bakerdays| Letterbox Cake Review

Who knew that letterbox cakes existed?

I certainly didn’t until a lovely company called bakerdays contacted me last week and asked if they could send Penelope a birthday cake in return for an honest review.

Whilst browsing through the array of designs on the website, I struggled to pick one because they were all so amazing. I also had the option of asking them to customise, which I had contemplated until I seen the Llama unicorn cake.

Penelope is unicorn and llama obsessed so it seemed like the perfect choice and we chose to have it personalised with her name.

They had a large selection of flavours including gluten and dairy free, but we chose the vanilla as that’s her favourite.

Not sure on how these things worked I waited patiently and a few days later it was popped through my letterbox. THROUGH THE LETTERBOX. I couldn’t believe it. It was presented in the most gorgeous little tin, carefully packed and absolutely beautiful.

We have the 5inch cake, which is perfect to send as a gift to someone, and where it may look small it was happily split between the four of us and there is still a bit left over.

The cake itself was fluffy and moist and full of lovely vanilla flavour, topped off with just the right amount of jam and butter cream.

It is one of the tastiest cakes we’ve had for a while and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

Penelope thought it was absolutely delicious and was excited to open it when it arrived.

I was really pleasantly surprised with the whole experience and would 100% buy from here and recommend it to others.

I think it’s an innovative idea. It’s something a little bit unique that you can send to someone on their birthday or other occasion, and at such a great price, who could say no!

Bravo to bakerdays and thanks so much for letting us review this for you.

Links for bakerdays website and Instagram down below

https://www.bakerdays.com/birthday-cakes/all-cakes-for-kids

https://www.bakerdays.com/cake-delivery-uk

https://instagram.com/bakerdays?igshid=2slksrm4hn3r

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Rainbow sensory gifts | My guest blog post

Our life has been filled with sensory exploration for around 7 years.

When I first expected that Harri had sensory processing disorder and autism, he was around 14 months old. He had no interest in baby toys unless they flashed, and hated anything that made noise, we found it increasingly difficult (and still do 8 years on) to find him anything that kept his interest longer than a few seconds, or that didn’t cause him sensory overload.

We started off with very basic light up toys, little flashing balls, changeable light bulbs, flashing bath toys etc.

Bath time used to be a really hard time for us, he absolutely hated water, hated having his hair washed or brushed, hated having his teeth brushed. And what many people don’t realise is that there are so many sensory toys and equipment that can help make these things easier.

Simple things like adding flashing lights to the bath or tap, toothbrushes and toothpaste that are made specifically for children with SPD and you can buy little sand timers which really helped as a visual aid, coral sponges are lovely and soft once wet and ideal for children that don’t like to be touched or get too wet. But not only that, one of the best ways to conquer a fear of water is to introduce it into play, same with sand, grass and dirt.

We had some amazing services involved when Harri was little, portage being the main one. Who taught us all the wonders of sensory play and the benefits for not only children with special needs but children in general of all ages, and when Harri was 3 we made him the most amazing sensory room complete with a bubble tube and fiberoptic lights, that were mainly supplied by a charity called Caudwell fund.

This was his own space, where if he was having a meltdown or a particularly bad day, he could go to relax amongst the lights and his little flashing toys and it would calm him.

During the time when he was a baby, there wasn’t much available like what Katie produces. No one did sensory packs, and the ones that were available from bigger sensory companies weren’t affordable, so we had to make do with things we could find or make ourselves, I would have been so grateful to have had a company like Rainbow Sensory Gifts, where I would know the things were safe and carefully thought out. I would have benefited from having Katie in general to bounce ideas back and forth and I’m so thankful that I have somewhere I can grab all these wonderful toys at such affordable prices to help Fraser learn and develop his skills.

Fine motor and hand eye coordination skills will always be big milestones for us because Harri didn’t learn to wave, point, clap until he was around 3, we’re still working on his pincer grasp and he’s now 8 years old.

Fraser with the help of Katie’s deluxe sensory bag, is already trying to do the open and closed wave at 6 months old, he can move objects between hands, pick some smaller objects up like her wooden rainbow blocks, spikey flashing balls and ribbon wands.

He’s been learning how to problem solve by hiding items underneath his scarfs and finding them, and pulling the scarfs through an Oball.

One of the big things for us is that Fraser has a flat head at the back, he had stiffness in one side of his neck and absolutely hated tummy time, this is why we originally bought the deluxe sensory bag, to encourage tummy time but also to use things like the flashing ball, mirror, visual cards and bells to get him to move his head from side to side.

