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Monday, 20 April 2015

Like Frozen Yogurt? You can #Win £20 of Lick Vouchers!

Like Frozen Yogurt? You can Win £20 of Lick Vouchers

Lick make the world’s only frozen yogurt which is made from 100% yogurt. It’s also fat-free, and all natural. They're an independent brand that was started as a little summer holiday job that expanded over time. Lick is now available in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, and is regarded as the one of the best frozen yogurts with the creamiest texture and most yogurt taste.

You can win yourself a £20 voucher to spend on Lick Yogurts by entering this really simple competition. Simply follow the steps in the Rafflecopter Form below and you're in! One winner will be drawn at random on Sunday May 10th. UK Only.

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Disclosure: I am hosting this competition for free. I am receiving no form of compensation.

5 Things I Love About My Children! #Family #MyChildren

5 Things I Love About My Children!

Being a Mum of 3 children sure keeps me busy. I love each of my children equally but at times I find it hard to like them or their behaviour should I say. So today I have decided to look at the positives and remember the wonderful things that I love about each of them.

Chloe: My eldest is now 12 years old and growing up so fast. I love her:
  • Determination, when she wants something she'll stop at nothing until she gets it.
  • Debate skills, she certainly knows how to argue.
  • Smile, it's beautiful when she does use it.
  • Dress sense, she's creative but loves to look unique.
  • Kindness and loyalty to her friends.

Lily: My middle child who is 8 years old. I love her:
  • Girly ways, that girl has more shoes and handbags than me.
  • Love of jewellery, she has a different piece to match every outfit.
  • Random outbursts of singing in the car even after the radio has been turned off.
  • Eagerness to help everyone both at home and at school.
  • Cheeky smile and her evil laugh, she's such a character.

Ryan: My baby boy who needs to stop growing and stay little forever. I love his:
  • Cheeky ways, that little boy makes me smile every day.
  • Cute dance moves when he thinks no one is watching.
  • Energy levels as he's always so full of fun.
  • Cuddles, he's the only one who still gives me them.
  • Look on life, everything is so Awesome to him.

There's lots more I love about my children, and lots I dislike at times too but they are mine and I love them and I wouldn't change them for the world! 

What do you love about your children?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Birds Eye want the nation to use their Freezers to save money and help combat the issue of food waste.

Birds Eye want the nation to use their Freezers to save money and help combat the issue of food waste.

According to a new survey which surveyed 1,000 British people, the average family household throws away around £700 of food and drink every year meaning around 850,000 tonnes of food goes to waste. iFreeze, iSave is a brand new initiative spearheaded by BirdsEye which is trying to encourage the nation to use their freezers more to save money and help combat the issue of food waste. Wouldn't' it be lovely if everyone joined in?

Did you know that eggs can be frozen out of their shells? Well a whopping 92 percent of the nation didn't know this (me included) Herbs (56 percent), fruit (48 percent), sauces (47 percent) and cake (46 percent) were also products that Brits didn't realise could be frozen.

Some handy tips for freezing food to help you join in:
  • To reduce costs, batch cook a large meal and freeze your leftovers to enjoy later.
  • When buying more unusual ingredients, it’s likely that you'll have to buy larger portionsthan you need – don't bin the leftovers, freeze them instead! 
  • When freezing food, do so in realistic portions so as not to waste food once defrosted – for example, when buying a pack of frozen chicken breasts, freeze the chicken breasts in individual freezer bags so you can just cook just the one if you need to. 
  • Frozen vegetables are your best friend! They offer so much versatility and can be used to accompany a range of meals – I always keep my freezer stocked up with frozen veg instead of fresh; it lasts longer and it’s more nutritious, too.
  • Save over-ripe bananas from the compost heap, just peel and chop and pop in a bag in the freezer. Perfect for smoothies straight from the freezer or once defrosted bake into a batch of banana bread.
  • Stock up on berries when they're on offer or close to their sell-by date, freeze in small portions then use them to make smoothies or to sprinkle on yogurt or ice-cream.
  • Bread keeps brilliantly in the freezer, so I always have a supply of rolls, muffins, crumpets and sliced loaves in the freezer as it tends to go mouldy really quickly in a warm kitchen.
  • Freezing small cartons of fruit juice are brilliant little cool packs to put in your picnics at the beginning of the day. By lunchtime they'll have defrosted and be ready to drink, but will have kept your picnic nice and chilly.

