Thursday, 18 September 2014

Pink Parcel Subscription Box Review for Girls on the Blob

*This blog post is not sponsored in anyway and all reviews are my own*

Last month I received a new subscription box by Pink Parcel. This box is a little bit different and is actually designed for that time of the month us ladies find really depressing. No matter what you call it, on the blob, painting the town red, closed shop, painters & decorators, Aunt Flo or another strange concoction of words no-one enjoys it and we all wish that it was possible to just sleep it away in a coma. Unfortunately we can not so when I spotted this little box I thought it could be a great way to soften the blow and possibly create the feeling of want or excitement for the dreaded bleed.


Pink Parcel unlike other subscription services is sent on different days to each customer. They advise 5 days before your expected period to make sure you receive your package in time. When you sign up for this box, the website will prompt you to enter your cycle details and your last period dates, so whether you go 28 days, 26 or even 24 you will always receive your parcel on time. You can also request the absorbency and brand of tampons, Pink Parcel currently don't supply sanitary pads but by the end of this month the new website should be launched which will then include this option. Due to this being a slightly embarrassing subject for some the parcel is designed well and discreetly, it will also fit perfectly through any letter box so no awkward journey to the post office or the hunky neighbour next door. If at any point you wished to change the date you provided, brand or freeze your account, I found that there customer services were more than helpful.


As well as receiving a weeks supply of tampons you also receive a form of beauty box and a few supplies to keep you going through this rough time, included in my box was a selection of Tea Pigs tea bags and chocolate by Doisy & Dam. The beauty products inside last months box were four full size products,


As for the products you actually need (tampons) I chose a mixture of absorbency's to see me through. Altogether I received 25 tampons in boxes marked "for later" (below) which if you did require more tampons per month it states on the website that you can  contact them by email and a pouch marked "for now" which was really handy to chuck in my handbag while keeping them discreet from prying eyes.


This subscription service is £5.95 for the first month and £9.95 there after but you may cancel at any point. For £5.95 I was really impressed with the quality of service from pink parcel. There has been a lot of thought put into how they supply, package and send your goods making it all the more easier to be won over by this box. If you would like some more information you can visit the website at pinkparcel.co.uk

Don't forget my give away closes today for £75.00 worth of luxury skincare on 18/09/14 so get entering here

Miss Savvy Blobber
xoxo
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Monday, 15 September 2014

Mummy Monday's: Stopping at Panic Central for Nursery


Last week was the start of a very hard but hopefully exciting road for Isabelle (2yr old daughter). We decided that this year was the right time to let go and nudge Isabelle into the world of school to help her with social skills and development. Babysitters are not on hand to often in our family due to work and carer commitments so having a nursery placement also gives me an opportunity to breath. The thought of nursery actually seemed like a small parenting dream, that was until this week. 
























At our chosen nursery they have a system in place that they call "taster days" . Taster days are for the new pupils, they get to play for an hour free of charge to see what Nursery is all about. The first day was incredible she had a smile from ear to ear, painted her first picture, ate all her favourite fruits for snack time and got to run around outside with the other little ones. She seemed to have the most perfect day. When she got home she informed me about her new friends, her teacher (who she believes is a princess) and splashing in the water so I had no feelings of panic for the following second "taster day". 

As most of us are aware it seems toddlers main aim in life is to surprise us and keep us on our toes at every opportunity. You will probably have already guessed that the second day didn't go half as well. On the walk there Isabelle was full of beans talking about seeing her friends and what she hoped she would be doing that day. I explained again on the way there that mummy would not be coming in School but that I would be back later to pick her up. She smiled back and replied "Mummy pick me up later" excellent she has got it all ready. How wrong was I? I epically failed and must of committed some sort of parenting crime as I said Goodbye. Cue the tears and screaming, Isabelle actually started to climb up my legs like a monkey on steroids. She did not stop climbing until she was hanging around my neck by my hair. Her nursery teacher had to peel her little fingers from my neck and walking away from that building seemed almost impossible, I swear my feet had glued to the floor. I knew she was just testing the boundary's and sticking around would just give her the reaction she was hopefully looking for. I was the adult in the situation and left the nursery repeating to myself that it was only an hour. You will be glad to know Isabelle was fine, her nursery teacher won her over with food within 5 minutes of me leaving and ever since has been wonderful. I am so glad that I was strong enough to walk away even through her tears and mine it worked out for the best I think. Sometimes as parents we have to make tough decisions that in the long term will benefit both you and your child, be strong and remember as long as your child is in no harm a few tears are painful.  

