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Review of the Stylish Laptop Rucksack from Estarer

I have been gifted this beautiful and very practical satchel style rucksack laptop bag by Estarer to review. It is made of eco-friendly PU leather is filled with compartments for all you need to carry and comes in Black or Red.

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When I first looked inside the bag I was so excited to see how much room it has and how many different compartments there are within it. Inside the bad you have the padded compartment for your laptop (this will hold a laptop 15-15.6 inches) which has a strong elastic velcro strap to keep the laptop held down.

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In front of that there is another smaller padded compartment that will fit a tablet or a kindle, then in front of that there is a long space that you can put a A4 notepad, paperwork, folders or a few books and to finish off a small space for cards or pens at the top, I even used it to fit my purse in.

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If you think this is a lot of space I have only covered above the main part of the bag there is still so much more to this roomy bag.

At the very back there is a small zipped pocket that is a good size for carrying a phone or purse, although I would suggest whatever you carry in there make sure it is flat shaped as you will be able to fill this pocket on your back when carrying it. I used it to carry my phone as my purse was rounded and with the weight of the bag I felt it on my back as I walked.

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At the very front of the bag there is one more compartment that has zips either side so you can open it up to make more room if needed. This part of the bag has 2 pen holders a small elasticated compartment, which I could also fit my purse in and then the main pocket which you could use to carry notebooks. Again it is big enough to carry an A4 notebook.

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As well as its practicality this bag is so sleek and elegant it has lovely tassel details on the zips and the front and has a stachel type look to it. It has thick adjustable straps to help you carry the bag on your back and a small handle at the top so you can carry it. The whole bag looks and feels sturdy and very well made.

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I love the idea of a rucksack laptop bag as it distributes the weight more evenly and doesn’t hurt your shoulders or make you lean more to one side like traditional laptop bags do.

The main compartment is protected by the PU leather fold over top but there is a slight overhang of the bag and a small gap on either side where if you are caught out in a huge downpour the contents of your bag could get a little wet.

The other thing to consider is if you live in an area that is high in crime the bag unclips easily and someone could get there hand in there.

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Conclusion

I think this is a very good bag, it is fashionable, cute and so practical at the same time. I love the idea of carrying my laptop in a rucksack. The company also offer 365 day quality warranty and 30 day return policy. I will be using my bag regularly to carry my laptop to work from now on. 

These stylish Laptop rucksacks are available to order on Amazon click the link to view.

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Review of ‘Dino Ranger Treasure Hunt’ by Wonder Adventures

We have been reviewing the ‘Dino Ranger Treasure Hunt’ by Wonder Adventures. The Dino Ranger Treasure Hunt is an interactive hunt for children using online videos to give children clues to find the treasure.

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The website is easy to sign up to and everything you need for the interactive hunt is easy to access. The instructions are simple to follow and the hunt doesn’t take too long to set up.

At the beginning you will need to print of the dinosaur puzzle pieces and the clue cards then hide them around the area you are using for the hunt with a piece of the dinosaur bone puzzle underneath each clue card. There is also certificates that you can print off to give to the children at the end if you want to. After that you have printed and hidden the clues you just need to gather the children to watch the interactive videos.

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For younger children aged between 3-8 years old this is a great interactive hunt and if they are into dinosaurs then they will really enjoy the activity. The first video is the longest and has an introduction and shows the children how to walk like a dinosaur the rest of the clue videos are short to ensure that the flow of the hunt is kept up. After all the clues have been worked out and the puzzle pieces found the children then need to work out putting all the bones together to make the dinosaur.

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To finish off the hunt there is the Dino rap interactive video to get the children moving like a dinosaur and rapping along.

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This interactive hunt is good fun, easy to set up and children can follow along. This interactive hunt would be great for a party where you could divide the children into teams or partner them up to work together. The package costs £12.00 so for a party activity it is inexpensive and will keep the children entertained and active.  

I used my laptop to play the videos and that worked well but if you have a big group of children, you may want to consider putting it on the TV instead.

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Why the Olympus TG-5 Tough is a great camera for parents that love to take pictures!

I love photography. It is my other passion along side writing.

I like to have pictures of our family days out and activities so we can have them as lasting memories. I have my Nikon D3330 which I love and use a lot for my photography however it is not the type of camera you can take with you on a beach day when you have children to run around after. I also worry when the kids ask to use it as they want to take some pictures that they may drop it.

