27 February 2017

A Wonderful Weekend in Wymondham - Pillar Box House

Curling up with a book next to an open fire after an evening watching the stars from the hot tub is a wonderful way to spend a winters evening. We travelled to Wymondham towards the end of last year for a family break and it was one of the most relaxing getaways I've experienced. To the extent that I've already been looking to book a return trip with Cottages.com for the Easter break.




The rural location was perfect for us as we could enjoy the wildlife and peaceful walks with Spartan each day, pets are welcome to stay at Pillar Box House for no additional fee, yet it was also reasonably close to the beach and attractions there.

The property itself is detached and was like a home from home with all of the essential tools and equipment required, including an incredible stove, for cooking a family feast. There was also a washing machine in case you fancy sorting your laundry before travelling home and if you do wish to share a photo or two online with loved ones (who doesn't like to brag that they are having a wonderful time?) there is wifi available.

23 February 2017

Fifty Shades Darker Giveaway

Have you seen the movies and read the books? To celebrate the release of Fifty Shades Darker in cinemas this month, we have a lovely prize bundle up for grabs.

You don't even need to have a partner to enjoy it...




The winner will receive candles, a party game, the movie soundtrack and also some delicious chocolates to enjoy!

16 January 2017

Egg Curry - A Winter Warmer

With plenty of rain and snow expected over the upcoming weeks, you may be seeking some comforting family meal suggestions and this curry is ideal. Similarly to my other Eggcentric recipes it is quick and easy to make, it can be prepared and cooked in less than 30 minutes, and it's a great source of protein provided by the British Lion eggs. It is incredibly aromatic and has a mild heat to it which is wonderful to enjoy on colder days in particular - like the weather we are expecting.

Pop it on your meal planner for next week and see what your little ones think.




Ingredients

12 January 2017

WIN a Game and Puzzle Bundle

If spending more time together as a family is a resolution for you this year, this bundle is bound to help! You can sit with a game or complete some puzzles with the kids for a great bonding experience while they also benefit by learning through play. Win win.

Dalmatian Dominoes - RRP: £12.95
The 28 Dalmatian puppy-shaped dominoes that feature various numbers of spots offer a great twist on the traditional game of dominoes!

11 January 2017

Shimmer 'n Sparkle Sew Crazy Machine

If your little ones fancy taking up a new hobby to kick start the year, sewing is a great way to get their creative juices flowing. It's ideal for anyone that likes fashion or art in particular too, just like Minxy and I.

We've been putting the Shimmer n Sparkle Sew Crazy Machine to the test recently and we've had plenty of fun with fabric, making a variety of items.




Aimed at children aged 8+ this is an ideal stater machine for tweens and teens that want to give sewing a go, without parents breaking the bank in the process on equipment, and before buying a costly professional/adult alternative. The set comes with 2 small pieces of material, patterns, thread, needles and a useful storage caddy to pop all of the bits and pieces in to. All of the essentials that you require although it would've been nice to have more or larger pieces of cloth for additional projects.

The machine is also pre-threaded for convenience and has two speed settings which can be altered via the pedal or machine itself. It doesn't however come with the 4 AA batteries that are needed to operate it or an mains adapter (we would recommend getting one as it can be frustrating when turning the machine upside-down to remove batteries mid project). 

16 December 2016

Christmas Gift Giveaway #12

WIN A BRILLIANT BUNDLE OF THREE NEW GAMES - WORTH £58!

In collaboration with Drumond Park, we have a wonderful prize up for grabs – a trio of new table-top games which will keep the whole family enthralled and entertained over the festive season.



In the DIG IN! game (rrp £19.99, age 8 to adult) players take turns to frantically sift through the big white Dig In! bowl with both hands, trying to find the exact six pieces (all everyday items – button, train, dog, plane, rocket, bike, key etc.) in the right colour which they need to fill their picture card… in just 15 seconds flat. If no one succeeds first time round, everyone ‘digs in’ together, using one hand each. There is no time limit for this stage, and the winner of the round is the player who all the six items illustrated on his or her card. It’s a unique and spell-binding formula, ensuring hours of stimulating fun for the players, who are desperate to be the first to fill their card!