Miss Savvy Mum
xoxo

Don't forget I am still running a give away at http://www.onestopsavvy.co.uk/2014/09/review-it-thursday-giveaway-ten-baby.html to win three luxury skincare products worth £75.00. Just follow the link and enter as many times as you like.

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Review it Thursday: GIVEAWAY & -TEN- Baby Bath Milk and Shampoo Review



This week I have been trialling a few products for my little girl Isabelle. TEN is a new range of skincare for Mummy's, babies and toddlers formulated with natural ingredients to help maintain skins moisture and nourish your babies delicate skin. All there products are free from Paraben's, dyes, colours and Soap's creating the perfect bath time wash for those sensitive eyes. The two products I chose to try were TEN Baby Bath Milk and Baby Natural Shampoo both products can be found at Boots and there website Cleverskincare along with the rest of there range. Keep reading for your chance to win Three of these new boutique style products.

Ten's baby bath milk is enriched with almond oil and aloe vera creating a very delicate fragrance which lasts from bath to your babies soft skin. As this product is a milk it doesn't create the bubbles that my two year old now loves so much in her bath but from a sensible mummy point of view I now know she is safe to splash about till her hearts content with out the nasty sting in her eyes that other bubble bath's can cause. The formulation is moisturising and during the winter months I can see this being a wonderful product to cleanse and comfort her dry skin. I suffer from overly sensitive skin and am always careful with what products I use as to avoid any nasty reactions, as soon as I opened this product I knew this was not likely to create any issues for either of us due to the lack of unpleasant ingredients. 200ml of bath milk retails for £21.00 which is a little more than truthfully I am usually willing to spend on bubble bath but a little really does go along way. I'm heavy handed this is no secret and love to use large amounts of everything but it is just not needed even with Isabelle now using a large bath a few drops of milk instantly softens the water and creates an almost cream like bath. Is it worth the price? If your child has allergies, dry, sensitive or a little fear full of the dreaded soapy eye then this product is definitely for you. I've tried many sensitive skin products but none felt as moisturising and mild as this milk does, I am really looking forward to using this in the winter to aid Isabelle against our bitter dry weather.

The other product from there baby range I tried was the Ten Baby Natural Shampoo this formulation includes chamomile extracts and wheat protein to help hair growth and maintain the natural balance of the scalp.  Like the bath milk the formula is creamy and moisturising which has really helped my daughters rapidly growing hair stay tangle free. I have noticed a big difference to the texture and quality of her hair from the day I started using this shampoo. I find it easier to manage and brush even days after washing, helping those tears from knot brushing stay away. This is the first shampoo that I feel is strong enough to wash the baked beans, yoghurt and jam from her delicate hair whilst still being a tear free formula. I was finding she had started to become a little hard work for hair washing and really didn't appreciate those pesky suds washing her eyelashes, I tried many shampoo's all stating they were tear free but still the tears rolled thankfully this issue has been resolved by TEN. Without sounding mad I really wanted to hate this product as again the price tag is a little steep at £18.90 for 200ml but I just can't, we have seen so many benefits from using this that I will be hard pushed to buy anything else in fear of the screams returning.

As a one year blog anniversary I'm offering everyone a chance to try some of these products. There is two for baby and one for Mummy to enjoy.

