The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet is an incredible value for money device and costs just £49.99.

An unbelievably good price.

Amazon fire 7

It has a huge variety of apps for family entertainment, games and education and I cannot recommend it enough.

The new Amazon Fire 7  was only  launched in June 2017 and we have been lucky enough to get our hands on one to review.  They come in fantastic colours and they are an improved version of Amazon’s bestselling tablet.

They are thinner, lighter and more durable and now they even come with Alexa already built in. I love Alexa and she is SO helpful! She’ll curate me a shopping list, find songs for me and even tell me the weather and that is just for starters.

All this technology at your fingertips in such a stylish and hardy package, for under £50, is pretty awesome!

The Amazon appstore is available on Fire Tablets and it is a treasure trove of goodies.

3 apps we have tried and loved so far are…..

Minion Rush

My daughter is a HUGE minion fan and loves the Despicable Me Minion Rush game that is free form the Amazon app store. It makes her giggle and keeps her entertained which is just fabulous. Who doesn’t love a minion! There are lots of fabulous free games to download in the Amazon app store. In fact the Fire tablets feature instant access to over 800,000 of the most popular free and bestselling apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Spotify, and games such as Minecraft and Candy Crush.

Now that is pretty impressive.

Netflix

One of my absolutely favourite apps is Netflix where you can now download a host of movies and shows to watch off line for free. My daughter was delighted that when we were waiting at the doctors this week she could just tune in. How perfect for when you are travelling with kids, waiting at activities or needing to keep them absorbed for a long while. I even downloaded one just for me and plan to take myself out for a coffee and movie sometimes soon!

Not all Netflix movies are available for download but an impressive number are (including Matilda and Smurfs which my kids adore!).

 

Scratch Art

My daughter is a big fan of arts and crafts and has been exploring the free Scratch Art app too and making some lovely pictures. I love to encourage her creativity and  doing it on the tablet gives it another dimension, There are just so many educational apps in the appstore from spelling to reading to writing and lots of quizzes too. This is a really fun way to learn, create and explore and there are endless options. Scratch Art is great!

 

Additional features.

The Fire has some additional features you would not expect from such an inexpensive tablet.

These are some of my favourites but really there are lots more.

  • It has a 8 hours of battery life and you can choose between 8 or 16 GB of internal storage. It also has  a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of extra storage.
  • I love the sturdiness of this tablet (it’s twice as durable as the ipad mini4.) This is so important when it is a tablet the kids will be using too.
  • Despite being a blogger I am no techy genius but I set this up in mere minutes. Lots of apps are pre-loaded and you just sign in with your amazon account. Simples.
  • You can also of course have Kindle Unlimited, Amazon Music and all sorts of great subscriptions on the Fire. It is full of possibilities!

I have just been telling my husband all about these features and he works in IT and he is absolutely blown away by what you get for the price. My daughter is absolutely loving it and adores the apps she has tried so far.

More info

Do pop over to Amazon and have good look at the fabulous Amazon Appstore  for yourself and to see the absolutely huge range of  awesome apps available. There is ans extensive selection of family-friendly apps and this really is a tablet for all the family. You can have a profile for each of you and you own apps on each profile. It is very cool.

Do also have a look at the Amazon Fire 7. I have been telling everyone about it as I truly think it’s an absolute bargain and a great tablet for family life.

 

 

*The Fire7 was provided for the purpose of review but all opinions are my own

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A speedy little review for you today of a great value product I have trialled this week. The Wizmops system is a simple self-contained spray mop system. It contains an  attached, refillable 600mL bottle so you can use whichever cleaning fluid you like.

I actually made my own floor spray (always thrifty ) by using this recipe here at Wellness Mama

 

It comes with a reusable microfibre pad that can be machine washed, It can be used on hardwood laminate and tile  and apparently the cleaning pad wipes up 50% more dirt and dust per swipe than traditional mops! It certainly covers a wide service and seems very effective at getting up the dirt!  You can also use it on windows and glass as it comes with  a special chemoattractant. It swivels easily too and is super light to use.

On top of all that it also comes with 100% money back guarantee.

It if functional, well priced , effective and you’re not stuck with using one cleaning agent.

Big thumbs up from me!

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Are your kids mad about cars? Do your little ones have a huge collection of matchbox cars, buses and trucks? Perhaps your teenagers have a passion for motor racing? If the answer is yes, then organising a family day out with something car related in the mix is an absolute must.

 

We all know that taking kids around a National Trust property is a tad idealistic. As parents we’ve all done it. A child’s threshold for ‘boring’ activities really isn’t that high. Trudging around a country estate often results in you managing sulky or difficult behaviour amidst cries of ‘I’m bored, can we go now?’ Sound familiar? Badly planned days out with the kids don’t serve anyone well and usually end sooner than they were supposed to after a fortune has been spent in overpriced cafés and gift shops. As parents we’ve all been there.

 

Plan carefully and your day doesn’t have to be that way. Save the National Trust visits for your own guilty pleasure. For your car-crazy kids, there are some brilliant places to visit that will keep them interested all day long. Here are our top 5 places and things to do for kids with a passion for cars.

 

  1. London Transport Museum

If you are planning a trip to London, spending a few hours at the London Transport Museum will give your car-crazy little ones just the fix they need. Learn about the history of London’s transport system and have fun in the family play zone. Kids can play on real buses and trains, as well as drive Tube train simulators. Tube line milk shakes and transport-shaped pasta available in the upper deck café will give your kids the fuel they need to have a fun-filled experience. There are special events and extra activities during most school holidays.

