Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit

 We were sent some fab Project Mc2 items for review, the Camryn Doll which I shared last week and this is the second review I am going to share with you. If you haven't heard of Project Mc2 then here is a little low down...Smart is the new cool with Project Mc2! The team of four super smart, seriously cool girls combine their love of science and spy skills to take on different missions for a secret organisation, NOV8 (that’s “innovate”!). Real girls with real skills who are ready to take on anything! 
The Project Mc2 Lab Kit is the first step to becoming a cool agent just like the girls.The kit appears to be an oversized lab bag but unzips to reveal the ultimate collection of science apparatus and fun! Take it to a friend’s house to impress them with your experiments. All you need to add are household items to make chemical reactions. The real working microscope provides endless hours of discovery so the fun doesn’t have to stop after the experiments. Once you’ve mastered the experiments included head over to www.ProjectMc2.com to discover more.
As well as a real working microscope there are over 30 pieces including test tubes, a funnel, beaker, pH strips, a pipette, petri dish, safety goggles and a Project Mc2 ring. You can over 15 experiments from the included booklet and create some of your own!
I love that all the pieces are housed in the bag, it means less chance of us losing bits and pieces. We really enjoyed conducting our own experiments using simple household items we all have in the cupboard. 
The microscope has provided hours of fun, the kids have loved picking up random objects from the garden and looking at them close up using the microscope. It's a great way to introduce the kids to science in a fun way. They want to head out to the park next week and collect some items to look at more closely.
This kit is a must for Project Mc2 fan, its bound to spark their interest and is the perfect accompaniment if you already own some of the experiment dolls. The Ultimate lab kit is available from most good toy shops and retails at £49.99.
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Mandy
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Ravensburger Avengers Infinity War XXL Jigsaw Puzzle Review

With the Easter holidays in full swing (we get 2 weeks in our area) we had a welcome distraction from Ravensburger come through the post to get the kid's brains ticking over a little bit. As huge Marvel and general action hero fans they were excited to see the Avengers Infinity War XXL 100 piece jigsaw.
From the new movie, Avengers Infinity War movie is sparked their interest straight away, its a high quality 100 piece jigsaw puzzle with XXL pieces making them easier to spot, find and connect. As with all Ravensburger puzzle, it is made from strong premium grade recycled cardboard that has a linen finish print which minimises glare on the puzzle image. The puzzle itself is suitable for ages 6 years and over and once complete is measure 49 x 36cms.
Mr C was the one who decided to have a go at the puzzle, he is the only one with the patience to do it. I love the concentration on his face when he is puzzling, its a really good brain work out! I helped him with some of the outer patterns, so he had the base there to work on. I think the XXL pieces are a great help for the younger ones, you can see the picture better which means they can easily match it up to the design. We always have the box lid on hand to display the complete picture for ease.
I think that Mr C was quite pleased with himself for completing the puzzle (with a little help from me) and it was a rainy day activity after some lovely sunshine the day before. I am sure it will be taken out a few times during rainy April. The Avengers Infinity War jigsaw is available from Amazon for £8.99.
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Mandy
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Putting Treads To The Test

