01 February 2016

WIN a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Door Jumper and Backpack Harness


Toddlers will love being able to dance and bounce around in the new Cozy Coupe Door Jumper (£49.99). This fun entertainer gives baby hours of bouncing play and promotes healthy activity. 
It easily attaches to door frames to provide jumping fun and features a removable play dashboard with music, horn button, mirror and a clicking key to keep baby entertained. 

The jumper features a padded and washable seat cover and is suitable for children up to 11.5kg.





As small children set off for their first adventure make sure they are well prepared with the brand new Cozy Coupe Backpack Harness (£14.99). The Backpack allows little ones to keep all their precious things together and features a removable strap, so you can hold on to them as they grow in confidence. 

The colourful Cozy Backpack even features a name tag with emergency contact details on, perfect for nursery or school trips.




Meal Planning Monday

Is it just me or is this year whizzing by? I'm in shock a little that we have reached February already when it feels like just yesterday we were counting down to Christmas! I am however looking forward to the arrival of spring, enjoying more time outdoors as a family, going on holidays and eating fresh salads al fresco. Hopefully Valentine's Day and half term will bring some excitement too. Bring on that sunshine.


Here is the menu for the week ahead





  • The Mini Mes have chicken burgers quite frequently at their dad's house so I decided these would be good to try at home too. I've not had one in a very long time so I'm rather looking forward to a 'fakeaway'

29 January 2016

Valentine's Day: Love Bug Pom Pom Craft

Minxy received lots of beautifully coloured yarn at Christmas so we decided to use some for a themed craft activity while it was wet at the weekend. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and these cute and lovable pom poms are actually really simple to create - we made some as key rings and bag accessories too.





Materials

5 Top Tips for Decluttering Your Home (WIN a £100 John Lewis Voucher)

Decluttering can significantly lower your stress levels and with the arrival of a new year there is no better time to tackle the overflowing toy boxes and cupboards. You may even want a good detox yourself after the festive feasts - I know I do!

Generally I have a big clear out and clean up on New Years Eve but this time I decided to raise a few pennies in the process, rather than just taking things to the tip. Hopefully my suggestions can help to make you a few £ which you could put towards something exciting for the family during 2016, like I intend.



27 January 2016

Cauliflower Cheese Recipe


With the family visiting regularly over the Christmas period I've had to cater for all tastes. I've cooked quite a few dishes that I wouldn't usually make for myself including this creamy cauliflower cheese which was a huge success - to the extent I made a second two days later for everyone upon request and a third shortly after!


Cauliflower Cheese



Ingredients

26 January 2016

WIN an Ultimate English Hamper


This Valentine’s, why not treat your loved one to the ultimate hamper of English fudge.
Launched in 2014, the Ultimate English range offers traditional goods made in Yorkshire, with a modern twist. We obviously think that fudge is great all year round, but what could be better than snuggling up with your loved one and a hamper of traditionally crafted confectionery?




This hamper is lovingly filled with a selection of Ultimate English products for you and your loved one to enjoy this 14th February:

  • Rhubarb Coconut Ice
  • All Butter Fudge
  • Salted Caramel Fudge
  • Madagascan Vanilla
  • Lemon Coconut Ice

Warning – you might find it hard to share!

The Importance Of Knowing What You Breathe (Plus WIN a uHoo Indoor Air Quality Sensor!)

Considering how much time you and your family spend at home, it's important to ensure the air around you is the best possible quality to inhale, especially if you suffer with allergies! 

The uHoo Indoor Air Sensor has been created to monitor temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOC), air pressure, carbon monoxide, ethanol and particulate matter (PM2.5) to keep the kids safe and provide peace of mind. You may think it's the summer months and the pollen outdoors that affects you most, but there are lots of common allergy causes during every season like this graphic below shows:





There are several things you can do to reduce the chances of suffering with allergies but a uHoo may really help in the long run!

25 January 2016

Haslet Recipe


Variety is the spice of life and this comes down to sandwich fillings too, apparently. The Mr loves a nice mixture for his lunch so I decided to make haslet as an alternative to the chicken, egg, tuna mayo etc that he would normally have between two slices of bread. It was a real success and the Mini Mes have enjoyed eating this too!




Ingredients

Meal Planning Monday

The weather hasn't been great with both snow and rain this week so I thought it was better to be prepared, and save myself from venturing out into the cold, by ordering online. Especially as my Morrisons shop last week was so successful. I had a rummage through the freezer beforehand and as we have overflowing drawers quite a lot in already I thought it would be a good idea to use that rather than spending a small fortune on food when it wasn't necessary. 
The Mr would be proud of my frugal ways!


Here is the menu this week:




  • We bought quite a lot of party food over the Christmas period for when family and friends visited and the plait is something that was popped in the freezer for another day. I must admit it looks rather delicious but I will be sticking with my New You Plan again this week (only 3 weeks to go!).

23 January 2016

Willow and Honey Candle Collection (PLUS Your Chance to Win!)


With Valentine's Day fast approaching it's time to seek out unique and beautiful gifts for your loved one and this new luxury candle collection may be the ideal treat this February. 
Handmade in the heart of the English countryside Willow and Honey is a luxury home fragrance brand designed to breathe a daily dose of serenity into every home.  Founded and run by two sisters, born out of love and a desire to create beautiful products with unique vegan and vegetarian fragrance oil combinations inspired by nature.


This elegant trio of soy candles features three fruity fragrances - Sweet Orange & Chilli, French Pear & Freesia and Fig & Cassis. Each is 60g in size with a burn time of around 15 hours so they will last for your romantic evening meal and far beyond. The candles can be burnt individually or together for a wonderful blended scent and being white they will match most interiors well if used for decorative purposes.


22 January 2016

Mr Big Tops - Sweets By Post (WIN 1 of 10 Boxes)

Would you like to come home from a busy day to discover a box of delicious sweets to devour? 
With Mr Big Tops you can order a delivery for yourself, send someone a surprise gift or arrange a box subscription - it's such a great idea!




There are over 60 retro style sweets to choose from on the website and it's a simple process of scrolling through the list and ticking your favourites when ordering. Six varieties from your selection will be sent, with loose ones wrapped within sealed bags for maximum freshness, inside an easy to open and recyclable cardboard box. You don't even need to worry about being at home as the box slides nicely through standard letterboxes. 

There are squishy marshmallows, gums, jellies, bars, lollipops and much more. 
Something to suit everyone.


Just a few of the sweets available