I recently came across a toy/gadget website that supplies things for children of all ages, you can select from lots of different categories or select by the age of the recipient.
I ordered a few bits, as gifts and also for myself and was really impressed at how easy the website is to navigate and also at how quickly the order arrived.
Wicked Uncle is more than just a toy shop. We’re a present finding service. Whether you know the recipient really well, or they are just a random child from your kid’s class at school, the many ways you can search our site means that the perfect gift is just a few clicks away. We personally test out every product before we stock it; we build the kits, play the games, bake the rainbow cakes, blow the giant bubbles, and test drive the remote-control spiders! We pride ourselves on our collection of fun, interesting and unusual toys, books and games; a lot of our stock you just won’t find elsewhere.

You can choose from our great selection of colourful gift wrap, and even select a card design to be handwritten by the Wicked Uncle Elves for that personal touch. Even more cleverly, if you add the occasion to your reminders, we can send you a birthday reminder each year with a selection of age-appropriate gifts to choose from, so you need never miss a birthday again.” – www.wickeduncle.co.uk


The things I ordered were:

Hopping Chocolate Frogs – with Popping Candy – £4.95

These would be great for kids or adults, I personally love chocolate with popping candy! This would be a great gift for any chocolate lover.

Shamballa FIRE Jewellery – Make & Design – £10.95

This set was chosen as a gift. I know these bracelets are very popular and can be quite expensive to buy, so this set worked out really cheap as you can make 5 different products with it! I love the idea of being able to create your own jewellery. This would be suitable for both older children and adults.

Harmonica Set – £10.95

This I chose for my husband. He doesn’t play any instruments but for some reason wanted to learn the harmonica! He is really please with it and it is really good quality at a great price.

Think Outside the Box – Solve The Puzzle! – £5.95

This is actually a gift I chose to give to my grandad for his birthday. Even though it is meant for children I know he will really appreciate it as he loves games a puzzles. I think it is a great price and I think that Wicked Uncle really do cater for everyone, at any age.

Strawberry Cheesecake Popcorn – £3.95

Another item I just had to try! This tastes amazing and I had never heard of this flavour before. It is one of those “novelty flavours” that you can’t usually buy in the supermarket. this would be great for any popcorn lover.

They really do have a wide variety of products for anyone at any age so do check them out 🙂

It is a great idea that they can send you reminders for peoples birthdays and also send you appropriate gift suggestions.

Sarah x

Yes, you read correctly, office MOT. Your car has an MOT so why not adopt the same concept for your body?
You really need to think of ways to keep your mind and body healthy if you are sat down in front of a screen for the majority of the day. It could be as simple as getting up to have a drink at certain intervals during the day or making sure you stand up at least once an hour.
Furniture at work have put together a really great asset that you can find more about here. It is aimed at people that work full time in an office. I work full time and then most evenings I sit at my computer at home too so I really do try to walk about as much as I can.
They make a really great point that the colour of your surroundings can make a difference. Have you noticed how a lot of social media platforms use blue? Blue is apparently recognised as a safe and social colour. I like to think that pink makes me more motivated.
You may not be able to adapt the colour of your surroundings to how you like but many ways I have incorporated my favourite colours into my line of sight at work is by changing my background and taskbar, using colourful post-it notes and highlighters.
It is interesting to hear that 50% of people can’t find time to exercise when working full time. I myself like to try and exercise most evenings when I get in but there are small steps you can take throughout the day. You can stand up regularly to get yourself a drink, you can walk over to someone else in the office to talk to them instead of sending an email or you can go on a walk during your lunch break.
It can be easy to fall into a trap with eating bad snacks during the day, especially if you have a food van that comes round like we do. The warm sausage roll sounds a lot more tempting than the apple on my desk… It is important to try and eat as healthy as you can and if you are like me and you like to snack then pick up some healthy snack bars to keep in your drawer.
A lot of the tips mentioned can relate to other jobs, whether you you do physical work or work in retail, it is important to eat well, drink plenty of water and take breaks.
We really do take our bodies for granted and it is important to respect them and take care of them as after all, we want them to last as long as they can…
Sarah x

For a lot of people, no family is complete without a dog. A furry friend to keep you all company is often the final piece of the puzzle for a lot of families. It often doesn’t matter whether they’re big, small, young, old, or anywhere in between, dogs can bring huge amounts of joy and love into your life. However, that doesn’t mean that owning a dog is always going to be easy. The truth is that dog ownership can come with a lot of challenges that you have to ready for, if you’re not it can end up causing a lot of problems for you and your family. With that in mind, here are some things that you should never forget when bringing a furry friend into the house.

