Top Outdoor Toys For Summer 2016

Is it just me or is summer starting later and finishing earlier every year?! I’m trying not to get depressed by the late start and am focusing on the dates of the summer holidays set by the school, this means we still have almost 2 weeks for the climate to get its act together… So, in preparation for a glorious season and time spent in the garden, here are my top outdoor toys – all tried and tested by my 3 very active children!

Swingball First Basketball Set, Amazon, £22

Amazon have a huge range of competitively priced outdoor toys for all ages. Swingball was always a favourite of mine growing up – and now they have a basket ball set which is keeping all 3 of my kids entertained. There are 3 height options making it suitable for all ages and is even harmless enough to keep in the kitchen when outdoor play isn’t an option!

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Plum 7FT Junior Trampoline, £199.99

This is the perfect first trampoline for little ones up to the age of 10. The Junior Jumper uses Springsafe technology and has a lower height frame for safety whilst their confidence for jumping grows. This is available in pink and blue.

 

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Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox, £39.99

This is the perfect little sand pit for your little ones, it has a roof! So no more soggy sand on the inevitable rainy days. This is just big enough for all 3 of them to get involved, the littlest one can enjoy the full sand experience whilst the older ones sit on the flippers to play. It’s light enough to move around the garden to stay in the shade for endless hours of safe play and can be easily stored away during the colder months. Suitable from 12 months. 631566e3_sea_turtle_sandbox_5_.jpg

Maxi Micro Scooter, £109.95

The Maxi scooter is suitable from age 6 up to 12 and is by far the best scooter in terms of manoeuvrability thanks to its lean and steer technology.  Made from lightweight aluminium (so not the end of the world when they decide 5 mins into the journey that they no longer want to scoot and would rather you carry it!) and has an adjustable handle bar to suit the child.

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Kids Range Rover Electric Battery Ride On, Outdoor toys, £199.99 SALE PRICE

Wow. The ultimate outdoor toy has to be this mini Range Rover… Scarlett (aged 5) takes her friends around the garden in this fabulous electric car. She has quickly mastered the controls using the gear stick and pedal to stop, start and reverse, but for our younger children there is the option of a parental control to operate the cars movement. It even has a push button start that sounds like a realistic engine starting up and an MP3 player to listen to her favourite Taylor Swift songs as she cruises! With chrome effect alloys and working lights – this really is every child’s dream toy!

By the way, Outdoor Toys have a huge range of electrical Ride Ons if an Audi or BMW is more your thing😉

 

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TP Forest Double Multiplay, £299.99

Made from FSC® certified timber, this fun compact activity frame has two adjustable single swing seats and a wavy slide. The overall footprint is smaller than others I have tried so takes up far less space in our garden. Suitable for children aged between 3 and 10 but by switching one of the swings with the new QuadPod 4 in 1 swing designed for much younger toddlers, this is perfect for our whole family.

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GLTC Red Star Wigwam, £85

This gorgeous play tent has the added benefit of being easily put up, moved around or stored away but what I love most is that it has a fitted mat which stops it from closing in or  falling down. It’s currently set up in the bedroom (both girls slept in it for the first 3 nights!) but is also the perfect den for their picnics and play time in the garden.

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Well that’s the kids sorted, now to research a luxury sun lounger:)

WIN the Prescott Changing Bag By Pacapod Worth £115!

It’s Giveaway time again on Scarlett and Me! And this time in the form of the fabulous Prescott Satchel Changing bag worth £115…

This bag is serious eye candy for any new mum, but the reason I am hosting this prize draw so close to Father’s Day is that it is also a favourite for the stylish dad! This bag has already been spotted on the gorgeous Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Hemsworth so it would make the perfect gift for the new dad or dad-to-be. How wonderful for him to have his very own baby bag for him to fill with nappies and whatever else men put in their bags?! The beauty of all the Pacapod bags is that there are endless pockets and compartments to store different things. In my experience – Men appreciate this. My husband gets very frustrated rummaging through my bucket bag to find the wet wipes – it’s weird because I find them straight away every time?

