Win £40 to Spend at Wallpops

dinosaur wallpops wallartEarlier this week I told you about how we got on with our Dinosaur Expedition Wall Art Sticker Kit from Wallpops.  Now I’m very pleased to offering readers of Nine to Three Thirty the chance to try them out for themselves.  Would you pick out something for the living room maybe?  I like this plant design which I think would look great in our conservatory.

wallpopsOr maybe you’d like something restful like this wonderful bird picture in your bedroom?

wallpopsMaybe like me you’ll choose something for a child’s room.  Our winner will have up to £40 to spend at Wallpops, so enter via the Gleam widget below.

Competition Terms and Conditions
1. No bulk, third-party or automated entries.

2. Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older.

3. The winners will be chosen by a random draw.

4. The winner will be notified by email and will have a week to claim their prize. Should they fail to respond within this time, an alternative winner will be selected.

5. Promoter is responsible for fulfilling the prize and full contact details of the winner will be passed onto the promoter.

6. Competition closes on 13 March 2015.

Melijoe: Kids Love Fashion

As H has got older he has got more and more concerned with the clothes he wears.  I’ve found it harder to find interesting fashion for him as he’s got older as often in the shops, you come across just racks of dull colours for slightly older boys.  There are nice pieces out there, but you have to look around for them usually.  This is where Melijoe come in. is first and foremost the story of Nathalie Christen-Genty, who began to take an interest in children’s fashion after the birth of her first son in 2003. An avid fan of the adult’s fashion industry, she was disappointed with the clothing selection found in multi-brand boutiques at the time. With a background in digital project management, Christen-Genty observed a gap between the fashion industry’s offer of attractive children’s clothes and an easy, style-driven shopping experience, leading to the launch of her e-commerce. quickly became the go-to reference for parents looking for designer brands mixed with practical and everyday casual styles.

Milan Fashion WeekNathalie is clearly a lady on my own wavelength when if comes to finding interesting clothes and a true selection.  Recently, I’ve been exploring what Melijoe has to offer to fashion conscious children and their parents.  I’ve been impressed by the sheer range provided: there is plenty to choose from and it’s from the best designers.  You can search by brand, clothing type, size, etc. so it’s easy to find what you need.  I found navigating easy and the site has a clean, bright style that is a pleasure to browse on.  Nathalie keeps her eye on catwalk looks and allows children to emulate these styles as this season’s collection shows.

In the interests of providing you with a full report, I may just have bought one or two pieces for H to supplement his wardrobe.  As he approaches another birthday, I’m aware that some of his clothes are looking a bit snug or the trousers are a little short in the leg, so it’s a good time to be looking around for new season fashions.  There’s plenty to tempt you in and there’s a wide size selection with sizes up to age 16 and shoes up to size 7.

melijoe orderShipping costs £7, but it is really fast and the clothes are nicely packaged.  Our parcel was delivered by UPS, who take your parcel to a local agent if you aren’t in, which I find really helpful (I’m a bit of an expert on the various delivery firms as we get a lot of parcels).  The clothes are individually wrapped in clear plastic bags, but come in this lovely clothes bag.  I have a few similar bags and find them useful when packing for travelling.  Another nice touch is your receipt provided in a smart folder.  I’ve been very pleased with the shopping experience from Melijoe.  Next month I hope to share with you some of the clothes I picked out for H.

Disclosure: Written in collaboration with Melijoe

Truprint For Mother’s Day

Truprint recently asked us to try out their Mother’s Day offerings and as we’ve worked with them before, we were happy to do so again.

Mother's day personalised cardWe had a lot of fun creating a personalised Mother’s Day card.  This was a lot of fun and there are loads of options.  For starters there are 5 pages of designs, so it’s easy to pick out one to suit you and your family.  We picked this one out for my mother and chose a picture of H to go on it.  As you can see, we could add in the recipient’s name, so you can go for whatever variant you want.  There are more personalization options on the inside and on the back of the card.  For instance, our card is credited as A H—- Production.  Prices start at £2.99 which I think is really good value and delivery was very prompt.

picture presentsThe fun didn’t stop there either.  Truprint have a great range of gifts that you can have made up with whichever picture you like.  We picked out a picture of H playing on the beach that my mother used to take me to as a child on holiday.  For the mugs, it’s a picture of H with his uncle (mum’s son) on top of Arthur’s Seat.  Again that seemed appropriate as mum loves Edinburgh and Scotland.  The other mug has a collage of some of our favourite pictures from the last year or so, many of which are on the calendar she has in her living room.  We’ve looking forward to doing the jigsaw with my mother (she and H are big jigsaw fans) and I think we might take it with us next time we visit my grandmother as the beach will be special to her too.

February Round Up

It’s nearly the end of February and it’s time to share some of the products that we’ve been trying out over the last month or so.

Sheaffer Pens

#writingisforeverThe aim of this year’s National Stationery Week is get Britain writing. Behind it all is a focus on the importance of handwriting. I enjoy handwriting now much more than I did at school.  It’s partly because I am a lot happier with my writing as I’ve got better at it over the years.  It’s also because now I see it as something important.  Writing something by hand shows I’ve taken some time and made some effort.  Writing a card or a letter is about making the person receiving it feel special, appreciated, loved.  We were sent a Sheaffer pen to write with and I’ve snaffled it away from H as I love the way in feels in my hand.  It’s the sort of pen to use to write something special.

Jordans Lighter Granola

lighter granolaUntil fairly recently I’d been scoffing a big bowl of cereal as my breakfast.  I didn’t weigh it, I just poured it in until it looked fullish.  When I started to try to lose some weight, I measured my regular amount and was shocked at the calorie content even with skimmed milk.  This lighter granola from Jordans is just the thing for me as it contains 30% less fat, but is still very tasty.  I love the fact that there’s a generous amount of fruit in this one.  It’s already available in store at Waitrose and Tesco, plus it’s on the shelves at Sainsburys from 5 March.

T Rex Terror

T Rex Terror from Parragon

We’d previously reviewed a set from the Dino Supersaurus series and really enjoyed it.  H loved this book because if it is in comic book style and he’s a graphic fiction fan (he loves Tintin, Asterix, Pokemon, The Dandy and The Beano too).  T-Rex Terror is the latest addition to the Dino Supersaurus range of books from Parragon Publishing. The humorous comic strips are written by Timothy Knapman with fantastic illustrations by Tim Wesson. This book was instantly devoured by H – he loved it.

Super Green From Tetley

green tea with vitaminsWe got into green tea some years ago.  To begin with we took it very weak and only showed the teabag to the hot water, but as time as gone on, I’ve been able to drink it stronger.  Green tea is known for its health benefits anyway, but now Tetley have gone one step further and added vitamins.  We tried the lime flavour tea out which has added vitamin B6.  Vitamin B6 helps reduce tiredness and fatigue as well as helping release energy from food.  Taste wise this is a pleasant green tea.  The lime flavour is very subtle and it doesn’t overpower the tea.  I like to ring the changes a little with my green tea flavours, so it’s nice to have a new one to add to the mix.

Deadly Pole to Puzzles

Deadly Pole to Pole

Deadly Pole to Puzzles  is Steve Backshall’s latest interactive activity book. You can follow his first-hand account of his 14-month voyage from the Arctic to the Antarctic via Alaska, California, Hawaii, Mexico and Brazil and many more amazing locations.  As you travel round the world in this book, there are lots of puzzles to do.  We liked that they aren’t all the same: there are wordsearches, crosswords, criss-crosses, mazes and more.



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