The story has been brought to life at Southbank, London where a 20-foot giant billboard made entirely out of ice that when melted, released coins and notes that passer-bys were able to collect. You can see all the action in the video below.

We can all save money and help reduce food waste by using our freezers more. I for one will be trying out some of the tips above. Who knew that you could freeze eggs? Not me!

Havaianas Frozen Flip-Flops! #Review

Havaianas Frozen Flip-Flops! 

Frozen Fever swept over my house a long time ago but with a Frozen 2 in the making, it's looking far from over! As much as I would love to 'Let it Go' already, my girls have other plans. My 8 year old Lily loves Frozen, she has all the dressing up clothes, the hair accessories, the makeup sets and so on. If it's got Frozen on it, she wants it! 

When Lily first saw these new Frozen Flip-Flops from Havaianas she was mega excited to say the least. She had them on before I'd even had time to cut the labels off.

 They're available in two designs, one featuring the sisters Queen Elsa and Princess Anna and one featuring everyone’s favourite snowman Olaf along with Queen Elsa. 

Lily's got the Olaf and Elsa Ice blue ones and she loves them. With Summer well on it's way and the lovely warmer weather we're having at the moment, these have arrived just in time. 

The Havaianas Frozen Flip-Flops are comfortable to wear and look great as they're very pretty. I'm sure they're going to be a huge hit with Frozen fans this Summer.

Disclosure: We received a sample in return for an honest review.

Bionic Pet Products Rubber Bone - What did Bella think? #Review #BionicRubber #DogToys

Bionic Pet Products Rubber Bone
 What did Bella think?

Bionic Rubber is a revolutionary material made to withstand the aggressive play patterns of most pets. Bionic products have been tested in rescue shelters and day cares all around the U.S. for many years. By making and destroying countless samples, they now know that their Bionic Rubber can hold up to even the most aggressive chewers, like my Bella.

When I was offered a dog toy to review my first thoughts were, oh here we go. Another dog toy for Bella to destroy and rip apart in minutes but this time I have to hold my hands up and admit that I was wrong. We were sent the Bionic Pet Products Rubber Bone (in size extra large because she's a big dog) and have to say that's it's fantastic, both Bella and I love it.

 Bionic Pet Products Rubber Bone is made for extra large dogs weighing between 27-41kg. Careful attention has been made to ensure it fits naturally into the curvature of the dogs mouth. The ridges across the top give your dog the feeling that they are chewing through the toy - keeping them interested in it for longer without actually destroying it and Its unique interior shape provides strength for even the most aggressive chewers. 

I love this toy. Bella has been playing with it for over a week now and it's still standing in one piece. It's not just a bone for throwing, chewing or playing tug of war with. It's also a treat holder as you can insert treats into the middle making it a fun game for dogs to get them out. There's several things I love about this toy, one of them is the fact that this toy can float which is great if it lands in a pond or lake whilst out on your walks. Another thing is that it bounces so when I throw it, it goes much further as it bounces along. Last but not least though, I love the fact that it's still in one piece even after a whole weeks worth of play.

Bella is a very playful and she loves her toys but sadly for us it's always been a mission and a half to find ones that can withstand her powerful jaws. She's such a loving member of our family who we all adore very much. Bella has had lots of fun playing with her new Bionic Rubber bone this week, we've played Fetch, Tug of War and lots of other games and there's hardly a scratch on it. I'm so happy to say, we've finally found a toy that lasts.

Now that we know Bionic Rubber is the way forward for us, we've been checking out some of the other Bionic Pet Products in the range. I wonder which one Bella would like next?

Any toy that can withstand our Bella is a well made, built to last toy! Both Bella and I are very happy with it and would happily recommend it to other dog lovers.

Disclosure: We were sent our sample in return for an honest review but that doesn't influence us. All the opinions expressed are 100% my own and honest.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Europe’s only Thomas Land has undergone a £2.5 Million Expansion. Wanna See what's New? #DaysOut #DMP #ThomasLand #FamilyFun

Europe’s only Thomas Land has undergone a £2.5 Million Expansion. Wanna See what's New?

