Into the Void – Where does all their ‘stuff’ go at school? (A My Nametags Review)

“Nothing is really ‘lost’ until your Mum can’t find it”.

Oh my goodness me. If I had £1 for every time one of my kids has lost something at school, I would have enough money to buy my own Gin Distillery…now there’s a thought. I might put that to Dragons Den.

Where does all this stuff go?!

It seems to disappear into the void, never to be seen again.

If my kids come home and utter the words, “Sorry Mummy, I left that on my peg”, what they are basically saying is, “It has been on my peg at some point in my school life but it has been missing for about 8 weeks Mummy”. You get the jist.

When your little cherubs first start school, you diligently label everything with ‘proper’ labels (I did that for my eldest, actually, when I say ‘I’, I mean my mum because even in my 30’s, I am incapable of sewing labels into clothes properly. I once sewed my Primary School sewing project to my skirt on my lap and I had to be cut off – need I explain myself anymore) and you ensure that if something does get lost, you’re going to stand a decent chance of getting these things back.

By the time my second child got to school however, my eldest had managed to loose so much stuff, despite it being labelled, that I gave up with the ‘proper’ sew in labels and used a Sharpie (a permanent pen to you and me). The shame, I know, but it’s a sign of the times. My man would tut at me I’m sure.

When I was approached a company called, My Name Tags, to review some self adhesive clothing labels, I literally jumped at the chance.

My eldest has now lost 2 entire pencil cases worth of stationary in 10 months. That’s pretty impressive, and infuriating at the same time. He claims he ‘lends it to friends’ who then don’t give it back and that sometimes things ‘fall on the floor’ and he forgets to pick them up. Whatever happens, it’s costing me a bloody fortune (that Gin Distillery isn’t going to buy itself you know) and also means he often doens’t even have a pencil sharpener to sharpen his writing pencil – despite me having bought 8 over the course of 10 months. Head. Brick Wall. You get what I’m saying.

These self adhesive labels can be put on almost anything, probably including your children themselves if you are that forgetful 😉

The labels I chose had Mr Men on and the boys chose the design. Mr Happy with a striped background. Very eye catching and actually meant they wanted to label everything themselves! Winner! Saved me a job. I chose to just put our surname on them (which isn’t a very common surname so the chances of their being someone else in the school with that name are slim, it also means that when we hand down clothes from one brother to the next, they will not need re-labelling). I also put my phone number on them in case someone kind finds our belongings and decides to give me a call or a text.

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They labelled everything from school jumpers, polo shirts, pants, shoes and shorts, to pens, pencils, rulers, water bottles and bags. They had a great time labelling everything.


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The only caveat to these self adhesive labels is that they cannot be stuck on fabric, you have to stick them to a label, such as a sizing or washing label. The labels will stick to hard surfaces like pens or a plastic bottles quite happily though. This was fine for us though as socks, which rarely go missing, are easily replaceable. School Jumpers, Coats and Bags are not.

The labels come with usage instructions and are very clear in describing how to use them.

My eldest, who is 8, managed to read and understand these instructions no problem.

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The name tags come in different designs and some have pictures, some don’t. There are Mr Men and Hello Kitty ones (which are a little more expensive) as well as other simpler pictures/symbols like teddy bears, bikes, cars, etc that you can choose from. All options are fully customisable on their easy to use website.

A sheet of 56 self adhesive labels costs a maximum of approximately £13.95 (plus £1 P&P). The labels have a 10 year guarantee, are safe in a washing machine, and delivery is really prompt.

With this school year coming to a close already, and the summer holidays looming, get ahead of the game and place an order using the link on the right hand column my website. If you put in the code SHIPFREE16, you will get the £1 postage for free! That’s £1 saved to be put towards the Gin distillery fund 😉

We are really pleased with our labels and I’ll be placing another order soon, ready for when my smallest monster starts pre-school in September…lord help the poor staff there!

