02 July 2015

We Love Lottie Dolls (Plus Your Chance To Win)

Lottie is a doll with a difference. She has a childlike shape to promote positive views on body image, she doesn't wear heels, makeup or jewellery and she has age appropriate roles so children can really connect with her. I'm so pleased to see toys like this available and Minxy was equally as excited to play with her!

We received the Butterfly Protector doll from the range that wears a jacket, hat, top, shorts, socks and boots - something a real child would typically wear for outdoor play. She comes complete with several coloured butterflies, a net, binoculars and also life cycle cards which teach your little ones about how caterpillars transform. As well as being fun she certainly has educational benefits too.

As soon as she was unboxed we went to see if we could find some butterflies in the garden ourselves.

30 June 2015

Grabbing a Last-Minute Holiday before the Summer Crowds

So many people experience wanderlust, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed as every new trip yields more and more ideas for places you still want to see. It’s especially hard when your work gets in the way, leaving less and less time to fit in all your explorations - when you find yourself trying to travel over major holidays and long weekends, you can find yourself paying more than anticipated.
If you find yourself trying to travel over the upcoming summer holidays, here are some of the best ways to snag a deal without a lot of forward planning:
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1. Choose your destination wisely.
If you’re looking for sunshine and cocktails rather than pools full of inflatables and an overload of families, you need to choose your destination with care. The crowds will generally be heading to popular resorts for beach breaks, so why not look for somewhere a little different? You won’t really know the best deals until you start looking, so it’s worthwhile to remain flexible and open-minded about your destination.

29 June 2015

Healthy Food On The Go With Formahouse (PLUS Your Chance To Win)

Whether your looking to control your portion sizes, present your child's lunch nicely for school or just find a stylish way to have food on the go, Forma House has the answer.
They are just launching a new brand, Monbento, and to celebrate we have collaborated to provide some great prizes from the range!


This is the first of the range from Monbento, based on the traditional Japanese Bento box, which is sleek in design and soft to the touch. It consists of 2 hermetic containers, and a removable separator so you can split the layers into compartments to suit your requirements. You can heat up your food with ease as it's safe for the microwave before popping it into the dishwasher for a clean.

26 June 2015

Around The World With Bernard Matthews

I quite regularly pick up a few packets of precooked meat when doing the weekly food shop as they are ideal for sandwiches, mixed with salads or served with jacket potatoes. I'd never really thought about using them as the protein in our family dinners however, but I was challenged to do so by Bernard Matthews in their Around The World in Five Days challenge so I thought I'd give it a go!

The idea was to serve a different themed meal each evening for 5 consecutive days using different types of turkey pieces. The recipes and food was provided, along with some props, and we actually discovered just how versatile the turkey is, with one meal in particular making its way onto our meal planner quite frequently since.


22 June 2015

Mini Makes - Rainbow Cheesecakes

I often like to surprise the Mini Mes with small treats upon their return from their dad's house or school. Although I love to make things with them I find it quite relaxing to have the kitchen to myself to be a little creative on a Sunday afternoon and that's exactly when I made these quick individually sized vanilla cheesecakes.
There isn't any baking required so they are a great dessert if you don't have much time on your hands. You can take a few minutes to make them and then leave them to chill until required.
Rainbow Cheesecake
90g digestive biscuits
30g butter
180g soft cheese
45 icing sugar
90ml double cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

21 June 2015

The Ultimate Father’s Day Entertainment Package (Giveaway)


To celebrate all of the amazing father figures in the world, I have teamed up with Warner Bros to offer a DVD bundle that will entertain dads everywhere for hours!
The prize includes:
  American Sniper
Horrible Bosses 2
This Is Where I Leave You
The Judge
300 Rise of an Empire
Edge of Tomorrow
Clint Eastwood Western 3 Film Boxset 
Gran Torino
You can find out more about Warner Bros movies and the latest releases over on Twitter.


 For your chance to win this 10 DVD package you can enter via the Gleam entry form below.
The giveaway ends at 11.59pm GMT on 20th July 2015.
Leaving a comment is mandatory but there are additional entry methods available also.
Good luck!

18 June 2015

Celebrating the Arrival of Princess Charlotte (PLUS Your Chance To Win)

It’s no big secret that children can become a little jealous when a new sibling arrives in to any family. Sharing toys, attention and parents is a new concept to little ones, and it can take some time getting used to.
To help embrace the birth of his new little sister and to prepare for her arrival home, Zapf creation gifted Prince George with his very own Baby Charlotte doll. Mimicking the weight of a real life baby, Baby Annabell is the UK’s number one nurturing doll and with a number of very realistic functions, it’s easy to see why.

Baby Annabell’s lifelike features include responding to touch and sounds, crying real
tears, giggling, sucking on her bottle or dummy and being gently rocked to sleep. Baby Annabell is the perfect doll to get Prince George up to speed on baby holding techniques and help have him ready to bottle feed Baby Charlotte in no time.

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