I decided a while ago that I wanted to get an action camera so I would never miss a family moment at the beach or of the kids playing in the water. I searched for ages and looked through so many different cameras I was baffled. I wanted something that was water proof but that also took great pictures but not with an extortionate price tag.

It was when a very talented photographer Paul Williams recommended on his page the Olympus Tough 5 as it has an amazing macro function as well as being fully waterproof and drop proof.

I am fascinated with macro and underwater photography so that was it I was sold and ordered my new camera. That was over a year ago and I still love my Olympus TG-5 Tough and now I wanted to share with you why it makes a great camera for parents. I have managed to take so many amazing photos from it and capture family moments that otherwise would have been lost in time.

At £420 (the price when I bought mine) it is by no means a cheap camera but for me it was so worth the money and I have never regretted it. The camera is lightweight and small so it can fit in your pocket or bag making it easy to carry around with you.

It claims to be drop proof up to 2.1m drop height although I can not verify this as I am not brave enough to test it out but it makes it the perfect camera to let little ones use knowing that if they did accidentally drop the camera it won’t break.

It is fully waterproof up to 15m deep without the need of any specialist case so you can run in the sea with it and take pictures of your little ones and come away with beautiful pictures to remember the day. It is also perfect for snorkeling and capturing the amazing creatures that you encountered lurking under the water.

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The Olympus  TG-5 Tough is also freeze proof up to -10C so you can take it out in the snow without any worries and capture the fun you all had on those rare snowdays (if you live in the UK).

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It has a brilliant macro feature on the camera allowing you to really get up close and come away with stunning detailed images.

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It has a good 12mp camera that you can use to capture images of days out, family photos and landscapes. The camera has lots of functions to help you take photos in different light conditions however from using my DSLR I like to shoot on manual mode to get the most out of my pictures and light condition which you can’t do with this camera but for a point and shoot camera the images are decent enough quality.

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It has wifi so you can easily connect it up to your phone to either use remotely or to download photos with ease.

Take a look at the Olympus Tough T5 (aff link).

If for you feel that this is too much to spend on a camera take a look at my post on cheap action cameras instead.

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The Ultimate Diary Planner!

I set myself the new years resolution to be more organised and productive this year as with children, work and trying to build a blog and write children’s books on top I found myself running around like a headless chicken forgetting important things and trying to do everything at once.

There is just so much to plan and remember!

I decided that to be more organised I needed to plan, so before Christmas I went on a search for a diary/planner that would have everything I need. I do love stationary and have loads of notebooks, diaries and address books so I wanted to find something to combine all of these. I searched and looked through a few different types of planners and diaries until I came across ‘The Ultimate Diary Planner’ by ladies that plan and it had everything I needed.

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I needed a planner to cover my family life, my work life and also to help me plan and be more productive with my blog and this diary had it all. There is a month and week planner, daily diary, goal setting, progress tracking, turnover, note space, important dates and important people section and my favourite part of the planner daily to do list space. I love a to do list!

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The cost of this planner is £24 and when I bought it I was sceptical that I had just wasted money on a planner when I could have just got a cheap diary and a notebook instead but I have been amazed by how much it has helped me.

I have now been using my planner for a few weeks and I can honestly say it was the best investment I made. Instead of feeling overwhelmed with a long list of things to do running around in my head, I find that just taking a bit of time to get those down into my planner that I am a lot more chilled and get so much more done.

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Before the month starts I will write on my month planner a list of things that I want to achieve that month then slowly put them into my daily to-do-list so they get done.  The biggest improvement I have seen is it has helped my blog be more productive, rather than me panicking with all the things I need to do and the deadlines I need to meet, having everything  written and planned out means I have a step-by-step plan to getting it all done.

The planners come in fun, colourful designs both on the cover and throughout the planner, with colourful pictures and uplifting quotes. It is ring bound so you can turn the pages with ease and it is not too big considering it has so much in it. Even when it is delivered it is beautifully packaged.

For anyone with a busy life or who is running their own business alongside looking after a busy family then I highly recommend getting yourself the ‘Ultimate Diary Planner’.

