A spooktastic family games night with Megableu

In these days that are dominated by games of a computerised kind, it is still nice to sometimes take time out to play games that come in a cardboard box that don’t require a keyboard, a control pad or have the words FIFA attached to them.

Megableu are a company who create great games that take can be played and enjoyed by all the family. These games are fun and exciting, and often incorporate various levels of difficulty so they can be enjoyed by children (and adults) of all ages.

With Halloween in mind, we were sent a couple of games from Megableu, Ghost Hunt Evolution and Creepy Hand. Creepy Hand is based on ‘Truth or Dare’ and is a little too old for Joe yet, although it would be fabulous for a Halloween Party, but Ghost Hunt Evolution gets a total thumbs up in our house – it is Just hilarious fun.

Ghost Hunt Evolution is all about Billy Bones, a spinning skull who projects ghosts and bats onto the walls of your home. Your task is to shoot the ghosts and bats to collect points. You do this with an electronic gun, whilst wearing multi vision glasses. This is best played in a dark room where the ghosts really stand out brightly.

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You can set this to three different speed levels in order to make it more difficult for older children or adults.  After 10 shots the gun has to be reloaded. (Easy enough for my six year old to manage), and after each game the gun and the skull have to be calibrated – again this is very simple.

Playing Ghost Hunt at Nan’s.

The room was dark, I have used a night flash for the photographs. Billy Bones was placed on a dining room table to get the right height.

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DSCN9324Ghost Hunt is a great game that I think really works well with the coming of Winter, when night comes early and children are looking for games to play indoors. This game makes great use of the darkness, and is a must if you are planning any parties for Halloween.

You can find out more about Megableu games by clicking here.

*We were sent games from Megableu to use as part of a family games night.

Christmas Gift List 2 – A focus on Skincare

When it comes to writing out our Christmas lists for Santa (yes, I know you’re not all 5 years old, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a wishlist does it?), we all tend to go in different directions. Some of us choose luxury items, designer bags and shoes, or something special we have been looking at and lusting over for a long period of time. But others amongst us use Christmas as a time to stock up on our favourite products in terms of beauty and skincare, and  I have to say that I fall into this catagory.

Christmas is a great time to stock up on your favourite beauty and skincare brands as there are often some really good deals to be found. Many companies produce special gift sets where the value of the products included far exceeds the price of the kit. In addition, bumper sized bottles and tubes are also popular at this time of the year, as winter weather calls for an upgrade in our skincare regimes.

One brand that I have enjoyed using recently is Dermalogica. I was gifted a wonderful skincare pack from Harvey Nichols at a press event and just fell in love with the products and the ethos of the brand. The Active Moist is one of the lightest, and yet most nourishing moisturisers I have ever used.  I’m also a huge fan of the Daily Microfoliant, which is just the pick-me-up your skin needs if it is looking tired and dull.

I am also really impressed with the work that the Demalogica Foundation does with women entrepreneurs all across the world. The Foundation was formed in 1999 to nurture and support under-served women and girls looking to gain economic security for themselves and their families. This was further extended in 2010 when a new global platform, JoinFITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) is a public education and capital-raising campaign to direct loans to women entrepreneurs in 57 countries around the world, including the United States. (You can find out more about the programme here.)  Dermalogica is a skincare brand that you can buy with the knowledge that you are not only giving your skin a great chance, but that you are also giving a chance to women across the world.

I have picked out some of my favourite products from the current Dermalogica range that would sit very nicely in my Christmas stocking.

Dermalogica Active Moist (100ml) £39.95 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Active Moist (100ml) £39.95 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (75g) £36.75 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (75g) £36.75 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (500ml) £43.60 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (500ml) £43.60 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream (100ml) £42.10 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream (100ml) £42.10 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Skin Kit - Normal/Oily £23.70 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Skin Kit – Normal/Oily £23.70 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Super Rich Repair (50ml) £56.20 click to visit Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Super Rich Repair (50ml) £56.20 click to visit Pure Beauty

Have you ever tried Dermalogica?

 

Fashion Focus – Rain Boots

Wellington boots, wellies, rain boots, whatever it is you choose to call them, we are certainly now well into the season when these become an indispensable part of your wardrobe. This could be because you love to walk your dog over open fields and park land, or maybe you work in an outside environment that gets rather muddy, or maybe, like me, these are now a staple for watching your child football training in all weathers, including, last Saturday, in the biting wind and rain. I must admit that I love the fun and practicality of wearing my wellies, and have quite a few pairs in my wardrobe.

My Wellies

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There are so many great styles and brands when you are looking for women’s rain boots, the rather functional or childlike designs of the past, which either looked like they were designed for farmers, or for splashing in puddles, have given way to glossy designs, with cute patterns and prints, and more stylish, feminine shapes. Brands like Hunter have made wellies cool, a part of festival fashion that helps revelers to cope with the inclement British weather (and all that mud!). Joules is another company that makes rain boots actually look pretty, with dots and stripes that work well worn over jeans, or even Land Girls style with a tea dress and cardigan.

Joules Rain boots

Joules Rain boots

Hunter Rain boots

Hunter Rain boots

Even designers are now getting into the act, with both Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren offering super stylish versions of the once humble rain boot. None of us are ever that glad to see the rain, but these designs certainly help to brighten up the day in some small part.

Ralph Lauren

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Cuterainboots.net are currently offering you the chance to choose the best rain boots brand but picking between Hunter and Joules. It is easy to enter the competition, and you could win a pair of rain boots of your choice. (Terms and conditions apply – please check the website). This would certainly get your feet prepared for Winter and any snow we might get.

Do you wear wellies or rainboots? What are your favourite brand?