Fun, fun, fun!

Can you guess where is one of El’s favourite places on earth?

Could it be the library, a big bookshop or a sweet shop that’s having a half price sale?

Actually it’s all of those, but there is one more to add to the list – Lush!

Lush is an amazing shop to visit – full of delicious smells and staff who want to be your best friend, even if you’re not buying anything.

So it was a lovely jubbly day when Lush offered to send us a new product to review. And the great thing is that the new product is called Fun, and we love fun even more than we love Lush.

The Lushinators sent us 3 portions of Fun, so we passed one on to our friend and fellow blogger Mim, and you can see her review over here at Mim’s Review.

So what is this funny product? The best way to describe it is sort of like play doh crossed with soap.

You can take a chunk of it and play with it, squish it into shapes, then use it to wash yourself. And not just yourself – you can use it to wash your hair or clothes as well.

El used a little on a small stain on the leggings she was intending to wear and it worked well on the fabric with some water to remove the stain in time. It would be useful if you find muck on clothes you have set your heart on wearing and will need in 10 mins.

It comes in yummy fragrances, and once you’ve used it then you will too. If you have ever walked within 5 meters of a Lush shop you will know what we’re talking about. And so will your bathroom. Each bar of Fun costs £5 but you only need a little bit so it will last a long time.

It comes in lots of different colours including blue, green and the red and yellow you can see here.

It doesn’t mould as well when wet and it doesn’t lather well but El has a kind of net sponge that really helps lather up soaps so that wasn’t a problem for us.

10p from every sale goes to help children in Fukushima affected by the Japanese earthquake.

We recommend you get some FUN in your life!

 

El and Jae
Fun times!

November 27, 2012. Tags: , , . Reviews. 1 comment.

Live blogging Stephen Fry:Gadget Man

I am a MASSIVE fan of Stephen Fry and I ADORED the last episode so I have decided to live blog this new episode of Stephen Fry: Gadget Man. Wish me luck!

If you are not aware of this series, then it is basically Stephen Fry telling us about awesome gadgets. This episode promises to be particularly good as DERREN BROWN will appear at some point. It is annoying that it overlaps with the Gadget Show but that show has gone a little down hill since Suzi Perry left.

OMG IT’S STARTING!

8:32 – No it’s not, it’s late.

8:33 – Here we go, here we go!

8:33 – HE’S GOT A BEARD! An awesome beard.

8:34 – INTRO OVER!

8:35 – Hee hee, his shopping trolley was stalking him.

8:36 – I like his fork. AHHHHHHH IT’S THE STALKER TROLLEY AGAIN! And it fancies Stephen Fry. Sweet.

8:38 – He has a wine app. Might have to tell Jae about that…

8:39 – HE’S GOT A BATMOBILE!!!

8:39 – I like that little stirrer. It’s cute. OMG TOUCH SCREEN HOB!

8:41 – That sausage is in a cage…

8:42 – There’s an app for that. THERE’S AN APP THAT TELL YOU WHEN THE MEAT IS COOKED IN YOUR BBQ!!!!!!!!!

8:43 – I’m liking the gadgets of the past – CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN!

8:44 – MOMENTARY FLASH OF DERREN BROWN OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:45 – Ad break.

8:47 – Ooooo I like that vacum cleaner.

8:48 – STARTING STARTING!

8:49 – Ewwwwwwwwwwww soup!

8:50 – I like his yellow jumper. SUCCULANT STEAK!

8:50 – GADGET CHIPS! I’m all of a flutter. Oh hang on I don’t like Jo Brand. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH DERREN BROWN *starts hyperventilating*

8:52 – My life is complete. Ahhhhhh DB. HE’S EATING SOUP!

8:53 – World’s biggest wine opener. Derren Brown. Stephen Fry. My life is complete

8:54 – DB is so going to steal that thing.

8:55 – Oooooo Derren Brown is so clever.

8:56 – Why is he putting ice in a hamster ball?

8:57 – CHOCOLATE PRINTER! WOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DERREN BROWN CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:58 – I like his igloo.

9:00 – Help! It’s Lord Sugar! Oh poop it’s over.

