It’s time for our monthly round up of the things we have been trying out over the last few weeks.
Alpen launched their ‘Brighter Mornings’ campaign recently where they are challenging the public to enjoy a brighter morning by eating the muesli for breakfast during the course of a week. Now this one was easy for me to take part in as I already eat muesli pretty much every day for breakfast. I don’t usually have Alpen, but I remember occasionally getting the chance to have some of my mother’s packet as a bit of a treat as a child. I’m pleased to report that it still feels like a bit of a treat, even when you are eating every morning for a week. I preferred the ‘no added sugar’ version, as it felt healthier and to be honest I don’t tend to eat anything too sweet at breakfast time. I find Alpen sets me up for the day. I love a big cooked breakfast, but that can leave you feeling a bit bloated, but with the Alpen I felt satisfied and had plenty of energy to get on with my life.
Eisberg wine was a new taste for us. We drank it one evening instead of wine (a bit of a novelty I know). It’s an alcohol free wine. Having tried grape juice in the past as a wine substitute, I’d say that it didn’t taste as sweet as grape juice can. It didn’t have quite the taste of alcoholic wine either, but it did have a grown up sort of flavour. It’s something we’d consider if we were looking to cut back on alcohol for a while or if driving as it made a nice alternative to fizzy drinks, which is what I normally have when I am driving. We tried the Cabernet Sauvignon variety.
Creepy Caves by Marcus Sedgwick has been a big success with H. There have been requests to stay up late to finish it and I’ve had my orders to get the other books in the Elf Girl and Raven Boy series. Creepy Caves is the sixth and last book in the series, but H has been happy to read it without having read any of the others, so it works as a stand alone read. I’ve got hold of the first book in the series and he has devoured that and is keen to move onto the rest.
The build up to National Stationery Week continued and we have been trying out some more new products. National Stationery Week is this week, so it’s the perfect time to restock pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.
It’s been tough to pick out our favourites from amongst all these wonderful goodies. This Dodo eyePad is perfect for an iPhone user with a sense of humour. This funky green ballpoint from Sheaffer is easy to hold and writes very smoothly. Zebra Pens have been amongst H’s favourites with their lovely bright colours and he’s found them easy to use too.
This month’s book to review from Parragon Books is Busy Busy Things That Go 2000 Stickers. The book is aimed at children who are able to read, but it’s easy to read language and only a sentence or so on each page, as they need to be able to read the instructions on each page as to which stickers need to be placed. A child who can’t read would still enjoy it, but would need adult or older friend/sibling help with the instructions. With 30 different activity pages and 2000 stickers, it is likely to keep your child occupied for a few hours, so it would be very handy on a journey say. As well as sticker activities, there are other tasks like colouring in and spot the difference.