Monday, 22 September 2014

Waste Less Live More Week 2014

September 22nd to 28th is Waste Less Live More week #wllm14 and with a little encouragement from the lovely people at Sugru - to celebrate they launched this brilliant video and inspired me to do a little repair job i'd been putting off! 

My daughter has the most beautiful little wooden dolls pram which she's had for almost two years - we bought it for her first Christmas, however it was climbed in a few too many times by both Meg and her big brother and the obvious happened - it broke but I was surprised at how much and how dangerously it broke for a kids toy and I'm pleased to say nobody (child or dolly) was hurt! It's been hiding in the garage for months waiting for a little TLC!
Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14

The Moover (comes in red or natural) at £70 it's not really one you can pop out and replace, I didn't really want to see it in a landfill and so I decided to have a go at fixing it - it's got to be worth trying hasn't it!
Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14


I used lots of wood glue and gently eased as much of the wood back into the grooves as possible and left it to set. I used a good old wet wipe to clean up the excess glue.
Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14


Then I used wood glue to try and stick the cracks back together - this was tricky so I used a bit of duct tape to help hold it.
Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14


I used decoupage glue and wrapping paper to cover the whole of the pram base to try and disguise and strengthen the cracks, I broke the rules and did not cut my paper into small pieces - instead I used large pieces of the wrapping paper because Meg wanted to use the woodland animals paper she'd found in the shop. 

Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14

Needless to say, the paper area is massively creased and messy - it bugs me, but Maegan loves it! For a neater finish I'd suggest either plain, polka dot or gingham paper and decopatch it properly. I turned the direction of the print so that it was the correct way up when looking from the front or back. 

Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14

I also stuck a layer of the same wrapping paper inside the pram with decopauge glue.
Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14

I coated both sides in a layer of decopauge glue as well as a final "varnish" layer in wood glue for strength,
Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14

Leave the whole lot to set for at least 24hours then enjoy!
Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14


What did I buy? Wood glue from Wilko's for £2.50. Woodland animal wrapping paper £1 from Wilko's and decoupage glue £3 from Tiger Stores. 
Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14
Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14


One of my favourite "fix it" items has to be Sugru - it's like playdoh for parents ha ha - it's helped me to fix quite a few toys and is now one of my tool kit items.

Sugru have a lovely video for #wllm14 celebrating everyday stuff!  - 60% of household appliances thrown away could have been saved - so how about a little bit of TLC, reimagining or fixing! Check out the Sugru - Love your stuff page for some brilliant ideas - don't throw it away, throw a party instead! http://loveyourstuff.sugru.com

Waste less, Live more Week (22-28 Sept) is Keep Britain Tidy’s annual awareness week which this year will bring together people and organisations who plan to host a week of events around the 2014 theme - Be Resourceful.


Moover broken wooden toy pram repair - Sugru #wllm14
Emma in Bromley x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

New DNA Breakthrough names Jack the Ripper as Aaron Kosminski

The true identity of Jack the Ripper has never been solved, however I came across this article today 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2746321/Jack-Ripper-unmasked-How-amateur-sleuth-used-DNA-breakthrough-identify-Britains-notorious-criminal-126-years-string-terrible-murders.html
The article discusses how new DNA testing has proved that a shawl bought at auction by  Russell Edwards believed to have been found alongside one of the Ripper victims, Catherine Eddowes has DNA evidence of the blood of the victim and semen and a cell from one of the key suspects. The one suspect the investigating officer at the time believed to have been the murderer - Aaron Kosminski.
The victim in question was in such financial hardship that she pawned her shoes the day before she was murdered and that the shawl found with her body was expensive, beautiful and of the same origin as the suspect so it is fair to assume that the shawl was left with her by the murderer - the man who's DNA was on it alongside her blood... and lets be honest here, if the semen had been left on the shawl at an earlier date, she would have most likely cleaned it off!
I find the whole story fascinating and can't believe that the DNA evidence had survived so long - it's amazing what forensic advances we can achieve. Has one of our greatest mysteries finally been solved? The identity of Jack the Ripper - I think so - do you?

Emma in Bromley xx
(Twitter @beachpebble) 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The One Where Pinterest Noticed Me as a Pinning Super Star!

Its no secret that I love Pinterest, I really do, I'd go as far as to say addicted ... really! 
I find myself pinning loads of wonderful ideas all the time and we moved into our "forever home" in July so I'm really keen to find some time to explore some of the ideas I've pinned - as with most mums, I'd say the boards for my kids are the ones I use most. My pin boards are pretty much all about family and home - whether it be about cake, home decorating, photography, creating a fairy garden or handy tips with a teeny bit of fashion, online marketing and blog hints thrown in - not to forget the secret boards for all my birthday and Christmas shopping!

