a full box of those!

I didn’t share these with the kids, I was naughty and kept them for myself and enjoyed them with a glass of wine. They’re the perfect little treat for that I must say and you can buy a mixed flavour box for £10.00. If you want something bigger, you can get a mixed party box for £35.99 and Sarah can cater for your events such as Christenings, Wedding Favours, Children’s and Adult Birthday Parties and Baby Showers!

You can follow Heavenly Marshmallows on Facebook, Twitter and of course check out their website.

Out of Date Mates Review

Weaning. It only feels like five minutes ago we were here with Little V and we’ve recently started the weaning journey all over again with our second baby B. I’ve heard a lot of parents say they hate the weaning stage, mostly because of the mess and constant battle of attempting to actually get some of the weird smelling, bright orange mush into baby’s mouth and not all over the floor or up the walls! I have to admit though, I love it. Experimenting with different tastes and textures and watching how baby reacts to each one. The hilarious faces they pull and sheer excitement at the feel of the mushy substance between their fingers- and sometimes toes!

The thing that does bug me about weaning though  is the amount of opened jars, tubs and pots that end up in my fridge! That and the fact that I can never remember which one I opened when and end up throwing away probably perfectly fine puree’s, because I have no idea what’s in date and what’s not. That’s where Out of Date Mates come in…


One of my fellow bloggers had mentioned last week that Out of Date Mates had posted a tweet saying that they were looking for parents, who were looking to start or had recently started weaning their little one’s, to review their product. I’ll be honest, I tweeted them straight away offering to help out before I’d even looked into what the product was- anything to help with weaning is a must- right?! Well in this case- definitely!

Out of Date Mates are very handy magnets which help you keep track of which baby food you opened when, so then you know whether it can still be given to baby or if it needs throwing away. You get seven magnets, each labelled with a day of the week, and a dry wipe pen so you can write the exact time of day you opened the jar. You can then pop the magnet to the top of the jar and chuck it in the fridge- how brilliant is that?! I’ve been using mine a few days and I love them! The guys also sent me some stickers which you can use on your own pots or pouches.


They come in 3 colour choices, baby blue, baby pink or multi coloured and each set comes with a dry wipe pen which can be easily rubbed off with a damp cloth- or your finger! They cost just £9.99 for the set which I think is a bargain for the amount of times they’re going to be used and how much they’ll help me to stop wasting baby food!

You can find Out of Date Mates on their website here. They’re also on Twitter and Facebook.

Enjoy your weaning journey!

Mother Hermit xx

The guys at Out of Date Mates kindly sent me a magnet set with stickers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

 

Bobadeg Personalised Book Review

I came across Bobadeg one day on Twitter when I spotted a photo of a beautiful book with a child’s photo on the cover and thought I’d find out more. Little V is all things book these days so when the guys offered to send me a book to review there’s no way I could refuse!

Bobadeg
Image taken from Bobadeg Twitter page

Bobadeg books are personalised stories for little ones aged 5 and under and to order there are a few things you need to provide. These are the steps I took to create Little V’s book;

STEP 1: Pick a Book. Sounds easy right? Wrong! They’re all so fantastic it took me ages to just choose one!

You can choose from;

  • I Can Fight Dragons (Boy or Girl version)
  • The Fairy Garden
  • The Funny Fish
  • The Jiggly Juggly Journey
  • The Swirly Twirly Kite
  • That’s Poo!

STEP 2: Pick a Size. There are two different sizes to choose from.

STEP 3: Complete your Personalisation Details. This is where you complete the personalisation boxes to give them the child’s first name, the message you would like to appear inside the cover of the book and upload a photo of the child facing the camera.

So easy!

I chose to have Little V’s book personalised with a message from her baby brother so I thought the best book to get from him would be ‘That’s Poo!’. When the book arrived I have to admit, I hid it from her! It’s just so perfect and I was terrified she’d ruin it with an outrageous toddler tantrum or the usual juice spillage, but I was totally surprised to see how careful she was with it when I eventually handed it over.

