Thursday, 27 July 2017

cocobelle baby coconut oil review

Is it just me or do everyone's bathroom cabinets seem to spill their contents every time you open them? Recently it has become a real problem and hubby has complained that he has no room for the three things he wants in the cabinet.


With lotions for this and creams for that it can get hard to manage all the different products and that's just the kids. I am a sucker I think for packaging and product claims. But I think times are changing in the Cartwright's cabinet.


We were asked to review cocobelle baby organic coconut oil. My boys have inherited my dry skin and were eczema prone when they were babies. So I always look for products that will moisturise their skin but not irritate it. This coconut oil is perfect. A little goes a long way and it's quick to soak in. Which is great for kids as the boys hate a bit fuss and don't like anything that leaves them greasy. So it was a winner for them

I know it's meant to be for the kids but it might just of migrated to my bathroom cabinet recently. I love the smell of coconut and it is great for sorting out my dry mum knees. (anyone else get them?) Plus it's working it's way at softening my feet and taming my summer frizz. (It's the humidity)



So I can massively reduce the number of products I need in my cabinet as this does so many jobs for both me and the boys. There might even be room for hubby to have more than one bottle of aftershave!

We were sent the cocobelle baby organic coconut oil in exchange for our honest review. You can read more in my advertising and disclosure policy.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Gluten Free Coconut and Apple Traybake Recipe

Collaborative post with Indigo Herbs*

I love coconut! Having only discovered it recently, I have loved learning to bake with coconut flour. It has so many of the great qualities of baking with wheat flour minus the gluten. It is super absorbent so you use about a third of what you would in a cake using wheat flour. It's also important to add a little more egg than you would do normally.




























I've ramped up the coconut in this beautiful traybake by using coconut flour, oil and coconut sugar. So if you're not keen on coconut it might not be the traybake for you.



85g coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2egg, beaten
175 ml milk
4 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp maple syrup
2 eating apples, chopped

For the icing
1tbsp water
1tsp arrowroot

Method

Preheat oven to 180c gas mark 4
Line a baking tray.
Melt the coconut oil over a low heat in a saucepan.
Put the coconut flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
In a jug mix together the egg, milk, coconut oil and maple syrup.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and stir in the liquid, mix until just combined.
Stir in the chopped apple.
Spoon into the tray and level.



Bake for 20 minutes.
Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool.





Make the icing by whizzing the coconut sugar and arrowroot into a powder in the food processor.
Mixing the maple syrup, water and coconut sugar powder.



Drizzle over the tray bake and allow to set before cutting.



I was sent the ingredients to make this Gluten Free Coconut and Apple Traybake by Indigo Herbs in exchange for my recipe post. You can read more in my advertising and disclosure policy.

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Indigo Herbs have also kindly offered to run a giveaway. Offering my readers a chance to win one of three jars of their fabulous Coconut oil.

You can enter multiple times using the entry options shown.  The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter and contacted by Indigo Herbs to send them the prize. Full terms and conditions can be found in the widget.

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One Jar of Indigo Herbs coconut oil–  no monetary exchange available 

Contest is open until Midnight Wednesday 9th August


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Craft with Cartwright cannot be held responsible for lost prizes


All winner decisions are final – the winner has 48 hours to claim or a new winner will be drawn


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Creative corner interviews - Maisy Plum

Last week I explained that over the past few years I've been blogging and running my etsy shop I have come to know and admire other creatives. The great thing about social media is it give the opportunity to showcase your work to so many people. I have loved being a part of Facebook groups and twitter chats that champion the hard working creative minds all around.




So I am continuing to showcase so of my favourite makers and designers I have had the pleasure of tweeting, liking and sharing over the years. This is the second of my series of creative corner interviews.

1.       Introduce yourself.

Hello! My name is Jo and I am a mum of 3 teenagers and two dogs, living in rural East Sussex. Life is a little chaotic, but most of my time is spent creating enamel jewellery and gifts using copper and sterling sliver which I then sell online through my website.
www.maisyplum.co.uk


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2.       Tell us a bit about your business.
I started my little biz up about 3 years ago with the aim to bring a little bit of colour into peoples lives! I am drawn to vitreous enamel as it is such an old art form dating back to 1300BC!! .I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate it into my work and create wearable jewellery with a pop of colour!