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Only 2 hours to go until I find out what items the boys have managed to loose at school today. As long as it’s not themselves they’ve lost, I guess it could be worse 😉

Gems.x

(Disclamier: I wasn’t paid for this review but I did receive some super smashing customised Mr Men labels to use on my kids clothes. All opinions and words are my own).




World Gin Day Event at Silent Pool Distillery & Parent Apparel Clothing Review

“It’s never too early for Gin O’Clock”

If you guys hadn’t realised yet, I love Gin. Have I ever mentioned it?!

Everyone needs a hobby, right?!

This year, World Gin Day is on Saturday 11th June and I was wracking my brain for the best way to do this most wonderful day justice in a blog post.

I decided to be brave and contact the absoloutely spiffing guys at Silent Pool Distillery in Surrey (they are in our beautiful neck of the woods) and the lovely ladies at Parent Apparel Clothing to see if they minded me doing a bit of a post about them. Not expecting to hear back, I got on with my day and later on I was over the moon to see a reply in my inbox from them saying that they would love me to do one. Fantastic!

So without further ado, here we go!


Silent Pool Gin and Distillery

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Silent Pool is a magical, and peaceful, place in Guildford, Surrey.

It is a spring-fed lake at the foot of the North Downs, within the privately owned Albury Estate, which itself has a wonderful vineyard. The outflow of water from Silent Pool runs into a second lake called, Sherbourne Pond. It was created in the mid-seventeenth century. The Distillery uses the water from this in it’s Gin.

The water in the pool itself is stunning, and crystal clear. Sadly it cannot be drunk from directly, nor swum in, due to an infestation of harmful weeds taking over the pool. Work is currently underway to prevent the spread of the weed and to maintain the pool in all it’s original glory.

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There are many walks near and around the pool itslef and it is a stunning place to visit with the family.

Silent Pool is considered by some to be a sacred, and haunted, site. It is linked to an old tale that says King John arrived at Silent Pool on his horse and attempted to abduct a woodcutter’s daughter. In her panic, she was forced into the deep water of the Pool and she drowned. According to the legend, the ghost of ‘The Maiden of the Pool’ can be seen there at midnight.

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The guys down at Silent Pool Distillery, which started life about 15 months ago, are hosting a super event on Saturday 11th June in honour of her Majesty’s 90th Birthday and also, World Gin Day.

How appropriate the two events fall on the same day this year! I’m sure her Majesty is over the moon with this coincidence as she is rumoured to drink a straight Gin just before lunch every day. What a superstar! She was already pretty high up in my estimations after her epic performance with 007 in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, but that takes it to a whole new level.

Chin Chin Liz!

Distillery Event Open Day Information

You can help celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday & World Gin Day at the Silent Pool Distillery. They will be toasting the Queen’s 90th birthday on June 11th 2016 with a spirit specially created in her honour – English Rose Gin – which will be available to sample and buy. There will be Distillery tours, food and drink, as well as live music. The event will run from 11am – 6pm.

Entrance to the Open Day and distillery tour is free.

If you fancy it, get yourselves down there for a day of Gin, Food and Frivolity!

What better way to spend your weekend?!


Here is some more information on this event from the Distillery itself:

Visitors can taste and buy the new English Rose Gin plus the full range of Silent Pool international award winning spirits and enjoy free tours of the still house with its fabulous copper cauldron and swirling pipework. Craft beer from Little Beer Corporation, gin cocktails, ice creams from Purely Ice Cream and hot food from Coverwood Lakes, Farm, The Fillet & Bean & Surrey Hills Cow Parade HQ will be served in the distillery courtyard. There will be Silent Pool merchandise to buy and fun activities to help raise money for local Surrey charity Cherry Trees

There will also be music from the wonderful Rory Scott and flowers on the day courtesy of Little Stems

Come and blow the old steam whistle, which normally echoes across the Tillingbourne Valley in the traditional announcement that gin is being distilled, and guess the number of corks in the Silent Pool’s unique 9 litre gin bottle. Prizes include tickets for a 90 minute Gin Experience Tour plus £5 voucher to be used towards a purchase on the tour night.