Her face lit up and we had a squeal of ‘that’s me!’ as she noticed her photo on the cover of the book. I sat her down and read the book to her, pointing out every little detail. Little V was absolutely amazed seeing her name and photo throughout the book and thought the story was absolutely hilarious! She’s in the faze of watching cartoons like Spongebob Squarepants, so anything silly or anyway linked with burps or poop is absolutely hilarious!

When I explained to her that the book was from her baby brother she gave him a little kiss and after reading the story about ten million times, she asked me to keep it safe for her. How amazing that a two year old realises how special something is.

As you can probably tell, we absolutely love this book. Every detail is perfect and the personalisation of it makes the story come to life even more for the little one’s.

I think this will be Little V’s special bedtime story from now on.

Prices for the Bobadeg books start from just £9.99 and you can create your own at their website here. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Mother Hermit xx

 

The guys at Bobadeg kindly sent me this personalised book for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

KidloLand App: Review & Giveaway

I received a tweet last week from the guys at KidloLand asking if I’d like to try out and review their app. Now I’d never heard of it before so I had a look at their Twitter account and headed straight to the Appstore on my Iphone. Here I found that KidloLand is an app aimed at children from 0-5 years old, full of nursery rhymes and educational songs. My daughter is absolutely obsessed with songs and nursery rhymes at the moment so obviously I went straight back to the guys and said I’d love to review!

I chose to download the Android version of the app onto my daughter’s Kindle Fire (Was actually mine until the day I went into labour with her brother but that’s another story!) The whole thing is very easy to use and you don’t need to be online to play it once downloaded. Little V is a pro when it comes to playing apps and once I’d shown her quickly what to do my assistance was no longer required. That was until she wanted me to sing along to the songs of course!

There’s loads and loads and LOADS of songs within the app, much more than what I was expecting. V has been learning a few in nursery so her little face lit up when she recognised some of them and each song is interactive so she’s been enjoying pressing random objects during each song, to see what they do. Along with the songs there are also over 100 games and activities, from jigsaw puzzles to dot-to-dot, it’s impossible for the kids to get bored- I can’t get V off it!

Having a sing-song!

The brilliant thing about the app is that you don’t have to feel too guilty about letting them play on it, even for slightly longer periods of time (to get that load of washing in and sneak in a hot cuppa!), because they’re learning so much without realising it! Although you might want to make your little one wear earphones as if they’re anything like my V they tend to pick a favourite song and have it on constant repeat!

Image from Kidloland website

The app is free to download and comes with a few songs and activities on there already so you can try it out but it’s best to purchase a subscription to access everything within. You can find Kidloland in your app store Google Play or iOS, on Twitter, Facebook and on the website.

If you would like to WIN a 3 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION to the KIDLOLAND APP, you can enter below! Good luck!

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The guys at KidloLand kindly gifted me a subscription for the app in return for this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

Mother Hermit xx

Cuddle Fairy

BakerDays Letterbox Cake Review

Cake! Since being pregnant with my son I seem to have developed some kind of obsession with all things cake! So when the guys at BakerDays tweeted me to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their Letterbox cakes, I clearly said yes! Come on, who’d say no to cake?!

The following week I received my cake through the post and I have to admit that I got a tad excited! It literally is a ‘letterbox cake’ because it’s just 5″ diameter, it fits perfectly through the letterbox! I actually had company at the time so I hid the box- no way was I sharing my cake! When I managed to get rid of the company I opened the box to find a gorgeous little tin (keeps the cake from being damaged as well as a nice little tin to keep), card and even a party horn, balloons and candles- very nice touch indeed. You could smell the utter sweetness of the cake through the tin, I was literally drooling a bit by this point and I hadn’t even opened it!

Upon opening I was greeted with this beautiful little cake! It’s really easy to remove it from the tin too as there’s a paper tab to pull up to help gently lift the cake out in one piece. I was really impressed with the design too- I went for a ‘Keep Calm’ motto as we didn’t have any special occasions coming up and I really liked this one. There are absolutely loads of designs you can choose from, which can all be personalised or you can design your own with a photo and if you place your order before 2pm you can have it the very next day!