With 3 ever growing boys in school shoes its a mighty expense in the family budget. The quest to find the shoe that will last the test of time has been a challenge. I was contacted by Treads to see if Mr D, the shoe destroyer would like to put some of their shoes to the test if anyone was up for the challenge it was Mr D!
So whats different about Treads?
Treads are constructed using a “Strobel” technique where the upper is placed into a mould and the sole is then injected around it creating one unit without the need for any glueing. This not only creates a really strong bond but offers additional flexibility, perfect for active kids. The Permair® leather is a breathable performance leather, the reinforced heels prevent splitting through stamping, which is great for Mr D, as he's so heavy on his feet! The flexible injection moulded soles are hardwearing, non-slip and non-marking, they also provide reinforced seams for that additional strength. The outer shoe is easy to wipe clean surface, scuff-proof to withstand bumps and scrapes and they have a Texon® board inner which is designed to reinforce the sole and wick away moisture. Treads are available in 8 different styles suitable from boys ages 6 years to 16 years.
We opted for the Madrid style as Mr D has motor skill issues and can't do laces, he gets himself tied up in knots! The Madrid is designed and built for active boys. An additional scuff resistant toe offers additional durability and the soft padded ankle gives all day comfort support. The touch-fasten rip tape allows easy on-off access and that made to measure feel. Handcrafted using the finest of components. Made with permair leather that is soft enough to allow easy flexible movement offering unrivalled comfort and engineered to cope with the rigours of a schoolyard. The sole is tough and strong but also flexible and lightweight. Teamed with durable ‘dual fit’ technology and subtle stitching finishes off the look.
My boys have been cursed with my wide feet, so shoes can be a problem, but Treads have you covered on that front with dual fit technology. Simply try the shoe on as it comes out of the box. If the fit is comfortable and to your liking, you're good to go. If however, you feel you could do with a bit more room just remove the orange EVA footbed to convert to the wider fit option. Removing the footbed also gives more depth, making dual fit footwear ideal should you wish to use orthotics.
We removed the footbed and the shoe fitted Mr D perfectly, the touch-fasten Velcro is fab for him to, he doesn't have to think about fastening his shoes, it just does it. He said the shoe fits well and it was comfortable which is a big plus for him, he hates wearing anything on his feet, so comfortable shoes is a must. I was pleased with how the shoe looks, its great quality.
The shoes are really easy to care for to, a quick wipe over with a cloth and they are ready to go again.Mr D has worn these daily for school for 2 weeks and doesn't have a single scuff on them yet! They still look brand new, we are going to continue using them and update you in a few months to see how they are standing the test of time!
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Mandy
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Psychological Hacks That Help You Design A Better Workplace

Did you know that your working conditions and the surroundings that you work in can have a profound impact on your productivity and efficiency? There are ways in which you can design a workplace that will psychologically help you perform your tasks in a more productive, creative and efficient manner. Nowadays companies do not measure the productivity of employees based on their numbers or by set standards. It is a known fact that the office design, the environment of the company and other factors play a very important role in the overall performance of the employees. Today we have a list of psychological hacks that help you design a workplace that enables employees to perform their best. Here’s everything you need to know:

Take The Average Age Of Employees Into Consideration When Designing The Workplace
You need to keep the demographic that you are catering to in mind when setting up the workplace. For instance, if the majority of your staff members are middle-aged and are more comfortable with an equal balance of paperwork and digital interactions, but your office has suddenly made a 100 percent switch to paperless and digital functions, the functioning and productivity of your employees will be hampered. Thus, when making changes in office systems, ensure that you take into consideration the overall age or demographic or preferences of the employees before taking drastic steps that will only prove to be counterproductive.

Provide Comfortable Chairs, Tables And Furniture For Best Results
If your office is filled with chairs that are uncomfortable, constantly require adjustments and provide zero back support, the productivity of your employees is going to be greatly hampered. The constant need to stretch, move around and make adjustments to the chair or desk can make it nearly impossible for employees to stay focused. The chairs provided to your employees should provide proper back support and should be able to recline to avoid constant pressure on the spinal cord. The desk should be at such a height that when the computer or laptop is placed on it, the top of the computer is at eye level and a proper footrest should also be provided for individuals with desk jobs. Comfortable seating arrangements play a vital role in increasing productivity of the employees.

Decorate The Office With Artificial Landscaping Products
Did you know that the lush green leaves and foliage of trees and plants can have a positive impact on the overall productivity of your employees? The colour green is known to inspire and motivate people to work better and being surrounded by nature also boosts the productivity of workers. Now you can motivate your employees and staff members to work more productively by installing faux plants and trees in and around the office. You get several varieties of faux plants that look absolutely lifelike and real. From breathtaking hanging baskets at your office entrance to flower arrangements for the centre of the tables, bonsai plants or ficus plants for the cabins and so on, you can give your entire office an exotic, charming and naturally outdoorsy look.

