Review of the KeriKit Thor Backpack and Changing Bag

The KeriKit Thor Backpack and Baby Changing Bag

I was so lucky to have won this backpack last Autumn, and I was ecstatic about the quality and the size. I can go out for the day with one bag for all things. I am able to fit a huge amount in this bag, and I will list the items below for those who are interested.

This bag was Oxblood coloured Genuine Leather and features two main compartments accompanied by several pockets that are zip protected. All the space and different areas to store items help with the general organisation of the bag itself.

Oxblood Thor Leather Baby Changing Backpack. RRP £275.

Features of the Thor Baby Changing Backpack

This leather bag has been award winning for Kerikit and is not just great for busy parents but anyone who likes a quality leather bag with tons of space. The one I was lucky to win was Oxblood but they currently supply a Nude or Tan shade of leather Thor bag.

The Thor features two large internal pockets that are separate. The main one has fabric divided into five sections so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. It has fabric inside it that is waterproof and the outer leather is easy to wipe clean and maintain.

Two long leather straps at the back allow the bag to be carried on ones back, or you could place it in the bottom of a pram, or even use the hooks situated either side to hook on to pram hooks at the handle bar.

The back pocket section of the bag has a keys ring and luggage hook so they won’t get lost in the depths of the backpack.

The fabric itself has a stylish pattern on it and its colour makes it easy to see things when looking inside the bag.

In addition to the main part of the bag there are four zipped pockets, one horizontal compartment either side and one secret pocket at the back part situated vertically. These are all good sizes and add to the bags surprising versatility. Finally you will the fourth inside the main compartment, ideal for small medicines or valuables.

Bag Details
Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 30 × 18 × 40 cm
You also receive a baby changing mat and separate washable and waterproof lined food bag.
Me out and about with the backpack in use.

Overall I am so happy that I won this beautiful backpack, and I adore the colour too. It has now been up and down the country with us and it still fits everything inside it that we need, despite my son now being 8 months of age and us needing to take more things with us.

What I usually carry inside the bag on a day out includes a change of outfit for baby, his bottle of cooled boiled water, a bottle of water for myself, sweets and snacks for longer days out, 4 nappies (minimum), a packet of baby wipes, two creams, nappy sacks, 2 bibs, spare socks, a packet of tissues, 2 muslin cloths, spare top for myself and breast pads, one of his toys if not two, and finally a plastic bag for placing dirty items.

I can fit in the bag additionally items you would usually find in a ladies handbag, such as wallet, lip salve, toiletries etc, as sometimes I don’t want to carry more than one item. This does make the bag quite full up but it still closes due to the nature of the drawstring and magnetic stud.

My final review scores for the item are;
Quality 5/5
Design Practicality 5/5
Design Fashion 5/5
Value for Money 5/5

The 3 outer zipped pockets are really handy, especially this one situated at the back of the bag. The leather is beautiful too.

Here is the link to the current Thor backpacks available link

If you would prefer to browse all the baby changing bags available at Kerikit then click this link instead link

Thank you for visiting Severn Wishes for this review today, I hope that you have enjoyed it. Leave me a comment if you want to, I would love to hear what you think. What baby changing bag brand do you use?

✩ Sabrina ✩

Severn Wishes Celebrates 3 Years of Blogging with a Stationary Giveaway

Can you believe that my blog has been going now for 3 whole years?

I wanted to reward to my fans by doing a giveaway of some stationary items, these are things that all bloggers and organisation freaks can appreciate! Oh and those who also just love a bit of stationary of course!


(GIVEAWAY CLOSED AND WINNER ANNOUNCED)

MerBoss Note Pad!
Pencils Set – 5 Quotes Celebrating Women!

The prizes up for grabs are in the photo! One notepad prize goes to the person who refers the most people to my blog or Facebook page in the week of the giveaway…

Prizes for Rafflecopter Winner: Pencils and MerBoss Note Pad
Prize for most active follower: Notepad of Choice from two

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Thank you for visiting Severn Wishes, thank you for your continued support for my blog, writing and photography. I hope you enter my giveaway and good luck!