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Prescott is a smart yet rugged satchel, with the option of a slim or generous profile. A striking blend of fabric adds a tactile element to the bag, with a gorgeous mix of coated cotton and soft supple canvas.

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It has hidden expansion panels with expandable side zips to increase capacity for those extra busy days, while the adjustable shoulder strap allows you to juggle baby and tots and keep hands-free.

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A changing bag, work bag (there is actually space to keep a laptop!) and cool bag all rolled into one, it’s a reliable ally that will work hard for you all day long, thanks to PacaPod’s signature 3-in-1 baby organiser.

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For your chance to WIN this super stylish changing bag worth £115 either for yourself of the dad in your life, you can enter in any of the following ways:

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The lucky winner will be notified on Friday 17th June just in time for Father’s Day! 

Good luck! x

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2016

Whilst you can’t go wrong with a pair of socks and a bar of whole nut, if you fancy something a little different this Father’s Day – check out some of my ideas below!

Amazon Fire TV Stick, £34.99

There is nothing quite like getting stuck in to a good box set. Settling in to an episode of House of Cards once the kids are in bed is our new ‘going out’! With this little gizmo, you have access to over 50,000 popular movies and TV shows available to buy or rent as well as over 4,200 channels, apps and games. And if dad has Amazon Prime, he has unlimited access to Prime Video – a catalogue of over 15,000 shows and movies available on-demand. This is a very big gift in a very dinky package! 

 

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Pacapod Prescott Changing Bag, £115

A favourite with the celebrity Daddies, the Prescott satchel has been spotted on Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Hemsworth. This gift is sure to be a hit for a stylish ‘hands on’ dad this Father’s Day. As with all of the Pacapod bags, it hits all the practical baby boxes without sacrificing on style and even has a hidden padded laptop section so is also great for commutes or off duty days out.

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Go Ape Experience from £33

I have heard such great things about the Go Ape experience, it just sounds perfect for families or couples – I have actually booked for Paul and I to do this for our day date next month! Children as young as six can monkey around on Tree Top Junior, while older children can fly through the sky on a zip wire, race through the forest on a Segway or swing through the trees like Tarzan on the Tree Top Adventure. What a great Father’s Day out – it certainly beats staying indoors all morning slaving over his favourite lunch!  

There are 29 Go Ape adventures around the country – find your nearest course here! 

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RE9 Advanced For Men Set from £24

This is the ultimate in Mens skincare. Only launched in April it is already a best seller and has had unbelievable press coverage. The anti-ageing results are visible within 4 weeks (usually much, much sooner) but the smooth experience of using the products will be enjoyed immediately! As with the entire Arbonne range, the products are vegan friendly and totally botanical. If the Dad in your life takes care of his skin – this is the gift for him!

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Red Letter Day, Indoor Sky Diving Experience, £100

I recently did this with my husband and 4 year old daughter, it was AWESOME! Such a fun afternoon out as a family. You’ll be given full training on how to compose yourself and what to expect ahead of the flight, and will have the support (and peace of mind!) of a flying expert in the wind tunnel with you. If heights aren’t your thing, this is a great way to experience the sensation of sky diving. This gift will certainly have the wow factor this Father’s Day! Check out the full range of experiences on offer at Red Letter Day here.

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Holiday Essentials SS16

With a girls weekend in Ibiza just around the corner, it is time to step up the style stakes with beautiful accessories and prepare my pale, tired little body for a few days in the sun! Click on the titles for more information…

RAE Feather Beach Bag, £195

I’ve been following this stylish brand on Instagram for some time now and as soon as I spotted my favourite “Lady of London” Caroline Stanbury sporting the personalised basket, I knew I had to get my hand on a version of my own! I have gone for the monogram canvas shopper – perfect as my carry on luggage and will look super stylish besides the pool.

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Victoria’s Secret Bikini

I’ve only recently discovered the Victoria’s Secret range of swimwear and now can’t imagine going anywhere else for instant poolside style. I really struggle to find a good fitting bikini, but the supportive cups and adjustable tie straps make these a perfect fit for any size.