Your kids

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Kids and dogs go together like nothing else in the world. They make perfect playmates and best friends that will be joined at the hip from day one. However, it’s important to remember that, as cute and loveable as your pooch might be, they are still an animal, and they don’t necessarily understand how fragile little ones can be. If your dog starts to play a little rough, it won’t mean to, but it could end up hurting your child if you haven’t trained it properly. Similarly, really young children often don’t know how to act around dogs and can end up making their lives incredibly stressful by pulling on their fur, trying to ride them, and just generally acting like little kids. You need to make sure that your kids are old enough to fully understand the responsibilities involved in owning a dog and how to properly interact with them so that everyone is as happy and comfortable as possible.

Unwelcome visitors

It’s not something that a lot of people want to think about, but when you bring a dog into the house, there’s a chance that you’re bringing in some pretty unwelcome hitchhikers too. Whether it’s fleas, ticks, or any other creepy crawlies, the idea of your home accidentally becoming infested can be enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. You need to make sure that you’re checking your dog’s fur for pests as regularly as possible and, if you find any, dealing with the problem right away. There are plenty of products like Pet-Lock that can get rid of any nasty visitors very quickly and you can find more info here about them, but you also need to spray around your house to deal with any who may have ended up in your carpets. If things get really bad, then it’s a good idea to take your pooch to the vet and get something a little stronger for them.


Dogs need exercise. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it, that’s just a fact of life. They have huge amounts of energy, and they have to do something with it, or there’s going to be big trouble. There may be days where you just don’t feel like taking them for a walk, but that won’t cut it when you have a dog. If you don’t take your dog out for regular exercise then they’re going to end up getting incredibly over excited and frustrated, and that’s not only going to lead to them feeling tense and upset, but it could result in your home getting demolished as they run around the place trying to burn off some of their excess energy. Anyone who’s ever had a sofa on the receiving end of an overly enthusiastic puppy’s jaws knows exactly what happens when you don’t help your dog burn off their excess energy. If you’re not willing to take your dog out and exercise them every single day, then you need to seriously think about whether or not this is a responsibility that you’re ready for.

The cost

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This is something that a lot of people really don’t want to think about, but the truth is that dogs cost money. Quite a lot of money in fact. Sure, there’s the obvious cost of buying a dog, especially if it’s a puppy for a pure breed, but even if you’re adopting a dog, there are still a lot of costs that you need to consider. For one thing, the simple cost of feeding a dog can be surprisingly high. Not only that but you’ve got bedding, toys, grooming, and a whole host of other things to consider. Then, when you factor in things like vets bills the costs just keep climbing. Now, these costs often aren’t enough to stop people wanting a new furry friend, but it’s definitely worth being aware of them in advance.

Leaving them alone

Your life isn’t going to just stop because you’ve got a dog, you’re still going to have to go to work, or see friends, or just leave the house to buy food. However, when you’ve got a dog, you have to consider the consequences of leaving them on their own. Dogs are social animals, and they don’t like being left alone. If you’re going to work all day, then consider having someone come and spend time with them, whether it’s your partner staying home with them, or hiring a dog sitter. Of course, if you’re in a position to, you might even want to take them to work with you!

Don’t think that this is all somehow meant to discourage you from getting a dog, far from it. There are thousands of dogs out there looking for loving homes to take them in. However, it’s a far too common occurrence that people take in dogs without really understanding the responsibility of doing so, which leads them to give them up not long after. That kind experience can be incredibly traumatic for a dog, and it can be very upsetting for your family as well. So make sure that bringing a dog into your home is the right decision for you and your family before you jump into anything.

Sarah x

If you have a dog and you genuinely care for it, then you want to make sure that it is as happy as can be at all times. There is much to look out for here, but one of the main concerns for any dog owner is depression. A dog has a brain like any other mammal, and just like us they can get depressed from time to time. It is a good idea to know what kind of signs to look out for here, so that you can then treat your dog if necessary. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common signs of depression in dogs. If you notice any of these in your pooch, you might want to think about getting them checked out.