  • Baby Gentle Massage Oil retail £19.80 - An easy pump non-greasy oil with gentle skin softening properties enriched with sweet almond to help maintain skins natural balance.
  • Baby Bath Milk retail £21.00 - Formulated to gently cleanse baby's epidermis while helping retain skins moisture.
  • Breast Care Cream £34.50 - With extracts of rice and papaya provide the perfect breast care cream, helping to firm skin and improve elasticity. Can be used both pre and post pregnancy.
You can enter as many or as few times as you like by following the steps below. The give away will be open internationally and I will be picking a winner at random on the 18/09/2014. I wish you all the best of luck and thank you for your constant support. 
(Pictures are below of the products you will receive)


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Miss Savvy Mum
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Monday, 1 September 2014

1 Year Blogging: 10 Things You Learn Being a Mummy of a Toddler

I can't believe a whole year has gone by since I started blogging, back then it was a way of trying to define who I had become after being thrown into mummyhood, now it is a fun place to share my parenting experiences, the ups and downs of losing the mama pouch and reviewing the shit, amazing and totally rip off products out there but more than anything sharing a smile. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to post for my 1 year anniversary, I finally decided who better to help me make this choice than you. So I took inspiration from my most highly post which you can find here. So here is my top 10 things you learn as a mum- the toddler version. (Keep reading to the end to find out about my other celebratory post coming this week and maybe a few little freebies) 

1. Nappies are either decorative or just pretty bum supports, they will not and do not support the amount of liquid your toddler wishes to relieve themselves of while climbing over your furniture. 

2. The day you wished for your child to talk will become a long and distant memory while you try to stare through there suddenly monstrous head, drown out there repeated shouting and catch up on Emmerdale. Just remember to brag at mummy meet ups "I saw the credits at least". 

3. Private time! What's that? Toilet or shower, "BOO mummy I'm here" yes thank you sweetheart for the mild heart attack I now have half a bottle of this ridiculously expensive supposedly relaxing shampoo in my eyes!

4. Toddler actually stands for: 
Tornado
Of
Deadly
Destruction
Leaving
Extreme 
Repercussions
Toddler thought process: go in room, empty everything, throw it around, once complete start to scatter said items around house, once mummy goes to tidy up first room start above steps again in the next room until the entire house is in uproar and the only creature able to live amongst this crap would be the rats.

5. Throwing birthday parties for teddy bears with candles, cakes and presents has become absolute normality. "This isn't what all other people do at the weekend?"

6. Dressing a toddler is like trying to get Barbie's shoes on an elephant. Impossible and dangerous. 

7. Every toddler is secretly a millionaire. Everything is there's, they bought it, they own, don't touch it. IT! If your wondering is the world and it's contents. That Radley handbag you bought, there's. The diamond bracelet on your dresser, there's. The kid's bike you saw while driving down a street 363 miles away from home, there's. Don't try and deny it life will just become problematic. Hand over your belongings, lower your head and come to terms with the fact you now rent things from your toddler. 

8. There imagination will blow your mind. You believe you gave birth to a human I believe there actually extra terrestrial creatures. Last week my daughter told me her Polly Pocket car was broken, she told me it needed petrol and water, "well done sweetheart that it very clever". She came back to me 5 minutes later with a toy dog cage (the petrol) and a Princess Crown (the water) huh!!  

9. Meltdowns are not predictable. You would presume that the words stop that, put it back, no, be quiet and don't ride the dog like a horse would all be the start of the world ending and I swear to you they are. But then there's others, the ones that hit you like an invisible iron bat in the face, unseen and unwanted. You think your being the nice mother your children wish you to be by asking  "Isabelle do you want to watch a princess film with mummy" this comment ends all human life as we know it. First comes the window shattering scream and then the dramatic should win an oscar fall on the floor with legs flailing wildly in the air. I figured it out in the end I had ruined world domination during brick building. 

