Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Get Involved in the Cycle to Work Scheme in 2014

Happy New Year everyone! Are you planning your resolutions? If you’re determined to make 2014 a fit and healthy year, then you could do worse than start cycling to work. The government’s Cycle Scheme initiative is aimed to help anyone who wants an easy and affordable way to start.
We’re all aware of the warnings about the problems affecting the world including our planet’s atmosphere, and just how what we do every single day will have a dramatic effect permanently. This includes incidents we presume nothing of, like leaving a house light switched on, a tv on standby, or boiling a kettle over and over in order to make a cup of tea. For this reason the last few years have seen a barrage of advertising campaigns and appeals launched to help our environment.
One of the worst forms of pollution is exhaust emissions from vehicles on the road. As countless cars, vans and other motorised vehicles travel up & down the country on their daily excursion to where they work, it’s likely to have a detrimental effect.
This is where the government’s Cycle Scheme initiative comes into its own. The cycle to work scheme enables you to cycle to work as opposed to driving, which includes a number of benefits to you, your company and the environment.

Wondering how the Cycle to Work Scheme works?
The way it works is fairly trouble-free, a firm must first register to engage in the cycle to work scheme as soon and as it's been approved they should make their staff aware of it. Employees are then able to look for the bike which suits them best, request a certificate, which is then approved by your employer who can then make an order for this particular bike.
When authorised, the certificate will likely be issued and the employee can redeem it at the shop or over the phone.
Employees should know that they pay for the bicycle over twelve months through their salary, yet the cost of the bike is usually about 42% below what we might have paid if they weren’t active in the scheme.

Cycle to Work Scheme Benefits
Besides the money/financial incentive to both employers and employees as well as benefits to our environment, the cycle to work scheme also carries with it an bunch of other gains:
Recent research suggests that cycling to a place of work helps enhance the economic system by just about £13.7 billion. This is because people that bike it are believed to be not as likely to take a day off sick than those who use other kinds of transport such as car, bus, train.
With all the significant advantages of cycling, as well as cash savings as a result of not having to buy petrol, 2014 is a great year to try out the Cycle Scheme and make a positive lifestyle change.
For more info about the Cycle Scheme you can visit the official site: http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/
Also, the writer of this article, Global Bike, encourage Cycle Scheme orders and more info can be found at their Cycle to Work Scheme Onlinepage.

This is a guest post.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

What's In My November Nonabox

This will be my third Nonabox and so far I've been really happy with the contents of the last two boxes, I was really excited when my third box arrived and I was yet again really impressed with what I found inside.

  1. JoJo Maman Bebe Clutch Changing Bag - This bag is perfect for those outings where you only need to take a few bits with you rather than an entire change bag full of items, it has some handy pockets for nappy bags, wipes etc and a wrist strap so that you carry it easily or attach to a pushchair. I really like this bag and will probably come in handy to use when Summer is a bit older and I don't need to carry around bottles anymore.
  2. JoJo Maman Bebe Pack Away Pocket Highchair - This is perfect to throw in your change bag for those times when you go out and there are no highchairs available. It fits over almost any chair and holds your baby safely in place with the strong, shaped ties. This will be must have item in my change bag from now on.
  3. JoJo Maman Bebe Henry Rabbit Blankie Comforter - This comforter is perfect for Summer as she has a really gross habit of sucking her blankets and it worries me when she stuffs a lot of the fabric in her mouth but the bunny is great because it's ears, arms and legs are the perfect size for her to pop in her mouth and suck. She's been using this a lot already and she loves it.
  4. Fireman Sam The Runaway Santa Book and Mr Men The Christmas Tree Book - Summer is a little too young for books but my 3 year old son Riley loved these, they're the perfect length for bedtime stories and we've been reading them before bed every night this week.
  5. Plum Baby Baby's First Four Grain Porridge - Summer loves porridge and has it every morning for her breakfast so this was perfect for us, we haven't tried the Plum Baby porridge before so it will be interesting to give it a try and see what she thinks.
  6. Faith in Nature Humphrey's Corner Baby Care - These two samples of shampoo and bubble bath will be nice to try at bath time, they use certified organic and natural ingredients which is perfect for babies and we're looking forward to trying them.
I'm so impressed with this box as every item will be used, it's totally worth the £25 as the items inside are worth far more than that. My only issue with this box is that I was unsure as to whether I was sent a boys box instead of a girls box as most of the items were blue and the books were more for boys, this really doesn't matter as I don't mind the blue items and Riley loves the books but it would be interesting to know if there was a more girly box.