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Low Activity

A big part of all pet care is ensuring that they get the chance to move around a lot. One of the absolute hallmarks of depression in any animal is a consistently low energy. If your dog suddenly stops wanting to exercise, and instead just lays there all day, you know you might well have a depressed dog on your hands. This can be worrying and distressing to see, but as long as you do something about it early on you should be able to fix the problem. First of all, be sure to try and get them up and moving, so that you can be sure that they are actually suffering from low activity, and not just having an off day. If you really can’t get them moving, then you know you probably have a depressed dog on your hands. Low activity is one of the real sure signs, and something you should not ignore if it persists for any extended period of time.

Lost Interest In Activities

Whatever your dog usually tends to enjoy, if they suddenly stop doing so, you can be sure that they are probably not feeling their best. Exhibiting a sudden loss of interest in their favourite toys, games or location can mean that they are struggling to enjoy life generally. When this happens, you need to act fast to ensure that you get them seen to as soon as possible. You might find this particular symptom especially upsetting, so it is worth making sure that you are doing whatever you can to fix it as early as possible. If you don’t, you might be letting it significantly worsen without even knowing it. Again, do your best to get them interested, but if they aren’t having it, then you should consider taking them to the vet to see what the professional diagnosis might be, if anything.

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Change In Eating Habits

Most of the time, dogs will not have any trouble eating. In fact, dogs usually tend to absolute love eating food, and if there is a sudden change in eating habits then you might have cause for concern. This is especially likely to be true if you try to give them their favourite treats and they won’t even touch it. Similarly, if you notice the exact opposite, it can mean that they are depressed too – in other words, either a loss or a gain of appetite can be a sign of depression, and either way you should absolutely not ignore it. If you can’t get them to return to their normal eating patterns, you should have them checked out. It’s possible they are depressed – but your vet will first need to make sure that it isn’t any other medical issue, such as a physical problem which has caused a change in appetite.

Change In Sleeping Patterns

Along with eating, sleeping patterns are another extremely reliable place to look if you want to know what is going on in your dog. If they are exhibiting a sudden or extreme change in sleeping patterns, it can be due to a number of things – but one of the most likely is that they are experiencing depression, or at least some kind of a mood change. Again, as with any other symptom, it’s worth checking that it is not just a temporary change brought about by something else – so wait a while and then have them checked out if it persists.

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Over-howling or whining could mean that they are experiencing anxiety, which in turn can be a sign of depression – or just of anxiety itself. Either way, you shouldn’t ignore it if your pooch is crying all the time, and in any case you will probably find it impossible to leave them alone if they are.

Sarah x

Another great brand I came across on Harpak is Daughter Of The Soil. You can buy a sample pack for £20 which contains a small selection of their most popular products to try. You can also purchase full sizes of their products from Harpak.

I was lucky enough to be sent a selection of their products to try(please note that these differ from what you would receive if you order the 4 product sample pack). The products are very luxurious to use and I found you don’t need to use much as they seem to last a long time.

What I tried:

Shea body butter – I love body butters rather than body lotions usually as I find they are are more hydrating and easier to apply as they are thicker. I like the consistency of this once and it smells great. It is a non-greasy formula and it was great to apply to my dry elbows. It soaks in really quickly and leaves your skin super soft.

Marula hand wash – I have been using this for a while now and what I like the most is that it doesn’t dry out your hands like some hand washes can. It foams easily and leaves your hands feeling clean.

Baobab and Rooibos body wash – This body wash has been in my shower for the last couple of weeks and there is still quite a bit left! You only need a small amount and it lathers really well. It leaves you feeling refreshed and is great to use on a body puff.

Baobab and Rooibos body lotion – Using this after washing with the body lotion will help the scent stay on you for longer. I really like using this lotion on my arms and legs if I feel I need to moisturise but don’t need anything as strong as a body butter.

Marula hydrating hand lotion – This is the same scent as the hand wash I tried. I really like using something from the same “scent family” where possible as the products will then compliment each other and the scent lasts longer. It soaks in quickly and leaves your hands nourished.

Sarah x