How to have fun online once the kids have gone to bed

For all mums the time after the kids have fallen asleep is a magical time of day. I certainly like to sit back, relax and have some time to myself. Many of my fellow mums like to take part in their favourite activities, many of which are found online. Here are some helpful hints for mums about what activities can be found online.

Enjoy a Flick
It is easy to enjoy a movie from home with services like LoveFilm or Netflix. These services can be accessed by a variety of devices making it fairly universal. With literally thousands of movie titles in all genres, even the pickiest mums can find a movie to enjoy.

Catch up with Friends
Stay at home mums need to have some time with other women with common interests. This is why many mums will spend their evening enjoying social media sites. For instance, on Facebook they can keep up with friends and family. Chat options also make it easy to converse with others.

Learn Something New
Mums may wish to take some dancing lessons online. They may learn a dance style that requires a partner which can involve their significant other or they may learn a dance on their own. Either way, it’s a fun activity for mums to enjoy in the evening.

Shop from Home
The internet has made it much easier to shop from home. Many stores offer sale prices at their online stores which means mums don’t have to visit the land based store to take advantage of sales. Add a glass of wine and evening becomes a relaxing time to shop.

Relax with Gaming
Gaming online is a popular pastime enjoyed by many mums. They can find their favourite games or perhaps learn a new one by taking advantage of online tutorials offers. Some of most common tend to be bingo, along with free card games such as solitaire and even 21 which you can learn to play at an online casino with your own deck of cards.

There’s a lot to do online, so you should be able to find an activity that suits you.

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Christmas Cards with a Difference from Hallmark

Hallmark Christmas CardsHallmark recently sent me a selection from their Christmas Card and Christmas packing ranges, so I’ve been taking a look through and picking out some of my favourite cards.  I love picking out nice cards and thinking who I might send them to.  In particular, they have a good selection of cards, if you like to buy a special named card for your spouse or other family members.

A couple of my stand out favourites from Hallmark Christmas cards range though are in the picture.  I love the way it pops up into shape as you take it out of the envelope.  Its even got doors and windows that open, plus there is room to write a message on the back.  If you send someone this card, it will be taking pride of place on their mantelpiece this Christmas.  Another one that caught my eye was the Christmas scene one which is also in the picture.  It’s a well made card with a framing window which stands proud of the wintry scene inside.  The scene itself has two layers and some lovely glittery colours in a silver and gold palette.

If like me you aren’t very skilled in the wrapping department, it’s worth a look at Hallmark’s Christmas gift bag range.  If you are giving bottles you’d be mad to wrap rather than gift bag them as that is so easy.

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Win A Jam Rewind Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Jam Rewind Bluetooth Wireless SpeakerGood music always sounds better when you play it through quality speakers.  If you’re a music fan then you’ll like Nine to Three Thirty’s latest competition because you can win a Jam Rewind Bluetooth Wireless Speaker.

It does have a great retro look and will add a touch of style to your room.  The features of the Jam Rewind Bluetooth Wireless Speaker include:

  • A retro look with the pocket-sized Jam Rewind designed to look like a funky 80’s cassette tape offering fashion and function
  • Despite its size, the Rewind delivers superior bass and sound performance with its four speakers
  • A rechargeable battery allows up to eight hours of continuous play
  • Perfectly portable making it suitable for use anywhere
  • Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices including smart phones and tablets, it connects wirelessly up to 30 feet away for convenience
  • Voice prompts make using your speaker easy – announcing power and Bluetooth status
  • Speakerphone to allow you to instantly move between music and calls

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 11th November 2014.
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Natural Sea Sponges

We were asked to try out some natural sea sponges from The Sponge Market.  Normally we tend to use flannels or hands for washing, so I’d not really thought of using sponges for the family before.  We were sent:

We’ve been trying them out in the bath and the shower.


I so need this. #bath #sponge #naturalsponge

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Initially when they arrived I thought they seemed a bit firmer in texture than I’d want to use on my body, but as soon as they are properly wet, they were very soft and smooth.  H tried both in his bath and agreed that the silk sponge was the softest and he felt it was soft enough for a baby (and so did I). The silk natural sea sponge comes from the Aegean Sea.  It is the softest and smoothest in the natural sponge family and is suitable for use on your face or for washing babies. It has quite a firm, dense structure, but it’s very smooth.

The natural honeycomb sea sponge is known as the ‘King of the Sponges’ apparently.  It’s a strong and long lasting sponge.  Using it on your skin makes you feel like you are getting a massage.  This sponge did shed a small amount on one of the occasions that we used it, but I can believe that it would last a long time.  It feels silky, but is also firm and springy.  I can believe that it exfoliates gently too.  Both natural sea sponges just need squeezing out with your hands and should be left somewhere suitable to dry after use.

Natural sea sponges are a natural and renewable resource.  The sponges provided by The Sponge Market are collected in a responsible manner.  Sponge divers undertake specialised training and must hold licenses that demonstrate their commitment to preserving the environment.  When sponges are collected, the process is carried out in a way that encourages the growth of more sea sponges.  The body of the sponge is cut by knife just above the roots so that another can grow in its place.

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