I was sent the Nonabox for review but all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Dentek Easy Brush & Molar Mug Giveaway

You may have seen my post a couple of weeks ago about the importance of oral hygiene for babies and children, it's equally important for us adults to practice good oral hygiene of course, so today I have a great little giveaway that will help you out with keeping your teeth super clean and your breath smelling fresh.

3 lucky winners will win a pack of Dentek Easy Brushes and a Molar Mug each. 

DenTek have added NEW Easy Brush Cleaners to their range of interdental products to ensure a deep clean. 90% of all cases of bad breath is caused by harmful bacteria that is not removed by brushing alone.
- Unlike other interdental brushes, DenTek Easy Brushes feature a unique flexible handle to reach back teeth for a deep clean
- Durable, taperedd brush easily brushes around troubled spots
- Available in 3 sizes
- £3.99 from Boots

Here's what Dentek say about the Easy Brush

"Now there’s an easier way to floss and deep clean around trouble spots with DenTek Easy Brush Cleaners. The durable, tapered brush easily brushes around trouble spots and the handle features a non-slip flexible grip for comfort and control. Use the cap to keep brushes sanitary when not in use and as a handle extension to clean hard to reach back teeth."

To enter this giveaway just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, open to UK residents only.

Good luck!


Winter Walks

There's nothing we love more as a family than a long walk in some beautiful surroundings on a crisp and sunny Winters day. 

Our favourite place to go for a walk is Wollaton Hall, we love to feed the ducks and stroll around the paths which lead around the huge park. 

Wollaton Hall itself is pretty impressive and you may recognise it from The Dark Knight Rises as it was used as Wayne Manor.

We have lots of fun letting our dog Macho and the kids run around and have fun in the grounds of Wollaton Hall.

The only problem with Winter walks is that the dog can get very dirty which means that when we get home it's bath time for Macho.

At the moment we're trying out the Scruffy Chops dog shampoo and conditioners, Scruffy Chops make natural and organic mineral shampoos which focus on looking after your dogs skin. We used the Zest in Show Shampoo with Pink Grapefruit and the Muddy Marvelous Conditioner with Coconut and they both smelt amazing. I've never used a conditioner on Macho before, we normally just use shampoo but it really made a difference, his fur was silky, soft and really shiny after we dried him off.

I really like the idea of using all natural products on Macho and I'll definitely continue to use conditioner on him as it made such a difference. Scruffy Chops have a range of different products to suit all hair types and they're also cruelty free.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Prezzo Restaurant Review

Last week we were lucky enough to go and try out the italian restaurant Prezzo's Christmas Menu, me and my husband don't get to spend much time alone these days so this was a chance for us to enjoy a lovely meal minus the kids and we couldn't wait.

We went to the Nottingham Low Pavement Prezzo and it was beautiful inside, the decor was very stylish and modern and everywhere looked very clean. We were actually almost an hour early for our reservation so I was very impressed when they said that this was not a problem and they seated us straight away.

They had reserved a lovely table for us but whenever we go out if there are booths available to sit in we always prefer to sit in those, they just feel more comfortable and cosy to me. So we asked if we could sit in a booth instead and they had no problem with that what so ever and quickly moved us over to an available booth. The staff were lovely and they offered to take our coats and served us really quickly but not so quickly that we felt rushed.

The Christmas menu had some delicious choices and we struggled to decide what to have, I must admit I was very surprised by the prices as I thought it would be much more expensive than it was. On the Christmas Menu you could choose from the Classic menu which was 3 courses for £16.95, the Premium menu which was 3 courses for £19.95 or the Signature menu which was 4 courses and a glass of Prosecco for £24.95. 

We decided to go with the Premium menu and chose the Pane Con Cipolla which was garlic pizza bread with caramalised balsamic onions and melted mozzarella cheese and the King Prawns which came in a tomato sauce with garlic, chilli and spinach and ciabatta bread. Both starters were absolutely delicious, the prawns were so tasty and not too spicy and the garlic bread was amazing but maybe a little too big for a starter.

