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Jaques London learning made fun via play

Toys are always a must for children, as they do not just keep them entertained but toys are also a great way for kick starting them learning. Jaques London provide a great range of Montessori games and toys ideal for children from 2 year olds and up.

The beauty about Jaques London games and toys though are that not only do they sell a great range of fun and Montessori products most of their products are made using wood which to me is very nostalgic and certainly more special than plastic. Not only that wood is much better for the environment than plastic.

Did you know that wooden toys were first introduced back in the 1700s by a toymaker in Germany. At that time, wooden toys were often handmade for very special occasions, but it soon started to become popular across Europe in which then dolls and animals were started to be handmade from wood.

Montessori products are great for providing education for young children helping them develop natural interests and activities rather than use formal teaching methods. Montessori toys was developed by physician Maria Montessori. Maria was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education, and her writing on scientific pedagogy.

I was kindly gifted a few of their products for my nephew who is only 2 and a half and he absolutely loved them. He was not even interested in the box after unwrapping unlike most kids, he just wanted to play with the items.

Jaques London

Jaques London have been going for 8 generations producing toy and games to families since 1795 which was founded by Thomas Jaques, whom was a farmer’s son of a French Huguenot descent.

He was a manufacturer in ivory, hardwoods, bone and Tunbridge Ware.

When John Jaques, his great grandson took over the company it started to gain a great reputation for games and this is how Jaques London begun.

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Yankee Candle Countdown to Christmas collection

Christmas is coming, so that means it is time to start to purchase some Christmas scented candles to make my rooms smell more Christmassy.

There are many scented candles out on the market but my personal favourite brand is Yankee Candle. They sell a great selection and all the candles are made using high premium grade paraffin wax, premium scents and comes within a glass apothecary jar with a glass dome lid making them extra study and save, when lit and not lit.

The other week I was invited down by Bloggers Required to a press pop up event entitled Countdown to Christmas in which showcased Yankee Candles Christmas candles and much more. There was so many Christmassy candles to choose from. Plus they even had an advent calendar in which contained different candles in which you can burn each day to bring beautiful aroma into your home.

Yankee Candle

Yankee Candle was founded back late in 1969 by Mike Kittredge, Donald Maclver and Susan Obremski high school students.

It all started when Mike Kittredge of Massachusetts, USA made a homemade candle. He made a candle as he was seeking a Christmas gift for his mum and wanted to gift her something unique and personal, so he decided to make a candle for her. He used everyday materials from the kitchen from household wax, a red crayon, string and a milk carton, and made his first candle.

A neighbour saw the candle in which he had made and offered to buy it, leaving him enough money to buy more materials to create more candles and that is how the Yankee Candle journey begun.

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Hiver drink their beer save honey bees

Everyone knows that without bees we’d all be in a very difficult place environmentally, and that is one of the reason Hiver has made it their cause from the beginning to help British beekeepers by sponsoring and using their honey within their beer.

For instance if you look at any plate of food we eat, bees have most likely played a big part in either pollinating the many vegetables and fruits we eat directly or pollinating the food for the animals that we then consume. Plus that’s not all bees do for us, as honey and wax are two other important products that come courtesy of bees.

As a lover of bees, honey and beer Hiver is the perfect beer to have. Plus the beauty about Hiver is that all their beer uses honey which they source from three select Bee Keeping farms here within the British Isles.

Thanks to Hiver I was invited down on a press related invite to learn more about their beers as well as bees.

Hiver Urban Experience in Kennington

Discovering about bees and Hiver beer.

Bee Urban

Since 2015 Bee Urban has been looking after honey bees, growing herbs, fruit and vegetables. Their site is in Kennington Park, The Hive is situated behind the cafe and in front of St Agnes church in Kennington Park.

Bee Urban honey bees are a social enterprise that aims to work with communities to improve the environment for the benefit of us all. They focus on responsible urban beekeeping, horticulture and community growing.

The pond and garden area is a space to come and learn about beekeeping, organic gardening and sustainable living, whilst providing nectar and forage for the bees in our apiary. Their cob oven is regularly used for their home made pizza sessions.

Within the workshop educational classes take place from beekeeping demonstrations, gardening and training sessions. Plus there is a small shop within where you can purchase candle-making equipment, honey and so much more.

Hiver

Since 2013 Hiver has been brewing their honey beer with their first beer being their flagship natural blonde beer.

Hiver was born out of an admiration for London’s urban beekeepers and a passion for craft beer. Hannah Rhodes, was the one who was inspired to create a quality beer using honey, following the discovery of the vast array of honey produced in London. The number of bee hives in London has soared in recent years following news that global bee numbers were in rapid decline. Unpasteurised, more textured and flavourful honey is used in the brewing process, contributing to the taste and body of the beer. Since brewing Hiver has gone from strength to strength with listings at Ocado, Marks & Spencers, and a number of independent merchants and pubs.

All of Hiver beers use raw honey which is sourced from independent British beekeepers, in whom they sponsor and run fun experiences at as also helping spread the knowledge about the role of bees and bee keepers are equally as important to them. They also believe that supporting the beekeepers they work with is one of the best ways to support British bees and helps give us all the best insight in how we should help support bee populations by planting for bees. With every web order at Hiver you will receive a free seasonal flower pack of seeds too, to plant and help bees. Plus working towards B-Corp accreditation they pledge to donate 10% of profits to pollinator and green spacing projects.

Hiver uses honey as an integral part of their brewing process, helping to deliver crisp, light tasting beer with a subtle honey aroma and flavour. Hiver never pasteurise their beer either, which means you will always get the freshest, most natural beer in your glass.

Hiver also has gone the extra mile working with local suppliers, from the people that kiln their glass, produce their labels and stamp their business card keeping to a low carbon footprint.

