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Friday, 19 December 2014

Almost christmas!

Just a quick post from me today but can you believe its almost christmas! 

I think the blue skies (although very cold) are throwing me off a little bit and I keep having to remind myself it really is less than 1 week until the big day. Theres just snow about snow that automatically makes it chrismassy right? 

James is so excited, Not helped by the visit from santa as school this week which has sent him into christmas overdrive and every night before bed we get "is santa coming tonight" lol.

This will of course be Evie's first christmas and although I know she is really still to young to understand any of it she has loved the christmas lights on the tree and I cant wait to spend it as a family all together. 

James loved putting up the decorations! Here he is putting the all important final touch to the christmas tree (the angel on top of course!) 

We have also been introducing some new traditions for James and Evie to enjoy such as Elf on the shelf and a christmas eve basket (post to follow with pics). 

Heres some of the things our naughty elf has been up too - 

So now I just have the big christmas food shop to do, YAY lots of christmas goodies! and a few more presents to wrap.

Do you have any christmas traditions you do every year? Are you all organised for christmas? 


Through the ages.

I recently came across this and thought it was really interesting! I am guilty of stereotyping bingo a little myself. Well that is until I went along to a bingo hall myself and realised a lot of the people in the hall were young! Now I have had 2 babies a bingo hall is not somewhere I can get to easily get to so online bingo is a fab alternative! I never got lucky when I went to play but then I didn't play for very long and it was lots of fun having a go.

Here is so interesting facts about how bingo has changed through the years - 

Where you as suprised as I was? 
So why not have a go at online bingo yourself. Once all of the turkey has been eaten, presents opened and the children destroying the 1 million boxes to play with their new presents why not put your feet up and have a go.

Fancy having a try at online bingo yourself? Then pop over to Paddy Power Bingo. You never know you may even get lucky! 


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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Lakeland Family Fun Hamper **REVIEW**

I am a bit of a sucker for hampers! I find myself browsing through all the different hamper options when they all start appearing around christmas. So as you can imagine I was over the moon to be offered a family hamper from Lakeland to try out. 

I do often find hampers centre around 1 type of product i.e alcohol, cheeses, chocolate etc but that is where the Lakeland family fun hamper is a little different.

The family fun hamper contains a mix of chocolate, sweets, puddings, crisps, sauces, drinks, crackers and even games!

Here is what is included in the Lakeland family fun hamper -
  • Half-Coated Chocolate Christmas Tree Biscuits (200g).
  • Claire’s Smoky Red Pepper Salsa Dip (200g).
  • Montezuma’s Giant Milk Chocolate Buttons (180g).
  • Mackie’s Sea Salt Crisps (150g).
  • Cartmel Chocolate Sauce (170g).
  • Chocca Mocca Belgian Drinking Chocolate (150g).
  • Cole’s Chocolate Steamed Pudding Twin Pack (2 x 110g).
  • Propercorn Sweet & Salty (30g).
  • Perry Court Farm Apple Juice (75cl).
  • Australian Soft Eating Liquorice – Strawberry Flavoured (500g).
  • Milk Chocolate Battleships (140g).
  • Sprout Roulette (120g).
  • 8 Bingo Crackers.
  • The World’s Silliest Family Jokes.
The box arrived beautifully packaged in a multi-coloured very sturdy cardboard box with everything inside individually wrapped again in sturdy card. 

We loved the addition of the fun games which is not something I have seen in other hampers. My personal favourite game included was the chocolate battleships. Its a game all the family can have a giggle over and there is chocolate to eat (whats not to love!?! lol). I also know that my mum and sister will have a real giggle at the sprouts game. The addition of the family jokes tin was a great idea too as they are something that can be packed away and brought out every christmas. 

I love how this box had such a variety of products in it. It really is the ultimate family hamper with some real luxury products to enjoy. There is so much included that you could even break the hamper down and give some of the products as gifts if you wished too. 

All of the products inside are high quality and totally delicious! The family fun hamper would make a fantastic gift for a family if you are looking for something a little bit different to send as a gift. 