In the evening, they will be holding an Outdoor Cinema Night where they will be showing the classic movie, High Society with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly. This is a ticketable event. Purchase tickets by emailing a contact name and telephone number to: tickets@silentpooldistillers.com or by clicking this link.


You can purchase the wonderful Silent Pool Gin here.


 

A review of Silent Pool, English Rose Gin.

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This Gin has been specially comissioned by the guys at the Silent Pool Distillery for the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations.

It’s a tipple I’m sure the queen herself would love.

Fragrant rose, subtle enough to not smell and taste like your Granny’s knicker drawer, and smooth, this Gin is one of my new favourites.

I tried it neat at the Distillery and found it quite potent, but not so bad that I felt like my throat was on fire! You get a definite Turkish Delight taste lingering in your mouth after you’ve swallowed it and it really is very pleasant. As I like to have tonic with my gin, I tried a few different ones out to see what partnered up best with it. My favourite one was Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic, followed closely by Fentimans Herbal Tonic water. Both tonics completely changed the way the gin tasted, but both were extremely good with it. I personally felt that the Elderflower Tonic, with it’s floral notes, complimented the rose gin very nicely and this is now my Friday night tipple of choice. The perfect summer Gin.

I would say it is best to have this gin neat, or just with a tonic. I feel it’s subtle rose notes would be lost slightly in a cocktail. Enjoy it in it’s purest, and most traditional, of forms.

If you’re looking for a slightly unusual Gin, or a special gift for someone over the summer months, look no further than Silent Pool’s English Rose Gin.

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 A cake fit for a Queen – using English Rose Gin

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I love to bake cakes. And I also love Gin. When the two combine, it’s a match made in Life is Knutts heaven to be quite honest.

I wonder if The Queen would agree…?

A fabulous friend of mine, Ashleigh, who blogs over at Hey Little Sweet Thing, sent me a message earlier in the week along with a recipe for a Gin and Tonic Loaf cake. It was love at first sight, she clearly knows me too well!

I had a look at the recipe, and a few others, and jiggled some things about in the recipes to come up with my own version that works for me, using one of my late nan’s basic cake recipes as a starting point. She would have loved to have seen The Queen turn 90. She was a real fan of the Royals, she also went as far to believe that she looked like The Queen and often told me that people told her as such too. Bless her, she will always be my Queen regardless.

It’s a basic cake recipe which uses 4 eggs which you weigh whilst still in their shells. You then use that exact same weight of the 4 eggs to measure out the other ingredients; butter, sugar and self raising flour. Pretty fool proof really. Even I can make it!

I used ‘normal’ Gin in the cake itself as I thought the English Rose Gin would get lost in the cake mix, but I did use the English Rose Gin for the Sugar Icing Glaze as it’s drizzled on neat and you can taste the Gin much better. If you wish to use it both in the cake and the icing, however, you can. Who am I to say otherwise?!

The full recipe for my, “Queen’s 90th Birthday Gin and Tonic loaf cake”, can be found here.

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 Thanks so much to the guys at Silent Pool Gin for letting me ramble about their wonderful Gin, and if you’re not too far away from Guildford on Saturday, be sure to visit them!

They’re super friendly and their copper pots and equipment in the barn at the Albury Estate are truly stunning.

All the best for the main event on Saturday guys!



Parent Apparel Clothing Review

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Seen as it is almost World Gin Day, I thought I would do a little review of a clothing brand I stumbled across on my blogging travels last week.

The company is called The Dandy Kid and they have a brillaint brand on their website called, Parent Apparel, by the wonderfully talented blogger, Mother Pukka.

They do some super funky, and sometimes slightly cheeky, clothing and merchandise for Parents. I think they’re bloomin’ brillaint!