No wonder Hiver has won a number of awards from Britain’s Next Top Supplier to being the only British medal winner at the World Beer Challenge (with two gold medals) in 2018, a recent European Beer Star Gold and an industry award for Corporate Social Responsibility gets Hiver into the Best of British Beers.

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Peter Bowen Art pimp up your table & home

If you are looking to pimp up your table or home then I highly recommend checking out Peter Bowen, who sells a range of beautiful ceramics and prints. I was kindly gifted a sugar bowl courtesy of Peter Bowen to show me that having a sugar bowl on your table for breakfast or afternoon tea really can lift your spirits and make your dining experience at home feel that extra special.

Did you know that there are 56 different sugars out there? such as brown sugar to cane sugar. Do you know where sugars come from? Sugars are found in most plants. Also honey and fruit where an abundant natural source of unbounded simple sugars are.

Most of us crave sugars for sweetness which brings the phrase ‘sweet tooth’. Sugar is used in many ways be it within a cake, to make cookies but more commonly for our tea or coffee. With most of us always adding a spoonful of sugar to our hot beverage it might surprise you to learn that us average Brits consumes about 24 kilograms of sugar each year.

Make your sugar intake a royal one though and store within one of Peter Bowen beautiful ceramic pots which also comes with a pretty good leafy spoon. Be it for your cereal, pancakes or hot beverage you will feel like royalty.

Peter Bowen Art

Peter Bowen who is based in Somerset has been making ceramics for over 40 years. He produces clocks, butter dishes, cream jugs and sugar bowls in a range of unique glazes and colours which are all made from white earthenware clay. As well as art painting in watercolour.

His unique style of art and ceramics have earned him an international reputation with much of his work in private collections around the world.

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DJs Cocktail Infusers and D1 Potato Vodka makes cocktails a cinch

Lover of cocktails but find it difficult to recreate any at home? Then fear no more as you can easily make your own with just a drop of a bag of botanicals within some vodka and within 3 minutes you’ll have a cocktail in hand thanks to DJ’s handy Cocktail Infuser Gift Box. DJ’s kits come with bags packed with botanicals which are all blended in England, with nothing artificial added. The infusers are also 100% biodegradable.

I was gifted a bottle of Vodka and a box of DJ’s Cocktail Infusers to show me that cocktail making can be that much easier. No need for many bottles of spirits anymore to create my favourite cocktail, just simply a bag of DJ’s botanicals, D1 potato vodka, maybe some soda water and ice.

D.J. Limbrey Distilling Co.

D.J. Limbrey Distilling Co. is founded by Dominic Limbrey, who has a passion for premium spirits with a background in design and production for international markets.

D1 Potato Vodka

D.J. Limbrey Distilling Co. was founded by Dominic Limbrey, who has a passion for premium spirits with a background in design and production for international markets.

They produce luxury British craft Gin and Potato Vodka using redefine super-premium spirits in a dramatically different way, which enables distinct taste and individual style.

  • D1 London Gin is a multi-award winning smooth and versatile gin which includes a daring kick of nettles that balances fruit flavours and aromas.
  • D1 Potato Vodka is made from using the finest potatoes resulting in a creamy smoothness. Delectable over ice and matchless in a martini, D1 sets a new benchmark for luxury vodka.

Plus each bottle also is elegantly styled by artist Jacky Tsai who is acclaimed for his fusion of Eastern craft and Western pop art. His iconic ‘Floral Skull’ was first made famous by Alexander McQueen and is extended by Jacky through his giant leather skull, screen prints and now on the clear canvas of D1 London Gin. Jacky’s ‘Stained Glass Skull’ can be seen on the D1 Potato Vodka bottle.

DJ’s Cold Infusion Pockets

DJ’s Cold Infusion Pockets makes cocktail making that much easier.

DJ’s Cold Infusion Pockets focus on high integrity botanical and fruit blends for infusing into both spirits and non-alcoholic mixers. Their infuser kits come with bags of botanical to create a perfect classic cocktail. Each flavour has been hand-blended in England and includes entirely natural botanical and fruit ingredients.

  • Hand blended
  • Biodegradable
  • Sugar free
  • Natural ingredients (no colouring or preservatives)
  • Vegan friendly

Simply choose from one of DJ’s six infusion blends (Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Peach Mojito, Sangria, Strawberry Daiquiri or Long Island Iced Tea), drop the bag of botanicals within some vodka, stir, wait, add tonic or soda and top with ice. Alternatively make a virgin cocktail and use lemonade or fizzy water instead of vodka.

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Chocface relive and eat your memories

For all us chocolate lovers who loves receiving a box of chocolates will love Chocface. Chocface is a chocolate box like no other as memories can be printed upon the Belgian chocolate slabs, literally as “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”. You can personalise your box be it for yourself or as a gift with several of your most loved or funny memories be it your wedding day or past holiday memories. No matter what you decide there will be no other chocolate box in the world like it making it a very unique box of memories and sweetness.

I was kindly gifted the opportunity to create my own personalised chocolate box of memories courtesy of Chocface. I chose to make a box to relive my most precious memories from my wedding day.

Chocface

Chocface unique boxes are made from a small family run bakery within Derbyshire. The artwork and technical spin comes from a team based within the Orkney islands.

Chocoface chocolates come:

  • packaged within a red DVD sized box with a gold Chocface stamp
  • a personalised custom name slip
  • six slabs of chocolate made from milk and white Belgian chocolate each which can be personalised with your photos which are printed on using edible coloured ink

Chocface is like an edible scrapbooking gift. Personalise your chocolate page full of memories. Lick your own face, eat your friends, whatever you decide you can relive those happy memories and have some fun eating them in anyway you desire.

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