Flexibility In Working Hours
The employees of today are not just concerned with the monetary compensation they get for the hours of work that they pump in. Today’s employees are also concerned with convenient work timings, flexibility in working hours and often want the option of being able to work from home. People are not robots and expecting them to work monotonously day after day is a little harsh. Nobody likes 9 to 5 jobs anymore. People want the freedom to work at timings that are suitable for them. Many employees feel that they are most productive in the second half of the day than they are early in the morning. As an organization, you need to give your employees a little bit of freedom and flexibility in working hours if you want to extract maximum productivity.

Clear Out Excess Clutter
If your office looks like a warehouse of file cabinets and has papers and reports and magazines strewn all over, this will automatically reduce the efficiency and productivity of your employees. Clutter around the workspace can be counterproductive. When an employee or a staff member is forced to work amidst clutter, his thinking becomes limited, he will constantly be distracted and so on. For your staff members and employees to be able to perform their best, you need to give them a work environment that is clean and clutter-free.

Add A Little Colour To The Walls
Nobody likes to work in an office space that is dull, boring and drab. A boring office space will automatically reduce the overall productivity of the employees and staff members. While in earlier times most offices had white walls, nowadays many organizations are opting for captivatingly and vibrantly coloured walls. Having brightly coloured walls can have an impact on the brain function and moods of your employees. Further, opting for the perfect colours for your office walls will positively affect the productivity of your employees. Soothing blues, pretty peaches, and pastel colours are particularly popular office wall colours.

Lighting Plays A Very Important Role In Overall Productivity
Lighting has a major psychological impact on the overall productivity of employees and staff members. If the lights in your office space are ridiculously bright and hurt the eyes, it will only give your employees a headache and reduce their productivity. If the lights are too dim and dull, this too can reduce the productivity of the employees because dull lighting can induce a slumber amongst the staff members. Hence, the lighting in the office has to be perfect to enhance the overall productivity of the employees.

The next time you find the productivity numbers in your office dropping, try using some of these psychological hacks to boost and motivate your employees and staff members. These tried and tested methods have proven to be highly effective and will give you guaranteed results.

When you find that staff members in the office are counterproductive and your sales and production numbers are dwindling, use these psychological hacks to get things back on track instantly!

Take Advantage of Buying Custom Paper Online

Some students are opting to buy a custom paper online. It can be challenging to find the right service that will give them quality work for a low price. Many of these services ask students to pay high costs or have weird hours that don’t work with students’ schedules. Luckily, this service offers helpful features that we will talk about later.

You might be wondering if it worth it to hire someone to write a paper for me. There are a handful of benefits to ordering a custom paper online, and the major ones are outlined here:

1. It is affordable. Students have a lot on their plates and usually, don’t have extra spending money. It’s essential that affordable services are available to the students. By creating a cost-conscious service, this website gives students the freedom to get help without worrying about their financial situation.
2. Your grades will improve. The main reason that students choose to use a custom paper writing service is so that their marks will be higher. Some students find it nearly impossible to achieve high enough grades on their own so that they will seek out a service like this one. By crafting better writing, students will get better grades in school.
3. You can reference the essays for help on future essays. Sometimes, students will just need a little bit of guidance to become even better writers. They might choose to use a custom paper service once or twice to get some examples of how their papers should look in the future. The documents that they receive from these services can make excellent resources when students get stuck while writing other essays.
4. You can receive one-on-one help with already written essays. One standard issue that students have is that they just need help with minor issues. They might be able to ask their teacher for help, but the timing doesn’t always work out. Sometimes, students need to receive feedback from someone other than their teachers. A professional writer can look over an already written essay and help the students to make some revisions. The professional writing service will know how to make these changes and help the student to understand why things need to be edited.
5. You don’t have to worry about plagiarism. Plagiarism is a big deal, and students can face terrible penalties for it. Even if papers contain a very small percentage of plagiarism, the student could receive a zero on the entire essay. This is stressed immensely by teachers, so students understand the seriousness. Most students try their best not to plagiarize, but accidents happen. Using a writing service can ensure that no plagiarized work slips into the essay.

