Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Kids Netflix List

Netflix has some great new shows for the kids at the moment the girls favourites are Project Mc2, DinoTrux and Ever After High Race to Wonderland. The were also delighted to find full seasons of My Little Pony and The Littlest Pet Shop.

Project Mc2 is a live action original series about four girls McKeyla McAlister, Adrienne Attoms, Bryden Bandweth and Camryn Coyle who are super smart and very science skilled. They are recruited to join the spy organisation NOV8 (innovate) and work together using S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) and girl power to save the day, proving that Smart is the New Cool. It is aimed at tweens but my girls 5 and 7 loved it and I have a feeling the dolls and science sets will be showing up on some Christmas lists.

DinoTrux follows the larger than life adventure of Ty Trux a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux and his tiny friend Revvit, a razor smart Reptool. Together the Dinotrux and Reptools unite to defend their new community against D-Structs, the biggest baddest Dinotrux of all who threatens to destroy everything they've built. Half dinosaur, half truck, you can't go wrong!

Ever After High has some all new episodes, Way too Wonderland sees Raven attempt to teleport her friends to Wonderland to get back the Storybook of Legends, however when they arrive they become trapped and must find their way back again. I was just as happy as the girls to see new episodes and I really enjoyed watching it with them.

Messy hands made clean with Dettol

You know what it's like when the kids have been painting for hours and they have become bored of merely painting with brushes and have started to use their hands instead, generally this is great until they go to wash their hands and get it absolutely everywhere, the soap is no longer white and the paint just seems to spread..

This is when you need the Dettol No-touch Antibacterial Hand Wash, my kids thought this was magic, you just put your hand underneath it and the sensor automatically dispenses the moisturising soap. Made to encourage more effective frequent hand washing, it has certainly done that, the girls got so much fun out of it I quickly had to replace the refill! Bacteria never comes in contact with the dispenser, promoting a healthy home, it is ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.

We were kindly sent this along with some more Dettol products to try out.

The no touch soap was a big hit with the girls and has certainly made hand washing less of a chore. I found the Dettol Power and Pure Bathroom Wipes great, especially when the girls were home for the summer holidays I didn't always have time to be scrubbing the bathroom after them but I was quickly able to get around with the wipes. They kill 99.9% of bacteria without leaving any harsh chemical residues and they had a nice smell too, always a plus.

The Dettol Power & Pure Multi Purpose Kitchen Spray with Active Oxygen has become my go to spray. The smell isn't overpowering and it quickly dissolves any food and greases left on the cooker and counters after cooking. It works well on the kitchen sink and drain too again killing 99.9% of germs without a harsh chemical residue. Effective cleaning for a happy healthy home.

The Dettol Surface Cleaner is your everyday household cleaner, effectively cleaning and killing germs from your kitchen to your bathroom and everything in between.

I was very happy to give all of these products a try, we have already bought refills for the No Touch Hand Wash and the Power & Pure Bathroom Wipes, we are still getting lots of use out of the sprays. If you want to find out more you can check out their website here.

(Disclosure : I received these products for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them)

Making Stains VANISH!

Having 2 kids things can get pretty messy at times, take this bean covered cushion cover I discovered which had been expertly hidden from me, who knows how long it was like that but as it was the stain was not coming off!

Luckily I was sent some Vanish products to try and they really did the trick. I used the Vanish Oxi Action Pre Treat Spray which is the perfect pretreatment for stubborn stains. It can be used on both white and coloured clothes.

Just Spray..


And Wash..

It removed the stain completely. It is best used on a stain straight away but as you can see it worked well on that cushion too. This is great for those stubborn grease and grime stains you get on collars and cuffs, so its perfect for back to school and keeping uniforms in tip top shape.

As well as the Oxi Action Spray I was sent a few more products to try :

Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder, perfect for red wine, beetroot raspberries and more. This can be used as a pretreat or put straight into the wash. One thing I found it worked brilliant for was removing stubborn makeup stains from my face cloth. This can be used as a pretreat or added direct to the wash.

