Have you ever discovered a product or service that makes you want to let the whole world know about it? And when you do tell your friends, they say, yes I have been using that for ages! Each month the Mykidstime team recommends 5 things that we love. These are not things we have been paid to promote, but things that we genuinely found useful or got excited about! Read on to see what’s on our minds this month:
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February 2020 Recommendations
#1. toucanBox Subscription
These creative boxes arrive in the door each month, personalised to each of my kids. They really enjoy them, especially my nearly 7-year-old as he can sit down and do them himself and there is generally everything within the box to complete the craft.
Each subscription box is suited to 3-8 year olds and has two very decent craft activities and a magazine with experiments, puzzles and games in. The toucanBox is €11.90 (plus €2.90 delivery), and there’s no commitment to subscribe for any particular period of time. – C.
#2. Reusable Make Up Remover Pads
I have 2 teenage daughters who love nothing better than trying on the latest make up with their pals. Traditional cotton wool pads were proving a costly choice, not only in terms of money but also on the environment.
I took to the internet and discovered these Bambaw reusable make up remover pads, which come in a handy pack of 16 with 12 soft pads and 4 scrub pads. Once used, they can be washed in the machine along with other laundry and both the girls are delighted with them. – M.
#3. The Missing Cryptoqueen Podcast
I like to listen to podcasts when I’m doing school runs and dog walks, and one I listened to recently that had me gripped is The Missing Cryptoqueen. It’s a true life story involving cryptocurrency but it’s not at all technical. Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her financial revolution. Then she disappeared. Fascinating story! – J.
#4. My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I bought this as part of my sister’s Christmas gift – as a joke! Turns out it was one of the best books she has read in ages, and she finished it in one day.
My Sister, the Serial Killer racks up a long list of nominations and awards – it was longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019, and winner of the 2019 LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller, amongst others.
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. – E.
#5. Happify App
How you feel and your happiness matters – and it often gets forgotten with the commitments and stresses of work, family, money, friends and life in general. Happify (available on iOS and Android) helps you improve your happiness and mindfulness with easy games, activities and daily tasks that are all backed by science. This really emphasises how small changes make big differences. – F.
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January 2020 Recommendations
#1. Good Food App
I was getting into our usual family dinner rut – cooking the same recipes over and over (and getting sick of them) so I decided to try the BBC Good Food App. I love it because I can search by recipe name or ingredient then save them into collections. And each recipe is rated as well which helps you choose.
#2. Mia & Ben Organic Baby Food
Trying to raise little veggies, you’ve got to try these out! We recently trialled Mia & Ben organic baby food and it has gone down an absolute treat. Developed by a team of researchers, paediatric dieticians and parents, the little squishy pouches are all goodness with no guilt.
Fridge fresh, full of organic goodness the range comes in three different flavours including Apple & Blueberry and Banana, Mango & Pineapple with no added salt, sugar or additives. We’ve been using them in lunchboxes, on the go and as a dip with cucumber and carrot batons and all the kids adore them. – K.
#3. Ivy Thyme
This recommendation comes from my Mum and is for all those suffering from colds, flu, congestion and chesty coughs. She swears by it as the best way to clear up a congested chest, nose or head.
Ivy Thyme is an all natural product. It can be used from age 2 years+ and is simply added to water and taken 2 to 3 times daily until symptoms improve. Always consult your GP before trying any new medications. – M.
#4. Trilogy Everything Balm
I’m a bit of a beauty junkie and while I love to try something new, there are always a few products that I just can’t live without. One of them is the Trilogy Everything Balm (available from leading retailers, pharmacies and health food stores nationwide) which does exactly what it says – everything!
I keep one of these little pots in my bag for dabbing on dry skin or dealing with cracked lips, but it can also be rubbed on nails and cuticles, used as a massage oil or even as a nappy rash cream! – E.
#5. Neven Maguire’s Complete Family Cookbook
There’s nothing like starting the new year with a new set of delicious recipes to try. I recommend Neven Maguire’s Complete Family Cookbook – it is one of my most-used cookbooks, thanks to loads of easy-to-understand and easy-to-make tasty recipes.
The great thing is the contents are broken up into sections making it easy to find new ideas, e.g. 30 Mins Max, Easy Curries, etc. The whole family has loved all the recipes we have tried. – C.
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Have you tried any of the products, services or tips that the Mykidstime team recommends? What would you add to the list? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!