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Review: blinkbox

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Product Reviews | Posted on 06-12-2013

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As with most children, Despicable Me was an instant hit with our Little Man when Daddy bought him the DVD earlier this year. The mad cap story of Gru, a super villain who adopts three girls to help in his evil plan to steal the moon, thus beating his arch rival Vector. Gru also has the help of his large band of Minions – bizarre yellow creatures who provide some of the comedy highlights of the movie. Following the success of this first movie the sequel was inevitable, and it is currently available to rent exclusively from blinkbox. blinkbox is one of many movie rental companies that operate nowadays online, but it is the only one to have Despicable Me 2. I was sent some blinkbox credit to test out the service and enjoy a family movie night watching the Minions in action once again.
The blinkbox service is simple enough. You sign up for an account and add credit to it – if you sign up at the moment and credit your account with just £1 you get £5 credit for free. Once you’re all signed up you can choose from a huge selection of movies and TV shows, with rental prices starting from just 99p. You can then stream your selection on your tablet, your computer, your games console or your smart TV. Once you’ve rented your movie or show you have 30 days in which to watch it, or you can buy it and its yours to keep forever.
Despicable Me 2 is £3.49 to rent – or £4.49 in HD – and just £9.00 to buy – £13.99 in HD. I think this is pretty reasonable for a new release like this, especially one that is only available via this rental service. The whole rental process is really easy and needless the say the movies itself was a BIG hit with Little Man. A lovely opportunity for us all to sit down together and watch something other than Peppa Pig for an hour or so!
I expect the blinkbox service will get a lot of use in our house this Christmas, because to be fair, there’s not much else on is there! Head over to blinkbox now to sign up and you can even start collecting Tesco Clubcard points whilst you’re there. What movie would you watch first?

Have A Happy Mothers Day

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Fashion, Foodie, Home & Lifestyle, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 01-03-2013

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March is here and Mothers Day is fast approaching. I’m sure its very early this year, its usually closer to the end of the month and coincides with my own Mums birthday more often than not! There are gifts aplenty on the market at the moment, but here are my pick of the best for Mothers To Be, New Mums and Your Mum, whatever your budget.

If you’re pregnant this Mothers Day suggest to your other half that your bump buys you a gift set from Shea Mooti. I heartily recommend their Mama’s Moisturising Gift Set which includes a tub of Mama’s Everything Body Balm and some Soothing Foot & Leg Cream. The balm is fantastic. I’ve been using it on my eczema and on my chapped lips this winter. The tub is huge and the relief is instant. If you are pregnant rub it generously over your bump to keep your skin soft and supple. If you’ve recently given birth its ideal for cracked and sore nipples. The foot and leg cream is perfect for tired legs, whether you’re carrying around a large bump, or chasing after a chaotic toddler.

If you’re on a small budget, or perhaps your little one is insisting on buying Mummy something themselves, head down to your local supermarket. There are some great items on offer at great prices, including these iced gingerbread biscuits from Tesco. At just 90p each there are a great little token. They are nice and big and taste delicious, though you may have to prize them from your child’s hands if you want to eat it yourself. If gingerbread isn’t your thing go down to Asda and get hold of a new mug. All Mums need some form of caffeine to get them through the day, so a nice “Great Mum” mug is a certain winner. You can even get one for Grandma whilst you’re there. There’s also a lovely Alfie The Giraffe “Special Mum” soft toy available which any mother would treasure.

 

If your Mum needs a bit of pampering and you want to get her something that will last throughout the year, what about a subscription to Birchbox. Recently arrived from the USA, Birchbox is a monthly beauty box delivered straight to your door. Each box contains a selection of sample size beauty products for you to test out, and then there is a separate online store where you can buy full sized items which you love. I received the now sold old February box myself and I was very impressed. Beautifully packaged it contained, amongst other things, a pair of eyelash curlers, some Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Plump N’Thick Leave-In Thickening Mist, and Korres Guava Shower Gel. You are getting introduced to new and exciting brands and products you may not have heard of and used before, and all for just £10 per month delivered. A great treat for any mum.