Vanish Power Shots, these were my favourite by far, you add these pink gel shots direct to your wash. As I have 2 girls I go through a number of pink washes and I often find the clothes dull over time but using these gel shots has helped the clothes stay bright and lift every day stains from mud to ketchup.

Vanish Gold Power Gel, this is used for pretreating stubborn stains like coffee, its such a sin to spill good coffee but with the school morning chaos it can happen easily. You just twist it open, squeeze it on, rub in circles and leave for up to 5 minutes before washing as normal. It's formula is 2x more effective making it easier to treat stubborn stains.

For more information on the products featured and tips on how to effectively remove stubborn stains visit you can also take part in the tip exchange if you have some helpful tips to share.

(Disclosure : I was sent these products for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.)

Messy goes to OKIDO

OKIDO Magazine Launches TV Show

OKIDO Magazine is an arts and science magazine that's just for kids, aimed at ages 3-8 it is non-gender specific, ecologically produced, full of educational content and made by parents. OKIDO has grown from strength to strength to become a trusted educational periodical for curious kids and their families.

The magazine is printed on FSC paper using biodegradable vegetable ink which makes it instantly appealing. It has a lovely high quality feel about it with beautiful illustrations. Messy Monster created by artist Rachel Ortas leads the content in OKIDO Magazine with stories, activities, games, doodles, recipes and a poem.

Now Messy Monster is being brought to our screens in a new animated TV series, Messy goes to OKIDO. Launching tomorrow Monday the 7th of September at 4:20pm on Cbeebies, each episode is based on themes drawn from OKIDO Magazine and sees Messy pose a question, like, where do echoes come from, in the real world and then magically travel to the extraordinary fictional world of OKIDO where he finds the answers to his questions. Aimed at children aged 2-5 years old follow Messy and his pals Zoe and Felix as they bring science to life using stories, comedy and adventure.

We have our TV set to record so we don't miss out on Messy's debut. Join me on Twitter from 4pm as we prepare for the launch and let me know if you will be watching.

Don't forget to tune into Cbeebies at 4:20pm tomorrow!!

You can find out more about OKIDO here.

(Disclosure : We were sent some magazines to have a look at and I am happy to share about the launch of their tv show. All opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.)

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Ziaja Cocoa Powered Skincare

I am a big fan of Ziaja Skincare products so I was happy to try out some products from their Cocoa Butter range. I was kindly sent the Cocoa Body Butter and Cocoa Butter Hand Cream. Having already used the Cocoa Butter Light Formula previously (and loved it) I knew I would love these, they smell delicious and the body butter is lovely and thick, perfect for after a good scrub.

I found it very hydrating and used it after a body scrub on my pamper nights and it left my skin feeling so soft and smelling fantastic. Even after a shower the next day my skin still felt moisturised and soft and it is good for extending the life of a tan. The Body Butter is priced at €7.99.

As for the hand cream I can't fault it, I don't have a dishwasher so my hands often feel quite rough and my nails ragged because I forget to wear gloves but I have left this cream on my nightstand so I remember to use it every night and I have noticed a difference, my skin hasn't been cracking and my nails aren't splitting. This would also be good for using on dry, cracked heels. I will continue to use this daily as it is a great addition to my daily beauty regime. The Hand Cream is priced at €2.99 it's a bargain!!

Their are a number of other products available in this range and they all come at a very affordable price :
  • Body Balm - €4.49
  • Face Mask - €0.69
  • Face Cream - €4.79
  • Light Formula - €5.99
  • Scrub - €7.99
  • Creamy Shower Gel - €2.99
  • Body Lotion - €5.99
You can buy them online at and you will find them in various pharmacies. Having ordered from originalbeauty myself I can say I was very pleased, I had my order delivered within 2 days, they offer free delivery if you spend €30 and with my delivery there was a number of product samples which I think is a fantastic idea for trying out more products.

Have you tried Ziaja products before, what did you think?

(Disclosure: I received the body butter and hand cream for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.)