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3.       What made you start your own business?

After raising my 3 children, I wanted something that would work around a very busy homelife as well as my avid gym obsession!

4.       Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

I am completely self taught, having read a lot of books and watching online videos. I am also a member in a lot of forums where the help from other enamellers is second to none.

5.       Explain your creative process.

Once a design is decided upon, the item is cleaned thoroughly before being layered with enamel and fired by torch or by kiln at extremely high temperatures. This fuses the powdered glass to the metal. Depending on the metal in use, determines how the enamel reacts and results in a beautiful coloured product.


6.       Describe your typical day.

I normally start off in the gym otherwise I cannot seem to concentrate! Then I walk my 2 dogs. Once those tasks are complete I will attend to any emails and deal with orders. Schedule a few social media posts and then start making whatever the orders for the day are! It gets very hot in my workroom! I also spend a lot of my evenings networking!

7.       What’s your biggest seller?

This is a tough one to answer as it changes from month to month but I would say at the moment it is my ring bowls. They are made in an assortment of designs and colours and are a great gift for weddings, new homes and men, who are notoriously difficult to buy for!
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Ring bowls use coupon code JUST4YOU to get 12% of all orders.

8.       What have been the high and low points of running your own business?
The highs are definitely when I receive a really lovely review from a customer - this is when it makes it really worthwhile as you realise that your own products have made an impact. The lows - definitely trying to keep on top of it all as I do everything so there are never enough hours in the day!

9.       What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?

Stay positive and plan if you can - that is something I find difficult to do with a busy family life but when I do it certainly helps!

10.   What are your aspirations?

I would love to supply a few of my products on a wholesale basis.

I love the beautiful colours that Jo creates in her work. I have been a big admirer of the ring bowls and I am definitely putting one on my Christmas list this year. I also love her poppies. She has a great range of work, so it's definitely worth taking a trip to her website or her Etsy page.

Many thanks to Jo for taking part. If you'd like to keep up to date with Jo's work you can follow her on twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Especially for my lucky readers Jo has also kindly created a coupon code JUST4YOU TO GET 12% OFF YOUR ORDERS!

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Can I grow better brows?

Review post for Epibrow*

A few years back I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about my eyebrows. She couldn't believe the way I wore mine. Hers were plucked to a really thin line across her head and mine well weren't. Not that I had a Frieda Carlo monobrow going on, they were shaped but considerably thicker than most peoples at the time.

How times change and suddenly it's all about the brows and now my friends are desperately trying to regrow them, colouring them in where they won't grow back.

Mine on the other hand have remained almost unchanged, apart from a little sparser in places. There has been a big surge of new products for your eyebrows and eyelashes and not surprisingly many are trying to make the claim they can help you get bigger, lusher and younger looking brows and lashes.

Can this be true?
I was happy to test out some of these claims when I was sent Epibrow Ultimate Lash and Epibrow Brow Design Serum to review.
This is what they say about them;

'nourishing formula gets to work, feeding the hair follicles and leaving you with longer, thicker, fuller, darker lashes'

'important nutrients for hair growth, to help speed up the process and give you a thicker, fuller shape'

Like I said my brows are a little sparser than they once were, my right brow always seems to get a line in it and my lashes, well who wouldn't want longer more fluttering beauties without having to wear falsies.

So here is how I got on.

Day one - here is my before pic of my brows and lashes. Never had I thought this photo would be so difficult to take. Must convince hubby to help me in future. I've kept it black and white so as to not scare you with my dubious skin tones.

The brow serum was easy to apply and went easily into my bedtime routine. You simply painted it on and them massaged it in. Again I never fail to amuse hubby with all this fussing, he's brushed his teeth in two minutes and is happily tucked in bed. I'm rubbing my eyebrows! It smelt of rosemary and hubby claimed it made him feel hungry every night.