 

  1. Beaulieu

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum is one of a handful of attractions set within the beautiful Beaulieu estate. This place has much more than just motoring memorabilia and cars, so there should be something here for all the family to enjoy. The motor museum itself offers up an incredible display of cars and bikes, and there are also separate displays of Top Gear cars, and an exhibition of cars from the movies.

A monorail and an old-fashioned bus will transport you around the estate. Attractions include a Gothic Palace House, Abbey ruins, and a museum documenting Britain’s secret training centre for agents during WWII. There are Victorian gardens, motor-themed play areas and interactive go-karting. Picnic in the gardens or eat in the restaurant, which offers dishes using vegetables and fruits grown in the gardens on site. A fun day out for the whole family.

 

  1. Car driving experiences

If your kids are desperate to get behind the wheel, then why not arrange a special driving treat? Car driving experiences used to be confined to petrol head adults, but there are now plenty of options for children too. Experience day companies, like Into the Blue, offer kids’ driving experiences with everything from rally driving to 4×4 off-roading and even kids’ truck driving and monster truck driving. It makes a great birthday gift for petrol head teenagers and will give them an experience they’ll never forget. Try not to worry, they’ll be in dual-controlled cars.

  1. Haynes International Motor Museum

Describing itself as the ‘motoring mecca for the diehard enthusiast’, Haynes International Motor Museum won’t disappoint for a great family day out. Based in Somerset, the museum offers activities for various age groups, including guided tours and events for teenagers.

A dedicated indoor soft play area, outdoor themed play areas, including ride-on cars, mini roads and an interactive garage, will delight your youngsters. There are plenty of kids’ activities for a whole range of ages, with a top trumps trail, a motor racing penny arcade and lots of interactive play. For your petrol head teenagers there’s also a go-karting track.

 

  1. Santa Pod Raceway

If you can stand the noise, Santa Pod hosts over 50 drag racing events throughout the year, including some great family days. Santa Pod Raceway at Wellingborough in Bedford is Europe’s first permanent drag racing venue built on a disused Second World War air base. Check out their website for a list of upcoming family events here. Most events feature drag car racing, stunt displays, monster truck rides, fairground rides and plenty of kids’ entertainment.

 

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WE were so excited to be doing a Be My Bear review.

Have you head of Be My Bear ?

Be My Bear are build anywhere no sew bear making kits and they are FANTASTIC!

Oh my goodness it is the cutest idea.

We are long term fans of Build a Bear but it can be a bit pricey and this..well this is a wonderful alternative and one you can do yourself, anywhere.

Be My Bear is a company that sells all manner of teddy bears that you can stuff at home. You get, as standard

• Skin with one-way zipper

• Super soft stuffing

• Satin make-a-wish charm

• Birth certificate

• Luxury gift bag

• Instructions

You can also buy passports for the bears and a variety of outfits. The 16 inch fabulous quality bears are just £9.95 and the smaller bears start from just £6.95. You can even record sounds or buy ready made sounds to pop them inside. How cool is that.

I like that each birthday or Christmas I could get her a little something extra for her bear.

And how exciting he can come travelling with us and gets his details filled in each time in his little passport.

 

Be My Bear Parties

We reviewed six bears at a little tea party my daughter hosted for her friends.  I have to admit I was blown away by the plush quality of the bears and the girls had the BEST time making them.

 

They all did a different one and they loved thinking up names for them and sitting around stuffing them together and filling in their birth certificates.

How lovely they all have a bear born on the same day.

 

 

This is such a lovely idea for party and totally says you having to think up an activity and provide a party bag too because they spend their time making something to go home. It works out to be a good value party!

 

 

Here are the bears the girls made:

 

Be my bear review

 

Don’t they all look fabulous?

Happy days and a really lovely party idea. This would be a perfect gift too. We have fallen in love with Be My Bear.

They have SO many different options of bears too so do pop and have a look here!

 

 

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Arla recently conducted some research that revealed Britain’s Mums and Dads aren’t always clear what it means to buy organic versus free range milk.

Do you know the difference? My 10 year old was unsure what organic was though had some concept of free range as we buy free range eggs.

Arla Oragnic and Free Range Milk

 

Free range

We are family of animal lovers and the fact Arla Organic milk is free range is something we love. Being free range means that the cows are grazed outside whenever possible. Milk can be free range without being organic as free range only relates to the ‘grazing’ requirements.

But the good news is that Arla milk is organic too!

 

Organic

When you  buy organic milk it guarantees that additional standards are met on animal welfare, caring for wildlife, sustainability and production quality. Arla’s organic cows graze outdoors on grass and clover and no weed killers or artificial fertilizers are used. This is good news both for the animals and our health, There system of farming is bee-friendly and encourages wildlife and biodiversity by avoiding manufactured chemical sprays. No GM animal feed is used and antibiotics are not used routinely.

Isn’t that all just brilliant?

My daughter thought all this was brilliant too and that ALL milk should be like this!

Children naturally love animals and  care for nature so of course this makes perfect sense for them. It makes sense for us grown up’s too. And definitely for the cows.

 

 

Taste test!

My daughter has been trying it out for taste and thought it was delicious, she was also really interested to hear about why it was special.

Arla Organic Free Range Milk is available in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and NISA supermarkets Personally I also found it a lovely refreshing drink. It’s also ethical and healthy which makes me feel really good about what I am feeding my little family.

 

Arla organic and free range milk

 

Come join the twitter party

Tots100 are hosting a Twitter party on WEDS at 8pm, and you  can join in to chat more about family food, using the hashtag #ArlaOrganicFreeRange and by following @ArlaDairy on Twitter. Tots twitter party are always fun and friendly and informative so do pop along.

 

 

 

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