Author: Katya

Why I love Bepanthen?

Why I love Bepanthen?

As parents, we all have our preferences when it comes to certain baby care products and Bepanthen is one of my favourites for nappy changing creams. Here are my 5 reasons why: 1. Product Quality The cream delivers on its promise and whenever I use […]

Budapest Guide: Hungarian National Museum

Budapest Guide: Hungarian National Museum

Hungarian National Museum was one of the places I visited, while in Budapest.  It provides a great introduction to Hungarian History and the museum is manageable enough, so you don’t have a headache at the end of your visit.  The museum is divided into defined […]

Review: Procoal Marine Moisture Sheet Mask

Review: Procoal Marine Moisture Sheet Mask

What is your favourite activity on Friday night? Mine are masks, bath tubs and wine! What about “going out, restaurants and socialising with friends” I hear you say. I am a parent, remember? Restaurants will have to wait for the next 18 years!

I have a slight obsession with sheet masks, which I like to put on on a Friday night when kids are in bed, pour myself a glass of wine and pretend I am in a beauty salon. I have been sent Marine Moisture Sheet Mask by Procoal London to test, so this was my task last weekend.

 

As you probably guessed from the mask name, it is made from charcoal.  I recommend that you either put it on when no-one else is around or warn your family that you are going to look a little bit different to your normal self. There is one mask in the packet, you need to peel off the backing sheet and apply on your face, straightening out the mask  as much as you can. Then you have to find a quiet space, relax and let powerful ingredients do the work. 

While the mask will not get any awards for pretty appearance, it will definitely get major points from me for the moisturising effect. The skin looked bright, felt smooth and full of moisture! What I also love about the mask is that once you take it off, you don’t need to wash your face or remove remnants of the mask, you just have to gently pat your fingers on your face to get the rest of the mask absorb into your face. 

I was really pleased with mask effects and how my Friday night turned out. If you want to try the mask as well, use this link to get 20% discount on all Procoal London products.

Procoal Marine Moisture Mask was gifted to me but all opinions are my own. 

Best Food Tour in Budapest: Taste Hungary Culinary Walk

Best Food Tour in Budapest: Taste Hungary Culinary Walk

Why do you travel? I travel for sights and food. Actually, I am not sure what makes me more excited when I am going to a new place: sights or food? Probably both in equal measure! When I went to Budapest, I signed up for […]

Best Thermal Spa to visit in Budapest

Best Thermal Spa to visit in Budapest

Budapest can be enjoyed at every season: in the summer you can appreciate balmy weather, while enjoying your coffee on numerous terraces that the city has got.  In  the winter you can go to the Christmas market or warm yourself in thermal spa waters. There […]

Review: Coffeebrewer by Grower’s Cup, the Brew Company

Review: Coffeebrewer by Grower’s Cup, the Brew Company

My absolute treat at the weekend is a cup of coffee, preferably with a piece of cake…. in silence. Once you become parent you start to appreciate simple things in life. You no longer need all-nighters to feel that you are a bright young thing, all you need is a good night sleep, a coffee with friends and a day without tantrums! See how your priorities change?

 

I was offered to try the Coffeebrewer Gift Box which is produced by the Danish Brew Company. The gift set comes in a neatly packaged box with 5 flavours of coffee to try, I had Guatemala, Honduras, Ethiopia, Brazil and Colombia in my set.

The principle is simple: you open the pack, decide how strong you want your coffee, pour the water  up to a certain limit and wait a few minutes before enjoying your perfectly brewed cup of coffee.

When I opened the first bag, the coffee aroma was fantastic and when I started drinking it, I certainly felt the flavour of the coffee. It is a step up from your usual brewed or French press coffee you can buy in the supermarket, as the ones I tried were just bitter and almost flavour-less.

I have tried adding both sugar and milk to my Coffeebrewer coffee and preferred the milk version, as I thought that sugar taste was taking over the coffee taste. One bag makes up to 300 ml of coffee, which means two cups of 150 ml each. 

The product is nicely packaged, so it will make a great gift for any coffee lover or a friend, who wants to try something different than the classic brands. The packets are also portable, so you would be able to take it to work and enjoy your coffee al-desco!

Coffeebrewer Gift Box was provided for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are my own.

Must-Do Activity in Portugal: Douro River Cruise with Rota do Douro

Must-Do Activity in Portugal: Douro River Cruise with Rota do Douro

We visited Porto in the off-season during autumn school holidays, which fell on the end of October- beginning of November in 2018. One of things I always wanted to do is to go on a river cruise in the Douro Valley, which has been placed […]

Lisbon: National Azulejo Museum

Lisbon: National Azulejo Museum

When you come to Lisbon, you will notice that tiles or azulejos in Portuguese, are everywhere. It is part of the city image and you will find a hard time finding two identical designs.  If you are a graphic designer or even remotely interested in […]

Review: Lapland Letters

Review: Lapland Letters

When I was a child, I used to get super excited when I got a letter through the post. A letter for me? Wow! Nowdays letters are mostly bills, formal notifications and documents, so no excitement here. But this week we got a special delivery from Lapland! Addressed for Letitia from the North Pole. Was she excited to open it? You bet!

 

Lapland Letters are like a touch of magic, if your child still believes in Santa Claus or Father Christmas, whichever way you prefer to call the Old Man. You will need to do some preparatory work to ensure that when your child receives the letter it is full of personal details and little touches. 

A simple form on Lapland Letters website need to be completed, where you will provide some personal details, like the age of the child or the name of their best friend. When the letter is composed, all of this information gets incorporated into the letter in a nice, encouraging way with magical wishes from Santa. I loved that you can also add a special message, which will be included in the letter, as if coming from Santa himself!

When Letitia was reading the letter, she was really excited: “How does Santa know who is my best friend? ”  and “How does he know I am speaking Russian?” It fills your heart with joy when you see their reaction!

Together with the letter you can add activity pack , which will include:

  • Door hanger that your child can decorate or colour in
  • Magic Reindeer food 
  • Good Child List certificate
  • Wishing Stars
  • “Santa, Stop Here” poster
  • Christmas Card

The letter and all the materials in the pack are very well presented and colourful. Letitia could not wait to start with her colouring in activities  and is planning to give her Christmas card to the grandparents.

I also think the Lapland Letter will make a great keepsake for the years ahead, I will certainly keep it to remind Letitia about the magic of Christmas, when she is a bit older. 

You can place your order on Laplandletters.co.uk and the letter will be dispatched from North Pole to your child pretty quickly. 

It is only 11 sleeps to Christmas! Who is getting excited?


Disclaimer: I received Lapland Letter and Magical Extras free for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are my own. 

Hospital in the Rock: A different kind of museum

Hospital in the Rock: A different kind of museum

There are so many museums in Budapest – you will be spoilt for choice. It is likely that you are going to spend at least half a day on Buda side of  Budapest, and visit Buda Castle or Fisherman Bastion. If you want to go […]