The eyelash serum was a little trickier. You had to paint it onto the base of your lashes at night. My hand is a little wobbly, this is why I don't do liquid eye liner and one night I got in in my eye. Not recommended. Stung like hell. Also having something wet on my lashes kept making me want to rub them. Try and avoid doing this.

So I've been doing this for nearly four weeks now and this is the result.



As you can see, there really hasn't been any change. I was a little surprised when I compared the photos as I had convince myself that my brows if not my lashes had become thicker. For the photos I have deliberately worn no makeup and tried to photograph using the same lighting conditions, no filters apart from setting it to black and white and you can see they are almost identical.


















So could I grow better brows and lashes? It would seem not. I'll have to stick to mascara and occasionally colouring in my brows.

I was sent the Epibrow Ultimate Lash and Epibrow Brow Design Serum in exchange for my honest review. You can find out more by reading my advertising and disclosure policy.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Superwings world airport playset giveaway

We are happy to be working with Alpha Animation this summer to host a giveaway based on its animated preschool series Super Wings. Super Wings is a popular action packed pre-school animation series which launched on Cartoonito in February.


The storyline aimed at children 3-5 years, encourages pre-schoolers to develop problem solving skills and introduces them to different parts of the world.

'The series revolves around an adorable jet plane named Jett who travels the world experiencing different cultures while delivering packages to children. With every delivery, Jett encounters a new problem that he and his friends, the Super Wings, must work together to solve. Jett and the Super Wings have the unique ability to transform from planes into amazing heroes who can run, climb, lift, dig and even dive deep under the sea.'

What we liked about the Super Wings series is their core messages

Friendship:  friends to help them through their every day problems.

Education:  develop creative problem solving skills and teaches them perseverance.

High-Energy Action: Each episode is filled with high-energy action whilst delivering a positive “non-violent” storytelling experience.

So for your chance to win the Super Wings world airport playset simply use the rafflecopter widget to enter. Good luck.

You can enter multiple times using the entry options shown.  The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter and contacted by MI PR Global to send them the prize. Full terms and conditions can be found in the widget.

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One superwings world airport playset –  no monetary exchange available 
Contest is open until Midnight Friday 1st September


Distribution of  prizes is the responsibility of MI PR Global


Craft with Cartwright cannot be held responsible for lost prizes


This post was written in collaboration with MI PR Global – all opinions are my own
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Sensse hot and cool facial bar review

Review post for Sensse Hot and Cool Facial bar*

As you may already know, I love a gadget and have become much more interested in my skincare regime now I'm in my thirties. Pillow creases seem to take longer to leave my face in the morning and often people comment on how tired I look, even when I'm not tired! (I hate that, please stop saying it!)

Could the Sensse Hot and Cold facial bar be the answer to ridding me of these problems?

I have really enjoyed adding the Sensse Silicone facial brush to my beauty routine, so I was happy that I was asked to review this new piece of beauty tech.
Like the brush it came beautifully packaged and I know for some this is enough to hook them right in.

With the pearlescent handle and rose gold top is certainly looks the business and if you like having your beauty products on display this would make a beautiful accessory. I on the other hand can't stand having anything out on the sides, so mine is safely stored in the cabinet.

What I hoped it would do.

After reading the blurb and the instructions I was hopeful that it might be able to combat the big frown crease I have between my eyebrows (see photo) and help with what I like to call my sleepy pirate crease. I always sleep on one side with my face mushed up it would seem and the crease can last till the afternoon! Added bonus would be get rid of eye bags.

What it did do.

It uses four different modes. Hot, hot with vibrations, cool and cool with vibrations.
I found the hot mode too warm for my skin, I don't know if my face is over sensitive but it wasn't as relaxing as I'd hoped. The hot with vibration mode was the same but with what felt like someone's mobile phone ringing on my forehead.
Cool mode wasn't great either and gave me a headache. Likewise cool mode with vibrations = headache + phone buzzing.

My conclusion.

Beautiful packaging, glamourous gadget but the experience of using the Sensse hot and cool facial bar wasn't a great one for me and did nothing to shift the frown lines or eye bags. Not one for me I'm afraid.

