Product Reviews Harrogate

Mumbler Reviews – Car Shades

We love our Car Shades!  We got sent some last year, and they’ve such a difference to car travel for us.  Here are 10 things you need to know about Car Shades

  1. Made in the UK, Car Shades fit all rear windows perfectly
  2. Edge-to-edge design means no dazzling gaps
  3. Reduces light coming through a window by 72%
  4. You can still wind the rear passenger windows down whilst the Car Shades are in place
  5. Let the air in and keep the bugs out
  6. Easy to install at home
  7. 30-day money back guarantee
  8. A cost-effective alternative to window tints
  9. Winner of Mother & Baby Best Travel Accessory 2022
  10. Made for over 800 different cars

 

Plus Car Shades are offering all Mumblers an exclusive discount of 10% off with code MUMBLER10, buy your Car Shade here.

 

Car sun blinds! Essential in our car for any journey now it’s getting sunny.

*Disclaimer – we were gifted our car shades, but always promise to give an honest review!

 

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Mumbler Reviews: Christmas Crafts toucanbox

Enjoy a hand crafted Christmas with toucanBox with 50% off your first box when you subscribe!

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Make the season merry and bright by spending quality time crafting with your little ones. The toucanBox Limited Edition Christmas crafts are the perfect way to spark festive fun and help children learn through play.

Construct and decorate a glittering, glowing Gingerbread House, featuring a moving mechanism that flings the doors wide open to reveal a gingerbread friend! Then build and experiment with the Iceberg Bobbing Walrus, simply twist the handle of your blubbery creation and watch as the walrus bounces along the arctic ice! Your Christmastime toucanBox is also stashed with the Christmas edition toucanBox magazine and awesome sticker sheet.

Here’s Kate and her family’s review:

Our Toucan box arrived and I am not sure who was more excited me of my children!  I think its safe to say – we all felt like kids at Christmas!  The box is inviting & really brightly coloured so great to look out for in the post.

I’ve got three children – Louis (9), Theo (7) & Ida (4)  and I  really find it difficult to find something to do that they will all enjoy (that isn’t watching TV!).  I can happily report that we all absolutely loved working our through all the crafts!

One afternoon after school we sat down together  and set to work.  Louis picked the Walrus and was able to complete on his own following the instructions without any help whilst myself & Theo & Ida got to work on the Gingerbread house.  This was fab & the instructions were really clear – we loved building it together & adding the finishing touches.

Everything you need is included in the kit which makes arts & crafts an easy activity which is perfect for this time of year, as it’s often too dark to go out on the bikes or to the playground after school, and if you don’t want to resort to the TV!

As well as the guided practical activities there is also a book crammed full or maths, science, technology engineering & art challenges.  They were easy to follow and the children loved doing them.

I found the box was great for all of my children with something suitable for every child, and finding something that keeps them all occupied is a winner in my book!  Plus there were NO arguments – hats off to you toucanbox!  Ida has already put a toucanbox on her Christmas list!

Disclosure: Mumbler was lucky enough to receive the toucanbox for free however we pinky promised to only write a truthful account. Phew, we really enjoyed it! (otherwise that could have been awks!)

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Harrogate Mums launch Tie-Dye business: Dipididodye

We always love hearing about local mums who have launched businesses in Harrogate, particularly when the business helps us keep our kids busy. When we heard about the tie dye kits by Dipididodye, we couldn’t wait to have a try!
Dipididodye came about during lockdown when local mum Lisa Kos and her friend Geri Payne were both running out of new creative things to occupy their kids. Lisa had bought a tie dye kit but found it difficult having to find everything that she needed for her kids to create a t-shirt without spending a fortune. It occurred to Lisa & Geri that no one had thought of collating everything you need in terms of a package and so Dipididodye was born!
Dipididodye started out as DIY t-shirt kits for kids, containing everything that you need to create a fashion masterpiece, but then Lisa & Geri started getting requests to design and deliver bespoke clothing as well. As well as the traditional kits, they also offer awesome Halloween themed kits.
Here at Mumbler we were lucky enough to try out 2 of the t-shirt kits at Mumbler and we absolutely loved them. The main thing that impressed us was how the kits contain absolutely everything that you need to keep the tie-dye as mess-free as possible. They’ve really thought of everything: gloves, apron, table covering & pre-filled dye bottles (they come with the dye pre-filled as a power, you just top it up with water) You have to request a specific sized T-shirt when you order your kit (I’d recommend going up a few sizes as they are slim fitting) and a really lovely touch is the lolly included with each one.

Each kit has a clear set of instructions telling you exactly how to do the dying. Basically, you twist the shirt in whichever pattern you want, then secure it with elastic bands. When you apply the dye the elastic bands work both as a barrier and to keep some of the shirts dye free. The dye is in small, easy-to-handle bottles & you wear the gloves whilst you are doing it. It’s extremely experimental and so whilst you can follow a rough pattern design, you never quite know what you’re going to get until the big reveal!

Once you’ve applied the dye, you wrap your design in clingfilm & leave it for between 8 & 24hrs to set. (The longer you leave it, the stronger the colours will be) Once ready, it’s a case of popping the gloves back on & rinsing the bundle under cold water. You release the bands while you’re doing this (We had to cut them off as they were pretty tight) Once the water runs clear you can have a first peek at your masterpiece. My daughter Tilly was convinced that she’d made a mess of her pumpkin design because she got a small amount of black dye on the orange, but little things like that don’t matter- the finished result looks fab!

Once rinsed, you can wash your t-shirt in the machine (I wouldn’t put any other clothes in with it mind you!) Once dried it’s ready to wear. My daughters (and I) thoroughly enjoyed doing the tie dyeing, it was great fun and because Lisa & Geri have thought of everything, it’s as mess- free as you could possibly make it. The T-kits are really well priced as well, at £15 they are ideal for a gift for a birthday or Christmas. The Halloween kits are a brilliant idea, especially this year as Covid restrictions may limit our usual spooky activities.