From School Run slogans to ones about parenting, these t-shirts and jumpers are sure to get you noticed, and probably cause a wry/knowing smile from other parents whilst out and about.

I chose to get the ‘Gin & on it” jumper because…well, why do you think?! I really love Gin!!!!!!!

Because they are so lovely, they also sent me a little, “Gin & on it” badge, which I fully intend to pin on my handbag and I shall wear it with pride.

The jumper arrived and I ordered a small. It would fit a size 8-10 person perfectly and I was over the moon with the fit of it.

It’s quirky, it’s colourful without being too ‘in your face’, and I can’t help but giggle to myself when I have it on.

The material is super soft and after washing it, it’s retained it’s colour and shape really well.

If you’re looking for a unique gift for a new parent, a parent to be, or just want to buy yourself something because you bloody well deserve it, look no further than Parent Apparel’s clothing range!

With fathers day creeping up on us here in the UK soon too (Sunday 19th June people!), why not get one of these fabulous t-shirts as a gift for your other half?!

They’re ace and he’s sure to love them! If he’s not brave enough to wear one, get him a Snickers… 😉 (or maybe a cool Pin Badge to pop on his work bag?!)

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They also sell tote bags, perfect for popping to the shops or doing the school run!

You can buy their epic clothing and merch by clicking here!

Thanks so much for the super-duper jumper and badge! I am literally in love with them, as are a few of my readers!

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Many thanks to both Silent Pool Distillery and Parent Apparel for allowing me to write this post.

Have a completely amazing World Gin Day on Saturday everyone!

Gem.x




Fun things to make with a Juicer – using the Panasonic MJ-L500

 Get your creative JUICES flowing, with the Panasonic MJ-L500 Slow Juicer!

 

I don’t know about you guys, but when I used to think about juicers and what you could use them for, I used to assume they were only for making odd green concoctions with veg and fruit mixed together in order to get your ‘5 a day’ or ‘7 a day’ (or whatever it is now) intake in one hit.

I like apple and kale, but the thought of whizzing them all up together to make a juice just really doesn’t do it for me. I’d rather eat an apple and then have some Kale with my dinner later on or something, rather than having to down some green gloop.

Personal preference, I know many of you probably love these healthy juices but personally, I really find them unpalatable.

This was, however, until I heard about the Panasonic MJ-L500 Slow Juicer.

This is the new kid on the block in the Juicer world.

Most juicers whizz the fruit and veg up in a bit of a frenzy and leave you with a lot of waste pulp – which still contains lots of goodness which is now lost.

This is where the Panasonic MJ-L500 is different.

This Juicer doesn’t blend and whizz, it squeezes and compresses the ingredients which, in turn, removes as much juice and goodness from the pulp as possible. This means the juice you are creating has far more vitamins and nutrients retained in it compared to other juicers on the market.

Another thing that is wonderful about this Juicer is that it has a Frozen food attachement so you can place frozen fruit and veg directly into it to make slushies, granitas and more! Slushie cocktails almost on tap?! What’s not to love?!


 I have been asked to write a piece for this Juicer and I have decided that I wanted to write a piece on the different, and maybe slightly more unusual, things you can make with your juicer to show you they are for far more than just making healthy juices.

So, without further ado, here are my;

Top 5 unusual things to make with your Juicer!


1. Fresh Pink Lemonade

Homemade pink lemonade

You could use your Juicer to make this deliciously refreshing Pink Lemonade!

Just pop your Lemons and Raspberries in the juicer to extract all the juice and pulp, then follow this recipe I’ve found on the BBC Good Food website.

Perfect as a refreshing tipple on a summers day and impressive to serve to guests at a BBQ, if the sun decides to show it’s face here in the UK anytime soon!

You can find the recipe for Pink Lemonade by clicking this link: BBC Good Food: Pink Lemonade Recipe


 2. Fruit Smoothie Ice Lollies

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Most of us know, at some point in our journey through parenthood, our kids will utter the words, “I don’t like that!” and turn their noses up at something they have previously eaten quite happily.