Europe’s only Thomas Land has now officially increased in size by 40% as of yesterday (April 8th 2015) It's now home to a whole host of exciting new rides as well as it's main attraction, the New Sodor Airport. The new Sodor Airport complex includes a Sodor Coffee Shop and Thomas & Friends themed event rooms complete with balconies to provide amazing views which will be available from this Summer 2015. The £2.5 million expansion welcomed three brand new rides – Captain’s Sea Adventure, Flynn’s Fire & Rescue and Toby’s Tram Express as well as seeing Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy and Merrick the Crane being moved inside. Thomas Land is now a whopping 3,200 square metres bigger than it was before. Thomas Land is now Bigger and Better than it's ever been!

We were lucky enough to be invited along to the exciting VIP Expansion Launch yesterday to see all the new changes for ourselves. We had a wonderful day, family fun reached a whole new level for us and we're very excited to tell you all about it.

 The Fat Controller welcomed everyone with a huge smile and a very heartwarming 'Peep Peep'. The live band played in their new Bandstand whilst confetti cannons exploded everywhere. The excitement levels were very high as excited children grinned and cheered as the new rides started up for the very first time for it's new special VIP visitors.

Captain’s Sea Adventure is a fabulous new boat ride that lets families (up to 4 per boat) take to the water in rotating boats loaded with fully working water cannons. Each person has their own water cannon which they power by spinning the handle with their hand to squirt the other boats and anyone standing close by with small jets of water. We LOVED this ride, I mean what's not to love? We had great fun squirting the people who were standing close by in the queue or just innocently watching on the sidelines. Water rides are always lots of fun but this one has got it spot on. Yes you do get wet, after all it is a water ride with squirting water jets involved but No you don't get soaked or anything. The water jets only squirt small amounts of water so you won't get too wet and a little water never harmed anyone.

Toby’s Tram Express is a rather exciting new tram ride which sees it's passengers lifted high into the air before being spun round and round whilst still moving up and down. It was having a few teething difficulties but we were lucky enough to get a go on it before they started. There are several different movements involved in this ride which make it really exciting and very enjoyable to be on. I can see this one being very popular as it has everything, it goes up and down and spins round and round. What more could you want?

Flynn’s Fire & Rescue was the very first new ride we got on. Little man Ryan is a huge Fire Engine fan so this one excited him the most. He was one of the first people to board the very first go along with his Daddy shown here in the pictures. This ride allows two people to stand in a Firemans Lift type cage which moves up and down as the ride goes round. There is space for two smaller children to ride in the front of the Fire Engine to drive it if they're too small or don't want to go in the cage. Once the ride starts the cage gets lifted up and down along their ladder like a real life Fire Engine. Each person has a water hose controlled by pressing and holding in a button. The water hoses squirted water into holes to put out the pretend fire on the walls in front of them. Again this new water ride was lots of fun. Even though you're squirting the water straight ahead you do get a little splashed from the people either side of you but for us, this just added to the fun of the ride.

All three of the new Thomas Land rides were a huge hit with us. We had great fun having a go on all of them although our favourite overall had to be Captain’s Sea Adventure. Squirting people with water was just too much fun not to do over and over again.

There's lots of new activities to do in Thomas Land now too, there's a new 'Hook a Duck' stall where you can win cute Thomas related prizes. You do have to pay extra for this but it is a guaranteed prize every time. We had one go and won a lovely Thomas Pillow. One the far side of the park there's now 3 old fashioned fun fair games. There's a Coconut Shy, a Hoopla game and a Knock down the Teeth game too. They make for a nice change to todays kind of games and were great fun to have a go on in between rides.

Even the Fat Controller was enjoying himself having a go.

So What did we think? Well as you know or should do by now. We've been going to Drayton Manor and Thomas Land for years. We're very lucky to live close by and have had the pleasure of visiting at least every summer for the past 30 years. I have so many memories from family visits from when I was a child and look forward to my children making their very own memories to look back on too. Thomas Land is a magical place where young children's dreams really do come true and precious memories are made every day.

We're very excited about the new Thomas Land expansion, new rides are always a good thing and now with even more space and more things to see and do too. We're Happy!

Until next time, Goodbye Fat Controller and Friends. It's been a pleasure xx