Different websites offer unique features. Writepro.net gives you a variety of excellent features, including:
- 24/7 support. You don’t have to be online at a particular time or worry about making specific hours work. You can access assistance at any time, making this a great option for busy students!
- Support for ESL writers. It can be a challenge to find services that are specialized for ESL students. This website makes this possible and offers help to all types of students.
- It’s affordable! Not everyone has a lot of money to spend on these writing services, and this service understands that. They keep their prices low, giving everyone a chance to get a quality essay written.

Many students choose this website WritePro.net for all of these reasons—and more! Become one of them.

Project Mc2 Camryns Nail Polish Doll

We were sent some fab Project Mc2 items for review and this is the first review I am going to share with you. If you haven't heard of Project Mc2 then here is a little low down...Smart is the new cool with Project Mc2! The team of four super smart, seriously cool girls combine their love of science and spy skills to take on different missions for a secret organisation, NOV8 (that’s “innovate”!). Real girls with real skills who are ready to take on anything! 
There are 4 dolls to collect and each doll comes in her signature outfit - stylish and smart, and with a clever project for you to complete. Enabling you to conduct your own experiments at home with the help of S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths). We were sent Camryn Cole.
Camryn Coyle is the construction queen! Make your own colourful nail polish using safe household ingredients with the included hammer, excavator and funnel. You can follow Camryn’s footsteps and learn to create your own nail polish experiment by combining simple household ingredients such as eyeshadow powder and clear nail varnish to create your own unique colour combinations. 
The doll comes with some of the items you need to make your own nail polish but you will need some powdered eyeshadow and some clear nail polish to create your own custom coloured nail polish. 
We had great fun creating our own nail polish and loved playing with the doll on its own too. Camryn has a pretty dress which has detachable wings and mask. We love that we can use Camryn to conduct or experiments and then use her in some imaginative doll play with our others dolls too. 
You can find the Project Mc2 collection is most good toy shops. The Camryn nail polish doll retails at £24.99.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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Judge Glassware Range Review

The new range of glassware from Judge offers a cooking solution which will not stain, or retain flavours. In addition, cooking with Judge glass allows for great visibility, displaying the ingredients and recipe to the full.  Finally, being manufactured from Borosilicate glass means it can cope with rapid temperature change, allowing confidence when moving from oven to table, and freezer to the oven. On offer in the collection is casserole dishes in either 1 or 2 litres, roasters in 700ml and 1.5 litres and mixing bowls in 1, 1.5 and 2 litres, with prices starting at just  £2.50, quality cookware isn't going to break the bank!
The mixing bowl was perfect for mixing the stuffing in for our Easter Sunday lunch, the glass allows you to see through and ensure that the mix is combined. The mixing bowl has a good weight to it and looks good quality. I loved that I could then pop the bowl straight into the oven and save on extra dishes to wash up.
The glass mixing bowl is heatproof up to 240 degrees and is dishwasher safe. It's not, however, suitable for on the hob or under a grill, so do bear that in mind when using the product. This bowl is a great addition to my kitchen supplies, the 1-litre bowl is also ideal for making my homemade salsa in.
I already own a casserole dish but as a family of 6 it's a large one, so not much use for smaller meals or smaller dishes. Mr RTR works evening, so I occasionally have to make cottage pie for one! This 1-litre casserole dish with a lid would be great for a one-pot casserole too.
The hubby and I love cauliflower cheese, but the kids despise it, so there no point making a huge portion. We usually have the microwave stuff, so it was a real treat to make it from scratch. The heat from the glass casserole dish made the cheese bubble up lovely.
Honey glazed parsnips are a family favourite and I have always cooked them in a metal oven tray and they always burn, so I knew that I would be putting the glass roaster to the test on Easter Sunday. Even the 1.5-litre roaster was big enough for a full bag of parsnips.
I'm definitely a glassware covert, I have always used metal oven dishes, but the food definitely tastes better when it comes out of the glass roaster, fresher I think, and the parsnips were cooked evenly, with a nice crisp edge to them. All of the judge glassware washed extremely well after use and looked good as new. These are sure to become well used in our cooking adventures.
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Mandy
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Autism - Facts & Myths

So apparently April is deemed autism awareness month, however in our house it doesn't matter what month it is every single day is about autism awareness. When your a family of 6 and 4 of those people have autism its hard to escape it. As someone has deemed April as autism awareness month I thought I would share with you 10 facts and 10 myths about autism.

