YouTube Kids

The monkeys got their own iPad Mini's for Christmas and have since been using a very cool kid friendly app. YouTube kids! An app built with parents and children in mind that makes it easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore. It’s the first step in re imagining YouTube for families and it’s now available to download for free on Google Play and the App Store. 

Here are some of the key features:

Bright and playful design 
The app’s design makes it easy to find your child's desired video or the latest video of In The Night Garden. With larger images and bold icons, it’s fast and simple for little thumbs to navigate. It has very cool built in voice search. Even if your child can't spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about. The monkeys love this feature and can often be heard saying "Minions Kinder Surprise"!
Family-focused content 
The YouTube Kids app is a safer version of YouTube. A family-friendly place for children to explore their imagination and curiosity. You can browse channels and play lists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. Search for videos of particular interest to your family.  Of course, your children can watch new series from YouTube channels they already liked.

Parental controls 
YouTube have built options into the app that help you control the experience for your children and put parents in the driving seat.
Learn how the app works: When parents open YouTube Kids, they learn upfront how systems choose and recommend content and how to flag videos. If you ever find a video you’re concerned about, please flag it. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone.

Search settings: You are prompted you to make a choice about how broadly you want your child to explore - turn search on to access millions of family-friendly videos, or turn search off to restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set. Either way, parents decide the right experience for their family from the word go.

Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit your child's screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. How cool is that!

Sound settings: Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your children can keep watching while you catch a breath. That is very much welcome in this house!

Custom passcode: Parents have the ability to set their own passcode, and to access settings and other parental information in the app.

Logged out experience: The app is currently a signed-out experience with no ties to an account. We’ve also removed all features that are linked to an account like uploading, sharing, liking, etc. I like this a lot!

You can also watch YouTube Kids on the big screen
using Chromecast, Apple TV, game consoles or a smartTV.
I'm really impressed with YouTube Kids. The monkeys use it safely and I'm reassured they are watching content suitable for their viewing! It's very easy to navigate and bright and cheerful too! I'm sure there's still lots we don't know about the app! We're still learning. The monkeys use it most days and are now huge fans of unwrapping videos! Ideal for children aged 3-8 years.

As a thank you for this post the monkeys were sent a great YouTube Kids rucksack with some goodies inside! 
We hope you like the app as much as we do. I'm happy allowing them to watch videos on there knowing they are safe in doing so. Before this we would not allow the monkey to use YouTube without an adult being right there with them 100% of the time!




Degustabox UK! - December Box

We had a little break from receiving the monthly subscription food box Degustabox. Reason being the blog was just too time consuming so I had to stop some regular posts but I'm pleased to say the Degustabox is back! 

Here's what was in the Healthy 'New Year' box.
The Fabulous Bakers Mango and Pineapple bars. High in fibre and made with all natural ingredients they are great for a quick snack. Great they contain no nasties or sugar too! £1.80

Hip Pops. A healthier snack, typically 50% less fat than standard crisps these are ideal for me, having tried to steer away from regular crisps! 4 out of the 6 flavours are gluten free! £1

Crabbies Light. Alcoholic light ginger beer. I'm not a ginger beer drinker but hubby enjoyed this lighter version of the original ginger beer which can be drank straight from the fridge or mixed. £1.49

Koko. Dairy free, a unique alternative to cows milk, we've been using this in smoothies with our new blender! Fewer calories than with skimmed milk, 0% cholesterol and 100% allergen free. £1.79

Betavivo. A crispy oat heart cereal proven to lower cholesterol and blood glucose. Just one serving a day provides the 3g of beta-glucan needed to reduce blood cholesterol. £1

Nothing But. Freeze dried fruit and vegetable snack. Under 80 calories with nothing added! We've reviewed these before! £1.69

Red Square Toffee Mini. Made from 7x distilled and 100% pure vodka. Made for mixing, sharing and making drinks. £1.99

Complete Energy. Instant energy boost to help improve alertness, endurance and physical energy. Delicious bites that are low calorie and infused with coffee. £1.99

Free Gift: Drink Me Chai. New skinny chai latte, new to the chai latte range. Only 42 calories and spiced with a hint of clove.  

Product of the month. Barilla Mediterranean Vegetable sauce and Whole Wheat Frusilli. £2 and £1.50 

A mixed box for us, in that some products are very useful and have already been put to good use but a few that we wouldn't usually try. As with before I've a discount code for anyone wishing to sign up to a subscription and this is now for £6 off! Use code BLDEG15.




Holidaying Ditty! #MarkWarnerMum

Having been abroad but never with the monkeys I've often wondered where our perfect holiday would be! I think we'd all have different idea's of a perfect holiday but for me personally it would include lots of warm sunshine, a pool for us all to splash around in, good food and happy times. Spain, the Caribbean or Florida maybe? Somewhere we could make everlasting memories of precious family time together.