My middle one did it with Bananas recently. He’s always eaten them and then, BAM! Out of the blue, he decided he no longer liked them.

It can become very frustrating and a constant battle to get something good into them so, why not give these Fruit Smoothie Lollies a whirl?! You can smuggle all manner of fruit into these, as well as a bit of healthy dairy, and the kids are sure to love them!

These lollies contain mixed Berries, yoghurt and Banana and you can find the recipe for them here on this website called, Good to Know.


 3. Stir in Pasta Sauce

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Almost all kids love Pasta, it’s my go to quick dinner for the kids if we are in a rush to get to a club or we get in late from somwhere.

Packet and Jar Pasta sauces are convenient, but they are often full of hidden sugars and salt so why not have a go at making your own?

Just fry some onion and garlic in a pan, throw some tomatoes and maybe a red pepper into your Juicer to extract the juice and pulp, then place all the ingredients in a saucepan and reduce down to make a thick and healthy base sauce for pasta and pizzas. It’ll also be quite a smooth sauce so great for fussy eaters. A bit of fresh basil thrown in at the end will liven it up a bit too.

You can find a good recipe for pasta sauce on the BBC Good Food website here: BBC Good Food Pasta Sauce


4. Lemon Granita

We went on holiday to Sicily back in 2010. It was a lovely holiday but ever so hot. We were literally melting…

On a day out to visit an old ruined temple, we found a little van selling Lemon Granita and it was a taste of heaven. Cold, refreshing, zingy, everything our bodies needed on a sweltering day.

Using the Frozen food attachement on the Panasonic MJ-L500, you can make a super easy and quick dessert for a dinner party, or just for yourself! Stress free and delicious!

Just juice your lemons in the juicer, make the Granita syrup as per the recipe and then freeze in an ice cube tray. You can then pop the Cubes of Frozen Lemon Granita out as you need them and pass them throught the frozen food attachment, et Voila! Instant Lemon Granita!

You can find a recipe for Lemon Granita here.


 5, Pineapple Mojito Slushie Cocktail

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Using some Frozen Pineapple Chunks, pop them in your Juicer and using the Frozen Food Attachement, pass them through it and into a cocktail shaker.

Then just follow the steps as per my recipe for Pineapple Mojito Slushie recipe! You can find the recipe here!

The juicer would be a brilliant investment if you’re really into your cocktail making. Some fresh peaches passed through the juicer would make a wonderful Bellini!

This is definitely my favourite use for the Panasonic MJ-L500!

Chin Chin chaps!

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 I hope this has given you a few ideas as to how you can use your juicer.

The Panasonic MJ-L500 looks like a super juicer, and would be a fab addition to any kitchen.

It comes in 3 different colours to match your kitchen too!


Do get in touch to share your recipe ideas with me via my Facebook Page!

Happy Juicing.

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Disclaimer: This is a paid review. I have been asked to write this post but all words, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Life is Knutts.

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Dr Seuss Book Reviews!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” – Dr Seuss

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Eccentric, funny, quirky and talented…no, I’m not talking about myself, I’m talking about the literary legend that is, Dr Seuss.

Born in America in 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr Seuss, has become one of the most well known children’s authors of all time.

His poetic, nonsensical writing style fast became a hit with children and parents alike and, since his death in 1991, his books have been made into cartoons, movies, Broadway Shows and much more.

Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes

I actually didn’t grow up reading, or in fact knowing much about, Dr Seuss. It wasn’t covered in school, I don’t remember seeing his books in the school library, and I get the impression my mum would rather I read some Beatix Potter than Seuss…

My kids, however, have grown up with Dr Seuss. The Cat in the Hat movie a few years ago was my eldest son’s favourite film for a long time. I studied, Seussical, for a show at dance college, The Grinch is a family favourite at Christmas. They have been ‘Seussed’ far more than I was at their age.