If you can’t make it to see your Mum this Mothers Day and you want to send her something that little bit different to let her know you are thinking about her send her a decadent Cream Tea By Post. Distributed by Fanny’s Farm Shop these cream teas are delicious. With options of sending them for 1, 2 or 4 people, or even including mugs to drink the tea from, the sets make a lovely gift. We willingly tested out the cream tea for 2 and it was gorgeous. It arrived beautifully packaged and instead of being packed with bubble wrap or endless polystyrene it was protected with popcorn. A great eco-friendly packing which you can feed to your garden birds, so they get a little treat too. The scones were really nice and I loved the fact that the jam was homemade. Plenty of clotted cream is also supplied which made my day – I tend to go a little overboard so was fully satisfied. A truly unique and special treat.

This dainty bone china jam jar would make a great gift is you’re planning on creating your own Afternoon Tea this Mothers Day, or perhaps taking your Mum breakfast in bed. Beautifully made and decorated with a strawberry by Sophie Allport. The lid features a gap for your spoon, making this a very quaint addition to any table or tray. Part of the Strawberries and Cream range, a complete set would make a table look stunning, and last for many years to come.

Hotter are well known for their range of gorgeous and incredibly comfortable footwear, and they’ve featured on my website many times. What they are perhaps less known for is their range of handbags. The bags are of the same superior quality you’d expect from Hotter and one would make a great gift this Mothers Day. This is the Maui bag which is great for travelling. Its got a large zipped pocket, a small button fastened pocket and then a hidden pocket on the back. The hidden pocket is ideal for passports, tickets and other travel documents. It would also make a lovely day-to-day bag. It doesn’t have an enormous capacity so you couldn’t use it if you had your small children in tow, but for those child-free days or if you want your things separate to the changing bag, it would be perfect. You can also check out the new Hotter advert and shop from it at their website.

 

Kids Clothing At Tesco

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 16-08-2012

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Is it just me, or does your child have infinitely more clothing than you do? My Little Man is nearly 2 and he has so much clothing. And that’s if you just include things that actually fit him! We are drowning in clothes that he’s grown out of, and we also have a drawer of clothes in the next size up, ready for that sneaky growth spurt.

I would say that 80% of his clothes come from the same shop, and that shop is Tesco. When I buy clothes for my son – and to be honest its something I probably do too often – I am looking for bright colourful pieces that mix and match easily and wash well. I am also looking for affordable clothes. We live on one full time income and I work one Saturday morning a month, so money isn’t exactly something we have in great supply. Even if we were rolling in it – and I do keep trying to win that Lottery – I wouldn’t spend a fortune on his clothes at this age. I am relieved that he’s nearly 2 and the manic growth of the first two years has slowed to a more manageable state. I’m sure we all have clothes we bought for our little babies that they never even wore because they grew so fast, or things they wore once or twice. Nowadays we get much more wear out of his clothes but affordability is still key.

Clothing At Tesco offers brilliant prices on some gorgeous clothing, and the quality is great too. Little Man loves to clamber about the lounge, rush about the garden, and seems to think his clothes are mere extensions of his bib at meal times. His clothes get a real beating and the average t-shirt must be washed dozens of times in its life. I love the fact that clothes I buy him from Tesco’s remain in one piece and looking as bright and colourful as the day I bought it by the time it is resigned to life in the “Outgrown” pile.

Whilst I do get my food delivered – I can’t imagine taking Little Man food shopping without one of both of us ending up in tears – I often pop in to my local store to pick up bits I have inevitably forgotten, or to top up on milk and fruit during the week. Its so easy to just pop a couple of cheap tshirts or pair of jeans on the basket as well, and you hardly notice when you get to the checkout. There is more often than not a sale of some variety on, and by keeping an eye out for bargains in sizes to come I spread the cost of clothing my Little Man too.

Clothing At Tesco also has a fantastic website which I also browse for bits. At the moment they have some great deals on ‘Back To School’ wear and it won’t be long before the Autumn/Winter range appears. With the Summer Clubcard Exchange that’s currently going on you can get some superb deals on kids clothing AND get them ready for September. I can definitely see a lot more Tesco clothing in my son’s future, and once in a while Mummy even gets something too!