✩ Sabrina ✩

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This competition is running from March 17th 2019 until March 30th 2019.
The winner will receive their prize in the post in April 2019.
This giveaway is only open to entrants from the United Kingdom (UK).
Only correct entries via the link supplied will be accepted.
Severn Wishes reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice.
No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason, and all entries are subject to verification upon the giveaway ending.
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My Jewellery Box UK Favourite Bracelets – A Style for Everyone & Review of New Purchases

Jewellery Box UK New Purchases Review & My Custom Pieces

I always buy my earrings from Jewellery Box UK but lately I have been looking at some of their other items. Some I had previously bought and have now considered getting them as gifts for others, due to their excellent quality but also their affordable prices.


2. Sterling Silver 3mm curb cable bracelet (Left).
3. Sterling Silver floating heart charm (Right).

When purchasing a gift recently I came across a Heart Charm that I adored, but I had no necklace to put it inside. Then I had the great idea of sliding the charm on to a bracelet I already had. These are the two items and what the bracelet looks like with my idea completed.

Top – My Custom Bracelet Designed By Me
Bottom – The sterling silver beaded diamond cut star bracelet
Model – Severn Sabrina

My Jewellery Box UK Fave bracelets for everyone’s style!
They have Infinity, Circles, Hearts, Stars and even Geometric pieces that all look more expensive than they are.

What I love the most about all of these bracelets is how they look expensive but are very affordable. They are delicate yet well made, their quality is apparent in the products shine and with the 925 hallmark stamps.

I cannot pick a favourite but I love how I have created my own piece using two of the Jewellery Box UK best sellers.

Here is a little more information about the bracelets you can see in my images and the charm I used to customise one of them too. I will also include website links if you wish to purchase anything yourself.

1. Fine sterling silver star belcher chain bracelet 7.5″
£4.85
Link

2. Sterling Silver 3mm curb cable bracelet 6” – 8″
£6.85 – £7.85
Link

3. Sterling Silver Floating Heart Charm
£4.15
Link

4. Sterling Silver beaded diamond cut star bracelet – thin and delicate bracelet with a tiny star and round details
£7.15
Link

Bracelet 1. Fine sterling silver star belcher chain bracelet.
2. Curb Cable Bracelet 3mm.

3. Sterling Silver Floating Heart Charm.
4. Sterling Silver beaded diamond cut star bracelet.

Thank you for visiting Severn Wishes, I really hope you enjoyed this post and you enjoy browsing over on the Jewellery Box UK website.

✩ Sabrina ✩

March 2019 Treatbox Reveal

Hello and Welcome to the March 2019 Treatbox Reveal
with Sabrina of Severn Wishes Blog.

Happy Treat Box Day! It’s the first of March 2019! I’m so happy to be able to bring you this Reveal on the first day of the new month. March is also my birthday which is next week! So this feels like an extra gift and present from myself to… well, me!

I open the box and the little sticker reads “Chin Up Buttercup” and this month the tissue paper is a Light Blue colour.

I think of March as Spring, the weather should be improving and flowers start blooming. I wonder if any of those themes will appear in the box this time.

So here are all of the contents of this months Treatbox…

This month there are 6 items, plus A5 Print and Calendar Print.

Calendar Print for March 2019
Designed by Treatbox – A Colour by Numbers Print A5
Bee Good – Plump and Firm Moisturiser 15ml Made in UK.
A Set of 4 Ditsy Garden Nail Files
Metal Bird on Rope – Hanging Decoration – Sass & Belle
Baby Pineapple Snack Bag (25g)
Squirrel Sisters Raspberry Ripple Energy Bars 2 x 20g (Contains Nuts, Vegan, GF) Made in the UK.

A Packet of Lavender Seeds for us to grow and nurture

Here are some images of the items within the March box…

My Thoughts on the March Box

I really liked the theme of Spring and Flowers. The box was well executed with the items combining well together, something to eat, something to use, something to do and something to look at.
Over all the box has several items that are good quality, either made using British products or made within the United Kingdom.
It’s nice to have something for the home that is really useful, the tea towel is especially nice, very Spring worthy, with bright colours and a nice happy pattern.
I like the idea of the colour by numbers print this month. I also really like the idea of growing the Lavender. Hopefully it will work as it’s one of my favourite flowers and I would love to plant the seedlings in my garden once they’ve grown large enough.
I will make some images of my progress using these Treatbox items on my social media, as always.