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Dr Seuss really divides opinion. I think he is the marmite of the kids literary world, you either love him or hate him. For a long time, I was on the fence, but after putting my own preperceptions to once side, I think I have come to the conclusion that he’s a completely bonkers genius.

I was given the opportunity to review a couple of Dr Seuss books a few weeks ago, and I jumped at the chance. I wanted to see if my kids could find something new to get their teeth into, and to help them be more creative/think outside the box. After listening to my 2 eldest boys read them, I quickly came to realise how different my kids brains work.

My eldest read the books and, if I am honest, didn’t enjoy them. He is 8 and a very competent reader. He is very creative but likes a good story and the juxtaposed nature of the ‘story’ just didn’t suit him and his reading style. He found it hard to understand and said it was ‘nonsense’. He finished the book and said he would rather read something else given the choice.

My 6 year old, however, loved the books. He is still very much learning to read. I sat with him and read, Green Eggs and Ham. The rhyming nature of the book, coupled with the quirky, intricate drawings and the made up words, really made him stop, think and sound out what he was reading. The ‘nonsense’, made up, words came to him as easily as the real ones, and seemed to make sense to him in the context of the story. He didn’t seem to care, nor mind, that it was verging on jibberish. He found it entertaining and funny to read. He also loved the repetitive nature of the rhyme.

The toddler, well, he liked being read to by his older brothers and had a good look at the pictures in the books, dispite holding them upside down!

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So there we go. Dr Seuss won’t be for everyone but from my experience, they’re brilliant for new readers to get them to slow down, sound out and concentrate on what they’re reading.

Thanks for the opportunity to review the books!


My top 3 reasons to read Dr Seuss

The Grinch

Great for New Readers and for those still mastering Phonics

Children who are learning to read, are learning to connect the sounds that go with letters so that they can then put them together to make words, which then become sentences. Repeating sounds and phrases frequently, helps a child master this skill. Dr. Seuss is the master of repetition, while using limited vocabulary—an ideal combination for a new reader.

Great for Reluctant Readers

Sometimes the most difficult part of reading is getting your child to pick the book up in the first place. I think most new readers would enjoy Dr. Seuss’s wacky storylines and crazy characters.

Great for Teaching Life’s Lessons in a child friendly way

With magical worlds, and wonderful creatures, Dr. Seuss teaches readers many important life lessons. For example, The Lorax, is a great book for teaching children the importance of taking responsibility for the earth and to take care of what we have, along with the consequences of what can happen if we don’t.


One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

(Click the link above to buy the book from Amazon)

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This book is in a ‘Top 100 Books for Children’ list. It is a simple rhyming book for new readers, with a fast paced plot about a boy and a girl, named Jay and Kay, and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets. Interspersed with some rather surreal and unrelated stories, such as a man named Ned whose feet stick out from his bed, and a creature who has a bird in his ear. Quirky, zany, Seuss at his best. My 6 year old really loved this book. A great book to buy as a gift for a child of 5/6 years old to encourage them into reading. The pictures were funny and prompted my son to ask lots of questions which was brilliant. We read happily for over 20 minutes which is most unusual for my son!

Green Eggs and Ham

(Click the link above to buy the book from Amazon)

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham is about Sam-I-Am, trying to convince the narrator to try green eggs and ham. He spends most of the book, offering the unnamed character different locations and dining partners to try the apparently delicious delicacy. After initially being full of scepticism, in the end, the unnamed character relents and eats the green eggs and ham, which he ends up loving! A story eerily familiar to many a mealtime in our household! A story with a great life lesson for kids, told in a fun way. Another hit with my 6 year old and the best of the 2 books according to my 8 year old.


You can buy the books from Amazon by clicking the titles above. They are really eye-catching and approximately A4 in size, so lovely for a child to see if being read to buy a grown up or if you were reading it to a class full of children, everyone would be able to see the drawings without any issues.

