Monthly Archives: December 2017

Keeping babies socks on with Twiddle Ons | Review

Our little boy Freddie is just over 5 months old now and is forever loosing his socks so when we had a delivery of “Twiddle Ons” from Sock Ons I couldn’t wait to try them out on him.

We received 1 set of Twiddle ons with fishes on, they are made up of lots of sensory parts so baby can feel and hear different sounds when wearing them.

Freddie loving them and they kept him happy and mesmerized for ages.  I feel these are a must have for babies for their development.

The great thing about these is they are all “One size” so will fit all little feet.   They would make a great little gift too.

These RRP at £8.99 which I feel is reasonable.

  • I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday | 11/12/2017

TWO WEEKS TILL CHRISTMAS!!

Well last week was a massive fail with our meal planning, so going to try and ressume myself this week with the run up to Christmas.  I do also need to go food shopping again but with the weather don’t fancy going out in it so may resort to doing an online shop, and the shopping can come to me.

This weeks meal planning consists of:

Butter Chicken Curry, Rice & Naan Bread

Pan Fried Pork with homemade sweet potato fries

Tuna Pasta Bake

Hunter Chicken Lasanga Parcels

Pitta Pizza’s and chips

Quiche, Rice & Salad

Full Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

Whats on your Dinner plate this week?

Christmas Gifts For Men & Women | 2017

I love shopping for Christmas presents and try to start after the mad rush of birthdays in October.  For me, gift giving at this time of year is all about the little things that you know someone will love rather than the big, expensive gifts. Each year it gets harder to think of gifts for the family especially the men.

For the Women

We’re starting off with this lovely Nivea Gift set priced at £5.00.  The box contains:
Express Care Hand Cream 75ml, Express Hydration Body Lotion 250ml & Hydro Care Caring Lip Balm 4.8g.

Initial Mug RRP £14.50

A lovely gift idea for family and friends, or anyone with a love of coffee and tea. Our high quality bone china personalised mugs can be printed with a name or message of your choosing. We have a wide range of unique and novel designs to create a personalised gift for any occasion, from weddings to birthdays. They also make great Christmas stocking fillers.

Initial Letter K China Mug

Nelson’s Massage Oil -£8.59

Nelson’s Calendula Cream – £7.28

The Nelson’s bath and massage oil can be poured into a bath for a deeply relaxing soak – perfect for after all the stress of the festive season or used as a massage oil to soothe aching muscles. The Calendula cream is an absolute staple in my eyes. It’s a multi-purpose, highly moistering cream for rough, dry, flaky or chapped skin – ideal for winter skin care!

And for those Party Animals out there, this party ready set from Superdrug would be perfect.

Superdrug Honey and Almond Foot Pack £1.99

Superdrug Tea Tree and Peppermint Foot Pack £1.99

Superdrug Intensive Foot Lotion £3.49

Scholl Party Heel Shield £4.99

Superdrug Brightening Eye Drops 10 ml £2.99

Superdrug Kids Plasters Tin Can x24 £2.99

Hairburst Healthy Hair vitamins 1 Month Supply £25.00

For the Men

How about some festive Ale for the men in your family?  I know my dad loves things like this so it’s a perfect gift.

Not a very exciting present but quite essential for the men in our lives, my husband was excited for these so he can trim him beard.

Gillette Mach 3 Start – £5.50

Gillette Fusion – £9.00

How about clothing? This Baby Dadmin T-shirt is perfect for any Dads out there.  The store also offers hoodies and many more items of clothing.

Baby Dadmin T-Shirt £22.00

  • We went sent most of the above products for inclusion in this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Gifts for Under 5’s | Christmas Gift Guide 2017

We have finally finished the majority of our Christmas shopping for the family, just a few more to go then all the wrapping up to contend with.

My little boy is teething and is chewing everything he can possibly get hold of so this dinosaur teether toy from borngifted is perfect for your little ones.

They are priced at £8.99 and have a big range to choose from.

For those babies finding their feet, these Twiddle Ons would be perfect, they have bells, crinkle noises and different textures to help them learn.

Twiddle Ons £8.99

Children that are slightly older, how about a gorgeous personalised book from Wonderbly .  We have just received a copy of this and we love it and can read the full review here.

The Christmas Snowflake  £19.99

Good Bubble also have gift sets that are perfect for any baby or young child.  Their products smell great and the gift set includes a bath mitt as well – making it a really lovely stocking filler.  You can read our full review here

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For the kids that are learning to walk then these little sock shoes from Attipas would be perfect for beginners.

Blue Sneakers £9.99

How about a collectiable soft toy for your little ones? These adorable Christmas Mickey & Minnie Mouse Itty Bitty’s from Hallmark would be a perfect stocking filler for your Disney lovers.

Minnie Mouse £7.94

Mickey Mouse £7.94

And lastly, I suppose this could be for 5 and over aswell but will include it in here. Meet the Densters, they are den making toy monsters that act as clips/pegs and help kids build amazing dens with bed sheets and blankets.

You can buy them here and are priced at £25.00 for the set

  • We were sent some of these product to include in this gift guide.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Christmas Snowflake | Review

I love books, love reading them and I’m now making sure my little boy has the same by reading him stories and building him a collection up just like I had when I was a little girl.

