A bit of Pugilist Movember Face care?

Pugilist Brand – I got the Pre-shave Oil and the Shaving Soap, both in the Citrus Grove scent.

I’ve a goatee, so I’m not really doing anything for Movember this year, but did fancy a treat when my shaving soap was about finished and I’ve had this a few weeks now.

The boring stuff first. Package arrived quickly, in a couple of days, as pictured, in a bubble wrap envelope with the oil in a ziplock bag and a plastic shrink wrap cover over the lid. The oil container didn’t have a pipette lid as the website pictures, but I don’t think that’s a problem. There’s also a receipt and thank you type note which is a nice touch.

The pre-shave oil, it’s lovely and does a great job of helping to improve the shaving experience. The scent is subtle, not to over powering like the few others that I have tried, this also applies nicely with just a few drops in the palm of your hand and rubbed onto your face, without leaving a slimy or sticky feel.

As I’m lazy and shave every other day, with a double edged blade, using Persona blades if anyone is interested, this product has been great. I’m not sure if it’s entirely needed if you’re shaving everyday and not a hairy monster mind, as the shaving soap is rather awesome. That said, a few weeks in and it hardly looks like I’ve made a dent in the bottle, so this should last quite a while so the initial cost shouldn’t seem all that bad at all.

The shaving soap, loved this too. It fits a standard shaving cup/container, mine happens to be an old Crabtree and Evelyn tub. This also has a nice, yet subtle citrus scent which isn’t over powering if you used a aftershave on top. This lathers up very easily and applies great. The lather doesn’t get overly bubbly and keeps it’s consistency on your skin for the duration of the shave, which is a balance I’ve not found in a few of the other soaps I’ve tried and something I really like about this. It’s nice to get a soft feeling lather, yet still be able to see what you’re doing when you shave. I’ve also yet to make a dent in this soap, so can see this lasting a long time too.

Another nice thing about both of these products seems to be the fairly minimalist ingredients used, sure it’s a soap and chemicals are needed, but these do not seem to have an entire chemists lab used in the make up that many of the commercial brands seem to be.

The real question is, do I venture into the other scents next time, or stick with this one, that’s just lovely and refreshing?

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Nappy Codes?

Huggies v Pampers

So you’ve been buying nappies and noticing that they have a sticker on the inside with a code you can redeem for prizes, with the flyer being able to win a years supply of nappies and wipes, how awesome!

Well not exactly…but you’ve nothing to lose by trying.

Once you’ve set up a user profile at both sites, you can plug your codes in. Pampers certainly make this a lot easier to do, as you can add more than one code at a time and if you’re anything like me, I just keep them in a draw and do a bunch at a time when bored some evening, and gives you a chance to check out other prizes being offered.

Huggies, you have to enter and submit a code each time and also select a store where you bought them from a drop down menu, which is more hassle.

On the other hand, to enter the year supply of nappy and wipes with Huggies, it only costs you 5 points per draw and you can enter as often as you want. Pampers cost you 20 points to enter their monthly competition.

They both offer many other prizes that you can enter for. Huggies have a instant win thing where the prizes are smaller and use less points, but you find out straight away and they also have small monthly prizes such as a box of nappies that you can enter and wait till they draw a winner. Pampers allow you to spend the points on products, toilet seats, toys, that kind of thing as well.

One nice thing about Pampers, they have a chart showing how many points you’ll likely earn for each product, because different type of nappies, sizes and number count get different points ranging from 10 for wipes or a small packet to 180 for a large box for instance. Huggies doesn’t appear to do this and the points ranged from 4 I’m guessing for the wipes, to 25 for a packet of nappies.

At the end of the day, you’ve got nothing to lose by keeping the codes and doing the programs, but they probably aren’t worth the extra cost over getting a store branded box of nappies, especially if they had a coupon you could use.

 

 

 

Mark Binder – Author and Entertainer

Mark Binder

An author of children’s books. He bills himself more as a story teller though and if you get a chance to catch him doing a book session, you really should!

He has read at a lot of libraries and it was there that I managed to catch a show, which went on for 45 minutes, stories and a little bit of music, just enough to entertain and keep little minds in tune for.

Binder, has a collection of around 6 traditionally printed books, of which “It ate my sister” and “The bedtime story book” are particularly good collection of stories. He also has a collection of audio books and e-books. The audio books would be great to collect as he has such enthusiasm and energy in his story telling. Of which, is’t a strict reading of his books, but a collection of age appropriate stories, some of which are based on the written tales but many being based off of stories you might recognise, that have either been updated or merged with similar stories, all with great amusement and audience participation.

At the end of the reading session, he did have a collection of audio CD’s and books you could buy, offering them for $10 each instead of the regular $15, and if you bought two, you could get a third for free. These were all signed and personalised. He accepted cash, cheque and credit card, so you don’t have to worry about being caught short if you wanted to buy a book after a showing.

For a list of his free readings, of which seem to be mostly in MA and RI can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aqueduck Bathroom Faucet Extender – Review

Aqueduck Bathroom Faucet Extender

This product is made by Peachy LLC

 

For anyone with toddlers who are potty trained or getting that way, this is a really useful product!

You’ve got a toddler up on their stool, trying to wash their hands and they just can’t reach and you don’t want to be lifting them up every time, especially when they’re starting to get a little heavy.

This is a simple, plastic piece that has a rubber attachment on one end which holds this onto the sink faucet and the plastic folds up creating a tube. Easily attaches to a variety of sink faucets.

Simple, easy to use product that’ll help your kids out.

Best place to buy this seems to be on Amazon for $13

 

 

 

 

 

Tanglewood Marionettes – Review

Tanglewood Marionettes

So these guys, based in Ware, MA and do shows all over the state and further a field.