Well I hope you enjoyed my take on this amazing show and I hope my capital letters didn’t creep you out. I’m just really exited. 😀

El
Gadget Girl

November 26, 2012. Tags: , . Stuff we love, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Gifts for…everybody, really

You may have noticed that there is a gifting season coming up. Actually, double gifting if your name is El and you have a birthday in the same week.

So perfect timing for us to be asked to try out the Gifts for the Girls website.

But we are not particularly girly girls. El is a long way from being a pinky princess and Jae gets twitchy if she’s wearing less than 3 items of black clothing. We like gadgets and practical stuff, we like toys and we don’t like useless fluffiness (unless on kittens – KITTENS RULE!).

So could Gifts for the Girls deliver to very particular girls/women like us?

Well, you can’t fault them on choice. There are over 3,000 gifts on the site, including lots of things under £10, so you could get a big chunk of your Christmas shopping done at once.

We were invited to choose two gifts up to the value of £40 and after a lot of chin scratching and clickety clicking this is what we went for:

Rotary Motorised Coin Sorter (RRP £24.99)

This is the Rolls Royce of money boxes. You put your change in the top and it automatically sorts it out for you. The tubes of coins swing out like arms so you can extract your sorted loot. It’s very simple but totally hypnotic. Jae has a change box where she saves up pennies for Christmas, and this sorted them out in seconds.

We loved this item, (there was somthing highly amusing about it – Jae was giggling like a 5 year old) but it wasn’t perfect – the coins got stuck a few times and we had to lever off the top to get it going again. It wasn’t entirely accurate (why is that 1p in the 20p tube? Why?! If that was true I would be 19p RICHER!) Also batteries aren’t included, so you’ll have to supply two C sized batteries. And occasionally coins have disappeared in there that didn’t resurface till the next time we used it.

So not a 100% success although we did like it a lot and would be pleased to receive this as a gift (if we didn’t already have one).

We also ordered the Make Your Own Lip Balm kit. (RRP £14.99)

This is something which you could either give as a gift in itself, or use it to make 4 further gifts. It contains (almost) all you need to make 4 lip balms – all you have to add is a little sunflower oil. There are also gift bags and ribbon to make your lip balms look good.

The instructions are very clear and easy to follow – it’s basically a process of melting the ingredients together. It needs adult supervision and has the potential to be messy but really it’s quite simple and fun to do.

El ADORED this, it was fun to make and the lip balms were extremely moisturising (MOIST! What a pleasing word!) and smelt of orange but not too strongly. It made a great gift and there is something oddly satisfying about using lip balm you have made yourself.

We know that girls aged around 12 can be hard to buy for, but we think either of these would be a good choice for the tweenager in your life.

The Details
Gifts for the Girls
has over 3,000 gifts. We found the site easy to navigate – we didn’t have to wait ages for pages to load. Yes there is a fair amount of pink stuff, but to be fair a lot of girls like that stuff and you might have to buy a present for them. Plus there is also a good selection gadgets, geeky stuff and a talking toilet roll holder. (Who DOESN’T need one of those? You can record your own message. Imagine the comedy possibilities?!)

The site says they’ve been trading for over 23 years and have over 1 million satisfied customers. Delivery costs from £4.99 (overseas delivery is more) and orders in most cases arrive within 5 days.

 

What gifts are you buying for the girls in your life this Christmas? Leave a comment, we won’t tell.

 

El and Jae
Thank you very much

November 26, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Reviews. Leave a comment.

Stir it up, it’s Christmas cake time

Today is known as Stir Up Sunday, a time when people traditionally make their Christmas pudding. Have you been making a Christmas Pudding? We have been making a Christmas cake.

This is part of Jae’s secret plan to offload stuff like this on to El. One day Jae’s hands will turn into claws because of too much typing, so she needs to have a spare pair of hands all trained up and ready.

In our house the Christmas cake making is a bit more involved because we make two cakes so that we can give the extra one away.

We never know exactly who to give the extra cake to, but somebody who deserves it always pops up. Last year we cut the extra cake into four and gave away 4 mini cakes. Turns out there were a lot of good people around last year.

