23 April 2014

A New Craze - Zomlings! *WIN*

If you are looking for pocket money mini figures, look no further. Zomlings are a new collectible and swappable from Magic Box for children, available in shops near you now!

We received a box filled with the squishy characters to review and they were an instant hit... not only with the Mini Mes but with their friends too who were begging for a look in the playground.

Each figure is like a miniature monster being zombie themed but they are more cute than scary and are suitable for both boys and girls. They are vibrant in colour and come in individual blind packs for

Simple Sausage Rolls

The picnic weather approaches so save a trip to the bakery by making your own sausage rolls at home! These are quick and so simple to make that you will wonder why you haven't made them before.

22 April 2014

Macaroni Cheese

This has become a favourite for the Mini Mes recently which is not surprising as like me, they love cheese. They often request it for dinner and any leftovers are ideal for lunch boxes the following day. It's great for the Mr too to take to work for a carb energy kick.

17 April 2014

Pesto Chicken, Spinach and Tomato Tart

With it being half term there are plenty of opportunities to get busy baking in the kitchen and Minxy loves to be hands on when it comes to cooking. She made this delicious pastry tart using Jus-Rol pastry on Monday and it was all gone by the evening! 

It's ideal for a hot lunch or light dinner, you can even slice it and take it on a picnic - it's so versatile!

16 April 2014

Easter with Thorntons

When it comes to Easter I generally leave buying gifts until the very last minute so that I can shop around for the best offers and save money - but the great deals at Thorntons really caught my eye this year.

They have 3 eggs for £25 (which includes their delicious Fudge Brownie, Raspberry Cheesecake and Banoffee Pie versions), 5 eggs for £25 and 4 gifts for just £12 which makes your pennies go that little bit further. They have such great variety and create beautiful and quality chocolate that it makes it hard to decide which to choose! 

We were asked to take our pick from the goodies available to review and I would've been crazy to refuse. I selected the Easter Chocolate Surprise hamper which at just £25, reduced from £50, is a complete bargain. It has something for every member of the family and was therefore ideal for us.

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside - California Cliffs

Last week we escaped from the hustle and bustle of every day life and travelled to Great Yarmouth for a few days. Our accommodation was within a 5 minute walk of a fairly quiet beach so we took a stroll there each evening to play in the sand.

We wrote our names with stones, skimmed rocks, built a wall to block the sea and we even spotted some seals! There is something about an empty beach that is so relaxing. Watching the waves crash, the glistening shells and listening to the Mini Mes giggle as the water splashes them always makes me smile.

Although I adore travelling abroad any beach will make the Mini Mes happy and if they are happy then I am too.

15 April 2014

Easter with Guylian *WIN*

Easter is just a few days away and if you haven't managed to pick up any tasty treats yet for your loved ones never fear - my Guylian giveaway is here!

We have three prizes up for grabs:

Luxury Egg 
Guylian’s Luxury Egg is accompanied by a full sized Luxury Belgian Collection box containing a mix of both classic Guylian Sea Shells, Opus, Perlines and Trufflina chocolates. It oozes elegance and would make a lovely gift for a couple to share this Easter... that's if you really want to give it away! Both the egg and chocolates are rich in flavour so you can savour the taste over time. This is one that will last a while.
RRP £10.99. 

Sea Shell Egg 
This delicious chocolate egg comes with a classic box of Guylian’s iconic praline Sea Shell chocolates and is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. A great sized set for an individual that is presented with class in white and gold. 
RRP £5.99. 

Guylian Mini Filled Eggs
Each Guylian Mini Filled chocolate egg is individually wrapped and there are three delicious flavours within each box; milk chocolate truffle, milk chocolate praline and dark chocolate praline. These are perfect for the younger generation and egg hunts around the home and garden! The Mini Mes are big fans of these.
RRP £3.49.

*** WIN ***

For your chance to win 1 of 3 Guylian Easter products as above, you can enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below. 