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Arbonne Sea Salt Scrub, £24

A good exfoliation is my essential ‘must do’ before a holiday to revive and refresh my skin. This is absolutely the best body scrub I have ever used. The sea salt will massage away dead skin and wake tired cells, whilst the natural oils including avocado and safflower seed will deeply moisturise leaving you feeling brand new. The smell is divine! As with all of the Arbonne products, the ingredients are botanical and vegan friendly.

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The Beach People Roundie Towel, £90

I’m hoping the weather will be warm enough to sit on the beach and enjoy this stylish round towel with fringed detail. It’s made by an Australian brand called The Beach People, it’s so much easier to lounge around on than your usual towel but rolls up just as compact.

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Renewing Body Gelée, £34

One to pack is this gorgeous tub of moisturising heaven. Specially formulated to sooth sun exposed skin and rehydrate after sports. Everyone that tries this can’t believe how far such a small amount goes, it’s incredibly easy to apply and absorbs instantly leaving you with an all over dewy glow.

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Sensi Studio Woven Straw Clutch, £115

This gorgeous clutch bag has summer holiday written all over it! Teamed with a simple summer dress or ripped pair of jeans, it will add instant summer glam to a throw on outfit. I can already see it resting on the table next to my Long Island Iced Tea:)

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Review: RE9 Advanced Anti Ageing Range

It’s no secret, I am wholeheartedly in love with the entire Arbonne range of products. As a brand, Arbonne tick every one of my consumer boxes. The range is cruelty free, vegan friendly and is free of toxic nasties found in almost all leading premium beauty brands. Since using Arbonne, I have become very conscious of the ingredients in products I use and can say with complete certainty that I shall never go back to a skincare product that is not made with botanical ingredients.

The RE9 collection is by far the hero in the Arbonne range, the results can be seen on some people in just a matter of days. I have been using this range religiously morning and night for 4 weeks now and my skin is the best it’s been for years. The first few days of trying the products, I had a bit of a breakout in spots, I had faith that this was simply down to such active ingredients clearing my skin of the toxins deeply imbedded. I persevered and within a week my face was clear of spots and looked healthier than ever.

Here is my new routine!

I start off with the RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser, £33 and use this as a face wash morning and night. This lather’s beautifully and removes all traces of make up and impurities.

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Next up is a quick mist with the RE9 Regenerating Toner, £29,  rich in antioxidants and works to balance your PH levels.

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On to the RE9 Intensive Renewal Serum, £48 – probably the most active of all the steps – this absorbs deep into the skin and supports your natural collagen and has been proven to visibly firm and lift skin.

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A quick dab of the RE9 Corrective Eye Creme, £46, under and above my eyes for fine lines and dark circles. Some friends I have introduced these products to felt this working as soon as they applied it!

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And finally the RE9 Restorative Day Creme, £42, with SPF 20. This leaves my skin feeling moisturised and radiant. Honestly, I have never known a moisturiser to instantly give such a brilliant finish to my complexion.

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Don’t take just my word for it, the RE9 range came number 1 in an independent clinical trial against the leading department store brand for getting better results in achieving a younger looking complexion across 4 weeks. Check this out here along with some before and after pics!

*****Super Special Offer!*****

Individually these products seem quite expensive, but if you wanted the full range with night cream there is currently a special offer price of £213 which also includes the Genius Intelligence Nightly Resurfacing pads (normal price £87 and is AMAZING on acne scars and age spots!) PLUS a free gift of your choice! If you went for this offer you would automatically become a Preffered Client and get 20% off future orders (normal price is £17 to get this discount for a year).

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To take advantage of this offer drop me an email and I’ll set you up to make sure you get the freebies! fayejacobs@hotmail.com

If you wanted to ease into this range, then the prices start from just £29. If you were dissatisfied with the results – Arbonne offer a 45 day money back guarantee which is an incredibly bold move by a beauty brand – they are pretty confident in their products!

Just do me a favour, check the ingredients in the products you are using. If at any point they mention mineral oils or parabens (these are usually listed as methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben) then run for the hills. Parabens are toxic preservatives offering a longer shelf life for your products – traces of parabens have been found in breast tumours. And mineral oil is basically a by-product of petrol and is nothing more than a cost effective bulking agent!