Check out my previous posts in this unique category of my website called ‘Treatbox’ especially for these box reviews and reveals – Severn Wishes Treatbox.

Are you thinking of ordering a TreatBox for yourself or for a gift for someone?
Then you can find Treatbox subscriptions and build your own box at their website.

Thank you for visiting Severn Wishes, I hope to enjoyed this Review and I see you again very soon. Have a great March!

✩ Sabrina ✩

My Argos Testers Review of the Minky Black and Rose Gold Styling Dock

The Minky Organiser is a great product for those who have plenty of electronic hair products that require a safe and tidy place to be stored.

The Minky Rose Gold Styling Dock Bedroom Organiser is something I hadn’t ever considered that I was missing in my life until doing this review. Not only is it Somewhere that is handy to store my electrical hair products when in use and awaiting usage too.

I’m also impressed with the added extras like the plastic pots at the front for hair clips and grips etc. It’s a well thought out design with the added bonus of looking like a fabulous on trend piece with the colour being black and rose gold.

The Minky Styling Dock is an organiser ideal for all your heat styling product needs. It’s something I hadn’t ever considered I was missing until this review. It’s handy to store my electrical hair products after use due to its heat resistant silicone body & is great for storing items awaiting use too. I’m impressed with the added extras of pots for clips & grips.

Overall it’s a well thought out design with the bonus of looking like a fabulous on trend piece with the colour being black and rose gold. It’s a reasonable price for all that you can store inside it.

The Dock can withstand temperatures up to 230’c because of its Silicone lined Body and Heat Resistant top part. Your tools will cool down safely when you’re in a rush to get out of the house and the silicone is also gentle on your hair tools to prevent marks.

The Hair Clip Pots Are Very Handy.

The Minky Dock can be bought online but I was given this product to test because I am a member of the Argos Testers team.
On the Argos website it is currently retailing at £24.99 (Price correct at time of publishing).
Here is the link if you wish to see if it is available at a store near you.
Link

The back of the Minky has space to wrap cords around and space for plug sockets as well.

Thank you for joining me on my blog today, there are lots of product reviews on Severn Wishes, I hope you enjoyed this one!

✩ Sabrina ✩

How to make Chinese Food from Scratch at Home for this Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!
新年快乐

A great way to enjoy some tasty Chinese style cuisine this week is to do it yourself. To celebrate Chinese New Year I thought that I would share my own recipes with you all. Many people think it’s a complicated type of cuisine to make but if you’re good at following step by step recipe guides like mine, then you can create my delicious dishes in your own kitchen!

In today’s blog post I’m going to outline some of my own tips and tricks, as well as share my own recipes on how to make some flavoursome Chinese meals. Follow my instructions as much as you can, and substitute the meats for other meat or fish or a vegetarian alternative where I indicate you can with this symbol ⇕ . You can decide which of the sauces you’d rather make too, I will show you a few.

Why not give some cooking a go this Chinese New Year week! I’ve worked out that you can make 4 of my dishes for 4 people, plus a bowl of Sabrina’s Special Egg Fried Rice, for around £6.50 per person. That’s a heck of a lot cheaper than ordering in! On average a dish from a Chinese Takeaway comes in at around £7.00 in most parts of the UK. You can have 3 dishes and a rice for the same price! All you have to do though is cook it!

