Alienwork Quartz Watch: Review & Giveaway

Monday, 19 March 2018

I love a good watch. There are a few things I look for when buying a watch. Obviously they have to tell the time (!) but also, one that is not too expensive, looks good, robust and can also put up with a busy life with kids. It does sound a little bit like a pipedream though, especially when you live with a fireball like Dorothy!

However, recently, we were lucky to try out the All Black Alienwork Quartz Watch with a Milanese band.

It has a slim design, with a delicate clock face but is also said to be strong and durable, so I asked Mark to put it through it's paces on a normal busy week.

Mark put the watch through normal wear and tear of playing with the kids, work, changing a car tyre, some heavy duty gardening jobs and even his football coaching on Saturday morning, where he helps coach over 90 little ones ranging from 2 to 7.

So at the end of the week, Mark gave me his final assessment.

"Easily 10 out of 10. I really like it. It's modern, has a sleek design and is very lightweight, which is great, especially in a men's watch. I also really like the band as it's easy to adjust and fasten. But mostly, it's survived a busy week without even a scratch."

Then about five minutes after this glowing review, he then said:

"I also really like it as it helps me be on time because as we know, lateness is a discourtesy to others". 

which for anyone who has seen "Clockwise" knows this to be true!

We were really impressed with the Alienwork Quartz Watch. It is everything that it says it is and more. I also like that it comes in a handy little case :)


Now to the giveaway! You can win your very own Alienwork Quartz Watch! All you have to do is enter the via the gleam form below. Good luck!

Win an Alienwork Quartz Watch #6

Prize: 1 x Alienwork Quartz Watch
Ends: 16th April 2018
Winner will be notified by email within 3 days. UK only

Disclaimer: We were sent an Alienwork Quartz Watch in return for our honest views. As always, all opinions are our own. 

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The Pramshed

Dinosaurs In The Wild

Monday, 26 February 2018

 I've loved dinosaurs since I was little and Dorothy seems to have caught the dinosaur bug too. She's stolen Mikey's dinosaur books and we've already been to see the exhibit at the Natural History Museum, which we really enjoyed.

I've been looking at some other dinosaur activities and really liked the look of Dinosaurs In The Wild in London, so after sorting out travel details etc, we decided to go yesterday!

For those of you that haven't heard of Dinosaurs In The Wild, it is an immersive time-travelling adventure where you go back 67 million years and meet living dinosaurs!

Now I don't want to give away too much or spoil the experience for you, so I'll only tell you a little bit about it!

We arrived in plenty of time for our timeslot and after a bag and ticket check, we found ourselves in the seating area waiting for our turn for travelling into the past. We were then met by a Chronotex employee (Chronotex Enterprises invented time travel and built TimeBase 67 where you travel to.) and a guide who would be with us throughout the time travelling experience.

We were also given glasses that would protect us from the UV rays from time travelling.

After travelling back to the Cretaceous period, we were then guided through TimeBase 67, the research station where scientists study living dinosaurs. Among other things, we got to explore and a lab and even put your hands in dinosaur poo!

We also visited the hatchery and saw a triceratops hatching!

We also visited the lookout, where there were panoramic views to the outside of TimeBase 67 and we got to see the dinosaurs up close. Please excuse the fuzziness of the windows, it's because of the UV-I didn't use glasses on my phone!

We had an absolutely amazing time at Dinosaurs In The Wild! The experience lasts about 70 minutes, but allow a little extra as people in your timeslot are separated into smaller groups so it's not crowded. In our group, there was only about 8-10 people.

Age wise, the people at Dinosaurs In The Wild say this experience is suitable for people aged 5 years and over, but is open to parental discretion. As you know, Dot is 3, but she had a brilliant time. It was a little bit noisy at the beginning but apart from that, there isn't anything really scary. Also, don't think that this is just for little ones- Mikey had a blast and there were a lot of people there that didn't have children. It really is suitable for everyone!