10. Life is a roller-coaster of emotions. Not only are toddlers the most irritating and infuriating beings to grace this planet there also the most loveable. Those little glimpses of angel's will melt your heart until approximately 10 seconds later when she-devil strikes again but each time your little prodigy says "love you mummy" the world is forgotten. 

To all the parents out there the biggest and most crucial advice I could give is to laugh away the stress and smile each and everyday. Your toddler is a rainbow, many colours, layers and dimensions and with rainbows comes sunshine as well as rain.

I want to thank everyone who has read followed and liked my blog and social media sites. As a thank you I will be doing my first mummy themed giveaway on Thursday with products worth over £70.00 make sure you follow so you know when this goes live. Thank you again

Miss Savvy Blogger
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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Step It Up Sunday: The 30 Day Ab Challenge, Getting Rid of The Michelin Man

Happy Sunday!

I started this little section of my blog to try and help push myself further and set goals for myself that once shared I don't feel like I can really back out of. I have been saying for the last 4 month's that I would like to tone my body and lose some weight to help me feel more like my pre- pregnancy self but for some reason I cant find any motivation. I decided to try concentrating on just one area of my body that was getting me down the most instead of setting myself so many goals that I felt destined to fail. After having Isabelle (2yr old daughter) I don't think I have ever been entirely happy with my stomach/hip area, the stretch marks I can deal with but the deflated tyre is just pushing me over the edge and I am too young to crack the big knickers out just yet. I had seen a picture making its way round social media sites called the 30 day Ab challenge. It looked like the perfect start to having a body overhaul and may help me find that motivation I seem to be lacking in so much recently. After searching pinterest for the picture (here is the link if you would like to take a look) I actually decided to download an app I thought this would be easier for me to keep track of my progression and also to encourage me to do this routine daily.



Above is the screenshot's of the app logo and also the app homepage, you can see that the homepage is a tracker which shows you your progress and logs if you have completed that's days workout. What is the 30 day ab challenge? Basically it is a series of 4 exercises (crunches, sit ups, leg raises and planks) meant to push your core muscles in to change quickly. Each day the exercises will increase but still only taking you a matter of minutes to complete, making it the perfect routine for busy women. 

I'm hoping this may give me the kick up the backside I need to help me feel more comfortable in my own skin. I will let you know next Sunday what my thoughts are on this crazy exercise and how it is working for me.

Saying bye bye to the tyre's and hello to the six pack
Miss Savvy Exerciser
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Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Beauty Box Battle, Glossybox, Birchbox and You Beauty Discovery

 This month I have received what can only be described as a ridiculous amount of subscription boxes, My excuse's, I have none, I will however admit that I have a very small addiction to packages but they say the first sign of recovery is acceptance so maybe one day I will cancel one. I thought it may be a good idea to show you all three of this month beauty boxes in the same post. Here is August's big surprises.


Glossybox used to be my favourite beauty box due to the majority of there products sent being make-up related but I've found recently it can be a little hit and miss. At £10.00 per month plus £3.25 p&p this is the most expensive of the boxes and although the samples are large the brands tend to be affordable. This month however I am really impressed with the contents. I received 6 samples this month which is always a bonus especially when half of these are full size, three products are make-up, three products bath/body a great variation. The below picture shows you what I received from front to back, left to right.

  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer pre- shampoo treatment. I received 40ml full size (250ml) retails for £38.
  • Figs & Rouge mango and mandarin hand cream. I received 20ml full size (80ml) retails for £6.95.
  • Lalique L'amour eau de parfum. I received 2ml full size (50ml) retails for £67.00.
  • Essence long lasting lipstick in shade natural beauty. I received a full size product which retails for £2.29.
  • Yves Rocher mini nail polish in shade Esmalte. I received full size which retails for £3.60.
  • Kryolan for Glossybox highlighter in cashmere. Again I received a full size retail £12.95.