This all helped immensely and whilst his head is still flat because he can’t sit unaided, he spends the majority of the day now on his tummy, rolling around the room trying to reach his sensory toys. And he can now move his head from side to side with no issue.

I also think when we have access to sensory toys like Katie produces, it encourages us to play more and educate ourselves more about learning through play and it’s benefits, which is so so important. You don’t have to spend an absolute fortune like I was led to believe, I spent hundreds of pounds all those years ago, and the equipment from caudwell, whilst absolutely amazing, was worth a lot of money and I could have never ever afforded to have bought it myself.

We’re lucky now that we have people like Katie, and resources more readily available. Instagram and Pinterest didn’t exist then. My ideas were my own and it was so stressful not really knowing what I was doing. Which is why Katie’s little information booklet which gives you ideas on how to use the items in the bags, is so amazing.

I’m not sure about anyone else but I find babies really hard work to entertain and not only that, it also meant that after we had played, he was quite happy to lie on the floor with a few bits from the sensory bag whilst I pottered on around the house or just had 5 minutes to myself and I never had to try and think of games to play or activities to do with the toys because I had them right in that booklet.

Fraser has been using Katie’s sensory toys since he was around 5 weeks old, and he will continue to use them into toddlerhood.

I really look forward to seeing what rainbow sensory gifts has in store for the future and will continue to support her every step of the way because without a company like hers I’d still be struggling to find what I need at amazing value, to help Fraser learn and

develop all these awesome skills.

Links for Katie’s Website and Instagram below

https://instagram.com/rainbowsensorygifts?igshid=61yt85lboaba

https://www.rainbowsensorygifts.co.uk

Vatos Inflatable sensory tummy time mat | Review | Gifted

We were lucky enough to be gifted the most amazing sensory water mat from vatso toys for Fraser.

He’s 6 months old and hard to entertain at times, and not sitting unaided as of yet. So this is absolutely perfect for tummy time!

The bright colours engaged him immediately, he loves chasing the foam shapes with his hands and making the water splash inside. It’s great for developing hand eye coordination and fine motor skills, and will be great for any baby to develop strength in their upper body.

Fraser absolutely hated tummy time and this would have been a godsend.

We had a really hard time getting him to lie on his front for more than a couple of seconds and he actually developed flat head which has now started to rectify itself through doing sensory play.

Ideal for those none messy sensory play sessions, easy to transport around the house or to the garden and great to take with you on your travels!

We’re always looking for things that are easy to pack as we travel up north to visit family quite a bit.

This is so easy to prepare, you just fill the middle (we used luke warm water) and then inflate the edge, then you’re ready to go!

Suitable for 3 months upwards and a total bargain.

This is a great addition to any sensory collection or a great starting point. I’d honestly recommend this to anyone with small children.

We are so thankful to review this for you, Fraser is having a whale of a time (see what I did there)

Links for Instagram and amazon below

https://instagram.com/vatosuk?igshid=y0g0aboe88ps

https://instagram.com/vatostoys?igshid=k3n2o7cu8suh

https://www.amazon.co.uk/VATOS-Inflatable-Toddlers-Development-Activity/dp/B07PYQR4F2/ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmrnull_2_sspa?keywords=vatos+baby+water+mat&qid=1558524512&s=gateway&sprefix=vatos+&sr=8-2-fkmrnull-spons&psc=1

500 Followers 😱

  
Wow, 500 followers is pretty amazing!

Thanks so much for everyone who has followed, commented, liked and shared my posts. You will never know how much I appreciate it! 

When I first started my blog a couple of months back, I never imagined people would take such an interest in what I had to say! 

I’ve met some lovely people along the way and hope to meet many more. 

Also a quick mention for my Instagram followers which hit 1000 last week, thanks so much for everything. 

I equally enjoy reading and commenting on your things too, I always follow back! I have gotten some great tips from some of you and have tried many products that you’ve recommended. 

Hope you all have a lovely day 💕💕

Sam 

Xoxo 

 

Mini Boots Haul 💕💕💕

  

  


Still on the hunt for the Kate Moss Nude collection lipsticks! But on the way picked up a few bits from boots today. 

I did manage to actually get another 2 of the shades that I needed. I got shades 45 and 48. Also picked up one from her other range in shade 03. 

Will swatch these within the next few days! I think I only have one shade left to find now! 