SHOPPING LIST

Stir Fry Pork ⇕ 500g is £2.75 at Tesco
Stir Fry Beef ⇕ 375g is £3.50 at Tesco
Chicken Fillets ⇕ 500g £4.00 at Tesco
Rice Wine Vinegar – £1.99 for 150ml
Reduced Salt Soy Sauce 65p for Tesco own brand or £1.30 for Amoy
Egg Noodles – Range from 80p to £1.40 – You need 150g for 2 people
Rice Noodles – Range from 90p to £1.80 – You need 300g for 4 people
Spring Onions – 55p for 100g at Tesco
Peas – Petit Pois Frozen at Tesco for £1.60 for 1kg
6 Free Range Eggs – Medium are 85p at Tesco
4 Peppers 2 Red 1 Green 1 Yellow 55p each at Tesco
2 White Onions – 85p per kg at Tesco
Carrots 59p per kg at Tesco
Jasmine Rice – Thai Jasmine Rice 1kg £2.00 at Tesco
Chinese 5 Spice Jar 85p at Tesco
Cornflour​ £1.30 at Tesco
Sunflower Oil 500ml 80p at Tesco
Seasame Oil – 250ml £1.80 at Tesco
Sweet Chilli Sauce – don’t have this at home buy supermarket own
Tomato Sauce – don’t have this at home buy supermarket own
Garlic – if you don’t have this at home buy supermarket own or jar
Ginger – fresh or jar or paste all work the same
Chilli – fresh or jar of flakes is fine but fresh taste better
Black Bean Sauce – Various Brands and Sizes Available

Remember that for some of these items you will have leftover amounts of them that you can use the next time that you cook Chinese food, such as the Petit Pois, the Rice Wine Vinegar, the Cornflour and the Soy Sauce.

Optional Extras

Bean Sprouts for the Stir Fry & Chow Mein Dish – 300g for 50p Tesco
White Cabbage are 79p each in Tesco
Water Chestnuts 225g Tin at Tesco for £1.10
Button Mushrooms – 90p for 200g at Tesco

I have worked out that your shopping list will cost between £27 and £30 depending on supermarket offers and whether or not you pick those offers or brands versus own brand. I shopped at Tesco but prices are similar else where when I looked online. For 4 people this equals approximately £6.50/£7.00 each, that is for the 4 people to have 3 Chinese Dishes and Rice.

TIME TO COOK

How To Make The Crispy Meat Element of the Dishes.

One of the most delicious parts of Chinese food is crispy strips of meat seasoned with Chinese spices. You can pick up a jar of Chinese 5 Spice for less than £1 in most supermarkets, and because it’s so strong in flavour it goes a long way.

Options for this type of meal are…
Crispy Beef in Sweet Chilli Sauce
Crispy Pork in Sweet and Sticky Sauce

Ingredients

Meat In Strips (your choice from Shopping List) Cut It If Not Already
5 Tablespoons of Cornflour
3 Tablespoons of Chinese 5 Spice

How To Prepare

You need a small saucepan that you pour oil in to until it is around an inch deep. You need to heat this on a hob until it’s very hot before you place meat inside to fry. The Meat Strips take around four minutes to cook through depending upon their thickness, so always test one piece before you do the remainder. You will also need several pieces of kitchen roll/towel to place your fried goods upon to drain and soak up any excess oil.

In bowl number one you need to place the cornflour and Chinese 5 Spice, mix it using a spoon. You need to coat each piece of meat in this mixture, by adding meat slowly a few at a time, once coated place them into the hot oil and time them frying. Remove them from the saucepan using a spoon or spatula with holes so as to drain the oil. Dry the strips on some towel until they are ready to mix with your chosen sauce.

A great way to use up those Takeaway Sauces you get given is to use them like I did to make a Chinese Sauce. See my image below…

How To Make Chinese Sauces

Here are my recipes for some sauces and stir fry meals I love to make. They are easy to follow and take around half an hour to prepare and cook.

There is one sauce that I always buy because it is more expensive to try and make it, that is black bean sauce. You can pick this up in most supermarkets for between 35p to £1.50. Packets or Jars depending upon if it’s for a one off dish or for several if you wish to make it again. Black Bean Sauce is the Perfect accompaniment with Chicken.

Chicken in Black Bean Sauce
Serve this with chunky chopped Onions, ribbons of Carrots and sliced Green Peppers.

Crispy Meat in Sweet Chilli Sauce
Serve with Carrot Ribbons, Onions and a chopped Chilli Pepper.
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Tomato Sauce
4 Tablespoons of Sweet Chilli Sauce
4 Tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar

Crispy Meat in Sweet and Sticky Sauce
Serve with fried peppers and onions.
1 Tablespoon of Garlic
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
3 Tablespoons of Tomato Sauce
3 Tablespoons of Sweet Chilli Sauce
4 Tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar

Chicken Chow Mein Sauce with Onions
1 Tablespoon of Garlic
1 Tablespoon of Ginger
3 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Sesame Oil
5 Tablespoons of Boiling Water
1/2 A White Onion Chopped Chunky & Fried
Add other Veg as Optional Extras

Add the Chow Mein Sauce to pre-cooked Rice Noodles or Thin Egg Noodles and your already fried and seasoned meat. If you want a richer flavour then marinate the chicken in soy sauce for an hour prior to frying it.

Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce
Crispy Beef in Sweet Chilli Sauce
As Delicious As It Looks!

Sabrina’s Delicious Stir Fry

You need 2 pans. Once prepared fry all your Vegetables together in a little oil. In the other pan, take some of the garlic, ginger and spices and add them to season your main element while you cook it, don’t forget to season with pepper and salt.
Once everything is cooked combine the main and the vegetables. Add your noodles and a splash of boiling water to the pan. Stir fry until cooked, serve immediately.

Meat / Fish / Vegetable of your choice (Main Element)
Shallots OR White Onion
2 Tablespoons of Ginger
2 Tablespoons of Garlic
2 Peppers – 1 Yellow & 1 Red – Sliced Long Ways
1 Tablespoon of Chinese 5 Spice – Season Chosen Main
Noodles of your choice
Add Spring Onions too if you like Onion as much as I do for a pop of colour!

Fry all these tasty vegetables together to begin your Stir Fry.
Soy and Chilli Chicken Stir Fry with Onion, Yellow Pepper & Egg Noodles.

How To Make Sabrina’s Special Egg Fried Rice

Egg Fried Rice is relatively easy to make and is a great accompaniment to lots of Chinese dishes. You can partially cook this dish too to save time! Cook the rice either on the hob or preferably in a Rice Cooker if you have one. Then you’re ready to begin.

Ingredients

Jasmine Rice – 300g – 400g Cooked
2 Tablespoons of Oil
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon of Garlic
Peas or Petit Pois – 1 Small Cup – 150g approximately
Spring Onions – 4 to 6 Chopped Up – 100g plus
Scrambled Eggs – 3 Medium Eggs season with Salt, Pepper & Soy Sauce to your tastes

Method

In a large frying pan add oil soy sauce and garlic, then fry the Spring Onions and Peas together. Add the Eggs (previously whisked in a small bowl) and scramble together using a wooden spoon on a high heat. Turn the heat down and add the cooked rice. Mix thoroughly and add any more seasoning to taste. Fry until hot and all flavours are combined. Serve in a large bowl so people can help themselves and scatter some fresh spring onion on top.

The Final Dishes

Your final options for the Chinese Dishes are…

Main Dish 1. Crispy Pork with Sweet Sticky Sauce & Stir Fry Vegetables
Main Dish 2. Chicken in Black Bean Sauce with Vegetables
Main Dish 3. Chicken Chow Mein with Rice Noodles
Main Dish 4. Crispy Beef with Sweet Chilli Sauce & Stir Fry Vegetables
Main Dish 5. Soy and Chilli Chicken Stir Fry with Egg Noodles
Side Dish. Sabrina’s Special Egg Fried Rice
Side Dish. Stir Fry Vegetables

Thank you for joining me on Severn Wishes, I hope you enjoyed this lengthy food post! Let me know in my comments or tag me on social media if you make any of my recipes!

✩ Sabrina ✩

February 2019 Treatbox Reveal

Hello and Welcome to the February 2019 Treatbox Reveal
with Sabrina of Severn Wishes Blog.

Happy Treat Box Day! It’s the first of February 2019! I’m so happy to be able to bring you this Reveal on the first day of the new month.

As I open the box I notice that it is heavier on one side and this intrigues me. The little sticker reads “You Matter” and the tissue paper is dark pink.

We all know of a few dates that occur during this month including Valentine’s Day and Shrove Tuesday, so let’s see if any of these will feature in the February Treatbox this year…

So here are all of the contents of this months Treatbox.

This month there are 7 physical items, plus the Calendar Print.