You can follow the Dipididodye team on Instagram & Facebook Drop them a message on either account and they’ll arrange a delivery. You can also find their brilliant kits in some other fantastic local businesses:

Tiger57 on Cold Barth Road are stocking halloween kits. Mama Doreens in town are offering kids afternoon tea with kit delivered & the Lifestyle Lounge are selling their bespoke clothing.
Prices: Kids T-shirt kit £15, Kids Hoodie kit £25. For bespoke clothing prices, see image below.

Disclaimer: Dipididodye kindly gifted the 2 tie dye kits to Mumbler for the purposes of this review.


The Week Junior Magazine

Mumbler have recently partnered up with The Week Junior magazine, and we couldn’t be happier to tell you all about it. We’ve actually been buying the magazine ourselves for about 5 months & we absolutely love it. It’s an award-winning magazine, aimed at children aged 8-14 years old.

 

The Week Junior delivers news, information & current affairs to kids in a way that they understand, but without scaring (or patronising) them. It is read by over 90,000 families each week. Each edition is a round-up of what’s been going on in the world & is packed with news and events as well as nature, science, history, books, sport, technology, films, recipes, puzzles, quizzes, ideas on things to make and do and more. it’s written in a way to help kids that age engage & understand and it covers all of the main news events but also less mainstream stories, that they might not otherwise hear about.

We originally subscribed for my eldest daughter, she is 11 years old. She loves that fact that the magazine gets delivered addressed especially to her each Friday (without any plastic wrapping- she’s well-aware of environmental issues!) and she devours each issue cover to cover.

My youngest daughter isn’t a great reader (she’s dyslexic) but she loves The Week Junior as well- each week she snatches her sisters copy without fail. She has a good flick through as she finds the imagery & photography incredibly appealing. Her favourite pages are the “Photos of the Week” As a parent, I love that The Week Junior is so visually appealing that it actually encourages a dyslexic reluctant reader to pick it up & have a browse!

Rather than review The Week Junior myself, I thought I’d let my daughter Tilly (11 years) tell you about it in her own words.

“I have been getting The Week Junior for about 17 weeks now and it has been my favourite way to stay informed throughout the whole of lockdown. Even before lockdown I read the Week Junior at my school. Me & my class mates would always try & find it first because we love to read all the exciting stories going on around the world.

My favourite issue so far was probably the one about the 75th anniversary of VE day. I loved to learn about what people did to celebrate the end of the war in Europe on VE day.

I like the way that the magazine explains the stories that I heard on the news, but in a way that I understand. I also like the science bits- the magazine told us about the Space X rocket (although we didn’t manage to see it on the night!) and it tells me all about nature and what good news stories are going on such as rare birds nesting & the Big Butterfly count”

The magazine is really well read in the Mumbler house. Once the kids are in bed, I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a read as well (it was invaluable for setting ”pub quiz” current affairs for zoom quizzes during lockdown!) We are thrilled to give it our Mumbler stamp of approval & to thoroughly recommend that you give it a go.

It’s a no-brainer at the moment as The Week Junior is absolutely FREE for the first 6 issues. After this free trial, you’ll pay just £25.99 every 13 issues – saving 20% every week

-As well as this, for a limited time, you’ll also get a £5 Book Voucher to use at Scholastic as a welcome gift when you subscribe – perfect to join in their Summer of Reading challenge (minimum spend £20)

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You heard it here first – THE most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn 

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Get 20% of your first order with code: NEW ADDICTI’ve been vaguely aware of FitFlop for a while now and if I’m honest, I always associated it with a brand that put practicality over style. Which for many years, wasn’t something I was willing to admit (publicly) was of any great importance to me. After all, who needs to actually be able to feel their toes when your feet are the main topic of conversation at Sports Day…. Well, it would seem…I DO.

I think we can all agree that day to day life as a parent is hard enough without having to deal with both your screaming 2-year-old and tortured soles! So, when a friend turned up at my house for a catch up and I immediately clocked her glorious new slingbacks from a great (social) distance, I was shocked to learn they were from FitFlop.  My first foray onto the site was one of those classic ‘how have I been on here an hour already’ experiences. The full range had so much offer in terms of variety and style. With a social event on the horizon, I finally decided the strappy red espadrilles were up to the task of making this a noteworthy comeback.

 

Above: Eloise Espadrilles in Red £1

Two short sleeps later (and an emergency DIY pedicure) – they arrive. Giddy with excitement, I opened them up immediately and stomped around the house to ensure the fit was right and to test out comfort levels. I wish I could do justice to how comfortable and light-weight they actually are and how happy they make me…although I am sure the photo below gives some indication!

 

 

In my dutiful attempt to get a better understanding of the biomechanics behind the shoes before I wrote this, I read over the information about how they optimise pressure diffusion, body alignment and improve muscle activity. However, this lasted 5 minutes until I ended up back on the main site and considering my next purchase…. What do you all think – studded sliders, tortoise shell flipflops or leather ballet pumps? Remember to apply the Mumbler discount code ‘NEWADDICT’ to get your 20% off.

Above: Stud H-Bar Slides – On Sale at £40 (£32 with Mumbler discount!)

Above: IQushion Tortoiseshell Ergonomic Flip-Flops – £26 (£21 with Mumbler discount!)

 

Above: Allegro Leather Ballet Pumps in White – £80 (£64 with Mumbler discount)  Reviewed July 2020.


Disclosure: Mumbler was lucky enough to receive this for free however we pinky promised to only write a truthful account. Phew, we loved them! (otherwise that could have been awks!)


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