The giveaway closes on Friday 18th April 2014.

Good luck!

*We received some Easter products for the purpose of this post. The opinions given are honest and our own*

14 April 2014

Easter Footwear from Inch Blue *WIN*

Chocolate eggs aren't always suitable for babies and toddlers so a nice alternative will probably be required this Easter. Inch Blue, leaders in the children's soft shoe market, have some lovely gift ideas for your little ones this April and celebrating their 15th year of business this British family-run company provides products you can trust!

They have lots of lovely designs available including these beautiful and soft leather shoes with a bunny motif - ideal for Easter...

All the shoes are hand stitched in the Inch Blue factory situated in Wales, using soft Chrome-6 free

Kleeneze Easter Eggs

We have had great fun decorating eggs, making bunny cards and bonnets with Easter approaching and we have now had the pleasure of creating our very own Easter eggs with Kleeneze Egg Moulds!

You can buy online for £5.99 and have them delivered directly to your door, which is ideal for busy mums and dads that don't fancy a trip to town, or you can always order from your local representative too. The great thing about them being silicone is that they can be used year after year and removing the eggs once set is seriously easy - you don't need to worry that they will get stuck as they are flexible and non-stick!

How To Make Your Own Easter Eggs
  • Melt your chosen chocolate (200g approx) in a bowl above a pan of hot water stirring

13 April 2014

Easter Alternatives - Gift Ideas For Kids

It's more than likely that your little ones will receive plenty of sweet treats from friends and family this Easter, so you may wish to avoid any extra E numbers by purchasing chocolate-free gifts!

Whether your child is 2 or 10 these ideas should help you pick the perfect present.

  • Frizzie the Lamb and Diva the Canary are part of the 'My Blue Nose Friends' collection, featuring a blue nose and patches, and they are arriving in stores just in time for Easter! They are seriously soft to the touch so ideal for plenty of hugs and with their own unique character they are lovely for role play games and more. Frizzie is forever getting lost as she is a curious little creature whereas Diva loves to be the centre of attention! At £5 these are perfect for play this April - and even great for grown ups that collect them too.

  • Yellow Moon is a firm favourite when it comes to crafts and their Easter product range is bound to please any creative child. With Scratch Art Egg Decorations, Suncatchers, Daffodil Wreaths and Easter Sprinkles galore they will certainly help to keep your kids entertained until they return to nursery or school. There are even Bunny Cards to make and send to loved ones! The Mini Mes really like these items, especially Minxy.

  • The kids can enjoy a colour-in eggstravaganze this April with a table cloth, bunting and Easter egg hunt clues to doodle on from Eggnogg. Colouring is not only ideal for rainy days indoors, it has endless benefits for children when it comes to concentration, imaginative and coordination skills - they can learn while having fun without evening knowing it! The bunting will decorate the garden nicely and the table cloth keeps little ones busy while waiting for their Easter feast. The Mini Mes have really liked colouring a different section each mealtime and finding how many eggs and birds there are in total.

  • You might worry about your child's sweet intake but you can feel guilt-free with Goody Good Stuff with their all-natural gum range. They are free from fat, meat, dairy, alcohol, gluten, egg, nut, soy and gelatine so ideal for allergies too. We really like the Strawberries & Cream and Tropical Fruit flavours in particular but there are 8 varieties to choose from something for every taste. A great food gift without the chocolate.

  • With Eggling you can grow your own plants at home this Easter, inside an egg - its fun and educational for kids! The egg already contains peat mixture and seeds so it's as simple as cracking the top with a spoon, adding a splash of water and then popping in some sunlight to create your indoor garden. The kit comes complete with a terracotta tray and extra seeds to use. Once your plants have grown for as long as 5 months within the egg you can place it directly into soil to continue flourishing! There are three herbs, three flowers and four special edition Egglings to collect. 

What gifts will you be buying this Easter?

*We received the above products for the purpose of a post. The thoughts given are honest and our own*

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