Fact - Autism is a lifelong neuro-developmental condition that affects more than 700'000 people in the UK alone
Fact - Autism is a hidden disability, you can't tell by looking at someone if they have autism
Fact - Autism is incurable, but the right support at the right time makes a huge difference
Fact - Over 50% of children who have autism are not in an educational setting deemed appropriate by their parents to meet their needs
Fact - 1 in 5 children with autism have been excluded from school more than once
Fact - Fascinations, repetitive behaviour and routine can be a source of enjoyment
Fact - Special interests in children with autism can help develop self esteem and encourage socialising
Fact - People with autism demonstrate above-average levels of concentration, reliability and accuracy
Fact - People with autism can lead fulfilling lives with the right understanding and support
Fact - If you have met one person with autism, you have met just one person with autism. Each one is so wonderfully different

Myth - Autism is a mental health condition
Myth - Autism is the result of emotional deprivation, emotional stress or bad parenting
Myth - People with autism are being deliberately rude when avoiding eye contact
Myth - People with autism prefer to spend time alone
Myth - People with autism are incapable of leading a normal life, getting a job or having a family of their own
Myth - ADHD and autism are the same condition
Myth - Aspergers Syndrome is a middle class condition made up by parents to excuse bad behaviour
Myth - Non verbal autistic are severely mentally impaired
Myth - A child with autism will not be able to attend a mainstream school
Myth - All people with autism are geniuses like Rainman
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Mandy
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The Tale Of The Easter Bunny With Frankie Bridge

Singer-songwriter and mum of two, Frankie Bridge, is getting ready to launch her debut storybook, ‘The Tale of The Great Easter Bunny,’ in partnership with Cadbury this Easter. The downloadable book, a re-adaptation of The Tale of the Great Bunny created by Cadbury 20 years ago, celebrates The Easter Bunny and encourages families across the nation to take part in their own magical Easter Egg Hunts together over the Easter season.
The story, available to download free from the Cadbury website from Tuesday 13th March, follows siblings Jack and Molly as they discover a series of mysterious clues and embark on an enchanting Easter Egg Hunt alongside their parents, Tom and Sarah. The tale takes place within the family home but what the family don’t know, is that there is a secret, hidden rabbit-hole at the bottom of their garden… where The Easter Bunny lives.   
Speaking on the launch of The Tale of the Great Easter Bunny, Frankie said: “It’s actually a little bit of a secret but Easter is my favourite holiday!  We used to have Easter Egg Hunts every year and now I love to do the same for my own children.  Creating a book is also something I have always wanted to do and in many ways, it’s not so different to writing songs.  I really do hope families will love the book and it will inspire them to go on their very own magical Easter Egg Hunts.”
The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts National Trust are also back for 2018 and there are over 300 hunts to choose from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, guaranteeing a fun-filled Easter for everyone.  To discover the nearest hunt to you, visit cadbury.co.uk/Easter.
We have just finished for the school holidays today and we received a copy of the book and these lovely Easter treats from Cadbury to enjoy. Mr C and Miss S will love the book and I'm sure they will make short work of the eggs! I'm hiding the Daim one from me and Mr RTR though!
Happy Easter
Mandy
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Ready Player One Movie Merchandise