If you have any questions at all about this range or might be interested in trying a sample before buying, then feel free to get in touch at fayejacobs@hotmail.com

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Too embarrassed to put a ‘before’ shot up!

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Network Marketing With Arbonne: What Is It All About?

Last month I joined the Network Marketing hype and decided to set myself up as an Arbonne Independent Consultant. Network Marketing essentially means utilising the network you have to promote a product. There are no catches in this, it’s simply an alternative method for brands to sell their product outside of the ‘normal’ retail channels. I have had a lot of questions about my decision to join this scheme so thought I would put together a post for my network to read to get a very honest and better understanding of how this system works and why it is right for me.

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My Story…

It was at a children’s birthday party that I first met Nina, my sponsor. We started chatting about life, kids, work, the usual chat – and we discovered we had lots in common, mutual friends, career plans, and the desire to earn extra money for a more luxury lifestyle! She briefly spoke to me about her career as a Makeup Artist and said that she also works as a Vice President for Arbonne. It all sounded very glam and it certainly explained the Chanel hand bag and brand new Merc😉 She asked me to get in touch with an opportunity for how I can get in on the action!

We met up and I grilled Nina on the ins and outs of the Arbonne industry and how someone like me could work with a brand like this. So here are the facts as I understand them…

Arbonne is a luxury beauty, skincare and nutrition brand with a fancy Swiss heritage (the reason the Swiss bit is relevant is because anyone in the “beauty know” understands that to be Swiss approved means the product has to be EXCEPTIONAL!). The products are designed for the whole family; men, woman and children. But it was the cruelty free aspect that really impressed me when talking about this brand. All the ingredients are botanical and the brand has never and will never test on animals. Arbonne is the Number 1 approved beauty brand by PETA – and you do not get a bigger endorsement than that… The science that goes into these products is fascinating and has certainly made me think twice about the ingredients in the other products I have been using.

I have tried a number of Arbonne products and can say hand on heart – I am massively impressed, so much so I have made the switch from many of my long time favourite luxury products to Arbonne equivalents.

So How Does It Work As A Business?

Basically Arbonne rely on Network Marketing to generate sales. They don’t waste their budget on advertising and all the usual channels of getting their products in store – instead they get their loyal fans to recommend the products and in return for this, the fans get a rather hefty commission bonus! In the US they are already the 4th most popular beauty brand which is seriously impressive when the leading 3 brands sell through the more usual channels and media advertising. This really is a case of the product selling itself.

What Do I have To Do? 

Essentially you buy your own website, mine is fayejacobs.arbonne.com this cost me £56. Now I have my site, my job is to direct people to this site to generate sales, and for every sale I make, I get a commission. And that is it. My job is done. There is no exchange of cash, no dispatching of products, no stock issues, the order goes directly to Arbonne and they take care of everything – I just get a figure into my bank account at the end of the month. This very quickly adds up! In addition, if I introduce new people to represent this brand, I also get a commission on the sales they generate. And if they introduce someone; I get the commission on those sales too! The year on year growth of this brand is insane, and once you are in – you’re in, those sales just keep on coming and everyone feels the benefits.

Now when I get to this point in my explanation of the Arbonne scheme – I’m hit with ‘Oh OK like a pyramid scheme?’ well I’m embarrassed to say, I dont really understand the whole pyramid scheme thing, all I know is that this was made illegal in the 80’s due to people losing fortunes, so I can say with total certainty – this is not a pyramid scheme! It quickly became apparent to me that those suggesting this, actually didn’t know themselves what a pyramid scheme is, but it’s natural that sometimes there will be negativity with the unknown and that is just something that comes with the job when talking to people about this business. There is no risk, as other than the £56 to buy your site, there are no other costs you need to pay. You may choose to buy some samples (using a big discount) so that you can let people try the products, but it is not essential. So when I hear that there are reviews online saying this is a scam and not to do it because you’ll lose all your money, I get really confused?! as there is no money to invest!