I've got my 'creative writer' head on and thought up a little ditty!

This year we'll fly
Up high in the sky
To a sunshine destination
Where we'll have great expectation.

We'll pack suncream, hats and beach shoes galore
Then when there, we'll be ready to explore.
Sun hats donned and a bikini body for she
You'll be so proud of me.

For this time last year I'd have covered up,
I'd have rather worn a black sack than a bikini bra cup.
Not this year though, we'll holiday with pride
As this year we'll get the best ride.

On a boat, in the water, we shall see
Lots to explore under the great sea.
The sun will shine
Whilst we drink the best wine.
Various pics taken on days out and holiday
The kids will play in the kids club
Whilst Mum and Dad get a body rub.
For they'll be a Spa
Oh and of course there will be a bar.

We shall eat the best cuisine
Whilst relaxing with a magazine.
Taste the local food
As not to would be really rather rude.

Of course I could just be daydreaming
But lets be positive here.
We shall get that sunshine holiday,
Have a Mark Warner dream holiday some day! 

This is my entry into the Mark Warner Holidays Family Ambassador Programme competition. Keep everything crossed for us please!

My Sunday Photo #5



Project 366 #5

The week started so well, with 5th Birthday celebrations and me starting a new job but now little monkey is ill. He keeps saying his tummy hurts and he has a temperature. Not surprising when his school friends have all be ill but still not nice!
Here's our week in photo's!
Day 31. Little monkeys 5th Birthday. Here he is opening presents from his party.
Day 32. A build up bagel day again after a boxing fitness class at the gym.
Day 33. All dressed and set for my first day in my new job!
Day 34. A cheeky biscuit or two with a Costa latte before going to my other job.
Day 35. The Room movie was so good. I'm looking forward to these two!
Day 36. Mummy guinea pig Holly is doing mighty fine.
Day 37. A somewhat dried and frazzled hydrangea, there are hidden shoots coming through.

I'm hoping little monkeys illness is short lived and he feels better soon. How has your week been?

TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky


HP Instant Ink & HP Envy 5530 Printer - Review

Having a laptop means we no longer have a desk for things like a printer and ours recently sadly just stopped working on us! We'd kept it in a cupboard and just got it out when we wanted to print something (which to be honest was a bit of a pain!) So when I was asked if we would like to try the HP instant ink service of course I had to admit we no longer had a working printer. 

Luckily HP came to the rescue and offered us the HP Envy 5530 Printer. How awesome is that! IOS compatible, it prints, copies, scans, prints lab quality photos and is web compatible and wireless! 
Print wirelessly—from virtually anywhere you roam—from your smartphone, tablet, and Internet-connected PC.
Always have your printer on hand. Scan directly to your mobile device with HP Printer Control.
There's no need to wait—set up quickly out of the box and connect to your wireless network automatically.

Happy to accept and try the new instant ink service I was delighted to save some hard earned money not having to replace the old printer ourselves. 

The printer was very easy indeed to set up. It has a small but easy to read colour touch screen. The set up and operation instructions were straightforward. The print quality is great and the ink cartridges very easy to install. 
The HP instant ink service saves you up to 70% on replacement ink. It's HP original ink and is ordered by your printer, delivered to your door! How cool is that! 
Currently available in the UK only get the ink before you need it. There are three plans based on the number of pages printed per month and they will be sent before the printer runs out of ink!

Occasional printing plan costs £1.99 per month for 50 pages per month.

Moderate printing plan costs £3.49 per month for 100 pages per month.

Frequent printing plan
costs £7.99 per month for 300 pages per month.

We are currently enrolled to the moderate printing plan which will be more than adequate for us. In fact we could probably use the occasional plan. If you don't use all the ink you can roll over to the following month or alternatively upgrade immediately or purchase more pages! This instant ink replacement service seems ideal for us as we were always running out of ink before at just the wrong time! No more need to nag hubby to run out and buy more! 
Once again this was so easy to set up! Just buy an eligible printer, connect your printer to the internet, and then enrol. It's simple! Once you've registered you'll get sent your first ink cartridge. Just install it and the printer does the rest. It will automatically let HP know when it's running low and another cartridge will be sent. Genius! 
Please note we've only had the initial ink cartridge installed for less than a month so cannot yet comment on how effective and efficient the replacement service is but I'm confident all will be good. I'll add to this post or do another a bit further along the line! 

With the ink HP will provide pre-paid envelopes to return used cartridges. HP planet partners will recycle them as part of the service.

We have been gifted the moderate printing plan and HP Envy 5530 for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




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