You all know Paladone is one of my favourite companies, their ever expanding range is amazing! Its been a while, but I'm back with a new Paladone bundle and its a goody! Released tomorrow, Ready Player One is the film adaptation of a science fiction novel, written by an American Author, Ernest Cline. It is a contemporary sci-fi story set in a dystopian future, but most of the narrative takes place in a virtual reality game called OASIS. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Warner Bros. In celebration of this new epic movie, Paladone has got all the merchandise you will NEED after you have watched the movie and they have sent it to me to show you!
Protect your table with these stylish Ready Player One Coasters featuring some of the films most loved characters. These coasters are perfect for fans of the original novel or the film, and feature fantastic characters including Parzival, Art3mis and Aech. These stylish coasters have black backgrounds and bright, eye-catching designs. This pack contains a set of eight double-sided card coasters and are priced at just £2.99. Mr L has already nabbed these for his computer table in his bedroom
In my line of work you can never have too many notebooks, so this one has been securely sneaked into my office draw! Plot your next victory inside the OASIS with this super-cool Ready Player One IOI Notebook. This hardback notebook, which has 200 lined pages, features the famous Innovative Online Industries logo on its cover, along with the Standard Issue Laser Rifle design drawings and some other sketches taken from the fantastic Ready Player One movie. This notebook is great for use at home, at work, or at school and is the perfect gift for any organised Ready Player One fan! I'm really impressed with the quality of this notebook, the paper is really thick and good quality, retail price is £6.99.
As much as I would have liekd this, Mr RTR has swiped this from me! He does the school run and goes out to work, so I thought it was only fair he was allowed the travel mug, I rarely travel, so he will definitely get more use of it! Enjoy a hot beverage on-the-go during your next adventure inside the OASIS with this super-slick, stylish Ready Player One Gunter Travel Mug. This stainless steel travel mug is perfect for commutes, long journeys, and short walks to the office and allows you to keep your hot beverage warm whilst out and about. The mug features the slogan 'Gunter Life'™ on one side and the official Ready Player One logo on the other, both in bright, vibrant neon colours. The mug is double-walled for extra insulation and also comes with a plastic lid making it easy to drink from wherever you are! The travel mug retails at £11.99.
Now I have saved the best of the collection for last! I LOVE this infinity light and its now got pride of place in the boy's bedroom. They are huge gamers, so the Ready Player One slogan is right up their street! Escape the crazy dystopia that surrounds you and dive headfirst into virtual reality with this stylish Ready Player One Infinity Light. The design features the words 'Ready Player One'™ in bright colours on the shiny, mirrored background, which works to create an optical illusion when the light is switched on. Gaze into the light and escape to the OASIS. This infinity light is dual powered either by USB or batteries and creates a nice optical illusion disappearing off into the distance. It can be wall-mounted or free-standing and is 31.5cm tall. It takes three AA batteries, which aren't included. However, a USB cable can also be used to power the light, which is included. The boys have it on the bedside table so we use the USB option, but I love the battery option too. Its a fab looking light and looks great in the boy's room, the infinity light retails at £34.99.

How fab are these items, were off to the cinema during half term to check out the movie as its right up Mr RTR street! You can see these and more Ready Player One merchandise over on the Paladone website.
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Mandy
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World Autism Awareness Week 2018


No matter what the condition or illness there seems to be weeks or days popping up all throughout the year in celebration or to raise awareness of these things, Autism awareness week, national stress day, ovarian cancer month etc, the list is endless. There is even a website dedicated to listing all these awareness days. I am all for celebrating and raising awareness for conditions and illnesses, but why are they only shouted about during these specified times? What about the rest of the time when us people who go through our daily lives with these conditions & illnesses. 

You then have the people who like to bandwagon jump, they will share the shit out of something and have very little clue why, or even bother to research why, but they are sheep and just share it because everyone else it. This then ends up with lots of misguided people sharing stuff they know NOTHING about! The most common one I am going to talk about is people sharing the 'LIGHT IT UP BLUE' slogan for Autism Awareness. 