Why This Is Right For Me…

The result of this type of work is 100% effort led. Meaning the more you put in, the more you will get out. With 3 kids under 5, I can’t commit to more than 8 hours a week on this, there is no one to tell you to do more or less, you are totally your own boss which suits me!

My background and my current profession is as a freelance digital marketing consultant, so I plan to use the knowledge I have to drive traffic to the site, but having said that, there is no denying that the real success of this business comes from personal recommendations and a good network of supportive friends and family. My husband has been so supportive throughout my journey so far, he has already put me in touch with new clients from his office that will only use Vegan friendly products! Your network is far greater than you initially think…:)

Last week I hosted my first party with the help of Nina and I loved every minute of it – I thought I would keep this business purely digital – but the make up & skincare masterclass combined with bucks fizz and home made cupcakes (Arbonne themed and made by my lovely friend!) was such a wonderful girly night that I intend to host one of these every month! (ps – Do get in touch if you would like to host one of these with your friends!)

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Could It Work For You?

Absolutely. If you have an interest in beauty, skincare or nutrition and a supportive network of friends and family, it’s a really fun lifestyle job that if you really wanted to put the time into, could quite literally change your life. There are 4 tiers in the Arbonne heirachy, and it if you want it badly enough, it doesn’t take long to climb them as it is completely limitless how far you can go. Nina, the friend that introduced me, picked up the keys to her White Mercedes just 25 months after joining Arbonne (a little perk for the Vice Presidents!) and with 3 young boys, a baby on the way and a profession as a make up artist – I fully believe her when she says she honestly doesn’t put more than 15 hours a week into this. She is currently soaking up the atmosphere at the Arbonne conference in Vegas which I will be attending next year.

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This is Nina in the middle after being awarded her white Mercedes!

I have been doing this for less than 6 weeks and have already introduced 5 friends to this opportunity, like me they fell in love with the products and could instantly see the potential in the business. One of them has already introduced 2 further friends! You see how quickly this grows!? And this brand is global, so if you are reading this in Australia – get in touch!

I hope that I have given justice with my explanation of this venture, it’s so hard not to come across as a door to door sales person when trying to talk about this on paper! If you have any questions and think this might be quite a nice type of work to fit around your lifestyle, or might just be interested in giving the products a go, then please do get in touch!

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Mother’s Day Luxury Gift Guide

Well that came around quickly! With so little time to prepare after Valentine’s Day, I have put together a last minute luxury gift guide to include items that will easily be delivered in time for the big day. Click on any of the links for further details.

Liberty Print Wash Bag, £45 

This coated cotton wash bag is so beautiful and a sure winner for Mother’s Day, it has 2 large see through zipped compartments and can be hung on the wall with an optional hook.

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The ultimate retro accessory with all the modern day technology, perfect for the bedroom or kitchen. 91ki8CI6jRL._SL1500_.jpg

 

Tillyanna Personalised Make Up Bag, £16

Spacious enough for all her beauty essentials and compact enough to carry around in her hand bag.

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ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy, £35

Give the gift of beauty sleep! Just launched, this magic cream is to be applied before bed 2 – 3 times a week to give you visibly hydrated and luminous skin – what mum doesn’t need a bit of that in her life!

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Shearer Candles, Amazon UK £7 

For a small token gift, you can’t go wrong with a special candle to sit on the mantle piece that will fill the room with a sweet aroma.
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All the best things come in small packages! Every mum would be delighted to receive a new luxury lippy and the Dior Baume collection are a personal favourite of mine.

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Pepper Alley Metallic Tote Bag, £95

This practical leather tote bag is the perfect gift for a stylish yummy mummy!

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Fulton’s Umbrella, Amazon UK £22

This stylish umbrella is the perfect accessory on the school run, just in time for the April showers!

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The White Company Scent Diffuser, £25 

For the mum that loves gifts for the home, The White Company do a huge selection of beautiful diffusers and candles. FLDDI_AW13_1_EF.jpeg

Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery, £140 

Carrie Elizabeth have a stunning collection of very special jewellery. This gold locket can be personalised with her initial and has a secret diamond on the back.

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