A few friends and I have been testing the best cruelty free and vegan skincare ranges on the market since March. Today Alice shares what she thinks of Antipodes Skincare for you! She tried 4 products over a minimum of two weeks to make sure she could give you a great review. Here are her thoughts:

Reincarnation

This product has the best smell of the 4 I tried, the sweet orange is extremely pleasant and really give you a pick me up when you use it. It spreads easily so there is not need to use to much each time. I previously have avoided exfoliators as they are too abrasive for my sensitive skin, however this product gently scrub(?) The skin, leaving it fresh and noticeably revitalised.

Grace

I have loved this cleanser not only in the morning to wake up my skin but as a gentle calm down in the evening to help rid any last remain make up residue. It leaves my skin refreshes with that tight feel I’ve previously experience.

Rejoice

I used this moisturiser first out of the two given. It has a clean and fresh feel. The distinctive almond smells stays with you through the morning and it left my skin feeling beautiful and revialised. Again you don’t need to use much to cover your face and neck and it absorbs quickly with no sticky after feel.

Immortal

Finally the sun came out, so I switched from Rejoice to Immortal. It still has a very light feel, however it takes a little longer to be absorbed. It left my skin feeling beautifully soft and is no way greasy

On the whole I’ve enjoyed the Antipodes range my skin is gloriously soft. The gentle fragrances used give you a lift even after they gave first been applied. I would recommend to anyone with sensitive skin. Mine has had no problems with these products which is great! Will definitely buy again. The fact these are vegan and great- also gains big thumbs up for me!

 

As a parent with limited support available for babysitting it can be quite hard to have a night out. Bubble is an app that aims to give parents time off while also providing a platform for families to source trusted baby-sitters.

When our usual babysitter called in sick a few weeks ago and we had gig tickets it became the perfect place to find someone to look after the children at short notice. The Bubble team check out each baby-sitter and the baby-sitters we have used so far have all sent us references and DBS before coming to sit for us.

The great thing about Bubble is there is such a huge range of sitters you will find the right person for you. We chose on reviews and experience so we knew that our sitters were credible and reliable.

Our first sitter Caryn had a lot of experience. We decided to go for her after chatting online and seeing her reviews and DBS. She arrived 15 minutes early and so we had time to do a handover and run through everything we needed to. She was fabulous with our very nervous 3 year old who doesn’t like having a babysitter. Caryn kept in touch with us via text and also let us know when all the children were asleep. After the sit you pop in the end time via the app, can add extra if you’d like and then are invited to review (essential to the babysitter’s credibility) and then rebook if you know when you need them again.

Our second sit experience was during the day. Again we chose someone perfect for our smallest, who had DBS and relevant experience. This time I was at home during the sit and having Darcy around meant I got work done and then could enjoy the rest of the day without feeling work/family balance pressure. We have had Darcy back in the evening too and again the professionalism in keeping in touch and how she fits into our family is great.

The Bubble platform is fabulous. Although we do have a regular babysitter is is fab to have a back up plan. The babysitter show their rates of pay so it is all out in the open from the beginning, Bubble charge parents a booking fee of £3.50 per sit or £4.99 for a monthly subscription. They are soon to be introducing a commission-based platform fee for babysitters on a sliding scale percentage fee and although I am not entirely comfortable with this I do understand that for the platform to run that they need to make money. I have been told that they will look at a monthly subscription from the babysitters side rather than a percentage fee in the future so I do hope that this will feel more transparent (I find percentages can feel confusing) then a sliding scale.

Overall Bubble does have a great place in the market to be a fabulous parent support network especially for those that don’t have any support nearby – for freelancing it’s great to pay for a sitter when you need it and for the hours you need.

Disclaimer: I was given a £50 credit to test bubble out which I used on my first two sits, however I have since used the platform and paid myself. All views are my own.

If like me you have a sluggish feeling and want to feel brighter going into summer then supplements could help. The lovely folk at Genessence sent me a few of their supplements to boost my gut health and my general wellbeing earlier this year. I decided to give them the full time sue before writing this blog to see how my general health had changed.

My favourite of the 2 supplements they gave me was the Papaya Leaf and Live Bacteria. This one I have consistently taken and it really did have a good impact on my general health. We all know someone who suffers with bloating and uncomfortable stomach problems. I had really bad IBS problems before falling pregnant and this would have been a great supplement to know about then when the problems were at their worst.

This supplement helps break down gluten (we all know we probably have too much in our diet!) and helps reduces those horrible stomach problems we also get more of as we age. I would definitely say to give this a try, my system felt less sluggish and it really did help me feel less heavy.

If you want to learn more about your health and how to maintain a good level of energy, overall health or a specific problem then do ask your Dr before taking supplements.

Recently we were sent the RCA Venturer Mercury (RRP £49.99) to review. I previously reviewed their Saturn which is a tablet/laptop in a mini version.

Since the Saturn is used by my husband mainly i thought that it it is fab to have something that is great for the smaller ones to share as it’s size is geared towards younger users.

However when it came and we started using it it quickly became a family tablet that we use in the kitchen.

Downloading the apps is super easy via google play and as the memory is extendable with a memory card it means you can have quite a bit on there. You can create folders so your stuff and the kids stuff is separate.

For us having a tablet in the kitchen is ideal, I can check out recipes, play spotify, watch netflix or Fizz can use it to search homework topics away from the bustle of the living room. The battery life is fab so perfect for Fizz if she wants to watch a film on her own or we download a netflix series for travelling.

The only downside to it is that it can be a little slow at times and it’s not durable for very tiny hands.  I have limited the amount of apps we have downloaded though so we try and then delete if we don’t love it.

I would say it is perfect for a primary school aged child for their homework and TV streaming though.

You can get the RCA Venturer Mercury from Asda with £10 off at the moment!

A bit more about it:

The Mercury 7L operates on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and has a seven inch capacitive touch screen with a display resolution of 1024 x 600. Inside the Mercury 7L is a Quad Core 1.3Ghz processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory and built in Wi-Fi capability, making it a great option to surf the internet. The Mercury 7L has a front facing 1 mega pixel camera, ideal for video calling friends and family or for taking selfies. With a a Micro SD card slot and Micro USB port for data transfer and charging, this great value tablet is the perfect option for kids or when travelling.

Key Features
• Android 6.0
• Micro SD Card Slot
• 8GB Internal Memory
• Quad Core 1.3Ghz Processor
• This Google Play certified tablet has 1000’s of apps to download and playfrom the Google Play store

If you are anything like us you want to pop some fun things in your weekend for the kids to do. Whether you are in or out Mardles have a great selection of augmented reality sticker, masks and colouring books to inject a bit of fun into your family time.

We were sent their magic masks to review and I kept them aside for when we had a rainy day. The masks come in all different designs and we were sent 3 for each of the children to try out.

You have to download the free Mardles app to help or masks come to life. The app is easy to open, pop the mask on and wait for the magic to appear on the screen. Each mask has different images that fill the screen once the sensor has picked them up. Fizz took screen shots of her favourites and thought this would be a lovely addition to the birthday party she is planning (for December but thats another blog haha).

The masks are just £3.99 and the kids had great fun with them. We also love their interactive stickers which we are going to donate to the school’s new garden – so much fun to hide and find!