If this hamper isnt for you, no problem Lakeland have SO many hampers to choose from you are bound to find one that is perfect for you. Why not pop over and check out all the hampers available on their website here -

You can also stay up to date with all the latest news, offers and new products on the Lakeland twitter and facebook pages here  - 

What hamper do you most like the look of over on the Lakeland website? 


Sunday, 14 December 2014

November Degustabox **REVIEW**

Whats not to love about a monthly box delivered straight to your door filled to the brim with exciting new food and drink items to try from new and existing brands? Well that is exactly what Degustabox brings you! 

We have been receiving the Degustabox for several months now and I can honestly say we have NEVER been disappointed by the contents of any of our boxes.

Here is what was inside our November Degustabox - 

Kettle Chips. 
All the greatness of the original Kettle chips but in two tasty new flavours these flavours are limited edition for christmas so get yours quick! We had the Salsa Mesquite flavour in our box and they were delicious. When I first saw them I was a bit dubious as its not a flavour I would normally pick up but im glad I got to try them. They have a lovely heat to them and taste a cross between barbecue and tomato. RRP £2.19 each

Cool Dawn Recovery Drinks.
Cool dawn drinks are a herbal detox drink that is designed to cure/prevent hangovers. These are suppose to be drink at the end of the night after you have been drinking and then again in the morning if needed. The flavour is suppose to be a combination of liquorice and citrus but I have to admit the taste really wasn't great. Im not a big drinker anyway so I hadn't had a chance to properly try them out. RRP £1.49 each.

Lindor My Melting Moment. 
These were my favourite thing in the box (who doesnt love chocolate!?!) There were actually 5 inside the box so plenty to go around and we all loved them. It was fantastic to find a high quality chocolate brand in the box and I loved the start shapes (perfect for christmas!) RRP £0.65 each.

Kents Kitchen Flavour Shots.
I love trying things like this. With James now at school and Evelyn always demanding my attention for cuddles or feeding it can be hard to get a tasty meal on the table each night. So these flavour shots that can be just added in with meat, veg, pasta and potatoes etc pack the meal with loads of flavour making a tasty meal simply and quickly. We had the Fajita flavour shots which had a little bit of spice to them but we all really enjoyed them even James who is 5! RRP £1.85 each (4 pots per pack).

Branston Chutney.
Branston already produce lots of delicious products but now they have introduced a new product to their range Chutney! You can choose from Caramelised onion or Mediterranean tomato. Included in our box was the Mediterranean tomato. Im not really a bit fan of chutney but I gave them to my dad who was delighted to try them and gave them a big thumbs up. He said they had a lovely rich flavour. RRP £1.50. 

PIP Organic fruit juice. 
PIP organic is a family run london based business that produce award winning pure organic juices and smooties. We received the apple fruit juice in our box and it was really tasty and refreshing. PIP fruit juices are made from 100% organix fruit and not from concentrate and you can really taste this in the flavour. James enjoyed them too and you could really taste the fresh apple. RRP £1.50 each.

Montano Cider.
This Italian crafted cider is solely made from the apples grown in the foothills of the Trentino region of Northern Italy. Both myself and hubby enoyed this. It had a smooth refreshing taste that was easy to drink. RRP £2.79 each.

Holy Cow Curries.
Holy Cow sachets are authentic indian curries made from all natural ingredients, No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives just great tastes! These sachets also have the added bonus of being gluten free and suitable for vegatatians. These again were perfect for putting together a quick but tasty meal. Myself and James enjoyed the curry (we are curry wimps and dont like anything too spicy lol) and Hubby enjoyed the Madras which he said was great and packed a real punch. RRP £1.69 each. 

Also included in the box this month was a gift!! Yep thats right Degustabox sent out an extra gift to all of there loyal customers who had been with them from the get go. Its so great to hear of a company rewarding existing customers and not just new customers. 
The gift we received were these totally delicious Baru Marshmallows. 
These were totally delicious marshmallows are dipped in chocolate and flavoured with sea salt caramel. Such a lovely gift! 