I was sent the Sensse hot and cool facial bar in exchange for my honest review. You can find out more in my advertising and disclosure policy.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Underwear solution for tricky outfits?

Review post for hunkemoller*

When I was in my twenties before I had kids I had great boobs. They were perky and cheeky and would stay in place with no help at all. I would happily wear a backless, or strapless, or split up the front outfit with no worry about a support system.




























These days, I am in my thirties, having had two children whom I breastfed for 18 months a piece. So although my body has returned to somewhat a resemblance of my post baby body. It has changed and there is no denying that.















But my choice of clothes hasn't. I would still happily pick out a backless or strapless dress. I just need great underwear to make it happen.













Sometimes you find an outfit that no matter how you configure your straps your still going to see your bra. This is one of my pet peeves. I can't stand seeing my or other peoples bra straps. Choose a bra that suits the outfits needs. (please!)

So could this bra from hunkemoller be a game changer for me? I have worn strapless bras but never a backless and strapless bra.

I was game for putting it up to the test. Would this piece of engineering be able to keep my boobies in place all night long?















I tried the bra with a black satin dress that I've had for donkeys but hardly ever wear. I like the high neckline, slashed front and exposed back. It looks sexy but is revealing in a different way.
The back sits to low to wear a traditional strapless or halter neck bra.
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Initially the bra fitted great and gave the right amount of support, unfortunately after a while of wearing it the one side kept unsticking. So I had to keep readjusting it. Not sure if I have less stickability (not sure this is a word) on my one side.




























It's not really what you want on a night out. Perhaps if I had chosen a tighter fit top it might of held better. For me I think if I wore this out for the night, I would have given up on it before the night was over and let my thirty something boobies go free!

I was sent this bra in exchange for my honest review. You can find out more on my advertising and disclosure policy.

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Seven inspirational uses for Vintage Apple crates

Post in collaboration with Vintage Apple Crates*

You may or may not know that I am a lover of all things vintage. Our house is decorated with a wide range of furniture from many time periods and I think that my body shape suits a more vintage look. Which is why it may come as no surprise that my newest business is vintage related. The great thing about vintage is you can mix it up with what you already have and I thought I would share seven great ideas for how to use Vintage Apple Crates in your home and garden.


In need of storage in your garden?

Show off what could be seen as everyday, make a mini display cabinet or your garden tools and favourite potted plants. I love having mint at this height as it's great to brush past and smell.



Plant up your apples crates.

For a more permanent feature, line the crate with breathable membrane and plant up. For seasonal colour, hide ugly plastic plant pots inside the crate and swap as the seasons and flowers change.


Store those shoes.

Tidy away your shoes and boots or show off your favourite pairs. I think this would also look great at a wedding wear you could have a flip flop swap for tired feet in heels.


Make a snuggle box.

It may be summer but it will soon be Autumn. Make a snuggle box at the end of your sofa to stash all your favourite cosy blankets and cushions. Everything you need is in hand when you feel the need to cosy up.



Stack them up!

Run out of space for your plant pots? Windowsill to small? How about stacking up crates and using them for your house plants. Make sure to secure to the wall with brackets if you have littles ones though. Mine were always climbing!


Creative play spaces for kids.

My kids loved this little set up I made in the playroom. Initially I just thought of it for book storage, but they love it for small world play. Setting up little dioramas. I could see these been endlessly played with my boys creative minds.

A chuck box.

Every kids room needs a chuck box. I've softened this one for their bedroom by lining it with a fleece blanket. A chuck box is great for a quick tidy. Especially if you have an ever growing mountain of cuddly toys. I swear they are breeding. Make a game of it and get the kids to clean the floor in their room by chucking everything into the box.

I hoped you liked my inspirational uses of apple crates. Have you got any great suggestions? I'd love to know.

See more inspiring ideas on the Vintage Apple Crates blog.

You can also check out my Pinterest board for further ideas.

Many thanks to Vintage Apple Crates for sending me these in exchange for my post. You can read more in my advertising and disclosure policy.

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