It didn’t take long before the cake was cut into- myself and my daughter just couldn’t resist that sweet cakey smell! The sponge itself was very moist and covered in delicious vanilla buttercream- even on the bottom to help the cake stop sticking to the base- extra points from me, the more buttercream the better! The icing was very sweet, but not too sweet, it wasn’t sickly and was just the right amount for the size of the cake. We managed to save a small piece for G too and he said the same- it really was gorgeous.

The letterbox cake costs £14.99 and serves around 3-4 people but I suppose that depends what kind of mood you’re in because I could have easily eaten the full thing to myself! I do think that they make a great gifts and I would definitely send them to my friends and family for occasions if they don’t live local- who wouldn’t want to get home and find a cake amongst those bills?!

You can find BakerDays on Facebook, Twitter and their website here.

Mother Hermit xx

 

Disclosure; I was very kindly sent this letterbox cake from Bakerdays for the purpose of this review. All opinions are that of my own.

RainbowBee Design Review

I was asked by the lovely Josee from RainbowBee Design if I would be willing to work with her and help her out as she was looking for parents to test out and give feedback on some of her products. I immediately popped over to have a look at the website she had directed me to and was so intrigued straight away, so of course I agreed to help.

Josee and her husband Chris make food wraps and snack bags using all natural beeswax coated fabric with a touch of olive oil-no plastic. The beeswax used is from a local supplier where they live in Canada and they make the wraps and snack bags using their own designs, then coat the fabric in the beeswax. This is to create a barrier against any germs or moisture. The wax is then set with heat and left to dry and the product is ready to use- completely food safe! How amazing is that?!

Josee was kind enough to send me a snack bag (with zipper) and a food wrap to test out (both reusable might I add). It was beautifully packaged- and had lasted the postal service and border control sayings as it had come all the way from Canada to the UK! The first thing I noticed was the beautiful, sweet smell, which is the beeswax. The scent doesn’t transfer onto the food so there’s nothing to worry about there, but it does make the baby changing bag smell beautiful (disguises the poop & sicky stench!) when were taking Violet’s snacks out and about!

The wrap has fast become one of my favourite things to use in the kitchen without question. G finds it amusing how many things I’ve found I can use it for! I’ve used it instead of cling film, to cover food whilst cooking, to cover leftovers, to wrap sandwiches for G’s lunch for work, to put V’s snacks on when she’s out in the garden or in the house- honestly, you NEED one in your kitchen.

The snack bag really doesn’t disappoint either. The fabric design is gorgeous, Violet absolutely loves it. It’s so perfect for us because she loves to have snacks when we’re out and about but she loves things like carrot, cucumber and tomatoes and I often find that when I put these items in tupperware the box can sometimes open and I end up with fruit & veg juice all over the changing back and not much snack left that I can salvage for her to eat! So I started using freezer food bags but just look at it- who wants to carry plastic bags around when you can have one of these?! This particular snack bag has a zip which is ideal for keeping the snacks in tact and because it’s coated in beeswax I don’t have any nasty leaks!

Every snack now has to go in this bag. As you can see by the pictures below, Violet even demands that her crisps be put in it.

Again, as the products are coated in beeswax they only need a quick wipe with a damp cloth when it comes to cleaning them too- total bonus!

I can’t recommend them enough and am already planning my next order as they also have Lunch Bags which I need and some more wraps! There are lots of different designs suitable for everyone- please pop over and have a look at the RainbowBee Design shop here.

You can also follow Josee on Twitter

Mother Hermit xx

Disclaimer- I was kindly sent these products in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are that of my own

 

Family Fever

Name Tag-It Review

A couple of weeks ago the guys at Name Tag-It kindly offered to send me some of their Iron-On Tags to test and review. Obviously I agreed straight away- our little V has just recently started nursery and I’ve been looking for something like this to label all of her clothes and coats because I’ve heard from friends how often things disappear during nursery and school time! I left the design choice up to the guys and a few days later I received them in the post.