Calendar Print for February 2019
A Gold and White Striped Trinket Dish
Designed by Treatbox – A Cotton Bag with a Love Heart
Chocolate Heart Lollipop
2 Cards “Grl Power” and “Strong Woman”
A Pad of Notes – “Girl Power” in Pink and White
Bubble t – Hand Sanitiser – Hibiscus and Acai Berry Tea Flavour

February 2019 Treatbox Reveal

My Thoughts on the February Box

I really liked the theme of women, strength and love, ideal due to Valentine’s fast approaching. There are useful items inside like the pad of notes, sanitiser and calendar. The Original items like the bag makes the treatbox unique. My favourite items from the February box are the bag, trinket dish and the hand sanitiser. Plus it’s always nice to have an edible item too!

Here is a selection of my photographs of this month’s box, I hope you enjoy seeing the items up close.

Check out my previous posts in this unique category of my website called ‘Treatbox’ especially for these box reviews and reveals – Severn Wishes Treatbox.

Are you thinking of ordering a TreatBox for yourself or for a gift for someone?
Then you can find Treatbox subscriptions and build your own box at their website.

Thanks for reading this Reveal and Review today, I hope you have enjoyed it. Please let me know in the comments section if you enjoy reading these Treatbox Reviews.

Thank you for joining me on Severn Wishes, I hope to see you again very soon. Have a great February!

✩ Sabrina ✩

Our Experience of Baby Sensory Class and How I Teach My Baby At Home

Our Experience of a Baby Sensory Class

Beach Theme – Under The Sea.

Using textures, sounds, bubbles, bright colours, animals, music, voices, singing, shiny surfaces, sign language and toys… Baby Sensory has something for babies of all ages. This class that I attended was for babies of only a few weeks old right up to 13 months.

Our son Baby A has just turned 6 months old, so he was able to appreciate a great deal of what was going on. There were various mats on the floor for parents to sit upon and soft mats to lay babies upon in front. The class interacted with the children on many levels, be it laying on their back, sitting up, laying on their fronts, and sat upon their parents laps even!

There is always a hello and a goodbye section of the class, then in between is a theme plus a short break midway through for feeding and changing, or just more playing.

Sand was substituted for oats so that babies weren’t in any danger if they happened to eat any. I thought this was a great idea! A variety of textures were used doing the hour, silk, organza, bubbles and soft mats. Sign language is used during songs to make the babies think about the words being sung and said. This is also a really nice part of the group activities.

Baby A enjoyed some aspects of the class more than others, such as the objects and instruments that he could personally interact with, especially when he could hold and feel them. He very much liked the shells and wooden objects that were in the bucket I was given in this class.

I have paid for a course of classes for my son and I to attend. I feel it’s a good idea to introduce him to other babies, various sounds and activities that I cannot do very easily at home. Plus it’s a good reason to get out of the house and for my son and I to have some fun learning things together.

If there are classes in your town I recommend that you give this type of learning class a go! If you find a good one the activities can be essential to your baby learning things and experiencing things in a safe environment.

Baby Sensory Class
Bucket and Mat for the Under The Sea Theme

How and What I Teach My Baby At Home

There are many things that I teach Baby A at home, and also when we are out and about. Such as pointing out colours, numbers, weather and words as well as the basics like animals and objects. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on things, and you can use items at home to create sensory things.

I really enjoy showing my son real objects. Ones that make noises and have great textures are the best types. We often use toys and explain what in reality they are based upon. We try and expose him to educational television programs and we try and use books daily too. Ones with pictures are best at the moment but we always interact with the books with words and noises to help him understand further.

Young babies can only see Black, White and Red colours, so it’s a good idea to begin showing them shapes and every day objects and short words that are designed in this colour pattern. As baby gets older you can show them more colours and build upon it week after week.

Repetition is the best way of learning, and a baby will begin to recognise objects from an early age when shown them on a regular basis. Our son liked particular animals that were on flash cards, so we aimed to buy him other things that had these things as the theme. Such as he liked the image of a snail in one of the books and so we attached a snail hanging toy for the arch on his play mat.

My Top Tips for teaching your child things at home, are to incorporate a section of learning time into your routine so that once a day your baby is learning. Use repetition and do any teaching when your baby is most awake and alert. Making the learning fun means your little one is more likely to enjoy it and recall aspects of it.