The books are printed in a large, easy to read, font, which makes it easier for new readers to see & follow.


Do you like Dr Seuss?

Do you read these stories with your children?

Feel free to share.x


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A Life is Knutts Review: Joe Browns – Holiday Shop, Summer Collection 2016

“Here comes the sun, doo, doo, doo, doo, here comes the sun, and I say…oh, and now it’s gone again”. Welcome to the Great British Summer!

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Living in the UK, we are used to getting every type of weather in the space of a few hours. Hail, Snow, Spring Sunshine, Strong winds, Searing heat…we get it all.

Despite this, we still manage to make the most of whatever weather we have, regardless of what we are doing. Keep Calm and Carry On as they say!

It’s been a while since we went abroad as a family, Sicily in 2010 to be precise (mainly due to the fact our middle one, who was 1.5 at the time of said holiday, had such an epic meltdown whilst trying to board the plane that we wanted the ground to open up and swallow us to save any further embarassment!)

We tend to do staycations now which, in my opinion, are just as fun. The kids couldn’t care less where they are, as long as they’re with the people they love, having fun, you could be on a beach in Bognor for all they care!

A few weeks ago, a blogging opportunity arose which was being run by the lovely people at Joe Browns.

Joe Browns is a UK clothing company who specialise in ‘quirky’ and unique fashion. If you’re after quality fashion staples, but with a little something extra to set it apart from the crowd, you’ve found the right place! I have shopped with Joe Browns many times before so, when this opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance!

They asked for bloggers to choose an item of clothing from their Holiday Shop to review and to then take a colourful photo of it to post onto Instagram using the hastags #JBHolidayWardrobe and #JoeBrowns.

I chose the ‘Tremendous Tunic’ (priced at £34.99 – price correct at time of writing). It came in 3 different prints/fabrics and I chose the Denim Patchwork version.

I loved the look of this. I am not really a ‘girlie girl’ and I like my darker colours, so this tunic suited me down to the ground. Feminine, without the frills and ruffles.

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After waiting a few days, my parcel from them arrived.

The excitement of being sent some clothing, guilt free, was overwhelming. Being a mum of 3 boys means I rarely spend money on myself so being sent something free of charge was utterly brilliant!

I opened the package and had a look at the tunic. The first thing that struck me was how light the material was. It looks like denim but feels very soft and will be super on a hot day.

The straps are leather effect and the buckles on the straps are chrome plastic, another sensible style idea by Joe Browns so that they don’t get hot in the sun and burn you like metal ones would.

The buttons are super cute and are all different patterns/pictures. It’s little details like these which really set Joe Browns apart from their competitors.

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I’m very short (think Hobbit, minus the hairy feet…for now anyway) so finding dresses and things which suit me is quite difficult. As soon as I put this on however, I could tell it was a super fit for me both in length and width. I would opt to wear it over leggings or jeggings, something like that with some Vans or Sandals depending on how you want to dress it.

I vary in size from shop to shop, between a size 10 and an 8 (depending on how many milkshake cocktails I’ve tested that week!) so I plumped (no punn intended) for the size 10 as some previous reviewers had said that their clothes can come up a little small. The 10 fitted me perfectly so make of that what you will. Either I was having a fatter week (yes) or their clothes come up a little on the small side (possibly).

The Joe Browns Holiday Shop collection is really lovely and has something for everyone. Girlie summer dresses, sandals, casual shoes, tops, shorts, tunics, you name it, they have it. All made from high quality materials to a super standard so they’ll last for a few summers to come…as long as you don’t have a toddler like mine who is capable of destroying anything within minutes, including my sanity.

If you would like to check out Joe Browns Holiday Shop, you can do so by clicking this link!

Thank you Joe Browns for a guilt free shop and to all of you for reading!

Much love, Gem.x

Disclaimer: I was sent this item, free of charge by Joe Browns, for the purpose of this review. All opinions and words are my own.