I was absolutely over the moon to get an email from Pinterest identifying me as a "Pinning super star" there was just something lovely about being noticed for all my hard pinning!

Emma Clement, Emma in Bromley, Beachpebble Pinterest Pinning Super star


Are you on Pinterest too? 

http://www.pinterest.com/beachpebble 

Emma in Bromley xx
(twitter @beachpebble)

*PS. apologies for the boasting xx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Bravery Boxes Childhood Cancer Charity launches Dial a Smile Campaign

September marks national childhood cancer month, and Bravery Boxes are launching a new appeal called #DialaSmile, asking people to share a selfie of themselves smiling - the cheesier the better- and  donate just £2 to Bravery Boxes by texting GRIN02 £2 to 70070 Such a small amount really goes a long way and could buy enough small pocket money toys to reward 4 children for their bravery in hospital.  So your smile can turn into 4 more...

Bravery Boxes

Bravery Boxes aim is to have a reward box in every children's oncology ward in the country.
I really hope you can help spread the word and encourage your friends, family and readers to share a smile on social media and donate £2.  
Please follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/braveryboxes
Below taken from the press release for the campaign -

Dial a Smile #dialasmile Bravery Boxes

'Dial a Smile' for Bravery Boxes - #dialasmile
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - September 2014

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Bravery Boxes is a small charity that helps children with cancer get through some of the toughest and most painful times. By giving a child with cancer a treat from the 'Bravery Box' when they have to have an unpleasant procedure such as having a cannula or feeding tube put in, we hope to turn their tears in to smiles.  

For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month we want to get everyone smiling.  During the month of September we would like people to 'Dial a Smile' (#dialasmile) and to share their pictures on Facebook and Twitter of them smiling - the cheesier the better - and donate just £2 to Bravery Boxes by texting GRIN02 £2 to 70070 to make a difference today - and then nominate others to do the same.  £2 will buy three or four treats to go in the box - that will be three or four children you can make smile through their tears.

Bravery Boxes was started by a mum whose son was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening brain tumour.  She could see how distressed he became when he had to have injections, blood tests and a myriad of other scary things, so she started to come prepared for these ordeals.  After any kind of unhappy experience she would give her son a little gift or prize for being brave.  The idea spread and she started raising money to fill a box so all the children on the ward could benefit.  We now provide boxes for the paediatric oncology units at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge, and Alder Hey inLiverpool.  It really does work!! Staff and parents tell us all the time what a superb idea it is and how much difference it makes to the children.

Although childhood cancer is rare it is indiscriminate and approximately 1600 new cases are diagnosed every year.  When it does happen it turns the world upside down of all those in that family.  Bravery Boxes endeavours to not just help the sick child, but also any brothers and sisters who have to see their siblings going through this difficult time - so they can dip in to the box too when they need a bit of cheering up. It costs approximately £2000 to support a hospital for a year with Bravery Boxes in their inpatient and outpatients wards.  

To find out more go to our website at www.braveryboxes.comhttps://twitter.com/braveryboxes or on Facebook awww.facebook.com/braveryboxes 


Emma in Bromley xx

Daily Discovery: Boxset Wooden Travel Toys on Offer!

I'm a fan of Boxset - they're these really brilliant wooden toy playsets that unfold from their own carry case box. We bought a train set and a castle one a while ago and they've been with us on long train journeys, weekends away and trips to friends to name a few (they are also great when you need two playsets out at the same time!) - they are great toys to have and I spotted them on special offer this morning until Tuesday 9th September  - for anyone forward planning, these make great Christmas gifts! I spotted the new designs on the Casdon stand at the toyfair earlier this year and this is the first time I've actually seen any of the new ones available!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Argos Colour Campaign 2014 Moodboard Competition Entry

So I moved house last month and I'm now interiors crazy, my mind is preoccupied with ideas of grandure, amazing hallways, cozy sofas and ripping up carpets ... 

So when I was invited to take part in the Argos Colour Campaign 2014 I eagerly accepted the challenge - to create a Moodboard for a room? absolutely!

I've created my living room Moodboard based on sunny yellows and calming greens with items available from Argos - this wasn't a condition to the comp, but with such a wonderful range, I didn't struggle with any element of my room - everything you see can be found at Argos!


Argos Colour Campaign 2014 - Emma in Bromley


My favouritest items? The green habitat sofa with colourful buttons, the elephant cushions and the Romeo and Juliet cuckoo clock!

I included the tiny digibirds because they are adorable - and believe it or not, toys - something for my two small children :)

A cozy rug and a fireplace is perfect to snuggle up on one of the sofas and I love the colour drawer details on the table. 
I've gone for a bold black industrial lampshade because I love the modern statement this shouts out in a retro room. Flowers? well do flowers really need an explanation :-)

If you like my Moodboard for a living room, please do comment - I've got everything crossed as the winning board wins a £500 Argos voucher! Yey!

