27 April 2016

Win Nature’s Perfect Gift with NatureBee

This month we have teamed up with New Zealand based health brand Nature Bee, who are giving one lucky entrant the chance to win a selection of their coveted health and beauty products worth over £150. 

Already well known in New Zealand, Australia, China and the USA, Nature Bee has just launched in the UK market. To celebrate, they’re offering you the chance to thrive from the hive and kick-start a new healthy lifestyle this spring!

With 25 x more vitamin A than carrots, 58 x more iron than spinach and 5 x more protein than red meat (weight for weight), NatureBee’s potentiated pollen capsules are considered one of the most nutritionally complete foods. 

Potentiated pollen is much more digestible than normal store bought bee pollen as the potentiation process ruptures the pollen cell wall and allows your digestive juices to absorb more of the nutrients in the pollen. Today scientists describe pollen as a complete food containing ALL the nutrients 
essential for human survival! 

Enjoy up to 50% Off Garden & Outdoor and Win a Ryobi Grass Trimmer with Very!

If you haven’t started already, then you’ll no doubt at least be thinking of getting your garden in tip top shape for Summer. The Bank Holiday weekend offers the perfect time to get out and do all those jobs to get your garden ready (fingers crossed for sunshine!)

So this weekend, Very.co.uk are running a special offer of up to half price off selected outdoor & DIY products. And to celebrate, they’ve given The Mini Mes and Me a Ryobi 18 volt cordless grass trimmer worth £99 to give away to one of my lovely readers!

This Ryobi grass trimmer will help make it so easy to get your garden looking great with an ergonomic design and as it’s so lightweight with a lithium-ion battery with IntelliCell technology, you can use it for even longer.

21 April 2016

Cooking Fever Review and Chocolate Hamper Giveaway

As a family that loves to try new and exciting recipes, spend afternoons baking and host theme nights with cuisines from around the world, we were eager to try the Cooking Fever app. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, WP and Kindle it is easy and FREE to download to make rainy days, travel or waiting rooms that little bit more fun!

  • More than 400 dishes to cook using 100 ingredients
  • 15 unique locations: Bakery, Fast-Food Court, Chinese, Pizzeria, Seafood Bistro, Indian Diner, Breakfast Café, Sushi, Chinese, Ice Cream Bar, Paradise Cocktail Bar, Corn Dog Van, Café Mexicana, House of Crab and FC Barcelona Sports Bar. More locations are on the way!
  • More than 500 levels to complete
  • Hundreds of upgrades for your kitchen appliances and interiors
  • Lots of spontaneous Challenges for different levels

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Rock Pooling and Ice Creams

When we travel we always try to fit in as much as we can to make the most of our family breaks, and we like to pick attractions that will keep us busy for several hours at a time. As Minxy is more than a little obsessed with animals and wants to be a vet one day, and Jamster loves everything prehistoric, we thought there was no better place to visit while in Devon than the Dinosaur and Wildlife Park at Combe Martin with rock pooling to follow.

Wildlife and Dinosaur Park Devon review - Minxy with a pterodactyl

The dinosaurs are set within a beautiful botanical garden with natural waterfalls and streams for a truly tranquil experience. They are often lurking between tropical trees and bushes but as they are seriously huge in size, possibly even to scale, they are certainly easy to spot! 

19 April 2016

Aldi Specialbuys Baby Range Giveaway

With everything from travel cots and toys to bouncers and booster seats, Aldi’s Specialbuys Baby range is sure to have something to keep your little ones content this season and beyond! 

The offers are available in stores and online from the 21st April, while stocks last, and to celebrate we have a Scuttlebug to giveaway which will provide plenty of outdoor fun this Spring.

Aldi’s trikes are perfect for getting the kids out and about. The Scuttlebug (£19.99) is great for little ones (12 months+) to help them learn and develop their balance.

You can find out more information on the Baby Range Specialbuys on the Aldi website.

18 April 2016

WIN 1 of 5 'Draw With Me, Dad!' Books

Create beautiful artwork and spend quality time together with 'Draw With Me, Dad!'

Last week I added a lovely giveaway to win 1 of 5 'Colour With Me, Mum!' books and now I have one for the fathers to enjoy with their little ones too!

Drawing is a great activity to develop creativity and imaginations and it also takes the children away from technology for a while so you can bond.

15 April 2016

Slow Cooked Lamb Rogan Josh #LivePeasant

With a busy week ahead I wanted to ensure I had some quick and easy meals on the planner and slow cooked recipes are so ideal for this. I can literally pop all of the ingredients into the pot in the morning, head out to meet friends/work/appointments and serve up a delicious meal in the evening. Minimal effort and amazing food - the perfect combo.

We really enjoyed the Slow Cooked Beef with Gnocchi I made just a few days ago so I decided to put another #LivePeasant recipe to the test. The Live Peasant campaign encourages you to boost your lamb and beef intake through slow cooked, hearty and rustic style meals that are often far more affordable and far more convenient for families. This time we opted for a dish featuring lamb as the protein and with a little more spice - Rogan Josh!  What I love about this is that it only takes a few minutes to prep and as the carbs and veg are all cooked in the slow cooker with the meat so I didn't need to worry about cooking extras or sides to accompany it, although there are some suggested below.

Slow Cooked Lamb Rogan Josh #LivePeasant

13 April 2016

The Big Sheep and Saunton Sands

We spent a week during the Easter holiday in Woolacombe and we had such a wonderful time, especially as the weather was on our side and the days were filled with sunshine. After travelling to our accommodation on the Monday, popping to the supermarket for a few essentials and enjoying our first BBQ of the year on the patio, we planned our days out for the rest of our visit. I still really like to be organised even when we are away from home so I know what we are up to and when and I can prepare appropriately.

Being spring there are lots of lambs being born and we didn't want to miss the opportunity of seeing and even feeding a few, therefore we decided to spend Tuesday at The Big Sheep in Bideford followed by the beach at Saunton Sands. It was just a 30 minute drive away from where we were staying so it wasn't too long in the car and the scenery in the area is so beautiful it felt like just minutes until we were parked up and heading through the reception area.

Baby Goat Kid at The Big Sheep in Devon

Firstly we went on The Big One, a brand new roller coaster which opened last summer and is great for little ones and adults alike. The Mini Mes really loved this as although it's not a white knuckle ride as such there are a few twists and dips to keep them excited! It's 400m long and reaches heights of up to 13m so there are plenty of squeals of delight while on board for the two laps. The gents running the ride were really amusing too and there was a lovely family feel about the entire attraction from start to finish.