I most recently saw the “The Fairy Circus” performance which was held at the Strawberry Festival in Concord, MA.

I have seen them perform else where, with other shows, but this one in particular I thought was most appropriate for little toddlers and a mix range of kids. It was a lovely performance, with music and very laid back with a nice little bit of audience participation.

The performer really knew how to engage the kids as well as the parents and handled the crowd really nicely, especially when kids where getting a little too close to the stage.

After the show, the children were allowed to get a close up look of the puppets and touch them which was really nice, as they were lovely.

They have a pretty good list of free, public performances listed for the summer on their website, which if you get the chance, you should definitely check out with your family!

Ben Rudnick and Friends – Review

Ben Rudnick and Friends, the group who played at the Strawberry Festival in Concord.

A very fun, family friendly and quirky little band with easy going music, a combination of blue grass and rock in their own original musings.

These guys seem to play all over the state and further out, but pretty much all are free concerts such as town summer green concerts, or fairs etc.

They played 3 sets of around 40 mins a piece with great music that the kids could dance around to, which was a lot of fun to see.

You have the opportunity of getting free music if you sign up to their newsletter, but also check out the samples they have of all their CD’s.

At the end of each set, you could hang around and have a chat with the band and get the chance to buy their wares, which included CD’s, fun tie dye t-shirts and a collection of other small things, but they really didn’t put up a hard sell at all which was rather refreshing.

For a line up of coming soon events, which is listed on their site, include:-

July 11 – West Bridgewater, MA
July 12 – Newton, MA
July 13 – Boarding House Park, Lowell, MA
July 14 – North Kingston, RI
July 15 – Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill, NY
July 19 – Revere, MA
July 20 – Candia, NH
July 21 – Medford, MA
July 22 – Lexington, MA

So for those in Boston, there’s Newton and later in the summer, Natick as well as a host of other venues you could catch these guys. Well worth keeping an eye out for!

Strawberry Fest Review

Strawberry Festival

As mentioned last week, this happened last Saturday.

It’s definitely a great event to be marked into your calendar for next year as it was a lovely, family event.

The strawberries were superb and the pick your own plentiful, as well as being very well priced at $3 a pound.

The farm also had a lovely marketstand type store where you could buy locally grown fruit and veg, which seemed to be very well priced as well. Plenty of lovely looking home made lunches boxes were available as well.

Because of the rain this time around, I don’t think they had the pony rides which was a shame, but they did move the music and puppet shows into the greenhouse and there was plenty of room to enjoy them.

The one main consideration I think would be to arrive early, because even with the heavy morning rain, which had cleared out by the time this started at 11am, the place did get very busy by the time we arrived at lunchtime. There was quite a lot of parking available, but it was still a bit of a struggle to find a spot.

There also might be a bit of a struggle to use a pushchair if you had to as there might not much space to move it around easily when the shows get going and it’s certainly very grassy outside.

The toilets inside were also very nice and clean and they had ample portaloos outside as well.

I’ll get around to writing a review for the music and the puppet shows, which were both fantastic entertainment for everyone.

Ni Hao, Kai-lan Discovery Game – Review

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This game is aimed at children 3 plus, so we got it for our 3 year old. I don’t recommend it, certainly unless the child is much older.
The dice popper, which I thought would be fun for our little one is incredibly hard to pop, I struggle to push it hard enough as it is.
The little pieces are really cheaply made and the card board inserts to the plastic base of the pieces just slide about and never stay put. There is also no box to this board game, so it’s really hard to keep all the pieces together without losing them.
The instructions, if you actually want to play this properly are also not printed on the underside of the board, which is a really flimsy piece of cardboard, which is such an over site. The plastic that sits on the board is also rubbishy, weak and within minutes was cracking at the corners and falling apart.
Not very impressed with this game, which is a shame because it is very cute.

Own Brand Reviews

>Having a look back at some own brand products we’ve tried, here’s a round up on my thoughts:

Nappies

BJ’s – These were great value for money. Pretty basic nappy, but a good fit, easy to slide on/off and worked very well.
Target – These were probably the best own brand nappy we tried, they worked great and felt the nicest.
BabiesRUS – This was a surprise as they were the worst. They felt pretty horrid, were very thin but they were easy to put on.
Bath Stuff
We tried a variety of bathing products from Target, the sleep time body wash, shampoo and hair detangler, equivalents to the Johnson and Johnson line of products. We found these to be just as effective and pleasant to use and certainly worth the savings offered.
Misc Stuff
Own brand food. BJ’s formula was significantly cheaper than the branded stuff and because all formula goes through the FDA, they’re all essentially the same and as healthy so you might as well get the cheapest. Target, Hannafords and other stores now carry their own brands which is great, but BJ’s is still the cheapest we found.
Snack foods, those cheese puffs and crackers etc. Hannafords have a good line, but so do Target and they are often more cheaper, especially when they are doing their deals. The food is pretty good too, including the little lunch pots and food trays for when the kids are a little older. BJ’s are now carrying the branded stuff in bulk though and often have coupons for added savings.
Breast Pads. Many were tried, Avent, they were okay but a little thin, but they also have a 100 count for $11 which is the best value for money. Lansinoh, they were pretty good, but probably not the best value for money as they were quite expensive. Medela, were also expensive and not worth the extra cost. The biggest surprise was BabiesRUS, their own brand pads worked out to be almost the cheapest option, but they were great quality pads. The re-usable ones mostly ended up in the bin as they never ended up being practical and being quite expensive to maintain considering the cost and how many you’d need so that you’d have a supply with you while washing a set etc.