Do you fancy trying Degustabox out for yourself? You can order your box here from the website and if you use the code AOP76  to receive £3 off your order. 

Each box is priced at just £12.99 (£9.99) using the code above and that included postage. As you can see the value of the contents inside the box far outweighs the price of the box. We always look forward to ours turning up and have been introduced to so many fab products and brands since receiving our Degustabox.

Do you have a friend who you think would love this box? How about sending one as a christmas present? 

What is your favourite item from the box this month? 


Friday, 12 December 2014

Organix Goodies Christmas selection box.

With christmas coming the shops are filled with chocolate, sweets and selection boxes which are great as a treat for older children but what about the younger toddlers? 

Well the fantastic people at Organix have come up with the Organix Goodies Christmas selection box for children 12 months +. 

Each selection box contains -

Box Contents
  • 1 x Blackcurrant & Apple Fruit Stars 12g 
  • 1 x Raspberry & Apple Fruit Moos 12g
  • 1 x Raspberry & Apple Soft Oaty Bar 30g 
  • 1 x Mini Gingerbread Men 25g 
  • 1 x Alphabet Biscuits 25g 

These boxes are priced at just £2.99 so a really great price with such a big selection of products inside. 

The Organic Goodies christmas selection boxes are available to buy at Boots, Ocado and Amazon.

As well as these selection boxes Organix have a fantastic range of "no junk" products and you check them all out here on their website


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Giveaway Number 3!

Have you seen our christmas givaways we have been running? If not check them out here -

Chocolate mug brownie kit

Marvellous Mummy Kit

Today we have a Carddies set to give away to one of our lucky readers! 

What are Carddies?

  • Carddies are little Card People to colour in and play with for hours
  • They come in fun sets:  some sets are ready now, and many more are on their way!
  • Carddies sets appeal to girls and to boys aged 3 to 99!
  • Each Carddies set has double sided little Card People and a scene to colour in, high quality Carddies colouring pencils, and plastic stands which all bring the Carddies to life
  • Carddies are packaged in a perfect, robust card box. You can carry them everywhere!
  • Carddies are made in the UK using premium materials made to last

So fancy winning your own Carddies set? Then enter via the rafflecopter form below. The lucky winner will get to choose a set of your choice from the Carddies website here -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to UK residents only. A winner will be picked via rafflecopter at random and prize will be sent from the company themselves and not myself. The winner will be notfied via email and then I will require your full name and address to pass on to the company for your prize to be sent. 

Happy half birthday Evelyn!

Evelyn turned 6 months yesterday!

I cannot believe its been 6 months since she came in to our lives! 

Evelyn is such a little character now, She is babbling and "almost" sitting unaided but will do it for a few seconds at a time when she wants too. Shes more interested in standing and looking at the big wide world around her and will quite happily stand (if you hold her hands) for ages. She can also roll from her back to her front but then cannot get back, which isnt very handy as she hates being on her front but insists on constantly rolling lol!

(Evelyn is such a big girl she can hold her own bottle now.) 

She is such a mummy's girl which is so lovely as James was a complete dad's boy. Although James is her absolute favourite of course and she always has a smile on her face for her big brother. Its so lovely watching them laugh, play and grow together. 

Evelyn is loving trying new foods and we are totally going along with the "food is fun until their 1 " moto and its been much less stressful for all of us. Her favourites are cucumber and baby biscotti. She does like toast but tends to just lick the butter off lol and she is definitely not loving carrot!. 

(Evelyn likes to sit in the sit up seat of the trolley for short periods of time so she can have a nosey round lol.)

Its really strange because it feels like she has been with us forever. I worried so much about how James would adapt to having another baby here and having to share us but he loves her so much I dont think he can remember a time when she wasn't here either, Hes just so happy to have someone to play with and to protect.

Evelyn is enjoying classes such as jolly babies, swimming and baby and me (a local class run by our local sure start centre) and we have met some fantastic friends through it too. She has a better social life than I do I think and just this week along has got 2 christmas parties! 

(Cuddles with daddy and her big brother!)

Thanks for reading.