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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!

 

I’ve been trying to step up my fitness levels. As a mum running around after 3 children with various drop offs, pick ups and then fitting into as many working from home hours as possible it feels like there hasn’t really been any time to step up the fitness and firm up the mum tum I have left over from 3 pregnancies and 3 emergency cesarean sections. When you’re 2 year old wobbles and shouts wobble wobble wobble at you, well it’s funny but also it’s time now to be thinking about myself as well as the kids.

Knowing this Myleene’s PR team contacted me and asked if i would give My Body By Myleene a go. It wasn’t sold to me a a diet/fitness dvd but as a simple routine a mum can fit into a busy lifestyle when she is ready to. You commit to a 12 week programme and the workouts range from 15 minutes to 30 with a plan to incorporate these workouts into 4 days a week (or more if you choose). I loved the idea of short fast workouts at the beginning of my day and committing to a schedule also felt easy to pop into my routine. The fact is we all know if it can’t fit around family life then we won’t do it or we will let it slip. Anything a mum does just for her has to slip easily into an already manic schedule.

So I did the first workout 3 weeks ago now. Guttingly I then has strep throat and was wiped out for over 2 weeks while sorting my health back out and ready to start again. So this week I am committing to starting week 1 again.

The first workout was a bit of a boxercise style, it almost felt like a dance routine doing this DVD (there are 3 sections in total and a sandbell in the box – isn’t it fab when you aren’t sold all the extras seperately!). I loved that it felt simple to do and gradually built up over the 30 minutes. The DVD felt down to Earth with the chat aimed at mamas rather than fitness enthusiasts. I loved this as so often fitness DVDS can feel a bit bland but you do feel like this is more on a level with the viewer.

I am really looking for ward to updating you with my stats and how I am feeling over the next 12 weeks! Wish me luck!

You can follow me on instastories for my thoughts as I go on MyBody ByMyleene!

I was sent MyBody by Myleene in exchange for this review however all views are my own.

Our boys are huge fans of PJ Masks and it has played a big part in any role play they do recently. We have a few of the character toys and dress up clothes so we will thrilled when we were offered a chance to review evil villain Romeo’s Lab.

Romeo’s Lab arrived and it was minimal set up so was ready to play with out of the box. The boys quickly found their heroes out and set to play our their favourite episodes!

I do love that these figures are tailored to little hands so they are easy to grab and move about but durable enough that they don’t snap as some sets do. Romeo’s lab is robust and has already had some crashing about. We love that the set can be packed away with the figures inside it for easy use and it means we don’t lose any of the set.

 

It comes with a few added pieces – a grab claw, to grab those pesky PJ Masks, a computer that is interactive and warns Romeo that the PJ Masks are approaching, a computer that Romeo stands at to concoct his villainous plans. There a a few other bits as well – watch the video to see!

Romeo and his Robot are also included which I think makes the whole set great value for money.

Romeo’s Lab Playset is priced at £49.99, available at Argos and is aimed at ages 3-6 years (my boys are 2 and nearly 4 but their 8 year old sister had a play too!)

You can win  1 x PJ Masks Collectable figures 5 pack by watching the video above and name one of the accessories included in the playlet!

T&C

Ends Midnight 18th May 2018

The PR will send the product direct to the winner

UK Entrants only

A bit more about the product.

Watch out PJ Masks! Romeo is ready to rule the night with the Romeo’s Lab Playset! Romeo’s lab can really roll and opens to reveal a secret lair with two levels of play! The playset features a light and sound control panel, working crane, laser launcher, and rolling lab charger! Romeo can use the control panel to plot his mad-scientist schemes and then shoot his laser launcher when the PJ Masks come to stop him! The playset also comes with one Romeo figure, one Romeo’s Robot figure and three bonus tools! When it’s time to move on to the next villainous adventure, kids can transform the playset into Romeo’s mobile lab and take the mischief on the go!

As I near 40 I am now doing that typical mid life thing of wishing I had looked after my body and skin a lot more. I have been looking into cruelty free skincare during the last month or so and have recently been invited to test some lovely new products that are on the market.

My priority for any skin/body regime is that it is quick and easy to do, grabbing 5 minutes to do before the school run and then maybe a bit longer on the weekend. Here are the products I have tested…

MY KIND ORGANICS VITAMINS

I have found that after having children I need to give my natural vitamin levels a little boost. Significantly B12 and Vitamin D have been the ones that have an affect on my moods and how I am generally feeling. Taking supplements on a regular basis has helped everything from fatigue to carpal tunnel. I would recommend having your levels tested if you can. if you have little ones at nursery you’ll find that you will also get some knock on sniffles too so Vitamin C is a must to make sure you’re at your best. We all know being ill as a mum really sucks!

URBAN VEDA 

For bath or shower the Urban Veda range has been a lovely addition to bath time. I love this range of ayurvedic skincare. The smells are really reminiscence of a spa and my favourite is the turmeric body wash. Each bottles has enough for a full body scrub to leave skin feeling smooth and detoxed. I really enjoyed this range and will be buying some more of them. The gift sized bottles will make a great gift too!

ANGELA LANGFORD’S A LITTLE LIFT

Before I pop on the day’s make up/suncream I have been using this face serum to lift my skin a little. It is easy to apply and is nice and light. I find that it is a good base for the day. One to two pumps of product is enough to make my skin feel great. I also use her Rest and Regenerate too just before bed. I have found her products to last and they just feel so lovely to use.

I will be getting some more once the bottle runs out and would think it would make a great gift in a hamper for a mum to be as well. It made me feel pampered and the packaging looks lovely too! I love the pump as much as you need style packaging too.

Here is my skin after using for a week – I look less tired and brighter around the eyes.

SUU BALM

This balm has been great for when I have itchy skin and I have even used it on the kids when they have itchy skin their desperate to scratch after a bump to avoid scarring. It is a great little tube that pops into my handbag.

NEEK LIPSTICK

This lip is now a constant in my bag. My lips tend to dry out quite a bit – could be the weather, could be the chattering – and I have found this NEEK Kiss Me Kiss Me one to be brilliant and giving a delicate colour whilst also nourishing my dry lips. The lipstick is vegan and they’ve even got some fabulous packaging thats made from recycled packaging – a true ethical based brand!

 

As a set daily routine I have found that these products work well together for me. I love the scent of each, their ease of use and the fact it gives me a little bit of luxury and wellness on a daily basis. I would love to hear how you look after yourself so head over to facebook and share with me!