Sightseeing with London Duck Tours

Recently the Hubby and I had a child free overnight stay in London, which doesn’t happen very often. I love our amazing capital city. It’s full of history and heritage. During the last year I have been to London 5 or 6 times, which has been amazing, attending various different events but this time the Hubby joined me.

London Duck Tours

As we are not the most decisive people in the world, other than going for a lovely meal at the OXO Tower, we couldn’t decide what to do while we visited.  We have never really just visited to be tourists. On this trip we fancied doing a London Bus tour, but then London Duck Tours got in contact asking if we would like to join them for a sightseeing tour. We had both heard great things about the Duck Tours as my Brother-In-Law had been on them a couple of times before, so we went for it.

London Duck Tour

The Ducks were originally used in the Second World War, to unload troops and cargo straight onto beaches, after so many docks had been destroyed. The Ducks have been rebuilt and modified to meet todays regulations.

The Tour

Arriving in London to the start of the Duck Tour on York Road, we released as it was the Queens Birthday. So the Classic Tour of Westminster was not possible. I was a bit disappointed as I loved the thought of going past Buckingham Palace, St James Palace and Westminster Abbey. Instead we went on ‘The City Tour’ which is used when they are unable to go via the Classic Route.

London Duck Tour

We went past the Royal Courts of Justice, Fleet Street, the magnificent St Pauls Cathedral, being informed of different snippets of history along the way by Ben the rather cute English man with an New Zealand accent.

London Duck Tour

On to the Bank of England, learning about its vaults and how a tube line has to go around the underground vaults. The Monument to the Fire of London, the Tower of London and seeing HMS Belfast sitting on the water.

London Duck Tour

Across to The Shard, Southwark Cathedral and the Imperial War Museum. My Hubby was very impressed by all of the information we had been given. He’s a bit of a history geek so knows a fair amount anyway, but even he learnt a few bits.

London Duck Tour

We headed onto the water next to MI6 which was a bumpy ride down the river bank into the water, getting onto the water it was surprisingly cold. We sailed the up the Thames to the Houses of Parliament. Seeing the Elizabeth Tower, mistakenly called – Big Ben, from the water was lovely.

London Duck Tour

We headed up a the Thames before turning around and heading back to the starting point at York Road.

London Duck Tour

We had a fabulous trip with London Duck Tours, I would highly recommended anyone booking a trip. They are such a novel way of seeing the sights of London in an humorous yet informative manner. Next time we are in London, I shall make sure that there isn’t a big event going on so I am able to do the Classic tour.

*We were given tickets for the Duck Tour in exchange for review, as always thoughts and opinions are my own*

 

Monthly Magazine Subscription with Readly

I love reading magazines, I like keeping up to date with latest wedding and fashion trends or home inspiration. Of course I can find most of this on the internet however there is something satisfying about having a magazine to read. I do however find they can be pricey, sometimes £4.99 for a monthly magazine can be a bit off putting, when it is only going to end up in the bin when you have finished with it.

Recently I was offered a magazine subscription with Readly, who got in touch and offered to send me a 3 month subscription to their downloadable magazines. I hadn’t heard of Readly so I had a look and found they offer you thousands of different magazines to download at just £7.99 a month. Which is very little if you are buying the weekly Closer magazine along with OK.

Magazine Subscription With Readly

What made me say yes to the trial was the array of Wedding magazines available, pages and pages full of Weddings. It means you are able to download numerous Wedding magazines each month to help with your inspiration and planning.

Magazine Subscription With ReadlyI remember planning my own wedding I was buying 2 or 3 wedding magazines a month. Not wanting to miss out on the latest trends. So for very little a month you are able to have as many as you would like without the extra costs.

Monthly Magazine Subscription with Readly

I love that with the Readly App, I could easily download up to 30 magazines at a time. Then read them at my leisure without the need for wifi connection, once they are on your device then they are accessible everywhere.

Recently I have been on a family holiday to Crete, which involved a week of very little wifi and an awful 3G connection. I had downloaded a collection of magazines before leaving home ready to read whenever I had some time. So during the holiday I was able sit by the pool and enjoy catching up on the latest wedding trends and of course not forgetting the latest celebrity gossip. One of my guilty pleasures. All without filling up my hand luggage or worrying about how much of my data allowance I was using up. Plus did you know that buying a UK magazine in a foreign country is super expensive.

Readly also allows you to share your account across 5 different devices, with 5 separate profiles so the whole family can download magazines without having to share. Which is perfect for my comic loving 7 year old and my country shooting loving Hubby. Plus you are not tied in a long contracts, you can cancel at anytime.

I love that there are so many different magazines to choose from, it is so easy to use. Just sign up, download the App, upload your magazines then start reading. Whatever types of magazines interest you, you will find it with Readly.

What are you waiting for sign up here for your one months free trial.

*Thank you Readly for gifting me a 3 month subscription, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Real Mum Reviews

 

Beautiful floating lockets – Pendique Lockets Review

Pendique Lockets started when their creator Nicola wanted to design handmade jewellery, and began selling items on eBay. Nicola then set up a jewellery bead store to allow people to buy items to create and design their own jewellery.

As people’s love for unique personalised items emerged over the last few years, Nicola fell in love with floating glass lockets. After months of searching for high quality items, Nicola was able to launch Pendique Lockets – your very own unique pendant lockets.

Pendique Locket Review

I have seen a few different locket style necklaces available, while searching on line for various unique gifts. Pendique Lockets offfer something a bit different. Their lockets come in different shapes and sizes. Plus they are all great value for money.

Nicola got in contact with me, asking if I would like to see one of her lockets. Of course I would! They are beautiful. I went on line to choose what I would like even looking at Pendique Lockets on Instagram, as I just could not decide what to choose.