Next up is the middle priced box by Birchbox retailing for £10.00 plus £2.95 p+p only a shave cheaper than our pink friend Glossybox. Birchbox to me always appears to work with more luxurious products, products that not your everyday Joe Bloggs would go out and purchase from boots however the samples are usually smaller. I tend to receive more skin and hair products from this subscription box which can come in handy for travelling or cheeky nights out. This month Birchbox switched up there usual packaging and sent there offerings in a very cute make-up bag which I feel bumped the product count up to 7, covered in cute ice lolly's and seaside decoration's it is the perfect accessory for those little trips. Getting over the super cute bag inside was 6 products (one in which I forgot to picture). Once again the picture below shows you what I received. (Left to right)

  • Nude progenius omega treatment oil. I recieved 5ml full size (30ml) retails for £58.00.
  • Wild about beauty powder eyeshadow in shade 04 Becca. Full size received reatil £13.00.
  • Vasanti brightenup enzymatic face rejuvenator exfoliator. I received 20g full size (90g) which retails for £26.00.
  • Number 4 super comb prep and protect leave in conditioner. I received 30ml full size (200ml) retails for £20.00.
  • Supergoop daily correct SPF 35 CC cream. I received 2 x 3ml tubes full size retails for £32.00 (40ml).
  • I also received (missing item) the first chapter from the new book The Proposal by Tasmina Perry.



The final box is a relatively new box to me by You Beauty Discovery it is also the cheapest of the three at only £6.95 including p+p. This box isn't as well known yet as Glossybox and Birchbox but it is rapidly making its appearances with popular bloggers and vloggers. You Beauty also has a slightly different system, each month on the 1st the subscriber gets to choose two products from a selection of around ten the other products in the box are a surprise. If you would like some more information on this box then I did a post last week explaining how it works and what I received in June and July. Click here to read that post. As before below are the products received.

  • Jimmy Choo eau de parfum. I received a sample vile full size retails for £38.50 (40ml).
  • A four step nail file value unknown.
  • (Chosen product) Marsk mineral eye shadow in shade rich list. I received a full size which retails for £14.49.
  • (Chosen products) Just be botanical's hydrating serum. I received 10ml full size (30ml)  £34.95.
  • FaceD cream serum 1 sachet received.


What is your favourite beauty box? 
Miss un-savvy spender
xoxo
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Monday, 25 August 2014

Mummy Monday's: Day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Last Thursday me and my family travelled to Doncaster to visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park. I had seen an offer on Living Social which if you didn't know is a voucher/discount site like Groupon and Vochercloud. We managed to get entry for all three of us for only £14, which was a huge discount on the ordinary price. Not only was this a fantastic deal it also gave us entry to there special safari night. Instead of the park closing at 5pm it was open until 9pm and included a One Direction tribute band with bangless firework display. I wouldn't of generally suggested travelling this far just for a day trip as it took us almost 2 hours to travel here but due to the heavy discount we thought it was just too much of a good opportunity to miss out on. I thought it would be nice to show you some pictures of the day and do a small review of the place for anyone living close by and struggling for things to do in these very long school holidays.

The very tall giraffes, as you can see the enclosure was very open unlike many other zoo's that use high cage like fences.
Munching up there dinner, num num.

Say cheese.

I'm sure this was a super sized guinea pig.......

The cutest lemurs I have ever seen.
The lemurs were free to roam about a special area of the park and visitors could walk around with them, they were tame enough to approach.


The wallabies again were roaming free and you could actually stroke and pet these animals, such a lovely experience.
Selfie please mummy.
Adorable
Little spider monkey's, once again roaming free in a special South America area.