For our mains we both decided to go with the pizzas, my husband chose the VIP Tre Gusti Pizza which had pepperoni sausage, seasoned chicken, pancetta bacon, fresh rosemary, mozzarella and tomato and I had the VIP Queen Margherita Pizza which was in 3 sections and was topped with sunblushed and cherry tomatoes, asparagus, spinach and basil pesto dressed rocket leaves, bechamel sauce and buffalo mozzarella. They were so good but so big! Way too big for us to manage especially after the massive garlic bread we had just eaten so we did leave quite a lot but we had to leave room for dessert.

On to dessert and it was a tough choice but we eventually decided on the Honeycomb Smash Cheesecake and the Sticky Toffee Pudding, they were both so yummy and we were absolutely stuffed by the time we had finished although we did manage to fit in a coffee before we left.

Our first experience eating at Prezzo was really enjoyable, we had a delicious meal, the service was great and the atmosphere was lovely. We'll definitely be eating there again and I'll be recommending it to all of my friends.


Best Christmas Jumper Ever Giveaway!

Everyone loves a good Christmas jumper but I think this one is the best I've seen so far and I've got one to giveaway to one of my lucky readers!

This amazing jumper has a small pocket hidden in the front where you can place your phone and after downloading the free app you can have your very own crackling fire displayed on your Christmas jumper. How clever is that?!

Take a look at the video to see it in action.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these brilliant jumpers all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter form below, the giveaway is open to UK only, good luck!


Monday, 2 December 2013

More Christmas Gift Ideas

I've done a couple of gift guide posts already but I figured you can never have too many ideas for Christmas gifts so this post covers gift ideas for everyone.

Gifts for kids

I once read somewhere that 'a book is a gift you can open again and again' which is true, I love books and I think they make a perfect gift for children. Girls aged 4+ would love this Pinkabella's Playhouse book and the Five Little Monkeys Finger Puppet book is perfect for babies aged 6 months +, both books are by Parragon and are available to buy from Amazon, Debenhams, Sainsburys, WH Smiths and other outlets across the UK.

A great gift for girls or boys are Peppa Pig toys, this Peppa Pig Jumbo Playset would be perfect as it contains several different little sets, all for just £20 from Asda.

Another fab gift for both boys and girls is the Tiny Bike Balance Bike, it's the best way for 2-4 year olds to learn how to ride as they teach balance and co-ordination on 2 wheels. The Tiny Bike comes in a range of different colours and costs just £49.95.

Boys aged 5 years + would love this Angry Birds Star Wars Early Pack, it contains 4 figures, a Lightsaber Launcher and 2 blocks to knock over. This pack is just £3.99 in Home Bargains.

Teenagers would love these Sharpie Markers, they come in a wide range of colours and would make a great stocking fillers for creative teens.

Foodie Gift

If you have any foodie friends or family then they would love this Chutney Gift Bag by The English Provender Co. It contains a great selection of chutneys which make the perfect accompaniment for cheese.

Photo Gifts 

I think one of the best gifts you can give someone is a beautiful picture of a loved one and with SnapBox this couldn't be easier. You can take images from your camera or mobile phone and get them turned in to these gorgeous canvas prints which all come in a matte black floating frame. There are 5 different sizes to choose from and prices start from just £19.99.

Another great gift idea is a photo book, Photobox do some lovely photo books and I especially like their A4 Lay Flat Books. They're such good quality and make a beautiful keep sake, we chose to put our holiday photos from this year in a photo book and it's something we will treasure forever.

Gifts for her

If you're looking for gift ideas for the female members of your family or a friend then this Guinot Ready Set Glow Gift Box Set would be perfect. It contains some luxury skincare products designed to brighten the complexion and costs just £40.

This Faith in Nature Gift Set is a perfect gift for someone who likes to use cruelty free, organic and vegan products, they offer a range of different gift sets and products all for super affordable prices.

If you're running out of cash but still have a few gifts left to buy these gift sets from Home Bargains are a brilliant idea, with prices starting at just 99p you can still make someone feel special even if you're on a budget.

Hope this post helped to give you some more gift ideas!


Some of these items were sent for review but all opinions are 100% honest and my own.
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