So who will get the extra cake this year? Whoever it is, it’s OK if they have a nut allergy cos we forgot to put the almonds in!

And if you’ve never made a Christmas cake, it’s very very easy – we use Mary Berry’s recipe and it always works.

El and Eye don’t really like Christmas cake because it is tastes of fruit and alcohol, (though this is exactly why Jae and Eldad like it). The icing is nice though.

 

El and Jae
Don’t mention the almonds

November 25, 2012. Tags: , , . Stuff we love. Leave a comment.

Things that make you go LOL

Here are three videos we like to put a smile on your face:

This is a wintery one showing ducks getting blown away in the wind – very sweet and funny:

Doesn’t it just make you go AWWWWW!!!!!!!!

This one is adorable!:

Our favourite moment is when they look at each other and go ‘LETS ROCK!’

And this one is very muppety:

Mmmmmmm….. Buried in da pope-de-corn!

What’s your favourite funny video? Leave us a link! We like to laff!

El and Jae
Lol-ing all the way home.

November 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Funnies. 2 comments.

Call that a treat?! A chocolate flavoured rant

Have you ever seen those bars of chocolate commonly known as treat sized? Their one defining characteristic is that they are very small.

Now, I ask you, what kind of a treat is that? A tiny bar of chocolate!

If it was a real treat it would be

MASSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Look at these two chocolate bars which El is holding. Which one of them looks like a treat to you?

And yet it is the teeny weeny one that is marketed as treat size. They should call it disappointing size.

Disappointing chocolate bars. (Though still better than none at all!)

You read it here first.

Perhaps good for the chocolate craving dieters but these bars tend to be marketed for children who would perhaps prefer a little more.

Do you think it will catch on?

El and Jae
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

November 14, 2012. Rants. Leave a comment.

Horrible Histories – now it’s a comic

We LOVE Horrible Histories in our house – the books, the TV show and even the stage show. So when we heard it was going to be made into a comic we were super excited. Even more so when Jae said she would buy it.

But could we find it in a shop to buy? Horribly, no.

The first issue came out just before half term and we looked EVERYWHERE for it. Well OK not quite everywhere but definitely lots of shops in Brighton, Norfolk, Wales and any service stations in between.

But it was nowhere to be found – perhaps all the Horrible Histories fans had got there first.

So we were superextracallifragically chuffed when the PR for the Horrible Histories comic got in touch and offered to send us a copy20121112-185918.jpg to review.

So assuming you can get your hands on a copy, what can you expect from the Horrible Histories comic?

First of all there is a suitably horrible gift with every copy – we had a yucky rat that made Jae squeal.

It was filled to the brim with facts (did you know that in 1535 Henry VIII hung drawn and quatered three monks?), pictures (drawn by the amazing Martin Brown), quizzes (according to Which Mean Queen Are You? El is Queen Elizabeth I and Jae is Queen Victoria) and even song lyrics (Born to ruuule over yooooou….)!

We all completely love it and would definitely recommend it to any Horrible Histories fan.

Horrible Histories Magazine is out every 4 weeks priced £2.99. Each issue contains a free horrible gift and loads of horrible stickers.

El and Jae
Hearting the Horrible

November 12, 2012. Tags: , , , . Reviews. 1 comment.

Extreme Reading: A half term special

Ah, the half term. A chance to go out, enjoy yourself and get up a bit later than usual. So what does El do?

What she always does! She reads. That’s the best thing about half term really – more reading time.

The Rule of El: Never leave the house without a minimum of 5 books

What will happen if you leave the house with less than 5 books? We don’t know, we’ve never tried.

And now here are some tips from El to help you enjoy your book fully.

When reading a book set in the past why not travel back in time and really get a feel of the era.

If you wish to focus upon your book more then read it next to a beautiful castle and carefully ignore it.

And of course if you go to see a show, always take a book in case the show is boring

 

And remember – never let a day out get in the way of having a good read.

El & Jae
Book, book, book, book, book

November 8, 2012. Tags: , , . Random wisdoms, Stuff we love. 2 comments.

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