 

I’ve been wanting to try a BB balm or cream for a while now, and whilst I was looking at the seventeen collection for yet another different contour kit to try I came across this balm.  

My skin is terrible at the minute, so the fact that it said it will improve my skin within 4 weeks made me want to try it! 

My friend uses the contour kit, and looks fabulous so I wanted to give that a go myself and see what it’s like. 


 

I haven’t wore powder for a very long time. I’ve been using Soap and Glorys Solar powder as an all over face powder for a while as its light enough to give the effect I wanted. 

However I’m one for trying new things all the time. So I grabbed this one as I’ve seen a fair few blogs recommending it. 

  

Yay!! I’m so excited that I eventually found this product. I loved their Morrocon oil shampoo and conditioner and their coconut milk. But I seen Zoella blog about this a while ago and I’ve only just managed to pick it up in boots today! 

These are going in my toiletries section of my Xmas list though. So you will have to wait a while for my review 😂😂

 


You will see in the top picture that I grabbed some insence, that was from a little stall as I ran out of nag champa at the weekend, and this was all they had. But they smell beautiful. And for £1 per pack you can’t really go wrong! 

So, still on the hunt for the last shade of the nude collection. Looks like it might have to be an online purchase. But I’m super happy that I managed to get the rest today. 

Thanks so much for reading. If you have tried any of these products, let me know what you think of them in the comments! 

Sam

Xoxo

July Favourites 💕💕💕

  


I feel like this month has been SO long. More than likely because the summer holidays have started and we haven’t been able to get out much! 

Kids have been attached to my hip almost constantly, hence the lack of blogging. I hadn’t anticipated that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my one blog a day routine. So currently in just trying to get one up as often as I can! 

So! This months favourites. 


Primark Candles

After seeing a few of my favourite bloggers mention them on some of their posts, I grabbed a couple to try when I was there a few weeks ago. 

I bought 3 in total. Two of the 3 wick ones and a single wick. 

They smell amazing! And I love the presentation of the 3 wicks that are in tins.  

The tins were £3.50 and the single candle was £2. Well worth the money in my opinion! Not only are they are bargain, but they look nice and smell great. 


 



Scentsy Warmer 

After being sent a warmer to trial for a blog post. I loved it so much that I bought my own! For those of you that haven’t read my scentsy blog, these are basically an electric wax burner. So no need for tea lights! You just plug them in. And pop a wax melt on top. 

The smell is amazing! And there’s a huge range of scents and warmers to choose from. Check out my blog for details on where to purchase. 

I chose the Bali, for obvious reasons and I adore it. 

  


Mandala Wall Hanging 

Purchased from India only last week and it’s arrived already! Urban outfitters are charging around £40 each for something similar. And as you will have seen from my recent post, we will soon be decorating our bedroom. So we have started to buy bits and pieces. 

This was £13.99 on eBay, with free postage. I was expecting it to take ages with it being from India but arrived in just under a week. It’s absolutely enormous! 

I have ordered a few others, and have some more in my watch list as I’m not sure how many I will need as I’m recovering my blanket box and the seat of my chair. All in different colours of course. 

Excuse the picture, I obviously won’t be hanging them till we have decorated, so I’ve put it on my bed to show you.  


 



Estée Lauder Double wear foundation 
Not really sure why I put off purchasing this for so long, mainly the price tag because I usually spend no more than £10 on a foundation. 

Everyone knows my love for drugstore makeup brands but I just had to try it and WOW what a difference. 

Although I personally find it too heavy for basic day to day, it holds up to everything that it promises and I have used it an awful lot. 

It lasts all day, to the point I find myself scrubbing it off my face at the end of the day. My face never feels dry, the coverage is amazing. It’s an all round winner. 

However I think this shade is too dark for me, fine for when I have fake tan on but not without, so will be trying a different shade next time! 


  



Barry M – Make me blush cream

Just recently I was talking to a friend about the memory I had of being a little girl and watching my mum use her lipstick on her cheeks as rouge. And this product totally reminded me of that, so that’s why I bought it! 

They have a few different shades, but I like bright pink on my cheeks. Goes on lovely and I just blend it in with a brush!

  


Lush – Gay is ok soap

Smells fruity, spicy and gives a bit a of twinkle. I absolutely LOVE it. But that’s nothing new, there doesn’t seem to be much that I don’t love from Lush. 

  


Garnier – Micellar Cleansing water 

I have super sensitive skin, so I don’t really have a skin care routine because most products really irritate my face. 