For any of you that love dinosaurs or know someone that does, you have to go and check this out! The experience is in London until 31st July and open 6 days a week, including weekends.

You can find out more about Dinosurs In The Wild on their website :)

One Messy Mama

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Mothers Day gifts from Stickerscape

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

I love unusual presents, both for myself and when I'm buying for others. Something that is that little bit different that I know people will love. It's also great if it's a gift that is useful too :)

Stickerscape is a small company created by two friends, Jo and Mike, who create wonderful wall stickers designed for playrooms, nurseries and children's bedrooms. But as well as wall stickers, they also create name labels, window stickers, bespoke commissions and gifts for all the family.

Amongst their gifts for all the family is a great selection for Mums, perfect for Mother's Day. My favourites have to be the canvas bags, so I was very excited when I was given the chance to review one!

We love dinosaurs in our house, so I had to chose a Mamasaurus Canvas Bag!

Available  in black, green, navy and pink, it's size is approximately 30 x 30 x 20cm and is both sturdy and comfy enough to carry around all the mum essentials, such as things for nursery, little bits of shopping and last but most importantly, chocolate!  

On a side note, I have to mention the delivery.  The bag was well packaged and arrived much faster than I imagined it would, but what caught my eye was the little sticker on the front, which did make me smile :)

I really love my Mamasaurus bag. It's perfect for all my day to day mum jobs and always puts a smile on my face and I'm not the only one who likes it, as I've also been asked by some of the mums at nursery where it came from!

You can find this canvas bag and many other gifts for mums here. You can also find out about Stickerscape on their website. They can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where they share some of the lovely gifts and sticker designs.


Now you have a chance to win a Stickerscape canvas bag of your choice . Perfect for Mothers Day :)  All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Prize: 1 x Canvas Bag
Ends: 28th February 2018
Winner will be notified by email within 7 days. UK Only. 

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Mothers Day with Hobson's Choice Crafts

Friday, 2 February 2018

Happy February everyone!

Now, I know that love is in the air, but it's not just for Valentines Day, but rather for mums everywhere! Mothers Day is fast approaching and today I wanted to share with you some ideas to help find the right gift for your mum, or even for yourselves!

You may have seen my post before Christmas where I shared some amazing gift ideas from Hobson's Choice Crafts. I really love Sarah's work. She makes personalised gifts from scratch and each one is different and made personal for you.  

I found Hobson's Choice Crafts on Instagram a couple of years ago. To begin with, I was attracted to the name (I loved Hobson's Choice when I was at school!) but then I saw what lovely creations Sarah made and have bought quite a few....okay.....a lot! I can't help myself! I love the material she uses and I love how she really takes her time and makes each item special, no matter how small or big it may be.

Below are just a few ideas for Mothers Day gifts. I know that there'll be something you'll love!

Sarah personalises each item for you and also takes custom orders :)


Now Sarah has very kindly given you a chance to win a handmade 'Mum' fabric heart. All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize: Handmade 'Mum' Fabric Heart

The closing date is 28th February 2018
Winner will be notified by email within 7 days of the competition closing. UK only.

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Valentines Day with Giftsonline4u

Thursday, 1 February 2018

It's February and only two weeks away from Valentines Day and that can mean only one thing; it's time to start shopping for that special person in your life.  I am no different!  Unlike the normal hearts, chocolate and flowers though, Mark and I like to give each other gifts that are a little bit different and this year is no exception.

This year, I wanted Mark's gift to be a personalised one; something that I couldn't find in the seasonal aisle of the supermarket and I wanted it to be something that meant something.

I have to say, I was struggling a bit this year. Nothing seemed right, that was until I found Giftsonline4u. Giftsonline4u is an online gift shop with a difference. They specialise in personalised, engraved and unusual gifts for any recipient and for any occasion you could think of.

When I looked at their website, Mark's present immediately jumped out at me .A Personalised Pocket Watch, so I couldn't believe it when I was lucky enough to be sent one!

