I first came across Stamptastic a few years ago when I worked with them as an ambassador. But, I didn’t stop using their stamps when I finished being an ambassador and I use their stamp pretty much every time I need to label something for H. It’s so easy really, you just stamp the ink pad and stamp the item you want to label. It works well for almost all items of clothing, as even on darker items there is usually a white or lighter label you can use to mark it.
More recently I’ve discovered their white marker pen which means you can mark the few things that were difficult before. The white shows up very easily on darker colours and you can just quickly write the name on. For most things though I use the stamp, I find that is great especially if you are preparing for something like a school residential trip and you need to label a lot more than just school uniform. I find the stamp ink is hardwearing and that I don’t need to restamp items.
Recently Stamptastic got in touch and asked me to try out some more of their products. So I’ve been trying out their address stamps. I’ve had one in the past and it’s really useful for when you move house or change name (I’ve used the name and address stamp on the Christmas cards I send for instance) or if you are having a party or event maybe. It’s a great way to save a bit of time and it looks good too. I love the fact that you can choose from a range of coloured stamp pads, or even have a few so you can mix and match.
I’ve teamed up Stamptastic to give away some labelling products to one lucky reader. You’ll get a voucher that you can swap for an ink pad, 2 name stamps and a white fabric pen, so you will be ready to cope with back to school (as we all know that will come around sooner than we’d like). Enter via the Gleam widget below.
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We were recently sent the Brio Labyrinth Game to review. It’s been a while since H had any new Brio toys – there was a whole Brio era when he was younger and into wooden train tracks and the like. In fact, I hadn’t realised that Brio had anything in their range for older children (or indeed in the case of this game adults). This game has been very addictive since it arrived. I have been struggling to get past the third hole for ages and H was too and then he suddenly pushed ahead and made it to the 6th hole. I am going to have to seriously up my game or I will be badly outclassed. I think this one is going to run and run.
It’s a game of skill as you carefully balance the ball and try to manoeuvre it without it falling down any of the many holes. There are two knobs on the sides: one for to till the board in one direction and the other a different one. With the game come two small metal marbles to move around and they are returned to you when you fail. It’s a very addictive game. You can play the Brio Labyrinth game on your own or with a number of players and take in turns to see who can make it the furthest around the board. It requires perseverance, control and a bit of luck.
I got sent these sandals weeks ago by Strive Footwear and have been waiting for the chance to put them to the test for a review. We had a day or so of summer a few weekends ago, but I didn’t get the chance to wear them for long before it got cold again, but I did manage to take a few pictures. Thankfully we have had a longer burst of warmer weather and I’ve been able to try out my Java Sandals out more extensively now.
Strive footwear using Biomechanical Footbed Technology to support your feet in their natural position and many wearers say that the arch contour feels prominent or the footbed feels firm to start with. I’ve certainly been aware of the extra support for my arch. My arches are on the higher side of normal and whilst it felt a bit strange to start with, it was strange in a good way. I’m not sure if it comes across in the pictures that well, but the footbed does support your foot in a three-dimensional way. It’s designed to provide comfort through support rather than cushioning so it can feel a little more solid under your feet if you aren’t used to that.
Whilst it’s recommended that you walk your sandals in gradually, I’ve found them quite easy to wear from the outset. I haven’t been wearing them all day, but I’ve been gradually working up to that and I’m nearly there.
I’ve had some compliments about these sandals since I started wearing them on the school run in the nicer weather. They are very striking and the colour goes with just about everything. They have a real quality feel to them and I can see them lasting for ages. I’m found them very comfortable to wear and I love slipping them on in the mornings. They don’t have a back strap, but my feet feel very secure in them and I have no problem walking briskly wearing them. I think these will be my ‘go-to’ sandals for the school run this summer – let’s hope the weather gives me plenty of opportunity to wear them.