However, I purchased this and i absolutely love it. It’s so gentle on my skin, leaves me feeling fresh but also takes my makeup off like a dream! 

I use it every morning when I wake up and then use it before bed to take my makeup up. 


 


Glossy box favourite – Teoxane cosmeceuticals – Perfect skin Refiner 

I’ve noticed an incredible difference in my skin with this product, so much so that I dug my glossy box information card out to see how much the full sized product is.  

😐 It’s £70…. There has to be something similar out there for cheaper?! Does anyone know of a different brand? If not, I really think it’s something I might have to save up for because it’s honestly amazing. 

I apply it after I’ve taken all my makeup off and cleansed my skin. It stings a little when I’m applying it but I’ve been told that’s supposed to happen. 

My skin already feels more taught and smoother than it has been in a long time! 


 


So that’s Julys favourites! What’s been your favourite products this month? Comment below or link me to your blog so I can read about them! 

Thanks so much for reading.

Sam 

Xoxo 

Kate Moss Long lasting Lipstick swatches (Rimmel) 

  

I have still only managed to grab 2 of the 5 from the new Kate Moss Nude range, but I absolutely LOVE them and I can’t wait to get the other shades. 

They smell divine, they are long lasting, moisturising and make your lips look lovely and plump. 

I also managed to grab one from the other range. Which I love equally as much, even though I don’t wear much pink, I’ve found that I’ve been wearing this one quite a lot!  


 

Shade 40 (Nude) 

  

Shade 43 (Nude) 

  


Shade 101 (Light pink)  


 

  

Top : Shade 40

Middle : Shade 43 

Bottom : Shade 101

As I’ve said above, I’m super happy with these. They are by far my favourite lipsticks at the moment, hopefully will be able to get a few more over the next couple of weeks. 

Thanks so much for reading! 

Sam 

Xoxo

First Impressions Friday : Maybelline Great Lash 

  

  

So last week, I decided to buy a different Mascara. I’ve been using Maybellines The Rocket for a few months now and honestly I think I might add it as my staple mascara because I love it that much. 

However, I’m always up for trying new things. What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t right? Pretty boring! 

So I ordered Maybelline Great Lash on my Very account to give it a try. 

First impression 

Meh, it’s not really anything to write home about. I think it’s a mascara that I would use on my more natural looking days. Or one that I would wear if I wasn’t wearing much makeup at all in fact. 

It’s great for length, and separation I give it that. But it doesn’t add any volume at all and I really like volumising Mascara. 

I’ve found myself doubling it To make it look how I wanted, meaning adding time onto my makeup routine, when really I want to take away time!! 

Will I buy it again? 


So all in all, looks ok I suppose, feels nice and light, seperates lashes well and makes them look longer. 

No I won’t buy it again, as mentioned above I like volume and I really don’t feel like I get that from this at all! 

I would however recommend it to anyone that likes a very natural look.  
   
Thanks so much for reading! Let me know what you think of this product if you have tried it before. 

Sam 

Xoxo

Toy review Tuesday! 

  



Fisherprice Disney Little People  



 



I absolutely adore this range and so do the kids. 

We started collecting them last Christmas.

We started with the Disney castle, Ariel carriage and Cinderella carriage.  
   

Then for Penelope’s birthday added in the Cinderella dance floor and the Tangled tower.  

 


As with all Fisherprice toys, they are sturdy, thick plastic. Colourful and fun, pretty much indestructible which is a big thing to look for In this house! But because they are Disney related the kids seem to show a lot more interest. 

And even though these were purchased for Penelope, Harri really enjoys them too. And it’s not often that he’s bothered with toys at all, unless they are sensory related, it’s also go them kind of playing together side by side. Which is a huge step for Harri. 

   
  


What I find great about this range, is that there is so much too choose from. Meaning that I can purchase bits to add to her collection every birthday/Xmas etc. 

We have already got her a few bits for Xmas, including the Aurora and the fairies package, Clip clop horse track and the Aladdin/jasmine magic carpet. 

   
 
Yes obviously, some of the toys are quite large. So storage can sometimes be an issue. Penelope’s room is super tiny, but currently we are managing well. I can’t say I will be saying the same come Christmas time!  

  

If you are struggling for ideas on Christmas presents, I absolutely recommend anything from this range. There is a massive amount to choose from (try Ebay for some of the rarer bits) and any small child that loves Disney will love these! 

Thanks for reading lovelies! 

Sam 

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