Pocket watches have always been sentimental to Mark. His late granddad often used to carry one and it always makes him think of him. I knew it would be the perfect gift!

Not only is it a gorgeous vintage silver plated quartz pocket watch, but I really loved that it could be engraved it with a personalised message, making it all the more special.

I really liked the roman numerals alongside the standard numerals. I've never seen a watch with both on before. I also liked the detail on the watch hands. All really nice touches and make this watch pretty unique!

It also comes with a long chain and a pocket hook, so it's ready to wear!

This particular men's pocket watch retails at £29.99 with free engraving. I thought the engraving was very generous, with 80 characters allowed on the lid of the watch, with 20 characters on each row, which is quite a lot on such a small gift!  You can also choose from different fonts and have the option to add a holographic gift bag and/or a greetings card.

I was also very impressed with the delivery speed and packaging. From placing the order to the pocket watch arriving, it took three days and that includes the weekend, which was much faster than I could imagine. Perfect if you've got to do some last minute shopping!
The pocket watch was also well packaged in a gift box, and sitting in foam, which was then in a bubble jiffy bag, so it arrived in perfect condition :)

I can honestly say that I have nothing bad to say about this gorgeous pocket watch or Giftsonline4u at all! I really love it and I know that Mark will too :)

You can find this Personalised Pocket Watch and many other Personalised Valentines Gifts on the Giftsonline4u website.

You can also find and follow Giftsonline4u on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Happy Valentines Day!

Disclaimer: I was sent a Personalised Pocket Watch in return for my honest opinion. As always, all opinions are our own. 

Children's Valentines Day Gift Guide with what2buy4kids

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

You may think it's odd that I'm that I'm sharing a children's gift guide for Valentines Day, when it is traditionally a day for couples. My sister once called it love day and I think that's a great way to look at it. Why should couples have all the pressies?!

So here is just a small selection of some of the great toys that would be perfect for little ones on Valentines Day from what2buy4kids.

Shape Jigsaw- Fairy £7.99 

This 29 piece puzzle is suitable for 3 years and over and is a great introduction to puzzles. With a lovely picture packed full of fairies, woodland creatures and flowers, it also has a gorgeous glitter finish.

£56.99 £44.99 

It's time to set sail on a pirate adventure! Beautifully made in a traditional style, the pirate ship features so many little details to enchant pirate-loving youngsters. There's a treasure chest, a crocodile, a canon and three peg pirates. This wonderful wooden pirate ship will provide hours of fun :)

Le Toy Van Two Tier Cake Stand £19.99

This cute wooden cake stand comes with two tiers in a polka dot pattern. It also comes with five wooden cakes; an iced cupcake, a chocolate slice, a rainbow cookie, a chocolate slice and a heart surprise.
Kids will have so much fun!

Suitable for 5 years and up, this fantastic Human Body Science Kit is sure to appeal to children with enquiring minds. It includes everything kids need to complete a wide range of experiments that will teach them all about human anatomy in a really fun and inspiring way.
From building a stethoscope and listening to heartbeats to testing lung capacity, this kit covers every aspect of human physiology. 
Kids can also learn about hand-eye co-ordination, digestive functions and the circulatory system.

Perfect for encouraging imaginative play, little ones will love taking dolls, teddies and toys for a walk in this cute pram all covered in hearts :)
With sturdy rubber edged wheels, this pram is suitable for both indoor and outdoor play.
This is such a lovely wooden pram!

This is just a very small amount of adorable toys available at what2buy4kids. Now, I've been given a 10% discount code off any order at what2buy4kids*, so why not pop over and take a look at their fantastic range?

You can find these and more on what2buy4kids website. You can also find out more about what2buy4kids on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Happy Love Day! 

*Affiliate Disclaimer: If you use the above code, as well as you receiving a discount on your purchase, I will also receive a small payment.