Learning with your child should be an activity that you can both enjoy, you can always get other people involved too such as grand parents and friends. If there are babies of different ages in the room you can get everyone to do things in a way that they would all benefit. Such as explain colours and objects to the younger baby while getting an older child to spell the word for example.

Baby Sensory Light Display


If anyone found this post useful then please leave me a comment. I may elaborate on ways that I teach if people would find it beneficial. And also explain about the items that I have made and created for our at home sensory experience.

Thank you for reading my blog today and for visiting Severn Wishes, I hope you’ll stop by again soon. Have a great day!

✩ Sabrina ✩

My Goals & Aspirations for 2019 as a Writer & as a Mother ​

The past year has been a roller coaster of highs and lows. The main event was of course me giving birth to our son. I don’t often say that I’m proud of myself unless I feel it’s justifiable, but in this particular case it definitely is. I’m proud of myself for not giving up when I found out I had Stage 4 Endometriosis, I’m proud of myself for staying strong, and I’m most proud of myself for carrying and nurturing my son.

Another thing is I’m proud of the mother I have become, and I’m so grateful to everyone who helped me to get to where I am today with my gorgeous little boy. My husband and I have been through a lot in our eleven years together. Though I feel it’s made us stronger every time that we have felt tested by our life together. I have a lot to be thankful for and I’m grateful to be living the life that I am with my wonderful family and those of my friends who have stuck by me through some very hard times.

My main goal for 2019 is to devote more time to my writing, the last year has flown by, but all my focus has been on family. I have blinked and 12 months have happened. So I’m not going to make many new year resolutions, only to keep eating healthy and looking after myself.

My Main Goals This Year as a Writer


♡ Finish One Of My Books – Final Complete Draft.

♡ Maintain My Blog with 1 Published Post Each Week.

♡ Make More Time for My Hobbies like Reading and Walking.


My Main Goals This Year as a Mother


♡ Make Time for more Family Fun Things.

♡ Spend More Time as a Family – Days Out and Learning.


Thank you for visiting Severn Wishes, I hope to see you again very soon. Have a great January!

✩ Sabrina ✩

January 2019 Treatbox Reveal

Hello and Welcome to the January 2019 Treatbox Reveal
with Sabrina of Severn Wishes Blog.

Happy Treat Box Day! It’s the very first Treatbox of 2019!

The little sticker reads With Love and the tissue paper is light pink.

I have waited a while longer for the box due to the Christmas break, with the dispatch day being delayed. It was just sods law that my family were all ill around that time so this review has had to come later than I had planned.

So here are all of the contents of the first box of the year, the January 2019 Treatbox.

This month there are 7 physical items, plus the Calendar Print and an A5 Print as well.

Calendar Print for January 2019
A5 Print – “New Year, New Feels, New Chances, Same Dreams, Fresh Starts”
Designed by Treatbox – Desk Planner – Goals and Daily Organising
2 Tea Bags – Pukka – Cleanse
Baume Du Sourire – Lip Balm – Mint Aroma 15ml
Willow and Rose Mobile Phone Holder Ring Clip
Vitamasques – Strawberry Yoghurt Mask 15ml
Designed by Treatbox – Magnet – Happy Clouds and Suns

January 2019 Treatbox Reveal

Here is a selection of my photographs of this month’s box, I hope you enjoy seeing the items up close.

Treatbox January Desk Planner
Face Mask, Magnet and Lip Balm.
Pukka Tea Bags and Magnet.
Magnet and Mobile Phone Holder Ring Clip

My Favourites

My favourite pieces in this months box are the Desk Planner, the Magnet, the A5 Print and the Calendar Print. I’m hoping to make use of the planner as often as possible and hope it will aid with both my blogging and organising my time at home.


My Overall Opinion

I really loved the Treatbox originals and I’m happy with the Magnet. It’s been nice to receive new things, and useful items. Though we have yet another face mask… I was a little disappointed with that as I haven’t yet used the previous one we got. The phone clip ring is a nice idea but it would ruin the design on my phone case so I won’t be using it. It’s a great idea for the younger generation though who take a lot of selfies!

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Treatbox January 2019

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Thank you for joining me on Severn Wishes, I hope to see you again very soon. Have a great January!

✩ Sabrina ✩