The Lioness
The Lions
We were fortunate enough to have caught the lion feeding which gave us a great view of these huge cats.
This is Isabelle very excited about the firework display.
The firework's were a lovely finish to an amazing day.
The park was different from any other zoo I have been to. Unlike many, animals were not enclosed in high fences and cages but rather free to roam around with visitors. There was not a huge selection of animals compared to say Chester Zoo but the ones they did have could be viewed clearly and even touched. On site there was an indoor soft play area, drop slide zone and outdoor adventure playground all were included in the price which was highly surprising. Due to the park being on the smaller side I would advice you take advantage of the many talks and feeding's the keeper's do, it is a great way to learn but ensures you have a day out rather than a few hours. While we were roaming there was plenty of places to rest and buy refreshments throughout the visit. Overall we had an extremely enjoyable trip that was well worth the money we paid even with the long distance travel.

If you would like to find out more about the park please click here.

Do you have any hidden treasure places you would recommend for a family?
Miss Savvy
xoxo  

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*this is my own personal thoughts and was not asked by the company to review, I am also not being sponsored in anyway*

Thursday, 21 August 2014

The New Subscription Box: You Beauty Discovery Box Review June and July

Last month I decided to re open my letter box to a few beauty boxes. The You Beauty discovery box is totally new to me and appealed straight away at only £6.95 per box including postage. I believe every Mummy needs some form of treat and beauty boxes are definitely my guilty pleasure. Like all the beauty subscription services my samples were presented in a sturdy re-usable box wrapped in shredded tissue paper. Inside the box you receive at least four sample products. Two chosen by yourself on the 1st of the month and the others a surprise. It a best of both worlds concept, knowing there is two products for £6.95 on there way that you have hand picked is a lot easier to swallow than receiving a box of mystery products you will never use for £12.95. Listed below is the products I chose and received in June and July.



You Beauty Discovery Box June


L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Lip Colour (Chosen)
What the book says: A 24Hr colour, hydration and comfort for your lips. Perfect lipstick that doesn't stain your champagne glass.
  • Flawless Fushia 
  • Full size received 
  • £9.99 From Boots



Urban Veda Daily Purifying Facial Wash (Chosen)
What the book says: Naturally formulated to cleanse and purify. Help's to treat blackheads, excess sebum and clear toxins. 

Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Mask
What the book says: Breath life back into skin with an intensely invigorating and revitalising mask. A satisfying boost for thirsty skin to penetrate deep into pores and remove impurities. 

Expandable Face Cloth
What the book says: A unique, soft and expandable facial cloth. Great for removing make-up, exfoliators and masks.
  • Full size received
  • No price available. A YBD special product. 
Overall I think it was a great first box with my first choice of product being more than the box total. I have used all the items sent and have loved trying them out. Total box value: approximately £12.50 (ish)




You Beauty Discovery Box July


Tan Organic Self Tan Original (Chosen)
What the book says: Discover a sunless tan made with natural ingredients. No unpleasant fake tan smell, no paraben's, artificial fragrances or synthetic ingredients.

Loreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara (chosen)
What the book says: Featuring a 360 degree flexible cone shaped brush for mega volume on top and bottom.

  • Full size received 
  • £8.99 from Boots

Dove Men+ Care Pro Moisture Shave Cream
What the book says: Designed to provide men with a more enjoyable shaving experience. Moisture rich texture applies easily to soften stubble while the low foam formula provides a close shave.

  • 50ml received 
  • £3.49 from Boots


Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream
What the book says: The celebrity favourite all purpose skin balm with super moisturising benefits. Combining six natural ingredients and bursting with anti-oxidants to nourish and protect skin.

  • One sachet received
  • £20.99 from Amazon


Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau De Parfum
What the book says: This new fragrance has dark glamour, seduction and a sensual hint of danger.


Another great box in my eyes. For the small cost of £6.95 I feel you really get what you pay for here. It was a nice surprise to receive a product for the worst half, keeps him sweet while I spend all the pennies on my little indulgences! Total box value: Approximately £29.85 (wow)

Have you tried this box? What do you think of the contents for the small price tag?

Look out for all the beauty box comparisons, Glossybox, You Beauty and Birchbox who will come out top this month.
Much Love
Miss Savvy Spender
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