Autism is a much talked about condition, when my 14-year-old was diagnosed there was very little known about autism, aside from the good old vaccine debate, but we won't get into that, that's a WHOLE other post!! As a Mum of 3 children on the spectrum, I think its great that people want to speak about it, share their stories and get more awareness out there, but only if it the right kind of awareness. The slogan 'Light It Up Blue' was penned by the organisation Autism Speaks, who on the face of things offer up support to families in the spectrum. But when you do a little digging only 4% of their annual profits fund family support, the rest goes into finding a 'cure' for Autism!! It's not an illness or a disease, it's a neurological condition. I am all for therapy, but that's not what Autism Speaks means by a cure. The largest funded project of theirs is to run prenatal testing to rule out Autism, they want all Mothers to be offered the chance to terminate their pregnancy. Autism speaks want Autism to be eradicated from society, in one of their reports they go as far as saying Autism has no place in our society. They are also behind some awful anti-autism videos floating around the internet. Basically, they are nobbers and they make my blood boil. Sorry, I don't normally swear here but I am 1000% against this crackpot organisation. In October 2016 an apparent vote of the trustees was taken and it was decided that part of their funding that goes into finding a cure will be cut! But they still want to research for prevention and therapy, so they still believe autism is a condition that needs 'fixing'. 

I am very much the stance of a leopard can't change its spots and I'm pretty sure in my opinion that they are just as shady now as they have always been. So do what you want to do this autism awareness week, but don't light it up blue, not for my children! Don't get me wrong awareness is great when the person spreading the awareness knows what they are talking about! 

The main thing most of us parents want is not awareness, its acceptance! Our children want acceptance and understanding to go hand in hand with all this supposed awareness.

Keep an eye out for my post next week on 10 facts and 10 myths about autism!
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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eZee Beads Giveaway


I know you all love a good giveaway so I have teamed up with John Adams to give one lucky readest the chance to win these fab 2 prizes from the eZee beads range. The range is perfect for the crafty kid amongst your brood and if you're a clean freak like me, they are low mess! 
The eZee Beads 3D Mini Scenes set lets you create charming 3D scenes using just beads and water – no ironing required! It comes with 4 pretty design cards to make, as well as some handy storage for your eZee Beads.
The eZee Beads Refill Pack includes 640 beads in 10 colours! Use the extra beads to make more amazing eZee Beads creations. It includes a handy tray to sort your beads into colours order and make your creations easier!

For your chance to win just enter via the widget below, do take some time to read the terms and conditions of entry as all incorrect entire will be disqualified.

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Easter Gift Guide

These gift guides seem to be flying around this year and I can't believe its time for the Easter guide already! Be Christmas again before we know it. I've been busy sourcing everything you could possibly want or need this Easter, whether you have a chocolate lover or a chocolate hater!
You can make your own delicious, bite-sized treats with the Chocolate Sprinkle Stix from John Adams toys. Children can safely and easily melt their chocolate, dip their breadsticks, pour in their sprinkles then turn on the sprinkle blast to create their own unique sweet treat! The Chocolate Sprinkle Stix unit is easy to clean and dishwasher safe too. All you need to get started is some chocolate, sprinkles and breadsticks, this is a fab Easter gift idea.
Ideal for an Easter egg hunt, Guylian’s Mini Filled chocolate eggs are a mouth-watering treat. They come individually wrapped in an assortment of three flavours; milk chocolate truffle, milk chocolate praline and dark chocolate praline, rrp £3.49. The delightful egg-shaped box features a window design and is filled with Temptations chocolates in six delectable flavours, rrp £3. 
Mini Hornit helmets are a bit, no a LOT, cooler than most kids’ bike helmets! Painstakingly designed to look stylish & fun (or quiet understated in the case of Stealth!), they are fully adjustable, comfortable, lightweight and actually, something children will want to wear. They will also love the integrated LED which is an added safety feature, useful for riding home after school in winter. They are available in 2 sizes, small and medium and will fit most children. The LED light has 3 modes and the battery will last between 10-20 hours dependant on what modes it's in. I know Mr C will just love this hammerhead design, it perfectly matches the bike he is getting for his birthday! 
How about a personalised book from Its Your Story? This lovely personalised booked tells a story all about the child and their favourite person taking a Zoo adventure. It can be personalised with the child's name, their favourite person's name, 2 friends names and other personal details such as their special person favourite colour. You can choose a picture to upload and it is used throughout the story. The story is lovely as are the bright and colourful illustration inside.
The Chocolate Lolly Maker includes everything you need to have a ‘Hoppy’ Easter – just melt, mould, wrap and before you know it you’ve got lots of scrumptious chocolate lollies to share with your friends and family! The set includes four different moulds a flower, heart, horse, and most importantly at this time of year - a rabbit! Perfect for creating your own chocolate Easter bunny lollies to give to friends and family.
We have been trying out a yummy snack that is perfect for people who like chocolate, but not a chocolate overload. Knoppers are a crisp baked wafer with milky hazelnut layers and a chocolate coating. They are perfect with a glass of milk after school or a mid-morning cup of tea. The multiple layers and textures are delicious and they are a really enjoyable snack that the whole family will love. They can be purchased individually for on the go snacking or in a pack of 4 for the treat cupboard. I have kept some of these aside for my neice for Easter, she isn't a massive chocolate fan and these are perfect for her.
 