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Managing the Mayhem of Meltdowns’ Parenting course review

If you haven’t heard of Growth & Grit as a parent then you really should take a look at their website. It is packed full of resources and advice for parents and the owner Eloise is so knowledgeable. She has almost 20 years experience working with children who have various needs. She is a teacher, with a specialist focus on emotional intelligence, Autism and different behaviour approaches not to mention she is a certified parent educator, relax kids coach and certified MHFA.

I have been trying out her new course ‘Managing the Mayhem of Meltdowns’. This is an online course that takes around an hour and half to complete, it is broken down into handy sections so if you are short on time you can do a section at a time.

At the beginning there is a handy resource pack that you can download and use during the course which has space for you to fill in and answer questions about your own experiences.  It is also full of helpful information and resources that you can take away with you after finishing the online part and use again and again.

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The first thing that I found with this course is that is very well researched, it hasn’t just been thrown together with what you should and shouldn’t do. It is clear that Eloise has put a lot of time and effort into it, the videos are packed full of knowledge and she has put a lot of research into it so as to give parents the best advice possible to manage children’s meltdowns.

The first section of the course is all about the science behind meltdowns in children and an insight into what is happening in their little brains that got them to this point. It also covers the different types of meltdowns in children and gives you an explanation to why and also what is happening to them during these meltdowns.

What I think sets this course apart from others is the understanding that Eloise has with parents, there is no judgement at all and she recognises how hard parenting can be and  shares some of her own experiences. The course focuses just as much on why tantrums happen, as it does on ways to best deal with a meltdown.

All the videos in this course are clear and easy to follow. Everything is explained in a simple to understand way including the science part. Eloise has such a caring and relaxed manner about her that really shows through in the videos that helps you to stay focused.

I am a note taker and find writing things down as I watch helps me take everything in and the speed and pace of the course works perfectly.

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Since taking this course I do feel better equipped to helping and understanding my children’s emotions and how best to try an avoid or guide them through any meltdowns they may have. I have also been implementing her mind, body and soul section and spending at least 10 mins a day with my children, uninterrupted, with no smart phones or tablets just doing what they want to do and it has had amazing effects on us as a family already.

The cost of the course is £120 (it will be on sale from 24th January 2019 – 1st February 2019) , this shouldn’t be looked at as a cost but as an investment. When you break it down in terms of will it better my family life, will it help with stress associated with my child’s behaviour, will it help me manage my children better, will it help me to feel less anxious when on an outing with my child, will it help my child’s future? When the answer to all of these are yes then the £120 seems like a great investment.

For more information on this course please take a look at the Growth and Grit website.

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I have been given free access to this course in order to write a review.

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The Pyjama Factory Review

My girls are over the moon with their new pyjamas that they were gifted from The Pyjama Factory.

The Pyjama Factory have a huge range of kids pyjamas on their website that it took my girls ages to decide on the Pyjama’s they wanted as they liked so many of their designs. They were really spoilt for choice but after some decision making finally settled on a pair each.

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Bella loves Cats so when she saw the grumpy cat pyjamas she feel in love with them and knew they were the ones she wanted. Despite only being 10 years old she is very tall for her age so it was great to see that their kids pyjamas go up to age 12-13 years old. She has been feeling a bit under the weather recently so being able to chill in her new comfy pyjamas has helped her feel a bit better.

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Bless she is still feeling a bit under the weather hence the sad face

Lia loves football so she was excited to find pyjamas that pretty much sum up her life at the moment, ‘eat, sleep, football, repeat’. She is very happy with her pyjamas and now wears them every night and has been putting getting in to them as soon as she gets home from school.

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Alexa picked the french bulldog pyjamas with the saying ‘I’m not listening’ which suits her down to a tee as she is so cute but never listens, she does look adorable in these though. 

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I have bought pyjamas from the pyjama factory before and have now been gifted pyjamas to review and both times the service I have received from them has been excellent. Their website is easy to use and navigate round, they communicate well through email to keep you updated on the progress of your order and their dispatch and delivery times are super quick.

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The Pyjamas I bought from The Pyjama Factory before.

The pyjamas themselves are very good quality, the designs are great and the fabrics are soft and comfortable. My girls certainly love wearing them and their prices are very reasonable. They are also easy to wash and so far have kept their softness and not faded at all from washing.

As well as children’s pyjamas they also have adult pyjamas so you can kit out the whole family with their comfy pyjamas. I would highly recommend using The Pyjama Factory next time you are looking for a set of PJ’s. 