Inside the packet there was a sheet of the Iron-On Transfers, a sheet of silicone paper and a detailed list of instructions. The transfers themselves are gorgeous- I love the personalised design and our V absolutely loves the little cat and the fact that they have her name on. When I first looked at the list of instructions I have to admit that I was a little bit daunted because it looked like there was a lot to follow but when I took the iron out last night and had a read of them properly I found that they were actually ridiculously easy to follow! You literally peel off the transfer, cover it with the silicone paper, hold the iron over it for around 10 seconds then use the tip of the iron to make small circular motions over the transfer for a further five seconds- and that’s it! You have a cute little name tag on your kid’s garments! They really are so easy to use and transfer onto fabric perfectly- I used around 12 of these last night and not one of them had the slightest crease running through them.

Prices for these Iron-On Labels start from just £6.50 for 52. The personalised sheet of transfers I was sent is £9.50 for 52 labels and can even include a photo. They also do Sew-on, Stick-on, Stamp-on & Clip-on labels For Children Armed Forces & those in Care. They really are perfect for helping make lost property a thing of the past! Take a look at their website here!

Mother Hermit xx

Disclosure; Please note that I was very kindly sent this produt in return for an honest review. All opinions are that of my own.

Thought I would update to show the iron-on labels after 3 washes- still looks brand new!


Ella’s Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago whilst doing the usual ‘scrolling through Twitter’ routine, I noticed a message pop through asking if I’d be willing to receive some snacks for my toddler to review. Of course I said yes- nothing like a treat for my girl- but I’m typing the review because if my toddler V wrote it, whilst being very amusing with a lot of ufwdyugHJLGVFIYLGEIYRG8E9YYUG- I don’t think we’d get much sense out of it! Although she did do all of the taste testing- I couldn’t get a look in!

A few days after the email exchange the postman appeared at the door with a huge red box! I was a bit confused if I’m honest, you know that flash of panic, ‘Ohhh no, I’ve been doing that drunken online shopping again?!’, then I noticed the Ella’s Kitchen logo! I’ve heard of Ella’s Kitchen before but it’s not something I’ve ever bought or had an opportunity to try so I was a little excited  for my V. She was napping when it arrived (we don’t get our post until 2pm, how lame is that?!), so I quickly opened it to take a photo and have a peek at the contents because I knew once she was up and noticed it the box would be upside down!

The first thing I noticed was the colours- super bright colours- I love them! When V got her chance to have a peek the next morning she gave a huge squeal of delight- and then demanded ‘Crisps!’. That’s because the little packets look exactly like crisps packets and she’s a massive crisp fiend! At first I told her no- no way are you having crisps for breakfast- but then I noticed that the blue packet was fruit- Raspberries and Peaches- so I thought what the hell, it’s a nice treat for her anyway. I’m not going to lie, the whole packet was inhaled within 5 minutes. I wasn’t sure she’d like the other flavours but that was a bit silly of me because there’s not much our V doesn’t like. I gave her a pack of the Carrot and Lentil Sticks for her snack the other day and didn’t tell her the flavour. Half way through the pack she turned to me and said “Mammy, these carrot sticks, they’re tasty!”- so they obviously taste exactly how they should! We took a pack of the Cheese and Leeks Crunchy Wheels in her backpack to playgroup last week where she shared them out with her friends- every single one of the kids loved them! Her definite favourite has to be the Parsnips and Poppy Seeds Savoury Biccies. Both packs of those were gone pretty quickly and she keeps asking for more (I keep forgetting to look out for them when we go shopping).

I am very impressed with these Ella’s Kitchen snacks and will be buying them for my kids in future- when I remember to put them on my shopping list that is! There were a couple of helpful leaflets on weaning too- definitely my next thing to try as we’ll be starting to wean our little baby B soon!

Mother Hermit xx

Disclaimer; I was very kindly sent this box of Ella’s Kitchen snacks in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are that of my own and my toddler!