Gone are the day of boring vegan diets, shoppers can now enjoy a plant-based diet without comprising on quality or flavour. Aldi’s vegan range has been carefully curated by their expert wine buying team, and brings together a mix of everything from award winning reds to eco-friendly prosecco. With everything from eco-friendly prosecco and sumptuous red wine to fresh, crisp whites and roses on offer, the supermarket has something for everyone, starting from only £3.89. The perfect Easter gift or accompaniment to Easter lunch this year!
A modern take on the classic game of hopscotch, the Jump ‘N Fit is an electronic mat where play coincides with the activation of lights and sounds. It features two game modes; hopscotch or fitness. For classic hopscotch mode, toss the coin to jump into the game and enjoy a timeless classic. If you want the latter, throw the dice and depending on which side it lands, do a certain task, which aids your little one in enhancing their motor ability. Whichever mode you opt for, both are guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours until they can jump no more! The Jumo& Fit playmat from Chicco retails at £19.99.
Fletter, the fast-paced word game for all the family is sure to test even the quickest of thinkers! Being pocket-sized, Fletter can be played on-the-go with a minimum of 2 players. It ticks the box for a perfect present for kids 8 and over and also makes a great impulse purchase. The game is super simple to pick up and play right out of the box and will soon be the perfect addition to every household.  Fletter can be used as a teaching tool to help children learn spelling and words in a fun, low-pressure way to assist in developing key skills. Brought to you by Binca games, Fletter retails at just £7.99.
If its fancy alcohol you are after the 31 Dover have you covered this Easter, from flavoured vodkas, chocolate wine and liqueurs they have it all. I can't wait to try this rhubarb vodka from JJ Whitely. J.J. Whitley, born of eight generations of distillers grew up scouring his family’s hedgerows and surrounding countryside for new flavours and his range reflects that. This rhubarb vodka is flavoured with natural rhubarb, resulting in a tangy and sweet liquid that has hints of fresh basil. This 70cl bottle will set you back just £19.99, perfect for an after dinner Easter tipple.
A new addition to the ever-popular Fit N’ Fun range is Mr. Ring, a colourful hedgehog which will test your little one’s co-ordination, precision and patience. Based on top of a rotating base, with five large spines protruding from his back, the aim is to throw one of 12 plastic rings onto his spikes. Bright and cheerful, Mr Ring plays out music as he rotates. Teaching any child the value of patience and perseverance can sometimes be a bit demanding, but Mr Ring is able to tackle this in a fun and playful way. Mister Ring from Chicco retails at £19.99.
We absolutely love the Itty Bittys range from Hallmark, we have a nice little collection building now. I am in love with the new The Muppets Collection. I think I may have to hide the Miss Piggy and Kermit for myself. You can check out the full range out on the Hallmark website.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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