Website https://www.pyjamas.com/

Instagram www.instagram.com/thepyjamafactory

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Silasip – An ingenious cup lid for toddlers!

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Anyone who has or has had children will know how difficult the transition phase from bottle to cup is. Hand eye coordination and a steady hand in children takes a while to build up especially with a toddler that is always on the go.

If you go from bottle straight to a cup then you are probably going to end up mopping up quite a few spills. I made the mistake once of giving my daughter a cup to early and she spilt the whole contents of the cup all down her front and that put her off using a cup again for quite a while.

The other alternative has always been to use a sippy cup however the spouts get chewed, are a nightmare to clean and they are bad for children’s teeth.

Dr Burhenne a family and sleep medicine dentist found that using a sippy cup prevents normal development in the mouth and can also cause cavities in children. 

I never liked using sippy cups when my girls were young and they never really got on with them so instead we struggled on with cups and constant spills.

Now the answer to this problem is here!

Claire Massingham of Silasip has created an answer to solve our problems. She has made a simple yet so effective spout-less lid that will go over almost any cup. Not only is it great for parents as it means a lot less spills and no more scrubbing those hard to get too spouts it is also perfect for children as it gives them the sense of using a cup and builds their coordination without them soaking themselves.

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This is Claire’s story of how she came up with this genius invention –

It was when my daughter Rose, now 3, was starting to drink out of a cup that I had the idea for a spout free, stretch cup cover. I wanted something that would give her the real feeling of drinking from a cup but without the straws, spouts and fiddly bits to clean.

After watching her throw her drink all down herself a number of times and also having had to deal with the tedious cleaning of various bottles, sippy cups and all their various parts, I needed to find something different. Then one day I had what some may call a ‘Eureka’ moment and Silasip was born!

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After a few tweaks to homemade prototypes we were on our way to solving the problem of juice going down their fronts and being able to let them drink happily from their ‘grown up’ cups without me having to hover around them ready to catch the spills.

The great thing about Silasip is, we’ve kept it simple.

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It’s as close as you can get to drinking out of a cup independently, with a lot less spills. After all, as an adult I don’t have numerous, spouts and straws when I drink out of a cup!

By keeping it simple it has proven itself to be more than useful, and not just for children.

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Silasip is also being used in a number of different situations where there is a need to lessen the spills, with the elderly, people with special needs, those physically impaired, anyone with shaky hands and it’s also great for use whilst travelling for example in motorhomes or on a boat, the list for its uses goes on.

You can get in touch with Claire at Silasip via her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/silasip/.

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Mumpreneur on Fire 4

Mums in Business Association (MIBA) are about to do it again and produce the fourth book in their Mumpreneur on Fire series and I for one am really looking forward to its release.

I have read the last 3 inspiring books that all made it to number 1 best sellers on Amazon and have really enjoyed reading them. If you haven’t read one yet each book contains the stories of 25 amazing women sharing their trials and tribulations and how they have overcome them to become successful mums in business.

I was giving access to a taster of one of the chapters in the MOF4 book and I have to say it has left me wanting to read more.

The chapter I was privileged to have a sneak preview of was written by the lovely Jen Parker of Fuzzy Flamingo and what a chapter it was. Jen has battled on through serious health issues that have made life for her a struggle at times. She has had to give up jobs she enjoyed due to her health problems which in turn had an effect on her mental health.

Even through the hard times, what you feel from reading her story is not once does she dwell on her illness or feel sorry for herself; the whole chapter is written in a positive and motivating way. She shows that there is life beyond illness and although still hard at times there are always ways you can adapt to suit your needs. Her story will no doubt help thousands of women who suffer every day from illness.

In the background of her story, Jen talks about her mum and shares a bit about her life and struggles and just from reading the small snippets you can tell that her mum is also a true inspiration and no doubt has passed her can do attitude on to Jen.

A massive thank you to Jen and the other 24 women who have been brave enough to share their stories to help other women overcome their obstacles.

Due to the high demand already for people wanting to buy the Mumpreneur on Fire 4 book it has been released for pre-order early and have made it to number 1 on Amazon. You can buy your copy here http://bit.ly/BuyMOF4 

If you missed it take a look at my review of the Mumpreneur on Fire 3 book…

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