Today I’m very excited to share something both beautiful and Christmassy with you – a wonderful, heart-warming and stunningly illustrated book The Christmas Snowflake by Wonderbly.

Wonderbly make the most beautiful, personalised books for children and we’ve been lucky enough to review one, So when wonderbly asked if we’d like to receive a copy of their new release for Christmmas, The Christmas Snowflake, I was only too happy to accept the offer.

We were able to personalise the book with a little note from ourself to our little boy Freddie for him to keep which I thought was lovely and is a perfect keepsake gift for anyone.

The Christmas Snowflake story centres around a snowflake, who is looking for a place to call home this Christmas – but only you and your loved ones can help her.  This is such a lovely, festive tale story.  The illustrations are absolutely stunning and you can add up to nine family members, which I think is great for thosee who are blessed with larger families – no one gets left out.

I decided to stick to just the three of us.  As an added extra surprise, the final page of the book contains a sweet little pull-out keepsake Snowflake ornament – perfect for hanging proudly on your Christmas tree.

The book prices start at £19.99, it is printed on luxurious, premium quality paper and available in hardback.

I would be sure to buy books from Wonderbly as presents for friends and family.

  • I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Degustabox | November 2017

Another lovely box from Degustabox with lots of yummy tasty goodies in.  This will be our fourth box now, but don’t have a firm favourite yet as love everything in them so far will decide once I receive Decembers box.

If you haven’t heard of Degustabox, It’s a monthly surprise food and drink subscription box, costing just £12.99. You can cancel them whenever you want and it’s a great way of trying new things. It arrives by DPD courier and I get an email and text message to tell me exactly what time it will arrive, so I can organise for it to be left in a safe place or delivered to our neighbours if were not in.

Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch RRP £2.00

These looked yummy and very festive and will be great for nibbles when the family comes round.  The only things I’m not keen on is the nuts but the cranberries & chocolate buttons are delicious.

Cadbury Picnic Bites RRP £1.99

unfortunately neither my husband or I like these, but I’m sure we will find someone in the family that will.

Proper corn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn RRP £0.89

Popcorn is a big yes in our house, we love all flavours.  This was happily devoured while we were watching a movie together.

Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes RRP £1.39

I enjoy rice cakes and these are pretty similar, they make a quick, easy and healthy lunch snack.

Kallo Organic Stock Pots RRP £1.80

We received chicken. As one of the main meats we eat in our house they came in very useful.  These have so much flavour in and can be added to lot of different chicken dishes to add extra taste and flavour. I love that they are organic, gluten-free and so simple to use.

Taylors of Harrogate RRP £4.49

I’m not a lover of coffee but my husband is so this will certainly come in very useful for him and may now have to buy him a cafetière seeing as we don’t have one.

Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil RRP £3.00

We’ve had tuna before in another box but it’s something we always keep in the house.  It’s full of flavour but at £3.00 I do feel it’s expensive, so won’t buy this when shopping.

Alo RRP £1.99

I have done the Forever diet before and we had to drink it as part of it and I quiet liked it so am looking forward to drinking this.

The Jelly Bean Factory Super sour’s RRP £1.79

I got very excited when I pulled these out the box, these were opened immediately without a second thought of sharing them and I will be picking these up again on my shopping trips.

Filippo Berio Pesto

Unfortunately again this is another product Neither my husband or me like, but i’m sure we will find someone in the family that will like it.

Dalston’s Fizzy Apple RRP £1.89

I love all things apple so this went down a treat, so refreshing and even better when taken from the fridge cold.

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney RRP £1.99

I have never had this before, but gave it ago but it’s not something I like and couldn’t eat it so won’t be buying this again.

Weetabix Additions Apple and Raisin RRP £ 2.99

I love weetabix, and like apple and raisins seperately, but I was pleasantly surprised by these and actually really enjoyed them.  Another product to be added to my weekley shopping list.

If you like the sound of this box then head over to Degustabox to order yours NOW!

  • I received this box for the purposes of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Boozy Brandy Truffle

Every year, without fail I would help my mum make her christmas special treat that everyone in the family goes mad for, It’s my mums famous Brandy Truffles, they are definitely not for kids.

My sister in Law Rachel from Coffee, Cake, Kids wrote about them a while ago but I thought I would share it again with you all.  They are super easy to make and don’t require any baking.

All you need to make these are:

Ingredients:
150g Bournville or other good quality dark chocolate
40ml brandy or rum
50g unsalted butter
60g icing sugar, sieved
50g ground almonds
Approx 16 small paper cases

Break up all of the chocolate into a bowl and put this over a pan of hot water or place in microwave (becareful not to burn it). Add the alcohol and the butter and mix until melted completely.  Finally mix in the sieved icing sugar and ground almonds until well blended.

20131223-201218.jpgJust leave the mixture in a cool place until it is firm enough to handle. Divide into approx even sized pieces and roll into balls. You can either grate any left over chocolate or use chocolate sprinkles, place on greaseproof paper and roll the truffles in it. And finally put into the little cake cases.

These are gorgeous. A little tub of them would make a fab gift for a teacher or family member – if you could resist eating them first!!