Emma in Bromley xx
(@beachpebble)

An Evening with Kate Mosse at the Horniman Museum

There's an exciting evening coming up at the Horniman Musuem ...


Kate Mosse at the Horniman Museum


"Best-selling author Kate Mosse launches her new novel The Taxidermist's Daughter with special guests, taxidermy talks and demonstrations, live music and more. 
Signed first editions of The Taxidermist's Daughter will be available to purchase on the night."

Kate Mosse Talks Taxidermy at the Horniman

Thursday, 11 September 2014 at 6.30pm - 9.30pm Throughout the Horniman Museum
Tickets cost £10, with a complimentary glass of white wine or soft drink on arrival. 
For more information and to book tickets please visit the Horniman Museum event listing http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/kate-mosse-talks-taxidermy-at-the-horniman

And for an interesting read, check out the Horniman's blog post on how Kate Mosse was inspired by the Museum when writing her latest novel.

Emma in Bromley xx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

House of Fraser Original Penguin Flannel Shirt Review

Some of my old marketing career lead me through menswear so I was really pleased to have an opportunity to review a menswear item this week - in partnership with House of Fraser, I'm pleased to have received an Original Penguin check flannel mens shirt for review - with the best helper - my wonderful husband, Rich!

Original Penguin Check Flannel Shirt from House of Fraser

My House of Fraser parcel arrived swiftly and Rich  was delighted with a shirt from Original Penguin - he'd never bought an Original Penguin shirt before but commented that he would buy that brand again.

Original Penguin Check Flannel Shirt from House of Fraser

The check design is great - black and white with a zesty line running through so it's one you can throw on and it'll go with anything.

It has great seam detailing, chest pockets, a little penguin embroidery, long sleeves, classic cut collar and a button placket.
The fit is spot on for it's size and flattering in it's cut and shape.

Original Penguin Check Flannel Shirt from House of Fraser

Because it's 100% cotton flannel it's lovely and soft to the touch and it washes well at 30• it's been through several washes and has retained it's shape and colour.

Currently in the sale at £26 reduced from £65

Emma in Bromley xx

* This review is brought to you in partnership with House of Fraser

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Doc Mcstuffins Spotty Lambie Review

Maegan turned 3 in June and she is very much a fan of Doc Mcstuffins  along with her older brother, Blake aged 5 who loves Chilli the snowman and Stuffy the dragon! We call Meg Doc McMaegan when she's in costume!
Maegan Clement Doc Mcstuffins  Flair Spotty Lambie review


Maegan adores Lambie so when I was given the opportunity to review the latest Doc McStuffins Lambie toy I couldn't wait! 

Maegan Clement Doc Mcstuffins  Flair Spotty Lambie review

Flair have just brought out an ingenious Spotty Lambie playset
Maegan Clement Doc Mcstuffins  Flair Spotty Lambie review


"Lambie is not feeling well! Rub the magic sponge onto her red spots and they magically disappear. Lambie is better! Includes Lambie, sponge, plaster cast and lots of accessories to help Lambie recover! "

Maegan Clement Doc Mcstuffins  Flair Spotty Lambie review

Lambie has little red spots all over her and when you rub them with a sponge or your finger they disappear! The spots reappear again in moment - which in all honesty - depending on my daughter's mood - this has lead to frustration a few times as the spots reappear so quickly, Lambie is never fully spot free!
Maegan Clement Doc Mcstuffins  Flair Spotty Lambie review

She also comes with a magnifying glass to take a closer look at all the spots.
Maegan Clement Doc Mcstuffins  Flair Spotty Lambie review

A box of plasters with reusable sticker plasters.
Maegan Clement Doc Mcstuffins  Flair Spotty Lambie review

A small pot with a removable lid and as Meg says "invisible magic boo boo cream"! 
A plaster cast for Lambie's leg.
Maegan Clement Doc Mcstuffins  Flair Spotty Lambie review

Lambie is made of plastic with a net tutu and soft bow - the tutu and bow are not removable.

Maegan really enjoys playing with her spotty Lambie and it's been out with us on several trips!

Spotty Lambie Playset is available from Flair at £24.99

Emma in Bromley xx

*we received a Spotty Lambie for the sole purpose of reviewing it.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Pringles Party Speakers

Pringles is dialling up the fun this summer with its new disco can promotion which is set to be a huge hit with party-goers this festival season.    

Pringles Party Speaker
As part of the promotion, music lovers will be able to snap up their limited edition LED flashing adjoining speakers when they buy two promotional cans of Pringles.