Pendique Locket Review

My Pendique Locket

Pendique Lockets Review

After quite some time looking at the different options, I chose the medium size rose gold locket, with 20inch rose gold snake chain. When it came to choosing the charms, it took me ages. I loved so many of the different charms, little cupcakes, star signs, wedding items, animals, christmas. The list was endless.

The wedding charms are lovely. They would make a wonderful gift for your bridesmaids, or even for yourself as a lasting memory for your day.

Pendique Locket Review

I really like having something that represents my beautiful little family. So I chose the infinity symbol, to show our family being continuous, so full of love and happiness. I then opted to birth stone crystals. February’s purple Amethyst for both mine and my Hubby’s birthday, July’s red ruby for my Son, Septembers blue sapphire for our wedding anniversary and then Octobers pink for the tourmaline stone. Along with an extra charm window. My delightful daughter ran off with her pink crystal, and since then I have not been able to find it, lost in the abyss of the playroom. I shall be ordering another one to complete my locket.

Pendique Locket Review

My Pendique Lockets Review

My beautiful locket arrived, wrapped in tissue paper, and in a lovely gift box. I love it when items arrive beautifully gift wrapped. It makes a wonderful first impression of the item you are about to open and enjoy.

I was a little bit worried about the colour of the rose gold, because sometimes it can look a bit cheap. However, this was just perfect a real rose gold colour that worked beautiful with my chosen charms and window frame.

Pendique Lockets Review

It’s great that I ordered the window frame to go with my locket, because it means I can change it. I am able to remove the window frame easily, giving a real floating look to my locket. It looks fabulous up against my block colour clothes. Next winter it will be firm favourite with my much loved black roll neck jumper. Changing the look of the locket depending on my mood.

I love my new Pendique Locket, it’s stylish, unique and completely personalised to me. I going to have to order one for my bestie before she steals it from me.

 

*Thank you Pendique Lockets for sending me this beautiful locket for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

Leave bleeding gums behind with Corsodyl Toothpaste

In my younger days I worked as a Dental Nurse, so the importance of having great oral health is something that is as important to me as getting my eyebrows threaded.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

Visiting the dentist is so much more than just checking to see if you need a filling. Sat in the chair listening to as string of random numbers and words while the dentist prods and pokes your teeth and gums. These numbers and words not only relate to each tooth and different part of the mouth, but also the condition of your gums.

Gum Disease

Corsodyl toothpaste

Did you know that gum disease effects about 50% of adults worldwide? What a crazy figure! When you think that toothbrushes and toothpaste can be bought at very little cost. Do your gums bleed after brushing or flossing your teeth? If they do, you have the first signs of gum disease. Now is the time to start addressing these issues, before the problems get worse and lead to possible tooth loss.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

Gum disease comes in 5 stages:-

  1. Bleeding Gums – Caused by plaque, which constantly builds up on your teeth, if not removed by brushing and flossing can lead to bleeding gums.
  2. Bad Breath – No-one wants bad breath, especially on an important day. Plaque starts to break down the tiny pieces of food in your mouth, which can release an unpleasant smelling gas. Hence the bad breath.
  3. Swollen Gums – As plaque builds up on the gum line, it causes inflamed gums, which become red and swollen.
  4. Receding Gums – As the plaque builds up and forms pockets between your teeth, the gums pull back from the gum line and expose the root beneath.
  5. Tooth Loss – If you leave bleeding gums untreated for a prolonged period of time it can lead to you loosing teeth. Not nice and certainly not pretty to look at.

corsodyl toothpaste

My Oral Health

Now, I wouldn’t say I am best at flossing my teeth on a daily basis. However I make sure I do at least twice a week. I have always tried to maintain a good level of oral health, sometimes when I have been poorly and rundown, I suffer with occasional bleeding gums. Like so many other people, after a couple of days of looking after my teeth and gums it has all cleared up.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

Recently, I suffered with a very sore mouth. I had many painful ulcers all over my Buccal Mucosa (the inner cheeks), under my tongue and on the roof of my mouth. Not forgetting my sore and swollen tongue. This nasty mouth issue came on very quickly, starting with a couple of little ulcers, then before I knew it I was unable to eat and could drink very little. Great for the waist line not so good for a healthy lifestyle. So, after a couple of days of struggling to get a tooth brush to my teeth, I purchased some Corsodyl treatment mouth wash. Before I knew it, by using the mouth wash a couple of times a day, my mouth was so much better. I was able to eat again and more importantly look after my teeth and gums.

Only using it for a couple of days at a time. I love using Corsodyl treatment mouth wash when I have soreness or irritation within my mouth. I have also recommended it to many friends. In fact in the dental practice it was something that the dentists also recommended to patients on a regular basis.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

Since then, Corsodyl have released a range of toothpastes, designed for daily use to help stop and prevent bleeding gums. Corsodyl’s daily fluoride toothpaste targets the bacteria that builds up along the gum line causing bleeding gums. It’s proven to be four times more effective at removing plaque than normal toothpaste.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

I have been using Corsodyl’s new Ultra Clean toothpaste for a couple of weeks now. I don’t think my mouth has every felt so fresh and clean after brushing. It has a very strong minty flavour, almost too much, it took a couple of brushes to get used to the sensation of this toothpaste. So many toothpastes are now gel style, with various ‘whitening’ elements, gritty or white flecks, this is really a paste. Slightly pink in colour and smells very fresh when you open it up. I haven’t had any other mouth issues since using this, it could just be that i’m feeling quite healthy right now, so no ulcers or it could be the toothpaste. Either way Im really happy using this toothpaste and I shall continue to do so.

Do you suffer with mouth problems? Why not try Corsodyl toothpaste to help leave bleeding gums behind.

 

* This post was in collaboration with Corsodyl. As always thoughts and options are my own.*