To get their hands on this party essential, all they need to do is visit the Pringles website (www.uk.partyspeakers.pringles.com) and enter the batch codes found on the bottom of each can. A £3 postage fee applies.
Pringles Party Speaker


The speakers work by connecting to a smart phone and flash different colours to the sound of the music beats. They can also be linked together to turn up the tunes at parties, BBQs and picnics in the park.

The flavours included in the promotion are Original, Sour Cream and Onion and Salt and Vinegar. They are available now in all leading supermarkets with a RRP of £2.69 for 190g.

I have a red Pringles speaker which flashes red lights and actually worked with my iPod nano as well as my smart phone! You can also chose to have the lights off too. The kids really like the disco lights and keep asking for music :) 

#pringlespartytour

Emma in Bromley xx


Go Ape and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Competition

I reviewed a TMNT Z line toy earlier this week and thought I'd share this external competition with my readers for a chance to win some brilliant Go Ape and Turtles toys!
  

Get Zippy with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are Getting Zippy this autumn and are giving 20 lucky winners the chance to win a pair of tickets to a Go Ape of their choice to take part in aJunior Tree Top experience.
Ninja fans can participate by heading towww.swapit.co.uk/tmnt to take part in the Getting Zippy experience. Kids simply have to catch the Turtles as they whizz across the screen on their zip lines and take part in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles quiz for their chance to win one of 20 pairs of tickets to a Go Ape experience.

The prize of tickets to Go Ape can be taken at any of the 13 locations nationwide at a date to suit the winner. The vouchers will enable the winner plus a friend to take part in a Junior Tree Top experience at the site which includes canopy exploring, trail blazing, obstacles plus negotiating crossings and finishing with an epic wind-in-your-face zip wire!

The 20 winners will also receive £50 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Z-Line goodies includ
ing a Deluxe Playset and Figure.10 runners up will also be chosen and will receive £30 offabulous Turtles Z-Line Goodies!
To enter into the Getting Zippy competition, fans should head online to www.swapit.co.uk/tmnt before the closing date of 1stSeptember 2014 for a chance to win!
Winners will be chosen at random from entries received via print and digital entries and the winners and runners up will be notified one week after the closing date. All winning entries will be announced on Flair’s website on www.flairplc.co.uk from 7th September.

Emma in Bromley xx


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Silent Sunday - underneath Dippy's bottom

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Z Line Ninja Deluxe Zipline Playsets and Action Figures Review

Being a kid in the 80's means that I watched the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I'm pleased to see these little guys are still going strong and something my five year old Blake is starting to really get into! He is fascinated by martial arts and has completed his first grading in Taekwondo already!


Blake Clement Taekwondo in Bromley

It was exciting to have received one of the newly available Turtle playsets by Flair along with two figures to play with and review.



Blake Clement with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Z Line Ninja Deluxe Zipline Playset - Billboard Breakout

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Z Line Ninja Deluxe Zipline Playsets are a brilliant idea - theyve got special strips to suspend parts to the walls so you can create a zip wire escape route for your Turtles to slide along.

Blake Clement with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Z Line Ninja Deluxe Zipline Playset - Billboard Breakout


We received the Billboard Breakout set which has brilliant details such as a drop down platform so you can plunge the bad guys to their doom!
The kit arrives in parts but is far quicker and easier than I expected to put together and Blake loved helping to stick the sticker decals on and play with the layout for the playset.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Z Line Ninja Deluxe Zipline Playset - Billboard Breakout

The special strips are removable and replaceable so you can move your playset and zip wires around as much as you want to.
The Billboard Breakout playset includes the main billboard facade which has 3 outgoing zip wires and a space for an incoming zip line, there's an attack trigger which releases a platform in front of the billboard.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Z Line Ninja Deluxe Zipline Playset - Billboard Breakout

The gargoyle launcher is detailed enough to look scary! There's a c-turn, pulleys and a harness too so you can really get a good set up going!
We moved house in July to our "forever home" and Blake is undecided on if this should be in the Playroom or his Bedroom, actually - Blake wants to see if we can set this up in his toy cupboard so that he can play with it away from his younger sister!!!

You can buy additional zip line playsets which are all interconnectable so you can make your zip line city as large as you like! I've already had a request for the Water Tower one!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Z Line Ninja Deluxe Zipline Playset - Billboard Breakout


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Splinter Action Figure
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Action Figure


We used our playset with Splinter and Michelangelo who are available separately. Splinter action figure comes with a removable tail, and his cane so he's ready to mentor the turtles and Michelangelo action figure has absolutely loads of joints so he's fully articulated and poseable ... and really brilliant - his shell opens so you have space to hide his things! 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Action Figure
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Splinter Action Figure


The new range of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Z Line Ninja Deluxe Zipline Playsets and figures became available from Flair last month.


Emma in Bromley xx
(twitter @beachpebble)

* I received the billboard breakout zip line playset and two characters for the sole purpose of being able to review them.